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/ High school Senior Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205929 A sparkfriend asked us to post this. <BR> <BR> The year was: 1966 <BR> <BR> 1. Did you know your spouse? I knew of him. I married to him in 1970, we both graduated HS in 66 but we didn't start dating until 1969. . <BR> <BR> 2. Did you car pool to school? We road the bus <BR> 3. What kind of car did you did have? didn't <BR> 4. What kind of car do you have now? Jeep Compass. <BR> <BR> 5. It's Friday night...where were you? Cleaning house , an occasional football game, and frequently b... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:55:29 EST Part three of Mother's Day 2016. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164917 I finally got my gift from Erik this Sunday. He was feeling better, and wanted to go out. We hit Applebee's and then went to Lowe's where he bought me two double knock out roses. The delay was due to issues following his two seizures Tuesday, the second sending him to ER. His neurologist never came to see him in the emergency but via the ER doctor directed us to increase Erik's meds from 200 mg twice a day to 300 mg twice daily. With the increase and/or after the surgery he was also sufferin... Tue, 17 May 2016 14:23:29 EST Mother's Day Week 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161995 Well from Friday to Sunday was great. <BR> On Monday, Erik had to have blood work for his physical that was scheduled for yesterday. And his caregiver had to go for a second mammogram and to see the doctor about the results. She had planned on taking Erik to transitional therapy but due to the circumstances and the delays at her doctor's she canceled around 9:30. They found a lump and told her to go home and wait 6 months. Her daughters told her go for a second opinion and I reiterated t... Fri, 13 May 2016 07:57:30 EST Mother's Day 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161674 Mother's Day for me is bittersweet. Two of my children live about an hour away and sometimes I don't hear from them on Mother's day or I get a text or a call (which I can't take in church) during Mass. This year I made up my mind I was not going to be hurt by what I perceive as negligence towards their mom. However to DS3 I sent a text with mail I had accumulated for him, mind you he has never lived in this house and he has asked his Electrical Union to change his mailing address....Bureaucra... Thu, 12 May 2016 18:42:47 EST Thank you all, my foot is better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115912 Hello my dear friends. My foot is recovering nicely. Thank you so much for the well wishes, goodies and concern. Y'all and Erik were a great help as was my friend who picked me up for Mass Sunday, took me to our usual brunch and brought me home and the other who went to bake desserts for the fish fry in my stead so I didn't stand for 2+hours. <BR> I never made it into the doctors. I wasn't hurting much so I never went to Urgent Care either. A couple of my nurse friends looked at it, said I n... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 10:07:17 EST Careless accident! RANT!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105208 Last night I was walk/running around my house in stocking feet. I slid on the hardwoods into a corner and hurt my little toe on my right foot. I'm waiting for 8 am so I can call the doctor's office. I know that it's most likely broken and that I don't want surgery, but I want to make sure none of the bones in the side of my foot are broken. My sister said that her daughter's doctor told her that that injury would take longer to heal than a broken toe. Said sister who has had many issues with... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:08:35 EST February 7, 1970 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089988 On that day so many years ago (46) my dear Steve and I got married at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Ohio. My in-laws were celebrating their 22nd anniversary and my sister Vicky her 16th birthday. <BR> We were married on the 7th by default, I had wanted to get married in May, but my mother refused to make me a dress with a blue panel in the front. May is the month of Mary, the mother of God and I wanted to honor her with a white and blue dress, mom said NON! So I said fine, we'll get married ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:48:45 EST Why I am thankful. Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038080 I have so much to be thankful for my 35 years and 9 months with my dear Steve, it ended ten years ago the 19th of this month. Too soon I felt but it was best he go home to our heavenly father. <em>304</em> God. <BR> <BR> I have my five children, three lovely daughter in laws, and one son-in-law as well as the blessings of 6 wonderful grandchildren. They are all normal people and we have our ups and downs but they are a blessing. <em>304</em> God. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for my church ... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:23:47 EST Hello SFs, it's been a while. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030343 Yesterday was the first day of "real" sun for over two weeks. We've had moments of peek-a-boo sun but it's been basically dreary, drizzly, rainy (total 12 inches over the last two weeks). <BR> Since I got home in September, exhausted, emotionally and physically I've been struggling with SAD and more. <BR> Erik's demands have incurred a few bouts of shouting-me and pouting -him. I think I FINALLY got him to realize I CANNOT help him with his computer issues. He got a new one, then a new moni... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 09:27:13 EST Home from Ohio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006679 I gained five pounds did a lot of running around-mostly in the car, or was watching over my 83 year old cousin who took a tumble getting out of the car for the wedding so my steps were minimal. The family helped with Erik, but I helped with Barb so I really remained in caregiver mode. <BR> Today will be the first day that I will be free for four hours in a week. <BR> <BR> Prior to going to Ohio, Thursday, September 24th was another car day. I did not plan that quite the way it happened. I ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:12:23 EST Erik at Camp BIAG and after http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002097 So Erik is remembering a few things that he did at BIAG camp at Ft. Yargo park. Swimming, fishing, golf (put put), cards and dancing. Fishing is the top of the list 17 fish even small ones is too good. Other things are explained as in the entry into the pool in a waterproof wheelchair- apparently it was cold, they waited till he adjusted a bit to the temperature then he swam. He tells me some stuff and can't remember the words he needs, so I get added info hours or even a day later. <BR> His ... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:31:12 EST Addendum to Catching up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994943 The doctor is adamant that Erik could NOT know he had a seizure...so we don't know what his experience was-tremors....I have no clue. Erik swears he was seizing...once again I cannot discount Erik's feelings but I have to rely on the doctor's knowledge. <BR> We are going to take him to Emergency the very next time he has a seizure so that there will be a scan done right afterwards. <BR> His meds were at a very low dosage to allow Erik his pleasure of sampling a variety of beers. It has been ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:22:32 EST Catching up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994707 Claire has been asking what's going on with Erik since I specifically asked for prayers for his needs. <BR> Well, Erik was accepted to camp. We received the news when I was in Ohio for the week, his camp is from 6PM Thursday, September 17th through 11AM Sunday the 20th. <BR> Last week we received notification that the insurance company has approved the Saebo Reach -they will pay 80%. Not too bad, eh! <BR> We got home on the 25th-the trip was okay-another story, but my car maintenance light ... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:01:39 EST Prayers are needed here for Erik http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969819 Erik wants a Saebo Reach, they are quite expensive ($1600.) and the OT said Medicare covers them-well they might but Erik's supplemental insurance company is giving us fits...because they are NOT in their approved services! really!!!! what's more important? A person's physical improvement or being "IN"! I HATE HMO's <BR> Erik also wants to go to a camp for people with Brain injuries. I had suggested it 3-4 years ago and he said NO. But after going to a TBI support group meeting and hearing a... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:59:57 EST Another new caregiver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961134 Boy, I learned a big lesson. In June, I hired a friend of someone who works at the Rehab place that Erik goes to. I did not ask for a background check. I asked a lot of questions, but had this nagging feeling about the person but Erik wanted someone besides mom to take him to transitional therapy four times a week(16-20 hours weekly and mileage paid) The guy started June 8th, and had not given me a photo copy of his driver's license nor a document from his insurance company. I was a wreck til... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 09:44:58 EST 5 years of upside down living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946595 Be aware this is a trip down an unhappy memory lane.Five years ago today this is what I had to face. I was called shortly after 8AM on June 17, 2010 to be advised that if I knew Erik John ...I should get to the hospital they had him there, he'd been in an accident. Woosh, I was planning a day of fun with the "Merry Widows" actually we were working through to getting to merry. <BR> Let me tell you in retrospect adjusting to the loss of my husband was easier than adjusting to the after effects ... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:19:59 EST MEMORIAL DAY-REMEMBER THE FALLEN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933846 <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> My FIL fought in WWII on the Japanese front, my daddy fought on the European front, where he met my mother a resistance worker for the Belgian underground. The three of them did not die in active duty but their lives were forever altered by what they saw, did and heard. Some of my HS friends never made it back from Viet Nam, some of my dad's friends never made it back from Korea. Each one was ready ... Mon, 25 May 2015 08:19:58 EST Mother's Day 2015-for ERIK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926199 Erik had a good mother's day. He's feeling better, got his surround sound and some other things done for him that he waited "a long time" for. He started his grill and Kim and I made dinner with some steaks the she and Steven got for my Mother's Day. Steven also sanded my outdoor table top-now to paint it a teal blue. He was planning on doing a few other things but ran out of time. <BR> My DD and the children came and brought me plants. My SIL stopped in to check on Erik and wish me a Happy M... Mon, 11 May 2015 07:58:12 EST 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