GRAMMACATHY's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMACATHY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Scary and Exhilarating: More Adventures. <img src=""> <BR> "Come to the beach" It was an invitation from my lovely DIL. What could be better than an afternoon on the river with the grandkids. At the last minute I grabbed my life jacket on the off chance they had the jet skis with them. Glad I did. <BR> <BR> After my son dunked himself a couple times in tight spins and jumping wakes it occurred to me that I didn't want to lose my $800. glasses in th... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:11:23 EST Fun Stuff: Fort Clatsop and Warrior Rock Lighthouse Friday, was suppose to be a swim, walk and yoga day. However, after calling my swim friend who is also a childhood friend, we decided to skip everything and drive to the beach to pick up the Senior National Park Pass for $10.00. It paid for itself as we visited Fort Clatsop. Then we drove out on the beach. I even got out and got in the ocean. That would have been great, but I wasn't too wild about driving home with sandy toes. <BR> <BR> Saturday, I wanted to do something with Buddy. ... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:23:22 EST A Plea for Caregivers Who Think They Are Invincible When is enough just enough and when is it too much? How can the habit of invincibility kill us? This is all going though my mind as the son of a close friend grapples with his choices and his health at a hospital in a mental ward. <BR> <BR> Nurturing loved ones can be an honor and a privilege. As young people we think we are invincible. We work a job, or two, go to college and party all night. A toll is exacted and we learn to moderate and to simplify our lives. However, what if that ... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:14:04 EST Update on Friend After a couple failed attempts (divine intervention?), he called police and requested help. Then he called his parents and told them where he was and that he had called police. The police transported him to hospital and he admitted himself for five days. I can't imagine what battles he was mentally fighting, but I am grateful for two things. Even in the dark haze he sought help. He never turned to drugs to fix his problems. Continued prayers. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:59:23 EST Prayers for a Friend Keeping this short. Tonight on Facebook one of my best friend's son posted goodbye letters to each of his children. I left messages on both her and her husband's phone. I correctly guessed that since neither answered the phone that they were on it. I spent the next hour praying fervently. He is okay and on their farm. Now I am praying that he gets the right kind of help to help him cope with all things going on in his life and his brush with severe depression. I am totally grateful tha... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:45:19 EST Color the Coast 5K for Autism Society of Oregon Part 2 April 8th 2017 I completed my first 5K with the help of many good friends, especially, my walking coach. Two months ago I appointed her my walking coach and she has been faithful through sleet and rain and snow and flood and wind to help me stay on track. I couldn't have asked for better support. She and her husband drove to the beach and walked with me. They probably could have finished in half the time, but they stayed with me the whole route. We weren't dead last. That honor went to s... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:23:38 EST BETTER SLEEP CHALLENGE Blog We are suppose to journal about our sleep habits on our blogs. Or in a journal I suppose. I am having quite the bad attitude about it, which may explain why I am not adjusting to daylight savings. I am going to date my entries and just add each night to this blog so I don't have a string of little sleep blogs. <BR> <BR> Here goes with the boring drivel: <BR> <BR> March 15 (Ides of March) Last night did not get to sleep before 1:30am. Watched a couple movies, ate too much, then read till... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:28:41 EST 5K Progress Report Today, I walked 3.3 miles with two 5 minute breaks. Buddy probably walked 5 miles. The river was calm, but it was raining and there was sleet mixed in so I wore two coats, a scarf, my day pack with purse and letterboxing stuff in it and used the walking poles. I put the life jacket on Buddy to help keep him warm. Since he likes to run down to the river, I was less worried about him leaping in after a duck with the jacket. <BR> <BR> First lap my fingers were numb cold and my face felt br... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:01:50 EST Color the Coast 5K for Autism Society of Oregon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunday, Feb. 5th I told my daughter that I loved TOPS, and it was keeping me from gaining weight, but I wasn't losing any either. I needed a ten week challenge. Something with a beginning and an ending. My daily walk average was 2000-3000 steps. All winter, I lapped the dog park once a day and it seemed hard. I wasn't even making the quarter mile lap around the ball park. I could only w... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:48:19 EST 2016 Year In Review January: After spending six months cleaning and fixing the country house so a couple realtors could string along a poor buyer with a USDA loan after I told them repeatedly, I did not have the money to make the repairs they requested, the realtor placed my house on the market. It sold in three days for what I was asking plus the new buyer paid all closing costs. He also requested it to close in two weeks. What a wonderful blessing to start the New Year. I paid off all the rest of the debt... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 21:56:31 EST Food addiction I have always said I was a foodaholic, but never seriously thought about what that meant. I suppose it was more of an excuse for my compulsive eating. <BR> <BR> ** say....but you eat so healthy???? <BR> <BR> True, that is all true. I do eat healthy when I am on track and focused. I eat simple healthy foods in moderation. I eat organic eggs, and produce. I make lovely soups with chicken. I eat organic steel cut oatmeal. I make protein and fruit slushies and I juice green... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:02:47 EST Panic Attacks Yes, I had one in college at age forty two while working on my MS. However, what prompted this is that GDs friend texted her from college. My GD is living at home while attending community college, but her friend moved to a dorm. Tonight she asked for help because she was having a panic attack and GD asked me for advice. After talking a bit about PTSD and grief, I decided to back up and work on the simple and immediate needs. After composing my list in an e-mail, I decided to save it here... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:05:38 EST Dog Sitting and Healthy Ideas Hello Friends, <BR> Dog Sitting: <BR> Thirteen days since Bailey's surgery. She looks great. The family booked a vacation before she swallowed the washcloth and she is too close to surgery date for the kennel to take her. The old lady likes to take a short walk and do her business every hour. The walks are probably good for me. GD is babysitting Buddy for me. I miss him already. <BR> <BR> Healthy Ideas: <BR> I couple conversations came up recently. First one at book club discussing p... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 12:50:27 EST More Hospital, HTC, BD and Dog Hospital: Kaiser posts everything online so I was able to read the nitty gritty of all the lab work. Side perk is that everything including things like potassium and chloride and sodium were all in the normal range. I am eating enough potassium rich food and avoiding enough sodium laden food. I use a lot of sea salt and was not sure if that was good or bad. Apparently it is just right. I was still pretty miserable Saturday, but today I am at 100%. I even walked 10,000 steps with the Fitb... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:42:56 EST Hospital, Hood to Coast Run and a Breakdown I copied this from Face Book <BR> <BR> ****** <BR> Strange day. Great morning with grandkids. Bailey at vet in St. Helens, but they didn't have her ready before Son needed to leave for an appt. No problem, I can pick her up before my doctor appt. in Portland. She still wasn't ready. No problem I could do it after. I go to doctor. They decide I am having a heart attack. Not why I went to doctor. Scramble on phone to get Bailey bailed out of vets office before they close. (Daughter got her). S... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:08:41 EST Response to an E-mail A friend asked me a question about my detox system. Another friend of hers made herself sick detoxing with AC vinegar. Here is my response........I don't want to forget it. <BR> <BR> ********** <BR> <BR> AC vinegar is wonderful, but not more than a couple teaspoonfuls in water a day to support the pancreas and balance ph levels. It can cause ulcers, burn the esophagus and eat the enamel off your teeth. Also it is limited nutritionally. <BR> <BR> Part of her illness is the herxing. ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 16:18:05 EST Buddy Photobombs the kid's fitness video <link> </link> <BR> <BR> While out visiting at an assisted living facility the kid's took Buddy to the park to film a fitness video. Watch Buds in the background and featured at the end. <BR> <BR> Think I will drag my bands out of the drawer too. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:35:21 EST Don't want to lose this resource<BR>gadoua/if-your-spouse-is-an-addi_b_957<BR>827.html <BR> <BR> I am posting this article here so I can find it later. Locating the old blogs really helped me get a handle on timelines. I can't remember how old Buddy is, but I can look it up here. Poetry I thought I lost when the computer broke is on these blogs. Thank you Spark People for the service you provide to help people stay physically and mentally healthy. <BR> <BR> ******* <BR> <BR... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:33:53 EST Hospital Day 2 DH was much better today. Ruled out flu and TB. Still trying to figure out which bug caused him to get the pneumonia. He was briefly in better humor. Then he wanted more drugs for pain. Doctor recommended Tylenol to go with the narcotics he is already receiving. He refused that. He is not a happy man. Don't know what else we can do for him until he is ready to see what the mismanagement of his drugs is doing to him and those who love him. So even though he is in the hospital for pneum... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:34:04 EST DH in hospital With double pneumonia again. He is not nearly as sick this time as he was June 2008. However, he is so frail from seven years of not caring for himself or those around him. Seven years ago I was not as angry and bitter as I am now. Please pray for him that he will care more about himself than his prescription addiction and for me that I can kick this bitterness and for his children who love him so much and keep wishing for their old dad back, the one with the sense of humor and kind heart... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:14:10 EST For My Mutt Loving Friends The Story of Adam & Eve's Pets <BR> Author Unknown, From a forward in e-mail <BR> <BR> Adam and Eve said, 'Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.' <BR> <BR> And God said, I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfi... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:37:21 EST Joys of Asparagus <BR> Interesting stuff here on healthy foods and what they do. <link><BR>odspice&dbid=12 </link> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:31:58 EST Better than Las Vegas Well, the Vegas trip fell through due to an unusual number of roadblocks and not being able to get air fare on short notice in my budget. Good thing too since the property tax bill came in the mail, and I forgot to include it in my finances. <BR> <BR> The great news is our weather is as good as Vegas this week and I had so much fun today. <BR> <BR> First Buddy and I walked for an hour on an old railroad bed covered in yellow maple leaves. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 14 Oct 2013 03:13:45 EST Roller Coaster Week. 1. Liam came home much sooner than anticipated. He is in great shape and great spirits. Praying the doctors can keep the cocktail of hormones balanced as he grows, so he can stay healthy. <BR> <BR> 2. Jo moved in with her daughter after she lost her house to a fire last week. She got out with the animals and one shoe. I think this move will be good for her, but her son who was her care taker is going to be reeling from this fire. He lost his son about 20 years ago in a house fire then... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 12:18:45 EST Thank you for Prayers. Below are two posts I copied from Liam's grandma from Facebook. <BR> <BR> October 3: To update everyone who has surrounded us all with your prayers and good thoughts today, our grandson Liam's surgery was a long one, around 10 + hours or so, and all during that time his vitals were very stable ... Surgery seems to have gone really well, hopefully no need for a second (we will know in a day or so after another MRI). There is some permanent damage to the pituitary and they will work now to g... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 22:21:19 EST Requesting Prayers for Liam Dear Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> The grandson of a friend I have known for 54 years is having a large tumor removed from his pituitary gland in the morning. 10/3/13 at 9:30 Pacific time. He is 16 months old. We are requesting as many prayers as possible for a positive outcome, for God's will, for wisdom and steady hands for the surgeons as they will be very close to the optical nerves. For those of you who don't pray we are requesting love and well wishes. Thank you all for helping these... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 22:48:21 EST Letter from the President In my retirement I have taken to writing letters to politicians to promote education aka as propaganda to promote peace and resolve conflicts. The glory of the internet era is that you can write one letter on Word and copy and paste it to several different politicians getting your desires known. One million people can influence politics. I know this because of AARP's success in getting the government to leave our Social Security alone. Some pretty scary proposals have been made and failed... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:57:23 EST Ape Caves and Mt. St. Helens. Mt. St. Helens otherwise known as Loo Witt is the Queen of the mountain peaks in our area. She was a beautiful and delectable snow cone that turned glorious shades of pink in the evening sunsets when I was a child. When she had her temper tantrum and blew her top in the 1980s I grieved her loss and the loss of all her children at her feet. But like any good mama she picked herself up and started rebuilding her dome. <BR> <BR> My love of this mountain goddess remains. Twice now I have c... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:47:00 EST Swim Suit Article from SP I don't want to forget these tips. <BR> <BR> Here are a few tips to put the best you forward during bathing suit season. <BR> Shop for the bathing suit that fits your body well. Swimsuit technology has dramatically improved, allowing you to accentuate your most likable features and minimize those you are the most self-conscious about. There are loads of two-piece suits available which let you purchase a different size for your top and bottom. If you are lucky enough to have a bathing suit s... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:13:10 EST Tips for Beating leg cramps and sciatica ! Thanks Dear Friends for comfort and ideas. If I missed any you have listed, let me know. <BR> <BR> *Potassium from pills, bananas and spinach <BR> *Magnesium <BR> *Calcium <BR> *Iron <BR> *rocking in rocking chair to massage muscles. <BR> *massage knotted muscles with hands and heat rub <BR> *hydration, lots of water, gatorade, tea, etc. <BR> *pain medication <BR> *meditation, prayer, relaxation with binaural waves <BR> *doctor visit, chiroprator, PT <BR> *heat and ice. Ice on sciatica,... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 14:30:56 EST Severe Leg Cramps Dear Prayer chain, Sorry to be such a burden. I am feeling strong and healthy now, except. my sciatica is pinched and I am having tear inducing leg cramps every time I try to stand. It may be a result of the super anti biotics I took. Pray, I can find the right naturopathic activity and blend to beat this. I have a few pain pills left but am resisting them. I want to fix this, not put a band aid on it. <BR> <BR> If I close my eye and only listen to this binaural wave, I can kick off ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:09:43 EST A Prayer to Lose Weight A Prayer to Lose Weight <BR> Guide me lord, as I strive to lose weight <BR> You are my light and my anchor, and with <BR> you I know all things are possible. <BR> Help me this day to make healthy choices and <BR> give me the strength to fight against destructive <BR> cravings that negatively effect my health. <BR> <BR> You said, “The LORD upholdeth all that fall, <BR> and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. <BR> As I bow before you today, raise me up <BR> help me towards my goals. <BR> ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 21:41:04 EST Hospital Stay (Sorry, I am cranky) Last Wednesdy I got bit breaking up a dog fight between my dog and the Basset Hound that has been in the family 12 years. I pulled Buddy off Rocco. But Rocco cornered us and when I went to push him away he bit me instead of Buddy. The wound is about 3" long, half inch wide and about half inch deep. Missed bone and tendon but you could see them. It is in the top of my hand at the base of the thumb near my wrist. Went to ER in Portland since it was late at night. After much prodding, rinsi... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 02:37:53 EST Christmas 2010 For Mixed Mutt team. Buddy opening a present a couple of years ago. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 06:00:36 EST SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Check out your local small business owners today. Give them a boost this time of year. You may never know what treasure you will find in the little ma and pop shops. Thank you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>mall-business/Shop-Small/?extlink=US:O<BR> </link> <BR> <BR> I am praying for a really good day tomorrow for my daughter. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 04:17:24 EST NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) The goal is to write fifty thousand words in 30 days. If we meet the goal we will have a rough draft to a novel and be declared a winner. <BR> <BR> Fifteen thousand words. I love the way that sounds. No reason for it to be special but it is. Yesterday was not a creative day. I could not bring myself to write one word. Today I cranked out 4180 to pass that 15,000 mark. I am well on my way to being a winner. <BR> <BR> I have learned a few things. <BR> 1. With daily practice I can ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 01:59:23 EST Thank you for the prayers Sis's surgery on the parathyroid went well and she is recuperating. <BR> <BR> Joan is coming home from hospital to get stronger. Bypass scheduled for December. She has to lose some weight. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 20:44:37 EST Prayer Requests My sister is heading into surgery right now for her parathyroid. She is a very healthy 74 years old. Praying that she recovers quickly and that this is the fix she needs to feel better again. <BR> <BR> Also, my step kids mom is in hospital. Stint fix did not work, so the docs are scheduling her for triple bypass. Praying that she also will have years to enjoy our shared grandchildren. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:59:46 EST Buddy's Day at the Dog Park Buddy romping. Thought my Mixed Mutt team might enjoy seeing him. Fri, 7 Sep 2012 02:09:14 EST TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY! September 19th <BR> <BR><BR>when <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the kind and fun comments on my day with the Pirates. I plan to actually dress up next year and spend the whole day. Tue, 4 Sep 2012 12:55:29 EST Yarrr Matey! <img src=""> <BR> Shiver me timbers. Look at the blade on that handcrafted knife <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Davy Jones AKA GD <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Pretty Polly doesn't talk like a Sailor <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Puppetry art was incredible <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 16:46:22 EST Martha's Meal Poem I wrote and am reading tomorrow with my Writer's Workshop at the Poetry, Wine and Chocolate hour for our local Assisted Living facility. It is set during the dust bowl in Kansas about 1932. <BR> <BR> MARTHA'S MEAL <BR> <BR> Martha laughed and smiled and giggled, While her high chair creaked and wiggled. <BR> <BR> Ma shooed house flies from the table. <BR> Pa dipped gravy with a ladle. <BR> <BR> Farm hands gathered round to eat. <BR> Each one took his favorite seat. <BR> <BR> Marth... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:28:03 EST Lovely Week I don't want to forget this.... <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Writers Workshop. I wrote a pretty cool poem that I will post in another blog when I get the rest of the bugs worked out. <BR> <BR> Wednesday: First Book Club meeting and I hosted. The book was Cutting For Stone. I served Ethiopian food and wore an African inspired dress. There were only three of us for the first meeting but it was nice. The book club is for my former co-workers at the ESD and the retirees. Next book in September will... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 20:20:37 EST Dad "Winks" Wish I had posted this for Father's Day, but the events happened after. First I received mail at the house I live in for my Dad. He has been gone 11 years and would be 103 years old. I loved that little "wink". Mom and Dad lived in the house for almost 30 years. I feel their presence every time I turn around and find it very comforting considering all the unplanned changes in my life the last couple of years. The second "wink" came today. I was hunting for a frame for my GDs picture she... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 20:04:59 EST Another Forward....... That I don't want to forget. <BR> <BR> <BR> Outward Signs of Spiritual Wellness <BR> Cardinal and Theological Virtues (Raphael) <BR> The tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experiences. <BR> <BR> An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment. <BR> <BR> The loss of interest in judging self. <BR> <BR> The loss of interest in judging other people. <BR> <BR> The loss of interest in conflict. <BR> <BR> The loss of interest in interpreting actions of ... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 11:44:36 EST Memorial Day E-mail Forward. I don't normally do this, but this story brought tears to my eyes. So I am copying it to share here. <BR> <BR> THIS IS THE BEST EMAIL OF THE DAY!!! <BR> <BR> As I came out of the supermarket that sunny day, pushing my cart of groceries towards my car, I saw an old man with the hood of his car up and a lady sitting inside the car, with the door open. <BR> <BR> The old man was looking at the engine. I put my groceries away in my car, as continued to watch the old gentleman from about twe... Sat, 26 May 2012 21:23:00 EST Brag Fest about My Daughter and Mode O' Day Just a disclaimer, since the shop is local, only one of my Spark Friends might be able to shop here. So I pray that Spark People won't think I am advertising. <BR> <BR> DD had a resale shop about ten years ago and did quite well for several years. She got out of it when the building owners wife became ill and the building was put up for sale. <BR> <BR> Life went on and she moved back to town last year and has talked about starting a shop again. Especially since she has her Mom to volunte... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 23:02:00 EST Blog for Sweet Tooth Challenge Week 2 Okay, this is just a plain struggle. I had trouble with cinnamon bread this week. I am working on not overindulging at this point, let alone eliminating sugar completely. Since my cup is always half full, I have had several good days and only two days of binges. Just keep trying. Never give up. Tomorrow is another day. Always open to opportunity ETC......................LOL <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:15:44 EST Blog for Sweet Tooth Challenge Hello, My name is GrammaCathy and I am addicted to sweets. <BR> <BR> Week one of the challenge asks us to blog about our addiction, triggers and habits. <BR> <BR> Last night sums it up in a nutshell. Along with my tenant's rent check she gave me a bag of goodies. She is a bakery chef and is sharing her wares. Mind you this stuff is high quality restaurant fare. People pay big money to dine on her melt in your mouth chocolate pastries and cinnamon rolls. Why can't I just put the bag ... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 11:14:08 EST Doggie Dash The link below will take you to my Doggie Dash site. <link><BR>iser?px=1217022&pg=personal&fr_id=1110 </link> <BR> <BR> This years Doggie dash is being walked in memory of Reno and to honor his brother Rocco and of course for Buddy and Sasha who were both orphaned shelter dogs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 2008 Doggie Dash. Reno is on left with horizontal stripes and Rocco is on right with lighten... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 13:33:32 EST