GRAMMACATHY's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMACATHY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 2011 Year in Review Writing this is going to be hard, so maybe I will list it. <BR> <BR> January: Been sick since September. Too sick to go back to work, scrambling to cash in IRA to pay bills, applying for retirement. Lost health insurance. <BR> <BR> February: Eating sugar free and wheat free with my friend Artmistress on SP. Still losing weight. Got pacing under control so I could cope with the CFS part of whatever microvirus I am fighting. <BR> <BR> March: Made decision to retire in April. Got all p... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:05:59 EST Barnyard Christmas I wrote this variation of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" for my grandchildren this summer. Some of this is factual to our family. <BR> <BR> <BR> ******* <BR> Twas the night before Christmas and all of the dogs, <BR> Were curled on clean pillows sleeping like logs. <BR> <BR> The beds were all made, so tidy and neat, <BR> How can I toss them. They're looking so sweet. <BR> <BR> As I scoot in beside one he gives a low growl. <BR> Give me some room, so I can sleep now. <BR> <BR> Ple... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:52:16 EST Musings on Autumn <img src=""> <img src="">This is my favorite time of year. Pumpkins, new school clothes, harvesting, warm sweaters, and golden and red leaves. I even love Halloween with all the little goblins pretending. I think I never grew up which is why I enjoy playing with the preschoolers so much. <BR> <BR> Dressing up is great fun and I think that is the appeal of Halloween. Of course I also ... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 14:02:08 EST Hubby's Health Thank you for the ongoing prayers. Many of you know I almost lost him three years ago to pneumonia, sepsis, copd and kidney failure. You also know that he goes to the doctor kicking and screaming. In all this time he has never followed up on a lab or xray. <BR> <BR> Well he went to the VA for me last Friday. His kidney function is 34%. His doctor said his lungs were "a mess". He has ordered more tests. I hope I can get hubby back for the rest of the testing. <BR> <BR> Hubby's respons... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 00:04:38 EST May 2011 Photo Blog! Thank you my dear friends who nominated me to be a Spark People Motivator. I am grateful and feeling quite loved. The icon on my page looks pretty good too. The e-mail announcing my new status brought a smile to my face. I will always remember this Memorial Day as a day of love from my Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We actually had a day of sunshine. That is snowcapped Mt. St. Helens peeking over the hills in the backgro... Mon, 30 May 2011 21:33:09 EST Three Day Rollercoaster or Play/Worry/Work. Yesterday was fun. Watched GS#3 run the 400 and 800 meter races at the county track meet. He had incredible time, but another 8th grader blew past him about 40 feet from the finish line in the 800 and set a record for the meet. They were both ahead of the rest of the runners by a quarter of a lap. <BR> <BR> Today was rough. DIL was admitted to the hospital for stomach pains. There is a blockage and she may need surgery. So requesting prayers for this precious young woman. She is ver... Thu, 19 May 2011 02:55:20 EST Mother's Day......Reach Out! While everyone is out making a fuss over Moms I would like to encourage you to look around at the people in your life who have inspired you. <BR> <BR> Do they have someone to make a fuss over them? If not. Let them know that you care. An extra hug at Church, a card of gratitude, a note with a flower from your garden will express your love. It doesn't have to be much. <BR> <BR> So many people both men and women have lost their moms or their children and that can make this holiday espec... Fri, 6 May 2011 01:00:24 EST April Photo Blog Recently logged near our house. A great place to walk the dogs. One of the very few days we saw blue sky. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Downtown in my home town. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A view of Mt. Hood from the logging road. We could see this volcano from our house before the trees on the island got too tall. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 30 Apr 2011 23:18:28 EST A 50 pound saddle and March Photo blog. Discovered I could take pictures of pictures. This is Mom and Dad about 14 years ago. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dug out the accordian to sell. Maybe I will hang on to it and see it I can still play. It is a great arm, chest and heart exercise machine. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Grand Hounds came to visit and stayed almost three weeks <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 19:37:54 EST The Woman in the Glass Window was a Surprise! Went to the credit union yesterday and was surprised by the woman looking back at me in the glass door window. She didn't look like a duck. She looked poised and confident. She looked like she had some more weight to lose, but she did not look uncomfortable, winded, or like she was trying to hide. Her neck looked longer. Her posture was straighter. Who is this new person emerging? <BR> <BR> Then this morning I stepped on the scale and was in Onederland. It was so amazing I had to write... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 22:03:05 EST 3/1/11 February in Photos Drove around my hometown with my 12 year old GD and took pictures of many of the sets and sights for the movie Twilight. This is Bella's House. If it hadn't been so cold I would have made GD get out of the car so I could get her in the pics. We had a great time. Shortly after this fun activity I was in bed for two weeks with the flu. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I think I am going to sell my accordion so someone can get some good use out of i... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 18:17:06 EST 2/20/11 Four Ten Pound Bowling Balls <em>294</em> <em>294</em> <em>294</em> <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> Can you imagine carrying four ten pound bowling balls. That is what I have lost. I am comfortably wearing my size 18's. I have gotten rid of all the size 24's. <BR> <BR> The sad thing is that when I stood on the scale this morning, I did not believe it. I stood on it four more times and I was still down five pounds. My scale even weighs heavier than the doctors office. I need to believe and embrace this awesome positivity ... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 16:17:29 EST 2/9/11 Still Sick, This is the extent of my SP activity today. <em>24</em> <em>282</em> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 02:06:18 EST January 2011 gratitudes in photos. Some very nice things happened this month. <BR> <BR> A gift arrived from a lovely Spark Friend who mailed this cross country because she knew that Twilight was filmed in my home town. Today, I received the picture of Jacob which she hand stitched just for me. I feel like each stitch was a prayer of love. Thank you Michelle. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A neighbor and dear friend who helped up by cleaning our garage and building an ind... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 23:13:55 EST Jack LaLane age 96 Rest In Peace Mom and I would exercise to Jack LaLane every day after I got home from school. It was such a nice bonding time. He was so energetic and so firm with his convictions. He felt like a good friend. Obviously, his healthy lifestyle contributed to his longevity. My Mom also lived to her 90s. <BR> <BR> This is how he looked when I was exercising with him on TV. We will be doing chair squats as soon as he is done counting the reasons they are good for us. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:16:05 EST 2010 Year in Review! Late Winter and Spring were very hard at work. I was feeling more fatigued and having a more difficult time coping with all the changes and expectations. I was offered a job on the evaluation team, an hours drive from my home. I declined. Then in June I was notified my position was being reduced to 1/2 time. I had to take another position also an hours drive away to keep a full time position. I grieved for the previous 20 years that I had spent with a wonderful group of co-workers and famil... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 06:48:50 EST Getting Ready for Christmas <img src=""> <BR> Elvis has returned and needs help getting out of the branches <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Buddy the Elf watching for Santa <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Handmade Egg Ornament and Moose <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Nancy with the old stuff ready for... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 04:01:29 EST