GRAMMAJUDY1's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMAJUDY1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Grocery shopping for new I love grocery shopping. I used to go with my son who enjoys the same things. We loved to peruse the aisles looking for new and different items. We shopped in ethnic stores as often as . <BR> <BR> One of our joys was picking up something with a label we could not read. We've found many wonderful foods that way. I love steamy buns I get in the frozen foods section, and Siriachi in the red bottle with the rooster and so do several of my other family members. <BR> <BR> I've learned how to u... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:23:03 EST Reactions to the Boston Marathon Bombings Yesterday I was driving home from Anacortes after a very pleasant weekend with my son and his daughters. The traffic was flowing very smoothly and I was listening to the radio, (NPR). I heard the first announcements about the bombs at the Boston Marathon. I found myself weeping. My reaction was so intense it surprised me. I hadn't seen a picture so that reaction was strictly visceral. <BR> <BR> I am inclined to react with intensity to any event that triggers an emotional reaction, but my fee... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:12:22 EST "My" Mountains I've added a new picture to my SparkPage. The lenticular clouds above the mountain are not unusual, they generally signal a coming change in the weather. However this picture, which was taken from my side of the mountain shows the lenticular clouds catching the morning sun. That is unusual. <BR> <BR> This mountain has many moods. She sometimes hides for days while she changes her gown and then in a burst of beauty she displays all her glory for the world to see. She is always beautiful and ... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 02:34:49 EST Testing, Testing I wrote a letter to one of my sons this evening telling him that I think he might benefit from getting the equipment to measure his blood sugar. He is overweight and has had problems with pulmonary embolisms in the past. <BR> <BR> I explained that since I was diagnosed with Diabetes last June and have been testing regularly I have lost a great deal of weight and haven't really been trying. I have found the foods that elevate my blood sugar and for the most part I have eliminated them from m... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 05:31:36 EST Oh what a day this was! I started home planning to stop at a specific gas station to fill my tank. As I was sitting there waiting to get to the pumps a fight broke out in front of me. I didn't get concerned until I saw two guns drawn and pointed. I got out of there immediately and called the police. As I was leaving the parking lot I met a police officer headed for the fight. I felt much better seeing him. <BR> <BR> I went on south and stopped at James' mother's house. I saw an officer with some pedestrians on the ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 01:28:10 EST Rereading for points? Today I again read an article I could have sworn I'd never read before and then discovered I had read it a couple of years ago. I always feel cheated when this happens. The article is new to me and I have gotten something out of reading it, but, I can't earn points for reading it. I am somewhat of a fanatic about those points. I want them for my various teams. It is my way of contributing to the teams. <BR> <BR> I would like to figure out a way to award points for rereading an article. I al... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:15:56 EST My Vacation in Retrospect <BR> <BR> I am glad to report that I am safely back home after our vacation. I learned a lot while I was gone. <BR> <BR> I missed my usual almost vegetarian eating style. Not having lots of fruit and veggies each day weighed heavily on me. I know I gained lots of weight. I feel logy and heavy. I will be very glad to resume my healthy eating. <BR> <BR> I found that while I am usually cheerful, too much time with those I love can cause me to become short of temper and prickly. Feelings get... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 09:24:28 EST We're Glad You're Here I joined SparkPeople and then TOPS at the invitation of another Sparker. These two together have helped me enormously. One of the important things done in TOPS is dear to my heart. When I've weighed in and been disappointed by my "failure" the other members of the group say, "We're glad you're here" <BR> <BR> I am glad I am here, and there as well. The companionship of people struggling together to reach a similar goal is very heartening. The stimulation that comes from knowing you have sup... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 17:03:59 EST Isolation Isolation <BR> I have just come from the hospital. While I was there I was put in isolation, meaning everyone who entered my room had to put on a yellow gown, and when I left my room I had to wear a yellow gown. <BR> I suddenly knew how it feels to be different, to be distrusted. I know to some small degree how people must have felt when forced to wear the star in Germany. The emotions ran deep and hard. <BR> I was sad to be held separate from the people around me. It hurt me deeply to be... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 22:47:38 EST Chapter two of my Vision Collage I did it! I thought and thought until I thought of one dream I have. When I reach my ultimate goal, I want to dance. I want to wear a beautiful gown and dance. Now I can make a collage. <BR> <BR> I love to dance, but haven't been able for so many years I can't remember. I do remember what it felt like to dance freely and even wildly. I remember how it felt to be held in my partner's arms and to imagine a long term loving relationship. <BR> <BR> That relationship has eluded me, parti... Mon, 31 May 2010 18:58:48 EST Vision Collage I finished reading the first chapter in "The Spark" I believe that the purpose of that chapter was to show the effect a Vision Collage can have. It said to think about what dreams you had when you were young. <BR> <BR> I thought about that. I wanted lots of children, I had six. That dream was fulfilled. <BR> <BR> I wanted to finish my education. I earned my BS . That dream was fulfilled <BR> <BR> I wanted to travel, I have been in all but five states, several Canadian provinces, and In... Sun, 30 May 2010 21:11:23 EST The value of Sparkpeople As I have been recording my points today, I have been reflecting on what Sparkpeople is doing for me. I am losing weight, (I'm almost down to where I was when I joined Sparkpeople), but that seems not to be the more important benefit in being a member. <BR> <BR> When I read through the posts every day I find many reasons to be happy and upbeat. The shared motivation helps me to keep striving for a healthy lifestyle. Yesterday I read a statistic I found interesting, People who post on spar... Fri, 28 May 2010 17:22:41 EST "Dieting" doesn't work "Dieting" is useless. Not only is it a waste of time and effort it is disheartening. I am experienced at almost every kind of diet. I started WW when they first started. I've done the rainbow pills. I tried Nutra-system, I have tried every way to lose weight from exercising five hours per day to literally starving myself. You know what I found out? Dieting doesn't work!!! <BR> <BR> Moderation does work. Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables helps. Dividing my plate helps. Avocadoes and n... Mon, 3 May 2010 01:31:58 EST Disabled? Yesterday I volunteered doing something I enjoy. I was absolutely shocked when another member of the group sponsoring the project told me not to come back because I couldn't get around well enough to do some aspects of the job. <BR> <BR> While he was correct about my disabilities, he was way off base about my abilities. I started to talk back in defense and then decided it was not a good idea. He did something others hadn't. He made me look at my abilities. <BR> <BR> I have been "disabled" ... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 18:02:01 EST Fat Camp On the side bar there is a question, "Would you attend a Fat Camp?" <BR> <BR> You bet I would. I would love to be able to work out on machines and in the pool. I think it would be fun to have someone else plan and prepare healthy meals for me so that I could have more time to work out. <BR> <BR> However, I haven't yet heard of a fat camp for people with special physical needs. I wonder why not? Do we not count? We need help just as much or even more than our ablebodied friends. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 15:58:52 EST A Poem For Me I received this note in response to one of my blogs. <BR> <BR> I just love your spirit, Judy! Talk about "Spark"-ing! You're a great role model! <BR> Here's a quote that reminds me of you: <BR> <BR> To dream anything you want to, that is the beauty of the human mind. <BR> To do anything you want to, that is the strength of the human will. <BR> To trust yourself to test the limits, that is the courage to succeed." <BR> -Lindsey Smit <BR> <BR> That note means more to me than anything els... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 22:15:31 EST I did it!!! I did it and didn't even notice my wonderful milestone as I passed by. I made a thousand points this month and I still have a few days to go. <BR> <BR> That wouldn't seem like much of an accomplishment for some. Especially those who can exercise easily. I must use a wheel chair most of the time. Walking must always be supported, but I can walk. I climb stairs more easily because i have banisters on both sides and they are very sturdy because it was known when the stairs were put in, that I ... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 07:20:25 EST Now they can’t lay me down if I don’t give permission A friend was telling me what her father said about retirement from the military. She quoted the above statement and I was immediately hooked. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful attitude! I have adopted it for myself. I intend to stay here and see my great grandchildren's grandchildren. So don't even try to lay me down. I won't give permission. There is so much to do yet. <BR> <BR> Last night my grandson told me how to make purple fire. I didn't know you could do that. Now I have to see. If he can ... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 19:39:15 EST Should Today as I was reading Sparkpeople articles the word "should" popped up. Now that is a word that has been banned from our home and vocabulary. <BR> <BR> "Should" implies guilt. If one doesn't do what they "should" there will be a negative consequence. "I should lose weight," "I should exercise" "I should watch what I eat" <BR> <BR> All of these ideas are admirable until "Should" enters the picture. Then they become forced, mandatory and if we don't comply with the "Should" we are guilty ... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:24:55 EST Life this entry is taken from my journal, contemplating on today's Healthy Reflections questions. <BR> <BR> Life <BR> When I was young I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I found it interesting that while I was in college the possibilities expanded exponentially. I never had any idea that some of those career possibilities existed. I changed my major seven times. <BR> <BR> Now in retirement I can look back and see that I was headed in a direction completely different from what ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:48:16 EST Celebrate The question was, "How would you like to celebrate your next birthday?" <BR> <BR> My next birthday isn't important. However, I would like to really celebrate my 75th birthday and at the five year intervals thereafter. My birthday is in October and I would like to take my roommate back east to see the autumn color. She has never seen it so she can't imagine how beautiful it really is. <BR> <BR> I want to tour the New England states and Rhode Island That will complete my visits to all the sta... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 13:50:05 EST I refuse! I refuse to "act my age". I refuse to "grow up". I insist that "age" must not be a consideration as I plan my days, weeks and years. I will walk when I can and when I can't I will use the tools I have to remain active. I will accept help when it is offered, but decline to fit in other peoples "should" picture. <BR> <BR> My parents and grandparents eventually came to the realization that age didn't mean you had to sit in a rocking chair for the rest of your live. So, I will maintain friendsh... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 19:03:47 EST I'm frustrated I have joined and been accepted by the Survey Team, but have not received my points for joining. I am disappointed for myself, but even more for my teams. How can I get this problem corrected? Thu, 18 Mar 2010 18:48:57 EST Have you noticed? Have you noticed how young the mothers of teenagers look these days? A few years after I graduated from college I was driving across campus and noticed there must be a conference for junior high students Imagine my consternation when I discovered those were college students. Later I observed that the college students were getting younger every year. Now I look at the mothers with their children and I am sure that this is a nation of teenage parents.. I recently took my courage in hand and ask... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:50:00 EST That was yesterday My blog post yesterday sounded very depressing, but I am not depressed. In fact, I am extremely happy. I am also grateful. I have friends a plenty, a lovely home, a great caregiver, my six marvelous children and their children as well. <BR> <BR> My life is good. Sparkpeople is one of the assets. You see when I joined Sparkpeople I had many of the same things I listed above, but I thought I didn't have enough of something. Then I started reading the posts and articles on Sparkpeople and I re... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 01:24:44 EST Getting to know you one post at a time Reading through the post in the topic, “Getting to know you, one post at a time,” I found an interesting trend. Many people said they were/are perfectionists. Then they said they were procrastinators. These two traits go hand in hand. I read a paper while I was in college that explained the phenomena. <BR> It seems when we perfectionists look at a job, we see the difficulties involved in completing the task and feel we can't accomplish conquering them so we just don't start, or start so slo... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 23:51:35 EST Where is Everybody? I came on Lewis County Sparkers this evening and realized as I was looking at the statistics that I was listed as number five on the points list. Number five? Where did all my buddies go? <BR> I had only twenty some points and didn't really do a thing to earn them except to sign in. <BR> <BR> Then I though, I am part of the team and I hadn't put in the effort to record my activities for some time. I didn't deserve the honor of being on that list. So I started over again. I went to the point... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 03:42:22 EST Where does the time go? Just over a year ago, when I joined SparkPeople I didn't have enough to do. Well there weren't enough fun things to do. Then I joined with all of you and suddenly my life became full, overflowing even. <BR> <BR> I met Christine here and she became my caregiver. She introduced me to another group that expanded my activities and friends exponentially Now I can't find enough time to sit down and write all the wonderful things that are happening in my life. <BR> <BR> Christine has moved on, ... Sat, 7 Nov 2009 17:37:38 EST Its been just over a year I couldn't have imagined all that would happen in my world this year. I've experienced two changes in care-givers. Both changes were an improvement in our home situation. I met Christine the first care-giver here on SparkPeople. The association proved to be beneficial for all concerned. Christine and her husband planted a huge garden and shared the harvest with me. She also encouraged me to join TOPS, where I met several very interesting people. TOPS has become the center of my social life. F... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 17:52:35 EST What would you do? Today I misread one of the SparK People Blogs, The title was, " What Would You Do If You Could Not Fail" I read fall. <BR> <BR> What would I do if I could not fall. Walk freely, without a walker or a can, just walk. Climb my kitchen ladder to get things from the top shelves. Paint my bedroom. Play in the sprinkler with my grandchildren. Dance, Oh yes Dance!! <BR> <BR> I would walk to the land end of the San Andres Fault, explore our land, (we've lived here for sixteen years and I've neve... Sat, 20 Jun 2009 17:45:12 EST A Dear John letter My beautiful beloved, <BR> We have reached a point where I must end our wonderful relationship. I can’t begin to tell you how very painful it is to part with you. I look forward to meeting you every time I go shopping. Your scent permeates the air like a loving welcome. I have only to follow my nose to reach gratification. <BR> I know you’re crusty on the outside, but inside you are oh so soft. I just can’t resist. I can’t wait to get through the check stand and out to the car with you tuck... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 23:59:45 EST "I" During all my schooling I was taught that one should be careful not to use the word, "I" too often because the readers would become bored. In personal conversation it was said that asking questions about others made good conversation. The use of "I" was degraded. <BR> <BR> The natural consequence of these writing and speaking rules was that I learned to put other people and their needs at the top of my "To Do" list. "I" just wasn't important. <BR> <BR> Today I read a Spark article which ... Thu, 28 May 2009 15:29:36 EST Please meet some of my family I would like you to meet some of my family. On the left of the picture are my elder daughter and her husband, their son is the tall one in the back. My youngest son and his wife are on the left. Their three daughters are in front. I am proud of all of them. The two older girls have their own band and have performed publicly several times. They are a real hit in their home town. The girl in the middle is a good cook and she and I share e-mails often. <BR> <BR> My daughter is one of my suppor... Sun, 17 May 2009 14:14:52 EST another happy site This is my kind of place. Like Spark People this site is to spread cheer. Hope you'll join me there. <BR> <BR> <BR> / <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 15 May 2009 01:17:21 EST My wonderful Mother's day My kids fooled me once again. I've had a beautiful day. The grandsons and I had a laughing good time last night. The older boy cooked dinner and made cookies. They both played on my DS and had me in stitches arguing with the game. We watched the science channel until it started repeating and then we couldn't find anything else we wanted to watch so we turned the infernal machine off. They took their showers about the usual time in the evening and then we played until they were ready to go to ... Sun, 10 May 2009 23:38:24 EST Mother's Day Mother's Day. I find this to be a somewhat disappointing holiday. I have dreams based on what happened when I was a kid, but things don't go that way now. Way back then we really paid attention to the mothers in our lives. Now... <BR> <BR> When my children left home and established families of their own I realized that if I were to receive any attention on Mother's day it was coming from my in-laws. Daughter's in law do not forget! Surprise number one. Son's in law are also observant and if ... Wed, 6 May 2009 21:09:15 EST Fear is the enemy I read an article this morning about the "new" epidemic. This article did a great deal to inform and ease fears. There was a comment left that set me to thinking. The writer blames the current panic on the press, which for the past several years has been spreading hate and fear to all the people of this country. <BR> <BR> When are the media going to wake up and take the responsibility for calm, accurate reportage. We, the public, must demand less sensationalism in the media and more facts. ... Thu, 30 Apr 2009 17:54:31 EST The Future of Food My son sent me this message and link. It is a film about genetic modification of foods we eat. Please watch the film and then if you agree that those foods should be labeled write your Representatives and Senators, both state and federal. Ask them to pass any legislation that would require that any food containing genetically modified products be labeled. <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>re-of-food <BR> Mon, 20 Apr 2009 22:04:26 EST today I am thankful for... (continued) Today I am grateful for <BR> <BR> 1. The strength to deal with the unpleasant tasks <BR> 2. Perserverence to finish what must be finished <BR> 3. Knowledge I know or I know where to go to find the answer <BR> 4. Love both given and received <BR> 5. Memories upon which I can build and those that bring pleasure to my day <BR> 6. Hard time that have made the good times so much more appreciated <BR> 7. Six healthy children who daily make my life happier <BR> 8. Fresh clean water <BR> 9... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 17:43:09 EST Today I am thankful for... There is a song that says, " When I'm Tired and I Can't Sleep, I Count My Blessings Instead Of Sheep, And I Fall Asleep Counting My Blessings" <BR> <BR> I agree with the principle of that song, but think it is good to start the day counting our blessings. <BR> <BR> 1. Good Health <BR> 2. My home that is dry and warm <BR> 3. My family that expresses love freely <BR> 4. Grandchildren to keep me young <BR> 5. years of experience to teach me that hard times pass <BR> 6. Creativity as an outlet... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 15:59:29 EST Britain has talent!!! I heard something today that completely blew me away. I want everyone to hear this. Please close your eyes for a minute and just listen. I can't copy the link here, so please look for Susan Boyle on U-tube <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Apr 2009 00:31:50 EST contact information I have posted two articles from this site, but I think it better to give you their address so you can learn for yourselves all they have to teach. I don't want you to miss anything that you could use. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Apr 2009 12:57:28 EST Health News Health News <BR> Home-Based Program Extends Seniors' Lives <BR> 4/7/2009 Print E-mail TUESDAY, April 7 (HealthDay News) -- A home-based program for seniors that includes occupational and physical therapy, as well as some minor home modifications, can help people live longer, new research found. <BR> <BR> In fact, people who received this intervention gained an average 3.5 years of lifespan compared to those who didn't, according to researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 22:19:15 EST greens Today I am thinking about greens. I get really hungry for greens often. I use the usual Kale and Spinach, but there are lots of other greens. Arugula for instance has a mustard flavor. It is slightly bitter which makes it a good balance for very delicate flavors. Imagine a salad with Swiss cheese, an egg, spinach arugula and a few grape tomatoes. Mmm, that sounds good. <BR> I don’t usually cook with recipes. I am more likely to forage in the kitchen and make up a dish that is a combination ... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 22:55:28 EST Today This morning the sound of snow sliding off the roof awakened me. I didn't want to be awake that early, nor did I want more snow. I canceled my appointments for the day and looked for recipes on the net. I found recipes for molding sugar and Royal Icing and sent them to all my younger grandchildren. I was going to go to see them and demonstrate, but I don't think that will happen this year. I want them to be able to do some of these things without me. <BR> <BR> I am thinking that since every ... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 17:59:33 EST Today I just couldn't get going so... When I finally got myself downstairs I had an idea that had been rolling around in my head all night. I fixed a stir-fry for breakfast. It was very good! It also satisfied my need for bright colors and greens. This is what I did. <BR> <BR> In a non-stick fry pan with 1 Tablespoon canola oil <BR> Saute 1/2 onion chopped fine <BR> Add a 1/2 cup of mushrooms <BR> chop and add 1 hot pepper of your choice <BR> dice and add to the mix1 pre baked Sweet Potato <BR> Chop and add one leaf of Swiss ... Tue, 24 Mar 2009 18:59:52 EST Water Water. I used to take it for granted, now I have to buy every drop I drink. I used to drink anything else, now I drink water. Lots of water. I average between ten and twelve glasses per day and still wake up in the morning parched. I get dehydrated easily and wonder if I haven't become addicted to water. <BR> <BR> This is strange because I live where water is abundant, yet I can't seem to get enough. Juice is too sweet, soda has lost its appeal, I am not a heavy tea drinker and I really don'... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 23:13:34 EST pick yourself up and start all over again My last three weeks have been a whirlwind. I have eaten only two meals at home and nothing but fast food elsewhere. Now I know that one can safely eat fast food occasionally, but my pattern does not allow very much at all. <BR> <BR> I also know that when I don't eat I gain weight, so what do I do? Skip meals, don't eat breakfast, forget salads, in general do all the wrong things for me good health. I am a perfect example of what not to do. <BR> <BR> I also know this is a temporary conditio... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 01:01:41 EST We are all concerned with the cost of food. We are all concerned with the cost of food. <BR> <BR> I have learned a lot from the Mexican, Thai, and other oriental cuisine. I eat far less red meat nowadays. I eat more fish and lots more vegetables. Beans and rice are now staples in our diet. I have to admit that unless I doctor it well we don't much care for tofu. TVP (textured vegetable protein) is in common use. I mix it with ground beef most of the time. <BR> <BR> I have a good butcher and have him slice Round Steak paper thin for... Thu, 19 Mar 2009 22:35:07 EST Beware of Helpers <BR> I have begun to see myself as a control freak. I seem to have a need to be in control not only of my own self and household, but other homes and families as well. I like being seen as the benevolent earth mother who supplies for the needs of those around me. In so doing I reap the benefit of the gratitude of those I help and the admiration of the community at large. <BR> My social science instructor said, “Beware of helpers”. I've become a helper. I foster dependence in others to m... Wed, 18 Mar 2009 16:49:41 EST