GRAMMAP1's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMAP1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community In Sickness and in Health We celebrated our 59th Wedding Anniversary in June...or did we? I had been having stomach issues and George wanted to take me to Bob Evans to eat. Now I am glad I agreed even though I was sick. I ended up eating Mac and Cheese and Mashed potatoes; the only food I thought I could handle. <BR> <BR> Two days later, Friends stopped to pick up a couple sets of sheets I no longer needed. I couldn't get out to visit as I was busy between the bedroom and bathroom. When they left, I called out to Ge... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:54:06 EST How to Eat Crow Smiling! A few months ago we started receiving two fine magazines. I snarled ,"What were you thinking about to my peaceful Husband?" He wanted to get a book his High School published about Graduates from his much larger High School. He paid for the book and had to buy two magazine subscriptions. "You're just too loose with our funds," I grumbled. Now Hubby went to the same school my mother graduated from. While we were dating, I would fall asleep to their boring conversation of people from their "h... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 22:26:58 EST Three down; seven to go. The weather was perfect. We gathered at a lovely Church for the marriage of our Grandson Mike and his bride, Casey. I have to admit, the first time I saw them together three years ago, they looked like they belonged together. Neither are very tall, but the difference in their height just seemed right. <BR> <BR> It was great to see Friends and Family from all over the Country. These reunions usually happen at Weddings and Funerals. The Weddings of course, are lots happier occasions. <BR> The... Sun, 19 May 2013 00:01:05 EST Pain has Diminished. Thank you Lord. For many years I have endured back pain. I assumed it was genetic because five of my six Brothers have experienced back pain. Four of them had back surgery and all but one was successful. I have not felt I needed surgery though my pain is severe. I have had numerous treatments, but when 5 Vicodin a day could not help that much, my Doctor sent me to a Pain Management Clinic. I have degenerative disc disease, curvature of spine, and now I know for sure I have Fibromyalgia as I have suspected fo... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 23:44:27 EST I missed celebrating my 5th Sparkversary <em>410</em> My last blog was long and at the last touch of the computer; I lost it! <em>198</em> So I will try brevity this time. Five years ago in Jan., I joined Spark People. Actually, I was looking for a weight loss websight and when I saw FREE, I knew this was it! <BR> <BR> So what have I accomplished in five years? I have read many wonderful articles filled with good advice. I have changed eating habits getting lots of water and fruits/vegetables into our daily eating. DH is Diabe... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 23:53:56 EST Having been very ill... I am way off on my goals since I have been ill since Thurs. It is the first time I have had food poisoning. And it was such a special occasion. Our Grand Daughter married in Ariz. in Oct. and not many of us were able to attend. <BR> <BR> So our Daughter-in-law worked tirelessly to have a reception in Oh. for the young newly weds. Rachel will be a full-fledged Doctor in May. We had a good attendance; mostly relatives and the night went beautifully. That is until we got home... <BR> <BR> We... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 00:07:35 EST God's generosity to Man. We have our lovely white Christmas as others in many parts of the world. Snow just really sparkles up the drabness of Winter. For you that have it as a hazard to traveling, I am sorry, but it is beautiful. <BR> <BR> I see snow as a type of purity and that was a major point of the Virgin birth of Jesus. A Virgin was chosen and the Child Jesus was born in purity. Added to that was His sinless life. We know personally that a day does not pass without us being sorry for one of our actions. And t... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 00:58:28 EST Unexpected Activity at Church <em>288</em> We don't get to church as often as we did earlier in our lives. I awoke with an upset stomach Sunday morning. Neither of us had slept well, but we were determined to get to church. I do the driving now so when we pulled under the canopy it was raining. DH wanted to use his power chair and I usually can get it out while he works his way to the back of the van. When he sat in the chair, we discovered the battery was dead. So one of the "door greetings" offered to get him a wheel c... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 23:54:40 EST Where Is My Eye Patch Now? I probably shouldn't make this a public blog like this. But I learned to laugh at myself many years ago and can still do it. Since I recently had a cataract removed from my left eye, I am so aware how much we use our eyes. I like to read, I watch TV with DH, and working on the computer and all seem to cause eye strain. I am progressing well from surgery, but my eye felt strained this morning , so I put on my eye patch. It is made of plastic and metal. Instead of taping it on my eye, I just pu... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 23:38:00 EST Elaine's blog, "Let it Snow", inspired this one For thirteen years in Africa, we never saw snow; except for furlough time. We certainly experienced heat 3 degrees north of the equator! I see many blogs about heat and I am minding it too. So...I don't like snow, I don't like heat, I guess I am hard to please. <BR> <BR> Here, we have AC, and fans. and cream treats etc. Our African Friends in Central African Republic just have to live with it. Well, how about swimming? Even that endangers them of snail fever and many other contamin... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 17:45:22 EST Fur Babies, Joy, and Sorrow She was just a Kitten and already a larger animal had scratched her eye. Actually it was swollen shut. My Neighbor said, "Jane don't feed that Cat. I thought it good advice since we already had three Cats in the house. Her persistent crying was hard to ignore and yes, I am an animal lover. Our Son and two grandsons were living with us after being deserted by wife /Mother. The youngest grandson cried and warned me if the Kitten died; it would be my fault. I fed the Kitty and kept her outside ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:02:02 EST 2 Weeks and Counting! Two weeks ago tonight, I discovered my husband had an abscess on his big toe. Now George is an amputee and a diabetic. Bad mix. It was snowing so I called Tom, #3 Son and asked him to take Dad to the emergency room. He had a bad infection and the red streaks developed after he arrived in ER. He spent the next 4 days in the Hospital receiving high powered anti biotic <BR> IVs. His treatment continued as he was transferred to a Rest Home. He is also receiving therapy to regain strength. <BR> ... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 23:20:49 EST A Celebration: My 4th Anniversary on Spark People! I just posted (or tried) an elaborate Blog that did not pass inspection. So simply I will say, that i hope to lose 20# by my 5th Anniversary. Thanks to all who encouraged me. Hugs, Jane Wed, 11 Jan 2012 21:49:59 EST What to do with this New Year. Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 3:13 <BR> <BR> I don't know how much baggage you drag along with you (the things which are behind) but my memory is chuck full of past failures and hurts. I have an amazing memory for the wrong stuff. <BR> I am going to concentrate on ridding my mind of failure and look forward to what I CAN do in 2012.... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:32:28 EST What a Cool Day! No, I am not talking about the weather although it is plenty cold. I am sure you are experiencing that in many of the Northern States and Canada also. <BR> <BR> Our neighbors have taken a special interest in their older, debilitated neighbors. Bill will bring supper or extra portions of meat to us for supper and that has been a blessing. Liz is a good cook. Bill called last evening and bless their hearts, they have all had a turn at the Flu bug. They had tickets to a pancake dinner today at ... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 23:19:26 EST I Can't Sugar-coat This One I have complained for months <em>516</em> about fatigue. My check up with my Doctor today revealed I am diabetic. It just wasn't my standard to stare at the TV, hate to cook, and when I shopped, I broke into a sweat even in air conditioned stores. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Forty years ago, I was diagnosed as having Hypoglycemia. It was predicted at that time that I would eventually have diabetes. Well, it has happened. Since Dh has had the same disease 30 yr. now, the diet I (tried) to keep ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:14:03 EST Quadruple Blessings Living in our part of Africa where there isn't much industry, I often asked my Student wives why they prayed for the Lord to send Boy Babies. After all, the girls and Moms did the gardening, cooking, washing clothes, etc. and the Boys didn't seem that useful. Once in a while you would see them Babysitting, but usually that also was done by older sisters. On top of that, the Family received a dowry for their daughters when a Boy asked for her hand in marriage. <BR> <BR> The answer why was: ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:32:57 EST IF********* 1. You are 70 or more, I need your help. <BR> 2. If you have successfully lost weight in your 60s or more, I need your help. <BR> 3. If you journal your foods and they are common, I need your help. <BR> <BR> All your TV ads about weight loss are folks a lot younger than me. <BR> Many aren't really using the five veggie-fruit and balanced meal plan, but off-beat items I won't use. Food allergies are another problem. I am allergic to tuna, turkey, milk products <BR> and other popular health f... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 23:24:45 EST My Losing Weight is imperative. After my Electrical Cardio procedure, I really didn't feel different. I was scheduled to go back for an EKG today as a follow up. The news was not good. My heart is still out of rhythm. My Cardiologist said he made several attempts that day before it settled back into a steady beat. He also said all this is complicated by a lung problem undoubtedly caused by my Chronic Sinusitis. <BR> <BR> He knows I was attempting weight loss and I was successful in losing 22#. No, don't cheer me. I have... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 21:29:40 EST My Miracle Fizzled. As I watched the Technician perform a Doppler Cardiogram on me, I felt confident I had been healed. So I convinced myself it wouldn't be long until my energy returned. <BR> <BR> Two days later, the Cardiologist's nurse called to let me know I would have a procedure called "Electrical Cardioversion" on March 14th. So I am still out of rhythm. I will be going in on Mon. to learn more about the procedure. Since my defibrillator had never gone off, apparently I haven't reached the 160 mark. I ... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 23:48:56 EST OH,OH! GRAMMA IS IN TROUBLE. My numbers read well from my Lab tests at my Doctor's office last week, but I have been so tired. So today I went for my pacer check and to see my Cardiologist. Now I know why I am so tired. Atrial Fib. My <em>26</em> has been out of rhythm for several days. So I will have a <BR> Cardiogram on Mon. and most likely Electrical Cardioverson sometime thereafter. But now I have an excuse for my careless house keeping and not wanting to cook. DH cooks well but the kitchen is a disaster when he ... Wed, 23 Feb 2011 23:51:36 EST FIRE, FIRE I really am not preoccupied with death, but you get to my age, you keep losing friends and Family. Today we attended a funeral for my and seemingly every ones Friend, Margaret. Margaret and Chuck would have celebrated their 67th wedding Anniversary today, but instead there was her funeral. Several years ago they took a Mission trip to Africa to minister for 3 months. The day after they returned home, she had a massive stroke which put her in a wheel chair the rest of her life. <BR> <BR> Ten... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 22:59:41 EST How about a good laugh at our expense! Sunday morning..of course we are going to church. We went to the County Fair yesterday and came home tired and sore. Before going to bed, DH reminded me that we needed to set our clocks back. Whoopee~! an extra hour of sleep. <BR> <BR> So morning comes and we casually get ready for church and eat breakfast. We walked in "just a little late" and to our amazement the sermon was over five minutes later. What happened here? <BR> <BR> Since DH watches more TV than I do, I figured he had been rem... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 23:50:17 EST Practice makes perfect. OK, I have been practicing for almost 75yrs., when is the perfection to arrive? <BR> <BR> My Mother told me when I was in High School, that I was sturdy; not overweight. Of course she did weigh 200#, so my 135# looked good to her. We would diet together. Do any of you remember Dr. Cranes 10# in 10 day diet? you just gave up drinking water like 1 glass the first day, 2 glasses the 2nd day and 3 glasses from then on. Well, it worked for me, but my poor Mother didn't succeed. <BR> <BR> Well i... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 23:51:20 EST What is your excuse? We have dozens of excuses why we don't eat right or why we don't drink the water necessary to hydrate ourselves. And of course we can't exercise because....I plead guilty. Eating correctly costs too much. Or takes too much time to prepare. And of course, we have aches and pains that prohibit exercise. Or it takes too much time out of our day. And water? we don't like the way it tastes or it causes too many trips to the bathroom. <BR> <BR> I know I have just scratched the surface. Would you... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:48 EST A Tribute to Mom We all have had a Mom. Mine, I lost 33 years ago. She was an amazing woman and Mother of 7. The only househelp was from me her only daughter. I really shouldn't say that since Dad was the one that mopped the kitchen, peeled the potatoes for Sunday dinner and did all the popcorn popping. And she was a wonderful cook. <BR> <BR> I have raised four and felt I was a hard worker. But Mom did 6 years of child care without running water in the house, heat from a pot bellied stove and an out house... Sat, 8 May 2010 16:44:46 EST The Quiz Referred to in my last blog. A number of you asked where the quiz I took could be found. Well, I have been looking and finally can share with you where it can be found. It is with the many articles written by Dean Anderson. It is entitled "Will You Win at the Numbers Game?" <BR> <BR> It is very informative and well worth the time spent taking it. I hope this helps others as much as it helped me. <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> Fri, 7 May 2010 00:16:11 EST Did you take the Spark's Quiz? Well I did. And it is so revealing. It helped me see how much more I could be doing like: <BR> Planning meals <BR> Tracking my food intake. <BR> Eating 3 meals consistently. <BR> Getting DH on board to encourage each other. <BR> <BR> There are other things I am sure, but if I succeed in doing these things, I can look for other helps to get healthier. I knew these things, but needed reminded! <BR> <em>91</em> <em>140</em> <em>324</em> <em>292</em> Mon, 3 May 2010 23:52:49 EST More Habits I need to go after! I love Cappuccino and I love Peanut Butter. I am aware of a healthier Cappuccino, but the local grocery store keeps playing around with the price. The other that I like and not so healthy is better priced. So I will back off to one serving daily. <BR> <BR> Peanut butter. Again I can get low fat in smaller containers and have been doing that. The economy size rarely comes in low fat. I sure love these cooperative groceries! <em>39</em> <BR> Again, I must compensate by eating less peanut but... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 23:55:42 EST Finally: I am kicking the salt habit. Yes, I enjoy an occasional sweet, but salty foods have been my downfall. I have kidded myself that I cut back years ago when I had to start treatment for High blood pressure. But I LOVE potato chips, salty popcorn and nuts, etc. So I finally made myself stop using the salt shaker. I don't buy chips anymore. groan. Now let's see if I can start buying nuts without salt. Oh my! I have to have victory over salt and with God's help...I will. Boy do I need your support. <em>486</em> <em>477</em> ... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 23:16:51 EST HAVE I GOT A STORY TO TELL!!! We have had a lovely, warm, Spring Day today. We were sitting, relaxed in our Gramma/Grampa chairs watching the news. The wind kicked up and Hubby commented on the bird feed blowing horizontally with the wind. In the same breath, he mentioned hoping none of our trees would come down with the strong wind. Suddenly we heard a ker-plunk and looked out our huge picture window and a 40 ft. pine had just fallen missing the house by 6 in. <BR> <BR> I wish I had a working camera, but I truly believe... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 18:05:00 EST I Can No Longer Disillusion You. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> IF anyone was curious about my appearance, the truth comes out. TaDa it's me. If the picture doesn't show up ( I am terribly computer illiterate) you can see it on my profile. So... <BR> <BR> Do I look 70+? <BR> Do I look like a Tomboy? Because I was. Mother asked me as a teen if I would ever be a Lady? <BR> Do I look like I always lived in a Man's world? See my Spark -page. <BR> Do I look like a Missionary//Pastor'... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 23:49:12 EST A BURDEN LIFTED I received a call from my Drs. Office today about a biopsy I had a couple weeks ago. I have had a strange looking ring on my shin that peeled in a form of a circle about the size of a quarter. When I was in the Hospital, I believe every nurse , technician and Dr. that examined me inquired about that strange spot. <BR> Then the last check up with my surgeon, he suggested that I have it biopsied. So I mentioned to my Dr. and she did it for me. <BR> <BR> The report came back today that it was ... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 21:45:09 EST He is always there. In sickness or in health, <BR> In suffering and pain, <BR> In storm-laden skies, <BR> In sunshine and rain, <BR> God always is there <BR> To lighten your way <BR> And lead you through darknes... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:21:38 EST Are We There Yet? Our four Boys, very normally when on a trip would ask, "are we there yet? Now when you are taking an 8 hour trip on rough African roads to get supplies in the Capitol City, could pose the question frequently. Oh yes, this was Africa in a pick up truck with ruined shocks from overloading in any kind of weather. Sunny or rainy both presented major problems. In the blazing sun with no air conditioning. Or in the rain with canvas between you and the elements. If any one had a right to be impatie... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 21:44:51 EST Do I know Me? Seriously! I have prided myself of being insightful and so did my Sons and Husband. Of course I was the only female in the Family. So I often had premonitions characteristic of ladies along with hunches or lucky guesses. <BR> <BR> But I have come to a point in my life that I realize, I don't know much about myself. I was sure when I started SP I wanted to get healthy and lose weight. <BR> But realistically, I am a rebel. Yes, I drink water, I eat more fruits and veggies. <BR> I force myself... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 22:44:21 EST AN AFRICAN CHRISTMAS; MISSIONARY STYLE PART II Since we lived where the Missionary Kids Grade School was, we were Christmas Caroled by the Missionary Kids, who sacrificed sleep time so we would still be in bed. What a pleasant way to awaken. Sometimes there were up to 20 children and other times only a few. But their sweet voices were a blessing. <BR> <BR> There was a morning service again at the local church and a special offering was received in honor of the Baby Jesus birthday. The church always had special needs and it was a boost t... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 00:05:15 EST An African Christmas..Missionary Style. Part I Getting in the mood for Christmas in 90 degree weather was difficult for this Buckeye (Ohioan). The Shopping Trip often took place a couple months in advance. You see the Capital City was 8 hours away on hole punctured, washboard roads. Also School would be in session and a teacher needed to shop their 3 time a year trip during vacation. <BR> <BR> So we put on Christmas Music with records because the quality of Radio playing Christmas Carols was long distance and faded in and out. Unless ... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 23:02:47 EST Where was that check for four weeks? Or.... One Sunday (See the $127, Dinner) we went to a neighboring town to eat. On the return trip DH didn't slow down in a small village, and was fined. So we sent a check by mail to care for the fine,uncontested. <BR> <BR> Two weeks later he was sent a notice to appear in court since he hadn't paid a fine by the certain date. So we drove to the near-by town and contested the increase in the fine (about $30.) They told us it was our responsibility and since it wasn't paid on time, thus the increas... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:10:34 EST One very strange week! 1. I have had Tummy problems <BR> 2. We had a fire. <BR> 3. Our dryer doesn't work <BR> 4. An important check is lost in the mail. <BR> 5. Flu Shots <BR> <BR> I have had tummy problems all week. I think I am getting better and then something I eat sets it off again. <BR> <BR> Tues night when I was on Spark people, DH called,"I have a fire out here" from the kitchen. I ran with my trusty water mug and then realized it was an electrical fire. There was a spark when he tried to turn on a circu... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 23:30:49 EST Here We Go Again. Our youngest Son has deployed to Iraq three times. He has been home 1 1/2 yrs. since his last deployment teaching ROTC Classes. I thought I could relax, but today our oldest Son left for Iraq. He will not be in a combat situation as his brother was, but things happen even in the green zone. <BR> <BR> Though we pray constantly for the Family,Dan will be at the top of the list and we will pray for him and his Men's safety. God is good and has protected in the past, and I know Dan should be saf... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 21:46:21 EST Finish the Job Sometimes I thought Dad should have been Solomon's Assistant. He was so full of wisdom. <BR> <BR> My Brother tells the story of his first competitive run in High School. He and another guy still had a long run when others had all finished. So they walked off the track. Dad could not attend the relay, but he asked his Son how it went. My Brother told his story and Dad was displeased. He advised: Finish the job. I am not raising a quitter. My Brother always finished the race after that, and be... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 23:17:46 EST Our 132.00 lunch (groan) Our Son invited us for lunch today. Great. Our Grandson came to us during church and said Dave was sick and postponed our luncheon date. DH decided we could eat out and wondered if I minded that we went out of town. I said,ok. The first Restaurant he had in mind was closed, so we went to a Chinese Restaurant. The meal was fine and cost $20.00. Returning home and chatting as we do, we came into a small town and DH forgot to slow down until he saw the Sheriffs car. Braking, of course didn't wor... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 23:23:08 EST Hi Ho Come to the Fair. Our County Fair is currently running. Since we are in an agricultural area, showing animals is extremely competitive. Did I look in the animal barns? no. The grange building is always beautiful with produce and canning on display? Did I visit there? No. I did go through the commercial building and noticed there were very few freebies. The school displays are always interesting: especially the furniture the students build. You guessed it, I didn't go there either. <BR> <BR> Well, why in the ... Wed, 16 Sep 2009 21:59:37 EST Are those dishes clean? Several months ago Hubby offered to keep the dishes clean. Fine. I had been doing dishes since I was 10 (for a Family of 9) so I find that very helpful. <BR> <BR> Three times since then, he has emptied the dishwasher back into the cupboard without the washing process. Groan <BR> Last night I heard him unloading the dishwasher and I was able to stop him quickly, so he could get them all back to the dishwasher. So later in the evening, I ran the dishwasher. Today, I was back on the computer an... Sat, 5 Sep 2009 21:17:36 EST A Joyful Experience. My best friend and her two nieces (who have adopted me as Grandma) had lunch together to celebrate my birthday. Our lunch lasted three hours but we did not over eat. However there was an abundance of talk and laughter. It was a joy to visit and have fun with the younger generation. Well, young to us..they are are in their early 50s. <BR> <BR> Judy had 5 children and both her parents are gone. There was one grandmother who was an alcoholic. Her sister, Ginny, had two children and long distanc... Thu, 6 Aug 2009 22:51:25 EST OF MICE AND MEN Cat owners should not have to go through what we just experienced. But I quickly add that Socks is 18 cat years and doesn't hear as well as she once did. Nor is her sight very good, but we are glad to have her around for cuddling. <BR> <BR> Several nights ago, I let out a shriek because I saw a mouse in the kitchen. As usual DH expected that I would care for the problem. Well it wasn't a mouse but a mole; pretty fat and sassy! There were numerous other sightings and numerous other shrieks. H... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 22:55:37 EST Father's Day/ Wedding Anniversary I have already mentioned that I was the only daughter..with 6 brothers. My Sweetie wanted to get married June 20th. Guess what else that was. Yep, Father's Day. In good spirits, my dad said,"He takes my only daughter and that isn't bad enough, but he did it on Father's Day." <BR> <BR> He got a dose of his own medicine, George did. He had to share Father's Day and our Anniversary in the same weekend! It is hard to believe this is our 55th. But it was a fun weekend and we managed to celebrate ... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 22:28:06 EST The Lord has done great things. It was an amazing Journey. On May 18th, the old came out and the new was installed. After much pain prior to surgery, I already feel the difference. I couldn't believe they had me walking on the new knee less than 24 hrs. after surgery. With 23 staples, I was sure it was going to let loose and it was so badly swollen and bruised, giving me insecurities I had never experienced before. But a great TEAM of surgeons, plus a Mighty God and many of you praying, spelled success. I am using my walker... Mon, 1 Jun 2009 21:46:21 EST Good bye to canes and walkers! Tomorrow is S day. Surgery is to be around 9:20am, and I need to be at the Hospital lab at 7:00am. They want to be sure after a week of being off coumudin, my blood has thickened some. <BR> <BR> I expect the surgery to go well. The surgeon said it would take 1 1/2 - 2 hrs. After hearing many folks at Church assure me of their prayer, how can I doubt? A friend just installed new wheels and slides on my walker and I have it identified by cat stickers. Who would guess? <BR> <BR> I request pray... Sun, 17 May 2009 18:02:37 EST