GRAMMAP1's SparkPeople Blog GRAMMAP1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community More interesting Information Cats have more than 100 vocal sounds. Dogs have about 10 <em>240</em> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. <em>219</em> <em>219</em> <em>584</em> <BR> <BR> If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction. <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>363</em> <em>554</em> <em>554</em> <em>554</em> <em>55... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:40:41 EST More Wisdom or Whatever Maine is the only State whose Title is one syllable. <BR> <BR> Butterflies taste with their feet. <em>582</em> <em>582</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> The Cruise Liner, QE2, only moves 6 inches gor each gallon of Diesel that it burns. <em>340</em> <em>198</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:01:47 EST More Wisdom or Whatever Maine is the only State whose Title is one syllable. <BR> <BR> Butterflies taste with their feet. <em>582</em> <em>582</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> The Cruise Liner, QE2, only moves 6 inches gor each gallon of Diesel that it burns. <em>340</em> <em>198</em> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:01:47 EST More Wisdom or whatever A jiffy is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:27:54 EST More Wisdom or whatever A jiffy is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. <em>12</em> <em>12</em> <em>56</em> <em>56</em> <em>128</em> <em>128</em> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:27:54 EST More Wisdom or Whatever. A Cat <em>240</em> has 32 muscles in each ear. <BR> <BR> A Dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours. <BR> <BR> Al Capone's business card said he was used furniture dealer. <em>412</em> <em>176</em> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:52:43 EST Immensely Interesting It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> A Shark is the only Fish that can blink with both eyes. <em>583</em> <em>14</em> <em>175</em> Mon, 6 Feb 2017 22:54:49 EST Any suggestions? My Sweet Husband is turning 86 on Wed. I have bought him gifts of clothes mostly, since He is in Nursing Care at the Rest Home. His room is far from large and the walls are filled, as well as every flat surface. I also wanted to include other patients with a token gift. Not food because many ,are diabetic, including him. We don't have any Bible Bookstores in our town of 30,000. I often got small gifts with Bible verses before. To top it off, I may be coming down with the dreaded Flu Bug. I ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:12:46 EST More wisdom. Are you Ready? February 1865 is the only month recorded in History not to have a full moon. <em>31</em> <BR> <BR> All 50 States are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill. <em>528</em> <BR> <BR> The Win ter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. <em>40</em> Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:29:38 EST More wisdom..or is it trivia? A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. <em>14</em> I feel I am going the same way! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> A snail can sleep for three years. <em>505</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> We're getting smarter every day! <em>246</em> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 22:22:48 EST Being intellectual for a change. Did you know?For those who don't know...A dime has 118 ridges on its edge! <BR> Did you know? A crocodile cannot stick it's tongue out. Don't you feel enlightened? Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:17:06 EST I am Happy to report this is my *8th Anniversary Eight years ago I began my journey on Spark People. Mrs. Honey C was my first Coach and we all loved her. I had my successes and failures, but she and the Team were always ready to encourage me. Other Teams have contributed to my knowledge and growth and I say <em>304</em> to all the above. <BR> <BR> I also thank Spark Guy, <em>223</em> , and many leaders for hours of volunteer work helping me on my way. This is a great Organization and I am grateful for what I have learned from many a... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:50:14 EST My themes seem so sad. Sorry. We received a prayer request Wed. night from my Brother's Family. His Son in law in his 50's had to be taken by the Squad to an Emergency Room. He had been stung by a hornet. They knew he was allergic to stings, but they live quite a ways out of town. They couldn't open his airway and he passed away in surgery. <BR> <BR> It is very sobering and what it said to me is: have your life in order. You don't know when God will call you home. Not everyone will get into God's heaven. We need to accep... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 22:18:34 EST Yellow veggies Important for bloating bellies Yes, I have this problem and according to the Nutritionist with Dr. Oz it is connected to your back. The solution she offered was yellow vegetables. <em>370</em> <em>267</em> <em>147</em> <em>367</em> , squash, rutabaga, well just google yellow vegetables. <BR> Of course those are yellow potatoes, yellow peppers, and yellow tomatoes. I always have <BR> preferred yellow tomatoes. <BR> <BR> I tried to find a program review, but I couldn't find it. You who are better with computers p... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:04:00 EST With a heavy Heart <em>26</em> With a heavy heart I write this blog. I am a Gaither Music Fan and a couple years ago or more, He introduced Joey and Rory Feek. They are Country Western Singers and I don't know them personally. But I have followed his blog "This Life I Live" since Joey was diagnosed with cancer. Earlier they had their first child and she was born with Downs Syndrome. But that Baby could not be loved more and that too endeared me to the Feeks. <BR> <BR> His blog today is sad because Joey is ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:05:58 EST Unintentional Injuries You have heard the term, "sticks out like a sore thumb." I have encountered the meaning of this phrase. I had visited with Hubby about 2 hrs . or so at the Rest Home Because of our short days, it was already dark out. It was also cold and windy, so I took the shortcut in front of the car. Not being able to see and only wanting to get in the car for comfort, I tripped on the curbing and down I went. The knee implant was first to hit , then the other knee and then my poor old head. I coul... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:02:32 EST Well, duh! Some of you know that I have not been well. Fatigue, lightheaded, dropping things, and anger. One of the days I had to chide myself for the self hate words I was saying. This has been going on for two weeks. <BR> <BR> I went to a free online Clinic I answered honestly all the questions they asked. The Dr. was ready to give a diagnosis, but please send money; not a lot, but no answers without it. I don't have credit cards and I couldn't access my e mail. I just had to leave the site. <BR> ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 23:03:05 EST I Need a Relaxing Weekend When you reach that great age of 80, wouldn't you think life could slow down a little? Take Saturday for instance. I attended a funeral in the morning. Then there was Tegan's , our Gr. Granddaughter's first Birthday Party in the afternoon. Later in the day I visited Sweet Hubby of 61 Yrs., came home and collapsed. <BR> <BR> This morning I was up again to attend church. Oh, for the good old days when Hubby took me to lunch! No, I had to come home and prepare Lunch. Then at 3:30, DIL called... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 21:03:47 EST Just a brief Blog this Time. I will start this again. My computer has been out of commission for a year and months. It is so good to be back. That is my positive statement. But on the negative side, many of my Friends are no longer active. That really grieves me. Perhaps they wore out their computer, or are taking a Sabatical. <BR> <BR> Whatever is happening, I am glad for my wonderful Friends that are still here. Actually Spark People and Face Book are where I spend the most time. I don't seem to have the proper settin... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 00:15:57 EST 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