HOPE2BE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HOPE2BE HOPE2BE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Tip or thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964338 Here's a tip or a thought when it comes to my cord for my tablet or my phone. It always gets messed up in my bag or my purse and is hard to find sometimes if I carry a big bag, so what I use is an old cosmetic bag which zips up and makes it easy to locate and keeps it from tangling up with other things. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:49:52 EST KatrinasDream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787686 Recently I met a girl named Helene who was walking across the United States. I met her in my hometown of Joplin at McDonald's where I was taking advantage of the free coffee. Her mother-in-law was Katrina who had met President Roosevelt and also Churchill when she was 8 years old. She is the one who started Katrinasdream.org and was in favor of the ERA. Helene was walking across the U.S. to get the ERA into the Constitution. She is quite a girl. I found her to be very inspiring and she found ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:50:36 EST TKR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755698 I finally had my Total Knee Replacement and things seem to have good with it. I'm in a lot of pain but only because I have to keep pushing my knee to bend and to straighten out so it has to hurt until I get it to do right. I'm at my oldest daughters apt. and it was so good of her to put me up. My youngest daughter had also said I could have stayed there with her but I wasn't sure about her dogs. I didn't want any accidents. I almost stumbled over my oldest daughter's cat last night though so ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:51:06 EST Heart problems. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709668 I am due to have a TKR done in July. They did a preop on me and found out from the xrays that I had scarring on my heart and they believe I had a mild heart attack sometime. I'm hoping its a mistake or due to the many times I had pneumonia. Hopefully this will blow over and I can have my surgery. Prayers would be appreciated. Hope Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:07:42 EST free 1 year subsciption to Family Circle and baby magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698784 On my free sites they're offering a free year subsciption to Family Circle and to a Baby Magazine too. Just go to one of these 2 sites. <BR> <link>www.shop4freebies.com </link> <BR> <link>www.regularmom.com </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 22:31:26 EST Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698781 Well I'm finally having the surgery for Total Knee Replacement on my other knee. It's set for July 8th. Hopefully its the last of my pain for awhile. Not only do I have arthritis but I also have fluid on my knee which he recently took out so he's not able to remove it again for a while. That's ok though because I have bone on bone so it would have been necessary anyhow. Other than that I'm doing pretty good. To those I've not been able to get back with thanks and prayers to all my friends. Ho... Mon, 19 May 2014 22:28:42 EST Free country song downloads today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669018 <link>www.shop4freebies.com </link> <link>www.regularmom.com </link> Both of these sites are free sites and today have the same link for downloading 10 free country songs by such artists like Rascal Flatts. Just scroll down til you find it. Hope Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:49:48 EST Freedom of Religion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665767 I hope people realize you have to be positive sometimes for things to happen. My mom really wanted to realize this before passing away but I know in heaven she will see it come true. I've been writing to the President about Freedom of Religion. One thing which most people have lost sight of is Prayer is a part of Religion and to be denied prayer is denying Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech. Also one thing else is the Constitution does not say it Freedom From Religion but rather Freedo... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:42:24 EST my name http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638927 I use Hope2be because my middle name is Hope and I hope a lot. Today I got a letter with my username and an invitation to a member welcoming her to the Cleveland team. Lol I'm from Joplin so it came a a shock to see my name on the co-leaders. Maybe she has it spelled differently than mine? We shall see. Hope Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:07:44 EST a new apt. and issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555052 I got a new apt. in town and got things out of my storage and now I'm sifting through things trying to get rid of stuff I don't need or can give away and what reallys needs to be kept. I'm limited on my storage even if its larger in some places than my last apt. Its good for me though to get this done. I don't need to clutter up my life. The issue that I'm faced with is Spark People. It seems every thime I have an issue with yahoo it reverts back to Spark People. I'll have to delete everyth... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:36:21 EST Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546844 Today is cold and wet and rainy all day it looks like. When walking to the trolley stop the road next to the sidewalk was flooded. I tried getting up on the grass to get out of the way of the cars going by and splashing on me but no a van came by going over the speed limit and splashed water all over me. Nothing like cold wet rain and water soaking you when you have to wait for the trolley. I could have been mad but I thought how many times have I told people when I lived in Fla. that I don't... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:50:45 EST Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545405 Our PSR had their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. I had turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and lots of green beans. The turkey was yummy. We had no cranberry sauce though so everyone was a little disappointed. They didn't want to serve it since there's a lot of diabetics there. All in all we had a good dinner. Lately I've been having lots of vegetables which are good for me. Hope Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:26:14 EST 64th Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543546 I'm enjoying my birthday today and my oldest daughter took me to HUHOT where she works and treated me to lunch there. There were lots of vegetables and spices to spice up the food and it was all good. Yum Yum. I don't feel like 64 that's for sure. Hope Sun, 17 Nov 2013 15:11:39 EST 42 in. TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523898 Well the sweepstakes in my survey site declared I'd won a prize and they sent a link to click on to choose a prize. There were 3 different TV's and a laptop and something else but I figured this 42 in. TV would be more expensive and besides I did need a TV. It arrived this week. Its a LG LCD LED HGTV. I don't know how to get it up so I'll have to have my DD's help me and the site said if I send in a picture with me and the TV and they print it I'll get a $20 gift card ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:48:01 EST Scooters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513121 I know some people worry about gas etc. but sometimes you should invest in a scooter to get you around when you're going to the park to walk or down to the corner store to pick a few items up. You waste less gas and its also not as expensive or fuel emmision to get there. Perhaps put your teenager on one before putting in a car for getting back and forth to school. Hope Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:42:10 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507183 Thank you everyone for the condolences and prayers and sympathy for me and my family. My oldest DD put together a collage of pictures of my mom and various members of the family and so it was wonderful seeing all the old pictures of her in nursing school with dad and the siblings and nieces and nephews and grandchildren. Everyone liked it so well other people are asking her to help their family too. I will miss Mom and others will too and the family was so together at this time. No fighting o... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 16:27:36 EST MOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504409 Today my Mom passed away. My DD woke up this morning and found her on the floor. It was quite upsetting to me and to her and the rest of the family. We will Miss her and know her time had come. She was a very forgiving giving person and I know my 2 DD's couldn't have had a better grandmother. She was there for them when their Dad wasn't there. I know she's in heaven now and know God is taking care of her. MISS YOU MOM. Hope Fri, 4 Oct 2013 12:36:31 EST Farmer's market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503388 Usually I don't get a chance to go to the Farmer's Market but they have a small one at the hospital and usually its on Wed. Today they were out there and the trolley driver let me go over and buy some fresh ripe tomatoes there and not only that but the hospital passed out a coupon good for $1.00 off anything you bought there so I bought some for me and my mom and daughter to use. They are so yummy. Hope Thu, 3 Oct 2013 10:59:56 EST supper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493762 Last night I didn't feel like having chicken again even though the chicken I've been cooking is good. I felt like mom and I could have a fresh fruit plate that would feel us up and give us our 5 fruits and vegetables for the day. We had grapes and apples and grapefruit and strawberries which filled us both up. My oldest DD came home and said we needed meat to have a meal and both of us just laughed. She said you're making stuff up by saying you're filled up but I know both of us were full. It... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:42:10 EST Laptop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489237 Hurray!!!! On one of my survey sweepstakes sites I won the Laptop/Tablet Hybrid worth over $1,000. I can't wait to get it. Hope Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:04:33 EST Dr. visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475998 I went to the Dr. today and told him about diving from the high dive and swimming against the jet stream. He just laughed and got a kick out of what I told him. I said I really didn't think I needed the oxygen as much as the hospital thought and I told him why. He said I could use it at night and then only as needed during the morning. I agreed to that. Thankfully it sounds like a plan. Hope Wed, 4 Sep 2013 18:24:06 EST Pic Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470795 My mom is 91 and just got out of the hospital and my daughter and I had to learn how to give a pic line to her. Thank God its fairly easy and not much to it. It takes about 30 min. and is a little like my infusion and is also sent by the same people and the same information line. I already have their number on my contact list so most of it is fairly easy and not time consuming. Mom is doing good and enjoys all the attention. Hope Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:39:03 EST swimming a diving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459769 My grandson challenged me to go off the high dive but didn't believe I would do it. I went swimming without my oxygen tank because I breathe fairly easy now. I went to the high diving board first and did a jackknife. I went in pretty good and clean. Everyone was watching. It was a church party. I then went off the low dive. I then went in to the part that has a swimming against the current like upstream and it was on high. I did it 3 times. I did it in about 20 seconds. My daughter said I mus... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:38:43 EST infusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419940 Yesterday I got my first infusion shot. They were there from 3 til 6. It takes about 2 hours to do it but they had to go over it with me since they were teaching me how to give it to myself. It wasn't real complicated and they were really nice. They had no trouble finding my house. It will probably solve a lot of my health issues since I have low immunity in my system and in order to receive it you have to have 2 out of 4 not normal. I told both of them about spark people but forgot to give m... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 15:23:09 EST snitches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411678 I don't know why I don't agree with people who say not to snitch. Maybe its because people say not to get involved and so when children turn up missing or when there's terrorists involved why do I want to spend my time making sure these people get caught and if possible the child brought home. I heard an expression the other day saying William Burke I think from the 16th Century said for Evil to Triumph Good Men must do Nothing. I think that's why snitches would like us to do nothing so evil ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 16:15:17 EST Don't touch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408429 How many people don't think or even consider Don't touch. When you tell someone not to touch your food do you even think what the other person is thinking? Perhaps they're thinking you don't want them to steal your food and so they don't touch and then they starve. They want to be honest and not steal it but they won't come out and say they're starving because maybe they think you don't care. This may lead to anorexia or anything else. Just a thought I had because sometimes I feel that way t... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:25:16 EST BBQ grill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361185 I entered losing tickets that people gave me in the Mo Lottery site and got points for it. I accumulated enough points to order a BBQ grill and gave it to my youngest DD. I wasn't sure if she'd like it but apparently she does. She cooked on it 2 days ago and my grandson and her and I enjoyed a feast after she got it put together. Its also a smoker and smoked BBQ grill so she should get a lot of enjoyment out of it. Its was a win win situation for me. Hope Sun, 19 May 2013 14:38:01 EST Snake mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357512 I was told by a man on the trolley that the snake I killed was a cotton mouth but when I got to my group this week i had them look it up on the computer since my DD said I was wrong. We looked and what it looked like was a yellow bellied water snake which wasn't poisonous. LOL It sure fooled us. He was hissing and squiirming and refused to die. I can see why now. God was telling us something. Hope Wed, 15 May 2013 13:52:56 EST Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356452 The surgery found 2 things wrong with me first my bile is going into my stomach which I'll have to eat 5 times a day and the 2nd is my tubing is fluctuating on me. No acid though. Hope Tue, 14 May 2013 15:12:50 EST News to me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354122 Most people who get sick all the time like me may not know that they have a low immune system which can be checked with a blood test. I have always had this condition but didn't know til late last year that that was my problem. Now you can go to a specialist or even your Ear Nose and Throat Dr. to get a shot every 2 weeks to every month that will build up your immunity. It is worth getting checked for those who don't know. The specialist wasn't taking any more patients but my Ear Nose and Thr... Sun, 12 May 2013 15:05:06 EST Life on the farm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353167 Last night we got home my DD and GS and I and the dogs were barking at something on the side of the house. It was a snake. Not til today did I find out it was a cotton mouth. My DD had my GS get the spade but she couldn't kill it. I took the spade and pinned his head to the ground and tried as much as I could to get his head off but to no avail. Then my DD got the wire cutters. I had her keep the head pinned and I tried to cut his head off but still he was resilient. I could only cut part of... Sat, 11 May 2013 14:12:44 EST Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351991 I have to have surgery on this coming Tues. They were going to have it in outpatient but then said because I'm having issues with my oxygen that I'll have to go to the next town where the Dr. operates from and have it done in a hospital setting in case anything goes wrong. Hopefully things will go good. The local hospital is planning on giving me an oxygen walking test after the surgery since they think the obstruction in my throat or my trachea is whats causing the loss of oxygen. Hopefully... Fri, 10 May 2013 10:40:07 EST Thank You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350848 Thank you everyone who voted for Phaedra and I. The contest is over and I think we won it. WOOHOO!!! We had 4570 votes. That was about 2000 more than the 2nd place winner. When I get my hair done I'll post a picture of the 2 of us. I'm also treating my mom to a massage when I get my gift card. Thank you especially to fourstateshomepage.com and to my DD Phaedra for posting the picture and entering us in the contest. Hope Thu, 9 May 2013 10:29:59 EST Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344608 Who would believe we'd have snow today and possibly tomorrow. I woke up this morning to see snow covering the ground. I watched the Today program where they were in Georgia and had on sleeveless dresses and shirts. Its freezing today where we're at. They say it hasn't been like this for over 100 years. Since back in the 1800's. Oh well take it with a grain of salt. Winter advisory. LOL Mother Nature at its best. Tornado's and now snow. Hope Fri, 3 May 2013 16:52:01 EST Vote for Us. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340961 The link I sent in yesterday may not have worked. Here is another link that work better. Please vote for Phaedra and I for look a like mother and daughter. We appreciate the votes. You can vote 5X daily I think up until the 9th of next month in May. Thank you and BTW you have to register but its no big deal there. They don't send anything to you unless you ask for it. Its a TV station site. Hope <BR> <BR> <link>fourstateshomepage.upickem.net/engin<BR>e/SubmissionWidget.aspx?PageType=VOTIN<... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:36:47 EST Vote for us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339696 <link>"http://fourstateshomepage.upickem.n<BR>et/engine/SubmissionWidget.aspx?PageTy<BR>pe=VOTING&ContestID=85675&SubmissionID<BR>=34091894" </link> <BR> <BR> Phaedra and I will like you voting for us. You can vote til the 9th 5X daily. Thanks for your support. We appreciate you all. Hope Mon, 29 Apr 2013 16:00:24 EST Vote for Phaedra and I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332010 I hope this link goes this time. Its for a mother daughter look alike contest. Phaedra is a member too of sparks. <BR> <BR> <link>fourstateshomepage.upickem.net/engin<BR>e/SubmissionWidgetView.aspx?PageType=V<BR>OTING&ContestID=85675&SubmissionID=340<BR>91894&IncrementNumber=1 </link> <BR> <BR> We'd appreciate the votes. You can vote 5X daily til the 1st. <BR> Hope and Phaedra. <BR> BTW my name is Elisabeth but I use my middle name Hope Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:59:21 EST vote for Phaedra and I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329745 This is a look a like contest Vote 5X daily til the end. We get gift cards <BR> We are number 31 out of 41 <BR> <link>www.fourstateshomepage.com </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks Hope and Phaedra I couldn't post the link. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 14:20:24 EST Free year subscription to Shape Magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327502 Here are the links to this free magazine subscription for a year if you want to sign up. <BR> <link>www.regularmom.com </link> <BR> <link>www.shop4freebies.com </link> <BR> <BR> Either one has the offer. Enjoy anyone who takes advantage of it. Hope Thu, 18 Apr 2013 11:05:00 EST fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322901 I fell last night in the bathroom. How clutsy and right after the oxygen man came and asked if I'd fallen anytime recently. I'm stiff and sore and my ankle mainly is swollen and sore. I shall see what transpires but so far so good. My DD let me use her car to get to the library to go online which is good. Not too much problem. Hope Sun, 14 Apr 2013 14:50:57 EST update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319866 here's an update on my hospital stay. I started getting better and then I cleared up in my lungs and elsewhere and it seems to be congested in my throat. My oxygen keeps dropping to 82 and they are worried. i can leave on oxygen but that doesn't settle the question why my oxygen keeps dropping. I walk very little and a couple of days ago I was in the 94 range after walking on a 1 liter and now I can't. I am getting IV's again and they said I was to go today but they still want to know why I'm... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 15:45:59 EST hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316696 I was in the middle of moving when I felt pneumonia coming on. I went to ER and the one Dr. said I didn't have pneumonia and had COPD and my oxygen level was 92. They admitted me so no walking for awhile. I'm hooked up to everything. I'm praying I don't have to leave here with oxygen. I have not seen my new home and this is making bad on my DD and GS as she has no one to take care of him when she's at work. We moved to the country and I have no car. Dr.s don't understand that though. They ju... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 06:13:37 EST Free Ladies Home Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292627 Snag a free years issue of Ladies Home Journal. Go to the free site and scroll down and then I skipped all the yes no answers. <BR> <BR> <link>www.regularmom.com </link> <BR> <BR> Also Starbucks is offering this month a free hazelnut macchiato Tall size. Just ask for it. I know my teammates on Coffee Junkies will like this. <BR> Hope Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:53:34 EST St. Pat's Day and Christ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287901 I used to have a job with the Census Bureau and it starts on April 1st. more or less around the World from what I was told. The Census was started in the Book of Numbers I guess because there were numbers in people and animals. The Census was taking place probably around this time when Jesus was born because animals and babies and marriges take place at this time and you get a more accurate count of people and animals at this time so think of Mary and Joseph coming to... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 15:20:45 EST Snow Snow and more Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263548 Usually Missouri doesn't have that much snow but lately we've gotten quite a bit and the library has been closed for it so I've gotten backlogged because I couldn't get in my email. What a blessing the library is to go online. However it makes for a long week when I can't get in. I also get in my walking when its opened. Again we are due for another storm. I will probably be off a couple more days. Hi to all my friends. Hope Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:48:43 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255014 Today I went to PSR like always and although I usually go to the YMCA with the group, I decided not to go today. I had no initiative and wasn't very thrilled to go and exercise. However I felt somewhat rested and taking a break was somewhat good for me. I'm doing the barest today and know that tomorrow I'll do more there. Hope Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:53:23 EST Camaro http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245315 I have always wanted a Camaro and a gentleman set up a meeting at a local car lot thats huge and my girls said why are you going when you don't have any money. It really doesn't seem so strange because after all in my day you went to the car lot just to look around and test the new cars even if you didn't have the money. They were really nice and polite and asked how I'd get the money and I told them and they wanted to know more. They let me test drive it and I haven't been in a car for ove... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 16:35:18 EST VALENTINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5237380 I was sent this a long time ago. I hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A friend sent an early 'Valentine' to see if it will make it around the world by Feb. 14th. <BR> For God so loV ed the world, <BR> <BR> That He gA ve <BR> <BR> his onL y <BR> <BR> BegottE n <BR> <BR> SoN <BR> <BR> T hat whosoever <BR> <BR> Believeth I n Him <BR> <BR> Should N ot perish, <BR> <BR> But have E verla... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 15:08:37 EST Teen magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233093 Well there's another freebie offered for Teen Magazine for a free 1 year subscription. You can click on this link and scroll down to find it. Here's to the Teens. I would have liked this when I was growing up. Hope <BR> <BR> <link>www.shop4freebies.com </link> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:22:14 EST Parents Magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231591 I'll try to post this link. <BR> <link>www.regularmom.com </link> <BR> <link>www.shop4freebies.com </link> <BR> Either one of these sites offer a free subscription to Parents Magazine by signing up on the Parents Magazine site. You don't have to sign up at either link to get to that link for the free magazine. They always offer free things to people so either site is good for getting free samples and merchandise. You can enter your email to both sites to get a new offer each day. Some... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:11:40 EST