I.M.MAGIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=I%2EM%2EMAGIC I.M.MAGIC'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/ Just ANOTHER Roller Coaster Ride...?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318158 So... <BR> If you read my last blog, you'll know things with my family have been pretty crazy, and my ex as a next-door-neighbor as well! LOL <BR> There was stuff going on with me myself that I DIDN'T happen to mention... like the infection in my heel where the skin dried out so bad it just cracked open and let all the nasty little germs in. Crutches and no driving for FIVE WEEKS! <BR> But my ex drove me to court and I just told the judge about my brother and my other brother's widow, and al... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:58:50 EST It's CHRISTMAS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285271 Just taking the opportunity to wish everyone a very Blessed holiday season... <BR> <BR> Our Christmas program today turned out absolutely lovely. We sang a prelude hymn, the Rosalee Elser version of "Away in a Manger" before opening with "Still,Still,Still"... Opening prayer and some church business and then the narrators started telling the nativity story... <BR> There was a soprano solo of "O Holy Night"...Some of the primary children sang silent night in their native languages, Samoan and... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 18:07:32 EST Yikes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265506 So... <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edffd7af-96a7-458b-a4fb-f94e9cf7ed44.jpg"> <BR> The last Saturday of October, my sister called to let me know our brother had just had a stroke. He is still with us but literally a walking time-bomb, a miracle that he's still alive. He has one aorta 100% blocked, and the other is 70% blocked, and a second stroke could happen any time. But his symptoms were so improved with the medication, they decided to send him home to recover a bit more... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 01:10:54 EST I am SO amazed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253272 ... and humbled... <BR> I've been invited to sing solo for the Christmas program at church! Wow. <BR> <BR> I said yes... <BR> ...and I have no idea what to sing! Yikes. <BR> <BR> AND the melodrama continues, my brother is going in for rectal surgery on Thursday this week to have some "unusual lesions" removed and biopsied. Yikes again. <BR> <BR> It's a roller-coaster ride, folks! <BR> Kathy <em>247</em> <em>407</em> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 02:52:00 EST Crazy: my PERMANENT address http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236611 ... at least according to my sister. Too much going on. My half sister is in the hospital, just had a hysterectomy, my sister had arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn cartilage several years ago, and almost died-and now there is a small tear in her meniscus. Same knee. There is a possibility she may have to have knee surgery again. <BR> <BR> Then there's me. I went to my PCP today, just to get a prescription for pain meds refilled for my fibromyalgia, but she looked at the latest lab tests... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:01:59 EST Hello, again, Hello! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220456 My XDH moved into his own place yesterday. Right next door. LOL <BR> <BR> He doesn't know for how long, he's been trying to establish a new income source here as well as in California, and the California deal went south...it's gonna be a crazy summer! He has never been on his own before, never had a space that was just for him-- It's been kind of fun though, watching him choose the stuff to furnish his place... and his budget is slim for that kind of stuff so he's learning how to thrift sho... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:17:44 EST CRAZY WEEK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178490 1) My XDH is in town, possibly to stay--but not with me. We're still friends and I'm going to help him find a car! <em>334</em> <BR> 2) My SIL is in the hospital, because of the damage to her heart when she had that massive heart attack a while back. <BR> 3) My brother, so worried about her, forgets to eat, and he's diabetic. Not good. <BR> 4) My sister's Hubby was ATVing with a friend in the mountains, and his friend collapsed-- a heart attack. Thank God Tom knows CPR ! His friend is no... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 17:59:23 EST Busy Busy Busy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150960 First chance I've had to blog, and I have to leave very shortly to make a deadline. Figures, right? LOL <BR> One of my best friends is at the hospital right now waiting for her hubby to get out of surgery. He's having a triple bypass... Maybe you will recall that they're the couple that had the horrendous summer last year. Prayers are always appreciated... <BR> My little black kitty Licorice has been struggling with bladder stones, and almost died, and I'm looking up the address to a place to... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 19:42:25 EST ABSOLUTELY AMAZING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6122349 Wow. I cried through most of this-- and just in time for Easter too! <BR> <BR> Check it out and see what you think. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.lds.org </link> <BR> Scroll down until you see the icon for the video of the Tabernacle Choir/virtual Hallelujah Chorus, and click on that icon. <BR> <BR> Kathy <em>40</em> <BR> P.S. my link keeps going to a Centurylink web search engine, it's not supposed to do that so I'm calling them. Meanwhile, try a cut and paste to your address line....... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:09:58 EST BIG NEWS... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119885 Good or bad, hard to tell, but I actually called Centurylink to cancel my service with them as of the 4th of next month. I went over my budget with my advisor... I pay tithing and the rent, I pay my power bill and phone, and I pay transportation, medical copays and prescriptions that aren't on the insurance formulary, and little stuff like laundry and toiletries. <BR> <BR> Or at least, I'm supposed to. I have somewhere around eight bills, and only have money for four. Something has to go, ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 13:49:09 EST A Post that turned into a Blog! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118652 Saturday morning was my church's Spring Social... consisting of breakfast served by the high priest's quorum, followed by an Easter Egg hunt for the little ones. Fun, but I couldn't eat the sausage because I didn't know if it was pork, and there were a whole lot of carbs! AND, it was later than I usually eat so every thing was off. <BR> <BR> Add today; being Sunday, my whole schedule has to change to accommodate Sacrament meeting, Sunday School classes, etc but today was even worse: not onl... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 01:02:03 EST A Day of Rest... sort of! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113069 I wasn't feeling all that great today but Church was lovely this morning, and I'm glad I talked myself into going because it was announced that we are having a special combined sacrament meeting next Sunday to announce new ward boundaries and new leadership! <BR> <BR> I have to take my cats to the free clinic that day, it's the only day this month that they operate, so I asked one of my new friends, Linda, to take notes for me. <BR> <BR> I hope I end up in the same ward with her, and with ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 01:42:17 EST Love is in the air... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107019 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0275d34-57e6-42e8-b592-90a8830a0055.jpg"> <BR> February has been... unusual. <BR> Valentine's Day came and went with nothing more exciting than phone conversations with my remaining family members. <BR> <BR> Then just this last Friday, I got an unexpected phone call from my STEP-Mother! She invited me to have lunch with her and her sister, my Aunt Betty on the following day, so I cancelled my plans to attend a little girl's baptism. <BR> <... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 19:29:03 EST Love is in the air... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107014 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0275d34-57e6-42e8-b592-90a8830a0055.jpg"> <BR> February has been... unusual. <BR> Valentine's Day came and went with nothing more exciting than phone conversations with my remaining family members. <BR> <BR> Then just this last Friday, I got an unexpected phone call from my STEP-Mother! She invited me to have lunch with her and her sister, my Aunt Betty(Love her, she's funny!) the following day, so I cancelled my plans to attend a little girl... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 19:25:03 EST UPDATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060434 Got it done (YAY! LOL) and turned it in on time. AND... my name is now on the top of the list for the temple preparation class! It starts when they have a minimum quota of members, which will probably be in February. <BR> And Licorice keeps chasing Amigo back into the bedroom so he hasn't had a chance to see what's in the living room yet. But I'm not worried, just from watching him I can tell the curiosity is going to push him into some daring moves one day soon! LOL <BR> <BR> Haven't been a... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 20:27:06 EST Just a Quick Note... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054367 I'm in the middle of a writing assignment my Bishop gave me, part of getting my temple recommend. Our church, we have to meet specific goals and requirements to partake in the upper level ordinances that take place there. You aren't allowed in without a recommendation from your Bishop and your Stake President. I've been working on it for ages, and had writer's block... so I made an appointment for the interview, and thus gave myself a deadline: I've got until tomorrow at 7:00pm to get it done... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:28:19 EST Whoa, What a Roller Coaster Ride! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043701 So... <BR> Bill just saw his cardiologist last Friday, and Teresa tells me that his doctors are all shaking their heads. They can't figure it out but his heart is HEALING ITSELF and they may not have to do anything! I guess time will tell... but we know the power of prayer and blessings are real. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, Licorice has been giving me some real heartache lately. He almost died two weeks ago, cystitis or bladder crystals according to the vet I took him to. I "borrowed" all but $5 fr... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 09:49:37 EST QUICK UPDATE ON BILL AND TERESA... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020751 Teresa is over the moon! Bill has been in the recovery center (read nursing home/rehab), and if he continues progressing at the rate he has been, he will be HOME on Wednesday next week! It's been about 60 days since that awful Wednesday... What a miracle! <BR> <BR> He still needs bypass surgery, but he's stable enough they are planning on just a stent a bit down the road, to give him time to rebuild his strength first... <BR> <BR> Amigo still runs if I'm standing, but he's always done that... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 08:06:25 EST Yay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017294 My friend's DH, Bill, was moved to a recovery center a few days ago! <BR> <BR> He's off the respirator, the tracheotomy has twice been reduced in size and now is pushing its way out so they are going to remove it... and he's EATING. Pureed stuff right now, rather like meat and veggie pudding. LOL But he now can talk, and says it tastes good, and they're letting him experiment with other things. He has to take liquids a bit slow, the swallowing is still a bit tricky but one of the respirator... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 01:32:18 EST More news... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004101 I still don't have all my furniture--and my apartment looks like the perfect place for Oscar the Grouch's cousin, Hubert the Box Monster; full boxes here, empty boxes there, and in between boxes everywhere else... LOL <BR> <BR> My friend's hubby is STILL in the ICU. He was not tolerating the cold well, and had a lot of breathing problems, so they had to wake him. They've been feeding him through a tube into his stomach but he wasn't having bowel movements so they installed a tube--which was... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 21:22:20 EST OMG, what a day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989887 Saw my endocrinologist earlier this week and this was my first full day on a new dosage regimen... <BR> ... and one of my best friends, Teresa Earl, was driving her husband Bill out to do errands, and he had a massive heart attack. She pulled him from the van, and an off-duty EMT pulled over and helped her do CPR until the ambulance arrived. I met her at the hospital, and stayed with her until her children arrived. It got a little crowded so I went back to the hotel... He is currently in a me... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 21:50:18 EST Housing Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988512 Wednesday came and went--and I'm still in the motel! <BR> <BR> They were installing the new tub and surround--and found they had to replace the subfloor because it was rotten! <BR> <BR> so was the subfloor in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> Figures, right? <BR> But the work is going pretty well, and is supposed to be done so I can move in this coming Friday... LOL <BR> <BR> Crazy world, right? <BR> <BR> I'm hoping it really happens this time--because the power company is putting the electric... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 02:48:24 EST Another Great Day!... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983684 I am excited... I have a tentative move-in date: this Wednesday! Yay! LOL <BR> <BR> It's supposed to be move-in ready then, the management has been remodeling it with granite countertops and new kitchen cabinets, etc. And funny thing... I had dinner last night with a friend of mine and her hubby... and he told us that his mother lived in that very same apartment! Interesting coincidence, eh? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My friend gave me gave me a new dining table, sutrdier than the one in my... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:09:32 EST HURRAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960095 I'm living in a motel right now, which can't last for too long or I'll be in trouble again... but it works for now. <BR> I DO have my laptop up and running! THAT'S the biggie for the moment, and definitely a time to celebrate! <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <BR> I can't be online every day, since I have to pay the motel every day that I use it, but I can take it with me and use it wherever there's free Wifi. I don't have a lot of time right this second, but you will be hearing from me a ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:03:39 EST Quick note... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946850 Another disaster. It's so commonplace now, I'm not even surprised. <BR> <BR> I've been without running water for over a week. <BR> <BR> I'm carting in jugs of water to wash and flush-- re-enacting the Middle Ages in my own home! LOL <BR> <BR> I'm putting everything I can itno storage in case it gets shut down, and I have til the 30th to find a place, so I'm REALLY busy searching craigslist! <BR> <BR> I know I don't have to ask, your prayers are heading my way... love it, and... <BR> <B... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:34:47 EST Smiling--the SUN is out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932574 <em>67</em> Anyone who knows where I live KNOWS how rare it is this time of year! LOL <BR> I still haven't found a place yet, and TODAY is the auction for the building. We'll see what happens from here... my life certainly isn't boring! LOL <BR> I can hardly wait to see if the "new owner" is the bank! Maybe THEY can help me find a place! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I've been trying to get physical issues under control. I visited with another renal nutritionist, and just FYI for t... Fri, 22 May 2015 13:57:26 EST Only got a minute... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928795 The apartment building is being auctioned off on the 22nd of this month, and I still am trying to find a place... and all kinds of other "stuff" getting in the way! LOL Still praying, and grateful for all your support! <BR> Love you all, <BR> Kathy <em>407</em> <em>247</em> Fri, 15 May 2015 19:29:01 EST sheesh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898961 Thanks, everyone! YOu mean so much to me... <BR> There's been another broken pipe, no real damage except to the wall... most of the water ran down into the crawl space under the building. <BR> <BR> Just about done here at the library, spent most of the last hour looking at listings for rentals. No dice. *sigh* <BR> Oops! out of time! <BR> Kathy <BR> <em>247</em> <em>407</em> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:32:46 EST Funny Thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880131 ...they want MORE! somehow there is some money unaccounted for, and personally? I think it's because they forgot to figure in the federal withholding! I have to make ANOTHER trip to the bank, this time for copies of all my money orders and cashiers' checks! While I'm there, I'm going to have them copy the amounts that were taking out of my IRA, which includes the amount paid out to the government. Seems they only put out reports every six months, so there isn't a statement they can send! L... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:38:07 EST Reprieve... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870201 They needed more information, apparently, so now I have until the 17th. Sometimes prayers work faster than others! LOL <BR> Thanks, gang! <BR> Kathy <em>247</em> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:20:13 EST Sudden Deadline! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863910 I just found out yesterday that if I don't find a place and SPEND THE MONEY by February 4th, it will cost me $1740 this year! So the hunt has taken on a whole new sense of urgency! <BR> I probably won't be posting again until that's all settled--I'm searching Craigslist every day and hitting rental agencies instead! LOL <BR> <BR> Hopefully, I'll be typing to you from my own new living space soon! <BR> Love ya! <BR> Kathy <em>247</em> <em>407</em> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:50:23 EST That roller coaster is a LOOONNNG ride! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858911 I am at the library, gang, for the first time in AGES! I miss you, and I'm hoping that I will soon have my very own laptop again so I can be in touch regularly... had pneumonia for a bit, so I was down and out for about three weeks. Yuck! No more fever, but it sure wore me out! LOL <BR> <BR> they only allow us a short time on the PC here, so I have to keep things short, and I'm still hunting for a place. The building I live in is going on auction in about six weeks, and I HAVE GOT to find s... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:17:40 EST Aw, Come on already!... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830448 Scrambling around as usual. Still waiting on the money, gang. Gets frustrating, I can hardly wait til I can have my own laptop again, and not have to change my password on all my accounts every time I log in... SO Confusing! LOL <BR> <BR> I'm glad I've got you all on my side. You have NO idea how much I've needed your support! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:44:03 EST Here we go...(DEEP BREATH...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827744 So, the building I live in is definitely on the foreclosure and though no one whose left has received an "official" notice, the trustee's auction is scheduled for February, so I'm madly trying to find my new abode... and still waiting for the money! LOL <BR> <BR> Yes, Mayhem still seems to like me... <BR> <BR> I'll get back to you all as soon as I can! LOVE you guys! <BR> <BR> Kathy <em>247</em> <em>407</em> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:31:48 EST Boo-ti-ful dreamer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806454 ...dreaming of a new computer!... <BR> <BR> Here I am, at the library again... just got a few minutes, been trying to find information on tenants' rights and foreclosure... interesting how much there is--and all the articles say..."...you should seek legal advice..." LOL <BR> <BR> Things are going fairly well, otherwise. Went to a church "singles family home evening" last night. We had a Halloween themed potluck. I made zombie eyes (black olives stuffed with dill and cayenne seasoned cream ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:40:07 EST And the beat goes on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802931 I got the most interesting little packet in the mail this last week. Apparently, one of the companies I worked for back in the 90's had a pension plan with my name on it that I knew nothing about. I have the option of 1) taking $95 a month now, 2) rolling it over to an IRA or other retirement plan, 3) rolling over part of it and taking a cash settlement for the rest, 4) taking a lump sum payment now or 5) waiting 'til I'm 65 and getting $131 a month. <BR> <BR> Disbursement is December 1st t... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:29:19 EST Hey, there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798193 Hi, Gang! <BR> It feels like forever since I've been online--my hard drive is down again, and I'm at the library using my BRAND NEW library card for the first time! LOL <BR> <BR> I'm doing fairly well in spite of all the stress... two weeks after my dad died, my ex's fiancée lost her dad--and a few weeks after that, HIS dad was found on the bathroom floor, also deceased. Crazy. I don't know how to react any more... <BR> <BR> There are all kinds of good things going on, though. I have really... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:38:37 EST P.S. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774823 My doctor needs to have her scale recalibrated. It shows that I've lost weight in the last 3 weeks. I put it on my tracker without thinking and looked at my start page-- <BR> TWENTY TWO POUNDS?? <BR> <BR> MY scale says it's only eight... <BR> <em>246</em> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 21:59:53 EST About My Dad. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774817 ... <BR> My mom and dad were married for 18 years... He remarried first... <BR> <BR> At his funeral, they played Bobby Vinton's "I Love How You Love Me." Cheesy? Nope. Just my dad all over. He came across sometimes as a bit of a tough guy, but had a streak of romantic about two miles wide. I believe it was from him to his wife after 42 years of marriage. There was a video/photo presentation, mostly his latest birthdays. A few stories were told... <BR> <BR> The last thing they played was G... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 21:46:44 EST SO tired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774222 I am exhausted, a 380 mile trip, and coming home to a pile of unpaid bills... one of which is my internet service. There are a number of more crucial ones, so it's going to take me a bit to get that one paid (Brian promised to help but can't do much until after Halloween!...) so I may be AWOL for a bit again--but I promise I'll try not to get sick so I can make it to the library now and again. Without my WiFi, I don't even have access on my android!...LOL <BR> <BR> When I am not so tired, I'... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:07:31 EST ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765927 It's the sabbath, and as usual, I have a lot of preparation to do today... <BR> <BR> It's not going to be easy... <BR> <BR> My dad passed away last night. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:34:30 EST OMG. What NOW... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765269 My dad is in big trouble... <BR> <BR> He's 85, and he has been falling a LOT over the last several months... two weeks or so ago he fell through the guard rail on his own 4 ft high front porch, and went rolling across the lawn. He broke one rib, cracked four others, and had all kinds of bruises, especially one shoulder. He was hospitalized because the doctors were concerned about the bruising in his lung. He was scheduled to go home but didn't because he had an attack--he suffers from atria... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:17:24 EST Wouldn't believe it if I hadn't been there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760935 What a roller coaster ride! LOL <BR> <BR> I had that fever for THREE WEEKS... and still have the cough, so Thursday found me in the Cardio/Pulmonary unit at the local hospital for testing. Again. yuck. LOL <BR> <BR> It took three MONTHS to get the hard drive for my laptop, and it still has issues--there are no programs at all (my MS Office disk has disappeared!) and it only operates in safe mode, so I can't save anything... <BR> July 6th: I fell for no apparent reason. I had Licorice in my... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:58:26 EST A LOOONG Haul... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699604 It's been almost a month since I got sick--and I'm still not back to where I was, but I'm (finally!) starting to feel more like myself. <BR> <BR> And it's been almost two weeks since my hot water heater died! The maintenance man tried a couple of things, but no dice. He got permission from the manager to replace it, but the landlord insists that parts for the place be purchased from his own hardware store--and they'd just replaced the heater in another apartment and didn't have any in stock... Tue, 20 May 2014 23:23:51 EST Uh-Oh... What gives?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679970 For the first time in I don't know when, I'm actually running a fever. <BR> <BR> I think I had one about 15 yrs ago, when I had bronchial pneumonia... <BR> <BR> My blood sugar levels have been a bit high since the dose changes--supposedly an adjustment period, right? ... so I just kept doing what I do, and I thought this was just allergies, until my blood sugars starting spiking REALLY high yesterday, up to 328... and suddenly, last night, I was really hot. My eyes--my whole face-- felt... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 06:35:13 EST A Little Reminder from 2007... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672220 I was just clearing out some old files and came across this (yes, I kept it!) <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Watch <BR> <BR> Midnight has been, <BR> And has moved on, <BR> And I am here. <BR> Mortality stares at me <BR> And still I am here. <BR> Dawn comes <BR> When I do not watch for it, <BR> And I must be ready <BR> If I am to catch the light… <BR> The perfect picture happens <BR> With every breath I take. <BR> What a precious gift <BR> I have been given— <BR> A heart that ca... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:40:31 EST A little thank you... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664656 So... <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your prayers. <BR> <BR> My SIL, Rosa, made it through the procedure okay, but they ended up keeping her overnight... they planned on doing angioplasties but ended up putting in a stent instead, leading into one ventricle. It had been 80% blocked and the stent is holding it open now. The other three ventricles were 90% blocked, and they couldn't even get the catheter into them for the angioplasty. She has her follow-up with the coronary specialist in two ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:05:06 EST Plans, plans, plans... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662193 My SIL's procedure is tomorrow, though the time has been changed to 8:00 am... <BR> <BR> I talked to my brother. Because I have fasting labs in the morning myself, just down the road, I'll take a sandwich with me, and I'm just going to drive on up to the other hospital when I'm done, to wait with my brother. We're planning on having "breakfast" when she's done... It'll most likely be time for me to eat again by then anyway-- and she'll probably be hungry too! <BR> <BR> It has been a lon... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 23:15:49 EST More and more... stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662008 Kind of busy for the last few days... <BR> <BR> Busy is no more new than crazy is...LOL BUT... <BR> <BR> Sunday, a member of my church leadership took me aside and told me that the choir director was unable to meet her commitment for the Easter program--and asked ME if I'd be willing to direct the choir! <BR> <BR> Whoa. I've directed congretional singing before, and the children's Sunday school, but I have never directed a choir before. <BR> <BR> Sang in a LOT of them--not QUITE the ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 18:54:57 EST Ah... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657123 I'm so grateful to all of you for your lovely comments. THANKS! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> LIVING_AMAZINGLY, I'm being "cautious" because I have a hard time saying no! LOL <BR> <BR> Before I moved out this way, I had EIGHT church assignments, THREE part-time jobs, was a full-time student with 24 credits a quarter... and had a brother (LOVED him but...) who would drop his three kids off on my front porch unexpectedly and just drive away. <BR> <BR> ...in short, I was overworked, overbooked, u... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:52:42 EST