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/ 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 At LAST! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654013 Well, after about six weeks, I'm "up and running" again... not literally, of course! (I wish! LOL) The interruption in my electronic services taught me a few things. <BR> <BR> 1. I spend way too much time on the 'net! LOL <BR> 2. I depend on electronics more than I dreamed, and need to figure out a back-up plan for power outages etc <BR> 3. I need a printer so I can make hard copies of my fitness plans, menus etc. <BR> 4. There is no substitute for human contact, whether it's a 'real' conn... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 16:02:40 EST I'm back and then again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652663 whew. <BR> <BR> LOTS of water under the bridge, here's a blog I wrote on my MSWord to explain a bit, and I'm getting ready for a church event so I'll have to scoot--but I can FINALLY fill you all in and get caught up on my programs etc... <BR> <BR> " <BR> ...02/23/2014 <BR> Dad turned 85 a few days ago… and I couldn’t wish him happy birthday, because Brian lost his job and didn’t get to pay the phone bill so I have no phone. My router went belly up too, so I now also have no internet… and w... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:35:18 EST Teeny Tiny Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609312 Just a really quick one, not much time... <BR> <BR> That neighbor with the spooky husband? I talked to her when I was out feeding Amigo last night. Not many details, but they caught him out there and he was arrested--and he resisted-- he even KICKED THE POLICE! Not very smart on his part... From what my friend said, they actually tasered him, and he's in jail now, and likely to stay for a while. She still can't come over (the landlord issues still stand)--but she is so much more relaxed than... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:45:17 EST And even MORE... phew, What a Roller Coaster! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598353 So sorry I didn't get to that follow-up blog I promised... I don't even remember all that's happened since! LOL <BR> <BR> My blood sugar has become quite an issue, everywhere from 47 to 279-- but there's a lot going on behind it. Stress, anyone? Did you just say 'no thanks?' LOL <BR> <BR> The neighbor with the husband problem showed up unexpectedly with her son one afternoon. <BR> <BR> He'd been abusing his bipolar medications etc again, and was on a rampage. They left their house and ... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:00:00 EST More STUFF going on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587637 It's 12:25 am... and my blood sugar is 52. <BR> <BR> Six glucose, 15 minutes, and a peanut butter and honey sandwich -- I'm feeling a bit better. Maybe NOW I can get some sleep... Maybe... <BR> *sigh* <BR> More details of the day--more "STUFF" later... <BR> <em>102</em> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 03:27:24 EST Just one last thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577252 ... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ..................HAPPY NEW YEAR! LOL.................... <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> <em>252</em> <em>408</em> <em>283</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> <em>179</em> <em>107</em> <em>335</em> <em>129</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:30:15 EST More Changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567671 Seems like forever again... been hectic, busy... <BR> <BR> Physical therapy twice a week for carpal tunnel post surgery issues... joy. <em>211</em> excuses 120 through 2,000 LOL <BR> <BR> Yep. <BR> <BR> Oh, yeah. The friend who moved in next door? They did get evicted. On top of that, her boyfriend was getting into some iffy stuff, and dumped her the day they left, so she didn't have anywhere to go. I offered her my spare room for a day or two to let her find a place to stay. She crie... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:50:05 EST Making Changes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546780 So... <BR> <BR> Interesting events. <BR> <BR> My body is changing. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if it's good things or a bad things, or just "one of those" things, but I suddenly started having hypoglycemic episodes in the middle of the night again. I called my endocrinologist (the new one) and we lowered the night time dose of long-acting insulin. That worked for about a week, and I was crashing again. So now, my short-acting insulin for dinner has been adjusted so if it's high at pre-dinner, I... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:29:40 EST Message from a friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516104 My dear friend MOTLEM, in Tasmania, posted this: <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public<BR>_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512524 <BR> <BR> It's a reminder of how we can better ourselves...AND those around us who may be struggling too!... <BR> Kathy <em>247</em> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:01:42 EST What a DAY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513123 Had a lot of fun yesterday, met my new neighbors (until the end of the month--long story!). Brandon is in his late thirties (guessing) and we both like to read--the same genres, a lot of the same authors, and even the same books!-- and his fiancée, Andrea? She's like a 40 yr old version of ME! LOL We don't look anything alike--she's Italian, the olive skin and dark hair and flashing eyes and THIN--but we both talk a mile a minute and have SO much in common... <BR> <BR> The glass top on Am... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:46:11 EST AHA! I KNEW IT! Something WAS going on!... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489673 I've been wondering why my fatigue has gotten so much worse over the last few months... <BR> <BR> Now I KNOW! LOL <BR> <BR> I saw my neurologist/sleep specialist for my yearly follow-up, with the usual data download on my APAP (she told me today that technically, it is not a CPAP, since it isn't continuous but adjusts automatically)... and found out that apparently, the apnea issue has gotten a bit worse, and 95% of the time, I'm hitting the preset maximum--which means that some of that t... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:53:19 EST And Here I Go... Again... LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484190 Well... <BR> <BR> the verdict is in. <BR> <BR> I saw the orthopedic specialist about the EMG results. He did a few other little movement tests... and told me that the left wrist (the one that had gone through all that ^&*$%^ since December) had a mild case of carpal tunnel that might or might not resolve on its own so we're just monitoring it. The right wrist... he believes the damage is too extensive for conservative measures to work any more so at this point, the only recourse is surgery... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 01:09:06 EST Changing Vision... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469956 There was a question posted on a general thread this morning that triggered some thoughts... <BR> <BR> I think a lot of us make our own misery... and some of us have it handed to us on a platter! LOL <BR> <BR> The thing is, we don't have to take all of it and “eat” it--but we do anyway. We buy into the lies, half-truths and myths… and judge others AND OURSELVES by unrealistic criteria. <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, I had been in a car accident, and I was trying to lose the 40 pounds I had ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:24:27 EST My sister was right--Crazy IS my permanent address! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431130 Wow. <BR> It's been so LONG! (sorry, gang!) <BR> <BR> JUSTYNA reminded me about this... and funny thing is... <BR> <BR> I FINALLY talked to my neurologist just today... he'd been called out of town and he called me as soon as he got back. <BR> <BR> The EMG results? <BR> <BR> Definitely carpal tunnel, BILATERAL. Not unexpected, just unwanted...LOL The right hand (which happens to be my dominant hand for the last 50 years) is significantly worse than the left... and he said there wasn't ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 22:30:39 EST Thoughts on Past Lives... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411810 I got an ominous voice mail on Tuesday...from my neurologist. Not his office but the doctor himself! I missed the call, and he was with a patient when I called back. I'm still waiting to hear... it's going to be next week before I can talk to him now. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure it's about the EMG results and I have a sneaky suspension... well, it's going to be next week before I can talk to him anyway so... <BR> <BR> I have a hunch it would be a good idea in the meantime to see how much... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 20:01:10 EST Okay, so it's about time. right? LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406854 ... <BR> <BR> Now, about last week... <BR> <BR> I had my final visit with my endocrinologist. He retires at the end of August, and my next appointment is October 1st... <BR> <BR> At least it was a GOOD visit. Of course, my lipid panel is still an issue, and always will be. I don't tolerate any form of statin and he always dictated his notes on a recorder so I could listen in--statin therapy has been officially "abondoned" at this time. YAY! No more experiments! I'm relieved! LOL W... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 23:24:23 EST VERY quick note... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400878 I have an early appointment, and someone is coming to pick me up in the morning (My van is pretty much empty...) so I have to stay on track and SLEEP! LOL <BR> <BR> I just did my bedtime checklist: <BR> I have to eat something, because my blood glucose level is only 71... I'll bottom out in about an hour if I don't eat... <BR> I have to drink some more, because my BP is 109/60 ... I'll bottom out if I don't raise that a little... funny, I drank more than 10 glasses of water today and went ov... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 01:30:04 EST Wow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399080 I got a call from my nephrologist on Friday... last month, when I saw her, my labs weren't looking so good, I'd lost 6% of my kidney function in the months since I'd seen her before...I wasn't particularly shocked by that, considering all that happened. But I wasn't happy about it and neither was she, and she wanted me to retest in a month after things had a chance to settle down... Happily, the call Friday was to tell me that my GFR had gone back up. Not QUITE where it was before-- it's no... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 11:56:47 EST TA DA! FINALLY... It's Really ME! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384586 It's already after 10:00 am... so this is just a quick note... <BR> <BR> I can't sing again. Oh, bother... so this morning I called my Primary Care and made an appointment for Wednesday. I couldn't work it in earlier than that because of the EMG today and PT tomorrow... my crazy world! LOL <BR> <BR> Amigo's scratch got a dose of antibiotic ointment yesterday, and it's barely visible this morning. Licorice is being an attention glutton today--he even tried to climb onto my laptop just no... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:12:03 EST ... SO WHAT? I'VE GOT MUSIC! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383007 So... not missing the fleas at all, but I can hardly believe it--the roaches never left! There were a lot of dead bug carcasses all over... but there are live ones that were walking around them by the second day. Yuck! AND... I'm STILL working on all the stuff that needs washed... meanwhile, I'm considering doing it again! LOL <BR> <BR> Not sure what I can do about all this... <BR> <BR> I coughed today, and my ear popped--I was taken totally unaware-- and it HURT!-- so I left a message ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 01:16:58 EST Quick Update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371887 Not a particularly fun day, killing time with a couple of anxious meowers, and that old "shop til you drop" with no money...LOL <BR> <BR> ...the fumigation part is done... now, even though I had every window and door in the place wide open and four fans running, everything in the house smells like death on a cracker... <BR> <BR> Peee-ew! Now I REALLY can't stop coughing!...LOL <BR> <BR> Something I've never seen before... half a dozen dead roaches halfway up the sliding glass door! Yuc... Wed, 29 May 2013 20:52:50 EST WARNING! Busy Day Ahead... lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371365 I tried a bit more singing... I can manage the middle part of my range, but my vocal chords are still apparently not healed yet, since any kind of reaching in either direction is still an issue. So I guess I have to back off and TRY being patient...which gets harder and harder the older I get! LOL <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went out to collect the trash can, and one of the neighbor's boys asked me if the white cat was mine... then he said someone behind the building had been shooting at him wit... Wed, 29 May 2013 10:46:49 EST Pre-Memorial Day Musings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368308 SCOOTER4263 wrote a blog on the 13th that I came across today, that triggered some reflections I wanted to share too... <BR> <BR> It was about what constitutes a waste of time, when people say we should make a contribution to the world... <BR> ******** <BR> <BR> <BR> My mom sure had it right! LOL <BR> <BR> She always said that you can't get water from a dry well, that it needs time to replenish... She was a sister and daughter, a wife and mother, the most welcoming hostess to anyone (esp... Sun, 26 May 2013 10:28:33 EST Going Crazy in Kathy's world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363882 I got to SING today for the first time since I caught that stupid cold... Oh, it felt SOOOO good... LOL <BR> <BR> Of course, I could only do two songs as opposed to the hour that I usually practice... but even so, it was wonderful! <BR> <BR> Amigo has just a little scar now, but the hair they shaved off is going to take a while to grow back in... and I'm not sure the scar will be visible once it does, or not... <BR> The fleas are leaving him alone, but they're sure loving ME! Yes, ME. AAG... Tue, 21 May 2013 20:31:17 EST SHHH! lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350485 I think all the stress has finally caught up with me.. or maybe it's all that "biting my tongue" business... I've lost my voice! Guess I should speak up when I can, eh? LOL <BR> <BR> Yep. I have a beaut of a cold, first time in probably fifteen years. I had a fever for about a day and a half, but the cough has my ribs aching and my throat is raw from that and all the yuck draining from my sinuses, and it all started with an allergy--scotch broom. Worst pollen in nature...like miniature ... Thu, 9 May 2013 00:21:35 EST Another day of drama? HOPE not, but... LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336279 Well... <BR> <BR> WWIII is still being waged on Brian's family front lines... *sigh* I still don't know when the funeral is supposed to be, or where, especially since once Mom had told me she didn't want a funeral... I remember telling her that funerals are not for the dearly departed, they are for those left behind. She looked at me for a minute and then quietly said, "That's true... but I'm still not sure it's a good thing..." <BR> <BR> I think she knew her kids very well...*sigh* <BR> ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:58:07 EST UPDATE... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334114 So... <BR> <BR> Brian's family are having a really rough time. They don't always get along to start with, and situations when people are under stress like this tend to bring out any and all past issues in full force... <BR> <BR> It's never easy. <BR> <BR> Brian is quite naturally upset because he couldn't get here in time to say goodbye... I went through that same thing when my own mother died. That's hard too... <BR> <BR> I don't think it helped any that there wasn't a single person ... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:14:53 EST What Next?!... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331864 ...two things, then I'm off and running again... <BR> <BR> I FINALLY found some help for Amigo. There's a lady in Burien (just south of Seattle) who is involved with FCAT, a feral cat trap/neuter/release group. She is going to bring a trap and--if he takes the bait--take him to her vet for examination and possible treatment--I'm going to have her call me before they decide what to do, since I'll be paying for most of the treatment costs... they MAY have to euthanize him if the damage is t... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:13:29 EST