IAMAGEMLOVER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IAMAGEMLOVER IAMAGEMLOVER'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/ Surprise, surprise, surprise.............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186245 I took my ears in my hands yesterday morning and called my Mom to see if she had taken her BP and what the numbers were. I wasn't checking up on her, because I know she will do it, I just wanted to know what the numbers were because I love her and I am concerned. Well, she took it the wrong way and thought I was checking on her and took offense. She stated that she hasn't lost her mind and she knows how to take care of herself. After I told her that I know she does, but I am concerned and... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:19:48 EST I threatened my Mother and I meant every word. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184651 I called my Mom yesterday to touch base and she had been to the cardiologist. She went for a physical last week and the Dr. didn't like the fact that her BP was too high. He told her to see the cardiologist. He doesn't like the numbers either. I know the top number is 170 I don't remember what the bottom number is. I don't like the numbers either, and neither do my siblings and guess what, we have the most say. I guess she has to take her BP everyday and go back next week. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:10:48 EST Biggest Loser being investigated by LASD---Let's leave a plug for SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6174350 On Yahoo today there is an article about The Biggest Loser being investigated for giving the contestants illegal drugs to lose weight. Of course, the allegations have been denied by NBC, the Dr. and Bob Harper. I don't know if I believe they gave them drugs, but I do believe that it is not healthy for the contestants to lose weight that way. I think the trainers are wrong to take part in the show because it is a job, the know or should know they are doing damage to the contestants, even if... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:29:53 EST A Letter from Rainbow Bridge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172122 <BR> Rainbow Bridge <BR> <BR> Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and ... Sat, 28 May 2016 21:32:08 EST Good-bye. I will be back, I hope. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089994 First, I want to say <em>304</em> for all the birthday wishes for my Mom. My brother took his tablet downstairs and let my Mom read her blog from me. She was touched by all the <em>383</em> I told her it was an amazing community. <BR> <BR> I want to say <em>304</em> for all the support, and prayers you have given me throughout my journey, but especially recently. I didn't think I would get nervous, I wouldn't call it nervous, I don't know how to describe it. Looking forward to... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:04:37 EST Happy Birthday Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089154 90 years ago today God made the world a better place when you were born. Through the years you met your Prince Charming, my Dad and had 5 children who were blessed with you and Dad as parents. I must admit that all of us didn't think so at one time or another, as I am sure you wished at one time or another you never had kids. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b836ec3-5e99-438c-b1f5-64f31e80a08d.jpg"> What? Don't get me mad and have to send you to your room. Yo... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 09:35:10 EST Surgery is at 7:30 a.m. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088599 I heard from the hospital. I am the first one on the operating table for Dr. Carangelo. That could be good or it could be bad. He is not tired for doing other surgeries already, but he may not be awake, or maybe he didn't get any sex last night and he wanted it, or he has a headache, or any number of things. OMG. He could be stress. That;s all I need. Now I am stressed. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> . <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac2550a3-4c86-458f-85d6-52af0d9e397a.j... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:46:12 EST My choice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087770 I choose to be happy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c14c890c-a7d9-49d6-bf3c-e35f1ec2825c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbcca127-fea2-4260-ae21-19fd27f85d5f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:42:38 EST Today was the class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086961 I went to the hospital again today for the class on knee surgery. I had a rude awakening. The home care coordinator has to submit a request for the rehab while I am in the hospital. Just because I have a room prebooked doesn't mean that the insurance will cover it and it is a given. Not only that you are suppose to have a coach while you are in the hospital, someone to help with the exercises and who will stay with you while you are home to make sure you will be safe. I don't have anyone... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:33:41 EST No shadow: Pennsylvania groundhog 'predicts' early spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085722 We will see. I can't remember the last time he has been right. Of course, I really don't pay attention. Spring will come when it is due to come. Meanwhile, enjoy the snow and cold? It is going to reach 60 degrees here in CT today. It reached 49 yesterday. Oh let is snow, let is snow let is snow. Where is the snow? It's January. We have had 4-5 inches all year. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9ab693e-c4d5-48fc-96d8-b0e6f8721fc6.jpg"> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:22:12 EST I'm over the hill. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084882 There is nothing like your son turning 39 to make you feel old. Happy birthday Paul <em>383</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:00:41 EST Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083926 I see and hear it all the time. I feel it all the time. Lack of energy. Why do so many supposedly healthy people, us sparkers, have lack of energy. We eat right, right. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2a32bc9-4b66-4a93-a213-b2940d54b437.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Most people take a multi vitamin and some take supplements. I have a solution. Don't you wish sometimes we could just plug ourselves into a wall outlet and recharge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spa... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:24:25 EST My wish to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083041 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/252008d2-44d4-4dfc-a441-3254a07763bb.jpg"> Sat, 30 Jan 2016 11:27:07 EST Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082693 I was thinking it was time for some more snow and I found this. I thought it was interesting to ponder. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96a904e5-1ccf-4e47-88ef-9c1fd4f7ce89.jpg"> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:29:21 EST Trouble with SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081315 Most of my blog that I wrote yesterday disappeared after I posted. I don't know what happened. I have heard other people say this happened to them but I never had it happen in the 5 years I have been on SP. It caused me much stress. I think it was one of the most creative blogs I have written and I was <em>18</em> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:04:37 EST Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081054 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abaf45f7-b9ce-4c12-bb76-ea969168991d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Of course everyone knows that answer is yes. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:40:10 EST Perfect solution????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079865 Perfect solution or is it? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d912ddcb-bf66-4ca5-8b0c-9a60004f5d52.jpg"> Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:27:13 EST Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076315 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81fb2253-0aee-478a-b506-358065031fa5.jpg"> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:39:22 EST Again, what is all the hype? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075545 Everyone is talking about a big storm, the blizzard of the century. You can't get near a supermarket, honest, the parking lots are full. On my way to the Dr. today, Dial a Ride drove past Stop & Shop and I never saw the lot so full People were carting groceries to the far side of the lot. That lot has a lot of stores and it is usually not even half full. <BR> <BR> I checked the weather forecast when I got home. New London CT which is about 35-40 minute drive from New Britain is getti... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:19:45 EST My day home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074840 So I thought I would get caught up on some chores. Huh, I sat on the computer all day. I sparked, I read my emails and I played mahjong. That was my day. Oh, I did other things, but nothing of any consequence. As of 8pm I have 294 steps, that is how lazy I was today. About the only thing I did half way productive was I wrote my son a 4 page letter. I saw him 12/26 and I haven't written except a couple postcards since. I am terrible at writing letters, always have been. When my brothe... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:07:34 EST MRI today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073789 I had the MRI this afternoon. They are noisy machines. You certainly can't fall asleep To keep the machine cool, a fan is going. I was covered with a blanket up to my neck but my ears and face were so cold. I was just thinking about moving the blanket over my head when the nurse came in and said all done. Not the most comfortable table to lie on. My back was killing me. Just my head was sticking out but I was fine, no anxiety. <BR> <BR> This morning I had my eyes examined. She said ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:57:11 EST Had my physical for the surgery today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073010 I went to see Dr. B today and was I nervous. My blood pressure was 107/68 and that is high for me. He commented on it, he said you shouldn't be nervous all ready. The surgery is a go. <em>224</em> The girl who took the EKG scared me, she took 3 readings and then said I have to show this to the Dr. be right back. I think that's why my BP was high. He was suppose to fax in a prescription but as of 4 he hasn't done it yet. He left the office before I did. There was paperwork that I ha... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:19:56 EST Tomorrow is my physical for surgery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071836 Well tomorrow is the day. I am sort of apprehensive because I still have that cough. I was coughing so bad yesterday, now my chest hurts. I don't know if it's my lung or rib but it hurts to breathe and cough. I am afraid of what will happen when Dr. B. tells me to take a deep breath like they always do. If he wants me to cancel the surgery to a later date, I will just permanently cancel it until next winter because I will not be cooped up for the spring and summer no way. Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:54:31 EST Never Quit Pledge pass it on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070268 Please respond that you want your name added to the bottom of the list. <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:10:06 EST Cryptex flash drive. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064938 The future. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f13131dc-1013-46f3-8d9a-f83311f86423.jpg"> Sat, 9 Jan 2016 13:49:09 EST Making Appointments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064291 I called my primary care physician and made my appointment for my pre-op physical. I am surprised he could get me in so quickly. I have that appointment for January 18 at 11:45. She told me that would take a half hour, I hope so because I have a physical therapy appointment on the other side of town at 1pm. I had to call the company that does my homemaker and chore person to give me someone on the 18th instead of the 21st and rely on them to do it correctly and cross my fingers they do. ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 18:35:01 EST Good news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063322 I went to see Dr. Carangelo today for the consult for my double knee replacement. He looked at my knees and the right one was swollen as usual. He then sent me for X-rays. After the X-rays were taken I met with the Dr. to discuss the treatment options. He said my left knee was good, no osteoarthritis and it doesn't have to be replaced. He said I may have a minicus tear so I have to go for a MRI on the 13th. This surprised me because Dr. Froeb has always said he wanted to replace both kn... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 17:18:30 EST 1 million different colors in this one image. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061065 I'm not sure about 1,000,000 colors but it is pretty. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9089a1e3-d89b-4087-92fd-65636600d4ab.jpg"> Tue, 5 Jan 2016 12:06:40 EST This is one picture. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060465 I looked at this for a long time and still can't figure it out,. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bda4d5de-46ac-4ddd-b47c-3e8d3bbab27f.jpg"> Mon, 4 Jan 2016 20:58:02 EST Everybody who has lived and died on Earth and the number of people who are alive today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059190 I find this mind boggling. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ccd6e2d7-b509-4575-b1b0-8ed62b92dd0d.jpg"> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 18:46:09 EST Cross section of an underwater cable. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058343 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dcb240b9-891e-4132-b77e-312e3137c840.jpg"> Sat, 2 Jan 2016 20:31:17 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057416 Thank you for all the birthday wishes and goodies. Thank you for all the Happy New Year wishes too, Fri, 1 Jan 2016 21:28:52 EST I turned sweet 16 today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055991 Today I turned sweet 16. I grew up pretty quick. Last year I was 6. Today my homemaker comes, and she will take me to physical therapy. I had an appointment on Tuesday but the weather was crappy and the roads were icy. I had the rental car and have never drove in bad weather. I didn't want to chance it. I was bummed since it was in the water. I love my physical therapy in the warm water. Then it is off to do some grocery shopping, and to get my medicine. I have a rotten cough and so... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:53:24 EST Power strip liberators. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055601 How safe is this really? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d31fd58a-5ca1-45d6-b7ee-9fbf403d82e8.jpg"> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 20:08:15 EST Dad--You are with us everyday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053993 I thought this would be easy. I thought about what I was going to write for days but I have sat here for a few minutes and it is difficult. What can I say, I miss you Dad, that is not the depth of what I feel. I love you, of course, I am your daughter and you took care of me, protected me, clothed me, and even though I was too dumb to see it loved me. None of us kids wanted for anything. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4bd1547d-463e-44c8-9142-e8d6bd068ef0.jpg">... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:10:57 EST Marlon Brando before and after make-up for the Godfather Role. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053551 I don't remember if I saw the movies or not. I may have seen the first one. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0560566-3b16-41f0-a465-268ab18db7e4.jpg"> Sun, 27 Dec 2015 18:15:34 EST The back of the Hoover Dam before being filled with water. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049035 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e25ae64-6132-4fac-b359-8c6fa3c16717.jpg"> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:43:23 EST his is what the view from earth would be like if earth had rings like Saturn. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048495 I thought this was pretty cool. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcedcc32-cabd-4abc-a3e0-50d5c14ada14.jpg"> Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:01:11 EST This is what a liter bottle looks like before air is added to expand it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047971 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71a61a94-ee87-4a4c-bdf4-62bf76178fdf.jpg"> Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:58:45 EST All of the human population in one picture… minus one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046871 I think it is mind boggling to think that the planet Earth holds all of civilization. Or does it???? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87cb8cdf-077d-4224-be37-9db713fae755.jpg"> Sun, 13 Dec 2015 13:39:20 EST The Space Shuttle Atlantis viewed from the International Space Station. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045406 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72944fdb-c050-4d0b-90cf-e05486cbb9de.jpg"> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 12:41:13 EST Each colored was layered to form a picture in this “loaf”. The slices each sold for five thousand do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044989 The art is just gorgeous. It looks like someone made a ring. I can''t imagine spending that much money though. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eeb400a1-3ea8-441d-aac9-4b361f19eb34.jpg"> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 16:55:35 EST The Gibraltar airport has a road crossing one of the runways. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043782 I wonder what genius designed this airport. I wonder if they have a plane crossing? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3856750d-337f-4c06-9ee1-3de9fb24b895.jpg"> Mon, 7 Dec 2015 12:19:30 EST Lenticular cloud. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043216 Lenticular Clouds <BR> <BR> A lenticular cloud is a lens-shaped cloud that normally develops on the downwind side of a mountain or mountain range. This occurs when stable, moist air flows over a mountain, creating a series of oscillating waves. If the temperature at the crest of the wave equals the dew point temperature, condensation occurs in a lens formation. As the air falls down the trough of the wave, where the temperature and dew point temperature are not equal, evaporation occurs. Thu... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 11:57:36 EST Lenticular cloud. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6043210 There was no information on where this picture was taken or even what a lenticular cloud is. I just thought it was gorgeous. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b772625-9881-455d-9691-b52c53dc1dc5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Dec 2015 11:50:39 EST 16 ships stranded in the Bermuda Triangle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042184 Maybe the tale about the Bermuda Triangle is true.??????? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df3761f4-97f9-484c-b350-871375daa486.jpg"> Fri, 4 Dec 2015 08:45:01 EST Bismuth, a chemical element with iridescent surface. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041880 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d84f4c62-682f-4683-9401-d36d58f97b8d.jpg"> Thu, 3 Dec 2015 17:25:37 EST I'm angry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041296 Another mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. When is this going to stop? Wed, 2 Dec 2015 15:38:37 EST A brick-path-laying machine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041295 I never knew something like this existed. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bbfb8698-5977-485c-9ec9-9ec8bb04291f.jpg"> Wed, 2 Dec 2015 15:37:33 EST Algodones Sand Dunes Curvy Border Fence in So Cal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040706 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4dca31da-f48e-4544-89e7-c898ed8bb17c.jpg"> Tue, 1 Dec 2015 14:27:12 EST