INFLATED's SparkPeople Blog INFLATED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wall washing in the guest bathroom. Day 20 of exercise in 2017 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning ⊗ 15 minutes 138 calories burned <BR> <BR> It wasn't much, but I got some of it done. I hope Glidden paint covers well. Someone did a painting of dolphins jumping out of the water on the wall. When we looked at pictures of this house when it was on the market, before asking to see it, there was a matching shower curtain with dolphins jumping. When we moved into this house, the holes in the shower curtain were all torn up an... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:42:18 EST Doctor's visit, blah day. Blood glucose 140 after dinner <BR> Day 19 of exercise this year <BR> Walked 21 minutes 100 calories burned <BR> <BR> Weight at the doctor's 245 lbs. He doesn't take anything off for clothing or shoes. He went all the way back to my kidney stone visit at the hospital in January, and put me on a pill for uric acid. <BR> <BR> It makes me want to cuss; another visit, another pill. He had labs done after that trip to the hospital and was going to repeat them all. I told him he had done t... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:16:45 EST Ticks. My husband found a tick crawling on him a couple of weeks ago and I found one today on a blanket after Bayau climbed up in my lap. I decided to write about ticks since our last dog was said to have had Lyme disease and had to be put down. She was a rescued rottweiler and we only had her 5 years and one day before we had to put her down. She bled out her nostrils. <BR> <BR> Today I medicated the dog and cat for fleas and ticks and the dog for heartworms. Please check yourself if you hav... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:42:10 EST I went to a bridal shower this morning. A house was rented for a bridal shower for my son's fiancee. The owner of the house took a log cabin apart and had the logs cleaned and treated for insects, then put them into this house. It was beautiful with many antiques and grandfather clocks. He generally rents it by the week, but it was rented for two days so our son's fiancee could spend time with old classmates and they wouldn't have to leave the house to get ready for the shower and bachelorette party tonight. <BR> <BR> I don't ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:46:02 EST Visit with my podiatrist this morning. I had a good visit with the podiatrist this morning. Statistics for the last visit and this one are as follows. <BR> <BR> 02/15/17 Weight-240 Blood pressure-116/60 Pulse-79 BMI-43.9 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:03:34 EST Wall washing and getting ready for wedding guests. Day 18 of exercise this year <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning ⊗ 17 153 <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm washing walls. I had a $10 gift card for Walmart from Coke Rewards which they have discontinued. I had two coupons for Glidden paint and got two gallons of paint. Depending on how soon I can get this done, I may be able to get the guest bathroom painted before May 20th when our son is getting married. <BR> <BR> I intended to start on the 15th, but that didn't happen. <BR> <BR> The hospita... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:39:57 EST This is just a few tenths shorter than my long walk, but feels much longer. Day 17 of exercise this year <BR> Walked 60 minutes 334 calories burned <BR> 2.43 Mi / 3.91 Km 85 degrees <BR> <BR> Hubby and I write our date nights on strips of notebook paper which I cut along the lines of the notebook paper. We each do 6 or 12 strips and put them into an old plastic container that luncheon meat came in. On the first of the month, we draw out a strip and make an effort to do what's written on it. <BR> <BR> We hadn't done this one, walk to the Humane Society, but t... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 15:17:02 EST Update on my friend. Elizabeth's husband phoned us this evening. <BR> <BR> My friend is in very serious trouble with her heart. According to her husband, both carotid arteries are clogged and she needs some heart valves replaced. Some of the blood vessels around her heart are blocked and they couldn't clear them with the cath. <BR> <BR> The doctors want the heart to strengthen some, then they plan on doing all the heart surgery at once, open-heart surgery. I don't know what they will do about the carotid arter... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:07:20 EST Time to make a list of chores to get done before the wedding. Day 16 of exercise in 2017 <BR> Walked 19 minutes 106 calories burned <BR> Walked on the treadmill, .253 mile 8 minutes 37 calories burned <BR> Your Weekly Total / Goal: 123 / 120 835 / 820 The treadmill was to make my goals for the week. I still fear it after it reared up with me on it! <BR> <BR> As we were walking, hubby saw a man that he used to work with and he stopped his car and talked to my husband for a bit. <BR> <BR> We saw a rabbit, a squirrel and a robin while walking.... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:07:53 EST The person that pretended to be my great nephew has been caught. <link><BR>videos/439140339756138/ </link> <BR> <BR> The James family will be in court when the day comes!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>an-pretended-missing-duquesne-grad-stu<BR>dent/ </link> Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:58:52 EST We got the holes filled in. Day 15 of exercise in 2017 <BR> Walked for 19 minutes 106 calories burned <BR> Gardening 17 minutes 106 calories burned <BR> <BR> <BR> We went for a walk after dinner tonight and then worked on filling in the holes in the back yard. It's done. <BR> <BR> Hubby was not anxious to work on the yard. He had to pump up the tire on the wheelbarrow first. I put on work gloves, but he didn't wear any. We took handfuls of peat moss out of the bag and threw them into the holes. He estimated the... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:24:03 EST Filling in the holes that Bayou dug in the back yard. We went to Home Depot today and I bought two bags of peat moss to fill in the holes that Bayou dug in our back yard. <BR> <BR> We got a call from a man in our church that his wife is in the hospital with heart trouble. She will be transferred to another hospital tomorrow, be the Lord willing, and they will check out her heart more thoroughly. He said something was leaking and if they found any blockages, she probably would have to have stents put in. <BR> <BR> It has been warm here toda... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:01:26 EST We reset the router and my computer came back on. I looked on hubby's computer and saw where the cable company had posted for possible outages overnight on several streets. Nothing in our area was listed. I used my computer this morning, so I don't know when it quit. Hubby said he had seen the cable company truck in front of the neighbor's house across the street. <BR> <BR> I have two desks that sit in an upside down "L shape with a printer on an old typewriter stand in between them. Hubby's computer worked fine, but mine wouldn't boo... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:05:49 EST My computer won't work. Day 14 of exercise this year <BR> Heavy Cleaning. I scrubbed the bathroom floor on my hands and knees and wiped the scale, plunger, toilet brush holder, towel rack and a tea kettle we use to rinse the sides of the tub 20 minutes 180 calories burned <BR> <BR> I'm done until I can resolve this. I'm using hubby's computer. I have a black screen and nothing will load so that I can enter my password or see anything. Our son is coming over Friday, be the Lord Willing to see if he can do anyth... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:57:22 EST I'm asking for prayer. Day 13 of exercise done this year <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 22 minutes 198 calories burned <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I had trouble with my vacuum. Tonight our son was supposed to come over, but instead my husband went to his house. My son has allergies, so I put off the vacuuming I was going to do today. <BR> <BR> Nobody is sick or hurt, praise the Lord, but a tiny wheel came off my vacuum twice. The first time I found it and was able to put it back on. The second time I ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:28:14 EST Morning walk with my husband and Bayou, our dog Day 12 of exercise this year <BR> Walked 18 minutes 102 calories burned <BR> 39 degrees here; Brrrr Sun, 9 Apr 2017 07:48:55 EST Time for a reassessment of myself. Weight dressed and with shoes: 245.4 <BR> Day 11 of exercise this year <BR> Walked 20 minutes 95 calories burned <BR> <BR> <BR> I regained 11.4 lbs. since February 27. My treadmill had reared off the floor the night before that, and I haven't used it since. Then my great nephew went missing the night of January 25th before midnight and was found dead March 6th. <BR> <BR> Now that the taxes are filed, I need to get back into doing some daily exercise. I hurt after sitting all da... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 21:33:56 EST Ripped and shredded! No, not as is getting a ripped body or shredded abs! I shredded our old receipts from 2008 and 2009 and Mom's stuff from 2005-2009, there were papers from 1984 when she moved to this city. Except for breakfast, I sat on an office chair and shredded from 7 AM to 5:53 PM. I had Mom's stuff from when she lived in elderly housing, stuff for home health care, stuff from when she was in a nursing home. I had to look through it carefully. We bought this house in 2008 and I needed to cull out th... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 20:59:55 EST Cha-ching! Today we went to Jackson Hewitt and filed our income taxes. We got a state and federal refund. YAY! The woman that did our taxes last year, now answers tax questions for Jackson Hewitt offices in this district. She really knows her stuff and is quick and thorough. <BR> <BR> When we came home I took the receipts out of folders and put them into a box and put them away. I shredded receipts for the year 2007 . I have a box of 2008 receipts to shred and some of Mom's receipts to shred whic... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 23:56:52 EST Tax time. I finished up everything yesterday, Tuesday, April 4th, that we need to take to the tax preparer. I tried to call her yesterday morning and my husband called yesterday afternoon. We both left messages and she called him this morning (Wednesday, April 5th) to set up an appointment for tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM. <BR> <BR> I have typed in all of 2017's receipts up through part of March, but now I have to wait on a bank statement before I can proceed further. <BR> <BR> I didn't go to the s... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 23:53:16 EST Koty's funeral <link><BR>os/10212437466922382/ </link> <BR> <BR> Saturday we went to Koty's funeral with our son and his fiancee. At the funeral home, people filled up two and a half rooms with standing room only in the room next to where his parents and grandparents were and where the preacher was. <BR> <BR> There were TVs in each of the rooms. I thought the TVs would be turned on to broadcast what was going on, but they weren't. We couldn't hear anything with di... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:28:56 EST A Celebration of LIfe in Frederick, Maryland for Koty. My husband and I and our son and his fiancee went to A Celebration of Life for Koty this evening at The American Legion in Frederick, Maryland. The seating was filled. There was an open bar and free food for all that were there. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be the funeral and everyone will be received afterwards at my sister's house. Later tomorrow evening, we are to meet with hubby's side of the family in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for a celebration of those that had birthdays in March. <BR... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:00:09 EST The vacuum cleaner brush quit turning. I have a Shark Navigator Deluxe for the main level and another Shark Navigator for the basement. Today, the beater bar was not turning. Upon looking at it, my long, gray hair was wound around it. We had to take it apart and cut the hair off of the brushes. <BR> <BR> We did that and I washed the bar thoroughly, but then we couldn't get it back together again. Hubby took it to a vacuum repair shop and offered the guy $5. He took it and showed my husband how to fix it. My husband droppe... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:19:39 EST Yesterday was my husband's birthday. Our son and his fiancee invited us to their house for dinner last night. They had spaghetti with meat sauce, Texas garlic toast and a salad. We took Bayou, our dog, with us and she behaved. She got into their cat's bed, curled up, and rested. She played some with a dryer ball and chewed on a braided rope. <BR> <BR> Hubby did not work yesterday on his birthday, but he is working today and I want to get some cleaning done. I baked a cake for him yesterday. He doesn't like frosting on i... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:54:35 EST A Celebration of Life for Dakota James. Today was A Celebration of Life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Dakota James. <BR> <BR> I have been battling a sinus infection/flu symptoms since last Monday and I didn't go. My husband, son and his fiancee went. <BR> <BR> I stayed home and washed a couple of loads of clothes. I hadn't been keeping up with laundry and hubby was washing his own clothes. I caught up yesterday, but had three loads to do today with the bedding and towels. <BR> <BR> It was rainy here today, but the trip ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 23:54:26 EST 7.4 " of snow yesterday and today wind gusts to 50 mph. We didn't get as much snow as was forecast and today the winds are blustery and cold. It's 26 degrees outside. Hubby drove to work today instead of walking. The winds are taking the moisture out of the snow and it is icy outside. <BR> <BR> We did not lose power during the storm though down state, they did. I am thankful to God for that since we no longer use our wood stove and gave away the wood we had for it. <BR> <BR> Five more days until Spring. Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:28:42 EST I'm very happy with the winter storm now. From The Penny Hoarder Daily: <BR> <BR> "Here’s a job to wrap your head around: Miami-Dade County is hiring snake hunters. Because Burmese pythons are cute pets when they’re little, but they grow up to be, well, friggin’ pythons. Disenchanted pet owners release them into the wild, and now they’re messing with the vibe in the Everglades. You can earn between $50 and $100 for each python you bag, plus $8.10 an hour just for searching. Learn more and apply here." Copied <BR> <BR> Umm, no thank... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 18:58:50 EST Snow is headed our way on Tuesday. I saw on Saturday night where we could get 7+ inches of snow on Tuesday. I just looked at the Weather Underground site and they have a map of our area with 12-18" on it. The storm was named Stella. <BR> <BR> It has been cold here with wind chills in the teens and the temperatures below freezing. <BR> <BR> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 02:06:51 EST Thankfulness. Often it is hard for me to think of something to write about. I am a homemaker, I don't work outside the home. I might go to three places in a month: to visit our son and his fiancee, to church and maybe shopping. I rarely visit anyone and other than our son and his fiancee, we have few visitors. I have a husband, a dog and a cat. I live in a city. <BR> <BR> Today, as I read blogs, I was directed to several that were blogs of Thanksgiving. After losing my great nephew to death, I thin... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:19:51 EST The story behind the hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul" So often when we are in church and sing a hymn, we know nothing about it. This hymn is one that was such for me until I read about the author of it. The hymn is, "It Is Well With My Soul." <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> When I read the first chapter of Job, I think of this hymn. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:27:30 EST I paid my hospital bill today. I got my Social Security check today and paid my hospital bill for my kidney stone. I have $13 left. <BR> <BR> I gave my husband money to buy two pair of black pants for his job out of last month's check, the pants will also count as a birthday present to him. I bought beef that was on sale for the freezer, porterhouse steaks and bottom round roast. The steaks were $4.99 a pound and the roast was $2.99 a pound. I haven't seen low prices like that in a long time. I know that as the tem... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 17:25:23 EST Something my sister shared last night. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw this image on a Spark friend's blog. She is an Art teacher. <BR> <BR> Last night, my husband, our son and his fiancee and I, went to visit my sister. She is Koty's grandmother. <BR> <BR> She paints, mainly watercolors, to relax. Koty came by to visit her one day and took a bunch of her paintings. He framed each one in a white frame and put them in his apartment. She said there... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 22:42:56 EST After 40 days of their son being missing. <link><BR>05397008643/ </link> <BR> <BR> First the private dectective is talking, then Koty's father. I didn't recognize my nephew in this video. This has changed all of us forever. <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Mar 2017 18:49:22 EST My great-nephew was found this morning. Our son called to tell me that my great-nephew was found this morning. His remains were in the Ohio River. A woman walking her dog notified the police and he has been positively identified. The family has been notified. <BR> <BR> A missionary that we support, lost his wife to cancer. <BR> <BR> My husband isn't home from work yet, but I will tell him when he comes home. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 13:14:58 EST Searching today for Koty and hubby starts work on Monday. It is 6:04 AM here, the coffee is brewing and I am going to get my blog written and out of the way. <BR> <BR> Our son spent the night and he and my husband are on their way to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to do a finger-to-finger search in one of the parks for my great-nephew that went missing January 25, 2017, Dakota Leo James. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My husband and son will come home today so that we can go to church, be the Lord willing, tomorrow morning. ... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 06:32:05 EST My new medicine worked. Blood glucose 98 after lunch <BR> <BR> Since I began checking my blood glucose readings, I have never had one below 100. <BR> <BR> I am continuing to eat low carb high fat and I remembered to take my pill today 15 minutes before lunch, then set the timer on the stove to check my blood glucose two hours afterward. <BR> <BR> I made two low carb recipes for dinner tonight, peppered pork with chive sauce and roasted radishes. My husband wouldn't try the radishes. I have turnips to try ... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 21:39:15 EST I need to laugh. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For two of my Spark friends, 1CRAZYDOG and the Lord, love a duck! one. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 17:42:48 EST When you cut sugar and carbohydrates from your diet. Yesterday was Fastnacht Day. Last night, my husband decided to go to Krumpe's Donuts to get some donuts. He said people were lined up outside. My husband hates to wait, so he came home without the donuts. I am thanking God, I have stayed on plan since seeing my doctor February 22. <BR> <BR> Fastnacht Day is an annual Pennsylvania Dutch celebration that falls on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. The word translates to "Fast Night" in English. We don't pay any attention to th... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:15:19 EST Down 4 pounds toward my 20 pound goal. Weighed today: 234 pounds Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:57:08 EST Hi-Yo Silver, Away! Day 10 of exercise this year <BR> Treadmill: 3 mph (20 minutes per mile) 6 minutes 34 calories burned <BR> <BR> My husband was cold all night last night and today. He spent the afternoon in bed fully dressed in jeans, socks, a T shirt, 2 sweatshirts and the bed covers and said he couldn't get warm. <BR> <BR> While he was bathing tonight, I took his dirty clothes to the basement and decided to exercise on the treadmill. I thought I would try an exercise program programmed on the treadmill... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:22:08 EST Update: It was not my great nephew. The remains pulled from the Monongahela River have been identified; it was not my great-nephew. Sat, 25 Feb 2017 21:53:28 EST Awaiting details. <link><BR>on-river-west-homestead/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A man trying to escape from the police jumped into the water and it is not known if he made it to shore. <BR> <BR> Two bodies have been found in two separate incidents in trash bins. One was a missing man and the other a young woman. <BR> <BR> I know nothing more than this. <BR> <BR> Who was holding this woman's son all those years? Pittsburgh has major problems, in my opinion. <BR> <... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:06:16 EST Rebroadcast of a news story last night. Day 9 of exercise this year <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 5 minutes 45 calories burned <BR> Gardening 41 minutes 252 calories burned <BR> <BR> Remains were found in a trash can over the side of a hill. It was reported they had been there for some time. Personally, I don't think it is Koty's remains and they had to go to a medical examiner. <BR> <BR> My husband called me into the living room last night to hear the story, then I looked it up online last night. <BR> <BR> Toda... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:23:20 EST Time is slip-sliding away. Day 8 of exercise in 2017 <BR> Treadmill: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) 10 minutes 46 calories burned <BR> <BR> I slept a lot today. Called about charges not paid by insurance. It looks like I will have to pay them, but will wait for final paperwork from the calls made yesterday and today. <BR> <BR> No search tomorrow for Koty due to a hockey game and traffic. <BR> <BR> Hubby plans to take the lawn mower tomorrow to get it checked out for mowing this Spring. We didn't work on the ed... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 23:05:28 EST The news tonight. What a creul hoax to play on our family. Filed Under: Dakota James, Shaler <BR> Photo: Facebook <BR> Photo: Facebook <BR> PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — On Thursday, an image began circulating on social media that caused many to call into police. <BR> <BR> The photo was a screenshot of a food order placed through Yelp from someone claiming to be Dakota James, saying he had been kidnapped on the North Side and was being held in the basement of a home in Shaler. <BR> <BR> Pittsburgh Police released a statement indicating that they thoroughly i... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:18:25 EST A comparison of doctor's visits this month. Day 7 of exercise this year <BR> Walked 19 minutes 105 calories burned <BR> <BR> Podiatrist <BR> Date: 2/15/17 <BR> Weight: 240 <BR> Blood Pressure: 116/60 <BR> Pulse: 79 <BR> Temperature: Not taken <BR> Respiration: Not taken <BR> <BR> Primary Care Physician <BR> Date: 2/22/17 <BR> Weight: 238 <BR> Blood Pressure: 132/78 <BR> Pulse: 93 <BR> Temperature: 96.9 <BR> Respiration: 16 <BR> <BR> The new medicine the doctor prescribed is repaglinide for my diabetes. The pharmacy ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:02:47 EST Doctor's visit at 8 AM this morning. Day 6 <BR> Gardening 12 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> I didn't get a copy of my vitals from the doctor's office. I will try to call tomorrow to see if I can get them. I was supposed to arrive 15 minutes early and the office was locked. It took until after 8:15 AM for the office to get my information and paperwork done. I was thankful that I am no longer working a job. <BR> <BR> I didn't watch the news today. I am to the point that if Koty is found, the family will call me. To... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:12:21 EST Another day, another search. Day 5 of exercise so far this year <BR> Gardening 10 minutes 62 calories burned <BR> <BR> I wanted to get more edging done today around the flowerbed and walkway in front of the house. The temperature was 10 degrees colder today than yesterday and the high temperature was to be around 4 PM. It's 54 right now at 5:56 PM. <BR> <BR> I got on Facebook to find the video below. I posted it on my page since they were looking for my great-nephew and this: "This is what our family goes through... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:08:30 EST Prayers for Koty Day 4 of exercise <BR> 1.58 mile run/walk 31 minutes 202 calories burned <BR> Gardening 56 minutes 347 calories burned <BR> <BR> My great-nephew went missing January 25, 2017. Please pray that God will direct our paths to him or that he may be found soon. I invite you to look at the statistics of the number of missing persons. You never think that it will happen to your family and you bypass posting a picture of a missing person. It is gut-wrenching to see other family members faces, ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:46:07 EST News broadcast last night. <link><BR>51373593643/ </link> <BR> <BR> WTAE-TV Pittsburgh · This is a River Rescue search on the Allegheny River near downtown Pittsburgh. Sources tell Pittsburgh's Action News 4 that someone at the Convention Center reported seeing a body in the water. <BR> <BR> Nothing was found. I tell you this stuff is tearing my heart out. Today, be the Lord Willing, some of the family and others will gather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to search for Dakota Leo... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 01:28:23 EST