INFLATED's SparkPeople Blog INFLATED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Helping out. My husband went to the VA Center in Martinsburg, WV today about his shoulder. He is to put ice on it an hour before he goes to bed and then if that does help, he will be scheduled for surgery June 18th. They told him to use a bag of frozen peas on the shoulder. <BR> <BR> The dishwasher repairman came back. He had to take his wife to the doctor. There is another board on this dishwasher that may be causing the problems. We took out the dirty dishes, washed them in bleach water, siphoned... Mon, 21 May 2018 20:22:26 EST Here are my weight losses. I want to lose weight by setting goals of 2 lbs. When I reach a loss of 2 pounds, I will begin to work on the next two pounds. I've lost 50 pounds and regained weight again and want to keep the lost weight behind me. I would like to be at 210 pounds or lower by July 1, 2018. An asterisk means a weight gain. <BR> <BR> 244.9 pounds on February 15, 2018 <BR> 243.9 pounds on February 18, 2018 - a pound in four days <BR> 249 pounds on February 25, 2018 * <BR> 243.8 pounds on M... Sun, 20 May 2018 23:07:07 EST The reading on the scale was down this morning. 232.4 pounds <BR> <BR> I hope my husband didn't readjust the scale. He has been a real pain lately. <BR> <BR> I am anxious to get in the 220's since I bought my bathing suit when I weighed 225 lbs. We haven't opened the pool yet. The neighbor's maple tree is shedding helicopter seeds. The pool is a big money drain, but I bought chemicals in the off season last year. <BR> <BR> I feel so relaxed after swimming. <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 May 2018 14:23:20 EST Appliance repairman was a no-show. I had a dental appointment this morning for a cleaning and that went very well. Hubby had a sore throat and didn't get his cleaning done. <BR> <BR> We left the dental office and went to SaveaLot to get cube steak for a recipe my friend wanted me to try. It was a point of contention since she told me about it. Hubby wouldn't get the cube steak. I would have driven to get it, but since my old glasses are broken, the new ones make everything at a distance double vision or blurred. <BR> ... Fri, 18 May 2018 22:51:20 EST Do-overs. Day 8 of exercise in 2018 <BR> Walked 19 minutes 87 calories burned <BR> <BR> <BR> I thought the dishwasher was fixed. There was water in the bottom of it this morning. I loaded it with dirty dishes and turned it on. I could hear beeping. It said that the dishes were clean. It had not gone through the dishwashing cycle. We called the repairman and he will come back tomorrow afternoon, Friday late afternoon, be the Lord willing. <BR> <BR> Tuesday: Requesting prayer for my husband. He... Thu, 17 May 2018 20:06:10 EST My dishwasher is fixed! The appliance repair man was here and the dishwasher is fixed, cost $135. He also disabled a smoke detector that beeps no matter how often we change the batteries. <BR> <BR> My weight was down some, now to work on keeping it down and getting it lower. <BR> <BR> I need to get ready for Bible study tonight. Wed, 16 May 2018 18:07:59 EST Celebrated Mother's Day with our son and his wife yesterday. We were supposed to have breakfast with our son at 8 AM, go hunt for morel mushrooms, and possibly have lunch together. My husband woke up moaning and groaning due to a back ache. He carried the lawn mower out of and back into the basement going up steps to the back yard. I had heartburn. Our son didn't show up until about 3 PM. We had severe thunderstorm warnings for the afternoon. <BR> <BR> He and his wife came and bought sirloin steaks which were about 1-1 1/2 " thick and a salad mix wit... Sun, 13 May 2018 00:53:42 EST Fun with pictures. This is a real picture of me <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is an air-brushed glam photo of me from the photo above. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This arrived today by UPS. It looks like onions coming through the soil, but it will be beautiful! It's from my daughter, Jaime <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Thu, 10 May 2018 18:12:43 EST I have to pay VA co-pays. I got a letter yesterday stating I will be responsible for VA co-pays. They checked our income for 2016, so there will be co-pays since then. I don't know the total amount that I owe. <BR> <BR> The dishwasher is still not fixed and I will need to pay that too. Folks this is why you need to save money. <BR> <BR> I have not let this bother me. My husband took my letter yesterday to the VA, but the person he needed to talk to wasn't there. What will be will be. I can hear Doris Day sin... Wed, 9 May 2018 01:42:34 EST What's next? Day 7 of exercise in 2018 <BR> Gardening 45 minutes 274 calories burned <BR> <BR> Today, I felt something fall onto my lap and when I looked to see what it was, it was the lens out of my glasses. I checked to see if the tiny screws were in the frames and they were. My frames had broken in two at the nose piece. <BR> <BR> I had another pair of eye glasses that I got from the VA, but they blur everything at a short distance. I can see what I am typing, but have to take them off to watch T... Thu, 3 May 2018 22:57:58 EST For RAWCOOKIE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> $168 a pair. Wed, 2 May 2018 00:48:20 EST 6.6 pounds down. We went to a family get-together Saturday and to our son's house for dinner last night. I was trying to figure out why I lost weight. Some things that I have been doing differently are: <BR> <BR> When I went to the get-together, there was a whole counter full of meat and side dishes, and another counter full of desserts. There was only Coke, Sprite, and water to drink. The daughter of the hostess said that she was going to have trouble staying on her eating plan of low carb. Her words m... Mon, 30 Apr 2018 13:46:19 EST A family get-together today. We had a family get-together today at one of hubby's cousin's house trailer. I didn't count how many were there, but we had a wonderful time reminiscing and talking and laughing. <BR> <BR> One cousin is in remission from stage four breast cancer, but she has Bell's palsy and it has affected her eyes, her facial muscles and her speech. I laughed at how she talked and she was okay with that. She "tinted her toikey" (tented her turkey) for turkey salad. She reminded me of Elmer Fudd. <BR>... Sat, 28 Apr 2018 23:20:33 EST The phone rings and the drama begins. The other day, one of my husband's brothers called. This was the one that had his knee replaced. He wanted my husband to come get clothing that he wanted to try and sell at a consignment shop, there were six garbage bags of clothing. <BR> <BR> My husband went to his brother's house, got the bags and took them to a consignment shop. Only ten things were taken from the bags to be sold. My brother-in-law told my husband that he could have half the money (big whoop). Then my husband had t... Fri, 27 Apr 2018 22:11:03 EST Making my own foaming hand soap. I like foaming hand soap. I have made a couple of bottles using blue Dawn dish washing liquid and water. <BR> <BR> This weekend, I had three empty bottles. The soap is a little over $3 a bottle. I watched some videos online and sent my husband out to buy Caress body wash. I put about a third of the bottle of Caress body wash into each empty bottle of foaming hand soap and filled the bottle with water. Now I have three bottles of foaming hand soap and like how it turned out. It won't ... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:39:02 EST Red Lobster and a 10 pound weight gain. I hesitated to write about this, because it was a huge weight gain. <BR> <BR> Our daughter gave us a gift certificate to Red Lobster when my family met in Nashville Tennessee January 27-February 3, 2018. She was going to go out with her husband, our son and his wife to a concert and a wine tasting event and wanted us to use the certificate that night. For some reason, my husband could not find his way when driving in Nashville. We had to have one of them that had a Smart phone to ride wi... Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:20:00 EST Knee surgery for my brother-in-law. My brother-in-law had knee replacement surgery recently. Yesterday, his wife called us to tell us that as he was getting up from the table, it all gave out. I just can't imagine the pain of that! <BR> <BR> He had another knee surgery today. My husband went to visit him at the hospital. His brother will have to start over and repeat physical therapy again. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:35:43 EST Dread. I must have a strange mind. I make mountains out of mole hills in my mind. <BR> <BR> I typed January 2018 receipts onto a spreadsheet. There was an entry on my VA appointment printouts that had me going to the hospital in Nashville, TN even before we left for our trip to go there. Yes, I went to the ER while there due to a kidney stone attack. <BR> <BR> Today, I finally went back to my receipts and typed in, "wrong date" and I had entries for the right date when I was seen at the VA Hos... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:57:55 EST An inquiry that I was not expecting or even knew about. Requesting prayer. My husband and I both got mail from the VA Healthcare today wanting us to send them the amount we earned in 2016 and then they will determine if we have co-pays for the healthcare we have used since then. I was under the impression that co-pays were for prescriptions only, but according to the mail we received, that probably was just part of it. It could include trips to see the doctor, going to the hospital, tests, and getting eye glasses. I don't really know what all it ... Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:12:13 EST It was 82 degrees in our house last night. I turned on the air conditioner. While Michigan is having a blizzard, we had warm temperatures this past week. Yesterday was the second day in the 80's. I had the window on the front door up and a window in the kitchen up. It was hot in the house. <BR> <BR> It's 7:26 PM and the outside temperature is 46 degrees today. <BR> <BR> I woke up with a cramp in the calf of my right leg and as I tried to get to my feet, the other calf cramped. My husband helped me by pushing my toes toward my head. I got up, but then didn'... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:32:56 EST It was 82 degrees in our house last night. I turned on the air conditioner. While Michigan is having a blizzard, we had warm temperatures this past week. Yesterday was the second day in the 80's. I had the window on the front door up and a window in the kitchen up. It was hot in the house. <BR> <BR> It's 7:26 PM and the outside temperature is 46 degrees today. <BR> <BR> I woke up with a cramp in the calf of my right leg and as I tried to get to my feet, the other calf cramped. My husband helped me by pushing my toes toward my head. I got up, but then didn'... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:32:56 EST It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Our taxes are done and paid for, but what a stressful mess I had with them yesterday. I have given up many nights of sleep to type our receipts and entries in the check register onto spreadsheets. I thought Wednesday night as I finished December's receipts, that I might be able to finish up on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I underline and type in red anything that we can deduct. Our preparer told us last year to keep track of mileage to/from doctor's appointments, the hospital and pharmacy. I did... Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:40:20 EST Busy woman here. My weight was 240.4 pounds and it is going down very slowly, but it is going down. <BR> <BR> My husband has to have an MRI on his shoulder this afternoon. <BR> <BR> The appliance repairman is supposed to come today to fix the dishwasher. <BR> <BR> I am on November's receipts and I am taking a break from typing and filing. <BR> <BR> We are supposed to go to Red Lobster if my friend doesn't call to go out to an Italian restaurant on Thursday. We want our husbands to meet. Our daughte... Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:32:04 EST Hoping that we can fix the dishwasher. Yesterday at 1:57pm · <BR> WIND ADVISORY <BR> ISSUED: 10:06 AM APR. 4, 2018 – NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE <BR> ...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING... <BR> <BR> * TIMING...Strong winds will increase this morning ahead of a <BR> strong cold front and continue into early this evening. <BR> <BR> * WINDS...West 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. <BR> <BR> * IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power <BR> lines. Scattered power outages are expected. ... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 19:33:14 EST Fouled up! We had some rain last night, but no snow. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I were supposed to go out with another couple on Wednesday afternoon. He called someone this morning to get someone to come here to fix our dishwasher. Someone was supposed to be here today between 2-5 PM. I was in the shower and he got a phone call and said it was someone on a computer. The call came right before the repairman was to show up. He got scared and then he made an appointment with another appliance repair compan... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 14:37:18 EST Snow expected on April 2, 2018 I didn't start doing receipts again yesterday, I slept and so did my husband. <BR> <BR> Monday, I plan to work on them today, be the Lord willing. It may take a lot of coffee to keep me focused. <BR> <BR> Our dishwasher quit working yesterday and it is only three years old. When we start it, it runs for a bit then shuts off and shows the dishes are clean, but they aren't. It is a Bosch dishwasher. <BR> <BR> It is 2:02 AM and here is our forecast. <BR> <BR> Washington Severe Watch... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 02:05:08 EST I'm tired. Day 6 of exercise in 2018. <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 81 minutes 741 calories burned <BR> <BR> Hubby and I cleaned the church building this morning. <BR> <BR> I finished reading the Bible from last year today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is April 1st and I need to work on those receipts and get our stuff ready to get the taxes done. Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:00:06 EST RAMONA1954's blog inspired me today, what a difference so far. Wednesday, March 28, 2018 chores completed <BR> Put whites in the dryer <BR> Washed a comforter <BR> Read and answered e-mail <BR> Deleted 83 e-mails <BR> Read the Bible <BR> Logged food on Spark People <BR> Let Bayau out/back in <BR> Walked 100 steps on the elliptical <BR> Folded/hung up three baskets of clothes, four wash loads <BR> Took whites out of the dryer and set the basket on the table in the basement <BR> Cleaned dryer vent <BR> Put comforter in the dryer <BR> Washed a load of light... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:55:19 EST I went to see the nutritionist at the VA clinic yesterday. I went to see the nutritionist yesterday and forgot my blood glucose log book. My weight was the same as that on my ticker. <BR> <BR> I will be scheduled for another visit to get a free meter from the VA and they will also provide my testing supplies of lancets and test strips once that is done, so there is a savings I can surely put to use. They will show me how to set up the meter at that visit. <BR> <BR> Hubby went to a computer class after dropping me off. I went to the VA Clinic ... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 07:20:21 EST Snow accumulation on the first day of Spring and yesterday. The storm is over. I should have written down how much snow we had because now I can't remember the amount. I think it was over 11 inches for Tuesday and Wednesday and over 14 inches in Greencastle, Pennsylvania for those two days. <BR> <BR> Church was cancelled last night even though we were to have a visiting preacher. <BR> <BR> Hubby has a doctor's appointment today. He had one yesterday, but the doctor's office was closed when he got there. Nobody called him to tell him that they ... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:51:56 EST Storm warning for today. Washington Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio <BR> Watches & Warnings <BR> Winter Weather Advisory, Winter Storm Watch <BR> Issued: 9:29 PM EDT Mar. 19, 2018 – National Weather Service <BR> <BR> ... Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect from 6 am to 6 PM <BR> EDT Tuesday... <BR> ... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late Tuesday night <BR> through Wednesday evening... <BR> <BR> * what... a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected <BR> Tuesday. Snow and sle... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:54:07 EST Monday, Monday This past weekend was filled with food events. Saturday, there was a fish fry and my husband's cousins help in the kitchen. They had fried catfish, fried chicken, scalloped potatoes and baked beans. My husband brought home a container of cole slaw and two pieces of cake. One piece was a spice cake and the other piece was devil's food with white icing. <BR> <BR> I stayed home, but gave my husband money for three meals in case our daughter-in-law felt well enough to go; she was diagnosed... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:01:12 EST A new inner tube for the wheelbarrow. I had an appointment today with the podiatrist and that went very well. When we got home, I asked my husband about getting the wheelbarrow tire fixed. He kept telling me that it was going flat from sitting too long. <BR> <BR> I called a tire place and they said they would look at it. It needed a new tube, We went to Tractor Supply and I bought a new tube, then we took it back to the tire place and they put it in the tire. The man pumped up the old inner tube and we could feel the air co... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:05:12 EST A new inner tube for the wheelbarrow. I had an appointment today with the podiatrist and that went very well. When we got home, I asked my husband about getting the wheelbarrow tire fixed. He kept telling me that it was going flat from sitting too long. <BR> <BR> I called a tire place and they said they would look at it. It needed a new tube, We went to Tractor Supply and I bought a new tube, then we took it back to the tire place and they put it in the tire. The man pumped up the old inner tube and we could feel the air co... Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:05:12 EST Turkey leftovers that turned out great! <link><BR>WH3wPZI </link> <BR> Everyday Food <BR> Published on Oct 30, 2015 Sarah Carey's turkey tetrazzini <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> Curtis Stone’s Chicken and Broccoli Casserole <BR> <BR> <link><BR>axYcW7o </link> <BR> <BR> Curtis Stone was with Rachel Ray <BR> <BR> The ingredients were very similar and I made two 9X13 pans, one of each recipe. My husband took the one with broccoli over to our son and his w... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 23:47:51 EST The best laid plans. I have been trying to get my husband to help me clean out our upright freezer in preparation of getting 1/8 of a cow. We told our son and his wife that we would roast a turkey today and invited them to dinner. He got the roaster out and I sprayed it with cooking spray. <BR> <BR> One of my husband's brothers that had his knee replaced last week called to tell my husband that a brother that lives with him and his wife, was broke down and could he go and pick him up and maybe jump start the... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 12:44:28 EST I finally got the results on my urine collections today. I got an e-mail last night that said today's appointment at the VA Center was non-applicable. I don't know what that means to them, but I thought maybe it was cancelled again. I called and was told that I still had an appointment today at 1:30 PM. <BR> <BR> While we were in the waiting room, a man walked in and pointed at my husband. The waiting room for urology and dentistry were shared. The man that pointed at my husband heads up the family reunion on my husband's Dad's side of the fam... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 20:33:03 EST Tuesday, March 6, 2018 I am working on June 2017 receipts. I found a lot of errors where receipts were not entered into the register. I had hoped to get a month of receipts done each day, but that didn't happen. <BR> <BR> The in-laws came over and brought ice cream for us. Our daughter-in-law's Dad made an ice cream dessert for her brother's 18th birthday with ice cream sandwiches and toppings for ice cream. It was like a banana split without the banana. He brought one for me and one for my husband. The de... Tue, 6 Mar 2018 07:34:24 EST Update on my husband. We came home from church this morning and my husband could not get comfortable. He went to the Emergency Room at the VA Hospital. He called me on the blue tooth in the car and said he had a contusion of the right shoulder. He will be taking pain pills. <BR> <BR> He hasn't got back yet from the VA. <BR> <BR> I am ready to start on the receipts for June and I am very grateful that the spreadsheets are going quickly. I do need a nap though. Weight today 243. 8, back to where I was before ... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 16:03:42 EST My husband took a hard fall today. I started putting our receipts onto spreadsheets on Thursday. I had done to March 15, 2017 and today I am starting on May 2017. Thursday, I finished the folder of receipts for March 2017 and filed the receipts for January 2018. Friday I typed receipts for April 2017 onto a spreadsheet and filed receipts for February and March 2018 (what we have so far). <BR> <BR> My husband fell today while walking Bayau. She tried to get away from him once he was on the ground. I have tried to show ... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 22:47:05 EST Twelve deer I don't have anything to write about. We saw twelve deer on our way to our son's house Monday evening. It has been a long time since I have seen that many at one time. When I was young, deer would be along a fence row along where there was woods and there would be many of them in the evenings at the edge of a field. Now, it is rare if I see a couple, or up to five deer at once. <BR> <BR> We are in for high winds starting tonight and running through Saturday. Sustained winds of 25-30 mph ... Thu, 1 Mar 2018 15:08:47 EST A former boss and I went out to lunch today or you fly and I'll buy. A friend had a birthday the 13th of February. I told her that I would treat her to lunch and today we got together and went to lunch. She did the driving and took us to IHOP. She asked the server about the special and they had free pancakes. We both ordered a stack of 3 pancakes and a glass of water. The bill was $0.00. I tipped our server and we left and drove around. <BR> <BR> My friend showed me where they had opened a restaurant near to where she lives. We went to a local market ... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:50:12 EST I'm having a rough day. Day 5 of exercise in 2018 <BR> Walked 0.73 Mi / 1.17 Km - 0 comments <BR> 21 minutes 101 calories burned <BR> <BR> I have been passing pin-point size kidney stones and saw one a little bigger. I stayed home from church. I have been pushing fluids, but I feel like I do when I have a bladder infection. I hope that I won't start passing blood and have to go to the hospital. My back hurt during the walk. My weight is up to 249 pounds. It is 4:42 PM and I have 3076 steps in for today, but ... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 16:48:29 EST My husband's eldest brother died tonight. We got a call tonight that my husband's brother died. He was in hospice in Kansas. Out of 10 children born to my husband's parents, now only six are still alive. He was the eldest of the 10. <BR> <BR> I don't know what to expect in the days to come. He made a neighbor his medical power of attorney and we had to get a code word to get any information from hospice. He had been moved from a hospital. <BR> <BR> I don't know whom will handle his final arrangements or if he left any inst... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:19:32 EST I hope to go with my husband to the VA Center today. We enjoy going to the VA Center. They offer a free computer class, just the basics, but the building is huge and we can get some exercise on this rainy day. <BR> <BR> I hope to get laundry done in preparation for the weekend, be the Lord willing. Exciting, huh? <BR> Well, life is what you make of it or maybe my husband married a cheap date, lol! <BR> <BR> I am feeling better today. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:52:19 EST Bogged down with e-mail. I was going to post comments last night, but Spark People was doing maintenance. <BR> <BR> I found out why I haven't heard from the urologist at the VA. I called over to Martinsburg, West Virginia, and found out the urologist I had seen was retiring in May. Well, my appointment was cancelled and I never got the results about two 24-hour urine collections I had done and I had another attack of kidney stones since I saw him. <BR> <BR> When I talked to my primary care doctor with the VA, s... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:38:22 EST Copied from another Spark person. There are five frogs sitting on a log, three frogs decide to jump off the log. How many frogs remain on the log? <BR> <BR> <em>201</em> <em>67</em> <em>201</em> <em>67</em> <em>201</em> <em>67</em> <em>201</em> <em>67</em> <em>201</em> <BR> <BR> The correct answer is five! The reason being that deciding to do something is not the same as doing it. <BR> <BR> I got this from CAROLYNINJOY1's blog. You have to put feet to your good intentions, often I don't. I thou... Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:16:14 EST No weigh, it's portion distortion. I was answering a comment last night to my Spark friend, IMAVISION. She mentioned portion distortion and I came up with the "no weigh." I have a food scale that measures in ounces or grams, 2 sets of measuring spoons, 2 sets of measuring cups for dry ingredients and a couple of glass measuring cups for liquids. I get lazy and try to eyeball portion sizes. <BR> <BR> I used to watch Justin Wilson, a man that had his own cooking show. He would pour salt into the palm of his hand and some... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:24:16 EST Tenacity. I sometimes read The Devotional Writings of Oswald Chambers. Today I read, The Discipline of Spiritual Tenacity. Someone commented on my Spark page and when I went to hers, there was a quote about tenacity. I felt it was something I need to apply in different areas of my life right now, in reading my Bible daily and in working toward my goals here on Spark People. I do believe God impressed that word on me today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went to Fort Detrick, Maryland to be seen by a V... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:31:58 EST I'm going to be seen by a dermatologist today. I have been developing moles across my shoulders. They weren't there when I was a teenager. They itch like crazy. I had my VA primary care doctor take a look at them and she wants me to be seen by a dermatologist. <BR> <BR> Years ago, I had 5 moles surgically removed. All were benign. I spent a lot of time in the Sun when I was a teenager, fell asleep on the sand and was badly sunburned. The exam and the results will ease my mind. If it is cancer, as least, I will know. I don't le... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:47:09 EST