INFLATED's SparkPeople Blog INFLATED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Shopping spree. Last night I worked on making a calendar with how much I should have saved for each week for all 52 weeks of this year. <BR> <BR> I made sure to replace into savings what I had spent last month. <BR> <BR> Today, I got two new short-sleeved blouses for $4.70 with my Shop Your Way Rewards at KMart. I don't have many short-sleeved ones. <BR> <BR> There is another store that is called Ollie's and I got a stainless steel drink container, two T shirts, pool supplies of chlorine tabs, algacide... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:18:36 EST 94 degrees here today, we're going swimming in a little while As I write this, I an waiting for our son and my daughter-in-law to come over to swim. The water temperature is 78 degrees. Thunderstorms are predicted through next Monday. <BR> <BR> It will feel good to go from the heat and humidity into the cool water. I don't know how long I will be able to stay in. It takes me awhile to adjust to cold water. Sometimes our pool water temperature gets to about 83/84 degrees and that is just fine with me. I doubt that it will get there if we have st... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:26:59 EST The pool is ready to go, just need the water to warm up. Our son came over today and did a second cleaning on the pool after we shocked it again. He vacuumed out dead algae after we put floc in the pool. <BR> <BR> Now it is filtering, the ladder is hooked up and I hung a thermometer onto a railing on the pool deck. I got the skimmer net cleaned by letting it soak in an old cat litter box filled with Oxi-Clean and using a toothbrush on it. <BR> <BR> Our son was hired for a new job!!!!! This was an answer to prayers. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:49:11 EST Family reunion Saturday, June 11, 2017 Yesterday was the family reunion for hubby's mother's side of the family. <BR> <BR> June 7, an online friend died at the age of 54 while taking a shower. <BR> <BR> This year for me, has been up and down with my great nephew going missing and then being found dead and with problems with my sister-in-law and our son. I didn't know the man that died except that he asked me to try to help him with his diabetes and I recommended a Facebook group, Reversing Diabetes. He became a Facebook frie... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 00:46:22 EST Our son came over this evening to tell us about his job interview. Our son came over this evening and told us about his job interview today, he thinks he will be hired, but he won't know for sure until next Thursday. <BR> <BR> I talked to my husband last night about doling out to our son when he faces the consequences of wrong-doing. He agreed with me and said he would stop. <BR> <BR> My son tried one of the Philly-steak green peppers we made for the reunion tomorrow. (At least I know he had something to eat) I told him it was preaching time because tha... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 20:08:59 EST Another unpaid speeding ticket and a "giant sucking sound" on our savings as hubby pays it! Day 24 of exercise in 2017 <BR> Gardening ⊗ 15 minutes 92 calories burned <BR> <BR> Our son told my husband about another unpaid speeding ticket from when he proposed to his bride in Alabama. Hubby went with him to the Post Office to send off the money for the speeding ticket. <BR> <BR> I get angry. I am wearing my mother-in-law's clothes (hubby's mother). She has been dead 13 years. If one of our children needs something or have done foolishly and need money, hubby is "a soft touch." ... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 22:06:14 EST Requesting prayer. My friend had open-heart surgery yesterday and was in the operating room longer than doctors expected. She had surgery on two heart valves and three veins/arteries, I am not certain which. Tonight on Facebook I learned she has pneumonia in both lungs. Her name is Elizabeth. <BR> <BR> She has a husband and a son that are going through this concern too. <BR> <BR> On another note, we are working on our pool and having trouble getting the sand filter/pump to work properly. <BR> <BR> Th... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 21:43:31 EST I have uploaded some photos of the wedding from the Boydville Inn. I don't have any pictures. I did my best at uploading pictures of my son's wedding. I don't have any pictures and they hired a professional photographer. My stuff was moved around at the venue and I did not carry a phone, a camera or a purse so that I would not have to look after them and carry them with me. <BR> <BR> I tried to caption the pictures without giving out personal information which I think the bride didn't want. It is a time to celebrate, but I didn't know how to put the pictures into my blog. I feel ... Sun, 28 May 2017 23:16:14 EST Now to resume regular programming!! My Spark friend, 1CRAZYDOG wrote the title to my blog to me. Yes, it is time to get rid of the weight and I need a focus right now. <BR> <BR> I came out on the other side of the wedding weighing 238.6 pounds today. I am very pleased with that. I found out that Romaine lettuce leaves make a good wrap for hamburgers and I have been trying to switch from ketchup to mustard on my burgers. <BR> <BR> Hubby bought cod for dinner tonight. We haven't been grocery shopping since before the w... Sat, 27 May 2017 19:14:13 EST A surprise along the street. Crellie was due for her rabies shot today and they gave her a distemper booster too. When my husband backed into the driveway, I looked across the street and saw a shape that I recognized, a turtle. It was along the street. I told my husband to look and he thought it was one too. It didn't move. <BR> <BR> I walked up the sidewalk and went over and picked it up, it was as big as my hand and it tucked its head in its shell. Our neighbor came out on her carport and asked what it was. T... Thu, 25 May 2017 23:59:12 EST Passage to India Restaurant in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania I have not tried many international cuisines. We had a wonderful dinner tonight at this restaurant, Passage to India. We were almost T-boned on the passenger side of the car tonight, but by the grace of God, we weren't hit. The person never slowed to try to avoid a wreck. <BR> <BR> The restaurant has a view of the Susquehanna River. Once dinner was over, we went to look at the river and saw what looked like a ferret along the edge of the river. <BR> <BR> I have found that when you ar... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:21:11 EST I have a daughter-in-law! This blog will be short. My husband took the newlyweds to the airport early this morning and they may be in Sedona, Arizona by now. <BR> <BR> Our daughter from Wyoming will be leaving in the wee hours of the morning to go the airport to go back home. Tonight we are supposed to go out to eat. <BR> <BR> I picked up Bayau this morning and my husband had left her leash when he dropped her off. The leash was not returned with the dog, and another trip had to be made there. My husband was ... Mon, 22 May 2017 14:31:24 EST Requesting prayer. The wedding venue is at Boydville, in Martinsburg, West Virginia. It was establshed in 1812. <BR> <BR> After everyone was finished eating, the preacher went to the front porch and instructed the wedding party what to do tomorrow. The rest of the guests were in the rear of the property under a big tent. <BR> <BR> A lady nicknamed "Auntie" came around to the front of the house and was about halfway up the front stairs when she fell landing on a brick sidewalk. She had about a 3" gash on... Sat, 20 May 2017 01:30:50 EST 88 degrees today and cooling off for tomorrow, the wedding day. I have lost some weight. YAY! We have been going out to eat-the Italian restaurant, yesterday-a diner and today, the rehearsal dinner. My husband bought 10 pounds of ground round yesterday and went to our sons and several patted out burgers, I think they got 90 some burger patties. The rehearsal dinner will consist of hot dogs and hamburgers and sides. I suppose my husband and son will be the grill masters. <BR> <BR> I have tried to order salads with all of the eating going on. Our da... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:12:15 EST Maybe I'm getting old and crotchety. I have been keeping up with laundry. <BR> <BR> Today we went to our son's house and were going to go to Costco's in Wiinchester, Virginia to buy stuff for the rehearsal dinner on Friday evening. He is feeding 45 people then. <BR> <BR> My son-in-law phoned and said they hadn't had breakfast and were going to walk to a restaurant. We met them at the restaurant along with three ladies that were staying at our son's house. Nobody has a vehicle to use. They walked there. <BR> <BR> I talke... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:24:40 EST Wedding pictures. My future daughter-in-law has asked me not to post any wedding pictures online. So there won't be any posted. Sorry! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the dress I bought. Mon, 15 May 2017 21:29:54 EST If mothers looked like all they have been through <img src=""> Sat, 13 May 2017 22:26:32 EST Refilling the holes that Bayau dug. Our son came today to borrow our van. While he was here, he and hubby refilled the holes Bayau had dug with peat moss-2 bags full of 3 cubic feet each, garden soil to put on that, and grass seed to put down. <BR> <BR> Hubby got a bale of straw to put over the grass seed and I have black mulch to put down when the rain stops. It has been chilly and misty for many days. <BR> <BR> Bayau caught a rabbit yesterday as it was trying to wiggle under a chain-link fence into the neighbor's yard. ... Sat, 13 May 2017 17:36:57 EST The dress I bought for the wedding. I tried on the dress for the future daughter-in-law to see. She liked it. It is black with white flowers down one side and it has a white jacket. I have shoes that will match, so I am done shopping. I found it at JC Penney's and the tag said $95. I paid $47.69 for it. <BR> <BR> I joined a points system at Penney's tonight and will probably shop there more often. KMart's clothes seems to offer me less choices in things that I would wear. I have also found that Dress Barn has nice clothes fo... Fri, 12 May 2017 23:27:48 EST The dress I bought for the wedding. I tried on the dress for the future daughter-in-law to see. She liked it. It is black with white flowers down one side and it has a white jacket. I have shoes that will match, so I am done shopping. I found it at JC Penney's and the tag said $95. I paid $47.69 for it. <BR> <BR> I joined a points system at Penney's tonight and will probably shop there more often. KMart's clothes seems to offer me less choices in things that I would wear. I have also found that Dress Barn has nice clothes fo... Fri, 12 May 2017 23:27:47 EST Counting down the days! I posted two pictures of the flowers our daughter and her husband bought for me. <BR> <BR> I found a dress today and want our son's fiancee to see me in it. If she doesn't like it, I will take it back. She was here earlier today. <BR> <BR> I need to find a clutch purse and some pantyhose. I was buying Just My Size pantyhose and the store quit selling them. <BR> <BR> I found a dress at JC Penney's and it was half the cost of the price on the ticket. Hubby picked up his suit today. Fri, 12 May 2017 21:37:39 EST Flowers, a painted jar, chocolates, body creme and bath tea were delivered to my house today. My daughter and her husband sent me a gift from ProFlowers. I didn't feel well all day because of IBS which started overnight and continued throughout the day. I didn't go shopping today for a dress for the wedding. I slept on and off. Hubby told me that I had a box on the kitchen table. <BR> <BR> I just phoned my daughter and her husband in Wyoming and thanked them for the gift. The box had flowers, plant food, chocolates, body creme and bath tea in it. I gave the chocolates to my hus... Thu, 11 May 2017 23:00:33 EST Happy, happy, joy, joy! The wheel came off my Shark Navigator vacuum again, but we found it. I don't think it will stay on. Hubby bought a Roomba for me for Mother's Day. I have degenerative disc disease of the spine and mopping and vacuuming always give me a back ache. Now I can let the vacuum do the work for me!!!! <BR> <BR> Our son came by last night and was here while his fiancee and I went shopping for a wedding dress for the mother-of-the groom. We went to David's Bridal, Ross and Kohl's, but I didn't fin... Wed, 10 May 2017 10:04:05 EST Eggs on sale. We got eggs for 55 cents a dozen tonight. Thank You, Lord!!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 May 2017 20:43:30 EST "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" Day 22 of exercise in 2017 <BR> Walked 21 minutes 100 calories burned <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had my hair permed, cut and styled for the wedding. Today, we took Bayau for her nail clip and bordetella shot, went to the pool place to pay for some parts for the filter and I bought pool chemicals, and then to Dollar Tree for a shower cap since I have to wait to wash my hair so the perm can set. <BR> <BR> I had hoped to get to the kennels this morning, but I didn't feel well last night and did n... Sat, 6 May 2017 13:26:10 EST Flowerbeds weeded and new plants added today. Day 21 of exercise this year <BR> Gardening 36 minutes 229 calories burned <BR> <BR> I asked at church last night if anyone minded me digging up phlox and day lilies or they might be irises. They mow down all of the flowers and never let them bloom because weeds grow up in them. Everyone was happy that I wanted some. <BR> <BR> Today, my husband wanted to go to a grocery store in the area of where the church building is and he took a short-handled shovel and three 5-gallon buckets for t... Thu, 4 May 2017 20:03:22 EST Tick-born disease that there is no cure for. I wrote a blog about ticks, but I saw this on Facebook on 4/30/17. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Scroll down the page to Ticks now carry a virus more deadly than lyme disease-here's what you need to know Sun, 30 Apr 2017 23:54:47 EST House washing and taking the winter cover off of the pool. Our son and his fiancee came over today after the thunderstorms ended this morning. We had brunch together of sausage and eggs, English muffins or toast, and coffee. Our son brought a power washer with him to clean the pool cover off. The winter pool cover had stagnant water and submerged leaves on top of it. <BR> <BR> Our son started to clean the back end of the house and the cellar entrance with the power washer after he finished cleaning the pool cover. We bought soap to put in the ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:40:43 EST 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