JANET552's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JANET552 JANET552'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/ Newest Painting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187395 I went to another painting class at the University last evening. I enjoyed this class A LOT. It was a great group of ladies and I am quite happy with this picture. I had to force myself to go as I had a rough afternoon with my stepmother but painting, having a glass of wine and the camaraderie of the group was a great way to unwind. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77fc4923-9bb7-4e16-80b4-abcb6abeb8e8.jpg"> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:22:28 EST Being Slapped Across the Face with a Dead Fish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180233 I was reading something today that used that phrase to describe what it's like to raise teenagers. I think it's also a good phrase to describe what it's like to care for someone with dementia. <BR> <BR> I had a rough morning with my stepmother yesterday. Their microwave died and we were going to switch out to a new one they already had. What better time to really clean the counters? So I did, pulling everything out and scrubbing...and, I admit, some tossing though I made sure my stepmoth... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:07:37 EST May 14, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162739 We had quite a wintry walk this morning. Here I was thinking all about the garden and yard and it is snowing like crazy. I bet Charlie was sorry he came along today. I bet Molly was wishing it would snow a lot. She's a little crazy like that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16616c0a-586e-4475-bb50-260738affa58.jpg"> Sat, 14 May 2016 10:58:09 EST Tony...Learning or Not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149886 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37406983-1728-4eb1-84ff-7ba5a0d66680.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my 16 in 2016 goals is to teach Tony to shake hands. I knew it would be challenging but I figured I had 366 days and he has a natural tendency to lift his paws (alternating one at a time) when he is sitting. Plus, he has two specific treats that he is absolutely passionate about. When we started and I took his paw in my hand, he struggled to free it. Now, he is beginning to lift h... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:30:48 EST An instructor and a glass of wine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127311 My "Snowy Barnyard." It is a rather simple picture but I enjoyed revisiting my sky, snowy yard and pine tree skills previously learned. The barn was tough for me and I had to cover up some of what I had done with more sky. Something I had previously done but with less success. It is a simple picture but I am quite happy with it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31a6f697-f49c-4f0e-a0fe-b5fb63c6ceea.jpg"> Fri, 25 Mar 2016 10:39:18 EST When One Door Closes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114959 DH has struggled with pain in his right buttock that began in August of 2012. Since that time, he has seen 5 doctors, 2 chiropractors, a massage therapist, an acupuncturist and 4 physical therapists. He's had 6 cortisone shots. The most recent doctor was a D.O. who our Clinic allowed to give Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. On March 3, that doctor gave up on treating DH because the treatment wasn't working. We had finally reached a dead end. Nothing has worked and DH's mobility has s... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:20:45 EST Tony Gets a Bedroom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105194 Last night I draped a blanket over a chair where Tony was sleeping. DH wondered if Tony would stay there all night. Neither of us thought so but Tony did stay there. Clearly Tony likes his new bedroom. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8f7bac7-d4d2-4748-92cd-76d1609cccd2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80c9abd9-67eb-4d10-90d9-548c52c98c3a.jpg"> Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:47:27 EST The Birthday Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101934 Today is my step mother's 93rd birthday. We celebrated on Saturday with a small party. She remembered all of her children but not me or any of the sons-in-law. The dementia has taken away more and more but we have still been able to support her in her home. I'm not sure that will last throughout this year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca1a6b35-0a72-42d5-8f81-ffab78d1263f.jpg"> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:52:28 EST Cardinal on Barn Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099747 Last evening I did another Paint Away workshop. I wasn't as happy with this one. It was more cramped than the last venue and the crowd was quieter. I found it more challenging that I expected to work on the barn board and some of my challenges just couldn't be overcome. I didn't even bring my painting in from the car last night, I was so disappointed. <BR> <BR> As I looked at it this morning, it isn't so bad. The tail of the cardinal should have been wider. The beak is all wrong. The ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 10:40:05 EST Paint Away Workshop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094136 One of my 16 in 2016 items is to take a painting class and last night I did that. The class I went to was a group class and the instructor directed us in making a birches in snow picture. As advertised, this class was supposed to make a moonlight on water picture but we voted for one of three pictures and this one narrowly one. That makes me a little nervous for the class next week which is advertised as a cardinal on barn board. That picture is the reason I signed up. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:50:43 EST No Good, Very Bad Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083868 Okay, as soon as I wrote the title here, I thought hey it wasn't as bad as last weekend. That was when my stepmother went over to the great grandson's house across the street from them and told him there was a strange man in her basement making a lot of noise. It was my father. Not to her though. Her husband's name was Bob and he died (true, but it was her first husband). Besides that, she was packing to move home. She means where she grew up in Pennsylvania. Dad was more limited help ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:32:55 EST Staying Warm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072596 It has been cold here and I guess someone thinks it's cold in the house too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73a9a33a-66b2-404c-80a0-8d70470f5eb4.jpg"> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:44:57 EST New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056927 We've all made our resolutions. <BR> <BR> Charlie wants to get more rest. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fdf491e9-8436-4346-b56c-39b48320dc81.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Molly wants to get more loving. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be034510-3ba2-4e1f-a700-2ffe8c3b29db.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tony wants to play more. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5fb3bc5-69f1-46c3-9022-1caf7f3f1035.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We want to wish everyone a great 2016. <B... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:11:15 EST 16 in 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054572 I'm going to put out my list for 2016. I have lots of ideas this year -- more than I need -- but that's a good thing because I usually have to make changes along the way due to time constraints. That's probably not going to change, for the better anyway, as my DH's mobility decreases, our parents become more frail (the 3 we have between us are all in their 90s) and my step mother's behavior continues to change due to dementia. <BR> <BR> Some of these have been on the list before. Either I... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:58:22 EST New glasses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053989 I certainly don't have this selfie thing down but here's my best effort. First, I'll post a picture of me in my old glasses and then a picture of me in my new glasses. They are both bottom rimless and I am not sure the color shows well. My old ones were burgundy and these are a darker blue. The new ones are also squared on the bottom and the old ones weren't. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c667574-ee72-4c4d-9355-0d324e72d258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:01:26 EST Successful end to 15 in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051531 I completed my 15 for 2015 yesterday. The ideas I think of on the beginning of the year are not necessarily the same ones I complete at the end of the year. The goal is simply to try new things, return to things I used to do long ago and to extend my knowledge in some way. As I look through the list, I can't even begin to pick my favorite. <BR> <BR> 1.Get a pedicure. 9/5/15 <BR> 2.Try reflexology. 3/18/15 <BR> 3.Visit a new Wisconsin city. I did this one last year but there are more place... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 06:50:24 EST Some progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031942 I believe my heel is improving. I added Tylenol to my regimen and, for the most part, am pain free. I am vigilant about stretching, better about icing and, per doctor's orders, I increased the anti-inflammatory meds. I try to do less walking and more biking and videos. <BR> <BR> I also believe the neuroma is improving. I do toe squeezes for that and I think they are making a difference. I am having metatarsal pain though. <BR> <BR> I have been going down to see my folks as often as my ... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09:49:55 EST Out of the boot...for now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028175 My follow up appointment with my podiatrist was this past Thursday. After two weeks in the boot, my stress injury was healed. That means we know for sure it wasn't a fracture because that would not have healed so quickly. Still, it was worth the time in the boot. That gave the injury time to heal and not be stressed over and over as I walked on it. <BR> <BR> I told my doctor that my heel was no better but, in retrospect, that is not true. Two weeks ago I could not lay on my back in bed ... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 10:08:11 EST Back in the Boot Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019415 I had my follow up podiatrist appointment this morning. He has been treating me for a foot neuroma and (possible) heel spur. I mentioned that the heel feels better but the neuroma is worse. Then I confessed that last week I stubbed my toes on that foot (and all I was doing was reaching to pet the cat). I knew I had hurt myself badly but never thought it was black and blue or swollen so I didn't seek immediate medical help. Well, the podiatrist took x-rays and can't tell me definitively w... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:46:39 EST Corn Maze Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005359 My first corn maze was so much fun!! I would definitely do it again though I don't think I'd ever do a haunted one. <BR> <BR> Our task in the corn maze was to find 20 items. Here are a few -- <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efe54dfb-3a9d-4289-8500-fe7ef938a388.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a2da678-865d-4b9b-b120-7498b158b096.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8a29029-73cf-49a5-a450-440b4465ec... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 07:43:35 EST September Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004875 I added a new one today. It will be more difficult to get steps/walk now that it is Fall. My absolute favorite season to walk but it is hunting season and that means booms. My lab, my best walker ever, is scared still by gun shots. All she will do is turn back. <BR> <BR> Add to that some plantar fasciitis and walking is just getting hard. I've had to take over the yard work as DH is no longer able to do much and that has maintained my steps but it isn't quite as enjoyable as a nice walk... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:38:41 EST Happy Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977149 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/249d6f6d-8d2f-478d-9861-9183480ae39a.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Today my father and stepmother celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary. Both had previously been married and lost their spouse. My stepmother's first husband died in a horrible accident and my own mother died of leukemia. They were 43 and 42 the day of their wedding and began their married life with 6 teenagers. <BR> <BR> I would love for them to be able to celebrate #50. Given their ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:51:48 EST Time to 'fess up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968596 My annual doctor visit was yesterday and I earn a report card "grade" of Needs Improvement. <BR> <BR> First off, this was a new doctor for me as mine retired at the end of 2014. I like the new doctor well enough but my former doctor was about my age and I really appreciated her perspective. Still, as DDHEART said to me at that time...it may be a good thing to have a new perspective. I was pleased to continue having a female doctor and I am happy I am still in the Family Practice Departm... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:44:42 EST A cat is a cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943969 I think Tony is screaming for his servants. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d8633eb-b0e6-41bb-91d2-a4dc68d67d4c.jpg"> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 11:09:27 EST Changes at the zoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937355 Molly and I took our morning walk down by the zoo today. I've blogged about it before as it is one of my most enjoyable places to walk. I cannot walk in the zoo itself because I am walking a dog but we still get to see the wolf pen and the big animal pens. There have been some animal changes. <BR> <BR> One of the male elks died this winter. He had a huge rack but only on one side. I don't have a good picture of him. <BR> <BR> They've added a mountain goat in the past few weeks. I'll h... Sun, 31 May 2015 15:43:18 EST Losing my Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931889 That's the only explanation I have for something that happened this morning. This is Tony <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acf6f382-bc8e-49d1-a6ed-e9b9efb0524b.JPG"> Tony loves to be outside and we do put him out on a leash when the weather is nice. If we can't put him out but he's annoying, we put him in the garage. <BR> <BR> This morning, I got ready to take Molly <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b197dc7-e529-4920-8dc3-54d9d7ca9df9.JPG"> for a walk. I ... Thu, 21 May 2015 09:32:49 EST The Art Tour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917795 I spent yesterday with a friend doing an art tour in a neighboring county. It's the county I worked in so I know quite a few people and I got to chat with a former student, a former colleague and a SparkFriend to name a few. It was a day of no worries and lots of laughter and I definitely needed it. <BR> <BR> This friend and I did the art tour last year and had so much fun then that we decided to make it an annual event. It is a self-guided tour to visit the studios of various artists thr... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 07:28:42 EST For Dog Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912203 Dog Bark Park Inn, a bed and breakfast in rural Cottonwood, Idaho <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2122782464.jpg"> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:10:25 EST 4/2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904387 It has been a good day. <em>104</em> I had to drive my dad and stepmom to Dad's macular degeneration appointment. My schedule on these days is thrown off which often throws off my healthy eating plan (sometimes continuing for days after). I drive from my town, 40 miles to pick the two of them up and then bring them to my town for the appointment. These appointments often begin in the noon hour and are long so lunch is often delayed about three hours. We usually eat lunch at a fast f... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 19:15:52 EST Lasting Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875784 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l85705696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The lovebirds in my family -- Dad and StepMom. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 19:03:17 EST The Anti-Inflammatory Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856386 DH is seeing a chiropractor who wants him to go on an anti-inflammatory diet for two weeks to start to decrease the inflammation in his body and allow it to heal. He has becoming increasingly less mobile since the back/buttock pain started nearly two years ago. It is quite a daunting diet but it is only for two weeks before he can start to introduce foods back into his diet and it is less daunting for us because we've already eliminated gluten. <BR> <BR> Basically he can eat any unsweetene... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:26:41 EST 15 for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842536 Here's my list for this year. I left the last one open. When I make my list, I always have so many ideas left that it's hard to decide on that last one. I also reserve the right to change any one of my ideas at any time during the year. The whole idea is to learn, grow and have fun. <BR> <BR> 1.Get a pedicure. <BR> 2.Try reflexology. <BR> 3.Visit a new Wisconsin city. I did this one last year but there are more places to go. <BR> 4.Make a wine kit. I got one for Christmas so I have a... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 07:59:35 EST 14 in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841120 In the interest of improving body, mind and soul in 2014, I listed 14 things at the beginning of the year that I wanted to do. I tried to list things to do instead of resolutions but some still read as resolutions. I did not think it was necessary to stick to the ones I listed in January if something new and interesting came along so I didn't. I don't think I added the 14th until at least mid-year and I changed one in November. No problem. I still got where I wanted to go -- doing new th... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:28:08 EST A mantra fit for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822038 Kelly, the SparkPeople office manager says: <BR> When life feels like it's out of control remember that you are the only one in control of your healthy habits! <BR> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 05:34:05 EST Just another day in my house http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817218 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1998332166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH on the bed with Molly and Tony. Charlie is over on Molly's bed by the closet. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:30:51 EST Looking for some motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801983 I have lost my motivation. I'm sure it is some where amidst the chaos of being a care giver for others. Unlike working at a job, the stress from care giving makes me feel that I am not in control. And that's exactly how I am behaving. <BR> <BR> So... <BR> <BR> I am planning to follow the ideas from the "30 Days and 30 Ways to Stay on Track" calendar here on Spark. Some of these are things I already do, but if that is the case for any given day, I will take the time to pat myself on the ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:45:18 EST Healing Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791708 On August 22nd, I had surgery to reduce the length of my ulna and to release the trigger thumb on my right hand. I spent 5 days in the post surgery wrap and, then on August 27th, I got a cast. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1650854422.jpg"> <BR> On October 1, the cast was removed. Hooray!!! I was thrilled to get rid of it. As I was able to do more, I found the bar across the palm of my hand to be irritating in more ways than one. So this is what I look like now ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:26:36 EST My bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757440 I have been so, so achy lately and it has seemed more muscular achy than skeletal achy. I think I know why. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543984202.jpg"> <BR> This is what my walking shoes look like. It's no wonder I hurt. I knew I needed new shoes for quite a while. I did buy some earlier this week and today I finally switched out. This is what the new shoes look like. Lots more bottom to them! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:04:12 EST Sometimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744141 I was at a funeral on Saturday, for my last uncle. I saw a woman there who seemed vaguely familiar but I couldn't place her. Well, it turned out to be my cousin's wife and she has lost ALOT of weight. I had heard that she was using MedFast (or is it MediFast?) and it obviously has worked for her. <BR> <BR> I made a point to tell her how amazing she looks and we chatted a bit about where she's at in the diet now -- maintenance. She commented on how hard it can be to keep those sometimes f... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:47:45 EST Went to the doctor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735334 My goals were to <BR> <BR> 1) have lost 18 pounds. Didn't happen. <BR> <BR> 2) have a cholesterol level below 200. Well, I'm at 201 and HDL is at 68 so I'll take this one as a win. <BR> <BR> 3) have a blood sugar level below 100. Didn't happen. I can't seem to make any headway on this one. I have been at 105, plus or minus three for ten years now. Don't get me wrong -- I'm happy that it isn't worse but wish I could get it to go down. <BR> <BR> Very sad news though -- my doctor is r... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:25:55 EST Intuitive eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721854 or mindful eating, whatever term you use, is not for me. At least not yet. Not in the near future either. I always think I should eat. Perhaps I need to start at a more basic level and just admit to myself how hungry I am each time I reach for food. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:28:34 EST My Morning Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717787 Most days Molly and I go to Wildwood Park to walk. We can walk any where from 60 to 90 minutes depending on where I go. Sometimes I stay within the park and sometimes I go out by the armory and airport and/or Main Street and/or the swimming pool. It depends on how much time I have and what I feel like doing. It also depends on when we go because if it is too hot and sunny, I try to keep my dog with the black fur coat from spending too much time in the sun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 11:04:53 EST Mid Month Slump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717167 I started the month well but this week I have really struggled. My food choices are just too frequent and poor quality. My exercise isn't suffering and, lucky for me, neither has my weight (YET!). <BR> <BR> My continuing OMAT goal from May is a vegetable at lunch AND at dinner. Yesterday I totally forgot the lunch veggie. <BR> <BR> My OMAT goal for June is to stretch whenever I exercise. Twice this week I forgot. The first time I visited a park that isn't part of my routine and the sec... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:05:03 EST I'm Learning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711312 On my walk this morning, I was thinking about all the things I am doing now that were sparked by my involvement on Spark People. I feel I am stronger and healthier than I have ever been and that sure does feel good even if the weight has been slow to come off. <BR> <BR> 1. I eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day. That was a challenge started by DDHEART. It was a tough going at first but now my streak is over 500 days. <BR> <BR> 2. For a long time, I ate mostly or all fruits in... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:25:38 EST Honorable Mention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626484 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l443098447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This photo of Maggie won Honorable Mention in a Photo Contest put on by the Clark County Humane Society. I miss my old girl but a picture of her always makes me smile. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:33:32 EST That Darn Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620133 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781492543.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, maybe those weren't my exact words. Last night Tony the Cat stole my fitbit. When I took a shower yesterday, I plugged my fitbit into the charger. When I got out of the shower, the charger was plugged in but there was no fitbit to be found. At least not in the bathroom. I noticed Tony sticking his paw under the door to a room we keep closed. Not really unusual behavior for him but his insistence made me... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:32:33 EST Progress on My 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617059 I am making progress on my 14 things to do in 2014. <BR> <BR> 1. Try kale. It's so healthy. Why haven't I done this yet? <BR> <BR> Done 2/5/14 First, I tried it raw, in my salad. Then I tried it in soup. I enjoyed both. <BR> <BR> 2. Snowshoe. Hopefully we'll have a warmish winter day so I can. <BR> <BR> Still waiting on that warmish day. <BR> <BR> 3. Meet a Spark Friend. Anyone else interested? <BR> <BR> Set for March. <BR> <BR> 4. Walk a walk/run. I was going to put 5K but... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 15:36:53 EST My 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585779 I've been creating my list of 14 things to do in 2014. I still need to think of one more and I think I'll have an aha moment one of these days. <BR> <BR> 1. Try kale. It's so healthy. Why haven't I done this yet? <BR> 2. Snowshoe. Hopefully we'll have a warmish winter day so I can. <BR> 3. Meet a Spark Friend. Anyone else interested? <BR> 4. Walk a walk/run. I was going to put 5K but I just want to start by doing one that isn't virtual. <BR> 5. Get a facial. It sounds like so much fun! <BR>... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:31:35 EST 14 in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576495 I read a blog the other day that sparked this idea for me -- In 2014, I am going to do 14 new things. It doesn't have to be big but it has to be new to me. I can't wait to get started!! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:11:11 EST An Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569285 One year ago today, I had surgery on the brevus and longus tendons in my right foot. I had been in pain for about 10 months before I finally went to the doctor. Then I spent another 10 months trying orthotics, physical therapy and the chiropractor before I finally had an MRI. It was clear on the MRI that I would have to have surgery to repair a torn tendon. During surgery, the doctor discovered it was worse than that, so I wound up having a portion of one of those tendons cut out and sewn... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 11:56:45 EST