JAVAGAL47's SparkPeople Blog JAVAGAL47's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Mail Friends.... must clear my email! <em>198</em> There are 2,425 UNREAD messages. I know some may be advertisements, but others from friends. <BR> When I was hospitalized that it really set me back. <BR> Please don't be offended.....I love you all, but they must be deleted for my piece of mind. <BR> Here goes!!!!!! Love, Betty <BR> Sun, 9 Apr 2017 12:09:02 EST An attitude if gratitude The title expresses what I have been working on. <BR> <BR> I have told you about my daughter having another bout with cancer. That was very hard <BR> to take. But she is showing such a positive attitude about it I can't help but be grateful to <BR> see her fight the battle. She is in Reno now getting a treatment. <BR> I have also mentioned that my DIL has been given the news that her cancer has been <BR> defeated. How can I not be grateful for such an outcome? <BR> I am having a great d... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:05:16 EST BAD NEWS My daughter just told me this evening that she has lung cancer (only because I asked about a book she had about miracle cures) I asked if she had pneumonia because of her coughing so much. That's when she told me the real reason for all the coughing. She had a breast removed <BR> about a year ago ( forget dates) It's late so need to get to my recliner. Just would appreciate prayers for healing for her/ Catherine has been my care giver since I got back home. <BR> She has been doing lots of ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:15:01 EST A thank you to my faithful friends <BR> We all too seldom put in words <BR> Our thoughts from day to day <BR> About how much we value friends <BR> Who brighten up life's way. <BR> <BR> So this is just to let you know <BR> What's now and always true: <BR> All the best that friendship means <BR> Is centered right in you. <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:12:27 EST Some improvement The roots and part of the tree are gone. <em>224</em> (neighbors have most of the tree in their yard!!) My son is dealing with them. <BR> The fence is propped up so dogs can go out. Hooray!!! <em>200</em> <em>338</em> <BR> Poor Earl (the dog who found the gap to visit neighbor and got chewed up by two dogs) is in a lot of pain. Ate some today, first since the incident. Does a lot of whining from the pain, Drainage tube in one gash is still dripping. Just hate to see him suffering... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 21:34:40 EST The saga continues! The tree roots still are a sight to see. But there is more...Daughter went out and tried to fix it so we could let the dogs out. Unfortunately she did not see a hole <em>230</em> that a dog could get through. Yep, her dog found it and went to visit the neighbor's yard. Bad move!! Their two big dogs were out and did not appreciate his visit. They both attacked him, until the owner heard the noise and came out and stopped the carnage! He was hurt, but we could not see the extent. He ju... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:04:13 EST Oh No!!! I have mentioned how we were getting RAIN & WIND instead of snow others were mentioning. <BR> Very noisy last night, this morning I saw saw a 14 ft in diameter root system of a fir tree hubby planted in '78. It blew over a fence, ruined a trampoline in neighbors yard, and looks like it <BR> went into another neighbor's yard where they have chickens. (not nice odors come from there <BR> in the summer!!) They are on a different street so as of now, they have not come to our door, and we don'... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:38:49 EST Important Words The six most important words: <BR> I admit I made a mistake. <BR> The five most important words: <BR> You did a good job. <BR> The fourth most important words: <BR> What is your opinion? <BR> The three most important words: <BR> If you please. <BR> The two most important words: <BR> Thank you. <BR> The one most important word: <BR> We <BR> The least important word: <BR> I Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:21:32 EST Success Success <BR> <BR> © Niderah <BR> <BR> Published on July 2008 <BR> <BR> The road to success is not straight. <BR> There is a curve called Failure, <BR> A loop called Confusion, <BR> Speed bumps called Friends, <BR> Red lights called Enemies, and <BR> Caution lights called Family. <BR> But if you have a spare called Determination, <BR> An engine called Perseverance, <BR> Insurance called Faith, and <BR> A driver called Jesus, <BR> You will make it to a place called Success!! <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 20:53:26 EST The Brick <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You may have seen this before, it was new to me. A great message!! <BR> <BR> A young and successful <BR> executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, <BR> going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was <BR> watching for kids darting out from between parked <BR> cars and slowed down when he thought he saw <BR> something. <BR> <BR> <BR> As his car passed, no children appeared. <BR> Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! <BR> He... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:44:10 EST Thank God for Old People Just got this in my email and thought it cute, but quite true! <BR> <BR> OLD PERSON’S PRIDE <BR> <BR> Actually, it's not a bad thing to be called, as you will see. <BR> Old People are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old People remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them. <BR> Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy, and Hitler. <BR> They remember th... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 23:51:04 EST Updates It has been a while since I last filled you in on my doings. <BR> I am still battling swollen legs and feet with lots of discomfort. <BR> Doc. gave me Lasix so had to make lots of bathroom trips, but was <BR> no help for swelling. <BR> On a happy side...I went to the California State Fair in Sacramento <BR> a week ago. Was some discomfort with the bumpy pathways, but all <BR> in all, we had a great time. Shhhh, I even shared their well known <BR> cinnamon rolls with my daughter, so yummy. ... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:35:27 EST Memories This has been around before I am sure, but it may be new to some. ENJOY: <BR> <BR> <BR> Children of "The Greatest Generation" <BR> <BR> A Short Memoir <BR> <BR> <BR> Born in the 1930s and early 40s, we exist as a very special age cohort. (I was born in '29) <BR> We are the Silent Generation. <BR> We are the smallest number of children born since the early 1900s. <BR> We are the "last ones." <BR> <BR> We are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can remem... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:57:08 EST True friends I am overwhelmed with the interest and love shown by my dear Spark friends. I do mention often the uncertainty of my health condition and how you all respond is amazing to me. Yesterday I was looking for an email I had gotten before (not a Spark member) as I wanted to write a note to her. As I searched, up came more and more of your names, one after another. Your love and prayers have been exceedingly helpful in keeping me from the depression that often accompanies constant pain & instabili... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 22:30:08 EST Update I "dun" did it again! Wrote a whole update then lost it! Just letting you know things are <BR> much better today. Bottom still hurts. does not like for me to bend forward. Left knee does <BR> a lot of popping which is scary as I wonder if it is going to give way. Have used a lot of <BR> pain reliever on the knee and leg. Had to give in to pain pills which I hate to use since they <BR> can do a number on your intestines, but some times it becomes a must. <BR> I am so grateful for the love &... Mon, 30 May 2016 13:40:57 EST MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL, DID YOU SEE WHAT MADE ME FALL?? I think some of you know I have been experiencing a lot of pain from a pressure sore on <BR> my tail bone. 'tis very hard to find a position that is least painful. Sitting all day has many disadvantages. though I am thankful that I can get around with it. Transferring from recliner <BR> to the chair then from the chair to use the john takes a toll on my shoulders having to lift <BR> myself up. <BR> My left leg is pretty numb as a result of post polio syndrome, plus pain that comes along wit... Sun, 29 May 2016 21:58:02 EST Avoiding hazards Most of you know I have been planting various herbs & some veggies in my Garden <BR> Tower Planter. I was filling my new one with potting soil when I misjudged how much <BR> room my chair wheels had before they would slip off the sidewalk. (about a 3" drop) The <BR> sack with the soil was quite heavy and leaned against the air-heating unit. I managed to <BR> pull the sack closer and thought all was well. I went back & forth filling a manageable <BR> sized container with soil. Every time ... Sun, 15 May 2016 18:23:37 EST WORDS OF WISDOM FOR ALL <BR> _______________________________ <BR> <BR> SIX TINY STORIES WITH "GREAT MEANINGS" <BR> <BR> {1} Once all villagers decided to pray for rain, on the day of prayer all <BR> the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella. <BR> That's FAITH <BR> <BR> {2} When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs because she knows you <BR> will catch her. <BR> That's TRUST <BR> <BR> {3} Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the <BR> next mornin... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:33:55 EST Flowers for the living Flower Delivery <BR><BR>/649173_0098ba096f1f1cfea44fda6f2a9ebf<BR>87_large.jpg <BR> I truly believe in this. How many flowers end up at the funeral home and how many flowers did the dead person enjoy while they were alive? Here's an e-flower from me! Enjoy your day! <BR> I would rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while I'm here, than a whole truck load when I'm gone. <BR> These Are For You !!! Sun, 24 Apr 2016 23:01:22 EST Inspired by: MTN_KITTEN Reading MTN_KITTEN's blog got me thinking about past experiences and how they affected my life: <BR> I was born with a weakness in my knees. No gym for me or running, skating, dancing, etc. <BR> That made it difficult for a young person, never being able to join in any physical activities. <BR> Why did God let that happen to me? Maybe so I could appreciate that I was otherwise healthy. I know He is in charge of my life, and I thank Him daily for His grace. When I was 20 He made it possible... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 22:49:50 EST The Silence is Deafining After enjoying a house full of family, it is now way too quiet. Some of you know that my son in law came to stay with me when my daughter went on vacation to Belize. (sp?) He was married to the daughter we lost some time ago. It was bitter sweet to see him, without my daughter. My oldest son and daughter in law came from NV. At this point in time my youngest daughter came home. Then grandson's wife & my GREAT granddaughter arrived. If you've been on my page you can't help but to have seen h... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:47:33 EST Better be safe than sorry <BR> <BR> This may have been around before but needs to be read again <BR> <BR> <BR> WRITTEN BY A COP: Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one's life. In daylight hours, refresh yourself of these things do in an emergency situation... This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, & everyone you know. After reading these 9 crucial tips, forward them to someone you care about. It never hurts to be careful in this craz... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:07:04 EST "Who Let the Dogs Out?" Well, tried to get a musical note to add to the title to no avail. <BR> OK, as I was getting my breakfast ready, I heard a dog yipping. Looked out and there was a dog that looked very much like my Archie, (in fact I checked to see if he was in the house) sitting in the corner of a wire fenced in area we put up to keep our dogs from jumping at the fence to try to get at the dogs behind. I didn't react soon enough so our dogs went out to get that dog. They would not come in until I finally coa... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:37:43 EST AS I AGE, I REALIZE THAT: <BR> 1. I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice. <BR> <BR> 2. Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud. <BR> <BR> 3. I don't need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off. <BR> <BR> 4. My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance of idiots that needs work. <BR> <BR> 5. The biggest lie I tell myself is "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it." <BR> <BR> 6. When I was a child I thought nap time was punishment. Now it's like a mini vacation. <BR> <B... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:33:53 EST LIFE Gets Better With Age <BR> <BR> LIFE Gets Better With Age <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Read it through to the end, it gets better as you go! <BR> <BR> <BR> * I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night." <BR> Age 5 <BR> <BR> <BR> * I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. <BR> Age 7 <BR> <BR> <BR> * I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. <BR> Age 9 <BR> <BR> <BR> * I've learned t... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 22:52:29 EST new year poem <img src=""> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:10:37 EST ThankYou for Being So Special Dedicated to my dear Spark friends <BR> <BR> Some people just know, right from the start. <BR> How to bring joy, to another's heart <BR> Some people just know <BR> how to love and to give <BR> And they do such nice things <BR> every day that they live. <BR> They're always a blessing <BR> where ever they go~ <BR> It's a sweet way of life <BR> That some people just know. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 21:08:25 EST Remember.... Hold on tight to the ones you love! <BR> To realize <BR> The value of a sister/brother <BR> Ask someone <BR> Who doesn't have one <BR> <BR> To realize <BR> The value of ten years: <BR> Ask a newly <BR> Divorced couple. <BR> <BR> To realize <BR> The value of four years: <BR> Ask a graduate. <BR> <BR> To realize <BR> The value of one year: <BR> Ask a student who <BR> Has failed a final exam. <BR> <BR> To realize <BR> The value of nine months: <BR> Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn. <BR> <BR> To realize <BR> The val... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:05:48 EST IF ONE DAY....... If one day you feel like crying, <BR> Call me... <BR> I don't promise... <BR> That I will make you laugh, <BR> But I can cry with you. <BR> <BR> If one day you want to run away, <BR> Don't be afraid to call me, <BR> I don't promise to ask you to stop, <BR> But I can run with you. <BR> <BR> If one day you don't want to listen <BR> to anyone. <BR> Call me.... <BR> I promise to be there for you, <BR> And I promise to be very quiet. <BR> <BR> But if one day you call me... <BR> And there is no ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 19:38:24 EST Semi time off I am having a hard time seeing things clearly. My cataract surgery was a week ago, it is healing but the vision is different in each eye, so my glasses are not much use. It will be 10 days before the doc will give me a prescription, then it will be more waiting for the glasses. <BR> I will come and sign in so I won't break my streak, will try to add a saying. It is going to be very hard for me not to check on the team. Do take care and welcome the newcomers I won't be able to greet. At le... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 22:51:21 EST THE WORLD IS MINE - Author Unknown <BR> THE WORLD IS MINE - Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman <BR> and wished I were as beautiful. <BR> When suddenly she rose to leave, <BR> I saw her hobble down the aisle. <BR> She had one leg and used a crutch. <BR> But as she passed, she passed a smile. <BR> Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. <BR> I have two legs; the world is mine. <BR> <BR> <BR> I stopped to buy some candy. <BR> The lad who sold it had such charm. <BR> I talked with him, he seemed... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:04:57 EST The back nine This is long, but oh so true. Not sure whether it will all fit! <BR> > | | <BR> > | I FIRST STARTED READING THIS E-MAIL & WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS E-MAIL IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK. READ SLOWLY! | <BR> > | |> | | <BR> > | AND THEN IT IS WINTER | <BR> > | | <BR> > | |> | You know ... time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing year... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 22:52:07 EST Faithful friends <em>304</em> How inadequate that is!! I have not been able to let all of my Spark friends know how you make my day. I do look at your Spark pages and love learning about you & yours. The days are long when my daughter is at work, so Spark helps fill those hours. I would enjoy going out to the sidewalk and around the block etc., but there are too many places that make it very uncomfortable on my behind!! Sitting all day for over 10 yrs. takes it's toll. But I do thank the Lord for the power... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 21:53:36 EST Update It is nice being home, but there seems to be a constant stream of therapists nurses coming. It is no fun trying to get the dogs corralled so they don't scare the people. They are very protective of me, and they just like to bark!! Having my tailbone sore is a real problem trying to get in a position that does not aggravate it. I sleep in my recliner as my hospital bed hurt my back. But while in the hospital I was on my back and it did not seem to bother me. So when my son can get down her... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:05:42 EST Back in the saddle again. (some of you may remember this from an old radio program) <em>213</em> <em>252</em> One could not have better friends than Spark People. <BR> I am so happy that my daughter kept you up on my status. Hospitals are no fun!! But we have to submit sometimes. <BR> We are up later than normal as I have to get a medication around midnight. <BR> A young man came over earlier to get info about my stay. He had 110 questions to ask!! He was here over an hour and half! I had just gotten home a couple of hours prior, so I am really tired. <BR> So ni... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 02:17:53 EST Update on Betty Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> Thanks to you all for your kind words and prayers. She very much appreciates your friendship. <BR> <BR> Within the last couple of days she has come back to her normal self mentally but is still on oxygen due to a mild case of pneumonia which is getting better. She finally was able to eat soft foods yesterday after two days of no food or water. She even was able to get into her power chair for her meals. We are very happy and encouraged with this change. <BR> <... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 09:52:18 EST Betty's current status This is Betty's daughter. I'm writing to let you know that Betty is currently in the hospital. I had to have the ambulance take her in on Friday. She is on oxygen and is not fully aware of what is going on around her. I'm hoping at some point to be able to bring her home and be in charge of her nutrition and care but at this point she is unable to leave the hospital. Best case scenario, she'll be able to tell you about it soon. I don't know how often I'll be able to check her page so I ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 18:02:47 EST I'm back!! <em>213</em> I could not wait until tomorrow to get back into the swing of things. I felt so blessed to see my Spark friends were checking my Feed even though I was on a "break". I checked in every day so did get to keep some sort of track of you all. <BR> Had my appointments with the hand doc. and post polio doc. I am happy to say they were positive visits. Don't go again about my finger until the middle of May. He was very happy with how it looked, and showed me how to move it so I will... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:48:07 EST Friendship There is a <BR> Miracle called <BR> Friendship <BR> that dwells within <BR> the heart and you don't <BR> know how it happens <BR> or when it even starts. <BR> <BR> But the happiness <BR> it brings you always <BR> gives a special lift <BR> and you realize that <BR> Friendship <BR> is God's most precious gift. <BR> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:42:36 EST The Train <BR> <BR> At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believed they would always travel at our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train and they will be significant; our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of our life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize they vacated their seats. This... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:13:53 EST Hugs & Prayers My dear frirnds, tomorrow morning I will be going in for surgery on the middle finger which does not want to heal. All they can come up with is it is an inflammation. Why it came to visit no one knows. I really objected but don't think I can stand the pain and inconvenience much longer. Medication has given me some stomach upset and made many trips to the bathroom a necessity. That is not easy for me!! When we are out shopping and I need a restroom Cath is there to hekp. I hope if I need to ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:42:51 EST Up date It seems like I already wrote a Blog earlier. That is how my mind is working. My sore finger is really giving me a hard time. Time in the ER was interesting, I had a good view of what goes on there. Nice Dr, in charge, she came often to let me know how little they knew of what was going on with my painful, swollen, red, bent finger. Seen the hand doc 3 times, due to see him again tomorrow. Excuse the grammer an typing using my left hand is hard, the mouse goes all over the place! <BR> Miss ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 18:56:25 EST My long weekend Loving greetings to all who visit my blog <em>26</em> . Right now my expression is more like this <em>39</em> . Catherine, who lives with me, has just hit 60 today, <em>410</em> <em>19</em> but family came yesterday. We were cleaning on Fri. and Sat. I was clearing my plate off before putting it in the dishwasher on Sat. and there were some food pieces left that the dogs were hoping I was going to give them. We don't give them anything while we are eating. I gave my Archie some... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:09:03 EST Thank you for being so special! Some people just know right from the start, <BR> how to bring joy to another's heart. <BR> Some people just know, how to love and to give, <BR> and they do such nice things every day that they live. <BR> They are always a blessing wherever they go. <BR> It's a sweet way of life. that some people just know. <BR> <BR> by Emily Matthews <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:58:19 EST A WONDERFUL READ <BR> AFTER GETTING THIS FROM MY NIECE i HAD TO SEND IT ON. i REMEMBERED SOME BUT NOT ALL OF THESE WONDERFUL THOUGHTS. I'M SURE YOU TOO CAN RECALL MANY. <BR> <BR> <BR> A WONDERFUL READ <BR> <BR> If you will take the time to read these, I promise you'll come away with <BR> an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a <BR> daily basis! <BR> <BR> They're written by Andy Rooney, a man who has the gift of saying so much <BR> with so few words. Enjoy... <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 22:02:20 EST A New Year With The Lord <BR> A new year is about to unfold <BR> With new opportunities to explore <BR> Doors will open for new experiences <BR> New adventures with the Lord <BR> <BR> Remember not the former things <BR> The things of this past year <BR> The Lord will do new things in us <BR> Much more than we are aware <BR> <BR> For He will make a way for us <BR> As we put our trust in Him <BR> And He will guide our every step <BR> By His presence we have within <BR> <BR> What God has placed within our hearts <BR... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 20:15:37 EST A MESSAGE TO THE LORD A Message to the Lord <BR> <BR> Sometimes I ask the question, "My Lord, is this your will?" It's then I hear you answer me, "My Precious still." <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel frustrated, cause I think I know what's best. It's then I hear you say to me, "My Busy Child...just rest!" <BR> <BR> "I know the plans I have for you, the wondrous things you'll see; If you can just be patient, Child, and put your trust in me. I've plans to draw you closer. I've plans to help you grow. There's... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:24:19 EST Thank You for Being So Special! Some people just know, <BR> right from the start, <BR> How to bring joy <BR> to another's heart. <BR> Some people just know <BR> how to love and to give <BR> And they do such nice things <BR> every day that they live. <BR> They're always a blessing <BR> wherever they go--- <BR> It's a sweet way of life <BR> that some people just know. <BR> ~~Emily Matthews Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:07:23 EST Come to early Christmas get together, bring gloves. That's what our family received for our Sunday early celebration. As the family expands there are too many relatives that one needs to entertain or be entertained by, so as many as could came Sunday, all with the question why the gloves. <BR> Many moons ago we made "ice cream" by kicking a can around (don't know how it sealed) with ice and yummy mixture that would harden. In MN you made it with snow. Some have a ball that seals and can be thrown to one another until the mixture hardens. <BR> ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:06:45 EST Start over This hits HOME!! <BR> > <BR> > START OVER <BR> > <BR> > When you've made your plans and they've gone awry <BR> > When you've tried your best and there's no more try <BR> > When you've failed yourself and you don't know why, <BR> > <BR> > Start over. <BR> > <BR> > When you've told your friends what you plan to do <BR> > When you've trusted them and they didn't come through <BR> > And now you're all alone and it's up to you, <BR> > <BR> > Start o... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:11:40 EST