JAVAGAL47's SparkPeople Blog JAVAGAL47's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 IT’S IN THE VALLEYS I GROW I found this in old documents, don't think I have had it here. <BR> <BR> <BR> IT’S IN THE VALLEYS I GROW <BR> Sometimes life seems hard to bare, <BR> Full of sorrow, trouble and woe <BR> It's then I have to remember <BR> That it's in the valleys I grow. <BR> <BR> If I always stayed on the mountain top <BR> And never experienced pain, <BR> I would never appreciate God's love <BR> And would be living in vain. <BR> <BR> I have so much to learn <BR> And my growth is very slow, <B... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:58:44 EST Jasper and The Uncooked Yeast Rolls A story that's been around but some may have missed it. <BR> <BR> Jasper and The Uncooked Yeast Rolls <BR> <BR> We have a fox terrier by the name of Jasper. He came to us in the summer of 2001 from the fox terrier rescue program. For those of you, who are unfamiliar with this type of adoption, imagine taking in a 10 year old child whom you know nothing about and committing to doing your best to be a good parent. <BR> <BR> Like a child, the dog came with his own idiosyncrasies. He will o... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:52:53 EST The Wayside Chapel I was looking for something else in my old mail and found this. It's been around for a long time but some of you may not have seen it. Perhaps it will give you a laugh or two. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> THE WAYSIDE CHAPEL <BR> <BR> An English Lady, making plans for an inexpensive visit to Switzerland, wrote to a country <BR> Inn for a room reservation. She ended the letter saying she preferred accommodation as <BR> close as possible to a WC. <BR> You Anglophiles will recognize WC as a wate... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:33:46 EST planter again, reposting <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trying to get this right so you can see it. I could not find a way to post my other one, but you know me I just get confused. Hope this is OK. <BR> <BR> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:19:55 EST Planter <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK, daughter has fixed it. Here is my planter. I said earlier (what didn't get here) that I have no idea who that old lady is at the planter, but she does seem to be enjoying it. Hugs, Betty Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:17:37 EST Who is Packing Your Parachute? I just found this in my documents and I thought it so thought provoking, even though it is long I wanted to share. It has been around on the Internet so you may have seen it before. <BR> <BR> <BR> Who is Packing Your Parachute? <BR> Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no re... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 20:33:33 EST WHY ENGLISH ISN'T EASY The bandage was wound around the wound. <BR> <BR> The farm was used to produce produce. <BR> <BR> The dump was so full it had to refuse more refuse. <BR> <BR> A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum. <BR> <BR> I did not object to the object. <BR> <BR> The insurance was invalid for the invalid. <BR> <BR> They were too close to the door to close it. <BR> <BR> The wind was too strong to wind the sail. <BR> <BR> Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear. <BR> <BR> I had ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:29:34 EST Garden tower planter Preview attachment IMAG0692.jpg <em>198</em> I don't know if this will turn out. If it works it will show the results of two weeks growth. I need my daughter to show me how to do this!! My son sent quite a few shots, but I chose this view. The lettuce is already big enough for us to cut some leaves off. Learned after planting that I should have planted cabbage in every other slot so they would have more room. Live and learn!! <BR> I am crossing my fingers that this works (now isn't th... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 17:59:30 EST ROOM TEMPERATURES <BR> ROOM TEMPERATURES <BR> <BR> Some hoist the windows. gasp for air, <BR> While others find it chilly. <BR> Some turn up thermostats a hair, <BR> While others think them silly. <BR> Some ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 17:12:15 EST Another sad day It is a year today since we lost our daughter Christine. Time heals they say but how I miss her. I have been trying all morning to get a picture off her obituary so you could see her smiling face. It just would not work I got it once but then I could not get it here. She was our first born, and the joy of our lives. As I have said before I am glad that her father was not alive to hear we had lost her. You all did say it was alright for me to share my sorrows as well as joy, so I have unload... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 17:03:24 EST Today's chapter in my life has been a sad one. This would have been my first born's 66th birthday. I lost her as some of you know on Sept. 3rd last year. God has supported me, but the loss is still deep. One thing that helped me was she has had the blessing of having her daughter and her son living with them, so she had the pleasure of seeing her grandson grow to the age of 7. They lost their first born (the only boy, they later had two girls) just before birth. She is in on the left of our family picture on my page. I probably should not... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:45:11 EST God is in Every Tomorrow <BR> <BR> God is in Every Tomorrow, <BR> Therefore I live for today; <BR> Certain of finding at sunrise <BR> Guidance and strength for the day, <BR> Power for each moment of weakness, <BR> Hope for each moment of pain <BR> Comfort for every sorrow, <BR> Sunshine and joy after rain. <BR> <BR> God is in every tomorrow, <BR> Planning for you and for me, <BR> Even in the dark I will follow, <BR> Trust where my eyes cannot see, <BR> Stilled by His promise of blessing, <BR> Soothed by the touch ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:12:03 EST Missed you all. I AM BACK. NO MACHINE CAN REPLACE THE HUMAN SPARK. (PEOPLE) SPIRIT, COMPASSION, LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING. <BR> No, I did not get everything done that I wanted to, but I just missed everyone so much I had to get back. Maybe not as much but enough to know how all are doing. <BR> I am still waiting to find out what is going on in my body, but pray "God's will be done." <BR> Am waiting for the results from last blood test requested by a hematologist. They said they would mail me the results, hope they come ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:51:24 EST Taking a break I am not happy to do this but it has come down to an absolute necessity. A year or two back a blood test showed that my red an white cells, also platelets were quite low. Nothing was suggested for me to do to change the results. This last test I had last Friday showed that the white cells are lower yet. I did read some foods may be helpful so I will work on that until and after going to take another test. <BR> I can't handle all this and try to keep up with all of my dear friends here on Sp... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:59:15 EST An old admonition: 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 four 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> ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 14:50:05 EST A creed I want to live by with God's help: Let me be a little kinder, Let me be a little blinder. to the faults of those about me. Let me praise a little more, let me be when I am weary, just a little bit more cheery. Let me serve a little better, for those that I am striving for. Let me be a little braver, when temptation <em>18</em> bids me waver. Let me strife a little harder, to be all that I should be, Let me be a little meeker, with the brother who is weaker. Let me think more of my neighbor, and a little less of me." <BR> A... Mon, 26 May 2014 00:33:17 EST 'I Hope You Dance... ' I just got this from a friend in my email and thought it might be good for us all to think about. It may be a repeat, but is a good reminder that we need to take time to "dance". <BR> <BR> 'I Hope You Dance... ' <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This was written by an 83-year-old woman to her friend. <BR> <BR> *The last line says it all. * <BR> <BR> Dear Bertha, <BR> <BR> I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:45:42 EST Time is: OK, I am back. I managed to get about 95% of my paper work and drawer straightening done. I found this amongst (spell check does not like this but it's MY choice!) my papers and wanted to share it with all my Spark friends who visit my blogs. <BR> <BR> TIME IS: <BR> Too slow for those who wait <BR> ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:07:28 EST On being childlike During my looking through and sorting papers, I found this poem written to me by my oldest son. It was either for Mother's Day or my birthday. <BR> <BR> Life can be tough <BR> With problems we face <BR> So many decisions <BR> Filling our space. <BR> <BR> There's not enough time <BR> To accomplish our goals <BR> We fight for some meaning <BR> To replenish our souls. <BR> <BR> People around us <BR> Scurry on by <BR> We forget to be human <BR> And then wonder why. <BR> <BR> Yet simplicity... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 14:32:24 EST Valuable Lessons That We Learned from Noah’s Ark <BR> Everything we need to know about life, we learned from Noah’s Ark… <BR> <BR> 1. Don't miss the boat. <BR> <BR> 2. Remember that we are all in the same boat. <BR> <BR> 3. Plan ahead! It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark. <BR> <BR> 4. Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big. <BR> <BR> 5. Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done. <BR> <BR> 6. Build your future on high ground. <BR> <BR> 7. For safe... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:37:16 EST God's hands Sorry, the Friends second part would not allow me to print it. This is another part sent with that message: <BR> <BR> The nicest place to be is in someone’s THOUGHTS! <BR> The safest place to be is in someone’s PRAYERS! <BR> And the best place to be is in GOD’S HANDS! <BR> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:51:16 EST Friends <BR> Friends ... They love you, <BR> But they're not your lover <BR> <BR> They care for you, <BR> But they're not from your family <BR> <BR> They're ready to share your pain, <BR> But they're not your blood relation. <BR> <BR> They are ... FRIENDS! !!!! <BR> <BR> A True friend... <BR> Scolds like a DAD... <BR> Cares like a MOM... <BR> Teases like a SISTER... <BR> Irritates like a BROTHER... <BR> And finally loves you more than a LOVER. <BR> <BR> 2nd. part next time, friends. <BR> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:41:23 EST Layman's Ten Commandments My cousin just sent me this and I had to share. <BR> <BR> Layman's Ten Commandments <BR> <BR> Someone wrote these beautiful words. <BR> <BR> The piece is a must read. Try to understand the deep meaning of it. They are like the Ten Commandments, to follow in life all of the time! <BR> <BR> 1. Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out <BR> <BR> when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that <BR> <BR> directs the right path throughout the journey. <B... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 18:32:14 EST MY DAILY CREED On this dreary day, may I share something I found in my "Inspiration" folder: <BR> <BR> MY DAILY CREED <BR> <BR> Let me be a little kinder <BR> Let me be a litter blinder- <BR> To the faults of those about me <BR> Let me praise a little more <BR> Let me be when I am weary- <BR> just a little bit more cheery <BR> Let me serve a little better- <BR> those that I am striving for <BR> Let me be a little braver- <BR> when temptation bids me waiver <BR> Let me strive a little harder- <BR> ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:58:25 EST MY DAILY CREED On this dreary day, may I share something I found in my "Inspiration" folder: <BR> <BR> MY DAILY CREED <BR> <BR> Let me be a little kinder <BR> Let me be a litter blinder- <BR> To the faults of those about me <BR> Let me praise a little more <BR> Let me be when I am weary- <BR> just a little bit more cheery <BR> Let me serve a little better- <BR> those that I am striving for <BR> Let me be a little braver- <BR> when temptation bids me waiver <BR> Let me strive a little harder- <BR> ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:58:25 EST New plans to lose. Happy New Year to all who may venture to my blog site. And of course to all of the team members with whom I have been blessed to have gotten to know and love. And to Spark People, in all other teams. <BR> I imagine many of you watched the Rose Parade yesterday. Some controversy, which I won't touch on, but the beauty and creativeness that wend into the floats is amazing. I loved the bands too, was surprised to see one from one of the small cities we lived in for a bit. <BR> The parade, broug... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:57:39 EST NOT a good day!! This was an awful day, I know I was going to stay off mostly but just have to get this out of my system. <BR> Today would have been my husband's 93rd BD, and it has been two years today since I lost him. That plus the loss of our daughter in Sept. made it a tearful day. I could not get myself in control. I came in here to send a birthday message and neither the computer or phones were woriing! Cell phone deader than a door nail.(another weird saying) had no way to contact anyone. ...Husban... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:46:05 EST Going to be missing in action <em>245</em> Having to take a leave is going to be really hard. You all are my family, but even families sometimes have to leave their loved ones for a time. <BR> I have been in a little extra pain lately, which slows me down even more that just being in a power chair. Doctors are not too interested in you when you reach my age. I have told doctors in 3 different ins. companies certain concerns, only one made a guess about one thing but nothing was ever done. Not that i want a bunch of medi... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 18:05:33 EST Xylitol danger to dogs <em>245</em> I have mentioned the use of Xylitol to Spark people and today I got an email from a friend (not in Spark) who sent me an article about the dangers to dogs if ingested, I have used it for years as a substitute for sugar and have had animals around, but thankfully I used it mainly for coffee, rarely baking with it, so they did not find a morsel to eat. <BR> If you see that your dog has eaten something that contained Xylitol it is imperative that you take it to a Vet immediately.... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:29:46 EST GIFTS Greetings to all who happen upon my blog. It is a windy coolish day, and I need to get out to buy some good nutritious foods, our supply dwindles! I came across this item and thought I would share it with you: <BR> GIFTS <BR> <BR> TO YOUR ENEMY. FORGIVENESS. <BR> TO AN OPPONENT, TOLERANCE. <BR> ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 14:40:30 EST Keeping contact with friends old and new. Who are our friends? The Bible says a lot about friends, ones who are near to us, those who now are at a distance from us, ones we worship with, etc. etc. <BR> what would we do without them? <BR> Yesterday, after the last of my necessity outings, I ended up at the assistant living facility I was in for over two years. <BR> I had been greeter while there and loved every minute of it. Seeing those who were still there was GREAT. Little Gertrude who is 101 now, was still sitting in her reg... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 13:44:09 EST A bit of information for your health's sake Good morning. I have known the information below for a long time but was not sure it was permissible to address here. As we are here to get healthier, I believe we need to know what is good and what is bad for our bodies. I go to the Internet whenever I want to know about a food, or beverage. If there is scientifically proved information I abide by it. <BR> The below is for you to check into if it concerns you. As for me I use two natural products for beverages and to bake with. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:05:34 EST I am the friend who needs a hug today Yes, I could use a hug, extra smile or an email. Some of you know that I lost my daughter on Sept. 3rd. The liver that was transplanted in Dec. decided it was not happy with it's new accommodations. At first all looked well, but the last 6 weeks things really were not good. She continued to work, even some 12 hour shifts, felt well and was not tired. BUT that did not last too long. She started sounding very tired, but when told she had 6 months to a year to live she decided to make the most... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 22:48:37 EST TIME OUT! The more difficult the circumstances, the stronger one becomes after hurdling it," I am facing some very serious medical problems with several of my children. I have mentioned before that my daughter in NC had a liver transplant. It appeared to be fine until her body started to object to that foreign organ that was installed! She has been in and out of the hospital and in for test over and over. Physically she feels fine though at times tired, but don't we all? Yesterday I got a call from he... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:37:10 EST Have you hugged a friend today? Who is a friend?? To me just about anyone I meet. There is something to love, in everyone if we really look. Now I don't necessarily mean a virtual hug, but a big smile and a hello, can mean so much to some one who is longing for the warmth that smile gives them. Having lived in an assistant care facility, it was so evident on the faces of some of the residents that they needed some love shown to them. The ones who were crabby, were that way perhaps because no one paid any attention to th... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:14:51 EST Today is the day! I said I would try to get back in the swing of things here on Spark on the 22nd, so here I am!! Now I may still miss a bit as I am much busier here than when I was a the assisted living place. There are dishes to do (or put in dish washer, which is no easy job from a power chair) washing clothes, yelling at our dogs as they go nuts over two big dogs behind us, and checking mail etc. etc. By the way one of those dogs jumps high enough that I can see his whole head. I hope he does not find a wa... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:14:14 EST Just checking in with my friends and whining a bit. Sending a BIG hello to all who have stood by me during my move, and all who have not forgotten who I am!! I am not going to be back full time as I still have MUCH to do. When there are 5 people packing things for you, and, who are in a hurry to get it over with, finding things becomes an ordeal, especially when you are in a power chair and have to lean over much of the time to reach into boxes. Sometimes my stomach complains. When I left here of course most of my things remained. Then my daug... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 23:21:50 EST