JAVAGAL47's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAVAGAL47 JAVAGAL47'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/ Time is: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669305 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665096 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657065 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653315 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651693 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643819 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636371 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636370 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 year..new enthusiasm..new plans to lose. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579677 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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561718 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557817 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544354 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531008 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511571 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491152 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478200 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440131 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403688 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331790 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308235 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 Moving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239083 How does one be happy and sad at the same time?? My daughter is now able to have me move in with her. Circumstances have changed so there is room now to go to MY home. She rented her house out to be able to live in my house and take care of it. I will no longer have to go out in pouring rain or freezing or hot weather with the dog. I can sleep in and stay in a house dress all day if I want. A lot of plusses but "parting is such sweet sorrow" <BR> I am thrilled BUT saying good bye to 40-50 ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 17:50:22 EST Hair catastrophe!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195134 Saturday started out fine. My daughter was going to her favorite hair dresser and asked if I wanted to get my hair cut. Since it had been some time since I had trimmed it, and it was getting harder and harder for me to reach back to set my hair, I happily accepted. Post polio and arthritis has increasingly made it harder to do simple things. <BR> I will NEVER look at the hair style books they have in the salons again. I decided that shorter hair would be easier for me to care for. (besides i... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:58:46 EST Liver transplant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170629 I wasn't sure about writing this but maybe it will help someone avoid a liver transplant, or other serious operations etc. I am happy to say that my oldest daughter received a new liver last Friday. She has had diabetes for many years and because she was careless with her diet her liver had worked so hard trying to do it's job it was failing. She was not aware how really bad it was, so came here on the 4th of this month for a visit, on her arrival at the airport she received a call from her... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 23:50:16 EST Power chair life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800576 I am trying so hard to lose. How many out there are in chairs have been able to meet goal? I have been encouraged to lose at least 50 lbs. if I do my kids are going to take me on a cruise to Alaska. I wonderful goal but I am so afraid I will not make it. I am asking for smaller portions and having no desserts but sitting all day does not burn many calories. <BR> Some days it gets very depressing, then I try to get my spirits up by the lovely scrapbook my son and wife put together for m... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 22:52:42 EST Updating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789936 Again I have been away. Whether on purpose, or memory loss I can't tell you. But I did not remember that I had even written a blog. I read my posts and so you know I am in an assisted living facility. Not anything I would have ever anticipated. We came in Jan. of '10 so it has become more livable. I miss all the things that could not be brought with us but, It is a nice place. Just WAY too expensive. Because the VA gave us "aid and assistance" we could swing it. Unhappily I lost my husband ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:15:57 EST I'm baaaaack! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3376420 Hi everyone! Long time since I have been doing anything here. Shame on me!! Last I remember I was telling all that we were moving into an assistance living apt. Oh what a big move that was. Here we are now in our one room apt. Size is approz. 14 ft. by 30. The children did a good job of placing the furniture so it does not feel crowded. I am waiting for my camera to be fixed so I can take pictures. No, it is not the best of living due to no car (they wouldn't let me drive anyway), not bein... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 19:21:48 EST (no title) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=199606 I'm afraid I don't like change, it confuses me. I hope I will be able to understand the change. Tue, 27 Jun 2006 00:41:04 EST (no title) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=197667 What Spark had for us today reminded me of the saying: "Life is like an echo, what you send out comes back to you." We need to keep encouraging each other, it helps so much to know someonelse is thinking and rooting for you. Sat, 24 Jun 2006 12:07:33 EST