KANSASROSE67's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KANSASROSE67 KANSASROSE67'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/ What's Happening... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437135 We're in the thick of what we knew would be a crazy few months. I have been doing the barest minimum on Spark, reading a few blogs and tracking my fitness and that's all. I haven't weighed myself for 5 weeks but am happy to report that my clothes still fit at least! <BR> <BR> Here's what happening: <BR> <BR> Seminary: I am hanging in there, seeing the beacon of light at the end of the tunnel when my classes will be done for this semester. My last final is not due until December 21...ugggh... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 21:23:37 EST Quick Wedding Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426292 I have SO many potential things to blog about, but just not much time. So, a quick one about the wedding! <BR> <BR> We made the trip to Indiana in two days of driving with Rick's dad (and his oxygen system and walker) and my step-mom, Louisa. Juliana and Jeremy left a day later (Jeremy got up at 3:30 a.m. to pick up Juliana and they drove until 8:30 in the evening, bless their hearts!) I attended my online class from our hotel room and Rick and I checked out the rehearsal dinner venue (wh... Sun, 29 Oct 2017 21:54:32 EST A Mountain on My Shoulders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412573 Today is my day off until I have class from 6:00-9:00 this evening. I worked Saturday and wasn't at home at all on Sunday so I had LOTS of plans to accomplish today. The problem is, I'm feeling so overwhelmed that I hardly know where to start. Each time I scratch something off the list, three more things seem to take its place. We have so many big events coming up in the next few months that I'm afraid I truly won't be able to cope. And yet, I can't figure out what I can eliminate. Here... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:00:34 EST Fitness and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411137 Thanks for your support and suggestions regarding my inability to run now. I do quite a bit of biking, but living in the country on gravel roads makes it not quite as enjoyable. I try to alternate biking (weather permitting), circuit training with a DVD, and using the elliptical we have in our basement. The elliptical can also be used as a stationary bike, and I may start trying that in the winter. The problem with the elliptical is that, even when I crank it up to the maximum resistance,... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:20:10 EST I Am Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410532 For several months I have been in a bit of a Spark Funk. I have logged my fitness and read some blogs, but that's about it. This funk, incidentally, has coincided with my decision to stop tracking calories and my hip problems which have prevented me from running. Sounds like a perfect storm for weight gain, right?! <BR> <BR> Well, for quite a while I was lucky and hovered right in the middle of my maintenance range, in spite of eating quite a bit of junk and not being able to burn the cal... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:34:50 EST Big Decisions and Big Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389320 <BR> This is the blog post I've been wanting to write for a month and just haven't found the time. <BR> <BR> First, a quick update, and thanks to all who have expressed concern. I love you guys! I'm still fighting the hip pain. The PT only saw me twice and said he'd done all he could do. Either the exercises and stretches he gave me will help enough that I'll be able to live with it, or I'll need to see the doctor and talk about more drastic options. So I'm trying to be very faithful ... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:20:36 EST Physical Therapy: The Good News and the Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381796 Thanks for all of your supportive comments and advice! I saw the physical therapist on Wednesday. He was great! He spent a lot of time with me and really is working hard to figure out how to help me with the pain I'm experiencing in my hip and leg. <BR> <BR> He spent a long time showing me the x-rays and explaining what they indicated. Since I have scoliosis, I've seen many x-rays of my spine, though it's always a little disconcerting to look at those curvatures. I have five, with the... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 21:22:51 EST Life Update in Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377809 I've decided to talk about something besides pain today! I've been so bad about blogging that I don't believe I'll ever catch up but here's a little of what's been going on in my life. <BR> <BR> James and Haileigh are getting married in October. She graduated with her RN/BSN in May and has a job that she will start, hopefully next week, as long as she passed her nursing exam (NCLEX), which she took yesterday. The job is a day shift in the ICU, which is just what she wanted, so that's a ... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:50:41 EST Calling Everyone Who's Aging! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375410 Thank you all for your words of wisdom after I wrote my last blog about the leg pain I've been having. It has continued to get worse and I decided to see the nurse practitioner. I chose her over my doctor because she is a runner. My doctor is not a fan of running because he thinks it's too hard on the body. So I wanted a perspective from someone who would understand my desire to keep running if possible. <BR> <BR> She was very thorough and had both my hips as well as back x-rayed and did... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:12:51 EST What Has Happened to Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370419 I've been running for seven years, ever since I started the Spark path in 2010 and changed my life for the better. I have never been fast, or competitive, about my running. It's just something that I enjoy because I love spending time outdoors and I love solitude and it's also something that I do to keep fit and keep my weight down. I understand that walking will do the same things but I just can't spend enough time walking to burn the calories that I can through running. Plus, I like the ... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 17:34:10 EST 40 Things About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369273 I have not blogged for more than 3 months! How awful! I really have missed being active on Spark. I've been doing nothing but logging my fitness and reading occasional blog posts. I really want to get back to blogging but there is so much to say that I don't know where to begin. I had one of those moments tonight where I went outside to the fields alone to see the beautiful sunset and I just had a really good, hard cry. After that, I was a bit drained and didn't feel I could blog about ... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 00:25:15 EST Turning Fifty and Staying Slim (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322008 Rick continues to stick with the Naturally Slim program in a way that amazes me! He weighs in again tomorrow so we'll see if he's lost more weight three weeks into the program. <BR> <BR> I turned 50 on February 8 so there has been some celebrating and extra eating going on! Rick and the kids pulled off a surprise party for me. One week before I had no clue, which is amazing because it's notoriously difficult to surprise me. Rick even had me in tears with a heartfelt talk about how bad h... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:03:31 EST Becoming Naturally Slim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313657 My husband and I have a health insurance plan through his work that is high-deductible with a health-savings plan. His employer will give a discount on insurance premiums AND actual money into the health savings account for doing various healthy things such as annual checkups and screenings. This year, they offered a free weight-loss plan called Naturally Slim. I hadn't heard of it but Rick wants (and needs) to lose about 50-60 pounds and it seemed like a good opportunity, so he signed up.... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:33:45 EST Beautiful Georgia on My Mind (with pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308139 Rick and I arrived home about a week ago after a trip to Savannah,Jekyll Island, and St. Mary's, Georgia. We had been so stressed after his mom's illness and death and then his dad's long hospital stay that if we hadn't already purchased plane tickets, we would not have gone. A big ice storm was predicted during that time and we were concerned about Juliana making it home to care for the animals and then making it back to college. It all just seemed to be more trouble than it was worth. <B... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:13:08 EST Grieving This Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286504 Thank you so much for your loving support and prayers for our family and especially my mother-in-law, Geneva. After a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer, she died on December 20, slipping away peacefully. Her faith and her family were her comfort and strength until the very end, and we rejoice knowing that she is resting now in the arms of her savior. <BR> <BR> Obviously, it was a sad Christmas. What made it harder is that my father-in-law ended up getting the flu on the day of her f... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:24:59 EST The Long Good-Bye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283376 My mother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April, just after she and my father-in-law celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Because they caught the cancer early, she opted for an extensive surgery to remove the tumor. It was very hard on her and took her several months to recover. Then, just when she was starting to feel better, she began chemo and that took a huge toll as well. <BR> <BR> About six weeks ago, the doctor called my husband to say that the chemo had not ... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:20:15 EST Enjoying the Small Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273958 Thanks for all your helpful support on my last blog about my husband's mom and her cancer situation. She has been in the hospital for most of the past two weeks but was home for 2 days. During that time, my husband talked with her and his dad and they decided they were ready to involve hospice. So that was a positive step. However, she ended up back in the hospital the following day so it may have gone to the back burner again. <BR> <BR> We celebrated Thanksgiving in the tiny "family roo... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:51:23 EST Venting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271230 Last week we learned that the chemo didn't work and my MIL's pancreatic cancer has spread to her liver. She has been in the hospital for about 10 days and is weak and in some pain, although meds are controlling it much of the time. My husband, his sister, and his brother are doing everything they can. I'm the only in-law, so I feel a bit in limbo as decisions are made. I'm involved and included, but I don't like to push my views. <BR> <BR> I'm frustrated because the doctor told my husban... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:35:07 EST The Fabulous Blogs I Haven't Written http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266826 I haven't blogged since I don't know when...maybe August? I keep wanting to do these great blogs with photos and beautifully articulated thoughts...and I don't have time so I just do nothing. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm going to ditch the perfectionism and just do some quick blogs that aren't beautiful, are not filled with uplifting thoughts or wisdom, and don't contain pictures. I miss connecting with my SparkFriends, and it's silly not to blog unless I have time to make it wonderful. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:28:50 EST A Trophy That Means Something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204341 Over the 6+ years I've been a SparkPerson, I've never really been motivated by the Spark Points or Wheel or trophies that much. Except for the fitness ones. In 76 months on Spark, I've hit at least 1,000 fitness minutes every month but one, and that was a month where I was ill. <BR> <BR> I don't take the ability to exercise for granted. Especially after my big, strong, farmer dad got ALS and didn't have the strength or ability to even hold a spoon, I've tried to completely appreciate t... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:54:40 EST Mary and Martha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199917 I'm leading worship and preaching every Sunday this summer at a church about 80 miles from my home. This week's text is the story of Mary and Martha. Nothing could hit closer to home for me right now! Even as I'm trying to study, reflect, and write about Martha, who was "troubled about many things" I too am troubled about many things. I very much relate to Martha and always have. Maybe it's because I'm the older sister, the responsible one who always handles everything, while my younger... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:00:28 EST The News You Never Want to Hear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188462 As many of you know, Rick's mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late April and had major surgery to remove the tumor, which involved stomach, pancreas, spleen, and intestines. The cancer was caught earlier than pancreatic cancer normally is, so we were hopeful the surgery would get it all. <BR> <BR> However, cancer was found in three lymph nodes, and now, two months later, the tumor is back and growing aggressively. She will be begin chemo soon, which will involve driving 1 1/2 hou... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:17:47 EST Slogging Through Molasses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188183 This morning I had the worst run I've had in months, maybe ever! I got out at 7:30 to beat the heat. There was a stiff breeze, but nothing like some of the winds I've run in. I don't know what was wrong, but I just had NO energy. It was like slogging through molasses. I was huffing and puffing as if I was sprinting instead of jogging. <BR> <BR> As I plodded along, forcing myself not to stop and walk (which I haven't done for 6 years) I tried to think of reasons why this particular run wa... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:39:49 EST Decisions, Decisions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183973 I don't actually know what I'm going to write about...just whatever comes to mind, I guess! <BR> <BR> We are in full Summer Library Program mode at work, with activities and programs for preschoolers, grade schoolers, teens, and adults. Our theme this year is sports and fitness, so I'm teaching a healthy cooking class for 3-5 graders once a week. I wrote a grant to support this program and had a huge response. The class filled up in a day and I have a waiting list of kids who wanted to ge... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:06:43 EST I Just Don't Understand! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176484 Sometimes things just don't make sense. While on our trip to Britain I decided not to track, to eat with enjoyment, and not to worry about it. No problem. We ate at lots of wonderful pubs, tried the local specialties (haggis, anyone?) and walked our feet off every day. It was a dream come true. <BR> <BR> But since getting home almost three weeks ago, I've been in an eating frenzy. It's always hard to come down from a mountaintop experience, and I've used eating junk as a way to cope w... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 17:52:26 EST Heading Across the Pond! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155686 Just a quick update. My mother-in-law is recovering, slowly, from her pancreatic cancer surgery. They did find cancer in 3 of 9 lymph nodes, so she is facing chemotherapy once she is healed. It's been a very up-and-down ride and I'm sure that will continue. Your prayers and good wishes have been much appreciated. <BR> <BR> In other, happier, news: we leave this Saturday for our LONG-awaited trip to Great Britain! Some of you gave me great advice about planning that trip more than two ye... Tue, 3 May 2016 16:13:41 EST So Much. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151551 I see it has been a long time since I wrote a blog. It's been a stressful time. My husband's mother, Geneva, has been in the hospital for two weeks. During the first week, she was here in our small local hospital while tests were conducted and they tried to figure out why she was in pain, nauseous, weak and jaundiced. <BR> <BR> During that same time, my father-in-law was also placed in the hospital with pneumonia. So they shared a room! They had just celebrated their 60th wedding anni... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:22:39 EST Bright and Cheery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124713 Last week I was feeling really stressed out and overcommitted. Rick really made my day by surprising me with these bright, cheery flowers! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07a7b2e8-e1b4-4e6a-b6e1-cb3d4e901d9f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another thing that helped was getting in lots of great workouts. I've finally reached 500 miles on my old running shoes and chose this week to break out the new ones I received for Christmas. They are eye-popping, aren't they? I just realize... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:39:47 EST Aging Gracefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116425 Inspired by my friend CLAIREINPARIS, who does beautiful photo blogs of her hikes, and my friend SMILINGTREE, who always includes a fun picture in her blogs, I am including a photo I took this morning while on my run. <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful, warm, spring-like day with sunshine and blue sky and birds singing. I was struck by the beauty of this huge, venerable, old cottonwood tree that has probably been growing in this spot for 100 years. I like how it is twisted and bent by the winds,... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 23:28:54 EST Sweet Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097343 My birthday is six days before Valentine's Day. The cake! The chocolates! The dinners out! <BR> <BR> Yes, this is traditionally a time of indulgence for me, and this year was no exception. My daughter made my favorite Italian Cream Cake. It is so delicious...and if the Spark calorie counter is to be believed, it has something like 750 calories per slice! I did eat more than I should have, but not as much as I wanted. <BR> <BR> This is the first year in 29 Valentine's Days together th... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:01:45 EST Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083239 My word for February is going to be determination. I am determined to stop messing around, grazing, cheating, and generally being a constantly-nibbling sloth. <BR> <BR> What has caused this awakening? My monthly weigh-in. It was as I expected. Instead of losing in January, I gained a pound. I'm now 7 pounds above my goal weight. This happens to me every winter and I always seem to let it. <BR> <BR> But it's stopping now. In the next 3 months, I will work to lose 3 pounds each month... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:55:10 EST Regret http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069570 All of my life, I think the emotion that I have hated the most and felt the most keenly is regret. I can even remember being a young child and feeling this horrible feeling that I had messed up and that it was absolutely irreparable...there was nothing I could did to fix it and no way to go back and start over. That's what I call regret, and it still gets to me. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's part of being a perfectionist or maybe it's just my personality. I always want to get the absolute most ou... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 18:00:54 EST Wrapping Up 2015 and Looking Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058051 Since joining SparkPeople, I don't do New Year's Resolutions, but I do like to set a few overall goals for the year which I post on my Spark Page so that I am reminded of them often. <BR> <BR> Here were my goals for 2015: <BR> <BR> ~Maintain within 3 pounds of my goal weight of 142 pounds. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> ~Run at least 600 miles. Very close but only made it to 578. <BR> <BR> ~Complete Slim in Six's Tear It Up workout. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> ~Pursue more free-lance writing ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 14:06:50 EST Getting To Know Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055352 Borrowed this from a Spark Friend, just for fun! <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:20 am <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Last Hunger Games movie. It was pretty good and followed the book, which I appreciate. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? I hardly watch any TV! Probably Fixer Upper. <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Rural England. <BR> <BR> 6. What did you have for breakfast? Grapefruit a... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 12:22:13 EST The Secret to Weight Loss Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047462 This week I reached a number that, at one time, would have seemed like an impossible dream--100,000 fitness minutes on Spark! That's almost 70 24-hours days spent doing intentional fitness--running, hiking, biking, and circuit training. I don't count ordinary activity like cleaning house or gardening, only intentional fitness. <BR> <BR> And want to point out right away that I am by no means a super-athlete or a ripped, toned, muscular goddess! I'm an average height, average weight, 48-y... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:52:10 EST A Milestone is Coming...I Need Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044028 I am editing this blog entry because I wrote it in a big hurry and made a big mistake! I said I was about to reach 10,000 fitness minutes, when what I meant was 100,000 minutes!!! A big difference! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I made my 30-day streak in November--minus Thanksgiving, when I had planned not to track. I ate 1,400 calories or less every day--and my reward? I gained a pound! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not going to worry about it, though. I'm still in m... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 22:16:30 EST You Can't Take It With You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034502 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc8d9bbb-cecd-4f23-a14b-4b00a529ece9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> James is now a college grad, living and working on his own. He decided he needed to meet some people in his new town of Lincoln, Nebraska, so he tried out for the Lincoln Community Playhouse production of "You Can't Take It With You." Back in high school, this was his last play (of eight) and he played the lead, Grandpa Martin Vanderhof. <BR> <BR> This time he wanted the role of Kolenko... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:30:22 EST The Domino Effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023760 I have been in a pretty serious slump lately, and I don't really know why. One of my smart Sparkfriends suggested it might be the time of year, and I think she's right. Although autumn can be a beautiful time, it's also a bit sad because it makes you think of endings, and winter, and darker days. I am very much a spring person! <BR> <BR> So, maybe it's been the weather, or the time of year, or whatever. But I can't really blame my slump on anyone or anything but myself. I still have th... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 14:45:39 EST Doing What I Need To Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997903 Well, we're halfway through September and I haven't done nearly as well as I had hoped. I only weigh once a month but I feel that I'm lucky to be maintaining. I highly doubt I've lost any weight this month. <BR> <BR> Seems like there's a lot going on all the time. I've had meetings or class or some commitment almost every evening lately...and when I don't get any "down" time, I tend to get stressed and overeat to compensate. <BR> <BR> I know this, and I know that getting enough rest ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:06:08 EST Check Out My Adorable Nephew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979633 A quick update. I miss blogging and I'm going to try to get back to it again! <BR> <BR> It's been a transitional summer in a lot of ways. James finished his grad classes at Indiana University and was job hunting for several months. He decided to take a job in the admissions office at the University of Nebraska. It's not his dream job...he would rather be working directly with students and this is more "behind-the-scenes," organizing events and such. But, he wants to work in higher educa... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 13:45:56 EST New Plan...Weight Loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969278 Wow...it has been FOREVER since I wrote a blog! I still don't have time to do the whole family/life/whatever blog, but I want to write a short one about my fitness/weight plans so that I am forced to be accountable! <BR> <BR> I've been maintaining, but not with gusto, this summer. My weight has crept up a bit. I've been mulling things over and have decided I want to go back into weight loss mode for a couple of months. It's been almost 5 years now, and I want to see if I can go a little ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:47:23 EST So Much To Say, So Little Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915137 Some of my Spark friends write beautifully-crafted, insightful and/or humorous blogs that are a delight to read. Unfortunately, this won't be one of those! I'm in a hurry and my thoughts are skittering around like droplets of water on a hot griddle. <BR> <BR> Here in our little corner of the world, it's been a spring of cloudy dreariness, but no rain. We are desperate for rain but we are just teased with drizzle and fog and general grayness, day after day. Someone told my husband that it... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:42:18 EST 25 Job Applications and No Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904704 James is fighting discouragement and worry about his future. He has applied for 25 jobs at universities all over the U.S. and hasn't heard back from one of them yet. He had one phone interview at Notre Dame which went well, but they needed someone who could start in April so he wasn't able to go any further with that one. And since then, nothing. <BR> <BR> I keep telling him that the wheels of academic bureaucracy turn slowly, but I understand that it's driving him crazy to not be able to... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 09:44:51 EST Everything's Coming Up Roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896561 In my last blog I talked about pruning our rose bushes. Some people asked to see the roses, so I decided to share some pics. I love roses, especially the old-fashioned ones and the newer shrub roses such as David Austin's. When I look at his catalog, I'm like a kid in a candy store. However, I'm not allowing myself to buy any new roses! <BR> <BR> I do have an old fashioned rose, Therese Bugnet, which roots new roses all the time. We now have about 20 on our property, all offspring of th... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:44:18 EST A Tip To Make Spark More User Friendly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892304 Hi everyone! It's a beautiful spring day here in Kansas with sunshine, blue skies, birds singing, and just enough breeze to keep it cool and lovely. I'm heading back out to the garden shortly. Yesterday I pruned all the roses, which is a pretty massive job, since we have quite a few and they are all the large shrub roses. But they will be so beautiful about 10 weeks from now that it's worth the backache and the scratches! <BR> <BR> Today I'm going to finish cleaning up the flower beds. ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:29:51 EST Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888354 Planning. It's something I enjoy, mostly, but lately, not so much. <BR> <BR> Rick has worked at the same place for 30+ years. For more than 20 of those years, it has been a toxic environment in many ways. It's a long story having to do with him getting a promotion that someone else wanted and that person trying to make his life miserable. <BR> <BR> Anyway, Rick has been dreaming all this time of the day he will be eligible to retire. With our system, you can retire when your age and... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:08:51 EST Fed Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867273 Rick and I watched the documentary, "Fed Up" last evening. It's mostly about the epidemic of childhood obesity, but much of it pertains to anyone of any age. I must confess that although I feel I'm fairly informed about nutrition, it was eye-opening for me to see how added sugar is causing much of the obesity problem. I've always believed that a calorie is a calorie, but according to this film, that is not the case when it comes to how our bodies metabolize sugars. Here are some things I ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:15:36 EST Constant Vigilance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852737 If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will recognize the title of my blog as a quote by Mad-Eye Moody. (And you will probably hear it in his voice, if you've seen the movie.) Anyway, I was reminded of that quote by something my friend SMILINGTREE wrote in a blog about how all that conventional wisdom regarding habits is pretty much not true. Just because you do something for 21 days, or even 21 months, doesn't mean you can't fall back into old patterns and let that good habit slip away (or ba... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:54:06 EST I Have Never Been So Surprised in My Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841343 It's been a long time since I wrote a blog, and I must admit, I've been slacking a bit in my Sparking. It's just been a very busy time, and our home computer is having problems, which makes it easier to track in my head than to actually log in and do it properly. <BR> <BR> The holidays started off with the biggest surprise! Rick and I went to Lincoln to see Juliana and do some final Christmas shopping. We got to her dorm and she and her roommate said they wanted to show us something cool... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:39:19 EST Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817989 It's Sunday evening and I'm feeling peaceful and contented, even though I have to be at work at 8:00 in the morning to face two classes of junior high students for our annual "Book Relays" at the library! This is a tradition we've doing for 20 years and it's really a lot of fun for both us and the kids. This will be the third and final day of relays. <BR> <BR> Juliana was home for the weekend...it's been a month so it was great to have her here. She is coping better at university. It hel... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:39:25 EST