KIM22211's SparkPeople Blog KIM22211's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community death of a cell phone well, the day has come. It has been 4 years. That is a lifetime record breaker for cell phones. My dear old friend has bit the dust. <BR> Actually, it is the battery. It will not keep a charge. Last year I ordered one, in fact it wasn't even a full year ago. It was cheap enough but sure didn't hold up like the first battery did. I could see this was going to be an on going problem and the older it got, I knew the batteries would get older too. <BR> These days they are updating so fast that ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:44:20 EST new discovery! Hubs does the yardwork around here and I felt froggy and went out to do some mowing with him. I grabbed the push mower and he jumped on the rider. I was getting my sweat on and lo and behold, I see our apple trees in the way way way back! Sure enough, they are all loaded with apples! I am going to have some serious fun with apple makin and bakin! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> side note. My precious daughter is gone for the week and so she... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:18:07 EST What a Beautiful day! Took the Harley out for a ride. Headed downtown to a restaurant to meet some friends and have lunch with them. The guy we were meeting was on the bike ahead of us. <BR> Just gorgeous outside! I could get use to this kind of July! It is about 82 degrees out! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Enjoy your day! Wed, 9 Jul 2014 17:01:18 EST Pics from the weekend There were so many pictures taken and fireworks were like at a professional place. They were amazing! But here is some of the fun we had!! <BR> <img src=""> hubs getting the sun for me! <BR> <img src=""> swimming at my sisters <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> some ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:57:38 EST Did I read that right? Went to a little town drug store while we were in the country. They had an old fashioned soda shop inside. Just like on Leave it to Beaver! (yes, I am telling my age!) Ice cream cones............5 cents!!! Sodas were also!!! <BR> <img src=""> had to snap a picture of it on the menu! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> and yes, I indulged! I paid for it this week! But I am glad I did! Tue, 8 Jul 2014 00:22:49 EST safe and sound Made it home safe and sound. Now for the part everyone hates. The dreaded unloading and putting everything back! ugh! Thank goodness I am off tomorrow. Today is catch up on my spark! <BR> Hope you all had a safe holiday. Take care! Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:08:39 EST A Picture is worth a thousand words...... A good friend of mine is a firefighter and he sent a text picture of a fire they put out today. The only thing left was just pretty amazing........... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If the picture doesn't show up good on here, it says Jesus is Lord in the yellow boxed area on the bus. This has not been touched. Wish I could get it to show better on here! <BR> Pictures are worth a thousand words........ <BR> <BR> Be safe. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 02:40:54 EST Busy Day! No time to lounge around today! Getting ready to hit the road in the morning! Talk to you all soon! <BR> Be safe! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 16:13:26 EST Cruisin' Lots of stuff done around the home today and ran errands too! <BR> Ended the evening on a quick bike ride around the lake. Beautiful night. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a Wonderful Wednesday! Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:40:59 EST Jump into July!!! Well, no doubt summer is here! <BR> One of my teams is doing a July Challenge and each day is something new! <BR> Looking forward to being more active both on here and physically! <BR> <BR> Went to dinner tonight with some friends. That will not be happening again for a long time! Over ate and an ice cream cone for dessert!! DIPPED in butterscotch no doubt! I guess when I do it, I do it big!! <BR> <BR> Here's to a wonderful July!!! <em>355</em> <em>353</em> <em>355</em> <em>353</... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 02:28:43 EST What he thinks vs. what is real Hubs LOVES his Harley. He looks forward to riding it when he gets a chance. Today he is off work and I could tell (you know when you can tell) he was tip toeing around about him going for a ride today with his buddies. He works super hard around the home and at work too. <BR> <BR> But when he wants to go for a ride, he REALLY puts in some labor around the home and yard! <BR> <BR> Cracks me up! Say shame on me if you will, but in reality, I enjoy him going. It gives me time to relax around ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:27:56 EST work <img src=""> <BR> <BR> me not caring that people are ugly on the phones! <BR> <BR> When do we celebrate "be kind to your operator" day? ha ha!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:17:06 EST laughing out loud at me!! What is the word you would describe that moment you just went up and down the staircases a whole bunch of times just to get in more floors for the fitbit just to hit your daily goal, only to realize you forgot to put it back on from charging it!!?? <BR> <BR> I cracked myself up when I said (out loud no doubt) what a waste that was!!!!! <BR> <BR> Miss the point there KIm????????? <BR> <BR> Sometimes you just gotta laugh! Sat, 28 Jun 2014 17:05:41 EST Beverly Hills Chihuahua <img src=""> <BR> We turn it on for our Kansas City Chihuahua and she sits and watches it! She loves it! See how she is glued to the tube? When they are running in it, she dances in circles and spins around and around to try to keep up with them! <BR> We love our lil baby! <BR> Hubs can't sleep without her. <BR> Have a wonderful weekend all! Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:10:46 EST I made it!!!!! It is hard to believe it has been a year since I joined Spark People. First and foremost, shout out to Teri who was the whole start of it for me! She and I go back many pounds ago! <BR> So quick one year recap! <BR> July-October 2013- on fire. Killing it. Moving and grooving. Had specific goals set. hit them as well! <BR> <BR> September- hubs gets me an early b day present. The fit bit one. love love love love it. HIGHLY recommend it to anyone and everyone. <BR> <BR> November- dum da dum ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 03:30:17 EST You be the Judge! As you may know, Doritos Chips are coming out with new flavors. Well, they won't tell you what the flavs are but they want you to judge them. <BR> I am a sucker for the unknown! So I bought 3 of them to give it a try. <BR> Obviously I will not be eating these, but dear old hubs will. <BR> We opened one to give it a go. I wanted to try the Blue bag first and yes I played the "ladies first" card! <BR> I had one. Very hard to describe. Smoky, almost a meaty taste to it, and too too spicy for ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:37:36 EST <img src=""> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:44:36 EST Well, call me Stella cause I got my groove back!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Been doing great for several days in a row! woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:57:17 EST Survivor! I survived the weekend with the in laws! woo hoo! It went well. They hadn't seen the patio finished and they loved it! They especially loved the "fireplace" find! <BR> Hope you all had a great weekend! <BR> I didn't get in as many steps as I had hoped yesterday but I made it to my 10,000 so no complaints. <BR> <BR> It's hot out. It is nasty thick humid. Rather than complain, I decided to concoct a new fresh yummy frozen drink. I made a homemade frozen lemon slush! <BR> ice <BR> lemon <B... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:48:06 EST KC Royals It has been almost 30 years since anyone could say the Kansas City Royals have been playing great. They won the world series in 1985! We played the St Louis Cardinals which was a huge deal given they are both in Missouri! But now they are doing great! 1/2 a game behind 1st place!! <BR> We are going to a game tomorrow. We live about 2-3 miles from the stadium and never go!! But with my in laws in town, they want to go to a game. The high temp is 91 degrees and the game is at 1pm! ugh!! Total d... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 03:42:38 EST new snacks I have not tried these yet but they were on clearance and I can not pass up a deal! I will get back to you on the flavor! Have you tried them? Do you have a fav snack? <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:32:22 EST just the first step............ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What more needs to be said? <BR> <BR> <BR> Go ahead, take the first step! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:56:29 EST Back to the Bahamas for me! I am movin' and groovin'. I made a sparkpeople recipe for breakfast. Went out on the patio and enjoyed it with my morning java and book! <BR> Strawberry cheesecake shake................yum!!!!! <BR> I bring the vacation to me when I can't go on vacation! <BR> A cute glass to drink in makes a big difference! It takes me back to the Bahamas!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a Berry nice day all!! Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:03:07 EST bargain of the day! what a bargain! Can't beat free! My dad picked up a fireplace and gave it to me for my patio. I have some work to do to get it how I want it but it is all a work in progress! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> I want to get a really neat big clock to hang up over it. And some candles to go inside it. It is just a decor piece of course but I could even put a heat insert to give t... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:37:55 EST goin' green In a sense......hubs is really discovering his green thumb! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:21:42 EST nice day after all today started off not so good.......left the windows down on the rained................stormed............l<BR>ost electricity.......for 5 hours!!! <BR> <BR> But got to have lunch with my family, then dinner later that night with hubs and some sisters and their husbands and my mom and dad. My mom made peach pie, pecan pie, both so so so good! Sister made a coconut cake that was scrumptious...........I went massively over in calories today, but I will be right back to where I... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 22:57:59 EST dad I know you have heard it said that "I have the best dad ever", but I really do. He is a perfect example of what a gentleman should be,what a husband should be, what a dad should be. <BR> I can not say enough things to express how wonderful my dad is and how blessed beyond words I am to have such a kind, loving,patient, godly man as he. <BR> Happy fathers day dad! <BR> Love you bunches!! <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 02:41:45 EST Beautiful day for a cook out Having some turkey burgers on the grill. Keeping it simple. Secret is all in the seasoning! <BR> <BR> Have a fab Friday all! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:34:55 EST It got away from me........ Well, time got away from me today. Where did this day go? Why is it that I remember old people saying how fast time flies and now I am saying it? <BR> Could it be that our elders really did know what they were talking about? LOL! Well, here's to tomorrow! <BR> Stop and smell the roses! Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:42:13 EST Transformation Tuesday? I have heard of the whole throw back Thursday, but now I am seeing transformation Tuesday on the trend. Who knew? Well, looks like it is time to start with a transformation! woohoo!! <BR> <BR> Go get transformed friends if you have not already! <BR> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:04:44 EST just had to have! On our way home from the family reunion, we had to stop at some antique stores and flea markets. I came across this heart shaped bird cage. No, I do not have birds. Nor do I think I will ever own one but this was so cute and "fit" nicely on my back patio so we got it. The stand looks like a tree branch. It is really cute and the pic doesn't do it justice. But I wanted to show you all it anyway! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great o... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 18:53:06 EST family reunion I had not been to a family reunion in 11 years! We went to this one this year and all my sisters were there. My parents too. 2 of my kids made it down as well. In all, there were at least 100 people there. Of the "first generation" other than my great grandparents who would be considered the real first generation, only one is still alive. It started with 13 kids! One left. Several of the spouses of the other ones were still alive and came though. <BR> It was really nice. <BR> Glad to be back... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:37:28 EST Chillaxin' <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have cooked and baked for the family reunion and now it is time for me to just chill out and relax a bit before I work tonight. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend! <BR> Be safe Fri, 6 Jun 2014 19:27:37 EST repercussions <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In order to respect someone's privacy, I won't name names, but there is someone we know that has not made the best of choices in her life and the results have been 2 little children that are going to be growing up with an absent dad now because he chooses to do drugs and rob and steal from others. So he is looking at some hefty well earned prison time. <BR> I can't help but feel sorry for the mom in this situation... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 03:23:00 EST do you ever feel like Chris? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This cracks me up still to this day! <BR> <BR> And yes, I have felt like this many many times! <BR> <BR> Have a good one! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 04:22:43 EST Changes I need to make some changes to get this weight loss going in the right direction. Here is my game plan for June.... <BR> <BR> Increase water <BR> decrease caffeine <BR> eliminate coffee (for this month) <BR> eliminate red meat for the month <BR> drastically reduce sodium <BR> increase fruits and veggies <BR> decrease carbs <BR> weigh in every 2 weeks <BR> <BR> here's to a brighter June and good riddance to May! <BR> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 14:41:36 EST too busy to blog hubs is home today and we are working around the home getting ready for his parents coming visit later this month! Hope you all have a great Sunday evening! <BR> Back to work! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:16:49 EST the color run pics So I take some before pics, thinking I would look at the before and afters............. <BR> <BR> before <img src=""> yes even had my lip stick on! <BR> <img src="">close up of my cute lil tat they give you........ <BR> <img src=""> happy as can be ready for the fun times........ <BR> then................ <BR> <img src="http:/... Sat, 31 May 2014 14:59:36 EST The very last one!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ever have one of those days????? yep, today is mine. Tonight every single call that comes in at work is filled with people that are working their hardest to get on my very last nerve! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> I need to be wearing this <BR> <BR> <img src=""> my prayer for the day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 4 hours and 18... Sat, 31 May 2014 02:42:57 EST decisions <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am thinking about doing some outdoor drape type thing in front of the screens in the covered patio. We are going to have to do something to help keep the rain from hitting in it when it comes in at an angle. <BR> We assumed we would do some kind of shade but I came across this idea and I think when I get the money, I will go this route. It got really great reviews as far as blocking heat,rain etc. Also mentione... Fri, 30 May 2014 06:09:34 EST gearing up for the 5K Went tonight to get our gear for the 5K!! I think fashionably, I am ready. Other than that, only time will tell. When I make it through this, it will be one thing I can scratch off the bucket list! <BR> You think I can magically drop 5 pounds doing this?! ha ha! <BR> Have a great night all! Thu, 29 May 2014 23:10:52 EST I hope it sticks! I know we don't typically take the time to read links and stuff because we are busy and I understand. But I just wanted to share this with you. I read it and it was like a real light bulb moment for me. I am going to really truly try to decrease the things that need be decreased and increase the things that need be increased. <BR> Long story short, the junk ain't worth it. <BR> <BR> Have a great day all <BR> <link><BR>4/01/18/big-hospital-finally-telli... Wed, 28 May 2014 16:00:57 EST I should have known!!! At the dealership, when you get a Harley, they take your picture and have you ring this giant bell and sign this wall and everyone in the store claps, even the other customers. <BR> I thought the pic was something they would hang on some wall down there at the place. Nope. They blast is on their facebook page! lol <BR> So here is the pic. Wish you could see I was wearing my wedged high heeled sandals. I walked around there the whole time in them holding my little baby doggie like I was Belle... Tue, 27 May 2014 10:18:13 EST Have a great Memorial Day I am just getting things caught up around the home today and cooking out tonight hopefully. I am off today. Daughter is home today. Hubs is working. <BR> I hope you all have a safe Memorial Day and I will be in touch more tomorrow! <BR> <em>232</em> <em>652</em> <em>232</em> <em>652</em> Mon, 26 May 2014 17:10:50 EST one happy camper! Yesterday was the longest day in my life!! so fun but hurting from head to toe today! I was up a total of 34 hours! Got 9 1/2 hours sleep last night but think I will be hitting the hay early today too! <BR> I got hubs a new Harley. He was so thrilled and excited! Went into the Harley store. On the show room floor was this pretty black cherry Harley he had his eyes on for a long time. He walked straight over to it and said look at that beauty. There was a sold sign on the seat. He said, it i... Sun, 25 May 2014 15:08:32 EST Pictures don't do it justice <img src=""> done! But looking forward to fine tuning and adding special touches as time goes by <BR> <img src=""> it really looks so much nicer than this but it was the best I could get. <BR> <img src=""> hope my cascading waterfall shows up. It has a calming light and the trickle of the water is just awesome! <BR> <BR> <im... Sat, 24 May 2014 03:37:17 EST 3 YRS AGO TODAY......... Joplin Mo had their terrible tornado and it killed 161 people. My husband is from there and his daughter and her kids lived through the tornado. Their house was crumbled to the ground but they walked away from it with just some scrapes and bruises. I had some pics of their hurts. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 23 May 2014 03:19:39 EST Thank you little fluffy girl Tonight I had to run to Kmart real quick. I went solo. I got the items I needed and was rushing to the checkout. One girl in front of me. So of course, there I stand, right next to the impulsive buy items. <BR> The candy. <BR> wow. <BR> Nobody is here with me. <BR> I can get this king size candy bar and have it eaten before I arrive back home. <BR> I grab it and set it next to my items. <BR> Suddenly, I look up at the gal in front of me. She was a fluffy girl. Her dress she had on was ... Thu, 22 May 2014 01:39:44 EST patio rug As most of you know, when doing a job around the home, you end up going over budget. We have and won't be able to do some of the finishing touches right away but it is good enough to live with for now. The builder is finished with most of it and should be complete no later than Thursday! I hope to get it set up soon and enjoy it. <BR> Since we are not going to get to tile it soon, I am thinking about attempting to paint a rug on the concrete floor. Nothing too elaborate but simple and enoug... Wed, 21 May 2014 03:10:34 EST What talent! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw these on one of my teams. There are some very talented gifted people on Spark! <BR> <BR> I am so going to make one of these! Isn't it adorable!? <BR> <BR> The screen room should be finished by Friday at the latest. Just in time for Memorial weekend! <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:27:30 EST