LADYVAL56's SparkPeople Blog LADYVAL56's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Keep Calm and Cache On Since I have decided not to let work bother me (much) anymore and since I have 2 other jobs that I enjoy the world is a brighter place. Had an absolute blast geocaching this past Saturday. Mike puts on on awesome event...and we got to connect with old friends and make new ones. Looking forward to exploring the area more in the future.... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:22:43 EST Life's too short... Finding out yet another of my nursing home ladies has passed away and finding out that one of our Moose members passed away as well as one of the stamp club members I used to know makes me again realize how precious life is. My stitches are out but my energy is still lacking. <BR> <BR> Trying to be thankful for my BF, my 3 PT jobs and my critters. <BR> <BR> Been meeting some awesome people lately...letterboxers and geocachers.... <BR> <BR> Have fun PLEASE...don't end up like the guy in B... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:31:02 EST Ain't No Mountain High Enough... When you're up on a mountain in the moonlight surrounded by stars, snow and the cold night air hoping that you can get to the bottom and have your fiancée waiting for you, you have a lot of time to think and pray. I wasn't lost....I just had to find my way with no flashlight and no cell phone. Well after midnite I finally came out on the road and within 10 minutes was picked up by search and rescue. Cold, thirsty, hungry and bruised, I was alive. I am a survivor and I am sorry I scared every ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 01:36:09 EST Changes.... Well I finally turned the old place over to my caretaker and now the job will be to unpack & organize the rest of the stuff in the new place. Did a lot of thinking while I was cleaning. Good memories and bad. I know that all of our experiences make us who we are...but I still feel disrespected and used at times. Trying to balance the positives with the fact that I am constantly reminded of at least 2 years of wasted time. Trying to hold onto the thought that I am a better person than certain ... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 17:42:21 EST I HOPE YOU DANCE Nietzsche says: <BR> We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once. <BR> <BR> Made it through the line dance jamboree and even did a couple two steps last night after the WOTM Installation. Trying to keep up my energy to get things done for the move. Not easy. Seems like there is a neverending list of things I HAVE to do and I don't have time to do what I want to do. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Sun, 1 May 2011 12:25:45 EST 3rd time's a charm... At least I hope so...we go tomorrow to tweak the offer for the bigger place. I am really looking forward to having room to organize all my stuff and make new memories with Jack.... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 21:50:00 EST Why Me? I haven't written anything in awhile. I am in waiting mode for the results of my biopsy. The big C has been in my life so long, it doesn't scare me so much as the not knowing. The problem is I am tired. Tired of working, tired of waiting, tired of my BF's family problems and tired of living here. On the upside we found a really cool place and all it will take is 600.00 to sign the contract. It's in the country and I felt so at home out there...near where we've gone hiking....the guy is willin... Thu, 4 Nov 2010 02:23:16 EST TIME MARCHES ON... We finally got our rings after 3 weeks of sending them back...we had to get bigger sizes. They look nice. Had a blast at the Geofest except for the trip around the mountain. Had fun shopping and at the convention in Albuquerque. Have been doing a lot of geocaching and some letterboxing. Up to 48 letterboxes and 126 geocaches plus my plants. My pin collection is is the kitten....his name is Sparky. <BR> <BR> Saw Shiloh in concert. Great music. Happy 4th of July everyone! <BR> <... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 23:52:07 EST Time After Time Well Jack & I have passed the 4 month mark. Last week we ordered matching spinner rings. They are just like a promise ring....and I am so glad to have Jack. Today my ex came for the nursing home visits and I almost thought his "friend" was going to show up. Apparently she is jealous of me and he actually came yesterday to talk to me. He warned me she might show up. She's not the type to visit nursing homes. I don't want her in my organization and I told him so. I find it funny that he always ... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 01:26:39 EST I Can't Get No Satisfaction I need advice. My boyfriends brother is really starting to make me mad. When he got out of jail they let him stay in a travel trailer on the property & he was supposed to be out by the end of April. He is still there and it is causing a lot of problems. Stuff is disappearing and my BF is the one who keeps "losing" stuff but yet his brother has no idea where it went. His past actions prove he is a liar and a user. Obviously he hasn't changed. I told my BF he should padlock the work shop & lock... Thu, 13 May 2010 21:40:43 EST Looking Through the Eyes of Love I got this quote in my e-mail today: <BR> <BR> "We can see through the eyes of love only when there's love in our eyes." <BR> <BR> — Oprah <BR> <BR> It's true...and maybe it comes with age and experience but I am seeing so many good things in Jack that my love is growing day by day. I feel less unsure of myself and know that he accepts me for who I am. I want him to feel as good as I do and not apologize if things are not always the way he thinks they should be. Being in love is knowing w... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 21:44:13 EST Time After Time Life is too short for drama or petty things, so <BR> laugh hard, love truly and forgive quickly. Live While <BR> You Are Alive. Forgive now those who <BR> made you cry. You might not get a second time. <BR> Lost time can never be found. <BR> God answers our prayers in His time........not ours. <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Mar 2010 23:41:13 EST MEMORIES Saturday it will be 2 months that I have officially been going with Jack. I have seen him every day and am happy that we found each other. The only drawback is having the memories of the last 2 years flooding my brain when i am trying to forget. It's hard because if I go to the VFW and "they" are there how can I just pretend they are not? I tried to walk by him the other night and he slapped my arm to get my attention & say hello. He still comes in to where I work. Anyone have any suggestions... Wed, 17 Mar 2010 01:51:11 EST That's What Friends Are For Well today is one month since I have been with my new man. Strange thing...the other one is being super nice to me now. We have to be a team for our organizations that we are both head of. Today he even brought me milk since he was already at Wal-Mart. Tonight we get installed in our offices so it's a party. I was nervous about him coming over here...but I didn't feel anything. That's progress. I am happy that the other woman can't be part of my group until July. She doesn't qualify. Even if ... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 14:46:20 EST Feels So Right It ws a great night for Jack's birthday. The Turkey Fiesta came out good....the sweet potato pie was excellent and he liked his sign that I gave him . I also have another present for him. Just have to wait for it to get here. I put the playlist I made for him on my media player and we just enjoyed being together. He was so appreciative of everything and I am so glad he didn't give up on me....the timing had to be right and now was the right time, God's time. Tomorrow makes 3 weeks.... <em>212... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 01:46:36 EST COULD IT BE I'M FALLING IN LOVE? It's been a wonderful 2 weeks with Jack. Like night and day from the way things have been for the last year...finished reading The Secret and there are some good points in there. I wanted someone who would respect me and treat me like my husband did and I found him! We went to the Moose last night so Joan & I could turn in our applications. They are having a dinner & dance on the 13th and I said something about going there instead of the VFW. I told him I wouldn't assume he wanted to be my da... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 10:16:57 EST WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND It's been a wonderful week with my new man. I like cooking dinner for him and he likes helping me. This weekend will be my first Cruise-In with his orange car if we don't get snow! He gave me a kitty cat for our 1 week anniversary. I am having fun spoiling him and he is so sweet to me. Like night and day from the last one. He came into work today and it didn't even phase me. I accidentally put 3 sugar sin his coffee and I told him he'd survive. I gave his mom a whole envelope of pictures and ... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 01:22:10 EST CAN I HAVE THIS DANCE? I am moving on and my new friend is a sweetheart. Here I find out he has liked me for awhile b ut he knew I was involved I think....I told him we'll take it slow and prfay his health issues improve....but already I am being treated more liek my husband treated me.... <BR> <BR> it's good to be queen! Thu, 21 Jan 2010 05:47:30 EST DIDN'T YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVED YOU After this weekend this song says it all. Not 100% positive but i'm most likely going to be moving on...when someone can't just give you a yes or no answer there is something fishy. <BR> <BR> 2 and learn....I am blessed to have a dance partner now that shares other interests I have but I am going real slow this time. Tue, 19 Jan 2010 15:56:49 EST VALUES Align yourself with kingdom values: <BR> <BR> Honor <BR> Authority <BR> Truth <BR> Righteousness <BR> Relationship <BR> Redemption <BR> Love <BR> Joy <BR> Peace <BR> Fruitfulness <BR> Life <BR> Freedom <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Jan 2010 16:08:07 EST It's Already Working! I decided to try a recipe in the crockpot today & invite my "busy" friend. He came...and we had a nice time and a good dinner. I flat out said I thought maybe you didn't want me anymore and he said just busy & tired. I said I know....and even though I have to buy my own ticket for New Years (he may not even come out) I am glad my instincts were right. <BR> <BR> I cleaned today & got rid of some old books, papers, etc....geez it's amazing how long we keep stuff we don't need. I ... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 21:47:21 EST starting with me... Starting today I am resolving to de-clutter, condense, take care of what's important to me and use each day the best I can....I am going to get back on my fitness routine and only do things I really want to do. I do have good friends and those that can't see who their friends are will find out in time. I miss my hubby and I know he wouldn't want me to be in limbo all the time. I am joining the declutter challenge on the AARP group & who knows....maybe I will win something. Things have to chan... Fri, 25 Dec 2009 12:04:58 EST Where Does the Time Go??? I can't believe tomorrow is December 1st. I am praying that this month will be better than the last couple. Emotionally I have been on a roller coaster and physically neglecting my exercise except for line dancing. Ever since the time change I feel different. Trying to get things done but some days I have no ambition. I am hanging on due to some really good friends but some days I just want to run far far away. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for my health. I am grateful for my job even though I alm... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 01:04:36 EST JOY IN LETTERBOXING Woo Hoo! Just had to say I went to Truth or Consequences today and had my first find. What a rush! Amazing how such a little thing could bring such joy....I loved it! I am hooked. I may not carve my own stamps just yet but I will do some boxes after I get caught up....what's so cool is I had enough stuff to just start my "kit" without buying anything. A zippered pouch, purple and black ink pads, purple sharpie, my spiral bound journal...someone gave me this narrow one and it works....the V on... Sun, 4 Oct 2009 20:51:50 EST Living Life on a Shoestring... Eventually I hope to feel comfortable with my financial situation but right now I look for bargains & freebies in any shape or form...from samples to coupons...and I highly recommend this site to you all. They post new links every day and have a lot to offer. PLEASE go check it out. You'll be glad you did! <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Sep 2009 21:46:29 EST Worth a Try... Are there depression-fighting foods? A growing body of research says yes. <BR> <BR> Investigators at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., found evidence that cold-water fish, walnuts, and sugar beets may be beneficial foods for depression. The possibility that the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon, sardines, tuna, canola oil, and walnuts can help fight depression has been supported by several clinical studies. This may explain why Scandinavian and Asian countries with diets high in fish hav... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 13:19:43 EST Daily thought I posted this to a newcomer to the Spark world: <BR> <BR> I think God always has a plan for us even when we don't know what it is or why. I could have died on my 39th birthday from a perforated ulcer...I will celebrate my 53rd birthday in 3 days. I thank him for every day since then and all the people he has brought into my life. I had my last husband for almost 7 wonderful years before kidney cancer took him. Take it one day at a time...when I was 170 I was not happy. I started following Bo... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:33:36 EST Priceless part 2 I was packing up just one of my display cases of cats last night with Shiloh's help....she's a small cat after all....but it was joyful seeing where the cats were from and knowing some were very the one from Kenya or India or Germany and no two are alike....and if I have to decide what to keep and what not to keep the cats will win every time....real or otherwise....I am a Leo and coming up on another birthday...which doesn't even bother me...I could have died the day I turned ... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 14:22:06 EST In my E-Mail today.... Shining your light on a friend's shade <BR> <BR> You can't turn on a country music station without hearing a song about someone down on their luck. But what about those around you? Think about how much it means to you to receive a note in the mail from a caring friend when you're going through a hard time. Use those warm feelings to compel you to spread the love to others. We all need such encouragement and often we forget that it's okay not to be the pillar of strength when life has us by t... Wed, 5 Aug 2009 09:52:47 EST Priceless... I love to shop at the 1.00 thrift store near my trailer in Oshkosh...I have to share this. Bought 7 items at 1.00 each....originally they would have cost me 23.00 on the other side. Brown pants...white shorts...faded glory top...wet seal top...banana republic top...still new halloween long sleeved top...and a felix the cat tank top...and best of all i wore the one top to karaoke last night and wendy said it was brand stuff there all the time....i was being conservative...but... Sat, 1 Aug 2009 11:33:22 EST Good Quote “You achieve much once you stop <BR> telling yourself you can't do things.” <BR> — Elizabeth Kadetsky <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 10:33:34 EST Good Friends The Lord sure has shown me who my friends are. Getting to Amarillo I was lucky enough to have Linda and her husband here who just happen to live next door to an awesome mechanic who is helping me get my van back up and running. Without having a man to look after these things for me I learn things all the time but God watches out for me. I could have gotten stranded in the middle of nowhere....and with all my critters too. As the song says when things go wrong you find out who your friends are... Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:07:10 EST Happy Happy Joy Joy Yearly female stuff is done: pap and smashogram...have bloodwork tomorrow and a few hints for the tendonitis that may be in my thumb. I have now joined the ranks of people taking a little blue pill. She said I need it. I hope it works. Will opt for counseling also if insurance will cover it. I thought I was dealing with my grief fairly well (it will be 5 years in october) but maybe not so much... <BR> <BR> Hugs are always welcome!!! Tue, 26 May 2009 20:36:52 EST Happy Happy Joy Joy Well took care of my female stuff for th eyear...smashogram & pap are done. Bloodwork tomorrow and a few tips for the possible tendonitis in my thumb. I have joined the ranks of people taking a little blue pill...she said I need it. If my insurance covers counseling I will opt for that too. Thought I was doing good with my grief (it will be 5 years) but not so much... <BR> <BR> Hugs are always welcome... Tue, 26 May 2009 20:33:36 EST CHANGING OF THE GUARD Tonight was our auxiliary meeting and after a change due to someone moving I ended up being guard for the coming year. It's an easy job and much easier than historian. I did her scrapbook and it will be judged at state convention in June but I just can't do another full year... <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 May 2009 00:05:08 EST The Only Promise That Remains Because I had to stay home and get the den wall panel ready to remove for the plumber I watched Grey's Anatomy. I used to watch it before but hadn't lately. It was a powerful episode. When Izzy was dying and he wanted to disregard the DNR it brought back the memories of my husband's last week. I didn't lose it but other times this week when I talked about my husband I almost did because I have been feeling his loss more lately. Today I was proud of myself though that I could get that shelf ta... Fri, 15 May 2009 01:30:04 EST Every Little Thing... Today I was blessed to sell 70.00 worth of tools from my shed and to find out that tomorrow a guy from church is coming to look at my plumbing problem for free. I am so grateful for God's help in this. If I can avoid a maintenance fee in my checking account I will be pleased. I am trying to to worry and I know he has a way of doing everything at the right time. Personally I have been having a rough time because I still miss my husband, but line dancing for the nursing home helps and walking. ... Wed, 13 May 2009 22:06:45 EST A Pleasant Surprise Just wanted to share that yesterday was our steak fry at the VFW and not only did my buddy bring me a NY strip steak for supper he brought me a 450 minute phone card for my Tracfone. Because I have a doubler on it now I have over 900 minutes. Well I did until I called my mom and step-mom...LOL...I was so happy...I am only mom to 4 legged creatures with fur so for him to bring me a gift was very awesome. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Mon, 11 May 2009 00:04:33 EST Cool Beans... After another busy day at work I got invited to Thirsty Thursday at the officer's club so I ended up going in my work clothes...stayed long enough to have a couple appetizers but I couldn't get into the beer. Had ice water instead. Then headed home to get ready for karaoke. After I got out of the shower my water line for the swamp cooler had blown off the faucet. Sigh. Went to go sing and no karaoke. I sent my buddy a text and told him I might need his cutter tool. He said he was leaving base... Fri, 8 May 2009 00:36:40 EST Reflection today my buddy came into work during lunch rush and even though I got to wait on him I was too busy to make conversation. I felt like I was looking in a mirror...he looked as tired as I felt and our day had a long way to go... <BR> <BR> we have many things in common...friday we hope to go see the new Star Trek movie... <BR> <BR> I just hope we can "live long and prosper"..... Wed, 6 May 2009 23:40:35 EST Finding Joy In my e-mail today I found this: Each day is a new chance to find joy and to dance. If you let it pass or think it useless, the chance is gone and you'll never get it back. <BR> I have to keep remembering that. We line danced today at the nursing home. It's always fun to bring them joy but when I sit here alone with my hands hurting and wishing I didn't have to work the next 3 days it's hard....I have so much to do and sometimes no ambition. I have to walk tomorrow but I have so much to do be... Tue, 5 May 2009 22:05:05 EST I need a hug... The weekend was a mix of good and bad. The bad is that my mom is in the hospital. They don't know why she is still having pain. The good was taking an unexpected road trip to Capitan to Smokey the Bear days. Found a couple postcards and got to eat a wonderful dinner at the travel center. Ate too much that day but even had some leftovers for today. Did get out to dance and did get my toilet fixed finally. Only replaced the float part (thanks to Ruby) instead of all the innards. Have a load of ... Sun, 3 May 2009 19:51:47 EST Finally Friday Just got done walking 3 laps 39 minutes...hope I get thru work in 1 piece...don't know what the weekend will bring except Selmo at the VFW...have a good one y'all.... Fri, 1 May 2009 11:15:47 EST Finally Friday Just got done walking 3 laps 39 minutes...hope I get thru work in 1 piece...don't know what the weekend will bring except Selmo at the VFW...have a food one y'all.... Fri, 1 May 2009 11:15:32 EST I'm Hot.... and I don't mean that as in good looking. It's 8:30 pm and still 75 degrees! Time to fire up the swamp cooler....I am sitting here in short shorts and a tank top with a fan blowing on me and the pc. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 29 Apr 2009 22:36:27 EST SPACE...THE FINAL FRONTIER At church today we learned more from the book of Esther and it sure made me realize I need to make the space for God to work in my life. I have lots of goals and soemtimes get frustrated because time goes too fast. I learned a long time ago to quit making huge to-do I have daily ones and if I can cross those things off I feel happy. I know what I want for myself for the rest of my life but as I have also learned life can change in the blink of an eye. We must enjoy the time we hav... Sun, 26 Apr 2009 13:47:48 EST Finally Friday... This is sad. You wiat all week for the weekend to come and by Friday you are so tired the only thing that sounds good is a nap! <BR> <BR> SIGH. I may make myself go to the grocery store but I just don't have the ambition to get cleaned up & go out. Still have my work clothes on. Fri, 24 Apr 2009 21:33:31 EST Line Dance Jamboree The state line dance jamboree was a good time had by all...I did 27 dances out of the 40 on the list. Subway lunch was good and other than getting pulled over for speeding (Don was driving the rental van) it was a good day. Always fun seeing friends and there were over 300 dancers there in Carlsbad. Wed, 22 Apr 2009 20:13:49 EST Finally... I had a song on my karaoke list for many months and I finally did it. I was happy with the way it sounded for the most part....and was told it should be my signature song it's a keeper. I love Little Big here's a tip of the hat to them. Might even get to see them in concert next month.... <em>244</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2009 00:47:06 EST A small rant I had a CPK pizza for supper of my indulgences. Had to add it to the food tracker..who comes up with a FIFTH of a whole pizza for a serving size???? How do you cut that? I usually eat a half (this is a thicker crust one now) so my meal was 2.5 servings. I did a boo-boo-I forgot to take the cardboard out from the bottom before I put it on the pizza pan. Did I mention I had a long week??? <em>20</em> Sun, 19 Apr 2009 20:37:42 EST