LADYVOLSFAN1954's SparkPeople Blog LADYVOLSFAN1954's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My pineapple plant update <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are two of the most recent photos I made of my little pineapple. It's growing. Now my Aunt is bringing her friends over to look at it because they just don't believe you can grow a pineapple. She brought her neighbor over earlier today and she was just amazed. Now if my other six plants would produce (lol). <BR> <BR> Everyone says I have a j... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:50:13 EST My week and test results My 86 year old Aunt gave me a real scare the other day. We went to lunch and to the Dollar General Store afterwards. Well, we came out of DG and she said she had to sit down, so I told her to go on and get in the car while I put her walker and what she bought in the trunk. Imagine my surprise when I shut the trunk and walk around the car. I find her laid out in the front seat half in the car and half out. She wasn't completely out but it did take several tries to arouse her. Finally she allow... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:08:27 EST Update on health issues... As many of you know 2014 hasn't been too kind to me in regards to health issues. First bronchitis and respiratory problems, then with a bowel obstruction and subsequent hospitalization. Then the MRI of the head. Now we have more problems! <BR> <BR> I see a retina specialist. I've been going to him since January 8, 2009 for wet macular degeneration in my left eye. Well, now I'm having issues of temporary blindness in one eye (at a time) for up to 10 minutes. I saw him on Monday and he referre... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:08:52 EST Article about Sitting and becoming disabled I read this article and thought I'd share the link with y'all. I have to agree with it because if I had done more the last 20 years I probably wouldn't be in the shape I'm in. Plus I'll turn 60 in September so I feel it's important to keep our bodies moving as much as we can. I know it can be a challenge. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>279460759/sit-more-and-youre-more-like<BR>ly-to-be-disabled-after-age-60 </link> <BR> <BR> So let's move our beautiful bodies an... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:43:04 EST Sharing my new find: a pineapple Two days ago I was laying down looking at my plants (I had a bad headache and took something and just laid down) and I noticed that one of my pineapple plants looked different. So I got up and looked and this is what I saw: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, after several years of growing, this pineapple plant is finally producing a pineapple. I was so excited because I've never seen a pineapple growing on one. <BR> <BR> My Dad gav... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 11:02:17 EST Slowly feeling better Boy being in the hospital takes it out of ya! I haven't had the energy to do much this week but that's okay because apparently my body said "rest" and it's doing just that. <BR> My throat is finally feeling better. Hot green tea with honey has been a big part of that because the heat soothes and the honey is helping heal the raw feeling in my throat. I'm swallowing much better - never want to see another NG tube again - ever! <BR> We have snow and ice on top still on the ground with low teens... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 14:01:57 EST I'm home from the hospital Last week I wasn't feeling good all week. By Friday I knew something was wrong. Late Friday night I ended up in the emergency room. Turns out I had a partial bowel obstruction so I was admitted to the hospital Saturday morning real early. <BR> Since then I'm had a NG tube down my nose and nothing to eat until 8pm last night. Not a fun time at all. But the blockage was resolved yesterday and my x-rays came back normal again. <BR> Today I was released from the hospital just before the winter st... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 18:59:03 EST My "scrap" afghans I'm working on I've mentioned to several of my Spark Friends that I'm working on afghans using up my stash of yarn (big and small) and they asked to see what I'm doing. So here's what I'm doing, I've actually got four different afghans going on but here are what three of them look like so far. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This is one of the blocks for my "big" block afghan. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> These ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:54:12 EST Not a good thing that MRI - made me sicker than anything Oh what a horrible day yesterday was. I had an MRI of my head scheduled. Well, that was a bust! About halfway through the MRI I got terribly sick and started throwing up. At least they got me out in time - I was so afraid of throwing up in the MRI machine. Sat there for a few minutes drinking 7Up and had a cool wash cloth on my face and I started to feel better. So we thought okay we'll try again. Wrong answer! As soon as I laid back down I got sick again. So we decided it would be best if I ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:35:54 EST Vision problems update Yesterday I saw my neurologist and explained what was going on with my eyesight and what the retina specialist had told me. So since my last MRI of the head was in December 2008 before all my problems began with my eyes, I'm scheduled for another on Thursday. <BR> I usually have MRI's more routine than this simply because of the major concussion I had back in 2006. My migraines seem to start in this area now. <BR> As of last month, I started having a few episodes of being blind in my right e... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:52:01 EST Vision problems - another challenge thrown at me As some of you may already be aware, I have wet macular degeneration in my left eye. I've been seeing a retina specialist for at least five years now regularly. In November I made an appointment for December because I was having problems. Well, my December appointment had to be rescheduled till yesterday because of an emergency surgery he had. Well, in the few weeks between appointments I had some new things happen with my "good" eye. <BR> As I told him yesterday I've woke up several times du... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:19:19 EST My virtual hike of the Appalachian Trail Back on July 24, 2011 I thought it'd be fun to do a virtual hike. Back then I really really wanted to hike on the Appalachian Trail. I knew I'd never be able to do the entire hike for real with all my health issues so I thought well, I'll just use that to mark my progress. Today at 3pm CST I made it to New York State at 13620.25 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia where I started. <BR> Well, back in June 2012 I did actually hike on the Appalachian Trail for real. Mind you it wasn't a rea... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 19:02:05 EST Girls Night Out at Patti's 1880 Settlement & Restaurant, Grand Rivers, KY My cousin sent me a message earlier in the week telling me she was going to pick me up this afternoon for a surprise. So I've been wondering what my Aunt & cousins were cooking up as a surprise for my other Aunt and myself. Found out! She had made reservations at Mr. Bill's Restaurant (since she couldn't get them at Patti's) at Patti's 1880 Settlement up in Grand Rivers, Kentucky. It's a little over an hour drive from where I live. <BR> So my cousin, Shari, comes and picks me up, then we go ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 21:54:26 EST Finally got my prize package from Crisco Just before Christmas I finally got my prize I won off Crisco's website. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This is my letter that came with the package. Sorry it's sideways. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This is my prize: a cookbook, a spatula, mixing bowl and apron. <BR> <BR> I had to laugh - the mixing bowl is 1 1/2 quart stainless steel bowl. So small since I'm always using much bigger bowls for... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:08:49 EST Reviewing my goals and establishing new habits now Okay, so I've been having all sorts of things going on in real life that has kept me from being on as much as I would like. I'm not following my easy goals for fitness. I'm not eating within my range. I'm off one dose of my diabetic meds and have been having trouble with low blood sugar again. In other words, I'm all out of sorts. As of today, I am determined to get myself up off the ground and get new habits formed. I've redone my goals. I may have to readjust them next year,... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:08:30 EST So I won??? As most of you know, I go all out baking this time of year. Cookies, cakes, pies and of course making candy. Well, a couple weeks ago I went to and rated a pie crust recipe that I use. I finally found one that will actually turn out right that I get rave reviews from family and friends for. So I submitted the review during a special promotion "contest" they're having. The price bundle is a "Michele Stuart bundle". Apparently she's won a lot of pie contests and has a couple cookbook... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 23:48:39 EST We made it through the storms safely Just to let my wonderful SparkFriends know, we made it through the storms safely. I had been keeping up with the weather all afternoon because I knew it'd get bad. About 1pm I got that feeling from checking the sky we were going to get slammed with rain and wind. Something just felt off. Well less than 20 minutes later that's when things started popping up closer to home in Missouri & Illinois. I knew then we'd be under tornado warnings soon. We were. <BR> I hate it when you get the CodeRed ... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 16:40:28 EST Thoughts for the day I'm having new problems again. This time with my left knee which is nothing new. Back in September 1983 I had surgery on my knee and they basically rebuilt and moved things around and put two screws in to hold it all in place. That was a long recovery before I was able to fully bear weight and walk normal again. My knee hasn't been the same since the surgery. I have better range of motion but there are still a lot of things I can't do. If I kneel I end up with a very dark knee area. When I to... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:01:09 EST You never know what you can do until you try You never know what you are capable of doing until you start doing it. The newer me is surprised when I look back. I was looking back at my trophies today and learned something. I restarted Spark back about July 24, 2011. Didn't get any awards then. I discovered my fitness minutes have been 1000 minutes per month up until July of 2013. That's when I apparently went into overdrive or something because they jumped to 2500 a month every month except October when I had all the problems with my ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 16:48:15 EST November already? Where'd the year go?????? Whew! This year has sped by. I mean seriously it's November already - November! Ugh....what have I got to show for it? What have you accomplished this year so far? <BR> My year has been ups and downs all along the way. My weight went up up and it's slowly starting to come down. <em>39</em> <BR> My blood sugar medication has been adjusted downward (again). That's a big <em>244</em> . <BR> I've been having problems and lots of pain periodically around my right knee. It's not the knee bu... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:34:55 EST Can Peanut butter sniff out Alzheimers? This was an interesting article. I just happened to be checking my local weather on and I saw this. Since my Dad has Alzheimer's I had to read it. I'll have to tell my brothers about this too. <BR> So check it out. <BR> <link><BR>es/aches-pains/can-peanut-butter-sniff<BR>-out-ea/18761309 </link> <BR> Any thoughts? Fri, 18 Oct 2013 22:20:43 EST Weight loss comparisons to objects I've probably seen this posted by someone else on SP before but I think it bears repeating. Here's what that weight you're losing looks like in a different perspective. So don't ever sell yourself short because it's only XXX pounds. I found this surfing the internet and thought it was fun. <BR> <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average human brain <BR> 4 pounds = an ostrich egg <BR... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:48:57 EST Pain observations I've heard a lot of people lately saying "pain in pain." Well, I do not agree with that statement at all. I used to when I was in my 20's and 30's. Except for the pain associated with migraines - I've had them since I was 8 years old. I'm 59 now. <BR> My migraine pain can be literally blinding at times by that I mean it hurts so bad I can't open my eyes and just want them to stay shut just to block out all light. I'd be happy in a pitch black room. Fortunately I'm on a daily medication and ha... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 16:03:43 EST My deal for the day <img src=""> I went to a different thrift shop today and just happened on this wool coat. Total cost $1.00. I was in shock! <BR> I went to Wal-Mart and got some dry cleaning sheets for the dryer and came home and it looks so much better now. <BR> Had to share this wonderful luck with y'all Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:55:36 EST Sad week... This is one of the hardest weeks I go through every year. Today's phone call didn't make it any better. <BR> I live in a small rural county so in some way you know everyone or related to them. This morning my Aunt called to say one of our local vets passed away about 2am this morning. I knew it would be happening sometime soon because he's been battling cancer for the last few months and it had spread. It still hit me hard though. <BR> Today is my late husband, Alan, (father of my son) birthd... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 16:19:12 EST Tuesday's ramblings...sorry it's long! Well, it's finally feeling more like fall than summer! Today is a beautiful fall day - sunshine, a little wind blowing, about 71 degrees. Can't ask for a more perfect day than today! I hope you're having awesome weather wherever you are. <BR> Trying to give my right knee some rest today but still get in some exercise. It's not my knee really it's the tendons around my knee. I've had problems with that area for a number of years. Back in October 2006 that knee was bad about hyper-extending. Kn... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 16:28:29 EST More trip highlights: Sunsets and full moons Thought I'd share even more photos with you. I do hope you enjoy them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This was a storm brewing out over the Atlantic Ocean one afternoon. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This was the sun setting over the New Smyrna Beach airport on evening as we were driving around. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This was another sunse... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 12:56:56 EST Trip highlights What can I say? Didn't do much of anything this year while on vacation in September. While at my brother, scott's house: he worked, came home & we went out to eat, my best friend Rhonda and I walked at night. <BR> Florida? walked the beach a whole lot. Mostly made photos of the Atlantic Ocean and sunsets. I did get to visit with my Dad several times while my two brothers went out (to eat). Our youngest brother is caretaker and really really needed to get out of the house badly and do somethin... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 01:49:44 EST I'm Home and on a rant Hello everyone <em>213</em> I'm back from my two weeks in Florida and week with my brother at his house in NE Tennessee. It's been an interesting three weeks. <BR> My internet and cell phone coverage was awful the entire time! I knew the mountains would be an almost dead zone (like my house) but I never dreamed Florida would be but it was. Even the cell phone coverage for Verizon sucked! Internet was hit or miss but mostly miss so I couldn't do much posting because I never knew when my con... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:33:23 EST Update on meds I had my three month doctor appointment this morning. I made sure that I took my listing of my blood sugar readings for the last three months with me. My doctor was impressed and wasn't happy I was having numbers dropping into the 50s especially during the night. He said I needed a medication adjustment - woohoo! <BR> <BR> So since July 2011 when he wanted to put me on insulin because my numbers were so bad and I asked for some time to get the numbers down here's what has happened: <BR> Jul... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 13:23:10 EST Egads...August will end Saturday!!!! <em>213</em> I just realized Saturday is the last day of August. My monthly fitness goal is 2500 minutes. I've done it in the past so I figured why not set it as my goal. Egads! I need 390 minutes by Saturday! My minutes aren't adding up! What happened? Oh yeah, first it was the problem with my left thigh that cut my fitness down to a crawl because of pain even when walking. So I rested it and just did the minimum walking my dog I could get by with. After a while the pain ended. Now I'm try... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:08:16 EST Saturday August 24, 2013 It's been one crazy week! I've been going crazy trying to come up with a workable plan on all I want to do fitness wise before I go on vacation. Had trouble with my left thigh muscles this past week so I laid off the resistance band work-outs entirely. I knew if I got started I'd just keep going and the pain in my thigh would have worsened. <BR> Food wise these past two weeks are a bust. I ate too much. I knew it at the time but I still did it. I'm trying to get myself focused on what I shou... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 00:13:42 EST Summer's back... Just when I was enjoying the last month of summer, wham! summer's back. We've had weather more like fall which was so wonderful then the humidity started creeping up on us. Now the temperatures are going to go up again. Darn it anyways! Oh well such is life around Western Kentucky - stick around the weather'll change. <BR> So for the next 15 days they're saying we'll be close to between 95 and 100 air temps - Lord only knows what the heat index will do! <BR> You walk out the door and feel li... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:54:19 EST Calmer today and working on myself After my best friend revealed the situation about my brother yesterday, I was so angry and mad I couldn't see straight. He still hasn't called me yet. I've been praying and appreciate everyone else's thoughts and prayers regarding this very important situation. <BR> I realized last night that we had had a nice conversation about diabetes when I was down in June/July because he was worried about my blood sugar being so low at times. I explained to my brother about the A1C levels and what they... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:21:00 EST Today's rant...very worried about my brother I just found out from my best friend who lives across the street from my brother that he has to start taking insulin shots because his blood sugar is way too high. Not happy at all about that. <BR> You see the reason for this is he has a friend who's been visiting him for several months at a time from St. Louis. She doesn't eat real food only junk food. He wasn't eating doughnuts for 3 years then she shows up. He starts buying two and three dozen doughnuts at a time for her plus half gallons ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 10:59:12 EST Saturday's thoughts... Well another week is coming to a screeching halt. We were so very lucky not to get all that rain that we could have gotten this past week. Some areas over in Missouri saw 20 inches of rain and Nashville, Tennessee got a lot too. All the storms and rain basically went around us in my neck of Western Kentucky. We needed rain and we've gotten some so that was good. <BR> My walking buddy, Precious, had a trip to the groomer yesterday. She's so cute! Everyone says she looks like a different dog al... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:39:42 EST Today's laugh.... On our last walk, my dog and I stopped by to say hello to my 85 year old Aunt. We talked for a few minutes and as I walked off she asked if I had knots on my leg. I laughed and said "probably" and didn't think anymore about it. Well, she decided she wanted to investigate further so she told me to come back. She had me back up (I'm wearing knee length shorts) and I figured she was going to look at this spot on my leg where I have a bunch of small broken veins. Nope. She grabs the fat part abov... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 20:55:15 EST Struggles continue... I have been all out of sorts for a few weeks now. My weight is ping ponging all over the place. I've been having more migraines which isn't good. Everytime I get a bad one (like this week's three day migraine) I eat more than normal - much more. <BR> When I have these migraines like this I start getting depressed. Never fails, I go to the neurologist and things look good and I'm doing fine and bam! next thing I know it's migraine central. Today is the "dull roar" stage. More nuisance than an... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 12:24:19 EST August already! Where has 2013 gone? It's just been flying by so fast. I noticed today at Dollar General along with the back to school supplies they were getting Halloween candy already! I guess by the end of the month it'll be Christmas stuff. Used to they waited until after my birthday but last year it was right after Labor day when they started with the Christmas stuff. <BR> My 85 year old Aunt and I went running some errands yesterday and today together. She's a card! She loves thrift shops and we went ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 22:46:28 EST Saturday ramblings... Been an interesting week. Ended this week in pain. I don't know what I've done but it hurts to sit, stand and walk or lay on my back. Right at waist level half way between my spine and right side hurts. I know it's probably related to the fact that my right leg is shorter than my left due to scoliosis and I've moved some way I shouldn't have. It's happened many many times before. Something about my pelvis doesn't rotate like it should when I do certain motions like sweeping or raking and it ... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 22:52:52 EST Out of sorts... I have been so out of sorts all year, actually since last September if the truth be known. I've just not been up to par on anything and I do mean anything. I've just mulled around and not really been into things like I should and as a result the scales have crept up. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get myself motivated now that I'm back from vacation. Only thing is I'll get back in the swing of things, then it's back to my brother's so we can go to Florida again and that'll get me all out of routine... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:50:25 EST Gripe gripe gripe ... we like to move it! Today I'm in a complaining mood. Why? Well, I read magazines, watch tv shows and they always say "find it at your local grocery" or "it's at your farmers market". I just wish some people realized that not everyone is blessed by a grocery that carries everything imaginable and has bulk items or salad bars you can buy off of. I'm lucky to find some basic things I'd like to eat at Wal-Mart or Kroger. That's my choices if I go 25 miles (one way) to the grocery. If I go to the local stores - produ... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 17:15:47 EST Great Smoky Mountains - Final vacation blog This is the final installment of my Great Smoky Mountains adventures. Day three was a fun day. All the rain they had in the Smokies made for some beautiful waterfalls, high rapid streams and beautiful weather. This is the continuation of day three as we continued to Cades Cove. After all our stops and the stops for looking for wildlife it was getting late so we didn't make our usual stops at all the places along the Cades Cove loop like we usually do. Here's a link if you want more info about... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:24:10 EST Great Smoky Mountains, Final Day - Day 3 part 1 Laurel Falls Like all good times, things must come to an end. I was really blessed that my brother wanted to go back a third day to explore. You see he lives up in NE Tennessee about 15 miles from the Virginia state line so we put some miles on the car this year going down to the Smokies from his house. If rain hadn't been turning into a major problem we might have done more but that darn system started dumping rain all day long along that end of the state. So the fun times ended and long days of rain set... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:33:48 EST Great Smoky Mountains, Day 2 Day two of our adventure was on June 25th. We went to Bryson City, NC and into the Deep creek area of the Smokies. <link><BR>htm </link> This is the link to where you can read more about Deep Creek area. There were three water falls on the loop. Unfortunately we hit the "worst" trail first. It was a pretty steep climb for me to Juney Whank Falls. With all the walking/hiking we've been doing my knees were giving me fits by the time we made it down from th... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:21:07 EST Great Smoky Mountains, Day 1 My brother, Scott and I spent three separate days exploring different areas in the Smoky Mountains. I got purchased a book about the hiking in the Smokies - it was an older book but still had good information in it. I also checked out each hike before we went on a website about hiking the Smokies - not sure what it was called right now but anyway it was a great help with directions to the places we went. <BR> Today's adventure was hiking to a waterfall in the Big Creek area of the Smokies. ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 11:19:24 EST Rhododendron Garden Adventure My brother, Scott and I went to the rhododendron gardens on Roan Mountain twice. The first time we went with our friends Shawn and Rhonda and also went to the rhododendron festival. The second time we went by ourselves. Both times we walked on the trails. Our first visit with our friends was a nice clear day but the second we walked in the clouds. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This is the view from the overlook. Roan mountain is partly in Tenn... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:42:09 EST I'm Back... Well, I'm back from my month long absence. I had a great time hanging out with my brother, Scott and best friends, Shawn and Rhonda. Then my son came down and stayed a few days and brought me home. Of course the weekend he was getting ready to come down the rain started and it rained all week long so we weren't able to do a thing but sit around bored stiff. <BR> I gained some weight while I was gone. My brother has almost ditched his healthy habits except if he cooks at home which he doesn't... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 17:27:37 EST June 5th update Well, I woke up this morning and barely - I do mean barely - made it out of bed to get showered and ready to go to the doctor. I do not know what happened during the night but my knee was swollen and I could barely get up. My foot was swollen too (left leg). Getting dressed was the real kicker especially putting on my jeans and socks & shoes. I made it through and got to the car. Did fine until time to get out of car - oh no I was afraid I wouldn't be able to. Since I had my 85 year old Aunt ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 20:59:05 EST Wednesday's thoughts This morning I looked at my "other goals" page and got to thinking about what I have there. Turns out it was basically just the team goals from my teams. So I thought "how can I make myself more accountable?" Well, I put in goals like: walk my dog daily, ride recumbent exercise bike three times a week for 15 minutes, do Leslie Sansone video three times a week, and do Leslie Sansone's firm and tone exercises three times a week. I'm trying to get myself back in the habit of doing these things r... Wed, 29 May 2013 17:45:48 EST