LEANJEAN6's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LEANJEAN6 LEANJEAN6'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/ Needing inspiration? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244083 This morning I clicked on 'LEARN"--right across the top on Sparkpeople-- <BR> Under that, a list opens up---- <BR> <BR> You see, I needed "Inspiration"- <BR> Yesterday I made an Orange Loaf---of which I devoured 3-4 slices---- <BR> <BR> Back to that list on Spark, it said, "Instant Inspiration"--- <BR> I clicked on it- <BR> I watched a short clip on a young man who lost 165 lbs---- <BR> It showed him shrinking---- <BR> He was dedicated ---- <BR> He lifted weights--- exercised--never gave u... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:20:13 EST Getting the show on the road! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243549 My weight is hovering--- <BR> I am in the ""land of the One"---but--("that big butt again!)- <BR> -the scales bounce between 198 and the dreaded 200-- <BR> The good news is, I don't plunk the ol' body in front of the TV after supper--- <BR> Part of the reason, is because of the food commercials--- <BR> -partly because too, there is not much to watch-- <BR> <BR> I remember absolutely loving "Hopalong Cassidy"---"Gene Autrey"--"Roy Rogers"--and "Tonto and the Lone Ranger"--The main character a... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:45:35 EST McDonalds and Beau calms down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243052 Himself loves McDonalds- <BR> I used to enjoy going there----before Spark People-- <BR> -before I learned the sodium content of each item--plus the calories--- <BR> I humour Himself----I go now, as it is one less meal that I have to prepare. <BR> <BR> -BUT---(that big "butt" again)--last night-before driving there, -I poured over the calories and the points (a Weight watchers thing!)--- <BR> What could I eat that wouldn't pack on the pounds and sorta fill me up? <BR> <img src="http://phot... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:31:44 EST The Debate and Spark- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242501 Last night I stayed up to watch the Hilary/Trump debate-- <BR> Himself packed it in before the final results--- <BR> But I sat through even those-- <BR> And I live in Canada--- <BR> Probably the whole world was watching-- <BR> I won't voice my own opinion, but--(that big "butt")- -seeing Secretary Clinton shine---made me proud to be a woman! <BR> <BR> It showed me that you can get your point across , with dignity--- <BR> It also showed me, that age wasn't an issue , with either candidate-... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:40:54 EST This 'n that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242010 I bombed out this morning on "Trivia"--- <BR> I probably got everyone wrong , at least 3 times-- <BR> But--(that big "butt")---I learned about Triglycerides---that they are in fatty deposits and to lower their level, you have to lose so much fat--- <BR> There is so much to learn on those questions--- <BR> <BR> We have rain falling----It's nice to hear it. <BR> I walked the Germans, in the semi dark----and had to turn back, as a bear was in a neighbours driveway---I had Tess with me, who aler... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:49:30 EST Quiet silly stuff! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241481 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d129d73-8fe1-497e-9d11-1efd848dcd87.jpg"> <BR> Maybe what our lives need is more "silly"--- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a15f5106-ad7d-4894-89a4-3fb0b30394af.jpg"> <BR> --like these 3 women out enjoying the rain--- <BR> -or this sign-- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5a32446-801b-44cc-9600-9860d7ab5ead.jpg"> <BR> --Doncha just wish somedays?- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:04:46 EST Good news and bad news---on Beau! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241022 "German Shepherd Inherited Ventricular Arrhythmia"--- <BR> This is the diagnosis given by a Cardiologist and sent to our vet--- <BR> ---a rare disorder in young German Shepherd puppies-- <BR> And we are fortunate to get a dog with this!-----(NOT!) <BR> Lord love a Duck! <BR> <BR> This causes Beau's heart (our German Shepherd 18 month old dog)- to beat extremely fast-----worse when he exercises---- <BR> The bad news is , he could just (hate this expression!)---drop dead---after exercise --or... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:34:15 EST Beau back home and appreciates Sparkly People's prayers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240523 We are back from our trip to the vet-- <BR> Beau, the German, (as in dog) with the crazy heart beat, is alive--still--after having blood work, an ECG--which will be sent away for a Cardiology consult with a report in 24 hrs--supposedly--and we weakened and had the chest X Rayed also--all to the tune of $769.47 <BR> We cannot spend another dollar on him-- <BR> <BR> The good news is that, that was out of our grocery budget, so for the next few weeks, we cannot eat---We must be crazy! <BR> Spa... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:25:17 EST We're off to see the Wizard-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240035 We drive to the vet to-day- <BR> Beau the German with the weird heart beat, is going to have an EKG--or an ECG--or--some sort of test on his heart- <BR> The vet hopes that a medication might slow his irregular beating heart , into a better rhythm---who knows-- <BR> We have told her, no surgical intervention--- <BR> And wouldn't you know-----it looks like rain!--Eeee-gads! <BR> --And I'm the driver---- <BR> Lord love a Duck! <BR> And the vet is a 2 hr drive---up the highway--- <BR> Yesterday I... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:17:35 EST Grampa climbs out the window- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239524 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90af27a3-2985-4123-91b6-328c7aadfaad.jpg"> <BR> This school House was on Scugog Island, near Port Perry , Ontario. My Grand Mother was the teacher here, before she married my Grampa. <BR> My Dad went to a one room school house right in Port Perry, which looked like this one. <BR> <BR> I remember my Dad telling me how early in grade school, he had "had it" with schooling----He wanted to get out of there----so, he climbed out the window and bi... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:41:17 EST The world is unfolding as it should-so far to-day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238975 Well, I walked the Germans (as in dogs)-----came home and grabbed my music, and hit the back road--- <BR> --plus--I even got up the highway a bit-- <BR> Of course that is after changing the dog water--feeding 2 dogs their breakfast, finding a mouse in a trap in the sunroom (screaming for himself to carry the dead body outside)---making our bed--putting laundry in the washer---and---eating breakfast---- <BR> It seems like a race in the morning to get everything in--- <BR> <img src="http://ph... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:19:19 EST -I just wish there were more hours in a day--and bread didn't make me fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238373 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9ea69c2-0ddd-44db-b3a1-437d92c62274.jpg"> <BR> I decided , this week, I will take some sorta time for me- <BR> I mean--like--everyday---- <BR> It might not be a lot of time--- but---- it will be something that benefits me-- <BR> <BR> This morning, after walking the Germans, I put on my Walkman and hiked back up the road-- <BR> It took, maybe 20 more minutes-- <BR> It's not easy to work in something , only for me--- <BR> You'd think it might ... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:59:47 EST VERY very very short blog--almost Fall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237786 It's SUNDAY----And it's almost October- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b027c58-97db-44b6-91e8-4b20e1cf613b.jpg"> <BR> It will be cooler---- <BR> -outside time will be "fresh"---colourful-- <BR> Soups taste so good this time of year--- <BR> Hugs to all you Sparkly people! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:28:27 EST Is it all in yer mind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237281 Last weekend, a Grandchild came out with a wart on his foot-- <BR> He is a swimmer--probably picked it up at the local pool-- <BR> I told his Dad (Son#4) to get an old dishcloth--the dirtier the better, and bury it in the manure pile--then the wart would be gone in 3 weeks. <BR> Everyone looked at me funny!--- <BR> "Well, it's worth a try ", I said! <BR> Of course, Himself , being a Doctor, was mortified, that I would suggest such a ridiculous superstition. <BR> I guess you have to choose yo... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:57:20 EST Off to the dog groomer -- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236717 It's Spa day for the Germans--(as in dogs)--- <BR> They REALLY need this- <BR> I'll blog later on-- <BR> The weekend is almost here---- which means----- be vigilant with the foods--- <BR> Later then--Lynda <BR> <BR> Well, I'm back from the groomer-- <BR> The Germans ( as in dogs) are still there--- <BR> Beau did NOT Pee all over the groomers floor--nor did he vomit in the car--things are really looking up! <BR> It's Friday---and we have a couple days now to slow down a tad-- <BR> I can go... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:41:02 EST Wildlife is my life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236221 This morning on my walk I could hear Coyotes howling- <BR> - <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f42bf6e5-5415-4cf6-b7af-f4e9b23a5563.jpg"> <BR> This is a picture of one, taken last winter- <BR> I carry a whistle----just in case they jump out at me--so happy I don't see them--but--ya jess never know! <BR> I could hear geese honking---They might've been just over on the next lake----Because of the early morning fog, I could not see them---It does seem too early for them to be headi... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 09:33:39 EST Aging and role reversal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235636 I am getting old-- <BR> Lord love a Duck--I really hate to admit it! <BR> <BR> I realized this the other day, when I had to prepare another meal--- <BR> You see, unlike before when I could get a meal together in "two shakes of a lamb's tail", I found , these days, I don't enjoy cooking very much anymore----in fact, I even forget what I used to cook- <BR> ----and when people do come over for dinner, I forget to serve half of the meal! <BR> <BR> Himself and I grocery shop--same as we used ... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:38:40 EST Stepping into a garage boggled my mind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235089 Our garage looks like "Fiber MaGees" cupboard-- <BR> It has always been like that- because---Himself is a "pack rat"-----a "hoarder"--- <BR> Himself also loves to shop---- He then hides his purchases in the garage--- <BR> There it sits----forever!- <BR> <BR> This has always been a sore spot in our marriage--- <BR> Lately, he has begun to use my "ladies tools", which I conveniently keep in my kitchen--- <BR> "You can't find your hammer can you?' I asked him---- <BR> The answer is always,... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:45:55 EST "Stan the Man" even comes on Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234489 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9322c33-cf52-4ecf-a616-ee529a813133.JPG"> <BR> Yesterday I cut grass-- <BR> - <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d996d202-84fb-4363-9f73-fe135f4ec4fb.JPG"> <BR> and more grass--- <BR> and water was the beverage--- <BR> (Why does Gingerale always seem to be what I REALLY want?----with 10 tsps. of sugar?) <BR> "Stan the Man", came out (on a Sunday!)---put up the snow guards onto the roof--(with the help of son#3, the Policeman) <BR... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:16:14 EST Every Breathe we take---- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233855 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08f7bdd3-28ba-4b7d-b95a-e0c87abc7803.jpg"> <BR> This was taken a few years ago--- <BR> -Grandchildren on the back road-- <BR> "Fall" is just around the corner! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03f0fba8-ec4e-4bc6-9b7b-6b9c0d2415dd.jpg"> <BR> Here they are again--a front view! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/382fba02-feb4-4fa2-867c-b868a85505d3.jpg"> <BR> -just look how happy these 2 Grandchildren are---... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:35:55 EST I shoulda married a Vacuum repair man! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233276 A young man fixed our vacuum. <BR> In fact, he drove from Sudbury, 100 miles away, googled our place, and appeared in the driveway around noon yesterday. <BR> I almost hugged him---well, I did hug him!-- He looked like one of my kids-- <BR> - <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c8ebd6f9-eaf0-45a1-a86f-e3cc0f2fdc90.jpg"> <BR> He replaced everything in this Central Vacuum----the board, the filter, and finally installed a new motor---all under warranty---- <BR> The travel cost was ... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 09:10:51 EST Staying strong against all odds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232762 To-day I am grouchy-- <BR> It feels awful! <BR> It stems from doing too much yesterday---and looking at more to-day- <BR> Let me see---- Yesterday---The piano tuner was out----for 2 hrs--- <BR> Then, Son#3 trimmed back the jungle--- <BR> With his chainsaw, he cut back the small saplings at ground level and lopped off the tops of larger trees-- <BR> It opened up the property for smaller trees to grow. <BR> There are branches everywhere , waiting for "Stan the man" to carry them away! <BR> -... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 09:30:56 EST Magic how music calms the soul--- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232168 There is nothing more relaxin' to me, than playing the piano--- <BR> The Germans (as in dogs) enjoy the music--- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61a3a267-4bac-45d3-bc0f-065aa421c1a2.JPG"> <BR> I'm not the best player in the world---but (there it that big "butt" again!)--they will stop wrestling and come right beside the piano--one on either side, and the music "lulls" them to sleep--instantly!---It's like magic! <BR> To-day the piano tuner comes----After he leaves, th... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:34:40 EST The Joys of living in the bush- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231574 Lately I feel like I come from a "broken home"--- <BR> And when stuff stops working, I eat---- <BR> It's better than it used to be----but (that "big butt" again!)---as the worry increases, the unplanned foods jump into my hands---and then--well--you know! <BR> <BR> Our Central vacuum stopped---- <BR> I rate a vacuum almost as high as the Septic tank--or the water system--- <BR> And we live a good 2 hrs away from a Service centre ---- <BR> The Vacuum guy (kinda like the cable guy)---is suppo... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 08:38:46 EST Sittin' here thinkin"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230967 Well, yesterday, I cut grass---- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/150ca053-9e7f-4b26-bf21-49c9fe63ba23.jpg"> <BR> --then I patched the doggie spots---seeded over them--- started the hoses -- <BR> Grass is a big part of my life-- <BR> It didn't used to be--- <BR> When our kids were little, as long as a lawn looked sorta green, it was good enough for me-- <BR> Lord love a Duck!---How one's priority changes as one ages! <BR> <BR> A huge thing in our life, daily too, is our... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 08:56:01 EST I hear wolves like ""fat little old Ladies""--- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230420 I heard animals howling-this morning--- <BR> They were in the bush across from our house--- <BR> It sounded like one, answering another---something like what you might hear in movies--- <BR> --and they sounded very close--- <BR> Son #1 says they are probably wolves--- <BR> <BR> I walk at the "crack of dawn"----first with one German (as in dog)-and then return home, and take another-- <BR> It is usually sorta dark--- <BR> Tess, the female , for the past week or so, has been viciously barking... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 09:22:10 EST just relaxin'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229884 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3abe4b2b-0cd8-4521-8e7d-05ffd02bfb5b.jpg"> <BR> Come on over--- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5af86a0b-8eaa-4f21-a7a0-00d530e007ce.png"> <BR> It's a great day to just sit and---relax---- <BR> Bring a book---- <BR> Put yer feet up---- <BR> It's Sunday! Sun, 4 Sep 2016 09:34:01 EST I shudda been a Queen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229368 It's Labour Day weekend in Canada-- <BR> - <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5beebbf1-6adc-4b59-ad90-7d63eddf64ba.jpg"> <BR> Ya gotta love it! <BR> It signals the end of summer---but----the beginning of school , and cooler nights! <BR> <BR> My sister and I used to be Drum Majorettes in high school. <BR> We had routines , to marches, where we would throw the baton in the air. <BR> On Labour Day in London Ontario, there was always a Labour Day Parade, where we usually were placed... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 09:10:55 EST Oh dear! Now I'm crying! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228856 Yesterday, as I weeded flower beds, the Germans, as in dogs, ran up and down the hill-- <BR> ---down to the lake--then back up to the house---over and over-- <BR> Eventually I noticed that Beau, the guy whose heart doesn't keep up to his level of activity, seemed to be stressed--- <BR> I quit my gardening----brought him inside---where he flopped onto his side, as he tried to get sufficient air into his body-- <BR> It took about 15 to 20 minutes for his heart to calm----for him to feel relaxe... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:23:08 EST Falling more into the Land of the One! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228232 Ahhhh--"'the land of the One"-- (onekidsmom's saying)--- <BR> I really never thought I'd ever see that again-- <BR> You see, I've been there a couple of times before, in my younger years-- <BR> As I aged, extra calories crept into my diet---a little of this--maybe sour cream on that---even cartons of ice cream before bed---- <BR> <BR> It's a big ""No-No" now---- <BR> Every bite has to be looked at---gone through my brain-- "Is it healthy?"----"Is it in my Caloric range?"---"Have I exercise... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 08:17:17 EST --just saying--- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6227594 I just answered "Trivia" questions---- <BR> <BR> One of the questions was, "How many tsp. of sugar are there in a 10 oz can of Soda?-- <BR> The answer was : There are 10 tsp of sugar in a 10oz can of soda! <BR> TEN tsp.----(-There is no sugar in 10oz of water---) <BR> I just thought I should file this wee bit of trivia in front of my face---- <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/911fd2c5-b874-4912-8e80-c411e3a11048.jpg"> <BR> Isn't the above comment so true--- <BR> ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:24:49 EST Animals don't have stress--do they? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226983 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61a92db8-1c30-4089-95ee-01584d99281f.jpg"> <BR> Doesn't this wee fellow just scream of ""RELAXATION"? <BR> And doncha jess want to hold him --sit down and relax with him?--- <BR> <BR> There are stressful days in my life ---days that I need to keep the humour flowing or I might just crack up---- <BR> Like yesterday----while cutting the grass, I must've picked up 5-6 piles of doo-doo-- <BR> Some I ran over with the mower, and horrible bad thoug... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:12:28 EST Son #2 in the sky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226358 "You can track me Mom" <BR> This is what I heard from son#2 the Air Canada Pilot, last night--- <BR> Lately I haven't been so good at the tracking--- <BR> But last night, I had his flight number and where he was going, so I put that info into my computer, on a site which said, ""TRACK A FLIGHT LIVE "----- <BR> --and there he was--- I saw at first that he was taxiing-----(actually he said there was a problem with the luggage which held them up)- <BR> --then I saw he was in flight---- and I co... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:41:35 EST Yesterday I blew it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225830 I am so ashamed! <BR> Yesterday I blew it-- <em>39</em> <BR> The day fell apart somewhere between breakfast and lunch--- <BR> <BR> The only reason I'm still on here this morning , (and haven't done myself in!)- is because of a Spark motto, taped to the computer here. <BR> It says: "The number of times you fall down is irrelevant. The number of times you have the courage to get back up is what matters." <BR> <BR> So, I'm back up---- grouchy though----mad at myself for not being stronger-... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:35:47 EST if it's going to be--it's up to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225280 You know, yesterday, I realized that for the rest of my life, there are certain foods I probably will never be able to eat "to my hearts content", again! <BR> This realization came to me at my son#1's restaurant, where we went for dinner. <BR> <BR> The most difficult thing for me, is picking a sensible healthy meal, from a menu displaying <BR> fresh home cut fries, breaded shrimp----burgers with sweet potato fries, fabulous toasted and roasted tacos dripping with cheese, as well as des... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:06:06 EST The boots sometimes aren't made for walking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224733 I have never owned a pair of tall leather boots! <BR> I mean, the kind that Nancy Sinatra sang about, in her song----"These boots are made for walking" -- <BR> I found 2 pair online, on sale---half price-----and they had wool at the back of them, so I was sure that people "in the land of the one', even with a fat calf, could pull these on.--- <BR> I ordered them--- <BR> <BR> "You will never zip them up", himself told me , as I was struggling, (feeling much like Cinderella,) to even get my ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:18:32 EST I think I'm sorta winning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224177 LORD LOVE A DUCK! <BR> My weight is DOWN---- <BR> I am now 199---- <BR> I can't rest tho (maybe can never rest!) till I'm closer to the 190. <BR> --even that weight sounds like a lot!-- <BR> <BR> I've lost 19.5 pounds---still lots to go--- <BR> My long term goal is 175--- <BR> I'll see what happens when I get there-- <BR> -see if I look emanciated---see if I look like a walking skeleton-- LOL (as if eh?)- <BR> <BR> I figure, (because I'm old!--LOL)- that this is probably my last chance ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:06:13 EST A "stay in the lines day"--sorta! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223594 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd0de310-8d64-4273-8b59-2f9114347dfe.jpg"> <BR> I never knew that when I was younger---- <BR> It's an age thing---- I think-- <BR> I mean, knowing when to speak out when you hear that voice inside you screeching, after someone has said something that you just cannot agree with--- <BR> I want to step up and set the story straight---tell it how it really is----stop the car and tell some young kid to get that cigarette out of their mouth or in 30... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:41:16 EST Just some thoughts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222977 I asked our daughter, yesterday, how she made out with her son at noon time-- <BR> He is in Grade One---and this year he is supposed to stay there all day--- <BR> He had asked her to meet him for lunch---He misses not being home--- <BR> <BR> "So what did YOU eat at the school?" I asked her. <BR> She replied that she didn't have time to eat anything--that she spent the 25 minutes (which is what these children get for lunch)- opening salad dressing packs--- <BR> She told me that in the scho... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:31:38 EST Beau is joining SPARK DOGS!---(but I'm crying) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222422 I made a horrible decision to-day--- <BR> --and I'm still crying over it! <em>46</em> --a lot! <BR> --you see, Beau, the German Shepherd with the irregular heart beat, was supposed to have several tests for his heart done, this Thursday---- <BR> All this would've been done, at our vet's--3 hrs up the highway-- <BR> <BR> I have decided (and really ----what do I know?)---not to get these tests done- <BR> The trip itself would've stressed him out-- <BR> --then there is the anaesthetic----- ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:52:10 EST The Hired Girl and chocolate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221849 - <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c723bc0-4371-40a3-a4b5-0c870fc8a450.jpg"> <BR> I love to read! <BR> Presently I am reading a book called, "The Hired Girl". <BR> It is by Laura Amy Achlitz--- <BR> <BR> I mostly read before I go to sleep, at night. <BR> This book has such interesting parts--funny parts, that I sometimes read a bit of them out loud to himself--and--if he hears me, we both chuckle . <BR> This book is written in the first person---- <BR> It is 1911----and a yo... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 09:30:28 EST Lord loves an organized Duck--I think! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221367 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fab30ba8-5640-4196-add5-cc712b531c3b.jpg"> <BR> This Mother Duck looks organized--- <BR> She has all " her ducklings in a row"---so to speak! <BR> <BR> I was out at the solar dryer, looked down to the lake, and there were ducklings everywhere- <BR> When I looked closer (like with my glasses!)--- there was a Mom Duck there too-- <BR> They were all upside down, diving for some kind of food-- <BR> Then---Ms. Mom Duck must've "given the word"----a... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:32:45 EST Gramma's not feeling the "oldness"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220803 I hear my Grandchildren calling me-- <BR> "'Grandma--Grandma-"-----and answering to "Grandma" is like music to my ears--- <BR> Some of my friends are called ""Grandy"----- <BR> I always thought that sounded pretty neat. <BR> My Mom was "Nanny" to her Grandchildren--- <BR> I used to dream up cool names for my Grandchildren to call me--- <BR> But as each Grandchild appeared, ""Gramma"" was okay with me! <BR> <BR> It does kinda shake me up however, that I am a Gramma--- <BR> How can that be? <... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:12:40 EST Being in the front row! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220181 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c65ee8c1-83ac-4fdc-82dc-06d422851fea.JPG"> <BR> We went to Son#3's daughter's 9th Birthday last night. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/361436b6-7d58-4e8e-93e1-f1bcbea3f00c.JPG"> <BR> Of course lotza Grandchildren were there--- <BR> ---as well as--pizza-----cake---homemade fresh fries--- <BR> <BR> It's a dilemma in the eating department, at these events, for me--- <BR> I did plan it in my head , beforehand however, which ... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:30:06 EST Doctors have it rough at home! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219516 Himself thinks he can never do anything wrong---nor can he find anything on his own! <BR> It stems from being a Doctor---- <BR> You see, in his office, whatever he asks for, is handed to him----by a nurse. <BR> This means, he never has to search for.....ANYTHING! <BR> --AND HE EXPECTS THIS TO HAPPEN AT HOME! <BR> <BR> This morning, I staggered into the kitchen, in my slippers, with my eyes half open, after putting the laundry in the washer---opening up curtains on 3 levels, changing dog ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:22:29 EST Just be Thankful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218868 I'm in the land of the "ONE" --as Onekidsmom said! <BR> I don't look any different---My head is a tad swollen from all the Sparkly people congratulating me-----I realize that there is still a lot of work ahead of me , to stay in the land of the "one"---and to reach a lower goal--- <BR> It is very scarey! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/038d40df-de88-411d-b402-160d80b005ec.gif"> <BR> I need more energy! <BR> <BR> On the home front, last Sunday was perfect bedlam here---G... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:16:19 EST I made it--ONE-Der-LAND! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218226 --I weigh 199.5 this morning- <BR> - <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/780bdfb0-d563-4db5-817b-be9e2702fb1a.JPG"> <BR> My Himself took my picture---- <BR> I FINALLY did it!---- <BR> It has taken me years of Spark to get below the 200 mark-- <BR> ---the whole summer of watching the scale hover around the 200 mark---- <BR> <BR> Funny how one thinks that I will look like the runners in the Olympics with their tiny wee bodies--I was disappointed with my picture!---- <BR> But------... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:13:42 EST They arrive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217753 It's Sunday-----no Grandchildren out here yet--so, I've been able to get a lot done---- <BR> Well, the "washer woman" was here (that's me!)---- the vacuum Lady came (me too!)---the dog walking lady---(me again!)--- <BR> It's a lot cooler----- the humidity has gone down---- <BR> Lord love a Duck! <BR> Here come a Herd of Grand Kids--- <BR> --son #4 is pulling into the drive---- <BR> Another typical Sunday -! <BR> I'll blog later---- Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:14:00 EST Looking for Motivation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217166 To-day is a new day--- <BR> I shall not worry--- <BR> (---as if eh?)----- <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e295df8-88d8-4650-9cf7-16223bb29296.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To-day on Spark Premium, the coach spoke of making a vision collage. <BR> He said that its easy to set goals but its hard to follow through-- <BR> And if I should make a collage of images and words--stuff that inspires me to stick to my goals----it would help me reach Onederland---remind you of yer pledge ---re... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:20:29 EST Poor Beau! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216657 I am in a tizzy---- <BR> It was terribly hot and humid yesterday--- <BR> I took the Germans , as in dogs, to the lake around 4pm--- <BR> I usually do that--stay there on the dock , in the shade for an hour--- <BR> They play in the lake--then run up to the house to see Himself who is out watering flowers-- <BR> This goes on for an hour--up and down--- <BR> <BR> It was so hot----like------SO hot! <BR> When I came up, Beau the German Shepherd with the Heart trouble was panting very hard---muc... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:49:10 EST