LESLIELENORE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LESLIELENORE LESLIELENORE'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/ Weighing in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6453183 The nurse weighs me every time I have an appointment... and it seems I have lost about 6 pounds since my last visit... only 2 weeks ago. It might actually be more because I was wearing a number of layers today and had on my kickin’ boots. On one hand I am pleased, as my weight had risen up past my personal line of comfort in the last couple months (comfort food anyone?)... but on the other hand I am a little paranoid about the speed with which it has come off. I know some of it is carbohyd... Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:13:20 EST Good dog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452511 I am pleased with how well behaved Cooper was yesterday. My therapist's office called at 8:30am, and asked if I could come in at 10am, instead of on Thursday as I was scheduled. Well, sure, but it meant I needed to take Cooper, and I had to leave a couple minutes early to go pick up my niece to take her to the Community College she attends (she is just 17, and in her second year). I was concerned, because Cooper can get stressed in crowds, but I figured it was pretty safe, and my therapist... Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:54:56 EST Night owl to early bird http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6452109 I have come to like the quiet solitude of the early morning. I have never been a morning person in my entire life, and I wouldn’t have chosen to become one... but circumstances dictate that it be so. And so I have learned the joys of slowly getting a grasp on the day, or if I wake up energized I grab hold of my early morning hours and get in a good 2-3 hours of exercise before any of my friends or family crack open their eyelids. It does mean that I sacrifice most late evenings, but it is... Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:51:17 EST Progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451665 I have had a few people wondering how it’s going since I went back to the low carb diet. One person asked if it was a no carb diet even. Well, no, it is what is referred to as LCHF (low carb/high fat), not as strict as a ketogenic diet... but close. Most of my carbs come from vegetables. I tried eating a few regular crackers, and it took over 24 hours for my blood sugar to even out again... and that was just 10 crackers eaten with some protein! My doctor said I am sensitive to carbohyd... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:23:05 EST Up so early... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451254 I was up before 2am for no good reason. Annoyed the stuffing out of my dog, of course. But I snuggled with him for a little while until he was snoring again, then went for a 30 minute walk in the hallways of my apartment building (it is 2F... before the wind chill outside)... had a cup of coffee... used my inhaler... then ran up and down the stairs in the building for nearly 30 minutes... Thank goodness for my inhaler! Even with it I was wheezing a little. There are a couple cute EMTs in t... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 04:41:01 EST Smiling dog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6451129 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/443d2c08-ef3a-436e-b437-175c93591da8.jpg"> Cooper was grinning at me because he got an hour of belly rubs! Happy dog, happy Chandra... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:52:05 EST Is it SAD...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6450138 So, it is probably obvious from my last few blogs that I am having some medical issues and tests lately... so far nothing conclusive. I am still able to walk... no new problems with my feet or legs... so my main exercise of late has either been walking or jogging (but with the cold snap we had, mostly walking) as anything with my arms is pretty much out. As a result of all this uncertainty I was finding myself sliding into a bit of a depression (not helped by the hard year my family had, ... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 06:53:13 EST Just woke up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449632 Just woke up from a four hour nap... the test went well... I think. It was a sleep-deprived EEG, to investigate the possible presence of seizures. I ended up falling asleep for about 30 minutes in the morning. And 20 minutes during the test (I was supposed to)... I don't know when I get the results from that test... possibly not until the 18th. <BR> <BR> As for the blood work I was fussing about the other day... the doctor hasn't seen the results yet, but I talked to her nurse this aftern... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 22:35:06 EST Up all night... on purpose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449247 I have a medical test tomorrow (today really) at noon that requires that I remain awake the prior 24 hours. Oy! I have actually been up since about 5am, um, yesterday? Good thing I am not driving myself to the doctor's office! I can already feel my reaction times lagging. (and no coffee, tea, or chocolate... or other stimulant in that 24 hour period either!) This is after a stressful day medical-wise where both my blood pressure and my blood sugar started falling fairly significantly. ... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 02:05:23 EST Meh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447867 Got some not so great lab results back. Not good news in regards to kidney and liver function... I don’t actually talk to the doctor until February, so for now I am just going to try and put it away. If it was bad enough the doctor would move up my appointment right? She hasn’t... so it is a concern, but not an emergency issue. And for the first time since December 19th my blood sugar really tanked tonight. Not crisis levels... just enough to make me feel really sick and miserable. Can... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 22:28:43 EST A little rant... (or why can't we just celebrate our success?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6447004 I read comments on the Community Feed, random blogs, whatever... and I see so many people say oh I lost two, three, four pounds... but it was probably just water weight... argh! And I know I have done it too. I have been trying to figure out for the past little while why I discount my success that way? Why WE as a community discount our successes that way? Sure, sometimes it IS water weight... but taking it off is just as important. I thought losing weight was about balancing the system... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 02:31:43 EST Positive results already... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6443932 So, last Tuesday I was told I was Reactive Hypoglycemic, and given a list of do's and don'ts for my diet. I cleared out the higher carb foods in my kitchen, and started eating LCHF (again). In just over a week I have had one low reading (and I know why... I cheated... and even then the low wasn't AS low). It seems that all it takes is about three days of eating correctly for this condition for the lows to even out. I went from about 30% of my readings being too low, to less than 5%! I wo... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 04:11:13 EST Hopefully it will be a white Christmas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442799 Freezing rain this morning kept the dog curled up under the covers... so I got in a few miles without him. After it switched to snow he was happy enough to walk... once I got him out in it and moving. A couple times I had to pick him up and carry him out though. The idea of cold and snow were worse than the reality! It ended up snowing steadily through the daylight hours and there are a few inches here in the village. The roads were a mess until about 2 this afternoon... but they seem pre... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 22:18:40 EST Plotting and planning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6442282 I did a massive clear out of the refrigerator and cupboards. All those lovely higher carb snacky foods that I had allowed back into my life got sent elsewhere. They aren't inherently "bad"... they are just bad for ME. I have a hard time in the evenings with the urge to snack. I am also drinking plenty of water... so that is not the issue. I have to get back into the mindset that a little hunger does NOT mean starvation is imminent. I don't need to stuff myself to ward off famine, nor do... Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:30:34 EST A solid Answer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441761 So, I have been having hypoglycemic "episodes" since the beginning of August. My primary care doctor couldn't figure out why, and had me do a glucose tolerance test (whose results she dismissed as "useless"), and said if these "episodes" continued she would just refer me to an endocrinologist. Well they have continued... and she made the referral. Thank goodness! <BR> <BR> The Endocrinologist says my test results and glucose reactions are textbook responses for Reactive Hypoglycemia. Sin... Wed, 20 Dec 2017 06:14:42 EST One small change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440696 To be honest I am struggling right now. My food choices are devolving, and my motivation is limping along (worse than I am right now). I haven’t been tracking “everything “ I eat... just most. The one thing I can say I am generally maintaining at my usual level is my exercise... which is probably why I haven’t gained as much as I could have. I know part of this is depression, and stress, but at some point I have to take ownership of my decisions and choices and then change the ones that... Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:38:58 EST And it gets harder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440598 There was a fire in my apartment building today (on the second floor, I live on the third floor)... with a fatality. No word yet on cause of death. The fire was on the other end of the building from my apartment, so I got out with my Cooper-dog, while the getting was good. I ended up walking over to my Sister in law's house and hanging out for an hour or so, until I got the all clear from someone who stayed at the building. As I was walking in the building I was followed in by the corone... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:32:12 EST It has been a rough week already... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440052 ...And it's only Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I had minor foot surgery on Monday. Doctor said it was "no big deal"... no particular restrictions other than common sense. Uh... it kinda really hurts still. It IS getting better. But it is painful to walk the dog, especially on the ice and snow. Good thing I got my boots a half size larger, right? And my blood sugar keeps crashing out on me. Not super duper, scary low... just headachy, nauseous, cranky low. But combine the two and you have one ... Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:35:29 EST Winter is arriving? Finally? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437752 We have a Winter Weather Warning in effect Wednesday night through Friday morning (or later)... I was thinking tat eh, I would brave the elements and go for my EMG on Thursday anyway, but... now they are using words to describe travel conditions as "very difficult to impossible"... and worst in the area I would be traveling through to get to the doctor's office. Um... maybe not? Prudence kicked in. And rather than dithering and rescheduling the day of my appointment, I called today and res... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 18:29:46 EST A warm November day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6435601 It was a weird day weather-wise. Started out cold and windy, but warmed up to shirt sleeves kind of warm for most of the day, but now the sun is down it is cooling off again, and the wind is huffing and puffing once again. Hard to believe it is after Thanksgiving with weather like this. I am usually snowshoeing this time of year! <BR> <BR> Had a dentist appointment today. Just a cleaning. No cavities. And it was time for x rays and those looked fine too. Nice to have a good doctor v... Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:59:22 EST A little too much food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6434652 I am starting to gain a little weight... not a huge surprise with the stress that has been accumulating since April. I was doing really well with LCHF manner of eating. Plenty of energy, good sleep patterns, etc... but it does not help with the hypoglycemia. I need some simple carbs when my blood glucose tanks, to jumpstart the system. <BR> <BR> I just seem to be taking it a bit far... <BR> <BR> You know carbs=comfort food... <BR> <BR> Ah well... I will work on getting a handle on it ... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 17:04:52 EST A bit of this and that... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6433348 It's been a while since I wrote a blog... Things are kind of up in the air right now. Family, their health, my health... I am finding it very hard to do the intense exercising that took me to that zen place and calmed my mind, due to my health issues, so instead I am going for lower-intensity, but longer workouts. My sleep patterns are all out of whack too. So some mornings I go out and get in a brisk (or not so brisk) two hour walk... before the sun comes up... and then come home and get ... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:06:38 EST Season's changing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6425361 It seems the season has definitely changed finally. It was downright chilly on our morning walk today. I had to go for multiple layers and gloves. And Cooper only wanted to do one mile, instead of our normal 3 miles. Chilly pup! No snow in our forecast for a good while though. Cooper is so sweet to me. But he has definite opinions about people and other dogs. He isn't aggressive (usually), he just ignores other people.... for the most part. Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:53:26 EST sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424710 I have not been sleeping well. I fall asleep okay usually (and I have started falling asleep earlier and earlier), but my slumber is disturbed and restless, and normally I am woken up by my downstairs neighbors around 4:30 in the morning (or I wake up earlier even), and once I am awake at that time I am awake for the day. I take advantage of the early start though. Sometimes I go out for long walks in the pre dawn (yes, I wear a reflective vest), or other times I read, or do all my compute... Tue, 24 Oct 2017 21:33:52 EST A reminder for myself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424106 With all this medical folderol ongoing in my life there are times I forget that it was a mere 6 and a half years ago that I was a lot closer to dying than I am now... I am uncomfortable, and I have pain, but as far as I know, nothing I am going through right now is going to kill me (as long as I monitor and manage those pesky low blood glucose moments...)... That is a far cry from where I was before I joined SparkPeople.com. Sometimes I need to give myself a visual reminder of how far I have... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 05:21:34 EST Huh... a walking fool and her dog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424009 It is the end of October here in Upstate NY and it reached 77F today... that is warmer than most of our Summer was! (or at least it seemed like it...) I took advantage and walked the dog three long walks, and three short walks... as well as three medium length walks without him. I hurt, but I am still mobile, so I am going to enjoy this unseasonable weather while it lasts (actually tomorrow morning might be the last of it), My day did not have a very auspicious beginning as the apartment b... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 19:50:48 EST I am just getting through the days as best I can... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6423493 I haven't written a blog in so long, because I still feel sick, despite the medication my doctor put me on, and other things have cropped up... and all I feel I have to say would devolve into whining... and I get tired of that in myself... I don't feel like writing about my physical ailments often, because they feel more "real" the more I talk about them... or in this case write about them. I have been falling asleep around 7:30 or 8pm most nights, but then I get up 4 or 5am, so it all evens... Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:37:20 EST A bit better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420186 I took a moment this morning to watch the sunrise as I was walking the dog... and acknowledged all the new possibilities and opportunities I have with each new day. So yesterday was kind of awful as far as the pain and nausea go... I got a new day today to face my challenges in a more upbeat and accepting manner, so that is what I did. And my day went better. No pity party tonight. Last night's lasted about an hour and then I had managed to completely annoy myself so I shut that down... a... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:19:04 EST Not my best day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419894 Feeling really sick this evening... can't get comfortable. Can't get to sleep. Can't focus enough to read. Meh. Just cranky and out of sorts. I don't like resorting to taking one of my "as needed" pills, but I am so tired. I need to get to sleep, which means I need the pain to subside enough for me to fall asleep. Ankles and knees are bothering me, to go with my bad abdomen and spasming back. sigh. Can I have a pity party now? Just wondering... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 22:49:53 EST Just keep doing and going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419181 For now this is my theory for staying mobile and halfway happy. I will just keep doing and going as well as I can. Tonight I am dealing with muscle spasms in my back to go with all my other pains... oy! I know why though, and it is my own fault. I guess I think I am invincible. I was helping a friend move some stuff, including some heavy stuff... and since I have more dexterity and strength than she does the heavy lifting landed on me, and I did it... with no regard for aches and pains. ... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 21:15:21 EST Surgery vs lifestyle change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418634 I have a good friend who just had bariatric surgery... and her results are phenomenal (and fast!), and I went the route of making a lifestyle change based in healthy eating and exercise. I can see the upsides to both, as well as the downsides.... having had a front row seat for the preparations for her surgery, and undergoing my own transformation a few years ago through diet and exercise. The main thing I have to say is that neither is a "quick fix".... and all your hard work and dedicatio... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 08:12:35 EST I have been quiet... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418457 It has been a while since I wrote a blog... about a week (or more), which is unusual for me. I have just been working to get through each day. I was in the hospital last week, and have seen three doctors since then, and we are still playing guessing games. Right now I am on twice daily medication for the current hypothetical diagnosis... for the next 4 weeks. Either it works, and we finally found the right diagnosis, or I continue to suffer for the next 4 weeks, and we go to the next poss... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 18:38:45 EST A diagnosis a day... or more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415702 So, its not a pancreatitis, or hepatitis, or mono, or an abdominal thrombosis, or , or, or... it is an infection of some kind though. Monday (when I went to the doctor) I had a fever of 100F, so she ordered some tests she wanted done that afternoon. So I went and got them done... then went home and sat... feeling miserable and hot and restless. When my neighbor came over to check on me, she was concerned because I was so flushed and she took my temperature again... and it was 104.3F... so... Wed, 27 Sep 2017 14:50:50 EST I am sick, sick, sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415016 Not sure what it is yet, but my doctor is concerned about the possibility of acute pancreatitis. There is also the possibility of a lupus flare up. And I am running a nasty fever on one of the hottest days we have had this year. Can you tell I am miserable, grumpy, and feeling sorry for myself? I really miss mom. She didn't like doctors, or modern medicine, so she wouldn't really approve of the fact I am pursuing this, but she was... mom. And she would sit on the phone and talk to me fo... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:48:18 EST Expressing myself... Finding courage... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411920 I read a great quote today about not making assumptions about what other people are thinking or feeling. It said to "find the courage" to ask the questions that you need to ask to find out what is really going on and to "express what you really want." <BR> <BR> After reading some friends' blogs that were really honest and courageous, I had to stop and think... what IS it that I really want? I can't express what I really want, if I don't know what I want! As some of you know this has bee... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 21:06:07 EST I do know what I am doing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411328 So, the Diabetes Educator on Tuesday basically said I am pretty much doing already doing everything she would recommend as far as diet and exercise. Unfortunately, my glucose levels are not responding in a typical manner. So, I am focussed more on "management" for now. The doctor upped my testing schedule to 8x a day... partially to see if there is any true discernible pattern to the really low numbers, and partially to ease my anxiety. Since my blood glucose levels have dropped pretty lo... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:43:13 EST Holding pattern... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410231 I am in a holding pattern on the medical stuff. So I am focused on walking the dog, and talking to my friends and family. I went for a short run today. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is another day. I am practicing denial about my own situation. <BR> <BR> I remember where I was on 9/11. I doubt I will ever forget. So many things changed because of that day. I remember waiting to hear from my cousin who was attending Graduate School in NYC. He was safe, but it was nerve-wracking for us... I c... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:55:59 EST Dog Days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409557 I am still getting used to having the ability to take pictures again. So far most of my pictures are of my dog, Cooper. As it should be. He has been my constant companion for over 6 years now. He can alternate between sweet and consoling... and demanding and stubborn (yes, he really did wake me up for belly rubs at 4:30am last week!)... but every moment and mood is precious. He is my walking buddy, my room mate, my daily sounding board, and consoler. Best of all he is completely non-jud... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 06:06:29 EST Cooking fun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409456 My niece flew in last night. When we were chatting online last week we talked about how much more fun it is to cook in larger amounts and with someone else. And I have been posting recipes like crazy. Last night we decided to make an attempt at Bailey's spiked Tiramisu. First step was to buy the Bailey's... and other ingredients, but neither of us had access to the recipe on our phones, so we were trying to remember off the top of our heads how much of each thing we needed. We only bough... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 20:58:56 EST Before and after pictures of the new hair color http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409087 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac6d1115-31cf-4c07-ab35-126e50cded30.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope this works! This should be my old color... faded out with the grey growing in. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90097bdc-bdc2-4a00-b146-2da1b8988b35.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This should be me and my Best friend, Jen, right after we got our hair done. She actually smiles... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 16:10:06 EST Well, that was barrels of fun... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408912 I had the glucose tolerance test yesterday morning. Basically, they make you sick, and check to see how sick, and test your blood every hour to see how fast you recover or if you recover. My doctor had ordered some extra tests to be done... only if my glucose level dropped below a certain threshold... well, they did those tests. Ugh. My big accomplishment of the morning was not throwing up. They drew my blood each hour (plus the extra tests), until the test was over, then they had me dr... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 06:32:05 EST Testing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408519 Today (very early this morning) I have to go for a 4 hour glucose tolerance test... plus other testing... but that is the big one. From what I gather, they force you into hypoglycemia (give you sugar water to spike and crash your glucose or something), then check your blood sugar... then proceed to feed you, to try and bring you out of hypoglycemia, and test your glucose... for four hours. Basically sounds like a miserable morning. One of the symptoms of hypoglycemia is irritability... I w... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 02:24:13 EST What we intend vs. results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408180 I have been thinking a lot about intention vs results... primarily in relation to the spoken word, but it also relates to nutrition and exercise goals... just on a different slant... <BR> <BR> So, the idea started percolating in my brain when something vaguely inappropriate popped out of my mouth to a stranger. I had had a whole conversation in my head, and I was in a rush ( a huge rush, with a serious deadline to get where I needed to go), and what I intended to say was diplomatic and plea... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 06:35:07 EST Interesting... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407785 The responses I have gotten to yesterday's blog (whiny complaint) about my blood sugar were interesting. So maybe I need to give my Sparkfriends a bit more background on the situation? I am a Type 2 diabetic... I was diagnosed a bit over 10 years ago I think, and was on metformin for a while, but received no diabetes education, or training on proper use of a glucose monitor, or basically anything beyond the introductory information pamphlet that came with that first monitor when I bought it... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 04:20:36 EST The human body is curious... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407440 I have been tracking my blood glucose readings and they seem to go down an hour after eat, and go up the longer I go without food. That seems so weird to me. It got down into the mid 60s the other night which got me anxious, because I have been consistently running good numbers for the last three weeks since I had that little jaunt to the hospital with hypoglycemia. Now I seem to be trending downward again, which is concerning. <BR> <BR> In all this, once again the pharmacist turned out t... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 07:07:14 EST "Before" picture... funny pup... a little evening anxiety... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407005 Well, I added a "before" picture of my hair color to my photos on my Sparkpage... it isn't the best lighting and you can't really see the blue... only the purple. My salon appointment is next Friday, and I will post an "after" picture that day. Hopefully the lighting will be better. Maybe if I get my friend, Jen, to take the picture she can get a better angle or something. <BR> <BR> I had a pretty good day today. Walked the dog early this morning (of course I was all bundled up). Putter... Sat, 2 Sep 2017 21:55:16 EST Thinking of fun stuff... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406652 The past couple of days have been busy and stressful, so tonight and tomorrow I am dedicating to fun things. Enjoyable time "wasters". The things that feed my soul, but have no real purpose otherwise. I have a hair appointment next week, and I am getting my hair completely re-colored and cut. I just have to think about the colors I want in my hair this go-round. I really like the purple and sapphire. I think I want to stick with those, but I think I want to use magenta as my base color ... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 22:10:39 EST So much space! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405627 So, the elliptical is gone now, and with the love seat also gone the space is just so much more OPEN. I think I am going to save up and get a second recliner though so that I have somewhere comfortable for a guest to sit. I rarely get more than one visitor at a time so that makes sense. (Or maybe a wing chair?) Hmmm... something to ponder. <BR> <BR> I spent several hours yesterday sitting with my friend, Steph's, mother... who just got out of the hospital but is really weak, and probably... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 06:44:39 EST The Green Tomato experiment was a success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405202 So, I sliced the Green tomato a little thinner than I would if I were frying it, but not by a lot. I used cooking spray on the cookie sheet, laid out the slices of tomato, and sprinkled them with a little Parmesan, asiago, and mozzarella, then baked them in a 375F oven for about 45 minutes (it probably could have been 40 minutes). They turned out lovely. They were NOT fried green tomatoes, but they were crispy enough to pick up with my fingers and eat like crisps, but with some of that tar... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 06:37:50 EST Green tomato experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405139 I love fried green tomatoes, but they really aren't very healthy the way I have always made them, so tonight I am trying something different and baking the sliced green tomatoes with a sprinkle of asiago, parmesan and mozzarella on top. I did grease the pan, but I am not "frying" them the way I usually do. I am skeptical, but hopeful. I like eggplant, sweet potato and zucchini cooked this way, so... <BR> <BR> I woke up with a visual disturbance going on this morning that evolved into an... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:14:31 EST