LITTLEWIND53's SparkPeople Blog LITTLEWIND53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Should it be advise or advice? Many people confuse the words advise with advice. <BR> <BR> Believe it or not, these are two different words. Although they seem similar they are completely different and are not interchangeable. <BR> <BR> You see, advise in a VERB and advice is a NOUN <BR> <BR> What is the difference you ask? Well a verb is an action word and a Noun is a thing…. <BR> <BR> In other words, I can advise (verb) you about something or I can give you advice (noun) about something. <BR> <BR> If you were luck... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 18:03:47 EST Looking for winter boots. I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We usually get a LOT of snow here in the winter. <BR> <BR> I came here from the more temperate climate of the Vancouver area of BC. There was little snow there, and the few times it did, it would often be gone in a couple of days or a week at the most....... I didn't have much need for boots that could deal with knee high snow and minus 40 degree weather...... <BR> <BR> But when I moved here 7 years ago, I went looking for boots and after a long and h... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 00:53:19 EST Amazing Anagrams <BR> This email was sent to my sister by one of her friends. Of course, I had to ask for her to forward a copy to me……. <BR> <BR> AMAZING ANAGRAMS <BR> <BR> This has got to be one of the cleverest E-mails I've received in awhile. Someone out there must be "deadly" at Scrabble. (Wait till you see the last one)! <BR> <BR> PRESBYTERIAN: When you rearrange the letters: BEST IN PRAYER <BR> <BR> ASTRONOMER: When you rearrange the letters: MOON STARER <BR> <BR> DESPERATION: When you rearr... Wed, 3 Oct 2012 00:01:33 EST Peace and joy in 2012 I wish everyone in the world Peace and joy in 2012. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone tries to be considerate of their neighbours. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone will try to find compromise and try to resolve conflicts peacefully. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone will respect everyone else. <BR> <BR> I hope for an end to murder and mayhem (and..... fill in the blank) <BR> <BR> I hope people will respect the property of others and will not take what does not belong to them. <BR> <BR> I hope people will co... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:35:01 EST Why can't Christmas celebrations be in April? In Canada, the weather at this time of year is always "iffy". It would be ever so much more convenient if the celebrations could be in April which is when many scholars believe is the actual birth month of Christ. <BR> <BR> People wanting to travel to be with friends and family are at the mercy of the weather.... People with certain jobs are at the beck and call of snow and it's required removal from sidewalks and roadways....... <BR> <BR> I hate bundling up to wait in freezing rain, blust... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 23:04:33 EST BBQ There was a BBQ at the church where my sister goes. One of them men hunts and still had some in his freezer, so he donated it for a bbq this evening. Everyone just had to bring a salad or dessert. - strange that one one brought any desserts, but there was a bit of variety of salads, even if it was mostly potato or macaroni..... My sister took enough bean salad for all of us, so I did not have to take anything. <BR> <BR> Not many people showed up. I guess because they just decided to do ... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 01:40:39 EST hurting I was doing a lot of moving stuff around last week, I started off by emptying shelves so I could move them around. Was vacuming under them (who knew that so much cat hair could get underneath shelves that seem to fit flush on the floor?) and steam cleaning and then moving and resetting up the shelves in a different area (and room). Then I was getting new bundle of TV, internet and home phone installed on Friday, so had to move all that stuff that was still sitting on the fllor of the living... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 01:56:34 EST Adventures because of new TV regulations in Canada Canadian Sparkers will already know that the Canadian government and the CRTC has mandated that all TV is to be switched from analogue to HD broadcasting as of September 1, 2011. (Our friends to the south of us went through this a couple of years ago) Some areas did get an extension based on where they were located (remote) and difficulty in delivering those services. <BR> <BR> I was getting regular cable with the cable company, plus telephone and internet from the phone company. Between ... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 15:32:26 EST Bacon I have a "beef" about bacon. <BR> <BR> One package usually has about 18 rashers, and 1 serving is 3 rashers, so that 1 package should give me 6 meals (I am not counting grams here, just a normal serving size) <BR> <BR> Well I opened a package this am, and there is only 10 THICK slices, so how do you make 6 meals out of 10 slices? 2 slices and I am eating more than I should, 1 slice is not enough and to cut a slice in half is unthinkable....... For some reason eating only 1 or 1 and a ha... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 14:45:31 EST blog for points I got 97 spar points doay so thought I would post a blog for the other 3 to make an even 100. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to re-organize some things around here but can't get much done at a time because of pain. I do one little thing and have to go sit down for half an hour. It took me 4 hours to move some book shelves only to find out it won't work that way so now I have to come up with another plan and that might take another 4 hours or more to move. YIKES <BR> <BR> I should have gone... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 18:46:22 EST Today was one of the hardest days of my life. EDIT COMMENT: I started writting this blog on Wednesday July 27th, and did not get it posted until well after midnight. So it looks like it was a reflection on Thursday, but was really Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Today was one of the hardest days of my life. I had to have my cat Simon put to sleep. I am devastated. Simon had kidney failure, was not eating and was down to only 7 pounds - barely more than skin and bones. He used to weigh well over 12 pounds so this was a big drop in weight. He... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 05:09:05 EST Soooo Sleepy For someone who often has trouble sleeping, I am very sleepy tonight so will just forget about writing a blog, and simply to the bed. Tomorrow is anothe day. Tue, 1 Feb 2011 01:33:46 EST Getting colder again I did not blog yesterday. by the time I got home, I just wasn't in the mood to do any Sparking, never mind a blog. <BR> <BR> Today I was thinking about going out again, but it turned cold again, and it will be even colder tomorrow - down to minus mid teens with a wind chill in the minus 20's (c) So I will not be going outside much for the next week or so until it starts to warm up again. <BR> <BR> Oh, I am already so tired of winter. I looooong for summer and sunlight. <BR> <BR> Last ni... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 23:54:07 EST Short one today I had a great day today. Ran a few errands and got lots of walking in. <BR> <BR> I find it much easier to walk outside when I have places to get to. Walking just for the sake of walking does not get me fired up, -- but tell me I have to go somewhere, and I can do it. I walk because I don't have a car and many places the buses don't go. Give me a choice between walking outside for "health" or inside on the treadmill, I would choose the treadmill. No contest! <BR> <BR> I need to try to g... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:54:06 EST What day is it today? I posted this emply blog on purpose. Someone mentioned Thursday in their post, then some one else mentioned tomorrow, both referring to the same day so I got confused thinking today must be Wed. Well the date is always assigned to blogs once posted. And I wanted to get my blog posted before midnight! lol 'Nuff said. <BR> <BR> Was out doing some errands today, and got some walking in while I was at it. Never very fast walker, but it was so sunny and warm, it was quite enjoyable. The o... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 01:55:41 EST Sunday and Monday Yep, I blogged one day then missed a day. What a streak! But today is a new day, lol <BR> <BR> I woke up with a screaming throbbing headache Sunday morning so I did not go to church. I know it was sunny and warm, but I did not even open the curtains, basically stayed as much in the dark as I could. Couldn't even nap in the morning, but around 3 or so, I did manage a little one. Settled in for the night around 9ish, and for me, actually got a few hours sleep in (I have a lot of sleep is... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:07:11 EST A day in the life.... I said at the beginning of January that I had to get back to blogging, but something always seems to get in my way or distract me. So I decided that I would bite the bullet and MAKE the time! <BR> <BR> So here is my day on Saturday, January 22, 2011. <BR> <BR> BIL and niece came and picked me up today, we went to Value Village first where BIL got some ties to send to his son, and niece got a couple of vases so she has some place to put the rose garden she is crocheting (and doing such a go... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 01:41:31 EST Warning: Patriotic Canadian! <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My nephew played this for me today and I loved it so much I just have to share! <BR> <BR> GO CANADA, GO Fri, 2 Jul 2010 01:51:09 EST HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! Happy Mothers Day. May you Have a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> Hope your kids are able to come home for a few hours, the day, the weekend. Even if it's just a phone call, enjoy whatever time you have together in whatever fashion. <BR> <em>125</em> <em>146</em> <em>87</em> <em>214</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> Sun, 9 May 2010 10:10:06 EST 4 months gone in the year. Where did they go? May 1st, 2010. We are already through 4 months of the year. Where did the time go? <BR> <BR> I work for one company of a group of companies owned by the same people. They recently bought a soccer team and in conjunction with their annual open house for customer during the day, they had a bbq for the staff last night as a sort of "welcome to the family" <BR> <BR> I got my sister and her husband to come so I could get a ride as the place they were having this is way on the other side of the... Sat, 1 May 2010 10:59:51 EST Thursday, April 29, 2010 Went for the pulmonary function test first thing. Wasn't bad at all, except I almost asphyxiated when she turned the air off in the chamber & started to take big gulps (not trying, just did) and she kept saying "short puffs, short puffs". Then the one where you breath in real deep then exhale until you are blue in the face and she kept saying "keep going, keep going". But I was the first appointment and was in and out in a very short time. <BR> <BR> When I got home, my BIL was waiting to ... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 20:48:44 EST Going to be busy. We set a date for our yard sale. It will be the Friday, Saturday and Monday of the long weekend. That means I am going to be one very busy lady for the next 3 1/2 weeks. <BR> <BR> Save On has Strawberries on sale - 4 lbs for 5.98, which is a SUPER price. So I stopped there on my way home from work but they were all sold out! ACH! She said they expect more in tomorrow so I guess I have to stop there tomorrow night after work as well. I did manage to get some hamburger on sale, so I boug... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 01:54:43 EST Saturday, a productive day. I went to my sister's last evening after work, and today we went to a class on making salad dressings. No demo today, she just talked, but I did get recipes for my 2 favs, Oil and Vinegar, and Creamy Caesar, plus some other very interesting ones. <BR> <BR> We got back to my sis's and had lunch, I had a bowl of soup, my sis was kidding that she had her appetizer and dessert (a banana) and was still waiting for her main course. <BR> Afterwards, we went out to the garage, and went through al... Sat, 24 Apr 2010 22:40:28 EST Slightly bummed-out today For a couple of days now my ankles and lower legs have been very swollen and I'm not sure why. I get enough water, have not been eating processed food, I have not been adding salt to my food, and have never cooked with salt, So what is causing this edema. <BR> <BR> I have just about finished all my sparking for tonight. There are a couple of things I should do but I think I will just go put my feet up for the rest of the evening -- what I used to call draining my ankles. he he I c... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:02:53 EST Got the all clear today I went to the doc today and got the all clear to start using the treadmill again. Yippee! <BR> It has been hard because I have not been able to exercise for over 2 months. Pneumonia does that to a person lol <BR> <BR> We also spent some time talking about my diabetes and how my numbers have been doing and changes to meds to try to get things better controlled. I told him I wish I could find a copy of the Canadian Diabetic exchange list and he agreed with me that it was a great program, bu... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 23:19:03 EST New Blood Glucose Meter I clicked on one of the sponsor links here on Spark, and was sent a coupon for a new meter for testing blood glucose levels. <BR> <BR> On Monday I picked up a box of test strips and the coupon arrived Tuesday but there was a catch. You only got the free meter when you bought a box of test strips. Well they are expensive (almost $80 per box, so I wasn't going to be buying another any time soon so tonight on my way home from work, I stopped in at the pharmacy and asked if he could back dat... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 01:16:20 EST Dehydrating helped the strawberries Those very bland tasteless strawberries did taste like strawberries after they were dehydrated. Remove all that excess water and they actually had a strawberries taste! <BR> <BR> Money not quite so wasted afterall. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 21:25:49 EST Disapointing I bought some strawberries today, going to dehydrate them. I guess they were forced ripened because they had no flavour and tasted kinda watery. (well I had to test one out!) <BR> <BR> Hopefully the dehydration process will concentrate the flavour a bit so they taste better! Tue, 13 Apr 2010 01:49:50 EST Dr. visit today Well I had a followup appt today with the doc. I have had pnemonia for the past 4 weeks and didn't know it. There is still a crackle in my lungs so he ordered another x-ray to make sure all is ok. I know it is gradually healing because I am not coughing as much as I was (although still a lot) and not nearly as much mucus and phlegm. <BR> <BR> Because it is taking so long for my lungs to clear and with my history of bronchitis, etc..... he is concerned about COPD. He cannot have me tes... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 01:06:48 EST Happy Easter Friday is the day that Christians around the world remember when Christ died on the cross for our eternal salvation. Sunday is the day we celebrate his rising from the dead. <BR> <BR> Most "western" governments have declared Good Friday as a Statutory holiday. However, many people use it as an excuse for just another day off from work. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong,as a child I loved the Easter Candy and Easter Egg Hunts, and as an adult, I love getting time off from work. But this s... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 01:56:04 EST Another update Well I went to my doc today, actually got in to see him. I really hate the long delays in getting appointments! But I digress <BR> <BR> Doc said the anti-bacterial that the medi clinic doc put me on, is a very good one, but he (My doc) always tries to see his patients within a couple of days after they finish the dose, and then will perscribe another dose to make sure it all works as it should. The problem with this kind of pill is that they do not always have enough anti-bacterial fo ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 22:45:55 EST This is getting ridiculous! So many of you have offered your support over the past 4 weeks as I whined and complained of a sore throat and coughing. I actually had one day -- Saturday, just Saturday -- where I felt good and without any problems, but Sunday the cough came back with a vengeance. Today it is even worse, and I am having trouble sitting for 2 minutes without the cough taking over..... <BR> <BR> So I guess it's back to the doc tomorrow and if I can't get in to see my reg doc, I'll be sitting at the medi-... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:28:55 EST Oh what a day! Whenever I have to "run errands" it seems to take almost all day to do it and today was no exception. I didn't sleep much last night because every time I just got to sleep, I would wake up minutes later in a gag inducing coughing fit! As a result I slept much later than intended and that gave me a late start. <BR> <BR> Originally, I was only going to go to the bank, then thought, well while I am in that direction.... so I decided to make it 2 places, but then when I was at the bank, I rea... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 01:57:10 EST Thanks for your concern Thank you to everyone who took the time to email me or leave a comment on my blog &/or Spark Page. I muchly appreciate it. <BR> <BR> I am starting to feel better. Not all there yet, but those golf-ball sized lumps in my throat have shrunk to just one about the size of a large marble. It was hanging around for so long, I thought I was going to have it for the rest of my live. lol <BR> <BR> I found the chicken soup recipe. I was up early yesterday and went through about 300 recipes before... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:19:44 EST Frustrated and Sore! This morning I went into the Spark Recipes and under "just added" I saw a recipe for a homemade version of condensed cream of... soup. I wanted to try it but before I printed the recipe, I left a comment. Oops! after my comment was accepted, and I was trying to go back to the recipe, my computer hicuped and I ended somewhere else completely and lost the recipe. I tried for the longest time to find it but as I don't know the exact name or the full ingredients, I simply cannot find it. uuu... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 01:40:14 EST Nothing much to say. I haven't blogged much lately because I don't really have much to say. I am quite busy both at work and on Spark, so nut much time to get into any mischief. <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed how being very busy at work, even with paperwork, tends to make one extra tired in the evening and I don't seem to get anything done.................. <BR> <BR> For example, I bought a book called The Vitamin D Cure several months ago, and only got the first couple of chapters read, then life took over &... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 01:34:47 EST Sprouting I went to a class on sprouting this evening. I must admit, I bought some alfalfa sprouts at the store one time, many many years ago, but I was not impressed at the time. I said I wasn't a cow and wasn't going to eat cow food........................ The thing was, I just did not like the taste. I didn't really know then that there are so many other things to "sprout" besides alfalfa! <BR> <BR> My sister came with me to the class, even though she has been sprouting for years (not that I wo... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 01:54:32 EST My first week as a Team Leader Well I made it through the first week as a Team Leader. I don't know how well I did as I am still learning the ropes........................and there is SO MUCH to learn! <BR> <BR> I was lucky and had someone volunteer to help co-lead, and this will be so helpful. It is great to have some one to bounce ideas off of, and discuss things with. It will also help when one of us is away for any reason, there will still be someone around to answer any questions or offer support to a team member ... Mon, 8 Feb 2010 01:59:20 EST GRRRRR Update I did the sleep study Wednesday night, and I do NOT have OSA. <BR> <BR> I only slept 2 1/2 hours on Tuesday night (I was still awake at 2: am and was awake again at 4:30. I couldn't get back to sleep. I told the tech that I would probably sleep quite a bit Wednesday, and I was right. <BR> <BR> There was only 1.6 "incidents" per hour and that is not enough for a diagnosis. Well I knew they wouldn't find anything. This was just preliminary courtesy call but I have to go back to my doc... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 00:41:42 EST GRRRRR Yesterday I spent most of the day doing data entry at work. today I intended to write the cheques to pay those bills. <BR> <BR> Wrote the first one, nothing unusual so no reason to think anything was amiss. <BR> <BR> Went to write the second cheque, invoice not found. Did I post to the wrong vendor? Took some time to check, but no, couldn't find it anywhere. Well maybe I forgot to hit post when I finished entering (that has happened before) So I entered the invoice (again) and made ... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 00:14:44 EST I found 46 cents today Do you ever find money on the ground? When you do see some, do you pick it up or leave it there. <BR> <BR> I have been using public transit since 1995 and that is when I started noticing coins at the bus stops and I always picked them up. From there I started noticing coins in the parking lots. My sis told me once that I should save all the coin and see how much I can collect in a year. Well is does vary over time, but I think if I had saved it all, I might have a roll or two of pennie... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 01:56:00 EST CANADIAN Diabetic exchanges Is there anyone here from Canada and if so, do you have a copy of the old diabetic exchange lists? <BR> <BR> I lost my manual and wall chart in a move a couple of years ago, and am trying to get another copy. I have tried carb counting but just can't get a handle on it. The exchange program worked for me and I would like to go back to it. <BR> <BR> If anyone has a copy, please Spark Mail me. I would be your friend for life! Thanks very much. <BR> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 01:46:59 EST I broke 200 Last February, My doc told me he suspected I had congestive heart failure I asked me what I ate,and shuddered as I told him mostly Campbell's soup in the winter. When I get home from work I am usually too exhausted to even thing about cooking ( I hate cooking and it is always so dark here in the winter, and I never see daylight) <BR> well he ordered me to reduce sodium to about 100 mg per day. thus started my search for simple, easy recipes of reduced sodium. I found several sites and re... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 22:56:51 EST Be Careful What You Wish For. Last week I bloged about not being on line much during December and how I was trying to answer all the emails that had piled up because I did not set the new message notification to OFF while I was so busy elsewhere. <BR> <BR> Well on Friday, I finally got through all the "new" messages. I thought that was great until I realized that I had not received any of my regular emails for Friday. No Recipe of the Day, Wellness email, Exercise email, or Food Showdown, etc. <BR> <BR> I went int... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 23:21:39 EST Still not caught up I want to thank everone who left comments on my spark page, blogs, sent me emails, and sent me goodiies. <BR> <BR> I am still trying to catch up, and I found that if I take just one day "off" of not staying on top of it, it is like an avalanch and just gets away from me. <BR> <BR> So if you have not recieved a reply from me, please forgive me. I am still trying to get to them all......... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 03:29:44 EST Still trying to catch up During December, it appeared that I was super busy. In fact, I got to the point that it became difficult for me to do much sparking, so I did the basics -- water, food, exercise, etc,but didn't really look at any email or anything. In fact, I forgot to spin the Spark wheel on 2 seperate days and there went my perfect streak of 260 some days! <BR> <BR> Well I have been trying to catch up, but wiith between 50 and 100 new messages each day, it has been difficult. I have been on site for abo... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 22:11:57 EST Thank the Lord for Fridays It has been a hard week. It is the busiest time of the year for us and should stay that way until the spring thaw. <BR> <BR> That means there is the stress of getting the work done quickly but without making any mistakes (not always at my best when I hurry.) <BR> <BR> There is also one person who I have some trouble relating to, as I find her to be quite officious. <BR> <BR> So now it is the weekend, and I get two whole days without having to contend with her. <BR> <BR> On the other... Sat, 19 Dec 2009 01:59:06 EST Today had not been a good day. Suffice to say, tody has not been a good day. I did something I am not ordinarily prone to do. That is, I almost walked out of the office. I hate upsets and usually try to make peace, but some says it is just impossible. <BR> <BR> I was so upset. I stayed in my cubicle for the rest of the day and did not talk to anyone. Hopefully things will go better tomorrow. Wed, 9 Dec 2009 00:42:47 EST What to you say when they comment . . . . . . I hate it when cashiers think they are making small talk by asking/saying personal things like, " Boy you must like cheese", or "That's a lot of pop", "That's a lot of candy", or "Eaw, how can you eat tha"t, or similar things about the contents of your shopping cart. <BR> <BR> Oh, I don't mind it when they say something like, "oh this looks interesting, what isle did you find it in", or "what does it taste like", and so on. But to comment on the amount of packages in one's shopping card is... Mon, 7 Dec 2009 23:11:05 EST The first winter snow storm Friday morning about 4:30, my sister was awake and it had not yet started snowing. However, when I left my apartment at 20 to 7, it was already pretty miserable. <BR> <BR> It snowed all day, the wind blew and it snowed and blew some more. It was our work Christmas Dinner last night, and I went by cab instead of transit. Boy the roads were sure nasty by then. I decided to leave around 10 30 or so, and called for a taxi. A few minutes later a taxi pulled up and I went out and asked if he... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 20:11:57 EST