LIVEDAILY's SparkPeople Blog LIVEDAILY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Having trouble being my normal, cheerful, optimistic self I am sad. Almost all the time. Cry at the drop of a hat. Pitiful. <BR> <BR> I have SO MUCH to be grateful for. In the last 5 years I had bilateral pneumonia with MRSA and 4 surgeries with that, open heart surgery with 5 bypasses and an aortic valve replacement, and cervical spine surgery, C4-C7 being totally rebuilt with titanium plates, screws and a cage. I could have been paralyzed from the neck down, but I wasn't. <BR> <BR> I had my Nerve Conduction Velocity test on Thursday. I have mild... Sat, 28 Apr 2018 13:25:54 EST Just When I Thought Things Were Settling Down Well, since the end of March, I've been experiencing tingling, numbness, and pain in my right hand. Several times I woke up in the middle of the night with my hand totally dead. My physical therapist strongly suggested that I talk to my surgeon about it, and I have. I saw him yesterday. He's ordered a CAT scan and a Nerve Conduction Velocity test. That's as much fun as it sounds. Not. I'll have the nerve test on Thursday. Have to wait for pre-approval for the scan. Got a new soft collar. So... Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:24:35 EST Physical Therapy My orthopaedic doctor wrote me a prescription for physical therapy the end of February. At the same time, he told me I could start driving again, starting with local trips and building up from there. I specifically requested a PT within my insurance network. You know how that is. I didn't recognize the name of the doctor or the practice, but it got me thinking. When I was teaching I used to go to a chiropractor, who also had an acupuncturist and a massage therapy person in house, so I decided... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 10:31:35 EST I Had A Good Day Today! I do have to say that the majority of my days are good days, but today was a REALLY good day! <BR> <BR> My good friend Sarah picked me up and we went out for breakfast. I had 2 scrambled eggs, extra crispy bacon, and silver dollar pancakes with butter. <BR> <BR> Then we went to Goodwill. Sarah had received an email letting her know that all winter clothing would be 50% off!! I usually don't have luck at Goodwill, but today was amazing!! I got: <BR> 3 canning/jelly jars <BR> A brand new Vera... Thu, 5 Apr 2018 17:38:32 EST Yesterday Yesterday, Monday, March 12th, I had the best of intentions to dust, vacuum, and wash the floor under my bed. <BR> <BR> Then I got a call from the optometrist's. My new glasses were ready! <BR> <BR> So I drove over to get them. YES! You read that correctly. I DROVE!! It's the first time that I have driven a car by myself since my surgery on September 8, 2017. Six months. Then after I picked up my glasses, I drove to the grocery store!! Yep, 2 errands! It felt good. Roads were clear, and I s... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:31:11 EST My spinal surgeon's appointment today As many of you know, I had extensive neck/spine surgery on September 8, 2017. It's been a slow recovery, but I got wonderful news today at my doctor's appointment!! <BR> <BR> I can: <BR> 1. Start Physical Therapy. <BR> 2. Gradually start driving again, beginning with local trips, and building up from there. <BR> 3. Gradually begin to stop wearing my soft collar, wearing it a little less every day. I'll probably still wear it when I drive. <BR> 4. Travel on an airplane. Looking forward to... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:03:36 EST Books of 2018 I will start my list here, and add to it as the year rolls along. I'll rate the books using * <BR> <BR> 1. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald ***** <BR> 2. The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard **** <BR> 3. Last Christmas in Paris:A Novel of World War 1 by Hazel Gay or and Heather Webb ***** <BR> Have a box of tissues or a hanky with this one!! <BR> 4. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks**** slow start, but stick with it because <BR... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:23:31 EST Evaluation of my 17 Things to do in 2017 1. My first goal was to read 17 New books. I read 34! <BR> 2. My goal was to try 1 New recipe a month. I tried 9 New recipes! <BR> 3. My goal was to go see The Nutcracker. Didn't. <BR> 4. My goal was to lose 17 pounds. I lost 28 pounds!! Woot!! <BR> 5. Take a new class through The Adult School. I didn't do this, but I DID join a knitting group that meets once a week! <BR> 6. Try Zentangle. Yes! <BR> 7. Cook with kale. Not yet. <BR> 8. Make something with a new knitting pattern. Yes! I made a ... Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:04:58 EST Little Red Hats I'm still not able to sit at the computer, but I can get some things done on my Kindle and on my phone. I have an app on my phone called Flipboard, which you can customize to get news articles about the things you're interested in. One of my categories is Knitting. <BR> <BR> The American Heart Association has a special program called Little Hats, Big Hearts which is a program designed to raise awareness, provide resources and support, and spread information about congenital heart defects. <B... Tue, 5 Dec 2017 12:33:37 EST Surgery Update I had my long awaited neck surgery on Friday, September 8th. I had to be at the hospital at 7:30, and arrived at 7:40. Filled out yet more paperwork, and was taken in the prep room by 8:30. Gained and scuppered, warm blanket, and waiting. Had 2 anesthesiologists come in, as well as a nerve specialist come in and attach electrode tabs to my wrists and ankles, and explained that once I was under, I'd also have 2 more in my scalp. I was finally wheeled in to the operating suite around 11, and p... Sat, 30 Sep 2017 14:11:27 EST Averages 4 I keep track of my calories, carbs, fat, protein, fiber, and sodium every day, and also for 20 days in a row. <BR> <BR> The past twenty days 8/7 - 8/26 had me at the following averages: <BR> <BR> Calories: 1151 <BR> Carbs: 88 <BR> Fat: 52 <BR> Protein: 82 <BR> Fiber: 37 <BR> Sodium: 1332 <BR> <BR> For that 20 day period I had 5 days when I was over 1400 calories for the day, and 4 days under 1000 calories, and the other days ranged in between. <BR> <BR> I'm pleased with my average... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 18:05:21 EST Christmas in August! So, I slept in a little bit this morning, because I was really still tired from making the jam, and then getting an EKG and a chest xray in the same day. Both the EKG and the chest xray were normal - yay!! <BR> <BR> After I got the coffee going this morning, I decided to saute some sweet Italian sausage, chicken, and onions together. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> First I cooked the sausages (5 of them), then took them o... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:14:17 EST Surgery Update I have a definite date for surgery!! Friday, September 8th. <BR> <BR> When I went to meet with the surgeon last week, I had a lot of questions for him. I learned that the surgical procedure would take 8 - 9 hours, and that he would have an additional surgeon assisting him. The hospital stay is anywhere from 2 - 4 days, with an at-home recovery period of approximately 3 months. I asked him what I could do at home now to help with recovery, and he said to start taking Vitamin D and Calcium... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:31:31 EST Averages and Diabetes Update These are my averages for the past 20 days, 7/18/17 - 8/6/17: <BR> <BR> Calories: 1170 - Range 1250 - 1700 <BR> Carbs: 100 - Range 0 - 150 <BR> Fat: 49 - Range 42 - 57 <BR> Protein: 84 - Range 63 -85 <BR> Fiber: 33 - Range 25 - 35 <BR> Sodium: 1188 - Range 0 - 2300 <BR> <BR> I'm happy with this round of averages. I've finally figured out what to do to increase my fiber intake and to help my GI health. I mix 1 rounded teaspoon of Metamucil sugarfree and 1 serving of MiraLax with 4 ou... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 18:05:30 EST A procedure today and surgery update Two years ago I had a procedure done by a pain specialist. I had woken up one morning just fine, and when I got out of bed and put my feet on the floor, I'd get a zinger down my sciatic nerve in my right leg. I'd rub it, walk around, and it would be okay. Only, it progressively got worse and worse every day to the point that I'd wake up in the mornings, and be afraid to get out of bed because of the pain. At this time I was seeing a chiropractor, and going for regular adjustments in the a... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 16:33:39 EST The Travel Case! Here are the pictures: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 30 Jul 2017 13:40:50 EST My Crafty-ness is showing! Years ago, I babysat some really nice kids. The girl was in middle school, had long hair and had a plethora of hair doo-dads. She kept them all in an old fashioned travel case that someone had decorated out for her. You remember those travel cases?? If you bought an entire set of luggage, if was the "cosmetics case", an odd little (very little) rectangular hard bodied little case that most likely was very seldom, if ever used. Some times, if you are lucky, you'll see them at garage sales... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 18:59:03 EST More Averages, and a Surgery Update I've continued to track my macro nutrients and my averages over the past 20 days are: <BR> <BR> Calories (1250 -1700): 1149 <BR> Carbs (156-213): 93 <BR> Fat (42 -57): 56 <BR> Protein (63-85): 80 <BR> Sodium (0-2300): 1247 <BR> Fiber (25 - 35): 20 <BR> <BR> As a recent diabetic, I'm making a concerted effort to eat as low carb as possible, keeping it under 100 grams of carbs a day. Obviously, life intervenes, and sometimes I just have to have pizza, but then I get right back on that ... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:42:17 EST How Much Do You Know About Water? I've been a member of Costco for many years, even though I never had a large family. I used to buy a LOT of supplies for school there: scissors, Kleenex, Lysol, Chlorox Wipes, plus things for my own use. Costco publishes a magazine/catalogue every month, and there was a very interesting article about water in there that I wanted to share with you! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>201707/?pg=143&pm=2&u1=friend </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you take the quiz... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 17:17:32 EST Averages I've been doing Spark People for a while now. I've had my ups and downs. I've had a couple of fairly scary and serious medical issues during this time too. But I always came back to Sparks, and I always kept up with my Nutrition Tracker. <BR> <BR> The Nutrition Tracker is one of the first things I tell new friends about. It is absolutely amazing to me that all of this information is available to us! All we have to figure out is the best way to use it, and that differs for everyone. I'v... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:43:16 EST A Grand Day Out! A beautiful day out today! Got an early start, before 8 o clock. Got my coffee (happy camper!), top was down on the car, sun was shining, it was just gorgeous! The very first yard sale we stopped at, I picked up this little treasure: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, it wasn't a mug. It's a little creamer, maybe holds a cup and a half. And it isn't blue, it's black, grey and white. But it IS the same transfe... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 20:09:53 EST I'm a Little Teapot Many of you might remember this Nursery Rhyme from when you were a child. If you have young children, I KNOW you know it! But did you know that there's a second verse?? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm a little teapot, short and stout. <BR> Here is my handle; here is my spout. <BR> When I get all steamed up, then I shout, <BR> Just tip me over, pour me out. <BR> <BR> Do you remember the motions of putting ... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:11:06 EST My Diabetes Treatment and Surgery Expectations So, 2 weeks ago I met with the endocrinologist and the diabetes counselor. They started me on an automatic injection system called a V-Go, that administers a steady stream of insulin directly into you throughout the day, and you give yourself additional boosts of insulin before you eat any snack or meal with carbohydrates. The counselor said I am putting forth a very good effort, but that it still isn't quite enough, so she's increased the amount of insulin I get from 30 units a day to 40 u... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:26:07 EST Turkey, Sweet Potato, Spinach, and Quinoa Soup I can't figure out how to add a link directly to the Spark Recipe that I had submitted. It is listed under the title above. <BR> <BR> In any case, I had saved my turkey carcass and a quart bag of meat from the turkey at Thanksgiving. I started the soup by making my broth from scratch. I love doing this, because it really does make the whole house smell amazing! <BR> <BR> Broth/Stock <BR> 1 turkey carcass <BR> 1 whole onion, cut in half <BR> 2 stalks of celery <BR> 4-6 cloves of garlic, w... Sun, 7 May 2017 23:28:58 EST The menu for today is.... I try to vary what I eat. It's too easy for me to get into food ruts, and there's just way too much GOOD food out there to eat the same thing every day!! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup Grape Nuts cereal <BR> 1 container Del Monte Natural juice/No Sugar added Diced peaches <BR> 1 small container Chobani Vanilla yogurt <BR> Coffee with Stevia and Fairlife Whole milk <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> <BR> Greek salad with 1 grilled chicken breast. The salad had calamata olives, cucumber, toma... Fri, 5 May 2017 20:43:38 EST This Little Piggy Went to Market... Actually, this little piggy stayed home! I THOUGHT I had stayed well within my Nutritional guidelines yesterday, so you can imagine my horror when all was said and done, and everything was totaled up, that I was approximately 400 calories over the top of my limit!! And I didn't even have ice cream!! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> WTH??? Of course, the day before, I had weighed myself and seen a 2lb. loss. Nah. This morning weighed myself, and that loss was history. Oh, how fickle life i... Thu, 4 May 2017 16:02:01 EST Another Medical Update So, I went to my new general physician on April 27th. She took more bloodwork, and also arranged for me to see an endocrinologist earlier than my other appointment. I saw the endocrinologist, and given the current time frame, the only way to get my blood sugar down within acceptable levels is to put me on insulin. My surgeon wants to do the surgery at the end of this month. I saw the Diabetes Nurse/Counselor today, and I'm feeling really good about the whole situation. She set me up with... Tue, 2 May 2017 17:48:50 EST Medical Update #2 I was very disappointed with the lack of wherewithal from my previous general practitioner. I went to a NEW doctor today. Not only did she know my cardiologist, but she also knew my pain specialist and the surgeon doing my surgery!! I was very honest with her, telling her about what had happened before. I had blood taken again today, and she and her team are going to get my past bloodwork, and she's going to analyse everything and then get back to me. She explained to me the reason why t... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:50:52 EST 40 Things About Me Borrowed from MISSDORKNESS, ONEKIDSMOM, POLSKARENIA, ADAKARA, et. al.: <BR> <BR> Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> I do! With crisp apple slices and whole grain crackers, salad dressing. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Yes, but I haven't smoked in almost 30 years! <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? <BR> St. Ger... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:50:57 EST An Update on My Medical Issues As many of you know, I was scheduled to have neck surgery tomorrow, March 24th. That's been postponed temporarily. <BR> <BR> I had bloodwork on March 1st under my GP. When the results came back, I was classified as diabetic, and the GP put me on 1,000 MG of Metformin ER - extended release. I noticed a couple of things: I was thirstier, I was out of sorts for a couple of days, and my urine changed color (pale yellow to a golden yellow). <BR> <BR> I had additional bloodwork on the 20th. ... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:13:32 EST A Good Doctor's Visit I went to the doctor this morning. I was a little impressed with myself for being able to shower, get dressed and have DH drive me to the doctor's by 7:58 am. Of course there were other people ahead of me, but the doctor saw me as I was signing in, and he waved at me. We had a very good discussion. I had copied down the SP Diabetic Nutrition guidelines that I've been following for the past 4 and a half years. He listened carefully, and then said, "Well, it sounds like you've been doing a... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 17:51:35 EST It Just Never Ends... Last Wednesday I went for the first of my Pre-Operative check ups. It was with my regular physician. I had lots of bloodwork done, a chest x-ray, and a general overall exam, with the promise of doing other tests after my neck surgery. I got a phone call from the office this morning. The doctor wants me to come in because I have diabetes. I've been skirting this disease for the past 5 years, with my fasting blood sugar around 112, and they like it to be 100 or below. Well, mine was 260, ... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 17:10:30 EST The Ongoing Saga Yesterday I felt my shoulder "twinge" and then get achy. Oh no, I thought!!! Maybe I had done too much the day before. Although I haven't been forbidden to use a broom or a vacuum <em>2</em> Only have been forbidden to drive a car. So my respite from pain lasted about 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> This morning DH and I went to see the pain specialist. For me, this was a follow up visit from the cervical epidural. He asked lots of questions (he always does), and he listens very carefully to... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 18:13:23 EST Health Update #3 Yesterday I had my meeting with my orthopedic surgeon. He had copies of my "films"; the MRI and the CT scan. I have osteophytes, aka bone spurs. When bone spurs are on the spine, they're called osteophytes. I have them on the front of my vertebrae and on the back as well. I also have a couple of squished discs. This is all happening between C-4 through C-7. Part of my spinal cord is so squished from the bulging discs, that it is interfering with the impulses/signals from my brain to th... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:59:30 EST Health Update #2 Well, I went to my pain specialist this morning. He gave me a shot in the shoulder to help the knot that was there work loose. It feels better, although my arm is still in pain. He had received the written report of the MRI, but not the cd with the actual images. The doctor let me lay down in a room, and my husband went to the radiology center to pick up the cd and bring it back to the doctor. <BR> <BR> Overall, I have multilevel degenerative disc disease. The worst issues are at C5-6 and C... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 23:37:30 EST Health Update and a NSV Last Friday I went to have a MRI and I wasn't able to do it because of the level of pain I was in. It didn't help that the technician doing it lacked compassion. <BR> <BR> Today, I went back to try again, and had a totally different experience. The technician I had introduced himself, and actually listened to my answers. I did have some extra help with a valium, which relaxed me, but did nothing for the pain. So, there were the typical questions about your height and weight. I told him 5... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 20:44:39 EST Where have I been? Hi friends! <BR> I have been absent for most of last week. I had been signing in until Thursday. I just forgot, and I broke my streak. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Last Thursday, I woke up with a stiff neck. By Friday, my neck was still sore and tender, with pain in my left shoulder. The first thing I googled was heart attack symptoms in women. I wasn't having a heart attack, but it hurt like #&@$&. <BR> <BR> Saturday it was worse, and I started using heavy duty pain meds, which helped, but never too... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 23:45:24 EST Consistency and Perseverence I think those two things go hand in hand during our journey towards a healthier lifestyle and a fit body. I've posted many a quote through my daily status update about those two characteristics. I actively pick a theme, do a Bing search, and then copy down quotes that appeal to me, and that I think others would benefit from reading as well. I've kept all of my loose papers, and occasionally I reread them, looking for nuggets of truth and encouragement. I do this about once a week. I am c... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:25:29 EST January 6th - Three King's Day If you want to get the whole historical information about Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, I encourage you to "google it". It is very interesting. In my blog today, I'm going to share three personal stories about Three Kings Day. <BR> <BR> From 1999 - 2015 I taught Kindergarten and First Grade in Paterson, NJ. Historically, Paterson had a huge Italian and Jewish population. In recent years, it is primarily Hispanic/Latino (Peru, DR, Columbia and others), as well as Bangladeshi, Turkish, Ara... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:46:02 EST January 5th - The 12th Day of Christmas On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 12 drummers drumming, <BR> 11 pipers piping, <BR> 10 lords a leaping, <BR> 9 ladies dancing, <BR> 8 maids a milking, <BR> 7 swans a swimming, <BR> 6 geese a laying, <BR> 5 gold rings. <BR> 4 calling birds, <BR> 3 French hens, <BR> 2 turtle doves, <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> The carol has its roots in 18th-century... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:24:37 EST January 4th - The 11th Day of Christmas On the 11th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 11 pipers piping, <BR> 10 lords a leaping, <BR> 9 ladies dancing, <BR> 8 maids a milking, <BR> 7 swans a swimming, <BR> 6 geese a laying. <BR> 5 gold rings. <BR> 4 calling birds, <BR> 3 French hens, <BR> 2 turtle doves, <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 19:10:22 EST January 3rd - The 10th Day of Christmas On the 10th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 10 Lords a leaping <BR> 9 ladies dancing <BR> 8 maids a milking <BR> 7 swans a swimming <BR> 6 geese a laying <BR> 5 gold rings <BR> 4 calling birds <BR> 3 French hens <BR> 2 turtle doves <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments <BR> • T... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 18:41:56 EST January 2nd - The 9th Day of Christmas On the 9th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 9 ladies dancing <BR> 8 maids a milking <BR> 7 swans a swimming <BR> 6 geese a laying <BR> 5 gold rings <BR> 4 calling birds <BR> 3 French hens <BR> 2 turtle doves <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments <BR> • Three French Hens -... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 17:45:32 EST January 1st - The 8th Day of Christmas On the 8th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 8 maids a milking <BR> 7 swans a swimming <BR> 6 geese a laying <BR> 5 gold rings <BR> 4 calling birds <BR> 3 French hens <BR> 2 turtle doves <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments <BR> • Three French Hens - The three virtues of ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:16:11 EST December 31st - The 7th Day of Christmas On the 7th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 6 geese a laying, <BR> 5 gold rings, <BR> 4 calling birds, <BR> 3 French hens, <BR> 2 turtle doves, <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments <BR> • Three French Hens - The three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity <BR> • Four Callin... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:28:21 EST December 30th - The 6th Day of Christmas On the 6th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments <BR> • Three French Hens - The three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity <BR> • Four Calling/Collie Birds - Four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John <BR> • Five Golden Rings - First five books of the Old Testament <BR> • Six Geese-a-Layi... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 23:31:13 EST December 29th - The 5th Day of Christmas On the 5th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:42:34 EST December 28th - The 4th Day of Christmas On the fourth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 4 calling birds, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:55:34 EST December 27 The 3rd Day of Christmas On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, <BR> 3 French hens <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2 calling birds <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ <BR> • T... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:04:48 EST December 26 - The Second Day of Christmas On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 calling birds <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One theory, however, connects the carol to the era when Catholicism was outlawed in England, from 1558 and 1829. The carol, it is said, was a catechism song for Catholics to le... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:53:13 EST