LIVEDAILY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LIVEDAILY LIVEDAILY'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/ Averages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378937 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373451 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b74ab23-38b4-47c2-9056-9f493c08e6d7.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363235 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e097671-c168-4371-b866-884fdbe257ff.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362791 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359077 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.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358190 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357672 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356767 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353511 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339759 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337978 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329380 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328855 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6324091 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316493 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313139 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311976 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307000 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300976 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292680 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292008 On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7d5aa5d7-24bd-4333-ab8a-003486534c1c.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291378 On the 11th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b3acf821-61dd-4a5c-829c-a2cd72813d10.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290605 On the 10th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d46b56a6-6fc3-464c-8b87-80f425225815.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289713 On the 9th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5def1fc9-9777-44ff-ab46-9a27389af111.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289109 On the 8th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25f2699e-1b45-4ec4-a093-70d6c321eae5.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288238 On the 7th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f2d6fa9-e67e-49c9-963f-6a43312e37af.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287717 On the 6th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0492cb45-7bb0-46ee-8f99-184590fcd084.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287153 On the 5th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bad8a260-5a0e-405d-9535-a266582e42de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/822be8d3-13c0-4d2f-ae3f-fa6c59bd2604.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97d0f8d3-f8b2-4074-8bfe-f4aac44557fe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c37f598-0696-4d81-a316-4937da959d5f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:42:34 EST December 28th - The 4th Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286543 On the fourth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8ca79fe-9ce5-431f-8d0d-9d6aa54afeb2.jpg"> <BR> 4 calling birds, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b58b0f0a-d8be-4a6b-a34a-f69484ce9006.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/395244a6-30fb-460d-aef7-6976406b0d6e.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18fe760b-ed64-4e85-a4e7-c261a23ebd59.jpg"> <BR> <BR> • A Partridge in a ... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:55:34 EST December 27 The 3rd Day of Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286053 On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, <BR> 3 French hens <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e75004fc-daee-45be-bb1b-0f5ff4b9a227.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2 calling birds <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21f7c532-2cf5-4006-8686-4a57b4fa673b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04d11d06-228c-4110-81ef-d0270020488a.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285725 On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 calling birds <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba58316f-efce-47e1-991e-26614198e2ee.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and a partridge in a pear tree. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d15bd371-54bc-4e1c-bb07-fe75061bd879.jpg"> <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 December 25 The First Day of Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285182 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/043f7676-a7b5-4116-8ac7-6474b4cba9e0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christmas Day marks the first day of Christmas, as in the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Being curious, I did some research, and this is what I found: <BR> <BR> The carol has its roots in 18th-century England, as a memory-and-forfeit game sung by British children. In the game, players had to remember all of the previous verses and add a new verse at the end. Those unable to remember a... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:15:38 EST December 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285013 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06fde3f8-c802-4c6d-8a1c-9a8026d09cc0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcuU_kGCCa4 </link> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcuU_kGCCa4 </link> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 22:15:55 EST December 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284331 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bbd247e-ad4e-4352-a74c-d149733f4e39.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> LOL <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:10:11 EST December 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283912 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63915df3-21e9-4f50-adf3-a07f72b5ca09.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The art of paper cutting is called scherenschnitte. <BR> It's a beautiful art! <BR> <em>26</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2016 19:31:07 EST December 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283548 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93daa77b-11f5-4181-980d-4d53a576783d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's beginning to look, feel, and smell like Christmas!! <BR> <em>26</em> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 23:32:16 EST December 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282341 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcefd743-a6f3-4e96-a2ab-1bf729ec6132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a lovely day! <BR> <em>26</em> Sun, 18 Dec 2016 04:44:40 EST December 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282045 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fcc3b4b-aad7-486d-86cb-62a5b981190a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't this beautiful? It's as if Santa's elves themselves were there!! <BR> <em>26</em> Sat, 17 Dec 2016 10:05:05 EST December 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281745 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f167c11-c118-494e-bc3b-37f5525f4cdf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your lovely comments on yesterday's blog!! <BR> <BR> This is THIS year's Christmas tree! It is a $27 special from Target!! Looks good, yes? When I was decorating it, I got to pick and choose which beads and ornaments to put on it. I tease my family: if everything that had wings - angels, birds, and owls - came to life, they'd be able to make the tree become airborne!!... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:38:54 EST December 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281362 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fb967bb-fe3b-4a17-85ef-127995a03447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was last year's Christmas tree. It was the really large tree that I used to have. I knew once I moved back in with DH (yes, we lived apart for quite a few years), there would be no room for me to set it up, so I gave it away. I liked that tree because, when opened fully, it actually held almost all of my ornaments. <BR> <BR> So of you have heard this story before, so bear with me. ... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:50:20 EST December 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281003 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09b5ff7c-ff03-47bf-8508-db67ce2a37e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Aren't they just beautiful?! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the smell of a real tree in the house, but not crawling down on the floor to water it, chasing the cats away from it - they'd drink the water out of the tree stand! - or vacuuming up the needles, so we got an artificial tree several years ago. <BR> <BR> Do you have a real tree or an artificial tree? <BR> <em>446</em> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 20:01:23 EST December 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278466 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c9208ff-1a96-4933-8d10-355442ab3b18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite modern Christmas movies! The other is The Santa Claus! <BR> Older movies I love during this time of year are It's A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (original version please), The Bishops Wife, A Christmas Carol (with George C. Scott - awesome!). All great movies with messages. <BR> <BR> What is one of your favorite Christmas movies? <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:19:09 EST December 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278109 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/449a2d58-a31e-4eb2-9e48-ea2c07c3ec40.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Make lovely memories this Christmas! <BR> <em>26</em> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:42:26 EST December 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277844 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30eecaf5-f580-4276-97f2-ea6b53dbca47.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Very late today...it was a busy day for me! <BR> Don't forget that gift to yourself! <BR> <em>26</em> Wed, 7 Dec 2016 23:08:58 EST December 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277038 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2474149c-6546-40a9-a2a4-1590f99a55b6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day! <BR> <em>26</em> Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:02:09 EST December 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276545 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/79f7025a-445f-42b2-8dd4-1e23be4bcb81.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do some good today! <BR> <em>26</em> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:34:22 EST December 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276126 To expand a bit on my Current Status post: <BR> <BR> "You don't really need that much to be happy." <BR> <BR> This is something I found in a newspaper quite a few years ago, and I adopted it. It is designed to help with Christmas shopping, but I think it is so much more. <BR> <BR> "Something you want, <BR> Something you need, <BR> Something to wear, <BR> Something to read." <BR> <BR> Just 4 gifts (does not include stocking stuff!!), but you can make those gifts so meaningful to the perso... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:01:18 EST December 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275715 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a876d32f-f664-4cef-91ce-399ff80d14c6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really liked this. Something from the heart. <BR> <em>26</em> Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:14:18 EST December 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275142 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9b90831-2908-46f2-87aa-4668fb12ab80.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Keep Christmas in your heart! <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 2 Dec 2016 05:30:17 EST December 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274828 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28b32b05-2cef-4b99-aed7-9574e586a0ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Believe in a wonderful December! <BR> <em>26</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:30:42 EST