LMSTRAW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LMSTRAW LMSTRAW'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/ My family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827520 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l634921707.jpg"> <BR> Three years ago, my sister Becky (far right) took my Mom (middle) and my sister Rosa (far left) to nashville to visit relatives. My cousin in Nashville sent me this photo this morning, talking about sweet memories. <BR> Looking at this pic, it's hard to believe that 3 years later, they all would be gone, 3 months apart. <BR> It is so hard to lose so many, and so close together. WE also lost a cousin 2 weeks ago. G... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 18:24:52 EST My Rosa a Sad update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4825281 Last night, about 8 pm, Rosa called me. She said her chest was hurting and she had taken two nitroglycerine. I told her to take one more and to call 911. She said "no, I've decided I want to die and go be with Mom and Becky." I kept talking to her, and my husband called 911. <BR> When we got there, they had taken her blood pressure and it was 210 systolic. They took her to the er. We followed and could see Rosa sitting up on the stretcher and talking to our other sister. Once at the ... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 05:17:25 EST My Rosa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823769 Oh Gosh, I seem not to come here unless my world is falling apart. <BR> Two weeks ago this coming Tuesday, my older sister, Rosa..the precious one I blogged about a while back, had what we thought was a bad case of heartburn. She is being treated for GERD. She called my sister Kathy who went over and gave her more meds. She called Kathy later and said she hurt so bad she couldn't stand it any more. <BR> So, Kathy took her to the ER. They ran a million test, found nothing wrong and wanted ... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 20:23:20 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648204 Just five days after my last entry, my beloved sister died. She went so peacefully, she awoke, lifted both arms towards heaven, smiled, and took her last breath. <BR> It has been very sad around here. My sister Rosa had a birthday Christmas day, and she was devasted through both the loss and the holidays. <BR> I took her out this last Friday for her birthday. I'm glad I waited. She is so very sweet and so child like in her innocence. <BR> <BR> She has become a very soliciitous older... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 11:47:15 EST My sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627234 I got word today that the oncologist told my youngest sister 2 days ago, that she has no more than 6 weejs to live, at best. <BR> Right now i am too emotional to talk about this. <BR> Please keep her and my family in your prayers /thoughts. <BR> Linda Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:09:33 EST One year ago! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624842 Gosh, I can not believe that a full year has passed since my last blog! <BR> It has been a very eventful year. Some good, some bad, some so so, but I got through it all. <BR> <BR> Some of you already know, my Mother died in Sept. It was unexpected, even though she had been ill most of the summer. She was not able to walk so we put her in a rehab center in hopes they could help her walk again so she could go home. She was there 5 days when she went into cardiac arrest. It was shockin... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 23:46:15 EST Pill Camera results and treatment plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3733042 Yesterday I got a call from the doctors office to come in for the results of my pill camera. Well, I have several ulcers, not bad ones at all. They're not eroded through the bowel wall. I also have a lot of inflammation. <BR> The bad part, I think, is that this is in an area not previously affected by the Crohn's. He couldn't see the area that was so bad 2 years ago, for there was too much stool for him to visualize it. <BR> <BR> He is going to put me on a biologic medication. I think... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 11:57:17 EST Pill Cam and other ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3724196 I am doing my second laxative prep in 4 days. I have such a hard time understanding why people who are seeking help with diarrhea that won't quit have to take these mega laxatives! I hate the golytely prep so when I was given the option of taking pills, I jumped on it. Big Mistake. 28 pills total, to be taken every 15 minutes with 8 ounces of water. This was to be followed by a 12 ounce soda, either ginger ale or another non cola soda. I haven't drank soda in over 5 years. Because it ... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 19:26:18 EST Bittersweet Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3687951 Well, last night was the night we finally went to my favorite place for dinner. First thing when we walked in the door, we saw a small sign, saying that Sat night would be their last night. They had sold the business and would be closing Sat. A barbecue restaurant is opening there next week. <BR> At first they talked as if the economy had just run them out of business. After the wife walked away, the husband told us that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and just wasn't able... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 23:02:45 EST Birthday and various other things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3677684 First, thank you all so much for the birthday wishes, goodies, and cards. What a sweet supportive bunch you are! <BR> WE had planned a trip to the mountains today. It's time to get those wonderful Va mountain apples and cabbage. And, the foliage is changing. We get the most beautiful tapestry of foliage here every fall. It is such a breathtaking sight to behold. There are actually people who save their vacation time, and go to see this display yearly. The Sky Line Drive (Blue Ridge ... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 18:36:12 EST Improving and Bucket Lists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3666404 I'm feeling better and taking less anti-diarrhea medications. Still on the steroids but see my gastroenterologist in the am for a recheck. I guess I'll find out then if he's changing my meds. <BR> <BR> I made my little trip yesterday without incident; except one, which was rather amusing. We stopped at a Sheetz (for those not in this area, that's a chain of gas stations which have very nice stores attached, very good coffee, and always clean restrooms. There were a couple of teens in the... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 23:11:38 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3657996 Just wanted to let folks know what I now know. I did talk to my sister. She told me that she didn't want me to know earlier because she knew I was sick and she knew I would try to do something that I was not able to do. I can accept that. Her cancer has spread to her small intestines, the ovary, and the lymph on her omentum (for you non-medical folks, that is a membrane that covers our intestines and has lots and lots of lymphn nodes.) They told her they knew they didn't get it all and... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 11:11:02 EST Prayers for Sister, Please--and me, I'm a basket case right now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3642709 I just found out today that my baby sister's colon cancer has returned; and metastasised. She had surgery 2 weeks ago during which more of her colon was removed and one ovary. my Mom said 4 other "spots" were removed but my Mom doesn't remember where they were. The doctor told my sister that the cancer she has will keep coming back. I don't think the magnitude of that statement quite struck my Mom. I also think that's a good thing. She will start chemo again next week and is being sen... Thu, 16 Sep 2010 01:03:46 EST Spark recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3629816 I've been making a lot of the Spark recipes lately. Yesterday I made an interesting one...Broccoli casserole with chicken. I thought it sounded pretty good. It called for cheddar cheese, I didn't have any, so I used a combination of provolone, asiago, and pepper jack. It was way too cheesy for me. I'm not a huge cheese lover. But, dh pulled the cheese off the top and ate it. He says he can't stand "healthy" type foods, but he ate almost this entire casserole! At least I'm getting ve... Sun, 12 Sep 2010 09:00:02 EST Quitting Smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3614265 This is my 3rd day on this quest. I have to admit, so far it's kicking my butt! But, like the dieters on SP say, slow but sure wins the race! I get a kick out of reading " The Slowest Loser" blogs. I'll have to start one for "The slowest Quitter." <BR> <BR> I really do better when Ed and Keith aren't home. They both smoke. When they're out, I wouldn't dare open any of their cigarettes. Once they walk in the door, I start "jonesing". I think I'll die if i don't get one. I'm determin... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 09:43:37 EST Sunday Morning Musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3608313 It’s a beautiful morning, a bit cooler than it’s been. Hopefully fall will peek out at us soon! <BR> I’ve lost another pound. Down to 134 now. I don’t think it’s because of my great eating habits, but rather is due to this Crohn’s flare I’m having right now. It’s been going on about 2 weeks now and I thought I could nip it in the bud with a few of the meds I took when it first began. I haven’t succeeded, so Monday, I’m calling the local GI doctor and begging for the soonest appointment... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 08:20:24 EST Cold Nasty Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3574286 Here, right smack dab at the end of a horrible heat wave, we have a very cool day. It's not actuay cold (80F), but after days on end of 100 degree weather with heat indices off the chart, this feels cold! <BR> I'm in a complaing mood right now, so, leave now if you don't want to "hear" it! <BR> This weather and storms has every joint in my body aching. Maybe not every, only the ones with arthritis. Oh, wait a minute, that is ALL of them! <BR> <BR> My allergies are horrible yesterday a... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 17:38:11 EST The week-end and today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3548059 I had an absolutely wonderful week-end. I went way down into North Carolina with a friend to her sister's and we attended an all day workshop for recovery groups. We all belong to Al-Anon for families and freinds of alcoholics, but in that area, all the recovery programs work together. As long as you're working the 12 steps, you are most welcome. They do an excellent job, and this time they did the best I've been too. The topics included, "How to keep your serenity after you get it"--mu... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 20:49:44 EST Driving again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3527823 I drove the car yesterday, for the first time in about a year. I was so thrilled that I did it! Ah, the freedom and independence it gives me! Now, I don’t have to ask to go anywhere, I can get in the car and go, as I have done most of my adult life! <BR> Speaking of going, I’m going to Hickory, NC this week-end for a recovery workshop. Their workshops are always so fantastic. I love the folks I’m going with and the people we’ll be staying with! I can honestly say, they are a big part of ... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:22:18 EST Quiet Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3515934 I've really nothing to say today. I do have a big complaint. Seems to me I sit at home alone all the time. If DH is here, he's in his room with the door closed, on his computer. If I want to go out, it's "too hot", yet, on an equally hot day, he takes a motorcycle ride. <BR> I know it's not his place to keep me entertained, but I do get lonely. People shouldn't be lonely when they're married or when somebody else is in the house with them. At least that's what I think. <BR> <BR> I h... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 19:00:24 EST Senior Moments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3499121 Yesterday, I forgot one of the main things I wanted to share with ya'll. I have a friend who is a therapist (actually have a couple) and she has recently been certified as a hypnotherapist. She is going to do 3 sessions with me this week for smoking cessation! I want to quit so much!. It's expensive, it's nasty, it stinks, and it's pretty much socially unacceptable everywhere! I'm very excited about this. <BR> <BR> I have to go to the lab today. I had my bone density scan last week. ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 13:29:12 EST Made a Spark Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3493268 Today i made, I don't remember the name! It's a spaghetti dish, with turkey and you add cauliflower and broccholi at the end to steam in the sauce. I know some folks don't like it when posters criticize a recipe, but I appreciate it. Many said this was bland. So, I knew to liven it up a bit. My biggest problem is, I never follow a recipe. It mostly gives me an idea. I added extra tomatoes, a bit of white wine, and thinking it looked too thick, I added a bit of water. And, it was too w... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 23:26:56 EST Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3383598 Well, tomrrow is my day for surgery. Wow, those folks want me there atg 5:30 in the morning. I can't believe that. I told them I don't "do" morning, specially 5 a.m. She just said 'tomorrow you are." No pity whatsoever. <BR> ON a god note, my sugery is scheduled for 7 am So, I"l get it over with early, and be on my way home. <BR> I don't know if I'll be able to type tomorrow. I can hardly type now! So, I'll be back on Spark as soon as I'm able. I don't know if my arm will be in a sl... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 19:09:30 EST Wednesday's Surgeries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3378766 I'm having surgery Wed. Actually, I'm having 2 surgeries Wed. I've known for a while that I had a fatty tumor in my left upper arm. Normally, fatty tumors don't need anything done for them. But, this one is under the muscle, and it's so large, it's pushing the muscle in my upper arm uo. I've had this problem with my hand for a while now. Getting my neck fixed didn't cure the hand. My rotator cuff is healed, but not my hand. I had carpal tunnel surgery, and m y hand is still painful a... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:12:29 EST Week from the Underworld http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3314402 This week has been one of my worst. It was a week, if it could go wrong or break, it did. <BR> First off, our spring has been like the worst part of summer. Very hot and very humid. My body thermostat went haywire when I lost weight. I had never been cold in my life, after weight loss, I could not get warm! I wore jackets all summer, sweat suits, anything to keep me warm. <BR> This summer, it adjusted itself. Our heat pump went out. It just was doing nothing, not even the fan wou... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 16:55:05 EST The ABC's of me...stolen once again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3271713 Please feel free to make this your own on your blog! I got it from SuzieMott who got it from GEODAWG, who got it from Dianne. <BR> <BR> A - Age: 61 <BR> B - Bed size: Queen, <BR> <BR> C -Cleaning the bathroom <BR> D - Dog's name: Yorkie is Samantha (Sammy); Chin is Lucy; big guy is Zeke. WE let them all pick their names. We kept saying names until they reacted to one! <BR> E - Essential start your day item: Leg exercises so I can stand; then the bathroom <BR> F - Favorite color: Brown... Wed, 26 May 2010 21:20:14 EST Pictures of Yogaville and sharing a bit of me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3187356 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l756256188.jpg"> <BR> This is the view of Yogaville from a peak overlooking the site. The dome section is actually the upper level, where the altars are. There is a wheel chair ramp going up both sides to reach the altars. This is what you see if you stop your car on the approach. They laid out the entrance and exit so you will get a breathtaking view if you get out at the turnoff and look. We always stop there when we take new visitors... Sun, 2 May 2010 23:58:45 EST late night musings and pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3184354 I have some pictues of Yogaville I want to post, not sure if I'm too lazy or too tired, but I really don't feel up to it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l898269724.jpg"> <BR> This pictue is me, sitting by the statue of the Swami who built yogaville. I always stop to thank him for finding such a wonderful spot and building there. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l638519384.jpg"> <BR> Ths is me, at Chistmas after I had lost 100 pounds. ... Sun, 2 May 2010 04:39:21 EST Yogaville at Buckingham, VA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3131881 I had intended to do a picture story of our recent trip to equivalent. Problem is, the pictures are on DH';s camera, and I can't get them! <BR> <BR> Yogaville is not something you would expect in my area of Virginia. It's a Zen lotus temple nestled in the mountains near Lovingston, VA, in Buchanan. It will take your breath away, just looking at the place. But, it's not the looks of the place that impresses me It is the most spiritual "feeling" place I have ever been in my life. Ener... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 07:55:14 EST Virus is named http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3125248 I don't think I was very clear in my last blog. The virus actually calls itself Security Tool. I clicked on a picture on Google to get the larger view, instead, it looked as if I went to another web site whcich was checking my computer. It gave me a lis of 39 horrble sounding viruses, backdoors, trojans, etc and said the only way to get rid of them was by going to their web site and downloading their clean up tool. It keeps on unil you're so flustered, you go to look <BR> <BR> Fortunat... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 03:25:34 EST Beware of Security Tool Virus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3123940 I picked up a virus yesterday on Google by clicking on a picture. I have McAfee, but it didn't stop this. I called the company that I bought from and they said they have had 300,00 reports to them alone this week of this virus. It brings up a tool which is supossedly checking your hd for virus, but insead it plants one! The only thing you can bring up is a site to give your credit card number to buy a tool to clean this off. It cost, $80, it does not rid you of the virus, they have your ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 18:20:06 EST Another Friday Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3104924 I've spent the last 2 hours typing a blog, and decided it was just too personal and emotional to put up here! The only thing I'll repeat is that I went ot the doctor the other day, had to have blood work done. I knew my blood was too thin, for I look as if I've been brawling, I'm so buised up. I have little tiny paw prints bruised on my lower legs where the little dogs have jumped on me. I cut myself shaving and bled for 2 days. I've had awful allergies and blowing my nose would start ... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 06:25:19 EST Ramblings On A Friday Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3074643 I really don't have anything specific to say. I was sitting here playing bingo on Pogo, with my mind racing everywhere. From my pet peeves to my depression, to my negative attitude, to my ambivalent feelings about a lot of things, just general, non-specific junk that runs though my head sometimes. <BR> Pet peeves..well, pogo is one! DH gave me a 5 day pass and since I liked i, he gave me a year's subscription for , gee, what was it? Valentine's Day maybe! I love the trivia and the crossw... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 22:48:06 EST This Past Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3059245 I had intended to do a blog on my 5th Pain clinic session. I didn't go until Friday this week, but the lessons was more information intensive and it's going to take me a while to get it all together. I can't scan their copyrighted material to post, so I have to break it down into sentences that will make sense. To be honest, I'm just too tired to do it. Or too lazy, take your pick. Probably, either one works! <BR> <BR> We just got our water fixed; we've been without for the last 2 1/2 d... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 01:13:02 EST Update and Apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3034016 I'm very sorry for dumping on you folks the other day. I guess I had let the situation get the best of me and was feeling overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> For an update, I guess DH won't be going to jail or all of us going to the "poor house" after all. <BR> <BR> We talked to the insurance company this morning. They decided, since we had paid for that period of time, although late, that the claim would be covered! YEAH. They're also fixing our car, although we will be responsible for the deductib... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:01:54 EST I didn't meet my goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3026924 Since I'm all about being honest, I will tell ya'll that I did not meet my goals this week for the pain coping skills. Fact is, I had to go back and work the dickens out of the first few classes, just to keep from screaming. And I'm talking, non-stop, pitching a conniption fit screaming! <BR> <BR> Remember in the blog about the bad day, me saying that i walked out of the doctor's office and saw the big dent in the car? The one DH had no idea how it got there? Remember? So do I. Well... Sun, 21 Mar 2010 20:49:17 EST Pain Coping Skills Clinic Session 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3007069 This week I did not have to go into the office. WE actually had a telephone consult. <BR> The emphasis was on doing things we enjoy. Often, those of us with chronic pain give up the things that give us pleasure; because they hurt! Or, being depressed, we just "don't want to." <BR> <BR> WE made a list of things I used to enjoy doing. Like knitting, crocheting, sewing, walking in the mountains, especially at this huge Zen Temple a couple of hours from here. (Http://www.yogaville.com) <BR... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:53:37 EST This day is ending and I'm not sure if it was good or bad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2988470 Today is almost over. I'm really glad but I just don't know why! I'm weird like that, not sure If this was a good day or a crappy one. Maybe it was some of both. <BR> <BR> I saw my therapist this morning. I hadn't seen him in almost 2 months, so I was long overdue. I had to see him early, and I don't do mornings well. I was dying of thirst, I drank 3 of my 8 glass of water in that hour! He was late, which pissed off my hubby, which pissed me off that he was pissed off. Does that make... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 18:08:28 EST Pain Coping Skills Clinic Session 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2979439 Monday's session took a little different slant on things. It was about breaking up tasks with periods of rest. <BR> <BR> I'm all about being honest, so, when she asked me what I did too much of, I said "sit". She wanted to know how much and how long a period. I told her I'd sit at my computer a couple of hours at a time. She said "you can't do that." I said "yea, I'm afraid I can, but I know I shouldn't" She said "absolutely not, you should lie down some of that time!" Whoa.... Did... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 19:01:06 EST MY sentiments in picture format http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2959703 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l985214295.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is just what I think.. <BR> Linda Thu, 4 Mar 2010 21:06:28 EST Pain Coping Skills Clinic Session 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2947045 Yesterday's session was fairly short. We spent more time talking and visiting than actualy "working", but a lot was accomplished in that short time. Last week's assignment was to practice daily the relaxation technique of tensing and relaxing muscles. I kept a log daily, telling my pain level before I did the relaxation and after and my tension/stress levels before and after. <BR> Actually, after the 2nd session, the pain in my neck stopped! I had a cervical (neck) disk repair last June ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 08:35:30 EST Long Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2928369 I went to Greensboro, NC today for an appointment with my orthopedic doctor. Greensboro is a town about 40 miles south of me. <BR> I had to wait an hour to see the doctor. This has never happened there before, I'm always in and out in less than 30 minutes. <BR> He's very pleased with my knee. He is positive I don't have Rheumatoid arthritis in my hands. My 2 younger sisters both have RA and I was afraid I do. Our Mom has psorasis; a parent with any autoimmune disease makes you fair gam... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 19:41:59 EST Pain Coping Skills Clinic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2915368 Today I had my first appointment with the nurse practioner doing the pain coping skills study. <BR> I like the nurse. She is my doctor's wife and at the end of the session she told me that he had told her about me, my health problems and what a good nurse I had been. I was flattered, for doctors don't compliment nurses often! That's not why I liked her, but it didn't hurt my feelings about him! <BR> <BR> This study is based out of Duke University Medical Center. They have two groups goin... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 21:40:06 EST Ramblings for a Nice Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2905705 Today's temp is in the mid 50's! Yeah! Happy Dance! I went outside and stood in the sun. Just stood there, enjoying the warm and the brightness, and I even heard birds sing! Does that mean what I think it means? Oh yeah, they're coming home for the spring and summer! There were some buzzards flying across the road. There's a big horse pasture across from my house. I hope all the horses are okay, but since I'm allergic, I didn't go investigate. I'm afraid some poor critter has froze... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 13:58:15 EST For all Us Dog Lovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2902346 <BR> Dog Wisdom... <BR> <BR> 1) The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. -Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2) Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful. -Ann Landers <BR> <BR> 3) If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. -Will Rogers <BR> <BR> 4) There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. -Ben Williams <BR> <BR> 5) A dog is the only thing on earth tha... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 14:44:34 EST My Son Is A Neat Freak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2894930 This is true. I don't know where he gets it, neither I nor his Dad are obsessive-compulsive about cleaning. He's living with us right now, so this really works out to our advantage. <BR> He's cleaned my house, one end to the other, top to bottom. Now he's wanting to paint. <BR> <BR> This is nice, in ways, but have you ever lived with an obsessive-compulsive person? Let me give you some examples of what it's like. <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago, he cleaned up my computer room, whic... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 20:28:13 EST Happy Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2879209 I'm up again, as usual. I go to bed really early, sleep a few hours, then I'm awake. I'll go back to bed in a bit and sleep through the rest of the night. My circadian rhythm is really strange, always has been. My Mom used to say she was going to see about me going to night school! <BR> <BR> We have made no plans for Valentine's Day. In fact, after trying to pen DH down all week, I finally agreed to meet a friend for lunch today. Well, we're meeting at 3 p.m., so I guess it's actually ... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 01:47:19 EST I've noticed I've got a lot smarter as I aged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2876539 Recently, in a large city in Australia , <BR> a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym. <BR> It said, "This summer, <BR> do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?" <BR> <BR> A middle-aged woman, <BR> whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, <BR> responded publicly to the question <BR> posed by the gym. <BR> <BR> <BR> To Whom It May Concern, <BR> Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious hu... Sat, 13 Feb 2010 08:19:51 EST Yes, there is a cure for the winter blues~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2872721 After I posted that pitiful blog the other day, the first person to respond was DianeBPH. When anyone comments on my blog or page, I go devour their pages. Low and behold, right on the main page, big as "IKE" was this quote: <BR> “In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” Albert Camus <BR> <BR> Talk about a slap in the face and a kick in the arse! Guess what, Linda? The problem ain't winter, and it ain't snow, it's ...brace yourself....LINDA. <BR> ... Fri, 12 Feb 2010 05:20:06 EST Colonoscopy Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2870742 AS one who has had multiple colonoscopies, I can assure you that this journal is true and accurate! If you are getting ready to have one, you may not want to read this! <BR> <BR> I called my friend Andy Sable, a gastroenterologist, to make an appointment for a colonoscopy. <BR> <BR> <BR> A few days later, in his office, Andy showed me a color diagram of the colon, a lengthy organ that appears to go all over the place, at one point passing briefly through Minneapolis .. <BR> <BR> The... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 15:34:07 EST