LOVETOLAUGH56's SparkPeople Blog LOVETOLAUGH56's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My Class Quilt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's coming along. Now all blocks are sashed together, now I have to put the border around it. I think a 4 to 5 inch border of my focal fabric then the binding and backing. Then Quilting it by machine. I'm really loving this project. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:04:00 EST quilting <img src=""> <img <BR> <BR> src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's one of the quilt squares I've made recently. There will be 12 - 12" squares or blocks in this quilt I'm making in this class. Some thing I really enjoy and it's nice to feel like I've completed something. <BR> <BR> My life has been a combination of many loose strings the last many months and I really needed to complete some th... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:53:48 EST stuck in a rut I seem to be not very motivated and stuck in a rut. <BR> I know I just need to move on and get back in to all the good habits I had been in. <BR> <BR> Please give me a virtual kick in the butt please! Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:10:23 EST Allergic! <BR> I had a smattering of allergy (skin) testing done on Tuesday afternoon and boy did it wipe me out and make me feel bad/worse for two days. Found out I am very allergic to oak and feathers and moderately allergic to dust and all sorts of weeds, trees and grasses. At first I didn't think we had many oak trees around here, but I was mistaken. I bought a new pillow since I couldn't be certain if mine had any feathers in it. I looked at mattress covers and didn't want to pay $100 hoping I ca... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:54:06 EST update I did go to the new specialist yesterday and I think he's very smart. He is an Internest, and Allergy Specialist. <BR> He wants to see the results of a whole bunch of blood work on me that was drawn today, but his initial feeling is that back 3 years ago when I had the benign brain tumor back in my head wedged between my optic nerves, pituitary and hypothalmus he thinks that my hormones that regulate my thyroid, ovaries, liver and pancreas got really messed up. <BR> In the last year and hal... Wed, 14 May 2014 20:56:11 EST Thinking of others As I face my own battles every day I can get very discouraged and depressed. <BR> <BR> But no matter what I am facing I hear about others who are facing worse things and as I pray for them I can sense that God is working in my life and I am blessed. <BR> <BR> He is always there for all of us. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:54:20 EST Waiting to hear Last week I posted a blog about my very high calcium and magnesium levels in my hair analysis. Thank you for all the support and suggestions from all of you. I so appreciate that. <BR> <BR> Today I'm waiting to hear from my Naturopathic Dr. what my blood levels of Calcium and Magnesium were from last Friday. This should confirm the hair analysis... we hope (see other blog) <BR> I've been trying not to stress about this but I have made the dietary changes that were possible and stopped taki... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:23:44 EST Troubled by test results I got the results of my hair analysis that I sent in the beginning of the month. <BR> <BR> My calcium and magnesium is off the charts high. Makes sense. I am sore no matter where the doctor pushes on my skin and muscles plus fatigue, mental drowsiness etc. Excess calcium will be stored in soft tissue and organs when it gets too high in the blood stream. <BR> <BR> I went through my supplements when I got home and have put aside the ones that have the calcium and magnesium in them. Then I ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:07:37 EST Early Easter Basket <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just thought I'd show you one idea for an Easter Basket. <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Karen Sun, 30 Mar 2014 12:41:10 EST Having a heat wave <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It got up to 72 degrees on our thermomter out by the pool and I think it was a heat wave? <BR> <BR> was nice and yes I wore my flip flops today for a while. <BR> <BR> Sorry to all of you who are cold, in the snow and ice. <BR> <BR> Karen Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:05:38 EST A to Z of Me I've seen this circulating and I wanted to add one of mine, so here it is the A to Z of me <BR> <BR> A is for Age: 57 <BR> B is for Booze: No, I don't drink <BR> C is for Car: Toyota Camry <BR> D is for Dad: My Dad Richard has been gone for 7 years now <BR> E is for Ego: I know that Freud wrote lots about that subject <BR> F is for Favorite song or music: I like a lot of music, don't really have one favorite <BR> G is for Goof off thing to do: Play Castleville or Words with friends on Fa... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:30:10 EST Almost TAX Season <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about getting organized and doing the taxes and boy it's just way too much for me to tackle right now. <BR> So the above picture is how I feel about that! <BR> If you can't see it very well this is our cat Stormy lying on his back on the couch. He's not very photogenic at all and that makes it hard to get a really good picture of him. <BR> <BR> Here's more! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 02:47:32 EST Wintry Cats <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> hope every one living in cold snowy areas are keeping their cats nice and warm this winter! <BR> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:56:58 EST Missing my Buddy dog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been out walking more in the neighborhood lately and I always notice others walking their dogs. It's been making me miss our dog who's been gone about a year. <BR> He was a great dog, so well behaved, even put up with our 3 cats. He loved to go on walks and often was an inspiration to my going on my walks. <BR> <BR> Miss you Buddy <em>382</em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:48:07 EST Old habits are hard to lick <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Like I said "Old habits are hard to lick". <BR> I do love baked goods. <BR> <BR> So I'm going to try some better recipes. <BR> Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:33:49 EST Bazaar time again Well it's that time again..........bazaar <BR> We are all very busy planning our bazaar that will take place Oct 26th. there is a lot to do to make it all seem to run smoothly for 120 vendors, bake sale, lunch counter, and silent auction. My job has been getting the publicity done and we've added several paid ads this year. <BR> A new lady has been helping us and she is a wiz at graphics, wow she's really been awesome. <BR> So, it's just about a week and a half away and all seems to be set ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:34:27 EST She asked for prayer I have a decorative cross on my car. I put it on there when I bought the car about 4 years ago. I have had a cross on my cars for many, many years, seems like always, maybe like many of you. But I'll tell you I don't always feel like I'm worthy to "wear" it on my car, because I'm not always a good person. I often grit my teeth and swear at bad drivers and when I'm running late I have many bad thoughts while slowing down for the yellow light and sitting through the red one. <BR> <BR> I got i... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 23:21:38 EST If You Are Concerned About Health Care. Sharing Barb's blog...was a great one <BR> <BR> YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LIKE THIS... <BR> <BR> <BR> At age 76 when you most need it, you are not eligible for cancer <BR> treatment. <BR> <BR> see page 272 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What Nancy Pelosi didn't want us to know until after the healthcare <BR> bill was passed. Remember she said, "We have to pass the Bill so <BR> <BR> that we can see what's in it." <BR> Well, here it is. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Obama Care Highlighted ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 21:39:37 EST Busy week <em>383</em> <em>244</em> <em>383</em> <BR> Our household has been through many changes lately. <BR> About a month ago a young lady from the neighborhood started living with us. Her stepfather became too difficult to live's a long story. So she's in our guest bedroom and many of the things that were being stored in there are in our dinning room and other rooms, but it's okay, just a little messier than usual. <BR> Our daughter started college last Monday. She's still liv... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:35:29 EST My Spark-aversary <em>504</em> It's my 2 year Spark Anniversary today. Ya! <BR> I appreciate all the many months of support and fun we've had together so far. <BR> I hope we have many more years together. <BR> Thank you every one. <BR> Blessings, <BR> Karen Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:14:06 EST Carrying my precious oils every where <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After I had been using the essential oils a couple weeks I realized that there where many times when I was out of the house and wanted to use them. So I got this little zippered case and ... viola... I can have them ready to use at any time. I can even share them with other people too. <BR> <BR> Aren't they so cute! Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:48:02 EST 3 reasons In the past I have failed at many diets, misguided fads, and exercise programs. Here are 3 reasons why I did fail and what I can do to help my self. I am doing this because my team leader has encouraged us to do this. <BR> <BR> 1) fatigue.... juicing fresh fruits and veggies and combine with lean protein, diffuse peppermint and wild orange oils <BR> <BR> 2) too hot out side.... exercise in pool or inside in the A/C with DVDs <BR> <BR> 3) no time to make meals from fresh foods....plan ah... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 22:09:09 EST trying to fit in <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ever had one of those times when you're trying to fit in Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:56:31 EST Liking Essential Oils There still is volumes to learn about essential oils, but so far I am very interested in continuing to learn. <BR> I have been able to lessen and avoid some of my pain with the oils. <BR> From what I have read all EO (essential oils) are not equal, some are definitely better quality. The feds do not regulate them and so many companies supposedly get away with claiming 100% pure and they are not. I am not sure that in this blog that I am allowed to say which one I recommend so if you want th... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:49:54 EST Review of organic purchase Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the fruits and veggies that I did get at the organic coop last week. <BR> It all looked really good and fresh, but most of it got too ripe being left out on the counter as I usually do with fruits. The fresh apricots were the tastiest of all the produce I ordered and bought. I think I'll need to buy less and eat it up faster next time because I don't want to see it go bad. <BR> As for prices, I didn't pay more than what it would have been in the store for n... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:27:07 EST Essential Oil sampling tonight <em>434</em> <BR> I've been doing a lot of reading about essential oils and their benefits the last couple weeks and have found out that some friends of mine are really into it for health, cooking and cleaning. So I am going to a informational/sampling party tonight. I have used peppermint on and off for a few years for my stuffy nose and it really does help and now I am going much deeper into the world of essential oils. I haven't looked on spark to see if there is a particular team or te... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:10:59 EST Ordering organic foods <em>368</em> <em>45</em> <em>258</em> <em>291</em> <BR> Well I'm getting ready to place my first order of organic fruits and vegetables. I know some people at church who have been in this organics coop for a year or more and they really like it so I thought I'd give it a try. <BR> I hope they have blue berries and other fruits and veggies I want this week. We can place orders every two weeks and twice a year or so I'll work at it for several hours on the Fridays the foods come in... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:17:47 EST Life is like a beach?? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was just looking at my pictures of beaches and wondered where the expression of "Life is like a beach" came from or better yet- what do they mean by that. Here's some thoughts I had on the subject <BR> <BR> 1) sand- minute granules, billions of in a handful, gets in our cracks and irritates, can be all different colors, can have buried treasure hidden beneath if you want to dig, some things wash up on it, some t... Fri, 31 May 2013 23:15:36 EST Life-like quilt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went on a women's retreat last weekend on Mother's Day weekend. We met at a church camp about an hour from here. Most of the ladies were from our Thursday morning group called WOW (Women of the Word). There was 50 of us at this event called "The Patterns of Your Life". We hand stitched lap quilts while listening to worship music and different speakers. It all was woven into the theme of stitching together our li... Sun, 19 May 2013 16:30:01 EST Beautiful Nature <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I was out walking the other day I saw these beautiful flowers. They seemed to be growing wild in this wooded area. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know what kind of flower it is. I would be happy to know what the name is and would love to have them in my yard. Sat, 4 May 2013 13:09:11 EST Crunch Time...switch gears <em>198</em> <em>33</em> <em>386</em> <em>58</em> <BR> It hit me like a ton of bricks last daughter is graduating HS in 5 weeks. <BR> Last night's realizations: <BR> 1. this senior year of her's has flown by faster than I ever imagined <BR> 2. it will be a whole new season in life with her in college <BR> 3. I really understand why she's freakin' out <BR> 4. I wish I was healthier by now <BR> 5. when she graduates it will be the two year anniversary of my brain s... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:13:47 EST swollen legs and feet I need to figure out what I did or didn't do to get this amount of swelling in my legs. <BR> I may have eaten more salt than usual, I did have kraut (from a can) with my pork roast. That may be where some of it came from. <BR> I've been really careful about adding salt or eating salty foods the last two years. <BR> I know that I should be able to look at sodium in my daily intake. <BR> So, I'm doing what I can to reduce the swelling and I think I'll be okay tomorrow morning. <BR> I welcome ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 22:00:54 EST Weigh in <em>225</em> <em>225</em> <BR> I am frustrated with my scale. <BR> I expected it to go down this past week, but NO. <BR> <BR> I will not let the scale rule my life. <BR> I will not let the scale ruin my day. <BR> <BR> I will think about non-scale victories instead. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 13:29:48 EST Sat. 4/6/13 Progress update I have made some progress this past week. The week started out poorly but has finished up well. <BR> <BR> PAIN: Tue/Wed/Thurs my hip pain was so bad (#9) by 1 or 2 pm that all I could do is sit or lay down apply an ice pack, take ibuprofen, then stretch gently and apply an aspirin cream. Then not do much the rest of the day. <BR> The rainy weather may have more to do with this than I previously thought because now that it has been gone I've felt better. I did make an appointment with my pa... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 15:31:15 EST I said no to cake <em>35</em> <BR> Well my title on this blog may be a little misleading but I really did say "NO" to my self and would not have a second piece, when I went in the kitchen, saw the cake again and no one was around. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm pretty proud of that 'cause it's a start. I have been having a "pitty-party" again and allowing my self to get out of control with things like that. <BR> <BR> I still could use more prayers and intervention to get by the cake, or may be I can send it to ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 22:38:59 EST I ordered WHAT?? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Seems like I've been a little crazier than usual lately, but I didn't think I ordered this! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>38</em> <em>451</em> <em>241</em> Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:20:11 EST Chronic Pain get you down? Seems like my chronic pain (fibromyalgia, arthritis, myofascial syndrome etc.) is ruling my life again. <BR> Morning, noon and night....pain....pain...pain. Yuck, what a life. <BR> <BR> But I'm not letting it get the best of me. <BR> There are so many teams and info on Spark People to help me. I'm going to work through the pain when possible and when I can't I'll spend part of the time relaxing and part of it catching up with my spark friends, getting more information and trying new things... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:00:49 EST Missed you Lately I've been so busy with new paper work that I needed to finish by dead lines. It's kept me so busy that I haven't been on spark much and I've missed all of you. <BR> Seems like I'm just getting by and holding my head above water. <BR> <BR> My rehab with my left shoulder is coming along well. I had been going to PT 3 times a week and now two times a week. I do my PT exercises 2 - 3 times a day, put on the TENS and then ice my shoulder. In between I use moist heat. All that takes time to... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:57:26 EST Things I like about my FitBit I bought a fitbit zip a couple months ago and some of you encouraged me to come back and tell you how I like it. So here are some things I like about it <BR> 1. it's small, but I can still read it with out my glasses most of the time <BR> 2. of course it loads up to my fitness page on spark and that saves on time. <BR> 3. it has a clip and the clip is on the rubberized case that goes around it <BR> 4. I can put the fitbit into the case up side down so I can read it better while it's still on ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:18:13 EST Seasonal Thoughts <img src=""> <BR> The holidays can be stressful, but don't let it get you frazzled <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Take some time to look out the window or get outside and see nature's changes <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Remember the things that make this season so special <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 19 Dec 2012 22:36:56 EST Advice from cats? <img src=""> <BR> I want to vent a little about pain............. okay enough on that subject all ready. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Stretching before and after exercise is good! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Always drink enough water every day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tr... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:08:58 EST Kitchen gadgets and more I haven't written any blogs in several days, maybe a week. <BR> I enjoy reading all your blogs so much. Makes me feel connected to all of you! <BR> <BR> So this past week I received my fitbit zip in the mail and it turned on just fine and was keeping track of steps etc. on the device it's self but I had trouble getting it synced to the computer. It is because I am technically challenged, not the fitbit, just me. I really love it. It isn't the fancier one that keeps track of sleep, but I wear... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 23:22:00 EST Part of the puzzle...vitamins I've been trying to feel better for a long, long time so I read other's recommendations, web-sites and blogs keeping up on the latest information about Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Myofacial Syndrome and osteoarthritis. <BR> <BR> For most of the last 5 years I've been taking a multivitamin that has more than 100% of the RDA values, but last week I decided to see how I'd feel if I decreased my multivitamin RDA values to 100% instead of the 200-300% I've been taking. <BR> <BR> Well I'm her... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:23:58 EST My sweet potato dish Well we had a feast here at the house earlier today. My husband always does a fried turkey and if I stick to the white meat with out the skin then the fat content is not more. So while I had the kitchen to my self this morning I decided to experiment with the two baked sweet potatoes I had. <BR> I read many recipes so by no means is this an original idea. I took the sweet potatoes skinned them and chunked them; mixed with zested organge rind and orange sections cut up; mixed with a couple t... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 22:21:46 EST I did it Yesterday I thought more about it and I went ahead and ordered my fit bit zip. <BR> I really think this will get me moving more every day so I can beat my previous day's number of steps. <BR> Besides it's cute. It was difficult for me to pick which color I wanted, but I finally decided on the blue. <BR> <BR> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:47:53 EST Game Face Yep, it was so hard and I gave in. Now almost 11 pm and I'm going to be feeling guilty. <BR> I was going to say that "I couldn't help my self" but that's not right I could have helped my self by hiding those cinnamon rolls out of my sight like I've done before and with other things that are a real temptation. <BR> <BR> But tomorrow is a new day and I'll just have to be good and not mess up again. I've gone about 400 calories over my limit today and I'll just have to be good and take in a lit... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 23:52:24 EST Snap out of it <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been a difficult week and maybe a difficult two weeks. <BR> <BR> Pain in most of my joints is worse. I think it's due to weather changes bothering my arthritis and a fibro-flare up. Just been more achy and painful than usual. <BR> <BR> So, I've gone back to my former ways of soothing my self with food and resting in front of the TV to take my mind off of it all. <BR> <BR> But, then **SPARK** <BR> I snap out... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 13:44:42 EST Three Things.... Well, at least three things that have kept me going this week (besides my morning coffee) are #1- and this 5% challenge, and #2- Dr. Oz scaring the you know what out of me by talking about the complications of obesity. <BR> <BR> There is some thing about this challenge that has really pushed me to do better. Yea, I've heard and read that challenges can be motivating, but until I joined one I guess I just didn't get it. Over all I've been done better on my nutrition and exercise for the las... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:52:24 EST Silly sleeping pills <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, I have read it again recently on spark, we must get enough sleep every night for many reasons and one is that it's harder to loose weight if we don't. <BR> <BR> I've had insomnia for many years, it goes along with many other problems most people with fibromyalgia have. It is not the worst problem I have, but it can be tricky. <BR> <BR> See, some times I do weird things if I don't get in the bed soon enough a... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 23:13:04 EST I am "Challenged" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The kitty lovingly watching the mouse in the picture above inspired me to write about the fall challenges going on. <BR> <BR> There is quite the buzz around Spark and many of the spark teams about fall challenges. <BR> I missed out last year because I was new to spark and was just getting used to the day to day ins and outs of the spark site. <BR> But I decided to join in when several of my spark friends were tal... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:46:41 EST