MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community More Cleaning It's Saturday. I have a date at 4 pm with a coworker who's been transferred. We'll meet at Applebee's. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> MEANWHILE, I undertook to tackle the "workroom" off the dining room. It has served at various times as a small bedroom (even has cable!), a work area for soldering electric circuits, a storage area for ceramic works in progress and the supplies for them, and lately a catch-all for anything y... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:14:37 EST Mousie Wars I was delayed finishing up the NW room - we had some snow on Friday which I had to clear. I had a regular shovel but the handle came off. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But I still have the electric shovel I bought last year. It's a bit cumbersome to have that long cord, but it does a good job. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But finally, I was able to f... Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:28:40 EST The Northeast Room Is CLEEEEEEEAN! Yesterday I had an appointment with the dermatologist after work. In the past I've had 2 basal cell carcinomas removed at my left temple. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fortunately, it was caught early, and the scar is minimal, and hides behind my glasses! After the first one was removed, I went back every 6 months, and was no sooner about to get a clean bill of health which would reduce the visits to yearly, when he foun... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:00:35 EST Making Some Headway So, I got a message Friday night that the Ex WAS going to come that afternoon but had to go to hospital with chest pains. (A thought - the Lord's chastisement for how he treated my DD?) But Saturday afternoon he called to say he could come to get a few things. He brought his other 2 daughters. They took SOME things. He said he'd be back today - we agreed, 9 in the morning would work. I told him I planned to go out in the afternoon. <BR> Well...The older of the two girls called to say they'd ... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:31:58 EST Plans About How to Ditch All This Stuff I have called my DD's Ex the past two days when I got home from work, inviting him to come and get some of his stuff, especially the papers that he said were so important. And he STILL hasn't come. <BR> <BR> Well, I am not his unlimited storage area. There are at least a half dozen bags of clothes in the basement. There's stuff belonging to his other 3 kids (by the woman with whom he was cheating while going with my DD) in the attic room and the other 2 bedrooms. There are odds and ends in t... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 10:19:15 EST A Different Form of Exercise Because we were unable to fit all the boxes and bags of toys and clothes in the rental vehicle, DD left a BUNCH of stuff. And because her EX still has a lot of stuff at my house, she asked me to move her stuff to the sun porch so he and the other kids wouldn't go through it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So, I made myself some little goals, to lug at least one box or bag up in the morning, and at least 2 when I got home... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 10:18:43 EST Emptying the Nest At various times my adult children have lived with me. In 2008, they were ALL here, until after I went to Peru and the 2 younger had my DH evict the elder. When I returned, they eventually moved out and the elder returned. She has been with me since - seeking employment but not getting it due to her physical limitations but serving as "chief cook and bottle-washer:" Her Significant Other has also been here - along with their 2 children plus 3 of his children by another "baby mama". When I m... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 07:02:33 EST "Creative" Use of Time Off from Work We're on February break from school. You can imagine how the STAFF was counting down! <img src=""> <BR> Of course, I UNset my alarm, because now I can sleep in, right? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Of course not! The body is used to getting up and about between 5 and 6...And the bowels insist on maintaining that schedule! <BR> <img src="http://... Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:07:02 EST One Hundred Days Since the first day of school, we have tracked school days on our morning calendar. This includes moving a number block into a space - multiples of 5's and 10's in blue to practice counting thereby; <BR> <img src=""> <BR> adding a straw to the ones' place, bundling when we have 10 and moving the 10-straw bundle to the tens' place; <BR> <img src=" Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:52:00 EST What Brand Do YOU Use? Baba's Shaving Cream <BR> <BR> A marketing guy was interviewing people on the street had button-holed a guy and was asking him a series of questions which went like this... <BR> <BR> Which shaving cream do you use? <BR> <BR> The gent answered, Baba's, and the guy proceeded to answer each of the interviewer's following questions with the same answer, Baba's... <BR> <BR> Which aftershave do you use? <BR> <BR> Which deodorant do you use? <BR> <BR> Which toothpaste do you use? <BR> <BR> Wh... Fri, 2 Feb 2018 10:05:09 EST Thoughts on the Unmoving Scale Well, I can't really say it's UNMOVING...I DID take off the "cookie" pounds from Christmas. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But otherwise, it's been holding steady, with the usual fluctuation. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> However, it occurred to me that last year at this time I did weigh about 15 pounds more...and continued until I went to ... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:05:26 EST Giggle for a Cold Day Walk On Water <BR> Dallas heard that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all walked on water on their 21st birthdays. <BR> <BR> So, on his 21st birthday, Dallas and his big brother Damon, headed out to the lake. "If they did it, I can too!" he insisted. <BR> <BR> When Dallas and Damon arrived at the lake, they rented a canoe and began paddling. When they got to the middle of the lake, Dallas stepped off of the side of the boat... and nearly drowned. <BR> <BR> Furious and some... Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:26:50 EST Retirement Thoughts Originally I planned to retire when I turned 65, which will be this summer. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But my coworker, with whom I ride, had to wait a bit longer, so I figured I'd retire same time as her - end of school year 2018/19. Even more so when my eldest grandson started attending my school - just to be a presence for his sense of security (he's high-functioning autistic). <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:18:28 EST Another Giggle 40the Wedding Anniversary <BR> <BR> A married couple, in their early 60s, was celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary at a quiet, romantic little restaurant. <BR> <BR> Suddenly, a tiny beautiful Fairy appeared on their table. She said: "For being such an exemplary married couple and especially for being so thoughtful and loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish." <BR> <BR> "Oh, said the wife, I want to travel around the World with my darling husband." <BR> <... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 13:23:10 EST A Giggle Loose Fitting Clothing <BR> <BR> A lady was teaching many aerobic classes. She told a lady who was looking to sign up for the class to just wear loose fitting clothing to the class. <BR> <BR> "Honey," the lady replied, "if I had any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't be signing up for an exercise class." <BR> <BR> Received from Pastor Tim. via <BR> <BR> Tue, 2 Jan 2018 10:13:36 EST Happy New Year After I fix my coffee in the morning <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I sit in front of the computer and bring up for my daily Bread of Life. <BR> This is a discipline I need. It keeps me grounded. And often on days off I call and read to my father-in-law because he also has a passion for the Word of God. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> No... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:54:15 EST Pedicure! The first time I ever had a pedicure was in February of 2007. I was with my pastor in Iquitos, and we'd gone to check out a work, and on our way back, my sandal totally died. I walked the rest of the way unshod. Our hostess saw my feet and insisted on giving me a pedicure. I would have been content just to wash the mud off, but no, she washed my feet, soaked them, trimmed my toenails, and then applied polish! AND she gave me a MANICURE to top things off! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:21:21 EST Christmas Vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The only "stake of holly" through my heart this Christmas season <BR> <img src=""> <BR> was from my youngest daughter in Ireland, who wishes me dead (and even told her son, my grandson, that I AM dead) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mea... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:00:48 EST A New Beginning Is Sparked I was truly planning on doing my Richard Simmons workout yesterday but I could not find my dvd's! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So I decided I would start up today, as Sunday is the beginning of a new week. I got on my bike in the morning, and I did THIRTY MINUTES! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I have set my alarm for 5:30 for tomorrow to give me time... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 09:43:17 EST Weekends <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday was a half-day for students. Staff had PD - Professional Development. This time the administrators focused on health of body and soul with workshops on line dance, meditation, exercise, and tai chi. It was really quite enjoyable - better than sitting for hours listening to lectures! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I di... Sat, 2 Dec 2017 09:52:31 EST Last Two "Gratitudes" <img src=""> <BR> Jesus is my BESTEST friend - and it's because of Him that I have such a wonderful family, both spiritual and natural. It is because of Him that I met my first husband, through an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship retreat...And as his health began to fail, the Lord prepared the way for my present husband, connecting us and enabling us to have a good friendship first. So when my first went ahead of ... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 20:43:37 EST More Thanks <img src=""> <BR> I love the arts. I think music - song - is the form of expression I'm most grateful for - not that I personally am a great singer, but the compositions of others have been a blessing to help express my own feelings. I haven't cried over visual arts, but some hymns cause the tears to well up in grateful worship. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:06:49 EST Continuing to Give Thanks <img src=""> <BR> I like the Latino tradition at birthday parties or special events - at least, this has been my experience when my birthday has been celebrated by friends in Peru - of speaking about the guest of honor and what that person has meant to them. It's like eulogies - but while you are ALIVE to appreciate them! My first experience with this tradition was in 2006 and they had a birthday party for me. <BR>... Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:05:02 EST George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation <img src=""> <BR> [New York, 3 October 1789] <BR> <BR> By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation. <BR> <BR> Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor--and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the P... Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:19:52 EST Day 22 of 30 Days of Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> What story are you grateful for? <BR> <BR> My Mom read to us when we were little, which imparted to us an enjoyment of reading. I have my favorites, from my childhood on. A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh books <BR> <img src=""> <BR> books by Meindert Dejong like Along Came a Dog <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:39:57 EST Catching Up On Gratitude! Although I AM thankful daily for God's many blessings in my life, I have been remiss in blogging the 30 Days of Gratitude. I see I left off at day THIRTEEN, so I have some catching up to do! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Well, I think I'm especially grateful just to HAVE sight - along with the ability to see COLOR. That being said, I do love the sight of a splendid sunset (or sunrise, but I'm more likely to have a c... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:19:27 EST Days 12 and 13 of 31 Days of Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> Day 12, What TEXTURE are you grateful for? I like soft...soft bunnies... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> soft plushy blankets...and stuffed animals...and baby cheeks (this is my grandson Rory when he was a wee one) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 13,... Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:07:00 EST Day 11 of 31 Days of Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> What Holiday are you grateful for? <BR> Passover/Resurrection Day! (I prefer not to call it "Easter" due to its pagan roots) Passover's foreshadowing of Christ's redemptive death and subsequent resurrection, to give us salvation and hope! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But today is also Veteran's Day, and while it isn't ... Sat, 11 Nov 2017 19:36:10 EST Days 8-10 of Thirty Days of Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 8 - What book are you most grateful for? THAT'S easy - the Bible! I prefer the New International Version (both in English and in Spanish) but I'm glad it is so easily available and we don't have to worry about imprisonment if we're caught with one. Shame on us if we let dust gather on one! I wear mine out with marking! <BR> <img src=" Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:26:38 EST Got My Passage to Peru! Last night I went online to see what the fare was for round trip to Peru for next summer. I HOPED I could use my miles but I don't have enough yet! Well, the fare was the lowest I've seen, so I snatched it up, under $800! I do have a crazy connection where I go to JFK to Charlotte before going to Rochester, but if such a detour is required for the low price (I have paid 1200 in the past) it's worth it. I'll just bring some reading material...Oh wait, I'll have my Bible with me! <BR> Anyway, I... Wed, 8 Nov 2017 10:14:26 EST Day 6 of 30 Days of Thanksgiving Forgot to post it here, though I did on Facebook! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> What in nature are you grateful for? <BR> TREES! Even just seeing them refreshes my soul! I especially love old oaks and beeches. <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 7 Nov 2017 06:37:19 EST Day 7 of 30 Days of Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 7 of 30 days of gratitude: What memory are you grateful for? Wow, that's a toughy - I have some good ones! I think I'll go with my SECOND wedding day - how the family worked together to make it special for us. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mother-in-law, sis-in-law Sonia, aunt Mercedes working on the wedding ca... Tue, 7 Nov 2017 06:32:23 EST Day 5 of Thirty Days of Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> Day five asks "What sound are you grateful for today?" The sound of praises rising up to God with the freedom to worship (and even though yours may be different, and I'm willing to try to persuade you otherwise, I will defend YOUR freedom to sing your own praises to your own deities!) <BR> <link><BR>8AkgLmg&index=5 </link> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 16:33:23 EST Nearing Thanksgiving <img src=""> <BR> I saw this on Facebook today. So I decided to catch up a little. For Nov. 1st, What Smell are you grateful for? Coffee brewing in the morning! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Nov. 2nd - What technology are you grateful for? I'm grateful for the internet so I can keep in touch with friends all over the place - being able to find ... Sat, 4 Nov 2017 19:53:38 EST You Know You Have A Big Dog When... <BR> The sound of running water makes you jump up and yell, "OUTSIDE!" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You tell your dog to sit, and he backs up until he finds a chair. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It takes 3 people to get your dog on the scale at the vets. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 7 Oct 2017 08:11:42 EST A Saturday Morning Giggle Overweight Friends <BR> <BR> Two overweight middle-aged women are on their daily walk. They were discussing how hard it is to lose weight as one gets older. <BR> <BR> One woman complained that she remained apple-shaped. The other woman said that no matter how much she exercised, there was too much fat on her backside and thighs, and it seemed like it was there to stay. <BR> <BR> Her friend agreed, saying, "It's true. The lard works in mysterious ways." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Sat, 7 Oct 2017 07:25:53 EST Yard Work <img src=""> <BR> You may remember my hyperbole while mowing the back yard, ho9w there were enough rocks in the fire pits to make stone fences for all the pastures of Ireland <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was waiting for some RAIN to soften the ground, but you know how contrary the weather can be - when you WANT it to rain, it DOESN'T, and wh... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 17:33:32 EST A Quick Giggle At a boat rental concession, the manager went to the lake's edge and yelled through his megaphone, "Number 99, come in, please. Your time is up." Several minutes passed, but the boat didn't return. "Boat number 99," he again hollered, "return to the dock immediately or I'll have to charge you overtime." <BR> <BR> "Something is wrong here, boss," his assistant said. "We only have 75 boats. There is no number 99." <BR> <BR> The manager thought for a moment and then raised his mega-phone: "Boa... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:28:29 EST Hyperbole While Mowing the Lawn My son-in-law left so many fire pits, I could build rock fences around all the pastures in Ireland! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's so much overgrowth in and around them fire pits, I could set up a wildlife sanctuary! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In fact, the back yard has become so overgrown, I think I discovered some new species o... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:21:30 EST Mourning to Dancing One of my spiritual sons who accompanied me a couple of times during parts of mission trips in 2008 and 2011 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> here with Dany in Quito, Ecuador <BR> <BR> (who is also a good buddy or "manchita" to my DH) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dany with Levi in Pucallpa <BR> <BR> got married last year. I had already left, but I g... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:18:42 EST Synopsis What helped me lose weight over my trip was a few things - <BR> I spent only ONE week in Lima and surrounding. It was their winter, so cooler, so I had more appetite, and people kept inviting me for meals, so I said that if Levi commented that I'd put on weight I would blame THEM. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I spent two months in Pucallpa where it is almost ALWAYS hot, so I had less appetite. <BR> And I drank lots of wa... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 09:08:21 EST The Lie I have had friends who hunt, and have given me some of their game. So I have had venison... <img src=""> <BR> and wild turkey <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And one time the menfolk from church had a "Game Dinner" and I asked the pastor's son if I could try his squirrel stew. (Tastes like chicken!) <BR> <img src=" Sat, 9 Sep 2017 08:30:15 EST Two Truths and a Lie These being the first few days of school, in the morning the principal has had the 7th and 8th graders report to the gym, for refreshing their memories of the rules, and for doing some fun things. The staff was told to come up with 2 truths and a lie which COULD be true, for the students to guess which was the lie. We didn't have an opportunity to do it, but I give it to you here. Which is the lie? <BR> <BR> I have eaten wild goose. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:10:20 EST Back in My OTHER Home Went to bed at 7 last night with 2 tylenol PM's, and slept (not counting usual potty breaks) til about 5:30 am to the sound of Abigail J. Saff making coffee - REAL coffee - in the kitchen, so I'm up and about. <BR> Saturday I had my last breakfast of fresh fried fish - a kind called Bagre (spelling?) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Later, niece and nephew Leidy and Abel came by to get some platanos from the bodega (support ... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:34:31 EST Backing Up I tried posting this before but the site was having difficulties. So this goes back to last week. <BR> So, Tuesday night (the 15th) Pa and I walked the short distance (I brought my cane for the unpaved places) to the home of a sister Edita where they were meeting, for Bible study and fellowship. As mentioned previously, I'd been invited to share, which I did. (I asked Bro Fausto to take a few pix for me). <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:37:42 EST Winding Down Nothing major happening - very vacationy! We've had some pleasantly cool nights and overcast and/or rainy days. Some nights I even used a sheet! I've done laundry, chased spiders, helped with cooking and dishes. I put the white board I'd used for English classes in our curtained doorway to (try to) keep the kittens out.Minina the mama cat has occasionally come in through the opening in our back wall and I have to open for her. We've played Bingo many an afternoon when the shade has increased ... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:15:34 EST A Few More Days Saturday Ma decided she wanted more shade, so she took a cutting from a oung Fuico tree - these are the trees you see in malls, very hardy. They sprout roots down the side of their trunks so it's easy to plant cuttings. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Of course, we've been waiting for our street to be paved - a couple of years ago they fooled us by spreading "ripio" (a gravely mix) and leveling it. But they paved the conne... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:33:59 EST A Quiet Week It's been a peaceful week. I did a load of whites Wednesday, hoping to salvage some things that got "pinked" by a rogue red t-shirt, but I think I'll have to use more bleach next time around. How is it that it bleeds so easily from where you want it to STAY, but clings relentlessly despite all efforts to make it GO? Later we sat out in the shade, and along came the local "huevero" - egg man - who parked so he could take a nap in back of his..."truck" (see photo!) <BR> <img src="http://photo... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:14:17 EST Ketchup Time Revisited . with PHOTOS! Thurs 27th - I decided to reorganize the bdroom, moving a shelf unit from the foot of the bedto agaiinst the wall by the desk. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Before pix <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 8 Aug 2017 18:28:46 EST Update (At Last) Tues Aug 1: Ma prepared a lunch of a pretty striped fish called doncella (easy to avoid bones). Pa was working on a dresser for baby Caleb's clothes. I had 4 students - Gabe, Angel, Angelo, and Angelito, and after I got my "propina" of 2 soles,t they all went to play futbol at the nephews' house.A vendor of Omnilife, Don Simon, came by, and I treated ma to a can of a helpful health product. Then I offered him one of Ma's donuts, and brought some out for the rest of us as well. After he left... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 18:02:59 EST