MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Did I Know?? The teacher I worked with asked me if I knew there was a new movie coming out, Finding Dory. <BR> I had to laugh. <BR> My auti student has been watching the trailers and having me draw a number of Regal Blue Tangs (Paracanthurus Hepatius is the scientific name we have learned together) as well as assorted marine drawings I start with a pencil sketch from the selected google image, then do the outline with a Sharpie, then color with crayons. And on the back he asks me to write FINDING DORY, ... Thu, 26 May 2016 15:09:02 EST Ah, Technology! I have been asking the principal to hook me up with either a laptop or a desktop computer for Spanish class because I KNOW a lot of these kids are "writing-challenges" - whether from laziness, from difficulty seeing the board, or their hand hurts after a while because they never learned the best way to hold a pen or pencil to allow for maximum fine motor movement with minimum strain, or they're dyslexic (though this isn't a special ed class.) <BR> <BR> So, the school librarian is letting me ... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:28:16 EST How do you say DUH in Spanish? It came about because I overheard the principal talking to a TA about the Spanish class - that they hadn't had a regular teacher. I mentioned that, while I'm not CERTIFIED, I HAVE taught Spanish in private schools. She knew I translated occasionally for Hispanic parents calling about their kids, but she said, "I didn't know you knew it THAT well." I replied, 'I PREACH in Spanish." So, she'd said she was going to see about having me take on the 2 8th grade classes, and try to hook me up so I c... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:26:33 EST Police Horse Visit Last Wed. the weather was perfect - sunny, not TOO hot - and the 4 mounted police arrived and checked in at the office at 11. Actually, just Joanne, the one with whom I'd been in contact, did the checking in. They called me from the office so I went to meet her and we shook hands warmly. They parked the trailer on a side street and brought the horses to a place on the school grounds. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (at the... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:54:25 EST How Appropriate! A father walks into the market followed by his ten-year-old son. The kid is spinning a 25-cent piece in the air and catching it between his teeth. As they walk through the market someone bumps into the boy at just the wrong moment and the coin goes straight into his mouth and lodges in his throat. <BR> <BR> He immediately starts choking and going blue in the face and Dad starts panicking, shouting and screaming for help. <BR> <BR> A middle-aged, fairly unremarkable man in a gray suit is sit... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:25:17 EST Long Distance I usually call Levi on Sundays because it's the easiest time to catch him at home. But for some reason I forgot and didn't realize until in the middle of the night. Then I was - <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> One problem is that, although New York and Peru are technically in the same time zone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> they don't do Daylight Saving in Peru. So for THIS part of the year, we're an hour ahead of them. So, i... Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:46:51 EST April 20th I am hoping for good weather that day. Reason being, I have invited Rochester's mounted police to our school for a little visit. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I prepared a power point, with input from one of the officers. She sent me pix. There are 5 horses and 4 riders on our force. I don't know how any will come. I have invited a few other classes to get in on the event, scheduling them in 20 minute time slots, g... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 07:21:15 EST What I've Been Up To I have plenty of computer access at school. But while I WOULD like to be more regular and faithful in Sparking, work-time is not the time to do it. No, what I have been doing is creating power points for the 8 students in my class, of a scientific theme. I have also occasionally covered other topics to supplement/complement what the teacher covers in history and ELA. On top of that, at home I make interactive matching "games" for the Smart Board ( I have the program in my home PC from when I ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 09:18:19 EST HE KNOWS MY NAME I have an autistic student in my class. He loves marine fish, and I have made MANY drawings for him. He usually addresses me as "excuse me" and puts in his request - pulling up a photo on the internet of a coral reef scene, or a particular species of fish. I think one of the nicest ones I made was of a Princess Parrot fish <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Well, a while ago I had made a drawing from a pop-up book at his requ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 13:38:46 EST First Corinthians 13, Christmas Version <BR> <BR> If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, <BR> Strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, <BR> But do not show love to my family, <BR> I'm just another decorator. <BR> <BR> If I slave away in the kitchen, <BR> Baking dozens of Christmas cookies, <BR> Preparing gourmet meals <BR> And arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, <BR> But do not show love to my family, <BR> I'm just another cook. <BR> <BR> If I work at the soup kitchen, <BR> Carol in the... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 17:26:23 EST Wrapping Presents with a Cat 1. Clear large space on table for wrapping present. <BR> <BR> 2. Go to wardrobe and collect bag in which present is contained, and close door. <BR> <BR> 3. Open door and remove cat from wardrobe. <BR> <BR> 4. Go to cupboard and retrieve rolls of wrapping paper. <BR> <BR> 5. Go back and remove cat from cupboard. <BR> <BR> 6. Go to drawer and collect transparent sticky tape, ribbons, scissors, labels, etc. <BR> <BR> 7. Lay out present and wrapping materials on table, to enable wrapping st... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:38:19 EST Sporadic Service One of the problems of being a homeowner is having to be responsible for maintenance. I've been having problems with my bundled service of digital phone, cable, and internet - and it's not the provider's fault, but has to do with the meter box outside the house. And that, I was told by the electric company, is MY responsibility to get replaced. When you consider I have been in this same house for 32 years, and my father had it before me, and I don't know if HE had anything replaced, I suppose... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:50:58 EST A Sample Some blogs ago I mentioned I was doing drawings of coral reefs for one of my students. The other day one of the teachers who shares our classroom did me a favor, taking a photo of my latest, so I can share it with you guys. <BR> <BR> My autie student is cute - he asks me almost daily if I can draw him a coral reef, "with rocks and coral and seaweed" and usually clown fish and blue tangs (this one has yellow tangs as well.) <BR> <img src=" Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:48:56 EST Controversy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I posted this on my Facebook. <BR> It saddens me how many people who call themselves by the title of the One Who, motivated by LOVE for us while we were yet sinners, say all manner of very UNChristlike things. My youngest DD, who has turned away from Christ since her late adolescence, cites things like this as a good reason NOT to follow what she calls "my religion" - although for me, it is... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 06:07:38 EST Here We Go Again It's the usual start and stop and start up again. <BR> Yesterday I had my first check-up with my new doctor - my other one RETIRED! <em>198</em> <BR> I chose a lady, a GERIATRIC doctor, since at 62, I am now in that category. BP was a LITTLE high. Had an EKG done, everything looked good. Saturday I'll go for fasting blood work. Since my surgeries, I have gained back some of what I lost. I want to get that back down - not only to look nice for my Honey Levi <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 10:51:51 EST How To Observe Thanksgiving ** Count your blessings instead of your crosses. <BR> <BR> ** Count your gains instead of your losses. <BR> <BR> ** Count your joys instead of your woes. <BR> <BR> ** Count your friends instead of your foes. <BR> <BR> ** Count your smiles instead of your tears. <BR> <BR> ** Count your courage instead of your fears. <BR> <BR> ** Count your full years instead of your lean. <BR> <BR> ** Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. <BR> <BR> ** Count your health instead of your wea... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 06:50:10 EST Rewards One of my students this year is autistic. He LOVES Finding Nemo, and looking up different fish on the computer. Recently I made the "mistake" of drawing for him - and now that he knows I can, he has been requesting pictures of reefs with assorted fish. I had started with "generic" fish. But today i made some drawings with anemones, clown fish, blue tangs, and yellow tangs...oh, and staghorn, brain, elkhorn, table, and fan corals. All with crayon. (Crayola is my favorite brand...actually I won... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:48:29 EST HA HA! Weight Lifting? <BR> <BR> The father was doubtful of his son's sudden interest to become Charles Atlas. Nevertheless he went with the teenager to the weight-lifting department. <BR> <BR> "Please, Dad," begged the boy, "I promise I'll use them every day...." <BR> <BR> "I'm not so sure, Danny. You may lose interest in the equipment," his father was quick to point out. <BR> <BR> "Ahhhh please, Dad?" <BR> <BR> "Besides, it's quite an expense," the father added. <BR> <BR> "I promise, D... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 06:16:29 EST Another Hike Even though the weather was kind of iffy, my friend Carol and I went to Spencerport yesterday for a hike. It was overcast, chilly, and drizzly. But the drizzle was sporadic, and we both wore layers. Spencerport is where we went to high school - in fact, we first met in our freshman year, and have been friends ever since! <BR> It's kind of ironic how we are undertaking these hiking ventures - in high school, we were far from involved in gym class! <BR> Spencerport is one of many Port" villag... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 08:43:23 EST 21st Century Exercises <BR> Physical exercise is good for you. I know that I should do it daily, but my body doesn't want me to do to much, so I have worked out this program of strenuous activities that do not require physical exercise. You are invited to use my program without charge. <BR> <BR> 01) Beating around the bush <BR> <BR> 02) Jumping to conclusions <BR> <BR> 03) Climbing the walls <BR> <BR> 04) Swallowing my pride <BR> <BR> 05) Passing the buck <BR> <BR> 06) Throwing my weight around <BR> ... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 17:54:27 EST Happy Progress Monday I went to the surgeon for a follow-up visit on my knee, and he also checked the hip. He was elated and exclamatory over how well I was doing - really, the scar at the hip is already fading quite nicely (not that I'm in the habit of wearing anything that would SHOW my upper thigh!) And my walking is good. He was especially glad to see my range of motion on the knee, able to bend it 120 degrees! And I still give glory to God - He answers the prayers of all those faithful brothers and sis... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:51:20 EST Perfect Day for a Hike My friend Carol and I - we go way back to 9th grade - discovered we both had Hiking the Appalachian Trail on our Bucket List. So, last week we started to prepare ourselves with a walk at the mall, where I got some good shoes. Today we went to a park. We weren't sure yesterday what the weather would be - it's that time of year - but while the temperature was cool (in the 50's), it was pleasantly sunny and not windy. A friend had told her of this park - Corbett's Glen Nature Park. We went easy ... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 15:06:08 EST Progressing Slowly but Surely The heat of summer has let up, and I am accustomed to rising earlier for work. So starting Sunday this week, I got on my bike. Twenty minutes on Sunday; 20 on Monday...twenty-five on Tuesday and Wednesday. Took a break on Thursday, then did 25 on Friday. And today rather than biking I got together with a friend and we walked. We discovered we would BOTH like to hike the Appalachian Trail - of course, with our age, my arthritis, her balance problems, we realize we'd have to take it just a LI-I... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 15:47:06 EST Back to School It's the first day, and as a TA, there's not much to do just yet. This afternoon we will get our room assignments, but for now, I don't know with which teacher I shall be. Beside me in the library is a new TA who hails from Cuba, who knows at least she will be in a bilingual class. Rochester has a very large latina community (which is why I told levi he should have no trouble getting along). <BR> <BR> It does feel good to be back, though. Soon I will settle into the work routine - and with i... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:58:06 EST I've Been Busy I haven't been Sparking as much lately due to the bed-bug issue. My DD and I have been uber-occupied prepping for the exterminator, due to come on the 28th in the morning, for an estimated 6 hours. Anyway, just today I finished prepping MY room. It involved so much, between washing and/or heat treating ALL the clothes, purging things into trash or recycle, moving everything to the center of the room...DD and I went with eldest granddaughter to the Laundromat one day just to "heat treat" some... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:31:46 EST It's Always Something... Last week they started doing some roadwork. It's going to be going on for the next several months, turning my section temporarily into a one-way east-bound. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Well, last week one of the workers came to our door - and our 110 pound boxer lunged at the door. Now, this is an old house, built around 1920, and the front door has - HAD - this large glass panel. I suppose it's amazing it has lasted ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:29:02 EST A BUSY Be Followed by Some Relaxation Yesterday I got u early - before 6. I actually planned to rise at 6, to get accustomed to school hours, but my bladder beat me to it. So, I started with my knee workout, and then I got on my bike - I was gonna try 10 minutes but I actually pedaled for 15 whole minutes! Then a shower - without having to use the shower seat, mind you! - and downstairs. I did some other knee routines with the stretchy band my PT gave me. <BR> <BR> Then I had to take DD to an appointment. I waited in the van - d... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 07:56:33 EST Moving Right Along So I took myself to breakfast at a local diner, the Peppermill, taking my daughter for company, after which we went to CVS where I got my " bottle of youth" (hair dye). I put it in (half now - half before school starts!) sand then I put in Richard Simmons Sweatin' #2. Three of the grands joined me. One of the 9 yr-old twins dropped out, saying he was tired - to which I replied, "What, you're more tired than a 62 year old lady who just had knee surgery??!" Of course the first 3 routines were j... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:09:09 EST A Giggle and a Comment Navajo Woman <BR> <BR> Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride. <BR> After a bit of small talk while resuming the journey, the Navajo woman noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally. <BR> "What's in the bag?" asked the woman. <BR> Sally looked down at the brown bag and s... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:56:10 EST A Giggle and an Update Treadmill <BR> <BR> My friend hates to exercise, which means the treadmill in her bedroom barely gets used. Nevertheless, she swears by it. <BR> "It really works," she told me. "I throw my jeans over it and they get smaller." <BR> <BR> Received from Doc's Daily Chuckle via <BR> <BR> Now, unlike the subject in the joke, while I have a recumbent stationary bike in MY bedroom, it DID get a lot of use prior to the increased hip pain. So much so, that the left handlebar broke off, a... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:03:40 EST Exciting Breakthrough! The day started out slowly. I did walk back and forth 15 minutes, but I hadn't done the knee routine. So this afternoon I decided I would do them after changing my sheets, and then I would shower off the sweat from this muggy day. <BR> I started by getting on my bike. Five minutes was the plan, rocking the pedals back and forth to build up my range of motion gradually. Well, towards the end of the fifth minute I found I could actually pedal ALL THE WAY AROUND! I did it again, slowly, careful... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:00:11 EST Singles Ad Singles Ad <BR> <BR> This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed. It appeared in The Atlanta Journal. <BR> <BR> SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, <BR> ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good looking girl <BR> who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, <BR> riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and <BR> fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. <BR> Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your <BR> hand. I'll be at the front do... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:33:02 EST Ten More Degrees! I hadn't yet done any of the exercises this morning, and I was weaning myself off the pain pills, especially due to their constipating effect. But I was ready for the therapist this morning, as we went into the kitchen and I performed the new exercises for her. The last one we did at the stairs, where I put my left foot up on the first step and bent my knee as far as I could, 10 times. Then after a short rest she had me do it one more time so she could measure it. Friday I had measured 97 deg... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:42:35 EST Making a Liar Out of the Physical Therapist Well, PT came this morning and after the preliminary questions and taking of vitals, she started me on some standing exercises. We go to the kitchen counter so I have something for balance. "Now, don't expect to be able to lift your leg very far at this stage -" I do the knee flexion as she showed me. "OR make a liar out of me! That's really good, most people can't get it up so far!" <BR> Asks if I have any questions about what I can do, and I mentioned my exercise bike. We went up to my room... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:48:49 EST Progress Report The therapist arrived today while I was in the kitchen making "Cajun" Chicken Salad - that is, chicken salad made from the leftover barbecue (blackened exterior!) chicken thighs from Saturday. I used only 4 thighs but it made a lot of salad. Anyway, the dogs were already secured - not that the therapist would mind, she said, but I figure Cashy the boxer is especially slobbery (ESPECIALLY if you know how to talk baby talk to him) I finished making the salad and joined her in the living room. A... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 12:51:55 EST Knee Humor Since I had the hip replaced and now the knee, friends and coworkers and I have joked about me becoming the Bionic Woman. Then I saw this cartoon and just had to share it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another one I liked was this. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My body lets me know in the middle of the night when the four hours have passed... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 20:51:49 EST Colorful Leg The real bruising didn't start showing up until Saturday. The PT said it indicated that I was actually doing well, putting my knee through its paces. I figured I'd get a couple pix of the leg at this stage, just for the record. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here is a shot of the incision itself, closed with surgical tape, as opposed to staples. <img src=" Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:02:42 EST Pressing On I have successfully slept in my bed since coming home from the hospital. Pain meds definitely help! Yesterday and today before heading downstairs I did the prescribed post-op exercises. I find myself talking encouragingly to my new knee! It doesn't like to bend when it's been straight, and it doesn't like to straighten when it's been bent, but it has to realize it has to do BOTH, on command! <BR> <BR> I am blessed to have the helpful daughter and grandkids who fetch odds and ends for me - as... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:07:52 EST Home with a New Knee I went in for total knee replacement on the 30th. Surgery was at 12:30 pm. I was discharged today, picked up at 3:30 pm. That's 50 hours. Only 2 hours more than my discharge for the hip - probably just as well because I got in on a second round of PT. <BR> <BR> Due to my nickel allergy, I have a TITANIUM knee, which I understand is higher priced. Thank God for my insurance through work! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 17:58:16 EST I Love Birds! Thanks to my parents, I have always been interested in nature. My paternal grandparents fixed up their backyard like a little bird sanctuary, planting all kinds of flora the fruits, nuts and seeds of which would attract even the rarest of birds. So I know a little more about the local fauna than many of my peers. <BR> Recently I had suggested to "Ms. A" (the teacher with whom I worked this year) that we try to teach our small group of special ed kids about some of the more common birds. S... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:03:55 EST The Sin Two elderly, excited Southern women were sitting together in the front pew of church listening to a fiery preacher. <BR> <BR> When this preacher condemned the sin of stealing, these two ladies cried out at the top of their lungs, "AMEN, BROTHER!" <BR> <BR> When the preacher condemned the sin of lust, they yelled again, "PREACH IT, REVEREND!" <BR> <BR> And when the preacher condemned the sin of lying, they jumped to their feet and screamed, "RIGHT ON, BROTHER! TELL IT LIKE IT IS! AMEN!" ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:25:00 EST Talented Hamster A mangy looking guy who goes into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says: "No way. I don't think you can pay for it. <BR> <BR> The guy says, "You're right. I don't have any money, but if I show you something you haven't seen before, will you give me a drink?" <BR> <BR> The bartender says, "Only if what you show me ain't risque." <BR> <BR> "Deal!" says the guy and reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out a hamster. He puts the hamster on the bar and it runs to the end of the bar,... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:36:37 EST Panda Lunch A panda walks into a restaurant, sits down, and orders a sandwich. He eats the sandwich, pulls out a gun, and shoots the table. <BR> <BR> As the panda stands up to leave, the manager shouts, "Hey! Where are you going? You just shot my table and you didn't pay for your sandwich!" <BR> <BR> The panda yells back at the manager, "Hey, man, I'm a PANDA! Look it up!" <BR> <BR> The manager opens his dictionary and sees the following definition for panda: "A tree-dwelling marsupial of Asian ori... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 11:25:05 EST Random Thoughts As We Age <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The biggest lie I tell myself is ..."I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it." <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes and come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller! <BR> <BR> Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet! <BR> <BR> I don't trip over things, I do random gravity checks! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 11:19:02 EST HACK HACK SNURF Maybe it's because I was away from my class all those weeks. After my first week back with my little students I began to get congested; runny nose; coughing. Well, see, my kids are not very good at covering their coughs (like, open mouth HACK, droplets everywhere) or sneezes (same, with bonus of green slime pouring out the nose). And of course they're so happy to see me, they give me hugs and kisses...and they suck their thumbs and get their hands all over really, it was only a matter... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:32:55 EST Attitude Is Everything I'm a "half-full" kind of person. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> received from : <BR> <BR> A well-known proverb states that an optimistic would say a glass is half full, while a pessimist would say it is half empty. What would people of different professions and walks of life say? <BR> <BR> The BANKER would say that the glass has just under 50% of its net worth in liquid assets. <BR> <BR> The GOVERNMEN... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:29:28 EST Productive Day Planned <BR> I've been reading in 1 Samuel in the mornings. Then when I went downstairs, I had two of my DD's super-healthy muffins made from home-ground steel-cut oat flour, apples, walnuts and flax (with my coffee...) <em>106</em> <BR> and played several rounds of Words of Wonder on Facebook - I'm stuck on level 400-something, trying to drop 7 quills in the midst of time bombs, falling boulders, ribbons, and slime. Then I did the three Spark seated exercise routines, <em>244</em> - that's 3 ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:06:45 EST A Little Trip to the Park Today I had to take DD to an appointment for my grandson. My granddaughter came along because she's home schooled. We didn't know how long it would take, and rather than pay for parking and waiting around, I drove with my granddaughter to Highland Park. Of course, it's too early for the tulips and daffodils to be in bloom for the most part (although you do see SOME early bloomers that get more sun). But the park itself is very scenic, with it's large old trees - majestic oak and beech, still ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:28:12 EST Better Sore Than Sorry <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And really I WAS sore after my successful workout on Saturday. I took Sunday off to recuperate...and then I took Monday off because I was lazy and just didn't feel like it, although I knew I needed to. I really wanted to eat junk, too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But the junkiest thing in the house was cereal (which I ate) - I didn't feel like walking ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:08:39 EST Half Is Better Than None At All <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just finished my second set of 15 minutes of Sweat and Shout <link><BR>OVP5PUU </link> <BR> <BR> I use an online timer. Since I'd gotten so lazy after finishing my PT, I have to get back into this gradually. My new hip is just fine. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> In fact, what's cool is I got this card that I can show next t... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 14:45:20 EST