MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Caffeine When my DD had a checkup, though her BP was good, her heart was racing. She was counselled to lower her caffeine intake - she would easily drink a pot of coffee or two on her own. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> In part it was to help her lose weight, cuz, you know, it suppresses the appetite. Anyway, after starting with half-and-half, we finally went totally decaf for a couple of weeks. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:35:33 EST Smaller Household Last night my DD's SO pretty much moved out with HIS 3 kids. He asked, and I let him, hang on to my van overnight so he could be sure the bus picked up the kids at the new address. DD cleaned out the deep freezer so he could take that, as well as the meats and stuff that were in it. Man, you should have seen all the little mousie poops that were under there! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I gotta get some peppermint oil, w... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:45:12 EST After Thanksgiving Exercise Program <BR> Here's the exercise program I am using to stay in shape this holiday season. You might want to take it easy at first, then do it faster as you become more proficient. It may be too strenuous for some. <BR> <BR> ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAM! <BR> <BR> NOW SCROLL DOWN... <BR> <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> <BR> NOW SCROLL UP... <BR> <BR> That's enough for the first day. W... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:18:58 EST Firming Up Plans After being advised by Angel that I may not be able to bring Levi BACK with me from Peru, I gave him a call last night. I suggested I stay as long as I could, and then when he DOES get the call from the embassy, I can send him his fare, and meet him in Miami. ( I understand there's a movie or something by that name - Meet Me in Miami?) And we can still do the car rental thing, tho' I think we'll take a flight to Orlando and continue from there. Who knows, maybe we'll do a bit of Disney World?... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:44:45 EST Weekend Yesterday I met with Angel who's helping with the visa forms. It's been a long process, and will still involve a lot of waiting. But I have this big fat envelope with the forms and translations and copies and photos (and I think here of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" - "twenty-seven 8X10 color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was" ) <BR> <link><BR>t7xoF1k </link> <BR> Anywa... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:16:26 EST Thanksgiving When my older sister lived up here, we'd gather at their house for Thanksgiving - "we" meaning my DH and our 3 kids, Mom, assorted friends and THEIR kids, my DBIL's daughter from previous marriage and HER kids - a LOT of people. And sometimes the other 2 sisters would come from out of state with THEIR husbands and kids. But our older sister had the space for it - they'd put an addition on the house! My DH and kids and I would joke among ourselves how Uncle Dave "ruined" the turkey because he ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:39:35 EST Entering a New Phase in Paperwork Today I dropped off the marriage papers and their translation with the gen, Angel, who is helping with the visa paperwork for my husband. We discussed different approaches. The "quicker" approach will cost about 500 more. Well...Levi and I have called ourselves "Soldados de Espera" (Soldiers of Waiting) ever since we worked together in 2007. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Levi on the left, with Esli and Abel, as we WAIT o... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:16:11 EST Day Before Thanksgiving Break I work as a Teacher Assistant (TA) in a city school. This year I am with a group in the "ACE" program - Alternative Curriculum something...Education? It's special ed. Together with some other classes in the program we are having a nice pre-Thanksgiving lunch. A few people roasted turkeys last night and brought them in to be heated up. Others brought stuffing...potatoes...vegetable (corn) get the idea. (I brought juices.) I am looking forward to it, because I really like turkey! <BR> <B... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:02:17 EST Change of Routine Alas, no snow day for MY school district... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So my coworker, Becky, left early to allow for the weather conditions. Did the usual first 15-20 minutes in the cafeteria; then took the dozen or so kids to the library; then wait for OUR students to the last two chapters of The BFG <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:39:51 EST Fate of Blessing Bags If you've been reading my blogs, you know that last week my grandkids and I assembled 10 Blessing Bags of helpful items for the homeless or needy. <BR> <BR> The first one went to a woman who approached me in Aldi's parking lot the next day. <BR> <BR> The second went to a woman by the side of the road - the granddaughter who'd put in her money was with us and saw her, and since we were stopped at the light, she rolled down her window and passed it out to her. What a blessing for my granddau... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:42:21 EST Christmas Shopping Today I'm going to be repaid a small loan, so I figure I'll do a little shopping for the Christmas box I'm sending to my hubby and in-laws in Peru. <BR> <BR> I already got a few things - you may laugh at the list.Peanut butter is a big deal. You can get it there but it's expensive. Of course, shipping the heavystuff is also expensive, but hey, it's Christmas.Two of those big jars <BR> . <img src=""> <BR> My mother-... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:19:45 EST Belated Honeymoon Planning I still have a river of paperwork through which to wade before bringing Levi up here, but meanwhile, I called him the other day and made a suggestion. To give him an opportunity to see SOME of his new country, as well as introduce him to some of HIS in-laws, I suggested we rent a car from Orlando and drive. He liked the idea. Of course, it means less time for ME in PERU, but I do want him to have some enjoyment. I have already thought of the Maritime museum in Savannah, Georgia.. <BR> <img s... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:31:38 EST Blessing Bags I'd seen posts on Facebook about these, and I know a couple in my church who assemble them to hand out. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was talking to one of my Scrabble Buddies, Carol, and we agreed it would be good to do this next time the 4 of us get together. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Originally we were going to get together today at Carol's... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 17:56:46 EST Butterflies, Pigs, and Sweet Potatoes I had a dental appointment late yesterday afternoon (after I voted!). The office is between a Mexican grill and a steakhouse, and as I entered, I could smell grilling meat. So after getting my teeth all nice and clean, I went into the steakhouse, and ordered me a nice steak. For my sides I had the salad, and a baked SWEET potato. And as I enjoyed my meal I prayed a lot, and thought a lot, since I didn't have anyone to chat with. And I thought about language - and mistakes we make when speakin... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 08:28:44 EST Unexpected Blessings Blessings come in many forms. <BR> <BR> The other day I accepted a friendship request on Facebook, someone in Peru, based on mutual friends. She asked if I remembered her, and I told her, honestly, I did not - that I meet a lot of people on missions and don't remember everyone, although I do keep them in prayer because GOD knows them. She told me we met in Iquitos (I haven't been there since 2008) and that I had told her God would heal her daughter, that she had to stay focused on HIM. She s... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 08:46:43 EST Getting There! Saturday I went to the P.O. and sent the renewal form for my passport - it expires in January. I included the translation of my marriage certificate so I can get it with my new name. Some time this week I will stop by Central Office with my Social Security card to get my name changed in the district.They will get it changed with my health insurance. I still have to call my auto and life insurance companies to get my name changed on those. <BR> Then I should be able to return the marriage cer... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:42:46 EST A Giggle for the Day Lighthouses <BR> I live in Texas. I have two friends that are blonde and sisters. One day, they approached me and asked where the lighthouses were. <BR> <BR> When I tried to probe a little bit, I was told, "Yeah, they're good paying jobs and have lots of ads in the paper, but we don't know where the lighthouses are to apply." <BR> <BR> I told them, "There are no lighthouses in Texas. Let me see that newspaper." <BR> <BR> Sure enough, there were ads for... "Light Housekeeping needed. Apply ... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:25:18 EST A Welcome Change While I'm not reassigned to the teacher I was with last year, I AM reassigned to a different classroom, much to my relief! And I'm with 4 of the students I had last year; and a student I knew from chance encounters; and 3 "new to me" students. The para in the room is an occasional rider with me and Becky in the afternoons; and I know the teacher a little. She was aware of my situation (probably from the other para) and had put in a request for me, because she knows I am familiar with various ... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:48:46 EST Wow! Up to 1000 Photos! I went to change my profile pic, and saw that we can add MORE pix! So for anyone interested, stop in my photo gallery - I put in some pix from the wedding (both civil and church ceremonies) and some other Pucallpa family pix. It was nice to review them - I love and miss my family there, ESPECIALLY Levi! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:15:12 EST Some Giggles Old Is When <BR> I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose-fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place! <BR> <BR> When I was young we used to go "skinny dipping," now I just "chunky dunk." <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press 'Ctrl-Alt-Delete' and start all over? <BR> <BR> Stress is when you wake up screaming and then you realize you haven't fallen asleep yet. <BR> <... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:06:33 EST Change Is In the Air I rode in to school this morning with my coworker Becky. As the morning progressed, I began to feel "bubblegut" - rumblings in my intestines, and a certain "urpiness." When I prepared to go outside with the teacher, I told her I wasn't feeling quite well, and might have to have my son-in-law come for me. <BR> <BR> I noticed the absence of the other 2 paraprofessionals from my classroom and commented in Spanish to Becky, "It would be interesting if they were both absent today and I end up go... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:50:07 EST Some Thoughts Those of you following my blog know I've been having issues with the teacher with whom I work. <BR> <BR> Yesterday she had another meeting with me, basically to make sure I don't mess up her formal observation next week, and to call attention to the fact that I always seem to be trying to eavesdrop when she's with another adult. <BR> <BR> So, in order to avoid all appearances of evil, I will have to make sure I put plenty of space between myself and her when she's talking to another grown-... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:46:20 EST Thankful It's an interesting school year, to say the least. I am challenged by the teacher with whom I work - challenged to keep silent, challenged to weigh everything I DO say so as not to offend inadvertently, challenged NOT to contribute - having been a "team player" in my previous 16 years as a paraprofessional/TA, I am with someone who has said that she has never worked with paras or TA's and so...she is accustomed to running the show. I am challenged not to take offense myself. I am challenged t... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:43:17 EST Back from a Relaxing Weekend I have 3 special friends from my adolescence. We used to try to get together once a we try for once a month. I have been friends with Vikki for FIFTY YEARS! - with Carol for 49, Sue about 47 or 48. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sue and Carol <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Vikki and me <BR> <BR> This weekend, since we had off for Colum... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 08:59:57 EST Taking a Break I have mentioned problems I'm having with the present teacher with whom I work. <BR> So for my first break, I went to hang out in the classroom of LAST year's teacher (at his invitation.) <BR> He happened to be doing a review of the continents, from a Smart Board interactive I had made for our class last year. And, he said, he had used my power point on the Solar System the other day and was now using the Smart interactive review. <BR> And it was so nice to be acknowledged for my capabilities... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 13:20:14 EST Dryer I finally bought a new dryer. I've been buying used appliances for years. This one was taking a good 3-4 cycles to dry a single load, and I decided it was time to just up and get a new one. <BR> <BR> It arrived yesterday, and I paid for installation and to have the old one hauled away. <BR> <BR> But this house is 4 years shy of 100 years old, and the basement has had occasional flooding (not FLOODing, but up to an inch when tree roots clogged the sewer pipes, and we also get seepage during... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 06:25:18 EST Loss and Gain I lost some and then my brain just switches on, like 2 HOURS before my alarm! So, I pray, and if I can't get back to sleep, I get on my Iput in 15 minutes this morning. That's a gain for exercise! But...I know I'm gonna feel the sleep loss lateer in the day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 3 Oct 2016 08:50:59 EST I Feel Better Now The teacher with whom I have been having issues - with whom I work - was in early so I asked if I could talk to her; and she reiterated how I come across as being shady, by saying something good and then "BUT", instead of just being positive (it occurred to me later, that's what JESUS did, in Rev., when He'd let the church know the good, then follow with , "but I have this against you"). We were going to see about going to the principal TOGETHER (so BOTH sides will be presented at once instea... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:59:13 EST A Little Laughter in the Midst of Frustration <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:47:22 EST Do I Shine Too Much? I'm on break at school. And I have to vent. <BR> It's work related. I really like the teacher I work with, I respect her abilities and all that. But I feel like she's the only one allowed to use her abilities and I'm not allowed to "shine" in anything. No, I haven't got her 2 Master's Degrees or years of experience or any of that. It's all over a Humpty Dumpty. She glued a bow tie down low, and I said it looked like it was on his crotch. She moved it up a bit and I said it was all right and I... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:33:30 EST Dog Memories Part One I was enjoying reading a Sparkbuddy's blog that talked about her pup's busy-ness and it brought to remembrance some of my dog experiences. <BR> <BR> We used to have 4 miniature poodles. Why 4? Well, we started with the one. Now, I NEVER thought I'd want a POODLE, especially a MINIATURE poodle, thinking, "Ugh! Yappy little dogs!" Well, I was doing business with a woman who raised and showed miniature silver and toy apricot poodles - I would sell my hand-sculpted ceramic dogs to her on consig... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 08:50:58 EST Taking Care of Business I, ABHOR...paperwork. <BR> Social Security was first. To change my name, I have to present the ORIGINAL (not copy) marriage license. I COULD do it by mail, but for some reason I did not want to risk sending this umpty-page document with its translation in the mail. So I took today off to do it in person. I was thinking of going to the office downtown, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> but my DD's SO strongly sugge... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:01:12 EST Trying to Eat Better It's hard when DD is chief cook, and I feel obliged to eat the leftovers that the kids don't eat, because I hate food going to waste. <BR> BUT <BR> Since I got paid Friday, yesterday I bought some organic spinach/spring greens, some extra sharp cheddar, sweet mini peppers, balsamic vinegar dressing, grape tomatoes, and croutons and brought them in to school today. There's a fridge in my class room, so I plan to have a nice salad for my lunches.That'll be at LEAST 3 servings of veggies. And th... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:56:15 EST All Today So, this morning I enjoyed breakfast, fellowship, worship, testimony, and teaching with the sisters my church..happy that DD was able to get away and join me. Afterwards, a quick trip to Walmart to see about getting new glasses, and wouldn't you know, they don't have the staff for filling a prescription on Saturdays! (Last night I went to a different one and of course it's the ONLY ONE IN THE AREA that DOESN'T TAKE MY INSURANCE!!!) Well...pit stop at home, and then to pick up my translated m... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:10:44 EST Weekend Plans Of course, one has to say this with "Lord willing" - this is what I plan to do over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Since my Rx arrived yesterday, when I get home from work today I'm going to Walmart's optical dept. to get started on my new glasses. I hope I can find some inexpensive frames. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then tomorrow morning the women from my church have a breakfast/fellowship/teaching, so I definitely want to ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:00:44 EST Job Hazards As a TA (Teacher Assistant) I work with kids with special needs. When I was working in the high school, I dealt mainly with kids who had learning disabilities that ranged from dyslexia to emotional disorders. Here in a primary school now I am with younger kids. I have been with kids on the autism spectrum or who have Down syndrome. This year I'm with some 5-6 year olds. It's a small class, and we have a lot of staff because of the needs. One of my little guys grabbed my glasses from off my fa... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:54:39 EST Changes, Changes...Change is HARD. I'm still waiting to hear from my contact for my translated marriage certificate so I can change my name on my drivers license, social security card, work ID, and bank accounts. <BR> Meanwhile, since our goal is for Levi to come up here, I am pressing more on my DD and her SO to MOVE OUT in the next 2 months. It is likely that DD will take her 2 kids, and SO will take the other 3 and they'll look for separate housing. Whether together or separately, I pray God's best for them. Meanwhile, the... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 07:08:44 EST Taking Care of Business Since arriving home on the 15th I have <BR> 1) had my colonoscopy <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (all went well, and I don't have to return for 10 years! Yay fruits, veggies, and whole grains!) <BR> 2) met with my contact ("Mr. Angel") to start the paperwork for Levi's spouse visa <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (first will be to translate the marriage... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:59:41 EST Too Good Not to Share Exercises with Your Dog/Puppy <BR> You've seen those ads on TV promising amazing results from all sorts of contraptions. Well, there's no need to invest in fancy equipment. If you have (or can borrow) a dog, you have everything you need to get in shape now!!! The following exercises can be done anywhere, anytime. <BR> <BR> Upper Body Strength: Lift the dog - off the couch, off the bed, out of the flower bed. Repeat, repeat, repeat. As the dog ages, this exercise is reversed onto the couch, o... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 20:54:04 EST Wedding and Departure I am so glad Ps. Desimo convinced us to have a church ceremony as well. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (the lad in blue is a great-nephew as ring-bearer; pastor is behind the podium. Other guy directed music) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> with our "Padrinos", Victor and his wife Sonia <BR> <BR> For one thing, my niece's little toddler was so STINKING... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:51:19 EST Catching Up Let's see...trying to catch up...Thursday night I went to shower and when I came out, there was a "nephew" (in other words, a younger relation). As I changed my duds I heard more voices from the kitchen and came out, saying it sounded like there was a family reunion going on. And indeed there was - there was Tia "Michi", Papi's sister Mercedes, who had been with us when we got engaged, and whom I hadn't seen in SO long. We cried out, "TIA!" "SHELITA!" and glommed onto each other in a dual bea... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 18:23:15 EST Into the Third Week in Pucallpa Oh, let's see, what have I done since my last post SEVERAL DAYS AGO?????? I've spent many afternoons poring over scripture with my father-in-law. I've participated in meal preps. F'rinstance today it was chicken estofado (stew). I've watched movies in Spanish. I've bought stuff for my mother-in-law's bodega (notably eggs - they come in handy for OUR meals when we don't know what else to make). <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:15:59 EST A Couple More Days in the Second Week Yesterday Ma and I made a quick trip to market to get makings for pan dulce. Last night Levi and I made a list of invitees. So much for a SMALL wedding. He has a large family...and a number of we're looking at close to 70 folks. I don't think I had that many at my FIRST wedding! Anyway, because of that, we called the pastor to have the church ceremony AT the church. Levi bought 24 invitations - since they'll be to couples and families. And today I started filling them out ( the d... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:06:40 EST Some Pix from the First Week in Pucallpa - and WE HAVE A DATE Here is my sweet little mother-in-law Marleni and my bonus-son's fiancee Nora, as we work together to make a chicken stew. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's the stew, with lots of veggies! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here Papito and Levi enjoy the stew <BR> <img src=" Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:04:01 EST Arrival in Pucallpa and the Paper Chase Continues I arrived in Pucllpa in good time on Saturday, but to my surprise and dismay, although they knew the date and basic time of day, no one noted the exact time to mark on their calendar! So after waiting around, I used a payphone to make a quick call to the house that I was here but no one was here to get me! Well, a kind gentleman lent me his cell to call Levi, who was working, and he quickly made some calls. His son Josue came on his motorcycle not ot GET me but at least to be with me until hi... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:51:29 EST Thursday July 7th After a quiet and uneventful morning, around 2 Jorge, Vicki and I got a cab to Ps. Manuel's printing shop and he took us by cab to Mall del Sur for a late lunch (pollo a la braza, with fries and a salad that included avocado.) His wife Gladys joined us a bit later. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Manuel, Gladys, me, and Vicki <BR> <BR> Afterwards, they wanted to take us to the Museum of Pachacamac (Machu Picchu are ... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 15:14:14 EST Tues. and Wed., July 5 and 6 Tuesday was a quiet morning, kind of "rainy" (in other words, the cloud cover leaks a bit) and chilly. Enjoying company of Vicki, Sabi, and Ruth over breakfast and lunch. V. wanted to go on a paseo to some shopping area, but Sabi and I aren't much into shopping for shopping's sake, and it was rainy. <BR> After a nice nap I participated in the service at Voz de la Transformacion, sharing from the word. One of my spiritual daughters came by after work to see me and make sure I was doing okay. W... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:43:46 EST Monday July 4th - the Paper Chase SUCCESS! Left w/ Sabi by cab this morning around 9 (18 soles, about $5) and because traffic was light, arrived at the translators around 10. Picked up the documents, paying the balance (total: 315 soles, just shy of $100); then to the center of Lima to the Department of Exterior Relations (another cab, 30 soles, about $9) and paid THEM 128 soles (about $40). I am so glad I brought the cane, because I was able to go to the head of the line (and really, it's because of standing in lines that my... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 11:13:21 EST Saturday July 2nd and Sunday 3rd - New Friends So-o-o, saturday afternoon, Psa. Irma came to get me. Jorge came and we were at the church Roca Ferte. I met Irma and her husband Pedro at the conference/luncheon LAST Saturday and they invited me to come to speak at the youth service on Saturday night, then spend the night, and then go with them to visit at people's homes (mainly people who hadn't been to church in a bit); and then to speak at the evening service. In between times I dined with them at different restaurants. Their hospitality... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 21:57:38 EST Friday July 1st and Saturday 2nd - Old Friends Had a late breakfast because I was up late. Later on, Jorge's sister Sonia and mother came by. Sonia chatted with me a while, and then Sabi came down to ask about what to make for lunch. Since Sonia doesn't like any kind of noodle/pasta (which I understand, my grandson having the smae issue with the texture) we decided to do the beef bits with lots of veggies - broccoli, red pepper, onions, and cilantro, and of course GARLIC. Served with rice. I ALMOST forgot to take the food pic! <BR> <img... 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