MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 20:37:58 EST Thursday June 30th Around 10 Sabi and I were to be picked up to go visit folks I met at conference - Reina Arbieto and family - in Los Olivos. I also called the translator to see if a rush could be put on my papers because I have to take them to the dept. of exterior relations, and I want thiings to be done BEFORE my flight to Pucalpa! Pray for the paperwork to be expedited - I don't want to have to change my flight! Well, Reina was later than expected due to traffic. She arrived around 11:30 and we took a moto... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 19:08:54 EST Wed. Jue 29 - A Son Visits, and Visit to Another Church Dany is a spiritual son whom I met the first time I went to Peru, who is a close friend to my fiance Levi, and who has accompanied me on a couple of trips (especially having been instrumental in getting me invitations to churches in Ecuador and Colombia.) I hadn't seen him since 2011, and he wanted me to meet his fiancee Janny. So they came for breakfast. Well, Sabi, Ruth and I had already eaten, so Sabi prepared them a couple of eggs. We talked a good, long time, catching up, and giving me a... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:40:34 EST Tues. June 28 - a Paseo Sabi heated up some water for me after breakfast so I could bathe myself, and boy, did I wash a lot of dust out of my hair! Spent some time in the word, and on the computer. Ps. Jorge came down and asked for prayer. Sabina had been washing my clothes - BY HAND, mind you! - and joined us. Later I took Ruth and Sabi on a "paseo" - like a field trip - to Tottus, which is a large supermarket, kind of like Walmart in that it has not only groceries, but also electronics, clothing, and housewares. I... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:35:36 EST Sunday Night, The Embassy, and Ps. Andy (June 26 pm - June 27) Last night Sabi and I got a motokar (Jorge followed a bit later) to the church Nueva Vida pastored by Amerigo, who has quite a testimony: He'd been hit in the head by a huge rock or brick at a construction site which literally bashed in his head. He was in a coma for a time - Jorge and Sabina held regular fasting and prayer vigils for him, and here he is today, still pastoring his church! Glory! I was blessed to receive the offering, and used part of it for a cab home for the 3 of us. <BR> <... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:26:14 EST The Weekend - June 25 and 26 June 25 - Pastor Andy (whom I fondly call sobrino - nephew - the one who's married to a member of the Utia tribe - invited me to a Pastors conference and luncheon and picked up Jorge and me (yes ME, we don't say "picked up I") - his wife Cynthia was already in the cab. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then he picked up pastors Manuel and Gladys. She told me later at the luncheon that when I took her hand in greeting... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:43:58 EST From June 24 - on the Way and Arrival in Lima Safe and sound and rested in Villa el Salvador! <BR> Flights were thankfully uneventful, all on time. I tried tipping my wheelchair jockeys but they refused and one said "we can't" so that saved money...Plus I actually did NOT have to pay for the 2nd suitcase...another savings. Yay! Which made up for the outrageously priced salad and water I had for lunch at Washington Reagan airport (my first time in THAT one). But the container was nice, so I gave it to Sabina - a handy rectangular thing wi... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:23:15 EST What I've Been Up To I don't Spark as much as I used to. One reason is because of all the advertisements that have to load before I can enter anything on one of the community boards, Another is that I spend a lot of time on Face Book, keeping up with family in distant parts - I have 2 sisters in Fla,. one in NH, a half-bro in Ind., a son in Wash. (state), a daughter in Ireland - not to mention cousins scattered hither and yon. FB is a great way to keep in touch. And then there's the family of my intended in Peru,... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 06:48:38 EST 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