MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MAMISHELI53 MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Still In Pucallpa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736756 Tuesday there had been some rain, so Papi did not expect anyone to come to home meetng - the mud can be very daunting. BUT, sister Rosa came anyway, and the four of us - my n-laws, Rosa, and myself - had ourselves a good study. A Little later the pastor dropped by to confirm our date with sister Carolyn from the US, who is a missionary to a local tribe. She arrived Wed. by motokar in front of our house and paid for the 2 motokars to take us to Yarinacocha - Levi came on his motorcycle - to a ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:11:27 EST Ready IN Season and OUT of Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733247 So, My brother in law Victor was over onThurs. I think he may have taken us to the market - I'd have to consult my journal for details. But anyway, he gave his pastor a call when we got home and introduced us on the phone, and then as we were having lunch his pastor called him back and asked him to pass on to me the invitation to speak to the women's group that night. Well, hey, I'm a missionary..."Lista" ready! So he picked me up and his daughter Carmen and his mother in law sat up front wit... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 17:36:39 EST Life in the Slow Lane http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731229 After a long trip with various delays, I made it to Lima. And despite my telling my friends to sleep in, they couldn't wait to see me, and had arrived at the ariport between 1 and 2 in the morning, whereas I didn't arrive until 4:30, and then had to go through customs besides! However, I was so delighted to see them - pastors Jorge and Sabina,their daughter Ruth, my "son" Jhon, sister Teresa, and her grandson Abraham. I treated them to a breakfast of Papa Joh's Hawaiian pizza, foregoing myse... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:31:01 EST Traveling Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726183 Well, tomorrow is the big day when I take off for my summer in Peru. Coincidentally this morning, The Good, Clean Funnies List sent me something that had to do with travel. I figured I'd share it here along with some others in my "good jokes" folder: <BR> <BR> <BR> A passenger on a Southwest flight says that he once faced a flight delay just before they boarded. <BR> <BR> A flight attendant picked up the microphone and announced: <BR> <BR> "We're sorry for the delay. The machine that no... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:30:28 EST Looking Back, Looking Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722731 It was in 2006 when I discovered that the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima, Peru had a Papa John's. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1549103771.jpg"> <BR> Back up a bit to one day when one of my "sons", Jhon, (here with me in 2007) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l219572698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> had given me a bit of his pizza leftover from Dominos (yes, there is a Dominos in Peru as well! That night after a church service, I was telling my hosts ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:26:02 EST Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718366 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l491013069.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I lost my father tragically in 1999. My step-brother went psychotic and killed him and his mom (my sweet Puerto Rican step-mother) before taking his own life. The incident shook the small community of Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, and that was the first and so far only time I went to the island, for the triple funeral. <BR> <BR> But at least I wasn't left without good memories, and count myself blessed that he was a har... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 10:32:16 EST Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714321 I'm not one of those people who gets into shopping for stuff, really. I was never very materialistic, and then after knowing Christ, even less so. When I shop for groceries - usually between Wegman's and Aldi's - I keep an eye open to unit pricing as well as nutrition labels. I DO like to shop wisely. <BR> I do, however, enjoy going to the public market here in Rochester, mainly because it reminds me so much of my experiences with friends and loved ones in the markets of Peru and Ecuador. Whe... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 15:30:22 EST Connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710730 The main thing for which I appreciate internet is the connections I make with people. I have WONDERFUL Spark Buddies <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <BR> Through IM'ing I have formed strong ties with people I'd met only briefly in Peru, like one of my favorite spiritual sons Abel <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l643736902.jpg"> <BR> Through Facebook I can see pix of my little grandson in Ireland as he grows and develops <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 18:25:50 EST A Fungus Amungus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709235 Today my grandson informed me that one of the trees in the back yard fell on the garage. Fortunately, it wasn't QUITE as bad as he made it out to be. Apparently the base had been weakened by some decomposition, and the weight of the foliage pulled it down so it was leaning on the roof. Didn't crash through. Of course I still had to call the electric company to see if any of THEIR lines were affected. Nope. It's the cable and phone lines. So THEY'RE coming tomorrow to see what's to be done. Af... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:48:35 EST A Virtual Trip to the Zoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707034 I've mentioned before how I enjoy going to Google maps. Well, they update, and get up closer and closer these days. So on a whim this morning I typed in Parque de las Leyendas, the huge zoological park in Lima that I finally visited in 2011. And sure enough, I was able to zoom in to street level and follow some paths - "Oh, yes, the water buffalo! I remember being there!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1440359712.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Try typing it in yourself, or ... Fri, 30 May 2014 20:01:21 EST Look Alikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705408 Vikki and I have been friends since seventh grade. <BR> I'm a little older than she is by several months; a bit heavier too. We've both gone through long hair phases. Now we both have short hair, which we've both died a similar color.. We both wear glasses. And starting last school year (2012-2013) and this year, we have worked in the same school. <BR> And the funny thing is, we kind of LOOK alike. So much so that every now and then if we happen to be standing together, students do a double t... Wed, 28 May 2014 18:00:35 EST Countdown to Mission 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704098 When I changed churches at the Lord's direction two years ago, I knew I was at the right place when, on my first time there as a member, a group had just come back from a mission trip to Peru. <BR> Right now one of the members is there, with his brother who is a pastor in Puente Piedra. <BR> In 31 days, I will return for what will be my 10th short-term missionary trip. <BR> The first one was in 1997, for 3 weeks. I'd been studying Spanish for 6 years and was able to converse easily, although ... Tue, 27 May 2014 07:23:18 EST Remembering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703487 I never met my first DH's Dad, because the man died when my DH was 11 years old. But he served in WW II as a captain in the navy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1676034965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH had an uncle who was a pilot that got shot down over Germany and spent time as a POW. <BR> <BR> My own father was a lieutenant in the army reserves during the Korean war. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846374204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And my son ... Mon, 26 May 2014 11:47:02 EST Things Bizarre, and Things Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702143 Yesterday since I was off from school, I got back down on the basement floor, much to the amusement and interest of our new resident cat, Bert. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l388154322.jpg"> <BR> He was quite fascinated by the procedings, as I first emptied the clogged sink bucket by bucket (about 12 trips). Then he hopped up on the table where we serve the cat food, a good vantage point by the sink, as I placed an old cooler-lid on the damp floor and padded it... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:32:08 EST Trees http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701338 I have Bing as my home page because I like the photos that start the day. Today they had one of a stunning tree called the Angel Oak in Charleston, SC, a magnificent specimen centuries old. It inspired my blog for the day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l270395607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I immediately thought of that little poem. So here it is, interspersed with pix of trees I have "met," around whose boles I have had pleasant experiences. <BR> <BR> TREES <BR> <BR> I think... Fri, 23 May 2014 09:12:57 EST Giggle for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700553 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Faster than a Speeding Nun <BR> <BR> A police officer pulls over a car load of nuns.... <BR> <BR> Officer: "Sister, this is a 65 MPH highway -- why are you going so slow?" <BR> <BR> Sister: "Sir, I saw a lot of signs that said 22, not 65." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1344688933.jpg"> <BR> Officer: "Oh Sister, that's not the speed limit. That's the name of the highway you're on!" <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Thu, 22 May 2014 08:19:25 EST Virtual Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699790 Well, since I found out that, via Google maps, I can go to street level to my in-laws' house in Pucallpa <BR> <link>https://www.google.com/maps/@-8.3633<BR>97,-74.575374,3a,75y,226.92h,88.34t/da<BR>ta=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1syeYp0enscYVllUTYvtcr<BR>2g!2e0?hl=en </link> <BR> I have saved the link to land right in front of their house, and then I'll use the cursor to go hither and yon, zipping along on a virtual motorcycle as it were. From facing their house, I can go left to the end of the street,... Wed, 21 May 2014 08:20:58 EST Imagery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699419 When I was leaving Ireland, my daughter gave me a paperback copy of Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath to give to my son. I'd read it before, and since I had some waiting time in the airport - not to mention the canceled flight which left me overnight in Newark - and it's been many years since I'd read it, I decided to read it again. While I was at work, I'd use one of the copies from the library and sit in the one comfy chair and devour some chapters. <BR> Then, having finished, I decided to r... Tue, 20 May 2014 17:52:06 EST Little Thrills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698231 Since I started driving I have liked maps. Like my father, when planning a road trip, I'd try to follow a route near bodies of water, for the scenery. With Google maps, I like to see where i've been in Peru. Over the years they've gotten more detailed - I can zoom in closer. I mean, I've BEEN able to see my own house from street level. But a couple years ago I could only see a blur of whereabouts my in-laws would be in Pucallpa. Still, i'd zoom as close as i could, just - well, i guess just n... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:13:56 EST Rainy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696136 It's been quite warm (for Rochester, for May!) but we've had some cooling rains. Last night I woke to the sound of rain. It's soothing. I love the rain in Pucallpa, outside my in-laws'. <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD4H<BR>RHMojuw </link> <BR> I love how the little toads sing afterwards. I can even hear them over the phone when I call Levi. <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY6N<BR>d40zNJ0 </link> It reminds me of how when I'd talk to my Dad when he lived in Puerto Rico, and ... Fri, 16 May 2014 06:30:52 EST Comfort and Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695443 I subscribe to a couple of onnline devotionals. Yesterday I got this one from Biblegateway.com's Girlfriends in God devotional. <BR> <BR> "A Praying Mom Who Didn't Give Up <BR> Sharon Jaynes <BR> <BR> Today's Truth <BR> I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe (Ephesians 1:18-19, NIV). <BR> <BR> Friend ... Thu, 15 May 2014 07:10:11 EST Time and Pressure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694639 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473893454.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A friend posted this on Facebook, and I had to add it to my collection. <BR> Yesterday I had to do something very difficult. I had to make my son move out. <BR> Oh, he's an adult, nearly 31 years old. He has helped around the house - replaced the bathroom and kitchen faucets, done some yard work - and perhaps if it was just me living here, there wouldn't be a problem. But I have my daughter, her BF, their children... Wed, 14 May 2014 06:31:12 EST "Assorted Funny and Cute" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693114 I keep a folder in my computer files of things that catch my fancy that I like to share. One of the math teachers with whom I used to work apparently has something similar, and while students are doing work, the SmartBoard (a high-tech replacement for the old slate and chalk) will run through a little slide show of her collection. It's a great way to lighten the mood. So when I see something, I also like to share it with her. Many are posted by my Facebook friends. Some I've found on my Spark... Mon, 12 May 2014 07:02:58 EST Mothers Day Cards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692565 We don't have enough to ply the five children in our household with money to buy presents. But we do have a lot of artsy craftsy stuff - paper, scissors, glue, glitter, markers, crayons... So this morning I was greeted with five Mother's Day cards. From eldest to youngest - <BR> From Lakeiah (front) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1702536468.jpg"> <BR> (center) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l47543010.jpg"> <BR> (back) <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 11 May 2014 10:59:54 EST There Are Mothers, and There Are Mothers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691084 I have a full household. Besides myself, there is my older daughter Abi, her boyfriend, their 2 children, and 3 more of his children by another woman, of whom he gained custody in December. Recently the boy was asking Abi about money to get something for Mother's Day at the little sale they were having at his school. Now, we knew his father wouldn't want to give the boy money to get something for his unappreciative substance-abusing NATURAL mother. So Abi said, "We can make cards for your mom... Fri, 9 May 2014 07:47:54 EST Peace in the Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688742 My grandson Kegan, age 8, has been fascinated with the show Stormchasers, which he watches on Netflix. I must admit, there is something fascinating about tornadoes. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2081444610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I remember as a little girl watching The Wizard of Oz and having bad dreams about tornadoes chasing me, personally! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1233503146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fortunately in upstate western New... Tue, 6 May 2014 08:46:35 EST Living Epistles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685516 "You show that you are a letter from Christ... written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." (2 Cor. 3:3) <BR> <BR> <BR> You are writing a gospel, <BR> A chapter each day. <BR> By deeds that you do, <BR> By words that you say. <BR> <BR> Men read what you write, <BR> Whether faithless or true. <BR> Say, what is the gospel, <BR> According to you?' <BR> -Paul Gilbert <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 2 May 2014 07:23:55 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684731 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1767449873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lately I've been adding walking to my cardio. <BR> <BR> Not so much outside, though I'll occasionally walk to work. But I found this video when i was using another on youtube by Richard Simmons. <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rnB<BR>9rDRrCM </link> <BR> I like it because i can stop if i experience pain in my feet or knee, without being stranded somewhere. After all, i don't have anyone who can ca... Thu, 1 May 2014 09:33:42 EST Pitter Patter, My Hiney! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683703 I love children. But sometimes I'll add, jokingly, spit-roasted with barbecue sauce. <BR> Nowadays there are five who share my dwelling. There are my 2 grandchildren, ages 11 1/2 and 8 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1400186146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then my DD Abi's BF gained custody of 3 of his other kids, who also call me Nina, and I treat 'em like my own grands, just as Abi treats them like HER own (after all, it's not THEIR fault their dad was unfaithful to her) ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 06:17:41 EST Stupid Knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682221 I don't like to say "I HAVE" arthritis - rather i am DEALING with it - in my left knee, as well as my right hip. Well, Saturday I gave my knee a little twist that put me off exercise for a bit. I tried pedaling a bit Sunday moring, and only managed 10 minutes. i figured, ten was better than none. But the lack of exercise was not combined with trimming down my portions, and I had a sodium-laced sub for dinner Saturday to top things off...Then Sunday i had a big breakfast, <BR> <img src="http... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 09:33:24 EST Happy Birthday to Papito http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681813 My own Dad has been gone since 1999 - under circumstances I forbear to describe for now. And my Mom passed away in 2008. The fact that my honey Levi's parents are still alive and kicking, and sweet as can be, is a blessing to me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1551430299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While I did spend some pleasant afternoons crocheting with my mother-in-law, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l742729025.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and help... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:36:12 EST CATS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680846 Okay, yesterday I blogged about dogs, so, gotta give equal time to cats. <BR> I remember our family's first cats - a white one, dumb as a bag of wet hammers, named Sugar, and a clever black one named Finster. Don't recall what happened to Sugar, and I know Finster met his end crawling up atop the tire of the milkman's truck. (The milkman was devastated, because he knew how friendly Finster was.) <BR> <BR> I remember my older sister got a calico kitten from our neighbors, whom we named Gormle... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10:52:15 EST DOGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680003 We've had a number of dogs over the years. (AND cats, of course...) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1347512485.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When we had the poodles, they loved to pile on my DH... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20933091.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and the boxer Jazz thought she was a lap dog <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774533824.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My DD in ireland has two amusing Boston Terriers, Hoban an... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:44:08 EST Why Must I Be-e A-a Senior In Lo-o-ove? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679217 For some time now, the home phone at my fiance's house in Pucallpa, Peru has been on the fritz - I just could not get through. A couple of times, we used Levi's brother Victor's house phone, but he said he didn't like to - they'd always "interrogate" him afterwards, plus there'd be the tv, the kids, all kinds of noise...just no privacy! And I didn't like to impose on Victor either, trying to leave a message or see if Levi was there. My phone plan does allow me to call direct to Levi's cell ph... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:41:41 EST The MAIN Reason http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678424 The MAIN reason I went to Ireland, of course, was to meet my new grandson soon after his first birthday. Of course, it was good to see my daughter again after 2 1/2 years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1700504852.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DD Cassia had recommended I draw doggies for Rory, because he loves their Boston Terriers, and loves pictures of doggies too. So we had some Artsy Time together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1692657... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:08:06 EST Cong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677590 My DSIL has one living grandparent, his grandmother "Nana" who lives in Cong. She wanted to meet me, and I came prepared with a couple of Westy figurines because my DD told me she had such a dog. She welcomed us into her home, and served tea and scones, and we had a nice little visit. She is a TALL woman - and my DSIL told me his mother was even taller - so I can imagine how my grandson Rory is probably going to be quite a tower too. I asked for pix to be taken with me and Nana (my pet name a... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:26:59 EST Emerald Isle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676787 One of the many things I enjoyed about my trip to Ireland is the GREEN. Being an island, Ireland's climate is kept temperate by the surrounding seas. After weeks of winter still throwing bouts of cold and snow at us in Rochester, seeing no color but drab grey, brown, black, and still too frequent white, the lush green pastures bordered by ancient stone fences were refreshing to the soul! They even had DAFFODILS. My DD told me that the week before they'd had a Daffodil Festival. <BR> During m... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:25:43 EST First Pix from Ireland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676389 I'm home at last - arrived no problem in Newark yesterday morning, but United cancelled my afternoon flight home. So, that killed my login streak - ended me with 575 days! Anyway, they put me up in a hotel and gave me meal vouchers. But, WAH! <em>46</em> Missed out on Easter service. <BR> My DS came to the airport this morning to retrieve me. Had loads of goodies to unpack, and even as I write I await the arrival of the rest of the family from church. Meanwhile, I have download pix from the... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:34:24 EST Disappointments and Delights http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672507 There aren't many disappointments here - but I can't use my DD's stationary bike. The distance from seat to pedal is closer and not within my range of motion. If we were to raise the seat, it would be even harder for me to mount. When I saw its brand, G8SP Racer, I thought at first it said GASP and had a chuckle - but given my exertions trying to mount it, GASP would have been very fitting! <BR> Also, since DD drifted from her childhood faith and her DH isn't a church-goer, I didn't get to an... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:28:43 EST Nina Meets Nana http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671889 This morning I woke to the happy noises from my grandson and the smell of fresh coffee. My DSIL Paddy prepared us a big fried up breakfast of what we'd call sausage but is called pudding, one white and one blood; a sausage-y kind of thing that tasted a bit like vienna sausage; "rashers" (think HAM) and an egg. I also split a scone with my DD. QUITE filling. On the agenda was a trip to Conga, where much of the movie The Quiet Man, starring Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne, was filmed. I know my l... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:54:11 EST Scones and Scenes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670929 I had a wonderful sleep last night (of course, with usual trips to the potty). Before getting up, I heard my grandson Rory chattering - "Da-da-da-da..." My DD explained he was talking to his toy elephant (I forget its name - perhaps I'll reveal it in a later post ). So cute! I came down to enjoy a breakfast of a cup of coffee and a huge home-made cinnamon brown sugar scone. A bit later, while Rory napped with Daddy, DD and I went for a walk - there's a lovelt little park nearby, with bridges... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:45:21 EST Safe in Ireland! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670514 <BR> The most nerve-wracking part of the trip was between Rochester and Newark - Newark was having some construction/repair done, so ALL flights in/out were delayed. I always schedule to allow for delays, but this was close. But I was scuttled to the connecting flight to London. I didn't have to spend the night in Newark and take a later flight Saturday morning - leaving my poor son-in-law dangling at Dublin. <BR> Irish countryside is lovely - and so GREEN, and THEY already have FLOWERS! Def... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 13:26:00 EST Pre-Travel Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669551 It always happens. Actually, not just travel - could be a special event, like the annual Clothesline Art Festival. I would dream that I was late to the site; or I forgot the TABLES, or certain boxes of my ceramic animals... <BR> So last night, it was that I woke up late, at 7:30 - I have to be at WORK at 6:40! - so I called my supervisor to let her know. But when I go there I explained I needed to shower because I was leaving for Ireland that afternoon. So I'm looking around for a shower to u... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:30:58 EST Being the Spark Buddy Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664042 Today the student to whom I introduced Spark came into the library. I hadn't seen her for a while, and so we started catching up. She said how she hasn't lost weight yet, but she's eating breakfast now, and making better food choices. I dug in my schoolbag for the Richard Simmons dvd I had set aside for her (Sweatin' #2, one of my favorites!) She was very excited, and said she thought perhaps I had forgotten about her, since she hadn't been in for a while (she doesn't have to be in school til... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:24:06 EST That Beautiful Birthday Boy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662350 Yesterday's blog was made at school where I didn't have the photo files. Today's is likewise, but I emailed myself some pix of my yearling grandson. Here are a couple pix of him with his Daddy on St. Patrick's day, dressed appropriately in green. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l276841431.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1831907214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And here are some of him enjoying his presents and cake. <BR> <img src="http://photo... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:00:26 EST Birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661490 Yesterday, March 31st, was my late husband's birthday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1890775691.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Although March 19th is the actual birthday of my fiance Levi <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l124971486.jpg"> <BR> <BR> his "official" birthday, based on when it was FILED - because we know how efficient is the Peruvian bureacracy (rolls eyes <em>101</em> ) is April 2nd. <BR> <BR> And smack dab in the middle of thes... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:20:23 EST Beyond Academia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658457 I love my job as a Teacher Assistant. Granted, it doesn't pay as much as a teacher's salary by a longshot, but neither does it involve all the extra work. I have respect and admiration for the teachers with whom I have worked. And I know that their higher pay barely makes up for their student loans! <BR> One thing I like about my workplace is the opportunities it gives me to do more than merely help with various subjects (usually Math). It's the "extracurricular" interaction. <BR> There's th... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:25:04 EST Bamboozled into Barbies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652989 As a child I was never much one for dolls. Animals appealed to me more. Even dinosaurs. I had a farm set, my joy and delight - Mom had spent hours assembling the metal barn, inserting tab A into slot C, and the plastic animals were delightfully realistic, unlike modern Fisher-Price creatures, which, though more brightly colored and jointed, would not have appealed to me over the drab brown accuracy of specific breeds - a shorthorn bull, a Shropshire sheep...Stuffed animals also had more appea... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:12:46 EST Looks Like Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650916 I like to change up my workout now and then - and Spark advises it! I have my stationary bike, and my resistance band, some weights...I recently discovered the availability of the weight room at my workplace, for during my lunch break. And today on Facebook, my late husband's cousin posted this link. <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v<BR>=10150732909504865 </link> <BR> Of course, I already do something similar with various Richard Simmons workouts. But to do it on the street... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:32:24 EST Numbers Not On the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648270 Last week I had fasting blood work done. <BR> Yesterday I got the results. <BR> My cholesterol, though still a bit high, was down 20 mg/dl. <BR> My LDL (the bad cholesterol) while still a bit high was down by 12 ("borderline elevated"). <BR> My triglycerides were normal, but they were down 36. <BR> My HDL continues a high and healthy 71. <BR> <BR> I was very pleased! Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:27:23 EST