MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hyperbole While Mowing the Lawn My son-in-law left so many fire pits, I could build rock fences around all the pastures in Ireland! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There's so much overgrowth in and around them fire pits, I could set up a wildlife sanctuary! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In fact, the back yard has become so overgrown, I think I discovered some new species o... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:21:30 EST Mourning to Dancing One of my spiritual sons who accompanied me a couple of times during parts of mission trips in 2008 and 2011 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> here with Dany in Quito, Ecuador <BR> <BR> (who is also a good buddy or "manchita" to my DH) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Dany with Levi in Pucallpa <BR> <BR> got married last year. I had already left, but I g... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:18:42 EST Synopsis What helped me lose weight over my trip was a few things - <BR> I spent only ONE week in Lima and surrounding. It was their winter, so cooler, so I had more appetite, and people kept inviting me for meals, so I said that if Levi commented that I'd put on weight I would blame THEM. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I spent two months in Pucallpa where it is almost ALWAYS hot, so I had less appetite. <BR> And I drank lots of wa... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 09:08:21 EST The Lie I have had friends who hunt, and have given me some of their game. So I have had venison... <img src=""> <BR> and wild turkey <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And one time the menfolk from church had a "Game Dinner" and I asked the pastor's son if I could try his squirrel stew. (Tastes like chicken!) <BR> <img src=" Sat, 9 Sep 2017 08:30:15 EST Two Truths and a Lie These being the first few days of school, in the morning the principal has had the 7th and 8th graders report to the gym, for refreshing their memories of the rules, and for doing some fun things. The staff was told to come up with 2 truths and a lie which COULD be true, for the students to guess which was the lie. We didn't have an opportunity to do it, but I give it to you here. Which is the lie? <BR> <BR> I have eaten wild goose. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 7 Sep 2017 10:10:20 EST Back in My OTHER Home Went to bed at 7 last night with 2 tylenol PM's, and slept (not counting usual potty breaks) til about 5:30 am to the sound of Abigail J. Saff making coffee - REAL coffee - in the kitchen, so I'm up and about. <BR> Saturday I had my last breakfast of fresh fried fish - a kind called Bagre (spelling?) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Later, niece and nephew Leidy and Abel came by to get some platanos from the bodega (support ... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:34:31 EST Backing Up I tried posting this before but the site was having difficulties. So this goes back to last week. <BR> So, Tuesday night (the 15th) Pa and I walked the short distance (I brought my cane for the unpaved places) to the home of a sister Edita where they were meeting, for Bible study and fellowship. As mentioned previously, I'd been invited to share, which I did. (I asked Bro Fausto to take a few pix for me). <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:37:42 EST Winding Down Nothing major happening - very vacationy! We've had some pleasantly cool nights and overcast and/or rainy days. Some nights I even used a sheet! I've done laundry, chased spiders, helped with cooking and dishes. I put the white board I'd used for English classes in our curtained doorway to (try to) keep the kittens out.Minina the mama cat has occasionally come in through the opening in our back wall and I have to open for her. We've played Bingo many an afternoon when the shade has increased ... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:15:34 EST A Few More Days Saturday Ma decided she wanted more shade, so she took a cutting from a oung Fuico tree - these are the trees you see in malls, very hardy. They sprout roots down the side of their trunks so it's easy to plant cuttings. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Of course, we've been waiting for our street to be paved - a couple of years ago they fooled us by spreading "ripio" (a gravely mix) and leveling it. But they paved the conne... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:33:59 EST A Quiet Week It's been a peaceful week. I did a load of whites Wednesday, hoping to salvage some things that got "pinked" by a rogue red t-shirt, but I think I'll have to use more bleach next time around. How is it that it bleeds so easily from where you want it to STAY, but clings relentlessly despite all efforts to make it GO? Later we sat out in the shade, and along came the local "huevero" - egg man - who parked so he could take a nap in back of his..."truck" (see photo!) <BR> <img src="http://photo... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:14:17 EST Ketchup Time Revisited . with PHOTOS! Thurs 27th - I decided to reorganize the bdroom, moving a shelf unit from the foot of the bedto agaiinst the wall by the desk. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Before pix <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 8 Aug 2017 18:28:46 EST Update (At Last) Tues Aug 1: Ma prepared a lunch of a pretty striped fish called doncella (easy to avoid bones). Pa was working on a dresser for baby Caleb's clothes. I had 4 students - Gabe, Angel, Angelo, and Angelito, and after I got my "propina" of 2 soles,t they all went to play futbol at the nephews' house.A vendor of Omnilife, Don Simon, came by, and I treated ma to a can of a helpful health product. Then I offered him one of Ma's donuts, and brought some out for the rest of us as well. After he left... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 18:02:59 EST Ketchup Time! Thurs 27th - I decided to reorganize the bdroom, moving a shelf unit from the foot of the bedto agaiinst the wall by the desk. <BR> I emptied 2 boxes of Avon stuff - Levi is a great salesman, but he is also one of his best customers! I'm not usually one for deodorant, but I've been using a nice Avon one. The empty boxes went under the bed. So now, with the shelf unit out of the way, it's easier to watch TV from the bed! I covered the remaining boxes with a blanket to look nicer. I found a se... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 11:46:21 EST Trying to Catch Up! It's been a WHOLE WEEK since I've been able to come to the internet. I went thru my journal to jot down highlights to share. <BR> WED 19th was (great) nephew Andre's b'day, so, at his request, since he'd forgotten his money for English, I didn't charge him. I also gave him a tiny animal from the assortment I0d brought with me. Actually, 'thoughI'm asking 2 soles an hour, I get anywhere from nothing, 50 centimos, a handful of coins, and only on rare occasions 2 soles. But I'm not really doing ... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:01:19 EST Finishing Week 2, Into Week 3 in Pucallpa Saturday Josue had a friend from work come and do some rewiring in the house. The man was here from 7 till after 11! He only charges 50 soles plus his fare of 5 soles (about 17 bucks!!!) Then Josue took me and Ma to Tottus, with a stopover at the bank. I had in mind to make spaghetti on Monday (originally thought on Sunday, but traditionally Ma doesn't cook on Sundays!) Josue also really wanted a "Moises" - a baby carrier - so we were going to go to another part of town for that, near the pla... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:52:30 EST Continuing Week Two in Pucallpa So, I DID get students starting onTuesday. Neighbor Angel, who is Levi's cousin's son, came over early and since there was enough shade I got started with him. Another neighbor brought her little girl. She isn't quite able to do the reading and writing but I guess her Ma figured it would be a good start. I have a white board with dry erase markers that I use. A bit later, 3 other family members arrived - Erika's son Angel, Fritz's daughter Marita, and Miguel's son Andres. The 2 younger ones f... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:18:46 EST Into Week 2 In Pucallpa Okay, trying to catch up...let me see...Well, later on Friday Josue took me and Papi to visit Nora at her Mom's house - since she had C-section, it was deemed better to have her mum's care for a week. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:29:36 EST Finishing Week 1 In Pucallpa (from Fri July 7) I mentioned something about the water issue we have. The well needs to be dug deeper. Wednesday we used what was stored in the big barrel to do Levi's laundry. Pa rinsed out the barrel for refilling when the water WAS running. We keep the faucet open with a bucket under, and when we hear it, we scurry to collect what we can. Early Wed. morning, I woke to the sound of it ' Papi beat me to the faucet. Later we had a light rain and there was a little more water to be had. Thursday we were up ear... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:48:16 EST First Few Days in Pucallpa (entry from Tues. July 4) On July 1, Pastors Sabina and Jorge and I went by taxi (60 soles, a bit less than 20 bucks) to the airport. Spiritual son Dany met us there for our traditional pizza departure - I got Hawaiian (a local favorite) and pepperoni (my traditional), and we had Pepsi with it. Sabi took the leftovers home to the "kids" (I'm STILL trying to wrap my mind around Moises and Cesar beiing THIRTY!) We visited until around 7:30 <BR> <img src=" Tue, 11 Jul 2017 12:40:35 EST Wednesday Continued So, here I am with Rosita who served me such a luscious lunch <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And one of Jorge and Sabina <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After lunch we dropped Jorge off at home. Then I took Sabi on a "paseo" to Tottus, which is kinda like Walmart super-stores, with groceries and clothes and stuff. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:36:34 EST Wednesday Reunions I had an invitation to lunch with friend Rosita. So, after a morning of devotional time, and a nice breakfast of avocado, eggs, maduros, bread, and coffee, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I went online to load photos and do some blogging here and on Facebook. At 12:30 I left with Sabina in a motokar, and Jorge followed a bit after. There was a narrow spiral staircase to mount up, so I suggested Sabi walk behind me so she co... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 09:55:51 EST Monday and Tuesday - Lima and Puente Piedra Well, the pastor/father of quinciñera didn't come Monday night - just as well, as these things can go late into the night. <BR> Monday morning I had a visit with "son" Cesar, and it occurred to me, I've known these "kids" for 13 years now - how old IS he now? THIRTY! Anyway in our visit I was glad to see the fruit of my prayers for him. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Later during the day a pastor from Panama came... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:56:40 EST Second Day in Lima (Specifically the District of Villa el Salvador) Arrived on schedule in Lima at 8:30 pm. Was delayed NOT by customs, but by the last suitcase taking its time to reach me on the carousel. However, the Lord used that time to let my friend Pastora Sabina encourage a woman who was also awaiting a family member. I was so delighted to see Sabi that I nearly lept out of the wheelchair. Didn't have time to tip the guy, as I hadn't changed my dollars to soles, and Pastor Jorge had already grabbed the luggage and off we went. I noted the time on the ... Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:02:19 EST Father's Day Thoughts I lost my Dad in a tragedy in 1999, my unmedicated delusional step-brother taking the life of my dad and step-mom before taking his own life But I am blessed with good memories. My Mom encouraged him to do things with me and my sisters on his days off - so we made trips to the local zoo, science museum and planetarium, art gallery, and George Eastman House (museum of history of photography). In a time of male supremacy, I was always made to feel I could do ANYTHING I set my mind to. I know h... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:03:02 EST Hot Week! All this week the temperatures are supposed to be in the 80's, with today getting maybe in the 90's. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So after work today, Becky and I plan to go to a family-owned soft ice cream joint, Lugia's. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The first time I took my younger daughter and her (first) husband, they ordered small cones, and ex... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:18:37 EST Saturday and Counting Down <img src=""> <BR> I COULD have slept in...but my bowels, oh, so regular, denied me that luxury! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Well, no worries. I made a half pot of coffee, because DD and the grands are overnight with her significant other. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I h... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 09:34:50 EST The Evaluation Is In <img src=""> <BR> So, I got my evaluation...Here are some highlights, which I hope you can see: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But here's the "lowlight": <BR> <img src="">... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 13:59:36 EST Memorial Day I love a long weekend as much as anyone! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I didn't have any great plans, although Monday morning my coworker was going to pick me up to go our for breakfast. My DD and the kids went to her Significant Other's house where he did a cookout on Saturday, and when they came to get fresh clothes she brought me some burgers and hot dogs. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 29 May 2017 18:24:39 EST Needy Kitty We adopted a kitty, Zelda, a couple of years ago when we discovered that WITHOUT a kitty, the mice became more brazen. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Although living under my roof, when my daughter and grandkids move out, Zelda will go with them, because it was noticed that she could calm my high-functioning autistic grandson when he was having a meltdown. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 28 May 2017 12:28:33 EST Observed AT Last! You may recall from a previous blog that the Thursday field trip to the ball game was cancelled due to rain <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So they had their specials as usual, in this case, music in the morning. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I usually take my break during that time, and then I head down to help herd them back upstairs, kinda like a bor... Sat, 27 May 2017 11:06:36 EST The Best Laid Plans Well, I really rocked on Tuesday when I was supposed to have my observation... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Too bad the vice principal couldn't make it! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So, I let her know when I'd be available for her just to drop in. We'll see how THAT goes. <BR> <img src=" Thu, 25 May 2017 10:18:46 EST Hair My daughter has a friend who does hair, and last night she very kindly came to my home after working and gave me a fresh hair cut and dye. <BR> Actually, I used to maintain long hair from my youth.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 1966, age 13 <BR> <img src=" Sun, 21 May 2017 10:44:18 EST Upcoming Observation So, it's that time of year...actually,it's almost PAST that time...when I have to be observed. The Vice Principal does us Teacher Assistants. She actually wanted to get things done by Monday, but I had asked about having it done Tuesday from 1-1:30. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> When she asked, I explained that the class had been learning about something, and I had something to go along with it, and we could do it before ... Fri, 19 May 2017 17:18:28 EST Back to Work! <img src=""> <BR> Actually, it's a little more than THREE months since I've been at work. <BR> And of course I was a bit late, because my ride and I ran into construction on the way. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I was passing a classroom on my way to sign in in the office, and one of the teachers was there who had asked my grandson how I was ... Thu, 18 May 2017 08:46:48 EST Why God Made Moms <img src=""> <BR> Why God Made Moms Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions: <BR> <BR> Why did God make mothers? <BR> 1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is. <BR> 2. Mostly to clean the house. <BR> 3. To help us out of there when we were getting born. <BR> <BR> How did God make mothers? <BR> 1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us. <BR> 2. Magic plus super pow... Sun, 14 May 2017 11:12:36 EST Sunday Workout I belong to that group of Christians that consider various art forms - music, visual, performing - to be forms of worship. While my pad of paper lasted, I would do color-pencil drawings as an expression of worship, praise, and perhaps a response to what I felt the Spirit saying. I've sold some drawings, and donated others for sale to support various ministries, and given a many away. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Creadas ... Sun, 7 May 2017 19:52:29 EST The Value of Journaling I don't always do a Spark blog. When I do, I like to liven it up with memes and photos. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I have to admit, when I get on the computer, I like to indulge many hours on Facebook - <BR> <img src=""> <BR> playing Candy Crush <BR> <img src="">... Sat, 6 May 2017 21:16:07 EST Missions Accomplished! This morning I finally sat myself down and made the 2 special order dogs - a white German shepherd and a min pin - and while waiting for them to dry to leather-hardness so I could hollow them out, I also made some of my silly frogs and turtles. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> While I worked on those, my eldest granddaughter - she'll be FIFTEEN next month - worked on a "Sea Dragon." She also has an artistic bent, and her mom... Thu, 4 May 2017 17:43:56 EST Flexibility Osteoarthritis makes me stiff. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I understand marijuana has some medical benefits - <BR> <img src=""> <BR> but it's not for me. NO judgement on anyone using it. <BR> But I'm more into the "Motion is Lotion" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> - once I ... Tue, 2 May 2017 17:27:20 EST Getting Back to "Normal" While I still like to use the cane (like a security blanket!) when I walk any distances outdoors, <img src=""> <BR> I walk around indoors without it (although when I'm tired, I will occasionally use it going up the stairs) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, the grass in front was getting kinda long, and my DD was gonna have her kids pick up s... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:48:36 EST Monday We often joke about Mondays. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But the women from my church meet every Monday - alternating between a Bible Study and a prayer meeting. I don't always make it to the prayer meeting - I think with increasing age, I just don't have the energy to go out at night. But I got a message from Ana, the little Guatemalan, that the meeting would be at our church's property, and she asked if I'd bring the ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:27:40 EST Planning...and Procrastinating I leave for Peru on June 24. When it comes to travel, I hate leaving things to the last minute - planning and packing is part of the anticipation and excitement of the trip. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Of course, it's not just packing for mySELF - what I will need for the 9 weeks I'll be there, taking into account that it's Lima's winter <BR> <img src=" Sat, 8 Apr 2017 09:38:50 EST Mushrooms <BR> A group of friends who all attended the same church wanted to get together on a regular basis, socialize, and play games. They would meet in each home in rotation and the residents of that house would provide a meal. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> When it came time for Al and Janet to be the hosts, Janet wanted to do something special. She decided to have mushroom-smothered steak. But when she checked at the local gr... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 14:38:02 EST Balancing a Budget Early in my first marriage, when my husband realized I was much better at simple math than he was, he left the budget and the checkbook to me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We occasionally ran into problems - like when he would take money out and forget to write it down. And then when we got the charge cards "for emergency"...or we'd use the charge to get his expensive prescriptions and then when we were reimbursed, it d... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:00:34 EST Oh What Fellowship Today my church had a women's breakfast. Oh, I go to a bilingual church, so that when my husband DOES finally make it up here, the transition to English will be easier. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the sisters, a little Guatemalan, told me about it on Facebook. When I started going to this church, I felt an immediate connection with her - turns out she, too, is an intercessor (AKA prayer warrior). And, I hav... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:43:46 EST Charting - Balancing Act My balance was never really good. I was never athletic - as an artist, I'm generally sedentary. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But for health's sake I've taken on exercising. And now with the hip surgery, of course, the physical <BR> therapy is more than just strengthening bone and muscle and sinew. They also want me to BALANCE. Now,I have NEVER had good balance. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:30:53 EST Charting - Standing Exercises I usually start after I've had a cup of coffee to get me going. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I go to the kitchen counter and begin by raising my operated leg - forward and back - ten times. Then I do the right leg. Then I repeat, so it's 20 for each leg. The first time I added my right leg, I was a bit wobbly, taking the extra weight on the new hip. But now it's good. <BR> Then I raise each leg to the side, 10 times, twi... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:19:05 EST Time to Chart! - Seated/Laying Exercises When my therapist came today and checked on how I was doing with the exercises, I realized I had forgotten a couple of them. (At least I'm not like THIS) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So, I decided to make a chart. It's broken down into 3 basic sections - seated/laying (I can do either on my bed or on the recliner) <BR> And NO, it's not just pushing buttons on the remote or lifting food/drink to my mouth! <BR> <img src="... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:04:08 EST A Little Catchup <img src=""> <BR> I suddenly realized I haven't sparked in a while - and I am touched and grateful to the spark friend who left a message on y page, hoping my recovery was going well. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Anyway, my physical therapist has been coming twice a week, and each time she comes she gives me another exercise - or 2 - or 3 - to... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:25:37 EST Recovery I continue to do the PT exercises, to which the therapist adds a couple more each time she comes. For me, EVERY day is LEG DAY! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The pain med I'm on - hydromorphone - is binding, so I have to make sure to have plenty of fiber. I was blessed that some friends came to visit and brought tangerines and red grapes! <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Mar 2017 17:57:17 EST