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/ Into the Third Week in Pucallpa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207797 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/359dcedf-4868-4cdd-b57f-8e4e54e5e421.JPG"> <BR... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:15:59 EST A Couple More Days in the Second Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205027 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 friends...so 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202735 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/618fe17d-00e9-4bbe-b84d-411de4c1edd0.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Here's the stew, with lots of veggies! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd93dc62-90e9-46fc-ae63-d4f6a33f4fe4.JPG"> <BR> <BR> And here Papito and Levi enjoy the stew <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a21551cc-264e-4c14-8de5-4... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 18:04:01 EST Arrival in Pucallpa and the Paper Chase Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199811 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197058 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/866878e3-54b7-46c5-80a1-b81dab578272.JPG"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195859 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195198 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194875 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194842 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194793 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192350 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192314 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191287 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191225 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6b3b4077-103b-4075-acf3-5895a15ba6fb.JPG"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191214 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183202 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?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170845 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152771 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150870 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149999 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77cf40d8-033e-4186-8e3c-3933f1403a9a.jpg"> <BR> (at the... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:54:25 EST How Appropriate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142909 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6140456 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/38409a5e-ef44-4c27-834e-1a610d9bf0de.JPG"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139645 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e39b60a-928f-4741-b216-3f59b5e8b456.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139000 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097365 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5816c9f-de08-4c54-bea0-07a22734d3e2.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054154 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051109 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050629 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046542 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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22b5fd44-1849-4... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:48:56 EST Controversy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044674 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83727d84-4f12-4dbf-b678-8903dd971719.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041713 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036517 ** 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035289 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026421 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020770 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018921 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015621 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012722 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008647 The heat of summer has let up, and I am accustomed to rising earlier for work. So starting Sunday this week, I got on my bike. Twenty minutes on Sunday; 20 on Monday...twenty-five on Tuesday and Wednesday. Took a break on Thursday, then did 25 on Friday. And today rather than biking I got together with a friend and we walked. We discovered we would BOTH like to hike the Appalachian Trail - of course, with our age, my arthritis, her balance problems, we realize we'd have to take it just a LI-I... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 15:47:06 EST Back to School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988648 It's the first day, and as a TA, there's not much to do just yet. This afternoon we will get our room assignments, but for now, I don't know with which teacher I shall be. Beside me in the library is a new TA who hails from Cuba, who knows at least she will be in a bilingual class. Rochester has a very large latina community (which is why I told levi he should have no trouble getting along). <BR> <BR> It does feel good to be back, though. Soon I will settle into the work routine - and with i... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:58:06 EST I've Been Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982174 I haven't been Sparking as much lately due to the bed-bug issue. My DD and I have been uber-occupied prepping for the exterminator, due to come on the 28th in the morning, for an estimated 6 hours. Anyway, just today I finished prepping MY room. It involved so much, between washing and/or heat treating ALL the clothes, purging things into trash or recycle, moving everything to the center of the room...DD and I went with eldest granddaughter to the Laundromat one day just to "heat treat" some... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:31:46 EST It's Always Something... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977048 Last week they started doing some roadwork. It's going to be going on for the next several months, turning my section temporarily into a one-way east-bound. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84c18f11-ccd1-453c-8701-05182a0cd876.jpg"> <BR> Well, last week one of the workers came to our door - and our 110 pound boxer lunged at the door. Now, this is an old house, built around 1920, and the front door has - HAD - this large glass panel. I suppose it's amazing it has lasted ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:29:02 EST A BUSY Day...to Be Followed by Some Relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971835 Yesterday I got u early - before 6. I actually planned to rise at 6, to get accustomed to school hours, but my bladder beat me to it. So, I started with my knee workout, and then I got on my bike - I was gonna try 10 minutes but I actually pedaled for 15 whole minutes! Then a shower - without having to use the shower seat, mind you! - and downstairs. I did some other knee routines with the stretchy band my PT gave me. <BR> <BR> Then I had to take DD to an appointment. I waited in the van - d... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 07:56:33 EST Moving Right Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969773 So I took myself to breakfast at a local diner, the Peppermill, taking my daughter for company, after which we went to CVS where I got my " bottle of youth" (hair dye). I put it in (half now - half before school starts!) sand then I put in Richard Simmons Sweatin' #2. Three of the grands joined me. One of the 9 yr-old twins dropped out, saying he was tired - to which I replied, "What, you're more tired than a 62 year old lady who just had knee surgery??!" Of course the first 3 routines were j... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:09:09 EST A Giggle and a Comment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969111 Navajo Woman <BR> <BR> Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride. <BR> After a bit of small talk while resuming the journey, the Navajo woman noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally. <BR> "What's in the bag?" asked the woman. <BR> Sally looked down at the brown bag and s... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:56:10 EST A Giggle and an Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967871 Treadmill <BR> <BR> My friend hates to exercise, which means the treadmill in her bedroom barely gets used. Nevertheless, she swears by it. <BR> "It really works," she told me. "I throw my jeans over it and they get smaller." <BR> <BR> Received from Doc's Daily Chuckle via GCFL.net <BR> <BR> Now, unlike the subject in the joke, while I have a recumbent stationary bike in MY bedroom, it DID get a lot of use prior to the increased hip pain. So much so, that the left handlebar broke off, a... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:03:40 EST Exciting Breakthrough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963313 The day started out slowly. I did walk back and forth 15 minutes, but I hadn't done the knee routine. So this afternoon I decided I would do them after changing my sheets, and then I would shower off the sweat from this muggy day. <BR> I started by getting on my bike. Five minutes was the plan, rocking the pedals back and forth to build up my range of motion gradually. Well, towards the end of the fifth minute I found I could actually pedal ALL THE WAY AROUND! I did it again, slowly, careful... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:00:11 EST Singles Ad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962664 Singles Ad <BR> <BR> This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed. It appeared in The Atlanta Journal. <BR> <BR> SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, <BR> ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good looking girl <BR> who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, <BR> riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and <BR> fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. <BR> Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your <BR> hand. I'll be at the front do... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:33:02 EST Ten More Degrees! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961233 I hadn't yet done any of the exercises this morning, and I was weaning myself off the pain pills, especially due to their constipating effect. But I was ready for the therapist this morning, as we went into the kitchen and I performed the new exercises for her. The last one we did at the stairs, where I put my left foot up on the first step and bent my knee as far as I could, 10 times. Then after a short rest she had me do it one more time so she could measure it. Friday I had measured 97 deg... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:42:35 EST Making a Liar Out of the Physical Therapist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960084 Well, PT came this morning and after the preliminary questions and taking of vitals, she started me on some standing exercises. We go to the kitchen counter so I have something for balance. "Now, don't expect to be able to lift your leg very far at this stage -" I do the knee flexion as she showed me. "OR make a liar out of me! That's really good, most people can't get it up so far!" <BR> Asks if I have any questions about what I can do, and I mentioned my exercise bike. We went up to my room... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:48:49 EST