MEADSBAY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MEADSBAY MEADSBAY'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/ Good-bye, my friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963893 Tomorrow I am heading down to our gorgeous second home on the island of Anguilla, off the coast of St. Martin. <em>47</em> <BR> People are surprised when I tell how wonderful the weather is in the Caribbean in the summer. <BR> For example, it is an atypical humid 95 degrees here in RI today..even 90 on the beach! <BR> And 'only' 85 on Anguilla today. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Here is my home, if you want to check it out and look at my pics. (it is a rental property): <BR> <link>Www.jas... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:15:42 EST I am going to miss these little munchkins so much! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961286 My 3 grandkids are leaving for a week in NH on Saturday. <BR> I am leaving on Tuesday for two weeks on the beautiful island of Anguilla. <BR> <link>Www.jasminevilla.com </link> <BR> So when I get home on August 4th it will have been over two weeks since I've held them in my loving arms. <BR> FaceTime is great but not the same! <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> They are here today, playing with shaving cream on an almost rainy day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24d0fef8-90b... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:41:47 EST Happy, happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957413 I may just have a touch of SAD, like so many of my friends here...I am so much happier when I can get outside into the glorious sun every day. <BR> We have a small garden plot that, thank goodness, my dear man is managing on his own this summer, although I am down there, too, 'supervising'. <BR> We live in a condo and there is a perfect one mile walking loop around the neighborhood which I or we walk every day, often 2-3 times. <BR> We have been having a hard time getting up to URI for the w... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:07:13 EST Summertime! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953720 ...and the living is easy! <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I am the opposite of a morning person <em>102</em> so the only thing I do not like about babysitting for my adorable grandbabies is getting up at 6:30 two days a week to go over there. <BR> <BR> During the summer, things are more relaxed as my wonderful DIL, Jeannie, is a teacher and, while she is still very busy with her boot camp and work duties and professional development, she also relishes being home with her babies. <BR> <B... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:58:29 EST Update on yesterday's blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949239 Oh, believe me, we have spent months (and by we I mean all 4 of his children, his neighbor who brings him his mail, his grandsons and granddaughter) trying to help him understand that he is being ripped off by these sweepstakes scams. <BR> He refuses to believe it is that much money he sends out. <BR> He really thinks he might win something. <em>198</em> <BR> It gives him something to do during his long boring days- he gets up by 5 and because he dozes off and on all day in his chair he st... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:36:48 EST My FIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948801 Jack turned 91 a few days ago- still living in his own home, with much support, mostly from my daughter and my dear man (his sibs live out of state or just don't care). <BR> He is ready to die (sometimes he wishes he would) and he has had CHF (congestive heart failure) for at least the last 3 years but he has not been hospitalized in years. <BR> His dad died young but his wonderful mother lived to 99. <BR> He is not too cranky but almost totally deaf so not much fun to spend time with- never ... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:22:57 EST Thank you so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939127 I felt so nice after your kind words about yesterday's blog. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I was feeling guilty about letting Miss Pearl use my iPod touch while I did that chick project with the 'big' kids. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04b5bba8-9eb0-48c5-8737-a4b4fb927b27.JPG"> <BR> <BR> She is not quite 18 months but can <BR> ~go to youtube <BR> ~ click on Baby Bum or Elmo <BR> ~scroll down (with her thumb!) and pick out song/videos she wants to watch! <B... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 15:26:54 EST Need points! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938716 We had a cool rainy low key day with the kids today so I have ZERO fitness minutes (5500 steps- 8 flights of stairs). <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> So I had planned a little art project with the 'big' kids and then took a few pics so I could share with you tonight. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/86d9af0f-a23c-48be-b2e5-bd1195d71090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d22d488d-4a25-4523-a7f8-1d8147a5ba36.jpg"> <BR> ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 21:51:59 EST Grammy's in big trouble now! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935397 Here is Pearl, wearing her mac and cheese and sweet potatoes and applesauce lunch. <BR> <BR> She is mad because I won't turn on the TV (I strictly limit it as she is not even two) even though she is following me around saying 'Elmo, Elmo, Elmo'. <BR> <BR> I distracted her by going into the playroom and playing with the dollhouse with her. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ca14213-51f1-4b7f-ac70-508e8217a4d8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Wed, 27 May 2015 21:50:05 EST Istanbul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933590 (Part one blog about my recent trip to Central and Eastern Europe). <BR> <BR> LOVED Istanbul! <BR> It was so very different from anywhere else on earth I have been, <BR> it was like a movie- so very beautiful and exotic. <BR> The city (home to TWENTY million people in the entire metropolitan area!) is ancient and colorful and beautiful. <BR> The call to prayers five times a day by the many mosques filled the air with magical musical beauty. <BR> Muslims cannot/do not honor likenesses so all ... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:29:48 EST Will be away for a few weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919707 Good-bye, dear sparkpeeps! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My dear man and I are heading to Central Europe tonight for two fabulous weeks: <BR> Istanbul, <BR> Prague, <BR> Budapest, <BR> Bratislava, <BR> and Vienna. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> All on our own, all planned by us, all first class (almost all frequent flyer points and various credit card bonus points earned- my dh is a wiz at it, despite his recent brain injury). <BR> <BR> The weather forecast looks perfect! <BR> <em>67</em> ... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:30:19 EST Come along with me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916779 My grands are over on nearby Block Island for a few days for spring break and I am enjoying a bit of time off, especially from getting up so early two days a week. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l205341658.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My dear man and I have gone to the warm water pool every day this week, which is nice, but then he wants to stop for lunch. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Since I had my camera with me to go wave goodbye to the kids leaving on the boat, I decided to take ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:27:18 EST Fitbit-fitness minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909592 Oh, my. <em>40</em> <BR> I am on the Fitbit team and some folks are up in arms that Fitbit (not SP) has changed the way they sync to SP so that we don't earn fitness minutes unless we are exercising at a moderate pace for at least ten minutes- as per federal guidelines. <BR> Don't even ask me how Fitbit knows that- <BR> the steps per minute, maybe? <BR> Anyway, it actually makes sense to me- <BR> it will encourage me to workout more vigorously, when possible. <BR> For example, the other d... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:47:23 EST Pearl! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908377 Oh, my...my precious grandbaby Pearl is 16 months old now and into everything! <BR> I cannot let her out of my sight. <em>198</em> <BR> If I have to use the bathroom, I pull her into the room with me and shut the door. <em>40</em> <BR> She found my mixing bowls and measuring cups. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l322669141.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, as soon as she sees a camera, she starts saying 'cheeeeeeese'! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 15:03:40 EST My wacky and wonderful family~ with pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906677 My older sister, Maureen, now our family matriarch, is just so amazing. <BR> She loves to host parties; always has, but especially since she became a widow ten years ago (when an unhappy marriage ended in her hubby's early death- he was a heavy smoker and drinker and died of a heart attack at 54, leaving four devastated daughters and one rich widow) and moved to a big house with a big yard, perfect for entertaining. <BR> She is close to her daughters and has 12 or so (some steps) grandkids. ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 21:05:38 EST Easter memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905734 I come from a huge Catholic family- <BR> 7 brothers and 7 sisters- <BR> and my parents struggled to feed and clothe us and yet sent us all to catholic schools (with the help of the diocese). <BR> We went to church every week and all had our Holy First Communion and confirmation. <BR> (Not a one of us is still in the church, btw) <BR> <BR> Easter was always our second favorite holiday, just after Christmas. <BR> ~ new clothes! <BR> ~ a big feast! <BR> ~ city cousins came down for our egg hunt... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:20:32 EST April! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903765 Yay! <BR> It is still pretty cool here in RI but most of the snow is gone...just a few patches in shady areas and small dirty mounds..and the sun is getting stronger and stronger each day. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> I have been able to take Pearl out in the stroller, which she loves and I need, quite a bit lately. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> And at the end of this month, my dear man and I will be flying to Istanbul for three days, Prague for three days, Budapest for three days and Vienna for th... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 19:57:56 EST Lalalala....life goes on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901386 Nothing new here. <BR> Rested up from my extra babysitting this week. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l466392910.jpg"> <BR> Went to the pool and out to lunch with friends yesterday. <BR> Went to the gym and then out looking (no luck) for a new short winter coat today. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> I have been noticing more and more lately that my dear man does indeed have some lingering neurological deficits since his major health issue last fall. <BR> He has regained so m... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:32:16 EST Cinderella review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898153 Well, I loved it-as did all the mommies in the theater- <BR> not so sure of the youngish girls- <BR> like my Lucy, who is almost six. <BR> I'm sure they enjoyed it as the dresses were gorgeous and the prince was quite charming, alright. <BR> But, there were too many complex plot points and concepts for young children...like trying to explain why the (gorgeous) stepmother was so mean (jealous of C's youth and beauty and happy life- until C's parents died) and the king, also dying, pressuring h... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:17:56 EST How do people babysit every day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896606 I adore my grandkids. <BR> They are sweet and lovable and good and funny and fun. <BR> They are 5 (in K, so before and after school care) 4, and ONE. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l809057726.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1686440981.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1509263901.jpg"> <BR> We usually babysit two days a week. <BR> This week four days, including one overnight. <BR> Next week will be four days a... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:16:18 EST Things didn't go as I planned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896403 We have been babysitting extra days lately for a few different reasons, and that will continue next week. <BR> Yesterday was our first full day off in a few and my dear man's cold is well enough that he was up for a swim at the warm water pool- had our day planned around that, and getting my nails done, after a quick bite out. <BR> Don't you know, the pool was closed as the university is on spring break! <em>46</em> <BR> They were open over xmas break so I thought they would be open on a m... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:07:15 EST New glasses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895491 Probably not a big deal to many folks, but to me, who wears glasses all day, every day and tries to get 3-4-5 years out of a pair, getting new eyeglasses is a big deal. <BR> I really do try to buy locally as much as possible, but after going to THREE local optical shops and not finding what I wanted, or finding what I wanted for $1400 or so (for a regular pair and a pair of sunglasses), I gave up and went to a chain, where I got both for about $700. <BR> Not crazy about them, but they meet my... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:36:17 EST Top of the Morning to you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894523 <link>www.jacquielawson.com/sendcard.asp?c<BR>ardid=3121606&hdn=undefined&path=83556 </link> <BR> <BR> Darn...the link only goes to my subscriber's page! <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:10:54 EST The green monster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893238 Jealousy rears its ugly head around here at times. <em>234</em> <BR> I have a not-too-close local friend, a lovely woman in the next town, I had one of her daughters when I taught, and we are FB friends. <BR> She is a bit more well off than I, which I can handle, and can afford to do a lot with and for her three children and four grands, and lives in a pretty fabulous love, which I envy, too. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But, she also slowly over the years has put on a lot of weight and had a... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:38:18 EST Yahoooooooo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890726 It's raining! <BR> I don't ever remember being so happy to see the rain fall. <BR> Just watched the weather forecast and we should be above freezing the next FIVE days! <BR> Our snowpack is finally receding and I WILL be taking sweet Pearl out for a walk in her stroller tomorrow. <BR> Can not wait! <BR> I saw a statistic online that we (here in RI) have had an average of 11 inches a week for the last six weeks! <BR> <em>244</em> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:06:09 EST Miss Pearl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886154 Pearl, almost 15 months, loves books but is already learning the hard lesson... <BR> So many books, so little time! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1395431202.jpg"> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:31:35 EST But wait...there's more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884968 Snow, that is...just as things settle down, maybe a little melting on sunny days, here comes another 4-8 inches! <BR> Probably another day off from school, meaning school will last into the last week of June. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l233446617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We live in a condo...my dear man is the treasurer...we have spent $12,000 for plowing in January alone! <BR> <BR> And here is Pearl, who is another late walker in our family (over 14 months and wil... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:14:34 EST Looking for book ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881083 My book group is meeting this week to discuss our latest book <BR> All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, <BR> an amazing book about a blind French girl and a young German man during WWII. <BR> Not an easy read by any means, but well worth the effort. <BR> <BR> I also just read <BR> Private Life by Jane Smiley <BR> (who wrote 1000 Acres, also a not-easy-but-amazing book), <BR> which came out about five years ago and is about a woman in MO at the beginning of the last century, nearly ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:49:57 EST And once again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879268 Our Newport friends (we live on the other side of Narragansett Bay-over two bridges) called to see if we could meet them for dinner. <em>198</em> <BR> There was a great winter deal at a good restaurant ending last night. <em>4</em> <BR> We hadn't seen them since before Christmas and had a lot of catching up to do. <BR> Out the door we went again! <BR> I shared a huge salad with my dear man (overdressed...why do they do that? We were so busy chatting I forgot to ask for it on the side) a... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:28:52 EST The good, the bad and the ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878659 Well, I am thrilled to have rejoined my original gym, which I left in 2009 in my efforts to get my DD into a lifelong habit of exercise by going to a smaller, closer gym. <BR> I left there last summer when my DD moved out of my house, <BR> into her very own first house, a few towns over, closer to her work, <BR> and she quit that gym. Also, their maintenance was sliding slowly into the unacceptable range. <em>40</em> <BR> So, the good is, I LOVE my gym and have gone most days since I joi... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 09:51:55 EST My very own funny Valentine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875835 Here we were in 1969 <BR> ~ahem~ <BR> shortly after marrying (at 16 and 19). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1689099413.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And here we were a couple of years back at our second home in the Caribbean. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l690503108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not that every day has been paradise, <BR> oh, no, no ,no... <BR> but every day he makes me laugh and every day I make him smile, <BR> ever since the day we met in 19... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:01:22 EST Return of the gym rat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872767 Woo-hooooo! <BR> I am so happy! <BR> I let my gym membership go last summer when my dear man's health crisis was just beginning. <BR> I was not happy with the maintenance/cleanliness of my gym anyway, and I was unable to get there regularly. <BR> I was walking a lot at that point. <BR> Well, now he is all better and I am in the worst shape of my life. <BR> My weight hasn't changed much in a year but I am weak and flabby. <BR> Other than the warm water pool therapy I have been doing two or thr... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 21:05:14 EST Fun in the snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870252 We have had way more snow than usual this winter but we were able to take the kids out one warmish day and of course I grabbed my camera! <BR> <BR> Here's William, aged 4, who said he does not like gloves or mittens (gave in after about an hour outside). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1389806499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's Lucy, 5, building a snow wall with a beach pail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2092179714.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 19:37:52 EST Blizzard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863720 I am so very glad we filled the bird feeders yesterday...lots of action out there all day...can you see the beautiful Cardinal pair? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l76071904.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our snow started very lightly yesterday afternoon and picked up overnight. <BR> We have about a foot so far <BR> ...hard to tell for sure as it's blowing so hard...but luckily the wind kept the dry snow from building up on the wires so we have not lost our power, altho... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:33:41 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859594 Just added an update to my previous blog...I sure hope it's true. <BR> <em>244</em> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:30:03 EST You are the best! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859520 Thnx for all of the great ideas about what to do with my 90 yr old FIL's new addiction to sweepstakes scams....to the tune of $1000, so far. <BR> This is a man who would never in his life buy even a lottery ticket! <BR> I have passed on your ideas to my dear man, who is not handling the situation well, IMHO, and not very open to my help. <BR> He will call our attorney, who is also his dad's of many years, and ask his advice. <BR> In the meantime, the money is pouring out the door. <BR> This i... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:42:12 EST Help! Elder care advice needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858807 My FIL is 90, lives on his own with minimal help, but is getting more senile. <BR> He has started returning "sweepstakes" envelope and often encloses a check for processing or a filing fee, which is against the law, btw. <BR> We have shown him this in black and white from the Postmaster General but he won't hear it. <BR> He is convinced he has already won it just by doing a simple math problem. <BR> Totally scams! <BR> We cannot convince him otherwise. <BR> It started out slowly but now they ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:01:41 EST Hahahahaha!?! To summarize?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857893 Sorry...just really noticed how looooooooooong my anniversary blog was! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> I said I would summarize?!? <BR> Imagine if I gave you the long version! <BR> Well, it has been six years, after all...a lot can happen in all that time. <BR> Anyway, thank you so much for your patience and wonderfully kind comments. <BR> You are the reason I am still here after all of my ups and downs. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <em>285</em> <BR> <em>304</em> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:20:13 EST Happy 6th Sparkaversary to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857103 Thank you for the kind notes and fun goodies, dear sparkpeeps! <em>304</em> <BR> I joined SP on 1/11/09 but, like many folks, was overwhelmed at first and didn't start tracking~ which means LOSING~ until 1/18- <BR> so today, 1/18, is a good day to reflect upon my experience. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I will try not to go into too much detail, but, to summarize- <BR> I have been a lifelong yo-yo dieter- <BR> doing every fad diet that came along- <BR> plus WW and Atkins for years- <BR... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:18:55 EST Just showing off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847538 <em>244</em> So far I am ahead in the daily fitbit challenge thrown down by my nieces and their hubbies! <BR> Only because I got o at 6:30 to go babysit and then took Miss Pearl to the market for a few things. <BR> She was the hit of the store, let me tell you. <BR> <BR> Here she is before I gave her a bagel to munch on: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1499241629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And after she got what she wanted: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:49:47 EST Taking those baby steps and doing it for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845455 I am taking our friend, Chris the Spark Guy's advice and focusing on baby steps. <BR> I need to get moving more. <BR> For a lot of reasons; my dh's health crisis, the coming of winter, my hip pain, etc., I have been eating more and moving less. <BR> I go to a pool for an hour of warm water therapy with him (which is amazing for my hip bursitis, too) a few times a week but, for example, they were just closed for two weeks (it is at a nearby university), the holidays were busy, and I did nothin... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:40:38 EST Wishing all my sparkpeeps a wonderful 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842238 Despite almost losing my dear husband this year, <em>40</em> <BR> I would not have wanted to miss one minute of 2014. <BR> It is the trials and tribulations of life (and I have had more than a few) that make the good times all the sweeter. <em>334</em> <BR> Watching my ittybitty grandbabies grow and become tiny little people this year (they are 5,4 and just turned 1) has given me more joy than one person deserves. <BR> May this new year mark a new beginning for all of us; a fresh start... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:36:47 EST Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840132 The very last party...my humongous family..although only about 75 showed up today...we rent a Girl Scout camp hall...works out well...Santa comes and each child gets one gift (that their family brings and hides for Santa to bring)...pot-luck. <BR> Everything works out very well. <BR> Except of course my camera froze up (it's fine now, all I did, when I got home, of course, was take the batteries out and put them back in) so I only have pics from my iPod touch, which doesn't take very good one... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 20:37:58 EST Merry merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838047 May you have a beautiful and peaceful holiday, my friends. <BR> <BR> Here's a pic of Lucy and William with just a few of their cousins at last year's big family after Christmas party (I have 13 siblings and oh-so-many nieces, nephews, and greats). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1536848540.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>425</em> <BR> Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:49:37 EST My dear man says life is good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835587 Out of the blue today, <BR> after we left our granddaughter Lucy's kindergarten winter musical program <BR> (see my new profile pic? ....that's Lucy at 7 months.) <BR> and while we were heading up for our third session this week in the warm water <BR> (90 degrees!) pool, my dear man, who survived a major medical crisis a few months ago, turned to me and said 'I think I am so fortunate...not just to have survived but to have you to spend my life with and be in a place where we can do all o... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:51:31 EST Christmas projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834417 We decorated gingerbread boys yesterday. <BR> Can you tell which one Lucy did and which one William did? <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l483101261.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:26:21 EST Need I say more? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833904 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350525268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> NINE days until Christmas.... <BR> But who's counting? <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:29:52 EST Can't help myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833085 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2110069889.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1704597268.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l731146690.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am one besotted Grammy! <BR> Pearl loves to play in our toy kitchen area. <BR> <BR> Both my hips are killing me but I went to another of those 90 minute restorative yoga classes tonight so I am feeling a bit better now. <BR> Taking my dear man to the warm water pool ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:28:41 EST Miss Pearl Grace is one today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831286 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1619772312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pearl is an amazing, active, curious, LOUD (3rd child in a very verbal family), beautiful child who is almost ready to let go of the furniture and walk (maybe today, wouldn't that be cool?). <BR> She has a strong personality and quite the tiny temper but I could just eat her up. <BR> She is a snuggle bunny and loves to play little games and laughs constantly. <BR> You should hear her try to say William and L... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:21:09 EST Living positively http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830817 Just read a great SP article about stating one's goals in positive ways <BR> (I know, we've probably read that a hundred times... but this time I really got it!). <BR> Even my SP page (entitled 'I will never ever ever give up') seemed a bit negative when i thought about it. <BR> Hence the change. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I took another Svaroopa yoga class last evening- <BR> stretching and holding restorative and healing postures for long periods- <BR> 90 minutes of pure bliss! <BR> ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:15:22 EST