MORTICIAADDAMS's SparkPeople Blog MORTICIAADDAMS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Some Whine To Go With My Moldy Bread Yesterday was a nightmare! I was doing well with my typical Monday, which is cleaning, laundry, vacuuming, and I got it all done early so I felt good. I needed to go to town to the library as I had a book to return, to deposit my husband's check in the bank, to the post office to pick up my mail, and to Walmart. I might have been able put this trip off until the following day, as it is 12 miles to town, but I really needed to go to Walmart Pharmacy. We were finally able to get a medicine Bl... Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:46:53 EST Challenges Some of my sparkfriends are doing challenges right now. To be honest, some of them are always doing challenges. I assume that these challenges encourage these people to stay on plan. Due to this, a few of my friends are having amazing results. I'm really happy for them. They are obviously the type of people who benefit from this kind of formal challenge. <BR> <BR> I have tried a few challenges myself and almost all of them, but one, didn't work well for me. To be honest, they were Epic Fai... Thu, 5 Oct 2017 14:29:38 EST Heroes This morning I was disgusted to see a tribute to Hugh Hefner who just died at 91. The news agency who "honored" him was snickering that his accomplishment was titillating (pun intended) generations of young horny boys eager to learn about women. Sickening. What Hugh Hefner was doing was exploiting women who were willing to prostitute themselves for a dollar. As Gloria Steinem so aptly put it, "Playboy could fill a book about what it doesn't know about women." Amen! Not my hero, not my husba... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:53:50 EST "Unusual Asks" This is for my friend Cheri <BR> <BR> 1 .What did you want to be when you were a child? A scientist. <BR> <BR> 2. What Friends character can you most relate to? I didn't watch the show much but took a test that said I was most like Phoebe and Ross. <BR> <BR> 3.Do you like your name? Why? I have 3 names and I like my 2 middle names better than my first name. <BR> <BR> 4.Are you a messy or a clean person ? I prefer clean but my situation is often chaotic. <BR> <BR> 5.How tall are you? 5'2... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 10:57:07 EST Partial Sparkbreak My father is dying. He has been in ICU, & will be on hospice if he makes it out of the hospital, which is doubtful. My uncle, brother, and I are with him as much as possible. They live close by, I don't. Blocker is needing dental surgery soon so we will have to arrange that and take care of her post op in the middle of this as we have no choice. So my sparktime is limited. My sparkpeople priorities will be to check in daily to my teams, if possible, and to check my friend feed in case someone... Mon, 22 May 2017 09:17:29 EST 40 things about me ! My Top 40. Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? No. I love smoked gouda, cheddar, Swiss, and hot pepper cheese the most. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? When I was young and stupid <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? 2 pistols of my own I inherited from my mother <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? I don't drink sugar sweetened drinks any more. I love decaffeinated tea whether it is sweetened or not s... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:47:21 EST Watching The Bottom Fall Out This is very long but very important blog and I hope you will take the time to listen as this affects all of us. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a sobering day for us. My hubby came home from work obviously depressed. Two employees he closely works with who are related, one female and one male, had a life altering experience yesterday. They got a call that their husband/father was not feeling well and he ended up in the local E.R. The wife left work to be with him but her step-son continued to work.... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:14:55 EST As Fall Slips Into Winter..... In my youth, I was extremely opinionated, and I still am, but I have actually mellowed out a lot over the years as my pace has become slower and my girth has expanded. I used to hate Winter as it kept me from doing all the things I liked to do, which were almost always outside. Back then, I liked Spring but Spring in my area is still too chilly to do anything with water and I love water. I loved Summer with all the outdoor activities like sports, swimming, water-skiing, and camping. I dis... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:26:32 EST High School, High School Confidential A sparkfriend asked us to post this. <BR> <BR> The year was: 1975 <BR> <BR> 1. Did you know your spouse? I didn't know my current spouse. I was married to my first hubby in 1975. <BR> <BR> 2. Did you car pool to school? Yes, we carpooled to college. The spring of 1975 was my last term before graduation. I didn't carpool in high school. I had my own car. <BR> <BR> 3. What kind of car did you did have? In 1975 I bought a new MGB plus we had a Chevelle Supersport. In high school I had a Fast... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:36:52 EST Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting I'm finally back with a blog. As I previously stated, I am not writing blogs again unless I have something worth writing about. Many of my friends have complained about that but I can't bring myself to bore anyone, including myself, with the drudgery of my every day life. I'm doing the same things that many of you are, brushing my teeth and combing my hair, over and over again. LOL. When I have something worth telling you about, I will. So here goes.........let's start out with a little Elt... Tue, 10 May 2016 14:40:17 EST The Refrigerator Repair I haven't felt like blogging much lately but have had friends encourage me to. I thought I might ease back into it so here is a little slice of my life. <BR> <BR> Over 2 years ago my 11 year old fridge had problems and we decided we needed to get a new one. We did a lot of research and decided to go with the one with the best repair record - the most reliable and dependable brand. In late September the most reliable and dependable fridge, less than 2 years old, decided to start dripping insi... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 14:29:49 EST Looking For All the Best Diet and Exercise Tips? The Key to Motivation? This Would Not Be That Blog! Yes, this is drivel. It's the loooooooooooong drivel-blog that some of you have repeatedly requested me to cough up. Here is your mucous plug, Sweetie. This blog is not much about diet or exercise but a lot about my goofy life here in the boonies. <BR> <BR> Time Marches on. Seasons come and go. After this winter I have a real appreciation of the significance of those phrases. My own take on it: I hate winter! I'm sure I have plenty of buddies who agree. <BR> <BR> I started coming out of hi... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:51:28 EST The Times They Are A Changin' Some of my sparkbuddies have nudged me to write another update. It's another long one, I'm afraid, but I have a lot of questions to answer. I apologize in advance. <BR> <BR> First, I am having problems with the computer I just purchased at the end of February. It started when sparkpeople started their pop-up videos. I have ad blocker but it apparently doesn't work on these. I appreciate that sparkpeople is a free site but I'm limited on my download capacity. Now I have a corrupted file an... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:51:14 EST The Grim Reaper Was At The Door........... But I refused to open it. I would not let him/her in. LOL. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of people asking questions about what is up with my health so I guess I will tell you what I know so far. <BR> <BR> The last 2.5 years were really stressful for my family and me. None of us could really devote the time to taking care of ourselves like we wanted. We had to take care of my deceased MIL's home which was 58 miles away, get everything ready to sell, and settle my MIL's estate/trust. We had time con... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:41:50 EST Life Ain't All About Dietin', Ya know As many of you know, I live in a very rural area. The closest city, St.Louis, is 80 miles east of us.Most people have an image of life in a rural setting. That vision is often of a farmer who gets up before dawn to milk the cows and head out to the fields. In essence, it's "American Gothic". That would not be us. LOL. Though many of our neighbors do live that life, we are actually transplanted "town slickers". I had never seen a live chicken until I was grown and, as it was fancy and brightly... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 16:37:19 EST For Better Or Worse - I'm Back! I have had a lot of friends request that I write a blog as they remind me that I haven't written one since November. I apologize for the lengthy wait. Actually I had intentions of writing blogs more frequently but I have no intention of writing one every day again. I know that many people write daily blogs for different reasons - they want the sparkpoints or want to keep themselves motivated or they enjoy it. Those reasons don't apply to me. LOL. For me, writing a blog is not worth the points... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:46:56 EST Staying Alive There is no doubt that Fall is really here. The weather is still erratic - the temps swing all the way from the 20s into the 70s, sometimes within a single day. At least we have not had to use the air conditioner for quite a while now and sometimes we don't have to use the heat either. It had been fairly nice on most weekends, which worked out in our favor as we were still working every weekend at my MIL's until after November 10th. It sometimes cools off and is rainy during the week so I hav... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 22:51:07 EST Ketch Up The weather here is very erratic right now. Every few days it changes drastically. We can have hot, warm, cold, cool, windy, damp, rainy, muggy, and stormy all in the same week. We use the air conditioner one day and the furnace the next. It was a high of 81 today and will be 55 tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The leaves have all changed. We went for a drive to look at the fall colors and discovered that the prettiest display is in our own yard and within a mile of us. LOL. One day the winds were wild ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:00:10 EST The Seasons Change, The Hair Becomes Grayer Fall officially arrived weekend before last and I feel it's effects. Our weather remains changeable. It is sometimes fantastic for several days in a row. Just the way I like it - very little humidity, gentle breezes, sunny, warm - mostly in the 60s,70s, and lower 80s and then we have more Fall like weather. The drought is over though and we are having more rain now so the mushrooms have returned. It did get down to 38 degrees a couple of nights and one night we had thunderstorms, tornado wat... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 20:50:53 EST Waiting For The Good Things To Come Sorry I haven't been around much. I have been taking a spark break of sorts in order to deal with chronic health issues. A couple weeks ago I started getting a new MRSA lesion. A really bad one this time. By the end of the first day the pain and the swelling was 7 on a scale of 10. People ask me what MRSA is like. It's sort of like like having the flu but still different. I can feel the infection in my body like you can the flu. It drags me down, causes intense fatigue, malaise, a low grade t... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 21:42:55 EST I'm Back From The Dead Saturday I felt slighter better as opposed to ventilator ready. LOL. Hubby felt almost the same if not worse. He looked like someone who had been on a 3 day drunk. We felt compelled to go to my MIL's anyway because we are hard heads and we are trying to get loose ends wrapped up there. We are under a lot of pressure to get this trust/estate settled. We made it there and of course the yard had to be mowed. It's in the sun and he has to use a junky push mower. It's almost like a Bataan Death Ma... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 22:40:36 EST I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends I had a better day today. I may live. LOL. Hubby is feeling a little better too. I will see everyone tomorrow. Thanks for all the support. Sun, 19 Aug 2012 23:49:41 EST Dream Time I'm headed for bed and hope that I sleep like a log. Just a hair above a coma without being tubed and on a ventilator. Deep sleep. No tossing. No turning. No thinking. Dreams of walking on beautiful beaches with warm sand under my bare feet. The wind whipping my hair. The sound of ocean waves breaking on the beach and gulls flying overhead..................... I can live here. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 23:14:37 EST It Was A Dark And Gloomy Day It certainly was all that this morning but the sun came out later and it was a perfect day in the mid 70s. Unfortunately, I was too sick to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> I'm having trouble sleeping again. Tuesday night was dismal but I still needed to do my shopping and errands on Wednesday. It was hot and I was miserable. Sweaty. I went to the post office, bank, newspaper office, Wal-mart, Aldi, and Kroger. Got home at 2 and put it all away. I was wasted. I didn't need much food so I'm not sure how ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:11:43 EST It Was A Dark And Gloomy Day It certainly was all that this morning but the sun came out later and it was a perfect day in the mid 70s. Unfortunately, I was too sick to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> I'm having trouble sleeping again. Tuesday night was dismal but I still needed to do my shopping and errands on Wednesday. It was hot and I was miserable. Sweaty. I went to the post office, bank, newspaper office, Wal-mart, Aldi, and Kroger. Got home at 2 and put it all away. I was wasted. I didn't need much food so I'm not sure how ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 21:11:40 EST Anyone from Cleveland or the Akron Area? My son has a college friend who came back to visit the area this spring so that he, my son, and a group of other friends could go to a special concert in St. Louis. He stayed a week here and my son and the other friends were his hosts and showed him around St. Louis and this area. <BR> <BR> This friend has invited these same friends to visit him in Akron. My son is the only one who can get off work to go as the other friends don't have enough vacation time left. <BR> <BR> Getting there wi... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:05:37 EST Give Me 8! I have wanted to go to bed all day and have fought it long enough. I want lots of sleep - 8 hours would be great! Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:12:19 EST Cheese With Your Whine, Madam? Yes, lots and lots of cheese, thank you. <BR> <BR> I got up yesterday and felt like dog dookie. Actually the term getting up doesn't really apply much. I slept horrible and felt terrible and I didn't get up on time. I dragged myself out of bed later and found a freezer burnt frozen breakfast sandwich in the freezer and nuked it for my hubby and went back to bed. Hopefully I removed the paper towel and he didn't eat it. LOL. I tried getting up again later on as I had stuff to do and it didn'... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:06:02 EST Tomorrow I spent most of my day feeling like dog poo. Okay all of it really but tomorrow will be better. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 23:05:41 EST Another Weekend Behind Us The weather has been really nice the last 3 days. <BR> <BR> Ever wonder what it's like to be an octogenarian? Both of my grandmas lived to be in their late 80s. One had a lot of medical problems for years prior to her death. The other was only sick for 6 months before she died. My dad is now in his early 80s so when we got home yesterday from spending the day working at my MIL's house and saw that he had called I was alarmed as I worry about him. Dad lives alone on a large lake in a national... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 23:00:06 EST Work Day We just got home a little while ago and I had to take a bath and try to get my sparkpoints in. Talk to you tomorrow. Sat, 11 Aug 2012 22:17:50 EST Old Friends Coming and Going My son was off work today so it was cage cleaning day. He washes all of their food bowls, cage beds, sand boxes, toys, potties, etc. and I wash the cages. Some of the chinchillas helped me today. LOL. You can imagine how much help they are. Have you seen the movie "Aliens" with the face-huggers? Enough said. LOL. <BR> <BR> We also vacuumed and cleaned the bathroom today. And I had enough energy to make a good supper which is often challenging after days like this. <BR> <BR> My friend Debb... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 22:38:20 EST Up and Down Yesterday I decided at the last minute to get my shopping and errands done and as I hadn't prepared ahead of time I had to get up and make my list and get bills ready to pay before I could even get started. I didn't get out of here until late so everything was thrown off. I went to the post office and found I wasted my time as I didn't even have any mail. I then went to our Dish provider and talked to the lady who works there for a while. I went to the bank as they are talking to people about... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 21:19:37 EST Half Asleep It's 9:17 and I'm already ready for bed. To be honest I have been dozing off and on. I am going to sleep early tonight and will catch up tomorrow. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 22:18:40 EST Got A Lot Accomplished Today is the anniversary of my grandmother's death. She died in 98 and I think of her almost every day. My mums started blooming today. I always like to have a flower blooming on days like this. <BR> <BR> I spent the day cleaning out emails. I got over 2000 done yesterday and 5696 done so far today. I am down to 434 emails. A manageable amount. LOL. <BR> <BR> We had an appointment for someone to look at some of my MIL's furniture. The man may buy her desk if he can find a place for it in ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 22:55:59 EST The Times They Are A Changing The weather has been better. More seasonal. Certainly not mild but no triple digits or real high humidity. We have also been getting a little rain. I hope the worst is over. <BR> <BR> We stayed home Saturday and got a lot of work done around here and rested some too. Sunday we went to my MIL's and got some more pricing done. It was a sweaty experience but we sold more stuff too. <BR> <BR> I am still taking care of my wildlife and keeping up with my chores. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, ... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 21:52:50 EST Sleep Tight It's late and I need to wind things down and get to bed. See you tomorrow. Sun, 5 Aug 2012 23:20:55 EST See You Later It's my usual weekend so I will be busy with hubby. I will try to catch up when I can. Sat, 4 Aug 2012 23:25:57 EST Got A Little Rain My son and hubby loaded the air conditioner on my son's truck last night when my son got home from work as we needed to take it to a town about 25 miles from here to be worked on. It is under warranty. My son was off today so we took it. We stopped and ate at a little mom and pop burger joint called Donnie and Connie's Burger Haven. They have great food. <BR> <BR> I found a frog sitting on a paver last night. It isn't a tree frog or a bull frog or a toad. My hubby does not know what kind of... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 22:38:11 EST Put Down The (Goodies) If You Want To Play The Saxophone I love the song "Put Down The Ducky" from Sesame Street!! It was one of my favorite kiddie songs. The "goodies" mentioned in the above title that I need to put down are macadamia nuts. I can't be near them. Normally I can't afford them but with my Kroger senior discount and, them being on sale, I figured I could splurge. I was going to eat them one at a time over weeks or maybe even months, and savor every single one. Yeh, right. Sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You betcha. LOL. I ate 3.5 servings in 24... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 22:59:18 EST Need Energy I had a productive day again so I'm pooped. I need some Carter's Little Liver Pills. LOL. See you tomorrow. I have been ready for be since mid afternoon. LOL. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 22:36:55 EST Trying To Get Back In The Groove It was hot but not as humid over the weekend, even into Monday - only in the mid 80s. Today it is humid and hot again though. <BR> <BR> Saturday my son was off work and went to a friend's house. We had planned to take the air conditioner in for repair but they were not at the repair shop so we drove the 60 miles to my MIL's and priced some more stuff. My hubby is sick of it and he moaned and groaned and begged to quit and I ignored him and we pushed on. We stayed until we were half starved... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:59:12 EST Productive I'm in the mood to do some heavy duty cleaning. I was busy all day. Will try to check in tomorrow. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 21:43:57 EST Make It Happen I am wishing all my friends a great week. I am going to do my very best to have one too. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 23:37:35 EST Drip, Drip, Drip Another sweaty Saturday. I will blog about it tomorrow. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 23:17:26 EST A Break From The Heat This morning, a little after dawn, I looked outside and I saw one of my little turtle buddies already sitting in the swimming pool I made them. She looked quite content. I took her out some food. Shortly after, 3 other turtles came. 2 males and 2 females came today all before 7 A.M. <BR> <BR> I felt so much better this morning for a while and then things kind of fell apart. I did get in 20218 steps somehow and ate pretty good though. <BR> <BR> It was less hot today. Less humid. We only g... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:20:10 EST Out of Steam I'm going to bed early today and hoping to sleep like a rock. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:33:40 EST Getting A Lot Of Rest In I didn't mean to give everyone the impression I am depressed or dying. LOL. I'm not. I'm just stressed from being sick. Anyone who has had MRSA, R.A. and the shingles can relate. Trust me, one of these is enough to deal with. It's hard to stay cheery when I feel like I have been run over by a combine. I have to wait for my crappy immune system to kick in. I have to have everything perfect to achieve that - eat right, force myself to exercise, flush the infection out with plenty of fluids, fin... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:32:32 EST Hanging In There - Kinda Yesterday was my mother's birthday. She died in 1996 after being sick for 19 years. It sounds crazy but I never thought that she would die even though I watched her suffer for so many years. I thought she was invincible. She clung to life for my sake as long as she could because she knew I needed her. Like I've always said, you never truly have to grow up until you lose a parent. I've grown up. It's not all it's cracked up to be. LOL. I always look in my garden to see if something bloomed on ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:21:20 EST zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz It's bedtime. I will catch up tomorrow. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:21:44 EST