MORTICIAADDAMS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MORTICIAADDAMS MORTICIAADDAMS'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/ Looking For All the Best Diet and Exercise Tips? The Key to Motivation? This Would Not Be That Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710054 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' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540484 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........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496723 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471836 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299497 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145494 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112994 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084344 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5044666 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024161 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022599 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021214 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019978 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019977 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018564 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017297 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015802 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014392 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012779 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011445 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010313 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008833 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007419 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005892 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004184 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002703 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001369 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000145 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4998778 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997182 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995365 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993847 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4992396 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4991095 Another sweaty Saturday. I will blog about it tomorrow. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 23:17:26 EST A Break From The Heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989943 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988455 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987062 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985492 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984126 It's bedtime. I will catch up tomorrow. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:21:44 EST The Devil Made Me Do IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4982402 The truth is that if there is no rest for the wicked then I must be the devil. LOL. <BR> <BR> It has still been hot muggy and DRY here. Will it ever rain again??????!!! Who knows. Every day is the same weather-wise. Gives new meaning to the phrase SSDD. LOL. <BR> <BR> Thursday we were able to get Porkie, Bun, and Squeaker to the exotic vet. Hubby took off work to go with me as it would be an all day job. I got as much done as I could at home before we left at 11 A.M. The traffic in St. Lo... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 22:55:16 EST No Time To Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981085 Another non-stop day. I hope to have some personal time tomorrow. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 22:54:45 EST Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979850 The 3 sick babies had surgery yesterday and I am their nurse now. Whoa!! Talk to you tomorrow.......maybe. LOL. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 22:40:04 EST Down For The Count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978466 I had a super long day today and I'm ready for bed. I'm going to hit the sack early and hopefully sleep all night. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 22:15:17 EST Turkey Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976889 It got up 110 degrees here in some places. UGH!! I can't stand it!!!! I want rain!!!! Hose me down! LOL. <BR> <BR> This morning I had to go outside to the Turtle Bed and Breakfast and pull Big Boy off the top of a little female turtle who was trying to fight him off. Poor little thing. He was trying to bite her and was doing his best to force himself on her and he got his toe hung in her shell trying to pry it apart. Jeez. What a pest. I gave him a cold shower. LOL. He decided to eat instea... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 22:10:22 EST The Animal Nurse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975290 Ugh - the heat!! Enough said. <BR> <BR> I have some sick chinchillas with chronic inherited dental problems and I waited today to hear from the exotic vet about what he wants me to do. Three will need surgery soon. Two more can wait a while longer. I have three that we routinely have to spoon feed and another one I am now having to feed with a syringe. Hubby and I are going to have our hands full feeding 4 chinchillas several times a day. Less and less free time for us but we love them and ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:08:31 EST Working On The Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973046 Saturday I didn't feel very well but I had slept okay the night before at least. My R.A. and shingles are still kicking my butt plus my MRSA is trying to start up too. I am dragging. I didn't feel like doing anything Saturday but my son had to work evenings and hubby I felt he better check my MIL's house as it was just supposed to keep getting hotter. We went down there and cleaned up some stains on the carpet from the realtors tracking in and out and then we finished some other chores and le... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:35:10 EST Worn Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971985 I am so exhausted I can hardly raise my arms or type. Hubby almost worked me to death today. I am headed for bed. I hope I sleep like a log. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 22:27:04 EST Saturday Night's Alright (Not For Fighting Though - LOL) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970546 I had a good day today but have some tummy issues. I'm headed for bed and will check back tomorrow. Sat, 14 Jul 2012 21:54:35 EST Shingle-ista Vice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969352 The weather is the same - hot and dry but not broiling like last week. I do my outdoor chores early. I'm really tired of the watering routine. <BR> <BR> Today my son was off and we cleaned the 6 pet cages and I vacuumed. <BR> <BR> The peppers we picked last night are really good. <BR> <BR> We have more hummers this year than ever before. There are 5 and 6 at the feeder and they even eat together side by side instead of fighting which is typical for ours. <BR> <BR> The little female tu... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:28:52 EST Keeping Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967892 Wednesday it was still hot here but the lower 90s sure beats the 100s any day. I got a late start but decided to get my errands and shopping done for the week. I had to go to the post office, Dish provider, power co-op, newspaper office, Aldi, Wal-mart, and Kroger. I find it discouraging that I often have things on my list that carry from week to week because they don't offer them here. The list gets longer and longer. I got home after my son left for work so I had everything to drag in and p... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:30:16 EST