MS.ELENI's SparkPeople Blog MS.ELENI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Goodafternoon everybody, Here is my grandmother (Eleni)'s Obituary <BR> <BR> Here is the link <BR> Have a good day everyone <BR> <BR> Funeral Information: This Monday November 25th at Tarpon Springs Dobies Funeral Home 1-3 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:40:48 EST November 21st, 2013 God gained a beautiful angel (Eleni D Tsicouris ) After noon everybody, Brianna here again. This morning at 3:11 A.M my grandmother passed away peacefully in her sleep. She is eager to meet again with her son Tony, as well as her mother and father. She has fought long and hard enough, it's time for her to be at peace. <BR> <BR> Miss me but let me go - <BR> When I came to the end of the road <BR> And the sun has set for me , <BR> I want no rites in a gloom filled room, <BR> Why cry for a soul set free. <BR> Miss me a little- but not too lo... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:55:17 EST Attention Everyone Please Read This is Brianna on my grandmother's SPARK blog, she wanted me to let everyone know that she is waiting to be transferred to Hospice. She is ready to say goodbye and be at peace with her self. She has fought for too long and she is ready to be with god and watch over us. She loves each and every one of you dearly, and will be watching over you with a smile. <BR> <BR> Brianna Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:21:42 EST Update on Ramp Bill has been working so hard to get ramp done before this coming Thursday. <BR> Here is progress so far. He is close to completing it. <BR> beginning <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> Now <BR> <img src=" Sat, 16 Nov 2013 20:31:17 EST New Update Day starting out great. Got my first full bath in shower. Getting stronger every day. Man coming Sat to check house out for wheelchair. That way it will be done when approval comes thru. Bill will enlarge bedroom door today and ramp in front is almost done. <BR> I am drinking the amount of fluids I am allowed and have not touched a salt shaker. That has been the hardest. I put no extra salt on anything. That is a biggie and yes I am proud of myself. <BR> Our daughters are bringing us cooked ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:25:16 EST An Update Update <BR> I tire very easy so it took 3 days to get this written <BR> It has been a rocky road for me and my family. But thanks to many prayers all over the world I am home recouping. It is slow go but I am still here.Getting better every day. Am getting the best of care. One of kids comes when Bill needs to run an errand and Angel and Rebekah will be bringing us a meal once a week.Heather is bringing us one tonight so that is a bonus. Brianna came and stayed all day Tuesday so Bill could ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 04:14:29 EST Saturday I am the most blessed person to have the best family in the world. They are getting me thru the roughest time of my life. Please keep all the prayers going as I still have a long road to go <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 9 Nov 2013 21:36:39 EST Out of Hospital Family tried to spread the word but many didn't know. Short version is I died from kidney failure and next day heart stopped. But I survived and am now the energizer bunny. <BR> My family made sure I was never alone for even one minute 24 hours a day.And Bill was unbelievable. <BR> Just came home yesterday so still have a no visitor or phone call rule. I need to recoup. <BR> But you will see me off and on. Much love to you all Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:30:08 EST Just a smile My buddy Kathy had these on facebook. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:45:33 EST Short,Short Blog here is my son Benjamin and his family. He now lives in Ohio <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Waited to last day to make my meds. never again. I still have the last pills to do but will do them tomorrow.I am tired now. <BR> Hope you had a good day Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:26:57 EST Short blog spent most of day taking naps. Just super tired. Hopefully I can stay awake for DWTS and Castle. <BR> Bill cooked a ground turkey meatloaf. It wasn't great.Mine is much better. <BR> Have to start making my meds packs and I hate doing it. But it won't get done by itself. <BR> Here are a couple of pics of Bill's truck. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:40:05 EST Sunday As usual nothing exciting going on. <BR> But any day I get anything done besides sitting here is good. I keep my meds in a small wooden box but it won't hold all.So Bill picked up another today. That way weekly meds are all together. Other has odds and ends things that aren't used every week. <BR> Took some time to go thru boxes and bags but it will make pill bagging day easier. <BR> When he went to put boxes in closet he brought them back to show me my surprise. He decorated the ends of box... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 18:21:19 EST Saturday As nice as it was to see kids yesterday it did tire me out. Mostly just resting. But then I do that every day. <em>334</em> <BR> I was so proud of Roxy.She was good with both of the little ones. <BR> Bill got groceries today. I finished up the leftovers from yesterday. I did make a fruit salad that I think I will make again and that way can always have some ready to go. <BR> Watching TV programs I taped all week. Ok Hope your weekend is good so far <img src=" Sat, 19 Oct 2013 20:01:23 EST Special Visitors Today Here are pics of My special visitors today. Glad I slept better last night. Roxy is worn out from playing so much.Abigail and Landon were both so good. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <i... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 19:52:47 EST Thursday well finally got my insurance enrolled. I just don't understand why it is so expensive when my medicare pays most of the bills. <BR> Angel and Brianna came today to clean. <BR> Here is what Bill did to the bedroom. he made my step just a tiny bit higher. Got the rails and darkened the windows. When I take a nap and wake up it takes me a second to realize what time of day it is. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here are 2 watercolors I did a long t... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:24:55 EST Wednesday Today was better. Not good but better. <BR> Bill finished up in bedroom by blocking windows so it is dark in there all the time. The two rails have made a big difference but he has to connect them together when he comes up with best way to do it. <BR> I spent 2 hours trying to get info on my company insurance since we are now owned by Duke Power. It looks like it is going to cost us even more out of pocket. Like so many people we are what I call insurance poor. <BR> Rebekah took kids to farm ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 19:56:21 EST Red Flower Many asked about this plant <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 21:42:08 EST Sunday Sorry no blogs lately but better no blog than pity party. <BR> Bill found a railing for bed today and what a difference. It is just a short one but it helps. He is getting one for other side so it will be easier to turn over to other side. <BR> Here are some pics from back yard. <BR> Bill took one of red plant he just bought but didn't realize how big it was til I looked outside. Took some with statues so you can see how tall it is. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 13 Oct 2013 18:29:44 EST Thursday Nothing much new. <BR> Bill fixed my step where it is just a touch higher. And the problem with getting out of bed has been improved. You've heard the saying "if it was a snake it would have bitten me" We got adjustable beds a few years ago so we would have them when we needed them. Dummy me never even thought of lifting back of bed to help me get up. What a difference. Next we are going to try something to help turn over easier. <BR> Here is my grandson Tyler who lives in Ohio now. And one o... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:25:50 EST Wednesday Seem to be so tired all the time. Went to bed at 10 two nights in a row which is early for me. Sleeping much better but just so tired. <BR> The night pain has decreased a lot. <BR> The paper work has been sent to scooter store so just have to wait now. It will take a few weeks. <BR> Brianna came today and I let her make some of the pretzel candy kisses.Also sent them all home with her. <BR> felt bad that she wanted to spend time with me and I had to lay down. <BR> Nothing new. Bed is working... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:47:54 EST Monday Had quite an adventure for me today. Reminded me why I stay home. I had to go to pick out a new mattress. Getting on and off of beds really wore me out. A little embarrassing as Bill and sales man both had to help me. But we decided on one and they are delivering it tonight. Hope I made a good choice. Bill is going to make a short rail to help me get out of bed. Can't believe how expensive they are. We have sure went thru a lot of money the last couple of months. And it isn't over yet. Looks ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 18:17:21 EST Sunday Had an interesting night trying to get use to bed. Who would have thought changing position of bed would make such a big difference. They got mattresses mixed up and that made a difference too. Bill is going to make something that will help me to get up off bed from a laying down position easier. I think a little higher step will help getting in. We are going to go see about a new mattress for my side also. But it looks like lots of room for a scooter to turn around. <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:18:00 EST Saturday My oldest son William stopped by for a short visit. He is the one that looks like he belongs on Duck Dynasty. <em>246</em> <BR> He was on his way to some band playing just south of us. He gave me the old excuse that he couldn't always stop as he was sometimes with friends. I told him it was time he made the time while there was still time. He agreed. <BR> Bill took all the dressers out of bedroom last night, Brianna's boyfriend Tyler is coming to help move the heavy bed tonight. I may have... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 17:32:35 EST Friday Pain meds are helping with pain at night. I still wake up a lot but don't stay awake. Am now looking forward to getting a scooter. Bill moved the dressers out of bedroom and will move bed around tomorrow.Brianna's boyfriend is coming to help Bill. We have one of those dual adjustable beds and it is very heavy. Making room where I can get scooter into bedroom and have room to turn it around.Plus need bed in place to see how we will set out c-paps up etc. <BR> I don't think Roxy will like the s... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 18:08:14 EST Thursday Can't seem to win. after having a better night ended up having one of my bad days. Oh well the day is almost over. <BR> The night pain was more in the 3 to 4 level instead of 10+. Plus no hyperventilating. Did not need to get up and sit in living room. Woke up several times but was able to stay in bed and get back to sleep. <BR> But after I did get up I had one of my "spells" and had to go back to bed. <BR> Bill has the paper work started so to speak. He was able to talk to a live person at m... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 18:46:14 EST Doctor Visit Good visit to doc today. He is giving me pain meds to take. I have to give up my advil. I will take lower dose during day and higher at bedtime. He told me to take 1/2 pill as soon as I got home and it does seem to help. <BR> Plus he agreed with Bill that it is time for me to give up trying to function with walker. Time to go to a scooter. He gave us the script and said it should be free.Both will help pain plus strain on my heart. <BR> I hate going to a scooter but it is time. I guess I am... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 19:24:54 EST Tuesday Nothing much going on. <BR> I wanted to fry some veggies but Bill grumbled about it making a mess. So I went the healthy way. baked fresh veggies and baked fish and a side of cukes/peppers. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> I am always talking about how many meds I take. Here is just one script. This is the potassium I take in 3 months. What you are looking at is 44 bottles of pill... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:15:51 EST Monday watching DWTS. Such awesome dancing <BR> Be very careful of what you think about as it will back fire on you. I was just thinking about how I haven't had to deal with my kids having a crisis. Well that ended with a bang. Joy came home from work and boyfriend had packed his things and was gone and supposedly headed back up north. So I have dealt with crying phone calls for 2 days. <BR> Then my son in Ohio calls because they don't have rent money. <BR> I called Angel and asked if she had any t... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:34:08 EST Sunday We are watching Sleepy Hollow that I taped. Bill likes it better than me. Has some parts I close my eyes for. <BR> We watched the new show The Black List yesterday and it is a little strange. But I am a big James Slader fan so I will give it another try. <BR> I talked about my desert rose pod and then forget the picture <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I decided I needed to he... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:56:47 EST Short Blog Altho I didn't get up til real late it has been a good day. <BR> Finally watched Grey's Anatomy. It was ok.Some sad happenings but that is life. <BR> I wanted to make the pretzel/candy kisses desert and did today. I ended up making 3 versions of it. The original only uses 1 pretzel and I wanted more pretzel taste. They didn't firm up as much as I wanted so I have them in fridge to see if that helps. These would be nice for Christmas and nor near as much trouble as melting chocolate and dippin... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:59:08 EST Short Blog Lots of naps today. <BR> Bill cooked supper again. He is getting good. lately he fixes supper more than I do. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Enough meat left over for sandwiches tomorrow. <BR> He also surprised me by doing most of the grocery list. Even going to the web sites and checking out what was on sale. He was very proud of himself. As he should be. <BR> More good shows tonight. I taped Grey's Anatomy and will watch it tomorrow. <BR> Mast... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:29:40 EST Thursday Once again slept better than I have been so I am happy for that. have fingers crossed for tonight. <BR> Had a very dear friend come visit today. Loved being with you Debbie. <BR> Roxy went to Petco today and Bill got her a toy. She is so spoiled.. She was so funny with it.First pic she is guarding it but second one she is almost asleep sitting up with her paws on it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:31:46 EST Short blog Doctor refuses to give me anything for pain. I was expecting it but could have at least said why .I am sure it is because of my heart. <BR> If you are a Travolta or Deniro fan you should check out Killing Season. It is violent but still was good. Travolta is a much better actor than he gets credit for. he plays a bad guy real good. <BR> Even tho I slept better last night I spent a lot of time taking naps today. Comes with the territory <BR> Lots on TV tonight. <BR> Criminal Minds,CSI,Law & Or... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:34:04 EST Tuesday DWTS was awesome last night. I don't like the way they are sometimes cruel in their criticism. It was a fair elimination as he was one of bottom 3 in my opinion. <BR> NCIS is back tonight. Hate that Ziva is being taken off show. <BR> another super bad night. Called doc's office but nurse couldn't talk to him until tomorrow. Hopefully he can come up with something that will help. <BR> Here is what I think is such a special picture of my GD Brianna.She said she likes it there as she can see po... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:33:05 EST Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog yesterday I had another bad night so really dragging me feet so to speak today. Just not up to answering everyone but please know I enjoyed your comments. <BR> All 3 of my girls do look like me but 2 are blonde and blue eyes. If they had dark hair and eyes like Angel it would show more. <BR> Abigail is a little stinker altho I rarely get to see her in person. <BR> The bird was a great egret which are a lot of here. They do not seem to fear people and will come right up to you. Somewhere I have a pictur... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:05:46 EST Sharing a few pics. Here is visitor we had next to house today. Neighbor has been feeding it. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> My orchid that is blooming <BR> <img src=" Sun, 22 Sep 2013 18:18:45 EST Saturday Another night of not sleeping followed by day of napping. I will stay awake til bedtime now. Bill brought home a movie from redbox plus our netflex one came. This first one is a thriller drama called The Stranger Within. I think it is going to be on scary side. <BR> Bill cooked a great one pot oven dish tonight. Pork chop,potato,onions with corn on the cob and cut up cukes. He did a good job. <BR> Abigail <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I saw this... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:34:05 EST Thursday All the lavender stuff I ordered came today. I know it is suppose to help sleep and I have used it before. But. I really don't like the smell. I have the jar of gel open and sitting next to bed. I also have a spray and sachets. Hope Angel likes lavender. <BR> Knee is much better. I had to cancel my doctors appointment tho as I would never be able to do that much walking. No big deal as I am at the point where I feel my doc appointments are just a waste of time. He wants to help but not much ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:03:22 EST Tuesday Spent a lot of time in bed today but will stay awake for awhile now. <BR> Watched Bones and Sleepy Hollow last night. Bones doesn't seem to be as good as it use to be. Sleepy Hollow is more strange than scary. But I will watch it again and then decide if I will keep watching it. <BR> I taped DWTS as I wasn't really expecting to like it. There was no star I wanted to watch. But I was very surprised. All but 3 did awesome. Hard to believe it was week 1. As usual I didn't completely agree with ... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:53:40 EST Monday I actually cooked supper for 2 days straight. Made goulash tonight. It must have been good as Bill ate two helpings. <em>334</em> <BR> The Kids cook off show was so cute. The kids are from 10 years to 12 years old and are amazing cooks. <BR> DWTS is on tonight and for once I am not looking forward to it. No one I really want to see. I am also not happy Valerie Harper is on. I do like her but not fair to others or judges. Since she has terminal cancer she will get so many sympathy votes and... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:31:22 EST Sunday I did sleep much better last night. Bill has been trying to find some lavender spray for bedroom. I use to use it years ago on my pillow. So I went on internet and found a spray and a odor gel in a jar and some little sachets of lavender. Maybe one of them will help. <BR> Nothing much going on. Bill got groceries today and he is cooking supper. <BR> I see some dark black clouds outside so we may still get some rain. <BR> I saw the flooding in Colorado. I have a web friend that lives near the... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 17:24:19 EST Saturday Awake most of night and napped off and on all day. <BR> Bill went to play horseshoes today. This is Walter Ray Williams who I told you was a world champion. What I forget to tell you is that he is also a professional bowler. Bill had a good time. But do have a Bill story. When he started coming home he got lost and was going completely wrong direction. But he made it home. His gps started working. <em>334</em> <BR> Here is picture of Tyler and big brother Ben picking apples in Ohio. <BR> ... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:51:49 EST Friday As I was expecting Rebekah never showed up. I really didn't think she would. She will come up with some excuse. <BR> We had a simple and easy supper. I cooked the fish and Bill microwaved the potato and corn. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> People with pets are as annoying with pics of pets as we are our human kids. I am no exception. Here is Roxy laying between my legs being feed part of a popsicles. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:17:55 EST Thursday Finally got my hair cut. Not great but I can live with it. I never leave house anyway. <BR> It rained for about 5 minutes and quick. It might rain later. Still very hot here. <BR> No cooking tonight. Bill is picking up some sandwiches at grocery store. <BR> Angel and Brianna came to clean. Angel mainly came for leftover stew. <em>334</em> <BR> I have a scallop / oyster cleaning knife that was my mothers and was going to give it to her but we couldn't find it. It is probably in back room s... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:46:34 EST Wednesday I was suppose to get my hair cut and Rebekah was suppose to stop by for a visit. neither happened. Lady that comes to the house to cut my hair was having a rough day. her mother was ill and she hadn't slept last night. I was tired too so it worked out ok. <BR> Then Rebekah let me know she got called into work. She is now going to try and come Friday. <BR> As some of you know I have been cooking less and Bill more. But I cooked some beef stew in crock pot and proved once again who the best coo... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:03:17 EST Tuesday Here are some pics of Angel and the scallops they got.It is very time consuming to clean. Plus shells are not easy to open. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> I did finally cleaned out one drawer of chest that sits by my chair. <BR> I enjoyed seeing Nadal play tennis yesterday. It was an awesome match. <BR> Received ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:50:59 EST Monday The womens finales were Sunday. I did want the other girl to win but Serina won as usual. She at least had to work for it. Now the mens finale and I like both players. But Nadal is my favorite overall. Both guys are nice guys. Awesome playing and long volly's. Wish narrators would shut up with their stupid comments. <BR> Angel and her friends went scalloping yesterday and fishing. She brought me some . There is nothing like seafood straight from ocean. No restaurant has it this fresh. It was ... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 18:57:59 EST Sunday (pics) My back is much better. last time it lasted weeks. I am glad I still had some muscle relaxers left. <BR> if you are on facebook you have seen these pics.l. This was at the family bowling. <BR> I love this picture of my daughters Joy and Angel <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Heidi <BR> <img src=""> <BR> grand daughter Allyssa <BR> <img src=" Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:52:37 EST Saturday Will make this short as I woke up with back spasms. No way near as bad as the last time. I have some meds for it. I took some and laid down this afternoon. <BR> Part of my gang met for bowling this afternoon. They even called me on video. They kept moving phone around so much I got seasick but it was cute of them. <BR> Joy came here on her way and brought a nice salad she made. It was good to see her and she looked good. Haven't seen her in a long time. Bill isn't home yet so I will have mor... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 17:32:41 EST Friday Can't believe how fast grocery day came. But it is over with for another week. <BR> He cooked supper tonight. Rotisserie chicken which is always good with fresh sliced tomatoes. <BR> I finally called the Geeks about my laptop. After 5 hours yesterday it is still not working right. I had to call them twice when I did it on Bill's computer. It isn't cheap so I expect it to work better. <BR> I hear the thunder starting up. Will probably rain later. <BR> The kids and Bill are meeting tomorrow fo... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 18:19:36 EST