NORASPAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NORASPAT NORASPAT'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/ I had a nice surprise today. I read my own blog because I never saw it last year. WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302802 I was sparking and there was an illustration like stairs on the page. <BR> I did not pay much attention I was so busy getting my Sparking done. <BR> DH and I were in the house all day, he has a cold and I did not want to go out with my hand in my sling so we both wanted to watch some TV . <BR> We have more than thirty episodes of Downton Abbey. It fascinates us since we were born and raised in the area in the production. The names of the Cities, towns, villages and farms. DH and I used to ri... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:59:53 EST HI there, I am trying again for photos. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301620 Hi there friends. I am trying again to get photos on my page. <BR> <BR> I am showing you my small thumb splint. <BR> <BR> Right now it is annoying for sure. My fingers are doing great. <BR> <BR> Alas is still hurting. The thumb has 6 weeks of Physical Therapy. There are 8 appointments. <BR> <BR> I had anticipated a couple of weeks because it healed well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aaf70096-7000-4118-921a-060b6144f6bd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:40:52 EST THOUGHTS FOR A SNOWY DAY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300619 I TRY TO DO THINGS JUST RIGHT. IN MOST INSTANCES I AM A PERFECTIONIST. <BR> I NEED TO TRY TO GO WITH THE FLOW. <BR> <BR> I LIKE TO EAT MY HOME COOKED MEALS, SOME ARE GOOD BUT ONCE IN A WHILE A GREAT ONE APPEARS BUT STILL I DO MY TRACKER. <BR> TODAY THESE ARE MY THOUGHTS. <BR> <BR> OUR BODY IS NOT JUST AN EATING PLACE. IT HAS ALL KINDS OF REASONS WE CAN LET OUR SELVES DOWN. <BR> <BR> WE EAT OUR FOOD AND OFTEN FORGET TO MOVE SOME DAYS. <BR> WE EAT OUR FOOD AND DO NOT DRINK FLUIDS SOME DAYS... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:05:01 EST DH AND I WENT OUT FOR THE DAY, WE HAD BAD NEWS WHEN WE GOT BACK. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300300 DH and I had a day out. He needed to check in with the eye Dr to keep his driving license. <BR> After we got the papers all signed and it was a long wait but the eye Dr is 25 miles away. <BR> AFTERWARDS WE WENT TO THE HEALTH FOOD STORE. <BR> I BOUGHT MY BULK OATMEAL AND THEY HAD ICELANDIC HADDOCK. <BR> <BR> WHEN WE FIRST CAME TO U.S. WE COULD NOT FIND GOOD HADDOCK. A FRIEND TOLD US ABOUT A COMPANY THAT USED THE SAME ICELANDIC HADDOCK. <BR> MY MOTHER WORKED FOR A FRIEND IN THE EVENING AT... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:27:34 EST I found some fabulous recipes today. Tomorrow I hope to make up some batches of them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299633 I cannot use my left hand yet but I will be making a Tomato soup recipe from Spark. <BR> We found a number of recipes that I have not tried. I want to find recipes that we will like and it has to become a fast recipe that both of us like.. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow morning we will go to another city for DH eye examination. <BR> This is where my favorite health food store is so I know we are expecting more snow. <BR> Then I will make other recipes using this Tomato soup. <BR> <BR> I am doing a ver... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:36:35 EST I will try without caps. I need a better plan for the future. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298815 My computer was really slow today. I have had to write things down. I tried to do it myself and I did make some headway. I tried for way too much time went by .Eventually I asked our son to help me after almost two hours. <BR> <BR> I went downstairs and asked for a few minutes to fix this. I had tried 2 hours easily. He came upstairs and after a few minutes he went in to our GD room and fixed the wifi. <BR> It seems they have so much wifi, during the day so my computer gets way too slow. I ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:38:26 EST I AM BORED SILLY. THERE IS TOO MUCH WATER OVER ICE. I WANT TO GO OUTSIDE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296631 TODAY I AM A GROUCH. <BR> I CANNOT DRIVE, DO DISHES AND I AM NOT IN A GOOD MOOD. <BR> MY FRIENDS ARE WALKING AT THE Y AND GOING TO MEETINGS ETC AND I AM INSIDE AND WANTING TO TALK TO SOMEONE. <BR> <BR> I AM TRYING TO DO PHOTOS FOR SOMETHING TO DO. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76ec8ee2-72fe-44d1-a4d9-b8c098265bdf.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7eced99d-7d21-4687-bcac-bb7adb3cf2b8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> NOW I HAVE SHOWN YOU THE BARRIE... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:41:26 EST TO DO OR NOT TO DO, THAT IS THE QUESTION.! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296294 I WALKED WITH MY TRACKER ON MY SHOE IT WAS ALWAYS THERE <BR> <BR> AFTERWARDS I WANTED TO WALK AGAIN AND AFTER THE DOGS WERE LET OUT I DID IT AGAIN. <BR> THE TRACKER GAVE ME , 10.348 STEPS BUT AFTER WARDS THE TRACKER SAID 97 MINUTES. ---I DOUBT THAT. SO I JUST DECIDED TO GO TO BED EARLY. <BR> IT IS IN THE TRACKER BUT I AM PONDERING ABOUT ANOTHER TRACKER TO BUY. <BR> I THINK I WILL WAIT TILL FEBRUARY. <BR> <BR> BY FEBRUARY MY WRIST WILL HOPEFULLY BE HEALED AND BY THEN THERE WILL BE OTHERS T... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 21:38:56 EST Today I have a new Spark tracker. I bought it a while ago when they were bargain prices. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294944 Our son checked out the information that came from a very good friend of mine. I appreciated it Heather. <BR> OUR SON USED THE NEW DONGLE STILL IN THE BOX AND THE TRACKER. <BR> I WATCHED HIM DO THE COMPLICATED STUFF AND THE DONGLE WAS GREEN AND THE BATTERY WAS NEW. <BR> <BR> I WAS DELIGHTED TO HAVE IT BACK. <BR> I IMMEDIATELY GOT ON THE GAZELLE FOR 15 MINUTES AND I WENT TO THE COMPUTER TO MAKE SURE IT WAS SYNCING. <BR> <BR> THE BATTERY WAS GREEN ONE MINUTE BUT AS SOON AS THE DONGLE STARTED... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 22:34:23 EST THANKS FRIENDS I AM DOING BETTER. THE HOUSE IS A MESS BUT I AM TAKING IT EASY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294261 SATURDAY WAS THE WORST DAY. I CALLED THE DR'S OFFICE HE WAS NOT THERE . <BR> OUR SON TOOK OVER THE CONVERSATION. HE WAS ABLE TO WRITE IT ALL DOWN' <BR> I COULD NOT DO IT AND DH NEEDS NEW GLASSES SINCE HIS EYES HAVE CHANGED. <BR> AFTER THE PHONE CALL THERE WERE THINGS I HAD NOT HEARD OF DOING. <BR> <BR> AFTER THE BLOG MY FRIENDS, I GOT SO MUCH OF THE SAME COMMENTS FROM THE BLOG I ACTUALLY PRINTED IT OUT. I HAD THE DRS. OFFICE AND THE PRINT OUT . <BR> I HAD A BETTER DAY THAN YESTERDAY. <BR> ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 23:52:53 EST I lost another tracker actually- THE SAME ONE- just many times. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292849 It is in the house. the tracker shows up at 7;20pm with the time and the numbers are in . without the foolish tracker to download the numbers. <BR> <BR> I am still using the heavy stuff and I get so dizzy and feeling sick. <BR> MY HAND IS NOT DOING WELL SO I WANTED TO PUT THE ICE ON THE CAST BUT IT DOES NOT PENETRATE. <BR> I LOOKED AT THE COMMENTS AND SOMEONE SAID TO PUT THE ICE BAG AT THE JOINT OF THE ELBOW. IT HURTS LIKE THE DICKENS BUT IT IS THE BEST SOLUTION I CAN FIND. <BR> MY FINGER... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 21:08:44 EST I WAS FIRST IN THE O.R. UP AT 5 AND GET THERE 7 AND IN TO O.R. 8; 15AM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292287 DH WAS DRIVING HOME AND ALL I COULD FEEL NOTHING IN THE HAND. <BR> I DID HAVE A CAST BUT NOT A THICK ONE. THERE IS SOME KIND OF PLASTIC-LIKE <BR> COMPOUND AND LIGHT WITH PLASTER AND BANDAGE. <BR> <BR> DRIVING HOME DH DROVE AND I FELT NO PAIN AT ALL, JUST FEELING VERY DIZZY AND SICK. <BR> <BR> I WENT TO BED TILL LATE AFTERNOON AND THEN MY HAND WAS REALLY PAINFUL. <BR> I HAD OVERDONE THE SLEEP AND UNDERDONE THE MEDICATION. <BR> I TOOK IT AND AGAIN I WAS DIZZY AND FEELING SICK. I ATE SOME ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 23:59:44 EST Today we are ready for tomorrow. We hope there is no snow or Ice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291497 Tomorrow is my thumb surgery and it is not a big deal except to me of course. <BR> Dh and I will be up at 5am because we have along ride and we like to be early. <BR> I am wondering what my hand will look like after the procedure. More important how sore it is. <BR> I hope to be good to get to bed I think a better sleep might help. <BR> Goodnight, and thank you Spark Friends. <BR> <em>304</em> <em>381</em> m <em>521</em> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>345</em> Wed, 4 Jan 2017 21:51:32 EST DH and I walked at the Y and met some people and I had a fast walk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290789 OH MY I posted the blog and only the emoticons stayed. <BR> I came back to it and the middle flew away. <BR> Sorry, I was planning what we will be doing but now it is time to go to bed. <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>223</em> <em>243</em> <em>521</em> <em>250</em> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 22:59:19 EST Today DH and I cleared out the freezer so we can put up meals for about a month. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289980 My surgery on my wrist will be difficult . <BR> I decided to clean the freezer out and either use the food up soon or throw it away. <BR> <BR> I really dislike wasting food so I have had a lot of stock. Soup is the easiest to drink with my right hand. With only one hand I am trying to use meat and vegetables for the most part. <BR> DH and I love well done everything so it will be easier to use just one fork or spoon. <BR> I am tired and I need some sleep. <BR> <BR> Pat in Maine. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 23:16:48 EST Tonight is "FIRST FOOTING" at Midnight at our house. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288281 Yesterday we had a first snow storm. It was wet and heavy and there were so many people with power outages and deep snow we waited for the city plow. <BR> A snow plow came up our Cul-de-Sac (Dead end road ) at the end where our house is there is a circle to plow. The plow did two runs and he could not handle the small plow he was using. He backed down and left. <BR> This morning we saw many limbs down from Pine trees and a lot of wires were blowing in the wind lying on the snow. I had no clu... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:45:59 EST Snow is beautiful. It is also a liability. Accidents happen, kids play in the roadside snow banks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287216 Today is the first snow of the season. I mean real snow, when kids go outside to make snow men <em>444</em> . <BR> I looked down the street where there are kids in the houses but making snowmen are much over rated since TV or computer are so much the entertainment . <BR> My neighbor across the street has a son about three and a daughter about Eight. My front window looks across to their yard. This year the father used his snow blower to make a big enough snow pile so he and his children can... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 22:38:00 EST A long talk to the surgeon WooHoo, it feels better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286738 I had appointments today. Hospital for a Dexa scan and then my Dentist an hour cleaning my teeth. <BR> I called the surgeon and asked if he could explain the procedure. <BR> He said no problem, I went to the appointment and he was busy the first time I saw him. He used the previous X-ray films and I was given a Brochure. <BR> <BR> This time I told him the brochure was not the same procedure was like my previous Dr <BR> procedure. <BR> I told him the procedure was different and YES it was t... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 23:57:56 EST I had never thought it through. I am getting very afraid of this Hand surgery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286221 Today one of our team said she would be really panic stricken if she had to have a cast on. <BR> <BR> I never thought about the cast on and another person in W.V. said she would panic with it on. <BR> I know I will panic. THANKS to my big brother !!!!!. <BR> <BR> <BR> My brother was playing Cowboys and Indians. I was the only girl on the block playing with six boys. They tied me to the lamp post (Street Lights) and they left me and they forgot about me. <BR> I was there a very long time... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 22:40:34 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS SPARK- FRIENDS. NORASPAT in Maine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285038 <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY CHRISTMAS snow is coming soon <BR> BEAUTIFUL season. <BR> <BR> <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>444</em> Sat, 24 Dec 2016 23:58:33 EST What a day. I never fasted 15 hours before but it was not so bad just annoying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284670 I had to have blood work. The Dr said 14 hours I always did that so it was not too bad. <BR> Same Dr said no medications at all. I started out to go to hospital lab there was very little snow . <BR> DH came because I am diabetic 2 and so he came along just in case I fainted. I have tiny veins and so I lay down. <BR> They did not have orders. I went by 3 days earlier and asked for a copy of my orders. When I went back they said I was not here today and I told them yes I was told to come toda... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:08:25 EST It was a snow day but not too much snow fell. The dogs loved it and so I stayed out to shovel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284353 This morning I had to go outside to clean up the fenced yard for the dogs. I was just going in and the first flakes fell. As I walked in the dogs wanted to be outside. <BR> The Chihuahua was very perky for being in the cold. She looked like she wanted to catch the snowflakes. The Beagle was rushing around with his nose to the ground and as I watched the snow was on his nose. I would have loved to have the camera handy. <BR> <BR> Afterwards the snow was heavier and the fenced in area was whit... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:18:34 EST Today was a busy appointment day. Finally my Thumb will be fixed and the pain will be gone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283958 DH went to the dentist . <BR> I had an appointment to the Orthopedist my Hand Dr. He is a new Dr. for me. My original Dr. no longer does this procedure so I saw the new Surgeon today. I have a bone that has to be removed from the base of my left thumb and it has to be removed and the Dr, will use a tendon to make a new bone. <BR> It has been painful of late but I did want to do some things and go some places and I decided after the Holidays I will go to the appointment.. <BR> He asked m... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 21:59:26 EST My voice and cough are much better, Thank you. You made my day Spark Friends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282708 Our Senior College Concert was cancelled and most of the area cancelled their place of Worship. <BR> Saturday I had everything ready to go. Seeing the thick ice on the roads I had just bought some cleats so I put them on my boots. At the University it has an easy entry but at the Church we would have had to carry the Totes for the food, drinks and my tablecloths and trays along a car park or along pathways to get to the room for the refreshments for the concerts. <BR> <BR> It is usually a w... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 23:35:12 EST Snow and cold and had to stay in bed late. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282288 I was up in the night coughing so I went to the living room and staying upright feels so much better. <BR> I tried to go out to check out my new cleats but DH and our son had the shovels. I was only doing it because I always did so I was pleased I could stay inside. <BR> Tomorrow is Senior College, we might have to cancel because we have a lot of snow and we are expecting freezing rain. <BR> I am going to bed early just in case I have to set up the refreshments. <BR> <BR> Pat in Maine. Sat, 17 Dec 2016 23:04:03 EST Today DH Had an Eye Dr Appointment, we were not feeling very positive. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281080 We went in the morning to the eye Dr. in the next town. Just 25 miles away. DH was driving and as usual the office is packed with patients and most of them have their eyes dilated so they need to drive their person back home. <BR> <BR> DH had a field of vision and then the usual dilation and finally they scan his eye to see if the macular was breaking down. We both knew how the macular thins. I had been watching this scan every time we go. They always allowed me in to the scanning room. <BR>... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 23:36:04 EST There they come !! My CHristmas lights in the gardens in Maine. Next will be snow. WooHoo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280553 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d04ee365-3acc-496f-ab9b-c1693a8affe7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd2f8e57-626b-4799-98d3-87358ae7da58.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da24a9b2-3418-4452-90a7-226f867701bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aec0cb21-dcee-4a27-9755-35a845025a25.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e497af5d-7e17-47c8-bd30-6def5f8f0198... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:18:04 EST Trying to show pictures from the Gardens AGLOW. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280105 The gardens were a forest and the people in Boothbay Maine wanted to buy the place. <BR> <BR> <BR> The whole story about the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens it is a beautiful story. Our family Loves the place and we go often when it opens in Spring and late fall. Now they added winter lights AGLOW. <BR> I am trying to show photos but I am still not getting to it. <BR> The gardens have areas of flower beds. Now the Gardens are iced over and a few years they wanted to have lights and now ... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:44:36 EST Today was our Christmas trip to see the Gardens at CHRISTMAS. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279685 It was beautiful. Our son, DIL and GD went with DH and I. <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <BR> We got home late after we waited or over an hour to get our meal so. I did my sparking. <BR> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <BR> I did find the photos and I will try again to show them Pat in Maine. <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <BR> It was cold and it did not snow yet. We were all warm and it was a really nice night to watch Lights and small c... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 23:35:51 EST My Christmas ELEPHANT . I was commenting about a tree. I remembered and wrote too much. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279025 I have asked our son to put up the artificial Christmas tree. <BR> We are not Christmas people you see. <BR> We gave our boys American Christmas we never had a tree in England we used crepe paper streamers across the ceiling and it was festive. <BR> <BR> I was reading LEANJEANS Blog and I just remembered one of my personal Christmas stories about my childhood. <BR> <BR> We were poor and my brother and I were taken to the church on Christmas Eve for the needy. <BR> The Parish priest vis... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:34:59 EST I better get to tell you first, I never forgot to think of Spark till yesterday afternoon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278669 DH and I are going to the Y. <BR> The rail trail is freezing in areas and I am so scared to fall again. Our friends we walk with are staying in their home with their mile long driveway so they are coming out to go to places of interest. <BR> Some years they have been snowed in and a few Christmases they have had to split up. The husband stays at the house because he wants to make sure there might be a robbery or something. He is not a Mainer and he prefers to stay in the house. My walking ... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 16:46:44 EST We went out ogether and had fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278337 I got home and totally forgot. <BR> I will tell you tomorrow. <BR> This is the first time I did forget Spark. I wonder. (((HUG))) Pat in Maine. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:46:34 EST Snowy day and we went to the exercise class. SHUFFLING !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277840 DH and I wanted to walk but there was a build up of snow and it was still snowing. There were no real snow flakes it was just powder and consequently it is ice under foot. <BR> <BR> We went to the Y and one of our friend's was already there. She wanted to walk and later in the morning there was another exercise group for seniors. DH was happy chatting after another new person and once again they were on the subject of politics. <BR> I knew he would like to talk to strangers so I told him I w... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 22:53:14 EST Snow started this morning and it came down almost all day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276912 We thought it would lay so we went over to the Y for exercise. <BR> I did silver sneakers because it was a seated good strength routine. I am hoping my surgeon will do the exercises but as most of you know I have. <BR> It was a really good 45 minutes. I did not do a lot of walking today but I did enough warm ups to get my joints loose. <BR> <BR> After the workout we did a few laps--Walking laps, nothing fast and tiring because we had to go to the university and talk about the Christmas conc... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:03:02 EST Our first layer of snow it is always a beautiful sight. " PLANNING WINTER for me!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275948 This has been our first snow this winter, just a big dusting or a small covering, whatever it is called it is a wake up call for me. I have lived in Maine over 50 years and now I am nervous in the snow. I am 73 years old and I am "planning for snow" <BR> . <BR> I was supposed to go to buy better cleats yesterday but I put it off and we went to the gym. It was a nice sunny day and we took some items to a church sale. We let the idea of my cleats be forgotten in the bright sky and sun. <BR> <... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 22:37:08 EST I wanted to go to the botanical gardens. We only had one choice of day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275537 Our son, myself DH and DGD were supposed to go to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. <BR> There are acres of Huge trees wired with LED lights and it is an amazing sight. <BR> <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <BR> GARDENS AGLOW, I have wanted to walk in the gardens at night in this fairy tale sight. <BR> . <em>446</em> <em>444</em> <BR> I looked it up and it was full. When DIL came in they decided to try again. I had to do it and they went to bed. <BR> It took me two hours because, num... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:12:08 EST Today I went to Silver sneakers and it was a great chair exercise at the Y. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275037 Three of us went and it was a great time. We walked around the circuit for half an hour and then we started the Exercises. They are actually for seniors to help keep their balance. I have a hard time enough of balance when I am walking on ice. <BR> There were three of us and we are definitely going back to tomorrow. Tomorrow DH will come along. We have the Y membership so we can do the Silver sneakers, there were a few men in their. <BR> We shall see what the morning brings, wet or ice we w... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 21:59:06 EST We have heavy rain and hoping for no more ice, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274579 I hope the temperature drops. I love to go to they .I do use my gazelle but it is great to talk together. DH loves to drive so he drives and I have a great Chauffeur. The only problem is when we go with these people they always go out to eat. <BR> To bad reasons too much food and too much money and too much not knowing to go in to my tracker. <BR> I might have to go alone some times, it is a good idea but it is definitely not a good Spark person right now. I am trying to BLAST that plateau. ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:45:35 EST So glad we have the yard done. We had an ice event. JUST IN TIME WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274089 This morning I thought we had snow. Looking out of the windows we saw a real mess. <BR> <BR> ICE, It is not NICE. <BR> <BR> The deck was a small skating rink and I am so scared these days with ice DH has to help me over the ice. DH drove to the Y and we both walked in the comfort of the Y. Today I had 8,400 steps thanks to joining the Y. <BR> <BR> I used the Y many years ago and it was for swimming every morning. Today it was walking round in circles walking one of my rail trail buddies. ... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:50:24 EST Today was a good day. I have raked the yard , I hope for the last time this fall. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273564 Today I walked the rail trail till our 11 am appointment. We were there in time and we are doing OK but we had to check in to our insurance agent. <BR> <BR> All is well whatever it is. <BR> I went home and raked the yard from 1pm to 4 pm. By that time DH came out to fill 4 big bags I had raked up. <BR> <BR> It is good to see the green grass at this time of the year. I am sore and I hope to get to bed early. Thanks for reading my blog. Pat in Maine. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:49:03 EST I did a lot of cleaning my brass items I brought from England. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273021 Right from a child I had a really love of items made of brass. <BR> <BR> I used to sit with my grandmother and polish the brass in the room of her very small house. I had to walk to an antique shop and if there were small pieces I would ask him to hold it for me because I wanted it. My Uncle who I lived with would always give me pocket money. <BR> <BR> I had broken front teeth so candy was a no brainer. I took the money down to the antique shop and I bought a small brass tray with an Abb... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:16:53 EST Today will be the last raking the grass. Tomorrow the leaves if it is not too cold. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272588 The neighbors trees are finally all down. This year we did not have the big leaf piles. I think I like the leaves to get down and off to the compost. That way it is DONE and this year it just was keeping a big mess on the concrete steps. If we do not move the leaves from the stairs it is definitely a bad idea. <BR> <BR> I hope to be in the yard for the last time. I do like getting it picked up. Some days with the snow blower there were pine needles and rocks so I like it to be cleared. <BR> ... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 23:29:58 EST Getting back to midnight but it was an excellent day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271793 Today was great. Our son suggested to buy a frozen dinner for Thanksgiving. I said yes and we will split the cost. <BR> He picked it up on Wednesday night still frozen. <BR> We had to melt it in the refrigerator and I knew it would not happen <BR> 3 a.m. my leg was in cramp so I went to my recliner, I always sleep there if I want to be upright. It works no problem <BR> I got up and went to check the Turkey still frozen. <BR> I have a big sink so I put it in cold water covering the entire Tur... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:08:11 EST Still trying, I have 15 minutes to get to bed. Too much to o today. WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271334 Goodnight my Spark friends. <BR> There is only myself to do it all today and I prioritized my desk. <BR> <BR> I got it perfect but it is not very organized it is just in to the drawers. <BR> Our DIL had to work today so I was on my own with the house and the vegetables. <BR> I will have to be up early. <BR> Sorry. It is hard to get to bed. Pat in Maine, <BR> <BR> GOODNIGHT. !! Wed, 23 Nov 2016 22:49:42 EST WooHoo I have a new desk. New to me I had made a home made one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270897 One of my walking buddies wanted to get rid of her desk. She was a nurse in Boston and she came back to Maine. <BR> I asked her for the desk and she gave it to me. <BR> I looked at it and it was real wood. I tried to lift one end was almost impossible, <BR> I went over to her Condo and I told her the drawers alone are heavy so I had to walk out the three drawers and the big drawer for a filing drawer. There were no hanging files but I just want a big drawer. I put all the pieces and they went... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:29:19 EST Tonight I must do my challenge to get to bed for 8 hours. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270496 Today I walked with my Buddies on the rail trail. I had to wear my boots and my heavy coat. It was really a beautiful, a little snow on the trees. The paths were covered in huge oak trees. We have an English oak so I picked up some of their leaves and tomorrow I will look for our small leaves and their small acorns. She loves to do projects but I just want her to see the difference of the leaves despite they are both oak trees. <BR> <BR> DH had an appointment made months ago. We realized yes... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:12:22 EST I am supposed to bed by now. This was my challenge my computer kept saying OOPS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270038 I told you I am losing my wards. <BR> I want to get to bed earlier because I am working as hard as I can , I do use the tracker and there are two items that annoys me.(1) I dislike water, always have had so I have to drink tea. <BR> <BR> (2) I have to get better sleep. <BR> I have been on a very long plateau and I am hoping having better sleep just maybe my words will come back to me. <BR> OFF TO BED -I know one words were OOPS and the computer just had a blank page. I was still able to g... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:17:29 EST Nice weather but only for a few days. Blogs sometimes bring memories, it did tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269536 Today I have been trying to get Word on my computer. I had bought it and it said it could put it on my lap top. <BR> I wrote and asked why I can not put my WORD on my computer without having to pay again. I was told I could put it on the surface that I do not use. <BR> I decided to do chat. It looked like an Indian name but I was not interested in his name just his expertise. <BR> I asked him to put on only WORD. I have no clue about the computer. He took control and it took a very long time.... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 20:53:27 EST Taking it one day at a time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268678 We have had a really good fall and I have had a lot of heavy work despite my knee surgery, that went very well. I try to remember the PT until I remember it on Spark. <BR> My walking Buddies might not get to walk the trail . One of them live along way from town and they have a mile long driveway. The drive through the trees is up and down hills. In winter they leave a truck with a plow on and they leave the car half way and get in to the truck. They are both much older than I and some days t... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 22:35:15 EST Today it rained so I walked with an umbrella. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268093 We walked in the rain and it was high 50's. My friend had a dentist and DH had a Dr appointment. <BR> I am laying low with a cold-I think. It could be allergies but I had to get out of bed because I was awakening and sneezes again. <BR> I was out of bed at 3am and I had a hard time in the living room falling asleep. I went back to bed and DH Dr was an early one. <BR> I went for a walk with an umbrella and a Buddy. She wore a big hat, she does not like a Brolly. <BR> <BR> We walked over 6,0... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:14:20 EST