NORASPAT's SparkPeople Blog NORASPAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My BLOG was TOP STORY of the DAY. I am so happy and busy writing responses. I saw the BLOG but we had to get the supplies for the concert. I only spun the wheel and added my fasting blood sugar. <BR> The store was not too crowded but I had a paper prescription and that slowed me down. <BR> I bought the supplies for the university and some I needed at home. <BR> We went home for lunch because the minivan had to have a thermostat and it came in so DH and I walked back to the house just over one mile. <BR> The morning was foggy and the temperature was almost to 50 degr... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:36:07 EST Tomorrow is forecast to be a warm day between the cold fronts. Today we were both having appointments myself at my acupuncturist and DH his eye exam. <BR> We drove with the speed at 45 mph on the highway, very few people could speed because the snow plow was scraping the road way and spreading sand and salt. <BR> <BR> We kept hearing a strange noise from the back of the minivan, a bit later the check engine light came on and there was no heat but it was giving off an odd smell. I switched all the vents off and left it there. We were dressed in triple c... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:23:57 EST On the road again tomorrow. If the snow arrives I will cancel our appointments. DH has an eye examination after noon that will be fine the plows will be out and the roads will be cleared. <BR> <BR> My acupuncture is at 9 am and that might have to be cancelled. We rarely cancel but if the plows are out on the interstate and commuters it is a white out. <BR> <BR> My acupuncture is helping my hand, my right is doing well but last time The Dr did not caution me I had a needle in my thumb and when he got back in to the treatment room that needle was on the floor. They have ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:39:02 EST I hope thanked everyone. Tonight was a very slow computer. I had hoped to get to 15,000 but it took me forever to input my nutrition, I did my trivia and it kept going back to one. I had to wait to get to the message boards. <BR> I did get to 14,220 steps and I had walked over 6 miles. <BR> <BR> Now it is bed time and I have promised myself I will stay at home and do some cleaning and cooking. Pat is ready for bed. <em>102</em> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:46:53 EST DH Birthday. I lost it last night so here it is with thanks from myself and DH. Thank you all for sending birthday wishes to my DH. Our sons called and he had a long chatting session. We never send cards but Valentines are definitely yes from DH to me and me to DH. I have a 52 year Valentines day card from DH---My very first one. <BR> Sunday morning he was grumpy. He did not want to go out there was a little snow and he thought I would drive. I called the restaurant I had called earlier and I wanted a table for 6 at 12.30p.m. they said they close at 11 am on Sundays. <B... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:38:21 EST DH had a wonderful Birthday. Thanks for the good wishes. My Blog disappeared and so it will be done again later. Now it is after midnight and I will write it later in the day. <BR> <BR> Pat in Maine, Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:02:49 EST DH had a wonderful Birthday. Thanks for the good wishes. My Blog disappeared and so it will be done again later. Now it is after midnight and I will write it later in the day. <BR> <BR> Pat in Maine, Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:02:48 EST I thought everyone knew about the eye plugs. I found a good article about it. <BR> Punctal Plugs for Dry Eyes - -This was the easiest to read. <BR> <BR> DH and I are doing fine. I walked over 8,200 steps today and DH and I went for a second opinion about his foot. <BR> The surgeon was giving us all kinds of advice about this surgery. The bottom line was since DH is older and it is a big surgery. The foot bones had to be moved and fused and it would need a lot of medication for pain. It would not heal as well as a younger person so both of us are ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:46:54 EST EYES are still not fine. I have had blurry vision for quite some time so I did go back to the eye Dr. <BR> <BR> A technician did all of the work up and she told me my examination results would not be able to drive, DH and I panicked. <BR> <BR> We had an hour to wait for the Optometrist. She took many examinations of both eyes and she said my vision was blurry from dry eyes. I used the restasis and it was not doing the trick. <BR> I asked about the not driving part and she re-did the examination herself she said my ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:30:57 EST Today was a good walking day ! Woo-Hoo! Today I walked 6.8 miles and now I have 15,196 plus. <BR> I walked with my walking buddies for 55 minutes and after lunch I had some shopping and and other walking for 55 minutes and then I watched TV walking on the gazelle for almost an hour. Actually it was 59 minutes when the dogs wanted to go out. I got off and the last minute was stopped. That meant I had 59 minutes work out so I have 23 points for the tracker. <BR> <BR> DH and I went to our favorite health food store, picked up my spi... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:07:04 EST Staying home for the repair man. Missing my walk because he came early. I had scheduled a repair man from the store where we purchased the stainless steel washer with no agitator. <BR> Instead of the agitator moving the entire drum moves back and forth. We like this a lot but it is a very big capacity. <BR> DH and I never needed a super capacity but I knew I would use it some day. <BR> <BR> It was not my some day but our son and DIL uses the super way too often. <BR> <BR> I was ready to go to walk when the phone rang and the repair man said he had to come earl... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:58:08 EST Sunday was a really annoying day. We worked from 10 till 4pm. <em>276</em> <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <em>335</em> <em>276</em> <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday morning I pressed the table cloths. I made them with fabric and we wash them after the concert. They stay in the totes till Sunday a m. <BR> Once we know the concert is a go we have to carry up 4 totes of supplies, food table cloths and pitchers/ Then we use gallon jugs of Apple juice, Cranberry Juice and water. We carry 6 bags to carry 12 gallons of drinks. Cups, N... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:19:17 EST We are not expecting snow so our Senior concert is a GO!! I have been watching the East coast storm. I hope people will stay in their homes and wait it out. Staying safe is the best place to be. Going outside in a big storm is a great risk and if you get in to trouble others have to come to rescue you. <BR> <BR> When heavy storms arrive there is no point to go out just to see what is happening, that is where windows help. Look out but do not go out in particularly high winds and heavy snow. <BR> <BR> Most of the accidents we have heard of are tr... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 23:07:23 EST Another 8,000 plus walking in Super Walmart. My walking buddies like to see my tracker lights. If you want to walk on cold days find your biggest favorite store and walk before you shop. <BR> <BR> If anyone asks what you are doing tell them exactly what we do. When we first walked a man in Home Depot asked what we are doing we told him we are walking indoors. After we walked one of my friends looked at some Pergo Flooring and when she checked it out we are very welcome in the store. My place to shop is super Walmart or Sam's club and because they know we are good customers some of the... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 23:11:36 EST Today was too busy wih foolishness. Today I tried to renew my Diabetes strips to check my daily blood sugar. <BR> I was told I could not renew them. I had a prescription that said two refills but there were only two months apart-instead of at least 200 strips in 2016. <BR> I was supposed to have 100 strips. I wanted to be sure I have them renewed but I was told it was expired. <BR> The expiry date was only 2 months from the refill date. and I was supposed to get 2 boxes till my next renewal. DH and I decided the label was sup... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:59:52 EST Today was an ice covered rail rail so we walked in WalMart. We have a Super WalMart. <BR> <BR> We usually walk on Wednesday on the rail trail but I am really anxious after falling a couple of times. <BR> I met a friend and the two of us just looked for the long empty Aisles and we just kept on walking. My friend stopped a couple of times, she is older than I am and she has a bad knee. <BR> We walked for an hour and I had almost 7,000 steps. If we go earlier there might be even less people in there. <BR> <BR> We walked and at no point did we enco... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:07:11 EST We went to the restaurant on a very cold day and the Minivan heater was COLD !!!!. We got in to our Minivan this morning and It was cold. DH said it will warm up. <BR> I am the navigator. holder of the GARMIN so I was making sure we were in the right place, we had not been to the restaurant I had chosen. <BR> <BR> . I realized the mini-van was still COLD !!!!!! <BR> <BR> I said to DH. it needs some fluid topping up, It has to go to the garage. <BR> DH said look at the thermometer it is just cold it will warm up. <BR> The Restaurant was 30 miles away on the interstate. ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:37:42 EST Hi I am a bit stressed tonight. I hope we can go to the German Restaurant. Hi there, I declined a shot in my hand because I organized a Senior college "DINING CLUB" <BR> so I would not have a stiff hand in case I need to drive, I also told the Doctor I want surgery and get it over prednisone. That decision is done with. <BR> <BR> Today it has snowed but not much. Tomorrow I have to decide if we drive 30 plus miles to eat in a German Restaurant. There were 26 people and I will awaken and listen for the phone to ring. <BR> Temperature will drop in the night a... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:57:26 EST I decided I needed a really good walk. 6.1 miles without leaving the house. I have a Gazelle, we have had it for a long time and both DH and I love it. Today I felt I wanted to walk but the driveway's are like a slide. <BR> <BR> We brought the Gazelle out in to the living room again and DH did 30 minutes, well done for DH. <BR> The family had friends over so I sparked just a little. I needed to clean out my Filing cabinet. It took a long time because I wanted to destroy my papers from my small business and keep minimal space to do it in. I was sad to see it go bu... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:09:50 EST Finally we have snow! I have some fun ahead. It started last night and went through the day. It was not a massive storm just about 9 inches. <BR> Before it snowed heavy there was ice beneath the snow and that is my fear after last years concussion. We tried to buy cleats but there were non left of the ice grippers. The others were very large and expensive undoubtedly for some other sport instead of just walking over new fallen snow. <BR> I put on my old ice fishing cleats and helped to get to the garage. Our son offered to use the snow ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 22:29:38 EST It has been a very long day. I have to be up very early. Tomorrow will be a long day. <BR> Too many appointments I wish I could cancel them all but they will just come back to haunt me so I will have a good sleep and get on ! <BR> <BR> Pat in Maine. Thu, 14 Jan 2016 22:37:56 EST After shoveling the driveway I just decided to go to bed early. My shoulders are sore but it was a great workout. I make certain I will stay warm and I did despite the wind. <BR> I did not wear my neoprene face mask and I really like them. When we walk the rail trail we use cleats and our face masks to stay warm. We start at the beginning and there is no way to get off we have to get off the trail at 1.25 miles or turn back if the wind comes up the river. It is always interesting, tomorrow we will not walk because there are extensive places where the ice ... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:55:22 EST We have snow, it is our first storm of the year. There has been so little now it is here. It started after dark so I will try to take a walk in the snow I just like the bright white light that really wakes me up and it makes me feel really alive. <BR> <BR> I have SAD and I do not like the cold but when there is clean snow I love to get a great lift in my spirits. <BR> I lived in UK and we had much longer hours of daylight. We are so far East I feel like we should be in another time zone. Since there is no other time zone I have to put up with it but I do love to walk in the snow... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 23:54:22 EST So sad David Bowie has died. A loss of a legend for me and some others. I keep trying to write about him but I think I will go down to the old stack of Rolling Stone Magazines and read a few articles they have written there about him. <BR> We have some from the late 1980's and in to the 90's and they are my treasures. <BR> <BR> There are at least two photos of that face on covers I recall and as I looked through them just a few weeks ago I realize most of my favorites have passed. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will look for David and read about him again when he was i... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:42:03 EST I was expecting ice but alas it was water. I am weary the water came in to the basement so I had to vacuum and cover it with old towels and fabric. There are no cracks and the drain that it enters through is under a false floor and rugs. That room does not get wet but it runs to the concrete floor in the washroom. <BR> I added it as strength, we use our green machine and when it is full it sure is heavy. <BR> <BR> I just blogged yesterday my hands felt good but I had no clue about heavy rain I thought it would be snow instead. <BR> ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 23:40:22 EST DH and I had a leisurely day. Today DH and I and the dogs were at the house all day. <BR> I slept late a very unusual occurrence. DH got up at 10 a.m., I was up an hour earlier but I got to bed a bit later than I should. <BR> I had some cleaning to do so DH used the Gazelle and after he was finished I got on the Gazelle and we watched "The secrets of Highcliffe Castle" It was a really interesting and beautiful program I hope our GD would like to watch it. <BR> We both ate well and since we got up late all of our meals we... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 23:35:46 EST Late again but I was typing and you all know how slow I am. HI all I was asked to write about my logins for Spark and I think I was able to send it in. It was not my best but I had to do it just because I wanted to. <BR> I was aching after yesterdays walk but my hands are a bit better after the acupuncture. I can actually make a fist. with both hands. <BR> I am hoping to be able to do my resistance bands and I did do the Gazelle while we watched a really bad movie. It was better than boredom though. TV is rarely on but it helps the boredom when the st... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 23:34:00 EST Today I walked the rail trail and oh how much I feel better. Today I went to my Acupuncturist. M hand have arthritis and he said it might help the pain and it did. It has been a much nicer day so after my needles I went and walked the 4 mile rail trail. We anticipated ice but since it has a black top it had almost melted. There were no areas that we could not cross over. <BR> <BR> There were only two f us and by the time we had finished our walk we had talked the entire time. I felt great about that because I was having problems with speech and even ... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 21:41:32 EST Thanks for responding. You have made my day, now I feel better . I have made a quillow and so I can take off my shoes and sit in my recliner with me feet in the pocket. <BR> I can leave it folded in to the pocket and it just looks like a pillow. <BR> I bought a lot of fleece after a fire in Massachusetts and I have had fleece blankets since Malden mills burned. <BR> This one is special just for me I know it works <BR> Today I did my batch cooking. If we lose power I like to have my home made food so I can go to the camper and get out the coleman and we di... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 21:42:17 EST Are women colder than men in winter. I am cold all winter long despite wearing layers of clothes. Up here in Maine we have weather we can tolerate this time of the year. <BR> It seems we had such good weather now we have seasonable weather I find mysdelf feeling oh so cold this year. <BR> <BR> We had an electric blanket and it has both sides. I will have mine on and DH will undoubtedly wish he was cool. <BR> <BR> Last week there were a number of people talking about bed partners and the conversation decided Women are always too cold and men like to be cooler. <BR> <BR> If you read this... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 23:07:07 EST Cold Weather finally got to Maine We have had it great for the holidays, I loved the snow but alas I have fallen and I am not getting any practice walking on ice. I will have to do it because I will not stay indoors I like to get outside. <BR> We have a very low temperature warning the next few days. When we first came to Maine over 50 years ago we had a hard time with the minus 20 degrees and some days colder. In the recent years there have not been many times we had such cold. <BR> <BR> We are retired so we can just hang a... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:29:04 EST Our son was able to sort my lap top out. It had an old virus Norton missed. Our son found the problem, It has been going back for a long time. <BR> <BR> When Norton came on I was just angry. After I went back it came back again. It said I should download some thing to remove a virus. I was thinking someone is trying to add to my woes. <BR> Our son came in and I had got out to the Surface I asked him why can I do things that no longer function on the lap top. I showed him and he started to look around. I had noticed something odd in the control panel. I had looked at... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 23:10:16 EST I did it again, I wrote for 37 minutes and lost the lot. If it were not for my Spark friends I would just give up. <BR> I lost my blog. <BR> Norton came on to the screen and my blog was gone. I know you all tell me to cut and paste but I do not have word so I tried word pad. <BR> I tried at the beginning to use Word Pad. I decided it was late and I wanted to Blog so since my DIL just changed me to GOOGLE CHROME .I went after it and I thought I was doing well. <BR> There is some malicious thing on my computer and even my DIL could not remove it fro... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 22:33:33 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR to any Spark Friends I missed. I hope you can reach your goals. Today I went to Breakfast with just DIL from New York. She and our eldest son are separated but they did their tree and gifts and they had a good time with the kids. <BR> <BR> Our son is in New York and he was going to take our DGD home on Sunday but she realised she had forgotten to bring her homework to Maine. <BR> <BR> She talked to her Mom and her Mom dropped everything and drove from upstate New York across Vermont's green mountains and New Hampshire's White mountains. Driving alone fo... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 22:25:16 EST My DIL from N.Y. came to help me set up my computer once again. She drove over and after we had a chat I asked her advice about Internet explorer. It had been problematic for a long time but I was determined NO-ONE would TOUCH it till after today. I had my log-ins and I did not want to let anyone touch the computer. I knew our son could help and he always does but I needed someone to spend along time with me, showing with me and he does so much for me with little time to spare. I asked my DIL and she came over to take our granddaughter back to NY. She ha... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 22:51:02 EST Freezing rain is bad in our area but we will have another warming spell. I hope they are RIGHT! When I think of freezing rain I think of the ice storm a dozen years ago. <BR> We had no power for 11 days and we were unable to walk to the garage. We crawled on the driveway so I know it is better to get down than fall down. <BR> I tried to get some ice off the steps so the dogs could go out but they were raised in a warmer climate and so they have to acclimate once again. So far they only go down one step and come back inside. I put salt down and that was not about o melt. I am hoping we ... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 23:03:34 EST Snow and freezing rain. Maine is back to normal. I awoke at 3.00.a.m. feeling very off so my first impulse was to check my blood sugar. 73 nothing bad but significance. I drank some warm milk and went to bed. I NEVER DRINK ANYTHING COLD I was raised that way and if I have a cold drink I sill shiver and shudder so I avoid it. <BR> <BR> At 3a.m. there was no snow but at 7.00 am the snow was coming down. It made it feel it was right. Maine in Green was just not right so I felt better. The dogs came flying up stairs so I opened the atrium door... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 23:13:23 EST So sorry to be missing. I am under the weather. Sorry no blog. I was not well yesterday but drove a long way to see a Spark friend with our Grand daughter. On the way there she was car sick. <BR> Now I am home and I am really feeling ill. I am off to bed to try to get better. <BR> <BR> JUST DID TOO MUCH. <BR> <BR> HUGS Pat in Maine. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:13:40 EST BOXING DAY IS MY FAVORITE DAY. I was born and raised in England. We do have some strange days in our calendar. <BR> I was raised in a loving home with my grand mother. I lived with her and my mother worked at a wealthy ladies home she was a skilled seamstress. She altered the ladies dresses and do all the mending. Her sister was a head cook at a Lords home near where we lived. She made up the menus and baked just about all day. <BR> <BR> On Christmas day the servants had to be there all day and in the evening my mother ... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 17:49:53 EST CHRISTMAS Day was quiet and I appreciated the visit with an old friend. Today our son gave me an office chair that has a back down to the seat. I had never seen one but he found it and now I can sit in this chair and put my rice bag in the back and it really helps my back issue. <BR> How thoughtful they were to surprise DH and I. <BR> <BR> Now DH and I can sit together using our computers. We sit back to back so there is no interruptions but we are together. This evening I am in our little office corner and DH is in the living room. I was so busy I was getting ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 21:54:04 EST CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER WAS SUCH A SUCCESS. Our youngest Son and his DIL and Daughter came from Nevada back to Maine. <BR> They live in our basement and they both work. Our granddaughter is a very good student in junior High. <BR> With our son and DlL had to work on Christmas day I was wondering what we could do. We asked them to have CHRISTMAS EVE dinner together. Our DIL had to work today too so our son and I made a feast. I wanted roast Beef my favorite. Son and I did it all and the meal and the company was excellent. Since they bo... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 23:02:36 EST Tonight the computers at the house were not responding. We called and there is a router problem. The computer played up on all of the computers at the house. I thought it was mine but all were connected to the router. <BR> <BR> I was trying to open a Spark mail but it said it was not correct. I tried twice on different computers and so DS came to the rescue and reset the routers. <BR> I know my friends understand why I get nervous every time the computers go down. I just need to login and when I cannot get it right I have a little panic attack . <BR> <BR> Now every time I go to Google... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 22:59:02 EST Maine with no snow. This is the first time we have had no laying snow before Christmas. There are very few Ski areas open in Maine this year. <BR> Only the most Northern slopes are open and the forecast in the rest of Maine is not cold enough to make snow right now.It is just too warm. <BR> <BR> We had rain all day but so far we do not have any water in the basement. I hope it stays that way. It is definitely going to be a warm-- not WHITE Christmas. <BR> That means our eldest son will drive over to Maine and drop off his daughter to stay with DH and I. We have not seen the... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 22:41:39 EST Tonight I am counting down to reach 2,000 log ins I never realized that my 2000 log in will be on the last day of 2015. If it happens I will remember it easily. It was around 1943 that I realized I was getting close to that goal and some days my computer messes up and now I have only 10 days to get there <BR> I had to shoot for something and it helps me to stay with my trackers and my blood sugar since I am type 2 diabetic and Spark helps me to stay in control when I see a spike I have to look at it most of the day. <BR> I am tired after ca... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 22:59:56 EST Senior College Concert was Awesome! After trying three times I am hoping I will not lose this one again. <BR> Today was our last Senior college concert of the year but there are 5 concerts till May. <BR> Today's concert we have been having in a Church. The university is busy with their own music department so we did not have Christmas Concerts at the beginning. <BR> One of our senior college members asked if we could find a Church and our committee would find the musicians and the church will would benefit because after the mus... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 23:49:07 EST Tomorrow will be a very busy day. We will have a big concert and DH and I have to do the refreshments. We have to load totes with food and juices and water. <BR> I wrote this once and it was long so I will describe how our Christmas concert with the Down East Brass will have entertained the large crowd tomorrow.. <BR> <BR> As soon as I hit control to save my blog the blog disappeared and a recipe showed up instead. So cutting and pasting did not happen. This is with the NEW mouse so it has to be the computer. Next week I ho... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 22:30:34 EST Today has been a better day. We both got on the Gazelle for exercise. DH was not really up to it but he did do 30 minutes. <BR> I had to go to the store for his new medication. I was at the Pharmacy counter and asked about the psoriasis medication. It is a foam and he had been prescribed for his face and scalp. The dermatologist said it was very good so I was picking it up. The Dr. gave him a sample and DH was able to feel comfortable in 2 days. If he goes out in sunlight he has a hard time because his skin just flakes off. It gets in his eyes and on his eyegl... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 23:18:28 EST Hi there once again too lae to blog. I did try but some weird stuff came up and the next thing there were program's being put on the computer. <BR> We thought we had it but it was a lot of cartoons. It took me to get rid of it. I uninstalled a lot of garbage. Good night will try again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Thanks Pat in Maine. Thu, 17 Dec 2015 23:36:59 EST The Christmas concert-it went well and she was HAPPY. MUSIC is JOY if you love it. Our Grand daughter came to Maine from Las Vegas where she was home schooled. <BR> When she arrived she was in 6th grade and it was difficult and in a few weeks and a few friends she found her feet and ran. She loves to learn and that has been key so far. <BR> <em>335</em> <em>339</em> <BR> She was playing piano but lessons are very expensive and when the seasons change the piano had to be tuned. I knew it was a bit out of tune but she preferred to quit. She likes music and tried the sa... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 23:01:33 EST Not doing too much today. Just writing Cards for people. DH always did it but it is my turn now. . <BR> I spent my day coughing but not as bad as last night. <BR> <BR> Alas DH has my virus and he is coughing, he cannot use his C-pap machine because it has a full face mask. I slept in the living room hoping he would not get the virus but he did. <BR> Now our grand daughter sounds like she is coming down with it. She loves school and she wants to go to her test tomorrow. ~~~We shall see. <BR> <BR> I am trying to get to bed earlier. That should be the challenge for me <BR> I have 1984 l... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 23:56:21 EST