NORASPAT's SparkPeople Blog NORASPAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A very long day. It turned out well. EXCEPT for the Minivan. Just about the same as yesterday. DH could not go there he still can not see in short distances. <BR> I had to pack the minivan. I had to back up to the door of the Auditorium and after 71 years' I had a car accident.. <BR> <BR> My Driver side mirror had been moved just a bit. The building has a wall across from the Auditorium. The wall is about 40 inches high. A double brick wall but it was about 40 inches high. <BR> My minivan has tinted black shield. I always look out of the side mirro... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:37:26 EST DH was so restless he insisted he do the dishes. I have been out a lot today but not a nice brisk walk. I had to buy drinks for the concert. <BR> All gallons and my DH usually carries them. There are 16 gallons to carry in tomorrow. I found an old crate when I got home so that will be a help. <BR> <BR> Since the senior college does draw from older people but we do have some children and students from the Music department. <BR> <BR> Our refreshments are across the board. I wince when i put out cookies galore. The grapes were very ripe and... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:27:32 EST I had to call the eye Dr as soon as DH tried to wake up. Today has been a worse day than yesterday. <BR> DH woke up but could not open his eyes it was too painful. <BR> After my call yesterday they told us to do 4 drops so I was worried there was an allergic reaction. <BR> <BR> I called and the receptionist said no openings today we only have one Dr. I am afraid I had to be politely pushy. I asked to speak to our favorite OR assistant. <BR> <BR> I told her it was worse using the drops his eyes are running constantly and he is in pain. <BR> <BR... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:02:01 EST I tried for a couple of hours and this is all I have <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I do believe this is my Neighborhood <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope you get the idea but tomorrow I hope to have a person teach me to do this. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is the usual midnight an I hope there is something there. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:32:53 EST Busy day and great walk. <BR> Hi everyone I had a busy day, in fact busy all week . <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today I had 12610 steps . My walking buddies and I walked 4 miles it usually takes 60 minutes but today we had over 70 degrees and 60 % humidity outside so it was a bit hard going for all of us. <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> We walked 75 minutes instead. We went for coffee and split a single cookie so we all had different flavors but just one cookie. <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:04:56 EST BIRTHDAY-ALL DAY WOO-HOO My Birthday has been a wonderful day but very long day. <BR> Last week I wanted to go to Acadia National Park but on Friday after the Drs. office DH was not feeling well. I pretty much decided to put the notion aside. One of my walking buddies called to ask about DH and in the course of the conversation she said she needed to go to Bar Harbor to winterize her cottage on the ocean. <BR> Our other 2 walking buddies were away for my birthday and they planned to take me to lunch next week. <BR> A... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:23:41 EST I finally got back to my 4 mile walk but I did it slower today. I have accrued 12029 steps today my pedometer says 4.75 for the day. <BR> DH stayed home and I walked with my senior college friends. I walk along the trail and the trees this year are amazing. <BR> <BR> Today was a bit cooler began with a morning 55* and got to low 60*'s. <BR> It was nice to walk and there was no wind so the leaves were just slowly gliding through the air. <BR> <BR> Each small tree in the yards all have a circular blanket at the foot of the trunk. It looks like someone de... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:06:51 EST Today was a long day. DH and I were at the eye Dr, for hours but it was worth it. DH and I wanted to deliver our posters for the Forum of the Future. <BR> It will be about how older people can stay in their homes. They have professionals to talk about what we need to do now before we suddenly have to get the advice when we are already needing some devices and upgrading in our homes. <BR> <BR> Today’s news for DH was the surgery went well. It has made some improvement but not as much as we hoped for. I drove DH to the eye DR. He had lots of tests, many waits and so many ey... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:54:40 EST I raked the pine needles . We like to get them off the grass since it plugs the pool vacuum . My head keeps nodding off. I am definitely needing sleep since my back pain came back. I did my PT and I am off to bed. <BR> DH will know how much vision he will have. We shall see how it has become any clearer or not. <BR> <BR> I did have to rake the pine needles because the pines are next to the pool. Big mistake but they are a great snow stopper especially if it snows very heavy. The make drifts away from the house so it lessens the snow blowing. <BR> <BR> Our son was able to bring t... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:13:54 EST Today was long AND productive and I feel much better.. My back was hurting but it was from the surgery. Undoubtedly the weak link while I did my LANDSCAPING I will call it, just added another layer of pain. <BR> <BR> Usually my acupuncturist does a great job but after my last visit other bothersome things turned up. Nothing to do with the acupuncture more to do to my stress level. <BR> <BR> I was having blurry speech and my legs are strong but the muscles hurt and cramp. I saw rheumatology and I was to go to PT. <BR> <BR> I went to PC and t... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 22:15:34 EST I id a lot of re-arranging in the basement-it went well I have lost my blog twice and if it does not get there have no clue what I am doing wrong. <BR> <BR> SUCH a WASTE of TIME. These ads are really a pain tonight. <BR> <BR> It rained today and so I went to the basement to re-organize my sewing area. <BR> I had a roll around chair on a concrete floor. No way so I have a rubber mat and it really helps. The wheels do not slide across the floor they roll just as they should. That is an improvement. <BR> DH work bench was a mess so I stayed down ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 23:45:12 EST October 6th one week before my birthday my Darling Mother passed. My mother was injured in a works accident. After 64 days in a coma in England she opened her eyes. I live in USA so I and DH went back to see her. <em>535</em> <BR> <BR> It was very obvious she would pass soon. She was never on life support. I adored her but my great anxiety was she would pass on my birthday. <em>44</em> <BR> <BR> She died one week before my Birthday so today was a looking back in sadness. <em>245</em> <BR> <BR> She was an amazing woman in the community and I was ... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 23:02:14 EST SEIZE THIS GLORIOUS DAY! I hope DH enjoys it too. Such a day is this I will not miss. <BR> <BR> I will be back we are going leaf peeping. Going up North the wind and rain are coming to spoil my fun. <BR> <BR> SEIZE THE DAY!! <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> Today is a lovely day. I am going out with DH to see the beauty of Maine in the Autumn. <BR> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> I probably do the gazelle. just might get less than... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:33:42 EST Our weathermen were wrong once again. It was a grey day but heavy rain was forcast. I actually was a nice day. It has begun a gentle rain and I was anxious to water the grass seed where I had to repair the places where our pieces of turn were taken up so the dogs would not mess up any new soil we put down, <BR> <BR> It worked well in the fenced pool area but alas the skunks keep digging for food so now I have put a long piece of fabric over the top. It is like a sheer curtain. I was able to buy a soaker hose at 50% 0ff at the Christmas tree shop and I can water it gently ov... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 23:52:20 EST I did it again I did a really heartfelt blog and alas I let it get lost Now I can only show you photos of my street. <BR> I will do it right tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 3 Oct 2014 23:51:25 EST Lost my writing. I should have done word. Tonight I can do nothing right so I will try again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> HUGS and so many thanks. Pat in Maine. <em>198</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <em>521</em> TOMORROW! Fri, 3 Oct 2014 23:50:13 EST Thanks to all of you. DH has had the cataract removed and he did fine. We go back tomorrow for check up. <BR> DH has Macular degeneration in both eyes. One macular de-generated way too fast. Both eyes are DRY macular de-generation and they can do nothing for them. <BR> <BR> Our Eye Dr. said this might help him to have improved vision a bit longer and so we talked about it and DH agreed. <BR> <BR> We are hoping tomorrow will have a good outcome but if not he will be legally blind. He will be able to see with good peripheral vision but driving will be out of t... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:30:32 EST Not doing so good, I need sleep. I had to drive back to Portland a piece was missing from DH foot splint. <BR> <BR> We went straight there and back. <BR> <BR> I have had a headache all day so I took a nap, very rarely do I do that, <BR> I had some medication but I am way too sleepy I will not use it tomorrow I have to drive DH home after surgery. <BR> I am off to bed and I will catch up with you all again later. <BR> <BR> Not much son,\. Did more photos and many more e-mails. Sorry I am falling behind. Too much going o... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:27:01 EST Some days are just like this.! The plumber came and said an easy fix. I was going to cancel my rheumatology appointment but hearing an easy fix was music to my ears <BR> I was sure I could snake it myself. <BR> DH said go let the plumber do it. That was 9.30 am. I got home at 4pm to see the truck still there. He was just finishing up. He had nothing to eat so I made him a sandwich and we ran all the faucets. Then he called and the bill was $750.00 <BR> I too am not feeling great . <BR> <BR> I went on my own. DH mostly... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:47:54 EST The basement flooded from the garbage diposal. I have been cleaning the basement floor. <BR> <BR> I started a blog and I had to leave it. <BR> As soon as I was ready to continue it went away. <BR> <BR> I saw it with the photos and then it was nowhere to be found. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to WEEP <BR> <BR> but a better idea is SLEEP instead. Pat in Maine <BR> <BR> <img src="">. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:53:13 EST I tried and after 4 tries I stopped writing just showed you it. I learned a lot! I have tried a number of times and I am losing the blog and trying for the photos. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The photo is a burning Bush in our back yard. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> These are all pine trees.(White Pine Maine's State TREE) Many people think pines are evergreens and they do not drop. BELIEVE me they drop. The sun caught the old tassels and thy look like gold. <B... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:13:41 EST Editing pictures took a long time. It is after midnight I will do it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Pictures of early turning trees in the fall Pat in Maine. <BR> <BR> TOMORROW! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:04:47 EST We had a really nice day with Grand daughter. Wedding Anniversary for our son and DIL. Since they are living with us it was our son's idea to go to a local B and B that is very upscale. The food is amazing . Our granddaughter was with us after school. <BR> DH and I did more furniture moving and now we have it RIGHT. <BR> <BR> After school we took our GD to see some of the trees. Since she lived in Nevada there were not nearly as many as there are in Maine. <BR> <BR> We drove to just before sunset and the low sun on the trees made the... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:47:10 EST Today with help from DH, our son and myself re-arranged our cluttered bedroom Our family moved in for a short while but the stay is extended. They are living in our basement where i had the run of the space. <BR> For a while longer that space is off limits. It is working very well. It is their 15th wedding anniversary and they have booked a place to stay so our grand daughter will be having a good time on Friday night. That will be a treat for me too. <BR> <BR> Today the furniture has been moved to the way I wanted it. When it was delivered the guys were not heavy w... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:40:11 EST Early to bed tonight. Today was social. I am making the refreshments for the senior college concerts for the season. There is a certain box of cookies that many people go crazy over. <BR> We bought 12 boxes of Belgium Chocolate cookies, they are our best snack. Now I am pushing for crackers and cheese and grapes if they are not too high. I can mix them up for variety. We will buy local Apple cider just because it is fall.. I wish it could be hot cider, that is my favorite way to drink it. <BR> First concert is usu... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:07:42 EST Not much Sparking done today. Dr. Appointment South and North. Last Friday DH had a podiatrist appointment in Portland Maine 6o miles away from Augusta where we live. On our way back I suggested to DH he should have his replaced hip checked out to see if the foot problem comes from the hip and gives him pain in his hip. em>465</em> <BR> <BR> We went to their office and we had an appointment Tuesday at 9.15 am so we were up early-at least DH was, I am always up early. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I was almost finished my project and I wanted to have some ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:40:30 EST Hoping to get this done. STRUGGLING for certain !!! I am struggling to get the photos for you. It is very hard where there are NO WORDS just pictures in my SURFACE 8.1 <BR> <BR> I am hoping to show you the ALMOST finished yard. Then we can talk about other things instead. <BR> <BR> I hope they are in sequence we shall see. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This should remind you where I was up to. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are my... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:36:52 EST It rained just when I wanted it to. I was delighted to hear very heavy rain. <BR> This morning it was warm and foggy. <BR> I started to write about the lecture we went to but alas I am falling asleep at the computer. I will love you and leave you and hopefully get my thoughts together. <BR> <BR> If the sun shines and it is expected to be a nice day I will take a few pictures. <BR> I do have my computer class in the morning but after that I can get it done. Pat in Maine. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <em>304</em> <BR> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:01:29 EST Early to bed after another long day. I love it but my body does not. I am almost finished in the back yard. I like the way it looks. It is not surrounded by flowers. We like to keep the bees in the rest of the yard it is full of clover. <BR> <BR> I do not like weed and feed all my neighbors do but I think if they have to flag with a skull and crossbones why do our neighbors do not notice. <BR> <BR> I took a lot of pieces of turf from the clover area. The dogs were having sand baths so to get the sand covered I dug up the established grass and put it down in... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:27:15 EST Today was another good day. The weather was cooperating. Last nights frost did not happen and so I have another few tomatoes will ripen. <BR> <BR> DH had 2 classes today I had one. I had the afternoon to myself and the dogs and I was able o dig up turf from the back yard and I have put it in the pool area. It is looking nice. <BR> <BR> I cannot struggle with the pavers. I would have loved to use a level but just lifting them up on one side has done a number on my fingers. I had to swallow my perfectionist pride. I h... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:26:40 EST Today I met another Maine Spark Friend. DH and I drove to Farmington Maine. The fair is in town and I was told a Sparker would be selling baskets there. <em>465</em> <BR> We drove up, I FOUND HER BOOTH. <em>244</em> <BR> Her products are so made. The baskets are awesome. Nice and symmetrical and v ery sturdy. Lovely cane Christmas bells. Thanks for the heads up you would be there. <BR> Now we know one another there will be other meetings. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Driving home the sky was blue and you could see forever... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:13:13 EST Almost getting things under control. I called yesterday for the Podiatrist to see DH. I was given an appointment today. <BR> <BR> Of course I had plans for today. <BR> <BR> I walked with my walking buddies and we walked 4 miles. We had coffee at our coffee bakery. I took one friend home, her Dh was not feeling like walking so I offered to take her home after the walk., <BR> <BR> I went home and DH said we had to call the pool guy. The pool was very low -too low to circulate. I thought about it and I primed the Pump, I put a ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:48:50 EST I AM LOVING MY COMPUTER CLASS.!!! Woo Hoo I think this is the kindergarten of computers and it is absolutely great. <BR> <BR> If kids did not go to Kindergarten they would struggle to get a decent education. <BR> <BR> It seems like once we are older there is no priority to teach seniors the basics, <BR> I have been struggling with Files and wondering about the little icons that have ho name, no directions to teach us and alas we just fell through the cracks unless you were able to go from typewriter and familiar with office work, ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:21:53 EST I REWARDED MYSELF and OTHERS !!! I was up early this morning, I was thinking I would make Brussels Sprouts today for our leafy greens with BACON. That is the way we like them. <em>487</em> <BR> <BR> Up until last week I have bought the ready cooked bacon. Last week it went up in price and so I looked at the bacon in the cooler case and took it home. <BR> <BR> I kind of knew when I opened it I had made a mistake. Reluctantly I put it in the pan and watched the fat ooze out of it. The spatters were awful and I thought of... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:04:23 EST Good Day today the weather cooperated for me. I have no more pavers. I have even use up some rough or broken rough edges . <BR> It will see us through and the winter patio we have to Snow blow through the back yard fence. <BR> Today it had dropped much lower, I hope the tomatoes are not too cold. <BR> My hands are tired and I am putting on my Wrist splints <BR> <BR> Off to my Bed HUGS Pat in Maine. <em>102</em> <em>381</em> <em>304</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:21:23 EST I finally can do some sewing and that will keep me busy. It has been months that my sewing machines were all pushed in with our family's belongings. I wanted us all to enjoy the summer but now it is fall I want everything ready for fall and winter. I know I will be doing a lot of snow blowing , I always work with DH. We call it playing in the snow. <BR> <BR> I went to my senior college course "FINANCIAL WORKSHOP" It is a very small group so we asked all kinds of basic questions. No Whiz kids in our group but it is a good place to start with all o... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:16:49 EST Thursday it rained. I thought I would just vegetate but it was too boring. I had a call from a dear friend she is well in to her nineties and she and I go back almost 50 years. I have sewn for her for a very long time. She was over 5'8" and now she is as lovely as ever but she is shorter than I am . Her clothes and her colors are chosen with care. She orders by catalogs and I go over to her and she tries everything on and I help her to send some back. This does take a long time but I do enjoy her company. <BR> DH and I have few senior friends, but I do have senior ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:36:09 EST I have to back track on food. I like to eat right but it just occurred to me that there are a a large number of older seniors who come to our concerts. The concerts are classical, country, folk, chorus and even some one man or woman acting. It is great to see such big crowds. Our performance this October will be a full house. <BR> <BR> Our tickets are $10 adults --under 12 free ----12 to 18 $5.00 and UMA students are given passes. The music students like to come. <BR> I am thinking that Carrots are difficult to chew for... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:56:09 EST Today was great. Weather cooperated --- so I have almost done those pavers on the play side of the pool. I have reset 60 today. <BR> It has been a busy day. I went out to pick up some prescriptions and I saw some "Mum's" falls flower for me. They were very inexpensive at our local Walmart so I have 2 burgundy and 2 yellow. they cheer me on while I am working the yard. <BR> <BR> I am so glad the I was advised to use Pea Pebbles, the pavers bed in better and they move in to place with a little less time. I am beginning to put it all... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 23:21:28 EST Monday brings on MEETINGS. September so Senior college is now in session. <BR> It is my job to take over the refreshments for the concerts we put on. <BR> A number of seniors come to our concerts and they like the refreshments. <BR> Everyone wants chocolate cookies but I will buy some but not 4 cans at a time. <BR> I am hoping to go back to my original suggestion we should put out some healthy snacks. <BR> I like to go to the concert, we always pay for our tickets so I set up at the beginning. As people come in they ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 22:39:15 EST Hi everyone ! I was so happy to sere m y photos on my page. Today I have started the large area. The weather is still cooperating. <BR> <BR> After I was worn out DH and I took out DIL and DGD out to dinner and it was a nice time together. <BR> <BR> Hence no time to blog about anything else. Thanks Pat in Maine. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 23:02:53 EST I hope you can see my pictures tonight. Camera is not cooperating-My fault . Today I did more but it is still not done. I actually have been at it most of the day. 8.15 started went in at 11 and did even more this afternoon. It is slow because these pavers are very heavy. I am doing it all alone. ---MY CHOICE!!! <BR> Now to try to get pictures!!! <BR> <BR> This is the old pathway to the filter. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These will show the new one at the end I hope. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:03:46 EST I have the picture but not the time. I have been in the yard since8am I decided it was looking so good I wanted to do more so I have bought some pink bricks for the pathway to the filter. DH was supposed to take photos, 4 pics no heads. So I will post pics tomorrow am really tired but happy with my single handed patio project. Pat Fri, 5 Sep 2014 23:37:45 EST OH NO I LOST MY BLOG I had oped it came back but it did not come up on SEND!@!@! <BR> <BR> <BR> SORRY!!! Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:31:28 EST Our weather is like summer. I am making the most of it. Today I added a few more pavers and then DH and I delivered posters for the concert series at our Senior College. We drtive 50 miles to pin up posters for each concert. WSe are just starting classes and one of my classes is a class on using files in windows 7. <BR> I loved and felt good with 7 but the lap top failed. <BR> I might try to have it repaired. <BR> The class is all about Files and I have no clue about Files. <BR> Now I might learn something. <BR> <BR> DH and I actually moved th... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:29:29 EST My day was full, I got a lot done. I woke up to a phone call, I had overslept. It was a walking buddy wanting to walk. I hurriedly dressed and went out the door and halfway to the trail I realized I had forgotten to test my blood sugar. I cannot ever remember doing that. <BR> I put it behind me, we did our 4 miles. <BR> <BR> I went home and DH was cutting the grass. I decided it was time to tackle the patio pavers. <BR> After 40 years several have been damaged. I called to price them they were $14.50 and I needed at least ... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 23:49:49 EST Almost midnight. Today was not a Maine day. <BR> I loved it, most everyone else did not. <BR> It was very warm but the humidity actually hit 93 % but it was around 80 degree's and eventually 85 Degrees. <BR> <BR> I actually ended up with a head ache, just from the pressure and I had less energy as I usually have. DH and I are trying to get to doing our winterizing. <BR> I just need to finish the patio. <BR> <BR> I am off to bed. DH likes the room cool but for me it is cold so some times I go to the rec... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:42:54 EST A Whirlwind weekend just came to a close. Our Eldest son came to take home our eldest grand daughter. <BR> I usually have had her here for years since she was 4. She and her older brother, he went home and she stayed. She always wanted to come every summer but this year she had to go to Summer school. I had her just a week. We did have a good time. She and her cousin from Vegas only met once last year and they did get on fine even then. <BR> <BR> Em was still in her stroller so they had no contact till then. <BR> Last year she an... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:41:33 EST Today was very good. Today our youngest son was in bed -- he works nights. <BR> Our DIL was also going to work. <BR> <BR> I called my Spark friend in Maine and asked if I could visit for a while and bring along my Granddaughter. Our eldest grand daughter wants to be an artist as good as my Spark friend CHAIRUL. <BR> <BR> Our youngest Granddaughter was doing homework and I asked her if she would like to come with us to Oxford. I asked her sleeping father and he said yes so we went. <BR> <BR> Our Nevada Granddau... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:21:49 EST Our Son made it in good time. He worked all day and then he drove to our house from upstate New York. He arrived at 10 pm . I had a meal for him and now Father and Daughter are outside in our RV and they have been talking art and school and all kinds of things. It really helps when he and she get time together so I have left them alone. <BR> <BR> We have managed to get him to stay and go home Monday. That gives me some time for a chat . HUGS Pat in Maine. Off to bed late again. But losing a bit of sleep to catch up with... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:51:59 EST