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 am using my new computer. The screen is bigger and no touch screen. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954191 I think I will be happier with this computer. <BR> I will use my SURFACE when I want to go some place and eventually I will be able to use it as a tablet. I have never been able to fathom the tablet but the Dell was my first computer. <BR> <BR> I thinking I am doing better with it right now. <BR> <BR> Today has been a rainy day again. I wanted to check out my Broccoli and tomatoes but the yard was much too wet. We have clay soil and it is kind of waterproof so the water puddles but it hel... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:21:00 EST Microwave is back.!!!! New Computer is questionable.???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953606 I bought a new computer yesterday but I have had a hard time using it. It is not the computer's fault it is my ignorance about those things. <BR> <BR> I lost most of my streaks but I made certain I still have my log in points. YES!!! <BR> <BR> Today my walking buddies and I went to Peaks Island off the coast of Maine. We walked a lot yesterday before I bought the computer. I had walked over 12,000 steps before DH and I went off to Sam's club to buy a Dell computer. <BR> <BR> It is an 8.1 ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:02:21 EST Sorry I lost my long blog about our weather and the traffic in town. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952427 We had Heavy rains all day long. <BR> <BR> We expect water in the basement sometime tonight. <BR> <BR> I had been to Sam's club and everyone wanted to load their groceries under the canopy. <BR> I saw 2 pickups drive their vehicles in backwards and almost as fast others decided to do it that way. <BR> DH drove to where I was waiting for him to pick me up. I got in to the car and as we drove by the cars and trucks they were driving out of the sides of the canopy. <BR> <BR> There was a... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:06:48 EST Our door bell rang at 11:15 PM-What a scare!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952022 I was just starting a blog and the door bell rang. Everyone was in bed. <BR> I was really scared. It rang for a long time.I went to see if DH had heard and he had and he told me not to open the door. <BR> <BR> We stayed in the living room waiting till it might ring again. It did not ring again. <BR> <BR> There have been some kids taking things like solar lights and my neighbors gazing ball. She lost one a while ago and was determined not to buy another one. Her son replaced it. <BR> <BR> T... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:43:41 EST Cleaning the Pool after the rain and wind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951539 We had so much rain this week. I did not go out to vacuum the pool. We have Pine trees in the yard and with the heavy gusts the seed pods on the trees are just falling like rain. Every gust of wind blows them in to the water. Then they are waterlogged so the seed pods accumulate at the deep end. I had to vacuum the pool because our son likes to take a dip after working all day. The deep end is the hardest for me to do because the long pole with the long hose behind it gets heavy against the... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:50:12 EST What will I do with NO MICROWAVE !!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950972 I love the microwave oven. <BR> I can honestly say I can make meals in it and we all like the final finish. <BR> <BR> Today we had to go to the lab for DH Blood work. While I was there I asked if my orders were in. Needless to say they were not there. I called and reminded them my A1c for diabetes type 2 and Lipid profile for triglycerides should have been sent to the lab 2 weeks ago. I have to keep on top of them. DH are always there but very often mine are not so I check before I fast. <B... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:21:08 EST My yesterday blog when the site went down. Spark Friends are great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950337 We left our house in Augusta Maine to go Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor it was raining and fog everywhere. <BR> <BR> We went to Camden Maine and we walked around the harbor and we all had umbrellas. The men went looking in stores and we went for a quick walk ahead. <BR> <BR> The guys were strolling along and we were Standing waiting. Those two men hit it off and my Spark Friend and I just talked about all kinds of things. <BR> She encouraged me to stay with Spark when I discovered I h... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:31:53 EST We had a great time at the gardens. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949467 We went to the Botanical gardens and the rain stopped and eventually the sun came out and so did the people. The Men just wanted to walk around but my Spark friend and I did a fast walk so we could catch up with them. <BR> We walked a good 6,000 steps up the steep slope and we found the DH's sitting in the Rose garden. <BR> We went in to the cafeteria and had a really good lunch since everything was fresh <BR> After lunch we walked around the children's area and looked at the flower gardens... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:14:41 EST MINUTES away from midnight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948895 I am having a great treat having to show a Canadian Spark friend and her DH our Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. It rained very heavy and I hope the blooms are not oo badly damaged. <BR> I love to take any friends who come to visit to show it off. <BR> Tomorrow we will take umbrellas and I know we will have a great time because one August another spark friend and I walked the gardens with our umbrellas and our DH walked in the rain then found shelter and sat and chatted together. <BR> We ar... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:48:42 EST My Spark friend is making very good time. They are about 4 hours away. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948356 I have been doing a lot of housework and other things. I am very tired we expected them late afternoon but they Will be here tomorrow. <BR> <BR> That gives us more time. I am going to bed because I want to be ready to show them Maine. <BR> I am so excited . We have met but we only had an afternoon and dinner. I am hoping they will stay for 2 nights or even three, I am so looking forward to them being here early. GOODNIGHT Pat Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:51:07 EST Hi! I am back once again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947979 Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind. DH had a really red eye and I was very concerned when someone else asked what happened to your eye, I knew I was not imagining it myself. <BR> <BR> I called the eye Dr. on Wednesday and asked for an appointment for DH. The answer was next week. I said he has an infected eye or something and the Dr who gave him new drops was on vacation. I said it may be an allergic reaction but the redness is all on his face near the eye too. I asked for his Primary retina... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:17:41 EST Thanks for the water tricks. I am doing my best. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946927 Today was a good day. Mostly cleaning the house and the garage. <BR> As soon as I got up and did my Fasting blood sugar I went to the tap and sipped some water it was not cold but too cold for me. <BR> <BR> I tried the tea kettle from yesterday so it was room temperature. I made a cup of tea and I sipped water then tea. I have done this almost all day. <BR> <BR> I will be doing this for a while to see how drinking water will help my leg cramps. <BR> <BR> I have worked all day I have 8,200... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:34:36 EST Very late tonight but I did have one item of interest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946382 Last n eight I slept for 8 HOURS That is a milestone. My other 8 hours were with getting up and going to the recliner. <BR> I did not believe the clock when I looked at it, tonight I will not do it I have been busy so I am sparking late, <BR> <BR> NOW I have to try once again to drink just plain water. UGH!!!!! <BR> I usually have tea, or lemon or apple juice just to flavor one quarter cup to 2 cups of hot water. <BR> I never drink anything very cold NEVER ICE ! <BR> Today I have sipped ju... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:23:55 EST I am trying very hard to get back on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945785 Today was a cool day and my walking buddies will all be on vacations of various lengths. <BR> <BR> Today we all walked the Rail trail together and we walked much faster than usual. It seemed like they were all ready to go home and pack. I went home to Flock the pool so it will be really clear water. <BR> <BR> The yard is looking nice but DH and I were looking at the pine tree with a very low branch. The one I have had little bumps on my head but last time I really clobbered my head and dow... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:10:26 EST ELLSWORTH did not happen, I had a choice to make and did the right thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945095 We have been busy these last few weeks. <BR> DH saw his Dr and the Dr decided to change some medications around. <BR> Since then he has been getting Dizzy. The Dr told him to keep a log and call it in on Monday morning . His Dr is not in on Monday but the nurses will check on it. <BR> <BR> We watched TV just one NET-flix show and we are just taking it easy at home. <BR> <BR> I really wanted to go but I know how DH gets weary with the heat and so I decided to leave him in bed and I just us... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 17:37:16 EST Tomorrow we are going to ELLSWORTH to meet Spark friends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944642 There is a race to help the library. I did not get enough information because I thought We could not get there. <BR> Son and DIL are working and GD will be home alone with the dogs computer and piano. <BR> Today I was not going but I have been at home and I ant to see the water. <BR> I know where the fish and chips in this area is great. DH at home I ate fish and chips for many a meal. My mother worked her second job as Fish fryer. <BR> Almost every birthday our sons would ask for Fish and... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 21:49:24 EST School is closing and we have to make plans. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944253 Our Granddaughter is not the same as our fishing and getting dirty in a lake grand child. <BR> She is an avid reader and computer kid. She lived in Las Vegas and saw all kinds of bugs but most of those were in the desert. Easier to see. <BR> We have more bees, and wasps and flies and she is not in the least bit comfortable yet. <BR> I was hoping her cousin might come over for a while but she has a job, I think she is working all summer. <BR> The pool is clean and warming up but swimming alone... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 23:30:47 EST I am happy to have a plan for a Spark friend meet this month. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943738 We met before and we will do it again. <BR> I really get excited when we can talk on the phone, try to use SKYPE. I do not like Facebook so I had to stop trying to talk to family. <BR> This is my way, I am hoping to watch some Sparkers race in Maine for the benefit for their library. <BR> Following week my friends from Canada will come to Maine so I am hoping to entertain my Friend and DH at the Maine coast, <BR> Lighthouses lakes and the Atlantic. I hope we can get a lot of great memories, ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 23:01:22 EST Late for bed again. I am trying to do this water and sleep. I can do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943131 I went to bed early and I awoke even earlier. <BR> <BR> I have had a lot of yard work to do. The Neurologist told me to keep moving and I have. <BR> So far there is not much else to do. <BR> I love to walk and keep moving. DIL wanted to do some exercising. OUR DH is still looking for jobs. Since it was her day off he went to walk and exercise with her. Exercise helps in many ways. I am tired and I am hoping my leg is getting better, HUGS TO all-- Pat in Maine. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:25:24 EST It was a better day, however I have to go to bed by nine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942561 The new Dr had no notes so we talked a while. I told him I rarely sleep a long time. Now he advises me I am not getting enough sleep. He says sleep deprivation causes many of the issues I have, <BR> <BR> I promised to get to 8 hours a night for a month. At least I will have to try. <BR> It is not what I want to do in the evening but he knows I have not lost any more weight despite the amount of effort I put forth. I am able to eat way below my tracker but Spark says I eat too little and s... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 21:08:33 EST Hopefully my left hip and leg is getting better slowly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942039 I thought I was doing great. I was warned it would elevate blood sugar it did but came back in range over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Friday it was doing well when I fell walking the dogs. I hit my head again and I had difficulty getting up. Our neighbor brought a chair so I could pull myself up and sit in the yard to recuperate. <BR> Saturday DH and I went to the Windsor Fairgrounds and we met another Spark Friend from Northern Maine. It was a nice meet, very short but we know one another now. ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 22:30:32 EST The neurologist treated my back. It is feeling better right now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939937 I am hoping when the local has gone, He did say it might take 2 days to feel relief. <BR> <BR> I was advised to have a good nights sleep, I took a pill and It made me sleepless. Only 4 hours on my life trak. <BR> <BR> I was in and out just like yesterday. I know I have the same nerve trapped because the pain I can map out for him. <BR> <BR> He proved me right. As I was giving the locals there was a rush of PINS and NEEDLES like an electric shock (I Had a 210 watts in UK . When I was a ch... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 23:44:38 EST The day was good but the Computer would not work the keyboard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939341 We went to a seminar and I got home to Spark <BR> I did some this morning and when I got back the computer will not add any words. DH loaned me his computer but I am so frazzled over this I was ready to throw it in the pool. <BR> Tomorrow we are going to Portland for my injection in my back. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to feel OK and if I do we will look for a new computer for me. <BR> I am way too old for this stuff and I get really upset with myself being so inept. <BR> <BR> I am using DH wi... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 23:31:01 EST We are amazed the pool is open and we did it OURSELVES. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938786 The good news is we had so much RAIN. <BR> it topped up the pool. <BR> On the other hand it was less than 60 degrees in the house so we needed the heat on. <BR> <BR> Tonight our son switched it on and I hit it with a gallon of bleach. Tomorrow if I can I will vacuum it and see how much I can do. <BR> <BR> Our son has found a part time job and that is good news. <BR> I had hoped he would go back to UNIVERSITY but he feels he is too old to do that and he NEEDS to work. <BR> I have had a lo... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 23:48:06 EST It was a good day all in all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938187 DH Drove me to Portland in pouring rain and fog. <BR> We went in right on time. <BR> I just finished the Questionnaire and I was called in. <BR> They asked if I am Claustrophobic my answer is yes. I have my own way with MRI's. I have to be very comfortable so I got there. They asked if I wanted Music, I said Yes Please. <BR> They put the ear plugs in Turned it on and I yelled, and my eyes watered. I have Hypersensitive Hearing so I decided no on the raucous music. <BR> <BR> I asked for the ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 23:51:08 EST Tomorrow I will be in Portland. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937511 I doubt I will be able to do much with Spark. <BR> I am hoping o be home to meet granddaughter after school. <BR> <BR> My MRI is @ 8:30 am and my results will be 11:30 am <BR> <BR> Thanks Pat in Maine. Sun, 31 May 2015 22:06:40 EST A great day, a FABULOUS day but too late again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937033 We did open the pool. It was discussed and we decided we would do it all ourselves. <BR> It is an ingrown pool 18 by 36 feet. We alerts have to take out water to under the skimmer so the ice can do lots of damage. <BR> We have had it in there for 40 years and we were expecting it would have problems -so far -so good. <BR> It too 9 hours to add the water to the right level. As the water was running DH got out everything that he had to put back on to the filter, the hoses and everything that mi... Sat, 30 May 2015 23:51:57 EST Best laid plans of mice and men have goneastray. (And women) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936506 The usual, out in to the yard to look under the pool cover. It was clear water. <BR> Our son had been out looking for applications. I asked him about the pool. He and his family would like it to be open but he is looking for a job and he hope it will be soon. It will of course be hard because hey have had a lot of time together and the shifts will be a problem. <BR> They are still cooking and now our son is doing a lot of his Dad's chores. Life goes on and still it is just a family matter. I... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:49:49 EST Another long day but it is all behind me. GETTING IT DONE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935457 Before I went to DH eye Dr. Appointment I went out to my locker garden and I added another 2 Tomato plants. I usually get EARLY GIRL and BETTER BOY. <BR> Our garden time is very short and for us that variety is good for our short summers. <BR> I had to put in a soaker hose and then the Potting soil and just as I had finished DH came out to say we should be on our way. <BR> <BR> We went up there to the eye DR. and it was another 2 hours till it was over. <BR> <BR> I have found a store that ... Wed, 27 May 2015 23:39:20 EST My MRI is cancelled, so still waiting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934860 They scheduled with out the Dr. being there for the results so he could inject . It was his plan not mine. <BR> The MRI was scheduled after the Dr. was finished for the day. They said I should have another appointment. I told them the Dr, set it up that way. <BR> I could stay in our city and drive down later.He said that it should be done right after so he asked for my appointment to be back to back. <BR> This evening they called from X-ray and I explained there were two calls to verify the... Tue, 26 May 2015 23:29:40 EST We had a really nice time this weekend. It went by too fast but it was great. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934267 I am struggling on DH computer. t appears the surface2 had never had any updates. I tried recovery and nothing in recovery. It said the date was the date it was to be when we had already ordered it. <BR> Now I am trying hard with DH Lap top DEll Vista. <BR> This week it is my mission to get a new WINDOWS 7 find another. I need to find a place where I can just keep going back to the store till it is right. <BR> <BR> It has been two years trying to understand it and I am giving up. <BR> <BR... Mon, 25 May 2015 23:15:45 EST A short weekend of family togetherness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933728 Instead of just chatting about everything I wanted to have some conversation about the family, <BR> The granddaughters had a good time. Our youngest son took them to a movie at the Regal cinema where his wife works so they get in for free. <BR> While they were away I and our eldest son went to DENNY's restaurant and our waiter did not put in the order. We were there for breakfast and because of the glitch we stayed there talking over 2 hours. <BR> <BR> Talking about his apartment in which ... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:51:58 EST I have the photos but Spark and SURFACE will n ot get to them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933182 I did a lot of yard work. Our son in Plattsburgh is driving his daughter here so the cousins could meet again. They are not here yet, It is a long way through the mountains. <BR> I called this morning and he was ready to come. Our grandson is working so Grammy misses him but great he is employed at 17. I hope he will be able to keep up with the work, his dad did so I am hoping he will be a saver. <BR> <BR> I have the photos and surface is all messed up now it keeps saying "TOO LONG SCRIPT" o... Sat, 23 May 2015 20:41:51 EST Taking photos but not seeing too well to post. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932217 Today I had to change one of my shoes. One eyelet was loose and it came out. They exchanged the Men's variation of my shoes, even exchange. <BR> 40 miles and on the way back I had my eye appointment. I had talked to another eye Dr. earlier in the year. Today she was thorough and she told me the glasses I was wearing were tri-focals. <BR> <BR> DH always comes with me and NO-ONE else told me there were three levels in my glasses.. <BR> I was over dilated and so I could not see and I had a har... Thu, 21 May 2015 21:23:35 EST We had an EXCELLENT gardener for the day-Our son. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931614 This week he has been helping me in the yard when I needed to pick up heavy garbage cans we use to take to the dump. We use the heavy duty bags and so they are filled to the top. <BR> <BR> He was busy picking up their basement rooms. His wife is working so till now he has been taking care of the domestic front. She found a job and she loves it, he is still interviewing. <BR> <BR> I raked and I planted and every time I needed help I go it. <BR> <BR> I wanted to have my bushes topped and the... Wed, 20 May 2015 20:52:20 EST A nice day out. I insisted DH would look at the ocean. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930437 My appointment was short. My Dr. just came back from vacation. I took some old X-rays with me and he said he was certain it was not Neuropathy--big relief there. <BR> He examined my back and he wants to verify his diagnosis with an MRI. Since this was his first day back he needed to find an appointment and the MRI together. As soon as I have that appointment he will talk it over right afterwards and if there is anything to do more, it will be done that day. <BR> I am impatient but after 10 ye... Mon, 18 May 2015 22:02:09 EST Senior college Concerts are over. I like the next three months for myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929882 I love doing it but Summer is short in Maine so I am hoping to get out for some sightseeing. <BR> I am planning a few meets with some of my Spark friends. I open it happens. <BR> <BR> I have the yard looking better and I keep trying to do some photos. I put them in to DH lap top and then I send them to my computer so it is a bit complicated . <BR> <BR> Today's concert was Klezmer music and a bit of Yiddish too. It was a very warm day but we still had a good audience. <BR> Some people dan... Sun, 17 May 2015 23:23:34 EST Very little time to blog tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929361 Today was a busy day in the yard again. <BR> <BR> I planted my pansies. <BR> I added a border at the back driveway and it came out nice, well much nicer than it was. <BR> <BR> Our yard was never landscaped we never thought about all those things 40 years ago, <BR> <BR> We did put in a pool and now it is not being used. We are trying to decide what to do now. <BR> <BR> I want to buy some live fish and watch them till winter. THEN what III <BR> <BR> We cannot get big trucks in there s... Sat, 16 May 2015 23:25:52 EST I am so happy with new shoes again. DH was not well so I went on my own. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928877 I did not want to go but DH was not feeling good at all. He was given a new RX and he is not taking it well at least his stomach is. These things seem to always happen at the weekend so since our son was at home they both encouraged me to go alone to get my shoes. <BR> <BR> I drove up and there they were under the counter three boxes with my name on. <BR> I went to the counter, I tried a pair on and they were just perfect. They always encourage us to walk in the store as long as you like. T... Fri, 15 May 2015 23:06:54 EST DH and I did almost 200 miles, I never anticipated that. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928319 My appointment was early 9:15 a.m. so we were on the road early since it is commuter traffic at that time in the biggest city in Maine. <BR> <BR> This Dr. is my foot Dr. in Portland Maine. I have had way too many instances of pain and pins and needles in my feet, on Monday I hope to get an E.M.G. I need to know if this is coming from my Hemi-laminectomies a few years ago in my lumbar spine my lower back or my Type 2 diabetes it could be diabetic Neuropathy. <BR> <BR> We still have no clu... Thu, 14 May 2015 22:07:38 EST DH and I took most of the day off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927772 My throat is still; sore so I am hoarse now for three weeks. <BR> I wanted to walk the rail trail but the rain was heavy and I did not want toy walk inside. I stayed home. When the rain stopped I went out to dig up the dandelions . I like to get the whole root. It takes time to get to them. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have done a lot of working in the yard so I wanted to go somewhere. <BR> <BR> DH suggested an afternoon matinee. It is a documentary about a pianist who gave up his performances he ... Wed, 13 May 2015 23:16:01 EST Today was another day in the yard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927240 We have most of it done. I do most of the work I love doing it. <BR> Our son is still un-employed so he makes all the meals for his family. <BR> We do not eat anything hot-never did. Our son has been cooking South west and hot sauce whereas I only eat and cook for people who visit with us. I do love to cook. <BR> <BR> The yard is looking good. We had to replace rotted landscape timbers. I dug them out and made the trench and then our son helped me to set it in the original place. He is happ... Wed, 13 May 2015 00:01:37 EST Trying to get to the photos of my amazing shoe box. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925946 My closet was full of shoes on the floor. <BR> We have a lot of clutter in the room. things we will not give away but with our family living with us we have to find some alternative spaces. <BR> <BR> I had a sewing room on the main street and I did alterations. I bought a very large three way mirror. I wanted it a foot higher so our eldest son made me a box. He was a senior and so it was precious to me. <BR> <BR> After 25 years in our room we needed space so I took it to the basement. <BR>... Sun, 10 May 2015 19:35:00 EST I had agreat day in the yard, There is a lot of progress. Woo Hoo!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925101 I began raking at 8.00am. I am glad I did it was a very nice time of day. I might do it again. <BR> after noon DH and I finished my shoe box, <BR> <BR> I had a massive baking spree so there are some home-meter goodies in the freezer. <BR> <BR> <BR> OOPS!! Midnight Too late again HUGS Pat in Augusta Maine. <BR> <BR> Catch later. <BR> Sat, 9 May 2015 00:01:54 EST 6 computers in the house and NONE was working well. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924525 I could not get anywhere with Spark today. <BR> I was so frustrated I asked DH if he would help me finish my shoe box. It is made. We bought handles for each end since it s heavy. <BR> <BR> DH has our vision close up so we did it together with him doing the bulk of the wok. I measured and marked all the wood. He cut the pieces and he was having a good time. I am glad I decided toy get off the computer. <BR> When DGD came in her computer was not moving fast. I tried my Spark Log -in and it w... Thu, 7 May 2015 22:46:40 EST Our last Lecture for the University Senior College lecture series. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923388 We had a great lecture series from our own university. <BR> University of Maine in Augusta. <BR> <BR> We have sent students to HAITI from our university and those students are trying to help with starving children, very sick children and children whose parents died in the earthquake. <BR> <BR> We were surprised how these young students from Maine have given help for a year to one of the places where Children are in desperate need. This started this in 2011 and so far they have been funded ... Tue, 5 May 2015 23:48:02 EST I added a bit more rug to my kitchen floor and I love it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922733 The living room floor has a triangular area of rug coming in to the kitchen. I liked it but it seemed odd. I decided I wanted the other side of the kitchen entry way to have the same feature, I could visualize it and I was certain it will be what I want. <BR> <BR> I asked the installer if he would come back and do it. <BR> <BR> He was in the midst of a big project. Friday he called and said he would do it Monday morning. <BR> Thankfully he is a dog lover. We had to put the dogs in to the ... Mon, 4 May 2015 23:02:52 EST Took a Spark Break. !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922088 DH and I went to the Public Theater in LEWISTON Maine. <BR> Friends from Senior College go with us to 4 plays in the season and this was the last one. <BR> <BR> <BR> In the summer there are kids productions. <BR> <BR> They have acting camp there and the kids are given auditions and some do become part of the plays that were done in the season. <BR> <BR> Today was a comedy and this one was a full house and it was a really good afternoon of laughter. <BR> Great day!! <BR> We found good ... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:03:20 EST Today was more productive for sure- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921527 I must get to bed I did not slept well yesterday. I was behind for a client I have sewn for so many years I forget. <BR> <BR> I Had sewing to finish for a lady--96 years young. <BR> I had to clean our furnace room to get rid of the fumes that had accumulated in there. <BR> Now it is cleaned again so I could hem her pants. <BR> I finished 4 pairs and drove to the assisted to help her try them on. <BR> I took it to the Big lodge where she decided to live. The workers know me so it is a muc... Sat, 2 May 2015 22:26:21 EST We are finally getting our bedroom just right. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921062 It is just right since there was too much furniture and clutter. As soon as the clutter has gone maybe still going, it has definitely helped my mood. <BR> <BR> I still have too little sleep. I need to catch up. DH and I are now working together. We add some more light so he can see things better and working together helps me to see how he is doing. <BR> He is feeling better in himself with the eye issues. They can never be better but his attitude and mine are finally on a very even keel. <B... Fri, 1 May 2015 23:18:07 EST