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/ Thanks for the concern. My head egg is feeling smaller. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861921 It is still painful but my concern is my throat. Not my inside throat but it is hard to swallow because of the pain in my neck at the front. It is where men have an Adams Apple. <BR> The Dr suggest heat. If it is no better I will have to go to the ER. <BR> I do not think express care is open on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Thanks a lot, Pat in Maine. <em>304</em> <em>345</em> <em>223</em> <em>252</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:48:55 EST Another bump on my head,I fell on the ice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861232 Today the city crews were moving snow. We live on a tight corner and everyone cuts it, even the plow. I went out and asked if they would move the snow off the street drain so the corner will not flood and freeze. <BR> <BR> They did come back and moved a lot so I went out to finish the job. I got the big drain free and as I walked back to the house up a small incline I slipped on solid ice and the next thing I remember was seeing the sky and I heard a bang on the back of my head. I could not... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:28:46 EST I slept a long night but I had lots of planning. I got through it -I hope. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860629 I actually had 9 hours of sleep way to go. However we have ben late all day. <BR> <BR> The contractor was here right on time. DH was showering because the water had to be switched off. They were pleasantly surprised our son had moved everything yesterday. his day off. <BR> When we got back from another appointment in Waterville. We had been talking to an insurance agent. Now they do not sell insurance but they have DH and I Long term care. I tried a long time to find someone to go over the ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:52:43 EST Off to bed early and tomorrow we are having the stairs rebuilt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859887 This morning I had the same problem with my legs but this time I fell down so everyone came to my rescue. <BR> The rail trail was almost ice free and I really wanted an ice fast walk. DIL and our son walked with DH and I. Our son and I did a fast paced walk and our DIL and DH came slower behind. It was really nice. <BR> Our son had moved everything out of the way so the contractor get started and finished as fast as he can. Heat and electric will be off for a short while but DH and I have app... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:22:14 EST Blood pressure went down and so did I ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859113 I awoke early and took my Blood sugar it was 86-very good but I decided to eat my Raisin bran. I like to be quiet because sleep is hard to get in our house. Everyone seems to have alarms and they set them. DH and I do not use them and when we did it was not raucous noises. We all get too little sleep in this house but schedules are hard because our son works nights and the weekend is Tuesday Wednesday. <BR> I went back to bed and I did fall asleep but not for long I woke up with muscle cram... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:06:08 EST Just a quick blog, we had a 40 degree day and grass is in view. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858327 Foggy morning heralded us a 40 degree day. <BR> Tonight the warmth has gone by but there was so much ice and snow disappeared fast. <BR> <BR> DH and I have decided we must have the steps going downstairs rebuilt. The builder arrived today and we are hoping he can start right away, If you want something done in the winter you will get things done fast. They need work especially in doors. <BR> <BR> I am still not happy with these stairs and they are getting to be a challenge for me. I nee... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:36:21 EST I almost got to 10,000 clearing snow and other things in the yard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857499 Just maybe I will be there but need to get on. <BR> I looked out of the kitchen window and it looked like a snow storm sky it was about 25 degrees so I decided to go outdoors and clean up after the dogs. <BR> It took a long time but I got it cleaned up. <BR> I decided to make a place for them to stay in. I made the snow bank vertical so neither dog can get over it. That way I will have an easier time "poop scooping". <BR> I chipped the ice and got right down to the patio. I used my very big... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:47:14 EST Today was very cold so I went back to bed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856794 I RARELY go back to bed. I most often wake up with a headache and if it happens I just go for a walk outside. <BR> Today was cold and so was I so DH suggested the electric blanket. It was great to be in a nice WARM ---VERY WARM bed. I got up at noon and I kept thinking I was foolish because I was so behind. Eventually I decided it was better to get more sleep, that was what the acupuncturist said but I never thought about naps. That was a 4 hour nap after breakfast. <BR> <BR> Monday I will... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:59:57 EST It is Friday not Thursday, where did Thursday go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856072 My biggest surprise was the speed my body responded to the Acupuncture I had on Tuesday. 2 years ago it was just the same, almost instant relief and I am convinced it can help. <BR> It was my first visit I was reluctant to go for it because it is not covered by insurance. I had heard a lot about this particular Medical Doctor who is an excellent physician. I was told about him by another Dr. who could not diagnose the source of my pinched nerve in my back. I had so many tests and nothing conc... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 21:48:01 EST I promised myself to be in bed by 10pm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854681 I broke that promise but I will be going there now. <BR> My car needed to go to the garage for check engine and noisy running. <BR> That was right after Acupuncture we took it in. DH picked up his truck and followed me to garage. <BR> I wanted to buy some groceries so I left DH at the garage. When I went home with groceries his truck was not in the garage. I was not happy so I went to open the door to carry in and there was no truck. <BR> <BR> HIS truck would not start right after I left. T... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:59:12 EST Monday it snowed almost all day. I needed an appointment with my Acupuncturist. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853912 When I awoke Monday morning I saw very fine snow falling. An hour later I looked out and it was really coming down. They said it should be done by noon. We had a lunch and then DH went out to blow the snow I scraped the driveways down to the tar. Then I discovered a paving stone heaved even higher so we went round to the front of the house through the other gate, DH was able to open it wide so we are still in the business of doing our own snow removal. <BR> Monday was putting away the Concert... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 23:17:00 EST Sunday Senior College concert was almost a sell out. Despite the cold. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853013 Yesterday- Sunday was a really busy day for me. I overslept because I sparked till after midnight. I was up at 8.30am and had a good breakfast. When it got really cold I took the drinks, water, cranberry and apple cider in to the house. <BR> Sunday morning was cold so I set the Bottles on the deck so they could chill. <BR> I have to go 2 hours before the concert begins and I have to carry 4 totes with platters and water jugs and a whole lot more. I serve Sugar free cookies and water on the ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 21:01:00 EST SENIOR COLLEGE TOMORROW,Don Roy Ensemble and company. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851301 This is usually a sell out. There are lots of French Canadians in Maine and Don Roy is one of the finest FIDDLERS around. Here is what the program says.. <BR> <BR> ((The "Concerts at Jewett" Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will feature the Don Roy Ensemble on Sunday, January 11, 2015, 2PM at UMA Jewett Auditorium. (Snow date: January 25th). The Ensemble includes Don and Cindy Roy, with Jay Young and Larry Burkett. <BR>... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:07:23 EST Just bloggng to say thanks and good night. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850707 I only got 40 minutes of real exercise today. I have spent most of the day weeding out old papers and shredding. It sure does take time to downsize my filing cabinet. <BR> I am also downsizing my printed recipes. If I love them and we eat it fairly often I will take it and put it in a folder. If I tried it and was not impressed it has to go to shreds. <BR> <BR> Rambling again, tonight was another cooking night. Chicken breasts boneless and skinless. I buy these often. There are 6 Huge chicke... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 23:30:55 EST I am ready to get back to alternate exercise. I do love to cook too ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849872 I have to tell you I do LOVE to walk fast. I have a much harder walk if I go slow. I have a leg issue from my back. If I walk slow I walk like a drunken person. I can not walk a straight line. <BR> <BR> I have been walking in place to a video and using the Gazelle almost every day now instead. That is not my preference but I have to burn calories somehow. <BR> <BR> Today I have decided my hand is strong enough to do my resistance bands. I like to follow coach Nicole because her videos ar... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 22:49:24 EST Today I did not walk. I just did not want to walk there. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849088 I needed to buy the refreshments for the Don Roy Concert at University of Maine senior college. <BR> I had a lot to buy mostly gallons of Cider, water and cranberry juice. The cart was very heavy to push over the messy ice and snow. I had to wear my face mask because my face hurts when it is this cold. <BR> <BR> I LOVE MY L.LBEAN Face mask. It is the best <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I walked around Sam's club looking for items that they had moved before Christmas and now those items are some... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 23:34:17 EST Staying indoors, I just do not like it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848147 My Gazelle has become my walker. My walking Buddies like to walk in places like home Depot. They love to walk fast but they also like to shop, even in a hardware place like home depot they stop to look at sinks and faucets. I just want to walk. <BR> I have to go to the university tomorrow and it occurs to me I would rather walk on the campus that way there are stairs to climb and halls to walk when the students are in class. I wonder if there is a place to walk there, I just never thought ab... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 23:20:53 EST BRRRRRRR the whole country seems to be in the freezer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847176 We went to the pharmacy to get DH prescription. I got out of the van and he went to park it. <BR> We got the prescription and both of our print outs for the year to take to the accountant. It was warm in the store as we waited for the print out. As we left the store DH said it was a walk to the car, I had not put on my Face mask and as soon as the wind hit my face it felt like it was totally frozen. I have not had that reaction but I guess when we get older we can easily have thinner skin. <B... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 23:23:59 EST Today was a snow moving day on both driveways. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846200 This morning we had a good layer of snow, we like to get out to it because the hot top will help if the snow layer is moved when the sun shines and it was at first. <BR> DH went out first but I like to be outside with him. I let him get ahead of me so I can go out after him and use my snow scoop to remove as much of the snow that is left. That way it will melt and sometimes the hot top actually dries it. <BR> <BR> Our very big driveway goes from West to East so in the morning the sun shines ... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:04:24 EST Today I found my PEP again, life is like a Yo-Yo these days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845209 I had a good day today. <BR> <BR> This morning I slept late as did everyone else in the house including the dogs. <BR> Our son came upstairs and asked if he could take the recliner DH used to use to his rooms downstairs. <BR> We were glad he could use it. DH is very happy with the new one and I sure got a bargain. It is a rocker and he sits and rocks in it. I have my recliner and I sometimes just rock and it really helps my back. <BR> Our son was measuring it and he felt the chair would n... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:57:30 EST Not enough time to Blog tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844357 I think everyone had so much fun over New Year it seems everyone is stressed out <BR> <BR> . DIL has hurt her shoulders with huge crowds at the cinema she works the box office. Computer shoulders are so tight you can feel the knots. <BR> <BR> Our son is hoping he has a different job very soon or he has to start looking again, the long drive in bad conditions is a strain and worry for all of us, <BR> Grand daughter is worrying about school and cannot sleep tonight. Mother is sleeping and he... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 23:52:34 EST NEW YEARS DAY with Friends and family. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843417 DH and I were determined to watch a movie. <BR> We had just sat down and there were voices in the basement. <BR> Friends were visiting DS and DIL. Their friend came upstairs and plugged in a Crock pot of Beef Stew. <BR> It was full to the top and he thought we should have dumplings. I knew there was so much in the pot already it would not stay hot enough for them to rise. <BR> I suggested POPOVERS and they agreed. <BR> <BR> We did some washing and picked up the rooms after the kids had been ... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 23:15:00 EST THE LAST OF 2014. BRING ON 2015 FOR ME. I WILL SUCCEED!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842399 I have been challenged by 2014 but challenges gave me insight. I feel stronger to face up to new challenges for 2015. <BR> <BR> This last month was a series of incidents that just seem to be repeating themselves. I just get to where I thought everything was in order but the next day it reared its ugly head and we had to change course. <BR> I am hoping for much smoother sailing. I have too many oars in the water and I have to look hard at what I want to do and I will definitely say NO when ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 23:54:56 EST I had an unusual day for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841605 I have been out of the house with a walking buddy all day long. We in tended to walk but I discovered my eye glasses were ready and the eye Dr will be closed for 5 days. <BR> I called my friend and we said we would walk after the glasses were set up. <BR> I had wanted eye glasses that would allow me to read but after the cataract surgery it was not to be. I was able to see much clearer but those same glasses did nothing for the small print. The Dr. said go pick up some from Wal-Mart. I did b... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 23:15:44 EST Car Days can't live with them and can't live without them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840868 SUNDAY MORNING, <BR> Our DIL went to work and she called to tell us that the car has stopped right in a parking place (How skill foul was that) <BR> Our son got out of bed and took DH little truck. <BR> I decided he needs sleep so we went to the car park where she works and we took over waiting for the AAA wrecker. <BR> <BR> The man came and tried to jump the battery, it was dead. He put the cable pack on and got in and drove it on to the car transporter. We told him his destination and I w... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 21:59:06 EST My Yorkshire POPOVERS less than 100 calories My way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840112 I DID SHARE THIS!! <BR> I have copied this when it came up but I did not find it out there despite my sharing it with you. It took me a long time to enter everything including the nutrition breakdown. <BR> We will eat them again on New Years day. So here it is from Pat in Maine. <BR> <BR> <BR> Share this recipe to help Spread the Spark! <BR> <BR> Be the first to <BR> rate this recipe! <BR> <BR> YORKSHIRE POPOVERS-LOWEST Calorie yet for me. <BR> <BR> Nutritional Info <BR> Ser... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 20:03:23 EST Today was picking up day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839607 Over Christmas the garage was still a mess. My Minivan was inside but DH little truck is outside. <BR> <BR> This morning the sun was shining but the forecast is to be bitterly cold. I had to go to the Pharmacy so DH drove and I asked him to park as far away as we can. DH will listen to music and I walked with my new tracker to the pharmacy. I can not set up the tracker it is too complicated and the manual is WAY TOO SMALL for my eyes. <BR> <BR> I did walk and I had the old pedometer in my ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:15:03 EST Thanks . This has been my best Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838572 It is almost midnight so I am hardly able to think. It has been a whirlwind day. <BR> We all sat around the Christmas tree watching our family and the dogs. There was laughter and chatting and it seemed like there were gifts from everyone. We just sat and watched one another opening gifts. No-one hurried and we had back ground music and it was just a great feeling sitting with family at Christmas. <BR> I bought the Christmas tree and I loved it. <BR> Our son decorated the tree and I loved i... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:08:17 EST CHRISTMAS GREETING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838163 <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> CHRISTMAS Greetings FROM Pat in Maine. <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> I am having a great time. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 00:00:10 EST Today was something SPECIAL. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837726 DH went to eye Dr it was a three hour visit. <BR> Next I went to put out posters for the next concert. I did it now because we drive 47 miles to do this. Now there is no way I might travel in snow till then. <BR> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> My special day was a surprise. <BR> I had bought a pre-lit tree with white bulbs it was a really good buy. <BR> I t was put up by DH and I and I loved it. <BR> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:10:26 EST Taking the dogs for pedicures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837059 Today our son took the dogs for pedicures. One at a time he put a dog in the car and took it to pet smart to have it's claws trimmed. He came back for the other one and it took a while so today he has had very little sleep. <BR> <BR> We have wooden floors and the dogs claws made a devil of a noise so now it is hardly heard. <BR> Our son will work till 4 am and get home at 6am to take his daughter to school just to be sure he has a little time to see her on a daily basis. 6 days a week our s... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 23:50:33 EST Baking day but not finished I will finish it tomorrow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836572 Today I was ready for a great baking day but I only had my breads done. Now I must go to bed. I am amazingly tired. I carried the totes on my own and they are not way too heavy but because they are long my upper arms are just aching. <BR> <BR> DH and I had a few things to get done so my baking was not started till mid afternoon. I will get to it tomorrow. Right now I am switching on my electric blanket the house feels so cold I keep thinking there is a door open. <BR> <BR> DH and I found a ... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:39:13 EST A great turn out for our Christmas Concert. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836073 Today was our Christmas Concert for Senior College. Since The College is out right now for the holidays we do our December Concert in a Church in Augusta Maine. <BR> This is an old Church. It has a magnificent organ and the organist has played organs around the country. This is his home base you might say. <BR> The other performers is a five piece Brass Band. <BR> They are very Good, they are THE DOWNEAST BRASS, Excellent performers for the last Three years at this church and they are all ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:48:47 EST It is almost done. Was I lucky to get him here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835649 Today the garage wall was back in place. There was no structural damage since they did not put many nails in the corners. Only on the side NONE on the back so it was easy to fall off. If those other nails had been in the sides that would have really messed up the corners. <BR> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <BR> Tomorrow is our last concert of this year. We have the Christmas concert in a church and the money we make will be give... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:30:22 EST Garage is going fine---Computer is not, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835165 The builder has already been able to get it back. They worked all day on it. It went well because the original builder used very few nails. Skimpy work and he went way over his estimate. We thought it was a quality job but alas it was not. However if all those nails were in there the damage was not as bad. That is a good thing. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to post the photos of the back wall leaning out from the bottom. The computer is just not cooperating with me. MSN has messed with it a... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:02:31 EST Today we lost the back of the garage to DH truck. Only hurt the back wall. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834151 D.H. was upset but he is not hurt-just his pride. <BR> <BR> Hi all Yesterday was meatless. Some gazelle and plenty of stretches. <BR> <BR> Today I had a Dr's appointment for my Right hand palm and he injected my LEFT thumb with Cortisone so hopefully I can get my things done for Christmas. <BR> <BR> I will have my left arthritic thumb undergo hospital surgery it is a bit longer surgery but still local. <BR> <BR> Afternoon DH went to the garage to have a bulb put in a stop light. <BR> ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:49:59 EST It has been a full two days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833592 I am trying hard to make a nice Christmas this year. Alas our other family over the mountains are unable to come. <BR> <BR> It felt good when DH started to help me assemble the artificial tree. <BR> It was not an easy task. I did not realize how very heavy it was and how many wires all over the place. We do not have a long time to catch up. <BR> <BR> We have the UK cards out to Post office so that is behind us. So far there are no gifts to give. I cannot think about what anyone wants s... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:33:19 EST Another very quick blog-The NUTCRACKER was amazing.GD is much better. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833113 We went to Waterville Maine to the opera house. I had not been for over a year and they have completely refurbished it. The Opera house is beautiful. It is in the same building as City Hall and the opera house is on the third floor. You rarely get a poor seat because there are 2 balconies and the incline is very steep. <BR> The Bossov ballet school is in Waterville and they were the dancers. it was such a great performance. The children were 3 years and up and those little children boys and ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:45:15 EST Early blog today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832331 <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>248</em> <em>249</em> <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> I have plans to go to see the NUTCRACKER in Waterville it is one of our favorite things to do. Emily has been every year since she was tiny and the first time I went to Las Vegas we and her mom and other Grandmother went together' <BR> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>248</em> <em>249</em> <em>189</em> <BR> We were all excited about going but our grand daught... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:12:45 EST I am determined to change my outlook. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832141 I went to the hospital for blood work. I dropped our Granddaughter off at her bus stop along with three other cars who had to drive to the bus and I realized I had no breakfast so I went over to the hospital instead of back to the house. <BR> <BR> Our hospital has Valet service so I hopped out of the car under the apron and in to the warm indoors. <BR> There were a few people there ahead of me and I was lucky enough to find friends I had not seen for a while. My swimming friend for years til... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:29:49 EST Just thinking what my priorities are. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831677 At first my priorities were my tracker now I almost do not need it. I can almost fill it out in minutes because our eating habits are just what we want. Everything is in my tracker. <BR> Tracker is just there. It takes little time once you know it better. Not much time to fill it in. <BR> <BR> Then my exercise was a big priority. This time of year is tough, tough, tough. <BR> Outdoor exercises walking with friends is easy but cold dreary days and not much space it has been relegated to a ve... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:53:22 EST Today we picked up DH eyeglasses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831104 I called this morning and they were open and had the lens ready so we drove up to Waterville in pouring rain. <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> The road was so wet there was a lot of hydroplaning. I do not like the feel of that it is just like you are on ice. The road was wet and the car wheels were all throwing water back and up in the air it was so deep. We were surprised they did not turn on the 45 signal so most trucks are still doing 70. When they fly by they spray the whole windshield and cons... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:23:06 EST ICE is not nice- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830550 Today our Granddaughter has been thinking Maine has one icy drawback. Falling on my BUTT three times. <BR> This has been a really bad day. We had snow, then freezing rain. The temp dropped and it poured rain. Water over ice and now the wind is just awful. <BR> The dogs went out and slipped all over the place. I had to make them stay and use the steps as their restroom. I know our son will take them outdoors one more time. I am glad it is his turn because that wind is awful. <BR> <BR> I hea... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:56:23 EST Today was a sweet potato day!. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829996 I went to the store and they had a huge amount of bags of sweet potatoes. <BR> I love them so does DH, great Vitamin A, orange vegetable- perfect for us. <BR> <BR> I cooked up 10 pounds total started with 2 pounds in a pan with water and 2 pounds in microwave with minimal water. <BR> I wanted to see for myself which is best. In my book the microwave was a deeper color and tasted much better. <BR> I will use the lighter one to bake Healthy pumpkin Banana bread, a Spark recipe I always hal... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:43:22 EST I had a white workout today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829332 Yesterday we had temps in the 30 range it was freezing rain and snow we missed a concert I wanted to go to so yesterday was just a lost cause. <BR> <BR> Today it is in the 20's . The driveway was white about an inch of snow. DH went out to find it is white crystallized ice. The snow blower would not get to it. The shovel was just going over the top. <BR> <BR> I have a way to get this done I have done it often. I use a straight edge GARDEN SPADE on the hot top. I just push it under the ice... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:33:13 EST Getting back in to Strength Training. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828855 I had a hand surgery and because it was in the palm of my right hand it was a little more difficult. <BR> I could not bend the incision area enough to hold my resistance bands or my dumbbells. <BR> Last week I was able to pick up more walking but S.T. was lacking. <BR> I have dine three easy workouts in a row and it feels good. We did have a lot of snow,freezing rain and finally RAIN which will most likely freeze by the morning. <BR> I made soup and we have eaten well today, not well becau... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 23:11:17 EST Today was our coldest day, I just wanted to hibernate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828375 Alas I could not I had to go to a follow up to my Dr. I had wanted to go to another museum but there was so much going on I decided to call and explained my 10 am appointment will spoil their day. They do prefer to leave early and get back before dark and before the commuters are on the roads. After my appointment I just wanted to walk so I walked alone in our neighborhood and looked at many houses that are up for sale. <BR> <BR> I did not expect to see empty houses so close to the Holiday.... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 23:48:29 EST Long Day at the art museum. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827847 My walking buddies and myself went to Colby College Waterville Maine to see a local artist and sculptor exhibition. It was a free public viewing and we had the place to ourselves. Bernard Langlais was born in Old Town Maine. <BR> He went to Skowhegan Maine to study art and sculpture. <BR> <BR> There is a huge carved Indian in Skowhegan. I was there when we came to the US and it was one community we enjoyed going to. My Mother was excited to see this sculpture and we have a photo of her and ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 23:28:33 EST Time flies when you are on Spark. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827259 I did a walk in a strip Mall we have no big enclosed Malls all of our big stores are standing alone with no corridor to walk in. <BR> <BR> We walked up and down then in and out of the stores, except the pet store. We avoid it because we would all want a pet. <BR> <BR> After our walk we went to a church lunch for Advent. I had fish chowder and I bought a cup home for DH. <BR> As soon as got home I had to wash the big kitchen floor. <BR> My legs were really tired but more so my back so DH p... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 23:58:52 EST I have been surprised just how many people are un-motivated this time of year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826698 I have been on message boards since I started my Spark Journey. I had to make myself post to others. I was feeling like a misfit since I have no computer skills what so ever. <BR> <BR> After almost 4 years I am finding blogging is really a great outlet for my personal frustrations and I make a point of responding to people who ask for help. <BR> <BR> I am unable to write to many other Spark friends simply because my typing skills are not very good. Sometimes I have to post just a little b... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 23:30:39 EST