NORASPAT's SparkPeople Blog NORASPAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community EVERYONE WENT TO BED LATE INCLUDING ME! I rarely sleep well without DH so I gave up my bed to Tegan and I slept in my recliner. I always sleep well there, Our other younger Grand is having a coughing dry throat problem but we think it is dry air. <BR> <BR> DH waited till it was light to leave the hospital but he had a frozen truck. We took the snow scraper out of the truck and forgot to go to get it. DH had to ask the Technician to let him use his but he came back empty handed too. Never take out you scraper ever in Maine that is... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:40:39 EST Not too inspired tonight. DH has gone for his sleep study overnight. The rain is really pouring down as I am trying to concentrate, alas I find I am not thinking straight. <BR> It was a really long day, I took the girls to the beauty school to have my hair washed and our eldest grand daughter wanted a hair cut. The youngest one just wanted to have her hair washed too so we took off and left DH on his own. I am certain he will be happy on his own for a while, with no women in the house and our son is out too. <BR> <B... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:48:09 EST Avery busy but good day. The girls were great, they slept in the same bed and they slept a long time. Our NY Grand daughter has stomach ulcers so it is hard to feed her at their house. Our son cooks well but I know what works best for her since I also have GI issues. I have been able to put together some foods she will be able to eat when she goes back to NY on Saturday. I had hoped we could have Easter morning and her birthday is next week. I will ask a friend, a grown up who she really likes I hope she will be abl... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:35:17 EST DH and I brought our Grand daughter from NY for a week. We had to drive half way so her Dad could get her to us. We wanted her to come to see her younger cousin just to give her a break. Her brother did not want to come he is 16 and much as I wanted to see him the girls 11 and 13 will be Easter shopping. The drive was almost 7 hours and I am ready for bed, Pat in Maine. <em>304</em> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:52:34 EST Another good day . Today I had phone calls from other 2 son's. That means a rare opportunity to chat with our sons. I did not dial they did and that is a miracle for me. <BR> <BR> It was a great day for walking and I walked 4 miles rail trail and walking the dogs and doing some shopping. We went to the movies and enjoyed the <BR> <BR> Film was THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, it was a very odd movie but it was most enjoyable, there were 6 of us there and we all enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> Our family went out together ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 23:33:59 EST We had a really nice day----60 degrees -HEAT WAVE ! Today was a really nice day. The sun was shining. The dogs were barking because these dogs have never been in an area where there are chirping birds almost all day. <BR> <BR> They have not seen squirrels and when they do they both go Ballistic !! <BR> Next door dog is another Beagle so they are attempting to harmonize every time one was out the other was in her house making the most of the conversation. <BR> <BR> Today I did some raking just a little along the edge of the big driveway. It i... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:27:22 EST Thanks everyone, My tracker is BACK.!! I did not spin the wheel I could only think about my messed up tracker. I did try to get to the experts and I also asked my friends. Today I waited, I worked on Spring cleaning it was a nice day to do it. <BR> After dinner I sat at my computer in readiness for tracking my food. As soon as I came to the page it was right there with nothing added and best of all it has my familiar nutrient numbers what a very pleasant surprise.. <BR> <BR> I did not do anything, I just asked for help and I cert... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:27:39 EST I have tried elsewhere for help so hopefully one of you can. I have no clue why my NUTRITION TRACKER is all messed up. I have not been able to get the expert answer and without my numbers I am awash. I do not want to start over but it allows me on my tracker to have around 2,000 calories. I keep putting in 1350 to 1500 but it does not budge. <BR> <BR> I have changed the settings but it still gives me the high numbers despite making sure to save settings, <BR> <BR> I know a lot of my friends are diabetic and it says the Diabetic tracker cannot be ch... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:48:23 EST Busy day good news and other news. Our son here in Maine at our home has been accepted and expects to begin working on Friday night. <BR> I did talk to our oldest son in N Y and our GD had to be taken to the Drs and she has a STREP throat, She has so many of these. At one time they wanted to do a tonsillectomy, used to be they were removed if there are many episodes. One year she was on so much antibiotics I lost count. <BR> She is home our son is trying to do a little work at home but he really needs to be at the plant. DGD... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 23:34:34 EST I did explain on my April 3rd blog. I might need to go over to NY. Sorry for the confusion. If need be I will go there to help out. I know DH will come with me. <BR> Meanwhile our son living with us right now has been accepted and is going to the casino in the morning. he will be measured for uniform and I am hoping he is working very soon. The casino is 90 minutes each way and at some point in time they will look for a place to live. Right now GD is still being home schooled and she says she wants to live here and go to school. She is really looking forwa... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:26:18 EST Senior College Concert today, BOOGIE-TWO SHOOZ. DH and I had lots to do this morning. We usually go early to help set up but I told the committee I have much less time right now. DH and I have completed our commitment but we usually do more. <BR> <BR> DH and I took Emily with us. Em. Loves to help taking tickets at the door and helping pouring water in to Dixie cups so they are ready for the intermission. She was well behaved and polite so the other students were all talking to her and she loved it. <BR> <BR> The music was not of the Gen... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:07:33 EST No time for blog tonight, very little has changed here. I did walk the rail trail the highlight of my day. <BR> I walked total 5.9 miles and took 11566 steps. I am off to bed --Thanks--- Pat Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:56:31 EST Good night Spark friends, I am too pooped to pucker. I was up early so I was first patient in Imaging. 8.00am and the lady was prompt. <BR> After imaging I already had a previous appointment so I went and asked if I could sit and read, Too little time to get the car and go home and I would have to come right back. The next patient was late so I went in early. <BR> My PC decided I really should take STATINS for the triglycerides. Cholesterol came down so did the good cholesterol but the LDL was not much higher but triglycerides were up after tr... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:43:01 EST Today was a good day. DH and I decided we would walk. One Walking buddy came with us. DH needed to turn back at the one mile marker so he did 2 miles and went to sit in the car with classical music on the radio.. He likes to do that. <BR> My friend and I walked a bit faster and further so I had over 10,000 on my stepper and it logged 5 miles so boy I was happy I can still do it. There were a lot of small areas with ice across the trail. I am so scared of falling I get myself in a panic mode if my feet slide. ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:41:38 EST April is here and tomorrow is our special day. DH and I came to the US for two years on APRIL 2nd. <BR> The company he was going to, bought our air tickets. We wanted to go by ship and take our furniture but they wanted him fast and we decided to have them ship our belongings and no furniture. We never did get out furniture over here but we figured we will be back there in 2 years. Never happened so we stayed put. <BR> <BR> I will walk the rail trail and our son is supposed to go to the job interview and have a drug test and then it w... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 23:18:10 EST Fasting bloodwork was really tough today. I need blood work done ready for my carotid artery scan. It is suspected I might have Coronary Artery Stenosis. <BR> We ate late yesterday so I had to fast till after 9 a.m. and I had to wait for the ice to melt on the wooden deck. DH drove me over to the hospital. He used Valet parking to avoid us slipping on the ice that was still around. The wind was really bitter so valet was an excellent choice. <BR> <BR> The lab work had not showed up so I had longer to wait. Only one person registeri... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:57:52 EST Water arrives at midnight so I have to vacuum and set up the flat pump. Good Night wind is howling here but so far water is just getting in through the drain. Pat in Maine. <em>27</em> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:38:50 EST Too late to BLOG !! Life is getting more complicated at this time. I need to check all the loose ends and hope to have it together tomorrow. Pat in Maine. <BR> <BR> GOODNIGHT! Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:58:40 EST Life seems to get faster and faster these days. It feels like stop the world I need to get off. <BR> The weather does not help it changes so often the weather men have no clue and they keep apologizing for things they said in the a.m. and they are retracted at noon. <BR> <BR> My walking buddies and I had a little luncheon for one of us. She and her DH are older than we are but they are frequent walkers. Her birthday was last week but they were iced in. They live in a really lovely home on a lake and the drive way is a mile long. In the s... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:39:20 EST Thanks for all the nice comments. I was so happy to read all of your nice comments. <BR> <BR> I figure I have done a whole lot of early SPRING CLEANING so I am ahead of the game this year. I had DH appointment and then to my camera class DH picked me up and we needed his prescription. <BR> TV man came so I went out to buy some curtain hooks and make a light block for the window in the basement it is a big window not the small basement slots. There was nothing available in the correct size so I will have to make them too. <B... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:12:28 EST No time to get to recipes, 2 plumbers came for 2 hours. This morning 8am, I had a rude awakening. DH came in to say the Plumbers are here. <BR> I dressed quickly and went down stairs to tell him where all the underground pipes are. DH was always at work when anyone came and I always make a point of checking what is happening and learning more about the house. <BR> <BR> I made a point of checking how many Pipes and traps and clean outs there are. I checked which lines and sewer lines lead to the street. I also checked which areas were affected so ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:01:47 EST We had a really good lecture, Rest of the day was all about the drain. DH and I went to our lecture. A local Dr. was talking about where the medications we are using came from. He talked about Aspirin, Morphine, Digitalis, Quinine, There was another old remedy it has slipped my mind. <BR> DH and I went to lunch at McDonalds and the family had the Fish chowder I made yesterday. They went our to supper when we were gone so there were leftovers. They enjoyed it too. <BR> Our son borrowed the mini van to take some boxes to storage and to bring back another chair. W... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:46:08 EST Today I fed the crows, the feral cat and the dogs. This morning I actually slept late and woke up coughing. When that happens I take ESTER-C, I felt better after a while so I decided to make a pattern for the little Dogs coat. I have the pattern but the boxes are all in my sewing area. Tomorrow some of the boxes will go to the storage area and they will bring back another arm chair. <BR> <BR> DH and I have a lecture at the university so they will be looking out for themselves. I made haddock chowder and it was very good. I always add carrot... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:59:45 EST SUNDAY WAS GOOD. I am really weary today, I think the work yesterday was somewhat over done. It was a success so it was worth it. I hope I can get a really good sleep. <BR> Today the family went to a local Lutheran Church. They went out to eat after Church. <BR> <BR> DH and I were busy with chores and I was wanting to go to Skowhegan New Balance factory outlet but the wind was really howling again. The sun was shining but it was really icy. We decided to do some grocery shopping for dinner instead. Just as w... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:43:38 EST I think we are on the right track. Today went very well. There was a Chili and Chowder challenge in town. DH did not want to go and after all the walking yesterday I was aching. I told them I just wanted to stay home with DH and a rice bag in my back. <BR> When they came home I was downstairs and as I went up stairs I heard DIL and DH having a really chatty conversation so I went back down stairs. <BR> I looked around and it was still a shambles-that means a mess. I realized this is my house and I know where there is underut... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:58:23 EST What a busy day with our Birthday son and family. We had decided to go to Freeport to find a suit for our son. <BR> <BR> DH was chosen to lead the discussion in his Movie course. DH chose a very old Peter Sellers movie. He is always encouraged to choose an English movie so he had brought home the DVD copy of THE MOUSE THAT ROARED. <BR> <BR> DH and I had watched it for the third time on Thursday night and after that many times it seemed very dull. <BR> DH had done his homework but he was getting nervous about the movie he and I sat and ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:35:18 EST Taking care of the dogs. Today I went to the acupuncturist and we were there for over 2 hours. We got home and the family had already left. The dogs were in their kennel and I let hem out. They are so attached to the family they are getting to know our house but once the family is out they get very needy and winey. <BR> We still have a lot of snow and the little Chihuahua likes to run on the snow but she very quickly begins to shiver. So a lot of the evening was taken up with the dogs. Now the family came home very l... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:37:40 EST Thanks for all the good suggestions. Well DH apologized since he was the one who really disliked the foolish annoying show. <BR> DH and I have asked them repeatedly to put up the television in their living room area and that is the most sound repellent room I could never talk to a customer outside of that door. I put carpeting on the wall and it is a great room to have fun and games in. <BR> <BR> DH and I had the day on our own. We took care of the dogs and the family went out. DS and DGD are fine laughing and having good con... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:56:32 EST NOT my best day today. It was not a very good day. DH and I went out to deliver posters for senior college. When we got home DH was grumpy over the weird younger generation Television. DIL put it off and so far no communication. <BR> They took off before dinner. They missed my very good beef stew. <BR> While they were gone the dogs were in their kennel. <BR> They were barking so I let them out what else could I do. <BR> They were still being brats big one chasing tiny on e and I tried to grab the beagles collar.... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:46:38 EST MONDAY just flew by. We are out of space in the basement. I had one cabinet that housed an old collection of encyclopedias. I carried them and the contents of the cabinet upstairs to another room to store once again. <BR> Then I was able to help DH move things in our bedroom. <BR> I am just about out of time but I like to say hello to you all. I overheard our granddaughter talk about staying with us for 6 months to a year . I must get to our son and ask what that is about. WOO HOO have o find out. HUGS to all I... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:55:00 EST Hi Sunday was a good day. Our Family went out for the morning and DH and I were out all afternoon. <BR> They enjoyed themselves and our son was able to show them around. They went to the bakery we usually use so they did remember that place. Everyone who goes there remembers it well. It is a great little bakery and they also have a Restaurant just down the street from the bakery. <BR> DH and I left to go to our play in Lewiston Maine. The play was too slow for DH during act 1 but act 2 got his attention. The others ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 23:01:50 EST A long day but the interview did go very well. DH drove over to the west of the state we were lucky the roads were cleared and he used the Maine Turnpike. <BR> He was told over the phone to go to Maine street and as he neared the location he realized there were 2 of them MAINE street and Main Street. He had to make a cell phone call and discovered he was a good way off target. He called and was there was a job fair in progress so follow the signs and there was no problem he was late. <BR> <BR> DIL spent most of her day in bed and later... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:35:19 EST Been super busy buying winter clothes for our grand daughter. I knew that KOHL'S was having a sale and I took DH and DGD to buy clothes from the clearance sale. <BR> <BR> When we got there the car park was slush, ice and Puddles. They wore sneakers I did ask them to change shoes to boots. DIL had none they did buy DGD as soon as they got here but neither wore them. <BR> <BR> As I walked in to the store I realized I had my discount coupon at home. I had picked up my previous one by mistake. I saw a manager in the door way I did not know he was a man... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:23:45 EST Sorry about last night, I am locked out of my computer except for Spark I decided to do this while I have a computer available to me. <BR> I had a nice long walk on the rail trail. Grand daughter with myself and me walking buddy. <BR> We all walked up to the trees and then there was too much ice to be safe. <BR> As we walked back the Eagle flew overhead once again it was a great experience for her. We all went to McDonald's and I had a fish sandwich and salad and DH drove over to join us. DGD told him all about the Eagle and the fact she had walked over 7,000 s... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:43:19 EST What a day, we have moved a number of times but nothing like this. DH and I moved from U.K. to U.S. we were only supposed to come here for 2 years but so far it has been almost 50. We have never used a moving van and this day has been a riot. <BR> <BR> The truck driver was supposed to call but he did not. We called the storage place and they said they were there and one other man was coming out to show them where the truck had to go. <BR> We were watching through the window in to the front street and the cab of the truck appeared. It was the size of a schoo... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:58:56 EST We are still waiting for the moving van to get here. Our son was supposed to be interviewed today but his suit and better shoes are all in that moving van. The driver decided to bring a smaller vehicle from New Jersey it is a very odd situation. We are hoping it will be here tomorrow. <BR> I will have to be up early because their room is in the basement so we need to be out of bed to meet- hopefully the moving van. <BR> <BR> The family had an outing checking the city and DH and I were left with the dogs. They are very good dogs. We could ea... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:15:15 EST I had a fabulous day, it was just what I wanted today. Today was a full day. I realize now how hard it is to get to sparking when there are other things to do. <BR> Having only DH around left me lots of time to spark but the last few weeks preparing the house for the family left me short on time. <BR> Today of course robbed us all of an hour so here I am thinking I had not changed the time on the computer -DUH the computer changes itself. <BR> This morning we all went outside and watched our grand daughter play in deep snow for the first time. ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 23:29:33 EST They called from Connecticut and said they would be here by 9p.m. Our son has driven all the way, that surprised me. He will have been driving 12 hours and it is after 9pm. <BR> I have the rooms ready and we are so looking forward to see them. I hope they get here soon. I did ask them to stop and stay another hotel but they all said they want to be here. <BR> I think perhaps he is still going for his job interview but I am not really sure. <BR> <BR> I keep getting anxious but you no how it goes. I hope they do come tonight because tomorrow is our senior co... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:52:31 EST Here I am at10.30pm and computer is slow. "M" was right too much traffic on the site. I should do this earlier. <BR> Yesterday I had talked to our son and both he and I were not understanding what the driver was about. I decided to go to the office of the National Movers they had hired to move them. <BR> I went in and asked if she had time to clarify some points. She was great and by the time I was there she explained everything that would happen at this end. <BR> Our Family had the car problem in Memphis but the moving van was ahead of them. I asked if she could find out any ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 23:36:26 EST SPARK was a nightmare tonight. Since 9pm I had grey team number boxes with nothing in them. I would try to log in and there was no "log in now" place to hit. <BR> <BR> I had lots to tell you but it must wait till tomorrow. I hope they are just Tweaking the site. I have been unavailable to get to any OUTLOOK since then. <BR> <BR> I will be so happy to have someone who knows a little more about this. I was so ready to blog. I was supposed to go to bed early but I tried all night and had to quit. Pat in <BR> Maine. Sorry ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 23:54:47 EST Very little time for Spark today--SORRY DH had a cardiac appointment early today. It went well. <BR> We needed a storage place for our grand daughter to keep her music in so we remembered a Very old SAUDER end table with a door and cupboard perfect except as I opened the door the hinge side fell of The old Plastic connectors were just too old. We went to home Depot and DH and I remade it. It was heavy from particle board and it looks like new. <BR> DH had PT and I had to run an errand for our son to make sure the movers would be r... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:49:30 EST Hi everyone, another productive day. I have organized our DGD bedroom. It is going to work well. She has a computer desk, she is home schooled. I was able to empty a four drawer chest of drawers for her. All empty so t is all hers. I have lots of books on the shelves. Almost all kids books but she needs shelves for her own books too. That us available. It is a big room and she has a queen bed to herself. <BR> She is on the first floor and it is a very pleasant room. When she was here in August she was sleeping on a floor futon. ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 22:30:28 EST Our Family have car trouble in Memphis. Alas, they had a gas line problem. They called and told us they were smelling gas and were afraid to switch the car on. So they called triple A but alas there are so many calls they cannot to them. That surprised me since DH and I bought them a premier AAA card. <BR> It will be a long wait and it still has to be fixed. I will talk to our area people. I actually had trip interruption so I have no clue what will happen. <BR> <BR> <BR> DH and I have been working together. My ideas but h was ar... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 23:31:44 EST I am so proud of myself. After lots of searching I got rid of a Trojan. I have had problems off and on since the beginning of the month. I always assume it's my fault but not this time. <BR> I called our son he was about to go somewhere so I asked him to call for a chat. <BR> In the meantime Saturday morning my computer was pretty useless. I tried to contact Microsoft CHAT but I could not get the site to open. It kept telling me I had a Trojan, Malware and Fraud. Then a popup said it would fix it and it said DONE in an option box. <BR> <BR> I clicked on it and ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 22:06:56 EST I am really getting this done. I should have done it in August. After our anniversary I should have put the basement back in order but instead I made sure we could function totally on just one floor. it does work well. I have been using the gazelle we have been unable to do the rail grail because of the ice and some gas line construction going on. <BR> I have used my sewing machines but I just ignored the big room where the treadmill was located. Our GS was using it all summer when the Grands came to visit and he had his computers with wires all over the... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 23:26:08 EST TONIGHT WE HAVE COMPUTER ISSUES My SURFACE 2 is w ay too complicated for me. It uses totally different language. Tonight it is flashing things across the screen. I came down to DH computer and it is also havung biug issues. Mine keeps teling me my server in encrypted. The annoying thing is I used to be able to find help but these days MICROSOFT does not do it. <BR> We have a satellite TV and we just noticed the Wifi is on. It is on both cmputers. We use broadband connection through our phone. I will have to v=call Direct ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:39:49 EST Our family is in New Mexico tonight. I have to watch the weather. My day was busy just trying to throw things out. <BR> Lots of paper, lots of books boxed ready to donate and trying to make some shelves empty so they can use them for their things. <BR> <BR> Our sons were all here in August and they looked over their stuff after many years but they were flying so nothing was taken away. <BR> <BR> I am actually getting a lot done I am working on dismantling my little gym. It will be their living room. <BR> They are coming to an interview and they will be ... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:06:50 EST APPOINTMENTS for DH today. I am so glad I insisted he should be seen. DH had some really nasty looking rashes on his lower legs and so I called the dermatologist for an early appointment. The Dr. I was told is on Vacation but there would be a PA who could check it out for us, I was given today for the first appointment. <BR> DH had PT for his hip and after lunch we drove to the dermatologist office. DH had really sore looking rashes on his lower legs up to his knees. <BR> The nurse said to only roll up his pant leg and as soon as she left I asked DH to remove ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:34:54 EST READ YESTERDAYS BLOG I learned so much from others comments. Thanks to all of you my guilt trip is lifted. Oh my wonderful Spark friends I wish Spark could explain it as well as my friends did. <BR> <BR> It never occurred to me to put it that way. <BR> <BR> Some of us run and hike but others Do a lot of work keeping up with homes and families. <BR> <BR> I Feel so much BETTER now. I kept getting more and more "FITNESS" minutes and I mostly just call it 2 hours That was 24 points for cleaning my house. That has been most of my fitness because most d... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:21:53 EST I am still working hard on getting the place organised but I do have a problem. I have done a huge amount of work . Today was the closet where we store the cleaning supplies and emergency supplies. I have washed the shelves and needed a step stool. I cleaned the shelves. Took everything out and a lot of it is back and I have been at it a very long time. <BR> NOW IS MY DILEMMA. <BR> I am working hard but I do NOT feel I am exercising hard. <BR> Exercising is running and hiking and playing games. <BR> Doing hours of these house chores give me a guilt trip because there is... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:19:53 EST