NORASPAT's SparkPeople Blog NORASPAT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community So sorry to miss so many blogs. I still can not get to post photos. <BR> There has been an error on my desk top from Google that says that some apps were removed. There is no explanation and I have asked about it but no reply. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I have a dentist appt. to go to since the receptionist doubled my previous appointment. She wrote the note but she thought it was funny. I needed the appointment and my dentist fixed it for me I had a broken cavity behind another tooth. . <BR> <BR> We have had a number of obliga... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:16:59 EST I have been working on getting my photos. I have them on the computer using Picasa. I need some help tomorrow from our son because it has been a very long time with no way to post photos from my Lap top. <em>245</em> <BR> <BR> As I was trying to do this I saw a status so I wanted to reply to it. <BR> Once I got to my Spark Friends page I had to read her blog. <BR> Her lovely Dog, a happy young Dog just 14 months died suddenly. <BR> <BR> THOR was the youngest of their FURBABIES and they will be heart broken for some time. <BR> He was young and loved. <BR> <BR> So sor... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:18:57 EST About DH Hip. We will check it out ASAP DH hip has been painful in the replacement hip. <BR> He saw on the internet and read there are some problems with some of the metal replacements. <BR> <BR> On Monday I will make an appointment and have t evaluated. <BR> <BR> I will go to Acadia with one GD who will be going home next weekend. <BR> <BR> My friend and I have been there before but having a quiet beach and rocks are special so DH will be home and not sitting in the cottage, <BR> He will be watching his TV and the other GD wil... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:01:41 EST Doing better with GOOGLE chrome. Planning to go to Acadia National Park. We had along day walking with the girls. <BR> Just on the rail trail but it was interesting there were so many dogs. I was so glad we did not have the dogs with us. <BR> DH walked slowly and went back to the car and so I called him to drive to the other entrance and pick us up. Consequently I only had 7,000 steps but I have been doing them for a long time. <BR> <BR> Tonight was busy with planning tomorrows visit to Acadia. <BR> <BR> I am hoping for good photos but we shall see. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:24:13 EST Tonight my Norton Crashed and so I was unable to do anything here. Our son came in late and clicked lots of things and so now it is really time for bed. <BR> <BR> I have a headache again because Norton Crashed and I have no clue about Norton. <BR> <BR> I did not walk as much as I have been recently. Our Plattsburgh Grand daughter and I went to the beauty school and had a hair cut and it was fun for $5.00 each. <BR> Then we walked with DH. She chatted and walked slower but I walked to the mile marker and back. <BR> Our Granddaughter is anxious about going ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:16:00 EST A long day and a nap. Up until this year I am certain I never napped except when I was a passenger in a long car ride or when I was ill. <BR> Recently I am going to bed and sometimes I cannot sleep but I think I am getting the message. <BR> I put a timer on for an hour and I get up feeling refreshed. I will keep trying when I have the time. <BR> <BR> There were two mix ups in our appointments this week. <BR> Tuesday I was supposed to go to the dentist. I have a hand written card, I had a confirmed appointment in ... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:46:07 EST Thunder storms today played havoc with my sparking. I took GD to Colby College art museum. The last exhibit was great but this one was not at all interesting for either of us. <BR> <BR> I came home to soap the Japanese Beetles. <BR> <BR> Next came the thunder and it must have washed off the soap.I will do it again. <BR> <BR> Tonight I am fasting for very early blood work ^am if I get up . I have to be at my Dr. Office at 8am he said it would be an hours appt. <BR> <BR> I am not enthused with his attitude but I have still not found a Doctor... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:50:32 EST Walking day again today. Walked the rail trail and went for coffee with walking buddy. <BR> We walked fast today. <BR> Then took Granddaughter shopping and we went to the art Museum but it is closed Monday. We will go tomorrow I hope. <BR> <BR> DH needed his eye medication so he stayed in the car so i went in to Sams and I had to walk around to find a couple of other items. <BR> <BR> I was walking with three pedometers just to make sure they are somewhat close. <BR> <BR> Two counted just under 13,000 steps and on... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:51:41 EST Today I had my Granddaughter and I visited in Southern Maine. Our Grand daughter loves to paint and draw. <BR> I took her to my Spark friend in Bridgton and she had a really great time. She has been to Bridgton off and on for about five years. <BR> We have stayed there often and her brother used to come with us till this year when he now has a job and taking driving lessons. TIME FLIES!! <BR> <BR> Today our GD looked at my friends art work and she explains some of the ways to illustrate a book. It is always interesting to see what this Spark friend c... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 23:37:20 EST I am becoming a DOG WALKER. Yesterday I walked the trail with the Beagle for the first time. He is not our dog but he is part of our family. Now that the kids have jobs the dogs have less walking to do. They run around our fenced in pool area but the Beagle just loved walking along very fast. Almost too fast for me. <BR> <BR> Today our oldest granddaughter walked the Chihuahua and I had the beagle. It was a cooler day so it was not crowded on the trail. <BR> <BR> As we turned back we saw a very big dog walking with hi... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:59:55 EST We had some plans but some had to be unplanned. There was no one to walk with so for the first time walked the Beagle on the rail trail. He was really good. Well behaved and we walked almost three miles. He was not very sure about being in the Minivan but Snoopy likes to ride like so many dogs do. <BR> <BR> I vacuumed the pool intending the kids to swim. Youngest GD walked on the back deck in bare feet and got a splinter in her foot. It was the older deck and it was the pressure treated wood that had arsenic in it. <BR> I took her to exp... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:17:42 EST Thanks for so many reading my blogs. Two years ago I could blog with photos and loved it. <BR> We thought the computer was fixed and so I tried photos again. <BR> I was able to post but it left a blank page and after sitting there for quite a while I went back over the notes to posting photos. I tried once again and the same thing happened. <BR> <BR> I never thought about looking at my page. I can be very dense some days but I was so excited I tried once more. <BR> <BR> I decided to give up after three blank pages so I went t... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 23:57:04 EST TRYING again ! I have been trying almost all day-Here goes. I just want to post a picture. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It must have changed since I was able to do photos. <BR> <BR> Pat and Marianne at the Botanical gardens in Maine. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:00:53 EST Trying for the last time to send you just two pictures. I have had several attempts so far and if this goes It will be my last try. HERE GOES!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It does not look right, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It never looked like this 2 years ago. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:14:50 EST TRYING again still struggling. After two years and two new computers I am unable to remember how to do photos. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It does not look right so I will try again. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not sure I have it but I will post to see what happens. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:07:14 EST DH and I went to the Botanical Gardens ith mySpark friend. We had a great time and now it is very late and we are weary. <BR> <BR> My Grand daughter hurt her hand so I will write my Spark friend meet tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Pat In Maine . <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 23:36:31 EST No time to blog My computer was not responding so I have no blog , <BR> DH computer has so here I went to blog at midnight. <BR> There was something saying BING TRANSLATOR it took me forever to get it off. I will tell you about meeting another spark friend tomorrow, We had a good time. Pat in Maine Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:00:57 EST Today just me and the girls. This morning there were long faces. <BR> I had been up for a long time and I was washing apples to make microwave Apple crisp. <BR> <BR> My DH loves apples and apple pies but suddenly the skins of fruit caused an allergic reaction and his lips tongue and throat swelled up. <BR> <BR> I was told that it might be some kind of spray so we went organic but the same thing happened again but much less reaction since he only ate a wedge of apple. <BR> I used to bake him apple pie and he had he... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 23:01:06 EST A really nice day weather wise. I wish I was travelling to the coast but I weeded the yard instead. The good news was the brake caliper had somehow stuck to the wheel so we needed just a new one. I have no clue how that happened but it is fixed and we have wheels again. <BR> <BR> Our back door lock set broke so DH and DS went to home depot and bought another one. <BR> All of our lock sets are brass but they said there were no brass ones they were all brushed steel or pewter finish. <BR> <BR> Our son has had to change lock sets in Las Vegas a number of times so we let him do the repair. I... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:59:04 EST What a day. STRESS but at the end of the day all is well. I had another walking day. I lost my Purse and had to find it. DH came out to help get it and it was not in the store I was in it was in a Dunkin donuts. I must have left it on the picnic table. <BR> <BR> Driving back the car was shaking DH was driving and I kept smelling and saying there is something wrong. I have a great nose and he knows my nose. We were low on gas and as he was filling I walked round the van and touched all 4 wheels and one was really hot and smelly. We took it to the ga... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 23:31:44 EST The day was good. The kids were great but the COMPUTER is jumping about. I will have to take it back to where I bought it. <BR> I have an account for NORTON and it was McAfee and they are kind of competing with each other. <BR> The print is huge and I have no clue how to make it smaller on it. It was not like that, it was a really nice size. I will get there. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be a better day. <BR> <BR> I walked six miles today. I walked 4.5 miles on the rail trail all by myself. <BR> I took our oldest grand around the town and we went to the fort and ... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 23:30:16 EST Today was mundane but good. Nothing much went on today. It was hot so I did some yard work and after lunch I went to the Garden club I used to belong too. <BR> <BR> It was nice to see some people I know but they are mostly still working. I took my oldest G.D. for a trip to buy some art supplies and we had fun just the two of us. <BR> <BR> When I was at the garden Club she and DH went for a walk together. Our youngest daughter had some schoolwork to do so we kept out of the way. <BR> <BR> She is reluctant to come wit... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 23:13:34 EST Great day with the exercise, along with an odd moment to ponder. I talk about the rail trail where we walk often <BR> <BR> Today it was hot so I wanted to go to the other side of the river where the historical fort is open to the public. <BR> <BR> Once again we saw Eagles, Heron I photographed and we saw the STURGEON jump out of the water and BELLY FLOP I was told it confused the fish shoals so it can eat them. <BR> <BR> We were walking in a luster of Granite buildings where women and children made the powder for the war of 1812. Women and children ove... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 23:47:39 EST My new computer was perfect till my DIL left to go home. DIL put google chrome on I loved it and it was doing great. <BR> I wanted time with her and our grandson so I went away from the computer. She has a long journey home and I was so happy to see them. The Girls are doing well and now that mother and father have jobs it will be nice for the younger one because when she came to live in Maine our neighborhood school was full so she was bused across town so her new friends are some distance away. Now she is with her cousin they can draw together... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:08:29 EST I Had a great day with DIL from NY I was so happy to see them despite their Dad our son had to work. We walked the trail and had a lot to see. Eagles again-Heron again and so many other birds I cannot name. <BR> <BR> The girls walked with us and we went to our bakery-it was open. <BR> <BR> My DIL changed my computer to Google chrome. She took off McAfee and put my Norton on. and by now at midnight I am doing great on the new computer. Pat in Maine Sat, 4 Jul 2015 23:57:10 EST Our Grandkids are all together after along time. GREAT! The girls will be staying for a few weeks together. <BR> Our Grandson has to go back since he works. <BR> Our DIL drove the kids here since our Son has to work over the weekend. The family have to get to bed early because they have to work. The others have been in the car for 7 hours so they are not tired they are wired so I am sparking and DH is still chatting and watching T.V. <BR> <BR> There are so many computers everyone's including mine is so slow I had to give up when the grands from N... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 23:30:10 EST We spent the day with my Canadian Spark Friend from New Brunswick. I had a very busy day with a Spark Friend from New Brunswick Canada. I walked the Rail Trail this morning and we saw 3 Eagles , 5 Blue Herons all kinds of geese and we heard the Sturgeon splashing in the river. <BR> <BR> This afternoon my Spark friend came by and we all sat and chatted till it was dinner time. We all went to the "99" Restaurant and I ate Baked scrod. Small baked potato and Broccoli. <BR> <BR> We came back to the house and our son and DIL sat and talked with our youngest so... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 22:02:59 EST I am using my new computer. The screen is bigger and no touch screen. 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.???? 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. 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!! 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. 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 !!!!!!! 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! 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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! 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. 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. 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. 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. 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