OVERWORKEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OVERWORKEDJANET OVERWORKEDJANET'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/ Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379002 I shouldn't complain as I have it easy compared to the many who have been in the path of "Cindy". She's well-reduced to an unnamed storm system now. <BR> It's been raining at a steady rate for 5 hours now and a peek at the radar map shows I'll be in this train of storms for another few hours. I am fortunate I am on a hill so do not have flood issues. <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be great to somehow figure out how to divert all this water west. Just my morning thoughts while coffee kicks in. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:43:27 EST Status Quo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378679 Sometimes that's not so bad. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I'm keeping to my better eating and have lopped off a few pounds. <BR> Exercising. <BR> DH is exercising. <BR> Kids are being kids. <BR> The veggie garden is growing and the rodents have quit digging in the dirt. <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying the small victories. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:50:10 EST Good medicine, healing kids and general silliness. What a few days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377605 Good news is our little Ben suffered a really aggressive stomach virus that doesn't sit well with healing Lyme's. Lots of IV fluids, recommendations to see a Lyme's specialist and a lot of cookies later he came home this afternoon escaping needing a spinal tap. <BR> Here he is with his brother and Pop Pop. <BR> Boys watching TV <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57d20de1-5c40-43a3-8557-94e3d03d69db.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Little Miss went to day care to keep the family peaceful. <... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:55:41 EST One day to the next. Hug them tight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377363 On Father's Day I was rolling around with GS2. He told me we were stuck to the floor and had to save each other by flapping our arms, legs and various other methods of rolling from one room to another. Little did he realize his Nana was fairly much stuck unless she made those movements real! At one point he dove onto my belly, whispered "I love you" and rolled away. <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> My little best friend has been in the hospital since yesterday morning. He has Lyme's Disease and has... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:41:45 EST Father's Day was more fun than a barrel of monkeys. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377034 Big kids, little kids and dogs <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/281c09cd-205b-49b3-98bc-9fab86a993ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49678203-3778-408e-b67a-19ede3aad2e8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b68dfff3-6778-4678-9e67-8fd90714ad6d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Three dads (one a dog-dad) had a great time. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:16:29 EST Fathers' day is every day here. Today is extra special. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376558 In my house, every day is fathers' day. <BR> <em>10</em> <BR> DH daily watches TV shows even though they are all reruns of reruns; no matter how many times they've been viewed. This morning, he got up too early for his shows and flipped channels interrupting my silence while I tried to read the morning news. I've had audio of fly fishing championships, cheerleading, hair loss infomertials and now cable news. It went on at 5:30 am today. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Today is his extra special... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:56:06 EST Older and working smarter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375834 Yesterday, the newly improved DH decided we needed to take our large generator in for service. That meant hooking up the cargo rack on the back of his van. A few years ago both of us would have bent over, squatted under and had the darned thing hooked up in a minute. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Once the rack was engaged in the hitch, with a lot of grunting and groan from the two of us, a pin needed to be placed through the whole assembly to keep it on the van. Squatting and bending over and ar... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:34:32 EST Epithany in making myself improved. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375216 Physical therapy, 3 days a week. <BR> Injections in both knees. <BR> Continued twinges of pain. <BR> I continue to read medical articles even though I retired. Keeping the brain active and all.... <BR> <BR> The most recent article was entitled "Cartilage Restoration Techniques for the Patellofemoral Joint" concerning methods to regrow hyaline cartilage. <BR> Here was the kicker statement: ...patellofemoral joint loads may reach 6.5 times body weight, and chondral injuries that alter force d... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:46:38 EST The indignity of being a puppy when it's time to, well, get snipped. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374804 It's tough to be my granddog. <BR> His mom took him to get neutered as well as have several puppy teeth pulled. <BR> Ah, the indignity! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81d8e992-90b6-4364-b4da-bd705afca4f0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nothin like snuggling with your humom's 30 year old Puffalump, "Puffy". Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:05:24 EST Living close to history http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373722 I can stand on the roof of my former employer and see New York City. I see it every time I visit DD2. I am opposite the WTC site if I walk up her street in her New Jersey city. I still can't bring myself to visit the memorial there. <BR> <BR> Since THAT place is close to heart and home, we opted to visit the Flight 93 site back in 2007. 10 Years later, it's almost completed as a National Park Service Memorial site. There is still work to be done, but what a difference since we were last ther... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:52:10 EST Plan the meals, not just the food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373236 How I set myself up for a new weight gain. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> Buy a lot of healthy foods like chicken, turkey, kale, fresh cut snacking veggies and avocados. <BR> Cook the perfect meals in batches so I can grab and go without too much thinking. <BR> Eat those fresh veggies as snacks, grab that precooked meal. <BR> Realize after several days of eating the same thing day after day that I can't chew another piece of raw broccoli, eat the same bean and kale stew no matter how tasty it is... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:05:55 EST Visiting history and seeing it repeat itself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372454 On the road again <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> I'll show you some pictures when we return from a few days away. <BR> Things have improved enough that when I said let's go see something, DH said sure. <BR> <BR> In realty he said "Whatever you want." <BR> When I questioned do you want to go to X,Y or X,Y and Z he said "I don't care." <BR> Do you want to leave early or around lunch? "It doesn't matter to me." <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> Yep, he's back to almost his old self. <BR> Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:36:43 EST So if it's raining, have no regrets... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371567 Sigh. <BR> Perhaps it's the lack of sun. <BR> Perhaps it's the fact that on June 6th I'm still wearing my winter robe. <BR> Perhaps it's listening to my spouse moan the same complaints. <BR> Perhaps it's my yellowed drooping vegetable plants. <BR> I need to stir it up a bit! <BR> I am looking forward to the new pool class tonight. I've not done so well on the eating side of my changes. I've been finding a few things to sneak in when the sun goes down and I've got time on my hands. Not a lot b... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 08:38:28 EST You'd better have a good reason... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371064 The two ladies were waiting in the warm pool. The trainer apologized for being 10 minutes late and started their lesson. <BR> Days later one of them was still miffed that he gave no reason for being late. <BR> <BR> Mom needed one when dinner was cold. Dad needed one at 1 am when I tried to sneak in without turning on the lights. My kids needed one for the same things in my house. <BR> <BR> In our adult world is a reason required when a sincere apology is given? Who deserves a reason? <BR> ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 08:02:16 EST Picked up a few more days of workouts. Fit, but teaching an old dog new tricks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370593 This morning I'm heading to my weekly strength/cardio pool workout. I take those skills, the ability to use the equipment and pick my own days to add extra workouts on my own. Sometimes. <BR> I found a (free) water cardio class in the early evening on one day to jazz up my schedule. Anything after 3pm is out of my comfort zone. It was a bit more hopping around than I was used to for my knees but I may pick it up as a permanent feature. <BR> Alas, I do not swim and never will. Shoulder injurie... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 07:22:46 EST Drat that crazy rabbit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369817 No, not the family-fun wish for presents or wealth. <BR> <em>450</em> <BR> That pesky rabbit who has decided my garden is fair game. <BR> <em>172</em> <BR> Since I planted my veggies a month ago I have RE-PLANTED a tomato plant and twice a pepper plant. I've re-packed the earth against the roots of numerous herbs and watched my yellow zucchini plant be reduced from three healthy seedlings to one lonely leaf after being knocked about daily. <BR> <BR> I'm assuming the momma is looking ... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 08:06:59 EST rabbit, rabbit rabbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369391 Done. <BR> Now I'll wait to see if DD2 said it. <BR> Can anyone tell me where this originated? <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> My kids announced we had to say it every first day of the new month when they were little. I've heard others do the same but have been too lazy to "google" the meaning. <BR> \Whatever, have a great first of June! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> PS: <BR> I read the Wikipedia explanation and found a bit more. This is supposed to have originated in the early 1900s in New Eng... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 08:19:39 EST New challenge on the horizon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368597 I've performed that reality check and it was interesting! <BR> I stalked myself when opening cupboards and doors in search of the elusive fix for whatever it is that ails me. <BR> Bottom line is part of me really doesn't care. <BR> So for this next challenge I AM going to try to care. About me! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Care about me, the way I eat, the way I respond to stress and a whole lot of other things going on in my life. <BR> Day 1 minus one is today and I am going to leave DH on h... Tue, 30 May 2017 13:42:32 EST Free day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368075 I am free to leave my house in peace. <BR> I am free to enjoy the fruits of my labors. <BR> I am free to voice my opinion. <BR> I am free to help others. <BR> I am free to vote for my leaders (AND that they can be challenged) <BR> I am free to observe or not the religion of my choice. <BR> <BR> Thank you to the fallen servicemen and women who gave all to let me be free. <BR> Thank you to the families of the fallen for YOUR sacrifices. <BR> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>652</em> <em>... Mon, 29 May 2017 11:26:25 EST The world in my lens from last month. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367819 Thanks to those who comment on my pictures. I never tire of reviewing what I capture on "film". My visit to Chincoteague was no exception. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17cca9a5-031a-4578-bfb1-ffc29581b0ea.jpg"> <BR> This herring gull and his partner allowed me to get within 3 feet! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/239ad5d3-5019-4a02-8a15-c5dac3bdbe79.jpg"> <BR> I don't remember which is which. I'll call them both "Bob". <BR> <BR> Sunsets with obj... Sun, 28 May 2017 19:35:17 EST The differences a year makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367219 A year ago I posted the routine happenings of my life. Some good, some not so good but that's what life is all about! <BR> <BR> DH miraculously weighed in at 150; now he's 180 and thinking about shedding a few pounds. <BR> Then he was trying to take steps without a walker. The other day he climbed into his van, drove me on a 70 mile circuit for errands and walked around the store on his own. He toddles but it works. <BR> <BR> SIL2 was job hunting. He's been working since September in a gr... Sat, 27 May 2017 09:08:18 EST Wishing for peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365641 I have no words and shake my head. <BR> <em>665</em> <BR> All our UK family are safe. <BR> <BR> Tue, 23 May 2017 13:45:38 EST What I did on my day alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363846 Ate breakfast without the TV blaring. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Shopped for underwear. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> Tried on dresses I didn't buy. I'm not a dress aficionado but heck, I had time. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> Ate my usual lunch at my usual time. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> Looked at the clock <BR> <em>12</em> <BR> Attended to the big not-so-blue hole in the back yard that has leaves in the bottom. Ick. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> Watered plants. <BR> <em>125</em> <em>378</e... Fri, 19 May 2017 07:43:22 EST Alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363434 DH just drove away. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> He's going to a meeting with an old business friend who will drive him the longer distance. It's a chance for him to see the "old crew" of which he was the chairman of the group before he had to retire. <BR> A win for him! I warned him not to be an old man and recite details of his surgery or subsequent disease states. They know how ill he was; they'll be glad to have him back for a day. <BR> Enjoy yourself, I said. You don't have to vote on anyt... Thu, 18 May 2017 07:46:28 EST Basking in the love of my friend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362565 I sat next to almost 4 year old GS 2 before dinner on Sunday and helped him with something small. Big, soft mahogany eyes looked up at me accompanied by the words "Nana, you're my best friend." <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> During dinner, when I cleaned the offending fennel off the apple slices and handed them over, the friend comment came up again. <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> After kisses goodbye when we were leaving, he ran across the room yelling "I have to give my best friend a kiss!" <BR> <B... Tue, 16 May 2017 07:33:42 EST "O" means only that she's growing old????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361670 Not this mom! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I still like the poem/song by Howard Johnson frequently sung by my mom directly to my face with emphasis on the "right". <BR> <BR> M is for the million things she gave me (and still continues to but mostly in advice and hugs) <BR> O means only that she's growing old (not this nana) <BR> T is for the tears she shed to save me (saving is hard but rewarding) <BR> H is for her heart as pure as gold (mine's an alloy of titanium and carbon steel) <BR> E is ... Sun, 14 May 2017 06:35:41 EST You guys rock. Nice to know I'm in good company. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361342 I loved your comments on my blog which was written to myself as a reminder I CAN get over my stressors. I "simply" need to find the HOW. <BR> <BR> We all have bad days. <BR> <BR> Besides DH's glucose issue, my bad day was triggered by a patient at our PT. She was in her 80's, so frail and not in the moment. She needed to be told -left foot, right foot- to walk. She was unable to do almost any exercise and would not continue because she did not remember to move. If asked why she stopped, she... Sat, 13 May 2017 09:54:12 EST The morning after. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360966 Have you woken up the morning after and wonder how you got home? <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> It's like that. <BR> <BR> There's an empty wrapper from cheddar cheese. <BR> Pretzel crumbs. <BR> Ketchup smears on the counter. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> It wasn't a party, it was me! <BR> <BR> A pity party. <BR> <BR> I'm now armed with a few things to combat my struggles. <BR> <BR> At least I wasn't driving. <BR> <em>18</em> Fri, 12 May 2017 09:38:42 EST Ackkk. Busy, busy and trying to be a better eater. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360725 I was nudged by my spark friend DEBVNE into showing my face! <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> I've been busy, busy with getting life moving. The situations and happenings in my life have been annoying and are keeping me on my toes, and my toes are tired! <BR> <BR> It all started a long time ago... <BR> <BR> We had added the sunroom which allowed our 8ft sliding door to be open in good weather. I couldn't open it and the floor raised under and around it. I found water seepage in my cement slab floo... Thu, 11 May 2017 17:52:04 EST The return of activity. No more mellowing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358735 The doctor said I couldn't go in the pool for 4 weeks to let my scar heal. Today's the day and I'm looking forward to being active again. <BR> I also was able to restart PT for the knee issues. <BR> I still have residual shingles problems but not like it was two weeks ago so perhaps I can get back in my groove, on the wagon and off the fence! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> All of the above reminds me of the complaints of an old person. <BR> Me, old? No way! <BR> Like a fine aged scotch.......smo... Sun, 7 May 2017 07:23:32 EST Healing thyself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358134 Shingles? <BR> Bam! <BR> Back in the day we all knew you "couldn't" give drugs for viruses. I am happy I live in an age where we figured this out. A week of medication, almost unbearable headaches and trying not to touch my side I am on the mend. It slowed my vacation down but did not stop it. <BR> Today I barely have a rash although I still have nerve pain. I'm glad I recognized it immediately and got treatment. <BR> <BR> Getting treatment for my attitude is a bit harder. I've fallen off th... Fri, 5 May 2017 17:34:59 EST There and back. Now back to reality. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357033 We had a nice, relaxing time visiting Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops Island NASA facility! <BR> <BR> The ponies stayed far away. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f353331f-9a52-4fd1-b5d4-22d445e7befb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH made some new friends. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1bbe3ee1-0291-4444-849b-4d54ba988b5e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Science for DH <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a80f2f70-6a23-40fd-adb8-dd4748e61556.jpg"> <BR> <... Wed, 3 May 2017 08:58:03 EST Wishing all my Spark friends to stay safe in this weather. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355655 Whewie! There's some mighty strange weather going on today. <BR> I'm thinking good thoughts to all my friends who are in; <BR> Tornado territory <BR> Blizzard states <BR> Flood areas <BR> Windy places. <BR> <BR> I feel fortunate, a bit lucky. It's 82 degrees, a light breeze and sunny enough I had to get indoors before I fried. <BR> <BR> DH and I are having a really relaxing time watching wild ponies and seashores. Eating too much. Getting along nicely. <BR> <BR> I'll have pictures when we... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:06:20 EST MIA for a few days. Plus pictures of granddog and granddaughter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354262 I'm leaving today to see ponies and rocket ships. More when I get back. <BR> I'll lose my streak, but IRL I have to have more fun than trying to log in in my portable device. <BR> Maybe I will and maybe I won't. <BR> <BR> NEWS FLASH! <BR> <BR> DD2 took me for hair color and cut, film at 11. <BR> <BR> I was not home to take DH to his PT appointment SO HE DROVE HIIMSELF the 34 mile round trip in his newly running van. <BR> INDEPENDENCE! <BR> He stopped for bagel and coffee(not great). Stopp... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:01:44 EST Need a roof done? I've got the shingles. Ouch. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353234 Several months ago I got the obsessive urge to get the shingles vaccine. I was told I couldn't because I am allergic to the preservative. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> No problem, I got shingles! <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> It turns out my weekend illness was the precursor to the blossom of that itchy spot on my back. I was able to see my physician right away and she honestly clapped her hands and jumped up and down! She's just so cute. <BR> She said a week of anti-virals and I should be fine. Sh... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:02:20 EST FIghting back against a spring scourge. My attitude? A different story. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352289 It's only just begun... <BR> Tissues in my pocket. That scratch in the back of my throat, the blah feeling and the dislike of my morning cuppa while thinking I really don't want to eat today. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Whoa, I don't want to eat? <BR> I'd better bottle this feeling and save it for future use when I'm picking through the kitchen in search of something just because I want something! <BR> <BR> I could blame the young lady who sat on my lap to eat applesauce, who's mouth and nose ... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:18:14 EST Driving life in neutral and having fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351238 Coasting is not a bad thing. What seems routine to me may be noteworthy to others. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> We've been busy here in the OJ household but it's not much to write home about. Still going to PT 3x a week although my PT has been on hold. <BR> <BR> My leg has healed nicely from removing a mass and I can return to my beloved pool and exercise in another two weeks. I'm hoping it won't grow back as I had one removed 20 years ago! Alas, not big enough for weight loss but big enough ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:54:36 EST Spring is renewal, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349573 This morning is back to the old routine. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I behaved in the face of chocolate bunnies threatening to melt in the 90 degree heat! My great nephew gave me a laugh as he had stashed chocolate in his shorts pocket only to have it melt and smear all over his legs while playing! Brave moves for a 10 year old who took a bit of ribbing for questionable sources! <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> I indulged in an appetizer that was total poison. My dinner plate was a dessert plate with ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:21:57 EST Enjoy the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349154 <BR> Yesterday I played with the grands for an hour or so. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35ae5969-ffed-44dd-a5f3-1a039d795eb5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My personal superhero has worn his Batman cape to frayed edges. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5eca286f-14d0-400e-abe1-52f46ec17220.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How to sit on steps when you're bored. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/876bc24d-1a9d-41ad-9c7c-428d44d7b43a.jpg"> <BR> First bouncing ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 07:15:44 EST NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348121 I had time to kill while DH was in therapy; I'm still nursing my surgical leg with NO exercise for me for 4 weeks. I hit the big box store and in of all places, had an NSV! <BR> <BR> I picked up a pair of jeans and shorts, even knowing I didn't have to try them on, and they were no longer plus size. <BR> <BR> I've exercised my buns off for the past year and it shows. I came home, tried the clothes on for DH and got the typical man-stamp of approval. A smile, nod and a grunt and the big ques... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:56:53 EST Evaluating a month of meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347371 I know, I've done it before. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> This time I did it like I'd prepare a work project. I played around in Excel for a few hours being brutally honest with myself and came away with some interesting statistics based on my averages for the month of March. <BR> <BR> I have wonderful breakfasts, lunches and dinners. It'd make anyone proud! I am the queen of getting it right for my meals. <BR> <BR> It's the snacks, stupid! How many times can I tell myself this before I get it ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 07:32:34 EST What a difference a day, week, year, 2 years makes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346927 For those of you tortured enough to have read my previous blogs about DH, the past several years have been difficult. Oh how things have changed! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> About 2 years ago it was obvious he was in very ill health. After life-saving surgery he improved then became more ill. I chronicled the ups and downs; thanks for reading and boosting me to stay sane! His return to decent health is nothing short of a miracle and I know had I not stood over him (in my leathers with whips and... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:02:48 EST Help in the kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346395 I've been getting my eating in better order than it has been. I know it's about 75% mental preparation and 25% kitchen for me. I buy the right things, cook and serve myself great meals yet I search and destroy for snacks at odd times. <BR> I'm better at saying no and have found a surprising new partner in my road to success. <BR> DH. <BR> Who knew he'd get on the wagon with me? <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> It's a mixed bag blessing of observations, tricks and words I've used on him. <BR> I hear... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:57:03 EST The "it figures" in my life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345269 It figures I'd have some kind of complication for a routine procedure. I had the mass removed from my leg today and everything went well. <BR> Almost. <BR> When I saw DH in recovery he said the doctor told him the needle broke during sew-up! He's only had it happen one other time and of course, my luck I'd be the second. <BR> Things took a bit longer to bring x-ray into the OR, locate the errant metal and find the needle in the "haystack". <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I'm back home, very comfort... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 19:59:18 EST Rain, rain go away. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344994 We need the water. I know. <BR> The end of hibernation is in sight, the grass is beginning to green and birdsong is in the air. <BR> But I can't play in the yard because I will make a lasting impression on the ground with my heavy tread on the mud underneath. I've been walking on my retaining wall to be able to access my shed proving I still have balance. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> We've reached the saturation point, the ground and I! <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> I've had enough of bone chilling... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 07:19:11 EST Spring cleaning. The exorcist of dirt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344299 I picked a white-sandy colored carpet about 18 years ago which I have kept clean with the mentality of the possessed. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> I am also fortunate to have a carpet cleaner. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> I used it today and performed the task using appropriate body moves. Dancing and bending my knees, using my arms and not my back. <BR> Sorta. <BR> My thighs hurt. <BR> My hamstrings are humming. <BR> I only got about 1/4 of it done but that was the frequently tread front door ar... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 17:22:12 EST Bonus blog: Nature in my yard in pictures. Warning, the rabbit had already expired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343203 I think the rabbit must have died of natural causes as it was whole and in my yard away from the street. AND, I know the turkey buzzards don't kill their food. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59368043-1b54-4de5-ae16-bd60b56b1349.jpg"> <BR> These guys live in my neighbors' tree year round and are joined in the fall by another 80 or so in December. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc67f5f9-5186-486e-aa4b-5be998da648a.jpg"> <BR> There was a display of ... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 13:31:03 EST A few down, again. Spread joy up to the maximum. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343042 How do I celebrate a victory over 4-5 pounds lost for the umpteenth time? <BR> I gotta accentuate the positive. <BR> I download my meals for the past months, sort, dissect and calculate what worked best and how I feel. <BR> Latch on to the affirmative. <BR> I evaluate the benefits of certain foods and groups and try, try, try. <BR> Eliminate the negative. <BR> Take those pre-planned meals, ignore the snacks that come my way when we go out and turn down items I know aren't on my plan. <BR> Do... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 08:29:11 EST Not a fan of "fool", I'm a practical and too serious gal. Mixed bag for today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342100 April is the month of birthdays in my universe. Stretching it a bit the party started 2 days ago when my dear cousin and her sister upped their numbers. Today is my BFF's and SIL2s natal days. My mother and her four sisters managed to have their first children in the same month so other cousins and I get to be older around the same time. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Speaking of smiles, there were a few comments this week that got me thinking. That darned 40-thing question about belly laughs. I ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:26:15 EST Goal met; better meals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341613 I have created a group of better meals for myself as well as gotten my act together, again. <BR> My dentist had given me several recipes that I enjoyed and could tweak to different cuisines. <BR> I have become a fan of riced cauliflower. <BR> I've got a grip on those big girl panties and have made some strides- losing some of the pounds I had regained. I'm not even going to post or track the yo-yo. <BR> <BR> DH is somewhat on board and learning how even several crackers can throw off his gl... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:45:17 EST