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/ Oh, no! 2 days to my 30 day challenge and I have been sorely challenged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226592 Protein. <BR> Those amino acid building blocks we rely on to make our own muscles strong. <BR> Filler of stomachs. <BR> I've tried to increase my proteins and have not been very successful. More than likely I have added other foods, surprisingly veggies or fruit, which may take the place of proteins. Wrongly thinking more veggies are better? <BR> I've been keeping most of my days at 1300 or lower calories and not sweating the higher days as well, &&it happens! <BR> <BR> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:56:19 EST Laughingly loving the Sparkiverse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6225250 Thanks for all your comments on my recent blogs. <BR> In no particular order: <BR> <BR> Pureed dinner (broccoli, cauliflower, chicken and rice with teriyaki sauce) was at best filling. <BR> My babies were raised on blenderized table food, no jarred stuff here. <BR> I now apologize for the textures and hope they haven't been scarred for life. <BR> <BR> I have been declared ok to chew stuff again (I also had misaligned repair which was filed down by the dentist this week) and promised myself ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:08:34 EST Confounded by the ketosis diet I saw on tv yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224752 I don't watch TV much. <BR> I never watch Dr. Oz but he was on the tube at the dentist office and I was a captive audience. I kept trying to read my book but my attention would be grabbed by the show. I admit I missed a lot of it and have not fact checked what my brain took in. <BR> Ketosis diet was touted as a "short term" diet. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Coffee with butter and coconut milk? That's what brought my head up quick. Some buff guy was giving a sample of what he'd eat in a day. He... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:46:40 EST Challenging 30 day challenge. Protein hunting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224156 Bow and arrow. <BR> Rope snare. <BR> Net trap. <BR> Crab trap. <BR> Grocery cart. <BR> <BR> She who walks on soft feet and leaves no mark has still not bagged the daily protein! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I either almost hit the mark or just hit it. I'd like to see more in my diet without eating high protein cottage cheese or Greek yogurt every day. <BR> The balance to a low-cal diet is eluding me. Sure, I throw some beans into the mix but the calories keep me vigilant. <BR> My dental ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:31:17 EST Pictures of better health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222365 DH and Caroline in March when she was a week old. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac12cc0e-34cf-439b-9679-cbceb24ebd5d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They both had some good lovin' and good healthcare. <BR> <BR> Here they are 5 months later! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e0be236-9fa4-4763-aa99-b93be8d9366c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's amazing what some good lovin' can do! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:18:06 EST Health milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221277 I reread my blogs from this time last year. When I thought it was getting better, it got worse. Then it really got worse. <BR> By Christmas we were shopping for nursing facilities or funeral homes for my wheelchair-bound DH. Once his diagnosis was squared away and excellent doctors made excellent decisions, he was on the very slow road to recovery. <BR> He thinks he isn't getting better. <BR> Yesterday, for the second day in a row, the walker stayed home in the house while we went to PT. <BR>... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:02:47 EST Chewing slowly. I-am-not-an-animal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220187 Last night I remarked to DH. <BR> "You finished before me!" <BR> That has never happened. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I am the hyena who must eat the food before someone else gets it. <BR> The snake that swallows the rat whole. <BR> See the dragonfly on the ...oops gone, the frog got it. <BR> <em>201</em> <BR> <BR> I think it's also part of the "mom gene". <BR> Bites taken in between cleaning up spills, trying to keep schedules, packing lunches and eating breakfast with one hand while gett... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:41:26 EST Ultimate donations, my career and how it hits home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219297 I needed to blog about the intersection of my chosen (now retired) profession and the lives of my loved ones. And yours. <BR> <BR> Those who have followed me for years probably figured it out. My career has been dedicated to transfusion medicine. Giving and receiving. Manufacturing and regulation. <BR> Life and death. Some of my time was in supervisory capacities, research and education. <BR> <BR> Donors for blood are unpaid volunteers. Pharmaceutical products and reagent manufacturers may... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:31:08 EST Beach babies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218945 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c94bbb2-f7e0-4a53-8fe9-90eaf005a97f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wish we were there! Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:58:55 EST Enforced changes and changing my tunes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218592 The enforced change is the dental repair scheduled for tomorrow. I have been fighting an infection for months as I broke a molar who-knows-when ago. I've been on several bouts of antibiotics over the months until I had the time to get this done. I get the tooth pulled, a bone graft put in and wait about 6 months before an implant is planted. My first and hopefully last. <BR> I'm no chicken but I think this will bother me for a few days. <BR> <BR> It shall keep me compliant in the eating depa... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:06:54 EST Three generations of happy girls. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217658 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e4ed5f5-f090-4837-8143-b3e29ff2fbe6.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Selfies rarely do a body justice. <BR> I am at the point of "who cares?" since I like being happy. <BR> This is happy! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 08:34:38 EST Rebuilding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216288 Rebuild: (Merriam Webster) <BR> 1 a : to make extensive repairs to : reconstruct <BR> b : to restore to a previous state <BR> 2 : to make extensive changes in <BR> <BR> I've thought about this word for most of the day. When my computer crashed, I think I avoided some computer malarial fever, I was able to bring up a screen which asked me the question do I want to "restore computer to previous version? Data will be saved. Apps will be removed." <BR> Geeze. I NEED those files! <BR> The l... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:23:47 EST Carbohydrates are complex. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6215116 Thanks to all who commented on my recent blogs. <BR> After reading such good thoughts, I went back to the data and moved it around a few times. <BR> <BR> I pretty much gave up carbs. No bread, pasta, rice, sugar (a touch). <BR> In doing so I unbalanced the universe. <BR> <BR> My carbs were coming from my morning fruit. Mostly strawberries, craisins and peaches. There was rarely any fat other than the occasional cheese slice and no more carbs during the day which is why my pies were unbalanc... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 19:01:27 EST The ghosts of meals past. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214146 I'm determined to find the how and why of my past successes. I have been diligently tracking for several months and have not lost a thing. I upped my exercises and thyroid meds as well. I feel a bit better, my clothes fit differently (my fat is in new positions) but I can't excuse the lack of weight loss. <BR> Unless as some of you suggest I'm eating the wrong/right things. It's very easy to have the "pie" cut in the right proportions while the ingredients might be all wrong! <BR> I have gon... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:00:39 EST Who doesn't love Pie (charts)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213865 I downloaded the tracker information to play with the values for all my food. I am trying to discover what I'm doing wrong as I thought I had been doing quite well. DH has watched me track every item, asked questions about my choices and encouraged me to keep at it. I took the information, created Pie charts for each average meal and for my total average daily input for July. <BR> <BR> It starts out nicely. I've set my sights on a high protein, lower fat diet so breakfast appears to be balan... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 17:51:54 EST Bee happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211473 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b15ffe80-fcda-42ef-9d61-7c5e246b8e3d.jpg"> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:03:32 EST A long, short, slow and fast year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209595 This week, a year ago, I started intensive caring for my DH. He was so ill I was in charge of intravenous feeding at home to boost him up for his surgery. Immediately post op, after a terrifically executed procedure, he was looking good. <BR> Then he wasn't. <BR> He slowly succumbed to a second disease we had not realized was riding on the coattails of the other. <BR> It's been a long, short, slow and fast year. A blur. A burden. A draining experience. <BR> A joy. <BR> <BR> Last night we di... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 07:08:34 EST Refining the legalities of life. Checked off my list. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208565 When I said "I will" in 1978, it was with the thought that we'd tumble in bed, make a few kids, build a house and take vacations. Work until we had made the world a better place. We'd walk the beach with gray hair, holding hands and canes watching little kids make sand castles. <BR> I didn't think that those words would included the following: <BR> <BR> I will make decisions for you because you can't. <BR> I will ensure you can be cared for with dignity. <BR> I will not put you on life supp... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:05:23 EST Fun in the sun with GS while Sweet Caroline gets some repair. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207206 The doctors finally realized Caroline was seriously tongue-tied. My DD took her for laser surgery today to have the offending tissue removed. It turned out that her lack of weight gain, etc was most likely due to this. On a scale of 1-4, hers was classified as 4, the worst. Doctors are pointing fingers at each other. Missed it! <BR> I watched the 5yr old all day and boy did we have fun! We watched the fence man put up my new fence. The nice man played along and showed GS1 how to use big tools... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:08:51 EST Another year and a few more good days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206243 Photos from Ben's 3rd birthday party yesterday. <BR> Ben's dad lit the cake up <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19a7d45f-a5ef-4107-b8b6-1e819b1410dc.jpg"> <BR> It seemed to impress Lucas more <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81521366-10aa-4c49-b94f-949c95b4a117.jpg"> <BR> My five cuties <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b9fd8d6-1423-4b05-be2b-7adf104f2898.jpg"> <BR> Caroline was not impressed <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 07:39:08 EST Hot, hot, hot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205682 How hot? It's so hot that: <BR> I stayed indoors after 8am until 9pm. <BR> I did not venture out to my pool; the water is 92 F! <BR> I watered my garden morning and night. <BR> I had to go to the store and did not buy frozen items. <BR> <em>259</em> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:53:35 EST Vitamins, treats or show stoppers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205201 I admit I am not a good patient when it comes to taking vitamins. I buy, I try and when they are gone...meh! I forget to replace them. <BR> I tried a new tactic about 6 weeks ago. I was gently encouraged by my MD to raise my vitamin D levels .."Please"... as well as get some extra calcium to keep my solid bones great. <BR> Why not make my vitamins a treat, I said to myself. I bought calcium with extra D3 and multivitamin gummies. <BR> <BR> I've noticed my appetite increasing. <BR> I'm scou... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:31:24 EST Mary, Mary quite contrary... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204276 How does my garden grow? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0dc8760-93f2-4a2c-b4b9-ee5158176c73.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78106c20-176e-49ee-b6e8-690d9c293014.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/932fdd1f-4d1a-4aee-b7c8-b4894feed335.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't have any silver bells or cockle shells but I do have a lot of veggies to keep me in line with good eating! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:41:19 EST Working on my current goal: Enjoy summer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203578 <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>54</em> <em>27</em> <em>67</em> <BR> I've been enjoying the weather. Hot days punctuated with stormy showers, a bit 'o lightnin' and cool nights have made me happy and helps my garden grow. DD2 is with me for a night. She helped me shore up the tomato plants that got pushed over by the latest stormy wind. We saved the plants with minimal damage; there must be 40 pounds of tomatoes! <BR> In return I took her to the mall (1 mile done in no time!) to fi... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:07:02 EST Good morning from the birds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202378 I watered my oasis before the sun appeared. <BR> I have a nice cuppa, my laptop and a comfy chair. I'm sitting in my sunroom listening to the birds announce the sunrise. I've got at lot to hear; the harsh croak of crows, the cheeps of the cardinals, scolding jays, grackles "grackling" and sparrows chirping. The mocking bird has set up shop on the neighbors roof. The mourning doves coo later. The woodpeckers have switched to the trees. When they were looking for mates they used my friends' alu... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 07:10:06 EST Eggs grow on trees. At least in my garden they do. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202101 My garden has blossomed to a green oasis. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4aadb893-dd2a-414a-9dfb-8d0e4dc38c22.jpg"> <BR> I told my grandkids I didn't need chickens. Eggs grew on trees! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b21ba7ec-86b7-4e85-8094-4ce013573643.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will have enough tomatoes to start a store and enough chilies to make my own wreaths! <BR> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:02:57 EST Go take a hike! Featured SP blog. More on that subject; care to walk in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201033 Hiking is my favorite pastime. You don't have to be super fit to enjoy nature, walking trails is a great way to start on a road to fitness! Grab a bottle of water, a camera and put on comfortable shoes. <BR> <BR> I've saved the hiking blog featured today for future reference as I still want to travel if and when DH gets better. My question for my Spark friends is: <BR> What are your favorite hikes in your areas? I might add them to my list of must see. <BR> <BR> Some of my favorites in New... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:38:40 EST Did it, got over it and will move on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200619 If it wasn't nailed down, I ate it. <BR> Wow, I haven't done this in months and it feels yucky! <BR> <BR> No whining or crying, just putting it out there I'm still very much human! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:55:19 EST Conversations about getting help. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200267 Thank goodness that by yesterday DH looked and felt as good as he had 3 weeks ago! Done with IV antibiotics, his PICC was removed and he could get a good scrubbing in the warm shower. Ahhhhhh! <BR> <BR> Did I mention I'm getting physical therapy? I have been utilizing the gym while DH has PT and I thought I may have overdone something; I had some pain in my hip and back. Proper Rx in hand, I met with the doctors who now count as friends-we've been there 3x a week since December! <BR> <BR>... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:41:33 EST HHH as nature takes over my yard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199648 <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> Not sure I want to venture out today or the next few as my tolerance for such days has lessened over time. Maybe a short trek around the block before the sun gets above the trees. <BR> Our resident cardinal family must have matured as mom and dad are no longer scolding me in the back yard. <BR> The blue jays make a habit of scolding me just because. <BR> The goldfinches have taken what they can from my flowers as the heat has kn... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:41:42 EST Watching the grass grow and other summertime pastimes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199057 I've spent more time maintaining my pool instead of being in it. Perhaps things will settle down with DH so I can be home to use it. I've logged 300 miles in the past week and countless hours at doctors every day including the weekends and holiday. His health is precarious but ok. When I'm not staring him into better health I'm staring at the plants. <BR> <BR> I've harvested quite a few zucchini, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2a9354f-2a81-43a3-a463-b166c4c1a3e7.jpg"... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:04:07 EST The Jumping on the Fun Blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197348 OK, enough! <BR> It's Saturday, I'm alive, the rain watered my plants, filled the pool and is giving me an opportunity to stay indoors and spruce up. <BR> SIL2 is staying with me for a few days to help. At 6'2" he can take down the ceiling lights for me so I can clean the insides, fill the water softener with salt and lift a few things I can't. <BR> All I have to do is feed him. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> The grandkids have been over at various times. SIL1 brought them last Sunday to p... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 05:47:50 EST All lives matter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196824 I am saddened by the violence, bigotry and anger that has become a representation of my country. Likewise I cannot understand the violence in the general world. <BR> <BR> Hate. <BR> It is not inherited in our DNA. The letters have no color, sex or religion. We are not born with the anger. It is taught. Learned. Acquired through fear and ignorance. <BR> <BR> All blood is red. <BR> <BR> All lives matter. <BR> <BR> Fri, 8 Jul 2016 06:56:07 EST Teaching an old dog new tricks. As hard as it sounds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195034 What can I have? <BR> Can I eat this? <BR> Is this ok? <BR> I forgot to tell you I had three sugar free cookies. I remembered three was the "magic" number so that's all I ate. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Sigh. DH is trying hard to learn to eat better but it's very difficult when his view of certain foods is so narrow. I tried to get him to eat a yogurt recommended by the MD to balance his insides. <BR> Remember the kids with heads turned sideways and the word "No!" sneaking out between those l... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 07:00:32 EST Celebrating FREEDOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194557 Happy 4th of July. <BR> <em>283</em> <BR> Happy Independence Day. <BR> <em>195</em> <BR> Thanks to all of you who continue to make this celebration possible and for your sacrifices for our country. <BR> <em>232</em> Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:37:34 EST How about a blog about ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193957 I've continued to have healthy, good meals in spite of all the drama. I will ignore the tortilla cheese filled pretzels DD2 and I shared for dinner the first night at the hospital. No real food for the weary that time of night. <BR> My exercises have taken a hit as the schedule has become gruesome. I did attack the garage with a vengeance one frustrating day while he was in the hospital. A VERY satisfying fit of cleaning. <BR> Trying to get the man to the infusion site office for 830 every m... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 07:34:33 EST Sneaking in a ballerina picture. LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192873 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9affa0e-9412-43ae-a046-1b2fcbd85492.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Perhaps she'll learn to dance as cute as she looks. <BR> Once she learns how to crawl! Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:39:09 EST Bonus Blog: Emulating politicians. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192265 No, not those ones. <BR> <BR> I wish I could paste the AP news picture of Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Pena Nieto walking between the saluting Mounties in the National Gallery of Canada on Wednesday. My 62 year old female self enjoyed the shot. <BR> Handsome. Smartly dressed. Fit. <BR> Fit. <BR> Fit. <BR> Fit. <BR> These leaders and their families of our North American countries are fit. Do you think any of them eats a cheeseburger wrapped in paper? Fries from a box? Cellophane w... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:29:34 EST Oops. I found the man I married. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192256 Who knew? <BR> On top of every other indignity the man could face in his struggles, he was suffering withdrawal from his pain meds! <BR> They do not keep the extended release medication, a strong narcotic, he uses daily to keep the pain at bay. He normally takes extra meds when it gets tough and he assumed he was getting the routine med. The nurse told me I could bring it from home and in the meantime he got a short acting dose. In an hour his sweet self returned and he was apologetic. <BR> N... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:14:07 EST When familiarity breeds contempt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191613 The last three days have been a week! <BR> DH will be in the hospital for another few days for the antibiotics to do their thing. <BR> He shipped to a regular floor yesterday where he is only one of many. The area joining what's left of his stomach to the intestines never truly heals due to use and acids. The constipation caused twisting and pressure to possibly rupture small areas. No surgery yet but when the dust settles he'll probably have more intensive scans or endoscopies. More drugs. <... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 07:42:48 EST A little more drama, a delicate issue not too many people talk about and with a happier ending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190836 This afternoon I walked into a conversation between DH and the Infectious Disease doctor. The sheepish and recovering husband told the MD I nailed his diagnosis yesterday. <BR> <BR> Septicemia (blood infection). Yep. The you-could-be-6-hours-away-from-death-if-yo<BR>u-don't-get-help infection. Everyone in the hospital keeps telling him how I saved his life. He keeps smiling, agreeing. <BR> <BR> IV antibiotics all around for everyone! This round's on me! He's already improving. Able to eat a... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 22:10:51 EST How it changes in an instant. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190379 In the blink of an eye it all turns upside down. <BR> <BR> DH is in the hospital with diagnosis being refined. He felt slightly ill yesterday morning and settled in for a nap. I was doing outside chores, peeked in on him once or twice and I spent an hour in the pool with the kids. <BR> <BR> I found him with a fever of 104! He was delirious and after my 911 call, he got to ride in the big limo with flashing lights. Once he was hydrated and the fever reduced he told me he had no recollection ... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 07:40:48 EST Happiness is...whatever makes your day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189218 Good Saturday morning! <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> My happiness is many things today: <BR> <BR> Spark People <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> A place to toss ideas into the wind and get answers back. <BR> A place to vent (whine, moan, grump) without censure. <BR> A place to keep TRACK of my food and exercise. <BR> <BR> Around my home <BR> I enjoyed the giggle of a physician who was tickled pink at DH's recovery! <BR> I survived a week of life's tests; medical, physical and mental and still have my... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:17:48 EST Updates and busyness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188073 The pneumatic chair system sprung a leak and DH volunteered to climb out of the therapy pool yesterday. This meant 5 ladder steps up, turn and 3 down; without help. Shaky, slow but accomplished to cheers all around! You don't know your potential until you try, eh? <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Later he told me he thought he would do never be able to do something like that. He finally understands how ill he was and is having a few "woe is me" moments. Asking the kids if they knew how sick he was;... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:48:28 EST Healthy meals. They ARE doable. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187099 Yes, yes, you've all told me. I've even done it a time or two. <BR> Measure and plan. Plan and measure. <BR> Don't keep triggers in the house. <BR> Use the Tracker. <BR> <BR> I have been doing all of the above and I think it's working. Not so much on the scale; that's another story. I have healthy, prepared meals in the refrigerator and I don't have to make choices. When I eat I use the tracker to see what I ate for the day. I don't have to worry about the contents, they all meet my criteri... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:51:09 EST RV shopping????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185366 Sure, that sounds silly considering the past 6 months, but heck there was nothing else to do! <BR> DH has had a few really good days so I said let's go see. We've spent countless days at RV shows in the past getting painful quad exercises stepping in and out of monstrosities. <BR> The last show we attended I was a pen stroke away from purchasing a trailer. <BR> <BR> We went to a big place about an hour away, warned the salesman we were only playing and he went along for the ride. It helped t... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:50:20 EST Hello, deer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183193 While I was dutifully logging in for the 366th day in a row, I was distracted by some large movement outside. <BR> These guys came to play. My camera was still set for the night sky so my pictures are not what I'd like. And my movements disturbed their calmness. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/278500b2-7045-448d-a6b7-3b9182f3baed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They've go the makings of some good sized racks, heavily moss-covered and dull at the moment. If they survive dodging the cars... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 06:36:29 EST What has occured in a year of daily logging into Spark or; why haven't I gone crazy yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182546 I "spun the wheel" June 14 of last year not realizing it would become a lifeline during the year to come. That day I posted a picture blog of our visit to Salt Lake City after spending a week in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with the in-laws. <BR> Here's the condensed version! <BR> June <BR> DH has diagnostic endoscopic surgery. I start grasping at SP to NOT eat like a fiend and keep exercising. <BR> July <BR> DH becomes very ill, very quickly. <BR> DD1 announces baby #3. <BR> N... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:02:37 EST My night sky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181674 I stood out on my pool deck for an hour at sunset tonight to catch glimpse of planets and moons. I wish I had better equipment but I'm satisfied. And I got some nice cool evening air. <BR> <BR> The moon <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fc044c3-3329-4cb1-994b-0b68e6a874c8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jupiter and it's four moons. May be you can't see it so well here. There's another star on the far right. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d42f75ce-c9a8-481d-96bc-4... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:04:43 EST Happy weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180712 Miscellaneous doings and information, even if you're not interested. <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Something is sticky on my kitchen floor by the sink. I guess I have to mop. If I only I had kept my shoes on, well, you know.... <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> I met our new neighbors yesterday. They've made nice changes to the landscaping. Energetic, go-getters and partiers. His 30th birthday party is today and he apologized over and over in advance for the noise. My response? If it bothers me th... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:52:09 EST