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/ 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 Reordering. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179505 I grin every time I open my page and see the "new" labels. <BR> <BR> "Reorder" friends. <BR> "Reorder" teams. <BR> <BR> verb <BR> 1. request (something) to be made, supplied, or served again. <BR> 2. arrange (something) again. <BR> <BR> I've only used this word in the first meaning so I am amused. <BR> <BR> I'll have two new friends, hold the downers, and a side of new teams, please! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> May I reorder a new life? <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> I'm all about "rear... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:21:48 EST Owning a pool is sexy. Until... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178093 Got your attention with the word sexy? <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> We've been backyard pool people for 30+ years. It's the hole in the backyard that we throw money into every year. <BR> It used to be easy. <BR> DH and various kids would help remove the winter stuff and the same crew would cover it for the next year. Last week I took it all off myself; no choice the timing was all wrong with vacations and storms. I wanted to ensure the pine needled, larva and bird poop loaded black water did n... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:43:36 EST Changing up my diet. It's not easy and a long time coming. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177355 I'm not sure how it happened, but I got it. <BR> <BR> I've had weeks of good, large and healthy meals. No hunger. No deprivation moments. <BR> Perhaps the consistent exercise days are contributing. Having less anxiety about what to make for the two of us. Maybe I'm not stressing over my life so much. <BR> <BR> I've pretty much avoided breads. Trying to keep DH on a heathier carb diet has had me change up a few things for him which affect what is in the cabinets so there's less temptation. <... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 06:58:35 EST Enjoying healthy meals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175893 It should be simple. <BR> It is. <BR> It's our minds that are complicated! <BR> <BR> I kept over-thinking trying to make foods for the two of us that we'd both like. I'd eat the wrong things and get frustrated that food was going to waste, so I'd eat it. Now that DH has a better sense of taste he has a few foods he likes and I make those in bulk for him to switch out during the week. Like me, he likes to have the same daily breakfasts so that was easy. I limited my choices, which made thing... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 15:34:08 EST June already? This week in no particular order- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175073 I've been using my work skills at home to upgrade my newly retired life. Computer is better, files organized (sorta) schedules....on and on. <BR> <BR> Taking everyone's good advice and treating myself to a real haircut today. I am my father's daughter and always do what I can instead of paying someone else; until I can't. This includes cutting and coloring my own hair. I used to highlight it but that got too tedious and my shoulder hurts. Besides, Nature has highlighted it enough! Film at 11... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:41:58 EST I won a gazillion points on the wheel (of life)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173863 Or: One picture is worth a thousand words. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20c7be26-328d-465d-86f2-088f40b4d963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> For 2 hours he used the shopping cart as a walker and occasionally stepped away from it precariously balancing while looking at things just out of reach. <BR> <BR> Today's picture is totally different. <BR> All his muscles are sore from pushing it yesterday. IV therapy with a new nurse who bounced off the walls from energy... Tue, 31 May 2016 16:06:01 EST Eat healthy meals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172919 It IS harder than it sounds! <BR> <BR> Sure, the groceries are stocked with fresh foods. Freezer sections abound with fresh-frozen veggies and fruits. In a pinch, there are even some healthier frozen prepared selections. It's what I do with these things once they get home. I prepare, eat some and freeze a lot. Then I never go to the freezer and look for what's handy in the refrigerator or cabinet. <BR> <BR> That has already been a bit remedied as I self-wounded my pride. I took a good look ... Mon, 30 May 2016 08:48:02 EST Countdown to Calmness. Another challenge completed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172290 I gave myself 30 days to accept my fate and not fight it. <BR> <BR> It's been tough and though sometimes I am not the brightest of bulbs; I've seen the light. Displays of temper, crying fits, throwing things or slamming doors (the last two my favorites) will not change the present. <BR> What will change my future is taking the higher road with DH and the rest of the family by calmly talking things out. Making plans to do what we can, when we can and celebrate the small miracles. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 29 May 2016 06:45:22 EST What Memorial Day means to me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171777 It's an opportunity to slow my pace for a moment and think about those who have fallen protecting my freedom. <BR> <BR> It's a day I set aside to try to find a ceremony honoring those heroes. <BR> <BR> It is also a day to remember the sacrifices of all who served and are now gone. <BR> <BR> To say thank you to the air to Dad, my father-in law and old friends and hope the whispered thanks are heard. <BR> <BR> <BR> And to those of you who have or continue to serve, thanks for you service ... Sat, 28 May 2016 07:58:32 EST Simply good things for Friday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171300 In no particular order: <BR> <BR> DH weighed in at 150 pounds! <BR> The doctor credits me, the IV treatment, the meds, me, the PT, pancakes with blueberry compote and me. <BR> <BR> I already told you he was walking without his walker at times. The scary trips continue but my 64 yr old toddler is determined. He gets reminded there is no padded diaper to cushion his fall (thank goodness). <BR> <BR> SIL2 had good job interview. Our import found that he must stand in line behind all the nativ... Fri, 27 May 2016 10:03:03 EST When was the last time you gave yourself an upgrade? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170555 I spent most of yesterday afternoon and some of this morning trying to cope with my laptop's inadvertent upgrade to Windows 10. It would have been ok except my "motherboard" has developed the computer version of arthritis. Sigh. <BR> Then this morning my iPad told me IT needed an upgrade! <BR> I think the electronics are done for the present. <BR> <BR> We discuss losing. Maintenance. The how's and the why's. Making what we have better. <BR> <BR> I want an upgrade. <BR> <BR> Janet 5.1 <BR>... Thu, 26 May 2016 06:59:18 EST Why not brighten the day with happy thoughts and pictures? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169288 Here you go...things that make me happy. <BR> <BR> Peas in a pod. Biggest brother, little sister share many traits. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91fc8cc2-049f-4928-b031-bba2debdbfe6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> GS2 is one of THOSE kids. Hands on and into anything. He's a monster who gives the best bear hugs. He'll pat you on the head with gentle hands then slam a plastic truck on it! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b86a6f1b-0bdf-4027-8aef-21dff6204a31.jpg">... Tue, 24 May 2016 06:58:49 EST I forgot to tell you good things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167960 My new GD, Sweet Caroline is having an uphill climb from being a preemie and having digestive issues. These are slowly being worked out and although she's barely gained weight, she is maturing nicely. Smiles and attentiveness. <BR> <BR> Our "terrible two" GS has been a breeze to potty train. Who expected that? I got the giggles when he came running out in decorated underwear (Paw Patrol) and told me he can't get Marshall wet! And he didn't! <BR> <BR> The firstborn has decide he is a profes... Sun, 22 May 2016 07:27:46 EST Habits and routines. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167664 Habit <BR> 7 b : an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary <BR> <BR> Routine <BR> 1 b : habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure <BR> (Merriam-Webster) <BR> <BR> Every morning, without fail, I look out my front window for evidence of wildlife or disturbances of the neighborhood overnight. <BR> It’s my ROUTINE. <BR> Why? <BR> I am looking for dented cars, that my elderly neighbors’ houses are still standing and secure and also t... Sat, 21 May 2016 16:21:13 EST Gaining calmness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166714 I have 11 days to the end of my current challenge. I am trying to separate acceptance and calmness. <BR> <BR> I am still not wholly accepting my current situation but find that if I don't stress about what I can't change, I feel a bit better. <BR> Part of it is the old "You can't change someone else, only your reaction to them." <BR> <BR> Much of my calmness is learning to work with DH to help him realize how life is and how it will be. I got him to agree to meet the elder care attorney. We... Fri, 20 May 2016 05:56:31 EST I've become the vinyl 45 with a scratch. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166073 I still have 45's. Really. I even have something to play them on. <BR> The Eggplant that Ate Chicago. <BR> Monster Mash <BR> Do You Want to Dance? <BR> Lady Godiva. <BR> <BR> I've got quite a playlist in my head but my personal grooves have a scratch. <BR> I keep saying/complaining/whining the same thing all over again. If I scroll through my blogs I find the same themes. <BR> <BR> I can't. <BR> It doesn't work. <BR> Stuck. <BR> <BR> I had my usual dressing down from my cardiologist yeste... Thu, 19 May 2016 07:17:18 EST It feels like Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165393 It's only three days into the new week and already I've burnt up 7! <BR> <BR> Long story short. <BR> Helped DD1 with kids at 5 am Sunday as the 2 year old decided to reject the bag of mini peppers he ate when she wasn't looking! It was her first time without SIL, who was away. <BR> Screaming baby, big-bellyached kid and a 5 year old bouncing off the walls. No one ignored their proper potty training, too! <BR> In the end all was well and I thought it was fun but I missed my pool class. <BR> ... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:18:25 EST Remember the line about "it'll be a cold day in Hell"? It's snowing here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163512 DH's boss called and they are going to start delivering the boxes they packed for him to go through at his leisure. He's worked for the government for 40+ years so although he's retired, he's still part of the family and will be welcomed back in any position they can prop him up for if he wants. <BR> And they can't figure out what he did with all this stuff. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> I panicked and covertly went through some of the current mess while he slept for 4 hours yesterday. <BR> You ha... Sun, 15 May 2016 15:34:52 EST If you haven't heard enough about diabetes damage, read on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162625 About 20 years ago, trying to get the man to eat better, I started using threats like: <BR> If your toes fall off I'm not helping you walk. <BR> If your stroke out, I'm not wiping your drool. <BR> If your kidneys go you'd better find someone else to drive you to dialysis. <BR> Who knew it could be worse than that? Of course, I didn't make good on my threats although they hang in the air between us like a thick blanket of fog. <BR> <BR> DH met a retina specialist yesterday. Hemorrhagic areas... Sat, 14 May 2016 07:58:13 EST Lucky. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161967 No superstitions here. <BR> The neighbors' black cat has crossed my path multiple times <BR> I've dropped the salt shaker <BR> I've walked under ladders <BR> Opened umbrellas inside <BR> Broken more than my share of mirrors <BR> <BR> The only masks I've seen are the ones DH uses when using the snow blower. <BR> No one is hiding in my garage with a chain saw although I'd like to use one myself on it's contents! <BR> <BR> Lucky to have what I have. <BR> <BR> I made my new baby girl laugh for... Fri, 13 May 2016 07:16:30 EST