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/ 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 Changes in the wind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340969 I can't say I've been complaining, much, but.... <BR> I had another long talk TO DH about his reliance on me for all his needs. <BR> I struck a nerve. <BR> It's not my diabetes. <BR> It's not my appointments. <BR> It's not my job but I've been doing it. <BR> If the roles were reversed I told him he would not care for me like I've done for him. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> He gave himself his insulin twice today! <BR> Called his kids and told them it was going to snow. <BR> Bragged to the therapi... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:37:59 EST Burning the oil. Wish I could burn the fat like my car! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340434 Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! <BR> My engine is getting rebuilt. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> Volvo is supplying me a complete free-fix of the 2012 engine as it's been burning oil 2-3 quarts between changes. <BR> It's a hiccup that's not bad but still annoying. <BR> I get to have a like car since they know DH needs to have easy access. <BR> It's so nice to deal with car people who get your life! <BR> <BR> Hmmm, burning oil. <BR> Perhaps I need to speed up burning the solidified oil I've gathered. <BR> T... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:40:26 EST My top 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339554 Passed on down the line from ONEKIDSMOM through MISSDORKNESS, etc. <BR> Maybe more than you want to know. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> No... never even tempted. <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> Not me. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favourite sweet drink? <BR> 1/2 lemonade 1/2 tea sugar free. <BR> <BR> 5. Do you hold any diploma(s), degree(s) or certification(s)? <BR> AS, BSAST (app... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:15:56 EST Football in March http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339252 Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooal! <BR> <em>131</em> <BR> Yep, this ain't your Friday night lights football. <BR> <BR> We've been taken over by what we call soccer here in the US of A. <BR> My SIL is a big fan; played a bit of the stuff in the UK including kicking against Rod Stuart at one game. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> So, we are learning teams, fancy moves and who's who. <BR> <BR> Annnnd, <BR> I did learn there's a bunch of good looking players! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:31:52 EST Its' complicated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338680 That's what the surgeon said. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Not to DH, to me! <BR> I get to have minor (hello) surgery in two weeks for a benign mass-mess that entangled itself in moving parts on the back of my thigh. I've been dealing with it for years, had surgery in the 90's but here it is again. I have a scar from one side to the other and he promises it will be near the same. I could care less about the scar, it's the energy and time to get my house and spouse in order so it can function. <... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:25:53 EST Between a rock and a spikey place. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338200 I've been feeling between the two so I decorated my page to reflect my mood. The banner image is a petrified log and my profile image is a cactus close-up. <BR> <BR> The log is eons old; it has withstood the ravages of time. It is hard, colorful and wondrous to see. When I visited the Petrified Forest I found it awe inspiring. The large and small lumps of rock peeking from the desert floor required close investigation to show their true beauty. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:05:42 EST Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337516 The groundwork was laid out today for changes in the OJ household. <BR> Not tonight, but soon. I need time to plan and execute. <BR> Not the man, the plan! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> DH visited the nutritionist today and she gave him a lot to think about. <BR> He also impressed her with the amount of foods he will not eat or try. <BR> Let it be said she gave it her best effort and he said he'd try to try something new and promised he did not mind eating oatmeal every morning for the past yea... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:28:22 EST It doesn't quite look like spring outside but like me, it's just begining. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335642 Spring is renewal. <BR> <em>87</em> <BR> I'd like to renew myself, too! <BR> It's going to take some work but I'm worth it! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:51:06 EST Envious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334776 Congratulations to my SP friend MTN_KITTEN in her success into Onederland! <BR> <BR> <em>380</em> <em>88</em> <em>592</em> <BR> I salute her tenacity to keep it up. <BR> Annnnd, I'm envious that she did it! <BR> <BR> Now I need to turn the envy into action! <BR> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:25:03 EST Tis my last day to bring up my Irish! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334218 One day I may join the ranks of DNA testers but I don't have to go far to know about my Scotch-Irish ancestors. Dad's family was well-documented and his Scottish great-greats waited in Ireland a generation before traveling here. <BR> So maybe I'm a wee bit 'o Irish! <BR> Visiting Dublin and the surrounding area was a hoot for DD2 and me back in 2009. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67d9cf2a-a620-4819-b7fa-ef74de9d1a10.jpg"> <BR> The green is so green <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 08:01:50 EST Ides and other significant happenings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333291 The full Spring Equinox moon was a bit early this year. I noticed it's waning look last night after the clouds cleared the sky and the heavens appeared in their twinkling glory. <BR> The moon on the breast of the new fallen ice...was really bright! <BR> <BR> It's the 120th anniversary of my paternal grandmother's birth. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60921937-8ab8-41cf-91bc-e30a702d0f74.jpg"> <BR> She was a feisty, independent gal. I got my love of photography from her... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:56:54 EST Standing up to snow. NSV in anticipation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332476 My strength training will become useful in the next few days. I've been working many groups of muscles to become the (fat) rock I am today. I've missed my pool cardio as my knees have rebelled a bit from the exercises and the shot. <BR> <BR> I will blissfully watch the snow from inside and promised DH we will make bread so he can get his hand exercise kneading dough. <BR> This is one time I WILL have bread. <BR> <BR> Once the blizzard has settled, I'll bundle up and fire up my trusty snow ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:09:19 EST Changes can be downright confusing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331158 Isn't that why I am here? To make changes? <BR> Changes in eating habits, clothing sizes and pounds on the scale. <BR> "I" am the force behind those changes and when I came to Spark People I found a group of like-minded and personable people with whom I could share ideas and get some help. I have lost a few pounds over the years and have gained some in-life real friends. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I have seen SP change the format a few times and each time I've rebelled. <BR> Why? Because "I"... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 06:34:15 EST Birthday girl loved her party. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330412 Caroline was prepared to have her cake and eat it too! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68972504-eb30-4dbb-b6e5-016450849678.jpg"> <BR> Pop pop and the boys have fun with hats. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/214e84f0-6f03-4ded-bcce-d25341de00e8.jpg"> <BR> How to eat your cupcake. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57ffb112-947b-4e8f-b541-f8a693c74a68.jpg"> <BR> Dad made it home from his trip to have fun...and stayed far enough awa... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 17:10:17 EST Little miss turns 1 today and other milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329666 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef2785da-aad8-4c65-976b-e5e1e70fda9f.jpg"> <BR> I'm hoping to have a few more pictures tonight when we formally wish her a Happy Birthday! <BR> We sat on babies last night while DD1 went out and SIL1 was away. Kid snuggles, squiggles and comments to brighten my night. I read a bedtime book about the woodstove "dragon". <BR> <BR> My long-gone BFF gifted my tiny daughters her collection of Peanuts cartoon books from the early 70's. We had hours ... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:47:50 EST Not much going on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327586 My knee is still a bit wonky from the shot. I miss exercising but the MD was right in forbidding me to do anything. I would have started out slow then done something stupid. <BR> Monday I begin PT again and the therapist promised they'd give me a run for my money. It's fairly sweaty, hard work they give me. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> DH has been a bit off lately. We're waiting on his latest MRI and visits to doctors. As he's been doing so well I forgot he had things that had no warranty. It's... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 07:45:40 EST Happy March first. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323270 Never let it be said I can pass up on a feeding frenzy for a whacky day! <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> None of you have to worry I don't get enough calories. My forays from my "normal" intake fueled the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> After my knee thing I felt sorry for myself. <BR> Bagel with butter for after the visit. <BR> Beef for dinner! What a very rare treat. <BR> Bread (light) with butter. Who did that? <BR> Two diet ice creams while watching TV (speeches need fed). <BR> <BR> My grand ext... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 08:08:28 EST Today and tomorrow. Ick, ouch and keeping to my plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322455 DH had another MRI today. He's such a sport. Follow up with the surgeon to make sure things are ok. <BR> <BR> I get my knee injection tomorrow. Oh, boy. I'm so excited. Not. It's supposed to help coat the bad cartilage and give me some time before I get the surgery I turned down. <BR> <BR> I got some control and have been keeping to my plan. Some of you have expressed concern that 1200 calories seems low. I don't routinely eat pasta, bread or rice so most of my food is vegetables of major ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:47:41 EST Nearing my 30 day goal. Methinks a redo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321665 It's that time to look towards a new goal while evaluating the success of the current. <BR> Hmmm, mixed bag. <BR> I found a week-long meal plan with recipes that was1200-1300 cals per day. I've made some of the recipes and was happy enough that I adapted an Asian stir-fry for beef, chicken and shrimp. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> Winner, winner, good dinner! <BR> <BR> I also made a stuffed pepper with turkey recipe that gave me more to eat than I expected. Froze them for the days I feel I nee... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:30:12 EST Winter's bite? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321207 I took a walk in a tank top. <BR> Trimmed my rose bushes. <BR> Sweat; not so lady-like. <BR> Listened to confused birds searching for mates. <BR> The frogs came out early to announce mating season. Their high-pitched chirps are deafening in several marshy areas near me. <BR> Saw a yard covered in purple crocus. <BR> The trees are looking red with buds emerging. <BR> I don't remember a day this warm in February although I remember a summer day one January when I was a kid- living 100 miles fur... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:02:31 EST Well, hey! Today was fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320477 Spent 2 hours at the dentist, mostly waiting for DH. Got my pearly (almost) whites cleaned with a good bill of health and an obituary written for my chipping crown- to be replaced when it falls apart. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Sunshine and 70 degrees. <BR> April in February and I drove with the sunroof opened. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Nice lunch at home then on to the tax guy. <BR> ON MY OWN <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> I was early and the sun was shining so I sat in my car with my healthy lat... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:03:40 EST Living in a new state; the state of confusion over snacks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319378 I already know some days are going to bother me worse than others and I can't tell when. I wake up feeling full of life; he's not so good. He feels better but then I have an attitude. Today I woke from little sleep and have been growling to myself all day yet DH is being Mr. Nice and helpful! <BR> My confusion is trying to pull things together so that I am not on a seek-and-destroy mission. If I am going to vent my attitude in the kitchen, perhaps I've been doing this a bit wrong. I deny my ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:44:04 EST Forgiving myself but I won't forget! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318212 Long story short. <BR> We went to the RV show in Atlantic City yesterday. I stopped at the bagel shop and picked up our snack for the drive, promising myself when we were done I'd stop for a good late lunch. Ate it in the car. <BR> DH tried his best to walk through the convention center but I could see he was not up to the challenge. I had him wait for me at the ends of the rows of trailers and trucks while I scooted into the ones I was interested and lurked by the ones costing my entire pens... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:28:27 EST A new grand. The pitter-patter of (4) little feet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316358 Between Saturday and yesterday I was the recipient of multiple photos, a video and questions concerning a potential new member of the family. <BR> <BR> Say hello to Chewie (Chewbacca) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9fed71d2-eb31-45ff-a183-2780881c6d94.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The phone calls were as numerous. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This little Shih Tzu will join DD2 and SIL2 tomorrow night after he "relaxes" from his vet visit. I found the saved folding dog crate we ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:42:10 EST Love for today and every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315818 You get one of my narratives. <BR> <em>129</em> <em>410</em> <em>26</em> <BR> Valentine's Day ranks right up there with all of the other non-celebrated dates in DH's history like our anniversary, Mother's Day, my birthday. I put on a brave face and say the hype is devised by marketers to empty our pockets. Who needs sparkly cards that leave trails of well, sparkles, flowers that will be jacked up in price or heart-shaped boxes that will surely add to my "bottom line"?. <BR> <em>39... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:44:48 EST February is filled with celebrations. Keeping my hands off the party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314768 Today, the elder of my girls celebrates the first anniversary of her 36th birthday! For some reason she's decided she can't be older than 36 which is the age she attributes to me. Why does 37 years ago seem like yesterday? <BR> <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> 5 days ago, DD2 celebrated her 34th birthday. Her belated present to herself is possibly a dog, noted by pictures from a rescue place sent me by SIL2 last night. Oh, boy. <BR> <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> My BIL attains another year tomorrow ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:18:44 EST Plan to think, think to plan. Working on it and found the culprit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314482 I went to great lengths to plan thinking about my plans. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I've thought and thought about planning. Looked at my plans and though some more. <BR> Then I acted! <BR> Or reacted is a better term! <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> I copied multiple 1200 calorie diet plans. I placed recipes on the Spark site and placed fake meals into the tracker. In turn, I copied days of my tracked food as well as days of the meal planed food and stuffed it all into a spreadsheet (nod to ONEKIDSM... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 14:03:16 EST Snow day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313385 It's not as bad as predicted; we probably will have less than 5 inches although I know 20 miles to the east there's 8 on the ground. I must live in the sweet spot today! <BR> <BR> Slow and steady today and no messing in the kitchen. <BR> As requested by BARBARAJ73, something that makes me smile. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f0fd9d1-f7e0-4f66-ab5e-7b547e29b2f4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've nothing on the boys as taking a picture of active tornadoes is difficult. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:45:32 EST Active http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312155 I've survived another scourge. <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> This one only kicked butt for a week and today I seem to be my cheery self, albeit a coughing and sniffling self. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Now on to being my active self again. I went to PT yesterday and even though I was dragging, I performed all the exercises required and this morning I feel the effects. <em>104</em> <BR> I had to wait for DH who is now having OT once a week, almost 3 hours, to try to get his fingers functional... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 07:39:47 EST Feed a cold? Heck no! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311101 Cold #2 for this winter season which really hasn't been winter. My mom used to say the reason we all get sick is because it hasn't been cold enough to freeze the spit on the ground! Leave it to my mom to be gross. <BR> I picked at food which probably wasn't a good idea either but I didn't eat much. Just didn't want whatever we had. Today I'll take a page from ONEKIDSMOM and pack the bag and only eat what I pack! <BR> <BR> I think its stress. DH looked at me like I had two heads when I told h... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 08:59:58 EST Exercise until it burns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310095 THAT is what the physical therapist said. <BR> Argh. <BR> I have new exercises for those parts that have been ignored. Maybe since we've stopped trail hiking and boulder climbing I've had some muscles take a dive which might be the cause of my knee wear; besides the, ahem, age related arthritis. I apparently walk a bit funny and need to strengthen interesting aspects. <BR> These exercises are killers for me. They are structured to have me do them correctly. Imagine that. <BR> Lie on my side ... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 09:00:56 EST Sometimes it's time. Gabriel. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307960 I had announced months ago he had been on the brink but darned if he didn't perk up multiple times. Gabe finally lost the battle today. <BR> <BR> The week before his 11th birthday last May, the son of one of our neighborhood kids suffered a ruptured cerebral artery. <BR> His prognosis was never good but his mom and dad hung in there to keep him going. He had been discharged to an intensive rehab where he had been able to respond to some commands, able to pick up balls and such but was unable... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:04:38 EST Calculation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307670 I've entered meals and exercises as routine, given up and entered again. <BR> All after the fact. <BR> My next experiment is intense planning, something I admit I've not done. I go to the store, see what I like then make a big batch to last days. I'm getting bored and freezing more of what I've been making than eating it then scrounging for something else. <BR> I'm trying meal planning in advance, purchase with purpose and a list of meals for 7+ days. <BR> It will take me some time to change... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:12:50 EST