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/ Joy from small things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093828 I enjoyed my snoventure this week. I had fun all by myself making my snownana and following her adventures even though she is now headless! <BR> <BR> DD1 was in and out of the hospital again. The doctors say she should deliver in the next week or two. Sooo I'm gearing up to help out. By planning to help out I'm committing myself to some driving, especially if the little one needs to stay in the hospital as she will be 6-8 weeks premie. NICU is a good possibility. DD1 won't be able to drive a... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:14:55 EST I've been thinking about playgrounds and came up with a plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091610 Spark has been my emotional playground. I've spread some joy, vented, asked questions and given answers while running around in the grass. I've jumped on the spinning thing that you have to hang on to for dear life or you'll be flung off. (Fat Losers) Slid down the slide of lost and found pounds. (Different diets) I'm currently on the swing set (Beck and whatnot) of plans trying to find what works for me. I keep reaching for that chin up chain that's a bit out of my reach. I haven't been able... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 08:26:42 EST Snownana has the weight of the world on her shoulders. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090826 Funny that nature took my snow build and changed it up to follow my life. What gives? <BR> Is there something at work here showing me how things are going? <BR> I built a robust, solid "replica". <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8802a043-f1ba-424c-88b5-f2d8165b54e8.jpg"> <BR> We enjoyed some good times and even a selfie. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6899194c-27c5-45bf-9d68-0705e205439d.jpg"> <BR> The life started getting tough and wearing on her.... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 10:30:09 EST Newsflash: Snownana is melting or is really run down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090043 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c6b3b3b-8e89-4a3d-9abf-125b9152a2ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH's idea. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:30:52 EST Bonus blog: Receiving kindness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089807 I had tables turned on me yesterday. I am usually the one to go the extra step or out of my way to help someone. <BR> <BR> My snow thrower stopped working at the end (thank goodness!) of the last big snow. I scheduled a service to come to my home but they wouldn't come until the 25th and it was going to be mucho bucks. <BR> <BR> I saw the latest weather forecasts yesterday and started to panic. I can't shovel much more with this shoulder. I called the guy who's company takes care of my law... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:45:41 EST Full hands + full lives = full heart. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089798 This past night I slept on the floor. <BR> Not because I couldn't take DH's twists and turns although I could hear him getting up and the squeak of his walker wheels. He had a treatment at home yesterday and the steroids give him some jitters and move his kidneys to working hard, the IVIg. gives him a headache. His mind is agitated. I left him alone with the nurse for a while and she tried her best to get though to him how bad his condition was. She used the terms "years, maybe never, best... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:11:57 EST There's no pictures like snow pictures! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088818 I managed over 700 calories burned. <BR> <BR> My poor metal peacock was hiding behind the covered bushes. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34b0dbe0-8031-43c2-802f-356276e51d15.jpg"> <BR> The poor squirrels could not find their stashes. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9289d1b-e6f1-450b-a44a-d0a3ad460bf0.jpg"> <BR> The sun came out. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe1061b9-2243-4101-b640-023be64c8fe9.jpg"> <BR> I made a snownan... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 19:56:33 EST Snow is pretty (until you think you want to go out into it). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088303 Sigh. <BR> I can't face another shovelful today. <BR> This is a nice, wet, stick to the trees blanket that upon last inquiry on the NOAA site was supposed to be much less than I have. <BR> I missed my window to get to the pool. The rest of the day is spoken for. Once the white stuff is done I shall plow it with my shovel as this will be a no-lift variety of flakes. <BR> <BR> That should work nicely on my abs and legs if I do it right.! Fri, 5 Feb 2016 07:21:50 EST Shopping at the big box hardware stores with DH on electric wheels. SIgh. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087367 No one need say "I told you so". I told myself as I offered the excursion. I forgot using the electric cart would give the man superhuman abilities. He could sit and read any label he wanted. Save his energy. <BR> <BR> At the "orange" store the cart was equipped with a LOUD back up alarm which sounded with such frequency I was reduced to giggles. Audible LoJack. This cart also had an amber flashing light perched at eye level that would have caused seizure or retinal burns had I stayed near h... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 05:05:51 EST Looooooooove the Heinz commercial! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085748 This is a link to the extended cut. <BR> Copy and paste <BR> https://youtu.be/aNN9nL2vppM <BR> Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:50:06 EST Day 2 of being happy. I'm trying to trick myself into doing better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085619 "No white stuff" does not mean I don't want it to snow. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> When I have the urge to eat something I should take out the trash or recycling. If there isn't any I'll go check on how fast the snow is melting. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> I've got to do better because I ate all of the things that were available. I will not bring them back into the house. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Today I plan to take DH out to a store to get him to drive around in the carts. He needs the fr... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 08:18:31 EST I did not know babies in utero could be bored http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085072 If you can't see it, don't fret. Some people cannot discern ultrasound pictures. <BR> DD sent the latest of the grand fetus. <BR> She's yawning! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fa8a9a9-15d1-46de-875c-302c69bb0484.jpg"> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:59:44 EST When the simplest things can make you happy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084520 I got a reminder of cuteness and simplicity yesterday <BR> I had found a package of stick-on moustaches and gave them to Lucas for Christmas. I knew the joy of being silly and who can pass up $1.99 moustaches? I also forgot about them. <BR> <BR> Yesterday the kids drive up and my normally chatty GS arrives quietly with his hoodie up, head down and hands in pockets. I thought he may have gotten into trouble. <BR> He turned around and... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 06:04:02 EST FInding the right snacks. My new challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6083679 I completed my 31 day challenge of making the right meals. <BR> I have improved on what I've made and also am eating less at meals. In doing so I found it wasn't my meals that were helping me gain weight that I had temporarily given away. <BR> It was my snacking. <BR> The wrong snack. <BR> The wrong reasons. <BR> The wrong amounts. <BR> The wrong times. <BR> <BR> To quote one of the guys I've drooled over, I mean watched on TV, Mike Holmes, I'm going to "Make it right." <BR> <BR> Snacks: <B... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 07:05:04 EST Bizzare birds and updates. Happy Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082911 I'm on the birdie super highway in North America. <BR> <BR> Currently there is a flock of robins living on and around my house; a stopover on their way home to Nova Scotia, I assume. Hundreds. My nice white snow and cleared sidewalk have become birdie toilets. <BR> The dumb birds keep flying into the windows of my sunroom. It echoes and sounds like baseballs hitting the house. So far I see no corpses. <BR> The squirrels are cowering in the trees. <BR> The sound is awesome from the first dawn... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:21:28 EST Should be posted on my front door: " Found the pounds you lost. Willing to return for free." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082609 Heck, I tried. I'm trying <BR> I've exercised my muscles to new heights. <BR> Underneath my fat I feel so fit. <BR> I gained back a bunch of weight and no, this much is not new muscle. <BR> I've had fits in the kitchen and the stores. <BR> I've given in to cravings and creepy monsters in the refrigerators and cabinets. <BR> <BR> There has been no accomplice to my stuffing except me. <BR> Even turkeys get stuffed by someone else, not that I need someone shoving breading up my.... <BR> I cont... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:24:36 EST Why can't I eat like an animal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080368 I'm having a rebellious moment here. Who decided when and how we should eat our meals? <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> WATERMELEN's recent posts about insulin and fasting, FIFI's love of the Cura and my own remembrances of childhood eating habits got me thinking. There have been a host of conventions for foods and meals spooned into me as far back as I can remember. <BR> <BR> Start your day with a hearty breakfast. <BR> Why? Honestly I'm not hungry most mornings. Was I supposed to eat a lot in ca... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:40:29 EST Snow pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078165 Visions of my back yard. My Adirondack chair and grill are covered. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1caa644a-8977-430c-bd6d-3b1f1cad6731.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looking tward my shed <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48dfd773-dd95-410c-bed8-16cc608e059a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My SIL and his first good American snow. He's 6'2" and the snow is up to his waist! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91e963b3-e35c-4ddf-8b59-323d244bdf87.jpeg"> <BR> Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:21:30 EST Todays' exercise is brought to you by the letter "S" and the numbers 4 and 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077577 24, 24 beautiful inches of snow! <BR> <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <BR> 4, 4 foot snow drifts piled around the house! <BR> <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <BR> 4, 4 foot piles of plowed snow brought to my house courtesy of the snowplow! <BR> <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <BR> Ha ha ha ha ha ha! <BR> <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> S is for: <BR> Snow <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> There is a lot of snow here. <BR> <BR> Snow shovel <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> I used the snow shovel to clean ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:41:13 EST Snow! Emergency! Snow Shoveling! Rest.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076948 Ack! <BR> I wasn't going to go out but someone in my house had a glucose almost not compatible with life this morning. Great. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> He was alert enough to drink juice, a good thing. This is one of the issues we've been dealing with in the past few weeks. Why is everything an emergency in my life? <BR> <BR> Oh well, out to clear a path for either my car or the ambulance, if needed. <BR> While I waited for him to be able to eat something I cleared space to bring out the s... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:58:32 EST What is strong? Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076000 Fortunately this morning it's my coffee and in an hour it will be me in the pool! <BR> Strong is taking a stand for something and keeping it (as best I can). Sometimes strong is confused for trying too hard or taking too much on. It depends on the challenge. <BR> <BR> Here's where OVERWORKED comes in. <BR> <BR> In my family you had to work hard for what you wanted. I groomed 2 horses to afford my own which meant I took care of 3. I walked the miles back and forth to the stable daily for ye... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:54:57 EST My ticker is ticking down to the end of my next challenge and I don't think I'm up to it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075095 10 days until I'm making the right meals. <BR> I've not gotten this one so maybe this points to a problem for me. <BR> <BR> I gave myself 30 days to make good meals. <BR> Breakfast is a no brainer as it's only for me. I've got this down to a science and can walk away with under 350 cal, high protein, satisfying breakfasts. Most times under 300. <BR> <BR> I was getting pretty good at lunch, then I faltered. Since I'm home I was trying for fresh veggies, salads, lettuce wraps (thanks Laura). ... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 03:22:48 EST Update ( I hope they aren't daily) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074353 The kids went home at 10. The 2 year old didn't want to sleep and if it wasn't a school night for the 5 year old, it would have been fun. <BR> Whatever meds they gave DD helped and SIL thinks she'll come home today. Total bed rest, only get up to visit the loo. They think she'll only last another 2-3 weeks. <BR> I'm 8 miles from their house so I'll be able to pop in with meals and snacks to visit with her. It sounds like more work but will get me out of the doom and gloom in my own house for ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:57:18 EST Busy, busy lives and I'm in high demand! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073689 I DID exercise this morning. <BR> <BR> Glad we practiced the sleep over. It seems I'll be having the boys tonight. <BR> DD is currently in the hospital with too many contractions. If they can stop them she'll probably be in and out for the next few weeks; if not, we have a very early baby. I think she's only 30 weeks but babies come when they want to. Soon to be GD is estimated to be about 3.5 pounds and healthy so if she does make her debut early, she should be fine but won't come home for ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:43:24 EST We are all doing great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072984 Sometimes I want to reach out and hug this whole Sparkiverse. <BR> Sometimes the Sparkiverse hugs me. <BR> <BR> I feel a shift in the force lately when reading some blogs. <BR> <BR> What has happened this January? Did we bite off more than we could chew? Put too much on the plate? Heap a whole lot of flourless and sugarless expectations into our sacks? <BR> <BR> I think we are all doing great. Each of us has committed to some changes, made some, not done the ones we pronounced but made st... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:30:30 EST Sleepover fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070875 Never try to put 2 kids and 1 Nana in a twin bed. <BR> It ain't happenin'. <BR> There were two cuddly sleeping bags, two nicely outfitted twin beds and both kids wanted to sleep ON me. <BR> Giggles. <BR> After a half hour of musical beds, I put my foot down. Apparently I do not have the same foot that I used to. <BR> By 10pm GS1 gave up (my brother keeps me up and I'm tired) went into bed with Pop Pop. <BR> Of course GS2 went right behind him. <BR> Pop was miserable but took on the challeng... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:28:24 EST In no particular order... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069916 Rocking my pool exercises at least 3 days a week. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> Got my Beck pink delivered yesterday. There's a smell about a freshly printed book that I love so maybe my nose will be in it for a while. I may even read it <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> My BIL is arriving this morning to repair a leaking toilet. It was funny to listen in on the conversation about what needed to be checked, what needed to be done, how I "claimed" the thing was not leaking from the tank and how DH said ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 06:27:03 EST Bits and pieces of my day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067975 Lots of scheduling for DH's MD visits and therapies. <BR> <BR> I am expecting the Pink book any day but might wait to read it because...I've been complaining to myself for months that my vision was funky. Last time this happened I got a laser cleaning of one of my replacement lenses. No big deal. <BR> I saw the eye MD this morning and I've developed astigmatism in both eyes and now I need glasses! <BR> I wore progressive lenses for almost 20 years before having the replacement lenses and hav... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 21:10:13 EST Bonus: Java Jive performed by the Ink Spots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066544 I have to shout out to Sirius XM for have the 40's Junction radio station. <BR> Nothing gets me happier than 40's music. I grew up with it. I can understand all the words, the songs are usually upbeat and the musicians are superb. <BR> Driving home from exercising, I was delighted to hear the Ink Spots singe Java Jive. <BR> There are plenty of new versions but I love this one best. <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP6IUqrF<BR>Hjw Mon, 11 Jan 2016 09:25:45 EST Getting into a routine and shaping up both the mental and physical lives. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066423 Good morning! <BR> <BR> OJ's world is settling into a routine. Forced retirement might not be so bad once I get past the resentment and frustration. That's something I've held back from discussing with myself (you Sparky people) for a while although it's been simmering in real life. <BR> <BR> I spent decades building my career and although at times it would frustrate me, I loved it. Friends and former colleagues suggest I start a consulting business from home but it's not doable. The scie... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 06:34:53 EST It's not that easy bein' me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064670 Thanks GINA, you're right. It's not easy being me. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> But sometimes, just sometimes, when I'm feeling blue I hum one of my favorite songs. <BR> <BR> Joe Raposo wrote this for my favorite frog: <BR> <BR> It's not that easy bein' green; <BR> Having to spend each day the color of the leaves. <BR> When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold- <BR> or something much more colorful like that. <BR> <BR> It's not easy bein' green. <BR> It seems you blend in ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 08:35:15 EST Hard way to learn chewing, moderation in eating and choices of foods. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061866 Hi. <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> I am gingerly drinking my morning cuppa which I had to let go to room temp. Not before I forgot and took a gulp. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> Thanks for the comments on my previous blog. I'm happy that the doc didn't look at me with jaundiced eyes and declare I may have something sinister going on. The back, dark door of my mind always has an opening for life threatening diseases even when I get a splinter! <BR> <BR> Contents of capsules are meant to be digested ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 07:08:30 EST There's a reason they put those labels on medications like "Take with plenty of water". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061395 I had my first visit for me to a doctor in ages. <BR> I got hit with the dreaded root canal gone bad redo. I guess all my old root canals' warranties have run out. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> Anywho, I have antibiotics available for just such an occasion and took the first dose in a hurry. <BR> The capsule stuck in my throat. <BR> I was in a hurry so didn't do much about it except try to swallow my spit (sorry) while running around with DH. <BR> By dinnertime I felt pain in my chest, pain i... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 19:21:22 EST What is in a new year? I won't make resolutions, I'm counting the blessings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060792 Every other commercial on TV has been for sales pitches of items (cars, bedding, furniture) or sales pitches of a "new you" (you know who they are). I'm not buying any of it as a fresh start. There is too much stress right now for me and I won't add commitments. <BR> <BR> I appreciate a good bargain, heck my kids got that good ol' American minivan yesterday that they swore they'd never get. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> One of my dear SP friends thought of me and wanted to know if I wan... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 06:56:52 EST Just give me a syringe and tourniquet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058635 Since we could not attend to our New Year with the in-laws as we have the past couple years, they visited us yesterday. I worried all morning how I could wrap my big girl panties around my head so I could avoid anything they brought. She's old school, no healthy food in her diet and unhealthy overweight. When I had the lunch for DH prior to his surgery she brought 3 gallons of ice cream and BIL brought beer. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> She brought heroin. <BR> <BR> A huge package of big ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 07:12:54 EST Presenting our "NOT MY FOOD!" poster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058286 Thanks, WATERMELLEN, for lending me Charlie. Since he was the source of the statement I felt he needed to be the object of it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c1a32a1-99f1-41d9-a746-b87d4300939b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He will be living on my kitchen board! I'll place it in my photos if anyone wants to copy. Sat, 2 Jan 2016 19:38:09 EST Learning to continue and improve my healthy eating and exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057741 Damned good thing I had my robe on when I washed my hands. The mirrors would have cracked. It was one of those nights. Exhaustion. <BR> My neck is stiff. My hair is worse than Einstein's, pillow wrinkles abound on my cheek and my eyes are the type of puffy that only Muppets can wear well. But I am strong. I am determined. I am confident. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am eagerly following the blogs of my friends and friends of my friends while gaining that confidence and motivation to try... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 08:41:22 EST Another family artist: bonus blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056601 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0269234e-4707-4da3-ba83-e4bdb518238c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I finally got creative and utilized a gift certificate the kids gave me last Christmas. I made a wall art from my Seattle Public Market photos from last fall. It's about 16 x 20 (something) and I hung it in my kitchen. I'm learning how to display my favorites. <BR> I think I'd buy this if I saw it in a store. <BR> I am proud! Fri, 1 Jan 2016 07:33:04 EST The budding artist in the family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056600 My daughter sent me these yesterday. GS1 was quietly and intently playing with Play Doh. <BR> He created his favorite vegetables and fruit. <BR> No kidding. <BR> Should you ask, he'll exclaim "I LOVE broccoli! Frozen grapes are the BEST snack!" <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ab66754-fde4-4d65-82f4-86a3fed998b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> While she was admiring his work, GS1 created another masterpiece. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f654883-8d6f-4... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 07:25:03 EST Ending 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055926 I've had plenty to be thankful for this year and had some wonderful moments. <BR> My DD2 found the right man and they married. He has become a cherished member of our family. <BR> I made some nice friends. <BR> I learned to exercise. <BR> I've taken off another 10 permanent pounds. <BR> There's a granddaughter on the way. <BR> I'm now "retired" and changing up my life. <BR> I've gotten to keep my man for another year. <BR> <BR> The chorus to the song: <BR> For auld lang syne, my dear, <BR> ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:14:30 EST Met my goal, now on to the next thing. A new goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055389 It took me 90 days, but I got that grip! <BR> I have kept up my exercises every week with a prescribed rest or two inside the chaos. <BR> I finished the holiday season with no weight gain. <BR> <BR> The beginning of 2016 is so booked I have difficulty breathing. DH will start his IV therapies in a few weeks to try to stop the progression his nerve loss. He's had two major serious diagnosis in the past 6 months along with surgery. He's not accepting his issues well and I don't blame him. <BR... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:29:14 EST Blogging about Birds. Living the Hitchcock movie this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054215 First there was a small chirp and the skritch of bird claws sliding down my skylight. <BR> Then I heard the chirps turn into a multitude of doors needing oil. <BR> The skritch turned into a herd of bison running across my roof. <BR> I looked out. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27851f8f-cf4e-435e-9101-155f5ddf52c3.jpg"> <BR> I live in the "blackbird belt" and we frequently have darkened skies and trees seemingly covered in black leaves when they travel. <BR> Today they ... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 19:32:34 EST Two days until I get a grip. Maybe this is the challenge I've set myself up for. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053815 The latest reviews I'm reading is the Bright Lines, by SPT. Here we go with the brain again. <BR> Stupid brains. <BR> It makes sense. I do fine in my veggie-filled world until someone says "lasagna". Kick out the white stuff; pizza, rolls, ice cream (found it's way back into my freezer after a 6 month hiatus). What makes it work for the 1 in 100 or whatever number the success rate is? <BR> it's all in your head. It's that piece of your brain that makes it work and the piece you keep coming ... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:03:48 EST Pushing the "buy" button. What's in my cart? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053231 Yep, that's me. <BR> The grazer of aisles. <BR> Peruser of pages. <BR> Scroller to the "next" button. <BR> Add it to the cart. <BR> <BR> Yet I don't lay it on the cashiers line, push the "buy" button or click the checkout thingy. I read ALICIA63's blog, another Beck musing and realized I haven't bought into anything that might work. I told her the book (used) is in my cart, on an on-line store. <BR> <BR> My Sparkversary is next week and I will have been here for, OMG, 6 years and I still h... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:53:32 EST Bonus Blog. It's not all doom and gloom. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052783 Ok, I'm getting my head out of my @$$ and am going to get on the higher wagon. <BR> I read the link that BARBARAJ73 had to the article on never losing hope after I wrote my previous blog. For the most part I project hopefulness to those around me. I vent here and don't want to have you guys thinking I'm all doom and gloom! <BR> <BR> My current situation doesn't give me much room for hope but I can take the positive spin. <BR> (Note the changed page). <BR> I continue to tell DH that once we g... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 08:13:04 EST The day after Christmas and all though the house...trying to get back that grip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052759 No kids toys to step on this morning but I need to vacuum. Little kids and the "edible" crackers don't mix. Likewise all the prizes from the explosive crackers. Little gifties scattered around. My "kid" visitors are still snuggled in their beds. DH is trying to get some sleep. I gave up. <BR> <BR> My problem was the food. It's the darned EE striking. For one day I tried to give up my own sadness. I made it look liked it worked. There was nothing I didn't eat. <BR> <BR> I spent time with my... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 07:04:39 EST Christmas pictures are worth a thousand words. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052618 Family photo. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a2406a6-8af2-4846-bf95-33596a3c058c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had fun with our crackers! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2b53566-8cd9-4f42-970b-d60cc6dcb699.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fun horsing around. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/977e37e3-ca31-455b-a0f1-004e76219c32.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Christmas pudding sent by SIL's mom in the UK, ablaze with it's brandy coating. <BR> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 20:56:07 EST A few new traditions in our household which make for great fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052397 In an instant this year we became part of an international family, <BR> My daughters' wedding the handsome young man from the UK brought us some changes in celebrations and some funny moments. <BR> Last Christmas I spoke to his Mum for the first time. It was difficult to understand her. Why? She's Irish and speaks with one heck of a brogue! She'll use the native language of Ireland when she gets a bit, well you know, happy. <BR> Some came to NYC for his sister's 30th and met us in the spring... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:10:33 EST Breaking out the flip flops and Hawaiian shirts for Christmas in NJ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051948 Mele Kalikimaka! <BR> <em>218</em> <BR> I could have a luau and instead of roasting the ham I should throw it on the BBQ. I took my trash out at 2AM (I'm living in Somnia again) and it was 70F! <BR> Yes, that's 70 'effin degrees at 2AM in NJ on December 24! <BR> <em>425</em> <BR> Last year at this time I had already shoveled snow and it was piled next to the driveway. <BR> The good thing is I can open my sunroom and we have much more room to celebrate with family. The bad thing, wai... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 04:22:10 EST DIscussing the diagnosis of the future. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051351 DH got a preliminary diagnosis pending a few tests which will cinch the deal. <BR> It's pretty grim. <BR> Due to his non-compliance over 25 years for his diabetes, he set himself up for not one, but several types of neuropathies which are quickly robbing him of his mobility and use of his hands. <BR> The doctor was firm and open about how serious his condition was. He may or may not get back some of what he lost. He may find his future in a wheelchair. I am currently his hands on bad days an... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:26:22 EST