PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Art Of Hugging A BIG hug is the best gift anyone can give and the JOY is that you can be a GIVER and a TAKER at the same time. <BR> <BR> Remember...........A hug is the one present that's always worth giving. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:14:06 EST Fighting I'm fighting the whole Aging thing........................I'm not going "OLD" easy. <BR> <BR> Luckily, Spark People is helping me to be successful. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:03:59 EST Better Days I've seen better days, but I've also seen worse. <BR> <BR> I don't have everything that I want, but I do have all I need. <BR> <BR> I woke up with some aches and pains this morning, but I woke up. <BR> <BR> My life may not be perfect, but I am BLESSED. <BR> <BR> May your life be BLESSED also.............. <em>26</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:58:08 EST A Little Humor For Your Saturday All the organs of the body were having a meeting, trying to decide who was the one in charge. <BR> <BR> "I should be in charge," said the BRAIN, "because I run all the body's systems, so without me nothing would happen." <BR> <BR> "I should be in charge," said the BLOOD, "because I circulate oxygen all over so without me you'd all waste away." <BR> <BR> "I should be in charge," said the STOMACH, "because I process food and give all of you energy." <BR> <BR> "I should be in charge," said ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 19:59:50 EST How Did This Happen??????? Forty eight years ago today, I was in my college roommate's wedding. We had lived together our last two years of college, had been Sorority sisters for three years, and have remained very good friends all this time. She and her husband live about 50 miles Southwest of us. Our children are also good friends. In fact, our oldest son actually took their oldest daughter on a date, and at the end of the date when he leaned in to kiss her good-night, they looked at each other, started laughing,... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:32:19 EST The Wrong People When you allow the wrong people in your house, stuff will come up missing, like: Joy, Peace, Love, Hope, Faith................. <BR> <BR> Yes, People steal these things.............Peace and Blessings to YOU!!! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:41:24 EST Sometimes.............. Sometimes people are removed from your life to protect you. <BR> <BR> DON'T run after them!!! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:39:25 EST Texting The boys text me "PLZ" which is shorter than Please. I text back "NO" which is shorter than <BR> "YES." <BR> <BR> They just don't get it...............Mom might be older, but she is also smarter. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:17:27 EST Homegrown Tomatoes Homegrown tomatoes don't just taste like heaven, they make you look and feel great too. <BR> <BR> Tomatoes contain the vitamins A,C, & K and the antioxidant Lycopene, which help skin in several ways. Together, they: <BR> <BR> ***Boost cell protection against harmful ultra violet rays from the sun, which prevents wrinkling and other signs of premature aging. <BR> <BR> ***Aid cell regrowth, improving skin's look and texture. They help produce collagen, which makes skin glow and look fuller... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:49:18 EST The Most Memorable People The most memorable people in life will be the friends who loved you even when you weren't very lovable. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:10:05 EST Anger Holding onto Anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; YOU are the one who GETS BURNED. <BR> <BR> Buddha Sat, 20 Aug 2016 19:44:56 EST Relationship Tip For Men When a woman says, "Correct me if I'm wrong, But.................... <BR> <BR> DON'T DO IT!!!!! IT'S A TRAP!!!!! DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT CORRECT THAT WOMAN!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:03:12 EST Secrets To A Long Happy Marriage No matter how many times I read this; it ALWAYS makes me laugh, so I am sending it out to you to add a bit of lightness to your life. <BR> <BR> A woman was sipping on a glass of wine, while sitting on the patio with her husband when she says, "I love you so much and don't know how I could ever live without you." <BR> <BR> Her husband asks, "Is that you or the wine talking?" <BR> <BR> She replies, "It's me...............talking to the wine." <BR> <BR> <em>181</em> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:25:51 EST The Joy Of Aging True Story........This is something that happened at an Assisted Living Center. <BR> <BR> The people who lived there have small apartments, but they all eat at a central cafeteria. <BR> <BR> One morning one of the residents didn't show up for breakfast, so my wife went upstairs and knocked on his door to see if everything was OK. <BR> <BR> She could hear him through the door and he said that he was running late, and would be down shortly, so she went back to the dining area. <BR> <BR> An ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:59:23 EST No Nursing Home For Me!!! No nursing home for me. I am checking into the Holiday Inn! <BR> With the average cost for a nursing home care costing $188.00 per day, there is a better way when we get old and feeble. <BR> <BR> I have already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long term stay discount and senior discount, it's $49.23 per night. That leaves $138.77 a day for: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in any restaurant I want, or room service, laundry, gratuities and special TV movies. Plus, th... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:38:31 EST Happiness If you really want to be happy, NOBODY can stop YOU!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:46:08 EST True Humility "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; <BR> <BR> It is thinking of yourself less." <BR> <BR> C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:26:03 EST A Thank You To My Walking Sticks Today was the annual Art Fair on a beautiful lake about 25 miles NE of us. The humidity was fairly high, but was predicted to blow out by mid-afternoon. There were also some lingering storms in our area, but we were optimistic and took the convertible (with the top down). I really questioned whether or not my spine would allow me to do all of the standing and walking involved with attending this show. I was in pain upon waking this morning, so I put some Voltarin gel right over the area o... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 20:38:38 EST Two Diaries Wife's Diary: <BR> <BR> Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. <BR> <BR> I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. <BR> <BR> Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much. <BR> <BR> I asked him what was wrong; He said, "Nothing." <BR> <BR> I asked him... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:42:05 EST Truth vs Lies The truth doesn't cost anything............ <BR> <BR> But a lie could cost you everything. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:39:17 EST Especially For Those Of Us From The United States Older Woman: Bless me Father for I have sinned. Last night I killed a politician. <BR> <BR> Priest: My Daughter, I'm here to listen to your sins; NOT your Community Service work. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:40:13 EST You Know You're Getting Old................ You know you're getting old when you have to wear your glasses in the shower to shave your legs. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 9 Aug 2016 15:26:10 EST This Is So True............ At one time in my life, I thought I had a handle on the meaning of the word "Service." "It's the act of doing things for other people." <BR> Then I heard these terms which reference the word: <BR> <BR> SERVICE: <BR> <BR> Internal Revenue Service <BR> <BR> Postal Service <BR> <BR> Telephone Service <BR> <BR> Civil Service <BR> <BR> City & County Service <BR> <BR> Customer Service Stations <BR> <BR> Then I became confused about the "service." This is not what I thought "service" meant... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 17:55:06 EST Church Ladies With Typewriters They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank Goodness for the church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services: <BR> <BR> The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals. <BR> <BR> Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. <BR> <BR> The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.' <BR... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 20:29:00 EST Life Is Good I am a Seenager. (Senior Teenager) <BR> <BR> I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 50 years later. <BR> <BR> I don't have to go to school or work. <BR> <BR> I get an allowance every month. <BR> <BR> I have my own pad. <BR> <BR> I don't have a curfew. <BR> <BR> I have a driver's license and my own car. <BR> <BR> I have ID that gets me where I want to go (but if only I would get "checked"!!!) <BR> <BR> The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant. <BR>... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:50:30 EST Soul Mate Having a SOUL MATE is not always about romance. <BR> You can find your SOUL MATE in a friendship too. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Fri, 5 Aug 2016 13:24:38 EST Friendship Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give. <BR> <BR> Unknown <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 4 Aug 2016 13:48:50 EST Women Written by William Golding <BR> <BR> British Novelist, Playwright & Poet <BR> <BR> 1911-1993 <BR> <BR> <BR> I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men. <BR> They are far superior and always have been. <BR> Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. <BR> If you give her sperm, she will give you a baby. <BR> If you give her a house, she will give you a home. <BR> If you give her groceries, she will give you a meal. <BR> If you give her a smile, she will give you her h... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 22:20:45 EST The Bright Side Always look on the bright side of life. After all, it's hard to see what you're doing in the dark. <BR> <BR> It takes more muscles in the face to frown than it does to smile. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>334</em> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 20:47:36 EST Beauty Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art. <BR> <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt Mon, 1 Aug 2016 21:49:38 EST Spending Time With A Four-Year-Old We have two Grand-daughters. The oldest is 9 and the youngest is 4. We try to take them one at a time every so often just to give them some important One-on-One time. Yesterday, we had Nola from mid-afternoon until about noon today. She loves an over-night at Grandpa and Grandma's................especially if she is alone with us. My mom is 92 and still lives in her own apartment. We called her and offered to bring over supper. It had been a while since she spent time with Nola and she... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 18:32:33 EST Grandparents My Grandpa and Grandma (but especially my Grandpa) are so funny. When they bend over, you hear gas leaks and they blame their dog. <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> <em>338</em> Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:05:11 EST Old and Worn Out............ I don't want to say I'm old and worn out, but I make sure I'm nowhere near the curb on trash day. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:47:07 EST I Need To Get In Shape I need to get in shape!!!!! If I was murdered right now, my Chalk Outline would be a circle!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:07:06 EST Ways To Both Substitute For Or Cut Down On Sugar A coffee break tends to be the time when many people use a surplus of sugar, often without realizing it. One way to effortlessly cut the amount of sugar in your diet is to drink black coffee. And it's easier than you think: After a week of sipping plain, your taste buds may adjust to prefer it. If you can't stand the thought of just java, wean yourself slowly. So, if you usually take three packets of sugar, scale back to one or two or............Spice up your coffee by adding a sprinklin... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:29:49 EST What You Should Know About Sugar With the release of the latest U.S. Dietary Guidelines, it's safe to say that sugar is no longer America's sweetheart. According to the new recommendations, no more than 10% of your daily calories should come from added sugars, which is the type put into a food or beverage during processing or the table sugar you add to your meals at home. (That's about 200 calories if you're following a 2,000-calorie diet, less if you're trying to lose weight.) And the American Heart Association takes a s... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 21:26:46 EST Stress Management For Women A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, "half empty or half full?".......She fooled them all......."How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. <BR> <BR> She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, tha... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:14:45 EST A Pinch Of Gun Powder An elderly, but hardy cattleman from Texas once told a young female neighbor that if she wanted to live a long life the secret was to sprinkle a pinch of gun powder on her oatmeal each morning. She did this religiously and lived to the age of 103. She left behind 14 children, 30 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a 40-foot hole where the crematorium used to be. <BR> <BR> <em>283</em> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:49:09 EST My Kind Of Teacher.......... A former Sergeant, having served his time with the Marine Corps, took a new job as a school teacher; but just before the school year started he injured his back. <BR> <BR> He was required to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn't noticeable. On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in the school. <BR> <BR> The smart-alecky punks, having already heard the new teacher was a former Marin... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:38:17 EST The Brick A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. <BR> <BR> As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. <BR> <BR> The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the ne... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:48:59 EST Thank Goodness!!! The Mother Superior called all the Nuns together and said to them, "I must tell you all something. We have a case of gonorrhea in the convent." <BR> <BR> <BR> "Thank Goodness," whispered an elderly Nun at the back. "I'm so tired of Chardonnay." <BR> <BR> <BR> With the heaviness in our recent news and political insanity, I thought you might need a bit of lightness. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:08:01 EST Your Slash-Sugar Plan 1. Drink more water: A recent survey in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that people who drank just 1% more water each day cut their sugar intake by 1 to 4 teaspoons. <BR> <BR> 2. Read labels religiously: Buy packaged nutrition bars and snacks with no more than 12 grams of sugar per serving. For hot or cold cereals, look for no more than 8 grams of sugar per serving. And flavored yogurts should have fewer than 20 grams of sugar per container. Be sure to stick with li... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:37:29 EST Potatoes Well, <BR> <BR> A Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other, <BR> <BR> And finally they got married, and had a little Sweet Potato, which they called 'Yam.' <BR> <BR> Of course, they wanted the best for Yam. <BR> <BR> When it was time, they told her about the facts Of Life. <BR> <BR> They warned her about going out and getting Half-baked, so she wouldn't get accidentally mashed, and <BR> <BR> Get a bad name for herself like 'Hot Potato,' and <BR> <BR> End up with a bunch of t... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:08:11 EST The Happiness Bank The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and make-up perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. <BR> <BR> Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. <BR> <BR> As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, ... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:47:47 EST No Psychiatrist In The World......... There is NO psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. <BR> <BR> Ben Williams <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 21:04:07 EST If Your Dog Is Fat........... If your dog is fat..................YOU aren't getting enough exercise. <BR> <BR> Our Veterinarian actually has this posted on the wall in her office. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 20:24:54 EST Aging Gracefully 1. I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet................ <BR> <BR> 3. I don't need anger management. I need people to stop irritating me! <BR> <BR> 4. When I was a child, I thought nap time was a punishment.........Now, as a grown-up, it just feels like a small vacation. <BR> <BR> 5. My people skill... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:45:37 EST Did You Ever Notice? Did you ever notice there are no recipes for leftover chocolate?????????? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 21:46:12 EST Can Coffee Prevent Liver Cancer? Can coffee lower your risk of liver cancer? The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, a study that has tracked more than 520,000 people from 10 countries for 15 years, suggests that it does. <BR> <BR> Researchers compared the coffee intakes reported by 125 healthy people who were later diagnosed with the most common liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) to the intakes reported by 250 similar people without the disease. <BR> <BR> Those who drank at least 2-1/2 cu... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:57:20 EST Did You Know? (Well, I'm not sure about any of them, but..............see what you think.) <BR> <BR> 1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. <BR> Wear nice shoes. <BR> <BR> 2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50% chance you'll die within the next 3 years. <BR> <BR> 3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There's a 9% chance that you'll meet one of them in your lifetime. This actually happened to my husband when... 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