PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Getting Rid of Toxicity.............. You cannot hang out with negative people <BR> <BR> <BR> And expect to live a positive life. <BR> <BR> <BR> Move on and look for the positive things in your life.................Happiness will follow. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:51:09 EST Go Left............. When nothing goes right...................... <BR> <BR> Go left. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:56:53 EST Rain, Rain, Go Away................ I'm not saying we have had more than our share of rain lately, but we had to cancel a pontoon family gathering for tonight, because we can't get to the pontoon. The walkway is completely covered with water and there is a "No Wake" warning because all of the docks are under water all around the lake. Any waves made head for the saturated ground on the way to the houses and cottages. <BR> <BR> On my morning walks through our woods, I have to wear my rain boots and they make a sucking sound w... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:09:41 EST Music............ I am sure that those of you who <em>26</em> MUSIC will agree with this.................. <BR> <BR> Our niece is a Music Teacher and has this written on her Classroom wall: <BR> <BR> Music Is What Feelings Sound Like. <BR> <BR> <BR> I have found that my best workouts are done to music and if I am feeling a bit down, my favorite music often lifts my spirits. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:26:00 EST The Scottish Growl............. My Great-Grandmother came over to the United States from Scotland. She met my Great-Grandfather in New York and they settled in an area of Wisconsin called Marcellon Township. Her brother also settled in Marcellon Township but came over about 2 years before she did. He was a teacher and had John Muir as a student in his one room schoolhouse. When my Great-Grandfather passed away, my Great-Grandmother lived with my Grandpa and Grandma. I was around 5 years old and was visiting Grandma and... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:41:17 EST One Of The Hardest Decisions...................... One of the hardest decisions you'll ever face in life <BR> <BR> Is choosing whether to walk away or try harder. <BR> <BR> Spark People gives us tools to help us try harder. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:15:06 EST Surgery Is A Go....................... I had the consultation with the Spinal Surgeon today and we talked for about an hour. He explained in detail what will be done. Basically, he will fuse C-4, C-5, and C-6 in my Cervical Spine and clean up whatever he can of bone spurs and osteoarthritis in that area. He was VERY upfront with me and admitted that he may NOT be able to alleviate all of the pain, but the surgery will make more room for my spinal cord and the bone spurs pressing on nerves in that area will be taken care of. <... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:24:41 EST Nolaism Part 1 Our Grand-daughters stayed with us for four days and this was Nola's prize remark just one hour after she joined us. <BR> <BR> I had to run some errands in Portage, so Nola came with me. We were driving past Good Will, when I said, "Oh No!!!!! I forgot to bring the bag of clothes with me to donate to Good Will." <BR> <BR> Nola said, "You mean Bad Will, don't you Grandma?!?" <BR> <BR> I laughed and said, "Why do you call it that, Nola?" <BR> <BR> She immediately replied................"... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:40:04 EST Hello.............. We have had our 2 Grand-daughters with us since Thursday morning at 7 and they will be with us most of the day tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I will return to "Normal" Sparking sometime on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Till then.................. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:16:32 EST Happiness................ BE (with) SOMEONE THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY. <BR> <BR> Leave out the (with) and you will find real happiness. <BR> <BR> I firmly believe that this is WHY SP works...................we are given the tools to complete this healthy journey, but..............ultimately WE are the only ones who can make it successful and when we do...................true happiness is one of the most important results. YOU are the only one who can make YOU HAPPY. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:31:32 EST It's Better.................. It's better to walk alone, <BR> <BR> Than with a crowd going in the wrong direction. <BR> <BR> Diane Grant <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:56:33 EST Be Thankful............... Be Thankful for the Bad things in life. <BR> <BR> For they opened your eyes to the Good things you weren't paying attention to before! <BR> <BR> <em>51</em> <em>129</em> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:21:12 EST Best Garage Sale Sign Ever.............. Some of you who know me are aware of my love for Garage Sales. Each one is like a treasure hunt. You walk in and there, among the items for sale could be just the treasure you are looking for. <BR> <BR> My husband and I went to a few sales on our way home from an appointment the other day. There were 3 signs.............two were quite well done and it was obvious that the person who made them took great pains for them to be noticed and bring customers to the location. The third one had b... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:34:22 EST You Smell Like A Hug.................. Our 5 year-old Grand-daughter, Nola, stopped for a few minutes this morning with her daddy (our oldest son). They were on their way to church and could only stay for a couple of minutes. I had just taken a shower and because it was hot and humid, I put Baby Powder on after drying off. When I walked out to see Jason and Nola, she ran up to me and said, "Grandma, you smell just like a hug, so I am going to give you a big one." And she did...............two of them and then she was on her w... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 20:50:24 EST This Sign Made All Of Us Laugh We were on a day trip to see my husband's brother when we decided to look for an old fashioned diner-type restaurant rather than a fast-food. We were in a small fishing village and my DH said, "There's a sign up ahead that looks like it might be for a restaurant." <BR> <BR> As we got closer and were able to read the sign, one by one we all started to laugh. <BR> <BR> The sign said: <BR> <BR> Eat Here......... <BR> Get Gas and Worms. <BR> <BR> Our 10 year old Grand-daughter said, "No Th... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 21:35:53 EST Real Friends Can Never Be Lost................ You don't lose friends because Real Friends can NEVER be lost. You lose people masquerading as friends, and you're better for it. <BR> <BR> Mandy Hale Fri, 7 Jul 2017 21:50:16 EST Santa No...............I haven't lost my mind (well, not all of it anyway). I do realize that it is July. I couldn't forget is 90 degrees and 76% is UGLY!!! <BR> <BR> Nola is the reason I titled my blog, Santa. For those of you who don't know who Nola is, she is my 5 year-old Grand-daughter. On July 4th, our oldest son (her daddy) stopped over with her mommy, and 10 year-old sister, Elizabeth. They borrowed our 1987 red ... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 21:03:58 EST Just Once............... Just once I would like to read a medication label that says: <BR> <BR> WARNING............. <BR> <BR> "May cause permanent weight loss, remove wrinkles and increase energy." <BR> <BR> Wouldn't that be great!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 5 Jul 2017 20:29:04 EST Freedom I pledge allegiance to the flag, <BR> <BR> of the United States of America, <BR> <BR> And to the republic, for which it stands, <BR> <BR> One nation under God, <BR> Indivisible, <BR> With Liberty <BR> And Justice For ALL!!! <BR> <BR> For all of our military personnel, wherever they may be. <BR> Please support all of the troops defending our Country. <BR> <BR> And God Bless our Military who are protecting our Country for our Freedom. <BR> Thanks to them, and their sacrifices, we can cel... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 21:26:17 EST Happy 4TH of July.................. What is your favorite memory of the 4TH of July? I have many childhood favorite memories of the 4TH of July but my favorite memory as an adult happened in 2002. Our Foreign Exchange Student that year was from Romania. She arrived the third week in June and stayed with us for an entire year. We were getting ready for the 4th for about a week before the actual day. Our street always had a float and we had won first place for several years. The week before we started all of the preparation... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 22:48:26 EST All Is Well In Nola's Little World............... We moved my 93 year-old Mom into a new apartment in an Assisted Living Community on Friday. Around 11 AM, our DIL came to help us unpack and brought Elizabeth (10) and Nola (5) with her. They have only known one home associated with their Great-Grandma and Nola came in to the new place VERY SLOWLY. She didn't say anything, but just stood in one spot and looked everything over. Then her eyes landed on the wooden chest that had contained her toys at Mom's other apartment. She went over to ... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 21:27:02 EST Senior Day Old age is golden, or so I've heard it said, <BR> <BR> But sometimes I wonder, as I crawl into bed, <BR> <BR> With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup. <BR> <BR> My glasses on the table until I get up. <BR> <BR> As sleep dims my vision, I say to myself: <BR> <BR> Is there anything else I should lay on the shelf? <BR> <BR> The reason I know my youth is all spent? <BR> <BR> Is my get-up-and-go has got up and went!!! <BR> <BR> But in spite of it all, I'm able to grin <BR> <BR> And th... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 22:49:06 EST My Mom Is In Her New Home.............. It took a moving van with 3 young men, my husband and his truck, our oldest son and his van, and our SUV filled to the brim, but we got it done and Mom is in her new apartment in an Assisted Living community. We packed up the loose ends this morning before 8 and once the moving van was loaded, my Mom and I headed to the new apartment so we could show them where to place her furniture. My husband and oldest son finished cleaning the old apartment and joined us about an hour later. I love he... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 22:30:03 EST Found Out The Results of My MRI Today........ On Tuesday, I had an MRI of my Cervical Spine. I have had a lot of pain and immobility in my neck and down into my shoulders which has also caused numbness and tingling in my arms and hands. I had two x-rays taken on June 15th and the MRI on Tuesday, and talked to the Nurse Practitioner about them today. It was very obvious in the MRI that I have severe narrowing of the spinal canal in the mid-section of my neck. This is causing pressure on my spinal cord which presses on nerves. I also ... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:19:42 EST Nola Is Feeling A Bit Better Now.................. Last Monday, our Grand-daughters were staying with us for the morning. They were both very worried about Miki who was in the Vet Hospital at the time. He had been there since Saturday morning. I tried to explain what we knew at the time and it seemed to comfort them to some degree. My husband drove to the Vet's to find out the results of the latest tests and I drove the girls to their swim lessons. Ken met us at the pool and I knew by the look on his face, that the news was NOT good. El... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:43:13 EST That Awkward Moment................... That Awkward Moment when you're singing a song you used to sing a lot as a kid............ <BR> <BR> suddenly understand the lyrics.............. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:25:50 EST A Senior's Perspective of Facebook For those of my generation who do not, and cannot, comprehend why Facebook exists: I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles. <BR> <BR> Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passersby what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom. <BR> <BR> I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing i... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:58:42 EST Reach For The Stars................... Reach For The Stars.............. <BR> <BR> It Keeps Your Boobs From Sagging. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:10:15 EST I Laughed Out Loud............ A friend of mine and I went out for some "Retail Therapy" today. I was looking at some T-shirts for our oldest son who has a motorcycle and most of the T-shirts had Motorcycle Themes. I had gone through quite a few shirts when I saw the one that I bought for my husband (who also loves to ride motorcycles). <BR> <BR> It said: <BR> <BR> Sons Of Arthritis <BR> <BR> Ibuprofen Chapter <BR> <BR> I laughed so hard and purchased the shirt on the spot. My husband comes home from his fishing t... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:02:11 EST Somehow They Know............. We have lived in our present home for 19 years. We have had at least one dog for 15 of those years and for nine of them there were 2. They were always outside with us and knew their boundaries. We live on a VERY busy highway occupied by many large semis so we trained our Australian Terrier first and he caught on very quickly and knew exactly where he could and could not go. Then 3 years later, we brought Miki home as a puppy and Tyke (the Australian Terrier) actually showed Miki the ropes... Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:19:51 EST The Visitor............. We have had three bear sightings about a mile from where we live in the past 2 weeks. I am extra cautious about working in the gardens by the woods as my back is to the woods while I am working. Today I was weeding the flower box down by our driveway when I heard a loud crunching sound coming from the woods. The car was right near me as I had stopped in the driveway on my way home to do the weeding. I jumped in the car and watched in the direction of the noise..................nothing. I... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:16:48 EST A Difficult Day When we talked to our Veterinarian today, there was NEW news. We knew that Miki had pancreatitis and found out yesterday that he also had an operable tumor, but the news today was even worse...............he had Pancreatic Cancer!!! Even with the removal of the tumor and the Prednisone tablets each day, the Cancer would have taken over. What still totally amazes me is that on Thursday, Miki was chasing a tennis ball and eating normally. Friday, he stopped eating and couldn't keep even wat... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:29:45 EST The News Is Not Good.............. We talked to our Veterinarian today and he didn't have very good news for us. First of all, the results of the blood test which will tell for absolute sure whether Miki has Pancreatitis or not will be sent to his office by 9 AM tomorrow. That could have been treated, but a new glitch has been found. Miki has a tumor near the pancreas which is causing very low blood sugar levels. The tumor is operable, but he would have to go to Madison and it is VERY COSTLY. The cost would not bother me.... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:18:39 EST Miki First of all, I want to Thank ALL of You for your wonderful well-wishes for Miki. Our Veterinarian said that he would only call today if Miki was worse and we didn't hear anything, so are somewhat encouraged. <BR> <BR> I know that most of you who responded are dog lovers and I want to pass on what we have learned about Pancreatitis so that you will know what to look for and then what to do if it ever happens to your dog. <BR> <BR> Pancreatitis in Dogs: Symptoms and Treatments <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:36:03 EST Our Dog Is Very Sick................ Our Cairn Terrier, Miki, has been listless, has no appetite, and can't even keep water down. He also has diarrhea. We are really scared, because these are the same symptoms that our Australian Terrier had 3 years ago when he died. <BR> <BR> We took him to our Veterinarian this morning and wondered if we would be encouraged to put him down. After the examination, the doctor said that the reason our Australian Terrier died was because he had pancreatitis and a Lyme factor which was interfer... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:49:43 EST Glasses????? Yesterday my daughter e-mailed me again, asking why I didn't do something useful with my time. <BR> <BR> "Like, me sitting around the pool and drinking wine is not a good thing?" I asked. <BR> <BR> My "do-something-useful" seems to be her favorite topic of conversation. <BR> <BR> She was "only thinking of me", she said and suggested that I go down to the Senior Center and join something. <BR> <BR> I did this and when I got home last night, I decided to play a prank on her. <BR> <BR> I e... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:29:19 EST The Consultation................ Well............the consultation went pretty much the way I thought it would. After telling the Nurse Practitioner about the pain I have been experiencing in my neck, shoulders and upper arms, she did a thorough exam of all. I have had tremors in my right hand when holding a glass but my left hand has lost some of its grip strength. I have pain in both shoulders, but the right rotator cuff is really affected and I can only raise my arm about half way up. When my shoulders are in the most ... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:38:53 EST Eyes Are Done................On To The Spine The cataract surgery on my right eye went well. I was the perfect patient until I came back to my cubicle after the surgery. The nurse who brought me back asked me if I wanted the 3 little Muffins and I said Yes. Then she asked me what I wanted to drink and I said Hot Chocolate. She brought everything in a few minutes later and the first thing I did was to knock over the hot chocolate. I learned that my eyes weren't as spatially accurate as they used to be, and the nurse learned that you... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:46:19 EST One Eye Done..............One To Go................ Tomorrow morning I will have the cataract surgery on my right eye. I hope that all goes as well as the first one did. Think of me at 11AM CST. <BR> <BR> Then on Wednesday, I will have a post-op exam. <BR> <BR> On Thursday, I will meet with the Nurse Practitioner at the Spinal Surgeon's office. This appointment will be totally informational and I am sure that the next step will be an MRI of both my Cervical Spine and my Lower Lumbar Spine to see what kind of structural damage has occurred... Mon, 12 Jun 2017 22:21:20 EST A Box Came In The Mail I received a box in the mail yesterday that was tightly sealed with several layers of Tape and the following message: <BR> <BR> Do Not open with Charp Instrument. <BR> <BR> All I could say was "Oh Chit!" <BR> <BR> <BR> It was frustrating, and then.....................I started to LAUGH!!!!! <em>246</em> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 22:04:07 EST The Seven Dwarfs Of Old Age NAPPY <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> WRINKLY <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> SQUINTY <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> ROCKY <em>176</em> (This would be a rocking chair) <BR> <BR> <BR> SAGGY <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> FA _ TY <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> LEAKY <em>2</em> Sat, 10 Jun 2017 22:37:00 EST Why Doesn't He Answer Me Grandma??????? We had our 5 year-old Grand-daughter with us today. Shortly before lunch a friend called and said that there was a new petting zoo opening up just a short drive from us in a couple of weeks. If we were interested, she would take us to the farm and show us the animals before the opening. They were divided into groups and were inside a fenced in area. <BR> <BR> One of the animals was the cutest little donkey I have ever seen. When Nola saw him, she ran over to the fence and proceeded to ta... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 22:45:35 EST We Owe Our Marriage To Deer Hunting.................. As weird as this's true. In November of 1967, I was Practice Teaching at a High School that took the entire week of Thanksgiving off so that their students could go deer hunting. So many of the kids either took the time off, called in sick, or just skipped school for the 3 days before Thanksgiving, that the school felt it was justified and made up the days at the end of the school year. Because of this, I needed to find a Family and Consumer Education teacher who wou... Thu, 8 Jun 2017 22:06:25 EST What A Great Feeling................ Have you noticed that when you do something for someone else, you feel so much better about yourself? I am not looking for accolades and I sincerely wanted to do what I did for this girl because I respect her so much. <BR> <BR> I met Ellie 2 years ago when the girl who usually cuts my hair moved to a city that was just too far for me to go on a regular basis. She cuts my DIL's hair and she recommended Ellie to me. About a month before I went to her for my first hair cut, my DIL informed m... Wed, 7 Jun 2017 23:47:50 EST Some Humor At The DMV (Did you think that was possible?) A Polish immigrant went to the DMV to apply for a driver's license. First, of course, he had to take an eye sight test. The optician showed him a card with the letters: <BR> <BR> "CZWIXNOSTACZ" <BR> <BR> "Can you read this?" the optician asked. <BR> <BR> "Read it?" the Polish guy replied, "I know the guy." <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope this lightened you day just a bit........................... <em>247</em> Tue, 6 Jun 2017 22:31:15 EST Finding The Healthiest Frozen Yogurt *****Choose options with a calorie count of 120 calories or less, a saturated fat content of 2 grams or less, and a total sugar content of 20 grams or less per serving. <BR> <BR> <BR> *****If you're at a store that offers both soft- and hard-serve frozen yogurt, choose the soft---it's typically lower in calories. <BR> <BR> <BR> *****Avoid high-calorie toppings---instead, choose fresh fruit or a sprinkle of chopped nuts. <BR> <BR> <BR> *****Enjoy frozen yogurt occasionally as a treat, si... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 22:52:27 EST Healthy Diet Linked With Less Pain I have been doing a lot of reading on pain lately due to Spinal Stenosis. This article is in the Women's Nutrition Connection, June 2017, Volume 20 Number 6. <BR> <BR> <BR> Eating a Mediterranean-style diet could decrease the chances an overweight person will experience regular pain, new research suggests. In the study (Pain, February 2017), which included 98 people age up to 78; following a Mediterranean-style diet high in fish and plant-based proteins, such as nuts and beans, was linked... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 21:13:54 EST A Bit of Lightness............ A man was dining alone in a fancy restaurant and there was a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He had been checking her out since he sat down, but lacked the nerve to talk with her. <BR> <BR> Suddenly she sneezed, and her glass eye came flying out of its socket towards the man. He reflexively reached out, grabbed it out of the air, and handed it back. <BR> <BR> "Oh my, I am so sorry," the woman said, as she popped her eye back in place. "Let me buy your dinner to make it up to ... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 19:59:25 EST All Went Well.............. First of all..............Thank You for all of the Well-Wishes. I appreciate all of them and especially your thoughtfulness. <BR> <BR> I had to be at the hospital at 8:45 AM. I checked in with Registration, went to the Out-Patient Surgery waiting room and then down to my Surgery Prep Room. That part took the longest but there just aren't any shortcuts. I changed into a lovely gown complete with a Martha Washington white cap and blue slippers over my shoes. Then I had my temperature take... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 23:55:18 EST I'm Just A Little Bit Nervous Today Tomorrow, at about 10:15 AM, I will have a cataract removed from my left eye. I have talked to many people who have had this surgery and was with my Mom for both of hers, but I have to admit that surgery on my EYE makes me a little apprehensive. I love to read and have always appreciated my eye-sight. I am hoping that all goes well with no complications. I won't be online tomorrow as it has been recommended by my surgeon NOT to read or watch TV or work on the computer for the first full d... Wed, 31 May 2017 16:01:12 EST