PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community How Was Your Thanksgiving????? We went to my brother's home for Thanksgiving today. He lives about 35 miles south of us. We all bring a part of the menu, so that my SIL doesn't have the responsibility of the entire meal. When we finished eating, everyone helped clear the table, put the food away, and do the dishes that didn't fit in the dishwasher. Then we did something new this year............we had a treasure hunt in their yard and in the park across the street. We had a sheet of clues as to the whereabouts of the ... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:25:48 EST Happy Thanksgiving I know this is old, but it still makes me smile..........I wish you and yours a Very Happy Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> <BR> Twas the night of Thanksgiving, <BR> But I just couldn't sleep. <BR> I tried counting backwards, <BR> I tried counting sheep. <BR> <BR> The leftovers beckoned--- <BR> The dark meat and white, <BR> But I fought the temptation <BR> With all of my might. <BR> Tossing and turning with anticipation, <BR> The thought of a snack became infatuation. <BR> So I raced to the kitchen... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:38:59 EST Always Believe Always believe something wonderful <BR> <BR> is going to happen. Even with all <BR> <BR> the ups and downs, never take a <BR> <BR> day for granted. Smile, cherish the <BR> <BR> little things and remember to hug the <BR> <BR> ones you really love. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Make a list of all of the things you are Thankful for. It may be much longer than you think. <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:45:32 EST Good Friends Good <BR> <BR> friends <BR> <BR> make <BR> <BR> bad days <BR> <BR> a little <BR> <BR> more <BR> <BR> bearable............. <em>174</em> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 16:18:41 EST Wonder Woman I may not be <BR> <BR> Wonder <BR> <BR> Woman, but <BR> <BR> I can do <BR> <BR> things that <BR> <BR> make you <BR> <BR> WONDER!!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 21:23:52 EST TheSecret To Happiness The secret to happiness <BR> <BR> is a good sense of humor <BR> <BR> and a bad memory. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>198</em> Sat, 21 Nov 2015 20:44:23 EST Please Remember To............. Please remember to do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself. <BR> <BR> One tradition I learned from my Mom and Dad, was to invite someone for Thanksgiving dinner who was far from their family with no chance of being with them. This led to very interesting guests over the years who also became life-long friends. <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:21:27 EST Trouble.......... Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones. <BR> <BR> Can you relate to this one????? I wish I could say that I don't!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:31:37 EST Dancing In The Rain.......... Life is NOT waiting for the storm to pass; It is learning to Dance in the rain. <BR> <BR> It may have been easier to do this as a child; but, it is still every bit as much fun. <BR> <BR> <em>353</em> <em>27</em> <em>354</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:17:31 EST Make The Best Of Your Circumstances Make the Best of your Circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>46</em> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 20:20:36 EST I Had Two Great NSVs Today I had my second Dr. Appointment with my Primary Physician today in preparation for possible spinal surgery. Due to my weight loss, I had my Blood Pressure medication cut in half and my Cholesterol levels were down in the healthy level. What a great feeling it was to get that news!!!!! <BR> <em>224</em> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:21:22 EST Her First Date I know that this is an old story that you have probably read before, but I laugh every time I read it and maybe you could use a laugh today as well......... <BR> <BR> If you didn't see this on the Tonight Show, I hope you're sitting down when you read it. This is probably the funniest date story ever, first date or not!!! We have all had bad dates but this takes the cake. <BR> <BR> Jay Leno went into the audience to find the most embarrassing first date that a woman ever had. The winner ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:27:14 EST A Beautiful Message STONE <BR> <BR> Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. <BR> <BR> <BR> The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand, "Today my best friend slapped me in the face." <BR> <BR> They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. <BR> <BR> The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 21:05:56 EST Good News Today I had an appointment with a Vascular Surgeon. I have been waiting to get in to see him for over three months. I have had problems with circulation; especially in my left leg. Beginning about 4 months ago, I have had pain in my lower left calf. Along with the pain is a red area which feels warm to the touch every so often. I not only wanted to find out what this is and if it is something that might require treatment, but if I have to have spinal surgery in the next few months, I don... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:57:06 EST The Bermuda Triangle I have a brain like the <BR> <BR> Bermuda Triangle. <BR> <BR> Information goes in, <BR> <BR> never to be <BR> <BR> found again!!! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:20:12 EST PROUD We can be very <BR> <BR> proud of our men and women in the Service no matter <BR> <BR> where or when they served. <BR> <BR> God Bless Them All!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>652</em> Wed, 11 Nov 2015 20:44:53 EST I Agree With Charlie............ I LOVE the kind of <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> where you can physically <BR> <BR> feel the sadness leaving your body. <BR> <BR> Charlie Brown <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:16:26 EST Sometimes.......... Sometimes the thoughts <BR> <BR> in my head get bored, and go <BR> <BR> for a stroll out through my <BR> <BR> mouth. This is <BR> <BR> NEVER a good thing!!! <BR> <BR> And, it seems to be getting <BR> <BR> WORSE with age!!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>24</em> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 20:48:15 EST I Wish.......... I wish there was a way to donate Fat <BR> <BR> like you can donate Blood!!! <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Sun, 8 Nov 2015 21:20:27 EST Some Days.......... Some days I just wish I had the wisdom of a ninety year old, <BR> <BR> the body of a twenty year old, <BR> <BR> and the energy of a three year old. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 7 Nov 2015 19:41:46 EST Did You Know????? Did you know, that if you VISUALIZE, you can actually HUG on the phone? <BR> <BR> ~Shelley Long <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Fri, 6 Nov 2015 15:38:02 EST Elderly While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 5 year-old Grand-daughter on my afternoon rounds. <BR> <BR> She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. <BR> <BR> As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered, "The Tooth Fairy will never believe this!" <BR... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 17:40:52 EST Ketchup I was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the container. During my struggle, the phone rang so I asked my 4-year-old Grand-daughter to answer the phone. <BR> <BR> "Grandma can't come to the phone to talk to you right now; she's hitting the bottle." <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 13:47:34 EST Old Friends Are The Best!!!!! I have been experiencing back pain for the past 11 months and was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis in March. Those of you who have chronic pain can understand how debilitating this can be and how much energy it takes to be in pain. I am exhausted all of the time and I have to admit that this exhaustion has led to depression. I have always been an upbeat person and love to laugh and I DON'T LIKE what has happened to me. Lately, I have decided that I need to make "Play-dates" with my "Old Fri... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 14:23:46 EST The Girl At The Beach A couple lived near the ocean and used to walk the beach a lot. One summer they noticed a girl who was at the beach almost every day. She wasn't unusual, nor was the travel bag she carried, except for one thing; she would approach people who were sitting on the beach, glance around and then speak to them. <BR> <BR> Generally, the people would respond negatively and she would wander off. But occasionally someone would nod and there would be a quick exchange of money and something that she ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 13:44:51 EST Power Outage At my recent assault trial, I offered a plea of "Guilty with an Explanation." The judge asked me what my explanation was, so I told my story. <BR> <BR> "Your Honor," I said, "I had a mammogram appointment, which I actually kept. I was met with: "Hi! I'm Belinda!" This perky clipboard carrier smiled from ear to ear, tilted her head to one side and crooned, "All I need you to do is step into this room right here, strip to the waist, then slip on this gown. Everything clear?" I'm thinking... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:50:54 EST Halloween Chuckle A bald man with a wooden leg gets invited to a Halloween Party. <BR> He doesn't know what costume to wear to hide his head and his leg, so he <BR> writes to a costume company to explain his problem. <BR> A few days later he received a parcel with the following note: <BR> <BR> Dear Sir, <BR> Please find enclosed a pirate's outfit. The spotted handkerchief will cover <BR> your bald head and, with your wooden leg, you will be just right as a pirate. <BR> Very truly yours, <BR> Acme Costume Co... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 17:31:25 EST You're Too Old To Trick Or Treat When........... 10. You keep knocking on your own front door. <BR> <BR> 9. You remove your false teeth to change your appearance. <BR> <BR> 8. You ask for soft high fiber candy only. <BR> <BR> 7. When someone drops a candy bar in your bag, and you lose your balance and fall over. <BR> <BR> 6. People say: "Great Boris Karloff Mask," And you're not wearing a mask. <BR> <BR> 5. When the door opens you yell, "Trick or......." And you can't remember the rest. <BR> <BR> 4. By the end of the night, yo... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:16:35 EST The New Generation NUDITY <BR> <BR> I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked!!! <BR> <BR> As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mom, that lady isn't wearing a seat belt!!!" <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 13:25:51 EST The Most Amazing Creatures "I think that dogs are the most amazing creatures; <BR> <BR> they give unconditional love. <BR> <BR> For me they are the role model for being alive." <BR> <BR> ~Gilda Radner~ <BR> <BR> When I arrived home from volunteering late yesterday afternoon, my husband walked out to the car to talk to me. I noticed a lump in his jacket, that seemed to be moving. Then, out popped a little black head with the cutest face I have seen in a very long time. It was a puppy!!!!! He was part Miniature P... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:58:35 EST The Bank Account ...........something we should all remember <BR> <BR> A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. <BR> <BR> His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. <BR> <BR> As he ma... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 20:33:07 EST Don't Wish Your Life Away If you haven't read 2BDYNAMIC'S October 22, 2015 blog titled, Well Kept Secrets Revealed At Last, I would recommend doing so. This blog is what influenced my blog that follows: <BR> <BR> Don't Wish Your Life Away <BR> <BR> First, I was dying to finish High School and start College <BR> <BR> And then, I was dying to finish College and start Working <BR> <BR> Then I was dying to Marry and have Children <BR> <BR> And then I was dying for my Children <BR> <BR> To grow old enough <BR> <BR>... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 20:22:22 EST Ladies, I Thought You Would Enjoy This!!! A woman was sitting at a bar enjoying an after work cocktail with her girlfriends when Steven, a tall, exceptionally handsome, extremely sexy, middle-aged man entered. He was so striking that the woman could not take her eyes off him. <BR> <BR> This seasoned, yet playful heart throb noticed her overly attentive stare and walked directly toward her. (As any man would.) Before she could offer her apologies for staring so rudely, he leaned over and whispered to her, "I'll do anything, absolu... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 21:06:55 EST Urgent Warning For Tomorrow Aliens are coming to Earth tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Their mission is to abduct all sexy, good looking "OLD" people. <BR> <BR> I'm just contacting you to say Good-Bye. <BR> <BR> I've got to go and pack. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> to Spark People for helping us "OLD" people to work our way back to being sexy and good looking. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 24 Oct 2015 18:55:33 EST Car Keys Several days ago as I left a meeting at a hotel; I desperately gave myself a personal TSA pat down. <BR> <BR> I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing. <BR> <BR> Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. <BR> <BR> My husband has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. <BR> My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. <BR> His theo... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:31:46 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... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:17:39 EST My Cairn Miki is our male Cairn Terrier. He is 10 years old. While he has not, in my hearing, spoken the English language, he makes it perfectly plain that he understands it. <BR> <BR> And he uses his ears, tail, eyebrows, various rumbles and grunts, the slant of his cold nose or a succession of heartrending sighs to get his meaning across. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 20:24:26 EST Nothing The speed in which a woman says "nothing" when asked "What's wrong?" is inversely <BR> <BR> proportional to the severity of the s_ _ _ storm that's coming. <BR> <BR> Be VERY, VERY careful............ <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 20:29:27 EST The Black Dot One day, a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They all waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin. <BR> <BR> The professor handed out the exams with the text facing down, as usual. Once he handed them all out, he asked the students to turn over the papers. <BR> <BR> To everyone's surprise, there were no questions---just a black dot in the center of the sheet of paper. The professor, seeing the expression on everyone's faces, ... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:11:27 EST Boomerang A HUG is like a BOOMERANG................. <BR> <BR> You get it back right away. <BR> <BR> Our Grand-daughters age 8 and 3 were with us all of last week and just went home this morning. I have had so many hugs................but..............I could still use more!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 18 Oct 2015 19:06:37 EST Millions and Millions of Years............ Millions and millions of years would still not give me half enough time to describe that tiny <BR> <BR> instant of all eternity when you put your arms around me and I put my arms around you. <BR> <BR> Jacques Pre'vert <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Sat, 17 Oct 2015 13:34:34 EST The Bathtub Test............. During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old age home?" <BR> <BR> "Well," he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub." <BR> <BR> "Oh, I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup." <BR> <BR> "No," he said. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:41:41 EST DOGS not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, <BR> <BR> and to obtain the objects they have not. <BR> <BR> There is nothing of value they have to bequeath <BR> <BR> except their love and their faith. <BR> <BR> Eugene O'Neill <BR> <BR> <BR> How VERY true........... <em>200</em> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 15:11:17 EST YOU YOU <BR> <BR> are <BR> <BR> CONFINED <BR> <BR> only by the <BR> <BR> WALLS <BR> <BR> you build <BR> <BR> YOURSELF. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>306</em> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:22:33 EST Blessed Are We........ Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves........... <BR> <BR> For we shall never cease to be amused. <BR> <BR> My husband and I have at least one good laugh/day based on something that one or the other of us does unintentionally when we meant to do something else that made a whole lot more sense. He asked me just the other day who guided me through life before he came along?????? <BR> <BR> I <em>26</em> to laugh and consider it my favorite STRESS-BUSTER. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <e... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:33:23 EST My Motto For This Week Our two Grand-daughters are staying with us all of this week while their parents are in Nevada, so the following is our Motto For This Week!!! <BR> <BR> What Happens At Grandpa and Grandma's <BR> <BR> Stays At Grandpa and Grandma's. <BR> <BR> I hope that our energy holds out. The girls are 8 and 3 and full of energy.............. <em>40</em> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 16:28:08 EST No Matter............. "No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, <BR> <BR> having a dog makes you rich." <BR> <BR> Louis Sabin <BR> <BR> <em>200</em> Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:55:39 EST Only In Math Problems........... Only in math problems can you buy 60 cantaloupes and no one asks what the H_ _ _ is wrong with you. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sat, 10 Oct 2015 20:58:36 EST Thought For The Day Here's something to think about: <BR> <BR> Andy Griffith's Peaceful Town <BR> Food for Thought <BR> <BR> The reason Mayberry was so peaceful and quiet was because nobody was married---Andy, Aunt Bea, Barney, Floyd, Howard, Goober, Gomer, Sam, Earnest T. Bass, Helen, Thelma Lou, Clara, and of course Opie---all single. The only married person was Otis, and he stayed drunk. <BR> <BR> Just sayin' !!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 9 Oct 2015 19:45:05 EST Even Without Touching LAUGHING together is as close as you can get to a HUG without TOUCHING. <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>247</em> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 19:41:48 EST