PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 5 Simple Rules To Be Happy Free your heart from hatred---FORGIVE. <BR> <BR> Free your mind from worries---MOST NEVER HAPPEN. <BR> <BR> Live simply and appreciate what you have. <BR> <BR> Give more. <BR> <BR> Expect less. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Wed, 7 Oct 2015 13:48:23 EST Smart A_ _ One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. <BR> <BR> Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 17:32:36 EST A Bit Of Lightness.......... I just ran five miles and what a workout......... <BR> <BR> I didn't think that ice cream truck would ever stop!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:28:59 EST Are You Doing Sunday Right????????? If you're NOT procrastinating just a little, <BR> <BR> you're not doing Sunday right. <BR> <BR> Make it last as long as you can.................... <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sun, 4 Oct 2015 16:19:07 EST Two Things Define YOU........ Two things define you. <BR> <BR> Your patience when you have nothing, <BR> <BR> and your attitude when you have everything. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sat, 3 Oct 2015 21:10:19 EST I'm Confused........... The other day someone told me that I could make ice cubes with leftover wine. <BR> <BR> I was confused..............what is leftover wine??????? <BR> <BR> <em>181</em> Fri, 2 Oct 2015 19:22:07 EST If Anyone Asks........ I'm going to stand outside.......... <BR> <BR> So if anyone asks, I am outstanding!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Thu, 1 Oct 2015 19:00:06 EST It's All Up To YOU!!!!! Your mind is a garden.......... <BR> <BR> Your thoughts are the seeds.......... <BR> <BR> You can grow flowers.......... <BR> <BR> Or you can grow weeds!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> Wed, 30 Sep 2015 21:56:10 EST Never Underestimate Them I used to look at my dog and think.......... <BR> <BR> "If you were a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking." <BR> <BR> And he'd look at me like he was saying.......... <BR> <BR> "If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to." <BR> <BR> Fred Jungclaus <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:03:58 EST Am I Going Crazy????? I am facing the very real possibility of back surgery in the near future. Before I can even begin to start this process, I must rule out what could be a serious problem with my left leg. I have had circulatory problems in my legs that caused swelling and achiness and fatigue. My last appointment concerning this problem was two years ago. My left leg has been very sore, has been swelling below the knee, and has a raised area near my ankle which could be a vein problem. Last week, I called... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:59:21 EST Tears I can't think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog-----completely exhausted after a hard day in the field-----limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I'm sitting and puts her head in my lap. a paw over my knee, and closes her eyes, and goes back to sleep. <BR> <BR> I don't know what I've done to deserve that kind of friend. <BR> <BR> -Gene Hill- <BR> <BR> <em>200</em> <em>26</em> Sun, 27 Sep 2015 17:56:15 EST Dog's Hearing My wife, Andrea, found out that our dog, a Schnauzer, could hardly hear, so she took it to the veterinarian. The vet found that the problem was hair in the dog's ears. He cleaned both ears, and the dog could then hear fine. The vet then proceeded to tell Andrea that, if she wanted to keep this from recurring, she should go to the store and get some "Nair" hair remover and rub it in the dog's ears once a month. <BR> <BR> Andrea went to the pharmacy and bought some "Nair" hair remover. At ... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:30:44 EST So Very Happy For Them Today, our nephew is getting married!!!!! He is my brother's only child and my husband and I are very close to him. He spent a lot of time with us as a child. He was also in Iraq right after 9-11. His tours were the first two of the war. We wrote lots of letters and sent many care packages and prayed more than I had ever prayed before. We were blessed to have him return to us. He went on to school and now has an accounting degree. He met a wonderful girl two years ago and we love her ... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:32:23 EST It Really Is The Best Medicine LAUGH until your belly hurts <BR> <BR> and then just a little bit more!!!!! <BR> <BR> Laughter and a Healthy dose of Good Humor has helped us through so many circumstances over the years and I hope that it continues to do so. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <em>224</em> Thu, 24 Sep 2015 15:44:21 EST Autumn "Autumn is a second Spring <BR> <BR> when every Leaf is a Flower." <BR> <BR> Albert Camus <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 16:23:32 EST For Dog Lovers Kindly God said to him, <BR> <BR> "I've left you to the end." <BR> <BR> "I've turned my own name around and <BR> <BR> have called you Dog, my friend." <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:51:36 EST Laser Back Surgery I have one more question for you and then, I promise, I will least for now!!! <BR> <BR> Have any of you had laser surgery for conditions like Spinal Stenosis or do you know anyone who has? From what I have read, it is outpatient and not nearly as invasive. The one negative I have heard is that it is NOT covered by most Health Insurance companies. I am not sure about this and will check with our insurance company. <BR> <BR> I really appreciate any help that you can gi... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 16:16:07 EST One Of My Husband's Favorites And God promised men that Good and Obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world. <BR> <BR> Then he made the earth round..............and Laughed and Laughed and Laughed!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Sun, 20 Sep 2015 14:11:42 EST Spinal Stenosis I need your help and advice............. <BR> <BR> Have any of you had or know someone who has had surgery for spinal stenosis? <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis this past Spring and chose to try Physical Therapy to help with the pain and immobility. It did help to some extent, but the past few days, I have had pain in my lower back and down into my left leg. This is the classic pain of Sciatica, but what is throwing me off is the general weakness I am feeling in my lower bac... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 18:38:53 EST Coyotes According to the News Reports in our area, there is a definite threat to our pets from the Coyote population. We are encroaching on their habitat and many of them have become quite adapted to urban areas. Just this past week, there was a small Poodle who was killed in her back yard, just minutes after her owners had let her outside. This was also during the day!!! This is a time of year when the Spring Cubs are learning to hunt, so the danger is more prevalent. The owners called a local ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:31:42 EST Dogs Talking........... We had an Australian Terrier and a Cairn Terrier for 10 years. The Australian Terrier died of pancreatitis 2 years ago. The Cairn Terrier had never known life without the Australian Terrier and they were truly good "Buddies." <BR> <BR> I can actually hear the two of them having the following conversation: <BR> <BR> "So far, our barking has saved Mom and Dad from murder by 40 mailmen, 16 UPS drivers, 3 Girl Scouts, 28 Cats and 1 sketchy looking plastic bag on the road........... <BR> <BR>... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:25:59 EST Side Effects Why are there never any "GOOD" side-effects? <BR> <BR> Just once I'd like to read a medication bottle that says <BR> <BR> "MAY CAUSE EXTREME SEXINESS!!!" <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:58:54 EST 40 Years Of Marriage A married couple in their early 60s are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restaurant. <BR> <BR> Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their table. <BR> <BR> She said, "For being such an exemplary married couple and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will grant you each a wish." <BR> <BR> The wife answered, "Oh, I want to travel around the world with my darling husband." <BR> <BR> The fairy waved her magic wand and ---Poof!--... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 12:38:39 EST The Gynecologist Who Became A Mechanic A gynecologist had become fed up with malpractice insurance and HMO paperwork, and was burned out. Hoping to try another career where skillful hands would be beneficial, he decided to become a mechanic. <BR> <BR> He went to the local technical college, signed up for evening classes, attended diligently, and learned all he could. When the time of the practical exam approached, the gynecologist prepared carefully for weeks, and completed the exam with tremendous skill. When the results came... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:39:00 EST Wet Floor A Police Officer called the station on his radio. <BR> <BR> "I have an interesting case here. An old lady shot her husband for stepping on the floor she just mopped." <BR> <BR> "Have you arrested the woman?" <BR> <BR> "Not yet. The floor's still wet." <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 13 Sep 2015 18:30:54 EST It's Official.........We Are Getting OLD!!! The other day, when I was cleaning the Shower/Tub in our largest bathroom, I noticed that there were tiles bowing out on the North wall near the faucets. I called my husband in to look at them and he began by pulling one tile away and by the time he was done, there was about a 3' by 3' hole!!!!! He looked the pipes over carefully and really didn't see any place where they were leaking. He turned the faucet on as high as it would go and still, NOTHING. Then, I asked him if it was possible ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 16:36:34 EST A Simple Thank You To My Husband: <BR> <BR> If I make you breakfast in bed, a simple "Thank You" is all I need............not all this, "How did you get in my house?" business. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 20:17:05 EST A Bit Of Sunshine In An Otherwise Dark Day My husband and I attended a very sad funeral today. His cousin died at the age of 51 leaving behind her husband, a 17 year old daughter, a sister, a brother, and many other relatives and friends. She was loved by everyone who knew her.........always smiling and always willing to help wherever needed. It was one of those times when you overheard people say, "Why Sarah??????? She was such a good person." I know that we are not supposed to ask "Why", but sometimes it is very difficult to un... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:57:06 EST This Made Me Laugh.......... My 60 year Kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and <BR> <BR> I'm worried about the 195 pounds I've gained!!! <BR> <BR> <em>29</em> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 14:43:18 EST I'm Not Narcissistic!!! My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure he was hitting on me!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 8 Sep 2015 14:55:42 EST How Far Away?????? My husband and I were talking about the location of our mailbox this morning during breakfast. It is located across the road from the entrance to our driveway. We don't mind the walk down the hill to get our mail, but the highway we have to cross to get to the mailbox is a very busy one. Add to that, because we are on a hill, we can't see what is coming until it is almost on us and the drivers are going 55 mph at the least. We called the Post Office to see if our mailbox could be moved to... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 17:52:08 EST Right Now.......... RIGHT NOW----- <BR> <BR> somebody is thinking of you. <BR> <BR> somebody is caring about you. <BR> <BR> somebody misses you. <BR> <BR> somebody wants to talk to you. <BR> <BR> somebody wants to be with you. <BR> <BR> somebody hopes you aren't in trouble. <BR> <BR> somebody is thankful for the support you have provided. <BR> <BR> somebody wants to hold your hand. <BR> <BR> somebody hopes everything turns out all right. <BR> <BR> somebody wants you to be happy. <BR> <BR> somebody wan... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 13:18:32 EST WALLS YOU <BR> <BR> are <BR> <BR> CONFINED <BR> <BR> only <BR> <BR> by the <BR> <BR> WALLS <BR> <BR> you build <BR> <BR> YOURSELF!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 5 Sep 2015 15:29:37 EST Happiness........... Happiness <BR> <BR> is always <BR> <BR> an inside <BR> <BR> job. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:57:05 EST Your Favorite Day This is from our 8 year-old Grand-daughter, Elizabeth. It is her favorite. <BR> <BR> "What day is it?" asked Pooh. <BR> <BR> "It's today," squeaked Piglet. <BR> <BR> "My favorite day," said Pooh. <BR> <BR> Hope this is your Favorite Day!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Thu, 3 Sep 2015 17:47:28 EST Time-Out!!!!! I need a TIME-OUT!!!!! <BR> <BR> Please send me to the Beach <BR> <BR> And don't let me <BR> <BR> Come back until <BR> <BR> My attitude changes!!!!! <BR> <BR> Please!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:31:27 EST Baby Boomers I am a Baby Boomer. When I was 29 years old, I taught a Health Careers Class. It was a vocational course, but was taught to High School Seniors. The class itself was taught at a local Nursing Home and students were bussed there from five different High Schools. I remember standing in front of my first class of the School Year and giving them all of the important information about the course, the certificates available if the work was done correctly, the teachers involved, etc. I also rem... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:59:42 EST We're Heading For The Lake The heat and humidity are heading in to our area today and are supposed to get worse called friends who also like to boat, and we are heading for the lake for a Pontoon ride and swimming. We will leave around 3 and have snacks on the boat followed by a light supper at a cute little restaurant about a half mile from the harbor. It won't be long and we will have to take the Pontoon out of the water and bring it home for winter storage, so we are boating while... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:28:54 EST Marriage A former college roommate with a wicked sense of humor sent me this today and I just had to share it with you............... <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Marriage is like a deck of cards. <BR> <BR> In the beginning all you need is two hearts and a diamond. <BR> <BR> By the end, you wish you had a club and a spade. <BR> <BR> <BR> This gave me a laugh and I hope it did you too. Have a great Sunday. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:03:21 EST We All Need A Tree!!! I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one ton truck refused to start. <BR> <BR> While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. <BR> <BR> When opening the door... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:10:10 EST Thousands of Reasons If every morning, <BR> <BR> You can find a reason to say, <BR> <BR> "Yes, it's going to be a beautiful day." <BR> <BR> And every day, you find a reason to say, <BR> <BR> "Yes, it is a beautiful day." <BR> <BR> And every night, you find a reason to say, <BR> <BR> "Yes, it was a beautiful day." <BR> <BR> Then one day, <BR> <BR> You'll look back and easily say, <BR> <BR> " was a beautiful life." <BR> <BR> by Doe Zantamata Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:57:49 EST Good Friends Good Friends are like Stars. <BR> <BR> You don't always see them, <BR> <BR> But you know they are always there. <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to Thank You, my wonderful Spark Friends for your good wishes and Spark Goodies and general encouragement at this time. It is very much appreciated and I love you all, more than you can possibly know. We may NEVER see each other in person; but I feel that our souls are very visible. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:36:09 EST LIFE LIFE is not the way it's supposed to be................. <BR> <BR> It's the way it is............ <BR> <BR> The way we COPE with it, <BR> <BR> Is what makes the difference. <BR> <BR> The above statements are on my refrigerator door!!!!! Our youngest son has always been a challenge. The last couple of days have been rough..........and I have read these statements often. Please keep us in your thoughts. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:16:09 EST LIFE LIFE is not the way it's supposed to be................. <BR> <BR> It's the way it is............ <BR> <BR> The way we COPE with it, <BR> <BR> Is what makes the difference. <BR> <BR> The above statements are on my refrigerator door!!!!! Our youngest son has always been a challenge. The last couple of days have been rough..........and I have read these statements often. Please keep us in your thoughts. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:15:58 EST