PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Special Note About Hugging Hugging is Healthy. <BR> <BR> It helps the body's immune system. <BR> <BR> It cures depression. <BR> <BR> It reduces stress. <BR> <BR> It's rejuvenating. <BR> <BR> It has no unpleasant side effects. <BR> <BR> It is a Miracle Drug!!! <BR> <BR> It is all natural, it contains no chemicals, artificial ingredients, no pesticides, and no preservatives! <BR> <BR> Hugging is practically perfect. <BR> <BR> There are no parts to break down, no monthly payments, non-taxable, non-polluting and o... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:21:08 EST Body Smarts #1. You're never done with your to-do list. Overstuffed agendas are just like cracks in the pavement---they can trip you up and bring you down. "If your list is too long, you're going to feel defeated because what you DO accomplish is just a drop in the bucket," explains organizing expert Julie Morgenstern, author of Time Management From The Inside Out. Extra-long to-do lists are good for only one thing: draining your energy. <BR> <BR> To make your goals achievable, think of every day as a container. "You're only going to fit so m... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:33:56 EST Live, Laugh, Love Live, Laugh, Love................. <BR> <BR> 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, is what makes the difference. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:58:06 EST Who Does What????? A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning. <BR> <BR> The wife said, "You should do it because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee. <BR> <BR> The husband said, "You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee." <BR> <BR> Wife replies, "No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee." <BR> <B... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:25:48 EST The Silent Treatment A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. <BR> <BR> Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5 AM for an early morning business flight. <BR> <BR> Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, <BR> "Please wake me at 5 AM." He left it where he knew she would find it. <BR> <BR> The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9 AM an... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:20:35 EST WORDS A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day........... <BR> <BR> 30,000 to a man's 15,000. <BR> <BR> The wife replied, "The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men............. <BR> <BR> The husband then turned to his wife and asked, <BR> <BR> "What?" <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh, how I can relate to this...................... <em>198</em> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:50:09 EST Wife vs. Husband A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. <BR> <BR> An earlier discussion had led to an argument and <BR> <BR> neither of them wanted to concede their position. <BR> <BR> As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, <BR> <BR> the husband asked sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?" <BR> <BR> "Yep," the wife replied, "in-laws." <BR> <BR> <BR> I <em>26</em> this!!!!! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:34:05 EST A Woman's Revenge "Cash or charge?" I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase. <BR> <BR> As she fumbled for her wallet, I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse. <BR> <BR> "So, do you always carry your TV remote?" I asked. <BR> <BR> "No," she replied, "but my husband refused to come shopping with me, and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally." Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:44:33 EST Our Evening In The Emergency Room Last night, I was just sitting down to do some Sparking when the phone rang. It was my almost 93 year-old Mom. She had fallen in her apartment and hit her right ear and side of her head on a heavy crock. She was bleeding quite a bit and couldn't stand up because of dizziness. We live about 7 miles away and rushed over. She didn't lose consciousness and was able to keep a cloth on the cut which was still bleeding. We took her to the nearest hospital which is about 10 miles away and went ... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:31:21 EST Happy Easter How did you spend today? This is the first Easter that I didn't make a large meal and have company. It felt so weird to go out last night instead of cleaning the house and preparing food for a large crowd. It worked out that both of our sons were spending Easter with their in-laws (we do have to share them) so my almost 93 year old Mom and I decided that we were going to go out for an Easter Brunch. We called my brother and his wife and they thought that was a great idea. Their only son ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 21:08:12 EST All I Need To Know I Learned From The Easter Bunny!!! Don't put all your eggs in one basket. <BR> <BR> Everyone needs a friend who is all ears. <BR> <BR> All work and no play can make you a basket case. <BR> <BR> Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day. <BR> <BR> Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits. <BR> <BR> Some body parts should be floppy. <BR> <BR> Keep your paws off of other people's jelly beans. <BR> <BR> The grass is always greener in someone else's basket. <BR> <BR> To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 22:34:06 EST 12 Tips That Could Add Years To Your Life 1. Get a good night's sleep. Not only does it give your brain a chance to rest while it works, but the optimal 8 hours of shut eye also helps to make you and your brain sharper. <BR> <BR> 2. Spice up your life. Most of us know that too much salt raises blood pressure and increases the risk of stroke and heart failure. To shake the habit, try seasoning food with spices and herbs. (Bonus: Spices can rev up your metabolism and help you to feel full---so it's possible you'll lose a little... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:12:03 EST Memory Maximizers Memory games and other stimulation boost mental acuity. If you want to reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD), you might try stimulating your brain with activities such as learning a language, playing memory games and other challenging games, reading books and magazines, or attending cultural activities. That's the implication of research conducted by researcher Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and her colleagues. ... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:13:05 EST "FIRST OF ALL." If a woman says <BR> <BR> "First Of All." <BR> <BR> during an argument.................... <BR> <BR> Run away, because she has prepared <BR> <BR> Research, Data, Charts, <BR> <BR> And WILL DESTROY YOU. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:35:06 EST Calm and Content Gardening is a proven tension tamer and boosts your overall mental and physical well-being. <BR> <BR> Ready, Set, Relax: Gardening is powerful stress relief. In one study, people who took a frustrating test then gardened for 30 minutes enjoyed an uptick in their mood and a lowering of the stress hormone cortisol. Make the most of your time in the green. <BR> <BR> UNPLUG: Leave the electronics (your phone, iPad, and laptop) inside. Focusing on the greenery without distractions helps y... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:22:27 EST The Best Time To Take Blood Pressure Pills Take blood pressure pills at bedtime!!! A study out of Spain shows that people who took at least one blood pressure medicine at night had better blood pressure control---and they were less likely to have a heart attack, stroke, or to develop heart failure, as those who took morning pills. <BR> <BR> I have always taken my blood pressure pill at night.................I didn't realize that it was better for me. Now I do and I am glad to have done this right. <BR> <BR> <em>590</em> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:41:17 EST Don't Worry............. Don't Worry, <BR> <BR> Some people are their own PUNISHMENT <BR> <BR> in LIFE. <BR> <BR> I usually pride myself in forming friendships with people who are honest and trustworthy and non-judgmental. Boy was I wrong this time. I ended a friendship with the wife of one of my favorite High School classmates and friends two weeks ago. I don't like confrontation, but this one was a long-time coming. I won't go into details, but if you have ever known someone who is an authority on EVERYTHIN... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 22:31:01 EST A Wise Man A wise man once said.......................... <BR> <BR> Nothing!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 8 Apr 2017 22:16:59 EST Lower Risk of Stroke With Tomatoes You may already know that the lycopene in tomatoes helps lower the risk of prostate and other cancers. Now researchers say high levels of lycopene in the blood could lower your risk of strokes caused by blood clots by 59%. <BR> <BR> And...........Summer is coming and home-grown tomatoes taste SO GOOD. <BR> <BR> <em>370</em> Fri, 7 Apr 2017 22:19:20 EST One Hour Of Missed Sleep Doubles Car Crash Risk Getting behind the wheel after just one hour less than the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep at night doubles your risk for a car wreck compared to that of a well-rested driver, according to a report released on December 6, 2016 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. After only four to five hours of sleep, the consequences are comparable to driving drunk, quadrupling the normal risk for an accident. Trying to drive with less than four hours of sleep the previous night increases yo... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 22:14:37 EST True Humility True Humility is NOT thinking less of yourself; <BR> <BR> It is thinking of yourself less. <BR> <BR> C.S. Lewis Wed, 5 Apr 2017 21:46:04 EST Lutein-Rich Foods May Help Protect The Aging Brain A diet with plentiful amounts of an antioxidant called lutein may help prevent or slow age-related declines in executive functions such as memory, problem-solving and planning, according to new research published in the December 6, 2016 issue of Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Scientists theorized that lutein, which is found in foods such as egg yolk, spinach, and corn, might help preserve "crystallized intelligence"...the ability to use skills, knowledge, and experience accumulated over a ... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 22:02:16 EST Beware................ Beware: Ibuprofen may cancel out aspirin's heart protection. Here's important news if you take a daily low-dose aspirin for your heart, and take an NSAID for pain or inflammation: NSAIDs block the ability of aspirin to make blood platelets less "sticky," which helps prevent heart attacks and strokes. The fix: take aspirin first thing in the morning, then wait 30 minutes before <BR> taking an NSAID. If you take an NSAID first, wait eight hours before taking aspirin. If you take NSAIDs r... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 22:05:51 EST Now This Is A True Friend............ When everything you know falls apart.......... <BR> <BR> When everyone you know turns their backs.......... <BR> <BR> When every last shred of hope abandons you.......... <BR> <BR> I will be here for you until I breathe no more. <BR> <BR> <BR> I truly feel that kind of support from the Spark Friends I have met on this site. Thank You. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Sun, 2 Apr 2017 21:42:56 EST A Laugh For Your April Fool's Day We have an SUV that has a sun roof. We haven't had the car for very long and when Nola has been riding in it, we have noticed how curious she has been about it <BR> <BR> Yesterday it was finally warm enough to open it. On our way back to her house, my husband opened the sun roof. We had gone about a mile down the road, when Nola yelled (in her high-pitched little-girl voice) "Close the sun roof fast!!!!!" I turned around to see what was wrong with her, and she was pointing up. A flock ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:18:28 EST A Good Lesson Our 4 year-old Grand-daughter, Nola, is spending the day with us. After our walk in the woods this morning, we went to our storage room in the basement and I told her that I needed her help in sorting out the toys that she has "outgrown" and getting them ready to take to Good Will. At first, I wasn't sure that this would work, because she was playing with the toys and seemed reluctant to part with them. Then I reminded her of all of her current toys upstairs and also talked about how littl... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:16:38 EST Eating For Longevity The so-called Mediterranean diet has been linked o living longer. To start eating more like a Mediterranean, try these simple diet changes: <BR> <BR> <BR> *****Drink alcohol in moderation <BR> <BR> *****Eat less meat and meat products <BR> <BR> *****Eat more vegetables, fruits, legumes and nuts <BR> <BR> *****Choose more monounsaturated fats (like olive oil), less saturated fats (like butter) <BR> <BR> *****Eat more fish <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>181</em> In Moderation <em>496</em> E... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:26:45 EST Such A Great Day.......... Today I took our elderly neighbor to an eye doctor appointment and then we went out for lunch afterward. She is 93 years old and sharp as a tack. While at lunch I started asking her about her childhood. She told me that she grew up in a small town about 18 miles north of where she lives now. When she graduated from High School, she went to work in a munitions plant about 30 miles from her home as it was 1942 and World War II was on. For the first time ever, women were encouraged to do th... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:32:27 EST Sea Salt Ineffective for Sodium Reduction Don't count on sea salt to reduce your dietary sodium intake. A recent American Heart Association survey found that 61% of consumers believe sea salt is a "low-sodium alternative" to table salt, which is mined rather than harvested from the ocean (and also contains iodine and anti-clumping agents). But testing reported in Food Research International concludes that sea salt is "not viable" as a sodium-reduction strategy. Little difference was seen in taste intensity or sodium content betwee... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:07:08 EST "Ideal Weight" Gets Fatter, Too What's your ideal weight? As Americans get fatter, their answer is packing on the pounds, too. A Gallup poll reports that what Americans say is their "ideal weight" has risen to 162 pounds, the highest since the organization started asking that question in 1990 and up 15 pounds since then. Despite rising obesity statistics, more of us than ever---60%---say our weight is "about right." Overall, survey respondents averaged 176 pounds, also up 15 pounds since 1990. Men, who averaged 196 pou... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:54:37 EST Are You A Gardener? You're more likely to get your five plus a day of fruits and vegetables if you garden. And kids who garden tend to eat more veggies---even in college. Try these 6, which anyone can grow. <BR> <BR> Homegrown Healthy <BR> <BR> 1. Green Beans: They're loaded with heart-protecting antioxidants---even more than their cousins in the pea and bean family. <BR> <BR> 2. Cucumbers: Make your own probiotics: Brine pickling-size cucumbers in water and salt (vinegar kills the healthy bacteria). ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:04:17 EST I Am Still In Shock!!! If you read my blogs from the past two days, you will know that we were scammed by a computer hacker. We have done all we can to protect our computers now and have also cancelled our credit card and will get a new one. Nothing can be charged to our old card after March 22. <BR> <BR> Last night, we were watching the College Basketball Tournament. It was about 8:30 PM and the phone rang. My husband answered the phone and I heard him from 2 rooms away shouting at someone and telling them ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:05:42 EST Bad News............ In yesterday's blog, I told you that I thought we had been scammed by someone who claimed to be from Microsoft. WE WERE SCAMMED!!!!! <BR> <BR> What we should have done when the pop-ups came up warning of a virus and the curser was completely out of control and the message in the upper left corner was giving us a Microsoft phone number to call, was to turn off the machine and call the Costco Tech Team in the morning. We panicked and it cost us. My husband talked to the guy on the phone sev... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:18:49 EST Ohhhhh, Was My Husband Mad This Afternoon!!!!! We purchased an HP computer from Costco about 2 months ago and were told that it had protection installed. <BR> <BR> Mid-afternoon, I was on the computer and had gone on the Humana Insurance site to find some Pharmacy information. I was right in the middle of getting the information I needed when about 3 little pop-ups came on the screen telling me to call the phone number listed immediately as there was danger of a virus. I called my husband to take a look and he immediately called the nu... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:36:50 EST A Day Filled With Lots Of Accomplishments I was tired today from two days spent with very energetic Grand-daughters, but since I love to decorate and change things up, I hit the house hard. I brought up all of my Spring accents and colors and redid three rooms before I ran out of energy. This includes paintings, wall decorations of many kinds, Easter decorations for the girls, new towels and pillows that I purchased at the end of the season last Spring, new rugs, and even changed up my current set of dishes. If I had to admit to a... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:06:37 EST Another Memorable Day and Night............ Our Grand-daughters were here this morning at 5:45 and ready for the day!!!!! After dropping the girls off, our oldest son managed to hit a Raccoon on his way to Madison. He really didn't think that there was much if any damage but when he stopped for gas, he saw that there was quite a bit of damage to the front of the passenger side of the company car that he drives. I guess that the Raccoon was much bigger than he thought!!!!! <BR> <BR> After making omelets for all four of us, I started... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:21:47 EST 12 Hours With Our Grand-Daughters Our 9 and 4 year-old Grand-daughters arrived at 5:45 this morning and left at 6 this evening. WOW!!!!! I am exhausted tonight. I would give ANYTHING for a fraction of their energy. They are both on Spring Break right now and Elizabeth actually has homework to do, so we worked on that for about 2 hours. While we were doing that, my husband took Nola outside and they played with our dog, climbed into the Tree House that he built for them about 3 years ago, and swung on the swing we put up... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:07:05 EST A Sunday Smile............. A Sunday School Teacher asked her class, "What was Jesus' mother's name?" One child answered, "Mary." <BR> <BR> The teacher then asked, "Who knows what Jesus' father's name was? A little kid said, "Verge." <BR> <BR> Confused, the teacher asked, "Where did you get that?" <BR> <BR> The kid said, "Well, you know they are always talking about Verge n' Mary." <BR> <BR> My BIL is a retired minister, and he kept a journal of what the "Little Ones" said during the Children's Sermons and in the ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:27:20 EST My Day Of Rest.......... I slept almost 10 hours last night and am still exhausted. Today I am changing bedding and doing laundry and tomorrow I will vacuum and dust and clean bathrooms in preparation for our Grand-daughters staying with us both Monday and Tuesday. They will be on Spring Break next week and will spend the first 2 days with us. We have made plans to visit the McKenzie Center about 12 miles away. It is a nature center with many birds and animals and also a Maple Syrup display which shows how it is ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:18:12 EST We Had So Much Fun!!!!! I just arrived home from a great Birthday dinner out with friends and I am very tired, but will tell you about my Dinner Theater experience with my DIL and two Grand-daughters. The four of us went to Beauty and the Beast at a Dinner Theater about an hour and a half from our home. My DIL had worked all day (she is an OT at a hospital near us), and our Grand-daughters, ages 9 and 4 had been in school, so all 3 of them had already put in a full day. I was a bit concerned about 4 year-old Nola... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:29:48 EST Such Excitement!!!!! Nola called me last night just before she went to bed to see if I was excited about going to the Beauty and The Beast Show. The movie comes out this weekend too and we do plan to go, but she can't differentiate because she has never been to a dinner theater play before. I am anxious to see how she reacts to real people on a stage. I know that they do not allow cameras in the actual theater, but sometimes the actors will make themselves available in the hall afterward, so we will see what h... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:15:16 EST Tomorrow Night Is The Big Show............... My DIL and my two Grand-daughters ages 9 and 4 are taking me to a Dinner Theater tomorrow evening to see Beauty and The Beast. They always take me to this theater for my St. Patrick's Day birthday, but we couldn't make it right on that night this year. There is a part in the play where the people from the village are gathering to run to the Castle and kill the beast. We have seats right near the stage, so we will experience the actors running around us. I hope that Nola (the 4 year old) d... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:48:26 EST We Never Know Just What To Expect............... This morning the phone rang at 7:30. It was our DIL. Our son is out of town on business and won't be home until Thursday, so she needed our HELP and fast. She had the girls all ready to head for school, went out to their car; and................the battery was dead.......................and both our DIL and Elizabeth (our 9 year old grand-daughter) were supposed to be at school and ready to leave on a Field Trip by 8:05. My husband took our car and picked Karissa and the girls up and made... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:22:31 EST Remember............. Remember, women always have the last word in an argument. <BR> <BR> Anything a man adds after that is the beginning of a new argument. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:29:24 EST Wise Words NEVER make a woman mad. They can remember stuff that hasn't even happened yet. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:35:04 EST A New Smile From Nola Yesterday when my DIL was tucking Nola in for her afternoon nap, she told her that when she woke up, they would go to Walmart to do some shopping. Nola looked at her and said, "I'm NOT there!" <BR> Apparently, that is what all 4K students say when they just are NOT interested in what you have in mind for them. My DIL told me that it is something new everyday!!!!! She does a lot of laughing out of ear-shot of Nola. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:23:14 EST Oh, How True This Is............... A friend sent this to me today and it made me laugh, so I thought I would share It with you.......... <BR> <BR> <BR> "Behind every angry woman, stands a man who has absolutely no idea what he did wrong!" <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:30:23 EST I'm Back................ That was a very long six days. Last Friday afternoon, I sat down to work on our computer, and it wouldn't allow me to do ANYTHING. We live in the country and our internet service was a MiFi unit in our West Window. It had begun to bog down but had never completely quit before. Most of our neighbors are Amish so Broad Band did NOT rush to our area. What did happen though, to our advantage, was a Trucking Business which set up just down the hill from us. They needed high speed internet a... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 23:18:45 EST Golden Turmeric Latte This comforting Golden Turmeric Latte is delicious straight up or sweetened. I usually add a few drops of Vanilla Stevia. If you don't like Stevia, feel free to add Honey or Maple Syrup. Blending the Latte makes it incredibly frothy and delicious, but if you don't have a blender simply strain straight into mugs and drink it up. Also, Black Pepper enhances the absorption of curcumin and taking a curcumin supplement is a good way to get his healing miracle into your routine when you're on t... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 20:55:56 EST Such Empathy From Someone So Young Our 4-year-old Grand-daughter, Nola spent the afternoon with us today. After her nap, I was reading her stories, when she noticed me shifting positions quite often while sitting with her on the couch. She looked at me and asked , "Why are you so wiggly today?" I told her that my back (I have spinal stenosis) was screaming at me today. <BR> <BR> She got off the couch and told me to turn around so she could see my back. Then she put her ear next to my shoulder blade and said that she thoug... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 19:00:59 EST