PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Poem That Was Us..... A little house with three bedrooms, <BR> One bathroom and one car on the street <BR> A mower that you had to push <BR> To make the grass look neat. <BR> <BR> In the kitchen on the wall <BR> We only had one phone, <BR> And no need for recording things, <BR> Someone was always home. <BR> <BR> We only had a living room <BR> Where we would congregate, <BR> Unless it was at mealtime <BR> In the kitchen where we ate. <BR> <BR> We had no need for family rooms <BR> Or extra rooms to dine. <BR> Wh... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:01:35 EST How To Improve The Mammogram Detection Rate to 86% Why Mammograms fail up to 50% of the time and how to improve your detection rate to 86%!!! <BR> <BR> The BEST way to beat breast cancer is to detect it early, when it's still treatable. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done. Manual breast exams don't reveal a tumor until it's already big enough to feel. And mammograms aren't much better: In cases where the tumor is in dense breast tissue, mammograms fail to detect the cancer up to half the time!!! <BR> <BR> But thanks to a new bre... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:51:38 EST Therapeutic Taping Wrapping tape around a joint to realign, support, and take pressure off it has great benefits for arthritis sufferers. In an Australian study, 73% of patients with osteoarthritis experienced substantially reduced symptoms after just 3 weeks of therapeutic taping. The benefits were comparable with those achieved by standard drug treatments and lasted even after taping was stopped!!! Important: Taping must be done properly to be effective. Consult a physician or physical therapist who can ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:10:53 EST Grapes and Arthritis Eat Grapes. Grape skin contains resveratrol, a natural compound known to act as a COX-2 inhibitor. Resveratrol both suppresses the COX-2 gene and deactivates the COX-2 enzyme, which produces inflammation at the site of injury or pain. A study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry confirmed that resveratrol acts as an antioxidant and a COX-2 inhibitor. Eat one cup of white or red grapes daily. Good news. Purple grape juice and wine contain resveratrol, too. <BR> <BR> <em>27... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 22:11:16 EST Try Willow Bark/Boswellia for Arthritis Relief Willow bark is where aspirin comes from And boswellia has been used for centuries to reduce inflammation and maintain healthy joints. A study showed that taking these two herbs is just as effective as taking a drug like Motrin. Take 240 mg of willow bark and 1,000 mg of boswellia per day. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:34:10 EST Vitamins C and D and Arthritis Boost your C and D. Vitamin C is believed to slow the loss of cartilage due to osteoarthritis, while a diet low in Vitamin D has been shown to actually speed the progression of osteoarthritis. In a recent high-profile study, doctors discovered that patients who ate a diet high in Vitamin D (or who took Vitamin D supplements) reduced their risk for worsening their arthritis by 75%. Another study of over 25,000 people concluded that a low intake of Vitamin C may increase the risk of develop... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 18:47:24 EST A Little-Known Way to Reduce Arthritis Pain Without Painkillers & Anti-Inflammatories If you have arthritis, you've probably tried painkillers and heating pads. You many have even tried drugs like Celebrex or supplements like glucosamine. But here is a little-known remedy that you probably haven't tried. It's safe, inexpensive, and can dramatically curb your symptoms. <BR> <BR> Drink Tea. Yes, tea. Research shows that green tea is rich in polyphenols---compounds that suppress the expression of a key gene involved in arthritis inflammation. Black tea is made from the sam... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:54:03 EST A Few Words Of Wisdom Life ends; when you stop Dreaming, <BR> <BR> Hope ends; when you stop Believing, <BR> <BR> Love ends; when you stop Caring, <BR> <BR> And Friendship ends; when you stop Sharing. <BR> <BR> <BR> The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 17 Jun 2016 18:45:18 EST I Love My Walking Sticks (Poles)............. I really had a chance to put my Walking Sticks to the test today and I really like them. I put the ends on the poles for walking on asphalt and cement and walked down our hill to the mailbox at the end of our driveway and then to the flower box next to the driveway. I weeded and watered the flowers and then walked back up the hill. Our driveway is about a tenth of a mile from our garage to the road and back. It is much easier to go down our driveway than to come up as we live on a hill. ... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:24:27 EST Best Way To Get Germs Off A Kitchen Sponge Even if you wash your kitchen sponge regularly, it can still be full of bacteria. In fact, studies show that the average kitchen sponge can contain up to a million more germs than a toilet seat!!! And if you're not careful, those germs can make it onto your dishes, your drinking glasses, and your countertops. <BR> <BR> Fortunately, the best way to decontaminate a sponge is also the easiest. Just rinse it, wring it out, and microwave it for 30 to 60 seconds. The microwave will kill those n... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:28:50 EST Walking Sticks I bought what???????? Because of my spinal stenosis, my back hurts so much, that I find my posture becoming worse and worse. It hurts to stand up straight and by the end of the day, I really have to stretch to keep my neck in alignment. Yesterday, in my blog, I told you about the Tai Cheng program. I will be starting that tomorrow as I was gone all day today. <BR> <BR> While I was in Madison today, I went to a Sport Store and bought a pair of Walking Sticks or Poles. The girl who waited... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:29:54 EST I Need Your Input........... I have spinal stenosis and it is very difficult to exercise for any length of time before the pain is unbearable. I have gone through a PT program of exercises and they were mainly centered on my core to increase the muscles around my spine. They helped some, but I am still in pain. <BR> <BR> It was suggested to me that Tai Chi might be a good program to look into. I did quite a bit of reading and investigating on various programs and the one that looked the best over all for people of al... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:33:18 EST Catholic Gasoline Sister Mary Ann's Gasoline <BR> <BR> Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it, a BP Gasoline station was just a block away. <BR> <BR> She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas. The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was returned. Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient, she deci... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 21:14:20 EST *Some Day & One Day* A friend of mine opened his wife's wardrobe and picked up a silk paper wrapped package. <BR> <BR> "This," he said, "isn't any ordinary package." <BR> <BR> He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box and silk satin dresses inside. <BR> <BR> "She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on, was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is it." <BR> <BR> He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the othe... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 21:18:56 EST Male or Female This is old, but it still makes me laugh and I like to laugh several times a day, as it is good for my soul and helps to keep me healthy. <BR> <BR> Male or Female? <BR> <BR> You might not have known this, but a lot of non-living objects are actually either male or female. Here are some examples: <BR> <BR> Freezer Bags: They are male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them. <BR> <BR> Tires: Tires are male, because they go bald easily and are often over infla... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:33:09 EST Celibacy What Is Celibacy????? <BR> <BR> Celibacy can be a choice in life, or a condition imposed by circumstances. While attending a Marriage Weekend, Frank and his wife Ann listened to the instructor declare, "It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other." <BR> <BR> He then addressed the men. "Can you name and describe your wife's favorite flower?" <BR> <BR> Frank leaned over, touched Ann's arm gently, and whispered, "Gold Medal-All-Purpose, isn't it... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 20:34:55 EST Perfectly Logical To All Males This is a story which is perfectly logical to all males: <BR> <BR> A wife asks her husband, "Could you please go shopping for me, and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get 6?" <BR> <BR> A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk. <BR> <BR> The wife asks him, "Why the h_ _ _ did you buy 6 cartons of milk?" <BR> <BR> He replied, "They had eggs." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> And, I hate to tell you this................but it gets worse with age!!!!! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 20:24:17 EST A Beautiful Philosophy Of Life............... When there is an opportunity, get together with old classmates, old colleagues and old friends. (It is amazing how young you feel when you reminisce.) <BR> <BR> When it is time to spend, just spend. Treat yourself well as you're getting older. (You can't take it with you.........and, Who earned it? YOU!!!!!) <BR> <BR> Treat sickness with optimism. Whether you are poor or rich, do not be afraid or worried when you are sick. Let the doctors handle your body, God handle your life, but be... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 19:53:55 EST A Sign Of Good Taste A SMILE is a sign of JOY!!!!! <BR> <BR> A HUG is a sign of LOVE!!!!! <BR> <BR> A LAUGH is a sign of HAPPINESS!!!!! <BR> <BR> And a friend like me????? <BR> <BR> Well..................That's just a sign of GOOD TASTE!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 6 Jun 2016 21:19:34 EST Singing In Church A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning. He said, "Today, in church, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn that comes to your mind." <BR> <BR> The pastor shouted out "CROSS." Immediately the congregation started singing in unison, "THE OLD RUGGED CROSS." <BR> <BR> The pastor hollered out "GRACE." The congregation began to sing "AMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET THE SOUND."... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 20:31:07 EST Social Media A friend of mine sent this to me today and I thought I would share it with you because it is so "Right On!" <BR> <BR> My Own Social Media <BR> <BR> Sir: I haven't got a computer, but I was told about Facebook and Twitter and am trying to make friends outside Facebook and Twitter while applying the same principles. <BR> <BR> Every day, I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel, what I have done the night before and what I will do for the rest of the day. I g... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 21:26:23 EST Day 4 This will be short and sweet as I am exhausted!!!!! We left for the Water Park about 25 miles from us around 12:30 PM. When we arrived, there wasn't anyone there. The pool was filled, but no life guards and no swimmers!!!!! We went on Google only to find that their hours had been changed and they were only open on Saturdays and Sundays!!!!! The girls faces fell a mile!!!!! I suggested that we go an extra 10 miles to a larger town where we had heard a new and larger water park had been b... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 22:18:34 EST Day 3 Day 3 started bright and early with the arrival of Nola bounding through the front door waving her swimsuit and telling us that she was ready to go to the Waterpark. We had a cool front move in last night so around noon, my husband decided that we had better wait until tomorrow to go to the Waterpark. We were all wearing sweatshirts and it didn't take much persuasion to convince the girls that tomorrow would be better. So, after playing outside most of the morning, we decided to do some in... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 21:32:57 EST Day 2 Day 2 began at 7:30 AM with a detailed description of Nola's first night of Karate!!!!! It is so good that my husband and I DID NOT go along, because we would have been asked to leave. She had all of the other parents in stitches. The class consisted of 8 students and Nola was one of the younger at 4 years of age. The very first thing she did was to wrap her arms around the instructor's legs in a death grip. When the instructor detached her from her leg, she immediately grabbed her very ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 21:34:18 EST Day 1 My oldest son and daughter-in-law hired a teen-age Nanny to take care of their 9 and 4 year-old girls for the summer. She is still in school and can't begin her childcare until next Wednesday, June 8th. So..............Grandpa and Grandma were called on to help out. We love our Grand-daughters dearly, but they are VERY active and we have them from 7:30 AM until 5:30PM or later every day this week and overnight on Friday night until about noon on Saturday. By then, I will probably be mumbl... Tue, 31 May 2016 18:04:40 EST Heroes You Military Heroes gave up all your tomorrows so that we could have ours. <BR> <BR> THANK YOU................ <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Mon, 30 May 2016 19:54:12 EST Thank You Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have. <BR> <BR> Memorial Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for the things we have. <BR> <BR> THANK YOU................... <em>652</em> Sun, 29 May 2016 20:00:12 EST Nola Strikes Again Today was the last day of the All-Town Rummage Sale and because she was spending the day with us, four-year-old Nola went with me to some sales in a very pretty rural area North of town. On the way, I reminded Nola that she should stay right with me, not touch anything, and to not beg for any toys. We had also been talking about "Stranger Danger" in the past week and I reminded her to be nice but not too friendly if she didn't know the person. The sales we went to were some of the best I h... Sat, 28 May 2016 21:00:42 EST What Would I Do Without Coffee????? I don't know what I'd do without coffee..................... <BR> <BR> Probably twenty-five to Life in the State Penitentiary!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Well...........I would hope it wouldn't be that drastic, but I have to say that I would NOT want to be without it completely. I only drink two cups of coffee a day, but I admit that it is the first thing I do when I get up in the morning. It wakes me up and gets me started. <BR> <BR> <em>106</em> Fri, 27 May 2016 21:36:02 EST She Wonders.............. Let me preface this by saying that I LOVE ALL breeds of dogs. I have NOTHING against Poodles. <BR> <BR> I also LOVE the humor of Rita Rudner and especially the following statement made by her. <BR> <BR> "I wonder if other dogs think Poodles are members of a weird Religious Cult?" <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:51:41 EST Not Our Whole Life Dogs are not our whole life, <BR> <BR> But they make our lives whole. <BR> <BR> Roger Caras <BR> <BR> I agree with this 100% <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Wed, 25 May 2016 16:31:08 EST Older People OLDER people are just YOUNG people who have been living for a much longer time. <BR> <BR> What a wonderful way to put it...............If I can avoid my reflection in a mirror or whatever.........I have a much easier time believing this. In my mind............I am still in my 20s. <BR> <BR> How about you????????????? <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 24 May 2016 18:42:45 EST You Will Never Know................. All you young Whipper-Snappers will NEVER know............................. <BR> <BR> The satisfaction of slamming down a receiver on a rotary phone!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I can see you smiling..................You HAVE done this haven't you?????? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Mon, 23 May 2016 21:19:09 EST Each Morning............ I get up each morning and dust off my wits........... <BR> <BR> Open the paper and read the obits................ <BR> <BR> If I'm not there I know I'm not dead............. <BR> <BR> So I eat a good breakfast and make up my bed!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> A little bit of lightness, but also something I have learned over the past few months. I lose pounds on a much steadier basis if I eat a nourishing breakfast EVERY morning. It has proven to be a great metabolism boost!!! <BR> <BR> <em>4</... Sun, 22 May 2016 18:22:01 EST Yelling............ My kids call it YELLING when I raise my voice......... <BR> <BR> But I call it "Motivational Speaking" for the selective hearing!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 21 May 2016 10:16:09 EST Holding Onto 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 <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Fri, 20 May 2016 17:57:37 EST Did You Know????? Did You Know that Line Dancing was started by women waiting to use the bathroom? <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Thu, 19 May 2016 17:49:41 EST Forget Botox............ At my age, forget botox. Just going braless pulls the wrinkles right out of my face. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 13:15:47 EST One Day.............. One day I might decide to start acting my age...................... <BR> But not just yet. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm still having far too much fun. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 17 May 2016 15:57:50 EST Listen To Your Heart Always listen to your heart. <BR> <BR> It's on your left side, but it's always right!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Mon, 16 May 2016 16:30:23 EST I Think My House Is Haunted!!!!! I really think that my house is haunted!!!!! <BR> <BR> Every time I look in my mirror, a CRAZY OLD LADY stands in front of me so I can't see my reflection!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 15 May 2016 17:50:20 EST Anybody Else Out There????? Does anyone else have a plastic bag full of other plastic bags somewhere in their house or is it just me? <BR> <BR> Now I am collecting another plastic bag full of other plastic bags for my Mom................. <BR> <BR> It never ends................ <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sat, 14 May 2016 20:42:40 EST You Know You Are Old When........... You know you are old when you have to scroll to your year of birth.............. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 13 May 2016 18:06:08 EST Sleep Do you know that awesome feeling when you get into bed, fall asleep, stay asleep all night and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day? <BR> <BR> Yeah, Me Neither!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Thu, 12 May 2016 13:39:33 EST I Am Finally Learning To Do This............ There comes a time when you have to stop crossing oceans for people who wouldn't jump puddles for you. <BR> <BR> This is still difficult for me, but I now realize that in the long run, I will be a healthier person for doing it. <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a great day. <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Wed, 11 May 2016 16:28:53 EST If At First You Don't Succeed............. If at first you don't succeed............ <BR> <BR> Try doing it the way MOM told you to in the beginning. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 10 May 2016 20:19:02 EST Just In Case You Need This................. I am usually a very up-beat person, but once in a while, I do get a bit down and know that I need to crawl out of that mood as quickly as possible. <BR> <BR> This is how I do it........... <BR> <BR> I remember this TRUE story told to me by my BEST friend. We have been friends since we were 3 years old and even though we live many miles apart, we are in touch almost daily. I cannot remember this story without laughing out loud and the dark mood lifts immediately. <BR> <BR> Jean married a ... Mon, 9 May 2016 21:31:00 EST Have You Ever Laughed This Hard????? Saturday, my husband and I went to the All-Town Rummage Sales at a town about 25 miles away and we took my brother and his wife along. Mid-afternoon, my brother offered to buy all of us ice-cream and something to drink as his treat. It was a warm afternoon and a break and a treat sounded very good. We found this little ice-cream place in a little old house near the lake. They sold every flavor of real ice-cream you can imagine. It was like walking back in time. When we opened the door a... Sun, 8 May 2016 21:37:23 EST Who Would It Be And Why? If you could sit on a bench and chat for one hour with anyone from the past or present, who would it be? <BR> <BR> I would choose my Dad because there are still so many things that I need to ask him about our family history. He was the historian in our family and I did get a lot of information from him before he passed away, but I have thought of so many other things in the past 16 years. And..........I still miss him and would love to be able to give him a big hug and lots of kisses. <BR>... Sat, 7 May 2016 19:36:21 EST DOGS A good friend sent this to me today and I couldn't agree with it more.......... <BR> <BR> Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. <BR> <BR> They depart to teach us about loss. <BR> <BR> A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. <BR> <BR> If you have loved many dogs, your <em>26</em> is very big. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are a lover of another pet, just insert that name, like cat or gerbil or whatever. <BR> <BR> He who loves a pet, loves well. Ou... Fri, 6 May 2016 15:44:26 EST