PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A Bump In The Road........... After yesterday's good news, I thought that the stress would finally let up and we could relax a bit. I thought too soon!!!!! <BR> <BR> This morning, my husband and I headed for Madison to look at a car that we felt our youngest son could afford with his insurance settlement. He gave us the go-ahead to make the decision as we are the ones who handle his finances. He was diagnosed with ADHD at age 6 with learning disabilities, which has been a major challenge for all of us. He has a very ... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:04:46 EST Finally...........Some Good News As some of you already know, our youngest son was in an auto accident on October 7th in which his car was totaled and his fiancee received a head injury. Our son was not injured and his fiancee's head injury has healed and her CT Scan showed no internal injury. That was, of course, our first concern. Our next concern was that from everything our son told us, it WAS NOT his fault. Most of you are aware of just how costly car insurance can be, and after an accident where you are at fault in... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:22:36 EST Another Nola-ism Our two Grand-daughters spent the day with us yesterday and also stayed for a sleep-over. After supper, Nola and I were the last ones at the table and we finally got a chance for a one-on-one visit. <BR> <BR> She has been in 4K for a few weeks now and I asked her about her classmates. She was telling me about them and what their names were and at the end of the list of kids, she said, " <BR> Grandma.............I really like Bret, but he is kinda stinky." I said that maybe it was just f... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:17:29 EST Don't Stress........... Don't stress over the little things. <BR> <BR> You've already overcome so much in your life. <BR> <BR> You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. <BR> <BR> Don't let the past drag you down or the future frighten you. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:41:55 EST Your Golden Years Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. <BR> <BR> Life is too short to waste your days in the latter mode. <BR> <BR> Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it'll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. <BR> <BR> Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:15:20 EST "I Love You" A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husbands. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?" <BR> <BR> All the women raised their hands <BR> <BR> Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" <BR> <BR> Some women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember. The women were then told to take out their cellphones and text their husband: <BR> <BR> "I love you, sweetheart." <BR... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:32:19 EST Buttons My husband says that I know how to push all of his buttons. <BR> <BR> Ha Ha!!!!! <BR> <BR> But.............He still has not managed to find my MUTE button. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:23:46 EST Duct Tape Even duct tape can't fix stupid.............. <BR> <BR> But it can muffle the sound. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:57:04 EST Life Goes By So Quickly Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!!! <BR> <BR> You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember.....and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!! <BR> <BR> Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:33:54 EST Talking To Ourselves The older we get the more we talk to ourselves. <BR> <BR> It doesn't mean we're crazy................ <BR> <BR> We could just care less what anyone else has to say anymore. After all, who knows us better than we do????? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:59:41 EST When I Get Old............... When I get old (or older), I'm not going to sit around knitting. I'm going to be clicking my Life Alert Button to see how many HOT Firefighters show up. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Sat, 15 Oct 2016 20:38:09 EST Dogs Come Into Our Lives............... Dogs come into our lives to teach us about LOVE. They depart to teach us about LOSS. A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your HEART is very big. <BR> <BR> I would also add to this ANY pet that you have loved. I have always had mainly dogs and cats, but we have also had parrots, chameleons, Guinea Pigs, etc. When you love any animal..............your heart becomes larger. <BR> <BR> <em>200</em> <em>239</em> <em>172</... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:33:17 EST Do You Remember????? Do you remember being able to get up without making sound effects????? <BR> <BR> Good <BR> <BR> <em>15</em> <em>29</em> <em>2</em> Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:42:06 EST Be A Love Pharmacist Be a Love Pharmacist: Dispense Hugs like Medicine.......................They are! <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:58:12 EST So Unfair........... Friday afternoon, our youngest son and his fiance were in a car accident. They were driving on a rural road behind a large grain truck. The area is very flat and you can see for a long way. Our son pulled out a bit and checked the traffic coming toward him. There wasn't any so he put on his turn signal and pulled out to pass. All of a sudden, without a signal, the grain truck turned into our son's lane. Jerry put on the brakes and turned to the left to try to avoid the truck, but there ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 21:38:16 EST Did You Know? Did you know that women use about 30,000 words a day while men use only 15,000? <BR> <BR> Women: Yes, because we have to repeat everything!!! <BR> <BR> Men: What??? <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 10 Oct 2016 20:58:56 EST Do You Love To Laugh??? Laughter truly is the best medicine. And, now science proves some of its many benefits. Here are seven reasons to laugh longer, harder, and more often: <BR> <BR> 1. In a recent study published in Geriatrics and Gerontology International, researchers found that laughter therapy reduced depression in the elderly patients they tested. <BR> <BR> 2. The same study also found that laughter improved sleep quality and reduced insomnia. <BR> <BR> 3. Laughter can reduce aches and pains for up t... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 21:07:55 EST I Have Found This To Be Good Advice Life will always involve mini-fires that we feel desperate to put out. If we can learn not to fan them, they may actually be able to Light our way. <BR> <BR> Thank You F. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 8 Oct 2016 20:55:31 EST The 3 Stages Of Life The 3 Stages Of Life: <BR> <BR> 1. You don't want to sleep, but you have to........... <BR> <BR> 2. You want to sleep but you can't........... <BR> <BR> 3. You don't want to sleep, but you do.......... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Fri, 7 Oct 2016 22:24:02 EST Pay Phones Remember Pay Phones????? Our kids will never know the joy of finding a quarter in the coin return. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 6 Oct 2016 21:23:39 EST Wrinkles Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 20:02:54 EST For All Dog Lovers............ I have to tell you what our almost 11 year-old Cairn Terrier, Miki, did yesterday. First of all, let me tell you that he HATES it when we leave and he has to stay home alone. That said, we left around 4:30 P.M. yesterday to watch Elizabeth play volleyball. We didn't arrive home until shortly after 7 P.M. Usually, when we drive in the driveway, he begins to bark, then meets us at the back door. We drove in the garage, no barking, we opened the back door, no barking and no Miki, I walked i... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 13:13:44 EST Our World Today Welcome to 2016----here is the summary of our civilization. <BR> <BR> ***Our Phones---Wireless <BR> <BR> ***Cooking---Fireless <BR> <BR> ***Cars---Keyless <BR> <BR> ***Food---Fatless <BR> <BR> ***Tires---Tubeless <BR> <BR> ***Youth---Jobless <BR> <BR> ***Leaders---Shameless <BR> <BR> ***Relationships---Meaningless <BR> <BR> ***Attitudes---Careless <BR> <BR> ***Babies---Fatherless <BR> <BR> ***Feelings---Heartless <BR> <BR> ***Children---Mannerless <BR> <BR> ***We are---Speechless... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 21:11:44 EST What Would You Like Them To Say? Three friends from the local congregation were asked, "When you're in your casket, and friends and congregation members are mourning over you, what would you like them to say?" <BR> <BR> Artie said, "I would like them to say I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man." <BR> <BR> Eugene commented, "I would like them to say I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God who made a huge difference in people's lives........" <BR> <BR> Al said, "I'd like them to sa... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 20:28:15 EST Get Used To The Idea Women and Cats will do as they please, and Men and Dogs should relax and get used to the idea. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <em>239</em> <em>548</em> <em>200</em> Sat, 1 Oct 2016 21:15:34 EST The Best Prevention.......... SHOO FLU!!!!! <BR> <BR> Flu Vaccines Prevented approximately 67,000 flu-related hospitalizations during the 2014-2015 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, people who got the shot were 50 to 60 percent less likely to get sick than people who didn't. <BR> <BR> The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older gets immunized as soon as vaccines are available. Children age 6 months to 8 years who have never received a flu vaccine, or hav... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:43:59 EST The Switch All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom. The bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand. <BR> <BR> The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. Even the Priest smiled broadly. <BR> <BR> As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card. <BR> <BR> <em>336</em> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:34:58 EST No Doubt!!!!! The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would "HATE" to have to make a living under the laws they have passed. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:26:47 EST My Husband Is Going To Use This One The Next Time We Go Out To Eat............. Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbor and his wife were told there would be a 45 minute wait for a table. <BR> <BR> "Young man, we're both 90 years old," the husband said. "We may not have 45 minutes." <BR> <BR> They were seated immediately!!! <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:05:39 EST Grins and Snickers I was in the six item express lane at the store quietly fuming. <BR> <BR> Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line pushing a cart piled high with groceries. <BR> <BR> Imagine my delight when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward, looked into the cart, and asked sweetly, "So which six items would you like to buy?" <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be great if that happened more often? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:15:13 EST Nola Does It Again Our 4 year-old and 9 year-old Grand-daughters spent Saturday with us. When we took them home around 4 PM I was visiting with our daughter-in-law when she asked me if I had heard what Nola did the first week of school. I hadn't, and she proceeded to tell me. <BR> <BR> Nola is in 4K this year and goes to afternoon daycare after lunch, so she eats in the school cafeteria. The first day in the lunch line, the server was just about to ladle some carrots and peas in her tray, when Nola put out ... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:54:39 EST I Don't Have Time......... I don't have time to worry about who doesn't like me. <BR> <BR> I'm too busy loving the people who love me. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:20:16 EST I Love This............. "You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you." <BR> <BR> <BR> ---John Bunyan--- Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:03:58 EST Therapy Nature......................Cheaper than therapy. <BR> <BR> Being in our gardens has always been the best way to de-stress after a crazy day at school. Second best is a walk in our woods. <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> <em>313</em> Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:23:26 EST Inner Peace If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, <BR> <BR> If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, <BR> <BR> If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, <BR> <BR> If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time, <BR> <BR> If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, <BR> <BR> If you can conquer tension without medical help, <BR> <BR> If you can relax without alcohol, <BR> <BR> If you can slee... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:30:43 EST Did You Know? Sea otters hold hands when they sleep, so they don't drift away from each other? <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:21:35 EST If........... If you are depressed <BR> <BR> you are living in the past. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are anxious, <BR> <BR> you are living in the future. <BR> <BR> <BR> If you are at peace, <BR> <BR> you are living in the present. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:07:06 EST Two Things Two Things To Remember In Life: <BR> <BR> Take care of your thoughts when you are alone. <BR> <BR> And........... <BR> <BR> Take care of your words when you are with people. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:47:55 EST So True............. Spending time with children <BR> <BR> is more important <BR> <BR> than spending money on children. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:30:52 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 <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:05:09 EST Breast Cancer Survival Rates Higher Following Ovary Removal According to a study published online in the Journal JAMA Oncology, for breast cancer patients who have the BRCA1 gene mutation, undergoing an oophorectomy (a procedure that removes a woman's ovaries) reduced breast cancer death rates by 62 percent. Among the patients who had oophorectomies, the average time span was six years between their initial diagnosis of breast cancer and their ovary removal. Women who had their ovaries removed within two years of their breast cancer diagnosis had a ... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:16:45 EST An Eye Witness Account An eye witness account from New York City, on a cold day in December some years ago: <BR> <BR> A little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. <BR> <BR> A lady approached the young boy and said, "My, but you're in such deep thought staring in that window!" <BR> <BR> "I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," was the boy's reply. <BR> <BR> The lady took him by the hand, went into the sto... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:25:43 EST Dementia Patients Reduce Need For Assistance With Exercise Getting regular, functional exercise that is similar to everyday activities is beneficial for people who have dementia, according to research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Non-Alzheimer's dementia patients living in a residential care facility who exercised for 45 minutes two or three times a week for four months were less likely to need assistance with activities of daily living, such as going to the bathroom and walking, than patients who engaged in group act... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:19:17 EST This Could Never Happen To Us!!!!! While on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. <BR> <BR> After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant, and resumed their trip. <BR> <BR> When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table and didn't miss them until they had been driving for about forty minutes. <BR> <BR> By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around, in order to return to the restauran... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:10:56 EST Women Fare Better Than Men After Joint Replacement Surgery After undergoing total joint replacement (TJR) surgery, women have better outcomes than men, according to study findings presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The findings, which were based on data from nearly 38,000 total hip replacement surgeries and 60,000 total knee replacement surgeries, revealed that women were less likely than men to return to the emergency department within 30 days of hospital discharge following surgery or to suffer a heart... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:47:22 EST Whenever I'm Disappointed With My Spot In Life................. Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot in life, I stop and think about a former student of mine, little Jamie Wilson. Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. <BR> <BR> His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen. <BR> <BR> On the day the parts were awarded, she stopped in my classroom to tell me that when she went to pick him up after school, he rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement. <BR> <BR> "Guess... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 17:23:52 EST She Did It Again Our 4 year-old Grand-daughter, Nola, spent most of today with us. I have told you in past blogs just how funny this little girl is. She always makes us laugh. <BR> <BR> Mid-morning, she asked for a snack and while we were sitting at the dining room table with our graham crackers and milk, she did a really big sneeze!!! <BR> <BR> I said, "Bless your heart, Nola." <BR> <BR> She answered, "Grandma, it was my nose.............NOT my heart." <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 9 Sep 2016 20:27:06 EST A Most Caring Child Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. <BR> <BR> The winner was: A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. <BR> <BR> Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old Gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. <BR> <BR> When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 21:36:48 EST Be Forewarned "Not all strokes can be prevented, no matter how hard you work to reduce your risk. That's why it's important to know the warning signs of stroke and seek treatment within three hours," says Dr. Louise Klebanoff, vice chair of the Department of Neurology at Weill Cornell. <BR> <BR> <BR> Signs of stroke include: <BR> <BR> *****Sudden, severe headache <BR> <BR> *****Sudden loss of vision or blurry vision <BR> <BR> *****Weakness or numbness on one side of the body and/or face <BR> <BR> **... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 17:39:48 EST God's Plan For Aging Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys, and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good. <BR> <BR> Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach and stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good. <BR> <BR> Then God considered the function ... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 21:03:10 EST