PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wine Wine is to women as duct tape is to fixes everything. <em>30</em> <BR> <em>181</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 20:38:33 EST Wise Advice From Miki The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:33:17 EST Cooking Tips Martha Stewart: To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. <BR> <BR> Maxine: Buy mashed potato mix. Keeps in the pantry for up to a year. <BR> <BR> Martha Stewart: When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake. <BR> <BR> Maxine: Go to the bakery!!! H_ _ _, they'll even decorate it for you!!! <BR> <BR> Martha Stewart: Wrap celery in aluminum foi... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 14:24:42 EST A Walk Down Memory Lane A little house with three bedrooms, one bathroom and one car on the street. A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat. <BR> <BR> In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone. And no need for recording things, someone was always home. <BR> <BR> We only had a living room where we would congregate, unless it was at mealtime in the kitchen where we ate. <BR> <BR> We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine. When meeting as a family those two rooms would work ou... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:37:36 EST My Plan As Of Now......... On March 27th, 2015, I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, Low Back Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spondylolisthesis, Radiculopathy of the Lumbosacral Region, Neurogenic Claudication, and Chronic Pain. My MRI showed a lot of narrowing of the spinal cord space in my lower back plus bone spurs due to Osteoarthritis. There is nerve involvement because of the degenerative discs pressing on the nerves. <BR> <BR> At the first appointment, I was informed of three options. The fir... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:47:26 EST Thinking Ahead Every five years, as summertime nears, an announcement arrives in the mail, a reunion is planned; it'll be really grand. Make plans to attend without fail. <BR> <BR> I'll never forget the first time we met. We tried so hard to impress. We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars, and wore our most elegant dress. <BR> <BR> It was quite an affair; the whole class was there. It was held at a fancy hotel. We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined, and everyone thought it was swell. <BR> <BR... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:10:30 EST Disappointment......... Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot in life, <BR> <BR> I stop and think about little Jamie Scott. (a former student of mine, name changed) <BR> <BR> 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, <BR> <BR> though she feared he would not be chosen. <BR> <BR> On the day the parts were awarded, <BR> <BR> I went with her to collect him after school. <BR> <BR> Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:46:59 EST Optimism <BR> On my way home one day, <BR> <BR> I stopped to watch a Little League baseball game <BR> <BR> that was being played in a park near my home. <BR> <BR> As I sat down behind the bench on the first-base line, <BR> <BR> I asked one of the boys what the score was. <BR> <BR> "We're behind 14 to nothing," he answered with a smile. <BR> <BR> "Really," I said. " I have to say, you don't look very discouraged." <BR> <BR> "Discouraged?", the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face............ Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:09:01 EST God's Wife 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 st... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:38:53 EST The Meaning Of Adoption....... Teacher, Debbie Moon's first graders <BR> <BR> were discussing a picture of a family. <BR> <BR> One little boy in the picture had a different hair color <BR> <BR> than the other members. <BR> <BR> One of her students suggested that he was adopted. <BR> <BR> A little girl said, <BR> <BR> "I know all about Adoption; I was adopted......" <BR> <BR> "What does it mean to be adopted?", asked another child. <BR> <BR> "It means", said the girl, <BR> <BR> "that you grew in your mommy's heart ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:53:09 EST The Meaning Of Adoption....... Teacher, Debbie Moon's first graders <BR> <BR> were discussing a picture of a family. <BR> <BR> One little boy in the picture had a different hair color <BR> <BR> than the other members. <BR> <BR> One of her students suggested that he was adopted. <BR> <BR> A little girl said, <BR> <BR> "I know all about Adoption; I was adopted......" <BR> <BR> "What does it mean to be adopted?", asked another child. <BR> <BR> "It means", said the girl, <BR> <BR> "that you grew in your mommy's heart ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:53:02 EST The Meaning Of Adoption....... Teacher, Debbie Moon's first graders <BR> <BR> were discussing a picture of a family. <BR> <BR> One little boy in the picture had a different hair color <BR> <BR> than the other members. <BR> <BR> One of her students suggested that he was adopted. <BR> <BR> A little girl said, <BR> <BR> "I know all about Adoption; I was adopted......" <BR> <BR> "What does it mean to be adopted?", asked another child. <BR> <BR> "It means", said the girl, <BR> <BR> "that you grew in your mommy's heart ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:53:01 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 bo... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:02:01 EST A Few Of My Favorites I just took a leaflet out of my mailbox, informing me that I can have sex at 73. <BR> I'm so happy, because I live at number 71. <BR> So it's not too far to walk home afterwards. <BR> And it's the same side of the street. <BR> I don't even have to cross the road!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Answering machine message......... <BR> "I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call. <BR> I am making some changes in my life. <BR> Please leave a message after the beep. <BR> If I do not... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:21:59 EST Where's The Polish Sausage? IN WHAT AISLE IS THE POLISH SAUSAGE? <BR> <BR> A customer went into a store and asked the clerk, "In what aisle can I find the Polish sausage?" <BR> <BR> The clerk asks, "Are you Polish?" <BR> <BR> The guy, clearly offended, says, "Yes I am. But let me ask you something. If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian?" <BR> <BR> "Or if I had asked for German Bratwurst," he continued "would you ask me if I was German?" <BR> <BR> "Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:06:59 EST Dress Code For Mature People Many of us over 60 are quite confused about how we should present ourselves. <BR> <BR> We're unsure about the kind of image we are projecting and whether or not we are correct as we try to conform to current fashions. And for those of you receiving this who are nowhere near 60 yet, keep reading'll be there. <BR> <BR> Despite what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together and should be avoided: <BR> <BR> 1. A nose ring and bifocals <... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:19:12 EST An Awwwww Moment....... Did you know? <BR> <BR> Sea otters hold hands when they sleep, <BR> <BR> so they don't drift away from each other. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> I like that idea........... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:01:18 EST IF......... If you are depressed <BR> <BR> you are living in the past. <BR> <BR> If you are anxious, <BR> <BR> you are living in the future. <BR> <BR> If you are at peace, <BR> <BR> you are living in the present. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <em>40</em> <em>30</em> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 20:30:50 EST Regret.......... Do Not Regret <BR> <BR> Growing Old. <BR> <BR> It Is A Privilege <BR> <BR> Denied To Many. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:47:56 EST No Time For It......... I don't have time <BR> <BR> to worry about <BR> <BR> who doesn't like me. <BR> <BR> I'm too busy <BR> <BR> loving the people <BR> <BR> who love me. <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:57:33 EST Even Though It May Be Difficult........ "Show respect even to <BR> <BR> people who don't <BR> <BR> deserve it; Not as a <BR> <BR> reflection of their <BR> <BR> character, but as a <BR> <BR> reflection of YOURS." <BR> <BR> Dave Williams <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:20:20 EST To My Buddy Miki......... Whoever said that <BR> <BR> Diamonds are a girl's best friend.......... <BR> <BR> Never owned a dog. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:54:28 EST A Favorite Of Mine "You have not lived <BR> <BR> today, until you have <BR> <BR> done something for <BR> <BR> someone who can <BR> <BR> never repay you." <BR> <BR> ---John Bunyan <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 13:33:44 EST Blessed I've seen better days, <BR> <BR> But I've also seen worse. <BR> <BR> I don't have everything that I want, <BR> <BR> But I do have all I need. <BR> <BR> I woke up with some aches and pains. <BR> <BR> But I woke up. <BR> <BR> My life may not be perfect <BR> <BR> But I am Blessed. <BR> <BR> <BR> I wish you a Blessed Life and a wonderful weekend. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 21:25:47 EST Nature......... Nature............ <BR> <BR> Cheaper than therapy.......... <BR> <BR> My gardens are my therapy. <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 18:24:29 EST Always Smile....... Life isn't always full of reasons to smile, <BR> <BR> But your smile itself is a reason for others to smile too. <BR> <BR> Have you ever smiled at a complete stranger and saw their eyes light up and then your smile was returned?????? What a great feeling....... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:49:35 EST For You Who Love Dogs......... I'm suspicious of people who don't like dogs........... <BR> <BR> But, I trust a dog when it doesn't like a person. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:18:17 EST Ponder This....... The location of your mailbox shows you how far away from your house you can be in a robe, before you start looking like a mental patient. <BR> <BR> My therapist said that my narcissism causes me to misread social situations. I'm pretty sure he was hitting on me. <BR> <BR> My 65th year kindergarten reunion is coming up soon and I'm worried about the 195 pounds I've gained. <BR> <BR> I'm getting kind of tired always slowly raising my hand when someone asks, "Who does something like that?!?"... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 12:16:49 EST Two Things To Remember....... 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>88</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 17:37:37 EST So Very True......... Spending Time With Children <BR> Is More Important Then <BR> Spending Money On Children. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> is what they will remember........ Sat, 6 Jun 2015 12:41:33 EST The Computer Generation DAUGHTER: <BR> <BR> Daddy, <BR> <BR> I am coming home to get married. Get out your check book, Dad!!! <BR> I'm in love with a boy who is far away from me. <BR> I am in Australia, and he lives in Scotland. <BR> We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook, had long chats on Whatsapp, he proposed to me on Skype, and now we've had two months of relationship through Viber. <BR> Dad, I need your blessings, good wishes and a big wedding. <BR> <BR> Lots of love, <BR> Lily <BR> <B... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 14:11:51 EST The Squeaky Wheel Sometimes it pays to be the Squeaky Wheel. Yesterday afternoon, I had an appointment with an Ophthalmologist. My eyes have been very red, itchy, tired, swollen, etc. for the past two years. I do have seasonal allergies, but when the season is finished, my eyes get better. My present condition has gone on for the entire year. <BR> <BR> After examining me, he prescribed drops, which I have to put in my eyes 4 times/day and also an ointment to VERY CAREFULLY rub on the outside of my lids on... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 15:02:59 EST Seeking Your Advice....... I do have allergies that are worse in the Spring. I sneeze a lot, my eyes itch and are red, I become congested, etc.......... This has been the case for many, many years. <BR> <BR> What has changed, is that the redness, dryness, and itching have become a year-long condition. I went to my Primary Eye Doctor a little over a year ago and he prescribed eye drops which were extremely expensive and didn't change a thing. Today, I have an appointment at 2:30 with a physician who deals with dise... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 13:41:09 EST I Now Understand........ I now know FOR SURE why couples have children when they are young!!!!! Oh My Gosh!!!!! My 8 and 3 year old Grand-daughters spent the night and part of today with me. The 3 year old doesn't stop!!!!! She is up by 4 or 4:30 in the morning and goes non-stop all day!!!!! She didn't get a nap yesterday afternoon, so I thought that she would be ready for bed a bit earlier last night..........WRONG!!!!! She was still going strong at 10 PM!!!!! Everyone went to bed by 10:30 and I could still h... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:01:53 EST I Will Need Lots Of Energy Today......... I woke up to another beautiful day, which means that I have to get back out in the gardens and continue what I began yesterday. <BR> <BR> But.........I also have a 3 year-old and an 8 year-old coming to spend the night and most of the day tomorrow. The 3 year-old gets up in the middle of the night and also doesn't sleep beyond 4 AM, so I will have a very long Tuesday. Please keep me in your thoughts....... <BR> <BR> We also have visitors stopping by around 4 PM. A former college roommate... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 11:13:19 EST A Good Sore........ When I woke up this morning, I knew that it was a perfect day for gardening. We had A LOT of rain last week and I could hear the weeds growing!!! I have 15 Perennial Gardens that I used to be able to keep up with............but that was pre-knee replacement surgery and spinal issues. Now, I have to do what I can to try to keep up, but it isn't up to my former standards. I actually managed to weed and rake for almost 4 hours before my back finally said: NO MORE!!!!! <BR> <BR> So............ Sun, 31 May 2015 19:31:26 EST The Dead Bug As I wrote in yesterday's blog, I have been going to Physical Therapy for my spine for several weeks now. At the beginning of each session the PT enters information in my file to assess my progress and also to send to the insurance company to verify that I am improving. <BR> <BR> After we had finished this discussion, we walked over to a section of the workout area where I could walk for at least 40 feet without bumping into a piece of exercise equipment. We began with a Hip Flexion Stand ... Sat, 30 May 2015 12:26:51 EST Exercising With Spinal Limitations......... On March 27, I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spondylolisthesis, Radiculopathy of the lumbosacral region, Neurogenic claudication, and Chronic Pain. <BR> <BR> After giving me the diagnosis, the doctor explained my options. I could begin with Physical Therapy; if this was too painful, I could have Steroid Shots in my spine and then continue the PT with less pain; or I could have Spinal Surgery. <BR> <BR> I chose to begin with the Physical Therapy... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:18:52 EST Bumper Stickers For The Retired Fishmore and Dolittle <BR> Retirement Planning and Consultants <BR> <BR> I'm Retired <BR> I was tired yesterday. <BR> I'm tired again today. <BR> <BR> At my age....... <BR> Happy Hour is a nap. <BR> <BR> Goodbye Tension <BR> Hello Pension <BR> <BR> Live each day like it's your last. <BR> One day, you'll get it right. <BR> <BR> I always cook with wine. <BR> Sometimes I even add it to the food. <BR> <BR> Geezer <BR> (ge-zer)---noun. slang <BR> Not young. Not dead. <BR> Somewhere in betwee... Thu, 28 May 2015 21:56:13 EST Young At Heart YOUNG AT HEART <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Slightly older in other places............ <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 May 2015 11:35:02 EST Yaaaaaaay!!!!! We're not sure that Miki is completely out of the woods yet, but............he ate his first meal in seven days this morning and even wagged his tail!!!!! <BR> <BR> Thank You so much to those of you who were so supportive. I appreciate it more than you could know. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>338</em> Tue, 26 May 2015 18:36:33 EST It Is The Veteran....... It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion. <BR> <BR> It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. <BR> <BR> It is the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. <BR> <BR> It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. <BR> <BR> It is the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial. <BR> <BR> It is the Veteran, not the politician, who has given us the ... Mon, 25 May 2015 16:53:23 EST We Give Thanks 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> <em>232</em> Sun, 24 May 2015 21:40:26 EST Not Much Better Today....... My husband tried to give Miki his antibiotic tablet this morning and it was really a struggle. He does NOT take pills well. Ken put some peanut butter around the pill and finally got him to eat it, and he threw it up an hour later. He still isn't eating and just drinks water(not obsessively). He is also still very lethargic. The Vet called late this morning with the results of his blood tests and his liver, his kidneys, and his pancreas test out okay. Thank God!!!!! He also took x-rays... Sat, 23 May 2015 21:58:41 EST We Are So Worried!!!!! A year ago this summer, we lost our Australian Terrier, Tyke, to Pancreatitis. Two days ago, our Cairn Terrier, Miki, stopped eating and became very lethargic. We took him to the Veterinarian today and had several blood tests taken. They do NOT think that it is Lyme Disease which we thought of right away, as we live in a woods. Miki does wear a tick collar and also has a liquid treatment, but we wanted to make sure that Lyme Disease was ruled out as it can be so dangerous. The Vet also t... Fri, 22 May 2015 22:06:58 EST Chocolate Actually, I'm pretty sure that chocolate tastes as good as skinny feels!!!!! <BR> Moderation; moderation; moderation;............. <BR> <BR> <em>493</em> Thu, 21 May 2015 21:30:37 EST A Friendship Benefit...... One of the benefits of being my friend is that you can come to my house in your pajamas, no make-up and look like crap and I won't judge you......... <BR> Because I will also be in my pajamas, with no make-up looking like crap. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Wed, 20 May 2015 15:43:29 EST My Dog Is So Smart....... Learn a lesson from your dog........ <BR> <BR> No matter what life brings you, kick some grass over that s_ _ _ and move on. <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> Tue, 19 May 2015 15:25:29 EST Please Answer This For Me......... 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