PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community To Get The Job Done......... If you want to guarantee that the job will get done and get done right, give it to a woman. <BR> <BR> Bette Midler <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:42:57 EST Some Great Hints....... Nine foods that get rid of an upset stomach are: Bananas, Ginger, Plain Yogurt, Papaya, Apple Sauce, Oatmeal, White Rice, Chamomile Tea, and Chicken Broth. <BR> <BR> <em>265</em> <em>470</em> <em>469</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:26:09 EST I Love This........ Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. <BR> <em>26</em> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:21:05 EST Bagpiper As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country. <BR> <BR> As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop to ask for directions. <BR> <BR> I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There we... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:04:52 EST Murphy's Other 15 Laws 1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. <BR> <BR> 2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well. <BR> <BR> 3. He who laughs last, thinks slowest. <BR> <BR> 4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night. <BR> <BR> 5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. <BR> <BR> 6. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't. <BR> <BR> 7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently-talented... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:24:06 EST Crisco After being such a "Downer" yesterday, I thought I would lighten things up today. This made me laugh and I hope that it does you too. <BR> <BR> A little old lady is walking around in a supermarket calling out, Crisco, Crissssssscooooo! <BR> <BR> Soon an assistant manager approaches and says, "Mam, the Crisco is in Aisle 3." <BR> <BR> The woman replies, "Oh, I'm not looking for the cooking stuff. I'm calling my husband. He's in here somewhere." <BR> <BR> The assistant manager is aston... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:41:44 EST YIKES!!!!! What A Morning!!!!! I hadn't been awake more than 10 minutes this morning when the phone rang. It was my mother. Her TV died last weekend and my husband and I bought a new one for her and Ken installed it yesterday. My mother is 90 years old and those of you with aging parents will thoroughly appreciate this. The reason that she called was because the new TV has two little legs in the front of it that she is sure are going to move forward and cause her TV to fall off the stand. She asked to talk to Ken, but... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:02:16 EST The Deaf Wife Problem Bert feared his wife Peg wasn't hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. <BR> <BR> Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem. <BR> <BR> The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss. <BR> <BR> "Here's what you do," said the Doctor. "Stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she h... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:16:18 EST Senior Road Trip While on a road trip, an elderly couple, stopped at Pizza Hut for lunch. <BR> <BR> After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant, and resumed their trip to Phoenix. <BR> <BR> When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table. And she 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 res... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:16:13 EST Digesting Fiber Fiber does slow digestion; however, it fights colon cancer by hastening the elimination of waste products. Some of the fiber you consume dissolves into a gel that slows the absorption of nutrients from the stomach and small intestine. That helps keep blood-sugar levels from spiking, which may help lower cardiovascular risk in susceptible people. Fiber can also discourage overeating by making you feel fuller. In contrast, the colon, or large intestine, plays only a limited role in the dige... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:20 EST Mr. Fix-It Ladies......... <BR> <BR> If a man says he will fix it, He will.......... <BR> <BR> There is no need to remind him every 6 months about it. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:48:05 EST Our Senior Citizen Cheer WHAT DO WE WANT? <BR> <BR> BETTER MEMORY........... <BR> <BR> WHEN DO WE WANT IT? <BR> <BR> WANT WHAT??????????? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:53:41 EST The Power Of Pulp I prefer to use a juicer and drink my vegetables. But I've heard that I'm throwing out nutrients with the pulp. I think that it would be healthier to blend some veggies and tomato juice together, and drink the slush, pulp and all. When I do this, I tend to choose low-sodium tomato juice, so that both my husband and I can drink it. He is on a low-sodium diet because of High Blood Pressure. <BR> <BR> Using a juicer is an easy way to reap most of the vitamins, minerals, and certain other d... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 17:52:36 EST Laugh Of The Day After a meeting several days ago, I couldn't find my keys. I quickly gave myself a personal "TSA Pat Down." <BR> <BR> They weren't in my pockets. Suddenly I realized I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. <BR> <BR> My husband has scolded me many times for leaving my keys in the car's ignition. <BR> <BR> He's afraid that the car could be stolen. As I looked around the parking lot, I realized he was right. <BR> <BR> The parking lot was empty. I imm... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:09:57 EST Baked VS Sweet Potatoes Regular potatoes have a very high glycemic load. Are sweet potatoes a healthier alternative? <BR> <BR> Yes---but that doesn't mean you need to abandon regular potatoes. High-glycemic foods contain lots of easily digested carbohydrates that can rapidly raise blood sugar; some evidence suggests that a high-glycemic diet may increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. A regular potato's glycemic load is very high, while a sweet potato's is roughly average. Moreover, sweet potatoes are ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 12:55:37 EST Sodium In Chicken???????? My husband is on a low-salt diet, so I was alarmed to learn that many cuts of uncooked poultry contain added sodium. I learned that the best way to identify those cuts was to check the labels. They must declare anything that has been added to the meat, such as "a solution of water, salt, and sodium phosphate" injected to help keep the food moist, tender, and tasty during cooking. Meats prepackaged in a processing plant will also carry a separate, nutrition-facts label listing the total am... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:22:48 EST We Are Back In The Deep Freeze!!! It's Winter in Wisconsin <BR> <BR> And the gentle breezes blow <BR> <BR> Seventy miles an hour <BR> <BR> At twenty five below. <BR> <BR> Oh, how I love Wisconsin <BR> <BR> When the snow's up to your butt <BR> <BR> You take a breath of Winter <BR> <BR> And your nose gets frozen shut. <BR> <BR> Yes, the weather here is wonderful <BR> <BR> So I guess I'll hang around <BR> <BR> I could never leave Wisconsin <BR> <BR> Cuz I'm frozen to the ground!!! <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>444<... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:33:42 EST To Peel Or Not To Peel Does eating fruit and vegetable skins provide nutritional benefits? <BR> <BR> Yes, but there may be hazards, too. Skins tend to be fairly high in insoluble fiber, which can lower the risk of some digestive disorders, and they're loaded with phytonutrients, which may help prevent many diseases. But conventionally grown produce is usually coated with tiny amounts of pesticide residues. With certain items---apples, bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, peaches pears, sweet potatoes, and tomato... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:47:22 EST The Best Way To Cook Vegetables To Retain The Most Nutrients In a few cases, heating actually increases the availability of certain nutrients, such as the antioxidants in carrots, spinach, and tomatoes. But in general, heat and water can strip produce of valuable substances such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, the B Vitamins, and some phytochemicals, or potentially disease-fighting compounds. <BR> <BR> That's why it's best to avoid boiling, which leaches nutrients into water that is then discarded. Stewing also draws beneficial substances into the cooking ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 15:43:52 EST Kale For Keeps Kale is everywhere these days, from chips and juices to nail polish and skin lotion. Now everywhere includes your freezer. <BR> <BR> Earthbound Farm Organic Kale can sit there quietly until you're in the mood for a super-star green. Then it goes straight from freezer to recipe with no washing or chopping. <BR> <BR> You can pick up decent frozen kale from Stahlbush Island Farms, Trader Joe's, or Whole Foods 365 Organic, but they're second best next to Earthbound's irresistible, flavorful l... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 18:56:02 EST Making The Best Of Our Wintery Weather........ I bought a picture of a beautiful Winter scene several years ago and still love it. I didn't buy it just for the scene. It also had a wonderful verse, which I think is very appropriate for the challenging Winter Weather we are undergoing at this time. <BR> <BR> WINTERSET <BR> <BR> Winterset has come to stay. <BR> <BR> Brush the crumbs from hearth away <BR> <BR> Settle in and Read that book <BR> <BR> Perhaps to learn again to cook <BR> <BR> Ponder all the dreams you may <BR> <BR> Wi... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 20:17:21 EST Random Thoughts As We Age........ The biggest lie I tell myself is......."I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it." <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free; and three sizes smaller!!! <BR> <BR> Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet!!! <BR> <BR> I don't trip over things, I do random gravity checks!!! <BR> <BR> I don't need anger management. I need people to stop making me mad!!! <BR> <BR> Old age is coming... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 19:56:04 EST Imitation Game Yesterday afternoon, my husband and I went to the movie, Imitation Game. it was highly recommended to us by good friends. I just finished reading the Trilogy by Ken Follett. The three book series covered World War II and the years following through 2008. I was especially interested in WW II and the involvement of the US. Because of this, I was interested in finding out more about why the Germans were so successful at the beginning of the war. Much of the credit was due to the codes use... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 18:52:45 EST Off To See A Movie Today, my husband and I are going to the Imitation Game. We had friends over for dinner last week and they couldn't stop talking about how good it was. After the movie, we will stop for a light supper. So far, so good food-wise this week, so I don't want to blow it going out to eat tonight. <BR> I hope you are having a good day........ <BR> Hopefully, my computer will be done and ready to come home tomorrow. <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 4 Feb 2015 12:44:05 EST Our Computer Died!!!!! When I turned on the computer this morning all I had was a black screen. No matter what I did, the screen stayed black. I called a friend of ours who is very good with computers and he couldn't do anything either. Soooooo, we called the Geek Squad and drove 45 miles to get it fixed. Except that they had to keep it and we won't get it back until at least Thursday. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I am borrowing my husband's laptop and I really do NOT like typing on it!!!!! It is very touchy...... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 18:42:36 EST I Don't Know What I Did????????? When I woke up this morning, my left hip was screaming!!!!! I have osteoarthritis and bursitis in it and have been treating it since the end of October. I have been taking an anti-inflammatory, using Voltaren Cream topically over the hip, and have gone to a Physical Therapist for exercises which will strengthen my core to take some of the stress off of my hip and spine. I have been trying to think of what I might have done to bring on the pain, and the only thing I can think of is the fact... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 15:42:45 EST Snowed In It is snowing and blowing and we are waiting for our nephew to get here from Madison. He and his wife and two kids spent yesterday in Madison. This morning, his wife and kids returned to their home in South Eastern Wisconsin and our nephew planned to drive here for lunch. After visiting with us for a while, he is going to our oldest son's, and then on to do some skiing before he heads back home (a 150 mile drive from us). ONLY WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG!!!!! All I want to do in weather like this... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:30:42 EST A Good Day For Soup........ When I woke up this morning, it was cloudy and the temperatures had fallen much lower than they were yesterday morning, and the forecast includes a possibility of up to 6 inches of snow. All of these things SCREAMED: Make some homemade soup!!!!! <BR> <BR> So I did.............. <BR> <BR> I had fried onions in a small amount of butter and added stew meat. The stew meat looked good enough to eat was round steak cut into very small pieces. Then I peeled and cut up carrots (i... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:31:51 EST Husband Store A store that sells new husbands has opened in Melbourne, wherein a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates: <BR> <BR> You may visit this store ONLY ONCE!!! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!!! <BR> <... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:42:46 EST Marital Misunderstandings How men and women record things in their diaries. <BR> <BR> Wife's Diary: <BR> <BR> Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner. I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late, but he made no comment on it. <BR> <BR> Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk. He agreed, but he didn't say much. <BR> <BR> I asked him what wa... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:31:08 EST The Best Gift Sitting silently beside a friend who is hurting may be the best gift we can give. <BR> Unknown <BR> <BR> I actually spent yesterday afternoon doing just that. <em>220</em> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:36:12 EST Quotes Of Wisdom That Will Bring A Smile Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. <BR> Wisdom is not using it in a fruit salad. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, "Lillian, you should have remained a virgin......." <BR> Lillian Carter (mother of Jimmy Carter) <BR> <BR> I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. <BR> But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: "No good in bed, but fine against a wall." <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Last week, I stated this woman wa... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:03:37 EST A Rough Day......... I received a phone call today, informing me of the death of one of my Mom's best friends. She stood up for my Mom at their wedding in 1944. My Mom will be 91 years old in May and this is her last friend from her past. I talked to her for a couple of hours and though she will miss this woman, she is HAPPY for her. Her health had been failing, and Mom had been worried about her. She is glad that her friend did NOT have to suffer. She is worried about what will happen to her dog now. The ... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:51:00 EST This Is So True....... There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going. <BR> Beverly Sills <BR> <BR> It reminds me of our journey to a much healthier lifestyle. It is NOT an easy journey, but well worth it, no matter what it takes. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:33:31 EST He's My Brother! A little lightness~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter. <BR> <BR> The pharmacist at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are you?" <BR> <BR> "Eight," the boy replied. <BR> <BR> The man continued, "Do you know what these are used for?" <BR> <BR> The boy replied, "Not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four." <BR> <BR> "Oh, really?" the pharmacist... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:16:15 EST Fifth Important Lesson---Giving When It Counts Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. <BR> <BR> Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sis... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:35:52 EST A Personal Account Of The Obstacles In Our Path We ALL have obstacles in our path throughout our lives. How we handle them is what matters and we ALL have our own way of handling whatever the obstacle might be. <BR> <BR> We all have our own memories of 9-11. Where we were, who we were with, how we handled the situation then and in the following days, weeks, months, years........It is a day we will NEVER forget, nor should we. We have a nephew who was 18 at that time. He graduated from High School that Spring, and much to my brother an... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:39:36 EST Fourth Important Lesson---The Obstacles In Our Path In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. <BR> <BR> Some of the King's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. <BR> <BR> Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. <BR> <BR> Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down hi... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:40:40 EST A Personal Account Of Always Remembering Those Who Serve When I was in High School (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), one of my early jobs was as a Car-Hop at a local Drive-In Restaurant. It was a very warm and humid day in late August. It was very busy but when I approached a small sports car I did notice that the driver was very agitated. I took his order and then noticed that his dog had crawled under the front seat and appeared to be stuck!!! The driver had tried everything to free him and was becoming frantic. It looked like his next... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:58:25 EST Third Important Lesson---Always Remember Those Who Serve In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. <BR> <BR> "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. <BR> <BR> "Fifty cents," replied the waitress. <BR> <BR> The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. <BR> <BR> "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. <BR> <BR> By now more people were waiting for a table and the w... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:12:17 EST Second Important Lesson---Pickup In The Rain One night at 11:30 P.M., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway, trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. <BR> <BR> Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. <BR> <BR> She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:19:48 EST First Important Lesson---Cleaning Lady During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one. <BR> <BR> "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" <BR> <BR> Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name? <BR> <BR> I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, o... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:44:14 EST A Fun Day Planned For Tomorrow Our company is here and will be through Sunday. They are outdoor people, so we decided to make outdoor plans for tomorrow. It is a free fishing weekend, which means that ANYONE can fish without having to buy a license. My husband made a very nice Ice Shanty last winter complete with a wood stove, which keeps it very warm. We are going to take the Shanty over to a lake about 7 miles from us and park it on the shore. This will be our center for warmth and also for lunch and snacks. We mad... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:05:28 EST It Was So Good To Be Back I volunteer at the American Girl Warehouse. Because of the Car/Deer accident I was in, I have NOT been able to volunteer since October 29th. After 9 weeks of Physical Therapy, I was finally given the ALL-CLEAR to drive. It was SO GOOD to be back among the volunteers. This is my 5th year of volunteering for American Girl, and I love it. I have met so many wonderful women. Even though the main reason we gather together is to get the dolls prepared for our big sale in July (we have one sal... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 18:56:02 EST This Explains It All Now you will have the answers......... <BR> <BR> On the first day, God created the dog and said, sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this I will give you a life span of twenty years. The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?" <BR> And God said that it was good. <BR> <BR> On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them l... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:36:45 EST Unexpected Company We received a phone call this morning from relatives from Maine, who wanted to know if we minded if they DROPPED IN for a few days this week!!!!! They are on their way to Colorado and wanted to see relatives in Wisconsin "on their way." YIKES!!!!! Have to close for now so that I can go grocery shopping and spruce up the house!!!!! I DO VOW to stick to my "Plan," even with company. <BR> Later........... <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:49:13 EST A Sad Day......... I received word last night that a dear friend of mine lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. She had just retired in June and had so many plans for spending time with her husband, daughters, grandchildren, friends, etc.. What amazed me about her was how she handled this battle. She knew for months that she was not going to beat this horrible disease, and yet, remained upbeat and even witty. She always had the best sense of humor and ended up making us feel better after a visit with her. ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:23:32 EST Moving A Bit Slow Today My Cross-Country Skiing through our woods yesterday took more out of me than I had originally thought. It's a good thing that I didn't continue on through the fields because the distance I did go was just enough to NOT re-injure my hip. I am tired and a bit sore, but it isn't a pain due to injury. I am doing my core exercises today and won't put the skis on for a few more days. I am learning to LISTEN to my body. At my age; it's about time!!! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> And............ Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:34:17 EST Baby Steps........ It was still cold today, but I thought that I would at least try to do a little Cross Country Skiing through our woods and into the fields behind our home. We finally have enough snow to make this possible. I was very tentative because of the bursitis in my left hip. I have done the Physical Therapy for the past two months and continue to do prescribed exercises at home. I planned to take it slow to see how much the hip could handle without pain. I kept thinking about what my brother had... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 20:39:05 EST Something To Lighten Your Day A friend of mine sent this to me today and I wanted to share it with you.......... <BR> It made me smile, and hopefully it will you too. <BR> <BR> "I stay a bit overweight because it wouldn't be fair to all the skinny people if I were this attractive, intelligent, funny, AND thin!!! It's a public service........REALLY!!!" <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend....... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 12:39:27 EST