PATRICIAANN46's SparkPeople Blog PATRICIAANN46's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Good Friends Good Friends are like Stars. <BR> <BR> You don't always see them, <BR> <BR> But you know they are always there. <BR> <BR> <BR> I would like to Thank You, my wonderful Spark Friends for your good wishes and Spark Goodies and general encouragement at this time. It is very much appreciated and I love you all, more than you can possibly know. We may NEVER see each other in person; but I feel that our souls are very visible. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:36:09 EST LIFE 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, <BR> <BR> Is what makes the difference. <BR> <BR> The above statements are on my refrigerator door!!!!! Our youngest son has always been a challenge. The last couple of days have been rough..........and I have read these statements often. Please keep us in your thoughts. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:16:09 EST LIFE 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, <BR> <BR> Is what makes the difference. <BR> <BR> The above statements are on my refrigerator door!!!!! Our youngest son has always been a challenge. The last couple of days have been rough..........and I have read these statements often. Please keep us in your thoughts. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:15:58 EST It's VERY Quiet Here................. This is the first morning in four mornings that we didn't get up before 5:30. It felt decadent to lay in bed after 6 fact..........I slept until 8:30!!!!! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I thought that I would do whatever I wanted to do today, but that changed about a half hour after waking. Our youngest son called and informed us that his dryer had DIED!!!!! He rents a house from us and we provide the appliances, so it quickly became our ACTIVITY OF THE DAY!!!!! We drove t... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:46:32 EST Our New Motto After This Weekend......... What Happens At Grandma's House <BR> <BR> Stays At Grandma's House. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:57:50 EST Day 2 of Adventures of Grand-Parenting Saturday was VERY busy!!!!! My husband took our oldest Grand-daughter to a large Steam and Gas show about 40 miles from where we live. It is huge and also has several booths devoted to jewelry and crafts, etc. so we knew there would be things that would interest Elizabeth. She came home with a necklace for her little sister and herself. She also came home with a very funny story of what happened in McDonald's parking lot. On their way home, they stopped for a treat, and just after they p... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 12:08:03 EST Through A Child's Eyes Our 8 and 3 year-old Grand-daughters are staying with us for four days while their parents are attending a wedding in Florida. <BR> Yesterday we drove to a lake about 30 miles northeast of us and swam at a beautiful beach. The girls loved the water and the diving for treasures (rocks) and floating on their tubes, but their all-time favorite activity of the day was feeding the Sea Gulls. The Gulls are so unafraid of humans that they practically took the food out of our hands. At one point t... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:24:39 EST As A Mom, I Totally Agree With This If at first you don't succeed, <BR> <BR> Try doing it the way MOM told you to in the beginning. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:42:59 EST Worry Worrying doesn't take away tomorrow's troubles............ <BR> <BR> It takes away today's peace. <BR> <BR> This is something I have to work on every day. I tend to be a worrier and it is one of my worst traits!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:19:20 EST The Three Stages Of Life: 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> YIKES!!! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:57:23 EST Words.......... Did you know that women use about 30,000 words a day <BR> <BR> While men use only 15,000? <BR> <BR> Women: Yes, because we have to repeat everything!!!!! <BR> <BR> Men: What????? <BR> <BR> This could have been recorded at our home.......... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 13:50:23 EST Where Is He???????????? Yesterday, we took our 3 year-old Grand-daughter to our County Fair. Before I go any further, let me give you some background on her complete adoration re: Shrek. If you are parents or grand-parents, chances are pretty good that you have heard about or maybe even viewed the Shrek movies. Shrek is a large, green Ogre and our grand-daughter thinks the sun rises and sets on him. She NEVER tires of watching the movies and sits in a trance with a very sweet smile on her face whenever he is in ... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:38:07 EST What An Example She Was........ Yesterday, my husband and I went to the funeral of one of our dearest friends. Now that I am 69, when I hear someone say that living to age 70 is a long life, to myself I am saying "No, it isn't..........there should be many years more to this life." Yesterday I heard these words in reference to our friend, but then immediately thought of all she had packed in to her 70 years on this earth. She was the kind of person that everyone wanted to be like and to be with. She was always thinking ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:08:30 EST Wouldn't You Know It?!?!? Brain cells come and go.......... <BR> <BR> But, fat cells live forever!!!!! <BR> <BR> It's just NOT fair.......... <em>39</em> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:02:58 EST Having Fun No Matter What Your Age........ My nephew and my Mom's youngest Grand-son is getting married in late September. Yesterday Mom and I went shopping for outfits to wear to the wedding. We arrived at the first shop around 9:30 AM and didn't leave until almost 1 PM. We each chose about 4 outfits to try on seriously and a couple more that were not serious at all!!!!! In fact, our goal was to chose at least two outfits that would be the very last on the rack chosen by either one of us!!!!! You must keep in mind that my Mom is... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:38:07 EST Where Are Your Glasses??? I <em>26</em> this one!!!!! I would never be able to think of a reply like this one!!!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday my daughter emailed me again, asking why I didn't do something useful with my time. <BR> <BR> "Like sitting around the pool and drinking wine is not a good thing?" I asked. <BR> <BR> Her talking about my "doing-something-useful" seems to be her favorite topic of conversation. <BR> <BR> She was "only thinking of me", she said and suggested that I go down to the Senior Center and... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:28:29 EST This Isn't Always Easy To Do......... Work hard in silence......... <BR> <BR> Let success make the noise!!! <BR> <BR> This made me think of the <em>244</em> I automatically make when I get on the scale and see a loss!!! Luckily, I am usually home alone!!!!! Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:28:32 EST Good Advice Don't let someone who gave up on their dreams, <BR> <BR> Talk you out of going after yours. <BR> <BR> It is NEVER too late to try something you have always wanted to try. If you don't succeed, try something else you have always wanted to. You just NEVER know what might work. And, sometimes the fun is actually in the TRYING. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:17:10 EST WHAT?????? This was sent to me by one of my best friends who HATES to exercise. I invited her to attend a Pilates class with me and this was her reply....... <BR> <BR> PILATES?!?!? <BR> <BR> Oh H_ _ _ NO!!!!! <BR> <BR> I thought you said PIE and LATTES!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>402</em> Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:46:25 EST Lost and Found I have completely lost my mind <BR> <BR> And, I am making NO effort to look for it!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 9 Aug 2015 19:16:36 EST If My Body Were A Car.............. If my body were a car, <BR> <BR> I would trade it in on a newer model. <BR> <BR> Every time I cough sneeze or sputter <BR> <BR> My radiator leaks and my exhaust backfires!!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 15:34:03 EST I Remember............ I remember the "good old days", <BR> <BR> when "snap, crackle and pop" <BR> <BR> were what I heard from my cereal, not my body!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 7 Aug 2015 12:56:25 EST Perk Up!!! What did one saggy boob say to the other????? <BR> <BR> We'd better perk up or people will think we're nuts. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>18</em> Thu, 6 Aug 2015 14:56:28 EST Finally......... Being cremated is my last hope for a smoking hot body!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>18</em> <em>246</em> Wed, 5 Aug 2015 12:07:47 EST Doesn't This Get To You?!?!? Some people create their own storms <BR> <BR> And then get mad when it rains. <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> <em>198</em> <em>54</em> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 14:00:20 EST Are You Like A Diamond?????? A Diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well. <BR> <BR> Oh, if I could only be better at this!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 3 Aug 2015 13:39:27 EST Some Excellent Advice Given To Me This Week There comes a time when you have to STOP crossing oceans for people who wouldn't jump puddles for you. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> You are so right!!!!! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:43:49 EST Motivational Speaking 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, 1 Aug 2015 13:22:54 EST The Wrong People When you allow the Wrong People in Your House, <BR> <BR> Stuff will come up missing like: <BR> <BR> Joy, Peace, Love, Hope, Faith................ <BR> <BR> (Yes, People steal these things) <BR> <BR> I wish you Peace and Blessings <em>26</em> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:57:53 EST You'll Never Get What You Truly Deserve If.......... You'll NEVER get what you truly deserve if................ <BR> <BR> You remain attached to what you're supposed to let go of. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:04:28 EST What If??????? What if today............. <BR> <BR> We were just GRATEFUL for everything??????? <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:53:39 EST Who Would It Be????? If you could sit on a bench and chat for one hour with anyone from the Past or Present, <BR> <BR> WHO WOULD IT BE????? <BR> <BR> I would like to spend an hour with Abraham Lincoln. I would ask him WHY we haven't learned anything about what is best for America in all of the years that have passed. I would love to hear his take on it.......... <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:12:41 EST Loving Relationships A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?" <BR> <BR> All the women raised their hands. 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 can't remember. <BR> <BR> The women then were told to take out their cell phones and text to their husband: "I love you, sweetheart." <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:37:11 EST A Day Of Rest If you read my blog yesterday, you know that we had our 8 and 3 year-old Grand-daughters for the day and overnight. It was a VERY HOT and HUMID day, so we started out with the water park. It was very crowded but we each took one of the girls and didn't let them out of our sight for a second. My worst nightmare would be if something happened to either of them on our watch!!! I really like this water park, because it is very clean; there are several life-guards at each level of the pool and... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:53:37 EST This Should Be A Weight-Loss Saturday!!! The temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-nineties and the humidity is supposed to be VERY HIGH!!!!! Add to that, two very energetic Grand-daughters, who will be with us all day and overnight. Elizabeth is 8 and Nola is 3 and they have energy that doesn't quit until they literally fall into bed at night. <BR> <BR> I think that we will take them to a water park about 20 miles from us. It will be crowded on a hot and humid Saturday, but they love the water and will enjoy it immensely!... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:58:16 EST The Other Side Of The Coin....... First of all, I want to Thank all of you who responded to my blog yesterday about my Mom. I should have made it more clear that she has had this variation in heart rhythm for many years. Her heart beats normally for about 4 beats and then there is a slight pause before the fifth. The doctor who saw her on Wednesday (not her own) suggested having an EKG and Mom's reply was, "I am 91, and I have had this condition for years, and Thanks, but No Thanks, re: the EKG." <BR> I was very willing to... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:35:53 EST Are You Being More Careful???????? I was getting ready to go into my gardens early yesterday afternoon when the phone rang. It was my Mom, who is 91 years old. I had taken her to her doctor two weeks ago and while we were there, the doctor changed her blood pressure medications. At 91 and after 3 surgeries over the years on her bladder, she still has problems with leakage and is very careful to always be prepared. She discussed this with her doctor and told her that she has turned down invitations because she DID NOT want ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:13:21 EST Out Of The Mouths Of Babes A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!" <BR> <BR> His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you "know" what the Bible means?" <BR> <BR> The son replied, "I do know!" <BR> <BR> "Okay," said his father. <BR> <BR> "What does the bible mean?" <BR> <BR> "That's easy, Daddy......." the young boy replied excitedly, "It stands for "Basic Information Before Leaving Earth." <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:08:57 EST Falling Down Falling down is a part of life. <BR> <BR> Getting back up is LIVING........ <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:59:17 EST True Humility True Humility is NOT thinking less of yourself; <BR> <BR> It is thinking of YOURSELF less. <BR> <BR> C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:34:39 EST How You Know You're Getting Old........ When you pick up what looks like a REALLY OLD penny, but find out it has the year you were born on it!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:24:28 EST Disappointment....... I'm always disappointed when a Liar's Pants don't actually CATCH ON FIRE!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 15:15:28 EST A Friend Is......... I have a friend who now lives in Arizona. We have known each other since we were 3 years old. Our mothers were best friends all of their lives. We have shared all of the ups and downs throughout our lives and keep in touch often, even though we are physically so far apart (I am in Wisconsin). She attached this to the end of the email I received from her this morning, and I wanted to share it with you, as it really touched me. <BR> <BR> A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:56:42 EST At My Age........ At My Age, Rolling out of bed in the morning is EASY........ <BR> <BR> Getting up off the floor is sometimes, another story :) <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:27:50 EST Happiness If you REALLY want to be happy <BR> <BR> NOBODY can stop you!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:30:24 EST Wouldn't It Be Nice?!?!? When People suck the life out of you, <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be nice if they took some fat too??????? <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:30:24 EST Love This........ Life ends when you stop dreaming..... <BR> <BR> Hope ends when you stop believing..... <BR> <BR> Love ends when you stop caring..... <BR> <BR> Friendship ends when you stop sharing..... <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:03:49 EST My Husband?!?!?! This morning, while reading the Sunday paper, I mentioned that I wanted to check Google for the answer to a question that had been bothering me. <BR> <BR> My husband said, "You don't need Google.........I know everything!!!!!" <BR> <BR> Anyone else have a husband like this??????? Fortunately, after 47 years of marriage, I know that it is just HIS sense of humor (which I have always liked) and NOT that he really thinks that he knows EVERYTHING. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:48:24 EST YIKES!!!!! I remember the words to every song from the 70's, <BR> <BR> But I forgot why the H_ _ _ I came into this room!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Do you find this happening more and more often with each passing year?????? Sat, 11 Jul 2015 12:19:56 EST Does Wisdom Truly Come With Age?????? I don't think we get smarter as we get older. <BR> <BR> I just think we run out of stupid things to do. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Have a Great Weekend!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:11:21 EST