PATTYKLAVER's SparkPeople Blog PATTYKLAVER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Unlucky with Fitbits I had my first Spark Tracker forever - until I took it in the pool with me. The second fell out of the holder on a walk. I found it in the street the next day only to lose it somewhere outside. <BR> <BR> My first Fitbit was lost in the backyard (I think) while playing with Helena. The next one lasted awhile but I suspected it was slowly giving up the ghost. I got a Fitbit Flex II and gave the old one to my youngest. <BR> <BR> I had the newest one for maybe a couple months. Yesterda... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:50:34 EST Light Bulb Connected Again I read a Weight Watchers article yesterday about setting goals for success. I immediately remembered that I had read a similar article on Spark People years back. Must be something to it.... <BR> <BR> I was reminded to set specific goals. A person is more likely to follow through with them. Remember to be realistic; I know I will never be a runner. Frame my goals as behaviors that I want to do, instead of the ones I don't want to do. Start with no more than two goals per week. <BR> ... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:03:46 EST Family Made for an Extraordinary Easter Again For the first time, one of my girls had an Easter birthday. My Sherry turned 36 yesterday. Both Sherry and Sarah, as well as my Helena, are my miracles from God. I am reminded of this every day, but it seems to sink in more on Sundays at church. <BR> <BR> I told Helena that on my way to her house, I saw a bad accident between a car and a rabbit. She had this questioning look on her face, so I quickly told her "April Fool!" Sherry said, "Oh, yeah, I forgot it was April Fool's Day." It... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 10:13:37 EST Steps to Self Care If I post these, maybe I will follow them better. <BR> <BR> If it feels wrong, don't do it. <BR> Say exactly what you mean. No more beating around the bush or biting my tongue. <BR> Don't be a people pleaser. Growing up Catholic, I believe the nuns scared me into this. <BR> Trust your instincts. This became so much easier after having my girls. <BR> Never speak bad about yourself. A hard one for me still. <BR> Don't be afraid to say no or yes. Improving, but still working on it. <BR> B... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:56:34 EST Wonderful Weekend I had a wonderful spring weekend with Helena. She was over Friday while Sherry went to a hair appointment. She loves to watch old Looney Tunes cartoons with me. I enjoy them, too. I forgot how wonderful Mel Blanc was with all those voices. Our favorite is Tweety. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning, it was just the two of us at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens Easter Egg Hunt in the children's half-acre garden. (Got to think about Poo!) The hunts are always over in three minutes, but we hung a... Mon, 26 Mar 2018 17:34:04 EST New Fitbit I suspected my old Fitbit was not registering correctly. It seemed to take forever to register steps. favorite guy had just bought himself a toy. I figured I could spring for a new Fitbit. Granted, it's on the lower end: A Flex 2. <BR> <BR> The Fitbit came the other day. I've been wearing it for two days now. I got my steps in and then some today - for the first time in a while. And I do like how my exercising automatically entered for me. I'm not used to that. I think I'm... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:25:02 EST Good Feelings This Week So Far I went to the Disney Magic Show with Sherry and Helena yesterday. Any thing to do with Disney is always magic to me and I really enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> I got an early walk in this morning - the first time in a long time. The apartment complex that I am in has lots of ponds and surrounding woods. It was relaxing to hear all the animals this morning and to smell the spring air. Now to get back into my morning walk routine... <BR> <BR> Hoping the rest of the week can be so refreshing.... Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:43:23 EST Why am I getting older? I Have Some Answers... Why are things like this as I am getting older? Some answers I have....most I am still looking for. <BR> <BR> I wonder why it takes so long to remember something. Then I remember that as I age, there's more to remember. I have to find the file cabinet in my brain that it's filed under. <BR> <BR> Why does my body hurt more? Oh, yeah...when I was younger, I thought I was invincible. The aches and pains are my body's way of remembering that I abused it. Too much walking without the prope... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:05:16 EST Life's Little Pleasures There are many little pleasures in life: ways to reward ourselves. <BR> 1. Sitting in the sun reading the paper or a good book. <BR> 2. Mani-pedi: even if you do it yourself. <BR> 3. Window shopping <BR> 4. Soak in a bubble bath. <BR> 5. Watch old cartoons: I got my granddaughter watching Tweety and LOL> <BR> <BR> I could probably go on and on. With the warm weather approaching, why don't you join me? <BR> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 17:05:02 EST Mid February 2018 Report It's been three weeks since I vowed to get back on the wagon. My exercising and walking isn't where it should be. The two surgeries and the broken back last year definitely got me out of the habit. All the rain we've had in Alabama has not helped. I still feel I have SADD in the winter and the grey days want to make me stay on the couch. I don't - must of the time. <BR> <BR> If I go by the Weight Watchers scale, I lost 6 pounds. If I go by the Scale Back Alabama scale, it's 9 pounds. ... Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:46:50 EST Lousy Step Totals This Past Week Last Sunday was spent in a hotel in Orlando watching it rain. Monday was our travel day home, meaning 11 hours in the car. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and today were spent with an under the weather Helena. I had the lowest step totals this week than I've had in a long time not including right after foot surgery where I couldn't walk at all. <BR> <BR> I am not proud of this total. I am feeling a little sluggish and wonder if it's my lack of movement or (gasp) I'm coming down with the crud.... Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:43:31 EST Not Too Bad The Sunday before last, I found my determination. I looked long and hard for it. When I was just about to give up, it was right in front of my face. long will it last this time? <BR> <BR> A week ago today, we drove to Orlando. It seemed to take forever! Not much done but sitting. We returned Monday. The drive was quicker and more scenic, but it was another all-day sitting event. <BR> <BR> Friday was the big day: Magic Kingdom. I never get tired of that place, especially w... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 16:21:26 EST Evaluating January 2018 The first month of the new year is quickly drawing to a close. I think I have changed the funk I was in for the better. <BR> <BR> Tim and I have our own apartment now. It's far from being organized and polished, but tremendous strides have been made. I've gone through and purged a bit. I'll have to finish it up when the rest of our belongings come from Michigan. I am so glad we both made the move here. <BR> <BR> Sherry's had no water since Friday afternoon. A valve in the wall to th... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:56:37 EST Getting There Slowly I am slowly getting the apartment to look more like home. I don't want to do too much, however, because I will get my stuff from Michigan soon. I don't want to work twice. I am definitely more comfortable here each day. <BR> <BR> I got my 10,000 steps in every day since Saturday. I haven't done that since before my foot operation on October 9. I am almost back into the routine of exercising; I add back some every day. I feel so good doing this. <BR> <BR> Sherry and Helena came by Su... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 12:48:47 EST Ready Steady Go My furniture will be moved into the apartment tomorrow! Woo Hoo! I will be able to sleep there tomorrow night! <BR> <BR> Yes, I will have Helena and Sherry withdrawals. Helena is 3 1/2 now. I have lived with them since she was 9 months. I am so grateful for this chance. <BR> <BR> It's difficult to be in the house with Sherry's boyfriend. He's obviously never heard of "what's good for the goose is good for the gander." He constantly points out to Sherry what he thinks I've done wrong. ... Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:35:27 EST Oh. Bother! We went in to sign the lease on the apartment Saturday morning. When we went to do the walk-through, the place was a disaster. There were nail polish stains on the counter in one bathroom. The shower curtain pole was broke in the other. There were paint stains on all the floors where someone had walked through the paint and tracked it all over. The laundry room shelf was covered with cobwebs. There were bugs in the light fixtures and some didn't have any working bulbs. The one wall had... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 12:52:41 EST A Lot Going On We found an apartment and will start moving in tomorrow. Time to get busy and get my stuff together. It's hard knowing what I have where; a self-storage here and one in Michigan have to be gone through. What to keep and what to toss? I believe I will feel better when I can get it done. <BR> <BR> It will be so strange not to be living with my granddaughter, Helena. There were only a couple months of her life that I haven't done that and she doesn't remember that. We already talked a lot... Fri, 5 Jan 2018 10:16:32 EST Got Down My Resolutions!!! I got it - I got it- I got it. My resolutions are now more set. <BR> Money will be put away for retirement, Disney World and maybe a health plan. <BR> I will find a place to live. I am leaning toward a house, but will settle for an apartment. <BR> I will count my blessings more and my complaints less. <BR> I will write more letters and make more phone calls. <BR> I will love. <BR> I will do and be. <BR> I will track food, water, exercises. <BR> I will start exercising in the morning mo... Sat, 30 Dec 2017 20:26:15 EST Merry Christmas Merry Christmas to all. If you celebrate a different holiday this time of year, I hope it is blessed and wonderful. <BR> <BR> My dearest got sent to Wal Mart yesterday. He is a very good natured person - usually!. By the time he got home, his first words were "I'm not shopping for food any more!" I know he will but I understand his sentiments completely. People were on a mission. Carts blocking aisles, people barreling out of aisles not paying any attention on who was there or who they... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:41:42 EST Reflection Time Again Christmas is always a reflection time for me. Take stock of who is important, what is important. Thank those who have been there for me along the way. Spark People friends are some of those people: THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> Next week, I will hone my objectives for the coming year: <BR> get back on track <BR> get my own place <BR> get more organized <BR> etc. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful holiday season, however you celebrate it. Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:38:27 EST I Have Unexpected Help from Santa I have some unexpected help in getting more exercise. Santa delivered an early present to my granddaughter, Helena. She wrote a letter asking him for a puppy. He delivered it yesterday: a four and a half month old Lab-Border Collie mix. She had the name of Sadie, but we have a dog in the house with that name already. So Helena picked the name Susie. <BR> <BR> Susie makes sure I get out to take her in the back yard. She already told me that she loves to play fetch. She needs long wal... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:39:56 EST So Upset With Myself! I know that the last six months have been challenging. I broke my back again in August. Down 5 weeks on that one. Then I had a bunion on my right foot removed October 9, I am still in a walking boot until after Christmas. I didn't expect the recovery would be so long and difficult. <BR> <BR> The hardest part of all this was when I went through my closet yesterday. Most of my pants were too tight. Wake up when it hit me in the head! <BR> <BR> In my life, I have done this many times... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:11:56 EST Broken Record Won't Stop It's almost Christmas. I am in my annual funk state of mind. Granted, this year I've had 3 surgeries - the last on Oct. 9 on my foot and I still have a boot on it. This makes it difficult to walk, drive, etc. and that makes my mood worse. I haven't been able to work and that makes the budget worse. So....I have to take suggestions, do SOMETHING. <BR> <BR> I am aware that I have trouble with depression each year this time of year. Yet here it is again. Time to find a counselor that I m... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:05:49 EST Don't Wait to Apologize My second-oldest niece, Shannon, turned 48 last week. She has been plagued with physical and mental problems for a long time now. Often, she would lash out at others as she was in pain. On her birthday, she was offered a 40-hour-a-week job with great benefits and was excited about it. <BR> <BR> On Friday, she was to decorate for the holidays with her son. She laid on the couch and fell asleep as she waited for him. He went to wake her up to find her cold. It is so devastating to find ... Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:09:54 EST Shake It Up I sat in the emergency room for 4 and a half hours last night. Doctor told me to go get an ultrasound of my leg to rule out a blood clot. The night before, I finally got about three hours of sleep because it hurt so bad. No blood clots, but a cyst in the blood. Never heard of that one. <BR> <BR> I got a really good night's sleep last night. I really needed that. I woke up in a much better mood. When I logged onto SP, I read a couple things that shook up the memory a little. They got ... Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:14:47 EST I Feel Like Charlie Brown: ARRRRRRRRGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am in my temporary home, but my room is very difficult to walk through. If I absolutely had to find something, I'd be in trouble. But I can say that I am sleeping better despite the weird vivid dreams I've been having. <BR> <BR> Two days were spent at my oldest daughter's house - the one I just moved from. Her house looks worse than this one: the carpet cleaners came Monday and the painters came yesterday. It's easier to do those things with no furniture in the rooms, so I sat in a pi... Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:34:26 EST I Need a Break! We are in the midst of a few moves: Sherry, Patrick, and Helena are moving into a new house on the next street. Tim and I will be moving with them until we find our own place - hopefully before the end of the year. Sarah will be moving back into this house. <BR> <BR> I put off having my foot operated on from the spring until the fall. The operation was October 9 and I have at least 3 more weeks before I can put any weight on it. So...I have the tasks of doing easy things and being wit... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 16:21:01 EST So Over It Already One of my constant wishes is for me to have time to get some paperwork done. Paperwork is like laundry: turn out the lights and it reproduces.'s been almost a month since my toe surgery. So, here's my chance to catch up. It seems there's more than I thought or I have lost some motivation because sitting doing paperwork is one of the few things I can do. <BR> <BR> I sit here looking at all the housework that needs to be done. We will be moving in a matter of days. Not much has... Thu, 2 Nov 2017 09:54:17 EST Toe Update My rash is a little bit better. The NP wasn't exactly sure what it is either: reaction to medicines, shingles or heat rash. We're going with heat rash as it seems to be the best match. My medicine was still changed just to be safe. <BR> <BR> I was out when the first cast was put on so I got the standard white one that felt like it weighed at least 5 pounds. I got to pick this time: purple to cheer me up. Has anyone seen the commercial where the ladies older that 40 dye part of their h... Thu, 26 Oct 2017 17:56:24 EST Really Discouraged On top of being in pain and not able to walk at all, I am retaining water, gaining weight and have a terrible rash that I am not sure what it is. I go to the doctor Thursday. I want to go but I don't want to. The cast on my foot feels like it's at least 5 pounds. <BR> <BR> My beautiful grandbaby, Helena, is really out of sorts too. It's hard on her that we're moving and I haven't been able to play with her very much. Fun does seem to keep me upbeat. <BR> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:05:11 EST It's Only Been 24 Hours... Yesterday morning, my right big toe was operated on. Arthritis set in and made it very difficult to not only walk but to sleep. The block that the anestheologist gave me can still be felt. I was sent home with crutches and a foot scooter. No weight on the foot for 6 weeks. And I hated the scale when I was weighed. <BR> <BR> The bathroom by my bedroom is so difficult to maneuver. So, I must go half way across the house to the half bath. I thought of using Helena's old potty chair, but ... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:04:23 EST Moving Again I've had so many moves in my life that I don't remember the exact number. Right now, I am living with my youngest and my granddaughter in a house owned by my oldest. My furniture is in storage in Michigan, and I am in Alabama. <BR> <BR> My youngest and her significant other have found a house on the next street. Their bid was accepted and there's a tentative move date at the end of the month. My oldest is considering putting this house up for sale afterwards. It's too hard to make 2 hou... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 11:29:50 EST Just When I Thought My Routine Would Get More ... Routine My routine started to change September 20, 2016. That was the day I had my left thumb operated on. The cartilage decided to leave me after years of abuse as a waitress and a house cleaner. No doing anything with the hand for over a month. I had the other thumb operated on, I goofed up my back, my daily life added a few bodies, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> I found out that my significant other got a job offer last week. Good, but definitely another change. I will be home most days by myself aga... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:42:45 EST Another Change in Routine Change in routine?? Who am I kidding? It seems I lost my "routine" about 2 years ago! But, yes, my daily activities have changed again. Something different to get used to. But...I am getting into more of a nighttime routine. I'm not sleeping any better, but it's at least better than it was 3 weeks ago. I am fighting the slip in eating habits and coming back around. The injury of my back the beginning of August didn't help any. At least it got me into the habit of doing my back exerci... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:54:20 EST Indoor Yard Sale Where we live, we have home owners associations. There are community yard sales in the spring and fall. It's a ton of work and where the house is, there's not a lot of foot traffic. Most of what we have is girl baby clothes. Helena has gone from 12-18 month clothes when we moved in two years ago to a size 6. We have a TON of little girl clothes. <BR> <BR> Last year, my daughter, Sherry found a store that is an indoor garage sale for kids' clothes, etc. in the spring and fall. It's a h... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 14:59:53 EST Be Your Own Advocate A few years ago, I was put on a medicine that I didn't think I needed. The doctors kept telling me that if a doctor prescribed it, there was a reason. Soon I was having trouble swallowing. I don't remember how many tests I went through and nothing showed up. I did a web search on the medicine and read a few articles. Come to find out, trouble swallowing was one of the lesser known side effects. <BR> <BR> I went to a new doctor in June. He told me my cholesterol was high. I have known ... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:43:34 EST Unsolicited Phone Calls I've been getting so many unsolicited phone calls that I am seriously considering changing my phone number. It's just such a hassle to update the information everywhere. <BR> <BR> My daughter did come up with a good idea. She gave a different ring tone to the people that I DO want to talk to. It's actually the "ring, ring, pick up the phone" one. It does help to a point. But I find that I still get a lot of unwanted voicemails. This tends to make the voice mail pick up a little quicker... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:09:34 EST Helena Evelyn looks Beautiful <img src="">A girl that Sherry works with took Helena's 3rd birthday pictures for her. We got the CD yesterday and sat down to look at them. We both cried. Helena looks so grown up, so poised, so confident! I wish I had her confidence. It's hard to believe that 4 years ago today, Helena wasn't even in existence yet. And to see her now and how sweet she is. I vowed I would take more time with her than I did w... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:57:19 EST Oops I did it again! I am told frequently I do too much. Do I listen? Of course not! <BR> <BR> Friday, I got the step ladder out to try to corral the overgrown mess of a bush that's on the property line. We have a 3-foot retaining wall there as the neighbor's yard is lower. I was quitting as I was a little nervous close to the edge of the property. With one foot on the ground and the other foot coming off the ladder, the ladder toppled down to the neighbor's property and I followed. I scraped the back of m... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 11:44:38 EST My Daughters' Little Red Wagon Sarah and Sherry got the wagon for Christmas one year as a present from their paternal grandmother. I can't tell you how many times that the wagon was used. It really saved us quite a few times. (If you ever sold Girl Scout Cookies you understand what I mean. <BR> <BR> I never would get ride of that wagon. I did lend it to my youngest niece only if my brother could guarantee that he'd keep it in good condition for me. Now that Helena is 3, it was time to bring it back so we can get even... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:57:10 EST The Good and Bad in Everything Bad: I had to morrow money to get another lawyer for the divorce. <BR> Good: Hubby is trying to cheat me out of more money. It won't happen. <BR> <BR> Bad: car won't start. <BR> Good: the garage door won't open anyway. I don't have the money to fix anything, so no one will be able to bum rides off me. <BR> <BR> Bad: The "feels like" temperature all week is over 100. <BR> Good: I've been getting my walks and yardwork done in the morning. I caught up on housework in the afternoon. Got ... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 22:27:46 EST I got a relaxing vacation We went up to Detroit for 10 days and I got to spend a lot of quality time with my family (except the "problem" children, but that was a good thing). Got a Tiger game in and lots of swimming and lounging around the pool. <BR> <BR> The problem with the vacation was TOO much lounging, not enough sleep, and not enough water. But I got back yesterday morning and am ready to start back fresh. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:29:50 EST Day After Helena's Birthday Update The different stories that I heard about the "alleged shooter" on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL and getting more and more worried about my granddaughter being at the daycare near the scene that was cordoned off, the 6 pm news announced that no shooter was found. <BR> <BR> My blood pressure had shot up when I went to the doctor after getting Helena. She did tell me that she heard an alarm and saw a lot of police officers in her building as they took the kids to a safe room. The teach... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:24:53 EST 6/27/2017 Helena's Birthday Helena was so excited this morning. I took her yesterday to the store and she picked out what she wanted to take to school as a treat. She wasn't even there for 2 hours and all of Redstone Arsenal is on lock down. There is an active shooter not far from the day care. The kids are all accounted for and safe. But Grandma is having a really hard time right now. I am asking please for prayers for all of the people on the arsenal. If something happens to my baby, I don't know what I will do... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:52:18 EST How Come Time Goes By Faster Each Year? I remember as a kid that summers seemed to last forever. Then it took forever for Christmas to come. I grew up, graduated, married and had 2 babies. Time from that point on seemed to go faster and faster. I thought that when my girls graduated from high school (or even college) time would slow back down a bit. Nope. <BR> <BR> I swear it was just yesterday that Sherry said she was coming into town from Halifax, Nova Scotia. When I went to the airport to pick her up, it was Sarah that I ... Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:33:58 EST Improvements are Slow but Sure I'm making improvements. Granted, sometimes I feel like the tortoise, but didn't he win the race? I've gotten up early each morning this week and did something healthy for myself. I tried a few new things. I worried about less. I loved more and played more. Life is food. <BR> <BR> Now, if I could just figure out how my granddaughter is almost 3 years old already and how come she acts 10 years older.... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:14:57 EST Houston...We Have a Problem Right here and right now I have to change my mindset a bit. My girls went on a 4-day weekend to a friend's house. No daughter or granddaughter to clean up after, etc. So...what did I do the 1st 2 days? Mostly housework. Granted, it was nice to get it done with no interruptions. I was able to go through cupboards, closets, etc. and throw out stuff without anyone getting in my way, telling me we may someday use something or whatever. I did do a little bit of what I wanted to do. <BR> ... Sun, 28 May 2017 12:32:22 EST Need Suggestions ASAP All year, I looked for a Medicaid psychiatrist. I saw her for the first time in April and she called in three one-month prescriptions for me that I absolutely need to take. I couldn't get back in to see her until yesterday. Meanwhile, my prescriptions ran out and I paid out-of-pocket to see my old doctor and get the prescriptions filled. <BR> <BR> When I got in the office, she asked me where I got the prescriptions she wrote filled. I told her. She asked when I last saw my old doctor.... Tue, 23 May 2017 12:01:11 EST Things really are Step by Step. I've been trying hard this year to make small changes in my life. I can look back at the last 4.5 months and see some changes, however small they may be. A little weight is off. I've weeded out things in the house that I don't know why I was hanging onto. I made some money doing that, too - added bonus. Spending is more under control, but I must continue to make improvements there. The things that bother me that I can't change are written down and given to God. I am remembering to be t... Fri, 12 May 2017 16:50:57 EST Soap Opera Update I realized that I feel that I am a character on a soap opera. So many twists and turns in my life lately. People coming in from all sides to throw another monkey wrench in my life. And then I am the nanny that takes children to the park and somehow gets stuck on the merry-go-round. <BR> <BR> the people with the monkey wrenches, I am not a mechanic, nor do I play one on TV. Give the monkey wrenches to those who can properly use them. To the people whose children are with me...we ... Thu, 4 May 2017 22:57:00 EST