PATTYKLAVER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PATTYKLAVER PATTYKLAVER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The Good and Bad in Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389601 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386584 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380785 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380394 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378803 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375118 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367704 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365611 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361109 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357799 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> So...to 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 I can't seem to get it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351550 I have been so busy the past few weeks, with both of my daughters' birthdays, Easter, getting ready for and helping out with an indoor yard sale...I have been going to bed at 8:30-9:00 every night. I know I am over-booked because I lost my handy-dandy notebook that I always keep track of. <BR> <BR> I bought some tickets to see Neil Diamond tonight. I am feeling guilty about going but I know I will have a great time. Sherry still wasn't prepared Tuesday night to make arrangements for Helen... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:21:53 EST Same Old...Same Old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345475 I found myself overbooked AGAIN this week. I realized it when I was driving and passed my exit more than once this week. NOY GOOD. I like to stay busy, but not this busy. So, it's time to sit and look at how I am scheduling, why I plan things I don't want to do and to set some new goals for myself. Heck, it's April already and I don't think I've come too far in the New Year's Resolutions department. But today is a new day and time to start fresh. Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:51:01 EST Overdue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340693 I am way overdue on updating. My right had went from a full cast to a short cast to a brace that's uncomfortable. I can't type with it on, so, shhh, I took it off for awhile. I start therapy now. Three times a week for a half hour about 40 minutes of driving each way. The left thumb therapy was at the end of the street and an hour twice a week. It is what it is. <BR> <BR> Many fires are going. I am trying to get ready for a indoor yard sale. Most get rid of some of this stuff I wo... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:04:17 EST Things Remembered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338316 I had some kitchen clean up to do this morning. I just felt like turning on the radio; I get tired of the same old TV after a while. I forgot how dancing around to the radio made work go easier/faster. I forgot how easy it was to burn some more calories while doing mundane house work. <BR> <BR> When I got on the computer, I came across this article: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1777&utm_source=spar<BR>kpeople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=<BR>exercise-o... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:50:37 EST Helpful to Get us Ready for Spring Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335764 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?p<BR>ost=declutter_your_home_in_31_days&utm<BR>_source=sparkpeople&utm_medium=email&u<BR>tm_campaign=best-of-sparkpeople&utm_content=F2 <BR> <BR> I read this article this morning and the light bulb flickered a bit. This sounds like a good way to jump-start myself for spring. Do a little each day and I will hopefully have more time to get out and enjoy the sunshine. <BR> <BR> I got thinking, too. As I go through things, I will start a "sell" pile.... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:57:09 EST Little Difficulty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334258 I had my operation on my right thumb a week ago last Tuesday. It was a little more involved and difficult, as I am right-handed. It didn't take me long to climb the walls. The time change, the weather growing bitter cold and the pain and frustration of not being able to do anything probably all rolled into a ball and zapped me. I slept a lot and didn't have any energy. <BR> <BR> It's a little better today. I actually woke up on my own at my usual time. The bird that I swear is my Dad w... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:35:20 EST Marching Along 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328727 I struggled the month of February. I always do; it's the longest month of the year for me. I finally figured that I probably have SAD and that contributes to it. No motivation, no energy, no desire to socialize...that was me. <BR> <BR> Now it's already March. That darn time got away from me AGAIN. I'm starting to come out of it and to make plans. But...a few things must be dealt with first. I am scheduled for surgery on my right thumb tomorrow. I had my left one done in September and... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 12:08:56 EST Up and Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321080 I started feeling more "up" and feeling like I was accomplishing something. Then the bottom fell out again. DH cancelled all my health insurance and blamed it on me. I've been scrambling to find doctors who will continue my meds and let me have the 3 surgeries I need. Then my glasses broke. Another big expense I wasn't expecting. The floodgates have opened. I have my life vest on but I am still tossing and turning in the water that I was thrown into. What would I do if I didn't know ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:13:08 EST Sometimes the Light Bulb Needs a Little Tightening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313471 I've dieting off and on for so long that sometimes I become complacent. Then I need to go back and review the basics. The lightbulb then gets tightened and I can get a boost of motivation. For the heck of it, I put on a CD to exercise by (The Immaculate Collection by Madonna). I forgot how a great tempo can give me a boost. The lightbulb got tightened. <BR> <BR> This just goes to remind me that I have to continue to remind myself of the basics. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:17:10 EST Spark Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310830 Please (now is a fine time) add your name and spread this pledge to as many Sparkpeople members you think may be encouraged by it, such as by including it in a blog. <BR> <BR> A WHOLESOME, INSPIRATIONAL, HEALTHY, AND JOYOUS PLEDGE <BR> <BR> We, the undersigned, pledge to strive to live each day, a Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy, and Joyous life. <BR> <BR> Wholesome because we strive: <BR> -to eat only wholesome foods, and get a proper amount of exercise, <BR> -to live every moment ... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 18:41:32 EST Spark Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310829 Please (now is a fine time) add your name and spread this pledge to as many Sparkpeople members you think may be encouraged by it, such as by including it in a blog. <BR> <BR> A WHOLESOME, INSPIRATIONAL, HEALTHY, AND JOYOUS PLEDGE <BR> <BR> We, the undersigned, pledge to strive to live each day, a Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy, and Joyous life. <BR> <BR> Wholesome because we strive: <BR> -to eat only wholesome foods, and get a proper amount of exercise, <BR> -to live every moment ... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 18:41:29 EST The Meaning of Magic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308426 Walt Disney hit it right on the head. Sherry, Helena and I went to the Magic Kingdom last Friday. The attractions were perfectly and amazingly made - one definition of "magic". The meaning of the word hit my heart as I watched Sherry and Helena. They glowed. Helena loves Cinderella, so we made sure she got to see her. The awestruck expression on her face is now a picture in my mind that will last forever. And that, my friends, is the meaning of "magic". <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:08:38 EST A Surprise "Thank You" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299510 When I go om my walks around the neighborhood, I always bring a plastic bag and pick up any litter I see. I've been doing it so long that it's second nature for me. I even got my granddaughter in the habit, and I'm glad she picked it up. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, an adult will comment about it being a good thing that I am doing, but not often. Yesterday, there was a girl on a scooter that stopped and thanked me for doing that - that I was doing a good thing. It's nice to hear a thank you, a... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:27:00 EST 7 Benefits of Laughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295285 1. LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE: People who lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack. So grab the Sunday paper, flip to the funny pages, and enjoy your laughter medicine. <BR> 2. REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS: By reducing the level of stress hormones, you’re simultaneously cutting the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones may result in higher immune system performance. Ju... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:41:24 EST First of the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294576 It's already January 9 and I'm just now writing the first blog of the year. We all have been taking turns being sick this past month. Luckily, we were healthy for Christmas. <BR> <BR> I am compiling a list of goals for the year - really. I just haven't found the time to finish them. I will by the end of the week. I have lots of ideas for things I want to do; where to come up with the time and money is a different matter. <BR> <BR> Dearest separated husband decided to cancel the healt... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:18:17 EST Getting Older and Somewhat Wiser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6285521 At the end of the year, like many others, I look back at the past year, evaluate it, and start to look at what I can do better the following year. There's not too many of us that have a slight twist to this. My birthday is one week from today, so I am looking at both the calendar year and the year in my life. I must say that I don't have regrets on what I have done. I do have regrets about things I haven't done. So, I can plan for some of these things to be accomplished in 2017. <BR> ... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:11:15 EST I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ~Thomas A. Edison http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283388 I read this quote and thought to myself that I bet I've found more than that. More amazing to me, however, is that I found things this year that do work. My daughter even commented on how I'm doing some things better. <BR> <BR> It's that time of year for all of us to look back and reflect. Then look forward and dream. This time, I will be writing my dreams for the new year down in another brand-new journal. These dreams will be taken one at a time and I will make them happen. Plan it... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 13:58:54 EST Travel Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278116 As winter approaches, this reminder from my police department was great. But, then, I think it's great to be prepared all year long. <BR> <BR> 1. When travelling long distances plan your route and share it with family and friends. <BR> <BR> 2. Include planned stops for meals and overnight stays, especially when travelling through rural areas that may experience snow and ice. I add regular stops for gas. The rural areas not always have gas stations. Travel stops such as TravelAmerica a... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:55:43 EST Fighting with the Dark Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274840 I found out recently that I am growing more confident and it's easier to speak up for myself. This is after years of being meek and mild - or however Dorothy put it when speaking with the Great and Powerful Oz. I credit my girls and my granddaughter with much of this. I also credit my spark buddies, so kudos to all of you. <BR> <BR> AT & T is laying cable for an internet system throughout the area. I've heard through the Neighborhood Facebook Page that there have been various issues. On... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 11:48:19 EST Scavenger Hunt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273499 Okay, I noticed lots of people posting this on my Sparkpage. So here goes: <BR> PATTYKLAVER <BR> Can speak a foreign language. Yes Has been on TV. Yes <BR> Has traveled to at least one other country. Yes <BR> Would bungee jump, if the chance occurred. Yes <BR> Grew up in the country. No <BR> Has traveled by rail. Yes <BR> Has the same hobby as you do. Read, crochet, knit <BR> Likes to read. Yes <BR> Has traveled to at least ten other countries. No ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:00:19 EST Slowly I Move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270447 It's been two months since my surgery I my left thumb. I'm getting there. I move my hand better than I did. But I still don't have any oomph and strength to it. And needing the operation on my right thumb, there are many things I just can't do....like put muscle into my cleaning. <BR> <BR> Out of town relatives will be here Wednesday for Thanksgiving. I've been slowly trying to get ready. The house is still far from perfect, but I actually got more done than I thought I would. My c... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:54:56 EST Fog Lifting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266825 I tend to get a little depressed this time of year. This year, it seemed worse...with Mom gone and not may people to talk to and do things with. I was in the house more than I should have been. <BR> <BR> I'm getting out more, accomplishing more at home, worrying less. I am started to look forward to the holidays. A couple relatives will be coming down for Thanksgiving and this is giving me some motivation. Here's hoping it's onward and upward. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:26:32 EST Things I Have Learned Recently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258438 Don't worry or stress over getting everything done on my to-do list every day. I found that it won't do it by itself and it doesn't leave. My lists are now shorter, I let my grown daughter do more of what she's supposed to be doing. <BR> <BR> I am more aware of the clock and how long I spend doing things. My kitchen timer helped with this. I am better at being on time, getting things done and not wasting time on the computer. <BR> <BR> Being a grandmother of a 28-month-old human sponge... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:59:07 EST I Feel Like The Tortoise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6256746 Slowly but surely I am making progress. My hands still ache and left me know when I have over-done things. It's a weird sensation to not have the strength in them that I expect to have. But I continue with therapy and ice/hot packs. The incision is SO much better than it was a month ago, but it's too soon to say what it will be like in 4-6 weeks. <BR> <BR> My major stressor has gone away - hallelujah! The stomach has settled and I've gotten in some good relaxation sessions. I do stil... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:56:25 EST Still Off Main Road, But... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252000 My life is still out of sorts. My hand is in a splint now, but doing things I want to do are still off limits. I have no hand or gripping strength in either of my hands. But I have hope that in 5 months they will be much better. <BR> <BR> The thorn in my and in my daughter's side is still there. How many times, ways, and people have to tell someone "no" for that person to understand? It reminds me too much of someone else who did things to try to get people to "not be on my side". My s... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 14:21:19 EST Oh, Come On, Already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249576 The Funk I am in has not lifted. Someone from the past has added greatly to it. Stop this ride - I want to get off. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:32:19 EST Sinkhole Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246142 I think I might be leveling off, but I'm not positive. I still have a cast on my left hand. I got the first one taken off yesterday and a smaller one put on. But the process made it hurt a little. It's still bruised and I will probably have a good-sized scar. Meanwhile, exclusively using my right hand is making that thumb and wrist hurt more. <BR> <BR> We have a cage set up where someone spotted Lulu Saturday night. We found some of her hair on the yard of the house next to the woods. ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:55:55 EST Sinkhole Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246141 I think I might be leveling off, but I'm not positive. I still have a cast on my left hand. I got the first one taken off yesterday and a smaller one put on. But the process made it hurt a little. It's still bruised and I will probably have a good-sized scar. Meanwhile, exclusively using my right hand is making that thumb and wrist hurt more. <BR> <BR> We have a cage set up where someone spotted Lulu Saturday night. We found some of her hair on the yard of the house next to the woods. ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 08:55:53 EST The Sinkhole Caught Me By Surpi\rise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243099 This time of year, I know I tend yo get depressed. But it hit earlier than normal and I tripped and fell into it head first. It's almost Mom's birthday, the anniversary of dad's passing. I had my left thumb operated on last Tuesday; the cast up to my elbow is still on making everything difficult, When that's healed, I get to do the same with my right thumb. The car is acting up. The month-old computer crashed for the third time yesterday. <BR> <BR> The biggest kicker is my cat, Lulu. ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:52:03 EST Joy of Relaxing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237046 We got to Pensacola Beach on Wednesday Got a little sunburn that day but I was careful since then Today I can say that I am truly relaxed Of course, we head home tomorrow. I had forgotten how relaxing staying on a beach could be. I must do this more often Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:24:01 EST Life With Computers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235988 My computer started acting up well over a month ago. I babied it along but started getting scared . This is the one that I've had for 3 years and had died twice So I went out and bought a new one I have had it back to the store twice already So this is why I've been lost Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:52:02 EST Am I Actually Getting Productive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214929 I can see in my closet. This is the first time in over a month that I haven't had everything I brought back from MI shoved in there along with everything else I had in there. <BR> <BR> I went through my clothes and sent another bag to threadsUp. This company sends me a prepaid bag that I fill with clothes I don't want, don't fit into, don't feel comfortable in, and clothes that Helena has outgrown. I set the bag on the porch and the mail carrier picks it up. The company goes through th... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:36:04 EST Attitude Adjustment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214313 Despite my August goal of having more fun, my attitude seemed to be in the hoppers this morning. I read someone's blog that struck a chord with me. She said that she starts out each day with a good attitude and grand intentions. (That sounds like me.) Then something will happen mid-day to put that fork into the plans (again sounding like me). But today she said she will go left instead of right. Why not? This clicked with me. Wipe my slate clean and go left. Wandering I will go... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 12:06:35 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210999 Since my July was miserable, my main goal for August is to have fun and try lots of new things. <BR> I did go on a picnic at a state park with friends and plan to do that more. <BR> Swim with others as much as possible. <BR> Write at least two letter a week to people I haven't talked to in a while. <BR> Organize my pictures and put them on a DVD: I realize this will take more than a month, but it will never get done if I don't start. <BR> Play more games with my family; we played hide and s... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 12:57:29 EST One Way to Cope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208116 For a long time, I wondered what I would do when Mom was no longer with me. Mom passed on July 17. Planning the service was one thing I concentrated on. Making sure everyone was okay at the restaurant took some time. (Chasing Helena around helped there, too.) <BR> <BR> Mom was in an assisted living apartment for exactly one year. I remembered how much I tossed when she was sick. When we moved her into the apartment, I couldn't believe how much stuff we got rid of. We learned that as soo... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:39:07 EST An End and A Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205950 My mother has suffered quite a bit in the past three and a half years. We almost lost her a few times. It was hard to keep her going, especially when I went from Michigan to Alabama to be with my girls. <BR> <BR> When my parents got married on November 29, 1947, they didn't get a honeymoon. The very next day they left West Virginia for Detroit. They worked for and lived with my grandparents for almost 6 years, <BR> <BR> Mom had a heart attack and flat lined during the night of July 8-... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:36:35 EST I Believe the Time is Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197341 I got a call from my niece yesterday afternoon. When the nurse came to get my Mom for dinner, she made it into the hall way and told the nurse she felt faint. Down she went to hit her head and to be knocked unconscious. <BR> <BR> The ambulance came and took Mom to the nearest hospital and ran the usual tests. The CT Scan showed things to be normal - no concussions, etc. Most of the other tests were okay. Her potassium was extremely low, which happens occasionally. Her blood pressure ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 05:10:14 EST Setting an Example http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193688 I never thought of myself as one who was setting an example to others. But...I have noticed a couple things in the past month. I met up with a girl that I hadn't seen in a while. She told me how I inspired her to exercise because she saw me walking all the time. When I walk, I take a plastic grocery bag with me. If I see litter, I pick it up. Most days I get the bag full by the time I get home. It's easy to tie it up and stick it in the garbage. The other day, Helena and I walked out ... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 16:32:43 EST Dear Dad, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191183 I sure wish you could have been with me this weekend. We celebrated Helena's birthday all weekend, complete with party, bouncy house, swimming and just playing and talking in the house. <BR> <BR> You would so enjoy Sarah, Sherry and Helena and be so proud of them. Helena at 2 says please and thank you without being prompted. She tells people sincerely "thank you for coming" and "I love you". Her cuddles and kisses melt me every single time. She is a Bunner through and through. You woul... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:13:00 EST Summer Sicknesses Suck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187487 I've caught what the girls have: a cold/bronchitis/allergies/etc. It knocked me completely down for 2 days. I thought I was going to have a decent day today,, but after an hour, the burning in my esophagus has started again. Back to the couch...at least I am catching up on my writing and the crafts I am working on. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:44:59 EST