PCOH051610's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PCOH051610 PCOH051610'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/ I'm struggling - like a broken record http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882669 Hi, <BR> <BR> Like the proverbial broken record my mental health is stuck in a deep groove waiting for something to bounce it across the scratches of my life. <BR> <BR> Despite the weather forecasts and what you might see on the news my hometown has had a dismal winter snow wise. I prefer a lot of snow and cold sunny weather but this winter has been cloudy, a wee bit of snow, lots of freezing rain, and grey grey skies. <BR> <BR> I've not been walking for fear of falling and re-injuring my... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:47:15 EST And so my SparkName is back to what it always was...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867875 Hi, <BR> <BR> Within a few months of changing my Spark Username to DogMomma2Three, I have gone back to my original username of PCOH051610 and I'm sticking to it. I initially changed due to a computer competent co-worker who was basically cyber-stalking me but I've decided what the heck. Although I am the momma to three wonderful dogs, the name PCOH051610 holds such special meaning to me that I wanted, err, NEEDED to revert back to it. <BR> <BR> The name PCOH051610 stands for the name and d... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 12:14:00 EST Week 2 summary 5% challenge - ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861456 Hi, <BR> <BR> It hasn't been my best week....understatement of the year <em>40</em> BUT this is a process and a journey. <BR> <BR> POSITIVES of the past week include: <BR> <BR> Drank my water <BR> Included more vegetables into our meals <BR> Walked 4/7 days (even when I had to wear ice grips on my boots) <BR> Shovelled snow (a weird positive but it's something I enjoy) <BR> Read more, watched less TV <BR> Recognized the signs of not feeling well mentally and booked a day off (I'm taking ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:06:28 EST Hospitality and a day of cat rescuing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857295 Hi, <BR> <BR> Well today my friend and I drove to a coastal community where a feral momma cat was after having yet another litter of kittens. They were living underneath a shed and there have been people feeding them but they wanted to help this cat. Watching the kittens crawl through the snow to get to the baited traps was both sad and cute. They were the easy ones to trap and they will be going to the vet tomorrow for a health check and, hopefully, will never have to live outside again. Th... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:32:56 EST Week 1 of 5% challenge under my belt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856340 Hi, <BR> <BR> The bottom line is I lost a half of a pound this week. Yes, it could have been better but, heck, it could have been a lot worse! <BR> <BR> I'm writing this for myself (if you want to continue to read go ahead) <BR> <BR> Positive things this past week: <BR> <BR> I walked 5 days! Even when it was cold <em>104</em> <BR> I managed to get my 8 glasses of water in each day (trying to get back I to this habit) <BR> I ate a healthy breakfast 4/7 days <BR> I meal planned <BR> Refr... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:25:44 EST What to do when even 5% weight loss seems unattainable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852072 Hi, <BR> <BR> I was reading a magazine earlier today and there was a great article written by a former Olympian who now is a motivational trainer for Canadian athletes. He was talking about how we often don't succeed because we think we can't. But what really struck me was when he suggested we ask ourselves "why NOT me"? <BR> <BR> I'm applying this to my weight loss attempts. Why do I think I will never be successful at this? It's time to re-read all of those lovely success stories and to ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:03:15 EST Getting ready for the latest 5% Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846632 Hi, <BR> <BR> After taking most of the past Fall off I'm back with a new attitude and new plan of attack. I've really let my health backslide over the past few months but I'm digging in and finding some much needed determination and stubbornness. <BR> <BR> Today is my first day back to work since December 18th (yes, it was a lovely break!) and I've been busy getting myself set up for this challenge. The main thing I'm doing this week is meal planning our supper meals. They won't be perfect... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:13:55 EST Doing well mentally..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834561 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been enjoying my little Spark break but I'm itching to resume my previous dedication come January. Mentally, I'm doing really good (fingers crossed!) and I'm trying hard not to let the stress and pressures of the holiday season wear me down. It's so not worth it and it's really not what Christmas should be. <BR> <BR> I'm off work as of tomorrow until early January so I hope to get out walking. I miss it when I don't get out and I think the dogs miss it even more than I d... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:02:49 EST I changed my SparkName and am going private - message me to befriend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827071 Hi, <BR> <BR> Long time no chat! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I had a hard Fall (fall as in autumn and not a tumble) but I'm getting back to "normal". I also recently had an incident at work where I was "made to feel very uncomfortable" by a computer-savvy co-worker - hence the name change! It was in the form of an e-mail and it went to my personal e-mail so the username was revealed. I went to management straight away and put the e-mail on file should the harassment continue. <BR> <BR> An... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 16:06:58 EST Hello! Doggy news............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816017 Hi, <BR> <BR> It seems like forever that I sat down to write a "newsy" blog. Don't hold your breath, either because this one is going to be relatively short. Just touching base. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling better and returned to work this week after being off since October 7th. In that time, my weight has skyrocketed, I've become more accepting of my diagnosis and the long term implications. I've come to realize that my brain is just another organ like any other and if I had trouble with my pancr... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:17:49 EST A very quick hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814404 I'm still here! A lot has happened in the past few weeks but the main thing is I'm still here. Right?! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:30:37 EST Coming clean about mental health - I've got a serious question to ask. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806871 Hi, <BR> <BR> Well, I'd really like to know what in the heck is wrong with me. Yes, I know I have generalized anxiety disorder (actually I didn't until I heard my doctor tell a neurologist a few days ago) and I have severe clinical depression. <BR> <BR> Many of you have written and thanked me for openly talking about my struggles, which makes this even harder to write. While I talk about the need in getting rid of the stigma of mental illness I've realized that I'm actually perpetuating th... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:11:42 EST Look after the pennies..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804106 Hi, <BR> <BR> Today was another of those awful days when I just felt like a complete failure. One of the things that has been bothering me is that I haven't been keeping up with Spark. It's even to the point where I scribble my mileage down on a slip of paper because logging into Spark is "too much". <BR> <BR> It was then I had a <em>189</em> moment. My mother's father always told her "if you look after the pennies the dollars will take care of themselves" and I thought about how that wa... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:33:03 EST Let's try this again.....video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799216 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm attaching (err, trying to attach) a link to a wonderful video that was recently shot in the capital city, St. John's, of my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. <BR> <BR> Many of you know that I struggle with mental illness and some of you are encouraged that I share my struggles so that others may know that they are not alone. 99% of us may never meet face-to-face ,(I'm holding out hope that one day I will actually meet a few of you), but we are virtual fri... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:22:46 EST Very inspiring picture for those struggling........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798694 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l903678521.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For those of you who can't see what it says.... <BR> <BR> "On particularly rough days when I'm sure I can't possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days is 100%...and that's pretty good." ~ author unknown Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:16:57 EST Why I am the worse possible choice for "motivator of the day" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794190 Hi, <BR> <BR> While I sincerely appreciate the congratulatory messages, I really have no idea why or how I was selected as "motivator of the day". And I feel like a big, fat failure! Right now I couldn't motivate a slug, and in fact, that's what I feel like. A slug! <BR> <BR> My mental state is so bad right now that we considered hospitalization (we being my psychiatrist, myself and my husband) but "we" decided I would take ten days off from work, run more blood work and submit a request to... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:36:04 EST Sick, tired, overwhelmed - but still pushing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793275 Hi, <BR> <BR> Whew, I'm really fighting the good fight with depression and anxiety right now. My moods are all over the place but mostly fluctuate being crying my eyes out and feeling normal. Luckily, feelings of anger are rare, although there are times! <BR> <BR> This is taking a horrible toll on our marriage. Yesterday I didn't even want to see John's face nor be receptive for a hug. I felt angry and I guess he was in my line of fire. <BR> <BR> True to form, I had to give myself a stern... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:02:53 EST For anybody struggling to eat healthy on a budget - check out this free resource http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786002 Hi, <BR> <BR> I guess because I work in a library I come across all kinds of sites, newsletters, etc when I'm doing a bit of research. Anyway, I found this site that mentioned a woman who is trying to make sure all people, even those on food stamps, can afford to eat healthy. <BR> <BR> <link>www.leannebrown.com/cookbooks/ </link> <BR> <BR> You can choose to download for free or purchase a book and the money you pay will go towards providing the book for somebody in need. What a great... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 09:08:34 EST A funny picture for those doing the 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784872 Yes, I walked today! I had to force myself and this is what I looked like after 40 minutes of walking........... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l635335366.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tropical Storm + Not wanting to Let My Teammates Down = Satisfaction <BR> <BR> Cannot get this to post right side up......aaarrrgghhhh <BR> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:56:49 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783618 Hi, <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your concern, as always. I've been advised to keep a "mood" journal (I actually typed in the moody, which is perhaps more apt <em>20</em> ). This will also keep track of my food, moods, pain, exercise sleep habits, etc. Ugg, it sounds like sooooo much work but my doctor wants to see it in a month. I've just got to figure out a way to do it so it's something I don't dread, I.e. and give up doing! <BR> <BR> Metallic taste on my lips is still there but even str... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:28:04 EST Oh, dear! Hi, my name is Susan and I'm an Emotional Eater! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780164 Hi, <BR> <BR> A special shout out to my SparkFriend, CERIOUSLY, for reaching out through the miles and giving me a gentle nudge in the right direction. Because of her, I've joined up with the next 5% challenge and I'm proud to be a teddy bear once again. <BR> <BR> I'm going through some unexpected challenges right now so my fellow cubs have been warned they have to "bear" with me. My depression is in full force with daily bouts of anxiety thrown in for a bit of interest! I'm weepy for no r... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:11:37 EST When all else fails .... # 1 habit of healthy lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774503 Hi, <BR> <BR> As many of you know I've been on a self-imposed Spark break for several weeks. I left, not knowing when I would return but confident that I WOULD return. As I write, I'm not even sure that I'm back, despite blogging at this very moment. <BR> <BR> One of the basics of SparkPeople is to establish good, healthy living habits. Habits are small, but effective changes that slowly, over time, become second nature to us. On a random search in Google, I found this image that basically... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:44:16 EST If you read my last blog this is the follow-up....please read http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766138 Hi, <BR> <BR> As many of you know by now, my last blog struck a chord with many SparkPeople members. Some of you wrote on my SparkPage, some sent SparkGoodie, some sent me a private SparkMail and MANY of you commented directly on the blog itself. The support I received is both overwhelming and very touching! <BR> <BR> Depression is a very misunderstood illness and I believe to the depths of my soul that as bad as it may feel to admit you have been diagnosed it is much, much worse to suff... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:54:45 EST A very hard blog to write - why I'm walking away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762182 Hi, <BR> <BR> Most of you probably don't know this but I'm in a horrible place mentally, right now. I've never one to be overly anxious but these past few months have seen my anxiety levels reach unprecedented levels. My psychiatrist and I have delved into this and I told her my stomach feels like a huge knot and I'm no longer finding joys in the very simple things life has to offer. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, John and I, drove to a very secluded lake. As each mile passed under the truck's tire... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:08:04 EST Cutest dog picture ever? Yes, I might be biased http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753557 Maddy was a very busy Pomeranian at the beach......... <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1386964515.jpg"> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 10:45:51 EST I'm a success story!!! LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747593 <em>244</em> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> to , non-other but, ME! Yes, I'm a success story and let me tell you how YOU can join the inner circle of success. <BR> <BR> Insert sound of screeching tires......why haven't you heard about this, you ask? Well, I'm so secretive and devious that I kept all of to myself <em>2</em> . I've so mastered the art of success that it just comes so easy so it's like a habit. Isn't that what Spark is all about? <BR> <BR> I know you are all dying to kn... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:03:56 EST What to do when you lose all motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745906 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm rendered out with the heat we've been experiencing. Environment Canada says this is the hottest July on record for inland areas of our island. It's been between 28-32 degrees everyday and with the humidity it's much more icky! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I've lost all motivation but I've decided to stay put! I'm not losing weight but I'm not gaining either so that's fine right now. I'm putting my anchor in and although my motivation ebbs and flows, I'm staying put. <BR> <BR> Sor... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:48:33 EST Beautiful day at the lake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742922 Hi, <BR> <BR> Armed with three maps (one hand drawn by my husband), a GPS, and a cell phone I took the three dogs on an adventure today. Our destination was our friend's cabin but it was mostly dirt roads that twisted and turned that would have been utterly confusing without the maps. Anyway, I arrived there safe and sound and spent a wonderful afternoon with them. Our dogs LOVED every minute of it. Whether it was a ride in our truck, stopping for pee breaks, stopping for a quick dip in the... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:12:44 EST More pictures!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740676 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1931708937.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1097754160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2045749252.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912637962.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543136970.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2134026240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:18:10 EST The long-awaited iceberg blog (pictures!!!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738634 Hi, <BR> <BR> Some of my dearest SparkFriends have noticed that I haven't been "with it" lately and they are, of course, quite right. I'm overwhelmed by our weather which is kind of weird because Newfoundland isn't known for heat! 30 degrees is not hot for many of you but we went from 8 to 28 practically overnight. I still trying to adjust. The dogs don't want to go anywhere and are curled up in the house next to a fan! Seriously, we are down to one short walk a day plus, of course, time in ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:43:53 EST Getting to Know Your Spark Neighbours - copied from somebody else http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732590 <BR> Your go to chewing gum flavour… <BR> Spearmint or Cinnamon <BR> <BR> Best time of the year... <BR> Fall <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what color would you be… <BR> Coral or a pale neutral. <BR> <BR> Favorite Pie <BR> Coconut Cream (homemade with shredded coconut) <BR> <BR> First record you ever bought… <BR> My brother bought me Elton John's 45 of Little Jeannie when I was 10!!! He won a trip to NYC for his academic achievements and that was a huge trip for him at age 14. ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:36:17 EST I love you guys! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726573 Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the feel-good comments on the blog I wrote yesterday. I was having a rotten day and simply writing about it seemed to help. Of course, what really helped was reading your words of wisdom and for taking my own advice and following my coping plan. <BR> <BR> The stray dog was finally trapped by animal control and we think will be a lovely pet for somebody. So far we don't have a foster home (despite what my heart says I simply can't commit to t... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:49:47 EST Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725817 Hi! <BR> <BR> What was that commercial about stress and never letting others see you sweat? Obviously it must have been a commercial for antiperspirant!? <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm stressed because I'm worried about my father-in-laws heart surgery. I'm stressed because we are trying to trap a dog that has been roaming since the winter (thankfully we finally spotted it yesterday after weeks of not seeing it). I'm stressed because my best friend is out if town and I am now in charge of h... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:04:33 EST A LONG day behind the wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724461 Hi, <BR> <BR> My father-in-law will be having open heart surgery on Wednesday and the only place to have that done is about 500 km away. He had to be there for pre-admitting tests tomorrow so John and I drove him and John's mother out to the hospital today. It was a very LONG day for many reasons but the last hour and a half of the return trip was in the dark in moose country. To say we were on high alert was an understatement! Luckily we arrived home safe and sound. <BR> <BR> Even with al... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:02:24 EST Anybody out there know about pain on the side of the knee? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723011 Gosh, it's weird how things can happen. I was spending some time sitting on the floor in a quarantine room with a wee five week old kitten. All was well until I went to stand up and felt a sudden, sharp, snapping pain on the very outside of my knee. This happened a few days ago and since then the pain is getting sharper (but only when I bend it a certain way) and today I casually mentioned it to my psychiatrist. She was quite concerned and thinks I need to see my doctor ASAP but I'm not sure.... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:23:28 EST Summer 5% Challenge starts tomorrow!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721928 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been doing the 5% challenges off and on for a few years now and I have to say they work IF you put the effort into them. It's ironic that I'm just making this discovery now because I've never quite made the 5% weight loss and my interest used to fall off towards the end. <BR> <BR> So here is my game plan on making this 5% Challenge work for me <BR> <BR> 1) I became a leader of the Teddy Bear team (I'm an extra-leader so I'm learning the ropes) so I'm obligated to stick ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:35:22 EST Sunscreen works! Just back from yearly checkup with dermatologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721234 Hi, <BR> <BR> The sun <em>67</em> is the bane of fair-skinned people everywhere. As most of you know, I'm a redhead and I have the pale, yet sun-damaged skin that goes with it. When I was a child I had several nasty burns (I can remember being slathered in Noxzema afterwards) and I've had less severe sunburns as an adult. <BR> <BR> I've just returned from my yearly appointment with a dermatologist for a head to toe mole check. I started three years ago and it's been an eye-opening exper... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:23:28 EST Confession of a junk food addict - split personality when it comes to food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719987 Hi! <BR> <BR> Honestly, I think there are two of me (lord help you all if there are more than that <em>20</em> ) but surely I can't be the only person with a split personality when it comes to food? <BR> <BR> So one side of my is the "all" and one side of me is "nothing" and neither one is cuter, smarter or better than the other! Actually all they do is fight <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> HELP! I want to reconcile these two "friends - enemies" so I can be average. The "ALL" wants to be p... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:22:28 EST Judging a charity dog show! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715075 Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm slowly returning to "normal" <em>211</em> and have a huge pot of chicken soup on the stove as "speak". This, honestly, was my first attempt at making homemade stock so I'm hoping it is as tasty as it is nutritious. I roasted two chickens yesterday and what we and the dogs didn't eat is in the soup. <BR> <BR> Speaking of dogs, I was asked several weeks who if I would volunteer my time to judge a charity dog show. It was held over the past weekend and what a blast of fun... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:18:02 EST If you fall along your journey.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713603 Hi, <BR> <BR> It seems like ages since I've blogged and you know what that means. Yes, I stumbled along my journey and I've had two weeks of being very busy with the bad eating habits that accompanied my being off schedule. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, when I get busy and feel overwhelmed, all of my carefully laid plans and lessons I've learned from Spark seem to get tossed out the window. My appetite is insatiable, I don't want to exercise and I use a lapse of judgement as full permission to ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 18:24:58 EST Day six of seven day blog challenge - Louisa had a bath (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705996 Hi, <BR> <BR> Our weather sure is fickle but I'm happy to report that today is warm and sunny. John is off for four days so he took the dogs for their morning run in the woods. I was at a cat site trying to trap a pregnant cat (we managed to trap a blue jay - which we released!) and Louisa managed to find a moose carcass and had herself quite the roll! <BR> <BR> She doesn't like baths but needless to say she had to have one....I didn't attach photos of her in the bathtub to spare her some ... Thu, 29 May 2014 11:42:19 EST Day 5 of seven day blog challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705018 Hi, <BR> <BR> Despite my scattered whiney blogs, I'm really not a unpleasant person. Scratch that........it takes a lot for me to be a negative Nellie but today I am one so this is it. What, pray tell, has me is such a foul mood? I'm tired, I'm stressed and it's flipping freezing out. Yup, I walked the dogs yesterday wearing my winter coat, wool hat and boots and this morning there are snow flurries. <BR> <BR> END OF RANT! <BR> <BR> Hugs to you all Wed, 28 May 2014 08:54:22 EST Day 4 of seven day blog challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704393 Hi, <BR> <BR> Proclaiming victory for yesterday with regards to my self-esteem. John's sister and her two children are visiting from England. John's family doesn't much like him and they feel even worse about me. Mostly his Mom. I know I'm not supposed to judge but she is one of those church goers who doesn't have a Christian bone in her body (no offense to other religions!) <BR> <BR> When I left work yesterday I took a deep breath and drove to their house and rang the doorbell. John's fath... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:05:37 EST Day Three of seven day blog challenge (whew, you soon won't have to put up with my ramblings) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703569 Hi, <BR> <BR> Many thanks to all of you who reached out and sent me a word of comfort, commented on my blog or sent a goodie all because I was feeling stressed! What a great bunch of friends I have made here on Spark! <BR> <BR> Was called into work this morning and have to work for the next three days. It is good in a way (I mean aside from the obvious $ I will earn) as it will keep my mind busy. <BR> <BR> Charlotte is settling into her new foster/forever home and even slept curled up wit... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:29:58 EST Day 2 of seven day blog challenge (warning whine-fest ahead) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702904 Hi, <BR> <BR> Funny how this 7-day blog challenge is not turning out to be an enjoyable one for me and I usually have no problems churning out a blog every couple of days.. <BR> <BR> I know I'm an emotional roadblock right now - one I'm sort of helping out a new friend of mine deal with her suicidal son (I'm not a therapist and all I keep suggesting is to seek professional help) <BR> <BR> He needs to be seen by someone before it's too late but the mother doesn't want to alienate him by fo... Sun, 25 May 2014 16:07:38 EST Day One of seven day blog challenge as part of the 5% team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702393 Hi, <BR> <BR> Am having an emotionally tough weekend. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l816813886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we say goodbye to Miss Charlotte (on the left) as she moves to a home willing to foster her in the hopes of adopting her. Nice family - school principal married to a social worker, two older kids, all animal lovers (dog, horses, etc) and live on six acres of land. Their dog gets walked daily and goes on all kinds of adventures but still I'm worried sic... Sat, 24 May 2014 21:40:12 EST Update on Charlotte -Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700278 Hi, <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> for all of the love and support you've shown to me and for the many prayers for wee Charlotte. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1591675417.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her vet appointment went really well - she was sedated (went to sleep in my arms) and her grooming was finished while she was under. X-Rays were done (nothing significant showed up) and she was thoroughly examined. <BR> <BR> Tonight we interviewed a perspective foster home BUT this is a ... Wed, 21 May 2014 21:19:20 EST Animal Rescue - the sad reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698984 Hi, <BR> <BR> I was having a great weekend until we got the call. If you've ever volunteered with animal rescue you know what I mean. The call came on Saturday morning - a dog was found in a wooded area where it had been dumped by it's family because they didn't want it any longer. It lived in a bog for at least three weeks but her hell started long before that. <BR> <BR> Three baths, three hours at a groomers and only getting half the matted fur off her wee body. The open sores, the snarl... Tue, 20 May 2014 07:44:59 EST Does anyone else beside me follow Loca the Pug? Link to video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696257 Hi, <BR> <BR> I've been following Loca the Pug on Facebook for over a year and every post "she" makes brings a big <em>334</em> to my face. <BR> <BR> Loca is a pug, who due to a neurological disorder, can't walk or run "normally". She has some videos but I think this one is my favourite. <BR> <BR> <link>https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YqyED1<BR>QgtoE </link> <BR> <BR> Anyway, Loca and her family live on Northern Ireland and her daily musings just crack me up. She is always scheming ... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:17:52 EST Northerly winds, polar bears and icebergs - a blog to cool you off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695102 Hi, <BR> <BR> The sun is out ( <em>334</em> ) but the winds are up do it's still a bit cool. It was -6 when we got up around 7:00 a.m. but the sun really helped to warm things up. I think it got to about 10 during mid-afternoon. <BR> <BR> This morning I hooked up my iPod shuffle and walked 4+km and then walked another 4 this afternoon. My new sneakers are wonderful!!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Because I live on an island our weather is affected by whether or not there is a lot of sea i... Wed, 14 May 2014 17:57:49 EST