PEPPYPATTI's SparkPeople Blog PEPPYPATTI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community AN EARLY HAPPY NEW YEARS TO YOU ALL! <em>107</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>410</em> <BR> I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Years so I am doing it early as I have to work tomorrow night. I really do not mind as I would just be sitting home anyway, Be safe & enjoy & let's make 2017 a year to remember! <BR> Love & Hugs <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:45:26 EST MY HOW TIME PASSES It has been awhile since I have blogged. Having internet on a weekly basis has not helped nor has preparing & working through the holidays. I even got so fed up about not being able to enjoy Christmas due to work, that I took all my decorations down 3 days before Christmas. I normally love the holidays but we were short handed & overwhelmed the entire month. I finally got a day off yesterday & today & sadly I basically slept it away. The library called me this morning to tell me they had... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 18:54:45 EST HAPPY SATURDAY!! <em>524</em> <BR> Just a short note before going to work, to say HI & that I love you all! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>334</em> Sat, 4 Jun 2016 13:18:51 EST BACK FROM BEING MIA AGAIN-LOL! It seems that just when things start going right for me, everything gets turned all around. The last 2 WiFi boxes I got were defective & they finally believed me & gave me a new one Monday. You only get to check them out for a week at a time now & then put your name on a waiting list which is usually only one day. Then I was scheduled off Tues & Wed. Slept all day Tuesday, then on Wednesday the dreaded flu hit. I had an appointment with the Ophthalmologist at 2 & so wanted to cancel as I... Fri, 6 May 2016 20:55:36 EST I MISS HAVING THE INTERNET! Well, since my last entry, things have not gone as planned. My neighbor got evicted & I lost my internet access. Tried to use my phone as a wifi hotspot but doesn't work. Yesterday I rented a Wifi Box from the library. I have 4G until I get to my house, where it drops down to 2G. Got to love T-Mobile-lol! This is the first time I have actually been able to log on to Spark & it only took me 15 minutes! Hopefully I will have a good connection soon. Hope you are all well & know that I am... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 01:04:14 EST YAY! A NEW MONTH!! As much as I loved last February, I am SO glad it is over & now moving into a new month. I was really over committed last month between work, classes & leading a new Spark Class. But work is now settling down into a routine of my schedule except last week on Wednesday I showed up at 9. When everyone asked why I came in so early, it dawned on me that I was thinking it was Thursday! Whoops! I finished my class & passed it, & I am feeling more settled in to my home. I was off today & it w... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 19:05:39 EST THANK YOU FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES! Yes today I am 61-Wonderful & I want to thank you all for making it special. Yes I had to work away from my friends, but I was with some new friends. And yes I came home to my quiet home & no friends or family have called, but it was still a great Birthday. We finished out last store today & the weather was beautiful! On our breaks we sat out on the bench & feeling the warmth of the sun on my face was nothing short of serene. I came home & I even opened up my windows for awhile. Played ... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 20:47:54 EST HAPPY TUESDAY! First I want to Thank You all for all the support & your kind words. You are all so special! <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking. - Johann von Goethe <BR> <BR> I came across this quote the other day & it has really stuck with me, so I thought I would share it. Today has been a good day! We finished the 1st store yesterday & started on the 2nd today. It ran so much smoother, especi... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:08:45 EST A DAY OFF!!! I have not blogged in a while due to working hours & loss if internet for over a week. This is the first Saturday I have had off in a very long time, not to mention being able to Spark before the late hours-lol! It is still daylight out even! We had 6 inches of snow on Wednesday then some more last night. So my exercise for the day was unburying my car & shoveling snow & salting the steps to my apartment. The steps are metal & steep & last Friday, while getting prepared to make it into w... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:18:56 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE!!! <em>409</em> <em>409</em> <em>412</em> <BR> I just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year's! As for me I am going to bed early as I have to work 10:00-7:30 tomorrow. Again, we will probably be the only store in town that is open. But that is fine with me. I have had 2 days off & have had a chance to regroup. I have spent the last 3 days passing away goodies for the Tennessee Spark Team as it's growth has just exploded-lol! <BR> The Winter Challenge starts on the 2nd, whic... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 21:01:48 EST THANK YOU! I just wanted to Thank you all for all you kind words & encouragement on my blog last night. It meant so much to me, you have no idea. <BR> Today was a good day! I finally found my FitBit last night & got it charged up. Slept in till 11 then worked from 9:30. Very busy time, due to the Holidays but I feel I got a lot accomplished otherwise. I am still having a hard time getting in the mood for Christmas. Normally it is my favorite holiday, but this year it kind of crept up on me. Forget... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 23:32:21 EST FINALLY I AM BACK! It has been a rough couple months but I have finally made it. I now have my own apartment & am living by myself which is exactly what I need to be doing. Concentrate on pulling myself back together. I lost the Order of Protection case basically because Larry had an attorney & I did not. The one person for Legal Aid in the county has been out on maternity leave & I could not find anyone to represent me, so the Judge overturned it & since my name was not on the rental agreement I had to mov... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:21:03 EST BOY, HAVE I MISSED SPARKING MY MORNING AWAY! Yes I have missed it but whoops I better make this short or I will be late for work. Tonight is tag night <em>244</em> & I work 3 to 11. <BR> <BR> Just wanted keep in touch & let you know all is well (& quiet-lol!). I am starting to get back into a routine. Even vacuumed the house & watered my plants this morning! <BR> <BR> Love & Hugs to you all! <BR> <em>247</em> Sat, 26 Sep 2015 12:52:21 EST NOT POSTING WITH GOOD REASON! Unfortunately there is a member of Spark who is a mutual acquaintance of Larry, his mother & I, who I am afraid has been leaking info from my blogs. I know who this is & I know it is none of you my friends, but for the time being, I will be censoring my blogs. <BR> Yesterday was a good day, I actually got my hair cut into a modernized shag & believe it or not I cannot believe the natural curl my hair has. Everyone thinks it is adorable & suits me. I had a great day at work. Got off at 9 b... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 01:27:45 EST A GOOD DAY! I know it is past midnight but Friday was a good day. I got plenty of sleep with the exception of a middle of the night bloody nose. I went to work at 2 & today was delivery day, so I was crazy busy. I got in 6.4 miles today! I came home at 9:30, checked the mail, washed & dried my hair then turned some music on & did some Sparking & played some of my FB games. I am currently listening to David Gray, one of my favorite artists, & I have a sense of total serenity. As I do not have to go ... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 00:45:31 EST STARTING ANEW! I finally have internet access so I can now update you all as to what has really been going on. No, it is not pretty but I am in a state of peace. Last week Larry was arrested for 2 charges of Domestic Assault. One against me & one against my son. It was a long time coming & I feel stupid for staying by his side when he was ill, but at least I can live my conscious. One night I came home from work & while he was trying to fix the electric wires to the bedroom, he suddenly he announced he... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 19:58:16 EST AWOL AGAIN-LOL! Affirmation of the Day: <BR> Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.  ~Gene Tunney <BR> <BR> I really miss blogging everyday but my work schedule has been very hectic lately. Hopefully it will settle down soon. All with me is well. Had another sinus infection but I think this course of antibiotics knocked it out. Hopefully I can get back to the gym, like tomorrow! Everything else is same old, same old, except Randy found 3 new kittens to rescue under the house. They j... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 21:31:22 EST HELLO EVERYONE! Affirmation of the Day: <BR> I can do & be anything I want to be - Author (came across my mind on the way home tonight-lol! <BR> <BR> Once again, it has been awhile since I have blogged, but between work schedule, being sick & Larry still being a jerk, I have not had a whole lot to say. But on the way home tonight it came to me to stop letting him get in the way of MY priorities. He is not taking care of me, so I darn well better do it myself as I always have-lol! <BR> Work is going well... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:25:36 EST GETTING BACK ON TRACK! Again, sorry I have been away so long. Between my work hours & personal problems, there just has not seem to be anything worthwhile noting-lol! But I am getting back on track now & hope to stay that way. I had to have a Septoplasty on May 18 & was out of commission until last Friday. As the DR quoted my "sinus cavities were whack"-lol! They found a bone spur in the right nasal cavity & my left was completely blocked. Perhaps that is why I kept getting infections one right after the othe... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 21:12:03 EST MY HOW TIME PASSES-LOL! I did not realize it has been so long since I have blogged but between work & some new health issues, I just seem to run out of steam when I get home. Not much has changed here. Larry is still not working. Do not ask me why as I do not know (nor care too much at this point). Work is going well. I will explain the health issues in a later blog but I just really wanted to apologize & to say HI! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love & Hugs... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 21:13:25 EST I HAVE MISSED YOU! I am so sorry to have been away for so long but since I started working, life has been hectic. We have had 4 people quit & there are only 4 of us now & I have been the one they can count on to come in as needed. I have worked split shifts, double shifts & gone in on my OFF days, like today. They needed extra coverage between 5-8 so they called & of course I cannot say no. Larry is still not working, nor is he looking for a job, so we really need the money. Although the other night I did ... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 20:49:05 EST BACK AT IT-LOL! Yep! I seem to be back at everything, including work. I was not scheduled until the 22nd but I have been called in 4 times now. Luckily today I was off as I needed to rest up. My energy level is not quite up to par & I find I tire more easily but I am also back on the treadmill so that is helping build up my stamina. I am just taking it day by day & making sure I do not overdo it. On Monday I go have more blood work done to check out my Potassium levels. I hope they are down so I can ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:16:05 EST Yay! Progress! Well I got to go back to work today & it went great! I was really apprehensive but it was just a matter of confidence after not doing much physical activity lately. I am glad that they did not tell me the Regional Mgr was coming in beforehand or I really would have panicked-lol! But it all went well & I realized how much I really missed it. I even managed to get in 3.8 miles walking. My son Randy came down on my lunch to visit with me. I guess where I felt I was being taken for granted ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 23:23:17 EST MY BEST DAY SO FAR! <img src=""> <BR> I woke up at 3 this morning as it was hot & I tried to get back to sleep but could not. I go back to work tomorrow & I think I had that on my mind. But it was a good thing as I got quite a bit done already today. Larry was sleeping in the recliner so I cleaned up the bedroom & bath room, then I quietly started on the kitchen. If I do nothing else today, I still got more done than I have in a while. I am starting to... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:31:23 EST HAVING A LAZY DAY-LOL! Yes, I have done absolutely nothing except a little house work. I did intend to wake up early & even set the alarm but Larry turned it off & I did not wake up until 11. I got up & turned my PC on & was back asleep before I even finished my cup of tea. I did not wake up until 2:30. But it is not just me having the lazies today. Larry just now woke up again & it is 7:00! Randy too did not get up until 3-lol! So needless to say it has been a relaxing day. <BR> I got my bloodwork back & my... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:19:29 EST HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE! Ok, believe me, I am not losing my mind. This year has just really, for lack of better words "sucked"! Rather than wait till January, I am starting my New Years as of today! Tomorrow will be my 3rd Spark Anniversary & there is no better time for a fresh start! <BR> As far as my health issues, things are still kind of inconclusive. I am back in the Diabetic Range & my Potassium levels are high so they reran the blood work yesterday to double check it. The blood pressure medication does ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:08:29 EST STILL HANGING AROUND.... Well normally, no news is good news, but not so much in this case. I have not blogged as I have been in quite a funk. Since I have seen the DR, nothing else has happened. The Specialist I was to see when he came back from vacation could not understand why I was referred to him as he is a Radiologist & they already did the CT scan so needless to say I did not get to see him. I have tried to locate the Attending Physician I had at the hospital, to see why I was even referred to the Radiolog... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:16:14 EST HANGING IN HERE! Well not much going on here. I went to the DR on Thursday. Larry said I scared him but I think that he could not believe the difference in me from 6 weeks ago, when I was vibrant & my only complaint was dust allergies. He pointed out that my speech has been slightly impaired. A little slower & slurry. I had to turn in my Disability paperwork so I got to go into work & saw a few of my favorite co-workers. I also went & got my hair cut off into a short bob. I did not realize how long it ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 08:39:46 EST OUT OF THE RUNNING TEMPORARILY Sorry my dear friends that I have been away for so long but I have been sick. At first it was the flu but I was not getting any better & was admitted to the hospital last week. It seems I have a Brain Aneurysm. I was released yesterday I am to follow up at Fort Sanders as Methodist does not have the capability or the Drs to perform the necessary surgery to repair it, if it can be fixed. At this time I am just resting & taking it easy. So I am really in need of all your prayers. I am sca... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:07:07 EST RIP My Baby Buffer! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In Memory of Buffer 1997-2014 <BR> It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of our beloved Buffer. He passed away this morning, while I held him in my arms. Before he left, I told him he would be able to play with his brother Sammie (also in the picture with him who we lost a year ago Christmas) again up in Pet Heaven & that he could have all the pizza, chicken & milk he could ever want. He was m... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:31:14 EST I AM IN NEED OF SOME OF YOUR SPARK! I can't seem to find mine lately & I need some encouragement & support. There are 2 songs running through my head this last week. One is by Simon & Garfunkel. <BR> "I'm empty & aching & I don't know why" <BR> The other is the Gambler by Kenny Rogers <BR> "You've got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em. Know when to walk away..." <BR> <BR> I have been wanting to write this blog for over a week now but just have not have the strength or time. I am working 6 days a week, mostly ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 02:19:26 EST HAVING A REST DAY! I have been off the last 3 days but today has been by far the most relaxing. I have everything done & ready to start on another torturous week-lol! I have to go in at 7 am tomorrow so I plan on going to bed very early tonight! <BR> We managed to get all the storm clean up done. We ended up losing 4 trees in the front out of 6. We lost a LOT of shade-lol! But at least we do not have much to worry about any future trees coming down. I am just thankful my son Randy was not hurt. Traumatiz... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:00:16 EST MY EXCUSE FOR BEING MIA-LOL! We had a storm come through with 80 mph straight winds & this was the result-lol! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We finally have our power on & I did a lot of clean up today. My son Randy was home at the... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:04:55 EST HAPPY SATURDAY!! On this rare occasion that I am awake early, I just thought I would get my Spark on-lol! As I usually work till 11 each night it has been rather hard to stay caught up, but this morning I woke up at 5 from coughing (severe allergies) & just could not get back to sleep. So far I have done the dishes, watered my plants & played a few games. Normally I try to sleep in on the days I work the evening shift, so I guess a nap will be in order for later-loll! <BR> Well I am very proud of myself. ... Sat, 31 May 2014 07:58:15 EST HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE! It has been hard to get caught up this week & blog as I have worked the last 4 nights (3-10:30) but today I worked the day shift so I am having a relaxing evening. Very much deserved-lol! <BR> Today I finally hit my 5% goal in the Spring Challenge of 125.3. Yay! I have bombed the last 3 challenges but it seems the less you have to lose, the harder it is to do it. I love the Challenges but I am at a weight that is good for me. I finally feel comfortable in my own body again. Whenever... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:10:20 EST THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS! Thank you all for all your thoughts & prayers! God listened & everything went great! The Cardiologist said there was enough viability in the heart that he could get to 2 possibly 3 of the blockages depending on how long the contrast dye lasted. Well everything went so well that he found a 4th blockage & was able to stent it as well. So as he says "All the plumbing is fixed!" & Larry is already showing signs of great improvement. He is actually going to go back to work tomorrow although I... Tue, 20 May 2014 19:18:28 EST GOOD NEWS AT LAST! Well last week we went out to Vanderbilt for Larry to get the MRI done for the tissue viability & we found out that the results were good. There is a lot more good tissue than what the previous MRI showed, so he is now scheduled to get 2 to 3 stints put in. They will be doing this Monday at 11:30 am & he will be able to come home on Tuesday & surprisingly may even be able to return to work as soon as Wednesday! So we are both happy campers, especially him-lol! This certainly has been a lo... Thu, 15 May 2014 16:56:18 EST JUST A QUICK UPDATE! Sorry this is late but things have been hectic. Our trip to Vanderbilt turned out to be quite the fiasco. We got there at 9:30 as told but he was not taken back until 4:30. The DR started the Angiogram then realized the blockages were more severe than what the images taken from Methodist showed so they were not able to do any of the stints. He called in a Heart Surgeon for consultation & they want to do another MRI for tissue viability study to see what tissue is good, what is not & what ... Tue, 6 May 2014 11:08:59 EST YAY! SOME GOOD NEWS AT LAST! Well we got a call from Vanderbilt on Tuesday & they feel they can go in & remove 1, 2 or possibly 3 or Larry's blockages. So he is scheduled to go in on Monday. In my last blog I did omit the fact that he had a slight stroke the week before. He did not want his mother to know & a few of his friends are members of Spark & read my blogs & I did not want them to let her know before I was able to tell her. Luckily the stroke was mild & it did no damage. So finally I have some good news to s... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:41:14 EST Needing to Vent! I normally like to write positive, motivating blogs but sorry, I really need to vent right now. I am so mad right now, as Bonnie Tyler puts it "Living In a Powder Keg & Given Off Sparks". That pretty well suits how I am feeling. After working back to back shifts, tonight is the first night I have had to come home & be able to relax. Of course that is, after doing the dishes & laundry. After Sparking I decided to relax & play my beloved Guitar Hero. After 15 minutes Larry came out out of... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:47:15 EST PLAYING CATCH UP-LOL! Well today was my day off, or at least from work-lol! Larry got me up early & he wanted to go to all the grocery stores. I have never seen a man who loves to shop the way he does! But it made him happy, so that was good. Then I took him for his Ultrasound for the blockage in his Corated Artery & right leg. We got home at 3:30 so now I have time to relax-lol! I managed to fracture my rib again so for the rest of the day I am just staying on the couch. Although I am in pain, it is nice t... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:16:06 EST GEE, SPARKING SURE FEELS GOOD! I did not realize it has been a week since my last blog. I meant to keep you all up to date more often but time has been a precious commodity lately-lol! Right now, at this very moment, I am feeling happy & content. I know it could all change in an hour, but I will take Happy anyway I can get it-lol! Tonight has been the first evening where I could really sit down & relax & get my Spark on & get caught up. I work the late shift tomorrow so I get to stay up a little tonight. As far as La... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:45:30 EST SORRY FOR THE LATE UPDATE! I have had every intention of keeping you posted but this week has been an absolute roller coaster. We went to Vanderbilt on Wednesday. Unfortunately the DR was unable to read the discs from the latest EKG's, etc but she gave us a lot of supportive advice & pretty much reiterated every thing I have been trying to tell Larry. Basically, that he needs to be more pro active in his health care, rather than put it all on me. She made me me feel reassured that I have a good sense of what to do ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:26:14 EST QUICK UPDATE... Yesterday I took Larry for his blood work & another EKG. We see the Cardiologist in the morning for the results & I will keep you posted. His coughing has increased again & he was up a lot last night, sleeping in an upright position, so needless to say, I was on alert all night. Sometimes I feel he is not taking this seriously enough but I am staying on him as much as possible. I like my job at Walgreen's & my manager says if I want to work full time, that is not a problem. They are all... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:09:16 EST THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT! I just finished reading all your comments on my blogs & I so want to thank you all individually but honestly I am exhausted. But do know in my heart I appreciate each & every one of you. You have been my rock. Sorry for all the typos in my last blog but I was so tired I could not even see straight-lol. But things are settling down. I took Larry into his work yesterday after I got off work & that really lifted his spirits. Also it was good for me as as I saw a few people that I used to ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:15:36 EST UPDATE ON HUBBY.. They say that God does not give you more than you can handle. Well he certainly must have a lot of faith in me-lol! <BR> <BR> We got Larry home Sunday afternoon, of course with his buddy PITA. It has gone off twice but he was able to respond to press the buttons to delay the treatment. (It will shock him 5 times if he does not respond). Up till yesterday, he was just grateful to be home but now we is going through the frustrated state. OK this next sentence is XX rated but he is frustra... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:07:55 EST UPDATE ON HUBBY.. Sorry I did not post this last night but I was dead tired. At this point, Larry is stable & may be released tomorrow. The Tissue Viability test showed he has 30% good tissue & his heart is enlarged. There are several blockages but surgery is not an option at this point. They now have him on oral medications & his numbers are looking good. His upper & lower heart are not beating in sync so he is also wearing 24/7 what is called a Life Vest. Should his heart fail, it will shock him & we c... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:39:50 EST AN URGENT REQUEST FOR YOUR PRAYERS! I have been MIA lately as my husband has been ill. We thought it was bronchitis but he got worse & I finally got him to the ER on Monday morning. He has been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. His heart is only operating at 10 % capability as of now. Today they did the Angiogram & there is so much blockage & considering his heart is so weakened that are not able to do By Pass Surgery. Tomorrow they are going to do a Viable Heart test to see how mush stress the heart can take & then... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:22:26 EST AN URGENT REQUEST FOR YOUR PRAYERS! I have been MIA lately as my husband has been ill. We thought it was bronchitis but he got worse & I finally got him to the ER on Monday morning. He has been diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. His hear is only operating at 10 % capability as of now. Today they did the Angiogram & there is so much blockage & considering his heart is so weakened that are not able to do By Pass Surgery. Tomorrow they are going to do a Viable Heart test to see how mush stress the heart can take & then ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:22:26 EST HAS SPRING REALLY SPRUNG? I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning." ~ J. B. Priestley <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful day today! We got up to 65 degrees with sunshine. So after cleaning house, I decided to drive to the Lake & walk. Oh it felt SO good! I walked for 5.5 miles. I probably would have gone further but I had to pee & the one Port-A-John was closed down. This makes no sense. It is a major par... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 23:23:10 EST