PHOTOMUM's SparkPeople Blog PHOTOMUM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community RAIN Why is it raining? Why is it snowing? <BR> <BR> What's going on with the weather? It seems to be doing what it wants. Can't plan a day without checking weather report. Of course it's Oregon and you figure it should rain at any time but this is getting pretty bad. I'm going to try to do a walk today but if it starts to pour I'll have to stop. You know the old saying "...................good intentions" <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Fri, 17 May 2013 08:08:50 EST Sooooo Busy The last couple weeks have been so busy. My mother who is 86 yrs needed to come up here to live. When my sister passed away last year my niece took mom into her home. She got to where she couldn't take care of her any longer. I finally got my mom a small apt. in an assisted living place. She loves it and it has worked out well. She has her freedom yet all her medication and needs are taken care of. <BR> <BR> Started birding again. I did it when I was younger but didn't have time to continue... Thu, 9 May 2013 11:51:56 EST Repair Men I got them coming out of the walls. Our heater broke and the house has been cold for two days. Got that fixed this morning. The plumber is here putting in a new water heater and then the guy will be here to fix the garage door opener. When it rains it pours. I'm just glad I got it all done on one day. <BR> <BR> Everyone have a good week. <em>213</em> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:20:26 EST Been A While I'm still alive. It's been a while since I have had time to write anything. I make sure I check in every day with my spin for points and check to see what's going on. I've made a couple more trips to the zoo since I last posted. Great (safe) place to walk. Doing physical therapy now so I'm trying to walk a little more every week. I haven't taken baby Daphne to the zoo yet. It's been really cold and she would be out too long. I take her when I do my little 10 min walks on my street. She's get... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 07:40:13 EST Zoo Day Haven't been here in a little while. Been really busy. Had to start going to Physical Therapy. Pain in my back was getting too bad. It seems to have helped some. <BR> <BR> Went to the zoo today to get a little walking in. I take my little walker with the seat in it. I walk a while then sit and rest. I actually feel pretty good. Of course I took Pictures. I will share a couple. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 18:14:39 EST Roadtrip Took our first trip with little Daphne. She Did really well. It's hard because she eats about every two to three hours. Can't nurse in the car. You have to stop to feed her. Took a little longer than we thought. But had a good time. <BR> <BR> She did really well in the motel. Didn't keep anyone up at night except mom and grandma. Men seem to sleep through anything. We all had a good time. Relatives were happy to meet her. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:10:24 EST Having Fun We are having so much fun with our little girl Daphne. <BR> She changes everyday. <BR> I got to give her a bath today. Who would think such a little thing could be so much fun. <BR> I am having trouble getting Miss Sadie (our dog) use to the baby. She was the baby for a long time. I think she's a little jealous. We keep a close eye on her. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 7 Feb 2013 01:37:35 EST Good Week Had a pretty good week foodwise. Is that a word? <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Getting ready for the week-end. Setting up to take some photos of our little Daphne. I'm trying to set up a small studio in the house. The lighting is the hardest part. We'll see how it turns out. <BR> <BR> <em>388</em> <em>75</em> <em>388</em> <em>173</em> Sat, 26 Jan 2013 00:35:27 EST Going to the SUPER Bowl What a year. <BR> Baby granddaughter and Super Bowl. <BR> Can it get any better than that? <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> <em>75</em> <em>281</em> <em>173</em> <em>281</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 21:23:52 EST Fun We are having so much fun with baby Daphne. Due to the c-section my daughter needs help so I get to take care of her and the baby. She is such a good baby. It was a little hard to get the breastfeeding on track after the surgery but little one is eating like a champion now. All is well. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <em>171</em> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 13:08:38 EST Baby Daphne is Here Well it's been a pretty wild couple days. They tried to induce and that was a total bust. After 12 hrs of contractions "NOTHING". Little baby was wedged behind the pelvic bone and would not budge from that spot. Doctor said she could have contractions for days and that little girl would still be there. So going against all birth plans it was a C Section. I got to go in with her. My son-in-law was great with his support but just couldn't do the surgery room. It was so neat to be there to se... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 23:16:39 EST No Not Yet Today is the babies due date. Have you ever known one to come on the due date? Not too often. We have an appointment tomorrow morning. They have told my daughter they won't let her go past the 11th. She so wants to go naturally. She doesn't want to be induced. Lets all give her good vibes. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we know we will have little Daphne Violet by next week-end. Hopefully sooner. <BR> <BR> <em>79</em> <em>251</em> <em>173</em> Sun, 6 Jan 2013 13:14:05 EST We Have A Name My daughter finally picked a name. <BR> <BR> Daphne Violet <BR> <BR> <em>80</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2013 01:24:31 EST Going To Be A Good Year Looking forward to a good new year. We need to erase the past and start new. <BR> <BR> Should have a new granddaughter within the next week. Looking forward to that. My other 4 grandchildren are living 4 hrs away. My daughter-in-law moved them away right after my son passed away. I never get to see them and in the winter months the pass is icy or snowy. <BR> <BR> This new little girl is living 3 blocks away. My daughter is looking forward to my help. She has always been career oriented ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 11:51:51 EST MIA and Back I have been very busy. My daughter has been in and out of the hospital with pre eclampsia (sp?) <BR> <BR> She is on bed rest now. It's been two weeks of taking care of her. Things are a little more calm now. She has been resting and her blood pressure is down and baby is doing really well. She has a week till her due date (Jan 6th) she is fighting induction. She wants to go into labor on her own. Looks like that will happen. We all have let out a big breath of relief. <BR> <BR> Been doi... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 01:22:54 EST Here's another week-end Here comes the week-end. Seems to be my hardest part of the week. Husband likes to go out to eat a lot. I've figured out a few places to go where I can do well. Looks like we go to applebees. It's the easiest for me. Lot of salad choices. Hope everyone has a good week-end. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 1 Dec 2012 00:35:17 EST Insulin Now Well it finally happened. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I have to go on insulin. I just haven't been able to keep control of my blood sugar levels. I thought I'd be able to keep it under control with the medication and eating better. It just hasn't worked. Doctor decided to try the insulin you take once a day. It's not too bad. I don't like needles and shots but if it helps I'm willing to try. She says it doesn't mean I'll be on it forever just to try and get control. I guess time will tell. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:40:16 EST Days Off We had our daughter with us for the four days over the holiday week-end. Her husband went to see his family. He had the time off and she didn't. She has to work to make up the time she had to take off (12 weeks) at the beginning of her pregnancy. We had a good time having her here. I fixed a lot of the food she loved as a kid. Did a lot of stir fry. We watched a lot of tv. She doesn't have cable so there are a lot of shows she likes that she never gets to see. I don't mind Project runway but... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 12:18:52 EST Baby Shower My friend and I had a shower for my daughter. It turned out really good. She got so many nice things for the baby. I had a small piece of cake. Costco chocolate of course. Had a pretty good week-end. Getting started for another week. Hope everyone has a good week. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 4 Nov 2012 20:59:28 EST New Week I don't know about everyone else but I'm glad we are starting a new week. Went to a wedding yesterday and the food was served buffet style so it was easy to pick food I wanted. They had a nice salad and grilled chicken dish. I wasn't feeling really good so we left before the cake. I found out the cake was lemon poppyseed so I didn't feel bad about leaving. If it were chocolate it might have been more tempting. I do allow myself cake at a wedding. I count it as a treat for the week. <BR> <BR... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 23:33:39 EST OH NO COSTCO Costco has the pumpkin pie. My husband and I both love it. He held a gun at my head and made me buy one. <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> We used lite cool whip. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I've heard pumpkin pie is the best if your going to eat pie. <BR> I wasn't too bad. I had one piece and we gave half of it to my daughter and her husband. <BR> The only problem now is I know they will be there till after Christmas. <BR> <BR> Oh lord give me the strength to stay away. <em>18</em> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:10:51 EST OOPS!! Missed a day of blogging. Made it 15 days. Better than I thought. Life is so busy right now. Getting ready to have surgery on my thumb. Not sure how that will affect my typing. I guess it will be slower. We will see. Still waiting for my surgery date. Want to get the surgery done before the baby (granddaughter) gets here. I want my hands working to help with the first couple week. <BR> <BR> <em>183</em> <em>183</em> <em>183</em> <em>183</em> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 00:36:20 EST Day Fifteen Spent today just getting things back in order. Went to the store and fixed up my bedroom. Not too much else happening. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 3 Oct 2012 00:07:00 EST Day Fourteen / Going home Got home from the beach. Had a great week-end and then had to come home. Was relaxing. Did really good on the eating. Had a couple treats but all in all did really well. Kept my self busy following the birds. <BR> <BR> Bye Bye Birdie <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <em>46</em> Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:09:59 EST Day Thirteen At the Beach / Photos Beautiful day at the coast. We enjoyed walking on the beach. I can make it for about 20 min at a time. Getting ready for dinner at my favorite fish house. I have planned to have my Clam Chowder. One bowl is not going to kill me. Our dog, Sadie's first trip to the beach. She loved the gulls but wasn't sure of the water. Pooped her out. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:11:28 EST Day Twelve Just a check in to say tracking and eating went pretty good. Get to do some walking tomorrow. Going to the Lincoln city (oregon) outlet stores. My husband goes with me and is so patient. I have my walker with the seat so I can rest when I need to. <BR> <BR> No <em>468</em> or <em>76</em> or <em>471</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe <em>45</em> or <em>277</em> or <em>488</em> Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:34:23 EST Week-end Trip / Day Eleven Going to the coast for the week-end. Got my plan ready. Going to stay with the fish idea. Non breaded and grilled. Checking out the restaurants to see what's on the menu. If I plan ahead that should work. There is a frozen yogurt shop that would be a good place for dessert. Going to do shopping for the baby. <BR> <BR> <em>183</em> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:51:14 EST Day Ten and Counting / With picture. Good day. Went to lunch with my daughter. Also took her to her doctor appointment. Everything is on track. She is now 25 weeks. Heading down the last trimester. She's looking so cute. Can't wait to see our little girl. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:57:30 EST Day Nine Good day. Ate at the salad place. Enjoyed and had a nice afternoon. I have a hard time on journaling my food. I need to do it on my phone more. I've been keeping it on my notepad. Need to work at putting it on the site. <BR> <BR> <em>410</em> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:49:13 EST Day Eight Day eight went really good. Ate on track and did some exercise. Got a lot of shopping done. We are working on the baby shower. Getting a lot done. <BR> <BR> Watching Barbara Striesand on Katie. She's with a doctor talking about women and heart disease. They said Women die more from heart disease than all cancers put together. I was astounded. Gave tips on how to combat heart disease. Very interesting. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 18:35:47 EST Day Seven Day did not start off well. My niners lost. Kind of starts the whole football day off wrong. Made a nice chicken salad and enjoyed just laying around today. My week is filled with doctor appointments for me and my daughter. I'll find out Wed if they are going to do surgery on my thumb. I have what's called a trigger thumb. Funny, I've never shot a gun. I guess I'll just wait till Wed and see what happens. <BR> <BR> Boo Hoo Niners <BR> <em>281</em> <em>46</em> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:50:51 EST Day Six Saturday was a real good day. Didn't get back to my computer till late and I went home. I am able to track my food on my phone but can figure out how to do my blog from the phone. Anyway it was a good start to the week-end. Had Mexican lunch and kept it as light as I could . NO CHIPS !!!! / had a light dinner. <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:46:47 EST Day Five Busy day today. Went shopping for the baby shower. Hope I can stay home tomorrow and able to slow down a little. Was able to keep my meal plan today. I still need a fruit. Think I'll make a smoothie. A good way to get a fruit and milk in. Husband home so I'm sure he'll want to at least go out to dinner. Need to plan it. <BR> <BR> <em>178</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 01:24:29 EST Day Four It was actually a really good day. Got very busy but was able to keep my journal and a little exercise. Been getting things started for my daughters baby shower. Having it Nov 3. Didn't have time last night to post so wanted to take a few min this morning. I sat in my chair and fell asleep. couldn't believe how tired I was. Taking today slow. My plans to stay home yesterday fell through. I am staying home today. I should shut my phone off, <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 12:02:45 EST Day Three Well today was much better. Ate all my food at home. I have much more control. Love to have my fresh fruit. I'm working on my lunch bag to take fresh fruit with me. Sadie my dog loves it when I stay home all day. She likes to lay around the house with mommy. Working on my menu for tomorrow. I don't have any appointments so I might just get some work done around the house. Feeling really good <BR> <BR> <em>321</em> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 23:07:10 EST Day Two My day started really well. Planned my lunch. I wanted a french dip sandwich. Had it all figured how I could have half and a salad and it would be fine. Got the sandwich and the meat in it was all shredded. It was almost like hamburger. Couldn't dip it. When I tried to dip all the loose meat would fall out, it was awful. I asked the waiter (who was really sweet) why it wasn't sliced roast beef. He just said that's how they make it. It didn't have good flavor either. I shouldn't have paid th... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:59:19 EST Day One Well did pretty good on my day one of experiment. Wrote everything down and did some exercise. I have to take exercise a little at a time. I have to take care of my feet. Treat them with kindness. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <em>88</em> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 22:37:47 EST Needed Motivation So I needed some motivation. I feel like I've been at a standstill. Haven't gained but haven't lost. In my spark mail was a link to a blog that was suggested to read. I read it and got inspired to try it. I will be blogging everyday and keeping exact food diary. I think I'll go week by week. Try one week then continue. Goal will be to get in gear and get a pattern of good eating and some exercise. I plan to work hard. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's a link if you want to read the blog. Very inspiri... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 11:32:11 EST FIRE !! Had a rude awakening this morning. At 1:30 am a girl was ringing my doorbell off the wall. I peeked out the window and she was yelling that my back yard was on fire. She wanted me to let her in. I thought If the fire is out back why would she want in my front door? <BR> <BR> I thanked her and told her to go ahead home. Went to my back door and sure enough the back yard tree was on fire. There were tons of pine needles that were burning also. The firemen were there so I wasn't too worried. G... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 14:51:14 EST A Couple More Here's a couple more pix <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:54:09 EST Photos back We got the photos from the photo shoot for my daughers "Bump Pictures" <BR> They came out really good. She wasn't real big but enough to show a little bump. <BR> I am having so much fun. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 17:52:36 EST Half Way There We are half way to the baby. <BR> Today my daughter is 20 weeks. <BR> Things are going really well. <BR> Got back on my eating plan. Had a turkey burger for dinner, wasn't real hungry. Getting all my water in. I find I don't feel as well if I don't drink my water. Looking forward to the new week. <BR> <BR> My daughter (again she's 32 yrs old) went to a bridal shower that was a theme of Rock-A-Billie. Not sure what that is but she looked so cute. <BR> <BR> Everyone have a good week. <B... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 00:30:25 EST IT'S A GIRL!! Found out yesterday, it's a girl. My granddaughter is due first week in Jan. <BR> The hemmorage is gone now and everything looks good. My daughter gets to go back to work. She's been off work for about 11 weeks. She was really bored but did what was best for the baby. <BR> Newest ultra sound. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:10:55 EST Time Flies Been a while since I've blogged. Been doing a little traveling. Got home and life is back to normal. Did really well while away. Didn't lose but didn't gain either. I enjoyed myself and broke even. Not bad. <BR> Took my daughter in and had an old time photo done with her baby bump. I'll post it when we get them on the 30th of the month. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:56:03 EST New Week So glad it's a new week. I decided to try some new foods. I know it sounds stupid but I have always hated veggies. I think because my dad forced us to eat them. Of course I love the starch ones (corn, peas etc.) Today I bought Broccoli, Zucchini, and yellow summer squash. Any help with recipes appreciated. I know I don't like them mushy so I'm going to start off by just a little olive oil and garlic. Garlic makes everything taste good. I'll let you all know how it turns out. <BR> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:45:29 EST New Primary Care Doctor As some of you know I just got a new diabetic doctor. She was shocked that my A1C went up so high in just 3 months. My last visit with her was great. My points went down 4 points. I knew my other doctor (primary care) was not doing things right. I had seen her for over 10 years. After her mistake (medication) messed me up I lost all faith in her. She has been treating my husband and I badly. <BR> My husband didn't want to take a certain medication she wanted him to take. She told him if he ... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 19:17:34 EST My Daughter and bump My daughter with her little baby bump. She didn't have make-up on and said it wasn't a good picture but she's my little girl. She is very proud of her bump. Just so you know if you haven't read my blog before she is actually 32 years old. She's been married almost a year now. When she would shop for wedding things some people had the nerve to tell her she was too young to get married. Now some tell her she's too young to be having a baby. I can't figure people out. Is it anyones business how... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:34:39 EST A1C is down So excited. Had my doctor appointment today. My A1c went from 12.6 to 8.6. So I'm on the right track. I want to up my exercise and get it down another couple points by the end of Sept. Thu, 5 Jul 2012 18:25:02 EST Our Baby Went for the ultrasound yesterday. The baby was moving all around. I don't know why but I think of it as a boy. I keep calling it a him. I have to be careful. We have more girls than boys in our family. <BR> One problem. My daughter has a hemmorage in the uterus. She is on bed rest for the next month. She is being very careful. We are being optimistic. They usually absorb back into the body. That's what we are hoping for. <BR> <BR> Here's babys picture <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 09:40:12 EST Baby Ultra Sound Going tomorrow morning to see the ultra sound of our little baby. My daughter is 12 weeks along. Everyone is very excited. Our family has needed a little lift. This has given us all a great amount of joy. Don't care if it's a boy or a girl. We will find out the sex of the baby I guess at about 20 weeks. That's when they do the next ultra sound. It's so funny because we didn't have that when I had my babies. You just took what you got. Now days everything is geared to the sex of the baby... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 22:34:10 EST