PICKIE98's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PICKIE98 PICKIE98'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/ Monday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013928 Good work day, but again last night I awoke in pain from both shoulders after lying on my side. <BR> I had my list going into my doc appointment. He loves the fact that my BP is going down, almost perfect readings. He also likes that I am slowly losing more weight and my blood sugar readings are lower than before. <BR> <BR> He ordered a wrist splint for my right wrist,,it is the same wrist I had carpal tunnel surgery on. He ordered a referral to a physiologist near my home, also ordere... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:47:28 EST Sunday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013042 I do take tart cherry caps twice a day, two fibro meds plus tyelenol and aleve. I did some more walking yesterday, hung clothes on the clothesline and up and down the basement stairs quite a bit to the laundry area and pantry to put groceries away after shopping. We were in three different stores and that is where I get my steps instead of the workplace. <BR> Last night I took two of DD tyelenol Pm's and I conked out with only one rest stop and awoke after six more hours of sleep after ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 08:11:33 EST Fibromyalgia is sneaky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012519 I was so tired last night, but after having nice sleeping nights twice in a row, last night I had constant hip, shoulder pain and both arms, hands went numb within five minutes. Lifting my leg gave sharp right hip pain to my spine. Tossing and turning for a not much sleep reward. I finally gave up and got up after two rest room breaks just to resettle my body again. <BR> <BR> I showered, took my meds, ate my Cheerios and will wait for daylight and DD to rise. Errand and bill paying d... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:34:02 EST Friday, Friday.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011992 I just weighed myself,, I am still a the weight I was before, but hope to lose another pound over the weekend.. before my Doc appointment Monday afternoon. <BR> <BR> I gained three pounds back in one day, then again, I lost it in one day!! Strange. <BR> Yesterday I decided to make chili with those pintos. I only used one pound of that free ground sirloin I got a few weeks ago, for the meat. Normally I would have had about three pounds in that big pot! I did put some smoked sausage in the... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 06:03:17 EST Warm Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011656 Had a great day at work. I have not met my spark tracker goal for steps yet, but I know I will by the end of the day. I started work a half hour later today which makes a big difference, but I tried to make extra work for myself by back tracking.. <BR> <BR> When I got home I had to go up in the attic to place a trap and some delicious trays of mouse bait for our dear guests. I have so much insulation up there I could not even get up and move. I had to stand on the ladder and place every... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:10:43 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011096 I made the rounds after work to Kroger for SPark batteries for DD and my trackers. Got some more freebies and then to the library to pickup a hold item for DD, then to Dad's house to mow his lawn, etc. <BR> Three hours gone for the day, so just finished paying some of mom's bills, balancing two of the three checkbooks. <BR> I am tired.. Slept little last night,my arms were painful and fell asleep more than I did.. Another thing to add to the list for my doc. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:33:32 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010454 Still very cloudy, waiting for the rain to fall yet again. <BR> <BR> I am trying to find out if my new insurance covers a flu shot. Still waiting through all of the automated stuff. <BR> I already called them over a month ago and the woman did tell me that they do not cover shingle or pneumonia shot. She could not find the info for a flu shot,then we got disconnected, so I just asked the pharmacist. They told me to ask my doctor about the flu shot, but the other two were definitely NOT ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 14:22:18 EST Monday,rainy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009770 Back to work, a good day there. It has been raining every day since the middle of next week. I guess it will be cold now until next May. Rain, snow, snow, snow.. <BR> On Tv this morning they were talking about global warming,, how Russia (Siberia) may be a different climate in the future, enough to support habitation for developed communities and help their economy.. <BR> I think it is true.. The way OUR climate has changed in ten years shows us that the atmosphere has been comprom... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 13:01:32 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009137 I am home from a wonderful weekend with my dear friends at their new home in Lakewood Shores in Oscoda, MI. <BR> We arrived there after dark Friday evening, got settled in my guest room,, we then relaxed in our jammies after they gave me the nickel tour of the home and property. <BR> Di will be retiring in twenty more working days(Oct 30), so they come up here on weekends to enjoy it and bring things up there form their old home which has not sold yet. The old home is a gorgeous home in ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 14:35:00 EST Friday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007827 Off to work,, will be north for the weekend.. no pc.. have a healthy and safe weekend all. Hoping to catch up on my sleep there. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 06:41:53 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007508 Busy day.. good day at work, but my back was pounding all day at work.. I woke up lying flat with no feeling in my left arm all the way down, then pain.. ??? reason for mentioning at doc appointment. <BR> <BR> When I got home, we went grocery shopping so I do not have to fight the crowds tomorrow after work. I am bringing a cake and some deli ham and turkey for sandwiches ,,we will be out on the pontoon on Cedar Lake, so we are going to make a picnic lunch. <BR> I got some freebies, som... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 15:14:18 EST Wednesday morning, early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006574 I am up and awake for the day before 5:30. I fell on my bed, lay on my right side, gotmy arm positioned with a pillow and the next thing I knew it was 5:15. I did nto get up for a rest room break, I did not turn over, nothing. DD rose, made coffee, got on the laptop, watched Tv and I heard nothing. I like that kind of sleep. Rare indeed, but less rare than before... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:47:53 EST Rainy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006188 We were going to go to Dad's and mow the acreage today after DD did our lawn, but it is raining as predicted. Tomorrow is supposed to be the same way <BR> Oh well, it is only grass, not brain surgery.. <BR> <BR> I had a good day at work with the exception of one woman who works with me. She is , by far, the laziest person I have ever encountered in my life so far! She is also sneaky, filthy-mouthed and a liar. I have tolerated her for the past three or four years she has worked with me... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 13:15:50 EST Looking for a bill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005581 Most people do not actually SEEK a bill in the mail, but I do. <BR> My mothers' assisted living bill is always due on the first of the month.. As of Saturday, it still had not arrived. Two other times they have tried to charge me a late fee. Finally, today the bill arrived. I called the director there and she said she has gotten many calls.. she told me that if I get a late fee from the company, to call her and she will take it off the bill. She is very nice..they all are there.. <BR> W... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:15:42 EST Sunday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004781 Was awake most of the night...Took a half tramadol at 11:30, fell asleep until 1. <BR> Woke up with pain and numb arm. <BR> Back to bed, finally fell asleep until 3.. More pain, other side numb <BR> Took two extra strength tyelenol, decided to lie flat on my back to stop the numb-pain, sharp pain down leg to spine upon waking. Woke up at 6:12 , both arms numb to ends of fingers, major pain. Moved right leg again with sharp pain up to spine. <BR> Very sore all over now.. I figured I might... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 07:21:01 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004513 Well, I am having major pain , entire body.. I know it is a major fibro flare-up, but the arthritis does not help that any either.. I want so badly to just take a tramadol and sleep for a week until the pain subsides somewhat.. no-go.. too much to get down while summer is finally here in the autumn. <BR> I lay awake in pain last night for two hours before I finally fell into an exhausted sleep. Now that I no long take those five-hour naps in the chair after work, i need to get that sleep... Sat, 26 Sep 2015 15:23:28 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003954 Well, it turns out that the way to get SOMEBODY to do their job is to go higher and higher up until you find a person who actually DOES their job, In my case, it was the township supervisor. <BR> <BR> I will tell you that the trash service is paid for in my property taxes which are paid twice a year and I just paid them because they were due September 14. <BR> <BR> I called her at 1:12 P.M.. The route manager came to pick up my recycling at 2:36 P.M.!! SO now we have all witnessed ... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:42:28 EST How does trash raise your BP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003355 I can tell you! If I took my BP right now, which I may do in a few, it would be sky-high! <BR> Here is the scoop, maybe I am over-reacting , BUT that is me, what can I say? Here it is: <BR> Tuesday is our trash day. Every other TUesday is our recycling day. Recycle truck picks up in morning, trash guy comes usually as I am coming home from work in the afternoon. <BR> Tuesday I came home and recycle stuff is set out near street..still there at noon-ish. Hmm,, <BR> DD tells me that truck ... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:42:44 EST Beautiful Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002830 76 degrees, sunny, breeze, Now that it is autumn, the summer weather is here.. <BR> <BR> I asked at work and Brianna was supposed to work today, but called there last night and said she still did not feel well(she was discharged and told that she has a chemical imbalance because of the pregnancy, that the seizures are NORMAL!!! <BR> She stayed home.. <BR> <BR> I had a nice day at work, nothing special,, came home, had a small salad, dropped off at Dad's house to mow the lawn, I then went ... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:57:10 EST Weird Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002081 I was so tired all of a sudden last night at 9:30, so went to bed. I remember hooking my pappy up, lying on my right side,then shifting to the left because of that darned right shoulder(arthritis). The next thing I knew it was 5:47 a.m.! I then decided to doze more until my alarm was set at 6:30. I got up two minutes before that and got ready for work. I sleep so well with that machine,, <BR> <BR> I had a strange workday.. They gave me a different task first, then I started my job a... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:12:22 EST Great Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001507 Good day at work, I am feeling so much better. I can feel both kneecaps kind of touching the bone underneath them, but it is not really pain, just the sensation of bone-on-bone..(future means uh-oh..). <BR> <BR> I came home, went to Kroger to pick up a Rx and a free pound of ground sirloin,,I guess it sometimes pay to be the last guy in the boat: They ran out of ground chuck that the store coupon stated, so they subbed it with ground sirloin. Savings to Linda the latecomer: $5.29. <BR> ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:10:20 EST Great Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001506 Good day at work, I ma feeling so much better. I can feel both kneecaps kind of touching the bone underneath them, but it is not really pain, just the sensation of bone-on-bone..(future means uh-oh..). <BR> <BR> I came home, went to Kroger to pick up a Rx and a free pound of ground sirloin,,I guess it sometimes pay to be the last guy in the boat: They ran out of ground chuck that the store coupon stated, so they subbed it with ground sirloin. Savings to Linda the latecomer: $5.29. <BR> ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:10:17 EST Cloudy Sunday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000754 Slept great last night after being awake until midnight.. Finished another book. <BR> Last night I baked two loaves of bread and had a lot of extra dough, so I improvised and made a HUGE apple/sugar/cinnamon/oleo/ turnover.. <BR> I just put my silicone sheet on my big jellyroll pan and spread this huge blob of bread dough out,, showered it with sugar/cinnamon mixture, sliced a Braeburn apple on it, dropped dollops of oleo on top. I then pulled all of the edges together like a giant tur... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 11:12:01 EST More rain.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000090 Since it is my days off, the weekend, of course, it rained last night and will again today and possibly tomorrow..That is the way here.. During the week while I am working, it is sunny and beautiful! <BR> <BR> I woke up early, exactly at six o'clock, showered, went downstairs and sorted laundry, have a load of towels in the washer, got my loaf pans out for bread, a bowl out for dough rising for either cloverleaf rolls or cinnamon bread. <BR> I decided to step on the scale before I got dre... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 07:17:57 EST Ms. Eleni http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999761 I have been thinking of Ms. Eleni and went to her page.. sure do miss that loving commentary, fun things she and Bill did.. <BR> Willow and Ms. Eleni were dear friends here,, I hope they are sparking with their loved ones now in heaven.. <BR> <BR> Still no word from the doctor.. must be next week I will hear from them.. <BR> <BR> I sure hope the broccoli froze okay.. If I get more either bought or given, I will try to freeze it, I now have some space in my big freezer for veggies. I ... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:02:53 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999190 Nothing special today.. <BR> <BR> The pain seems less in my knees, but still hurts. Came home from work and Dd and I snapped more beans that the friend left for us.. They also left four cherry tomatoes, and a handful of broccoli! I have never frozen broccoli before, but thought what the heck! I blanched it just like the string beans.. I will open it in a month or so, see if it worked,,if broccoli is still a reasonable price, I will buy a lot at the market and freeze a boatload of it,,I... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:43:18 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998596 A regular day.. DD and I went to Dad's house to mow the lawn, empty the dehumidifier, etc,, I showered while she mowed the lawn,,I had to search for Dad's death certificate .. I casually mentioned to the utility company when I called(no bill came to Dad's house) that Dad had been dead for 15 years. The woman told me I have to give them copies of his death certificate, SS #'s, account numbers, copies of their Trust, etc, All to just change the account into mom's and my name. <BR> I explaine... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:47:49 EST Tuesday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997694 I am awake early and thought I would blog my progress.. I have lost seven pounds since last Friday morning when I weighed myself. I thought I might not lose so much without as much exercise and walking at work, but apparently doctor was correct: the water weight was the culprit here, not the fat.. <BR> I hope to continue to lose more, but not by depleting fluids,,too dangerous for the heart,, almost as dangerous as energy drinks. <BR> I never touch the things.. heart attack in a can.. ... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:33:50 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997287 A good day at work.. I did lose three pounds last weekend, but had gained four,, I took an extra lasix just now even though doc said to just do it over the weekend. I do not dare take double dose before working or I would be parked in one spot,,, <BR> hoping to get some more fluid off the knee and ankles, I woke up again with fluid sacs under my eyes.. MY right eye does not hurt as much though. <BR> <BR> I am praying there is good news this week form the doctor.. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:52:42 EST Sunday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996516 I slept nine hours last night..DD gave me two tyelenol pm's and they worked. I finally rested, felt little pain once I was out for the count. <BR> I got the fluid sacs back under my eyes, I do not think the lasix is enough to rid me of that water.. <BR> I should get a call form the doc by mid-week at the earliest.,, I tried not to do much yesterday, but I cannot just sit around, it was very hard.. My leg hurts worse if I am not standing or bend it slightly, but the doc wants me to eleva... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 09:34:59 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996050 Well, I had a very busy day yesterday. I finally went to the doctor's office.. After a long exam and many, many questions, the doctor determined that I am retaining so much fluid in my body that it is starting to drown me. After seeing the large fluid sacs in my eyes and underneath them, palpating the huge sacs of fluid on, and behind and next to my knee, then my grossly edematous ankles, he said that he is VERY sure that the pain I am experiencing is caused from vast amounts of fluid p... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 12:59:21 EST Friday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995266 Slept fairly well. IT seems I have three terrible nights and by the time the fourth night rolls around, I am so exhausted, I simply fall into bed and sleep. <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning with both eyes glued shut, my right eye hurts and I have two HUGE bags of fluid under both eyes. You can actually palpate them and see the water move around! Inside my eye orbit, there are gel-like sacs of fluid. Yet another thing the doc will see, IT is so gross. Even with glasses on, he cann... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:24:23 EST THursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994962 DD and I got our new "do's" this afternoon after work. Glad I got my hair cut now,, it feels so much better.. <BR> <BR> Visited my mom, she is moving around that place better than I am.. ON hospice yet. She raced to the dining room with her walker, not what I think of when I think of renal failure.. Cast iron woman, I say... also, I must be a big wimp.. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:25:23 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994240 MOre rain this morning, but Kristy did get our lawn mowed,, when I got home from work, we went to Dad's house and she mowed while I showered and tossed a load of towels in the washer.. When we are working there and get funky, we shower, so I will go back tomorrow and toss the towels in the dryer. <BR> Picked up one of my BP meds and now we are home and tired. I slept some last night once I finally got to sleep. <BR> THe tyelenol does not take any pain away but does make me pass out tire... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 15:52:36 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993460 Doc's office called while I was at work to acknowledge my fax last week. They gave the cancellation appt. away before I could get back to them, drat.. <BR> <BR> The appt. for Friday morning stands, and it cannot come soon enough.. I did not sleep at all last night. I tossed and turned,even with the cpap helping me. Any pressure on the side of that leg is agony. I cannot lie on my tummy or back, so sleeping on my side forces the two legs to touch. <BR> Yesterday I did not really take any... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 13:51:10 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992757 It is 88 degrees, 92% humidity! My glasses steamed up when I poked my head out the patio door ! Ugh! <BR> <BR> Work went by quickly, my leg did nto bother me too much,,it is not really the walking that causes the most pain,,it is when I turn it or bend it a certain way.. I already have osteoarthritis, but this is not really the bone(patella) it is on the left side,, muscle or nerve.. I just rubbed some Minagin on it after my shower, it feels somewhat better, but I also lost a lot of fluid ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 13:46:39 EST Surprise garden bounty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992488 My friends left a bag of yellow and green beans from their garden yesterday after Mass. I fell asleep in the chair with my leg elevated, did not see them drive in.. <BR> They called to ask me if I saw a package out there.. <BR> I ended up getting my sore leg up and moving,, snapped, washed, blanched and bagged 6 quart bags of them for the freezer for winter!! Yahoo! My leg was throbbing, but I knew I would never be able to do it after work today.. All done and ready for winter meals.. Go... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 06:32:39 EST Sunday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991876 We went shopping for produce yesterday:I bought peaches, lettuce, potatoes, broccoli, green beans, radishes, tomatoes. I had raw beans, tomatoes, radishes and a string cheese for lunch!YUM! <BR> <BR> DD and I have been searching the house for some ace bandages I am absolutely positive I bought awhile back. Actually, I do think it would hurt me more than help:anything touching my skin makes the muscle pound throbbing. That is why I cannot sleep: having anything touching the side of my kne... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 06:47:53 EST Saturday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991299 Awoke early to serious knee pain..I think I tore something, but I cannot bend or turn my knee without pain. Lying on my side having any pressure on it like the mattress or my other leg, is bad, throbbing pain. I faxed my doc's office before work yesterday to tell them I would take the cancellation time they had open for Tuesday afternoon, but they never called or faxed back yesterday, so I am stuck with next Friday morning appointment. I definitely will not be doing any exercise with my ... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 04:47:24 EST Still raining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990959 I believe we got in excess of four inches of rain yesterday..I do not yet know about today..flood warnings in effect.. <BR> <BR> We have not seen the sun for two days.. black clouds , high winds, gale force winds here at the Lake.. 100% humidity,, 74 degrees,, the air smothers you when you take a breath.. everybody is running in buildings just to get to air conditioning to breathe.. <BR> I lost two more pounds YESTERDAY!! I feel like I may have lost more today.. sweating big-time at work. I... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 12:57:37 EST Water, water, everywhere! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990335 Wowser~! It was so dark all day that it still looked as dark at noon as it did with I awoke at 6 a.m.!! We got over two inches of rain in two hours!! <BR> <BR> <BR> It is now almost 2 p.m. and still sprinkling and dark. We were going to go to Dad's and finally mow that back acreage after three weeks of not being mowed..Forget that.. It is probably underwater by now. <BR> <BR> SRWYLIE, yes I know central A/C is pretty efficient,, mine is only about six or so years old. I saved up for it... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 13:48:22 EST Outdoor Sauna! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989673 No, it is not a naked co-ed building, it is everywhere!!! 86 degrees, 92% humidity.. I am pretty sure I lost about a couple pounds at work just in sweat.. not glistening,as some delicate women like to say.. sweat.. purging the toxins happens to me almost every day in summer.. <BR> <BR> I walked out of the workplace and my glasses steamed up so bad, I had to stop and clean them! I rarely use the a/c in my car, but today I threw gas rationing to the wind and cranked it up full blast!! I only... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 14:28:07 EST Tawas-Oscoda Pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988887 I just filed my few pics from the weekend. <BR> Here goes: <BR> Spark pal Gaye (Gaby) and her hubby John Thursday afternoon. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04e5b68b-82cc-4cb1-8f10-593e4775d51d.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1c68629-66a8-46ae-9003-9e2a464fb45a.JPG"> <BR> This is my picture of John taking a picture of us! Downtown East Tawas. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e592f35b-77fa-4cdb-ad6a-40c18d3d8057.JPG"... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 14:25:44 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988122 I got home from the beach around 11 a.m...left Buddy's place at 9:15 a.m. It is about 80 miles from his door to mine,,I will check when I go to work tomorrow,, my odometer.. <BR> When I got in the door, DD said that my workplace wanted to know why I was not at work at 7 this morning..because I am in vacation for three days off.. that is why.. apparently, the person who does the schedules did not see the large, black ink of my name in the request book.. <BR> too bad, so sad..(TBSS). <BR> <... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:22:12 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986397 Beautiful weather on hte lake,, 76 degrees, more to come when I get home.. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:00:00 EST Thursday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985564 I woke up two hours early, unable to sleep.. have everything packed except the cooler... I will be back Monday morning,, time to do laundry and unpack, get back to the real world.. I hope we get some fish! <BR> I will try to remember to get some pictures, especially of my Spark meet!! Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:35:28 EST Busy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985234 I am so relieved to be out of the workplace and home to pack for Oscoda! <BR> DD and I went to fill up my gas tank and our gas cans. I got my gas for $1.62/gal. <BR> Picked up my Rx's, had pharmacist enter me in computer for auto-refills .. No more calling them in!! <BR> They do have free delivery, but I have never used it,,I would have to be deathly ill to impose on somebody to get my meds.. <BR> <BR> I came home, cooked the eggs for my deviled eggs, Made pasta salad too.. Buddy loves... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:43:12 EST THE SOO LOCKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984555 SAULT STE.MARIE,MI <BR> <BR> The two longest locks in the world are part of this National Historic Site. The new Poe Lock is the largest lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway and the only lock that can handle the super freighters which are 1,000 feet long and 105 feet wide. A colorful history surrounds the world-famous Soo Locks which form a passage for deep draft ships around the rapids of the St. Mary's River <BR> First picture is the International Bridge behind the Locks, that spans from Sau... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:48:47 EST Monday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983615 Off to work in the dark,, nice cool morning, slept with the windows open but used a blanket for the first time since May. Two more days after today, to work.. almost finished packing! Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:07:47 EST PINE MOUNTAIN FACTOIDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983025 The Pine Mountain Ski Jump is the largest artificial ski jumping hill in the WORLD! It is also home to the largest running competitive ski jumping tournaments in North America. Top jumpers from all over the world travel to Giant Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain, Michigan to compete in the Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament. Spectators from all over the world gather around the landing area to watch the jumpers travel over 55 mph at take-off and fly over 400 feet to their landing place. <BR>... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:58:41 EST