PURPLESPEDCOW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PURPLESPEDCOW PURPLESPEDCOW'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/ A Story about a cat, a collar, and a hiding place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6440616 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ae97631-8692-4774-b756-68c501ef88fe.JPG"> <BR> <BR> The cat in this tale is Rocky who recently outgrew his kitten collar. He has worn the collar since he came home. It did take a few days to get used to the collar but he did. When he outgrew the kitten collar, I bought him a new one. He managed to remove it several times, the last time we couldn't find it. I managed to find one that I had put away. Yeah that one lasted about 30 minutes a... Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:03:15 EST New Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388221 I have come to a conclusion that I need to leave some old teams while I join some new ones. This is not personal against the teams. I am just not active on them and I need to regroup and reassess to continue and restart my journey. Since I have been one of the leaders on some of the teams, I will sparkmail the leader and let them know that I am leaving. I may start looking at some of my friends as well to see who is supporting me and who I am supporting. I hope everyone understands. Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:30:00 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377192 I am doing okay just frustrated with my blood sugars lately. I have joined a gym and am doing weight training twice a week and yoga once a week. It seems like my morning sugar readings don't like me at all. I have cut back my snacking at night, but I can't eat fruit! I just want an apple sometimes. I don't keep chips or any snack food in the house because I know those are triggers for me. I will be seeing my doc the end of the month and I will have her set me up with a dietitian to make... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:20:49 EST Putting myself first for a change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363615 I have been on Spark a long time. During that time I have lost the same pounds over and over again. I am tired of the struggle and disappointment and resentment and frustration. I was ready to give up and just quit. I decided to make one last try. I have thought and thought and I know what to do, how to do it, how to plan, track, support others....but I don't support myself. <BR> I have a list of reasons why I want to lose weight, and guess what they all are reasons for other people. Ye... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:40:54 EST Meet my new Kitties!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352176 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8e942d8-25ea-479a-9492-2d1287a9c1b4.jpg"> <BR> This is Kit Kat. She is 7 months old and reminds me so much of my late kittie Max. She even sounds the same. She is very cautious but is starting to warm up as I sit with her and ignore what she is doing. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b523f97-9514-48ed-b93f-03110733407e.jpg"> <BR> This little itty bitty kittie is Rocky. He is 2 months old and is a ball of fire. He is ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:55:20 EST Question to Cat owners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342240 First, some back ground. Ananya is the first cat we ever owned. She was a feral kitten that we raised from 3 weeks old. After a year, we felt she needed company during the day when everyone was at work and we rescued a 3 month old that we named Max. Max taught Ananya how to purr and how to play when they were younger. Ananya is now 16 years old and Max, aged 15, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in early December. We had a vet come into the house to put him to sleep. Ananya did sniff him and ... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:34:57 EST 40 Things About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340293 Borrowed from MISSDORKNESS, ONEKIDSMOM, POLSKARENIA, ADAKARA, et. al.: <BR> <BR> Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Yes, but I haven't smoked in 9 years! <BR> <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? <BR> No. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? <BR> Diet Coke <BR> <BR> 5. Do you hold any diploma(s), degree(s) or certification(s)? <BR> BS in Sp... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:46:38 EST This is how I feel tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331496 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/925a4286-d688-441b-9cd7-dddd71bf086e.jpg"> Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:07:29 EST Time for Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327376 There is a quote that goes "nothing changes if nothing changes". <BR> It is time to make some changes. I have been eating the same way for years and nothing changes. I eat small breakfast and lunch to get my blood sugar levels down to where normal used to be then normal dinner. Blood sugar level still okay BUT then because I haven't eaten the calories I need I eat anything not nailed down. And blood sugar level high in morning - duh! <BR> Today I ate more for breakfast and blood sugar w... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 19:34:51 EST A Wonderful Company http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314463 I was blown away by the customer service at The Walking Company last night. I bought new walking shoes in August. For most of January and into February I have had knee and hip pain all on the right side. I couldn't figure it out at all. It was getting to the point of considering going into the doctor. For no reason, I stopped wearing the walking shoes and wore my Danskos for a week and my hip got better. I could get up without pain stopping me. I was beginning to be able to walk up st... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 13:15:40 EST 5% Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298012 This past week was practice week. I am bragging on myself because I won badges! Check it out: <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9377107f-effc-4bac-af40-5e398af3cdec.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b83dfe8-6175-48a1-83ad-428929ad6c10.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba5fcd33-224d-46d6-b57e-007bd671db27.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/635b282e-cfbf-4bf9-8e23-07a52307a06f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am alw... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:25:31 EST A Very Hard Painful Decision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274880 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7ea6252e-ff79-4898-b749-28d1c1aa3c43.JPG"> <BR> Max has been sick since September. He was diagnosed with a kidney infection then, along with weight loss (lost 2 pounds). Max has been on antibiotics three times now. Since the Saturday before Thanksgiving he has been eating less and less. He is now eating almost nothing. He is 14 years old and is down to 9.5 pounds. Our vet says there is nothing that she can do. We could spend over $600 fo... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:57:05 EST I Don't Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271724 Don't read this if you don't want to. I am feeling very down lately. I am over-eating. I eat when I am upset. I put on my favorite go to black pants Saturday and they were tight! Today my go to shirt was tight. It seems like I say one thing and then do the exact opposite. Maybe I should try to gain weight, that seems to work well lately. I can't seem to stay on the path, every day I stray. I don't just stray, I go onto a different path and get lost. I don't feel I deserve to be a le... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 20:54:31 EST New Plan - Two Months early! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264018 I am putting my goals on my Spark page so they are seen every time I go to my page. <BR> 1. one snack at night - fruit or protein <BR> 2. track everything eaten, no exception. <BR> 3. 10,00 steps daily. <BR> 4. no more potatoes, bread, rice. <BR> 5. get at least 6 hours of sleep a night <BR> 6. eat a salad with lunch and dinner. <BR> It is time to get serious and stop denying the problem which is my relationship with food. Tue, 8 Nov 2016 19:46:02 EST Max http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254040 Max is my black kitty. He fought a urinary track infection the at the beginning of this month. When we found that one, we also found out he had lost 2 pounds, which for a 12 pound cat is a lot. He finished that round of antibiotics (10 days) and went in for a re-check on Monday. No weight gain and still finding blood in the urine. So he had an x-ray to check for kidney stones. That showed nothing. Some urine was sent out for cultures. We are waiting to hear the results. Meanwhile, h... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:36:20 EST Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251101 I saw my doctor today for my physical and now wait for my test results on thyroid and A1C. My blood pressure meds were increased. I was told to lose weight. <BR> Why is it that I know what to do and I am not doing it? I know that I need to eat healthy. I know I need more veggies in my life. I know that I need to make better choices. I know that I can do it, so why am I not doing it? I love my fitbit. I really am motivated to get my 10000 + steps in every day. <BR> Maybe I am making ... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:35:53 EST September Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231773 Fact: to lose weight, I have to eat less. Measure more. Stop the excuses. <BR> Update: fell off the wagon on this one, must climb back on <BR> Fact: to lose weight, I have to move more. <BR> Update: I am using a Fitbit now and it is encouraging me to walk more. I am up to at least 10, 000 steps per day. Most hours between 7 and 4, I walk around my kitchen island for 10 mins. <BR> Fact: to lose weight, I have to eat more veggies. <BR> Update: this is hard for me. <BR> Fact: to lose weigh... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 14:31:43 EST To All Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193187 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b831cc9-0cc9-4d79-a0d4-a552aaf8f46c.jpg"> Fri, 1 Jul 2016 18:49:28 EST July Update on Reality check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193087 Fact: to lose weight, I have to eat less. Measure more. Stop the excuses. <BR> Update: I am eating less. Must measure <BR> Fact: to lose weight, I have to move more. <BR> Update: I am walking 6 days a week. When I walk on the treadmill, I have increased the speed. <BR> Fact: to lose weight, I have to eat more veggies. <BR> Update: Doing better, still need to improve. <BR> Fact: to lose weight, I have to stop eating at night because I lose all control once I start. <BR> Update: ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 14:59:27 EST Update on Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176556 Fact: to lose weight, I have to eat less. Measure more. Stop the excuses. <BR> Update: I am eating less. still need to measure more <BR> Fact: to lose weight, I have to move more. <BR> Update: This one has been rough during May. June will be better. <BR> Fact: to lose weight, I have to eat more veggies. <BR> Update: am keeping cut up veggies to eat raw. <BR> Fact: to lose weight, I have to stop eating at night because I lose all control once I start. <BR> Update: am doing much better... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 21:21:43 EST Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158373 Time for a reality check with myself. I am fat. I am overweight. This is my reality. I need to decide what I want to do about that. <BR> Fact: I have been on Spark for SIX years and have not really lost any weight. Oh I would lose a pound or two and then gain it back again. <BR> Fact: I have diabetes and am on insulin which can make it hard to lose weight. <BR> Fact: I often feel that I have no control over this weight issue. <BR> Fact: I am leader on some teams but I am not active on... Sat, 7 May 2016 19:18:45 EST Working with the Nurse Practitioner- or Having a Nurse Practitioner work with you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136455 I saw my nurse practitioner today. I really like her. I have been having problems controlling my blood sugar level for months. We talked about some plans that I could do to help. First plan, increase my long acting insulin at night and not doing anything with my fast acting insulin. I explained my yesterday eating, numbers, and actions. Basically after lunch my blood sugar was at 243 so I did something I never do, I took 10 units instead of my prescribed 5 because I needed it down and d... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 15:20:04 EST Husband Grrrrrr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117019 Yesterday we went to the zoo with the three kids. Yes it was expensive but I paid for it out of the money I earn babysitting. Hubby did not have a good time. Part of it might have been the cost and part of it is the four year old going on teenager! GS is at a hard age to deal with right now. He will pout and whine when told to do something (which his mom and I are in agreement on how to deal with it). He isn't always pleasant to be around. I get that. He is four and trying to figure o... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 19:56:19 EST Sending prayers to an unknown family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080365 When I arrived at my gym last night, an emergency vehicle was pulling up. I wasn't worried, last time it was due to someone injuring a shoulder during a work out. Tonight was different. I walked towards the treadmills and noticed four emergency workers (fire men I think) around a man on the floor. I walked to the other set of treadmills and saw that they were performing CPR! Two other crews of EMTs came in and after 20 minutes they got him loaded onto a gurney, still performing CPR, and ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 07:37:13 EST Frustrated and Worried Part Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048914 Husband had a doctor's appointment today and due to some findings at that visit, he is not allowed to return to work for at least <BR> week. Due to boss's harassment, my husband's blood pressure was 188/78. A letter was faxed to the HR department and there is nothing the boss can do about it! As far as we are concerned, husband is now retired. If the boss tries anything about Dec. 28, 29, 30 vacation days, husband is going to resign due to a hostile work environment. Husband has documen... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:15:07 EST Frustrated and Worried http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048443 This week is my husband's last week of work. He gave notice two weeks ago and since then his boss has made his life a living h$#@. Husband's job is handling hazardous waste and worker's safety around hazardous materials. Boss wanted husband to find a consult company to write up EPA reports and has added other tasks on a daily basis. Husband found a company to interview for the EPA reports and boss canceled the interview. Yesterday, husband was told that if all the tasks weren't done by ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:15:54 EST Christmas Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044831 What I want for Christmas this year is one thing: respect for others. So many of the problems in today's society would be solved if everyone showed true respect for the other people they come in contact with. Respect for different religions, respect for different races, respect for different opinions, respect for authority, respect for the cashiers who are only doing their jobs, respect for people who work under you, respect for yourself. <BR> Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:54:22 EST I am back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028790 It has been a rough end to October and beginning to November! <BR> Up date on the car: DH did win the bid on the company car which he will pick up on Tuesday. The credit union will send the check overnight and then we will pay for the tags and taxes. <BR> My computer allowed me to back up files and then quit. My SIL worked on it, but the recovery discs were corrupted and he has worked on it for a week. Today I bought a new laptop and am moving on. Will spend this evening reloading progra... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 16:11:43 EST This Grandma is too old for jumping over houses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019511 Took the grands to the mall today. Our mall has a small play area with things to climb on - a car, a boat, a caterpillar, and a house. The house is about 2 1/2 feet high with walls to climb up on and stairs that lead to the slide. It is is all built for the under 5 year old group. My 20 month old lost her footing on the stairs and fell onto her back. I ran over and went over the wall to get to her. First time she has ever fallen like that. She wanted to be held for a while and then she... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:26:55 EST Blessing from a neighbor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998702 I arrived home on Monday to find this on my front step (minus the doll): <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6df18e4f-bd1c-4e5d-b60c-5a1081ef8e7d.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b9e5f12-078f-4db0-8f2f-70b91ce3c330.JPG"> <BR> I thought I knew who left it, but couldn't catch up with my neighbor. Today I finally did and found out that her grandfather made it for her over 50 years ago. She has kept it until she decided that it needed to be used and... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:03:23 EST You Make an Impression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995694 I shop Pandora charms a lot! Several times I have had the same young lady help me, and she has asked me before where she knows me from other than the store. Tonight she asked if I ever taught at Boston Elementary. I said yes I had. Well, it turns out she had been a student there and knew me from around the school. While I never had her as a student, I most likely did some special ed. inclusion in one of her classes. She definitely knew me from the playground because her kindergarten tea... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 21:52:49 EST Grandparent question - update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965087 I just heard that my 5 year old granddaughter thinks that I love her 18 month old cousin more than her. It isn't true, but how can I show her this? <BR> One of the problems might be that I am the one who cares for the 18 month old during the week. <BR> This Friday, I am picking the 5 year old up from her daycare early, getting the other two around 5. They are all spending the night and then we are all going to Chattanooga on Saturday. <BR> I am open to any suggestions to help her unders... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:56:25 EST Reset the diet (lifestyle) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963669 I admit that after 20 years of being diabetic, I have gotten sloppy on my eating. Today I saw my doctor and she wants me to carb count. My carb counting has consisted of trying to avoid them most of the day. She gave me some updated information and I am going to go back to the basics - weighing, measuring, and tracking. I will use the food tracker on Spark and then before I see her again in January, print off random days to show her what I am doing. I hope this jump starts my weight loss... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:51:27 EST Feeling Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955986 No matter how old your children get, when they argue it hurts. Yesterday two of mine got into it over the use of the word "female" when talking about people. DD was saying it was insulting to all women because that is the term used for research while DS was asking what term should be used and was told "women". Then, when DS picked up his niece to play with, and she was laughing and saying put me down, he said how do you ask? and DD said she shouldn't have to ask as it is her body, and was... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:15:22 EST What Does a Grandma Do without the Grandkids? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5935735 I have a day without grandchildren today so I went shopping. I bought new area rugs for the hall <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29a810e8-f08d-4e04-b85c-57f6ca16b935.JPG"> <BR> both look the same. I really like them. <BR> Then I saw rugs for the playroom: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/abedbbba-98f4-4ad5-90cc-9426005b73be.JPG"> <BR> The five year old is learning to play hop scotch. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34b9a1b4-c9... Thu, 28 May 2015 13:27:33 EST Happy Birthday, Maggie revised http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912738 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l933530680.jpg"> <BR> April 17, 2010 <BR> <BR> 5 years ago we welcomed our first grandchild into the world and we blinked and she is almost in kindergarten! We are so blessed that she now lives near us and we can see her often. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1762444177.jpg"> <BR> She has grown so fast and keeps us on our toes. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:23:08 EST DGD2's 1st Birthday!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871472 We celebrated my granddaughter's 1st birthday today. Her official birthday is on Tuesday. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l676873156.jpg"> <BR> First the young guests helped her open presents. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2017346437.jpg"> <BR> I love her shirt! This is the basket I got her for her stuffed animals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1705755540.jpg"> <BR> She loved her princess balloon. <BR... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 21:03:30 EST Written on my Sparkpage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838993 <BR> 2015 <BR> <BR> I am putting my goals here where they are seen every time I come to my page. <BR> 1. no eating after 8 PM. <BR> 2. track everything eaten, no exception. <BR> 3. walk daily. <BR> 4. gym workout 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> It is time to get serious and stop denying the problem which is my relationship with food. <BR> It all begins tonight, no putting off until tomorrow any more! <BR> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:20:02 EST History of the Poem on my previous blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837594 During the desperate days of the Battle of Britain, hundreds of Americans crossed the border into Canada to enlist with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Knowingly breaking the law, but with the tacit approval of the then still officially neutral United States Government, they volunteered to fight the Nazis. <BR> <BR> John Gillespie Magee, Jr., was one such American. Born in Shanghai, China, in 1922 to an English mother and a Scotch-Irish-American father, Magee was 18 years old when he entered f... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:26:10 EST For my Father http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837564 In honor of my Dad - I miss you, Daddy. (1922 - 2008) <BR> <BR> High Flight <BR> <BR> Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth <BR> And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; <BR> Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth <BR> Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things <BR> You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung <BR> High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there, <BR> I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung <BR> My eager craft through footless ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:53:23 EST Happy Thanksgiving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823618 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660674373.jpg"> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:37:42 EST Just Had to Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769227 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1846060301.jpg"> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:11:58 EST Some Fun Pictures of my Day Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764459 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l729868738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> watching the otters play <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2140989823.jpg"> <BR> He loves this stream that is outside the aquarium. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l104229343.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now that she can sit up by herself, she is able to be involved at the children's museum. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110619103.jpg">... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:22:33 EST Something I Need to Read Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758834 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108477919.jpg"> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:42:24 EST Feelings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758293 I find myself sitting here watching GD2 jumping in her jumperoo while GS is napping upstairs. GD1 will be here in a couple of weeks. I should be jumping over the moon for joy. I retired and one reason was to be able to take care of them and I am not missing teaching at all. <BR> So, why am I sitting here with tears in my eyes while not liking myself at all. I don't like the way I look. I don't like my blood sugar numbers. I don't know how to eat, what to eat, how to exercise, what is w... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:17:13 EST My New Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756453 It is midnight blue with more features than I can count. I will have to read the manual on this one! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1788012688.jpg"> <BR> automatic doors and a sunroof! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1498647070.jpg"> <BR> I now have room for 3 car seats and 2 extra people. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l720381250.jpg"> <BR> leather seats and the front seats are heated. 3 different temperature zones Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:12:47 EST Have my challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720686 I have said for years that I want to inventory all the antiques that my husband and I inherited so that my children know what each item is and why it is important to the family. My dad did this so I am lucky that I have something to go with. However, when my sister and I went through his house after he died we had trouble finding some items because he did the inventory by category. I am going to do mine by room because I do not think I will be moving anything any time soon. This way, when... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:15:45 EST I need a challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720168 I have decided that I can't sit here on the days that I don't have the grands. I no longer need to make schedules or stuff for the new school year, so I think I need to make a challenge for myself for the next two months. So now what will be my challenge? I know it should be weight loss or exercise but I have lost motivation for those right now, which is the reason for the challenge. I have a reward if I meet the challenge. My plan is to post every day about my challenge. So I am turni... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:30:19 EST This is my new life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717424 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l714151746.jpg"> <BR> sweet little girl <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1012828724.jpg"> <BR> grandson being silly <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606603847.jpg"> <BR> coloring the afternoon away <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1017049780.jpg"> <BR> holding her head up and rolling over now <BR> <BR> My life is wonderful. Still trying to figure out ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:18:47 EST What is Happening? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707015 I have one day left of work. I retire next week. I always thought I would jumping for joy at this point - no more paperwork, no more lesson plans, no more meetings, no more being hit or hurt by students, no more parents who don't seem to appreciate what I did. <BR> I am so happy that I get to spend time with my grands on a daily basis. I will have a relationship with them that my parents never had with my kids. I will be in their lives and they will be in mine. I am planning things to do... Fri, 30 May 2014 19:27:22 EST