PYNETREE's SparkPeople Blog PYNETREE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Life Is A Circus! (Well, mine is!!) As I was commenting on a <em>223</em> Blog this morning, I was reminded that I should blog about how I think of my life as an ongoing CIRCUS! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I star as the Fat Lady in this side show! Let me guess my weight - an ongoing guess, ever changing, yet not changing enough in the right direction! Yesterday a brief happy dance over a 4 lb. Loss - Ooops, today back Up 3 lbs.! <BR> <BR> Clowns running in, out, and all around the big top! Everyone adding new ant... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 10:56:32 EST IT HAS BEEN A LONG SIEGE!! Last summer 2015, I was being debilitated by a bout of diarrhea, from June thru August. Just takes so much out of you! <BR> On August 9th, the belly pain was severe, I was nauseous, and feeling extremely weak, so I told my husband I needed to go to the Emergency Room. There they quickly diagnosed a failing GallBladder and Kidney stones. Immediately had surgery to remove some of the kidney stones, both sides, and place stents. <BR> Home the next day, to recuperate. Filled Rx for anti... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:14:33 EST A Life Ends, several lives are saved, by organ donation. This morning loving, generous parents are making arrangements for their teenage son's Funeral. Something so wrong, so against how things should be - we are not supposed to bury our children. <BR> As they made that awful decision to disconnect him from life support, they graciously thought to donate his organs. These grieving parents researched and THEY found a FaceBook page, for the need of a life saving liver for a young wife, mother of a precious daughter, and they dedicated their son's ... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:50:49 EST Forty Years is a LONG time to do anything! Today is Easter Sunday. Today is also our 40th Wedding Anniversary. <BR> The sheer length of forty years is mind boggling to me. Not really sure how that time has passed. I know some of the time seems to have gone in warped speed. The short time from when my daughters were born - to taking them to kindergarten - to packing them off to college ~ flew by! Balanced then by the interminable days of waking, getting them up, fed, to school, myself to work, shopping, home, laundry, cooking di... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:18:54 EST Have To Change My Mind Set ... Had an appointment with a new Endocrinologist yesterday. Really hate Breaking In a New Dr.! But, seems like this will be a good connection for me. <BR> She is young ~ this is a good thing. The Office is very easy to access, for me. I have trouble walking far. And today at least, everything moved well...I signed in 20 min. before my Appt. time, and 2 minutes later they took me back in to begin weight, height, and update. Dr. came in a bit before 9:00am . Hope it goes as efficiently on ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:15:21 EST Thanksgiving is NOT about the Turkey Feast! <em>428</em> We were getting ourselves all wrapped up in the big meal planning, shopping, prepping. Feeling like it was a big pain when we were all alone for Thanksgiving this year...just hubby and I, and the dog. Then it seemed like the big thing about the holiday was the Feast. <BR> When reality smacked me upside the's not about the food on the table, but who is around the table. <BR> So while we were moaning about our two daughters, and three grandsons, 1 Son-in-Law no... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:23:40 EST Surviving Super Storm Sandy's Sweep thru PA Well, We have survived the worst of Sandy! Rain yesterday was relentless! Raining still today, but not pounding, sky is brighter. Winds still gusting, but it is amazing how today's 30 mph gust feel like just a breeze...compared to last nights recorded 60 to 80mph GUSTS! <BR> But the creek in front of our house stayed in it's banks. The old Oak tree, 15 ft. in back of our house, is still standing. Although almost all of the leaves are off it, and just a few small branches <em>422</em>... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:26:23 EST No, the easy,fast food, really wasn't worth it! So in the course of Human has been driven home to me, innumerable times, - -Go with your first NOT go with husband's great idea! And yet again, I weakened! <BR> <BR> I said OK, Stop at those damn golden you can use your coupon. <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> It's 2:30 pm...I haven't had anything in the last seven and a half hours but a few water bottles. We were at my late Aunt's house...trying to empty it for sale. Long ~Hot~ busy day. Too long for my di... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 11:59:51 EST Learning to READ labels, Remembering not to believe everything you read! Most things have labels - filled with all sorts of helpful information. <BR> <BR> To get this info, you must read the label. <BR> <BR> Some people are readers. I am a label husband is not. <BR> Which is why, when he shops, we end up with Lemon Cake mix...when the list asked for yellow cake mix. Have a cupboard full of "close" , but, not exactly what I wanted. He doesn't bother to read the words, when the picture shows what he is yellow. <BR> <BR> But, I d... Wed, 2 May 2012 14:45:05 EST If this scale could really talk! So, we have a talking's a "she" , and only has a few phrases.. "Hello", "It's ready", then gives your weight, then after a pause, "Goodbye". My daughter bought it, for we had trouble reading the old one. I avoided it at first...I didn't want it saying "One person at a time, please" or "Oh my, are you wearing a suit of armour?" or even a "Yikes, 360 lbs!" But she doesn't editorialize. No pithy comments. She does seem given to long pregnant pauses, before announcin... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:12:52 EST I am almost a geek ! I am not very adept at this computer stuff. And yet, today I succeeded at ordering Christmas Cards..with 2 pictures, on line ! Took me many tries just to get the pictures from the camera to my computer...did I mention I am not computer savvy? Managed to get them from there to a card ordering that was having a sale. After multiple attempts I got them ordered! I really didn't think I could do it So I am feeling good about sticking to it. Not giving up... took me like three ... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 23:07:06 EST Day After Thanksgiving Well, I been concentrating on counting "Plus's" - and one plus of ordering our Thanksgiving Dinner To-G0,and not cooking, is that while very good, the stuffing, turkey, gravy, weren't "Mine" . The familiar flavors of my Bell's Seasoning, while wine, etc, just wasn't there. The result was we both ate less. Came in under calorie range. Guess we ate like normal people. A taste of stuffing, small serving of turkey, potatoes, and gravy was just a decorative drizzle across the meat. <BR>... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 08:48:35 EST Thanksgiving Tears.... Well, our younger daughter..who moved out of state, in the end September - has already called - crying, feeling homesick and alone. We saw her two weeks ago, and she'll be home 12/5...but this is the first Holiday for all of us not being together. <BR> <BR> I cried right along with her..and I think her Dad was too. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> But, we are telling ourselves that while it is hard being alone, at least it's not for a broken relationship, or death, illness or by force. Trying... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 11:00:27 EST First time not cooking Thanksgiving! Having a hard time not cooking! LOL! We are alone this company for dinner, our daughters are not going to be here. Thought about going out...but that doesn't give us leftovers - so we ordered one of those complete Thanksgiving dinners from a restaurant. Turkey,stuffing, potatoes, gravy beans, coleslaw...all ready to go. <BR> <BR> But I did shop to get my own ingredients to make stuffing, and homemade cranberry relish, made cornbread , and baked an apple,walnut, cranberry pie... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:53:01 EST Life Under Siege! They never come alone. I've been told they send scouts out to check a place out. If they find a cozy spot, with food, water...then the scout returns, marking his path for return, sends a signal and returns with maurading hoards! They are insipid little things! And they have breeched the perimider in a weak spot, where the water pipe goes to the outside faucet. They sneak up the pipe, under the kitchen floor and march out in droves to anything left on the kitchen counter, range or floo... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 08:24:43 EST Laundry on the line!?! Beautiful bright blue, cloudless the windows open! Even have laundry hanging outback on the line. <BR> Yes, you remember clothes lines...people used to do this to dry laundry. In the olden days, before dryers, everyone had a clothes line. You would wash things, and take them outside and use clothes pins to drape them on a clothes line. All your laundry would smell wonderfully fresh...not scent from an additive. And white things glow...just from the sun! This is a new found ... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:37:48 EST Feeling pretty good..... Well, other than waking too early, I am feeling better. Not dizzy or light-headed. Still not sure what was up, yesterday...but happy to share that it seems to have cured itself! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Hope to make this a good healthy week. Will have the challenge of my youngest daughter's 27th Birthday = cake and out to dinner! And a friends Birthday, so out again for Chinese food on Thursday! <BR> So wish me strength! Mon, 11 Jul 2011 08:28:11 EST More than my usual DIZZYNESS! Woke up this morning and was very dizzy?! Not sure what this is about. <BR> FBG was 84, not low enough to make me feel this woozy. <BR> Slept pretty well - 5 hrs. Which is a full, good nights sleep for me. <BR> Had breakfast, took my morning meds, But still have that light-headed feeling ?!? Sun, 10 Jul 2011 08:58:39 EST "Grant me Strength..." Well, I struggled to stay on the healthy eating path, while on a trip this past weekend...And didn't do too badly. <BR> Tonight there is a Spaghetti Dinner at my husband's American Legion Post. So first issue is can I make myself go to it, second issue is, if I go, can I eat low-carb today, saving them for dinner tonight ?!? <BR> Wish me strength ! <em>4</em> Tue, 17 May 2011 10:27:38 EST