RAWHIDE64's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAWHIDE64 RAWHIDE64'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/ I Think I Can, I Think I Can. OOPS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179775 I know that I'm the only person this has happened to. <em>39</em> I feel so embarrased. <em>2</em> I've been cruising along on maintenance and feeling so good about myself. I knew I had it made and then the Holiday Season rolled in with all of the activity and responsibilities. I committed the cardinal sin of healthy living. I didn't maintain my exercise program. I could make the excuse that I was too busy. OK - I did make that excuse. <em>40</em> Then I stopped weighing ... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:38:14 EST How I Ruined My Sister's Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164355 Christmas 1953 was a bad one for my Sister and it was all my fault. She was 10 and I was 12. That year I had figured out where my parents had hidden all of the unwrapped presents. I told my sister that I knew where they were and asked if she wanted to see her presents. She told me she did and I believed her. <em>24</em> Now, I knew that I shouldn't be doing it but I had always looked out for her and I THOUGHT she would want to see the presents. I didn't mind getting in trouble if i... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:25:31 EST HO HO HO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163277 Don't you just love December? Whether it's Christmas or Hannakuh we are bombarded with decadant food. I was introduced to Hannakuh traditions at the home of my Jewish college roommate. Larry's Mom was short and she would greet me at the front door, stand on a chair, and give me a kiss. Then she asked, are you hungry? And of course I was. I was 20 years old, skinney, and always hungry. She would then proceed to do everything she could to put weight on me. I ate foods I had never seen ... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:10:51 EST Smartphones - Friend or Foe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161987 I have never owned a Smartphone. I have never needed a Smartphone. I see people everywhere I go tapping on their smartphones and sseeming to enjoy them. All of my children and grandchildren, except the 10 yr. old, have a Smartphone. I suspect that behind my back they say "Grandpa's too old to learn how to use a Smartphone". On that subject I will quietly let them remain gleefully ignorant. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong here - Smartphones are really cool toys. With a ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:09:00 EST An Amazing Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145056 The day after Thanksgiving I got to the Dermatologist's office at 8 AM to have a Basal Cell Carcinoma removed from my right temple. At 8:30 I was called in to the surgical room, the nurse gave me a local anesthetic and the surgeon removed a layer and off it went to their in house lab for processing. I spent an hour and a half in the waiting room or walking around the parking lot and doing stretching. At 10 I went in for round two and then back to the waiting room. I then called my wife t... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 11:57:37 EST Tis The Season of Temptation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142314 Here we go - it's gorging time for everyone but us - I hope. There was a time when I could eat a full plate and seconds at Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixins and not worry about my weight. That was then this is now. However, it all tastes sooooo good. I really like Turkey and without the skin it's safe to eat as much as I want. The rest of the food is a culinary minefield and I'm not going to ask my wife and daughters to prepare special low calorie foods for me. What's a guy to do.... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 08:40:48 EST Climbing The Mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133105 When I was a kid I got to spend a couple of weeks each summer on my Grandpa's farm and his brothers farm. His brother, Uncle Nig, had great fishing on his farm and he had a pond up on top of a big hill that had the biggest Bluegill I have ever seen. My great grandfather, Grandpa Boney, lived with Uncle Nig and Aunt Nellie and he and I fished the creek, the slough, and the low pond. Many times, after we had fished the flatland, he would tell me he sure would like some Bluegill for dinner. ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:32:11 EST It Is What It Is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128742 I first heard this from a friend about 6 years ago. He's more even keel than I am and at first I just thought it was a unique way of looking at life. Over the years I've come to realize that brilliant people have written thousands of words about dealing with life's twists and Mike has condensed them into 5 short words. Once you accept the fact that "It" has happened in your life then you figure out how to deal with it. <BR> <BR> As a septuagenarian (that's a person in their 70s) I have ... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:19:54 EST Build Your Ideal Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113720 Let me start this with the disclaimer that I'm not a professional in any of the aspects of a lifestyle change. I built my program by reading, thoughtfully reading, Sparkpeople articles and choosing those things that I thought would work for me. However, I read other people's blogs and posts and realize that my program won't work for the person in a wheelchair. My program won't work for the person that feels that tracking their nutrition and fitness is oppressive. What should they do? Qui... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:04:30 EST Winning The Mind Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111056 Looking back a long time I realize that growing up in the forties and fifties prepared me for life more than I knew. I always looked forward to the visits to my grandparents farm. We left our little GI home in St. Louis county and drove a little over 2 hours into the beautiful Ozark hills. During the summer I got to spend a couple of weeks with my grandparents and the outdoor opportunities were endless. I picked wild Blackberries and Gooseberries for Grandma. I went Squirrel hunting with... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:32:43 EST Virtual Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5110270 I joined Sparkpeople with the sole intent of getting a program to lose weight. I had no idea this was also a social networking site and, at first, I had no interest in that part of SP. My kids and grandkids are into social networking but it held no interest for me. As a pre-baby boomer I didn't understand how you could call someone you have never met a friend. Now I understand and my bride of 48 years doesn't mind me having female friends. Well, as long as they are virtual friends she do... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:11:09 EST Biscuits And Gravy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108862 My Mom grew up on a farm and that's where she learned to cook so I grew up eating country cookin. Breakfast is a BIG meal on a farm and that's how we ate at our house. I loved and still love 2 Biscuits and Gravy with fried eggs and bacon. The gravy is not your usual artery clogging milk gravy. Ohh no - this gravy is reinforced with sausage fat and sausage. It is sooooo good. <em>4</em> There's more calories in that one meal than I eat in a day now. Do I still eat that way. NO!!, an... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 18:47:08 EST Overcoming Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095743 Life throws a lot of obstacles in our way throughout our lives but when we're trying to change our lifestyle I have found that I can exaggerate how difficult those obstacles are to overcome. I didn't realize that I was doing that until today. <em>24</em> How slow am I on figuring things out. Oh well, at least now I know. <BR> <BR> My way of dealing with the roadblocks was to focus on the two elements of the SP program that I could control. I logged everything that went into my mout... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 20:55:00 EST Life is a Stress Test!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091794 I heard that when I was young and didn't grasp the absolute truth in those five words. As time went on and I muddled through the ups and downs of life I began to understand. It doesn't matter if we're rich or poor, really smart or dumb as a box of rocks, married or single, the tests that life throws at us are stressful. I've seen the Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale before but if you need a refresher take a look at this life event list. <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holmes_and_Rah<BR>e_stress... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 19:41:39 EST What Stopped My Blogs - I Did http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5077557 My last Blog was on Aug. 26th and I actually thought it had been longer than that. I stopped writing them because I let a lot of things drag me down to the point that I just lost my Mojo. I even backed off on posting on message boards because I didn't want to drag down others and posted only in my up moments. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong here. Sparkpeople blogs and message boards are great and if you need someone to help you get a rough spot then you should pour out your heart and get t... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 20:19:48 EST BBQ And Our Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5031741 I really really like BBQ. I enjoy taking a cheap cut of meat, making my own dry rub for it, preparing and injecting my own inject recipe, firing up some charcoal briquettes, and then tending the smoker for 8 to 18 hours. I am learning how to make my own BBQ sauce and I'm still working on recipes to keep the sauce low in sugar and high in taste. <BR> <BR> When I started with Sparkpeople my first thought was that I would have to give up BBQ because I was on a diet. My next thought was tha... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 13:36:08 EST Stinkin Thinkin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026798 I have no idea when I first hear that phrase and I think it was part of a self improvement program. Where ever I heard it the words have stayed with me. Stinkin thinkin is what we do when our self talk sabotages our efforts. Stinkin thinkin goes hand in hand with a computer programming term - GIGO - garbage in garbage out. In our case the computer is our brain and there are a myriad of things that program our brains. Life experiences, what we read, movies, TV shows, and how we perceive e... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 18:27:08 EST Be All You Can Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025477 The Army's mantra is "Be All You Can Be" and that's a great goal----maybe. The problem is figuring out how to get to all you can be. The semantics are a little tricky when applied to Sparkpeople because we want to get in better physical condition and live a healthier lifestyle but we want all of us to be less of us. See - I told you it was tricky. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Unlike the Army recruits most of us aren't 18 years old with no physical challenges so how do we measure that goal. I... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:20:59 EST Political Blogs Are Poison http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024090 Tonight I am not a happy camper. I commented on a members political blog and she posted on my Spark Page. I was not happy with the way she characterized me. She did amuse me when she referred to my old folks. In my family, my wife and I are the old folks. <BR> <BR> Sorry folks but I just have to vent. I hate to bring negative stuff into SP but I don't know where else to do it. My wife has had two heart attacks and I'm sure not going to bother her with this silliness. <BR> <BR> I r... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 22:06:19 EST How Do You Eat An Elephant??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019779 I'm sure most of you have heard this but I think the answer and concept it represents are exactly the same as SP recommends as we work the program. How do you eat an Elephant? One bite at a time. I asked my 10 year old grandson this question and he immediately responded - "I can't". Ask someone how they can lose 200 pounds this week and they will say - I can't. Ask that same person if they can lose one pound this week and they just might answer "YES". The concept is that you break your ... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 17:38:57 EST Maintenance - The Trap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018392 Here I am at my goal weight so why don't I feel like celebrating. Learning that only about 5% of people who take weight off actually keep it off had a very sobering effect on me. I have always been an optimist but adulthood has also taught me to be a realist so I think I'll just add this to milestones reached and work towards the next one. That's just me and my approach isn't for everyone. If you want to celebrate reaching your weight goal then have a ball. For a lot of folks that's an e... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 16:56:27 EST There Are No Secrets to Gaining a Healthier Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015435 So why do advertisers make claims of a secret that only the manufacturer has figured out? Why do writers of articles say there are secrets? They do that to get our attention. If they are selling something they hope that we will believe that there really is a secret and buy their magic potion. <BR> <BR> The other day I read a Sparkpeople article that was a re-release of a 2007 article “5 Secrets of the 5%”. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=423 </link> So... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:03:06 EST Compartmentalization - A Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010214 In the 1980s a couple of Navy Psychiatrists did some extensive studies of Naval Aviators and reported their findings in a paper titled "Sex and The Naval Aviator". Female Naval Aviators were few in numbers but were included in the study. The doctors came to Norfolk Va. to present their findings to pilots in the area. I was Commanding Officer of a squadron and we had six women among our pilot complement. Having no knowledge of the content of their paper the wardroom was abuzz with speculat... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:44:58 EST To Win Keep Trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007212 When I was 10 yrs. old I started playing little league baseball. Hey, it was St. Louis and St. Louis is a huge baseball town. At the beginning of the season the established teams kept their players and all of us new guys went to the Jaspers. The Jaspers was a men's social club. Our coach was a man named Paul Reese and his son was our catcher. Mr. Reese had been a minor league catcher but never made it to the big show. Our first year most of us were learning how to really play the game a... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:53:25 EST Knowledge is Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004158 I've seen that truism used for good and used as a manipulative device. People who willingly share their knowledge do so for the good of others. Think Teacher. Manipulative people withhold their knowledge to manipulate or deceive others. Think politician. When I was in the Navy I took a leadership style test in a class I was taking. My style came out to be - Coach. I guess that means I'm not gentle enough to be a teacher but gruff enough to be a coach. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I love t... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 21:37:56 EST Politics and Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999062 I joined Sparkpeople to help me lose weight and found a gold mine. I joined 4 Spark Teams where I have something in common with the teams and participate with all four teams. I like the mutual support we provide and I like to believe that I add something positive to other people's minds. I respect our differences and strive to not offend. I believe that civility is important in the community atmosphere that Sparkpeople promotes. <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago the political blogs bega... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 07:05:59 EST It's A Mind Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996998 Our mind can be our biggest ally or our worst enemy. Remember when we were kids and we didn't know we couldn't do something. We would try and try until we did it. We failed repeatedly but we kept trying because no one told us we couldn't do it. Well, as adults, life has filled our brains with all sorts of negative feedback and so we often quit trying. We have setbacks and we give up. It doesn't have to be that way. We can override our adult programming if we keep feeding our brain one ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 20:33:52 EST My Reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995168 I had no reward planned for reaching my weight goal. I have said that my reward would be doing things I couldn't do at my starting weight. I'm doing this so I can do more for and with my family. Well, my 10 yr. Old Grandson has gotten very argumentative and thinks he knows everything. When he's like that I can't teach him anything and life is not fun. I keep trying different things but nothing worked. <BR> <BR> We have a mature Magnolia tree in front of the house and he and his two fr... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 18:05:56 EST Good News, Bad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990589 This week has been one of those good news/bad news weeks but the bad news brought on the some of the good news. I have been at my target weight all week and I shifted into maintenance mode. As the result of a blood test I found out that my Thyroid medicine had stopped working. <BR> <BR> Because of that bad news I finally understand why I've been experiencing several physical symptoms that I attributed to overtraining. For 2 months I've had to work especially hard to keep losing weight a... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 14:22:03 EST I'm Just A Guy!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4988402 Brad Paisley had a hit song titled "I'm Just A Guy". It's a little risque but I sure can relate to the theme because I have no delusions of greatness. I feel good about the accomplishments of my life but I'm not impressed by them. Most of my accomplishments were the results of great work by those who worked for me. I was just the guy in charge and I always gave those people credit for any recognition I got and when I said "Thank You" they knew I meant it. Those people made me much better... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 20:55:40 EST Walk A Mile in His/Her Shoes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986823 I really like the SP program and I like to read other people's blogs and comment. Before I comment on someone's blog that I don't know I try to read their Spark page and get a sense for the person. Even if I have a sense for the person I usually couch my words because there are things I don't know. Until I have walked a mile in your shoes I can't pretend to know what will work for you. <BR> <BR> I read an SP blog and they talked about the individuality of weight loss. This journey is abo... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:23:09 EST Back In My Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978169 I saw a commercial and Dad started his statement to his son with "Back in my day" and I realized that it's a phrase I have never used. With a son and seven grandkids I never used that phrase. I have told them about a few things in the past but I guess it was usually in response to a question. So I got to thinking about it and that led me to this. <BR> <BR> The way I look at it is that today is "my day". <em>9</em> This is the day God gave me so I better use it because when tomorrow roll... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 17:53:44 EST Well Today Started Well - But! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976615 Today started real well. I went to see my favorite Vampire and Jeanie drew blood for my routine check next week. I picked up groceries on the way home and things are humming along. At eleven AM I went out to start my boat motor in preparation for fishing tomorrow. I turned the key and nothing happened so I tried it again. Even with my limited knowledge of the world I knew I had a power supply problem and that means check the battery. I opened up the back compartment, looked inside and m... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:45:11 EST Grass Needs Rain to Grow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973172 We've been experiencing a long heavy rain and we need more. However, I'm happy we're getting this. Sitting on the front porch watching the river running down the street my twisted brain formulated this blog. The shaded portions of my yard have healthy grass but the part where the sun beat down most of the day has died in the drought. <BR> <BR> In our society we tend to associate sunshine with good times and overcast rainy days with bad times. When things are going bad we call those da... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:49:05 EST My Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971342 I don't know about you but I occasionally have times(days or weeks) when I'm not very productive. I first noticed this when I was in my forties and when I hit those down times I would try everything to increase my productivity but I knew I wasn't up to speed. My mind was working fine but my motivation needed a constant kick in the butt to get anything finished. <BR> <BR> Recently I have been going through a down time. It's lasted for two weeks and, in addition to a reduction in producti... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:08:30 EST Rewards - Do We really Need Them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969307 I just read a Daily Blog about vacations as a reward. As I read it I began to wonder if personal rewards for things we need to do any way are a post TV thing created by the psychologists of the world. I had totally dismissed the idea of a reward for me getting to my goal weight. <BR> For Pete's sake this is what I should have done ten years ago and I'm going to reward myself for doing it now? I don't think so. I didn't take away any privileges when I gained the weight so now giving mys... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 21:50:01 EST One Step at A Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961052 I started to blog about not even being close to succeeding with the SP program but I thought about how that would be a real downer for some. Instead I'll practice what I preach and talk about what I've accomplished at this point in the journey. <BR> <BR> Last Monday I weighed and the scale read at my goal weight but Sunday is my official weigh-in day so Monday didn't count. This morning I weighed a half pound above my goal . Maybe next week. <em>41</em> The thing is that the weight ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 19:53:04 EST Qualities For Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952749 While setting up my new computer and checking out the included word processor I came across a document. I can't positively state that I am the author but I thought it was worth sharing. There's a note at the end to Mike and in 2004, the year the document was created, my pastor was Mike. In truth, the author is irrelevant but the ideas are very relevant. <BR> <BR> Top Ten Qualities For Success <BR> <BR> Define Success <BR> <BR> 1. Willingness to do God’s will. <BR> a. Loyalty is up and... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 22:41:19 EST I’m On a Diet – Not!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946476 The word diet should only be used to describe the food we eat on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. It’s healthy, not healthy, somewhere in between but it is not restrictive. Since I joined Sparkpeople I have developed a dislike for terms like “On a Diet”. We are not on a diet and when someone mistakenly uses that term in a Sparkpeople article it immediately catches my eye. To me “on a diet” means there’s something I can’t eat and I don’t believe that will give me the permanent change I’m... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:36:43 EST Exercising in The Fat Burning Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945269 Yesterday's daily blog was about 4 metabolism mistakes we make and I took exception with the one that said "Exercising in The Fat Burning Zone" is a mistake. I commented there that I disagreed that that blanket statement was wrong and I said why. I'll go into more detail here. <BR> <BR> I can't do cardio in the aerobic zone because my left knee can't handle the speed I need to get into the aerobic zone. I've tried and I have limped for three days afterward. So should I exercise in the ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 20:20:52 EST Strength Training On The Cheap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4942089 If you’re training for the Olympics stop reading. This won’t help you. <BR> <BR> DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, physical therapist, nurse, or trainer. I am just a 70 yr old man who has exercised for most of my life and have engaged in sports and work that have resulted in damage to many parts of my body. I was never a body builder. My expertise was body breaker. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> Remember, if you’re not accustomed to exercising or have physical limitations you should talk to y... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:27:48 EST You've Got A Friend!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940722 It's my nature to work hard at getting good at whatever I try. When I don't do well I look at what I've done and try to figure out what I can do to get better. When I do that I'm focusing on me and I don't like focusing on myself too much. It just seems too self centered. <BR> <BR> I'm most comfortable when I'm working on something like this lifestyle change and I'm in a group. I want to do well but I also want to share what works for me with others so they can gain confidence and accom... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:36:37 EST I Like Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926805 For most of my life I wanted everyone to ignore Father's Day. I considered it a silly holiday and I really don't like being fussed over. About 8 years ago I decided that I would enjoy Father's Day a lot more if I did the fussing so I began by grilling what everyone liked so I would have an assortment on the grill at the same time. No complaints from the family but my wife and daughters were worried that I was losing it. Then a few years ago I started fixing the entire meal and I chose t... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:00:03 EST Family First http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918259 This week has been a series of high points. Today was the last day of school for my 10 yr. old grandson and that means my schedule isn't tied to his until August because I get him ready for school, drop him off, and pick him up. Now he and I can fish during the week and I hate being on the crowded weekend water. Normally I would say that's a good day but it pales in comparison to what preceded Friday. <BR> <BR> My wife and I celebrated our 48th Anniversary with our two daughters, a son-i... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 21:25:41 EST The Lessons We Didn't Learn as Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4913725 I grew up in an era when kids were safe out of their house and kids had fights. We roamed far and wide and as long as we got home for meals our Mom's let us run. I had two other guys in our little stretch of the world about my age. Both were older and bigger than me but sometimes when we had a disagreement we would get into a fight or a wrestling match. We fought, shook hands, and pressed on as friends. <BR> <BR> When we wanted to do something like build a fort in the woods behind our ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 19:26:45 EST Who Am I??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912286 I started High School as a the shortest skinniest kid in my class and graduated as a tall skinny kid. In between I survived a fast growth spurt of 12 inches in 12 months, a bad case of acne, and falling head over heels for a girl who was too good for me. She didn't get the memo because she's still my girl friend. I was extremely self conscious and never thought I quite measured up in anything. I compensated with a keen sense of humor and working hard at grades and sports. No one knew what... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 21:54:59 EST Learning From a Grandson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906415 My 10 year old grandson and his Mom lives with us. He can be a sweet kid and he can be hell on wheels. He's an ADHD kid and I fought putting him on meds. until it was absolutely needed for his school time and it did get to that point. He's an honor student but that also makes him believe that he knows everything. I struggle to find things to get him away from video games and today I asked him if he would like me to take out an Oak tree in the yard. His face lit up and he told me he always wan... Thu, 31 May 2012 20:28:44 EST Talk's Cheap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904879 My Dad was a straight forward guy and as honest as the day is long. He taught me that no matter how good I got at something that bragging was not the thing to do. He told me that when other people bragged about what I did then I knew I was good. In everything I did i hoped for his approval and when I deserved it came he never withheld the praise. When I goofed up he wasn't overly critical but I felt he was always honest with me. <BR> <BR> Every time I see a commercial for a weight loss... Wed, 30 May 2012 20:22:05 EST Variety is The Spice of Life - Maybe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4900053 At breakfast this saying came to mind so I looked up it's origin. It was in a poem by William Cowper. I never heard of him but I'm not a poetry kind of guy. So he's the guy who first penned the phrase and he lived in the 1700s. How much credence do I give to the idea he originated. Welllll, In 1773, William Cowper, experienced an attack of insanity so maybe not so much. Ya think? I normally drive the same vehicle for 10 years - plus. I'm delighted with the wife I have so I never went ... Sun, 27 May 2012 14:46:47 EST Risk Taker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4899238 After I got my new "used" bicycle it took a while to learn how to ride it. I was 12 and short and the bike had 26" wheels. I think that was years before they made little kid bikes. Maybe centuries. <em>334</em> With the seat all the way down I could barely reach the pedals but I learned and began to venture further from home. Our street was gravel but about a half mile away was Buckley Rd. and it was two lanes and PAVED. There were lots of farms around the area so there wasn't much ve... Sat, 26 May 2012 20:09:47 EST