RAYLINSTEPHENS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAYLINSTEPHENS RAYLINSTEPHENS'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/ Ray in his favorite pastime position! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351248 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc552aa1-1035-4e39-8692-9338aafac0a5.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yuppers - The Chair arrived this morning and Ray assumed this position 3X today! <BR> <BR> I think he likes it! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:17:03 EST Lithium Orotate - Blog from Going2LoseNow's blog 12/26/2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351086 I decided to copy & paste the entire blog! <BR> Low-Dose Lithium Orotate = 5mg elemental lithium. <BR> <BR> I found out about this when a doctor posted at a Care Giver forum: <BR> drpoundsign: 3 days ago: <link>www.agingcare.com/Questions/mother-m<BR>ild-vascular-dementia-sleep-issues-sug<BR>gestions-type-of-doctor-we-should-see-<BR>427354.htm </link> <BR> As an MD, I actually don't Like Benzo drugs (Ativan, Xanax) yet they are widely used. Depakote is supposed to be Good. I agree w... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:17:01 EST After asked about, "did the chair help?" I decided to post again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349705 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92321726-76c2-45b4-9525-aff0b1b20077.jpg"> but no cup holder on mine. <BR> <BR> I had ordered this for outdoors and it came yesterday - he sat in it, and promptly fell asleep, lol. This is what Zero Gravity looks like. Well worth the $35!! <BR> <link>www.walmart.com/ip/17775592 </link> <BR> Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair <BR> <BR> For Ray: <BR> **Day 1: in the Cheap Chair = leg swelling way down! <BR> **Day 2: in the Cheap Ch... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:14:01 EST Did I miss Breakfast? Did I sleep through Lunch?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347034 Yuppers - this is our new "thing" with Ray. He'll awake from a nap and he's just sure he has slept through Dinner. <BR> <BR> So I go along with it and tell him I was just waiting for him to wake up! <BR> <BR> A meal is a meal - whenever it happens! <BR> <BR> So if your loved one isn't eating - go along with "slept through the meal." <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>4</em> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 12:08:35 EST The Chair! = Vacation for the year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345466 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7dd61e2-c523-4ee0-8131-11fe179f9510.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Overview of the Cloud PR-510 with MaxiComfort <BR> <BR> The Golden Tech Cloud with MaxiComfort lift chair features Golden's unique Zero Gravity positioning and is an extremely comfortable chair. The Zero Gravity positioning was developed by NASA and Golden has incorporated it into their MaxiComfort line of chairs. The seat raises at the same time the chair reclines to stretch your lower bac... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:37:48 EST 3+ meals on Thursday! and I'm trying again to get back on track. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345033 Breakfast was his normal Hot Cocoa with ice cream (plus a tsp of Barlean's Chocolate Silk Greens & 1 tsp Chocolate TigerNut) <BR> <BR> Then around 11 am he got up from nap and was hungry! 2 fish sticks & 2 tater tots. <BR> <BR> Around 2 pm he wanted to know if he slept through lunch. <BR> 1 oz beef burger, 1/4 cup noodles with gravy. <BR> <BR> 7pm after afternoon nap, gave him small piece of ham with mixed veggies & gravy! First time to try him with veggies again! He did good!! <BR> ... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 08:43:59 EST 2 meals eaten in 1 day! WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344581 **p.s. he ate all his dinner too! 1 oz beef & fries with gravy! <BR> <BR> Note: it's amazing what you can put into gravy without them knowing!! <BR> <BR> And, he's been drinking smoothies all day! ONE sip at a time! He goes through at least a quart a day now!! <BR> <BR> I was shocked that he liked Apricot Juice! <BR> The organic runs $4+ per quart. <BR> Walmart carries Jumex Apricot Nectar (do not be confused, it is not nectar!!) <BR> a 24 can case, 11 oz cans, $19 - but it is thi... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 09:19:08 EST *drumroll* He ate the w.h.o.l.e. thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344229 Lunch: He ate a whole chicken patty! <em>104</em> and noodles with gravy! <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Apr 2017 14:11:12 EST Greens are green? Who woulda' thought it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343659 I didn't know what to title this blog. I have gotten quite a collection of "healthy stuff" for adding to Ray's drinks and am looking for suggestions of how much "stuff" to use daily. It's helping; he's eating 2 tiny meals daily now. <BR> <BR> I have several types of "Greens" and he seems to like the Berry and I have Chocolate coming tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I have a Protein & Greens powder that I am able to add because it is a neutral color. Somehow, Green can become "off-putting" in your foo... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 11:34:32 EST Spring 5% Challenge - It's not too late! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339356 I usually blog this as soon as I get my invite to the Official 5% Team but I have been busy with my DH, Ray. <BR> <BR> It's not too late to join if you're interested - many have made the 5% in the 8 weeks of challenge. Even if you don't (I certainly haven't), we learn good habits and meet some wonderfully supportive people. <BR> <BR> For some reason, we are behind on the number we usually get signing up - I can only imagine that like me, life got in the way. I tended my DH and he is fin... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:54:40 EST Oh! Dear God in Heaven! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338906 Ray is actually doing better!! Even said he knows he needs to go back to PT. <BR> <BR> He's eating! Ok, not much, but he's eating!! <BR> 2 fishsticks & 2 tatertots is eating! <BR> 2 tiny meatballs & 1/8 cup noodles with gravy is eating! <BR> <BR> My refrigerator looks like a Health Food Store! <BR> However..... I found that I can take his Ensure Plus Strawberry and mix it with V8 Strawberry-Banana Smoothie and he likes it!! <BR> <BR> I bought a BlenderBottle - ok, you know me, I bou... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:07:48 EST Egg Noodles with Pumpkin Sauce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334849 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b91bca50-25f5-4f0f-ba50-c1245672eb67.jpg"> picture from AllRecipes <BR> <BR> I found this recipe online at AllRecipes, at Martha Stewart and again here, at Spark People. <BR> <link>allrecipes.com/recipe/245025/creamy-<BR>pumpkin-sauce/?internalSource=hub%20re<BR>cipe&referringContentType=search%20res<BR>ults&clickId=cardslot%201 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1346722 </link> <BR> <BR> Altho... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:32:17 EST the ongoing saga that is my life..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333349 ... so Ray panicked when he was unable to get off the couch. <BR> I'm looking into getting him a chair with an Ejection Seat <em>250</em> <BR> I know, but I like the sound of an Ejection Seat better than a boring old Lift Chair <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hey, I'm not weird - I'm Unique! Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:51:41 EST Something seems to be helping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332803 Ok, Ray's DIL sent a "care package" of organic "stuff." <BR> 2 organic juices - apricot mango & pear nectar <BR> 2 Organic Gemini TigerNut Smoothie Mix Chocolate <BR> Avacodo Mayonaise <BR> Navitas Naturals Organic Superfood Blend Protein Smoothie <BR> Native Forest Instant Coconut Milk Powder <BR> 1 box of 12 Orgain Organic Nutritional Creamy Chocolate Fudge Shakes <BR> Garden of Life Perfect Food Raw Organic Alkalizer & Detoxifier Powder - Lemon Ginger <BR> Greens First Superfood <BR> <BR... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:54:58 EST I'm so sorry - it's been a rough week :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329798 I know I'm MIA this past week, but poor Ray suffered an awful weekend! <BR> <BR> The Doctor prescribed MiraLax instead of using Milk of Magnesia. At twice the cost, I wasn't going to fill it, but then I thought, if it makes life easier for Ray? <BR> <BR> Long-story-short - it caused Blockage & Bloating - he was in such agony that I gave him a pain-pill - - - and it made it worse as I didn't know pain-pills can cause gas. I honestly thought the end was here for him. <BR> <BR> Because hi... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 13:34:04 EST Is your loved one suffering shortness of breath? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322168 Ok, I tried to make the title close to what I am going to say. <BR> <BR> Ray's Oxygen Level averages 98 at all times - using that thing they put on your finger. <BR> <BR> But when he awakes from his naps, he complains bitterly of shortness of breath. <BR> <BR> *insert Deep Breath here* After much eye-rolling and shrugging and overall feeling helpless and useless - I decided to google it. <BR> <BR> Seems this is a very real problem that tends to be mostly ignored. I found my answers at... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:04:13 EST 5-HTP, Turmeric & Cinnamon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321719 Just FYI, 5-HTP is a supplemental replacement for Zoloft - I really really don't want Ray on Zoloft or any prescriptions like that. Like Bananas and Cashews, it really can't hurt. <BR> <BR> This is basically Tryptophan (like in your Thanksgiving turkey) and is supposed to supply serotonin to your brain. Helps for sleeping and preventing Alzheimer's Disease. <BR> <BR> <link>www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/i<BR>ngredientmono-794-5-htp.aspx?activeing<BR>redientid=794 </link> <BR> an... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:55:45 EST Ode to MOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320823 LOL, Gotcha! Not Mom, Mother or Mommy - MOM as in Milk of Magnesia! <em>334</em> <BR> <em>39</em> Without getting gross, many of you will know of what I speak when I say that some things seem to stop 'flowing' when we are losing weight. <BR> I don't know about you, but I tend to eat everything in site <em>29</em> <em>15</em> trying to get everything moving again, lol. <BR> <em>185</em> Long story short, Ray at 95 suffers this all the time and complains and whines unendin... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:49:19 EST Prayers for Dakota - Urban Legend ... or not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319416 I have removed that blog because it cannot be verified - however, prayers are never wasted. This is what I found at Snopes: <BR> <BR> <link>www.snopes.com/prayers-for-dakota/ </link> <BR> <BR> The request is "Mostly True" but it is unclear about the name - it is legit but there is some question about it so I felt it best to remove the blog. <BR> <BR> As I say, prayers are never wasted and I believe we receive blessings when praying for anyone else. <BR> <BR> Thank you all! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:13:18 EST You CAN sharpen a manual can-opener! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317392 I don't even remember how I found this - but you can sharpen a manual can-opener. <BR> <BR> I have a "pricey Kitchin-Aid" and I love it; it's larger then most and thus easier to turn. But after 6 years, it was getting dull. <BR> <BR> I found this @ <link>www.thriftyfun.com/tf/Repair/Tools/S<BR>harpening-a-Handheld-Can-Opener-Blade.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> "You can sharpen can openers very easily by running sand paper through them. Get a good coarse grade and run it through the can o... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:21:32 EST Getting back on track is fun! Also, some info for caregivers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316878 I realized <em>198</em> I was doing this anyway, lol. I started adding 2 TBL PB2 (either one, I was going for the added proteins) to all 3 of my meals. I have been eating Breakfast & Dinner as almost identical meals using yogurt and pumpkin so adding PB is a no-brainer, but a tsp of the "real mccoy" is even better! Must be the oils. Jif Low-Sodium PB with Honey is very easy to spread/spoon - the only hard part is stopping, lol. Very reasonable at Wal-mart. <BR> <BR> I have been getting b... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:38:14 EST You've got to be kidding! Pumpkin & PB? OMGosh it's good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316392 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c8cead1-cbb8-4c92-8f87-02bc7cff38b2.jpg"> <BR> Image from <link>chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/09/13<BR>/pumpkin-nut-butter/ </link> where I got the recipe. <BR> <BR> My husband hates pumpkin. Hates Hates HATES! But it's sooooo good for you. <BR> <BR> My husband loves peanut butter - Loves it!! <BR> <BR> So, I'm sitting here asking myself if I can use pumpkin in my peanut butter. You KNOW I googled it. And, I found a recipe @ ... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:53:14 EST This is what I'm doing for Ray. Maybe the idea will help someone else. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315961 Ray's BP went way too high and his weight has jumped 10 lbs since Thanksgiving. Unlike me, Ray doesn't eat cake. He loves gravy! <BR> <BR> Ok, so I have to now track his sodium & calories to get both down again. Here is where I had the problem. <BR> Where and how to track it <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I use the SP Nutrition Tracker and love it! But it got too confusing putting Ray's foods all in one group (like Snack) - so I finally got the bright idea to toss his menus out a week! No... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:16:41 EST No, I don't eat everything in my tracker daily, lol. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304984 I set up my tracker by the week - and I include (try to include) anything that I might eat every day. <BR> <BR> So, I often have 2 kinds of *whatever* listed and then I just choose one when I prepare the meal. <BR> <BR> In the Candy, Vitamins & Coffee - I include lots of candies that I might not eat that day - and then again, pick and choose. <BR> <BR> I don't want anyone thinking I am eating several candy canes daily! Although, if I had room it would be ok - I don't deprive myself of som... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:51:09 EST One at a time, Pudgy Puppy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297393 Ok, so I really "enjoyed" myself this past holiday season! I hadn't done that in several years and I decided that while Diane's sparkmail was to warn us from doing this - I thought maybe I needed it more than I realized. <BR> <BR> So I overindulged and gained back a few more pounds - several more pounds - but I am now ready to hit the trail again. <BR> <BR> I opted to not buy the gym; I do believe that although it will cost us more, it is helping Ray to get out of the house for Physical Th... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:17:43 EST A is for Apple! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/933157f5-3e4b-489a-a275-93eff912238f.jpg"> Tue, 3 Jan 2017 10:58:10 EST It ain't Pumpkin Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286068 I actually have a lot of canned Pumpkin; puree and pie mix. I just like pumpkin. <BR> <BR> So, I tried putting some pumpkin into my yogurt and I have to tell you, it's not bad! <BR> <BR> The pie mix is about twice the calories but if you measure it, it is doable. And no matter what, it will always be less than eating the pumpkin pie. <BR> <BR> <em>471</em> <em>4</em> Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:59:13 EST Merry & Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284869 Not knowing which holiday you may or may not celebrate, I just want to wish everyone the Blessings of the season! <BR> <BR> For Christmas this year, we got an exercise bike and now a home gym. Yes, it's an inexpensive one from Walmart - but it's still a gym! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ea03528-bca7-4b6e-9f28-178472cc3ef4.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b254798-47ad-4243-91c4-129fd2a728aa.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> May all your wishes and drea... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:32:31 EST Bring on 2017 - I think I'm ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282013 Ray is doing very well with his PT (outside the house!) and he decided it might be time to get back on his hormone therapy (that's Testosterone, lol). His doctor was all for it but they had to check his blood first - his testosterone levels are sooooo low! It pretty much has to help some! <BR> <BR> God has guided me all this year and as long as I listened, Ray has improved. He is now again waking only to eat and go potty. The testosterone will help this. When he first went on it, he was... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 08:46:04 EST Another 5% Challenge comes to an end :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269059 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b36840b3-c4ce-4af9-96fb-b5271822feaf.jpg"> <BR> Parting is such sweet sorrow - see you again after the holidays! <BR> <BR> Extra Points: Invitation: <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let's hav... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:50:04 EST Easy On - Not so easy off :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268393 I know, we've all experienced this but I wish we could reverse it. <BR> Why is it that I can gain 5 lbs in one week <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <BR> but struggle to remove 1 lb in a week <em>40</em> <em>39</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6c10596-60db-4104-b9d4-a0306e12b703.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Extra Points: Invitation: <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Winter 5% Challe... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:47:26 EST To all who love the smell of coffee but not the taste... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267789 That's me with cooked onions & peppers! Smells great, tastes awful to me. <BR> <em>40</em> <em>369</em> <em>39</em> <em>267</em> <em>369</em> <em>24</em> <em>267</em> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Nothing to blog about - but my team needs that 5 points! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb3c5c23-d992-48c9-819c-9fce05882600.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and for added extra points: <BR> <BR> copied from Kali's Walker: <BR> 2017 Winter 5% Challenge Community Inv... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:40:38 EST Ok, I'll admit it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267402 I make Ray hot chocolate with ice cream - ever since he almost died before Christmas. He wants it and I make it. <BR> <BR> Well, now I must use thickener and I use hot coffee to dissolve the cocoa. <BR> <BR> The other day I forgot myself and poured him a full cup of coffee! I do not believe in throwing anything away so I poured off all but what was necessary to dissolve the cocoa. This I used in my own coffee - it took 2 mugs to use it all. <BR> <BR> OMG! I liked it! I love the little... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:06:22 EST Dysphagia - or choking while swallowing liquids & foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266732 So Ray has Dysphagia. <BR> <BR> I diagnosed it myself when Ray said he choked every time he ate corn. And, he was coughing a lot with liquids. <BR> <BR> Googled it and yuppers, it's called Dysphagia. <BR> <BR> The good news is we caught it before a lot of harm was done. The bad news, everything he drinks must be thickened. The good news, the VA will supply the Thick-It. <BR> <BR> Just call me a "walking encyclopedia for old-people's problems!" <BR> <BR> Thick-It is not cheap. That ... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:02:33 EST Awesome! Debby's Mom is 95!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266252 Now Ray isn't alone - Debby's Mom is also 95! WooHoo!! <BR> <BR> We're getting Ray a new "toy" and it will be here later this week! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba6d71a3-387a-4919-b684-1de851bb75fa.jpg"> <BR> Marcy ME 709 Recumbent Exercise Bike <BR> <BR> He started Physical Therapy out of the house last week and will be going 3X weekly. They put him on a Recumbent Exercise Bike and he did fabulously! <BR> <BR> Well, we're not made of money, but even we co... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 14:54:05 EST Hurry to join - we start 5% Fall Challenge on September 24th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234988 Fall 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let's have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts in September 24th. Please click on this link to join the Challenge and pick your team. <BR> <BR> Let's get excit... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:49:29 EST Ray turned 95 today! WooHoo!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234418 He made it! He's 95 today!! <em>383</em> Ray! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94aff12a-f4c8-41aa-a7d4-c703a98db789.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok, now to start working on 96 <em>380</em> Mon, 12 Sep 2016 07:27:13 EST 2016 Fall 5% Challenge Invitation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231838 Fall 5% Challenge Invitation <BR> <BR> Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let's have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts in September 24th. Please click on this link to join the Challenge and pick your team. <BR> <BR> <link>http://... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 16:51:30 EST Every day is a gift! Unwrap it and enjoy it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218240 Every moment you get is a gift. Spend it on things that matter. Don't spend it by dwelling on unhappy things. - Celestine Chua, life coach and blogger <BR> <BR> Have a Marvelous Monday! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:49:51 EST Color Me Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211460 I found this on another spark page and have to share it: it came by way of JACKIEWALKS4FUN posting on 1CrazyDog's page. <BR> <BR> Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little b... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:50:03 EST A burden shared is half a burden! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210242 I thought of this quote this morning; A burden shared is half a burden. <BR> <BR> It's true! When I opened myself up to my feelings of frustration, I let the love of friends and family fill the 'void' with caring and love. <BR> <BR> Almost immediately I felt better and yesterday I wasn't even tempted by food! I even put the cheesecake back into the freezer in the carport! <BR> <BR> I knew something was wrong but it took a couple of weeks to figure it out. <BR> I'm old, I'm slow, lol. <... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:23:33 EST I can't keep eating through frustration :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209581 I am eating through frustration with Ray. I just don't know how to keep him 'stimulated' and off the couch. He complains he can't sleep at night but he naps all day. <BR> <BR> All I ever hear is, "I can't do it" regardless of what it is. I guess this is normal for a 95 yr old but I just don't know. <BR> <BR> I'm scared of his becoming bedridden due to laziness and the less he does the more his muscles atrophy. "Use it or lose it" is very real. <BR> <BR> On the one hand, it is easy enou... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 06:05:27 EST Where's My Memory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201018 This is so fitting for all us Baby-Boomers. <BR> My older sister sent it to me but it fits me too, lol. <BR> <em>334</em> <em>211</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:58:57 EST Another "Dog vs Cat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198549 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c8c99c7-26fb-4c55-afb1-ec100ebcc35e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How true! My cat gave the dog the biggest welcome and me, hardly a look <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>338</em> <em>241</em> <em>338</em> <em>241</em> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:16:59 EST Ooh!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197024 I just found this on JERSEYGIRL24 's page and had to borrow it for my page! <BR> Too awesome not to be shared! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc0b1e70-7c2d-4aa2-8554-b80cf235d231.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you JERSEYGIRL24 <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>526</em> <BR> <em>494</em> <em>493</em> <em>255</em> Fri, 8 Jul 2016 14:01:03 EST "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182533 "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e8544a2-2072-4bdd-b672-11d8c10c6846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>213</em> <em>448</em> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 07:15:59 EST Thin Mints? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180085 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b206c94c-4ef7-445c-b59a-84ff134de346.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How many boxes of these Thin Mints do I have to eat before I start seeing results? Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:03:44 EST Not my fault, it's those darn refrigerator magnets :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179483 I have metal fillings in my teeth. My refrigerator magnets keep pulling me into the kitchen. That's why I can't lose weight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/295cedd3-20fe-40dd-8368-eff15157f5cf.jpg"> Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:37:15 EST I did a push-up today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177072 AFERRARI posted on the Summer 5% Challenge: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a2cddbf-75bd-4983-986e-06df49a13f7f.jpg"> and/or <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efcea974-ea97-4b08-9951-1b04ce7ad577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> P.S. still time to join the Summer 5% Challenge Team: <BR> <link> www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individ<BR>ual.asp?gid=66825 </link> <BR> <BR> Great way to meet your goals! No pressure groups. Sun, 5 Jun 2016 18:39:31 EST Where there's a will, there is a way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155677 Our GolfCar broke down Saturday morning and so far is still broken. <BR> <BR> I came home from my morning walk and heard Ray say, "hey honey!" and I found him hoeing in the garden using the walker! <BR> <BR> Yes, we only have 2 rows that need hoeing this year, but this is still pretty impressive. The white bandage on his arm is covering what is left of the 2 huge hematoma blisters that started as eggs on his arm! <BR> <BR> P.S. I should mention that Ray is 94 and we struggled over a year... Tue, 3 May 2016 15:48:10 EST