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Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:59:42 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319349 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4fee5c0f-13f8-4fce-ba58-a20ebdcbb80f.jpg"> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:37:32 EST I finished another cross stitch project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318381 1 1/2 hours while sitting in a dark, cramped, smelly hospital waiting room during husband's physical therapy session. <BR> It's by Sanman Originals and just called Ocean. Stitched on 32 count blue evenweave with DMC floss <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42a27bf8-4442-4afd-8837-872de34af10c.jpg"> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:33:36 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317279 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/643a2515-cc03-49b3-9d6b-cf8aab9cba91.jpg"> Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:31:23 EST A Cross Stitch finished project! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317073 I finished another counted cross stitch project today. I am enjoying being back at my cross stitching, I used to stitch all day and all evening years ago before Facebook came along. I am just loving stitching again. <BR> for those of you who know designers, flosses and fabrics, this is a pattern called Mosaic from Dinky Dyes Designs and it's stitched on 40 count hand dyed linen fabric with the hand dyed Dinky Dyes silk floss. It's only 2 1/2 inches around. <BR> Now it's on to stitching ano... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:00:43 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315787 "You know how every once in a while you do <BR> something and the little voice inside says <BR> ‘There. That’s it. That’s why you’re here’ … <BR> and you get a warm glow in your heart <BR> because you know it’s true? <BR> Do more of that." Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:51:11 EST I finished another cross stitch project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313993 I started this one way before Christmas but had to stop and put all my stitching away (long story) Took it back out again when I couldn't stitch on husband's motorcycle project while he is home. For those of who know your designers and projects, this is Lizzie Kate pocketbook Kit Do Not open til Christmas. I had to pull out Christmas and move it over so it was lined up where it was supposed to be.. Then I found a stain on the side of the fabric but out of the picture area. I am going to m... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:47:27 EST My Daddy's Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312688 Today is my Daddy's 97th birthday. Sadly it is also his 4th Birthday in Heaven. He is with his sister, his parents and my sister. I'm sure there is a wonderful party up there. <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday Daddy, I miss you! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e730adf-4f0a-4336-8155-c07e15c21bf5.jpg"> Wed, 8 Feb 2017 06:59:29 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311014 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7eaddd52-6925-4ded-95b3-45d69f20b7fc.jpg"> Sun, 5 Feb 2017 04:04:42 EST I thought this was funny! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310252 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/765c499b-f01e-449f-8b08-7b6c48b81011.jpg"> Fri, 3 Feb 2017 14:13:37 EST A cross stitch project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300635 This is a counted cross stitch project that I am stitching for my DH. It will be a surprise I hope. It is called Let's Ride by Ursula Michael, mostly back stitch on 35 count linen fabric in what I call Harley Orange. Stitched with mostly black floss and accents of grey that is supposed to represent chrome. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6fb460a-98ae-4e0d-8555-d92918c5c3f2.JPG"> Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:25:48 EST January 13, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297297 I LOVE this, I personally think it's funny. If you don't like it, I'm sorry, move on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/660c1704-9062-451f-aa37-b84c315edad0.jpg"> Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:41:09 EST December 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286291 December 25 came and went, it was just another day, I sat and cried most of the day. There were no lights, no stockings, no tree, no roast, no presents, nothing. we had fish, tater tots, mixed vegetables and rice for supper. Not even a Merry Christmas fro anyone. Had to go to PT with dh and sit in a dark, tiny ladies only waiting room for 2 1/2 hours. It was the second worst christmas in years. Even though I wasn't feeling it either, I wanted to put something up but nothing visible. W... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 04:20:02 EST Update on my husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282484 This BLOG IS POSTED ON DECEMBER 18, 2016 <BR> <BR> 3 months after his stroke, DH went back to work!! He did well, he was happier than I've seen him in a while, he was able to use his mind better at work than sitting here at home. He went to the Dr's last night to get his work approval and the Dr. was very impressed and happy with the progress. DH is able to move his left arm up and down with slow movements, he has a loose but yet noticeable grip of his left hand but his fingers don't bend we... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 12:31:08 EST Challenge start day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278096 Today we started the Spark the Season winter biggest Loser challenge. When I weighed myself this morning, I was SHOCKED!!! <em>40</em> My weight was only 144, down almost 2 lbs from last week, I was happy! My goal for this challenge is to get off my butt and get back to my treadmill walks and strength training. Some days it will be hard with hospital and doctor trips and taking daily care of DH. <BR> I've also gotten re-acquainted with my love for cross Stitch which I have sorely misse... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:00:58 EST I finished another cross stitch project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277674 I started this 2 days ago and finished today. Itty Bitty Kitty-Christmas by The Sweetheart Tree stitched on 32 count beige linen with DMC floss. It's 2 inches by 2 inches. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4bac8b3-a0ad-4d04-97dc-fbedbb9d26d2.jpg"> Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:35:03 EST THIS should be your inspiration for the day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274137 Man with Fatal Lung Disease Finishes Marathon, Lugging His Oxygen Tank Behind Him <BR> <BR> <link>www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/man<BR>-with-fatal-lung-disease-finishes-mara<BR>thon-lugging-his-oxygen-tank-behind-hi<BR>m/ar-AAkUO05?OCID=ansmsnnews11 </link> Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:14:02 EST I'm an Emerald Gem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272650 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab2a22df-b2ed-4993-9f9e-93b0a88da647.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was invited to join the Biggest Loser Spark the Season winter challenge so I accepted. I used to belong to this challenge a couple years ago but the team leader of the team I was on was absent a lot and not very friendly when she was around. Right now I really need distraction to get back on my healthier side so I can take care of DH and get out of this low depression. <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 04:43:17 EST Post Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272248 Friday we had 2 friends over for our big dinner, I cooked a measly 8.3 lb turkey which turned out nice and brown, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/176eb7dd-bb8b-4386-a7d4-0f4a6c6912a2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> made gravy, made hassleback potatoes: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34de1f43-0016-4c04-9bd9-a67b04897114.JPG"> <BR> <BR> sweet potatoes, stuffing/dressing, <BR> home made cranberry sauce <BR> <link>https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/rec... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 05:53:39 EST Happy Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271599 Thanksgiving is not celebrated/observed here in Saudi Arabia because it's an American holiday so American workers here do not get the day off. Even though my husband is not working yet, our friend who drives us around had to work so we will have our big meal on Friday. There will only be 4 of us but it is the usual Thanksgiving meal, Turkey, stuffing, baked sweet potatoes, hasselback potatoes (you can google that), fresh green beans-not that goopy casserole stuff, home made from scratch cra... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:02:40 EST A Cross Stitch finished project! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270794 Finally for the first time in a year I started and finished a cross stitch project. For thoses that know cross stitch and designers etc. This is called Autumn Spice by Bent Creek and it'ss stitched on 32 count evenweave fabric with Gentle Art over dyed floss. It's only 3 inches x 3 inches total. I will probably make in to a little hanging "ornament" style thing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ad65b68-41df-4244-a36d-56ac42cc94a7.jpg"> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:20:35 EST My Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267086 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b9280ee-a0c6-4543-a14e-9d25a96799bf.png"> Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:44:15 EST World Diabetes Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266552 Just mentioning that we need a cure! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e11fa03b-4328-466e-866b-3bf355ceda93.png"> <BR> <BR> More Info: <BR> <link>https://www.idf.org/wdd-index/index.<BR>php </link> Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:42:44 EST Can't help but laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265997 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a425363-db44-4138-8831-2c8b501a2c64.png"> Sun, 13 Nov 2016 02:43:35 EST Love sparkpeople ads-NOT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265084 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59f9fc01-efd9-473c-818d-4985e3f01cfe.png"> Fri, 11 Nov 2016 02:50:32 EST Update on my husband. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264370 Update on my husband. It is now 2 months after his stroke. He is sick with the flu or a bad cold now for a couple of days, hopefully he will be over it soon. He is now in his second round of physical therapy here in Jeddah, he is doing well. He is progressing by little bits, he gets up and walks around the compound at 5AM then does a little workout with his dumbbells and a stretchy band. He now has a little movement in his upper left arm which is good. He still gets confused when we are in la... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 13:28:10 EST A HUGE thank you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250369 Thank you VERY much to those that responded to my post about my husband's condition the other day. It meant a lot to see the suggestions and replies. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:15:17 EST Current login SparkStreak: 801 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249715 The streak before was over 1600 days. <BR> 2992/3010 days = 99% since: 7/16/2008 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 05:40:33 EST Husband's condition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249151 I have been back in Saudi for 3 weeks now, my husband had a stroke sometime between Sept 9-10, he doesn't remember what day. Our friend found him on the floor in our house and rushed him to the ER. He is now home and has been since 2 days after I got back. he can walk, he can eat, he can hear, he does have his brain power, he just can't use his left arm, it just hangs. he has been going to therapy twice a week but that will end this week as his lousy insurance will only pay so much. We d... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:40:05 EST Looking for help but none to be found http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247459 first off before you all blast me and flame me, we do not live in the USA at the moment. We ARE American but we love overseas. My husband had a stroke a couple weeks ago that has left him without the use of his left arm. He has other problems but he is improving. I was looking for the Spark Health A-Z articles but of course that has been deleted or gone naturally. Then I was looking for specific spark teams dealing with either stroke survivors or care givers or someplace to look, and aga... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 16:34:24 EST 3001 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245460 That's how many days I have been active on Sparkpeople. Current login SparkStreak: 793 Days all because I didn't spin the wheel on the day I got the news my sister died. I was active on the site, I tracked, I read articles etc I just didn't spin the stupid wheel. Kind of not fair really but that's SparkPeople for ya. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 03:00:42 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243005 Once again, this blog post is for ANYONE that needs it~! THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME OR ANYONE IN PARTICULAR, I JUST LIKE THE SAYING. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2418a89-9602-4acb-87c9-51119e634d64.jpg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:40:02 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236036 Posted with Permission from RANDOM THOUGHTS N' LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aeb41283-b2e7-41c0-879c-185998c16203.jpg"> Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:48:53 EST My husband is in the hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235308 My husband is in the hospital in Jeddah, he was taken to the ER a few days ago after he fell in our house. I will be going back to Saudi on Saturday and will be there on Sunday. We do NOT know what all happened but he is in ICU and hooked up to monitors etc. The Drs have been doing tests, MRI, EEG, EKG, CT and the like. As soon as I find out his total condition and prognosis I will post. He is alert, coherent, awake, he can talk, he can see, he can hear. We have friends who have been taking ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:12:25 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222714 THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUNNY, IT'S A JOKE, IT DOES NOT PERTAIN TO ME, I AM NOT MAKING FUN OF ANYONE. I NEEDED A SMILE TODAY. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, JUST BACK AWAY., <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be0a2956-a0b3-42e0-8d5a-e4b673ce14e0.jpg"> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:58:35 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222008 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS N' LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> This is not about me or anyone else, I like the verse. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d4857c8e-1dbe-48ea-98d3-014362896fb9.jpg"> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:39:22 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6221079 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS N' LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> Another good inspiration thought. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/642aa2f2-06a5-4292-a2cf-a6ed5a99e67f.jpg"> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:56:55 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219787 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS N' LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> I post these because I like them, not because they pertain to me personally. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0b21942-1c06-4430-9a8b-b3528e514d33.png"> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 16:01:17 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219293 Posted with permission from Random Thoughts n' Lotsa Coffee <BR> <BR> I love this, it is just so funny! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9af7535-c753-4386-8269-23d4acee5939.jpg"> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:25:51 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218046 This is posted with permission from RANDOM THOUGHTS & LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> This is something that I personally like. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f8302a7-13e4-49ec-bb6c-1233c495c27c.jpg"> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:12:43 EST 8 years with SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211513 Last month was my 8 year Spark anniversary. I've read a lot of articles, learned how to eat better, learned to like exercising, found great recipes, made friends, lost weight and gained some back. I'm still a work in progress. <BR> <BR> <em>507</em> + <em>505</em> Wed, 3 Aug 2016 10:54:03 EST SPARKPEOPLE PREMIUM IS HERE!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210925 ADD FREE!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=say_hello_to_sparkpeople_premium_re<BR>move_ads_email_coaches_get_advanced_re<BR>porting_and_help_us_in_our_mission_to_help_you </link> Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:03:28 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204861 PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS N' LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/848a9417-35f5-4508-961a-6109c7c23876.jpg"> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 11:53:31 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193665 PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS POSTED FOR HUMOR, IT IS NOT POLITICAL, SIMPLY FOR A LAUGH. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af8f92e7-eb4c-4616-a68a-499a162dc38a.png"> Sat, 2 Jul 2016 15:18:35 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191152 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS & LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cf54e3b-299c-4f20-af52-3e0d09a3ba58.jpg"> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:22:05 EST My thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187791 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS N' LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89882fce-25f2-4cd6-b5ff-be9b4ae098c2.jpg"> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:48:48 EST Busy summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186276 This blog is posted on JUNE 20, 2016 <BR> <BR> I've been home for a little over a month and where has that month gone? Why is it when I am enjoying myself being HOME in the USA that the time whizzes by? <BR> I've been busy going on short trips with my daughter, went to NY to visit my Mom, spent time with my son and grandson and now it's almost time for my DH to come home. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:11:51 EST The long trip HOME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159813 THIS BLOG IS BEING POSTED ON TUESDAY MAY 10, 2016 <BR> <BR> It is 8:20AM local time on Tuesday morning in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, 01:20AM Tuesday morning Eastern daylight time in New Hampshire USA. I board a plane in less than 24 hours for the 13 hour, non-stop flight across the Atlantic taking me HOME for my 4 1/2 month vacation. I will go to the airport at 02:00AM Wednesday local time (7PM Tuesday eveninig New Hampshire time) to begin the check in process, go through immigration and wait unti... Tue, 10 May 2016 01:23:45 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159318 I LOVE this one, it may not apply to you but it does to ME! <BR> <BR> POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS N' LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19cc57ab-450e-4c87-b008-6f4a80a18888.jpg"> Mon, 9 May 2016 10:46:52 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158565 For those that OBSERVE/CELEBRATE Mother's Day, have a nice, relaxing and loving day. <BR> <BR> I can't be with my MOM today but I sent her a nice fruit arrangement from Edible Arrangements. I will call her later. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/867b163f-2115-47f1-8c95-c096ad9b5983.png"> Sun, 8 May 2016 04:16:47 EST