RD03875's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RD03875 RD03875'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 day of rememberance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777915 9-11-01 was a beautiful September day shattered by death and destruction. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l758224320.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today we remember all those lost on that terrible day <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1731136019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today also would have been my parents 68th Wedding Anniversary but sadly my Dad is no longer with us. I still miss him so very much every day. <BR> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:45:11 EST Insane Inflateable 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767394 Too bad I won't be here, this could be fun. Pass this along to your teams if these are in your area! <BR> <BR> <link>insaneinflatable5k.com/ </link> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:23:53 EST August 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757656 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1559008667.jpg"> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:16:40 EST 4th of July 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732069 Wishing all those who observe Happy 4th of July. <BR> I hope you are having a good day. It is rainy, dark, humid and icky here in New Hampshire. Most all of the fireworks around the area have been cancelled tonight. <BR> <BR> I found out my Godmother passed away the other day. I haven't sene her in many many years, she was my father's sister, she was older than he was. <BR> <BR> My daughter and her son are moving today, she and her husband are doing a trial separation even though he does... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:23:58 EST June 30, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729400 Still trying to deal with my sister's death, it is not easy. So many times i want to pick up the phone and tell her about a new craft picture I saw or a neat place I found to shop/browse through or a new place I found to eat or things to do while she is here for vacation. this hurts so much!!! <BR> <BR> I got a Spark pedometer, and to me, that is all it is, a step counter, a $60.00 step counter that syncs to my computer. It works ok, I wear it every day and it pushes me to go 1, 2, 10 ste... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:11:49 EST My Sister passed away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718186 My sister passed away on Wednesday June 11. I so very heartbroken, she was my only sibling, she would have been 67 today, June 15 her funeral will be Monday which would have been her wedding anniversary had she still been married. When will the pain stop? I am still hurting from my father's death May 1, 2013 and now this. <BR> <BR> <link>www.dimblebyfriedelfuneralhomes.com/<BR>obituary/Priscilla-A.-Vibbard/New-York<BR>-Mills-NY/1390498 </link> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:55:28 EST June 1, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410589009.jpg"> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:40:23 EST My long journey home begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698861 It is 7:20AM local time on Tuesday morning in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, 12:20AM 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 to begin the check in process, go through immigration and sit until the flight boards. I arrive in the USA at 11:30AM Wednesday morning Eastern Daylight time. Hopeful... Tue, 20 May 2014 00:40:38 EST May 18, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697421 Food is on track today <BR> <BR> Sleep - 7 1/2 hours, close enough to 8 <BR> <BR> Water, may be short 1 cup (YES I MEASURE MY WATER CONSUMPTION IN CUPS) <BR> <BR> Exercise - does running up and down stairs several times a day count? cleaning-scrubbing down bathrooms <BR> <BR> The vet visit with Sammy cat did not go well, He did get neutered but he got away from the vet when she was putting him in his cage to go home, he raced, jumped and ran all over the "infirmary" room, under cages, b... Sun, 18 May 2014 04:30:51 EST May 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696834 It's my weekend, the day to do errands, get stuff done. Took the male cat to the vets to get him neutered, stopped at the pharmacy to pick up my medication to take with me on my vacation, stopped by the grocery store to get cat food - grocery store is in the mall so we walked a lot to get there and back, didn't really shop. <BR> On to another mall to get an internet chip for the hours I'll be sitting at the airport, again parked in the way back of the parking lot to avoid the morons that do... Sat, 17 May 2014 07:40:32 EST May 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695398 food - good and HEALTHY <BR> <BR> Sleep - 8 hours give or take a pee run in the middle of the night <BR> <BR> exercise - feels good to workout! <BR> <BR> Me time - yes, packing and organizing Thu, 15 May 2014 05:00:19 EST 1 week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694614 One week from today at 11:35AM Eastern Daylight Time I will be landing in the USA and will BE HOME IN NEW HAMPSHIRE for my annual 4 1/2 month VACATION! i will get to drive my car to where ever, whenever I want! I can wear whatever I want while I'm out, I can eat PIG MEAT, drink a REAL BEER, have Bailey's Irish Creme or Kahlua in my coffee! I WILL BE FREE! I can't do any of those things in this hell called Saudi Arabia. It's too complicated to explain why I am here but I am American born ... Wed, 14 May 2014 05:36:07 EST May 13, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694276 Exercise - Aaahhhhhh youbet <BR> <BR> Food - YUM healthy <BR> <BR> Spark - eh, sure, why not <BR> <BR> me time - yep, from 6AM-3PM every day Tue, 13 May 2014 15:34:52 EST May 12, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693520 Posted with permission from JV Manning @ Random Thoughts N' Lotsa Coffee an exert from her new book called "The Other Side" <BR> <BR> This has NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD, PLEASE DO NOT DRAG GOD INTO THIS BLOG! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1602065817.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 12 May 2014 15:32:32 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692396 Wishing all the Moms, Moms-to-be, Step moms, Foster Moms, Co-Moms, Mothers-in-Law, Grandmothers, GREAT Grandmothers, Godmothers, Part-time moms, Aunts, Sisters, Nieces and even Dads who have to be moms. I hope you all have a lovely Mother's day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l279677527.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A special Mother's day to those Moms in Heaven <BR> <BR> Thoughts and prayers to those Moms serving our country overseas and to those moms with Sons, Daughters... Sun, 11 May 2014 05:54:36 EST May 10. 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691713 Water - lots <BR> food - healthy <BR> exercise - 45 + 35 + 10 <BR> Computer time - not much today <em>253</em> Sat, 10 May 2014 06:42:07 EST May 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691422 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS N' LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> This is a very nice saying that I like, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD, PLEASE DO NOT POST GOD STUFF ON MY BLOGS. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2118030720.jpg"> Fri, 9 May 2014 16:06:11 EST May 7, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689530 Two weeks from today these are the signs I will see: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l868414139.jpg"> Wed, 7 May 2014 07:53:20 EST May 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686899 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS & LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> This has NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD! Please leave GOD references out of my blogs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l857795004.jpg"> Sun, 4 May 2014 04:42:45 EST A boo hoo sad blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684551 So sorry if this is not your Spark People exercise, health, diet, motivational, uplifting blog that certain people think you should only post. <BR> <BR> Today is the 1st anniversary of my Father's passing. It has not been an easy year on many of us We miss him very much, we know he is watching over us, we can feel his presence, it doesn't make things any easier. WE do know he is not in pain anymore though. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1256989993.jpg"> <B... Thu, 1 May 2014 04:32:04 EST HATE the new changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684029 I HATE HATE the new changes to the team pages. This just may be my breaking point for Spark People. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:45:43 EST 37 years today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682870 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1078272305.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l348612180.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've had some really great times, some very difficult times, almost ended in divorce but we're still together Tue, 29 Apr 2014 03:43:43 EST April 28, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682467 THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD!!!! This is just a quote I like <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1813226767.jpg"> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:50:22 EST April 24, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679129 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1054679346.jpg"> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:30:59 EST 30 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677538 30 days from today, I will be waking up in my OWN bed in my OWN home in the beautiful rural boonie mountains of New Hampshire. Can't wait. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:40:29 EST I won't quit, I won't give up, I won't fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670465 LOLOLOL, someone here HATES those words and told everyone they should go for a walk in stead of writing those words. Well right back at ya! And I DID GO FOR A WALK before I started sparking today! Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:06:22 EST April 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668337 Exercise - 4 days in a row <BR> Food - healthy <BR> water - needs improvement <BR> Wed, 9 Apr 2014 14:45:44 EST April 6, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665430 I LIKE this saying and I think it's FUNNY. There is NOTHING TO READ INTO THIS! It's JUST FOR FUN! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l69707873.jpg"> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 02:47:20 EST Corned beef and cabbage day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664387 My husband was gone on a business trip the weekend we were planning on cooking the hunk of beef we had brineing to make corned beef so I cooked it today. It didn't turn out too bad for a home made hunk of corned beef. I also made some Irish soda bread that was pretty good too. I ate within my proper portion size and did not eat any potatoes. I did have to try some of the bread since I made it from scratch. I still have a good bit left to make another meal + corned beef hash + save some f... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 14:23:46 EST Got my ticket http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663149 Got my vacation ticket to go back HOME, May 21 for 4 months. Now just gotta use the rest of DH's monthly pay to get my short 45 minute flight ticket from point a to point b. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 03:29:03 EST April 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662388 It's amazing, those that you think are your friends but turns out they aren't your friends anymore, can't be bothered <BR> <BR> Some people that think they know EVERYTHING there is to know about diet, fitness, exercise, how to eat, what to eat, when to eat, what exercises to do, how to do them, when to do them, when to change your plan and everything SparkPeople says is just wrong and they need to do things HIS way. There are a few like that. <BR> I know I shouldn't let it bother me, but it... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 08:07:34 EST PLAY BALL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660533 The boys of Summer are back to work! So glad to see my baseball season starting up! Love that new baseball equipment smell, home plate dirt, grass stained uniforms, pine tar on the bats, the sound of that baseball hitting that wooden bat "YOU'RE OUT" "SAFE" Good Luck Derek Jeter on your final season! Love that fresh Baseball smell! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1601956249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l508272972.jpg"... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:00:24 EST Let it go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660530 Once again, I am posting this because I like it, it is NOT a challenge, if you do not agree with it, please do not comment, it is not about life, death or struggles, it is NOT ABOUT PRAYING OR GOD. Yes, I do believe to continue to change but if that is not possible let it go! I believe in being HAPPY, and THIS MAKES ME HAPPY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l100160351.jpg"> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:55:32 EST March 28, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658403 Once again I am posting this for ME, I like this quote and it doesn't reference to anyone. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1406462370.jpg"> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:28:38 EST March 27, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657580 Not much to blog about, I slipped up one day but got back up and on track. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:46:57 EST Posting for ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655881 I am posting this for ME, it does not apply anyone unless you want it to. I LIKE this, if you do not like this post, please do not leave any negative comments, I will delete them <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1079580081.jpg"> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 04:13:05 EST Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654326 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1177750061.jpg"> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 03:42:55 EST March 20, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652454 Happy first day of Autumn to the Southern Hemisphere! <BR> <BR> I POST THESE BECAUSE I LIKE THEM, THEY ARE NOT MEANT TO BE EXACTLY WHAT I AM DOING SO PLEASE DO NOT THINK THIS IS MINE OR ANYBODY ELSE'S <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l379610706.jpg"> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:18:28 EST Our Sandstorm today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650604 I am AMERICAN BORN AND RAISED, but I live in Saudi Arabia.(Google it) <BR> Today is hot, humid and it's a sandstorm outside. Wind blowing, sand blowing, YES YOU can CRY, MOAN, COMPLAIN AND WHINE ABOUT YOUR SNOWSTORM BUT, at least the snow melts and goes away, the blowing sand gets into every crack, crevice, hole, eyeball, nostril, mouth etc and if you want it gone, YOU have to remove it! Not fun when it blows into the cracks in the doors and windows onto the pots, pans, bed, chairs etc. <BR... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:27:21 EST March 17, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649615 Just another day in paradise - eating the right food, exercising and taking my medication. <BR> Whoopee! NOT! Mon, 17 Mar 2014 05:19:10 EST Which is more important? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646744 Due to certain restrictions I use a treadmill inside to walk. (YES I WOULD PREFER TO WALK OUTSIDE, BUT I am not going to walk in 90+ heat + humidity while dodging stones being thrown by uneducated "kids" and run down by idiots who can't drive) which is more important? Distance, time walked or speed? Some days I can do a mile in 21 minutes, some days not, some days I walk 30 minutes no matter how far, some days I have all I can do to get up to 2.8 mph due to breathing problems. Then there a... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:04:12 EST Mom's surgery went well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645361 they did the Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy last night but she didn't get back to her room until 9:30 so my family didn't stay long. She is doing well and bossing the drs. around and telling them what SHE will do and she will NOT go to rehab because she does not want to be stuck in a wheel chair with an alarm on. She won't accept help at her apartment, she can do it herself! There is nothing my sister or I can do or say to make her change her mind. But she will be just fine and she will be ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:44:30 EST Surgery for my Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644578 I found out on Saturday that my Mom had a serious gallbladder attack Friday, called 911 and went to the ER. I talked to my sister on Sunday and she said my Mom is supposed to have surgery today, Monday. I haven't heard how she is doing, the latest update is her surgery is scheduled for 5PM EDT and I am 7 hours (and 6,500 miles) ahead of her time. I don't know if she is having the laproscopic surgery or cut open surgery. <BR> Please keep her in your prayers and thoughts. <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:54:24 EST March 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642947 I've been keeping up with the exercise, a bit every day, walking, weights, body weight workouts etc. I think I'm making progress, at least I feel better. <BR> <BR> I finished my part on a project my niece asked me to fix for her. Her father stitched a pretty project for her 1st marriage several years ago. She loved it but sadly the marriage ended in divorce. She asked me to take out the names, dates and information for her. I did that but it needed something to finish it. I made a vine... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 14:08:31 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641060 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1202827179.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l749097793.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l783280575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2076796418.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l580326857.jpg"> Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:05:21 EST Awesome day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639515 First- today is my Grandson's 8th birthday, doesn't seem possible that he is 8! I just wish I could be with him to celebrate but one of these days I will be. I will get him something or treat him when I get home for my summer vacation in May. <BR> <BR> Next - HAPPY MARDI GRAS! Hope you have a great party of a day! I made those Shrove Tuesday pancakes for supper. Yes I know traditionally they are a desert type crepe but I thought it would be something different. I filled them with strawb... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:23:07 EST Lazy today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638722 I didn't get on the treadmill today, I know I should have but I was chopping, mincing, dicing, stirring and cooking the jambalaya and Red Beans and rice today and doing laundry. I WILL get back up there tomorrow!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1880703884.jpg"> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:29:56 EST A new month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636656 A new month to a new start with the Biggest Loser challenge and for ME Sat, 1 Mar 2014 07:39:05 EST Feb 28, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635858 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1515939997.jpg"> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:26:30 EST New project-Necktie huggable Remembrance pillow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634452 My Daddy wore neckties, he was a Mason and a Shriner, he was fairly active in church, he had to wear bow ties when he worked at the A&P grocery store, he wore cummerbunds and bow ties for a lot of Eastern Star events. I saw a picture someone had posted on Pinterest that used neckties so I got the idea to use his ties for a quilt and it would be passed around the family, but then we decided to make pillows so we could all have one. I have taken the ties, cut them in half, sorted them out and... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:31:25 EST