REALCAROL's SparkPeople Blog REALCAROL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Happy After I get rid of the last 21 points, I'll be starting over. I look so forward to it. I'll have a new user name. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:25:49 EST Father's Day I'm going to celebrate father's day. I'm a single parent so both parts are mine. I haven't been able to enter contests that men have entered. Why not? Shouldn't single parents be able to enter contests and not have gender interfere? If a single dad has raised is child or is raising his child shouldn't he be allowed to enter mother day contests? Food for thought. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 11:25:56 EST Mother's Day! Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers. Way to go. What a commitment that is including me. Blessings and have a great day! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> and the list goes on Sat, 11 May 2013 10:43:16 EST Happy tune costing billions I heard Chris Hatfield and Ed Roberts singing with children from a school. Ed on earth and Chris in space. Does it get any better than that! The song would be suited to the soldiers in Iraq. Why didn't they do it there. <BR> Our roads are in falling apart and our govts. are sending people and equipment into space. Why! It is costing billions and our roads are crumbling. Again why! There isn't an excuse good enough. Shame on our govts. Mon, 6 May 2013 10:48:37 EST HAPPY EASTER Once again a special time of year. Easter and all of the celebrations. Family, friends and acquaintances. The other side of Easter is bleak for those who don't have anyone in their lives. My heart aches for those. Well, Happy Easter. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:58:18 EST Scratch Cooking Team Come and join me! Mon, 14 Jan 2013 10:07:38 EST Credit Card Stores are charged extra for us using a credit card. Stores are charged less for us using debit. <BR> What can I do about it? Use debit or cash but one person isn't going to make much of a difference. If you and you and so forth join me then it would make a difference. What would happen then? Would credit card companies stop charging so much to the stores? Well I don't know. We all have the freedom to do as we wish in this case anyway. If you have any ideas you certainly can share the... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:47:26 EST A Christmas Wish MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MY FELLOW SPARKERS. Blessings to you and yours over this holiday season. Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:47:19 EST Pauline is getting married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations Pauline!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:33:12 EST Fantastic Sparkpeople Wow what a lovely bunch of sparky people. The birthday wishes I got. Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> <em>250</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:11:11 EST Cell phones I think that if cell phone companies had some 55+ people working in their stores that it would attract more of that age group into getting a cell phone. I know I would feel more comfortable bringing more cell phone problems to an older person like myself instead of these youngsters. Although the youngsters are smart about the cell phone. Anyhow my thoughts. Wed, 30 May 2012 11:31:47 EST Happy me I've been suffering with dry skin. Last night I tried vaseline on my hands and legs. Wow what a difference this morning. I just put a light layer of it before getting into bed. Again what a difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tue, 22 May 2012 11:10:57 EST The Best Ever Mother's Day I have the best daughter in the whole wide world. She got her friend to come and surprise with a motorcycle ride. OH so awesome. I had the best mother's day ever ever ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I told her I'm going to get a motorcycle when I'm 65. She says she can picture it now. Me wearing a brightly colored shirt with flowers on it and wild pink runners. We both laughed so hard. I said I can see that as well. She knows me so well. <BR> <em>100</em> Mon, 14 May 2012 10:37:19 EST alone The hardest thing for me to fight against in life is being alone. Sun, 13 May 2012 11:08:02 EST Twitter I watched Murdock Mysteries last night. It is based on the early 1900's. I found it funny that an actor said I'm all in a twitter about that. Twitter not such a new concept. I love that show too because when they are solving the murders they use things that we use today. Microwave started back then not like we have now. Internet dating well telegraph operators did the same except not on the internet but it was the same thing. Even the women being taken by men for money. Not a new conc... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 10:23:37 EST Too sexy for his shirt My Sammy is too sexy for his shirt. Do you remember that song! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:38:32 EST Don Cherry Dress-Alike <img src=""> <BR> Sammy doesn't know what to wear. Should it be stripes or dots or browns or golds or grays. Let's see what does Don Cherry wear. Anything goes with him so why not Sammy. Sammy's answer is to wear it all. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:11:56 EST more of my little man <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 5 Feb 2012 12:02:42 EST My little man <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:32:21 EST Caught I was caught in the act of getting rid of the evidence. I was then accused of killing. I have to admit that is sort of what I did but it wasn't my fault. Please believe me. Okay I'll come clean and tell the truth. It was just an old tv. Did I come to the truth too soon. I should have kept the suspense going a little longer. I had an old tv on a dolly and took it out to the garbage. Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:35:30 EST Company is coming. I made my pizza on Sunday. I invited someone in my building to come and have pizza with me. Margaret is her name. I've met Margaret in the building but I didn't know her. What a small world. She lived in the same small town that I did. She worked in the same club (as cook) as I did. Our backgrounds are very similar. What great start to the new year. Miracles happen even to me. God hasn't forgotten about me. <BR> <em>250</em> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:19:58 EST Pizza time. I had an excellent Christmas. It probably is the first one ever. <BR> <BR> I am making homemade pizza for Jan. 1. One will be pineapple and ham and the other one I'm not sure yet. I look forward to doing that. I love cooking. I'll ring in the new year doing something I love. <BR> <BR> <em>483</em> <em>181</em> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:20:56 EST Merry Christmas It seems that Christmas season is here once again. Other sparkers are wishing me a merry Christmas. It is taken me a little longer to get into the spirit. Well I am there now. My wish for all. <BR> Blessings and best wishes in the new year of 2012. <BR> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>444</em> Sat, 10 Dec 2011 11:11:06 EST American Thanksgiving I had a great Thanksgiving. I celebrated the American Thanksgiving. I decided to change traditions and this is one of them. I had turkey and a lovely wine. All by myself but it was so relaxing just what I needed. Tacos are being made for Christmas. If it works in my life then that is what counts. Happy me is what it makes. Fri, 25 Nov 2011 10:17:52 EST Bikes on the sidewalk. If you are riding your bike on the sidewalk, please get a bell. People walking on the sidewalks don't have eyes in the back of their heads. They also don't have better hearing than anyone. I can wonder as I look around to see what is around me. There is no law against that. Buying a bell and putting it on your handle bar is very inexpensive and very easy to put on. It is for your safety and mine. One lady ended up in the street because I moved just when she was trying to pass me. Once... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 10:04:07 EST I got lazy A couple of quotes. <BR> <BR> The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. <BR> <BR> The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:17:47 EST Cheer I read on the "read entries" an article called cheer up. Well I found an article that might put on smile on your face. You've probably read it before but here it is <BR> <BR> A husband read a study in the local paper that proclaimed women use more words than men. Enthusiastic about proving to his wife that he was right all along when accusing her of talking too much, he showed her the study results. It read: "Men use about 15,000 words per day, and women use about 30,000." After absorb... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 11:13:27 EST My opinion I think the adult age should be changed back to age 21. We are rushing our young people too quickly. We are giving them decision making that they shouldn't have to deal with yet. I know they can't wait until they are old enough to drink. Even waiting until 21 they were getting it any way they could. Now we are helping them out by giving it to them legally at 18. Make them work for getting that alcohol by what they were doing before false id etc. My opinion. <BR> <BR> I think calling ... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 13:01:58 EST Motion I have an excellent dvd for us 55 plus people. Exercise that is easy but makes you sweat. Recipes and a bunch of other stuff. Healthy living thing. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>trition/in_motion_nutrition_recipes/ </link> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 10:13:12 EST Making wrong right I feel better now. I made the wrong right. Thanks. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:25:04 EST So sorry about my mistake Here I thought I was doing such a good thing and a right thing. How awful to get the right day but the wrong spark person. Oh I feel so bad. A thousand apologies. <em>245</em> <em>220</em> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:34:51 EST Best You wonderful bunch of sparkie people, you have made this the best birthday but not only that you have made it the best day of my life. <BR> Thanks a million times plus. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 10:04:55 EST Gift giving I find gift giving to be stressful. No one wants to think about Christmas yet. My birthday is next Saturday. My daughter's birthday is today. What do I get. What does she get for me. Oh the stress. The guilt. Is gift giving really necessary. Is the stress so enjoyable that we continue to give gifts. <BR> <BR> You know what really blesses me spending time with my child. A small gift even from the dollar store and spending time with my child on her birthday or Christmas or any holi... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 10:35:34 EST Something positive and free When was the last time you went to the public library. You can learn computer stuff for free. You can use the internet for free. You can take books out for free. Reading is healthy not geeky. I use to think libraries were for geeks. Well if they are I am certainly am enjoying what they offer. I have taken a photography lesson for free. I have taken an a cake decorating lesson for free. I'm going on a tour for free. At certain times of the day you can go down and listen to live music... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 10:31:49 EST The Vet I have a problem with veterinarians. They are discriminatory toward poor pet owners. In Canada the people doctor is free (paid through taxes) but the vet is far from it. If you want to make lots of money become a vet. It costs way too much. My daughter's cat was or still may be sick. It is $500 just to find out if he is worth saving or just to have him put down. If he is worth saving then the problem has to be fixed and guess what that is more money. If he is not worth saving then gue... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:44:20 EST My complaint The govt. put scary pictures on cigarette packages. It is understandably so. Now they want to put similar pictures on alcohol. <BR> <BR> I hate it when I walk past someone who is smoking. The smell and of course the cancer possibility. If someone was standing outside with an alcoholic drink and I walk past them I am not walking past a smell nor do I have a chance of getting cancer. We are all aware of alcohol diseases and homelessness and marriage breakups and whole lot of other miser... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:51:13 EST Thinking out loud. The government is trying to solve the prostitution and homelessness problems. I believe they are going about it in the wrong way. I use to belong to AA and that was a great program. No one judged. I am wondering if the same kind of program can be used for homeless and prositutes. These are people too and that I think is forgotten. If they had a safe place to go and not be judged and put the 12 step program in place I wonder if that would be a better idea. They are not on the streets be... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 10:41:56 EST Sisters Wow what a wonderful thing to have sisters. I have a bond with a couple of ladies on spark and we adopted each other. Probably never a chance of meeting in person. I don`t have any sisters. Now I have sparky sisters. What a feeling!!!!!!!!!!! I`m thrilled about it. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>220</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:35:56 EST Mother and Daughter Day Update Cynthia, my daughter came over after her work. She finishes work at 5 and could easily be at my place by 5:30. She decided to spend extra time with her friends and then come over. I don't like eating at 7 and I didn't want to spoil my plan so I ate at 6. I've never done that before. I've always waited for her and ended up being miserable. It was different this time. She ate dinner when she got here and she was surprised that I had already eaten. I told her I wasn't going to have my pl... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:24:29 EST Mother and Daughter Day No father's day for me and my daughter. We are starting a new tradition. Both of our fathers were beyond horrible and that is the reasoning behind the change. We need this. It is possitive for both of us. We can't brag about our fathers because they were abusive. Mother and daughter celebration coming up on the 19th of June. <em>224</em> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 11:09:42 EST Mother`s Day I have 2 children a daughter and a son. My son was adopted out. He is a very angry and dangerous person when he is drinking. My daughter has experienced his violence personally and so is well aware of it. <BR> <BR> About a week ago my daughter, Cynthia, called me to tell me about another incident that she experienced when she was with him and a couple of friends. He tried to throw her down the stairs in his house. The evening started with going out to dinner with his adopted parents bu... Fri, 6 May 2011 11:26:31 EST McDonald`s McDonald`s have lost their way. They cater to singles and office workers. What ever happened to the statues that use to be in their restaurants. We already have Tim Horton`s we don`t need another one. Bring back the original McDonald`s. Sun, 17 Apr 2011 16:37:25 EST Clown <img src=""> <BR> I took a free cake decorating class at the library. I am so proud of my first creation. I now have the confidence to get a cake decorating bag and some tips to do it again. It is fun. Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:05:46 EST Proud of me. It is so awesome that I have lost so much weight. I lost 1 inch around the middle, 2 inches lower part and well 1 inch there too. I have never felt my slacks to be this loose on me. I need a new wardrobe for the summer. I walk downstairs 9 flights everyday at least once a day. Seldomly do I walk up. My knees a little rusty. I do a 2 hour walk everyday. I enjoy it. It does not take force to do any of it. I wouldn`t have it any other way. It only took a start of doing it once and I h... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 11:27:55 EST Good things for me. I am so happy with the way my daughter has turned out. I started the year off on the right track and it still continues. I have gained my daughter. I finally see that even good things will happen for me. I want to think more positively from here on in. I see little lights. Now with gaining my daughter that is a big light. Is there good things still coming for me this year?. Absolutely. I look forward to what is coming. Happy, happy me. <em>335</em> <em>239</em> <em>67</em> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 11:49:39 EST I am proud of myself. <img src="">I am proud of myself. I attempted something I haven't before in the baking department. St. Patric's Day I made some marble cupcakes. I have made marble cake before but not cupcakes. I also iced them of course with green icing. I steer clear from icing anything. I had to follow the recipe exactly. I make bread from scratch. Soups, stews, lasagna and etc. all from scratch but ice something. Again I am proud of myself. ... Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:17:50 EST You are my miracle. I can't say enough about those spark people. It is so lovely to be have you as friends. I've never met so many people that are on the same page. You understand me. You get me. I can talk to people at my church and they don't. It is only here that I have been able to lose weight and keep it off. Oh I've had my ups and downs too. I am not perfect but I continued. I stayed and continue to stay because of you. I have gone from size 16 to a size 10. It is a miracle and you are that mira... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 11:33:18 EST SPECIAL VALENTINE`S DAY I have no doubts that I have done the right thing by planning certain meals and writing them on my calendar. I took the ingredients for tuna quiche to my daughter`s yesterday (Valentine`s Day). I put it together and baked it there. I had such an awesome time. I know she did too. We stayed up until 4 am talking. Indescribable time with her. It was her idea to spend Valentine`s Day with me after I told her about my planning of the meals for the calendar. I blogged earlier about this if ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 15:15:19 EST Vanity I saw something in the news that I found to be very disturbing to me. A ten year old girl is worried about the whiteness of her teeth. Oh the commercials have such a pull on people including our poor children. I`ve never heard of people being worried about, for example, about whether the color of their teeth matching the color of their wedding dress. How vain! Sad, sad, sad. Pitiful!!!!!!! Fri, 4 Feb 2011 11:12:16 EST Progress <BR> I started the new year off in the right way, taking care of me. It is paying off. My daughter, Cynthia, called me to talk about her issue but the conversation turned into my news. I shared with her about how I am planning the year for myself. I told her how I had made pizza January 1 and the meals I have planned for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter and so forth. I have lasagna planned for Easter and how many people have lasagna for Easter. I am doing this because family ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:06:54 EST