RICKEFFEL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RICKEFFEL RICKEFFEL'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/ My first contest! Powerlifting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104189 My first powerlifting contest ever at age 57! <BR> <BR> It was fun ! I did a 235 deadlift and a 225 squat. They didn't give the squat to me though because I tipped a bit at the bottom and my hips went above paralell. (DRAT!) <BR> <BR> I benched too, but the pics wern't very good and it wasn't my best lift. I attempted 125, but let out all my air and didn't get it all the way back up. <BR> <BR> What in this world will I do next? LOL <BR> <BR> I've been training 5 months through all kinds ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 20:23:49 EST Hello!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866316 I know, I know it's been TOO long!!!! <BR> <BR> I finally found access to a library computer that i can make it to once a week. <BR> Whew!! <BR> <BR> I've been really busy. My "girls" ages range from 22 to 55 right now. I have three with bad knees and one with baby, so my classes have to have some modifications added in. Challenging. Enjoy it though! <BR> <BR> So busy!! So glad to have a day off, and it's busy too, of course. Got to do some grocery shopping, house maintenance, laundry, etc... Fri, 4 May 2012 12:31:34 EST It's March already! Spring time's a-comin. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4772000 Hello! <BR> <BR> I love teaching the girls exercise classes! <BR> <BR> They are really sweet girls too, (for the most part). All have a troubled background and struggle. God is working. <BR> <BR> I work at two sites. <BR> <BR> Time is limited today, got to scoot. <BR> <BR> See ya later. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 13:59:37 EST January Courses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4681582 I am moving to north of the county, on the border of the next county. I will be working in a women's rehab center. <BR> <BR> I feel inadequate, ignorant. God will have to empower me for this leg of my journey, cuz I don't have it. <BR> <BR> Internet may or may not be available to me. The nearest Y is 30 miles away. <BR> <BR> Prayers all around please. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 08:37:03 EST December Thoughts - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634922 I like orderliness. There's got to be a pattern, something to guide, sensibleness. <BR> <BR> Irregular work days grind on me, but I take them as blessings. All things that touch my life has been sifted through the hands of my Father. Since all the other things I do have to fit in line with my work days, then all those things become irregular too. More grinding. <BR> <BR> Perhaps my Father is knocking off some edges on me, making me more fit to be called His child. Although I can't see it, t... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 08:50:30 EST November Insanity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4605733 November has been insane! <BR> <BR> There has been some kind of food function at least once a week that I must attend. Celebrations are great, but up to a point and it becomes insanity. I miss my known food, foods that I know exactly what they are made of. <BR> <BR> I have been told more than once that I don't need to lose any more. Maybe I'm tightening up. I've added more weight exercises, using heavier weights. <BR> <BR> I'm jumping up and down the scales, (not in joy ;) . I also contr... Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:09:45 EST October Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4555037 October has been too much. Too much food. <BR> <BR> I am struggling. It's hard enough to battle against myself and my cravings for stuff, but to add temptation after temptation is just too much. <BR> <BR> I have finally figured out that I'm probably only 10 - 20 pounds from goal. I've heard those last few pounds are the toughest to get off, I believe it. <BR> <BR> Will not post a loss this week, I already know. Those pounds never come off as fast or easy as they come on. I'm on the edge of... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 22:38:57 EST What's happenin now. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4538195 Today I'm dealing with no weight loss this week and a broken molar with no dental insurance. I've had pains with this tooth before, but it doesn't hurt now, just sensitive. Not going to start chewing with it right away for sure. <BR> <BR> There always seems to come a reason why I have a little money in my pocket and it's not for things I would like usually. I've been writing a list of things I would like to do and buy since I've started working some, but this was definitely not at the top of... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 14:44:04 EST Sweet Potato Pie, My Oh My http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4522292 How do I begin? <BR> <BR> Well DH and I received a dubious birthday gift yesterday, a sweet potato pie. OH no!! Yes, we did. We ate the whole thing. No worries of it hanging around tempting us for days. <BR> <BR> Well, I got on the scales this AM and was down a whole pound!! Wow!! Will I go out to get more pie? Yesss!!! No, not really. Don't understand it, but it's back to healthy eating and moderation today. Maybe my body was craving sweet potato? <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! Thu, 6 Oct 2011 10:29:05 EST Diet Train Wreck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4515406 I had to go to a Homecoming at a church today. I did not want to go because of the ordeal I have with food. And it proved me right. There were surprisingly few healthy choices. <BR> <BR> Half my plate was peas/beans/okra mix and green beans with some potato in them. The other half had some sweet potato casserole and a small piece of pork roast and a spoonful of baked beans with meat in them. I count it good as I could have done worse. <BR> <BR> There were lots of bowls of potato salads and ... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 16:55:40 EST Cheap Makeup!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511953 I have made a great discovery!! Go to your local Halloween display and look for MAKEUP!! <BR> <BR> You can find highlighting sticks and eyeshadow and lip sticks for cheap!! <BR> <BR> Read the warning labels. Some say not to use around eyes or lips, but most DO NOT! <BR> <BR> Mix and blend to get the color you want. No dry powdery eyeshadow. You may even find flesh colored creme makeups! <BR> <BR> I like the white stick just below the eyebrow, (opens up the eyelid area) and line the lower ... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 11:24:35 EST My job(s) at the Y http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511756 Hello All! <BR> <BR> I really do love my job(s) at the Y. I think sometimes it's not so much the job, it's the people you work with. I have been working in several areas, so I don't have a clear title. lol Just all around "Jack", I quess. ;) <BR> <BR> I work the front desk, the side desk, the KydsZone and Busy Town nursery. The housekeeping lady asked if I would be her back-up and I said yes to that too, just show me all you do. The fitness floor attendant offered me her Sunday once in a wh... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 09:34:07 EST Still around.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4499653 Dear Spark friends, <BR> <BR> I'm still around, just haven't been hanging much on the site. I just have too many other things I have to do, but I am still here, still working at reaching my goals. Life gets crowded sometimes and you have to choose priorities. <BR> <BR> I still love you all, and I'll be back as often as I can. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 08:05:39 EST Have fun!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489588 The day is so gorgeous and inviting!! I've just got to go somewhere and enjoy!! <BR> Thinking of shopping, or maybe "window" shopping. lol <BR> <BR> Any who, get out and have some fun!! <BR> <BR> Have a great one!! Sat, 17 Sep 2011 11:57:25 EST Where does the time go?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4486391 I don't know how some of my Spark Friends DO so much!! I've worked some for two days this week, Monday was errands and now I'm trying to catch up on laundry, changing the sheets, cleaning up after cat, etc., house stuff today. <BR> <BR> We've had a series of Revival meetings at the church since Sun., last night was the last night of it. Enjoyed it much. <BR> <BR> Will work tonight and hopefully get in my second workout for the week. It's been difficult to do all this for me and it's not N... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:48:10 EST Pick and Choose Your Celebrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4480163 This was a tough weekend for a sugar addict. <BR> <BR> A Bridal Shower, an eating out occasion with friends, (Ice Cream available), leftovers brought to the church of all the celebrations including a birthday cake! <BR> No way!!! (Why me Lord?) I've been craving birthday cake, but I passed it up. <BR> It looked s-o-o-o good too. <BR> <BR> The best thing is, I got on the scales this morning with no weight gain!! I had victory over the saboteurs!! Poor DH ate more than he should. I hope he le... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 08:40:40 EST This n That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4477513 It was a good "Y'Day" yesterday. Just glad it won't happen very often like that, I hope. <BR> <BR> Today was a bridal shower that I really didn't want to attend for more reasons than one, but it was ok. Didn't need to spend calories on finger foods, *sigh*, but I was within Spark calories range. <BR> <BR> Ran church bulletins before I went and now am finishing up laundry. One more load to wash. <BR> <BR> It is a GORGEOUS day outside!!! Sat, 10 Sep 2011 16:55:55 EST The "Y", Home Sweet Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474614 Dear Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> I guess I will be spending the day at the Y tomorrow, my second home now. lol <BR> <BR> I will be up at 5:30 in the am, be at work at 8. Work till 11am and then do my workout. I will clock back in at 4pm to work the evening shift til 8pm. WOW!! <BR> <BR> It's just too far to make two trips. I will pack all my usual eats and snacks so I won't be going to buy junk anywhere. DH will be coming for his workout. The only thing missing will be home cooking. No cookin... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 22:46:00 EST Yippee!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4470946 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> The coffee is brewing and I've had my breakfast. Getting ready to go to work (at Y). Be there at 8 am today, and it's a good 45 minute drive normally. I'm excited, I'm scared, a mixed bag. I get off at 12 and then will do my workout. (I need it much). <BR> <BR> I have fallen two days this week. I am a sugar addict. Once it kicks in, it's hard to stop. Today's the day, it has to stop. <BR> <BR> It is kinda nice to be up so early, so quiet and peaceful. <BR> <BR> Have... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 07:06:05 EST What's Going On? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459121 Today was my first day at the desk for training at the Y. It's mostly an information desk. So the key there is FIND the information that people want answers for. And there's lots of information, programs, kid's stufff swimming, sports, etc. OK. Oh, and answering the phone and making coffee. <BR> <BR> I got a nice new shirt! <BR> <BR> I got my schedule for September and it looks like I'll be spending more time in the nursery that at the desk. (That's another color shirt). They also wear blac... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:02:31 EST Changes coming . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4449332 My life is about to change. No more lots of time to do chores, Spark, and whatever I want. I am about to enter the work force once again. I begin on Wednesday. It's going to be difficult. I am so used to my time being my own. I am afraid that things around here are going to get neglected badly. Being away from the house for extended periods of time day after day is going to be quite different. DH will be by himself so much. That's scarey too! (This place is going to fall apart.) <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:45:26 EST From a Strictly Mathematical Viewpoint: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445455 What equals 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been in situations where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 101%? <BR> <BR> What equals 100% in life? <BR> <BR> Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions. <BR> <BR> If A B C D . . . . Z <BR> is represented as:1 2 3 4. . . . 26 <BR> <BR> Then: H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K <BR> 8+1+18+4+23+15... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:03:00 EST Cranky, Irritable, Gripey Grouch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4442418 I was cranky and irritable this weekend. I thought ice cream would help, but it didn't, especially when I read high fructose corn syrup on the label. (I try to avoid that.) Don't I try to avoid ice cream too? Welll. . ., yea. I haven't had real ice cream in a while tho. <BR> <BR> I don't like the grouchy, cranky feeling any more than those around me, so I tried thinking happy thoughts. How excited I was to use my new Children's Ministry Resource Bible! Oh how I LOVE that! . . . . We had no ... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 18:05:09 EST My Bulletin Boards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4436791 These are what I've been doing lately that keeps me busy. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847811417.jpg"> <BR> This one I completed today. Hope you can read it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l517435480.jpg"> <BR> This one was moved from where the first one is now, from the foyer to the fellowhip hall area. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430053590.jpg"> <BR> This one is a little older, in the Sunday School/ Fellowship... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 13:06:09 EST Seeds of Faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4428714 God the Father . . . Wills <BR> <BR> God the Son (the Word, Jesus) . . . Speaks <BR> <BR> God the Holy Spirit . . . Moves <BR> <BR> We the children . . . Obey Mon, 15 Aug 2011 16:28:46 EST My furnace is heating up . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4420721 I am so blessed! My enthusiasm for things spiritual is echoing throughout my being. My body is responding to my more increased efforts and courage to persevere. Who says God is not real? <BR> <BR> My inward furnace is heating up. I am sooo glad. I have felt "cold" for too long. <BR> My human nature dragged me away from personal spiritual journeying and I was actually dying in the wilderness/dessert/barren land / FAMINE. (There is MUCH famine in the land, another story) <BR> <BR> This is als... Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:48:56 EST One way to get me to the gym . . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4417160 Yes, I am putting in an application to work at the Y, again. I've worked there before. Never doing what I WANT to do, yet. Came close before, but was cut off. <BR> <BR> I plan to either go in early or to stay later than my hours to get in a workout. No excuses right? Membership will then be free too. Another plus. <BR> <BR> Hope what I have to do isn't going to drive me bananas, gym attendant for the "Fun Zone". A policeman of sorts, to make sure those coming in are actual members and to gi... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 18:16:36 EST Setting Some Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4405208 This is long overdue. I need to write down some of my goals and plan how to achieve them. <BR> <BR> #1 Goal - Get back to the Bible, and prayer, and studies. <BR> <BR> I've let this slip for awhile because of too many distractions. <BR> <BR> #2 Goal - Get back to weight I need to be. <BR> <BR> Working on this lately, and making some progress. <BR> <BR> #3 Goal - Build a better body by exercising, strength training, doing a variety of workout classes. <BR> <BR> Will take some scheduling,... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 17:39:35 EST Trip ta Trip ta Trip . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4399647 Well this weekend has been difficult, just as I was feeling in the weight loss groove. You know the feeling, when you feel like you're doing all the right things and the weight is coming off too. You've GOT IT going on. Love that feeling! <BR> <BR> Well, DH wanted to eat out Friday evening. (Against my better judgement, we did) OK. I was not good. <BR> <BR> Saturday was work for me at the Gulf, so the eating was ok, although the ladies are treated to TCBY afterward, it was acceptably withi... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 11:42:21 EST Same, Same http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4391758 There are some days when I feel like I'm just existing, one day is very similar to another. Being successful at controlling food intake is a boost. Having too many incidental things to do to get to the gym is a downer. Today is, I mean the past few weeks has been like that. <BR> <BR> I have to do something different to get out of this rut. I so-o-o want a vacation, but cannot until maybe October. <BR> <BR> Got to figure out how to change this NOW. Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:48:06 EST July Jubilee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4378627 I've lost 3 pounds so far in the Alabama July Jubilee challenge! That's pretty good for a "Slowest Loser". <BR> <BR> I don't get enough exercise in. Can't be helped, but I'm losing anyway! Fri, 22 Jul 2011 07:59:06 EST Nuttin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4377152 I'm making myself blog something even if there's really nuttin' going on. <BR> <BR> Oh, some of the pecan trees here are dropping little pecans (immature ones). Hope we have some this year. I pick them up and sell them.( Every little bit helps.) <BR> <BR> Doing floors and laundry today. DH is gone to the Y. I hardly ever go anymore because he won't be back til around 2:PM or 2:30PM. That's over 4 hours, 45 min. commute included, one way. <BR> <BR> He has lost over 50lbs! Trying to reduce c... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:14:42 EST Dreaming of a Mountain Get-away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4368731 Spent most of my afternoon looking at mountain cabins in Mentone, Al on the internet. Just dreaming of the crisp air, the breathtaking scenery, the serenity and beauty; the coziness, quietness, the hottub on the outside deck overlooking the valley below. <BR> <BR> It's been probably ten years or more since we were there. How I would love to go again for a whole week. I think we stayed 4 days when we went before. <BR> <BR> Dream, dream, dream, dream, dream.....................ahhhhhhhhh.... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 20:51:51 EST Amazing Seniors are so Inspiring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4362167 Wow! <BR> <BR> News Flash! <BR> <BR> 61 yr old Diana Nyad is going to attempt a long distance swim from Havana Cuba to the Florida Keys soon. <BR> <BR> Amazing! <BR> <BR> Older just means being more careful in training and taking more care of muscles, joints, tendons. Doesn't mean disabled or incompetent. Gives me hope. <BR> <BR> I LOVE reading about these amazing people. There's also a 70 something yr old body builder/fitness trainer I read about a few months ago. Wish I could remember ... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 10:57:59 EST Ponderings of a Wandering Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357930 I'm going to have a weight loss this week I know already, but I won't post till Friday, my "official weigh-in day." <BR> <BR> I feel lighter, thinner, better. Haven't tried my older clothes yet to see/feel the changes there. I CAN see the changes in my face. Anything over 160lb. and my face loses it's proportions. Eyes get smaller, mouth too, looks smaller when I'm up. Proportions are coming back now. <BR> <BR> The only real problem is saggy, wrinkly skin when I get closer to my goal. Not n... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:49:51 EST Character http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4356621 "You should remember that though another may have more money, beauty, and brains than you, yet when it comes to the rarer spiritual values such as charity, self-sacrifice, honor, nobility of heart, you have an equal chance with everyone to be the most beloved and honored of all people." <BR> ~ Archibald Rutledge Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:15:56 EST Survival Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348306 I've eaten in the lower range of calorie allotment for a couple of days now without any real problem. No hunger pangs. I could eat, but not real hunger. <BR> <BR> This is good. This feels like control. I'M in control, not my eating. There was even a potluck at church last night and I was still good. <BR> <BR> It feels great to know I can do this. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it helps to think back to stories of people in the depression who ate very little each day, to stretch their food just to s... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 22:39:26 EST Splurge Day!!?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4341428 I'd already discovered that eating out anywhere does not satisfy me like eating home made. It's just not as good, thank you anyway. <BR> <BR> Today was a planned splurge since DH and I have been really good the past couple of weeks and it's a holiday. <BR> <BR> We planned on eating some of our old favorites and we were greatly looking forward to this "treat". <BR> <BR> Domino's pizza, Moose Tracks (yogurt) and reduced fat chips. Now the chips really hit home for me, but none of the other r... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 22:43:37 EST July Jubilee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4339007 July Jubilee! July Jubilee! <BR> Happy Jubilee for me! <BR> I can do this, I can do this. <BR> Yes, I can. <BR> <BR> Alabama Sparks Sun, 3 Jul 2011 15:20:00 EST The Extravagance of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4337891 More sky than man can see, <BR> More seas that he can sail, <BR> More sun than he can bear to watch, <BR> More stars than he can scale. <BR> <BR> More breath than he can breathe, <BR> More yield than he can sow, <BR> More grace than he can comprehend, <BR> More love than he can know. <BR> <BR> ...... Ralph W. Seager <BR> Sat, 2 Jul 2011 21:42:02 EST The "Inside Stuff" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4334983 I lost 65 pounds four years ago and it seemed so much easier. I can't get to the gym as often as I did then, maybe that's part of it. It was nothing to lose 2 or 3 pounds in a week then. Wow. Age creeps up on you fast! <BR> <BR> But, I am happy to be losing 1 pound a week. I can tell the difference in my face and how I feel with nearly 10 pounds gone. Gaining some of my weight back was even easier! Unbelievably easy! And mostly fun too!.... for a while. <BR> When I couldn't wear cute clothe... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 10:37:27 EST Texting in Church! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4327963 Since when is texting in church acceptable?????? <BR> <BR> My husband is beside himself over this. Three years ago a family left because my husband called the teen out during service after previously talking with her, then family, and it continued. Big hoo haw. <BR> <BR> NOW, there's another teen girl doing this, all during the service her face is stuck in her screen, oblivious to the sermon, whatever else is going on. Grandma and Grandpa sees this and say nothing. <BR> <BR> My husband has... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:57:29 EST What's Happening Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4317421 Well, let's see. I'm trying to think of something terrific. I know I've lost some weight this week, but not from exercising. <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> I won't post weight until Friday, as usual. (drum roll) (looked for a drum under emotes ??) Oh well. <BR> <BR> I've been afraid to walk much outside since there were two people in our area bitten by rabid foxes. Keeping our two kitties inside. They are not vaccinated. <BR> <BR> Found a big green worm on my tomato plants! He is no more. <em>10... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:59:00 EST My Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4308036 If anyone wonders what it is I do that is so active, I'm with a crew of ladies who clean rental houes on the beach. These are not cottages. These are gigantic places. (Google Halekai Gulf Coast Vacation Rental to see) I clean Hal 2, Hal 3, and Villa. They are beautiful. <BR> <BR> We do it all, dust, wash linens, vacuum, mop, change beds, ( Hal 3 has 11 bedrooms, 18 beds), clean bathrooms, clean kitchens, everything. I usually do the vacuuming and mopping, sometimes clean bathrooms. <BR> Afte... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 09:00:36 EST Tatters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4300164 Hubby and I decided this past Sunday night was going to be a splurge night and so it was... Back on it on Monday morning. Well... he had a doctor's appointment and I decided to go with him (mistake). I forgot to bring any of my healthy snacks and the appointment turned into a half the day affair full of stress, stress, and more stress. No, I didn't eat a lot of bad food, but by the time we got back home I was irritable and hungry and ate MORE than I should and more carbs than usual too and no... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:35:25 EST That's Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4283915 The day began pretty much as planned, but then the butane man came to put the new tank in. <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't want to do laundry without hot water, so I waited. <BR> <BR> DH went to the Y. Somebody had to stay here until the procedure was completed. <BR> <BR> The new tank had a small amount of gas, so a truck was going to come to fill it. <BR> <BR> The first man lit the pilots and left. Well, in a few minutes I began to smell gas. I figured the low amount in the tank was making the... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 19:24:54 EST My Walk This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4272409 I feel: the humidity, a little breeze, (think of the beach, maybe), the sun is <BR> bearing down, I'm starting to feel steamy myself by the third lap. <BR> <BR> I hear: the birds are singing, navy planes are flying over, the grass is crunching under my shoes (it is very dry), the AC is humming. <BR> <BR> I see: a black snake in the fence row, (hmmmmm), green sod fields, my 12 year old cat patiently lying in the shade, waiting for me to go back in. <BR> <BR> I smell: the c... Thu, 2 Jun 2011 11:45:00 EST Just for Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4270780 M R DUCKS. <BR> M R NOT. <BR> M R 2 DUCKS. <BR> NO, M R NOT. <BR> O S M R. <BR> C M WINGS? <BR> C D E D B D FEET? <BR> L I B, M R DUCKS. Wed, 1 Jun 2011 18:51:20 EST No Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4255752 I have been seeking control for so long and still it eludes me. There are too many variables in my life to upset any schedule I might have. <BR> Since we moved here three years ago, I have lost control and gained 30 pounds. <BR> The frustration level makes it even worse. <BR> I don't know what to do anymore. Wed, 25 May 2011 14:28:18 EST It Is What It Is. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4067035 Whatever "it" is that's it. <BR> What is, is. <BR> Accept life, both hard stuff and easy. It just "Is". Fri, 4 Mar 2011 20:31:49 EST