RONNIEHUEY's SparkPeople Blog RONNIEHUEY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Mt Baldy memorial hike for mother Saturday 10 family members ages from 12 to me 66 climbed Mt Baldy 10,064 ft. I am afraid of heights,one of my hip replacements is giving problems, not in the best physical shape for a physical hike as Mt Baldy(class 2). <BR> The hike idea started 6 months ago,During Christmas our family started talking about our deceased mother who had over 200 "bagged peaks" She even re- climbed 100 while she was pregnant with our youngest sister.She was 44 at the time. <BR> My youngest brother and the sis... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:56:19 EST Pending birthday Cruise My darling army daughter is giving me a Mexican Cruise for my 66th birthday May 5th, She will drive from Wash state to Calif this weekend,A niece and nephew plus my son will also be going.I will get to use my brand new pass port which i got for my bucket list Alaskan cruise scheduled for August 29th. <BR> My toes are painted with the Mexican flag in honor of Cinco De Mayo.My pedicure lady had to check on her Smart phone for flag ideas.I bought my self a Cinco De Mayo birthday tee shirt off ... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:50:42 EST Hill! Yesterday I walked our local hill with my sister.I hadn't walked it in months.I always had to stop twice to catch my breath. I took my fat Beagle Bailey and was fighting him as we walked. It had been raining and I had shoes on that were wore out(no traction)It finally dawned on me that I was almost to the top and wasn't panting or had cramps in my legs.It was the first time I ever climbed the hill with out stopping.Half mile up and a half mile down.My sister said the 86 Lbs I lost over the l... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:18:00 EST Weight loss! 15 months ago I weighed 223 a new high for me! I'm 5'1 1/2.My old doctor said I should weigh 105 or less.Most of my adult life I weighed 120-145 LBS- In my 50s I started gaining weight. For five years that I needed hip replacement surgery I continued to gain.I lost 20 Lbs for the surgery.Of course I gained it back with a few friendly pounds for company.A few years ago I did everything that my insurance company required for A Gastric by pass-I was turned down ,even though I more than qualified... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 13:30:46 EST Wedding! My sister was married last Saturday in our other sisters vineyard/ranch.Due to lack of funds we all pitched in and helped make the 1920s theme wedding a memorable one.Bride and groom both come from large Italian families.Groom has 3 adult children,bride 5 from 11 to 23 plus 18 month grand child.The two entire families were married together.It is something to see a non-traditional wedding with an older bride and groom(38 and 47) While the bride walked up the garden steps "Burning ring of fire... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:27:50 EST Daughter My daughter was injured in Afghanistan again.She was medevaced back to Ft Lewis last Thursday.(That kid needs to stay out of Afghanistan.)This time it wasn't the Homeboys who injured her but and officer.While she was working on her Apache helio.He told her to clean up a drop of oil under the number one drive shaft.She had to hang on to the struct with her rt hand and reach in to clean the oil up. Of course the engine was running.The drive shaft turns at 1000 RPMS.As soon as her hand touched i... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:27:31 EST The will to survive! Monday my 21 yr old niece and two friends were driving off the mountain where they live above Palm Springs,Calif.(Palms to Pines Highway-74)For those who don't know the highway,it is very curvy and has 1000 ft drop offs.My niece was in the back seat doing her homework. the two other girls in front. for some reason the driver swerved and they went over the edge.The car rolled several times and landed at least a hundred feet down the cliff.My niece crawled out a window and dragged her self up ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:12:02 EST Dentist! My son loses his dental insurance Sept 23rd ,his 26th birthday.We hadn't been to the dentist for almost two years because when I retired they changed my coverage to Delta Dental and gave me a dentist in Palm Desert near Palm Springs,Ca. It was to far to drive from Anza.Now I moved even further away,,so was able to change to a closer dentist.While working ,I had good insurance.It paid for almost everything and only cost 44 a month for the whole family.Now that I have retired,I only have my so... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:33:36 EST Helping sister move. My younger sister is moving into my old place on my friend's property.I'm moving books once again! Didn't I just move 10,000 to my storage sheds? My sister has about 5,000. They fit in 6 8ft book cases.The mobile is 10/50 ft. She will have to cover her windows in book cases.My sister will have further to drive for her entertainment jobs.There are several schools close by so she could apply for a teaching job in between acting/comedy and convention jobs.She will get to take all her cats ,dog a... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 13:19:11 EST Scotty McCreery show Last night I and a friend attended The Temecula Wine and Balloon festival.It is only over the fence from the vineyard where I live .I fell in love with Scotty when he was on American Idol in 2011.I hate to say this but 64 is to old to see a concert on the green(no seats)We brought lawn chairs,had a good close view of the stage.HOWEVER,that didn't count when Scotty came on.I had to stand or be trampled by drunk 16-30 year olds. Scotty puts on a good show. He really works the stage so everybo... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:24:13 EST Jury Duty Calif. style In California,You are sent a jury summons appomx 28 days before you are required to serve.The weekend prior to date,you call in to see if you have to serve on Monday. If you have to go in,it's one day or one trial.You sit in a room of about 160 other people waiting to see if you have to serve.If you don't get called,you are excused untilthe next year.No 15.00 plus 39 cents a mile unless you are there two or more days. If you don't show up,you can be arrested and have to pay a 1500 dollar fin... Tue, 28 May 2013 14:42:33 EST Check out new picture! Moose babies in a wading pool. Somebody sent it to my Face Book account.I couldn't resist,I had to add it to my moose collection with my son's help. Fri, 17 May 2013 15:29:07 EST Early birthday present My DD sent me a 5 ft Mission fig tree and two Concord grape plants for my new place.Apparently she had trouble finding a company who could send plants to California.(insect worries)A company out of Georgia had insect free stuff that could be sent to Calif.It is funny that she sent me grape plants as I live in the middle of a vineyard.The grapes growing here are Barbara for wines.My favorite fruits are Concord grapes and Mission figs(black)I also love Santa Rosa plums.I bought a plum tree la... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:47:49 EST I need a rest from my mini vacation! My friend and I left for Laughlin ,Nevada for a mini vacation on Saturday.We left at 5AM and arrived at 9:30 AM .We checked in and went and played bingo.We both won.had breakfast,played bingo and won. gambled a bit,played bingo and won.had dinner played bingo,I didn't win,friend did.gambled played bingo won. gambled until 1 AM. bed.Sunday up at 5AM.Bingo won.breakfast,bingo won. gambled,bingo won. lunch, bingo,didn't win. gambled,bingo didn't win.friend won 3 times for larger pots. she came ... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:49:58 EST Zombies! Last Saturday I went to a play in Vista,Calif. with a friend of my sisters.(my sister couldn't go so she gave me the ticket.) We were late because a tractor-trailer layed on its side and closed the freeway on the opposite side.After the play we came back on the same freeway(15) and was trapped in 2 mile a hour traffic.We were in the slow traffic from 9:20 PM until 1:30 AM.It is only about 40 miles from Vista to Temecula. Even the back roads were stopped up with traffic. We were low on gas and... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 02:20:25 EST Survived San Diego Freeway syatem once again! <em>46</em> I know I'm a big wimp when it comes to freeways in Southern Calif.At 4:30 this morning I' m handed the keys to a huge car I'm not used to driving. Of course I have to get into the flow of traffic from three lanes of people dropping off loved ones .I cut off a bus and finally get in the flow of TRAFFIC,when I see I- 5 on ramp pass by across 4 lanes of traffic from me. I find myself circling the drop off area once again with everybody else.(I'm about ready to cry.stop somebody an... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:17:15 EST found a bunch of bottles of different types of liquer I have been moving for at least a month.10,000 books aren't easy to move.I have donated or thrown out at least 2,000.I stayed on line with Amazon,therefore I keep selling.So now I have to find the darn books I sold.It is very overwhelming needless to say.I'm down to two boxes of books still in Anza.Hurray!.Tomorrow I have many dump runs to make, Plus all the stuff under the mobile has to be pulled out.I started to day and found a rotting tote stuffed with assorted bottles of booze.They were g... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 04:03:56 EST I now am renting three storage units! I filled my 10/17 ft one with three book cases plus two desks..My book boxes are stacked 5 ft high.I ran out of room.I still have 30 boxes at the apt I'm moving at at least 30 boxes still in Anza.I'm hoping by next month I will be caught up enough to get rid of the Anza storage locker which is only 75.00 a month.A week ago I rented a locker in Temecula for 119.a month.Today the locker next door came open,and its rent is 166.a month.The manager will talk to the owner and try to get i... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 20:10:52 EST New Home! My favorite place in any place I ever lived was my bedroom.I seldom ever used any of the other rooms other cooking .My perfect house would be a full sized kitchen and bathroom in my bedroom.My sister has been wanting me to move on her vineyard ranch for several years.Apparently she listens very well and had the perfect apt.built for me.350 sq ft. terra cotta tile floor.rough like a patio. turquoise stenciled flowers and butterfly's/dragon flies painted on the floor tiles. My back splashes on ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:37:22 EST My daughter leaves for her new base Ft Lewis,Wa tomorrow. It is hard to believe that my daughters 4 week leave is already up.She leaves at 0600 for Ft Lewis tomorrow.There will be floods of tears when she leaves. At least I know she will be safe in the states and not like last year when she left for Afghanistan.Ft Lewis will be happy to get her or I will have to go up there and knock some sense into them.Yep! thats me mom talking.In February she wants to try out for "Special Forces"Yikes! I read about what the training is like and its "oh no" I onl... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:50:58 EST The Jack Rabbit won and lost the battle with my truck I always avoid hitting suicidal critters if at all possible.Tonight I really didn't have a choice.It was dark and the road was windy and very narrow.My adult son is worse than me about empathy for animals.I hit the brakes and still heard the horrible crunch.I told my son I couldn't help hitting the rabbit without going over the bank.He acted like he understood.A bit down the road my truck started making a racket.I pictured the rabbit hung up in my wheel base or something else gory.I had to dr... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 03:54:35 EST Beautiful daughter My daughter arrived in Calif.12/27 at appromx 2300.She is staying at her older cousins house.She called and wished me goodnight.The next day she and cousins family went to Knots Berry Farm theme park.Today we had a family welcome home party for DD.She arrived in her dress blues.WOW! the kid looked good.She was given lots of hugs and well wishes.Guess what we had for dinner?Yep! Tamales.Beef,Chicken and turkey plus sweet cherry/pineapple ones.We also made chili from the left over beef .we als... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 02:30:31 EST Christmas Tree and Tamales Several days ago I put up my tree.I have about five assorted fake trees in storage. I decided on my daughters' four ft white tree.It was in her last apt.before she left for boot camp.I put it up in my sister's guest house,because that's where I'm having Christmas this year.Instead of her red bows and roses I trimmed it in Turquoise ,DDs favorite color.If I don't get to see her at Christmas,at least I will have her tree. Every time I see the tree I think of her.My child isn't going to Germany ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:32:03 EST High lights of trip! Got to hug my daughter-Best of all! Hated driving through the cities and the big rigs driving the speed limit of 80MPH.What happened to all trucks driving 55?It took me two days to drive to Colorado from California and three days coming back.Thanksgiving morning ,we all went out to the hanger and played with the Apaches.We were given a guided tour by a very nice soldier.My daughter and son crawled all over the helicopters and my daughter showed us what she does.She is a Romero crew chief.Late... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:18:44 EST Colorado I'm leaving for Colorado Monday afternoon after my son gets out of school.I have to get my truck doctored up first.I need at least two new tires,oil change and a detail job.I need all the broken glass vacuumed up from my broken back window. <BR> The window got broken over something truly stupid.Yesterday my sister and I went walking and came across a yard sale.She found an antique dining room table with inlay flowers and leaves along the top edges. They wanted 30.00 for it (a steal)We went ba... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:52:04 EST Vote! Everybody should vote today! It is very important this election year! Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:34:40 EST My Halloween Saturday I play bingo most Saturdays(addiction)Today was the Halloween party which included a costume contest.I decided to go as a bingo card with a dauber in my pony tail and a dauber necklace.By the way, I now have a kitchen sink and back splash colored bright blue. I was emptying daubers for the necklace and a blue bottle was hard to pry the sponge off.I gave it a bit of muscle and it popped right off.Of course me ,the sink and the wall was colored bright blue.Our electric power went out after dar... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 23:34:08 EST Warning! Do not take a bra off the line and put it on! A few minutes ago I needed to drive to the post office to mail some books. I had a line of clean clothes drying on "I'm Just Fluffys "clothes line. I live in the mountains so it is secluded enough to remove shirt and put on bra.By the time I got to the end of the driveway I had a sudden pain in my left breast.Of course I thought heart attack ,the seat belt pinched me,cancer etc...After the pain let up I drove to the Post Office and back again. I took the bra off as soon as I got in the house.... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 19:25:20 EST Child enjoying herself in Qatar. My child is still in Qatar.You know: laying by the pool,watching movies and eating good food.She can't believe every day she doesn't have to dodge rocket fire.It bothers her that she isn't carrying her soul mate(m-16).She carried that rifle 24 hours a day for 9 months.Presently she is having customs and immigration problems.My child was born in the United States ,so I don't know what the hold up is.At least she is in a safe area and enjoying a little R&R be fore she comes back to the states.I... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 01:44:52 EST DD is in Qatar! My child is on her way back to the states.She face booked that she was having dinner in Qatar.I checked the map and that looks like it is near United Arab Republic.So she is working her way home. i'm doing the "Snoopy" happy dance! Tue, 25 Sep 2012 03:18:23 EST Daughter coming back from Afghanistan My daughter can't give me a return date for security reasons.She will be leaving in a few days for Ft Carson,Colorado. Last week they served her with release papers,she had seven days to fight it.Of course she fought it and today they said she can stay in the Army.The Army is sending her back to Ft Carson where she will attempt to change her MOS to Field Medic.DD joined the Army to be a medic and they didn't have any openings for females.Now that she has been in the army over a year and deplo... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 16:50:25 EST Lose weight by being deployed! My daughter is 5'10 or 11 according to which doctor she sees. At Christmas she was dieting because she wouldn't be deployed if she weighed over 150.She was about 148.Now the kid has lost at least 30 LBS since being sent to Afghanistan.She said she was even thinner .Apparently she looked like hell so she gained 10 Lbs.I've seen her deployment pictures and she is all muscle but I think still to thin.I think I need to step up the care packages.Sugar free Red bull and Monster drinks aren't cuttin... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 14:10:38 EST Girls Night Out! Five of us went to see my sister Sherrie perform at "open Mic" night at a local comedy club. Sherrie usually performs at Renaissance ,Dickens and Pirate faires. She also does comedy revues and burlesque.I've only watched her at faires. Last night we all were lucky and watched her perform at an Open Mic" night at a new local comedy club.There were 15 comedics and only two were female.most of the people were very young and most of the jokes were sexually oriented.Sherries jokes only alluded to ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 12:53:52 EST Have more info on daughter Apparently the"Homies" blew up a fueling station for the air craft and my child was near .She was thrown to the ground, sustaining a concussion and dislocated shoulder.She also has numerous cuts bruises on her face and body.The child still has a sense of humor,she said she" missed getting a purple heart by 25 ft."Apparently the Army is afraid of concussion cases because of the bad press they have been getting lately .She has PTSD symptoms,fear of sleeping,loud noises and crowds etc.Last wee... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 04:06:44 EST Have more info on daughter Apparently the"Homies" blew up a fueling station for the air craft and my child was near .She was thrown to the ground, sustaining a concussion and dislocated shoulder.She also has numerous cuts bruises on her face and body.The child still has a sense of humor,she said she" missed getting a purple heart by 25 ft."Apparently the Army is afraid of concussion cases because of the bad press they have been getting lately .She has PTSD symptoms,fear of sleeping,loud noises and crowds etc.Last wee... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 04:06:30 EST Slight update! My child called me in the middle of the night ,my time. She can't give any info out. So I only know about the shoulder. The Army gave her notice they were discharging her.She is fighting it because she can still do her job and is presently doing it.She was the only female injured and the lowest ranking person.I hope all goes well with Jag.I can't sleep with all my worries about her.I would love her in a safer place ,but I don't want her future wreaked because of injuries and bad decisions mad... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 11:32:58 EST Lets see if I keep this blog Every day I write a thank you blog for all the concern and support you are giving me over my worries concerning my child.I start going on about what can an can not be said over the internet about our loved ones in the military.and end up erasing everything or the computer "acts" up and does it for me.So my child is alive and has all her limbs.Will try not to be medically discharged.So I've probably said more than I should.You have more info than Facebook.Family and friends are still in the ... Wed, 30 May 2012 14:17:03 EST Scary Facebook message from daughter. My daughter hasn't been on line in a week.I was starting to worry and asked nephew in law who is a Marine officer about what ifs.... He told me the Army would track me down if something happened to my child.That eased my worries a bit. Now yesterday I got a short message from my child.Apparently she was injured last Wednesday.WHAT! I wasn't told!She couldn't go into it? ,however she will be in rehab for a while and says she will be sent back out there after she is healed.She can only be on th... Tue, 22 May 2012 11:32:06 EST Dolce is in trouble once again!(Daughter's cat) I have been pet/house sitting my sisters place for a week.My son is also working in her vineyard.I go up to my place every couple of days to check on the cats, clean litter box ,find books I sold etc...Yesterday I walk in and of course Dolce is at the door to complain about me being gone,needs fresh water and of course the litter box needs changing.As I'm giving the poor abused kitty a few pats,I smell propane.I check the stove and of course Dolce has been playing with the Knobs. he left one... Fri, 18 May 2012 19:35:11 EST 63rd birthday! I can't believe that I just turned 63 ;shouldn't it be a rerun of 29 for the 34th time. <BR> Well I don't feel a day over 40 or less.Don't ask my sore joints ,they are just grouches because they have to haul my excess weight around. <BR> My birthday started off to a good start ,the cats woke me up for breakfast and my warm place in the bed.Bailey had to go out side and smell all the interesting odors left by coyotes etc... I had bingo plans and even dressed up for occasion.nice top, Capri p... Mon, 7 May 2012 02:24:09 EST My daughters' Cat Dolce is an escape artist I'm taking care of my daughters' cat while she is in the Army(Afghanistan) I can't let him outside because of the wild critters who would love to eat a nice and fat 20LB cat. Dolce is usually very good about staying in the house if you don't accidentally leave the door open a crack.I have spent a few nights when it was raining or snowing with the door wide open ,hoping the bratty cat would come home.Have you ever woke up to a wet cat jumping on your head while you were sleeping? Dolce knows h... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 01:40:46 EST Easter cards Every holidday my family has a huge get together.Easter my sister and her husband held it at their home in Wine Country part of Temecula,Ca. All her grapes have cute little leaves .I took a stack of Easter cards so family could send Easter wishes to my daughter.I knew that she would be depressed about missing her second Easter in a row.(last year she was in bootcamp)So in about yhree weeks she will think it's Christmas when all her cards start arriving.I couldn't keep it a secret because I... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:45:41 EST Bar-B-Queing Remember when you were a kid and would put marshmallows on a stick and cook them over the camp fire? My sister,her husband and my son cut brush ,and dead tree limbs.By nightfall they had huge piles stacked everywhere. My sister decided she wanted to burn the stuff. Of course she lives in wine country Riverside county ,Ca.It is against the law to burn anything. She thought if the neighbors called the fire dept. she would tell them we were having a wienie roast. Of course the flames were shooti... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 03:19:33 EST Today received a phone call from Afghanistan My daughter said she would call me if she thought it was safe enough to go the phones.The phone she bought for deployment refuses to work.She can't visit the local T-Mobile Store for help(,a few thousand miles away).So she has to use a calling card.The Chaplin gave her a 100 minute card today so she could call home. This is the third call I've gotten since she was deployed to the "Sand box" two months ago. I'm happy to hear her voice but I want her safe more than a phone call. <BR> After t... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:21:09 EST Got two cards from daughter In January my daughter was deployed to Kandahar,Afghanistan.I had to get another phone with an area code near a base in order for her to have use the free phone service the Army provides. So now I have two phones one with an area code for San Diego and my Walmart phone.She still has crappy phone and internet service.The kid has an on line college class and is failing because the internet is so bad. The kid also complains about the wind and ice cold showers in 9 degree weather.Now the Mortar ... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:23:23 EST My baby went back to her base today It was a very tearful goodbye at the airport this morning.We won't see the kid until .she gets back from Afghanistan in 2013.Even my son had tears,Getting home was easy for once.I guess because it was daytime and I have drove this route a few times,Ie... picking up and dropping off the kid at the airport.The 20 days went by way to fast.the 26th we went to the Living Desert In Palm Desert,Ca.I use to take the kids when they were little. It brought back fun memories.We got to get up close and ... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 20:03:48 EST Sitting at and out door cafe I got to San Diego 9 hours early so I could drive San Diegos' parking lot in the day time.This morning I swam for a hour while waiting for son to get out of school.Breakfast/lunch combo was 1/2 of a Subway 6 inch tuna sand.I parked the truck not to far from the airport and walked along the scenic walkway near the harbor. Presently I'm resting my sore feet with a non fat pumpkin chai hot latte. It is very sweet,It is getting dark and I can't see very well to to play with son's computer. So by ... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 20:09:26 EST Gave up McDonalds for December And lost weight Last week I vowed to not eat McDonalds for December and I lost 4 LBS! <em>104</em> .It was hard at times to find something fast and easy while off the hill ,But I did it!Though I did have a Peppermint Mocha with non fat milk and no whipped cream at the Starbucks in Barnes and Noble.We won't talk about the 100 plus I spent on books with my membership and 20% off coupon. <BR> My daughter comes home late tomorrow night for 20 days,then it's off to Afghanistan for a year.Can't wait to get her eve... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 16:14:06 EST Making sure I keep my "Streaks alive" Since April I have been making an effort to keep my Streaks alive on Sparks points page.At times it has been a real battle to find the time or a computer.Last summer while in Northern Calif. I used t a hotel computer after midnight every night. Of course I wreaked my E-Mail account and had to provide a new password when I got home.There are times I have to go on line after 1 AM before getting up at 5AM if I have to be some where in the early morning.Or find a library that has computers for... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 12:38:17 EST Riding in truck with daughter with EYES CLOSED! My daughter really needed to go to Oceanside to pick up a name tape for her Army issue hat .Apparently when she was issued her deployment uniform they ran out of name tapes.She hasn't ever been deployed so she didn't know she needed two. We rushed To Oceanside in heavy holiday traffic.She drove our truck.That wasn't to bad.We found the street that had all the places where you could get uniforms and accessories.Well! If you have ever been to Oceanside or San Diego.It is Marine country with a... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 02:51:33 EST