ROX525's SparkPeople Blog ROX525's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What are you driven by?...Long "God" blog Everyone’s life is driven by something. What is the driving force in your life? Right now you may be driven by a problem, a pressure, or a deadline. You may be driven by a painful memory, a haunting fear, or an unconscious belief. Many people are driven by guilt. They spend their entire lives running from regrets and hiding their shame. Guilt-driven people are manipulated by memories. They allow their past to control their future. They often unconsciously punish themselves by sabotag... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:57:09 EST Food for Thought... Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud! Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:09:14 EST Food for Thought.... The grass isn't greener on the other side!!! <BR> It is greener where YOU water it!!!! Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:45:21 EST Daughter sick again... My daughter is a teacher and seems like she gets sick a lot. I am suspecting food poisoning this time though. Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:46:34 EST 20,000 Steps... 75 Minute run at 12 minutes per mile and 45 minute walk at 15 minutes per mile is 20,000 steps, so my walking buddies, I know you are doing a lot of miles to get those steps in! Sun, 22 Mar 2015 09:58:57 EST Saturday... Feel not included today....I need to speak up, but not today. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:44:34 EST Happy First Day of Spring Happy Spring! 14 Days until my youngest sons wedding. Better get busy on watching what I eat! Didn't sleep well last night because the Shepherd was all up on me. She is upset because I have her in a diaper because she is in heat. Poor girl. Volunteering at the hospital today. Have a great one! Fri, 20 Mar 2015 06:28:13 EST Inspiration for the Day.. If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, <BR> but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. <BR> Martin Luther King Jr. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:10:53 EST Nice Day Nice day babysitting my 2 year old granddaughter and now my youngest son is visiting and will spend the night as we are working on pictures and songs for his wedding on April 4. We are treating him to Texas Roadhouse also. He is in his glory as he is "poor" now that he lives on his own. I had him order me a salad from there (with strips of steak). <BR> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:27:27 EST Spanks...thoughts woman? Someone told me to buy Spanks stockings for a wedding because they come right below the bra line to wear with this dress that is tight above the waist. Never bought them before. Any likes or dislikes for those of you who have tried them? Thank you. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:51:12 EST Sold! 55 Degrees at 11:30 and going up another 10! Woohoo.... Pooper scooped and picked up sticks. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:48:06 EST 20 Days or Not 20 days...??!! My BFF gave me a beautiful black lace dress but it is too tight in the chest/back area. It can be zipped but someone has to zip it for me as it is tight! Took to seamstress yesterday and she cannot alter it as the top is one piece with no seams. Have been in maintenance for a few years now and get to eat pretty much what I want within reason with my exercise routine. So if I start today, March 15 and re-try this dress on March 29 (Day 15) I will decide if I will wear it. I need to just t... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:52:55 EST Good day... Just ran for 75 minutes on the treadmill, then walked. 3 Weeks from today and my youngest son is getting married. Going to look for accessories today. Have a wonderful weekend. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:00:45 EST Nice Friday Did treadmill and then volunteered at the hospital. I am very tired since my head decided to wake up at 4 a.m. when I could have gotten up at 6 a.m.! Have a great weekend. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 16:06:28 EST Food for Thought... Hatred is the rabid dog that turns on its owner <BR> Revenge is the raging fire that consumes the arsonist <BR> Bitterness is the trap that snares the hunter <BR> And mercy is the choice that can set them all free. <BR> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:47:59 EST Hump Day... Nice and peaceful day, in fact, I am thinking NAP.... Going to try right now while the 2 year old is sleeping and DH is at work! Wish me luck. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:40:31 EST Simple Reminders.... Overthinking is the biggest cause of our unhappiness. Keep yourself occupied. Keep your mind off things that don't help you. Think positively. <BR> - unknown author Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:34:22 EST I believe... An example of faith was found on the wall of a concentration camp. On it a prisoner had carved the words: <BR> I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine. <BR> I believe in love, even when it isn’t shown. <BR> I believe in God, even when He doesn’t speak. <BR> <BR> What hand could have cut such a conviction? What eyes could have seen good in such horror? There is only one answer: Eyes that chose to see the unseen! <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:07:26 EST Nice Sunday Went shopping with DH as he needed a new black suit for my son's upcoming wedding. Stew is on the stove and corn bread in the oven! Hope you had a lovely day. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 16:29:22 EST Spring Forward... My BFF, Chrissy, is coming in from Michigan for a visit today. Going to see a newborn baby also today and my hubby and I are going out to dinner tonight together. All is well. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 07:48:00 EST Happy Friday. Noses are red, hands are blue, I am tired of winter, how about you?!!!! <BR> Friday and 3 degrees outside at 7 am. Glad we didn't get that horrible weather others are having and I am counting my blessings. Setting clocks ahead for Spring this weekend so that is positive. Have a great and safe weekend. <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 06:57:14 EST Secret.... I get up at 4:45 a.m. Monday thru Friday to do my computer for an hour and exercise for at least 90 minutes before my 2 year old granddaughter arrives at 7:20 a.m. That is "how I do it"! Weekends I like to sleep in until 6 a.m. before my routine begins. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:07:48 EST Nice Peaceful Day Had a nice day babysitting my 2 year old granddaughter. Even included a tea party. Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:19:18 EST Hollywood Squares Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course) Q. Do female frogs croak? <BR> A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough. <BR> <BR> Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be? <BR> A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it. <BR> <BR> Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years. <BR> A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes. <BR> <BR> Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman? <BR> A. ... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:37:59 EST Monday...,. Had a craving for a donut today so I had my DH stop when he was out and he brought home 19!! Gave a dozen away so far. He must have been hungry. 4 Left in the box. I know that any time I have my DH stop at the grocery store, he comes home with added goodies. I will need to be specific next time I have a craving. Have a good evening. <BR> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:50:48 EST Sunday The numbers are out. Average was 14.3 degrees for February in Northeast Ohio. It is snowing like crazy right now and expecting 3-7 inches. March is coming in like a lion. Going to make breaded pork chops, loaded cauliflower and sliced baked potatoes for dinner as haven't cooked in 2 days because I have had the stomach flu. Husband will be happy. Have a lovely Sunday. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:56:18 EST Lazy Day Came home from the hospital sick yesterday. The stomach flu has arrived.... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:20:54 EST Blessings.... My youngest son (29) is getting married on April 4 to a lovely woman. This is a miracle and a great blessing.... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:34:43 EST Nice Peaceful Day.... Nice peaceful day...thank goodness... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:14:20 EST Oh boy...Let's see how good my immune system is... 2 Year old granddaughter gave bug to her mom and dad as they are both home from work today. I kept this 2 year old here to give her mom and dad a rest day since she is all better. Wouldn't you know, my DH just walked in the door sick after making it 1/2 day. He was over their house, I wasn't. Hopefully my immune system is great and I don't catch also. Have a nice day. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:54:37 EST Dog's Bedtime Prayer Now I lay me down to sleep, <BR> The king-sized bed is soft and deep. <BR> I sleep right in the center groove, <BR> My human beings can hardly move. <BR> I've trapped their legs, they're tucked in tight, <BR> And here is where I pass the night. <BR> <BR> No one disturbs me or dares intrude, <BR> Till morning comes and "I want food!" <BR> I sneak up slowly to begin, <BR> And nibble on my human's chin. <BR> For morning's here, it's time to play, <BR> I always seem to get my way. <BR> <BR> So ... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:09:43 EST No school I could have slept in...just got call school is off due to cold again...Will do treadmill and maybe lay down for a bit later. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:33:18 EST Slept in... Tried an over the counter sleep aid and got about 9 hours sleep total. I did wake up 4 times and had a few dreams but slept in. Yea! Have a wonderful day. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 09:00:52 EST Nice day... Nice day with all 4 grandchildren....Weather stunk. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:55:17 EST Let's talk about the weather... So it has dropped 4 degrees in the past hour and a half making it -8 here in Northeast Ohio and it is supposed to drop to -15. Second day of no school due to the extreme cold. Going to volunteer at the hospital this afternoon. Hoping for few discharges! Brrrrr... Have a wonderful Friday. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:46:23 EST Oh Boy...not being spaded today Dropped my Shepherd off and paid extra for blood work to make sure she doesn't have any clotting issues as this is common in Shepherds and she does! Going to wait a month to see if she is a go then. Thank the Lord I had them check or I very well could have lost her. I hope she is a go in a month as I have never not had a dog fixed. She is my second shepherd and I am on Golden Retriever number 3. Oh boy.... Her breeder is calling the vet now. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:00:18 EST Sinus headache... Well I'm calling it is sinus headache but it was a migraine...It is supposed to be -17 tonight before windchill here in Northeast Ohio. The wind is really blowing at 7 p.m. I sure hope schools are closed tomorrow. Just got back from a wake in this frigid weather. My Shepherd is getting fixed tomorrow so I will be standing out in the snow and -17 to get a sample in the wee hours. Happy, happy, joy, joy. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:46:21 EST Very, very inexpensive wedding food... My son & his fiancé are getting married April 4. They are doing the ceremony and reception at a State park in a heated building. I told them they should just do pizza, chicken and jo-jo's since their funds are extremely low. Any suggestions out there? It will be a dry wedding since my son is going to school to be a minister also. Thank you for any tips. <BR> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:28:55 EST Monday It was a cold stay at home sort of day. Mon, 16 Feb 2015 18:50:22 EST Sunday... Well, church is cancelled due to extreme cold here in Ohio. -4 with -25 to -35 wind chill expected. I will not be going out today unless it is an emergency. Am thinking about potato soup for dinner. Have a nice day. Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:44:31 EST Whiteout.... Horrible weather here in Ohio. Grocery shopped and while I was doing so, weather took a turn for the worst. Thank goodness I got home safely. It has dropped from 29 degrees this morning to 12 degrees at 4 p.m . and it is supposed to get to 10 below by tomorrow. So looking forward to spring. Stay safe, stay warm. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:10:45 EST Date night.... Going to dinner and a movie with DH as tomorrow will be too congested with it being Valentine's Day. Happy Valentine's Day! Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:16:17 EST Silly, Silly, Silly Whose cruel idea was it to put an "s" in the word "lisp"? <BR> <BR> If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes? <BR> <BR> Why is it that, no matter what color bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white? <BR> <BR> Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale? <BR> <BR> Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized? <BR> <BR> Why do people run over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, th... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:31:56 EST Just Being Silly Again... Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail? <BR> <BR> Is it true that you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive? <BR> <BR> If a cow laughed, would milk come out of her nose? <BR> <BR> Whatever happened to Preparations A through G? <BR> <BR> Why, why, why do we press harder on the remote control... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:10:14 EST Just being silly... If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one out of five enjoys it? <BR> <BR> Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with? <BR> <BR> If people from Poland are called Poles, then why aren't people from Holland called Holes? <BR> <BR> If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled? <BR> <BR> If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for? <BR> <BR> If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen d... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:33:49 EST Productivity 110 Minutes on treadmill (50 minutes running), cleaned all 4 hutches and scrubbed the 3 laundry tubs and it is almost noon! Trying to take my mind off "empty nest syndrome". Have a lovely day. Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:46:40 EST Meloncholy this morning... Walking upstairs to my computer and got teary eyed seeing the three empty rooms that used to house my children. We moved my youngest out yesterday. Hopefully this feeling will end soon. I am very happy yet very sad. Now to give more attention to my DH. I am grateful my kids all live within a 40 minutes radius of me. Don't know how parents handle kids living far-far away. Have a lovely Sunday. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 07:53:45 EST Moving Day Today my youngest is moving out to his own apartment. Will be bending and stretching a lot today. Come tomorrow, empty next here. Have a wonderful weekend. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 07:25:02 EST Time Gets Better With Age I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night." <BR> Age 5 <BR> <BR> I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either. <BR> Age 7 <BR> <BR> I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. <BR> Age 9 <BR> <BR> I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. <BR> Age 12 <BR> <BR> I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you s... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 06:10:24 EST Empty Next Finally It has been an empty next before, then my son got a divorce and came home for 3 1/2 years, then my daughter came home with her family for 6 months while their house was being built, and now my youngest is going again as he just signed up for an apartment the beginning of this month. He plans on getting married soon. What will my DH and I do with this 7 bedroom, 4 1/2 bathroom house.... :) and also :(. In the beginning my mother was here in the in-law suit also. Feeling melancholy and at ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 11:13:35 EST