S76SMITH's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=S76SMITH S76SMITH'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/ Cape San Blas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051104 Seems it has been a while since I wrote. Today I would like to see if any of you would be willing to help out a lighthouse I visited recently. Seems that Hurricane Issac took back more of the land where this lighthouse is located. Sadly it took more than it had when I was there in June. I never realized how many of our National treasures we lose to mother nature. It really breaks my heart. Seeing it in person really brings out the reality of Life. The day was absolutely wonderful in spite of ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 14:14:42 EST Opening the Pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869761 Today has been an interesting day. Very little sleep due to storms and the dog doesn't care for them. When I did get up my husband had the cover off the pool and was filling it to where it needed to be. Funny thing is This thing sits 50" off the ground so the only thing in there should be leaves and bugs. But NO It is Loaded with Tadpoles. Treated with Algecide to start getting rid of the green. Then proceeded to remove these slimy little critters. I am pretty sure there have been easily 200... Mon, 7 May 2012 00:53:50 EST Time is Wet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4363627 Oh My goodness. It is raining for the third night in a row. How in the world are we gonna get the grass mowed? I finally asked my Hubby if the Push type weed wacker would cut through the tall grass even though it was too wet to mow. He said it should so MAYBE when tomorrow comes we will have another dry spell to let me at least get the tallest stuff cut. Come on Mother Nature. We need a short dry spell. Thanks for listening. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 23:57:50 EST Thank You for Your Prayers. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4268621 Just a note to Thank All of You for your prayers in our challenging time. My Mother in Law passed away a couple hours ago. She is now with all our loved ones who have gone on before us and Our Sweet Lord. Muriel was one of the most caring people I ever knew. She never knew a stranger. God Bless all Of You. Rest In Peace Muriel Smith. Tue, 31 May 2011 22:24:46 EST 1st Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4260122 Wow has it been a year already. Haven't lost what I wanted but I am working on it. A lot has happened this past year. Not long after I joined my mother's Alzheimer's kicked into overdrive so my world was put on hold. She passed on in August on My wedding anniversary. Picking up the pieces and trying to get back on track. My weight fluctuated between 227-237. At the moment I weigh 225. So I haven't measured but my clothes fit looser so I know it is working. In Dec. my Mother in law was diagnos... Fri, 27 May 2011 15:11:24 EST 3/23/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4113905 What an interesting day. I try real hard to write positive notes so as you can see it has been a while. Went to see my Chiro doc today thanks to a shoulder injury at work. Hmmm Don't lift a 30 can case with one arm. What a Dummy. But out of that I learned how to lift up a 30 can case without too much injury. Did you know that a gallon of milk weighs roughly 8 pounds? Ha I will stick to 20 oz bottles of water. Have a Super Day. Sue Wed, 23 Mar 2011 22:09:54 EST March 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4067462 What an interesting day. Spent a good bit helping my sister do more stuff on the house. We finally got it empty and have a realtor ready to put it on the market. Went from there to work. Not too busy but it was good. After getting off work we went to find my little girl Juli. She is always in some kind of mischief. Today was a real scary one for me. Somehow she got out the fence and don't know how she got out. Not knowing how long she had been gone we went searching. I started out in the bac... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 00:43:41 EST Missing My Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4053012 Today marks the 6 month timeframe of my mother passing on. I have had ups and downs. Cried again in church But it is getting better on me. Got to see my sister and her family today. It's been since Christmas that we have seen them.That is her daughter and their little family. Nice short little visit while I was at work. Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:52:21 EST 16 Feb. 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4023810 Today I did over 11,000 steps. I haven't done that since last summer. I am so tickeled with that. Another record breaker for me is the 3.5 miles I walked/jogged with my Buddy Jo. She has done so good since Dec. 42 pounds down for her. Looking forward to that day. So my first training day with my 5K walk/jog completed successfully. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 21:38:25 EST 15 Feb 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4021137 Oh What a Beautiful Morning. Oh! What a Wonderful Day! I have a Beautiful Feeling. Everything's going my way. <em>335</em> <em>339</em> Hi everyone. I did 4.4 miles today. 2 With my Seniors .5 with my fuzzy kids and the rest here and there. I was really surprised to see how much I did get in. Getting a little out of my comfort zone. Shooting for a 5K walk/run. Not real sure how the knees will handle it but If I am unable to jog then I will walk. I have proven to myself that I can walk 3 mil... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 22:44:36 EST 9 Feb 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4005434 Today has been a very interesting day. I went with Darlene our Coordinator with the Senior Center, to learn Line dancing so we could teach the seniors. I really thought this was gonna be something easy since I walk a bit. Welll You don't know how many different ways you can get a muscle to work. My Goodness I have some sore thighs and calves. By the time our day was over We decided that we would only work with 3 of the dances right now. One in particular to teach Our group to learn by May. Sh... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 22:37:05 EST Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3996199 Wow! What a Beautiful Day!! I met my Best Friend Jo at the walk track near our house and started walking and next thing you know, We completed 3 miles. Last fall if we went 2.5 we were doing good. It felt so good to be outside walking again. I sure hope spring is here. Best of all Jo has dropped some weight off of herself. I am so Proud of her. Now I need to get on her Bandwagon and beat her loss. Then we can challenge each other to new and better goals. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 21:23:48 EST Cooked different today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3982490 Hey! I tried something new today. I keep hearing about how good brown rice is for you. Don't mind new things just not in large quantities. I really don't like waste. Annyyyywayy I made steamed rice .5 white and .5 brown. We put some steak on top with some leftover broccoli and onion. I thought it was good. Was a real nice change. Not as good as my tacotons but it will do. Have a Lovely evening. Sue Tue, 1 Feb 2011 23:23:29 EST Jeremy Moved to a new place. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3979249 Yeah My son finally got him a man cave. Very stylish wooden cabin style inside. Needs some work outside. We loaded a 17ft. U-haul twice. Lots of good stretches steps and bends today. He is so tickled to be in his own place too. It will be so nice to see him at his place again. He is pleased with it. Yea!! Jeremy You Did Good. Love you Babe <em>250</em> <em>247</em> <em>243</em> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>306</em> <em>242</em> <em>304</em> <em>18</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 00:43:51 EST First time in 5-6 years. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3973031 We went to Mass tonight. Nothing unusual for us. But I decided to rejoin the choir. Been singing in churches since 1993. Several different states involved. It was wonderful sharing the gifts my Mom and Dad gave me from Sweet Jesus. Both of my parents could sing wonderfully. Mom had a operatic soprano and my Dad an awesome tenor. I don't like to brag on myself but I really enjoyed it so much. Have most of the voice back. Not so much on the lung capacity but workable. Enjoy your day. Remember W... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 23:54:48 EST 4th Anniversary of NON SMOKER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3919938 Yay!!!! I have been quit for 4 years today. I really am so proud of me. This is the longest I have stayed quit. And will continue to do so. I can't be around smoke anymore at all. It shuts my breathing down completely. Now to get all this extra me off from the years gone by. Whoo Hooo!!!! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 23:55:51 EST It Arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3912087 Snow <em>335</em> <em>335</em> snow <em>339</em> <em>339</em> <em>335</em> snow <em>335</em> <em>339</em> snow <em>339</em> We got a Whopping 2-3". It was so pretty coming down last night. After I went to bed (after1am) we must have gotten sleet cuz the snow had an ice layer on top. My dogs had a blast especially Juli. She Loves to be outside. Being the good furry Mom I am I shoveled the steps on the deck off for my Little old man Max so he wouldn't slip and get seriously hurt in his 12 ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:11:19 EST tension mounts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3902206 I am really curious how this weather is coming about this weekend. I haven't seen 4-8 inches of snow since we lived in Germany. It could be very scary or a bunch of fun. But I will go into this with a positive attitude. Have a Lovely Weekend and Please Be Safe OUT there. Fri, 7 Jan 2011 23:35:45 EST First cardio blast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3878810 Today was my first 10 minute with Coach Nicole. I got the dvd for Christmas and realized when I was watching the video here I already had it. Looking to have success in my new adventure. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:06:31 EST What a Grand Ending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3875656 Hi all, I am so surprised. Today we had new windows put in the house. 17 in all. In the process we were told that we would have to move stuff around inside(not what we were told in the beginnng.) They look Great. I stepped over 11,000 steps. Wow What a Great way to end the year. Happy New Year. Here's to You My friends. <em>91</em> <em>236</em> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 00:59:47 EST I got the Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3863956 I promised myself I wouldn't write negativity but I really am having a tough last couple of days. My eyes are swollen from tears. Tomorrow my Mother will be gone 4 months. She is at peace and with My Father again. Being the first holiday without her is a little easier than my first without my Dad. But yet the tears fall. My mother in law was diagnosed with cancer. She started her first radiation treatments last Monday. I am so lost and slacking in exercise, eating right, you name it. I am g... Mon, 27 Dec 2010 00:35:07 EST 18 Dec. 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3851605 I am so excited to be going to visit with my sister and her family.This is the first time that Our families will gather together since Our Mother passed on. For me it will be a challenge. I have been having mind battles of tears and more tears of missing her and my dad. This was their holiday. they loved it so much. I am lost right now. I am an orphan. I have no parents, grandparents. My heart is broken. It really needs some serious mending done. Ok get back on Track. I am sure we are gonna h... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 00:36:34 EST 11 Dec 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3838857 What a quiet beautful Day. Went to Mass and as we came out the winds got really going. Now we have Rain coming down here. Goodness I really hope it doesn't get too cold. Funny how my fellow Alabamians don't know how to drive in the firmer wet stuff. My puppies are fighting me on going outside. They think their little peets are gonna make them little pupsicles. You guys be safe out there wherever you are. God Bless and have a Wonderful Day. Sue Sun, 12 Dec 2010 00:24:23 EST Humph!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3831206 Today is a gripe for my blog. Sorry about that in Advance. You know what really torques my gizzard? Going to a store and buying a "supposed New Item". Getting it home and checking it out prior to wrapping it. Then Finding that it is BROKEN!!! How can it get put back on the shelf like that? This isn't the first time something like this happened but Man. Spend a small fortune on stuff only to have to waste gas bringing it back because it is broke. Thank Goodness I checked it out before I wrappe... Wed, 8 Dec 2010 00:21:03 EST Treating us to lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3826629 Have you ever noticed that on Sunday after services have ended. How many people go to eat out? OhMy Goodness. It has been a long time I waited in a line to eat a meal But the best part was the line moved quickly. I had a wonderful salad All my favorites were there. Broccoli, cheese, lettuce, grape tomatoes. olives,deviled eggs. mushrooms All Fresh and RAW It was so very good. Mon, 6 Dec 2010 00:56:36 EST Dec 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3820779 Lovely walk with my seniors. They are doing great. They don't realize how far they have come in such a short time. There are a couple who can't stand through the whole program and will sit down but their feet keep moving along with their arms. I give them the option of 1 or 2 miles. The smiles and the laughter is so awesome. I also did day 2 on the new Wii Fit 2. Wow I have sore muscles where I didn't think there were muscles. HaHa Have a Lovely Day tomorrow. I will be helping my sister over... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 00:09:54 EST Dec. 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3818328 First day in the new month. I have walked over 5 miles total. I haven't done that in steps since spring of this year. I have set a goal of no less than 3 miles daily(6 days a week) this month. It is time to stop playing around with this thing. I finally got my The Spark. It was on back order. No time to read today but I will over my breakfast tomorrow. Have a Wonderful Day. Sue Wed, 1 Dec 2010 23:17:07 EST Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806240 Wow What a wonderful day. The only things that would have completed it would have been MORE sunlight so the boys could play. I visited with MY BIL's family. Acutally they are our Extended family. All Cooks were top of the line. Very little leftovers. That is better for me. <em>4</em> Not all of us could be there due to other obligations and that is fine too. We could all feel the spirits of our parents there. No Tears shed for a change but Lots of Real Hugs. I am a Hugger from way back. Got t... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 00:36:11 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3802905 We had another fun filled day. Went to the Senior center to walk with my group. Ole thought we were going to school and couldn't understand why there were no kids.When we got back to the house he got to play Wii for4 hours. We took them to eat dinner at the New Golden Corral. It has so much to offer to choose from. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:11:59 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3800874 Today I had Oleander all to myself. We watched cartoons, played with the dogs and walked 2 miles around Oxford Lake. I faked him out every time we rolled around the loop. First loop was a circle. 2nd was a square. 3rd was a rectangle. He really thought we were going through all those different shapes and not the circle around the lake. What a goofy guy. Mon, 22 Nov 2010 23:37:24 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3796748 Today I spent the entire day shopping with my husband. Too bad being on your feet moving doesn't come out to a bunch of miles. I logged in 3 miles on my pedo. but had a fun filled day with my Hubby shopping for the Holidays. Sat, 20 Nov 2010 23:40:58 EST Sean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3793186 32 years ago this morning I gave birth at 6:35 am to a 9lb 12 oz boy. He is my first angel in our family. His daughter is our first granddaughter who turned 10 two days ago. I am so proud of my kids and their kids. Thu, 18 Nov 2010 23:05:53 EST Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3789154 We have had rain for the last 2 days. I know the grounds need it badly but Overcast skies are not good for me. Ready for more Sun. Happy Birthday My Sweet Jasmine. It is your first double digit. 10 years ago I was holding you in my arms now I can only hug you since you're growing up too fast. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:24:18 EST Oleander http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3784060 My son brought over my Grandson today. We played Wii and some computer practice. It was such a Nice visit. He is supposed to spend Thanksgiving with us. What a Wonderful Treat! Sun, 14 Nov 2010 22:18:39 EST busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3782264 Went over to my Mom's house to check on things. It really looked nice. My sister in law and her mom have been cleaning out the flower beds. The english ivy was taking over. You couldn't see the privacy fence or the roses azaleas or any of her concrete critters in it. It was so pretty today. Thank God for such warm weather. I sure hate the cold. Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:08:27 EST Friday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3780593 We did another 4.5 miles today. One with the Senoirs and the rest at Janney Furnace park. Up hills and Back down. My Hips and Thighs got a good workout. Proud of that. It has been a very long time since I could go up hill and not be terribly winded. I think I am getting better. Sat, 13 Nov 2010 00:29:43 EST How Was Your Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3773913 <em>311</em> Today started out with 2 miles with my seniors class. They are improving everyday i see them. I am so proud of them. <em>313</em> Juli and I went to the track and did 2 more miles. I really enjoyed the time out today. Shooting for another 4 tomorrow. Tue, 9 Nov 2010 21:49:38 EST Let's Get It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3758281 Hi Everyone. How are you all doing with the Leslie 21 Day challenge. I did 2 miles today and still healing from cold. I didn't do the stretch with the firm bands so I will work on that today.Have a Great Day. Sue <em>319</em> <em>313</em> Tue, 2 Nov 2010 23:19:32 EST