SAINTBERNARD6's SparkPeople Blog SAINTBERNARD6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Does it seem odd to you.... that we can get more spark points for reading articles than we can for exercising? I would think that more points would be given for moving than for sitting and reading. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 22:02:38 EST Do You Know of Any--- church group, Sunday School class, or a Bible study group that could use some used quarterlies? These are from Lifeways and say they are for seniors but any age group can benefit from them. We have just finished a quarter and have several boxes of these books. <BR> <BR> We have been sending them to a children's school in Indonesia but the postage is $62 a box. If someone in the US can use them we can send about 4 boxes to every one we send to Indonesia. We have to wait for postage so i... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:23:24 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As we remember the joys and the sorrows of the past year let us always be thankful to our Lord and Savior for His great and wonderful sacrifice. <BR> <BR> Enjoy a fun family/friend filled day and be safe.. <BR> <BR> Elsie <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:06:22 EST A Difficult Day or I Didn't Know Snow Could Be So Emotional <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is what my yard looked like this morning. <BR> <BR> My emotional reaction took me totally by surprise. <BR> <BR> DJ loved the snow. Today I sat here in tears most of the day thinking about him and missing him so much. Daisy is a wonderful dog and we are getting along great but for some reason the snow just brought the loneliness of not having DJ anymore. The tears flowed for almost 3 hours. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:10:27 EST A Sad Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> DJ.........November 6, 2002---July 20. 2014 <BR> <BR> He would have been 12 today... <BR> <BR> I am still missing him a lot... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 22:29:01 EST A Very Productive Day Inspite of the Too Early Start <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to get up at 5:30 AM to take a granddaughter to work. After I got back home,, I did 3 loads of warmer clothes and hung them out on the line. then I took a short nap. After my nap I did 2 weeks of TOPS ledgers and the October monthly report. <BR> <BR> Also did 2 more loads of clothes so now all my laundry is caught up and I will just have regular laundry to do. <BR> <BR> Glad I got all my warmer clothe... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 22:33:49 EST Meet Daisy.......newest member of our family <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Daisy came to live with me a couple of weeks ago. She is settling in very well. She was one of my daughter's dogs so she wasn't a stranger to me. She loves to ride with me and sleeps on the foot of my bed. She is a sweet dog. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> She thinks this is her Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:53:34 EST More Good News <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For $135 which included a service call, parts, and labor, I got all 3 appliances fixed today. He was here about 90 minutes total. He replaced the relay switch on the washer (yippee--I have a washing machine again!!!), replaced a wire on the broiler element of the stove and also the light bulb in the oven, and re-installed the dishwasher as well as tightened the hinge so it doesn't leak any more....I just love th... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:30:37 EST Good News <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Valerie's drain was removed today and she has been cleared to drive. Return appointment in 6 weeks.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> for the prayers <BR> <BR> <BR> Elsie Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:53:59 EST Not A Good Week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last week (Oct. 12-Oct 16) wasn't a good week for my family. I had 3 family members in 3 different hospitals in 2 states. <BR> <BR> Sunday (Oct. 12), as soon as I got home from church, one of my granddaughters (they live next door) came barreling into the house and said, "Have you heard about Aunt Valerie? She is in ER and they are transferring her to Columbia." <BR> <BR> She was transferred by ambulance ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:06:36 EST God Is Bigger Than Your Problems <BR> <BR> God Is Bigger Than Your Problems <BR> Overcome life's challenges with God's strength and wisdom. <BR> By Norman Vincent Peale <BR> One of the great truths in life is that you are bigger than anything that can happen to you—as long as you know it and act accordingly. Every challenge and crisis that comes your way provides the opportunity for you to ask God to release the creative ingenuity, wisdom and strength that lie within you. The Psalmist knew this when he declared, “It is God... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 14:05:25 EST Amazing frozen lemons - WHO KNEW???? <BR> <BR> Amazing frozen lemons - <BR> WHO KNEW???? <BR> <BR> <BR> All it a frozen lemon <BR> <BR> <BR> Many professionals in restaurants and eateries are using or consuming the entire lemon and nothing is wasted. How can you use the whole lemon without waste? <BR> <BR> <BR> Simple.. place the washed lemon in the freezer section of your refrigerator. Once the lemon is frozen, get your grater, and shred the whole lem... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:13:27 EST Where did "piss poor" come from? Where did "piss poor" come from? <BR> <BR> If you're young and hip, this is still interesting. <BR> <BR> NOW THIS IS A REAL EDUCATION <BR> <BR> Us older people need to learn something new every day... <BR> <BR> Just to keep the grey matter tuned up. <BR> <BR> Where did "Piss Poor" come from? <BR> Interesting Story. <BR> <BR> They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot. <BR> <BR> And then once it was full it was taken and sold to ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 09:59:01 EST This is what we visited in Michigan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Information can be found at "cross in the woods" Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:54:09 EST Found another Mantra Saw this and liked it.......... <BR> <BR> "the difference between "try" and "triumph" is a little "umph" <BR> <BR> Elsie Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:17:11 EST Have A Safe Labor Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Having a nice time in Michigan. Tuesday we will be leaving for a family camp out in the upper peninsula then Saturday I will be heading home. <BR> <BR> This has been a good distraction for me. <BR> <BR> Elsie Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:44:46 EST Monday July 28 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was one week ago today that I had to take DJ for his final walk. I am adjusting but my house feels so empty. <BR> <BR> I am able to leave and come back into the house without falling apart. <BR> <BR> Today I managed to stop and pay the vet with just a few tears. <BR> <BR> In 2 weeks I leave to go to Michigan so I have a busy time ahead of me. <BR> <BR> A BIG thank you for all your prayers, hugs, and support... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:49:24 EST DJ is pain free at last <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 11/6/2002 - 7/21/2014 <BR> <BR> The vet who DJ knows and loves is off on Tuesday so I took him in this afternoon. I wanted him to be with someone he knew. The other vet (who is also a very good vet) has only seen him a couple of times. <BR> <BR> He got into the office and collapsed. Dr. McNutt carried him back I just couldn't go back with them. Dr. McNutt loves DJ to pieces and has cared for him for 10 years... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:39:57 EST Saying Good Bye To DJ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, I will be saying good bye to my baby. He is getting so he can barely walk so I know this is best for him but it sure is tearing me apart. He has been my baby for 11 years and for the last 10 years it has been just me and him. Now it's time for him to go play with "Dad". <BR> <BR> I am in tears now and will be for most of the next 2 days. <BR> <BR> Elsie Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:30:34 EST TOPS Weigh In <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a good weigh in at TOPS this morning.......down 1 pound which makes 6 weeks straight of going down... <BR> <BR> DJ isn't doing so well today. It was cool misty rain this morning so he seems a little weaker. I am grateful that God is giving me a little more time with him. <BR> <BR> I discovered (quite by accident) that he was apparently being overmedicated which is why he was so weak. Last Sunday evening, ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:41:05 EST A tough decision to make or am I being unkind? DJ is going down more each day. Am I being cruel by keeping him? I want what is best for DJ but I'm not ready to give him up. I know the time is coming quickly as he barely walks now and doesn't want to play much at all. Most of his time is laying under the ceiling fan or on the tile floor where he struggles a lot to get up. I spend most of the day now with tears. I am so undecided at this point. One of my daughters (who saw just how bad his legs are) says it's time. She is a real a... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:14:46 EST Update on DJ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> for all the prayers and support. <BR> <BR> DJ has good days and not so good days. <BR> <BR> Last Saturday was a particularly bad day. He went outside for about 15 minutes but couldn't get back up the steps. He fell off the bottom 2 steps. My granddaughters had to lift him up to the deck. Many times he will use the ramp that was built... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:08:34 EST What the Vet said..........not good.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The talk with the vet wasn't good. He said that DJ's legs will only get worse and some time will not support him at all. He did continue DJ on double pain med. <BR> <BR> Randy (son in law) got the ramp built for him. He alternates between using the ramp and the steps. It does take him a while to adjust to new things. <BR> <BR> The vet did insert a little humor---he said that as long as DJ will eat, pee and po... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:21:17 EST MY DJ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meet my DJ who is an 11 year old Alaskan Malamute that I've had since he was 3 months old. About 5 years ago he began developing arthritis in his hips (not hip dysplasia). In 2009, he sustained a severe hip injury which took 2 years to heal and also antagonized his arthritis. Now the arthritis has advanced significantly. He doesn't have any other health problems. <BR> <BR> This past winter he was put on Tramad... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:18:58 EST Look At What I Now Have <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The guys finished it yesterday...sure enjoyed it this morning... Tue, 27 May 2014 12:45:33 EST Spark Rally May 10, 2014 at Sequiota Park in Springfield, Missouri <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Janice, Tammy, Dawn, Cindy, Elsie, Becca, Kira <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Janice, Tammy, Dawn, Cindy, Elsie, Becca, Kira <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> at Firehouse Pottery <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Firehouse Pottery ... Sun, 11 May 2014 17:12:45 EST When We Start When we start to count flowers <em>375</em> <BR> we cease to count weeds <em>377</em> <BR> <BR> When we start to count blessings, <em>203</em> <BR> We cease to count needs. <em>528</em> <BR> <BR> When we start to count laughter, <em>334</em> <BR> We cease to count tears. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> When we count happy memories, <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <BR> We cease to count years. <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> don't know who ... Fri, 9 May 2014 22:29:03 EST UGH!!!!!!!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After spending 4 days in Branson and eating out 3 times a day, I guess my weight being up 1.8 pounds isn't too bad. <BR> <BR> My feet are very swollen from all the sodium. The sad thing is that I was the only one with a gain at the TOPS meeting this morning.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 8 May 2014 16:25:43 EST This was my morning devotion Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 <BR> A Time to Think <BR> If you can't be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape. –Anonymous <BR> A Time to Act <BR> Become more aware of the blessings that surround you. <BR> A Time to Pray <BR> Father, of all the gifts and blessings You bestow on us, the greatest is the miracle of life. Let me find joy and satisfaction i... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:39:39 EST My Gifts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every Easter, my oldest daughter, Maria, buys me an Easter Lily. She tries to find one with 4 blooms on it for my 4 children. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My 2nd daughter, Valerie, bought this Amaryllis for me about 2 years ago. This is the 4th time it has grown. Twice it has bloomed and twice it just grew the green stems. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:01:13 EST What to do with used Sunday School Material <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This may not mean much to you but to a children's school it's like Christmas. We send our used Sunday School quarterlies to this school. They not only use them to practice reading and learning English but they get to read and hear God's word also. My missionary friend who gave me the incentive to do this says they really enjoy these books. It's a shame to throw good books in the trash. Due to high postage we d... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:21:43 EST picture from Spark Rally on March 8, 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> left to right: <BR> <BR> Jean, Diane, Dawn, Elsie <BR> <BR> We had a wonderful time and even got in some exercise...Jean and Dawn did more than I <BR> <BR> Elsie Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:34:09 EST ANSWER TO PRAYER----------hopefully <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Becka and Tony are moving into a mobile home just 7 miles from here so I will be getting my house back---at least for a <BR> <BR> Tony begins a 12 week temporary job on Monday which just might become a permanent job <BR> <BR> Becka has orientation Tuesday and Wednesday for a home health agency.. <BR> <BR> I will enjoy the QUIET for as long as it lasts........hehehe <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 19:35:17 EST Something To Think About <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you woke up this morning with only the things you Thanked God for last night, what would you have? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 19:01:31 EST Nutritional Report for Weeks of Jan. 19 - 25 and Jan. 26 - Feb. 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jan. 19 - 25 <BR> <BR> calories....below guidelines 6 times <BR> <BR> fat.............below 3 times...above 1 time <BR> <BR> carbs........below 3 times <BR> <BR> protein......below 3 times <BR> <BR> fiber...........below 5 times <BR> <BR> <BR> week of Jan 26 - Feb 1 <BR> <BR> calories.....below 1 time ..above 1 time <BR> <BR> fat..............above 1 time <BR> <BR> carbs..........good <BR> <BR> protein.... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 22:34:41 EST Nutritional Report Jan. 19 - 25 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> calories...under X 5 days <BR> <BR> fat.......over X 2 days <BR> under X 3 days <BR> <BR> protein...under X 4 <BR> <BR> fiber.....under X 5 days <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> weight down 1 1/2 pounds this week Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:56:11 EST nutritional report week of Jan 12-18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> calories........over X3, under X2 <BR> <BR> <BR> fat................under X2 <BR> <BR> carbs...........under X2 <BR> <BR> protein.........under X2 <BR> <BR> fiber.............under X5 <BR> <BR> can see I have to improve in all areas this week.. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:16:17 EST My UP/DOWN Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today has been an up down day...woke UP way too early (5:30 AM) so got UP...played games for about 30 minutes then laid back DOWN...slept for 2 more UP.....sat DOWN at the computer and did some stuff until Maria UP again and dressed for the Y....went DOWN into the water (therapy pool) for 45 minutes....UP out the pool and into the shower.....sat DOWN in the UP out of the car ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:36:28 EST Great Grandson in California <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:26:00 EST Great Grandsons in Michigan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Kaleb...age 3....Sebastian...age...2 months <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 21:22:50 EST Update on my long ago silly goals... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have 2 silly goals: <BR> <BR> 1. to wrap myself in a regular bath towel ....and have it fit <BR> <BR> 2. to fit in the space in front of my washer...(it is a small space).. <BR> <BR> Needless to say I haven't reached either one yet........I am still working on them. <BR> <BR> Do you have a couple of silly goals? Join me and have some fun!! <BR> <BR> If you posted some--how are you doing? Have you ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:06:05 EST My New Yard Onraments or What the Ice Is Doing I had this ready to post when the power went out we will see..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This came down about 3 AM....the short window is my kitchen window and the long ones are my bedroom windows <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a willow my daughter started from a brand off another tree... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:37:27 EST Decorating the Christmas Tree <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 18:16:20 EST A Long Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 9 years ago today, hubby move into Heaven leaving DJ to care for me. <BR> <BR> DJ was hubby's care giver puppy from the time we got him. He was 3 months old when we got him, now he is 11. <BR> <BR> After hubby started getting sick, DJ was at his side almost constantly--even laying outside the bathroom door waiting for him to come out. <BR> <BR> Now DJ is very possessive of <BR> <BR> But ... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 23:50:27 EST Had A wonderful Time With Family <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tuesday, we had a family gathering at daughter Valerie's house. There were 17 of us there. We did Tuesday because that was the day everyone had off---very hard to get a day like that anymore with so many working and such different schedules.. <BR> <BR> We had turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, fruit salad, green bean casserole, and mixed veggies. I don't care for stuffing so that wasn't an issue for... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:59:47 EST The turkey shot out of the oven by Jack Prelutsky........for a good chuckle The turkey shot out of the oven <BR> and rocketed into the air; <BR> It knocked every plate off the table <BR> and partly demolished a chair. <BR> <BR> It ricocheted into a corner <BR> and burst with a deafening boom; <BR> Then splattered all over the kitchen, <BR> completely obscuring the room. <BR> <BR> It stuck to the walls and the windows, <BR> it totally coated the floor; <BR> There was turkey attached to the ceiling <BR> where there'd never been turkey before. <BR> <BR> It blanketed ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:53:42 EST Loud...Loud..Loud (no response necessary as just venting) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has been one of the most nerve wracking days I've had lately. All morning at least one (sometimes both) babies were crying and/or screaming. And oh my gosh---the noise...just loud,loud,loud....I'm not real happy having them here but there is no other choice right now. <BR> <BR> It is cold, grey, and gloomy outside too...I will be so glad when they can get into their own place and I get my house back...I ca... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 14:27:21 EST A BIG THANK YOU TO GOD!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The treasurer for our TOPS club had to resign because she is very ill (prayers are greatly needed as her pancreas is very diseased due to her diabetes), so once again I got STUCK with the TOPS books. I am beginning to think that God wants me to do this because these blasted books keep coming back to me. Someone must have put a bungee cord on them and welded it to my trailer. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I've been fussing a... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:32:30 EST Baby needs a nap <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> plus..."Witchy Poo" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 10:50:47 EST Prayer Request For My Family, Please <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last evening one of my grandsons got arrested for something from Michigan. Now mind you he has been in Missouri for almost 2 years so this is something from his past. When we asked why it took so long, the deputies said they couldn't find him. He has a Missouri driver's license, gets mail in his name, has a cell phone in his name and has had several jobs so it isn't like he was hiding. <BR> <BR> We don't kno... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:23:03 EST