SLIMMERKIWI's SparkPeople Blog SLIMMERKIWI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Interesting way to catch rain water <img src=""> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 03:47:46 EST My Day Today I decided to use some of the left-over roll of bubble-wrap to 'line' my south-facing bedroom windows for the winter. I really like it AND the fact that it will be good insulation for that room :-) <BR> <BR> My g/son and his fiance came out early a/noon. They had their 20-week scan today. They are having a little boy. Funny thing is, before they even knew that they were pregnant, my other young g/son (who was just turning 10 at the time and is autistic) told his Mum that Maddy was p... Mon, 15 May 2017 05:06:21 EST my Day Today I decided to use some of the left-over roll of bubble-wrap to 'line' my south-facing bedroom windows for the winter. I really like it AND the fact that it will be good insulation for that room :-) <BR> <BR> My g/son and his fiance came out early a/noon. They had their 20-week scan today. They are having a little boy. Funny thing is, before they even knew that they were pregnant, my other young g/son (who was just turning 10 at the time and is autistic) told his Mum that Maddy was p... Mon, 15 May 2017 05:06:10 EST My Stepfather died this afternoon My Stepfather has been very ill the last week. I got a call from the Residential Care Hospital he is in, last week to say that it appeared he had had a cerebral event and was comatose. I had taken my Mum over to see him twice in that time, and for her that is a major. She hadn't been out of the Rest Home, apart from a Dr's appointment at the medical centre for a procedure, for a few months. I was talking with the RN Manager where S/Father is, this a.m. and then she phoned back a couple hou... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 04:22:48 EST My Stepfather died this afternoon My Stepfather has been very ill the last week. I got a call from the Residential Care Hospital he is in, last week to say that it appeared he had had a cerebral event and was comatose. I had taken my Mum over to see him twice in that time, and for her that is a major. She hadn't been out of the Rest Home, apart from a Dr's appointment at the medical centre for a procedure, for a few months. I was talking with the RN Manager where S/Father is, this a.m. and then she phoned back a couple hou... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 04:22:47 EST Result of Hospital Stay I was given a lovely 'chef's choice' meal ... Roast Pork w/gravy, Rice (white) green beans, and carrots. Dessert was warm apple cake with custard. It was very nice and plenty of it. <BR> <BR> After being wired up with connections to my head, face, neck, chest and legs, I got to sleep. They said they would come in about 0200hrs IF I was snoring and they thought the CPAP machine would help. Well, that is exactly what happened. I was holding my breath for a l-o-n-g time, my oxygen sats wer... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:00:17 EST Update time There has been a bit going on around here, as per usual. <BR> <BR> My g/son got the plaster caste off his foot on Thursday. He is now in a moon boot for another 12 weeks, so 12 more weeks at least of no work. Fortunately for him NZ pays 80% of a person's wage if they are off work due to an accident. <BR> <BR> I have seen the first baby scan pictures for his baby ... my first great-grandchild. It is due late September, so there is a possibility it might arrive for my Mum's 96th birthday o... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:26:24 EST Emergency Call Out Last night my son-in-law phoned at 2130hrs to say that my daughter had just been taken to hospital in the ambulance. She has been having ongoing issues re ?heart ?anxiety ?something else, and it was affecting her breathing and causing worrying palpitations, etc. She had had a panel of bloods done which were all good, and on Tuesday she had an ECG and Spirometry test for lung function. Everything came back good, and the Dr suggested it was Anxiety and recommended a Psychologist. She wasn'... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:42:47 EST I am doing the Happy Dance we have FINALLY got REAL rain ..... not just the pretend stuff that lasted the blink-of-an-eye a couple times since November, but REAL rain. There is EVEN a bit of a pond in my drive - LOL! I am sooo very glad, as are most of those in the Northern part of NZ because it was such a high fire risk through drought .... the worst I ever remember in my nearly 63 years, in these parts. Most who rely on rainwater tanks were having to truck in water and there was a long waiting list for it. <BR> ... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:37:12 EST Another update If you read my blog yesterday, you are aware that I took my g/son to the Hospital for an ankle surgery that didn't happen, so I was up again very early to take him today. THIS time he struck it lucky. The surgeon wanted to see me too (don't know why because g/son is coming up 22) and he showed me the fractures - an old one from a few years ago, and a recent one from last week. He said it was very bad ... serious in fact. G/Son needed to have broken bits of bone removed and some pins etc.... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 01:58:53 EST Update In my last blog I said my g/son had broken his ankle. He went to the hospital last Tuesday for surgery, but after 'nil by mouth' was told he could go home because they wouldn't be doing it that day, and that they would phone him when to come down. Well, they phoned him. He had to be there by 0700hrs today. It meant that I had to get up at 0430hrs to go get him and take him down. When we walked in, the Receptionist looked at him and looked surprised. She had a look but said his name wasn... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 03:16:24 EST Day's Outing and more Today I finally got to meet up with my sister. She has only just started being allowed to drive after surgery for her wrist, elbow and a year ago a total shoulder replacement (reverse shoulder replacement) It meant I had to travel nearly an hour away to meet up with her. I had been totally peed off with her daughter (lives upstairs from her) and her friend (2 doors away) and our brother (about 5 minutes away from her place) because for SIX WEEKS post surgery, she was only taken ONCE to get... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:55:35 EST The Road to Kaikoura Post Earthquake <link><BR>ke/86557661/new-video-shows-just-how-d<BR>amaged-sh1-is-after-the-kaikoura-quake<BR>? </link> Thu, 17 Nov 2016 03:21:28 EST How to lose weight (tongue in cheek..... maybe? Well, I think I have figured out how to lose weight easily. <BR> <BR> The middle of April my family and I went to Vancouver, Canada, for a holiday. We came back early May. I had gained a considerable amount of weight while over there. (Found out a regular 'healthy' meal was 1200 calories <em>40</em> I was getting a TON of walking, too, up-hill, down-dale, whereas here my walks are on the flat inside my house. Since I have been back, I have been eating less, however MORE than I was ... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 01:36:33 EST I'm NOT going doo lally ... I promise, BUT today I left home at 0945hrs. My daughter, s-in-law and I (and g/son) went to my Mum's collecting a Rental Truck on the way, to bring the rest of Mum's stuff back home. We emptied the house up there, (apart from a few bits and bobs which should easily fit into my car, and a couple larger items I hope to sell from there, and then headed home. We arrived back around 1400hrs. About 1500hrs, my s-in-law told me he would yard-broom brush the steps (they were getting slippery) because otherwise... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:00:51 EST Getting back to normal .... whatever 'normal' is - LOL! After coming back from my holiday a ton heavier, it took about 3 weeks to settle back into MY normal eating pattern, but with a few less calories. It appears to be working. I haven't weighed myself since end of May, but I can now get into one of my pr of jeans, so I guess the weight is coming off slowly. I certainly don't see so much of "me" when I look down - LOL! <BR> <BR> My sister hadn't been allowed to go to Canada (as per Dr's instruction) with us because of some chronic health issue... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:08:35 EST Back from from first overseas holiday :-) I had a lovely time catching up with my son and his partner. <BR> <BR> It started here on 15th April. A 13hr flight later, we landed in Vancouver BC BEFORE we had even left Auckland - LOL!. My son was at the airport to meet us. We had our first experience of a sky train, which I found rather interesting, in part because there are no drivers. We then had to get 2 taxis to get all of our stuff and us to my son's apartment. 6 of us went over - my daughter and her husband and 2 children -... Mon, 9 May 2016 21:02:31 EST A quick update on my Mum I spent most of the day at the Hospital. For a large portion of the time she didn't know who I was, but later, a while after the last dose of Fentanyl she recognized me, my brother, sister, and sister-in-law and her son. <BR> <BR> Apart from a nasty, deep, skin tear, Mum has a fractured pelvis, a UTI and a high temp. With any one of those things it is enough to cause confusion - add all 3 together :-( <BR> <BR> When I arrived at 10:30 a.m. the Nurse I spoke to told me the Dr hadn't been... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 05:53:23 EST Hectic Day and the last thing anyone could have wanted OR wished for Today I had the plumber coming in some stage re a perished rubber on the toilet. Water leakages onto the floor are NOT nice to clean up and I guess my 9yr old grandson didn't feel that great either when we were blaming him ..... you know the old story .... little boys in a hurry to have a pee after hanging on too long, are well known to have 'little accidents' with their aim. It was only by chance that I found the problem .... he wasn't here to blame. <BR> <BR> Anyway, the plumber had co... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 06:17:01 EST Difficult Day today Today I had the most horrible task of taking my beloved little Scruffy - part Border Collie and part (the vet THINKS) Foxie - to the Vet for her 'ever more' sleep. She only came up to just under my knee and was my most precious companion after my hubby died. We got her just on 9 years ago when my best friend and her children left New Zealand. She had always slept on their younger daughter's bed, and always slept on our bed until about a year ago when she could no longer jump up. She was ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:52:41 EST Mirror I saw this today on someone's FB Page <BR> <BR> <BR> Mirror, mirror on the wall <BR> It does not matter if I am short or tall .... <BR> If I have skinny legs or my hips are wide, <BR> It only matters who I am inside. <BR> Blue eyes, brown eyes, black or green...... <BR> What makes me most beautiful cannot be seen. <BR> When you look at me, don't judge me by my parts, <BR> The most beautiful thing about me is my heart! <BR> Sun, 21 Feb 2016 14:34:55 EST WHAT A DAY AND A HALF! Have you ever had the feeling that everything happens at once? Well, I had a real doozy of a day, and a very busy one. <BR> <BR> It started off when my daughter woke me to ask if I was going to be spending all day at my Mum's house, because if I was, my 8yr old grandson wanted to go to school instead. (He isn't very well with a nasty cough at the moment.) Then she told me that I HAVE to make an appointment to get my little dog put down, because Scruffy has kept her awake since 4 a.m. I ha... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 03:17:55 EST A good way to get picky eaters eating a bigger variety I was watching our News on TV tonight, and was very interested to see how a parent came up with an enjoyable way of encouraging her children to try new things. They have a "Blind Tasting Tuesday". The kids have to wear a good blindfold and they are given something to eat. They don't know what it is, but they give their Mum 'feed-back' (sorry about the pun) as to whether they like it or not. It turns out that a lot of the food they claimed that they disliked/hated, they actually quite like... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 01:18:14 EST My Eventful Day Well, I had one yesterday. It isn't a kind of day I want to repeat, but I couldn't help but laugh to myself about it all. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I got a phone call. That in itself is o.k., BUT it was 4:30 AM. I answered it and no-one was there. When I finally got off to sleep, I was rudely awoken by a cat fight almost outside my bedroom window. The neighbour has a PRICK of a cat that terrorizes the neighbourhood. It is a dead give-way what one it is because it is the only one ar... Thu, 8 May 2014 17:10:30 EST Enjoy <link><BR>.1243574086!menu/standard/file/ny-walt<BR>-baby-boomers.swf </link> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 01:48:52 EST Who would have thought..... ...... that losing weight can affect your EARS! <BR> <BR> I took my Step-father to the Audiologist today to get his repaired hearing aids and for adjustments to be made to them re his slightly altered hearing. They had been sent away for repair. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the Audiologist asked my S/Father if he had lost weight recently. HE didn't think so, but he has, and I told her so - not a lot, but some none-the-less. (probably around a couple kg.) She said she thought so. ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:01:47 EST Another year has passed Another year has passed <BR> And we're all a little older. <BR> Last summer felt hotter <BR> And winter seems much colder. <BR> <BR> There was a time not long ago <BR> When life was quite a blast. <BR> Now I fully understand <BR> About 'Living in the Past' <BR> <BR> We used to go to weddings, <BR> Football games and lunches.. <BR> Now we go to funeral homes <BR> And after-funeral brunches. <BR> <BR> We used to have hangovers, <BR> From parties that were gay. <BR> Now we suffer body a... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 02:40:37 EST What to do with old Gumboots <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There you go, now why didn't we think of that? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 01:12:48 EST How to beat the summer heat in bed :-) For a while I have been pondering the resolution to this unpleasant quandary. Yesterday I came up with a solution, so put it into action. <BR> <BR> I have 3 wheat bags for the winter, and I figured that if it provides heat in winter, it can provide coolness in summer. I promptly put one into a plastic bag and then into the freezer. It was BLISS last night - a nice cool bed to get into, and my feet were not burning hot like normal. (had the bag against them.) <BR> <BR> This morning I prom... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 18:40:49 EST My Xmas Eve I just received an e-mail with this in it, and had to share it with you all. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l=0 </link> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:48:48 EST Anniversary This morning it is a year ago today that my husband passed away. <em>382</em> <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> On the one hand it seems like it has been forever, but on the other hand it seems like it was yesterday. I miss not being able to cook him some of his favourite meals. I miss not being able to talk to him in person. I even miss the smell of his tobacco, and I never really liked it anyway, unless it was freshly lit. I miss having him around, even when he was getting up to a lot of n... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:04:06 EST A different start to the day Last night I didn't have a very good night AT ALL, thanks to distant neighbours down the road, talking and laughing really loudly until after 0100hrs. It was enough to set poor old Scruffy (dog) off, rushing out to the Rancher Slider, and yelling her head off, more than a couple times. <BR> <BR> Anyway, this a.m. when I woke, I wasn't in the best space because of sleep deprivation. I was going out to the mail box, and had just stood on the steps down off the deck, when I saw a duck low ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 04:26:34 EST What do you think of this??? :-) <link><BR>07007779&set=vb.118705921489082&type=2<BR>&theater </link> Wed, 2 Oct 2013 04:06:34 EST A "new" me Today I got my hair cut. Big deal most people would probably think, but for me it is, because I don't get it cut very often. It is almost a year to the day since my last hair cut, and the previous one to that had been just over 3 years prior. I had been really upset the last few days, because hubby wasn't going to be here to see it. Last time when I got home, he came out of the garage and looked at my hair, then said it looked really nice. We went into the house, then he started to wal... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:39:54 EST Ten tips to be supermarket savvy This appeared in our daily Newspaper "The New Zealand Herald" , this a.m. and as it is a good reminder to us all I thought I would share it here. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Ten tips to be supermarket savvy <BR> <BR> 1. Make a list and stick to it. Write down everything you need. Look out for the bargains on your list, but don't go grabbing extras treats you haven't planned for. <BR> <BR> 2. Set yourself a budget and try your best not to bre... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:08:14 EST My Dad's 100th Birthday Today was my Dad's 100th Birthday. It would have been lovely to have been able to wish him a happy birthday in person, but because he died 33 years ago, it was kinda hard to do that. <BR> <BR> My sister and I planned that she would go to the Cemetery and take some of his favourite treats - and eat them with him, for lunch. She would eat what he didn't :-) She wanted me to go, but it is an hour's drive to her place and then about another 20 minutes from hers. It is too much for me. <B... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 06:26:53 EST Good News :-) Do you ever have times where everything seems to go wrong? I have - many times. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Do you ever have times where everything seems to go right? I have this last week <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I bought a scratchie ticket for the first time in nearly a year, on Friday. I won $5 on it. Then yesterday I had to go to town for an appointment to transfer me over from (what was) the Widow's Benefit to "Supported Living" (in my case what WAS called the Invalid's Benefit)... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 03:35:17 EST 2222 Days Today has been my 2222nd day on SparkPeople, and I have LOVED every single one of them. A lot has happened in this time - to me and to others. Some is good, and unfortunately some not so good. <BR> <BR> I have seen my daughter marry, my older grandson leave school (and now living with me), my younger grandson starting school. I have had to play a far more intensive roll in my Mother and Stepfather's lives, due to their age (91 and 93yrs), frailty and medical decline. I have managed to ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 06:01:19 EST Short and sweet If my body was a car, I'd trade it in for a newer model, because every time I sneeze my radiator leeks and my exhaust backfires <em>211</em> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 04:09:30 EST Because of certain happenings today .... YES, I said "HAPPENINGS", <em>211</em> I have decided to post this, which some may be familiar with: (well, I think we have all experienced it - lol - but I mean some may have read it :-) <BR> <BR> <BR> Baked Beans <BR> <BR> (This one is much too funny not to share. Enjoy! Be sure to grab a <BR> tissue; I think you'll be laughing so hard you'll cry!) <BR> <BR> One day I met a sweet gentleman and fell in love. When it became apparent that we would marry, I made the supreme sacrifi... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:38:34 EST Granny has the answer! Paddy had long heard the stories of an amazing family tradition. <BR> It seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been <BR> able to walk on water on their 18th birthday. On that special day, they'd <BR> each walked across the lake to the pub on the far side for their first legal <BR> Drink. So when Paddy's 18th birthday came around, he and his pal Jim took a boat out to the middle of the lake, Paddy, stepped out of the boat ...and nearly <BR> Drowned! Jim just barely... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 03:37:50 EST Male or Female? You might not have known this...but a lot of non-living objects are actually either male or female. Here are some examples: <BR> <BR> FREEZER BAGS: <BR> They are male, because they hold everything in............but you can see right through them. <BR> <BR> PHOTOCOPIERS: <BR> These are female, because once turned takes a while to warm them up again. <BR> They are an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed...but can also wreak havoc if you push the... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 01:41:50 EST Grandson's Surgery Today was an early start again. My 18yr old grandson had surgery on his knee again. A couple years ago he injured it pretty badly in a skateboard accident, and needed extensive surgery. Today he had surgery on the same knee to remove 4 bits of bodies that were floating around in there causing problems. The largest bit we brought home in a jar - just over 1 cm diameter. The surgeon told me that his knee-cap is slightly out of alignment and checked the other - that is too. It means that it... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 03:35:28 EST Have you ever wanted to ................ ............. RIP A NEIGHBOUR'S DOG'S TONGUE OUT???? <BR> <BR> Well, I DO! During the day the big dog continuously goes "Woof... Woof...Woof" in a very loud and deep bark when her 'mum' is out, which is quite often. Tonight their horrible LITTLE dog is going "Yap.... Yap.... Yap" non-stop and in a high-pitched voice. They are home alone. I HATE the sound with a vengeance. I really want to rip BOTH of their tongues out and stuff them where the sun don't shine!!! <BR> <BR> (I do NOT lik... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 04:35:37 EST I got my car back today .... .... and it turned out the leak through the electrics in the roof was caused by some rust which couldn't be seen until the windscreen and rubber was removed. The Panel-beater took photos of before, during and after rust treatment and included it with the invoice. Still, it is dealt with now, and the bonnet looks really nice, too, instead of munted. <BR> <BR> I DID manage to get some good sleep (re my last blog) I woke at 1100hrs yesterday. This morning it was 1000hrs. It is AMAZING what ... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 06:45:10 EST Today would have been my husband's 60th birthday, and more My g/son had an appointment in town so I decided that to celebrate his granddad's birthday, we would have lunch at a little 'up-market' boutique Caféteria’ called Chocolate Brown (they make wonderful fancy chocolates, too) My son had given me a voucher where we could get a free meal up to a certain amount with another full-paying adult. That suited me fine :-) My eyes lit up when I saw their menu - they had a Full English Breakfast - Italian Sausage, Streaky Bacon, Black Pudding, 2 Eggs ho... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 06:49:41 EST Dietitian Update On Thursday I had to go to my Dietitian. Since I reached my goal weight, I generally go every 3 months, now. When I told her that my husband had died (it turned out to be on her Wedding Anniversary) she thought that I would have gone well off course, and was surprised to see from my Spread Sheet that there were very few days I had gone much over. I showed her my last blood test results, and she was very pleased by that, too. I had said that I was considering asking the Dr about going off... Sat, 4 May 2013 05:43:05 EST Another Update :-( Well, things DO run in THREES :-( <BR> <BR> !. I woke up late this a.m. My little dog had pee'd on the carpet. (I wasn't surprised - it was grotty weather last night and she didn't want to go out!) <BR> <BR> 2. Freida (my cat) was in/out/in/out all in the space of a few minutes. The last time she came in, she walked over to the other side of the lounge and peed on a letter that had fallen on the floor. (That got slid into a plastic bag for the rubbish without dripping onto the floor.) ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 08:55:11 EST Update on the last blog Well, if you read my last blog you may remember that I was having problems with my lawnmower and treadmill. Those have both been fixed, now, and I am having fun with the treadmill - I don't know that my grandson is having fun with the mower - he is the one who mows the lawns, not me :-) <BR> <BR> Anyway, at the end of the blog I added <BR> "I'm hoping nothing else to going to go 'phut' in the near future." <BR> <BR> Well, it DID go phut. My Waterpump stuffed up, and if we want water in t... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:05:56 EST The good news and the bad .... Today I got my new Treadmill. It was a 'New Product Introductory Offer" at half price, saving me $600. Our Accident Compensation Corporation paid for one to be in my home (about 2 years after my accident) for rehab, but I could only have it for 3-4 months. I LOVED it and used it daily, and was quite miffed when they took it back. With the small amount of money left over from my husband's Life Insurance, I decided to treat myself this one thing. I will be able to get a bit more walking ... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:01:03 EST