SMIDGON's SparkPeople Blog SMIDGON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community MAYBE THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER! HOORAY! <BR> <BR> We got it set up today an appt.for tomorrow so <BR> John can get paperwork done to start his chemo.. <BR> <BR> Also, his insurance has taken his situation back into review. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 18:24:20 EST ANOTHER UPDATE ON JOHN UP DATE <BR> <BR> John was transported to a local nursing faculty last night to begin his Chemotherapy at a nearby hospital. <BR> <BR> It is now all in God's hands! <BR> <BR> Will keep you posted! Fri, 18 Sep 2015 06:19:13 EST UPDATE on JOHN It appears to be something different every day! They get one thing working again, then, something else stops or slows down! First they take the drainage tube that goes from his nose to his stomach out, then when they okay a liquid diet, he vomits it up and back in goes the tube. <BR> Then, he has good bowel sounds, then, maybe the next day, the bowels go to sleep! One day, his kidneys are working fine, they take cather out, the next they are not working, and the cather goes back in!!! I c... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 06:32:26 EST PRAYERS for John I am here asking for PRAYERS big x . <BR> <BR> Our 51 yr old Autistic son had been getting I'll for several weeks. He would be ill, get better go awhile, get sick again. <BR> <BR> He lives in a supported living home. <BR> <BR> He called us at 4 05 a.m. a week ago this past saturday. He took him to the ER. They were there for a good 5 hrs. They found what they thought 3 masses. They transported him to the hospital. Over the next few days they confirmed it. They transported him to a t... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 06:43:13 EST Home from dr. appt. Hello All <BR> I got back from the dr appt. a bit ago! Ate lunch and here I am! <BR> <BR> The dr. wants me to have a chest ex ray a Mr I then till then it will be x for the neurologist appt.. he upped my meds, so we shall see. <BR> <BR> This x around the Dr's and nurses have gone all out to get me help! The other dr. Said he'd do this and that, but, did nothing. <BR> <BR> I will keep in touch! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:24:00 EST HERE IT IS !!! Well, this is Monday ! Ready or not. <BR> <BR> Each week brings it own set of events and goals to meet. I thought it would be the usual start of the week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday started off with Church. After, I came home and fed my fut-baby, Lexie. <BR> <BR> Then hubby finished his chores as head usher. <BR> <BR> We went to brunch. We went to "Big Boy". I got the Cobb Salad. I like that, as you can mix together what ingredients you want. I always bring a good 1/2 salad home. Tha... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:10:26 EST The BIG week-end !!! It's been a whirlwind of events around here ! Some pleasurable and others not so; but, things that had to be done. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow one of my classes will be over. Then two weeks from Tuesday, another one over. The third one has another month to go. <BR> <BR> I start a different one on Sept. 01. hubby and I 53 rd. Ann., <BR> So, it will go for the rest of the year. <BR> <BR> But, with that, some changes also! For one, hubby will be 79 yrs. old Tuesday. Boy, time flies, doesn't it? <B... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:16:36 EST HAPPY FOURTH of JULY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wish YOU and everyone a 'safe' and 'fun-filled' day ! <BR> <BR> Have fun, BUT, in view with all that's going on, BE ON YOUR GUARD ! <BR> <BR> GOD BLESS US ALL ! <BR> <BR> Hugs, Janet <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:30:30 EST SURPRISE! I decided to 'pop' in and surprise you all! <BR> <BR> I am sitting here, watching the battery slowly losing power. So, if suddenly I am gone; it's because I ran out of juice. <BR> <BR> Nothing really new here; just your 'boring' existence! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, it was hubby, Lexie and I here. We had a quiet neighborhood. I guess either everyone was gone; or, holed up in their houses. Of course we are under possible T-storms watches through Saturday! Maybe we are just on our guard! <B... Tue, 26 May 2015 06:41:25 EST Lexie's Easter pics. To see Lexie's Easter finery; check out my Gallery! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:09:29 EST Easter pics. today I decided to depart from the usual today. I wanted to see if I could get some Easter pics on here. Haven't tried it for awhile. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:59:55 EST RAMBLINGS by SMIDGON 1852 Uncle Sam first appeared in a political cartoon. <BR> <BR> To his dog, every man is Napolean; hence the constant popularity of dogs. <BR> -Aldous Huxley- <BR> <BR> To tell how old your dog might be; After the 2nd. year, add 4 human years for each dog year. After the 13th. year, add 2-1/2 human years for each dog year. <BR> <BR> Keep several old towels in a box near the back door to dry off a wet dog. <BR> <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Smidgon <BR> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:57:53 EST Ramblings by Smidgon 1888---The Blizzard of 1888 struck the Northeast. Four hundred lives were lost, <BR> <BR> <BR> "There are good days and there are bad days, and this is one of them". <BR> ---Lawrence Welk--- <BR> <BR> <BR> Once again, your mother was right. "Eat your prunes!" For constipation, diverticulitis, and other digestive ills, prunes offer a naturally sweet, high-fiber cure. Prune juice works, too, and both are good sources of iron. <BR> <BR> Blessings! Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:08:28 EST DID YOU KNOW? If you have to make a cake and you know you will be pressed for time, measure out the ingredients ahead of time, [up to three days]. Place the wet ingredients in a screw-top glass jar in the refrig.. Place the dry ingredients in an airtight container. <BR> <BR> <BR> To keep leftover layer cake from drying out, attach pieces of bread with toothpicks on the exposed edges of the cake. <BR> <BR> <BR> "A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:39:05 EST DID YOU KNOW? Before relying on last year's leftover seeds, test their germination rate. Place a few between damp paper towels, put them in a dark place, and keep them moist. Viable seeds will sprout in 5 to 10 days. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thunder in March means a fruitful year. <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:13:55 EST UPDATE Just thought I'd bring everyone up to date! <BR> <BR> January 01, 2014 I started on a 'Soul-searching Journey'. I tell you all one thing, it's not for whimps! My life has been a 'roller coaster' ever since. Everything from personal health to relationships, to taking my cares to the 'foot of the cross'! <BR> <BR> And, most important, following some very important steps to reach the most understanding of my purpose in life! And, you must listen for the Master's voice! <BR> <BR> I am also... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:50:05 EST Trying again! A lot has gone on in my life since I was last on here! So, I am trying again! <BR> <BR> Over that time, I gained 5#. Up and down! I have left emotions get the best of me! I finally realized, I am only human. That will derail me right there. I am trying again! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Janet Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:33:49 EST 1 Year Anniversary! CHECK OUT EDDIE'S PICTURES ON MY GALLERY <BR> <BR> It's been one year today Sept. 28th, 2012 <BR> At 4:22 p.m. you left us on the Earth to join my other doggies and kitty cat at the Rainbow Bridge. <BR> You left your companion, Lexie; your Daddy and Mommy. We still miss you everyday! Your bed and favorite toy; Mr. Mallard Duck; your collar and a shirt are in the same place as when you last used them! I've left them there for Lexie! <BR> <BR> You left this world after kissing me good-bye,... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 06:51:53 EST REMEMBERING REMEMBER 9-11 <BR> <BR> Let no one forget 9-11-01 and, also 9-11-12 ! <BR> <BR> GOD BLESS EACH and EVERYONE ! Wed, 11 Sep 2013 05:44:56 EST GOD REST HIS SOUL! This past Tuesday early morning, one of our town <BR> s finest young men was killed in Kabul, Afghanstein. He was a defense contractor with the A.F.. <BR> <BR> He was in his mid-forties. In the early 80's; he, DD2 and I worked together at the grocery. He left there and went to work at the factore, hubby worked at. Hubby was his boss. They also ran on the EMS squad together where he was a captain for hubby. <BR> <BR> After that, he was dispatcher for the local police dept., later becomi... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 15:25:23 EST URGENT MESSAGE <BR> <BR> TO ALL SPARKIES!!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to pass this along to you all! <BR> <BR> Have you gotten an response to anything that just didn't seem right??? <BR> <BR> Today I got a response to a pic. on my Spark Page that got me to wondering. <BR> <BR> It was a response giving me their e-mail address to write if I wanted their friendship. <BR> <BR> If any of you have, let me know so we can see if it is the same message and intent. <BR> <BR> It may be intirely innocent, but, let's s... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:29:59 EST GRANDDAUGHTERS and 'GUYS' <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And, finally but not least! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Janet Mon, 1 Apr 2013 13:12:01 EST HAPPY EASTER 2013 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Lexie and "Mommy" Sat, 30 Mar 2013 13:17:01 EST HAPPY ST. PAT'S DAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> FROM LEXIE to all SPARK FRIENDS! Sat, 16 Mar 2013 10:37:23 EST Smidgon TO ALL MY SPARK FRIENDS} <BR> <BR> HAPPY VALENTINES' DAY! <BR> <BR> HUGS, <BR> Janet Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:10:18 EST IN MEMORY 'LITTLE' EDDIE <BR> March 2003-Sept. 2012 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "Where's my pipe,newspaper and glasses?" <BR> <BR> We know you have left us---that we understand! <BR> <BR> But, your not coming back, and, that's what we are having a problem with! <BR> <BR> We will always love you, and, we will always miss you! <BR> <BR> Mom, Dad <BR> and Lexie <BR> Tue, 8 Jan 2013 14:03:39 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish each and every one of you and your families a good new year! <BR> I wanted to share with each of you some pictures from last week! <BR> The first one is of it snowing [looking out our patio door] and it <BR> has ice on it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then, here is one from the next day! What a difference a day makes: <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey, you Southerners! See what your missin... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:44:58 EST TO ALL MY SPARKFRIENDS I know it's been a long time. There has been many life-changing things to happen in my life since September! <BR> <BR> I wanted to blog in to wish you all <BR> <BR> A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Janet <BR> ~+~ Sat, 22 Dec 2012 08:37:44 EST GRANDMA'S CUCUMBER PATCH With all going on in the family, I was late getting any planting done. Hubby planted tomato plants. At the last minute I planted cucumber seeds! <BR> With the great results; I think from now on; I will plant seeds. <BR> Here is my cucumber patch, planted in my above ground garden. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here are some other pics of cucumbers and tomatoes! <img src=""> <BR> ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 09:48:13 EST HEALTH ISSUES! I am sorry to tell you this. <BR> Something has happened that has me shaken and not sure <BR> what I will do! <BR> That is all I can say at this time! <BR> Waiting for tests results. Will tell <BR> all at a later date. <BR> Blessings, <BR> Janet <BR> ~+~ Fri, 27 Jul 2012 19:43:27 EST COMING SOON! <BR> <BR> ANOTHER NEW BLOG COMING SOON! <em>379</em> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 07:12:41 EST REMEMBERING the FOURTH! HAPPY BELATED 4th of JULY! <BR> As some of you know, my computer <BR> was down and out for <BR> awhile! I got it back several <BR> days ago. I was so overwhelmed <BR> by all the mail, it took me <BR> awhile to get it sorted out! <BR> So, I've been tardy writing <BR> a new blog. I said several <BR> days ago, I was going <BR> to do it than. But didn't! <BR> Here's several pics. Hope you <BR> enjoy them! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tha... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:06:53 EST MY MINI VACATION As a lot of you know, I went to <BR> DD2's for the week-end. <BR> I always enjoy my time in Indy. <BR> This time was no exception. <BR> There's always something to do. <BR> Here's one thing I enjoyed <BR> sitting around! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Have a safe and terrific week! Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:26:57 EST Another Retreat PICTURE! I just had to add this <BR> 'Retreat' picture! <BR> It's from a different <BR> angle! You can tell <BR> I love my backyard. <BR> It's hard to realize <BR> it is back up against <BR> another housing deve- <BR> lopmant, isn't it? <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 16 Jun 2012 07:28:39 EST Yuccas Anyone? Anyone else have these <BR> stately plants in their <BR> yards? There are quite <BR> a few around here! <BR> Many years ago a friend <BR> of mine from our former <BR> Church had quite a few <BR> plants in her yard. <BR> She knew I like unusal <BR> flowers and such. She <BR> offered me as many as <BR> I wanted. It took <BR> hubby and I to dig them! <BR> They are hard to dig! <BR> Now, I am glad to have <BR> something to remember <BR> her by. She passed <BR> away a year ago. <BR> Happy Mem... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 06:36:37 EST NEIGHBOR HOOD WATCH! Every once in awhile, I have to put <BR> something funny in here! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hubby conducting his own Neighbor Hood Watch: <BR> Watching the going ons in the neighbor hood! <BR> <BR> LOL! Mon, 11 Jun 2012 11:45:40 EST SUNNY DAYS! While sitting out in <BR> the front yard swing <BR> this morning, I was <BR> adjusting and reajust- <BR> my camera. I found <BR> this setting which I <BR> thought was unusual! <BR> See what you think! <BR> Do you find it to be <BR> a new perspective? <BR> I called it: <BR> A Study in Shadows" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 9 Jun 2012 15:41:07 EST RETREAT! <img src=""> <img src="">Every once in awhile we all find that one 'Retreat' we keep going back too. Time and again! Well, I have found it! <BR> It's in my 'outdoor living room'. The only problem is, it's only available this time of year! In the Fall and Winter it all comes down and is 'stored'' away. <BR> The DGC like it also. It's a quiet little place, away from the 'hussle and ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 06:35:26 EST CHERRY TIME! I'm sorry I didn't post these last month! The <BR> cherries are gone now. Some in my <BR> freezer, and some wound up in our tummies! <BR> This 30+foot cherry tree. It started <BR> out as a twig. After several years <BR> it hadn't done a thing, so hubby <BR> was going to cut it down. DD2 said to <BR> wait another year. It decided to take off. <BR> That was 35+ yrs. ago! <BR> So, I always say it is her tree. It was loaded <BR> this year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 18:41:22 EST COLLEGE! My 20 yr. old DGD is transferring colleges in the Fall. She now lives at home just 10-15 min. away. I personally think she is making a mistake. But, if DM doesn't know anything, a GM sure doesn't! <BR> But, it is what it is. <BR> Since she will be housing with some other girls she graduated with, she will need more things. <BR> I am sure you all have some ideas of what personal things I could assemble in a large shopping bag for her! <BR> Her other GM and her aren't close; we are. So, if t... Thu, 31 May 2012 08:08:21 EST HAVE A GOOD ONE! <BR> <BR> HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEK-END! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Blessings, <BR> Janet <BR> ~+~ Sat, 26 May 2012 06:01:24 EST HELLO ALL! We are fast approaching Memorial Day Week-end. <BR> What plans or lack of plans do you have? We generally don't do much. Because on Mothers' Day the family is generally here. <BR> We will be going to the cemeteries to place flowers on the graves. <BR> Then, we go to Church on Sunday,Sunday School; then Brunch. I'll probably read in the afternoon. Maybe work on my scrapebooking. Then, on Monday will do laundry. <BR> So, what is your plans? <BR> Are you having family and/or friends in. Wha... Wed, 23 May 2012 16:51:26 EST WooHoo! It's the week-end! Grrr! I just lost a whole blog! <BR> Anyway, what are you up to this week-end? <BR> It's to be 81 and 85 with sun! <BR> I want to get outside some. Otherwise I will get my hair done today. The Women of Faith is having a Bake Sale. Guess who is always in charge. I always decor the tables according to the month. Today I am making two Sugar-Free cakes with SF icing. Tomorrow I am making an Apple Cobbler. They are always 'sold' before. A gentleman tells me to put my cobblers back, he wan... Fri, 18 May 2012 06:56:16 EST HOWDY! Tell us about your Mothers Day! <BR> Older daughters children had plans for her; younger daughter and her family were here as was our son! <BR> Had a most enjoyable time. <BR> Here is a picture of my daughter and I. Taken by her youngest. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And, here is a picture of her and her daughters! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beautiful, aren't they? <BR>... Wed, 16 May 2012 07:18:27 EST today To all my friends, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! <BR> <BR> If your luck enough for your mother to still be with us. <BR> Do me a favor, and, give her a kiss for me. <BR> <BR> Hugs to you all! <em>144</em> Sun, 13 May 2012 12:22:51 EST ANOTHER QUESTION--- I have another question to ask you dear ladies for help with! <BR> On Sept. 01, 2012 of this year. Hubby and I will celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary! Who, me? Nah! <BR> But yes, me and hubby. <BR> We had always dreamed of having a big bash at our Church with family and friends celebrating with us. <BR> But, do that darn ecomony that is out of the question. <BR> So, here is my question! We have decided on a small family celebration. What to do; how; where and any thing else to ma... Wed, 9 May 2012 12:16:45 EST What's your techinque? When you are asked what you want for Mothers' Day: do you come right out and tell them, or, do you hint at it, and, hope for the best??? <BR> <BR> I am a very direct kind of person. Ask anyone who knows me, and, they will tell you the same. <BR> When they ask me, the first thing I'll say is 'NO LIVE FLOWERS'! I want to enjoy my gift long after Mothers' Day. And, no perfume, I'll buy my own, thank You very much! <BR> Usually I'll say some antiquish type of jewelry. Or, anything they have ... Mon, 7 May 2012 18:05:39 EST ????? YEARS AGO! Today marks a milestone in my life! <BR> My 'BABY' is ???? old today!!! <BR> <BR> I don't know if she'd really want me to tell.............. <BR> <BR> Oh, well. She's not here to give me the 'dickens'. So, here goes. She is 45years young today! <BR> Yes, my 'baby'. <BR> After two weeks in labor; keeping the doctor at the hospital a good 18 hours. She finally made her entrance into this world! With out the doctor! The doctor finally gave up and left to get a good meal! So, that left t... Thu, 3 May 2012 06:31:48 EST Hey there! Hello Friends! <BR> One of you asked me to write about my experience going sugar-free. Let me take you back to the 70's. I began to have blacking out spells which interefed with my busy life style. Through much searching and blood work, it was discovered I had low blood sugar. At that time at least, there was no medicine for it. It was strickly diet based. I had to be sure to have a good protein breakfast. Carry life savers, just in case. <BR> So, for several years I followed a SF life... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:36:31 EST A BRIGHT NEW DAY! Hubby says "Thank You" for your prayers and concerns! <BR> <BR> They say it's to be a beautiful day! I hope to get out doors some, they allergy level is to be 11.4! <BR> I have been de-cluttering. I have gotton hold of a calender for the rest of the year, that has a small project for each day of the year. If that day doesn't apply, I put some small project so I did do 'something'. Yesterday it was going through old costume jewelry. I have started making some of my own. My 19 yr old col... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 07:14:58 EST