SMIDGON's SparkPeople Blog SMIDGON's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 GOOD MORNING, ALL! Just a short note now! <BR> <BR> I had my camera in hand yesterday, and the opportunity presented itself, so, I snapped this picture. I just had to share. <BR> <BR> Hope this brings a smile to your face! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lexie and Eddie <BR> <BR> This little girl has a problem keeping her skirt down! <BR> Blessings, <BR> Janet Wed, 11 Apr 2012 06:12:44 EST HE IS RISEN! <BR> HE IS RISEN! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> HE IS ALIVE!!! Sun, 8 Apr 2012 10:30:31 EST BLESSING! <BR> HAPPY EASTER! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <em>451</em> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 07:16:06 EST Musings Hubbys'surgery date has been set! Wednesday, April 11th. Time is spendt getting ready for that. <BR> <BR> However, we will get to go with the Traditional Easter Dinner. If before Easter, we would go with an easier version. <BR> <BR> I have a question for you all! What is your most outstanding memory of Easter past? If can be anytime in your life. <BR> Mine is when our kids were wee ones. Money was tight. Funny how what goes round comes round. With limited income here we are again. ... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 07:21:35 EST PRAYERS, PLEASE! Good Morning, All! <BR> It's been awhile since I have blogged. <BR> It's been a whirlwind with all the dr. appts. for hubby. We do know he is looking at surgery. When we don't know! Monday he has a morning Cardologist appt. and in the afternoon he has a cat-scan! The Cardologist will determed if the surgery can be done first, or if he will need a new battery in his pacemaker first! His first surgery may[at this time] may involved into a second surgery at the same time! <BR> Then, its not... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 07:22:15 EST WRINKLES! You know, as I have gotten older, I have been getting more and more wrinkles! I really bothered me. I resented looking like an 'old woman'. Never mind I AM almost 72 yrs. old! I really wanted to get rid of them. <BR> <BR> Over the week-end while visiting Christine and her family I happened to read a article. It got me to thinking, maybe those wrinkles aren't so bad after all. I may just keep them! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:49:22 EST PRAISE, PRAISE,PRAISE! THANK YOU ALL MY FRIENDS! <BR> You will never know how much Hubby and I thank you for your prayers! <BR> We were spared damage. We did go from Tornado Watch to Tornado WARNING! I and hubby have always lived in the same town and county all our lives. With the Watch, I took additional supplies into my bathroom in the middle of the house. At the Warning, I and the 'furry kids' went into the bathroom. For the time being, hubby sat on a folding chair right outside the bathroom door. After ab... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 07:15:24 EST PRAYERS, PLEASE! Ohio, Ky., and Indiana is on alert for bad storms. <BR> It is getting dark here in s.w. Ohio. The skies are yellowish. They are calling for t-s; large hail, winds and possible tornadoes. Dear Lord, have Mercy. They just said there has been medium size hail in Indy.. I was to go to Indy. this week-end but changed it. <BR> <BR> Hubby has a terrible cold. His meds make him sleepy and medicine head. <BR> <BR> I also heard on line someone posted there was going to be shooting at our local ... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 12:26:55 EST WOW! I HOPE THAT"S OVER! It's been a loooog week! I evidently had THAT virus! Felt lousy from Sat. afternoon until Wednesday morning. Went to the food bank then, to Richmond. I was okay. Then, towards evening, it came back! I made it out to the hair salon Friday morning. Outside of that, I was basically 'down'. <BR> <BR> I did make use of that time, though. I did my 5 days of class worksheets. And, I worked on my Sunday School lesson. This week it is on Sarah. She is a excellent example of God's Grace. <BR... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 07:10:06 EST WHAT A TIME! We just got home from the Church Youth Groups annual "Valentine Banquet". What a crowd! One seating at 5 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m.. <BR> <BR> It is the Youth Groups annual fund-raising for their yearly Youth Conference somewhere here in the States. <BR> <BR> They are dressed in black and white and escort you to your desnated assigned seats. The meal is by candle-light with china and silverware. I ordered grilles chicken breast-baked potatoe-and green beans with roll. Hubby gets st... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:35:08 EST WHAT A RUDE AWAKENING! I called my eldest [Celeste] this morning. It is her 50th birthday. She answered the phone with/"don't say how does it feel to be half a century old. I love it!" Almost 22 years ago she called me with the same message! I said I was going to be nice and not say it. But, that her Dad said for me to ask her. She said her 25 yr. old daughter called her at 12:15 a.m. and asked her the same thing! <BR> <BR> All was fine until she delivered the next 'blow'! She said she got her application ... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:23:28 EST WHAT TO DO, WHAT TO DO??? Have any of you had umpteen things to do, and, along comes a day when you can't decide what to do? This is one of those days for me. I have heaven only knows I have enough to cover forever. <BR> <BR> However, I can think of a lot of things I WANT to do. I'd like to go into Richmond to get scrapebook paper [not that I don't have any] and pick up a few other things. <BR> <BR> I want to get started on another jewelry project. It seems like the jewelry making is a family tradition! My el... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 06:34:02 EST TODAY, HERE I COME! I hope you all had the best Valentines' Day ever! <BR> <BR> I had decided to take hubby out, I hadn't mentioned it to him. Good thing! It started snowing and was slippery in spots. But, till evening, it had all gone. <BR> <BR> Today, I have the food bank. I had thought I'd pass and do some much needed done chores here at home. But, I decided in doing that, I miss out on the exercise. So, I guess I'll go in! There's always someone to sub for me. <BR> <BR> I am sooooooooo ready for Sp... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 07:07:30 EST IT'S SNOWIN' BUT NOT BLOWIN'! It's a snowy day here~ <BR> <BR> HAPPY VALENTINES' DAY EVERYONE! <BR> <BR> Have a safe, and terrific Day! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Janet <BR> <BR> ~+~ Tue, 14 Feb 2012 09:02:38 EST EVENING! It is still snowing, blowing and cold. I called Celeste a bit ago. She said they are to get 1-3" more of snow tonite! She decided she better not try it tomorrow. John knew that was a possibilty. He was okay with that. <BR> <BR> I will devide the cakes up and see they get cake and their presents. <BR> <BR> Christine and her family will get their cake and Valentine treats. <BR> <BR> BE SAFE AND HAVE A TERRIFIC WEEK-End! <BR> <BR> Janet <BR> <BR> ~+~ Sat, 11 Feb 2012 18:55:10 EST