STITCH4EVER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=STITCH4EVER STITCH4EVER'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/ GETTING REACQUAINTED WITH ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898219 ALL OF US HAVE THINGS IN OUR LIVES THAT CAUSE US TO CHANGE OUR ROUTINE. BUT HOW DO WE GET BACK ON TRACK WHEN THAT HAPPENS? I AM STILL TRYING TO FIND THAT ANSWER. <BR> <BR> FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM MY ONLY REMAINING CHILD SINCE HER SISTER DIED. WHY? I HAVE NO IDEA. I E-MAIL HER ONCE A WEEK AND CALL, BUT THE CALLS AND E-MAILS ARE NOT RETURNED. I ASSUME SHE IS TRYING TO FIND HERSELF WHILE STILL HAVING TO HOLD DOWN A FULL TIME JOB THAT IS VERY DEMANDING. I KNOW SHE IS ALSO GETT... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:11:07 EST VIVA LA DIFFERENCE' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883679 YESTERDAY, WE HAD ALL OUR WOOD FLOORING LAID. YES! IT TOOK ONE GUY ONE DAY TO DO THREE ROOMS - ALL BY HIMSELF. I DID NOT EVEN THINK THIS WAS POSSIBLE. MY BIGGEST WORRY WAS TRYING TO MOVE THE FRIDGE AND THE STOVE INTO THE LIVING ROOM. BUT WHOA! <BR> <BR> THIS KID (HE SEEMED LIKE A KID TO AN OLD LADY LIKE ME) BROUGHT OUT SOMETHING THAT HE CALLED "AIR SKIS". THEY LOOKED KIND OF LIKE TWO SNOW BOARDS WITH RUBBER FEET. HE SLID ONE UNDER THE BACK AND ONE UNDER THE FRONT WITHOUT EVEN SHAKING ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:39:02 EST WHAT A MESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881822 I'M SURE THAT MANY OF YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH REMODELING PROJECTS. WHEN WE REMODELED OUR HOUSE, IT WAS SO EASY BECAUSE WE COULD PILE EVERYTHING IN EITHER THE LOWER LEVEL OR THE GARAGE. NOT HERE! <BR> <BR> LAST THURSDAY, THEY CARPETED JUST MY LITTLE ROOM. IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE AN OFFICE, BUT DH HAS DESIGNATED IT TO BE MY BEDROOM AS WELL. SO I HAVE TO SLEEP IN A CHAIR AS THERE ISN'T EVEN ROOM FOR A TWIN BED IN HERE. SO THEY SENT THE PEOPLE TO DO THE INSTALLATION FOR THE CARPET. BIG PROBLEM.... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:36:32 EST SILLY, SILLY PEOPLE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876803 I HAD A NICE LONG TLAK WITH THE HOSPITAL THIS MORNING THAT JUST BILLED US (WELL TWO MONTHS AGO BUT I JUST FOUND IT ON DH'S DESK) FOR $11,000.00 CLAIMING THAT THE SURGERY HE HAD WAS NOT NECESSARY FOR A MAN OF 73. BUT! THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT THEY PAID BOTH DRS. IN FULL. WHAT THE HECK? SO I NOTICED ON THE BILL THAT WHOEVER HAD TAKEN DOWN ALL DH'S PRE-ADMISSION INFORMATION HAD NEGLECTED TO PUT THAT HE HAD BOTH PARTS A AND B OF MEDICARE, PART D, AND A SUPPLEMENT. <BR> <BR> THE HOSPITA... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:52:58 EST WHAT IF .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875175 AWHILE AGO, I READ SOMETHING ON THE INTERNET THAT REALLY MADE ME THINK. IT SAID, "WHAT IF YOU WOKE UP TOMORROW WITH ONLY WHAT YOU THANKED GOD FOR TODAY"? HOLY JUPITER! IS THAT PROFOUND! <BR> <BR> THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A MINUTE? COULD YOU GET BY WITHOUT ELECTRICITY, OR WATER. HOW ABOUT NO PLACE TO BATHE OR WASH YOUR CLOTHING. WHAT IF YOU DIDN'T EVEN HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET FOOD AT A STORE OR THE MEANS TO GET THERE? <BR> <BR> THERE IS AN EXCELLENT CHRISTIAN BOOK SERIES BY TERRI BLACKSTOC... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:22:12 EST TURNING IT OVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874527 I HAVE MY NEW HOPEFUL HEARTS TEAM MEMBER TO THANK FOR THE IDEA IN THIS BLOG. <BR> <BR> FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE CHRISTIANS, WE ALL KNOW THAT OUR POWER ALWAYS COMES FROM THE LORD. BUT SO OFTEN, WE TEND TO TRY TO SPEED UP HIS PROCESS BY TAKING MATTERS BACK INTO OUR OWN HANDS. " GIVE ME PATIENCE LORD AND PLEASE DO IT NOW!" <BR> <BR> I REMEMBER THE SAYING POSTED ON PINTEREST THAT SAID, "GOOD MORNING. THIS IS GOD. I WILL BE HANDLING ALL YOUR PROBLEMS TODAY AND I DON'T NEED YOUR HELP. RELAX ... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:29:38 EST WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874025 In an attempt to keep my own ego up regardless of my weight, i started curling my hair and putting on make-up every day even if I wasn't going anywhere. I started this last fall. We live in a condo that my husband picked out as a surprise 3 years ago. NEVER would i have chosen this place on my own. it is quite old and everything in the unit was original. I could foresee huge financial outlays in the immediate and not so immediate future. <BR> <BR> This is a co-joined condo unit so it is... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:35:16 EST GETTING TOO OLD FOR THIS ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868754 A WHILE AGO, I GOT SCAMMED BY SOME COMPANY OFFERING A FREE SAMPLE OF WRINKLE CREAM. YES! I HAVE BIG ONES - LIKE CRATER SIZED. BUT THEN THEY CHARGED ME $70.00 FOR THE SAMPLE THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FREE. IT TICKED ME OFF SO BAD THAT I WENT TO THE BANK AND ASKED IF THERE WAS ANYTHING THEY COULD DO. <BR> <BR> THEY TOOK ME DOWN TO THEIR LOWER LEVEL WHERE THEY HAD A WHOLE ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE DOING WHAT THEY CALLED "SPOOKING". THESE PEOPLE ALL HAVE A FAKE ACCOUNT SET UP WITH THE BANK. THEN T... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 14:57:31 EST NOBODY WARNS YOU .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858007 WE HAVE ALL HEARD OF THE SEVEN STAGES OF GRIEF. BUT I THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE A WARNING LABEL THAT COMES WITH SOME OF THEM; BECAUSE THERE IS A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF THAT HAPPENS TO YOU THAT YOU WEREN'T COUNTING ON. <BR> <BR> DEPENDING ON HOW LONG AND HOW SEVERE THE PASSING OF YOUR LOVED ONE GOES, OR IN SOME CASES A HORRIBLE, UNEXPECTED DEATH; WE STILL FACE THE SAME 7 STAGES BUT THE OTHER JUNK CREEPS UP ON US AND CUTS US TO THE CORE. HERE ARE A FEW OF THEM. <BR> <BR> 1) PEOPLE THAT BARELY K... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:49:31 EST SOMETIMES IT'S BETTER NOT TO FIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844953 MY DAUGHTER DIED ON NOVEMBER 24TH. AS IF THAT WASN'T SAD ENOUGH ( AND ALSO SPOILED THANKSGIVING SINCE I JUST COULDN'T TAKE PART WITHOUT RUINING EVERYONE ELSE'S GOOD TIME) I GOT A LETTER IN THE MAIL ON DECEMBER 19TH. <BR> <BR> IT INFORMED ME THAT I HAD INHERITED MY DAUGHTER'S ENTIRE ESTATE. WHAT? BUT BEFORE I EVEN READ THE LETTER ALL THE WAY THROUGH I HAD ONE PHONE CALL ON MY CELL PHONE AND ANOTHER ON MY LAND LINE. ONE WAS MY OTHER DAUGHTER PITCHING A FIT THAT I HAD BEEN NAMED TO INHERIT ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:15:55 EST WHEN DID IT CHANGE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833915 I HAD TO VENTURE FORTH INTO THE WILD THIS WEEK AND TRY SOME LAST MINUTE SHOPPING. AND IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT I HAVE NO IDEA WHEN IT CHANGED AND CHRISTMAS BECAME ALL ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THE MERCHANTS WERE MAKING, BLACK FRIDAY (NOW STARTING ON THANKSGIVING DAY) AND SANTA, SANTA, SANTA. <BR> <BR> WHEN I WAS A KID, WE DIDN'T PUT UP OUR TREE UNTIL CHRISTMAS EVE - IF WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD A TREE. THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS ARTIFICIAL TREES. THEN WE GOT ALL DRESSED UP, ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:48:05 EST WHAT IS IT??????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827703 I THINK IT'S A GUY THING - I REALLY DO. LAST WEEKEND, I SENT DH OUT TO GET A NEW TV. OUR ANCIENT NON-DIGITAL, NON-HIGH DEFINITION TV, FINALLY DIED. I HAD SHOPPED ALL OVER. I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WOULD FIT, HAD THE BEST PICTURE, AND THAT I COULD GET FOR A GOOD PRICE. <BR> <BR> I WROTE IT ALL DOWN - THE NAME OF THE STORE, WHO TO TALK TO, THE MAKE OF THE TV, THE SIZE, THE MODEL NUMBER AND THE PRICE. WHAT MORE INFORMATION COULD HE POSSIBLY NEED. I KNEW THE ENTIRE PURCHASE - TAX INCLUDED WOULD... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 17:20:16 EST FINAL REPORT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822369 TODAY, AT 12:15 THIS AFTERNOON, MY DAUGHTER LEFT THIS WORLD. EVEN WHILE MY HEART IS BREAKING, I HAVE SO MUCH I NEED TO SAY. TIME TO GET ON MY SOAP BOX. <BR> <BR> IF ANY OF YOU HAVE A CHILD - EVEN AN ADULT CHILD - THAT IS INVOLVED WITH DRUGS OR ALCOHOL; FIGHT! YOU FIGHT FOR EVERYTHING YOUR WORTH AND RIGHT UP UNTIL YOUR LAST BREATH IF THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES. <BR> <BR> IF YOU HAVE A CHILD THAT IS NOT ACTING RIGHT AT A VERY YOUNG AGE; DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AND EVEN THEN, THERE ARE NO GUARANT... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:36:59 EST HOW TO SAY NO AND MEAN IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819623 IT ISN'T EVEN THE HOLIDAYS YET AND ALREADY I AM HAVING PEOPLE TRY TO FORCE EXTRA FOOD ON ME. SPARK RECENTLY HAD A GREAT ARTICLE ON HOW TO SAY NO NICELY. WELL, SOMETIMES, NICE DOESN'T WORK. <BR> <BR> LAST NIGHT WE WERE INVITED TO SUPPER AT A FRIEND'S HOUSE. SHE BROUGHT OUT EVERY PERSON'S PLATE, FROM THE KITCHEN, ALREADY FULL OF FOOD! WHAT KIND OF WAY IS THAT TO SERVE COMPANY? I WOULD SERVE EVERYTHING FAMILY STYLE AND THEN LET THE PEOPLE PICK AND CHOOSE WHAT THEY WANT AND HOW MUCH OF IT T... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:46:10 EST PROGRESS REPORT #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815045 I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO MY DAUGHTER'S "PARTNER" LAST SUNDAY NIGHT. SHE WAS VERY DRUNK WHEN SHE CALLED ME OR CHANCES ARE SHE NEVER WOULD HAVE AS SHE KNOWS HOW DH AND I FEEL ABOUT EVERYTHING SHE AND MY DAUGHTER HAVE CHOSEN TO DO WITH THEIR LIVES. BUT THAT IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT SUBJECT. <BR> <BR> MARIKA (MY DAUGHTER WHO IS ALSO CALLED MARY) HAD VERY VIOLENT SEIZURE LAST FRIDAY THAT CAUSED HER TO FALL AND HOSPICE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO CALL FOR RESCUE AS SHE WAS BLEEDING SEVERELY. APPA... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:56:30 EST WHAT NEXT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810684 WE BOUGHT A 27 YEAR OLD CONDO THREE YEARS AGO. BIG MISTAKE - HUGE! WE KNEW WE WOULD HAVE TO REPLACE THE APPLIANCES, BUT NOW EVERY LITTLE THING IS FALLING APART. SINCE THEY ARE NOT ALL GOING AT THE SAME TIME, IT WOULD BE REALLY EASY FOR A HANDY GUY TO FIX. OR FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME THAT ACTUALLY LIKES TO WORK ON PROJECTS AROUND THE HOUSE. BUT DH! GOD HELP US ALL! <BR> <BR> EVERYTIME I SEE HIM TAKE OUT HIS TOOL BELT, I CRINGE. I HAVE HAD HOLES THE SIZE OF A DINNER PLATE JUST FROM HIM TRYIN... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:52:47 EST MY MIND - IT IS A WANDERING .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808713 I HAD A SLEEPLESS NIGHT LAST NIGHT. WAS I AFRAID OF GHOSTS? HECK NO - I DON'T BELIEVE IN THAT STUFF. BY BFF, WHO LIVES IN LOUISIANA, IS TERRIFIED OF HALLOWEEN. DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS, THEY GO ALL OUT WITH INSANITY. AND, SINCE THEY STILL PRACTICE VOO DOO DOWN THERE, THE PEOPLE SO INCLINED, ARE ALLOWED TO SET UP BOOTHS ON THE SIDEWALKS WITH THEIR VARIOUS CRYSTALS, CHARMS, AND POTIONS. I PERSONALLY, FIND THIS DISGUSTING. BUT THAT IS WHAT HALLOWEEN HAS COME TO. <BR> <BR> HERE, SINCE THIS IS ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:59:17 EST MEN CAN BE SUCH BABIES! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805833 NOW, I KNOW THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF YOU THAT HAVE HUSBANDS WHO ARE SICK. THOSE GUYS HAVE A LEGITIMATE REASON TO COMPLAIN. BUT THEN THERE ARE THOSE GUYS OUT THERE LIKE MY HUSBAND. HE IS SUCH A BABY! <BR> <BR> A WEEK AGO YESTERDAY, HE STARTED WITH THE SNIFFLES. BY THE NEXT DAY IT WAS A FULL-BLOWN COLD. BUT HE DID NOT HAVE A TEMPERATURE, NO RAW THROAT - JUST A STUFFY HEAD AND COUGHING. I GOT OUT THE STETHOSCOPE - NO RATTLING IN HIS CHEST. SO WE ARE DEALING HERE WITH - YUP! THE COMMON COL... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:09:05 EST THINGS - THEY ARE A CHANGIN' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794765 I HAVE NOT BEEN HERE FOR AWHILE. WHY? WHERE DO I START? FIRST OF ALL, I HATE - WITH A PASSION - DRAMA. I JUST HATE IT AND THE PEOPLE THAT CREATE IT. BUT THERE ARE TIMES THAT IT CANNOT BE AVOIDED. STILL, I DO NOT HANDLE IT WELL. WHAT DO I DO? I EAT! MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN THERE SO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. <BR> <BR> FIRST OF ALL, IT STARTED WHEN DH LOST HIS JOB AT THE BEGINNING OF AUG. HE NEARLY DROVE ME BATTY HANGING AROUND SO MUCH. BUT THEN ALL HOLY HE DOU... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:14:11 EST TRYING SOMETHING NEW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777313 I GET BORED QUITE EASILY. BEING MARRIED TO THE MAN THAT I AM, THAT SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE AS HE IS TRULY UNIQUE UNTO HIMSELF. THANK THE LORD ABOVE THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE OF HIM BECAUSE THE WORLD COULDN'T TAKE TWO. AND I'M SURE, TO HIM, I MUST BE A FREAK OF NATURE AS WELL. NOT ONLY DO I HAVE THIS STRANGE BODY THAT DOESN'T LIKE ME MUCH; BUT I AM ALSO A NEAT FREAK! GOOD HEAVENS - I EVEN WASH THE VEGETABLES THAT I BUY AT THE STORE! HE THINKS THAT IS TOTALLY RIDICULOUS. <BR> <BR> HE HAS BE... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:16:46 EST CHANGES ALL AROUND ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766204 I'm sure you have all had those times when things around you are changing so fast that you just can't seem to catch up. Well, that is the story of my life lately. <BR> <BR> First there was the accident. I got through it and have adjusted the best that I can. Yes, there will be some things that I just can't do any more. So what? Should I sit back and cry about it? Sounds pretty boring to me. Besides, I am way to hyper to just sit - period! But then we had another big change. <BR> <BR... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:29:20 EST THINGS JUST KEEP ON CHANGING .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752965 YOU KNOW, IT'S A FUNNY THING. LIFE JUST CAN'T SEEM TO LET A PERSON BE. IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYONE I KNOW HAS LIVES THAT ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING. YOU EITHER ADAPT OR LET IT GET THE BETTER OF YOU AND END UP A BITTER, NASTY PERSON. FAR TOO MANY TIMES I HAVE FALLEN INTO THAT CATEGORY. BUT RIGHT NOW, I HAVE TO PLAY NICE OR I WILL GO NUTS. <BR> <BR> I HAVE HAD ALL THESE MAJOR HEALTH ISSUES AFTER BEING RUN OVER BY A CAR. DH DIDN'T DO TOO MUCH WHINING ABOUT IT. HE JUST TRASHED THE HOUSE - WHICH I... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:46:49 EST HOW TO PLAY NICE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743527 I HAVE A NEW UPSTAIRS NEIGHBOR. SHE SEEMS TO BE A VERY NICE PERSON, BUT SHE HAD ALL WOOD FLOORS PUT IN HER PLACE BEFORE SHE MOVED IN. ALTHOUGH SHE IS OF NORMAL SIZE, SHE WALKS LIKE AN ELEPHANT. DH AND I HAVE TAKEN TO CALLING HER "BIGFOOT". <BR> <BR> ORDINARILY, THIS WOULD NOT BE A BIG PROBLEM - WE WOULD GET USED TO THE SOUND OF HER LOUD WALKING AND JUST LIVE WITH IT. BUT! EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND, SHE HAS HER GRANDKIDS FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND AND NOW SHE HAS THEM FOR THE WHOLE SUMMER. THESE... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:03:02 EST HOW WEIRD IS THAT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720855 OK! I HAVE HAD IT ALREADY! CAN I NOT CATCH A BREAK HERE TO SAVE MY SOUL? HERE I WAS ALL SET TO GO HOME AND THEY TOOK THE COLLAR OFF ME SO I COULD GET DRESSED EASIER. I WOULD HAVE TO PUT IT BACK ON, BUT STILL ..... I STRETCHED UP MY ARM TO PUT ON MY NEW SPORTS BRA AND I HEARD A CRUNCH AND SO DID THE NURSE. SHE TOLD ME NOT TO MOVE AND SAT ME ON THE BED AND PUSHED THE EMERGENCY CODE BLUE BUTTON. WONDERFUL! NOW WHAT? <BR> <BR> I SWEAR I ONLY MOVED MY HEAD A FRACTION OF AN INCH AND A PIECE... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 18:21:10 EST My life as a crash test dummy ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716524 I was so darn proud of myself. Instead of using a riding cart at the grocery store, I actually walked all the way through and pushed my own cart out to my car. I heard a car start up but saw no tail lights lit so I kept going to my car and BAM! My cart kept going and I was on the ground under some little tiny car. And wow - did my head ever hurt. But really, nothing else hurt all that much to think anything was broken. <BR> <BR> Then this stupid person, realizing she had hit something, ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:27:02 EST THIS IS WHAT 90 POUNDS LOOKS LIKE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689962 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1026552500.jpg"> <BR> <BR> BEFORE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1814254351.jpg"> <BR> <BR> AFTER <BR> <BR> I CAN'T SEE MUCH DIFFERENCE, BUT THAT IS DUE TO THE HANGING SKIN I HAVE. I COULD MAKE LUGGAGE FROM IT! <BR> <BR> ERIN Wed, 7 May 2014 17:20:57 EST DO ANY OF THEM KNOW? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689017 I, LIKE MANY OF YOU, HAVE MULTIPLE HEALTH ISSUES. AND I KNOW THAT MANY OF YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RELATE TO THIS BLOG. <BR> <BR> WE PAY OUR DRS. BIG AMERICAN DOLLARS TO SEE AFTER OUR HEALTH AND TO ADVISE US ON THE BEST WAYS TO HANDLE OUR VARIOUS ISSUES. BUT DON'T YOU SOMETIMES WONDER IF THEY EVEN HAVE A CLUE WHAT THEY'RE DOING? <BR> <BR> I AM ON ANTI-REJECTION DRUGS AS I HAVE SOME BODY PARTS NOT MY OWN. I FELT ABSOLUTELY FINE - NOTHING AT ALL THAT I SAW WRONG. THE DR. SAID MY BODY WAS REJEC... Tue, 6 May 2014 13:59:48 EST DORK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678004 HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED HOW SOME PEOPLE JUST SEEM TO ALWAYS BE GETTING INTO TROUBLE OR HAVING WEIRD THINGS HAPPEN TO THEM? OTHERS LEAD A CALM AND ORDINARY LIFE. I FALL INTO THE FIRST GROUP. IF IT IS WERID AND IT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN TO SOMEONE, IT WILL BE ME. <BR> <BR> WHEN I LEARNED TO DRIVE, IT WAS ON AN ARMY TRUCK KNOWN AS A "DEUCE AND A HALF". THAT IS A BIG, BIG TRUCK. THE SERGEANT TOOK ME OUT INTO THIS HUGE FIELD. IT WAS TOTALLY EMPTY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE TREE RIGHT IN THE MID... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:11:20 EST TOP TEN REASONS .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650834 THIS BLOG WAS INSPIRED BY A TEAM MATE. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, FINDS AN EXCUSE NOT TO EXERCISE. HERE ARE SOME OF THEM THAT I FOUND TO BE QUITE COMMON. <BR> <BR> 10. I AM TOO BUSY. <BR> 9. I AM TOO TIRED. <BR> 8. I HAVE NO PLACE TO TAKE MY KIDS & CAN'T EXERCISE WITH THEM HERE. <BR> 7. MY HUSBAND WON'T LET ME LEAVE THE HOUSE IN THE EVENING. <BR> 6. MY HUSBAND WON'T LET ME LEAVE THE HOUSE DURING THE DAY. <BR> 5. IT'S USELESS - I WAS BORN WITH BIG BONES. (I USE THAT... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:14:55 EST HELPLESS MEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644576 SOMETIMES I REALLY HAVE TO LAUGH AT HOW DUMB SOME MEN ARE. BUT THEN I HAVE TO ASK MYSELF - HOW DID HE GET THIS WAY? MY MIL SWEARS SHE DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO SPOIL ANY OF HER KIDS TRYING TO COOK FOR ALL THE HANDS AND MANAGE THE DAY TO DAY BOOKS FOR A RANCH. SO SHE IS BLAMING ME! I SURE KNOW I DIDN'T DO IT WHEN I WAS WORKING. BUT THEN, WHEN I LOOK BACK, I REALIZE THAT, UNKNOWINGLY, I DID. <BR> <BR> WE GOT MARRIED MUCH LATER IN LIFE. DH HAD NEVER BEEN MARRIED BEFORE - I HAD TWICE BEFORE DH. ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:49:38 EST WHAT TICKS YOU OFF? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621502 EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US HAS SOMETHING THAT REALLY GETS ON OUR LAST RAW NERVE. SOME OF US HAVE MANY SUCH THINGS. I FEAR I HAVE FAR MORE THAN THE AVERAGE PERSON. AND LATELY, AS I GET OLDER, I FIND MYSELF TO BE LESS TOLERANT THAN I WAS IN MY YOUNGER YEARS. <BR> <BR> I USED TO SAY, "LIVE AND LET LIVE". THAT IS NO LONGER THE CASE. I CAN PINPOINT EXACTLY WHEN MY THINKING BEGAN TO CHANGE. IT WAS IN 2008. HMMMMM .... WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT YEAR? ANY THOUGHTS ON THAT? AND IT BEGAN TO GO DOWNHI... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:32:24 EST WHAT THE HECK? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594921 I DON'T KNOW ABOUT MOST OF YOU, BUT I AM MARRIED TO A NUT CASE. YES, IT'S TRUE. ONE NUT (BY CHOICE - MYSELF) MARRIED A NORMAL PERSON THAT HAS TURNED INTO A CERTIFIABLE LUNATIC. BUT I DIGRESS. <BR> <BR> DH HAS CANCER AND IS TOTALLY ALLOWED TO FEEL AWFUL. DOES THAT GIVE HIM THE RIGHT TO MAKE HIS WIFE'S LIFE A LIVING HELL? I THINK NOT! POINT IN FACT ..... <BR> <BR> YESTERDAY, I HAD THREE THINGS TO DO: GO TO MY OWN DR. APPOINTMENT, WASH THE POUNDS OF SALT OFF MY CAR, AND PICK UP ALL THE ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:47:42 EST CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539338 OH HOW I LOVE THE CHANGES OF THE SEASONS! BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREES WITH ME. WHAT IS REALLY STRANGE IS WHEN THOSE OTHERS LIVE IN THE SAME HOUSE AS YOU DO. THAT CAN MAKE THINGS SOMEWHAT MORE DIFFICULT. <BR> <BR> IT IS NOW NOVEMBER 12TH. TWO DAYS AGO WE HAD 64 DEGREES. TODAY IT IS 10. I SAY, "NO BIG DEAL". DH IS HAVING A SPAZ. I WOKE UP WRINGING WET WITH SWEAT. "WHY IS IT SO HOT IN HERE", I FOOLISHLY ASK HIM. "BECAUSE I'M FREEZING AND TURNED ON THE HEAT." NOW THIS MAY BE TMI BUT DH SL... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:26:41 EST HALLOWEEN WEIRDNESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527602 WHEN DID HALLOWEEN GET SO OUT OF HAND? HOW DID IT TURN INTO A DAY FOR HUGE TOYS FOR YOUR KIDS INSTEAD OF WHAT WE USED TO DO? <BR> <BR> OK - I KNOW THIS REALLY DATES ME. REMEMBER THE MOVIE "MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS"? THEY HAD A HALLOWEEN SCENE IN THAT. THAT WAS HOW HALLOWEEN WAS WHEN I WAS A KID. SINCE WE LIVED LESS THAN A BLOCK FROM OUR CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND MOST OF THE KIDS IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD WENT TO THAT SCHOOL, WE EASILY HAD 50 OR MORE KIDS IN A TWO BLOCK RADIUS. <BR> <BR> WE WORE OLD ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 17:07:49 EST FLASH, BOOM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505947 FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT ARE EXPERIENCING A PLEASANT AUTUMN IN YOUR PART OF THE COUNTRY, I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE WITH YOU WHAT WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING HERE IN THE HEARTLAND. THEY ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR BIZARRE WEATHER HERE, BUT FEW LIVING THESE DAYS HAVE EXPERIENCED WHAT WE HAD THIS PAST WEEK. THE LAST ONE WAS IN 1923. SO THERE MAY BE A FEW PEOPLE THAT REMEMBER IT, BUT NOT MANY. THEY ARE GORGEOUS TO SEE, BUT ALMOST ALWAYS DEADLY. THEY ARE KNOWN AS "FIRE TORNADOES". <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 11:52:03 EST WHEN THE DR, SAYS "HMMMMM ....." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490120 I KNOW IT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU, OR TO SOMEONE YOU KNOW WELL. YOU ARE SICK. YOU HAVE BEEN FOR AWHILE. YOU HAVE BEEN TO THE DR. REPEATEDLY AND EACH TIME THEY TELL YOU SOMETHING DIFFERENT. <BR> <BR> SO YOU TRY FOR A SECOND OPINION. THEY REPEAT ALL THE SAME TESTS AND COME UP WITH THE SAME ANSWERS, "HMMMM ......" WHAT THE HECK IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN AND HOW DO I START FEELING BETTER AND WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? <BR> <BR> WAY BACK ON JULY 25TH, I ATE SOME BAD LETTUCE AT OLIVE GARDEN. I GOT ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:15:04 EST STILL TICKED OFF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482905 YOU KNOW - IT'S BAD ENOUGH WHEN A PERSON TOTALLY BLOWS THEIR FOOD PLAN. WE FEEL GUILTY AND UPSET WITH OURSELVES. BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN SOMEONE ELSE BLOWS OUR GOOD EATING PLAN? <BR> <BR> WHEN I WENT TO OLIVE GARDEN ON JULY 25TH FOR LUNCH. I HAD DECIDED ON THE SOUP AND SALAD BUT NO BREADSTICKS. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THAT COMBO. BUT BY THURSDAY NIGHT I WAS SO SICK. TWO DAYS LATER I FIND OUT THAT THE LETTUCE WAS TAINTED. WONDERFUL.! HAD I CHOSEN THE STUFFED CHICKEN MARSALA I WOULD NOT HAVE H... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:29:01 EST RED NECK WEIGHT LOSS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425273 THERE IS A WONDERFUL ARTICLE ON SPARK ABOUT NOT BEING TOO HEAVY TO EXERCISE. AND THAT GOT ME TO THINKING OF JEFF FOXWORTHY AND HIS RED NECK JOKES AND WHAT HE WOULD SAY ABOUT BEING TOO FAT TO EXERCISE. HERE'S WHAT I THINK HE MIGHT SAY: <BR> <BR> IF YOU OWN A KING SIZE BED AND HANG OFF ALL SIDES BY YOURSELF - YOU JUST MIGHT BE TOO FAT TO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> IF YOU GO OUT TO USE THE OUTHOUSE AND YOU ARE BIGGER THAN IT IS - YOU JUST MIGHT BE TOO FAT TO EXERCISE. <BR> <BR> IF YOU ARE INTENT O... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:35:48 EST VALLEY OF FIRE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410811 A SPARK FRIEND GAVE ME THE IDEA FOR THIS TOPIC. I DOUBT SHE AND I HAD THE SAME IDEA WHEN SHE SUGGESTED IT. <BR> <BR> WHEN YOU HEAR THE TERM "VALLEY OF FIRE" I BET MOST OF YOU THINK OF A BIBLE PASSAGE. WHEN I HEAR IT, I THINK OF ABOUT 10,000 OTHER THINGS. MOST OF THEM INVOLVE HEAT OF SOME KIND. NOW, KEEP IN MIND THAT I AM WRITING THIS ON 3 HOURS OF SLEEP LAST NIGHT AFTER ALL THE PEOPLE GOT DONE SHOOTING OFF THEIR FIREWORKS. I DOUBT TONIGHT WILL BE ANY BETTER. I TEND TO GET A LITTLE GOOF... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 16:56:59 EST WHERE ARE WE GOING? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369327 I THINK THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT I AM LOSING MY MIND. EITHER THAT OR THIS WORLD IS GOING TO HELL IN A HAND BASKET. WHAT DOES THAT EXPRESSION MEAN????? <BR> <BR> I READ YESTERDAY ABOUT HOW THE PATRIOT MOTORCYCLE RIDERS HAD TO APPEAR FOR THE FUNERAL OF A 9 YEAR OLD CHILD THAT WAS BEING BURIED AFTER HE DIED IN THE OKLAHOMA CITY TORNADO. PROTESTERS WERE THREATENING THE FAMILY ON THE DAY OF THE FUNERAL. WHAT COULD A 9 YEAR OLD CHILD HAVE EVER DONE TO DESERVE SUCH TREATMENT? DIDN'T THAT EN... Mon, 27 May 2013 13:10:51 EST WHAT THE HECK? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359489 I HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM SPARK FOR AWHILE. AND I DIDN'T EVEN DO IT INTENTIONALLY. I GOT THIS STUPID BRACE FOR MY LEG. IT WEIGHS 9 LBS. THAT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE MUCH UNTIL YOU TRY LUGGING IT AROUND ALL DAY. SO I THOUGHT THE PAIN IN MY LEG WAS JUST FROM GETTING USED TO THE BRACE. <BR> <BR> WE HAD THIS REALLY STUPID WEATHER A COUPLE WEEKS AGO - A MAY SNOW STORM AND A MEASURABLE ONE AT THAT; FOLLOWED TWO DAYS LATER BY TRIPLE DIGIT HEAT. SO I GOT MY SHORTS OUT - ALL WAY TOO BIG NOW. SHUCKS! I ... Fri, 17 May 2013 15:51:29 EST BORED DOES WONDERS ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266201 I ABSOLUTELY HATE SITTING AROUND LIKE THIS. SINCE THEY WON'T LET ME WALK AROUND MUCH (NO MORE THAN 2,000 STEPS A DAY) I HAVE HAD TO FIND A NEW SOURCE OF ENTERTAINMENT AND EXERCISE. SO I DECIDED TO HAUL MYSELF DOWN TO THE LOBBY AND SIT AND PLAY A LITTLE GAME. AS PEOPLE CAME THROUGH THE LOBBY - RESIDENTS OR VISITORS - I TRIED TO GUESS WHAT THEY HAD DONE FOR A LIVING AND WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE WHEN THEY WERE REALLY YOUNG. OF COURSE THIS IS NO FUN TO DO ALONE, SO I BROUGHT THE SWEET LADY FROM ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:51:55 EST TIME FOR A KICK ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256484 EVERYONE HAS THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO CRAWL UNDER YOUR BLANKET AND NEVER COME OUT AGAIN. MAYBE YOU WILL NEVER BE DISCOVERED UNDER THERE (TRUST ME, THE SMELL WILL GIVE YOU AWAY AFTER AWHILE). BUT WE REALLY CAN'T LIVE OUR LIVES THAT WAY. IF YOU WANT TO - GO AHEAD. ME? I CAN'T DO IT! <BR> <BR> EVERYONE HAS PROBLEMS AND SOME OF US DEAL WITH THEM BETTER THAN OTHERS DO. ME? I HAVE A SCHEDULED PITY PARTY. I DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, AND THEN I GO TO MY ROOM, CLOSE THE DRAPES, TURN ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:42:33 EST HOW DO YOU SAY IT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247994 HOW DO YOU SAY THE REALLY, REALLY, HARD THINGS TO PEOPLE? HOW DO YOU TELL A FRIEND THAT THEY ARE MAKING A HUGE MISTAKE WITHOUT HURTING THEIR FEELINGS OR WORSE YET, LOSING THAT FRIENDSHIP? <BR> <BR> AND HARDEST OF ALL, HOW DO YOU TELL A FAMILY MEMBER, THAT THEY HAVE PUSHED YOU SO MANY TIMES THAT YOU HAVE NO FEELINGS LEFT FOR THAT PERSON AT ALL? THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE IS NOT HATE. THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE IS INDIFFERENCE. <BR> <BR> WHEN A LOVED ONE HAS HURT YOU SO MANY TIMES, AND THEY SINCERELY ... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:10:01 EST WHAT'S TO LOVE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5241861 A WONDERFUL BLOG WAS POSTED (THANKS PIXIE) ABOUT LOVING OUR VARIOUS BODY PARTS. CAN YOU SAY THERE ARE PARTS OF YOUR BODY THAT YOU LOVE? MOST OF US ON SPARK, ARE HERE FOR THE SAME REASON - WE HAVE SERIOUS WEIGHT ISSUES AND WANT TO GET HEALTHY. SO DO I LOVE MY BODY? WELL, LET'S TAKE STOCK. I'LL START AT THE TOP AND WORK DOWN. <BR> <BR> THE HAIR. TRULY, TRULY SAD. I HAD FINE, THIN, GRAY HAIR THAT JUST LAID THERE SO I LET SOMEONE TALK ME INTO GETTING A PERM. BIG MISTAKE - HUGE! I LOOKED ... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 16:46:35 EST SKIN ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233592 ON ONE OF MY SPARK TEAMS, WE WERE DISCUSSING SKIN. LIKE, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH IT WHEN IT REALLY STARTS TO SAG? <BR> <BR> LET ME TELL YOU, IF THERE WAS AN AWARD OUT THERE FOR THE MOST HANGING SKIN IN THE WORLD, I WOULD BE IN THE TOP TEN! AT MY HIGHEST WEIGHT, I WAS 354. NOW I AM AT 227. THAT ISN'T GREAT BUT IT'S PRETTY BIG TIME FOR ME. BUT THE SKIN! <BR> <BR> THIS HAPPENS TO SO MANY PEOPLE AS THEY LOSE WEIGHT. WHAT YOU SEE ON THE BIGGEST LOSER, IS SIMPLY NOT TRUE. WE KNEW A WOMAN THA... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:08:06 EST I GIVE UP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5227184 AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, I HAVE SPENT THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS ATTEMPTING TO DO SOME TAXES. I GOT THE ONES FOR MY MIL DONE - EASY PEASY. FOR DH AND I, A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT WITH ALL THE VARIOUS CANCER TREATMENTS AND WHO PAID WHAT. BUT THEN HE BROUGHT HOME THE DREADED BOXES OF "PAPERWORK" FROM HIS BUSINESS. <BR> <BR> I HAVE BEEN DOING HIS BUSINESS TAXES NOW, FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS. WHO DID IT BEFORE ME? HE HAD A COMPTROLLER AT HIS COMPANY THAT KEPT AN EYE ON EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED ON A DAILY B... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:20:51 EST INSANE HEARTLANDERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171306 I HAVE BEEN SAYING, EVER SINCE I MOVED TO THIS GOD AWFUL STATE, THAT PEOPLE HERE ARE MORE THAN A LITTLE NUTS. BUT TODAY, I DO BELIEVE I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD IT ALL. <BR> <BR> IT STARTED LAST NIGHT WHEN THEY WARNED EVERYONE OF A "SEVERE WEATHER DAY" COMING FOR TODAY AND PART OF TOMORROW. 12-18 INCHES OF SNOW PREDICTED WITH 50 TO 60 MPH WINDS. I AM DOING MY HAPPY DANCE. YES! A WHITE CHRISTMAS! SNOW AT LAST! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR 19 YEARS AND THAT'S AS LONG AS I'VE LIVED HERE. ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:26:51 EST Top 10 things I don't want for Christmas ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170283 10. AN AUTOGRAPHED PICTURE OF HILARY CLINTON <BR> <BR> 9. A WATERBED THAT LEAKS <BR> <BR> 8. A BLOW UP DOLL OF A NAKED MAN (ANATOMICALLY CORRECT) <BR> <BR> 7. A TRIP TO THE BAHAMS ON A CATTLE BOAT <BR> <BR> 6. A BATTERY OPERATED SINGING FISH (YES, I SAW THIS IN THE STORE) <BR> <BR> 5. A CHRISTMAS RAP MUSIC CD <BR> <BR> 4. CHRISTMAS DINNER AT A GAS STATION <BR> <BR> 3. A 3 COLOR RUSTED OUT '79 BUICK <BR> <BR> 2. A DIET BARBIE DOLL (YES! I SAW THIS TOO! SHE IS REALLY FA... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:38:51 EST CHRISTMAS MIRACLE? I'M NOT SURE .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163411 YESTERDAY, I HAD MY FINAL VISIT WITH THE ENDOCRINOLOGIST THAT I HAVE BEEN SEEING FOR 10 YEARS. HE IS LEAVING THE COUNTRY AND MY DIABETES CARE WILL BE TURNED OVER TO MY FAMILY DR. ALTHOUGH I LOVE BOTH OF THESE MEN, THE ONE THAT I AM LOSING IS TRULY A BRILLIANT MAN AND WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. SO WHAT WAS THIS MIRACLE OF WHICH I SPEAK? AFTER REVIEWING MY BLOOD SUGAR READINGS FOR THE PAST 2 21/2 MONTHS, HE ALMOST CAME UNGLUED. <BR> <BR> "YOU ARE BEEN HAVING 67 TOO LOW IS THIS SHORT OF TIME?"... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:50:25 EST