SUECHRIS50's SparkPeople Blog SUECHRIS50's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sometimes being a good citizen backfires! I was running after the neighbors grandson and of course he was in the busy street. I know not my business,but I'm human and nobody was watching him. I'm not going to ignore a 2 year old in the street!! Of course I rang the doorbell to hear them all hollering his name.. JUSTIN!!!His gram answered the door, snatched Justin and asked "What are you doing with him"? Before I could answer his mama comes out the door screaming She could be a kidnapper!!Really would I be changing my mind and bring h... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:46:40 EST I once was lost but now I'm found... I loved that song as a child and would shamelessly step up on stage and sing my heart out to my minister Granddad. Folks I have been wallowing in grief for my dog! I realized I have not been caring for myself in the last few months. It seems I always jump into taking care of everyone but ME!!I let my weight creep back on noticing my tightening waist in my shorts but not doing anything about it. I have been taking care of so many people and problems this Spring and Summer that I got put on the... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:03:30 EST With God's help I will overcome! Where do I begin?Everything seems to have gone haywire!I guess I will start with my beloved mother in law.She had a relapse from a previous stroke.We rushed to her side and were thrilled to see her sitting up giving the nurses grief(they love her)Our grandsons son was born(that makes us 4 greats)our AC did a nosedive,the car broke down,Our new roof sprung a leak,Our pregnant daughter fell from a rotten porch at her home..scary!She is ok!!We got the car back and on the way home it stalled at a... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:24:28 EST One thing after another I am superwoman ;) I have been so busy with neighbors and family I have barely had a chance to enjoy being LAZY!!Our neighbor had a stroke and I cared for her until she got a daycare nurse, my mother in law also suffered a mild stroke and I stayed with her for 2 weeks! Then our granddaughter broke her leg, we had a house full of grandkids and adults for 10 days, Then our grandsons wife gave birth 5 weeks early(a girl)His brother's wife has preeclampsia she's due with a boy next week, I returned in time to taxi ... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:06:28 EST Being happy isnt hard,Just Smile!! My friend was commenting on all that I manage to do and I'm always smiling and HAPPY!Well for a lot of reasons I count my blessings daily.God has made me see whatever I'm going through can be handled and other people are not as lucky.Someone else has it ten times as bad and I'm counting my Lucky Stars.Life in general makes me happy and so smiling makes others or most grateful.We've been getting plenty of rain in Texas and our garden is so busy we can't keep up.Of course if the weeds were mone... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:29:14 EST God Loves me!! We had saved for a vacation when our computer went on the fritz,my car broke down,our heater fan broke in the house,the water line had to be replaced in our guest bathroom,We just got a new roof in October and then a hail storm came along and dropped baseball size hail last month!My dog broke her leg,My oldest grandson had us help him move and my youngest daughter is pregnant.WOOHOO when it rains it pours.I can handle anything that comes my way because above all else I know God Loves me!!Im s... Thu, 1 May 2014 17:29:35 EST The DEVIL puppy I'm usually very patient with animals until this cocker pup moved in <em>198</em> She has bitten me so many times I can't count!I picked her up to dry her feet and she bit my chin.She snarls and keeps to herself.I had exhausted all other forms of training her and began to pray...Lord help me help this little girl get adopted.As I was praying she scooted over and put her paw on my knee!!I handed her a small treat and she sat when commanded to receive it!! <em>200</em> By Golly I was ready ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:29:00 EST Evil thy name is soda I did a crazy thing when I saw some soda on sale..I stocked up telling myself I could take it or leave it.A big fat no!Well my sweet friend challenged me to cut back from 3-4 a day to one.After a week im drinking 1 or 1/2 a day and I'm happy to say Im losing my taste for soda!! <em>334</em> The kitten,Squeak and dog have been adopted <em>46</em> I really miss them both.I went to the Goodwill and found about $700 worth of Adidas/Reebok/Nike workout gear for $50..3 pair Nike sneakers like ne... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:43:15 EST my oldies baking goodies My friend Mona swears I treat my seniors like 10 year olds.It's not true but just because a person ages does not mean they want to sit in a rocker on the porch.I consulted with staff nurses before I got some people(almost all)together.We hosted a bake-off of sorts and by golly them was some delicious bread,rolls,strudel,cake,pie,brownies and cookies!!The high school kids were having as much fun as the seniors!!I have to pat myself on the back for that.I put on some music and a dance and fun w... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 17:16:41 EST I finally have time for me again! Yep!It's true It seems like everyone had a virus going back and forth and I've been a caregiver/ entertainer/errand runner.I'm at the gym daily now to chase away the FAT monster.At least the weather turned nicer.I'm having to go easy because I sprained my ankle mildly.I've had some time with my nursing home patients...doing nails and hair,going shopping(they are so fond of getting away)I took Bernie,Eliza,Rupert and India to the mall.Constance,Millie Thomas and Jake to the movies and Marty to... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:35:17 EST Little kitten lost Why am I a kitten magnet?I don't know how little squeak got into our garage but there she was curled on a pile of folded towels,dryer going full blast.I walked out saw her and she was so weak she was squeaking.Skin and bones with beautiful blue eyes.I quickly grabbed my heating pad,wrapped her up in a towel and fed her from a bottle.It was kitten formula!She isn't that old.She gobbled as much as her tummy could hold and literally went limp as a dishrag.I took her photo,printed it out and tape... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 14:09:31 EST this crazy weather! I cant tell ya'll how many warm gorgeous days we've had this fall and winter 2-3 days it's unbelievably warm then bam!20-30 degrees. Right now its 17.The Dog hesitates at the door runs out to potty and zooms back in the door. I know the feeling when I'm taking out trash or going shopping for food. I love Winter don't get me wrong but brrr! It's super freaking cold. Our youngest DD's pipes froze up and busted and she called me! I said I'm not Wonder Woman Plumber besides I quit that job, There... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 21:31:53 EST Having a plumber with Buttcrackitis! In the middle of trying to move my ungrateful daughter Kayla, The plumber says it's the only day he can install the new toilets we purchased. Of course our next to the youngest granddaughter is home from school sick and camped out in front of the giant living room tv with the volume way too high. She is a character. Dry cereal is littering the floor and blanket, she is playing the sick card to get a popsicle when the doorbell rings. Graaaaaaaammy she yells.I came running thinking she's needin... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:02:25 EST Grandchild #9 I took some time away to give our expecting daughter some love and attention and see our Granddaughter Lay'lah born.She was born 1-13-14 7lbs.3 oz. and has a head full of black curly hair. Her cousin Alahna was born the same day weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. I'm glad I took some time away because I can lose track of time on the computer! I'm worn out from jet lag, need to do a lot of housework and a long nap. My dog was ecstatic to see her mama and acted like a puppy instead of almost 16 years old. M... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:39:36 EST Gathering coats and canned foods My good friend Maria was helping us do our coats.Maria is 81 and feisty as they come!We have another helper Rob aka hot lips that just so happens to have a crush on Maria.We spent the day making the day for a lot of people that couldn't afford new coats.Rob was making us laugh with his dancing and singing.We had Subway and hot cocoa for lunch.Rob told Maria that she was even hotter than the cocoa!!Rob is 79.Maria told Rob that she is not a "cougar"and we laughed until our sides ached.Our teen... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:58:34 EST I looked like Rudolph <em>460</em> <em>442</em> Walking out there in the breezy cold crisp air had me invigorated but having a red nose made a little kid laugh when I asked "Do I look like Rudolph?"He squealed with laughter and said YESSSSSSS! <em>447</em> This is how red my nose was! <em>247</em> SUSAN <BR> <em>443</em> <em>444</em> <em>446</em> <em>425</em> <em>500</em> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:09:36 EST Doing for others,it's my Christmas gift to me! I am writing this blog with a realization shining bright.A light bulb moment if you will.I worry about people and animals to the point I cannot sleep.When I lay my head on my pillow,my mind goes everywhere!We've seen some non-Texas like weather.The thought of a human or animal being cold hurts my heart.Once at age 6 I found a dead frozen bird and wanted mom to make him warm so he could fly again.I will,against my DH's wishes,see a stray dog/cat and try to catch it to feed/turn it over to the ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:52:58 EST blustery cold winds/5k Texas is cold today.My walking/5k cohorts bowed out gracefully from todays 5k.If I had any common sense so would I.But being the hard headed ex-Missourian that I am I took it like a champ.A shivering,shaking,red ears and nose,champ!I came home and had to take a warm bath to get the feeling back in my body.I felt amazing and invigorated until I came down off my high.Then My ASS froze!Coffee nor cocoa has warmed me until my dog climbed up on the sofa and now I'm ok.Isn't it strange how dogs sen... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 16:21:19 EST Kicking Cancers ass! I'm doing 5k a day for a week to honor my aunts memory.I hate Cancer and am getting health-ier doing this.I hope ya'll are doing well.I am extremely glad my aunts pain is over but miss her everyday.I know she is in great company in heaven.My mama and grandma are there already.Cancer runs in our family.I'm sad but moving forward with a vengeance to kick cancers ass!! <em>247</em> SUSAN Tue, 3 Dec 2013 16:00:59 EST An angel just got her wings My precious aunt died this morning.I am dreadfully saddened by her passing and will forever have another angel waiting for me in heaven. <em>90</em> <em>247</em> SUSAN Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:34:02 EST I'm a door holder! Today I was out shopping at Sears and was leaving .The doors are heavy and a little old lady with a walker was coming out.I stood there holding the door for her as about 25 people rushed through it.Only 2 people thanked me!!!As I was leaving and grumbling <em>211</em> A woman walked up to me and said "It's a great thing you just did"I smiled and Thanked her.Wait!!She hollered.I turned back in time to see her running to me.Here,she laughed handing me an envelope,Merry Christmas!!She was runn... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:33:45 EST God reached into my heart today Do you ever have a moment,where you hear God speaking to you?I call it God reaching into my heart!It's unusually cold and very windy here in Texas.I Love helping people and usually just keep it to myself.My older daughters think I'm too gullable and so I don't share the wonderful things I take part in.So I was driving down the road and spied an elderly lady waiting for the bus.The wind was moving my car so,I knew she had to be taking a beating herself."Help her"a voice said!I turned my car ar... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:36:50 EST my aunt is dying of cancer She was there when I took my first steps.She was there when I learned to ride a bike.She stood by my side and watched me be married.She saw my first child born.She held my hand when my mom(her sister) was buried.I've seen this courageous woman after a severe beating from her loving husband,stand tall,proud and leave him with no money and 2 kids under 5.She taught herself many lessons.From driving to cutting hair to sewing clothes to cooking.She started a battered women's shelter and ran it fo... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:11:05 EST Three funerals,a wedding and a birthday I am worn out from running here and there.We lost 2 nursing home friends and the husband of a church member.My BF married her daughter off to her lifelong fiancé/friend.My neighbor turned 80 and had a huge party then our temps took a nose dive into the upper 20's.I am sick now with the flu and have not stopped running to and fro for a week!Having had our youngest DD back for 5 weeks now and I'm seeing a lot of growing up she's done.I'm her taxi and she's depending on me.I'm not charging her a... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:27:49 EST Judge not lest ye be judged! Lets face it kids can be how you say..Selfish at times.Yesterday at Ross I was watching three teens counting money when one held up a jacket and asked "Mam do you think this coat will fit a 130 lb boy?"They went on to tell me a boy they go to school with shivers from the cold because he has no coat.They were putting their money together to buy him a coat!!With tears in my eyes I hugged them and paid the remainder of their total.Rick the one in charge thanked me and asked my name.I told him an... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:42:41 EST Goodwill:My place to shop! My DD works at Goodwill.She loves being around all kinds of people.Her heart is as big as the moon.One day while searching for a job I mentioned the Goodwill taking apps.She looked at me like I had lost my mind.She asked me if I had any other ideas.She moved out exactly a year ago,decided it wasn't as cool as she dreamed it would be and begged to come back for a few months.I wasn't about to let her think she could come back and be a couch potato,doing nothing being penniless and have me waiti... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:36:26 EST Some old habits are hard to break I don't take kindly to naysayers as friends.Example,my good friend Torry.She is always poo-pooing my plans.Telling me I shouldn't be walking in the rain.Saying my exercise pants are not my color,they are too form fitting(they are lycra)She can't stand the color of my shoes,jacket etc.My hair is too short on and on.I tolerate her mouth because I think that is what God wants from me is my faith in others.Torry is an exception to that rule.So,we were sitting in the car waiting in traffic,I'm dri... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:49:44 EST I don't diet I live-it Being in a place where I no longer feel like I'm cramping someone's style by NOT eating the same high calorie foods is one day at a time.I still hear all the time....can't you just eat burgers this once?Then it just snowballs from there.I have to stick to this lifestyle for a while before indulging in anything sinful or off limits.I have alot of support and also alot of bullying from friends and family.They try to say how I look wonderful the size I am or oh girl you don't need to lose any mo... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:26:03 EST 36 years married(to the same man) My friend called me today to wish me a Happy Anniversary.How long has it been?she inquired.36 years I replied.To the same man?she laughed...WOW this is my 4th time around its just shocking!First of all like anyone else we have our ups and downs but we respect each other and take care of each other always.We don't yell or curse.We hug and kiss daily and say I LOVE YOU! <BR> <em>247</em> SUSAN <BR> <em>408</em> <em>214</em> <em>408</em> <em>129</em> <em>384</em> <em>242</em> ... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 17:07:43 EST shes like the wind I am a busy person.I love to do for others.My favorite times are when I'm at the retirement home and the animal shelter helping out.I realized today its been 3 weeks since I took any ME time!I woke,took a shower,put on some exercise clothes,took my treadmill for a spin and sacked out on my backyard chaise with a book and some green iced tea.My dog curled up next to me and WOW I relaxed all morning!I have since did nothing but relax and talk on the phone.I see some dirt on the floor and some d... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:52:08 EST Do you ever feel like you are being followed? My daughter and I went into Dillard's and though they are really helpful and nice,we kept looking up to see a store clerk following us around.At first we thought it to be a coincidence then we moved to the shoes and VOILA!There she was again!We moved on to the lingere and there she is pretending to dust,watching us.We laugh a lot and find a lot of funny things in life but after returning from the restroom we found her slinking around behind the purses.She followed us to the bedding then to je... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:10:50 EST Little bird flew back to the nest! We woke up to a very cool morning.The lower 50's and rain.I threw on my sweatpants a parka and proceeded to take a walk.The sweet fresh air was making my eyes tear up and seeing all the leaves falling made me feel good.We still have a lot of green grass and leaves but its starting to transform into Fall.Our daughter has had to move back home.We were hoping she would go to school.But she decided to do her own thing and a year later is regretting it.She moved out to live with her sister and the... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:19:20 EST Some people hate to see others succeed Mom always told me to get rid of the people that are negative.They always seem to drag a person down!They cant stand to see others accomplish goals that they wont even try to reach for.I'm going to talk about my ex-friend Rachael.I said I would never speak about her but I am going to now.She was the one negative in my life I kept around until recently.The day started beautiful enough until I met this bitter,angry,overweight,negative human in the park to walk and have lunch afterward.I am a po... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:05:29 EST I believe in miracles Waiting for the phone to ring was agony.Everytime I picked it up and looked at the caller ID My heart fell.I was waiting for word about a lump I had in my neck after it was biopsied.Finally the call came and with a dry mouth and racing heart I answered.Susan?Yes I answered it's okay just tell me quickly.It's benign she yelled with as much relief as I felt.I couldn't speak because I had tears pouring down my face.I cried,I laughed,I danced!!Praise the Lord is all I can say!!I have to go next F... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:51:25 EST I believed the weather man I got up this morning and made a nice fat bowl of oatmeal.I flipped on the weather and was hearing the weather man saying our area shouldn't expect <BR> any rain for at least another 2 hours.Great!I thought well that gives me time to eat and hit the walking trail and it will not rain until I'm safely in the door. <BR> WRONG!I'm halfway through the trail when I hear thunder!I'm thinking It's in the distance so I should be ok.Next thing I know,I'm dripping wet and realize I left my rain parka o... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:13:02 EST 210 pounds???not anymore!!! Having had a back injury I have actually been falling back into old habits.It was at a checkup that my new Doc asked me why was I having trouble.I had to face the truth and answer her.I was exercising and putting more calories in than was being burned.Snacking and eating at all hours.I was also afraid of reinjuring my back but,I guess deep inside it gave me an excuse to be LAZY!She said you can and will lose weight by the end of October or I'm going to put you on INSULIN!My mouth went dry and... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:58:52 EST Skinny pill? Im was always hearing 3 of my ex friends mention a skinny pill.They will go for days without eating and just drink cokes or juice.Of course the weight comes right back on after they eat because its water weight.It's unhealthy and dangerous.All three,Terry is the worst want to be super skinny.Hayley is 5"5 and 100 lbs and Zoey is 5"6 and is about 105.I realized that they want to be around me because I make them look skinny-er.Personally they look like hunger victims on signs.I could make a sti... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:20:26 EST face was red!!! My littlest DGD is growing out of her summer clothes.Her butt is showing some cheeks under her shorts.We were going for some shoes and icecream when I noticed she was showing some butt.I told her go and change those shorts I see your cheeks and that's more than anyone wants to see.She left and came back wearing the same shorts,holding her face cheeks and said "Can you still see my cheeks?I was staring at her when she laughed and said"Gotcha Grammy!We had a good laugh!!We then went to Shoe Car... Thu, 5 Sep 2013 11:34:26 EST wishing.....wont make it happen! I'm an active person and love doing things.I'm also a bit of a procrastinator..LOL I know what you must be thinking.Are'nt we all?I bought some shelves and brackets 2 years ago and I still hav'nt installed them where they are meant to go!!While cleaning the garage my DH ran across the shelves and said "Honey,When are you going to put them up"I made a face and he laughed and said"Well wishing wont make it happen"Soooo after all that time I finally installed the shelves and got some other tasks... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:50:59 EST Have a safe and happy Labor day! Be careful this weekend don't drink or text and drive,hydrate with plenty of water and above all don't leave people or pets in the car.Have a blessed time my dears!!! <em>247</em> SUSAN Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:32:00 EST I found a baby kitten So here I am outside mowing grass.I stopped the mower to clean out the grass bag.I hear this weak mewing but cant find the source.Finally it gets the better of me and I go get my dog that sniffs out anything.She went straight to a kitten and barked.She was dirty and hungry and I fed her kitty formula from a nurser(my friends at a no kill shelter provided me with formula and nursers)She gobbled it all up and fell out like a limp rag.I got some baby wipes and wiped her down while she stretched ... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:47:16 EST This message is from my heart That's the sentence I wrote to my 4 daughters.They get busy with their lives and forget about calling or texting us.When I don't answer the phone they get angry at me.Its Good for the Goose but not for the Gander my Grammy would say.The pregnant DD wont call me at all for weeks or answer my texts then when I don't answer hers she gets PISSED OFF!She knows im excited about the baby but wont include me in anything.Oh,They will let me know right away they need money.They have no time for me thou... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:18:32 EST The baby critters I found a baby squirrel stuck inside a fruit tree net.The fireants were biting him.I gently unraveled him from the net and wrapped him in old rags.He was'nt trying to bite so I placed him in an old birdcage with the door open and put him up in the squirrel tree(an oak)He would'nt come out and his mama never came for him.I fed him from a bottle and called my friend James,he's a squirrel expert,to come and get him.We found his mama 3 days later.Shot by the kids in the neighborhood probably.They... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:03:28 EST A beautiful day! I have been under the weather the last few days.The grandkids left and I ended up sick with the stomach bug.My granddaughter had to stay with me so she took the best care of her "Grammygirl"I took her home and she said she didn't feel so good...uh oh!It's the first day of school here and all of the parents are sitting around McDonald's laughing and clinking coffee cups in salute <em>246</em> I remember those days!!!!I dropped in and had some coffee and talked to a friend before I took on m... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 13:36:38 EST Medicines that are not yours I was sitting here thinking back about the time I took somebody elses prescription medicine because I had a bad headache.I woke up one morning 33 years ago and didn't recognize the face in the mirror.I looked like someone beat the heck out of me.My face was swollen so bad I could barely see the numbers on the phone.My joints so swollen The pain was unimaginable.I WAS ALONE IN THE HOUSE!!I couldn't move.Luckily I was finally able to reach my DH and an ambulance was called.At first I was incohe... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:55:11 EST Feeling like im trying to catch my tail Im frustrated ya'll!I was dropping weight so well and got into the summer rat-race.We get busy going and doing and wait too long to eat.The heat sets in and dragging the visiting grandkids with me to the gym that's already packed is not an option.100 degrees can quickly make a person very sick.It's put me in the ER before so I know.I have to drop the grandkids at the airport later tonight and maybe get some rest.The kids ran me ragged but they are great well behaved kids.We made art,swam,picn... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:58:40 EST Shopping at Goodwill I love going to Goodwill for myself and occasionally my daughters.I went in today and found a brand new pair of Nike's tennis shoes,air force ones and 7 Cato tops+a Coach wallet.My total?$54.00!!!There was a 12ish year old girl in there sitting in a chair pouting and making her mom's day unhappy.She didn't want used clothes.So me and my nosy self sits down with her and said"If you buy a new item today and wear it,it's used tomorrow right?And think of all the money your mom will save!It will m... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:27:40 EST Alfred the flirt! My friend Mac took her father to where I volunteer for some company.He said he came to help the old people!Lol he was going around giving the ladies compliments and kissing hands!He's 91 and still bowls and dances!!I took him with to the rooms and he read books to patients while I polished nails and combed hair.Ellie is a lady who never talks to anyone.She laughs at jokes and tv but usually remains silent unless spoken to.Alfred had her up dancing,laughing,eating lunch and playing board games... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:55:13 EST Baby birds fly away..but not too far! I do see the comparing of kids and birds.I have a 19 year old that I'm trying to get her to be more adventurous,move away to school and she seems more determined to stay near me.I also have seen this in birds.Theres a mama mockingbird that had 4 babies in her nest.All but 1 have gone away.She still feeds him and squawks but he stays.Shes now on her nest again to hatch more eggs and he still visits her.She runs him off but he comes back <em>246</em> <em>247</em> SUSAN Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:08:22 EST I took my 7 yr old granddaughter shopping! She has grown up being the center of attention and turned out pretty darn good for a spoiled kid <em>104</em> She wants to save a buck and knows if she can get two for the price of one then <em>244</em> She dressed up for girls day and was ready and rearing to GO!She had given it great thought as to what she would pick to eat for lunch and had her purse with a $5 bill smoking inside.Grammy!!she hurls herself at me like a missile and kisses my cheek.She is tiny for almost 7 and as I look o... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:12:42 EST