TEXASLYNN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEXASLYNN TEXASLYNN'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/ Still On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377078 It's getting really warm here but I'm getting in my walk and bicycle work every day including Sunday. I made two massive food bobbles last week but I'm paying for them with extra work. My appetite is almost nil since my surgery so most days have been easy but one day, I wanted a taco salad from my 2nd favorite Mexican place and the things are vast. I ate nearly half of it and some of the shell. Couple days later it was fried catfish, shrimp, and potatoes for my mother and I choked down on abo... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:37:44 EST Recuperating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375627 Came home 6 weeks ago from knee replacement at one of my highest weights ever but thank God I've lost 19 pounds. I'm going back to work in 10 days and want to lose 20 by then, at least. I've walked a full mile once but I'm not quite ready for that. I thought I might have to hitch a ride home with our mail carrier that day. I'm making 3/4 miles in about 16 minutes without too much trouble so I will try to better my time before I tackle more distance. Today was my last day of physical therapy b... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:14:18 EST She's Back - Sort Of! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346092 Following my accident just over a year ago, I was diagnosed with mTBI, PCS, and PseudoBulbar Affect, which is a kind way of saying my brain got all shook up. It has been a long year, peppered with physical therapy, neurologist/neuropsychologist visits, denial, grief, anger, and more recently, the realization that this is probably as good as it gets. It got to be such a struggle to keep all the balls in the air that SP and taking physical care of myself whilst trying to keep all the appointmen... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 16:07:04 EST Life Curve: TBI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194121 So I was sitting at a red light waiting for it to change on March 31 when a woman decided to commit suicide by vehicle and crossed two lanes of heavy oncoming traffic to make a left turn. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0d1a3de-fcce-453a-9be5-50c1ccd1cf63.jpg"> <BR> <BR> [I'm the one in the back] <BR> <BR> Got hit just in front of the driver door which is probably why I am still alive. The seat belt kept my body in place. Unfortunately it didn't do the same for ... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 13:31:27 EST Green Hand But Back Is Better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090284 I've had enough energy today to get most of what I didn't get done yesterday, done today-cleaning, etc. The back of my right hand is wall to wall green but my back is starting to lose the soreness. <BR> <BR> When I see the PA in about a month, I will say something but next time I think I will pay the out of network extras and go to a different hospital for the procedure. This one is just a wee bit careless in the way they do business. <BR> <BR> Anyway all is well that ends well, and thanks... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 18:29:33 EST Not a Great Two Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089505 Went for epidural injections yesterday with mixed results so far. IV infiltrated and sedation went into my hand so naturally I didn't stay still when the needles hit-all four of them. At least it was over pretty quick. Today I have a sore hand and a sore back! <BR> <BR> Forgive the whine; I'm sure others have experienced worse things. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:02:37 EST Dusted Off the Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065654 When we remodeled 3+ years ago, the fancy treadmill out in the garage got folded up and pushed against the wall and I gained 20 pounds. Maybe these two facts are related, maybe not. Anyway, this morning I got my rear in gear and scooted that sucker back into position, plugged it in, sprayed the runners with a little silicone, and off I went. I have six months before it gets too hot to walk out in the garage. By then, I want to get a stationary bike for the patio! It would be nice to go down 2... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:34:59 EST Made It Through Week 1 of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065051 Back to school; back pain; back in the greenhouse: <BR> <BR> School started off on a roll with and intake of 34 new inmate students. The only bad thing about being a good teacher is that I have massive rollouts every 3 1/2 months when guys test up to the next level. 5 more and I will be back at capacity and can start the paperwork for the next testing group 10 weeks away. <BR> <BR> I saw the PA Thursday who scheduled me my next round of epidural injections to be appointed in the next coupl... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 16:28:05 EST Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059106 Jesus Christ is still the great I am! <BR> <BR> Isaiah 43, my pastor's text today, and also my favorite scriptures in the Word tell me: <BR> <BR> 1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. <BR> <BR> 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 17:13:35 EST First Saturday of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058181 Weather totally not being cooperative, I still haven't done my yard chores except for caring for the birds. Otherwise I have decluttered, caught up on reading, etc. and am starting to get that feeling of dread that comes with thinking of going back to work. I hope to manage the mind-draining lesson plan process better though as I finally took the time to break what I have to teach into a 10-week lesson cycle that I can use again and again. Looking back at my test scores, I determined that is ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 16:57:08 EST More Goodies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056704 I'm giving Goodies for every blog I read through Sunday. Why have 50 gazillion points if you don't do anything with them, right? <BR> <BR> Giving myself permission is going to be a them this year, I limit myself to one chapter in 10 books at a time instead of giving myself permission to read an entire book; tackle a dozen needlework projects instead of finishing one. You get the picture. So this year, my resolution is to enjoy the journey a little more. <BR> <BR> Hope this finds you and y... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 09:44:26 EST If I Read Your Blog Today, I Gave You a Goodie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056258 Aha, now that got your attention. I've spent a bit of time today reflecting on the past year. All of us owe to ourselves to do that. I've decided all things being equal, 2015 was a pretty good year. I end it with no new debts for Christmas spending which is a first. I also have made it 9 months since my last trio of epidural injections Praise the Lord. Most recently I also give thanks and praise for my nephew and his family being spared in the Rowlett tornado. Their first new home, which they... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:18:27 EST Lookout for Lazy Blogger Alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054201 No lazy so much as swamped with life. But I am still here and I am still working toward better health and weight loss. Mom and I did really well with our food choices from Thanksgiving all the way until now. Lots of fruit and vegetables, and pulling away from the plate when the full button beeps. Hope everyone else is maintaining and doing well! Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:57:45 EST Still Eating Homegrown Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042796 Just picked a couple of nice zucchini and brought in a half dozen tomatoes from the greenhouse to go in my mesclun greens for a salad. After the brutal spring and summer we had, plus the last month's rains I cannot believe we still have crops. We should likely get 4-5 more zucchini before we have another freeze. There are another dozen tomatoes in the greenhouse and the green onions and lettuce should last until we get a withering freeze-maybe another month. Wow! And with veggie prices what t... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 14:47:57 EST Puppies, Puppies Everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013294 The last week has been so intense that I had to step back a couple of days before I could look at one more plea for a dog, puppies, cats, or kittens to be rescued before they had to be killed. By now, several hundred have died. Because of the thousands of illegals, the many military families in the state, the general transient nature of Texas population, these innocent animals are being dumped just anywhere or worse yet shut up in the houses and cages to starve. What is so twisted in people t... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:58:23 EST Don't Be Part of the Silent Majority! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010599 I'm becoming quite vehement on animal rescue. Something is wrong with seeing pictures of beautiful animals who have absolutely nothing wrong with them but are about to be destroyed because no one wants them. They didn't ask to be bred, anymore than all the unwanted children in the world. We can't stop humans from reproducing [shame, that] but we can make life so difficult for breeders they go out of business. <BR> <BR> In Tyler, Texas this week, a slug dumped 8 small dogs at the shelter, ob... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 20:23:57 EST How to Save a Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009000 I haven't posted much the last couple of weeks but have spent more time on animal rescue efforts both in my financial giving and shelter support work. Here is my thought for the day on using Facebook for a good cause. Use the like, comment, and share buttons to save lives: many shelters will keep a dog longer if the posting gets 50 or more likes; a dog with no or only a few likes is more likely to be euthanized. They also look for comments so if you only share the photo with your friends, in ... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 09:29:35 EST Terminally Negative is Toxic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000893 Do you have friends who are terminally negative? Don't they wear you down? Do you see them at the other end of the grocery aisle and try to move somewhere else in the store before they see you? <BR> <BR> People never treat them right and they never get a square deal on anything. One of my own nearest and dearest is like this, and I have even heard God blamed for many particular situations. Here is the most common one I hear: my adult son, daughter, brother, grandchild, ________ [fill in the... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 15:40:47 EST Level 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992236 This one snuck up on me. It seemed like Level 16 was going to take years but this one just happened in about six weeks or less. What's up with that? I don't feel like I've made a lot of progress but on the other hand I am really slowing down and trying to get quality instead of quantity into my days. <BR> <BR> Found this today and really like it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c3b227d-1c9e-40a1-9b21-564c9d1fd0da.jpg"> Sun, 6 Sep 2015 18:44:53 EST Feeling Better, Thanks for the Support!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991642 Peanut seems to be coming out of her crisis which automatically makes me feel better. We carried her in to the vet as soon as I could get out of school yesterday for Kenalog/Dexamethasone and today the welts have just about gone. Her poor little ears are raw looking but she ate and played a little. Knowing I had to make the hundred mile trip to get special food for her, I geared up this morning before I left and cleaned the kitchen, my bathroom and bedroom, and got a load of laundry ready to ... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 18:21:33 EST Tired, Troubled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990722 Another cortisone injection for a total of three, weight up four pounds, smart-ass blogger saying if you eat less you will lose weight. I sincerely hope smart-ass one day has the experience of pain, cortisone, and not losing weight on 1359-1500 calories a day. <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Sep 2015 06:15:06 EST Pain in the Butt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989053 New diagnosis with doctor's visit yesterday: Ankylosing Spondylitis of the Right Sacroiliac Joint-literally a pain in the butt. I was content with my family of ruptured discs. I left with two injections at the "trigger points" which helped quite a lot. My thoracic epidurals are starting to wear off and he said when I got the next round, he would also do this new area. The situation is very frustrating because there is so little than can be done. My job is literally going to continue a "month ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:53:12 EST Update on Doggie Diet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987992 They scarfed down their amended diet yesterday and got steamed broccoli for treats so all is well on that front. With the price of eggs, it could work out better for all of us. LOL <BR> <BR> At school today, we have a planning meeting scheduled in lieu of classes. Our planning days consist of the principal droning on and on about nothing in particular so I will not be sorry to miss this one. I'm off shortly to do a bit of shopping and attend an appointment with the back doc in our closest ne... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:15:34 EST On Sunday, Dog Mom Rests! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987312 Okay, both kids maintained for another year. Bitsee has to lose 3 pounds of the nearly 14 she is waddling around with and her granny will be the biggest part of that challenge. Peanut could stand to lose a pound so dietry changes have been duly implemented. For Dog Mom and Granny as well. <BR> <BR> Mom has been scrambling eggs for her grand-dogs since the second or third day they came home, and the girls love their warm brekkie. So would I for that matter but an extra-large egg has about 80 ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:55:59 EST Started a Couple of Challenges! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986760 21-day Sweets and 30-day Plateau Busting. I'm so bummed about spin points or lack thereof that I am letting myself lose sight of the larger, or perhaps I should say smaller, goal. So I will try to do better. Blaming everything on the weather and spin points is counter-productive. <BR> <BR> This morning we are off to the vet with dog #2 for annual maintenance. Peanut had an allergic reaction to one of her shots yesterday and had to have Benadryl, Prednison, and Prayer. She is okay this mornin... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:32:10 EST I Must Confess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985917 I didn't do a blessed thing worthwhile today. Mom and I went on a little road trip, ate Mexican food at the Jalapeno Tree in Jacksonville, Texas [which was absolutely delicious], and drove on over to a plant farm to buy a couple of lantana hanging baskets to match the two I bought there a couple weeks ago. I also picked up a couple of Christmas ornaments. It was a lovely day. Hope you had one too. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 19:02:02 EST Wonderful, Delicious Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985368 Cooled everything down to manageable. I can actually enjoy my bonus days off and do a bit of garden work tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Or not. I have a bit of a cold and came in from work freezing this afternoon. I'm propped against a heating pad and sipping hot tea at the moment. Dear Mom had said she would make chicken and dumplings, and I was ready. Except Dear Brother #2 came to visit her all afternoon and they didn't get made. Bummer! <BR> <BR> Maybe I will sleep in tomorrow and do absolutely no... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:38:24 EST Oh Wait; There's Hope Yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984727 We got one of those gully-washer rains this morning and things cooled down significantly. 88 degrees with a gentle breeze-perfect weather in my books. Of course, it will warm back up but both the rain and the "cool front" are hugely appreciated. <BR> <BR> Something about this kind of weather energizes me so both dogs got baths and it was cool enough for me to go rummage through the storage building for a box of 7 Lee Child books I have misplaced. I think they accidentally went to the librar... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 19:58:50 EST Definitely Wishful Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984020 Walked out of the unit today to 103 and the interior of my truck did not cool down until I was halfway home-think about 10 miles. It is cloudy with the tiniest chance of rain so I have my pudgy crossed. Got in some walking and exercise, and have managed my food well today. <BR> <BR> I'm still ready for fall so I think I will source Christmas presents tonight on the internet. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:28:53 EST Fallish Look or Wishful Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983312 Several of the trees are starting to show yellow leaves but it may be drought and not an early fall. A girl can hope though. Also the days seem to be getting shorter and my "sap" is rising. LOL I feel good enough to strap on the trainers and walk through the neighborhood but it is still too dang hot. My blood pressure meds and rosacea don't tolerate anything much about 85 and it is 99 at 4:30 today. But it's coming. <BR> <BR> I've contented myself with sweeping and swabbing the patio, wateri... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 17:38:56 EST Working My Way Through Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982732 I'm wishing away my life but I will be glad when August and September are memories. That said, a few sprinkles of much needed moisture have the lawn looking slightly less stressed today and the high temp has been 90 with clouds off and on all day. I've been ultra-lazy and stayed indoors most of the day working on several embroidery and needlework projects, including a Christmas quilt which will likely not be finished until Christmas 2016. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone else is having the summer of ... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:41:05 EST Not Much to Say http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977441 It's depressingly hot and dry but my new plantings are surviving with a couple of water rounds every day. I'm trying to keep plenty of bird seed and water out for the birds as well, and they are loving my big concrete bird bath. Saturday is on the way and we are almost halfway through my least favorite month of the year. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>386</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:44:28 EST Can't Afford No Pity Parties! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974787 What all of us need to remember, and Lord knows I get down like everyone else, is that we can't afford to feel sorry for ourselves. We have to do as much as we can do every day or we risk becoming able to do nothing at all. Lots of days, I have to push through the pain to even get my feet on the floor in the morning, quite literally holding on to the furniture until I can get all my moving parts to doing the work of walking. It isn't fun to know that it will ultimately get worse instead of be... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 16:43:46 EST Planted Hardy Hibiscus, Turk's Cap, and Perennial Sage Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974282 Gotta get ready for the hummingbirds to come back through in a couple months. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6bccf20-ffe1-4d5f-ac8a-23450b642a42.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First time I can bestir myself, I want to get a couple of dwarf lantana hanging baskets for the patio to attract butterflies. I'm telling myself that the weather will start to cool back in about a month if we can just make it that long. Right now, it is only 98 but the heat index makes it feel like 106.... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 17:21:06 EST Too Dang Hot! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973812 About three years ago some friends of ours moved their home from Nacogdoches, Texas to Billingham, Washington because of the hot summers. I wish I lived next door to them! Fri, 7 Aug 2015 17:57:15 EST What Would You Want If It Was You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970895 Reading a member blog for Copious Joy, I am reminded of the year I spent waiting for a diagnosis of possible cancer, and my heart goes out to her. Unless you have been in the position, you don't know how it feels. You want to kick and scream, yet you seem to be paralyzed and incapable of action. One of my dearest friends took to her bed the day of her pancreatic cancer diagnosis, let herself be drugged into oblivion, and died two weeks later, never having said goodbye to us. I can't begin to ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:52:49 EST Good Week-Glad It's Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970344 I'm wishing my life away but I am glad that one is in the books. We are waiting for a unit lockdown and it is stressful for all of us. The offenders are not looking forward to being locked into their hot dormitories with no air conditioning for a week and I am resentful of losing a week's teaching time. I wish they would just get the thing over with so we could go on with our business of GED prep. <BR> <BR> Lighter note: I've been using a cleaning system courtesy of FlyLady.com and all I can... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:21:13 EST Every Day is a Battle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966305 And I am going through one of those dry spells where it seems like I am losing more than I am winning. Heck, I can't even seem to spin any Spark points. So, I console myself with little victories: my bathroom is clean, my bed is made up, I feel pretty good today, I have time to read a book or take a nap... <BR> <BR> Here's hoping you have a great day! It's generally what you make it. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 07:39:48 EST Preparing Myself for Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962913 Okay, I broke down and sorted papers to grade tomorrow. Monday is a teacher workday so I may get to grade a few then but usually our principal drones on about whatever her pet project happens to be. Hopefully, we get a bit of time to work in our rooms as well. <BR> <BR> For tomorrow after church: my lesson plan is printed off and all I have to do is load stuff in the truck, prepare my daily folders, and choose my clothes for the week. <BR> <BR> Think I will make chicken enchiladas for a l... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:00:33 EST Trying to Make the Most of It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962097 Vacation is almost over-- shortest two weeks of the summer. Knowing I can leave work in just a few more months is making it bearable to go back But I wish I could have accomplished just a little more: read a little more, gardened a little more, cleaned a little more. But the upside is I cleaned two closets, a bathroom, a chest of drawers, and under a bed. I finished three books and worked my magazine stack down to about 20 current issues of something, I ordered potatoes for my fall garden and... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:52:04 EST FlyLady.net http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959490 Thanks to Clutter Free Living team member Barb4Health for turning me on to this website. It is funny and useful. This morning I have met the bathroom challenge of finding 27 things to get rid of. Granted the last 4 items were old hair clips but I feel amazingly proud of my cleaner bathroom. Now the " one other room" is a shoe- in because I could easily get rid of ten times 27 but FlyLady only said 27... <BR> <BR> If you have never checked this site and tend to have a lot of stuff you want to... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:57:43 EST So Today was Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959285 I got in a couple hours of exercise, ate well--actually need another couple hundred calories before bed, prepped for next week, read a little bit. <BR> <BR> Life is good! I'm running late so I will save all deep thoughts until tomorrow. Sat, 11 Jul 2015 22:18:27 EST “My troops may fail to take a position, but are never driven from one!” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958111 “My troops may fail to take a position, but are never driven from one!” <BR> – General Thomas Stonewall Jackson <BR> <BR> The message for us is this: we have chosen to start something important! We can choose to let circumstances bring us down or we can stand and fight. <BR> <BR> I choose to fight! Thu, 9 Jul 2015 13:13:48 EST The devil's name is dullness! - Gen. Robert E. Lee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957591 Think about your journey or your many different journeys to healthy living and you will appreciate the truth in this quotation. We get bored with eating healthy and want sexy stuff like grease, salt, and chocolate. What do pseudo-sophisticates call it-umami? We get bored with our exercise routines and quit. The person who finds the cure for boredom will control the world. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 14:57:28 EST So Today was Pretty Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957133 Another doctor visit completed with no new stuff until October; got to do some shopping--read buy books and dog toys; ate at a good Mexican place but didn't blow my calorie count. Said dogs are happy with said toys. It's all good! Tue, 7 Jul 2015 20:32:17 EST Enjoying Week 1 of My Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956549 Had to break the day right in the middle with a trip to the dentist but this has been a good day. Got to write in my journal, read my Scriptures, read books, eat a leisurely late lunch of homegrown hot food, give my dogs baths and trim their nails, plan another leisurely day tomorrow. Still a doctor visit in the middle but get to make my first trip to World Market, do some other shopping, have lunch out. Bliss! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 19:20:29 EST Great Reunion Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952327 This is my first blog in several days because life has been hard and the decisions tough ones, but today I feel like I have come out on the other side of a deep valley and as usual, God has seen me through. The situation with my school principal has deteriorated to the degree that one teacher has contacted a regional administrator and I had prepared both an internal grievance and a federal EEO complaint to be filed via registered mail tomorrow. After a sleepless night and careful consideratio... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 18:20:04 EST I Miss You, Pop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948625 It's been nearly 16 years and very few days have passed that I didn't miss you, want to discuss something with you, or share my hysterically funny little dogs with you. You would have loved them, especially butterball Bitsee. I wish I had been a better daughter and I'm sure you wished you could be a better dad. As I grow older, I recognize that none of us are perfect and none of us can turn back time. I used to wonder how you could sit on the patio for hours at a time doing absolutely nothing... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 11:44:17 EST Almost to Level 16! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948302 Close enough to taste it but not quite there yet. Gaining this level means more than some of the others have because I had almost given up. These long "plateaus" I have really distress me and take it out of me but this time I am still in the battle. Sat, 20 Jun 2015 18:21:54 EST Balance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947672 This week I had so much on my plate that I decided not to track but to use the time for R & R so I would not be absolutely dead by the time my three-day weekend started. It worked and I actually have the energy to enjoy myself. It is really helping just to do something as simple as line up my work wardrobe for an entire week so after this, the second week, I am going to make that a habit. My boss, who is not the brightest bulb in the package, has already started in on us to complete the proje... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:46:41 EST