TULIPVIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TULIPVIC TULIPVIC'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/ Too Long!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476388 Yes been a long time and a lot has happened. Sold our mobile home, moved to Texas with my son, hated it, left behind almost everything we owned at my son's house and moved back, stayed with my daughter till we found an apartment, moved in with nothing but our clothes, coffeemaker, tv and 2 lawn chairs to sit in. We has to slowly get living room furniture and a bed, it wss rough sleeping on the floor. Although I sometimes miss all my stuff, we sre now more minimalist and that feels good ... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:24:11 EST Clothesline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975765 Well my clothesline ended up laying on the ground after a little wind yesterday. My neighbor got it back in the ground but it needs some more cement around the base. Hope we can get that done after the rain stops in a couple days. I'm so anxious to use it! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:15:41 EST Another Birthday Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974901 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4246c8b2-7108-4b11-9d0d-63a74b5fe2b5.jpg">After my surprise birthday party on Tuesday, my DD and her boyfriend had one more trick up their sleeve today. <BR> At the beginning of summer, she used my clothesline, the tree kind, to hang her freshly washed sheets. The wind was awful that day and caught the sheets and broke the pole offf at the ground so I have been without it all summer. I don't like using the dryer if i don't have to so I was ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 20:48:17 EST Happenings here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974250 Oh how I wish I would blog more often! But anyway, I am lovin the summer even though it is cooler (but more comfortable ) than usual and it is so very short! The last few days have felt like Fall. I love Fall, its my favorite season, and I love to decorate for it, but not yet. I still want more Summer. <BR> Tuesday was my birthday and my DD had a surprise party for me. It was great! Had more cake and ice cream than I should have but I was celebrating.....:) <BR> Yesterday I had ... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 15:37:56 EST Maxie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914372 We had to put our sweet 18 year old kitty to rest on Friday. He was very sick. It's so lonely without him but he is not suffering anymore. I was suffering too, watching him be in pain. <BR> We are adjusting. I agree with my son when he said he will never have anymore pets after losing his dog. No more animals, not even a goldfish. <BR> I know it will get better. Maxie taught us so much, gave us lots of laughs and a world overflowing wth lovei <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:54:17 EST Oh Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897181 I thought I had breezed through winter without the winter blues, even though I did get 4 colds and one maybe was the flu, but the last 5 days sre making me wonder. I have gotten up in the morning and looked out the window to see snow, a good amount, on the ground and falling at a good rate. Seems immediately my mood slumps. Then I have no enthusiasm or energy for the day. I can barely smile and be nice to people, gotta force myself. If I get up and see the sun, I am happy and energetic a... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:30:20 EST It's AMAZING WHAT A LITTLE FRESH AIR CAN DO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872598 The winter blues usually gets me good in January and February. This year hasn't been as bad as usual for some reason but I still have my moments. <BR> Today was one of those days. I saw more snow coming down and was wishing it was warmer and the road was clear of ice and snow so I could just walk out the door with no coat and hit the ground running. <BR> Instead I decided to bundle up and chip the ice and snow off the steps and walk out my back door into my DDs back door, a few steps... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 14:50:52 EST Correction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867704 CORRECTION........Hubby said the animal I saw yesterday was a coyote. He said they are in the woods accross the street. My neighbor said they have come down into the mobile home park before too. <BR> So whatever it was, it still scared me. I will be walking early morning again anyway, but carrying my walking stick, not that it would help but it can't hurt! <BR> No walking today, just shoveling! We have lots of snow and it's still coming down. WON'T be ending till this evening. When ... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 08:38:53 EST GOOD AND BAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866999 Well in an effort to start pulling myself out of a rut, no exercise and endless snacking, I decided to go for an early morning walk. I bundled up as it was 20 degrees and my coat is heavy. I kinda looked like that younger kid on Christmas Story! <BR> It was before 8:00 a.m. We live in the country but in a mobile home park, and there are houses around too. So the good part, I was out and walking and feelin' good! <BR> The bad part... I think I saw on the edgeof the road, accross the stre... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:42:38 EST MY MISTAKE AND FIXING IT NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839000 Awhile back when Spark added more point levels I decided that I had worked too hard to have to try to reach higher levels. I decided to try a different weight loss site. <BR> I shouldn't have! I didn't lose anything, in fact I added some weight. And I missed all my Sparkfriends and the support they gave me. As far as points and levels go...so what? I'm here for the weight loss, tracking and support. <BR> I also had a streak of hundreds of log in days and now I'm starting that o... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 20:42:51 EST Going To The State Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766959 I have always loved going to our State Fair, so why did I not like it this year? <BR> Maybe because we got a late start from having to pick up our rental car this morning. (We had an accident with our van on the 13th and it's in the shop now) Maybe because I have only slept about 5 hours a night for the past 4 nights. Maybe because when we did get there, after driving 2 hours, the parking people put us in a spot, then made us move, twice! Maybe because it was 93 degrees. Maybe because... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:25:54 EST MY KITTY AND MY BIRTHDAY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754540 My kitty is all healed and doing well from his horrible groomer experience. I appreciate every day I have with him because he is old and it was really hard on him. <BR> My birthday was on Monday and it was so fun. <BR> The cake my hubby made looked scary but actually he was making a smiley face inside a red sugar sprinkle heart. Here is the picture... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2112734081.jpg"> <BR> My neighbor also made me a cake... <BR> <img src="http://ph... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 16:45:34 EST Update On Maxie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731371 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1863840396.jpg">My kitty Maxie is doing well and letting me squirt the wash solutipn and put the antibiotic cream on his cuts. He is acting almost his normal silly self again. Thank you all for your concern, nice comments and prayers, they are helping get us through! <BR> <em>239</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/ <BR> l1908077194.jpg"> <BR> took this just now. He is relaxing in his tee shirt. He hated the p... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:22:50 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727092 I know it's been a long time since I blogged and I apologise for that. I guess I have been adjusting to our new home and then being outdoors working in my herb garden and <BR> <BR> making new friends when I go on my many daily walks. <BR> And I am also learning to use my new tablet, as you can see! <BR> With all that I have been doing you would think I would have lost a few pounds but no, they keep hanging on. I havestarted going back to what worked for me in the past, only NO cheati... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 11:40:55 EST Digging Out Of My Rut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628596 Thank you for all the encouraging comments. I know now that I`m not the only one struggling with the winter this year. <BR> Today was a "warmer" day, in the 40s, so I got out there and walked, breathed in the fresh air and shed some stress. It felt great! It will turn cold again but with a nice day or two it gives me hope that Spring is trying to break through, and it will! <BR> I hope you got to enjoy your day today too! <BR> ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:12:04 EST It`s Just Not Working http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627518 So I started January with a great outlook. February is half over and where did the outlook go bad? <BR> I have gone even further away from my goal and I`m not even counting anymore. I still log my food but it usually goes over what I should have. <BR> Exercise is almost non-existant. The weather has been so cold and snowy that it`s impossible to get out to walk on the slippery road. And it`s too cold anyway with having respiratory problems. <BR> I did get out of my rut today and ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:23:26 EST New Year, New Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590481 The Holidays are over. How did you do? I managed to eat my way through them and put on 6 pounds. Now I am that much farther away from my goal, which was only 5 pounds away. <BR> How did it happen? I remember the tricky message my brain was sending out...it`s only a couple cookies, chocolate covered cherries, pie, ect. It won`t hurt you. It`s a special time, how often do you spend time with all these people altogether?...... Everybody else is eating it...... <BR> And the worst part is... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:37:26 EST Home News and Picture of Our Tree or Living In Miniature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559916 I finally am feeling settled enough to write a post. <BR> We moved into our new home on November 5th. We went from a 2700 sq. ft. home to a 750 sq. ft. mobile home. I think we donated more than half of our possessions and things are still a little squeezed in here, but we are enjoying our new simplicity and location. <BR> All that is needing work are the kitchen cupboards and the closets. Hubby will be buying shelves and brackets for them next week and then we should be super organize... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 17:50:39 EST Things Around Here And A Christmas Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513522 The house sale is still going strong! We had the house inspection on Tuesday and it went great! Now we need the appraisal and survey done. <BR> Things are stalled though, due to the government shutdown. The buyers have to wait for finalizing their financing till the government reopens. Please pray with me that things get resolved NOW and we, with millions of other people can move on with their lives! <BR> I just saw on the news tonight that retailers are pushing Christmas even earlier... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:06:51 EST House Under Contract http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502837 Prayers answered!! Just a week ago someone looked at the house and loved it and offered us full asking price for it! We are now under contract and are going through all the formalities of a house sale. We will have the home inspector here on Tuesday. Please pray that the house passes. It should have no problems at all because we have put everything new in...windows, furnace, roof, wiring and tons of other things. It`s just that those inspectors can be picky and it makes me nervous. The... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 20:25:45 EST House For Sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492158 Does anybody want to buy a really cute bungalow? ours is up for sale again. It`s getting too hard to manage all the bills with not enough money. Hubby loves his new job but he doesn`t even get 30 hours a week so we are falling behind. <BR> We hope to sell before our perfect credit rating gets ruined and the bank takes the house because we can`t pay the mortgage. <BR> We are okay with it though. The thought of downsizing and simplifying is comforting to us. We hope to find a nice used... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:53:54 EST Went To Urgent Care Clinic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419212 I did get to go to the urgent care clinic today to be checked. I have a severe sinus infection and a severe ear infection. I have fluid built up behind my ear drum like I did all the times before. I have a prescription for amoxicillin for 10 days. I have already taken a dose and it made me really tired and I feel like I`m on another planet. I hope this side effect goes away soon...I don`t like feeling drugged. But I will do it to get rid of these infections. <BR> I decided to give myse... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:23:42 EST A July Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418003 Hello! Hubby is still busy and liking his new job although it is seasonal and will come to an end in August if they don`t take him on permanantly, which they want to if there is a place for him. So that is something to pray about! <BR> I think we both had bronchitis because we had all the signs and I`m still coughing and my ear is plugged again, yep, it`s the problem ear. With no insurance we are waiting it out but I might go to one of those urgent care places, the doc told me they are c... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 15:07:35 EST Lots of pictures and other Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389281 It was a busy weekend with my daughter Mandy and my 2 oldest grandsons. ( Mandy`s 2 oldest boys) <BR> We had a lot of fun but wanted to share some pics of Sunday afternoon silliness. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116287071.jpg"> We had a rousing game of badminton on the front deck and in the front yard. This is Mandy using my good hard anodized frying pan as a racquet! I reccommend this kind of cookware as it really holds up! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:47:55 EST A Fast Three Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369768 After spending the last 3 days with us, Mandy took her two oldest boys to go back home with their dad tonight. <BR> And Mandy left to go to her boyfriends where she spends the week. <BR> And Hubby is asleep in his recliner from working and being swamped at his job in the lawn and garden department. <BR> And I am falling asleep at the computer, happy and feeling great because everyone had a really good time. <BR> Even though the grandkids came with colds and coughs, we fixed them up a... Mon, 27 May 2013 21:55:15 EST Saturday`s Happenings...Nothing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367626 Well, it`s a pleasant, quiet Saturday. Mandy and her 2 oldest kids are here for the weekend, got here last night. I made sloppy joes and macaroni and cheese for supper. <BR> Mandy had the boys help her get some more things moved in. <BR> This morning all is quiet, boys on computer and video games, Mandy still in her jammies. They are going someplace later that has fireworks tonight. <BR> Hubby is working till 3:00 then we will go do some shopping and go out to eat. I will make a sma... Sat, 25 May 2013 13:47:37 EST An Accident Or Just Old? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361680 Today Mandy was doing some painting downstairs to brighten it up and I was puttering around. I decided to clean the tops of the refridgerator and the freezer because they really needed it. <BR> I was hopping up on the laddar/bench thing that we always use for painting and higher up projects. In midair, one foot on the bench and the other trying to get up, my knee gave out and I started falling. Mandy grabbed me as I was hanging on the freezer door and saved me from falling on the concret... Sun, 19 May 2013 23:54:52 EST Getting Daughter settled in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358031 We have been busy! I have been helping Mandy get her apartment packed up and moved in here. We brought some things over, she bought new wicker furniture for her living room and we have put new carpeting in the bedroom area. it is shaping up nicely! <BR> Tomorrow we have help from Church to get some of the larger things like dressers and beds. The biggest will be her GIANT side by sid refridgerator, which will wait till last. We need lots of manpower for that. <BR> Hubby had today off... Wed, 15 May 2013 23:31:52 EST Adjusting To The New Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352603 Hubby has been at his new job for a week today. It is an adjustment for both of us but it is going well. He really likes the job but his hours are different everyday. Sometimes he has to be in early and sometimes not till mid afternoon but he always gets 7 or 8 hours. He even gets an hour lunch to come home and get a small meal. He will have worked 9 days in a row till his first day off. But no one is complaining, we are grateful. <BR> I am so glad I am a stay at home wife because I c... Fri, 10 May 2013 22:12:39 EST More Change...But The Crisis Is Over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341117 Hello Friends!! <BR> <BR> Scene One...... <BR> <BR> Where do I begin? After 6 months of being laid off permanantly from his job, my Hubby got a full time job today! Week after week of frustration and searching online, newspapers and job fairs finally landed him a nice one. It is full time seasonal now till August but if they like his work it will lead to full time permanant. <BR> The pay is less than half of what he was making so it still would be impossible to make the house payme... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:38:07 EST And Things Change Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318889 Didn`t I know it....it was too good to be true! The deal on our house fell through. The bank was almost done with our buyer`s credit check and found something that was bad enough to deny them the mortgage. <BR> Now the house is back on the market. The realtor is scheduling an open house for Sunday the 21st. <BR> I know it`s a setback, but maybe God has something else in mind for us. Or someone else that would want or need this house more than the other people did. <BR> I`m dissappoi... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 20:58:01 EST How Things Changed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316437 Things have really changed since my last blog update! <BR> We sold the truck. <BR> We sold the house! After only 15 days on the market we got an offer. After a little negoitation, we got what we wanted for it. The appraiser from the buyer`s bank will be here Thursday. We don`t have a closing date yet. <BR> Because my hubby is unemployed, we cannot buy a doublewide, a house, land or even rent anything. He has to have secure, reliable income which unemployment is not because it will ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 21:56:05 EST Holy Cow...It`s An Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262230 Hello My Sparkfriends! It`s about time huh? Well, Hubby is still out of work and looking forward (ha) to jury duty all next week if he gets picked. I am still on my Lipitor because the doc prescribed 3 more months and I can still afford them. I still want to go off them but I will wait till we have insurance and I can be monitored closely when I am off. <BR> We have had our truck up for sale for a few months. Some people have called, but no takers yet. We decided to also put the house... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:07:41 EST Thank You To All My Commenters..and Some News!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5195485 I would like to thank everyone that commented on my last blog. You guys are awsome! I loved every bit of advice you gave me and I do intend to use it all! What a wonderful, supportive bunch you are! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! <BR> My news...as you know, Hubby lost his job in November and we have no insurance. this makes doctor visits impossible and paying for prescriptions very difficult. Hubby gets some samples from the doc and the drugstore gives us discounts. I cannot afford my Lipitor... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 17:53:43 EST Why Are People Telling Me I Can`t! Don`t Tell Me I can`t! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192474 It just happened again. I get talking to someone about exercising and losing weight and they tell me that I shoudn`t be trying to do workouts as much or as long because I am "you know, at that age". I am 61 and I can run circles around those people and can do more time on the elliptical, or walking or yoga moves or just plain standing than any of them can. One of those people is my dear Hubby! He says I should be slowing down at my age not acting like a teenager and running the risk of hur... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 00:41:23 EST Thanksgiving, Christmas and Three Pounds More! New Year Next! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179247 Thank you all for the sweet comments about my cherry almond bread. It was devoured that very Christmas night! <BR> <BR> I need to detox! There has been so much sweet goodies go through this house in the past 2 months and I think I ate most of them! I gained 3 pounds and I was doing so good. Now it seems that my body is craving them again and I get shakey and sick if I don`t give in. I have been trying to cut back and I have a terrific headache too! Is it withdrawal? <BR> I am prone t... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:12:11 EST Christmas dinner menu and pic of cherry almond cheese bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175439 Hello and Merry Christmas Eve! <BR> I just wanted to share our meal for Christmas day. My home made lasagna, salad with home made Italian dressing and my Hubby`s Christmas favorite, cherry almond cheese bread. Here is a picture of that...... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l163329244.jpg"> <BR> I hope you are enjoying your Christmas Eve. We just got back from the candle light service at church. It was beautiful! <BR> My MIL will be here for dinner tomorrow and... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:43:02 EST Some Christmas pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174073 Here are a few Christmas pics I wanted to post before Christmas is gone away! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l766260416.jpg"> My daughter Mandy and her two youngest childern. She has 4 boys altogether. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l586794056.jpg"> Me in the choir concert last Sunday night. I`m in the back row, second from right. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1213871275.jpg"> The praise band we sang with. <BR> <i... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 00:00:16 EST Oh The Weather Outside is Frightful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172508 But my furnace is so delightful! We didn`t go caroling tonight. It is windy, cold and freezing rain is making everything messy. My DD Mandy works an hour away and left work early to get home before it gets worse. She just called and is home safely. <BR> Maybe tomorrow we will make it to the church spaghetti supper. My church is just down the street, about 7 or 8 houses, but if it`s snowing we won`t go. <BR> It`s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! <BR> <em>444</em> <em>445</... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 00:01:51 EST Couldn`t Sleep So I Am Finally Updating! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171797 I haven`t been sleeping good lately, but then I don`t mind because I love mornings! So here i am at 7:30 a.m. blogging. <BR> I did manage to sing with a full voice at the concert on Sunday night, and I am so grateful for that. Our choir was only 8 of us girls. It was really great! <BR> Then I had practice on Monday night for our candlelight service on Christmas eve. I was still coughing a little, but totally over whatever it was I had. So, 2 girls came in and sat on each side of me b... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 08:02:46 EST Gotta sing...no voice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161565 Hello! let me start by saying that it hasn`t been easy with Hubby losing his job. He hasn`t got any unemployment money yet and it has been 4 weeks so hopefully he gets some this week. We haven`t built up our savings much since we had to use it all last time he got laid off from the job he held for 21 years, so we have already gone through what little we did have. <BR> We are running out of our meds but will be seeking some assistance this week. <BR> I had a sore throat last weekend but... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 22:21:18 EST Pictures Of What I made For Thanksgiving And My Eating Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142946 What I made to take to MIL`s for Thanksgiving....Cranberry bars <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1711486100.jpg"> <BR> And Pumpkin Bars....for when we go to my friends on Friday in PA..... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195146971.jpg"> <BR> Just thought you would like to see. I have an eating plan for Thanksgiving. I am only going to eat my favorite things, skip the mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole and gravy, you know skip th... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:18:48 EST Taking It Day By Day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142012 Well, it`s been a few days since we learned of Hubby`s job loss and are trying to adjust to it. We are taking it day by day, preparing for a Thanksgiving at Hubby`s mom`s and being thankful for all the blessings we do have. <BR> We have been talking a lot about what we want to do next. We have put the truck up for sale because there are only 2 of us and we don`t need 3 vehicles. I have a car and we have a nice van. <BR> Next we are cleaning and purging in the house again, even more tha... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:57:51 EST A Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127805 I feel so much better! I got a lot of cleaning done today. The only thing left to do is dust and I will do that tomorrow. I haven`t done a whole lot with Hubby home but now that he`s back to work I can get back to work on the house. <BR> I cleaned the bathroom, kitchen, mopped the floors, dusted the hardwood floors, rearranged a few things to make room for Christmas stuff (not getting it out yet, tho!) and I have lots of magazines that I have read and need to go through and take out the r... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:45:59 EST Back Again Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126376 Hello...I am finally back to blogging! I have kept up with my Spark tracker and Spark homework, but blogging went by the wayside because Hubby has been off work for 2 weeks because he sliced the tip of his finger off when he was using a mandolin to cut potatoes to make potato chips. he went back to work yesterday so i am trying to get caught up with cleaning and blogging and reading and.......ect! <BR> Halloween night my church had Trunk N Treat and Mandy and I decorated her Jeep for it. ... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:21:46 EST My New Prized Possession That Took A Lifetime To Earn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105404 The day I was born I didn`t realize I was working towards it. All my school days and work days I didn`t realize it either. But today, I did. <BR> I have been going to AARP lunches once a month for about 5 months now and did some volunteering on Monday at our local Food Bank. I loved it. <BR> Today, I joined RSVP. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program.) I filled out the application with all the info they needed, plus my interests and hobbies, and the checklist of activities I might be inte... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 21:10:15 EST A Good Day Gone Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100588 I didn`t sleep very well last night, it seemed too warm and uncomfortable. Or it could be that I was going to get up at 6:00a.m. to do my first volunteering at the Food Bank. I got up earlier than I planned, showered, ate and waited for my ride. When we got there, today was a day to package up cereal. It was scooped into a bucket then poured into a hopper with a spout on it to fill a labeled plastic bag. Then passed to the next person to weigh it. It had to be 2 pounds, so they either ... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:29:53 EST Beautiful Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096715 It has been busy and beautiful! I am loving this Fall weather and all that goes with it. It has inspired me in so many ways and one of them was to do a little baking. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l825043935.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread! So good and good for you with pumpkin puree and lots of spices. I love spices! <BR> Today was the perfect day for making chili and cornbread. Now I like the chili but Hubby likes cornbread with i... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:50:13 EST Fall Festivals and a Fall Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5089347 I do feel better...thank you everyone, you guys are terrific! I decided that my dizziness was a once in a great while thing because I probably did get up too fast and possibly the sinus and allergies had something to do with it. If you remember, I have had ear problems for almost a year and right now I have my right ear bothering me although I don`t think I have an infection in it, so it could have added to my problem. <BR> The first festival we went to was soooo windy and cold and it was... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 20:34:52 EST Sinus Again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088515 I had that awful headache last night so I took a Tylenol and went to bed. I woke up around 6:a.m. to go to the bathroom and when my feet hit the floor I got really dizzy and landed against the wall in our bedroom. I made it to the bathroom and back, but wondered why I felt like this. Maybe because I have been so busy lately, not enough sleep, or I just didn`t have enough to eat that day. Even though I almost ate all my calories, I didn`t have enough left to have later in the day, so maybe... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 23:56:21 EST