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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:54:36 EST MY ENTIRE BODY HURTS AND TOMORROW WILL BE WORSE..RAKING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254127 I have been dog sitting for my neighbors this weekend and decided to be nice and surprise them by cleaning their yard of the 4,859,659 sticker balls, I am SO SORE already, I am probably not going to be able to sleep tonight! Six 39 gallon trash bags full.....UGH! Why I decided to take this on, I don't know! It was too cold outside, my feet and fingers were literally numb, no joke. <BR> Anyhow here is a before and after pic! I know they will really appreciate it, which is one reason I did... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 21:55:57 EST Is so glad to see my mother buying herself some things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243449 Anytime my mother wanted to buy something my father would always say no, so now that he's gone she has bought herself a new gorgeous electric fireplace and a leather couch, cranberry color, that she said, he always said leather was never allowed in the living room though the living room is now her living room! So all these things she has wanted, and deserved, for the last 50 + years she is finally getting, though not going overboard. I am so happy to see her handling things this well and ma... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 23:50:17 EST Ok, Court Today With Nick.......Victory? I say YES!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232415 Okay, most of you know my son Nick is quite a special guy. <BR> We had a rough night a while back and he turned into Satan after I took his cable box due to his behavior. Anyway it was ugly, he ran off at 1 am and did some damage at our neighborhood store. <BR> <BR> So court today he was " sentenced to 2 weekends" on the Chain gang....I love it. He didnt destroy a lot of monetary damage, but that's not the point. So for the next 2 weekends from 8:30 am -3:30 pm, I have to drop him off a... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:58:39 EST NO SMOKING, NO DEPRESSION, NO MORE SLACKING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138524 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1875002380.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello My Spark Peeps!! <BR> <BR> I just got a MOTIVATION gift I ordered for myself and I LOVE IT!! <BR> I have been seriously depressed and sleeping a LOT. NO MORE! <BR> <BR> My neighbor Amanda, who has lost 60 lbs. on WW and I are teaming up to push <BR> each other on the exercise, and we are READY!!! WE WILL MOTIVATE EACH OTHER! <BR> Its nice when you have someone IN YOUR FACE! <BR> <BR> So Doug and I a... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:05:37 EST Boobies and Bird Seeds!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118468 As you all know I have 4 Love birds, 2 cages....and man are they MESSY!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1382389155.jpg"> <BR> My gym/office was taken over by them...though it all started when a friend who had lost 50 lbs (Yay!). Gave me a HUGE tote plus some bags of her "fat clothes"... it was so much to go thru and try on, it was overwhelming, so the only space I had was....yep...the office....and from there the nightmare began. So since being stuck home due to hur... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:21:04 EST Busted my butt today on wet floor.....YEOOOOW!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105570 I was in a bathroom with white tile floor with raised black circles and my shoes were wet and I went down, landing totally on left knee,,,HURT LIKE ALL GET OUT! Was showing Doug tonight and you can STILL see the tile imprint on my knee..... Knees are already like a box of rocks, so I dont think this will help......lol......I am falling more and more latley, I trip over AIR~!!! What the?? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1259279785.jpg"> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 00:11:27 EST MOMS BIRTHDAY AND STARKIST BROUGHT ME A GIFT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103076 Today is Mom's birthday.....Starkist tried to give ME a gift! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1129452975.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1936921993.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1093178801.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Poor litle thing was SCARED TO DEATH! <BR> He/She was "relocated to Moms woods, LOL!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1169888685.jpg"> <BR> Mom LOVES Sam Elli... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 21:50:52 EST THANKS TO POP, I WILL CHANGE MY WICKED WAYS, HEHEHEHE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100533 First of all THANK YOU ALL for all the thoughts and prayers <BR> you all sent my way! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l670594726.jpg"> <BR> Something clicked in me today, and it is because of YOU!!! <BR> <BR> Today...... <BR> <BR> I joined a walking group, which takes place after my weekly therapy <BR> (GOTTA HAVE THAT)... <BR> so TODAY I walked my FIRST mile, in a long time! SO I AM OFF!! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> AND SOON TO BE <em>312</em> <BR> <B... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 21:50:31 EST Hanging Tough, Missing Dad, Mom holding up better than us!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095275 Hello All My Sparkies!!! <BR> <BR> Having just lost my Dad on Oct. 4, after he hung around long enough to celebrate his 74th birthday on 9-26 and his 54th Anniversary on 9-20.....So glad he did that for Mom....and us! He suffers no more and is at peace. I was blessed to have the time to say goodbye and make our peace, I love him and will always, always miss him...He was AWESOME!! <BR> <BR> After he passed I DID show him all my tattoos (that he didn't know about and would of had A FIT OVE... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:50:55 EST Parents' Friends for 50 Years Came To Visit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5041853 Such FUN, but a LOT of work for me!!! But I would DO ANYTHING for my parents, so it was a Labor Of Love, but my back isnt feeling so lovely now!!! It sure is nice to be appreciated!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l866643085.jpg"> <BR> This is my parents on the right and their best friends since school days! A very special day it was, Mom was SO excited and Dad behaved, so all went well!!! <BR> I am so glad to be home, to a mess, but that's okay, I missed Doug, the... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 00:31:32 EST My New Business Card!!! What Do you Think???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026370 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265767290.jpg"> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 12:40:47 EST THIS IS THE HOUSE WE ARE CLEANING...GORGEOUS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018659 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471896106.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am taking a lot of pics of this house with my real camera, this is from my phone, it us really stunning inside, you will see.....got top 2 floors of windows done today, I have 2 days set aside to finish, what a workout!!! Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:36:31 EST My Dad...............He Is SO Ready To Go....Heartbreaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5016003 This past weekend was my assigned weekend to spend with my parents and help Mom take care of Dad. Mom and I had a few discussions about what will happen after he passes, which of course we ALL dread, but he is in Hospice. This weekend seemed to be a bit different... their neighbor commented on how Jeanne and Tim (my sister "The Warden" and her ahole hubby (which NO ONE LIKES) ......Their neighbor , William, who is our safety net, we know if William is home, no matter what time it is, he wil... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:46:37 EST A Light At The Beginning Of The Rainbow!!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007426 Hi Peeps! <BR> Well, instead of "expelling" Nick, which would have meant a private school , homeschooling or no schooling, she decided to "suspend" him for 364 days. May sound bad, BUT since he has an IEP (Individual Education Program) they must offer him services. SO..this means he will go to Bird (the High school) Lab, which means, he can go in the afternoons, do his English 8, which he needed to pass to go to 9th grade. So he can take that and all his 9th grade classes as well. He is TH... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 22:23:02 EST Oh Nick, Nick, Nick, You Know Not What you Do.... :( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000887 Ok so I think I mentioned the Nick getting kicked out of summer school for taking one of Doug's pocketknives to school. So I go to his "Manifestation Meeting" and I was all prepared to stand up and do my MOM thing, but no matter what I said, they had made their decision before I even got there. <BR> Nick is labeled as being "Emotionally and Behaviorally Disabled", I think that Nick does things spur of the moment and has NO thought about the consequences that could follow. I told them he g... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 15:26:43 EST IF YOU NEED A GOOD LAUGH HERES ONE!!!! ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986846 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l251557902.jpg"> <BR> <BR> TOO FUNNY!!! <BR> <BR> This reminds me of MY 2 sisters, lol!!! I guess i will be the one stuck on the stairs, considering MY sense of direction,...!!! Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:45:15 EST Well Darn I knew It Couldn't Go Smooth Long...... UGH!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978303 Well, YES I am enjoying my Woman Cave.......YAY! <BR> <BR> My Dad is doing okay, this past weekend I had to "do The deed" of cleaning him up after he pooped. Poor thing WAITED..... sitting there for Mom (who was at Church) and I finally was like "Dad, I am a grown ass woman, let me do this and lets not worry about it"......he RELUCTANTLY agreed' we were BOTH nervous, but made it through. <BR> Mom said he didn't say anything about it to her and that that was a GOOD sign, Bless his heart. ... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 20:17:36 EST WOW..been so busy...why aint I skinny yet! And Starkist xoxo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968273 Hello my Spark Peeps! <BR> I know its been awhile since I MADE time to blog...sorry. Lots going on! <BR> I have redone my screened in back porch. And turned it into my Woman Cave..complete <BR> With Christmas lights in the rafters along with box fans up there too...(redneck AC). Lol. <BR> Includes electric fireplace...plants..hanging wine glasses and stars and of course...my hanging punching bag! Gotta have that! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l298481654.jpg"> <BR> <... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:08:35 EST Starkist is now fixed, but has FIV, which is like Feline Aids... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935427 It isn't transferable to my dogs or family. <BR> When she called me, since I paid extra for that specific yest, for Feline Leukemia and FIV...... considering how seriously he was hurt this last time. But she said "well, he is UNDER now....did I want to proceed or let him go? <BR> Of course I choked up and without hesitance, said "oh NO, WE have been at Deaths Door twice, I cannot let him go like that, he could live another 10 years"......and she agreed that I made the right decision... : )... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:13:23 EST STARKIST CAME LIMPING HOME, AND GRETA IS HERE! YAYAYAYA!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907298 I am SO happy to report that STARKIST made it home limping from obviously the "Front Lines of Battle"!!!!!! He was HUNGRY and is holding up his front paw, I see no damage so hopefully just a sprain....he will be getting fixed soon (sssh dont tell him)...I was praying the other orange kitty I buried wasn't him (RIP ORANGE KITTY), he didnt have the battle scars Starkist does, but he was pretty messed up, so I just couldn't be sure. At least he got buried with tears, prayers and dignity... :)... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 11:31:21 EST Well My precious Cat Starkist was hit by a car.... Still hoping it wasnt him... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4905104 Monday morning when my love left for work, I hear him come back, and I was like "OK What did you forget?"..and he came in and gave a big hug and kiss and then broke the news that Starkist, the cat I brought back from deaths door had been hit by a car. Naturally I jumped up and was at the scene within a few minutes. I bagged him and came home and washed him off with hose, its was pretty ugly, I am still NOT sure it was Starkist, though I haven't seen him since...... and he doesn't miss any me... Wed, 30 May 2012 23:29:07 EST Lately, Arrested, Dog bite, Cat Bite, What Else Is gonna happen..UGH?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860394 As most of my friends know, my son Nick (now 14) put Super Glue in his classroom door lock at school. He was suspended for 10 days (nice vacation, since NO work was sent home for him). They charged him with vandalism (understandable, since they supposedly had to break the window in the door ??? To bust out the door lock...mmmm) Couldn't just remove the LOCK.... anyway his court date was April 5th at 10 am.....well I had written 1pm in my calendar, planner book, in my phone, etc. <BR> MY fa... Tue, 1 May 2012 00:11:22 EST Saw This In O(prah) Magazine, It Actually Made Me Get up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844492 This was an ad for Athleta.......LOVED IT!!! <BR> <BR> SET YOUR SIGHTS. <BR> TAP IN. <BR> GET CHARGED. <BR> SWEAT A LITTLE. <BR> SWEAT A LOT. <BR> BE CONFIDENT. <BR> BE A CONFIDANTE. <BR> HAVE DESSERT. <BR> BE SWEET. <BR> BE TENACIOUS. <BR> PUSH YOUR LIMITS. <BR> FOCUS. <BR> BURN. <BR> BREATHE. <BR> BURN. <BR> KEEP PACE. <BR> KEEP RUNNING. <BR> KEEP CHASING YOUR DREAMS. <BR> <BR> POWER TO THE SHE..................... <BR> <BR> WOW!!!!! <BR> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 18:46:11 EST WOW!! SO MUCH GOING ON!! BEEN MIA.....SORRY!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4829626 I am so sorry I have been MIA lately, between STRESS and computer problems, I haven't had much of a chance. I THANK you all for still hitting me up!!! It means SO MUCH!!! <BR> My Dad is doing okay I guess, no worse. He is in Hospice, so as long as he takes his "happy pill" (anti-depressant) and his pain meds he is cool. <BR> Doug got me a bike, I was SO STOKED, and it it so BIG I can barely touch the petals,,,,it's a man's bike...... NOT GONNA HAPPEN!! I want a beach cruiser bike, he ... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:22:33 EST God Please Help My Family During This Crisis...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4706104 This is a letter my sister Jeanne, who stays with our parents Sunday night thru Thursday nights, wrote to our siblings. She and I are there regularly, much more than other 3. <BR> I think she worded it well, it just sux. It's so hard to see him like this. I take them dinner (Jeanne doesn't cook) and will cook most of the day tomorrow, since this will be a weekend shift, not just a few hours or whatnot. I want to make stuff that we can heat and eat this weekend. Mom will do NO cooking. Sh... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 22:16:29 EST Awesome Gift, New Church, Renewed Faith.....READY 2012!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638224 Here is my awesome gift!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l58076238.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I couldn't believe it!!! <BR> Well at least I know I don't have "ANGRY BIRDS!' LOL! <BR> <BR> Found a new Church that I (WE) will begin with the new Year. (Can't wait!) <BR> Not Catholic (the horror!) but close to home and they have an EXCELLENT YOUTH ORGANIZATION, which our previous Church does not..AT ALL. <BR> A truly AMAZING friend of mine (Jay) invited us and I was... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 22:52:53 EST Got Feelings Hurt, I Asked For It.. :( Oh! I Found My Bible!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632702 Doug and I were at grocery store last night, and we saw 2 younger girls that were pretty big, and wearing skin tight clothes does NOT help.....ANYWAY one of the girls' clothes were so tight her thighs looked as if they came OUT in the front (almost like a shiny hiney) anyway, I, very stupidly said to Doug "Do I look like that?"...............and he HESITATED....(hurt #1) and then said "Well your pants aren't that tight" (hurt #2) I know, I know, self inflicted.... but damn, could he of been ... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:13:58 EST Is Really worried About Nick..... Dad doing okay! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626104 Well friends, today is the 14th and Nick STILL has not done a thing to earn the money he needs for his fine for breaking the door at school......Not even trying. <BR> I am very dissappointed, though not surprised.....He makes my head spin. <BR> <BR> I made 2 Recycle Cans for his school, to hope fully get a lot of cans...but he doesnt want to put any effort in that either, I did it all....so I guess it will be Mom money....LOL! <BR> <BR> My Dad is stable, good days and bad but still pr... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 22:39:50 EST Nick has just lost his mind...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612704 Believe it or not, our son Nick (13) got into trouble at school...Yep, he decided to put Super Glue in a door lock to one of his classrooms. (WHY???) Anyway, they had to break the glass and bust out the lock and replace them. <BR> <BR> SO..he was suspended out of school for 10 days and CHARGED with vandalism through the court (YES>>>) and he needs to pay $60.00 by 12-17. now if he doesn't have it paid by then he will have to go in front of the Judge. <BR> <BR> Doug and I told him we wer... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 02:15:33 EST Seems Neighbor Didn't Understand His Own Instructions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612695 Now my neighbor says that he wanted all of this area, taken down to GROUND level. When he got home (and obviously had been drinking (& driving) I specifically asked him about the older, wet, mulchy pine tags underneath. He said HE was going to "spread that out".... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l315952966.jpg"> <BR> Before... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l682026538.jpg"> <BR> After..... <BR> <BR> And this front section was covered with pi... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 01:55:05 EST I forgot how much I HATE raking...till now!! LOL!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611145 Just some before and afters....8 hours = $200......do what ya gotta do to pay the bills!!! <BR> THIS IS MY NEIGHBORS YARD, HE WAS GOING TO PAY A COMPANY TO DO IT AND I WAS LIKE...ME! ME! ME! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l968304817.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l874027862.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l481828027.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l483018212.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <B... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 22:14:31 EST INTRODUCING MY BABY LOVE BIRDS! CAME OUT TO PLAY TODAY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4609869 Today my baby Lovebirds came out of their nesting box and saw ME!!!! <BR> My face all up against the cage like a 5 year old! HAHAHAHA! <BR> So naturally I run get my camera. <BR> In this picture the parents are in middle and a baby on each end..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l392464162.jpg"> <BR> Awwwwww!!! Welcome to the world little buddies!!! <BR> Fri, 2 Dec 2011 21:18:14 EST IS STILL HOLDING MY BREATH! DAD HANGING TOUGH.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608073 Hi friends, just needing to vent to keep from screaming.... <BR> I am doing great with staying sober and the no smoking....THANKS to someone above for giving me the strength! <BR> <BR> My Dad has Hospice coming in now to help Mom and it is just so freaking heartbreaking to see him so miserable. Thanksgiving was okay, great to see siblings and all, but you could tell Dad wasn't up to it....... the next day he was much more alert and chipper. My sister Jeanne (the warden) who helps Mom... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 15:41:50 EST WHO KNEW? That I would LOVE CROSS STITCHING! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584904 I made my Dad a set of pillow cases, and I cant believe how much I absolutely enjoyed it. <BR> One night, all went to bed and I had been working on one, and I stayed up the entire night, in our house, all quiet, watching "SNAPPED" on tv, very low and loved it. <BR> So I have found a GREAT way to keep my hands busy, still no drinking or smoking!! YAY! <BR> <BR> Here's the pillow cases I did for Dad..... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806134304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:19:10 EST Pic Of My New Baby Lovebirds!!! XOXOXOX http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584881 Introducing.......The Twins YAY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l871907248.jpg"> <BR> This is when they were tiny...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l348588294.jpg"> <BR> And this is them now!!! WOW!!!! Tue, 15 Nov 2011 06:53:29 EST My Love Birds and Cool Pics!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4568859 <BR> I went in my office/gym this morning and it really smelled BAD, so I figured OK it's time to throw out the eggs, so I peeked inside the nesting box and saw 3 babies!!! There were 4 eggs, so I didnt dig around, will let ya know for real when I know!! LOL!! <BR> Here is Mom and Dad!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l53555762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459569032.jpg"> <BR> My Dad and I on my wedding day! <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 4 Nov 2011 20:53:04 EST SMOKING AND DRINKING....(P.S. Ginger is doing better!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541957 Well, this Saturday will be my 100th day sober!!! WOW! Can't believe it!!! YAY!! <BR> <BR> During this quest, I unfortunately began smoking again. I smoked for 20 + years, quit cold turkey 13 years ago. And I ALSO quit cold turkey TODAY! I had bought a carton (after telling Doug I was going to quit) and he found it on the counter. Then he said "Thought you weren't going to buy anymore, so I guess I'll give you these!" <BR> And he tossed a baggy full of cigs he had snuck out of my pac... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:16:23 EST Couple Of New Things Happening..... :) And a new AA Group... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4520959 As most of you know, my Father is chronically ill. We recently were able to have nurses come around and help with bathing and recording his progress. Now Hospice is beginning to come in as well. I HATE the word Hospice, but I know what it means and I know he isn't getting better so......it's a must have and it helps my Mother a lot! <BR> <BR> My sister Jeanne, has been staying at Mom and Dad's during the week, which really works out since she had a tree land THROUGH her house during the la... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 14:25:19 EST NEED A BELLY LAUGH? WATCH THIS!! LOL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510940 I LOVE THIS!! I LMAO EVERY TIME I WATCH IT!!! <BR> AND NO IT WAS NOT LOADED... COMMON SENSE FOLKS! :) Thu, 29 Sep 2011 19:47:50 EST I CAN SEE A SMALL DIFFERENCE!!! YAY!! FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4491457 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495694390.jpg"> <BR> This is from Spring this year, April 2011 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l42332387.jpg"> <BR> And this is me just now, Sept. 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> I SEE A LITTLE DIFFERENCE!!! YAY! <BR> THIS GIVES ME **MORE MOTIVATION!**!! <BR> Cleaned out office and got gym stuff set back up for a(nother) GREAT NEW START TOMORROW!!! <BR> <BR> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 18:16:48 EST My Father Now Has A Nurse To Help At Home! YAY!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490429 Happy to report that we have gotten my Dad some in home help!!! YES!!! YAY!! <BR> Such a load off our shoulders!!! I am so excited for Mom to know she doesnt have to worry TOO MUCH about having to lift him alone or with Jeanne.... :) <BR> <BR> Thank you all for all of your support and prayers!! <BR> Much Love to you all!!!! <BR> <BR> Janet Sat, 17 Sep 2011 23:53:38 EST My Dad Has A type Of Parkinsons Disease Called MSA..Multiple System Atrophy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4480660 It is so hard to see my Father ill, I find myself holding back the tears every time I see him. I look at him, and he is in pain, his arms hurt, his speech is unrecognizable and I cannot understand what he is trying to say. He is confined to his motorized scooter chair all the time now. It takes a LOT just to get him from his chair onto the couch. The bathroom is no longer in reach for him, and he doesn't want anyone but Mom to help him. I don't blame him there. He is too proud to let me or m... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:32:02 EST Baby Pigeon taking bath on my van via a sprinkler http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375535 (PLEASE IGNORE OR TURN DOWN YOUR SPEAKERS DURING VIDEO, MY SON WAS PLAYING XBOX AND IT COMES THRU RATHER LOUDLY, SORRY!) <BR> Even this lil sweetie was hot!!! <BR> This is him before..... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444625732.jpg"> <BR> and this is him afterwards all fluffy in my tree! Adorable!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l545117603.jpg"> <BR> Just wanted to share this thought it was pretty neat! <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> Janet Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:27:40 EST Me playing tennis, OMG 93 degrees, HOT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4373500 All I can say is WHAT A WORKOUT! BUT GOD WAS IT FUN! I LOVED IT, GOING BACK TOMORROW! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l659131264.jpg"> <BR> Was My Face Red....... does anyone remember that column? LMAO! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90733619.jpg"> <BR> Not sure WHY I took a shower BEFORE we went! But ewwww! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l255276814.jpg"> <BR> Double ewwww, we wont get to my underclothes! <BR> <BR>... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:17:35 EST BACK IN THE SADDLE..........;P http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4316125 THANKS SPARKFRIENDS FOR ALL OF YOUR SUGGESTIONS!!! <BR> <BR> You helped me pick myself back up and I tell ya what, WITH OR WITHOUT THIS MAN BESIDE ME, MY SONS AND I WILL GET THERE!!! <BR> <BR> He will NOT be first any longer. We had a LONG talk the other night and I handed HIM the bills and said if YOU want to spend all our money then pay these. I am NO LONGER IN CHARGE, YOU carry the stress. And when the sh*t starts getting cut off YOU deal with it. We can go to my parents. <BR> <BR> Its ... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:41:04 EST What Direction Does this Mean For Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4291955 I am feeling a little lost, disappointed, disgusted and depressed for several reasons. As most of you know my Hubby is quite the shopper. After his Dad's death, we paid bills and he he spent the last $7,000 on a new dirtbike. UGH! <BR> But he works side jobs so I never REALLY know how much he makes, hence no paycheck stub. And since I do the bills, I have to work with what I get. But he is still "shopping" new small things I am finding all over. So the other night I went into OUR truck... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 14:40:24 EST I am feeling GREAT today! (Not the feet, but.....) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4257835 I am SO looking forward to a long, relaxing weekend.....can't afford to go anywhere and really don't care too. I like the SHADE!!! Plus I am the NEIGHBOR PET CARETAKER anytime anyone goes anywhere? Always MY PLEASURE, but what would they do without me? Hahahaha! <BR> <BR> Talked to a DEAR friend today I haven't spoken to in a while, invited her to Sparks! She will love it (and ALL OF YOU GUYS!) <BR> <BR> Have an appointment Tuesday with a NEW ORTHOPEDIC Doctor. So I will get new x rays o... Thu, 26 May 2011 13:32:00 EST I am SO tired of this feet thing, killing me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247002 Okay 5, almost 6 weeks LATER, left ankle still swollen and right foot feels like I am walking on a thumb tack right in front of my heel. <BR> <BR> Both times I went to ER's I told them I landed on BOTH feet but I guess since the left foot was all swelled up and the right one was bruised they didn't think much of it. Maybe it is from me favoring it, trying to keep pressure off left foot. Either way I am sick of this. <BR> <BR> I bought the Wii Zumba and haven't gotten to try it out yet!... Sat, 21 May 2011 11:10:27 EST Trip To New PCP Today, He wasn't Happy........With my old one.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4221887 Hello Peeps! <BR> Well I went and met with a new Doctor about my meds today. MY meds. <BR> Xanax..... <BR> Adderall..... <BR> Wellbutrin XL..... <BR> <BR> He said the same thing my therapist said, my old Doc was doing me NO favors. <BR> So now I am addicted without really realizing it, to Xanax, which I have taken for over 3 years to sleep. <BR> Adderall, I just started about 5 months ago, dont have any, he said you are NOT just to STOP either of these, could cause seizures.....nice. <BR> ... Mon, 9 May 2011 23:04:24 EST