VBPARROTHEAD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VBPARROTHEAD VBPARROTHEAD'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/ Another Day at the Pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747692 I got exercise in today, only a half hour but most of that half hour was playing/exercising with one or two children hanging onto me. strengthening and aerobic, I would say! <BR> <BR> although my exercise time was only a half hour or a bit more we were at the pool for an hour and a half. Giane and my younger daughter went to a mall where there is a GAP store and My older daughter and I had the three children. My older daughter didn't want to get wet; so, I spsent at least a half ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:12:25 EST Lacking Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747216 Well, last week I worked several days; so, didn't get to the pool to exercise. Plus there was a lot of rain, thunder, and lightening when I was home; so, no walking outside either. Could have been worse though! At least I wasn't just sitting around watching tv or reading ( OK, I like to do both sometimes) but was moving up and down stairs, reaching up to put bow ties on really tall boys, draping senior girls, etc at work. There is very little sitting and relaxing which, for me, is a goo... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:49:40 EST Everyone Has Gone Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746064 Tonight I had both blood daughters and grands plus my Brazillian daughter and grand and Brazillian son for dinner. Such passion they bring with them! Hugs and kisses and gestering and excitement and questions about the American food that they love (each has gained 6 lbs while here) gilson said, '' I need medcin to help suck my bel''. He wanted a magic potion to help him hold in his stomach! Giane rolled her eyes and said,''I love American food, especially cheeseburgers and fries and every... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:34:13 EST This Past Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743727 Well, I did it! I invited my friend Larry for dinner, just him, no other friends. As the Friday got closer I began to wonder if I had done the right thing, wonder what we would talk about, etc. The menu was the easy part! I began to panic just a little bit; so, I prayed that God woul guide me. <BR> Larry called during the day to be certain that the dinner was still on, which it was. I was making banana pudding wwwwwwhen he called. I fixed steak, turnip greens, mashed potatoes, gr... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:19:58 EST Dead Swimsuits and More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738225 This week I had three bathing suits die on me. ep, had one on and the spandex just completely left, changed into another and the same thing happened while at a friend's pool. Did you knnow that when the spandex goes away the suit becomes see through? Yep, surely does. The third suit, the most expensive and least worn, maybe 6 wears, died on the drying rack. Needless to say, I am glad that I bought that one on sale and bought the others at TMAXX or similar store. <BR> Problem isn't just... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 22:58:05 EST happy Memories are the Hardest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736351 When a loved one dies everyone always tell them to ''Think about the happy memories''. I am here to tell you they are the most difficult. They are the ones that bring the sorrow and grief and tears most often. They are the ones that remind the ones left behind of how very much they loved and miss the one who has died. The good memories, the joyful memories, the happy memories, the memories that before the loss I wanted to cherish are now the ones that still bring a gusher of tears and tea... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:46:21 EST FOUR LETTER WORD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734786 Work, a four letter word! Yes, count them, there are four (4) letters in the word. That isn't all it is though. There are many without it and want it, there are many without it and don't want it, there are many who have it but don't appreciate it and complain about it, there are those who have it and have a right to complain because of conditions or pay or a few other possible reasons. Then there are those who are glad to have it! <BR> I, for one, am glad for my work. I get to hang... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:06:44 EST Time To Reason with Another Hurricane Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731599 Well, the first Tropical torm of the season, Arthur, has been upgraded and is now a class 2 hurricane. There is always the concern that we will be get a direct hit since it has been way many years since we have had a direct hit. Close hurricanes with damage and no electricity for days but no direct hit. it seems that this is going to be a miss also. WOOHOO!! Those of us on the va coastline are happy about that. Now, the people in the Outer Banks of NC, that is another story. This firs... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 23:12:28 EST Oh What a Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728040 I had one cup of coffee poured, opened the refrigerator to get an egg for breakfast and there was no light. I thought, "Dang it, now I have to get a refrigerator light" and turned around. Funny thing, I didn't need to buy a light for the fridge, nope, surely didn't. The time on the microwave wasn't there, the time on the stove wasn't there; so, guess what. the electricity wasn't there! Guess there was no cooked egg and forget a second cup of hot coffee! <BR> Called the power company... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:14:25 EST Dinner Then? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727306 I invited friends for dinner Saturday night. The couple left after dessert and visiting a while so that my "friend" and I could spend some time together with out them. I thought it went well and he seemed to have enjoyed himself but I haven't heard from him since. I don't know what to think. I will call tomorrow if I don't hear but I really don't want him to think that I am pushy! I am wondering if he had a really good time and feels guilty because he was married for so long before his... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:02:43 EST What a Week and it is Only Half Way Through! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720980 Sunday played with the grands at the pool! <BR> Monday went to a friend's and worked out for a couple of hours in the pool! <BR> Tuesday polished silver for company coming Saturday and trained a new employee on a program that I had never used! She was a quick study; so, I let her get lots of practice. Must have been ok since I didn't get a call today. <BR> Today my burglar alarm went off at 5:30 in the mornig and woke me and Sandie Claws up from a sound sleep! Scared? You b... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:32:55 EST Summer is Here, etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710828 Well, summer is here, at least for me. Kids are still in school but my friend's pool is filled and Ispent a couple of days last week and today with her in the pool and it was wonderful! Granted, the water was still a bit cool but once in and moving I warmed up. We spent a couple of hours moving (swimming, aerobics, sicking, treading water, etc) in the pool and a bout an hour in the sun reading our books. <BR> Tomorrow I will go back to her house and spend another day the same as to... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:40:07 EST I Worked Last Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707395 Prom season and I am lucky enough to work for the photography company that takes photos at many of the proms. It is an interesting job and sometimes when the lines are long and five kids are asking questions at once it is overwhelming but mostly it is a great job! <BR> I get to work proms held by many of the schools in a 50 mile radius. One week I was an hour away from home at a school in a more rural area where it is traditional for the parents to wait in the auditorium while the seni... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:32:21 EST Surprise!A Warm Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705480 Yesterday the weather people reported that today would be much cooler than yesterday. I thought that, although I would prefer hot and exercise in my friend's pool, I would do yard work instead! First I would dead head the roses then mow the front while it was in the shade and part of the back. Tomorrow I would finish the yard. <BR> Surprise! The weather predictions were wrong and it was almost 90 degrees! Forgot the yard and headed for my friend's house! Well, I did deadhead the ro... Wed, 28 May 2014 19:55:37 EST Feeling Better, Finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704704 Somewhere I picked up a virus that kept my chest congested making it difficult to breathe and more difficult to exercise! There were also days that my head and neck hurt so much that I was concerned that I had viral encephalitis. Thank God I didn't! About the time I would consider going to the ER the pain would leave giving me a tremendous feeling of relief! <BR> More relief today as I have been much less congested and even was able to do a bit of exercise in my friend's pool! How wonde... Tue, 27 May 2014 21:32:22 EST Home Again, Disappointment, Grief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689291 Got out of Panama City beach, Florida before the worst of the storm hit and for that I am very thankful. My exercise while away was walking on the beach, dancing in the sand, and bending my elbow a few times. Oh, we walked in town too as well as to restaurants for meals. <BR> The day I left my exercise was walking from one concourse to another in the airports. Probably a couple of miles. The distances between the gates was probably good since I sat most of the day. <BR> Coming... Tue, 6 May 2014 21:52:36 EST Got Out of Town..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685221 Yes, I got out of this town where I live and went to the gulf coast of Florida last Wednesday until Tuesday. It was a fun weekend where a group of about 200 or more gathered to listen to music on the beach, hang out with old friends and make new friends. The weather was perfect although the water was a bit cold for those of us who live below the Mason Dixon Line but those from way up north were swimming. BRRRR! <BR> Then, on Tuesday I got out of the gulf town where the Rendevous 2014... Thu, 1 May 2014 20:06:57 EST Leaving on a Jet Plane & Change of Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677991 Yes, I am leaving on a jet plane, headed to a weekend of music, phriends, and phun on a beach in Fl. I will meet my friend from Las Vegas and there will be others there that I know or will get to know. I know that one person from here will be there for the weekend. <BR> Yes, there is a change of plans. One person who was to share our room can't make it, work is getting in the way: so, our hotel room is canceled. What to do? Well my Las Vegas friend got in touch with a friend of h... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:55:04 EST The Lord Is Risen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675649 Tomorrow we who are Christians celebrate the greatest miracle, the miracle of the Risen Christ! May all have a Happy and Blessed Easter and those who don't celebrate? May they have a happy and blessed day! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:38:43 EST Mixed Blessings, Tired, Overall a Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670652 Well, the schedule for work has changed and I am working only half the days I thought I would work. That is a mixed blessing as I will make only half what I thought I would be making but, and this could be a big BUT! I will have more open weekends to plan personal things and hope that will include my friend with whom I want a deeper relationship. <BR> I am tired today and don't know why, but I suppose we all have those days. I was tired when the grands got here to go to lunch then ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:35:26 EST Prom Schedules http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670001 Well, it seems that I am scheduled to work every Friday and Saturday during Prom Season, including the ones when I will be in Florida! Sent the manager an e-mail right away and he is going to reschedule for that weekend! The perks of being part time/when needed and available and doing a good job the past 3 years. <BR> One bad thing though. I won't see my friend with whom I would like a closer relationship until sometime in June unless I see him on Sunday evenings for a little while. ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:52:44 EST Redneck Ingenuity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663795 My 1991 Miata needed a new mirror (the old one fell off); so I ordered one from the local dealer. My neighbor's son was to put the new one on but with the bad winter and his job he didn't get here until yesterday. Well he and his Dad took the old pieces off and that was when we realized that the new one had a part that was wrong! <BR> <BR> What was I to do? I no longer have the receipt and even if I had it a replacement would have the same wrong part. Well, Chuck pulled the old parts out... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:39:54 EST Gonna Be Sore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662792 Today the sun is shining and the air is warm; so, after cleaning out the linen closet in the master bedroom I thought, "Hm, you have on shorts, you need sunshine and vitamin D, the day is beautiful the weeds in the yard are growing, why not mow the back yard?" There was no ggod reason not too; so, I did! <BR> Now, I have been doing intense water aerobics since I last mowed the yard and we have worked on abs with weights in the water. One would think that I would have been prepared for... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 16:09:31 EST Water Aerobics Instructor or The Grim Reaper? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661252 Tonight Yolanda, the regular instructor for Monday water aerobics class instructor, was possessed by the Grim Reaper. I am convinced of it! <BR> You see, Yolanda always gets in the water with the class but tonight, dresses all in black workout clothes, she stayed on the deck. Now that is a big clue that something is up. NO brightly colored, flowered bathing suit and no water shoes were to be found on her body, just those black workout pants and shirt and athletic shoes. Then she an... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:29:46 EST Closets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657182 I have come to the conclusion that when closet doors are closed and it is dark and quiet in those closets the "stuff" in them multiplies! <BR> Yes, I have tackled another closet and the more I take out, the more I find to take out! I dread tackeling the closet in the room where the computer is. I think that it will be the last one. Wait, that is probably why it is so bad, it is always the last one and becomes the least, as in least important because I am "over it" by the time I get ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:31:50 EST Asking for Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653349 I am asking for prayer for a developing friendship/relationship. The person who has become a friend is funny and easy to be with and I would like for this friendship to develop more. <BR> I have lost a friend because she is angry with me for a presumed slight and for which I have apologized but she refuses to accept the apology. Wednesday night I lost another friend to a rare form of cancer. I know these friends can not be replaced as they are/were unique in their own right but so is th... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:38:35 EST 26 Hours at the Oceanfront http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645746 Yesterday I went to the Va. Beach oceanfront to spend a day with a friend from Maryland who has a timeshare week this week. My friend, whom I met years ago through a parrothead group and I had kept in touch with e-mails and Christmas cards. A few years ago we met her husband and saw each other a couple of times for dinner when they were in town. Then she lost her husband, suddenly, unexpectedly. I knew she was devastated and tried harder to stay in closer contact. <BR> Then I lost t... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:27:20 EST Mother Nature Does Not Play Well! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643066 Again Mother Nature wanted to play pick up sticks. The problem? She drops the sticks but never takes her turn picking them up! I have another pile of sticks and even some small limbs at the street for the city's yard refuge truck to get. <BR> <BR> I really do wish that she would play well with others! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 18:11:46 EST A Capsule of the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637090 My exercise minutes show 70 fewer minutes than I actually got. I went to water awerobics twice and the tracker shows minutes for once! No water aerobics for Thursday thoug, just Monday and Tuesday <BR> My friend called on Wednesday and no mention of going out. I am frustrated and very impatient. Grrr!!!! <BR> My daughter's screws were to be removed on Thursday (that is why no exercise for the day). We got there at 1:00PM to check in and get her prepped for the surgery to remove... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 18:20:47 EST Much Happening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633778 Well, my daughter has the pins removed from her ankle on Thursday which means that by the 7th of March she will be going back to her house and to work. I will again have to get used to being alone. <BR> This brings me to another "situation". There is a widower who has been calling me and he went to a fund raiser with me. He has alluded to possibly going out to dinner but that is as far as things have gone. I told him that I would like that when he mentioned dinner. Now I am wonde... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:23:23 EST Difficult Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623348 Valentine's weekend, a time for lovers whether husband and wives, boyfriend and girlfriend, partners in life, etc, everything this weekend is geared to them. It is a bit of a sad time for me though. Ed is gone, forever. yes, I know that one day I will see him but that doesn't stop the fact that I miss him and when things are geared to couples I miss him even more. That just magnifies the void in my life, a void that no amount of volunteering, partying, exercising, eating, etc. will fill. ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:39:20 EST Polar Plunge, Ups and Downs, Etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619880 Yesterday was the day for our local Special Olympics Polar Plunge and what a day for the brave and warm blooded to hit the beach and jump into the Atlantic ocean with a temperature of 37 degrees and air about the same. No, I didn't even put a toe into the water. <BR> Why attend if I was going to avoid the wintery waves? Well, friends and I frequently don costumes and support those who do "plunge". We also help our Parrothead Club at the tiki hut booth where we sell little items to ... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:59:35 EST First Christmas Gathering and.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557848 Tonight was the Alzheimer's Association's Christmas open house and I was invited. You see, Ed didn't have the disease and neither did I but my cousin, our older daughter's Godfather died from it at an early age and a neighbor, a lovely wonman, also had it. Because of these people with whom we were close we were involved in raising funds. Ed chaired the Beach Ball for Alzhiemer's one year and for several years we worked on or chaired the committee to procure items for the auctions. Ed also... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 19:12:20 EST Thanksgiving: Sad But Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554424 Thanksgiving this year was probably more difficult for me than last year and not just because I cooked this year for the first time in a long time, but partly that might have been the problem too. <BR> You see, I think that I was still in a bit of a state of shock over Ed's death last year. He had left us on October 2nd and, although it was such a fresh pain, it was also a time that was somewhat buffered but the shock and suddenness. I can remember standing in the crowd of my son in l... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:40:34 EST Veterans Day & My Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542016 November 11th was Veterans Day and I thank all of the veterans who have served in any capacity to protect our freedom. I pray that we will always have the freedom that is afforded by our constitution and our military! <BR> Novenber11th is also my birthday and I celebrate each trip around the sun. I just tell everyone that it is the anniversary of my 21st birthday but don't tell them which one! I believe, like Thomas Jefferson, that it is a private matter. <BR> The last two bi... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:51:25 EST More about Savannah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533392 Savannah is beautiful and full of history, Flannery O'Conner's home, and both of Juliet Gordon Lowe's homes, as well as tales of pirates, ghosts, slavery, and much more. It boasts of having one of the top ten (10) ice cream parlors in the world! I don't know about the others but my friend and I agreed, after eating a cone of ice cream, that yes, it was one of the best! We had treated ourselves because we had walked so much that day. <BR> Savannah also has wonderful restaurants like th... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 22:28:36 EST A New Twist on the Pub Song "Who the %%*%@ is Alice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528709 Savannah, as I explained in another blog, is laid out in 22 squares, some larger than others but all very welcoming to wlakers in the city. Most have a bench or more where folks can sit for a spell and watch people, listen to street musicians, read, chat with a friend, or just do nothing. So, my friend and I took advantage of the benches when we had walked a lot. <BR> It was on one of our treks around the city when we decided to sit in one of the larger squares and just enjoy the atm... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:52:02 EST Strange Experience in Savannah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522536 A month or so before I left on my trip to Savannah I had "fussed" at Ed for leaving and now I had no one to come in from the garage or another room and grab me to dance when certain music was on. Now what good does it do to fuss at someone who has left this earth for the next life? Well, it verbalizes a sorrow so that it can be dealt with. It acknowledges that there is still pain and to move forward I have to acknowledge that there is something "tripping" me up in this sad but necessary jou... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:10:23 EST Savannah, the Most Haunted City in the United States http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521542 According to Duke's Department of Paranormal Activity Savannah is the most haunted city in the country. I believe it. OK, so some of you think I have totally "lost itt but let me tell you a tale of VBparrothead and her friend SistaMaryMargarita in Savannah. <BR> Although we ate and drank our way through Savannah we didn't gain weight (I know, what does that have to do with hauntings?) because we walked, and we walked, and we walked! You see, originally Savannah had 24 squares that we... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:52:25 EST "Hotlanta" Airport http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517198 It had been several years since I had to change planes in the Atlanta Airport and silly me, I thought that an hour and a half would be plenty of time. Like I said, silly me! <BR> The Atlanta airport is like a city, and not a small one! Well, maybe I do exaggerate a bit, but only a bit. I say only a bit because the Atlanta airport had a train to get people from concourse A-F to T before Norfolk had one and Virginia Beach still doesn't have one to hook up to Norfolk. Anyway, I digres... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:29:29 EST Home Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511717 I am so glad that I met my friend in Savannah. The entire trip was sooooooo good! Rose got to the hotel and called me to let me know that she was in the room. Well, I was in the lobby. We were only a couple minutes apart arriving. I headed to the elevator, anxious to see my friend. <BR> After changing from travel clothes we headed out to see what was happening. We bought tickets for a "hop on/hop off" trolley and got an overview of the city. After grabbing a bite to eat we made ou... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 18:07:09 EST Another First http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506256 Tomorrow I will do something for the first time. It won't be something I have never done before but will be the first time I have done it by myself. In the past either Ed or one of my daughters and/or friends have been with me but not tomorrow. <BR> In the morning I will board a plane for a trip, alone. I know to many of you that doesn't seem like a big deal and it probably isn't to most and under different circumstances it might not be a big deal for me but..... <BR> You see, ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:54:25 EST "Trying to Reason with ..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505353 The Jimmy Buffett song says, "Trying to reason with hurrican season..." and that will be Monday when I head for Savannah and "Karen will bring rain to that area. I just hope that it isn't too bad to get off the ground in Atlanta and back on the ground in Savannah. Atlanta is just a stop on my way. <BR> Why am I going to Savannah? To run away from home for a few days and to spend time with a friend from Las Vegas who will be there. Sista Mary Margarita is her knickname and we are stayi... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 16:58:54 EST A Difficult Week & Thankfulness for Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503883 This week is a difficult week for me. it was one year ago yesterday that Ed, the love of my life, had the pulmonary Embolism that went to his carotid artery and essentially ended his life here on earth. I thought that I was doing really well. A friend called for me to meet for lunch and I jumped at the chance to get out of the house. While we were out I found a bathing suit, really cute, on sale and a doll for the grandgirl for Christmas. That I was doing well was true until evening came.... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 21:56:06 EST Thinking About Quitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501741 No, I am not thinking of quitting Spark People, far from that. I look forward to tracking exercise and reading blogs and reading the comments friends and other potential sp friends leave for me. Nope, not quitting here just yet. <BR> <BR> What I am talking about is water aerobics. We have two new instructors and they put us through some very tough classes. I thought that last night was a hard class. I thought that last week the classes were hard. Each class with the new instructo... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:38:24 EST New Monday H2O aerobics instructor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500799 On sept 10th a new Monday night water aerobics instructor started teaching the 7:00 PM class. Each week she has put us through some grueling paces but after it is over I feel so good. <BR> The first part of the class is designed to get our heart rate up, and let me tell you, it does. has us working so hard that I, who hardly ever prespires, have prespireation on my forehead after about 5 minutes. Yes, I prespire in the pool, in fact, everyone in the class who works at the instructor... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 22:27:53 EST Family Reunion Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499704 Last year Ed and I set up Friday night dinner for my annual Shank Family Reunion but we never made it. On the day of the dinner I turned off life support. This year my cousin took over the responsibility. I was relieved that I didn't have to do it this year and thought that I probably wouldn't go to the reunion, especially not the Friday night dinner at our favorite restaurant. <BR> As I prepared to decline for this year I was told that out of defference to me the reunion would be h... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 21:49:39 EST The Good, The Bad, the Ugly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495339 Water aerobics was great tonight! The instructor worked us hard but we had a very good time. One friend in the class has a monitor and she said it never gets to 100 (that must be the "magic" number) but tonight it did! Last night I didn't sleep well because my legs hurt from the exercise, well tonight it will be my arms but it was well worth it! <BR> <BR> My grands were here for a bit this evening and what a delight they were. My grandgirl has a fairly nice handwritting even though sh... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:46:48 EST A Busy Weekend and Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494310 Time flew by this weekend. On Friday my older daughter and I went out to get plats, cups, etc for a shower we hosted on Saturday. Then we hit Stein Mart and Chico's to see if there were any pants or skirts and blouses that we had to have. Bought nothing. We also had lunch and then headed home. I got a few things accomplished then went to dinner with a friend. <BR> Saturday I awakened and got my self ready to go to the shower. For some reason I was missing Ed an awful lot but tried to... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:22:07 EST Trying to Remain Positive in the Face of Bad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490482 Well, today started out fine! I talked with a friend and made plans for Sunday's house concert with John Frinzi performing. We talked about progress she is making with dealing with her aging mother, then I got a check deposited, paid a credit card bill, got my car re-registered in my name only, ate well, and went to my water aerobics class. That is when things started going downhill! <BR> Let me start by saying that I have decided that one chang in my life will be avoiding angry and/... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:56:19 EST