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/ Feeling much better today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054984 Well, God can be very fast with blessings. Thanks to all who are praying for me. A friend, who has been a wonderful friend since Ed' s death, called today and asked me to join a group he belongs to. Once the new dance classes start I will. They are quite expensive (said tongue in cheek) @ $3.00 a week. I think that I can afford those. Please continue to pray and thank you for your prayers Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:11:38 EST prayers please http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054373 It has been a difficult season. My baby sister died in October, a special friend is preoccupied, my daughters both have upset lives right now, everyone at work got big pay cuts, and I miss my husband who passed away three years ago. I also miss friends who aren't friends anymore. It is true that if a wife dies the husband has the "covered dish brigade" knocking at the door and if a husband dies the wife finds out who her real friends are. <BR> Please, anyone who reads this and prays, add m... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:49:12 EST Call me Paula Bunyon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971902 Well, it is wonderful to have considerate and helpful neighbors. yes, I have those and I am very thankful for them but sometiems they are just too considerate. ''How could that be'', you ask? ''No one can be too considerate'', you say. Let me explain. <BR> A few weeks ago we had a storm that had a bit of wind with it. The wind blew a dead limb off my pine tree. so? Well, that dead limb was stuck on another limb and dangling. dangerous? Maybe, but probably not since it was go... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:08:23 EST No Longer ''Driving Miss Daisy'' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968882 Well, my daughter can go back to driving now. The dr. told her yesterday that it would be ok; so, I am out of a job. <BR> I am also out of a room mate. She eill load up a lot of her things tomorrow and go to her house to be with her animals and welcome weekend guests who will be here to celebrate a friend's birthday. My house will be quite quiet and lonely with her gone but I will readjust! <BR> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:59:10 EST '' Driving Miss Daisy '' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960775 My daughter, whom I have been calling Miss Daisy, had extensive shoulder surgery in June and isn't allowed to drive until the first part of August. Now you know why I am calling her ''Miss Daisy'' and titled this after the movie. <BR> Each morning I take her to work and each afternoon I pick her up. When she has had out fo town guests I take her home and they drive her but that has only been a few weekends. <BR> <BR> I miss her when she goes home for a night or a weekend but... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:34:25 EST A Lot of things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943052 Well, I had bronchitis and almost missed my trip to California but, thankful that I got well just before leaving on a jet plane! <BR> Stayed with my sister the night before we left for the trip to the left coast and had to spend a night there on the way home. Never again if I can help it! Long story but it will be better if I stay in a motel if I have to go back to her house. <BR> Trip was interesting from the time we left until I got home. My sister needed a whell chair when... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:06:22 EST I Do Not understand some reasoning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923930 My neighbor's grass is knee high to me, which isn't a long way from the ground for kneew but it is quite a bit too tall for grass in a neighborhood. That being said you might understand my query. <BR> I saw the neighbor yesterday getting out of his car and spoke but said nothing about the tall grass and his not mowing it. e told me that someone had broken into his car and stolen a bag (I assume a travel bag since they had just gotten home from a trip) that just had pajams and stuff in it.... Wed, 6 May 2015 21:48:41 EST Prescription http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922440 Because I have had muscle spasms in my neck for a couple of weeks aand they weren't getting better my doctor prescribed a muscle relaxer to take at night since that is when the spasms are worse. ousee, when I am up and moving around they aren't more than an aggravation but when I lay in one place at night my neck muscles stiffen and when I move the spasms start; so, the prescription was sent to my pharmacy. <BR> I had lunch with a friend then, since I was in the same shopping center as ... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:36:56 EST SUNSHINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909509 The sun is shining and the weather is warm today and I feel better than yesterday. I am sure that the brightness of the ball of fire in the sky has a lot to do with my improved mood and I am thanful for the sun, the warmth, and my better mood. <BR> I also did my best on the bike at the today. I haven'' ridden a bike, until the past few weeks, for years; so, to do 6 miles in 30 minutes was great. I also had random hills in the program. <BR> If I ever have a yellow cat I think ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 16:29:31 EST FEELING DOWN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909012 Today I am feeling very down and anxious. yes I am having a Pity Party; so, I am warning you ahead of time. you might want to skip this blog and read one when I am in a better mood! yes, I did go work out to see if that would lift my spirits some. it didn't. <BR> I know there are a lot of things that are out of my control and they have all hit me this week! My niece, whom I hadn't heard from in over 15 years got back in touch recently. I am delighted but this week she was told that her ... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:09:12 EST SPRING? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907762 Well, Sunday, Monday, and yesterday were beautiful spring days. Bradford pear trees are losing their blooms and getting green leaves, other trees are beginning to break out in greenery, flowers, and pollen! This should single that spring has arrived, right? Well, I dressed for spring, just as I did the past three days and went outside only to reverse my steps and come back inside to change clothes. I think spring might be here tomorrow along with those April showers but guess who will sh... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 13:59:14 EST THE BEST LAID PLANS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882031 Plans to go work out? Fulfilled yesterday and today but it looks like those plans will not be fulfilled the rest of the week. ep, my work out tomorrow will probably be shoveling snow, then again Thursday or Friday. Mother Nature foiled the plans! <BR> Plans to go to a movie with my friend, Beth have also been foiled by Mother Nature! We have tried for several weeks now to see ''Still Alice'' but haven't made it there yet! The days we could go there was snow. <BR> People in ar... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:23:20 EST A Lousy, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878933 Well, Valentine's day was very nice thanks to friends who invited me and my friend for low country boil! Sunday was fine, then Monday came, fine early then the white frozen water began to fall! The only good I find for frozen water is to keep drinks cold, make ice cream, and popsicles, and such not to lay around on the ground, on cars, and roofs, especially for an entire 5 days. <BR> OK, you who live in the frozen parts of the world won't understand my view point, but, you see, I liv... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:29:46 EST Oh, What a Party with a Purpose Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873964 Ok,this is Wednesday and I am just getting around to what happened Saturday but as the old saw goes, ''Better late than never''. <BR> <BR> Saturday started out early, at least for a Saturday in my life. I dressed in black sweat shirt, leggings, and boots, grabbed my pink boas, and headed to the Wyndham to meet friends and get my ''cat'' makeup, ears, etc. You see, several of my friends from the Parrothead Club were heading down to 7th street to support the local Special Olympics and... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:10:12 EST Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868821 Tonight is the local parrothead club meeting. I have food ready for my donation to the food bank, newspapers ready for donation to the spca, and I am ready, well, except for putting on my shoes/boots. I still have an hour before my friend stops by to give me a ride; so, I think that I am good. <BR> Tonight is the last meeting before the annual Beach Ball weekend that is our big fund raiser for the year. All money raised this weekend will go to the local Alzheimer's Aassociation. I ... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 17:00:53 EST What a Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865842 A week ago today I took my daughter to the er with extreme absominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. It was determined that shee was evidently passing a gall stone (yes, gall stone) through the bile ducts and that caused pancreatits and gall bladder inflmation and the dr. admitted her. <BR> I got home around 4:00am on Saturday, climbed in bed around 5:00am and slept for a couple of hours. Later I did get a nap and then went to dinner and a movie with my friend, Larry. <BR> OK, so dinne... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:38:59 EST hmmm, I wonder.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860617 I wonder how far I walked and how many calories I burned on riday of last week and Monday of this week as I walked/ran through Norfolk, Baltimore, and Atlanta airports. I hope a lot! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:36:44 EST January 7,2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848800 Today is my husband's birthday but, as previous posts explain, he isn't here to celcbrate. I am hoping that he and friends who have also left this earth are having a celebration in Heaven! <BR> Today hasn't been very difficult like Monday, our anniversary was. I couldn't stop the flow of tears then, even though I had promised myself that I wouldn't cry. I have actually gotten some things accomplished. <BR> Yesterday was ''Little Christmas'' the celebration of when the Magi reac... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 17:01:45 EST January 4, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846175 Tomorrow is my wedding anniversary but I won't be celebrating! Ed left this earth for his heavenly home on the day we finished planning our party for our anniversary 2 years ago; so, there was no celebration then, last year or this. Instead? I have cried a lot in the past few days. I still miss him terribly. <BR> If anyone asks advice on marraige I will tell them, don't work together for 25 years and then retire together and go first so that you won't be sad and lonely! <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 23:22:21 EST Last Shower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842156 Well, it is almost 6:00 on december 31, 2014 and I have had my shower. I refuse to take another one until next year! Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:51:13 EST Busy, Busy, Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833574 Well, in the last week and a day I haaven't really had time to do anything except prepare for and enjoy company, do some shopping, and try to get some things done for Christmas. <BR> My company came up from coastal, N.C. and I had a small dinner party the night she arrived, then on Monday we decorated my tree, on Tuesday we shopped for a gift for Peter Mayer, went to the place where his concert was to be and set out lunch for the band and others who are necessary to put on a concert. ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:42:38 EST SAD PEOPLE AT BUSCH GARDENS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826485 Sunday was my grandboy's tenth birthday; so, he picked where he wanted to have lunch (Max and Erma's where we usually get terrible food and worse service) and what kind of cake he wanted (devils food with chocolate icing with hershey's kisses around the edge which makes it look like a crown for a prince). He got his wish on both preferences and his aunt, two friends and their mother (his mother's friend) joined He was so excited to see his friends at the restaurant but acted so appropria... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:51:38 EST A New Book Club http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820878 Yesterday I went to a book club meeting at a branch of the local library. It was actually the second time I had been to a meeting. Most of the people attending have been going for several years and the library is probably 12-15miles from my home but that is fine as it is about sharing the books we have read. Still, it is a little intimidating going into a group of 20+ people who have been attending for awhile. <BR> I had read a book a few months ago that I shared the first time I att... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:43:04 EST More Wedding Celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820321 Dinner was delicious, the cake was beautiful but the catering company served cake they brought and not the wedding cake. ( Needless to say the bride was not happy when she learned of that.) <BR> After dinner every one got maraccas or light up plastic instruments to "enhance" the musical experience(sarcasm intended). When the band took a break a cousin from Ireland, wearing his kilt, sang an Irish wedding song, a funny ditty that everyone enjoyed. Then the bride's uncle brought out h... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:15:27 EST The Celebration Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819584 After the mass and sacrament of marraige the trolleys came to pick up the guests and take us to the reception at The River House in St Augustine. The wedding party would follow after photos. <BR> We arrived and were shown to the patio where a steel drum band played , bars were set up with every imaginable drink,and hors d'ouvres were served. There was beer cheese to dip the warm pretzel bites and drizzle over grilled veggies, party sized grilled cheese sandwiches and tiny cups of to... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:38:01 EST October 25,2014 Tracy Marries Michael http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816856 The wedding day dawned bright and sunny! The wedding party was staying in a hotel different from the guests; so, we didn't see any of them before the wedding. The bride's aunt and I dressed and I got the early trolley provided by the bride and groom to be early enough at the cathedral to get an awesome seat, and it was awesome! <BR> The terrbly ugly scaffolding that was up the day before the wedding was still there but was hidden by gold drapes that matched the gold leaf in the cathe... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:41:26 EST More About the October 25th Wedding in St. Augustine, Fl. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811469 My friend, her son, and I went to the church ( the Basillica Cathedral in the old section of the city) and while we waited for the bride and bridesmaids ( funny thing, they got caught in traffic and also had to change in the cars) we marveled at the beauty of the marble alter, the gold embellishments, and beautiful stained glass windows, side alters, ceiling, etc and wondered about the distraction that the scaffolding might cause, especially for photographs. Yes, there was construction going... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 17:22:47 EST A Wonderful Wedding Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806596 Thursday I flew to Jacksonville, Florida for the wedding of my daughter's best friend. Tracy has never been married before but her new husband has been but lost his wife, first to a stroke that left her in a vegatative state leaving him with 3 children, one only 3 days old. Then cancer took her completely. Michael, with the help of friends (and family as much as possible but his family lives near New York). When they met they took the relationship slowly and fell in love with each other ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:20:20 EST I Hate October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799552 Ok, I know that so many of you will say, '' How can you hate October? The leaves are turning beautiful colors, there is football, the heat of the summer is past, etc, etc, etc. Well, here, where I live, the heat hasn't passed. The difference is that it can be hot and humid in the morning and cold in the afternooon or even better, cold and raining. On other days it is the reverse. I never know whether to wear a tank top or a turtle neck sweater! so, you saym, dress in layers. Well, if i... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:58:10 EST Belief in Angels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798162 I have always believed in angels. The first prayer that I ever learned was one to my gaurdain angel; Angel of GOD, my guardian dear, to whom God's love intrusts me here, ever this day be at my side to light, to guard, to lead, to guide. AMEN. So why am I surprised when one of the angels comes into my life, usually for only a brief time, a few minutes? I don't know, but I am always taken off guard. <BR> Today was one of those days and it happened while I was pumping gas at the Raceco... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:40:21 EST Like the TV Commercial, We Celebrate Anything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794852 Anyone who has read previous blogs might already know that my grandboy is on the autism spectrum. Those who didn't know, well he is but is high functioning and verbal. That being said he is also unpredictable, as are many children not oit and those on the spectrum. He is a love and a delight and light of my life. <BR> That being said might explain a little why we clebrate most anything and tonight was a big celebration! You see, my grandboy let the dental hygienist clean his tee... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 19:50:27 EST Another Year Makes Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793697 Yesterday was two years since Ed died and I did really well for the most part. The fact that my friend, Larry, took me to dinner and to a movie on saturday helped. I went to Panaras and got some soup and looked at shoes and walked around the strip mall, making sure that I got sunshine to help banish any signs of depression that might sneak up on me. <BR> Then the calls started coming and the comments on fb. The first call was from a friend that we met on a cruise 11 or twelve years ag... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 22:27:01 EST The 3 R's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791795 No, not reading, riting ,and rithmetic but Roanokers Residing in Richmond! Last night was a dinner at the Richmond Country Club for Roanokers who live in Richmond (but actually for any one who used to live in Roanoke or still does live there and wanted to come) and my sister, who lives outside Richmond, and I went. <BR> I knew that I had to be away from the house yesterday because of the date and when the opportunity to go to a lovely dinner presented itself I called Cecelia and we m... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:01:48 EST Difficult Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790599 Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the attack that took Ed's life. The date of his death although the death certificate says October 5th, the day we turned off life support. He was gone on the 2nd but when I got to the hospital he was already on life support and my daughters wanted to see if the cooling treatment would protect his brain, which it didn't. Anyway, this week has been difficult and it is only half way over. <BR> I have eaten everything that doesn't move and/or make noi... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:10:23 EST Calypso Nuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787515 The Calypso Nuts Troprock duo(trio at times like last night) were in town and friends and I went to hear them. They were terrific, especially since Brad was playing sax with them last night. They had some new songs that were better than on the last cd they have that I heard. <BR> There were two down sides though. 1-Robbie Meade (guitarist) is in a lot of pain from spinal stenosis. The upside of my seeing that? I gave him the name of my neurosurgeon and people here have offered to l... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:58:08 EST Family Reunion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784374 Each year I look forward to my family reunion (my maternal grandmother's side of my family). Each year there are fewer and fewer people attending but I am always glad to see those who are there. <BR> This year one of my favorite cousins is showing signs of memory loss, a tragedy as he is a brilliant man and, although only performs in local plays, a good actor. His son and daughter in law weren't there either, the third year, as Kevin is battling cancer. <BR> Also, my baby siste... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:57:41 EST I am going to visit a college friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780524 On Thursday I am leaving for a family reunion weekend but on the way I will stop for an afternoon and night. Several times Ed and I went to the reunion a day early but the last two years I couldn't bring myself to do that. This year I will leave here early but stop in a small town and hour and a half from the reunion. <BR> After a whole lot of years an old college friend and I reconnected through facebook. I knew the town she lived in and her husband's but could never find her on s... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:54:20 EST The Good, The Bad, and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777397 The good? There is much good, just look around and I see it in so very much in this world. There is the sun which gives us warmth, the trees and shade to give us shade, the bad cat that lives here and runs the house, my grands who were so delightful last night when here, and I can go on and on! These are a few things that are taken for granted but there are other things and people. <BR> Today I worked in a high school about 20 miles from my house, still in the same city, but that f... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:40:07 EST Labor Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770764 Well, the last weekend for the pool and I took the grands for an hour. My grandboy can't handle much more stimulation than that or he gets overloaded; so, I picked them up, played hard with them, and took them home. They get the much needed exercise and so do I, they are ready for dinner when they get home, then a book or movie and bed. Thank goodness they are only 1.5 miles from me; so, it is easy to do this for the short time! <BR> I also called a friend that I met here at Spark... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:56:03 EST The Third Weekend in August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763108 The third August weekend has come and gone, another one without Ed being with me and it was difficult at times. Times like when my daughter and I were on the boat on Lake Wallenpaupak with our friends and the memories of two years ago when we were on the boat, not our daughter and me came flooding back, and sitting on the deck and remembering the time that Ed was wearing a red sweatshirt and a humming bird stuck his beak into Ed's ear before realizing that htere was no nectar in that ''tu... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:16:56 EST 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