VONBLACKBIRD's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VONBLACKBIRD VONBLACKBIRD'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/ Week is gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171362 What a week it has been. We have mainly been working on the apartment re-do. We got the baseboards installed and painted the light switch and outlet covers installed and installed the facial boards around the bathroom door (both sides) and around the sliding glass door. We cut out the section of the counter to install the cook stove and had to Kiltz and paint that section of the wall. Also hubby moved the electrical outlet for the stove to under the counter so it is out of the way. All this l... Fri, 27 May 2016 11:45:09 EST Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167498 Just a few photos of the garden. It is growing so slow this year due to cooler temps and cloudy days. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/372f95df-188c-40fc-8555-c456c864f8e1.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2676d6ec-0ecf-4b55-9fdd-30f89dd1336e.JPG"> <BR> Views from the top of the hill looking down toward the garden and then the view of the moutain beyond that. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f122db4-1125-4d6a-a78d-79bfbdc438... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:35:26 EST Apartment Re-do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165659 We have been busy remodeling the apartment we have attached to the big shop. We don't rent it out but only use it for company when they come to stay. It was originally a workshop for me and was feather painted pink. Then years ago the youngest son moved back home and needed a place to live so we painted it dark green with a wall paper border at the top. We also put in red carpet and rock looking vinyl flooring to separate the kitchen area. We added a refrigerator and stove at that time. Well ... Wed, 18 May 2016 14:56:43 EST End of 21 day Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162860 Well the end of my 21 day Hormone Reset diet is here. I have learned a lot about my body and my hubby has gotten on board in cheering me on. Used to be that he would sabotage my diet plans but after seeing how much better I'm feeling and that I've lost a total of 7 lbs, he thinks it is something I should keep up with. I know it isn't feasible for me to be that strict on eliminations of certain foods but I will try my best to eliminate those that do bother me the most...So here are the elimina... Sat, 14 May 2016 14:08:09 EST Busy week again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161563 Well we have been working in the apartment. The rain and damp weather has slowed our progress. We do have the ceiling in the main room painted and have textured the ceiling in the bathroom. We have filled in the holes in the walls in the bath and will begin the wall painting in the main room. We hit a snag when it came to the light fixtures. We have 3 florescent lights and removed one to replace with a different style light. We had planned to just board in the bottoms of the other 2 but found... Thu, 12 May 2016 14:21:20 EST Clematis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160104 We have several clematis vines and I just love them. About the time the iris wind down, these beauties begin their show. And the hummingbirds love them. We have lots of the wild trumpet vines that climb into our trees and the clematis is kin to them. I have an antique one called a jackmani. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d331af0-d31c-45e0-8609-4fa9809e1064.jpg"> <BR> It grows on a trellis by my front porch gate. On the other side of the gate opening I have an old fashi... Tue, 10 May 2016 12:35:56 EST more cleaning & organizing and diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157009 The cleaning and organizing is coming along slowly. The DIL married to the oldest son did not show up Tuesday night to go through the rest of the ceramics and junk so it will be packed to put in the yard sale. <BR> <BR> Wednesday we had appointment to get hair cuts and then went to the Forestry Service Office and got my Senior Citizen's pass for half price camping. Normally this costs $10 but I got mine free for being disabled. Now I will get my life time fishing license. I do not plan to g... Thu, 5 May 2016 14:55:47 EST cool mornings and busy week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155721 Rains ended and was happy that we could eat out under the gazebo on Sunday. The youngest son and family visited our church and then came out and ate lunch with us. I fixed spaghetti and a big salad. I just ate salad and salmon since I'm still on the 21 day reset diet and no red meats are allowed. But the DIL and granddaughter picked out and filled 2 boxes of some of the ceramics I had made. We had moved all down to the dining room and all were on the table and floor. When they left I was able... Tue, 3 May 2016 18:00:48 EST rain rain rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153415 We have had a solid 2 days of rain. We got a total of 8.5inches. Our garden looks good considering the water that went down the hill. We had put landscape timbers at the top and trenched the sides so the water more or less stayed out from washing the middle out like we have seen in the past. It is a pain when it does that. We have to move the dirt back up to the garden and refertilize and lime it and hope for the best. But this year will be much different. We are eating lettuce, green onions ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:19:37 EST new diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147902 I have somewhat started the new diet. I've cut out the sugars which wasn't to happen for a week or so. But already feel better. I have bought some foods I can eat and need to stock up on some veggies...preferably raw or frozen. I'm supposed to eat 1lb of veggies a day. So we will see. I will begin the first 3 days of cutting out meat on Monday. I just have too much going on this weekend with the fish fry and all. And Sundays besides church is my day to wind down. Fridays are always busy days ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 11:04:04 EST Busy time of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6145763 I won't be posting much here as our busy time of the year has started. We are spending more time outside and away from the computer so if I don't post often, you will know why. <BR> <BR> We have the entire garden planted and may have to replant some beans as we have had so much damp weather and very little sun that the seeds may rot before they make it up. Iris are blooming now and look like we will have a good bloom this year. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I are hosting a fish fry at the church on S... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:42:59 EST Saturday woes!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133260 Last year we ordered and planted some European plum trees from a catalog and this year we have peaches on them...NOT plums...a few years ago we ordered walnut trees and they wound up being chestnuts...ugg and we even hate chestnuts and they make these awful sticky pods which don't rot forever....We have decided never to order from catalogs again. <BR> <BR> We drove out to the local plant nursery this morning and looked for some European plum trees...none to be found there...so then to local... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:43:03 EST What a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6132627 Sometimes I wonder where the time goes. The pollen allergies have eased a little with rain washing the air out some. I worked in the shop and finally finished all the ceramics and firing and all. I have cleaned up some and boxed up all the left overs I plan to give along with the kiln when I sell it. Lady who wants it is coming out next week to look it over and then will get in a week or 2. I am so glad that is over and can now clean and organize that corner for me a workspace while hubby is ... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 13:54:02 EST just some photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6127333 Hubby and I used to raise chickens for fresh eggs but it got quite expensive to feed them and we wound up giving away most of the eggs even though we eat one almost every morning for breakfast. So we gave our chickens to the middle son and now go and get eggs from them when we need them. Our youngest son lives in a suburb area near a large lake and the DIL wanted some hens. So they got a backyard chicken house and made a small pen and got 4 hens last Sunday. They have already started getting ... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 11:17:26 EST allergies and penny rugs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126681 I've been suffering my usual spring allergies. Thinking I may need to start allergy shots this summer for next year. It has not been a good year for me so far. Second time to be sick this year and both times sinuses due to allergies. Seems to get worse every year. So I haven't worked in the shop all week. But I did finish 2 double sided penny rugs and 4 coasters. Here are the photos of the coasters. These first 2 shots are the front and back of the Easter themed one. <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:19:50 EST weekend is past http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124438 I rarely get online on the weekends. We just have too much going on then to bother. So thought I would share a few photos of what we have been up to. <BR> First I finished the spring table runner in wool applique. It was a pattern in Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine and I enlarged the pattern some. The reds and greens are hand dyed and the color of the photo doesn't do it justice as it is under artificial light. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8af08393-9e70-4b7f-b5... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:05:37 EST Ceramics and table runner. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121544 I just wanted to show a few things I've been making. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/679bae41-4bfe-40b6-903d-57cf484c822a.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/beb55136-cb6a-44f5-8f62-ae5210d3227d.JPG"> <BR> That is just a sampling of the ceramics as I have about 5 times as much in other photos which I won't bore you with. <BR> Also in the evenings I do some hand stitching and finished this wool applique table runner for spring. <BR> <img src="http... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:28:34 EST A new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119830 Today is a new day. I have decided to really get serious in this diet thing. I'm so so ready. I think what jarred me to my senses is this photo my DIL took of me and my son...Didn't realize my back side looked so bad. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4fd219f-c7b7-4c58-9e01-f0b91b4b00ac.jpg"> <BR> I'm putting this out here so it will be a constant reminder of why I'm doing this...also for my health..mainly for my health. I want to feel good about myself and feel good ins... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:16:56 EST Usual busyness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119007 Just staying busy here. Rain is over so looks like we may have to replant our English peas as the got water logged. Lettuce washed but thinned it out about right. Much of our fruit trees are blooming but strangely the asparagus has not come up. We may need to replant it this year some. Our oregano seeds did not germinate so will be looking for some plants. Our onions are up and we will transplant the basil and parsley to our garden soon. I love this time of year!!! <BR> <BR> On a crafty note... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:50:23 EST Photos of our place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116814 Our fruit trees have begun to bloom early this year. I'm really praying we don't get a late frost or freeze. But the weather has been unseasonably warm this year. So I just wanted to share a few photos of spring blooms. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3ad117e-64c3-4990-8e0a-17ea78d7d3da.JPG"> <BR> This is Spirea (bridal wreath) and photo was taken a few days ago and now they are totally white. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9d039bd-7788-4763-b5bd... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:38:16 EST Rain and more rain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116082 Our state and also the state below us has had major rain and flooding. My SIL's house got 4 inches inside. But where we live we didn't get as much but still had the river to rise. Took a drive about a half mile from the house just to check the river and could not believe the wildlife we saw. Rabbits, squirrels, birds and especially a spotted eagle. They are kind of rare to see in our area. We do have bald eagles and lots of hawks so to see a spotted eagle and get a good shot of him was exciti... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 13:36:03 EST Busy busy last week-Saga of the missing cook stove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113303 Last week was just too busy for me to come online much to post here. We gathered many things for the homeless family that we got into an apartment. I also spent a few days working in the shop and got one glaze firing done to some ceramics. Weather is supposed to be bad this week so will spend a lot of time there. <BR> <BR> On the missing cook stove. Lowes had told us that they would get the stove in by Wednesday of last week and would deliver it. We did not schedule anything for Wednesday an... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 09:45:22 EST Doggie baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105455 I think I may have told the story here of how we rescued our little house dog. She was starved almost to death and only weighed about 4lbs...she had very little hair and whoever had her had kept her in a rusty barrel so she was orange from the rust. She smelled awful. She had already had at least one litter of puppies and was really too young to have had them. There was a little male with her when we found her but he had a broken back and was in the same shape as she was but he could not walk... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:23:06 EST Stove problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104625 We went to the big town yesterday and bought a new gas cook stove at Lowes..we got a small discount and then a military discount and saved maybe $100. But the thing is they do NOT keep gas stoves in stock so we had to order it. We will be without until next week sometime. Also stopped by Verizon and they but a louder ring tone on my phone and we also took in hubby's DD214 for a military discount there as well. Came home and spent about 2 hours in the shop working on ceramics and then to Bible... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 12:37:33 EST Stove problems and weather! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102894 We are delaying our trip to the big town to look for a new cook stove due to predicted snow shower. I don't do snow for several reasons but mainly as I fall easily without snow and having both knees and a hip replacement, I just don't take the chance. Also we live in the south where we really don't know how to drive in it as well and living in a rural area they won't salt or clear the roads quick. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, hubby tried to fix it and made it worse as he broke one of the top b... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:15:58 EST third times the charm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102139 Been too busy to be online much. Gardening is started. I had written a good long post and it disappeared so won't repeat it...my cursor still jumps so it knocks me out sometimes..don't know how to fix it...also the phone store said they fixed the text ringer on our phones but they still don't work so we are off to the big town to the store where we got them..also my oven on my gas cook stove went out. I can't do without it and we did check local store which usually has good buys on applianc... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:01:22 EST new phones and jetpack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099046 Well finally figured out how to put in my contacts on my phone and hubby set up voice mail but had to go to the local Verizon store to get the jetpack internet wifi to work on my computer. Also the new phones would not make an audible alert when we received text messages. The girl fixed hubbys phone and thought she had fixed mine but it still doesn't work...not sure what to do so in a week or 2 when we head back over to the big town, I will stop in and get one of those techs to fix it..it may... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:17:05 EST Big shopping day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097514 This is our time for our monthly shopping day in the big town..We had plans to go just to Walmarts and Sams and straight home which would put us at noon getting home...well we decided to check out the Verizon store as we have straight talk wireless and if we upgraded phones (ours are soooooooooo old) we would have to pay $30 more per month. I hate my satelitte internet so looked into Verizon internet. Well with 2 phones and internet our bill with Verizon is $30 cheaper than what we are paying... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 17:42:35 EST busy weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096488 Busy weekend around our place. We looked for the mini horses on Saturday and then spent most of the day cleaning house and doing laundry. Sunday our oldest son and family visited our church and then came to the house after. I got up early Sunday morning and put together a big pot of spaghetti sauce using the sauce I canned up last year. I put it in a crock put and let it cook while we were at church so when I got home, I put in some frozen rolls and cooked the pasta. We had a great time and s... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 13:11:02 EST Continuing Saga of the Mini Horses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095054 We caught them and tied them up to our apple tree and then tried to find their owners...didn't...so we called sheriff's dept. animal control and their officer was out of town until next week. We knew we couldn't keep them tied up and with no food or water, we thought to drive them back down the road to where we thought they may belong..we had a regular wild west round up going on but they wanted no part of it and tried to sneak back to our yard...we again shoooed them down the road and they t... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 14:05:31 EST visitors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094403 Haven't felt up to posting here much lately but today I'm feeling much better. Been outside most of today having a roundup...seems someones mini horses got loose and they decided they liked the grass in our yard. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee6f628f-f405-434e-aa4b-6117134fd33e.JPG"> <BR> I finally caught them with a bucket of oats and we they have been loose for a week or 2 so now we are calling the sheriffs office and hopefully they can find the owners. They are re... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:55:05 EST new kitchen counter tops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081661 Here are the before and after photos of the kitchen counter redo...Really I didn't get a before with the old tile but it is a before photo when the new counters were installed but not coated with epoxy. The after show the counters with epoxy coating. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7240b0f4-48fe-4533-afa6-adf276d6991f.JPG"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5de4bfdc-469b-4df1-9c74-8f8324cd0d7b.JPG"> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 16:54:36 EST Kitchen redo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079936 We worked all last week in the shop. Hubby finished the oak counter tops and I helped to coat them with epoxy. They look terrific. Photos will come at a later time. My studio where my computer is not heated. I will get them up soon. I'm still working in the shop on ceramics. I did one glaze firing and have 2-3 more left to do. <BR> <BR> Our 3 sons work on off-shore drilling ships for 3 different companies. Oldest son worked for a smaller Texas company and was in ma management. Well he was l... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 18:18:51 EST QUICK NOTE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076388 I have been so busy that I'm not online much at all. I did one firing of the glazeware ceramics and got the kiln unloaded. I got all the bisque moved to the room I'm doing the glazing in and seems I may have 2 more kilns to fire or maybe more. I have no idea what I plan to do with all the finished works...probably gifts. <BR> <BR> Last 2 days have been busy at the house..major monthly shopping on Wednesday, Thursday we worked on the kitchen counter top and got it completed. Today we have de... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:19:08 EST kitchen and ceramics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072889 Well we have begun the new kitchen counter redo...have all the old tile torn out and will be replacing it with wood. We found the epoxy to cover them to make them scratch and water proof. While hubby has been in destructive mode, I've been in the shop glazing bisqueware. I have the kiln almost loaded ready for a glaze firing. I have found so many pieces that needed glazing that it looks like I will have 2 firings now and maybe even 3. <BR> <BR> We took the middle son's family their Christma... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:09:11 EST Every other day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070430 Seems I only get here every other day but that is ok. I'm staying so busy and just don't have the time to dawdle on the computer much. Getting much needed exercise as well as eating well. Still haven't weighed. <BR> <BR> I finished the hooking part of the heart mats. I made 5 of them. Three will go in my etsy store and 2 are for friends. <BR> <BR> I was supposed to be in an online auction on Facebook but didn't get my things in on time so that is a bust. So maybe next time. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:17:32 EST another busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068617 Again it has been busy today. I sold a rug on etsy so had to get it mailed. Then worked in the big shop for a few hours on painting glaze on bisque. I loaded the tile I had painted yesterday into the kiln. I did accomplish a lot. Still working on cutting fabric and hooking heart mats in the evenings. We have Bible study this evening. <BR> <BR> Diet is going well. I haven't weighed yet but think I have lost a pound or 2. Walking some but not as much as I need to. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:34:32 EST Been busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066876 First I've been extra busy lately working on cleaning and organizing my studio and working on ceramics in the big shop. Then the rains came in and I don't get satellite service for internet when it rains. I'm really going to have to change servers soon. I pay way too much for this and then days I can't get on and then they limit my service to so many gigs...I am going to check out an old service I had once before. <BR> <BR> Had mammogram this morning at 8:15 so we had to leave the house at ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:46:46 EST Cursor problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064002 I have solved my problem. I got my new tablet and am posting from it! Ta-ta. No more jumping cursor. It is slower posting as I can't type like a keyboard. But I know I will get faster using this tablet more. <BR> <BR> I have been busy getting g ceramics finished so I can sell the kiln. Funny story on Wednesday,, the power company was working on the lines and it kept going off and on. I can't tell you how frustrating it is having to reset the satellite TV over and over so you can imagine the ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:16:22 EST Cursor problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6064001 I have solved my problem. I got my new tablet and am posting from it! Ta-ta. No more jumping cursor. It is slower posting as I can't type like a keyboard. But I know I will get faster using this tablet more. <BR> <BR> I have been busy getting g ceramics finished so I can sell the kiln. Funny story on Wednesday,, the power company was working on the lines and it kept going off and on. I can't tell you how frustrating it is having to reset the satellite TV over and over so you can imagine the ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:16:21 EST jumping cursor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062061 Well I'm using a laptop but using a plug in mouse. It did not do this when I first started using this computer. I can remove the mouse and use the built in pad but it still does the jumping thing...not sure what is going on. <BR> <BR> I'm getting a new tablet today. I ordered in from Best Buy online. I'm only hoping when it arrives that I can set it up ok. If not I will take it in to BB on Monday when I go in for a mammogram. I will also pick up my new glasses then as well. Make as much of m... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:58:35 EST jumping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061115 Well I'm back to the jumping cursor...I have typed here twice and lost both..don't know what to do about it so have to go to the big town on Monday and may take it into the geek squad. So I will try again. <BR> <BR> I did well yesterday on the food tracking. And kept within my calorie range. I never have problems getting enough water so I rarely mention it. As for the exercise, I didn't do so hot. I got in a 5 minute walk is all. My back gave out. But this morning I went to the big shop and ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 13:12:21 EST Monday First week of the 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059966 Well this is the first full week of the 2016. I am excited about what is going to happen this year. First the lady who was wanting my kiln is going to come out in 3 weeks so that gives me time to do my last firings. Then that will give me money to begin work on my She Shed. We have the lumber cut from trees from son's property for the inside work but have to buy treated for floors and wall studs...so this will be a needed boost for that. <BR> <BR> Then I've gradually been loading things into... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 11:54:21 EST Sunday and faith based diet program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059007 Had a wonderfuAl time at church this morning. They licensed a young man in our church to become a preacher. He has preached at our church several times and was called last week to another church. Problem with smaller churches in our area is that most cannot afford a full time preacher so they usually ask someone to come in for a Sunday or 2 and then regulars at their church fill in the other Sundays. Our church has licensed many preachers in the past and all eventually left to take on their ... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 14:43:14 EST Jan 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057938 I'm still having major problems with my cursor jumping. Not sure how to fix it. It quit for a day and now back doing it again. <BR> <BR> I have been cleaning and organizing my studio and big shop up the hill. Hubby has been using the big shop for his woodworking and it stays terrible covered in wood dust. I have listed my kiln forsale on facebook. I had a lady interested but not sure she wants it after all. I will get the molds I have left cleaned up and stored in a box for her to take free ... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 11:54:47 EST posting here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056869 I tried 3 times yesterday to put up a blog posting here and it kept disappearing so trying again today. I did some searches on different faith or Christian based group diet programs and was amazed at the different ones. The one I had done before was a little out of my reach moneywise ($200) and the next one I liked was ($100). So now I'm looking at maybe writing my own. I found lots of online faith based diet programs but all cost money and for that I would rather just stick with Sparkpeople ... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 11:30:17 EST new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055417 I talked to one of the deacons in our church about starting a new Christian based diet program...I have been looking at the program "First Place". I did it years ago and gave away my book so have been looking at the kit to do a group study with ladies at church. So we will see if I can get that going this January. I will make a trip to the Christian book store soon to look and see if they have it...Amazon has the kit but is over $100 so not sure that is right or not. Anyway my emotions are ba... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:13:08 EST been away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054652 We had terrible rain for a few days and when it does that, I cannot get online due to the clouds covering the satellite signal..so I apologize to my Crazy Crafters team for not being here for you. We had a quiet Christmas day and then cleaned house on Saturday, church on Sunday in the rain. <BR> <BR> I have started on the dieting again. I have tried several times to get off my prilosec as know you should not take it long term. Last year this time, I went "cold turkey" and got very ill and a... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:29:13 EST Christmas day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052508 Well all my plans for eating out sure change when you get to the cafes. We did not stop in . Hot Springs to eat as the people out shopping made the entire town a madhouse. I got my eyes checked and ordered new glasses. And then we drove to the smaller town near us and ate Mexican...but I ate a guacamole salad and Chicken Quesadillas. but left the rice and beans on the plate. Then yesterday (Christmas eve day) we went to my sisters and ate at a local cafe called Home Plate. I ate a grilled chi... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 13:09:29 EST busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051673 Today and tomorrow will be busy so not sure I will be online until Christmas day since we don't have plans for that day. <BR> <BR> I have an appointment for an eye exam today in Hot Springs...60 mile drive one way...and it is at the usual time we eat lunch so we will try to eat a healthy meal at either Subway, Wendy's or Arby's...something fast and quick but good for me. I'll let you know later what I ate. Got to stay accountable. <BR> <BR> Then tomorrow (Christmas eve) we will drive over ... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:23:58 EST