WALLAHALLA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALLAHALLA WALLAHALLA'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/ Weary to the Bone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321103 Been a tough day. Mom is refusing any pain meds and refusing to eat. The endocrinologist is concerned at how low her sodium levels have dropped. Someone comes in to check on her every 15 minutes, so I'm afraid to leave the room. She hasn't been able to answer their questions accurately. Lots more testing ordered. <BR> <BR> She kept trying to take the lid off her water cup. When I asked her why she wanted it off she told me she had to get the messages out. She couldn't get to the mes... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:59:36 EST Dr. Obvious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320461 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/970227f3-e4af-4ee2-9857-81f84e9e1246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, but please don't be my neighbor. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Life is anything but exciting when you are sitting in the hospital all day watching someone else rest. Mom is on the 5th floor, which is actually 6 floors up because the ground floor and the 1st floor are 2 different things. That has never made sense to me. I have amused myself today by p... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:57:31 EST Clear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320110 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88d8e7c9-a187-45bc-b6d8-f5057347fe86.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mom's surgery went well. The tumor was not attached to anything but her kidney. It was solidly attached, so they had to remove a small bit of her kidney, but not enough to cause any problems or require dialysis. There was a slight tear in either her spleen or pancreas, I'm too tired to remember which, but they took care of that with just a few sutures. The tumor and the piece of kidney a... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:21:31 EST Canned... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318914 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c293770c-6d44-4cd1-a2f5-af428ac95ebe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have very little energy today, but it is prep day nonetheless. I'm doing what I can to get ready for a week spent away from home. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:41:55 EST NaH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318526 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2cd3021-8c67-4950-964a-f926c5c61c81.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What a day, or half a day. We didn't set the alarms. We were both so exhausted that neither one of us woke up until after 12:00. Our son knew we were exhausted, so he just left for church without even waking us. After we finally woke up, we slowly got around, ate lunch, picked up a few groceries, then headed to the park where we walked for about an hour. It was a beautifully sunny day, ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:10:23 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8806d054-d567-41a7-b5e0-8d838d87b625.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was an exhausting but very fun day. We spent all day at the speech tournament. This was the best ran one that we have been to. Every thing ran on time. The school is new and absolutely gorgeous. Our son was the only one from our school who made it to finals. He took 1st with his Original Oratory. Since we got out at before 6:00, we decided to go roller skating. Seems like it has b... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:32:27 EST I Need Renewed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317182 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0eb2579d-efff-4f91-b19f-2d2246079d82.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm thinking maybe one of those beanie caps with the propeller on top might be a good form of renewable energy for me. If the wind isn't blowing, I could reach up and wind myself up. <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:35:14 EST Good Knight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316640 At knight his hearing is bedder. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2a1a67d-4441-47e4-8eaa-d7f2908b16ac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I stayed late at work to finish up my U.O.I. It is nice to have that burden off my shoulders...until next year at least. I plan to go home, eat something small, like a pb sandwich, and go to bed early. Hopefully, I will get a good nights sleep. My back has not bothered me at all today. Yay! Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:02:56 EST All in Vein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315985 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ac39299-c9cd-4152-820e-c78c1bc8a2ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My back hurts a bit less today. Didn't sleep the best since it twinged me every time I moved. I am NOT a still sleeper. This kind of thing just befuddles me. I would understand if I was carrying something heavy, or twisted in a strange way, but no. I was just squatting down (instead of bending over) and reaching straight forward to pick up a piece of paper off a shelf. I've probably do... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:54:14 EST Not Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315496 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49642284-9669-45d0-8dae-0289439ab3c7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day started out ok. Then I squatted down to get something out of the bottom of my cupboard. Something in my lower back pulled, and I've felt lousy ever since. My back won't quit hurting, and it is making my stomach queasy. Not what I need right now. Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:09:45 EST A Day of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315117 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/795d29db-cb7a-4df8-9e3f-109089ecdf14.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And arrest is exactly what you'll get for lying in front of this court. <BR> <BR> I hadn't planned it this way, but I have been so exhausted today that I've done very little but rest. After church, we stopped by McAlister's for a quick lunch, and made a quick trip to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things for the week. Other than laundry, we didn't accomplish anything else the rest of the day. ... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 21:25:59 EST Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314633 A timely pun <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d32c84a-2db1-4cf3-8285-2c213ac44364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mixed feelings about being home so early. None of our I.E.'s broke to finals. The first time this year that has happened. It was hard on all of them. However, our P.F. debate team took 3rd, their best this year. Since we didn't have to stay for finals, we were able to go by the Cheesecake Factory, another rare treat, enjoy a leisurely lunch, and then head home. ... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:33:19 EST On the Road Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314211 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/682ab97a-3298-4cf7-9f5b-efba8a8cd5be.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Another busy weekend. We drove 3 hours to Mom's (not on our way), visited with her for a few minutes, picked up her stuff for labs, drove another 3 hours to the Med Center to drop it off, then another hour and a half to get to our son's speech tournament. <BR> <BR> Mom looked terrible. A friend took her to the doctor this afternoon for her cough, and she was sent home with a weeks worth... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:39:23 EST Cheesy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313675 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc05c5f4-fbae-4e50-998d-6ec9a274304b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'll never look at Adele the same way again. <BR> <BR> I've spent hours this evening looking at sites trying to find foods that are rich in potassium without having a ton of calories. When I look at my daily nutrition feedback I never have enough potassium or folate. Potassium supplements are a joke. 3% of rda is the best I have been able to find. Anyone have any good suggestions? Thu, 9 Feb 2017 22:12:11 EST Figgy Newton http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313042 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0379c587-867f-42f5-856f-eef676207209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And then there's the good stress. In less than a week, our son was asked to have interviews with Wharton, Harvard, Southern Illinois University, and North Carolina Chapel Hill. They wanted them Thursday, Saturday, Saturday, and Saturday. That's a whole lot of talking goin' on. We had to travel to Illinois, but the rest were Skype or phone interviews. Now back to the waiting game. They... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 19:53:47 EST And So We Thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312570 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94ab130d-cbd7-45c3-a1e3-0d56f1f0e181.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Things do not always go as planned, and life is not always as it seems. <BR> <BR> I took my mom in for surgery on Feb. 1 at 6:30 a.m.. We spent the majority of the day in a pre-op room. When they put her iv in, her heart rate jumped up to 160 for a few seconds, then came right back down to 80. Several minutes later, the nurse told another nurse about it. We could hear the conversation... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 22:13:30 EST Musical Bingo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308675 A pop singer bought a new house for a song. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b665a6af-7926-445e-a3a5-647e5c8bc567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A lot of driving today. Took around 3 hours to get to Mom's, then another 3 hours to get to the Med Center, plus the driving around town to appointments. Mom was exhausted by 6:00, so we got her prep-shower for surgery done, and she went to bed. I went downstairs for the evening's entertainment...musical bingo. I never heard of it be... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 20:32:36 EST Why Do You Need A Reason? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308108 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45f7b9b5-5e23-4d0a-9240-c0fbb66503ac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy day. The lady who is subbing for me for the next week or so was subbing for another teacher in our building today, so I got to meet her and go over things for my class. I have not had to prep for a sub since the 2004-2005 school year. Gave me much peace of mind. Now, its home to finish packing, then off to Mom's. Gonna be a long night, just hope I can get some sleep. <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 21:08:33 EST Prepping Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307493 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cb54d85-9db6-483b-9fc0-5f7f6cfc20de.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After church, I spent the afternoon packing food I could take with me to the hospital in serving size baggies. I figure I can get fresh fruits and veggies at the cafeteria, so as long as I have something healthy to munch on, I should be good. I'm taking a couple of my marked 32 oz cups so that I can track how much I drink. I plan to use the stairs instead of the elevator after Mom is chec... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 21:30:48 EST Too Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306969 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61bf294b-cc04-41e9-a21c-3ef62ba9b867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A bicycle can't stand on it's own because it's two-tired. <BR> <BR> I'm too tired, too. I can get to bed early enough, just can't get to sleep and stay asleep. Today was a great day, even if I was sleepy all day. Our son brought home 3 trophies from the speech tournament, and I got in over 16,000 steps between events. Be nice if I could get that many steps tomorrow, too. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:46:16 EST Another Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305826 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/746449ec-e013-4d47-adf3-5e18b76dc4a7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've got my 10,000 steps in, did some strength training, got my hair cut, talked to Mom, and now I'm ready for bed. Hope to be asleep by 8:00. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:59:29 EST New Calendar Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305325 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a12be180-0414-4cb4-adea-6da909bd70a5.jpg"> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:13:13 EST In the news... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304633 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49bc920b-4518-45d4-9d0b-f2a7287472bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not sure if it's good news or bad news, but the Med Center called and moved Mom's surgery up to next week. I'm feeling overwhelmed. That means I won't be able to have the sub that I wanted, so I have to prep for a stranger to teach my classes. I will also have to miss my son's interview for the Chancellor's Scholarship at SIU, a weekend trip that we were all looking forward to. Still try... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:03:02 EST A Cure For Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303984 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ac364ec-e19d-44a4-b0ea-92737d1bcee2.jpg"> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 19:51:30 EST Rest, at last http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303422 Finally, a relaxing day. I had a hard time getting up for church. I would have preferred to sleep in and go to 2nd service, but hubby likes 1st service best. After church we had a quick lunch at McAlisters. I stayed within ranges easily. Hubby loves their tea, and I love most of their food. On the way home, we stopped by the meat market to get some lean ground round, and I saw a gallon can of the Bush's Chili Beans that we like. Normally we can only find the small cans. So...this week... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:41:15 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302807 I has been a very long day. We didn't get home from the tournament and to bed until after 11:00 last night. Then it was up at 5:00 to get to this mornings competition on time. We ate all meals out today and I still managed to stay within calorie range. It was a beautiful spring-like day, so we got in lots of walking between rounds and I easily got in my 10,000+ steps. Even found a wall to do some push-ups on. Our son won 1st place out of 103 contestants in Original Oratory. Whether I s... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:04:55 EST I'd Rather Be Snoring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302004 I'm still not caught up on my sleep. Been yawning all day. Mom's mammogram went ok. Stinks that she had to have another one, but better safe than sorry. She was really worried about this one hurting. The tumor makes it painful to lift her left arm very high. Hopefully, this means we are through with pre-surgery tests. It is possible they could order more, but I'm hoping not. <BR> <BR> I get to leave early today so that I can make it to the speech tournament on time. It's going to be ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:20:57 EST Routine Sweet Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301563 Back to school today. It was so nice to have a predictably mundane day. My students were all relatively well-behaved, which was a real blessing. I am so tired that I'm right on the edge of being a super crab, and I hate being that way. Supper was all prepped for tonight, so it was quick, easy, yummy, and healthy. Can't ask for better than that. Now I'm just getting caught up on laundry, because we will be gone all weekend to the Speech/Debate tournament. Hubby will finish up the last l... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:06:31 EST Why Do So Many Bully Senior Citizens? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301049 Today we went to the Pulmonologist. His office is over 2 hours from where Mom lives. She was nervous when we got there, and the chill in the air when we got out of the car took her breath away. He spent about 30 seconds with her, said her heart was beating too fast, (148) and that she needed to go to the emergency room. He only held her wrist for about 5 seconds. He said she couldn't do the pulmonary function test because of her heart rate and that she needed to have it done at the hospi... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:27:12 EST 1st Bit of Good News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300265 Colonoscopy is over and done. <em>244</em> It has been quite the day. Doc said everything looked good. They removed 3 tiny polyps, but nothing to worry about. Everything looked healthy, and they were amazed that she had never had the procedure before, especially at her age (79). Mom was greatly comforted with the doctor came to talk to her beforehand, and it was someone she knew from church, but she only knew him and his wife by first names. Calmed her down a lot. Isn't God good?!!!... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:28:43 EST I Wanna Move It Move It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299647 Not much moving today. Most of it was spent in the car driving to Mom's so I can take her to her pre-surgery colonoscopy tomorrow. I thought that was a strange requirement, but you gotta follow doctor's orders. She was miserable having to drink all the prep stuff tonight. Her building manager gave me a password so that I would have access to internet while I'm here. I'm having quite the time trying to type in the dark so that the lights don't keep her awake. Can't complain though, at le... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:02:29 EST An Object In Motion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298950 It's been a pretty good day. It warmed up enough that the ice melted so that we had safe travels to church. Since my son has a tournament on our anniversary, Hubby and I had lunch at Olive Garden to celebrate early. I deliberately saved half to bring home. We stopped by Best Buy on the way home, and I invested in some wireless earbuds to use with my Kindle Fire. We spent a relaxing afternoon watching movies. I encouraged hubby to watch some football, because I have not interest in it. ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:50:51 EST Done Pouting, But Not Through Mourning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298225 I haven't blogged in a long time. I was in the midst of blogging about our trip to Italy when my jumpdrive died. I've been in mourning for a long time. I had just transferred EVERYTHING to that jumpdrive as a backup, then it died, along with every family photo we owned, not to mention the years of school documentation, and personal documentation. I lost everything. I sent it to a recovery company. They said they could get my data back, but it would cost close to $2,000. I sent it off, ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:15:17 EST Cinque Terre & Pisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197847 Much to our surprise, no one was hungover this morning. Silvana explained that it was because Italians do not add sugar to their wines, and that it is all the added sugar in American wine that causes the hangovers. She said that is also why Italian wines are more expensive, more natural products. All but one of those who bought wine and olive oil last night plan to take it home in their suitcases. I seriously doubt all of it makes it without breaking. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 02:14:46 EST On to Lucca http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197236 It was with mixed emotions that we departed Roma and headed north along the Tyrrhenian coastline through an area where many of the towns were founded at the very beginning of recorded history by the mysterious, highly civilized Etruscans. It was exciting to see new places, but we loved Roma, and there was so much more that we wanted to do, see, and eat there. Silvana surprised us shortly after we got on the road. She had bought everyone on the tour a souvenir in Roma. The women got a coin... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 22:46:50 EST Exploring Roma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196734 We started the day with a great breakfast buffet. I especially enjoyed the fresh pineapple and cheese. The chocolate croissants were a guilty pleasure to say the least. Yum! <BR> <BR> We met our city tour guide, Cinzia, and began our exploration of Roma. We visited the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. We returned to our hotel for a short break, and an opportunity to choose what we wanted for lunch. We chose a nearby... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 23:36:02 EST Hello Rome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194921 We arrived in Roma around 10:30 a.m. We breezed through the baggage claim and met up with our Globus coach driver, Bruno, by 11:30. It was about an hour drive to the Una Hotel Roma. We met our tour guide, Silvana, briefly, then went to our room and took a much needed nap. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e6e2a64-c786-4f39-bfc2-77130c994d46.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/838f275b-08b7-41e3-8763-fa8bf9b4584c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ar... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 23:47:40 EST Vacation Begins with a Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194386 We drove to Kansas City, then flew to Minneapolis. We had a short layover which turned into quite a surprise. Unbeknownst to us, our flight to Italia was Delta’s inaugural nonstop flight. They celebrated before take-off with an ice sculpture of the coliseum, and offered the passengers complimentary meatballs, coliseum cake, cannoli, champagne, and various wines. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c57e9d4e-18b0-4bcc-b950-66e308809464.jpg"> <BR> The flight was smooth and... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:12:48 EST Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173176 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60ea163a-d9ba-4cec-bd8a-b6b499f625c1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am so thankful for the sacrifices that others have made for the freedoms I enjoy. Mon, 30 May 2016 16:05:04 EST Never Say Never http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172526 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/128d83a4-06aa-4fbd-9f6b-553563e5be3f.jpg"> Sun, 29 May 2016 15:20:39 EST I Need This Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171409 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce461b2b-5a09-4873-ab03-be5ab2f3e4bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need a cleaning coach. <em>246</em> I'm way to distractable. We leave for our tour of Italy on Tuesday, so I need to stay focused and get stuff done. <em>535</em> Our family is going as part of a tour group. It is a combo 18th birthday / early graduation present for our son, who has always wanted to visit Rome. <em>58</em> We decided it would be less hectic to do it before his ... Fri, 27 May 2016 13:00:20 EST Bunnies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170791 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b71f641-2fc5-4ed8-8cff-4520e941d001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Getting last minute cleaning done. I hate doing it, but it will be nice to come home from vacation to a clean house. Hair cuts this evening. Yay! That is long overdue and will feel so nice. Thu, 26 May 2016 13:01:47 EST Bums Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170453 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49e0c0e4-cdbc-4f59-b5bc-d6057769ad06.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Right now, I think I would take on those bums. I don't want to throw anything out, but I also don't want food sitting in the fridge going bad while we're gone. <BR> <BR> Didn't accomplish everything I had planned for the day. Our son actually wanted me to go shopping, so I had to jump on that wagon while he was in the mood. We spent the day together in town trying to pick up things we ... Wed, 25 May 2016 23:38:14 EST Bathroom Scum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168258 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55d67feb-226b-4404-b3a3-d173ba9a03cc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bathrooms are clean and shiney, top to bottom. Kitchen is half done, plan to finish it tomorrow. I hate, hate, hate doing housework. Today, other than laundry, I'm only doing yard work, which I love. Sun, 22 May 2016 17:24:00 EST Almost This Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167865 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9c80b0e-e6ef-4cc6-bbc6-68a08487949f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When cleaning at the end of the school year I do tend to find things I had forgotten all about. Wish I could afford a housekeeper so that I could keep up when school is in session. Sun, 22 May 2016 00:04:07 EST ACDC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167012 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d405456-b74e-42ab-9e52-92bac4a14085.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what cleaning has been like for me this week. Today, I'm going to hit one room and stick with it until it is done, not matter what. My poor son is definitely getting good husband training today. He is helping with the cleaning, even though he doesn't feel good. That is life, feel good or not, the job has to be done. Hopefully, someday, WAY in the future, my lovely daughter-in-l... Fri, 20 May 2016 14:06:59 EST 50/50 Split http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166498 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dddb4c75-9eea-4757-b3bd-413eaa191254.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Maybe I'll try this method of housework with my son tomorrow. Didn't accomplish as much as I'd hoped, but I did get the island top cleaned off and scrubbed. I also got the back yard mowed. Makes me sad. I used to be able to mow the front and back with no problems. Now I can hardly do one or the other without being totally exhausted. I hate the thought of having to give in a buy a ridin... Thu, 19 May 2016 19:40:20 EST Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165796 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48200c7c-b973-4ea9-9000-4065e76c2dcb.png"> <BR> <BR> Got some housework done, but not enough. Hopefully tomorrow it will be dry enough I can mow the backyard. Mowing always makes me feel accomplished. Tried a new recipe for dinner tonight, SP's Honey-Balsamic chicken. It was super easy, and a big hit. <em>224</em> Wed, 18 May 2016 19:44:01 EST No Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164885 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3dedfca9-a778-4c39-b6d9-81255d98b88f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Need to get off my bum and get to the store. Hate going out in the rain. Just want to sit and read a good book. Need to get some "visible" cleaning done today. Plenty to do, I just hate housework. Tue, 17 May 2016 13:22:18 EST Wal-Mart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164367 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29ec4bd2-3ec2-4b81-8bc9-063eca6464d6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Definitely need to go to the store. Been to busy to go, and it's been almost 3 weeks. The result...oatmeal for supper tonight. Mon, 16 May 2016 20:01:58 EST