XME501's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=XME501 XME501'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/ My Sweet Sister http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835847 On Thursday my Sister was placed with our Dad. And what a blessing. She had expressed a desire to be near the folks. When i talked to the cemetery they suggested that her ashes could be placed in the mausoleum with our father. So that is what we did - they were always so close. <BR> Here is a picture taken when she was in High School. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1310766246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was not able to go down for the ceremony, but a dear friend To... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:07:45 EST What I Can Where I Am Today - Tuesday, December 9, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830245 "He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age." <BR> Romans 4:15 <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was talking to a friend about now being officially "old" - well, actually i have been for a couple of years now. And loving every moment that God gives me!! <BR> <BR> I do have blood pressure that gets a bit high at times, legs that complain a lot, and eyes that have a time reading labels now. I really do think that companies are using smaller fonts now so we can't read them... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:51:37 EST Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818955 Usually meet with a couple of friends on Tuesday for Bible study, but we have canceled for today. Just too cold and Elaine was at the Warming Station last night - so i bet she is now sleeping. <BR> <BR> So this morning am going to bake bread - love my bread for toast. Do not bake in the summer - just too warm. So will be a treat today. Want to bake cookies too but am low on sugar - and probably will not get to the grocery store for a couple more days. But i think we have everything el... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:16:15 EST November 17, Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818526 Had a good, active day. <BR> <BR> This morning i cleaned off the top of the hutch in the dining area - removed the dishes and glass ware and moved the hutch out so i could clean under and behind it. Had been a while - now need to clean out the drawers. <BR> <BR> Then this afternoon met with the knitters at the Buckin' Bean - and started a cap to donate to the Warming Center. It is open for the homeless when the temperature is below freezing. <BR> <BR> Now am going to watch more of my c... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:11:43 EST November 15, 2014 - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817241 I had planned to blog each day - but have not. But have been counting the days. And have done at least 10 minutes of exercise or stretching each day - just need to get it blogged and on the tracker. Am determined to do the 100 days and then to just keep counting. Just read a blog about a Mother and Daughter who did the 100 days and lost 74 pounds together. <BR> <BR> My goal is not the weight loss - but am hoping that may be a bonus. My goal is to strengthen my legs - that seem to be g... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:03:05 EST Day 8 - Sat., November 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813922 Had a great day!! I was just getting ready to run a couple of errands when my daughter called. She had the day off. YEAH!! So we met at RiteAide and then went to StarBucks. We had our coffee and treat and visited for about an hour. She is going thru a rough time right now - so shared the latest with me. Then we went to her house for a while - and talked some more. <BR> <BR> My Granddaughter was home so got to spend some time with Jill. She is in the 8th grade and is such a bright, f... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:35:56 EST Friday, November 7, 2014 - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813102 I met with Elaine and Steph at the Cookie Tree this morning - did not do any knitting, but had such a good visit. Also met Marilyn James, a gal i worked with many years ago at H&D. She had gone back to Medford for her High School reunion and had a very good time. So we reminisced about all the old hang-outs. <BR> <BR> This evening am watching a good movie - A Gentleman's Game - about a boy learning the game of golf. I did try a couple of time - just not my game. <BR> <BR> My sister i... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 13:03:52 EST Thursday, November 6, 2014 - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812246 A quiet day at home. The plumber came to replace a valve that was put in last year. A couple of other apartments had problems - so they just replaced all of them. That was supposed to be about 1 and of course it was about 3:30 when he finally arrived. So that took my afternoon. <BR> <BR> Heard from my Sister - she had a restless night - and is running a fever that she has not been able to get down. But, she has been eating a bit better - and that is good. <BR> <BR> Have been trying to ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 22:21:28 EST Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811685 Finally got to the grocery store and bought groceries. We have been home a week - and had just picked up items as we needed them. Now to plan our menus for the week. Have not done a very good job cooking recently, but really need to. We eat much better when i plan. <BR> <BR> This evening i watched a couple of Christmas movies on netflex. Was disappointed that more were not on streaming. So guess i will have to send for some on dvd. A favorite is Crazy Christmas - may just buy that o... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:41:31 EST Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810755 Had a call from my son, Gordon, who lives in Vancouver, WA. And, as usual, we talked over an hour - we don't talk very often on the phone - so there is always lots to catch up on. <BR> <BR> Now have an angel food cake in the oven. Son, Geoff, is allergic to his favorite food - strawberries - he gets a migraine if he eats them more that one day at at time. So about twice a year we have Angel Food Cake and fresh Strawberries. Always for his Birthday and then about this time of year. Now ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:27:36 EST Monday - Day Three - November 3, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810222 Not doing so good today - my left leg just does not want to cooperate - having cramps. So the best i have been able to do is lots of stretching. Did do a couple of loads of laundry - which meant walking outside to the laundry room a few times. Also, swept and mopped the dining area and the kitchen. <BR> <BR> Had wanted to get outside for a walk - but that will have to wait - perhaps tomorrow. Except that i need to get to WalMart for a few things - and that is a walk too. <BR> <BR> Just... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 19:22:03 EST Sunday, November 2, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809238 We have a new schedule at church beginning today - am anxious to see how it will work out. We have lengthened the first service to an hour and half and added a 30 minute fellowship time between the two services. This way we can get to know better those who attend the other service. <BR> <BR> Looks like it will be a beautiful day - a smathering (just learned that that is actually not a word) - of clouds and the sun peeking over the hills. <BR> <BR> Wonder what makes a word a word. I hav... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:15:17 EST November 1, 2014 - Day One!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808683 OK - i surrender!! <BR> <BR> I have started a number of challenges and do fairly well - and then life just gets in the way. Like the past two weeks. My son and I made an emergency trip to Medford - my Sister is very ill. And while there did not even think about exercise. Just focused on my Sister, Linda. And now am starting another challenge. Makes me wonder what is going to happen this time. Except that this may be one that i can do no matter what!! <BR> <BR> I joined the Streak 1... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 13:02:25 EST October 30, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807739 Geoff and I are finally back home!! We had a good trip down and back to Medford - the drive was easier than i had anticipated. <BR> <BR> Now the doctors think the cancer is in Linda's bone marrow - her hemoglobin count keeps dropping. She was in the hospital again while we were there and received another 2 units of blood. So they have set her up at the infusion center to have her blood checked twice a week and to have a transfusion when the count drops below a certain point. This will... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:06:21 EST Trip to Medford http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799454 My son and i are heading to Medford to visit with my sister - not sure how long we will be gone - probably at least a week or longer. But will have my laptop so will try to check in whenever i can. <BR> <BR> Am sorta dreading the trip - do not like the drive thru Portland and there is no real easy way to bi-pass. But it is a nice drive from there down I5 - i do enjoy that part of the trip. <BR> <BR> We are planning to head out tomorrow if i can get ready. Will see. <BR> <BR> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:28:01 EST Monday, October 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797446 Beautiful out today - sunny and warming up!! Predictions into the 80s - <BR> <BR> I talked to my Sister yesterday - she is in the hospital - getting some blood. She is very anemic and was quite weak. But after the transfusions, she had gotten some of her strength back. She will be in the hospital a couple of days. I am not going down yet - will wait until her friend Tom lets me know. I will miss her emails today - we email at least a dozen times a day - have to keep track of each other... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:00:24 EST Saturday, October 11, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796319 I have not done much Sparking recently - have had a few "family" issues and now my sister who lives in Medford has been diagnosed with cancer. She has known for a while, but did not let me know since i lost my son, Greg, to cancer in December. In January the doctor told her 5 to 6 months without chemo. She has opted not to have the chemo, but has been having radiation which has helped. Not sure how she is really doing - she has never been one to share - but am going to check with her be... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:48:22 EST Later Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794306 Well, I said there were no plans to stay past noon - but again today Steph and i were there until about 4. <BR> <BR> We were sharing our "stories" and the changes happening in our church. Last year our senior pastor resigned because of his health. And our current pastor came from Arkansas the first of September. Gonna be great. <BR> And then last Sunday our associate pastor gave his resignation. He and his family (they have 3 little ones - the oldest just started school) are moving to a ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:35:31 EST Tuesday, October 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793982 Wow, already a week into October! <BR> <BR> Elaine and I have been meeting at the DoNut shop for over 3 years now - our coffee, i have a maple bar, we visit (a lot!!) and also have been doing some Bible studies. Last week another friend from church joined us and oh, it was so good to have her with us. <BR> <BR> Elaine left about noon - she had a 1 o'clock appointment and Steph and i stayed to visit and get better acquainted. Finally about 4 p.m. we decided it was probably time for u... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:38:34 EST Monday, October 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793468 Having a good morning - just enjoying the cooler weather and the bright sunshine. <BR> <BR> Will be meeting fellow knitters this afternoon. Am knitting a poncho for my sister for Christmas - a fun, easy patten. And think i might have to knit one for me - later,. <BR> <BR> Last week a Granddaughter, Jill, had her 14th birthday and we celebrated at Abby's. I was fairly good - had my salad and only one small piece of pizza. One of her favorite tv series is Dr. Who so her Mom ordered a cake... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 14:39:42 EST Me - First Thing in the Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789720 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l732705986.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:49:10 EST Monday, August 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762430 Says the temp is 93 but feels much warmer. And my sister in Medford says they are predicting another thunder storm there. Have not heard if it did happen. <BR> <BR> This morning i stopped at the newspaper office to update my account - so i will get the newspaper again. The bank account they had on file has expired. Then to the club for a short walk on the treadmill before heading to WalMart for a few things. <BR> <BR> And there added a lot of steps as i trapesed around the store looki... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:13:06 EST Friday, August 15, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760465 Elaine and her husband, Dave, have been at his Mother's all week - in Baker City. So no Bible study with her on Tuesday. <em>39</em> Had not realized how much i need that time with her and in our Bible study. Seems to just set my mood for the seek. <BR> <BR> So have not gotten much accomplished - until today. Had a good talk with myself - time to get off your duff and MOVE. So did so this morning. Outside - watered, washed down the patio, weeded and washed down the sliding glass d... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:51:42 EST August 5, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753587 Oh, my, how the days just scoot by! Been a very warm summer but looks like it may cool down some. <BR> <BR> Meeting Elaine this morning for our coffee at the DoNut Shop and our study in Revelation! Then to WalMart for a new necessities. <BR> <BR> Here is my to-do list for today - but first a little note. One time i was telling my sister about my to-do list and typed my "do-do" list. Now she teases me about my "do-do" list - but sometimes it just feels that way. Things that really ne... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:45:54 EST Today's Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731300 I have had a cough and a cold for about 2 weeks and i am done with it!! Finally feeling much better and did not wake coughing during the night. <BR> <BR> So my 3 goals for today are: <BR> <BR> Laundry - a couple of loads - DONE - only had one load to do. <BR> <BR> Dr. appointment to have by BP meds checked. - DONE - went well except my BP is elevated, so she is changing my meds and ordered an antibiotic for the cough. And i go back in a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Plant the impatiens th... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:08:14 EST "Under the Weather" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724018 This past week i used the expression "under the weather" a couple of times and just got to wondering where this phrase came from. Found this explanation - among a few others - at urbandictionary.com. <BR> <BR> under the weather <BR> During the days when ships were powered by sail, the captains log documented everything that happended during the day. As sickness could spread rapidly on a ship,there were often times where the number of sailers that were ill exceeded the space provided in t... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 10:33:23 EST Pendleton's Walk for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723370 Still a bit "under the weather" - i wonder where that phrase came from. Will have to research. So will be staying home - not going to church this morning. So will just do some Bible study here at home. <BR> <BR> Looks like a warm day - right now it is 55 with a predicted high of 84 - and will probably get that warm. Oh, i do love the warm weather. My son likes it about 68 - and not much higher. So he is not too excited about the warm weather to come. <BR> <BR> This weekend we had the... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 11:41:58 EST Thursday, June 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721337 Well, i did have good intentions! Getting to the club at least 3 times each week. But will have to start next week. I have had a scratchy throat the past couple of days and woke this morning with a full-blown cold. Don't remember the last time i actually had a cold - so guess this one is making up for it. <BR> <BR> So will be staying in for at least a couple of days. <BR> <BR> But i do have my knitting - yeah!! and a couple of books to read. <BR> <BR> Got the first one at the librar... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:11:24 EST Another Goal to Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719781 I an actually still drinking water - really had not thought i would actually drink water consistently but have for 60 days. I have a glass on the kitchen counter that i keep filled - i like the water room temperature. When i empty it, i put a mark on the white board on our fridge - then fill the glass again. And my son nudges me too and that helps - he is a water-drinker but wants his cold from the fridge. <BR> <BR> So have decided to add another goal to track. I have a membership at th... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:41:01 EST Monday, June 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719316 Had a good weekend - <BR> <BR> Spent most of Saturday cleaning in my bedroom - and sorting thru some of my yarns. <BR> <BR> Sunday - church in the morning. Then lunch was a baked potato with salad. A short nap and then back to church for our Circle of Sisters. We did an evening of just worship. We talked about all the ways of worship and then participated in some - kneeling, singing, dancing, painting, and writing - and a few other activities that were suggested. A very good evening.... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:51:20 EST Back on Track - June 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717952 Finally am getting on a much better track. I am using the Spark Streak tracker to inspire and to encourage me to get with the program. <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Drinking water is one of the things i just could not do. So my goal was just 4 glasses a day - so far 57 days! YEAH!! I put tally marks on the white board we have on the fridge each time i empty my glass and fill it again. And i have a son who encourages me along the way. And yesterday actually drank 7 glasses - fel... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:19:25 EST Sunday, May 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687308 Had a good service at church this morning. And one of our youth was baptized. Our baptistry had a leak so the baptisms are in a wading pool in the yard - and very exciting to witness our youth taking a public stand for Jesus. This was the 24th baptism in the past couple of months. <BR> <BR> Will be knitting this afternoon and then church this evening; Our Circle of Sisters meets at 5:30 - for a study of the Song of Solomon - a very good study. Sun, 4 May 2014 15:59:59 EST Tuesday, April 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677758 Had a good day yesterday. <BR> <BR> Did some cleaning in the living room. Last week i bought a small carpet shampooer and am in the process of cleaning the carpets in our very small apartment. Will be so good when it is all done. And yesterday i did another section in the living room, <BR> <BR> In the afternoon went to knitting - such a fun group - 5 of us yesterday. I am knitting a prayer shawl to donate to Hospice. I do so treasure the one they gave us when they were caring for my so... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:09:27 EST Monday, March 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644514 I do feel like i am gradually getting my life back "on track" since my son's death, December 30. The days we had with him were so precious and i do miss him. So in honor of his life, i am going to take better charge of each day that God gives me, <BR> <BR> I have getting back to the club - not as often as i would like, but my goal right now is to just set the habit of going at least 5 days a week - even if for only 10 minutes on the treadmill. And also have been walking more - and trying ... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:41:51 EST My Grandson Jordon and his Wife, Melissa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636931 My grandson is in the Navy and stationed in SanDiego. And he and his Wife are visiting for a few days. I had not met her, so yesterday we met for lunch and i got to know a bit about her and her dreams. <BR> Monday will be their first wedding anniversary and the are going to spend a couple of days at a bed-and-breakfast in Walla Walla. So pray it will be a good time for them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l596996808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 13:19:45 EST Friday, February 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618081 YEAH!! Got to the club this morning in spite of the snow. Oh, but it is so beautiful - just wish I had remembered my camera. Will put in my bag so next time i will have it. But, I can take a couple of pictures of the river from my patio. <BR> <BR> Had a good visit with Elaine and Barb at the Cookie Tree. Elaine and I are knitting socks and Barb is finishing a sweater she is knitting for her husband. It will be so very nice! <BR> <BR> My goal for January had been to get to the club mor... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 18:32:18 EST Tuesday, February 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615144 "A man who wants something will find a way; a man who doesn’t will find an excuse.” <BR> Unknown <BR> <BR> I have this quote on a sticky on my desktop - not sure where i got it - must be from someone's blog here on SparkPeople - or perhaps one of the inspirational quotes. But it so applies to me today. <BR> <BR> I met with Elaine this morning for our visit and time of Bible study. And we talked about our weight - she was at the doctor yesterday and he basically told her she needs to loo... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 16:04:37 EST Snow This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614070 <BR> Woke up to snow this morning and it is so pretty!! I was planning to go to Walla Walla with a friend but decided not to when I saw snow in the forecast. She has a doctor appointment and we were going to do some shopping. I need to go to JoAnn's for fabric for muu muus for my sister. I have a pattern and want to make a couple of them for her. But that will have to wait - again. I just do not want to fall!! <BR> <BR> And we were going to the yarn shop - we have a growing one here... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:41:02 EST Friday, January 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611520 Had such fun surprising my sister. Greg had bought a laptop not long before he died and Geoff and I were talking about what we were going to do with it. I knew my sister has been wanting one, but just had no way to send it to her. <BR> <BR> So, we ordered one like it and had it delivered to her - she was so delighted - except that she said she could not decide who to be mad at - me for doing it or Geoff for encouraging me to do it. But, it was ok when I told her that the money is coming f... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:21:50 EST Tuesday, January 28, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608585 Have decided to focus on one - just one - goal for each month during this year. Was going to last year and then life just got in the way. But this is my year!! <BR> <BR> I know January is almost over, but for the rest of this month - and into the next - am going to get to the club at least 5 days a week. Today, i had the account at the club transferred from my daughter to me. Because of her working hours she just is not able to get there often enough to make it pay for her. <BR> Went ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:25:16 EST My Daughter's Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603902 Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday - she will be 50! She was here recently and saw my memory pillow and now wants one. She is a "wanter" and so of course she would want a pillow like I have. <BR> <BR> So today I picked up one for her at WalMart and yesterday I made a pillowcase for her. As you can see she loves horses. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1975555463.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:32:45 EST Greg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578267 Greg, my son, has lost his battle with cancer. The Lord took him early Monday morning. He last couple of days were very difficult - he could no longer move and was having a hard time breathing. But, he had gone to sleep and aroused only briefly a couple of time. <BR> <BR> There have been so many blessings in our family during this time. He and his brother, Geoff, resolved their differences and had some special times sharing. And Geoff and his sister, Kathi, have also reconciled some. ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 17:03:32 EST Sunday, December 8, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559667 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l70936801.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just received this from my sister Linda, in Medford, Oregon. Right now they are at 3 degrees and we are at minus 3 degrees. <BR> <BR> But, we are so thankful that we have heat and it is so warm and cozy in our apartment. <BR> Have seen that some areas are without power. Just praying that the people are able to keep warm. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:29:43 EST SNOW!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555976 My sister said there was snow in their forecast but it did not arrive - she lives in SW Oregon - <BR> but this morning the snow is getting dumped here in Pendleton. True, we do get snow here, but we had sunshine in the forecast - not snow. And it is freezing - so fun driving. It is mostly flat in town, but I do not have my studded tires on yet - will call today and make an appointment. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l947688887.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was ta... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 12:51:23 EST Geoff's Santa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554278 Am getting out a few Christmas decorations - just trying to get into the Holiday spirit. <BR> And, this little fellow was a gift to my middle son from his Grandmother many years ago - filled with ribbon candy. <BR> Finally last year I got it out and redid for him - and filled with chocolate kisses. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l82503904.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now he has taken his place on the coffee table - just waiting to be filled. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 15:22:09 EST Saturday, November 30, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553429 No plans for today - just a quiet day watching more StarGate with Greg and more knitting. Am knitting fingerless gloves for my daughter - and the pattern is such fun to do. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1366508580.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:12:13 EST Thanksgiving Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552740 Well, I was planning a quiet Thanksgiving Day with my two sons and their Dad. And really it was - just seemed long and i was really tired when everyone did leave. <BR> <BR> Their Dad come about 1 and we ate about 2 - dinner was quite simple - turkey and the trimmings (dressing, masked potatoes, and gravy) and, of course, pink stuff. We do not have cable tv - so no football. But Dick does like his football on Thanksgiving so he suggested that he and our oldest go looking for one of those... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:24:55 EST Wednesday, October 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515323 Yesterday afternoon Greg and I went to Shari's to see a friend - Holly had worked at the Red Lion and then moved over to Shari's where she is now evening Supervisor. We had not been to see her for way too long - so we really enjoyed visiting with her. She is a very dear friend and has been so supportive of Greg. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718392211.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Greg is beginning to get some "fuzz" on the back of his head and some along one side. I t... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:34:19 EST Friday, October 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504285 Well, did not get to my to-do list this week. When Greg was still living in Medford, he picked up a very special friend, Dale. Dale and his daughter, Sarah, came up to visit in June after they learned about Greg's illness. Then they came again this week. That's about 450 plus miles, depending on which direction you come. And, we had such a good time - they are very loving, caring people. <BR> <BR> Then last night Greg was very tired! Sometimes the reality of his condition hits him rath... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 10:29:25 EST More Knitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500607 I think I am addicted!! Met with Elaine and Barb for more knitting this afternoon. Elaine is knitting a prayer shawl and Barb is knitting a sweater for her hubby for Christmas - and, of course, I am still making socks for Christmas. We had such a good visit. <BR> <BR> I took Greg over to his house while I was visiting. When I picked him up, he said a couple of the neighbors had come over so he just visited with them. So he did not get much done in his house. He moved over here the end ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:46:12 EST