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/ 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 Knitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497904 Went to the Cookie Tree this morning to meet with a couple of other knitters - such fun!! Mina and Elaine are knitting Prayer Shawls. They give them to the Hospital and the shawls are given to cancer patients in the Cancer Center. They are so appreciated!! <BR> <BR> I am still knitting socks for Christmas - have found a couple of patterns that are really fun and easy. Have 3 pairs finished - need to figure out how many pairs I should knit. <BR> <BR> I have been wanting to do some qui... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:40:42 EST Quote of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470702 Just have to share this quote I found this morning. I think it fits so well with where I am today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1645822999.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I so often think "I can't do that" and don't even try. So I just limit myself in what I can accomplish. When I just do what I can, I am amazed at the progress I make. <BR> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:11:04 EST A BBQ Last Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463915 Had such fun yesterday evening - went with a neighbor to a bbq put on by the hospital. We had hamburgers with all the fixings and watermelon. Oh, and the baked beans and potato salad were the very best!! <BR> <BR> The Pendleton Round-Up is in a couple of weeks and the princesses were there - 6 rodeo princesses and 2 Indian princesses. They were dressed in all their regalia - and such charming girls they were. It was held at a retirement home so the residents were able to meet and talk t... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:12:34 EST My Sister's Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437447 Today is my sweet Sister's Birthday - she is 70 today. Where, or where, have the years gone?? <BR> <BR> One time my Mother told me she feels 16 and then looks in the mirror. I told her to just break the mirror and be 16. Perhaps that 16 year old heart kept her alive and active for 99 years. <BR> <BR> My Dad was always "39" until i got near that age. I told him he needed to be a little older, because he would look silly with a daughter older than him. So he picked "49" for a good age.... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:45:31 EST Saturday, July 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435364 How quickly life can change!! Just a coupe of months ago, Greg had his surgery- he has had the radiation and the chemo. And they have really knocked him for a loo;!! So he has decided not to have anymore treatment - at least not for now. <BR> <BR> And a couple of weeks ago I was in the emergency room - blood pressure "out of sight"! Partly because of the prognosis for Greg and partly other family issues. So am now taking BP meds and potassium. <BR> <BR> Because of all of this I hav... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:23:21 EST Chemo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429203 Greg has had a round of chemo - 3 days - and i think he has about decided not to have any more. Today he has a blood draw and Wed. a consultation with the doctor. Then he will decide. But, even if he does not have any now he can still have some later. It just wiped him out for a week - and he does not want to live that way. <BR> <BR> My two boys have been talking more than they have in years. That is one of the very positive things that has come from this experience - them recognizing t... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:08:42 EST Saturday, July 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412555 Had a good morning, Stopped at the library and picked up a couple of books, then to the club for 10 minutes on the treadmill. Not very long, but I have not been in a while. <BR> <BR> When I got home, Greg was just getting up. He had a major headache - took a couple of tylenol and laid back down. He has gone off the steroids - probably not a good idea since they reduce the swelling in the brain. The doctor told him that if the headaches started again, to let him know. He has finished t... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 17:03:26 EST Fourth of July!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410933 We had such a fun weekend. Dale, a friend of Greg's, drove up from Medford to visit - and brought his daughter, Sara. They are really good people. We just visited, ate, and watched movies. They were here 3 days and plan to come in September for the Pendleton Round-Up. Hoping it will be a bit cooler - it was in the 100s while they were here so we did not get out much to see the town. But, during Round-Up there will be lots to see and do. Just hope they can both get off work to come. <B... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 20:41:33 EST Friday, June 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404789 Was good yesterday - well mostly. I did take my vitamins and calcium - and did get my 4 glasses of water! Dinner last night was home-made pizza. But, i did limit myself to 2 small pieces and a big salad. So all was not lost. <BR> <BR> Am thinking about a challenge for myself for next week. I would like to start going to the club again - have not been since our lives were turned topsy-turvy!! Will think about this some more. I was feeling so much better when I was going every day - ju... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:41:29 EST Wednesday, June 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403009 Had a busy day - got a couple loads of laundry done this morning. Then this afternoon Greg and i went shopping. My sister had sent us a gift card for WalMart - so just had to use it. Then after putting away the groceries, we fixed spaghetti for dinner. Spaghetti, salad, and ice cream with frozen berries for dessert. <BR> <BR> This evening have been knitting on a shawl - and looking at more sock yarn. Am just about out so time to get more!! <BR> <BR> My Challenges to date: <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 23:40:04 EST Tuesday, June 25, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401566 I got today off to a good start - met Elaine at the DoNot Shop. We have been studying the book of Romans since last October. Some times we do only a verse or 2 and sometimes we just visit and share what is going on in our lives. But, we are hoping to finish this awesome letter by Round-Up which is the 2nd week in September. And we just might!! Then we have not decided what our next study will be. <BR> <BR> Have vacuumed the living room - took my fern outside - it is shedding just too ma... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:46:08 EST Monday, June 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400786 Well, today has been a "lost cause" with my water intake. Only 2 so far and I am about ready to "hit the sack". I got up about 6 this morning - had not planned to get up so early, but just woke up and could not get back to sleep. <BR> <BR> Did some cleaning in the coat closet this morning - seems like it is such a "catch-all". Then about 1 a friend called to see if I was going to join the knitting group at the Buckin' Bean. So, of course, off I went. Just can't pass up a chance to jus... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:39:48 EST Sunday, June 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399523 Church was good this morning - there was a presentation by the Gideons. They do such an awesome work. We have 2 members in our church that are Gideons. Then our Sunday School class where we are going thru the book of Genesis. <BR> <BR> Lunch today was Teriyaki chicken, mashed potatoes, and salad. Now am getting ready to watch more of Raiders of the Lost Ark - have not watched in a very long time. <BR> <BR> My challenge for this week is to drink 4 glasses of water each day. So far, 2 dow... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:08:30 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398328 I have joined a number of challenges - and have truly wanted to complete, but somehow I either forget about them or just seem to lose interest. Have been thinking about a better way to actually complete. So have decided to just write each one out and put on my blog page. <BR> <BR> This week is mostly over, but have been taking my vitamins and calcium every day. And actually have taken them instead of just carrying them around in my pocket all day. My son told me they do not work by osmos... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:02:39 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336322 "A man who wants something will find a way; <BR> a man who doesn’t will find an excuse.” <BR> Unknown <BR> <BR> I have found so many excuses recently!! NOT GOOD!! <BR> <BR> It is time to really want to get my diet and exercise program back under control. I had lost a few pounds, but have gained them back plus a couple. I know what to do to lose - so I really don't have an excuse for the weight gain. <BR> <BR> My son has lost about 20 pounds recently - except that his lose is due t... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:47:40 EST The Bible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5333595 Got this from my sister this evening. I have been doing quite a bit of Bible study the past couple of weeks - we are studying Genesis in our Sunday School class. Amazing - the beginning of everything - including even time itself. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l677945668.jpg"> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:58:41 EST Linda's Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332784 This poem keeps running thru my mind this morning for some reason. The picture is of the tree that was in the front yard of my sister when she lived in Brookings on the Oregon coast. <BR> <BR> Joyce Kilmer. 1886–1918 <BR> <BR> TREES <BR> <BR> I think that I shall never see <BR> A poem lovely as a tree. <BR> <BR> A tree whose hungry mouth is prest <BR> Against the sweet earth's flowing breast; <BR> <BR> A tree that looks at God all day, <BR> And lifts her leafy ar... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:21:55 EST April - Where is it going?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318697 It is already the 10 and I am just getting into April. No celebrations this month - but I am so ready to start weeding and planting. Lots of beautiful daffodils and tulips blooming. My tulips are in a shaded area so the buds are just starting to show -so will be a while before the actually bloom. <BR> <BR> I am so enjoying our knitting group. We meet Monday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. And I am getting lots of knitting done - am making good headway on the yarn stash I have. Next w... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:08:57 EST A New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305426 I have entered a few challenges and then have fallen by the wayside. But this month I am determined to actually complete a couple of challenges. <BR> <BR> The first comes from the knitting group. It involves using up some of the yarn I have stashed. I do not have very much, but am looking at what I do have and how I can utilize those yarns. Will report later. <BR> <BR> The second challenge is the "Rise and Shine" challenge on the Daily Spark. It is two-fold. Eat a healthy breakfast an... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:05:28 EST The Last Straw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238902 Well, this is the last time!! I really need to lose some weight. Have been on SparkPeople for a few years and weigh the same as when I started. Have lost a few pounds but always gain them back. <BR> <BR> But, I think it is time!! I would like to lose only 2 pounds a month. Why is it so hard to lose just that much?? <BR> <BR> Am reading a book called "Made to Crave" - that is the way God has created us - we are not to crave the things of this world, but we are to crave Him. What I ... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 14:47:58 EST Afternoon with GrandDaughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186880 Took my 12 year-old GrandDaughter to have a manicure this afternoon and it was such fun. Not sure about the color she chose, but, it is what she wanted. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222269274.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l349576148.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1049992115.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then we picked up one of her girl friends and I dropped them off at the ice skating rink. <BR>... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 20:02:39 EST