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/ A Stressful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977492 Yesterday on the way to the church my pickup "died. After a number of trials to get it started had it towed the garage. The fuel pump had gone out. The mechanic said that a contributing factor was that i was out of gas. That just can't be - i keep it filled every month and i do not drive that much - just here in Pendleton - and it all of about 5 miles across town. <BR> <BR> Last night i kept thinking about it - and i think the gas may have been syphoned off - we do have some questionabl... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:20:38 EST My Motivation Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967954 One of the slides on my Motivation Board is "Commit and Conquer". Have been thinking about this one for a long time but had not really committed to one particular goal. But, had a hard weekend and finally decided to "take the bull by the horns" and do something serious about my weight. Well, not so much about the weight, as with the water-retention that I have been struggling with. I am under doctor's care and do take my meds, but still have some swelling in my legs and feet. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:18:34 EST Morning Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966931 Well, i did take that walk - to the bridge. Really low this year - almost no snow in the mountains so has been a hot, dry summer. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37978fa9-1e64-451b-bc8b-e116e2d588b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then decided to just keep going - so went up the hill and around the block. A couple of houses i passed: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ead7c20-0d91-49d0-a68b-977ac028e2ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then took a couple of pictures of flow... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:42:58 EST Grocery Shopping Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966064 I wrote earlier about by issue with cooking - well, today another of my least favorite "duties"! Grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> I did really good earlier this month - found good sales on meat at Safeway. Picked up hamburger, chicken breasts, and a roast - so we have had meat in the freezer for the past about 3 weeks. And it has made cooking so much easier. <BR> <BR> But, now need more and other staples for the kitchen. So need to get to the store again. Today will probably be WalMart ... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:01:45 EST A Cook?? - NOT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964332 I DO NOT ENJOY COOKING!! And i had 5 children - but you really do cook differently when there are children around. One of the goals on my Goal Board Check-In: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f252ddd-1b09-409e-b206-a0bd1dc3894f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and I see it every morning. Sometimes it inspires me and sometimes I just think about taking it off. You know - "Out of sight, out of mind". But, i think i am doing a bit better. My goal has been to fix a new recipe ... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:45:02 EST Slide at our Church BBQ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962192 Our church BBQ Wed. evening was such fun. Here is a picture of the water slide - the "kiddies" had such fun. I think my daughter went down it a number of times. She is such a dare-devil. She will try most anything - <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c841677f-6c6f-4122-8297-e843ce4d5f84.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And, Martha, I don't know if I could have climbed the stairs to get to the top!! They did not seem the most stable. <BR> <BR> And, of course, all the food was... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:21:03 EST The Shape I Choose http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959653 Found this on facebook , , , , , , . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58d885d0-50af-4731-b173-c5bbc403a96e.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 17:04:50 EST National Simplicity Day - June 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959267 Tomorrow, June 12, is National Simplicity Day - in honor of Henry David Thoreau who was an advocate for living a life of simplicity. In his book "Walden" he asserted that as we simplify our lives, the laws of the universe will appear less complex. <BR> <BR> And, oh, how we do complicate our lives every day. What can you - what can i do today to simplify my life?? <BR> <BR> “My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions but in the fewness of my wants.” <BR> – J. Botherton <BR... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 21:31:09 EST Another Warm Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953332 Most every day our temp is in the 3 digits - and it seems more humid this year. So it is hard to stay motivated. I just want to sit in front of the fan and knit - and watch my series on netflix.com. But, that is not so good for me. The doctor increased my water pills and I have been trying to drink more water. But, still have swelling in my legs and feet - not as much, but more that should be. <BR> <BR> Been getting to the club more - still not as often as I should. Have even been gett... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:52:02 EST A Good Day to Just Knit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951829 Well, had my coffee and breakfast (toast and plums) , got dressed, emptied the dishwasher, and took our the trash! I think that is enough for today! Think I will just knit and watch my next dvd from netflix.com - the next one of Everwood - a good family series. <BR> <BR> It is now 89 here in the apartment and predicted a high of 107 today - so may just stay in and knit. Well, will get to the club and need to pick up some milk on the way back home. <BR> <BR> Got to the Farmer's Market yes... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 13:46:14 EST Saturday, June 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948251 Had a great day yesterday!! <BR> <BR> Met with other knitters in the morning. One of the gals, Marilyn, is a friend I had worked with years ago at Harry and David in Medford. We both grew up in Medford and have such wonderful memories - and of course we just reminisce about places and people we knew. And, we do get a bit of knitting done. Sorry to others with us who do not share our memories - I just get excited remembering places and people in my past! <BR> <BR> Then in the evening me... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:40:48 EST Thursday, June 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943438 Back to the doctor this afternoon - just a follow-up. Last time she changed my "water-pill" and this one is much more effective. So have lost a few pounds - just water, but i will take the loss anyway I can get it!! Feeling much better now. <BR> <BR> Yesterday Elaine shared on of her devotionals about our Reluctant Journey thru life. Of course, the focus was on our relationship with Christ, but the theme can be applied to any part of our daily lives. <BR> <BR> Was thinking about my jou... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:02:37 EST Monday, June 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937891 Heading to the doctor this morning - have not been in too long. Do take my BP meds - but have some swelling in my lower legs and ankles - so am going to have it checked. <BR> <BR> Then knitting this afternoon - have one sock done and am starting the other one - this pair for Christmas. And the color is called Christmas - lots of reds and greens. Elaine will not be there today - today is her wedding anniversary - so am wishing her and Dave the best!! Such a cute couple. Need to get a p... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 12:38:42 EST Another Birthday in Our Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936810 Well, 3 of my 5 children have birthdays in May - and yesterday was Geoff's 48th. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/428b642b-937c-44ed-b391-aa2c31bb4b22.png"> <BR> <BR> He looks so serious - actually he is not - but always have a time getting a picture of him. His sister came by with a gift - Aussie Licorice - his very favorite. And i got him another cup for his collection! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5bdcbbee-b84f-4c3e-b787-6149ae9... Sat, 30 May 2015 13:50:07 EST Day 29 - May 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930237 Had planned to blog each day - but somehow the days have just passed by - but I have been checking in every day to the 30-Day Small Changes Challenge. Has been fun and educational. Have not done as much as i had thought i would - but have checked in every day. Have done my stretches and tried to do at least 10 minutes of exercise every day. <BR> <BR> Has been fun and now want to repeat in June and do even more. So the rest of May will review the changes I have made and look for more that... Mon, 18 May 2015 14:25:36 EST Day Ten - A Smarter Snack Strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919607 Yesterdays challenge was "Rise and Shine" - In the summer it is easier to get up earlier - with the warmer weather and the bright sunshine. And yesterday, was up about 6 a.m. And even got in some stretching before i started my day. <BR> <BR> After Bible study with Elaine and a stop at BiMart to check my number (nothing this week), i went to the club. I have been doing 10 - 15 minutes on the treadmill every day. But, yesterday did a bit on the elliptical. I told Tracy, the manager, tha... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:21:52 EST Day Eight - Rethink your Drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918526 Had a good weekend. Church Sunday morning, lunch was McDonald's (only do this occasionally), and a small group at church in the evening. <BR> <BR> My Drinks: I just have a couple of cups of coffee in the morning and then drink mostly water during the day. Have maybe one or two sodas a month. But, i do enjoy iced tea in the summer. I grew up on sweet tea - we were from Oklahoma and Mom made the best. However, i am finding that the tea today is just not the same - or is it that my taste... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:24:51 EST Day Five - Take a Stand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917289 When i was working, i spent the day in a cubicle on a computer - mostly just sitting. And, now that i am retired I love to knit. So that means, sitting watching a movie or reading something on the computer while i knit!! NOT GOOD!! <BR> <BR> Today's challenge was to stand more. I do try to get up every hour and do about 15 minutes of something on my feet - some cleaning, taking out the trash, or a bit of gardening. But occasionally i get involved and do not get up as i should. So am se... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:38:28 EST Day Three - Breakfast!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915751 Well, this is day three of the 30 Day Challenge I am going to conquer!! And today talks about the importance of starting the day with breakfast. <BR> <BR> I grew up eating breakfast. My Mother always had her eggs and toast - and we (my Sister and I) had mostly cold cereals. But after i married and as i raised my little ones i quit eating breakfast. I do have my coffee and mostly just a piece of toast and call that breakfast. But that really is not a very nourishing way to begin the day.... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:16:30 EST Commit and Conquer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915370 On my Goal Board Check-In I have "Commit and Conquer". Have been thinking about that today. I have often joined challenges and do ok for the first few days and then decided it is just not for me. But, the idea of the challenge is to commit to something that is really within reach - but can be a real stretch to realize sometimes. <BR> <BR> There are a couple of things i am really committed to. First is my Bible study. It is like my nourishment for the day. And another is knitting - I am... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:27:16 EST Easter Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906424 Had a awesome day yesterday - Church in the morning and then breakfast at Sherry's with family,. <BR> <BR> My son Gordon came from Portland ( about 200 miles). Here he is with his sister, Kathi. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1507538077.jpg"> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 12:37:12 EST Spring, Where Are You?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883040 I am so ready for Spring!! And i can imagine that those buried in snow are too!! Yesterday while out walking saw some crocus in bloom and daffodils just ready to burst open. And my tulips and iris are peeking thru to see if it is warm enough to come out. <BR> <BR> But, this morning is overcast and gloomy out. And the temp range is predicted into the mid-40s. So will not be as warm as it has been the past couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:17:55 EST Thursday, February 19, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878676 Met Elaine and Steph at the Cookie Tree yesterday morning - during my 77 years have had only a few very close friends - but these 2 gals are the best. We have just "jelled" - with our Bible studies and our prayer times and our times of just "gab". Yesterday was just a time of "gab"! <BR> <BR> Then went to the club and walked 12 minutes on the treadmill - not much but it is a start. So plan to go again today. <BR> <BR> And plan to bake bread and cookies. Need to send cookies to Tom - h... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:09:29 EST Club Membership - February 18, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878056 I went to the club yesterday planning to just cancel - since my contract is ending. Partly financial - since i am paying for the burial of my sister in December. But, Kristy said she could freeze my membership for up to 4 months if that would help - so that is what we are doing. And, in the meantime, i do have a free month for just re-registering. So will have access until March 24. Then will see how it goes. <BR> <BR> So will be getting to the club - again. Have not been in 3 months. ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:14:33 EST Greg's Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876193 Today is my oldest son's BirthDay!! He is 53. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1852741389.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With a best friend after chemo and radiation. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1171141805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> December 30, 2013 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150869469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I miss him so!! Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:17:15 EST Day Twenty Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861155 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1195087660.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, had a good nap. Now back to some knitting. My Daughter has a birthday tomorrow and am knitting her a pair of fingerless gloves - almost finished. <BR> <BR> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:02:03 EST Day Twenty Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860577 Had a good morning. Elaine and Steph and I usually meet at the church for prayer. But this morning there was a gas leak, so we went to StarBucks - oh, dear. Probably not the best but it is just next door. And i had my Mocha Latte. So good!! <BR> <BR> And the pastor of the Nazarene Church came in - so we invited him to join us. He shared that he is putting together a Work and Witness team to go to Bangledesh in May. When i attended the Nazarene Church in Medford i was able to go on... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:43:00 EST Day Twenty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858988 Mostly on track - my leg is better. My son thinks the main problem is my bed - really need a new mattress but just can't afford right now. So will just have to keep up the exercise - and that is good!! <BR> <BR> Met Elaine and Steph this morning for our Bible study - Elaine and i have been meeting for over 3 years and Steph joined up last year. So good!! And this evening will be meeting with our knitting group at the Prodigal Son. Lindsay, the waitress we have had will be moving (she go... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:49:28 EST Day Eighteen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857061 Have been off on a side track for a few days. Not exercising as much but have been doing my stretches every day. My left leg has been giving me "fits". Hard time walking - feels like a cramp in my thigh muscles. And have been walking every day - sometimes outside and some days here in the apartment. Not as much as i would like, but at least consistent. <BR> <BR> But I am still claiming every day!! This is my year - and am so thankful for all my friends here at SparkPeople who do enco... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:21:41 EST Day Nine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850228 Still claiming each day! Have done at least my stretching every day - and have done more exercising too. <BR> <BR> Yesterday met with Elaine and Stephanie at the church. Steph is going thru a rough time right now - so we were at the church longer than usual - just sharing and praying and laughing. I do so love these two gals - they are such an encouragement to me. <BR> <BR> Now today will be meeting a couple of knitters at the Cookie Tree and will be knitting on some red socks - a ... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:31:16 EST Day Four! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845595 I joined the Streak 100 Team the first of the year and so far have done at least some good stretches each day. Started last year but somehow life just got in the way. <BR> But just read that we should not let life get in the way of living! So this year I am going to live!! Every day that God gives me - whatever He has planned. <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2015 12:24:01 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842830 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l608511303.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Jan 2015 12:39:32 EST 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