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/ Spaghetti http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6437103 Have some leftover spaghetti in the fridge and was thinking about making some meatballs to go with it - and that reminded me of a song. <BR> <BR> Do you remember this one: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGBE3eLpvm0 </link> <BR> <BR> On top of spaghetti, <BR> All covered with cheese, <BR> I lost my poor meatball, <BR> When somebody sneezed. <BR> <BR> It rolled off the table, <BR> And on to the floor, <BR> And then my poor meatball, <BR> Rolled out of the door. <BR> <BR> It r... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 18:20:38 EST Jet Fly Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411864 Well, the jet just flew over - signaling the start of the final day of the rodeo. Not so low this time - last year was a bit too low. <BR> <BR> Have not heard from my daughter - but she did post a couple of pictures on facebook. Looking forward to seeing my grandson next week - and his wife will be coming up too. So will be fun reconnecting with them. <BR> <BR> Whem they were here last year: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/091430ea-f34d-47b6-9702-3eda6bd1dc72.jpg... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 16:21:45 EST Round-Up 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411780 I do not do the Round-Up "thing" anymore. Just too much excitement for this ol' lady! <BR> But, my Navy grandson is here and having a blast. He grew up here so always comes for all the fun and festivities (whenever he can). And of course my daughter is so glad to have him home for a bit. And posts pictures on Facebook. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a439e329-6e08-4a65-ad56-e22762b976b7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did get to the CowBoy Breakfast Wednesday morning - so g... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:54:56 EST ET the Second! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395558 Got this from my son and just have to share: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9eb3ad1f-0167-4f69-b7c8-964b82567ea7.jpg"> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 12:50:54 EST A Partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388167 I keep seeing blogs about having a partner to keep me accountable - but do not really have anyone in my life that I feel I can do this with. <BR> <BR> Then a call from my youngest son. He lives in Seattle area - going to school full time and working tull time. He walks a lot - and has a club membership where he works out As we were talking, I mentioned that i had renewed my membership at the local club and want to go at least 3 times a week to start. He is the only one I have shared this ... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:46:11 EST Club Membership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386585 Just ran some errands and stopped at the 24 Hour Fitness Club. Was going to cancel - but decided to renew instead. I have not been going the past few months - <BR> <BR> My BP is up again - and I know that when I exercise regularly it does bring it down. And I can renew at the same monthly - that I can afford. <BR> <BR> So, in order to continue and go regularly am going to schedule 3 days a week to start. Before was going just when I was out and about - and many times would just thi... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:31:30 EST Linda's Poo Bear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375078 Years ago my sister worked at Sears in Medford. One of the displays had this Poo Bear. After the campaign they had a drawing for the bear and he came home with her. This was taken in her living room when she was living in Brookings. Her dream growing up was to someday live on the Oregon Coast - and she did for about 7 years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e0b47d3-ad38-4b03-a095-c29237acfc4f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lost her to cancer December, 2014. Miss her every d... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:02:49 EST A New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374640 Still overcast and cool here in Pendleton! Where are those warm summer days???? I'm waiting - impatiently! <BR> <BR> Going to meet Elaine this morning and then a stop at BiMart to check my number. Not going to go down the yarn aisle - if I do am sure a skein will jump into my basket and I do not need any more yarn right now. A friend in my knitting group spins and dyes her own - and has given me some. Oh, do love it. Have started a shawl and am so enjoying knitting it. Will have to ta... Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00:58 EST I Love Camping!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367350 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/539cbd63-b061-47f4-b89a-1611ad478552.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> (No, I am not camping - but sure wish I was!) Sat, 27 May 2017 15:30:32 EST A Bright Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360144 Got to church last night - I do not drive after dark, but it is finally light enough after 7:30 so can go again. Right now we are studying the basics of what we believe - a very good series. It is on youtube - can be found under "The Porch - Pendleton Oregon. <BR> <BR> Today will be playing in the dirt - looked at the plants at BiMart yesterday but they did not look so good. But just as I was leaving another delivery was being unloaded. So will check out the new plants today and see what... Wed, 10 May 2017 11:26:37 EST Our Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351659 Well, an update. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, after Bible study with Elaine, I went to WalMart to pick up a few groceries and then a couple of errands. And just as i arrived home and parked in front of our entryway, the downpour began. By the time, Geoff and I had brought in the groceries, and I had parked my pickup in its spot and got back into our apartment - i was drenched!! Even with my umbrella!! Don't think i have ever seen it rain that hard here in Pendleton - and all in about 5 minutes. <... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:47:29 EST Gotta Get in More Steps! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339199 I have been trying to get in more steps each day - just can't seem to break past 1000 - <BR> And I blame my pedometer - tell my son it does not record all my steps. But, he tells me that I have to actually take the steps for them to be recorded. So, is that the secret??? hee hee <BR> <BR> But I am doing better - my BP is down from last year - and that is good. So feeling much better and am getting out every day - do love walking in the rain. And we do have a beautiful walk along the ri... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:25:15 EST Our Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329224 Yesterday was really crazy weather wise! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a945c888-7ac0-4d1a-8e28-8849e95a36cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Early in the day it was quite cold and windy. Thinking the cold was in the wind blowing across the snow in the nearby mountains. <BR> <BR> While I was at knitting, it was still blowing and snowing some. Not sticking tho - thank you, God. <BR> <BR> Then later it warmed up and the sun was shining. <BR> <BR> Well, that's Oregon for you!! ... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 11:06:52 EST Continuing Saga of Our CrockPot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6321791 Well, just could not have the funeral for our crockpot - it has been in the family too long. I was heading out the door to take it to the dumpster when my son stopped me. He had an idea. Put a plant in the pot!! Whew, that was close. <BR> <BR> Now am on the search for just the right plant. Not much to choose from yet - but know I will find something when our Farmer's Market begins. Need to find out when that will be. <BR> <BR> <BR> And here is our new one - found at WalMart - It is ... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:43:12 EST A Death in the Family (Our CrockPot) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318114 My crockpot has died!! This morning I put some veggies and chicken breasts in it and set it . About an hour later Geoff (my son) came in - and told me I had forgotten to turn it on. But, after checking, we found that the pot had actually died. Am so going to miss it!! <BR> <BR> In 1973 when I moved back to Medford, my Mother-in-Law and Mom when shopping for a crock pot for me. They went to a number of stores looking for just the right one - had to be the right size and have a removable... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:31:21 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314177 Well, I think our snow is finally gone for the year - at least, it is warming up some. <BR> <BR> Just saw on Facebook that tomorrow is Peppermint Pattie Day!! That is one of our favorite candies and there is always a package in the freezer. Yes, I know, it is lots of sugar and fat - but they are very small - just a couple of bits - and do solve my sugar cravings!! <BR> <BR> Had a good visit with Elaine today. Now that the snow and icy streets are a thing of the past - we can get back to ... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:22:51 EST NO!! NO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312415 And I thought we had seen the last of the snow for this year - but it is snowing again!! Big flakes and they are sticking - had been coming down for about an hour. I don't even want to look out.......... <BR> <BR> I did get out this morning - to the DoNut Shop to meet Elaine. We had a good catch-up - had been too long. Then to get a haricut - I was getting desperate. Had been way too long. <BR> <BR> Now am warm and cozy in my little apartment - plenty of food in the freezer, a warm ... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 16:00:19 EST Thursday, February 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309687 Well, February just slipped in and took over - what happened to January?? Oh, right, we were snowed in here - well, i was anyway. <BR> <BR> It is not snowing today, but it is very white outside - and overcast!! So will be another day to hibernate - and do more sewing - and perhaps some baking. Might bake a pumpkin pie for son, Geoff. And, do need to do some laundry. And, that will just about fill the day. <BR> <BR> Looks like we may get more snow this weekend - so glad i got to the gr... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 13:22:14 EST Poo Bear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308483 Years ago when my Sister, Linda, was working at Sears in Medford, they had a big Poo Bear in one of the displays. Later they had a drawing for it and my Sister brought him home!! He got lots of loving from my kiddies thru the years. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of him and his buddies in a rocker when she was living in Brookings. Her dream had always been to live on the Oregon coast - and she did for about 7 years. And just loved it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:51:02 EST Not Again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307935 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31b6aa79-a9fe-4e37-86fe-c8baba697d88.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Just learned that we may get another 3" or 4" of snow in the next couple of days!! <BR> And I thought we had had our share for this winter. <BR> <BR> So am going to get shopping for groceries - so I can hibernate - again!! <BR> I know, I know - that really is not much snow - but I am truly "chicken" when it comes to driving in it. My neighbor gets out everyday - no matter what the weathe... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:16:07 EST Wednesday, January 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300718 Today we are iced in! The snow is starting to melt but is leaving a sheet of ice. Just talked to my daughter and she was watching a truck do a 180 in front of her house. And she said there was even ice in their mud room. <BR> <BR> So will be knitting and doing Bible study today - Also sewing on the quilt for my son. Just waiting for more material i ordered from the Missouri Quilt Co. Love their "stuff". Just hope tho that the mailmen do not have to get out in this. We can certainly wa... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:43:06 EST A New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299416 Thinking it is time to do some training - - - - - - <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c85ce38-b9fc-4775-9b31-5c2e6b195d3e.jpeg"> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:45:33 EST A New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288241 I have jointed the Winter 5% Challenge - I think the idea is to lose 5% of my current weight - - <BR> <BR> Well, that would be about 10 pounds - to me, right now, that seems like a lot!! But, I am game and will do my best. <BR> <BR> My exercise plan is 10 minutes a day exercise, a walk each day (not sure how far, but will at least get outside!!), and 3 times to the club. Have not been going recently - mostly because of the snow. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 21:33:53 EST A Visitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281363 So I'm normally a drama free person , but I just NEED to vent....I"m so sorry ahead of time, I truly am.... <BR> <BR> I have had enough!!!! We'll never help anyone again......EVER!! I'm too kindhearted, or I'm too stupid!! Yesterday it was so cold out that we took a man into our home out of the kindness of our heart. We felt so sorry for him. Poor thing was trembling out in the cold, but this morning he had just vanished. Not a word...not even a goodbye or a thank you for sheltering him!! Th... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:51:38 EST Popcorn Balls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280029 Was going to bake cookies yesterday - but my son asked for Popcorn Balls - so that is what i made. Such fun but oh, so messy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1165f5f4-3faa-4293-af03-f1dc1dbb6960.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night I talked to son, Gordon, in Tacoma, WA and told him what i was going. <BR> He told me that sometimes when he goes to the movies he gets popcorn and red licorice and pretends he is eating one of my popcorn balls. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:23:49 EST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278593 Our backyard this morning - and the thermometer says 22 - so just a bit on the chilly side!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3d2e2771-72f1-4cf6-a7a3-5f2a57b520a3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A good day to stay in and do some baking!! <BR> <BR> LATER: <BR> Well, have not done any baking yet -- but have Split Pea Soup cooking on the stove. Will fix conrbread to go with it - not Geoff's favorite but he will just have to suffer! hee hee <BR> <BR> Just finished the first finger... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 12:22:28 EST That Lemon Meringue Pie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275751 Well, here is what is left of the pie after Geoff and I had some yesterday evening. I did not have any cream of tartar for the meringue so Geoff googled it and found that I could use lemon juice. Did not hold up as well - but sure tasted good and lemony!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/10df8cd6-f879-4302-a65a-f947f756cd73.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I still use Betty Crocker pie crust mix - just never got the hang of making crust like my Mom did - her pies were fantastic!!... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:01:58 EST Friday, December 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275376 Just tracking a yarn order from knitpicks! Today it is leaving Eden, ID - so anxious to receive - the yarn is for fingerless gloves for my daughter. Also, some knitting needles for her. So fun!!! <BR> <BR> Met with a friend this morning for a "catch up". I worked with Marilyn years ago in Medford and we both ended up here in Pendleton only about a block from each other. She knits too - so we share lots of stories. <BR> <BR> This afternoon and doing laundry - and will be getting the pil... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:00:55 EST Chrstmas Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274958 One more to finish - decorating styrofoam balls for Christmas. These will go in little gift bags I am putting together for my neighbors. Such fun to do. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cd7d8cd-c720-4084-823f-8d424b3cd8ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tuesday stopped at Threads and More and picked up material to sew pillowcases for the GrandDaughters: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d46bf2a-92a4-4250-9b73-7ead20bc1f10.jpg"> Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:17:20 EST Baking Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272485 <BR> Just took the bread out of the oven - love my home-made bread for toast in the mornings!! With some butter and a bit of cranberry sauce. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee7099c6-59d1-49f4-803c-024e7e13f78c.jpg"> Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:06:24 EST I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266211 Not sure where I have been the past couple of months - guess out in left field. <BR> Was having some BP issues but that is now under control as the hot summer days have passed. <BR> <BR> Today will be a quiet day here in our apartment - am thinking about baking bread as just had the last piece for toast this morning - and i do love toast and fruit for breakfast. Also need to bake more poppy seed muffins for my son. Just pop them in the freezer for him - and that is most of his breakfast. ... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:06:26 EST Monday, September 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238604 Oh,my, this past week did pass quickly - was Round-Up time here in Pendleton. Lots of activity!! <BR> <BR> My Grand-Son was here with his wife and his Mother-in-Law. She is a nurse and the company she works for sent her here to work the Round-Up. Got to meet her briefly - sweet lady!! <BR> <BR> This morning finally got to the grocery store - our cupboards were getting rather sparse - but are filled again. Have found a couple more recipes to try. <BR> <BR> This afternoon will be meeti... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:09:23 EST Day Eight - Realistic Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233529 I think today's challenge was just for me - "Healthy Meals in Minutes" - <BR> I just do not enjoy cooking - anymore. Was a single Mom - and I just want my cooking days to be over!! <BR> <BR> However, I did find a couple of recipes I will try. One is Chicken Escondido and the other is Diet Cola Sloppy Joes. Have not fix Sloppy Joes in a long time so will be good to enjoy again. <BR> <BR> Today I have hamburger thawing and will fix meatloaf for dinner - have a recipe that we really enjoy.... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:32:22 EST Day Seven - Realistic Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232851 Had planned to blog every day - but somehow life got in the way. <BR> <BR> However, I have been checking in everyday - and have been keeping up with my daily goals: <BR> to the club 3 times a week and drinking more water. <BR> <BR> Today the topic was setting realistic goals! In the past my goal was to lose some weight - but have put that on the shelf for the time being. Now my goal is just to be consistent on the smaller goals I have set. Then, if I lose some weight that would be a grea... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 11:50:08 EST Day Four - Realistic Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231406 Had such a good day - met Elaine at the DoNut Shop this morning. We have been meeting there for the past 4 years. For a chat time and a Bible study. We are about half way thru Daniel - <BR> <BR> Then to the club for my walk on the treadmill and a stop at Safeway to pick up a few things. <BR> This afternoon did some knitting on a shawl I am making for a special friend. She has moved away from Pendleton and do miss her and her family - so will be fun to surprise her with a special gift. <B... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 23:55:46 EST Day Three - Realistic Resolutions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230487 Yesterday's challenge - to drink water - oh, dear. That is about my hardest challenge!! Just do not like water. I have tried all the suggestions and they just don't work. About the only one that does - sorta - is Safeway's brand of bottled water. But I just it is hard to justify buying water, when we have a Brita pitcher in the fridge. I have even bought a couple of fun water bottles to carry and that has not helped. So am just going to buy the bottled water - for a while at least - an... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:25:00 EST Day One of a New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229521 I feel like I have gotten so far off track!! So - today am restarting a challenge that I did not finish before. And, this time am going to blog each day - to keep on track. <BR> The challenge is Realistic Resolutions - and one of the goals is to "write it down". So that is my first goal - to write everyday - my goal for that day and how I am doing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06e15eed-9de9-4b58-9a1f-0b2d44dba690.jpg"> Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:15:54 EST A Snow-White Dove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220867 Just listened to this song - have heard it many times before - but did not really listen to the words. <BR> <BR> On the wings of a snow-white dove God sends His pure sweet love <BR> A sign from above <BR> On the wings of a dove <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d151ddf3-1cd6-4e7c-8f99-7d8789486837.jpg"> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:47:28 EST Another Day in Pendleton http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214876 What's with this weather??? It sprinkled during the night and is cool and overcast this morning!! Feels like Fall and we haven't even had Pendleton Round-Up yet - that is not for another month. But, the warm weather will return - probably with a vengeance - it can get quite warm here. <BR> <BR> Going to meet Elaine at the DoNut shop this morning - for our chat time and Bible study. And, yes, I will have my maple bar - they are so yummy. That is my one indulgence for the week. Have bee... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 11:05:32 EST Another Day in August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6214378 So bright and sunny and cooler this morning. Just enjoying our view - lots of beautiful green trees along the river. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20c0595c-93b4-425c-a1f0-67c2bba02302.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gotta get to the grocery store this morning for some meat - our little freezer is about empty. My list: a couple of steaks to bbq, roast for Sunday and hamburger meat for whatever. We do have chicken breasts - get them from Schwan's - so much better than what ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 14:02:20 EST So Glad it is August!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212153 Have not blogged for quite a while - been in a slump!! <BR> July is a stressful month for me - <BR> My Dad's birthday was the 15th and my Sister's was the 29th. Lost her to cancer Dec. 2014. She was 71. <BR> And my Ex's birthday was the 22nc and our 60th wedding anniversary would have been the 19th. He also lives here in Pendleton so I see him occasionally. And, I was a good girl and took him, with our son, to lunch for his birthday. We did have a good visit and we reminisced about the... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 12:11:33 EST Sunday, June 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6176972 I know, I know - it is Sunday and I should be in church - but have not gone the past 3 Sundays. I did say "should" - but it is really where I would want to be!! Love my church and all the people - and our pastor. He and his wife are amazing - such open, honest people. And he is sharing thru the book of Luke - always a favorite. <BR> <BR> but, today, am doing some cleaning in my very, small bedroom. One wall is book cases with most of my books - the rest are scattered throughout our apar... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 14:31:18 EST Saturday, May 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162792 I am doing the Small Changes Challenge - do not check in everyday, but am learning as i go. <BR> Today, Day 17, the challenge is to list 3 things I am grateful for. So this is my list for right now: <BR> <BR> 1. a God Who watches over me - all the time. Looking back over my life I can see so many times when He protected me and times when He gave me people, and good health, and times that I so did not deserve. <BR> <BR> 2. 5 awesome children - oh, they had their share of struggles, but ... Sat, 14 May 2016 12:20:33 EST Monday, May 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159519 Today is my older daughter's Birthday. She has been in a long-term health care facility for the past couple of years and was quite ill for a couple of years before that - in the hospitals and other facilities. Not sure of the final diagnosis (some form of prion) - and she will not be coming home. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of my rose from church yesterday - each lady received on with a couple of chocolates attached. And the iris is the last one from my garden this year - my very favor... Mon, 9 May 2016 15:45:15 EST Thursday, May 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156969 We had quite the thunderstorm blow thru Pendleton yesterday evening! I was at a friends' home - they have a large window in their living room so we had a front row seat. Lots of rain, lightening and hail!! Quite exciting. And, it had gone its way by the time we left. And, I did hear that there was some flooding down town. Have not heard yet of any damage. <BR> <BR> No plans for today - except a load of laundry and a "walk" at the club. Do have a couple of other errands while I am out -... Thu, 5 May 2016 13:13:44 EST Wednesday, May 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156224 Sunday afternoon went to my daughter's and we watched the new Moby Dick movie that was just released. Good - but not what i had expected. I think i is worth watching. <BR> <BR> Have been getting to the club more - walk for 10 minutes on the treadmill. Need to go more often - want to go at least 4 times a week. <BR> <BR> Am meeting a friend for lunch today. And this evening will be meeting our small group at church. We have been talking about the fundamental beliefs of our church. Has ... Wed, 4 May 2016 11:56:16 EST Saturday, April 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153412 Another month is history. So looking forward to summer!! <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday. Met Marilyn at Eden's Kitchen to knit and visit. I worked with her years ago at Harry & David in Medford. And we both grew up there - so we always have bunches to share. After lunch there, went to the club and then a couple of errands. <BR> <BR> Today is overcast and cool. So will do a bit of housecleaning and this afternoon will do some sewing. Making some quilt blocks for another quilt. <... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:11:18 EST Tuesday, April 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6150726 Oh, my, where has the month gone??? <BR> <BR> Still cleaning up after our fire upstairs. Yesterday they cleaned the glass out of our little garden area so now we can plant - well, not yet. Still a bit too cool. And looks like a cooler week ahead. I am so ready for summer. <BR> <BR> Have not been meeting Elaine as regular - she has been caring for a friend who had back surgery. But, we are meeting for a bit this morning - will be good to see her. <BR> <BR> Then have errands and to th... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:58:25 EST Sunday, April 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6144494 Well, I "backslid" today - did not go to church. But, my Daughter, who has not been in a couple of months, did go with her family. So, does that count for me?? I really think not!! <BR> <BR> But I have had a productive day. Got the freezer defrosted - not a job i look forward to. It is small, but there is no place for the water to go to, except a small dip in the bottom. So I line it with towels. Now they are soaked so will wash them all tomorrow. Should launder them this evening but... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 21:24:08 EST Saturday, April 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143594 Well, Marilyn and Barb did show up yesterday morning. Marilyn is a friend I worked with years ago at Harry & David in Medford. So is good to renew an old friendship. And Barb is a friend from the local knitting group. We had a good visit and did even come up with a few solutions to the world's problems. Now it the "officials' would just take our advise!! <BR> <BR> Was planning to defrost our freezer today - but it is still a bit too cool. Need to be able to open the windows. So will w... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:10:49 EST