YAZMAMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=YAZMAMA YAZMAMA'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/ Sudden Brrrrr but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091010 <em>465</em> Boy, talk about a rude awakening! Went to bed Sat. night, temp in the house was 73. Woke up at 5am looking for my summer quilt to pull over me. When I got up at 8, I saw the house temp had dropped to 65!!! <em>39</em> There is no doubt fall is here. Time for flu shots, buying <em>421</em> <em>431</em> goodies for the kiddies. <BR> <BR> It's also a wonderous time. Summer has left (bringing it's nice temps with it), we've no doubt about that. But the time of change has... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:19:44 EST To sleep perchance to dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060153 <em>102</em> Ah, a good night's sleep. That's what started it. Last night, while watching tv, I found myself drifiting off a few times. I promised I'd turn off the tv at 10 because I love CSI NY. Well, I have no idea what that show was about. I ended up nodding off until the very end.(the same thing we used to yell at my mom for doing when I lived at home. SHe'd nod off most of the show, wake up and demand to know what happened!). <BR> <BR> Usually, around 10, I get up, go to the table an... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 09:32:01 EST Grandmothers and belly buttons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040931 On Junly 11th, I became a grandmother for the first time. Our little miracle, Mykelti Rae was born and we couldn't be prouder. I told my son, if you ever have any questions, call me. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> About 3 weeks ago, in the middle of the afternoon, I got a phone call. It was my son Mike who sounded a bit shook up. I asked what was going on and I was told he had a "mom" question for me. OK, I thought, how bad can this be? He went on to ask "Mom, the black thing attached to Mykelti's ... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 09:18:25 EST County Fairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039746 <em>259</em> <em>283</em> <em>410</em> <BR> One of the great things about summer are the county/state fairs that they spawn. Yesterday, DH and I went to a local county fair we have been attending for over 20 years. While we don't do rides anymore (none are wheelchair accessable) or play the games (we know how they're stacked), it's still nice to walk around. The exhibits are great, the 4H kids work hard and you get to see their products and I LOVE the horses that are on exhibit. WHen I wa... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 09:04:37 EST Computer woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997780 <em>304</em> to everyone who gave me either a goodie or a kind message on my birthday. I was so touched! July was a lousy/great month for us. <BR> <BR> We were recovering from our hellish vacation the beginning of the month when we got word that my husband's 54 yr old brother had passed away. That was a week of back and forth to NJ. Then, the wonderful birth of our grand daughter Mykelti Rae. A week later, my son called and said that when he returned from his "paternity leave" he was told... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:29:44 EST Vacation from HE double hockey sticks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951680 I'm back finally. What a trip! <em>40</em> There was laughter, tears and that was before we got to our destination. On the way to RI, we broke down on a lonely road in Conneticut <em>46</em> . It's a well traveled road but no one stopped. There is nothing on the exit ramps, no gas stations, nothing but commuter parking lots. My Dh took off to look for help and I was in the car. While waiting a state car pulled up, a guy in shorts and a t shirt came over, saw our handicapped plates, me on ox... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 10:24:19 EST "They abandoned me" - by Seamus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857297 Hey my <em>240</em> friends, Seamus here. Talk about nerve! <em>101</em> I saw what Ma wrote, what does she want! They take off out of here on Wed morning and don't show up until Thursday afternoon! Ok, so they left food and Ma had Pops put treats around the house, but there was no one here to worship and adore me! <BR> <BR> When the human's away.....I decided to do some investigation. I went on the dresser, and saw that there were some crackly things there. Ma called them Palm and she ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 09:42:56 EST TV Land part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4857269 Good morning again friends, now I can tell you a bit more about Anderson on Thursday. The show did air Friday. The mystery guest was Olivia Newton John. For a 60 year old woman, she looks darn good. I don't know if she's had work done but her face is as fresh as Sandy's was in Grease! There are some fine wrinkles around her eyes but she is SO much prettier than she comes across on TV, it did not do her justice. <BR> <BR> Yes, we did get a copy of her holistic food cookbook as we left the stu... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 09:28:29 EST A morning in TV land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4854728 Good morning friends, what a couple of days we had! <em>30</em> First, I have to thank my dear Hubby Steve, he was so good to me. He pushed me over 1/2 the state of NJ and part of NYC in my chair without complaint. He's Mahhhhhvelous! <BR> <BR> Yesterday we got tickets for the Anderson Cooper talk show. We've had them since the beginning of April and planned on stopping in NJ the night before, very close to the George Washington Bridge because we had to be at Lincoln Center where he tapes ... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:57:43 EST It's getting a little warmer..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808663 Boy, didn't Mother Nature give us in the east, a real kick! She let us enjoy the upper 60's and 70's last week, all the blossoms are on the trees, and yesterday am it was 24 degrees! <em>40</em> They claim it will start to warm up again, I'll believe it when I see it! <BR> <BR> Been moving pretty good in the ams lately <em>30</em> but night times are rough. It's like my muscles just die on me - I have a hard time with weakness on my left side at night. I get a good night sleep and in the... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 09:36:17 EST I found a great sleeping spot! says Seamus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4807019 Good morning Spark kitties (and some doggies who read my blog tooo), Seamus here with a great new discovery. A while ago, Pops brought home this really tall thing that has different platforms on it. Ma calls it a cat tree. Well, when Pops was putting it together, I didn't know he was quite done with it, tried to climb on it, it fell, I got sooooo scared! <em>198</em> I didn't go near it for a long time. <BR> <BR> A couple of times, Pops picked me up and put me on it. I stayed for a while ... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:14:50 EST I'm getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794638 <em>87</em> <em>437</em> Good morning dear friends, it's been a while. My last posting, about being a mother in law, is really the first one I've done all year. Though I'm still doing the exercises and diet, I've sort of been "absent" for a while here. When I first started here a few years ago, I didn't have a life, or at least, not too much of one. My disabilities do keep me at home and besides croceting, I didn't have much to do. <BR> <BR> In the past year and a half, my husband and I ... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 09:42:54 EST Being a mother in law..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773421 Hey friends, <BR> <BR> Have no where else to vent, gotta do it here. Ever feel like you're on the outside looking in? Thats about how I feel right now. <BR> <BR> I've really tried to be a good mother in law. I keep my nose out of the kids business, very seldom offer opinions unless asked and even then keep as neutral as I can. <BR> <BR> As I've mentioned, there's a grand child on the way. I've been picking up little odds and ends and sending them to my son who is living at their house in... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 10:12:09 EST Seamus says "It's been too long" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4771275 Good morning Spark Kitties, Seamus here, been a while, I know. I've been keeping busy around here and so has Ma. <BR> <BR> Pops went shopping and brought back something he called a "cat tree". I thought it was made of cats but it turned out to be this high thing with different places to lay. Well, he put it up and I tried it. It fell, I ran into the kitchen as fast as I can. Ma says he wasn't finished with it and that it wasn't stabilized but I don't care. I'm not going near it for a while!... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 07:48:29 EST I'm such a happy kitty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4670928 Hi kitty friends, Seamus here. Gotta tell you about this last week. I must have improved in my human/kitty relationships because I got 3 presents last week - 3!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> First, Ma came home with a new catnip mouse. My other one was really getting torn apart, I loved it so much, but this one is pretty neat too. I played and played with it, sat on it (Ma calls it "hatching") and hid it a couple of times. <BR> <BR> Then I got a nice big jar of catnip - yum! I don't get it that often bu... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 10:11:02 EST Wish I thought of it.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644529 Ever hear of something and have a DUH! moment? Yesterday I was eating lunch, which included a delicious Clementine when a commercial came on that really bugs me. It's for a "new fruit" called "Cuties" - just for kids. What? Aren't those what I've been eating every December and January for years? <BR> <BR> For the heck of it, when we went to the store, I checked out these "Cuties". Talk about a marketing ploy! A box (3 lbs) of Clementines are $4.99 here. All I would have to do is split the b... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:51:59 EST It was weird around here Seamus says http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642899 Hi all my Sparky kitties, Seamus here, reporting on the last week. We had people around here the last week or so, I mean more than the normal humans. Mike and Megan came home for Christmas. Mike used to think he was my owner (but as we all know, we own the humans) but he left and now Ma is my special human. But I forgive him and we got along fine. They even brought me a new mouse to play with and some catnip. They can't be all bad. <BR> <BR> Everyone was talking about this baby thing again.... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:04:02 EST Seamus finds new things to get into! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620083 Hi friends, Seamus here. Ma's getting ready for the holidays and that means FUN time for me! I know she tries to do things when I'm busy outside but it's getting cold out there. So I'll just have to figure out how to get into the way while I'm inside. <BR> <BR> The first thing I did was take apart a box that she had something called a gingerbread kit in. The white stuff (she said it was royal frosting mix) was especially fun and it looked like it had snowed in the dining room. The candies w... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 10:18:32 EST Gingerbread houses and other holiday stressors! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620075 <em>443</em> Ah gingerbread houses, so pretty to look at, what a pain to make. Last year, full of myself, I made my first gingerbread house. Came out pretty good. So I got brave this year and decided to make 2, one for my house (goes to a friend with kids after the holidays) and one to bring to my brothers home for our Christmas visit. I'm beginning to question my sanity. <BR> <BR> House number 1 - first, when assembling the thing, I was pressing the back to a side too hard and cracked the... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 10:09:44 EST A wonderful Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607430 Hi Spark Friends, <BR> Haven't blogged in a while and felt pretty good today. Just wanted to update everyone about how thankful we were this year. <BR> <BR> First, my Dad finally had the procedure to rid him of prostate cancer. All went well and the doctors pronounced him cancer free. We're so glad our prayers were answered. <BR> <BR> Second was the news that we're going to be grandparents. I was afraid I wouldn't be around long enough to see my first grandchild, with all my health issues a... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 09:52:51 EST Great news yesterday, what a month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4562737 Happy November Spark Friends, can you believe it's only 2 months until 2012?!?!? <em>40</em> I don't kow where time has gone! <BR> <BR> I haven't posted since 10/8 which was my rebirth day. Since then, things were quiet until the last couple of weeks. Steve and I decided it was time to really get active in our Avon business so have been running to all kinds of leadership meetings. That plus getting Christmas items in have kept me up to my neck in paperwork! <BR> <BR> Then, as I put in my ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 09:03:06 EST Today is my 2nd "Re-birthday" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4525244 What a beautiful morning! The <em>67</em> is shining, the <em>259</em> is rising and the <em>465</em> are beginning to change. Best of all, I'm alive <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Two years ago today I died. It was a horrible time, I had been given too much potassium and my heart didn't want to beat anymore. Thank God I was in a great ER with people I knew and care for me and I was able to come back. It's been a long hard road but I'm here. <BR> <BR> Today is the day I give thanks not onl... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 09:32:53 EST I think I need a kick in the....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4501857 Ah, Saturday already. I cannot believe that the month of September is almost over and the holidays will be on us before you know it! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know what's wrong but I'll tell you, I'm in such a funk. It's like I can't give a flying whatever about anything. It feels like an effort to get up, there are things I need to do but just don't seem to have the get up and go to do it. I'm hoping that the fact that we've had over 25 days of rain since mid August has something to do... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 16:03:13 EST Man, it was a long, long week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4487870 Happy TGIF Spark friends, what a week it's been (actually, more like a week and a half). As some of you may have seen from my input yesterday, I was off line for more than a week. What a choice we had to make, drugs or cable (and since we deal with "scumcast" that means cable, internet and phone), the drugs won. It seems that our wonderful health care provider decided that certain drugs now HAVE to be ordered in 3 month supplies via mail. Which means 3 months worth of copay right away. Now we... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 09:15:13 EST Seamus says it's been a weird few weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463765 Happy Saturday kitty friends, Seamus here, finally got some computer time so I'll be doing some catch up. <BR> <BR> Last week, Pops was on vacation. It was nice having him home, I was sorry when he went back to work this week. He and Ma did some stuff around the house and then they went out almost all day last Thursday! The nerve, leaving me alone.....I let them know my displeasure when they came home (I gave them the tail...you know look at them, turn around, put the tail straight in the ai... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 08:09:36 EST Good Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4460160 Thanks to all my Spark buddies who gave me their perspective on divorce within families yesterday. It's such a difficult thing to deal with and though I normally just do my own thing, I don't want to cause problems within the family. <BR> <BR> My hubbys parents divorced when he was 3. His father signed over all rights to his ex so he wouldn't have to pay child support (this was back in the 50's). Despite this, she let him see my husband every summer (Steve would spend a couple of weeks with ... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 09:12:49 EST Families and Divorce http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4458182 Until I was around 13, I didn't realize what divorce was. Then it hit my family. I remember hearing my parents and my grandmother talking about my uncle who was divorcing his wife. It was very nasty. He cut off all contact with his daughter afterwards, never paying support. He always cited my aunt as the "bad guy" and all I ever heard was "his side". <BR> <BR> A few months ago, his son contacted me. I hadn't heard from NJ since my grandmother passed away in '84. He was doing a family tree a... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:23:58 EST The morning after.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454245 Ever notice that the morning after a bad, bad storm, or in this case, a hurricaine, seems to dawn with such a beautiful sky? To me it's like Heaven's way of saying, ok, it's been rough, but now enjoy life! I awoke to a beautifully sunny sky, cool temps, no humidity. After yesterday, what a change. I have been getting bits and pieces of news, some good, others not so much. <BR> <BR> Boy child called yesterday to see if we were ok. After he let me know he was sunburnt after spending a day wat... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 10:09:12 EST So full of cool air..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4452995 We made it! Irene is by by but boy, what a day! Even though we are so inland, that darn girl was so huge (maybe she should have "Sparked"), we got hit by a ton of wind and rain. Lost power very briefly but the wind was serious enough the guy down the street lost a tree, my windows were rattling and rain was pounding on the windows. There are areas up here that were evacuated because of flooding (remember, some rivers flow up from the storm surge areas, others are getting pounded by rain in NY... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 15:40:11 EST There's a Herricaine a comin..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4451053 Ok, does everybody on the east coast have water in their tub, batteries stocked, need to evacuate, know where their shelters are???? If not, do it today. Yes, Irene is down to a category 1, however, she's as big as all of Europe. Even here in the Poconuts, they're shutting the flood gates tonight, getting the armories ready, people have been buying provisions. We made sure battery powered items (radios, lantern) had fresh batteries and we have back up, got an O2 delivery yesterday, have been ... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 10:15:48 EST Making the cut http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4443634 <em>244</em> , I FINALLY did it, was able to give blood yesterday after 8 months of not being able to. As some of you know, this is a "pet" of mine, it's such an easy way to make a difference. I've been donating since I was 17. I had to give it up for quite a while because of the Red Cross restrictions on certain medications. Now, thanks to better filtering methods, I can donate again and have been doing it every 3 months since last year. However, this year I wasn't so lucky. <BR> <BR> It s... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:36:04 EST Have you ever dreamed of something sooooo good????? A call to New Englanders for help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4432104 Yesterday morning I had such a vivid dream. I was back in RI and we were at the old Rocky Point. They had this great hall there where you could get either a shore dinner or sit, family style, and they would bring out huge pots of red clam chowder and plates of these fritter like delicacies known as clam cakes. Now these clam cakes are nothing like what's offered around here, here they look like burgers, with clams, bread, veggies and cooked like a burger. No, these little heavenly items are l... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:50:03 EST I can be so stupid..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4422467 Well, yesterday I felt it was time to try to donate blood again. I've been on Iron and Vit. C for 2 1/2 months now and figured if the hemoglobin wasn't back up by now, I'm in real trouble. Drove there, passed hemoglobin and blood pressure. However, they turned me down because my pulse wouldn't go below 100. At first, I figured it was because I was so tense about the hemoglobin. They gave me 10 min and tested me again, still over 100. <BR> <BR> I was upset. I talked to the supervisor and told... Fri, 12 Aug 2011 09:18:18 EST My little "companion" can try my patience! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4418180 You know, yesterday, I tried to explain how important pets are to us and our lives. Today I would be hard pressed to do so. <BR> <BR> Wonderful, dear Seamus (said with a smirk) <em>24</em> How do I love him? He has been on a bad boy tear this week. I don't know if there's something in the air or what! <BR> <BR> It started Monday. I was busy doing stuff so he decided "let's get into the garbage". When I swatted his bottom for that, he bit me! Then he started tearing tape off a package I h... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 08:50:11 EST Our four legged companions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4416187 Boy, in the last few days, I've had a few friends who have had to make difficult decisions about their four legged companions. My goddaughter had to put down her dog, Mooch, last week because he became paralysed due to hip problems that couldn't be fixed. Today I heard from a friend who's cat will be put down later on today because of age and illness. Another friend has a dog who just needed major surgery at a NY Vet hospital. <BR> <BR> People like my mom, don't understand why we get so ups... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 09:28:31 EST My point of view - Seamus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4413803 Hey Spark kitties, Seamus here. It's time for my blog again, Ma is a bit tired so she's letting me play today. <BR> <BR> This summer has been hot, hot, hot. Humans seem to forget how hard it is for us four legged creatures (even dogs) when it comes to the summer heat and humidity. I admit, I was a bit miffed when Ma shaved most of my fur but I have to tell you, I've been pretty comfortable all summer. It's hard when you have long hair. <BR> <BR> About a week ago, all the lights went out! I ... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 08:51:03 EST Texting for the "older" set and other stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4408688 Good morning friends, just got back from Motor Vehicles.......what a mess! In PA, you HAVE to have a photo license. Well, you renew your license in the mail, they send you a card and you go to a "center" to have your photo taken. Got there and waited over 1hr (the wait time on my ticket was 20 min) just to get my photo license! <BR> <BR> THey have a "great" system. Those of us who follow the rules must take a number and wait, and wait, and wait. Those who don't follow instructions and have ... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 10:58:20 EST I can't believe it's been almost a year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4406580 Hey Spark friends, I want to know, is this year going fast for everyone? Just a year ago, I was singing the "wedding blues" re: my son's wedding on 8/9/10. Though the couple handled all the arraingements, there was trepidation about meeting the inlaws (who are lovely people), and handling complaints from family members who weren't invited. <BR> <BR> Well, this morning was a busy one. The first thing I did was mail a Visa gift card to the kids for their first anniversary! I CAN'T believe it'... Thu, 4 Aug 2011 10:58:47 EST A second chance-appreciate every moment you have. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4404072 I was watching GMA this morning and they were talking about "near death experiences." It's been almost 2 years since my close call and I thought I'd share what happened with my spark friends. <BR> <BR> I had been home from the hospital for 8 days. During my prior admission, the "medical team" who cared for me (interns and residents), decided my potassium level was too low and prescribed supplements for me to take at home. Little did I know.... <BR> <BR> The morning was a quiet one, my husba... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 08:58:24 EST Left in the dark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4395562 Boy, yesterday afternoon was something around here! Sky kept getting darker, the NWS cancelled one thunderstorm warning only to post a new one minutes later. Tornado watch until 11pm. At quarter to five, started hearing loud, frequent thunder. My DH who loves storms, was going outside to check it out. No sooner did he get out there than there were 3 cracks of thunder, Seamus came running inside under the bed. <BR> <BR> Steve came in and we were watching the news when the lights went out. Th... Sat, 30 Jul 2011 10:08:41 EST Thanks for the prayers and birthday wishes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4388943 Oh my friends here at Spark are <em>345</em> I got up much earlier than planned today (Thank you Seamus) and at 6am sat down and opened my mail. I was blown away by all the messages and goodies that have been sent to me. You guys are my STRENGTH! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Speaking of <em>104</em> , got to exercise this morning. Also found out I've lost some weight the last week. Since I restarted my program I think I'm up to -8 lbs <em>244</em> ! <BR> <BR> I did my research on Dad's trea... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 06:29:52 EST Have to start again - what a lousy week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4386802 I'm back Spark friends, sort of. Spirit is willing, body is week. It's been such a horrible week here. Started on Wed....... <BR> <BR> Got a call from my son, who is now out of work. Big problems with the Y he was working at (they're in big trouble) and he was having a lot of problems with the management. He left the sinking ship. <BR> <BR> Thursday wasn't too bad, very hot here but I was hanging in, just dragging and I figured it was the heat, wrong! Late afternoon I started to freeze, so ... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 08:47:16 EST It's hot, hot, hot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4377433 We're never satisfied, are we? In the winter it's too cold, now it's too hot. Can't win. Still looking for that spot on earth where it's a happy medium. <BR> <BR> Heard from my friend in Minnesota today. During the winter, she never thought they'd get out from underneath all the snow. Today she asked if I could go up with a mop to pick up the puddle that was once her. <BR> <BR> I know what she means. Last night we had an Avon meeting and I figured since it's later, it wouldn't be too bad -... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:40:07 EST Food for thought - things aren't really so bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4367723 Yesterday started out not being a great day. Hubby gone/sleeping all day, been housebound since the 3rd, the Blue Meanies were sneaking up on me. Then, as kids sometimes do, my son managed to put it into perspective for me. <BR> <BR> Mike and his Megan did some service with their church in Joplin Mo yesterday. He was deeply touched by the devestation and posted pictures on Facebook (they're going for 2 days next weekend). <BR> <BR> After seeing them, I realized that as bad as things are he... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 09:27:20 EST Mom Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4366104 Good morning Sparkers. Don't know about where you are, but here what a beautiful start to the weekend. Sun out, going to be hot but with lower humidity and here I am, stuck because DH is working OT again (need it for meds! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Good news, Mom came home from the hospital yesterday. SHe called in the afternoon and said they had discharged her late on Thursday but she didn't have the energy to call until yesterday. I know the insurance companies are trying to keep costs down,... Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:12:15 EST Mom's back in the hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4359764 It happened again. Sunday night, Mom started feeling cold, had the shakes and when Dad took her temp it was up to 104. What he didn't know was that the wound she suffered with during the spring, on her coxyx had reopened and evidently got infected again. My mom is fastidious with her bodily cleanliness, but since we have those wonderful little bacteria all over us, I guess it was only a matter of time. <BR> <BR> One thing the doctor really laid down the law about (per Dad) was that my Mom ha... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 09:22:43 EST Some smiles for Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4352690 OK Sparkies, just got these and needed to share. Should put smiles on those faces out there. <BR> <BR> "Oopsie" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l304291735.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Hitching a ride" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495575896.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "The meeting will now come to order...." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246387319.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "There 's nothing as comforting as a friendly bed...." ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 09:19:01 EST Week in review - Ma and Seamus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4350976 Good morning Sparkies, thought I'd put down some re-affirmations I made this week. I find that if they're in writing, I tend to stick to them more. <BR> <BR> 1. Get back on track with healthy eating. The 3 lb weight loss I had this week, really helped alot. I'm aiming for a pound a week. Should be able to do it with the medication change. <BR> <BR> 2. Trying to expand exercise times. Heat is no longer an issue with the ac down here. Now that I am getting my strength back, gotta walk in pla... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 09:51:40 EST Escape artists - kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4344318 Called my folks on the 4th, which was their anniversary, and my mother was telling me about the antics of my great nephew who's 2 1/2. It seems this little angel - Dominick - is quite the escape artist. <BR> <BR> A month or so ago, while his parents were getting dishes done and cleaning up from the day, Dom, who was quietly playing on the lenai (they live in Florida), decided to get it into his head to do something he saw his father do many times. When his dad went to check on him, he saw th... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:24:44 EST A great 4th concert last night and other things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4340135 <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> First, Happy 4th of July everyone. I especially send good wishes and love to my parents who celebrate 62yrs of marriage today.What a great example they have been. Thanks Mom and Dad. <BR> <BR> Last night we spent, open air, at a concert in the Courthouse square park. The NEPA Philharmonic played a great concert and we met some lovely people. We were lucky enough to sit next to a nice family and the wife and I had a very nice conversatio... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 09:39:03 EST