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Road trip! We're off...kinda sorta!

Sunday, August 23, 2015      26 comments

Last Thursday we began a two-month long road trip! We started from Tennessee and the plan is to drive north (through Wisconsin) to the Canadian border. We will cross over into Canada briefly at Sault Ste. Marie and then come back into t... Read more

Tick Tick.....and other smartphone apps.

Friday, July 24, 2015      23 comments

I've been a list maker ever since my college days in the early 1970's when I had to resort to carrying around a little assignment book to list my homework assignments so I wouldn't forget to to them. I've used all kinds of systems to kept t... Read more

Healthy Weight Monitoring Study for Vanderbilt

Monday, June 29, 2015      22 comments

I go to Vanderbilt University's medical system for a lot of my healthcare needs. As a patient there, I occasionally get asked to be part of a study or trial. A couple weeks ago, I was asked to participate i a "Healthy Weight Monitoring Study" ... Read more

Managing blog subscriptions on SparkPeople

Sunday, June 21, 2015      19 comments

I like to subscribe to the blogs of all my SparkFriends. Lately, I've noticed that I wasn't getting very many notifications about new blogs by my friends. I finally got around to investigating why this was happening. I went to my "manage ... Read more

Awesome Homemade Gluten Free Bread!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015      25 comments

I usually don't eat processed foods, but occassionally I like to eat a sandwich or have an egg on toast in the mornings. About a year ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac sprue which means I'm intolerant to gluten. I've tried various store bought ... Read more

Back home after spending time with family and friends

Monday, June 15, 2015      24 comments

I just spent the past week up in Illinois visiting with family and friends. I'm back home in Tennessee now and miss my children already. Here's a picture that was taken Saturday of me with my sons. We had just finished a lot of yardwork and d... Read more

Goodbye NINJALINDA

Thursday, June 11, 2015      28 comments

I recently discovered that a longtime SparkFriend of mine died last month from breast cancer. Linda had been very active on SparkPeople for many years, but when she was diagnosed last fall with breast cancer, she didn't post here much about it.... Read more

B9!!!!!

Saturday, June 06, 2015      32 comments

I had a biopsy on Thursday and got the results on Friday.....b9, b9, b9!!!!! Best news ever.... I'm glad I didn't have to wait over the weekend to get the results. What a relief.... Read more

Biopsy scheduled for this Thursday

Monday, June 01, 2015      30 comments

I got a call from Vanderbilt this morning. My biopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning at 10:30. It takes three days to get the results, so it will be next Monday at the earliest that I will know. I'm still not too worried, but I will be gl... Read more

How I lost weight and kept it off

Sunday, May 31, 2015      29 comments

I lost 35 pounds a year and a half ago and have kept it all off. Here's how I did it. I stopped eating processed foods. That's it! Nothing fancy, no calorie counting, no measuring portions. I just quit eating processed food... Read more

Getting another biopsy.....

Friday, May 29, 2015      32 comments

I went in today for a regularly scheduled checkup with my breast surgeon and a 3d mammogram. I recently found a lump that felt like it was a lump in my rib right in the breast fold area. It didn't show up on the mammogram because it is too cl... Read more

Got to meet a SparkFriend in person today!

Thursday, May 28, 2015      27 comments

I got to meet a SparkFriend from the Surviving Cancer spark team in person today. Her Spark name is NANA2JONEMIMAT. Her husband and she are vacationing close by to where we live so we thought we would take the opportunity to meet in person. W... Read more

Ducks have moved....clutter cleanup

Monday, May 25, 2015      16 comments

We got to watch the new baby ducks for their first day on the lake. The next day, our next-door-neighbors had a big family party complete with lots of grandkids and dogs. Mamma took the baby ducks to another part of the lake to get away from a... Read more

New baby ducks!

Saturday, May 23, 2015      19 comments

For most of this spring, hubby and I have been watching a mommy duck lay eggs in various spots around our back yard and our neighbor's back yard. Most of the eggs were taken by crows or other wildlife, but she managed to lay seven eggs in our n... Read more

Well, the paint color was a bust!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015      23 comments

We had our carpet installed yesterday and it turns out that the undertones in the grey carpet are different than in the paint we chose. The grey paint has blue undertones and the carpet has brown undertones. I was afraid of that when hubby sta... Read more


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