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  • Refining the legalities of life. Checked off my list.

    7/29/2016 7:05:23 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    When I said "I will" in 1978, it was with the thought that we'd tumble in bed, make a few kids, build a house and take vacations. Work until we had made the world a better place. We'd walk the beach with gray hair, holding hands and canes watching little kids make sand castles. I didn't think tha... Read more

  • Starting Fri. I won't be online much. I will miss you all!

    7/27/2016 2:31:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    I will be looking for a new home near Buffalo. I plan to stay there 7 days. Prayers welcome! chris... Read more

  • 36 days left. Countdown. To put our condo on the market. And find a new home to go to!

    7/27/2016 11:36:11 AM, by CTUPTON

    SMART GOAL:Get ready for my trip to Buffalo to look at housing. Leaving Friday. Only 2 days left to get ready for that trip. 1. I need to take passwords for my computer ! In prior trips I was stuck sometimes! 2. Pack! My clothes are washed already. 104 3. Be ready to meet the Buffalo rea... Read more

  • A "manufactured home"in a park over 55+ Worth considering.

    7/27/2016 11:21:00 AM, by CTUPTON

    nys.mlxchange.com/DotNet/Pub/E
    mailView.aspx?r=1984353977
    &s=NYS&t=NYS It is way cheaper than the over $200,000 places I have looked at (online). Our big need is enough space for John's motorized wheelchair. I have to find out the width of the hallway. There is a stairway to the... Read more

  • Fun in the sun with GS while Sweet Caroline gets some repair.

    7/26/2016 7:08:51 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    The doctors finally realized Caroline was seriously tongue-tied. My DD took her for laser surgery today to have the offending tissue removed. It turned out that her lack of weight gain, etc was most likely due to this. On a scale of 1-4, hers was classified as 4, the worst. Doctors are pointing fing... Read more

  • 5 weeks in...

    7/26/2016 3:56:51 PM, by 2PERMONTHCAROL

    The most challenging part of the year is when I leave my house and my hermit ways to spend 8 weeks "home" with my kids for the summer. I have my space, but I don't have my regular food stores, schedule, or kitchen stuff. (It's amazing how much not having your own kitchen stuff impacts your interes... Read more

  • Countdown 38 Days left. Photos of my tasks.

    7/25/2016 11:45:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    Help me set reasonable time limits of each task. My lack of energy is a big factor. I think most people would be able to clean each area fairly quickly. Not me. Paper work is my nemesis ! And this is what is left after a couple of years of decluttering. 24 234 photos to fo... Read more

  • Remember my knee problem?-not able to bend it....now.. better!

    7/25/2016 10:01:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    It has taken over a year of daily work , but the knee bends just past 90 degrees now! 104 The best exercise is pushing the foot forward --pushing the foot on a stationary object like a wall---to tire the muscle--then bending the knee. Repeat maybe 2-3 times. A chiropractor taught me that. ... Read more

  • Another year and a few more good days

    7/25/2016 7:39:08 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Photos from Ben's 3rd birthday party yesterday. Ben's dad lit the cake up It seemed to impress Lucas more My five cuties Caroline was not impressed DH managed to stay (in the cool) for about 4 hours; a record to be out of the house socializing! ... Read more

  • 39 days countdown. SMART GOAL: attack my own desk top. Oh no!

    7/24/2016 9:08:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    I did make progress! It is not done yet. The shelves above the desk collect tons of stuff. I found a whole roll 40 of stamps that I had misplaced! 198 I found the keys 528 to the bank safety deposit box so I can close it out before the move. 30 273 527 I still don't have... Read more

  • Hot, hot, hot!

    7/24/2016 6:53:35 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    How hot? It's so hot that: I stayed indoors after 8am until 9pm. I did not venture out to my pool; the water is 92 F! I watered my garden morning and night. I had to go to the store and did not buy frozen items. 259... Read more

  • Vitamins, treats or show stoppers?

    7/23/2016 6:31:24 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I admit I am not a good patient when it comes to taking vitamins. I buy, I try and when they are gone...meh! I forget to replace them. I tried a new tactic about 6 weeks ago. I was gently encouraged by my MD to raise my vitamin D levels .."Please"... as well as get some extra calcium to keep my so... Read more

  • Which candidate do you side with?

    7/22/2016 7:51:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    I enjoyed doing this questionnaire online. Many questions have hidden choices. You might overlook these. They give many more options than the questions first appearing. isidewith.com/ I did this before but I am trying it again since the elections are so close. chris ... Read more

  • 41 days countdown, Today's smart goal: buy something pretty!

    7/22/2016 12:08:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is NOT the candle I bought but it looks a little like it. It is LED and goes on automatically for 4 hours. 244 I will set it for the evenings. Hopefully, people looking to buy the condo will be here then. A fun goal for today! 104... Read more

  • The Fibro Manual copyright 2016

    7/22/2016 6:56:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    The Fibro Manual by Gineva Liptan, M.D. I found this book to be very up to date and very organized -easy to find info I needed chris 220... Read more

  • Mary, Mary quite contrary...

    7/21/2016 10:41:19 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    How does my garden grow? I don't have any silver bells or cockle shells but I do have a lot of veggies to keep me in line with good eating! 334 ... Read more

  • What I learned at the doctor

    7/20/2016 8:49:47 PM, by TRESSWANN

    My medical insurance. My primary doctor isn't part of the plan. We moved and she's over 20 miles away. I went to urgent care near the house. I was supposed to go back to my primary, DH has more medical issues than me so he changed months ago. He insisted I need a regular check up. I mean not ... Read more

  • 43 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/20/2016 12:40:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    43 days left before I put this condo on the market. But I am not feeling up to par. I am feeling like I have a virus and a rash on chest, back, and itchy in various places. Darn. I need to accomplish something daily toward being able to "show" this condo. 24 Today's SMART Goal: ... Read more

  • Huh? I have a rash! And I feel like I have a virus. What on earth is this?

    7/20/2016 12:31:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    My throat and ear canal area is tender and stuffy. My chest definitely has a rash. Itchy, too. Other areas of my body feel a bit itchy , too. I have not been outside much so I don't think it is from insect bites. Got any ideas. It is now the 3rd full day. I am using cortisone cream ... Read more

  • My grade school reunion is July 30th near Buffalo, Ny.

    7/20/2016 12:27:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am going! Yeah! I just filled out a questionnaire they sent me. I am hoping meeting these old friends might give me information about where to live in that area! Wouldn't that be nice! chris... Read more

  • Working on my current goal: Enjoy summer.

    7/20/2016 7:07:02 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    67 67 54 27 67 I've been enjoying the weather. Hot days punctuated with stormy showers, a bit 'o lightnin' and cool nights have made me happy and helps my garden grow. DD2 is with me for a night. She helped me shore up the tomato plants that got pushed over by the latest stormy wind. We saved... Read more

  • 44 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/19/2016 11:39:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 44 days left. Today's SMART Goals: Take the van to be serviced before the 400 mile Buffalo trip. 248 (I still have not really cleaned the interior. 24 ) Sort stuff from my purse: many notes , etc. from doc appts. etc. I will overlo... Read more

  • Healthy Iced Vanilla Latte

    7/19/2016 11:05:11 AM, by CTUPTON

    INGREDIENTS For coffee ice cubes- 1 pot brewed coffee For latte- 2-3 coffee ice cubes 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 2-3 drops liquid stevia Dash cinnamon DIRECTIONS 1. To make coffee ice cubes, pour brewed coffee into an ice cube tray. Freeze for 1 hour or ... Read more

  • A way to calculate expenses at a certain retirement community

    7/19/2016 10:56:59 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.holidaytouch.com/retiremen
    t-101/cost-of-living... Read more

  • Sauteed Cabbage and Zucchini

    7/19/2016 10:26:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    Sauteed Cabbage and Zucchini (from DS9KIE--thanks) Ingredients: 1 small head cabbage, chopped 1 small zucchini and yellow squash Some onion Some red and yellow pepper Some collard greens 4 mushrooms 3 broccoli stems 1 tbsp onion powder 1 tbsp garlic po... Read more

  • Bangladesh sparkfriends-- earthquake possibility?

    7/18/2016 11:33:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    earthsky.org/earth/giant-quake
    -may-lurk-under-bangladesh I am hoping this is over blown. chris... Read more

  • Instead of the evil M&Ms try dark chocolate. Advice from a beloved sparkfriend!

    7/18/2016 10:58:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    "Hershey's Dark Chocolate Kisses, Brookside Dark Chocolate with Blueberry and Acai, and Lindt Extra Dark Chocolate truffles the best. I can have 1 truffle and I'm good for days. You can have 5 kisses, and you have to unwrap each one! Brookside is harder for me to control because it comes loose in... Read more

  • Weight vs Thin

    7/18/2016 10:57:58 AM, by TRESSWANN

    I weighed and was down a half on Saturday. Truthgully, it depends on the day and time. Today, I am up 1.5 but know it will drop. Besides, this range is the least I have weighed in my adult life. And I am about 2 pounds less than my mother was just about her whole life and she was 2 inches taller... Read more

  • John as Cookie Monster!

    7/18/2016 10:45:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    ( John often covers himself in his motorized wheelchair to be warm and take a nap. DD put the paper cutouts on him.)... Read more

  • 50 things to do when you're bored.

    7/18/2016 9:24:30 AM, by CTUPTON

    media.trusper.net/u/e43679ab-9
    2ec-4bb5-83b5-6a2a5b6433bb
    .jpg Or, go clean the garage. I bet you think of something better to do fast! chris... Read more

  • Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 45 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/18/2016 7:52:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    The 3 of us have 3 appointments today! And I am the driver for us all. DH's is for the GI doctor. He will stay in the hospital before his colonoscopy. I can't handle his prep alone. I asked if he could be in the hospital for that. But the Dr said then he has to see him first for Medicare approval. ... Read more

  • Good morning from the birds.

    7/18/2016 7:10:06 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I watered my oasis before the sun appeared. I have a nice cuppa, my laptop and a comfy chair. I'm sitting in my sunroom listening to the birds announce the sunrise. I've got at lot to hear; the harsh croak of crows, the cheeps of the cardinals, scolding jays, grackles "grackling" and sparrows chir... Read more

  • Eggs grow on trees. At least in my garden they do.

    7/17/2016 5:02:57 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    My garden has blossomed to a green oasis. I told my grandkids I didn't need chickens. Eggs grew on trees! I will have enough tomatoes to start a store and enough chilies to make my own wreaths! ... Read more

  • Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 46 days left. Today's SMART Goals

    7/17/2016 9:32:39 AM, by CTUPTON

    1.To email the floor repair guy, take at least 4 photos of the old bathroom floor. 2. Before getting the van tuned up for my trip to "Buffalo", clean the inside. It really needs cleaning before the car repair guy sees it. (I believe workers do a better job when they see I care for the van. ) 3. ... Read more

  • Informative graphic showing options and costs of senior housing.

    7/16/2016 9:10:46 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.seniorliving.org/infograph
    ics/senior-living-type-ver
    sus-cost/... Read more

  • Countdown to putting our condo on the market: 47 days left. Today's SMART Goal

    7/16/2016 6:57:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    Make SMART Goals: Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timely Today: Finish organizing the larger of 2 bathrooms. (A nephew will eventually install the new flooring.) And do the daily chores like dishes, etc. chris... Read more

  • How do you handle it when you gain and then start losing again?

    7/16/2016 6:47:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    I gained 8 lbs. OK now can I say I lost 2 lbs--if I did? I can gain and re-lose the same fat many times! chris 24... Read more

  • I just contacted the Chamber of Commerce in the Greater Buffalo area! Thanks .

    7/15/2016 7:49:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    I never thought of contacting them about a place to live! Thanks for the idea! And I will contact some senior centers in certain towns. I never thought of that either! chris 247 220... Read more

  • Our condo will soon be for sale. I do love it here. Bloomfield, CT

    7/15/2016 7:30:43 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Go take a hike! Featured SP blog. More on that subject; care to walk in?

    7/15/2016 3:38:40 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Hiking is my favorite pastime. You don't have to be super fit to enjoy nature, walking trails is a great way to start on a road to fitness! Grab a bottle of water, a camera and put on comfortable shoes. I've saved the hiking blog featured today for future reference as I still want to travel if ... Read more

  • Did it, got over it and will move on.

    7/14/2016 9:55:19 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    If it wasn't nailed down, I ate it. Wow, I haven't done this in months and it feels yucky! No whining or crying, just putting it out there I'm still very much human!... Read more

  • Happenings at the Gym

    7/14/2016 4:15:51 PM, by TRESSWANN

    So, DH gets my foot into sneaker today. Yeah. Head off to gym. Yesterday, there was a detour but I made it. Today, I pull up and there's a police car in front of the gym. I call DH and he says maybe someone is getting a ticket. No. No other car. I do see people going in and DH says if it's ... Read more

  • I got lots of good advice about handicap housing near Buffalo. THANK YOU! Still looking!

    7/14/2016 1:06:20 PM, by CTUPTON

    Since we are relatively young (69) I am hesitant to look at assisted living. I asked about average age there. 80 or over. 24 Hubby needs more personal help than in assisted living anyway. So that really does not solve our problem. I'd pay a lot for it and then still have to hire personal health aide... Read more

  • Conversations about getting help.

    7/14/2016 8:41:33 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Thank goodness that by yesterday DH looked and felt as good as he had 3 weeks ago! Done with IV antibiotics, his PICC was removed and he could get a good scrubbing in the warm shower. Ahhhhhh! Did I mention I'm getting physical therapy? I have been utilizing the gym while DH has PT and I thou... Read more

  • DH and Funnies?

    7/13/2016 7:28:55 PM, by TRESSWANN

    As you know, due to my condition, I fall from time to time. As a rule I do it well. We were leaving the house after my first gym visit to go to Home depot for garden things when my leg buckled and went out from under me. Luckily, I grabbed the wrought iron front step and crumpled very gracefully.... Read more

  • Hard to find housing near Buffalo for handicapped DH and me.

    7/13/2016 10:04:50 AM, by CTUPTON

    I need a place easy to maintain and open design for DH's motorized wheelchair. And a little under $200,000. Not too far from a pool for my water aerobics. Depew, West Seneca, Orchard Park, Hamburg, Clarence, East Aurora, Patio homes have no outside maintenance. But the prices are ov... Read more

  • HHH as nature takes over my yard.

    7/13/2016 7:41:42 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    67 67 67 67 Not sure I want to venture out today or the next few as my tolerance for such days has lessened over time. Maybe a short trek around the block before the sun gets above the trees. Our resident cardinal family must have matured as mom and dad are no longer scolding me in the back ... Read more

  • Blueberry Cobler SP recipe 3 ingredients!

    7/12/2016 2:30:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    It is in the oven now. I used a no sugar cake mix. Nutrition info is in the SP recipe area. This lightened up version of berry cobbler has just three ingredients. This lightened up version of berry cobbler has just three ingredients. Minutes to Prepare: 70 Minutes to Cook: 60 Nu... Read more

  • 100 companies "made in the USA"

    7/12/2016 9:16:06 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.clark.com/american-made-in
    -the-usa I would like to patronize some of these. But I am not quite sure how to do that. And, I just looked at my "Crocs" sandals. Definitely NOT USA made. Oh! We do have a Braun handicap van! USA made! chris Clothing •All American Clothing •All... Read more

  • Watching the grass grow and other summertime pastimes.

    7/12/2016 7:04:07 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I've spent more time maintaining my pool instead of being in it. Perhaps things will settle down with DH so I can be home to use it. I've logged 300 miles in the past week and countless hours at doctors every day including the weekends and holiday. His health is precarious but ok. When I'm not stari... Read more

  • Yellow Rug I had and forgot about. Put in the "office" for showing the condo.

    7/10/2016 3:28:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    I need to say that the desk looks much better than in this photo! DD was the one who thought of using this rug. It was stored in the basement for 8 years! I had no rugs in the condo because DH's motorized wheelchair would gather the rug under it's wheels. I came home one day and 3... Read more

  • I contacted a mover! It is getting more and more scary to think of actually moving.

    7/10/2016 12:35:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been decluttering and packing for maybe 5 years. people are probably sick of me saying I will move closer to my family. I was going to rely on family and friends to load a truck and have a friend drive it the 400 miles to Buffalo. I don't feel enough people are willing to help us out. Th... Read more

  • If you want some extra special, hand-picked laugh....try this blog!

    7/9/2016 9:11:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
    ublic_journal_individual.a
    sp?blog_id=6197108... Read more

  • Same SP menu article but why is it so great?

    7/9/2016 12:49:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/resource/n
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1620 I love the bright , colored photos for one thing! 30 And there are shopping lists 30 for each week! Or you can print a master shopping list--all done for you! I printed the month's shopping list. 41 Now I can make note... Read more

  • The Jumping on the Fun Blog.

    7/9/2016 5:47:50 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    OK, enough! It's Saturday, I'm alive, the rain watered my plants, filled the pool and is giving me an opportunity to stay indoors and spruce up. SIL2 is staying with me for a few days to help. At 6'2" he can take down the ceiling lights for me so I can clean the insides, fill the water softener... Read more

  • SP article: A month's worth of healthy and easy meals!

    7/8/2016 12:55:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.sparkpeople.com/resource/n
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1620... Read more

  • All lives matter.

    7/8/2016 6:56:07 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I am saddened by the violence, bigotry and anger that has become a representation of my country. Likewise I cannot understand the violence in the general world. Hate. It is not inherited in our DNA. The letters have no color, sex or religion. We are not born with the anger. It is taught. Lear... Read more

  • Gym Excuses and another NSV

    7/7/2016 5:45:09 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I have been unable to do much of anything because of my deep wound blisters. Finally, I have a scab, much less swelling. Yesterday, I was ready and psyched to go to the gym, last visit was a week ago which triggered a relapse on the wound. I have to wear the spectral leg aka brace to walk outsid... Read more

  • Amping It up

    7/6/2016 11:27:33 AM, by TRESSWANN

    My blister is finally on the mend. I was able to get into sandals and go to lunch with my stepson, then afterwards to Target. I bought a new battery for my zip. I didn't get to the gym but decided to use my stepper. Last week, I couldn't get on it; my legs couldn't make it. Last night I had a s... Read more

  • My note from the Universe

    7/5/2016 7:38:54 PM, by CTUPTON

    Suffice it to say, CHRISTINE, I mean "Your Highness," you've always been crazy, sexy, cool.... Read more

  • New Dawn/325

    7/5/2016 1:28:06 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    Today I woke up and was shocked to find 325 on my scale. I entered 3 back logged months of daily-ish weigh-ins and updated my Sparkpage weight(s). And with new eyes I realized (again), that my body has been fighting me at over 300 for awhile. After all, my gallbladder emergency was last October, no... Read more

  • Still frustrated - step tracking

    7/5/2016 12:07:55 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I have mobility issues so it’s critical I know how many steps I take. I have been on a quest. For awhile, my Fitbit zip was just the ticket. I usually wear dresses so I can attach the zip in my bra. I have also used a Jawbone UP, and a Move, all with mixed results. I know I can track on the p... Read more

  • Teaching an old dog new tricks. As hard as it sounds.

    7/5/2016 7:00:32 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    What can I have? Can I eat this? Is this ok? I forgot to tell you I had three sugar free cookies. I remembered three was the "magic" number so that's all I ate. 39 Sigh. DH is trying hard to learn to eat better but it's very difficult when his view of certain foods is so narrow. I tried ... Read more

  • Celebrating FREEDOM!

    7/4/2016 10:37:34 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Happy 4th of July. 283 Happy Independence Day. 195 Thanks to all of you who continue to make this celebration possible and for your sacrifices for our country. 232... Read more

  • How about a blog about ME!

    7/3/2016 7:34:33 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I've continued to have healthy, good meals in spite of all the drama. I will ignore the tortilla cheese filled pretzels DD2 and I shared for dinner the first night at the hospital. No real food for the weary that time of night. My exercises have taken a hit as the schedule has become gruesome. I ... Read more

  • Alliopathic ("regular") doctors vs Osteopathic doctors. Huh? I just learned the difference!

    7/2/2016 3:25:52 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.osteopathic.org/Pages/defa
    ult.aspx Instead of MD they have OD after their names. DD just made an appointment with an "OD." chris... Read more

  • Tell myself: "You are just bored, not hungry so don't eat."

    7/2/2016 12:46:05 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • SP article and link: Snacks under 100 calories (skinnyms.com)and more recipes

    7/2/2016 11:59:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    skinnyms.com/15-snacks-that-ar
    e-unexpectedly-under-100-c
    alories/?utm_source=zergne
    t.com&utm_medium=referral&
    utm_campaign=zergnet_1033501 Dehydrated red, sweet pepper strips with maple syrup. Just like candy! chris ... Read more

  • Low carb recipe with black beans needed

    7/1/2016 6:27:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.yummly.com/ seems to be a great source for recipes. You can first determine the nutrients you want in the resulting recipe. I have a few cans of black beans. but I want to eat low carb. I need a simple recipe. One recipe was a salad made with black beans. chris... Read more

  • Gov Malloy of CT fired the 35 or so state sign language interpreters!

    7/1/2016 11:03:19 AM, by CTUPTON

    This is such a needed service. It has takedn years and years to get this service in place. Now it is wrecked! The Gov says interpreters from another agency will be hired at a cheaper rate and the state will save lots of money. He exaggerated the cost of the current state sign language inte... Read more

  • Sneaking in a ballerina picture. LOL

    7/1/2016 8:39:09 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Perhaps she'll learn to dance as cute as she looks. Once she learns how to crawl!... Read more

  • Find out what others think of a med on this website

    6/30/2016 1:56:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.askapatient.com/ I have been very tired. Someone said they were told to take zyrtec at night because it can cause drowsiness. I thought it was a non-drowsy allergy med. Oops! I am now taking my zyrtec at night. I seem to be more awake in the daytime now. I sure hope this fatigue... Read more