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  • October 27, 2016 (Thursday)

    10/28/2016 2:34:06 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    It is not long until the cut off on here, so I am rushing in tonight. Thank you for your comments on my last blog. About the new shift at the YMCA, I am already there teaching a class from 6:30 - 7:30. Usually, I don't get away from there on Monday and Wednesday nights until 9:00 PM anyway,... Read more

  • I am not up to trying a blog. I should have iced my leg and it has to be done.

    10/27/2016 11:01:29 PM, by NORASPAT

    Thanks for the comments and I have to have the ice on my knee. It is hurting but the ice helps it to go down so Hopefully better in the am. I am cooking Beef and Broccoli from a recipe on the spark pages. We will have heavy rain and I have got to go to the grocery store. I hope we can walk b... Read more

  • Today I had to take it easy. The nurse took out stitch and it bled.

    10/26/2016 11:40:48 PM, by NORASPAT

    She put steri-stitch cover and the Dr did not even look at it. He was showing my knee photos from the inside of my knee. I know it looked good there is very little arthritis. When I got home it was bleeding so I used a band aid and did not do the ice. I still have had a cover over them becaus... Read more

  • October 25, 2016 (Tuesday)

    10/25/2016 8:51:45 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello All! Good to hear from you. Your comments are always appreciated. LESLIE..I haven't given my truck a name. It has just always been called "The Blue Truck!" Everyone knows it, and until I wrecked it, my fitness class participants always knew that I was at the gyms when they would s... Read more

  • Stitches are gone and I have18 photos of my knee from the inside. I never thought that would happen.

    10/25/2016 8:50:30 PM, by NORASPAT

    Hi everyone. Stitches out ! YAY! Alas the surgeon wants another appointment in SIX WEEKS, oh my. That was not what I was expecting. He still says take it easy and still do PT. We left the Drs office and went to Senior College to hear a lecture from 2 Senior Students about 2 years in... Read more

  • October 24, 2016 (Monday)

    10/25/2016 2:43:14 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Thank you for responding on my last blog. It is always nice to read your comments. truck is a 2001 Dodge Ram extended cab. We bought it new in 2000 when our youngest son turned 16. At that time, I was driving a 1993 Chevy van (that I also loved...I really g... Read more

  • Tomorrow the little stitches will be gone. I am hoping to do some PT then walking the trail.

    10/24/2016 11:47:01 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today was a bit of a washout but we had to get to the eye Dr to get DH glasses fixed. I had to push the glass in to the frame and it was not easy but it stayed in for 2 days. DH was able to drive us up to Waterville and wait to get it repaired. Happily the glasses are on a warranty so that wa... Read more

  • Did I fall or just stumble a little?

    10/24/2016 8:52:44 AM, by RHONNIE07

    That's the question I have asked myself. Two weeks ago I got on the scale and about had a heart attack. I was losing about a pound a week. Met my first goal of losing 15 pounds. I did it a month ahead of myself. I even got into 28 day boot camp and was going strong. Then two weeks ago I get on the s... Read more

  • October 23, 2016 (Sunday)

    10/24/2016 2:50:52 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Thank you for responding on my short blog of yesterday. I didn't get back last night because it was 2:00 AM when I got home from the races. It was very cool, and there weren't that many people there. However, there were a lot of cars and drivers there, and the cars kept getti... Read more

  • Today was another concert, it was good to get out with sunshine.

    10/23/2016 11:55:05 PM, by NORASPAT

    We went to a concert at a church. It was a really nice time these were good musicians and yet not professional. It was a nice mix of music. The last performer on the Pipe organ was 99 years old and she handled it well. Needless to say she got a big hand at the end. Pat in Maine is off to be... Read more

  • Once Upon a Time...Tracking My Food for Thought

    10/23/2016 10:23:32 PM, by SUSANSKI

    125 Hi All, I'm gonna chat while I 'run around getting ready' for tomorrow. My mother is having another surgery and I have to get going early, so I'm blogging the night before. Nothing exceptional in fitness happened this week. It was my T.O.M. so I didn't S.W.I.M. lol However, I DID get m... Read more

  • Rain, Rain in Maine. We all needed it and still we need some more.

    10/22/2016 11:49:36 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today was a day off the computer. I tried to ask some questions about my pages and as soon as I finished it there was a page saying OOPS! Spark ERROR. I get them so often. I was writing a Blog and it disappeared and the page asked if I was a new member or please sign in. I can check out ... Read more

  • October 21, 2016 (Friday)

    10/22/2016 2:58:44 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Thank you all for your supportive comments about my computer. I got another message when I tried to get online after the "Repair" thing was partially successful. It was about a 'disc' and I could click on the one that was to 'check the disc.' I did, and after all sorts of 'jibbery jabbery' came a... Read more

  • My first blog blew away and I changed it..

    10/20/2016 11:16:04 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today we took the RV to have the winterizing. If water stays out in the cold and any water is in the pipes we will find out next year. So we go to a professional now. DH and mine are not as strong as they were so we have it done for us. We went for the winterizing and since we were close to an R... Read more

  • Fall Foliage

    10/20/2016 1:27:45 PM, by WENDYSPARKS

    Hi Sparkers! I just love the fall colors are you doing? I have been making sure to drink my water daily to stay hydrated....very important....I went for a nice walk outside and everything is so fresh and colorful....see you all here Sparking!! Hugs, Wendy... Read more

  • The trees are not so finally gone. We only had light drizzle in the overnight.75 degrees today.

    10/19/2016 11:19:21 PM, by NORASPAT

    I am still not moving very fast. DH and I went to the grocery store. I wanted to get some salads again. I love Fresh express and we are really liking the variety. I went in and DH stayed outside. I was walking with my fore arm crutch and I had a handy small cart. I bought the salads and I wante... Read more

  • October 18, 2016 (Tuesday)

    10/18/2016 11:36:44 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Still here, but just barely! Continuously plugging and unplugging the computer. It will stay on for a few seconds, and then it clicks OFF. After doing that dozens of times, it stayed on long enough for a message to appear asking me if I wanted to start "Start Up Repair?" I clicked 'YES,' and aft... Read more

  • Today was another nice day here in Maine. We have rain -Finally.

    10/18/2016 10:28:28 PM, by NORASPAT

    DH and I did a lot of getting ready to winter. We try to guess when everything is covered and all the tools we need for the snow. After over 50 years we used to get caught and now we are making the best guess and out everything back for next year and take out the tools for the cold. I am stil... Read more

  • Hi again, I am back--almost. Today was in the high seventies in Augusta Maine.

    10/17/2016 8:17:33 PM, by NORASPAT

    I took advantage of the warm weather and the sight of amazing trees in the sunshine. I walked round the yard, it was bright sun shine on the burning bushes, it was a perfect sight. Several warm days we had a breeze and the pine needles showered the yard. I looked out of my kitchen window th... Read more

  • Once Upon a Time...The Creation of Super-ski

    10/17/2016 1:39:32 AM, by SUSANSKI

    Please give me a million points for creating this thing on my computer. It's pretty tricky. As you can see, I was feeling a wee bit proud of myself over the weekend. I've been battling that scale trauma and I am overcoming. I LOVE the idea that the exercise I do, can NOT be tak... Read more

  • I am back, getting better and over the awful medications. I know they help and used them.

    10/16/2016 10:45:07 PM, by NORASPAT

    Thinking back it seems it was a long time but it was only 2 days. Prep at home and out patient hospital. GREAT! I was the first patient in the O.R. and I liked that. My surgeon was on time, I know him well so I was doing fine. There was a team to every person and they were all busy and it was a... Read more

  • October 16, 2016 (Sunday)

    10/16/2016 7:42:30 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Thank you for responding to my last blog. Just in case, I am not around for a period of time, I am having a horrible time with my computer. It turns itself OFF, and it doesn't want to turn back ON. I may have written about this already. Anyway it did it once a couple of week... Read more

  • October 15, 2016 (Saturday)

    10/15/2016 7:00:41 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    No races today! Rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon. I can't work there tomorrow afternoon, because I already work at the YMCA on Sunday afternoon. Wish I could figure out how to be in TWO PLACES at once! 198 Have a GREAT SUNDAY! HUGS Pam... Read more

  • Grandbaby # 3

    10/15/2016 8:15:13 AM, by SCHECK5

    Big sister LOVES her tons... Read more

  • October 15, 2016 (Friday)

    10/15/2016 2:56:24 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Just a quick check in because cut off is in 5 minutes. Thank you for stopping by my last blog and leaving a comment. We had rain today, so the 'word' now is that a decision will be made for tomorrow's races by noon. I will have to wait and see. No more rain is expected so al... Read more

  • Yesterday was my Birthday today is my small surgery.

    10/14/2016 4:44:31 AM, by NORASPAT

    I am waiting for DH to awaken. We had agreat day Leaf Peeping and when we got home the phone rang several times.' Our youngest son and family had KEY LIME PIE for my birthday. We sat around chatting and our other sons talked to me and also DH. This morning I have to go to Day surgery to fix ... Read more

  • Follow up on my Guatemala blog about the Garbage Dump where children live and Play.

    10/12/2016 11:23:04 AM, by NORASPAT

    The stories are on the internet.-"SAFE PASSAGE" Safe Passage was founded in 1999 by the late Hanley Denning. She was born and lived in Maine. It is a story that I heard about in my yesterday Senior College lecture and I wrote yesterdays blog. I was so surprised that a young woman could ... Read more

  • October 11, 2016 (Tuesday)

    10/12/2016 12:31:04 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Thank you for your responses on my last blog. MORTICIA, I am so happy that your fur babies are doing well after their surgery. Beautiful weather here so far this week. It is supposed to be nice for the rest of the week unless something changes. Just busy doing my usual 'stuff' that I do ev... Read more

  • Today we walked the beautiful trail. We missed the rain or wind so leaves are on the trail.

    10/11/2016 11:12:40 PM, by NORASPAT

    We walked and then went to Senior college. There was a number of our high school came to tell us about the conditions in Guatemala where there are so many children and mostly mothers live and have to clothe and feed them. The students took slides and a little video. It was amazing. These peo... Read more

  • Today we put the mower away and brought out the snow blower. We start it and know it works.

    10/10/2016 10:51:50 PM, by NORASPAT

    I decided to switch all the bikes hang from the rafters, 4 up there. That keeps the tires keep in better shape. They rarely inflate if they are hanging from the rims upside down. I opened all the plastic boxes with my threads and 22 others so I am no longer keeping the huge cones I have. I use ... Read more

  • October 9, 2016 (Sunday)

    10/10/2016 1:41:43 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Thank you for your responses to my blog of yesterday. It did get pretty chilly last night at the races. The temperature was predicted to be in the 50's late in the evening, and I am pretty sure that it did get that low. It was a LONG night because of the frequent interruption... Read more

  • Once Upon a Time...Redeeming My Confidence In Self

    10/10/2016 12:31:59 AM, by SUSANSKI

    213 51 After last week's Stroke-Evoking-doctor's -visit, (no, I didn't really have a stroke. This is figurative language - huh, yeah. 'I FIGURED I had lost 20+lbs when it was only 5.) (I refer you to the last few blogs) After last week's shocking revelation...and recovery, lol, I have... Read more

  • Myself, my youngest son and our Grand daughter. Fabulous. DH wanted to stay home.

    10/9/2016 9:24:50 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today was a rare treat. It was raining we knew it and I wanted to take our GD to the gardens. DIL has to work so I thought DH and I our son and GD. I talked with DH and I said I wanted to do the gardens. The trees are MAGNIFICENT-Truly. It was raining but we often walk in the rain with umbrel... Read more

  • I guess today ran over for my last blog. I need more sleep, Goodnight. Stay safe.

    10/8/2016 10:43:37 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today has been a nice day but I did just enough today. I set up a phone to others on Skype but it still has not got it right. I decided to be in touch with my Grandkids in New York. There was no reason to go over there. Grand daughter thinks she has a cold and I do not want to get infected and... Read more

  • October 8, 2016 (Saturday)

    10/8/2016 1:37:40 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    RACE DAY! So I am rushing in to post before I leave. Very cool here today, so it will be COLD tonight. I am taking warm clothes though, so I will be fine. BIG RACE, so it may last a long time, however, it depends on the crashes, Hopefully, all will be driving well with no major wrecks to hold t... Read more

  • I Aced the STRESS TEST. I wanted to go leaf peeping so I called a walking buddy.

    10/7/2016 11:52:34 PM, by NORASPAT

    My friends daughters went to Farmington and we both knew the trail and the trees and it s a lovely day to do it. Almost all of our trees still have their leaves on the tree. Very few on the Ground. My friend was knitting and as we started the journey in our city the trees were startling. I co... Read more

  • October 6, 2016 (Thursday)

    10/7/2016 2:59:00 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Thank you for your posts on my most recent blog. Of course I will keep PORKIE and BLOCKER in my thoughts and prayers, MORTICIA! I wish them both a successful surgery and a speedy recover. 1 Minute until cutoff so I am out of here. HUGS Pam... Read more

  • Early cardiac stress test at 7a.m.Monday. My Dr asked for it before surgery on Friday.

    10/6/2016 11:03:53 PM, by NORASPAT

    Busy week trying to got things ready for my knee surgery. It is just a meniscus tear but it help the pain go away (I HOPE). I will need a walker a few days but my crutches will do I know just how they work. I Used them for almost a month so we bought the forearm crutch it is best for me. I... Read more

  • October 5, 2016 (Wednesday)

    10/6/2016 12:44:22 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Thank you for reading and responding to my yesterday's blog. My computer is still doing well, so I guess it was just a 'freaky' thing that happened. I really don't have anything new or exciting to write about tonight, so I will just wish everyone a TERRIFIC THURSDAY! HUGS Pam... Read more

  • Thanks for the messages today I appreciated it.

    10/5/2016 10:57:46 PM, by NORASPAT

    Thanks for helping me to keep calm and by now e have had fabulous weather so it has been a great time to get together and walk. I love to get walking with friends. I do not like a walk alone. I like to chatty walk is my kind of walk. I am dreading walking with crutches again. I had my back inj... Read more

  • October 3, 2016 (Tuesday)

    10/4/2016 11:27:30 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, I hope you have all had a GREAT DAY! Things started sort of 'rocky' here because last night when I first got online, my computer cut off. I had only done a couple of things on SparkPeople at that time. I did the usual things that one does when her computer does something weir... Read more

  • Hi I went to the Dr and I told him I was going to have surgery on my knee.

    10/4/2016 11:02:04 PM, by NORASPAT

    It is just a meniscus tear. I am having the surgery day after my birthday. My Dr decided to have me do a Cardiac stress test on Friday. I walked over 8,000 steps.465 426 I will walk the trail so that is over 6,000 and at 7-30a.m. FRIDAY, I will do that stress test. Some ... Read more

  • Once Upon a Time...An Emergency Blog Regarding Emotional Devastation lol

    10/4/2016 10:16:52 PM, by SUSANSKI

    I don't even know where to begin, but BEGIN I must. (this is just about my weightloss journey, so don't panic that something TERRIBLE has happened to me and mine.) I'm so ANGRY. DISAPPOINTED. CRUSHED. DEVASTATED. But, ironically, Mrs. Doc is DELIGHTED. I'M so ANGRYYYYY that I... Read more

  • Finally finished the pool is totally undercover. I hope it stays that way till SPRING.

    10/3/2016 11:54:13 PM, by NORASPAT

    We have the yard done but not very pretty at this time. Tomorrow I will find some more bulbs for the Spring. I will take out all of the annuals and hope to get some soil if there is any left at Agway. I want to cut the low branches and take them to the dump we can still do that. ... Read more

  • Once Upon a Time... Here and There

    10/3/2016 12:23:40 PM, by SUSANSKI

    Hello Everyone! 523 Do you ever think of a bright idea, get a great inspiration, or receive an 'enlightenment' and jot it down quickly on scrap paper so you can Blog about it later? I do. I try to keep it in one place...but I'm not always that organized. So each week, I have to scramble to f... Read more

  • Not much was done today except making more batch meals for DH and I.

    10/2/2016 11:54:59 PM, by NORASPAT

    I have the yard already for winter. The pool is covered tight over the top. We should have done it before but now it is impossible to get the heavy tarp right we just decided to have it done. Today I had a busy day cooking, I am trying to get our dinners for after my surgery. DH can cook but I pre... Read more

  • October 2, 2016 (Sunday)

    10/2/2016 12:15:09 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Thank you for your comments on my last blog. You are all so much appreciated. What a surprise last night that the races were over by 10:30 PM! I was back at the house before midnight and asleep by 1:00 AM! I don't recall that ever happening before. It all depends on the... Read more

  • October 1, 2016 (Saturday)

    10/1/2016 2:06:15 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    HAPPY OCTOBER! My how this year has flown by! I am not a fan of the rest of the months of this year, so I am already hoping for SPRING! I am OK with it though because our winters are not very bad here in this area. I always have that "HILL" to deal with though, and the fear of getting stuck at ... Read more

  • September 30, 2016 (Friday)

    10/1/2016 2:46:58 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    I am just now noticing that it has been a lot of days since I have written anything here. I have been so late getting online that I've been too rushed or too sleepy to stay here very long. I hope you are all doing well, and thank you for your responses on my last blog. ZOEY, that is a coinc... Read more

  • Today I went to see the manager about the 2017 car being not what I wanted.

    9/30/2016 10:47:03 PM, by NORASPAT

    This morning I took DH to Senior college and dropped him off. I told him I am adamant about going to the dealership to ask for the manager I did not want a low car.. We have been with this dealership for years and bought minivans since the old K-car station Wagon. After the K-car the mini-vans ... Read more

  • I am hoping to get to some photos. I got in touch with a microsoft person on the computer.

    9/29/2016 10:29:44 PM, by NORASPAT

    I asked why there were no updates on my computer. There is no place to find it. He took control of my computer and I saw on a page that said up-dates and next to it said NEVER. My computer was supposed to set up at the shop. After our eldest son came over he thought it was not set up properly.... Read more

  • Today was a busy day. There were no walkers they are all out of town. I decided to bake.

    9/28/2016 11:15:27 PM, by NORASPAT

    I was going to paint the doors. We take them off the hinges and lie them down. I do the painting I like to do it but with my knee out of commission for a week or two and the garage will be too cold. I need to do it NOW. 465 Tomorrow we will have a new pool cover because we do not want the ... Read more