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  • Weekend Not Over Yet- Temptations Abound Still

    11/28/2015 5:12:40 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Just because we made it through Thanksgiving Day relatively unscathed (that is, we ate conscientiously, and made sure to get some exercise in as well) , we just might feel like coasting through the rest of the weekend, but there's still today and tomorrow with many of the same temptations, not just ... Read more

  • from my sparkfriend, Cathy's blog---- to dog and cat lovers---

    11/28/2015 11:45:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    The Story of Adam & Eve's Pets Author Unknown, From a forward in e-mail Adam and Eve said, 'Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonesome here, and it is difficult for us to remember how much you love us.' And God sai... Read more

  • Expensive under the eye puffiness cream...what a joke!

    11/28/2015 6:00:28 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I have bags under my eyes...yes, I'm 62 so they are to be expected but I could pack for a month cruise in my eye bags! We were in the mall, beloved and I, and I pointed out an expensive make-up store I thought might have a "cure". And the young woman assured me the stuff would work...Came out with... Read more

  • A Cautionary Utensil

    11/27/2015 9:35:33 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This was the butter knife at the table where I ate my Thanksgiving repast, I kid you not! The blade was metal stamped with a cautionary message..... I had to laugh...... Read more

  • Could we at least finish dinner first?

    11/27/2015 11:02:55 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Mon. Nov. 30 cataract surgery-first eye. Ugh!

    11/27/2015 10:51:53 AM, by CTUPTON

    So today I started the first med; one drop a day in the right eye for 3 days. oh and face washing daily with an antiseptic soap. I have a friend who will drive me and pick me up and take me the next day for a follow-up appt. chris... Read more

  • Kielbasa Fest!

    11/27/2015 9:51:28 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • I really can't afford to be sick!

    11/27/2015 9:46:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    527 Darn. Now I have the scratchy throat and head congestion and tiredness that DD and DH have! I need all my energy. I can't afford to be laid up! 198 273 chris... Read more

  • cheap cat litter! Yeah!

    11/27/2015 9:43:54 AM, by CTUPTON

    The tractor Supply Store here sells horse bedding which is the same as the pellets I get for cat litter--but much cheaper!!! The bag is huge but so what. chris 240 Hope the cat does not start to think he is a horse! 24... Read more

  • Day after thanksgiving......

    11/27/2015 9:29:44 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Hope You Weren't THAT Guy!

    11/26/2015 10:17:10 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Happy Thanksgiving! But I hope you had a great victory... unlike THIS guy: ... Read more

  • Counting my blessings...

    11/26/2015 8:17:56 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Still married to the love of my life; still have almost 90 she's a lot of work but I know time will be short so I try to remember to cherish every moment; despite a very rocky October and November I'm getting my health back and am determined to return to volunteering at the school starting ... Read more

  • I have so much to be thankful for! chris

    11/26/2015 1:19:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    Hint: zoom up to about 200 times to see this better. (I wish I had written this myself--but I do feel this way.) chris... Read more

  • SP article: Why You Should Have an Affair at the Gym!

    11/26/2015 5:43:25 AM, by CTUPTON

    quote from the article: "Am I talking about "50 Shades of Gym"? No, but I have your attention now, right? I'm referring to exercise monogamy: using the same machine, taking the same class, or doing the same strength moves day after day after day. If this sounds like you, then it's time to cheat on ... Read more

  • Disorganized Thanksgiving...

    11/26/2015 5:26:41 AM, by CTUPTON

    I plan to go to water aerobics this morning. Thanksgiving dinner is very, very --unready! Priorities! 237 I preach taking care of us! So I'd better follow my own advice. I have been doing things for hubby and daughter. "My" stuff is impossible to get done now-a-days. Hubby might have a UT... Read more

  • Different Holidays

    11/25/2015 11:35:34 PM, by SBECKER526

    We are beginning our holiday season with dinner in the restaurant we enjoy. The meal will be at 12:30 pm. 428 We consider that we are celebrating with our new family. I made reservations for Christmas Day. 460 I have new Jewish friends so we will enjoy a Jewish meal on December 10 for Han... Read more

  • Looks Like a Wet Thanksgiving

    11/25/2015 10:24:50 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We have a big family gathering planned for tomorrow with a number of small children (first grade and younger) and since there is a high probability of rain, I'm making a box with extra games and books to read and I've tucked in a bunch of umbrellas so that we can go out and play in the rain.... ... Read more

  • Anybody else starving for points?

    11/25/2015 8:06:07 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I'm living on 1's and 2's, even for team points. Surely someone gets a 25 once in a while?... Read more

  • Cleaning a fatty liver so it functions better to lose weight more efficiently. 6 foods to eat:

    11/24/2015 5:56:59 PM, by CTUPTON
    shed-fat-a-doctor-explains by Lori Shemek, Ph.D. is a leading fat cell researche... Read more

  • I don't want to be a frog!

    11/24/2015 10:50:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe "being himself isn’t so bad after all." A story of self acceptance. chris... Read more

  • Warning! Really Corny Thanksgiving Jokes for Kids

    11/23/2015 6:45:55 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I just can't resist these corny Thanksgiving themed jokes : Why did the police arrest the turkey? They suspected it of foul play! Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey at Thanksgiving? Because they couldn’t fit the moose in the oven! What did the Turkey say before it was roasted? Boy, I'm s... Read more

  • Still getting dizzy!

    11/23/2015 1:06:04 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Today I called a pharmacist and told him my recent history and the new meds I am on for high BP. He thinks I am still on meds too strong for what my body can handle and said I shouldn't have been started on THREE meds because now we have to figure out which one is the problem. I see the cardiologi... Read more

  • John Lennon quote

    11/23/2015 10:12:14 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Celebrated a Bit Too Enthusiastically

    11/22/2015 10:07:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Our local Friends of the Library celebrated their 30th anniversary this afternoon, and though I did not imbibe any of the wines they had (not really my thing) I DID happen to find myself chowing down on some stuffed mushrooms that were certainly NOT among the Top Ten Hors'doevres for People Trying t... Read more

  • Chart for thawing a frozen turkey. Several methods...And, a link to more info!

    11/22/2015 4:25:02 PM, by CTUPTON

    Turkey Thawing Time in the Refrigerator (40 degrees F): Approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds Whole Turkey Weight Thawing Time 8 to 12 lbs 1 to 2 days 12 to 16 lbs 2 to 3 days 16 to 20 lbs 3 to 4 days 20 to 24 lbs 4 to 5 days Turkey Thawing Time in Cold Water: Approximately 3... Read more

  • I am not a bully. Well....

    11/22/2015 10:50:54 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • So true!

    11/22/2015 10:15:33 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Chew on this for awhile.......

    11/22/2015 10:10:03 AM, by CTUPTON

    chris... Read more

  • Nice day yesterday

    11/22/2015 6:39:55 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We picked up Mum, went to church where I had the Children s Story. I was so dizzy I had to hang on to the pews! We had a nice lunch ready in the crock pot when we got home...chicken picatta from Sam's Club into which we added onions and mushrooms,. We buy lots of prepared meals from Costco for Mum... Read more

  • A Front Came In

    11/21/2015 9:18:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I got up and went to the grocery store early this morning..... and a cold front came in while I was shopping.....I stepped outside to a very different climate from what I entered on.... and I don't remember a brisker wind that wasn't connected to a hurricane... but it felt SO GOOD! Then some o... Read more

  • Atkins... oh drat--carbs are creeping into my day! Horrors!

    11/21/2015 7:07:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    We are going in to our 4th week of attempting Atkins. I am finding I sneak some carby things. a pear a GNU fiber Bar Oh no--where will it stop.... Read more

  • I wrote to the wheelchair repair company. We'll see if I get an answer.

    11/21/2015 6:59:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    I can't blame the original company. But I sure do blame the company that bought them out: National Mobility I think it is called. I am thinking of notifying one of those media people who might publicize this. chris... Read more

  • Still Tomorrow

    11/20/2015 11:28:20 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I had a LOT of things I wanted to do today, but, as it often happens, I didn't get as far down the list as I would have liked... But I DID get the most important things done, And I'm counting that a WIN! Also, my beloved Texas Aggie women's soccer team managed to beat the University o... Read more

  • Hiking on the nature trail....COLD!

    11/20/2015 8:11:38 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Winter is pushing in early. Yesterday was warm, high in the 70's, but last night the wind started blowing. This morning there is a hard frost on the ground and it's only 40 degrees. We are doing a nice hike, not too long, since I want to be able to return to volunteering Dec 2 and need to get my sta... Read more

  • What a Glorious Day!

    11/19/2015 11:59:07 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Perfect temperatures..... Perfect sunshine.... Perfect opportunities to stop and enjoy it.... May I suggest you try it!???... Read more

  • Fixing a wheelchair should not be this much of a hassle!

    11/19/2015 3:35:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    We used to have great service but the last 6 months have been just frustrating. I just found out the original company has been bought out by a national company. I was told they have 200 people waiting for repairs! This means all those poor (handicapped) people are frustrated. Some of them have to be... Read more

  • Went to the neurologist....and my insurance was denied!

    11/19/2015 10:41:02 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Got all the way there and the woman said they didn't take my insurance! It was all arranged by the doctor's office ahead of time...somebody goofed somewhere. Oh well, we start over because I'm trying to learn to let things go that I cannot control.... Read more

  • Banana Sherbet

    11/18/2015 10:27:38 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I don't think I have shared this fantastic discovery before.... many of us Sparkers have tried and enjoyed the frozen banana ice cream substitute (I know that I have) but the only thing against it is that it's still a little bland, and I always want to add some extras which contribute to its calorie... Read more

  • 20 questions to ask your parents..... I'd better get prepared if DD starts asking me

    11/18/2015 6:35:59 PM, by CTUPTON

    As adults, so many of us don't ask enough about our parents. Yet there's no better way to become closer to a person, even if you've known her all your life. has gathered the questions that our elder care experts and editors would most like to ask their own parents. Try them out for you... Read more

  • Long, long ago I had a tremendous weight loss by going to WW

    11/18/2015 5:56:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    I lost 89 lbs in less than a year. 9 Now I am lucky if I lose 10 lb in a year. 24 WW had just started (around 1960 I think). It was new having people e there to share weight loss stories with. The meeting leaders were excited. My Mom and I did it together and she did most of the cooking. We w... Read more

  • an SP link to find shoes that end foot pain

    11/18/2015 1:07:24 PM, by CTUPTON
    +Comfortable+Shoes+That+Actually+Relieve+F I have ... Read more

  • Giving up my wine!

    11/18/2015 7:23:05 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I really enjoy a nice glass of pinot grigio in the evening but now I'm giving it up. Not only is it a source of empty calories, but my girlfriend's husband is an alcoholic and to support her, I'm dropping it. Such a shame to see a marriage fail after 25 years...but we can never see what really goes... Read more

  • When I need a chuckle, I will check out this cute bird video! Hm..I think I will now!

    11/18/2015 5:04:11 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • My Bat is Back!

    11/17/2015 9:39:12 PM, by MCJULIEO

    High up under the eaves of my front porch, a small bat has taken up residence, or at least, shelter.... he was there this morning, but he left sometime after it got dark... he doesn't look sick, but I didn't get that close to him, either. I may have to call Animal Control tomorrow, and see what... Read more

  • Not done very well yet

    11/17/2015 12:56:56 PM, by ELAINEANNE1

    I have had a couple of difficult weeks keeping to my diet and exercise(been hard getting into my stride after the chest infection) but hope I am doing better now, still finding swimming a bit hard but aqua and the gym were both good yesterday. Rather annoyingly one of my hearing aids is not workin... Read more

  • Have to take Mum to the doctor!

    11/17/2015 7:32:00 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I found a very large cancer on her right hand which she'd kept covered with a band-aid. Today we will take her to the dermatologist to have it removed.... Read more

  • A Splurge, with Some Redeeming Qualities

    11/16/2015 3:02:26 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Logan's Roadhouse emailed a real deal for today and tomorrow, a free hamburger with french fries.... really, it was totally free.. So I needed to run some errands and so I went by there before the rest of things on my list, and redeemed my coupon... The Logan's Original Hamburger was delic... Read more

  • Everything I Expected

    11/15/2015 5:05:58 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Yesterday was fabulous! I got to ride with my friends the 2.5 hours to our old college campus, my beloved Texas A&M, and then enjoy a very tame family style tailgate gathering... I lost count of all the In-laws and cousins, and the weather was cool , but not uncomfortably so... I managed to eat... Read more

  • How much calcium is in the human body? SP trivia question.

    11/15/2015 12:45:18 PM, by CTUPTON

    Calcium is present in the body in greater amounts that any other mineral. Calcium builds strong bones in both length and density and is vital to the formation of teeth. There is about 2 - 3 pounds of calcium in the body, mostly concentrated in the bones and teeth. That is a lot of calciu... Read more

  • Possible jobs for my Myers Briggs Personality type.. food for thoyght (but I am 68 now!)

    11/15/2015 9:42:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    Well-- I was a teacher for over 40 years. Hmmm.... maybe Social Worker would have been a better fit. Or a forest ranger!!! 40 Possible Careers Paths for ISFJ: Interior Decorator Designer Firefighter Nurse Business Manager Office Manager Administ... Read more

  • Me--Meyers Briggs... food for thought!

    11/15/2015 9:37:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    ISFJs generally have the following traits: • Large, rich inner store of information that they have gathered • Highly observant and aware of people's feelings and reactions • Excellent memory for details that are important to them • Very in-tune with their surroundings - excellent sense of... Read more

  • More Meyers Briggs info--more scientific--not just the funny categories.

    11/15/2015 9:27:22 AM, by CTUPTON

    I seem to be a "Sidekick!" ISFJ 24 according to the last blog showing funny interpretations of this! "Doesn't need much meaning in life, just a person (or baby or pet or car) to spend all their time ministering to. " Remember--I am a caregiver for almost 10 years now. I was a teacher for over 40 ... Read more

  • Myers Briggs for fun

    11/15/2015 1:25:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    MBTI Type Descriptions (Funny) ENFJ: "Busybody" Life's backseat drivers. They seem to know just what's wrong with everybody else's life and have a plan to fix it. INFJ: "Messiah" Characterized by the burning desire to change the world, which desperately needs everyone to be NF. ENFP: "Muck... Read more

  • One Pot Atkins meals--with the link fixed! : )

    11/14/2015 7:39:56 PM, by CTUPTON
    e+pot+meals... Read more

  • The Peace Crane Project

    11/14/2015 5:25:40 PM, by CTUPTON
    / No, it won't solve all the world's problems but it does make people conscious of other cultures and hopefully brings people together .chris... Read more

  • Positive, Positive, Positive!

    11/14/2015 12:21:15 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I've just finished two Spark articles which encourage having a positive attitude, being a positive person, or avoiding negativity, and in light of yesterday's horrible attacks in Paris which I am in no way avoiding but AM recognizing that those events are beyond my control, I'm choosing today to foc... Read more

  • This whole mess was from too much BP meds!

    11/14/2015 6:24:16 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The cardiologist said it all was from too big a dose of BP meds! All the passing out, EMS trips to the hospital, dizziness, angiograms, and CT scans when nothing was wrong except my dose was too high. We are starting to return to normal in the house here, I'm feeling great and hoping to return to ... Read more

  • Reeling from Paris Situation

    11/13/2015 10:28:35 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I was so proud of myself for joining the local Gold's Gym (the LAST place I expected to find myself, but I got a Groupon for 3 months for a real DEAL!) and I went by there today, and actually managed to swim a full mile in their pool.... I was really ready to quit after a half mile, but then thought... Read more

  • Do you know of a group on facebook related to creating peace in our broken world?

    11/13/2015 6:14:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    I found a few but some have mixed messages. I'd like something to regularly show up on my facebook page to encourage us to be kind to each other and have the ripple effect of promoting world peace. Not another Christmas holiday season totally spoiled by our people going off to war! chris... Read more

  • a little background about the 3 youths in fire --Bible story

    11/13/2015 5:15:04 PM, by CTUPTON
    dnego I am sorry but I was not at all familiar with this story. chris so I had to look it up... Read more

  • games to help you increase happiness

    11/13/2015 4:59:27 PM, by CTUPTON
    p_microsegment_F_35plus&c2=fbnf I am checking this out. I guess Katey Curic spoke about it. chris... Read more

  • book: The Shack.... led me to .....

    11/13/2015 4:49:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been reading this. It obviously can be "preachy." But it is OK. It made me start thinking about what I learned as a kid from my family relationships . I was the first girl after 3 boys. Yes, I was Daddy's favorite. I had no idea till a couple of years ago that my brother's did not h... Read more


    11/13/2015 10:31:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    Top 10 Sayings Of Biblical Mothers 10. Samson! Get your hand out of that lion. You don’t know where it’s been! (Judges 14:5-8) 9. David! I told you not to play in the house with that sling! Go practice your harp. We pay good money for those lessons! 8. Abraham! Stop wandering aroun... Read more

  • If you like Bible jokes--the link actually has some better ones.

    11/13/2015 10:26:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    Bible Jokes Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth? A. Ruthless. _____ 198 Q. What do they call pastors in Germany? A. German Shepherds. _____ Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible? A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation. _____... Read more

  • Must Be the Change in Weather

    11/12/2015 10:28:40 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My bat has gone. That is, the Mexican free tail bat who had taken refuge under the eaves of my front porch, has gone.... after staying in place for two days, not even leaving after dark, he/she/it flew off (I presume he/she/it flew off- bats are extremely awkward walking along the ground) and w... Read more

  • Less is More!

    11/12/2015 3:15:13 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have less space and things. I now can find what I need. I am learning to toss out stuff if I want to replace something. Gifts are really special events or services when I can do so! I will do some gift cards to places my friends like. I am shopping at the gift shop at the Highlands, Its a... Read more

  • The Bible says....

    11/12/2015 9:52:08 AM, by CTUPTON

    Answers Given in a Bible Knowledge TestBible Jokes. Funny biblical jokes 1.The first book of the Bible is Guinness's. In the book of Guinness Adam and Eve were created from an apple 2.Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah's wife was Joan of the Ark. Noah built the ark and the an... Read more

  • Getting a hair dryer through customs...

    11/12/2015 9:41:29 AM, by CTUPTON

    A distinguished young woman on a flight from Switzerland asked the Priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favor?" "Of course. What may I do for you?" "Well, I bought an expensive woman's electronic hair dryer for my mother's birthday. The dryer is unopened and well over the Customs limits; and... Read more

  • Veterans' Day

    11/11/2015 11:39:01 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm celebrating Veterans' Day by remembering, and thanking the veterans I know. Thank you, SP Veterans! ... Read more

  • Holiday Poem Generator

    11/11/2015 6:22:17 PM, by CTUPTON
    rd/holiday-poem-generator.php Please let us know what poems you make. chris My poem: thanksgiving abundant foods pie grunts happiness stuffed togetherness love Thanksgiving Day 2015 ... Read more

  • Done with pre-op exam for cataract surgery, Nov. 30.

    11/11/2015 6:16:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    I passed this hurdle... chris 43... Read more

  • from Sandra2Bfit--I love this!!!

    11/11/2015 5:47:44 PM, by CTUPTON

    don't know WHY I didn't figure this out sooner!!!! ...It's the shampoo I use in the shower! When I wash my hair, the shampoo runs down my whole body, and (duh!) printed very clearly on the shampoo label is this warning , "FOR EXTRA VOLUME AND BODY." ..... Read more

  • 2BDYNAMIC Blogs! Wow! Need a push--read these blogs! Oh my!

    11/11/2015 5:06:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    These blogs are very inspiring! I should be reading them daily! chris... Read more

  • Random Thoughts

    11/10/2015 11:55:26 PM, by MCJULIEO

    A few thoughts worth mentioning: May you have a Veterans Day to remember... Thank a Veteran! ... Read more

  • followup to asserting yourself-- about saying no to food offers

    11/10/2015 4:33:01 PM, by CTUPTON
    ?blog_id=6028586 304 304 for this wonderful blog! chris... Read more

  • Lessen holiday stress by stating my own needs. Others sure do tell me their needs!

    11/10/2015 3:03:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    30 not 39 429 and 446 and 198 family disagreements... Read more

  • I should not have looked at the Panara "muffie" page!

    11/10/2015 2:43:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    Such beautiful, colorful photos of delicious-looking baked goods! I did find out what a "muffie" is. Seems to be like the top of a huge muffin. the top is everyone's favorite part anyway. I advise you not to look. chris... Read more

  • SP article most fattening holiday foods

    11/10/2015 9:56:13 AM, by CTUPTON
    utrition_articles.asp?id=1400 first pumpkin Pie --see the article for photos and more foods to avoid or get substitutes! 4 TRICK: You can bake your own pumpkin treats using less sugar and fat, plus whole-grain goodness. Use a mini muffin tin to help with... Read more

  • Feeling better! Happy, happy! Feeling better!

    11/10/2015 7:29:10 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Came downstairs this morning all smiles, feeling completely like my old self again. So the meds are tweaked just yet, it's getting there. Back on the road to wellness, back to dance, back to happy feet! Thanking God for answering prayers!... Read more

  • Reminders that We Need to be Assertive with Others....

    11/9/2015 5:37:26 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Still no BP meds!

    11/9/2015 5:22:25 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    My blood pressure is still too low to take the lisinopril and HCTZ so again today it was just the beta blocker for my heart. At least I have some parameters now and will resume lisinopril when the systolic hits 150. "This will take weeks" the cardiologist said.... Read more

  • Hedy Lamarr's 101st Birthday

    11/9/2015 11:43:44 AM, by MCJULIEO

    "Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid." Hedy Lamarr Funny thing about Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler 101 years ago today). While she was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world in her heyday (the 1930s, 40s, and 50s), she appar... Read more

  • Moving Funeral

    11/8/2015 9:22:58 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Yesterday I got my tearducts cleaned out by attending the funeral of a good and godly man. Jim Scanlon was 80, and a retired military man who elected to go to Bible College on the GI Bill and then spent another 20+ years as a pastor who served small congregations as needed with Village Ministries...... Read more

  • Whee! Feeling better!

    11/8/2015 11:40:57 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    No lisinopril with hctz again this morning. My BP was 103/69 when I got up so I only took the beta blocker. It's up to 126/84 which is great for my age. Praying these meds can get finely tuned so I may resume my very active, very healthy life!... Read more

  • Bat in my Belfry

    11/7/2015 1:15:11 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, I don't really have a BELFRY, but I certainly have a bat hanging under the eaves on my front porch..... at first I thought the small dark blob was the beginning of a barn swallow mud nest.. it's way up high and in a corner... But it moved! I am thrilled! There are some giant colonies... Read more

  • Fighting to keep BP up!

    11/7/2015 8:54:46 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Had to call the cardiologist again this BP was 89/65! First, it was waay too high, 198/126. Then it we are fighting to keep it up! Now I am to take only the beta-blocker, not the lisinopril ER. Still very dizzy!... Read more

  • Wurstfest!

    11/6/2015 10:02:38 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I live in a town that was settled by German immigrants in the 1840s, and the city newspaper was printed in German as late as 1973, so it makes a lot of sense that the Powers That Be in our community decided that an annual week long German celebration would be a good idea, ... And so Wurstfest, ... Read more

  • Cant' anyone show up like they say they will???

    11/6/2015 9:15:46 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I know it's trivial but we are going thru cleaning people like water. They either don't show, show up very late, or "call in sick." I know it is out of my control but I get so frustrated!... Read more

  • I Think She Knows It's Not Right

    11/5/2015 10:29:43 PM, by MCJULIEO

    A dear family member is on a peculiar diet, Prescribed by her chiropractor, a diet which limits all kinds of foods, and Which excludes ALL fats, even fat soluble vitamins, and promises a weight loss of 20 pounds in 40 days. After my first questions, she announced that she "didn't want to... Read more

  • Anybody on beta-blocker?

    11/5/2015 3:59:40 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    I'm dizzy all the time, not enough to fall down, but enough so I can't drive.... Read more

  • I Need A Smile

    11/5/2015 12:26:39 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Many of my friends are going through rough patches, either their own or people they are close to..... very rough times.... situations that only the Lord can give peace in.... I know this verse meant a lot to me when times were hard for me: Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you always; ... Read more

  • Brain fog lifting!

    11/4/2015 4:44:11 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    The new meds, and discontinuing the other ones, has lifted the brain fog a bit and I'm starting to feel a little better! Not normal, since the beta blockers keep my heart rate low and I feel exhausted with any movement. But, we think we are on the road to recovery.... Read more

  • Do you have memories of you or others stressing out from holiday preparations?

    11/4/2015 1:25:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    And I sure have done my share of over working and getting stressed out at holiday time. I once made a gingerbread Santa Sleigh that made me spend hours shopping for exactly the right decorating ingredients , like silver balls. But... our daughter (young at the time) ate the cookie cut outs... Read more

  • Making Atkins daily foods to eat.... wish I had more help with this

    11/4/2015 10:14:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    DD started us on this eating plan. We are into the 6th day of 14. I joined her thinking she'd be doing the food prep. I am finding she is a "grab and go" eater. And she is very willing to tell me this. Nothing is made ahead . She does buy lots of things to be eaten "grab and go." So she b... Read more

  • Finally feeling healthy again

    11/4/2015 8:47:41 AM, by QUEENIEDMI

    Began reading Eat to Live again, a chapter a day and reminding myself what I am doing and why. My biggest obstacles are holiday get togethers and social situations. I have to remind myself that it's about visiting with the people I love and not what I eat, I can still follow my plan and enjoy s... Read more

  • Settling In

    11/3/2015 11:59:09 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Back to Normal Life.... It was a beautiful day, though when I woke there was a thick fog which mostly burned off by 9am.... Daylight savings time arranged for a bright morning (although it makes for an early sunset and dark) But Everywhere there were reminders of the storm over the weekend, d... Read more

  • Settling In

    11/3/2015 11:59:07 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Back to Normal Life.... It was a beautiful day, though when I woke there was a thick fog which mostly burned off by 9am.... Daylight savings time arranged for a bright morning (although it makes for an early sunset and dark) But Everywhere there were reminders of the storm over the weekend, d... Read more

  • Medications changed again!

    11/3/2015 2:26:27 PM, by CHERYLHURT

    Yet again, third time in a few weeks, the cardiologist changed my meds. He did say my heart is FINE, that the BP is causing all the problems. He hopes the med change will alleviate the dreadful feelings of vertigo and "out of body feelings", as well as allow me to walk again!... Read more

  • Ways to help the caregiver.... follow up blog.

    11/3/2015 12:45:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    See my Sat. Oct. 31st blog. My sparkfriends have come through again! I knew they would! If you have not read it, the Nov. AARP magazine has a great long list of ways to help the caregiver! help the caregiver!!! Did I say, "to help the caregiver?" I hope all you caregivers out the... Read more

  • Such a Great Day

    11/2/2015 10:53:40 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The water in south central Texas has gone down, and everything has greened up..... we got to see a lot of it as we drove from Houston to San Antonio today.... This morning We took my mother out to breakfast (for her 94th birthday) at The Egg & I and I ordered something from their "healthy" menu... Read more