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Prema it's hot here too. I'll be going to the pool today with youngest DD and her family.

Yesterday's neighborhood party was fun, especially after the sun set.

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Kathy...the medication you say is not important? Really? This is an open invitation to me to nag you. And my kawan, I have a 1st class honours (summa cum laude) in nagging. Please get the medication! Pleeeeeezzzz!

The weekend was very hot, including this morning. I jogged for 3 miles and had to walk the remaining 3 as it was really hot and humid. Cooked dinner for the family since my baby girl is back with me and her eyes only see me as the chef. Nothing more! I have not seen my grandson for a month now and I miss him. But work and wedding invitations have been taking up my weekends but this coming weekend, I will see him...definitely!!

Have a great Sundy, my kawan-kawan!

Beeeeeeg hugs, Prema

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Kathy, the older boys are so full of energy that naps have become a necessity for me in my old age. I wouldn't change anything though. Good luck with the house sitting.

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I do love my time with the grandkids. Yesterday Stella's energy level was off the chart...and I was really glad when Kelley came to get her. Then, however, she convinced her mother to go downstairs where the toys were....Nolan was more than happy to play with a bouncing-off-the-wall Stella!!! I could but hold my breath!!

I slept until 6:30...an hour past my usual rising time. I have to make a trip back home because of the things I forgot...curling iron, medication--really not so important, huh?

It's raining...muggy though.

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Prema, as a mother and a full time working woman my time with my kids was limited to week nights and weekends. Now that I am retired I have time for the grandsons and I take full advantage of it. I am blessed to have them living so close too. Donovan is at the age where he can ride his bike to my house on his own. We always make sure to call when he gets here and let his mom know when he is headed back home.

Have a nice weekend.

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Dearest Kathy. I knew someone amongst us would have had a kid with tantrums and I just needed to confess my impatience in my younger days. I am a lot kinder now and am able to feign ignorance until and unless the sounds hits 10 on the Richter Scale!! Enjoy your house/dog sitting...hope the house has internet and I do hope the dog does not decide to follow you back home...

Ei, I am sooooo very glad that in the midst of a very busy, very enjoyable summer with your family and Bill, you are still paying close attention to your health. Way to go, girl!

Annette, you have a way with words...I can actually picture you being dragged backwards into a knot-hole and covered in a mountain of snot and the tissues acting like snow peaks surrounding you completely! Not a very pretty picture, mind you...but not too ugly a picture either!!! You have no idea just how many prayers are coming your way to ensure that Baby goes to the rightful people who can provide love never-ending and a good, good home...

Pat, yeah, you're right. I do not think I could kill Moskito - it will too much effort to find another trainer! Any which way you look at it, you are a grandma who is different. Even in Malaysia which used to be a country where extended families lived in one place and looked after one another, this family practice of keeping a watch on grandchildren is slowly dying. It seems to me that more and more are wanting their own "me" time especially since they never really looked after their own kids, preferring to leave that task to helpers. Sad, especially when the grandparents try to connect with the grandkids after they are older and it fails...too late...much too late!!

The weekend is upon us. I have a wedding to attend tomorrow and a feast to cook on Sunday as I have a few hungry young people making their way to my house.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Annette, what a beautiful picture you paint of yourself. LOL. Your building lot and property sound like the perfect place to retire. Is that your plan? It seems like the pendulum is now swinging in a positive direction. Soon you will have rights concerning her future. Continued prayers coming your way.

Tonight I had Maxwell for 3 hours. He was cranky for about 45 minutes which I think it was because he is cutting teeth.

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Good afternoon ladies. It's been a tough couple of days. Doing battle with this virus that Typhoid Baby shared so kindly. I feel like I've been dragged through a knot-hole backwards. I'm sitting here unable to taste or smell..or hear much, kleenex piled up...bleary eyes, red nose (who knew so much snot could be produced from one face)...I'm sexy as hell I tell ya! emoticon .
I took last night off work...but will do my last one tonight. Have to figure out the proper amount of meds to take to stop most of the symptoms, yet leave me some mental clarity.

Yesterday we did get to court. I took a bunch of cold meds and sat in court in a cloudy mental bubble...but I was glad to be there. Even though it it was adjourned for the 7th time to July 27 because the neuro-psych exams (with parenting component) that was done on my sister and her husband at the beginning of April, wasn't in yet. Our kinship worker did tell us a couple weeks ago that once we've had baby in our care for 6 months we start to get a few rights. One of those rights is to court documents. On July 27 we will have had baby for six months plus ONE day....we will be chasing down those rights even if we have to get our own lawyer to do so.

After tonight's shift, I have 7 glorious days off. a mini-holiday. Have to figure what to do with my time. My daughter and her husband want to cook supper for us Saturday night at our acreage. We will probably be going out there Friday night. That acreage is an hour from here. It is our little slice of heaven that we purchased a couple years ago with intentions to build, over time, on it. It is 96 acres of forest with a 4 acre clearing where we will build. The forest has an established trail system already in it that we love to take walks on. Looking forward to campfires, walks, peace and quiet. We've already had baby out camping there a couple times. We have two holiday trailers set up for us. This picture is of the trail head that will be off our back deck of our new house some day. Those were the archway decorations from our wedding.This was our first campfire with baby.



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We can all agree on one thing. Grandparents these days are so important to the welfare of the newest generation. Parents (at least the responsible ones) have to work harder and longer to put food on the table and a roof over their heads that it takes away from family time. Having a strong support system makes that possible. My girls get it all from their side of the family. Donovan and Davis have only see their other grandma once and Maxwell's other grandparents are elderly, unhealthy, smoke and live in a bad part of town. Melanie has never left Maxwell with them.

Eileen, it sounds like you are having a busy summer.

Kathy, we got the storms last night and more today. The ground really needs the rain. Before all is done, we could have 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain.

Prema, I know you have a soft spot in your heart (or maybe your head) for Moskito. He will never make your hit list.

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Good morning
Kathy, Annette, Pat and Prema,
Hope you are having a good month of June and staying well and active.
Been going to T-ball for Liam and traveling Baseball for Peter. Niamh was on a
swim team and did well. We go to the pool few times a week at least and really enjoy it on these HOT days we have been having.
I have a dr appointment on Monday for my arthritis in my hands and fingers,etc.
He is a hand surgeon. Having few problems in that area and my primary care dr.
advised this. My Primary care dr is happy with my weight loss and praising me to continue and also with the exercise. So I am grateful for this and will keep it up.

Will check back with you all later. My oldest dd Mary, has her in-laws here from
Ireland and we are doing things daily with them. My brother also comes in next week and will stay with me. He lives in CO. So meanwhile Bill and I are having some fun, seeing friends and family and using the pool too.
ENJOY the day dear friends and those grandkids. We are so needed by the little ones and they do love us to pieces. Keep that in mind. We are a big impression
on them Luckily we are such WONDERFUL examples to them. lol......
Will try to get back later to read all the posts.
lots of hugs to all, Irish Ei

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More than once, I vacated a restaurant when Rob was small and pitching a fit. Luckily, he's better now. emoticon

My time with Hospice was a real eye-opener. Too often family disappears or doesn't have time. I had time and a heart to share.

Kelley had an early meeting, so she dropped Stella off about 6:20. She's asleep on the sofa. I start my house/dog sitting gig for my niece and her husband today.

We're supposed tho get a break from the heat today....Rain welcome.

Stay safe, kawan-kawan.
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To be fair to Moskito, my desire to kill him is strongest during our session together. After that, when I see people younger to me, struggling with knee problems and other health issues, I get thankful again...my son says I am a sap!! The people I want to kill are usually the ones I deal with at work. And the ones highest on my hit list are the pedantic, pathetic, painful bankers!!!

I am praying that Maxwell will turn around one day and tell his mum that he wants a second opinion from Grandma and Aunt Michelle before doing anything at all. Truly, your grandchildren and Kathy's grandkids have a huge blessing in that they have very practical grandmothers in the family. I have a confession to make : when I am in a restaurant, and I see a kid having a tantrum or screaming his/her head off, I glare at the parents and when they are not looking, at the kid, too. And I swear. if looks could kill..... emoticon

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, you left Moskito off the list of people you would like to murder. Is there a reason for that, or were you just referring to the people you deal with through work? As for Maxwell, between my oldest daughter and I, we are not pulling punches when it comes to the health and safety of him. Both of us probably go overboard when it comes to advice, but it usually falls on deaf ears. I think her pediatrician needs to get involved. The ER doctor was in MB and I'm sure she's gotten over his remarks already. I pray for that boy. Hopefully as he gets older and wants to see Grandma and Aunt Michelle, he will pick up some of our habits. It's not that the boy does not get enough love, it may be the opposite, smothering at times.

Annette, Kathy and Eileen, have a great day.

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Hi Pat. Thank you very much for your comforting words. They mean a lot to me. As for my husband, it does not help that he has always had a top dog job for many years and has a title to boot. He is very much defined by his ego and does not seem to understand that at 62, he is of a previous generation and that the current generation will be taking over. It's going to be very tough from July next year and I probably need to prep for this very soon. I have no problems adapting but I am a woman and I am a member of the Granny Petrol, so I adjust fairly quickly to changes..

As for your daughter and her boyfriend, her biggest blessings are you and her older sister. Baby Maxwell, thankfully, will have you to intervene when necessary and although, like you, I am not a huge fan of this sort of thing...is there any other choice. I am sure she ignored the ER doctor and his advice but not to worry, Pat. God will find a way of waking both of them up to reality! Soon!!

Annette, I feel for you and your baby. And now I understand better what happens to children when they keep going back into the system in an effort to "give them the best of care". What a joke! Everywhere that I have travelled to and even in my own country, Social Services fails the most, in my opinion, when it comes to children! Your sister and her new husband are clearly not the best people for your baby and yet...

By the way, you have a TOUGH TOUGH job! All I have to do is to try and avoid murdering bankers, lawyers and paranoid investors!!! And this is by far much easier than your job cos all I have to do is to pray that God does not give me any strength when I am in front of these people...or else, someone will be bound to drop dead in front of me!!! I hope your Hospice Care comes through faster than originally intended.

Hi Kathy. Hi Ei.

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy...I would rather work in a hospice, than in the Continuing Care where I am now. It is difficult to give the level of care at my facility..that hospice provides. At night I am the only RN, working with 3 health care aides...for 78 residents. Several are at the palliative stage...there are tube feeds, trachs, IV's...and I find myself running rather than spending quality time with those that need me most. I am hoping they will build such a hospice when we move to the acreage we are slooooowly building on.

Pat...I wish our quality of care made a difference in court at this time...but it doesn't. They will give my sister every chance under the sun...that is their mandate. They put a child in...then take a child out...over and over. This is why they end up having attachment disorders and such by the time they are 5. They will try to set up supports in my sisters small town to keep baby safe. But I don't know how that could possibly work since my sister needs to be supervised 24/7 when she is around baby. Her new husband(not baby's bio-dad) has mental health issues and a lengthy violent criminal history...so how appropriate would he be as that supervisor? That level of support simply doesn't exist.

Prema...good luck with your husband's early, surprise retirement. It won't be easy, that's for sure. Thanks for the new word for friends...maybe I can learn a few new words emoticon

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Prema, your kind heart could not take the pain of young children. I don't think you should feel bad about that. You were there when the closest of friends needed your help through their final weeks and days. For that you should be commended. About your husband, will he be getting another job? I'm sure having him at home all day would drive both you and your husband mad. Mine has a part time job and fills the rest of the days with golfing. we do have dinner together most nights though. With Maxwell and his mom, my other daughter and I try to tell her that he does not need to be going to the doctor. The doctor in the ER in Myrtle Beach called her out on it. He said that he had to take care of the really sick people before they took care of him. They also said that he was heavy and that she could do him good to set a good example for him by losing weight herself. Both her and her boyfriend are obese and the baby will probably be that way too if the don't feed him right. I feel for him. I told him that he needs to be eating baby food and not table food at this point. Lets hope this sinks in.

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Kathy, after all this while, I still learn something new about you. How wonderful of you to have volunteered for 6 years with Hospice. I am not sure I could managed for that length of time. I did look after my late dad when he had a bout with colon cancer, the late Rev Peter Young (remember my old pastor friend) and his late wife, Betty Young and that's probably the most I could manage. I did try to volunteer at a Shelter Home for kids and the Cancer Unit for kids - failed at both and the heads of these 2 places told me to help in other ways. I could not distance myself from the pain these children had gone through or were going through.. emoticon

Pat, I never realised until Kathy mentioned it, that this ear thing was an anatomic anomaly. The combination of that and your daughter's possible hypochondria could make it hard for Baby Maxwell. I have to look out for the same situation with my daughter. She is a major hypochondriac and imagines all her ailments to be worse than they are. My grandkids will need my intervention if and when she has them!!!

My husband was told that his work contract will terminate next June 2017. He was under the impression that it would be 2019 and so this is not very good news for him and puts an absolute spanner in the works for me. I have to deal with it a step at a time as he can be very emotional and dramatic about the situation. I think women are always better equipped to deal with the downs in life so so so so much better than most men!!

We have a holiday tomorrow. Have a good one my kawan kawan (Annette : this means "friends' in Bahasa)

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, thank you for the update on tubes. I'm hoping that Maxwell takes well to them too. He has been treated for 6 ear infections in his 10 months. How nice of you to work for hospice care for 6 years. That is such a worthwhile cause.

Water aerobics went well today.

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Evidently, the ear problem is an anatomic anomaly which doesn't allow fluid to drain properly. Pat's first tubes came out on their own, but he continued to have issues. He never complained about any discomfort. He did continue to have issues with his ears until after having his tonsils and adenoids removed when he was 9.

Unfortunately, I don't live close to my sister; she's in Colorado--about 8 hours away.

I volunteered with a local hospice for 6 years and learned a lot. I was blessed to have entered the lives of many special people on the final leg of their journey on this planet. My mother had leukemia and was a hospice patient--the reason I chose to become involved.

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Annette, your positivity should go a long way into your getting custody of the baby. How could any judge decide against you. You are a good role model for the little baby and such a sweet person. What a funny baby laughing at the word empathy. I will pray for you and that lovely baby too.

Prema, back to plans to do away with Moskito? If looks could kill, I'm sure he would already be six feet under. Has your husband returned home yet or are you still enjoying the single life? Maxwell should be okay, the only problem is that I think that my daughter's going to continue to keep taking him to unnecessary appointments like she does to herself. She is forever sick (?) and is doing the same thing to him. Poor baby.

Off to water aerobics.

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Kathy, I am so sorry about your brother-in-law's twin. He and Peggy will be affected by the man's death and it's a good thing they have family members like you around to lend support and courage. Until our group chat, I have never heard of babies having tubes put in...neither one of my kids had this problem, but good to know, just in case my grandson faces it one day. Of course it helps that his parents are both doctors and may be in a much better position than I ever will be to help. Glad your auction went off so much better than expected!

Pat, where do you get your elevated energy levels from, my kawan? Watching a baby for 9 hours after barely enough time to recover from an 11-hour road trip from Myrtle Beach!!! Tough to follow your act, fellow member of the Super Duper Granny Petrol!! Hope Baby Maxwell does not get too unhappy with the tubes...

Annette, your description of feeling that your head is in a cotton ball, had me in stitches. I shall remember that every time I face someone who leaves me speechless - usually dumb lawyers and even dumber bankers. Pat and Kathy have heard me complain numerous times that this group of people shorten my lifespan by many months...now I know why! "Head in a cotton ball" syndrome is what they suffer from. I hope the court hearing happens and I hope it goes well and more prayers will be coming across the miles for you. The baby sure is lucky to be enjoying all your love to the capacity you are providing.

Moskito (Annette, this is the name we gave my trainer cos he's a pest!) declared today that I need to improve my running time and I should only walk after completing 9.5 km and not 7.5 km!!! He volunteered to run with me next Sunday and I finally told him that I will murder him if he ever jogged with me!!

His reaction? He laughed his head off and told me that I am a very funny lady!

Sigh!!!! Have a great week, ladies. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy...I'm so sorry about the death in your family. It is hard for family to watch and feel helpless about. I'm glad he's at peace now. This is why I took that all day Palliative course...if there's such a thing as a "good death", I want to know how to provide good pain management and care at the end of life.

Pat....I'm glad your grandson is doing well. I am looking forward to baby being 10 months old. She is getting more and more fun with each month, as the personality develops. My children and grandchildren never had ear issues that required tubes, so I will be curious as to how it all pans out for your grandson.

Prema...thanks so much for your prayers. We think she turned a corner yesterday. Still coughing...but so much happier and laughing lots.

I am a few days behind her in my recovering. Yesterday I discussed with baby how crappy I was feeling and that it gave me empathy for her. Each time I said the word "empathy" she started to laugh.
I'm at work now, on my break, on cold meds with my head feeling like it's in a cotton ball.
Hubby and I are psyching up for this Wednesday. We are attending, for the first time, court with regards to baby. Social services has set 5 hearings so far to get a TGO (temporary guardianship order)...and each time court has been adjourned. My sister keeps cancelling because she's getting a lawyer but then doesn't...this time her husband also wanted a lawyer...so this Wednesday will be number 6 court. SS doesn't let us know anything. Rarely answers any of our questions and we are getting very frustrated. If we go to court we might glean something. If nothing else, we should be able to tell which way the wind is blowing with regards to baby being transitioned to her mom...or staying with us. I hate feeling like a mushroom. We are prepared to make an appointment with the Director of SS if they continue to ignore us.

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Kathy I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your BILs twin. May he rest in peace. I'm glad the auction took in so much money. Was Pat in any pain with the tubes?

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My Pat had tubes twice....such problems with ear infections as a little one.

The reunion is over for this time--next one in 2018 near San Diego. My immediate family will get together next year. The auction raised over $2500.

My brother-in-law's twin brother died late Thursday night. Peggy said that when the morphine started wearing off, he'd get a bit agitated; thank God for Hospice and palliative care. His pain is no more.

We had a nice rain storm yesterday, a nice break from the heat. I still need to go for a walk...should have cooled off enough.

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Prema, I had the same concerns about Maxwell's ears but it appears that it is not going to ruin his hearing in the long run. I watched him for 9 hours yesterday and he was a happy baby. He may have to have tubes put in his ears eventually. They fall out on their own after a year or two.

Happy Sunday everyone.

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Hi Pat. I love the pictures of the vacation. Everyone looks like they are having a whale of a time at Myrtle Beach. But I can't help feeling concerned about the baby and the burst eardrums. How serious is this,kawan? It's not going to ultimately affect his hearing, is it?

Hi Annette. I also love your line "each person is rowing their own boat where their health is concerned". I totally agree with you. At the end of the day, God has only given us one body and if we take it for granted, then we only have ourselves to blame if and when our health suffers. I am sending across some prayers for your baby...do keep us posted about the situation.

So, I will be looking out for news of 2 babies tomorrow...yours and Pat's. Prayers and more prayers.

Have a great Sunday, my friends.

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Annette, I have my grandson today and he is being a complete angel. He has been napping for 2 hours now and when we wakes up we will probably go outside for a bit. 10 months is such a fun age. Forever exploring and learning.

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Pat...your poor grandson...he must be feeling miserable. I enjoyed looking at your vacation pictures. Looked like you were all having a wonderful time.

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Annette, I love your line "each person is rowing their own boat where their health is concerned". I hope you and the baby start felling better. My grandson just went to urgent care and one eardrum burst with the other one set to burst too. In Myrtle Beach he had problems and now he may be needing tubes. So young to have these problems.

Prema, I'm glad your son was greeted with a hug instead of a scolding. As far as having help, I can understand that because you are out of town so much and work very hard. My house is so small, I would trip over a housekeeper if I had one.

Kathy, I hope you start feeling better too. Have you seen a doctor lately?

Eileen, it seem like Bill can't catch a break. He is so lucky to have you.

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

I'm on three days off from work and fighting off the cough/chest/head thing the baby has. Husband just took her to the walk-in clinic and they sent her to ER for chest x-rays. Poor tyke. I hate to see her suffering. Although...this is nothing for the baby champ after going through surgery for Pyloric Stenosis at 3 weeks old.

Prema...there's not much you can do to make a grown person follow diabetic protocol and be compliant with Dr's orders if they don't want to. Meds and vitamine C can't prevent or fix damage being done. Unfortunately, pain and symptoms develop slowly and by the time they arrive they can't be repaired. I see this in my work. Even when there are symptoms the denial persists. But each person is rowing their own boat where their health is concerned.

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Hi Kathy. Good to hear from you but not so great about the news in your family, especially your brother. What is it about men and their mule-like behaviour when they feel they are not soooo ill!!! And they seem to get worse as they get older. My husband is in denial about his diabetes type 2 - and since this is such a silent ailment with no pain, no major symptoms - he reckons taking his medication and mega doses of Vitamin C are good enough for him to continue with life as is. I have given up on him. I have no idea if your brother is as bad as my husband about his health...he sure sounds like it! Anyway, take care of the congestion, my kawan.

Hi Ei. I should have mentioned that the 2 people in my photograph are my son (24 years old) and my daughter (29 years old). He behaves more like an older brother to his sister than the other way around. Both of them are not married yet. By the way, you, Pat and Kathy are to be admired in the way you manage housework, cooking, cleaning, washing etc etc. Truth be told, I have 2 helpers who clean the house and who help me when I am cooking. That's why I can manage my work and cook for so many people during many weekends! If I was alone, I would be living in a small log cabin for just one person...I hate housework with a vengeance!!!

Pat, you are right. My son did not mention my name. And at the wake yesterday, just about everyone came up to me and said that he was such a fine young man...and my heart was bursting with so much pride that I forgot I was going to give him the cold shoulder. I just hugged him and then we both went for a late-night supper of fried, sinful, noodles!!! Yummy!!!!

Annette, have a good weekend.

Kathy and Pat - any news from Chucky and JoAnn?

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Hi. SO----Sorry I have been missing in action.)-: I did miss all of you too. So nice to be missed. Thanks for the welcome back. (-: Bill and I are doing fine and keeping busy with friends, family and going in the pool on the hot days. It just seems to me
like I never have enough time to do all the things I need to do each day. My mornings fly by and then it is lunch and the kids are here or we go the pool and then there is always housework and wash,etc. and the list goes on and on as you
know. Oh well, I always joke, "Whoops my maid did not show up today." Kidding of course. I just get more tired now too than I used too. Enough complaining, that is it.
I can sympathize with you about Braking while in the front seat. Sometimes with Bill I do this....he will tell me, it's fine, no worries.... LOVE the photo of you son. He sure is a good looking young man! Is that his girlfriend or is he married? They make a cute couple.

Annette, Good luck with the 9 grandkids. It is really something to have that many.
Best of luck with the new little baby too, as I am sure she is loving you and your dh very much. Love the photo of all of you too.

Pat, Hi. Thanks so much. Nice to see you again too. Hope you are doing well and had a marvelous vacation. Bet it was so nice to get away. Glad you got home safely. That is a lot of driving. Great job for your dh to do this. (-: Bill has good days and not so good days. He is seeing some new dr's since his Insur has changed. So hopefully this will be good for him and he will find out more on what else he should be doing for his heart,etc. Hope you enjoy water aerobics today.

Kathy, Sorry your still congested. Hope it goes away soon for you. I am really sorry to hear of your brother in law's --brother. Has to be so hard to accept this and hospice is in place. Prayers for the family and all of you. Wow, I do hope your
brother see's a dr soon. This is quite a worry. When they are stubborn it not easy for you either. Will also keep him in prayer that he goes soon for a check up. Have fun with Stella today.

Well, off to get my color and haircut. Can hardly wait. My hair got too long and with the heat, it makes me feel worse. Better get moving. Have a wonderful rest of the day all.
LOTS of Hugs to all,
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Here I am!!

Annette, you can go to the top of the page "Today on Sparkpeople"; under"Quick Links" you can click on recent posts.

My sister called yesterday; her husband's twin is doing badly so she's not coming to the reunion. The twin has one fluid-filled lung with pneumonia in the other. He's battled his colon cancer for a while. He's under Hospice care now.

My brother came over Tuesday afternoon. He said sometimes it feels like he's breathing through water. It has been really humid, but it bothers me because he nearly died in 1992 with a blood clot completely blocking one lung and part of the other. They could not dissolve the clot, and it would have been too risky to go after it surgically. He's on blood thinner. I told him he should tell his doctor, and he's sure that it's not worthy of a visit to the doctor. What a stubborn streak!

Prema, the congestion lingers. It feels better then worse.

Stella should be arriving shortly. See you all later.

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Prema, it is unusually hot for June. As for your son. You need to give him a pass. As adults we embarrass our adult kids quite often without realizing it. He didn't say your name did he?

Today is catch up day, grocery shopping, yard work and I have water aerobics this morning.

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HI IRISH EI!! This is me jumping up and down like an idiot to welcome you back after a very, very very long silence from you. You sound cheerful and I am taking that as an indication that you are feeling on top of the world. I hope Bill is on the same page as you as far as his many health issues are concerned.

Hi Annette. I love the picture that you posted...your husband is a handsome fella and looks pleased as punch that he's standing with you. And I stand corrected...you are not the only one who is disgustingly good looking for a grandparent...he is, too!! Do us all a favour, Annette. Do not tell anyone that between the both of you, there are 9 grandchildren in total!!! emoticon

Hi Pat. That is unusually hot weather for you, isn't it? It's the usual mid-day weather in Malaysia on normal days with the humidity hitting 90-plus all the time. You and Kathy are amazing when it comes to driving long distances...11 hours is about as off-putting as seeing a movie with Eddie Murphy taking on every role in the Nutty Professor!

Kathy....where are youuuuuuuuuuuu? Missing you?

Yesterday, when I was on my way home from work, the radio channel was asking listeners to call in about their experiences with members of their family who are backseat drivers. And my son came on!!!! I recognised that voice immediately and he proceeded to tell all of Malaysia about his mother and her backseat driving behaviour. According to him, I step on an imaginary brake when I am in the front passenger seat when he drives and apparently, I lapse into my mother tongue when I feel my life about to ebb from me...clear indications of this are when I press my "brakes" right into the floor of the car! I am going to kill him for this!!!

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That's the boy who is about to feel my wrath today. However, we are going to a friend's mum's wake...and I have to be well-behaved...for a while!!

Have a good one, my friends. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Annette, you can put a checkmark on the bottom left where it says "I want an email sent when someone replies to this topic. ". That's a lovely picture you made and the frame is lovely too.

Ei, it's nice to hear from you. How is Bill doing?

Prema, I'm home! We made pretty good time. Less than 11 hours and that is with 4 stops. My husband drove the whole way.

Gosh, it's just as hot here today as it was in MB. 91 degrees. Now if we could just move the ocean farther west, we would be all set. It's going to be carry out tonight.

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Pat...I won the grandmother lotto through lucky marriages. My son in Edmonton, AB has a child on the East Coast that he had through a short relationship...it's very contentious and he is fighting to have access. He married a lovely young lady with two sons and they had a daughter. So I was blessed with three grandchildren through her. My new husband has 5 grandchildren so I was blessed with them. Biologically I have 2...in my heart I have all 9.

Prema...Thank you for the warm welcome. You said such wonderful things. I have to say...one of the perks of working where I do , is that I often get called "kiddo"...
Thank you for your prayers...they are much appreciated. Yes...the energy level is less, but my patience with the precious child is more. We adore her.

What you posted about that aweful shooting in Orlando touched me. What you said is how I feel also. I was brought up in a strict, evangelical Christian household and I find myself at odds all the time with my parents continuing intolerance and judgment.

Kathy...lovely crochet work. It's on my bucket list to learn. I do cross-stitching and scrap-booking...piano and guitar. Ever since the little darling came to live with us I have had no time to do any of them.
This is the wedding gift I did up for my daughter...my husband did the frame. I have a project on the go for my new sister-in-law's 50th birthday in a year...I need to get at it as it takes a long time to do one up.

I have a question. How do I get to this board easier? At present I have to dig it out every time I want to find you. I did "subscribe" but it doesn't show up on my main page anywhere...even in that section called "message board subscriptions" or something like that.

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Prema,
It is a very sad world to see more killings and hate crimes. So hard to believe that
this can continue to go on so very often. My heart goes out to all the victims and the families. Keeping all of them in daily prayers.
Hope all is going well for you and your workouts keeping you so very busy. You do a marvelous job each day and it amazes me. I am so proud of you.

Pat,
Hope your vacation has been wonderful and the weather has been great too.
My oldest dd and her family are gone to SC, Kiawah Island for a week and will
return on Friday. two little ones are having a ball swimming and building sand castles. How is your knee holding up? Hope you are feeling well and enjoying yourself.

Kathy,
The tablecloth that you created from the cloth you found is absolutely beautiful. You do such amazing work and are so talented. Hope your grandkids are doing well
and you too.

Welcome Annette! emoticon Glad you found us here on Spark. All the best with taking care of your little one. That will be a real challenge. Sounds like you are a busy person besides this too.
My name Is Eileen and I am called Ei or Irish. Have not been on here as much as
I would like. I do love this small group of women and really feel so happy when I do get here and share and enjoy the chatting too. We are all on this journey together with Spark and trying to eat healthy and stay fit and active.
I have 3 adult children, son in NY, single and two dd's here in OH where I live.
They are married and one has two children, boy and girl and my youngest has one son They keep me busy and I adore them.
Since school has been out, the g-kids come to the pool few times a week where I live. They also have t-ball for Liam who is 5-1/2. Traveling baseball for Peter who is 8 -1/2.... I go to as many games as I can and they love it when we do come. My granddaughter is 7 and will be 8 in early August...They all swim and actually they all love it. She and her brother do Irish dance too.
Better finish my clothes ---that are in dryer and washer. lol......Enjoy the day.
hugs to all,
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My dearest dearest friends,

Please allow me to offer my sympathies on the Orlando shootings. It is very hard to put into words the amount of anger, outrage and sadness one feels at this point when one becomes very very aware of just how backward the world has become. Having read the Bible and the Bhagavadgita as well as having my father explain Islam to me and attending prayers in many Buddhist temples in Malaysia, I can tell you that there is more than 90% commonality in each of these religions. And I believe very strongly, that there is an interpretation as God intended and an interpretation that men on earth choose to propagate.

In all honesty, I cannot and will not ever believe that God who is all-merciful, will cast aside those who are deemed different from others. Just as Gautama Buddha moved amongst the impoverished and Jesus among prostitutes and the destitute...God loves all of us...regardless....

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WHAT A TRAGEDY TO BEFALL AMERICA AND THE WORLD....

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Prema, we couldn't ask for any nicer weather. It's supposed to start storming tomorrow afternoon but we are leaving in the morning. We have a party at the hotel this afternoon by the pool. A DJ performs and he gives out prizes too.

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Hi Annette. You are now officially the spring chicken of the group. You are 51 and a grandmother of 9 and I saw your picture!! WOW!!! Ladies, she is absolutely disgustingly gorgeous. I salute you for taking on the responsibility of your precious bundle - it's hard enough for us when we had to be full-time mums when we were younger but to take on that responsibility at 51 puts you on top of the list!! My prayers will continue to go across to you in the hope that you get better support in this role. You are very kind.

I am 58, a working mother of 2 adult children and a recent grandma to my god-daughter!

Kathy - you are a real dark horse. Here I was thinking that the only things that interested you were moving heavy furniture around and tree trunks in your yard. And now, after all these years, I find out you can do something as delicate as crochet!! Okay, here's an incentive for you to continue with your crochet....preserve those dainty fingers...help will be forthcoming from Malaysia when you next decide to move furniture... emoticon What's going on with the chest congestion??

Pat, how's the weather so far?

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Annette, that is so sad and I see you had a house fire too. I hope you get to keep that precious little girl. You win with the most grandkids. My 2 grandsons live 1.4 miles away and my other one lives 1.2 miles away so getting together is easy. I watch th 2 oldest ones during the school year only because my daughter is a teacher. We are currently in Myrtle Beach SC . We gave our kids and their families the trip for a Christmas present last December.

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Hello and thankyou Kathy and Pat
I would love to be retired. I still have a while to slog along.

The baby we are caring for is technically my niece. She was apprehended from NICU and put into our care at 11 days old. Kinship Care. We are learning the ropes and dealing with huge frustrations and fears of the beast called Social Services. We are so worried that in their mandate to reunite family...they will put this precious little girl at risk. So we pray...and ask a thousand questions...and annoy social services without meaning to.

I am also a grandmother of 9. They are spread out from coast to coast of Canada.

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Kathy, that's pretty good.

We are off to dinner. We will be eating on the boardwalk in downtown Myrtle beach.

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Pat, I started it a week ago last Friday. I found a tablecloth at Big Lots for $7.00...seemed like a worthy project. Originally, I thought about crocheting a caddy for remotes that hangs over the arm of the chair, so I still have the yarn for that.

Annette, I'm a retired school teacher with two sons. Rob, the older of the two, recently married his partner Justin. Pat, the younger, has been married for 11 years and has gifted me with two grandchildren: Stella,6 and Nolan, 2. Welcome!

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Kathy, how lovely. How long did it take to make?

Prema, it's nice to hear that the goddaughter and her husband are doing better.

Ladies, my last post was so confusing. So sorry.

Annette, welcome! There is a lot of grandma experience here. Feel free to ask questions and share. My name is Pat and I live in Columbus , Oh. I have 2 daughters and 3 grandsons ages 10 months, 3 and 9. I'm retired and loving it.

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Chest congestion--ugh!!

I did finish the tablecloth for the reunion auction...nearly 700 yards of thread in the edging.

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Good morning ladies. I hope you don't mind me dropping in. It's nice to find a group of women so supportive and encouraging of each other.
My name is Annette, and I'm from central Alberta, Canada. My Sparkpage is open so you can see what I'm a bit about.
I started things fresh at the beginning of June...but a sense of community is one of the things missing in my world as I work full-time nights and am a bit of a house mouse. Now with a five month old baby at home I feel even further isolated and tied down...as much as I adore her:)

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Pat, that's absolutely lovely. In Maxwell's mind, grandma will certainly make things a lot better...and I love the pictures you posted of the 3 boys together. I can see who the devil/trouble-maker will be.... emoticon

Kathy, I must have a look at the Facebook pictures. Isn't it wonderful to be able to preserve all these memories, unlike in the past, where we had to rely on photographs that faded badly with time!

I may not have faced multiple situations in my lifetime but I am certain that my children will, in their lifetime. Sperm banks etc etc are not allowed in my country so if a single lady feels that she wants to be a single mum, she cannot do anything about it. And being a Muslim nation, a single lady and her child may be ostracised by society. However, there are situations of multiple marriages especially among the Muslims as the men are allowed to have 4 wives at any one time. And we have had situations where the stepchildren have fallen in love without realising that they have blood ties.

My god-daughter has had a tough 1st week coping with work and her baby. I was planning to visit her on Sunday until I realised that her husband was planning to leave later in the evening rather than earlier in the morning as originally planned. I decided to leave them all alone as a family to catch up with one another. He is being quite supportive up to now...my only hope is that he continues to be supportive when they both hit the peak of their current situation which should be at the end of this year or early next year. If they get through the work-family stress at this juncture, then they have hope to get through more.

Keeping my faith in God that this will happen for her.

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Kathy, that's a hard story to do. I had 3 dads growing up. My mom had 5 fuss with him. He remarried and we never met his kids or wife. They lived out of state.
She remarried and had 1 more kid and then repeated it all over again. All of the kids from my mom grew up in the same house.

It got up to 97 here in Myrtle beach. We head home on Wednesday.

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Sondra's kids from her first marriage did not initially want a relationship with her. They were raised by their grandmother, but I'm not sure how much they knew or when they knew it. They and their families live in Arkansas. Justin's dad was not married to Sondra very long. I met him when Justin graduated college--seems well grounded. I'm not sure if Jeff(Justin's dad) had children with this wife. RJ's (Justin's step-dad) daughter and Justin seem pretty close. I believe all of Sondra's husbands have been connected to the military.

Funny thing is: Stella cried--she just didn't know it!! If you haven't taken a look at my Facebook page to see the picture Kelley posted of the kids, you need tho see it---pretty funny.

My walk this morning was pretty muggy.

Have a good one!

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Prema, yes, he cried but for only about 5 minutes. All he needs to see is is grandma and all is right with the world. We all plan to stay hydrated and out of the dun during the worst of the day. My oldest daughter is very smart about things like that and she had a lot of common sense.

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Hi Kathy. And if I remember correctly, Sondra wants to connect with each of her children from each of her marriages and she has been doing this recently, right? So does that mean that her children are getting to know each other only recently or have they always known each other? So, from her husband and her other husbands and their wives, there will be a number of kids who are stepbrothers and step sisters of each other? Life can get complicated for them, right?

Anyway, back to more important things...how is Stella? I cannot imagine how she managed to sleep through such a hard knock. This has to be very very unusual, right? I am just very glad that there's nothing more than just a shiner...and thank goodness, she has a calm grandmother like you. I would have probably rushed her off to Emergency.... emoticon

Hi Pat. So the knee is protesting a bit, isn't it? Hope it does not get worse. And please tell me that Maxwell howled loudly when he fell out of his stroller? Hope the day does not get unbearably hot!!

Had a good run today. There was an older guy who slowed his pace to keep me company for the last 1 mile and I was grateful for that...thank goodness, no one was around to see just how much he had slowed down for me!! So embarrassing!!

Beeeeeg Hugs and a good Sunday, my kawan-kawan. Prema

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Kathy, I hope Stella is okay. Maxwell got a knot on his noggin the other day when he fell out of his stroller after being unbuckled. Landed on a tile floor. He had quite the knot on his forehead

Tomorrow is supposed to be the hottest day of our vacation with a high of 92, with a heat index of 99. We may have to spend the heat of he day in the indoor pools.

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Prema, this is Sondra's (Justin's mom) third marriage. The two children she relinquished were from her first marriage; Justin was from her second marriage. Her third husband has a daughter from a previous marriage; she and her husband live in the Kansas City area, fairly close to Rob and Justin.

Stella spent Wednesday night with me, falling out of bed about 2:30 a.m. Unfortunately, she hit her head (by her eye) on the night stand--a pretty solid whack! It swelled pretty fast with a sizeable knot. She was pretty drowsy, and I was afraid of a concussion. I called my son, and he reminded me what a hard sleeper Stella is. I moved her to the sofa and picked up a book so I could keep an eye on her. My phone rang--Pat said, "I'm on your front porch--wanna let me in?" He took Stella into the kids' room and stayed with her until he had to go home and get ready for work. Stella has a shiner but doesn't even remember falling out of bed.

I've been trying to spend time in the yard; Pat's been coming every Saturday to mow my yard. It's been hot and muggy.

The family reunion is next weekend. My youngest sister is coming on Amtrak early Friday morning; I'll pick her up in Newton @ 2:55 a.m. I'm crocheting edging on a tablecloth to put in the auction....not too much left to do. I'll post a picture when I get it finished. Peggy will stay with me. The cousins I stayed with for the Oregon reunion four years ago are driving in Thursday night, but they are staying at a hotel.

GRANDMABABA--hope I got that right--I'm Kathy, and I'm in south central Kansas. I've two sons and two grandchildren--Stella,6, and Nolan,2. I'm a retired middle school English teacher enjoying retirement. My older son recently married his partnerJustin; they've been together over 9 years. My younger son and his wife celebrated their 10th anniversary in April; they went together 7-8 years before marrying.

Happy weekend, kawan-kawan.
Kathy

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Prema, it's been a great week knees except for yesterday. I'll take something for it today. Another beautiful day in paradise. emoticon



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Hi GRANDMABABA. My name is Prema, and I am from Malaysia and I my pals on this particular chat group have been the most supportive people I know. We are each other's cheerleaders for everything. Very therapeutic having them in my life!
Pat, I am a devil when it comes to this sort of thing. I think I am ageing much better than he is. I have accepted all the changes in my life and since I do not ever compare my life to others and I have never ever been that way, I am able to find happiness in all sorts of simple stuff. He is finding it hard to accept his change in station and now that the next generation is taking over the world, he is finding out that he is unable to adapt to the mindset of the youngsters. So he just gets grumpy!!! Small doses suits me fine!!!

Glad you enjoyed your outing - the knees behaved themselves, did they? emoticon

Have yourselves a good weekend, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Welcome grandmababa. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Pat. I'm a retired from Nationwide Ins Co. I live in Hilliard, Ohio and have 2 daughters and 3 grandsons ages 9 ,3 and 9 months.

Prema, aren't you the devil? I know when my husband is at work on Fridays and Sunday's, I'm a happy clam. I love the guy but in small doses LOL. When do you get your baby back.

We had a great family day at the beach today. Davis and I were throwing a ball in the ocean and tried to catch it back when the waves sent in back. Everyone else was Playin Frisbee except for Max. I made rigatoni and garlic bread for everyone for dinner. It was a big hit.

Missing Kathy and EI too.

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Hi GRANDMABABA. Welcome. You have a great philosophy right there!

Hi Pat. My DH has left for a business trip and returns on Sunday and that just means I will be away from his complaining especially when I opt to minimise attending social functions where I neither know the people nor care for their company. As I get older, I get more selfish with my time and rather use the limited hours in my day to be with loved ones who matter and not people who do not matter to me at all.

He does not get it!! Anyway, his departure brought out the poet in me! emoticon

Hi Kathy. Hi Ei. WHERE ARE YOU GUYS???? Trying to be subtle here, Pat. Did you notice that??

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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It was hot today. I love these sunny days and try not to think about the days growing shorter in the not too distant future. I will enjoy each day for all the sweetness it brings. Enjoy!



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Prema, the poet. emoticon



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Sun's out and shining.

Pat's up and about, swimming.

Kathy's busy baby-sitting

And Ei has been missing!!!

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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The nasty weather has cleared the sun is trying to peak out. Have a good day everyone.



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Kathy....you are back!! Missed you, my kawan.

Most Indian babies have a lot of hair. I remember when the gynae handed me my kids, they looked like punk rockers especially since the blood and stuff had gelled their hair up pretty good. In each situation, the midwives on duty felt sorry for the babies and cleaned their scalp and hair with a wet towel almost immediately after they were born. So, my grandson's shock of hair was something all of us took for granted. We were more excited watching him trying to suck his entire hand and yesterday, trying to turn over.....

And trust you, my friend, for not missing the fact that I was trying to change an age old prayer. Perhaps you and Pat were both praying for me...the bankers came back and agreed to all my terms except one and then had the audacity to tell me that I was a very tough customer to deal with!! Pussy cats all of them...no one has even one tenth of our lion hearts, ladies!!!!

By the way, Justin's mum does not sound like she can handle stuff! I am trying very hard to be polite cos I adore you Kathy...but something tells me that the couple will be headed for some challenges especially if they ever decide that having a child would be a good idea!! Pat, please keep me in check and tell me that I am wrong?? I occasionally have both my feet deep in my mouth and will need your help to pull them out, one at at time!!!

Pat, enjoy yourself at MB. Ei, how are you doing?

Have to get myself to a dinner soon. I am getting very boring in my old age. Attending formal functions with people I do not know very well gets less and less appealing the older I get! Soon, I will be setting the benchmark for the word "BORE"!!!!


Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Made it safely to MB



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I'm not lost or drowned!!

They recovered the body of the boy who was swept away in the rushing waters. It's so sad that people aren't fully aware of the incredible power of water!

Prema, I'm still amazed at the amount of hair that little one has!! Nolan's two and is only now looking as if a trim might be needed. MIGHT! He's such a handsome baby boy. Nice try at rewording the Serenity Prayer!! Murder is still against the law, and you must be fully aware that there's a fool right behind just waiting to step in with his smart phone.

Justin's mom seemed okay at the ceremony. I went and came home on Monday; Justin's mom and step-dad stayed a couple of days. Justin's in Carolina now for three months, then they'll move to Houston. Justin told me he didn't think his mom ever loved his dad; she just wanted a baby. She'd had two before Justin that she relinquished, and within the past few years has reconnected with them. Not sure, but I suspect an eating disorder.

Love you girls!!

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Smartphones have made people more stupid! This is now my conclusion.

Each person,to me, appears to have 2 significant relationships that are equally important - one with the significant other and the second with Mr Google/Ms Chrome etc etc. Every time I ask my team something, they flip out their phones and use their fingers instead of their head and about a thousand options are offered to them. Instant answers and instant gratification.

Nowadays, they have been forced to think (it was tough to get them to do this at first!!) and admittedly, they are less dependant on their phones to provide options or answers....and surprise! surprise! the moment they use the head on their necks to think with rather than their fingers and a gadget...the results are sooooooo much better! Surprise!! Surprise!!!

Have fun on your vacation, Pat and here's praying that the weather will hold up!

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Prema, you said it. There is no common sense anymore. With a greater dependence on technology, kids these days don't use their brains. I've had a busy weekend getting ready for vacation. We'll be taking off early tomorrow morning. Maybe around 4 or 5 am.

A chance of storms continues for tonight with tomorrow clearing. Good weather for traveling.

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Hi KATHYGBENNETT. Hi Pat.

Thank you for your support - and yes, Pat, since tomorrow is the first day of the fasting month, the bankers will most probably be on their best behaviour with me. And I agree with both of you, the working world was different when I first started working in 1981...today, common sense is no longer common any more!!

Hope the weather has settled well into spring and heading to summer for all of you. We have had some very very hot days and nights filled with thunderstorms for the last many months. Apart from all that, how is everyone health-wise? Hope the weekend was a good one for all of you.

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hi Kathy. Congratulations on losing 50 lbs. I think things are even worse than when I first started working in 1973. Big business was more like family. Now it's so much more cutthroat.

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Lost over 50 pounds by retiring. No stress and no responsibility. Work 13 hours a week just helping out. Management is no longer my job.



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Prema, after years of supervision and management, I have seen plenty of idiots both above and below me I don't miss working at all. Restraining myself was almost a daily chore. Now life is all peaches and cream. LOL. Good luck next week.

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Hi Pat. How many occasions in your life have you dealt with people who make you wonder how many times either the doctor or their mum dropped them on their heads? And they just bounced back again because there was just vacuum in those heads!!!

One category fits that bill : bankers with their procedures and compliance mentality!

So very glad that the weekend is here for me to gather my inner strength (you have a lot of faith in me!!) and restrain myself this coming week when I have to meet them again... emoticon

My dear kawan-kawan....have yourselves a very good weekend.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, plenty of grandma to go around. Donovan and I will be the two that hang out at the pool after the other two go to bed for the night.
I know you have the strength to kill the dodos but I'm sure you also have the inner strength to restrain yourself from actually doing it. LOL

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Hi ladies.

Pat, have fun at the beach. Your grandsons will have the best beach buddy with them...I will love to watch them fight over you.

Ei, it looks like everyone of you will be enjoying Memorial Day in the same fashion - at the pool, in the water, or on the beach...getting as much to my skin colour as possible!! Oh dear! Am I politically incorrect again!!!

Hi Kathy, I imagine you to be also in the water somewhere....so have fun!

I will be going to Singapore for a critical meeting tomorrow...here's the prayer for me : God give me the Patience to deal with dodos, please give me the Courage to keep going even when the going gets tough....but please do not give me Strength as I might kill those idiots!!!!

Is this a good and truthful prayer or will God not be amused?!?

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Ei, we went to the city pool all 3 days over the weekend and today I took Davis to a splash park today. He had fun there. I'm glad you had a nice weekend too.

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