SparkPeople Diabetes Complications Team Messageboard The place for the complicated diabetic and their loved ones, caregivers, etc. Has diabetes affected your eyes, legs, arms, hands, thyroid, heart.... Let's meet, greet & take back our health! SparkPeople Diabetes Complications Team Messageboard Can a Pancreas Transplant Cure Diabetes? For Type 1's <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es/pancreas-treatment.aspx?pos=1&xid=n<BR>l_EverydayHealthManagingDiabetes_20141009 </link> <BR> <BR> Interesting article. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:59:30 EST Can exercise prevent Type 2 Diabetes? <BR> <link><BR>rmation-10/misc-diabetes-news-181/can-<BR>exercise-prevent-type-2-diabetes-your-<BR>genes-may-be-key-692155.html?utm_sourc<BR>e=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_camp<BR>aign=20141002&utm_term=692155&utm_content=Consumer </link> <BR> <BR> What do you think? Wed, 8 Oct 2014 13:59:02 EST Daily Chat for October 2014 Well here we are in a new month. Does it seem like the year is 3/4s over already? <BR> <BR> Not a whole lot new going on here. I got about half of the boxes sorted through last week, but only about 1/4 of them emptied. I am having trouble with the remote on my PVR and I do have another one that my BIL gave me (it was left behind in one of the units he takes care of, when those tenants left) but so far I have not been able to find the box that it got put into...... Hopefully I will find... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 23:44:52 EST Why is everyone getting diabetes and prediabetes? Some very interesting ideas presented as to the cause of diabetes and prediabetes. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <link><BR>es-causes/colberg/causes_of_diabetes?p<BR>age=1 </link> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:36:29 EST Don't let Diabetes Steal your Eyesight. A checklist for good eyesight and when you should see your eye doctor. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/the-eye-exam.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> How often do you visit your eye doctor? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 03:05:44 EST Are you in the Know about the A1 C Test? Interesting quiz. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.html?quizId=8363900&utm_source=Update<BR>-20140912&utm_medium=eNewsletter&utm_c<BR>ontent=Update-newsletter&utm_campaign=<BR>dLife-eNewsletter& </link> <BR> <BR> I got them all right, although I was just guessing on 2 of them. How did you do? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:42:57 EST Low Fat or Low Carb for Heart Health? As a diabetic, I am also concerned about my heart health. <BR> <BR> Here is some food for thought. <BR> <link><BR>-bunch-rhythm-of-life/low-fat-low-carb<BR>ohydrate-whats-best-for-your-heart/?po<BR>s=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthDietandNutrit<BR>ion_20140914 </link> <BR> <BR> what are your thoughts on this? Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:27:45 EST Controlling Type 2 Diabetes with Mindful Eating Great article and advice on Mindful Eating. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es/controlling-diabetes-with-mindful-e<BR>ating.aspx?pos=2&xid=nl_EverydayHealth<BR>ManagingDiabetes_20140914 </link> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:04:01 EST Simple Secrets to Living Longer From Every Day Health <BR> <link><BR>simple-secrets-to-living-longer-4309.a<BR>spx?pos=2&xid=nl_EverydayHealthDietand<BR>Nutrition_20140911 </link> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:28:51 EST Glycemic Index and or Glycemic Load From the Everyday Health website: -- <BR> <link><BR>/cs-type-2-diabetes-glycemic-load.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Do you consider the Glycemic Load or Glycmic Index when planning your meals? <BR> <BR> I must admit I have not heard much about Glycemic Load. I will have to do some research on this. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:48:15 EST Type 2 Diabetes and Complications From the Everyday Health website.... <BR> <link><BR>/cs-type-2-diabetes-complications.aspx<BR>?pos=1&xid=nl_everydayhealthmanagingdi<BR>abetes_20140910 </link> <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:44:27 EST Daily Chat for September 2014 Hi everyone. How is everyone doing? All home from vacation and rested up, back to work/school? <BR> <BR> What are you working on now? What are your special needs? <BR> <BR> I think I finally know why my legs swell up so much...... Varicose veins..... I had absolutely no indication of it, but I finally saw a specialist who said my veins are failing. Now what a lovely thing to be told ! <BR> <BR> But the swelling has gone down with the cooler weather, so I am thinking that may have had... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 15:42:50 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, April 24 Are flowers, trees, grass blooming/growing in your area yet? <BR> <BR> Yes. Trees are budding, flowers blooming, grass turning green and lots and lots of pollen! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:44:25 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, April 23 Do you have any allergy symptoms during this time of year? <BR> <BR> Yes, I do. the whole watery eyes, sniffles and sometimes cough! Never really used to bother me except in past 5 years or so! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:36:37 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, April 22 Does stress have an effect on your blood sugar? <BR> <BR> Yes, yes & yes! Usually stress or any kind of negative emotion makes it go up, but there have been times stress made it bottom out! Crazy! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:42:54 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, April 21 Have you (or are you) ever been involved in any kind of diabetic study or clinical trials? <BR> <BR> I was involved in a clinical study for women with diabetes and the onset of menopause, but they ran out of funding and it was never concluded. I'm up for clinical trials for anything that could lead to a cure! Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:07:30 EST Daily Chat for April 2014 Wow, no one is around much. How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> Melissa, how is your dad? Hope all is ok there. <BR> <BR> I don't remember if I mentioned this or not, but in early January, there was a water main break in the building and the entire first floor was flooded. <BR> <BR> The company moved everyone out from the first floor and have since set it up for repair....... They have to remove all the old carpeting and the lower third of the wall board to remove any possible points of mo... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 08:44:39 EST Chat for March, 2014 I know it has been awhile since I posted, but was very surprised to find out it has been well over a month and we never even had a March Chat Thread........ Almost time for April. lol <BR> <BR> How are you doing Melissa? Are you still super busy? <BR> <BR> My best friend passed away on Friday so I am still feeling very blue. It feels like so long since I last talked to her and we used to talk on the phone every day or two sometimes once or twice in a week, other times I could call her a ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:50:32 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, February 25 What would you like to have printed on a Tee shirt? <BR> <BR> Diabetes Ain't so Sweet Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:29:22 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, February 24 Did you get a flu shot this year? Do you usually? <BR> <BR> Usually I do, but I didn't this year. So far, so good, but this week I've had a sore throat all week long! Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:51:29 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! FEbruary 22-23 Have you been following the winter Olympics? What is your favorite event? <BR> <BR> I have not. I used to love figure skating, but now that I am blind no sport holds any interest for me. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 22:56:57 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, February 19 Sorry I've MIA! Been so busy with work and my dad! <BR> <BR> We talked about this in my class today.... What is an irrational fear you have? <BR> <BR> I m afraid of 2 things and both are a bit weird... I am scared of birds. I can't stand them flying around in stores like Lowe's or WalMart. If they fly too low in my yard I get petrified. Also, I'm not afraid of mice or any bugs really, but I do have a fear of stepping on something alive. Don't know where it comes from and I've had t... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:01:54 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! February 15-16 Since it is Valentine's weekend... What is the best date you've ever been on? <BR> <BR> The first was a long, long time ago. The guy took me to this great dance club and we just had a great time. When we got back to his house, he built a fire and we sat in front of it and just talked. It was fun, romantic and intellectual too. It really was one of the best nights of my life. My first date with my husband was also a great one! It was a night of follies, but we ended up together for l... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:41:08 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, February 13 What is the worst Valentine (gift, card, etc.) you ever got or gave? <BR> <BR> This is going to sound awful, but my answer is roses... I don't like roses and i get them alot for Valentine's. Yes, he knows and is a great man, truly, but I guess he thinks roses mean love. The smell of roses make me think of death. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:18:46 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, February 10 What does love mean to you? How old were yu when you thought you were first in love? <BR> <BR> Love means trust to me. Trust, attraction and laughter. I first thought I was in love when I was 6. I had a crush on a boy in my class! I also developed a crush on my cousin's friend. My cousin was 2 years older than I! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:15:13 EST QUESTIONS: February 6 & 7 What do you do to warm up when really cold? <BR> <BR> I put socks, very thick socks on first! Make sure I have arms and legs covered and if that all fails, I ddrink a warm beverage. Usually herbal or green tea. Thu, 6 Feb 2014 22:45:35 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, February 5 What is your weather like today? Has it changed alot over the past few days? <BR> <BR> We are cool, not cold with rain this AM, but sun this afternoon. Supposed to maybe snow tomorrow. It has changed drastically just about every day. One day warm, the next cold; one day rain, the next sun; one day sun, the next snow! Wed, 5 Feb 2014 19:41:26 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, February 4 How and why did you choose your primary diabetic doctor? <BR> <BR> Well, essentially he is the only one in town. We can't seem to keep an endocrinologist in this town, so.... But, he seems to know his stuff and I like him. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:32:48 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, February 3 What is your favorite song from your childhood that you liked to sing along with? A radio song or record or whatever.... <BR> <BR> I always loved to pretend that my jump rope was a microphone and sing Tony Orlando & Dawn's "Knock 3 Times" into it! I also liked to sing Donny Osmond and Partridge Family songs. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:47:17 EST DAILY CHAT FOR FEBRUARY Here is our chat thread for the month of February. I hope everyone is making it thru the winter OK. It's been a bad winter for most of the US and I believe alot of Canada too. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone's health is doing well too. Alot of viruses out there this year too and alot of people very sick! <BR> <BR> I've been pretty fortunate. Hope you have been too! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:01:15 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! February 1- 2 Do you watch the Superbowl? Is it covered in Canada? Do you watch for the football, for the halftime show or for the commercials? <BR> <BR> I sort of watch it and usually only for the commercials. I really haven't been into any of it the past few years. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:58:15 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY: Friday, January 31 What would you rather be doing right now and what is stopping you? <BR> <BR> I'd rather be on a tropical beach right now and lack of money and the need to work are both stopping me! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:01:09 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, January 28 From what source do you get your news? TV, radio, newspaper, Internet or something else? <BR> <BR> Mainly I get my news from my husband. I kinda avoid the news, but do catch those blips on the radio in the morning. Other than that, my husband tells me what is going on. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:42:02 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, January 27 When it comes to reading, what genre do you prefer? Do you prefer magazines or books? <BR> <BR> I prefer books and I like psychological thrillers, suspense mysteries and stories with dogs in them.... Especially where the dog helps in the mystery! I used to like magazines, but prefer to listen to books since I have to listen now! Sun, 26 Jan 2014 22:34:18 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! January 25-26 I know I'm a bit late on this one! <BR> <BR> What type of computer do you use? Does it have any special adaptive equipment on it to make it easier to use? <BR> <BR> I use a very old PC which is about to be replaced! Yes, I have a program called JAWS on it which reads what is on the screen outloud to me. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 23:20:28 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, January 24 What is the most valuable lesson you have learned thus far? <BR> <BR> I learned that I am not immune to the negative effects of diabetes. I learned I had to take care in order to not only survive, but thrive as well! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:35:32 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, January 22 Sorry I missed posting a question for Tuesday! SP was down last night when I got back from my dance classes and then I went to bed and never got online during the day! <BR> <BR> SP and other folks are always telling us to visualize our goals to help us reach them.... To visualize what we can do, what we can wear, etc. once we reach our goals.... What is one thing you wish you could just visualize into being? All you have to do is visualize it and it would happen? <BR> <BR> Winning a... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:28:07 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY, Tuesday, January 21st Our water emergency was really something else to go through (we still don't know enough about the stuff that leaked into the Elk River) and I'm still cooking and bathing with bottled water. It's going to be a continued watch to make sure that the water is again safe. <BR> <BR> It is snowing outside and we are expecting anywhere from 3-5 inches of snow today. My question is: What is your favorite "comfort food" for breakfast when it is cold and snowy outside? My personal favorite is steel ... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 05:17:53 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, January 20 How often do you check your blood sugar? <BR> <BR> Usually only once a day unless I am feeling "weird". Sun, 19 Jan 2014 20:42:48 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! January 18-19 I heard on my radio station Friday that 50% of Americans hit their snooze button on their alarm on average 6 times every morning! 6 times!! Do you wake ready to go or do you hit the snooze? If you hit the snooze, on average, how many times do you hit it? <BR> <BR> I am a snoozer! I'd sleep all day if someone would let me! On average I only hit it once, but occasionally twice! Sat, 18 Jan 2014 19:32:47 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, January 17 What props from a TV show or movie would you like to have? <BR> <BR> I would like to have the captain's deck from the original Star Trek series. I'd like it for my husband who is a true fan and would like to sit around on the Starship Enterprise! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:37:56 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, January 14 Sorry I missed Monday's question! Just busy and angry! <BR> <BR> What is an activity you tried, but then just gave up on? <BR> <BR> Playing the clarinet as a child. Zumba lately.... I tried it, but couldn't follow the leader! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:50:08 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! January 11-12 You may notice me missing the QOTDs more right now as my semester get fired up! I'll be answering student questions and getting my web sites set up! So, excuse me! Sorry! <BR> <BR> If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why? <BR> <BR> Bright orange! Why? I like the color, so like me too and I think of myself as vibrant and fun! Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:35:39 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, January 8 What is one thing you would like to do.... 1 thing from your bucket list that you would like to accomplish in this life? <BR> <BR> I really would like to get back to writing. There is an opportunity for me to take a 6 week class for writing your life story and I am eager to take it, but the transportation to and from is questionable for me! Not driving really limits me. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 11:24:23 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, January 7 Hope everyone is warm and safe!! What is one fear you would like to conquer? <BR> <BR> My fear of doing things alone... I fear walking alone and going into new situations wehre people don't already know I am blind. I face the fear every semester I teach on campus, but it remains! I'd like to try different exercise classes and so frth, but fear going in alone as a blind person and can't always get someone to go with me! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 23:37:36 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! January 4-5 Many of you are experiencing winter storms and we are experiencing freezing temps... What do you do on days that you get an unexpected day off or are stuck inside for whatever reason? <BR> <BR> Well, right now I will work on readying my classes for the spring semester or do some catch up work. I also will catch up on Sparking and reading E-mails. If I can't get out to go to the gym, then I will look up workouts online to do inside. If the weather is real bad I will snuggle up with my p... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 22:54:59 EST DAILY CHAT FOR JANUARY Happy & Healthy New Year my friends!! Hope your year is off to a good start. Mine is so far! <BR> <BR> This is the thread to come ask questions, seek help or suggestions, give help or suggestions or just chat about life! <BR> <BR> I was relieved to find out that I don't have to go back to work until Janary 9 for a meeting, then January 13 for the beginning of the semester! I thought my meeting was tonight and classes started back on Monday! I'm jsut not ready to return to work! <B... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:57:28 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, January 3 What is the one word you feel would be the theme of 2014 for you? <BR> <BR> Mine is Progress. I want to progress in my health, my fitness, my career and my social life. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:50:45 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, January 2 What fictional character would you like to have stranded with you on a desert island? <BR> <BR> Well, I think either Jeannie from I Dream Of Jeannie or Samantha from Bewitched. That way they could use their magical powers to get us off the island or they could at least provide us with necessities to stay alive! Thu, 2 Jan 2014 16:35:34 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, January 1 Do you have any New Year's Day/Eve traditions or superstitions? If so, what are they? <BR> <BR> I don't have any superstitions but am aware of quite a few. We have food traditions that I guess arose out of superstition... We end up doing a mix of my family's Eastern European/Northern traditions and my husband's southern traditions. We serve a pork roast with sauerkraut that I think is supposed to bring good luck and health & wealth in the new year. Also, turnip greens, fat back (or ho... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 22:25:26 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, December 31 Happy last day of the year! Time flew by for me this year! <BR> <BR> What is something you love doing even though you are not very good at it? <BR> <BR> Singing! I am a real bad singer. so bad that my other dog put his big ol' paw over my mouth when I was singing to him! But, I love to sing along to my favorite tunes! I often will sing while working out to keep my mind off of how hard I may be working! Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:05:25 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, December 30 How do you start each day? <BR> <BR> Honestly? I start each day wishing I could sleep just a little bit longer! I am a world class sleeper! Sun, 29 Dec 2013 20:38:51 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! December 28-29 Do you make new year's resolutions? If so, how long do you stick with them? <BR> <BR> No. I reevaluate my goals for the year and either make plans to add or delete the goals that aren't working for me and develop plans to make my goals work! I don't alway sdo this at the end of a year, but I do an evaluation to see where I am and where I want to be. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:52:33 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, December 27 For you, when it comes to weight loss/maintenance and/or diabetes control, what is your biggest struggle? <BR> <BR> Eating right. I just plain and simple love to eat and love to eat all the "bad" stuff! I exercise regularly and drink my water, but when it comes to eating I lose control and often! Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:56:27 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, December 26 I hope everyone had a Marry Christmas or whatever type of holiday or not you celebrate! <BR> <BR> Which one of Santa's reindeer do you most relate to and why? Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Donner, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Blitzen, Prancer... <BR> <BR> I'm like Dancer! Love to dance! Thu, 26 Dec 2013 10:57:01 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, December 26 How did you do, meal wise, on Christmas Day? I had dinner at my sister's and she had every carb imaginable. I stayed with a small amount of Potatoes Au Gratin, 1 roll, green beans and turkey. I stayed away from the desserts area. My sister also made a tray of cookies for me, but I'm not touching them. Not because of the sugar, they all had nuts in them and I am highly allergic to any nuts. I am taking the tray downstairs to my apartment's "Community Room" where other residents can enjoy... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 19:47:17 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, December 23 What is your Christmas wish this year? <BR> <BR> My wish is a speedy recovery for my Dad from his stroke. My wish is for him to be able to live on his own once again. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 22:28:06 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, December 19 What is your favorite holiday/Christmas movie or TV show? <BR> <BR> I think The Grinch is my favorite show, the original cartoon Grinch, and I also love It's A Wonderful Life! Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:01:54 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, December 18 What is your faovritefavorite Christmas song? If you do not celebrate Christmas, what is your favorite holiday song? <BR> <BR> I have 2.... Oh Holy Night and Mary, Did You Know. I like most all Christmas music, most all.... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:00:45 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, December 17 When it comes to gifts, do you prefer receiving practical gifts or frivelous, extravagant gifts? What do you like to give? <BR> <BR> Well, I'll take either! But, I prefer something I really don't need, but someone thought about giving me. When it comes to giving, I like to try to find that one thing that would make a person smile whether it is frivelous or practical. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:20:22 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, December 16 Sorry I've been MIA. I had deadlines in both of my courses I am teaching and then had to figure grades. Then we took my Dad shopping for Christmas gifts. That is like handicaps on parade since I am blind and he is in a wheelchair and only has the use of 1 arm! <BR> <BR> So, what is your biggest challenge right now? <BR> <BR> I don't know what to say. Here lately I've been feeling super challenged. Being blind in itself is a daily challenge, diabets is a challenge, deadlin with my d... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:47:38 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, December 11 What is your favorite Christmas (or otherwise) gift you got as a child? <BR> <BR> While I loved all the gifts Santa bought, one that always comes to mind is my yellow and gold spangled ballerina tutu I got when I was 5! I loved that sparkly thing! Maybe why I like belly dancing now. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:47:36 EST DAILY CHAT FOR DECEMBER Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season's Greetings! Hope all of you are doing well. <BR> <BR> Christine, did you get all moved in? I bet you are still getting settled. Are you allowed pets at your new place? Do you think you will ever get another dog? I had to get one after we put Jack down, but she is nothing like Jack! I miss him every day! <BR> <BR> Linda, are you still out there? Still having computer issues? <BR> <BR> Did all of you get snow? WE got ice and now cold r... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:14:27 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, December 10 What is one thing you own that you feel you could not live without? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, tough one... The only thing I think of is my insulin pump, but I could live without if I had to.... Let's see, what is important to me when it comes to material things? I can't pin it down to 1 thing, but I would have to say any of my things that plays music. I need music in my life! Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:08:53 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! December 7-8 What is the easiest and most deliscious meal you can make? <BR> <BR> I'm going to be honest... It is most any Lean Cuisine microwave meal! I just don't cook! Fri, 6 Dec 2013 21:24:00 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, December 4 With Christine moving into her new place, I wonder, what is the hardest thing about moving? <BR> <BR> Just packing it all up and deciding what to keep and what to give away or store! It feels like things multiply when you are trying to move! Tue, 3 Dec 2013 21:58:37 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, December 3 What is your favorite silly joke? <BR> <BR> What do you get when you cross a zombie with a snowman? Frost bite! HeeHee! Mon, 2 Dec 2013 22:15:48 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! November 30-December 1 Hard to believe we are starting another new month this Sunday! Time has flown for me! <BR> <BR> Let's all wish Christine a wonderful moving day with no problems!! <BR> <BR> Who got snow this week? How much? <BR> <BR> We got nice, big fluffy flurries on Wednesday, but no accumulation! Sorta nice, but I would like to see some snow on the ground for a change! Fri, 29 Nov 2013 22:55:11 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, November 29 Happy Thanksgiving!! The day after Thanksgiving, here in the states, is known as Black Friday.... Everyone has big sales and people act like nuts while out shopping. Does Canada have anything similar? If you live in the states, do you do any shopping on Black Friday? <BR> <BR> Not me! I do msot all of my shopping online anyhow, but you couldn't bring me into all of those crowds for nothing!! Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:31:50 EST Question of the Day, Wednesday November 27th What are you thankful for this year? For me, my State Public Employee Retirement System granted my Disability Retirement in September and I am now moving into a rent subsidized apartment building for those on reduced incomes. It is better insulated and will help on electric bills and other utilities. <BR> <BR> Have a great Thanksgiving Day <em>428</em> with your families, give Thanks for what you are blessed with <em>458</em> , and Go Baltimore Ravens!! <em>104</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:44:05 EST Question of the Day, Tuesday November 26th My new bed is being delivered today at the apartment and I need to stay there between 1-5 pm. Still have a lot to pack up for moving and on top of everything else, we are to get somewhere between 3-7 inches of snow between 7 pm and tomorrow morning. I live in a mountainous area, so any snow is dangerous especially with the black ice underneath. <BR> <BR> My question is: Will your Thanksgiving be affected by the big storm coming through the Eastern part of the country? If so, how will this... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:11:50 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, November 25 For us Americans, what are your plans for Thanksgiving this year? For you Canadians, what did you do for Thanksgiving this year? <BR> <BR> I'm cooking and my Dad, my in-laws, my neighbors, my female neighbor's dad and a friend are all coming to dinner. Sassy and my husband will be here. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 22:05:15 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! November 23-24 Just for fun.... Got this from another Spark Friend.... <BR> Eight things you may not know about me: <BR> 1. I have... <BR> 2. I don't have... <BR> 3. I still have... <BR> 4. I am an original... <BR> 5. I hate... <BR> 6. I am a... <BR> 7. I once... <BR> 8. Give me... <BR> <BR> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:28:39 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, November 22 Have you ever been offended (in any way) by an ad you saw on Spark People? <BR> <BR> I don't see many of the ads since I am blind. They don't read outloud to me, thank goodness! But, I have caught a few and wasn't so much offended as dismayed as they had to do with those miracle suppliments to lose weight fast! Stuff that SP "preaches" against, so thus the dismay! Fri, 22 Nov 2013 10:54:43 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, November 21 As we approach Thanksgiving here in the US, I wonder.... What is your favorite pie? Not necessarily a Thanksgiving pie, but any pie you like! <BR> <BR> I do like my MIL's sweet potato pie and chocolate pie. My very favorite is coconut cream though! Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:17:23 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, November 21st I have a general question. I'm in the process of moving and on Monday, December 2nd, I should be in the apartment (at least the utilities will be turned on). If you have ever moved, did you ever feel like your stuff was multiplying as you were packing it? I am trying to sort and get rid of stuff I have not used for a good while, but I am running out of time to get everything packed up where my help can move it (next Sunday, December 1st). <BR> <BR> So, should I try to keep sorting things... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:39:31 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, November 19 With all the recent natural disasters at the forefront of the news (tornadoes, typhoons, etc.), doo you have an emergency/evacuation/disaster plan in case of a natural disaster in your area? <BR> <BR> I have a loose plan.... I have an emergency bag ready containing first aid items, extra water, protein bars, glucose tablets, dog food and snacks, extra batteries and a battery operated radio and flashlight. I refresh the items every 6 months or so. I also have pet finder stickers on all ... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:15:27 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, November 18 Have you started Christmas shopping? Do you Christmas shop? <BR> <BR> I have and I do. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 22:25:39 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! November 16-17 What is your favorite "old school" board game? Why? <BR> <BR> Mine is Clue. I've always been interested in mysteries and solving mysteries and reading mysteries, so this game was right up my alley! I also always enjoyed Scrabble and still do. Just because it was a game I could enjoy with my Grandma and now I have a braille version. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:47:56 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, November 15 When was the last time you were hospitalized and for what reason? <BR> <BR> I guess it was February, 2008 for my broken leg. I needed surgery to put me back together! I was in for 4 days! Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:31:15 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, November 14 Sorry this is coming so late in the day! My computer was running very slow last night, so I gave up and went to bed! <BR> <BR> so, what food item, even if you just think of it, always makes your mouth water? <BR> <BR> For me it depends. I get cravings and sometimes just have to have something! But, one thing I seem to always get hungry for is homemade mac & cheese! Baked and extra cheesey! Th thought of it right now is making me hungry! Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:54:44 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, November 13 We only got some flurries and they passed quickly, but it is rather cold here by our standards! <BR> <BR> So, my question is.... What is your favorite thing to wear when it is cold outside? <BR> <BR> If I am staying in, I like my extra thick socks, my sweatpants and a long sleeved shirt! If going out I want long sleeves, socks, but not my extra thick or my shoes won't fit, long pants or jeans and a warm coat like a ski jacket! I also like to wear gloves in the winter! Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:18:25 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, November 12 Where do you feel the safest? With whom and where do you feel safe and secure? <BR> <BR> I feel my safest with my husband at home. I know my way around, I know where things are and I feel safe in my neighborhood. I know my husband knows all the signs of problems with my diabetes and that makes me feel safer too. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:37:55 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, November 11 Happy Veteran's Day! Hug someone who has served in the military today and that includes canines! <BR> <BR> So, they are calling for a mix of snow and rain tomorrow.... Not a record for our area for early snow, but still unusual. Has it snowed in your area of the world yet? <BR> <BR> None so far, but we shall see.... I expect it to be all rain for us! Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:14:45 EST Question of the Day, November 8th Yesterday I started on clearing out my closets in case I get a phone call that I will be able to move into an apartment. Didn't waste any time as I have so much to do. <BR> <BR> So, my question of the day is: Do you start taking care of completing tasks in the expectation that something you believe will happen or do you wait until the last minute to getting everything done? <em>198</em> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 09:27:02 EST Question of the Day, November 7th Well, I had my interview for the apartment and had to go to several places to get verification of my income, prescription expenses, insurance coverage verification (and premium amount per month) and my landlord's statement regarding my status (paid up to date and whether I had utilities included in my rent amount). In all, it was a productive day. Now, all they are waiting on is a verification of my financial information from my Credit Union. I did find out that there are several units open... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 09:37:52 EST Question of the Day, November 6th Today is my youngest sister's birthday and I am going to make her my Hungry Girl brownies. She loves them. <BR> <BR> My question of the day is: How do you celebrate family member's birthdays--with food or something else? <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> HUNGRY GIRL BROWNIES <BR> <BR> 1 box devil's food cake <BR> 15 oz can pumpkin <BR> 2 Tbsp. water <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 400 degrees. <BR> <BR> Spray 8" x 8 " glass dish with... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 06:56:03 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, November 5 Today is election day for senators and local representatives and governors in some states in the US.... Do you vote in every election? This goes for you in Canada.... I'm ashamed to admit it, but I don't even know if you vote for your governing officials.... Do you in general and do you personally vote in every election? <BR> <BR> Yes, I vote in every election. My Dad does too and luckily someone is taking him to vote today!! Mon, 4 Nov 2013 22:39:50 EST Question of the Day, November 4th I am in the process of moving and have been going through my stuff and taking some of my larger clothes to a battered women's shelter, my shredded bills/documents and old newspapers to a recycling facility in our area and putting other garbage in the garbage cans for pickup on Wednesday. I'm basically downsizing to the maximum degree. Keep me in your prayers as I have my interview on Wednesday morning for the apartment complex that I am trying to get into. Great security and the rent is ba... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:41:06 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! November 2 - 3 What are 3 accomplishments you met recently? <BR> 1. I walked 5 miles today <BR> 2. I stayed within my calorie range <BR> 3. I graded a bunch of papers and am this close to being completely caught up! Fri, 1 Nov 2013 22:29:51 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, November 1 Well, it is strangely warm here in Southern Virginia, USA... What is your weather like? <BR> <BR> As I said, strangely warm here and rainy, but supposed to cool down into the 50s during the days and 30s at night starting Sunday. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 18:15:58 EST DAILY CHAT FOR NOVEMBER I don't know about you, but time has been flying by for me! I cannot believe it is November already. Time to face my first Thanksgiving without my mom and then the anniversary of her death. I sure do miss her. <BR> <BR> Did anyone have any trick or treaters last night? We did not. A couple local churches and local fire dpartments did "turnk or treat" for the kids. That is better out here since we don't have good roads for walking. <BR> <BR> Earlier today my husband brought Sassy b... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 18:12:22 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, October 31 A 2 parter question for Halloween.... Did you ever dress up for Halloween and what was your favorite costume of all time? I know we are diabetics, but what is your favorite Halloween candy treat? <BR> <BR> Oh, I've always dressed up for Halloween, even as an adult! As a kid I'm tied between the coal miner and the football player. My teachers had no idea who I was and assumed I was a boy! As an adult, a basket of dirty clothes was my favorite costume! My favorite Halloween candy treat... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:05:15 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, October 30 What is the scariest thing that happened to you when you were home alone? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, really the scariest things have been when I was home alone and had low blood sugars. When I lived alone I was driving a boyfriend's car and he was trying to sell it and had the phone number (my phone number) in the window and a guy followed me to my house and then kept calling. I called the police and he went away! Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:01:03 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, October 29 What is the worst thing curiosity has driven you to do? <BR> <BR> Snoop! Snoop in ex-boyfriend's drawers and wallet; snoop on my sister's E-mail once she died; snoop in other people's medicine cabinets! I really never liked what I found and was actually hurt a couple times. Since I can't see now I don't snoop any more! Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:09:15 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, October 28 I know some of us are divorced, others have had shakey relationships and so forth, but have you ever really and truly been in love? <BR> <BR> I'm in love now. I could strangle him at times, but I love him and am in love with him. No one has ever cared about me and been so in tune with me as my husband is. We are deeply connected. It took awhile actually for me to realize this is the person I could trust and be in love with. I thought I loved one other person, but that was because the... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:20:19 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! October 26-27 Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one or experienced one? <BR> <BR> I do not disbelieve, but would have to see one to truly believe.... I have never seen or experienced one before. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:36:06 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, October 25 Do you do any decorating for Halloween? Do you give out treats? <BR> <BR> I used to do both, but lately I don't do either. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:50:33 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, October 24 Sorry for missing Wednesday's question.... Thought I posted it! Oh well! <BR> <BR> What is the biggest misconception or false belief people have about you? <BR> <BR> Most people think I am helpless because I am blind. They think I just sit at home and feel sorry for myself. They almost don't believe it when I tell them I work and take dance classes and go to a gym! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:03:16 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, October 22 How often do you weigh yourself and why? <BR> <BR> I weigh once a week and I do that for a challenge I am doing here on SP. Once a week lets me know how I am doing all along. I have weighed every day and have had a different weight every day too! Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:59:37 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, October 21 Here in the good ol' USA, October is National Pizza Month. So, do you eat pizza and if so, what do you like on it? <BR> <BR> Yes, I love pizza! I usually make it using Arnold's multi-grain sandwich thins as a crust and cover it with 2% cheese and tons of veggies! If we do buy it out, we get a thin crust with veggies. I like most any veggie on my pizza! Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:30:51 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! October 19-20 What is the most damage you have done to yourself, someone else, or property as a direct result of your diabetes? <BR> <BR> A friend of mine has wrecked her car 3 times due to low blood sugars! Yesterday I had a terrible low blood sugar and fell out of bed, or either fell down tytrying to get to the kitchen, and busted my lip, my nose and my teeth cut my inner lip! I probably will end up with a black eye too! I guess that is the worst damage I've done. I have scared people with both hi... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:44:29 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, October 18 Do you dread, look forward to, or indifferent to your birthday? <BR> <BR> I look forward to every year I am alive! So, I celebrate my birthday! Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:33:25 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, October 17 What was the most terrifying thing that happened, or almost happened, to you? <BR> <BR> Oh Boy.... When i was a teenager my friend talked me into going for a ride with this older guy she knew and he took us to this warehouse and sort of held us against our will. Fortuantely he did not hurt us, but it was terrifying since I had no idea what might happen! Wed, 16 Oct 2013 23:04:00 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, October 14 I read an article today that said that even artificial sweetners can activate people's carb cravings.... Are you good about drinking just plain old water every day or do you drink diet sodas or something else? <BR> <BR> I drink Diet Dr. Pepper almost every single day! I also use Crystal Llight powder for a change from plain water.... Guess I shouldn't do either, but how boring! Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:58:38 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! October 12-13 I thought for sure I posted this question this morning, but evidently Spark ate it! <BR> <BR> Besides being mental health awareness month, October is also breast cancer awareness month.... How has breast cancer affected you or those you know/love? <BR> <BR> One of our members on this team had breast cancer and chose to treat it with organic and raw foods and not any medications and it went from her breast to her spine and throu her bones. Not sure, but feel she probably has passed. 3... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 19:44:37 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, October 11 What has been the most pain (emotional or physical) that you have had to endure? <BR> <BR> Well, emotionally it was very difficult to deal with my sister, then brother, then mother's deaths. But, I think having to put my dog, Jack, down was even harder! I still hurt from that! As for physical pain I think breaking my leg was the worst! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:18:33 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, October 10 Sorry so late! Spent all day at MD with dad. <BR> <BR> How did your significant other (past or present) charm you? <BR> <BR> My husband and I are the only couple still married out of all of our friends who married aorund the same time! My husband won me over by sending me roses at the rehab center for the blind and having the card brailled and the thorns removed from the roses! He melted my heart with that one. He really is a good guy! Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:00:59 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, October 9 October is Mental Illness Awareness month... How has mental illness affected your life? <BR> <BR> I work in mental health and have treated many different mental illnesses and once had tothe job of commiting people involuntarily! But, I have also suffered from major depression for many years and take n for it. Wed, 9 Oct 2013 11:23:24 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, October 7 What is something that cheers you up no matter how you are feeling? <BR> <BR> My puppy. She is an instant cheer! She does these adorable loving things like pressing her cheek up against mine that just melts my heart and makes me smile! Sun, 6 Oct 2013 21:03:36 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Sunday, October 6 Sorry, sorry! So busy, so scattered! Just couldn't get to Spark at all! <BR> <BR> Is there a food you used to hate that you love now? <BR> <BR> I guess asparagus. I still can't make myself eat liver or raw onions, but I do now enjoy asparagus! Sat, 5 Oct 2013 21:26:09 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, October 3 What was your last nightmare? <BR> <BR> My last nightmare was the other night and I dreamt my grandfather called me and it was an important call and he had to tell me something, but the connection was bad and I could never hear him! It was a nightmare b/c he is dead and it seemed like he urgently wanted to tell me something! I often have nightmares where thousands of cats/kittens are attacking me! Thu, 3 Oct 2013 15:44:05 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, October 2 What is your favorite sound? <BR> <BR> I love the sound of my new ppuppy when she is sleeping. She sort of coos like a human baby and I love it! I love the sound of uncontrollable children's laughter when they can't help it and just laugh like crazy! I love the sounds of nature when laying on a float in the pool and the water gently lapping the sides! Oh, oh, oh, waves on the beach too! So many sounds I love! Lately, the sound of my dad laughing! Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:25:29 EST DAILY CHAT FOR OCTOBER Sorry I didn't check in on the daily chat for Sept. as often as I would've liked! Life has just been non-stop since Dad had his stroke and then getting Sassy! I'm back to work since August and it keeps me away from Spark much of the time! <BR> <BR> I finally got Dad moved into an assisted living facility and it is really quite nice. The food is awesome and he should finally gain some weight. I spent all day over there helping him get accustomed to the new place and making sure he knows... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:55:56 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, October 1 Sorry for the very late posting! Also, I forgot to say that yesterday, September 30, was Pat/PITTER6's 75th birthday! So sorry about that! <BR> <BR> What do you love most about life? <BR> <BR> I love that I am alive first, then I love that every day is a new chance to make it right! Whatever it is, each new day gives me a new chance to embrace change and love and make a difference in my day and perhaps someone else's too! <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 16:48:35 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY: Monday, September 30 Wow! Another month has flown by! <BR> <BR> If you could stay 1 age for ever and ever, what age would that be? <BR> <BR> I know most people would like to be a bit older than this, but I'd like to stay 3 forever and ever. That being said, I would want to actually be 3 and not be an adult with a 3 year old mind or anything like that! At 3 I didn't have diabetes, life was just plain fun, my mom and dad got married..... It was all good! I only had small, childish responsibilities and so... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:27:15 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! September 27-29 What are your signs of a high blood sugar and a low blood sugar? How do you know? <BR> <BR> For me, high means thirsty,trouble breathing and a burning in my nose, sometimes even feeling hungry, but usually feeling nauseous. Low blood sugar for me is sometimes confusion, sweating, hunger, unable to concentrate....Other times I miss the signals and other people have to tell me and then I can be very grouchy and even mean! Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:43:25 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, September 26 Which month seems to be the most sad for you and why? <BR> <BR> September has always been a toug hmonth for me.... I had a major romance break up in a September; I started losing my eyesight in September; my brother and sister's birthday is in September and they both died.... Plus, September is the offical end of summer and that makes me sad too! Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:26:42 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, September 25 What is one skill you have been able to teach yourself? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, I guess to use this program to read the computer being blind. I took some lessons years ago, but as the technology updates, I have to keep teaching myself how to use it! i gues it is a skill too.... I taught myself to exercise ever ysingle day! Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:14:39 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, September 24 Well, fall/autumn is officially here. What do you enjoy most about the fall/autumn season? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm a huge fan of summer, so this is a hard question for me.... I guess I like that I can start pulling out all my pretty sweaters and I do like the leaves crunching under foot, but give me summer any day! Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:38:29 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, September 23 What can you say about the age you are now? <BR> <BR> All I can really say is Thank God I made it to 48! The docs told my parents I wouldn't make it to 20! And, now I feel more active and healthy than I did in my 20s! Sun, 22 Sep 2013 22:47:37 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! September 21-22 What is 1 thing that would automatically turn you off of a person? <BR> <BR> I am automatically turned off by people who brag and tell me how wonderful they are.... If you have to tell me, then it must not be true! Fri, 20 Sep 2013 23:23:00 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Driday, September 20 How do you pamper yourself? <BR> <BR> Bubble baths! I love a bubblebath with my book machine near by so I can listen to a book while the hot, hot water cools around me! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:19:31 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, September 19 Sorry! Guess I've just been stressed and keep missing posting a question! <BR> <BR> What is one common behavior people do that makes you cringe? <BR> <BR> I can't stand people using their cell phones and smart phones every wehre! Why can't people eat dinner, or watch a movie, or drive for goodness sake without talking, texting or looking at something on their phones? Plus, it can be dangerous! Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:40:45 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, September 17 Right at this moment, who or what do you miss the most? <BR> <BR> Easily I can say my eyesight, but today (9/17) should've been my Jack's 9th birthday! I miss him even though I have Sassy's love now! Jack was just very dear to me. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:28:38 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, September 16 Sorry I've been MIA! Have had alot going on and just couldn't get to the computer! <BR> <BR> What is the last movie you watched? On TV or in a theater, it doesn't matter.... <BR> <BR> I'm sure I watched a movie recently, but can't remember which one! The last one I remember was the movie "Grease" when I went to the Grease sing along on August 24! Oh well! Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:14:27 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, September 10 Have you ever won a prize for anything you did? <BR> <BR> Yes. I won several scholarships when going to college and I won a literary award when in high school.... I think that is it! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 21:46:05 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, September 9 If you could instantly change one thing about you, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I'd get rid of the diabetes.... I'd even stay blind if I could rid myself of the diabetes and prevent any other damage! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 09:12:08 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! September 7-8 This weekend has a bounty of questions.... <BR> <BR> 1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? <BR> 2. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? <BR> 3. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? <BR> 4. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? <BR> 5. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? <BR> <BR> My Answers: <BR> 1. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Grape Nuts, I know they look like dog food, but I like them! <BR> 2. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? I'm bare foot <BR> 3. WHAT ARE YOU... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 22:49:07 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY: Friday, September 6 Did you ever try to hide your diabetes from anyone? Why or why not? <BR> <BR> No, I've always been pretty open about it... I was so sick at times as a child that I couldn't hide it and then I figured I'd rather tell people what to do in case of too high or too low blood sugars! I have a friend who never told anyone... She was embarrassed because that is how her parents made her feel! Thu, 5 Sep 2013 21:13:24 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, September 5 What is the most awkward situation you have been in? <BR> <BR> Well, both come from my wilder past and would never happen today.... First, my mom came early to pick me up from my job and I was outside smoking! She didn't know I smoked! Then, my now husband showed up to surprise me at the rehab center for the blind and I was standing there holding hands with another man! Whoops! but, you see, I ended up marrying my husband! Wed, 4 Sep 2013 22:49:10 EST DAILY CHAT FOR SEPTEMBER Welcome to a new month! Would love to hear from more of you out there! <BR> <BR> Linda-- Have you tried that new juicer out yet? What do you think? It is so hard to lose weight under pressure. I've been losing steadily over the summer, but I hurt my knee and am afraid I will gain it all back not being able to exercise like I was! Evidently my mom was a problem patient too. She had some of the similar problems you are having with the BP meds. I hope they can find the right mix for yo... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 13:32:55 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, September 4 You know, I keep wanting to type August for the date! Time is just flying for me these days! <BR> <BR> OK, I apologize for missing the question yesterday... Just busy, busy! <BR> <BR> Today's question.... <BR> <BR> What is one saying (or cliche) that you hear alot and have found to just NOT be true? <BR> <BR> I think for me, it is that God never gives us more than we can handle! Around here I do handle it to a degree, but it seems something bad is always, always, always happeni... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 22:57:48 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, September 2 Happy Labor Day!! Do you celebrate labor Day in Canada? <BR> <BR> What vitamin, mineral, suppliment do you swear by? <BR> <BR> I use a multi vitamin and a vitamin B combo that I won't miss! I heard B6 is good for getting rid of water retention, B12 good for energy, and all B's are good for hair and skin! I won't miss my B complex vitamin! Sun, 1 Sep 2013 22:15:44 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND! August31- September 1 When your first day of school was approaching, what "rituals" did you have? What kinds of things did you do every year before school started? <BR> <BR> My maternal Grandma would take me shopping for new underwear for the new school year and buy me some school supplies; I usually would get a back to school outfit up until I was a teenager from my parents; as a kid we would get a new lunchbox before school started too.... All the kids would do as much outside that they could until school s... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:20:24 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, August 30 Who would you like to trade lives with and why? <BR> <BR> My dog.... She is spoiled, loved and can get away with almost anything! My other choice is my sister, who is, yes, dead. I'd take her place if she could be with her son and could help my dad more than I! Thu, 29 Aug 2013 22:54:04 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, August 28 I feel like August 28 means something to me, but I can't remember what! Hope it is not a MD appointment! <BR> <BR> What is one cliche that gets on your nerves and you'd rather not hear it? <BR> <BR> "Everything happens for a reason" and "what goes around comes around"! Both confuse me with all of the misery my family has endured in the past 10 years. I get tired of people telling it all happens for a reason, but there doesn't seem to be a reason. And, I don't believe my mom and dad ... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:38:29 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, August 27 Sorry I missed Monday! Caught a cold with a sore throat and hurt my knee on Saturday! Feeling better today. <BR> <BR> What do you do to get yourself up and out of bed each day? <BR> <BR> I love to sleep! Always have! So, it takes someone pressuring me to get out of bed to do it! Sassy helps by demanding to go potty each morning! I believe I could jsut keep sleeping if no one woke me up! Then, I use some Diet Dr. Pepper to put a little caffeine in me! Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:19:43 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! August 24-25 What is something about yourself that tends to impress, confuse or at the very least surprise other people? <BR> <BR> I think that I am blind and I do so much.... Teach college, exercise at a gym, belly dance.... Almost anything I do tends to impress people and it really is not that impressive! What confuses people is that I wish I had smaller boobs! Most women want more and I want less! Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:49:36 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, August 23 What are some weird (or not so weird) ways you save money? <BR> <BR> I do alot of online shopping, so only shop when I can get free shipping and look for sales! I save all my change and then roll it up and use it. I use coupons and bargain shop when possible. Nothing weird at all. I don't reuse paper towels or toilet paper! Thu, 22 Aug 2013 21:15:16 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, August 22 What seemingly minor thing irritates or gets you all riled up? <BR> <BR> Well, I don't consider it minor, but liars get me upset and riled up! There are a bunch of irritating noises for me.... Newspapers rattling, people stir, stir, stirring their coffeee or tea, slurping, flip flops, wet tennis shoes.... This list probably can go on forever! Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:23:52 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, August 21 Do you know if you snore or not? Do you? <BR> <BR> I will snore if I have a bad cold or if I am really, really tied! Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:29:22 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, August 20 What is the most embarrassing message you accidently sent via text or E-mail? <BR> <BR> I got really mad and fired off a real mean E-mail to my boss one time! It was not nice and was uncalled for! Tue, 20 Aug 2013 17:45:18 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY: Monday, August 19 Sorry I missed the weekend question! Busy, busy! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite lunch meat? <BR> <BR> I really like salami, but rarely, rearely, rearely eat it! So mostly I have either roast beef or turkey on sandwiches. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 23:08:29 EST question of the day!! Friday, August 16 What is the biggest and most rewarding risk you ever took? <BR> <BR> I guess going back to college as a blind person. I was scared to death, but I did it and went all the way to end up with a masters and a license in counseling. I teach college now and it is a very rewarding job. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:16:42 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, August 15 If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Diabetes of course, but on 2nd thought, all the deadly diseases! No, we need to keep the world balanced, so death must happen, so I'll stick with diabetes and add Alzheimers Disease to that! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:49:24 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Wednesday, August 14 What is one lesson you learned in school that you will never forget? <BR> <BR> That kids can be mean, but a good friend will always have your back! And, a good teacher is irreplaceable! Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:12:26 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Tuesday, August 13 What food could you simply NOT live without? <BR> <BR> I know this one will sound weird, but I think it is dill pickles. I gave it alot of thought and if I had to give up pickles I would be very sad, perhaps even distraught! I don't eat them all the time, but when I want them, I really want them!! <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:18:22 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Monday, August 12 If you could be a character from any book or movie, who would you be and why? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, most of the time I feel like Job from the Bible! I would be Charlie on 2 and a Half Men.... A drunken partyer with no real responsbility, but for whom everything works out.... Rich, good looking, no real consequences for bad behavior! It would be so different from how I really am! Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:26:10 EST QUESTION OF THE WEEKEND!! August 10-11 Would you rather be rich, famous, or both? Why? <BR> <BR> I'd rather just be rich. I wouldn't want everyone looking into my life if I was famous and if I were rich I could build my dad a house and hire a full time team of rehab staff for him! No fame, just wealth! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 22:56:37 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Friday, August 9 What is the strangest question a complete stranger ever asked you? <BR> <BR> I guess when I was a kid I gave my insulin injections in my legs and they often had dents in them and looked bruised and more than once perfect strangers came up and asked if my legs had been crushed in an auto accident or something. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:23:08 EST QUESTION OF THE DAY!! Thursday, August 8 I thought I'd try the QOTDs again to see if we can Spark some interest in this team! <BR> <BR> This has been asked before, but for you newer folks.... <BR> <BR> How long have you had diabetes and what kind of complications have you experienced? <BR> <BR> I've been a Type 1 diabetic since age 4, which = 44 years now. I am totally blind thanks to diabetes and I've had a hyperactive thyroid, slow healing of broken bones and wounds, multiple skin and lady part yeast infections... The b... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 12:22:07 EST Daily Chat for August. Hi, everyone. How are you doing? I'm just checking in...... <BR> <BR> Melissa, I hope you don't mind my starting the August thread.... <BR> <BR> I sure had a scare this week. I was up at sis's on Monday doing laundry, and trying to get through this bad cold (Yes, another one!). I started coughing and I could not stop, nor could I catch my breath. I guess it turned into an asthma fit...... I have never had one like that. It scared the living daylights out of my sister and she was ready... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 22:27:19 EST DAILY CHAT FOR JULY Hi Everyone! Hoping to get some activity going here! This is the daily chat thread where we can talk about anything and everything! No limits! <BR> <BR> Linda-- Can't wait to hear about your pancake breakfast and what your sis decided for the family fun for Canada Day! My mom had ChF and her legs would swell something terrible! Same thing as you, if she sat or stood tood long they would puff up tremednously! Oh, about the pancakes I think every so often we just need to enjoy, high ca... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:11:59 EST DAILY CHAT FOR JUNE Hello! Is anyone still out there? Anyone heard from Anna? <BR> <BR> Welcome new members! <BR> <BR> Is it getting hot where you are? We've been in the 90s. We got a new puppy and she is alot of work! She wakes us up early every morning and I'm not used to that on weekends! We were able to bring my dad out to our house from the rehab center yesterday. That was nice. I think he really enjoyed it! <BR> <BR> If you get a chance, please check in with us here! I know I've been MIA ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 07:57:30 EST DAILY CHAT FOR MAY OK, I'm doing 1 thread per month then. I can ask riveting questions here and we can all keep up with one another! I'll start a new thread each month because with my speech program threads with many posts take a long time to load! <BR> <BR> Linda-- I am so happy you finally got your disability pay! Glad you are getting back pay too! I hope the tablet works well for you. My dad's condition and my dog's has knocked me for a loop for sure! But, I'll muddle thru! I always do! That is sc... Sun, 5 May 2013 22:12:12 EST DAILY QUESTION & CHAT!! May 5 Hi All! Long time no visit! I've been terribly depressed and unable to access my skills to help myself! Hopefully I am coming out of it now! My dad had a stroke on March 30 and is in a rehab facility. He doesn't seem to be progressing much, so I am considering moving him. My dog is dying from brain cancer. I still haven't quite processed my mom's death in December either. So.... I'm just struggling. <BR> <BR> So, to start today's discussion.... Do you think we need to try to keep... Sun, 5 May 2013 14:55:59 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, April 18 Sorry! Just been so busy with my dad in rehab and me watching after Jack as his dizziness has gotten worse! Thought I'd post tomorrow's question today! How are y'all doing? I'm doing OK, just busy! <BR> <BR> With so much negative in my life right now I've been forgetting to be thankful for the good! So, the question is what is one thing for which you are thankful today? <BR> <BR> I'm thankful for a wonderful and supportive husband. He helps in any way he can and I am forever thank... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:25:34 EST Question of the Day: Friday, April 12 Hi All! Hope your day is going well. <BR> <BR> What was your most embarrassing moment? <BR> <BR> I'm sure I've had alot, but the one that always comes to mind was when I was like in the 7th grade, so you know, 11 or 12 years old and I had on one of those wrap around skirts.... I got off the school bus and my skirt had come undone, but I didn't notice until I was walking a ways! My panties were shining like new money in the sun! Oh my! Not fun for a girl at that age who was shy any... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 23:13:29 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, April 11 Hi. Apologies for being missing so long! I know we all care and tend to worry. My dad had a rather major stroke on March 30. He has since been hospitalized and is now in a rehab center. I am trying to make sure he gets the attention he deserves and needs and have been consumed with his welfare. During the first week of his hospitalization we learned that our beloved dog has brain cancer too. He is still healthy otherwise, but we will not have long with him! So, I've been either at the ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:10:40 EST Question of the Weekend: March 30-31 I can't believe another month has passed! Whew! <BR> <BR> Anna-- I meant to say in your response to the question the other day about what you are proud of and you said if you can lose the cancer.... I meant to say if anyone can beat cancer you can! Keep fighting my friend! <BR> <BR> So, do you have any plans for the Easter weekend? Sunrise services? Family dinners? Easter Egg hunts? <BR> <BR> I don't. I invited my dad over for lunch, but he already has plans. I may go to the ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 23:07:33 EST Question of the Day: Friday, March 29 Happy Good FridaY! Hope everyone is doing OK. Been missing Linda. <BR> <BR> When is the last time you hugged someone? <BR> <BR> Well, I know I hugged my friend on Saturday when she left. Not sure if I have hugged my husband since or not. I hug my dog daily! Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:20:53 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, March 28 Hi. Hope everyone is doing OK. Sorry, but I've been too busy to read everyone's posts each day! I'll catch up soon! Hope everyone is managing well. <BR> <BR> Do you do any spring cleaning? <BR> <BR> Hahahaha! No! I'm the anti-housewife! The only reason I hold a job outside the house is so I can pay someone to clean! I don't do any more for spring cleaning than normal cleaning! Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:30:40 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, March 27 Is there an Easter or Passover treat you find hard to resist? <BR> <BR> I love Reese's peanut butter eggs and jelly beans, but no temptation this year since my mom is dead. she usually would give me a basket with a couple peanut butter eggs and a bag of jelly beans. No gathering at her house this year, so no temptations! Wed, 27 Mar 2013 08:22:52 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, March 26 I just read an article that said that wwe often focus on our mess ups, goofs, mistakes, etc. and ignore our small victories in life.... So, today what is one thing about which you are proud? You can name more than 1 if you want! <BR> <BR> At the time of writing this I did 90 minutes of fitness on this day and feel great! I've also given myself permission to grieve my mother without rushing it. I feel good about it all! <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:34:19 EST Question of the Day: Monday, March 25 What's the "spring" weather like in your neck of the woods? <BR> <BR> We have sleet, snow and freezing rain! Yuck! Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:31:08 EST Question of the Weekend: March 23-24 What is the most useless purchase you ever made? <BR> <BR> Hmm, any of the numerous pieces of "magic" exercise equipment I've bought over the years. I only ended up liking one of them! I'm sure I have a ton of useless items around here that I bought over the years, but exercise equipmentment comes to mind first. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:26:56 EST Question of the Day: Friday, March 22 What is something you pretend to enjoy, but really don't? Why? <BR> <BR> Visiting with my in-laws. They are good people, but they are the most negative people I ever met! They see only the bad in every situation and they complain about prices, about people, about just about everything! It makes me nuts! I pretend to enjoy their company b/c they help me alot with rides and they did raise a rather incredible son. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:03:46 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, March 21 Hope everyone is doing well. Please check in when you can! My shoulder is feeling OK, but only OK. I only needed a shot of cortizone and it didnt' make my sugar go sky high! I'm going to look up that stuff Anna metnioned the other day b/c evidently I have shoulder tendonitis and that is simply inflmation. <BR> <BR> What is the strangest compliment you ever got? <BR> <BR> I dunno.... Maybe "you are pretty for a blind girl". I guess blind folks are supposed to be ugly? Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:46:40 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, March 20 Sorry I missed Tuesday's question! I could've sworn I posted one! Oh well! Today (Wed.) I have a dentist appointment and then an orthopedic appointment for my shoulder. Seems like I'm seeing every doctor I have except my gyno in these 2 weeks! Yay. Justhoping they won't want to do surgery on my shoulder. If so, I may have to refuse, but then worry about that too. Oh my! <BR> <BR> The question.... How do you motivate yourself to do something you don't want to do? <BR> <BR> There... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 23:48:10 EST Question of the Day: Monday, March 18 Hi! Hope everyone had a good weekend! Please help welcome LYNELLBERRY to the team! <BR> <BR> I'm aware of some of our pain issues, but am wondering.... It seems each one of us has chronic pain. What is the reason or cause of your pain? What do you do to relieve the pain? <BR> <BR> I broke my leg 5 years ago and it had to be put back together at the shin, so I have arthritis in that leg and ankle and knee. Plus, the only thing I inhereted from my family was arthritic knees! I also ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 23:49:41 EST Question of the Weekend: March 16-17 Happy St. Patrick's Day weekend! Hope everyone is doing OK. I'm doing OK, I guess. <BR> <BR> What is something that costs nothing, but makes life sweeter? <BR> <BR> Hugs. I love hugs. I love to feel someone's arms around me holding me tight. I love to hug my dog and feel his warmth. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:25:55 EST Question of the Day: Friday, March 15 Anna-- How are those baby blankets coming along? Hope you are feeling alright. <BR> <BR> Linda-- Where are you hiding? Are you doing OK? <BR> <BR> Please go by the thread titled "Type 2" in the introduction section of our team and welcome our new member, PJZIELIN (Pam). <BR> <BR> I had my MRI today and boy was that just yucky. I'd fogotten how noisy they are. They asked me what music I wanted to listen to and I couldn't even hear it! I'll get my results next week. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:41:17 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, March 14 I can't believe it is Thursday already!! Jeepers! Time flies for sure! Hope everyone is doing OK. My shoulder hurts and I have an appt. for a MRI in the morning. <BR> <BR> What is the most frustrating thing about getting or staying fit? <BR> <BR> For me, it is finding stuff I can do blind. Many videos that interest me don't give good oral instructions and it can be hard for me to follow a class if the leader doesn't say what he or she is doing. Also, doing what I can around my var... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 23:18:23 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, March 13 Hope everyone is doing well today! <BR> <BR> What is one life lesson you learned the hard way? <BR> <BR> I have 2 life lessons I learned the hard way! (1) Not paying attention to what your doctor says about your diabetes will lead to blindness. (2) Mom usually always was right! Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:06:05 EST Type 2 Hi, I'm Pam and I am a type 2 diabetic. I do not take insulin, but do take metformin and try really hard to follow my diabetic diet. I've dropped 7 pounds since January, but I'm shy of my mid March weight loss goal of 10 pounds, but at least I have not gained more. My doctor just increased my met today because my A1C was higher than it has been since I was first diagnosed in 2007. I really screwed up over the holidays and I have not been able to get it back under control until recently. I... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 20:07:08 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, March 12 I've got to get to bed! Soooo sleepy! <BR> <BR> What is the strangest thing you carry regularly in your purse, your pocket or your wallet? <BR> <BR> At any given time I could have something strange in my purse. From tennis shoes to socks to a bathing suit.... All have been there. I guess it is not strange to any of us, but I carry a blood tester and glucose tablets. Nothing too weird right now since I changed purses to go on my trip and cleaned the old one and the new one out! Mon, 11 Mar 2013 23:23:52 EST Question of the Day: Monday, March 11 Has there been any word from Anna. I didn't read a response from her on the weekly question while I was away. Let me know if I've missed a post or anything. I've been busy working all day trying to ctach up on the work I missed while on vacation! <BR> <BR> So, what is the most exciting thing you ever did? <BR> <BR> While on vacation I had planned to do a few exciting things, but ended up only doing 1 and it was fantastic! I swam with the dolphins in Mexico! I swam once belly to bel... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:29:43 EST Question of the Week: March 1-10 Hi! Sorry I missed our question yesterday! Been busy getting ahead on work and packing. I leave Friday for my cruise! I'll be gone all week! Won't be back until the 11th. <BR> <BR> Have you ever had any problems while traveling with your diabetes? <BR> <BR> Yes! I went on a cruise with just some friends in 2010 and they did not know how to insert my insulin pump correctly and I ended up with a mix of very high blood sugars and very low! At least it was toward the very end of the ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:19:50 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, February 27 Do you reward yourself for fitness and/or weight loss successes or goals achieved? <BR> <BR> I'm not big on rewards. I tend to get what I want when I want it and don't attach any reward to it. I probably shyould try to wait to achieve a goal and then get what I want, but.... I've never found rewarding myself to be rewarding! Tue, 26 Feb 2013 23:14:06 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, February 26 I have to admit.... I'm hoping for ice or snow tomorrow to keep me home from school (I work at a college)! I know I have next week off, but I really worked hard today from home and would like to stay in! <BR> <BR> Do you ever include vegetables in your breakfast? <BR> <BR> Yes, but usually only if I am eating an omelet. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:48:42 EST Question of the Day: Monday, February 25 A Spark friend died recently rather unexpectedly and her son wrote a blog to let all of her teams know. Do you have anyone who would be able to let your friends on your teams know if something happened to you like your death or a long lasting illness? <BR> <BR> I do. I asked my husband to blog if anything should happen to me. I'm on quite a few teams and very active on some of them and would want my Spark friends to know if something serious happened to me that took me away from SP fore... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:50:37 EST Question of the Weekend: February 23-24 If you could erase one person or one memory just from your mind, would you? <BR> <BR> No. I believe that every person and every event that happened in my life taught me something. It might be to stay away from people like that or don't make that same mistake again, but all were lessons. Plus, I don't want to wish memories away only to find myself with alzheimers or some other type of dementia! Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:46:51 EST Question of the Day: Friday, February 22 I'm coming down with another sore throat. Seems like an annual thing around this time for me. Also, I will be on vacation from march 1 to March 10. I hope to be back by the 11th, but may not be, so wanted you all to know! <BR> <BR> What is one thing you never realized about yourself until someone told you? <BR> <BR> Alot of people think I'm amazing because I work and work out and do stuff despite being blind. I don't consider myself amazing, but I do feel proud that I didn't just li... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:12:00 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, February 21 OK, I hope you all don't mind me asking... Does your religeon believe in Heaven? Is it called Heaven? <BR> <BR> I still don't prescribe to any one religeon, but I do believe there is a Heaven and called Heaven. It is a place of eternal peace and beauty. I believe it is a place to be reunited with those who went before me as long as they felt Jesus was their savior. That is what I have been taught. I think I believe it, but am not always sure. Just being honest with you all here.... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 22:50:41 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, February 20 Any news on Linda? I'm beginning to worry. Did she say that she would be travelling or anything? <BR> <BR> How would you rate yourself as a cook? <BR> <BR> I'd say I am a good enough cook. I just don't enjoy cooking like some do. But, when I cook I do a pretty good job depending on what I am making. I often will over spice things. I guess I'm an OK cook. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 22:43:26 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, February 19 I know I've asked this before, but what is your favorite veggie? <BR> <BR> I like so many it is hard to say. I must say that those eggplant steaks sound good.... I like many veggies, but love home grown tomatoes if they count. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:47:57 EST Question of the Day: Monday, February 18 What is your favorite carb? <BR> <BR> I guess pasta. I love pastas, but do use whole wheat varieties or other substitutions now. Like french cut green beans instead of spaghetti noodles. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:37:48 EST Question of the Weekend: February 16-17 This is a serious one.... Do you have a will and a living will? <BR> <BR> Yes and yes. We have a will because we own our home and we have a living will with a do not resustitate clause and we are each other's medical power of attorney. We also have someone assigned to be our medical power of attorney if both of us are in no shape to make medical decisions or one or the other has already passed. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 08:29:34 EST Question of the Day: Friday, February 15 I know we should really limit it with our diabetes and weight loss efforts, but hwat is your favorite form of chocolate? <BR> <BR> I do like dark chocolate, but I really prefer milk chocolate covering a pretzel! I just adore chocolate covered pretzels! But, I limit my tastes to dark chocolate squares and let them melt on my tongue. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:26:23 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, February 14 I hope Linda is doing OK. Haven't heard from her in a couple days! <BR> <BR> Today, for Valentine's Day, write yourself a short love note. Just say why you love who you are and what you are proud of! <BR> <BR> I love that I can bounce back from very negative situations. I may not be totally together all the time, but that tells me I have a caring heart that breaks sometimes. But, I'm a survivor and I care about others deeply. I think I have a good sense of humor and can still laugh... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:43:04 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, February 13 In your opinion, what's the worst thing someone can do on a first date? <BR> <BR> Well, we got to talking about this before class started today and this student said she went out with a man who picked his plate up and licked it! In a restaurant! That is a deal breaker for me too. But, I think the worst thing in any situation is a bad attitude; a negative attitude about life and treating the wait staff or others with disrespect is the worst thing someone could do when I am with them. I... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:36:10 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, February 12 Anna-- so glad you had a good weekend with your family. I did too. My dad brought my nephew over and then we all went out to dinner. It was nice. <BR> <BR> Linda-- You sure are shy about who your first loves were! <BR> <BR> In keeping in line with my Valentine's/love theme... Where did you go on your first date ever? <BR> <BR> I went to see a Star Trek movie with a boy I really liked, but the movie was dreadful (my opinion) and the boy didn't really want to be with me. I was bor... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:39:43 EST Question of the Day: Monday, February 11 Since love is in the air with Valentine's Day approaching, who gave you your first real kiss? Define "real" any way you want. I count it as my first "french kiss". <BR> <BR> His name was Mike and he lived in the same building as we did. Actually no one has ever kissed me as good as he kissed since! Gee, that was like 33 years ago! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:51:12 EST Question of the Weekend: February 9-10 Thanks for the advice yesterday ladies! No relief yet! Haha. Pain killers will certainly do it to me. <BR> <BR> Who was your first "crush" on a person you actually knew? Who was your first celebrity crush? <BR> <BR> I had a crush on a boy who was a year or 2 older than I and was friends with my cousin and don't know his name and I also had a crush on this boy that played drums for the school Christmas concert. His name was Jimmy Blackburn. I can still remember all these years late... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 22:51:55 EST Question of the Day: Friday, February 8 OK, personal question time... Do you ever get constipated and if so, what is your remedy? <BR> <BR> Yes. I am now. Due to a side effect of my anti-depressant. I try to drink more water and eat more fiber, but if something doesn't happen soon I may need to turn to medication. But, I hate to do that! Thu, 7 Feb 2013 22:11:37 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, February 7 I'm having some shoulder pain and will have to see my ortho doc. I've been hoping it would just go away on its own, but its not! <BR> <BR> I'm sure it is just minor compared to your pain, Anna, but you know, pain is pain. I hope you are able to sleep well. <BR> <BR> Linda-- Wishing you a peaceful sleep tonight too full of chocolate dreams! <BR> <BR> What's your most favorite thing about where you live? <BR> <BR> Well, as far as the part of the country where I live I like that we... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 22:38:09 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, February 6 Wishing Anna peace and comfort. Holding you in my prayers my friend! Hope you can check in soon! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite cookie? <BR> <BR> Mine are Girl Scout Thin Mints, but I also like a good ol' chocolate chip! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 22:45:25 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, February 5 If you had enough money to start your own business (and the people who could help you) what kind of business would you open? <BR> <BR> I guess I would follow my dream and open a counseling service for people who didn't have insurance or the money to seek therapy otherwise. I would ask them to pay something b/c research shows that people who pay for counseling get more out of it. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:51:38 EST Question of the Day: Monday, February 4 Do you follow any sporting events? <BR> <BR> I do if a team I like is in the Superbowl, but I only half heartedly follow any kind of sports. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 22:44:25 EST Question of the Day: Sunday, February 3 So, the ground hog didn't see his shadow which means spring should come early. We'll see I guess. 5 years ago on Ground Hog Day I broke my leg badly! Not an anniversary I care to remember! Still cold here, but no snow. Supposed to maybe have flurries tonight. Hope you all are doing well! Let's see, what question can I come up with.... <BR> <BR> What is your favorite recipe that uses 5 ingredients or less? <BR> <BR> Sausage balls.... 1 pound spicy sausage, 2 cups sharp cheddar ch... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:16:52 EST Question of the Day: Friday, February 1 Happy February!! Sorry I've been MIA for a couple days! I had a busy schedule on Wednesday and then a thunderstorm kept me off the computer last night! Hope everyone is doing OK! <BR> <BR> What is one thing you would like to invent to make your daily living better? <BR> <BR> So many things, but the 1 things that would truly help me out is a self driving car! A car that could drive me to wherever I had to go would help me out immensely! I hear they are test driving them in Californi... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:23:27 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, January 29 Hello. Running behind on my posts today... Hope Anna is doing OK and didn't end up in the hospital. She would hate that. Let's send prayers her way! <BR> <BR> So, what room or area in your home needs decluttering? <BR> <BR> What doesn't in my house!?! I just did under the sink in the front bathroom and got rid of a ton of stuff. But, the place that needs it most is my office and my kitchen table! I have that fear like Linda just had where you get rid of something and then find o... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:41:30 EST Question of the Day: Monday, January 28 Linda, just read your response from last weekend regarding your foster care. How wonderful for you and those children! Hope you are doing well. <BR> <BR> We are expecting all 4 seasons this week. Freezing rain in the morning with temps then going up to 50, then 60 on Tue., then 70 on thu. and then snow again on Friday! Crazy! <BR> <BR> Hope Anna is doing OK. <BR> <BR> Finish this sentance: Friends don't let friends.... <BR> <BR> In the USA the commercial says friends don't le... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 22:29:57 EST Question of the Weekend: January 26-27 Very cold with ice on the ground tonight, but expected to be up in the 50s at the beginning of the week and the 70s by week's end! Crazy weather. <BR> <BR> Must be something in the air everywehre Linda! I've been sleepy and many others have reported the same and we are all spread out all over the world! I like the idea of family being forever. I do sort of believe that I will be reunited with loved ones, but you know my spirituality really struggles. <BR> <BR> Anna-- Do keep us post... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:06:50 EST Question of the Day: Friday, January 25 Man, this week went by quickly. Well, for me at least.... We are expecting some more snow and ice tomorrow. We'll see. The weather is supposed to warm up at the beginning of the week. <BR> <BR> Anna-- What is a natural muscle relaxer? I hope you were able to get some and that it will help! <BR> <BR> Linda-- Hope you are doing well. <BR> <BR> What is 1 thing you are trying to do less of? <BR> <BR> Be sad. I'm trying to focus on the positive and trying to not miss my mom so much... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:40:18 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, January 24 We're expecting more snow tomorrow. The last snow didn't stick around, but the cold temps did! They say it will warm up at the beginning of next week. I am so, so tired today. Can hardly keep my head up and plan a nap soon. I am as sleepy as I can ever remember! <BR> <BR> Which one of the 7 dwarves are you most like? Sleepy, Happy, Doc, Grumpy, Dopey, Bashful, Sneezey. <BR> <BR> Today most like Sleepy. I'd say most days I am most like Sneezey with a little mix of Doc & Happy in t... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:14:13 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, January 23 Anna-- I just hate you are so uncomfortable that you can't even enjoy your crocheting! Did you see Dr. Morgan on Tuesday or will you see him on Wed.? Be careful whatever you do! <BR> <BR> Linda-- As long as I am busy I am not tempted by snacking either! <BR> <BR> so, my friend and I had this discussion today.... Would you rather be too cold or too hot? <BR> <BR> I'd rather be too cold. I find it easier to warm my body up with blankets, layers of clothes or even my dog than to try... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:18:12 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, January 22 Is there a time of day where you feel like snacking most? When is it? <BR> <BR> Night time! I always feel compelled to snack after dinner. Not even sure why, but have the craving to snack at night! Mon, 21 Jan 2013 23:16:44 EST Question of the Day: Monday, January 21 Hi. I'm back. It was a rather rough weekend with the weather and riving conditions and the memorial. But, it was good too. I'm home safely and now it is just cold. No snow. Hope all of you are doing well. Anna, hoping the pain is subsiding. Linda, hope you are finally over that cold! <BR> <BR> Have you ever been in a car wreck and were you hurt? <BR> <BR> I was in 1 serious wreck where i was sitting still and hit from behind by a car doing about 50 miles per hour. The trunk was... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:59:54 EST Question of the Weekend: January 18-20 What was the last thing you were willing to fight for? <BR> <BR> Well, not fight really, but I do take a stand against animal cruelty. Not like lab animals and stuff.... I mean I know there is a need for some animal testing and I don't like it, but I don't fight it.... I don't like cruelty to pets or just straight out cruelty to any animal. I also take a stand for raising money for diabetes research. I also stand up for my rights as an American and expect those rights to be honored. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 08:42:04 EST Question of of the Day: Thursday, January 17 We are supposed to get our first snow of the year tomorrow. Usually I would be excited, but we are supposed to go up to Pennsylvania for that special service for my mom and are leaving then. It is supposed to snow in the mountains we need to druve thru too. I'm a bit scared. <BR> <BR> So, today's question is not really a question. It is a free for all gripe session! Complain here, vent, get it off your chest..... What is bothering you lately? <BR> <BR> Well, snow on the day we ma... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 22:25:39 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, January 16 Been too busy today to Spark. Wanted to say hi though! Hope everyone is doing OK! I'll check in tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <BR> so, there a are hundreds, maybe even thousands of dating sites out there. They just announced there will be a farmer's dating site since "normal" people just don't understand farmers. What group of people do you think need their own dating site? <BR> <BR> How about Spark People in Love? I don't know. I have my mate and he's it. Maybe a dating site for people w... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 22:59:28 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, January 15 Just so y'all know, I'll be taking a trip up to PA for a special mass for my mom this coming weekend. I just like to let teammates on teams on which I am active know if I will be gone a few days. I know I get concerned if I don't hear from y'all for a few days! I'm probably leaving thursday and returning on Monday. I'll let you know for sure. <BR> <BR> What is the most disgusting thing you have ever eaten? <BR> <BR> I know disgusting is subjective, but I did eat snails (escargot) an... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 22:25:38 EST Question of the DAy: Monday, January 14 When you first started your healthy journey what was the hardest part, eating right or exercising? What about now? <BR> <BR> Both were hard at first b/c I was in a wheelchair then and people were bringing meals over and not always healthy meals. But, I did exercise first from my wheelchair and then moved out of it as I could. Eating right has always been more of a struggle for me than exercise and still is! Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:09:24 EST Question of the Weekend: January 12-13 I haven't had time to read all you have posted since I last checked. I'm very tired, so will catch up tomorrow (Saturday). <BR> <BR> What color are your favorite pair of shoes? <BR> <BR> White. They are my beat up old tenny shoes! I love them! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 22:28:47 EST Question of the Day: Friday, January 11 What event in your life made you the happiest ever? <BR> <BR> This one is hard for me... I really can't think of a single event. One thing that stands out is the day (December 3, 2004) that I picked up my dog. He has brought me so much joy. My wedding was not my happiest day b/c I was nervous and still not sure, but there have been days since that I am so happy I married who I did. Really, I cannot think of one single event. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:24:16 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, January 10 How would your friends describe you? <BR> <BR> I think they would say I was strong, as in emotionally strong, for coming through all I have. I think they would say I was funny to and liked to have fun and laugh. Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:39:22 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, January 9 I wonder if Christine is OK? I've tried Spark mailing her and sending her goodies, but never heard back. I know she had some heart issues. I used to have her phone number, but no more. Anyone else ever hear from her? <BR> <BR> Linda & I were chatting about this on another thread.... Things like frozen shoulder and trigger finger and other bone issues are common in diabetics. Have you ever had any kind of bone issue as a result of you diabetes either directly or indirectly? <BR> <... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 22:55:09 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, January 8 WEll, I go back to work on campus today (Tuesday). I'm a little nervous. I had a very hard few days. I thank you all for the support. <BR> <BR> I hope the 2 of you (or more) are feeling OK. Linda, is that cold getting any better? Did the doctor say anything about it? Does he think your thyroid is overactive or underactive? Evidently it is common for diabetics to get overactive thyroids. I had mine back in 1991 and had to have it radiated to kill it and now I am on Synthroid. Anna-... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:56:13 EST Question of the Day: Monday, January 7 Time seems to be just flying by! As I said in the other thread, I had a really bad, really depressed weekend. My mom's death just has hit me harder than I ever thought! I miss her. I go back to work tomorrow and am not ready, but gotta do it anyhow! <BR> <BR> Be honest, what is the one lie you've told most often? <BR> <BR> I have read and agree to all the terms! I admit.... I have checked that box numerous times without actually reading every little thing, or really much of it at ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 22:50:19 EST Question of the Weekend: January 5-6 I still find myself wanting to type December! <BR> <BR> I forgot to ask Linda, how is that cold? <BR> <BR> anna, is your daughter all moved? Have you spent time with the grand-girls? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite way to eat fruit? (i.e. dried, raw, stewed, frozen, canned) <BR> <BR> I like fruit raw. I also like freeze dried fruit which is like a crunchy snack. Fri, 4 Jan 2013 23:51:21 EST Question of the Day: Friday, January 4 What was the last dream you can remember? <BR> <BR> I had a weird one today... Let me think.... Oh, I was with my cousin and we were watching The Beatles sing, but it really wasn't The Beatles, it was a bunch of babies dressed like The Beatles. Very strange indeed! Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:53:38 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, January 3 If you don't hear from me, don't worry. I'll be busy making up the work I've been neglecting! Classes start Monday and I don't have a single thing ready. I don't feel ready to return to work, but must! So, bear with me! <BR> <BR> Have you ever won anything on the Saprk Wheel? <BR> <BR> No, nothing but Spark Points and Spark Goody Points. I've only recently been able to spin it with my voice program. A friend on another team won a DVD once. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:24:52 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, January 2 I'm not sure if we have 1 question for today or 2! I hope all of you understand that my mind is just still not working on full capacity since my mom died. A friend just died too and so I am just a puddle of sadness right now! <BR> <BR> What is one thing you would like to do "one day"? <BR> <BR> I'd like to finally lose this weight. I'd love a pancreas transplant and maybe a mediterranean cruise! Wed, 2 Jan 2013 16:05:46 EST How to get on top I have been feeling overwhelmed by everything going on lately. I had to take on a second job after my husband had surgery. (We gotta pay the bills somehow). How do you keep your mind focused on health and wellness throughout the day especially when you come home exhausted? How do you fight that lazy feeling you get when you feel like doing nothing? What do you do to fight feeling overwhelmed by everything you know you have to get done? Tue, 1 Jan 2013 22:48:33 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, January 1 I know everyone is busy! Anna, hope you are helping your daughter and her family move right in! Enjoy time with your granddaughters! Linda, enjoy time with your family! Susan & Chaya, wishing you the happiest of new year's celebrations! <BR> <BR> Do you have any superstitions and/or traditions for New Year's Day? I know some believe you should not was h clothes on NYD, the first person to enter a home on NYD should be a female and so many more! Do you have any? <BR> <BR> We don't ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:14:39 EST Question of the Day: Monday, December 31 What are you looking forward to in the new year?I'm looking forward to improved health as I improve my diet and fitness programs. I'm also looking forward to some peace after the death of my mother. I'm looking forward to our cruise in March too! Sun, 30 Dec 2012 22:56:16 EST Question of the Weekend: December 29-30 Wow, here we are at the end of another month and another year!! Time sure has been flying for me. <BR> <BR> Do you make new year's resolutions? If so, do you stick to them and for how long usually? <BR> <BR> I don't save my resolutions for New Year's, but it is always a good time to evaluate my goals for work, life and health and make changes wehre necessary. As for sticking to resolutions, it just depends. My life can be stressful and my stress level often plays a part in how well... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:46:34 EST Question of the Day: Friday, December 28 What's the best thing that happened to you or for you in 2012? <BR> <BR> Gee, this is hard for me since my mom just died. Thanksgiving Dinner with my parents and my husband's parents was very nice. I htrew my friend a great party for her 50th birthday. I got to teach all my classes online from home this fall... That was really nice! Thu, 27 Dec 2012 22:10:17 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, December 27 Thanks Anna for the tips for colds and flu. I'm sure I am sick resulting from the stress of my mom dying. I usually don't get sick with colds and such. I look forward to listening to the rest of that video series on MSM. I have to say, the guy mentioned about MSM being in blades of grass and rain water and my dog had an upset tummy and he was eating grass after it had rained today! Dogs know. <BR> <BR> What is the tallest thing (building, tree, stairway) you ever climbed? <BR> <BR> N... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 22:22:58 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, December 26 Linda-- Hope you had a Merry christmas! Did you go to your sister's? <BR> <BR> Anna-- Has that snow moved in yet? I hope you can make it to your doctor appointment and shopping this week! Are you excited about your daughter moving closer? I hope she has a safe trip. <BR> <BR> When going somewhere, how long does it take you to get ready? <BR> <BR> About an hour. I'm kind of high maintenance, and I do my deep thinking in the shower, so I take a long shower and then do this whole r... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 22:26:26 EST Question of the Day: Monday, December 24 Merry Christmas Eve to those who celebrate! Happy Monday to those who do not! <BR> <BR> For those who do celebrate Christmas, what is your favorite Christmas song? For those who do not, what is your favorite church song or hymn? <BR> <BR> For me it is Oh Holy Night and preferably sung by a man. It gives me chills! Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:34:10 EST Question of the Weekend: December 22-23 Anna-- A crocheted cape sounds absolutely lovely! Are they warm? I always think of crochet work to be loose and light weight. <BR> <BR> Do any of you have snow? I know a big storm was moving across the US from the West. don't know how it affected or will affect Canada. We are just cold. Supposed to rain on Christmas Eve and Day. We had super high winds yesterday. <BR> <BR> What were you like as a child? <BR> <BR> I was real skinny and sickly for a long time with my diabetes. ... Sat, 22 Dec 2012 16:34:20 EST Question of the Day: Friday, December 21 Hello All! Well, today was the Mayan predicted end of the world and we are still here. Hope everyone is doing well. As you can probably tell from my absence, I am not doing all that wonderful. Missing my mom and I have a cold. Haven't been exercising nor eating well. But, going to try to go and work out today. <BR> <BR> What is the best gift you ever received? <BR> <BR> I think my dog. He is the best gift! I love him! My husband is a good gift giver, but a friend gave me Jack a... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 09:45:38 EST Staying Motivated I have one of the most challenging jobs. Not because it is difficult what I do but because I work in a kitchen around food all day long. I work with a chef who is consistently creating new and delicious foods that I shouldn't eat. I want more than anything to just get a different job, but with my current situation thats just not happening….anyway….I am proud to say that I am eating less, eating healthier, and doing my best to stay away from bad carbs. Its hard to stay motivated when you work ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:43:39 EST Question of the Weekend: December 15-16 You know, I just read the responses to WEdnesday's question and I was so excited about the date, 12/12/12 and then my mom died that day! Wow. I'm having a really rough time of it. <BR> <BR> When you think of your mom, what comes to mind first? <BR> <BR> Love. My mom had so much love. She loved her family, but she loved all children. somehow I think God brought her home so she could help those babies who got shot the other day at that school transition. She would too. I also think... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 13:14:53 EST Question of the Day: Friday, December 14 Thank you both! Sugars have been up and down, but not as high as earlier this week. Kinda weird. It's been tough. <BR> <BR> What is one (1) lesson you learned from your parents? <BR> <BR> I learned to always keep my chin up. To always look for the good in everything and not to whine or complain too much. I'm trying now, but I am really hurting after my mom's passing. But, I'll try to keep that chin up as she would. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:45:46 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, December 13 Will you all please welcome MYSHAUL to the team for me? My mom died today.... Massive heart attack and very unexpected. I'm in shock and numb. Don't expect questions for a few days. Please feel free to post your own if you wish. <BR> <BR> When under stress does your blood sugar goe up or down? <BR> <BR> Mine goes up and it is up! I don't know what to do. It was finally getting back to normal and now this! My heart is broken. <BR> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:43:50 EST Feeling you are losing the battle I have diabetes. I was just recently diagnosed. I wasn't really surprised, because I have diabetes on both sides of my family tree. I have also spent the last 5 years ignoring my health to take care of my severely diabetic husband. He has type 2 diabetes that he has been battling for over 12 years. But now he is at a point where he just doesn't care if he lives or dies. And I don't know how to help him. His disease is so bad that he is losing his eyesight. <BR> <BR> I have a two fold proble... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:46:21 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, December 12 I don't know why, but I am just tickled that the date is 12/12/12! I guess it is because I know it will only happen once in my lifetime. <BR> <BR> What do you value most? <BR> <BR> I suppose I should say God or something like that, but I value each day alive the most. I can do with each day what I wish so I value those days given to me. I came close to dying many times due to diabetes, so I value being alive! Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:42:54 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, December 11 As it turns out, I have a doctor appointment today (Tuesday) anyhow. My sugar came down, but then went back up, but only in the 200s right now. Will get checked out for any viruses or anything at the doc! <BR> <BR> Anna-- I've avoided any of the diets that put a person into ketosis. I've been there accidently with high blood sugars and would rather lose weight the old fashioned and unfortunately slow way! I'm not sure how the glycemic diets work with Type 1 diabetics anyhow. I get my ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 23:00:14 EST Question of the Day: Monday, December 10 Hi. Linda, I noticed you posted that link, but I don't feel like checking it out tonight. But, thanks! My blood sugar is sky high tonight.... Over 400 and for no reason as I can tell. It just shot up. It was low this morning and then 74 at lunch and then 292 and now 456. I feel awful. If it doesn't come down I guess I'll be at the doctor tomorrow. Oh my! Pardon my language, but I feel like crap! <BR> <BR> So, would love to know when I am feeling so poorly.... What has been the h... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 23:03:06 EST Question of the Weekend: December 8-9 Oh Boy! Didn't think I'd be able to continue with SP! I was not able to respond to any posts. My computer was all wonky! Luckily my husband was able to perform an easy fix! I was saddened to think I may not be able to visit SP any more! Work has kept me really busy this past week, but next week is the last week of classes, then I will have 2 weeks off from work! I'll still have my volunteer stuff and then Christmas preparations and such. But, hopefully my computer will be OK and I'll ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 12:46:48 EST Question of the Day: Friday, December 7 Sorry I missed Thursday's question! My job interfered with my Sparking! Stupid job! LOL! <BR> <BR> What is one thing you could do as a child that you can't do as an adult? <BR> <BR> The first thing that came to mind for me was see! But, upon further consideration one thing I could do as a kid, but not now is play all day without worrying about getting back to the real world! Thu, 6 Dec 2012 23:53:35 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, December 5 Be honest, do you ever judge people on their food choices? Do you ever feel like people are judging you based on your food choices? <BR> <BR> When I was a teen a friend made a snide remark about a rather fat lady who was eating a banana split outside of an ice cream shop. I was shocked she would even say something so rude about the lady's choice of food. So, I try not to judge on any criteria, but especially food. But, I have made silent judgments about my husband's food choices. I wa... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 22:12:02 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, December 4 How do you show people you care? <BR> <BR> I am a gift giver. I show love and caring by giving gifts. It is my love type. I try to find the perfect gift for the person even if I make it. I am a pretty good listener and also provide acts of service when I am able, but mainly I show I care thru gifts. Mon, 3 Dec 2012 22:52:40 EST Question of the Day: Monday, December 3 What types of diseases/illnesses run in your family? <BR> <BR> Oh boy! Diabetes is a big one.... I was the first diagnosed at age 3, but then my cousin was diagnosed, then his father, then my grandmother, then my mother and we are all insulin dependent. There is heart disease and obesity on my mother's side. Stroke and cancer on my dad's side. I'm trying to live longer despite my family history of so much disease! Sun, 2 Dec 2012 20:55:18 EST Question of the Weekend: December 1-2 When you were a child, what did you want to grow up to be? <BR> <BR> My ideas changed daily almost. Sometimes I wanted to be a cheerleader.... Don't know where I would have made money since the Dallas Cheerleaders didn't exist back then. Then I wanted to be a teacher. Then I wanted to be a doctor who found the cure for diabetes. I think I wanted to be the doctor the longest. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:43:09 EST Question of the Day: Friday, November 30 Wow! Can't believe it is the last day of November already! <BR> <BR> Can you and do you and have you ever ice skated? Roller skated? <BR> <BR> I can do both, at least I have done both, but probably not since being a teenager. I do not do either now due to a fear of falling ever since I broke my leg so badly 4 years ago! Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:22:32 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, November 29 Do you have to deal with "food pushers"? Those people who try to make you eat other than what you eat for your plan? How do you deal with them? Here is a link to an article on nice ways to say no to food pushers.... <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1685 </link> <BR> <BR> I have to deal with food pushers all the time. Mainly my dad and my mother in law. Most of the time I just tell them I canot eat that due to my diabetes. Or, that I don't like i... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:28:44 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, November 28 I have an appointment with my pump instructor and haven't kept up with my foods. Need to try to find them for continuous days on SP. <BR> <BR> Do you track every day for all meals? <BR> <BR> I try, but not always. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:51:43 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, November 27 Wow, November 27 already! Times has just flown by for me this year! I hope Anna & Linda that both of you are doing well. If anyone else drops by, hello and glad to have you! <BR> <BR> Do you consider yourself an introvert (quiet, shy, more inner focused) or an extravert (outgoing, talkative, outward focused)? <BR> <BR> If you can't tell I'm an extravert! I'm outgoing, talkative, love socializing and will start a conversation with anyone! I'm the one people will say never met a stra... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 22:59:52 EST Question of the Day: Monday, November 26 You don't have to answer this question if you don't want to.... I was just curious in reading the 2 of your responses to some questions.... What faith or religeon are you? <BR> <BR> I was essentially born Catholic. I was baptized catholic and raised Catholic, but I haven't practiced Catholicism in a long time. I've toyed with Baptist and Methodist, but still have not settled on 1 faith. I believe in God, in Christ, but I do not practice any faith or organized religeon. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:11:36 EST Question of the Weekend: November 24-25 Do you eat before you exercise? Do you have problems with your blood sugar when you exercise? <BR> <BR> My sugar will drop if I exercise too much. Usually it is OK and even will go up a little while exercising, but I have to watch out for hours later when it will tend to bottom out! Fri, 23 Nov 2012 23:50:48 EST Question of the Day: Friday, November 23 Do you do Christmas shopping (holiday shopping) and if so, have you started? <BR> <BR> Yes. I have started shopping for my nephew and my friends for whom I buy. My husband is always the hardest! Thu, 22 Nov 2012 23:27:04 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, November 21 Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without..... <BR> <BR> Friends and/or family; giving thanks; and stuffing.... Gotta have my stuffing! Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:10:38 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, November 20 What's the first thing you notice about a person when you first meet them? <BR> <BR> When I could see I always noticed people's teeth first. I noticed their smiles and then their teeth with eyes being behind the teeth and smile. Now I notice their smell. I know, kinda wierd, but I note how people smell right of way. Then, if given the chance I notice their laughs. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:24:39 EST Question of the Day: Monday, November 19 Hello faithful friends! Hope you have a great new week! <BR> <BR> Anna-- When will you be heading to missouri? <BR> <BR> Linda-- Sounds like you had a good day of shopping! Hope you got something yummy! <BR> <BR> So, today's question.... Do you feel older or younger than your actual age? <BR> <BR> I'd have to say it depends. There are days when my bad leg aches and I feel much older than my age, but there are other days when I ccan't believe I'm the age I am b/c I feel good! ... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:15:01 EST Question of the Weekend: November 17-18 What is one thing you are grateful for right this minute? <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that the technology exists for me to be able to ask these questions and read your ansers! Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:43:36 EST Question of the Day: Friday, November 16 Hope everyone is doing well and staying warm! It seems it is all I can do to stay warm! I am so cold natured. I'm sure it is alot colder wehre the 2 of you are than it is for me too! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite soup? Anna, I know you probably do not eat soup now, but what used to be your favorite? <BR> <BR> I like so many.... I think my favorite though is a ham and navy bean soup. I like potato soup, tomato soup, beef with barley soup.... Not too many I don't like actually. ... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:35:46 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, November 15 If you could, would you want to live forever? (I mean here on earth) <BR> <BR> No. I think forever is too long. I want to live a long, lively life, but I don't want to be sick and weak and losing my mind! Well, not any more than I already have! HaHa! Wed, 14 Nov 2012 23:18:42 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, November 14 Do you sing in the shower and if so, what do you like to sing? <BR> <BR> No. I do all my deep thinking in the shower, so no singing. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:02:37 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, November 13 How well do you handle change? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I do not like change. I do adapt readily when necessary, but I don't like it. I don't like when computer programs are updates and I have to learn something all over again. I don't like when the college changes stuff faculty has to do each semester. I didn't like it today when I went to my gym and all the machines were in different spots! I really don't care for change, but realize I have to be adaptable. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 23:57:31 EST Question of the Day: Monday, November 12 How do you feel about animal testing on medicines and other products? <BR> <BR> I have no problem with animal testing unless it is just cruel. I understand we need to test medicines and many of us wouldn't be here now if not for the animals who gave their lives and their comfort for us. However, I'm not for any kind of testing that is intentionally hurtful like spraying stuff in animals' eyes and burning them for no reason. I'm ok with animal testing, but not animal cruelty just for the... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:17:47 EST Question of the Weekend: November 10-11 Who do you turn to for comfort during difficult times? <BR> <BR> Usually my husband. Or, my dog.... Depending on the issue. Sometimes I turn to my Spark friends or friends around here. Fri, 9 Nov 2012 23:14:03 EST Question of the Day: Friday, November 9 I posted Thursday's question in the old forum. So, I have to say I love buttery popcorn too! <BR> <BR> If someone betrays your trust, can they ever regain it? <BR> <BR> It is hard. They really have to earn it and I am cautious, but I tend to allow people back in. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:46:42 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, November 7 For you, what is the easiest way to get warm quick? <BR> <BR> Exercise will do it, but if I am too cold I don't even want to try to exercise! Keeping my feet warm helps, but a nice cup of hot tea or hot cocoa or even hot soup wil ldo the trick for me! Tue, 6 Nov 2012 22:34:17 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, November 6 Today is election day in the US. Do you vote? Do you vote for everything you can or only for "big" elections? <BR> <BR> I vote and I voted this AM. I vote for everything for which I have the right. I believe in my right to vote. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 11:16:45 EST Question of the Day: Monday, November 5 Do you get a flu shot every year? Did you get one this year? <BR> <BR> Yes and yes. I got mine back in September. Sun, 4 Nov 2012 22:19:11 EST Question of the Weekend: November 3 - 4 What are some tips you use for keeping the approaching "eating" holidays healthier? <BR> <BR> Fill your plate with healthy veggies and smaller portions of the fattening stuff. Drink plenty of water. Take a walk after meals! Sat, 3 Nov 2012 13:53:43 EST Question of the Day: Friday, November 2 What is your favorite color related to fruits and/or vegetables? <BR> <BR> I love orange, it is my favorite color, but when I think of my favorite fruit or veggie colors eggplant comes immediately to my mind. Love it! I also do like pumpkin orange and lime green. I like melon colors too. Actually most colors I like can be linked to a fruit or vegetable! Thu, 1 Nov 2012 22:40:32 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, November 1 Wow! This year is flying by for me! <BR> <BR> Linda-- We didn't get much from the storm in my area. Some high winds and rain, but nothing like they got more up North of me. Some places around here did lose power, but we did not. All is well, just chilly! <BR> <BR> Anna-- Hope you are doing OK. Did you go back to your nutritionist this week for tests? <BR> <BR> In the wake of this super storm causing so much damange, I thought the first of a new month we should list the 5 things ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:54:56 EST Question of the Day:Wednesday, October 31 So, today ends Breast Cancer Awareness month. Do you know anyone who has battled breast cancer? What was the outcome? <BR> <BR> I know several people and 1 is a man. In fact, out of all the people I know he is the only one who died from it. 3 of my very good friends fought it and one, well 2 have and one is battling it now. Several of my friends' mothers also have battled and won. It knows no age limit. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 22:23:38 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, October 30 So far, so good weather wise for us. The winds have picked up and it is chilly here! But, that should be it. Praying for all of those North of me. <BR> <BR> What is the worst name you heard for a child? <BR> <BR> Well, I can't say the worst b/c I would have to give the girl's last name to help you appreciate how unfortunate she is! But, I've had students named Princess, Her Royal Highness and yes, they were related. I've also had students that I couldn't even pronounce their name... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:32:56 EST Question of the Day: Monday, October 29 What's the best words of advice you can give to someone struggling with a difficult situation? <BR> <BR> I advise them to "letgo and let God"! Pray. I also ask them what can they be thankful for even with their current struggle and tell them to count their blessings. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 21:49:09 EST Question of the Day: Sunday, October 28 Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one? <BR> <BR> I don't NOT believe in ghosts, but would have to see one to truly believe in them. I don't believe all the haunting shows on TV, but I also am don't want to discount the possability. I've never seen one. Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:30:05 EST Question of the Day: Friday, October 26 Sorry, got yesterday's day wrong on the title! Those Beanitos sound interesting Anna. I still haven't heard from my doctor. I'm assuming that means no kidney infection and perhaps some kind of other injury! Yuck! <BR> <BR> What is your favorite fall color? <BR> <BR> Mine is pumpkin orange! Orange is my favorite color in general and I love that pumpkin color in the fall. I also like a nice Maple Leaf Red. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 22:31:19 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, October 25 How often, if at all, do you snack during a day? When? <BR> <BR> I snack 2 or 3 times a day trying not to allow more than 3 hours in between when I eat.... Usually mid-morning, mid-afternoon and before bed.afa Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:11:50 EST Question of the day: Wednesday, October 24 Sorry I missed Tuesday's question! Long day at the doctor's office, which inspired today's question.... <BR> <BR> Also, please help me welcome BAMACINDY to the team! Maybe we can get her to join us in our daily chats. <BR> <BR> How long is too long to wait for a doctor or medical professional? Have you ever said something to the doctor after waiting hours? <BR> <BR> I went to a diabetic specialist today and my appointment was at 11:40 AM and he didn't see me until well after 1 PM!... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:51:16 EST Question of the Day: Monday, October 22 Since Anna eats only raw foods I hate to even ask this one.... What types of breakfasts do you prefer, hot like eggs, bacon, etc. or cold like cold cereal, yogurt or smoothies? <BR> <BR> I like both and time is what determines if I have a hot breakfast or a cold one! Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:48:54 EST Question of the Weekend: October 20-21 What's the worst movie you've ever seen? <BR> <BR> This movie called Pirahna we just watched. Reeally, really bad! Fri, 19 Oct 2012 22:08:45 EST Question of the Day: Friday, October 19 Sorry that I missed a day or 2. I was just reading about that cranberry powder stuff and it sounds good. I will keep it in mind and maybe even get some to have on hand. <BR> <BR> How are you feeling today Anna? Have you had any relief from the pain yet? Did you get some of what you needed to get done done? <BR> <BR> Hope you are doing well too Linda. <BR> <BR> Describe your favorite pair of socks. <BR> <BR> Mine are very thick and I can't even wear them with shoes they are so ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 23:26:58 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, October 17 What goes in the bowl first, cereal or milk? <BR> <BR> By all means for me it is the cereal! I don't like alot of milk on my cereal, so I just like to sort of dampen it once it is in the bowl! Anna, this question is for when you used to eat milk and cereal if you ever did! Tue, 16 Oct 2012 22:41:36 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, October 16 How do you unwind after a hectic day? <BR> <BR> Well, it used to be with a glass of wine! Now depending on how bad the day was I will either do a short workout to help me unwind and then a hot shower and maybe listen to music or read (listen to) a book. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:39:51 EST Question of the Day: Monday, October 15 It just seems like this year is flying by for me! Is time speeding by for y'all too? <BR> <BR> Anna-- How's that kidney infection? How's that new blender/juicer thing working out? I think it is great you can make your own nut flour now! <BR> <BR> Linda-- Any snow yet? How are you feeling these days? <BR> <BR> Today's question: <BR> How often do you go grocery shopping and do you read labels (or have them read to you) before you buy? <BR> <BR> I go about once a week and yes, now... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 23:02:20 EST Question of the Weekend: October 13-14 How often do you wash your hair? If you don't wash it every day, do you use a shower cap? <BR> <BR> I wash my hair every day if I am going out. If not, I can skip a day, but my hair is so baby fine that if I don't wash it it is all greasy looking. I do not ever use a shower cap even if I shower at the gym. I just stay out of the water with my head! Sat, 13 Oct 2012 00:20:53 EST Question of the Day: Friday, October 12 What is one skill you learned that surprises you know how to do? <BR> <BR> I think typing. I learned to type after I lost my eyesight and I am impressed with how fast I can type and that I was able to learn it at all! At the time I didn't believe it! Fri, 12 Oct 2012 00:04:33 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, October 11 Sorry, I wasn't on here much today. My back is really hurting me. I wish I knew what I did so I knew what doctor I should go see if it doesn't sstop. It may be a kidney infection or a pulled muscle, so don't know what to do. <BR> <BR> Linda-- I bet you all really looked forward to those weekly movies! I'm sure you appreciated them alot more than most of us appreciated TV shows! <BR> <BR> What color are your favorite shoes? <BR> <BR> Well, we already established that I am a shoe f... Wed, 10 Oct 2012 22:57:25 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, October 10 As a child, who was your celebrity crush? <BR> <BR> I guess it was David Cassidy when I was young and then Nicholas Cage and Andrew McCarthy as a teen. Tue, 9 Oct 2012 22:57:34 EST Question of the Day: Tuesday, October 9 What is one thing you can't get enough of? <BR> <BR> Hmmm.... Perhaps shoes or clothing? I am a shopaholic! Nothing does that to me in food, but I like alot of junk food! I'm just not sure about this question.... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 12:25:21 EST Question of the Day: Monday, October 8 Do you eat pumpkin in any shape or form? <BR> <BR> I don't. I have a recipe for pumpkin soup I may try. Oh, I do like pumpkin seeds too. I used to like pumpkin pie, but really don't care for it any more. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:49:40 EST Question of the Weekend: October 6-7 A friend of mine who is a Type 1 diabetic recently got bit by her cat and she ended up in the hospital for 5 days due to infection setting in due to her diabetes. Has diabetes ever made you stay sicker longer or impaired healing of something? What? <BR> <BR> It took my broken leg over a year to heal. I had to use a bone growth stimulater to help it along. I've had boils that would not heal and got even more infected especially when my blood sugar was less in control than it is now. Sat, 6 Oct 2012 14:00:33 EST Question of the Day: Friday, October 5 What is one thing, most people would consider simple, that you have trouble doing? <BR> <BR> Well, I can't tie my shoes worth a darn and I can't snap my fingers really. I can a little with my right hand, but not at all with my left hand! Thu, 4 Oct 2012 22:13:46 EST Question of the Day: Thursday, October 4 How early in the year do you get snow where you live? <BR> <BR> Ha. Sometimes we never get snow! The earliest I recall was in mid-November. It doesn't snow much, if at all, around here! Wed, 3 Oct 2012 22:21:21 EST Question of the Day: Wednesday, October 3 If money was no object and you had plenty, would you hire a personal trainer? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure. I don't want to be pushed too hard like Jillian Michaels might do, but I would want someone to advise me if I am doing an exercise in bad form. If I could afford it I guess I might hire a personal traner after I interviewed them carefully! Tue, 2 Oct 2012 23:02:25 EST