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I have read the posts but will not try to catch each one here. My thoughts and prayers are going out to all of you who have been in harm's way. Stay safe and be aware of your surroundings. I have not been in a high crime area but had a stalker for three years that was terrifying.
My thoughts to all of you who are having health issues. You are included in those prayers also. I thought I had a tooth infection for a week and it turned out to be a sinus infection. emoticon I am better now and feeling pretty normal today. I found a Fibromyalgia book at the book sale yesterday and think it has some information that will be useful. My DR. wants me to do 30-45 minutes of cardio 3 times a week.
I hit the library sale last night and then my neighbor bought my books. emoticon I was so excited and we talked about our adventures at the sale to our neighbors today. They are all jealous! emoticon

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Barbara, our thoughts and prayers are with you on your colonoscopy. Try not to worry stress can make it seem worse.
Babs, the little girl upstairs is adopted by a single mom. She stops by to see me a couple of times a week on her way upstairs. In ten years I have begun to feel like she is an extra grandchild. This year again due to funds, she will be a cat. My favorite animal. Kids don't need new all the time, just love. When I was young we were poor, but I remember my mom taking me to the Washington Zoo, the Smithsonian and all of the art museums in DC. A wonderous but free trip every time. All for the price of a bus token. I am 67 and I still see these as the happiest times in my life.
Karen, after I first came on to spark, I gained 10 lbs and have gone between 8 and 5 lbs down. My butt is also sore. A lot to do with condo flood and unemployment. I am a stress eater. I always tell people in passing, be good or the equivalent. Meaning don't over do it.
Your family has definitely had close calls in the violence dept. A few years ago in the DC area, we had a sniper. He seemed to attack every area that I lived or worked and actually hit a dealership that I had worked at. I had had an abusive husband who had been a sniper in the marines. I was still hiding from him after the divorce. I was moved to call the Montgomery County police Dept to give his info. I was sure it was him. My son was worried about me stopping at gas stations because he hid in the woods and shot several people at those locations. One night just off of 270 I stopped for gas and was looking around the way you do when worried. Two people, a young man (teen) and an older guy I took to be his father were out and out laughing at me. At the time everyone thought the shooter was driving a white van, so the older beat up car they were leaning on did not alarm me. A few months later, that car was surrounded off of 270 just miles from that gas station, and the snipers were taken into custody. My son kept saying over and over that I could have been shot. Strangely, it was an angry ex husband trying to cover up his intended victim by shooting a lot of other people. His ex lived near my son 50 miles away. And yes, he was a marine sniper. Just not my ex. Life is strange.




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Babs...not to worry. Well behaved women rarely make history, lol. I have no intention of being well behaved in anything except eating. My friend will be very, very happy to hear that!
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Sensational Sparkling Saturday, Sparkies!

Joe left a few minutes ago to turn into a bear. Abby still doesn't know her brother will be a bear at the festivities today. Funny. She's excited to go. She would like me to buy a costume. Nope. Don't think so. They're only good for one time/one year. I'm not wasting the money. She has plenty of things here to choose from - witches hats (at the horrendous price of $1 that I paid!!) witches broom (another grand total of $1), I believe she has a witch dress that was the neighbor's one year. BUT, alas, she remains with her favorite - Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. She picked out a dress, hair in pigtails, a basket and her stuffed dog. Doesn't matter to me. She'll enjoy walking around. I'll take her into the furniture store to say 'hi' to everyone who works on Saturdays. I'm talking about our retail furniture store.

I did a 'little/as in very little' cleaning yesterday and started laundry. Joe vacuumed for me. I ordered pizza and Abby's friend came over and they ate and played. I stripped the beds this morning and all of that is in the dryer and the dishes are done. Where does the morning go?? It's already 9:50 AM. This starts at 10. I plan to get there around 11. I want to fold the laundry first. I will pronounce my work 'finished' for today.

Tomorrow it's Mass, religion class, and a big pot of spaghetti for the kids. Possibly the pool. I'm not sure. It just depends. I'm leaning towards the pool later today too.

Karen, please. I beg of you. Do not behave. Life would be boring if you do that. So your rear end is in great pain too. Sorry, my friend!! Mine is just now getting over the kicking.

I'm with you on beautiful, peaceful Canada. What a nightmare our world is living in. Children harming children. I do not understand. I can't grasp what enters a person's mind to cause harm to anyone else.

Barbara, you have my prayers. I'm so sorry you're going through all of this.

Jackie, I'm glad you're getting to where you're feeling better and able to do some things. You and Mike have really had a rough year or so with health and problems around your home - I 'think' it was sump pump, heating, so much snow and neither one of you can shovel the driveway . . . So happy to hear you're singing. Christmas songs no less! I love every one of them.

I've got to get the load out of the dryer and get 'Dorothy' moving, take Jasmine out and we're on our way. I'm tired thinking about. I know she'll have fun, but it isn't my idea of a fun day.

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Good luck, Barbara. I hope the colonoscopy turns out just fine. Now that you know you have to have one, it is hard to wait until that date comes around, isn't it?
Yes, Jackie, new beginnings. I am disgusted with myself and my lack of willpower. I have been on SP for close to five years and actually I believe I weigh more now than when I first started. At one point, I actually got down by 40+ pounds (I think last year at this time when I was sick), and now I am right back up there again. I know a lot of my eating problems are stress driven and are from a "sense of entitlement" mode. You know how it is...."I was so good today, just one (fill in the blank) won't hurt. Wrong! Or...."I am so happy today that I think I can just have one of these as a reward". Or...."I had a hard day today, I deserve to eat one of these". Sound familiar, anyone?
So, Babs, now my backside is hurting as well from kicking myself in the butt! I think it was you who said that a few days ago. It gave me a giggle when I read it, but it is so true!
Jeannie...how is your eye doing? And your foot?
For those of you who remember Gail, she posted yesterday that two of her grandchildren go to that school in Washington where the shooting happened yesterday. Her grands are fine, but how sad is it that this scenario keeps repeating itself? What is wrong with our society that we cannot find the resources to help a struggling person before they reach the end of their rope and do something like this? I know I am on my soapbox, but really? I guess this hits close to home for me as well having both Jim and my oldest daughter involved in teaching--both at high schools. Also, for Jess, she had just moved out of Sandy Hook a few weeks before the shootings and there were several children from her neighborhood who were slain. Her husband was on call at Danbury Hospital waiting for injured students to arrive. There weren't any. This was very traumatic for both of them. On 9/11, Jess worked at an elementary school in Stamford CT. The teaching staff remained at the school with the students waiting for parents to come. Stamford is very close to NYC and a lot of the parents work in the city. Several students did not have anyone come to pick them up. Can you imagine how horrendous that was for the students and the teachers?
The area in Ottawa where the shooting happened a few days ago is exactly where we are when we visit. The War Memorial is visible from our hotel window. Wellington Street, where Parliament is located is like a second home to Jim and I. We have been in Parliament many times in the corridor where the gunman was eventually killed. It is sad to see such a horrendous act happen in such a friendly nation.
Today we are just spending some time and doing errands and maybe some grocery shopping. First I have to look for some crockpot recipes for dinners. Eventually I will settle down and knit or read and try to stay out of trouble. Not an easy task for me, I am afraid!
Jill, I am glad that Brent appears to be doing better. Hopefully the new counseling team will be the right fit. I know this has to be so difficult for you and I admire you so much for what you do.
Theresa, I can't imagine what it must be like for your daughter's family to live where they are and always having to keep their eyes open for that nut job. I hope he is located soon and their lives can get back to normal.
I know I have missed saying hello to so many on the team. It is not intentional, I assure you!
CJ....thanks for letting us know how many Friday's until Christmas! I need to get those knitting needles working overtime!
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Thank you all - Because of the results of the CT scan, the new doctor wants to do a colonoscopy so one is set for November 10th in the morning. Please, please pray because with infection can come a perforation and that is my scare. I have had plenty of colonoscopies and they are fine, but the infection makes it dangerous.

Praying everyone here is well and good.

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Jackie, see ST's flatter face. That's a British Shorthair. Unless you saw the front of him, we could not tell which cat was which when I lived with my son. His cat is an American Shorthair. That's how Garfy got the name Street Thug. My DIL would catch him teasing the little old dog or his cousin cat Willy to the point of tears. The female cat there would slap the heck out of Garfy and he fell in love with her. She would tease and chase him 1/2 of the day. My little lady Chrisy Miss would shyly keep to herself most of the time in my bedroom. But of course Garfy took over the house except for Callie the female. She ran the whole house. Dogs, cats and people. Don't we just love em!!

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Good day - nice chatting everyone - so I;m not rehashing .... Glad to hear Jeannie you had fun at the reunion, Jill/Brent are doing so much better, and Babs saw some magical deer. I love them too! Praying for you, Barbara ... hope all is well.

I know Theresa & Karen are talking about new beginnings ... that's what I need as well. I had truly gotten discouraged about the long plateau (over a year now) and then I got sick and indulged in comfort foods. It is hard getting back on track. I do fine for a few days, then at the upper end of my cals & way too many fats which will keep me from losing and maybe gaining. I haven't gotten on the scale in 4 weeks, but plan to on Tues.or Wed - my normal days. (whatever normal is).

Ooh, Linda - Street Thug looks so cute -- an orange tabby? Kind of looks like my Sasha!

Still way too busy with work and life in general... Here it is 2:44 PM and I am still in jammies. I got to get dressed and work around the house just a little! I also need to learn some more Xmas Music... Still coughing, though not as much. I picked up a decongestant tea and that has helped.

Good Friday to all... take care....

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Itís Friday. Iím smiling and Iím absolutely thrilled to have 2 mornings when I can get up, OD on coffee and not watch the clock!!

Yesterday morning I decided to give myself a treat. I knew I had the funeral yesterday morning and would be leaving by 10:30. So I decided not to make coffee at work but to stop for a cup of coffee. I was going to go to Starbucks or Panera - but opted for McDís because it was Ďright there.í Got my coffee. Started on my way to work through a residential area to avoid all the stop lights. Wow!! Right in front of my car there were 2 deer. I looked to the right side and there were 4 more. Absolutely beautiful creatures and they were standing still staring at me. Another car coming in the opposite direction stopped and was watching too. I love seeing them. They seem to be plentiful this year. So we do have to be careful. They cause a lot of accidents and damage.

This morning Iím extremely upset with some Ďcreaturesí - raccoons!! Itís trash day and guess what was in my yard. You got it. I was leaving for work and to drop Abby off at school. I told her - halt!! Trash detail. Had to pick up what they pulled out. Iím going to buy a new trash can that locks or that I can tie up with bungee cords or something. Darn raccoons.

Theresa, so glad to see a post. I heard in the news the other night that the shooter had been spotted again. It must be a worry for all of you. Prayers that they catch him soon and no one else is harmed. Darn that laptop!!

Barbara, prayers for good results on the CT scan.

Linda, you and Garfy are quite a pair!! Time out - thatís funny.

Jill, Iím so glad that Brent is feeling better. Maybe if he continues to Ďfeel better/be happierí during the day, it will help him at night. OR possibly something will prescribed for him to help him sleep better at night when he gets into this new program. Lots of prayers that the new program is helpful and he makes progress. It will be a blessing for both of you. Interesting that the store you shop at is usually less crowded on a Saturday. I hate shopping on Saturday because itís always more crowded. I have to stop on my way home tonight.

Jeannie, love your summary of the ĎOver 60 Teamí chatter! Falling is a horrible thought. I hope your arm is OK. I usually Ďbreakí when I fall. Frightening. Sounds like you did have a fun time at the planning meeting. I love planning meetings. In my opinion the planning is the best part.

Tomorrow I'm going to take Abby 'downtown or uptown' depends on how you want to refer right here where I work. The stores will pass out candy for Halloween. There is a costume contest if you want to take part. You can take your pets. Oh, no, Jasmine stays home. She's too big and I wouldn't be able to manage her with all the other dogs roaming around. Chili cook-off. Who knows what else. It's from 10 - 3. No way will I spend 5 hours here, but I'm sure Abby will enjoy it.

My niece sent Joe a text and asked if he's busy tomorrow - working or whatever? He does work but not until 5:30 PM. She is a wedding planner, her own business. Here she is:

proposing-dreams.com/

She is involved and works very hard for '3 Little Birds 4 Life.' They're having a booth at the festival here tomorrow and she asked Joe if he would be willing to dress in a bear costume. He agreed. So he's going to be a bear tomorrow, but we're not telling Abby. Won't she be surprised! He's happy to do it for her. She won't be able to stay but she'll be there to set up and no doubt give lots of instructions. She's great at 'running the show' - in many ways. But she is good and she does like to give instructions. emoticon Gotta love her. She has a wedding tomorrow though. So she won't be staying. It'll be fun for Joe and fun for Abby.

Sunday I'm not making big plans. I am staying home.

I printed the '5 K Your Way' program. It's time for me to start working on that again. I've never completed it. I think it's about time.

Have a great weekend.

Babs

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I'm home again! Just tried to do a quick read-through to see what all is going on. I see that Brent is doing better (yea!!!), CJ is off to help with the SIL's sale, Karen checked in (bout time, girlfriend), Jackie likes nuts (LOL), and Rocket came home (awesome). Barbara mentioned some elevated lab work and the doc says it could be from IBS (yes, indeed) and sounds like Linda lives with it maybe fairly well?? Babs and Jeanne are our devoted Grandmothers doing double duty as Mom to darling grandchildren. You have my deepest admiration! Theresa's DD and her family are still living with a dangerous nut in their backyard. I hope and pray he is caught soon. Who did I forget? Someone, I'm sure.

We had so much fun yesterday at our reunion meeting. There were 7 of us there. Many of the details are arranged by the alumni association, but putting the memory book together and that kind of thing is what we're working on. It was good to see our friends, too, but neither of us slept well. It's off to bed early for me tonight. My upper arm hurts, too...I was looking out the window here in our den...okay little bedroom where we keep the computer, etc) and I turned around to bring something out to the kitchen. My toe caught on the plastic mat we have under the chair by the desk and down I went. Landed right on my upper arm among other body parts that seemed to have more padding. I'll give it a few days before I get too concerned about it and then maybe see someone if I need to. Anyway, that's what happens when you're not paying attention and/or are a klutz on top of it. Sigh...always something, isn't it!! emoticon

Have a wonderful evening, restful sleep and a peaceful day tomorrow! Hugs and love, Jeannie emoticon

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Busy day, as usual. . .Brent & I went to a small Warehouse Market (Smart & Final) as we were very low on healthy food and other essentials. We arrived there around 11:30 am and it was the busiest I've ever seen this store. I usually go there on a Saturday and it's actually less crowed than it was today. Overall Brent is doing better but didn't sleep well last night. . .But, he's still wide awake and probably will be until late tonight.

Linda, I agree with Babs your "sweet" Garfy has you wrapped around his finger. . .as my Snoopy also does me. Sometimes I feel he rules the Roost here . . .and believe me I'm not just kidding. I would be lost without him and do worry a bit as he just turned 9 years old and unless Brent is walking with him he sleeps most of the day. I love how our precious pets make our lives more interesting, fun & happier but with less money (due to food & vet bills) emoticon . . .

Karen, I'm glad you're feeling good and it's wonderful hearing from you. You say your a Wild Child in an Old Body, so please fess up about yourself emoticon . Believe me I've heard just about everything & nothing much would shock me as old as I am. emoticon

Barbara, Linda is right that IBS is treatable and like your Dr. told you there is a good chance that's what your dealing with. I'll be praying for you to feel better and better.

Babs, I know the family of the retired man's funeral you attended will be touched by your being so thoughtful & kind to attend his Funeral. . .your presence there will be noticed and very appreciated by his family. emoticon emoticon

Theresa, I read on the Friend Feed your cooking dinner in your crockpot, it sounds absolutely delicious, may I join you for dinner my friend-- or if you've had dinner then I'll drop by for leftovers if any are still left. emoticon So sorry to hear how this criminal on the loose is really affecting your DD and her family. If it was me my poor dog wouldn't get any walks. . .What a terrible situation for them and the beautiful area they live in. Praying he'll be caught very soon.

Jackie, Glad you're singing voice is back, only can imagine how much you missed being able to sing. Praying for you and Mike. I'm really sorry to hear how difficult things are for Mike to do. . .that has to be very hard on him and you.

CJ, I know you're helping with the yard sale will help make it a big success. Is this for your Church and a family one. I hope you make a lot of emoticon

It's almost time for me to get our dinner started so I hope you all have a great evening. emoticon emoticon

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Barbara, you are correct IBS is better. it can be handled I've done it for years. Hoping you are problem free in any case.
Pynetree, these nuts in the news are delighted to ruin the day to day life of everyone else. It is all about them after all. The world revolves around them. It's enough to make you sick!!
Babs, you are right, Garfy is lying on my desk at this moment telling me to type the days news about him. He just got out of another 5 min time out for teasing his sister. He doesn't really hurt her, just drives her to scream her head off several times a day.
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Just a quick note to say hello. Had my 3rd CT scan this morning...ugh...hope it shows something.

My C-reactive protein is at 26.5. Its supposed ot be between 0-5. So that is v. high and means an infection. I freaked out after reading that it could mean an imminent heart attack or cancer. I called my internist who said it could also be because of the inflammatory bowel disease. Believe it or not that made me feel better.

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Just popping in to say HI! I read up on all your postings..but know if I try to comment personally, that I'll be shut out by this laptop, and lose it. So frustrating!

My daughter Meredith, lost yet another day of school, shutdown due to the search for the guy who shot 2 State Troopers. Yesterday they were searching house to house on the road that leads into hers, and combing through her back woods. They have been keeping her boys inside...and not letting the boys take the dog out...she or Mark do it. Over 40 days now, and costs are heading into the $4 million mark. Not to mention the school closings, Scout meetings, Games,CCD and night school cancellations, and all the tourist money lost. Tourism is big business, and the Foliage viewing trips are a huge part of the Hotels, Motels, Inns, and restaurants, gift shops..and the casino's $$year ...LOST! emoticon
Hope they get this guy soon, and life in the Poconos can get back to normal.

Are you ready for Halloween? emoticon emoticon Let's put the big push on for the end of October! We can do this!

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This will be brief, but I do try to check in as often as possible. I have to leave around 10:30 to go to a funeral of a former employee. Heís been retired for at least 20 years. So itís important that a few of us show up. Iíll be one of them.

Jackie, youíre feeling better, out and about and singing again. Thatís wonderful news. It is a shame that Mike isnít able to do so many things he used to do. How wonderful that he has found something he can do in helping out with political campaigns. Itís that time again too! So Rocket returned and resumed his former position. Cats are so territorial. Happy that youíre on the mend.

Linda, I do believe Garfy rules at your house! Hope you heard about your friend and that heís doing well.

Karen, nice to see a post from our AWOL friend! When I heard the news about Ottawa I did think of you since you love going there so much. I just donít understand why thereís so much hatred and mean-spiritedness in our world today. I just donít get it.

CJ, have a great time!

Karen, woohoo - you lost weight. Youíre feeling better. Actually nothing else matters; right?

Have a great day.

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Don't get excited, lol. I did not really lose ten pounds. I was readjusting my goals again and it is ugly. In the almost four years I have been a part of Spark I have only lost 10 pounds, at least on paper. I have probably lost 150 up and down during that time!
Here's to another new beginning!🌺
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Well Ladies, this is the weekend for our big sale, so I will be out of pocket for a few days. I will be home late Saturday. I will try to get back with you on Sunday if I can get to the computer.

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Karen, I agree with you regarding political ads. Guess we are asking too much to want to know what the candidate is for.
Jackie, the Street Thug is pictured to your left. Garfy may be my downfall, he is currently in another timeout, but I love him to death.
So glad your Rocket back home!!! emoticon

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Hi Sparkers! Sorry to be so AWOL. I try to read the posts, but don't often get a chance to respond.
Things here are doing well, or as well as they are going to get, lol. My friend and I are meeting next month for three days. Jim knows about it and although he doesn't like it, he knows I am going to do what I want to do. Interesting life.
As I posted in my status today I am a wild child in an old body.
Work is still bugnuts, but I think I am feeling a little bit better.
So sad about what happened in Ottawa today. We were there three weeks ago. The War Memorial is my favorite monument in the city. It is right down the street from the hotel we always stay in....we are very familiar with that area. It is just so sad.....
It is extremely windy and rainy this evening and it feels a bit chilly. I think the temp right now is around 35F.
I think it was Jeannie who was venting about political advertisements recently. I agree--where I live is right on the border of NH. Our television stations (mostly out of Boston and two from NH) have been running nothing but political ads. Who knows what to believe? The candidates will say anything to get elected. What really bothers me is that they spend way too much time smearing their opponent and not much time telling why they would be the better choice. It is infuriating.
Off my soapbox, lol!
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Babs, Garfy the Street Thug keeps me young that's for sure. The only punishment handed out in this household is 5-20 mins time out in the bedroom. By the way, he has his birdy DVD on the TV and two trees by the windows to look down from the second floor to the woods. It is soooo stressful for him.
Jill, so glad to hear about Brent doing better. It is not easy for any of us to change our routines, but it is so exciting. Hopefully it will help him out of his depression.
Hey to everyone. I am awaiting news on my friend who had a pacemaker installed today. The hospital will not tell me anything. Hoping his sister will call soon. I am feeling a little antsy and uneasy.

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Hello - still nursing that cold - sipping Yogi Detox Tea and Lemon Zinger all day today. But I do feel better - just want my voice back!

Off yesterday because I went to get my hair done, to the dentist, to a lunch, to a coffee, then to Sweet Adelines! Oh am I tired today.

Those who know me ... I have more dental issues - I broke a crown (the Dentist will repair that at no charge) and then they found I have a decayed tooth under another crown!! So it's a new crown again (this one is at least 14 years old) and maybe a root canal. No wonder my teeth have been so sensitive and achy for the past NINE months (We thought it was just because my teeth had shifted, which they did).

Ok ..Babs - I'm with you on the soapbox... how simple was that problem. I swear they are educating a nation of non- thinkers. In honor of National Nut Day I just ate 15 almonds. Sometimes you feel like a nut ...

Jill - so happy there's promise for Brent and that you've had sometime to relax and read a magazine or two! Will keep you and Brent in my thoughts/prayers! Are you reading any good books or just getting caught up?

Mona - please keep doing the happy dance for the 7 # loss and maintaining.., you're doing great.

Jeanne - I learned long ago to stop praying for patience...LOL. Glad you have such a wonderful blessing in your life.

Linda - sounds like 10/31 is a good day to stay in! Falling off your broom! I Love it! I bet your little kitty is adorable!

I see from the friend feed, Jeannie is busy being a Road Warrior again and that Karen is a wild child in a old body - I can relate to that!

Theresa - hope your dinner went well and that Pyne is enjoying his job. I wish Mike could find something part-time. I feel bad for him as it is too hard to stand/walk since his stroke & edema. He sometimes does phone calls for political candidates, though.

Jeannie - thanks for asking - Rocket appeared out of the blue yesterday! I am so happy. He was very clean, didn't smell of the outdoors, but extremely ravenous. I don't know what in the world happened. Glad to have him back (but the other cat lost his spot on the kitty tree). These cats come in/out every 2 hours so it was strange he didn't return for supper even.



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Today is ĎNational Nut Day.í Interesting holiday. I love nuts!

Linda, too funny - you broke your hip falling off your broom. Ouch!! Glad Sir Garfield is doing somewhat better. He does keep you busy, active, and always on your toes. Thatís good for you; right????

Jeanne, ahhh, an active 6 yr old has entered your home. Children definitely give new meaning to the term Ďtired.í Mine is 8 yrs old. She lives with her brother and I in my home. Her mother has not actually lived with us for over a year now. Abby sees her mom, but Iím the caregiver/provider of all things. Iím not complaining either. I know exactly what you mean. She makes me smile every day. Oh, there are those times Iím not smiling but they donít last. Hugs to you and yours.

Mona, staying the same after losing 7# is good. Nothing to sneeze at. Have safe travels and a wonderful time at the confirmation and visiting with family.

Jill, terrific news on Brent - sleeping better, new and more programs. Thatís wonderful for him and for you. It would be nice if thereís some transportation, even if itís part of the way - like a bus that drops off/picks up at a mall, church or school. It would be excellent. I hope you are getting more rest too. Hope those temperatures drop soon.

Joe is still around quite a bit. Theyíre both watching their pennies. Heís working and making money but he has a car now - insurance, maintenance, gas, and he plans to return to school next semester. He did not register for this semester. He spent the summer traveling to/from the Ozarks to visit and spend time with his grandpa. Amanda works PT at Taco Bell and she attends classes 3 days a week. Seems like they spend most of their time at my house, with a trip here and there to shop, go to a movie, or grab a quick Starbucks!! Heís hooked on the pumpkin latte.

Jeannie, have fun making plans for next yearís reunion. Sounds like a great time to me. You have posted some beautiful fall pictures on FB of Iowa sites.

I'll finish 'Lost Symbol' tonight and begin 'Inferno' tonight or tomorrow. Since school started I don't have as much time to read. Third grade homework is time consuming and . . . difficult!! Everything is so weird. They don't memorize math like I did. Those nuns would have been heck to deal with if I didn't know my multiplication tables., etc. Everything has an 'array' or some nonsense. I asked her why they don't memorize things? She said she doesn't know. Well, I guess she doesn't. I can see her some day when she's shopping and there's something $5 each or 6 for $24. What's the better buy? Pull out a piece of paper and pencil and draw an 'array' and figure it out. Crazy.

OK. I'm off my soapbox - for now anyway. emoticon

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Overall Brent (my son) is doing quite a bit better this week. Like I mentioned giving him a Tylenol PM at night seems to help him get some sleep. He's already sound asleep so I might just thumb through a few new magazines before I head for bed. Yesterday my younger Sister came and we spent most of the day together. Her DH is retiring, again, in April so they are seriously thinking of moving to Costa Rica mainly because it's beautiful there and the cost of living is very low. I'll miss her like crazy as I'm airplane shy and can't imaging how long of a flight it would be emoticon

I did call the potential new program and Brent was right there and they talked to him. It sounds very promising that he might be able to join some of their programs, classes, etc. He's going there in about 2 weeks for a 2 1/2 hour assessment and interview. He has to bring lots of personal documents and other ID type items with him. He's really excited but later on today he said he was a little nervous about moving forward with this. That's very understandable as he's been a client in the Social Services Agency he's in for almost 20 years. I wonder if their is any chance they have some kind of transportation for their clients as it's completely on the other side of town with very limited parking--that would be more than icing on a Cupcake emoticon .

Mona, enjoy your trip with your DD and family. How old is your GD who's Confirmation you're going to? Mona, You're such a caring Mom and Grandma & I know they're very happy you'll be there. Will you be gone long? Enjoy every minute you can with your beautiful family--it'll be good for you to get away for awhile. emoticon emoticon

Barbara, I also love to read but recently I'm lucky if I'm able to read a few magazines. Since Brent's doing better very soon I hope to have more time and the concentration to read more. I hope you're feeling much better, infections can be very difficult to treat and some infections take lots of time. Good for you for starting another Linda Spangle Book group. emoticon emoticon

Jeanne, I know your GGD will be happy living with you & your DH. You're such a loving, caring person and she will thrive with your TLC. If she's the one with the pigtails (in a picture on your SP page) she sure looks like a cutie with a sweet/happy disposition. Will she be able to attend the school where you teach? emoticon emoticon

Linda, I love your great sense of humor and I understand that Halloween just isn't the same anymore or much fun now. I'm glad Garfy is feeling better but tell him to keep his darn paws to himself, poor Miss Crissy. emoticon emoticon

Theresa, How was the Legion Spaghetti dinner tonight? I'm glad to hear Pyne is happy as a "Clam" with his new job. It's important to like what we're doing as many people strongly dislike their jobs. Is Mere and the boys scared at all with all that continues to go on there with the criminal on the loose in the Area where they live? I hope & pray they catch him very soon. emoticon emoticon

Jeannie, Enjoy your time with your longtime friends who all attended the same Nursing School as you did. Will you stay overnight there? I hope you all "brain storm" and come up with lots of good ideas and plans for your 50th Graduation Reunion. It doesn't sound like a really easy task but I'm not creative at all. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Babs, Our low temps here are your highs. Today it was in the low 80s but still a beautiful day for us on the West Coast. I honestly feel very cold when it dips into the 40s here at night which it will if our continuing Summer weather ever ends. In a couple of weeks Daylight Savings time will end here. Then it'll be dark here between 4:30-5 pm. I don't like or trust my driving at night so the new time will limit my going out. I wish (like some States) that Daylight Savings time was all year, really no point in keeping it in my humble opinion. Any fun plans with Abby this weekend? I wonder if you see very much of Joe these days with him working and a wonderful GF to go out with. emoticon emoticon emoticon

It's time for me to have some quiet time and enjoy some easy reading. By now most of you are enjoying a good night's sleep. emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Late getting here today and it looks like I missed a few. I am on Day #17 and after my 7 pound weight loss I stayed the same yesterday. Going to try and do "really" good at my son's this weekend.

My oldest daughter, Lori and I are driving to Fairfax VA for my granddaughter's confirmation. Lori is her Godmother and with all the kids have been dealing with the divorce we decided we really needed to go. Looking forward to seeing them all.

Theresa~~I see where some of the schools were closed again because someone spotted that guy in the area again. I pray they get him soon. What a terrible situation for so many.

Tomorrow morning I have to go out but then I think I will be home until we leave Friday morning.

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Jeanne, I tip my cap to you. Nothing easy about taking care of a little one. Then again, nothing more satisfying I guess.

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Hello to the Team ~ I've been reading the threads, but I think it's been a while since I've posted. Right now, life is unbelievably insane. I'm so grateful that God trusts me enough to add additional responsibility to our lives, but I wish He would give a clue now and then. I've been praying for patience, and, I think God decided I needed practice, so He placed an active 6 year old in our home. Big Smile! This is not a complaint, just a statement of fact. But it is an adjustment. By the time we have a bath, supper, and finish homework, there's not much time left for sparking, or anything else for that matter. I'm glad I ordered the Tracker. At least now when I see the steps I've taken, I understand where "tired" comes from. Another Big Smile. Today, I thought that maybe Spark was part of the Greater Plan. Had I not found Spark and this team, there's no way I would have been healthy enough to keep up with this beautiful child.

I think of everyone and miss being an active part of the chat. I try to read the posts every day. I can do that from my phone at work. Responding by phone is another matter. Positive blog posts, both posting and reading, have been a big help, too.

Happy Tuesday!! See you soon.

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Babs, I broke out hip on October 31 1998, so Halloween had not been one of my favorite days. I tell everyone that I fell off of my broom. Some people believe that to be true. Wonder why? 2 yrs ago I adopted Sir Garfield aka the Street Thug on Halloween. That should have told me something right there but he melts your heart than wrings it a couple of times a day. To people who have asked, yes he is doing better but I think I stopped giving him his eye meds and Lysine too soon, so we are back to two times a day. He is still teasing my little old Chrisy Miss like crazy but seems ok to spend a little time out on the deck today. Hugs to everyone. I'm still a little under the weather so I read all posts and say little.

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This is it. Itís the day I get my groove back. Iím positive and Iím taking the time to focus on ME. I have the ability to make things happen regarding my health. So itís about time I just ĎDo It!í Thatís my story and Iím stickin to it.

Itís just so beautiful again today. Right now itís 46 degrees, but it will warm up to about 70 today. Isnít this just perfect though? No heat. No A/C. Iím lovin it.

Barbara, ďThe Lost Symbolí is good. I would love to spend more time reading, but Iím determined to get up and move! Youíre right. I can do one thing different today, make one little change, and it will be my beginning. I want to begin a Streak! 10 minutes is not too difficult. I can and will do it. Iím in the driverís seat.

Theresa, itís wonderful that Pyne is enjoying his CG job. Iíll bet he is kicking himself for giving clothing away that he could use now. But what the heck - who woulda thunk heíd need them; right? Is Finch adjusting to being left at home? Hope that computer of yours stops acting up. I would love to play around with a family tree, get into some genealogy. I believe thereís a group that meets at our local library. Itís interesting.

Jeannie, I just might have to try that DiGiornoís pizza for Ďthe kids!í Sorry the trip didnít work out so well and that your mom was Ďcrabby.í I do understand that giving up the van will be difficult for her. Vent - why not vent here. Itís the safest place of all for venting.

I hope everyone who has been feeling under the weather is feeling better today.

Are all of you posting about your howling at the moon? Walking through cemeteries? Stirring those cauldrons?? I am.

Have a Ticklingly Tantalizing Tuesday.

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Good morning! It's another bright sunny day here. I think our good weather is supposed to last through the weekend and even warm up some by then. Right now it is 37. I suppose one of these days we'll have to turn the heat on, but even with it cooler outside, it is still 67 inside...that's where we set the thermostat for the furnace anyway, so need to turn it on yet. The longer I wait, the more we save. emoticon

Theresa, as Ashley found out, the library in SLC is fantastic. I had planned to go to a week long genealogy trip this fall to SLC with some others doing Swedish genealogy, but money is tight this fall and I'm pretty sure they'll do it again. It's been going on for quite a few years. But, the library is awesome and they have such wonderful volunteers and resources. I'm not surprised she enjoyed it.

By the way, has Pyne thought about going back to Goodwill to see if he could find some of those white shirts to buy back? Over the years I've had pretty decent luck finding really cheap things. Haven't been lately...I'm still trying to get rid of a few things myself.

Barbara, good to hear from you. I see we have another reader in our midst. Seems like most of us enjoy a good book...whatever "good" is to each of us is the key. I find that I have more trouble following the complicated and deep plots sometimes...in fact, over the years I've even kept a notebook by my side so I could keep track of some of the characters! LOL! Just went to the library yesterday and picked up a couple books. The new releases are always gone...I think people reserve them way ahead, but that's okay. I take them when they are on the shelf.

Babs, glad your appointment went well with the doc. Those pesky pounds have a way of hanging on. I agree...exercise is important. But for me (speaking for myself only), I know that I have to cut my calories in order to lose, too. If I don't stay in my range, I never lose anything, and if I go over...you can bet i'll be gaining. What's worse, I think my metabolism is slowing down more all the time. Sheesh...you'd think we'd get a break on something, wouldn't you? You'll figure it all out and do well again soon!!

Babs, you asked about DiGiorno's pizza. I actually like it as well as any frozen (maybe better) pizza. Richard doesn't like onions and I don't care for straight pepperoni, so we usually go for the all meat or 3 meat in the original or thin crust (he likes the crust, I'm usually trying to save on calories). Trouble is, lots of carbs and chock full of calories. Sigh...what isn't??

Hi, CJ! I think you must have the cleanest house in Oklahoma!! You are always cleaning and ironing. LOL!! If I drag the iron out once every 6 months, it's a lot!! I don't even mind ironing...learned at a very young age how to iron from my Grandma who took in washings/ironings to make a little money. We don't mind being home alone on Thanksgiving either. It's still a wonderful day to give thanks for all our blessings.

Joanna, great photos of the wedding. Thanks for sharing.

Hi, Linda. Is Garfy better now?

Jill, so nice your family could visit over the weekend and then your sister yesterday. I know you treasure your time with all of them and appreciate having them spend time with you. I surely hope and pray that everything is going better for you and Brent. Does he have any followup appointments any time soon? Continuing with many prayers and virtual hugs!!

So glad to hear you are beginning to feel better, Jackie.!! Have you seen anything of Rocket? I'm so sorry to hear he's been AWOL. Is he a hunter? I think you said he rarely strays. I'm so sorry. I hope you've had good news by now.

The trip to my Mom's Sunday wasn't the best. She was crabby and out of sorts. I'm not sure if she didn't feel well physically, or if it is more of her "down" personality that sometimes get the best of her. She admitted she'd been "down for the last month or so." She asked met to go to the doctor with her, but honestly, I'm not sure it will do any good. I hope she will listen and try a new med if it's prescribed, but she has a history of getting a prescription, bringing it home and reading the inserts, and then deciding not to take it b/c it might make her dizzy. What's the point? Money down the drain and she doesn't feel any better. I'm sorry to be venting agian. Seems like that's all I do these days. When I asked her if there is anything specific bothering her, she said "everything...can't do what I want to anymore and I have to give up the van." Oh my...she'll be 93 in February, can hardly walk, but still that van is so important to her. I know...like giving up the last bit of independence she has, but I'm so worried she'll decide to drive it somewhere and cause an accident or harm someone. Thankfully, she rarely drives it. She has friends to take her places and access to all kinds of services, but to her it isn't the same. Well, we'll work it out one way or the other. Her appt. to see her doctor is on the 5th. Now I have to decide if I need to go up before then, too. My apologies, friends...I'm done with it. Thanks for listening!!

Hello to all of you...you are so precious to me and I appreciate each of you. Jeanne, you mentioned your DGD coming to live with you. Thinking of you and hoping it all works out. Alice, where have you been? I miss seeing you now and then. Starr, not sure you read the chats, but I hope you found the pan and recipe you are looking for that you mentioned on the Goal for today thread. New members...drop us a note!! Hugs for everyone!! XOXO Love, Jeannie

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Well, the frost was on the pumpkin, and the car windshield, both yesterday & today.

Pyne has been working his crossing guard gig, so he is into layering up in the mornings. He loves this job. But the not having a steady post is annoying him. They don't usually schedule him ahead, and the few times that he has known where he'll be, they call and change it. So it's a lot of 6;30am phone calls from "Haverford Police Dept". But he didn't apply till the week school went back, and knew he'd be a Sub, therefore he moves around. They have "uniform" of sorts, should wear a white shirt, black or dark pants. So he has just suit pants..as he lives in khakis. And over the last 3 years of retirement he has Good Willed about 8 -10 white dress shirts..keeping only one white dress shirt to wear with his Legion dress jacket. So he has been mostly wearing that to work, coming home taking it off, and putting it on again for the afternoon shift. But now he is in a white sweatshirt. He had a white/ash grey, heavy lined sweatshirt jacket..that he just gave away last year, and now wishes he hadn't! Plus he HATES to buy clothes. But, said this morning, " we better just get him some white shirts & black slacks, make them Christmas gifts." We've been noticing most of the other CG's don't take this uniform too seriously.

Our daughter, Ashley, was in Salt Lake for the last week, at the Girl Scout Convention. So yesterday she went to their Ancestry Library to do some searching of our roots. I have been interested in, and researched both sides of the family. And have spent a $$ on Ancestry.com, letting up on it since I have issues with this computer. Ashley had a great time, wishes she'd gone to their place earlier, said she could have spent the day. She does fly into Salt Lake once or twice a yr. on business, definitely plans to go back to their Library.

I have read up on all your posts, wish I could make some more personal comments, but this laptop has threatened to shut down, and I've twice shut it off to cool down since I started this post. Takes me hours to get a post in, gave up on bloging. Hard to even chart my food.
So just know I'm thinking of all of you. Wishing you well! ((Hugs)) Theresa

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So Babs don't be so hard on yourself. The key is to do one thing different tomorrow to get you back in the swing of things...like take a 10 minute walk or something? Gosh, that is a Fall festival I would love to go to.

Also, I read all of his books because my husband bought them for me - with the exception of Symbol - because I don't remember it. If you tell me it is good, I will pick it up. He's a good writer...to weave fact and fiction so closely that people question their status quo beliefs indicates his writing ability.

CJ, you are my timetable for Christmas - how can it be so close?!!!

Joanna, a 200 guest list...wow...sounds great...my sister bought a 7 day cruise for her son and DIL, but they took her up on it. haha

This is where my last post stopped so I will say hello to Jill, Jeannie, Jeanne, Mona, Linda, Karen, Jackie, and everyone else.

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Gorgeous morning again.

Started the day off with an 8 AM appointment with my internist. Regular check-up. Bloodwork - fantastic. Weight - not so fantastic. Iíve gained 3# in the last 4 months. That is not good. Itís going in the wrong direction. One of those pounds is from last week.

What does that report tell me? My food plan is working. My cholesterol and blood sugar, etc. would not be at the great nos. theyíre at if I wasnít Ďdoing the right thing.í Iím moving and getting exercise, but Iím not getting enough exercise. I get plenty of steps in. But I need some of those steps to be Ďwalking exercise steps.í I need to make more time for water walking. I love it. Exercise should be something I love to do or - guess what - I wonít do it.

My rear end hurts from kicking myself. Would you care to join in? emoticon

Now I got that off my chest. I need to move forward.

Linda, hope youíre feeling better today. Enjoy hearing about Garfy the ĎStreet Thug.í Funny.

Barbara, too bad your car died and you had to change your plans. As you said, there will be another time. Great attitude!! Right now Iím reading ĎLost Symbolí by Dan Brown. I read the ĎDaVinci Codeí years ago, as well as ĎAngels and Demons.í I havenít read this one or ĎInferno.í Itís next.

Jeannie, how is the DiGiornoís pizza? emoticon We havenít tried it. I had a baby by age 22 also. Serious? I just donít know. They certainly seem to spend a lot of time together and enjoy each other. I heard Abby fuss at her brother last night and say: Well, Joe, Amanda isnít just your friend you know. Sheís my friend too!! With that comment, he told her come with us upstairs (his lair - computer, games, 2 (or is it 3?) televisions, microwave, small dorm size fridge, love seat, and so forth. They worked it out and I could hear Amanda giggling.

Nola & Mona, congratulations on the exchange of TENS!! How wonderful that it worked out like this for you, Nola.

Jackie, Iím so glad you and Mike are feeling better. Thatís great news. So sorry about Rocket. Ah, and Chris will be there for T-giving. Wonderful. Where do I get my energy? I donít have any actually. I just do what I have to do. An 8 yr old requires a lot of energy, but thank goodness she isnít a toddler. Iíd never keep up. I have to get up early or I donít have any time whatsoever to myself. Of course, that means that by 8:30 or so Iím whipped! Of course, sheís young enough that she has to get to bed at a decent time too. Sheís not a morning person and she requires sleep. She canít be tired and learn at school. Thank goodness!! Sheíll relax and fall asleep watching television or something on her Kindle. She has twin beds. So sheíll lay in one and Iíll lay in the other one. Of course, quite often grandma zones out in that Ďother one!í Itís OK. I just have to sleep.

Hi, CJ!! Great seeing a Ďhelloí from you. So your 21 yr old GS has a b-day very close to my 22 yr old GS. Cool! We share a favorite holiday. Thereís something about Thanksgiving that is special to me. emoticon

Jill, glad you and Brent go a little sleep. On top of that you had a fun day with the grands. Sounds good.

You asked about the Fall Festival. There was a chili cook-off. They give us very small (like medicine cup size) tasters. Each pot is numbered. Love seeing all those crockpots lined up!! There were several soups too. So they were included in the cook-off. Taste how many you want, get a slip of paper and write down the number. Fun. There was hot dogs, sausage/crackers, lasagna, a couple Mexican dishes, salad, lots of desserts, water, lemonade, punch, coffee . . . In other words, lots of fun. I enjoyed visiting with different friends. Abbyís happy there with her friends from religion class. She took part in the costume contest. She was Dorothy from the ĎWizard of Oz.í Her little friend, Elisha, was a bumblebee! A Ďdollí won the contest her their age group. There were different age groups. They played Minute to Win It, hayride, bonfire and made símores. I was dragging by 9. I told her ĎI canít take any more, Abby.í We left and she crashed, slept until almost 9 on Sunday. Alleluia!! It was very nice.

Joanna, congrats on the GSí wedding. Iíll check out the blog. emoticon

Lunch is over. TIme to get this show on the road!!

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HAPPY MONDAY TO ALL:

Joanna: Sounds like a fun time and a wonderful place for a wedding.

Jill: I'm glad Brent is home and I do hope he continues to get better, prayers and thoughts are with you.

Well its Monday and all the fun stuff that has to be done, I'm thankful to be able to do it.
We had a great Sunday, went to church at my daughters church in Glenpool OK, where my sil is pastor, that's always a great blessing and then had a little Birthday party for there 21 yr old daughter who was home from school. I really can't wrap my head around the fact that she is 21, this is my youngest daughters child. (where does the time go)

Speaking of time, 9 more Fridays until Christmas, emoticon emoticon , But first we have to remember Thanksgiving, 5 1/2 weeks away, My favorite holiday, lots of Family and good things to eat. But this year I really do think as many Kids and GC and GGC as I am blessed with, Pop and I are going to be spending Thanksgiving at home, just the two of us with a couple of T-Bones on the grill and lots of my favorite thing, (FOOTBALL) My children are all going to their childrens and so on. I'm really kind of looking forward to it.

Well, I blabbed enough, got to get busy with Monday stuff: I did put up a new photo of my 7th GGC that was born on Sept 9th, growing and filling out fast.

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I have been so busy and it just doesn't seem to want to stop, but if it keeps me busy I guess I am Okay with it. My grandson the oldest one just got married...we had a nice country wedding on the property out by the lake. Just a little over 200 guest came for the event. The weather held up and it was a wonderful day. Late in the evening it got a bit chilly but over all I don't think the ones that lasted that long minded. They were all a few sheets into the wind by then. Things broke up finally about 2 in the morning. My silly grandson refused to go on a cruise with his new wife. Her father bought them a 7 day cruise for a wedding gift. My James said that if she wanted to go out on the water he would take her for a boat ride on the lake. He said he was not going on a boat away from his work and his house for 7 whole days. He gave a whole list of why not and in the end she let him have his way. This boy has a slight touch of OCD and does not like to stay still for any time at all. But, he is a wonderful person with a huge heart. They have been together for 4 years...so it was time for him to settle down. He just bought his first house last year.

I put up a blog to share some photos.


Jackie. I am glad you and your hubby are feeling better. This weather here in Michigan has been rough; but then it is Michigan after all.

Jill I am glad to hear you are getting a little bit of rest. You needed it. I hope things are working out with you and your son now.

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Linda, you are right about the Mormon Temple being beautiful at Christmas or so I have heard. I have never gone - just see it from the outside driving the beltway.

Jill, so glad you got some rest finally. I wish you got more peace than you do.

Jackie, my heart goes out to you about Rocket. I, too, would be heartbroken, but there is always a chance to come home. My cat has been sneaking out now the front screen door because it has this time delay gap before it closes. I have had him 11 years and love him so that I get batty when he does not come when I get home...

Jeannie, ditto what Jill said!

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Jill, No, The Morman Temple is not very scary, just very beautiful at Christmas. It's a go-to place at that time of year here in Maryland. One that we take out of town visitors to. Maryland has to compete with DC in tourism so we have a few casinos and a few neat places to visit, but not a lot. emoticon

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Jackie, my prayers are for Rocket this morning. Hopefully something just caught his attention and he will return home. He has been fixed right?
I don't have any alcohol in the house and feel too bad to go get some. Not a prude, just don't usually have any unless I think I may like some. Sometimes it is 2 yrs or more, sometimes a month. It is usually wine or a nice beer to have with a pizza. Guess I picked up a flu but got the flu shot Sept 30 so it is just a very mild version. Of course even a mild version gets me down at my age. I have arthritis so the aches and pains are kind of magnified. Still dehydrated and a little fever and sore throat but getting better. I am sleeping like a trooper and lost 2 lbs so there is a silver lining in even this mess.
Garfy has his cold back again. Guess I should have medicated him for a longer time. Don't want to take him to the vet, but will if it doesn't clear up soon.

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Good Morning, I'm loving & appreciating our cooler beautiful weather here today. I was thankful to get a little more sleep as Brent and I are sleepless in CA. I did buy a bottle of Typenol PM and Brent did sleep almost 5 hours last night, which I'm very thankful for. I'm still very achy and my arthritis has been worse than ever, unfortunately. I honestly think there is a good chance I have Fibro but don't have the time right now to be tested and checked out for that.

Linda, I hope you're feeling much better today as a day or so ago you thought you might have the flu so hope that's gone now. You were smart to get a Flu shot and I plan to get one soon myself. I'm just curious as you mentioned the Mormon Tabbernacle is that in regards to how beautiful it and the music is there? I can't image that do any Scary type night there, but you never know. . .

Jeannie, Have a wonderful time with your Mom and Sis at the Church Fair and activities this afternoon. You are such a thoughtful DD and Sister. I know they love to get out and you make sure they do. You're a Blessing to them as well as myself and many others.

CJ, You mentioned you're getting ready for a Big Sale is that a Family one or for an organization? I must have missed your telling about that. I envy your large family and how you're there for each other and enjoy getting together as often as possible.

Nola, Have you had a chance yet to talk to your dil about how to use the Tens Unit? If so I hope soon you'll use it and it'll help put your pain levels a lot lower. You're such a Beautiful Person and seem to think a lot about helping others, you love to give of yourself.

Mona, It was so kind of you to let Nola have your Tens Unit. I hope it's easier for you since your loss was difficult at best. I pray it's slowly becoming easier to handle and that you're taking good care of yourself. I have to admit I've come to hate paperwork and my kitchen desk is so full of bills, forms, etc. I need to go through everything myself as my right hand doesn't know what my left hand has been up to recently. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Barbara, I'm happy you lost weight while doing the 100 Day Challenge and followed through the 100 days and learned a lot. . .I'm sorry you didn't make it to the Ghost Town Tour so maybe next year you'll have fun doing that. Thank you my sweet friend but like Jeannie said I have and love Linda Spangle's books but soon I think I'll start it myself and not join another Team. Like others I can't seem to keep up with the ones I'm already on. I hope you're feeling better and better.

Babs, You'll have to share with us what Abby & you did at the Festival last night. It sounds like a fun thing for the two of you to do together. I hope you are able to rest up some today and enjoy whatever you like & feel like doing today.

Yesterday having my son, dil and GC over for a visit was the highlight of my day. Noah is getting so tall and Emma is also growing up fast. They both are happy, beautiful and the Loves of my Life. emoticon emoticon emoticon I always love seeing & being with them. . .

Well, I haven't even had breakfast yet and it's almost 10 am here. I hope everyone is feeling well, thinking positive and that we'll all enjoy a beautiful Sunday. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Well after what it seems like weeks, I think this cold/virus is starting to leave. Basically just kept taking OTC meds, some whiskey with my coffee (I felt so much better after that) and staying warm under the covers. I slept endlessly and watched more TV than I cared to. Didn't feel like reading. Mike did the same.

I had some energy, so I had to pick up some of the basics for food and do a little washing at the laundromat. After finishing my database work, I collapsed on the couch with Mike and we watched 3 movies for the rest of the day on demand. I had picked up some homemade chicken soup at the deli with pretzel bread and a salad ... very tasty and healing. Mike seems better today - he always seems to heal faster for some reason.

Sad news is that my kitty -Rocket - hasn't come home for 3 days. I am heartbroken as this is the one that rarely strayed and always slept with me. I drove around the neighborhood and didn't see any cats hit, so I don't know if he wandered off in the woods and an animal got him. Nella (our dog) keeps looking for Rocket. I know ... cycle of life and all that ... still hurts.

Thanks for all who've sent me goodies and/or inquired about my health. Not having friends and family near... it was comforting to read your messages. Christopher sent me pics from Duluth as he did a color tour of all the places we visited when I was there in July. And he surprised me by saying he would be swinging by home during Thanksgiving as his travels would take him near. Something to look forward to!

Babs - where do you get your energy and can I borrow some! You have been so busy with family, Abby, fall festival, wedding(? I think?) I agree Disney movies are good. I just watched Frozen and really enjoyed that. I haven't done the Hunger Games books, but I have have read Divergent and am starting Insurgent. I really enjoyed that movie (told you I watched a lot these past 3 weeks!), though the book was better as somethings were left out.

Jill - glad Brent is doing a little better. I hope through all of this you somehow make time to nurture yourself as a caregiver, that can also wear you out. My son was in your high temps last week. He was sent to Las Vegas/Lake Havasu to get a store ready for opening. He loved the heat. Sent me photos of him driving in the desert in a Camaro convertible.

Nola, I think you are getting, or recently got a TENS unit ... Hope it helps you. During some of my worst pain mine helped me a lot. These days I don't seem to need it as much as since my vitamin D3 was upped and/or the water pill added I've felt a lot better. I had Fibro for a very long time. When I did karate it was especially painful. Could also be I've added a lot of minerals/supplements, lost some weight, and eat better that helped too. The TENS is a wonderful Unit. Norm Shealy - who developed the TENS for pain management sold me my unit way back when. Google him - he has a website. Might give you some more ideas.

BREAK ~~~~~~ You can see I'm feeling better as I am just babbling. If you want to take a break before reading on ... LOL

Jeannie - mac cheese and pulled pork -- YUM comfort food! Hope you & Richard are doing well and that his foot is ok now and that your eyes are ok with shots. I've tried to scroll down, don't know if I missed where you talked about this.Good for you on not buying more. Wish I could convince Mike that. He's storing up like we're not going to be able to get out all winter.

Barbara - how did your walking Ghost Tour go? Probably don't want you take pics or record because you don't want to disturb the frequencies in the area.... DId they have an EMF camera or recorder? Yes, I would be scared too! Prayers for you getting the right doctor.

Mona continued prayers for you ... I hope you are doing ok and are surrounded by caring friends and family.

Linda - I hope you aren't coming down what I have/had. Start the liquids, rest, honey/tea/lemon (or whiskey) NOW!

CJ - I don't know how to keep up with 1 team, let alone 2! I see I thought you lost the 'butter weight' ... Hope you are able to do so soon. I'm so stuck - since being sick I didn't watch anything. Some days ate too much - other days didn't eat.

Joanna - you sure had a lot of property/house issues. Glad your water problems are fixed.

Karen - hope you're feeling better. I think I ready you're being quiet today...

Hello to Jeanne, Theresa and anyone else I might have missed. I am going to try to stay caught up. this time. Happy restful Sunday ...

I'm going to try to see If I can't start memorizing some Xmas music. Can't sing yet, but maybe looking at the words while playing the learning tapes over/over will get something inside my brain.



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Barbara, I live in Elkridge, MD. Just off of RT 1. Used to live in Germantown. Moved out here 10 yrs ago.
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I know Jeannie, I watched our Oklahoma Sooners get beat by Kansas St. Boo Hoo, I too am glad its just a game.

Got to get for today its almost time to go to SS and Church and then I have a Birthday party for my 21 year old GD, she is home from college this week end.


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Good morning! Soon we'll be heading out to Mom's and Sis's to pick them up to go to the event today. But, before I go...I found the "missing" post I thought I'd discarded. I posted it in another thread (My affirmation for today). I'm copying and pasting here just to let you know I'm not a total goofball...just a partial one! LOL!

Hi, Friends!! Not sure where the day has more or less disappeared to, but it has! We were up fairly early to go to Ian's last flag football game. It was so chilly. My toes were really cold. We took blankets and had our winter coats on, but still cold. The nice lady next to me gave me an extra blanket to cover my legs!! Just not used to this chilliness yet. Takes a while for the blood to get thickened up a little!!

Watched our beloved Hawkeyes get beaten by Maryland today. They (the Hawks) looked pretty pathetic! Boohoo! I know there are at least a couple Marylanders on this team (Barbara, Linda... emoticon ). Well...glad it's just a game. There's always a winner and a loser! Today we were the losers!

Jill, hope you enjoyed your visit with your friend yesterday. I know you're looking forward to seeing those very special and beautiful GC today, too!

Babs, it sounds like Joe and Amanda might be getting just a little bit serious? They are of the age, it seems. I was married and had a baby by the time I was 22. Not that I'm recommending it...seems pretty young when I think about it now, but didn't give it a thought then!!

We just got back from getting a few groceries. We were out of milk and a couple other things. I've been letting the cupboards get a little bare...trying to use up some of the things I have on the shelves. Seems silly to buy more stuff when I haven't used what's already there!

Gonna cut this short as I need to get some dinner going soon. Hope your weekends are going well! Hugs and love to everyone! XOXO Jeannie


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I was just checking to make sure you got it! YEAH!

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Mona, I received my TENS unit today! I am so excited. I am going to check with my DIL who is a RN and hope that she can help me figure it out.

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BooHoo!!! I posted a chat and it's gone!! I must have discarded it instead of posting it! I am NOT going to do another one.

Busy day, all is fine, got groceries, went to a 3rd grader's flag football game and now it is time for getting some dinner ready. Guess what...it is DiGornio's (sp) pizza!! No cooking tonight.

Have a good evening and weekend, dearest friends!! Love you all! XOXO Jeannie
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Linda, That is exactly where we were going to go, but my car died. My son used it in the morning and not knowing the knobs, turned on my lights and never turned them off so the battery died. I didn't get it fixed till late. Besides, my nephew had a headache so it was a bust, but hopefully, I'll go some time in the future. It's going to get too cold for me soon although it is certainly lovely now.

Thank you for responding. I am sorry where are you again in Maryland? I know its not too far from me.

Babs, my son read the Hunger Games. He loved the first book, but was sorely disappointed in the 2nd one as he said it was almost exactly like the first. I don't think he liked the rest. However, I have to tell you he is a very critical reader. He belongs to Goodreads and barely gives anything all the stars! I, on the other hand, am pretty generous. Also my friend loves the Golden Corral and whenever we get together, we go there!

Mona, my heart goes out to you.

CJ, don't forgot to log that 90 minutes of housecleaning to your fitness!!!!

Jill, I am doing Friends with the Scale which is not so much a challenge as a learning lesson. Great book - after that we are going to start with the 100 days again (a bunch of us - maybe then you can join us!).

Nola, Jeanne, Karen, and everyone - hello

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Barbara, I have heard of a great Halloween place up in Frederick md. The reason you can't take pictures is that they want the chills and scares to be experienced 1st hand. More people show up that way.
Mona, you are sounding so well. You have gone through a lot lately. emoticon
Jill, sometimes I think you deserve a super mom medal. Don't know if I could handle the situation you're going though as well.
I have been fighting a mini flu or something for the past 2 days. I'm dehydrated and achy with a sore throat and a fever. Had a flu shot sept 30 it probably saved me from something worse. Hello to all I left out. I'm reading the posts, but not inputting very often. Had to bring Garfy out on the porch, he is getting to be a terror with Chrisy. He even answered to the name my DIL gave him," Street Thug."

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Good Spark Saturday, Sparkies!

Another beautiful morning here in southern Illinois Ė 46 degrees, sunshine. What more could I ask for? Well, those of you who enjoy warmer weather would turn the temp up for sure. I love this.

I have the laundry going. Abby and I have had breakfast. Jasmine has been outside. I could use a nap already! Joeís still sleeping. Iím not sure what time he got in last night even though he let me know he was home. Iím so blessed that heís a good kid. Well, Ďkidí isnít actually true as far as age goes now that heís 22 yrs old! He and his GF went to Six Flags and then back here on this side of the river to eat at Applebees. Itís Fright time or something like that at Six Flags. Heís been wanting to do that for ages. So he got his wish. From the pics he posted on FB they had a great time.

Abby and I went to Steak n Shake and to see ďThe Book of Life.Ē I love anything Disney.
Theyíre always great movies. This one did not disappoint me.

Has anyone read the ďHunger GameĒ books? I have. The latest movie ďMocking JayĒ opens on Nov. 21. I have to see it. I didnít think Iíd like those books but they are very good.

Jeannie, youíre right. Joe did use to work at GC. He really enjoys where he works now Ė Gateway Convention Center. How was your trip yesterday and your visit with your friends at the museum?

Barbara, a walking ghost tour sounds like a lot of fun. You can do a lot of your ghoulish exercises when you do that. Donít forget to howl!!

Nola, I do box cake mixes all the time. I enjoy baking from scratch but the box mixes are so affordable and very good. Good luck with that paperwork. So happy you have more energy!

Jill, I hope the visit with your friend(s) turned out very nice for you and that Brent enjoyed it too. I pray that things continue to improve for both of you. Oh, yes, Joe and Amanda are still a Ďcouple.í He told me she wants him to come to her sisterís for T-giving to meet her family. He asked me how I felt about that. I told him to puleez not worry about me. By all means go, enjoy, meat her family and eat hearty!! If Abbyís with me, fine. If Abbyís with her Ďother family,í fine. Itís a day, a holiday, yes, but just a day. We can eat turkey together any old day. My sister has done that numerous times because she canít get her crew together and she wants all of them. So the 2 of them get along so beautifully and enjoy each other. They both work, sheís studying to be a vet, and heís ready to enroll again the next semester. He is not attending school this summer. He never got around to that because he spent so much time with his grandfather. He did the right thing. Thereís no rush. He wants to work and wants the money. I said, fine, so you go part time. Thereís no limit. I didnít return until I was in my 30ís.

Hi, CJ. Big work day for you. Housework is a lot of work. Iím always happy when itís finished!! 2 teams is work. I canít do it. You do what you can, when you can. We love you!!

Mona, paperwork with anything can be a pain. When mom died, thankfully my niece handled so much of it for us. She offered to do it to help her dad (my brother) and I said - hey, go for it!! She's an attorney. Let her do it. She took care of the balance of medical, nursing home bills, insurance, everything. I understand what you mean. So happy to have you back with us.

Hello to everyone else. Hope everyone is feeling better.

I have to get moving here. There's plenty to do and tonight is the Fall Festival after Mass. So that means I have to get things together.

Super Spark Saturday.

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Good morning friends!

I think I have all the "stuff" done in regards to reporting Dennis' death. There sure is not much sympathy when all this has to be done so quickly but the people were all so very kind and caring. And I guess it is good to know that it is done.

Going to do a bit of cleaning today. Looks like another very pretty Fall day. emoticon

Babs~~AWWW! The Golden Corral. I adore that place but do not go too often. I eat so much I usually have an upset stomach for several days. But the ones I have been to are fabulous!!

Barbara~~praying you find that right doctor. You have really been dealing with this for such a long time. Hugs!! Enjoy your Haunted Tour. Like Jill I am too afraid to do that kind of stuff. We did visit a haunted jail in Charleston one time and my granddaughter and I were not big fans. emoticon

Jill~~You and Brent are always in my prayers. You are such a wonderful Mom and I hope he can find the right group and friends to fill his life with joy and happiness. Love you my dear friend.

Jackie~~hope you and your husband are both feeling much better.

CJ~~I cannot be on a lot of teams either. I feel badly when I don't participate and it is too difficult to do too many. I love being a part of this team!

Joanna~~SO happy to hear your water problems are fixed. That sounded overwhelming!! Thank you for that nice thought!!!

Jeannie~~I remember Fareway. When Dennis and I visited Iowa his brother always had a dinner for us from there. VERY good food. We went there for breakfast too. Getting back to Day # 15 today.

Linda~~we have always had yorkies~~now I don't have a pet. But they sure did rule our lives. And "yes" they were fed and taken care of before coffee first thing in the morning.

Nola~~sure pray the tens helps you. Hugs!!

Jeanne~~Enjoy the wedding. And I agree~~this team is like family!!

Karen~~hope all is well with you!! Have a great weekend~~are the leaves still pretty in your area.

Have a great day everyone. Sounds like a busy weekend. Hugs to all. emoticon

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It is so good to hear from you Jill and CJ. I am excited to get to The Sale next Friday and see what all I can find to share with you!
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When I say 90 minutes of Heavy House Work, I mean it, Mopping kitchen, sweeping whole house, Laundry etc. Whew, I am completely worn out and I have to go grocery shopping yet.
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We went yesterday down to my sil and have got everything marked with prices and ready for our big sale next weekend, So I telling you I'm ready Jeanie for a vacation.

Ladies I have been reading all your posts, and will try to spend more time with you, a couple of months ago I rejoined the chair exercise team and I knew it was not a good idea, I just can't keep up with two teams. So I'm back to just one and will try to stay in touch better.

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Good Morning friends. . .Needless to say I'm kind of out of the Loop here but did scroll down a little ways to see what' been going on with everyone. Lots of Chat there to read and I hope to get caught up here over the weekend. A friend of mine should be here soon as she said she'd be here between 10-10:30 am. Brent talked to another friend of mine a couple of nights ago and she told him she and another friend might be coming over for a visit tonight. I sometimes wish he wasn't so eager to answer the phone as sometimes he never gives me my messages or gets them mixed up. The young Lady he met at the Hospital did call him a few night's ago and wanted to come here to walk Snoopy with him the next day. Well, she never has called ago and when he called her yesterday she said she had been busy reading. She also has Schizophrenic and by what he tells me about her she does get very mixed up and confused and has been to the Psy. Hospital quite a few times. It's probably best that the friendship goes no further so I told him not to call her back unless she leaves him a message to. He's a little better than before he went into the Hospital but no where near where I'd like him to be. Later on he's calling another Agency that the Hospital Social Worker recommended. I called the Agency but was informed that they could only give info to him, which surprised me. So, this afternoon he'll be calling them. Unfortunately his Support Group that he likes was cancelled today. This is so typical of the Agency he's still in.

Barbara, It's awful what all you've been through this has to affect your happiness and well being. Are you planning on seeing another Dr. for their opinion on how to get rid of it for good? Wow, it sound too scary "cat" for me doing a ghost town walking tour--- It Would never be on my list of things I'd love to do. I'm glad you're going there with your also adventurous nephew. I know you'll both have a lot of fun and probably want to do one again. Are you on another Linda Spangle Challenge Team, I believe you mentioned that you were doing another one with a diffierent Linda Spangle's book. At the rate I'm going I just might do like Jeannie and do it on my own. I have the book and what I read of it she sounds so smart and "right on the money". I'll be praying for you my dear friend.

Babs, Happy to hear you all enjoyed eating out to celebrate Joe's 22nd Birthday. I always love eating out and celebrating any family Birthdays. In fact my dil's birthday is this Sunday but we're going to postpone going out for a week or so. Is he still dating the sweet and pretty young Lady you mentioned awhile back? I enjoy love stories especially when they're both such terrific people. Enjoy your time off this weekend. Knowing you, Abby will help you "cook" up some fun, fun, fun. Thank you for your ongoing support of me and Brent. My heart "breaks" for the beautiful man he is with such a disturbed mind. He still is one of the nicest, sweetest, kindest man I've ever known.

Jeannie, It's great that you can work at the Swedish Museum about once a month. I know they really appreciate and love your help there and it gives you a chance to see & talk to your friends. You're another terrific GM, rain or shine you're always there for your GS. How is your GGD doing, growing fast I'm sure. I love and appreciate how you never give up on going to their games, rain or shine. I know they love having you & Richard there to support and root them & their Teams on. emoticon

Nola, what a wonderful present Mona is giving you. I hope it helps alleviate some of your pain. I love historical novels, romance (spicy or not), I used to love to read anything by Danielle Steele and haven't read anything recently she's written. You're like Mona and are so thoughtful, giving and I love you both of you for that. . . emoticon emoticon emoticon

Jackie, Well that "awful Bug" really bit you and Mike in the Butt. So sorry you're both not feeling well and aren't even well enough to get out in addition to not being able to sing with your beloved SA group and friends. Have either one of you been to your Dr. to see what if anything he/she can do to make that darn "Bug" go away any sooner? Positive thoughts and prayers being sent your way.

Well, my friend is here now so I hope everyone is enjoying their day. I'm sorry to not reply or make any comments back to many of you but one day I'll catch up here yet. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I am baking a cake for a friend to take to a fundraiser today. I hope it turns out OK. Box mix.
I am hoping to do a few more papers today. I pulled out a stack to go through and am hopping it is as easy as the last ones to get done. I need to do laundry today and a little clean up around here. I seem to have more energy today so I will use my spoons wisely.
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Hi,

Thanks for asking Jeannie, I still have the infection and getting another CT scan next week. The physician (2nd opinion) said it might lead to getting part of my colon resected...That idea is not new and I just feel that if I get the right doctor, I can get the right meds and fix this. ugh...

Anyway, I am planning to go on a walking ghost tour tonight in Frederick MD. woooooo Actually I have been watching so much of Supernatural, I am now scared! Don't ask me why I am doing such a crazy thing. So far only my nephew and I are going. They won't let us take pictures, record, and no cameras or video allowed. It's kind of odd.

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Babs, sounds like you did great at the Golden Corral last night. Joe used to work there, right? Probably saw lots of friends. Now me...I would have traded crackers for corn any day! LOL! Isn't it great that we all have different ideas about what our choices are? Is Joe still seeing the sweet young GF? Hope you have a great weekend.

Nola and Mona, you both have something to feel great about: Mona for helping our someone in need and Nola for receiving such a nice thing to try out! Best to you both.

Looks like I forgot to post yesterday so I have to read way back.Mona, I did want to say that I'm happy you'll be working on your 100 days again. It's nice that it is something that can be started and re-started right where you left off. I am finding the book to be very helpful, too.

It was fun having the 2 guys here the other night, Babs. I wimped out and bought most of dinner. Stouffer's mac and cheese (my very favorite and it was on sale) and pulled pork from Fareway (an Iowa grocery store chain). I weighed and measured out what I ate, and of course, the broccoli was practically free. Yummy supper and easy for me to do. We're still eating the pulled pork...plenty left over and works right into my plan.

Jackie, I am so so sorry you and MIke are both still sick. Hope you both are improving by now and beginning to feel better, stronger, more like yourself...prayers coming your way, friend!!

Joanna, sure glad to hear you got your water issues straightened out. Hope your winter is much calmer and easier to deal with. Are you going to Vegas/Arizona any time soon to check our those properties you bought last year?

Barbara, anything new with your health issues? Sending healing vibes your way, too.

Theresa, is Pyne still doing the crossing guard thing? Seems like ti could be miserable if bad weather!

Jill, sweet sister...I hope that things have settled down some for Brent and therefore, for you. It is an ongoing struggle, that I know. Hopefully, you can work on taking care of you, too!! You're never far from my thoughts and prayers.

Jeanne, yes, I agree...this team is the safest place to do my venting! Thank you for saying that. Sounds like you have a busy weekend planned, too. Try to get a little rest! I know you need it.

Linda, hello to you, too. Your cats have ownership papers on you? Too funny, but yes, that is the way it is with pets. We have had outdoor dogs when we lived on the farm and one indoor cat that was really our DD's, but haven't had any pets for a long time...well, other than my DH, who is sort of a pet sometimes!! LOL!! Actually, he might have some ownership papers on me somewhere, too!

Today we are driving back to our old community and I"m working a shift at the museum. I'm doing this about once a month. Today isn't a very nice day, so it's hard to think we'll have many visitors. That's okay...gives me a chance to visit with my friends! Tomorrow is the last flag football game at 8:45. Glad that's over. Then basketball starts, which for me is much more enjoyable. I can sit inside where it's warm to watch those games. And, Sunday we are driving to my Mom's to take her and my sister to our hometown to go to a church function called the Lord's Acre Auction and Dinner. Yes..a meal and then a silent auction along with a regular auction of donated items. They use the funds to distribute to people in the community who are in need. It's a very worthwhile thing, but will certainly make for a long day. Mom has changed her mind again and now she doesn't want us to get her van just yet. Sigh!

Will check in again in a day or two. In the meantime, have a wonderful day and weekend! Love and hugs to all! XOXOX Jeannie

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Good morning Sparkies. It's a gorgeous morning and it's also TGIFriday! emoticon

I am tired. For Joe's dinner last night he chose Golden Corral. He likes the buffet and so that's what we did. I did not do bad. I didn't have a hot roll, which is something I love. Didn't have mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, corn - nope. I had salad, tomatoes, carrots, crackers (there's my carb!), tiny spoon of sw. potatoes, gr beans, fish and beef. I had a small brownie. I've done a number on those buffets in the past. I was proud of me. emoticon Now to keep it up!

I hope the problems in everyone's lives are diminishing. I hope everyone's health is improving. This team has had so much grief this year. My prayers are that 2015, as well as the balance of 2014, finds us healthy and happy. Come to think of it 'wealthy' would be nice too, but I'm not holding out for that at all.

2 weeks from today and we have Halloween. Isn't that something.

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Hello to all and wishing all a great night.

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emoticon Mona! I will be meeting the mailman at the box on Saturday. You are so wonderful for thinking of me when you have so much on your mind.
Feeling much better today. I am going to make a trip to the grocery today and pick up a few needed items.
I have not been getting in my liquid meals so I need to stock up and give the tummy the rest it needs. Keeper is out of snacks and I do like a happy home.
Jill, I am busy with your box and hope that you enjoy the books I will be sending.
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I don't know if SC is a battleground state but we sure have a similar situation with all you said Jeannie. And we even got to see some of the Iowa "stuff".

Jill~~you and Brent are in my prayers each day. I do pray he could find a good, special friend and they would be an encouragement to each other! Hugs!

Nola~~package should be there Saturday!

It is a gorgeous day here today. Looks like a week of crisp, cool Fall days.

Going to start my 100 days again~~starting with day 15. It is time for me to get healthy!!!

Praying for all with arthritis and fibro myalgia.

Hugs to you all and thank you again for all the loving thoughts!! emoticon

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Itís a beautiful morning. We have sunshine again. Wonderful. Love seeing it again. Itís been a week of rain. Now the leaves are beautiful. Lots of gold, red, orange, yellow-greens on the trees - so beautiful.

On a sadder note - what in the world is going on with my beloved Cardinals???? They better get it together tonight or itís over until next year. I have enjoyed going to the games. This year was the first year for Ballpark Village. That was a wonderful experience too.

Jeannie, having Paul and Ian stop by for dinner made for a fun evening Iím sure. Iím sure you came up with something delicious for them too. Your comments on elections/solicitation of votes - I totally agree with what you stated. Iíve had phone call after phone call. I donít want it. The truth is that itís difficult for me to believe any of them. Iím not going to get into politics either - or religion for that matter - we make our own choices. But this constant hammering away at us drives me crazy. Ebola: you bet theyíre in my prayers. Itís a very sad situation.

Linda, mom and I used to cancel each otherís vote. I must admit that sometimes I would bait her just trying to get a rise out of her. Believe me - nothing malicious at all - but when weíd get into discussions I think she loved it! It kept her mind active and she felt Ďpart of everything.í She would tell me again - youíre so much like your dad! Dad and I Ďwere of one political partyí and mom was the opposite. It was fun.

Jeanne, I agree. This team is like family, sister!

Nola, I hope that today brings better health, less pain for you.

Jill, Iím sorry that Brent didnít receive more help during his stay at the hospital. I hope the young lady does call him and remain friends with him. It would be so good for him. I pray there are more programs that he can become involved in socially. He needs that, and you need that for him too. Prayers continue for you both.

Hi, Barbara, meeting day for you - hope itís a good meeting.

Joanna, glad the water situation is getting worked out and things are getting back to normal for you and your family. Nice to a post from you.

Jackie, Iím so sorry that you and Mike are still sick. There are some viruses going around here too - one seems to be respiratory and the most common one, another is stomach. Yuck. Youíre doing all that you can - rest and fluids. Hugs.

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Jill, I agree with Joanna, it might be better that Brent has calmer friends. You have your hands full now. Hope everything settles down for you soon.
Joanna, our animals depend on us which is a good feeling but it gives us an urgency to take care of them first. I stubble into the kitchen bleary eyed and dish out the cat food before anything else in the morning. Just the way it is. They must have ownership papers on me somewhere.
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Dear team. This is short as I'm on my iphone & still sick in bed. So is Mike. I miss you all and I miss my singing with SA. I skimmed thru the posts. Prayers for those that hurt, struggling.

Taking OTC meds, honey, tea, lemon. Doc says to call again if not better by Mon as lots of this is going around. I do sleep a lot.

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Babs Ė I agree this site also runs very slow for me which I can fly through others. I think the problem is that there are too many pulling on their server and they are not spreading it out on several servers to accommodate the amount of traffic they actually have on here. It gets very frustratingly when I go to post and it comes up page can not be found or takes so long to load it times out. I run several servers and I know the difference between a smooth running one and one with too much CPU's running on them. Anyway it is what it is. That's some baby there at 6.6 wow. One of my grandsons just got married he is just 23 and not quite so tall. Hope he has a wonderful birthday this coming Friday.

Jeannie Ė I just caught up with your eye problems sorry to hear you are having a bit of difficulty. I myself went through removal of cataracts in both eyes over the last couple of months. The good news is I see very well and don't need any glassed to see this very small print now. I do hope it all turns out for the best for you. Two vehicles will sometimes feel like heaven sent. Take advantage while you can. I hope you keep up with the exercise bike...it will take you so many places and you never have to leave home. Just close your eyes and ride.

Linda you are so right the animals always come first around here. Don't ask me why but we don't even eat until all the animals are feed in the mornings. Thanks are getting back to normal. DTEenergy came in and repaired the electrical and we managed to get the well pump replaced on Monday. A few more repairs in the mishaps of the event and we will be all set.

Mona you should like such a wonderful person the way you are handling your loss. My prayers are with you and as you say you had 20 wonderful years with memories to carry on with. Take your time but know we are all here for you.

Jeanne you are new too me but I catch on quickly and will make up for any lost time. I so agree with you in regards to the team feeling more like family. The loner you are around the closer you get to some of them. I get away for long periods of time but when I come back and read post I can very easily pick up where I left off. Love these girls.

Jill, gosh what can any of us say. You are going through so much and nothing but words come though the computer. I wish I was there to give you some personal comfort...to hug you are just take you to lunch to get you away once in a while. Since I can't because we are so far apart...I will join the rest in saying I am praying for you....and in the end you will make all the right decisions for you and your son. It might just be a blessing in disguise that the girl from the hospital doesn't call your son. Handling him is difficult enough but trying to handle him when he is with a girl that is also having difficulty could go horribly wrong. I'm sorry if you think that might be too blunt but think about it. If she went off she could set him to go off like a roller coaster of problems. It's sad he cant find just local friends that he can talk to.

As for me Ė it's just another day in the country. After a couple of rainy days we had some sunshine today. It's been warmer, but feels more like the calm before the storm. We are rushing around to get things tied up for winter before December 1, That's when the hubby takes off for THAILAND. He wants to make sure I am all set with the big ticket items before he goes. All the while he is teasing me saying he just might not come back. I am beginning to wonder about that man.

Night all it's back to work for me...a long night ahead.

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Jill, you go through so much...my heart goes out to you.

I am just going to say hello and goodnight as its 10pm and I am pooped and I have to get up early for a meeting at work tomorrow.

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Hello my friends, just a quick update. . .Brent was discharged from the Hospital last evening. At first he seemed happy to be home then not very long afterwards we were back to square one with him. He was upset for some unknown reason and maybe it was just the adjustment to being home again after being away for almost 11 days. Neither one of us got much sleep last night and insomnia seems to be a new symptom he's developed recently. Today has been a much better day for him so I'm very thankful for that. The Hospital Psychiatrist didn't change much of his meds just updated one of them. I really was hoping for more help for him there but it didn't seem like the Hospital had anything much in place as far as things for him to do there and he was very bored but did make a few good friends while he was there. He's still "mooning" over a young Lady he met there but she has a BF and Brent met him when he came to visit her in the Hospital. She asked for his home phone # so he gave it to her and already is very disappointed she hasn't called him so far. She told him she would come here soon and walk our dog Snoopy with him, they would go on hikes together, etc. So right now he's afraid she's never going to call him which is very possible. .and he's so disappointed as wants and needs some friends. .

It's after 6 pm here and I need to say good-night to everyone as for most of you it's after 9 pm where you live. I'll do my best to reply back to everyone tomorrow, so please excuse me for now.

I'm wishing everyone a great evening and a very restful good night's sleep. For those who have pain issues I hope your pain lessens a lot soon. For those of you discouraged or sick praying for you to get better and heal soon and be back to yourself again. Thank you to all of you for your support, comments, goodies, etc. as honestly it means a lot to me to know you care. Hugs & Love to everyone. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I sort of skimmed through the posts and will only stay on a minute as my Fibro has flared and sitting at the computer is not easy right now. I had to cancel my appointment and wait until November 3 to see the Rheumatologist. There is just no help for transportation in this part of the state. I have a slight hope of getting help when my state Medicaid is changed next month.
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ok...here's my piece...this team has to be the safest place to have a rant. This time next year we are all going to feel the same way and saying the same things, no matter which side gets your vote. I'm always impressed by the adult behavior shown here and that we can agree to disagree. Isn't that how families are? From the very beginning this team has felt like family! emoticon

Parent/teacher conferences tomorrow. Another long day ahead. We have Friday off, but it's filled with pre-op doctors' appointments and groceries. One of my former students is getting married on Saturday and I plan to attend. She's had a very rough life and deserves to be happy. Another busy weekend ahead. Someday...someday...

Hello to everyone on the team. Hope this finds those who are ill on the road to recovery.

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Jeannie, aren't all the states battle grounds these days?? I am so sick of it all. My son and I are on different sides for the governor race, so I guess we will just void each others vote. But I refuse to argue with him about it. I just tell him I love him no matter how wrong he is. I try to make a joke of it, but its no joke that every other ad is political. There I have ranted too.

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Good morning! I'm so happy to see the sunshine today! emoticon I actually don't mind rainy days, but it does get tiresome after 3 or 4 in a row. We had plenty. It's time for us to share it with our neighbors to the East. Get ready, everyone! emoticon

Paul and Ian are coming over for dinner again tonight and I'm having trouble deciding what to fix. I can make it healthy and Ian will try lots of things, but sometimes I just don't have a good idea. Well...something will come to me, I'm sure. We're not far from the grocery store, so I can easily do a little shopping.

Babs, the dark mornings are hard, aren't they. And, with the time change coming in a few weeks, I know I'll hear from my Mom. She hates the dark and LONG evenings. I don't blame her, but she really has a hard time. I think she has SADD...actually, she seems to be down and discouraged most of the time and winter makes it worse. Poor thing. She will never take anything (meds), either, so what to do?

Oh, yes, Babs...your treats sound like so much fun and Abby and you will have a great time at the Fall Festival. I love summer sausage...too much sometimes. Agree with you about those little hands reaching into treat bowls, too!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Mona, I'm so glad you stopped by to let us know you're doing okay. Aren't you happy that you and Dennis made your plans well in advance? More people should do that, but I know it is hard and sometimes not the easiest thing to talk about. Praying for strength for you in the days ahead and for all the support and caring you need. emoticon

CJ, you are just one busy lady!! You'll have to take a vacation so you can spend more time with us! I'm glad we trimmed our Christmas shopping list this year. Now it doesn't matter how many days are left for me to do shopping. emoticon

Jeanne, glad you had a minute to say hi. There just aren't enough minutes in the days, are there. We're getting closer to Friday, though, so hope you have a chance to get a little rest then!

Okay...bear with me. I have a rant and I'm only going to say this once, then I'll shut up. Iowa is one of the election battleground states. We have an open Senate seat. There are two candidates who are going at it tooth and toenail. One of them is vacating a House seat in order to run, so that means there is an open seat there to fill, too, besides Governor and all kinds of state seats. It is non-stop TV ads...constantly running over and over. Nasty ads, "feel good" ads, apple pie and flag waving...lies, truths, half-lies, half-truths...on and on. Thank God we don't have a phone plugged into our land line, b/c if we did the phone would be ringing off the wall, too. It is so stupidly ridiculous. There are almost 3 weeks left of this, and then the presidential race begins. We've already had "hopefuls" making campaign stops with some of the people running for the other races I've mentioned. If these jokers think I make up my mind based on an ad that is being paid for by the huge and overly well-funded PACs, they are sadly mistaken. The money spent on this is so frustrating and could do so much good in the world, but no...they have to try to buy our votes. And that's all it is at this point!

Okay...said my piece and I'm done. You know we don't usually talk politics here and I happen to think that is a good thing. Hopefully none of you live in a "battleground state", although I'm thinking one or two of you are.

On another note, please pray for the nurses who have contracted Ebola from caring for an infected patient, as well as any others who may have become infected.

I feel better, dear friends...if you read through all that rant, you probably do not!! So sorry...maybe later I'll come back and edit it out. Need to get busy now. Take care, have a great day and please be kind to yourself today!! Hugs and love to each of you. XOXO Jeannie



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I think weíve had enough rain now! emoticon While was eating breakfast she said ďGrandma, itís still dark outside!Ē That was at 7 AM. Yep, sure is still dark. Even now at 9:58 AM itís grey outside. We didnít have rain for the longest time and weíre getting it all at once. However, the leaves are gorgeous. I think they needed a drink. Itís getting cooler too.

Karen, thereís only 16 more days until Ďour favorite monthí arrives!

Barbara, 75 degrees is a very nice temp. Glad you had a great day yesterday. Meatballs . . . love them!

On the way to work this morning, I decided to make worms Ďhot dogsí for dinner over the weekend - could do it any evening though because it doesnít take much time. I think Abby would love it. Simple, inexpensive. I also saw Ďspidersí made with Oreos. Could be a Halloween weekend.

Weíre going to the Fall Festival after Mass Saturday evening. Itís a chili cook-off but everyone brings something. Iím going to bring salami (or sausage really) - the long summer sausage or beef sausage that you cut yourself, plus cheese and crackers. Abby wonít eat much chili if any. This way there will be something Ďdifferent.í But Iím also going to make a Halloween treat - popcorn, candy corn/pumpkins, treats (for cakes/cupcakes - purple with bats), pretzels that are pumpkins and bats. I found a green candy that you can melt (vanilla flavor) and drizzle over it. Iíll bag it up though. Donít want little kid hands that arenít washed after they potty - yuck! This is cleaner and safer. They have a bonfire, hayride, Minute to Win It games, just fun.

Mona, so happy to hear from you and see that you are doing well. I totally agree with you. This is such a wonderful team and itís full of caring/loving people. Youíre part of it too! emoticon

Thinking of you too, Jeanne.

Hi there, CJ. Love the picture! This countdown is really getting Ďdown!í I better get moving and doing something. Love the decorations, lights. Fun time of year. But it can be so darn hectic.

I do believe I should get busy. Have a Wild and Wacky (I'm also having a 'Wet') Wednesday.

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Just a quick note before I go to bed, I have been checking in and reading all your posts, just not enough computer time.

Mona: I'm so glad you are doing ok and able to let your DH be laid to rest where he wanted.
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I'm here everyday and read the threads, just not a lot of time to spark. Thinking of everyone on the team and remembering you in my daily prayers.

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Hi everyone~~Wanted to check in and tell you that I have been overwhelmed with the love, prayers and kind thoughts of this team.

I have a few days of "taking care of stuff" and then I will be back.

Dennis' wishes were to be cremated and his children have decided to wait until December to have his service so his two Grandsons in military can be there. He will be buried by his first wife (his children's mother) who died many years ago. We had decided these things before we ever got married because I wanted to be buried by my children's Dad.

His children are making all the plans. I have decided to step back and let them have this time with their Dad. I had him for 20 years and we made so many wonderful memories that I will cherish those memories forever and they will keep me smiling!!

Thank you all again so very much and I should be back within the next few days.

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Babs, it is and was gorgeous here today 75 degrees...I think its supposed to rain tomorrow for us.

Jeannie, hey not all of us have big bottoms...lol...well, on second thought...

Mona, hope you are doing well.

Jackie, hope you are feeling better.

Karen, I made meatballs and sauce in the crockpot also and it got me in a lot of trouble!!!! But being Italian, I just couldn't stand being without it for so long. Oh, gosh, then I read on and I am getting really hungry. I am at my 2nd job and brought nothing to eat for tonight. I thought I could leave at 9pm but found out there is a class till 9:30pm and I will not get home till 10pm -ugh.

Hope all is well in Oklahoma CJ.

Hello Theresa, Jill, Jeanne, Nola, Linda, Joanna, and everyone else

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It's a rainy day here again. The rain should end tomorrow and we have clear skies and cooler temps in the forecast. Ahhh, you just gotta love the fall! Well, 'gotta' might be a strong word. I should say 'I absolutely love the fall.'

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I see that Jackie and Mike are still under the weather. So sorry about that. You have both been sick for quite some time.

Karen, you have bankers hours but I don't!! Hope you enjoyed your day off.

Thurs/Friday this week will end the holidays. I'll be on my own those days again and possibly tomorrow too. No complaints here!

Went to the gym Sunday and did some water walking. Abby and I talked about going to the movies. She would like to see 'Boxtrolls.' But she opted for swimming. She likes working out on the equipment. Hope it stays that way because that's not my thing. I like the water. She told me that since she is 'dancing' she has to exercise her body. No argument here. Oh my gosh - the 'outfit' she has on today is enough to gag me. But I refuse to say anything. Horrible. I guess my face showed that I was in shock because she said 'Grandma, I like it. Isn't that what matters?' Of course, I said - you got it!!

My GS' birthday is Friday. He'll be 22. How can that be? He's just a baby - a 6' 6" baby, but a baby nonetheless. My gosh time flies. emoticon

I need to get with the program here and start doing something.

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Good morning! It's raining buckets here today. It's okay...no flooding or problems that way as so far it is all soaking in. There are some nice new trees behind our house that the builder put in a week ago, so they are really happy! (The trees, I mean...LOL) They look just like this, but without the decorations: emoticon

About a month ago we bought a used Schwinn stationary bicycle on the local buy, sell, trade FB page. The woman wanted $100, but we bought it for $50, which is a heck of a buy. The nice thing is it has a nice big seat on it...extra wide for those of us who have extra wide seats of our own. Anyway, we were a little leery about buying a piece of equipment to just set in the basement to hang things on. But, it is actually working out pretty well and both of us have been using it. Not every day all day, but enough to say that so far it has been a good purchase. It does come in handy on days like this.

Haven't heard from quite a few of you for a few days. Hope that means you are all busy doing important and/or fun things. Mona, we're sure thinking of you and saying prayers for you and Dennis. I hope those who are ailing are feeling better...prayers for you, too. Have the best day you possibly can!! XOXOXO Jeannie emoticon emoticon

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Mona, much love to you. So sorry for your loss. There are no words that can help, but you know we are here for you.
Joanna, Good luck with the water situation. I know you are worried about your horses.
Jeannie, Thanks, yes season 5 opener of The Walking Dead was great.

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No problem Jeanne - just reading it one day at a time should be helpful!

I found a good article some of you might enjoy by Dean Anderson of SparkPeople.
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Babs, cute article...good exercise!

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Great article, Babs...now...if only I could actually do those things! emoticon

Mona, sending you lots of hugs and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss!

Karen, sounds like a fun day! Actually, in many parts of the Midwest, today is just another day. The kids have school, everyone is at work, and except for the banks and post office being closed, you'd never know it was a holiday. Our kids in VA are all "off" today. It is crockpot weather here, too, although I use mine all year around. I'm debating on what to fix for tonight. Have ground beef thawing out, but what to do with it? Richard will vote for a plain old hamburger and that might be what he gets!

Hi, Babs. I know what you mean about the weekends going quickly. They always did for me, too. I think Jeanne says the same thing. Too may things to do and not enough time. Hope your work week goes well.

Joanna, sorry about your water/electricity issues. We've been there, too, although we never had horses that needed to be watered. Good luck in resolving it all!

Barbara, I confess that I bought the Linda Spangle book (100 Days of Weight Loss). Found a really cheap one online and got it in 3 days. I am looking forward to working my way through it, but I won't be joining the team. I think it is a great team, but I just can't take on anything more right now. I think I can get enough out of it to make it work, though. So glad you finished it up and now you're looking forward to a great new book of hers. Sure hope you're feeling better and 10# in 100 days? Terrific!! Great work!!

Linda, hope you enjoyed the Season 4 opener o The Walking Dead. Would you believe I've never heard of it? I'm pretty predictable. Give me my NCIS programs, the British comedies on PBS and a few others and that's about it.

Theresa, another family member lost! So sorry for you and your family, too. Many prayers! Love the sound of your soups!!

Jackie, get well soon. Hope you are feeling much better by now!! emoticon

And, Jill, I so hope things are continuing to go well for Brent and that he is responding to treatment and whatever meds they might be trying. It is so difficult! You know we've been there with my sister, too, but I know it is much more difficult when it is your child! Like the others have said, I hope you've been able to find a way to relax and recharge your batteries during this time, too. It may be difficult for awhile after he gets home, looking for things to do and people to talk to, etc. emoticon

I haven't posted for several days, so today I had to write a book. It is getting chillier and gloomier here right now. It'll warm back up in a day or two. We still haven't turned the heat on. I think Richard thinks I'm trying to freeze him out! No way! He did turn on the fireplace last night for a bit. It's only a matter of time.

My eye is stable, I think. No new symptoms, although there isn't much improvement in my actual vision yet. I guess that's why we have to have 3 injections before they decide if we need more. I can still see well enough to drive, and that's important right now. My Mom wants us to pick up her van this weekend! emoticon We've gotten along quite well with one car, but we'll just keep it for the time being I guess. Richard has adjusted to being the driver again, much to his relief, I'm sure. LOL!

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Babs...I work bankers hours. Today is a day off for me. It is also a day off for Jim as he works in the school system.
Saturday was kind of drizzly here first thing in the day, yesterday was spectacular but cold and today is grey, overcast and cold. Jim keeps teasing that it is a good thing he had snow tires out on the other day. Typical New England weather, though. It is supposed to be in the mid 79s by mid week.
Yesterday we went to the flea market and I am kicking myself that we didn't purchase a free standing barn red painted cabinet. It was not wide, but it was tall. I could have used it for more canned goods storage in the kitchen. We never have enough storage space! Actually, I thought of Babs when I saw it. Looked right up your alley. We may go to a used furniture shop in town later on today to see if there is something similar. After that we may cross over into NH as we are right on the border and look for a waffle iron. There is no sales tax in NH and the store we would look at is less than 10 miles away.
It is definitely crockpot weather here. The last two days have been pasta, sauce and meatballs. I think we will finally finish it up tonight. Tomorrow's meal will be potatoes, smoked sausage, cream cheese, cream of celery soup and dry ranch dressing in the crockpot. I remember making it before and according to the note in the cookbook, we liked it. I always do that...I mark the date we tried something and whether we liked it or not written in the cookbook. Saves me from making something twice if we didn't like it the first time.
Other than that, I am spending the day knitting and reading. Hope you all have a quiet and peaceful day.
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Mona, I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers for you.

The weekend came and went so darn fast. Once again I had trouble with the computer at home going slow, freezing up. This is the site that it goes so slow on and I'm convinced it's all of the graphics. So I do what I can and that's it.

I read the posts but I certainly do not remember who's doing what.

I do recall that Brent seems to be feeling better and has made some new friends. That's wonderful, Jill. Now if you can relax a little yourself it would be terrific. I know though - easier said than done. Hugs and prayers for you too.

I recall some posts on television shows. I like Criminal Minds. I don't watch a lot of television, but that's one that has a lot of reruns. I have always enjoyed the Hallmark Channel. However, when I switched to AT&T U-verse I lost Hallmark. I almost didn't switch, but we had DirectTV and were having problems with it.

Joanna, good luck with the well/pump, etc. I remember Jackie & Mike having so many problems last year.

Back to work for now my friends.

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Mona: I am so sorry to hear of your DH's passing. No words to cover this kind of loss.

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Mona, Sympathy and Prayers to you. Thinking of you in this sad time.

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Mona, Much Love & Prayers sent your way, I'm sorry to hear about your DH Dennis passing but now he' in Heaven happy to be there with no pain and a clear mind. Dear Mona take the time you need to grieve as it's a tremendous loss to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Mona, I am so sorry for your loss. Even when it is expected, it is still hard!
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Mona, I am so sorry for your loss! Even when it is expected, it is still hard.
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