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10/31/14 2:20 A

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Hello on Friday and a warm welcome to Chris, sorry you have health problems ,
I am generally healthy but do get tired as I look after myhusband who has Alzheimer's , I am in England .
Thanks girls for support and advice. Our dad scheme is over stretched though we have always had the help we need. But now I am not happy my husbands rash was not checked . He's not well generally but we have to wait to Monday to see a doctor. It will be worse soon as their computer system is being changed, so no access for them to records, it's emergency treatment only for a few days, everyone thinks their case is an emergency case.
I went out for a while yesterday on my own l I needed to send some mail .draw cash out too. Also I met up witha girl friend in the coffee shoo, we talked non stop and shared a few laughs , it did me good, Maurice was ok watching tv. He can't change channels now so just watches what comes on until I change it. Amazing it's the last day of another month now. Irene

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Good evening team! I haven’t posted lately. I’m in my October “funk” getting ready to move back to Florida for the next 6 months. It’s getting to be “crunch” time for us, with all the packing, cleaning and visiting relatives.

KRIS, I’m glad you’ve decided to join our team. It looks like you’ve overcome many medical obstacles so I’m sure losing weight will be easy by comparison.

I won’t be posting for about a week and a half while we move to FL but I will be reading the posts and thinking about all of you.

ELLEN, I’m watching for an update on your visit with your Mother.

ALLIE, I’ll also be watching for a report on your visit to see President Obama!

SUE, You're such an asset to the team, with your medical knowledge. I hope Irene takes your advice about using the antihistamine for Maurice's side affects from the antibiotic.

Good night!

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Hi, all! I want to thank Shirley and Grace for the great welcome. This sounds like the team I need to be on. Just a little 'get to know me' info. My name is Kris, I live in NC, and am 63 years old. I have had trouble losing weight for the past year, but continue to eat healthy and exercise. I've been on disability on 2006 due to a rare auto-immune disease, and had a kidney transplant in 2007 - and doing great! My husband retired almost two years ago, and we've gotten over the adjustment period lol! We both ride Spyders (motorcycles with two wheels in the front and one on the back) and enjoy traveling on them. Thank you again for the warm reception!

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Good afternoon team:

I had a wonderful time at the fundraiser last night. I met the Senator that helped get the dead tree removed. I made a point to thank him and his staff for all their help. I met quite a few other people that are running for office also.

I love HGTV and the home I was in looked like one of their homes. I have never seen anything like it. I wish I could have had a tour of the house so I could really see what it looked like inside. As I was driving there I passed several mansions and it was a sight to see.

I picked up my train tickets to use when I see the President on Sunday. I had my hair cut and colored.

I have about 200 calls to make for one of our candidates and I am going to do that tomorrow.

My grocery store has a gas station right next to it. If I spend a certain amount on groceries I will receive a discount. I paid $2.90 per gallon with my discount. I am going to remember this day for awhile.

I spoke to my sister this morning and she said she was in quite a bit of pain. She has a kidney infection and they said it is a little harder to treat then a bladder infection. My sister has a tendency to over medicate and so she requires more medication then some other people might. My personal opinion is that sometimes doctors over medicate the elderly and my sister doesn't always usecommon sense in taking care of herself. She is going to see the Urologist at his office after she leaves the hospital. He is going to put a camera inside of her to see what is going on. I thought he was going to do it at the hospital but she said no.

She said she will be going home in a couple of days, but we will see. Her grand daughter told me they had been shopping for a Halloween costume for my sister just before she went in the hospital. I have to bite my tongue when I hear stuff like this. She doesn't even pay her bills and she is buying a Halloween costume. I know I shouldn't judge her but I get upset when she tells me she doesn't have enough to eat then she spends the little money she has foolishly.

I am done venting. Thanks for all your thoughts and concerns regarding my sister and her health.

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Good afternoon everyone.

I just had a visit by telephone with one of my brothers. He advised me to ask before I act if I am not sure what to do. I told him that that is what I am doing at the moment.

Monday I did laundry. I had four loads to do. That meant going down four times and coming up with a basket of clothes four times. My back has been chatting pretty steadily since. I had a full day planned for today but have not done much besides sleep all morning and have brunch. I might try to pass the dry swiffer on the floors this afternoon. I shall reserve the washing for tomorrow.

Val left pretty early today. She said she had things to do then is going to her mom`s to help Jessica.

I noticed that I have been lacking when I sign off. I`m going to fix that today.

Later... God bless and may His angels keep watch over us! emoticon

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Hi Sparkfriends!!
Well....in the low 50's this morning-about froze-turned the gas logs on to get the chill off. We have not yet turned on the heat.
Stepson and I went to the gym-he went to swim and I did the treadmill. Attendance was pretty sparse.
It is a very quiet day here-really nothing to do unless I want to-so I did a load of towels, cleaned the bathrooms (I live with three men!) and made some corn tortillas. I was craving them and will spread some with refried beans, ad a little fat free cheese and salsa then roll them up. Yum!
I kind of feel guilty about not going to work but it was kind of wearing me out so I must get over it.
Got my tire sensor replaced-big cha ching-$250 dollars-ugh. But I am thankful it could be fixed and that I had the money. Just one more big bill this year for the termite bond and I will be home free for a while. (I think-LOL!!!).
Those UTI's can be really bad for us older folks. When I work the gero-psych unit we always checked the folks right off for a UTI because it can cause behavioral abnormalities mimicking dementia.
Major rashes caused by an allergic reaction to a medication must be dealt with and the prudent thing to do is stop the antibiotic. If switching antibiotics is not an option then they add an antihistamine and a steroid to minimize the reaction.
Hubby is at the kitchen table doing his tax course homework. He is talking to himself-not good but kind of funny. I just love him.
Have a wonderful day Sparkfriends-you are all a blessing to me!

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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - I'm on an antibiotic for a UTI right now too, and one of the side effects listed can be a rash. * Like you, I've reached the point of anything to save my energy it is necessary for me to do, and I don't have nearly as much to deal with as you do. So in my mind you are doing well. I think some of our supermarkets will shop and deliver, but I've never known anyone whose used this. I did have neighbors once that had their prescriptions delivered. * I do not have a high regard for doctors. We must have them and rely on their expertise, but I find few really have any real interest or concern about their patients. We are just a commodity - like taking a car to a mechanic. I'll use this experience with me as an example. I went in for a routine check-up on the 6th. The doc ordered a fasting blood test, and I asked him to have a urinalysis done, which he did, and I got it done that day. Several days passed before I heard back about this. To make this long story shorter - it was a couple days after that playing phone tag, before I got his assistant/nurse back. Everything was fine except my cholesterol was a bit elevated, and I had an abnormal urinalysis. What kind of symptoms was I having, she asked? I told her as I had told the doctor, I don't get the usual UTI symptoms, I just get sick. More phone calls. He didn't put me on an antibiotic until last Friday - almost a month from the time I saw him. And this is after I had a second urinalysis and culture. The one and only time I know that I had a UTI, I came down with Shingles, was septic and had to be hospitalized before I knew I had one. I was using this same doctor, so you'd think he would take an abnormal urinalysis more seriously and act more quickly wouldn't you?

Ellen - it is good to have you posting again. * I never stayed in my parents' house after they were gone - my mother had died and my dad was in assisted living, but when I visited after my brother had it all cleaned up and ready to sell I cried as I walked though, so I think I know how you feel. *What a lovely thing to do for your mother. Not only will the flowers brighten her day, but her daughter's act of kindness will also. *I do wish your step-son and wife a safe and enjoyable time in China. I'm glad you got back in time to see them off. *I hope your hubby is feeling better today.

Bonnie - we are under a freeze warning until Saturday. We actually had frost this morning. For a month or so now we've gone from heat to air and back again. Some days needing neither of course. * Do try to get your flu shot. Where we aren't 100% covered, we are protected by getting them much better than if we don't.

Mary - that was quite a nice walk you and Lorne took. 5 miles (9 K) is a long walk. *I loved your story of Marcus' baptism. It brought back memories of baptisms both in my church family, as well as my natural family and those of close friends.
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Allie - so sorry about your sister, but am a bit confused why they have her on morphine if all that is wrong is a UTI. I'm not putting down UTIs as I know how sick they can make a person and they are to be taken seriously, but with either of mine I wasn't in pain, and certainly not enough pain to require morphine. Be sure to let us know how she is doing.

Cecile - thank you, as I would never want to offend you or anyone else on this team for that matter. I realize that Val does lots for you, like driving and helping with the shopping, not to minimize her companionship. *What an honor paid you by the Legion. I am most happy for you.

Sue - what an interesting thought about it being a privilege to be a caregiver. I see care givers as being angels who give so much of themselves, but had never thought of it being a privilege to be one. You definitely know what you are talking about both as a nurse and a caregiver yourself. It speaks well of you that you see care giving as a privilege. I will remember this. And you are so right - no one can understand unless they have walked in a caregiver's shoes. * We too have heard that this is to be a cold hard winter, but it is the eastern part of the country that is to get the most snow, as I understand it.

Wishing everyone a good day -

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Hello on a grey Thursday ,I just put food away after a supermarket delivery , I am making use of anything now to help me save time and energy,, I was impressed as the driver asked me to check all fresh produce to see it was acceptable standard and in sell date, it was,
Re Maurice's rash , all I could get was a phone consultation that day. Doc said it probably was a reaction to antibiotics, but carry on using them! Really ? I questioned that and was told yes but if gets worse call us again, not very satisfactory , he hadn't seen the patient , I read all I could on this medication and it stressed do not continue if there's a rash. So that's what I am doing ! It was gut instinct anyway, M is alright calm just sits all day watching tv,
Rash is not as angry looking but has spread over lower body and into legs now. We see a doctor again on Monday. Till then we plod on. Irene

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10/29/14 3:17 P

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Good evening:

I stopped by the local democratic headquarters and picked up my two tickets to see President Obama this Sunday. I have to take the train and the subway to get there. I might take a practice run down there tomorrow and see if there is parking, then I will just drive. I have a feeling where I am going isn't a very good neighborhood.

I was invited to a fundraiser but it is always so expensive so I never sent a RSVP. I was speaking to the top guy at the headquarters and I told him I wanted to go but I was sure it would be expensive. He called someone on my behalf and told them how much help I have been to them. The people he spoke to said I can give whatever I feel I can afford. They are charging $100.00 and he knows I can't possibly pay that.

I am sure I will have a good time this evening. I have not been to a fundraiser for a long time and there will be two very important people there and I want to meet them and hear them speak.

I hope everyone has a good evening.

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A quick post as I am washing clothes from our trip. My DH still has this nasty cough and slept little while we were traveling, so he is asleep on the sofa and I need to ask him about some shirts in his hanging bag.

Back from loading the washing machine up. My DH woke up, so I needed to get that done.

As you know, my mother is in a nursing/rehab facility. We stayed at her home which was built when I was two years old. It was so difficult without her being there. I kept trying to pretend she was in her bedroom reading, but it did not work well. I don't think I want to stay there again, although it was nice to use the two guest bedrooms and bath.

This morning I had a florist send a fall arrangement to my mother's room at the nursing home. I hope that brightens up her day.

My step-son and his wife leave for a 8 month teaching job in China on Friday and are having dinner with us tomorrow. I think I will make something easy like spaghetti and meatballs and sour dough bread, plus a tossed salad.

I know I will catch up later in responding to the posts.

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10/29/14 1:29 P

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Hi Al, 66 at 1pm and was raining out this am.. now is grey... looking like Halloween out there all golden leaves.

Well, moving along.... started with call to Home Depot... the manager said I had to write for a grant.. he was not doing anything right then... BUT... the grant window does not open until Feb 1 of next year.

He felt bad and is going to rethink what he wants to do. He also said all cost $1000.00 which he can't do... I just sent an email... we need 50 boards and 100 conduit cost of $503.50... so I have my fingers crossed.

I told him another store manager at a local hardware bought all the wood last year himself... maybe this guy would like to do that too?????????

Then I just got an email from the daughter of a photographer.. I wrote her because the photographer died .. and I want Approval to use the painting I painted by using her dad's photo... it is worth a try... I just don't have my own originals...

She wrote early and I thought she said no... because she quoted a price of $1500.00 another fellow had to pay to use 2 shell pictures... She just wrote back saying she didn't say it clear enough to me... that YES.. I can use the picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope to sell prints from it.

Yes the lady teaching last night is very good at teaching... like I would do very complete in her instructions. My regular teacher has no stress about her.. but that gives me stress because she does not give all the directions etc needed to do a project... but I am thinking we all are getting A's in the class... we just go with the flow and she is very happy with us.. oh well.

I have been making lists of all the things I need to finish and doing...I am down to only 3 things that I need to follow up on... getting back to reading is help calming me down

I have a huge appetite and eating very healthy ...for a lumber jack that is!... One day I ate 2 box meals... but when I counted calories both were only 1000 with added cheese and tomatoes... then I only had a few other things... I really normally can't eat way too much over 1000 to even maintain my weight... and dawwwwwww that shows in the 14 lbs I have put on in past couple of months... I really am enjoying eating too.. the food taste sooooo good, but I need to get back to my smaller portions.. I can eat the same things just not as much as I have.

..time to chill again... I've been going at working through things since 10AM...

reading... Girl with the Dragon Tatoo... the 600 plus pages are really going fast.. and it is interesting for a fun read... also working on The Conquest of New Spain... only 25 more hours to go... but chapters are like 3-5 minutes long.. lots more chapters to go... true history... one of the before 1700 books to read.

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Good Afternoon, Team.

The house was so warm this AM I thought that maybe DH had turned the heat on. But he didn't so it must be the effects of it being over 80 degrees yesterday. Feels so good not to be wearing heavy shirts and jackets!! It is supposed to be in the high 40's on Sunday so the heat will probably be put on then.

I tried--my 3rd time--to get a flu shot. I called all 3 CVS's in my area and none have the flu vaccine for seniors!! None of them seemed to know when it would come in, if ever. It is very frustrating when you try to do the right thing and what the thing health professionals say you should and then get "shot down".

@Ellen - Nice to have you back home safely.

@Slimmer - I'm glad you are now enjoying your loom class with the new teacher. I hope your efforts get you the charity money you were going after. Individuals and businesses are being pulled in all directions when it comes to being charitable. I do think $50 for a successful business is really a paltry amount.

@Allie - Well you certainly went "up the ladder" in the celebrities you hear speak. It sounds like you really enjoy them.

I hope everyone has a great day. The wind is picking up and we are due for some rain this afternoon. Then our temps will plummet!!

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Good afternoon ladies :)

I just have a few minutes before heading off to Bible study. Lorne is off today so we got in a good walk...almost 9 km. Also got out Monday afternoon for about 45 minutes...slowly getting back on track!
I don't know if I have checked in since Markus's Baptism on Sunday, but it went very well. He slept thru it all until the applause to 'welcome the newly Baptised to the church family' at the end. All the time Becky and I were getting the food ready I was sure I was making too much (better han too little!) But there was nothing left! Nothing!! lol...so much for thinking I wouldn't have to make Lorne a lunch for work Monday :) You could tell vegetarians were in charge of the refreshments...but they inhaled it all :)
I went to the monthly knitting group last night because they wanted me there to see what they were making for the bazaar. Oh my. Can those women TALK! I can be a talker too, but usually with just one or two people. In larger groups I tend to be quiet and listen. My ears were exhausted by the end of the evening :)
I have to run...have a nice afternoon!

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Good afternoon team:

I just spoke to my sister at the hospital. She is on morphine and has a kidney infection. She had been taking the wrong kind of antibiotic for the strain of UTI that she has. I am just glad she is being taken care of. I asked her is they sent a urologist in to see her and she said they did.

I have been invited to see President Obama on Sunday. I have contacted several people to find out where I should go to pick up the tickets. This is going to be very exciting, I can't wait.

I hope everyone has a good day. I am off to the Y to get my exercise in.

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Good morning everyone.

It is not raining at the moment so my wish has been granted.

Shirley - you did not overstep anything. I always take your advice to heart and you may be right in suggesting that Val could help out with the expenses. Sometimes I stop and think of everything I have to pay now and I kind of panic. I just hope and pray that things gets settled quickly.

A while ago I received a call from the President of our local Legion. He asked if I could be the Mother of the Year at the Remembrance ceremony this year. What an honour! Of course I accepted. He said that someone will come and pick me up to chauffeur me for the day.

I have showered and now I have to get ready for our outing this afternoon. Added to our list of to do`s is going to Wal Mart to pick up a Halloween costume for Jess. She`s always at the last minute for stuff like that.

Later...... emoticon

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Good morning Sparkfriends.
At home this morning. I was going to take stepson to swim but we had a thunderstorm and they close the pool when it lightning's so we all decided to take the day off. Sometime today I will have to get some exercise in however. I am taking the boys later this morning for a haircut-they are looking scruffy.
Welcome back Ellen-I missed your posts and hope your trip went smoothly.
Praying for you and Maurice, Irene. Being a caregiver is a privilege but sometimes a lonely undertaking. No one can understand unless they have been there.
Looking out the window it seems that the rain has passed. It has been quite warm here still but I think Friday it will stay in the 60's. I believe the Farmers Almanac says that we will have a colder than normal winter. That is fine with me as long as the snow stays away-LOL. No more for this girl-thank you. Goodness-I remember those winters in Buffalo when I was a child and the wind coming off Lake Erie-brrrr. I remember also the winters in Pennsylvania waiting on the snowplow to come through so I could go to work. What was I thinking!!! Laughing at myself now!!!!
Everyone have a blessed day. Oh-the cargo rocket that blew up yesterday in Virginia....I found out that our local community college had an engineering experiment on board. Interesting.


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Good Morning Everyone -

Lunch with two friends yesterday, and today my husband wants to go to Kohl's for a new jacket. Why I need to go along I don't know, but he wants me to. He said we'd have our midday dinner at a Chinese/American restaurant that has really good food. The weather is turning cold here, so I'm thinking it is time for me to pull up annuals - what few I have, take the yard waste to the place where I dump it, and settle in for winter.

Irene - you and Maurice are going through a tough time. I am so sorry about his health problems. Perhaps he's had a reaction to those last antibiotics the doctor prescribed. Keep us posted as to how he/you are both doing.

Slimmer - good luck with the donation. It sounds like a good thing you are doing. * It sounds also like you liked your substitute weaving teacher better than you regular one.

Ellen - Welcome Home! Thanks for checking in. I was always exhausted after traveling, so I can understand how you feel. I know you are eager to get unpacked, etc., etc. but if you can, try to veg out for a day and then tackle the things you must do. * Thanks for checking in and letting us know you got home safely.

Bonnie - re the weather - Friday we are to have a high of 48 and a low of 28 if you can believe that. A couple days ago it got up to 80 something. I guess it was summer's last hooray - smile. * Thanks for explaining about Mystery's hoof. Doesn't it make you wonder sometimes how animals make it without the aid of humans? * Sleeping (or lack of) - I bought my husband some Tylenol PM, but he said it didn't help. Neither of us have tried Melatonin.

Allie - good news about the Y reducing your membership fee. * So sorry that things are no better with your sister. I'm glad that her granddaughter keeps you informed. * What fun for your grandsons! Going to that campground will be quite an experience for them both. * I hope you were able to get your walk in yesterday.

Cecile - so happy to hear that Val has gotten a job. I do hope that it works out for her. As for her helping with the cell phone expense, if she is working, I think she should be helping with the expenses. I guess she still isn't going back to school? * Whoops! I just read what you said about Chantal. I apologize if I overstepped my bounds saying what I did.

Sue - I hope your day went well yesterday. Sometimes I have days like you described.

Have a good day everyone -

Shirley

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I am calling in for a mid week chat. It's been all medical matters taking my time. I am ok, Maurice has had raging fevers and been generally unwell. At first a UTI was diagnosed he had a week of antibiotics No better at all and I had a task to walk him to medical centre on Monday morning . It's not far. Now thoughts are it maybe a bronchial infection so different antibiotics are prescribed, ( free) he's slept a lot and ate little , each time he wakes i get some liquid in him. He does seem brighter today so I hope the antibiotics are kicking in,
Paused there to help him get ready for a shower and saw his upper body is covered in a rash, now what ? Must ring med centre as soon as they open, it's one thing after another ! Thanks for your concern good wishes and prayers all appreciated . Irene

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Hi All, ...back from weaving...

Ellen... glad your are back... now Rest!

Cecile... glad that Val got a job... that is something that she got hired from the first great interview!

Well, we had another lady teach us how to build a tapestry loom which was very very easy... now this type of weaving you might want to do.

Then we put the warp threads on... she is a very good teacher and taught and demonstrated for 2.5 hours all that time! She will come back on Thurs ..where we have an hour film then we start weaving colors and all types of patterns.... Big night on learning!!!

This lady also was the Head of UNG's Art Dept about 4 yrs ago.

When I got home I had a message waiting... The HEAD Store Manager of Home Depot here in town wants me to call him tomorrow. He said he wants to Re-Think... what he wants to do for the Memorial Markers....

.........whoopee............... sounds like it is going to be more than $50.00 coming now!!! I wonder if the fellow I am helping talked to him..cause he knows him and told him how depressed I was that I could not do better than the $50 for a donation... and that now the guy is going to talk to me... which of course will make me feel like I did a good thing...

....now if the guy I am helping Did Not talk to the manager... then this is really something that they are rethinking what they are going to do now... because of what I had presented to them

This is exciting!!!

I'm getting lots of things done on my ToDo List... and slowing down a little... well at least I am going the speed limit now.

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I am finally back home and exhausted. I will try to catch up with everyone tomorrow.

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Good Evening, Team.

Today was our "80's" day. I don't know how high it got but it was definitely over 81 degrees. Tomorrow it is supposed to rain and then it will get cold. I think the high on Sunday is only supposed to be in the 40's!!!! Do not like!

Our water main is still unfixed and the water is gushing under the street. Down the street, the way we go to the Lake, there is a ditch made out of concrete (I'm sure it has a name but I don't know what it is) that catches all of the rain water and it flows down to the Lake. Yesterday the water was gushing down like we'd had a big rain storm (which we hadn't). It is all water from our water main break!! One of our neighbors said it will probably take 4 days--apparently the typical time WSSC responds to calls. Well--tomorrow is the 4th day so maybe they'll come!!

@Shirley - Mystery's hoof has 3 separate places that look like a "crush" injury. My blacksmith first told me that it was an abscess but I've seen lots of abscesses in horses and this isn't it. When the vet was out for Fall shots a few weeks ago I had her look at it. She thinks Mystery somehow injured his hoof and it has been growing out. I first noticed it the beginning of the Summer. I have no idea how he could have done it unless Pluto stepped on his hoof or he got it caught under the wire fence that goes all of the way to the ground!!! So, it has been growing down so that it is now very close to the tip of his hoof. I was afraid that it would then crumble but my blacksmith says it's just superficial. I'm not sure I believe him but he said, on Sunday, that he could put epoxy on it and then tape over that. So, that is what I had him do. So far the tape is still holding though it probably will fall off, which is okay.

@Elaine - I'm so sorry about Kat's cat. I've had a couple cats live to 19. But others never made it that far due to various illnesses. It's sad to lose our animal children. We just have to love them as much as we can for as long as we can.

I'm tired. I didn't sleep well last night. even after taking Melatonin. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. PM pain pills seem to work better for me.

Tomorrow I am going to try, for the 3rd time , to get a flu shot.

I hope everyone had a great day.
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Good afternoon team"

I went to the y and did my swimming. They reduced my membership by 25 percent. I have to be grateful for what they did do. Every bit of money I can save counts.

My grandsons school is taking the older students to a campground and the older children will camp out overnight. I volunteered to chaperon if either one of the parents would like me to. My youngest grandson will go for the day and I think that is enough for him.

It seems all I want to do is sleep lately. I guess I am still recovering from taking care of the boys.

I just spoke to my sisters grand daughter and she thinks my sister is sick again. I can't talk to my sister on the phone anymore because she gave one of her phones to her useless son and she won't answer the other phone. I will just have to see what happens.

I am going to take a walk now. I promised myself I would get two hours of exercise in per day no matter what.

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Good afternoon everyone.

Today is bismal. It is cloudy and darkish. Val told me on Saturday that his is the worst Autumn of her life. I do agree with her. I wish the rain would go to California for a bit. They need it more than we do.

I have good news to share today. Val got a job working at Pennington`s. She was supposed to have a second interview this week, but the lady told her that her first one was so perfect, she doesn`t need the second. What a relief. Last week, Val told me that if she got the job, she was going to help with the cell phone charges. That will be a great help.

Yesterday, my daughter called. I wish she would get the message that I keep telling her to row her own boat and let me row mine. She started telling me to charge Val for room and board. I feel it`s none of her business what I do here. At the moment I just let her talk and ignore what she says.

Tomorrow, Val and I have a few errands to run. I hope it doesn`t rain. I don`t care if it`s cool though because that would be more comfortable for me. Val doesn`t like heat too well either. I think she takes after me for that.

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Hi Sparkfriends.
Praying for Irene and Maurice today.
The pest control guy just came to the door-going to do the annual termite inspection. Hoping it is ok!
This is one of those days when I am feeling out of the loop-don't know how much I am going to get done-space cadet!!
Did 20,000 steps yesterday-don't think that will happen today-LOL.
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Good Morning Everyone -

Slimmer - you indeed did have a Very busy day yesterday.

Bonnie - what is wrong with Mystery's hoof? I thought the blacksmith's visit was just routine. * Computers - these darned upgrades - at first I thought it was my imagination, but now know it isn't. I went to retrieve my sister-in-law's address yesterday and all the info I had on her is gone. This is in Access. Before this I've gone looking for recipes in my Word database and for whatever reason they are no longer there. How the computer selects some things to delete and not others I don't know. My husband says he will see if he can find the lost files. We will see if he ever gets around to it. He blamed the problems on these upgrades. As said, I know so little about computers in the grand scheme of things. What made me get into this was not only what you said about importing pictures to your computer, but also talking about your new crock-pot. I had the best Salsa Chicken recipe that I'd love to make, and it has somehow vanished from my computer files as well as my cookbooks or cards. * I can't imagine them not taking care of that water main break. I thought those got top priority - for one thing water can cause LOTS of damage in a short period of time. And like you said, it is also the waste of all that good water.

Elaine - I am very sympathetic to what you and Kat are going through with her cat. Our 14 year old dog has a huge growth on the side of her neck and has lost lots of weight. We are pretty sure it is cancer. Treatment would be very costly. Not only that, she actually died not too many years back when we had her teeth cleaned. Obviously, they brought her back since she is still with us - smile. So having that growth removed isn't an option. Old animals like old people it is sometimes hard to know what is the best thing to do for either. * It got up to 80+ yesterday, but that is probably the last time we will see this until next summer. A storm came through last night, and we aren't supposed to get above 65 today or the next few days.

Sue - that was interesting that November is Alabama's worst weather month. I guess the spring is the worst for us.

Allie - I don't know how you have the energy and stamina to keep those boys the way you do. As said many times before, your daughter-in-law doesn't know how fortunate she is to have you in her life. As for the tree being gone, what on earth is her problem? For that utility company to come through and take down my healthy beautiful trees as well as my neighbors - now that is BAD, but to remove a dead or diseased tree is only good common sense. I wonder how she would have felt if one of that tree's dead branches had fallen and hit one of her boys while playing in your yard, or you for that matter?

Grace - I hope you have your binges under control now. I don't usually overdo when eating out, it is eating alone where I probably tend to eat too much. For whatever reason I've had a yen for a piece of apple pie. No, I won't dare buy a whole one, but sure wish some place where I regularly shop would sell just one piece. There is a grocery that does this, but I must go out of my way to get there. *Thanks for the update on Irene's husband, Maurice. I hope he will be okay. I'm seldom on Facebook so I missed that.

Make today a happy and healthy one -

Shirley

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Hi All,....

Got my loom pieces bought and I hope at least this lady will show us how to put them together. I do not have pieces for it to stand by itself as she did not give that.

I also saw the assistant manager of Home Depot and he told me instead of what I thought could have been a $600 donation to the Memorial Marker he said he only could give me $50.00. I called the fellow who does the markers and he now is going in with the paper they want ... but he knows the overall Manager and is going to make a plea to him... the fellow I talked to said they give to Veterans and for some reason they did not connect this to that group... I think we will have better luck.

I also bought food again!... have not cooked it yet.

I did not go to class tonight... but I have now gotten all my photos on my Digication both for weaving and 2 of my art exhibits. Also ordered ink for my printer and got a membership to the Bowen Art Center where on Nov 1st I will find out if my items get in their show.

I am just exhausted so besides not wanting to go... I feel I rested and got a lot done...now thinking of eating again... and then watching Castle!

moving along...
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Good Evening, Team.

I spent most of the morning trying to get my digital photos imported to my computer and then figuring out how to put some of them on facebook. I figured it out but took a lot of time.

Then I went to the store because I wanted to use my new crock pot today. By the time I got home I had just enough time to get the ingrediants together so it will be done by the time we eat dinner. Luckily, we eat dinner very late.

I told DH that the Jeep dashboard buttons were telling me that there was low tire pressure. He had to take another of our vehicles to the shop and said he'd put air in the tires after that.
Then, he said, we'd take a walk. So, I was all ready to take a walk--looked outside and he was talking to the neighbor and putting air in our Dodge truck!! So, I had to tell him that I would walk without him because it was almost 4PM. He has lately gotten so he doesn't tell me when his plans change. It drives me crazy!!

WSSC, the water company, hasn't come yet to fix the water main break!! Our neighbor slipped us another note this AM and said he had called again and we were "on their list". So much water is being wasted and now the asphalt in the road is starting to raise up and will probably crumble. I just don't understand.

The blacksmith put epoxy on Mystery's hoof and then wrapped his hoof in what looked like black electrical tape. He said it was purely "cosmetic" and I probably didn't need to do anything but I told him to go ahead and do it. Better safe than sorry!

@Shirley - My husband doesn't repeat things (too often) but he does say whatever comes into his head and talks to himself all the time. Drives me crazy. Some of the things he says would be better left in his head!! As you said--I'm trying to just ignore it. He never did any of this until a few years ago.

@Grace - You give so much of yourself to your brother's care that I know it must be hard to leave him when you go to Florida. And, you said this year he wasn't going to come visit you, which I completely understand after the problems you had managing him last year. Writing in a journal would probably be a good idea. I've heard that it is very helpful. You are a wonderful sister & you should be very proud of yourself.

I hope everyone had a wonderful day.
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Good afternoon

A quick hello and to say I plan to stick around for a while this time. things are going pretty good with my daughter Kat being here with me, she and I have always got along good, right now I am feeling bad for her, her seventeen year old cat isn’t doing very well so she took her to the vet the other day and she found she has cancer, a really hard thing for my girl she loves that cat like she loves her kids.

The weather is getting colder we had snow in the mountains yesterday and lots of wind and rain here in the valey. We enjoyed a dry warm summer this year so now it looks like the weather is going to make us pay for it being so good to us this year.

Time for me go go I’ll be back soon. have a great afternoon…E




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Hi Sparkfriends~
My little fitbit friend has his tongue stuck out at me-so I will make this short.
Took the boys to get their groceries this morning (snacks and treats for them-real food for me!) but I am going to wait until tomorrow to take the care to the shop. Hubby had to go to Birmingham today so I would have had to sit at the dealership to wait on my car.
The neighbor two doors down is getting the trees behind his house taken down. BTW November is the worst severe weather month here in Alabama.
Allie-good luck with your conversation with your son I know how that can go.
(((Grace))) I think you are an angel.
Gotta get up and move now. God bless everyone!

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Good morning team:

This is the second time I am writing this. I lost the first one.

I am trying to recover from taking care of my grandsons for 3 days. I love them dearly but I am worn out. I e-mailed my son and told him we need to have a talk. I have kept my mouth shut thus far in fear that I would upset him and he would keep my grandsons away from me. I think it is time he knows what is going on and he starts appreciating me and all my help. I took my grandsons to a party on Sat. The people having the party are friends of my son and his ex-girlfriend. I don't care for these people and I wouldn't leave a dog with them. In the future the parents can leave my grandsons with these people, I don't want to be responsible what might happen to them while they are with these people.

The manager of Perkins Restaurant called me and he is sending me 2 gift certificates for 2 free meals. He apologized and that is all I really wanted.

I asked my DIL if she noticed the dangerous tree was finally gone. She acted like I murdered it. It was dead and it was a hazard. Sometimes people just don't make any sense.

I have a lot of laundry to do and I need to get to it. I have gained back 10 pounds of the 22 pounds I have lost since January. I needed to knuckle down and start exercising more and eating less.

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Good morning team! This is what I mean about my "binging".

Tuesday - I had Pumpkin Bisque & a BIG brownie with chocolate chips on top
Thursday - I had pancakes AND a piece of Toll House pie
Friday - I had mac & cheese and a piece of cake
Saturday - I had a wonderful dinner at our GD and GSIL's house, topped off with ice cream and cupcakes
Sunday - I had a 300 calorie candy bar and 3 chocolate chip cookies.

I do NOT normally eat this way. Every one of these "binges" were while eating out.

I saw on Facebook, that Irene's DH is sick with a fever and she's taking him to the doctors today. I pray that he's alright.

I have to get back to packing boxes.


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Good Morning Everyone -

Slimmer - it sounds as though you are definitely staying too busy to get into much mischief - smile.

Grace - flabby arms, I think this is something that comes along with age although I can't remember Mother having them. Men tend not to get this or if they do, I've never noticed it. At one time I had very nice arms and legs and wore shorts in the summer, both short ones and Bermudas. I also wore lots of sleeveless tops too. No longer --- and this has been true for a lot of years now. *Walmart - my husband had forgotten he was out of light butter which he uses every morning thus going out on a Saturday. I would have gone to another store that wouldn't have been so busy, but I had a few things on my list that I could only get there. *Minds - I haven't read Marlene's post as yet, but your response to her made me think about my husband who won't be 80 until March. He is driving me crazy telling me the same thing over and over, not to mention instructing me about things that he should know I understand. I've been reminding him that I know whatever, and that only causes friction. I'm going to have to learn to just ignore this. We can't change other people's behavior, but we sure can ours - smile. *Blogs - as you know I don't have a lot of use for blogs. However, having said this I think for you to blog about your sadness over leaving Melvin is a good idea. I've written often about my friend who is or was a spiritual adviser, she very much encouraged everyone to journal daily their feelings. You don't have to do so publicly like a blog, but you could start you a journal on your computer, or just get a notebook and as thoughts and feelings march through your brain write them down. Such is supposed to be very therapeutic, and she says going back and reading your journals months or years later can be therapeutic as well.

Marlene - that is a strange happening with your neighbor. For what its worth, however, I remember things quite well, I think, but my instant recall isn't what it once was. Also I keep a couple of running calendars so I won't forget appointments. I've got a pretty large vocabulary, and I often find it frustrating when I can't recall the word I want to use, or a name, and sometimes an event. My younger friends tell me that they do this too, and I'm sure I did 15 or 20 years ago too, but not to the extent that it happens now.

Sue - our Taurus is getting pretty old, but I just love it. I especially like that it reminds me if I leave the lights on, keys in the ignition, no seat belt, the emergency brake on, door open, low gas, etc.. But I didn't realize any car could tell us when our tires are low. But... if a car can parallel park itself, why should I be surprised one can tell us that we have low tires? - Smile *Congratulations on doing so well with your walking.

Allie - I remember Perkins. The chain used to be called Perkins Pancake House. I haven't seen one in years. What a fun time you show your grandsons. I don't know how you do it. I would be much more than tired if I tried to keep our little one like you do your two. * I don't think we ever quit being concerned about our children. Also, when they are acting irresponsibly it is scary. But I'll tell you as I told my dad who used to fret so over my very adult brother's actions, when we have adult children all we can do is advise them, but if they don't take our advice, there is nothing we can do about it, and us making ourselves sick worrying about them will neither help them or us.

Have a good day everyone and a very good week ahead.

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Hi All, 51 degrees at 9am and bright and too sunny out.

Bon... sorry Mystery is having footie problems

Cecile... good on doing the counter pushups... heard on TV that doing evey 10 push aways like even in the shower is enough to keep your upper body from losing strength... I do them in the shower ..when I remember.

Today I am waiting on my realtor to come change the water filter... I am noticing mold growing in the shower and toilet again... so it is time to change.. he didn't come this weekend...

I need to get to Home Depot and buy parts to build a loom... The teacher sprung this on us Thurs... like I don't see how everyone will get all this done to build them on Tues... we had to stop our other project to do this one and after this one we do one more anything for the final grade cause the class will be over... soooooooooooo unorganized!

..I'm not going to Artist Way tonight... one... got this loom to get together and two... after last week.. I don't want to play anymore... they can have a night without me talking... something tells me they might get out early.

Went to the Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville GA... lots of CARS... like the ones that drove the moonshine through the hills... which also I guess started car racing...

Traffic .. oh my!!!!!!!!!! don't think I ever have to go to that Festival again either... I went for the book sale which they didn't have .. and the hot Apple Dumpling and ice cream which at $7 should and was soooooo good!... but nothing else really to look at but cars.

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Good evening team, Let’s see how far down the thread I can get to reply to posts, since I have a lot of catching up to do.

MARLENE, That was a strange story about your absent minded neighbor. I hope her memory issues don’t have a bad affect on you again. I wonder how you can deal with the situation if it comes up again. Maybe get her to write down the details and you keep the note to show her, if it happens again. She probably needs some kind of "help" and having her note will prove it to her and may be the thing that pushes her to get the help she needs.

SUE, Congratulations on your 19,848 steps! That’s fantastic! Just rest for a day or 2 and try to go that far again! Good luck! I’ll be watching for a progress update!
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ALLIE, Not only are you a wonderful Grammie, but you’re also a wonderful Mother-In-Law, telling your DIL to take her time coming home so she can spend more time with her friends.
I can believe what you said about your son buying a new car right now. I have at least one “adult” child and a couple of grandkids who don’t use their brains when it comes to finances. They’re always broke and borrowing money.

BONNIE, How did you make out with Mystery’s hoof? AND what happened with your water main situation?

CECILE, PLEASE!!! Stop feeling “bad” about crying. For God’s sake – who has more right than you to let your tears help to wash away your stress? And please remember that when you go to the ceremony for the departed next Sunday. There will lots of people showing their emotions that day and there’s no way ANY of them, including YOU, should feel like a “fool”!!!!!!
Good for you with the counter pushups. I should start doing them again because my arms are flabbier than they have ever been in my whole life and in 12 days I’ll be moving back to FL and sleeveless blouses.
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SHIRLEY, I’m sorry you got stuck having to go to Walmart on a weekend day. It is so much more hectic than it is during the week, when everybody is at work or school. I ran into our Wally’s today, just to buy coffee creamer and it was jammed with kids and parents, picking out their Halloween costumes.

Well, I didn’t get to everybody but I’m getting tired so I’ll have to close now. One more quick thing – I need support for a “silly” problem. Every October, when it’s almost time to leave for FL, for 6 months, I get really “down” about leaving my special brother, Melvin, for 6 months, so I start “binging” on candy, cookies, etc. I won’t go into detail here, but I might blog about it just to “vent”.

Good night everybody!



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Good Evening Team Sisters. It was a beautiful day, but very windy. We drove along the Susquehanna River this afternoon hoping to take some photos of the fall foliage; we were disappointed. We stopped at a nursery to get a roll of burlap to wrap around my hydrangea bushes. They are getting fairly bushy so I will use the wire cages I have for peonies and wrap the burlap around them.

We had a strange experience last week. A week ago a neighbor friend called and asked if we would like to go to Lancaster county to a shopping village and a farmer's market on Fri. 10/24. She said she would call about the time. I hadn't heard from her by Thurs. PM so I called her and asked if we were still going. She replied, "Go where?", I was so shocked because this woman prides herself by being on top of things. I had to relate our previous conversation and I don't think she had a clue. She apparently didn't tell her husband because he was surprised when she told him. I've been noticing for a while that she has trouble remembering words so I am wondering about her; she just turned 80 last week. She was embarrassed and I tried to pass it off as best I could.

Cecile, you cry all you need it is not good to hold back. There always will be times when memories of Andre will be emotional.

I remember that ants were always invading our house when we lived in Miami. One time we even had a scorpion come into the living room from the bedroom door where our infant daughter was sleeping. It scared me so badly. Fortunately, DH was able to destroy it.

I must return a call from our AZ granddaughter. Everyone have a great week.

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Hello Sparkfriends!
Oh Cecile-places, people, scents,-anything can bring back a flood of emotion when we are fresh in grieving. When we aren't expecting it it will happen. I don't think it needs to be bottled up inside us or we will perish from the inside out. You know.....No matter where we are in our life's journey-our God is always with us-although we sometimes forget He never does. His faithfulness has always been a comfort to me.
Allie-I'm with you-I think a lot of our children lack money sense. Really I don't know what the cure for it is except a personal revelation-like wake up and smell the coffee!!! I ask myself sometimes-why am I being frugal when others around me are spending like drunken sailors!!
Well.... I got a couple miles from church this morning and my low pressure tire light went on. So I got out and checked my tire pressure-they were all fine so it must be a bad sensor. Will take it to the Toyota place tomorrow-cha ching!!!!
So far no new ants !!!!
Yesterday I roasted a turkey, made gravy and mashed potato so thats what the fam will have for supper tonight. I had forgotten how long it took to slice up a turkey-I was tired when I got done. Put a good bit of it in the freezer for future meals.
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Good afternoon team"

I have had the boys since Friday afternoon and I am tired but happy. I am sitting out in the sun while the boys play outside. One of the neighbors gave me a little bike and the boys are having a great time playing with it.

I took the boys out to breakfast. I didn't feel like cooking. We went to a restaurant called Perkins. It is under new management but it didn't make much difference. It was overpriced and the food wasn't very good.

I can't believe how warm it is today. The boys' Mom should be home shortly. I told her to take her time coming home because I wanted her to enjoy herself with her friends.

My son told me he was fired a few weeks ago. He was able to find employment but I don't know how secure the new position is. Now my grandsons told me their dad is buying a new car. He just bought a new car a little over a year ago. I really don't know what he is thinking. He doesn't seem to have any self discipline regarding money matters. It isn't any of my business but it does upset me when I spend so much money that I really need on my grandchildren and my son wastes his money of luxuries.

I hope everyone is having a good day. The boys just discovered a worm so the bike riding is on hold for a little bit.

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Cecile -

I know there is no comparison between the death of a parent and a spouse, but long after Mother died, I would have tears to flow for no good reason. It was really weird. Yes, it did eventually end, and I never had that to happen after Daddy died. Things can happen during a church service that will cause tears to come for me. For what it is worth I tend not to cry easily so this is strange, but there are things about the liturgy, songs that can trigger tears. Just know if you need to cry it is okay to do so, and don't think you are making a fool of yourself, because you are not. *Good for you with the counter push-ups. I so understand about chair squats. I doubt that I can do them either. I won't even try. It is good that the Tylenol is working for you. Just make sure not to take more than it says on the bottle as acetaminophen can cause damage to the liver if not taken or used correctly.

Bonnie - I hope all goes well with the blacksmith, and that you and Mystery enjoy your time together today. *I sure hope you don't have problems with that water main break.

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Good Morning, Team.

I have to leave in about a half hour to get to the Farm for an appointment with my blacksmith.
It is a regular appointment but I've been watching closely some unusual looking cracks in one of Mystery's hooves. They are growing down but when the blacksmith trims him the tip of his hoof will be very thin. He is going to bring some epoxy and fill them in. I hope it works.

@Cecile - Please don't feel foolish for crying. You are still going through the grieving process. You'll have good days and bad. I still cry when I think about my mother and she had been gone for over 40 years.

I'll probably miss the Farmer's Mkt. today as I won't be back from the Farm in time. I bought a little "extra" last week knowing that I might not make it today. I really am going to miss it when it is gone for the year.

Just found a note our neighbor slipped through the mail slot saying that there is a possible water main break at the end of our townhouse row. That doesn't sound good.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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Good morning everyone!

Today is bright and sunny. Yesterday was rain again! Val said this is the most miserable Autumn she has seen in her life. I must admit that I agree with her.

I don`t know what happened to me at church yesterday. Last week when I attended mass, everything went well. I was afraid I would cry but did not. Yesterday, I burst into tears 4 times during the ceremony. When I went in, I sat saying my rosary as I usually do. All of a sudden I realized that I was alone and that is when the water works started. Next Sunday, they are having a ceremony for the departed during the year. I hope I don`t make a fool of myself. I`m going to work on that this week.

I have been doing my counter push-ups nearly every day. I started at 5 and am up to 15. I cannot do the chair squats because of the arthritic pain in my knees. The doctor has me taking Tylenol for arthritis 3 times a day and I am noting a difference. I feel much better.

Today, Val and I are addressing the thank you cards. Something else to get out of the way.

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Happy Sunday Everyone -

I needed to go to Walmart for some groceries the other stores don't handle yesterday. I try hard not to shop anywhere (especially Walmart) on weekends because of so many people in the stores. Not only was yesterday Saturday, but the Saturday before a holiday, Halloween. Need I say more - smile.

Bonnie - that indeed was a long drive for your scavenger hunt. I'm glad it went well and you had a good time. I know you wish the turnout had been better - especially if it was to raise money. * I smiled (in understanding not jest) as I read what you wrote about braces. As I hear someone talking about back or knee surgery, I feel the same way as you do about braces. If I have my knees replaced, what's next my ankles, and perhaps my back, my hips. I'd turn into the Bionic Woman wouldn't I - smile? * Strange routes for flights - I do agree. Often you have to fly to Chicago from here to get to Atlanta. Once when one of my parents had an emergency and I had to get there soon - the cost to fly was prohibitive -several thousand dollars, so I started looking for alternative ways. There was a train, but it went to New Orleans and then to Atlanta. I think I took the bus that stopped at what seemed like every town we passed through. Your sister's trip to Ireland sounds nice. I've never been, and that's one place I would have liked to have visited.

Sue - I so agree with your observation about this team. * Ah the South and its bugs. My parents house was on a heavily wooded lot, and although they had an exterminator those little black ants were such a problem. Once we visited down there, they got in our car, luggage, you name it, and we didn't discover them until we were on our way home. *Happy Birthday to your grandson. I don't know how important being 16 is today, since there seems little rite of passage when it comes to children any longer, but I know it used to be such an important birthday for kids.

I can't believe how few posts yesterday. This team is so chatty that this thread usually is always busy. I hope everyone was out having a good time and enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

Enjoy your day -

Shirley

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Good Evening, Team.

I was up at 6:15 AM to get ready to leave for the scavenger hunt my Old People's Riding Club chapter put on. I went as a volunteer to register the entries. I had to drive 1 hour 10 min. to get to the park. Quite a "hike" for me. We didn't get as many entries as we had hoped but it was a "perfect" day as far as the weather and how everything turned out. Everyone had a great time and we all had a day filled with laughs. I got home at about 2:30PM and should have taken a nap. I'm bushed. Tomorrow I have a blacksmith appointment and have to be at the Farm at 11AM. A little later start to the day at least.

Yesterday, wearing the back brace, I was able to ride Mystery for 40 minutes--mostly walking but a little bit of trotting. As I was riding I was thinking "Okay I'm wearing a back brace. Soon my knee will be hurting and I'll need a knee brace. My wrist hurts sometimes so I may need a wrist brace"!!! I may be suited head to toe with "braces"!! At least I'll still be riding!

I got an email from my sister that she was at National airport in DC (not far from me) waiting for her flight to Boston to go to Ireland about 4 hours ago. She loves Ireland and has been there several times. Her friends have relatives there and she stays with them. Seems strange to fly from Syracuse, NY, to Washington, DC, to Boston, MA and then Ireland!!

I hope everyone had a great day. emoticon
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Hi Sparkfriends!
What a group of amazing ladies we have on this team. We are so different in many ways but yet so much alike. We all have challenges that tax us at times but we are strong and bounce back mightily!!
Mercy me-I actually slept in this morning until 7 am!!! Hubby went and got carry out for their breakfast while I made coffee. I had an "egg white delite" Aldis brand-a real bargain at 210 calories I must say.
Having an ant breakout-noticed them two days ago in the master bath-got them under control and then this morning they popped up in the laundry alcove-ugh. Must be the colder weather. Haven't had any problem with them for about a year. Tomorrow I call the bug man!!!
This afternoon hubby and I are going to a restaurant to celebrate grandson's 16th birthday. Still have to look up the menu online but still have a lot of calories to play with today. Then after that we will watch Auburn play South Carolina.
War Eagle!!!

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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - glad what all of us had to say helped a bit. I doubt that any of us have experienced what you are going through, I know I haven't, but sometimes earlier life experiences tend to prepare us for things to come. By that I mean, while we haven't had experience in exactly what you are dealing with, we've had experiences that have been hard that we had to work through too. *I'm glad that your talk with your friend went well. It sounds like she is a very understanding person. * As many of us have said, I think a day care for Maurice would be a good thing for you both. Of course he will put up a fuss at first because he's more comfortable where everything is the same and he feels he can manage. In time, if he doesn't adjust, you can always end it, but I think it would be worth a try.

Allie - you are indeed a Very Good grandmother. As said before, I hope your daughter-in-law realizes what a gift she has in you.

Elaine - I'm with you - I am lost without my electronic toys and appliances. It is awful when we become so attached to such, isn't it? I'm just glad to hear you are back in touch again. * Yes, that school shooting is so tragic. But you know what when people chose to kick God out of schools, dress codes, morals, patriotism I don't know what they thought was going to happen.. Kids now days are inundated with sex and violence in their music, the TV, and on and on. With an environment like this, I guess we are fortunate that we don't have more of these kinds of things happening - shootings, beheadings, girls trying to fly to the Middle East to join terrorist movements for the thrill of it. I'm afraid our world has gone completely crazy!

Slimmer - so sorry to hear that life isn't treating you well. I tend to talk a lot too, but am respectful and try never to monopolize the conversation. However, it has seemed that most of my life people have found it great sport to tease me or make remarks about me talking a lot. Whether they realize it or not, such hurts and it isn't funny -- especially when you aren't talking any more or any less than anyone else in the group. Or better still when you are trying to keep the conversation going and no one else is joining in - such as in one of your classes. Sitting around a room staring at one another with no one saying a word is about as boring as it comes. There are other ways for a teacher to manage a class if she/he is trying to get those who don't contribute to contribute, than making a remark as yours did. Just know you aren't the only one who has had this to happen to them. And you know what, when in social situations - the people who tend to want to put me down about talking are the ones who like to monopolize the conversation themselves.

Mary - as part of the coverage of the shootings in Ottawa was the ovation given the Sergeant at Arms in Parliament. That was most touching, especially the Sergeant at Arms reaction to it all. * Good Grief! but you are one busy lady. As said, I wish I had a small part of your energy. What is it with you Canadian women - smile.? My internet friend in Toronto is just like you. People jokingly call her the Energizer bunny. She's a year younger than I am, is dealing with some major health problems, yet volunteers at two nursing homes or senior residences teaching crafts and sings in two choirs, and the list goes on.

Cecile - thanks for explaining about Gatineau's relation to Ottawa. We have similar situations here, and that is the reason I said what I did. St. Louis is in the state (like your provinces - I gather) of Missouri, just over the Mississippi is a town called East St. Louis, and several other towns that are in the state of Illinois. They are said to be part of metropolitan or metro-St. Louis area. You are closer to Ottawa than we are to downtown St. Louis. *I have no desire for a smoker - but my brother and son both have them and just love them. They can definitely produce some good meat.

Sue - Oh My... can't clutter take over? I've been dealing with this for a few years now. There was a time when I would have NEVER let this happen, but not any longer. As I keep saying I MUST do something about this. I've been known for being organized all my life, but you sure couldn't tell it right now.

Bonnie - I hope you had a nice time at the farm yesterday. As for birdseed - the last time I went to the granary they had switched suppliers. I wasn't unhappy, as the seed could have bugs and some of it the birds wouldn't eat, and it ended up on the patio. The new stuff is said to be no waste and have been cleaned 3 times. I was thrilled. The bad part is that the birds don't like it, and I've still got a mess on the patio. * Donations - I got really turned off with charities when I moved the last time and had to throw so much good stuff away. It seems like all charities want is money - not placing usable items with those who are in need. Like you, I do what I can, but give far less than I once did. * Glad your ribs turned out good. My husband won't eat them, so I only get them if I am eating out. * My husband still hasn't gotten his flu shot either, and I reminded him the other day. We will see if it does any good. Be sure to get yours. It is better to be safe than sorry. True it won't cover all strains, but somehow they have some way of predicting which one will be the worst and the shot will cover that one or perhaps several strains.

Have a good day all and a most enjoyable weekend.

Shirley

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Good morning everyone!

It looks as if it is going to be another nice day today.

I got a few other problems solved yesterday. There was a problem with our television stations. I called our provider and the young man fixed it all up. Very satisfied.

I wrote three letters yesterday afternoon. Last evening while addressing the envelopes I noticed a Big mistake on one. I was so happy to have re-read the letter before I sent it off.

Today is church. Last week I learned that we are loosing our priest. I was so shocked! I`m sure I am not the only one sad at his leaving.

Later..... emoticon

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Hello onSaturday and thank you for your wise words of advice friends, I am taking it all in. I think I was abut depressed, things are always worst when I am short of sleep.
I am agreeing there must be changes I have requested information on onve a week day care for my husband, yes he will hate us at first but until we try we don't know anything,
I went out yesterday afternoon for about 90 mins. He was alright on his own, But had been unable to change tv channels as doesn't recognise numbers on the remote control, so had missed a daily programme he loves. I am trying to work out a way of him being able to change tv channels
Re saying no, I went out specifically to say no to someone yesterday afternoon. Re knitting for charity , we had a general chat. I asked how many people were involved in this knitting project,?,only she and I. Oh . I think she started to get the message and asked if I wanted paying for wool I used! Oh no that's not it, it's lack of time . Oh do what you can she said. So it's left at that. Not quite the intention but it's a start and I felt better for that. I won't feel under pressure I hope if I can go at my own pace and not feel guilty,
Thanks for sharing your experiences and advice, Irene

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My grandsons are all nestled in their beds. Their Mother is away for a few days so they are staying with me. I promised the oldest one we will stay at his house tomorrow night. He just wants to sleep in his own bed and I don't blame him. They just live across the street so it isn't any big deal.

I offered to bake chocolate chip cookies for the church bazaar. I don't know what I was thinking. They didn't turn out very well but I guess they have to give me credit for trying. I am going to drop the boys off at a birthday/halloween party tomorrow and then pick them up a few hours later. They are very excited about this party. It will give all of us a break. My oldest grandson needs a new pair of shoes and I am going to try to take him shopping for shoes before the party. He seems to be hard on shoes just like I was when I was his age.

I hope everyone has a good evening. I did get my whole house cleaned so I should sleep well tonight.

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Good evening

Just a short post to say I am not going away again anytime soon. You know that old adage ‘’it never rains but what it pours’’ well… soon after my last post I lost phone and internet service; I couldn’t believe how I missed the internet, one of those things I said I would never need. Thought I would go stir crazy the last few das just because I couldn’t use it., though I relly need it.

I am listening to the news while I type this there has been another school shooting today; this time north of Seattle, how heart breaking it isn’t even safe to send our kids to school any more. We all have grand children and little greats that are at risk every day how sad and frightening for young parents. We need our faith and the standers this country was founded on more than ever these days.

I did say a short post didn’t I s guess I’ll keep my word I have supper in the oven and I should go check on it, chicken breast covered with peppered bacon and baked potatoes it should do the two of us a couple days. I like this cooking once and eating twice. Haver a good evening… E




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Hi All, ... it is getting better... just too much to do

school I have my weaving done or it is halfway but she has a new project for Tues.. we each have to build a loom before Tues for new project.... stressssss

went to class for Branding... not much going on but the husband was there to figure out the internet connections which took 2.5 hrs to get 2 people fixed up

...it looks like if 2 people finish and Open a store I have earned ...80..!!! FREE Listings!!!.. working another 40.. but have trouble with no email going to them.

...have not been happy since Monday nights class... where the teacher after the break started and said ..anyone can talk ..except Christy... well that made me feel terrible... I talked as much as 3 other people... I don't know why she said that

also not happy... I got a lady setup with my editor of where I used to write each month.. they said they would publish her paper and this lady tells me.. ohhhhhh she hadn't sent it in yet ..she will ...maybe in a month or so... Like don't ya think if someone said they would publish you that they should jump on it and do it... I'm embarrassed now... that that lady did not send it in right away... don't know what the editor is thinking

...found out what did me in with my sugar going reallllllllll high... I actually bought some red seedless grapes.... Whammmmmmmmm! other bad stuff has not been doing much to me except making me gain... but I now had 2 days with sugar at 162... which is still way below my bad days of last year...

..things should slow down in 2 weeks or so...

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Good afternoon ladies :) Cecile...nice to see you posting and good to hear you are doing well. Wednesday was quite a day. Lots of great stories of people trying to help the soldier, and our Sgt. at Arms being the one to bring the shooter down...very appropriate! Have you seen Bruce McKinnon's (Hfx. Herald) 'political cartoon' yet? Very moving...people are ready to give him whatever annual award goes to work of that sort right now. For those who haven't seen it, it's a sketch of the 'Unknown Soldier' whose grave the deceased soldier was guarding Wednesday, kneeling beside his body. Very moving :(
We have friends coming this evening for a 'sleep over'...lol. They live here in town, but have turned their home over to their daughter and granddaughter for the night for the granddaughter's birthday party/sleepover. While they could have closed themselves up in their room and tried to sleep, we thought it would be more fun if they came over here :)
I've been busy working on our Christmas Bazaar. I think I have all my slots filled and question marks turned into checks. So far, it is going smoothly! Lots of planning, but everyone knows what to do, so it should go well.
I'm also preparing for Markus's christening on Sunday. We are hosting a reception in the church hall afterwards. I went grocery shopping and have almost everything we need. Tomorrow I'll be making sandwich fillings and butter tarts!
I'm hoping to get out for a long walk tomorrow. Between the weather and other things taking priority, my exercise minutes are pretty low :( And the Fitbit is making unfriendly faces at me...lol!

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Good afternoon team.

Yesterday went pretty well. Of all the phone calls I had to make, only one has not returned my call. I wish he would. I think, I will call again this afternoon and if I can`t speak with him, I will leave a more detailed message than I did yesterday.

Shirley - The city of Gatineau is not not related to Ottawa at all. We are across the Outaouais River in the province of Quebec. Ottawa is in the province of Ontario. We are very close as it only takes us about 30 minutes to get to my sister and brothers.

Krys - emoticon on the twins. When I got pregnant for my son in 1969, I had a dream of waiting for triplets. I was so happy to learn I had only one on the way.

Irene - Please do not feel guilty when saying no to someone. We have earned our rest. As it was mentioned, we had our turn and now it is the turn of the younger generation to take over.

Bonnie - Your smoker sounds so nice! I see them on the Food Network and the meat coming out of them look so good! My mouth actually waters at time!

By for now. Later..... emoticon


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Hello team:

It has turned out to be a beautiful day. I got up early and started cleaning the house then I went grocery shopping. I was pleasantly surprised when my DIL said she would leave me some money if I wanted to take the boys out somewhere. I used that money in the grocery store. I certainly can use it.

You would never know there had ever been a huge tree next door, except for the huge stump. They did a wonderful job of cleaning up. I just hope I get the next three trees done then it will look great and make my life a lot better. I think if they get rid of the rest of the trees they might have a better chance of selling the house next door.

I need to get off the computer so I can finish cleaning house. Between getting my tooth pulled, having an infection, getting a mammogram and having my eyes checked I am way behind in my cleaning.

I hope everyone has a good day and a good evening. I am going to sit outside for a little bit if I can squeeze the time in before I get my grandsons.

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Hello Sparkfriends.
Exercise in (as far as the gym goes!!!) so now am starting on housework. I have been doing a lot of reading on minimalism and trying to not let clutter overtake me. I only have some control over clutter as there are 3 others living here but do try to keep our common areas clear. My boys have their rooms set up as they desire and I will not try to change that-the only thing I do require is that they be vacuumed and dusted and the floors kept clear so no one falls.
Beautiful day here in Alabama-clear, cool and just a perfect fall day!!
About saying "no"-I have to say no to myself more than anything!! I tend to put more pressure on myself than I need to-LOL!!!
Ok-time to get off the puter and get to work!!!!

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Good Morning, Team.

It's 56 degrees out and hopefully will reach at least the middle 60's today. I have to go to the feed store and get bird seed and then to the Farm.

@Irene - I'm so sorry that you have to go through all of this turmoil. Definitely you should be allowed to say NO without any repercussions. When I was younger I used to say Yes to things that I really didn't want to do. Then I'd have to go through the stressful task of getting out of it. I've gradually learned to say NO with no regrets. I say YES to things that I really want to do, that I will enjoy and that I am confident that I have the ability to do. I think as Senior Citizens, we have the right to pick & choose. We did our part when we were younger and it's time for the younger ones to take over. I feel the same way about giving donations. I used to, when I was working, give a lot of money to charities. Now that I am on a pension, I have to pick and choose which organizations I donate to and I have learned very well how to say NO to phone calls, mail requests, etc. Those who are working and making the money can help these charities. I feel bad sometimes that I can't do more when a sad face of a child or animal is looking at me from the TV. But, you can only do what you can do.

I think getting Maurice into Adult Care a couple times a week would be great for him and for you. He could pal up with some men. The first couple times it might be a little rough and he may dig in his heels but don't we all do that to some extent when faced with a new situation?
Grace's advice about saying that they NEED HIM is a good one.

@Shirley - The ribs turned out really good. I use the 3-2-1 method but I have to pare it down because we don't get a full rack of ribs. It's hard for me to judge the cooking times correctly--but I'm learning.

Tomorrow I'll be gone most of the day--have to leave the house at 8AM--to go help at the scavenger hunt. We are having a pot luck lunch afterwards (I have to make cookies for it today) and then another hour's drive back home. Then Sunday AM I have to be at the Farm for the blacksmith. I'm too old for this!! Monday I'm going to do absolutely nothing!!!

I'm still trying to get my flu shot. Yesterday I tried to call my CVS to see if they got the "senior" flu vaccine in and was on hold for at least 10 min. before I hung up. I then tried another CVS that is close to us and was told they will get the vaccine in on Tues. I didn't go to my doctor to get it because I didn't want the long wait in the waiting room. Now I think maybe I should have just gone ahead and done that. Next year!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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emoticon ATTENTION ALL "NEW MONTH - NEW ME!" CHALLENGERS and WOULD BE CHALLENGERS -

We are at the end (the last week) of another Challenge - OCTOBER 2014 Challenge. If you are like me, I can't believe we are at the end of another month. This Challenge will end on Friday, October 31st. The November Challenge will begin on Saturday, September 1st and will end on Sunday, November 30th! If you know you will be joining the November Challenge, or if you've been a Challenge member and don't plan to return in November I'd appreciate knowing that too as soon as you can. Remember, although I'm sure I don't have to remind anyone, we are entering the Holiday Season - Halloween and all of its candy temptations, Thanksgiving, and then December with parties for some off and on all during the month, and then there is the baking and making special dishes for both Thanksgiving and Christmas - lots of temptations. Perhaps the Challenge will help you to stay on track.

I also have one more request, and I'd really appreciate your cooperation with this - if you decide to quit the Challenge for any reason - illness, vacation, a new member who's decided this isn't the team for them, or any other reason please, Please send me a Spark Mail (if you don't wish others to know you've dropped out), or you can simply post it on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread if you choose, that you wish to drop out of the Challenge for the current month. When people don't check-in I go checking to make sure that I haven't missed you, and this can go on for days until I'm sure.

If you've never done a Challenge - the Guidelines are on our team home page, but briefly - you will need to give me your weight as of November 1st. Keep up with your exercise minutes beginning November 1st, and then on Monday, November 3rd - report in on the "New Month-New Me!" Challenge thread and give me your exercise minutes for those days. Then each Monday thereafter you will give me your exercise minutes for the previous week, just as you did this time. You might wish to say how you did weight-wise to keep yourself accountable, but I won't need your exact weight again until the last day of the Challenge Sunday, November 30th.

As always I wish for us all a healthy and happy November, and may we find ourselves fitter and lighter when the month ends.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Allie and everyone - if you are responding to someone specifically please remember to put their name at the beginning of your response to them. Posts can be confusing if you don't.

Allie - I'm sure the people you have helping you with that house next door, trees, etc. appreciate how hands on you've been about trying to get this problem solved. Not many people would have done what you have. *Enjoy your boys this weekend.

Irene - years back I was Very active in my church. If something needed to be done I would either do it immediately or say that I would see to it that it got done, if I could. There came a time when I had to say no more, and it was brought to a head when I was overworked, the Junior Warden called me and wanted me to help with the annual church clean-up (yes we had cleaning people that came weekly, but this was like "spring or fall cleaning). When I told him I couldn't, he lit into me and said you are always asking people to do this and that yet you aren't willing to help when others ask you for help. I broke into tears when I got off the phone. He was right I had asked his wife (a teacher) to teach the Junior High Sunday School class that no one wanted to do, and she had no problem at all telling me no, and she didn't give me an explanation why. I knew why. That age group is hard to handle, but I didn't make her feel bad because she said no. And I'd never asked the Junior Warden to do anything. The reason I tell you this story is that if you feel you must say no to doing something by all means say no, and don't feel bad about it. Believe me when I say, if it were someone else, chances are good they wouldn't give it a second thought if they needed to quit a group. What you are dealing with daily is something that few of us have any concept of, so please, Please do what is best for you. If you read my response to you Wednesday (10/22), you know I understand about not having enough energy to go around, and I don't have half the responsibilities that you do.

Bonnie - you should have some wonderful weather on its way - if the weather pattern does like it normally does. It is cloudy today, but no rain predicted until Tuesday. For the past week or so our weather has been absolutely beautiful. * Yes, time passes so quickly. I can't believe how fast the seasons pass at this point in my life, as you said, but also the weeks and months. We are entering the last week of this month, and it seems like the month just began. *Your ribs sounded so good.

Sue - I'm not sure that we are all ungrateful, although some definitely are, but we just don't get done perhaps what we should or would like to. I know that is true for me. I hope you will always enjoy being so energetic - some do. That is something we so take for granted, and it can really disappear quickly. I know because I was once very much like you, but that isn't true today.

Have a great day everyone -

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ALLIE, Good advice for Irene. Many people are reluctant to go "adult day care centers". The way I got Melvin(my "special" brother) to go was to to tell him THEY needed HIS help. It worked!


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Here is my advice. I have a hard time to say no also but you are going to need to learn how to say no. You are having a difficult time right now and you can use all the help you can get. I am not a professional but it sounds to me like you are depressed. I certainly would understand if you were depressed.

I suggest you make sure you come first and take real good care of yourself. Now is the time to spoil yourself in anyway you can. What you are doing right now is what they hire professionals to do. It is an awful lot to ask of one person. I know you love your husband and you want to take care of him. I think you should try to get as much help as you can. Do they have an adult daycare program in your area? Maybe you could take him there a few days a week and that will enable you to take care of him when you do have him .

Good luck. Remember this is just advice and I have no idea what you are going through. Remember everyone on this team cares about you and I am sure many others will give their advice.

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Hello on Fruday , I was just reading the posts, it's excitng news of the twins,
We to watched the events in .Canads and it sad a serving solder lost his life, seems more awful as it was at a memorial , the bravery of an oder man too was widely praised,
Maurice is improving on antibiotics but there's many worrying signs of decline now. He's lost the ability to tell or judge time, he always was a clock watcher so it's hard for him. Hard for me when he gets up at 3 am convinced it's time to get up , this has happened a few times,, I steer him back to bed but next day he has no memory of it,
I am trying to say No, more often, I do not have as much free time or energy now . There are two things I am involved with that i am not enjoying any more. But I feel I am letting others down if I say I can't do this any more ! Advice welcome. Have a good weekend, Irene

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Good Evening, Team.

It didn't get over 65 degrees today and the sun came in and out--mostly out.

I'm in the process of cooking spareribs in our smoker. DH is supposed to be helping but--well--he tries!! We've had the spareribs for quite some time and should have smoked them earlier.
I like to cook-out but we don't do it enough.

@Shirley - Whatever NICE weather you can send my way--please do. It is hard for me to believe that Summer is really over. Seems like it went really fast this year.

@Cecile - Glad you and your family are safe. I'm sorry that the terrorist stuff has made it's way to your country.

@Krys - Congrats on the twins. How nice to have a boy & a girl. DH has twin brothers who are now 50 years old and have fought all of their lives--still do. They aren't identical--definitely NOT.

I need to get back to tend the smoker. I hope everyone had a great day.
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Good afternoon team:

I have had a busy day. I called my advocate in Harrisburg and told her someone cut the tree down. She said she is still waiting for the report back from Fannie Mae. I told her how much I appreciated all her hard work and the hard work of Senator Bob Casey and his staff. I told her the stump still need to come out because the roots of the tree are damaging my driveway. I keep looking out the window and can't believe that tree is finally gone.

I stopped at the office of code enforcement this morning. They wanted me to give them the info on the senator so they could get help from them too. They praised me for my determination. I said I was grateful that we all worked together on this and that there was finally a solution.

I called the people that cut the tree down and they came over and cleaned up. They want to come back and do the rest of the tree work as soon as they get the okay for it.

I am going to get plenty of rest now. I will be getting my grandsons from Friday until Sunday and I want to be ready for them. I am planning quite a few activities for them so that will keep them occupied.

I hope everyone had a good day and you all have a good evening. Allie emoticon


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Hi Sparkfriends!
Not much going on here-mall walked with son and got my tires rotated. Hubby got in his closet and changed out summer clothes for winter. Also have several bags to take to donate. It is really a shame at how much we have (collectively) when so many have so little. Makes me stop and think.
We are sometimes an ungrateful people. I must pray and reflect on that.

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Good Morning Everyone -

Had lunch with a couple of friends yesterday which was nice. As I made my 20 minute mostly highway drive to the restaurant, I thought about Ellen talking about her Mums being so pretty this year. Many subdivisions and businesses - like the medical center where my doctor's offices are decorate their entrances with Mums and they are exceptionally pretty this year. Also the trees seem to be turning earlier this year too.

Yvonne - one of the things about getting old is that you can look back and see how life weaves such beautiful cloth. I refer to you having lived in Missouri less than a year and have already found a friend you've had since childhood. Yes, I realize it's the friend's daughter that lives here, but how on earth did your paths cross? In life's journey we tend on occasion to meet someone on a trip who knows someone we know, or is related. Our lives seem to crisscross all through life. That's what I mean by life being like weaving cloth and our lives tend to intertwine. And now that our world is becoming even smaller, this will probably become even more true. What a wonderful experience you had yesterday. I would have been feeling all warm and fuzzy too.

Grace - the shootings in Ottawa made me realize that we haven't heard from Cecile in quite awhile. The town where she lives sounds like it is a suburban or metro Ottawa. The cable news channel that I watch has been reporting on little else but the shootings. Yep, if you watch long enough you keep seeing the same footage over and over with each new show's anchor and guests giving their commentary. *I don't envy you your nor-ester. When we moved here, and I wanted to plant trees, as much as I would have loved to have had a Big shade tree to shade the patio and mainly the dining room and kitchen I didn't want a tree that close to the house to worry about. You have a right to be concerned if you have trees close to your house. The good thing is that they seldom fall on a house, but the bad thing is that it "could" happen.

Slimmer - good to see your post. You haven't posted in the past few days and that is unlike you. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. I hope that you will be feeling much better soon.

Mary - I think I responded to your post when I responded to Grace so I won't repeat it here. These are Very troubling times we are living in. I heard your Prime Minister speak, quite a handsome man. * Yes, Cecile lives in Gatineau.

Krys - I add my congratulations to the rest of the team who have commented on the news about the twins. What a blessing that your daughter has at long last become pregnant, is having twins, and most of all both she and babies are doing well.

Sue - I've heard of Planet Fitness, but don't think there is one anywhere close around here. We have one called Club Fitness. For a long time they advertised $19.95 to join and $19.95 a month - now I don't know how much it is to join, but they are advertising $10 a month. They were one of the places my friend and I visited shortly after I moved here. Nice facility, the woman that walked us around and explained what they had to offer couldn't have been nicer - they've got two studios in town - one on one end and the other on the other. Now here is the kicker - remember the $19.95 price to join... well, time they added on for the card to use their studio, registration, etc., etc. the price to join was well over $100.00. Needless to say, we thanked her for her time and left, Talk about "bait and switch." *Growing up in the South and having a brother that is big into sports - a Big University of Georgia fan, although he never went there - I know of the Auburn/Alabama rivalry. But... I have never heard of the fans killing one another. That is awful! Some people are just plain crazy, aren't they?

Bonnie - credit cards and how people get our numbers without us knowing it - they say that there is a device out there that will read our cards through our purses. Also it is said, that you can hand your card to a clerk, receptionist at the doctor's office (for example) and they write down your number and use your account. Crooks are so devious, I guess they've figured out how to do all sorts of things to steal from us. I am always fearful that something will happen to me like happened to Krys. *We are having the most wonderful weather right now. Wish I could ship some of it to you - smile. It would be just perfect for your walk around your lake.

Allie - good news that your city is going to reimburse you for overcharging you on your taxes. * Glad too that that bothersome tree is now gone.

Cecile - I was just writing about you, and voila here is a post from you. It is really good to hear from you - especially with the problems in Ottawa. It is good to know that you and Val are doing well, in spite of you drowning in paper work.

Have a good day everyone -

Shirley

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Hello everyone!

I`m still here. Just drowning in paper work. It`s amazing how much of that stuff I have to go through. I told Val that I had receipts dating back to Noah`s ark! The files have lost about half its weight. Wish I could do the same.

I went to the doctor`s on Tuesday. She told me that she is amazed at my health for my age. Apart from suffering from arthritis, there is nothing wrong with me. My blood pressure and cholesterol were elevated. I told her that I was not surprised. While my husband was in the hospital, I was so tired some days that I just ate what I could grab. As for my blood pressure, it spiked after our son passed away seven years ago. I know that those problems will resolve themselves eventually.

Today I have a ton of phone calls to make. I hope that I reach everyone on the first try.

Yes I do live in Gatineau across the river from Ottawa. It was a very tense day yesterday. My daughter called Val to ask her to go to the house to look after Jess because her partner was on lock down at the hospital in Ottawa. Val thought that they had an Ebola case. She was asleep until the phone woke her up. We then explained what had happened. She of course, told her mom not to worry that she would go over. Tonight will be three time this week. Talk about sisters bonding!

Bye for now...... emoticon

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As always, there's tons of things I'd like to comment on, but I've waited till now to get on SP. Just barely checked in before midnight, so now I'm running on sleep time.

Had a marvelous day today; a woman I've known since childhood -- our mothers were friends for 65 years--turned out to be visiting a daughter just south of us, and she and her husband came to lunch today. I'm full of warm fuzzies tonight. I'm really trying to get to bed, so that's all for now.

This team is having eventful lives right now. Can hardly wait to get back...

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MARY, WE are getting wall to wall coverage of the shootings in Ottawa. I hope they catch ALL the "terrorists" that are causing all this turmoil. We have on local news right now so I don't know what the latest news is from Canada.
We're having a "nor-ester" with driving rain and gusty winds. The trees are really howling. With all the wind and wet heavy leaves, I'm concerned about a tree falling on us. Don isn't worried at all. Go figure!

I hope Cecile checks in soon. I think it's been over a week since she has posted.

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Hi All, I'm still here... I'm just pooped... and just tonight I ate the wrong thing and poof... I went to 305 in sugar... So, I guess it still can go UP... even though I've been eating bad I guess I made better choices.

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I guess everyone has heard about the shootings in Ottawa today. This is just 2 days after 2 Canadian soldiers were run down in a parking lot in Quebec. It' s hard to take in. Lorne retired from the military three years ago, after 35 years service. I'm glad he won't be involved in any of what is going on now. One 'expert' thinks this may be the beginning of a low tech terror campaign here in Canada. I guess time will tell :(
Monday was pouring rain, yesterday I was sick. My Fitbit was sticking his tongue out at me for 2 days. I got out for a walk this morning, got my 10,000 steps done, and now it's wearing a big cheesy grin. Cheeky.
Well...time to go back and watch the news some more. Our Prime Minister is supposed to be making an address shortly.
Has Cecile checked in? I think she lives in Gatineau...across the river from Ottawa.



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KRHYS feel free to brag all you want . I will look forward to hearing how things are progressing. A boy and a girl, how perfect. emoticon emoticon Allie emoticon


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KRYS ! One of each!! How exciting!! You'll have so much fun buying their little matching outfits!
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to all the "spark aunties" and friends- it is a boy and a girl!!! they are so excited! and so is "grandma"!! now just to wait until end of feb! the ultrasound showed normal growth and size, strong heartbeats, and my daughter said the boy was very active, had a hard time to get a clear pix. thank you to all who are enjoying this miracle with me, if I get a little too enthusiastic-sorry- but this is something that wasn't going to happen, my daughter had given up hope of being pregnant then WOW- TWINS. GOD is GREAT!
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Hi Sparkfriends!
Praying for all our Canadian friends today.
Fitness centers.....there is one that opened this year at our one and only mall called Planet Fitness. Their charge is only 10 a month with no contract. If it weren't for the fact that stepson like the pool that one would be a good option for me!
Mall walked-took stepson to the doctors-came home fixed lunch and now am working on the laundry. Got my pintos and ham in the crockpot perking away.
Shirley-yes!!!! The only philosophy regarding politics (and religion) is to agree to disagree. Kind of reminds me of the Auburn/Alabama football rivalry. You can kind of expect that every year someone will die on Ironbowl day. This is awful. Last year it was a Bama fan who killed another Bama fan because she wasn't upset enough over Bama's loss. Just awful.
Well I have to go put a smiley face on Mr. Fitbit!!!!

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Good afternoon team! We are having a gloomy windy day. Murphy’s Law – Yesterday, when I was too busy to take my walk, the weather was beautiful, 70 degrees, blue skies. Today I have time to walk and it’s too cold and windy for me.

ALLIE, Your persistence paid off in regards to getting rid of that tree. You should be able to sleep better now.

KRYS, This credit card business is getting so crazy. I got a letter from my CC company last week, telling me that there had been some “suspicious activity” on my card and that they were canceling it and sending me a new one. Meanwhile, I’ve been checking my balances every morning, for at least a couple of years and never saw any “suspicious activity” so I don’t know what they’re talking about. But they didn’t give me a choice. They just canceled my card and sent me a new one.
All the “Spark Aunties” are waiting to find out the sex of the twins!

SHIRLEY, This year, the “weight machine only” gym that I belong to now is $30.00 a month. For years, before this one, I belonged to a free gym, at our military base, while in CT. It’s just for active duty and retired military people. I always felt a little out of place there, because I was basically surrounded by “boys” the same age as my grandsons.

IRENE, I hope that M’s UTI gets better quickly. Neither of you need any more on your plate right now.

ELLEN, Thank you for checking in! I hope you continue to have a safe trip.

BONNIE, I envy you if you got to go walking yesterday. As I said, earlier, my day was so hectic I couldn’t. I was heart sick when I drove by a bank thermometer that read 70 degrees. Of course today is yucky because I’m home and could have gone walking. I’m a “fair weather” walker. I’m catching up on paperwork instead.
I’m glad that Mystery & Pluto finally got their hay! That’s a load off your mind.

OK – Back to my paperwork. (groan)

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It is 53 degrees out at 12:30PM and it has been raining pretty steadily since 7:30 PM yesterday.

Yesterday was a very nice, sunny day and I washed our dining room window, inside and out, and added some extra weatherstripping. I want to get to the back living room window before the weather gets too cold but I need DH to help me with that. The only thing to stand on is a very old picnic table and I don't trust it to hold me.

@Allie - you sound very happy to have that old tree taken down. DH & I live in a Co-op and our townhouse is ours but our property isn't. The Co-op owns all of the property and maintains the trees. We have several large trees in our back yard. One is rotting from the bottom and DH keeps saying that if we have a bad storm or hurricane it is going to fall. The city arborist is aware of it but they won't take down a tree unless it is absolutely dead or the utility company requires it.

@Krys - So sorry about your account being hacked. Someone used our credit card # to buy a couple things on ebay a couple years ago. We don't know how they got our number and it never happened again. Visa and the bank took care of it.

I've never belonged to a gym and really have no desire to do so. But, I definitely think, like Grace said, that you should only pay for what you will be using. I think it's Planet Fitness that runs ads for $10 to join and then $10 a month. I don't believe that they have a pool.
Our city has an indoor pool, outdoor pool and fitness center. I could go for a reduced fee since I live in the city but I never have.

I hope everyone has a great day.
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Good morning everyone:

I had a greats nice sleep after all the fresh air I had yesterday. I keep looking out the window and can't believe the tree is gone. Someone came by and picked up some of the wood next door. I will have more sun on my house, I can sit in my front yard now, the lawn will grow and I can back out of my driveway and see what is coming.

Many years ago I worked night shift and when I just got in the door I got a call from my credit card company. They asked me if I had been using my credit card and I said no, I had been working. I looked in my wallet and it was gone. I had a limit on it and someone had taken it and ran up bills all the way to the limit. I had gone window shopping a few days before and then did buy one thing. All the charges were for all the places I had been that day. I was reimbursed but that really scared me.

I am off to make some phone calls for the campaign for governor. I don't mind doing this once in awhile and quite often I get help from these people in return.

I hope everyone has a good day. Allie emoticon

I did hear from the local tax collector. He said once they give him the paperwork for the change on my property status I will get a refund from the town.




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Krys - that is awful, and I am so sorry you fell victim to this. You are the first person I've known to have this happen, but when I shared this with my husband he said the same thing had happened to a high school classmate of his. * I know you, your daughter, and SIL are excited to learn the gender of the twins.

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Good morning all! well, my day started off just awful with a call from my bank that said someone got hold of my debit card number and cleaned out my checking account last night! They put a hold on my card and now I have to go in and fill out a form to dispute the purchases that were made. they saw some suspicious activity at places that I never go to{all walmarts far from me] so they put a hold on my card for any more usage on it. luckily they did that cuz my ssi just went in today or they would have got that too!
Now for some exciting news- am waiting for the call from my daughter to tell me the sex of the twins she is having, her ultrasound is this morning!
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Good Morning Everyone -

Irene - you do have your hands full indeed. At our age it is hard enough to take care of ourselves much less someone else. So know at least one of us understands what you've said in your post. *You are probably right about the pools near you, but again you may be surprised too. When I visited our Y, I was amazed to see so many people with mobility problems, some in wheel chairs, and older people using the pool. *I hope Maurice will be feeling much better soon.

Grace - you may find in Florida as I did here, that the price of these fitness (ones with just equipment) studios Y, ones with just equipment, or whatever seem to come for about the same price. Like the one I mentioned near me when I checked into it it was $35 a month. That times 12 is $420 a year. The rcc center price for residents is (age19-54) $440.27 per year - Seniors $295.99 per year. Classes cost extra. If I'm remembering correctly, the Y was about the same. Its been a long time since I've checked into these places, but the rec center price was from this summer. I would think in Florida with such a heavy Senior and snowbird population that the gyms, etc. would offer more for we who are older. What about the place where you lead exercise classes?

Elaine - so sorry that Kat's marriage didn't work out, but I know you are very happy to have her close by again. Congratulations to Steven and family. Hopefully they are still living just a few houses from you.

Ellen - thanks for checking in. I hope your trip is going well.

Allie - we posted at the same time (just about) when I made my last post yesterday, and I didn't see yours. What marvelous news about that rotted tree being gone and hopefully the other trees will be gone sometime soon too. That was a Very Nice thing you did buying those workmen lunch. Everyone isn't so nice, and those guys will remember your kindness. I'm glad too to hear that you have a dialogue going with the realtor. That also should be helpful

Sue - I try as best I can to keep political talk away from our posts for obvious reasons, or as you said - you and your husband don't always agree - smile. But I will say this - I too am happy those nurses spoke up. That did take a lot of courage, but it is to this country's (all of our) benefit that they did. And I also agree with you about the Ebola Czar. But let me add this - sometimes doctors don't have good business sense, that's the reason they hire business people to run their business and office. They may be brilliant physicians, but when it comes to business matters and management skills they fall far short. I had a priest once, that was a poor manager - good pastor, but poor manager, and he used to drive the Vestry crazy. He eventually went back to school and got his doctorate, I think it was, specializing in church management. Likewise one of the best doctors I've ever had - an OB/GYN - also went back to school and got a business degree. This man the President has appointed to this position is said to have a stellar reputation as a business person by some in both parties. It is recognized he is a political appointee, but ... Let's just hope and pray he knows what he is doing, and if he is wise he will work with and listen to the doctors, medical professionals.

Wishing everyone a good day -

Shirley

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Hi on Wenesday So glad you got that dangerous tree down at last Allie what a relief to you and naive if you to buy the workers lunch.
I have never been to gym in my life. Grace wa talking of them and are they good value,. There is a pools no fitness centre near me, I always think it will be full of fit young things ? Mayen I have wrong idea of them .
My husband has a UTI which explain why he was more confused the past few days. He is improving now on antibiotics. Fortunately he is very compliant usually and listens to me when I have to remind him of things he has to do, it's like having a child around at times and at my age that's not easy, he's losimg the ability to tell the time and know numbers in general .
I hope for a nice easy day today with time to do some stitching which helps me unwind . Irene

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Good evening team - This is a real quick post about the topic of the cost of gym/ YMCA memberships. I think the more services your Y offers the more it will cost. For instance, if there is a weight room, pool, basket ball court, child care,etc. some of the cost of your membership will go towards the maintenance of those services, whether you use them or not. I was an employee and then a member of a YMCA since the early 70s, but when we return to FL, I don't think I will be joining the Y this time, because I don't use the pools nor do I have any children in the child care program. All I use is the weight room. I'll be joining a gym that is cheaper because that's ALL it is. Every other year, I joined the Y because I would take my special brother, Melvin, to the pool when he visited us. He's not coming to FL this time, so I don't need the pool. Long story short - Try to join a gym that offers memberships ONLY for the services you need and not all the things you have no intention of using.

I hope to be back on in the morning to answer posts.
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Good afternoon everyone

Here it is Tuesday afternoon and I am finally back on track.. I went to our regular morning Bible study; another Beth Moori stude, she is always so good and I think all of the ladies get a lot from her studies., I know my friends and I always enjoy them.

My life really hasn’t changed much I am still taking in strays, only this time I gave birth to her. my daughter Kat has come home from New mexico; sadly the new marriage didn’t work out her new husband wasn’t quite what he appeared to be, but that does happen sometimes. I feel badly for her but I am also releaved that she is home. she came at the beginning of summer when I needed her most so it was good for the both of us.

My grandson Steven and his wife are expecting a second baby boy in December; we are all looking forward to the new baby. Ok enough rambling for the day I’ll post again soon...E




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We are spending the night in Oklahoma City. I am doing this on my IPhone. I figured out a crazy way to get to this site.

But I Just had to tell Allie how happy I am that the tree is down!!!!!!

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Sue - I too Really miss Lupe, but wasn't too surprised when she left. She and her husband moved into what sounded like a senior apartment complex. It didn't take her long to become Very involved with what was going on there. Plus she has family close by as well. Perhaps like with you and Elaine S she will return one day. That would be nice. Yes, I agree such a nice lady. This team tends to draw nice people, and if someone joins with a chip on their shoulder about something they tend to not stick around long.

Have a good evening everyone. Sleep well.

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Good afternoon everyone:

I have been outside since 9AM this morning. The tree guys rolled up and they have been taking the tree down next door. They said I was very lucky that they were taking the tree down. They said it was very rotted and a real danger to everyone. They are going to try to do something about the other three trees. I was never so glad to have something done in my life. The guys have been great. I went to BurgerKing and bought them all lunch. I met with the realtor next door and told him I have been keeping an eye on the place and I am cleaning the yard up. The realtor said when he gets the okay they will take care of the rest of the trees. I told him I was the one that called the police the other day when they left the back door open. I want to keep a dialogue going with the realtor and the tree people so this mess can get cleaned up before the snow flies. It only took 2 years but at least something is getting done before someone got hurt or my property was damaged any further.

Thanks for the info on the free books. I appreciate it.

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Hi Sparkfriends!
Praying for a safe trip for Ellen. Decent weather as well!
Another busy morning here-went mall walking with baby boy (LOL-40 years old!!!) then we ran some grocery errands. Told hubby if we didn't have to eat we'd have a lot of money. Supper tonight for the fam will be breakfast casserole. Got a hambone out of the freezer today for tomorrow-pintos and ham. It will probably be veggies and rice for me.
Hubby studying for his tax course and then has to go to a poll worker meeting this afternoon-he works the polls every election. He and I are split on some of the candidates but agree to disagree and smooch on it.
I am having a hard time understanding the ebola czar-why did the president not choose someone with a medical background? Not making any sense to me. God bless all the nurses that took a stand against the CDC and spoke out for stricter guidelines.
Shirley-there used to be a lady in Texas that used to post-was her name Lupe??? She was so sweet-is she not active anymore?? I miss her.
God bless everyone!!

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Good Afternoon, Team.

It's 68 degrees out and supposed to hit 70. The sun is shining bright. If I didn't know DH wanted to take a walk a little later I'd go by myself right now. We are supposed to get rain later today but I don't know the exact time.

Yesterday Mystery & Pluto FINALLY got their round bale of hay. I am so relieved. Amy, Pluto's owner, was out at the Farm on Sun. & emailed me that they hadn't gotten hay yet. She was going to call the Farm owner. I guess that is what it took!

@Ellen - Have a nice time in Texas with your family. You really need to take some action on your knees when you get back. I put off getting a back brace for way too long and suffered in pain.

@Sue B.- That is funny that your fitbit makes faces at you!!

@Elaine - emoticon So sorry about your illnesses but I'm glad that your vision has been improved by the cataract surgery.

@Allie - Toothache can really be stressful. I hope you get some relief for it soon.
Slimmer, Yvonne and I belong to the Goodreads app on Facebook. They have a giveaway of "first reads" (books that aren't on the market yet). You can pick which books you would like to win and then "keep your fingers crossed". I haven't been a member for a year yet and have won 11 books. You have to stay on it and request several books each day before your "lucky one" hits. As you get books and review them, you are more likely to get more books.
I enjoy it.

@Grace - You really have a lot of yard work to do before you take your trip to Florida each year. Don't hurt yourself.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.
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