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  • Work Day

    8/4/2021 7:16:48 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Had to work today. Going into the office once a month is a gradual step towards retirement... Read more

  • Undone

    8/3/2021 8:48:29 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I'm surprised how much I relate to contributors in the book 'Undone' by Carrie Schuchts Daunt. As they share their emotions in various situations, I'm able to identify. It's published by Ave Maria Press in 2020.... Read more

  • Doctors

    8/2/2021 11:52:00 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Both my Dad and I had good reports from our doctors today. My BP was 120/80. All meds stay the same. Test reports (mammogram & DEXA) were both good. Dad's heart is stable. No med changes for either of us. Both f/u in ~ 3 mo... Read more

  • Milkshake

    8/1/2021 9:06:53 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Treated myself to a 'homemade milkshake -- a rare treat. It seemed the right way to welcome August.... Read more

  • Phone

    7/31/2021 10:38:25 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Today phone use was way up! Long phone calls with several family members account for the majority of this.... Read more

  • Mailings

    7/30/2021 10:45:35 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    After Church, spent most of the day at St. Ambrose in Brunswick preparing mailings for TheFest.us (admission tickets and volunteer assignments) I was able to be home in time to swim at 4PM. Prayed and visited with the family on ZOOM this evening. ... Read more

  • Storage Unit

    7/30/2021 12:13:23 AM, by PATRICIAAK

    Last November we had to clear out our storage units so maintenance could do some repairs. Finally, (after 8 1/2 months) we're allowed to start using them again! Thus, part of my day was spent retrieving items from my friend's garage.... Read more

  • Farewell

    7/29/2021 6:21:20 AM, by JENARUL

    Wow - I don't know how to swallow this. I mean I can swallow just about everything, from fish, broccoli, lentils, beans and oatmeal. To swallow the fact that Sparkpeople is closing down and reopening on a new platform that's restricted to residents of USA is downright choking me. :-( I can't de... Read more

  • Last Wednesday

    7/28/2021 8:55:52 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Today is the last Wednesday in July. Per usual, it was filled. I had an 'in person' meeting after Church. Then I went to the library. Bible study and the pool filled the afternoon. Usual family ZOOM ended the day.... Read more

  • Encore

    7/27/2021 6:56:02 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Finished the kid's craft kids and picked up 1 for my grandson and 1 for my grandniece. Stopped at the store for a couple of items. Came home and took a nap. Went to the pool. Will end the night with praying with my Dad & family members via ZOOM... Read more

  • Craft Kits

    7/26/2021 8:37:23 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Spent nearly 6 hours today assembling kid's craft kits in preparation for TheFest.us It's a wonderful day of family, fun, music and so much more! This year it's 8/8/21. Check it out!... Read more

  • Day of Rest

    7/25/2021 8:40:48 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    After Church and visiting with some friends, it was a day of rest. Reading, napping, phone calls, pool and the usual ZOOM prayer time with Dad and family.... Read more

  • Picnic

    7/24/2021 10:28:46 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    There was a picnic at our apartment complex today. Rains were over far enough in advance that the area where the tables were set up was dry. The grilled food (hamburger, beef hotdog) with trimmings, 3 salads (potato, macaroni and greens) were prepared by Tony K restaurant. Various chips and b... Read more

  • Unique Day

    7/23/2021 9:11:17 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I overslept today, which is rare, barely getting to Church on time. Several of the 'regulars' weren't there which was also strange. As I had no commitments, sat outside sharing with friends. Came home and planned a present. Talked with a gardener and went to the pool. Ended the day with ... Read more

  • Wonderful Day

    7/22/2021 9:54:28 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    After Church, I had breakfast with a friend and visited another friend. Did a major grocery shopping and picked up Rx. Prepared meals for several days (as it was cool enough to use the oven). Pool exercises. Paint party (on canvas). Family ZOOM for prayer and a ZOOM business meeting rounde... Read more

  • Mid-Week

    7/21/2021 9:54:26 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Church nap lunch with friends Bible study (in person) ZOOM meeting pool ZOOM (night prayers with Dad) ... Read more

  • Mid-Week

    7/21/2021 9:54:26 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Church nap lunch with friends Bible study (in person) ZOOM meeting pool ZOOM (night prayers with Dad) ... Read more

  • Prudence

    7/20/2021 6:35:42 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    It's hot here. Other than Church and pool, I've stayed indoors. Being prudent is a wise option that many of my SP friends demonstrate.... Read more

  • Thank-you

    7/19/2021 2:06:57 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Thank-you for the prayers. Mammogram results are stable. Oncologist f/u is in 1 year. Follow up with my primary physician is next Monday when I'll get the results of the bone studies.... Read more

  • Breast Cancer F/U Tomorrow

    7/18/2021 9:07:05 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Repeat mammogram for f/u of the breast cancer is tomorrow. I'm also scheduled for a bone scan and to see the oncologist. For those who pray, I appreciate being lifted up. Thanks.... Read more

  • Warning

    7/17/2021 5:37:33 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    We've had rain most of the day. Frequently, there are emergency warnings about flooding. Flood stage is when the Cuyahoga River is 17 feet. Current level is 18.5 feet. Humidity is over 80%... Read more

  • Muggy

    7/17/2021 2:50:26 AM, by PATRICIAAK

    Today has been muggy. High humidity. Intermittent sprinkles and thunder storms... Read more

  • 50+ 'picnic'

    7/16/2021 12:21:46 AM, by PATRICIAAK

    We had our 'annual picnic' today. Obviously, last year it was cancelled. Instead of grilled food, we had Steak and Shake burgers, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon and Icees, This allowed everything to be served in single serving containers.... Read more

  • First Tomato

    7/14/2021 9:10:16 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    The 1st cherry tomato ripened on my balcony. Freshly picked, it was extremely flavorful.... Read more

  • Back in the States

    7/13/2021 7:24:19 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    My youngest (career army) has finished his assignment as a pilot in S. Korea and is back in the States. He has served over 21 years.... Read more

  • Storms

    7/12/2021 7:04:28 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Today has been a day of intermittent storms. I was caught driving in a couple this morning. Fortunately, I was able to be inside during the later storms. There are now flood warnings in the area.... Read more

  • This is my last Blog before we close down

    7/11/2021 8:40:50 PM, by OUTDOORGIRL-76

    This most likely will be my last blog on SP here. I am very sad to see this site being closed. I have been here for 14 years, have met a lot of great people that have supported me through my struggle with weight loss. I will miss all my teams and team members that were my support. I have tried ... Read more

  • Grandchildren

    7/11/2021 3:27:22 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    It' great spending one-on-one time with grandchildren. Whether it's playing Chess with a teenager, learning a new game, shooting baskets or having the youngest one sitting on my lap during family prayer time, the memories are non-reproducible.... Read more

  • Graduation

    7/10/2021 9:29:03 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Today we had a party celebrating my youngest granddaughter's graduation from high school. Besides academics, she was in band, la crosse, bowling and cross country. it was good to be able to be back together (even though we refrained from hugging, etc.)... Read more

  • Meditation

    7/9/2021 3:10:43 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I've spent much of the day in meditation. God is so loving and caring.... Read more

  • In Person

    7/8/2021 10:00:35 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Tonight a dozen of us got together in person. It is great to have 'real' human contact.... Read more

  • Good Night

    7/7/2021 10:08:01 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    It's been a long day. I'm ready for bed. Good night... Read more

  • Opposite

    7/6/2021 4:43:54 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Today is the opposite of yesterday. Only 1 short (10 min) conference and the nightly family ZOOM call. Spent time outdoors this morning before it became too hot and did my usual pool exercises.... Read more