Thursday, August 25, 2011


Service is Power
My friend Benita is back with me today. Her daughter, Rebecca, is a teacher's assistant and teachers are back in class. Children start sometime next week. You may not know, but after a bad experience with a care giver, Benita stayed with me for 3 months until school was out. She has dementia (Alz). We have been friends for years and we used to have lunch on Sundays after church with our husbands. Unfortunately, that stopped in 2007. We couldn't figure out what was going on, but finally decided that since Norman retired, maybe they just wanted to spend time together. In November 2010, Norman had a heart attack and passed away while he was waiting in traffic for the light to change. It has been a difficult time for them, because Benita is not able to stay alone. I love her dearly. In fact, at one time, we were thinking about introducing Rebecca to my son Jeff. Anyway, here we are two friends supporting each other through hard times.

Ray and I started on the Induction Phase of Adkins Diet on Monday, August 8, 2011. Ray has diabetes and was afraid that they were going to increase his medication if he didn't get his blood sugar down. I had gained about 20 lbs because of the steroids that I am on and if I wanted to get into my fall and winter clothes, I need to lose some weight. I have been very inventive and will be chronicling our venture on one of my other blogs, along with recipes. I will let you know when I get it going. We both lost weight by day 15: Ray, 15 lbs - Barbara, 12 lbs. I am so excited. Ray didn't realize it before but he was out of his medication that morning when we started. He had to call it in to Express Scripts and to took 3 days for delivery. His blood sugar stabilized between 93 and 110 so when his medication came he didn't take any. He still hasn't and his blood sugar is still between 93 and 110. He is so happy and feels so much better. I am trying not to weigh in every day. I get a PT/INR test every 2 weeks and they weigh me, so I am being weighed at the doctor. We do have a good scale here, but I figured that was "official." I cannot cheat on that one. LOL! (Not that I would.) I will periodically mention the diet on this blog and carry a link to the other one. I did see an article yesterday that I think everyone should read.

I am also doing a blog called "Twitter SweetTweets" where I will be commenting on our parties on Twitter. #slumberparty #SMmanners  #CMchat #MomEoChat  Etc. I will have days and times there.
SMgirlfriends & #latteclub are 24/7.

 People starting these are @DabneyPorte @MamaBritt, @JessicaNorthey, etc. They have made Twitter a much nicer place to be. If you look in the right column, you will see the #SMgirlfriend link to Facebook. If you are on Twitter, just put #SMgirlfriend in Search or on TweetDeck, you can click the #hashtag and it will create a column for you.

Have fun on Social Media! I am still trying to get used to Google+.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Insomnia Pink

Taylor & Garrett with me at our home
in North Carolina. 
I say insomnia Pink because I was tired and went to bed early. TweetDeck was acting up and chaining words vertical instead of horizontal. So I went to bed. I lay there thinking, pondering, then watching Frazer on TV. I saw the last Frazer and right after that was the first Frazer. Strange that I never watched it when it was on one of the big three channels, only after it went into syndication. It was that way with Law & Order too and a few more. I seem to find that watching older shows are better than some of the new shows. I sure hope they come up with something better than the Bachelor or Lost this year. Personally, I am not a big fan of the new "reality" shows. They just don't Entertain me at all. Snooky was on Regis & Kelly the other day, and I have seen her on Ellen too. She is just too much. If my daughter dressed like her, talked like her, and acted as slutty as she does, I might just disown her. Though I would never disown one of my children, they were raised better.

This brings me to something that I have been thinking about. I created a "YAYA Sisters" page on Facebook. A couple of weeks ago a friend from Twitter called and we talked almost an hour. She was just starting a new job in addition to a business she has on line. Her husband has been ill and the needed to supplement their income a while. Anyway, she had been talking with someone of the West Coast who is concerned about the "moral compass" of this country. It seems to be going South of late.

In fact, I have seen it deteriorate during my lifetime. I have seen children exploited by the politicians, the media, and the courts. When I was little, the worst thing we had to worry about being addicted to was alcohol, which was bad in of itself, but now we have to worry if our children are sniffing glue, spray cans, smoking herbs, smoking marijuana or crack cocaine, etc., the list is endless.  The little girls run around in clothes that look like they were made for prostitutes and 8 year old's are wearing heels and makeup already. The boys have their heads stuck in front of a TV but they are not watching it, they are playing games on it. They would sit their for hours if they are not made to get up and go outside.
American children are becoming obese because of their inactivity and being fed too many fatty, carbohydrate foods. When I was a child, sweets were a treat that usually only happened after Sunday dinner.

While we were talking, my friend said she had been thinking about the YAYA Sisters that I tweet out on Twitter. She was wondering if they could use that to spread the word about the "Moral Compass." She thought about the YAYA Sisters because it was kind of a universal name. The Moral Compass would not encompass only Christianity, but all religions. It would encourage people to raise their children with more conviction and purpose. People need to be parents to their children, not their friend. There is plenty of time to be their friend when they become adults. I love this idea so I am going to be working on the YAYA Sister page and see how many people I can get to jump on the bandwagon.

I was at the gastro doctor today and they are working on helping me with a problem that I have been having. They changed my medicine again. Sometimes I wonder about doctors. I saw a doctor on TV the other day who said, "What do you call someone that goes to medical school and has to take tests over and over to pass and it takes them 8 years to do what they should have completed in five? Answer: Doctor. He said that a lot of times if you go in to see a doctor and tell them what is wrong they may leave the room for a minute and look it up on the Internet, just like I do at home. Go figure.

I guess I better go and see if I can go to sleep now. I am yawning so much.

Good night Sweeties,

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


I was going to say good morning, but I looked at the clock and it is almost noon. I made a big decision yesterday and I quit Empire Avenue. I really enjoyed it and find that I am much more competitive than I like to think that I am. @ChrisVoss on Twitter got me involved but it was not his fault that I became engrossed with it. I was doing very well, but I found that it was taking up too much time out of my day to work on it. It is another one of those things that we let eat up our time when we should be doing something else, even if it is meditation. I remember how consumed I was by Farmville on FaceBook. That was consumed to the ridiculous extreme. I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't even playing. I know how I get hooked on things easily. What I want to be hooked on now is writing and blogging. No more games for me, unless it is Angry Birds while I am waiting at the doctor's office (only if I forgot my Kindle). Games are nice to relax and there are a few that I like to do that are not all-consuming. I would really rather my life be a learning experience than an experience of mindless game playing. In my real life, I a not really partial to games, either sports or the games people play or try to play with my head.

Roses from the Garden
I have been feeling a little strange lately. My doctor is trying to wean me from prednisone, but I don't know if I can endure the pain. My shoulders and neck were hurting so bad last week that I found some stronger prednisone and took it. The pain went away, but what is going to happen tomorrow when I have to drop another milligram? Friends tell me to rest and get plenty of sleep. This goes against my basic nature. I have always only slept about 5 hours a night. Now I am up to 7 hours, but it is very difficult to sleep any more than that. Although, it is easier to take little naps in my chair during the day. When I get totally exhausted, I just lean back and nod.

I have also been updating my blog for my Lions Club this morning and am so happy to be out of the loop on that. The newsletter and keeping up with the blog are my jobs this year. I also updated the District 24-D Facebook page and the Newport News Host Lions Facebook page. I have been a busy bee this morning. I even tweeted a little.

It was not a good day. All those members of the Navy Seal Team who died in the helicopter really had more effect on me than I thought. I  just couldn't send out my normal #MilitaryMon on Twitter. It seemed so ineffective. I just put a few thoughts on Twitter about the tragedy. I just cannot even imagine the loss of the families. These were fathers, husbands that just cannot be replaced. At least they have the knowledge that their fathers died doing what they loved.

Someone sent this to me and I have no idea who wrote it, but it is very interesting.

·          Atheism - The belief that there was nothing and nothing happened to nothing and then nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and then a bunch of everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits which then turned into dinosaurs - Makes perfect sense.

Your beliefs are yours, and you do not have to agree with me to be my friend. If you have been reading my blog, I think you know where my heart is, with Jesus.