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A quick post.

Monday, March 03, 2014

I would not have thought that a virus could be so devastating. We have had days of real worry. My DH picked up something - who knows where - and has been more ill than I want to consider. In the midst of everything my mother (nearly 96 and in a nursing home) went down with a very bad chest infection.

I nearly lost them both.

Today is my first day online, and was also the first day I have been able to go out without worry. It was raining - but not heavily, more like April showers - but I needed to buy some food so I crept out to the shops.



I kept my eyes down, so it's reflections and signs of spring for you





I haven't had a decent meal for days - have hardly eaten - so I'm looking forward to some chicken and watercress shortly.

Onwards and Upwards Sparkeroonies, I'm signing off but I'll be back soon. Love you all.

  
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TURTLELADY56 5/9/2014 9:31PM

  stopping by to let you knowi have been thinking about you....miss you here in spark land

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SETTIMIA 4/16/2014 2:41AM

    HI JUST CHECKING TO SEE HOW YOU ARE, HOPE OK, STAY BLESSED

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TUDAFD 3/23/2014 1:13PM

    I hope things are going better for all of you. I love your pictures of spring. Keeping you in our prayers.

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TREV1964 3/18/2014 8:36PM

    Hold in there,

I hope everybody is improving and that you get back on your feet just as soon as you can,

Cheers love and respect to you all,

Trev

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SETTIMIA 3/11/2014 5:56AM

    sorry to hear that your family have not been well, I do hope that all is well.

take care

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AMANDANCES 3/7/2014 10:05AM

    MISSED YOU! Sounds like you've had some scary times lately. I hope the coming few weeks are better!

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PGHP31CK 3/4/2014 9:45AM

    You've been missed! So sorry to hear about your DH and your mum, but so very thankful that they're on the mend.

Enjoy your beautiful daffodils -- thank you for sharing the photos. It still feels like the tundra here.

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NOWYOUDIDIT 3/3/2014 11:18PM

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COCK-ROBIN 3/3/2014 11:09PM

    I hope it gets better for you and your loved ones.

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SHAKESALOT 3/3/2014 6:23PM

    emoticon Glad life is looking brighter. Scary when stuff like that happens. The best to both DH and mother. You need to keep your own health(mental & physical) up. Glad you were able to get out for a bit & thanks for sharing the pics. : ) emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 3/3/2014 5:56PM

    So hope that everyone starts to get well soon and re gains their strength. I also pray that you don't get any bugs... take care of you in all this too. HUGS

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TURTLELADY56 3/3/2014 5:43PM

  great to see you ...you have been on my mind...please take care of your self gf....

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THINFITFEMINIST 3/3/2014 4:56PM

    I'm on my 11th day of bronchitis so I know how one can really get sick. I'm happy that they are getting thru this. Not eating is not good my friend. You don't want to get sick, do you?

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YOYONOMORE1 3/3/2014 4:39PM

    Prayers for all of you and for recovery for mom and DH. You have certainly had your hands full. Love those pictures, gives me hope that spring is actually on it's way. Take care of you.

Hugs,
Shirl

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TRUCKERSMRS 3/3/2014 4:09PM

    Lovely Spring pictures which I hope help to bring some brightness into your day. I had what started as a virus 18months ago which took me out for two months and was touch & go as to a hospital stay. Knowing how hard that was on me, my husband and even my work colleagues, I send my warmest wishes to your husband and Mother for a steady recovery and to you - a big hug.
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POUTINGPEGGY 3/3/2014 3:24PM

    What a nightmare. We have all been worried sick. I have you in my prayers. We go through life and suddenly we are made to realise how fragile we all are. I hope your husband and mother make a good recovery. Please look after yourself. Spring is just around that corner. God bless you.

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NEW-CAZ 3/3/2014 3:16PM

    Sorry you've had so much to contend with hun, take care and get strong- eat well and you'll feel better emoticon

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SUBMOM2 3/3/2014 3:01PM

    The daffodils are a good sign. Take care!
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 3/3/2014 2:00PM

    Lovely pictures of Spring to come, Still nearly a foot of snow on the ground in my world. It should be all gone in another 3 weeks or so. At least I don't have to mow the lawn for a while yet.

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HARROWJET 3/3/2014 1:59PM

    I am glad you were able to let us know what is happening. We have been wondering how you are doing. You have been having a rough time. emoticon You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

Thanks for sharing the signs of Spring. I am eager to see flowers appearing here in Canada as well.

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Hoping things are improving

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Once again I'm dashing through. I've added my food and exercise on a couple of days - but I've broken my streaks hook line and sinker!

DH is still not well, and my mother is poorly too. I'm struggling with a plateau, but am still doing my best. Stick with me, please, things can only get better. Today I'm starting a four week challenge to myself to break this plateau in spite of what is going on.

Off to wipe brow and offer tlc. It's needed, Sparkeroonies, so I have to do it. Prayers for DH and Mother if you fell up to it please. We'll get there.

  
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IAMAGEMLOVER 2/28/2014 10:47AM

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SETTIMIA 2/24/2014 2:47PM

    Hope your family get better soon

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JACKIE15108 2/24/2014 3:38AM

    I hope your dh and Mother will get better soon....prayers! And stay calm yourself with all the stress you're under now.

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SHAKESALOT 2/23/2014 8:45PM

    emoticon emoticon Hope all changes for good soon. Try to breathe...the rest will come together.

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MADEIT3 2/23/2014 5:10PM

    You are in my prayers. Hope things ease up for you soon!

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POUTINGPEGGY 2/23/2014 2:46PM

    I will keep you all in my prayers. You have a lot on your plate. emoticon

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ALIIDA 2/23/2014 7:58AM

    In a similar position here, too. If you don't feel like keeping on programme, let yourself off the hook. When you feel a small pull to getting back on it, go for it.

Keeping you, your husband and your mother in my thoughts. emoticon

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TRUCKERSMRS 2/23/2014 5:07AM

    Hope everyone is feeling better soon. Please be careful not to push yourself too far on your challenge - if it doesn't happen due to you caring for others there will be other days.
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NEW-CAZ 2/23/2014 3:46AM

    Take care of yourself hun emoticon

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PROUD-GRANDMA 2/22/2014 11:04PM

    Hugs & prayers are coming your way! Take good care of yourself too!

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IMLOCOLINDA 2/22/2014 10:57PM

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 2/22/2014 9:36PM

    Prayers are on the wing for you and DH and DM...
Give yourself a break and just work to maintain while eating healthy and exercising as you can.
Every so often our bodies seem to go into "reboot" time... finding and setting a new rhythm to live by..
Hugs, A.

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PGHP31CK 2/22/2014 8:29PM

    Praying!

Hugs,
Susan

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NORASPAT 2/22/2014 8:00PM

    Dear Friend I really would suggest you leave the challenge till later. Try to eat well and do some exercise if you can. Having a a plateau busting challenge needs a lot of concentration. Take it easy, care for your DH and Mom and really TAKE CARE of YOUR SELF, otherwise YOU might be needing a CAREGIVER,
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THINFITFEMINIST 2/22/2014 7:42PM

    May I make a recommendation here, based on my own results: If you want to be a caretaker, be a caretaker. Do your best while being there for others that need you right now. When they are better go back focusing on your specific needs beyond what you have been doing.

Burn out, frustration, guilt ensue if you overload yourself my friend.

We are here on your side and giving the gift of faith and love to your loved ones and you in your time of need.

There's plenty of time when you have the energy to devote to yourself after the crisis's are over. For now BE with them.

Hugs

Karen

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    I hope better days arrive soon. emoticon emoticon

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NBUTLER91 2/22/2014 7:31PM

    Prayers for you and your family.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 2/22/2014 7:26PM

    Hope everyone gets better soon!!!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 2/22/2014 7:19PM

    praying emoticon

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TURTLELADY56 2/22/2014 6:05PM

  consider prayers done....and i am sending your strength ....and inspiration....for you

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SUBMOM2 2/22/2014 5:59PM

    I'll pray for your husband and your mom, and for you as well. I know it's hard to balance everything. But if you can, try to take a little walk each day to keep your head clear and your spirit refreshed.

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Dashing through

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The weather has continued to be stormy, and we've been told to expect loss of power tonight, so this is a quick post. We are fine, though, so don't worry about us, will be back tomorrow. It's just a nuisance. Where is all the rain hiding? It must be collecting somewhere.....

Onwards and Upwards Sparkeroonies.

  
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SETTIMIA 2/20/2014 8:05PM

    Hope all is well

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NEW-CAZ 2/13/2014 2:47AM

    We got through a severe storm again last night.
Mother Nature surely is in a bad mood to cast all this appalling weather

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IMLOCOLINDA 2/12/2014 11:01PM

    We had an hour and a half power outage at 5:45 a.m. due to WIND!! We're under high wind warnings but the good news is that it has blown in warmer temperatures. I'm worried about you Brits when I see the flooding on TV. Suppose you are on higher ground than Trev but still you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Miranda mentions the downpours in her blogs too!
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SWEETNEEY 2/12/2014 9:51PM

    It's warm like summer here without the humidity.

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STEVEN2GO2 2/12/2014 9:02PM

    At least you are not stressing over the loss of energy!

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PEGGY11 2/12/2014 8:43PM

    emoticon Take care. Power outages can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. Be safe. emoticon emoticon

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THINFITFEMINIST 2/12/2014 7:27PM

    It's falling in Boise, Idaho.

Be safe my friend.

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TURTLELADY56 2/12/2014 5:26PM

  we as well are getting hit with a noreaster....8 to 14 inch's of snow again....till we chat again...;-)


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NOWYOUDIDIT 2/12/2014 4:54PM

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Trees and a snowdrop

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What did you have for lunch? This is my current favourite salad of the moment.



Spinach, rocket and my favourite - watercress, all served with a lovely juicy orange.

Then it was time to put my boots on and and head for school.



It was a lovely day for a walk. In view of the recent rains I had expected the walk to collect grandson to be cancelled - and to go by car instead. However, the sun was shining and I was able to walk the route with no problem.



The trees are standing in a lot of water. Some of them, like the silver birch, have very shallow roots, so when the strong wind blows more and more of them are being uprooted.

Grandson met we walked home the long way. It's just over a mile and it uses up some of his excess energy. His treat? A hot chocolate and a 'go' of my camera. He chose to take this photograph of a lonely little snowdrop.



Onwards and Upwards, Sparkeroonies. More rain due tomorrow - I have a walk to physio first thing. Will it be in the dry? We'll see........

  
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SHAKESALOT 2/12/2014 7:46AM

    emoticon Glad to hear of your day and his liking of the camera. What is rocket? Never heard of it. Salad sounds good.

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NEW-CAZ 2/12/2014 2:50AM

    wonderful!

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IMLOCOLINDA 2/11/2014 8:36PM

    You have no idea how much I needed to see that green grass today..the snowdrop is just a bonus...so thank your dear grandson for me. Expected warm temperatures but instead got 6 inches of new snow in 3 1/2 hours and that was after the power was out all over town because a transformer exploded and caught the pole and some trees on fire at 5:45 this morning. Power was restored at 7:15 but lots of people late for work because their alarm clocks didn't go off. Me, I was awake on my laptop when it all went dark but the laptop!!

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STEVEN2GO2 2/11/2014 8:10PM

    Awesome pictures, I hope tomorrow brings you more emoticon 1

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THINFITFEMINIST 2/11/2014 8:04PM

    Looks beautiful!

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PHEBESS 2/11/2014 7:43PM

    What a lovely way to spend this time with your grandson!!!!

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HARROWJET 2/11/2014 5:26PM

    We saw a news story last night about all the rain and flooding in England. I don't remember the name of the town but it was quite a mess. I was wondering how close that town is to where you are. I hope you continue to stay dry.

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POUTINGPEGGY 2/11/2014 5:03PM

    My favourite salad is watercress too. I also like flat leafed parsley dressed in lemon juice. Saw some daffodils in bud yesterday but I haven't seen any snowdrops yet, although my friend has. Wish it would stop raining. Your grandson takes a mean photo!

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ALICIA214 2/11/2014 4:45PM

 


I have snowdrops blooming in my garden.Can Spring be far behind??



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Starting is so hard.

Monday, February 10, 2014

I want you to think back. How long ago did you start with Spark? My start was on 1st June last year, the date is indelibly printed on my memory. It was the day I decided to change the rest of my life.

What about you? 3 years? 3 months? 3 days? Maybe it's even 3 minutes. I've been amazed at the number of people joining Spark. Over 2000 have joined since yesterday! That really is amazing. It's those new members that I really want to reach today, but I'm hoping that the rest of you will remember your first tentative steps too.

I remember seeing the screen in front of me as I joined. It seemed as though there were so many things to complete. There were a number of things that I didn't want to enter - who's business was it that I weighed 'xxx' how tall am I? I really didn't know - and so on. Things have simplified a bit, but the first few minutes are really daunting.

Of course, the one thing that you really don't think about is that everyone has already done this. Everyone that is on Spark has felt the pangs of being a 'newbie' but they seem so 'mature'. Don't worry, you won't feel like that for long. The other thing you don't know or anticipate is that everyone that has been using the site for a while is now rooting for YOU too because they want YOU to succeed, and that applies even if their walk is currently very difficult.

Probably the most difficult decision we ever make is whether to make our page visible. It is one thing to join a group like this - but anonymity is a wonderful thing. As long as we are anonymous we can hide and if we fail - no-one will ever know. I can understand this - what if the lady (or gent) down the road is a member - I don't want them to know that I weigh....... ! Well, they don't let them stop you changing the rest of your life. They don't have to ever know that it is you. Choose a nickname. Choose a name that will only mean something to you. Don't choose something that is instantly recognisable - have some fun. You can describe yourself in any way you like. I'm not implying that you should make something up - but you can say as little or as much as you want. 'Trying to do my best' says a lot more than a potted life history.

The best bit about Spark is that everyone really does want to help. This starts at the top and works its way down through team leaders to team members. Everyone is in a team - we all start in the team of our week and location, and they are the ideal places to find friends. Make friends with those who are at the same level as you - at least you have that in common - and soon you will find that there is so much more.

Over the past months Spark Persons have become my very special Sparkeroonies. I have made more friends than I expected, and received more help and encouragement than I dreamed would be possible. I want to pass this on to every new member - allow us to work with you as you begin your journey here on Spark. Pick our brains and find out the best steps to take. We aren't perfect - and I know I never will be - but slowly my life is changing - and yours can too. Take it slowly. Don't come here for the quick fix - lasting results are worth waiting for.

Onwards and Upwards, Sparkeroonies. It's a privilege and a pleasure to know every single one of you.

  
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MNNICE 2/11/2014 10:19PM

    I've been here just over 6 years. I still learn something every day, receive encouragement and try to give it to others. And yes, I do still struggle every day just like the "newbies". It's a long road but as long as we keep putting one foot in front of the other, we'll have success. A very good blog!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 2/10/2014 4:50PM

    Daring to put yourself out there, and to trust in others..
It is a daunting time... but well worth the courage it takes.
Still growing my courage as I work on my healthier habits.

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ELIZABETH5268 2/10/2014 4:05PM

    I started in 07' but wasn't very active on here. I started a new page in 7/2012 and have logged on more days than not. I love it and I began loving it more when I got involved in teams and built up my page. I've gotten so much good advice on here. The current JNL program and BUti Yoga I found on here from SparkFriends, my original $10 for Vitacost which has me now getting awesome deals on coconut products and spirulina, 5htp, probiotics and fish oil, the brand of fish oil I use and love was also referred to me by a SparkFriend, foods, sites, books, coconut products...so much stuff I use all the time and I a lot of it on here from people I talk to all the time. I've been motivated and I've motivated others. This place is amazing.

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HARROWJET 2/10/2014 12:39PM

    I hope some 'newbies' read this blog. In September, I will have been a member for 10 years. There have been many changes since those early days. I have never achieved my goal but it is no longer as important as it was when I signed on. Now I am content knowing that I am healthier and can continue to work toward my goal with no pressure to be 'perfect'. Small changes that help me feel better are more important (to me) than a number on a scale. emoticon

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    Yes, well said! Thanks for sharing this.
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SETTIMIA 2/10/2014 10:20AM

    Lovely blog, well done

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I had to leave for a while it was too much for me then,
I realized I was going nowhere fast without SP

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