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Are you ready?

Monday, November 30, 2009

The main holiday of the year, no matter what you call it, is on its way.

I'm trying to make a plan. Several plans. One for eating sensibly. One for trying to move a little more each day. One for not getting caught up in the BUY BUY BUY frenzy. One to try to relax, stay quiet, meditate each day.

Everything's a little easier with a plan. Although, it's often true that Life is what happens while you're making plans, lol.

Here's to a Merry Month ahead, with lots of Joy and Love and little stress!

Karen

  
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SOPHIEMAE2007 12/1/2009 6:03PM

    I'm gonna move more this month!

Happy Holidays!!

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NANCY- 12/1/2009 12:05PM

    Excellent Plan! emoticon

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CHRYS13 12/1/2009 5:49AM

    Wishing you all the joys the Christmas Season brings! emoticon

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JORETTAH 11/30/2009 9:14PM

    Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love every aspect of the season from the spiritual and Jesus down to the hustle and bustle, carols, Christmas Programs, the food, the laughter, all of it.
Here is to your plans for the holidays. Hope they all come together. I have never sat down and come up with plans for myself. That may be exactly what I need to do. I have never really been accountable to myself.
Merry Christmas Karen. emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 11/30/2009 5:03PM

    I love Christmas with all the joy & goodwill in the air, the hustle & bustle, the singing of Christmas Carols, the ringing bells of the Salvation Army. It all makes Christmas so special. I do have a written list that gets revised daily & sometimes hourly. Several Christmas dinners and luncheons are planned with family, friends and employers. During this wonderful time of the year...I tend to plan but end up just going with the flow! Here's wishing you a December, 2009, filled with wonderful memories.

Linda

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FISHINGLADY66 11/30/2009 3:08PM

    I love the Christmas Season for the Real meaning of Christmas. If I make plans, someone always changes them for me. But I enjoy it anyway.

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READINGDOC 11/30/2009 2:17PM

    I personally love the Christmas holiday for what it stands for. I enjoy spending time with people and doing things for people, especially for those who are less fortunate than I am. To me Christmas is about love and I try to do my part to spread just a little bit of it around.

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MOOKBALL 11/30/2009 1:54PM

    As a UU I really don't celebrate Christmas, Solstice, Chanukah or Kwanza...so no, I don't have a plan. No need. I don't participate in the craziness or the materialism of the season.

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PEDAL-PUSHER 11/30/2009 1:28PM

    My goal for the next holiday is to NOT BRING HOME LEFTOVERS!!!!!!!

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PJSTIME 11/30/2009 1:05PM

    I couldn't survive without a plan of action.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 11/30/2009 12:05PM

    To quote a character from an old tv show, " I love it when a plan comes together."

Hope yours does.

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I need a new WHAT?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I need a new hip! Hip-replacement! ME?

My mother is 87 years old and both her hip sockets are fine! What happened to me? Waahhh!

Ok, I'm over the venting, sniff, sniff.

The best part is - the surgeon told me my hip wasn't really configured exactly right anyway. Why is THAT good news? Because he says it's possible that one wonky hip might be the reason for the ten years of muscle spasms in my back.

The hospital doctors have been telling me all along that nothing is wrong with my back. And I have the blood work of Wonder Woman. Really, that's a quote from a doctor. Of course, all I want to know all these years is, if I'm so darn healthy why am I in pain all the time??

Maybe my defective hip is the answer. Where was Quality Control when I got this hip? On coffee break?

Anyway, right this moment, the pain has receded. I've been spending a LOT of time OFF my feet, IN my chair since July. You know, it's a lot like bad breaks in your car. No problem if you never use them. So I've tried not to use my hip much. Finally, the pain is going away.

Ortho Doc says I might not have another flare-up for a year. OR, I might have one next week. So, WHEN do I have the hip-replacement? It's up to ME.

Finally coming out of 4 months of terrific pain, it's pretty hard to say, "OK. Cut me open now while I'm feeling good." After all, I might want to enjoy a Christmas concert, or a play in Austin, or a walk in San Antonio along the riverwalk.

Decisions, decisions. Maybe I'll make it a New Year's Resolution - Install new Body Part, hmmm?

If YOU have had a HIP replacement in the last few years, please tell me all about it. If it's super sensitive stuff, send me a SparkMail.

Thanks!

Karen
PS - Is it a co-incidence that my favorite book is Frankenstein? LOL

  
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JUSTJO66 12/2/2009 4:22PM

    Karen, not only do you paint beautifully BUT you have a great sense of humor and style of "turning a phrase". I thoroughly enjoyed your blog............ oh, sorry, not saying I enjoyed your dilemma about making a decision about hip replacement...that is a BIG decision. My usual response is give yourself plenty of time, pray about it and then go for whatever you feel is right at the time. I have known people who have had the surgery and are very glad they got it done.
Jo


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FISHINGLADY66 11/25/2009 5:23PM

    Karen I'm so emoticon and I'm so glad. Sorry you have to have the hip replacement, but glad they finally found out why you had back pain. I hope everything will turn out for the good. Just be careful till it happens. My thoughts and prayers are for you.
God Bless
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SHASTA11 11/20/2009 9:20PM

    My Karen,

I just read this blog and am so glad you're not in pain. If I were you I would schedule surgery for after the holidays and be real careful until then. No partaying, no bide riding, no all day marathon shopping sprees.

As for Christmas shopping and Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. You can order all your presents on line; children and grandchildren love money. You can even order your festive meals from the grocery store.

I wish you the best what ever you decide. Now's the time to start lining up books/magazines to read and movies to watch.

Have a great holiday season and start off the New Year with a new part that will give you a new lease on life.

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Joan

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SERENITYSEL 11/19/2009 7:38PM

    Hi Karen, You and only you will know when it is time. Sometimes life throws us curves, it is up to us to straighten them out, and I get frustrated at times, but I know it is a challenge and I also know it is when I ask God's help. He is always there.

I am glad you are pain free if only for a short time, but don't take that as you are well enough to do a lot.

Please keep us informed of your decision, we all care for you so much, especially me! You encourage me a lot, and lift me when I am down, I want to do the same for you, so TAKE IT EASY!

Sharon

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--KREN 11/19/2009 5:45PM

    I just joined the "Hip Replacement Before and After" team here on Sparks and already have some great help! Karen

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EMMABE1 11/19/2009 5:41PM

    What a wonderful way to look at such a huge thing!! But then I haven't had any replacements - YET!! I gather though that its usually the beginning of a better time - and leads to great improvement.
My best wishes to you what ever you decide.

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JUDY1676 11/19/2009 11:26AM

    I'm reading this with great interest because I'm going through the same stuff--except I've not seen an orth person. My Dr. said "you tell me when your ready!" Anyway--don't overdue and best of luck to you in whatever you decide!

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Judy

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BEV321 11/19/2009 9:50AM

    Karen, I had my surgery 3.5 years ago and nothing has slowed me down since. Life is painfree and wonderful now. I had pain for 3 years and they kept treating my back. Finally they sent me to an orthopedic doctor. He watched me walk and said you need a new hip.
Recovery can take a short time or stretch out, depending how much you get yourself moving. You will get therapy. I was walking without cane or walker within a month. I had mine in summer so after a week or so, I would walk outside a short way and stretch it out longer every couple of days. The first couple of weeks I would walk around in my house to get my strength back. I was 68 when I had mine and now three years later I can walk anywhere. I would have the second one done immediatly if I needed it. I am just sorry they didn't figure this out sooner so I wouldn't have missed three years of not doing much.
Glad you found our group, I will see you there.
Bev-WI

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PJSTIME 11/19/2009 7:46AM

    Oh friend. I hope you get some email responses to help you decide. I'm glad your pain at least for now is better. Have a great day.
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STAMPINITUP 11/19/2009 7:44AM

    You got a great sense of humor throughout all this my friend. I've know people who have had hip replacements and are doing great. They were up and about the next day. I guess the ultimate decission is yours. Maybe you just need to rest that body more than you used to. That seems to be working for you. Just don't get carried away and over do!!!

Hugs
Marj.

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Cold Coffee

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The things we do for our pets!

My coffee maker drips coffee right into a stainless steel caraffe. I take it into the computer room each morning and have my coffee while I read the internet, including Spark People, of course!

Rosie likes to join me. Especially in the winter when I'm wearing my warm gray robe. She gets on my lap, puts her paws up on my chest and looks me in the eyes with that "I worship you" look ( the kind you NEVER get from a man, lol) and then settles down on my lap.

However - she MUST rest her head and half of her body on my left arm! Has to be. It's a kitty rule. (Rosie weighs 15.5 lbs.) So, when I want to type, like now, I have to stop and rest the arm every few minutes. I guess I could add it to my workout log, hmmmm? Strength training, 15 lb. weights, left arm only.

The biggest problem is, I sometimes let my coffee cup sit too long, full of coffee, and really need to go microwave it to get it hot again. Nope! Can't disturb the baby kitty, can I?

I'm the sort of person who is very particular about my coffee. I buy gourmet. Grind my own. Picky about the coffee maker, shape of filter, etc. AND my coffee MUST be hot. No lukewarm stuff for me.

Except - when Rosie is on my arm, I can't bear to disturb her, so I (shudder) drink cold coffee, quite a lot.



What else can I do?
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Karen

  
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SERENITYSEL 11/18/2009 7:06PM

    Rosie looks like Lucky! Is she a tortie too? If so, read about them. They do own you, not the other way around.

I am the same way. Sometimes I have gone to work without making my bed, because Lucky was asleep and I surely wouldn't wake her just to make my bed.

She too lays on my arm (or the keyboard) when I am typing (hmm, where is she now). However she only weighs 5 lbs (she is only 6 months old). I carry her to the microwave with me!!! Sometimes she stays, and sometimes she will jump down. (she's awfully quiet, what is she into right now?)

My last cat, Onry, weighed 28 lbs. Took after her momma!!!!!!

Well, you will have to take "before and after" pictures of your left arm! Ha ha emoticon

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STAMPINITUP 11/18/2009 9:05AM

    emoticonThat's not a kitty...15.5 pounds...that a baby cub. I love the pictures that you have put into my thinking cap. Enjoy the moments!!! They pass far too quickly!! It's amazing what we sacrifice for our kids and our pets!!

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Marj.

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FRANCLYN 11/18/2009 9:04AM

    Oh do I miss my kitty now. My hubby and older daughter are allergic so having one was a sacrifice for them even though both are devout animal people but Morganna wandered off several years ago. She was beautiful (same kind of tortie as your Rosie) and friendly and had no collar - she could slip a collar in not time flat - so we're hoping she just found another home and they decided to keep her, thinking she was a friendly stray. My daughter has a picture of her framed on her wall.
I miss that warm body that would snuggle between your ankles at night, making it impossible to roll over because you weren't about to disturb her just so you could get a better night's sleep. I miss watching my oh-so-whupped hubby make her the occasional bowl of chocolate milk - a little warm, a mix of ovaltine and hershey's. Good Lord but that cat was spoiled.
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DAYHIKER 11/18/2009 9:04AM

    Yikes, your Rosie looks just like our Baby Cakes!

Another cat and coffee lover! emoticon
cindy

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MYFEETHURT 11/18/2009 8:40AM

  I get it...boy do I get it. We finally trained Marlo to get in the computer desk drawer. He loves it now and immediately jumps in as soon as I open it. BUT...I don't vacuum when he's asleep. Can't stand to disturb him. Right now he's on the bathroom counter waiting for me to put some water in the sink so he can play in it and drink some. Happens every single morning. The habits we start. ugh! I guess you nailed it...it's that LOOK...that's what has us hooked and willing to drink that cold coffee! LOL

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NJDIETZ 11/18/2009 8:09AM

    I know the feeling. We have three cats in the house and they rule. emoticon

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JUHOEG 11/18/2009 8:00AM

  I enjoy my two cups of coffee in the morning and the rest of the day I have my water (at least 8-10 glasses) and tea.

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Creative Painting - again

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Many people aren't on site on the weekends, so I'm putting this out there again.

If you enjoy creative painting, creating paintings with brushes and oils or watercolors or acryllics, etc. - please let me know.

Many of us enjoy having a Diet Buddy to motivate us along the way to better health.

I'm looking for some painting buddies, people who enjoy brushwork and painting just about anything you can hang on a wall.

You don't have to be a professional artist. In fact, amateur is really what I'm looking for. You don't have to be really good.

I'm an amateur with no claims to grandeur or success. I simply ENJOY painting.

Some of mine are good enough to hang on my wall. Many more of them get recycled by the garbage man, lol. But it's FUN. I love to watch the paint move around. I love those little "happy accidents".

Do you watch instructional paintng on tv? Bob Ross, Jerry Yarnell, Susan Schewee?

Are you addicted to painting videos? Frank Clarke, Julie Cohn, Birgit O'connor?

Do spend you money at Hobby Lobby and Michaels?

If you feel you can't paint but can't stop trying. . .

Please leave me a comment or send me a Spark Mail. I'll answer you and maybe we can find a way to get together here and encourage each other.

I've found one painting friend here and already, just talking to her and sharing thoughts about why we paint and why we don't paint enough, has inspired and motivated me. I'm thinking that if there are more of us, there'll be more benefits like that.

Plus, when you have a brush in your hand, there's not so much time for putting food in your mouth, right?

BrushWork is fun! Keep your brush wet!

Karen

  
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FRANCLYN 11/18/2009 8:58AM

    Have you looked into the artist teams? While they may not be a team you wish to join long term, it's a way to contact others...

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SERENITYSEL 11/17/2009 10:04PM

    Do you offer paint by numbers? Seriously, I would love to learn to paint.

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FISHINGLADY66 11/17/2009 9:17AM

    This is not my cup of tea, but Good Luck to you.
HUGS

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READINGDOC 11/17/2009 8:58AM

    I would love to do this but I have absolutely NO talent when it comes to the visual arts other than to enjoy others efforts. My talent lies in the performing arts -- the piano. So you paint and I'll play at your exhibit.
Lynda

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STAMPINITUP 11/17/2009 8:58AM

    Sounds like a wonderful idea to have a painting buddy!! All the best my friend!!! I'm know there are lots of artists out there!!

HUGS
Marj.

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Creative Painting

Saturday, November 14, 2009

If you enjoy creative painting, creating paintings with brushes and oils or watercolors or acryllics, etc. - please let me know.

Many of us enjoy having a Diet Buddy to motivate us along the way to better health.

I'm looking for some painting buddies, people who enjoy brushwork and painting just about anything you can hang on a wall.

You don't have to be a professional artist. In fact, amateur is really what I'm looking for. You don't have to be really good.

I'm an amateur with no claims to grandeur or success. I simply ENJOY painting.

Some of mine are good enough to hang on my wall. Many more of them get recycled by the garbage man, lol. But it's FUN. I love to watch the paint move around. I love those little "happy accidents".

Do you watch instructional paintng on tv? Bob Ross, Jerry Yarnell, Susan Schewee?

Are you addicted to painting videos? Frank Clarke, Julie Cohn, Birgit O'connor?

Do spend you money at Hobby Lobby and Michaels?

If you feel you can't paint but can't stop trying. . .

Please leave me a comment or send me a Spark Mail. I'll answer you and maybe we can find a way to get together here and encourage each other.

I've found one painting friend here and already, just talking to her and sharing thoughts about why we paint and why we don't paint enough, has inspired and motivated me. I'm thinking that if there are more of us, there'll be more benefits like that.

Plus, when you have a brush in your hand, there's not so much time for putting food in your mouth, right?

BrushWork is fun! Keep your brush wet!

Karen

  
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SERENITYSEL 11/14/2009 9:01PM

    Karen, I really wish I could paint. Yes, I used to watch all the painting shows. Bob Ross was my favorite. I loved the way he painted mountains. I have a lot of tapes of him and I've tried so many times. I even bought an easel and paint set from him. I tried and tried but I always go back to painting by numbers!!!!!!

My son and granddaughter are fantastic at it, but "mom" is not. Sorry!

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PJSTIME 11/14/2009 12:24PM

    Good Blog Karen. Hopefully our little team will grow. I too have lots of things I have painted but won't display. lol But its a learning process and a work in progress should never be judged until it is finished. Walk away from it and go back and look at it a few days later and you are amazed at how much better it looks.

Let's keep painting. PJ emoticon

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