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But the YARD Looks Good!!??

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I did it again.

I don't think I will ever learn.

I get doing something that I like doing, and just keep going until I have seriously hurt myself.

I did that on Sunday.

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and I looked at the front yard. It really needed some attention.

DH has been on the sit down mower for a week now, getting all the back property all cleaned up and looking good. I watched him from my window, and was happy to see him outdoors.

He mowed around apple trees and around pear trees. He mowed around the sheds and mowed the entire pasture. (we don't have horses any more).

He even cleaned out under the trees, collected all the brush and brambles and did some burning.

Good on HIM!

Oh, don't get the wrong idea. I was doing my walking and strength training all last week, so I was feeling good.

Then came Sunday.

DH started to mow the front hill.

We have a very steep hill for our front lawn. In places it is about a 30 degree climb. Very steep.

There are some places where he cannot get to with the sit down mower, so I thought, "Heck. I'll just get the little electric mower out and help him with those areas".

I mean, it doesn't LOOK like that big of an area, and who can remember what it felt like last year when I did it??

So there I was, hauling that little mower on that steep incline, twisting and turning around beds and trees, and trying to keep from slipping (like I did last year).

A nagging pain began in my back, but I didn't have all THAT much left to do. Mow, mow, mow. Haul, haul, haul. Twist, Twist Twist.

I begin to realize that the nagging pain is not there any more. It has been replaced by a RAGING pain.

Aw heck. I just have that little bit left on the other side of the steps. I'll be able to do that easy peasie.

Not so. I begin climbing the hill, pulling the mower after me, when down I go.

No. Not on my back. On my knees. I have let go of the mower, and it races down the hill. Good thing it is electric, and you have to keep hold of the handle, or it would have kept running too.

I am busted to my knees with pain. I can't get up. I can hardly breathe.

Finally, after what seemed to be hours, DH sees me and hurries over. We get me into bed, swallowing an Aleve, and then he gives me a mild lecture. To which I tell him I am in no mood to even listen, so he leaves me alone.

After a very rough night, I wake up and it is Monday morning.

I feel pretty good, and am very eager to attend the rally. I cut my hair, shower, and put on my rally clothes.

Then I go out and cut some rhubarb, come in to make wonderful rhubarb cream cheese bars to take over to Larry and Sharon's, with whom we are having dinner before the rally.

I am SOOOO looking forward to this evening!

I take the dessert out of the oven to cool, and go to let Winsten out.

OH MAN! I've been hit by a MAC TRUCK, from behind!

The back pain announces itself again, very loudly, and I CRAWL to my bed.

That's where I have been since then. In bed. Hurting.

I missed the dinner with friends, I missed the rally, I missed asking the candidates the questions I had all written out. I missed the dessert.

DH went and took notes, but that's not the same as being there!

I missed out on living today.

I hate being stuck in bed. It makes me grumpy.

I know I brought this all on myself, and it was done with good intentions. I just need to listen more carefully when my body says "Enough"!

But......................THE YARD LOOKS GOOD! At least it does from my windows!

  


But the YARD Looks Good!!??

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I did it again.

I don't think I will ever learn.

I get doing something that I like doing, and just keep going until I have seriously hurt myself.

I did that on Sunday.

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, and I looked at the front yard. It really needed some attention.

DH has been on the sit down mower for a week now, getting all the back property all cleaned up and looking good. I watched him from my window, and was happy to see him outdoors.

He mowed around apple trees and around pear trees. He mowed around the sheds and mowed the entire pasture. (we don't have horses any more).

He even cleaned out under the trees, collected all the brush and brambles and did some burning.

Good on HIM!

Oh, don't get the wrong idea. I was doing my walking and strength training all last week, so I was feeling good.

Then came Sunday.

DH started to mow the front hill.

We have a very steep hill for our front lawn. In places it is about a 30 degree climb. Very steep.

There are some places where he cannot get to with the sit down mower, so I thought, "Heck. I'll just get the little electric mower out and help him with those areas".

I mean, it doesn't LOOK like that big of an area, and who can remember what it felt like last year when I did it??

So there I was, hauling that little mower on that steep incline, twisting and turning around beds and trees, and trying to keep from slipping (like I did last year).

A nagging pain began in my back, but I didn't have all THAT much left to do. Mow, mow, mow. Haul, haul, haul. Twist, Twist Twist.

I begin to realize that the nagging pain is not there any more. It has been replaced by a RAGING pain.

Aw heck. I just have that little bit left on the other side of the steps. I'll be able to do that easy peasie.

Not so. I begin climbing the hill, pulling the mower after me, when down I go.

No. Not on my back. On my knees. I have let go of the mower, and it races down the hill. Good thing it is electric, and you have to keep hold of the handle, or it would have kept running too.

I am busted to my knees with pain. I can't get up. I can hardly breathe.

Finally, after what seemed to be hours, DH sees me and hurries over. We get me into bed, swallowing an Aleve, and then he gives me a mild lecture. To which I tell him I am in no mood to even listen, so he leaves me alone.

After a very rough night, I wake up and it is Monday morning.

I feel pretty good, and am very eager to attend the rally. I cut my hair, shower, and put on my rally clothes.

Then I go out and cut some rhubarb, come in to make wonderful rhubarb cream cheese bars to take over to Larry and Sharon's, with whom we are having dinner before the rally.

I am SOOOO looking forward to this evening!

I take the dessert out of the oven to cool, and go to let Winsten out.

OH MAN! I've been hit by a MAC TRUCK, from behind!

The back pain announces itself again, very loudly, and I CRAWL to my bed.

That's where I have been since then. In bed. Hurting.

I missed the dinner with friends, I missed the rally, I missed asking the candidates the questions I had all written out. I missed the dessert.

DH went and took notes, but that's not the same as being there!

I missed out on living today.

I hate being stuck in bed. It makes me grumpy.

I know I brought this all on myself, and it was done with good intentions. I just need to listen more carefully when my body says "Enough"!

But......................THE YARD LOOKS GOOD! At least it does from my windows!

  
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ISLOBIRDSEEDS 4/27/2010 8:06PM

  Awww {{{hugs}}} I hope you feel better fast! I know I do the same thing and drive myself to hard to get things done. This sounded just like something I would write! {giggle}
I am sorry you missed out on your events and dinner with friends! I hope you will recover from what is going on with your back! I hope you get it checked out by your doctor to see what is going on!

Take care and slow down!



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Yearly Dementia Test

Friday, April 23, 2010



REMEMBER: "Getting older is the only way to live longer"


Our Yearly Dementia Test

It's that time of year for us to take our annual senior citizen test.
Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older,

it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it!

Below is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to the last test.

Some may think it is too easy but the ones with memory problems may have difficulty.

Take the test presented here to determine if you're losing it or not.

The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until you've made your answer.

OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.



1. What do you put in a toaster?




















Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast' give up now and do something else..
Try not to hurt yourself.

If you said, bread, go to Question 2.

2. Say 'silk' five times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink?








Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk,' don't attempt the next question. Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat. Content yourself with reading a more appropriate literature such as Auto World.

However, if you said 'water', proceed to question 3.





3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks,

what is a green house made from?








Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said 'green bricks,'

why are you still reading these???
If you said 'glass,' go on to Question 4.





4. It's twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany

(If you will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into

West Germany and East Germany ). Anyway, during the flight, two engines fail.

The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing,

decides on a crash landing procedure.

Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so

and the plane fatally crashes smack in the middle of 'no man's land'

between East Germany and West Germany ...

Where would you bury the survivors?

East Germany, West Germany , Or no man's land'?












Answer: You don't bury survivors.
If you said ANYTHING else, you're a dunce and you must stop.

If you said, 'You don't bury survivors', proceed to the next question.




5. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales .

In London , 17 people get on the bus.
In Reading , 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on.
In Swindon , 2 people get off and 4 get on.
In Cardiff , 11 people get off and 16 people get on.
In Swansea , 3 people get off and 5 people get on.
In Carmathen, 6 people get off and 3 get on.
You then arrive at Milford Haven


Without scrolling back to review, how old is the bus driver?











Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
Don't you remember your own age?

It was YOU driving the bus!!







PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!!

Enjoy your day. You might as well. After all, you won't know the answers to all of today's riddles until bedtime. That's IF you can even remember the riddles!!!
















  
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LOVESCAMPING 4/25/2010 10:12AM

    I'm happy to report I got them all wrong. ROFL

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KIMBERLEYTH 4/24/2010 8:25AM

    I'm happy to report I got them all correct...at this time! LOL Give me a couple of years and who knows!

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DIANE7786 4/23/2010 10:55PM

    Very cute. I got most of them wrong!

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BEVPRESLEY 4/23/2010 10:04PM

    Thanks for the chuckle.


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NOTFATCAT 4/23/2010 8:02PM

    That is pretty funny. Thanks.

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TINYC887 4/23/2010 5:27PM

    I got them all right,lol

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NANADERRICK 4/23/2010 2:07PM

    This was fun. I passed!! Maybe there is hope for me after all. emoticon

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DARCEYOH 4/23/2010 1:56PM

    I got all but the last one. hahaha.

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SLKIDDER 4/23/2010 12:23PM

    OK, I obviously have advanced stages of dementia... I'm so gullible.

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MEGANC1988 4/23/2010 12:22PM

    hehe thanks for sharing this :)

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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Winsten and I broke our record this morning. We did 5.25 miles walking in 48 minutes!!

It is a misty, cool morning, just right for walking.

We started out at a good clip, and after a while, I checked to see how we were doing. Yikes! We had already logged in 2 miles.

That surprised me, and motivated me to keep going.

I thought I was going for mile 3 when I looked again, and geesh! I was on mile 4 already!!

chugga chugga choo choo!!

Not being ready to stop, and full of adrenaline, we go on to mile 5, then on to 5.25.

I checked our time. NO WAY!!! 47:55 minutes.

Double Check the time!! Sure enough, rounded up to 48 minutes!

Actually I am walking again with more gusto since I gained 3+ pounds while my back was giving me grief. I have some extra tonnage to walk off, and am bound and determined to get back below 180 where I was several weeks ago.

And it ain't going to go away by itself, no matter how much I wish it would.

Like Creedence says "Gotta MOVE!"

Winsten and I are very proud of our achievement.

Did I tell you that our time INCLUDED stopping by for a very brief chat with a neighbor, all the while walking in place to keep my heart rhythm up? Yep.

This Spark Thing is truly miraculous and magical. It turned a couch potato blimp into a trimmed down fast walker!

Bring on the 5K!!!

Chugga chugga choo choo!

  
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LOVESCAMPING 4/22/2010 3:58PM

    Congrats!

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MRSWHITEWOLF 4/20/2010 9:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Awesome job!

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NOTFATCAT 4/20/2010 8:31PM

    Can I count on you walking the ODT with me this summer?????????????? HUM??

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CASHE00 4/20/2010 4:26PM

    That's awesome! 5.25 miles... WOW! emoticon

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TINYC887 4/20/2010 3:36PM

    way to go

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DARCEYOH 4/20/2010 2:21PM

    Woooo! Your feet were on fire! 5.25 miles is great! Keep it up.

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Updating my Information to You

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hello,
I have been married to my Bear for 19 years, and we are growing old together, attempting to do so with at least a little grace.

I am retired from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body from a career that just got uglier and uglier.

I am the middle kid of 7, and honestly, for the most part do not like my siblings other than 2 sisters.

Like Ginny, I have jumped from hobby to hobby until I went to Florida to visit my sister, who is a quilter. I went there to teach her how to weave, and came back and knew I had to get a new sewing machine so I could quilt.

I now have more fabric than the local quilt shops, more patterns and kits than I will ever use up, and a long arm that I can't figure out the tension problem I am having.

Our granddaughter, Ally, fought leukemia and is now in remission. From that experience, I learned that while guilds and organizations make quilts for little kids and big people, no one want to make quilts for the kids ages 8-18 who are fighting cancer. That has become my Mission from God, and I make quilts called Ally Cat Quilts by Krackers. I welcome any one who knows of a kid fighting this horrible disease to contact me with the information so I can get a quilt to them.

My other passions are hiking, photography, gourmet low cal healthy cooking, reading, animals, music, art of any form, and especially the Mommy and Me trips my daughter Cindy (also known as Bossy Daughter) go on once a year. This year is Las Vegas, where we will each bring a roll of quarters.

My back gave me trouble all of April, so I didn't get in my Sparkie workouts like I was. Gained three pounds, so now need to become a street walker again, big time. Jiggle jiggle, joggle joggle.

Is that enough to let you know that I am slightly nuts??

  
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ANUT4DISNEY 4/19/2010 2:56PM

    I loved you blog.

Shirley

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RELGRAM 4/18/2010 7:41PM

  Hey, Dear Friend! Loved your update. Some day I might send in one from me. So far all I have done was stop the gaining. I still am religious about going to Curves at least 3x weekly. Larry and I walk most mornings together, but it's gotten to be almost a stroll because of all the beauty around us this spring. We go to a Baptist church when the doors open, so enjoy that family of like minded friends. Next week we are having another "quiltathon" there and will finish three quilts that were nearly done last time, and start and hopefully finish three more. (The tops, that is.) Then they go to a lady who has a long arm quilting machine for that step, then after binding them, to the graduates of the homeless shelter's program in Greenville for their first home after the program. That's a joy like yours, so I can relate. Spring here has been fantastic because of the snowy, cold winter. Everything blossoming more profusely than before. Hope you are getting better with your back. Love, Jane

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TINYC887 4/18/2010 1:42PM

    I am so glad your granddaughter is in remission. I've been foghting leukemia since 1996, but I'd rather have it then a kid, they have so much to look forward to. That is awesome that you make quilts for kids, way to go

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LOVESCAMPING 4/18/2010 12:58PM

    It's nice to get an update. It's nice to know more about you.

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KAROUSELL46 4/18/2010 12:58PM

    Ah you're not nuts at all. I gained 4 lbs and talk about your jiggle, jiggle, joggle, joggle, flappy, flappy. You are a great friend and I thank SP for putting us together. You did forget one thing though--YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR! You are one person I know I can joke with on here. Thank goodness....Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 4/18/2010 12:55PM

    Nuts? NO.
A caring and loving person that is willing to give of herself to others.


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