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SIGNING UP FOR THE LONG HAUL

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

WEll, HERE it is 2013 and I have signed up for a local "biggest loser" competion with Gold's gym and the chamber of commerce. What was I thinking. I have to weigh in on Saturday and be measured and photographed wearing gym shorts and a sports bra. Won't be pretty for sure but this opportunity came around and I vow to participate and get healthier in the next three months. Wish me luck! emoticon

  
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JIBBIE49 1/4/2013 9:34PM

    Pensacola Rocks.

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ANDI571 1/3/2013 10:45PM

    Wow, I am impressed. Just having to put on a sports bra would have scared me off. Good for you! I am anxious to watch your progress.

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    You're brave! But I know emoticon

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CAROLISCIOUS 1/1/2013 11:27AM

    I think this is awesome! You will do great!

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LKWQUILTER 1/1/2013 10:14AM

    You know you can do it!!

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A BUSY YEAR AND MORE TO COME!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

This year held a lot of angst and also good times. I'm looking forward to next year but I'm also very pleased with how 2012 is turning out. My MIL is doing very well! 2 months ago she could barely stand up. Now she can get out of her chair and walk to the bathroom and back! She can more easily get out of her chair now than she could in recent months. I attribute it to the 5 days of physical therapy she gets at the nursing home. We will be most likely moving her home with us mid-january. She came home with us for Christmas day and after the family left, she and I took a nap. I woke up when I heard her get up and walk to the bathroom, something she could not have done a few months ago! My only concern is how to keep up the physical therapy when she comes home. I know we can get in home help but not everyday so it is something to think about.

My oldest son finally landed a good job after a year and a half of barely making it. He was hired by a new restaurant that opened right near his home before Christmas. The place is doing so well, they have given him a raise and put him on salary. His wife has an interview with a university to be assistant site manager on a local AF base. WE feel good about her chances of getting the job as she did the same job for a different university for several years. So those are two good things.

My other son is still unemployed but his unemployment has been approved and they are just waiting for the company he worked for to either negate it or let it go through. It is a big national company so we don't think they will stop it. In addition, he starts university classes in January to become a teacher. He is excited about it.

We go to Disneyworld on Jan 10, every year for the marathon. And meet our younger son and his family there. So we have a vacation to look forward to and we will move MIL in with us after we get back.

I have a bit of work to do today and then off to lunch with a friend!

  
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EBURGITE 12/30/2012 11:08AM

    yay for positive things. wishing a wonderful year.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 12/28/2012 12:18PM

    Sounds like things are starting to look up. Great news about your MIL and your son's job!
Have a great time at DisneyWorld

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CELLOPLAYER1 12/27/2012 3:57PM

    Great news about your MIL and all the job prospects fotr your family.
Enjoy your vacation!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/27/2012 2:17PM

    Great news about MIL. It is true what they say, use it or lose it!

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SABLENESS 12/27/2012 9:22AM

    Your mother-in-law can do what mine did. She kept the sheets of exercises from the PT and did them daily, starting with the ones in bed. Even if everything hurt, she knew it would keep her on her feet and in her home. She was able to stay in her own home, in spite of having shattered a knee, shattered a wrist, and broken both hips at different times. She had other physical issues, too. Most folks in her condition would have given up and been bedridden in a nursing home. Her efforts and determination, with some help from family, made it possible for her to be in her own house until the last two weeks of her 93 years.

Wishing your family success with the job situations.

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KASEYCOFF 12/27/2012 9:03AM

    Depending what kind of physical therapy they had set up for your mother-in-law - what if you exercise with her? That is, if they had leg-lifts, bending and stretching type exercises, chair exercises, etc., could you get a copy of their program and do them along with her? It would help ensure she keeps up with them at least five days a week, plus it would give you a mild workout as well.
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LKWQUILTER 12/27/2012 8:30AM

    Really good news Carol. Have fun at Disney!

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TRYINGHARD54 12/27/2012 8:28AM

    sounds like things are looking up... thank God!

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Nursing HOme Visit

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

As I walked into the nursing home today to visit my mother-in-law, there was a group of women singing carols. I stopped to join in with them, the lone alto among a group of sopranos and a guitar. It was very nice. And then I went on to see MIL who was in a state of depression. Down in the dumps for the day. She was having a bad day over the fact that she couldn't put on her diaper and no one would help her. I don't know how much of that is true. At any rate, I stayed a while and the carolers came to her room and I sang with them again. I love to sing but don't do much except in church. And don't suggest I get in a group. NO thanks.
We have a few chapters left in the book HEAVEN IS FOR REAL and she just listens to every word as I read. She said, that there is so much in the book the she can relate to, like she has seen heaven, at least the angels who visit her must tell her about it. She does have angels visit her. She mentioned that we would have to get another book for me to read to her. So I just ordered PROOF OF HEAVEN, written by a neurosurgeon.
So that was my day.

  
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COOPQUILTLADY 12/19/2012 4:23PM

    You seem to be handling things just fine. Merry Christmas, Carol!

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LKWQUILTER 12/19/2012 7:27AM

    So glad you had a good visit and I must get that book. (((HUGS))) and have a very Merry Christmas Carol.

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LKWQUILTER 12/19/2012 7:27AM

    So glad you had a good visit and I must get that book. (((HUGS))) and have a very Merry Christmas Carol.

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KASEYCOFF 12/18/2012 6:13PM

    Reading the books aloud is a wonderful idea--!
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MAHGRET 12/18/2012 5:53PM

    So nice you are so attentive to your MIL. My sister in law was so good with my mom and it was a real gift to me because I lived so far away.

Glad you enjoyed the singing!

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A RAINY DAY!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

What better plans for today that to start off with weights and bike in the gym (check) check email, read messages and write a blog (check) refer my gym trainer to Spark (check) and have a good breakfast snack of 1 egg scrambled with 1/2 thin toasted bagel thin (check).

Now I'm ready to get the day rolling. I want to head to the sewing room and get some projects going for Christmas Gifts! What better thing to do on a rainy Day!

  
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LKWQUILTER 12/8/2012 7:15PM

    That is a great plan Carol. Have fun!

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COOP9002 12/8/2012 12:59PM

    Sounds like a plan. Hope it goes well.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 12/8/2012 11:27AM

    Sounds like a great rainy day plan!

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KASEYCOFF 12/8/2012 10:48AM

    Wow, I need to tap into some of your energy, lol--!
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PJBONARRIGO 12/8/2012 10:42AM

    Woo hoo! It sounds like you are right on track and are ready for a great weekend! Enjoy your rainy day gift making! emoticon

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MIL's outing

Thursday, December 06, 2012

We go back and forth and we decided that if we just got her out of the nursing home periodically that she wouldn't hate it so much. So today I changed an appmt with a client so that I could take her to the church luncheon for the quilting and crafting ladies. They were so happy to see her and she had a grand time, good food, etc. She used to be a member of that group. So that was a good thing.
So on Saturday, one of the neighborhoods here has their 30th year of holiday decorating, lights, etc and we usually drive through the neighborhood. So we will take her out to Ruby Tuesdays and then through the lights. If we can just keep doing these things, maybe she won't feel so bad about being there. And we wont kill our backs.
I imagine she was worn out after being gone for the day! Thanks all for your words of encouragement and advice. So many of us are going through the same things. I will have to live with my sons as neither one of them will have any money to support me anywhere else.

  
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JENNY888 12/7/2012 1:33AM

    I think your plan is a great one. Small steps at a time but holding firm.

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LKWQUILTER 12/6/2012 7:33PM

    Sounds like a great plain Carol. (((HUGS)))

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ANDI571 12/6/2012 5:03PM

    I think you came up with a wonderful idea. I took my mom out to lunch etc until she got to bad to go. The nursing facility mom was in also took them to ball games etc.


I have given my daugters strict orders she is not to take me into her home. I wouldn't do that to her. Does you mom own anything. She should be able to go on Medicaid. That is how my mom was able to stay in the nursing home. All you need to do is ask the social worker there.

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