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TODAY IS SATURDAY ... OOPS, FRIDAY

Friday, May 17, 2013

I got to sleep in today and I was in such a deep sleep I woke up thinking it was Saturday. Then the realization sunk in, another day to finish up the week. Yesterday I went to see my MIL and spent about an hour and a half with her. She is in some distress, moaning, eyes open, grabbing her sheet, uncovering herself. I got some ice water and I kept putting drops into her mouth. Then I put smaller pieces of ice into her mouth and she seemed to enjoy them, sucking them until they melted. I sought out the nurse and asked for some Tylenol for her. It is a suppository so I left as they were taking care of business. My husband went this morning and will ask for consistent pain killers to keep her comfortable.

It seems a blessing when someone just dies in their sleep. Watching this downturn in her body is a strain on us. One of her friends went with her son yesterday to see her and she was shocked at her condition. She didn't expect her to be like that. Our minister went and gave her commitment and called and said that she was very tired and was soon ready to be at rest.

Keeping busy with work as I need that.

  
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LKWQUILTER 5/17/2013 3:23PM

    Will continue to pray for all of you Carol. I do so know how hard it is and realize how blessed we were that momma and daddy did not linger like that. (((HUGS)))

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MURRAYGOLD 5/17/2013 11:57AM

    May your MIL be at peace soon. Being a witness to my mother's decline is tough. May we both find comfort and acceptance and calm and strength.

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ANDI571 5/17/2013 11:06AM

    It's not easy seeing our parents go through that. Terry's mom died within hours of having a heart attack and even though it was hard, we didn't have to watch her suffer. Our other parents weren't so lucky.

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KASEYCOFF 5/17/2013 10:53AM

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SEWINGMAMACDS 5/17/2013 10:32AM

    emoticon I know it is so hard to wait and watch as a loved one approaches the end.

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THE SMALLEST WINNER

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

So I'm in this class at the YMCA, named above. Last night we had a briefing by a dietician. OH, I'd heard it all before but hey, if it works. She pretty much described the Sonoma or Mediterranean diet. Eat more protein, fruits and veggies. So today is day one all over again.
Oh, and she also says, track your food. DUH! I hate doing that but there are only 6 more weeks of this and so I can do this. And exercise and more exercise. Yes, I can.

  
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EBURGITE 5/16/2013 11:27AM

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MURRAYGOLD 5/15/2013 11:24AM

    Of course you can :-) And try rephrasing even your mental thoughts about tracking...try not to think how much you hate doing it and tell yourself this is a healthy step, this will really help me on this journey...etc.

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CYND59 5/15/2013 11:24AM

    Yes, you can do it!

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SANDYCRANE 5/15/2013 7:35AM

    Tracking food for me has really made a difference. It also helps to measure and weigh things. I was reading that someone doing maintenance should even keep tracking their food. It is never easy but the results are worth it. Sounds like a great class.

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When the going gets tough...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Well I'm fixing to be tough because I have some stressors that are hard to deal with. My MIL is near death and my son lost his job again. It is just too much for me to bear so I am setting some goals I can deal with.

First, I need to resurrect my business. I've been trying to retire and quilt but that doesn't pay the bills and with my son unemployed again, we will have to help out. So I need another good year under my belt and I need some good clients. I know what to do and I am spending time revamping my adverts and updating my online presence.

Secondly, I'm not giving up quilting, just putting it on the back burner somewhat. You know, pushing that fabric through the machine is sew relaxing when you are an accomplished sewer. However, I am going to spend some time getting more organized in my sewing room, taking stock of the projects I have in the works, and finishing things up instead of starting new things. I had the idea to get those large storage bags from the grocery and put a UFO in each bag, date it and list what needs to be done with it. That will take me sometime but I WILL do it. ANd it will be fun to see what I need to do. We stopped at the dollar store yesterday but they didn't have the extra large Ziploc bags and I came home with the gallon size which I knew wasn't big enough. For smaller projects yes, but not the big ones. So I"ll have to go to the real grocery to get those.

But first I need to resurrect my business and that is top priority. I can do this! I want to thank all of my spark friends for being there when I need them. And I sew need for someone to listen to my woes right now. emoticon Crying is good but I also need to smile. emoticon But I really feel like this emoticon

Have a good day and think of me!

  
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EBURGITE 5/16/2013 11:35AM

    life brings so many changes....we think we know what's down the road, or around the corner, and then things change in ways we never dreamed! i read this yesterday: "one of God's gifts to us is that we do not know the future. He is strong enough to know what is coming. we are not. He can see a great day on the horizon, but His foreknowledge does not spoil His joy when the great day arrives. He can see a horrible day coming without being defeated, discouraged, or distressed by it. we are not so strong." (john stumbo, "an honest look at a mysterious journey") you will get through this time, and someday you'll look back and see all the amazing things that happened. in the middle of it, i'm praying God will give you everything you need to make the journey full of grace, mercy and love. emoticon

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CYND59 5/15/2013 11:23AM

    You do have a lot going on right now. I hope things will get better and I will be praying for your MIL. Please take care of yourself and get the rest you need so you can be there for your hubby when he needs you.
I have a shoulder you can cry on and I am a good listener. You do not have to go through this alone.
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SEWINGMAMACDS 5/15/2013 11:02AM

    Carol - attitude is a big key and yours is great. Cry emoticon when you need to -- your SP friends will listen. Hugs.

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COOPQUILTLADY 5/14/2013 11:13PM

    Also, if those pictures are of your work----you do AWESOME!!!!!

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COOPQUILTLADY 5/14/2013 11:11PM

    I've been there, done that , too. It's always some crisis, but does tend to work itself out. Just hang in there. When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!!!! emoticon

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JENNY888 5/14/2013 5:56PM

    I am sew thinking of you in this time of difficulties. You sound like you have a great plan to move forward. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 5/14/2013 1:14PM

    Praying for you Carol and know that you are doing better that most that I know. You are rolling up your sleeves and getting busy. Vent all you need, that helps relieve the stress of everything going on. Know that people do care about you. Take care of yourself too. Love the pictures you posted--you are so talented. ((HUGS))

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MURRAYGOLD 5/14/2013 9:34AM

    Acceptance and a plan...you will do this....and do it with style and grace, and yes, even a smile.

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CARLANNIE 5/14/2013 9:15AM

    Ah, shoot. I've been there, done that - you know, that smiley face look of sheer exhaustion/overwhelmingness/sadness
/weariness/hopelessness. You are right - you do need to smile! Because you know times will get better. Maybe you could post some of the projects you do for your customers? It's not quilting, but we'd love to see your work anyway. Hang in there!

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UPDATE ON MIL

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Its after 8:00 p.m. and we just left the nursing home. It doesn't look good and it can't be long. At least we hope and pray that the Lord takes her home to be with the rest of her family. We have been away for 5 days and got back at 4:00 p.m. The nurse called at 5:00 and said that she hadn't eaten all day, was very unresponsive, wouldn't wear her teeth or her glasses. She wanted to run some tests and/or take her to the ER. We said no to the ER and yes to the tests. However, when we got there, she looked so sad, I called her friend from our church who is an RN and she came right over. They came in to take blood and put in a catheter and Char, the RN said no. What good would it do to put her through that? And we agreed. We are ready for her to take that last trip. It is difficult but part of life. Please pray for our family and for the Lord to do his will. Thank you for our blessings. She has had a good long life and needs to be at peace.

  
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SEWINGMAMACDS 5/15/2013 11:04AM

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LKWQUILTER 5/13/2013 6:37AM

    Praying for all of you Carol. Wish I had noticed this blog sooner as I so know what you are going through. (((HUGS))) to you too. Just know that you are doing the best for her and what she wants. emoticon emoticon

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CARLANNIE 5/12/2013 8:48AM

    I'm adding my hugs and prayers for you as well. emoticon

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SNAGGS 5/11/2013 9:46PM

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THE SMALLEST WINNER

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Before I get started on this blog, I want to let you know that yesterday's problem was resolved. Giving it over to the Lord really helped.

My husband and I joined the YMCA program last night called "The Smallest Winner" It goes 8 weeks and there are 2 teams of ten people and two trainers. We get points for going to the yMCA, handing in our food sheets, etc. The idea is to get people involved. There are 2 men in the class and the rest are women. I'm looking forward to it.

This is in contrast to the Biggest Loser competition that I started in January with Gold's Gym. I hated every minute that I went to Gold's and I lost 2 pounds. My friend that I coerced into going with me lost 13 lbs and she looks incredlble. I never got started with Gold's as I got sick for practically a month and then my trainer quit and my second trainer I had trouble getting up with. I couldn't wait for it to be over.

The YMCA is more friendly and I coerced my husband into joining with me. We plan on following the Sonoma Diet. One challenge we have is that this weekend we are away at a barbershop convention in Orlando for 3 days and then in May, off to Memphis for 5 days. So we will be eating out and will have to choose wisely.

I gave up beer and wine about a month ago when I was having so much trouble with my stomach and acid reflux. Since doing so, beer doesn't taste all that good to me so I end up drinking water at the club. ANd wine doesn't send me either so I guess alcohol has been replaced with water. With acid reflux, the advice is not to drink colas or fizzy drinks so they are out as well. Water and iced tea.

So there you go. The YMCA has a plethora of classes and I love to swim although I don't. Put me in water and off I go. So I picked up brochures and they have a master swim class and tonight is the last night of session 2 so I could go and swim tonight. I used to teach swimming lessons so this would be something I would love. My hair will look awful and I'll smell like chlorine and my eyes will burn. I'll have to get some goggles today. Wish me luck.

  
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CYND59 4/25/2013 6:45PM

    Good for you. It sounds like a fun program!

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MISSFORTE 4/24/2013 5:24PM

    Sounds great! Best Wishes

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COOP9002 4/24/2013 3:19PM

    Good news. Hope your experience is amazing.

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MURRAYGOLD 4/24/2013 3:00PM

    Happy for you that family issue resolved...and very happy that you found theYMCA...enjoy the pool!!!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/24/2013 2:16PM

    I love to exercise in the water. I have really felt the benefits of doing quite a hardcore water workout in water up to my chin, you could try that if you are too worried about your hair. One of the great things for me from exercising in the water is the stretching I can do. I do up to 30 minutes of quite strenuous yoga stretches, things I couldn't manage n land, and the benefits are amazing. I am far more flexible than I have been for years, my balance has improved, and I am much stronger. And I don't get injuries from my water exercise.
I think you are going to love your swimming.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 4/24/2013 9:47AM

    Glad the problem was resolved.

Hooray for joining a contest and I like that your husband joined with you -- cheering you both on!

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