Tuesday, October 26, 2010
On sunday, we had a children's sermon and the sermon giver gave us the above quote, "Be the change you want to see for the world!" Doesn't that say it all, if we all changed for the better, the way we want others to be, this world might be a better place.
I was reviewing my blogs for the last 2 months and I had to go all the way back to Sept1, 2010 to find something positive that I've said. I was at 179, briefly for about a day. Since then, there is so much going on in my life, I've completely lost my way for my self and my health.
First the chaos of renovations. Then at that time, the hospialization of 24 year old Anne in Spain only to culminate in her death yesterday. That really affected me, I guess because I know her Mom so well and I know the pain she and her husband have and will experience in the future. And I so wanted her to live, to fall in love, get married, have children. There was an article in today's paper about her and it seems that she was probably kept alive on machines for several weeks and finally it was no use.
Interspersed with that sadness were 2 happy weddings and visiting with our son and grandchidren. Then, at home, my other son and family are facing financial difficulties and my nearly one year old grandson is having major surgery to correct a birth defect on Wed. I am sad for that but hopeful it will be okay. And I also know it will probably add to their financial woes. I'll be on standby to help out with my granddaughter and whatever else they need.
And doctor's appmts for my mother-in-law continue. Yesterday and tomorrow and again in another week. It's never ending. So I guess I can understand giving up on myself while I attended to these other needs. I completely went off the diet track and now I am trying to climb back on. I've been having fun in between chaotic moments, completely and utterly forgoing fruit and veg. I was at a business mixer on Thursday evening and there was a beautiful buffet. Trays loaded with fruit and fresh veggies. I avoided them like the plague and went for the fried chicken, stuffed mushrooms and eggs, and little sandwiches, and of course 5 or 6 little brownie balls. What is wrong with me? I had the opportunity for all that fresh food and passed it up!
I received the book and mp3 player I ordered for the walking program. But I've been disinterested in it. I really need to pep talk myself. Thursday we are flying up to North Carolina for the FSU vs NCSTate Football game and visiting with aforementioned son and grandchildren. Then on Friday, we are driving to WIlliamsburg for a quick getaway weekend. Then Sunday back to Greensboro for a Halloween party with grandsons and family. That should be fun and we have to go in costume. I have my "queen" costume from Mardi Gras ready to go. Back on Monday and then surgery on Wed and then another party on Saturday. And work in between.
Yesterday, I pigged out on candy corn and m&m's. As I sat there with handfuls of them, eating one at a time, I came to the conclusion I had to start thinking about being the change I wanted to be. I have to stop the candy binge. I have to leave the candy alone at that party on Sunday night or I will be sick. Lord give me the strength to keep it out of my mouth and bob for apples instead. I'll be searching for help from all you Sparkers to get me out of this mess. Later.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Just last week I posted a blog about a 24 year old girl in Barcelona Spain fighting for her life. She passed today, so sad. I just can't figure out how this could happen to someone so young and vibrant. Did she delay getting to the doctor? Did she have an incurable illness no one knew about? Cause of death was ARD. I grieve for her parents who have spent nearly 2 months in Spain by her bed. She was in a coma the whole time and never knew it. She was their only child.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
There is a beautiful 24 year old woman named Anne in a hospital in Barcelona, Spain fighting for her life. At the end of August, she and a friend went on a fun trip to Spain. She felt bad on the plane and ended up spending the first 3 days in the hotel. Finally her roommate took her to the hospital and they promptly put her in. To make a long story short she is now in Stage III ARD and her lungs are NOT healing. They put her in a coma and on an ECMO machine to breathe for her. She has received stem cells and they have done everything they can but her lungs NEED TO HEAL! Please become a member of Team Anne and pray for her recovery. There are so many already praying but a few more can't hurt. Her parents are friends of mine and they have been with her since the first week. Imagine the trauma they are going through in a foreign country, trying to cope, finding a place to live, not to mention the cost involved. It has been almost 2 months of this incredible horror story. Thank you.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!
I'm feeling miserable due to cold symptoms, achy, itchy water eyes, cough, runny nose. This is the second cold I've gotten and I rarely get them. What gives this year? I came back from the wedding and visiting grandchildren with this. I didn't notice anyone else that was suspiciously sick while I was there. Don't have much energy and don't have to do much today so I'll take it easy.
I've been working on my Underground Railroad Quilt and have 10 blocks finished. Two more to go and then I can start putting it together. It has gone so fast. I love making each block, so creative deciding which fabrics to use. I thought it would take me a long time to finish it but it is so satisfying to see each finished block.
I seem to have given up on followng any sort of diet plan. The good news is that I am still being sensible in my choices and not overeating. I will get back to it but not today. Later.
Monday, October 18, 2010
LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!
We spent the weekend on Jekyll Island, Ga for an absolutely beautiful wedding. It was the most beautiful wedding I had ever been to. I guess when budget is not a concern, you can fly the moon! The weather was perfect, sunny in the 70's. The venue was the Crane Cottage, a turn of the century cottage owned by the plumbing King, Mr. Crane. The island was orginally purchased in the late 1800's by a group of rich Americans, J.P.Morgan, Fitzpatrick, and other wealthy persons of that era! I'll have to google and learn more. The Island was purchased by the state of Georgia in the mid 1900's.
Now that I've been there, I don't need to go back as it isn't that big of a place. We rented a 3 br condo for us, our son, wife and grandsons ( 3 of them were in the wedding) My Daughter inlaws sister and her significant other and niece who came to baby sit the baby while we went to the wedding. It was very expensive and that condo was less than exciting. As a decorator, it definitely needed some updating. Really tacky.
We had a wonderful time except on Sat while we all expected to watch the FSU Boston College football game, the cable was out. In fact the cable was out when we arrived on Friday and never came on the whole weekend. We went a whole weekend with no TV, no news, no football. My son had his laptop and was able to bring up the game on it via internet so we did get to watch or we would have had to go out to a sports bar somewhere. And FSU won! $550 for 2 nights in a tacky condo with no cable. They did take $88 off our bill because we complained so much. I didn't really miss the TV because I was out half the time but our babysitters didn't have much to do.
Anyway, we had a lovely time! And I didn't eat too much! Back now and back to work!
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