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Week 2 Harvest Moon Team - Feelings about Fall

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Aspire and Inspire BSG challenge blog assignment for Week 2 is to answer the questions: Are you looking forward to cooler weather? What is your favorite outdoor fitness activity to do in the fall??

Well, after spending most of the summer at our home in Florida, it is SO nice to be experiencing some cooler weather as we visit my family and friends in Pennsylvania! And tomorrow we leave for Maine for a week to visit a friend and have even cooler temps to look forward to - highs in the mid to upper 60's and getting down into the high 40's at nigh!Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons because of the warm days and cool mornings and evenings...great to have the AC off and it's perfect sleeping weather! I also love seeing the leaves change colors and all of the fall decorations of pumpkins, gourds, scarecrows and cornstalks. Wearing sweatpants and sweatshirts again and snuggling up in a blanket...sitting around a bonfire and eating soup and drinking apple cider. All of that and much more puts a smile on my face! We intend to head back to Florida in mid-October so we won't get to experience the whole autumn, but I will enjoy every minute that I am here!

As far as fitness goes, I think fall is the perfect time for taking walks and hikes. Our RV campground is not too far from the Appalachian Trail and Hawk Mountain, so we have opportunities to hike there, and see the hawks and other migratory birds of prey that pass by. In Maine we hope to do a lot of walking as well, and then next weekend we will be going to the Pocono Mountains for our annual get together with friends, and we always take walks there. I also want to go walk around at some fall festivals in the area!

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/16/2014 2:26AM

    I too love the fall colors. I'm usually on board with fall weather coming but this year I'm not. Summer was so strange that it felt like we only had a month of summer weather. Enjoy the season wherever you'll be as well as the walk/hikes. emoticon emoticon

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LE7_1234 9/13/2014 11:30AM

    Sounds lovely.

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    I love cooler weather as I like to walk outside. i like Fall decorations too and the changing leaves.

Your trip sounds fun!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/11/2014 4:15PM

    I'm still pretending it's summer here and mostly it's complying...but Fall will be here soon!

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MSTWOMOONS002 9/11/2014 2:03PM

    Have Fun Fun Fun times, can I fit in your pocket as you walk around all these places? I'm hiking too some of my favorite places, not knowing how long I'll still be here has my inner balance upset, I will miss this area once I leave. Yet still we've only had one person come look at our house that was the day after we listed it.

We are still hoping & praying for the best, we are keeping hubby's Mom surrounded with prayer that she'll be well at least until we can get there.

We only need one person the right person to want to buy our house, I sure hope that person is on the way.

Enjoy your walks & hikes & all your friends, love your blogs and hearing your fun your having take care & be well.

Prayers & Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon

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ISAKITTEN 9/11/2014 1:48PM

    Great blog, Great ideas and plans

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STEPBYSTEP1955 9/11/2014 9:14AM

    emoticon blog Amy. I love fall too ... the changing colors, cooler temps and fall festivities. Sounds like you have some fun fall activities planned. Enjoy.

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2HAMSDIET 9/11/2014 7:54AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Enjoy.

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DBELLE39 9/11/2014 7:27AM

    Amy, fall is my favorite time of year too. I love the colors changing on the trees, the milder temps so you can enjoy days & evenings outdoors & of course the fall festivals that will be coming up. Thanks for sharing.

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BARBIEE52 9/10/2014 11:39PM

    Your fall sounds beautiful...It's nice to enjoy so many beautiful things one season brings!!
I hope you enjoy this season!! emoticon
I love your pictures!!

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Reflections of the last two months and my September goals

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Sorry to say, I did one of my disappearing acts for the months of July and August! Last I sparked and blogged at the end of June, I was in Florida, helping my hubby recuperate from his second knee surgery.
Here are his 36 staples!!!

My favorite team, Aspire and Inspire took a monthly break from their BSG challenge, and I decided to follow suit. I was very busy at the time, and I was keeping active with lots of exercise, keeping up a 10,000 step streak and doing water walking and aerobics,

and a few line dancing classes and zumba classes. I was proud that I was able to lose 20 pounds total.

Then in August it was time to get ready for our trip north, back to my home state of PA to visit my family and friends. We had to get last minute things done in our house and close it up for us being away for almost two months. We left Florida on August 17th - saying goodbye to the beautiful scenery and all the activities, but not going to miss the hot, humid weather!

- the dogs were ready and adjusted nicely to RV life again!

We took three days to get up to PA, because Dave didn't want to drive more than 6-7 hours a day with his "new knees." As it turned out, the driving went fine - the challenges lie in things not working in our coach, despite getting it all checked over in early June! - we lost power from a faulty inverter, the toilet was leaking, and two air conditioners and the dryer were not working! Needless to say, we were upset and angry at the RV place in Tampa. We were going to turn back to Florida the first night, but we hung in there until we got to the RV park in PA, and then got things fixed gradually.

We stayed at this RV park last year for a couple weeks, and like it, except for the distance from everywhere we want to go. It is an hour away from where my parents and son live, so it's not fun having to travel so much back and forth, but it's beautiful PA Dutch country here, and I have missed this scenery! There is a farm right next to the campground, and Max and Sophie get excited over the horses, donkey and llama!

Another challenge of being here is that the campground does not have Wifi that works unless you are right next to the office. I have to admit I went into a bit of computer withdrawal, but then Dave decided to start up an air card from Verizon, so I can now use my laptop again, and I can get back to sparking!

And I really miss and need SP now that we are here! I went from living a very healthy, active lifestyle in Florida to struggling with my eating and not getting much exercise again! There is no swimming pool here, and I take the dogs for little walks twice a day, but I need to do more than that. I brought my weights so I can do some ST inside, but there isn't much room, and I can't use YouTube videos here, because I will use up too much memory on the air card. I had been searching for places to walk and hike nearby, since the few times I did a 30 minute power walk up and down the lanes here at the campground, I felt pretty silly (it's not that big!) We went to a beautiful area for hiking our first weekend here, and I loved it, but it's not a place you would go on a daily basis, and it cost $6 a person to hike there (I guess since it's a hawk sanctuary.)

Last week I found two parks nearby, and while they were pretty, the path distance wasn't very long.

Finally, today I found a park 20 minutes away that Dave and I could go to on a regular basis. It is lovely and I can't wait for a few weeks when the leaves start to turn.

But, the real reason we are here is for me to spend time with my parents and son, who I have missed so much! My parents both have health issues and my son struggles with challenges as well. I am cherishing each day I spend with them. My dad just celebrated his 85th birthday yesterday!

I am also visiting friends whenever I can. Of course that means going out to lunch and dinner a lot. I have already gained back four pounds, so I know that I have to rein myself in and get back to moderation and low carb. I have already had samples of favorite (unhealthy of course) foods that I have missed from PA, so now I am ready to focus back on that healthy lifestyle that feels so good!

So...that leads me to think about my goals for September. I don't expect to be perfect, but I will do my very best, and I am happy to be back doing my A&I BSG challenge to help support me.

I am going to keep them very short and simple! Starting today I will....

1. Track my food and water
2. Eat mindfully and with moderation
2. Get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/7/2014 10:02PM

    Loved all of the pics Amy! I can understand how easy it is to pack the pounds back on when you go from a very active lifestyle to a not very active one. I'm glad you found somewhere for you and Dave to walk/hike that's not too far from the RV par, Funny about Max and Sophie getting excited about the farm animals. I know Pebbles and Pollywog did the same thing with the cows that lived on the adjacent farm next to my in-laws when we lived with them while our house was being built.

That's really frustrating about the RV. I'm not sure I'd take my RV back to the same place again.

I think you have set some good, yet attainable goals for September. I know you'll do well!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDQUEEN2262 9/6/2014 5:53PM

    Your pictures are beautiful! Glad hubby's knees are doing good. Enjoy your time with your family. emoticon emoticon

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STEPBYSTEP1955 9/5/2014 9:02PM

    Great blog Amy! I am glad that your hubby's knees are doing well! Enjoy the time with relatives and friends. I love the pics! Thanks for sharing. Great goals for September - I have no doubt that you will get back on track and will end the month on a successful note.

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LJCANNON 9/5/2014 7:16PM

    emoticon Sounds like a Wonderful Trip! There is nothing like Quality Family Time!
emoticon As good as those yummy Comfort Foods taste, I try to keep my Focus on how GOOD it feels when I am eating right and staying active.

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    That knee looks really painful to me!! LOL. I hope I don't have to have mine done!! Yikes!

The pool looks wonderful! I so wish we had a pool here or access to one near by.

Good job on the weight loss!!

The dogs are so cute!! I love terriers!

I would have freaked out on the RV problems. I have always wanted one but have heard they are like a boat and need constant attention.

The scenery in both places is amazing. I want to move to Florida some day but don't know where yet.

We had a mobile internet but they dropped us for roaming too much. Sounds crazy to me - it's a mobile service. LOL.

I'm glad you are spending quality time with your parent and son.

Good luck with your goals!

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MSTWOMOONS002 9/5/2014 3:25PM

    Hi Amy; emoticon

Great to hear all your news and your photos are totally awesome everything is green & lush looking, hope you get to enjoy the fall leaves changing color. emoticon

I have missed you, I don't understand some of the acronyms you use but I wish you the best on all your goals, consistency & mindfulness is very important, I'll pray you reach your goals. emoticon

Enjoy each precious moment with your family. Glad you got all your RV problems solved. Hope to be reading another blog from you real soon. emoticon

Take care & be well enjoy yourself & walking with Dave.

Prayers & Many Blessings Always Debby emoticon

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    Great blog!

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NHES220 9/5/2014 10:41AM

    Great pictures! Glad you hubby's knee is doing well. Nice to connect with family and friends and great that you have such beautiful scenery and animals on the nearby farm to entertain Max and Sophie! Great goals for September - I'm sure you'll rein things in and get back on track!

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2HAMSDIET 9/5/2014 9:27AM

    What great pictures and such a wonderful blog. You make me feel like I took a mini vacation. Enjoy the rest of your visit and you can reach your monthly goals.

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1CRAZYDOG 9/5/2014 7:38AM

    What an awesome blog! You can do it.


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BARBIE176 9/5/2014 1:06AM

    What a beautiful blog Amy. I loved seeing all of the places you've found to get out and about. It is always a struggle when our routines change, but if you follow your short and simple goals you should do find this month. Enjoy the time you have with family and friends.

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/4/2014 11:25PM

    Quite attainable goals - You can DO IT! Enjoy the change of the seasons for me!

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A Different Summer This Year

Monday, June 23, 2014

I have been procrastinating writing my blog assignment for Week 3's BSG Challenge, but then I have been slightly busy taking care of my dh as he recuperates from his second knee replacement surgery last Tuesday. Shhhhh...don't tell him I posted these pics that I took "on the sly!" He would kill me if he knew! LOL

We had originally planned on leaving our new Florida home for the summer and travel north in our RV to see family and friends in Pennsylvania and also vacation in Maine for a few weeks, as we have done in previous years. But sometimes things just don't turn out the way you expect or wish. It's more important to me to have Dave's knees healed so that he can do all the active things with me that we used to do - mostly taking walks and hikes together. We still hope to head up north, but it probably won't be until mid-August and we then plan on coming back in mid-October. It looks like we won't be able to go to Maine, since it's more important for me to spend time with my parents in PA. It will be so nice to be with them and my son and lots of my friends - I miss them so much!

On the other hand, I really can't complain too much about being here in Florida. Yes, it's really hot and humid here in the summer and we've been experiencing thunderstorms just about every day. We are now staying inside in the AC during the day and can't enjoy our lanai. But... after a few days of me being "on call" to help Dave out throughout the day since he's been home from the hospital, I can now escape the house for a couple hours -to take my morning walk and to go to a social or play a game at the recreation center. In a few weeks Dave will be well enough for us to go out to dinner and take golf cart rides through the villages in the evenings. Some days I still can't get it through my head that this gorgeous community is my home!

Here are a few pictures from my morning walk last week. The first two are the sandhill cranes I saw walking across the street in front of me, just down the street from our house.

Here are some pictures at the town square, where my walking buddy, Kathy and I walk to each morning. It's peaceful to be there before all the stores and restaurants open. It can be really crowded later on, as they have entertainment there each evening.

So, no sightseeing trips for us this summer, but there will be other years for that. I am okay with my "different kind of summer!"

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STEPBYSTEP1955 6/27/2014 7:34PM

    Amy, I promise that I won't tell your hubby that you put up his picture here lol! Wishing your hubby a quick recovery. Sending good vibes that the rest of your summer plans work out like you wish them to. Spending time with your family will no doubt produce some cherished summer memories.

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    so glad Dave is doing better .. a different summer is okay, because now that the surgery is behind him Dave will be better able to enjoy your activities with less pain and you both can be more active soon !! you have taken on a great outlook and positive attitude and that is such a great motivator and inspiration !! enjoy your summer in all ways !!

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BONNIEMARGAY 6/24/2014 1:42PM

    Health to you both!

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MSTWOMOONS002 6/24/2014 12:07PM

    Hi Amy & Dave; emoticon
Love Love your photo's glad to see Dave is up & around & on the mend, therapy won't be far away now. Hope all goes well. Glad you & Kathy are still taking your walks that's important when your a care-giver, to first take care of yourself so then you can be the best care giver you can be, I'm sure your doing an awesome job being nurse Amy.

Hope the rest of your summer plans work out like you hope them too. So happy you get to see your loving family, that's so important. Cherish those precious times, the memories will be important to you later on down the road.

Take care & be well my dear friend, I'm here if you need me. Keep looking for the positive and you'll find it, allow positive energy to grow like a weed in your life for the more positive energy you have the more you can give away everyone needs a little help sometimes.

Many Blessings Always Debby

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THETURTLEBEAR 6/24/2014 11:57AM

    I'm glad his surgeries have gone well and he has the success of the first knee behind him. This time next year they'll be no stopping him!

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KRAZY4KATZ 6/24/2014 11:04AM

    Hope Dave's recover goes well and quickly. Thanks for sharing the photos of where you're at!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/24/2014 10:31AM

    Loved the pictures! It's a nice looking town and community. I hope your hubby has a speedy uneventful recovery.

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NHES220 6/24/2014 10:04AM

    So glad Dave is recuperating well! Hope he has a speedy recovery and can get out of the house soon!

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GARDENCHRIS 6/24/2014 7:39AM

    hope the hubs is feeling better soon.

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JANET552 6/24/2014 7:03AM

    I hope your DH's recovery continues to be smooth! Your community is beautiful!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/24/2014 3:20AM

    You have a great attitude and it sounds like you are really grateful to be living where you live and that Dave's knees are being replaced so that he can be more active with you. I hope Dave has a quick recovery and that he'll be pain free soon. emoticon

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2HAMSDIET 6/23/2014 11:07PM

    You do live a beautiful place. I wish your husband a speedy recovery so you can go visit your family. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/23/2014 10:48PM

    Hope your DH has a smooth recovery. NOT easy to go through, but it is worth the effort. I had mine done 7 yrs. ago and today . . . THAT knee is pain free. NOT so much the other one, but it's not ready for replacement yet.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/23/2014 10:34PM

    Great attitude! Hope the end of the summer is awesome for you. Wishing your hubby a speedy recovery.

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BANNERMAN 6/23/2014 10:22PM

  Thanks for sharing.

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Father's Day Plans and Special Memories of my Dad (lots of pictures)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

My blog assignment for Week 2 of the A&I BSG challenge is about Father's Day: How will you spend Father's Day? Do you have any special plans?
Write a blog about your father, special memories, etc.

Well, I better get to it, before the day is over! LOL

Since we are still in Florida, and my dad and son are in PA, it doesn't really feel like Father's Day here, except for phone calls and photos I put on Facebook. Our son, Sean called Dave this morning, and I called my dad. They are all getting together at my parents' house for dinner. I wish I could be there, but in another month and a half we will be there in our RV for about two months, so I am looking forward to that, and don't feel too badly about it.

Dave is getting his second knee replacement on Tuesday, so we only have two days left for him getting out and about till he is in the hospital for three days and then homebound for about two weeks, except for going out for his PT. We are going out to dinner with our neighbors this evening, so that will be very nice. We just got back from going to our RV to load some things in there, while he can still lift heavy stuff and get up the steps.

Back to my dad...I have so many wonderful memories of him - he's such a great man! I am so grateful that he is still alive and a special part of my life! I can't be there physically right now, but I talk to him just about every day and give him big hugs through the phone lines. He is 84 right now and although he is doing fine for the most part physically, his mental faculties are deteriorating gradually with dementia, and he was just told by his doctor that he cannot drive anymore. This upset him quite a bit, and I feel so bad for him. The hardest part for me, I think is to see him more confused, not able to do the things he was able to do before. He's always been a proud man, and I feel for him as he feels a loss of dignity.

To honor him, I am going to post a few of my favorite pictures of my dad to share a little about what makes him so special to me.

There are lots of pictures of me as a child back in PA, but this is the only one I could find of him and me when I was little...we had such big snows!

Here I am with him when he walked me down the aisle...I still remember how nervous and proud he was!

Here are a few of the many silly pics I have of my dad. He always would clown around and make us laugh!!

Most of my pictures are of my dad with my son. Sean calls him Epop (a story I don't have time to share now.) They have had such a connection from the time Sean was born. Sean is still close to him today. They both are "die hard" Philadelphia sports fans and watch the games together...Sean lives 5 minutes away and goes to their house a lot. I am so thankful they are close!
Dad LOVED to mow the lawn, and it was hard to give that up recently.

My dad in his "Archie Bunker chair" taking care of Sean when he was sick!

This is a Phillies game we went to a couple years ago. My sister and her family were there, too. We used to go to Phillies games a lot when I was a teenager.

This is my favorite picture of my dad and me in recent years. I went over to help him shovel a BIG snow, and we had a blast together!

My mom and my dad are so close to each other! I don't know what one will do when the other is gone! I feel so fortunate to have seen such love between a man and wife!

Here is one of my favorite pictures from a few years ago, when we spent Father's Day at my sister's house.

Finally, these are two of the most recent pics of my dad that I have. The first one is he and my mom visiting us at the campground while we are living in our RV last summer.
The second one was when I took them out to breakfast. My dad's favorite meal is breakfast and I have many fond memories of going out to a diner for breakfast with my parents. I still do it when I get together with them.

Thanks so much for sharing my "dad memories" with me!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/17/2014 12:44PM

    I loved your pictures and hearing your memories of your dad!! It was a really moving blog!!

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KRAZY4KATZ 6/17/2014 9:09AM

    Wonderful blog and especially enjoyed the photos!

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MSTWOMOONS002 6/16/2014 1:41PM

    Hi Amy;

You are so blessed to have such a loving family & to still have both your parents still alive and in your life. If I were you I'd cherish every precious moment you get to share with them. It's wonderful that your sister & son are still so close to them. emoticon

I'll keep you & your family in my daily prayers, Dave too, I am envisioning his surgery going well and his recovery & physical therapy going well too. I'll be praying for you too as the care giver, care givers do so much to help others. emoticon

Take care & be well live love laugh and enjoy each precious moments, not just the ones on special holidays or when you look at photos.

Many Blessings Always Debby

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2HAMSDIET 6/16/2014 8:45AM

    what a blessing to have such a wonderful family.
I will be praying for you and your husband this week. Take care Susie

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DBELLE39 6/16/2014 8:20AM

    What an emoticon pictorial tribute to your dad. I can tell he was a barrel of fun to be around, what great memories you must have.

Praying for Dave as his surgery is soon approaching, keeping you in my thoughts & prayers as you help him through the recovery process.

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/16/2014 3:24AM

    What a wonderful blog with great tributes to your dad. Thank you for sharing so many great pictures of him. I wish I had more of my dad. Happy Father's day to your dad! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 6/15/2014 8:38PM

    Such a wonderful father you have. It was fun sharing your memories and meeting your dear dad. Thanks for sharing! Happy Fathers Day to this wonderful man! emoticon

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STEPBYSTEP1955 6/15/2014 8:18PM

    Amy this is an awesome blog and a wonderful tribute to your dad. Thanks for sharing these cherished memories with us.

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Gratitude for June 4

Thursday, June 05, 2014

One of my goals for last month and this month is to blog more often. I have seen some people write blogs each day and wonder how they do it! Last week I tried it and it was pretty tough coming up with something different to write each day. So I don't know how long I will be able to make this work. I may not do it daily, but I am going to focus on the things I have to be grateful for in my days. I have so many blessings, but sometimes challenges take over the mind. Writing the positives down, just like I used to in a gratitude journal years ago will help me focus on all that I have to be thankful for!

emoticon I am grateful for an awesome morning walk with my walking buddy, Kathy! She is a wonderful friend...we've been walking together for six months now, and time just flies by when we are talking! She couldn't go as long today, but it was a good 45 minute, 2.5 mile walk on a beautiful June day in Florida!

emoticonI am grateful and proud of myself for making it to Day 11 on my 10,000 + step streak! I actually did over 15,000 steps today, as I got up to walk around the house throughout the day. I put on some music and got up to dance and use my step on a few songs, as I was going through paperwork this afternoon.

emoticon I am grateful that my dad was doing better than I expected when I talked to him today. Yesterday he found out he has skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) and will go to a dermatologist to get it removed. I am thankful that they caught it early and this type is unlikely to spread internally. The doctor also told him during his visit that he cannot drive anymore, due to his dementia. He took it hard, but today he wasn't as angry, so I am hopeful that he will cope with this change in his independence.

emoticon I am grateful that my ds lives close to my parents and visits them regularly to keep them company, as I am many states away and can't be with them for two more months. He loves them dearly and has always been close to them. He and my dad love watching baseball together...they are die-hard Phillies fans! He was there tonight, and he helped my mom find an email I had sent her.

emoticon I am grateful that I am getting on more of a schedule with my retirement. I made a weekly to-do list with chores and outings, and I am making sure that I do a balance of activities each day. I could spend way too many hours on the computer, so I am becoming more disciplined.

emoticon I am grateful for being able to spend quality time with my dh. Tonight was a beautiful night, so after we came back from taking our Jeep to get serviced, we jumped in the golf cart and then went to dinner at a Chinese restaurant. I went over my calories from my choices, but I thoroughly enjoyed what I ate, and will get back on track tomorrow. After dinner, we went to the square and walked around in a shop and then sat on the bleachers to listen to the band and watch people dance. When we got back home, we sat out on the lanai and watched the CMA awards together, while I was doing some sparking.

emoticon I am so grateful for my many special friends, who give me encouragement, love and support. I texted several friends tonight, I received my first Summer Buddy letter from a SparkTeam, and I communicated with several friends on SP through challenge teams, goodies, email, and blogs!

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GRLTAZ 6/8/2014 5:13PM

    Amy, thank you for sharing and for reminding me to be grateful. I too, feel blessed.

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STEPBYSTEP1955 6/8/2014 11:30AM

    emoticon blog Amy. There are so many things[other than the "big stuffs" - house, wealth etc] to be grateful for on a daily basis. I am glad that you acknowledge these as simple as they may be. I am glad that you are settling into a post-retirement routine. Keeping you, your family and your parents in my prayers.

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SHARON10002 6/8/2014 12:12AM

    I'm sorry to read about your dad. It's nice that your DS lives nearby and goes to keep him company. Perhaps you could mention to him about getting your Dad out a couple of times a week - for either something fun or to help him get his list of errands out of the way.

emoticon on all of that emoticon !

emoticon This was a great blog! I don't blog every day. I blog if I have something to say, something I feel is worth sharing, or for motivation. Life is never about quantity, it is about quality.

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BARBIE176 6/7/2014 4:26PM

    What an emoticon blog. You have so much to be grateful for and it is always nice to acknowledge our blessing. It is good to hear that you are settling into a routine for your retirement. What a blessing that your son is able to keep your parents company while you are not able to. It is probably good for him as well as your parents!

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LJCANNON 6/6/2014 12:06AM

    emoticon I think using your Blog as a Gratitude Journal is a Great Idea!! It will remind You -- And All Of Us!! -- to Focus on our Blessings rather than our Challenges.
emoticon I've been trying to convince DH that he needs to have a "Schedule" to relieve the boredom while he is Off Work recovering from Colon Cancer surgery. I am convinced that your Schedule will make Your Days more Fulfilling and Productive.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/5/2014 5:44PM

    You have a wonderful list of things to be grateful for. That just keeps us in a positive frame of mind, which allows us to expend our energies where we WANT to! Good for you.

Sorry to hear about your Dad nad his dementia causing him to not be able to drive anymore. My Mom has Alzheimer's and lost her license a year ago. It's a very difficult thing for sure. ((HUGS))

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TURTLESLOW14 6/5/2014 2:16PM

    emoticon blog!!! we have every thing to be grateful for. Thanks for sharing

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CANDOK1260 6/5/2014 12:42PM

    emoticon for sharing this awersome blog

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NHES220 6/5/2014 11:21AM

    That was a great blog and don't worry about posting every day. I did it every day for a week as it was part of a challenge, but typically I am every week or less. Sounds like you are doing great. My Dad had to stop driving about a year and half ago and while I thought he was OK with it, he really misses it. He failed the test twice and it is quite the loss of independence. My Mom does not drive, so they depend on my two sisters and me to get around. I think we'll be facing that decision soon with my FIL - he is getting more frail and less steady, but my MIL is still pretty spry, but we are asking them to stay off the expressways as it is crazy out there. Glad your son is nearby to visit them. Sounds like you are doing great - keep up the good work!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/5/2014 10:21AM


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    Your blogs are quality and many of the ones who post every day are not. LOL. Sorry but I usually tell it like it is. Many people are blogging for points only and their blogs show that. I know because I used to blog daily and quit when I thought my blogs were slipping.

I wish I had a walking buddy. My hubby is mine but sometimes it's too hot after he gets off work or he is tired and, in the winter, it's dark.

Good job on the steps. I am trying to work back up to 15,000 a day.

I would imagine that my father will be in similar circumstances soon. He is in his mid 80s and has his funeral planned. He lives about 11 miles from town and is used to driving to town a lot on winding hilly roads so I worry about him. I had hoped he would move closer to my uncle but he doesn't want that.

Your DS sounds wonderful!!

Good job on the schedule! I want to do that too.

Your day with your hubby sounded fantastic!

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JAYKAYSTRONG 6/5/2014 6:51AM

    That's a nice list of blessings :)

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JANET552 6/5/2014 6:48AM

    You have lots to be thankful for!! I love your idea about a weekly list in retirement. I love lists as it is. Maybe I should start that -- caretaking has thrown my schedule for a loop.

My step mom was also told to stop driving. It's a milestone to have to give that up. She's taking it hard too. Best wishes to your dad!!

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KITT52 6/5/2014 2:54AM

    thanks for sharing....

Have a healthy day

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/5/2014 1:52AM

    Awesome blog!

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KALISWALKER 6/5/2014 1:50AM

    Congratulations 10,000 + streak! I enjoyed your blog - lots to be grateful for.

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BUBBALOOGA123 6/5/2014 12:57AM

    What an awesome blog! I know when I acknowledge my blessings, that life seems much more vibrant and joyous. I'm so sorry to read about your dad -- sent my prayer just now for quick healing and recovery. Wishing you well this evening and lots of success in your 100 day challenge, too! :)

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