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Silly Dog Pictures

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

We have an old, silly pup who is 16 years old. She has been with us for 14.5 years and often acts like a cat, except when she decides to be silly. She has bladder control issues due to age and wears doggie pants to help save our carpets. .Last week, we decided to give her a bath and she got cold. We tried to put a sweater on her but she had her own solution! Instead, she burrowed underneath her bed. At first we walked around the house looking for her in an effort to put her doggie sweater on her. This is where we found her!




I called out to my husband to come and see how she had solved her own issue with being cold. Then I grabbed the camera.



We both laughed until we had tears in our eyes! Our Traci can be a clever old dog when she wants to be!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 3/13/2013 2:51PM

    Great blog, Cyndi. How did the surgery go??

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HPSANDDOLLAR 3/12/2013 7:10AM

  Cute

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LASKIE2 3/12/2013 6:30AM

    Too cute!

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ADELCASALE 3/12/2013 6:09AM

    Too funny! Such personality!

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Almost Ready!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

I was a busy bee all weekend long and I'm almost ready for Tuesday (The date of my surgery.) Tomorrow, I will run the vacuum, do last minute shopping, fill out my surgery paperwork, make a pot of chicken vegetable soup and change the sheets on our bed. So far, I have frozen homemade meals for 3 dinners. I have a bunch of frozen Weight Watchers meals in the freezer too. Other than the need to purchase produce at the store tomorrow, we are set as far as meals are concerned.

I have finished the Easter baskets and addressed the cards for our families (we have large families). I have also done the cards for my older persons (who are alone) card ministry. All of my pre-op tests are complete. I have done laundry and shopping for medical items that I will need. The priest at church blessed my shoulder and we prayed together (I was so grateful and touched by his gesture that I was close to tears.)

The only thing I have left to do is relax. That is the biggest hurdle yet to come before my surgery. Once everything else is complete, I will feel more in control. I plan to listen to my relaxation CD tomorrow after I've finished those items that I've listed above.

On Tuesday, I will start my Spark Break. I will miss all of you but I'll be back soon!

  
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 3/12/2013 5:51AM

    Good luck Cyndi!!!!!!

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ELSCO55 3/11/2013 10:34PM

    Will be praying for your surgery tomorrow.

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DONNABRIGHT 3/11/2013 12:49PM

    It sounds like you have everything under control. Let us know how you are as soon as you are able. We'll be thinking of you as you heal and look forward to a healthy you.
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PEGGYANNSCH 3/11/2013 12:38PM

    good luck

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ADELCASALE 3/11/2013 5:48AM

    Good luck. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! Looking forward to your speedy recovery and your return to sparkpeople!

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L*I*T*A* 3/11/2013 3:50AM

    you are so soo organized,..........wAY TO GO.............wishing you all the best.......
praying all goes well..........blessings and hugs.......lita

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Plans To Keep Myself Busy And Lower Stress

Friday, March 08, 2013

I was so very busy today, working on items on my "to do" list. I attended my Friday Weight Watchers meeting (I'm down 1.8 pounds this week!) and finally have lost a total of 25.4 pounds! emoticon

After my meeting, I took a bag of "too big for me to wear now" clothes to Good Will. It was exciting to see how much my body has changed! I will take another load over on Saturday or Monday. Next, I went to a quick doctor's appointment to pick up a prescription that I will need in the next month. Since I may not be able to drive for a while, today seemed like a good time to pick it up. After my doctor's appointment, I went shopping to use $15 worth of rewards cash at a local department store. I got a cute pair of lavender shorts and a muted top echoing the same color. I may have my left arm in a sling but I will look like a fashion plate while it heals! Next, I went to a medical supply store and purchased body cleansing washcloths and shampoo that doesn't need to be rinsed out. I will need both of these during the period when I will not be allowed to get my shoulder wet. I used them during the first 8-10 days after I had my second knee replacement and they are wonderful! I completed my day's journey with a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase some fresh produce and several things for the turkey chili I made for dinner tonight. Once I got home, I put everything away, made the chili, paid some bills, balanced my check book, took the dog for a short walk, put up my spring wreathes outside and relaxed in my easy chair. I made enough chili so that I could freeze half to have for dinner in the coming weeks. Hubby came home to a delicious smelling house and dinner was ready and waiting. We both relaxed and read the paper and then had a leisurely dinner. We had fresh sliced strawberries for dessert! Yummy!

Tomorrow, I will get up early and go to the 5K Senior Games Race to support my local Spark Friend, SLENDERELLA61. The first year that she ran, she won the bronze medal. The second year she ran, she won the silver medal. I won't say what I think she will do this year because I don't want to jinx it. Let's just say that she will do her best and that by doing so, she will be the biggest winner out there in my eyes. I'm very excited for her and will be the loudest person in the stands when she goes by! She will be running two other races for different organizations later in the day with some family members. My hat is off to her for being such a trooper and for supporting her family in their races too!

I will use the rest of the morning and afternoon to indulge myself. I will look around at a few yard sales and perhaps get a pedicure. I think that a little pampering will help me to relax. I'm feeling very anxious and don't have vigorous exercise as my usual outlet right now. I have to use other means to relax and unwind. Later, at home, I plan to listen to 3 tracks on my relaxation disk. When I'm done, I will make another healthy dish and like today, I will freeze half of it for the weeks to come.

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 3/11/2013 12:55PM

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DONNABRIGHT 3/11/2013 12:51PM

    Talk about organization - you are a role model!

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ROSEWCI 3/10/2013 7:18AM

    My goodness, you've been a busy bee! Great job!!!
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It's nice that you're able to keep focussed & prepare for when you're recovering from surgery...you're gonna be just fine!!!



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ADELCASALE 3/9/2013 7:12AM

    Sounds like you are doing great! Good for you!

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Starting My Gym Break

Friday, March 08, 2013

I'm starting my gym break today. I've decided to take a break now because I don't want to pick up any germs or illnesses from the pool or the workout equipment. From this point on, until I'm told by my doctor and/or physical therapist that I can go back to the gym to work out, I will be on my gym break. I will use walking as my form of exercise up until Tuesday, March 12, when I have my surgery.

I have plenty of things to do to keep myself busy until my surgery. I have made a list and I will work my way through all of the items on my list by Monday (I hope!) I am very anxious, as can be expected any time I go under general anaesthesia. I just want it to be over and have the healing begin!

Thank you to all of my Spark Friends who have been so supportive to me. I appreciate you more than you will ever know! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ELSCO55 3/8/2013 10:17PM

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ROSEWCI 3/8/2013 5:11PM

    Keep busy & the day will arrive...& then you'll be in recovery mode!!! Sending positive vibes!!! emoticon

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MARTHROID 3/8/2013 2:32PM

    This sounds stressful. I will have to look back and see what kind of surgery you are having. Can you try that hilarious Bollywood video on here? I laughed myself silly and really tried to do it right...pretty funny. Good luck to you. emoticon I'm too cheap to go to a gym anyway.

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In Preparation Mode

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I'm in preparation mode this week. I had my pre-op visit with my primary care physician yesterday. I had an EKG, an overall check up and we went over my blood work. My lab numbers are fantastic! This is another example of a NSV (non scale victory) and my doctor was pleased that I have lost 11 pounds since the last time I saw him. I had additional blood work today plus a chest x-ray.

I managed to do 65 minutes on the stationary bike after my x-ray and blood work but I was really struggling for some reason. I brought down the resistance level on the bike which helped. I ran some errands and worked in about 3 hours of walking during my time out and about. When I got home, I was exhausted. I'm fairly sure that one contributing factor was the amount of protein that I had consumed between breakfast and 2p.m. I only had about 20 grams, which wasn't nearly enough. This is something that I struggle with every day. I will make an extra effort tomorrow to take a snack with more protein than the snack that I brought along with me today. That should help the fatigue issue. Old habits sometimes get in the way despite the new habits we have in place. I can tell that I'm anxious and stressed by the fact that I didn't eat enough today. That combined with my hypothyroidism makes my metabolism really tank. I will do better because I want to have energy and feel better.

I only have a few more things left to complete before I'm ready to have my surgery. I'm proud of myself for being so organized. That just goes to show you how valuable all of those years of teaching and creating schedules and lesson plans are in my current life!

  
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ROSEWCI 3/8/2013 5:09PM

    emoticon on fantastic labs!
I struggle w/getting enough protein in sometimes too...I just have to remain mindful.
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MARTHROID 3/8/2013 2:34PM

    I'm not a big protein eater myself.

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AQUAGIRL08 3/7/2013 4:22PM

    When I'm really motivated, I will peel hard boiled eggs, remove the yolk and put them in my cold pack. This works best when I do it the night before so that I'm not rushed as I run out the front door!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/6/2013 8:33PM

    So glad that the doctor recognized your great accomplishment -- 11 pounds is nothing to sneeze at!! Stress can take away your energy, too, you know. Going to the doctor and getting prepared for surgery is stressful indeed. More protein is a good idea,, though. Portable good protein can be harder. It's easy to take fruit or crackers, but meat, milk, eggs, greek yogurt all need refrigeration or freezer pack. The whey and soy protein bars usually have so much sweetening and not so good stuff they aren't the best option. Maybe you have a good solution.

See you tomorrow eve! -Marsha

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