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Sunday, 3/28 Palm Sunday

Monday, March 29, 2010


It has been a good day to end spring break with. It didn't start out quite right because I woke up at 3:30 with some terrible pain in my back. It was in its usual place, but it radiated up towards my mid back underneath my shoulders. That is a new place for pain and new sensations as well. I fell back to sleep some time after 5, but interrupted sleep is not quality sleep.

Church today more than made up for it. The Palm Sunday processional was moving. We had a short sermon that emphasized that the important part of Palm Sunday and Holy Week is "what happened next." I thought about that a lot and that is true with everything--SP and work and parenting. We had music from the African Pentacostal Group who are having worship services in our church in their home language--they provided a meal for us as well and I'll talk more about that in a bit.

The choir did a Cantata that really moved me--it brought tears to my eyes a few times. (Part of that is because three of my kids sing in the shoir, but part was the message.) They sang 7 songs with narrations of Jesus' journey during Holy Week. One of the narrators told the story from the Gospels and the other one talked about Jesus with a human response as He traveled that journey. The music was awesome--not only did our organist play, but she included several members who paly a variety of brass and percussion instruments. The final song was "come Walk With Me" and it was so motivating and moving.

The meal was interesting. I decided to pass because of my current needs when I eat in both quantities and food choices, but my children shared the meal. There was only one food that was clearly recognizable to me--plain white rice. Other foods included a cabbage dish, two different bean dishes, a yellow "sticky" rice dish, a spinach and peas dish, and a meat dish that I understood was goat. I am not sure where you find such an item, but the kids seemed to enjoy the food for the most part. I am proud of them for trying new items and being prt of this social event to bring our two Christian groups together. These immigrants are a small group--about 35 people, and it was no small thing for them to prepare ethnic foods for the 150-200 people from our congreagation who were in attendance. It was a wonderful experience.

I took a short nap when we got home, had some lunch, and then went to the pool, even though today, I wanted to stay at home and baby my back instead. I was fine once aI got to the pool, but it seemed awfully cold to me today. I got in my exercises and ten minutes in the steam room before showering and coming home. I've been using heat on my back for the rest of the evening and thinking a lot about tomorrow--our first day of the final quarter and the meeting day we have when we come back to work. I cannot decide if I am going to have to use my wheel chair or if I can try to walk with my walker. I am so slow and it is big labor for me to wqalk, but now that I am walking, I want to stay that way. I just cannot spend a lot of time trying to walk around, my schedule is pretty tight. I'll figure it out before we have children on Tuesday. We also have a Good Friday holiday.

My children have their spring break this week, so I plan to come home from work and pick up any of them who want to come to the fitness center with me each day (but Tuesday because I have a doctor's appointment.) I also am still waiting to hear from my back doctor's staff to find out when my bone scan will be. I assume it will be some time this week. I need to find out what is going on with me physically, so I can have a plan to get better. I did some research on Vitamin D deficiencies and it can really hurt bone and joint health as well as aggrevate fibromyalgia. It can cause fatigue and an overall lack of energy. I deal with this constantly and I hope that we get this issue fixed. I also need to find out if my iron and Vitamin B12 levels are appropriate. I was pretty anemic when I had surgery in October and it took 2 units of blood to bring me up to a low hematocrit. As much as these tests are annoying and time-consuming, they may unlock the answers I need to feeling better.

Have a wonderful week. If I am not around as much as I have been, forgive me--but my time for being online will definitely change. I care about each of you and will do what is reasonable for a working mother of eight.
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Focus on your goals during this tempting Holy Week with so many chocolate bunnies, jellybeans, and marshmallow eggs around!! Sending gentle hugs to all!!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/29/2010 8:26PM

    I loved reading this blog. I especially loved the part about your meal prepared by people from another country. I do not know if my children would have opened themselves up to a different kind of food when they were that age. I hope your back pain improves soon.

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    I hope you back pain is better.

Your church services sounded great!!

Enjoy your week with the kids.

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MTNGRL 3/29/2010 5:30PM

    The church service on Palm Sunday sounds like it was beautiful. I am sure you were proud of your children. I had goat before, it was very chewy!!Good luck going back to work after Spring Break. Will be keeping you in prayer!

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JRSWHIMSY 3/29/2010 10:46AM

    I hope spring break was a relaxing time for you and that school this week will be nice and smooth! Hope your back gets to feeling better soon too *hugs*

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JHADZHIA 3/29/2010 12:35AM

    Some of that African food sounded pretty healthy, actually, especially the beans and spinach. I have heard African singing before and its beautiful. What a wonderful experience you had with all that music and good companionship there.
Tests may be a nuisance, but it is the only way to find out answers. Having been a human pin cushion since my RA started at age 6 1/2, I can say its really annoying until it actually helps. I had severe iron deficient anemia once, which was quickly found out by a blood test. My Dr. said she was amazed I wasn't haven't difficulty breathing with it. Only one in four of my red blood cells were able to carry hemoglobin. My disease and stress caused it, so I had to learn to not get stressed out over things. This led me to drop out of University as I couldn't handle the stress of exams and the workload as a mature student. I am actually a bit surprised they didn't catch you being low in your blood. Blood tests here are mandatory before any operations and they look for anything that could cause trouble in surgery.
One thing you must be careful with, is not to wear yourself out going back to work. Try to alternate days between a walker and chair for the first while and see how you feel. If its something that doesn't cause you more pain you can always increase the days with a walker and decrease days in a chair. If you know what you have to do in advance at work, you could always use a chair on those days that require you to move around a lot and a walker on those days that don't. I hope something works out for you! I will be thinking of you!
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Take care,

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Saturday, 3/27 Why SP is the best--Protein snack ideas!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

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Hello everyone,

A few days ago, I mentioned in a blog how my doctor talked to me about getting more protein in my diet. I got several wonderful suggestions from my friends here adn I am doing better with that. I don't think I mentioned that my GP is conserned about a lot of my major vitamins and minerals and I will get a report on that after a fasting blood work-up on Wednesday. He has already put me back on 4000 units of vitamin D a day because I have never had a higher amount than "19" when they tested and that is not so good--and he figures that with the winter, I probably haven't gotten enough sunshine to make a difference in that number. He is also very worried about my vitamin b12 and iron...I think he has some reason to be concerned and I suspect that someone here will have a suggestion or two for me on that topic.

Anyway, back to the protein issue...I did a search engine check on protein laden snack items and I was surprised to a) not find a lot of information that wasn't somebody selling some supplement and b) when I found articles, most only had 3 or 4 suggestions. I did find an article that can be found at: "Shape Fit" and they made some lists of suggestions. The site for the entire article is:

This author divided her snack lists into two parts--vegetable and animal protein sources. Those lists are as follows:

Vegetable Sources:
8oz soymilk
1oz soy cheese
2T hummus
1oz unsalted nuts (22 almonds or 10 walnuts)
2T all natural peanut or almond butter. Be careful because the nut spreads can lend a lot of calories in fat. A healthier product would be to purchase a non- hydrogenated nut spread where the oil is separated and sitting at the top of the jar.
c legumes (chickpeas, kidney, cannelloni, etc)

Animal Sources:
8oz non-fat or 1% low fat milk
1oz low fat cheeses (less that 5 grams of fat per ounce) such as part- skim milk
mozzarella (string cheese), Laughing Cow cheese, fat free American, soy cheese, Jarlsberg Lite cheese , 50% reduced cheddar cheese.
c nonfat or 1% cottage cheese
2T nonfat cream cheese
One container of low fat or nonfat yogurt
One egg or c egg whites
1-2 oz of sliced deli meats like turkey, chicken, ham, and lean roast beef
Whey protein powder (available in health food stores in health specialty stores)

Another quick option is to eat a sports bar for a snack. Check the food panel to make sure it contains a significant amount of protein and is high in fiber.
Author--Sophie Kamveris
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My point is that just as research that I have read (in at least one article that can be found here at SP), sites like this one with active member communities have members that provide quality information that can be relied upon. Look at this example and then check out my previous blog. It is easy to see this for yourself.
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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/28/2010 5:07PM

    Thank you for sharing the information. I am on a low protein diet due to chronic kidney failure. Sometimes I feel like I could eat a whole cow or a couple of chickens. This is a pain in the neck, but the alternative is worse. emoticon

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MALTIPOOMOM 3/28/2010 3:06PM

    Greek yogurt has about twice the protein of regular yogurt. Also, watch those deli meats. They are very high in sodium. See if you can buy low sodium deli meats or roast your own turkey breast, etc. and slice it up. I am having one heck of a time keeping my sodium down even to the highest limit. Some other good suggestions for protein: Oatmeal (mine has 7 gr. per serving) Tuna (about 25 gr. per can) and beef jerky.
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LOULOUBELLE2 3/28/2010 2:09PM

    Think like Popeye and eat your Spinach, Kale and Greens for your iron. I put fresh spinach leaves in my fruit smoothie's. Gives it a bit more nutrition and doesn't change he taste unless you add to many leaves. So glad your intake of protein is better.
Your doing so good Sylvia...Keep it up.

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    Great info. Thanks for posting it.

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HANGINON 3/28/2010 9:27AM

    emoticonfor all of the great information. Appreciate it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KKKAREN 3/28/2010 7:15AM

    I drink fat free milk with every meal. Arnold's Bread has protein rich bread. A rolled up deli slice of turkey and some cheese is a good one. A spoon of peanut butter is high on calories but rich on protein. I don't have much trouble getting protein in my diet, fat is the one I'm frequently low on.

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JHADZHIA 3/28/2010 1:26AM

    I have read so many good and informative articles on Sparks, and people are just confirming the information here is top rated and very helpful. I love almond butter, but unfortunately the calories are quite high with just a little even though its natural with nothing added.
Thanks for the goodie Sylvia! Appreciate your thoughtfulness!
Hope you sleep well tonight!

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FORU2C 3/28/2010 12:14AM

    awesome info, thanks and good luck on increasing your levels!

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Friday, 3/26 Happy Birthday Matthew

Friday, March 26, 2010

Hi and Howdy and Hello too...

I've had a complicated couple of days--fell asleep in the middle of a blog last night and I decided that if it put me to sleep writing it, it probably wasn't much worth reading, lol. I was busy all day yesterday--I rode along with my two oldest sons on a little "daytrip" as we took Mitchell to catch a train to spend a couple of days with his friends in Chicago. When we returned, it was time to pick Miles up from his college and we did a bit of grocery shopping. (I stocked up on fruit and protein foods, yummy choices around here for a few days anyway. We go through a lot of groceries with ten people.) Miles cooked dinner on the grill--I got a good deal on ground chuck and the burgers were excellent. We went to the fitness center after that. I am not sure I like exercising so late--my body was pretty rough by the time I got home nad got ready for bed. I need to get used to it though, working full time will not give me other choices, given whent he pool is available.

Today is Matthew's 28th birthday--he is my oldest son and that is giving me a lot to think about. My life has changed in so many ways since he was born and I have so much to be thankful for. Matthew has CP which took a while for the diagnosis to be made and many frustrating moments on my part. He had a multitude of tests and misdiagnoses until we got to the bottom of his issues. He also has Asperger's Syndrome (a high level form of autism) and that wasn't diagnosed until he was an adult. School wasn't always kind to Matthew, but I stuck by his side and fought a lot of battles on his behalf. He is a wonderful young man with 2 jobs and an apartment that he stays in at least one of two nights a week. He is very patient and kind, determined and trustworthy, innocent and reliable. Considering the things life has given him, he has turned out to be a son any mother could be proud of.

I have had a tough morning in more ways than I expected. After a morning of doctors and related things, I cmae home and cried for a bit. My body is in some bizarre state that I just don't understand. I did a lot of walking and the back x-rays are horrid when you have a back like mine and that may explain the major pain--but the fatigue and weepiness are a puzzle. I guess I should start at the beginning.

My back doc ordered x-rays before I even saw him. That hard table was lousy--and the pictures they needed with me on my left side hurt more than the ones flat on my back. I haven't noticed that much discomfort in my hip ever. I had my list of questions for him, but I was unprepared for the tears that came to my eyes and I choked up trying to talk to him. I guess that was all he needed to see--he ordered lab work and a bone scan that I am waiting for the schedule on. He wants to make sure that I don't have a bone infection or a compression fracture, amongst other things. He also called my physical therapist and she came up to chat with him before I was able to hobble away. I went from their office to the hospital for my lab work. We made a ten minute stop at Target so I could buy a special birthday card for Matthew and a couple of "silly" fun type gifts. I went from there to my regular appointment with my GP. Actually my kind of "new" GP. The doctor I have been seeing relocated to Maine and I am seeing the other doctor in the office. He has taken care of me on many occasions--he was the doctor who admitted me when I had the infection in my spine and we "reminisced" about how sick I was then. It wasn't a fun time, that's for sure. Anyway, it was a complet exam in every sense--my blood pressure was perfect and my weight made him happy too. He noticed me wiggling--I think I do it all of the time because of my back pain. He chased down the lab work that was done this morning and ordered my fasting stuff for Wednesday before work. He also had them give me a DPT--I've slipped by a long time without one of those, lol. He needs me back on my vitamin D supplements, but I am still pretty much med-free except for pain management.

So, at this point in time, I don't know if there is something new going on or my back is flaring at a foul level. My GP is concerned about how intense my fibromyalgia is and wondered if my rheumy should consider Lyrica. (side effect is weight gain and I don't need or want that) It was a busy time--but I don't understand why I felt so weepy after it was done. I cried for a bit after I got home, but it feels like the tip of the iceberg here. It's hard to say, maybe this is about the end of spring break, lol.

Anyway, I need to go to the pool now because we are going to celebrate Matthew's birthday with a dinner of his choosing and his birthday party tonight. I love family fun--I have given my teenagers a 9:00 curfew because I think everyone should be here unless they are working (or out of town). I know that my time for having my family all together is not going to last a lot longer and I cherish every single moment with my kids as they turn into adults. We have fun together and work hard together, with each of them bringing their own special gifts to the group.
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Happy Birthday Matthew--I love you so much.

I am blessed and I recognize it regularly. I wish that I could share all of my gifts with all of you as well, so you could feel the same.

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MTNGRL 3/27/2010 6:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Birthday to Matthew! I can hear how proud you are of him. Lucky son, lucky Mom!
Family time is so important, hope the party was grand!!

It is no wonder your are weepy. You have been under so much stress, in pain, and "tortured" at the radiologist! I know that you need to be in a certain position and hold it but sometimes it is shear torture. Sending you hugs and prayers and praying that the doctor can give you the help you need. May God give you His healing touch.

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/27/2010 5:59PM

    A very Happy Birthday to Matthew......He sounds like a fantastic young man despite his CP. Consider your self lucky that he can take care of himself and have 2 jobs, you have done a terrific job of caring for him. I know how tough it must have been as my Grand Daughter was born with CP, a sever case. She was fed through a tube till she died at the age of 12. She was so very precious and we all miss her so very much. Even though she couldn't talk we knew how she felt just by her expressions. She gave us more Love than we could give her and I'm sure that Mathew is the same way.

Try and be patient till the Dr's are able to find out the cause of your pain. I know it's not easy and drains our strength. That's why you were probably so weepy. Hang in there Sylvia emoticon. We're all here to help you through this. My prayers are with you and yours. emoticon emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/27/2010 4:01PM

    Matthew sounds like an exceptional young man who copes extremely well. I hope your doctors can figure out what is going on with you physically and emotionally. I have been where you are and I was confused and in pain. I will keep you in my prayers.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/26/2010 11:20PM

    Happy Birthday to your wonderful son! emoticon I'll keep you in my prayers my friend. I'm so sorry that you're dealing with so much pain. Be blessed and be well. Love, Dawn

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/26/2010 10:16PM

    Happy birthday to Matthew!! He sounds like an exceptional young man!!

I hope the MD's can find an easily treatable cause for the pain.

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JHADZHIA 3/26/2010 9:55PM

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Happy Birthday to Matthew! Enjoy your time with your family.
I hope it distracts you some from that awful pain :(
You are entitled to a weepy moment! it very frustrating dealing with chronic pain, and you can't keep your feelings bottled up inside. Its not healthy.
Here is hoping for better tomorrows!

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PSMITH3841 3/26/2010 4:39PM

    Happy Birthday emoticon to Matthew, and emoticonfor you too....enjoy you wonderful family! Feel Better! emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 3/26/2010 3:25PM

    Tell Matthew Happy Birthday from me too. I have a Matthew who is 18! emoticon

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Wednesday, 3/24 Church tonight and a new helper

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I made it to the pool this afternoon with my youngest son. We got there as the park program was leaving and I had lenty of time for my workout--and time to spare for the sauna for a few minutes to get myself warmed back up. I met a lady at the pool--she had these webbed finger pool gloves and I wanted to know where she got them from (online of course.) I was using paddles to do my arm and shoulder exercises when I was at PT and now I don't have a tool for adding that resistance. Those gloves would do the job, so I am going to see what I can find. Maybe I can find some water wings for my ankles as well.

Anyway, this lady was chatty and showed me where to find the available pool equipment I might want to try. She offered to help me out the next time we are there at the same time. She also told me which life guards that I should ask for exercise ideas--some of them teach some of the classes at the fitness center and will certainly lend me a hand. I don't really need a lot of extra or new things right now, but it is good to have resources for when I am ready. She was very kind and helpful and I am glad that we talked. I am betting that she might be interested in SP as well, she was talking about losing weight and not bulking up. That will be another conversation on another day.

We had the last of the Lenten studies tonight at church. Next week is Holy Week already and that hardly seems possible. The time since Ash Wednesday has flown by. I hung out at the church while the choir practiced for their big musical program on Palm Sunday. (I have 3 kids who sing in the choir.) I had some General Mills boxtops to leave for the inner city school we do mission work with. I also received some diaper samples in the mail and I took them to church as well. We collect diapers at Christmas time as part of our "Diapers for Baby Jesus" program. We do a lot of outreach for people in need and often there are people without any resources who have babies and toddlers. We collect diapers that someone repackages in smaller sets to give to people so their babies aren't miserable when they are having hard times. There are so many things that come up when a family is in need and most of us don't have any reason to know what it is like. I cannot imagine what it would be like to not have diapers for my infant. (I used cloth diapers for my two oldest children, but those are also expensive and you have to have a way to do laundry if you are using them.)

I worked on my afghan and got a preview of the music that will be performed on Palm Sunday. We also will have some music from the African group who we are letting to use our church. They are making some of the food from their native country for our congregation this week. We will get to spend time with them as well. It should be interesting and fun. Our church has a web site and a facebook page that you can check out. There are some videos of some of our special summer music programs on the page as well--the Dixieland music program and the Bix weekend Jazz service. They are wonderful programs--motivating and fun. Anyway, the website is:
http://www.churchofpeaceucc.org/ Please feel free to stop by and check it out. (I know that the more clicks that the church gets helps to get it looked at even more. That is a nice way to advertise the outreach programs that we do, which in turn can help our membership grow, which can help us to do even more.)

It was a wonderful day. I am glad to end it here on SP before I go to sleep for the night. Sweet dreams one and all!!

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JENNDIGGY 3/25/2010 7:02PM

    Here's a good deal on diapers. Five jumbo packs for under $5, some hoops to jump through, but a really good deal.


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    Sounds like you've made a good friend at the gym. I saw someone using those type gloves and thought that they looked interesting too. Good luck with finding some. I'll check out your church's web site. Love ya, Dawn

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    It sounds like you have made a new friend who will be quite helpful.

Your church sounds very nice.

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/25/2010 11:27AM

    Am going to check your Churches Web Site out...Love listening to Choir music and an added pleasure of hearing your kids sing.
Sounds as if you had a spectacular day. emoticonSo happy you found a friend at the pool. Those gloves you mentioned I know a bit about as I used them after my shoulder surgery. I had a cheaper pair and the chlorine destroyed them quickly so get a "good" pair.
Hope your day is as Sparktastic as yesterday was.

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BLESSED2BEME 3/25/2010 8:06AM

    I love to listen to the wonderful sweet sound of church choirs. I can't sing at all and have always wished I could. Sounds like you had a very rewarding day and I am glad for you! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 3/25/2010 7:08AM

    I am glad you found such a helpful person in the pool. I use those web gloves -they actually give some of my arthritic fingers some needed support as well against the resistance of the pool. I got them from a dive shop, so you might want to check those types of places out. I don't shop online, but I am sure a quick Google search will find something.
Nice to have some talent in your family! None of my family can sing, and you wouldn't want to hear us trying either lol.

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Tuesday 3/23 The cold, the weather and other unpredictables

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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It is shirt sleeve weather!! emoticon emoticon emoticon I am not sure there has been another person who has wanted this for as long as I have. After the first of many heavy snows with frigid temperatures in December, I was ready for spring. The beauty of this is that I am so happy with the weather now. I won't say it was worth the wait, because the cold caused me so much discomfort that nothing was good about that in my mind. In any case, I loved today--it was gorgeous in every sense of the word.

I thought the pool was a little colder than it has been. (My doctor told me that I should expect to be cold for the rest of my life...I was hoping that he was exaggerating a bit.) The thing with cold is that it hurts my arthritic joints and it seems to make the hardware in my body keep me cold as well. My back has been on a rage for almost a month now and even though the workouts in the pool are good for me, the cold feeling gets in way down deep. I did use the dry sauna again for ten minutes before I took my shower. I turned the water temp as hot as it goes and never had to turn it down--and that isn't because it wasn't reasonable, it is because I was too cold. Maybe I will have to retire to one of those nice warm climates at some point in my life.

I had a bit of a scare and I am trying to take it in stride. One of our administrators sent me an email thanking me for taking my time for that meeting at work a couple of weeks ago. He also told me thathe had talked to people and there would be help for me to pack and move my belongings...when we get ready to go to the new facility. OOPS...I have thought for a very long time that I was being relocated for the 2010-11 school year. I am not excited about working in the new building and I am really want to work in a different climate with different people. I expect it, so I sent him a response and included that I had the understanding that I would be in a different location. His answer today was that he understood I was going to the new school, but he would check on that and let me know for sure. Oh my, I cannot do another year in the type of climate that I have been working in. I just cannot do that and if that is the plan, I looked at my husband and told him that I would be retiring at the end of next school year. I'll be 55 with 25 years and that is allowable. I am not sure and I am not going to think much more on the topic until I hear for sure that I am expected to go to the new school.

I am wondering if the "things" in my house are having some electronic ailment. My hot air popcorn popper has quit working. that is on the coattails of the microwave doing the same thing and the vacuum cleaner just before that. We have been having some issues with the tires on the car as well. I wonder if it is my kids being rough with some things--not likely given the items that aren't acting right--or if we have had a visit from gremlins, lol. I found a couple of replacements on eBay and we got a microwave off of Craigslist, so things are okay. With the exception of the tires (which seems to be because of a problem with how Suzuki made the rims) none of these things were urgent, just annoying. I can remember a day when this kind of stuff might have caused a lot of mayhem for me. We went through some hard times as I got started in my career and as our children were babies and toddlers. It is nice to be at a comfortable place where money isn't the overriding reason for every choice we make. I have come to realize it is health--certainly mine. That brings me back to why I am here and believe so much in SP. SP has empowered me in a new way to be able to help myself. That is quite a gift and there is no price tag to measure it. It is unbelieveable there is no fee as well.

I am happy with myself. I have some possible tough decsions coming, but I feel good about the choices I can make if needed. I believe in myself and that is a good thing.

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MTNGRL 3/24/2010 6:13PM

    Just wait and see what his new response it. It may all be a misunderstanding.
It is just DH and me so I retired at 55 and am glad I did. No little mouths to feed made it easy.
I believe the gremlins may have you address! Great job finding the replacements!

Happy the Spring is here too!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/24/2010 12:57PM

    I am loving spring as well!! I am so with you. I hate winter and never want a single day of it. No snow. No ice. No bitter cold.

The cold hurts my arthritis as well. And makes me stiff. I will be joining you in the warmer climate.

I will be hoping for the best regarding the job situation.

Things are acting up around here as well. Maybe sun spots. LOL.

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/24/2010 11:11AM

    Hi Sylvia,
I know what you mean about things breaking down all at the same time. For us last summer it was the micro, dishwasher, washing machine and vacuum. we replaced the vacuum and Micro, and had the other 2 repaired. Nothing major, but annoying to say the least. Hang in there, things will righten themselves. Good luck on the tires.

There's a saying "Wait to Cross That Bridge before worrying about it", glad you doing that with the "change of schools" issue. No sense in stressing yourself out before you know more.

As far as the cold goes, enjoy the warmer season coming up. Your body may get use to itself by next winter so you won't feel the cold quite as drastically. Lets pray so anyway.

It so good to hear you say that you feel good about yourself. That's an answer to prayer for sure. Enjoy the rest of your spring break and continue to keep that positive outlook. emoticon

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