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Friday, February 01, 2013

This month i have taken a genealogy challenge to write each day stories telling about an ancestor. I have chosen my mother as i feel she was such a phenomenal woman and really a leader of her times. She did things that aren't considered a big deal today, but were practically unheard of when she did them. To earn money for her second year of college, she travelled alone from OH to New York City to work as a nanny for a dentist's family. in 1939 she and two of her lady roommates from college drove from OH to California - by themselves. There were no interstate highways then, and women alone rarely made such trips. She also played on a women's semi pro basketball team. At year's end when our hometown paper listed memorable events of the year, her death was listed. She had an uncle who was captain of a ship stationed in San Diego, while in California, she stayed with his family and took classes at USC. She and her friends also went to the World's Fair on Treasure island that year. i find all of that amazing. My blog will be on Word Press, but i haven't started it yet. Later this morning i have to get some blood work done for my appointment next week with my chemo oncologist. i also see my ENT Monday. i had an eye exam yesterday and we'll order my glasses today while in town for the blood work. Whew!!

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Here's how i did with my January goals:

Health and Fitness:

1. Continue to maintain goal weight - Accomplished
2. Track both food and exercise daily - accomplished nearly every day
3. When I mess up, not to be hard on myself, rather pick myself up and start brand new with my next meal, exercise, etc. - I had to do this twice during the month. it was nice not to get upset with myself.
4. Continue with weekly weigh-ins and immediate corrections if i gain more than 5 pounds. - Done!
5. To try to make the wisest choices I can for myself to remain as healthy as i can be. - it's difficult, more so i believe than getting to goal weight.

Personal:

1. To stay as positive as i can no matter what comes my way. - accomplished
2. Make a real attempt to "downsize" and organize. - i slacked on this one, though i did rid myself of many clothes that were way too big for me.
3. Stay in close contact with my family an friends. - Done!
4. Write! Write! Write! - i did my best, but i believe i can do much better.
5. Try my very best to give more than i get in this journey we call life. - i did succeed at this one.

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My February goals:

i am keeping the same ones i did for January with only slight changes.

Health and Fitness:

1. Continue to maintain goal weight
2. Track both food and exercise daily
3. When I mess up, not to be hard on myself, rather pick myself up and start brand new with my next meal, exercise, etc.
4. Continue with weekly weigh-ins and immediate corrections if i gain more than 5 pounds.
5. To try to make the wisest choices I can for myself to remain as healthy as i can be.

Personal:

1. To stay as positive as i can no matter what comes my way.
2. Do something new every week.
3. Stay in close contact with my family an friends.
4. Write! Write! Write! - The genealogy stories challenge.
5. Try my very best to give more than i get in this journey we call life.

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Everyone enjoy their weekend. We are under a freeze warning tonight and another fire ban. Don't forget to wear some red today for Women's Healthy Heart awareness day.

peace love hope
Ev



  
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JINLYNN 2/3/2013 7:58PM

    Great blog - it was so interesting to read about your Mother's adventures and achievements. She sounds like an amazing woman, and I am sure there is a lot of her in you.

Great list of goals - it was so wonderful to see all the accomplished & done goals you achieved last month. And I wish you continued success with this month's goals!

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LINDA! 2/2/2013 8:07PM

    emoticon Isn't it great to know that your mother was a leader and fearless!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/1/2013 5:58PM

    You're Mom sounds like a very adventurous woman! Good for her! If we wait for life opportunities to knock on our door, we'll be waiting forever! But if we make our own opportunities, we'll ALWAYS have an exciting life! That's what my paternal Grandmother always told me. She was an awesome role model.

She raised 3 kids along in a day and age when that was absolutely unheard of! She supported her family (herself, my Dad and his 2 sisters) working 2 jobs. And taking odd jobs as she could. She was a spunky woman!

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MUSOLF6 2/1/2013 8:36AM

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NEW-CAZ 2/1/2013 4:30AM

    you mum sounds amazing Ev, good luck with your goals!!

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DEBBIESTY 2/1/2013 2:00AM

    Your mom sounds adventurous for her time.

Keep up the good work on your goals!

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/1/2013 1:44AM

    Your Mom did sound fantastic, and that was a long drive to Calif. I can remember driving to Disneyland from Granada Hills to Anaheim. No freeway in 1955. That seemed like long ride. I can imagine your Mother's trip. Must of been fun for the girls though. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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JANTWO 2/1/2013 1:09AM

    Great goals!!!!

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New things abound!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

This past week my SIL and I worked on family genealogy. We mostly worked a Ancestery.com. We did use her program a littlee. I don't think I worked with it enough to really learn it and feel I would have to get into it more to know if I would like it or not. But i must say it was really interesting!

While they were here, Bob took some pictures of me to show you. I'll post them at the end of this blog entry.

This week I'm going to be starting the belly dancing as the dvd arrived today - just in time!! I played a few minutes of it and it looks like it will be a fun new way to exercise. The instructor teaches hip movements that seem like they will help trim the waist and foot movements that can be practiced without using the hip movements. There are some nice arm movements, too. I'm really lloking forward to this one.

Tomorrow I have an appointment at Shands in Gainesville. It will be a long day and I hope I'll be able to get on line, but I'm not sure.

May all my Spark Buds enjoy their week and continue making the best choices they can. I love each and every one of you.

Peace Love Hope
Ev




Can you tell I was cold this day?



Hello there!



My big brother and me Saturday 26 January 2013

  
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DR1939 1/30/2013 6:56PM

    When we were in Morocco a belly dancer danced on our table. One of the women joined her and was really good.

Great photos.

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 1/30/2013 10:24AM

    Great photos! Have fun with the genealogy! I have to start over on mine - the hard drive in my laptop crashed when I tried to back it up. If I can't find a back up disk, it's back to the start again. Egads!
Have a great day!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/30/2013 10:19AM

    Beautiful pictures! Good luck @ Shands. And of course, HUGS!

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SWDESERTLOVER 1/30/2013 9:50AM

    You look great - thanks for sharing the pics. Enjoy your belly dancing DVD and let us know how that goes.

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RICHILA 1/30/2013 9:19AM

    I hope you have fun with the bellydance DVD!

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MUSOLF6 1/30/2013 6:06AM

    Great pictures

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 1/30/2013 4:00AM

    great pictures!!!

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NEW-CAZ 1/30/2013 2:54AM

    I love Ancestry.com EV, I've learned so much about my rellies!
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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/30/2013 2:21AM

    Have fun with the belly dancing! After doing it a few times, be sure to tease Bob with the moves. hehe

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FLEMIDG 1/30/2013 12:47AM

    What lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing them. Let us know how the belly dancing goes. It sounds like fun.

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/29/2013 10:35PM

    Love all the great photos and the many new activities you've taken on. I think my new things for 2013 gave reached two dozen. I'm on a roll, but will probably slow down a bit.

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KARIDIAN1 1/29/2013 10:15PM

    Ev Great photos! You look so happy and relaxed. Both you and your brother-wonderful photo.

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UMBILICAL 1/29/2013 10:12PM

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Update on our checkups

Thursday, January 24, 2013

We did really well. Bob only had one script, but then he gets most from the VA!! His blood pressure is well under control and was terrific today!! He has also lost more weight and is down to 221.

As for me, my weight was the same, my BP was a little high but not much - 128/83. I'm usually 110/70. My script total looked like we were opening a pharmacy ourselves!! But they keep me alive so that' just fine wit me!

Everyone in the northern hemisphere stay warm. We even had freeze here in FL last night!!

Peace Love Hope
Ev



Taken Monday eevening 21 Jan 2013 I'm on the right

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 1/28/2013 9:02PM

    I see it takes quite a while to reach the high temperatures of the day so I truly can appreciate the chill in the air. Will be there soon enough and am enjoying the absolutely frigid temperatures of this beautiful northland. Hope the cold doesn't cause any damage with your horticulture. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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MISSDAISY23 1/28/2013 11:22AM

    Glad to hear you and your hubby is well! emoticon

Take care & have a fabulous day!

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CIERAPOET 1/26/2013 1:36AM

    emoticon emoticon Praise The Lord!
Many More Blessings Upon You Both Spirit Soul And Body!
Enjoy A Marvelous Weekend!
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PMFISH 1/25/2013 8:45PM

    Great news on the check ups. You are looking great in your picture.

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Yay for the good check-ups!!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/24/2013 9:00PM

    You look beautiful! As for the cold, well, just know you're not alone in that!! Cold here too.

HUGS and glad that the check ups went well. As for meds . . . guess you always have to weigh the pros and cons, right! HUGS

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DEBBY4576 1/24/2013 4:43PM

    I always like dr. visits where not much changes. I'd call your visit a success. You look thin enough btw. You must be on maintenance uh?

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    Great that you are both doing well.Lovely picture,i love your hairstyle! emoticon emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/24/2013 2:48PM

    Sometimes it's a tradeoff: lots of meds to keep the symptoms and conditions at bay. Glad to know you're both doing pretty well.

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KARIDIAN1 1/24/2013 11:10AM

    Fantastic checkups! Glad all is well. We are keeping warm. May get into the 30's in a few days. Heat wave!

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GATORJOY 1/24/2013 10:46AM

    emoticon HAVE A GREAT DAY!

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GINNJEN1974 1/24/2013 5:52AM

    LOL sounds like more pills than carter as my mom would say. If they keep you going though that is good.

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/24/2013 3:37AM

    Look at you...such a pretty picture. Cheers for your Hubby, and a emoticon
for you!

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NEW-CAZ 1/24/2013 3:14AM

    Glad you check ups went well, love your pic- you're stunning!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/24/2013 2:20AM

    Ev you look beautiful!!!

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JAMER123 1/24/2013 1:55AM

    BRRRR for the freeze. Hope the fruit isn't hurt. So good to read that you both are doing fine! As long as your health is under control with medications, one can do fine. Take care and have a fantastic remaining week!!!
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Another new week another new thing to try!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

This past week I had my class and loved it. Making the cards to show emotion of an unexpected illness journey has helped me understand what I went through!! The journaling about those emotions was amazing!!

With the new week, I'm going to be working with a new computer program for genealogy with my sister-in-law. She and my brother arrive Thursday and the program is hers. I have put off wanting to have anything to do with it because I have written out all my original charts and records and used Ancestory.com and was intimated with trying yet another program. But this time I vow to do so!!

Short but sweet blog, but I wanted to hold myself accountable for my new thing each week.

May each of you have a wonderful day tomorrow filled with lots of joy, happiness, and health.

Peace Love Hope

Ev



My brother and his wife - high school sweethearts, college sweethearts, life partners. They will celebrate the golden anniversary in August of this year!

  
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OPALMOON 1/23/2013 9:58PM

    Beautiful photos of your brother and SIL!



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KARIDIAN1 1/23/2013 9:47PM

    Great photos. Glad your week is going good.

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MNNICE 1/23/2013 8:57PM

    My new thing for the week is also a new computer program. Well, I love the challenges of learning new programs so I won't let it intimidate me, but I just hope it proves to be more efficient than the old program (this is a program at work, not at home). Good luck with yours, and enjoy your brother and sister-in-law!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/23/2013 6:01PM

    Awwwww! How sweet! Lovely pictures of your brother and SIL.

Hope you enjoy using the new program. It IS always daunting to try something new, but always worth the try!

HUGS my dear.

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DR1939 1/23/2013 11:37AM

    Best wishes on your physician's visits today.

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GEORGIAGIRL26 1/23/2013 9:04AM

    It is good to see you trying new things.
Congrats to your brother and his wife.
My parents also have their Anniversary in August.
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KASEYCOFF 1/23/2013 6:35AM

    Great pictures, Evvie, and how wonderful that you can celebrate with them--!
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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/23/2013 3:28AM

    Anything that can be done to get closer in touch with our feelings can often be helpful to us in the long run. I'm glad to know it was very helpful for you.

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NEW-CAZ 1/23/2013 3:14AM

    Congratulations to them both, that is something in today's workd.
For some reason a very old song"My old dutch" came to mind- it was one my dad played to me mum on their Ruby anniversary, such sweet words.
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HICKOK-HALEY 1/23/2013 2:56AM

    Love the old pictures. Congrats to them. Not many people can celebrate a golden anniversary!

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New things from last week and this week

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The new things I tried last week were foods. I found i could eat the mini animal crackers and enjoyed them. I found i did not care for asparagus and had a difficult time eating it. I also found I didn't care for caramel striped cookies. I took one bite and it burned so bad, I gave the rest to Bob.

This week I have signed up for a class for a new kind of journaling called Soul Collage. It sounds like it will well worth while. Just as we make our collages, in this class we make 5" x 8" collage cards. There are different categories: Committee Cards, Community cards, Companion/Animal Cards, Council Cards, and Transpersonal Cards. I have never done this kind of journaling in all the years I have worked with it. The actual title of the course is: Unexpected Journeys: Using SoulCollage®
as a Tool During Times of Illness. It will be held via phone for 3 weeks. We'll be working making cards, journaling, and telling about any of our own journeys with unexpected illnesses. I think everyone knows about mine two cancers and my journeys with them. Right now, one of my long time friends and mentor in OH
has been having some really bad issues with her CPOD. She has to be on oxygen 24/7 and her case has been turned over to Hospice. I try to talk to her several times a week and we email short notes to each other, but I know she tires easily. I'm hoping these classes will help me dealing with knowing how to talk to her. As bad as my journeys were, she is struggling and we all know the outcome. I am truly looking forward to these classes (three in total considered the entire class).

I hope everyone enjoys their week and will try something new. Our team now has 15 members including myself. It is nice to have a small group and being able to keep up with what everyone is doing.

For all my Spark Buds, continue to make those wise choices and if you fall down, pick yourself up and start over with your next meal or snack. Rewarding yourself for each goal with something non-food is important, too. Try to make someone else feel better about themselves, and continue to smile!

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Ev



My Hawk friend who lives nearby. He often drops different feathers in our drive or on the front walk for me. once in awhile he'll sit on the front walk until i say hello.

  
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    The class sounds like fun!

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    Sounds like fun! Enjoy!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/18/2013 1:37AM

    The soul collages sound fascinating .I hope you will tell us about them!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/17/2013 9:24PM

    glad to hear you're finding different ways of journaling. It is so cathartic, enriching, empowering to do so!

Sad to hear of your friend having such difficulty with COPD. I jsut have to think that is such a difficult issue to deal with -- not being able to breathe.

Happy that you found things that work (and not!) It is good to know those things in life.

Really love the picture of your friend the hawk. Beautiful!


HUGS

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DR1939 1/17/2013 12:36PM

    Sounds like an interesting class.

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GINNJEN1974 1/17/2013 7:19AM

    Sounds like an interesting class to take.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/17/2013 4:21AM

    That's great you found the cookies worked for you. I hope the journaling helps you in several ways, including seeing within yourself and figuring out how to support your friend.

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NEW-CAZ 1/17/2013 3:12AM

    What an excellent new way to journal, I am so sorry about your friend. It is wonderful that you are so supportive of her in her last days, as hard as it is for both of you.
I hope you find journalling cathartic.


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KASEYCOFF 1/17/2013 2:55AM

    These "soul collages" sound like a really interesting concept, Ev, and as you say, a different approach to journaling. Keep us posted - and if you have any you'd like to share as you go along, I for one would love to see them...
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HEALTHYLADY12 1/17/2013 1:10AM

    The Class sounds awesome. Neat catagories. Its hard when you know your friend's outcome. I lost my friend in October to cancer and it was very hard. Support groups are wonderful. Keep it up and mentor others :)

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FLEMIDG 1/17/2013 12:57AM

    Glad you are finding new ways to journal. Thanks for sharing that picture of Mr. Hawk. Have a great week.

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JAMER123 1/17/2013 12:11AM

    What a lovely way to keep in touch with others needing support! So happy you are able to share with your collages and journalizing!! My thoughts & prayers to your friend and her struggles.
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