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Starting to remodel/clean up

Friday, December 28, 2012

I didn't get much walking in today or "exercis", but I sure did get worn out working in the front bedroom. A friend of a friend came over to help me take out the little boards that they put the carpet on. Then I had to move things so we could get to the other areas of the room. The floor in that room had gotten ruined some time ago so there were several boxes of things in there and the bed that was torn down. (Actually, there are boxes all over the place) We got all those wood strips out (I'm not sure what they are called) and all the staples and nails as far as I know. Now I will be heading for the next room to tear out the carpet.

Yesterday I did get called about the stress test I am supposed to take. She said I didn't need to actually run on the treadmill. They only go as fast and long as the person can actually do. She did say I should be able to walk up two flights of stairs without stopping. I am not sure if that means to two floors or just one floor in an office building or the hospital buildings (I have done that fairly recently). So I went up and down my basement stairs (both ways) 4 times. It wasn't my breath that ended up stopping me from more, but my legs wore out. So I got some exercise that way. I am hoping that I will be able to do more before that appointment which is now in the middle of the month.

Anyway, Eventually this house is going to get organized and I will have the wood floor with rugs instead of dirty wall-to-wall carpet.

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SUSANBEAMON 12/29/2012 4:47PM

  i've taken most of the carpet out of my house, still have some in the master bedroom. my original wood floors need to be replaced, but that is more than i'm willing to do. i usually spend new years day deep cleaning some part of my house.

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PARKERB2 12/29/2012 1:59PM

    We just took up carpet and put in hardwood floor in the bedroom this past fall. So I am good to go but I can know you can get impatient when remodeling. Have great day.

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DANLIN60 12/29/2012 11:34AM

    Removing carpeting is hard work but having the wood floors is so worth it. Good luck but take it easy, okay? don't overdo it.

Keep in touch with us on your progress



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PYNETREE 12/29/2012 8:32AM

    We pulled the wall to wall up through out the whole first floor, then up the steps. Then took it out of the last bedroom. Yucky, dirty, hard work. We were fortunate that the floors underneath were beautiful light oak.

But ripping carpet is a BIG job. So, I'd say you got a lot of exercise!

Want to come over and rip out my upstairs hall way? Only 65 feet , or so !?

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PEGGYO 12/29/2012 7:18AM

    wish I could have wood floors but there's concrete under my carpet

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Christmas 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I spent the last two days with friends. We had a feast, snacks, and everyone opening presents. Everyone ws having a fun time, but the spirit of Christmas wasn't really there. The kids were ripping into presents like they couldn't handle not having more and more. And I got to thinking why nobody seems to know what the true meaning of Christmas is.

Christmas is not about getting presents and eating to stuff yourselves. It is not about how many cookies you can eat at a time (and one of the kids had 3 plates of cookies). Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of mankind. The greatest gift that we were given was the Son of God, the Word made life.

I know that I was participating in the fun and meal and treats just as much as the others. I need to remember that this is the celebration of Jesus' birth and not just what so many people say, that it is just a day for family and presents.

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WHISKERS17013 12/28/2012 1:42PM

    This year was very different for us. Family and friends dear to us had been suffering with health and personal issues since before Christmas, and it was really hard to get in the spirit this year. The Christmas tree wasn't brought in until the 21st, we had our family celebration on the 23rd, and my husband and I worked crazy schedules on the actual holidays. Money's been tight, so Santa brought a few less things for the kids.

But you know what? There were no meltdowns, no ripping through the paper, throwing one gift down to get to the next. We had a nice time, and then had a great meal of homemade macaroni and cheese. (The family plugged in one of the movies received for Christmas at this point, but I went and took a nap, in order to recover from working 3rd shift the night before.) Not the Christmas I had imagined, but it was nice.

~hugs~ Hang in there.

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DANLIN60 12/26/2012 8:15PM

    I was at my youngest daughters house for Christmas day and I thought it was so nice. My grand son had some holy water and he came around to us so we could make the sign of the cross with it and then he read three different prayers about Jesus and then his older brother read a couple of prayers also. I thought it was so beautiful then one by one they opened there presents taking their time and enjoying the family. Later in the day we Skype with my older daughter who is living in South Korea because her husband is in the Army stationed there and we opened presents with them. It was so nice being able to see my other grand children in south Korea open their presents from me that I sent them. And they opened presents that my youngest daughter sent to them also. It was a beautiful spiritual day. thank you Lord.


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SUNSHINE99999 12/26/2012 1:10AM

  My family had fun reading the Christmas story, openings presents, watching a Christmas movie, and singing carols. Merry Christmas is best done with Him in mind.

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I hate detours

Monday, December 24, 2012

Yesterday I tried to FedEx a package to a friend of mine who lives 90 miles from here. They were charging FedEx Air rates (the closest air port to her is here in Denver), so I said I could drive it up there for the same or less. So plans were made to go between church services. I was an hour late getting there because of a road closure and I had trouble getting over to the highway. I ended up going back west as far as where I would have started out. That put me a little late coming back, but I figured I could get back for at least part of the Candlelight Service. No, I got lost on the way back because I had to try to find a different exit to come back and couldn't find one getting back to the street I needed. It is really ridiculous that I got lost coming back here when I have lived here all my life and have driven to my friend's many times over the years. They are now changing things so much that you can't even get through anymore. So I missed the Candlelight service completely. I just wish I could have made it back in time.

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SUSANBEAMON 12/25/2012 2:05AM

  hope it wasn't snowing yet. i dislike driving in snow more than anything.

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MRE1956 12/24/2012 6:59AM

    Couldn't agree with you more - and why is it that detour routes are *never* clearly marked? At least that's often the case where I'm from - the only reason I've been saved from disaster so often is my "local knowledge" of the detoured areas I've dealt with - heaven help strangers!

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GAYLLYNNE 12/24/2012 6:38AM

    Aww, I'm sorry. You did a very nice thing and should take comfort in that. Look on the bright side, if there are detours it means road work, road work means there are people working!! Happy Holiday to you!

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WEARINGTHIN 12/24/2012 1:56AM

    There will be other candlelight services. Good luck to you, Glenn

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Just a little improvement

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I haven't ever been ableto run do to weak ankles. Since I am supposed to take a stress test and need to run on it, I've been starting on the treadmill (have only been there twice so far) and have tried a couple times running down the hallway (that's not far). Today I stopped at the store and was parked some ways down the hill from the store. I actually ran, slowly though, up that hill toward the store without twisting my ankle. Yea. It wasn't far, but I made it without getting out of breath, too.

Today was Orzo's well-pet check. The vet loved him. She didn't think that he would stay sitting on my lap, but he does. I was talking to her some about getting along with dogs and she said that when she took him in the back for his weight there were several dogs that went by and he was fine with them. He also had no worry about the dogs in the waiting room other than two puppies that startled him. I cannot believe what a sweetheart he is and no one wanted him.

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PARKERB2 12/23/2012 7:40AM

    Dogs are so much fun. We have a blue heeler and 3 Jack Russells. Hope you continue to improve.

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KELSEY54 12/22/2012 9:45AM

    Good for you for pushing yourself for that bit of a run. You will get stronger as you go along. I am so glad you found another little fur friend to love. They can bring such love and calm to ones self. Have a wonderful Xmas holiday. emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 12/22/2012 9:38AM

    You are so wonderful to have this little guy in your life!! What a good person you are!

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Learning something new

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today I finally tried using the treadmill. I know, just about everyone on here has probably used it at some time or another, but I had never set foot on one. I didn't know how they worked and after seeing some of those on "The Biggest Loser" falling off the back of them I felt a little intimidated by them. So I asked at the desk of the rec center if they would help me with it. They said there is a clip so that if you get too far back the machine will turn off, but it was broken on the one I used. It started slow enough that I didn't have any problems, though, and I even took it up to level 2.9 or something like that. I guess after looking at the fitness tracker on Sparkpeople that I was at 2.9 mph. After using the treadmill I tried 3 or 4 of their weight machines (5 or 6 different exercises), which were new, too. I have used weight machines before at another rec center, but this center didn't have any like the other one except for one. I did only the arms/back/abdomen today because my legs were totally worn out from the treadmill. I am hoping I can get going much better on things, though. I would like to be able to walk a 5k later in the year. And for the immediate future I want to be able to do a stress test on the treadmill instead of them using some chemical, which totally terrifies me.

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SNUZSUZ 12/20/2012 9:36AM

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PARKERB2 12/20/2012 9:03AM

    I use the treadmill when I can't walk outside. The bike actually burns more calories and gives your lower body a good workout. I vary things up a bit. So try different things and that will help,

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MOM2ACAT 12/19/2012 4:00PM

    I've had stress tests done both ways, and while the treadmill was hard for me, I prefer it over the chemical one. The chemical one was kind of scary the way it made it me feel, for a minute after it was over I wasn't sure I'd be able to get off the table. It turned out both times that my heart was normal, but that chemical one made me wonder if that is how people feel when they are having a heart attack.

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GAYLLYNNE 12/19/2012 6:55AM

    I love my treadmill. I have one that lives in my bedroom! When you go to the gym, get on the treadmill first. Go for at least 10 mins the first time and work your way up in 5 minute increments to at least 1/2 hour. You will feel so invigorated afterwards! Then, your body is warmed up and you can do some weight work!! You are on your way to a new you!!!

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SUSANBEAMON 12/19/2012 12:32AM

  treadmills are interesting things. i don't like them much myself. but i do like the you-tube videos of cats on treadmills.

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