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A year already ?!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I can't believe it has been a year this Thanksgiving that I had a houseful of people.

My DD and her DH in from Wash. State... My "adopted" daughter in from NJ and my son........ all home for the holiday......

This year DD and her DH spend the holiday w/his parents in TX.... my son now lives in Fl and couldn't afford to come home and my "adopted" DD is with her parents in SC.

This month my kid sister will be having major surgery and I will have her 15 year old DD live with us ( for a month )..... she has Asperger's......... A form of Autism..... and my sisters 12 year old son will live with our brother.

None of us are young. Sister is an "older" mom with an ex who is a real jerk......... but aren't they all??

I'm thankful my DH is so wonderful, and is being good enough to let my niece stay with us. I shouldn't say "let" .... She'd stay with us with or without his ok !!!!

My routine will be all up in the air during this month.

I was going to stop my walking after work but I will now take my niece with me.

I was also going to use this month as an excuse not to stick to my good eating habits but.... nope........ won't do that to myself either.

I've got to stay strong......... even though I don't want to............ am tired of being the strong one........... Just because my name of Geraldine means " arrow of strength" doesn't mean I'm strong. .......... But I guess we do what we have to do, when we have to do it. ( sigh )

Lunch time......... going for my afternoon walk.

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SPARKYTHESEAL 12/3/2008 4:12PM

    Gerri - you ARE emoticon and don't you forget it Darlin'!!! I am sending oodles of good vibes your way for the next month!!

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JANRTEACH 12/3/2008 1:41PM

    Just a note for handling the niece. I am a retired 4th grade teacher. Just try not to back her into a corner. She probably will always need some breathing room. She may really enjoy walking with you if you make it her idea. emoticon

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Dr's Visit

Thursday, October 16, 2008

So far so good regarding the thyroid. Still keeping an eye on it........ more blood work in 3 months. Sugar count is coming down from 5.9 to 5.6. Weight 5#s less than this time last year. emoticon ( only 5 #s ??? oh well,, Pollyanna says better than 5#s more LOL ) Lowering amount of grams for the high blood pressure and cholesterol medicine. emoticon

I weighed myself in the morning and was 144 but at the doctors office at 6 pm weighed 147..... fluid of course but they go by this weight and not the morning's weight. emoticon

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SPARKYTHESEAL 10/22/2008 2:38PM

    Gerri, my long lost Pollyanna!!! I am so happy to hear you are ok!!! UG - thyroid - I've been hypo for YEARS and YEARS now and it SUX to try and lose weight - so I will keep my fingers AND my toes crossed that your thyroid cooperates and stays NORMAL!!!!

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I cried but I didn't smoke !!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Just two miles from home, coming down the off ramp from the highway and my car died......... No steering, no brakes, heading for the underpass of the overpass of the highway....... guy behind me almost creamed me...... tried to put the car in neutral, trying to slow down and stop..... grinding noise under the hood of the car....... metal on metal.......... awful sound.......... car finally stopped..... between the off ramp and the on ramp to the highway....... I am going to die..............

Reaching over to get my cell phone out of my purse..... there's a man tapping on my window......... I look up........ "Are you ok? Do you need help? " ............. it is the man with the "good samaritan" van !!!!!............ Where did he come from !!??!!
"Yes! Please !!
I can push you out of the way of traffic........ he does.........
I am shaking like a leaf......... I WANT a cig........ I start to cry...........
He offers to call AAA for me........ I am a member.........
They will be here in 20 minutes. He tries to start the car.......... nothing.......... lights work, windshield wipers work........... just won't start.............
AAA arrive........ up onto the truck my car goes. ....... and away to home we go..........
To make this long story short......... the distributor went on my car......... the car is 13 years old and it just ..... went.....
Thankfully our mechanic was able to get an other one and I had my car back in one day............ $300 later..............

The Pollyanna in me says " Good thing it didn't happen on the highway....... losing the steering and brakes would have been way
worse and heaven only know what would have happen.......

Now I am nervous driving my car even though I know nothing else will go wrong with it.......... or will it ?!?!?!?

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DEUCE119 10/16/2008 6:08PM


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CARLI_MAE 10/16/2008 2:20PM

    I spotted this blog the other day and meant to come by and see what was up ... I'm sooooooo glad you didn't smoke! Of course I'm hoping you had none of the things around you anyway, so not in hands reach during the most stressful part. Good job there!

I saw your comment on my zucchini recipe. I don't pay too much attention to carbs as long as they're not the refined stuff, but if you go to my cookbook on my page and find my Lasagna recipe, you'll see a way of making your own tomato sauce that will cut the carbs down even more (I think) and drastically lower the sodium content ... possibly more than you'd like. You can always freeze left over pasta sauce for use at a later time. I always have some in my freezer ready for thawing and heating when I want to make something like this.


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JOANNS4 10/15/2008 7:06PM

    I'm glad you made it through o.k. even though it sucks to have car trouble.
thank god for the good samaritan and bless your heart for not smoking.
You did good!!
Jo Ann

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MYMISSY 10/15/2008 3:43PM

    Glad to hear all turned out fine for you, you must have been really scared though. The universe sends us the right person to help out when we really need it....things happen for a reason. Good for you not smoking, see how strong you have become? perhaps that was your lesson today? Lynne emoticon

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BELIEVINGISEING 10/14/2008 11:39PM

    Wow! Way too scary. You were very lucky to have stopped when you did and have that man stop and help you. Glad everything turned out well. Our car is old too and we have put money into it but it runs and that is what counts. Have a great evening. Pam

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Daughter & Son in laws' 10th Anniversay

Friday, September 19, 2008

My daughter and son in law celebrated their 10 Anniversary last week.
They live in WA but are from RI.. So I thought of a great idea for a gift.

I'll send them a Clam Bake !! ( lobster, clams, corn, sausage, potatoes for those of you who think " how in heavens name do you bake a clam? " )

So.... I went to the seafood store and made the arrangements to have one sent , with TWO lobster !!

I email my DD and SIL a Anniversary card and in the message I told them to be on the lookout for a package and that it has to be brought inside right away and I gave them an other hint of
"Bon Appetite" !

Well, SIL called right away to say it arrived and it was going to make a wonderful candle light Anniversary dinner and it figured I'd send something like that because I'm such a crazy MIL !!

Well, DD was sleeping ( working night sift this month - state trooper ) so I didn't get to speak with her.

It's been a week and I haven't heard from DD and I'm a little hurt that she didn't call.... I understand the time difference and all that but she could have called me at work.

Well..... hubby and I went out to eat last night ( our weekly date night ) and the subject got on DD and how she sounded so good on the voice mail message.

"What message??? When did she call??? " I asked
He said, " I guess sometime Sunday night"
" Is the message saved???!!! " I inquired
He replied, "I think so."

As soon as I got home I checked the voice mail and sure enough I heard her voice and she was telling me how great and wonderful everything was and that her DH made clarified butter for the lobster and clams. She and her DH said it was the best gift ever !!

I feel so much better now !!! I just wish I was there so see the expressions on their faces !!

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SPARKYTHESEAL 9/19/2008 12:04PM

    Oh my what a WONDERFUL MIL you are!!! Way to go Gerri - FANTASTIC gift!!
Happy Friday!!!

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Breakfast anyone??

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The #$*&#@^# hives have come back and I'm itching and scratching and last night my lip swelled up and my poor DH took pity on me this morning and said he was taking me out for breakfast, which is sweet, and its a breakfast buffet and all............. But we went and I was such a good girl !!!!
I ignored all the bread and muffins and deserts and had a made to order veggie and cheese armlet made by the chef who was right there and I watched him make this armlet so I can do the same at home. Also had bacon, a sausage and two cups of reg coffee and a glass of tomato juice and yeah, I know I shouldn't have but oooh was it good !! Then we came home and I cleaned the bathroom from top to bottom while DH fixed the garage door.
It was a beautiful day.

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***LISA*** 9/8/2008 11:48AM

    Sounds like a good day and what a yummy breakfast!!

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KYLIEMC8 9/7/2008 9:52PM

    Just remember if its weigh in time..although you did good..that bacon, sausage and cheese are very very salty..even the tomato juice! Just letting you know so you don't wonder, IF you might gain. Hugs emoticon emoticon

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