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Local Clinic Weight loss Group

Friday, October 05, 2012

Yesterday I went to the local health clinic and joined a group which will try to lose weight under the supervision of the local health care professionals. There will be weekly weigh ins, group sharing and accountability. Also this is with friends and neighbors which is cool. It was time to do something different. I always eat healthy but I am so short I have a feeling I really should eat far less. So this is a low carb and very restrictive diet in that there is major portion control. I really want to make some headway before we head for Mexico. I feel quite confident that if I can just get through our Canadian Thanksgiving I will do well. Some of the kids will be here and there will be turkey and all the trim. Sigh!!!! But I really have to find a different hobby other than cooking and enjoying great food. We are back working a lot on the roof and today we put tin on the back of the garage (attached). Tomorrow it is back to work on the front and then we will be done. We have about 4 days work left on it but lots of interruptions. There is frost in the morning so we can't start early and then the day starts getting dark early so we are left with short days. But we can only stand so much anyway so it is all okay. How will I live without bread, cereal, and PB? Just kidding, I gave birth to 4 big kids for heavens sake so I will try not to whine too much.

  


Too Tired

Sunday, September 30, 2012

We had company all weekend and I am exhausted. They were great and we had a lot of fun but they needed more heat than we are used to ergo: we had a lot of trouble sleepling. The mom and dad were very great and the two children were a bit bratty but not unmanageable. The cat was interesting. He wandered around endlessly and only got lost outside once. Our meals were superb and the rumoli game was so good.These children are the ones we are going to mind in Oct. before we head for Mexico. Right now I just want to sleep, sleep and sleep some more.

  
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SHERYLDS 10/1/2012 4:01PM

    sounds like fun

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BALLOUZOO 9/30/2012 10:55PM

    emoticon Sweet Dreams! emoticon

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Life and Love

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I got up this morning thinking what is most important to me today and I should get it done before it starts to rain. Day before yesterday I took all the stuff out of my stand up freezer in the kitchen and moved it into the garage. We have a box style freezer there. I cleaned the kitchen freezer and then started to miss having everything handy so this morning I moved all the stuff back into the clean freezer. I know this doesn't sound important but one person's important is anothers 'not too much'. Enough about that.
I also spent a bit of time thinking what the heck should I blog about and I decided on the concept of LOVE. When I was young and slim and cute and life stretched out in front of me with such hope, excitement and a feeling of being able to do anything. Boy that did not last much past 39. By that time the weak, alcoholic I was married to was down the tubes, my kids were all suffering from the ravages of a marriage gone sour, I had no money (left it all behind) and I was alone most of the time. The next ten yrs. were up and down. I pursued a career I was not suited for and ended up doing work I really did not enjoy but the bills must be paid. I carried around an extra 50 lbs. that made me look ugly and I am not. Then I met an old friend who had been suffering much the same thing but he was male. We talked and slowly discovered that our aims in life were similiar and our spiritual beliefs were the same. We both despised alcohol, smoking, and life without adventure. As fat as I was he was skinny as a result of being alone and miserable. He wanted to picnic, hike and see foreign movies. I loved those things! This all happened 16 yrs. ago and I remember the day we married like it was yesterday. He is not perfect but then neither am I. We spend half the yr. in Mexico and his health is suffering a lot so not too much hiking or picnicing anymore but we still love wierd movies and we do DEVOTIONS together. Which means we pray and read passages from Bahai writings and passages from the other great religions of the past. Strangely we are not quite as at peace with all our children as we would like but we are with most of them (7) and it is not our fault that they are not all as happy with us as they should be. I love this man no holds barred and when I think of life without him I could weep. I know this does not address weight loss issues but it does tell that there are great guys out there and I am so lucky to have found one of them.

  
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SHERYLDS 9/27/2012 7:30PM

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/27/2012 1:53PM

    It is wonderful that you have someone that you love doing things with and waking up next to each day!

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Old Age Security

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Yesterday I got a letter which sure got me worried. Being Canadian and 65 we can apply for the Old Age Security ($547 per month) and the Canada Pension Plan which is whatever a person has built up in their working life. I took the CPP early at 62 but the OAS is something that Canadian citizens can only apply for at 65. So I had applied for it about 6 months ago and suddenly when I should have received the first payment I receive a letter saying hat I need to prove that I entered Canada legally. I am an immigrant from Germany but I entered Canada at age 5 with a mom with my 5 siblings and we were all on her passport. So the only document we would have is the landing(entry) paper. My youngest sister is the only one who has a copy of her paper and she did email me a copy of hers but it only gives her name on it so it does not qualify in any way. So this morning I got on the phone once again about this (I'd done this once before and was assured as long as I have citizenship I am clear) and I will receive a call within 5 days and then I can take whatever steps necessary. This is the last hurdle to old age to get over and I will sure be glad when it is done. So if any of you are immigrants or anything else other than born in the country be aware of this and take care to get all documents straightened out long before you need them.

  
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SHERYLDS 9/27/2012 8:48AM

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NWLIFESRC 9/26/2012 1:46PM

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BLUENOSE63 9/26/2012 1:34PM

  Thanks for the info....my sister in law was born in France and has difficulty with crossing the border as she has two passports etc. I will tell her about your journey

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Dragging Bottom

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sometimes I think my husband is a real comedian without trying. We had to order some more tin for the roof because our original measuring was not quite spot on. But it was doable and we have been waiting for 5 pcs of tin to arrive. We got a call yesterday that it was in, so DH got busy and connected our very low trailer to the car and when we finished lunch we left over back roads to pick up the tin approx. 50 miles away. The back road we took turned out to be better than we thought because our summer has been very dry. When we arrived the tin was much longer than the trailer (almost twice as long) so DH bought some 2X6s and extended the trailer by about 6 ft. but when the tin was placed on the trailer the back end dragged on the ground. I said "Give in, we have to have it delivered". The building supply store agreed and it will be delivered Fri. with another load coming to the village for free. I think they just wanted us out of there because they had been closed for 45 min. by the time we all came to that conclusion. The drill DH had used to extend the trailer had a dead battery so we drove home with that ridiculous extension and took a wrong turn ending up at a dead end needing to turn around in very poor ground. In the end it took us 3 hrs. to get home and the whole adventure took about 6 hrs out of a busy life. Secretly I think DH enjoyed it all because he loves to be out in the wild driving along and seeing the country. Me, I was okay with it as I do like for him to enjoy himself and it only cost us the gas, time, buying coffee, and a little worry (what if we couldn't find the main secondary road). He and I agreed we had found a thirdendary road and had followed it to the end. We ended up having supper at 8:00 in the evening and then one of the kids called to say can you meet us on the main highway tomorrow for lunch at a solitary diner as they go thru truck driving. Here we go again!

  
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ADRIENALINE 9/25/2012 4:53PM

    Sounds like a real adventure that you didn't want.

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SHERYLDS 9/25/2012 3:38PM

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patience is golden

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/25/2012 11:56AM

    You have a great attitude about the whole adventure. I think it is sweet that you are okay with it since it is something he enjoys anyway. Hey, it gave you a break from the roof for awhile as well. Take care.

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