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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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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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Another Day

Monday, September 24, 2012

Today I don't have too much to do but I will definitely empty one freezer into another and clean the first. I want to count how much of everything I have so I can plan ahead and not have too much to use up before we leave for La Paz again. We are so lucky that Matsuyo will let us have her house for 5-6 months. It is a great house and we will not have the housing worry. I got on the scale this morning and I have gained 2 lbs. I really need to get my butt in gear and quit with the goodies. The pumpkin carrot bars with cream cheese icing are all gone so that is not a concern anymore so are the rice krispy sqs. Lots of veggies in the fridge and fruit. Life is good. The weather is a bit gloomy but we will work on with the roof and by afternoon it will be either raining buckets or good enough for walking in the wilderness.

  
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MIRFA71 9/25/2012 9:04AM

    fruits and veggies are good.. take care.

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SHERYLDS 9/24/2012 7:18PM

    watch the goodies....
“Most people want to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.” ~Robert Orben
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Don't Know What Happened

Sunday, September 23, 2012

For some reason I just have not felt like doing a blog so I am forcing myself. I need to get back into a good space again. Don't know what happened but suddenly I just feel like doing ver;y little and even though I am still walking and tracking it feels like m;y feet are stuck in molasses. All I can think to do is just put one foot in front of another till I am walking on plain dirt again. So, the roof is coming along . I cleaned house and made some of my best recipes for friends and their daughter got ill so they could not come from the city. But instead of wasting all my good effort we invited friends from here in town over and it was a blast. The dinner was superb and we played rumoli afterwards. Got to bed by 11 and read till midnight and then slept till 8. Can't beat that with a stick!!!!

  
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LIVELAUFLUV 9/24/2012 5:31AM

    emoticon Sometimes making yourself continue doing what you know you are supposed to do is the only thing that works. We all have those days, those weeks, and sometimes those months. Keep doing what you are doing!

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/23/2012 11:38PM

    It sounds like you saved the evening by finding some other friends to come over. Hopefully, you will wake up tomorrow ready to feel more up to the tasks at hand.

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AMARILYNH 9/23/2012 1:55PM

    That when you know you have truly moved to a new place - when you don't want to do it but you do it anyway!! My motto is fake it til you make - keep smiling and before you know it you'll FEEL like smiling!! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 9/23/2012 12:23PM

    Hope you find your groove soon. Fall is such a beautiful time of year to be enjoying the change of seasons and the beautiful colors. Hope the party pushed things back in place for you

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