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24 days gone 8 glorious ones to go!

Friday, September 02, 2011

For more than three weeks I've been so blessed to be with our son's family in beautiful Seattle. I'm here to take care of our new granddaughter, Lucy. But, I also get to spen some really special times with their almost three year old, Emily. She goes to daycare in an amazing facility in the building where our dil works. We've done some hiking, but mostly I've been babysitting most every day, including weekends. I ache everywhere, but it has been so worth it. I can recall how much exercise it took when I had two small children of my own. Of course I was much stronger then. The MS hadn't gotten as out of control yet and I definitely had youth on my side. I so appreciate being able to help our son. It is such a joy to watch this little family function. I will miss them so much when I return home. But, for now I intend to enjoy every moment or cuddles, kisses and exercising muscles I've not focused on in awhile. After next Saturday I will get back to my life and spending whatever time I can with our daughter's family that lives only about 40 minutes from us rather than two days away as this is. Every day brings new blessings, new opportunities to make more special memories. One day if I am again limited to wheels or have other issues that keep me down, I will have this time to bring smiles at every remembrance. Have a great weekend everyone!

  
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MEADSBAY 9/6/2011 7:23PM

    Glad you are feeling up to being a terrific Grandmababa and enjoying every minute of it!
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/5/2011 4:37AM

    That is so special! Sometimes it seems like time does fly!

so happy that you have those precious moments to share, and I thank you for letting us share your joy! emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 9/3/2011 9:25AM

    Ahhh... the glory of being able to spend time with family, and especially grandchildren, is so special! And to be able to help with a newborn is such a beautiful experience. My DH is now helping our daughter with her 3-month old and he comes home everyday just beaming about the experience.

Enjoy, and savor, your final week-plus with your son and his fine family.

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Barefoot and Broken

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

So, last week I broke a toe. Actually my grandson jumped on it and there it went. Of course this happened just as I was really getting into a good stair workout. Then I caught some sort of weird 'bug' that left me down with high fever for three days. I hate summer extra aches just when I want to be out and about. I'm making a comeback, though. The buddy-taped toe has lots of blood draining back into the foot. Looks kind of strange, but the healing is happening. That's all I care about. Meanwhile, I've taken up boxing on the Wii. Another little something our grandson introduced us to. It is so much fun and I get a really good upper body workout. Last night I even knocked out my dh! Does that mean he's now broken, too? emoticonHave a great summer everyone. We finally have hot, hot weather here so when I do get out I try to get out early and then hibernate somewhere in the AC. emoticonOh, yes, I'm not going to play any Wii games barefoot with my 6 year old grandson. I can learn! emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 7/3/2011 9:52PM

    Oh, dear-
catching up on blogs-
hope your toe is feeling better and better!
gentle: emoticon

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TELLITFORWARD 7/2/2011 1:06AM

  I also read your blog because of the title, and I smiled and applauded. I've been pretty bad about exercising, but I'm trying to build more movement into things. Seeing the chiro made me feel like I can move again.
My only broken toe was my own fault. I kicked my daughter's very solid wood toy box when she was little. She's 35 now! I still remember it. God bless. :)

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NURSNANA 7/1/2011 10:36PM

    Hey Barbara, So sorry to hear about your poor little piggy!! Our 6 year old grandson has been visiting since last Sunday! We are having a fun time with him! He has tons of energy, so we have kept him busy!! Have a good 4th of July! ~hugs~ Nancy

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GRAMLORI 6/30/2011 11:32AM

    I had a broken toe last month, and Katie (DD12) had a jammed toe and her friend had a broken toe. Is this National Broken Toe Month or something?? I hope it's over!

Best of luck with your WII, my DS32's family has one and loves it. I think we will look into one for Christmas!

Have a blessed day.......and good thing you learn!!!

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MELLIL 6/29/2011 5:12PM

    emoticonWell! As long as your teachable! That's the IMPORTANT thing! hahaha! Ohhhhh really... I'm awfully sorry about your poor toe! But I'm awfully PROUD of you for not giving IN to it, and managing to exercise anyway! You are GREAT! Did you sign up for the Summer Challenge? I hope so! I NEED your kind of dedication on my team!!! emoticon emoticon

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FREECAL1 6/29/2011 5:12PM

  Sorry about your toe. I hear alot about the Wii. Would like to have one myself but will probably be obsolete soon with the way technology keeps changing.

Your title was so interesting to me that I had to read your blog.

I wondered if you were really barefoot and broken ( no income).



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Need more Stairs...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

After meeting my newest granddaughter I was quickly reminded that I need more stair workouts. Our son's house has three floors, all of which are very much in use. In fact, you enter on the first floor - music room, laundry 1/2 bath, mud room. The living area, kitchen, dining are on middle level (no bathroom there). The bedroom and two more baths are at the top. So, with a newborn and a 2 1/2 year old I was up and down a lot. I really felt how out of shape those muscles are. So, on the flight home I prayed that I would be in better shape for August when I return for four weeks and four days to care for the children the first few weeks our daughter-in-law is back to work. Well, the Lord certainly has a sense of humor. We arrived back to our condo to discover that the elevator to my parking area will be out of service for the next few weeks awaiting parts and repairs. Now, every time I come in or out I have to go up or down at least two flights and if I'm ambitious I can do all seven. The shorter routes take me to another parking level or lobby level to cross over to another elevator. Because my parking is the deepest, only one elevator actually goes all the way down to it. Every day offers new opportunities. Yesterday I was up and down four times. Puff, puff! Hopefully I will be in shape for those stairs when I go back to tend those little girls. emoticon

  
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DEBBIEDAY 6/23/2011 8:55AM

    emoticon Great way to 'force you' to follow through on using stairs more...LOL! I bet those stair at the grandkids will seem much less a challenge in August!

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MELLIL 6/22/2011 11:34PM

    ROFLMBO!!! I alllllwaaays say... Be CAREFUL what you pray for!!! The Lord takes prayer VERY seriously and he WILL answer... and his sense of humor -- as well as his timing -- is always PERFECT!!!! I LOVE it!!! No stepper machines needed! emoticon

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BETHJRN 6/22/2011 9:28PM

    You are gonna be firming up and slimming down! Great exercise! Good for your heart as well as your hiney!

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MEADSBAY 6/22/2011 4:33PM

    hahahaha!
I am a big believer in asking for what you want or need.
You got it!
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NURSNANA 6/22/2011 2:45PM

    Hey Barbara, I bet you enjoyed every minute with that new little baby and the 2 1/2 year old grandchild! Stairs! I understand the problem! My kids have stairs too, and they are a big challenge for me. My arthritic knees do not do well when I have to do stairs. But, I do them because I cherish my time with our grandchildren and their parents. Sounds like you will be able to do the stairs much better by August! ~hugs~ Nancy

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JULIET64 6/22/2011 2:09PM

  Stairs are a great work out! They use so many muscles and it's a great cardio if you jog up and down. Two years ago I stayed in a hotel in San Diego that had the slowest elevator ever! We were on the 11th floor and I decided to just use the stairs. My legs were jello practically the whole time we were there but I felt fit. Keep up your stair work out and you'll be glad you did!

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Oops, what happened?

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

I thought I was going the right way again after adjusting thyroid medication. But, when I hopped on the scale yesterday and today it told a different story. Now, I'm wondering if I haven't been drinking enough water and retaining some. So, my next plan is to really focus on getting all the fluid I think I need and then add a bit more because it's now summer. Hopefully, by the time I get home from meeting my new granddaughter this weekend I will see that the water has come off. At least that's my current plan! Hope everyone is having a great week!

  
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DEBBIEDAY 6/10/2011 9:51AM

    Fluid retention gets me in Summer months as well...yes, I need the reminder to drink my water as well...enjoy the new grandbaby!!!! emoticon

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NURSNANA 6/8/2011 11:13PM

    Awww, enjoy new little Baby Lucy!! It is so much fun to meet a new grand baby!!

It is really HOT and HUMID here, upper 90's! I am retaining fluid too, I am sure it is from the weather. Lots of water should help a lot!

~hugs~
Nancy



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MEADSBAY 6/8/2011 8:42PM

    Oooops!
I hope so, too.
Kiss baby Lucy for me.
Pics, please.
How is little Ziva doing?
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MELLIL 6/8/2011 8:14PM

    Water can really be a bugger! Hope you get it solved! emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/8/2011 7:27PM

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Little wins

Monday, June 06, 2011

Through the years I've continued to win small prizes now and then. Nothing grand. Just enough to keep me interested. When I talked my husband into standing on a number for a prize drawing over the weekend as we walked through a store promoting Father's Day, he was very reluctant. But, he relented and stood on a number adjacent to the one I picked. Well, my number was chosen and I received some bags of nuts and a gift certificate for clothing. It was a thrill for me. He, of course, won nothing. Both of us had reinforcement for the future choices we make about entering little contests. Getting healthier is similar to me. When I have little wins along the way - I can walk farther, lift more, lose a few ounces or a few pounds, etc. - I am encouraged to keep trying. Success breeds success in so many things. So, I'll keep working towards those little wins in my life. They give me a thrill. They encourage me to keep on trying. I hope you have some wins of all sorts in your life today and every day. emoticon

  
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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/7/2011 11:04AM

    emoticon Every little bit counts towards your goal!

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BLUEDROSE 6/7/2011 12:10AM

    You definitely reminded me to pay more attention to the small wins :) thanks!!

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MEADSBAY 6/6/2011 9:12PM

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MELLIL 6/6/2011 7:10PM

    Yes INDEEDY! It is the LITTLE wins that count! They are what keep us going! GREAT post Baba! And... emoticonon your little win!

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