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Tuesday, 8/31

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hi Y'all,

I set the alarm for 6:30 this a.m. (and finally got up about 10 min later); drank an Instant Breakfast then went to the Fitness Center (of the resort where we are) and spent 30 min on the treadmill. I'm so NOT!!!! an early morning person, so this was a real challenge to me - and I WON! Ok, enuf patting myself on the back.

DH and I drove awhile and finally stopped at a public beach. We walked along the water's edge in the sand (great exercise) about 25 minutes, then sat under an umbrella another several minutes as we just enjoyed what God provided for our pleasure. We so enjoy watching the ocean (ok, it's really the Gulf of Mexico), and the weather co-operated beautifully for our enjoyment. We ate lunch out - and I believe I made good choices for the most part, and now we're chillin' until this evenings activities.

I'm thankful we didn't choose the Eastern U.S. beaches for this vacation. What a bummer that would be! Maybe God will continue to be merciful to the U.S. coast and keep Earl farther away from landfall.

I awoke around 2 a.m. yesterday, and as I laid there, I heard a really strange noise. I got up to investigate, and finally realized that it's the local frogs.....really LOUD, and we're on the 6th floor. I'm glad we aren't on the 1st floor. LOL

God continues to richly bless us. Yes, I'm having another bad-teeth year, but He has provided the money for me to get them fixed. But please, if you think of it, raise a prayer or two for me: in mid-Sept I'm to have part of my gum cut out so my dentist can fit a crown on a back molar. I'm praying the peridontist will just knock me out. I don't want to hear anything, no comments, no 'oops' etc. emoticon

God has been blessing DH and I with a better joint spiritual life. DH and I used to not talk a lot about spiritual things, but more recently, we have. Oh, we've always attended Sunday School and church, and Sunday evening small groups, and yes, we've talked about those things some. But now we're also talking more about other things: God's working in the life of my niece who has mental/spiritual problems, and add'l personal things from a spiritual viewpoint. What a blessing; what an answer to prayer.

Have a great week; one day, one meal, one exercise at a time.

  


Saturday's comments

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I ate better today, but still not perfect, go figure! emoticon Right now in my life, I'm just striving for improvement, and I'm making that over-all.

We're on the road tonight, and I tried the treadmill at the motel, but the 'fitness center' is a good 10-15 degrees too warm; no fan, cooling, etc. So even minor 'work' on the treadmill for less than 30 minutes was almost more than I could do. I grabbed a towel and wet it with water from the cooler and tried cooling down my neck and face while I treadmilled, but the heat was too much. But I tried, so I'm satisfied for this one night.

I brought crocheting on the road with us, and I've made good progress. Before we left home, I completed sewing the dress for Katie, started the matching shoulder bag, finished knitting the vest for her brother, and the cardigan for Katie. I've been one busy Grandma. We'll see them later this year, so I'll give them the gifts then. I'm so glad they appreciate my work. It gives me great pleasure.

I also crocheted 3 newborn sweaters and gave them to a fellow-knitter. She'll give them to her s-i-l who distributes them after counseling teenaged mothers-to-be. The sweaters go up SO fast! It pleases me to do things like that.

Have a wonderful Sunday, y'all.
Nancy

  
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LAMBIERABBIT 8/28/2010 9:05PM

    I remember knitting a fancy top for my sister, (pink and white), with matching handbag, which I lined. That was 5 years ago. Now I haven't spoken to my sister in over 4 years since our Father died and she sued me til kingdom come to get everything. Needless to say, she always lost because the WILL was very clear: 50/50. She challenged the WILL and had a phony one ready. Lucky I had taken the Original WILL to the probate court before she presented the fake one. I will never speak to her again as long as I draw breath.
I wonder what she did with the sweater and bag I made for her before she turned into a devil?


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Update on Mom

Friday, August 27, 2010

Thank you all for your prayers for my Mom (and sister). Mom is doing a bit better, but will be on antibiotics for about another week, then she'll get an x-ray to see if the pneumonia is gone. My sister reports that Mom is coherant, but brief in her answers to questions.

My sister flew her dau to another state for in-patient mental work. My niece COULD check herself out, and sis reports that niece's OCD is telling her to check out, but we're all praying that she'll stay and work at getting better. Niece's problem has been MONTHS long, and her home is hundreds of miles from my sister. Sis (and her hubby) took turns spending time w/her, trying to get her to seek help. (She got down to 60 pounds - no she's not bulemic or anorexic, it's another problem). Finally, she did check into a hospital, so her weight is up some. Now it's time to work on her mental issues. Sis obviously has been stressed, although she and b-i-l have prayed much and are laying both these problems at the Lord's feet.

Again, thank you for praying for my family, and please don't stop yet. emoticon

Tonight I was tired, had eaten too much for supper, and had 'allowed' myself to eat not very healthy foods to boot; BUT I did finally get up off my keister and treadmill for almost 45 minutes, even going at a higher speed (for a total of 3 minutes) than I usually do. So, on balance, I'm proud of myself. I had eaten very well until dinner; but that's no excuse for pigging out......I don't even have a good excuse. Tomorrow is another day, and I plan to eat (ALL day) in a more healthy way. emoticon

Y'all have a great weekend.....'spark' away, everyone!
Nancy

  
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BREEZY85 8/27/2010 9:50PM

    will keep you and ur fam in my prayers i hope all works out well for everyone soon and still wish ur mom a speedy recovery

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Saturday's rant

Saturday, August 21, 2010

This week we took our 6 yr old and 10 yr old grandsons to Dayton, OH to the Nat'l USAF Museum. We got there when they opened in the morning, and didn't leave until almost closing time. At that (7-3/4 hrs minus 35 min for lunch) we didn't spend much time looking at any one thing.....the boys' attention spans. Amazingly, none of us got too tired, although DH and I were approaching it. We still had quite a time getting the boys to go to sleep.....still wound up, would you believe!?! We had a good time, and are thankful we were able to take them. What wonderful exercise - all those hours of walking.

I got an email from my sister this eve that had me crying. Our Mom is in assisted living about 45 min drive from where sis lives. It's a good thing she went this past Thursday, as she found Mom sitting in a chair staring at nothing. Now, Mom's mind isn't all it used to be, but she always knows us girls when we visit; but not that day. Even after sis told her who she was, Mom didn't even acknowledge her. There were other things, too. When sis (an RN herself) talked w/the caregivers, they said Mom wasn't feeling well and that they'd told the nurses on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. When sis talked with the nurses, they denied any knowledge of problems. Sis got a PA to look at Mom, and low and behold she has pneumonia. Now she's on strong antibiotics and a nebulizer. Who knows what would have happened if sis hadn't gone to see Mom. I'm not only furious, but am heartbroken that Mom's health took such a nosedive and nobody called sis. Sis let both the caregivers know that the nurses were denying knowing anything was wrong, and she told them she wasn't getting into the middle of who was telling the truth. Also, she complained to both groups about not being told anything until she showed up.

Thank you for letting me rant and rave. I've been praying about the situation, and my attitude, but still need more heart-to-heart time with God. He's still in control, and wants only what is best for us.

  
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TEDYBEAR2838 8/22/2010 9:02PM

    It's nice when you realize God IS In Control!

I'm glad you have Him on your side. He'll help, just ask.

Prayers & emoticon to all of you

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BREEZY85 8/22/2010 3:17PM

    i hope your mom has a speedy recovery good thing ur sis stopped when she did.

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IUHRYTR 8/21/2010 8:17PM

    It's a shame that those who take a job caring for others fail to do their jobs. Hope Mom gets better soon. -- Lou

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CBARRETT10 8/21/2010 6:52PM

  Sorry to hear about your Mom and you being upset, hopefully your sis can periodically check on Mom to make sure she's being seen after properly. I know there are times that staff will neglect patients, but this is assistant living so why did this happen? I hope this was an isolated problem, and will never happen again. God bless your Mom and you also emoticon

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JOANN1212 8/21/2010 6:43PM

    i hope she gets better

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Updated pot boiled dry....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When I was in probably the 5th grade, one of my folks left a stainless steel coffee pot on high on the stove....hours later, there were puddles of stainless steel on the electric burner, and no bottom of the pot. Needless to say, they had to buy a new burner for the stove and a new pot for boiling water. From that day forward, I've hated the sound of whistling tea kettles!!!!

Thank you all for your affirmations that I'm not alone in doing something mindless with the stove.

And Amber, I'm not afraid of being put in a 'home' - they'd send me packing in short order. Haha.

Have a great Spark day, everyone.
Nancy



Ok, it didn't get quite that bad, but I certainly left my mind in bed or on the treadmill or something. My DH and I were getting ready to go somewhere when I started to boil water to make iced tea. I poured the remaining iced tea from the gallon jug into a smaller one, and got a bottle of tea (I drink it decaffinated, and unsweetened) to take with us.

Yep, I walked off and left the burner on high. 2-1/2 hours later I remembered it and we came right home. Praise the Lord!!! The pan boiled dry, and is slightly warped, but there was no fire.

Nancy: never try to do too many things at once.

On the (add'l) good news side, I did spend a long time on the treadmill (going different speeds) this morning.

  
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MSPOOH404 8/11/2010 8:50AM

    Wow. That reminded me of a time when a friend and I were baking cupcakes at her house. At some point, we both forgot about the cupcakes and decided to go shopping...yes, shopping...as in "you wanna go to the mall?" We had to have been gone for about 2 to 3 hours. On the way back to her house, one of us suddenly popped out of our collective brain-freeze and said "CUPCAKES!" I broke several laws...including a few laws of physics...getting back to her house. Not only was the house still standing, the cupcakes were just a little burnt on the bottom! We were certainly thanking God that day!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/10/2010 10:06PM

    You know in 1990 or 91 Social Services tried to put me in the nursing home cause I had told my doctor I had forgotton one evening to turn the burner off (and I was home at the time). Doc reported it to Social Services and they tried to put me in the nursing home. I told them "Get a lawyer". They dropped it.

So, you better watch out. You could end up in the nursing home over that!
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Amber

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DIANNED4 8/10/2010 9:33PM

  Thank goodness all was okay!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 8/10/2010 6:59PM

    Glad to hear there was no fire. Fortunately it was just tea you were making. I boiled an egg dry when I was in high school. I came home for lunch and found it had exploded all over the kitchen ceiling. What a foul smelling mess!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 8/10/2010 6:22PM

    I'm glad your unwatched pot didn't burst into flames - I've done the same myself, left a pot on a burner, wondered what the funny smell was, then realised what I'd done. No harm, except for a slightly melted pot handle.
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Nowadays I double- and triple-check the burners before I walk away and every time I enter the kitchen, just in case - totally paranoid, lol.

Happy you're OK. Stay safe.
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IUHRYTR 8/10/2010 5:49PM

    You were certainly blessed not to have started a fire, but many of us have done something similar. And, good work on the emoticon. -- Lou

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TWOTIMESS 8/10/2010 4:45PM

    Phew! You were lucky!

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