Saturday, August 28, 2010
I ate better today, but still not perfect, go figure! 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.
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.
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.
Y'all have a great weekend.....'spark' away, everyone!
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.
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.
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.
Monday, August 09, 2010
In spite of myself, I haven't done too badly so far today: I ate a good breakfast, not bad at lunch, had red pepper slices for snack (along w/some Provolone cheese!) and used the treadmill and did a few other exercises before sweeping and mopping the kitchen and breakfast room floors.
I'm trying to get myself up and either sew (I haven't worked on Katie's dress for a few days), or do other needle handwork.....I have several things I'd really like to get completed. BUT (and yes, mine is large) I'm feeling lazy. I'm trying to decide whether I should do one of the aforementioned things, or just chill with a good book on the patio swing. sigh. Sometimes it IS good to just chill out awhile. I'm reading Joel Rosenberg's "Epicenter". It's non-fiction, and is gripping, just like his "The Last Jihad" series is. I highly recommend all six books.
Today is my and I'm glad I've continued with it. I learn so much, and gain so much support from the articles and what other folks have to say. THANK YOU! I do wish I hadn't been such a lazy, emotional eater/(non)exerciser for so much this past 12 months, because if I'd done better I'd be at my ultimate goal by now! Oh, well, I've learned things about myself, and am back at work on reinforcing good habits and leaving behind bad ones.
It's a beautiful day outside, altho the humidity is beginning to rise again. I know, six months ago I was complaining about being tired of the snow and cold. I really do appreciate living where the seasons definitely change, and I'm looking forward to going to the beach in a matter of weeks - most kids will be back in school by the time I go, so it should be a little more peaceful. LOL I'm looking forward to long walks in the sand at the water's edge.....I enjoy doing that, and, I read recently, it's really good for the leg muscles. Hey, get your exercise wherever you can!
Speaking of school, my DH and I are looking forward to helping in our grandsons' classes again this year. We had such a good time last year, and the teachers and kids appreciate our help.
Have a great rest-of-the-day, y'all.
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