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Thurs, 1/27 (warning! it's long)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Well, we're back home again after a 2.5 week trip to visit friends, relatives, and watch our favorite college team play a couple of basketball games.

We drove, always a chance-y thing in the winter, going from Pennsylvania across the USA to Utah, driving directly into an on-coming snow storm in western Missouri and thru Kansas. Ugh! We were much surprised when we discovered that while MO crews got out ahead of the storm, KS didn't seem to be trying very hard: we were on Interstate highway, on packed snow and ice the whole way across KS, and only saw 6 or so snowplows across the entire state. (shudder!) It was awful, but God brought us safely thru it all. We got up one morning in western KS to -10 degrees F.....not counting windchill. Brrr!

We enjoyed watching Weber State University beat 2 opponents, and enjoyed visiting with DH's sister in UT. The day we left UT, my throat became stratchy, and within 24 more hrs, I knew I was in for it.

We arrived in Texas a few days later, and I wore a facemask while I visited my Mom in the assisted living place. (My sister since reported that Mom has NOT caught my germs). My DH took me to a walk-in clinic because he was afraid I was getting pneumonia (no so, the dr said), where I got antibiotics and prednisone because I have asthma.

Five days later, I know I'm getting better, but still have a lot of chest congestion. I'll be calling my pulmonologist in a bit (now that the plumber has come and gone).

We had a really good trip home (weather/roads-wise) until the mountains of western PA where the next snow storm started catching up with us. It wasn't dreadful until after we arrived safely home; then the snow started in ernest. For awhile, it was coming down at the rate of about 1" per hour, for a total of about 6-8 inches in our driveway.

We'd boarded our pit bull, Darby, while we were gone, and picked up her yesterday. As DH headed out the door of the pet resort (it really IS) with Darby, she stopped short, wheeled about and returned to give a final 'goodbye' to the lady at the resort. They love her there, and she returns the feeling; but I know she was overjoyed to see us again, too. At 50 pounds, most motels won't allow Darby, so we have to board her when we travel. sigh. We miss her when we're gone.

I mentioned the plumber: just before we left on our trip, I noticed water trickling down from the neck of the shower. Thankfully, we apparently just needed a new neck. That's all taken care of now, and we can move back into the master bathroom instead of having to trek down the hall for a shower. emoticon

Mom has been declining for some time, but it appears her decline is happening more rapidly now. As my nurse older sister (who lives near Mom) said last night, end stages of dementia can take from a few weeks to a few years, so it's not to say that Mom doesn't have long on the earth. I'm sorry if anyone thinks I'm being callous writing like this, I don't feel callous - just accepting at last. Mom's health has been getting worse (fairly rapidly) over the past few years, and she's been ready to go home to Heaven for a long time. I've made my peace with God about Mom's suffering, although it still tugs greatly at my heart to know the condition she is in now, and to reflect on how vibrant, independent and capable Mom used to be. I'm thankful I had yet another chance to visit her. (as I mentioned, they live in Texas, and I live in Pennsylvania)

I made a number of good choices of food while we were on our trip, and until I got sick, I exercised every night for a bit. I am looking forward to being well enuf to resume my treadmilling and strength exercises. I MISS IT! I never thought I'd say that - and if you'd asked me not long ago, I would have said that I hate exercise, but I feel so much better for making the effort. emoticon

I also indulged sometimes at restaurants, and gained a half pound while we were gone. But that's a victory: I ONLY gained a half pound. emoticon

Most days I was able to keep up with you, my friends on SP, which is especially nice....even when I'm far from home, I'm as close to you as ever. Thank you for your friendship, encouragement and patience with my lengthy blog.

Have a great day.

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IUHRYTR 1/27/2011 5:14PM

    Thankful your trip was a safe one. Sorry about your mother. It's sad when someone we knew as a vibrant person is not that way later on. But we love them and cherish our memories of being together with them. Be strong and keep the faith, as I know you will. -- Lou

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MISTYRIVER64 1/27/2011 11:48AM

    Don't worry about the length of your blogs - they are always so interesting. Glad you are home - now concentrate on getting healthy again. emoticon

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    Nancy, I'm so glad you were safe in your travels, and I'm glad you're feeling better! I know my Mom doesn't have a lot of years left, either, and it makes me sad. I think I'll call her tonight just to tell her I love her! Thanks for helping me to think about her!

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Three things...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hey! I'll join in:

The names I go by:
* IAMWINNING ~ here on SP
* Nancy
* The Current Mrs. (courtesy of my hubby's sense of humor)

Three places I've lived in the past:
* Shelby County, TN
* Omaha, Nebraska
* Puerto Rico

Three sports I have played:
* just PE in school - I'm SO NOT a sporty person.

Three things I love to watch:
* kittens
* sunsets
* the ocean

Three places I have visited:
* Yellowstone National Park
* Mount Rushmore
* A castle in Germany

Three people I love:
*my DH
* our DD's and their families
* Bernadette

Three things I love to eat:
* almost anything chocolate
* Pizza
* freggies (fruit and veggies)

Three things I am looking forward to:
* getting to heaven
* being slimmer and healthier
* tomorrow and all tomorrows

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SOLUCKY12 1/24/2011 11:46AM

    Great ideas and information. When did you live in Omaha?

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PURPLELVR7 1/23/2011 6:14PM

    Thank you for sharing

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MISTYRIVER64 1/23/2011 2:16PM

    emoticonThis is great. Thanks for posting

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IUHRYTR 1/22/2011 9:18PM

    Love hubby's warped sense of humor! Thanks for the insight. -- Lou

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Thurs, 1/20/11

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Good Grief! I just realized I haven't blogged since Christmas Eve! Well, the holidays are now all behind us, but I pray we will continue to remember the Christ of Christmas.

I won't go into all the details of everything I've been doing/done since my last blog (relax); but I have been keeping busy.

Have enjoyed some snow, and some warmer temps (well, comparably speaking warmer).

I am blessed by you all. Have a great night's rest.

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    I'm glad you're back, too! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 1/20/2011 9:51PM

    Wondered what happened to you. Glad you're back. Stay positive, one day and one pound at a time. -- Lou

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Late Christmas eve

Friday, December 24, 2010

I baked a pumpkin pie this morning, followed by dozens and dozens of cookies. My DD and her sons helped me frost and decorate them. I only ate 2....I know, I already said I'd only eat one, but I was weak. Still stayed without my calorie range for the day!!!!

I've already planned on eating sensibly tomorrow, and enjoying a single glass of wine with dinner....I WILL drink only 1 glass. I may have a sliver of pie, and will enjoy another couple of cookies.

I sent several home with my DD and grandsons today, plan to send more home with them tomorrow; also with my other DD who will be coming to dinner with her DH. They all will get turkey and other leftovers to take home, too. I don't want all that food around my house...too tempting.

Time to go to emoticon now.

God bless you all richly. Remember He is the reason why we have a Christmas celebration in the first place. Read Philippians where Paul reminds us that Jesus set aside all that He is entitled to (being God and all the glory that entails) to become human, live a sinless life, die on the cross and rise again so that YOU and I can live in eternity with Him.

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 12/25/2010 10:25PM

    Merry Christmas to you Nancy...He is the reason we celebrate ! Enjoyed your blog. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 12/25/2010 9:24AM

    Hope you have a blessed day. -- Lou

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GIVINGINOW 12/25/2010 7:51AM

    Enjoy your Christmas :)

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DCRAFTY4 12/25/2010 3:26AM

    We love to bake and make candies. My dil took after me and her gma for that and we give most of it away. My share went to 3 brothers and families. I did eat some raisen filled each day practically but it fit into my plan. I baked Dad an egg custard pie and us 2 pumpkin and 1 apple. It is so nice to be able to bake with my dil and gc. I know you enjoyed yours too.

I agree entirely with your last comments. Jesus gave up so much to die and we have so much to gain.......Praise the Lord! Merry Christmas Diane

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'Tis the Thursday before Christmas....

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My grandsons and I will be decorating sugar cookies tomorrow, and today I checked how many calories each has.....approx. 111 withOUT frosting. emoticon emoticon I love sweets. Oh well, I'm determined to continue on a path of better health (and lower weight), so now that I have that information, I'll keep my sampling down to a reasonable amount - one.

Working at the animal shelter this morning, then coming home and cleaning house, I burned mucho calories today; and I'm tired. I took a nap this afternoon, so that helps. I'm debating whether or not to do some strength exercises, but all I want right now is to just chill. A few strength exercises won't take a lot of time, and will help tone me as well as burn calories even after I'm done. Ok, I talked myself into it. emoticon After all, one day I want to look like this emoticon Hahaha!

It makes me very happy to see a little more 'keeping Christ in Christmas' type of attitudes around me. There could be no greater gift than the gift of the Son of God coming as a human, dieing and rising again to offer me eternal life. I am so humbled at the thought that God thought that much of ME!! to provide a sacrifice so I won't go to hell when I die.

I pray you each will have 'peace on earth' and have a Merry Christmas. God bless you.

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IUHRYTR 12/23/2010 9:36PM

    Every time you do an exercise when you don't want to or when you resist a treat you'd like to taste, you move closer to your ultimate goal. Keep at it, one pound at a time. -- Lou

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MISTYRIVER64 12/23/2010 9:03PM

    Thanks for writing this - What's you've said is very powerful and like the words of a song I love to sing
"Let there be Peace on earth, and let it begin with me"

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PURPLELVR7 12/23/2010 8:07PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day

I pray that you and yours also have peace on earth and a very Merry Christmas

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