Sunday, June 26, 2011
Six days have gone by since my last blog. I've been on the treadmill several of them, and have given myself permission to not treadmill every day. Besides, the one morning every week I spend doing heavy cleaning at the animal shelter counts as my cardio for that day. I come home bushed - pleased to help, enjoy the kitties, but bushed.
I'm getting ready for another Monday with our grandsons. I think I'll suggest to my DH that we all take Darby to the dog park. She has such a good time there, and she should have more socializing with other dogs.
I've been reading some of the dozen or so books I borrowed from my dau (who lives in another state). She told me she had a third book in a series, but couldn't lay her hand on it. Of course, I read the two out of order anyway....wasn't paying attention. Each of the books can stand alone. I finally got the title of the other book, and as it turns out, it's the FIRST in the series. LOL I'll look for it in the library. The author is Ariana Franklin, and it's the "Mistress of the Art of Death" series. The heroine is a doctor in (approximately) 1100 A.D. England. I enjoy mysteries and historical fiction, so the combination of the two themes is extra nice. There's a newly published 4th book in the series, so I'll be on the lookout for that, too.
I'm looking forward to this week for a number of reasons. One of which is my weekly stitching group meeting on Thursday nights, and our church women will be having a craft night Friday at the church, where we can bring whatever we're working on, or nothing at all. It's a social evening. I'm all for social evenings. ;- )
Y'all have a great week. Keep on keeping on, even if you're like me: seemingly stuck in a rut, but partly caused by myself.
Monday, June 20, 2011
This morning after my shower and breakfast, I took my grandsons back to their house (we're 'sitting' today) so they could play. We had lunch at my house, then I kept my dr appt. On the way home, I stopped at the (new) Wal-Mart near my house and picked up a watchband for the one that broke this morning. Turns out the little 'bars' don't fit right.
When I came home, I FORCED myself to get on the treadmill; but this time I took my 'boom box' and played Mercy Me's "The Generous Mr. Lovewell' CD and cranked up the volume. What a wonderful idea that was! The CD kept me 'going' and I even spent a total of 10 minutes at 4 mph (for me, that's great). Just 20 seconds into my treading, I was already on a spiritual high.
Woo-eee! The endorphins were really flowing this afternoon!
I'm pleased at the 42 minutes on the treadmill, especially since I didn't exercie for about 2-1/2 months this year. I'm baaaaack!
Friday, June 17, 2011
We got back home Tuesday afternoon this week, and I was way too tired to even think about using my treadmill, so I gave myself permission to rest. Unfortunately, that translated into not exercising on Wednesday either!
Yesterday was my kitty time at the shelter, and I spent fully 85 minutes just cleaning like crazy. I think the Wed night person didn't clean, but only fed them, and there were several places on the lino where one or more kitties hacked up hairballs that dried to 'cement' by Thursday morning. Oh well, that's part of why I'm there. I played for a couple of minutes with the kitties, and transferred three loads of laundry to the driers, started 2 more loads of wash, and folded 3 loads of laundry. Whew!
When I lifted one kitty from the top cupboard, she rewarded me by sticking a hind claw into my forearm. Ouch! After washing it with soap and water I used betadine it wouldn't get infected. The wound looks fine, but is now surrounded by a small bruise. Oh well, what's one more? LOL
Later I ran a few errands, buying more cotton yarn for projects I'm working on. I also picked up a couple of colors of cotton thread to make simple flowers to add to cards I make.
Y'all have a great Sparking day!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Ok, so I'm not blogging every day or so. I'm just not that interesting! LOL
Thankfully, God has seen fit to make sure no more of my loved ones have died for some weeks now; and He has blessed me abundantly with getting back on track health-wise. I had fallen waaaay off the good health habits wagon.
I don't want to mislead you, I still have not reached the point I once was, but at least I'm working on both my nutrition and exercise. I want to not only get back to where I was, but to improve that as well.
I'm much encouraged by SP and my SP friends, too. Thank you. I'm talking about not only those comments directed to me, but also others' blogs and comments to other people.
We had a nice visit the other week with our dau and her family. They live in Mississippi, just south of Memphis, TN. Talk about saunas! The daily temps were in the upper 90's and I know the humidity wasn't much less - the heat index was over 100 degrees every day. Ugh! Simply reinforced my delight at not living there any more. ('Sorry' to those of you who love that climate - I never got used to it in the 13 yrs we lived there).
While in the Mid-South, we went to Memphis' Mud Island - 1st visit to the Island in about 20-25 yrs. It was nice, but ugh! How miserable it was to be outdoors, but we were inside the Mud Island museum by 11:30 or so that morning. Although the Mississippi River was much lower than a few weeks earlier, it was still higher than 'normal.'
After that 'wet' sauna, we spent some time at my sister's home in the TX panhandle - again, temps were awful, around 98-102 degrees every day. But the HUGE difference was that the humidity there was so low - around 15% most days. So it was a dry sauna. LOL We were able to better handle that; besides, for the most part we didn't go anywhere.
We took our dog, Darby, with us. She traveled like an angel - sat or laid on the backseat and didn't make a peep. Nights in motels were a bit challenging sometimes - Darby always lets us (or is it the other people??) know that she's on duty. But she was quieted fairly easily, and nobody complained.
Unfortunately, our dau has 3 cats, none of whom like dogs. In fact, their Maine Coon chases dogs that come near their yard. Altho we stayed in a motel, we had her with us the day we arrived, and sure enuf, Darby got the short end of stick from the cats. No, she didn't get clawed, but boy! were those cats angry, and viciously vocal about their displeasure. So Miss Darby 'got to' spend those days in a kennel.
Since my sister also has a couple of cats, Darby ended up being kenneled there, too. We DID stay at my sister's, so there was no way to keep Darby and the cats separated without being unfair to one or the other. We weren't thrilled with the arrangements, but it was more fair to all the four-legged animals.
Most of the motels had exercise rooms, so I did use treadmills some; and I used my b-i-l's treadmill every day we were there.
But as usual, I ate too many calories pretty much every day. One night on the road my DH went to Ruby Tuesday's and brought meals back to the motel.....we don't want to leave Darby alone. I did get BBQ ribs (1/2 rack), and chose two grilled veggies as my sides. I felt so virtuous that night.
Anyway, now I'm trying to get my eating under better control.
If you've read this far, I want to thank you for your patience. Maybe I should say, 'surely you have better things to do than listen to (read) my drivel!' LOL
Have a wonderful week.
Friday, May 20, 2011
We're back home again. We took a whirlwind trip to Indiana to attend our niece's funeral, and got back home tonight. Gayle's death was unexpected, and she was only 58, but she's safe in the arms of Jesus tonight, and we'll see her again one bright day.
The minister who led the funeral gave a compelling, clear talk about the need to accept Christ as savior so we can go to heaven, so it was a 'good' funeral.
It was really good to visit with all our Indiana relatives, in spite of the circumstances for our being together.
Darby (our pit bull) went with us, but due to the funeral, we boarded her there. She took right to the lady in charge, and when we picked Darby up this morning, both that lady and the younger lady who was there told us several times how much they love Darby. Sure, they could say that to everyone, but WE know Darby's special.
Darby settled right into the back seat of the car and was as good as gold on the travel days. Yipee!
I'm glad to be home, as I picked up another respiratory infection - what's new?!!! My Dr. called in a couple of Rx for me, so I should be on the mend before long (I have my fingers crossed, knock on wood, etc).
Have a great weekend, y'all.
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