Saturday, December 03, 2011
I want to thank each of you for your comments on our decorations. I see that my pics of the (artificial) tree don't show all the ornaments I have on it very well. No matter. I grew up with a Christmas tree that had lots of different ornaments, and that's what I've continued in our lives.
We also started something when the girls were little - we gave them ornaments each year, and when they married and left home, their ornaments went with them - as a head start on their own Christmas trees. That's one reason we've continued the tradition, but using the Li Bien ornaments - our dau and their DH's get an ornament, and each grandchild gets one, too.
Several Septembers ago, we rented a huge house on the Outer Banks of No. Carolina, and had all the kids and the 3 grands we had at that time join us. The weather was perfect and we had a wonderful time. That Christmas, the girls gave me a Li Bien ornament with several of the Outer Banks lighthouses painted on it. How very special.
Thank you, again, for your lovely comments on my blog from yesterday.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Thank you to my many SparkFriends for wishing me well, praying for healing, and asking how I'm doing. I'm so thankful I got an antibiotic last Friday (before the weekend) because Saturday morning I awoke to find the sinus infection had started creeping into my chest. The antibiotic is taking hold (thank you, Lord Jesus) and I know if I 'behave', I'll have the infection beat.
I've laid off exercising all weekend, and want to get back to it - but I know that I shouldn't rush that.....all in good time.
I think today is to be the last nice day for who-knows-how-long. By that, I mean, we're to get into the low-low 60's again today. It's to rain by tomorrow afternoon, and the high's are to be more 'normal' for this time of year: in the low 40's. I'm just not ready for cold, but will have to adjust. Winer comes every year, and I wouldn't trade living in a place where we get four definite seasons for anything.
DH and I will probably try to finish our Christmas shopping today - I sure hope we find everything the grandkids want! Our only granddaughter has a birthday this month, too, so it's double for her. I'm so glad they are planning to come up (to PA) from Mississippi for Christmas. It'll be hectic at times, but it will be GREAT to be together.
I hope each of you has a wonderful day; resting/relaxing if you need it, productive if that's what's on your agenda.
Friday, November 25, 2011
A month ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Now that I've been on meds for a month, I no longer dwell in the deep, dark, ugly pit were I was a month ago. I'm enjoying life again. I'm more pleasant to be around. And my DH, that dear, dear man, is still with me, supporting and encouraging me.
I'm thankful for so many things and people, including my SP friends.
A month ago, I told my PA daughters that I wasn't up to hosting Thanksgiving dinner. My eldest stepped up and she and her DH prepared a feast for us all. Well, I did make rolls from scratch and helped when I got there, and my youngest brought dessert. Dinner was wonderful, altho' not traditional. We had ham, twice baked potatoes, canned yams, broccoli, rolls, and two kinds of pie.
I had a single serving of each thing for dinner, and only one slice of pie. I tracked my calories, and yes, I went over for the day; but I'd eaten 'light' for breakfast and had an instant breakfast for supper, so all was not 'lost'. Speaking of weight: This morning I found I hadn't gained ANY weight, so that was a victory.
When I sneezed a bunch yesterday, I figured I was coming down with a cold. This morning I awoke with a full-blown sinus infection, so I visited my dr and got drugs BEFORE it can go into my chest. That's what usually happens, and I have asthma, so I don't play around with sinus infections.
All-in-all, I'm feeling very positive about things, and already am looking forward to when my Mississippi dau and her family come for Christmas.....and I'm planning a Christmas Day feast. I still have to figure out healthy sides. When you feed a dozen people, you need to make sure there plenty of food.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know that some of you gave to others, of your time, etc. You are special people.
Our 8 yr old grson will spend the night tonight, and we got "Rango" from Netflix, so I think he'll be entertained. Besides, I want to see the movie. I'm a sucker for kids' animated movies.
Hopefully you all will have a wonderful, healthy weekend.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Some have asked about the poor tree that was bent double from the heavy snow we got in late October. Believe it or not, it survived very well - just lost a small branch near the top, and which is still hanging up in the tree as we are too chicken to figure out a way to get it down. : )
Thank you for asking.
I'm doing better just about every day, as the meds are taking hold. I'm not in the deep, dark, ugly hole I was in last month, but I'm not quite where I want to be either. It'll take time. I have another appt with my psych dr early next month, and I hope to gain more ground thru talking with her.
Thank you all for your prayers. Unmedicated (undiagnosed!) Bipolar Disorder is an ugly place to be, and with the Lord's help and that of my psych. dr and meds, I'm getting better. Drugs will be a permanent part of my life - ok. I already know how ugly it can be without them. I praise Johoveh Ratha for His loving kindness in directing me to the medical help I need.
I attended a ladies' luncheon at my church today, and had a really good time. NOTHING quite like a room of sisters-in-Christ + food. Haha
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