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Saturday, March 31, 2012

30-something years ago, after the birth of my youngest, the stitches rotten far too soon and I started hemmoraging. I'd lost so much blood that I was given 2 units 'push' - and let me tell you, when the blood hasn't had proper time to heat up first, it's COLD. emoticon "They" had left my chart where I could reach it, so I looked at it: my blood pressure had dropped to 58 over 0.....I was 'shocky'. No kidding.

Anyway, I tell you that to explain why I donate blood several times a year. Someone else had donated so I could have it all those years ago; so maybe my blood will save someone else's life. There is always a shortage of blood - everywhere. So let me urge you to donate if you can. For all the Rx meds I take, I can still donate, so don't think you can't unless a blood bank has told you so. It only took me 45-50 minutes from the time I arrived at the bloodmobile until I got back into my car to come home.

Ok, enough of my soapbox, and no, they don't pay me for the advertisement. LOL

Yesterday started out sunny, but by afternoon it had clouded over and rained last night. Today, it's misty, foggy and miserable, and it looks like tomorrow might be the same. Oh well, we did get some wonderful 65 - 70 degree days already. But since then we've had some 28-30 degree nights. Not good for things living outdoors. Still, this all beats 10 degrees and sleet! : ) And we've gotten some BEAUTIFUL flowering trees several weeks earlier than usual. I posted a picture or two on my SparkPage is you care to see them.

DH is training Darby (our dog) to sit about 4 feet away from the door and 'wait' when she wants to go out. Then he opens the door, and depending on whether or not someone has come to the door, Darby gets to go out. It beats letting her bolt out the door.

I had a really good time this week at the shelter. Right after I got there, Socks started climbing up my leg. Fortunately, I wear blue jeans, so it didn't hurt. I picked up Socks and held him and it was a mutual happy moment. He's so affectionate.

Have a wonderful Palm Sunday weekend, y'all.

  
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IUHRYTR 4/16/2012 11:42PM

    emoticon for caring and donating blood. Mom needed some years ago so I have been a regular donor since. They love my O-negative. -- Lou

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POETLKNG2LOSE 4/5/2012 3:26PM

    Glad to hear that you felt well enough to donate blood. i have never done that yet. Weather here is colder today than yesterday and windy. Makes me sneeze when i go out in it. Have a wonderful and blessed Easter.

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KICKINGIT@56 3/31/2012 6:11PM

    I wish I could donate but my hemoglobin level has always been too low to be acceptable. Sounds like your DH is practicing "Dog Whisperer" philosophy.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/31/2012 4:21PM

    Thanks for the soapbox, I'm past due for donating!
Hope the weather levels out. Actually, it's been very "level" here: rainy and between 40-50. The only variation is how hard the wind is blowing. So whether you prefer variety or consistency in your weather, I hope you get enough of what you like:)
Yay Darby and Socks!
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SNUGLBUNIE 3/31/2012 1:24PM

    Weather is definitely not very warm here either :( Oh well, it should start to warm up soon hopefully. Your DH is doing great with your dog. Have a great weekend.

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TRESSWANN 3/31/2012 12:46PM

    Good message on the blood. Weather here is also cold and rainy. Flowers and shrubs look great though. Kitty warfare is in full force. Enjoy the weekend

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Friday, Mar 23

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hi Y'all,

For those of you who have followed my knee saga, it IS getting SLIGHTLY better, SLOWLY. sigh. I'm just not very patient; but I did pull out my resistance bands and am using them to exercise my leg. Also, following dr's recommendation, I'm using my treadmill a little. I keep it at zero (flat) level, and a not-fast speed, and only spend a little time on it. But since I increased the speed to 2.5 mph and time to 24 minutes the other day, I spent the next two days with increased pain. I'm going to try it again today to see if that's what caused the pain.

I've added a couple of pictures to my gallery. They are of various flowering shrubs and trees in my neighborhood. It's so beautiful right now, but I can't spend much time outdoors due to allergies. emoticon

I started knitting a sweater recently, and will eventually post a pic of it....I may or may not be in it. I made a mistake when I bought the yarn over a year ago: I bought 3 hanks, not sure what I was going to do with them. I left the shop, decided I wanted to make a short-sleeved sweater and when I got back to the yarn shop 2 weeks later, found that color was all gone (WHAT did I THINK was going to happen?!!) I picked up the same yarn in a couple of other colors, and am incorporating them. We'll see how it all works out.

I hope y'all have a beautiful, wonderful, fulfilling weekend.

  
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IUHRYTR 4/16/2012 11:43PM

    Curious what a hank is. -- Lou

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TRESSWANN 3/24/2012 9:42AM

    Knees take FOREVER. You are doing great!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 3/23/2012 3:25PM

    Glad to hear that that you are doing better. Maybe take it slower on the tread mill and see what happens.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/23/2012 12:55PM

    Oh, it's good to know that your knee is healing! I can crochet, but I've never gotten the hang of knitting! It sure is a great talent! emoticon

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CALIPIDGIOUS 3/23/2012 12:45PM

    Glad to hear the knee is getting better! I have a willow in my backyard that looks just like yours. It seemed to bud and 'bloom' overnight!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/23/2012 12:43PM

    I hope the treadmill treats your knee right today.
I look forward to checking out your photos! We're just now starting to see crocuses and daffodils in our neighborhood. Wishing you sweater success!

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SNUGLBUNIE 3/23/2012 10:55AM

    Sounds like an interesting sweater. Can't wait to see the pictures. Take care of that knee. Maybe to fast and too long to begin with. Patience my friend, hee hee. Have a great day and weekend!

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Winter, knee, LPN state boards

Friday, March 02, 2012

Hi All,

I live in PA, where several groundhogs determine whether or not we'll get six more weeks of winter. Ok, they don't really, but they do play an important part of 2 February. The temp has been up and down all winter; overall it's been plenty warm, for winter. Today it got up around 50 degrees, and will start a downward trend, until Monday's high is expected to be 39 degrees. Yep, the groundhogs were right - six more weeks of winter. LOL

Today I walked around the grocery store instead of riding - wasn't toooo bad; but after I put groceries away, I iced my knee. Still, I'm glad I did it. Little by little (baby step by baby step) my knee is getting better. I'm planning to spend up to 10 minutes on the treadmill, at the lowest speed and zero incline. That will be the first time on a treadmill since November. My neighborhood is too hilly to walk outdoors, even if it weren't too chilly/cold.

Tuesday morning my youngest called me, crying so hard I couldn't understand a word she said. As I got her somewhat calmed down, it came out that she's just finished her state boards (for LPN) and was convinced that she'd failed it......after all, the computer shut off after just 85 questions. I talked with her, reminding her that she's very smart, and I think she'd done better than she thought. I prayed with her before we hung up. I don't think she was convinced.

Her older sister (an RN in another state) called us and told us that the machine will shut down as soon as it figures out that you passed or failed. She believed her sister passed, and explained how HER state boards had worked.

Thursday afternoon we got another call from the youngest....she HAD passed. : ) Obviously 85 questions (out of almost 300) were all that DD needed to pass.

Finally, if you read my blog "God is GOOD", you'll realize I'd gained quite a bit of weight over that past year. I now weigh almost exactly the same as the most I ever have. BUT! My DH is helping me not snack ("don't buy that - it's a snack and snacks are no-no's") and I plan to start exercising. I'm also trying to get completely, permanently past the "all or nothing" mindset, and accept the fact that it's going to take time, maybe lots of time, before I get down to where I want to be. Re: snacking - I'm trying to work out healthy snacks, since evening snacking is going to be hard to stop altogether.

Thank you for your encouragement and good thoughts towards me. It makes a HUGE difference in my every day outlook.

  
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TRESSWANN 3/4/2012 5:15PM

    Things are getting better. The new computer tests take years off your life. I have taken certification exams in NY and nursing and a few other exams are like that. With mine, the results are available within 30 seconds. It's a long 30. I usually walk out of the testing room in tears and the proctors always say why? You passed! I see that on the screen and I just lose it. Too much pressure.
You will do this. Things will change.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 3/4/2012 12:59AM

    You WILL get well, and things are going to improve quickly or you when you do! emoticonI'm really glad your attitude is upbeat about it! emoticon

And that is WONDERFUL for your dear daughter! Poor thing! Thought she had failed with 85 questions, and she didn't! They should have told her right then! emoticon emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/3/2012 12:39PM

    Sorry dh won't let you get on the treadmill yet, I know you must have ants in your pants to get some exercise, but I'm also glad he's looking out for you. He sounds like a wonderful support system. What a guy! I'm so happy he's helping you with the snacking! It's taken me what feels like forever to figure out what moderation means and how to make it easier, so you're not alone in the all or nothing boat:)
Congrats to your dd for passing the boards! Poor girl, that must have been scary. I hope she's proud of herself for doing so well.


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SNUGLBUNIE 3/3/2012 9:59AM

    Congratulations to your daughter Nancy.

One step at a time is the way to go. I know you can do this and I'm so happy your DH is behind you and supporting you. You will find the balance that you need and move on. I'm happy you are taking baby steps and that your knee is getting better. Don't overdo it on the treadmill :)

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CANDOK1260 3/3/2012 6:03AM

    BOY I FEEL FOR YOU DOCTOR HSVINTG THE MACHINCE JUST CUT OFF MUST AS DROVE HER NUTS. nyway i hope your knee get stronger everyday.

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PURPLELVR7 3/2/2012 9:59PM

    congrats to your DD for passing the tests, regarding your weight emoticon

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POETLKNG2LOSE 3/2/2012 8:44PM

    Congratulations to your daughter for passing. And you have a great husband for supporting you. I too like snacks at night; but have to watch what i eat. Don't give up on your journey. You can do it! My daughter is having a hard time of it too at times. Some days she can't exercise the way she wants too. Pray for her as she had a biopsy yesterday on her problem. The stitches really hurt at times. Won't know the results till next Thursday.

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GOATS03 3/2/2012 8:41PM

    You are doing great Nancy, I'm so happy for you. Yes, baby steps it is and you will get there! I love your positiveness, you CAN be in control of your snacks and you will. Bless your hubby for supporting you and being there for you.

Congratulations to your daughter for passing the board. You have a wonderful family.

You go girl! You can do it!

Have a great healthy weekend!

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Sue

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DAYHIKER 3/2/2012 8:07PM

    Congratulations to your daughter for passing her boards and to you and your hubby for raising two smart daughters!

How nice of your husband to be so supportive--that will help quite a bit! And your knee healing and being able to be more active will help too. Your head is in a good place now too!

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FROSTY99 3/2/2012 7:25PM

    emoticon to your daughter for passing her boards. Great job.
emoticon one step at a time. My dr was thrilled that I was making life changes instead of dieting-I think that is how we have to look at it and over time we will get to where we want-I don't want to be skinny-just healthy!
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Updates

Friday, February 24, 2012

We did it! We traded in the convertible and brought home a Mazda3 for our running-around car. Little Blue has until the end of the month when her state inspection runs out.

My knee is healing, I think. I say "I think" because while I can take the stairs in a normal fashion (but slower), I still have a good bit of discomfort and sometimes pain. I'll be talking with the dr about that when I go back in a couple of weeks.

I went from two crutches to one to a cane, and now I don't even use that. Not too shabby for 3-1/2 weeks from surgery.

Our weather has been warm (up to 60 a few days) but that changes today as the cold front comes through. The high tomorrow is expected to be a more normal 42 degrees. Brrr! After enjoying those abnormally warmer days, the next few days will be hard to take. emoticon But it won't be long until Spring, so I guess I can manage.

I hope each of you has a wonderful weekend.

  
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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/1/2012 9:09AM

    Sounds great....... hope you dotn overdo it. The bones need from 6 to 8 weeks to get STRONG bone. Dont over do it, becasue I had a friend that tried to do much and she rebroke a bone in her hip. Not fun! But it dos the bones good to keep moving! Congrats on the new car! I have never had a Mazda but I hear they are just as good as any other car made in Japan. (I have a Toyota, Yaris and love it; saves a lot on gas too. I buy half the amount I used to. ) I just wish the GM and Chevy made a car thats as good as those made by the Japanese! I woudl go back to buying a Chevy! susana

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/27/2012 9:35PM

    Congrats on the car andyour grandson's fantastic record!
I'm sending your knee a big hug!
We're having a very cold spell, they're so hard to take but yay for the end.
Have a nice week, Nancy!

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CONTENTCHRIS 2/25/2012 2:08PM

    knees grr such a bother! I too look forward to spring!

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PURPLELVR7 2/24/2012 9:43PM

    Sounds like a great day

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FROSTY99 2/24/2012 9:08PM

    emoticon Hope you enjoy the new car.
Great to hear you are making progress.

Pat

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NEWNAC304 2/24/2012 4:36PM

    I hope you enjoy your new car as much as you did Little Blue.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/24/2012 11:25AM

    HURRAY for all this news! That is great about the car, but even BETTER is the speed at which you are HEALING!!! What a blessing! I'll have to catch up with everyone on Monday! We're leaving for Kali's for the weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Little Blue Died - Sort of

Friday, February 17, 2012

Way back when, we bought a 1990 Grand Am - she had to be named Little Blue - no other name would do. Blue had 7 miles on her when we got her, and we put 4 of those miles on test driving, so yeah, she was brand new.

Blue had seen us to and from work and stores, and elsewhere, including a move from the South to Pennsylvania - she's been our run-around car; and has almost 198K miles under her engine.

A few years ago we stopped putting money into her looks, but kept up her mechanics. Consequently, Little Blue's clear coat started peeling off; then she began to develop those ugly rust spots.

A few months ago we decided that Blue deserved to retire, but we wanted one last winter from her. Alas, it's not to be. Our mechanic told us a few days ago that Little Blue won't pass state inspection without hundreds of dollars of work. emoticon That's money we're not willing to put into the old gal. So DH and I have started looking at economical compact cars to replace her. emoticon

I'd say 22 years is respectable amount of time to expect a city-driving car to last, wouldn't you? So I'll wipe away my tears and put a brave face on for when Little Blue actually departs our property. emoticon

  
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JCDROLSHAGEN 2/20/2012 8:42PM

    Sounds like you got your moneys worth from her. You'll get used to your new vehicle fast, I'm sure. emoticon

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PURPLELVR7 2/17/2012 10:00PM

    22 years -- that is emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/17/2012 8:34PM

    LOL! I like your perspective on "economical compact cars to replace her" emoticon

Sorry you're losing your beloved old reliable. I hope you find something just as special!



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TRESSWANN 2/17/2012 6:55PM

    Wow, that's awesome

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/17/2012 6:49PM

    Awwww! Poor Little Blue! I'll bet a new car will erase your grief real quick, though! emoticon

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