Tuesday, August 17, 2010
"Nonna Camp" is now officially closed for the summer. Each of my four oldest grandchildren (ages 10, 9, 7, and 6) come to visit me at separate times each summer, and it's a special time for us to make crafts, cook, work puzzles, have tea parties, swim, play golf, watch for falling stars and generally just spend quality time with each other. I always say that I don't know who enjoys our time together more -- the kids or me!
Before I leave tomorrow to go to my daughter's house to take care of her three children for the remainder of the week, I wanted to post a few pictures of one of the crafts that my seven-year-old granddaughter and my ten-year-old granddaughter and her friend completed while they were visiting me these past few weeks.
The girls each found white sneakers on sale at WalMart for $3 a pair. I purchased fabric paint, and the girls spent hours painting their shoes to match their new school clothes.
Here are my seven-year-old granddaughter's glittery shoes:
Next are my ten-year-old granddaughter's shoes. Unfortunately, she bought them a little snug, and after she painted them they shrunk a bit. She ended up giving them to her little sister.
I later added white dots to those shoes just to try something different:
These shoes were painted by the ten-year-old friend of my granddaughter:
The girls were really proud of their creations, and I was very proud of all the girls!
Sunday, August 01, 2010
A new grocery store just opened near my neighborhood on Friday, and when I first saw the start of the construction, I decided I'd walk to the store as soon as I could. Last night was the night.
After a late dinner, my friend and I got on our walking shoes, took the security gate remote control, gathered a couple of shopping bags and my rolling cart, put new batteries in the flashlight, and set out for the store. The new shopping center is about a mile from my door, so that's just the right distance for a good walk.
The new market was more upscale than the other grocery stores in our town and contained many features that the other stores do not have. Since it was late, the deli, the sushi bar and several other specialty stations were closed for the evening. And, because it was late, the aisles were filled with employees restocking the shelves. I bought only a few items last night and I'll wait until the crowds settle down before I shop during the peak business hours.
Our walk home, pulling the cart, was only a few minutes longer that the walk over to the store. Adding my steps up and down the aisles of the large building, I logged over 2 1/2 miles on my little jaunt last night.
I'm looking forward to the weather getting a little milder so that I can walk over to the shopping center during the day. What an enjoyable way to exercise!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Last night I started a blog entry about my granddaughter's 10th birthday party that I attended on Sunday. She wanted a family celebration out at the family farm where we could all go fishing and have a weiner roast.
I had written quite a bit last night, but only a few of the pictures would upload -- and none of the birthday girl. So I finally gave up and quit.
Tonight I tried to upload the pictures again. No luck. Even resized them, in case that was the problem. Not a one of the pictures loaded tonight.
We all had a great time at the party, and my granddaughter caught two HUGE catfish. Maybe I can try posting the pics to my page instead of this blog to prove this isn't just another big fish story! *** News flash!!!--- See pics below. I tried again and it worked! ***
I drank a Dr Pepper, and ate a hot dog and a small brownie, so I was able to stay within all my nutritional ranges. Beautiful weather, and I really enjoyed being with all my grandkids.
Hope everyone is having a good week...
Who knows what's different, but I tried again, and finally got a few of them uploaded. Here's the birthday girl:
Here's a picture of her fishing:
Here's her biggest catch of the evening (shown with her uncle, my son):
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Last Saturday when I took my two grandsons swimming at the local pool at the park, one of the lifeguards sounded an alarm, dove into the pool, and pulled out a young boy who looked to be about 12 or 13 years old. I didn't see the boy flailing or exhibiting the signs of distress that I would have expected of a person who was drowning. His head and eyes were above the water, but I don't recall seeing whether his mouth was above or below the water. Although he was staying in the middle of the pool and wasn't progressing toward the side, he looked calm to me, and I wouldn't have noticed there was a problem. Apparently (thank goodness!), the trained lifeguard saw something I didn't.
The boy was okay, and I was impressed with how fast the rescue team came from the office area and how the other lifeguards got everyone else out of the pool during the incident.
Just a few minutes ago I came across this article titled "Drowning Looks Different than You Think." If, for some reason, this link doesn't work when you copy and paste it into your browser, try doing a yahoo search with that title. It's definitely worth reading and sending to your friends and loved ones who go swimming.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I'm making progress!
I had fasting lab work done this morning to check my cholesterol, and my total cholesterol is lower than it has been since I started on medication over two years ago. My LDL ("bad" cholesterol) levels were so low that the machine didn't register the number. All other numbers were in the normal range, so I'm very pleased with the results.
When I first got the print-out from the office this morning, my total cholesterol number showed to be higher than my last three check-ups. I was pretty much concerned, knowing how much I've been exercising these past six months that I've been on SparkPeople and knowing how much healthier I've been eating. So I came home and started looking on the Internet for normal ranges for the various other tests that had been run. As I was checking the other numbers on my flowsheet, the non-HDL reading didn't match the formula of total cholesterol minus HDL equals non-HDL. When the nurse called this evening to go over my readings with me, I questioned her about the results. She hadn't noticed that the numbers weren't calculated correctly until I pointed them out to her.
After checking the machine print-out with what was entered on my record, the nurse discovered that the aide who had input the results had transposed the last two numbers for my total cholesterol. My total cholesterol was actually quite a bit lower than what was printed on the flowsheet I had brought home. And with the corrected number, the non-HDL formula added up correctly, too.
While I'm relieved that the first number I saw for my total cholesterol reading wasn't the right one, I'm concerned that the mistake was made in the office. I'm so glad I took the time to do my own research and make my own calculations that revealed the mistake. Otherwise, my medications would have been needlessly increased.
I've decided that I will call the office manager tomorrow morning to report the error, in hopes that the aide will take more care and this won't happen to some other patient. I realize that human errors like this frequently occur, so some of the best things we, as patients or patient advocates, can do are to be informed and to be proactive in questioning matters about our health.
WooHoo! All my exercising and my nutritious eating is paying off -- after only 6 1/2 months on SparkPeople! I still want to get my weight down, but knowing that I'm now at a lower risk for a heart attack or a stroke will help keep me motivated to reach my other goals.
(Well, I started writing this on Monday night, but it took me so long to finish that it is posted with the Tuesday date!)
Get An Email Alert Each Time IMPROVINGME Posts