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Happy Spring! Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014





I seemed to have missed spring this year.

It could be because I have been trying to do too much and haven't really been paying attention or it could be because one day we have warm weather, the next day snow! I think a bit of each but today, even though I have errands to run for myself and my dad I am going to go out and feel spring, taking a nice long leisurely walk and smelling that wonderful fresh smell that comes with the warmer weather (although we still aren't what you would call warm).

Spring is here and in a few weeks I will be celebrating a milestone birthday and although I have not reached my weight loss goal for that birthday, I have much to be thankful for.

Have a great spring and Easter! emoticon

  
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GAILANN48 4/16/2014 4:23PM

    Yes, indeed, Happy Easter, and a happy spring! Hope you're well, Friend.

:) Gail

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HMBROWN1 4/16/2014 8:25AM

    Hi - also from Canada and in Southern Ontario we got about 5cm of snow yesterday. I feel your pain. Looks like solid rain for Good Friday but fingers crossed on Sat and Sun. I need to get out and walk around.

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Any Suggestions on beating stress?

Monday, April 07, 2014

My dad is improving. I must say that after staying with him for three weeks and then finding a retirement residence and moving him in within a week I am tired, depressed (gained weight but really tired) and stressed but I will not give up! Spark people have taught me that!!
Because I am so tired and still have a lot to do, I will try to come back slowly. I plan a 20 min walk today in the sun (finally we have some). Anyone else have suggestions, I would love to hear from you.
Cheers and have a wonderful week! emoticon

  
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GAILANN48 4/9/2014 4:33PM

    Walking helps me - as does an occasional mindless computer game. :) Hang in there. As one of the other commenters said, you've got a LOT on your plate, all of it emotional as well as physical.

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1BEACHWALKER 4/8/2014 10:53PM

    Good to have you back! Didn't you just go on a cruise?! Or am I mistaking you for someone else on SP? That in itself would sure be relaxing! emoticon

Ways I beat stress: Walks, riding bike (although to me that isn't as relaxing, always fear of falling off, but I do love it), watching a good romantic comedy, listening to my fave relaxing music as I do chair exercise and stretching and naps!
Take care and keep in touch when you can. We would miss you if you didn't! emoticon
Thanks for the good vacation wishes! I sure cannot wait! emoticon emoticon

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SLIMLILA 4/8/2014 8:18PM

    Slow down and take care of yourself... Bubble baths are my fav go-to. And eat healthy... drink lots (I mean water!)

Give yourself a break, that was a lot of stuff you accomplished in a very short time and very stressful stuff...

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LISASGONNADOIT 4/7/2014 1:16PM

    You have a lot on your plate! Tough as our parent's age to take care of them and ourselves. Walking/working out is the best stress reliever for me. Any time you can get a few minutes to do what you love to do may be helpful to regenerate. A pedicure, spa treatment, sitting in the sunshine, going to a park and people watching, watching kids play, seeing a good movie, are some ideas. Thinking of you and sending cyber hugs! emoticon emoticon

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MIKA710 4/7/2014 12:40PM

    Deep breathing works wonders for me. Breathe through your nose so deeply you can see your stomach expand. I call it "yoga breathing." If you practice this one or twice a day, for even 5 minutes, it helps.

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THOMASINA57 4/7/2014 11:04AM

    Elder care is not easy as I too am finding out. My 89 year old Mom came to stay with us over a month ago and I too find myself getting pretty exhausted. I've had to slow down on my routine exercise, but still walk daily with the dogs in the morning before Mom gets up.
Just take it slow and do lots of deep yoga style breathing.. that seems to help calm me when I'm getting over stressed.

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KAB7801 4/7/2014 9:44AM

    You got it, a walk is great
Try a 10 min video emoticon

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Quickie!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Well since this is Wednesday I am committed to blog but it will be quite a fast one.
I have been staying with Dad for the last week (our house has too many stairs) since he got out of the hospital (3 times). Also, looking into senior homes, since it really is not safe to leave him alone over night and our house is just plain dangerous for a senior, senior. He is fine when feeling well but when he has a bad day goes down hill way to fast. Anyway, trying to keep two homes going, attending to taxes and business year end is wearing me down fast so if you don't hear from me for awhile you know where I am.
In the meantime, trying not to emotionally eat too much but it does happen. I am getting in fairly good counts for steps on my Fitbit so here's hoping not too much weight gain!!!
Have a wonderful week and emoticon

  
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1BEACHWALKER 3/20/2014 7:40PM

    What a good daughter you are! Sorry to hear about your Dad. Hope your find a nice place soon and maybe one that includes maid service! Make sure all valuables are removed, even if no maid service. Take care. Thanks for the update! Hugs

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GAILANN48 3/20/2014 3:24PM

    Hang in there. You're a good daughter. emoticon

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MARUKI52 3/19/2014 4:45PM

    I hope you manage to find some time for yourself with all that is going on in your life.

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KAB7801 3/19/2014 4:08PM

    I know how hard it can be to take care of a parent, plus, but well worth it!
I wouldn't have it any other way with my dad!
You're amazing

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STUDLEEJOE 3/19/2014 3:46PM

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PLUGINALONG 3/19/2014 3:40PM

    Hope all turns out well.

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Not the best week!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Well my Dad got out of the hospital last Tuesday and was actually feeling better by this Tuesday's trip to the doctor. Unfortunately, he ended up with a bladder infection (most likely from the first hospital visit) and had to have a catheter to fully empty his bladder. Another trip to the hospital and then they let him go home at 11:30 at night so I stayed with him.
Hubby and I cancelled our trip to the sunny south, as just too much going on at home and with year-end for the business. emoticon
The whole family is coming on the week-end and hopefully our five grandchildren will lift my Dad's spirits (and ours)!
Dare I say I have been eating on the run but of course shovelling snow is such a wonderful workout emoticon

  
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SLIMLILA 3/12/2014 9:55PM

    Sorry to hear about all your stress.... Hope it is all resolved soon.

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GAILANN48 3/12/2014 9:27PM

    I'm so sorry your trip is cancelled. You've had quite a full plate of responsibilities and worries of late. I hope your father recovers from everything quick as a minute - what and angel he must consider you for staying with him. :)

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KAB7801 3/12/2014 9:15PM

    So happy! emoticon

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MARUKI52 3/12/2014 3:28PM

    Really sorry to hear about your Dad but hope he will get better soon. I'm also sorry that you've missed out on your trip but trust you will enjoy your time with your Grandchildren. Haven't had any snow so far this year to shovel here in the UK, thank goodness, but it is a very good workout as you say. emoticon

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LISASGONNADOIT 3/12/2014 2:16PM

    So sorry to hear about your dad!! I hope for you sake the grandkids visit you this weekend. Sounds like a lot of fun. Praying for you all!

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This week!!!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Well since my blog last Wednesday, I have been crazy busy.
My Dad (96 yrs old) just came down with diverticulitis and had to be hospitalized until Tuesday. They also found out he has two kidney stones and are waiting to see if he passes them before operating (due to his age). So, although he is pain free now I have been staying with him until he gets on his feet. At 96 he does better than some 70 year olds I have seen. Absolutely amazing. Our doctor is blown away at how sharp my Dad's mind is for his age - wish I could say the same emoticon .
We also had two grandchildren with Birthday's this week - Charlotte turned 1 and her brother turned 3, on the 4th and 5th. Wow - awesome cute babies!
And one more thing - our accountant decided to ask for our personal and business bookkeeping this week - and guess who the bookkeeper is emoticon . Yikes! DH thought he was doing me a favour and handed in only part of our personal stuff - accountant will not be happy when he finds out we have more paperwork emoticon .
Oh well, this all too shall pass and perhaps I will get back to my consistency next week.
It has been a long journey this week.
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KAB7801 3/7/2014 8:11AM

    Your dad sounds amazing! Hope things go well!

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GAILANN48 3/6/2014 8:58PM

    Some weeks are like that, it seems, but you know it'll get better....RIGHT???? lol - I know how you feel. :)



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