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Has this happened - UPDATE

Friday, July 30, 2010

Okey-dokey, first: a huge THANK YOU to all of you who responded. Even if you hadn't had any of these experiences, you were all so supportive and encouraging that it really helped.

Second: as most of you said, the important thing was to see the doctor and bring up these questions and concerns and find out what could be done. So I had quite a struggle about the Metformin. Doogie (I know, but he IS such a 'baby' - I think my kids are older than he is) did exactly what I thought he would do: I no sooner started describing the slow-but steady increase in my blood sugar levels than he was reaching for the keyboard (since these days they don't use prescription pads) to print out an Rx for me to increase the Metformin. After much discussion (!) he finally allowed as how reducing it a bit probably wouldn't hurt. I'm not on 750mg/daily instead of 1000mg/daily - which suits me fine as I'd rather do a very gradual reduction and monitor how it goes. This AM's FBG was 6.2 / 111.6. This is only a couple days of the lower dosage, tho, so it may not be significant. Time will tell, and I will keep you updated.

Third: to those of you who pointed out 'Yogurt has carbs' - THANK YOU. I honestly didn't know. For some reason I had it in my head that as long as it was 'plain' yogurt with no added sugar (which would be sucrose / carbs) or added fruit (which would be fructose / carbs) then there would be no carbs as milk doesn't have any. Well, duh on me. Lactose. Milk sugar. Uh huh.

Fourth: cutting out all carbs is not good for overall health, least of all for diabetics. The trick is to work with them. Changing from grain-based or fruit-based carbohydrates to vegetable-based carbohydrates is okay on a short-term plan. (And for those of you stalled on weight-loss plateaus, if you substitute veggies for other carb-sources, it might jump-start your weight-loss again - doesn't hurt to try it for a few days.) Those of you who addressed the carb issue - whether from the low-carb, Atkins diet to the complex-vs-simple carbohydrates - gave me so much great information. I am still doing some research and checking links you sent and so on. Again, can't THANK YOU enough!

Fifth: plantar fascitis. Difficult term for a difficult condition. I have good days and bad days, and very slowly (!) I seem to be having more good days than bad, so for those of you who said '--and then it finally went away and I haven't had any trouble since,' you give me real hope that this may go that way. To those of you who said '--and then I had cortisone injections, and DON'T DO IT,' believe me, after hearing what you had to say, I won't. I am checking into orthotics and reading up on the condition for some of the exercises / PT that help. I had already started doing some stretching exercises, so maybe that is helping to improve it slowly. One of you (you know who you are, lol) ended up having surgery, and if my foot doesn't improve, I will talk to the GP about going that route. If it continues to improve, I may not need to do anything more about it, so... meanwhile, I will try to be patient.

The pharmacist advice is brilliant, and I will be going to a large drugstore next Tuesday so I can consult with one of their people. Depending what comes of that, I may then meet with another at a different place just to pick his/her brains and see how the advice compares.

Again, you have all been so incredibly helpful. What a wonderful community SP is! And how lucky I am to be able to post something like this and have so many of you respond! THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart.


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NURSECLARA 8/11/2010 4:22PM

    I had PF in 2001. I wore gel inserts in my shoes, but it still hurt like hell. It eventually went away on it's own and hasn't come back.

I wouldn't wish PF on my worst enemy!


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A10TIVTRTL 8/7/2010 4:40PM

    Arch supports, arch supports, arch supports. I also did have the extremely agonizing shots (the only times in my life that I ever SCREAMED at a doctor to STOP, but thank goodness he didn't, because with the shots and the arch supports I've never had another problem with it, and it has been years. I walk 3 miles a day now, no problem. I've also used rolling foot on the bottle of ice water trick - Coca Cola bottles work best for this, because of the bump on the bottle.

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REJ7777 8/6/2010 5:45AM

    I'm glad your doctor's appointment went well. Glad he was listening! It'll be nice to see how well the lower dose of Metmorfin works for you and if the PF improves. emoticon

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PEGGIET 8/3/2010 9:03AM

    So maybe there's hope for Doogie afterall!

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PENNYAN45 8/2/2010 11:34PM

    My severe plantar fascitis was completely cured by having physical rehab twice a week for 6 to 8 weeks - including an ultra sound treatment. (This was all prescribed by the doctor.)

That was ten years ago. The condition is kept away by my wearing arch supports in my shoes -- all the time. I am able to wear Dr. Scholl's brand that can be bought at CVS. Whenever I don't use the arch supports, the fascitis returns.

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LINIS_THIN 8/2/2010 7:26PM

    It seems things are on the mend now.
Sorry I missed your cry for help.

Take care, love!

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    Keep being proactive and questioning your doctor.
I used to keep a can of cola in the fridge and would then roll my foot (under your arch) on it to relieve the pain. Someone on another blog suggested doing the same thing with a plastic water bottle that you fill partially and freeze. I would also do some foot and ankle stretches before I got out of bed every morning.
Stay positive!

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WINE4GIRL 8/1/2010 8:05AM

    Great job on following up with your Doc. I know it's tough sometimes to go up against them, but good for you for not just caving and doing what he wants. It's your body!

I learned something - reading the responses! I'll be trying the frozen water bottle on my PF. Thanks!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/31/2010 2:51PM

    You are so proactive and persistent. I think it must be a huge challenge to be a medical provider given ALL that they have to know. So it certainly can't hurt to be a patient who is well informed and has done their research .. like you!

Hope the conditions all improve :)


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MARENAMOO 7/31/2010 9:04AM

    Kasey - I am glad that you are researching and sorting all of this out. Like I said I know nothing about BG but I think orthotics, stretching and the suggestion about the frozen water bottle and rolling your foot are all good suggestions about the PF. I had this thing called iontophoresis - which is an ionized cortisone. They put some of this liquid on a pad and attach it to your foot and then wave a machine that pushes the cortisone into your foot through repulsive charges. I think it helped my foot. I would seriously look into orthotics though - my doctor suggested Superfeet brand - I can ship them to you if you can't find something similar.

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APRILLSCOTT 7/30/2010 10:42PM

    Glad you got back and seen someone to answer all your questions! I am glad also that you are slowly coming off your meds. That is wonderful news! Keep up the good work! He will take you off soon completely hopefully! emoticon

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LECATES 7/30/2010 9:54PM

    ONe thing to help with the foot problem---freeze a soda bottle or water bottle and roll your foot on it---it will help with the inflamation plus the pain.

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THIAGRAM 7/30/2010 7:22PM

  Thanks for the update. I am familiar with all these things, but I haven't experienced them. I admire the way you always research things out and you know what you are talking about! And you are right, time is the biggest tattle teller I know!

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MONAMOM 7/30/2010 6:37PM

    emoticonJust hope you get everything settled and feel great!! Hugs, Mona

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ACROSONIC 7/30/2010 5:29PM

    Good luck with the plantar fasciitis. I have that. I've worn the orthotics, and they helped. I had the injection: believe me, it helped! Right now I'm wearing inserts from New Balance. Started having trouble again a couple of weeks ago when I was running in place and doing jumps for an exerciase routine. Sigh. Have to stay away from that, as I like to walk. Icing it does help. As do stretches for the tendon. Good luck. Unlike people who say it went away and never came back, I've suffered off and on for about 5 years.

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BOOKLOVER60 7/30/2010 11:16AM

    Thanks for the follow-up. Good job! I have no experience with your health issues, but I have friends who do. They have to work hard to stay balanced in that optimum place where everything is working right.

BTW, my daughter has a pretty bad case of plantar's fascitis, and she gets a lot of help from her orthotics. She's very active (although she can't run anymore, she still skis and does a lot of fast walking). Again, working with professionals has REALLY helped her.

Best of luck to you!

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LJCANNON 7/30/2010 10:46AM

    I am so glad that your Doogie is willing to listen and work with you. And SparkFriends are a Blessing especially when they are open and willing to share their experiences on their Journeys.
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4DOGNIGHT 7/30/2010 10:38AM

    Glad you got some help. Have a great weekend!

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BLONDWUNN 7/30/2010 10:33AM

    Thank you for your transparency in describing your discoveries. Even if we don't have the issues, we could in the future or we may know someone else who does. It's great that we can share what works and what doesn't.

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PATRISNA 7/30/2010 10:32AM

    emoticon to you and thanks for the update.


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ANDI571 7/30/2010 10:30AM

    Glad you got some info you needed to help.

Try taking a golf ball and rolling the bottom of your foot across it. It's one of those pains that hurt, but feel good because it stretches it out. When I was having all that trouble last year with my feet, I found feet exercises on www.youtube.com. Another one I did was massage that tendon in the bottom of your foot, while moving my toes back and forth. Then the PT had me doing lunges, squats. going up on my toes, etc.

A friend of mine, her husband has that, and he found a pair of flip flops that did the trick for him. I saw him out walking in them, and he said they did the trick, but they have quit making them now. I remember her saying how much pain he was having.

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Has this happened to YOU?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Thanx to everyone for responding to this blog. I'm removing it only because I don't think it's fair to have people read it and reply now that I've made some choices. Depending where things go (and I WILL try to be patient and give it time!) I will post updates from time to time. First one is today, so see the blog entry for 30 July.

...and again THANK YOU for taking the time to read and reply. You have all helped me beyond measure. emoticon

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LINIS_THIN 8/2/2010 7:22PM

It seems I lost my subscription to your blogs!
I was wondering why I have not heard from you then see you HAVE been blogging and now I missed this!


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JUNEBUG4967 7/27/2010 12:00PM

    Kasey - Sorry I just got to this. I have had the PF (self diagnosed)-a change of shoes was a major help , you know where I am on the T2 diabetes and in the past, I lost 50 lbs and got so dizzy that even going to half on my BP med was too much so I quit. Everything stayed good until about 1 1/2 yrs ago when the BP started back up. That was when stress and gaining weight back became an issue. I had some leeway with an in between time on the BP vs. weight. I was going to the dietician and trying to eat the # of carbs they were recommending-gained weight so I talked to my dr. and got the okay to start reducing carbs. It doesn't seem to be having the effect I wanted on my bg numbers. Then again-I'm not as diligently on program as I should be. If you check the Atkins info more closely-carrots are not a recommended veggie. Too much natural sugar and also the same with beets. If the problem is B-12 depletion, you should also feel extra tired. The tingly sensation may be related to the carpal tunnel-could be a pinched nerve, but not necessarily at the spine-that can be where the nerve goes through the muscles also. Since I am not a dr. you had best work with "Doogie". There is a world of things that can help through food and supplements rather than pharmacy. Let's hope we can all get better.

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MONAMOM 7/25/2010 10:50AM

    NO diabetes~~So I can't help but think your seeing your doctor is the first best step. Take care my friend and hopefully you can get answers to your questions.


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LECATES 7/25/2010 10:01AM

    My grandmother used to get B12 shots---they really helped her feel better. And yes, you can improve sooo much that the meds can have the opposite effect. But if your foot is bothering you more, that can also set your blood sugar levels higher as pain and stress do affect it. That is an inflamation and problems in the body do affect the sugar levels.

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PEGGIET 7/25/2010 6:13AM

    Kasey, I just entered "Metformin B12 Deficiency" and it came up with several websites, the first being the "Diabetes Self Management" website. You might find this informative.

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PEGGIET 7/25/2010 5:46AM

    Kasey, I have read your whole blog post, and I think it deserves a lengthy response. I am not a doctor, and I can only say what worked for me. Each person is different and you must trust the doctor you are dealing with. However, I firmly believe that we know our own bodies better than anyone, and if something doesn't seem "right" there is likely a cause and solution for it. It's a scary feeling knowing that something isn't right.

Treating diabetes changes all the time depending on your current circumstances. Doctors are getting much smarter now about what is happening, but they need to know all the facts. Explain everything in detail when you see your doctor. Print out your blog entry and take it with you if that will help you remember all the issues you need to tell him about. He may need to send you to a specialist to get more detailed info and treatment for some things. All the various symptoms you mention may or may not be related to the same issue.

My mother lived with me for many years with full blown diabetes, balancing medications and diet constantly. I was following in her footsteps. I was 240 lbs, BP 200/140, diagnosed as pre diabetic, when my doctor put me on one medication, then another, and I took them both for two years with not much change before I learned about how to do low carb. At first my doctor didn't agree that it was the way to go, but I explained my difficulties and he agreed it wouldn't hurt. I started low carb by reading the Atkins book to fully understand how it works, and went really strict low carb. I continued taking my meds until gradually my doctor weened me off the medications. It didn't take long, about 6 months but I was only on two medications. And yes I had many of the symptoms you describe.

I also had the vibrating in my foot just a couple of years ago, and occassional numbness and tingling in my hand. It feels bizarre! Mine was caused by a pinched nerve in my neck that was affecting the nerves all down the arm and leg and foot. I needed a chiropractor for about a half year for that, but for you it could be something else.

As for going low carb, I agree with the previous comment that the Atkins website has excellent information on how to do low carbing. I have browsed it severall times, but prefer my dog-eared printed version. Carrots, oranges, oatmeat, and low fat yogurt are not really low carb, but you are working in the right direction. I understand wanting to use up things in the cupboard, and that's OK, but keep in mind that any one of those foods could cause a spike. They are all "high glycemic" foods, meaning that they are rapidly absorbed to the blood stream. You also need to get enough fat in daily and drink lots of water. It will quite often very quickly make a difference in some medications you are on, and you should let your doctor know that this is what you are doing. My doctor had to decrease one after one month, and eliminated the other after 3 months.

I don't know much about medications and their side effects, so regarding Metformin and how it relates to B12, I hope you can find the answers you need. It seems like for every medication, there is a good and a bad effect, and you may be onto something. Good Luck!

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SUNNYWBL 7/24/2010 10:56PM

    Yes, I read the whole thing! emoticon

No, I don't have diabetes but several of my friends do!

Your health care system is different than in the US, but why are you only being treated by a GP. Here there special classes you can take on dietary choices. I DO like the advice of talking to a pharmacist about this even before the doc. If possible talk to 2 different pharmacists to see if they both agree.

Try to get a referral to a diabetes specialist.

The tingling in your feet might be due to Peripheral artery disease, common in diabetics. Look this up in Spark's A-Z medical reference, go to SPoints, go down to A-Z thingy, click on info under the letter P. emoticon

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IAMANDARAMA 7/24/2010 7:45PM

    Hi there Kasey. I was sorry to hear how difficult things are at the moment. I am not a diabetic, but am tested regularly because Type 2 is in the family. I do wonder about the carrots - they are very sweet, as veg go, and might possibly be enough to undermine your sterling efforts. My uncle used to drink V8 (made from 8 different veg), thinking it was better for him than fruit juices - but had to stop as it had a too high sugar content.

Good luck with it all, in any case. Taking control is the only way forward and seeing the doc seems like the best plan. Do you get referred to a nutritionist, on account of the diabetes? If not, perhaps you could seek one out.


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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/24/2010 5:17PM

    Goodness! I've been taking 500mg of Metformin once a day for about 6 months. Thanks for the heads-up on the possibility of a B-12 depletion. I have a doctor's appointment and blood work scheduled for August, so I'll be sure to discuss it with her.
I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic 6 months ago. My brother has type 2 as did my grandfather and 4 maternal aunts, so I do have that checked at least twice a year. My numbers were down 2 months ago but the doctor had me continue on the Metformin. I don't do any daily checking at this time and the doctor was pleased with the improvement at my last appointment.
Sometimes I just phrase a question and type it right into google - it will get hits from the combination of key words. It's worth a try, anyway.
I am truly sorry that I don't have any words of wisdom to give you to help find a solution to your difficulties. However, I am sending healing thoughts your way and keeping you in my prayers that you find a solution to the medical problems!
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JWADDELL2 7/24/2010 4:51PM

    Wow, you have a real deal going on!!! I am glad you are going to the dr, but I would suggest a long talk with a pharmacist - they know SO much more about the medicines we take than most doctors do! We have a store here called Ideal Feet, where you go in and have them examine your feet then you put in the inserts that fit your problems...if they work, you can buy...if not, you say no thanks. They made an immediate difference in my PF and I swear by them! They aren't cheap, ($300ish), but to be able to walk and not hurt was worth twice that! (don't tell my DH I said that!) Keep us posted!

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CAWESTY 7/24/2010 4:37PM

    Dear friend, I sure wish I could help. I have had PF, and was able to get rid of it with stretching exercises and a good massage therapist to work on it. I hope you find relief from it. It has never come back for me, so I think you can get rid of it.

I don't have diabetes, so I'm no help there, I very sorry to say. I hope you get some wonderful help from the community. Why don't you post this on a community board - I think you'd reach a wider audience. Best of luck!


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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/24/2010 4:10PM

    Hi Kasey,

I know exactly what you are talking about.

If you are going low carb, it is easy to use the food tracker to measure your carbs. From the details that you wrote, you were high on carbs. Even low cal treats like carrots are high in carbs.

I go lower carb to reset my blood sugars once in a while.

I am supposed to take Metformin twice a day, but it gives me a tummy ache so mostly I take it just in the morning.

To read about low carb, the new Atkins website is really good. www.atkins.com.

I get cranky on low carb, so I don't do it for very long.



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55WALKER 7/24/2010 12:24PM

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PATRISNA 7/24/2010 12:20PM

I don't have diabetes so I can't help you with that. I do have plantar fascitis (I never can spell it either) and I recently noticed some weird sensations in my feet. I haven't had the pain or flare up from plantar fascitis so I don't know why the weird tingles. Mine feels like something is crawling across my foot. Sometimes my toe or toes feel numb. I thought it could be poor fitting shoes.

About decreasing the medications. The doctors have decreased a lot of my husbands medications because of his weight loss of 50 pounds. He had the fasting blood test for diabetes, but it was negative. Our PCM decreased his cholesterol medication yesterday. She couldn't believe how low his cholesterol numbers were. He eats oatmeal every morning. He was also put on vitamin B-12 shots a couple of months ago. They said he B-12 was low back when they took the first blood tests.

He had tarsal tunnel syndrome in his foot and a bad foot injury. He had two surgery on that foot. He said he would get a sensation that felt like electricity running through his foot. He also said his toes feel numb on the end.

I don't know if any of this helped. Take care Kasey and hope you get this puzzle worked out.

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SROUS1340 7/24/2010 11:30AM

    Kasey, I'm so sorry you are having these issues. I can't offer insight or experience on either problem. I have had the tingling-in my shoulder, arm, nect and hand, docs said it was nerve pressure and damage from bad joints and the knife-I hated the thought-did fix it. Sounds like yours is related to something entirely different. I'm glad you are seeing the GP, I hate to go too, but better to x the problems off the list, than stick the head in the sand. emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/24/2010 11:29AM

    Golly.. Most of that is Greek to me. I take B12 shots for pernicious anemia but that is it, my dear. I am going to read all the responses so perhaps I can learn something. This sure is a good place to start though! And you have your data... and data speaks!

Sorry to no be of much assistance. emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 7/24/2010 11:06AM

My advise of course is usually useless as you know me and you seem to be about opposite in this area! But I do know that when I am in pain my BG is crazy and it goes rather high! I have experienced this type of pain with both feet and have had several injections. I also had to wear a boot for this also I can't remember how long! After this treatment I was fitted for orthotics since then I have been able to walk better with this help and until I tore the ligament in my left foot it alleviated the pain!

So my question to you is are you in any pain? Even pain that you are just ignoring? Because like the UTI I had and didn't know it makes a difference in your BG!

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WINE4GIRL 7/24/2010 11:02AM

    Kasey - A friend of our has diabetes and has cut his meds in half by taking Reservitol. You can get it from red wine, but the best option (unless you want to be an alcoholic) is to get it in capsule form. It activates via oxygen, so if you try it, don't get the kind you add water to. That just dilutes the effect. We are going to try taking it even though we don't have diabetes because of the proposed wellness effects. I'm not big on meds at all, so this is a concession for me.

For the PF - I have that too and have read with growing interest how others have treated it. I have orthotics and see the podiatrist about every six months. I also have a fatty tumor on the bottom of one foot that I had acupuncture on. It really helped, but I quit before it was totally gone so I need another round. Insurance doesn't cover, so it was all out of pocket. The doc said if I has surgery to remove it, it would probably come back even bigger, so acupuncture was my only option.

Keep us in the loop. emoticon

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RITAROSE 7/24/2010 10:43AM

  OH dear Kasey! My friend I am so sorry to read about your trials, I can see that it's very frustrating and you are trying very hard to get your BG in line. I hope that you will find just the right balance in your diet. Hopefully, you get some advice that will work for you! Sorry I'm no help whatsoever, except to offer you my love and support! God bless you! Hugs, Rita

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4DOGNIGHT 7/24/2010 10:16AM

    Can't help on the diabetes situation or on the foot one either. The Fit Flops I got are supposed to help foot problems but not sure if yours is included. You are definitely doing the right things. Reading your nutrition, I would think adding whole-grains to your diet but those are carbs but not white sugar carbs. Good luck. I would check the tingling for sure. Women can have heart attacks with symptoms that don't include pains in the chest. Good luck. We're always here to help.

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ANDI571 7/24/2010 9:57AM

    I wish I could offer some help Kasey. Diabetes runs in my family bad, (dad, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, you get the picture). My dad always had problems keeping his under control, but he also didn't know about nutrition. My one brother made up his mind he would do whatever it took. He lost like 50 pounds. He eats good, but takes the top bun off of a sandwich, eats only 1/2 of a baked potato. He will take 4 or 5 fries off of his wife's plate, etc. He has done a wonderful job of controlling his numbers. I am so proud of him.

How is your stress level? I know whenever my dad would get under stress, those numbers would shoot up. Also, cortisone shots will make it go up. Have you been on anything like that?

Make sure you see that Dr. Keep up posted. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 7/24/2010 9:45AM

    I thought carrots, tomatoes, and onions were off the carb diet lists because they are higher on the glycemic chart. That and the yogurt might be the reason for the slight increase in glucose. I'm not a medical or a nutrition expert, but I would look into that.

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ME_FIRST 7/24/2010 9:41AM

    If you're thinking about a very low carb diet for a few days, you could go into the Atkins website for their induction diet which calls for 20 carbs a day and they give a food list and the amounts of veggies to have each day. A small orange or a cup of plain yogurt has the same number of carbs as a small boiled potato.

I've found that the BG numbers sometimes don't make any sense. The other day my pre-lunch was 113. I had a salad with turkey breast on it and 2 hours later it was 157. I think due to work related stress because I had eaten only about 10 carbs for lunch. Then last night I had a few slices of pizza and this morning my BS was 134 when I was expecting a much higher number. Who knows?

I do take supplements, a few prescribed by my dr. and a few that I take because I think they're good for diabetics. I do take a B-12 that is chewable so that it is absorbed in the mouth instead of the intestines. I'll send a list of the other to you and the name of the book I read (it's in my car right now).

Good luck with your low carb experiment. Let us know how it goes.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/24/2010 9:25AM

    Kasey, I know nothing about diabetes and BG levels, etc. As you said, most everyone will tell you to see your doctor. So it's a good thing you went and made the appointment.

I do, however, know about plantar fasciaitis (I still can't spell it). I had it in both feet (along with bursitis and arthritis) and suffered for several years. I had a total of 4 cortisone injections in each foot and had customized orthotics made. Nothing would help. Then, wonder of wonders, I had surgery where they disconnected the fascia from the bone/tendon. It was outpatient surgery and I was off work only 2 weeks with each surgery. That was back in 1992 and I haven't had foot pain since. It was truly wonderful. I know people shy away from surgery, but for me it was a God-send.

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MARENAMOO 7/24/2010 7:17AM

    Kas - I know nothing about diabetes or blood glucose. I had plantar fascitis (and yes I need to check the spelling also each time) 2 times. The last time it was horrible and I wore a boot for about 4 months and did one cortisone shot. Then I did was months of physical therapy with just stretching and I think ultrasound. The second go-round was about 40 times of a iontophoresis solution of cortisone.

What is Iontophoresis?
Iontophoresis is an effective and painless method of delivering medication to a localized tissue area by applying electrical current to a solution of the medication. The diagram below illustrates the basic mechanism. Like electrical charges repel. Therefore, application of a positive current will drive positively charged drug molecules away from the electrode and into the tissues; similarly, a negative current will drive negatively charge ions into the tissues.

I also have orthotics - the doctor recommended a brand called Superfeet Trim-To-Fit Green Insole.

It was also recommended that I do daily stretches - stretching the calf and bottom of the foot - you can google that.

I also wore a strasburg sock ?. It was a nighttime contraption - I did not wear it for long.

All of these finally after 14 months - it was better. And now I don't run or aggravate it in any way.

It is so annoying - I hope it gets better.

Finally after a yea

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REJ7777 7/24/2010 6:53AM

    Hi Kasey. I never researched the side effects of long-term Metformin use. I'll look into it because I've been taking Metmorphin for about 7 years now.

The two times I've lost a significant amounts of weight, the doctor has reduced the amount of Metmorphin I take. She lowered my b/p medication too. When I had re-gained weight a couple years ago, she had to increase the meds.

Before I knew I had diabetes and started medication, I sometimes felt tingling in my hands and feet and sometimes pain in my feet. When my diabetes is well controlled, it rarely happens. You really do need to talk to your doctor about this. You sure do your homework before your appointments with the doc! I hope you find the answers you're looking for.

I plan to look that up about B-12. emoticon

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RENA1965 7/24/2010 6:04AM

    As a diabetic you may not remove all carbs from your nutrition- ask your doctor about this! If you want to control your diabetes better you have to get down and nasty with your nutrition and follow the nutrition requirements to the letter and every full stop.
Diabetes type 2 means your body has said stop- you have done a great job lossing weight but you have to continue to get your weight down so insulin resistance is less of a problem..
The fact you have a higher fasting blood sugar may be a sign your diabetes meds are not working at their best so insulin can pass through fat cells to open cells with their chemical key..
If you have problems balancing your food- you may need to see a nutritionist at a diabetes clinic at hospital..
I found asking for a referral to a diabetes clinic wonderful- they gave me advice and education so I could keep my husband from being admitted all the time.. My husband eventually came under a professor whom studies diabetes- it was a real huge help to have contact to someone whom knew everything about diabetes.. It costs in the states to get this help- but the price of lossing our good health and being dependant on help is higher...

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/24/2010 6:03AM

    I read it but unfortunately have no advice. Not diabetic myself, but I know how dicey medication can be and that it can be affected by weight loss. Hope someone with similar experience speaks up and gives you a hand.

btw... the tests I was waiting on for thyroid? Came out normal... so no answers for me right now and I'm still tingling... ech! Right now just logging my symptoms, meds, food, exercise... data helps find patterns.


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On the Road to Tutbury, Part II

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Now, Tutbury was an unexpected find. while we knew that between about 1770 and 1850 several ancestors had lived in or near Tutbury, we'd certainly never been there and didn't know what the town would be like. More of a village, really, but it seemed a lively place, just busy enough to be interesting but quiet enough to have a 'small town' feel. We drove around a while to orient ourselves.

In the center of the block on the right (photo below) you can just about see a half-timbered structure. That's the famous Ye Olde Dog and Partridge Inn; the oldest section dates from the early 1500s:

Tutbury has a claim to some national history: it is home to Tutbury Castle, which is now just a ruin, but the castle played an important role in some of the early stages after the Normans took over.

If you look closely at the second picture, just to the right of the tree leaves, you may be able to make out some of the castle ruins on top of the hill. It must have been an impressive site when it was still standing, looming as it did over the village.

Himself had a great-great-grandfather who was a glasscutter - this we know from the censuses that list occupation. There was a large glass factory in Tutbury by 1836; it may have replaced an even older works that dated from the early 1800s, and there is evidence that glass-making took place in Tutbury as early as the 1400s! This picture, from the late 1800s, was taken of the 'old' factory that was demolished in about 2000; it's posted on the Webb-Corbett history website:

While driving around we found a sign directing us to 'Georgian Crystal.' Now located in an old silk mill, Georgian Crystal was founded by several of the glassmakers who were put out of work when Royal Doulton purchased, then later closed, the Webb-Corbett Glassworks in Tutbury. After changing hands once or twice more, the last remaining building closed for good in 2007. Georgian Crystal lets visitors walk around the factory, looking over the shoulders of the glassmakers. We had to stand back from the glassblowers (understandably! we could feel the tremendous heat coming from the furnace even several feet away) but there was a slight elevated platform, so we had a good view.

The finished piece from the pictures above was a glass apple. I asked the men if I could buy that one, since I had watched them make it. They said I could - as long as I was willing to return in about a week. That's how long it takes for the large solid pieces like paperweights to cool down! They are kept in a special heated cabinet where the air gradually cools; if they are left exposed to room-temperature air, they are subject to cracking.

We were able to get very close to the glasscutters. They showed us how the guidelines are applied to the pieces, how the various patterns are incised, how the glass is then smoothed and polished, and a selection of different types of glassware and various patterns.

The glasscutters were friendly and informative - and I think there was only one who was younger than 70. It is, sadly, very much a dying art. There are no apprentices, so no one to pass the skills on to. Perhaps there's not much future in it, but regardless of the reasons, it strikes me as sad that before long, after some 600 years of industry, there will be no more glassmaking in Tutbury.

Our appointment at the parish church was next, so we drove there and had a few minutes to walk around the graveyard. We did not see a single stone with the name of Himself's forebears - Coates - and that was a tipoff as to the relative (pun intended) fruitlessness of our visit to St Mary's. Rosemary, the verger, was there at the appointed time and let us into the church itself. Since our focus was on finding documentation and information about family, I hadn't given the church itself much thought.

It was build in 1089 and is the 'oldest building in continual use in Staffordshire.' I am always amazed that it isn't just the Westminster Abbeys or York Minsters or Canterbury Cathedrals that are ancient and noteworthy: people have been attending services in St Mary's Parish Church for nearly a thousand years, and it's believed there was a very early Christian church on the same site from about 900. Amazing!

The carvings around the doorway and much of the exterior are probably much as they were when the church itself was built. The interior has been changed extensively, though there are a few elements that are from the original structure. Henry VIII's men found an active priory with several outbuildings and a church that was perhaps three times longer than it is now, as well as having sizable 'wings' (transepts) to either side of the center tower. By the time they were finished, all the outbuildings except one (which became the church's hall) were demolished; any gold or gems were removed from the shrines and chapels within the church; the church building itself was lowered by the equivalent of a story, and the length cut down by two-thirds and both transepts entirely demolished. The glass is half-full, though: unlike many religious settlements and churches, St Mary's survived the Reformation and continued to serve as the parish church, thus saving it from further destruction:

Rosemary had generously copied out from the parish records the very-little information available about the Coates family. We have been very fortunate in the people we've met while on this genealogy journey.

Leaving Tutbury we headed over to Stafford, to the records office and the reading room, to see how much documentation we could find in a few hours. Although there are still several gaps in the chronology for the generations between 1770 and 1850, we were able to substantiate several marriages (complete with the maiden names of the brides), name and birthdates of children, and quite a few burials. These last were apparently all in graves without markers: remember, we found no Coates' graves in St Mary's churchyard, and it looks as though the 'nonconformist' (i.e., churches other than CofE) congregations in Tutbury at that time did not have their own cemeteries. Although we will probably never be able to prove it, it seems likely that the Coates family was too poor to afford stones for their decedents - doubly likely in light of the fact that we have incontrovertible evidence that before 1840, very few of them were literate and could not even write their own names, making X's or crosses for 'their marks' when signatures were required.

The trip started with a grave, and ended with records about graves. I usually think of myself as a relatively cheerful soul, but sometimes, I find it motivates me to reflect when my thoughts are colored with a little melancholy, thinking of those who have gone before...

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 7/26/2010 4:19PM

    Fascinating blog!
Thanks for sharing; especially since I may never get to see England.
(It's a long way from Alaska!)

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4DOGNIGHT 7/24/2010 10:29AM

    I don't know how I missed these blogs originally. Do I have to subscribe everytime I read one? Anyway, I love the history you share. Keeps me motivated to keep tracking down the Hinchcliffe's, Samuel and his wife Sarah Dawton who got married in Cheadle Parish on Dec 24, 1849. We actually saw the register at the church where there names were. Found his birth records but she is illusive and they soon came to the states from there I guess. No Hinchcliffe's in the graveyard. Thanks for sharing.

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PATSYJO46 7/24/2010 10:02AM

    I enjoyed your trip through reading both blogs. I would love to visit England...the pictures were outstanding in my opinion. The church was beautiful...and I love exploring an old graveyard. Blown glass pieces fascinate me also...I'm only seen glassblowing at the theme park Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO...so fascinating.
emoticon so much for sharing.

Also, I think you take a lovely picture...your smile fills your face with joy...I know you must have had a very enjoyable trip. emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 7/24/2010 9:14AM

    I loved this trip it has been emoticon to see the church and the inside and the beautiful arcitecture! I know it must have been exciting! You must have walked a lot and stopped and talked a lot! I just wish I had been with you! It was beautiful! You have really done your homework on these buildings and history of the towns! That made it even more exciting!

I loved the glass blowing! They do that in the mountains here in NC! I loved looking at the finished product it is exciting seeing this done because it is a beautiful art to me!

You did good kiddo!!!

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SROUS1340 7/23/2010 1:06PM

    I think that is so great that you are filling in Bob's geneology. The age and history of building, such as the church kind of boggles the mind-people attending services for almost a thousand years in the same location. It reminds me of what a young country we are here. I went to an Indian reservation outside of Albuquerque that is supposed to be the oldest inhabited site in No. America. 1000 years of people living there, footprints in stone from thousands of generations climbing the mesa. It gives me pause. Lovely blog.

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GEODAWG 7/22/2010 7:04PM

    Love love love England. Can't wait to go again. Thanks for sharing your trip and reminding me of my trips!

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LECATES 7/22/2010 5:37PM

    Another amazing blog! thoroughly enjoyed it---the church was interesting. I have seen a few appentices here in the US learning that art---several at a glass blowing place in Jamestown, VA. Kids are soooo lazy today. Such a shame.

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/22/2010 11:25AM

    Love glassblowing. DH and I stay at a little hotel near here that is a refurbish poor farm. Pretty amazing place with art throughout and gardens that wander. There is a glassblowing shop that we often visit for hours on end.. just watching the process from start to finish.

Such a lovely visit! I hope you both get to do more gallivanting so we can all come along as well emoticon.

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RORYLYONS 7/22/2010 4:18AM

    I felt as though I was right there with you on your trip..Great pics you can be my guide anytime.I saw a glass demonstration at one of the theme parks here. It was so amazing watching them create their masterpieces. emoticon & a very fine blog if I say so myself.. emoticon emoticon

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BLONDWUNN 7/21/2010 8:49PM

    Fantastic trip. My ancestors are from the area also, plus Scotland. One can just barely being to imagine the adventures and intrigue during all those years. Thanks for letting us all in on it!!

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WINE4GIRL 7/21/2010 8:20PM

    We saw glassblowers at Williamsburg, VA who were much younger than expected. I wish there was some way to do an exchange or such to get these folks who are truly interested in the art of glassblowing to Tutbury. How awesome would that be?
As always, thanks for sharing the journey with me. I haven't forgotten your package, though St. John's isn't as old as Tutbury! I'll be home by the end of the week, God willing!


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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/21/2010 8:11PM

    Awesome, as always!



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MARENAMOO 7/21/2010 7:13PM

    Being an American through and through - who thinks the Liberty Bell is old - it just amazes me that there are continual use structures that are 1000 years old. Not just the age but the history, the people who walked through those buildings, the lives lived. That is what I think about. The old church is that Romanesque style? I always liked that style - the church in Pisa looks like it.

Have you ever done genealogy in Ireland - that is where my father's family was from - I wonder how different it is from the English. England is probably much more organized because of its consistent government - except for ole' Cromwell.

I too get sad about lost skills and items - I see so much production now that is just junk - no skill or pride in manufacturing. So much of our world is going the way of cheap mass- production. I hope you do get something from their factory to preserve a piece of that.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/21/2010 6:55PM

    Love it, love it, love it. Can I come visit you and go on your next adventure? emoticon (Don't be scared, that's not a practical suggestion... )

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/21/2010 6:53PM

    Another wonderful trip through your world and see through your eyes!
Thanks for sharing!

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On the Road to Tutbury, Part I

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Now that we're retired - sounds as though it should be the title of a children's book - we do more short trips and gallivanting than we did formerly. Last week we decided to combine a couple different purposes into one trip.

ToBeFitNotFat - Sue - lives less than an hour's drive away; I met her thru the Working To Lose 100+ After Age 50 team here on SP. A major part of Himself's family history is centered around a small village not too far south of where Sue is. As it happens, Sue lives not very far from Chatsworth, the ancestral home of the Cavendishes, the Dukes of Devonshire. Originally, a visit to Chatsworth (open to the public, but fairly hefty admission) was one of my interim 'goal rewards,' so I had already thought about combining the sightseeing trip with a meeting with Sue. But when the genealogy prospect came up, I switched gears and decided to meet her, postpone the Chatsworth visit, and research some of the 19th-century branches on Himself's family tree.

First stop when we left here was Edensor - pronounced 'Ensor,' which troubles me no end as it sticks in my head as 'Eden-sore.' Even though I was postponing seeing Chatsworth, I knew that being in that area meant I could accomplish something that I had wanted to do for a very long time.

Edensor is a lovely little village that belongs to the estate of Chatsworth. It's where many of the permanent staff live, and in fact the Dowager Duchess Deborah Cavendish (for some of you, it will place her when I say her maiden name was Mitford - she was the youngest of the famous Mitford girls) lives in one of the houses in Edensor, having moved from 'the big house' when her husband died and her son became the current Duke. I'm not sure which particular house is hers; several of them look posh enough to house a Dowager Duchess!

My reason for wanting to go to Edensor is long-standing: I wanted to visit Kathleen Kennedy's grave.

One of my favorite Kennedy pictures is of Kathleen with her older brothers, Joseph Jr and John. This was taken 1 September 1939. Joseph Sr had been the ambassador to England from the US, and war was imminent. Joe, JFK, and 'Kick' were photographed as they went to Parliament to hear the historic announcement that Great Britain was declaring war on Hitler's Germany.

The photo above is of Kathleen during the war years; notice the 'ARC' on her lapels, for 'American Red Cross.' And rather than 'Kennedy,' it would be more correct to say 'Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish' - near the end of World War II, she married William Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington. No, as a title it didn't mean much to me, either. It is, in fact, the traditional title for the heir to the Dukedom of Devonshire. Eventually William - not Andrew - would have become the 11th Duke of Devonshire; Kathleen Kennedy would have been his Duchess; and Andrew Cavendish would have been 'just' the younger brother of the 11th Duke, with his wife Deborah being 'merely' the aristocratic spouse of a relatively minor noble.

Kathleen and William were married at a registry office - think 'justice of the peace' - in London on 6 May 1944. There are a number of copies of this picture, taken on the day of their wedding, so I haven't credited any one of them. I guess it must be 'public domain':

He was an officer serving in the Coldstream Guards while she was working with the Red Cross helping servicemen. They had about five weeks to enjoy married life before he was sent overseas. Three months after that, William died in Belgium, killed in action. In 1948 (nearly four years to the day after their marriage) Kathleen died in a plane crash in France.

Technically, she was entitled to be buried in the Cavendish family plot at Edensor. In reality, she might well not have ended up there: William isn't buried there; his grave is in a military cemetery in Belgium. Kathleen was engaged to another Brit at the time of her death - he, too, died in that same plane crash - and her body might have been returned to the US. But there had been an estrangement between Kathleen and her mother, and some family acrimony, and the end result was Joseph Kennedy (her father) and the Cavendishes (William's parents) agreed to her burial in Edensor.

You go in the gate beside the church and wend your way up a gravel path to the top of the hill, overlooking the village.

When the leaves are off the trees you are said to have a view of Chatsworth, but there was no sign of it this day, as it's midsummer and all the trees were fully leaved.

As many of you know, I love walking around cemeteries, and don't usually find them unduly sad places. But 'Kick's' grave is a little off by itself and somehow it seems desolate. It was a dreary day, overcast and threatening rain, which perhaps added to the bleakness of it all:

The epitaph on her stone - 'Joy she gave, joy she has found' - was chosen, it is said, by her mother-in-law. It's a lovely tribute. The stone set into the ground over her grave notes that her brother John, as president, visited the site on 29 June 1963.

In the grand scheme of things, William Cavendish was no more 'important' than the thousands of other people who died in the war; Kathleen Kennedy was no more 'valuable' because she came from a wealthy, powerful family. But I find something poignant in their story, perhaps as much as anything because more than a lot of people they had every expectation that theirs would be a life of comfort and privilege. From the correspondence and journals they left behind, both seem to have been very conscious that they were fortunate and had an abundance of opportunity gifted to them, and both seem to have been determined to make the world a better place. And yet...

I left Edensor not with a sense of duty fulfilled, but rather still with a sense of unfinished business. I have sometimes thought about requesting an interview with Her Grace the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire Deborah Mitford Cavendish, with the idea of asking her about Kathleen Kennedy. I don't know that they were particularly close, but certainly they knew one another, being sisters-in-law. And Lady Deborah is (so far as I know) the last survivor of that group.

Our next stop was Matlock to visit Sue and her husband Ralph. We were meeting them for lunch at The White Lion pub. Sue has already posted a picture or two on her website - personally, I think Ralph is the better photographer. Nonetheless, Himself also captured the moment:

Me on the left in both pix. I don't happen to think I take a good picture. Even when I was in my 20s and much thinner, I can probably count on one hand pictures of me that I think flattering. On a milestone birthday, reporters said to Gloria Steinem 'You're 50? You don't look 50!' to which she replied 'THIS is what 50 looks like!' So whether I like photos of myself or not, truth be told, THIS is what I look like!

The rest of our trip was a nonevent in some ways. It was good for us, as we were able to find some sources of information about ancestors in Himself's family tree. The central archive is in Stafford, the 'county town' (think county seat) of Staffordshire. I would describe it as a small city. The middle of town has a layout reminiscent of old, narrow, medieval streets: I don't know a lot about the history of Stafford, so it's not impossible it was one of the old walled cities from centuries ago. We found the record offices, registered for the use of the reading room, stayed an hour or so to orient ourselves with the place and the data we would need to sift thru, then headed off to the bed-and-breakfast.

I admit it, I love staying in these quiet countryside places. The Grange (converted barn) was out in the middle of nowhere, back a long lane and off the main road. The landlady was babysitting her two-year-old granddaughter and I had fun visiting with Ruby. (I love spending time with little kids when I don't have to be responsible for them and can hand them back if they need attention.) The room was quite up-to-date as the conversion itself was not very old, and it was bright, airy, comfortable - everything you could wish for. We had brought a 'picnic supper' with us, so Mary invited us to use her dining room. She also brought us fresh coffee and some home-baked scones (oh, the problems I have with temptation) to go with our dinner - she was thoughtfulness personified, and a darned good baker.

Next morning we were up before breakfast was ready, so I spent the time playing with the puppies: the owners have a golden retriever and two of the puppies are still on the premises, the others having found new homes. I don't have any pets, though I had dogs all my life until I moved here, so I greatly enjoyed the puppies. (I love spending time with puppies and kittens when I don't have to be responsible for them and can hand them back if they need attention - see above!) After breakfast, it was a brief visit to Tutbury.

I didn't take that photo - it's from the Tutbury website, but it amuses me! I'll resume the Trip to Less-than-Bountiful in the next blog. :-)

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4DOGNIGHT 7/24/2010 10:23AM

    Love the education and pics. When I get to England next I'm looking you up to serve as tourguide! Thank you!

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JUNEBUG4967 7/22/2010 3:02PM

    Wow! is all I can say. Seems the only time I ever visit a cemetery is Memorial Day or during the "planting" ceremonies. Yes, I know irreverent as all heck-better than blubbering tho. DH likes to go and shoot photos - flowers or special headstones type things. I wish he'd go back to doing more of that. That has triggered an idea - will have to see how it comes out. If it's good, it will show up in my photos, but don't hold your breath as it will take a while what with all the other projects I have going on.

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/22/2010 11:16AM

    OH my.. first I get to see my cottage in the photos.. and then you! What a lovely lady!!! I see a bit of a twinkle up to no good in there! emoticon

I so enjoy your spin on a story. It so much fun to travel along side you.. learning and growing as you speak.

I'm off the read the next one!

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PEGGIET 7/22/2010 3:37AM

    Great blog, and love your pictures! Yup, you two look just like I pictured you too!You are both beautiful!! None of us like our own pictures! Thanks for sharing these !

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APRILLSCOTT 7/22/2010 2:37AM

    I really did enjoy this Kasey! The information you have given us is amazing and the pictures are emoticon! You are a natural born historian!

I am glad you and Sue got to visit! You two look like two peas in a pod! You are exactly like I pictured you! My crazy Kasey! emoticon I can't wait to meet you in person! You are doing so good with your weight and you are truly a beautiful lady with so much talent that you just need to do something with it! Don't ask me what? If I knew I would tell you! I do recognise it as talent though! emoticon

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BLONDWUNN 7/21/2010 8:08PM

    You're a true scholar! Wonderful pictures!! I can't wait for Part II!

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WINE4GIRL 7/21/2010 7:57PM

    I gotta quit leaving town, as I miss these missives from you!


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MARENAMOO 7/21/2010 7:03PM

    You are quite attractive although not what I expected. You look unexpectedly serene in the picture - not the sassy Kasey that we know and love. Somehow that makes it fun to know that you have hidden depths not seen on the outside.

I of course knew that Kathleen had married British royalty and had died young. The more intimate account you gave the story its poignancy. You need to write a book Kasey - you have a lyrical way of writing. (And hidden depths)

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JAKEANDNELLIE 7/21/2010 6:42PM

    I truly felt as if I were standing by your side on this trip! Your words and pictures combine to paint a lovely picture of your visit to Edensor, Matlock, Stafford, and Tutbury! Now I need to google and find a map to locate them.
You look wonderful in your picture and I'm so glad to have a face to go with the name of a wonderful SparkFriend! You and Sue look like you really enjoyed your visit with one another. I was lucky enough to find a SparkFriend reasonably close and we meet to walk together a few times a week.
I'm looking forward to your next blog and joining you on your travels! Our world is a wonderful and beautiful place - thanks for sharing your corner of it with us!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/21/2010 6:27PM

    What a wonderful blog! I love your knack at storytelling and looking forward to the next blog. And, I can now put a face with your name -- love it!

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SROUS1340 7/21/2010 6:18PM

    What a goldmine of information you are! I didn't know the Kathleen Kennedy story-I thought she was the one who had the lobotomy-obviously not. But Kasey, oh my, if you got an interview with Deborah Mitford, holy cow, the stories that woman must know. And to see your picture! It's gold!
Thanks for sharing.

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Getting To Know You

Sunday, July 18, 2010

While we're waiting for me to (ahem) compose the next travelogue, I thought you might find this interesting. I got it from AspenHugger (who got it from DebbieAnne). She said to let her know if you blog it so she can read it; well, I think that's a great idea, so if YOU blog it, let me know and EYE will go find out more about YOU! :-D

WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Born in Watertown, NY, grew up in Maryland.

DO YOU HAVE ANY KIDS & IF SO HOW MANY? Two, one of each.

WHAT IS YOUR OCCUPATION? Ah, therein lies the rub - I don't think I HAVE one. Idle hands... devil's workshop...

ARE YOU MARRIED & IF SO HOW LONG? Oh yes, I'm a veritable sucker for marriage. First time, 18 years (24 if you count '...till divorce us did part'); second time, seven years. So far. But if he doesn't watch his Ps and Qs--!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Ice cream. Pretty much ANY kind of ice cream. Um, well, I'm not too crazy about mint...

DO YOU HAVE ANY BROTHERS OR SISTERS? No, unfortunately; had one brother who died years ago.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT? Canada's good, I love Canada, especially the southeastern part... Scotland... Washington, DC... York, London, Northumberland, yep, definitely on the list... Outer Banks, NC... rural Pennsylvania... New England in autumn... probably lots of places I haven't been yet... okay, let's just say 'My favorite vacation spot is Vacation.' :-D

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? Now, see, it depends when you ask me. I watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy not long ago, so for right now, it's LOTR. Usually it's Gone With the Wind. Once in a while it might be Terms of Endearment, or a John Wayne flick, or Disney's Mulan... I think for me 'movies' are like 'vacations' - I've seldom met one I didn't like, and often my favorite is The One At The Moment.

PICK JUST ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF: My answers have grown increasingly long. Is this a way of telling me to pipe down?

HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER? Online. (Now THERE's a one-word answer!)

WHEN/WHERE WAS THE LAST PLACE YOU HAD A COMPLETE BREAKDOWN? WHEN = about three years ago; WHERE = irrelevant; WHY (which wasn't asked but should have been) = an absolutely detestable job I had. Actually, it wasn't the job, as in 'the work I was doing.' It was the most awful supervisors and managers and power-mad employers--sorry. See? I steam just thinking about 'em, so I won't. I'll chill now. Ommmmmmm...

YOUR FRIEND JUST MOONED YOU. ARE YOU GROSSED OUT? Noooo... but I can't think of too many friends who would do that AND be in their right minds. Or sober. Yeh, that's probably it. They must be three sheets to the wind.

WHERE IS THE LAST PERSON YOU KISSED? WHERE is he? He better be in his office - that's certainly where I left him. WHO is he? I'd like to be coy and say 'I don't kiss and tell,' lol...


WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO? End of July: another ancestry trip. October: apple festival! January: fingers crossed for a trip 'home,' to the US.

ARE YOU EXPECTING A PHONE CALL? Why? D'you know something EYE don't know?!?

DO YOU HAVE A SONG STUCK IN YOUR HEAD? Yes!!! Yes I do! After reading the title of this all I can hear is Marni Nixon / Deborah Kerr as Anna Leon-Owens in The King & I.

LYRICS FROM THAT SONG? Good Lord. 'Getting to know you, getting to know all about you... Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me... Getting to know you, putting it my way but nicely; you are precisely - my cup of tea! Getting to know you, getting to feel free and easy when I am with you, getting to know what to say... Haven't you noticed suddenly I'm bright and breezy? Because of all the beautiful and new things I'm learning about you, day by day.' Tell me it's not in YOUR head now, lol...



DO YOU HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE SMOKE AROUND YOU? Yeh, pretty much. Nobody is as intolerant of smoking as an ex-smoker, eh?

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ASPENHUGGER 7/20/2010 12:26AM

    Well thanks -- now the damned song is stuck in my head! I'll be singing it to the cat next thing you know, and I can't TELL you how much the cat likes me singing to her.

Scotland, eh? We are kindred souls -- Scotland is just about the most beautiful place on the planet, imho. Well, but then there's the Sierras, and the Grand Tetons .... or else there's England, & all the bits I haven't seen yet.

What's an ancestry trip? And there's one coming up soon -- do tell all about it. I'm working on my genealogy, well, in my spare time, which I currently have none of. But I am, & I found my Scot & therefore my clan & I would LOVE to come over & do research! All the rest of my ancestors are English, & I'd love to go poke around the old churches & parish registers and see what I could find out about them!

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PEGGIET 7/19/2010 2:55PM

    Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to hmm, hmm, hmm hmmm hmm hmm hmm.... I never could remember the words to songs, but thanks loads - now it's stuck in MY head!! You're a hoot!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 7/19/2010 1:24PM

    I love learning more about you ... and I'd really like to read a blog aboout how you came to live in the UK also!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/19/2010 1:08PM

    LOVE this blog, Kasey! You are SO funny -- you just make me smile. As for your "meltdown" answer -- I've been in that same boat. I'm so glad I'm retired now and don't have to deal with all the "Corporate Crap" anymore.

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APRILLSCOTT 7/19/2010 1:09AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon! You are a crazy person! I know--I know--it takes one to know one! You crack me up! Coming home in January hmmmm......! Love you girl! I will probably use this one fer sher! emoticon emoticon

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APPEALSTOME 7/18/2010 6:16PM

    Hilarious! I can relate to many of your answers. Great knowing more about you. I originate from NY too. emoticon

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MARENAMOO 7/18/2010 12:48PM

    You are such an interesting person Kasey and quite funny. You always seem to be intellectually curious as if each trip is designed to teach you a lesson or is a chance to uncover some ancestry fact. One thing that I think would be interesting for you to blog about how you came to live in England and how you reconcile that with your US East Coast upbringing. I think that despite seeming quite pastoral and bucolic that you a part of you must miss the States.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/18/2010 12:32PM

    Getting to know you more each day!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/18/2010 11:03AM

    OM golly.. you are so hilarious! Ommmmmmmmmmm And now I like you even more!!

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JUNEBUG4967 7/18/2010 10:19AM

    You know what they say about great minds think alike? Well, I could duplicate a lot of your answers, although DH doesn't have an office - he's on the couch in the other room.

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ANONALEE 7/18/2010 9:13AM

    Thanks for sharing! Funny answers -- that dry, British wit is rubbing off on you!

Cheers, Debra

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LECATES 7/18/2010 7:44AM

    OH, if you are coming stateside in January I want to know! Maybe we can meet up---and your answers were very funny--LOL

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