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Eerie sky last night; sticky weather today

Friday, July 23, 2010

Last night, the sky looked very strange; first it was yellow, then green, then orange, and it turned purple before it got dark. I went outside a couple of times to try to get pictures, but the camera just wouldn't pick up the colors. It looked kind of like something out of a science fiction movie; there was no fog, but kind of a haze that gave everything an eerie glow, and softened the edges of everything. It felt eerie to be outside too; the air was very still. It felt like tornado weather, but there were no watches or warning for my area.

But further downstate, there were slow moving storms and tornado warnings. I don't know if any touched down, but there was a lot of wind damage and lightning. We just had rain here; a little over half an inch.

The weather made my hip and knee start hurting; had to take a pain pill last night. I slept in this morning and didn't get up til 11am. I was sore when I got up, and had a headache. I think the headache was from being a little dehydrated, that went away shortly after taking an Excedrin and drinking some water. The sciatica pain didn't go away though, had to take a pain pill, but I only took a half of one. Still makes me sleepy, but not as bad as a whole pill does.

We had a heat advisory earlier today, but it was cancelled; it stayed cloudy most of the day, so it didn't get as hot as was expected. But it still feels pretty sticky outside. I've been inside most of the day; other than the aches and pains, I'm pretty comfortable with the central air.

I'm glad it didn't get as hot as expected, and that we didn't have any stormy weather today. I have a cousin whose son is one of the bike riders in the Wish A Mile ride through Michigan, a 300 mile journey, and they started riding from Traverse City today.

I was out for just a little bit today, while it was still cloudy, just picked up some of the branches that came out of the trees last night, and deadheading a few flowers. I picked the first two ripe tomatoes from my patio tomato plant today! I just sliced them and ate them with just a little salt and pepper on them for part of my lunch, they really tasted good. Nothing beats a home grown tomato. The ones from the store just don't have much flavor to eat them plain like that.

It looks like I will soon have some cucumbers to enjoy too; I checked my lemon cucumber plant and there's at least one that should be ready to pick this weekend. I grow both the tomatoes and cucumbers in containers. This is the first year I've had such a nice tomato plant, and my first try at cucumbers. I want to do some research online and see what other veggies can be grown in containers for next year.

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MARTHA-ANN 7/25/2010 4:04AM

    Mine will be ready for picking i a couple of days...can't wait!

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TRISHAANN56 7/24/2010 12:46AM

    Those home grown tomatoes can't be beat.

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CMRAND54 7/23/2010 10:37PM

    Wish I had some of your tomatoes. They look wonderful. I'm glad you didn't get bad storms.

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GAYLEP67 7/23/2010 10:15PM

    Those tomatoes look delicious! You just can't beat fresh produce. I regret not taking the time to plant my balcony containers this year. I'm hoping to go to a local organic farmers market tomorrow morning and if I'm lucky I'll find some tomatoes to enjoy for lunch too! Hopefully the storm we're expecting holds off until I can walk down to the market and back.

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DENI_ZEN 7/23/2010 10:00PM

    Those emoticon look so bursting-with-flavor, I wish I could just reach into this monitor and have one of them! It's so true, Shari; it's so easy to eat them with just a little salt and pepper, isn't it? I love them! That sky sounded almost surreal! Who knew that being on the fringe of tornadoes and other storms could make a sky turn those colors? - Sandi emoticon

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ELLFIN3 7/23/2010 9:51PM

    You are right the store bought tomatoes do not taste good!! We had fresh from a friends garden! I told Hubbie that is what veggies should taste like! Glad you did not get any storms! Have a Wonderful Saturday!!!!! Rest Well emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VALI_T 7/23/2010 9:33PM

    Ooohh! Those tomatoes look gorgeous and yummy. Maybe next year I'll try to grow tomatoes on our balcony 'cause I'm really jealous. emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/23/2010 8:55PM

    We had storms most of the day yesterday and were under several tornado warnings through out the evening. The sky was kind of yellow green color here as the sun went down We had alot of rain. We have standing water in our field.

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BKWHITE3 7/23/2010 8:23PM

    The tomatoes look wonderful. I agree homegrown tomatoes do taste better.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/23/2010 6:27PM

    The tomatoes look great!

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1849HOPPY 7/23/2010 6:27PM

    God Bless your garden. We grew tomatoes and peppers last year, but none this year. However, we have pecans and chestnuts for the fall. The fruits we have are blueberries, figs, grapes, plums and pears. Nothing beats home-grown.

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    This morning in Florida, off the coast in Palm Beach, there was a line of demarcation, north of the line the sunrise was beautiful, south of the line, Bonnie was ugly!

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Today was one of my good days

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Well, today was the day I had the first chance to sleep in all week, but I was up at 8am anyway, wide awake. Why can't I feel that good the mornings when I have to be up? But I went to sleep a little earlier last night; had to take a second pain pill for my sciatica and that made me very sleepy. But it's good to able to get up early and still feel good, and have the whole day ahead of me.

I did my strength training workout this morning also, while I still had lots of energy. Used my light weights and stability ball. My "trainer" was standing by watching me, my cat Kallie! She was rubbing my head while I did some pushups on the ball, LOL!

I changed my profile pic today also; it's a picture my mom took of me at the family potluck we went to on the July 4th weekend. I have been using it since then as my profile pic on Facebook, and got a lot of positive comments on it there, so I thought I'd use it here too.

Went out to dinner tonight to a local "country style" restaurant. I wasn't sure what would be available as far as healthy choices, so I ate light earlier today so I'd have a few extra calories to "spend". I had the grilled chicken breast dinner, it came topped with onions, peppers, and mushrooms, but I don't like mushrooms and I asked if they could be left out, so they left those out for me. For the choice of potato, I picked sweet potato fries; I know those weren't the healthiest choice, but they tasted so good! And I rarely have fries when I eat out. It also came with one trip to the salad bar; I did good with that, just made myself a small lettuce salad with just the healthy stuff on it. And I had plain iced tea for my beverage. It was a very good meal.
I was tempted to order a small sundae for dessert, but knew it wouldn't be a good idea to fill up my stomach too much; (when I have dessert at home, I usually wait a couple of hours after my dinner) and besides, I knew I had fresh strawberries and some sugar free Jello vanilla pudding cups that I can make a dessert with later.

I am glad to be in for the night now; changed into pajamas right away when I got home. It's raining now, and looks like it will be all night. It's supposed to very hot and humid tomorrow, with a chance of severe weather. I have nowhere I have to go tomorrow, just going to stay home and stay inside where it's cool. And I am thankful not to have to worry about watering the plants tonight, and won't have to tomorrow either. I will have to check my tomato plant tomorrow; I have two red tomatoes on it that will probably be ready to pick; my first harvest this year, lol.

This is the view that I have from my window by the computer; if you look between the bird bath and planter of zinnias, you will see a bird flying; I didn't notice that til I uploaded the pics.
The cats enjoy the view from this window too.

This is me, in the top I wore today with white capri pants; both new that I bought this summer.

Today was a good day. Last week, when I was recovering from my chemo, I felt so crappy I was wondering if I'd ever have a good day again. So am very thankful to finally have a day of feeling fairly normal again.

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SAL2525 7/23/2010 2:23AM

    Great picture and even better outlook! You rock!

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SERENEMOM71 7/23/2010 1:47AM

  Your new profile pic is very cute! Also like the top & pants! Glad that Kallie could help with the exercises! Now what would we ever do without their help? I am not sure! Purrfect is @ my feet now, helping me type. I haven't felt well today so she has been with me a lot, giving me a lot of "kittie kisses" and purring like crazy, cuddling on my lap while I watch TV and nap. Glad that you had a good day. Sorry that chemo is so tough.
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CARTOONB 7/22/2010 11:47PM

    Sounds like a very good day. Love the top. Very cute! And i agree that your new profile pic is a good one!

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DENI_ZEN 7/22/2010 10:59PM

    Wow, that's a gorgeous profile pic of you, Shari! Very nice! Your shades are very flattering there. You also look great in your new top, and those are very flattering colors on you. It's good to hear you were feeling pretty good today And are those little finches out at your feeder? They're such a bright yellow! Glad dinner was so delicious...and tell Kallie how proud we are of her training "client" :) - Sandi emoticon

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CMRAND54 7/22/2010 9:30PM

    Wonderful picture. You look great! I'm so glad you had a good day. Your dinner sounds really good, too.

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BKWHITE3 7/22/2010 8:52PM

    Love the new profile picture. Also like the other pictures you posted. Glad you felt better today.

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ELLFIN3 7/22/2010 8:17PM

    Love the new pic!!!!!! WooHoo for good days! I have the shepherd's hook with the rabbit too!!!! The birds are very pretty! And I am sure the cats LOVE the view from that window!! Rest Well!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUEJENN 7/22/2010 8:15PM

    I am glad I happened on to your blog tonight. It is a good reminder that nothing stays the same. Just because I had a crappy day today doesn't mean that it will be so tomorrow. Thanks for the reminder.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/22/2010 7:54PM

    I love your new profile photo. You look so happy.

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HOPE2BE 7/22/2010 7:17PM

    I'm glad you feel better Shari and that things are going good for you. I wish we'd have rain. It's so hot and humid here. Here's hoping you get a letup of the heat.

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Timmy at the vet; shots and checkup today

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Timmy had his appointment today for his geriatric exam and shots. My vet does those for pets 8 years and older, besides the usual physical exam, he also checks blood and urine. On the day of the exam, you have to drop off your pet by 9:30am, and pick up time is usually in the afternoon; usually the part that takes the longest is getting a urine sample.

Anyway, after struggling to get Timmy into the cat carrier, (it wasn't a good idea to put my sunblock on first, had cat hair stuck all over my arms, lol!) I got him there a little after 9am. I was surprised to get a call a little after 10am that I could pick him up at 11:30am. I was so glad I didn't have to wait as long this time. It just doesn't feel right without both my kitties in the house.

Poor little guy, he was so nervous, after I left, he had diarrhea just before they got him out of the carrier, but they did a great job washing him, and the carrier up. All his test came back normal. He lost a pound since last year, which the vet said was good. He's 12 pounds now, but the vet said 11 pounds will be better. He told me to keep on doing what I am doing, Timmy is in excellent health!

I had a survey company send me a product to test a few days ago; Timmy has been enjoying sleeping in the box.

Before I picked Timmy up, I had time and it was cool enough out for a walk, so I got out for a short 10 minute walk. Was bummed to find that the battery in my Omran pedometer died, (I had won it in a sweepstakes, they are rather expensive). I just changed the battery this spring, so I was surprised it died already; I've had it for at least 3 years and never had it die out that quickly. But I grabbed a "freebie" pedometer I received in the mail, and had to put my watch on to keep track of time. I will need to get a new battery for the Omran, and I also misplaced the instructions for how to reset it. I emailed the Omran company and asked if they could send me instructions.

After I got Timmy home, my hip was hurting again, so I had to take a pain pill. Another good thing with Timmy coming home early; I wouldn't have been able to take the pain pill before I went to pick him up, because they make me too sleepy to drive.

Kallie got into some trouble this afternoon. I don't know how she did it, but I heard some noise coming from the utility room, and went to see what it was. She somehow got herself stuck between the washing machine and the wall. And I had the machine half full of water doing a small load. It was hard to move the washer, but I moved it just enough so she could get out. She didn't seem to be too upset about it though.

Kallie likes the box too!

Looking forward to being able to sleep in tomorrow; it's been hard for me to drag myself out of bed the last 3 mornings.

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HOPE2BE 7/22/2010 8:56AM

    I love cats but I've never been able to keep them for long. They either die by accident or are poisoned. That's not to say yours is like that. I know you take good care of them.

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SERENEMOM71 7/22/2010 1:24AM

  Glad Timmy's check up was good! I have to take in Prince for his 3 month check up and get his blood work done. I haven't noticed any blood in his urine - so I expect it will be fine. He managed to take off his collar in a place I can't find it and it has been 3 days! Little or I should say big stinker! Now I have to buy a new collar and make another name tag. He has a chip in his ear - but as he likes to be Houdini and escape out the front door, he needs a name tag too so I can be called ASAP if found! We watch the door like a hawk, but my 2 year old grandsons aren't nearly as careful!

Hope you can sleep in tomorrow - I plan on doing so, too.

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SHOSHANADP 7/21/2010 11:38PM

    I love the kitty pictures and stories. I hope that you are doing well too. Just don't get yourself stuck behind washers. :)

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COOKIE502 7/21/2010 10:08PM

    Love your kitty pics. Aren't pets wonderful company? emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 7/21/2010 9:32PM

    emoticon Have to say that I really love - and look forward to - your blogs, Shari! For me, they're one of the brightest points on Spark. You're a wonderful, very engaging writer :) So glad that handsome ol' gent Timmy passed his geriatric exam with flying colors! I wonder if Kallie was upset that Timmy was gone, so squirreled herself away between the washer and the wall :) Pet siblings - even if they're both adoptive sibs! - are so sensitive to what's transpiring in each of their worlds, aren't they? Rest up; those vet visits used to wear me ragged sometimes! - Sandi emoticon

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CMRAND54 7/21/2010 9:26PM

    Your cats are so sweet. I have a cat that looks like Kallie, and another cat who is ginger colored. Unfortunately, my two cats can't stand each other. Someone said I shouldn't have gotten 2 females.

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TRISHAANN56 7/21/2010 9:23PM

    What is about cats and boxes? They do seem to just love them, I think more than any kitty toy you can buy them.

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BKWHITE3 7/21/2010 8:48PM

    Love to hear about the kitties and seeing their pictures.

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ELLFIN3 7/21/2010 8:17PM

    Oh my goodness can't you find another box so both Kitties can have one of their own!! Of course then neither one would sleep in them!! emoticon Glad Timmy had a good check up! And behind the washer was a good (at the time) place to be, until she got stuck!!!!! Rest Well and have a Wonderful Thursday!!
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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/21/2010 8:14PM

    Always lovely to hear about the kitties!

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Tuesday, July 20; just lab work this week

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

We had a nice, gentle rain for a few hours last night, so I get another break from having to water the plants. Noticed today I have a couple of tomatoes on my patio tomato plant turning red! Should be able to pick them soon!

I had to go to my oncologist's office to get blood drawn for labs; with the chemo, it's checked every week now. Most weeks, it's just a CBC, but every 4 weeks, I get "the works", my liver is checked, and also my tumor marker. Today was just a CBC, but when I mentioned to the nurse I am still getting the leg cramps, she took extra blood to check my magnesium level too.

Had to take a pain pill when I got home, sciatica flaring up with the crazy weather this week. Feel better now, but the pain pills make so tired, even if I take just half of one.

I got out my pedal exerciser which I haven't used in a long time; did just 5 minutes with the legs; that's all I can do without my hip hurting. It can also be put on a table and you can work your arms; I hadn't tried that before, I was thinking the arms would be easy, but I was wrong! I only lasted 2 minutes with the arms. I'd love to get a short walk in tonight, but I don't think it's going to cool down enough outside for that.

I have some plain chicken roasting in the oven right now. I am going to try a new Hungry Girl recipe for some Thai style chicken wrapped in lettuce. And I am cooking enough chicken to have to use in meals for the rest of the week too.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 7/21/2010 3:31PM

    I hope your magnesium levels are way down ... that would be an easy fix and your leg cramps will be history! emoticon

I wish we would get some rain. It keeps skipping right over us ... I am, afterall, just on the other side of the lake from you emoticon

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BKWHITE3 7/20/2010 9:17PM

    Hope your lab work is all good. emoticon

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DENI_ZEN 7/20/2010 9:14PM

    I hope all your lab work will look great, Shari...and that was an excellent idea the nurse had, given your leg cramps. If it turns out your magnesium-deficient, it's easy to take a little supplement for that. I'm glad you tried the pedal exerciser on your upper body; I've used one in the gym that way (can't remember what they called it). I got a GOOD cardio workout that way - just kept going a long time, whereas I can't exercise my lower body like that (bad hip). Your chicken sounds soooo good! I've got to try that :) Have a restful evening, and dream about those tomatoes! - Sandi emoticon

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ELLFIN3 7/20/2010 7:35PM

    Glad you told the nurse about the leg cramps! Hope they can tell you what to do for this!! Wow fresh tomatoes! Rest well and have a great Wednesday!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/20/2010 5:43PM

    I love Thai food. Hope it comes out good for you!

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Not a bad day for a Monday

Monday, July 19, 2010

Once again, I had a hard time dragging myself out of bed, but I got up a little bit after 8am. I had breakfast and got ready to run my errands for the day. By the time I left my house around 9:15am, I was feeling better.

Got things done pretty quickly even though I wasn't trying to hurry. Went to Rite Aid, Meijers for grocery, and the gas station and was back home before 10:30am. Left leg with the sciatica was feeling a little weak when I got home. I have 4 steps on my porch to get to the front door, and today, it took me a little longer to get everything inside; I had to use one hand so that I had the other hand free to hold on to the railing as I was going up the steps. The weakness in that leg bothers me more than the pain sometimes; I worry that some day it will get worse and really affect my ability to walk. But I don't feel the weakness all the time; and sometimes I will have pain without the weakness, and vice-versa.

I did a short workout this afternoon using my light weights and stability ball. Had to push myself to get started, but I really want to improve my number of fitness minutes this week, since I only had 40 minutes last week.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 7/21/2010 3:35PM

    Maybe chemo itself is making it weaker for the time being. One side of me was weaker in chemo and I had to use the hand rails ... never found out the reason why but it improved after chemo.

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FLORIDASUN 7/21/2010 9:58AM

    YOU are such an inspiration dear friend! The fact that you do so many things in view of what you are going through is truly amazing! I know of so many others who would just sit around feeling sorry for themselves...but not you! Amazing you are! I hope you continue to improve...I know with your optimistic outlook and your determination to push forward you will! Hugs, hugs and MORE hugs! emoticon

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LASARRE 7/19/2010 9:37PM

    Good job.

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DENI_ZEN 7/19/2010 9:29PM

    WOW! You sure got a lot done, Shari! I'm blown away - and you were still working on getting in more exercise minutes! Be careful not to wear yourself out too much. You might want to mention that leg's weakness to your doctor, as weakness in a leg can be a sign of nerve damage. Don't stress the leg too much and give it some rest. Maybe the strength will come back soon. emoticon - Sandi emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 7/19/2010 9:16PM

    Glad to here you had a good day!

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CMRAND54 7/19/2010 9:12PM

    You are so inspiring. I'm going to go do my yoga right now! I need more fitness minutes, too.

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LOVES_ANIMALS 7/19/2010 8:39PM

    Slow and safe is a good idea!

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ELLFIN3 7/19/2010 6:52PM

    Here I sit talking myself out of working out tonight and there is not a thing wrong with me! Maybe after reading all you did today, I had better do some kind of workout!!! Rest Well and have a wonderful Tuesday!!!!!!!!

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BKWHITE3 7/19/2010 6:21PM

    Good job getting everything done and home by 10:30.

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RRP546 7/19/2010 5:04PM

  pulled yourself out of bed at 8 oclock,that is a nice day

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