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.
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.
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.
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.
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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