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An the Academy Award goes to our dog Louisa

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hi and Happy Sunday (early Monday for some)

I am starting to come around again from yet another cycle with S.A.D. ~ special thanks to all of you who helped pull me through yet again! emoticon

The sun has been out all weekend but there is a frost warning for tonight. I doubt it will happen because it seems too warm but one never knows. I am hoping it doesn't dip that cold!

Went for a 5 km walk in the woods last night with Maddy and Louisa which the three of us enjoyed tremendously. Poor Louisa has been under the weather with an urinary tract infection. Earlier this week she woke up one morning and really wasn't herself. Normally she is bounding around the house with those big eyes of hers glossy and that tail wagging a mile a minute. But I noticed she hung out in the spare bedroom and when John came home from work she barely wagged her tail. I wanted to call the vet right away but John and my mom thought I was over-reacting, especially where vet bills are so high and money is tight.

The next morning there was no improvement so I called the vet and got in pretty much right away. An urine test showed another infection and now she is on three weeks of antibiotics. Thankfully she is feeling much better and so what if it cost us $200 we can't afford. She could have won an Academy Award though for "acting well" at the clinic. When the vet asked what the troubles were Louisa was jumping around, wagging her tail, giving paw, rolling over for belly rubs, etc.

The vet tried to examine her and Louisa kept giving her kisses. Then it was time for an actual examine where they felt down her sides and Louisa sat down and kept giving our vet her paw. She figured that wasn't comfortable enough so she lay down and got on her back with her belly up in the air all the while whipping our vet in the legs with her tail. She is quite the little actress, she is! The pH level of her pee was way off and she had been miserable at home but a trip to the vet, hey, it is time to put her best face forward. (WOOF!)

I've been giving her her medication in "pill pockets" followed by some cheese. Maddy sits by and watches every morsel and when spit the pill pocket out Maddy spit out his cheese. You would think we were poisoning them or something. Anyway, when he saw Lou take the pill pocket back in her mouth he took his cheese back and ate it. Funny little things they are!

I have taken some pictures of our walks lately which I will post tomorrow. I doubt we will be walking much tonight as I am tired. I vacuumed our car and truck today and washed them inside before going across the road to a neighbour's house as they are taking the brick off the front of their house. I even got to swing a sledge hammer! John was over there helping all day and now we are going back there for supper. I am sure I burned some calories but I have no idea how many! Felt good just to be out and be active.

Talk to you all later!

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A1KAYOS 6/12/2012 10:12AM

    Glad to hear the emoticon is shining!!! My dog does the same thing at the vet - it is amazing how much they act like people!!!

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JOANNANOW 6/11/2012 11:00AM

    Wow that sunshine really did it for you! So good!

Dogs are so funny! Cheese is a real comfort food when it comes to taking meds. Good thing you figured out what was wrong with Louisa. My guys know the vet's place as soon as they get near the door and are reluctant to go in right from the get go.

We had sun all weekend too on this side of the country! It was wonderful.


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JLITT62 6/11/2012 4:23AM

    Wow! You're lucky she's so happy at the vet. Simba is, too, but then we go from shaking & cringing down to terrified!

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POPSY190 6/11/2012 3:20AM

    Loved the story of the drama queen. Hope she is better soon, though.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/11/2012 3:15AM

    Glad to see Louisa is on the meds she needs to heal. You're next.

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KAYDE53 6/11/2012 12:06AM

    Glad Louisa is on the mend, they can be quite the drama kings & queens can't they? Mine don't like to go to the vet, so they always have on their mournful, sad faces, and shake like leaves. It's all pretty pitiful, and that's when they're just going for shots. Looking forward to seeing pictures of your walk! emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 6/10/2012 7:50PM

  Our dogs are our family, aren't they?

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LUXITTA 6/10/2012 4:56PM

    Your pup sounds nice :)

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BOVEY63 6/10/2012 4:46PM

    Our furry friends sure do bring so much to our lives.

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MSKITYOCAT 6/10/2012 4:28PM

  Isnt' that always the way, whether or not its a pet or a child. blessings on your journey with your pets.

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TEXANMOM81275 6/10/2012 4:02PM

    Hope everything works out for your furry kiddo! We ran into a similar thing with a 18 year old Pom. She was barely getting around, super grumpy and just in general didn't look good, but take her to the vet and then it's sunshine and roses during the visit. I miss that old dog, but she eventually hit that virtual wall.

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Some answers to questions some of you have asked...

Thursday, June 07, 2012


I thought I would take a minute to clear up an apparent misconception about S.A.D. Although it usually affects people in the months from November - March, this is not always the case. Of course, I am not talking about those who just live in the southern Hemisphere, either.

S.A.D. can occur in peak of North American summer. It is a much rarer form but some people suffer dreadfully when the daylight hours are actually longer. Mine has been diagnosed by two doctors who have taken the patterns of my mental health over the span of several years into consideration. I do not do well when we have a lot of dreary, grey weather. With the climate we have here, this can occur at any time from March on.

And, I we have thought about moving across the country to find the "ideal" climate. However, we have so much going for us here that it does seem like heaven on earth.

One of our policitians told a national film crew that you can tell all the Newfoundlanders in Heaven as they are the only ones who want to go back home!

I love it here, I don't like the weather this time of the year, I would move if circumstances allowed it and yes, I am still fighting this sense of depression that washes over me with each dark, gloomy day.

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A1KAYOS 6/12/2012 10:16AM

    I can understand why you don't want to move from looking at your pics - it is absolutely beautiful up there! Are there any supplements that you can take that can help you out - like the Vitamin D that someone else mentioned? I have a deficiency in Vitamin D but thankfully the only side effect I have is tiredness but I have some friends that suffer from S.A.D. as well and they say it helps them slightly with that too.

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ILOVEMALI 6/9/2012 2:51PM

  Talk to your doctor about vitamin D supplement. Sure helps me!

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    Oh, I do know about SAD, as I told you my brother had it. I am glad you have worked at seeking relief in all the ways possible! You deserve to have JOY! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOPESINGH 6/8/2012 9:50AM

    It's great that you love your area so much. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't stand it, but I'm a summer kind of person. And I don't mean Newfoundland summer emoticon
Keep using all the tools you told us about!

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LUXITTA 6/8/2012 6:49AM

    Hang in there! I'm here for you, I to suffer so I know the things you are going through. I have been told that Newfoundland is beautiful! A friend of mine is actually moving back there probably! Maybe I will see it one day!


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_LINDA 6/8/2012 3:18AM

    So very sorry Susan :( I do know what you mean about dark, gloomy days. For five years our summers were cooler, wetter and cloudier than normal. We finally had the best summer ever last year and I spent it on my butt recovering from foot surgery :P. I guess living within a large body of water pretty much guarantees lots of precipitation and cloudy days for you :( It is wonderful you love where you live so much you won't consider moving. I feel the same way about my place here. It may wreak havoc on my RA with the rapidly changing weather -freeze to thaw and windy as all get out, but it really is a special place to live. I hope the sun finds you soon and that your light therapy lamps do something for you..May your team of Doctors find a way to treat your double whammy of depression and SAD..
Take care of yourself..
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JAMER123 6/7/2012 10:52PM

    I am sorry you are still having difficulties. It really is a bummer to be effected by SAD (I too, have it). I have been going to Texas in the winter and I find this is a great help. I haven't been able to go until after Christmas due to our kids wanting Christmas as we normally had. So that puts up on the road right afterwards. But until then, I feel myself slipping in to the depression as the days get shorter and more dreary. I hope you can find a good solution for you. I use the Ott-lite when I start feeling low and it helps me! emoticon emoticon

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JOANNANOW 6/7/2012 10:05PM

    I took a yoga class a while back and we chanted this when we started ... it was such a sweet thought ... so I am sending it to you.

"May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you."

Thanks for clarifying the SAD situation and what ever you do don't move to Vancouver or Prince Rupert! It is notorious for grey days in both places!

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POPSY190 6/7/2012 9:00PM

    I have known another person who found spring incredibly depressing. I think it was worse for her because the rest of us liked the season so much that we didn't really understand the problems it brought her. So she was surrounded by people burbling on about bulbs and lambs and new life and couldn't really join in the happiness. I can understand your reluctance to move house. People think we're mad staying in Christchurch but it's our home and we love it!
Your plan of action to deal with S.A.D. sounded good to me - I think you have to go along with the doctors' diagnoses. If there are tactics to alleviate this they will be the ones to know about it. There might be groups on-line on other sites if you can't find one on SP. I've found http://www.beyondblue.org.au very useful. It's Australian but general in content. I've used the Anxiety section and there is one on Depression. In the meantime, here's wishing you some sunshine. emoticon

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Living with S.A.D. and struggling

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


AAARRRGGGHH - I am really struggling with S.A.D. which coupled with my "regular" depression is really throwing a wrench into my sunny disposition. I have been reading a lot about S.A.D. and my findings are explaining a lot. Apparently, when coupled with year round depression it is like a double whammy. One sort of begets the other and you have to really watch that the combination of both doesn't put you over the proverbial edge.

Right now I feel like I am standing on that edge (but not to worry as I don't feel like flinging myself over) but I do feel like I have to find another route to continue my journey.

I don't want to see, let alone eat anything remotely healthy. I am craving sugar, salt and junk food. I don't have the energy to walk myself let alone the dogs. I want to stay in bed all day and I don't want to get out of my pjs.

I've noticed that this pattern is a reoccurring one. Which probably goes a long way to explain why I manage to lose a few pounds only to have it come back a month or so later. For me, this is the very worse time of the year. I don't mind summer (at least when we get one), I love fall and early winter because in our climate the sun is usually out but I detest spring.

So, what to do besides sitting here and whining about it. Hmmm? Here is my checklist:

Get up the same time each day emoticon
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Shower daily and get dressed in real clothes (needs to be worked on)
Resume drinking my water (needs to be worked on)
Try to make sure what I eat is good for me (REALLY needs to be worked on)

Try to remember that my body and mind both work better when I get some exercise, spend sometime outdoors, eat healthy foods, stay hydrated, and most importantly remember that time spent with my husband and dogs is vital to my well being.

Any other suggestions? Anyone else out there living with S.A.D. and would care to share coping tips?

A lot of what I have read suggests an increase in your regular antidepressant medications just before the expected onset of S.A.D. each year. The problem is I am on the highest dosage of regular medication so it will involve a whole new medication and I have tried many and have found the most success with the current one.

I hope you are all having a better day than I am!

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4DOGNIGHT 6/10/2012 4:00PM

    Have you tried over the counter melatonin? I feel for you. I have depression and lately, experiencing a lot of irritability and anxiety which are annoying. It is a battle for sure and you just have to push yourself like you are doing. I nap daily and I also have taken up quilting and sewing again after many years and I love it. It is so therapeutic and creative.

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BOVEY63 6/8/2012 5:12PM

    Sending prayers, hugs and lots of positive vibes your way. Hope you're better real soon!

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JOANNANOW 6/7/2012 10:33AM

    Hmmm, I thought once the days got longer that SAD would fall off. I'm wondering if your lethargy had another cause? I know that when my B12 was too low and I started getting monthly B12 shots that my energy level improved a lot. Have you had any blood work done? Just a thought .... I hate to think of you struggling when it is almost summer.
I know the struggle really well and am not doing great with food either since my foot has been acting up. Your goal list is right on and at some point the light at the end of the tunnel will shine on you again.
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HOPESINGH 6/7/2012 9:48AM

    All I can say is that I am sorry you experience this. Probably, if I were you I'd try to make all these points completely obligatory, meaning I'd try to practice them with military discipline. Then there's no question what I eat, whether I am going for a walk or not, etc. But it's easier said than done, unless you're like my grandparents and have their German-inspired discipline (we have a special word for that :-))

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A1KAYOS 6/7/2012 8:00AM

    Sorry you are going through this Susan!! I don't have any experience with it but one thing that may help brighten your spirit is sparking! Setting a time to log in and talk to others might be another great distraction for you! The Scarlet's will pass on all their bright emoticon filled days to you virtually!!! emoticon my friend and you will get through this...remember you are a STRONG women!!!

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Q8PRINCESS 6/6/2012 11:46PM

Sorry I don't have any good suggestions but I like the idea of sticking to a schedule. I did learn something new though. I always thought S.A.D. was only int he winter when we have little sun, I did not realize it can be the change of any season.

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KAYDE53 6/6/2012 11:04PM

    My dh has this in the winter; but light therapy, Vitamin D, is about all he does for it. Your winters must really be long. We've had a very sunny Spring here; in fact, we would love to have some clouds & rain; it's too dry which is not normal. I wish I could be of more help! emoticon

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-THINQ- 6/6/2012 8:56PM

    I have similar issues, & i have found that THE MOST important thing for Me to do is get vigorous activity, if not exercise. I tried EVerything else, including upped meds, changed meds, etc... but it is Really True! that physical movement can break us out of these moods faster than almost anything else. I hope you will Force yourself to try it! ~even doing dishes can help me to 'switch gears' inside my head!

Your plans are very good, emoticonon taking care of yourself the best you know how. GREAT blog, since you're getting Real ideas from others, like keeping the Unhealthy foods out of reach til you're past your SAD time.

Keep doing what you're doing! You ROCK!
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JLITT62 6/6/2012 8:10PM

    It sounds much more like depression than SAD now, since the days are longer. I know, you probably want to slap me thru the computer right now!

I wish I had suggestions for you . . . I know that you'd feel better with exercise & good food - but you need to want it enough to do it - and I know you do want it.

So I guess all I can say is I'm sorry you're struggling , I wish you didn't have to & big hugs.

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/6/2012 4:06PM

    It's probably more important than ever that you don't keep those tasty trigger foods around. You do not want to go on an eating binge. SAD is sad. So wish it would pass quickly for your health's sake.

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KANSASROSE67 6/6/2012 3:29PM

    I know it's incredibly drastic, but have you ever thought of moving to a sunnier climate?

If that's not possible, I understand. Sending hugs your way!

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POLK-A-DOTS 6/6/2012 3:22PM

    ugh! So sorry you have to deal with this! You have set out some great goals for yourself! Keep on keeping on, and wishing you some sunshine!

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PRIZM96 6/6/2012 3:19PM

    I am soooo sorry you are suffering from this. Unfortunately, I do not have any suggestions for you, as I do not know much about S.A.D.
I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking about you. And while I know it won't do you any real good, I am sending you some virtual sunshine emoticon

Hope you are feeling better soon. :-)

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Can you teach an old Sparker new tricks? (with silly pictures, of course)

Friday, June 01, 2012


Oh dear, here is a long overdue letter to myself, who I want to refer as dimwit but I fear I will get a tongue bashing from all the other dimwits out there not to insult their intelligence by comparing myself to them!

Okay, so I am going to brave the backlash and hereby refer to myself as DW.....which doesn't stand for dimwit....but ahem......well, it kinda does!

Dear DW,

In fine Newfoundland lingo, you are my dear, "stunned as me arse" (I will refrain from using the rest of that sentence, which is "and twice as ugly" because I know the backlash will only get the do-gooders out there to mind my "self-esteem". But anyway, I digress. You, my friend, are neither a true DW or as stunned as me arse but I have to use those terms to knock some sense into that "pretty little head of yours"..... (did I appease those who say I have no self-esteem?)

You are on a path of self-destruction and you must be stopped! Yes, you go through the motions of living and enjoying your life but right now you are here: and this is where you want to be:

Do you notice the image I chose for you is a puzzle piece? That is because your happiness is a part of a huge, intricate puzzle called life. Albert Einstein might have said it best

So my goal is to live a happy life despite things that try to get in the way. Even though you live with depression be thankful for it because you appreciate the good times even more so. Without depression you wouldn't be seeing your psychiatrist who just last week said that you were the most optimistic and positive patient she has ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Wow, why don't you sit back and take that compliment in? Yes, DW she was talking about you! emoticon

So darling Susan, (okay, you can cut out that kind of crap right now!) here is what I want you to do - Here is a picture of what I want to drill into that brain of yours
You are going to start by being kinder to yourself but you are not to equate kindness with emotional eating.

The secret? There is no secret! This is not magic! You are going to continue your walking , continue to drink your . You are going to your way of looking at things and you are going to get back to basics of what has worked in the past.

You are not going to give up just because your weight keeps within the same ten pound range and this is your 22 month on Spark! Look at all you have accomplished in those 22 months instead of what you haven't! Look at all of those kilometres you have walked. Walking 5km now is just a normal part of your life, you actually enjoy drinking water, you are more aware of what you fuel your body with and you are much happier than you were back when you joined Spark. Wow, that is a lot of accomplished!

But the point I am not addressing is the elephant in the room isn't it? You HAVE to track your food. Yes, you don't like it, yes, it takes time but guess what - it works! I know you kind of like to make light of it

So my lesson plan for you for the month of June is to continue along the path you have been walking (hey, DW, stop it with the figurative speech, will you?) Continue to do what has been working and stop the things that haven't! Adjust your course of action and remember to be true to yourself. Be the woman you are meant to be and we know who that is, don't we?

You ARE a fun person, a happy person and you are going to continue on with your Spark journey with a renewed sense of anticipation and you are going to let the past, well, stay in the past!

I love you!

P.S. Let's try that again with the DW......from here on in it is going to stand for "DOING WONDERFUL"

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JOANNANOW 6/6/2012 11:31AM

    Gee you are so inventive! What an awesome piece of writing and illustrating!
I got my computer back after 3 days in the dark ages. It was great to find you had been blogging while I was out.
You are definitely the most optimistic depressive on the planet.
Sending hugs to you as you are Doing Wonderful,

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_LINDA 6/2/2012 5:09PM

    Fantabulous! You CAN do it Susan! You can do anything you put that amazing mind to!
Tracking has never been a problem for me -I love it, must be the morbid curiousity of how much I overate and is it possible to eat 4,000 calories in one meal, yes it is :P
Keep on Sparking (and blogging!)
Big Hugs

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CCASKEY37 6/2/2012 7:12AM

    I always enjoy your blogs. You always seem to have something to say that will get me off my butt and back to working on myself. Thanks. Especially, thanks for the comic with the dogs. I think they quoted mine.

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TEMPEST272002 6/2/2012 1:57AM

    You really are fun & very likeable. I enjoy reading your blogs & I know I"m not alone in that. Guess you're not alone either because so many of us identify with you. I also struggle to reconcile depression with my eternally optimistic nature. You're on the right track when you tell yourself to leave the past in the past. When we replay a painful conversation or event in our heads again and again we're really hurting ourselves again & again... and the person who hurt us, they only did it once. I sure get you with the food tracking too. I don't know why I resist it when I know what an effective tool it is. Got a giggle from the dog & cat cartoon.

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ARTJAC 6/2/2012 12:08AM

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POPSY190 6/1/2012 7:57PM

    Great attitude.

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NWILKER 6/1/2012 12:08PM

    Cheers and kudos!

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TEKRU1 6/1/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon LOVE this blog! What a great way of kicking your own behind! You'll have to write a follow-up to let us know how you're doing on the tracking (my own LEAST favorite part of being healthier!)

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CHRISTINA791 6/1/2012 11:26AM


I'm also challenging myself to clean up my tracking (accuracy works!) for this month. It's good to know I'm not alone in that.

We're going to rock June!

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BOVEY63 6/1/2012 11:21AM

    I love this blog ~ and you my friend!

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MOMITA3 6/1/2012 11:13AM

    WOW! I thought I was reading about myself. I absolutely love the dog and cat cartoon and the kind of women poster. Thanks so much for this blog! It is just great! emoticon

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SHEILA-45 6/1/2012 11:12AM

    Dear DW... I love it! Speaking to yourself in the third person is an amazing feat. I think we do it all the time it's just I've never seen anyone put it on paper. Very clever. Thank heavens for SP to keep us all on track, lift our spirits when we're down, and kick us in the butt when it's needed. You'll get there ...

BTW... my butt needs some serious kicking as I've been malingering in the 180's since November. I crept too close to the 190's last week and I had to kick it into high gear once summer break began; thankfully it's coming back down. Hopefully, I can break into the 170's in the next week or two.

Do tell how you created this wonderful blog. I don't know how to add anything other than the emoticons. I like the creativity. A big feather in your cap... KUDO's! Take a bow DW you done good! (an old southern saying) emoticon

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CHRIMSONFYRE 6/1/2012 10:56AM

    Love the blog and all the fun pictures!
You can get back on track, you're doing great!
Thanks for the inspiration today!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012


I cannot believe how long I have gone without blogging as it used to be something I did just about everyday but it has almost been a week now. So, I guess like everything else on Spark I have found out how to use it without becoming enslaved to it.

I've done quite a bit of walking which is good but more importantly (at least for me right now) is that I am really getting our house in order. I am a really lax housekeeper which I sort of "blame" my mother for since she was the complete opposite. She was so obsessed that she made us wear upstairs and downstairs slippers (we changed on the landing), she vacuumed clothes that was in the closet, and you could eat off of her floors. Me and my brother made a pact way back when that when one of us ever felt like that we would call the other! In fact, I just re-read a letter my brother wrote me right after John and I got married and he mentioned it in the letter as that was the first time in my life I had my own place. Funny, isn't it.

So, I have most of the closets gutted out and things are gone to good will that we don't need or use. I have clear storage boxes labelled and stacked and I am starting to feel like I can breathe again. I have a bad habit of letting things build up and build up and then I tackle everything at once. Ugh.

John's job is working out and he has already got a one dollar an hour raise! It is his job permanently if he wants it but I think he would like to get his apprenticeship done for the trade he studied last year. We've been weighing the pros and cons and this job is great and came at a good time but he will probably move on IF something better comes along.

Our finances are still in limbo but we are very lucky that we owe nothing on the house nor our car or truck. Food is our major expense and part of that is just living on an island where stuff has to be trucked in. I bought five bone-in chicken breasts yesterday and they cost $19! Yes, you read that right. We really prefer the skinless, boneless ones but can't really afford them right now.

We had a lovely weekend as we were invited to a friend's cabin. It took us about two hours to get there but it was well worth it. There are only about three cabins on this particular lake but the cabin has all of the conveniences of home. Maddy and Louisa LOVED it and we had a hard time keeping Lou dry between her swims. In the middle of the night a moose walked right by the cabin (we saw the prints the next morning) and it was so nice to be "in the woods". Flies were really bad all the same and I hate using fly repellent!

Our weather has been all over the place. I mentioned on my feed about a week ago that it was either high 20's or early 30's and some of you forgot I was talking about celcius. Saturday it was 24 degrees and today it is zero. This is typical of our springs though and at least the air is clean and there is always a fresh breeze. We rarely have any humidity which I know is a real problem in many areas.

I hope all is well with you all. I will try to get back in touch when my house is spic and span! On second thought that might never happen so I better stay in touch now! Ha!

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_LINDA 5/30/2012 2:17AM

    Good on you for getting your house in order. I too, am a bad one for letting everything all stack up, and with all the detris from my bridge club manager's job, I am usually swimming in paperwork! One day I get tired of looking for something, then its whirlwind clean up time!
So glas you could enjoy that nice interlude in the cabin!
That is awesome your husband finally has a job! But it would be nice if he could get in the field he trained for, but living on a small island -I don't imagine there are a lot of opportunities :((
Enjoy that freeing feeling of declutterng!
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POPSY190 5/30/2012 12:58AM

    Good news about the job. No spring cleaning here - it's autumn! But now that we can get back in the house I'm being very careful about what we bring back in - there have been a lot of items sent to charities. We were cluttered up with lots of things we kept because someone gave them to us, because they belonged to my mother, because they have lots of use/wear left in them, or because we just forgot we had them! Now they have gone the house is far from minimal but I feel we have things around us that we can enjoy or use and (important this) find and access! Good luck with the finances, and enjoy your spring.

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KAYDE53 5/29/2012 11:34PM

    That's great that you are getting so much accomplished!!! I've been trying to accomplish an extra project each week around the house for my spring cleaning. Glad to hear about your dh's job doing so well. Hope your weather gets better!! emoticon

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A1KAYOS 5/29/2012 2:29PM

    Susan, way to go on the spring cleaning!!! I do miss hearing about your walks and all your sightings, so this was wonderful to read!

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BOVEY63 5/29/2012 2:18PM

    It does feel good getting the house in order. Amazingly I am getting it done now that I am once again working full time - I need structure in my life in order to accomplish amything.

Wow, your mom was a clean fanatic - and I thought my grandmother was bad.

Happy to hear John's job is going well and that he received a raise. Have a wonderful day!

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    I am getting a start on my spring cleaning too, though this is mainly from packing and sorting things prior to having to move.


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EJOY-EVELYN 5/29/2012 12:30PM

    Hip hip hooray for breaking through the bondage of those things in our world that tend to enslave us.

May this attitude also carry over into those healthy habits you're focusing on to eat and move well.

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ILOVEMALI 5/29/2012 12:07PM

  Good for you. Think about all of the exercise that you got through spring cleaning! I'm still going through stuff -- it feels good to get rid of old clothes and things that are just holding me down.

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JOANNANOW 5/29/2012 10:51AM

    Oh boy spring cleaning takes so much energy... you sound like you are right on top of it though. I always think there is very little point in cleaning up unless there is an actual mess to tackle.

I got up this morning and there you were in my emails. I felt like you really came to visit me then I came to your place and you are so busy, positive and energetic! I really feel that you flew over to see me. I love it! You are the sweetest sparkler there ever was..... thank you so much for shining your light in my life. It lifted my spirits in a way that hasn't happened for a long time.

I can't believe you have bugs already! I have been loving the warmer days of May when the bugs haven't arrived yet. June and early July will bring the black flies here so there will be plenty of deet then. I hate it too! My big old black dog, Zak will be swimming soon too poor fellow hasn't been to the lake since I have been resting the darn foot.

My foot has improved marginally since the physio appointment and hopefully the healing will continue now. I think I am having a situational depression and with better feet and better weather it should lift. You are right about the winter hibernation and food. I have done better other years but really succumbed to it this time.

I am so glad that you are in a good space now.
Sending love and hugs. Have a lovely Tuesday and many thanks for all your wonderful comments.
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