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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

About not having time to exercise???

Not complaining, just listing:


7:00 arrive at theater to prepare for rehearsal.

8:30 - 3:00 - rehearse with children, try to have some free time at the theater, but the temperature is 48 degrees and rainy. Playing in the park and eating in the picnic pavilion - not so fun.

3:30- 5:30 - faculty meeting

6:00 dinner

7:00 time to check phone messages and check in on the computer.

7:30 - wrap graduation tee shirts for my graduates and fill out diplomas.


7:00 arrive at theater to prepare for rehearsal.

8:30 - 3:00 - rehearse with children, try to have some free time at the theater, but the temperature will be 60 degrees and rainy.

5:30 - get balloons for grads.

6:00 - 8:00 - graduation and end of the year family picnic. See above weather report.


7:00 arrive at theater to prepare for rehearsal.

8:30 - 11:00 - rehearse with children.

1:00 - 2:30 - dress rehearsal for cast A.

3:15 - back to the school to make and print programs for the performance.


7:00 arrive at theater to prepare for rehearsal.

9:00 - 10:30 - dress rehearsal for cast B.

1:00 - 2:30 - rehearse with children.

5:30 - back to the theater to get ready for the performance.

7:00 - 9:00 - Opening night.


8:00 - 10:00 - get camper ready for end-of the year camping trip

11:30 - back to the theater to prepare for second show.

1:00 - 3:00 - second performance

3:00 - 5:00 - strike the set, clean the theater, take everything back to the school

In the mean time, I am really focusing on my anti-inflammation diet. I have not had any sugar other than what comes naturally in fruits and veggies, no canned, frozen or processed foods, and no coffee or wine. It seems to be helping, although I have lost too much weight. I am now down to 119, which is too thin. After weighing myself today, I boosted up my intake of almonds and had a bigger breakfast and brought a boiled egg and a large fruit salad for snacks as well as my lunch. The thing is, I really cannot tolerate much food at one sitting.

I have acupuncture scheduled for after school next Monday and should get the results of my biopsies on Tuesday after school.

In the little spaces I am getting time for me, I am reading, or consciously relaxing.

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MARY1313 5/19/2011 10:43AM

    Ha! if you try to exercise with all of that going on, you will probably do harm to yourself. take it as easy as you can right now, because what you have on tap is exercise!!!


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JAZZMINE 5/19/2011 8:44AM

    You are getting a different kind of exercise in those rehearsals! We all have performance week when that takes priority. This week is standardized testing for us, so I am getting a break!


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LMB-ESQ 5/19/2011 7:47AM

    I don't think you need any scheduled organized exercise right now. You're doing quite enough! You said you've lost too much weight, you're on your feet all day, you're lugging around heavy stuff, what else do you need? I say don't worry about it until after school lets out for the summer. Then put in some organized exercise. Otherwise you're going to overstress yourself and that's no good for anyone!

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    Oh, you got me with the food picture. I'm a nut for brussel sprouts.
Excuses, no. Need to make an adjustment, yes.
You are getting "fitness minutes" for moving but no real cardio or strength exercise. Kind of like frenzied gardening for 2 days. Lots of movement, aches and nice flowers but no long term improvement in your body.
Try adding some plain old stretching exercises in the morning before you go out. It shouldn't take long and it will help pattern" some of your muscles and your day. YOGA!

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BADASSBLONDIE 5/18/2011 7:51PM

    dayum, girl, that's a LOOOOOT of stuff. Will it calm down after this week? If so then I say keep working on getting that food in, maybe choose one morning to get a walk or something in, and call it a week. *hugs*

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PUDLECRAZY 5/18/2011 4:19PM

    Thanks, it is incredibly physically demanding directing a play and I am literally on my feet and moving round for most of the day, plus carrying sets, props, etc. In fact, I log in exercise points under 'acting' since 'directing' isn't a choice. I'm just not getting organized exercise in.

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OLDERDANDRT 5/18/2011 9:16AM

    OK, so here's an idea tho not a great one.......try to keep moving. I'm thinking if you just do some walking in place while you are getting ready for your play and stuff. So, you can't just leave the kids and go walk a mile or 2, you can constantly be walking in place or round in circles! I know, boring, but if you're working on what you have to be working on and just keeping the ole tootsies moving at the same time, maybe it'll help a little!! Of coulrse you are losing weight with the litte bits you are presently able to eat, but once you get through school and get your gut taken care of, I think it'll all work itself out! Just take care to get all the nutrition you can!


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WATERMELLEN 5/17/2011 9:55PM

    Um, no: you are pushing yourself so hard that any little interstices of time you can claim need to be spent relaxing, sipping wine, listening to music, patting Stella . . .and Luna . . .and whatever else heals your soul!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/17/2011 9:29PM

    You are doing great, dinner looks good. emoticon

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STEVENSAILE12 5/17/2011 7:46PM

    Making excuses for not exercising!! That got me tierd just reading it. You have more to do in one day than most people have in a week.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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MCGS62 5/17/2011 7:23PM

    No that schedule IS exercise non performers have No Idea what is involved with a play or musical even if it is school kids planning and organization is everything and demanding. I'm not suprised that you lost weight at all.
especially when you are eating brussle sprouts corn and
?morelle? mushrooms.
Have a glass of wine it's goog for you

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Anti-inflammation Diet, Day 2

Monday, May 16, 2011

I think this is the last report I'll make on this topic for a while, unless people want more info on the anti-inflammation diet.


oatmeal with blueberries, walnuts, and Almond Breeze, water

Morning Snack:

Bibb lettuce with a boiled egg and a bit of olive oil


Sandwich (made with sprouted grain bread, yesterday's chicken, sauteed shitake mushrooms, asparagus, and avocado), half a sweet potato with a dash of cinnamon, ice tea.


Baked salmon, steamed kale with a little apple cider vinegar, fried brown rice ( with shitakes, carrots. onion, garlic, and a little tamari), and fresh daikon radish.


Fresh pineapple

Over the course of the day, 2 cups of cabbage juice.

Plus my supplements, but no fish oil today since I had salmon.

Worked HARD at the theater with the children today. The first day in the theater is always a tough one as we block the scenes on the stage we are going to use. It is a huge hassle not to have our own theater to use. It's been my experience that the children always rise to the occasion, and pull of an excellent performance in spite of the fact that we have such a short amount of theater time before the actual performance. I do love this theater, though. It is small so the stage doesn't 'swallow up' the young performers, and their voices carry better.

Apropos of nothing, this is little Emmitt, our parrotlet. Parrotletts are referred to as the 'little clowns of the parrot world' and he definitely fits the bill. He is very playful and he loves his tickles!

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1LBDOWN 7/26/2011 3:26PM

  I did a search on Spark today for Anti-Inflammation Diet and this came up. I'm interested!!

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IUHRYTR 5/20/2011 3:18PM

    Looks like he's ready for a belly rub. -- Lou

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CAROLIAN 5/18/2011 1:57AM

    gorgeous little bird very cute lol
diet sounds ok will have to try it as my joints are jumping at the moment emoticon

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MARY1313 5/17/2011 3:59PM

    Awww what a cutie Emmitt is! I have always wanted a bird, but not a big loud noisy one!

Great diet too!


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    Love the picture of Emmitt!!!

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    I've gone for ginger for stomach issues every time. I learned this from a VERY ancient friend, KC who was from Taiwan. (Formosa. Not only do I love the taste, I think it really works.
I use it in the form of sticky ginger candy or in green tea.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/16/2011 9:05PM

    what a sweet little bird! I love reading your food entries Chris. If you throw in a Stella story in there even better, Victoria

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PUDLECRAZY 5/16/2011 7:05PM

    Emmitt is about 7 years old and I've had him since he was a bald little chick. He does talk, but it's very hi and fast so he's a little hard to understand. Mostly he says, "Pretty bird" He used a bigger vocabulary when I still had my Quaker parrot. Tommy had a huge vocabulary, and Emmitt, well, parroted him. There is a photo of him in my photo gallery - a head shot. He is really very beautiful.

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0309COOKIE 5/16/2011 6:34PM

    Aaaawww, Emmitt is really cute! This is the first I have heard of him. Have you had him long? How old is he? Does he talk?

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WATERMELLEN 5/16/2011 6:07PM

    Diet sounds pretty delish: hope it helps do its job.

And . . . tapering off all your activities when you are able: do doctors think that might help too?

Little Emmitt is adorable!!

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My Super Duper Anti-inflammation Diet Day One

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I'll have to wait another week and a half before I get my biopsy results back. In the mean time, the suspected gastritis is what I am focusing on. Erythema was discovered in several places on my esophagus, and in my stomach. So, whatever the cause, that means inflammation.

I checked a book out of the library yesterday to read up on foods that cause inflammation and foods that fight it, as well as doing some internet searches. then went shopping and loaded my kitchen with inflammation fighters. I wasn't that far off, but some food (like dairy) need to get cut back and some foods need to be increased.

Mike wanted to go out to eat for breakfast this morning, so that was a bit challenging, however, I did find some things on the menu that fit with my program. Here's my day:

Breakfast at the restaurant:

Whole grain cinnamon French toast with no sugar or syrup added, a fresh fruit cup, and a glass of water - I was pleased to be able to make this selection.


2 boiled oh-so-fresh eggs from my beautiful chicken girls who get organic feed and have the whole back yard as their foraging territory, fresh pineapple, and half an apple with cinnamon sprinkled on it, and water.


Organic chicken baked with garlic, shitake mushrooms, olive oil, a bit of tumeric, and sprinkled with fresh rosemary, half a sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon, a few chunks of daikon radish, and fresh asparagus, and water.

I juiced a whole cabbage and am planning to drink four 4 oz. servings of this daily.

Actually, everything, including the fresh cabbage juice, was very tasty.

Supplements included fish oil, probiotics, and a chewable multivitamin.

I spent today getting ready for my busy next two weeks. I got the key to the theater and brought all of the props and costumes I could over to the theater. My script, amp, and the 'magic carpet' are in the truck, ready to go. Tomorrow morning I need to pick up the keyboard and flats, and get back to the theater before 8:30 when the children get dropped off.

While at the school, I made copies of the camping information and parent volunteer forms to hand out to the children. Last night I spent a couple of hours getting all of that information up on my class website, and notifying parents that the information was there, but I find I need the paper notifications as well.

Went to the health food store to get a fresh supply of fish oil, probiotics, and vitamin e, then home to wash all of the bedding, etc. for the camper so I will be ready for the camping trip. I also vacuumed the camper, mopped the floors, and scrubbed the bathroom. Now I can wait until next weekend to finish packing the camper. It is just too wet and going to be wet all week. Everything will be damp and get moldy if I put it in there now. Oh, next weekend? That's also the spring musical ~ Friday and Saturday. Somehow, it WILL all get done.

So, for myself, I am going to focus on staying organized (I even got a new 'list' notebook), eating only healthy and inflammation fighting foods, drinking plenty of water and camomile tea, and making certain I get my meditation time at least twice a day so I can stay centered.

This picture is actually from last summer but it shows my happy chickens, Eleanor, Lenore, and Norah, chillin' in their back yard. They do lay the most delicious eggs!

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IUHRYTR 5/20/2011 3:20PM

    It's nice seeing you relaxing, even if from a year ago. -- Lou

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CORPUSANNIE 5/16/2011 12:02PM

    I'm working on making my eating habits a lot less inflammatory too! My arthritis is slowly improving and am feeling healthier.
Good luck to you.
montie emoticon emoticon

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KRITTERKEEPERS 5/16/2011 11:01AM

    I love this picture of you relaxing in your yard with your niece, Stella, and some of your happy chickens. What you really need is more time to spend like that. For that matter, that's what I need too!
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MARY1313 5/16/2011 10:08AM

    You are so proactive! I know you will get a handle on this. I know about the cinnamon too. My Grandmother was the community herbalist when I was growing up. People always came to her for what ever was going on in their lives and she always knew the combination of what to brew. Her Mother was an herbalist too.

Some of my best memories come from learning how to find ginger root and sweet shrubs. She used the sweet shrub seed balls for her perfume. She would grind it up and wrap it in a small piece of cloth and tuck it into her sleeve. I loved her smell!

Tumeric is another that she used a lot too.


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AQUAJANE 5/16/2011 8:35AM

    I love the picture of you, (your daughter?), Stella and the chicks, and the earlier ones of the flowers (thanks for naming yellow ragwort, I wondered what it was called).

For what it's worth, especially since I now know you have a juicer, a Chinese acquaintance gave me the simple recipe for what she called a traditional antiviral. It's a tea that I make often in the winter and whenever i feel I'm coming down with a cold or have throat issues. The four main ingredients are a lemon, ginger root, a cinnamon stick and water. The cinnamon stick gets simmered in the (several cups of) water until the "tea" is as dark as you'd like it. Meanwhile, juice the lemon with peel and ginger. The ratio I was given was a half lemon to ginger the size of your little finger. The extract can be saved in the fridge a day or two without losing potency. When the cinnamon tea mixture is as dark as you'd like, take it off the heat and add the lemon/ginger mixture and as much of your favorite sweetener as you'd like. I like piquant foods so sometimes I don't add sweetener, but my dad loves adding honey and of course there are many other sweeteners (I've just replanted stevia). The key is not boiling the lemon/ginger mixture. This recipe is the reason I keep my juicer, since I'm not one for cabbage juice and for me I'd rather get the fiber from carrots and whole fruit whose juice I also enjoy.

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PUDLECRAZY 5/16/2011 5:55AM

    There are a lot of different anti-inflmmation diet books out there. The one that was available at my library is 'The Inflammation Syndrome' by Jack Challem. It is worth the read, and for me, worth the try.

Yes, cinnamon is good for many things; it has antioxidant properties, helps regulate blood sugar, and is anti-inflammatory. It is also delicious.

Other anti-inflammatory herbs and spices include, tumeric, rosemary, oregano, and ginger.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/15/2011 10:32PM

    is Stella going camping also? I should get a book like that at the library. What is it called?

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WATERMELLEN 5/15/2011 10:19PM

    Good for you, taking charge right away of your new anti-inflammation diet: I hope it works for you.

I had my oatmeal with cinnamon and vanilla almond breeze today, a few raisins and some chopped almonds sprinkled on top: delicious, wonder if that would work for you??

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NERYLX 5/15/2011 10:08PM

    I saw a common link in most of your meals above: cinnamon. I take it that is an inflammation fighter? Sounds good on an apple. I'll have to try it.

Keep me posted on how that anti-inflammation diet is going. I often think about that for my asthma. :)

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That's Done

Friday, May 13, 2011

Unless sleeping is an activity, I guess I won't be getting any activity points today. I got through the endoscopy, although the wait for it was long and a little nerve wracking. One person took longer than expected and it backed everything up, so mine was a hour later than scheduled. I was sorry I didn't bring my Kindle ( I am reading Unbroken -A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption), but they gave me some magazines to read. Pretty boring fare, but better than sitting there with an IV in my arm staring at the ceiling.

The Dr. took biopsies of several places that were inflamed, and I will have more information about them in a couple of weeks. No ulcer, yes, hiatal hernia, maybe gastritis, maybe Barrett's (I hope not!). I was pleased with the results of the acupuncture for the digestive issues, so I plan to *stick* with that, emoticon

So, instead of working I enjoyed a nice, long, deep nap when I got home. Just the deep sleep I was needing, snuggled up with Stella and Luna. Then a friend picked me up so I could got out for another friend's birthday dinner, a pleasant outing. Back home, and ready to go back to sleep. I think by tomorrow morning the anesthesia should be pretty well slept off.

Now, back to sleep for me. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 5/14/2011 5:51PM

    Hoping all results are good ones. -- Lou

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TISHTOES 5/14/2011 4:22PM

    Wow, good pun for acupuncture. Glad you are okay and praying for great results.

Enjoy some rest.

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CAROLIAN 5/14/2011 4:12PM

    Well done at least it is over now .Chill out a little lol emoticon

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    Glad you got through phase 1, discovery.
Next is diagnosis.
Next is learning how to live with it or fixing it.
Through it all is hugs, love and good wishes.

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MARY1313 5/14/2011 12:59AM

    Keeping good thoughts about the outcome of the test. Glad you have those two snuggle bunnies to sleep with!


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0309COOKIE 5/13/2011 11:48PM

    Glad to hear the procedure is behind you now. Sweet sleep with Stella and Luna.

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DOR2BFIT 5/13/2011 10:03PM

    Glad it went well- I just read your last 5 blogs- my subscription to your blog got broken- miss one, you miss them all! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 5/13/2011 9:13PM

    Stella and Luna: so comforting. I'm glad you're getting rest.

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Blue Birds, Gold Finch, Blue and Gold

Thursday, May 12, 2011

There are definitely 5 babies, so there was a perfect hatch. They are really growing fast and beginning to feather out.

Mike caught a frantic gold finch who couldn't find its way out of the garage. Poor thing was so happy to be let out!

I love the little blue violets.

But have you ever seen yellow violets?

Blue dame's rocket

Yellow ragwort

And of course, the blue and gold iris are now in bloom.

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WATERMELLEN 5/13/2011 7:15PM

    Such kindness, such beauty!!

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MARY1313 5/13/2011 10:54AM

    Awww so great what God has made! thanks for sharing1


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PONYFARMER 5/12/2011 11:16PM

    Thank you for sharing the beauty that God has created for us all to enjoy.

BTW, that yellow and black bird looks suspiously like a bird I caught raiding my hummingbird feeder. Silly birds.

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IUHRYTR 5/12/2011 11:09PM

    Isn't nature wonderful, both the generally referring to it as the animal world and the plant/foliage world? I always enjoy the pictures you share. Thank you. -- Lou

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0309COOKIE 5/12/2011 8:52PM

    What a delightful blog!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/12/2011 8:42PM

    Such beauties!! The birdies and the flowers!!! Our Robins finally fledged today! All 4 of them. I missed the actual take off's. 3 were gone this morning and the last left soon after lunch. Saw an adult with a big, long worm come to the nest and looked puzzled b/c there was no family to feed!!! Kind of sad. Just hope with all the kitties in the near vacinity that they all survive!!!! Love your pics, as always!!!


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MEOWSNEWPAGE 5/12/2011 8:11PM

    5 little baby birdies-
cute when they sleep
wait till their a little older- always have their beaks open looking for hand outs.

Goldy Finchy-- OOO La La ! nice pose!
yellow chocolate easter peep has a motorcycle in his garage!
chirp chirp


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KELLYD1958 5/12/2011 7:24PM

    Thank you! Wonderful!

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RITZIBROWN 5/12/2011 7:21PM

    Isn't life beautiful! emoticon emoticon

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