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No foreward or backward steps....mostly lateral moves.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I haven't been around much, I know. I haven't been paying much attention to eating, drinking and exercise because I've been really gearing down on the remodeling here. The ceiling is almost finished tiling (tried to wallpaper it in Lincrusta, but have you ever tried to wallpaper a ceiling by yourself? Don't.), the wallpaper is done. Next week, I'll be building bookcases, assuming I figure out how to get around the Problem of the Wainscoting. Meanwhile, every square foot of floor is covered in stacks of books. Oh, and the tiling of the tub and surround is going well, but halted for the moment because I ran out of adhesive.

I feel like I've gotten a certain amount of exercise, even if it wasn't planned. My thighs have gotten a workout daily from going up ladders backwards, carrying ten foot pieces of dripping paper and my right shoulder is pretty much toast. And speaking of toast, I've solved the carb intake problem - I don't buy bread any more. I figure if I want some badly enough, I'll be forced to bake it myself, and that'll serve as a deterrent - so far, it's working. Now if I could just figure out what to do about mayonnaise....

Yesterday I put together two years' worth of tax paperwork for my accountant, and I'll drop that off for him tomorrow. Poor guy. (Possibly poor me, too - we'll see.) My brain has pretty much turned to mush, but it's okay. I mean, how much brain do you need to push grout into the little spaces?

I remember why I started this blog! I found something! Let's start from a different place:

About two, maybe three years ago, I found a little orange ceramic .... thingee. It was about 1/4" long, vaguely pointy, obviously broken off something. I have a ton of different kinds of fake birds in the sunroom, so I did a quick inventory, figuring someone had lost a beak. Oddly, all beaks seemed to be intact. I put the Thingee aside, figuring a beakless bird would turn up at some point.

Just now I was looking for something else entirely and sort of zeroed in on the many faeries, elves, gnomes, and little things like that, that are spread around in this one china closet, sitting in tea cups and the like. I was admiring them and paying proper attention to the little creatures, when I noticed it: a missing elf ear! And the remaining one is orange! That Thingee wasn't a beak, it was an elf ear! Now if I can just remember where I put it, I can glue it back on! Last seen on the book shelf in the kitchen.....

(And if - horrors! - I remember giving up and throwing it out, I'll have a good excuse never to throw anything away for another twenty years.)

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    It was so good to hear from you. Very entertaining blog. You certainly are busy. I love remodeling............with lots of help. LOL.

I have a tin in a kitchen drawer full of What is it? stuff. I'm sure I probably have an elf ear or 2.

I seldom have bread or mayo now. I've moved on to other things. LOL.

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SLIMLILA 3/13/2012 8:47PM

    Hey, wow,you sure are keeping busy... I remember - how many years ago?... must be around 2000, we bought a new to us house and my friend decided she would love to help me renovate. So we decided to paper, paint, take up carpet and lay down tiles... We went there every nite and I made us a nice supper and we worked til we were too tired... It looked very nice, totally changed the gold shag carpet to a nice forest green tile and we had purple paisley wallpaper in the bedroom and my sewing room was done in a butter yellow with a beautiful border of birds in houses built on a old fence.... good memories...

Keep up the great work,but remember to take care of yourself.

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SUZYMOBILE 3/12/2012 9:37AM

    The elf ear is why I no longer throw away an earring when I lose the other one. The mate often shows up in an unexpected place.

I understand that even PAINTING a ceiling is hell.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/11/2012 9:00PM

    I so enjoy your blogs. Glad to hear projects are getting completed!

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_UMAMI_ 3/11/2012 8:05PM

    Having two boys under 12 in the house, I've had "elf ears" lying about for YEARS (along with the mate-less socks).

I just threw out something that, apparently, was one of the feet to my husband's kitchen scale. HOW COULD I KNOW????

Very impressed with all your hard work.
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JANEDOE12345 3/11/2012 5:15PM

    Yes, you sound limber. I used to be limber and fit and that had nothing to do with my shoulders going. Both were due to bone spurs that cut into the muscles. almost severing some.. So maybe I should have warned you against bone spurs, lol.

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PENNYAN45 3/11/2012 4:17PM

    Your home improvements skills are impressive.
Tiling a ceiling and a bathtub - and building bookcases are major projects. WOW!

It sounds like you are getting lots of worthwhile exercise while shaping your environment.

Putting together two years worth of tax info is another huge and tiresome chore.

And in the midst of it all your attention to detail is such that you can reunite an elf with his ear.



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JANEDOE12345 3/11/2012 4:15PM

    I am sweating with exhaustion just reading all this. There is an important warning; MIND THAT SHOULDER! Having had surgery on both shoulders, i must emphasize that recovery is painful and long. No matter what you are doing, do it lighter, do it smarter, or skip it. Or get the elves to help.

Glad you are done with bread. Send me the mayo air freight. Love the stuff.

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/11/2012 3:56PM

    OMG!! I am so impressed at all the work you're achieving!!! Plus, you have to be getting plenty of exercise!!! Good for you!!! How about some pix when you're done?

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Heck, it's 2:30 in the morning - I don't have anything better to do.

A. Age: 56...I think. 2012...yes, 56 - soon to be 57

B. Bed size: double. I prefer queen, so all the various critters leave me some space, but it doesn't fit the frame I'm using.
C. Chore that you hate: all of them, but probably...washing floors

D. Dogs: always. I currently have my first dog that is strictly a pet - all the other dogs had jobs - guarding, herding, hunting, whatever.
E. Essential start to your day: Newspaper, coffee, crossword.
F. Favorite color: for what?

G. Gold or Silver: Silver. I was a silversmith for a while, and I love working with it. Never played with gold - too expensive.

H. Height: 5'6 1/2"

I. Instruments you play: piano, some guitar, lots more I'd like to learn
J. Job title: I've done so many things...currently, Open To Suggestion.
K. Kids: Two daughters

L. Live: Central New York

M. Mother's name: Shirley

N. Nicknames: Scooter, of course!

O. Overnight hospital stays: tonsils and babies

P. Pet peeves: people that ask for your help, then give you crap about how you did it.

Q. Quote from a movie: I'll think about it tomorrow.

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: no blood, many soul

T. Tattoos & Piercings: ears pierced (two left, three right); tattoos on left ankle and left chest - I did have a nose pierce, but I let it fill in. More tattoos are planned.

U. Underwear: what about it?

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: okra

W. What makes you run late: Not realizing how long it takes to get someplace.

X. X-Rays you've had: you name it, I've got a photo of it somewhere.

Y. Yummy food that you make: lasagna, pie, bread, soup...I'm not a good cook on my own, but I follow directions very well.
Z. Zoo animal: snakes

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    More Tats to come? I forgot to mention that I do have one tattoo... a vine wrapped around a very ugly gull bladder scar (the old fashioned pre-laser gull bladder scar). I figured it was never going anywhere so I might as well add a tattoo to it.

So whatcha planning to get? I have always wanted the word "liberal" tattooed on my arm like Janeane Garofalo.

(edit due to the fact that "tattoo" has three Ts... who knew?)

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GEMINIAN1 2/29/2012 11:17AM

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    You always make me laugh. And you never cease to amaze me. You can keep your snakes though. LOL.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 2/27/2012 9:34AM

    Enjoyed the A-Z! emoticon

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PJH2028 2/27/2012 9:13AM

    Fun. Happy to know more of you. Still grateful for your support last month. We 50somethings bonding in special ways. March is going to be enjoyable - I feel it.;- emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/27/2012 9:11AM

    How ya doin', Scoot? Thought you did an A-Z recently. How cool to work with silver. You can do your own jewelry. Have a good day.

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PUDLECRAZY 2/27/2012 6:09AM

    Mmmm, lasagna!

I'm with you on the instrument thing. I want to play them all, and well, LOL!

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KORTANA1980 2/27/2012 2:58AM

    A. Age: 31

B. Bed size: queen

C. Chore that you hate: washing dishes

D. Dogs: not currently, but i want one

E. Essential start to your day: weighing myself :P

F. Favorite color: pink

G. Gold or Silver: Silver

H. Height: 5'1

I. Instruments you play: piano/keyboard

J. Job title: mommy

K. Kids: 2 girls ages 2 & 10

L. Live: San Antonio, TX

M. Mother's name: Mary

N. Nicknames: Felish

O. Overnight hospital stays: childbirth, wls

P. Pet peeves: leaving doors open while the a/c is on

Q. Quote from a movie: stop looking at me swan

R. Right- or left-handed: Right

S. Siblings: 1 sister, 4 brothers

T. Tattoos & Piercings: no tattoos, had plenty of piercings on my face and ears, but let them all close, except the ones on my ears

U. Underwear: haha

V. Vegetable(s) you hate: i dont know what sourkraut, but its gross

W. What makes you run late: taking forever to get the kids and myself ready

X. X-Rays you've had: probably just my teeth

Y. Yummy food that you make: enchiladas, spagetti, anything really

Z. Zoo animal: panda

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28 Day Boot Camp, Day 2 - a little better....

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Today was a "sculpt/cardio" day, and in fact, as I suspected, my muscles are in better shape than my cardiovasculer system. I could use some heavier weights - started out with fives, because that's what I could find around here easily, but I could do with eights, and maybe even tens for some of it. *remembers when she curled 20s...ah, youth...*

The main problem today is the superfluity of four-leggers who seemed fascinated by what I was doing, probably because they've never seen me do it before - in recent memory, anyway. I was on the floor! *Their* floor.....but not playing or looking under the sofa with the flashlight...fascinating! Whatever is she up to? Let's look more closely.....

...and so forth. if this continues, I may have to put them out of the room. Plus, I get the distinct feeling that one of the cats is laughing at me. emoticon emoticon

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VALERIEMAHA 3/4/2012 10:59PM

    Four-legged yoga practitioner:

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GEMINIAN1 2/22/2012 9:03AM

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    ROFLMBO!! These guys are your coaches, silly. LOL. Bob and Jillian. LOL.

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/8/2012 8:17AM

    Gotta love the animals!!! they keep it interesting!

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RUSSELLORAMA 2/7/2012 10:09PM

    Good luck with keeping the critters at bay!

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_UMAMI_ 2/7/2012 9:50PM

    My problem w/ floor exercises is finding all the crap that has been stuffed under the sofa....then I get distracted and go on a cleaning bender.

What I've noticed about cardio vs. ST: cardio improves my mood immediately, and it lasts for a while. ST often improves my mood, but I'm very pissy while I'm doing it. But what I *LOVE* about ST is that, even when I'm REALLY tired in general, my muscles work without a great deal of exertion. As in, lifting a 30 lb. container of cat litter off the store shelf and putting it in my cart or car---NO PROBLEMO. (and no day-after back-ache!)


I hope you are marking your progress in some way that works for you.

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AWESOMECAROL55 2/7/2012 7:03PM

    My doggies tried to help me the first time I did the DVD..PLAYTIME!!!.Now I have to put them in another room to keep from getting kisses!!

Proud of you..did I hear you say it's getting easier?? Keep it up!!


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PUDLECRAZY 2/7/2012 6:55PM

    LOL! Any time I do floor exercises, Stella thinks it's time to play "Pin the People."

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EMRANA 2/7/2012 6:46PM

  YAY for a good day!

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    But aren't cats always laughing at us humans about something or other anyway?

Good luck with your 28-day boot camp!

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SUZYMOBILE 2/7/2012 2:23PM

    Dingo and Coolio insisted on curling up next to me while I exercised. Coolio sat on my belly while I did crunches. I used to call it cat- or dog-lates.

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HIPPICHICK1 2/7/2012 2:23PM

    Oh, if cats could laugh...
But you've gotta admit you've probably had a few good chuckles from the antics of the animals.
Good Luck with Day 3!!
P.S. Are you doing Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp DVD?

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28 Day Boot Camp, Day 1 - Well, okay - that was demoralizing.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Bearing in mind that a short twenty years ago I was an aerobics *instructor*, let's see what we just learned:

- I still can't just roll out of bed and exercise. Other than a very gentle Sun Salutation, I never could.

- my balance has *really* gone to..the dogs.

- I still have very little ability to listen to directions and don't pick up moves quickly. (I used to tell my students to concentrate on the legs first, then add the arms when the legs were solid - I can't even listen to my *own* instructions! AGH!)

- however, I can still keep flailing around to keep my heart rate up, and know that, in time, I'll pick it up (I only said I was an aerobics instructor - I never said I was a choreographer)

- it takes very little to keep my heart rate up, even with good ol' Jewel on my side.

- my foot is still injured.

- I need new cross-trainers.

However, its been fifteen minutes now since I stopped - a whole 22 minutes of workout, ten of which was warm-up and cool-down, which seems like baby stuff, only it was *hard* - and I honestly do feel a bit better.

- I remember I felt pretty much the same way when I first started doing aerobics, 25 years ago - only I was a good fifty pounds lighter then....maybe this isn't going to be as bad as I thought.

- Okay, I bought the !@#$ video, I'm in it for 28 days. By March 5th it'll be over. At least for that round. (I had intended to start on Feb 1st and just make this the February from...some other place...but I couldn't access enough living room floor until I finished listing the stupid books.)

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GEMINIAN1 2/22/2012 9:04AM


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I'm proud of you!


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HIPPICHICK1 2/7/2012 2:02PM

    The hardest part is getting out of bed.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 2/7/2012 10:29AM

    Yep, know the feeling..I used to swim 2 miles daily, walk 5 miles a day, and dance 3 nights a week. I played golf, badmitten, tried tennis, was rather active. Now, look forward to gardening, reading.

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SLIMLILA 2/6/2012 10:40PM

    It's so easy to fall off the exercise wagon.... I was enjoying it so much and suddenly didn't do it for 1 day, then 2, then a week, and yesterday, we went and walked outside and today we walked a whole hour... I do enjoy it, but then I just fall off the wagon again. You're brave going for a 28 day boot camp....commitment, persistence!!! emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 2/6/2012 6:49PM

    Which video did you get? It sounds daunting.

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EMRANA 2/6/2012 6:47PM

  You write such fun blogs! *teehee*

It's only day one ~ by the time you finish all 28, you'll be amazed at what you can do.

And for the record, I do yoga six mornings a week, but I can't just roll out of bed to do it either. I set my alarm ten minutes early, and stretch out in my bed before I start my modified sun salutations and go from there (I cannot come down into upward facing dog anymore since my disc ruptured, so I have to do a shortened version of sun salutation). So don't feel bad!


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PUDLECRAZY 2/6/2012 5:47PM


It is always hard to get back after being away for a long time. And harder for shorter amounts of time as we get older. Sucks, but true. I do the same thing, flail around to the video or to the zumba moves, etc. The important thing is to keep moving, right? And it does feel good once we've exercised. You'll get back into it.


But that balance thing.... that is important! I recommend balancing exercises. I bought a foam roller and a balance board for that purpose, but simple exercises like the tree or even just balancing on one foot are good to help preserve balance.

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    ROFLMBO!! I can relate. I have bought a few videos where teenage nymphs weighting 14 pounds are bouncing off the wall and I have stood there and wondered what the heck I thought I was doing but it does get easier or you drop dead. LOL.

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_UMAMI_ 2/6/2012 3:01PM

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The hardest part is getting started......

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    You did it! This is just the beginning!
In no time you'll be a boot camp master!

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AWESOMECAROL55 2/6/2012 12:02PM

    Hey now..if it was one would buy it! Baby steps are were kicking all the peoples asses who were sitting on the couch!! You are a winner..don't give up! I did the DVD and it was a great workout and I workout 6 days a week BUT I had to work up to it...there is no magic just hard work! You did good!!

My balance needs work too!!


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BETHGILLIGAN 2/6/2012 10:33AM

    28 day BOOT CAMP!! Of course, it was hard! I never buy DVD with "boot" or "camp" in the title!!! LOL But, look at that. You survived and you even admitted you felt pretty good!!! Hooray!! Keep it up! You can do this! 27 more days!

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SUZYMOBILE 2/6/2012 10:17AM

    Come on, lady! You can do this! And it WILL get better.

At least you got through the first one, which is better than I did, the last time I tried one of these boot camps. My old joints just couldn't take it, so I gave up, realizing that I need simpler sessions and my usual 5 miles of walking a day instead.

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ABC quiz courtesy of DEBBIEANNE1124

Thursday, February 02, 2012

A- AGE 56...I think...

B- BOOKS - too many to count - put eighty more on Amazon today

C-CHORE - anything that isn't fun

D-DOG - only one at the moment, Lucy - a midsized black hybrid

E-ESSENTIALS - peace and quiet and a really good handbag

F-FAVORITE COLOR - for what?

G-GAMES - anything but Scrabble. For some reason I completely and absolutely fail at Scrabble. I stopped being able to help my kids with their "scrambled word" homework after second grade. Favorite game is probably Mastermind.

H-HOMETOWN - Philadelphia, PA

I-INDULGENCES - yes, please

J-JOB - you name it, as long as I'm self-employed

K-KIDS - two daughters

L-LIVING ARRANGEMENTS - big old farmhouse, alone

M-MUSIC - blues, the older the better, but really just about anything

N-NUMBER OF SIBLINGS - zero by blood, many of the heart

O-ORANGES OR APPLES - apples (I'd be thrown out of central new york if I said oranges)

P-PHOBIAS - polar bears

Q-QUOTE - can't think of anything clever offhand

R-REASON TO SMILE - very bad and incredibly destructive 8 month old boy cat - totally clueless

S-SEASON - pretty much any, although winter can get a little long up here sometimes


U-UNKNOWN FACT ABOUT ME - I can drive a bulldozer!

V-VEGGIES - anything but okra

W-WORST HABIT - I dunno...there are so many choices...talking to myself, maybe, or leaving my shoes downstairs (now that I live alone, I just throw them all in a laundry basket - when it's full I lug them upstairs and start over.)

Y-YUMMY FOOD I LIKE TO EAT - homemade pierogies

Z-ZODIAC - Pisces, Scorpio rising, moon in Capricorn

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PUDLECRAZY 2/3/2012 7:29PM

    I love Scrabble, but most of my friends feel like you do about it. Oh, well!

I want a blog about your tatt - with pics!

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    Tattoos you say.... well now I'm curious. (you show me yours and I'll show you mine!)

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    phobia - polar bears?? LOL. You never cease to surprise me, GF. LOL.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/3/2012 9:57AM

    Fun list. I share lots in common with you. Have a good day.

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    emoticon You seem to be doing just fine. I like pierogies as well.

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SUZYMOBILE 2/3/2012 8:34AM

    Who's totally clueless? The cat, or you, for putting up with him?

Fear of polar bears! There must be a word for that. Probably pepsiphobia.

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_UMAMI_ 2/3/2012 12:17AM

    I _do_ like that you know your Astrological makeup. Is that bad? I guess we might not get along at all in person, since I'm an Aries with Aquarius rising and moon in Taurus.
And I excell at Scrabble. But I love Mastermind!

I totally agree w/ you on favorite color. I could only name a favorite color if you told me what it was *FOR*. (i.e. fave color for cat is black) And what _shade_?!


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