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The Oil Change

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

emoticon Decided I'd take my car in for an oil change, made the appointment, took a good book along to read, and arrived right on time. The sign said to allow about an hour for them to do their job. OK -- coffee looked strong and the cream was powdered, so I decided to skip that luxury.

About 45 minutes later one of the mechanics approached me and said, "I was going to rotate your tires but I noticed the two in the back are almost down to metal (whatever that means) so you really need new tires - NOW! Would you like me to price new tires for you?" I told him yes, which he had already done anyway, and back comes his answer: $520 including tax, mounting, etc. and I can do that for you right now if you like.

I decide to go for it, he said it would be another 30 minutes. So I read some more but in about 30 minutes the boss comes up to me and informs me they didn't have the tires on hand and had to run over to the store. They are very sorry it is taking so long. Well, I've been there so long now, no use leaving at this point, so I hand him my book, ask him to put it in my car, and inform him I'll take a walk while they finalize it. "How much longer?" I ask. "30 to 45 minutes" I'm told.

That's how I got my morning walk in today. My dog missed out on it, but at least I got mine in, and everyone knows my shape is more important than hers (hers is just oblong). Finally it's been 40 minutes and I head back. I sit down and just have time to glance at the newspapers headlines and they are calling my name.

As I pay the bill I jokingly say "expensive oil change." But of course, the owner doesn't seem to get the joke, he's probably thinking to himself "today is going great!" so to each his own. On the bright side these new tires have a warranty of 65,000 miles -- at my age that seems like a long, long time!

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LIS193 5/13/2010 4:22PM

    Well done getting your walk in!

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MRE1956 5/13/2010 9:55AM least you turned the lemons into lemonade by getting a nice walk in.....


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SKINNY_PYLON 5/13/2010 5:15AM

    Well at least you got new tires, even if it was bogus. You're better off than my grandma, she's really attached to her rotten mechanic because its the guy my grandpa went to before he passed. Since then he's totally taken advantage of her! I've tried to bring it up, but she gets emotional so.. At least he's nice and chit chats with her, on her many many visits... lol

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SUNNYARIZONA 5/12/2010 11:55PM

    Good heavens where did you buy those tires??? I am assuming you have a BIG HONKING car! All four new ones bought with lifetime warantee and care from Firestone were about $300!

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SCOTMAMA 5/12/2010 10:05PM

    I told my friends about my experience tonight as we were having dinner together, and the man got really angry. He said there was "NO WAY" my car could have needed tires with only 22,500 miles on it. But it's done now, so he can't even look at the old tires to see how bad they were. Live and learn! Maybe next
time I'll ask for a second opinion. So maybe I'm just a little old lady that got taken advantage of.

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PSMITH3841 5/12/2010 8:54PM

    I recently went through the same thing....But I noticed, there was a time that a mechanic suggesting I spend an additional few hundred bucks, not to mention the additional time involved, would have sent me into a tizzy... doing the mental math, evaluating the need, the re-arranging my, no biggie, needs to be done, Ok, I'll's too short, besides, 65,000 miles is a pretty good warranty, wouldn't mind having one of those on me! emoticon Penny

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OMG! I Need a What?

Monday, May 10, 2010

I kind of smiled when the doctor suggested I have a colonoscopy -- but he informed me the scheduling for them was really backed up, and it may be as long as a six month wait. A person could forget almost anything in six months; I've forgotten some of my kids' names in less time than that.

But not too long ago the dreaded call came informing me I needed to schedule time with the specialist who does the colonoscopy procedure. OK, that went fine and it was in just one week. I wanted to get it done and over with, ASAP, but as I related this desire to the doctor and informed him I was going to Las Vegas to baby sit in just over a week; he shook his head. "There can be no travel for at least 2 weeks after this procedure." I told him my departure date and also the date I would arrive back home. I was arriving back home mid-week, so he said we would do the colonoscopy first thing the following Monday. Boy! Did he ever mean "first thing" as I was to arrive at the Hospital at 6:30 a.m.

I don't know who dreamed up the "prep schedule" you have to go through before you are even ready for the procedure, but it must have been someone who had a prior position with the FBI or CIA or someone - someone who knew how to torture a person until they would agree to anything and everything!

I'm a gal who has a terrible time getting my 8 glasses of water down each day! And now they tell me I'm to fill this humongous jug with water. In the bottom is some innocent looking powder -- kind of like Kool-Aid like when you were a kid, it even came in different flavors. So although it looked like a lot of liquid I figured "Well, I can divide it and enjoy all three flavors! Great, except they all tasted the same! Pineapple, Cherry, Orange -- you'd never know which was which but it didn't matter because after about the third glass you just grit your teeth, closed your eyes and DRANK!

And for all of you out there who think you have "muscle control" and YOU never have any problem if you have to go potty and you're on the road and the driver says, "only 10 more minutes to the reststop." Believe me, if you were drinking this powerful drink, you wouldn't make 10 seconds, much less minutes! And do not even THINK about getting further away from the toilet than maybe 2 feet. You might even be surprised at that distance.

After some close calls, and a few "accidents" I decided to take a book I was reading and just settle myself on the potty! Ever tried that for 2 hours? Oh -- did I say 2 hours? What was I thinking. There was 136 ounces in that jug, they wanted you to drink an 8 oz. glass every 15 to 20 minutes and that equals 17 glasses, and going for the leisurely 20 minute interval equals 5 hours and 40 minutes. And that's just the 'drinking' time -- it's fast, but it does take at least another hour or more to make sure it's ALL out of your body. But hey! great way to lose weight. Yes, I forgot to tell you -- you can't eat that day, it would be counter productive! And being 136 ounces (or 8.5 pounds) went into my body, and I'm assuming the same amount came OUT of my body -- my weight remained exactly the same all day. I'm sure my body went into starvation mode thinking it was never going to receive another morsel of food.

By the way, I did survive! Just barely -- and as for getting to the hospital at the early hour of 6:30 (with a driver, of course) it was a breeze because I woke up at 4:09 and couldn't go back to sleep. Now I know I'm healthy again -- actually I always was -- but if YOUR doctor tells you that you need a colonoscopy -- all I can say is GOOD LUCK!

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SCREWIE 5/13/2010 10:48AM

    "... it must have been someone who had a prior position with the FBI or CIA or someone - someone who knew how to torture a person until they would agree to anything and everything!"

Jack Bauer?

Glad you survived ;)

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LIS193 5/12/2010 11:08AM

    Glad you have that over with and got a clean bill of health.

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PSMITH3841 5/11/2010 4:15PM

    The guy that developed this procedure also coined the phrase "We have ways of making you talk!!!! (between the OMG's!!!!!)...Been there done that, but I was surprised about the travel...I had the procedure on a Thursday and left for a Beach weekend on Friday.... no consequences...I guess each Doc is different...funny account of the experience, thanks for the giggles! emoticon

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NEEDLER22 5/11/2010 10:26AM

    When I had a colonoscopy I peeked at my chart and it said excellant preparation. Nicely put! Ugh! I had nothing left to give....
Glad everything was okay in the end. Hee, Hee......

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IMEOWASWELL 5/11/2010 8:57AM

  I can relate! Been there, done that. You think the colonoscopy is bad, you haven't seen anything till you have a barrier enema. They do the similar thing as the colonoscopy but they insert a tube up your butt and inject a fluid and ask you to hold it. If you make it to the bathroom after they are done LUCKY YOU.
Hopefully all the tests come back negative! You gotta have a sense of humor.

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ZENMIND7 5/11/2010 12:33AM

    Heeelarious. I am not looking forward to this. Thanks for a few laughs, and very glad to hear everything turned out fine!

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BLESSED2BEME 5/11/2010 12:30AM

    I have to say that this was the best laugh of the day for me! Thank you:)! So sorry you had to go through the experience but I sure enjoyed your blog about it!


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4_MY_LIFE 5/11/2010 12:26AM

    I remember when my dh has his. His drink tasted like a thick, flat sprite. He swears he will never drink sprite or 7-up again. Outside the prep, he said it was a breeze. I don't know you couldn't travel for 2 weeks afterwards, my dh was on a international flight 5 days after his with the doctor's blessing. I think each doctor makes up his own rules. But at least you are done with it, until next time.

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USFBULL 5/11/2010 12:21AM

    LMAO, I just did the procedure late last year and I know what you mean about not getting to far from the throne. You think it and you better be on the throne. Did find that if you put the wonder fluid in the refrigerator it helps a bunch. Now I have 5 years until I get to have the joy again. I must say it was nicer when the results came back negative. emoticon

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PMWIGGI 5/10/2010 11:46PM

    LOL. At least you had a procedure that drove you to such extremes. My GI suggested I use the prep for a "cleansing." Very nice way to say laxative!

I thought I was going to die. First, the drink made me sick and I started barfing. Then, I got dizzy (I guess I was putting too much out too fast) and had to lie down--which, as you know, is impossible when you have to go every 2-3 minutes.

I was a hot mess! I was pitiful. I wanted to cry but the whole thing kinda struck me as funny so all night I moaned, groaned, dragges myself to the bathroom, tried not to faint, and prayed.

All of this to get my body jump started. Right! It didn't even work. I still have problems and I don't think I'm going to tell the GI. Who knows what's next on the torture list! LOL

Thanks for sharing. I thought it was funny. I'm glad you survived.

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Making my Life Richer

Saturday, May 08, 2010

DOGS are what make my life richer. And today I received an email from a friend that was filled with adorable photo's of dogs. I copied a couple of them and hope they will come through when I try to copy and paste.

Can't you just see these dogs with their tails wagging merrily at everyone? Adorable!

And this one! I'd give her (or him) whatever they wanted, even if it was my hamburger!

But here is the one that really holds the key to my heart -- of course it's my own little Scottie, Amber, always there for me and always thinking I'm the greatest. Even when it takes me a bit of time to realize her water bowl is empty!
Life is better when you own a dog! As a footnote, just a little saying by Roger Caras really fits good right here. "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

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PSMITH3841 5/10/2010 3:50PM

    Love the's so true, there's a hole in your soul until you have loved, and been loved by a pet! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 5/9/2010 3:11PM

    Can a cat lover also chime in? All animals are precious. Cats have their place (indoors) and dogs have theirs (indoors and out). Doesn't it depend on what you have and where you live? And how you were raised. emoticon emoticon Have them and love them both.

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LIS193 5/9/2010 12:07AM

    Great quote and cute pictures.
Dogs are the best friends anyone could ever have... I still miss ours. They were all border collies and all rescues, Wanda being our "baby" and right now even the thought of "replacing" her is unbearable - she was unique.

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BLESSED2BEME 5/8/2010 11:21PM

    I couldn't agree more! Between the 3 I own and the ones that I have the honor of spending time with while they are waiting for their forever homes at the shelter, my life is full of dogs! I luv it!

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VANILLAFISH 5/8/2010 10:18PM

    What great photos. Your Amber is beautiful and looks so sweet. I can't imagine life without a dog; mine makes me so happy. I'm always suspicious of people who don't like dogs.

Hope you're doing well!

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Defining Your Goals

Friday, May 07, 2010

haha! Fooled you with that one, didn't I? I was about 30 or 35 when that photo was taken, and probably weighed in at 114 pounds -- so, NO! that's not my goal. If I tried to get down to a weight like that now I'd look like warmed over death! That's what is meant by having "realistic" goals. We can't expect to look the way we did in our 20's or 30's (unless, of course, we're something like 35 right now!). I'm 71, so even if I stayed at the gym 24/7 and ate only salads, I just won't end up looking like that ever again.

For most people when they are faced with setting goals think strictly in the realm of what they would like to weigh, or; put another way, how much they have to lose. I've read in some of the profiles about how they took off 30 pounds in 5 months, or even 100 pounds over the course of a year! That's great, but I only weighed 162 at my heaviest, and my achievements seem so insignificant in comparison. I've been on SparkPeople a little over 2 years and my weight is down to 146, which is a 16 pound loss. Sounds like I've done practically nothing!

On the other hand, there is a lot more to goal setting than just taking into consideration your weight in pounds. Toning up might be high on your list of priorities. Even 10 pounds can make a huge difference if what you really need is to tighten up those muscles a bit. When you get on a regular exercise routine you'd be surprised at how the shape of your legs can improve. And as the stomach muscles tighten up how much better you look in slacks. So don't just say you "want to lose 25 pounds" -- when in reality what you'd like to do is get out of the size 14 you now wear and get into an 8 or 10! Honey, those inches need to be tightened up and reduced -- and, you want to feel as good as you look.

1. More Energy!
2. A Better Attitude!
3. More Interested in Projects/Hobbies!
4. More of a Social Life!

The list can go on and on, depending upon your particular lifestyle. You see, it isn't just about weight loss, there is so much more that you will develop and learn on your journey to healthy living. It's hard to imagine the old me as compared to the new me. OK, so far it's only 16 lbs but as the weight goal is getting closer and closer there are lots of other changes too!

I'm feeling HEALTHY!

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LIS193 5/8/2010 10:50AM

    Love your current picture! You have a great attitude and you're right: it's not just about the weight, there are so many more things that are more important. Health being the most important.
Some one said : there comes a time when woman had to choose between her face or her derriere...
I think I'm there.... my face look so much better with a few extra pounds on. Never mind my butt - it's my tummy where they show. It's a toss up and I try and be grateful for being healthy and keep my weight in a comfortable zone. Right now I'm above my comfort zone, so I need to buckle down for a bit.

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CATLADY52 5/7/2010 4:42PM

    And you look great as well.

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BLESSED2BEME 5/7/2010 2:27PM

    emoticon You are beautiful - inside and out! Love your blog. That is exactly what I want to feel "Healthy!". Getting there one step at a time. Sometimes two steps forward and one back but I'm getting there!

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IMEOWASWELL 5/7/2010 1:18PM

  Look Great as well!


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Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Home Sweet Home! Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home! How true those words are!

I arrived home today and as I stepped inside it seemed as though the peace and serenity of my own place just engulfed me in it's loving arms. Sure, there are probably imperfections and little things I'd like to change, but all in all most of us love our homes. I walked to the patio door and looked out. Sure enough the grass looked like it was a foot high, and all the bushes were covered with flowers and I knew the little varmints had somehow figured out that I was gone and purposely grew-grew-grew! If I'd been home they would have been half that size. And one plant that I was worried about and left in the sink half filled with water? One dead leaf -- that was it, and actually the soil still felt moist. The plant that was too big to bring in and put in the sink had droopy looking leaves and several yellow ones, but I gave it a big drink and 2 hours later it looked as healthy as before.

The lawn is all mowed now, my little Amber (Scottie) has checked out every square inch to make sure it's all still "hers," and everything is looking and feeling wonderful. I went to the store cause the cupboards were bare, got refills on my prescriptions, then layed down on the bed with a big SIGH and fell sound asleep!

I'm feeling great! emoticon

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THPEAKY 5/8/2010 9:37PM

    I just got home from a very short trip...but home is such a wonderful place to be. I can't wait to crawl into bed later! I agree with you about the dogs: I ahve 3 mini dachshunds! (I MUST be insane!)

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IMEOWASWELL 5/6/2010 1:10PM

  I know the feeling! There is no place as kind to us as our own space. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 5/6/2010 11:28AM

    AMEN!!!!! To quote Dorothy "There's no place like home!" emoticon

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ANNANN63 5/5/2010 8:30PM

    I was wondering earlier today if you were home yet. I know you are enjoying being home.

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