Sunday, October 02, 2011
The trip down memory lane met every expectation I had. My mom remembered a great deal about her childhood, showing me the farm she grew up on and even the farm where her mom grew up. She told me some great stories I hadn't heard about her family and some of the stories I had heard over and over meant more when I saw the locations in which they occurred.
We spent some time at a lake my grandfather helped to "build," with 11 other men, all dredging with their teams of horses to make a dam around 1932. It is beautiful. We visited distant cousins on her mom's side and her dad's side. There are only 2 of her generation left and we saw them both. We visited several of her classmates and saw schools she attended, as well as the school I attended from kindergarten to fourth grade.
I did not enjoy the driving. Living in Florida I'm used to straight, flat roads and when I'm on the interstate I know which lane to get in and where to turn. My mom's old homeland is rolling hills, with twisty roads. It was beautiful, but I couldn't always look as I was trying to get us to where we were going in one piece. Getting around the airport in the city was challenging, too. Nonetheless, it was all worth it.
One bonus was that we got to see the leaves changing without having to endure any really cold weather. It rained a few times, but even on days it rained, the sun came out for part of the day and it was just gorgeous. I don't think it got under 50 degrees the whole time we were there. I got to walk every day, usually in a spot of great beauty. Unfortunately my cough was bad throughout the trip and I decided not to run. Hope I can shake the cough in order to train for my next 5K in 2 weeks and 10K in 6 weeks, but I'll just do the best I can. I suspect I really need to study immunities and make an effort to build mine as I've had 3 colds this summer that has really messed with my exercise plans.
I felt very good about my eating 9 of the 12 days, and not bad 2 more days. One day I really blew it, letting myself get too hungry and then having no good choices. I think I'll wait a day or two to step on the scales to let any sodium weight dissipate and then I'll see what action, if any, I need to take.
I sure wish my mom didn't live half a continent away, but I sure am glad we shared this very special time together.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Tomorrow I take off to visit my mom. I fly from Florida to Arizona, join her, and together we'll fly to Cleveland, Ohio. She's 84 years old and in good health. She says the first thing to go is your confidence. It's hard to think of her without confidence. She is a retired college professor and always seemed to me to be the epitome of confidence. I thought she had all the answers. I can hardly remember a time she didn't seem to know - absolutely and without struggle - exactly what to do in any situation. But we originally planned this trip to meet in Ohio. Then she cancelled the trip. A couple weeks later she asked if I'd be willing to meet her and for us to go together. Guess it is time for me to have the confidence for both of us.
One thing I do feel more confident about is the healthy living part of the next 12 days. WATERMELLEN, my great SparkFriend Ellen, suggested I review the Beck chapter on traveling. I just did that today. Beck recommended making a plan and reviewing it every day until and then during your travels. I realize I had already done that and even had a conversation with my daughter about how I would manage my weight and fitness. Last time I took an extended trip with mom, over a year ago, I was not as confident. I took quite a few of my own foods and turned down a lot of what she wanted to feed me. This time I plan on concentrating on the fact that I am pretty successful ordering in restaurants. When we are in relatives' homes and not in control of the selection, I still have total control over portions. I have workout clothes and shoes with me and plan to get some exercise every day, and more when convenient. I think I can do this trip without a gain, but if I come home a few pounds heavier, it won't be the end of the world. I will be able to get back in range quickly.
We are going to Ohio because that is where my mom was born and grew up. I was born there, too, but we moved to Florida when I was young. Some distant relatives are expecting us; we may surprise others. We'll visit the old family farm, schools she attended, the landmarks of her life. I expect it will be a beautiful way to celebrate my mom's beginnings and her amazing life. She calls herself the "little farm girl" who earned her doctorate and got to travel the world!
PS I felt confident posting this info because my hubby will be at home. No empty house here!!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
The party was great! I was a little worried about it. When I agreed to do it, I expected it to be on a day I did not keep the kids, but it got moved a day earlier, to her actual birthday when I did have the kids long hours. I usually have leftovers or easy supper on the days I have the kids through supper time. But it all worked out. Natalie and I iced the cake together with 2 knives and it turned out surprisingly good and reasonably attractive. She also helped with the deviled eggs, popping the yolks out into a bowl, helping to stir, and to fill the empty halves. She sat the table and I didn't even worry that the forks were on the right and the knives and spoons were on the left. It looked pretty good.
Very good news is that I really enjoyed. I wasn't stressed. I even got to talk to my niece's fiance and welcome him into our family. It was the first time I'd seen him since their announcement. I have a very good feeling about them as a couple. More good news is that I enjoyed a slice of honey baked spiral ham, half a biscuit, some lima beans in butter sauce, a couple spoonfuls of stewed potatoes, a couple celery sticks, a deviled egg half, some broccoli mix, and a big piece of yellow cake with chocolate icing. I bet it had been 6 months since I had cake. We made it with canola oil which I think made it taste better as well as be a little healthier. It was delicious and I enjoyed every bite. Like I said it was good news. I weighed in a Weight Watchers this morning and was down from my weigh in 2 weeks ago.
The little one could not have been cuter enjoying her party, her presents, and her cake. My daughter took plenty of pictures, but has not downloaded them yet. When she does, I promise to share a couple with you.
Hope everyone has a joy-filled day!!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Little Gwen turns one year old today. She is a dear! We'll be celebrating this evening with a party of extended family at my house.
As soon as I finish this blog I'll go start cleaning house and start cooking. It'll be fun. I would write more, but I need to get to it!!!!
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