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Friday, November 29, 2013

This morning I went right out to shovel when I saw we did not get the one inch of snow we were told we were going to get, but more like 7-8 inches.
It took me 74 minutes to shovel. My lower back got a good workout. :)
After a bit I took the dogs individually for a trudge...errrr hike, and the total walk time was 45 minutes. We did not go out back- thanks to hunters I'm afraid to now...
Everything's really pretty outside. I even saw one branch draped with snow in one spot that looked like a garland drapes on a Christmas tree. So cool.
Even more cool was that it looked like three sets of deer tracks (the doe and her fawns I'd guess) went around and through the field, we were out in, this morning.
Then my parents took me to help them do some shopping for my daughter. I dunno how much we walked. Probably not more than five minutes or so.
While out they wanted to treat me to lunch. They wanted to go to BK. So I had to get a Csaesar salad and a 5 calorie lemonade (shoulda realized they'd sell bottled water- I was pretty thirsty and didn't think they would have that for some reason). Well, I'm allergic to cheese so I had them hold that. Can't eat croutons since they have wheat, so didn't have that, and the dressing choices weren't that thrilling but I did okay with the honey balsamic I guess. I think I got enough meat, veg and fat, like I would have had I been home, for low carb day's lunch. It's always "scary" to have a dressing and drink you aren't sure about the allergens in -but I just didn't bother to look, and hope I won't bloat or itch and that I have a good weigh in tomorrow. :)
I'm very glad to be sitting still for the moment. I'll have to get myself to get up and do some housework before my friend comes over tonight, but yeah, this is nice. :)

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JACKIE542 11/29/2013 9:40PM

    Lots of exercise today, glad we don't get that kind of snow, I would not be able to shovel it. Sorry I missed the other blog, my arm is hurting, can't stay on the computer for long. Must be the rain!!
I would be afraid to walk out there too, don't think I would like those hunters, be very careful.
Hope your lunch agrees with you, you are so limited with your choices as it is.
Have a fun evening with your friend emoticon Jackie

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BIGPAWSUP 11/29/2013 5:03PM

    All and all sounds like a good day. Congrats!

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My Thanksgiving day

Thursday, November 28, 2013

It went great getting the food ready for Thanksgiving dinner today. I only brought crockpot sweet potatoes and apples (spark recipe), whole cranberry sauce (spark recipe-no sugar in it), a veggie tray with dips, broccoli slaw (my sister loves it), green bean casserole (my mom's request) and tea.
We walked the dogs after letting the cranberry sauce cool. The snow was crunchy so the sound of it must have really scared some turkeys that weren't too far from us- we saw them fly away. It's amazing to see such a big bird fly up into the top of a tree! :)
Then we continued on the walk, and took our basset hound's favorite trail. When you get to one point on it, there are two ways to go (not counting to the right, because that's our neighbor's land). We had planned to go straight, but lo and behold a hunter was standing there on our path, on our land.... Full gear, good sized man. He did not look at us-kept facing away from us. I told the dog I had with me that we had to go the other way- she wanted to bark at him and go his way. Arg. So we go the way I directed her anyway, while I'm telling her not to bark. Along comes my husband with the other dog (they had been behind me a little bit, since basset hounds love to sniff things out) and he says let's go this way ('cause by that time there is yet another branch of trail we can go on), but I say why? I say why because it parallels the guy, and the dogs SEEING him will just keep them wanting to bark and/or go to him. Arg... Hubby keeps on taking a trail that keeps us parallel to the guy. He doesn't say anything to the guy at all. The guy (I keep looking over) never looks toward us- stays in the same standing position, viewing away from us). When we get to where we can't see him I tell my husband he should have put up those no trespassing signs I purchased a year ago. He replies by saying it's a good day to get a turkey or a deer. I thought he'd agreed with me over the years to let our place be a refuge for animals (though he has let a friend or two (or three) come to rabbit hunt...) and he's the one that found the fawn in our field earlier this year. We know there were two fawns and he just saw them the other day standing together. So now I'm thinking the hunter is likely a tracker, and can find the deer on our land. I was frustrated. Also, we are back there... with others also shooting not that far from where we are, it sounds like - are we CRAZY- why are we even out back when people are out hunting?! THIS is why I used to never go out back this time of year. My husband doesn't seem to think we should worry.
I'm thankful we didn't get shot. I do hope "our" deer didn't either.
Anyhoo, we went to my brother's place where we had dinner with him, our parents, and one of my sisters and her family. It was nice. I behaved myself quite well. In fact, when they had pie I worked on taking care of things, divvying out food to Ziploc bags, doing dishes, etcetera, and never even caught a glimpse of the pies. :) I'm not able to eat them anyway you see, due to an allergy to wheat, so it's not a big deal, but it felt good to do something productive while they got to indulge. They did go around and have everyone say what they were thankful for during that time, and I got to participate in that too, of course.
We played a couple games after things were cleared away. I had some cherry tea. Yum.
I ate the same types of things I'd had for the previous meal when it was time to. We left when my sister's family was getting ready to go, 'cause we had to get out of their vehicle's way, and we had hungry doggies at home.
It was slippery driving. The snow started coming down worse. My daughter and I texted -me telling her we left, and what the weather was like, and that they should just go home (they had gone to spend time with her inlaws first), and they said they had to see us -but then when they hit the area we had driven in they saw why we didn't think it was a good idea. So, I only texted my kids today. Didn't see them. I'm okay though.
I am thankful for lots of things. You reading this. My family and friends, and so much more.
I hope you had a great day!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/29/2013 11:35AM

    Sounds like a wonderful day. Sorry about the hunter, but I'm glad everyone was ok.

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MKMMARTY 11/28/2013 7:14PM

    Some of your blog reminded me of an November in my past.. I had tame ducks that swam on the pond in my backyard. They refused to come home to a safe shed but made home somewhere out on the edge of the pond. One day I heard some shooting - I yelled out don't shoot my ducks - they answered we won't -- I think they lied as I only seen them once more after that day. I do not think they flew away with the wild ones - one can only hope..

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Pity party blog

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ever get so frustrated that all you want to do is complain? I'm pretty much there today.
It started with a couple cousins commenting on facebook that it's so sad that a cousin of theirs has very little family that will have anything to do with him.
I know this family that they're talking about -wonderful people. Wonderful! What they know is only what he has told them. They don't know the others' side(s) of the story. What he has done/said to the family -it's mighty awful. I've seen it, I've heard it sooooo many times over the years. It's really sad. To tell them though- why bother- the "gossip" would just get more steam and nothing would turn out for the good. It's just hard not to talk about it because it's so bottled up inside. I did get to talk about it with one family member who understands and agrees it's best not to share with them the other side of the story. Anyhoo, writing helps too. I did pray on it as well.
I want nothing to do with him, and yet I do care about him. He is in the hospital and so I am praying for him.
Then there is the fact that, as most know, I'm pretty limited on what I can eat, due to allergies. Ever since I threw up twice last week, finding out I'm allergic to zucchini too, and it being shakes that I had had, I can't seem to stomach shakes. Maybe it's mainly the overly sweet protein powder I finally found that I don't seem to be allergic to (I only used that one for that second shake last week) or maybe it's all in my head.
I don't know what else I can have when I need to be away from the house though, anything that I can manage to eat quickly enough before break is over at any rate.
It was also celery that I'd had in those shakes... so I am avoiding that too....
I'm kinda down to peppers, onion, mushrooms and cucumbers for veggies. Maybe some tomato, broccoli and cauliflower at times. I'm rather bored...
Yeah, let's call it a pity party. That fits.
Okay, so let's not stay there. I did go neaten up my kitchen to blow off some steam. That was productive.
I am looking forward to what family I can see tomorrow.
Looking forward to hopefully weighing in less this Saturday.
Okay, I was just given this by the relative I was sharing with- perfect end to this pity party. :) You should copy and paste and listen to the song too. :)

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DJ4HEALTH 11/28/2013 2:49AM

    As they say you can pick your friends but not your family. If they say anything then I would say you only hear one side and there is always two sides of the story.

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JACKIE542 11/27/2013 8:58PM

    Yes, very true we do all need to vent sometimes, hope you feel better now. emoticon and sending big emoticon and emoticon
Hope you have a wonderful time with your family on Thanksgiving too.

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DARKLING1 11/27/2013 8:30PM

    Family can be so tough some times, I'm sorry that this has gotten you down. Hang in there!
Such a bummer about the stuff with the shakes, etc. Have you tried doing some different recipes or cooking methods for the veggies you feel comfortable eating still? Unfortunately I could eat the same things over & over so I'm probably no help LOL

We ALL have days that are down, you're entitled! Onward and upward!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/27/2013 6:48PM

    We all need a pity party one in a while. Just vent - get it out. Then you can move on.

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TWESTEN1 11/27/2013 6:31PM

    Dont' beat yourself up :) We all need to vent and let out those feelings & it's always difficult when family is involved. Now that you've let it all out, try to shake off those feelings of disappointment/disgust/sadness and try to focus on something positive & uplifting. It helps, really! I hope that you are on an upswing soon - be happy & do something nice for yourself. And have a lovely Thanksgiving!

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A good day

Sunday, November 24, 2013

I'm feeling so much better today. It's great to not have head pain anymore. The chiropractor took care of that, and boy did I hear it when my foot was put back into alignment,by him Friday, from when I twisted it two and a half weeks ago.
My lower back was still mighty sore (yes, from being put back in alignment) even this morning, but I decided to try low impact aerobics (4 miles with Leslie Sansone) and I'm glad I did. I'm feeling much more normal now.
Still have a goose egg from the curling iron falling on my head, but I was able to retouch my hair color without any problems with that.
Still not looking forward to trying shakes again since I got sick using them last week, but I will remind myself, when I take them to work, that I got sick due to raw zucchini, and I'm not using that anymore.
Started the day with pancakes- haven't had any in some time due to being allergic to wheat. This is a gluten free mix. It does have buttermilk in it, but I used anti histamine and it's not like I'll use it all the time, so I think I'm okay with it today.
Also used bread for a sandwich, though gluten free bread, so far, leaves a lot to be desired...
We have snow on the ground. I don't know why the outdoors affects me indoors as it does, but I'm dressed pretty warmly and feeling pretty good.
Been mainly catching up on some tv shows online and reading Catching Fire. :)
I hope you're having a really good Sunday.

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MKMMARTY 11/27/2013 12:32PM

    I hope you had a full week of pleasure instead of pain - and definitely no more sickness.

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JACKIE542 11/24/2013 7:34PM

    Yes, glad you are feeling better today, glad you are having a relaxing Sunday. emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 11/24/2013 4:16PM

    Agreed w/ the other ........... Glad you are feeling better ......... sorry, I did not know about the incident (accident) ........... Yes--a good Sunday ..... Just finished nap and neck rub (see blog if U have min. on relaxation techs) ............ hee hee

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BIGPAWSUP 11/24/2013 4:02PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better. I know you are going to be just fine.

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BONDFORME 11/24/2013 3:29PM

  I did Leslie Sansone video this morning. I did the three mile weight loss walk.

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And it happened again...

Friday, November 22, 2013

Yeah, I threw up way worse today. At least it was AFTER work this time.
So time to get down to the figuring out of it all. What was in common two days ago (when I first threw up) that wasn't in common yesterday but was today....zucchini and celery. This is a curious thing. I looked up zucchini and interestingly found that many people have had such a reaction as I have to raw zucchini. Nausea, bloating and oftentimes the people also have vomiting. Okay then. So what is IN zucchini that could cause it? It looks like it could be oxalates. There are oxalates in zucchini, celery and spinach- which is the combination in my shake just before the worse vomiting I've done this week. SOOOO I'm thinking it could be oxalates. I don't like the list of what things have oxalates.

I already have a very limited list of foods I can eat due to allergies, including the nickel I have to narrow it down even more? It's looking like it. Well, at the very least, zucchini, it turns out, is known for being allergenic- who'da thought? So after this awful week with it being used in my shakes and upchucking them, I am going to definitely be done with zucchini.
On a better note, I went to the chiropractor today and he took care of my foot/ankle that I had twisted two weeks ago yesterday, and the other foot I'd landed on a rock sideways with, and my neck that really got nastied up from the conk on the head by the one pound curling iron that fell 1.5 feet onto my head the other day (Boy I sound like a clutz!). Plus all the back issues that came about from all those things happening. I am sore, from everything being back in place now, but no pain is a great thing. I did have to take a couple pain killers to help bring the swelling down. Hubby and I did some walking that helped ease some of the soreness, and went out for dinner (I had some steak and veggies and sf jello). So the day turned out good.

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KIMBERLY4242 11/24/2013 2:07AM

    Sorry to read your having a rough time. It's so frustrating when things like this happen and you have no idea why. I told my husband the other day, I research medical issues not to try to diagnose myself but to find out "Why" and "what" can I do to prevent it from happening or to make it better. It sounds like you've been doing the same thing.

Sending happy thoughts your way and hoping you feel better and you find the cause for you becoming sick. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 11/23/2013 4:41PM

    I'm so sorry you have to limit your diet even more but I do hope it helps you.

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JACKIE542 11/23/2013 10:40AM

    Glad that you found out what was making you sick. Great you went to the chiropractor and everything is back in place. You will be a new woman now.
So nice that you got a good dinner too. Have a great weekend, emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 11/23/2013 1:34AM

    It sounds like it is hard for you to find good food to eat, makes you wonder what they are doing to our food to make so many people have problems with the food.

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