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Getting Back in the Swing of Things And New Adventures

Sunday, September 07, 2014

I am back to logging my food and exercise (again). I have stopped drinking alcohol again, even wine, my favorite!

In August, I turned 75. I started thinking about what accomplishments might be written in my obituary.

For years I have listed 'organ donor' on my driver's license. Last year , after thinking about it for years, I acquired a Donor Card in the University of MN Medical School's Anatomy Bequest Program. Shocking? If you want to know about my reasoning or details about their donor program, send me an e-mail. and I will reply.

Recently, I read in my local paper about a former resident of my town who was needing a kidney donor. I learned more about this and will be considered as her donor. Although I have the same blood type as she does, there is much more testing to come to determine whether I would be an acceptable living donor. Wow! emoticon

In the same vein, I inquired into also becoming a bone marrow donor; the cutoff age on this is 65.m emoticon

You might be wondering by now about my mental health! I am discussing this with my 'mental health professional', aka therapist. Yes, I 'suffer' from depression and use both drug and 'talk therapy'. She finds me to be sane in this regard. emoticon emoticon

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/7/2014 11:16PM

    Congratulations and Belated Happy Birthday!

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FRAN0426 9/7/2014 11:11PM

    Signing up to be a donor is a wonderful gift for others to benefit, I to have signed tobe a donor.

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SOPHIEDO13 9/7/2014 9:44PM

    Bless you that is a big decision to be a donor !!

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_LINDA 9/7/2014 9:22PM

    A belated happy birthday! That is quite the milestone!
That is very generous of you, wanting to give the gift of life! I have thought about donating my body to the medical school, because with all I have had done to me, those young pups could learn a lot lol. Being a single with no children, having a gravestone, etc. is a waste of time, who would go there? But I also thought of having my ashes scattered along my favorite hiking trails. Tough choice and with all my ongoing health issues I probably should have a living will done.
Keep up the great work!
Just love seeing your amazing garden when I visit your page!

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    Good for you! What good things to do.

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Feeling Bad About Your Lousy Trivia Score?

Sunday, September 07, 2014

This is a response that I wrote on one of my three Trivia Challenge pages. The gal had also asked whether every one got the same questions.

The questions are totally random, I believe. If you want to feel better about your score so far, go to the leaderboards on the Trivia page. Make sure you check the box to 'show me on the leaderboards' and then click on 'see full leaderboard' . Scroll down to the bottom of that page, then click on 'last page'. There you will see folks doing worse than you, but persisting in order to learn and improve! emoticon

If you are a tad anal like I am, you can click backwards 2 pages at a time and find where you are in relation to others on the leader board. Keep in mind your current ranking, ie.- 18 correct out of 25 questions, etc. Earlier today, when I checked on my current ranking, I found myself listed on page 59, a humbling experience!

Trivia Challenges are about more than 'good' players showing off. They are about learning more about what it takes to make YOU healthy and Fit. You can then search SparkPeople for more info on the topics.

I have started Trivia Challenges in three of my teams. If your favorite team doesn't have one, why don't you start one?

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MYAKAYAH 9/30/2014 11:53PM

    I don't stress over trivia since I recall most of it. The % questions need to be eliminated in my view since I feel they are pointless~

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DIDMIS 9/30/2014 7:09PM

    Sunny so true.

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MNNSAIDE 9/25/2014 6:29PM

    Awesome blog --- we need to keep reading / testing / reading / learning / applying!!

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_LINDA 9/9/2014 1:10AM

    I usually score an average of 90% on trivia, but what is embarrassing is getting the same questions wrong over and over emoticon
I have trouble remembering the 'number' questions like what % of Americans eat out. Just can't seem to remember them because I don't think they are of any importance to me. Also not familiar with candy as I have never been interested in the stuff and the girl guide cookies you get are different then ours -we only get mint or the cream filled ones here. My memory just isn't good enough to remember statistics. As I have read all the Sparkpeople articles, it really is a shame I don't do better. Currently starting out this month as bad as last month finished -80%

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FRAN0426 9/7/2014 11:22PM

    I have always felt that the placement on trivia is not the benefit---learning something you may not known is the real winner--not knowing every answer. I asked once about why some have 3 or what ever number before we get started , and was told exactly what Lalatidah said. I don't play trivia everyday like I did, more now when I have the time.

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SOPHIEDO13 9/7/2014 9:48PM

    I found my name on the first page once it was 12:03 a.m. on the first day of the month!! LOL the rest is down hill from there ..

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MAGGIEVAN 9/7/2014 5:01PM

    Interesting, thanks for sharing. I never thought of finding my name on the list.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/7/2014 5:00PM

    I guess I was wondering how anyone could KNOW the exact number of grams of fat in a tablespoon of coconut oil.

I suppose I could look it up first and then answer. My score would be better, but that doesn't seem to be in the right spirit.

I really don't mind being a C-D trivia student. It makes those rare A days all the better.

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EMMACORY 9/7/2014 4:18PM

    I enjoy trivia and have learned some new information. emoticon

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LALATIDAH 9/7/2014 4:06PM

    I LOVE trivia, but I quit playing SP trivia because, even getting every question correct, I still can't get into the top 5 or so.... emoticon (not bragging). Here's why....On the first day of the month, after getting 3 questions correct, someone else above me already have 6 correct answers!!! How can that be??? okay so obviously they live where they are a day ahead of me... but it's not fair that we in the USA cannot EVER be on the top!
Okay, done whining & bragging... it really doesn't matter... it's just a game! emoticon

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 9/7/2014 3:56PM

    I some times find that coming from the UK I have to guess at some answers as we don't have the same names for things or some of the same fast food places, (Wendy's visas Taco Bel????????????)

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My Longest Winter

Friday, March 28, 2014

This winter has been especially hard to deal with and the weather guy finally gave me some reasons as to the why of it. It has been the 9th worst winter for snow here. When shoveling, I could not throw it high enough to reach the top of the pile, I ended up walking further up the street a bit to where it wasn't piled as high. More than once a kind stranger stopped who was able to throw the snow higher and make short work of it. PTL that my driveway is only 2.5 car lengths long! The weather guy mentioned that this was our snowiest since the winter of 1978- 79! It was the spring AFTER that winter I moved here from Bucks County, Pennsylvania!

We are having a few warmer days here and there, but the snow near the curb is still 5 feet high. The yard is still snow covered. My house is on the south side of the street and my front yard is in the shade of my house much longer until the sun gets higher in the sky.

My pottery making skills are getting better. When my thinking skills get better and my frustration level gets lower, I will be able to post some photos.

My mental health took a step backward last week when the prescribing psychiatrist left my clinic. He had been there twentythree years! He told me that I had been one of his first clients there. He has agreed to see me at his other office in western Minneapolis, when and if I need another adjustment/change to my medications. That is some relief to my concerns!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/30/2014 11:09PM

    Hopefully the snow will start going away, but I know it will hit a couple of times at least.

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JTREMBATH 3/29/2014 9:15PM

    I am pleased it does not snow here as we are coming into Winter.

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LJCANNON 3/29/2014 6:34AM

    emoticon I can barely imagine trying to shovel that much snow, or having it last so long!! I am happy that you have friendly, helpful neighbors AND a Short Driveway!!

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AUDREYFAE 3/29/2014 1:48AM

    Hi Sunny. Hang in there. I am so glad your doctor is going to stay with you. What a blessing and a relief, I am sure :O) That's a lot of snow. Thinking of you and wishing you the very best. I like your sunny summery ticker! Audrey

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_LINDA 3/29/2014 12:24AM

    Wow! Can't imagine shoveling that much snow -you are a wonder!! Sorry to hear its been such a rough winter :(( We had our coldest winter on record here but not much snow.
That is great you will still be able to see your same Dr. Wouldn't want an interruption of your treatment.
Looking forward to seeing your pottery creations! Its great to learn a new skill during those long dark winter days.
Will be so happy when spring finally arrives here.
It was good to hear from you, take care of yourself!
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FRAN0426 3/29/2014 12:08AM

    Thank goodness you will be able to see the doctor at the other clinic, it is always difficult to change doctors. I had to find three new doctors the past two years as all two gave up practicing, and one moved out of state.
I figured this had to be one of the worst winters with all the snow that fell. We will be heading back to Mn. starting this coming Monday from Az. hope we have nice weather for the drive.
I will be looking forward to seeing your pictures of your pottery, as pottery is one of the things hubby and I enjoy seeing when we travel around the USA--even have bought a few pieces.

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MISSLORI5 3/28/2014 11:08PM

    I am so thankful for you, Sunny, you are such an inspiration to me!!! I am only 52 and I can't even imagine shoveling snow in drifts that high!! Kudos to you!!!! I truly hope your spring comes soon!! Out here in WA we are struggling with rain, in some areas landslides because the ground is so wet!! But the dry days are beautifully sunny!!! May your weather turn and you be able to enjoy the gorgeous sun God created for us!!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/28/2014 7:18PM

    So glad you'll still be able to go to your doctor even if it's in a different place. As for Winter, seems like it does not want to let any of us go, but you folks in Minnesota, Michigan (UP, especially) and Wisconsin have really been pelted!

Hope it doesn't warm up TOO suddenly, though... floods are not fun, either!


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SOPHIEDO13 3/28/2014 5:53PM

    I hope this weather leaves you soon !! Glad you will be able to continue to see your doctor.

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VIADOLOROSA 3/28/2014 5:49PM

    I struggle with SAD and it's tough to climb out of that depression sometimes, isn't it? I am trying to lift my spirits on dark, cloudy days by watching Joel Osteen. It has helped quite a bit. I prayed for you before I started typing, I hope you have a great day tomorrow! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/28/2014 5:38PM

    This winter has been an amazingly hard on everyone in the upper midwest. I'm glad you made it though it....although there is still a lot of snow around.

I'm also glad you will be able to continue to see your doc even though he is moving. That's a long-term relationship that is so important.


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DAWNO64 3/28/2014 5:24PM

    Yeah, my SAD has taken a hard hit this season. I just keep waiting for those warm, sunny days when I feel alive again!

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DOGLADY13 3/28/2014 5:06PM

    It's been an especially hard winter for you folks in the midwest. It was bad in New England, but I wouldn't trade with you guys for nothing!

Glad you had a glimmer of good news with the prescribing doctor agreeing to see you as needed for your medication. It is so very important when you have long term health issues to have a history with your doctor.

Spring is coming, Sunny! Hang in there.


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Making Progress in War on Depression

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I have been going to the local Counseling Center for talk therapy. emoticon I also had my current medication level evaluated by their consulting shrink. My dosage was increased and I see him again in a month for follow-up. Using the lights daily. emoticon

I am still chipping away at my to-do list.
- I mailed the completed forms for energy assistance.
- I am pretty well caught up on the laundry that piled up while I had no cold water to my washing machine after the house flood over T-giving.
- I started a streak of going to the gym daily, which also helps fight depression.

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- I found the proper address for body donation at the U of MN and downloaded the forms. I filled them out, had them properly witnessed and popped them in the mail. emoticon

I now write almost daily to do lists, checking things off is satisfying.

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MINNEVICKI 2/2/2014 12:18PM

    Sunny I am so happy to read of your progress. Looking at daily accomplishments can really lift the spirits. I also think that it is important to keep daily goals reasonable, which it seems you are doing. Good Going!!

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MINNEVICKI 1/24/2014 8:43AM

    Sunny you are one smart lady. You are taking all the positive steps to combat depression. I have struggled with it for years. This winter has been down right mean and I don't think that helps anything. Hang in there dear lady. (((hugs)))

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DIDMIS 1/21/2014 2:01PM

    Sunny let the sunshine in. I know you have difficulty during the winter months but emoticon

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KICKINGIT@56 1/21/2014 12:59PM

    I'm a firm believer in the benefits of exercise in fighting depression. It has been proven at least as effective as medication. Even if you don't feel like going to the gym, just go for a walk out in the fresh air and sunlight. I have not used my light box for 2 years. I hope you will continue to feel better and grateful for the gift of life.


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BEWELL48 1/21/2014 6:42AM

    Sounds like you are on the right track....all good! I wish you continued success.
Depression is a difficult disease to manage but you are certainly approaching it with positive measures!

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SUNNYWBL 1/20/2014 2:09AM

    Here is a link to info about depression -

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DOGLADY13 1/19/2014 8:42PM

    Depression is a bugger. I hope you get lots of sunshine. It helps lift the mood, especially in the winter.

Have you ever checked out this website? ? My husband finds it useful.

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CATLADY52 1/19/2014 4:48PM

    You are keeping busy and that is the best thing to do. emoticon emoticon

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FRAN0426 1/19/2014 2:22PM

    Sounds like between the medication dosage change and getting to the gym has put a spark into you to move along with getting stuff done---good for you. The talk therapy helps too.

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_LINDA 1/19/2014 10:38AM

    Hope the new dosages work out for you! You look like you are getting things under control!
Nice to hear from you. Thinking of you.
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SUNSHINEGB 1/19/2014 9:07AM

    Sunny, you are doing all the right things. I know what depression is like and I'm thinking of you!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/19/2014 9:01AM

    Sunny, you are working so hard at so many good things to battle depression. As a fellow sufferer, I applaud you!

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SOPHIEDO13 1/19/2014 5:16AM

    Sounds like you've been busy. I hope your meds are the right ones for you. May God Bless You. emoticon

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You KNOW It's the Start of a Bad Day When .......Part Two

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The plumber and I spent about an hour clearing the furniture, umbrellas and garden 'stuff' out of the mechanical room to allow the installation of the gas water heater therein. Then the plumber's boss came back to put the kabosh to my plan. He had a bunch of 'reasons' to not do it, but basically he didn't want to do it! m emoticon $1100 to install another electric in place of the failed one, and 'at least' $3000 to put in the gas heater. He Won. I wish I had just fired him, and found another to do the job. Now I have an empty mech. room and more stuff in the garage, to boot. emoticon

Tuesday, the recovery company arrived to start the clean up. My small kitchen now gained a high powered heater / fan and a huge industrial dehumidifier with a hose to the sink.

Most of the LR furniture was pushed (tightly packed) into the dry part, some went into my dining room, two bookcases lined the back hallway. Next, the wet carpet in the hallway and
half of the living room carpet was pulled up and the wet padding was bagged and thrown out.
Now came two more Heater fans and another dehumidifier! The noise was intense. I had only a path through my kitchen, a narrow path through the LR, a path to the two back bedrooms (which had not fully recovered from the furniture displacement required to install the two new windows in each of those two rooms in the middle of October). Fortunately, I had a chair and a small tv in the other BR. Needless to mention this was a high level of stress for me and my three fur people to handle. (See my SparkPage for mental health issues..)

It was Thanksgiving week. My next door neighbor sent over a turkey & fixings plate and a large dessert plate. My lack of control of recent life events, my recent broken wrist and the days shortening to less than nine hours of daylight, led me to a much more severe case of SAD than normal. Getting more depressed as the days went by soon led to today's appointment with a new Mental Health Professional. ((My previous, Joan, had recently retired.)
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EGRAMMY 12/11/2013 5:29AM

    emoticon Sending kindness your way.

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FRAN0426 12/10/2013 3:28PM

    Oh I can see stress is certainly at a high for you with all that has gone on for you lately. Lets hope this will a settle done anf the coming year a breeze for you. So hope your new mental health drofessional meets your needs and is as good or better than the one who retired. What a wonderful neighbor you have that thought to send over a Thanksgiving dinner and dessert plate for you.

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DR1939 12/10/2013 3:15PM

    The high initial cost of a gas hot water heater is why most people have an electric. It is more expensive to heat water with electricity but it comes close to balancing with the high initial cost. I would also look into purchasing the water heater from Home Depot or Menards. They tend to be cheaper. Then get a plumber who will install it at a reasonable rate.

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_LINDA 12/10/2013 9:03AM

    So very sorry you had to go through all this! That is a corker he wouldn't do the job. What will be an alternative? That sounded like highway robbery to me. Hope you can find something better!
I am getting less than eight hours of daylight and that couple with extremely cold temperatures (way below our normal for this time of the year) is leaving me a little stir crazy! Seems like all I do is walk to and from the club and with no windows in it, miss getting much daylight. I absolutely hate living in this dark north facing apartment! No sunshine whatsoever! But its been mostly cloudy anyway. Getting snow right now. Do you have one of those light lamps for SAD? Does it do anything for you?
That was wonderful of your neighbor to give you a turkey meal!
I hope your new therapist is good. Wishing you better circumstances soon!!!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/10/2013 7:43AM

    Hi Sunny,
I'm sorry that your SAD is worst this year. I've had that for many years so I can relate. Living as far north as you do doesn't help any with the days being so much shorter. I'm glad you are taking care of yourself by seeing a mental health professional.

You are a very strong independent woman. I know this from reading your blogs over the years. It's too bad we don't live closer together. It would be nice to go for walks outdoors. That would help both of us.


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SOPHIEDO13 12/10/2013 3:57AM

    My goodness you have your hands full with everything that is going on at your house. I don't know what happened for all the water, and all (did the water heater bust, and get water throughout the house??). I used to have SAD but got on Wellbutrin and now I live in Florida which helps (I didn't move here 21 years ago because of SAD it just worked out that way) and I have recently reduced the meds of wellbutrin. Wellbutrin is very mild at least I think so and now it comes in Generic I used to have to pay for the Brand b4 it was available in generic. Bless you and your furr friends during this difficult time. I hope this passes quickly nad is over quickly and life gets back to normal !! emoticon

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