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Stupid cold!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

April and May have been rough months for my immune system. I always pride myself on never getting sick. Well, a nasty cold has caught up to me with a vengeance!

It all started when I went down to Atlanta to babysit my great niece. Everyone in that house was sick. I was surrounded by sickies!! After kissing that baby for 3 days, I caught it, too. For a few days, I felt like crap. Then....i started to feel better.

Just when I thought I was free and clear...I woke up early one saturday morning to meet my friends for a bike ride. On the way, my phone rang. When I tried to answer, I had absolutely no voice! Just a sqeeky little noise. This lasted for 2 weeks until I finally sounded normal again. Then...I started to feel better.

Just when I thought I was free and clear...last Tuesday evening, I started having pain in my right ear and right side of my throat. I'm a "It'll get better on it's own" kind of person. So, I waited, but it didn't go away. In 9 days, I leave to bicycle across the state of Nebraska. I started to think about being in the middle of nowhere with an ear infection. What a nightmare that would be. So, I went to the doctor yesterday. Well, no ear infection, but I do have fluid in it. She's hesitant to just prescribe antibiotics, which is a good thing. So, it's antihistamines for me to try to dry this out. I do have a back up plan, though. If it doesn't seem to be clearing, or if I get a fever, or if I'm afraid to leave on my trip with nothing, she said she would call in a prescription for antibiotics.

Then...I hope I will feel better!

I've really been struggling with my eating habits this month. I tend to try to feed the illness to make myself feel better. I think there's been a lot of that lately. I've still been biking, but then I come home and binge in the evenings. Hopefully, when my body gets back to normal, I won't be on the prowl for comfort food as much. I've been craving things like cheese, chocolate, bread and of cream. I look at the salad in my fridge and just pass it by. My brain doesn't think a salad will help. (Even though it would help much more than the other crap!) I think I'm just feeling worn down and tired from being sick for so long.

Let's hope I'm finally on the mend!

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DDOORN 5/27/2012 10:34PM

    Hopefully you've shaken this but GOOD so you are ready to rock 'n roll! I hear you have a TOUR coming soon...?!? :-)


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    That darn cold is STILL with you???? NOT cool! I hope you feel better SOON!!!!!

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MNCYCLIST 5/22/2012 3:40PM

    Yeah, I know that feeling, but just hang in there and try to focus on making one good decision at a time--it's all about the little moments!

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BAILEYS7OF9 5/22/2012 11:01AM

    colds this time of the year are just nasty! Feel better soon! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/22/2012 10:03AM

    Oh I hope you're feeling better! I have had soooooooo many earaches throughout my lifetime and they're never pleasant. Hopefully the antihistamine will dry the fluid up. That's what I have to do the minute I get a cold because it always goes right to my ears.

Feel better! Do you have a steam vaporizer? That helps me.

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MYLADY4 5/22/2012 9:38AM

    Being sick in the spring, or anytime is not fun. Hope you feel better soon :)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/22/2012 8:46AM

    Hope you feel better, you've had this lingering way tooooo long. I totally here ya on the comfort food thing, the last thing I want when I am sick is a salad, too. Sending you healing {{{{vibes}}}}} to shake this once and for all.

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2012 3 State/3Mountain Challenge

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Well...for me it was a 3 State/1 Mountain Challenge. This is a yearly ride put on by the Chattanooga Bike Club that draws about 2,000 riders. This year, they offered more choices of rides. (100, 90, 62 or 25 miles) I did the metric century (62 miles).

This is all of the metric century riders lined up to leave. The longer riders left 45 minutes before us. (Some of them even finished before us!)

The weatherman said there was a chance of showers that may pass north of us, with a high temp of 85. Well, as we rode out of town, there were some scarey clouds overhead. Miles 12-18 were in a downpour!

This is my friend, John, with a view of Chattanooga and those nasty clouds.

Slick roads were a challenge on some of the quick downhills.

By the time we got to mile 20, the sun was back out. Yeah!

This is one of the well stocked rest stops.

We climbed Sand Mountain on the metric ride this year. The route had been changed from the usual one because of a bridge that was being repaired. This climb is more difficult, but I think this route was wonderful. Once on top of the mountain, the views are beautiful for 10 miles until you descend. The descent had ambulances posted about every 200 yards. That's a hint to slow down!!

This is a view of Trenton, GA from the top of Sand Mountain. The picture just doesn't do it justice, though.

I was coming down the mountain so fast that is moved my odometer sensor. Had to stop to fix it. That gave me a chance to snap this shot of the fast quys coming down. Glad I was out of their way!

We made it to the end in tact! It was a beautiful ride!!

This is my friend, Cindy, and me enjoying our adventure!

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MCDOWN75 5/9/2012 5:41AM

    Way to go! I'm getting ready to sign up for my first ride. I'm gonna go for a medium one. I just wasn't sure I could do the mountains. It's still my goal. I'm so happy for you though! You go girl!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/7/2012 2:25PM

    WOW, 62 miles on a bike, that's impressive lady. You Go Girl. emoticon

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DDOORN 5/6/2012 10:59PM

    Sounds like one AWESOME ride!! I hear you re: pictures...they never even come CLOSE to capturing all the wonder and glory of being out on the road! Just LOVE those views from out on high!


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BOBINVA 5/6/2012 7:51PM

    What a great ride. Thanks for posting the pics.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/6/2012 11:07AM

    Wonderful!!!!!! Love the pictures and that smile on your face says it all.

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Peggy's Top 10 List

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Here is a list of the top 10 reasons why I'm glad to be alive today:

10. Waking up to a kiss on the cheek as my husband left this morning.

9. Going on a great 42 mile bike ride in Northern Georgia.

8. 90 degrees and sunny! My kind of weather!!

7. Having the most wonderful friends a girl could have.

6. Watching a 3 legged dog run through his yard and fall on his face. Sorry, couldn't help but laugh!

5. Spending 2 hours comforting a friend whose husband is dying.

4. The glorious smell of the Little Debbie Snack Cake factory as I drive by. Mmmm...

3. Watching all of the little plants in my garden start to poke through the dirt.

2. The 'kisses' and tail wags I get from my dogs when I walk in the door. How cool is it that someone is so excited to see me?

and the #1 reason that I'm glad to be alive today......

Loving myself and recognizing the good in my life. (Is that two reasons? Oh, well.)


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DDOORN 5/3/2012 2:55PM

    What a wonderful list! Kudos to pause and appreciate all the great things in your life...although I would beg to differ on #4...! That one sounds like torture! lol

#9 must be the Silver Comet! Jealous! Such a lovely trail!

Looking forward to breakfast out with our cycling club on Sat. and around 40-50 miles out on the bike followed by my 2nd official 5K on Sunday, possibly riding my bike 10 miles there & 10 miles back too...! :-)


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MCDOWN75 5/3/2012 6:49AM

    You said it. Glad you're home.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/2/2012 8:21AM

    Your day will be filled with sunshine since you took time to make this awesome list. It's good to reflect on our blessings, and we have more than we can ever count. emoticon

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BOBINVA 5/1/2012 9:50PM

    Great list.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/1/2012 8:41PM

    Your #1 reason is what I cann a "two-fer"! HEE HEE GREAT list for sure.

I like blogs like yours that spark me to think about all the positives I have in my own life. Thank you!

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Baby Exhaustion!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Oh, my! Where do babies get all that energy? I can't wait to get home so I can get some rest!!

Gabby and I had another busy day, finding our way around to shop. (Thanks goodnes for GPS!) We had a nice afternoon and she is a very good shopper.

She's just a little too small for biking, yet.

In the evening, I went for a trail ride with my two handsome nephews. It was only a 13 mile ride, but we had a great time.

I'm the short one in the middle!

While we were riding, I felt my throat starting to hurt. I was hoping that it was from talking too much. No such luck. I officially have the cold that everyone else here has. Darn! I almost made it through the season without being sick.

Tonight, I head home. I'll miss little Gabby, but it will sure feel good to sleep in my own bed!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/30/2012 1:59PM

    They certainly do wear you out with all that energy. Hope you feel better.

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MCDOWN75 4/27/2012 6:24AM

    Love the pictures. Can't wait till you get back. Roger got a bike! He's here full time now and we are going to start riding on Monday nights. Have a safe trip!

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DDOORN 4/26/2012 11:47AM

    Sounds like some well-spent family time...hopefully to counter-act the drama of the early part of the month! :-)


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    Sounds fun but tiring! Bummer about the cold. That stinks.

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BOBINVA 4/25/2012 7:07PM

    Sleep well and get well soon.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/25/2012 12:36PM

    Awwww, sounds like you had a wonderful time w/Gabby and a fantastic hike w/your nephews. Sorry you got the cold, though. Buggers!! Sending thoughts of chicken soup your way. That heals everything, right!!

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BARRONVC 4/25/2012 12:05PM

    Yo! Get that kid in a Bugger and tow her up and down hills. Then find a puppy. Let the puppy tire her out while you rest.

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TAGSUIT2 4/25/2012 11:59AM

    I'm glad you had a great time and i hope you feel better. emoticon Get plenty rest.

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GERIKRAGH 4/25/2012 11:21AM

    Sounds like you had lots of fun!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

On the way home from my ride on Sunday, I got a call from my nephew's wife. "Help! Our nanny quit at the last minute." They can get the baby into her corporate day care in May, but needed help until then. Well, I can't do the whole time, but I could give them 3 days.

So right now, I'm down in Atlanta...a full time nanny. Keep in mind that it's probably been 20 years since I spent a whole day with a 10 month old baby! Wow! All of those memories are flooding back. I forgot how difficult it is to do the simplest things when you have a little one. It's been a fun "bonding with Gabriella" time, though.

This is from one of our quiet times.

Yesterday, we took a long walk with Dagny, the dog.

I don't know if this walk tired them out, but I was beat by the time we came home.

In the evening, my nephew cooked us a delicious dinner. I learned a few new recipes while I watched him. After dinner, he took me to a yummy frozen yogurt store. It was a new experience for me. When we got to the counter, I noticed that he had a half of a bowl and I had a heaping mound! Oh, well. I enjoyed every bite. (I put fresh blackberries on it was healthy! lol)

Today, we started off a little fussy, but I plan on taking an outing to Trader Joe's (there isn't one in Chattanooga) and a local bike shop. I think I'll find the nearest Performance Bikes, too. They have some good deals sometimes. I hope Gabby has as much fun as me or it could be a long afternoon. lol

Oh, by the way, all three of the people in this house have bad colds. I'm hoping I can get out of here without bringing it home with me!!

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BILL60 4/24/2012 10:08PM

    You know that our home needs some house cleaning. The maid (me) went on strike. Do you think you could lend a hand for a week?

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BOBINVA 4/24/2012 1:38PM

    Your niece seems to be enjoying the time as well.
Hope you stay healthy.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/24/2012 11:58AM

    What a little angel Gabriella is! Of course, they ALL look angelic when they're sleeping, right!!!

Good luck on your shopping venture. I'm sure Gabriella will like it. What girl doesn't enjoy a shopping outing.

I hope you dodge the bullet on the cold. **SIGH** Sending healthy vi bes your way!

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    Have fun and hope you don't get sick!

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MYLADY4 4/24/2012 9:27AM

    How fun and the great part is you don't have to keep her, just spoil her rotten.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/24/2012 9:17AM

    So sweet of you to be a part-time nanny and help out the family. I can totally relate about how hard it is doing anything with a baby around, lol. I am revisiting those years too with a 7-month old grandson, this is his weekend to come for a visit.

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DDOORN 4/24/2012 9:13AM

    Enjoy switching gears and re-visiting those bonding times! :-)


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