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Thursday, September 25, 2014

I finally got back to painting this week.
Between having my broken wrist in a cast for a stretch of time then packing up , moving and unpacking, I have been away from the paints for the duration of the summer. It felt like I would never get back to it...

So Here is my first attempt back at painting once again

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TOPSBEAR 9/29/2014 8:46PM

    Glad you enjoyed the movie emoticon

Have you seen "Noah"? I have, and if you havent seen it, I would not recommend it, if you want something that actually follows the bible story. I guess they wanted to jazz it up some and it made it so far fetch as to be almost a sci fi movie... at least, that is the opinion of two of my christian friends and I.

My chum dropped in today, to have a look at where I am living. Met with her approval!

I had a nice visit with her, don't often get to do that with her anymore, since she got remarried. She actually thanked me today for introducing her to her hubby and pushing her into dating him. He is my godmothers's son, so I have known him all my life.

She was not having much luck before that.

It was the same with her sister as well, introduced her to her hubby as well. She was not having much luck either.

Both girls kept picking men that were not right for them. (I have known them all my life as well) Both girls had 2 disastrous marriages before the men I introduced them to. I can pick for others, just not for myself lol

Good luck with your last homework study question...and don't pick Mr V's brain too much! lol He'll start feeling like the scarecrow in wizard of Oz, getting all his stuffing plucked out! emoticon

Have a great evening! God bless

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IMAVISION 9/29/2014 7:00PM

    emoticon Bear!

Your time of sketching out what you will eventually want to paint was time well spent. And I think a day without the telephone ringing would be pleasant, indeed! emoticon

You can add "We2Vs" to the list of folks who thoroughly enjoyed the movie. I did get annoyed at one point where the professor so successfully coerced his students to deny the reality of God. I wanted to be in the class to stand up to his lie with truth. emoticon

It has been a busy & productive day for us --- I am feeling great about that. I do have one more question on my homework to complete --- I am going to "pick MrV's brain" as to what his opinion is & then go from there.

Now I am resting for a bit on this rainy late afternoon. I feel drained of energy; however, it is in a most delightful way, because of today's accomplishments.

I am waiting to hear how a friend of our eldest daughter's is doing after surgery today. She is my age & needed to have a cancerous tumor in her breast removed. She has been very nervous about the prospect. We have all been praying for her --- first for her salvation & then for God's will concerning the surgery. At this point in the long day, I pray that no news is good news.

I hope you have had a pleasant Monday, Bear.

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 9/28/2014 9:43PM

    most of the people I know in my circle of church friends have watched the movie you have mentioned. The all say it was very good. I have not personally watched as of yet

That sounds like a pretty good idea for sorting the big storage area, hers, his and out the door! lolGood luck with that project when you get around to it

Glad you have had a pleasant day. Thats always nice when it happens. My day has been very quiet, not even a phone call. I spent the quiet time sketching out a couple of painting ideas, so they are ready to go now, just as I have a few others that are ready to go too. I do them when ever the mood strikes, that way there is always something ready to paint. The sketching out of an idea is the harder part for me as it is more straining on the eyes than the painting is.

so thats about it for today. God bless

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IMAVISION 9/28/2014 8:18PM

    I am still sugar-free emoticon & maintaining within my five pounds either way --- at least, at last weeks weigh-in. I say that with not the most confidence --- since, over the past few days, I have been eating semi-mindlessly. Shall be able to report with certainty come Tuesday morning after my weekly weigh-in.

I like picturing Ricochet discovering pleasing things about her surroundings --- don't cats just love being comfortable around windows?

Good job on weeding through your clothing. I would behoove me to do the same, even though I have done so periodically. I still hang onto pieces that I know I will never wear again. Why I do that, I just don't know?

I should take a page from my mother's sister's proverbial book --- if something hasn't been used within the past year --- out it goes! That has got to be a good way to keep things weeded down; while giving others the opportunity of using whatever.

Recently, I suggested that we should go through the things in our huge downstairs storage room --- it fits under our kitchen & dinning room --- making three piles --- one for things MrV wants to keep, one for things I want to keep, with the third one being a donate pile. If one of us puts anything into the donate pile that the other wants we can take it & put it into our personal keep pile. That should work well enough to identify things that neither of us would care to let go. It might be an interesting way to try to weed out belongings that we don't use & probably never will use. I used to kid our off-spring that they could do that job, after the good Lord takes us home. Still, that isn't a nice thing to do to them, so we should at least weed some of the items out.

We have quite a lot of our youngest daughter's belongings down there, too. She was in college when we moved here & after graduate school in a different state, she moved to yet another state, so her unused belongs just stayed with us. There is a really nice desk that her Grandfather made for her that I think she might appreciate --- not to mention a beautiful jewelry box that I would have so enjoyed having at the age she got it (she was a teenager & we gave it to her one CHRISTmas).

I have often said that what we should do is --- I go through my beloved MrVs clothing & other belongings and he go through mine --- that way some real trimming away would occur. emoticon

We have had a most enjoyable day --- we enjoyed the teaching at church this morning --- for the rest of the day we have been doing our thing here at home. Our plans for this evening are to watch a movie that a Bible study Sister/Friend suggested we might enjoy --- she lent us the DVD. It is titled "God is NOT Dead" & according to my friend, it is a really nicely presented Christian movie. As I understand it a college student takes on his college professor's challenge to prove that God is indeed not dead. I am looking forward to viewing it.

Well, I must scoot.

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 9/27/2014 4:56PM

    All that extra sweeping and mopping is good for weight loss or maintaining!

By the way are you still on the maintaining, not journaling aspect of your program?How is that going for you? Are you still sugar free?

The rain clouds are disappearing today and the sun and blue skies are trying hard to become the better part of this day.

Ricochet is finding the window ledges and seems thrilled to find out the ledges in this house are actually big enough for her to comfortably sit or lay on. They are nice and wide for her.

Yesterday I spent the day going through every article of clothing and seriously downsizing it. consequently there are 3 garbage bags almost full to go into the care wear program . Our annual Coats for Kids is coming Nov 15th, so we are starting to collect up clothing and coats once again. We even got shoes and gum boots donated again already.

I didnt find that much more room though, as it was at overflow capacity in the bedroom lol. I will give it another couple weeks and go through it once again, perhaps wean out a little more.

Today, I am just having an easy day. My feet are still swollen up, getting a little tired of that news. But as I have said before, not much I can do about it.

Happy studying, God Bless!

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IMAVISION 9/27/2014 12:36PM

    My MrV & I enjoyed "hearing" about Ricochet's attitude since moving --- cats have always intrigued me with their varied personalities & ways.

Still, I wonder why she isn't so keen on being outdoors --- maybe it is the stronger salt air since y'all now live nearer the ocean? Whatever her reason, I am happy to know that she is safe & in a place where she is loved & cared for. As you once said --- you pay the rent & see that her dish has food in it --- so she has no upkeep concerns --- who could ask for more? emoticon

I am still headachy --- it must be due in large part to eye-strain.

I have gotten my Saturday morning sweeping & mopping done --- actually mopped the kitchen & entrance floor four times. Why? I don't know! Just kept rinsing the mop in clear water & then putting it back into the soapy water & ended up mopping again --- ending with a vinegar rinse. It truly is clean enough to eat off of --- not that we will be giving that a try. The bathrooms got three go overs, instead of the normal two. MrV said that I sure was energetic this morning. emoticon

Well, now I think I'll try to get an hour & a half in on my homework, while MrV continues working on outdoor projects & before it is time to prepare our noontime meal. emoticon

I, too, hope & pray that the homework is "absorbed with ease", don't you know?

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 9/26/2014 7:28PM

    thank you my dear friend for petitioning the Lord. I will be happy if he will just let the swelling go down. But it will be his will whatever happens.

Ricochet... it is the strangest thing. I have had a few cats in my time and have move them as well, usually with no changes in the cats.

But Ricochet is a whole different ball of wax! She was getting so nasty, at the old place. Biting people and scratching them and herself, biting her fur right off and getting scabby near the end days at that house. I figured for sure, that she would not last very much longer after all she is an old girl, 15/16 years old

While I was packing up and then while the actual move took place, she was out in the middle of the yard, watching all the goings on day in and day out and difficult to get in at night. Finally came the day when I moved her, Graeme and I had a fight to get her into the carrier.

so anyways, let her out here and of course she ran around investigating...then the finniest thing. She laid on my bed, which she never did at the other place, And that is where she spends most of her time ever since. Occasionaly she come out here and sleeps in a chair.

The door can be wide open, all day and she has no desire to go outside, when she does, it is just for a moment, then she comes back in. No biting, no scratching, people or herself. A totally different cat. The other place there was no way she would voluntarily stay in the house.

I hope you homework is absorbed with ease and that you are fully prepared for Tuesday next emoticon Enjoy your evening with mr V

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IMAVISION 9/26/2014 5:18PM

    You are most welcomed, Bear!

I thought of your painting this morning --- during my waking up minutes. I like the bright colors that you used. You "done" good --- once again!

I, also, went before the Lord petitioning Him for healing of your kidney concern, Bear. Hang in there, my sweet Sister/Friend!

Beautiful day here --- just like a day in June --- strange how it has panned out --- our June was nippy & our September warm & wonderful. I have noticed some trees changing, so know Autumn is trying to break through. My MrV has already begun his "get ready for cooler days" chores. Another sign that Fall is fast approaching.

How has Ricochet settled into her new home & surroundings?

A friend who recently shared about a moved from one city to another, said that her cat did not do so well. The confusion for the poor thing was that she first stayed with her daughter & then moved down the street to stay with her son --- the cat kept going back to the daughter's dwelling & finally ended up running the neighborhood. I speak of the friend who has been dealing with major health issues & been in hospital for emergency surgeries (one to have ten feet of gang-green removed from her colon) & rehab three different times in the past three months. Needless to say --- she hasn't been in a position to go hunt her cat down. She is now recuperating at her son's home & has heard about a cat described like hers (only with a leg missing) roaming the neighborhood. She said she knew her cat was having trouble with a leg & as soon as she is able, she will go out & hunt for her cat. Seems strange to me that her cat with a bad leg would end up with a leg missing without surgery & a huge vet bill.

I am headachy today --- MrV believes it is due to eye-strain (lots & lots of reading for my homework). I believe that to be true --- in part; however, I, also, slept hard last night & that always brings on a 24-hour headache.

I must get back to my homework or I won't get it finished in time for our Tuesday morning class. It is a wonderful study, Bear. If you ever get the opportunity to take it, please do so. You will be blessed beyond words!

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 9/25/2014 10:42PM

    thanks so much Ima! emoticon

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IMAVISION 9/25/2014 9:28PM

    Very nice job, Bear!

I am happy that you are back to the enjoyment of painting.

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 9/25/2014 10:05AM

    thank you very much hon emoticon

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DSBRIDE 9/25/2014 9:19AM

    It's just beautiful!

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club chat, Sept 24

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A typically good weigh in , with the Leader once again being the only one with a gain....I am now the highest I have been in years.

It is still water weight gain, as my kidneys are still having problems. My feet are so swollen, the skin is shiny and my thongs leave deep indentations in my skin when I must have something on my feet when I leave the house. I am trying not to let this upset me, but it is so very hard.

So this week, we talked about the elephant in the room.....water weight. No one wanted to really talk about this with me having battles with it, this last two weeks, and the members didn't want to ask, but finally Graeme, being the bold one, did ask how I knew it is water weight and what are the things that can cause it?

Unintentional weight gain occurs when you put on weight without increasing your consumption of food or liquid. This unintentional weight gain can be periodic, continuous, or rapid. And totally beyond your control, in most cases, though sometimes there are specific things that can be avoided that will make it happen less often.

I asked Graeme (as I know it happens to him when he has ham or hot dogs) How did he feel when he had really salty ham or hot dogs? He gave me a pointed look , as if to say, why you picking on me? lol

I pointed out to him that over the last few years, when he has had the big unexplained gain of 10 or so lbs, and also lost it the following week, that I had talked with him each time. Through each of those talks after meetings, we determined, that ham and hot dogs were the things affecting him in this way, and that if eating them, it should be right after weigh in day, so that he had the week to flush it off and not have it show up on the scale.

And sometimes it is as easy as that.

One of the members then piped up that I should quit eating ham and hot dogs then. I gave a sad smile, and said " in my case, if only it were so easy."

The reason for my weight gain is the functioning of my kidneys. When things are bubbling along nicely, my kidneys are happy to function. Then, every once in while, it has a problem, and can not work as it should, and as a result, I have the weight gain without doing anything.

So, another asked, how do you know this is the problem? The biggest symptom for me, the inability to urinate very much or very often, hence the water gain. So I generally try to drink less water at these times until I can start urinating properly once again

I have already eliminated using salt on my foods, which is the biggest culprit in water weight gains. I was brought up using very little salt and to not cook with salt, I rarely used canned goods that have salt in them, and mostly, I do not put salt on my food at the table. I say mostly, because there are a few things that I do not like with out salt.....eggs, for instance. And something I can not eliminate salt from is cheese.

But I eat neither of these things when I am having kidney troubles. It is the kidneys that has to filter the foods you eat, so this has a direct effect on them.

Other reasons could be the result of pregnancy. (laughter as all of us in this group are too old for this reason) Most of you (excluding Graeme...) experienced regular fluctuations in weight during a woman’s menstrual cycle. That symptom of bloating at that time of the month. (lots of nodding heads) A decrease in estrogen can also cause women in menopause to experience weight gain around the abdominal region and the hips.

However, rapid unintentional weight gain usually indicates a serious medical condition, such as what I deal with. Rapid unintentional weight gain may also be caused by some medications, a uncomfortable side effect. Unexplained rapid weight gain may be caused by fluid retention. Fluid retention is also referred to as edema. It causes your limbs, hands, feet, face, or abdomen to look swollen. People with heart failure, kidney failure, or those taking certain medications may experience this type of weight gain.

Another less common reason, hormonal changes in your middle years can cause your metabolism to slow down, thus causing this kind of weight gain on occasions.

Depending on the cause, symptoms of unintentional weight gain can differ from person to person. Symptoms often associated with this type of weight gain include:

abdominal discomfort
abdominal pain
flatulence (gas)
visible swelling in the abdomen or other areas of the body
swollen extremities (arms, legs, feet, hands)

For me, the obvious swelling of hands, feet and ankles. A mild attack, it is just my hands , with my fingers feeling like fat sausages, but the more severe attack is like my feet are now. Really swollen feet and ankles are painful to walk on. Sometimes the skin is so tight, that just a hand touching the areas can be stinging and painful.

More serious symptoms, where you should see a doctor immediately,

skin sensitivity
shortness of breath
difficulty breathing
swollen feet
heart palpitations
changes in vision
rapid weight gain

And why haven't you seen the doc...well, I did, last week lol
She also ordered up blood tests, to be sure there was no signs of infections, which can also show these types of symptoms on some people. (Graeme was nodding his head... he was the one took me for the tests )

for "normal" water weight gains, due to salty foods, bloating from cycles and so on...using a diuretic type of food - lemon and its juice, parsley fresh pineapple and a few other foods, help flush off the water. For some people just drinking a lot of extra water will help flush out salt and there fore the water weight will slough off. Other people, exercising works.

Medical reasons are different though. No easy answers there. Perhaps a new kidney would help but I have already been told I am Not a candidate for transplant. I have too many other issues besides the kidney problem to be a candidate, the biggest one being diabetes.

Sometimes, I wish I were someone else. With that, the meeting broke up,

Have a good day

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TOPSBEAR 9/25/2014 10:50PM

    Hi Ima...nice that you are getting some sunny days for September. We are going through rainy one day, sunny the next alternating back and forth for a week and a half now.

Can't complain too much about it though as we had a very dry and warm summer for a change! The area certainly did need the rain after that.

Thank you for the prayers and thoughts. It is always nice to know someone cares. I reciprocate prayers and thoughts for you and yours as well emoticon

I am passed over for being on the team for singing for the Alpha sessions. The pastors decision, for whatever reason. It made me a little sad but I am okay now. Probably just a sign from the guy upstairs, letting me know I was starting to spread myself a little to thin...or at least that is what I am convincing myself of emoticon

have a great evening

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IMAVISION 9/25/2014 9:32PM

    I learned a few things by reading this information, Bear. Thank you for taking the time to share it.

I am praying that the upset with the kidneys is soon over & that you will have many years of no more upsets in any areas.

Beautiful days in our area --- the days of 80-plus degrees that we missed this past summer --- as my beloved MrV said, we had to wait until September to get some warm "summer like" days.

Busy on this end --- soon I will find time to get in here for a good long "chat" --- in the meantime, please know that I am thinking of you & you are in my prayers.

God bless!

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saturday morning

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I guess my body has been so good for too long, what with the packing, moving, and unpacking of the last month and some. Last week I started a down hill slide in water weight, with a 3 lb gain in a pair of days before weigh in, and here it is, 3 days past weigh in and I am up another 5 and a bit lbs.

My feet and ankles are so swollen it is painful to walk even barefoot. Never mind the fact that I can not even get my thongs (flip flops in todays world) on. Pretty sad because they are usually so loose they are falling off my feet...

some people have scoffed at me in the past of knowing or stating these water weight gains. But you do get to know them after awhile, even the feel of them is different than regular weight gain. Besides, Most people know that a body, any body, that is not over eating or using salt, can not possibly gain 10 - 20 lbs in a week. It is just not humanly possible, unless that some one is a gluttony fool and inhaling food into themselves at the rate of some 80,000 calories a week with no exercise at all. That is a lot of food! Especially when you think about a months worth of food for me is, roughly calculated, around 32,000 calories

All I can do is be tough and ride it out. I know from the past, that it is probably my kidneys acting up again, which they do many times a year. It will straighten itself out in a week or two, and it will all flush off again, God willing (though sometimes I do have thoughts lurking in the shadows of my mind, about the what ifs...what if my kidneys have decided to finally just fail...scary thought, and totally possible)

I have, in the past, tried all the natural diuretics and tricks that most dieters know for flushing off the extra water. Those only work when your kidneys are fully functioning. When they are not functioning right all the lemon and cranberry juice in the world are not going to help you, and neither is the pineapple and parsley. Taste good though lol

Off on to another subject.... A friend of mine, who is chunky like myself, asked if I would be interested in joining a "foodie" site. As I did not know what she meant by foodie , I asked her what it was...and she replied just talk of food and tricks in the kitchen. Hmph , okay, that sounds okay, sure why not?

I joined up and gave it an honest month to try it, checking in every day to see what was going on and what the posts for the day were.

I deleted myself yesterday.

Seriously, I was so very unimpressed. This was NOT a site on SP, let's clear that up right away. My take on the "foodie" personalities that were on site and that had a picture of themselves there......there were mostly women but also a few men, and in my books were definitely carrying extra poundage. But the more shocking to me, was the abuses they heaped upon their bodies.

A foodie, if my experience there is anything to go by, is a person that loves food and pays no attention to health aspects of what they are in fact feeding themselves. The amounts of food talked about, the ways in which they were cooking the said foods, and the types of foods.....went against everything that I promote with in the TOPS and diabetes realm of my life and discussions.

There was no control of calories consumed in a day, no regard to health issues and healthy eating.In short, and pardon me, but I was totally disgusted. There was very good reason why many of these people were large. Maybe I am stereotyping right now but that is something I have fought against all my life. The image of a large person eating with complete abandonment has never been me. I have always eaten less than a thousand calories a day because of a super slow metabolism and of course, the diabetes/ Blood Sugar factors, as well.

One person on there was bragging about having steak three times a day....I think that would have me hugging a toilet as 1) I am not a big beef eater anyways 2) ONE steak the size mentioned, would fill me at one meal and I probably wouldnt eat for another day or two!

The size of the steaks...I could have had a steak meal, a stir fry meal and probably chopped the rest up to add to a salad or two! And this person ate it 3 times in a day! Talk about clogged arteries as well!

But who am I to judge?

I have always tried not to judge people, but seriously, I couldnt help it in this instance.

I do believe that you could be a "foodie" and still eat healthily. What that word says to me is a person that likes food, Correct? And I DO like food. And I DO eat any kind of food I want. I do not deprive myself in the least, in terms of flavours and food fare. I do however, make trade offs and eat in moderation.

For instance, I love fish and chips! Not good choices for a diabetic as it is high carb and fat. My trade off...I have the deep fried fish and have salad with it. Or I will have the fries. I just wont have them together.

Another example would be, my love of pizza. Another very high carb meal. I will have one slice and a salad OR if I make my own, I will make it on 2 or 3 portabella mushroom caps and eliminate the carbs completely. A very slimmed down choice and one I have fairly often, at least once a month ( thats often for me!) It just takes a little preparing by cooking the mushroom caps firs and blotting them off, t before making the pizza on them, otherwise the amount of water in the mushroom makes it a soggy mess

Flavour is more important than amount in my books.

And I guess, healthy eating is just too far ingrained into me to let go like the people on the foodie site.

But a thought also just came to mind writing that sentence....perhaps I have too much pride in myself, as I fight constantly to lose weight and want to look good. The pictures I saw of these people had tight clothes over rounded bellies...something I detest for myself. I wont even wear something if it is in anyway tight fitting, let alone have my picture taken wearing it. I do not like my belly so prominent...

I suppose it was a good experience, in an odd sort of way. I do feel prouder of myself and my efforts to look pleasing to the eye of any beholder, I am proud that I do not flaunt my fatness. I take pleasure knowing that I am at the healthiest I can be for me with diabetes and other health problems, I am at the least, not making those problem worse by the way I chose to eat.

I stand more in front of the altar of health, than at the altar of all foods.
I also realize I have respect for my body, and keep it as well maintained as I can. It is the only one I have, I can not trade it in on a new model. A car can only run as good as the upkeep you put into it.

I think those are a few good things to learn about oneself....

Now I better go get something done around here have a super day everyone

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IMAVISION 9/22/2014 8:33PM

    Thinking of you, Bear!

I got difficult to accept news about health issues that a friend for over fifty years is faced with --- that has me feeling concerned. She is a "sister-by-choice" friend & I just don't want to think of her facing yet more health issues. Part of me feels annoyed with her for not taking care of herself over the years. It is such a mixture of feelings that I am trying to come to terms with concerning her life choices & where they have led her to date.

As I shared before --- I am, also, getting back into the swing of my Fall schedule &, quite frankly, that has me feeling drained. It has never been quite as draining to make the transition as it seems this year. It has to be an age thing! emoticon emoticon

I am happy to be back with my Bible study group & getting back into a daily routine with time given to research & homework. I feel so blessed with the opportunity to do so.

I'll try to catch up with you before the week is out.

God bless!


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TOPSBEAR 9/20/2014 11:47PM

    Thanks for responding to my scribblings hon. emoticon

Yes, I actually think the true foodie is as we both think....a person that just really likes foods but not to the point of destroying one s health

I am sure that you will find your way to getting back on track, you have done so in the past, with great successes each time.

Both of us have had some serious set backs this year with broken bones and other things that upset routines....and I think both of us ARE creatures of routines for staying on track with our health...and not to mention the support we usually have for each other and urging each other back on track when we do fall off.

And yes, you are making some excuses hon, there is a whole week before you go where you could be doing yourself some better choices at least for the time before you start the travels. It is your life and therefore these are your choices to make for yourself.

For myself, I am trying very hard to get back on track with things, as I am sure that is part of the reason my kidneys are acting up right now. Not 100% sure, that is something I could never be when it comes to the kidney factor, but an educated guess, shall we say...

Meanwhile have a better day tomorrow.

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SLIMLILA 9/20/2014 7:10PM

    Wow! Who knew!
I had a totally different idea of a "foodie" too... I thought healthy and preparing and sharing... not gluttony. I have to admit I have been eating a bag of chips here as I read it, and I put them aside feeling guilty that I am not respecting my body and should be exercising not eating. I am so off my feed and will be till after my trip next week, so I know I could still be doing the best I can and I'm not, so shame on me. But, I still make some wise choices mixed in with the bad, and I had to get serious about this and SOON...Last nite, it was popcorn and I had a WW quaesadilla for breakfast, but once we take MIL out for supper, it all goes downhill from there...

I know I am making excuses and as a pastor said years ago, the person who is good at making excuses probably isn't good at too much, so I'm gonna quit while I'm ahead....

Good for you getting the heck outta there and recognizing the good things you do and not being willing to compromise on them..

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club chat, sept 17

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It is the first cool cloudy day since I moved to the new place. But it is still warm in here even with a few windows cracked open! The bodes well for later in the season...perhaps I wont even have to turn heat on just never know! It is such a well insulated house...

Everyone is starting to arrive later since we are moved to here. No one has the timing down, I guess, to getting to this place on time, now that it is further from the center of town. It is not a problem though...

Weigh in went smoothly, though I still may change where the scales are living right now, don't really like them where they are. But, on the other hand, it is the most logical place for them in terms of where we are meeting. No one has complained, as they are still off in a private little space ( the little hall by the door to go to the laundry room and rest of the basement)

Unfortunately I was the gainer today, up 3 pounds. I had mentioned yesterday that I thought I would be up because my feet were so badly swollen I had a hard time getting my flip flops on. They are usually extremely loose, not so, yesterday. My assumption is some drastic water weight as it came on very quickly during the day and I had not eaten badly all week previous to yesterday.

oh well, boo to me.

Our discussion today, I chose to talk about fruits and vegetables and which are prone to more use of insecticides/ pesticides than which aren't. I fortunately, managed to find a listing of such for comparisons

If pesticides are present on the surfaces of your fruits and vegetables, you can definitely remove a substantial amount of those surface pesticides through careful washing and light scrubbing. However, you will not be able to remove all of them nor can you remove pesticides that have been incorporated into the fruits and vegetables while they were growing.

From field to field and from year to year, the amount of pesticides used on different fruit and vegetable crops can vary greatly. However, some environmental organizations, like the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have sampled large groups of fruits and vegetables to determine which non-organic foods most consistently contain pesticide residues (and how many different residues they contain). They have provided a listing to the public, which I will copy for you here. They even have a nickname for the worst offenders..... "Dirty Dozen Plus."

the uppermost food contains pesticide residues on the most frequent basis, and the next food down contains pesticide residues at the second highest frequency, etc

Sweet bell peppers
Cherry tomatoes
Snap peas—imported

The "Plus" in the "Dirty Dozen Plus" reflects types of produce that didn't meet the traditional Dirty Dozen criteria yet were of special concern. While they may not have met traditional criteria to rank them in the top 12, they were found to contain residues of insecticides that are toxic to the human nervous system.

Leafy greens, such as kale and collard greens
Hot peppers

They named another group the "Clean 15" which are the ones that were found to have the least amount of pesticide residues. The list of these are:

Sweet Corn
Sweet Peas — Frozen
Sweet Potatoes

As we discussed this around the table, we came to the conclusion that even if a food is termed organic, it still is not free of the insecticides and pesticides, for the simple reason that these products have been used for many years. Ground waters would absorb some from the earth and the earth retains some as well, and those processes have been going on for many many years.

So a farm going "organic" may still get some leeching into the foods they produce.... EVEN if they farmed hydroponically, for the water still has residue chemicals in it. There is no getting away from that, as the residues of past uses have still been monitored in present day waters...whether high up in the mountains, far from civilization or just around the corner from your house.

Organic farm produce is interesting, to say the least. They do not use the insecticides or pesticides, so you would think that the costs would be far cheaper to produce their marketable goods. The costs of the chemicals and planes and machines to deliver the said chemicals to the crops, would be a high cost... Yet the produce from a organic farm costs more. So who are the ones lining their pockets on this issue?

As always, there are several more factors, that effect the pricing of fruits and vegetables But it does still make one wonder about the logicalness of the organic farming products costing more than the products that are coming off farms that are using the insecticides and pesticides.

But the fact still remains, that these chemicals do end up in our foods. We can only do what we can. I personally, wash everything well, with a 10 parts water/1 part vinegar solution. I do this for anything I bring out of my own garden as well, especially those squashes that I am holding over the winter. It is something my Uncle Reg taught me many years ago, and has worked like a charm for preserving for later use....along with making sure to leave at least one inch of stem and to cut with scissors so that the stem is not pulled off the vegetable at all.

After the light scrubbing, which also washes your hands clean of the surfaces chemical, peeling the fruit or vegetable will take away some more chemical that has leeched into the skins. What is left is the product with the least amount of chemical residue in it. That is the best you can do for yourself, if you are concerned about this issue.

Some people don't care. I have seen them at the grocery store, picking and eating grapes, cherries ect and eating them to see if they are sweet enough for them. They havent even been washed from coming off the trucks....and in some cases, not even from coming in off the fields and orchards, where they were sprayed again just before being put on the trucks.

Food for thought?

Have a great day everyone! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 9/20/2014 6:56PM

    Very interesting.... did I miss broccoli? I thought it was one of the worst?
Gotta go catch up with all that's been going on...

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TOPSBEAR 9/18/2014 1:22PM

    I a m happy that you had a successful visit with your daughter. I remember just before going offline you had been saying that she was battling with a flu bug of some sort, so she obviously must have got over it before the visitation.

Nice that Mr V shares his insights on his studies. I have a few couples in my circle that do studies as well, but it is rare to hear of them sharing their studies.My cousin in particular, quit writing down his insights and thoughts about what he studied because his first wife would read them and he thought of it as a trespass. He still does not share them with his current wife either.

I have never had grits, not sure that you can even buy them here.

It rained for most of yesterday afternoon and evenng, today is dry but overcast and cool, probably more rain sometime today. But, we did need it. There has not been any rain or dew all summer long, the earth is parched and brown.

My outdoor plants were lovely and green before coming here, as I had lavished attention on them until the last week before moving , when I let them dry out for lighter moving. Then of course, I was all consumed with moving and putting away that they were totally ignored. Results....pray they will all come back next year, as they as so brown and curled up it looks like no hope for them. Two in particular, I am praying for as they set me back a pretty chunk of change, more than I usually spend on plants but they were both so lovely and smelled heavenly that I had to have them.

well I need to get my day going. I am alloted thursday as my one and only laundry day, so I must use it! I am not accustom to having only one laundry day, it will take some getting used to, but at least I do not have to go outside and up into an unfinished part of the house....I won't get as much exercise but I sure will appreciate it in the dead of a cold winters day!

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IMAVISION 9/18/2014 10:09AM

    I found this blog very interesting, Bear. As you said, "Food for thought". We eat a combination of both organic & non-organic fruits & veggies --- chosen more with an eye for what looks best. I am very careful to wash everything well. However, I am now considering peeling the skin off apples before enjoying them. Normally I have an apple each day --- not to keep the doctor away, but because I like them.

I am happy to know that the TOPS members are pleased with the change of location for the meetings. Personally, I would be pleased with the new views the change affords --- just hearing about them & the reactions of others to them, makes me wish I could drop in one Wednesday morning.

I am especially pleased that you now have a comfortable home, after years in the other dwelling, Bear.

For some reason both “Visions” under the roof of our home have been awake since a little before 4am --- not an unusual turn-of-events for my beloved MrV, who awakens early to do enjoy his quiet time with the Lord & do his Bible study. It had been quite a while since I have had such a night, so I was very surprised to have two in a row --- not something I want to become a “not by choice” habit again.

MrV is studying the Book of Acts --- he has studied it several times in the past; however, each time Holy Spirit has given him new insights --- some really rich “stuff”, too. He is great about sharing what has been revealed to him with me, so I am blessed through his faithfulness in his studies --- as well as being richly blessed through my own time in the Word.

Since the time leading up to & during your move, things on this end were all go, go, go. That time was both tiring & delightful; however, when things finally calmed down a bit, I was very thankful. Those, less demanding of our time, days gave us a chance to rest & regroup before our Fall schedule kicked in. Still, I am forever grateful for the lovely memories that brought us to the point of needing a bit of rest.

The most delightful of the ways that we spent those days was having our eldest offspring & her two youngest visit for ten all too short days. She was really impressed with the re-decorated downstairs guestroom, with its remodeled bathroom. She said that she just might stay on with us. It tickled me to hear that from a gal who lives in a huge & beautiful seven bedroom home out in the country --- with its home theater, exercise room, & full-sized indoor swimming pool! Still, even though the changes we made are very nice, I am sure most of her delight in it all was being with us. I am happy that she was the first to use that area of our home. We had a wonderful time of soaking each minute of the ten days for all they were worth --- knowing how quickly such visits speed by.

I had left this to have a breakfast with my MrV --- grits with a teaspoon of salt-free butter & sprinkled with black pepper for me --- mush melon with black grapes & a protein drink (mixed with almond milk) for him. He is now catching forty winks before seeing what the rest of the day has in store for his loving self.

I know there were a zillion other things I had planned to share with you; however, right now they just are not coming to mind. Plus, my day is calling to me, so I best go greet it a second time.

God bless!

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home, club chat, and blessings

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It took awhile for me to get back...but I have finally returned!

Being without the internet for so long, well, that was a trial! When I first moved I was so busy that the landlords being away did not bother me....but when things slowed down some, I wanted to be online!

I watched for them to come home, but twice they snuck in and then left again within the hour or two they were home. Turns out the have a summer home, right on the beach, and have been living there for most of the summer. Don't blame them! It has been a beautiful summer here!

But that did not bode well for me , in the moment. So after a bit over two weeks, they came home for a stretch of days, and I got the Mr down here, so I could get the passwords onto the systems they have for computer and TV.

Turns out both my machines were too old for these two systems! Ugh! So another week goes by, then I had to be ready for overnight company! My cousin and her husband were coming in off the sailboat for the season. That was the final push to get boxes dealt with once and for all! So now that is done and over with.

After they left, I made arrangements for a few hours in town...It is now a production to go, so I need to arrange several things to be done each time I go, so I don't waste Graeme's or anyone elses time. So I visited two banks, mine and the one for the TOPS group, went to the grocery store, walmart the Dr's office for an appointment, the drugstore with my prescription renewel, and finally the electronics store.

And the fellow there knew exactly what to do! Yay! I had to wait again, to catch up with the landlord again, fortunately it was not such a long wait this time! I had his passwords into the machine where the device wanted it and here I am once again! emoticon

The view I look at whenever I sit at the computer is beautiful! Yes, there are two roof tops in the way when I sit here, but there is big gaps in between the houses to see the ocean and the various islands around here. Marine traffic of tugs, barges, sailboats and speedboats leave something to always be looking at. There is an occasional ferry as well as the scarcer cruise ship. I can see across to the airforce base on Vancouver Island at times, when it is super clear out, but it is very small and far off in the distance. Next I want to get some binoculars for watching emoticon

The TV is still a dead issue. I guess I will have to start buying DVD's or something. There were a few shows I really liked but on the whole, I did not watch the thing that much so it is no great loss. Lots of other things that I prefer to be doing instead. I will get a few children's movies for whenever my great nephew is around, which I was going to have to do anyways as his mom doesn't want him to be watching regular tv anyways.

So really not a big issue with me, not like it would be for some other people I happen to know! Also keeps me on the quieter side, which is good for upstairs lol The landlords have commented that they don't even know that I am here...this could be a good thing as they decided to put me on a 3 month trial! Yikes I don't want to go through finding another place! And now, I am feeling pretty confident that I won't have to, not when they just think of me as a ghost in the basement LOL

TOPS group... The group was not too excited about the move in location, as it is farther away for them to arrive here. They were won over the first meeting! ( we have had 2 here) They took one look at the view on the way in, and one look at their new surroundings and quit griping.

I told them I would sign transfer papers if the wish to go to one of the groups in the town center ( there are 4 or 5 to chose from there where we were. ) We are now the only group out here in what is called the townsite. It is the original beginning of where this town started to grow from. The paper mill is about a mile further along the coast from here.

By the time we got to this week passed and the second meeting here, everyone was settled in. Graeme spoke up at the last meeting and said he thought he spoke for everyone at that moment...thanked me for moving the club here. He also stated that he woke up happy and excited to come to the meeting that morning. He drive slower than usual so he could take in the view before turning up to my road, then said he walked up my sidewalk backwards so he could watch the view come back into sight once again! He commented that he claimed the seat at the back of the table for one reason... he could stare out the window at the view while the meeting was going on, while everyone else had to crank their heads around to look lol

He can be such a funny guy... as the first meeting here, he said our opening pledge straight, no goofing up the lines... he said it was in honor of our new home! This week, we were back to him sliding in an offbeat line that would throw everyone off lol He does it on purpose, and never the same line, the same way. Most of the time it is something to cause snickers, but always to do with weight loss and its issues. I am sure he sits and dreams these things up !
And we have come to expect these little asides of his lol

So while it is a little ways out of the ways for everyone, I am sure it will work out fine.....may even end up with new members as there is not a another group, here in the townsite

My neice's comment was it is awful small. I just sighed. There is no pleasing some people. Yes it is small. One large room (kitchen, living room, computer room and dining room, all in the one room) Just a tad bigger than the room we had in the old place, actually, probably the same size if I were to add the kitchen and its space onto the end of the room at the old place.

I think I have it looking okay though...have to live with it for a few weeks to see if there is anymore changes to make. I did downsize a lot, and may still have to do a little more yet, I will see....

Havent got all the pictures up yet, still working on that.

But it is already home.

Has been since the first day I was here emoticon

The old place has faded very quickly out of my mind, as have all the feelings that went with it. I did not realize how much that place sucked me dry, wore me down and depleted my sense of self worth and self esteem. The negativity it spawned in my mind and heart, mostly towards myself, the depression that was slowly creeping into me, the feelings of degradation and worthlessness, living on the edge of homelessness... the feelings of being an invisible throw away disabled person living like a ghost in a society of able bodied people that pay no attention.....gone!

I suppose that is why I liked my friends here so much. Thank you to all of you. emoticon
You never , any of you, made me feel that way here!The encouragements, the kind words and thoughts, always let me know there had to be a better place than where I had got to.. that old shack that was someplace to be for a month or two while I found the better place...that took 15 years to arrive!

All the people that prayed for me, here and at my church, praying for a better place, a happier place...those prayers have been answered! I have arrived to where I am supposed to be! I truly believe that. I think God needed me to get so down and out, to really appreciate the gifts that he has bestowed upon me at this time. Thank the Lord for these gifts!

Have a terrific day, and enjoywhat life brings to you this day! emoticon God bless you all!

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TOPSBEAR 9/20/2014 6:42PM

    thanks emoticon

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SLIMLILA 9/20/2014 6:29PM

    Here I am getting all caught've been busy... glad to have you back.

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TOPSBEAR 9/16/2014 7:00PM

    I shall be picking up the pace again soon as well. The Alpha courses are starting up for the fall...Oct 5th, I think is the launch night. I will be in two training sessions before that night as I am one of the main people in the group this year, as well as being on the worship team.

I will find out on the 2nd whether I am group leader, co leader or just a back up person in case someone doesn t show up. Whichever position I am in, I have to be at the training sessions every week. And the worship team has practise once a week as well, but again it will be on a different day than the training sessions, so that those like me, doing both, will be able to attend..

The painting group at the church has also started up again, so that also will be taking up my time. If I am not careful, I will be spread too thinly with all these things going on!

So now I have to gear up for TOPS meeting tomorrow. I have not really had a chance to put together a proper program since before I moved so tonight I will put the research cap on and get something positive to talk about tomorrow!

Have a terrific evening God Bless!

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IMAVISION 9/16/2014 2:32PM

    I am still out here, Bear. Life always steps up come September --- my Tuesday Bible study morning started today --- now I will find myself working on the five days of homework --- the suggestion is to give it an hour per day --- I give it way more than that amount --- I find the blessing greatly increased when I give it everything I have --- still doing so demands a lot of my time & other things get put on the back burner.

I have made a deal with myself --- homework first --- communication with family members second --- household chores next --- then I can spend time at SP. Actually, I have not gotten today's homework completed, but slipped in there to share my plan of action with you, so you don't think I have done a runner. emoticon

Back soon! I hope! emoticon

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 9/13/2014 7:48PM

    thanks for the welcome back my friend! no worries, you will catch me up when you can , I am not going anywhere now emoticon

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IMAVISION 9/13/2014 5:26PM

    emoticon Bear!

Sure have missed you, my sweet Sister/Friend!

I so enjoyed your blog. I am short of time to catch you up on the happenings of life under my piece of sky, so will have to do so later.

Again, emoticon!

God bless!

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