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Happy New Year everyone. First blog of 2012

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

OK, I am planning to get back in the game. I have gained allot of weight back currently I was 179 at the doctors on the 29th of Dec. and I am not too happy about that at all.

November sucked because I sprained my ankle on the 1st and was told to stay off of it for 10 days. Then I had an eye infection that made it difficult to be in the sun. After that I got the flu that last for close to 10 days. Guess what November was shot. I gained close to 15 lbs during the month. lol

The men have been working hard on the house (construction) which I didn't help out much with partly because I have been having problems with my medications. My Rheumy kept trying to lower the dose of Celcept but I kept having stomach problems and just could no longer tolerate it. I had been on this drug since spring of 2009. He is afraid to stop giving me any medications: because he/we (my hubby) know that eventually my kidneys will not work properly again. So now I am back on Immuran and hope it works. I was taking Immuran for about 10 yrs up till spring of 2009 when it stopped working for me. We are hoping for the best since I can not tolerate many of the other medications that can be used. Of course there is a new Lupus drug out now but getting insurance companies to pay for new stuff is like pulling teeth. We shall hope for the best.

Have been doing a lot of bowling. Having fun league bowling every week. The alley has been having specials for league bowlers where you pay $10 and can bowl all you want. I did this on Christmas afternoon and also yesterday the first. I bowl 9 games myself b/4 some of my bowling friends showed up so I was pretty tired out last night.

Joined the January Jump start challenge today, so I am a couple of days behind on the workout but will catch up with no problem. Plan on tracking my exercise mins. and food starting this week as well. Hope to be here for my friends once again. xo

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Update pictures and other junk

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Just an example of the water damage we had from the blog "It Rained in my House today" from last month. This was b/4 the roof was completed on the new front porch.

How the new roof looks. We still have to finish the front porch with brick. We will be working on the house until the middle of January. No holidays for us this year.

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JAMER123 11/30/2011 11:44PM

    You really had a big leak with a fair amount of damage!! Having to redo work done is no fun. Love your pictures of the house. It really is a beautiful addition. Too bad it will take you into the new year for work but you will have a wonderful place to relax!!
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DNJEN471 11/26/2011 12:51PM

    No fun! Looks like a lot of work!

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IZZYBEBOP 11/25/2011 6:14PM

    So sorry to hear about the leak and the damage. Such a shame with all that you've done already.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/22/2011 10:33AM

    Sorry to hear about the water damage - be sure you get the 'inside' well-dried out to avoid mold. We have a leaky spot in our roof, too, and although we've gotten roofers out to 'fix' it 5-6 times, it still came in when we got heavy rain this week - we thought maybe it was FINALLY fixed but....apparently not!

Your new porch looks great - what a wonderful way to give yourself a holiday gift!

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DDOORN 11/17/2011 2:26PM

    Water can be such an enemy to our homes!

GL in bouncing back...


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_LINDA 11/17/2011 12:59AM

    Sorry you had that trouble :(, but that outer shot looks good!

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TWEETYKC00 11/17/2011 12:01AM

    The house is really coming along now, too bad it won't be done sooner.

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Another picture from Halloween. Check out my eyes.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I really wanted to share this close up and show the eye lashes I wore as "Cher". My husband friends sent it our way. Haven't been online for over a week because I serverely sprained my ankle. I am going to download pictures tomorrow of the current housework (construction) and will include the picture of the ankle.

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BARBARASDIET 11/9/2011 12:48PM

    Cool costumes!

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RELLIMTENAJ 11/9/2011 12:51AM

    You are looking great!

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SUPERMOUSE35 11/9/2011 12:37AM

    Great pic!

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_LINDA 11/9/2011 12:34AM

    Awesome make up!! So sorry about your ankle, what a tough thing to happen :(( Hope its feeling better.. Ice, elevation and rest..

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JAMER123 11/9/2011 12:32AM

    Great picture. Hope your ankle is getting a little better. Sprains are, most of the time, worse than a fracture. Take good care of it! Thinking about you often. Waiting for more pics!!
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TWEETYKC00 11/9/2011 12:06AM

    Cher and her pimp, like it! I'm sorry about your ankle, I hope it heals fast for you.

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Halloween updates

Monday, October 31, 2011

My DH and I went to a friends Halloween party on the 29th. I was the DD and only had water and very little to eat. Asparagus with ham wraps (2), and a mini cupcake. Not too shabby.
Jeff drank about 6 drinks, some kind of punch that really had a punch. He always thinks he is OK to drive. His friend Mike told him to give me the keys and he handed them over. Jeff doesn't like to give up control of anything but his friend knew he should not be driving. Jeff makes me nervous when he is a passenger because you can tell by his body language he is tense. He yawned all the way home and was in bed asleep b/4 I got all my make-up off. So glad I was driving and not drinking.
Me as Cher, our friend Bob (Mad Ape Man) and DH Jeff as "Sonny the Pimp"
Scariest costume our friend Mike as the "Headless" guy.
Cutest couple (they just got engaged)
Jeff, another friend named Bob as a Vampire and the host "Chef"
Must have an "Elivra" at a Halloween party
Our friend Dan as "The Dirty Old Man" from "Laugh In" tv show from the 1960's/70's.
Jeff as "Sonny the Pimp", our friend Carl "Pirate" & Bob the "Vampire".

We have been doing some roof work, still on the house. But now we should be making progress because Jeff has some time off of work. It is starting to come along and I will post pictures in another blog.
Hope all have a safe and sane Halloween night!

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BARBARASDIET 11/9/2011 12:49PM

    Looks like fun!

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DDOORN 11/7/2011 12:10PM

    Sounds like a blast and kudos to the safe ride home!


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JAMER123 11/4/2011 12:14AM

    Love the pictures!! Looks like you all had a great time. Glad to see that the house is coming along well now. Haven't taken the time to keep up with you but hoping that is to change soon. Take care and have a great weekend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BWCAGRL 11/2/2011 8:54AM

    Love the costumes...looks like a great party!
WooHoo for you for being so good about not over-indulging!

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IZZYBEBOP 11/1/2011 9:35AM

    Love your costume! Looks as if you had a great time, and great job on keeping your eg under control too!

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SUBSMITH 11/1/2011 8:47AM

    Looks like you had alot of fun. Glad you drove home. I love how creative everyone was on their costumes.

We only had one large group of trick or treaters last night. Soooo much extra candy! I insisted they all grab as big a handful as they could. I always give the little kids a pencil for school too. lol. The teens in the group politely asked if they could have one too... so I laughed and gave one to each. I think I'll ship the Costco size bag of leftover candy to 'the kids' back East in Christmas stockings and get it OUT OF THE HOUSE!

Okay.... I began the day fine. Then I made some great Shoofly Cupcakes... but taste tested 3. Oops! Yum. Then in the evening I opened the candy for the trick or treaters. That was it. I indulged again. Maybe 5 fun size candy bars. Funny, I don't usually have a problem with candy; but that huge bag and the smell just drew me in.

Well, today is a new day. I'll put it away. I sent most of the cupcakes to work with Mike and had just one for breakfast. Today it's protein for me. and veggies. emoticon

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HIKINGSD 11/1/2011 3:50AM

    Love the costumes. Looks like a fun night :)

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_LINDA 11/1/2011 1:36AM

    Awesome photos!! You make a GREAT Cher! LOVE Halloween and costumes, but alas, too busy with work to participate this year :( Glad you guys did the right thing and made it home safely.
GREAT discipline on the food!!
Keep up the fantastic work!

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TXGRANDMA 11/1/2011 12:36AM

    Wow, you two made a cute couple! Looks like you had lots of fun, too! So good to see you are out enjoying yourselves!

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TWEETYKC00 11/1/2011 12:02AM

    Great pictures, what fun you must have had! I'm also glad that you both made it home ok, having a DD is the best thing.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/31/2011 9:54PM

    Great photos! Thanks for Chering! emoticon

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WISLNDR 10/31/2011 9:10PM

    Love the photos; you had a good time, I'm sure!!

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Ok I decided to join a bowling league today.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I use to bowl on league back in the early to mid 1990's. I have always enjoy the game. After having cervical spine surgery I was not sure I would be able to bowl again. One of my sisters had the same surgery with only 4 pins and a plate and she can't. I have 6 pins and a plate. I started slowly only bowling occasionally. I was not very good but I had fun. I started going every month, then a couple of time a month. I always a really bad game, normally the first game.
Anyway on Sat. I went with my son, was having a normal day with one game under 100 and the rest above 120 - 139. We bowled six or seven games. Frank said he didn't want to bowl the last game. I decided to bowl both games. I bowled a 149 for my son and bowled a 216 for myself. Today I bowled my first game 97, 2nd 127 and 141 for the 3rd. Our team won 2 out of the 3 games played. I think I will come early from now on a bowl 1 or 2 games to warm up because I seem to bowl better the long I play. lol
Our weather has warmed up again and we are expected 100 degrees for the next two days. Oh I also did a 7 miles river walk with my friend Irene on Sunday. It was perfect, not too hot. The mountains look great and the river had a lot of water in it. Also went to the gym yesterday and had a good 90 min cardio workout along with taking Phred for his daily walk.
I am feeling so much better since I went off the Celcept. I hope when I see my doctor in November that I don't have to go back on Prenidsone. I would really dislike that.

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DNJEN471 10/14/2011 12:20PM

    Bowling burns tons of calories!

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DDOORN 10/13/2011 10:45AM

    Great plan! Love the social benefits of group activities!


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SUBSMITH 10/12/2011 8:31AM

    LOL.... brings back memories! If you're doing this great without drugs, then it makes sense that you won't need prednisone for awhile? Let's hope anyways!

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_LINDA 10/12/2011 1:28AM

    Well done!! I too, want to get back into bowling. I used to bowl as a youth and young adult, so that is well over twenty years ago!! I am not sure if my bad hands will let me, now that everything else has been repaired. I am thinking of trying left handed instead of my usual right as my left doesn't hurt like my right.
Great work on the walk, what fabulous scenery to enjoy!
I too, hope you don't have to go back on the prednisone -too bad they couldn't try the biologics, much less reactions to them, certainly no weight gain.
Have fun with your bowling!!

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TWEETYKC00 10/12/2011 12:07AM

    Good for you getting back in the game, especially when you can take your son and practice with him. You'll get better in time, just keep trying. I also hope that you don't have to go back on the Prenidsone, good luck with the doctors visit.

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