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Shot Weekend! Grrrrrrrrr

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Next Monday, April 5, I am getting a colonoscopy. It was originally planned for March 29, but the medical people changed the date to April 6, which is Tuesday. OK, I could live with that because that meant I started the liquid diet on Sunday and then the junky stuff on Monday, meaning I stay at home and love the bathroom.

I get to the center where the procedure is to be done for the prep and am told that it will be April 5, which is Monday. That means the liquid diet starts Saturday and Sunday is the hug the toilet day. Grrrrrrr!!!!

So Grandma will not be around for all the fun and games that the family has this weekend.

Oh the joy of being past 50!

Jane on Guam

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MZZCHIEF 4/6/2010 5:33PM

    Hey Jane!

I was thinking of you Monday and hope everything went okay. Never a fun deal, hope you didn't have any polyups that will require a follow up in a coupla years, which unfortunately is my deal. For me, its not the procedure, its the bloody cost! For the price of a colonoscopy, I can take myself and child to Europe for a few weeks. haha

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RUSTYSHAW1 4/5/2010 11:34PM

    Oh Jane,
What a "poop", excuse me for the pun. But that was just plain icky for you I am sure. I have been through it, ugh. I'll write to you later. I have been so busy with the garden and other stuff. Oh boy. I pray everything goes alright. Hugs and Prayers, Rusty.

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GOANNA2 4/4/2010 8:48AM

    My thoughts are with you. Yuk that liquid stuff is awful. I keep getting a follow up colonoscopy every 2 years as I had some polyps.

Better a bit of discomfort than something more serious. It is too bad it's over Easter though.

Thank you so much for the goodie jane and my prayers are with you that all will be well. I also had a birthday today and got a little spoilt.

I really did try not to eat too much of my birthday cake - only a small piece and I had no chocolate...
Good luck and God bless
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LEAN-N-LEXY 4/3/2010 11:10PM

    Oh, dear! I've had to prep for sigmoidoscopy before. The liquid diet always seemed so hard to get enough calories in. The cleansing was only a few hours just before bed. Even so, it's hard to forgo traditional feasting.

By the way--
I get an ultrasound of my thyroid bright and early Monday. Finally a caregiver who wants to see whats going on inside! She actually physically examined my neck, unlike my last doc who just looked at me and said I didn't have a swollen thyroid and waved his hand in the general direction of my neck in a poor simulation of an examination. This woman, a Physician's Assistant found a nodule.

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BAM0827 3/30/2010 9:39AM

    That is a bad - especially since you did it once already. Even worse that it's around a festivities packed weekend.

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COOLMAMA11 3/30/2010 9:09AM

    Oh Jane... emoticon that has to happen to you, it will certainly ruin your Easter week end! I hate colonoscopies at the best of times...but a very necessary procedure!


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EMMABE1 3/30/2010 2:58AM

    That's awful - Easter weekend too!! I'm surprised they are doing a test like that on Easter Monday though - here its a holiday - and very little happens except picking people off the roads that need to learn to drive!!

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CAROLEDENTON 3/30/2010 2:38AM

    Poor Jane, I'm sorry. Been there done that! Sorry about your shot week-end! emoticon Bummer!

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Japan's Cherry Blossoms

Friday, March 26, 2010

I am planning to to go to Japan April 12 - 16 for the Cherry Blossom Festival or Sakura as the Japanese say. I have been to Japan a few times in the Tokyo area but because the blossoms should be gone by then I will be going more north probably around Sendai. I am anxious and excited.

This is the reward for loosing 50 pounds which happened awhile ago but the trees have not blossomed yet. I am going this week because I am going with a friend whose school break is at this time. She has never been to northern Japan either.

If you have been in this area or know about sites to see, places to stay, etc., I would love to hear from you. We will probably fly into Nariata because Continental Micronesia does not fly into Sendai when we want to go so we will be taking a train north so any really great places to stop and see would be appreciated.

Jane on Guam

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DOTSLADY 4/4/2010 1:53PM

    I can't wait for your photos! To be in Wash DC to see blossoms (a gift from Japan!) is eye candy. Enjoy.

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GOANNA2 4/4/2010 9:04AM

    What a great reward. I would love to hear all about it.
Have fun Jane.

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TNTEACHER2 4/3/2010 10:48PM

    Three years ago today I was in Japan. I had some Japanese friends, and made quite a few more because I belong to a club for women who like to travel(5W--look at its website if you are interested). Because of my club membership, I stayed two weeks with Japanese women and their families. Seeing the cherry blossoms is awesome, and having picnics under them with Japanese friends is even better.

I am certain you will have a wonderful time.
Marcy in Murray, Kentucky

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ASHLEEWEBART 4/3/2010 9:48PM

    I am looking forward to hearing more about your trip to Japan. It is a special opportunity getting to go there.

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KLASSIE 3/27/2010 10:38PM

    That's a great way to reward yourself. Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms. Japan donated several trees to Washington DC and sometimes I go see them if it is not too cold. They're beautiful. Have fun.

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PENNYAN45 3/27/2010 1:07AM

    What a lovely way to reward yourself for 50 lbs lost! Take lots of photos and share them with us when you return. I have never been to Japan, and would love to see some of the cherry blossoms there.

I'm happy for you!!

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/26/2010 10:43PM

    I wish I could say I have been to Japan but I have not and I suspect I'll never make it there ever. BUT I am so glad you are going on a vacation. How delightful. I wish you the best of times. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, dear friend.
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JOANNS4 3/26/2010 8:56PM

    I know you will have a good time. Enjoy!

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    sounds great-I have always wanted to go to Japan. take lots of photos to share.

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BAM0827 3/26/2010 10:56AM

    What a great reward!!! I hope you have a great time. Sounds like a beautiful time to visit.

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PLAYBLUES22 3/26/2010 7:59AM

    Way to go !!! My son who is in the Navy just moved from Japan to Hawaii and he was saying how beautiful the trees are

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Guam USA Sparkers have a Team Digest Page!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

This is a first for our team! We started last fall and now have 11 members! I am delighted.

Hope we get some more soon.

If you live on Guam join us! We would love to have you.


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RUSTYSHAW1 3/22/2010 8:47AM

    Good morning. Yes, had to get up early so I can get some things done before heading out to the LAST day of the "used book sale". Gardening, sparking, a few chores. But more importantly, I saw your blog and want to congratulate you on starting a team in your area! I completely understand the importance of having a spark team in Guam. About a week or so ago, I read a blog from another sparker in New Zealand who shared her concern that her region needed more teams focused on their area and their seasons. They are going into winter now. Also the closeness of proximity.
Are you going to be the leader of your new team? I look forward to reading the activities as they unfold.
Hugs, Rusty emoticon

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KALATHIA 3/21/2010 6:32PM

    Congratulations on growing your team!


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MAGA99 3/21/2010 11:17AM

    so glad 4 u

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PLAYBLUES22 3/21/2010 11:04AM

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DOROTHYBERO 3/21/2010 6:46AM

    Cool - yea for you. I would join but I live in PA LOL

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Woes Of A Pedometer

Sunday, March 14, 2010

My pedometer kept falling off when I am doing yard work! Also, I would bump it when using the hoe so that there were times my steps were off. I had tried switching sides when I changed hands with the hoe but the thing would still fall off and I would have to find it. Frustrations!

A couple of days ago I had the bright idea of putting it in the middle of my back while doing yard work. If I do it at other times when I sit down I feel it but it does not fall off when I am bending and does not add extra steps when hoeing.

It has take me about a year to figure this out as I did not use a pedometer when I first started my yard exercise.

Jane on Guam
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LITTLE_DEBBIE 3/16/2010 3:30PM

    You found a great workaround. I finally got one with a leash, and I enjoyed reading all the comments about pedometers here. It's good to know I'm not alone in my complaints. emoticon

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/16/2010 2:18PM

    Good Morning! Ah! I have learned some great stuff today. I have been rather discouraged with wearing my pedometer because it was always falling off. Now I have two great ideas: 1) working in the yard, wear it on the back of my pants, FANTASTIC; 2) also, try wearing it on my sock other times....so change it out.
Speaking of yard work. My little seeds are now seedlings; I have transferred they to large clay pots; the wood is cut for my 4x4 sq ft raised bed. I need to get the wood treated to prevent bugs from getting into it. I am having a GOOD time.
Hope YOUR back continues to get better. I have a tricky back and I hate being laid up because of it. Take care and hugs from Rusty in San Diego. emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 3/16/2010 2:45AM

    After having similar issues with my pedometer, I got one with a leash. That solved the problem. Then I ordered and expensive one from LLBean that is touted to be a 'pocket' pedometer, very thin and able to be worn inside a pocket. Unless I am doing something wrong, don't buy it. It doesn't register my steps when it is in my pocket, and when it is on my waist, the buttons are so sensitive that it keeps resetting itself. Huge waste of money! I like my one with a leash from Target.

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PENNYAN45 3/16/2010 2:39AM

    I just started wearing a pedometer - and somehow it doesn't register all the steps. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I will have to play around with it a little to figure it out.

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KATIEWELL 3/15/2010 3:08PM

    I am so surprised by how many steps I take when mine works, I keep clearing mine if I bump it. I can't wait for yard work, the snow is gone but the yard is still dead.

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MIAJOEB 3/15/2010 10:45AM

    I got the one with the leash. It seems to work even if on the leash. But the putting it in back should keep it out of the way while doing yard work.

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MAGA99 3/14/2010 10:35PM

    I put mine on my sock
I wear mine from the time I get uo till I go to bed & I count every step emoticon

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KALATHIA 3/14/2010 6:54PM

    Good idea, Jane!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 3/14/2010 6:46PM

    My pedometer goes on in the morning and stays on until I go to bed. I do not count 2000 steps for my walking because that is what I average while working in the yard.

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STMUELLER 3/14/2010 6:43PM

    It honestly never occurred to me to wear one while doing yardwork. Good for you!

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My Yard

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I am going to try something. Pictures in this blog. Hopefully I can remove the blog if it does not work.
Many of you have asked about pictures of my yard which is my exercise project. I started this project a year ago January with clearing out the junk grass in the section between the sidewalk and the street. When I left for the states in the summer there were patches of Japanese grass in this area and a clump by the driveway that still needed to be removed.

This shows what it looks like now along with some of the front yard.

This picture was taken between my King Crown Plant and the carport.

This picture is from the carport and shows my planter with the Variegated Lettuce that I put in my sandwiches.

This last picture shows the front yard with the patches of Japanese grass that I have planted and will hopefully spread through out the yard. Yes, there was some Japanese grass in the yard when I started this project.
Since it will be the rainy season when I go to the states I am not worried about the grass drying out and dying while I am gone.
Eventually I will be left with clearing the junk grass out from within the Japanese grass and then will have to find an new project/exercise activity.

If at first you don't succeed... I think I did it right the second time. emoticon

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DAGMAR1975 3/20/2010 7:41AM

    AHHH! Now I understand your project Jane! it's great. I love your pot with lettuce for your sandwiches emoticon All of it looks amazing!


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RE2BAH 3/13/2010 10:12AM

    Love it, will be an inspiration for me when I work in my yard!

Love to garden, and will have to do raised beds as the soil here is clay! Will have to have some drainage tile laid down first as there is a spring on the next property that flows over the area I want to plant, making it constantly soggy.

When and what part of the states are you visiting?

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CLAVINOVA 3/10/2010 11:56PM

    No wonder you have so many fitness minutes doing yard work - good for you! Also want to thank you for the sympathy goodie you sent with your kind thoughts - I really appreciate you and enjoy reading your message board posts. Have a super day filled with spark. emoticon

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THE_SILVER_OWL 3/10/2010 2:26PM

    I find that digging in the dirt is relaxing, great exercise and I get so much satisfaction from seeing the end results. Thanks so much for sharing your project with us.

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JOANNS4 3/6/2010 8:25PM

    Great job, Jane. I love to do gardening, such good exercise.
What a productive way to get into shape. It is fun to grow things in containers. I plant lettuce in containers when we are in WA state.
Jo Ann

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DOTSLADY 3/6/2010 11:25AM

    Tell me about "Japanese" grass pls. I look forward to when it's grown in and updated photos. Keep us posted.

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KALATHIA 3/5/2010 10:12PM

    You've really been working and it looks great! Congratulations, Jane!

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AFMILWIFE 3/5/2010 2:13AM

    Looks great! Want to start a new yard project and come do mine!?!? I have no green thumb at all!

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WALNUT5612 3/3/2010 9:16AM

    You did a good job!! The pictures are clear on my computer..........Ms. High-tech!!!

(((((smiles and hugs))))))

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MAGA99 3/3/2010 8:33AM

    I miss having grass ur yards r all cement exceot where the pool is

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    My whole yard is only 60' by 100' with my house in the middle. The front is perhaps 30' by 60' thus not very big.

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COOLMAMA11 3/2/2010 11:54PM

    Well Jane, I can see you have been working hard, tending to grass and gardens I always found to be hard work, but so self-satisfying, you can really see your progress...


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RUSTYSHAW1 3/2/2010 11:43PM

    Your pictures did not come through. I'll check your picture section. Your description helped me put it in my 'mind's eye'. I look forward to seeing your pictures. So you are making a trip to the states. May I ask where you will be going? Anything near California? I have a spare bedroom should you pass through San Diego. And YES, I am serious.
I am kind of 'tender' tonight after my first day working in the yard. I have got to get back into shape. Goodness gracious.
Have a great week. You are doing fantastic 'sparking' on the activity feed, hurray. emoticon emoticon
Hey!!! When I posted my comment, your pictures came through!! Fantastic. You have a very large yard. I have a little yard with mostly rocks because of the desert climate. Grass is just to cost prohibitive. But back to you, the pictures came out great. Hurray.

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