Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Sometimes I feel like I am two different people, like my star sign! I seem to swing from highs to lows like the monkeys in the forest trees!
I had a nice (but boring) weekend. Two days spending hours in a garage waiting for customers, getting bothered by mosquitoes. A wonderful time when my sister came in and we ordered Asian take out and went greenhouse shopping and had a wonderful lunch at the Berry Barn! Disappointed we had a poor turnout, not selling much except to my parent's friends and neighbors. No exercising and too much high sodium food meant another weight gain.
I always look forward to the Berry Barn trip. Its 20 minute trip outside of the city so we don't go very often. They have beautiful grounds, a greenhouse, gift shop and restaurant. It is always busy and you need reservations at the usual lunch hour. Senior residences take bus trips to it, as do other groups.
While waiting to be seated in the restaurant, we visited the greenhouse:
My sister was as colorful as the flowers -she bought some neat clothing from her Mexico vacations and also tie dyes all her clothing, even her socks!!
What really sets this greenhouse apart is its incredible ornaments, they have very talented people supplying them stuff:
No one else seems to have anything like this:
To cast sculptures:
They are just so creative:
We explored the grounds, which has an area for wedding receptions. I love this cool, quiet corner to sit in:
Its just so beautiful here:
My sister Sandy, providing a splash of color to the church:
A kindly gentleman saw us taking turns taking photos in this arbour and offered to take our picture all together:
So Monday, I got down to business and made sure of my exercising and eating. 210 fitness minutes Monday and 135 on Tuesday and under the calorie range both days. A couple of the fitness class instructors warmly welcomed me back and got my story about my arm as they had been wondering where I went having the rep of being a dedicated exerciser.
I have been having a lot of pain in the arm, as well as some of my toes and in my back. Its the back pain that prevents me from sleeping. I cannot sleep on my side as my shoulders, knees, hip and arms won't tolerate it :( I do have a pillow under my knees, but it doesn't help.
The pain medications work sporadically at best and don't help with the back at all.
I was invited to a morning coffee on Tuesday with some bridge ladies and thoroughly enjoyed the company in a wonderful screened in sun porch looking over a gorgeous yard. I usually don't socialize with the people at the bridge club, so this was a treat. Most people wouldn't consider asking me because of my lack of transportation and health issues, but in this instance, my mentor Barb, drove me there.
Poor Barb and I have had dismal bridge games at the club, one 40% last Wednesday and 46% yesterday. Hoping for better things today. Its very hard to concentrate on a game like bridge when you are sleep deprived which is why I won't accept new partnerships and won't look for a game when any of mine are cancelled. My mentor is the only one who truly wants to play with me. Mary as well and they are the only two partners I have left at this time. I usually lose partners when I have a long health layoff because they don't wait around for you.
So I sit here waiting for the nurse to come clean my PICC line. Its unpredictable when they come, could be early morning or before lunch, so I don't exercise on this morning because I don't want to be caught having a shower when they are ringing me :P
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a great day!
Saturday, July 05, 2014
Wishing everyone a happy, fun safe holiday!
Our garage sale was slow today, mostly neighbors and friends, but what you would expect on a working weekday. Hoping for better tomorrow. Poor Mom is tired already, wishing we could put it for on shorter hours. Having our hottest, most humid day of the year, 84 F (29 C) with 100% humidity and being kept awake by a ferocious thunderstorm last night may have a lot to do with it.
On a weird note, Mom asked me to bring my calculator from home and we are sure it made it into the car, but after that it disappeared! Couldn't find it anywhere!
On a stupid note, somehow I forgot my appointment with my orthopedic surgeon on Thursday!!
Just a sort walk today, simply too hot and humid to do anything for exercise.
Will be watching for Mother Nature's fireworks tonight while you all enjoy the colorful ones!
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
I gave myself a long and invigorating workout this morning as this was the first time in a long time my pain was tolerable. I did 30 minutes on the Elliptical of intervals and then I did a 45 min Zumba Activate DVD and a 20 minute Rush Zumba DVD. Breakfast got sidetracked when the nurse called to say she would drop by early for my PICC line care! Yikes! Dripping sweat, I was in the process of preparing my breakfast! Scrambled to get into the shower, struggling to get my PICC line cover on and the towels, face cloth and floor mats positioned. I took a long hot scrubbing shower and toweled off and had just finished dressing when she knocked on my door!
Then a dear sweet, little old lady saw me and dropped by for a chat as she hadn't seen me since my initial fall! So caught her up on it all. She is actually going to be 90 next year!! We used to walk and chat together. She needs a walker full time now and doesn't walk outside anymore for the risk of falling.
I am going to bridge today and then over to Mom's to start work. We need to get the garage sale items priced and tagged as well as weed and dead head this massive garden she is putting together. The sale goes Friday and Saturday 9-4 but as everyone knows, people will come by an hour early :-P
The weather has finally turned hot and sunny so maybe finally things will really start to grow and pop. Some plants were actually recessing and wilting due to the onslaught of constant rain and cold. Some flowers (and humans too!) actually need sun to thrive!! But we are not used to this heat and humidity. Also, the mosquitoes seem to be hatching by the billions. For the first time in a long time, Mom saw a huge cloud of dragonflies!
Wish us luck on the sale, we don't want to haul everything back down in storage!!
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian Sparkies!
As the dark clouds and never ending rain finally lift, my spirits rise.
But I did have a bad weekend for eating and a resultant bad weigh-in Monday.
My first trip to a pro football game was a bust. My brother said it was only supposed to be raining lightly there. As it turned out it was raining buckets! Our trip there and back was harrowing with frequent downpours so intense you lost sight of the car and road in front of you! I saw a dead moose, Siamese cat and a large white fluffy animal I couldn't identify because its head wasn't visible. We stopped for lunch at Boston Pizza and I had a half order of baked penne pasta with grilled chicken and I should not have eaten the salty garlic toast that came with it. Then we stopped for road snacks and my favorite salty snacks were on sale so I got some. It was neat to see a live football game with the defending Grey Cup champions, but oh my, by half time the rain had soaked through my rain coat and my hands were painfully cold. We had to drive through a flooded street and walk through ankle deep water to get into the stadium. I had worn wool socks so my feet didn't get cold at least.
Also on the weekend, I bought lunch for Mom and Angus at our favorite Asian buffet. I did have grilled Basa fish for my entrée instead of my usual chicken balls and lots of their wonderful crisp veggies, but also had French fries and dessert with it.
So all this rain has meant major flooding in the south of my province with several towns declaring local states of emergency. My city has been spared, but the river is high causing the usual low lying areas to get water:
All this rain has meant an explosion of green:
The original Superintendent residence of the University:
Teaser photo of Mom's garden:
First lily to open:
The flowers are stunted from the long, cool wet spring, but we are finally supposed to get some hot, sunny weather this week so things should really start to grow. One of my favorite flowers:
The latest color variety of petunia:
On a walk, I saw these lilac bushes in full bloom:
After navigating this:
My trail was flooded:
Fortunately, after back tracking I went down another trail to find a dry part:
On a hike with Daisy she was happy with the flooded trails:
Coming out of the flooded beach area:
Queen of the hill:
So I am back at 143 lbs. I am free to go to the Canada Day festivities but likely won't even though they have a great band playing in the evening before the fireworks. No more temptations of junk food!
Have a Great Day!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Another overcast day, preparing for yet more rain! We have had 75 mL (3 inches) so far this last week when our monthly normal is 55 mL (2.1 inches)!!! Getting waterlogged!
The good news is the scale is showing a downward trend! Lost two pounds!
Not so good news is I don't have a surgery date yet. I will also not likely get in on a cancellation either as the surgery takes too long to fit in from a normal surgery cancellation. It will take four hours!! So I am guessing I will not be able to go on the BC trip with my sister :( I was really hoping I would get it over with before what is left of summer is over with. We are below normal temperatures and it still feels like spring here!
Off to work I go!
Have a great day everyone!
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