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What happened to March?


Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Most of you have heard the story so just a brief update: Sarah Rose was born on February 27 at 12:31 pm following a fairly short induced labor. I stayed at daughter's house from Tuesday night till Saturday. Then drove back and forth every day for the next week. Trying to take care of 2 houses was not easy. So my house and husband got a bit slighted. My time out there has tapered since then. Sarah is a good baby and, like many thirds, just seems to go with the flow! Much more mellow (right now) than big sister and brother.
By the time my week at their house was over my back was a mess! Came home and used heat, cold, stretches, whatever I could think of. It was excruciating!! That has finally calmed down, too.
The month has been awful for my exercising and tracking of food! I have not gained pounds but an inch around waist and thighs.
Of course, we all know what happens to my emotional state when I am not exercising! Depression, sad, tears, etc. So, this is the week I'm getting back on track. I have started tracking food again. I walked yesterday but I'm so sick of the icy, cold wind I stayed inside today. Did some yoga and ST. I will start feeling better in a couple of days, I hope!
My neighbor passed away Easter night at home following years of breast cancer that then metastasized to bones. We were not close but had lived by each other for 27 years. We were friendly when our kids were young. I'm feeling sad about her death. I feel sad for her husband. I have watched the scenario play out over the last week or so. The kids are there; coming in and out. Walking together; talking. The husband comes out, stands in the yard staring at the house. It got too painful to watch this family that I've known for so long. Then Easter. My hubby and I both felt like the end was so close just by actions, visits, faces. I am so sad for this family.
I am reminded that it's a very thin line between life and death. I need to appreciate more--myself, my husband, my kids, my grandkids!!! I love the life I live! I need to express it more to those around me. I need to take better care of myself. Why is it so easy to forget this?
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/6/2013 5:56PM

    It sounds like you got quite a workout with the grand children and helping your daughter.

I hate back pain. I don't deal with it well at all. I can't imagine how people function with it on a daily basis.

I sure hope the weather has improved and you are getting out more. I was in a similar mood until I could get outside. I was to the point of feeling like I would burst out in tears at any time and I didn't have a reason.

I'm so sorry about your neighbor. I have had some painful losses this year. One of the first boys who ever loved me died a couple weeks ago. I was his first love.

Let's get out in the sun before we shrivel up like a raisin.



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NORASPAT 4/4/2013 9:35AM

    Nice Blog Beth I am up to date on you at last.
It is great that Sarah Rose is an easy child. Our #3 son was also. Now you must prioritize you. I have been doing that now for a long while. I make certain I appreciate all the good things in our life. I like to reach out to others just because I was part of a big family and I need people.
My biggest priority is D.H. and I !
I hope it will be a long time to catch up with the times we were sometimes too busy to appreciate each other. I am happy to have found the bond that gets tighter every day.
Thinking about the scenario next door with the kids coming and going makes me realise that will most likely not happen where DH and I are isolated form our kids and they are not as close as I had hoped they would be.
Nothing I can do about that now. Thanks for the insightful post. I truly appreciate the validation I am doing these golden years as well as I can. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 4/3/2013 5:29AM

    Hold those around you closer. At least you still have the opportunity to try again this April so, that's encouraging!
Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings and recommitting to your goals. At least you have a precious little blessing to show for your March disruption. She's all settled in so now you can get back down to business.
Why must we quit tracking when the life challenges takeover? It's the fastest way for our progress to get derailed and hardest habit to pick back up!!!! I'm totally with you getting back in this healthy living game.

So chop chop, we have work to do!!!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/2/2013 10:33PM

    I'm so sorry about your neighbor, how sad. It is so true how there is such a thin line between life and death. You just never know.

Yay about Sarah Rose! I missed seeing that she was born, although I knew by now she had to be! emoticon

Please make sure you take care of yourself as well :-)

PS Thanks for the Easter basket!

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VEENAS1 4/2/2013 10:00PM

    I am so sorry you have had to go through back pain and the death of a neighbor. I know it has not helped that the weather has been so cold with the wind making it worst. If you want , when the weather gets better, I would love to meet and walk and maybe have lunch. I will hope things get better for you.

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MEADSBAY 4/2/2013 9:37PM

    There is indeed a very thin life between life and death.
I think I am pretty good at living in the moment and appreciating what I have (most of the time) because I have lost 4 siblings- 3 of them younger than me (I am one of 14) for a variety of reasons.
This is the ONLY life we get-
we need to live it fully-
BUT
we need to live it in such a way that we will live as long as possible.
Hope April is a calmer month for you.
Sometimes we get so caught up in doing for others that we neglect Numero Uno.
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JANEDOE12345 4/2/2013 6:30PM

    emoticon attitude! Your blog cheered me up even though it deals with dying. But it starts out with a new life and ends up with you loving your life. Very well said.
Pam

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SNUGLBUNIE 4/2/2013 6:28PM

    We do forget Beth and sometimes even take advantage of the ones we love. Thanks for the reminder to be grateful for everything we have including the ones we love.

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GINGERHAWK 4/2/2013 3:49PM

    March really did fly by, didn't it? No doubt your daughter was grateful for the help and I'm sure the kids loved the extra time with grandma! Sorry to hear that it took it's toll on you physically. Hopefully you'll be able to take some time to focus on yourself in April and you'll be feeling great in no time. I'm so sorry to hear about your neighbor - loss is always difficult. Sometimes we all need a reminder to appreciate what we have as, you're right, it sometimes is easy to forget! Feel better soon, Beth.

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