Sunday, July 21, 2013
Another great hike today! I took a group to Canyon Creek Meadows (same area as last hike), but we hike a different side hike off the loop. It was also challenging, because of a difficult stream crossing (one hiker fell in), and we included an off trail section to hike around Wasco Lake. Off trail hiking in an area with downed trees uses LOTS of different muscles! 3 other hikers from our group did the hike that I did last week Ė they saw two mountain goats walking across a snow field! WOW!
Cats ears (white flower) and Larkspur
Hiking group at upper meadow
I have kept to my July goals for 3 weeks now. It is not that hard -- I know I HAVE to do it. I am controlling my GERD much better through dietary changes. I have lost 5.2 pounds so far this month WOO HOO.
NSV: I took my nice silk outfit that is too large to the seamstress for alterations. She is taking it in by about 3 inches around my torso, 4 inches in the hips, and 2 inches off each thigh. WOO HOO! (Not sure what everyone else does Ė but I have spent a little money on alterations of some really nice outfits. Itís much cheaper than buying new ones!) My other favorite special occasion outfit has kept changing sizes along with me Ė it shrinks a little every time it goes to the dry cleaner. I did NOT know that would happen (outfit was EXPENSIVE) and I would be very upset if I hadnít been shrinking along with the beautiful dressy suit!
Mom is still very ill and still on hospice. My brother spent last week with her, and my younger sister is with her this week. The infection in her bones has flared up and she is uncomfortable, but she doesnít feel ready for morphine. I talk to her often, but I can only get off work to fly down there once a month or so. Hospice has been great, but Mom is very tired. On the plus side, her appetite (at least for fruit, cookies and potato chips!) is a bit better and her vital signs are stable. I am not judgmental about Momís food choices Ė she canít taste most flavors, she can only taste extremely sweet and extremely salty. Her closet looks like a cookie and Lays potato chips shop!