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Getting Ready for FALL ..

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Hey folks! Been a crazy year. Right now my weight is 204 lbs. Not bad, not good, but much has been happening around here as to why this occurred. Not pointing blame, but I will tell you that stress can play a big factor on how we adjust things in our life to help or hinder us.

The stress - went back to school, lost power for 4 1/2 days, husband was in between going from one company to another. stability was not in my best interest during this time.

The good side - I finished this summer in college courses
First semester : Medical Law & Ethics (didn't need it, but still I think I did well) C-
and Intro to Psychology - B+.
Second semester : Intro to Philosophy - B-

I am now set up to take my Speech class in the Fall, when the boys go back to school and I do on Sept 3rd.

Will's job at HP was coming to a branch in the road of his life. Thankfully he now is working for GM and not contracting for them through HP any longer. But in the meantime, it messes up with his paycheck and that keeps me stressed until it sorts itself out.

Will also had to be gone for a week in Texas last month, which also stressed me out (been this way since 9/11 when he had to be in Georgia. Glad to have him home safe and sound.).

The 4 1/2 days without electricity. REALLY stressed me out. DTE overloaded our little tiny 9 people on the pole last month when they lost power in around the area. I was trying to tell them, it had nothing to do with the storm, but they obviously did NOT have a clue, nor cared.

The good note though is now our power is back. Weather in the 80's here, we've been having rain showers the last two days off and on, still humid.

My 19th Wedding Anniversary was yesterday. (Been together 21 yrs) This is my second marriage (first lasted almost 12 yrs) He was so wonderful and we had a great time at home celebrating it. We will go out another evening to have a nice time alone, but the weather wasn't in our favor and we ended up the night watching THE KNIGHTS TALE on the TV, this after playing on RIFT with our little clerics. It was a great time for us both.

I've got into collecting Vintage Barbies. You know, those little things that need tender loving care. Gathering a bit back of my childhood. So if you know of any that need a sanctuary, think of me. I would be so happy!!! I don't have a lot, but I'm trying to grow a collection.

I also want to learn to sew. So Will brought down my mom's 1968 sewing machine, and then because it was straight stitch, he won me 3 older Singer sewing machines off Ebay for 26$. Just need to get over to pick them up now.

So if you have any vintage scrapped material you think you want to pass on for me to try my luck, I appreciate that as well. Money is strapped here. Josh is graduating later this year (he's Autistic - high functioning thankfully) and in 2 more years, my youngest son Chris graduates.

My 2nd oldest son and his wife (James & Maggie) just celebrated their first year of marriage on the 18th. Was wonderful to see them and have some time with them on their special day when they came to visit. I've not had any time yet to get in touch with my oldest Thomas who lives further away unfortunately. I wish he would get his act together and find a job. He's 32 and I worry the most about him. *sighs*

I no longer work at Walgreens. I had to quit when Will had a heart attack on January 25, 2013. I rushed him to the hospital and that night they put 2 stints in his left side of his heart (100% blockage), then on Feb 7th, 2013 they put another stint in the middle of his heart (95% blockage) . He still has 25 % blockage on the right side of his heart. He is 42.

I could have stayed on as Senior Beauty Advisor at Walgreen's, but he needed cardio-rehab, and we had one van with boys in school. Just couldn't focus on work and worry about possibly him needing me and I wasn't there in time. I almost lost him when I took him in ER. They said he had a 30 min window then. Put a scare in me for sure! Thus why I decided to go back to college in the evening.

Anyways, when this photo was taken I weighed 204 lbs. My lower legs still giving me pain, swelling, and my hands have been stiff, thus why I got into wanting to learn to sew, to help with that part of the therapy of it.

I'm 53 years old, but I see a whole wider life to explore through sewing, college (though it will be awhile before I graduate), and my family.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day!
And that's a little bit of what is going on in my neck of the woods!

Be Kind to One Another!
Jean
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55WALKER 9/4/2013 6:12AM

    I have checked your page every few days since your last status update. I am so happy to see you back. Sorry for all the troubles and glad to hear you sound so upbeat in spite of them.


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TRESSWANN 8/29/2013 5:15AM

    You have a lot on your plate. The old sewing machines are the best! I have my mother's and grandmother's and cannot tell you how much my friend has offered me for years to buy them and she is super crafty. Sewing is soothing and engrossing. and yikes so is school.
Hang in there.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/28/2013 9:08PM

    I was good to get a an update from you. You have been dealing with a lot of changes and stress and I hope things look up for you soon.

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1MANKNEY 8/28/2013 4:38PM

    I note that you and your husband have about the same age difference as my husband and I. And, he is younger by 10 years and three months. I think it is a good thing because thankfully, I am very healthy and he is less so.
Good for you going back to school. I went back about 17 years ago and took courses that would help me get a better paying job. It really was a help although I am currently a stay at home wife. I tend the house and garden and do everything I can to free up our weekends so that when my husband is home we can have fun together and play on the weekends. emoticon

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VLINDER2014 8/28/2013 12:19PM

    Glad you are finding things you like to do.. to make your life fuller. Congrats on college .. go getem girl .. It is not always about the scale.. We grow in so many more ways..

hugs and love,

Dawn

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/28/2013 10:13AM

    You had a hard time, but seem to be getting everything under control.
Wishing you a stress free week!

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DMEYER4 8/28/2013 6:49AM

  so happy you are finding things to enrich your life. Keep striving to make your life fuller. Congrats on all your achievements . Have a great day

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