AUNTRENEE's SparkPeople Blog AUNTRENEE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Going to be sleeping great tonight I walked to and from church today. Each way was 18 minutes each. Mowed the yard today with the push mower for 67 minutes. Its a good thing that I got it done when I did. It was getting dark and getting hard to see. So you can imagine I'm going to be tired tonight and sore. I better take something for the pain here pretty soon. I'm going to exercise in the morning so I can at least get a great start to my day. I want to get some more weight off before the holidays come around. <BR> <BR> Dad i... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:52:18 EST Was planning on mowing yard today but didn't I was going to mow the yard today but didn't. Got a late start on things like leaving the house and all that. I was going to mow it when we got home from supper but it was after 7pm and it was starting to get dark. Might do it tomorrow afternoon after I change clothes. Go from my dress that I'm going to wear to church to something that I can mow in. Its suppose to be warmer tomorrow so I might wear shorts while mowing. I need to do something besides sit around. I want to get it done before Mo... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:26:28 EST The rain came back But it didn't come down as bad as it did earlier in the week when we had standing water in the back yard. If I get lucky and it is nice and sunny I may mow the yard then. I haven't mowed the yard in a week. It looks a like I haven't mowed it longer than that. Our neighbor across the street got his mower back and he didn't do much of his yard. <BR> <BR> Dad is walking somewhat better today after the cortisone shot to the knee. But it'll take it a while longer until he's walking better. I not... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:35:54 EST Dad's bone scan results Well, there isn't anything wrong with his knee. Just inflammation from the scar tissue from the surgery that he had 4 years ago next month. They gave him a cortisone shot to the knee. And they did take xrays of his right hip because the chiropractor was working on that when dad saw the chiropractor last month. Dad got the xrays of the hip on a disk to take to the chiropractor. That appointment is this coming Wednesday. Dad goes back on October 9th to see the doctor he saw today to see if the ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:57:00 EST Too much rain Looks like it might be next week before I can even mow the yard. Part of the back yard has standing water in it. We're suppose to get more tonight and then more on Friday. The yard looks like I hadn't mowed it over a week. Let's hope that next week it doesn't rain and I can mow it so it looks nice. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow dad's gets the results of the bone scan that he had last week. I'm hoping that its good news. He doesn't needs it replaced. He just got the one that he has 4 years next month. ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:02:02 EST A rainy day Today was a really rainy day. It rained off and on all day at least 4 or 5 times today. And they weren't light either. They were downpours. It started about the time I got up this morning around 5am. We're suppose to get more tomorrow. So that means the grass is REALLY going to grow and I'm going to have to mow this weekend. I was thinking of mowing Thursday with it being nice and sunny but its going to rain on Friday so I'm going to wait until the weekend to mow. Plus we're going to be busy ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:01:45 EST A somewhat slow day Well, today was a somewhat slow day but it was a busy. Dad had to get his monthly blood test and we got a couple of things at Target that was needed. Plus we got a few parts for the garage. I'm not sure what we're doing tomorrow or Wednesday. Just Thursday with the day that dad gets the results of his bone scan. <BR> <BR> We're going to get some rain I think starting tonight through tomorrow and probably Wednesday. So I might be mowing by the weekend. I'm glad of that because we're going to ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 21:36:56 EST I'm looking forward to a new week I'm so looking forward in a new week. Last week went by so slow leading up to dad's bone scan. This week might do the same with the results Thursday being the day that dad gets the results of his bone scan. Might go in just to see what the results are. Hate waiting in the waiting room. So slow. Better make sure that I have the wall charger for my Nook so if I need it, I will plug it in. <BR> <BR> Today was a slow day. It started out being slow after church. I don't know why but it did. That... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 21:59:54 EST Took a lot of naps today Took a lot of small naps today from the time I got up until this afternoon. I was that tired. I deserved those naps. I was going to mow the neighbor's yard across the street but decided not to today. If I'm not too tired tomorrow I might do it then. <BR> <BR> I got a brace for my left wrist today at Target. I'm needing something to support it when I'm mowing. It was KILLING me today from the bottom knuckles of my fingers down to my wrist. I broke the left wrist in 1995 while learning how to ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 21:51:40 EST Going to sleep good tonight Mowed the yard (push mowed) this afternoon and it took 70 minutes to do the entire yard. I was starting to feel tired by the time dad and I went to get some supper. Its the good kind of tired. Got the fresh fruit plate tonight where we usually get it. I had it with cottage cheese and not raisin toast. Dad had no cottage cheese (he doesn't care for it) and wheat toast instead of raisin toast. I got dad spoiled with that fresh fruit plate. He just started eating it this year. We have a few more... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 21:52:53 EST Not as slow as I thought I though that it was going to be a really slow day but it was the waiting from the time that he got the shot to when he had the scan. When we got back to the hospital they did an xray of his right knee and then did the scan. Those didn't take long. I had a hard time getting onto the WiFi when we got there for the shot but didn't have a problem when we went back for the xrays and scan. We have to wait until next Thursday for the results. <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:59:46 EST It's going to be a long day tomorrow Dad's bone scan is tomorrow and its at the hospital we always go to. There is a 3 hour wait after he gets the shot before he has the scan. I'm not sure what I'm going to do tomorrow. I'm hoping to figure that out soon. <BR> <BR> If it cools down and doesn't rain tomorrow after we get home from the scan, I might mow the yard. If not, I'll wait until the weekend since its going to be in the 70s then. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:42:57 EST Wanting a slow but didn't get it I was hoping for a slow day but didn't get one. Dad had some bills to pay in one town. When we got done with the last one, went to Menards for the guy who owns the garage here in town to get a quart of paint thinner (he said that he didn't care where it came from as long as he got some), got a few things in Galesburg, and got back to town. The railroad was trying to get one of their trucks on the north crossing where we had to go. So we went down to the other crossing (they could of used sinc... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 21:52:10 EST What a boring day Didn't get the chance to do what I wanted to do today. Too lazy to do it. Especially outside because we were suppose to get rain today. We didn't. According to the weather report it might be tonight. Looks like Wednesday and Friday we're suppose to get some. Either Thursday or the weekend I might be mowing the yard. <BR> <BR> I kept track the mileage of mowing the yard yesterday.. It was 2.915 miles to do a 89 feet by 130 feet yard. By the end of the day I walked over 5 miles and got my 10,0... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:09:55 EST 6th Sparkversary for me I've been with SparkPeople for 6 years now. I started on August 31, 2008. I'm not regretting it one bit. I'm glad that I've started. I have so much support. And it helps me keep in mind that I'm not alone in this life. <BR> <BR> I mowed the yard today. Took me less time to do it. 6 minutes less. Friday it took me 75 minutes to mow the yard. Today it took me 69 minutes. It feels good to get something done. Dad thought that it didn't need done but it did. I'm going to wait until at least Thurs... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:45:23 EST I think that I will be mowing sooner than thought When I took the dog out this morning after giving her her breakfast, I looked at the grass. Just great. It looks like it needs to be mowed again. It shot up that much overnight since we got all that rain last night. Either tomorrow or Wednesday I will be mowing it again. If dad complains that I shouldn't do it tomorrow, I will tell him that I will do it because I don't want it to get too tall by Wednesday. I think that we are going to get more rain on Monday and Tuesday and it'll be taller by... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:17:57 EST Got the yard mowed and trimmed before the storm Finally got to mow the yard with the new mower. An hour and 15 minutes it took me to do the entire yard and with 1 tank of gas. Usually takes me more than 2 fills of the tank before I can do the entire yard. And then we went to get supper where I had a fresh fruit plate. Then we came home and trimmed around the areas where I couldn't get with the mower. I'm a little sore since it's been a while since I mowed and trimmed. I am hoping for more soon. I love being outside. I might go out and fix ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:51:55 EST Guess the yard will have to wait Was going to test the new push mower today, stupid thing wouldn't start. Got a way to fix that whenever I get to mow. Was going to do it when we got back to town this afternoon. No luck because it rained. It is suppose to rain tomorrow and this weekend. If it isn't raining and its dry, I might do that tomorrow. Got a new gas can this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Dad saw the doctor who replaced his right knee in 2010 and sometime next week he is going to get a bone test. The bone in that area might b... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:02:18 EST Got a new push mower today Finally, a new mower. I don't me a used one. I mean a brand spanking new one. But can't use it right now. The guy at the garage here in town is going to put it together for us. It's about 2" smaller on the cut than the other one but at least I can cut the grass. It was on sale for about $10.00 less than the original price. I wonder how long its going to take me to mow the yard. At least I can get some more weight off before I can't mow for the rest of the year. I'm hoping to mow other yards t... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:02:41 EST Down another pound Well yesterday I was at 209 pounds. Today I'm at 208 pounds. It feels good. I might be down another pound tomorrow with the way my system was tonight. I was a little loose and sometimes I lose a pound when that happens. We'll see. I ate pretty light today so I may or may not of lost more weight but I'll check tomorrow. I know that I shouldn't check my weight everyday but I do it to see where I need to adjust throughout the day. It could be in a meal, more water, or fitness. I've been okay in ... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:58:49 EST Some tips that might help you I learned some tips that you can't find online. Some of them I learned by accident or learned from other people. <BR> <BR> 1. When on your period, drink cranberry juice. Treat your period like a bladder infection. It helps shorten your period. Mine lasts about 3 or 4 days when I drink cranberry juice. Sometimes I'll add some of the water I have in my water bottle. It kind of flavors the water and you can get you water in at the same time. <BR> <BR> 2. Don't drink soda while on your period. ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:23:00 EST 2 pounds in a day and 5 pounds since last week Well in the pounds that I gained is coming down better than I thought. Out of the 7 pounds that I gained since coming back from Minnesota last month, I lost 5 pounds of it. 2 of those pounds in the last 24 hours. I have another 2 pounds to go until I get back to where I was before the 7 pounds came back on. I have another 14 pounds to go until I get back to the 45 pound weight loss. Yesterday I was at 211 pounds and today I'm at 209 pounds. Another 14 pounds will put me at 195 pounds. Its bee... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:13:08 EST Sick and tired of the rain It seems like every day or every other day we have had rain this week. I'm so sick of it. After we left to go uptown to get the mail, go to the bank, and get breakfast, it cut loose. I was going to go over to the bank when I put in my breakfast order but that's when it cut loose. I didn't feel like running in the rain. But it wasn't too much later when it quit. I think that's the only time that it rained all day today. We're suppose to get more of it this coming week. It got into the low to m... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:58:06 EST And they say dogs are dumb My dog proves that they aren't dumb. I sell makeup and she always knows when they come in at least 30 minutes or more before they get here. She knows the voice of one of my customers if that customer comes over with the check for her order (like she did today). My uncle who lives 30 minutes north of here asks about her since she started not feeling good and today he sent me a text message asking about her and I told him how she was doing. And told my dog that my uncle asked about her and she ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:28:32 EST A hot and steamy day Just wish that it was cooler but it won't be for a while. It almost got to 90 degrees today. It was so humid out that it was hard to breath. I was working on a crocheted leftover yarn afghan I didn't get as far as I wanted to on it because it was so warm even with the air conditioner running. Looks like I have to leave the air conditioner on tonight. Wish that I left it on last night. Even with the little fan in my room didn't help keep it cool. <BR> <BR> We're going back up to Target tomor... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:09:31 EST Finally we got the medicine Finally got the medicine that we've been waiting for. We were waiting for dad's potassium to get to the pharmacy at Target from the doctor (who is in the same town as Target). They filled it up yesterday. We had to get another medicine and now have to wait for another one. His water pill. They have it on the directions as taking a pill and a half a day when he has to take that dose twice a day. He had to call the doctor the day we got the bottle of that medicine because they made a mistake an... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:31:06 EST Sick and tired of the doctor Okay dad and I aren't too happy with the doctor right now. The pharmacy at Target faxed the doctor to tell them that they need refills on one of dad's meds on Saturday. The doctor denied it. So yesterday they refaxed them the doctor. Today they didn't have it. So the pharmacist calls over to the doctor's office and they said that they would fax a prescription for the medicine at that moment. When we left around 3pm still no medicine. I told the pharmacist that we were going to be back in town... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:12:26 EST Not in the greatest of moods I've gained at least 7 pounds. I've gained the 3 pounds that I lost while we were in Minnesota plus another 4 pounds. I know where I've gone wrong and I'm going to do something about it. I think that most of it is water because I think that I'm getting close to having my TOM right now. But usually I don't retain water when it comes around. At least this much. I usually stay about the same whenever it comes around. It must be in different parts of my body because I don't see any changes in my ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:04:40 EST My dog is feeling like her old self Last night when going to bed and giving her a milk bone, she jumped off of the bed and she didn't whine. She did that this morning and no whining. Her attitude is back to where it was. She hasn't been in pain all day. Now she's down to the half pill a day now. I will give that to her in the morning. <BR> <BR> We stayed home today. Our church is off today and the next 2 Sundays for August vacation. Its been that way since before 1860. So we start back up on September 7th. And we didn't even ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:19:46 EST Got some info on what is wrong with dog Well come to find out that our dog's hind feet are rolling further than they should when she walks. The vet said (at least is the one that knows her better than the other and this one is a guy) that is the reason for her hurting. So no physical activities for her for a couple of months. So I have to lift her in bed for that much longer. He prescribed another medicine for her to take. Half a pill a day for 30 days. I still give her the other two medicines plus what we got today. Her hind feet... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:15:26 EST Taking the dog to the vet again tomorrow Well, got an appointment for the vet tomorrow to take the dog over to see what's going on with the dog. They were hoping that we would get her over today but we weren't home to grab the dog and then take her over. It would of been close in time for them to close for the day. So at 10am tomorrow we're taking her over to get checked out. I will post something tomorrow night to let all of you know what's going on. <BR> <BR> Our town fair started last night. We went there tonight and walked aro... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:07:44 EST Really starting to worry about the dog She is fine during the day besides not jumping off of my bed or getting onto the couch but in the mid afternoon through the night time she's touchy. Now she's getting really touchy near her right front leg and its has a little swelling kind of near the armpit area. Noticed that about 5 to 6 hours ago. You didn't need to touch her and she would whimper. May have to call the vet tomorrow to see what we need to do with her. I'm hoping that the #1 thing that I hate to hear that they won't say an... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 22:27:22 EST Wishing that you could take their pain away I wish that I could take my dog's pain away. Especially in her back. She's really touchy after we got home this afternoon. Especially near the hips. Tonight just before supper it was right near the middle of her back. She jumped off of my bed this morning before I got out of the bathroom. I heard her jump down. But she's been doing better in taking the antibiotic. I sit the pain pill down on the floor and after she has her antibiotic, she'll walk over and get the antibiotic and takes it. She ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:07:52 EST No real change Our dog is still not feeling great. She's not as touchy as she was but still not feeling 100 percent herself. She wags her tail when she happy but not the spunk behind the wag. Had to fight her this morning to give her her pills. Wish that I could take her pain away from her. We will see how she is tomorrow even though dad has a chiropractor appointment in a different town that where the vet is at. That is when we will decide if we have to take her back to the vet or just call them to see wha... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:00:38 EST Wait and see with dog We went over to the vet but we didn't have the dog with us. We had to pay the bill from when we took her over there. We told them what was going on with the dog and they said to wait for another couple of days and see how she's doing. She seems happy but not to where she's not touchy. The back problems she's having is common for one of the 4 dogs that is in her. She's dachshund/terrier/Boxer/American Bull dog and dachshunds are known for back problems. At night when its time for bed, I put he... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:12:21 EST Dog isn't doing great as we thought Our dog isn't doing as well as we thought. When I gave her her morning and evening pills she was very touchy around the mouth. Tonight, she was shaking. You could see her shaking. Last night I patted her on the back end and she yelped. I didn't even pat that hard. Dad did the same thing after I got her up in his lap and she yelped. Yesterday morning her hind feet slid from under her and she stepped wrong tonight when I had her outside. May have to call the vet tomorrow to tell them what's goi... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 22:17:29 EST My dog is feeling better My dog is feeling better but still not wanting to jump up onto the couch or onto my bed just yet. I have at least 8 more days left to give her her medicines. I'm going to give her those after I give dad his. <BR> <BR> We didn't do a whole lot today. Just went uptown to get the mail and something to eat before coming home for the rest of the day. Probably just go to church and get something to eat tomorrow too before we come home. <BR> <BR> I worked on this leftover yarn afghan (crocheted) o... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 22:08:00 EST Update on dog Took the dog to the vet today. She has an infection of some sort so they gave her an antibiotic for that. They gave her a pain pill because of the pain that she's in. She wasn't too happy with the vet because she would yelp and growl. Plus this was a female vet doing it. She's not like this with the male vet that works with her a lot. This vet touched her around her spine and the dog wasn't too happy. She might of landed wrong getting down or laid wrong. So she's going to be on both pills for... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 22:22:13 EST Taking the dog to the vet tomorrow Yeah dad and I are going to take the dog over to the vet tomorrow afternoon to see what's wrong with her. Dad lightly touch her left shoulder this morning and she yelped. She yelped this afternoon when dad was talking to the vet. I was bringing her in from going outside to do her business. I didn't do anything to her. She was trying to get back into the house. Last night I had to put her onto the bed and this morning took her off. I hope that the vet can find something wrong with our dog. I'm... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 22:09:31 EST Solitary Man Okay okay. I put a Neil Diamond down as the title of this blog but I had that song stuck in my head off and on tonight. Right now it's Randy Travis' Deeper Than The Holler from his Old 8x10 album. Love listening to music. Very therapeutic. <BR> <BR> Seem like a slow day. Dad had a chiropractor appointment today and next week a reexam. Tomorrow he sees the lung doctor. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 21:52:40 EST Feeling the effects of 4 hours of house cleaning This morning when I woke up I was really sore. Especially my back. I almost thought that I wasn't going to get out of bed because of the soreness but that's gone. Just fought the headaches. I'm not fighting one now. Didn't do my exercises today because of the headaches and dad didn't do his because his right knee was bothering him. Tomorrow is his chiropractor appointment and Thursday is his appointment with the lung doctor. I know where I'm going to be on Thursday. <BR> <BR> Both brothers m... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:31:57 EST Long and crazy day Today was dad's oldest brother's graveside service. My dad, my two brothers and their wives went to the service. I stayed home. Had a nasty headache like I did yesterday and I was cleaning the house. Those two things aren't the greatest things to do. I was doing that off and on all morning until they got back. If you didn't count the breaks, I cleaned house for 4 hours. An hour of it was just cleaning the bathroom. Most of that was just on the floor. I hadn't cleaned the house for a while. At... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:22:43 EST Wished that I stayed in bed day Even though I walked to and from church today, I wished that I stayed in bed. It must be the weather. Its been going back and forth in being cool and hot off and on and we've been getting some rain too. And its been giving me headaches. I had to take 3 doses of what I usually take just to get rid of the pain. I would take some now but its been at least 3 hours since I taken anything for it. I may not be able to get to go to the graveside service for my uncle tomorrow. My brothers will be ther... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 22:26:30 EST New shoes on sale Well, I got some new shoes today but they're dress shoes. They're black flats with gold studs on the back of the heels. Originally they're $19.99. Sale price they're $5.98. They're 70 percent off. They will look great with the dress that I got yesterday. Going to wear both tomorrow so my sister-in-law in Minnesota can see me in it. <BR> <BR> Washed clothes today and now I have to redo the underwear, white tshirts, and socks. Somehow my new denim shorts bled in the drum of the washer and prob... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 22:13:26 EST Got my self esteem boosted today Bought a blue dress at Target today for $7.48 (originally $24.99) in a size Large. A 70 percent savings. Thought that I might have to wait until I lost some more weight than I have to fit into it. WRONG!!! Tried it on after we got home from supper and it fits beautifully. Not too tight or not too loose. Just perfect. I thought that I was going to have a hard time getting out of it when I took it off to put back on what I had on before I tried on the dress. Nope. It came off just as easy as it... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:26:42 EST Feels like time is standing still Today has been a very slow day. It felt like time was standing still. I don't know why though. I know that it isn't because of my uncle's passing though. Its never felt like this after a member of the family has passed away. <BR> <BR> Both of my brothers and their wives are coming down for the graveside service for our uncle. They're going to be here sometime Sunday and they're going to stay at a hotel. The same kind as we stayed at when we were in Minnesota the two times we were up there. I... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:16:26 EST Not so good news We lost my dad's oldest brother Francis this morning around 4am. I had the cell phone on this morning just in case and Francis' stepson's wife calls shortly after 5am and told me that he passed away. I didn't tell dad until a few hours later. I didn't need to tell him that early in the morning that his brother passed away. They're just going to have a graveside service for him on Monday. They're going to have Francis' minister from Peoria, IL, do the service. Hope that Francis' stepson told t... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:20:39 EST Still keep family in prayers Dad's oldest brother still isn't doing too good. They thought that he might pass away today but so far he hasn't. He seemed fine around noon but not too long afterwards got a text message from his stepson's wife and she said that dad's oldest brother was going down hill. We went back later and spent over 4 hours there. Actually I stayed in the vehicle and dad went in. Came out and had to have the vehicle jumped. I accidently ran the battery down. Didn't realize that it was going to do that. <... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:58:52 EST Prayers are needed Prayers are needed for my dad's oldest brother. Got a call from the stepson's wife and she said that he's not eaten in 2 days and is on morphine. He has Alzheimers and in a nursing home. Dad said that we will be going up but I won't be coming in. I'm not going to see the man who has put me down so many times with my weight. Besides this guy won't know if I'm not there. Never been close to him. <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me rant yesterday. Hormones are going crazy right now because of T.O.M... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:38:35 EST Feeling so lonely Yeah I know that I shouldn't feel lonely but I do. Its been that way since my mom passed away in 2006. Seeing my brothers, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and grandniece with their moms, makes me feel even more alone and no longer part of the family. No one knows this. I just don't want anyone saying that I shouldn't feel this way. But they're not seeing it from my point of view if I told them. That's why I didn't go to the rehearsal dinner the night before my niece's wedding or a week ago t... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:20:32 EST