CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Rough seas Like parts of our lives, we have hit rough seas. Lots of groaning, heaving, tossing, crashing waves. Absolutely glorious! Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:15:42 EST Live on a cruise ship? More and more of our acquaintances are opting to live on cruise ships! Not for us, but it's understandable since everything is taken care of. Inside cabin, lower deck, activities every day, new ports. Interesting way of life! Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:03:43 EST Got 11 hours sleep! I sleep so well on the ship...the gentle rocking...the sound of the sea... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:14:53 EST Charleston Walking our legs off! Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:52:08 EST Calm seas, cool weather Too much eating the first day. Headed to the gym this afternoon. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:11:24 EST No stress, lots of sleep New RX for 0.25 xanax, I'm finally sleeping 8 hours. My sister called, she is with Mum for another week. Mum fell at the Assisted Living, landed on her left arm so is badly bruised but, praise God, nothing broken. My sister had to handle it. Mum said her visit with my sister has been "the best in over 30'years" so this is an answer to prayer. I want my sister, my only family. Glad she's been so nice. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:58:14 EST Enjoying Baltimore Lots of walking, enjoying the historic sites... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:06:35 EST My sister told Mum they were "dreading this visit" But it went well. We tried to kill hem with kindness. Such a shame when family loves each other but past experiences have changed the dynamics so much visits are dreaded. But it went well. I wish I had family, Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:49:12 EST Driving to Richmond! Will stop there for the night before easing up to Baltimore. Have to bring coats...may be cold on the way back. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:16:23 EST Brother-in-law leaves today We leave tomorrow, and my sister stays another week. She will stay at our house, use my car, and give the keys to my neighbor when she leaves. We gave them a great vacation and Mum was delighted. time for us to get on a ship... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 07:23:34 EST Taking Mum and sister out for the day My sister will drive since the vertigo still REALLY affects my driving.. Taking Mum to lunch and a movie while the guys head up to North Carolina to the Mountain Bike Musuem. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:39:53 EST Hiking today Taking my sister and her husband hiking today...walking Saluda and Paris Mountain. They no longer want to believe in God, embraced the whole San Francisco liberal for them but sure not for me. too bad. Visit continues to go well. Sun, 16 Oct 2016 08:04:01 EST Voted! Cast our votes yesterdy. Now we can get on a ship and be in another country when the winner is announced! Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:12:53 EST Have to change my attitude Having my sister drive today since I'm still struggling with vertigo. Have to change my attitude and become grateful for time with Mum, instead of being so tired I'm resenting her. We will be on a ship in a week so then I can just rest, rest, rest. I am trying to pray more, put a smile on my face, and be cheerful. It would be better if sleep would come but some nights I am awake all night! Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:30:26 EST Don't like sparkgoodie points... I've been getting them waaay too often...and don't like them at all. I like to see numbers.... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:18:11 EST Less than a month to go Dreaming of the day when these awful politicians will be off the news, when we can read nice comments on Facebook instead of vitriol, can resume friendships lost because of political disagreements. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:05:43 EST Visit continues to go amazingly well! No complaints, criticisms, or slights. This is the first visit we have had with my sister and brother-in-law that we have been enjoying! It's been lovely and we still have a week to go! Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:46:14 EST Only a month and it should all be over! The elections, the nasty Facebook postings, vitriolic TV and radio commentators...give me Christmas carols any time! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:46:24 EST Overtired Need to have time alone with just beloved....need rest...need to get on a ship. Sun, 9 Oct 2016 07:20:43 EST Lots of rain The visit with my sister and brother-in-law has been going better than we could have imagined. No complaining from her; she's being lovely to Mum. She refuses to join us in going to church but that is nothing new. Sat, 8 Oct 2016 07:15:59 EST No rain for us The storm is on the coast but the upstate has had mist, a few sprinkles, and cloudy skies. Fri, 7 Oct 2016 16:04:44 EST So far all is going well. Very well. My sister actually said to me, "we realize you are the one have done all the work with Mum." Nothing else, but it was a start. Thu, 6 Oct 2016 08:25:41 EST Being kind and nice to sister and brother-in-law I have determined to be kind and nice... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 07:41:47 EST Cool weather today! The a/c is off, the heater is not yet this time of year! Tue, 4 Oct 2016 07:50:56 EST My sister and b-i-l come tomorrow...and I don't want to see them She "doesn't want to know" anything bad about my mother because she "can't sleep if she hears bad news in the evening." I wanted to SCREAM! Caring for a 90 y/o is CONSTANT even tho she is in the "best" assisted living in the area! Her meds don't show, laundry didn't get returned for a week and she ran out of panties after two weeks, her health insurance plan is being discontinued..I'm having to handle everything and my sister has done NOTHING for the past 12 sister lives in San... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 08:37:31 EST Sports day at school...and Mum wants to go... So another full day with Mum. We will pick her up at 11am, get her lunch, and head to the school for a day of sports. She can hand out ribbons, beloved will be doing more work on the school, and I'll keep Mum hydrated and in the shade. My sister comes from California tuesday evening...she and my b-i-l will be here for several weeks. I want to "kill them with kindness" but we also need to have a LONG overdue talk. Sun, 2 Oct 2016 05:56:05 EST Awesome ride! Got away from Mum for a few hours last night...went a night ride before the trail closed. Still have to get lights for the fast, and smooth! Sat, 1 Oct 2016 06:16:20 EST Pick up our new tandem today Beloved has been looking at new tandems...our Trek is over 20 years old and we have put thousands of miles on it to pieces. The local restaurant in town wanted it and offered us a fair price, so we sold it and ordered a new Cannondale tandem with all kinds of custom features. It came in yesterday so we got to see it, we get fitted today and will take it home! "Faster than a speeding bullet..." It's an early 42nd Anniversary/Christmas gift for the man who has been beyond wonderful... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 07:52:14 EST Whee! In bed by 7pm! Slept until 5am which gave me plenty of rest. We had a quiet day yesterday, just a few errands, and in the afternoon beloved took a nap while I crashed on the sofa with a good book...classical music gently in the background. Today I spend the day with Mum. My sister and B-I-L come from California on Tuesday evening. She retires as of this Friday and he retires January 1. they will be here for a month and I'm taking her on every visit Mum has! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:05:41 EST Taking the day off Doing nothing but resting. Beat. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:13:15 EST Driving to Asheville Beloved needs lab work, then we come back and resume work on our school. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:50:28 EST Worked at the school all day yesterday One of the tiny children, on Friday, clogged the toiled causing it to overflow. In panic they shut the door so by the time is was discovered three rooms had fecal water on their carpeting and up the walls. Someone turned off the water and called Service Master to vacuum it all up and yesterday beloved and i cut out dry wall, replaced it, put the tape down and putty stuff. No, we have never done it before but it's all part of volunteering and nobody was available on a Sunday. We wrestled a ... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:46:44 EST I need a break Tired, tired, tired. Even tho my Mum is in a very expensive Assisted Living just 10 minutes from our house she still needs a lot of help. My asshole sister and her husband, both executives, can "find the time" to even call the Administrator here in SC to help me get complaints resolved. My mum gets not butter or jam for her dry toast, and no cream for her oatmeal. I have complained for four months and the aides don't care or do anything because management doesn''t come on until 9am. They... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 05:51:02 EST Ordered beloved a new tandem Surprised him by ordering him a brand new Cannondale tandem! He had to go in to schedule work on our 20 year old tandem but instead they showed him the order form and it should be here next week. We gave our tandem to a young couple who are just starting to cycle. What can I give the man who has done so much for my mother for 40 years and gets no thanks for it...He's my gift from the Lord! Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:37:58 EST Her vision is back! Mum's vision has been fully restored after the YAG laser treatment on her secondary cataracts. Amazing! She's thrilled! Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:42:27 EST Get Mum's right eye lasered today Expect to get her other eye lasered today, then her vision should be crystal clear again. I'm picking her up early to take her to the beauty shop first, then to the eye surgeon, then back to our house where beloved will have lunch ready. Hope to get her back to the facility before 5 so I can have at least an hour to myself. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:27:20 EST Still getting the rash from UV light Only on my legs so far. 45 minutes into cycling, slathered with zinc oxide, then tights, then SPF 50 cycling pants and my legs started to tingle. Full blown eruption by the time we got home! Have SPF 100 pants on order but don't know what to do since we both absolutely love riding our tandem and are riding about 100 miles a week. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:59:38 EST In bed by 8pm Exhausted. When I'm tired I get weepy and knew I needed an early night. Got a lot of good sleep. Fresh day today! Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:51:13 EST Furious with jerk sisters in california! A rant! Two sisters in California..I'm in South younger one cut my mother off completely when my Dad died and Mum wqouldn't turn her finances over to her to handle. Mum was quite capable of handling her own finances and no, my younger sister had no background in finance. Control the money and you control the person. My older sister sits in california with her castrated husband and they wont even make a phone call to the Assisted Living facility to help me get problems resolved with Mu... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:57:04 EST Rode early today! Slathered on zinc oxide, then carefully pulled over a pair of tights, then my SPF 50 riding clothes. Left the house at 8:30 and got home just before noon so missed the intense heat. No rash so far. Great ride! I'm getting stronger on the hills! Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:27:31 EST Allergic to UV light!! Went cycling yesterday, did 40 great miles with beloved on our tandem. This is something I LOVE to do so these sudden rashes when exposed to sunlight are overwhelming! Yesterday I slathered on SPF 50 sun block lotion, watied 20 minutes and pulled on SPF 50 cycling pants. Despite all of that, within hours I erupted, and I mean ERUPTED in rashes all over both legs! And they were covered! Now I ordered straight zinc oxide cream in hopes it will block out more light. Anyone else allergic to ... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 06:37:18 EST Her vision is fully restored! My Mum's left eye was YAG lasered yesterday about 10 am and in the afternoon she turned to me, shocked! I can read the sign across the street! Everything is so bright and clear in my left eye! Thrilled to bits we await the right eye to be done next Thursday! Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:22:28 EST Up with the alarm! Have to get up at 6 to have Mum to the eye doctor at 8:30. She has cells growing over her replacement lens 10 years after cataract surgery. Have to see the doctor who will then schedule laser to zap the cells off. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:38:35 EST 30 miles yesterday Great bike ride yesterday! Lots of hill work to make the thighs burn, then we stopped at Starbucks to share a Chai tea. Love tandem riding. School board meeting last night, trying to find ways to raise money for a security system... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:06:47 EST Still getting medical bills from the hospital admission in April! Got yet another bill from the hospital where I was admitted in April, the 2nd time I passed out while driving because my BP dosages were too high! Admitted last October, and again in April, now I don't let my primary care physician change my dosages. The cardiologist said I was "over medicated" and co-pays here are killing me! Ambulance bills, ER bills, then room co-pays...all because of the DOCTOR'S mistakes! <BR> Oh well, suck it up, pay it off, and get on the tandem today for a long ri... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:55:25 EST Great bike ride! We did a 3 hour ride and I'm getting so much stronger! I could feel myself driving hard up the hills! My rash is all back, sure enough, from the UV rays so the cheap "sun blocking" clothing from China didn't work at all. We will do another long ride this week and I'll wear the SPF 50 cycling pants we bought from REI. Not giving up tandem riding! Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:29:13 EST Going a ride Had to be in bed so early last night, a day with Mum is exhausting. We're getting on the tandem today and going a long ride. I will wear my sun blocking pants under my cycling gear and see if they actually block out the UV rays. They are made in China and have no <BR> English writing on the label! Sun, 11 Sep 2016 07:59:53 EST Next week is completely booked! Either Mum, beloved, or I have an appointment every day next week. I have allergy testing three days, beloved gets his knee injected with artificial fluid since he has little miniscus, and Mum has secondary cataracts that will need to be scheduled to be lasered. At least we have dance lessons Monday! Sat, 10 Sep 2016 06:24:28 EST Allergic to UV light!! Seems my repeated rashes are from an "acquired allergy to UV light, between the hours of 10am and 3pm"! Wild, huh! Ordered SPF sunblock clothing and will try on our ride today! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 06:26:39 EST Allergist today This crazy rash that come whenever I use lotion on my legs, or go riding our tandem! Today I see an allergist who will probably continue to tell me I "have not a single allergy" since his skin testing was negative! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 07:39:46 EST