CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fury at the Greenvillle County Sheriff Department So the kid who burglarized us last year and was charged with 2 felonies, and WALKED because the Deputy told the Judge he "hadn't had time to read" the report, has WALKED again!!! This time he was charged with 3 crimes, breaking into cars, stealing credit cards and using them...NOBODY from the sheriff's department even showed up to testify against this kid so he walked again! Our neighborhood is in disbelief. What on earth has happened to law enforcement? Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:00:24 EST Cycling Out with beloved on the tandem getting our hill work. He climbed the mountain yesterday on his mountain bike but our tandem isn't geared for it. Lucky me! Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:01:59 EST Early walking done Had a busy day yesterday. We got the tree removed at the s=church school playground, then went to Costco to pick up baby aspirin for our daily doses. Went to the park and fed the ducks our leftover hamburger buns from month ago, then came home and did loads of yard work. All ready for the rain which we need but hasn't come. Praying for rain! Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:42:30 EST Removing a tree Have to remove a tree today at the church playground. Lots of heavy physical activity! Sun, 21 Aug 2016 07:31:54 EST Skinny point day Single sign on, two for bonus, and team points were practically nothing. I have to get moving! Sat, 20 Aug 2016 07:03:28 EST another long bike ride and the rash is back! Did a powerful 3 hour tandem ride yester and felt great as we powered up the hills. When we got back and were redy to shower I found the nasty rash that I first saw while on the ship, was back! It takes weeks to get in to see the dermatologist...I used hydrocortisone cream 1% and took 50 mg benadryl at bedtime. It's still there this morning, but better. I'd put on skin cream again...some reason I seem to have developed an allergic reaction to skin lotion on my legs! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:16:39 EST School children are on the roads! School started locally so the streets are clogged with teens driving to and from school. Be careful and aware of young drivers and be sure to stop for school buses! Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:27:23 EST Visited Mum yesterday Spent the day with Mum at the Assisted Living facility. Played lots of games with a group of very old people, joined them on the bus ride, helped as much as I could. One old man leaned over and said, "you are a fine young lady" which, at 63, made my heart glad. I realized that for now, THIS is my calling. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 07:04:13 EST A long bike ride! We took our tandem to the Swamp Rabbit Trail and did a 30 mile ride, lots of hills, and it was hot. We were so grateful for the lovely shaded areas along the river. Not a lot of water in the river, we noticed, need more rain. This afternoon I'll be spending time with Mum! Tue, 16 Aug 2016 06:46:41 EST At the gym We started at a new, smaller gym after ours raised fees to over $1000/year. This one doesn't have free coffee, but Starbucks is along the way! Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:10:15 EST Up 3 pounds It will come off soon enough! Sun, 14 Aug 2016 05:36:06 EST Home to reality! Baltimore harbor feels like a sauna. We should be off the ship and back in our car by 9 am, home by 7pm. Now the reality of greens, no wine, and caring for Mum! Sat, 13 Aug 2016 05:39:44 EST Watching dolphins Off our deck this morning were a school of frolicking dolphins! Glorious! Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:46:25 EST Nasty rash on both legs! I don't know why but I'm wondering in somehow my older than the hills lotion in a jar was's the only thing I put on both legs and no other place on my body. Both calves are covered with angry welts, they don't itch so here's hoping it's a contact dermatitis of some kind. Bummer. Tonight we have to be dressed in formal wear for a party and my dress is to my knees. My nasty legs will be showing! Maybe the lights will be dim enoug! Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:43:55 EST Beautiful hiking We are really feeling it in out calves! Lots of hill hiking, beautiful scenery, lovely old architecture. Glad we brought jackets because it's cold for us... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 07:04:08 EST Dinner with the Captain Outstanding food, fabulous wine, great conversation...dinner lasted from 8pm until11 pm so we went to bed stuffed. Today we are pushing fluids and walking all day. Have to balance! Tue, 9 Aug 2016 06:50:38 EST Walking Bar Harbor Took the boat shuttle in and we walked this beautiful town in Maine. Tonight we dine with the Captain so will eat carefully and watch our wine intake. Mon, 8 Aug 2016 07:41:05 EST Perfect weather, calm saes Like some segments of life these past few days have been calm seas, nice, easy weather perfect for walking, and filled with good company! Memories are being made! Sun, 7 Aug 2016 06:12:01 EST Hiked the Freedon Trail in Boston Hiked all day! Followed the Freedom Trail which took us past the church where " one if by land, two if by sea" lights were hung to announce the arrival of the British? Over a dozen stops, all historic. Fabulous, exhausting day! Got miles and miles of walking in! Sat, 6 Aug 2016 07:59:33 EST Pigged out first day only Yes, yesterday we had all our favorites...succulent chicken drummettes, Belgium chocolate, French fries, and butter cookies. Today we will return to our regular way of eating, clean and carefull. We were quite astonished at how greasy the fries tasted and how the rich food sat uncomfortably in our stomachs. A clean diet really changes the palate. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 07:04:34 EST Walked on the beach Almost 3 hours of walking in the wind, sun, then rain. Lots of young people out well I remember these days! Thu, 4 Aug 2016 07:02:28 EST Antiquing from SC to Va Got to the hotel after 8pm, so many antique shops to explore on the way. We collect antique phonographs pre 1924, and 78 records, so there were lots of records to go through. Relaxing! Wed, 3 Aug 2016 06:57:50 EST Leaving today Driving to Virginia a Beach today. Taking a leisurely drive, will spend the night there. Should be fun exploring all the places we vaguely remember! Tue, 2 Aug 2016 05:31:55 EST Good rain It poured for about an hour yesterday with lots of thunder and lightning. The greens of the woods looked washed and refreshed! Mon, 1 Aug 2016 07:34:13 EST Packing for the next cruise! We leave home Tuesday morning to head to Baltimore to pick up a ship headed to Canada and New England. We both need a break! It will be less than two weeks and I will have no worries knowing Mum is well cared for in her Assisted Living. Sun, 31 Jul 2016 05:28:52 EST Hate, hate, hate politics We had friends over last evening for wine, cheese, and conversation. One dear friend ALWAYS brings up politics and gets louder and louder discussing his candidate, knowing we are NOT for the same candidate. My sister and b-i-l are coming in October and they are VERY North Bay San Francisco so I want to NOT have politics brought up at the parties we will be having for them. Ideas? Not nviting him is not an option. Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:04:58 EST A guiet day We had a lovely, quiet day yesterday at home. Beloved puttered in the garage/shop and I sat in a chair reading. We got our walking in, I spent a few hours with Mum, and it was a very early night. Feeling better today! Have to pack, we leave Tuesday morning, hurrah! Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:14:55 EST Had a meltdown...too tired to function It's too much...Mum, trying to get the school ready, trying to get all the exercise in. I just started crying last evening, I'm too tired to function. I feel I have no life, it's all Mum, beloved, or the school. There's nothing specific I want to do for me, just need a break! Getting on a ship next week. Can rest then. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:28:56 EST Finally slept Rebuilt desks, moved piles of desks, cleaned, painted, hung pictures at our school yesterday. Beloved did the desk repairs and registration is the 31st. A long, exhusting day but we got so much done. today, the beauty shopp! Yeah! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 07:20:54 EST Praises! We'd noticed some smoke coming from one of the indirect bulbs in the corner of the church sanctuary. Immediately called the electrician...out of twelve old florescent units four showed evidence of having melted and flamed at some point. The church was built in the 1960's and the florescent units were that old, with tar in the connections. We had all the units replaced with new LED ones! Praises to Him to didn't let the old building burn down! Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:49:34 EST High of 95 yesterday We finished our 30 mile bike ride and the car registered 100 on the freeway coming home. Badly need rain. Stay active, stay cool! Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:34:11 EST Beautiful morning for another bike ride! It's going to be another hot one so we're headed out early on the tandem! Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:47:09 EST Resting on the Sabbath It will be a long day with Mum. We pick her up, drive to church, then bring her home for the day with us. She can barely get up the two stairs into our house...she sleeps in the afternoon, sitting upright in the chair. We take her home about 5:30. 90 is quite old now... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:49:34 EST Baked a cake for the staff at the facility I'd wanted to bake a peanut butter cake I found a recipe for so I made it for my Mums Assisted Living facility and took it in for the staff. I baked a one cup size for beloved and me to share, frosted it just like the big cake and it was decadent! The staff were delighted. It doesn't take much to put a smile on someone's face, just a kind word, occasional praise, and a show of appreciation. The older I get the more I realize that most people want a friend and to be treated kindly. Doesn'... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:22:09 EST Great ride! We did about 25 miles on the tandem, gentle, rolling r=hills. Next week we're going to do the whole thing, I have to get back to the fitness level I was in before I got sick! Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:57:44 EST Why do we move our head so much when treating vertigo? One of the exercised is I have to walk down the hall way quickly looking at an object on the left wall, then immediately turn my head, focus on an objest on the right wall, while walking. Keep walking, keep the head moving and the eyes focusing. All my tests were much better except one which I failed, showing still vestibular problems in the right ear BUT the brain is being forced to learn to compensate. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 06:19:27 EST Last Pt today The vertigo is much better but still a real problem. Talking to several people at the same time, moving my head fro side to side, sends the room spinning and flipping. This is the last PT visit insurance will pay for so I am grateful it's helped my brain so much. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:30:05 EST Great tandem ride Took our tandem out yesterday and got two great hours of cycling on the Swamp Rabbit trail. Hot, lots of people, great exercise! Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:35:17 EST Feeling better on fresh My husband commented how much better he feels being off processed foods and sticking to fresh fruits and veggies every day and his psoraisis is GONE! Amazing! Sun, 17 Jul 2016 07:21:33 EST Early walk Got a nice early walk in this morning. Cool, fresh, relaxing. Sat, 16 Jul 2016 07:42:50 EST Still going raw diet and feeling great! We have been eating so so clean, mine has been all raw veggies and fruit. Beloved has a yogurt every morning but after realizing the fruit yogurt has as much sugar as ice cream we will be moving hime to plain yogurt when these last cups are gone. We have fresh watermelon in the fridge, loads of fresh greens and veggies, ready for today! Fri, 15 Jul 2016 06:27:34 EST Pancreatitis, but no malignancy I have to stay on a raw foods, green diet, absolutely nothing processed, no fat, no sugar, no white anythng to give the liver and pancreas time to heal. We are doing this! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:21:05 EST Praying Praying non-stop that all will be well, no malignancies, just something that can be fixed. Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:18:42 EST The trouble with insurance companies... CT scheduled for this morning was cancelled at the last minute due to some insurance snafu and rescheduled for tomorrow. Bummer! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:05:08 EST CT scan tomorrow Please pray my pancrease results will be benign. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 07:26:02 EST Vegan for one week Trying to heal the liver and pancrease. Read on line that raw green foods have healing powers so just finished a week of no wine and a strict vegan diet. Pray for me! CT scan of pancreas on Tuesday! Sun, 10 Jul 2016 06:08:47 EST All hat, no horse Loads of thunder and lightning, not a drop of rain.... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 07:18:21 EST CT scan scheduled for Tuesday Got the CT of Liver and Pancreas scheduled for Tuesday. Praying it's just fatty...nothing else. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:04:47 EST Perspective I'm visiting Mum again today as I do several times a week, she only lives 6 miles away in a lovely, private Assisted Living facility. I look around at all the old ladies there, very few men, and I realize they all, probably, once strived to maintain a lovely home filled with silver, china, nice furniture. They all, maybe, strived to have more money in the bank, a new car, nice jewelry...everything the world offers. Then they wake up one day and are living in a facility, beautiful as it is,... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 06:58:27 EST Fatty liver and pancrease are back...MY FAULT! I let the junk food and wine back into my life...absolutely love great chips, bread, chicken tenders, etc, and now the doctor has called. My labs so my liver AND pancreas are inflamed and I have to get a CT scan with a co-pay of $250! I DID THIS! My poor eating choices have done this AGIAN. I absolutely cannot tolerate processed foods, white anything, fats, alcohol. Bummer. Back on a strict regime starting today. I have to save my life. Death by fork? Wed, 6 Jul 2016 07:43:21 EST