CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My sister and her family were marching in SF They sent us pictures of the womens' march in San Francisco. We saw there were 700 other marches around the world, women marching to support other women... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:18:55 EST Friday was a great day for a hike Kept the TV off and instead, hiked to the top of Paris Mountain and back. Then we went out for a late, light lunch at a Mexican place we'd seen several times and found it quite good. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:49:21 EST Rain! Woke up last night to hear lovely crashing rain. I love rain in the night. It's soothing...feeding the earth. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:44:25 EST Taking Mum out We are taking Mum out to lunch, then to see the movie "Hidden Figures" in the afternoon. She likes true movies, although she sleeps through most then grumbles she couldn't understand it! Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:17:17 EST Don't deliberately irk others Life is too short to deliberately irritate others. Be kind, keep opinions to yourself if it may hurt someone else. But stand up for yourself! Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:51:49 EST Neighbors wife called us to apologize for her husband She wants to remain friends. Agreed her husband could "bully" and said he's mad at her too for blaming him and his mouth. Said he will "get over it." Now we know his true colors I won't be in a hurry to "friend" him again. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:53:08 EST A friend and neighbor just "unfriended" me over politics! Basically a great guy, but he pushes his politics, which are NOT ours. Now he won't watch the house when we leave, won't let his kids cat sit for us, all because I don't him we "don't like to be bullied over politics." Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:46:27 EST Beautiful day for walking! Getting a long walk in today. The weather is perfect, mild, cool, yet sunny. Beloved needs a day out and walking is perfect! Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:41:41 EST Tired of politics Can't have friends over because they push their politics. I cannot STAND politics! Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:37:44 EST He could see the E The doctor was hopeful. Beloved could see the letter E on the wall. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:56:16 EST Beloved sees the surgeon today We will get an update this afternoon. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 07:51:32 EST Up early Enjoying SP while listening to the rain. Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:06:00 EST Between Mum and beloved... I'm exhausted! He usually does all the driving so I'm doing it now. Mum still wants me there twice a week and this Sabbath I have to leave beloved at home and get Mum to church myself. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:27:13 EST He saw some light and shadows today Eye drops 4 X day and an eye patch at night. Face down now half an hour out of every hour. He said this morning he could tell a light was on... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 06:36:17 EST Face down all day.. Have to keep the gas bubble at the back of beloved's eye to hold the retina and macula in place. We've figured out how he can read, laying on the sofa with a book stacked on a pile of pillows. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:28:53 EST Light dusting of snow A beautiful morning with just a light dusting of snow. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 08:07:31 EST Waiting for our winter storm Yesterday I took a loaf of bread from the bakery to the Optometrist who diagnosed beloved's detached retina. She was floored, couldn't believe it was for her! Shows me more people need to be thanked for their kindness and goodness. Got some groceries as today we await our first winter storm. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 06:52:29 EST Long surgery Doctors "won't know how much vision he will have for 8 months,". Surgery was long but the doctors are "hopeful." Thu, 5 Jan 2017 06:14:28 EST Emergency! Vacation cancelled! My husband suddenly got a detached retina AND macula yesterday. He'd had an itchy and watery eye for a few days, thought he scratched it. Finally got in to the eye dr who immediately rushed him to a retina specialist. Spent hours with him, scheduled surgery today " "some time" so I spent the hours canceling the month long cruise we were supposed to start on tomorrow! No refunds, nope, not even for a medical emergency! Yes, we had trip insurance but 48 hours before is "after the names are ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:35:57 EST Packing! Leaving this Thursday for the month of January. Will be gone over two weeks, back four days to spend with Mum, then gone another 10 days. When we get back it will be February! I'll still be posting every day. Heat seekers! Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:31:20 EST Headed to the gym We found a small gym we don't have to pay for, our health plan will cover it. Starting there today. Really good rain last night. Poured so hard it woke us up! Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:30:23 EST Happy New Year everyone! New Year, fresh page. Now let's make this year one we can be proud of! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 08:44:43 EST Communion today The perfect way to end the year, st church, taking Communion. Stay off the streets tonight! Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:27:15 EST Perfect day for a hike! It's bitterly cold this morning, 37 degrees, are they out of their minds? Clear, sunny, and will be a great day to hike Paris Mountain. Should warm up to that's do-able. We get on another ship next week! Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:23:36 EST Lovely rain last night We awoke to the sound of crashing rain last night, it was delightful. Visiting Mum today... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:49:59 EST Great bicycle ride yesterday! After the Prolia injection we decided to take our tandem out for a quick 20 miles. It was cold, a bit rainy and breezy to start, but exhilerating! There were lots of people out, some bozo young people on roller blades tried to cut us off but we shouted at them and they finally moved to our right. Cyclists ALWAYS pass "on the left" which is what you call out if you get near someone. They are supposed to move over. There will always be a clown out there but we "stay calm and cycle on" as t... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 07:49:09 EST Going for Prolia shot today, outrageously expensive! I have to get this bone building shot every six months and WITH insurance my copay is $250. Isn't that ridiculous? But I have osteoporosis, and almost every day I see Mum I notice her more and more bent over. I take vitamin D and calcium every day for bone health. Tue, 27 Dec 2016 07:32:33 EST Quiet Christmas A day with mum, quiet and she was a bit down. It's tough for her getting old and being mostly alone except for me. I get it. But it's hard on me too...spending the afterwith her today. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:35:47 EST Merry Christmas Spark Friends! It will be very small and quiet. Beloved and I will have Mum for the day and my sister and her family will Face Time. What would we do without Face Time...? Sun, 25 Dec 2016 05:50:03 EST Kitties glad to see us! Slept poorly last night due to one girlie always wanting to make mad, passionate love to my face. Guess they are both glad we're home, and so are we! Sat, 24 Dec 2016 06:39:15 EST 9 hours of solid traffic Beloved does the driving from Baltimore to home. GPS says we will be home "in six hours" but it always takes more. Yesterday was bumper to bumper traffic all the way back! Without him driving we'd have to fly... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 06:32:50 EST Pulling in today Should get off the ship by 9am and be home by 6pm. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:54:24 EST Celebrating 42 years today! It's gone by so fast, 42 years with my beloved. I'd love to be able to live it all over again with him. He's still the best... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 06:16:12 EST Rain, wind, then sunshine Today and tomorrow at sea, then we head home! Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:02:53 EST Yeah! Headed home! Three sea days before we hit land. Glad to be going home for two weeks before we leave again! Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:15:35 EST Final port today then heading home We will be celebrating our 42 Anniversary on the 21st and our favorite way is on a ship. Today is the final port of St. Maarten, then three days home. Ready to see Mum again! Sun, 18 Dec 2016 06:12:44 EST Still gaining now matter how careful I am Clothes getting snug, ouch. And I thought I was being so careful! Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:19:48 EST Hot hot hot How blessed we are to live in actual houses and not shacks mad of cardboard and corrugated steel. Blazingly hot, cab had no air conditioning, and I never once complained. Take these Caribbean islands for us to remember, again, just how blessed we are Fri, 16 Dec 2016 06:54:14 EST Have got to stop the non-stop wine I tried to count last evening. We sit down, the steward immediately brings us each a glass of wine and another of water. But the wine never gets empty! They keep it filled and I continue to sip. Tonight I've got to switch to green tea, bet we're having waaay to much wine, not good for a fatty liver! Thu, 15 Dec 2016 06:22:53 EST St Thomas White beaches, thousands of people because there are six ships in. Staying on board today and we will swim, soak in the jacuzzi, and read! Wed, 14 Dec 2016 06:23:10 EST Finally getting warm We are finally south enough that it's getting warm. St. Thomas tomorrow! Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:06:24 EST Still get a burning in my stomach every night Why? If I have eaten, or not, I wake every night with a burning sensation in my tummy. Suggestions? Mon, 12 Dec 2016 07:14:20 EST Meeting friends is lovely Meeting a dozen cruising friends this trip, having fun talking, reminiscing, rembering. Good times! Sun, 11 Dec 2016 06:50:47 EST Yikes it's cold! 25 degrees this morning in Greenville and 30 here in Baltimore. Getting on the ship in a few hours to enjoy some sunshine! Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:30:13 EST Stopping at Baltimore First going to the NSA museum, should be interesting. Then to our hotel and on the ship in the morning. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:39:40 EST Heading to Richmond...meeting with Vanguard went well Our first top, have the hotel reserved, then tomorrow we'll get to Baltimore before getting the ship for two weeks. I've got to be more careful this trip because we're also gone the whole month of January and the food and wine can pack on the weight. <BR> The meeting with the Vanguard advisor went well, we should have enough money to last our lifetimes, providing the market doesn't crash... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 07:21:25 EST Meeting with financial advisor this morning With my Mum in an assisted living now after living alone after her second husband died, and having lived with us for 6 years before that, we want advise. Beloved and I couldn't have kids so there will be no one to look after us in our old age. We have to prepare financially for at least one of us to end up in an assisted living at some point. There are no Medicare beds in South Carolina, the state doesn't support them. We need to make sure we have enough saved for any situation. Should b... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 07:29:22 EST Another lovely day of rain It started falling during the night and the deck is soaked, birdbath filled to the brim. I love the rain especially because beloved does all the driving when we have to go somewhere! Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:38:36 EST Lovely rain All day yesterday it rained and we needed it? Today we head to Asheville for Brett's appointment. Hope the roads are dry! Mon, 5 Dec 2016 06:57:34 EST How do I get myself motivated? I havent been this heavy since college! Slowly the weight is creeping on and I know it MUST come off. How do I get my focus back? Sun, 4 Dec 2016 08:34:45 EST