CHERYLHURT's SparkPeople Blog CHERYLHURT's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Home again Had a hugely wonderful cruise for 11 days, feeling fluffy so today starts lots of raw veggies and tons of water. Back to the responsibilities of volunteering full time and caring for Mum which is the life the Lord led me to live, cruising is the occasional break for beloved and me! Sat, 27 Jun 2015 06:44:21 EST Heading to Florida Getting back on a ship Monday for 11 days in the Caribbean. Really looking forward to it since this is a milestone cruise for us and will be a big celebration. We had Mum all day yesterday and she is slowing down and not as able to walk, very unsteady despite having a cane. I packed her freezer full of food, do so every week so she always has something wonderful to eat! Sun, 14 Jun 2015 05:39:49 EST After a great ride Got my walking in this morning. Yesterday we had a great tandem ride although the trail was filled with people. Will have to figure out a new ride for the busy months! Headed to church today, then after we take Mum home to her place tonight we can finish packing. Headed to Florida for another cruise, just a short one, but I need a break! Sat, 13 Jun 2015 05:45:28 EST Tandem cycling today...anyone else starving from lack of points? It's been a starvation run of points lately, only 1, 2, or 3 from almost every spin or team. Statistically there should be a 20 or 25 show up sometime! Anybody else seeing a dearth of points? We are headed out this morning to get in a long ride on the tandem! Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:07:19 EST another beautiful thunderstorm! Crashing rain, flashing lightning, booming thunder. We just love the rain! Tue, 9 Jun 2015 18:25:48 EST Volunteering today Working on cabinets for the daycare rooms. Lots of hard work so we slept well! Mon, 8 Jun 2015 07:15:55 EST Taking care of Mum is HARD! Both my sisters have expressed NO interest in caring for my Mum, none whatsoever. My older sister is the executor of her estate and calls my mother every couple of weeks for a few minutes while she makes dinner! My younger sister wants nothing to do with any of us. Caring for my 89 y/o fragile mum falls only one me and I am exhausted! Sat, 6 Jun 2015 14:56:00 EST National Doughnut Day! Today is National Doughnut Day and Krispy Kreme here is giving away free doughnuts. I have scheduled one into my calories for the day and will also add another hour to my walking! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 07:40:48 EST National Doughnut Day! Today is National Doughnut Day and Krispy Kreme here is giving away free doughnuts. I have scheduled one into my calories for the day and will also add another hour to my walking! Fri, 5 Jun 2015 07:40:48 EST Looking better update on kitty After another day at the vet, labs normal, expensive x-rays normal, we brought the Siamese back home. We are continuing the pepcid twice a day and last night she came upstairs and woke us up to be fed. That's great news! Thrilled she wants to eat so hopefully she is recovering. Out a sinful amount of money...but we don't have kids so rationalize a lot! Got a gorgeous rain last night, over 1.5 inches. So glad we left California! Thu, 4 Jun 2015 06:01:49 EST Cat no better Poor thing, she's under the dining table and doesn't want to be bothered. Her labs were normal yesterday but she seemed to have a little belly pain, the vet said. $300 for no diagnosis, just "give her 1/4 a pepsid pill twice a day" which she spat out this morning before she bit me! We leave in 10 days for a wedding cruise...Mum had a very happy birthday and was delighted when my beloved had her creme brulle served with a candle! Wed, 3 Jun 2015 07:03:10 EST Cat is sick, Mum turns 89 My poor Siamese cat is so sick, she is indoor only and gets brushed every day but yesterday we came home from our ride and found she'd vomited all over the house, at least a dozen places. I tried offering her food this morning but she refused, just sits quietly beside me. I'll try and get her in today. <BR> Beloved and I hope to take Mum away to celebrate her 89th birthday... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 07:12:34 EST 40 mile ride I logged in 3 hours but we were actually cycling for 4 hours! Lots and lots of hill work, I'll sleep well tonight! Love how much stronger I have become and how much longer I can cycle. Adore tandem riding with my beloved! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:21:35 EST Hubby and Mummy down with allergies! Poor Mum, and now my beloved, both feeling horrid from allergies. Beautiful spring, lovely trees and flowers, but the allergies that come with this season can be hard on us. I take allergy medicine every day and am "encouraging" them to do the same! Sun, 31 May 2015 10:23:58 EST Slept like the dead! I slept so hard last night after our 40 mile tandem ride. It feels good to realize the hills aren't killing me like when we started tandem riding a year ago. I sleep so well after a hard day of exercise! Sat, 30 May 2015 06:49:55 EST Tandem ride Today is an all day tandem ride! We are getting the rack back on my car, beloved is loading the Trek, and we are cycling along the Reedy river, up through the little towns, and getting in some hill work. Get moving, my friends! Fri, 29 May 2015 07:26:24 EST to the gym Going to the gym today with my beloved! Thu, 28 May 2015 07:08:59 EST Thunderstorm! Such a lovely storm last evening, lot of lightning and thunder, over half an inch of rain in an hour. Just delightful! My beloved had just cut the grass so the whole place got a good watering! I absolutely love living in upstate South Carolina! Wed, 27 May 2015 06:29:43 EST Cooler weather We sat on the deck in the morning after a long walk. Chance of rain today and lots to do! Tue, 26 May 2015 07:02:50 EST Beloved comes home today! So glad, praying he has safe travels back to me! Mon, 25 May 2015 07:29:33 EST much cooler today Awoke this morning to find it's much cooler, 54 this morning. I'm going swimming anyway! Sun, 24 May 2015 06:25:31 EST One more day My beloved will be home Sunday night and my stress will over! It's been long and difficult with rotten kids at school, rude parents, and thoughts of WHY ON EARTH DO I VOLUNTEER? Sat, 23 May 2015 06:53:25 EST The light of Mum's world I spent last night and all of today with my Mum.. When it was finally time and I had to leave she said to me, "Cheryl, you are the light of my world..."...put the picture into perspective...I need to stop grumbling to God about my two sisters on the other side of the US who don't do anything at all, Fri, 22 May 2015 12:06:06 EST Another pound gone Stress, stress, and more stress but a pound gone. Thu, 21 May 2015 06:53:36 EST Apologizing for my poor choice of words I volunteer two full days a week at the next town. I am with grades 2-3 and my Mum with grades 4-6. Unfortunately this school doesn't have enough help, it's a typical small, private Christian school. Last Friday I was pulled out of my room to cover the principals class while he did other work and I had to work with 7 & 8 graders who are the oldest in the school. Rude, disrespectful, out of their chairs constantly, feet up on the counters, just stared at me when I tried to get them to work a... Wed, 20 May 2015 07:09:21 EST the neighborhood pool is open! Yeah! My favorite form of exercise! No sweating, easy on the joints, and I can start each morning with just peace and serenity, reciting scripture, as I get in a long swim! Tue, 19 May 2015 05:29:30 EST Today I am at home Going to the library today and getting some books. Looking for a quiet day! Mon, 18 May 2015 06:11:35 EST another day driving Another long day driving Mum... Sun, 17 May 2015 06:56:47 EST Bad day school Hectic day. I started in grades 2-3 getting work finished that we need done by next week. I was called to cover grades 7-8 for a while and had to give a spelling test, kept reminding the kids to get their FEET off their desks, put their chair legs ON the floor. Then got their work finished. Rushed back to 1-3 to cover the pinata party for the end of the year, little ones lined up to swing sticks at the candy filled pinata. Then a student came and told me the teacher in 4-6 needed me to cover... Sat, 16 May 2015 06:03:53 EST more driving Mum announced yesterday she wants to go to the Greek festival Sunday and she wanted to be at the school breakfast for volunteers this morning at 7:30. I reminded her that last year she didn't eat any of the food, it was all carbs and starches, and that I wouldn't be there. She is very needy, which I do understand, but being the only caregiver is beyond exhausting. Sometimes I despise my two sisters in California...they will inherit equally with me yet hubby and I have done all, and I mean A... Fri, 15 May 2015 05:17:20 EST Exhausted from volunteering...and driving Mum My beloved does a lot of driving so now he's away I'm doing it all. There are only two more weeks of school left where Mum and I volunteer and I will be so glad when it ends! Yesterday was a looong day with the children, then drive Mum to her place, spend an hour with her, then drive 40 minutes home fighting bad roads and semi-trucks the whole way. Today I'm baking cupcakes for the party tomorrow for grades K-3, and today my mother saw that the Greek festival is going to be this weekend as ... Thu, 14 May 2015 07:56:13 EST Another pound gone I have been eating super clean: 2 egg whites and a glass of almond milk silk for breakfast, then four hours later a piece of fruit, four hours later a triple serving of veggies, tons of water. Gives me something to focus on while beloved is away. Today I'm volunteering all day at the school 30 miles away, my Mum will be there working with another grade. Then I'll drive her home at the end of the day before fighting the semi trucks to get home in the evening. Only two more weeks of school, s... Wed, 13 May 2015 06:23:31 EST terrific thunderstorm last night It was hot yesterday, 90 degrees. I was expecting a package from the Post Office that required a signature so I called them in the morning to find out what time the mail truck may come by. I was told by the gentleman that it was anytime between "now and 8pm" and that I needed to wait for it. So I waited. All day. Never left the front of the house. Finally early evening I checked the mailbox and there was the package, shoved into the box, never signed for. I hit my stack, called the post... Tue, 12 May 2015 07:19:58 EST Mother's Day with Mum I fought the traffic to get to her town 30 miles away, picked her up and brought her to my house. I had ordered a lovely deep-dish chicken pie from Fresh Market so popped that in the oven to cook while we just talked. I had found an old pack of my Dad's military paperwork so we spent a lovely afternoon reminiscing...they had the marriage my friends parents didn't have so I learned from the best! We had such a lovely day! I ate a huge kale, spinach, and chard salad...slightly bitter but I... Mon, 11 May 2015 08:21:17 EST First day was good... Missed beloved but brought Mum home after church and we spent a lovely day together. I served her a lovely pasta for lunch with cherry pie and cream for dessert, all her favorites. I had a big salad made with kale, chard, beet greens, etc, no dessert, but I did have some wine in the evening. I REALLY don't like the freeway driving with semi-trucks in all three lanes, they scare me, but I brought her home at 4pm and was back in my house at 6pm. My husband called, made it safely down to the... Sun, 10 May 2015 05:00:26 EST Alone for 16 days... Except for caring for Mum, constant driving and stress, I will be without my husband for 16 days. He's going on a trip and I can't get away. Our first separation since he was in the Army 35 years ago! While he is away I'm going to try to eat super clean and healthy and cut back on my evening glass of wine. It's going to be sad and lonely but I want to make this a positive event for me, not just wallowing in self-pity. I'll keep track here and post my thoughts! Sat, 9 May 2015 07:04:54 EST My 62nd birthday! How can time have passed so quickly? It seems I just left high school and college, yet here I am, married 40 years and we both turned 62 this year. We have been so blessed and recognize that we have. Today I see the doctor for my routine wellness exam. She will give me appointments for a mammogram and liver/gallbladder ultrasound, then we will try and figure out why my sodium is low at 129. Beloved and I don't eat any processed food and we drink tons of water...I may have had too much wate... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:01:17 EST so busy with Mum This is why we cruise...taking 5 round trips a week, each an hour, out of 7 days just to keep Mum "independent and living alone" is exhausting. She told the doctor that she "has lost the will to take walks" anymore, a huge part of her life. He finds no reason for her to suddenly give up walks. Now she's started talking about "assisted living" which she made me PROMISE when my Dad died 11 years ago that I would never put her in. My sister in CA feels she's "doing her share" by flying out t... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:09:12 EST Home after 20 day cruise and didn't gain an ounce! We made it home again and I got on the scale at 4:30 this morning. Couldn't sleep worth beans, so much to do now and next week is chock full of stuff I have to do, caring for Mum, teaching at the school where we both volunteer. But I hadn't gained an ounce! Did 6 miles every morning in the gym and watched what I ate, mostly. Phew! Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:11:47 EST Finally spring! Staggered through winter, put out a cease and desist order on our neighbor, waiting for the court date on the kid behind us... <BR> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:48:52 EST Leaving tomorrow for three weeks This was a planned cruise and we will be meeting friends in Baltimore. I have to get away I am so overwhelmed with stress. First the burglary, now the homeowners insurance says they will not cover any loss without a receipt or photo of us with each item. We are senior citizens and never take pictures of our stuff! My Mum is bugging me to stay home (for her) from now on, more stress, the parents of the kid who was arrested for the burglary have been telling their neighbor who lives next do... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:15:18 EST So stressed I had to see the doctor Just so stressed over this burglary, the kid living behind us out on bail, and now fighting with the insurance company over repairs to the house. They are telling us, that at age 61 and 40 years of marriage, we have to show receipts and/or pictures of every item we are missing to PROVE we owned it! We are senior citizens who DONT take pictures! Not even on vacations! I had a melt down yesterday, such a panic attack I had to go in and see my doctor. I'm on short term anti-anxiety meds to ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:32:59 EST Fighting with homeowners insurance! They have argued the paid receipts for screen repair, door repair, car keys are all too high. They are getting nasty with us because we dont have a PICTURE of every item that was stolen! My husband finally told them, "look, we are not millennials, we DON"T take pictures every time we wipe out butt, we dont take pictures on vacation!" Whatever you THINK you have covered with full replacement value on your homeowners insurance, make SURE you have a picture of it with YOU in the picture! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:08:44 EST celebrating beloved's birthday! He gets a free Starbucks coffee today for a birthday celebration. We are still putting out fires from the burglary, having doors repaired, screens replaced, etc. The video surveillance goes in next week so the monitor will be in a locked cabinet that's getting a deadbolt today. We have to make the house even more of a fortress than it was because we leave again in a few weeks! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:28:56 EST Volunteering today Back for a full day volunteering at the school in the next city. It will be a long day, have to take Mum back to her place after school, visit with her a while, then battle the semi trucks on the freeway heading back to Greenville. Meanwhile, the security system with interior and exterior alarms has been installed, the motion-sensitive outside lights are up and running, and video surveillance gets installed next week! Hopeful we WONT get broken into when we leave again! Wed, 4 Mar 2015 05:52:06 EST Heading to the gym Got to work out this energy since it's a long wait until we have the first hearing in May regarding our burglary. The house is a fortress now and we leave in 3 weeks again. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:59:22 EST House is a fortress We leave again in 3 weeks. The house is alarmed, there are motion lights everywhere, and cameras are going to be installed. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:45:30 EST and the kid made bail He got out last night and lives right behind us. We are devastated! His parents didn't pay bail but he got a relative to do so. Now WE have to go to court in May so this kid is out for months, having plenty of time to get rid of all he and his pals stole. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:56:26 EST Arrest made They found packages with our name on them in the house behind us and arrested the 20 year old dope smoker. Nothing else found yet but his cronies have probably disseminated the stuff among themselves. We meet with the police again today. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:19:39 EST Had to leave our cruise! House vandalized! Got an email from our neighbor, just happened to get a signal and checked emails. Heard our house had been broken into, our 350 POUND SAFE ripped from the floor and dragged away, my purse stolen, wallet, keys, credit cards, everything, gone! We had to get off the ship a week early, grab a car, and are sitting on the freeway now with 9 hours u til we get home! Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:14:53 EST