DETERMINEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wednesday, 9/20/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning after dropping Maegann off at school I came home and got things ready for Isaac's school day and also did a couple little paid work items. During his breaks he went outside and knocked more bricks off the garage. Turns out it was a good thing he did this early as by 11 a.m. the rains came and never left. <BR> <BR> I spent some time after lunch on paid work and doing som... Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:02:31 EST Tuesday, 9/19/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was getting ready to blog last night and the power went out. As it was already getting later in the evening we all just headed to bed. The power came back on around 2:30 a.m. and we were greeted by the theme song of "I Love Lucy" blaring in the living room. Never thought the TV and DVD would power on! Learned that a power pole had fallen during the storm that came through so it w... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:07:13 EST Sunday, 9/17/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has not been what I planned, but then again, who ever said it would go the way I wanted! LOL Church was good...lesson with the youth was on anxiety and worry. So sad what these teens deal with so early. We didn't stay for church as it was "women's day" and typically it is very boring so we came home to get busy on homework. <BR> <BR> Good thing... Geometry has taken around f... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:59:51 EST Saturday, 9/16/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone slept in until almost 9 this morning and then we were all off and running. Maegann and I headed to the tire shop on the way to the grocery store (low tire and rotation), Isaac was mowing the lawn and Tim was out getting tools to work on the brick removal project. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 22:33:49 EST Friday, 9/15/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning we were all up and at 'em early! Got Maegann off to school, Isaac off with Meg and then I worked on the finances some more until the power shut off about 9. Finally got it back on about 5 tonight. So much for 2-3 hours! Actually it was 3 hours longer only because the power company took so long to get here. Thankfully the internet connection came right back on too. An... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 20:10:04 EST Thursday, 9/14/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I kept Maegann home again today as she was still very tired and a bit foggy in her thinking. She actually slept until about 10:30, but her brain needed the rest. When I returned from my massage she was at her dad's computer working on missed quizzes and getting things ready for tomorrow. She had also emailed all of her teachers so they would know she needs to know what she missed. <... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:18:28 EST Wednesday, 9/13/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I got up to the alarm as usual and went to wake Maegann for school. She was still quite out of it so I let her sleep and then called the school attendance clerk to inform that she would not be there today. I then went back to bed and got another two hours of sleep. When I woke her up the second time she shot right up and yelled, "I'm late!" She was still out of it for ... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:10:03 EST Tuesday, 9/12/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today turned out a bit differently than expected, but two positives out of needing to reschedule my massage to Thursday afternoon. <BR> <em>26</em> Won't have to be racing to and from the massage. <BR> <em>26</em> Was able to do schoolwork with Isaac before his doctor appointment. <BR> <BR> Have to brag on Isaac a bit. For the first time in a year he has been able to transfer f... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:12:12 EST Monday, 9/11/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today started out on a rough note once I returned from dropping Maegann off at school. Isaac was in a stormy, obnoxious mode and it did not lighten up until after lunch. So thankful those days are not as common any longer as they are definite "attempted joy stealers." Happy to report that my joy retained intact. <BR> <BR> After lunch I went to the store and bought salmon for supper... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 22:15:13 EST Sunday, 9/10/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that is pretty close to what our sermons have been for a few weeks as we have some "dirty laundry" that is all due to preferences. "I like...." "I want...." "I need..." I keep sending the pastor a positive note each week to let him know I am proud of him for tackling this stuff. Now if only other members would get into the faces of those who are being so negative it would help. I j... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:10:45 EST Saturday, 9/9/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was so nice not having to wake up to an alarm today. Maegann and I finally got off to pick up my client documents about 11 and then we had lunch at Subway before making three stops to try and find a protractor and compass for her math homework. I thought these would be easily found at Walmart! Nope! We finally made it home about 2. <BR> <BR> While we were gone Tim was working on maki... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 23:44:11 EST Friday, 9/8/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was very quiet as I had six hours to myself. I am loving Friday's! I got some easy chores done around the house, got my paid work caught up and took a long nap. I did run an errand to the store as I had some items that needed picked up so headed out early before traffic picked up. <BR> <BR> Tonight we've just been hanging out and now that the kids are in bed, Tim and I are wa... Sat, 9 Sep 2017 00:22:10 EST Thursday, 9/7/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was blessed with another quiet day. After I dropped Maegann off at school I got a little grocery shopping done before coming home to work with Isaac on his schoolwork. Today he remembered how to add three fractions, but had lost how to reduce. My guess is his brain was focusing on something else to keep him distracted. While he was with Patrick this afternoon I had a little time ... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 00:06:08 EST Thursday, 9/6/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was another quiet one, but not without its moments. Basically school with Isaac, a couple of errands, a very long discussion with Isaac about behaviors, some paid work and a nap. The supper I had planned in the crockpot didn't cook right so we ended up scavenging in the frig for something else. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be even quieter as Isaac has time with Patrick in the after... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 22:47:26 EST Tuesday, 9/5/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began my birthday at the DMV to get my driver's license renewed. About 90 minutes later I was free with a new mugshot in hand. Glad that task is done for four years! <BR> <BR> Otherwise I did school with Isaac, ran a couple of errands and then did some paid work before taking a long nap. Maegann and I went to the grocery store after she got home as some of the items she needed to c... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 00:52:32 EST Monday, 9/4/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> These are words that I need to remind myself of for several reasons. <BR> <BR> 1) Health Journey - It's not impossible! I just have to remember that I am the one making the choices and leaning towards the "not as good" choice, I need to pray and do whatever I can to make the more difficult one. <BR> <BR> 2) Maegann's school - Math is a struggle and it always has been. Now it is wor... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 23:01:39 EST Sunday, 9/3/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another great morning at worship. Pastor is hitting it hard about the need to change so people want to be part of the church rather than expecting them to fit into the traditional mold that some almost idolize. Proud of him because it is so true for this congregation. <BR> <BR> This afternoon has been quiet. We made spaghetti for lunch and then Maegann worked on Algebra for awhile.... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 19:30:05 EST Saturday, 9/2/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We were able to sleep in this morning and we all needed that extra time. Once up and around I got busy finishing up the front porch area as I was tired of seeing the clutter every time I walked to the front door. Stacked bricks, moved ladders, wood and containers. I even found a scarecrow so let the fall decorating begin! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 2 Sep 2017 16:26:10 EST Friday, 9/1/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love September, but I can't believe it is here already as it just seems like a short time ago we were stuck in the house from the winter snow and ice. <BR> <BR> This morning I got Maegann off to school and then had a few minutes with Isaac before he was whisked off by Meg. Let my 4 hours of an empty house begin! I did some paid work, moved some files on the computer (needed done a... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 23:10:14 EST Thursday, 8/31/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feeling a bit like there is a mountain that won't be moved at this time and it's name is "brain injury." I am thankful that I can advocate for my daughter to receive help at public school and for the pastor's wife to be the school advocate for kids with extra help needs, but I would like it very much to become a thing of the past for Maegann. I just keep praying. <BR> <BR> An interim plan... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 21:51:07 EST Wednesday, 8/30/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was thankful to see this reminder tonight as I begin to feel fearful and/or helpless where Maegann's concussion recovery is concerned. I have to remember to give this to the Healer and just do what I can to guide her through when problems arise. <BR> <BR> Today's happening.... the brain started shutting down on her during World History. The cause was definitely the strain of copy... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 23:30:04 EST Tuesday, 8/29/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thankfully the day went better than it began. Woke up to a very crabby birthday boy! Instead of just jumping into school with that attitude I had him help me haul some boxes and the last bookcase in from the front porch. Then we ran an errand. By the time we were home he was doing a bit better so we opened the books. All went so well and those fractions we continue to struggle wit... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 23:38:37 EST Monday, 8/28/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Monday is pretty much "in the bag!" Started the day doing school with Isaac and once again we hit the "adding three fractions" wall. I pushed harder this time trying to get him to realize that it is just like doing two of the "adding two fractions" that he does perfectly every time. I had him write his directions from start to finish so we'll see if that helps tomorrow. I am going ... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:06:15 EST Sunday, 8/27/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And today I am armed with rest! First day I can remember in at least a month. <BR> <BR> Church was great and then I did go to the grocery store briefly to get things to bbq hamburgers as Dakota came home with us after church again and I knew I didn't have anything to feed everyone. After lunch I was able to get a few programs installed on my desktop and get my most used bookmarks back in ... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:02:42 EST Saturday, 8/26/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I was awakened by the sound of the digger outside and the barking of the dog. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At least I got to sleep in until 9! I was up 3-4 times through the night, but a good rest overall. <BR> <BR> Maegann and I had a few errands to run this morning for school and rat ... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 19:08:58 EST Friday, 8/25/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I know it may sound terrible, but I thoroughly enjoyed having the house to myself from 8-2! Just not having to be responsible for anyone else was so nice. I did keep busy the whole time though. My project was to clean up and organize the back deck and that took a little over 2 1/2 hours. Looks great though! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:57:47 EST Thursday, 8/24/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After chores this morning Isaac and I got settled down with his schoolwork. He is doing well this week as we review the math and add some new subjects. I do admit I fell asleep during the Science video. I was tired, but the quiet voice of the narrator and soft music was enough to put me out. <BR> <BR> After the video it was time to take Isaac to the church to meet up with Patrick. I als... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 23:21:19 EST Wednesday, 8/23/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh, yes I do! Maegann's first day went so well and the best thing that could have happened was another 10th grade girl taking her under her wing. Turns out this girl's best buddy is someone Maegann knew from church so she has connected with two girls who have families of faith. There were a couple of things that came up today for her, but she handled them well. First was having to miss h... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:00:57 EST Tuesday, 8/22/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And in the morning we will be up early to "Rise, Shine & Give God the Glory" as school begins for Maegann. We had orientation tonight at the high school and she said she is still terrified, but looking forward to it. She will have no trouble "getting lost in the crowd" there as the principal announced they have over 1600 students registered this year. We walked with her all around the cam... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:34:46 EST Monday, 8/21/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I slept in this morning and still needed a nap this afternoon. I was able to get the organization stuff done in the house as planned along with three loads of laundry. The books that need put into boxes will just have to wait until Wednesday. <BR> <BR> We did take time to check out the eclipse as ours was 99% and the skies were clear. I have the usual crescent photos from through t... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:58:14 EST Sunday, 8/20/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I did it! I got my desk time this afternoon! There were times I had to "fight" for it as others were trying to pull me into their projects. Nice that I can begin Monday knowing I've been through the stack of file folders, paid work is current and Isaac's school is 80% planned so we can get started with some of it tomorrow. He has Patrick at 11 so we may just do a few subjects to ge... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:25:19 EST Saturday, 8/19/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is already after 7:30 and supper is just now being prepared. Thank you Tim for the yummy red cabbage steaks with sauted brussel sprouts and more! Kids are having pizza. <BR> <BR> Maegann and I started out for hair trims and then once home we got busy organizing the things already in the garage and then pulling more out with the goal of finding her items. Mentally she needs this before... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:47:00 EST Friday, 8/18/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I woke up so tired and had planned for today to be a quiet, restful day. One where I could finally get through the stack of files that are still sitting on my desk. I did get through some of the finances and should be getting the next bank statement next week so I can make sure we are okay for the coming week. Hopefully a paycheck will come too. <BR> <BR> Things were going the way I plan... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:37:56 EST Thursday, 8/17/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I am definitely needed that reminder as my mom heart was anxious about Maegann registering for public high school. What is behind: the negatives of half a year at the private Christian school, the concussion. What is now: most of her memory is in tact, the zoning out, headaches, etc. have lessened so much, the desire to try public school. What is coming: ??? But I know I have to... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:35:35 EST Wednesday, 8/16/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have enjoyed a very quiet day. Isaac spent the day with Nate and even though the play date was for our house, they spent more of it at Nate's. LOL Gave me time to catch up on desk work and do some Sparking! <BR> <BR> We've been slowly doing things around the house...mostly demo...but we have also installed a double set of mirrored medicine cabinets in the bathroom and I got the "master... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:46:04 EST Tuesday, 8/15/17 Ugh! Just lost my blog to cyber space and don't have time to rewrite it tonight. So instead I'll leave today with this thought.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:57:16 EST Monday, 8/14/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Almost 11 and just now finding a chance to do some Sparking while we watch "Arrow." Here's the breakdown of the day: <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> got Isaac off at 8 with Meg <BR> <em>8</em> grocery shopping <BR> <em>8</em> met with someone for an estimate on removing the wild shrubbery along the back fence <BR> <em>8</em> started clearing out the utility room <BR> <em>8</em> m... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 01:01:31 EST Sunday, 8/13/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The perfect ending to an exhausting and exciting three days.... pouring rain and cooler temps! It has been triple digits or near them for over a week. <BR> <BR> Tonight we are hanging out and watching "Stone Pillow". The only dramatic role Lucille Ball ever performed and it's an interesting look at being homeless. So happy to have our sofa and love seat back! <BR> <BR> The three day adv... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:53:49 EST Saturday, 8/12/17 - Day #1 at New House <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know it may just be my answer today! I will blog w/photos tomorrow as it is 10:30 and we are all exhausted. Basically 9+ hours on my feet today cleaning and some things put away at the new house for showers and trying to get a kitchen together. My legs and back are screaming and hopefully I'll be able to move in the morning. LOL We are all thankful to be at the new house even if it is... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 00:37:55 EST Thursday, 8/10/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> And that's what is up next...some fun! We will be leaving for the baseball game and company "togetherness" in a couple of hours. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Was able to sleep in this morning and then the kids and I pretended it was Friday and went out for breakfast at Subway although we went through ... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:59:23 EST Wednesday, 8/9/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As expected today was very busy. I started the day by making a list of chores for myself and the kids to tackle and after breakfast we all got busy on our various items. The only items left on the list for tomorrow is packing up the rest of the kitchen. Just ran out of steam by 4 p.m. and had to say "done." I was also out of decent boxes so tonight I found some more across town ($1... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 23:55:39 EST Tuesday, 8/8/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has gone by quickly and things are getting done as hoped! This morning our first outing was for the kids' dental appointments and then we stopped for lunch on the way home. Once home I got busy finishing up the last of the client work that came through before I officially closed down for vacation. I don't think I've ever seen my Inbox empty! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 21:33:14 EST Monday, 8/7/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Was up early this morning to get Isaac off with Meg and then I got the kitchen cleaned up from the previous evening. Once he was gone Maegann and I headed to the craft store to get her some "clip beads" and a skein of yarn and a book to help her learn how to crochet. For those who crochet/knit...which do you find easier? <BR> <BR> Once home I started back on my project to clean out ... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 23:21:38 EST Sunday, 8/6/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was able to get "my" list worked on today which also meant I got some rest. As I had to be up earlier with Isaac so he could catch the church bus I chose to tackle the paid work that needed done as it was ready to be submitted...just needed to do it. I also got the laundry started and was on the second load by the time we left for church. <BR> <BR> After church Maegann and I went... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 23:11:54 EST Saturday, 8/5/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day that took on a plan of its own! It's all good...means more down time for me tomorrow afternoon. It began with two guys from church coming to help Tim put our sofa and love seat into the utility trailer. So thankful for them as I can't help him with these...too heavy. And just for you Nancy Jean, here is our new living room furniture! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 22:55:14 EST Friday, 8/4/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My "quiet" day was derailed early on, but as most of it had to do with the house closings it was totally okay. <BR> <BR> First up was getting all the closing times locked in for Aug. 11. Our "new" house will be at 8:30 a.m. and then we cross town to another title company and close on the current house at 9:30. The family buying this one is closing at 8:30 as well. We pushed for E... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 00:10:44 EST Thursday, 8/3/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day began by heading out for my appointment with the Naturopathic doctor. She gave me two ozone injections into the knee and I agreed to get a knee brace for stability and research exercises to strengthen the glutes. She is concerned the knee feels looser than the other one, but there is possibility that all of this will help. I have enjoyed the pain free feeling today since the ... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 23:38:04 EST Wednesday, 8/2/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Part of me is thinking this is something that is happening with Maegann at camp, but part of me knows it is also from the issues she now has from the concussion. Spoke with her and the pastor's wife this morning and everyone agreed to just let her hang out at camp instead of going on the off campus activity so she could rest and have quiet. Maegann's words were "it's just so brai... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 17:19:01 EST Tuesday, 8/1/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Can't believe August is here already as it just seems like we were shoveling snow not so long ago, but I am thankful it is August as we now only have 10 more days of these stairs and to close on both properties. The month of change! <BR> <BR> This morning I headed to the chiropractor about my knee and again the popliteus muscle was out and once that was helped he identified another one tha... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 21:55:43 EST Monday, 7/31/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that is why I have been in prayer much of the afternoon. <BR> <BR> I took the kids to the church about noon as that is when everyone was meeting for the carpool to camp. It was going quite well until it was time for Maegann to get in Barb's vehicle. Between the heat and the fear that takes over since the concussion she was "gone". She was in tears and saying to me "I'm so scared." an... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:00:23 EST