GUITARWOMAN's SparkPeople Blog GUITARWOMAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Is it Wednesday already? Sorry for the blog suspension...I am struggling with some emotional eating and often hide a bit when I do that. All will be well, I do not go too hard on myself, but I don't feel so well, physically. But I am still working out and moving as much as usual. <BR> <BR> On Monday, I went with the gentleman I do some consulting for to a social agency to try and pitch a project. They are interested, but no promises. The dollars would come from elsewhere. I then was off to the hospital where I ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 18:22:02 EST The lump in my neck.... Just wanted to update that I went to the specialist yesterday and the lump is harmless cartilage. He examined it outside and then put a rather unpleasant instrument, a thin tube with a light on it, down both nostrils all the way to my vocal cords (yeech!) and nothing. One problem to check off my list. Now, need to start concentrating on getting the second cataract fixed. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 19:20:20 EST Decent Day... Yes, decent. I do not do happy too often, an joyous and wonderful are not part of my vocabulary. But decent, yes. <BR> <BR> I did my usual Thursday housework and cleaning in the AM, and then did the treadmill. I ate breakfast, then played the guitar, and then showered and went off to my volunteer shift in the iCU. By the way, according to the medication schedule I am on I reduced the anti inflammatory drops for my eye to two a day. <BR> <BR> The ICU shift was quiet, many of the pati... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:31:25 EST Tough day today.... For good reasons. I did not sleep well last night, because... <BR> <BR> I had a crown preparation done today. As you all know I absolutely hate dental work and the drilling, impressions, etc. are really difficult for me. But, this one went more or less textbook. No nasty surprises, like my implant crowns coming off with the impression like they have done in the past. Everything stayed where it belonged. I will get the permanent crown next week. On the other hand, I am fortunate that I... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:24:48 EST brain! Hello all. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking about my malaise, which came about for no good reason, and have done some bootstrap pulling up today. <BR> <BR> First of all, I am swearing off junk food. I mean it. Bosh to all the information about anything in problem is that junk (and I don't mean sugar, I can eat a protein bar with sugar with no problem) throws me off and I truly cannot stop. Besides it makes me feel ill.... So, if I want some extra food, I will rely on my WW... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:13:55 EST Tried to post photo of CN Tower last night, will try again now. Here is the CN Tower in Toronto lit in the colours of the French flag. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:22:12 EST I did try to write a blog yesterday..... I was too disturbed by the events in Paris, I think.... <BR> <BR> You know, I live in an extremely multicultural city. We have thousands of new immigrants and many self-identify by clothing and behaviour. I have regular contact with new immigrants during my volunteer shifts at the hospital, no difficulties at all except for maybe language barriers. Every Saturday when I walk to synagogue there are security guards in the building. A mosque in a nearby city was deliberately set on fire las... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:18:08 EST Testing photo feature..... Nice picture of clouds from my back door. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's upside down. But it did post. Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:59:53 EST Feeling Off Balance..... Can't quite figure out why.... <BR> <BR> All is well with my eye. I was overcharged on my most recent cell phone bill but straightened it out. Sleeping better than normal.... Made an appointment for a haircut as I look a fright, and it is more than seeing myself more clearly. I do need a haircut. <BR> <BR> I think it boils down to some instability in my life. We are seeking out a piece of property to build a house on, in a different city, and that is probably it. Actually, I like the... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:06:24 EST Getting back to normal.... That is, more than normal...I really believe I have not seen so well, at least in the one operated eye, for decades. The unoperated eye seems blurry and greyed out. And that used to be my good eye? I don't know if this is a change in perception or the unoperated eye is going downhill fast. I am off to another follow up appointment with the surgeon tomorrow and I will ask. It is a little unnerving. If I were driving and the operated eye conked out, I do not think I could see enough to pu... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 17:22:29 EST Some unexpected results of cataract surgery..... You will be housecleaning more because now you can really see the dirt.... <BR> <BR> You will be able to see yourself accurately for the first time in perhaps many years. This can be a downer. I did not realize my hair was quite so grey. I though my skin was smoother looking than it really is. Oh well.... <BR> <BR> You will realize how badly your supposedly "good" eye is affected by its own cataract and will really want that eye done as well.... <BR> <BR> I'm getting back to normal, w... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 14:41:05 EST Recovering nicely.... Hello everyone, the cataract surgery is behind me. <BR> <BR> I think unless you have had this surgery you do not know what you have been missing. Maybe like looking at an analogue computer monitor and then looking at a retina display? <BR> <BR> The surgery was a bit uncomfortable for me. Pre surgery, so many drops were put in my eye (including numbing drops, no needles) that the poor thing was pretty sore. I did get some sedation, the reason I know is that I was really out of it yesterda... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 12:27:26 EST Countdown.... About 14 hours to cataract surgery. <BR> <BR> Now, I am usually fairly sanguine about medical things, but I have to admit that this one is throwing me for a bit of a loop. <BR> <BR> I think it is because it is my eye. Ouch! The surgeon said there would be sedation and local anesthetic. Local anesthetic? Needles near my eye? I hope it is in the form of drops. <BR> <BR> Speaking of drops, I have started my eyedrops regimen, which is antibiotic drops in each eye once an hour for five hou... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 17:09:36 EST Make a blog entry already! That's a message to me. I have started maybe three blogs in the past few days but stopped, they were uninspired and boring! <BR> <BR> Here I go. It is November, we changed our clocks back last night and of course this is one of my favourite days of the year, it seems soooo loong and you get the extra hour's sleep so all is good. <BR> <BR> The highlight of the coming week is my cataract surgery. I will report fully. I will say that I am continuing my five mile a day streak in November ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:14:16 EST Now, where was I? I usually blog every other day, missed a day. <BR> <BR> So, on Monday, I was off to my family doctor to get a pre-op for the cataract surgery. She was pleased with my weight, even though I am in the overweight BMI zone and I think I need to lose about 10 pounds. I am still going to try to lose. Food has been a struggle for the past few days, workouts are fine. Another thing, my blood pressure registered as 120/60. Now, that number is just amazing for me, even at home when I measure we... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:25:25 EST Preparing for Cataract Surgery All settle in at home, and moving to preparing for cataract surgery. I see my family doctor for final clearance tomorrow, and have to get two kinds of prescription eye drops to administer to myself in a complicated protocol lasting about a month. <BR> <BR> Also on tap for tomorrow is an oil change for Bluebell, and visiting with a friend while the car is looked after. <BR> <BR> I am still feeling quite tired after the trip and get super-sleepy in the afternoon. No doubt I will catch up ... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 16:14:22 EST Back Home... We travelled home yesterday, stopping a a few small towns to check with real estate agents, a nice day and a nice drive. I treadmilled before we left, and oh boy, using my own treadmill today was a luxury. The machine at the hotel worked, but very little padding on the belt, a rough ride. <BR> <BR> I weighed in this morning and I had lost almost 2.5 pounds. This is not unusual for me on vacation, as we generally do not do restaurants. Good work, Bonita! <BR> <BR> Apple finally released... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 16:18:19 EST Ottawa and Other Matters.... Hello all. <BR> <BR> DH and I will be heading home tomorrow, after a productive visit to Ottawa. The weather has been cold, with the exception of yesterday which was a fine Autumn day. We took advantage of the day yesterday and took a ride out to some small towns along the Ottawa River. Now, I have seen the Mississippi, and the Ottawa River does not match it, but it is still pretty big. You can smell the water, and it does create weather patterns--lends the humidity to both summer and wi... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 18:07:41 EST It's Election Night in Canada! No, not hockey night...election night! <BR> <BR> This election has grabbed interest (and votes) like nobody's business. I am not going to get into anything political, but the results will be interesting! <BR> <BR> In general, weight is down, eating healthier. I am achieving 5 miles (or more, sometimes a lot more) a day. <BR> <BR> After the Sabbath, the evening and night was spent in a whirl of packing. I am not a good packer. I get worried that I will forget something so I take way too... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:49:01 EST A change in the view.... DH and I will be "getting out of town" for a few days next week to visit the lovely Canadian capital of Ottawa. I do enjoy that city, it is refin3d, clean, and fairly easy to get around in. I think we will be travelling at the peak of Autumn colours so photos will be in order. <BR> <BR> Part of this trip is a relocation look-see, and as well a check in with real estate agents in cottage country. The Toronto GTAhas gotten a bit difficult to manage, too big, too congested. <BR> <BR> I am... Fri, 16 Oct 2015 15:41:33 EST Whoo-hoo! Cataract Surgery! Wow, things got busy tomorrow afternoon. I cleared a message from my landline and the eye surgeon's office had called with a cancellation for November 4. So I took it! Given that I had my appointment that qualified me for the surgery on August 18, this is pretty darn good. <BR> <BR> So, this morning off I took myself to the office to sign consents and get the forms and for one last check up. Now, driving in Toronto is not great at anytime, and I had to go to mid-town during rush hour. ... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 17:55:53 EST At the Apple Store....again... Good early afternoon all. I have finished up here at the store with some preference fixes for El Capitan and am blogging before I leave and get on with my day. I say "up" as the sore I use is about 25K north of where I live. And this AM is is a heck of a lot colder than when I left home "down south." <BR> <BR> I have been eating healthily, working out well, weight is down. I had been using tylenol arthritis for ears to manage pain, inflammation, and stiffness, but it kind of stopped wor... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:48:51 EST Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Monday! Hello All. It's Thanksgiving Day in Canada, Columbus Day in the US I believe. It is a gorgeous warm Autumn day today. I took some pictures of the maple woodlot behind my house, with the rising sun on a couple of trees that have turned orange. Posted one on my activity feed. Beautiful! <BR> <BR> I have been eating healthy the last few days, weight is down. My activity levels are fine, a 5 K on the treadmill and at least five miles each day. Plus weights on alternate days. Earned 6 WW... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:06:42 EST It's a Sunday.... Hello all. <BR> <BR> Weight down a bit, doing really well with activity, earned 9 WW activity points yesterday> <BR> <BR> When I blogged on Friday I forgot to mention that DH and I voted at a pre-election day poll (Canada). Voting here is rather simple, you get a paper ballot and go behind a three way shield make of cardboard on a table to put an x by your choice, then you bring out the ballot and place it in a slit in a sealed box. No voting machines. But your ID is double checked, I do... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:14:37 EST Where have I been? Around, and busy. Let me summarize. Weight has been variable, activity has been good. I have changed my pain management regimen and it is working. <BR> <BR> Wednesday was a haircut and then off to the Apple sore where El Capitan loaded properly. I am still working out glitches and putting in settings, but it is okay, One funny feature is if you lose sight of your pointer, it gets bigger while you move it around until you find it. There are still some things going on that I don't know h... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 18:09:28 EST Nothing much new..... My friend has bounced back a bit, so that is good. <BR> <BR> My weight is the same today, earned 6 WW activity points yesterday. Today DH and I walked to synagogue for a holiday. It was very nice, but boy, my legs gave me what for. I realized that my body is not used to the walk on Tuesdays, only on Saturdays. It is asking me what the heck I am doing? Well, great steps, active minutes, and activity points, so body, leave it be.' <BR> <BR> Tomorrow off for haircut, and then off to Ap... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 15:25:51 EST A little shaken right now.... A very dear friend received some very bad news today and called me to talk about it. I tried to help as best I could and offered some material help as well. She is thinking about it. I will hopefully see her Wednesday. <BR> <BR> A quiet day at home today. Weight up a bit this morning, earned 8 WW activity points yesterday. BTW, I am continuing my 5 mile a day challenge as it really does serve to get me up and moving if I am not near the goal. <BR> <BR> In fact, I have treadmilled alr... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 11:48:25 EST Where are the days going? Seriously, it feels as if days have passed for me and it is only Sunday, two days from when I blogged last. Huh? Let me get my timelines organized.... <BR> <BR> Okay, I blogged on Friday. DH was up on ladder again on Friday and this seems to really hurt his feet. So, on Saturday, we walked to a neighbourhood synagogue much closer to our house. He went slow but he managed. As it is getting pretty chilly here, we are switching to a hot lunch, and had a stew with beef, barley, tons of ve... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 18:06:03 EST Yeah, no El Capitan yet, and did I mention it's darn cold? Well, I had to leave the friendly environs of the Apple Store before the darn upgrade was launched. I am still running Yosemite, and reading reviews of the new software. Reviews do not contain anything alarming. I still want to load it at Apple so I can get support if something goes south. I will try next week. <BR> <BR> Boy, the temp dropped in the last few days. Now, I am not talking winter, but 10 degrees celsius with a wind takes a bit getting used to. I have switched on the furnac... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 14:47:51 EST So, Apple. where's the update? I am here in my local Apple store, a nice place to be, but feeling a bit ruffled because Apple has not sent out El Capitan yet. I looked all over the inter web this morning and today is the launch day, but no one mentioned a time. Apparently Apple launches this stuff on Pacific time, so here in the East we are 3 hours ahead. I am waiting until 1:15 PM and then I will give it up. I would rather download here at the store, though. meanwhile I will blog. <BR> <BR> Yesterday at the ER was a... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 13:05:50 EST The Intermittents.... I appear to be in an intermittent period....I am intermittently eating well and intermittently playing the guitar...what is not intermittent is workouts and that is firm and solid. <BR> <BR> I am so much happier, and work out harder, now that I can record TV again. I know, first world problem solved. I taped the series finale of CSI and enjoyed it over two days of tread milling. That was a good show! <BR> <BR> Let's see. Earned 7 WW activity points on Sunday and 6 yesterday. Sunday w... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:49:48 EST Eclipse? Not tot sure if we will be able to see it tonight. Supposed to be partly cloudy. I hope it is at least partly visible, it would be really interesting. I remember a year in the late 90's when several of the planets lined up in a straight line, that was pretty spectacular. Also, once winter sets in, we have a spectacular view of Orion right overhead on our street. Even with the streetlights, the star cluster in the belt is quire visible. <BR> <BR> Weight yo-yoing a bit, hovering around 15... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 16:53:58 EST I figured out the tech mystery with my vcr! Quiet day today. Enjoyed immensely a rerun of a Law and Order episode while on the treadmill. I worked harder also. Also cleaned, cooked, and steadied a very large ladder while DH was up it ridding the house of wasp nests. Yikes! <BR> <BR> Earned 8 ww activity points yesterday, small gain today. <BR> <BR> So, the vcr mystery. I rather forgot to mention that we are using a digital box with the set up. The tv is an old analog and our gracious service provider gives these things out for free.... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 18:32:25 EST Life goes on..... Nothing too exciting happening. My eating is a bit out of control it is hard for me to manage with the slate of holidays where either we eat too much or not eat at all. But, I am keeping up with my exercise. I actually went on the treadmill at 10 PM last night to get my five miles. Rather proud of that. <BR> <BR> I am playing my go to guitar a bit more, after changing strings. No pressure on myself, but again enjoying the Renaissance lute music that I love so much. <BR> <BR> I figured ... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:44:30 EST Hello All Boy, what a boring title. <BR> <BR> Anyways, it has been a busy and meaningful two days. On Tuesday, I did my ER volunteer shift--quite slow, which is good for staff and patients alike--and then prepared for a significant Jewish holiday. My weight was up a bit on Tuesday morning and then down today. <BR> <BR> Talk about a first world problem--parking at the hospital parking lot. I do get it for free, but now that I am doing shifts that start at noon the availability is pretty nil. Al th... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:47:56 EST Very. Busy. Wow, I am not usually so busy, but the last two days... <BR> <BR> Changed guitar strings on Friday afternoon, on my go to Yamaha. <BR> <BR> Well, actually, Saturday was not very busy. We skipped synagogue as the weather was threatening, and in fact it did storm, but later in the afternoon. We could have gone. I did get my five miles in, by walking outside in the afternoon once the worst of the weather was over, and then bu going on the treadmill after watching a movie on Saturday night... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:10:11 EST Very. Busy. Wow, I am not usually so busy, but the last two days... <BR> <BR> Changed guitar strings on Friday afternoon, on my go to Yamaha. <BR> <BR> Well, actually, Saturday was not very busy. We skipped synagogue as the weather was threatening, and in fact it did storm, but later in the afternoon. We could have gone. I did get my five miles in, by walking outside in the afternoon once the worst of the weather was over, and then bu going on the treadmill after watching a movie on Saturday night... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:10:11 EST New Roof.... Quite nice. the roofers worked like no tomorrow and did not finish until around 8 PM. DH and I helped out by feeding them snacks and giving them water and cleaning up some of the incredible amount of trash this job creates. It all went into a dumptster that had been placed in the driveway and which was taken away this morning. It feels good to know we have a solid roof with winter kind of just around the corner. My one regret ;)--our house is a modern day fake victorian and has a turret... Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:30:03 EST Aagh! We have Roofers! I know we are getting a new roof but it sounds, especially from the upstairs study where I am right now, likes they are tearing the house down. Plus pieces of the old roof go by, sailing to the ground. Methinks I will leave early for my volunteer shift at the hospital.... <BR> <BR> Let's see. Weight is down. Don't put too much credence in the SP announcements about weight, often it is the same pounds going on and off...but I am truly trying to do a downwards trend. I have my annual phys... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:48:36 EST Back to Semi-Normal.... After the two day holiday. Today is a fast day. I do not fast due to a couple of chronic stomach conditions. But I eat lightly... <BR> <BR> Which is a good idea as weight is up, not surprising. I did earn 6 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> Did some job application work for DH, and soon will be heading out to the dentist. I am glad the tooth will be looked after, I have been chewing on the other side of my mouth for a week and it is getting somewhat tiring :). <BR> <BR> I ne... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:18:30 EST Second day... of Rosh Hashanah. No weight gain from yesterday, so pleasant surprised. Earned 6 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> Aside from synagogue, not much going on. I must say the sound of the shofar does bring out an atavistic response in me. It reminds me, of course, of desert shepherds using the device to communicate. In this day and age, it is a call to repentance. <BR> <BR> Another beautiful day today, and warmer. <BR> <BR> Take care everyone. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:11:39 EST Gorgeous day today! After two days of clouds, rain, and way-too-low-temperatures for this time of year, it is sunny and although it is pretty cool, it will warm up. <BR> <BR> Earned 7 WW activity points yesterday. Weight is up, but I am not complaining, the required ritual foods as well as the sweet foods for our holiday do not contribute to weight loss! it is two days, then back on track. I am working very hard on starting our year (5776 by the way) on a sweet note. <BR> <BR> Off to synagogue in a bit to h... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:55:02 EST Back to blogging.... But not entirely sure what to blog about! After the privacy scare, I put my spark page on private and the blogs do not come up on google anymore. Nonetheless, I think I will skip some of the stats for a while and talk generalities <BR> <BR> So I was prett unwell yesterday. I have a couple of chronic stomach conditions that decided to say hello yesterday. No walking to synagogue, no walking really anywhere. <BR> <BR> A bit better today, and since it is the day before rosh Hashana ( you sho... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 17:11:27 EST I just answered my own question... Okay, I searched using my username and spark people. Found the blogs. <BR> <BR> I will not blog on Sparkpeople again. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 16:07:30 EST I stopped blogging... Because of a bit of a fright I received from a sparkfriend, about our Sparkpeople blogs being searchable by Google. <BR> <BR> I am rather private. I am not on Facebook or other social sites, just one business related one. This whole situation is ringing a bell for me, I think I was worried about this earlier, and stopped blogging for a long while. Maybe this was when Sparkpeople put in a link to Facebook for our blogs, which got such a negative reaction that it was discontinued. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:58:34 EST Rough Shift at the ER Weighed in at 148.4 this AM :(, earned 6 WW activity points yesterday. <BR> <BR> Very sad at the ER today. A bit into my shift, it was busy but calm. Then, the ER was shut down to visitors because a person was brought in by ambulance and was in bad shape. Staff worked on the person for over an hour, but the person did not make it. I learned what NVS means today--No Vital Signs. There was a lot of support for the family, two clergymen and the social worker, but still, what a shock for th... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 17:09:30 EST Gotta keep up with my blogging. Writing this on the big, bad Mac. Named Petunia, by the way. I am tired of being able to prepare a meal whilst waiting for the Dell to boot up :-). <BR> <BR> So, yesterday, I weighed in at 146.7, earned 8 WW activity points on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Sunday was ridiculously difficult. I got a halfway decent night's sleep (6 1/2 hours) but I was dragging, dragging, dragging all day long. I have said that my doctor has said there is something off with my iron levels, appointment on Wednesday.... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:27:59 EST This Blog Brought to you by....Dell! Yep, the old Dell is still rolling along. <BR> <BR> 147 this AM, earned 6 WW activity points yesterday, ate on track. <BR> <BR> Today was the day of our long walk to synagogue. It was also very hot and humid--not surprisingly, it was difficult and it took me just about the whole day to recover. <BR> <BR> Not much else to say....let's see, I am re-reading the Remains of the Day. It is one of those books where you get more out the second time, I think. Ah, this reminds me, the movie by th... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 22:57:15 EST Trying out the old Dell.... DH suggested that I actually try to use my old (2009) Dell laptop rather than just tuning it up every week. It takes soooo looong to boot up, compared to my two second Mac. But I am writing this blog on it so so far so good. I am not used to the keyboard so there may be a few typos. <BR> <BR> 146.9 this AM, earned 7 WW activity points yesterday and ate a few. It has been a quiet day. After working out and cleaning, there was a meeting with our roofer where we finally got a written contr... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 18:48:40 EST Drat! Well, my consulting gig has fallen through. There is a promise for some other long term work, I will call on Tuesday to find out, but for now I am the retired lady doing volunteer work another good works... <BR> <BR> 147.2 this AM, earned 6 WW activity points yesterday, ate on track. <BR> <BR> Today was interesting. After some housecleaning, and working out, and showering, and doing a bit of catch up grocery shopping, I was off to the Apple store. I wanted to shop for a second computer (... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:35:30 EST