GUITARWOMAN's SparkPeople Blog GUITARWOMAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Yes, When our pages are not set to private, our blogs do show up on Google under our user names. Did you know that? <BR> <BR> I don't want to set my page to private as I am participating in a challenge. I don't want to change my username as it would confuse folks (although I changed just about everything else recently when my credit card got hacked for the second time in a couple of months! To all you hackers who used my card to buy airline tickets, I hope you got airsick and arrived late at ... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:18:38 EST Test Blog My page is not set to private anymore as I am in a SP challenge. <BR> <BR> I want to see if this shows up in a Google search. <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:47:45 EST Fitbit award <img src=""> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:16:21 EST Update.... the more things change.... <BR> <BR> I am here again in the office where I work looking at the snow outside. We had quite a Spring storm last night, it is too slippery outside for my noon walk, even around the ol' parking lot.... <BR> <BR> A kind sparkfriend inquired after me the other day, so I thought I would update all. She was exactly right, I am having surgery in April, April 6 to be exact, that is going to be my second cataract surgery. And, on April 18, I am having surgery to unl... Mon, 4 Apr 2016 12:27:44 EST I am going to write a blog. I m here at the office where I do my consulting work, looking at the snow fall (for once we have a winter day) and I thought I should check in. <BR> <BR> I love reading the blogs from my sparkfriends and I think that mine pale in comparison. Nothing too interesting. But here I go. <BR> <BR> My life has changed pretty dramatically since I took this consulting job. It is almost like being employed full time, and I struggle to find time to do the other things I used to do. You know, when y... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:51:38 EST I am definitely not used to this. Who is getting up at 4:30 AM? <BR> <BR> Who is doing housecleaning before it is light out? <BR> <BR> Who is going on the treadmill at 6 AM? <BR> <BR> The answer is moi, and I am definitely not used to this. <BR> <BR> I am managing 6 1/2 to 7 hours sleep a night, so it could be worse, but boy, every moment has to be filled or it just does not work. <BR> <BR> But, <BR> <BR> Who is rediscovering her analytic brain? <BR> <BR> Who is planning her next purchase? (shoes, purses, technology, h... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:44:56 EST Zowie! My life has moved into supersonic speed, or at least that is how it feels for now. I think most folks who work everyday feel that way all the time. <BR> <BR> I am doing the consulting work, which I find fascinating. But, I have to get up an hour earlier (5 AM instead of 6 AM) to get my treadmill in, and early nights are hit and miss because of DH's schedule and his usual noncompliance with my requests to eat dinner earlier. I am sure I will get used to this and can manage it for a few mon... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:47:47 EST BIG Changes..... Well, Sparkfriends, it does appear that I will begin consulting work on Monday, lasting through to the end of June! I have a contract from the organization, I am showing up on Monday morning to sign it and to start getting set up. The work is for 30 hours a week (or less if there are doctor's appointments, etc., and let's not forget my cataract surgery scheduled for early April (Yay!)). The work is clinical file reviewing. <BR> <BR> So, it is almost like going back to work full time. Thi... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 12:50:39 EST Update I'm blogging from my iPad today, I think I mentioned I upgraded, this one has plenty of space (64g) and is a pretty gold color. <BR> <BR> The questionable patch of skin on my forehead has shrivelled and fallen off, now I have a bright pink circle that is healing. The area may meet a couple more treatments. I go back in March. <BR> <BR> DH and I saw The Revanent on Thursday. Highly recommended. Quite brutal in the portrayal of the people and their situation (1820's fur trapping and tradi... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:52:08 EST doctors, medicine, more doctors, pre-cancer skin spot treated, whew! Hello all. <BR> <BR> I am still spinning from Monday. I went to my annual medical. Surprisingly, my doctor was not overly alarmed by my weight but she said no more gain! She believes in some padding if older folk fall down. <BR> <BR> I seem to be basically okay, pending blood work and urine results. <BR> <BR> I described my current concerns. One was some itching in my private areas, cortisone has been prescribed and I have a follow up in a month. One was my trigger thumb, I have an ap... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 14:57:50 EST I should blog about something, anything, but not very inspired. I am looking our from the window in my study on the second floor of our house and it is snowing. It rained for the last two days, and then, even with the temperature a few degrees above freezing, look at the snow! <BR> <BR> I m going to my doctor for my thrice postponed annual physical tomorrow. I have had bits and pieces of testing done (for my cataract surgery) but not the full shebang. And, I have gained weight. It is going to be darned embarrassing, all I keep telling myself is that ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 16:09:16 EST First blog from my iPhone And I type with one finger😊. January has started out very cold here in the north, I am sure many of you are coping with it as well. Pulled out the down cost, it doesn't disappoint. This is not some designer product for hundreds of dollars, it is a practical coat from a company specializing in work wear and came in at less than $150. I'm at the hospital eating an early lunch before my ER shift. After the shift I will go pick up a prescription, kind of boring. Eating is pretty ok, no bi... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:13:08 EST Oof! Well, I did not have the opportunity to walk outside today so this evening, after the Sabbath was over, on the treadmill I went. Very committed to my five miles a day. I had recorded "The Help" movie and was quite looking forward to the hour. Not a real work out (3.6 mph with inclines) but more of a walk (3.2 mph no inclines). But..... <BR> <BR> I thought I could put off dinner until after the treadmill. Bad move....I had a blood sugar drop and was sweaty, woozy, the whole bit. Got ove... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 20:42:42 EST 2015...... Well, I guess I am following the curve and reflecting on 2015. It is interesting, DH and I have had a few discussions about the past year already and he has a much more positive spin on it than I do. <BR> <BR> So here it is, presented in the most positive way possible. <BR> <BR> I gained 15 pounds. The plus side of this is that I am still 62 pounds down from my highest weight and I am no longer creeping up. See my fork in the road blogs. <BR> <BR> Exercise--I should be proud here. ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:39:48 EST An abandoned Fitbit.... When I come into the Emergency Department to do my volunteer shift, I often find bits and pieces of things left behind. Scarves, time it was an iPad which I brought to the Lost and Found very quickly. <BR> <BR> So today, on the little desk that we use (which also has a computer on it!) I found a black fitbit Charge. The display area was all roughed up, and the band was separating and was discoloured. <BR> <BR> This find made me sad. Firstly, because it looked like it had bee... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:34:43 EST What it's like for me to do 5 miles all at once. Well, my feet hurt. <BR> <BR> I knew that I will not be going out today, so I decided to change things up by doing a 10 min stroll, my usual treadmill workout, and then an extra 10 min stroll all pretty much after one another to get the 5+ miles. <BR> <BR> No issues in breathing, or my legs, but my feet hurt. They are still a bit sore. I'll live with it. <BR> <BR> Did some stocking up for skin products yesterday, foundation and face cream. If someone told me when I was 20 that I would... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 12:17:12 EST I felt like #$%*& yesterday! Boy, I got up yesterday morning ready and willing to walk to synagogue, et. But then, I feel a soreness in my throat, and was coughing a bit. As well, DH is recovering rom a pretty bad head cold. So, we decided to stay in. <BR> <BR> Good decision. Starting in mid morning, I had a resounding bout of diarrhea that lasted most of the day. My stomach is so wonky, illness always pays it a visit. <BR> <BR> So, in the evening, after my housecleaning, I decided not to even try and treadmill. ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:10:31 EST I lived the stereotype! Oh my goodness, it has long been a tradition in my faith and culture that Christmas Eve is the time to eat out and go to the movies. <BR> <BR> So, DH and I ate out and went to the movies. We went to a late afternoon show of Star Wars VII. Don't worry, no spoilers here. I will say the movie was very entertaining, with some good underlying moral and philosophical themes. The interesting this is that I saw the first Star Wars (IV) back in 1978, when I was pregnant with my oldest son. How... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 20:56:06 EST My Fork in the Road, Part Two, and Merry Christmas to all! Thanks everyone for your thoughtful responses to my blog. I did not mention that there is another choice in my fork, and that is buying stuff. I know, that is pretty pitiful. Stuff takes the place of food. I like quality stuff, however, and do not have bottomless pockets. So I have to be careful. Recently I have already bought two new pair of boots (which I hope I will be able to wear when and if it gets colder) and a spare fitbit. I may consider opening up the dollars, though. <BR> ... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 12:52:40 EST My fork in the road. I am sure many of you know his Yogi Berraism--"When you get to the fork in the road, take it." <BR> <BR> It's funny, and makes you shake your head, but I wonder..... <BR> <BR> I believe I am coming to the fork in my road. Disclosure--I have gained 40 pounds since 2011. Now, where do I go? <BR> <BR> Life with DH has been particularly hard. One of the ways I cope is with food. If I go into full binge mode, it's no good. I have enough stomach issues (three diagnoses) that I makes me f... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 17:19:46 EST Keeping On--keeping on. Or something like that. <BR> <BR> Just had some difficulty backing up my Mac to the external hard drive I used. Seemed as if it would prepare for backup forever before actually backing up. I was actually already on the hard drive help site. Then it started backing up. So no problem, for now. <BR> <BR> Did both my regular workout this morning plus my 20 minute mile stroll, to make sure that i got my five miles in early. Day with DH still not solidified so I decided to just go ahead and... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:48:58 EST Why so tired? So, I slept more than 8 hours last night--I am doing the SP Better Sleep Challenge and am benefitting. Then, why so tired? Did my major outside walk today to synagogue, all right, it was cold, but I did start hurting halfway there and all the way back. And tired! Fell asleep during services. I sit in a fairly isolated area so not too embarrassed. <BR> <BR> This afternoon, instead of reading and relaxing, I fell asleep in my chair. <BR> <BR> I don't feel sick or feel like I am gettin... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 19:31:57 EST Busy times and kudos to my Mac Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> Continuing to work with DH on relocation and professional registration, plus I had an ER volunteer shift today. <BR> <BR> Sad day at the ER, a patient died, and another came in in the middle of a miscarriage. Oh boy. But you know what the worst is? Visitors were kept out of the area where the patient was passing for a while and such complaining! Especially that members of the immediate family of the terminally ill person were being let in, and they weren't. If... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 17:20:16 EST Busy! Whoops, where does the time go? <BR> <BR> Aside from my volunteer work and other usual household chores/activities, I have been working closely with DH in both considering relocation (and seeking housing) and helping him with a professional re-registration. Brain use stuff, which I am thinking is okay, as lately I have had quite a few senior moments when stuff I should know is right-on-the-tip-of-my tongue but won't quite get past my lips and I remember it a few hours later, if at all. E... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 22:18:43 EST Better day.... Woke up in a better frame of mind. <BR> <BR> I am thinking that those more-than-upset people in the ER yesterday may have been stressed out by Christmas preparations. I do not celebrate this holiday so maybe some more empathy on my part is needed. <BR> <BR> I am getting through my day--working out, cleaning, playing my guitar, and tonight I will make latkes. I do this once a year on Chanukah. I make them in the fully old fashioned way, lots of oil, it's one day a year. <BR> <BR> I am ... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 14:41:36 EST I think I should write a blog.... It's been a few days. <BR> <BR> Things have not been the greatest. There have been multiple sources of stress and bother going on, and my eating has not been stellar, but I am keeping up with the exercise. <BR> <BR> Things started looking up a bit yesterday. I am definitely not sick anymore. DH and I attended to some financial matters yesterday and we have been spending a lot of time searching out possible areas to live in for relocation. <BR> <BR> Today was my volunteer shift at the E... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 21:30:45 EST Stomach flu? I think so. I usually never have a happy stomach, but last night and today is is definitely beyond not being happy. Yuck. I don't think its food poisoning, as DH and I ate the same food and he is fine. I have managed tow work out and do the cleaning and cooking I needed to do, so I think I will get through this day. <BR> <BR> I joined the Better Sleep challenge, I find lately that if I don't get enough sleep I am wasted. I will see how it works for me. Fri, 4 Dec 2015 14:25:56 EST Overdid it a bit yesterday, and, is everything I know wrong? The everything I know is wrong part is a nod to Weird Al Yanknovic, who penned the memorable song "Everything you Know is Wrong." It has been made into a cartoon video, t's on You Tube, really quite entertaining and makes you think. I do believe some things I know and more importantly, do, are wrong. I think about this and work on improving myself . <BR> <BR> Overdoing it--I hit 8.55 miles on my fitbit yesterday (which by the way I rebooted and appears to be working okay). As an aside, I ... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 13:57:32 EST I've got ten thousand troubles? There is an old Tim Buckley song (only known to old Tim Buckley fans, this goes back to the 1970's) that starts <BR> <BR> "I've got ten thousand troubles <BR> A million woes <BR> I've got grief in my soul and nobody knows" <BR> <BR> It has a peppy blues rhythm and an outstanding walking bass. <BR> <BR> So, aside from this lesson in musicology, this is kind of how I feel today, with a bit of tongue in cheek. <BR> <BR> Aside from dealing with instruments of torture that disguised themselve... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 16:19:21 EST Saturday evening..... Days seem to be tripping by pretty quickly these past few weeks, but actually pretty rut-like and not all that enjoyable. I do not celebrate American thanksgiving, or Christmas, so I do not have hose occasions to brighten things up. I do know the November is the worst month of the year for me, with the increasing darkness and challenging weather. <BR> <BR> Well, things will go on. We had some interesting weather Thursday morning, freezing fog. The temperature was at a point where it froz... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 19:43:34 EST 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