MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Oh What Fellowship Today my church had a women's breakfast. Oh, I go to a bilingual church, so that when my husband DOES finally make it up here, the transition to English will be easier. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the sisters, a little Guatemalan, told me about it on Facebook. When I started going to this church, I felt an immediate connection with her - turns out she, too, is an intercessor (AKA prayer warrior). And, I hav... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:43:46 EST Charting - Balancing Act My balance was never really good. I was never athletic - as an artist, I'm generally sedentary. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But for health's sake I've taken on exercising. And now with the hip surgery, of course, the physical <BR> therapy is more than just strengthening bone and muscle and sinew. They also want me to BALANCE. Now,I have NEVER had good balance. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:30:53 EST Charting - Standing Exercises I usually start after I've had a cup of coffee to get me going. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I go to the kitchen counter and begin by raising my operated leg - forward and back - ten times. Then I do the right leg. Then I repeat, so it's 20 for each leg. The first time I added my right leg, I was a bit wobbly, taking the extra weight on the new hip. But now it's good. <BR> Then I raise each leg to the side, 10 times, twi... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:19:05 EST Time to Chart! - Seated/Laying Exercises When my therapist came today and checked on how I was doing with the exercises, I realized I had forgotten a couple of them. (At least I'm not like THIS) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So, I decided to make a chart. It's broken down into 3 basic sections - seated/laying (I can do either on my bed or on the recliner) <BR> And NO, it's not just pushing buttons on the remote or lifting food/drink to my mouth! <BR> <img src="... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:04:08 EST A Little Catchup <img src=""> <BR> I suddenly realized I haven't sparked in a while - and I am touched and grateful to the spark friend who left a message on y page, hoping my recovery was going well. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Anyway, my physical therapist has been coming twice a week, and each time she comes she gives me another exercise - or 2 - or 3 - to... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:25:37 EST Recovery I continue to do the PT exercises, to which the therapist adds a couple more each time she comes. For me, EVERY day is LEG DAY! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The pain med I'm on - hydromorphone - is binding, so I have to make sure to have plenty of fiber. I was blessed that some friends came to visit and brought tangerines and red grapes! <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Mar 2017 17:57:17 EST Claiming the Bedroom Since coming back from the hospital, it has been easier and more comfortable to sleep in the recliner. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But as I do the prescribed exercises and time passes, I am a bit stronger and it hurts a bit less - although the incision is uber-itchy!, kitty, kitty! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So, today the OCCUPATIONAL t... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:40:56 EST Increasing Abilities The recliner I've been sleeping in doesn't raise my legs quite as high as I'd like them to go so I use pillows. Before, my DD would raise my leg and slide it under. But as I've been doing the prescribed exercises, I've been able to wrestle it under ALL BY MYSELF. This is very helpful, since I get up a couple times during the night to use the commode - I don't have to bother her to fix me up. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:20:31 EST Work UP and Shower As I wait for the next PT to come today or tomorrow, I continue to do the recommended exercises they gave us in the hospital, 20 reps, 3x day. And yesterday while DD was available to "spot" me, I did what I call work UPS, taking the stairs - there are 14 - to the bathroom, where I washed up a bit and used my electric toothbrush. I did this twice, each time repeating the mantra on my way up - "UP with the good" (stepping up on right foot first) and "DOWN with the bad" (stepping down with the ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:42:04 EST Surgery Experience I had already asked my friend-since-9th-grade, Carol, if she could take me in for my hip surgery - since she IS retired and has more free time. She said sure, and I had to call the surgical center on Monday afternoon to find out what time they slotted me. <BR> Then I called her to let her know. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "I love you, you love me?" <BR> She laughed in anticipation. "Ye-es?" <BR> I had to BE... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:05:26 EST SURPRISED! I have been counting down my work days until I take off for surgery. I'm taking 12 weeks - 3 months - off from school to recover. I probably won't NEEEEED that long - last 2 surgeries, I was able to walk without cane or walker after 6 weeks - but it IS a major surgery, and I AM pushing toward 64, and, well, though my class is pretty good, it CAN be tiring. <BR> <BR> So this morning as our guys were lining up for gym (during which time I take my first 30 minute break) the teacher was exhorti... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 10:08:53 EST Great Start to the Week DD had the coffee going. I got my cup and after wards gave my father-in-law a call. Today it was Psalm 71. Dear Papi wept with gratitude as he prayed, thankful to have the Word read to him. He isn't feeling well, think it's cholesterol and blood pressure. And the heat doesn't help. <img src=""> <BR> I hope he can last until I can get there..I hope when the time comes for him or Mami to go Home, I'm with Levi to ease... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:22:21 EST Long Weekend At the winter carnival on Thursday night, the art teacher was glad to have my assistance in face painting - and we did a lot. My last blog I posted this meme - <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I did NOT do it. I found it in Google images. <BR> I did a lot of hearts, a snowman, a couple of bunnies and snowflakes. some rainbows and crowns... <BR> I chit chat with the clientele. One little girl asked how old I was. I said, "Ho... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:35:26 EST Face Painting Our school is having a winter carnival tonight. An email went out asking for volunteers, and, silly me, I volunteered to help with face painting. The art teacher was grateful she wouldn't be doing it alone. I stopped in after school let out to ask about the "menu." She said she had one but it got thrown out, and welcomed me to do one up. So I drew up some simple stuff with wintery theme - snowman, polar bear, penguin, snowflake...a few other things. No BIG glitzy things, just small. The price... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:48:57 EST NOTAN SOoooo, this morning I went to the art class - 7th graders. Those of you who have worked with that age group understand. The teacher was glad to have another adult, and said how the 3 students playing cards had been thus behaving disrespectfully since day one. There were one or two who actually paid some attention and got something accomplished. <BR> *I* learned something. I am a professional artist - you can see some of my work in my photo gallery -I work mainly in clay, although I have als... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:48:22 EST Changes in the "House" Our school has this "vision" thing, with a statement that says "Dream...Believe...Execute..."and "Results". Recently the powers that be decided to divide the school into four "houses", each named according to those principles - staff and students being randomly assigned by computer to each house. Each person gets a headband with the name of the house to which they are assigned (and each house has a different color headband). Well, today I got mine - it's red, BELIEVE. I thought, "How appropri... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 08:48:44 EST Another Day With Simmons I didn't get any exercise yesterday. After I called my Father-in-Law I went to a reunion of members of an inter-denominational community called Koinonia. It went from 9:30-3:30, and it was wonderful! The talks were good, encouraging; it was pleasant to see familiar faces and make new friends; and the FOOD was good. OF COURSE, and I had one and a half fresh baked cinnamon buns! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Well, no exerci... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 18:01:10 EST Phone Calls I have this great long distance plan through Time Warner - a penny a minute! Considering phone is my only contact with my Honey <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (since he doesn't do internet) it's a real budget saver! Well, during Christmas break I had called one morning to read some scripture to my father-in-law. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Papi is ... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:47:43 EST Simmons Again Last night, since I was still sore from the leg workouts for surgery, I did Spark's 9-minute arm workout <BR> <img src=""> <BR> When I went up to bed I suddenly realized I'd left my cell phone in my coat pocket. The thing is, when I get up, I give my coworker Becky a "wake-up" call - just in case she turns off her alarm (happened only once, but this is a safe-guard for us both!) <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Jan 2017 08:52:07 EST Feelin' It With the New Year and wanting to get weight and LDL's down and prepare for surgery in February, I am doing the recommended exercises to strengthen the leg muscles. <BR> I continue to do what I can on my bike as well. <BR> Anyway, Last night was the second in a row that I did the pre-op exercises, and theymust be working 'cause I sure feel it today! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:05:37 EST New Year This morning my DD opened my door and announced it was 9:00 - and she wasn't trying to wake me up, just wanted to let me know there was coffee, and she was going to the store with her SO. <BR> Yay, coffee! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I went down and got my coffee, turned on the computer to, and called my father-in-law. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:43:25 EST Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone <img src=""> <BR> Ah, Christmas! Jesus came! And His coming meant and means so much to me! For one thing, He set me free, not only from eternal separation from God, but while I'm here on earth, I am free from other things - one of which is fear of rejection. <BR> <BR> I bring this up because of something that happened this morning. I had dropped my DD off at her doctor appointment, and went to Dunkin Donuts for a ... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:53:16 EST A Giggle Granny's Pie <BR> <BR> Granny Adams made such beautiful pies. One day I asked her, "How do you get such beautiful pies with the crimps around the edge so even?" <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Well, it's a family secret," she said. "But if you promise not to tell, I'll let you in on it." <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Okay," I said. "Tell ... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:47:40 EST Mixed Feelings This Christmas Friday at school the principal and vice principal gave the staff Christmas cards with raffle tickets enclosed, and called out several numbers throughout the day. A couple of the prizes were gift cards to Red Lobster. Well, my number wasn't called, and wasn't called...then came an announcement that if the previous people did not claim their prize, they'd draw a new set of numbers. I told my coworkers, hey, we still have a chance. And suddenly I heard MY number called. One of my coworkers shrie... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 17:55:54 EST Another Hip Replacement Lately my UNoperated (left) hip has been bothering me more. I can't do the pedaling on my bike any more because of it. <BR> <BR> Now, timing is a very important thing. I already have my passage for Peru next summer. And one needs so long to recover. And they book surgery months away. So I was concerned about being able to have it done by early May (giving myself about a month and a half to recover.) Well, yesterday the office called and said they had a cancellation - for February 14th! <BR>... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:36:39 EST Giggles for Today What do you do if you get eaten by an elephant? Run around in circles until you are all pooped out. <BR> <BR> What did one snowman say to the other? Do you smell carrots? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Why are archaeologists so annoyed? They always have a bone to pick. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did you hear about the new an... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:19:25 EST Back on the Bike Since I did that shoveling and such yesterday, my unoperated hip and knee are whining and complaining. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But I don't want to stop exercising. Especially because of the holiday eating. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Like last night was the women's Christmas dinner with my church. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:22:13 EST Shoveled Out! I am so grateful that my friend Becky was able to get me for work yesterday, because I could not find my shovel, have no boots, and while I have an electric shovel, I did not have an extension cord! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But we were getting low on toilet paper <BR> <img src=""> <BR> so I knew I'd have to free up my van. Well, DD agreed ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:50:27 EST Winter Wonderland? Although it is not yet the solstice, winter weather has certainly arrived. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> On learning the temp was 11 degrees, I dug around for mittens or gloves. For some reason, they always disappear between one winter and the next - or they do like socks in the laundry, lose their mates. <BR> <img src="http:... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 08:53:02 EST Momentary Chaos My DD's SO has had to go out of state for a funeral, so his 3 children are back with us until Saturday or Sunday. So, you know, I live in this old house, just 4 years shy of the century mark. Thankfully, we DO have INDOOR plumbing (believe me, I HAVE experienced outhouses on mission trips!) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But still, 5 kids and 2 adults - 7 people among whom FOUR have to get ready to go to school - and ONE b... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 10:08:46 EST A Welcome Call I took off from work today because I have an appointment with the dermatologist. Not because of skin tags, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> but because I've had basal cell carcinomas removed twice, so, I have to be checked every 6 months till I get the all clear for a few appointments. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Well...My morning reverie of not having... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:54:36 EST "Bargain Basement", Dollar Tree, and Burlington Christmas is coming, and it can get expensive, buying for people you love. I already sent packages to family in Peru (cost 120 to mail it) and Ireland (cost under 90). Then there's family here...and coworkers. Oh, it's not a necessity - in fact, on Friday we had our paraprofessional/TA Christmas dinner and Secret Santa exchange. My Secret Santa got me a pretty bouquet of flowers ( this is not how mine looked - it's just a sample - mine is basically reds and whites of mums and carnations) <BR>... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 19:53:50 EST This Tickled My Funny Bone If College Students Wrote the Bible <BR> <BR> * The Last Supper would have been eaten the next morning - cold. <BR> <BR> * The Ten Commandments would actually be only five; double spaced and written in large font. <BR> <BR> * A new edition would be published every two years in order to limit reselling. <BR> <BR> * Forbidden fruit would have been eaten because it wasn't cafeteria food. <BR> <BR> * Paul's letter to the Romans would become Paul's E-mail to <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:33:10 EST Sparing the Feet One reason I favor my stationary bike is that I'm not bearing the weight on my arthritic joints. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> That's why I like Richard Simmons, 'cause he's low impact. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But I have flat feet and a bunion, so, after a while my feet hurt. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 9 Dec 2016 07:12:14 EST Stepping It Up I had a good night's sleep - went to bed around 8, and this time took TWO acetaminophen PM (instead of just one) to see if I could get up not too groggy.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I've been taking one to help me get back to sleep after getting up to potty (due to BP med), and night before last I'd had one of those wakeful spells that left me a little groggy in the morning. But I did okay today. <BR> So I fumbled down... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:39:35 EST Bicycle Today Had one of those nights where around 3 am I was a little wakeful, and didn't doze again until shortly before my alarm went off. I had been debating, Simmons or Bike. Had my cell phone upstairs to give Becky the wake up call - something we started doing because she sometimes misses her alarm. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Since I didn't have to go downstairs to notify her, I decided I'd give myself a LITTLE break - not fr... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 08:51:26 EST Determined I had to argue with myself this morning. <BR> What helped was that when my alarm gets me up, I call my friend Becky to make sure SHE is up (because she is my ride to work!) and I left my cellphone in my coat pocket downstairs. So that got me up and moving. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Of course, all the movement stirred things in the digestive tract, especially the pumpkin bisque my DD made last night (from scratch - she... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:38:22 EST Second Day with Richard On work days if I'm going to exercise, I have to do it right when I get out of bed - because if I wait until AFTER work, I'm just too tuckered out. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It's easy when I do the bike - it's in my bedroom. But for Richard Simmons, I have to go downstairs and put in the DVD. Drag, drag, drag...(which I understand is also good exercise!) <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:37:53 EST Changing It Up Through Spark I have learned that now and then it's good to change up your exercise routine. I pedaled on my stationary bike Sunday-Friday last week. My bike looks kinda like this one - but my body is nowhere near HERS. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Anyway, I decided to take Richard Simmons out of his case and put him in the player. My favorite is Sweatin' to the Oldies #2 <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:26:21 EST Caffeine When my DD had a checkup, though her BP was good, her heart was racing. She was counselled to lower her caffeine intake - she would easily drink a pot of coffee or two on her own. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> In part it was to help her lose weight, cuz, you know, it suppresses the appetite. Anyway, after starting with half-and-half, we finally went totally decaf for a couple of weeks. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:35:33 EST Smaller Household Last night my DD's SO pretty much moved out with HIS 3 kids. He asked, and I let him, hang on to my van overnight so he could be sure the bus picked up the kids at the new address. DD cleaned out the deep freezer so he could take that, as well as the meats and stuff that were in it. Man, you should have seen all the little mousie poops that were under there! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I gotta get some peppermint oil, w... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:45:12 EST After Thanksgiving Exercise Program <BR> Here's the exercise program I am using to stay in shape this holiday season. You might want to take it easy at first, then do it faster as you become more proficient. It may be too strenuous for some. <BR> <BR> ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANY EXERCISE PROGRAM! <BR> <BR> NOW SCROLL DOWN... <BR> <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> > <BR> <BR> NOW SCROLL UP... <BR> <BR> That's enough for the first day. W... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:18:58 EST Firming Up Plans After being advised by Angel that I may not be able to bring Levi BACK with me from Peru, I gave him a call last night. I suggested I stay as long as I could, and then when he DOES get the call from the embassy, I can send him his fare, and meet him in Miami. ( I understand there's a movie or something by that name - Meet Me in Miami?) And we can still do the car rental thing, tho' I think we'll take a flight to Orlando and continue from there. Who knows, maybe we'll do a bit of Disney World?... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:44:45 EST Weekend Yesterday I met with Angel who's helping with the visa forms. It's been a long process, and will still involve a lot of waiting. But I have this big fat envelope with the forms and translations and copies and photos (and I think here of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" - "twenty-seven 8X10 color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was" ) <BR> <link><BR>t7xoF1k </link> <BR> Anywa... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:16:26 EST Thanksgiving When my older sister lived up here, we'd gather at their house for Thanksgiving - "we" meaning my DH and our 3 kids, Mom, assorted friends and THEIR kids, my DBIL's daughter from previous marriage and HER kids - a LOT of people. And sometimes the other 2 sisters would come from out of state with THEIR husbands and kids. But our older sister had the space for it - they'd put an addition on the house! My DH and kids and I would joke among ourselves how Uncle Dave "ruined" the turkey because he ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:39:35 EST Entering a New Phase in Paperwork Today I dropped off the marriage papers and their translation with the gen, Angel, who is helping with the visa paperwork for my husband. We discussed different approaches. The "quicker" approach will cost about 500 more. Well...Levi and I have called ourselves "Soldados de Espera" (Soldiers of Waiting) ever since we worked together in 2007. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Levi on the left, with Esli and Abel, as we WAIT o... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:16:11 EST Day Before Thanksgiving Break I work as a Teacher Assistant (TA) in a city school. This year I am with a group in the "ACE" program - Alternative Curriculum something...Education? It's special ed. Together with some other classes in the program we are having a nice pre-Thanksgiving lunch. A few people roasted turkeys last night and brought them in to be heated up. Others brought stuffing...potatoes...vegetable (corn) get the idea. (I brought juices.) I am looking forward to it, because I really like turkey! <BR> <B... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:02:17 EST Change of Routine Alas, no snow day for MY school district... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So my coworker, Becky, left early to allow for the weather conditions. Did the usual first 15-20 minutes in the cafeteria; then took the dozen or so kids to the library; then wait for OUR students to the last two chapters of The BFG <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:39:51 EST Fate of Blessing Bags If you've been reading my blogs, you know that last week my grandkids and I assembled 10 Blessing Bags of helpful items for the homeless or needy. <BR> <BR> The first one went to a woman who approached me in Aldi's parking lot the next day. <BR> <BR> The second went to a woman by the side of the road - the granddaughter who'd put in her money was with us and saw her, and since we were stopped at the light, she rolled down her window and passed it out to her. What a blessing for my granddau... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:42:21 EST Christmas Shopping Today I'm going to be repaid a small loan, so I figure I'll do a little shopping for the Christmas box I'm sending to my hubby and in-laws in Peru. <BR> <BR> I already got a few things - you may laugh at the list.Peanut butter is a big deal. You can get it there but it's expensive. Of course, shipping the heavystuff is also expensive, but hey, it's Christmas.Two of those big jars <BR> . <img src=""> <BR> My mother-... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:19:45 EST