MAMISHELI53's SparkPeople Blog MAMISHELI53's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Back to School It's the first day, and as a TA, there's not much to do just yet. This afternoon we will get our room assignments, but for now, I don't know with which teacher I shall be. Beside me in the library is a new TA who hails from Cuba, who knows at least she will be in a bilingual class. Rochester has a very large latina community (which is why I told levi he should have no trouble getting along). <BR> <BR> It does feel good to be back, though. Soon I will settle into the work routine - and with i... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:58:06 EST I've Been Busy I haven't been Sparking as much lately due to the bed-bug issue. My DD and I have been uber-occupied prepping for the exterminator, due to come on the 28th in the morning, for an estimated 6 hours. Anyway, just today I finished prepping MY room. It involved so much, between washing and/or heat treating ALL the clothes, purging things into trash or recycle, moving everything to the center of the room...DD and I went with eldest granddaughter to the Laundromat one day just to "heat treat" some... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 16:31:46 EST It's Always Something... Last week they started doing some roadwork. It's going to be going on for the next several months, turning my section temporarily into a one-way east-bound. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Well, last week one of the workers came to our door - and our 110 pound boxer lunged at the door. Now, this is an old house, built around 1920, and the front door has - HAD - this large glass panel. I suppose it's amazing it has lasted ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 07:29:02 EST A BUSY Be Followed by Some Relaxation Yesterday I got u early - before 6. I actually planned to rise at 6, to get accustomed to school hours, but my bladder beat me to it. So, I started with my knee workout, and then I got on my bike - I was gonna try 10 minutes but I actually pedaled for 15 whole minutes! Then a shower - without having to use the shower seat, mind you! - and downstairs. I did some other knee routines with the stretchy band my PT gave me. <BR> <BR> Then I had to take DD to an appointment. I waited in the van - d... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 07:56:33 EST Moving Right Along So I took myself to breakfast at a local diner, the Peppermill, taking my daughter for company, after which we went to CVS where I got my " bottle of youth" (hair dye). I put it in (half now - half before school starts!) sand then I put in Richard Simmons Sweatin' #2. Three of the grands joined me. One of the 9 yr-old twins dropped out, saying he was tired - to which I replied, "What, you're more tired than a 62 year old lady who just had knee surgery??!" Of course the first 3 routines were j... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:09:09 EST A Giggle and a Comment Navajo Woman <BR> <BR> Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road. As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride. <BR> After a bit of small talk while resuming the journey, the Navajo woman noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally. <BR> "What's in the bag?" asked the woman. <BR> Sally looked down at the brown bag and s... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:56:10 EST A Giggle and an Update Treadmill <BR> <BR> My friend hates to exercise, which means the treadmill in her bedroom barely gets used. Nevertheless, she swears by it. <BR> "It really works," she told me. "I throw my jeans over it and they get smaller." <BR> <BR> Received from Doc's Daily Chuckle via <BR> <BR> Now, unlike the subject in the joke, while I have a recumbent stationary bike in MY bedroom, it DID get a lot of use prior to the increased hip pain. So much so, that the left handlebar broke off, a... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:03:40 EST Exciting Breakthrough! The day started out slowly. I did walk back and forth 15 minutes, but I hadn't done the knee routine. So this afternoon I decided I would do them after changing my sheets, and then I would shower off the sweat from this muggy day. <BR> I started by getting on my bike. Five minutes was the plan, rocking the pedals back and forth to build up my range of motion gradually. Well, towards the end of the fifth minute I found I could actually pedal ALL THE WAY AROUND! I did it again, slowly, careful... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:00:11 EST Singles Ad Singles Ad <BR> <BR> This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed. It appeared in The Atlanta Journal. <BR> <BR> SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, <BR> ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good looking girl <BR> who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, <BR> riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and <BR> fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. <BR> Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your <BR> hand. I'll be at the front do... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 09:33:02 EST Ten More Degrees! I hadn't yet done any of the exercises this morning, and I was weaning myself off the pain pills, especially due to their constipating effect. But I was ready for the therapist this morning, as we went into the kitchen and I performed the new exercises for her. The last one we did at the stairs, where I put my left foot up on the first step and bent my knee as far as I could, 10 times. Then after a short rest she had me do it one more time so she could measure it. Friday I had measured 97 deg... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:42:35 EST Making a Liar Out of the Physical Therapist Well, PT came this morning and after the preliminary questions and taking of vitals, she started me on some standing exercises. We go to the kitchen counter so I have something for balance. "Now, don't expect to be able to lift your leg very far at this stage -" I do the knee flexion as she showed me. "OR make a liar out of me! That's really good, most people can't get it up so far!" <BR> Asks if I have any questions about what I can do, and I mentioned my exercise bike. We went up to my room... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:48:49 EST Progress Report The therapist arrived today while I was in the kitchen making "Cajun" Chicken Salad - that is, chicken salad made from the leftover barbecue (blackened exterior!) chicken thighs from Saturday. I used only 4 thighs but it made a lot of salad. Anyway, the dogs were already secured - not that the therapist would mind, she said, but I figure Cashy the boxer is especially slobbery (ESPECIALLY if you know how to talk baby talk to him) I finished making the salad and joined her in the living room. A... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 12:51:55 EST Knee Humor Since I had the hip replaced and now the knee, friends and coworkers and I have joked about me becoming the Bionic Woman. Then I saw this cartoon and just had to share it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another one I liked was this. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My body lets me know in the middle of the night when the four hours have passed... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 20:51:49 EST Colorful Leg The real bruising didn't start showing up until Saturday. The PT said it indicated that I was actually doing well, putting my knee through its paces. I figured I'd get a couple pix of the leg at this stage, just for the record. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And here is a shot of the incision itself, closed with surgical tape, as opposed to staples. <img src=" Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:02:42 EST Pressing On I have successfully slept in my bed since coming home from the hospital. Pain meds definitely help! Yesterday and today before heading downstairs I did the prescribed post-op exercises. I find myself talking encouragingly to my new knee! It doesn't like to bend when it's been straight, and it doesn't like to straighten when it's been bent, but it has to realize it has to do BOTH, on command! <BR> <BR> I am blessed to have the helpful daughter and grandkids who fetch odds and ends for me - as... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 11:07:52 EST Home with a New Knee I went in for total knee replacement on the 30th. Surgery was at 12:30 pm. I was discharged today, picked up at 3:30 pm. That's 50 hours. Only 2 hours more than my discharge for the hip - probably just as well because I got in on a second round of PT. <BR> <BR> Due to my nickel allergy, I have a TITANIUM knee, which I understand is higher priced. Thank God for my insurance through work! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 17:58:16 EST I Love Birds! Thanks to my parents, I have always been interested in nature. My paternal grandparents fixed up their backyard like a little bird sanctuary, planting all kinds of flora the fruits, nuts and seeds of which would attract even the rarest of birds. So I know a little more about the local fauna than many of my peers. <BR> Recently I had suggested to "Ms. A" (the teacher with whom I worked this year) that we try to teach our small group of special ed kids about some of the more common birds. S... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:03:55 EST The Sin Two elderly, excited Southern women were sitting together in the front pew of church listening to a fiery preacher. <BR> <BR> When this preacher condemned the sin of stealing, these two ladies cried out at the top of their lungs, "AMEN, BROTHER!" <BR> <BR> When the preacher condemned the sin of lust, they yelled again, "PREACH IT, REVEREND!" <BR> <BR> And when the preacher condemned the sin of lying, they jumped to their feet and screamed, "RIGHT ON, BROTHER! TELL IT LIKE IT IS! AMEN!" ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:25:00 EST Talented Hamster A mangy looking guy who goes into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says: "No way. I don't think you can pay for it. <BR> <BR> The guy says, "You're right. I don't have any money, but if I show you something you haven't seen before, will you give me a drink?" <BR> <BR> The bartender says, "Only if what you show me ain't risque." <BR> <BR> "Deal!" says the guy and reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out a hamster. He puts the hamster on the bar and it runs to the end of the bar,... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 06:36:37 EST Panda Lunch A panda walks into a restaurant, sits down, and orders a sandwich. He eats the sandwich, pulls out a gun, and shoots the table. <BR> <BR> As the panda stands up to leave, the manager shouts, "Hey! Where are you going? You just shot my table and you didn't pay for your sandwich!" <BR> <BR> The panda yells back at the manager, "Hey, man, I'm a PANDA! Look it up!" <BR> <BR> The manager opens his dictionary and sees the following definition for panda: "A tree-dwelling marsupial of Asian ori... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 11:25:05 EST Random Thoughts As We Age <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The biggest lie I tell myself is ..."I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it." <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes and come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller! <BR> <BR> Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet! <BR> <BR> I don't trip over things, I do random gravity checks! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 11:19:02 EST HACK HACK SNURF Maybe it's because I was away from my class all those weeks. After my first week back with my little students I began to get congested; runny nose; coughing. Well, see, my kids are not very good at covering their coughs (like, open mouth HACK, droplets everywhere) or sneezes (same, with bonus of green slime pouring out the nose). And of course they're so happy to see me, they give me hugs and kisses...and they suck their thumbs and get their hands all over really, it was only a matter... Tue, 19 May 2015 11:32:55 EST Attitude Is Everything I'm a "half-full" kind of person. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> received from : <BR> <BR> A well-known proverb states that an optimistic would say a glass is half full, while a pessimist would say it is half empty. What would people of different professions and walks of life say? <BR> <BR> The BANKER would say that the glass has just under 50% of its net worth in liquid assets. <BR> <BR> The GOVERNMEN... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:29:28 EST Productive Day Planned <BR> I've been reading in 1 Samuel in the mornings. Then when I went downstairs, I had two of my DD's super-healthy muffins made from home-ground steel-cut oat flour, apples, walnuts and flax (with my coffee...) <em>106</em> <BR> and played several rounds of Words of Wonder on Facebook - I'm stuck on level 400-something, trying to drop 7 quills in the midst of time bombs, falling boulders, ribbons, and slime. Then I did the three Spark seated exercise routines, <em>244</em> - that's 3 ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:06:45 EST A Little Trip to the Park Today I had to take DD to an appointment for my grandson. My granddaughter came along because she's home schooled. We didn't know how long it would take, and rather than pay for parking and waiting around, I drove with my granddaughter to Highland Park. Of course, it's too early for the tulips and daffodils to be in bloom for the most part (although you do see SOME early bloomers that get more sun). But the park itself is very scenic, with it's large old trees - majestic oak and beech, still ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:28:12 EST Better Sore Than Sorry <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And really I WAS sore after my successful workout on Saturday. I took Sunday off to recuperate...and then I took Monday off because I was lazy and just didn't feel like it, although I knew I needed to. I really wanted to eat junk, too. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But the junkiest thing in the house was cereal (which I ate) - I didn't feel like walking ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:08:39 EST Half Is Better Than None At All <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just finished my second set of 15 minutes of Sweat and Shout <link><BR>OVP5PUU </link> <BR> <BR> I use an online timer. Since I'd gotten so lazy after finishing my PT, I have to get back into this gradually. My new hip is just fine. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> In fact, what's cool is I got this card that I can show next t... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 14:45:20 EST Picking Myself Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Actually, no, I didn't literally FALL. I've just fallen off the routine of exercise, and it shows in my weight gain. I've simply gotten lazy. I do miss being able to get on my bike, because that takes care of the weight-bearing problem. <BR> <BR> <BR> My new HIP feels GREAT. It's my opposite knee that's bad, and I have flat feet as well, so even Richard Simmons' low impact stuff wears on me. But I have to do i... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:36:32 EST What Did YOU Have for Breakfast? I love Spark's resources. I don't always take advantage of them, getting lazy from time to time. But today I went to enter my breakfast. <BR> I can type well enough, but not so well that I lift my eyes from the keyboard. So if I make a mistake, or if for some reason - like pop ups - what I'm typing doesn't register (dropping letters is what I call it) I don't notice right away. Well, this morning I went to enter "Everything Bagel" in the search on the calorie tracker, and accidentally put in... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 10:58:04 EST Big God received from <BR> <BR> <BR> One day on the way home from church a little girl turned to her mother and said, "Mommy, the preacher's sermon this morning confused me." <BR> <BR> The mother said, "Oh! Why is that? <BR> <BR> The girl replied, "Well, he said that God is bigger than we are. Is that true?" <BR> <BR> "Yes, that's true," the mother replied. <BR> <BR> "He also said that God lives within us. Is that true too?" <BR> <BR> Again the mother replied, "Yes." <BR> <BR>... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 20:52:44 EST Consider It All Joy The other day I was praying that the Lord would draw me closer to Himself. Well, there's nothing like a good tribulation to make one cling to Him! When the SS benefit still did not show in my account by Monday morning, I called, and found out that a letter had been sent negating it - a letter which I never got, so it is past the time to appeal. BUT I've been instructed to include a letter of explanation as to WHY I was late appealing - that I never got the letter advising me of the change. So... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 13:22:31 EST Greenware Last week I took a drive out to the boonies to pick up some free ceramics from a friend of mine who was closing her business. I got a few pieces that were already cleaned and fired, but I also looked over the greenware to see if there was anything else of interest, mainly for my grandkids, as projects to do over their week off from school next week. After all, video games get old! And they DO like to work in the clay. So I found some cups, and some flat bas-relief kitties (that can be hung as... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:12:58 EST Robin Watch, PT, and PD <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While it is also gratifying to see the starlings' bills turn yellow, there is nothing like seeing robins around again. I had to go to PT this morning, so on the way I decided to do a robin count. I saw 6 on the way there, and 3 on the way back. <BR> <BR> Before starting PT, the therapist did a re-evaluation. I was showing definite improvement, and so he asked how I felt about continuing. I already made an appoint... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:42:08 EST Weekend Working Out I had my PT on Tues and Thurs, and I'm telling you, the day after, I feel like this little French Bulldog... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So Friday I didn't do any real exercises except for some of the lunge/stretches before going to bed, and most of my moving around entailed taking my DD to the school where I work because one of my bonus grandkids was going to be in the assembly, and there was a "multi-cultural" lunch for staff. <BR> <... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:07:05 EST A Good Report I went for my 6-week follow-up at the surgeon, and he was very impressed that I was walking without cane or walker (and actually I've been doing that since after the second week, using one or the other only when going longer distance or over ice/snow.) I asked about getting my knee done when school is out, so he approved and we set the date for my knee replacement on June 30th! I told him I understood it's a more difficult recovery, but he said, "I don't know, with YOU, considering how well y... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:57:14 EST ARTWORK Today I spent several hours, taking each grandchild in turn into my room to paint their projects which they made during February recess. And when they finished, I put second - sometimes third or fourth coats of underglaze - on the pieces, touching them up. My bonus grandkids hope to give their creations to their mother. I HOPE she will appreciate them! My grandson is adding to his collection of his own version of his beloved Transformers (BumbleBee is the favorite, followed by Optimus Prime) ... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 18:11:31 EST More Working Out Yesterday I had another PT session. A little longer - My therapist (Adam) assigned me to do 8 minutes on the treadmill. Well, he was elsewhere in the "gym" and I was feeling good, had boosted the speed to 1.8 (Tuesday it was 1.6) mph, and I did TEN minutes. I did 2 reps of 15 squats on the machine; did some reps of an exercise that REALLY worked the right leg: I stood on a low raised surface (part of another piece of equipment - just a few inches above floor level.) I was instructed to lower ... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:03:27 EST WORK OUT! So, this morning I was out chopping the ice around my van's tires, and was ready to cancel my PT appointment again because I couldn't budge it and my DSIL had to use HIS car for an appointment. BUT, he and DD salted and chipped and got it sprung. I wasn't out long and didn't keep track of how many minutes I was chipping, so I'm just not gonna count it. <BR> <BR> Then off to my PT. And OOOOOOHHH what a workout! He started me with 7 minutes on the treadmill. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:02:01 EST BLESSED I am so thankful that I have a good job with a good union with good medical benefits, that paid for my hospital expenses, and also pays me half-pay disability while I'm out of work (since I used up all my sick days.) I am thankful that I had a good tax return as well, and that I will be receiving some social security survivor benefits starting the end of this month - so I will be able to keep up with my bills and even save towards doing all the paperwork and bringing Levi up here (hopefully i... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:47:50 EST Changing It Up I am SO-O-O grateful for the resources available via internet! <BR> <BR> While still working at my previous school, during breaks I would get to a room with computers and very little traffic, and find different cardio routines. On the individual computer I could mark my favorites so I could return to them. <BR> <BR> Well, the weather still isn't conducive to doing any outdoor activity besides snow shoveling (and I don't think it would be wise for me to tackle THAT). So today for a change f... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:55:46 EST Frustrated I was all set. I'd showered, washing my hair. I'd called Supercuts. My DSIL pulled the Impala out of the driveway and I got into the van and started it up. <BR> <BR> It wouldn't budge. <BR> <BR> Apparently when he backed it farther in for me on Wednesday so I wouldn't have to deal with trying to walk over the packed snow, he backed it beyond this little icy ridge which, having no room for "take off", the van just could not pass. I tried rocking it - but as I said, there wasn't really much... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:00:53 EST Out Patient Physical Therapy I DROVE today - first time in a month! It is exactly 4 weeks since my surgery. Well, I packed my walker just in case - but the parking lot was clear. First half hour or so was just questions and checking how I am right now. Then I was taken to a machine to do 30 squats (I was laying at about a 45 degree angle); <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> then to a disc to balance side to side and front to back; <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:51:36 EST Bonus Son I have three kids of my own, the "fruit of my womb." My Honey Levi also has three, and today is the birthday of his eldest, Josue. <BR> When I first met him in 2011, he was very quiet - not negative by any means, certainly glad for his father's happiness. Just quiet. And in 2012 we didn't converse much either. But last summer was different. Maybe because I ended up getting sucked into the excitement of Copa Mundial (World Cup soccer) with him and Levi...maybe the little treats I bought (the s... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:32:36 EST Going Down! Because it's still a little difficult getting into the shower, and because it's winter and I don't sweat that much anyway, I don't shower as often as I do when I'm in the sweltering heat of Pucallpa with my "Honey" and his parents. But I noticed I was starting to smell a bit over-ripe, so I decided to shower today after doing a bit of underglazing (painting some ceramics). And when I got on the scale I noticed my weight was down again. Hurray! Thank you, Richard Simmons! <em>192</em> <em... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:47:20 EST Nothing Like Home Made, Hand Made One of my means of avoiding boredom is crocheting. I have a favorite pattern for afghans, from a beginner book - it's a circular, zig-zag pattern. The trickiest part is the beginning, but after that it's all double crochet and chain stitch. I've made one for each of my grandkids, and made them large enough so even as adults they can enjoy its warmth. With the 3 bonus grandkids coming into my home (the children of my DD's SO) I decided to make one for each of them as well. Finished the one fo... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:54:37 EST And NOW... So I went today for my 3 week post-op visit (DSIL drove me). I was told, as long as I could LIFT my leg to move my foot on to accelerator and brake relatively painlessly - and wasn't taking the narcotic pain med - I could DRIVE! I'm going to wait a bit, but it's good to know. And while the home PT has ended, I got a prescription for outpatient PT so's I can use treadmill, bike, weights, whatever. While I do have a bike in my room, it's one of those reclining ones, too low. So, it'll be good i... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:31:56 EST Stair Accomplishment With a little trepidation and a cane, I took the stairs up, slowly, each foot ascending the next step in succession - thus going "up with the BAD" - and then descending likewise, "down with the GOOD" - and I did all right! My DD said, "You realize, I DID bring down the commode?" But that's all right! <BR> Next challenge? I wonder if I can do a bit of Sweatin' to the Oldies? Might be a good idea to take a pain pill first.... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:43:24 EST Last Time Today was the PT's last home visit. As she checked the strength of my operated leg, she commented that it was VERY good, and that it was probably due to the exercises I had done before surgery - the ones from Spark. I asked how my recovery compared with her other hip patients and she said I was FAST. I gave myself a pat on the back, but I also have to give thanks to Spark for the motivation and resources, and to the folks who've been praying for my speedy recovery, and for the Lord for hearin... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:26:27 EST Outing Yesterday I had an appointment at the "orthopod" for my KNEE, to see how bad it is. Originally, my DD was going to drive me - she has a permit, and I'm licensed. But the weather's been nasty, and I know she's nervous about OTHER drivers, so, since we're still on Feb. recess, I called my coworker to see if she could run me around. She was glad to, wanting a change anyway (she was bored being at home all day and is eager to get back to work!) So she picked me up around 2, took me to my appointm... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:39:52 EST Progress The PT came again today and was very pleased with my progress. She gave me some more exercises to do for range of motion and strength, and reminded me of the hip precautions again. She said she'll be back next week before I go for my post-op follow-up, but then, she said, she probably won't need to return again. She asked if I had been very regular in my exercises before the surgery - well, somewhat - and commented that it definitely made a difference in how rapidly I was recovering. Yay me! ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:22:54 EST