MCFITZ2's SparkPeople Blog MCFITZ2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community First day I have felt well enough to photo shoot Took hubby to church and sat quietly in the side drive way and took pictures. Saw a bobcat stroll past, but shrubs made getting a good picture difficult. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> That is the bobcat minus the head end <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 23:32:54 EST Sorting and unpacking I wonder how long this unpacking will take. I have put the Holiday things in an area of the garage and unpacking boxes of books and bedding. Today I focused on trying to start setting up my office. I do like things orderly, not that things are neat but at least in predictable places. Sleep sweet. Sat, 16 Apr 2016 23:44:42 EST New used car delivered today My used Camry was delivered today and we took a ride around the complex. <BR> This afternoon I was able to go grocery shopping and we are good on a lot of staples. <BR> My internet service will be set up on Monday morning. Slowly but surely things are getting done. Fri, 15 Apr 2016 23:55:19 EST Greetings from Tucson We are here. Our flights were safe and on time. However we have had some drama. <BR> Water heater at house leaked lots of water and is being replaced. We found a ground nest of bees in the back yard which will be addressed later this month. One of our rockers did not arrive. <BR> I have a "cold" type illness. It started at our old home and has slowly gotten worse. Sore throat , tight feeling when breathing and fatigue. <BR> We picked oranges tangelos and grapefruit off the trees in the... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 19:45:51 EST movers forgot several things Not too happy that some of the things I wanted to go got left here. Some I can ship, but there are things too big to make it worthwhile to do so. <BR> Have two rooms to finish going through. My office and the things in my bedroom. <BR> Getting closer, but need to focus and work it to finish it. <BR> Tonight was my last Dare to Lose work out. Will miss the group a lot. Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:44:34 EST movers are here sitting here keeping out of the way. What got done got done. What didn't didn't. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:49:30 EST MOVERS The movers are coming tomorrow. YIKES Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:59:22 EST another day of sorting. So much to still get done so little time before the movers come. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:29:35 EST blew my cool with all the packing and sorting and the comments that I am trying to take too much I blew. <BR> As Scarlet said, Tomorrow is another day.. Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:44:58 EST Good day and busy started sorting photos <BR> daughter and family arrived safely from Az. <BR> very busy week ahead. Sat, 12 Mar 2016 23:59:15 EST More sorting and dare to lose The highlight was going to Dare to Lose tonight. We had Meg and we did ST and cardio. <BR> For fun at the end we had to do wall sits in a row and pass a ball down the line and then pass it back up the line by passing it under our legs to the next person. We did the up and down the line 3 times. Definitely could tell it was a long wall sit. <BR> The contractor is to come tomorrow to start on the shower. <BR> We have the bird channel. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 8 Mar 2016 20:29:35 EST no sorting Today family taxi and fitness center and overeating. Not the best of days. Back to sorting tomorrow. Sun, 6 Mar 2016 21:12:15 EST Cook book are done. Finished going through the cookbooks and have eleven boxes in the car ready to take to the drop off for the friends of the library. Have also gone through the art books and gardening books. Sad to see them go, or not go with us. <BR> Dare to lose was fun and challenging and my neighbor across the street was my trainer tonight. <BR> Heading for bed soon. Sleep sweet. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 22:00:37 EST cookbooks almost sorted I only have one shelf left to go through on my cookbooks. I have finished going through 4 bookcases and pulled out around 2/3 of them to donate to the friends of the library. The rest will move with us. I enjoy the community cookbooks as they have some interesting information. I have several that are from our area that were fund raisers that I know some of the ones who submitted recipes. <BR> Tomorrow I will go through gardening books <em>46</em> <BR> Can't take most of our belongi... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 23:42:43 EST Dr. appointments done Hubby and I saw the dermatologist today and had some spots taken off. Then he had another appointment I sat in on as we are seeing our Dr.'s here for the last time before we move cross country.Dropped off 3 more bags to Salvation Army store. Need to focus on getting more done after his cardiology appointment tomorrow. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:01:04 EST another day of sorting. I had hoped to finish my bedroom, which has had many things moved into it so other parts of the house are presentable . i thought to be finished 2 days ago and am still not done. However I am much closer in the boxes that had been building up are much fewer. <BR> We have Dr. appointments tomorrow so that will take most of the day. <BR> We will also load bags for the Salvation army and the catholic charities.. <BR> I need to start on friends of the library items again. Sun, 28 Feb 2016 20:15:38 EST Sorting belongings again Less than a month before the movers are here and so much to still go through. <BR> Concentrated on my room today and need to get back in there as I want to finish before I go to bed. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 27 Feb 2016 20:21:24 EST good Dr. visit- good work out Took hubby to neurologist for a follow up appointment and things look good. <BR> Then we went to the fitness center and he did is work out and then read while I did the Dare to Lose program. I took some yarn in and gave it to one of my team mates to use. Felt good to give things we are downsizing to someone I know and know they will use. <BR> It was sunny and cold today and to be much warmer and sunny tomorrow. Maybe a chance to crack the windows open for some fresh air. <BR> <img src="ht... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:01:38 EST Had a wonderful visit with a friend This afternoon, Hubby and I went to visit a mutual friend. We watch a movie and had cabbage rolls and carrots for supper. I was a nice break from the sorting. <BR> Here are some pictures from earlier this week <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="h... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 23:11:06 EST no emails Wondering how and why my setting on getting the e-mails from spark people keeps getting turned to don't send me any e-mails. <em>38</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 12:50:16 EST sort workout Was able to fit in a 30 min workout today. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 23:52:35 EST Busy day Went to town this morning for errands. Donated stuff to Salvation Army store, filled up with gas, got hubby's prescriptions, dropped off our information for the taxes to be done, went to the pet store for food and litter, and then groceries at Aldis. <BR> This afternoon it was back to town for the Dare to Lose. Great fun, great workout, and some quality me time afterwards. <BR> Right now listening to the wind blow in gusts. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:45:54 EST water zumba Dare <img src="">to lose was cancelled tonight due to the weather. Had to take my sister to town so went to the fitness center anyway and worked out with cardio and ST then went to the warm water pool to stretch out. Well A water Zumba class had just started so I did that. It was a fun change up. <BR> Sleep sweet Tue, 16 Feb 2016 23:56:26 EST stayed warm Took hubby to mass. Did some errands, some cardio at the fitness center and ST at home, pulled together some figures for the move and found where a mouse had built a nest in a drawer of a seldom used room. Let the cats in to search around that room. Have most of the bedding in the living room to sort through. <BR> In 2 months this will be done one way or another and we will be in Tucson. <BR> People on the lake where it is frozen. The back is not out of focus it is steam from the water. <... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 23:15:04 EST What did I do today The day has gone and I don't feel like I did a lot. Tomorrow I will have some me time and hopefully get a lot more done. <BR> Here are some memories of summers past to counteract the sub zero temps. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:39:05 EST Dare to lose This morning I went to the sleep clinic and they are pleased with the read outs from my new c-pap. <BR> Tonight I had dare to lose and we started off with a cardio warm up then on to circuits of st <BR> then 15 min of cardio and then more st circuits then 5 min of cardio and 5 min passing a soccer ball and the last 5 minutes stretching. It was a good and challenging work out. <BR> I thought Meg said 5 min. on a cardio machine and went to the rower got off after 5 min and she walked over and... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:19:39 EST no sorting day Took hubby to cardiologist appointment, trash providers office and then home for very quick lunch. Picked up sister and took her to the pantry truck, Dr.'s, and a grocery store. Helped her unload and waited for her to check her house. She had a break in yesterday and her medicines and rent money and a ring were stolen while she was in town. <em>234</em> <BR> Then home for supper and a little relaxing. Tomorrow I have an appointment and dare to lose. <BR> So much to still do before we m... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:46:16 EST more sorting Worked on bagging up some coats and went through paper work hubby had in his room. Still need to a little bit more in there. <BR> Need to measure some of the furniture that is going and guesstimate the weight on each piece. <BR> Bought our plane tickets today. So now I have a firm deadline. <BR> more snow today <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Wed, 10 Feb 2016 23:17:46 EST Dare to lose night Took Hubby to fitness center so he could work out. I went to Treman Marina to see what I could take pictures of. There were Canadian Geese, Mallard Ducks and some gulls. <BR> Tonight was Dare to Lose. It was a solid work out and since only 4 of us were there we worked hard. Our trainer had 3 interns from IC and so we had lots of supervision. <BR> Good blend of ST and Cardio. Went and got groceries after that. We have snow more that they predicted. Here are some pictures from today. <i... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 22:43:39 EST Donations in the car The trunk is full of bags and boxes. The back seat is filled with a full suitcase and contractor bag. Tomorrow will be dropping off donations. Also have dare to lose tomorrow and need to get some groceries, Had to borrow coffee today. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 8 Feb 2016 20:06:12 EST A nice Sunday <img src=""> <img src="">Sorted clothes and bagged them up for donations. Did some mending. Actually able to see a small dent in the clutter. I tend to pull everything out and then sort it and then put it away or package it up to give it away. Make for a very messy house. <BR> Next project is curtains and bedding. <img src="http://ph... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:14:57 EST Taxes done except for some information that is coming by mail <em>334</em> Taxes are not my favorite. Getting all the receipts and figures ready to take to the preparer is a pain, but it would be worse if I had to keep up on all the changes on my own. <BR> I have a photo of the water color that I daughter did for us as a Christmas present. It is so bright and colorful. Really enjoying it. <img src=""> <BR> Tomorrow hubby will be having an MRA in the morning and I have ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:30:19 EST Warm and rainy For upstate it was really warm today. In the 50's. No snow left, but I expect we will have a return at some point. Worked on the income tax, Did some errands. A few days ago I posted a picture from this time last year. All snow and cold. Here are some from yesterday. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:24:16 EST Ooophs Well I had hubby's MRA in my calendar book, but went to the wrong place. We are now rescheduled for Friday. <BR> Had dare to lose tonight and am so very tired that this is short and I am going to bed and listen to the wind blow. <BR> sleep sweet. Tue, 2 Feb 2016 23:25:43 EST Busy day Worked on getting the information for the tax prepairer organized. Hope to be able to call later this week and set up an appointment. Warm day for this time of year and no snow on the ground. <BR> Also got a little more sorting done for the move. <BR> This was last year <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:40:04 EST Pleasant day Did some sorting, cleaning and started working on my income tax. <BR> Tomorrow want to load the rest of the contractor bags that are full of clothes and take them to town to donate. <BR> Here are some of the birds that visited our feeders. <img src=""> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:35:37 EST Was able to do the Dare to Lose Workout My knees are feeling better and with the help of the pain meds for the arthritis I was able to participate and do everything with some modifications. Then to the warm water therapy pool. Tomorrow sort sort sort give away try to sale and keep. <BR> Hope your week was good. To my friend don't give up. You are worthy of being healthier and that is not a number on the scale. Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:55:43 EST Good day and busy Took hubby to ENT Dr. appointment which went well. Ran errands, heard from my sister and our niece that was admitted to ICU yesterday is awake and talking. She needs to rest from the seizure and its effects. <BR> We lunched at Panera and worked out at Island Fitness. Came home and worked on bagging up more for donations. So much to do. Well I will do what I can as best I can. However I still need to live life not just work and stress. <BR> Running Hubby to another Dr. tomorrow and then ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:49:48 EST No shots today After taking with my Orthopedist she agreed no more shots. She feels I had a flare up and I would agree. Got errands done and came home. Tonight my sister called upset. Her daughter had a seizure in town and was taken to the hospital in the ambulance and she depends on the bus service out here or me for transportation. Buses run only a few times out this far and they were not an option. I was gone for several hours and my niece appears to be stable. They are still there and I would p... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:30:16 EST Up more today I am still not to active on my feet, but I am feeling much better. Did some movement exercises slowly and carefully. Finished off some paper work and have a partial list of to do's for tomorrow. Heading for bed shortly. <BR> Sleep sweet. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:07:52 EST In bed most of today Lots more sleeping icing and heat packs. The improvement is that as long as I am not standing I am pretty pain free. Standing is still very painful. Tomorrow we plan on going to the fitness center and I will go to the pool to try and work the knees with out making matters worse. Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:50:49 EST Mostly a day spent in bed The bilateral knee shots have resulted in swelling and intense discomfort. Most of today I have been heating and icing both knees. I did do some non-weight bearing movement to try and limber up the knees. I know tomorrow will be better. <BR> Hope all those in the storm area are safe. <BR> Sleep sweet. Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:32:45 EST sorting books can be dangerous I am going through my books to decided what to move and what to donate. Unfortunately I keep starting to read different ones and I did not make much progress today. We did go through a bunch more of hubby's clothes and have a contractor bag overfull and a box and we are not done yet. Progress at least in that area. Here are some of the birds that were at my feeders today. <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:55:58 EST Dentist, fitness center, lunch out and nap Well that pretty much summed up my day. <BR> We loaded about two hundred books and tapes into the car, had our dental appointments, took the books and donated them to the friends of the library for the May booksale, worked out for over an hour at the fitness center, picked up rx, ate at Panera, came home and took a nap after recording my food and exercise on the trackers. <BR> I am getting a soft bite plate as I grind my teeth. The recommend one is $700 + dollars. I almost fainted. That on... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:19:34 EST Laid back day Cold out today. Stayed inside. I have both seed feeders and a suet feeder right outside my bedroom. My bedroom opens out to a second story deck. I was able to take several nice photos of birds today.Tomorrow teeth cleaning. <BR> Here are some of my photos from today. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:35:31 EST Nice Sunday Dropped Hubby off at church and went on to the fitness center to get in the warm water therapy pool. My knees have been so sore and this really helped for a while. I have be using alternating heat and cold this evening. If the roads are ok tomorrow, I hope I can get back to the pool again tomorrow. <BR> Sleep sweet. Here is a memory from last summer <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 17 Jan 2016 23:16:31 EST Family taxi Took my sister to town to get food, people and cat kinds. She had a few other errands so it was a few hours. Earlier hubby and I took one of our cats to the vet for a shot and to pick up pills to worm one of the others. The cat we took, as usual, urinated in the crate. I wish he would not get so stressed as the shots are every month. <BR> My knee / knees are still very sore so I am hoping to get to the fitness center and the pool. I will used the warm water therapy pool and probably a fl... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 22:44:22 EST good day Took hubby to primary Dr. for follow up from hospital. Came home did some computer activities and laid down with bed buddy on my knee. Fell asleep and have not accomplished much today, but my knee is better. I am not using the cane tonight and I had to this morning. <BR> So I think caring for that knee injury was my big task for the day. <img src=""> <img src=" Thu, 14 Jan 2016 23:33:13 EST Hubby had good day I had my first of thee bilateral knee shots this morning. Stopped at the park and watched the lake for a while. Picked up some items in town and headed home. Tonight <BR> Hubby and I walked back and forth in the house for our exercise today. Unfortunately my right leg is now painful above, below, and on the knee. It hurt a lot while walking and in retrospect I should have stopped in the first few minutes. Being the stubborn person that I am I pushed on to get my 30 minutes down. Hopefully a ... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 21:42:36 EST another good day Hi we had a good day and are home tonight while the snow makes an appearance. I am to get knee shots tomorrow at 8:45. Means an early bedtime tonight. Here are some pictures of some of our cats I took today. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="ht... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:21:51 EST