MEADSBAY's SparkPeople Blog MEADSBAY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Museu Picasso What a wonderful museum! <BR> We are not huge museum goers but love his work so off we went. <BR> An hour or two really covers it and it was only about $14 to get in. <BR> This museum focuses on his early work and it was fascinating to see his growth as an artist...starting at age 14! <BR> We walked another 6-7 miles today, according to dh's pedometer <BR> (very disappointed that my fitbit battery died as it was supposed to last 2 weeks so I did not bring my charger. I only hope it is record... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:50:35 EST Barcelona... is just lovely. <BR> We haven't really left our neighborhood yet but we have had fabulous food and wine (the Spanish cava Is WAY better than what we can get in the US), the weather is perfect, and I had 7 miles on my fitbit today. <BR> Good night! <BR> <em>102</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:48:39 EST Quick update My new shoes are fabulous for all the walking we are doing in Paris. <BR> (I got the Eccos) <BR> I am wearing two thin pairs of socks every day as that seemed to help. <BR> My heel wound is slowly healing but I still have to treat it every day as per my doctor's instructions. <em>43</em> <BR> It is tender and I walk a bit 'off' so that slows me down. <BR> <BR> My hip bursitis has been fine but I have quite a few lower body aches and pains, even shin splints- a new pain for me- and am tryi... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:49:54 EST My EASY day? We really tried to take it easy today as my dh is no spring chicken. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> We slept in, <BR> took the metro out to lunch <BR> (although I did walk a bit in the morning for coffee), <BR> had a fancy 2 hour lunch, <BR> wandered a bit, <BR> took the bus home, <BR> hung out a while <BR> (dh fell asleep so I went out for a short walk) <BR> then we took the bus to a little place for a light supper <BR> (involved a bit of walking) <BR> then walked some more to find a pharmacies ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:20:14 EST A new record! That's 25,686 steps on my fitbit, <BR> 30 flights of stairs, <BR> 10.55 miles! <BR> And we take the bus or the metro when we can. <BR> My foot is holding up - <BR> new shoes are great! <BR> But I am stiff as a board, <BR> Although I stretch plenty. <BR> We only have a shower, no bathtub, so I will have to suffer through it. <BR> We have had perfect sunny spring weather here in Paris all week. <BR> Tomorrow we are planning an easy day- <BR> Sleeping in, fancy lunch out, <BR> then the Luxembour... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:03:34 EST Au revoir! My official good-bye! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> I'm leaving in the morning for Paris and Barcelona - <BR> a week in each city. <BR> We have rented apartments for our stay on VRBO, <BR> which I highly recommend, btw. <BR> We will have loooooooong travel days each way but that's the price we pay for using frequent flyer miles- and we're flying business class so we will be comfortable, at least. <BR> We will have wifi but not sure how good it will be or how much time I'll have to spark so I thi... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:03:01 EST Never mind those shoes! I wore them around the house and on the treadmill at the gym all week and just wasn't 100% sure they would be the right ones for my two weeks in Europe, <BR> where we walk a LOT! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> So I took them back and tried on about 10 others, with the help of a very nice salesman who listened and made suggestions and I ended up with a different shoe that feels heavenly- <BR> one step up from a sneaker- <BR> he switched their shoelaces to black as he knows I really wanted a black ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 21:13:56 EST My new shoes... So, my heel wound is SLOWLY healing and I am nervous about my trip to Paris and Barcelona next Sunday- <BR> we will be walking a lot there- so I looked for some dressy-ish orthopedic-type shoes and found these at our local good shoe store. <BR> They were $140! <BR> <link><BR>ary-Brown/dp/B004GTT1KG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=<BR>UTF8&qid=1396315499&sr=8-3&keywords=ar<BR>avon+mary+janes </link> <BR> I got them in black as I am wearing all black and white on my trip, wi... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:31:44 EST RIP professor #2 Wow...that was quick. <BR> I've worked with this dear man weekly for one year next month. <BR> He has been failing lately, sleeping a lot and not talking much when he is awake. <BR> I missed a few weeks with him because of my foot surgery and when I called to confirm my visit for last Friday his wife said no thank you, he is just too medically needy now and they were looking for a nursing home for him. <BR> He went in on Monday and died on Wednesday. <BR> I saw his wife and daughter at the ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:47:21 EST One door closes as another opens... Isn't it funny how that happens sometimes? <em>41</em> <BR> You may have heard me complain about my BORING Friday afternoon job for the last year or so. <em>46</em> <BR> Well, the dear man (professor #2) has been declining for months and now must be moved to a nursing home. He is ready to die and has told me so many times. His wife is so very sad. They have been married 70 years so it will be very hard for her. <BR> In the meantime, out of the blue, a lovely older woman called me last... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:56:48 EST Yikes-no laptop for a week! Thank goodness we just got an iPad so I am not totally offline! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I downloaded AVG's free virus protection and it effed up my computer big time! <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> I spent about two hours trying to fix things and then brought it in to my fave geeks, who spent another fifteen minutes (their max. free time) before they said they needed to put in the service queue, so I decided we might as well upgrade to Vista (I still have windows Xp, which is on it's way out) so... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:57:08 EST Three weeks from today! On Sunday April 6th, my dear hubby and I will be boarding a train to Boston and then flying to Paris for a week <BR> and then taking the train to Barcelona for a second week, <BR> returning on Tuesday April 22nd. <BR> <em>535</em> <BR> There are many things I love about my DH (and many things I don't) but he is a good provider, a hard worker, a wheeler-dealer and a dreamer. <BR> If he wants something (and can convince me of it) he can make things happen. <BR> We have a convoluted trip as... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:13:13 EST Third baby syndrome It occured to me that I don't have nearly as many photos of our precious Pearl as I did of William and Lucy by three months. <em>198</em> <BR> Shame on me! <BR> Well, she was born just before the holidays- <BR> we stepped up our time with her big sister and brother to help out- <BR> she had a respiratory infection that kept her housebound for a few weeks- <BR> her family lives nearby but we have had a brutal winter for going out- <BR> I've been laid up a few weeks with my bum foot. <BR> et... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:21:58 EST Good news! My doctor was very happy with my progress, 9 days post-op. <BR> All those boring days with my foot up and iced paid off in the end. <em>244</em> <BR> Well, it's not exactly the end yet- still wearing a surgery boot and have to plastic bag up my foot to shower but I am cleared to drive and can walk more (but don't push it and no gym yet). <BR> Yahoo- back to work tomorrow. <em>40</em> <BR> Friday afternoon is my boring job as the client is almost always sleeping the 3-4 hours I am over t... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:22:44 EST My boring life (this week) Oh my dear lord...this has been really hard. <em>198</em> <BR> I have not blogged because I know my little foot surgery and my boring week spent mostly sitting on my increasingly larger and larger backside are small beans compared to the real trials and tribulations of many folks and I do not want to come off as an annoying whiny baby, plus, I know many of you would LOVE to be told to put your feet up and let someone else do it all (well, his best, anyway) for a bit- <BR> probably you, l... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:58:19 EST Hellllooooo? Any cruisers out there? I'm looking to tap into the vast knowledge that exists in the Sparkaverse. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> I am beginning to explore cruise options online and there are WAY too many options out there- it's so confusing! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My DD, Mimi, needs to take her first real vacation, <BR> away from her parents, <BR> and we all think a cruise would be perfect for her. <BR> She doesn't drink or gamble so that would save her a lot of money. <BR> Many decisions would be made for he... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:51:16 EST Planning, planning, planning NOT easy for me! <BR> I have always been a 'wing-it' type of person- <BR> planning was never my forte', <BR> even when I was teaching! <BR> I planned and I got it all done but often by the skin of my teeth <em>334</em> <BR> and with the help/prodding/sharing of my teammates. <BR> Not that I didn't bring a lot to it, just not a planner. <BR> <BR> I let my dear man make many decisions in our life (travel, financial, home improvement stuff) because he is such a good planner and a dreamer. ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:47:24 EST Still learning my way around my iPad <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have you tried these? <BR> Delish- 190 calories, 10 grams of protein, 5 g of fiber, a tad high in fat -12g- because of the nuts, I guess. <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. I rarely eat this sort of processed food but the protein label caught my eye and it's nice to have something in my purse or glove box for 'emergencies'. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:33:36 EST Heel surgery coming up next week... and I am petrified! <em>40</em> <BR> Not of the pain of the procedure, <BR> but of the pain and length of the recovery period. <BR> <BR> I have a humongous Plantar's Wart on my heel that has just gotten bigger and BIGGER for almost 3 years now. <BR> I'll spare you any pics but it is the size of a large coin and just looks like a huge callous/bump. <BR> I had tried every over-the-counter and home remedy and holistic remedy for a few years before going to a podiatrist <BR> (a former thir... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:19:39 EST Love my new iPad! I didn't actually get it for my b-day- <BR> we don't exchange gifts- <BR> but dh knew I really wanted one and he will need one to use on <BR> HIS NEW BOAT (!) <em>340</em> <BR> so he got me (us) one early so I can learn how to use it. <BR> I'm somewhat familiar with the Apple system as I have had an iPod for years and an iPod Touch for a few years (they are SO cool- does everything that an iPhone does except make calls- and there's an app for that- but it's sort of awkward to use so I h... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:36:19 EST Pearl at 8 weeks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Balentime's Day <BR> (as Lucy says) from our precious Pearl and her proud Papa and Grammy and the whole family! <BR> <BR> Learning to use my new iPad DH gave me for my birthday. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:40:51 EST Why, thank you, Facebook! Not a huge Facebook-er but I am over there to stay in touch with old friends and far flung family. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was their 10th anniversary and they created one minute slideshows to music using our pics set to music- sort of cute- check mine out at: <BR> <link><BR>.westcott </link> <BR> (OOPS- that didn't work- maybe you have to be on FB to get the link? <BR> If you want to search for me there, I am Elizabeth Henley Westcott.) <BR> and there may ... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 10:15:53 EST Thank you, my wise friends! I have a ton of new comfortable walking shoe brands to explore. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I found out my TV is not a smart tv so not internet compatible. <BR> We do not have a WiFit <BR> (well, we did, but it moved out with my daughter last summer). <BR> We do not have smart phones to stream the movies to <BR> (although I can watch them on my laptop and on my iPod touch). <BR> As I recall, in order to keep my cable bill as low as possible, I have the lowest internet speed my provider ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 12:36:27 EST Help from the Sparkworld, please Two questions, non-weight related: <BR> <BR> I like to think I am technologically proficient but we never even had cable TV until we downsized to a condo a few years ago (it's how we bribed our daughter to move- DH and I are not big TV watchers). <BR> Now we have a HDTV, cable, dvr, dvd player and wi-fi, <BR> all of which I can manage fine. <BR> Now I want to add Netflix but I cannot figure out how to connect my tv (Sanyo DP32649) to the network through my router. <BR> After studying the man... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 09:19:27 EST SOMEBODY is getting old! My #1 son is 45 today! <em>40</em> <BR> How is that even possible? <BR> I don't even think of myself as that old. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Well, it is true, I was a teenaged mother when he was born in 1969: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christopher has not had an easy life- <BR> a brilliant child with (I believe) undiagnosed learning disabilities <BR> (an excellent reader and early but a very poor writer) <BR> and attention a... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:54:16 EST Day 5- Pearl is slowly getting there Her doctor said her lungs sound much better this morning <BR> (mom has to take her in every morning to get checked) <BR> and to continue the same routine. <BR> <BR> Baby had a rough night and is still coughing alarmingly and was screaming last night for some reason but she is on the road to recovery. <BR> <BR> We have William and Lucy over here and hope mommy and baby are snuggling and resting comfortably. <BR> Both of them have drippy noses and are coughing, too- probably the source of Pe... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:24:28 EST Pearl is home! The doc gave her a nebulizer treatment and sent her home. <BR> We were afraid she would need to go into the hospital. <BR> She has RSV- a respiratory virus common in children but dangerous for infants. <BR> The first 5 days are the worst- today is her fourth day. <BR> She has to go to the pediatrician's every morning. <BR> She also has a double ear infection so is on an antibiotic and she's on prednisone to help keep her airways open. <BR> I hope she feels a bit better now. <BR> If you coul... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 12:43:14 EST We're all worried about the baby Pearl is a bit worse today. <BR> She is coughing (sounds painful) and crying more. <BR> She has a worried and confused sick-kid look on her tiny face. <BR> Today is day 5- <BR> her parents are doing everything they can to keep her out of the hospital. <BR> Today I went to pick up William (to bring here for the day) and Lucy, to bring to her preschool- but she refused to go! <BR> Lucy loves school and did not go last week because of MLK day, a snow day and a drippy nose. <BR> She begged to go ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:40:15 EST RSV! Pearl has this respiratory infection called Respiratory Syncytial Virus. <em>24</em> <BR> It may have been caused by being exposed to Lucy's and William's cold but when it gets into a baby's lungs- <BR> esp. in first 6 months (she is just 6 weeks)- <BR> it is fairly common but can be serious. <BR> Her mom is taking her to the doctor's every single morning at 9 to monitor her closely and she is quarantined from other than family. <BR> In the meantime, L&W need some extra care and I am work... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 09:50:35 EST Nearly 3 months along in my weight loss study A few sparkbuds had asked me about this: <BR> I am participating in a weight loss study at nearby Brown University using WeightWatchersOnline plus their ActiveLink activity tracker. <BR> All free for one year. <em>104</em> <BR> There are no meetings or nutritional counseling of any kind. <BR> I go to the wt loss center every 3 months to get weighed in and fill out questionnaires. <BR> (We were divided into 3 groups and that is the level of support I was assigned.) <BR> My first weigh in wi... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:40:12 EST Perspectives Stole this from my friend SHERYLD today- <BR> I couldn't agree more: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cold and rainy in RI today- I have the weekend off, yay! <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:13:23 EST Bits of my life philosophy Our 'message from the universe' speaks directly to my heart- <BR> all things happen for a reason- <BR> we learn from our mistakes- <BR> we must forgive ourselves (and others!) and move on- <BR> give yourself credit for how far you have come... <BR> <BR> "If you didn't do what you wish you had done, elizabeth, <BR> or if you did do what you wish you hadn't, <BR> may I suggest that back then you were simply acting on instinct, <BR> and that it served you well? <BR> <BR> Particularly knowin... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:26:08 EST A day 'off' Ha! <BR> Those who know me know me know why I'm laughing about that. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I slept in a bit <em>104</em> <BR> DH went out for b-fast with a buddy so I have the house to myself for a few hours- <BR> a rare event. <em>244</em> <BR> I will NOT clean the whole house today- maybe just tidy up, dust and vacuum- <BR> tired of spending my rare days off cleaning. <em>28</em> <BR> I have several piles of papers to deal with- thank you notes to write, books and movies... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 09:32:00 EST Yikes! Frozen pipes! It's WICKED cold in RI right now. <BR> <BR> (Btw- I was not saying I didn't enjoy the show Wicked in my last blog- just found the story line a bit silly) <BR> <BR> We didn't get as much snow as forecast but we definitely are experiencing the Arctic cold front sent to us by our so called 'friends' in Canada (you knoow who you are!). <BR> <BR> We have our first frozen pipe and hope we are treating it right- <BR> we think we isolated where in the wall it is (it is only going to one of our 3 t... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 17:28:17 EST WICKED review DH and I went to PPAC (the Providence Performing Arts Center) to see the touring production of Wicked, the back story of Glinda the good witch and Elphaba, two very different personalities who became lifelong friends while in school. <BR> The show was very well done; <BR> the sets, costumes and dancing were great; <BR> the singing was wonderful <BR> (although none of the songs were one bit familiar to me so I couldn't really understand a lot of the lyrics and the choral singing was impossib... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 11:16:29 EST I am one lucky lady! We had a wonderful Christmas! <BR> How can you not with a 3 and a 4 yr old? <em>334</em> <BR> Lucy and William totally believe! <BR> We prepped and trained Wm to say thank you for every present <BR> even if it's NOT a toy <BR> (we learned that the hard way on his 3rd b-day in Nov). <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Pearl is the sweetest cutest little baby and we all adore her! <em>80</em> <BR> Here's my DD, Mimi, holding our two week old Pearl on Santa's lap at our big family party yeste... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:52:49 EST Merry Christmas from little Pearl and family! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The last one (for now)! <BR> <BR> <BR> I, like most women I know, am exhausted! <BR> My sore throat last week really set me back, then I had to work some make-up days, and try to catch up with shopping, wrapping, baking... <BR> I have simplified as much as possible, let some traditions go for this year, but it's still a lot, isn't it? <BR> I love it all but it's very tiring. <BR> <BR> So, I am checking out... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:26:27 EST And another one of Pearl A friend of my dil's (a young photographer) just took a class on photographing newborns and took these at no charge and doesn't mind us sharing. <BR> My throat is much (not all) better and I went over and held the baby for an hour last night. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Take some time to breath deeply today as you are trying to get everything done. <BR> I'm sort of grateful I have to work 4:30- 10:30 to... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 10:25:28 EST Precious Pearl at 8 days young Words fail me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:36:04 EST Life is so good! First we got to spend a lot of extra time with Lucy and William as their mother was resting up for her new baby's delivery these last few weeks. <BR> Even just watching the snow fall one day, and a deer creep up to our bird-feeder just out our window was fun <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Then we made (graham cracker) gingerbread houses one day when Sophia was here. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:13:02 EST Our precious new little one, Pearl Grace My heart is full of love and gratitude for our new grandbaby. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:53:46 EST Welcome my new grandaughter! Here she is: <BR> Our perfect little Pearl (blank right now) Westcott <BR> 8lbs 11 ounces <BR> (Pat and Jean's smallest baby yet) <BR> Born at 4:45 this afternoon after a very easy labor <BR> (easy for me to say). <BR> Here she is meeting big sister, Lucy, and big brother, William, for the first time: <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:46:33 EST iPad tips? I have owned ipods for years so am very comfortable with apple's user-friendly intuitive approach and love it. <BR> I do not own an iphone or ipad, <BR> although my ipod Touch acts just like an iphone but without the phone part (did you know that?) and there's even an app for that! <BR> My new client, Judith, just received an iPad for her 80th birthday and is pretty intimidated by it. <BR> I talked her into letting me take it home for a few days and then come back and teach her how to use it... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 20:09:04 EST Waiting, waiting, waiting Still no new grandbaby! <BR> My poor DIL's doc is stalling her. <BR> Jean, who, may be 5'3", had her 1st baby at 37. <em>79</em> <BR> Lucy was a bit over 10 pounds! <em>40</em> <BR> Then 18 months later, William was born- just under 10 lbs. <em>251</em> <BR> Now, Jean is 41 and expecting her 3rd baby any day now. <BR> She is hugely pregnant (no gestational diabetes involved), <em>15</em> <BR> very tired, <BR> and quite uncomfortable. <BR> Her back hurts constantly, <BR> there is... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:27:39 EST One more profound msg from the universe... ...especially as I am working hard on self-care and nurturing. <BR> Are you? <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> "Isn't it a hoot? elizabeth, of all the people in all the world who actually "get it," few actually give it to themselves. <BR> <BR> Whatever it is you want, elizabeth, start. <BR> <BR> Give yourself compliments, praise, and presents. <BR> <BR> Give yourself time, permission, and love. Hugs, kisses, and smiles. Winks, laughs, and applause. <BR> <BR> And I will give you even more. <... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 10:19:52 EST Play nice! Smile. <BR> Be kind. <BR> It's free. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> This is my message from the universe today but it applies to us all- <BR> especially this time of year: <BR> <BR> "You just never know, elizabeth, who in the crowd, standing beside you in line or passing you in the street, might be raised in spirit, or even lifted from despair, by the kindness in your glance or the comfort of your smile. <BR> <BR> But they may never forget. <BR> <BR> Supersize me, <BR> The Universe"... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:06:42 EST I must, I must, I must trust the process! I am on the last day of the 4th week of my wt loss study's new regime <BR> (Wt Watchers and using their ActiveLink activity tracker) <BR> and this week my wt went UP! <BR> <em>234</em> <em>15</em> <em>46</em> <BR> I did so well at Thanksgiving- ate reasonable portions of the healthiest foods- maybe a few too many spiced nuts, at most. <BR> Even the pumpkin spice cake I made (mostly for me) came out yucky and I threw it in the trash (nibbled a bit of the icing and nuts first). <BR>... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:53:20 EST Happy Thanksgiving! I am hosting today so (except for a few dishes being brought) I will be in control of preparations, which is nice. <BR> Luckily for me, I don't like pie at all as my husband makes good ones, so I hear, and always makes a few, so that's one less thing I have to worry about. <BR> <BR> <em>550</em> <em>210</em> <em>147</em> <em>367</em> <em>471</em> <em>181</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> We are still waiting for Jean and Pat's new baby to arrive- any day now..... <BR> <BR> Just a qu... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:53:15 EST Sweet William is three! Here's my beautiful birthday boy: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It took him a while to start talking (with such a talkative big sister, Lucy) but now he talks non-stop, sometimes with a bit of a stutter but his doctor says to pay no mind. <BR> Lucy and I are making cupcakes to take over to their house for a small famliy party later and then he will have a big party at his other grandmother's house on Saturday. <BR> <em>44</em> <em>44</em> ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:56:17 EST Do some women give up TOO much of themselves? We women are brought up to be such caregivers sometimes we give up our very selves! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I had 8 younger siblings, so of course my mother needed help with <BR> (she was fragile physically and mentally). <BR> Then I married at 16 (in the late 60's, when women did all of the care-giving -not to mention all the cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc), <BR> had 2 babies in 2 years, <BR> and then added working (for 28 years) and going to school (for 6 years-worked part time duri... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:03:51 EST