OVERWORKEDJANET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OVERWORKEDJANET OVERWORKEDJANET's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Celebrating with the man in my life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422606 My DH turns 66 today! <BR> It's even a more precious day as most of us thought he wouldn't be here for it. So much so that on his last visit to the specialist, the doctor announced he though DH would be capable of gracing the planet for another 10 years if all goes well. They won't be easy but we'll make them enjoyable. <BR> <BR> My honey gave me permission to plan a trip for our 40th anniversary in January. He said he'd be able and content to sit on a porch or balcony overlooking the water.... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:37:29 EST Shadowing the "Beckers" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422306 I have the Beck "pink" but stall every time I read it. One day I'll analyze why that happens. Something is off-putting to me. Maybe it's the work involved and I'm lazy or rebellious. <BR> In the meantime I'm riding on the thoughtfulness and thoughts of those of you who have graciously read it and distilled it. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I've been in a bit of a transition the past two weeks since vacation and am searching to get back to my normal. Having to choose from a menu kind of worked fo... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:40:06 EST A taste of my own medicine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6421444 DH has been listening to my life through Spark, seen some blogs and even met our nice Sparker STRONGDAWG and her spouse. He doesn't quite get the camaraderie but he evidently has paid attention to other things. <BR> AND, he has a get-back-at-you streak. <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> I was avoiding any snacks last night when he entered my space, waking from his sleep realizing he had given himself the incorrect insulin at bedtime. Easily fixed, I said. Have a glass of milk, and English muffin and ... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:48:49 EST I have no problem with my image, just my initiative to lose the weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420894 Perhaps this is why I don't jump all over the weight loss band wagon even though I should. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I have a darned good self image. <BR> <BR> Today I tried a pool class intended for arthritis sufferers. There were plenty of stretches and movements I've been missing in my regular hard core workouts. The class/pool was full of very nice, older(than me) people and I was loathe to muscle my way into the deeper water. I was able to balance in hip deep water to do lots of one-le... Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:06:45 EST Final pictures of our trip. Back to reality. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420468 There was so much we did and saw. <BR> Our last stay was along Athabasca river. I walked along for quite a distance, realizing I needed to yell "Hey, bear" as I was walking quietly, good and alone! Oops. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fca2ea7-3266-443c-8736-453939ec6893.jpg"> <BR> We walked a bit in the town of Jasper <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/024b43cb-b53d-4d8a-8732-18b19e80f989.jpg"> <BR> And had this outside our dining window <BR> <img... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:14:55 EST Canadian Rocky Mountain high. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419990 We traveled from Banff and it got better and better! <BR> We took a boat ride on Lake Minnewanka <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5a8431c2-2df7-41eb-901e-df6a48a69ea3.jpg"> <BR> It's dammed in and there are remnants of a town down below, a haven for divers. We have something similar in my area but that's another story... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73bb6c3e-0b36-4529-ad93-8af825e6f762.jpg"> <BR> More critters on the road <BR> <img src="http://ph... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:04:47 EST Visited Bamff for a few days on our trip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419631 We visited Bamff from top <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84afd91b-3d0f-4645-8942-6f77ae2e0cab.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d83add4c-a8da-47c8-9db0-73b7494a2016.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c7325a0-d290-4ab1-8a4b-c78d5d0732c2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To bottom <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bb16165-bffe-45b4-889e-6367013a62ec.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cd45bb7... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 08:16:09 EST Photos of the first few days of vacation. Perhaps will inspire me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419285 This must be post-vacation letdown. I lost a firm 2 pounds on my trip; hooray! I practiced good eating. Since I've been home it's been laundry, shopping, cooking and major cleaning. I am scrubbing the OUTSIDE of the house and the windows. Lucky me I have a ranch and don't need a ladder. The dust that settles all year turns the house tan and it should be gray. Now to reminiscing my trip. <BR> <BR> Glacier National Park, MT had some magnificent areas and we had great weather. I haven't labele... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 07:32:43 EST Enjoyed some time way. Blog 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418646 We took a bus tour of the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park. I figured If I didn't drive, taking care of DH might be easier, and it was. We still had some challenges but he managed to have a good time, keep up with the pack and entertain himself while I hiked around. AND, he's back to his old tricks. <BR> <BR> Calgary Olympic Park. DH and his Bro <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cbd8d99-33eb-4ade-abc2-4e1237e01d15.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A Blizzard in Canada <BR> <im... Fri, 6 Oct 2017 08:43:57 EST Tired but enchanted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417978 This morning I'm a bit groggy with travel and time change. <BR> We had a wonderful time on our tour and I took around 2000 pictures, all of which have been uploaded to my computer for slow inspection and cropping. <BR> DH was a trooper and managed to see many of the sights, walk a good bit and even get in and out of transportation without too much difficulty. I never thought I'd be able to vacation with him again. Not to say all was roses and wine... but we did it! <BR> <BR> Since I'm tired ... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:50:40 EST Whirlwind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414535 We'll be off tonight and I've decided no internet if I can help it. I want to be peopled and forested and traveled. <BR> I want to view all that I can and revel in the ability to see! <BR> I will never again take my sight for granted. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I haven't been very good in the eating department since I've been released from lying around. I have also been exercising a good bit too so it's "sorta' balanced out. I will TRY my best to avoid eating like a fool. <BR> Catch you on th... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:56:33 EST Tired and sleepless in preparation for vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414098 <em>479</em> <em>636</em> <em>574</em> <BR> We are preparing for our trip and early rising required to travel daily by tour bus. DH's a slow starter and we need to adjust life to about a 4 hour difference. Can't do that in one day. <BR> <em>128</em> <BR> I think it was a good idea. <BR> <em>12</em> <BR> A 2hour time change, not too bad. <BR> <em>56</em> <BR> DH needs about 2 hours from waking to be mobile. so 2 hour earlier rise. 4 total hour change! <BR> <em>134</em> ... Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:00:33 EST Sometimes ya just gotta chase squirrels-granddog style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413295 Chewy is now 11 months old and as big as he'll get. A whopping 9.4 pounds. He was a bundle of energy springing from the floor to the back of my couch then on my head when I had to lay still. He'd bring me these toys and place them in my hand to play tug of war. <BR> Now he thinks he's a Border Collie. <BR> I hope this silly pup gives you a laugh too! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5b25a22-5615-4952-b8f2-868e305a7ab5.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:34:05 EST Medical happiness is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413006 The smile on my doctor's face when he stepped back from shining a 5,000 watt light bulb into my eye after he made me do handstands with that hazel colored orb! <BR> <BR> The sigh of relief and pat on the back from DH a we were preparing to leave the office. <BR> <BR> Congratulations from the staff for healing well done. <BR> <BR> Well wishes from all to bring back the pictures I am going to take on my trip next week! <BR> <BR> I still have some anomalies that are part of the damage but I ... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:37:34 EST Happy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412157 I hope you've had a good weekend, fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> My life is fairly status quo and I'll take that; thank you very much. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> DH feels more independent since his great adventure with his buddies. He's actually been helping out around the house, offering to do things and opening car doors for me (it's been years). I'm sure his buddies had a bit to do with this. Sometimes you need someone else's opinion. <BR> <BR> Just like we do here. We tell our stories... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:07:22 EST Big boys had fun; I had quiet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411226 Right now the tired boy is snoozing in his chair. <BR> He enjoyed his man-time with the guys. He said he laughed the whole time. <BR> Good for him. <BR> Did he behave? Naw. <BR> Ate ice cream one night. Forgot his long-acting insulin one day which made all his sugars be much higher. Forgot to take his medicine with his meals once or twice. <BR> He survived. <BR> I had no tv, read a book, ate a bit too much of some stuff and not enough of the other. <BR> <BR> Freedom was a bit lonely but nic... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:39:51 EST Another quiet milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410380 Did I mention I'm alone for 3ish days? <BR> <BR> Did I mention DH is NOT in a hospital? <BR> <BR> His pals of 40 years all got together and took him away on a guys trip to their mountain cabins to relive the glory days! <BR> <BR> No TV is on in my house. I got a good night of sleep, albeit a colder bed. I have nothing to do and am doing not much of anything. <BR> <BR> Gee, it's quiet. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:40:03 EST Remembering. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6410173 I watched various snippets of ceremonies today. I thought about where I had been, what went on that day and how it felt. <BR> This summer DH and I went to the Flight 93 Memorial. <BR> It felt raw and fresh then. <BR> It still does. <BR> <BR> Peace, no matter how fleeting and small, would feel so much better. <BR> <em>652</em> <BR> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:32:09 EST The old grey mare just ain't what she used to be. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409936 Sparkers, I've been quietly suffering the effects of being 63 and immobile for almost 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> Once my MD said I could sit, stand and walk again I had been very hesitant to move quickly. Afraid to make that detachment return and all. <BR> <BR> Friday I went to my pool to only walk, move around and feel normal. I walked back and forth for about 20 minutes at a slow pace. Did a few passes with lunge steps in waist deep water. 2 minutes of slowwwww jumping jacks in chest high water w... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:13:37 EST Kids got lucky on the island. Emerged unscathed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409475 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c2908ea-37bf-4aa8-a18f-6fc028935f66.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Good kids. They kept their wits and life preservers around them. <BR> Sat, 9 Sep 2017 21:53:50 EST Helping those in need. What works for me. Update on family in Bahamas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409033 Gee whizz. <BR> Hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquake. <BR> Famine and pestilence follows. <BR> <BR> Packing nonperishables I bought may make me feel better having donated a "physical" thing, but I'd rather give funds to someone who can increase the purchase power of my dollar. On the global scale, money to a worthy organization is best. They know where the need is and how to get items, people and services locally- which all costs money. <BR> <BR> I can volunteer my time closer to home.... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 12:23:21 EST Keeping an eye on the tiger; Irma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6408310 Now <BR> My niece lives on one of the small Bahamas islands not a direct hit but certainly in the cone. Last my brother heard they had shuttered the university she works at and were hunkering down. Unfortunately sea level IS sea level and her division is the marine biology on-the-beach one. <BR> <BR> Eye of the tiger. <BR> Last night I offered shelter to my cousin who usually houses me on my Florida visits. She and her dog are welcome here where we probably will still be hit with a hopefull... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 12:40:49 EST Back to almost normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407464 I know I said "naughty" in my feed. <BR> That will return in a few more days of being compliant. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I must confess that all this bravery and behaving has taken its' toll on me. <BR> The day the doctor congratulated me with successful surgery, I braved it out into the parking deck then sobbed on DH's shoulder like I'd lost me best friend for about 5 minutes. Whew, THAT was stress released and scared the hell out of the man who thinks I'm a rock. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR... Mon, 4 Sep 2017 08:34:13 EST Gandparent milestones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407172 My first GS turned 7 yesterday. <BR> He's a self-proclaimed expert of oh, so many things! Friday he read me a funny book while jumping up and down, twirling around, hopping on one foot all the while doing what little boys do; hanging onto boy things. <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> I raised girls and it was very different. <BR> With the two overactive young male creatures in my daughters' household, sweet Caroline is showing all the signs of being a good tussler as well! <BR> I was tired just list... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 11:02:30 EST September already. Time for fall motivation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406404 I like seeing crisp, blues skies and yellow leaves. I like the smell of piles of leaves; maybe from childhood memories of jumping in them! There is also something therapeutic in clearing out the jungle of my garden as plants wither in the fall. <BR> I like clean spaces. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> My ramp up to exercise got a boost as shopping yesterday helped my tracker log 2900 steps but my fatigue level noticed it. I'm increasing the "Tigger" in me and sitting still for less amounts of time... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 07:18:06 EST Puppy has returned to parents. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405668 I continue to look for my constant shadow as I walk through the house. No one is biting my pajama bottoms. Scratching at the bathroom door. Sticking a horribly soaked chewed toy in my hand for a tug of war. Leaving surprises near the pee pad instead of on it. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Huh. It was easy to fall back into dog caring mode but so much easier to give it up! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Chewy was so happy to see his mom that his tail went in circles for minutes. <BR> <BR> Time to ge... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 08:34:27 EST Beautiful things. Great news. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405441 I changed my page to reflect some beautiful things. <BR> By following instructions with medications, even getting up every several hours in the night, I dogged a bullet. <BR> Today the doctor said "Congratulations, this looks great!" <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Then he admonished me to remember I had surgery, no matter it was in my eye and I still will be uncomfortable. What had occurred post-op should clear up in time. <BR> I am humbled by technology that allow me to walk away with vision whe... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:59:25 EST Coping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6404453 This whole eye thing has been a humbling experience. Annoying to boot and thanks to ONEKIDSMOM for the shoutout. <BR> I am watching Chewy while the kids are across the pond visiting family and I was given permission by my MD to be able to walk the dog. After being sloth-like for the past 5 weeks (!!!!!!) I find it is difficult to walk a 9 pound dog down the block and back. My energy level is zip. There is weakness I have never felt as even when I've had major surgery, physical activity was p... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 08:12:57 EST Standing by http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403556 Nothing worse than hearing "We'll have to work on that " from my eye doctor. <BR> Everything is lemon-lime and cloudy. <BR> Apparently I am not having a fairy tale recovery. <BR> Sigh. <BR> Tired of laying on my side with my nose to the floor. <BR> Hmmmpf. <BR> More procedures in my future. <BR> <BR> Being pirate-like is not easy. <BR> <BR> I am hoping all my Gulf state friends stay safe! <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:20:02 EST Patience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402801 Behave and see the doc next week. Not much more than that! <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:17:49 EST Sloths can be cute. Good thing I'm cute! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401552 Two weeks ago, with doctor permission, I managed to get in over 8,000 steps but that was the day I noticed vision changes had reoccurred. Argh! Ah, talking like the pirate I have become! <BR> <BR> I've been sidelined for over 4 weeks now and there's a good 3-4 weeks left of no exercise allowed. I thought I'd be able to sneak in some leg lifts, arm curls even some sped up walking around the house. No such luck. Most of my time is spent lying on my left side, head down and trying to not be unc... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:18:49 EST My prize fight was ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401399 Today my doctor is happy as the surgery went very well. (I thought it was interesting from my viewpoint) <BR> My eye is pretty good although my body has some strange healing habits and he hopes it doesn't interfere with things. Drops every 2 hours instead of 4. <BR> I'm not too uncomfortable. DH can look at me for now but as the swelling and bruising may spread he promises not to pass out. <BR> "nuff for today. I hope everyone is well! <BR> <em>334</em> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:43:35 EST Reruns, or; I think I saw this before. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400692 Actually I'm having the bigger surgery. My retina continues to detach in other places even though what he fixed looks great. <BR> Oh, well. <BR> At least I don't have to be awake for this one. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> DH is alternately worried or revolted. Eyes are not his thing although he is trying. He also shows concern by becoming withdrawn and I gave him some good words on that today. <BR> The doctor said he will ensure I can go on my flight in 6 weeks. <BR> Nothing to do but what need... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:47:16 EST Tomatoes in abundance, or; my kitchen is messy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399651 I live in the Garden State home to those "Jersey fresh" tomatoes. <BR> This year my tiny garden has one particular plant that produces tomatoes the size of grapefruit! It's an heirloom called Cherokee Purple. The seed spaces are rather green and it has this wonderful green top although the meat (really meaty) is dark red. <BR> For comparison I sat it next to a 1 cup measure. This beast weighs 1 pound! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/282f103f-5eb9-4270-b3f8-84646f6038c1.j... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:17:58 EST Still behaving and missing summer activities. I'll look at old pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398977 At jeopardy is my anticipated vacation at the end of September which includes long flights so I am making good efforts to behave. I continue to stay mostly tethered to my couch in anticipation of a second procedure on my retina next week. It's common and I'm ok with it. But, and I whine, "I'm so bored!" <BR> <BR> BARBARAJ73's blog about gratitude for something beautiful about where you live made me think about all the good things I have within a hour's drive. Since I can't journey, I looked ... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:09:45 EST holding pattern http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397919 Holding myself to not overdoing things. <BR> <BR> Holding my tongue when things don't get done the way I want, even though they get done. <BR> <BR> Holding hands with DH <BR> <BR> Watching some kids grow up <BR> <BR> Intent on reading at 18 months <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73275f0d-7e09-4052-bf69-471ca8cc6db1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Playing Sushi go with Pop <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85798643-572b-4c6b-91f1-78689155c047.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If ... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 14:15:06 EST Behave. Repeat. Behave. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397149 My doctor said I've done very well. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> My eye has not behaved so well. I still a have all kinds of fluid, not my fault, so I probably will have a squeak of surgery next week unless the whole darned thing falls apart again. I have friends who say it worked for their loved one so I just have to hang in there. <BR> And it's gross. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> My vision is still awesome which surprises me so there are no choices. <BR> <BR> To see, or not to see. <BR> No qu... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 16:30:04 EST Transportation trip version 2. Planes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396584 But first, perhaps a little known fact outside of PA. <BR> The Susquehanna Statue of Liberty, a 25 foot replica <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5cec1548-5c66-4e09-adfa-ab1f0a8c22c3.jpg"> <BR> Originally build out of venetian blinds and scrap by a local man and friends to observe the centennial of her installation in NY, it was destroyed in a flood and locals worked to replace it around 1990. We saw it multiple times over the years and thought everyone knew about it. My B... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 08:38:10 EST Home from the car auction with empty hands and full memories! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396457 This will be a multi-blog trip because we packed in so much. First, I behaved but I think my eye didn't. I followed the doctors' instructions but the creeping dark spot has returned. Sigh. Back to the MD on Monday. <BR> <BR> We were here: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce8bc8eb-2109-4389-a34b-5faf8826c74a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found MY car, or rather, several cars. <BR> The car I should drive to Miami, '62 Lincoln. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad0... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 21:10:37 EST A blog for the road. Old cars in the future. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395261 We had planned a trip to the Mecum car auction in Harrisburg with DH's bro and wife. We are still doing it although I'll be looking more slowly. I enjoy cars and some of you know I have mechanic skills. I rebuilt the engine on my '66 Mustang myself with Mom's help back in the early '70's! <BR> <BR> I keep telling DH let's buy an old car already restored, drive it across country on the Old Lincoln Highway and then to Rt. 66 and sell it when we are in California. He's not biting my bait. The b... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 20:15:14 EST Gratitude for small things today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395124 Yesterday DD2 came down to help out by cleaning and vacuuming. What a treat to sit and chat, too! We got a good laugh at DH in his "old" form again. In helping me find something in a closet he ended up walking around the house shirtless with his blossoming return of man-belly, in shorts and flip-flops with his old police uniform hat on. <BR> What a sight only a wife and kids could love! <BR> Although it's not a small thing, I am so grateful he responded to the care and love we threw at him to... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:50:21 EST Bonus blog. A sight to behold! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394300 Nice, simply nice! <BR> I still have 20/20 distance vision and the repairs look good. He'll hold judgement on the residual swelling that occurred. Behave myself, rest on my side 3 hours a day and come back in two weeks. <BR> <BR> I'll stop worrying, will continue to behave and will slowly and carefully become the active me I had been last Monday when I logged enough exercise for over 900 calories burned. The next day, zilch and my max steps this past week were 230! <BR> <BR> My muscles and ... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:29:46 EST GRATEFUL. Senses. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394108 I am a grateful kind of person and take very little of my life for granted. <BR> I had intended to follow BARBARAJ73"s 30 days of gratefulness blogs, but alas, getting time online has been dicey. <BR> <BR> I can say I am grateful every day for the gifts of our five senses; vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch. <BR> <BR> I've lost some of my sense of smell over the past few years. A family curse and age. I can still smell things but small nuances escape me and I have to push to find thin... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:25:28 EST Has a moment to check in while digesting dinner....can't lay down yet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393598 I can see fairly fine. It's the future I need to worry about. <BR> I've been behaving including miraculously waking up in the same position I go to sleep in! <BR> How does THAT happen? <BR> <BR> No one has asked me who is caring for me. <BR> <BR> DH! <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> He's learned to bake chicken nuggets and tater tots. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> He's also gone grocery shopping on his own, driven me to all my appointments and has done laundry and cleaning! <BR> <BR> HOOR... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:40:09 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393221 A brief update while I am upright. LOL. Long enough for food to get far enough down to not bother me. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> This is me. <BR> There's not much I can do to change the future except follow directions. Lay on my left (and the bad) side as much as possible. <BR> I've seen two doctors post surgery. The day after, things looked good. Today was not as happy as there's fluid where it shouldn't be so I was asked nicely to be still and keep the bubbles (in my eye) where they can use... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:47:12 EST this wasn't supposed to happen, it did and is getting better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392378 It started Monday with the sensation someone was shining a flashlight over my head at 4 am. Later in the day I couldn't see my nose from my right eye. Everything else was fine and I exercised and played in my pool. Maybe a migraine? <BR> I saw my eye doctor yesterday morning and endured a very intense examination followed by the most caring talk by my physician. He said I was fortunate I recognized this and didn't wait. <BR> You will leave here and go directly to this office. They will be wa... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:00:25 EST Doing things right. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391829 Not saying that a week makes a streak, but at least for the past 7 days I can say "I got this." <BR> <BR> Eating well, lighter and less. <BR> Exercising more. <BR> Taking it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> We'll see...... <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:21:54 EST Superheroes AND firefighters, oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391139 What could be better than spending a day with a group of superheroes than spending that time in a firehouse? <BR> GS2's birthday party was held at a local firehouse, the whole affair run by the women's auxiliary. The firemen enlightened the kids on how they work and fire safety. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc6a94e0-3247-47a3-8940-67768336c05f.jpg"> <BR> Checking out firetrucks. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba6f4f34-acbc-470f-895f-4d92a02a2424... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:24:12 EST My Superhero turns 4 today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390534 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58a05eb1-6fdb-4835-99ba-b0eae8e33c2b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05560221-203a-4822-8e72-cfd98b6bfc29.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29a09647-52d7-484f-bede-624feba3f4b9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> By my kid's front door, there is a rack with pegs to hold keys. <BR> It also holds a Batman mask for emergencies! <BR> <BR> Happy 4th birthday to a great hugger. Sat, 22 Jul 2017 09:34:37 EST It works for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390129 <em>40</em> <em>246</em> <BR> As I started this blog, the advertisements placed on the margin of my screen are for fryers. Pictured in the ad are fried chicken wings, onion rings, white and sweet potato fries. All fried to perfection. This girl isn't being taken in or tempted to buy. Well, maybe tempted to think about eating fried food. I do not own a fryer, don't fry foods an any quantity of oils and don't order fried foods when I eat out. <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> What works for me... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:28:05 EST