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/ Happiness is...whatever makes your day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189218 Good Saturday morning! <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> My happiness is many things today: <BR> <BR> Spark People <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> A place to toss ideas into the wind and get answers back. <BR> A place to vent (whine, moan, grump) without censure. <BR> A place to keep TRACK of my food and exercise. <BR> <BR> Around my home <BR> I enjoyed the giggle of a physician who was tickled pink at DH's recovery! <BR> I survived a week of life's tests; medical, physical and mental and still have my... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 07:17:48 EST Updates and busyness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188073 The pneumatic chair system sprung a leak and DH volunteered to climb out of the therapy pool yesterday. This meant 5 ladder steps up, turn and 3 down; without help. Shaky, slow but accomplished to cheers all around! You don't know your potential until you try, eh? <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Later he told me he thought he would do never be able to do something like that. He finally understands how ill he was and is having a few "woe is me" moments. Asking the kids if they knew how sick he was;... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:48:28 EST Healthy meals. They ARE doable. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187099 Yes, yes, you've all told me. I've even done it a time or two. <BR> Measure and plan. Plan and measure. <BR> Don't keep triggers in the house. <BR> Use the Tracker. <BR> <BR> I have been doing all of the above and I think it's working. Not so much on the scale; that's another story. I have healthy, prepared meals in the refrigerator and I don't have to make choices. When I eat I use the tracker to see what I ate for the day. I don't have to worry about the contents, they all meet my criteri... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:51:09 EST RV shopping????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185366 Sure, that sounds silly considering the past 6 months, but heck there was nothing else to do! <BR> DH has had a few really good days so I said let's go see. We've spent countless days at RV shows in the past getting painful quad exercises stepping in and out of monstrosities. <BR> The last show we attended I was a pen stroke away from purchasing a trailer. <BR> <BR> We went to a big place about an hour away, warned the salesman we were only playing and he went along for the ride. It helped t... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:50:20 EST Hello, deer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183193 While I was dutifully logging in for the 366th day in a row, I was distracted by some large movement outside. <BR> These guys came to play. My camera was still set for the night sky so my pictures are not what I'd like. And my movements disturbed their calmness. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/278500b2-7045-448d-a6b7-3b9182f3baed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They've go the makings of some good sized racks, heavily moss-covered and dull at the moment. If they survive dodging the cars... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 06:36:29 EST What has occured in a year of daily logging into Spark or; why haven't I gone crazy yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182546 I "spun the wheel" June 14 of last year not realizing it would become a lifeline during the year to come. That day I posted a picture blog of our visit to Salt Lake City after spending a week in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with the in-laws. <BR> Here's the condensed version! <BR> June <BR> DH has diagnostic endoscopic surgery. I start grasping at SP to NOT eat like a fiend and keep exercising. <BR> July <BR> DH becomes very ill, very quickly. <BR> DD1 announces baby #3. <BR> N... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:02:37 EST My night sky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181674 I stood out on my pool deck for an hour at sunset tonight to catch glimpse of planets and moons. I wish I had better equipment but I'm satisfied. And I got some nice cool evening air. <BR> <BR> The moon <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fc044c3-3329-4cb1-994b-0b68e6a874c8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jupiter and it's four moons. May be you can't see it so well here. There's another star on the far right. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d42f75ce-c9a8-481d-96bc-4... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 22:04:43 EST Happy weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180712 Miscellaneous doings and information, even if you're not interested. <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Something is sticky on my kitchen floor by the sink. I guess I have to mop. If I only I had kept my shoes on, well, you know.... <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> I met our new neighbors yesterday. They've made nice changes to the landscaping. Energetic, go-getters and partiers. His 30th birthday party is today and he apologized over and over in advance for the noise. My response? If it bothers me th... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:52:09 EST Reordering. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179505 I grin every time I open my page and see the "new" labels. <BR> <BR> "Reorder" friends. <BR> "Reorder" teams. <BR> <BR> verb <BR> 1. request (something) to be made, supplied, or served again. <BR> 2. arrange (something) again. <BR> <BR> I've only used this word in the first meaning so I am amused. <BR> <BR> I'll have two new friends, hold the downers, and a side of new teams, please! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> May I reorder a new life? <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> I'm all about "rear... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:21:48 EST Owning a pool is sexy. Until... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178093 Got your attention with the word sexy? <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> We've been backyard pool people for 30+ years. It's the hole in the backyard that we throw money into every year. <BR> It used to be easy. <BR> DH and various kids would help remove the winter stuff and the same crew would cover it for the next year. Last week I took it all off myself; no choice the timing was all wrong with vacations and storms. I wanted to ensure the pine needled, larva and bird poop loaded black water did n... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:43:36 EST Changing up my diet. It's not easy and a long time coming. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177355 I'm not sure how it happened, but I got it. <BR> <BR> I've had weeks of good, large and healthy meals. No hunger. No deprivation moments. <BR> Perhaps the consistent exercise days are contributing. Having less anxiety about what to make for the two of us. Maybe I'm not stressing over my life so much. <BR> <BR> I've pretty much avoided breads. Trying to keep DH on a heathier carb diet has had me change up a few things for him which affect what is in the cabinets so there's less temptation. <... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 06:58:35 EST Enjoying healthy meals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175893 It should be simple. <BR> It is. <BR> It's our minds that are complicated! <BR> <BR> I kept over-thinking trying to make foods for the two of us that we'd both like. I'd eat the wrong things and get frustrated that food was going to waste, so I'd eat it. Now that DH has a better sense of taste he has a few foods he likes and I make those in bulk for him to switch out during the week. Like me, he likes to have the same daily breakfasts so that was easy. I limited my choices, which made thing... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 15:34:08 EST June already? This week in no particular order- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6175073 I've been using my work skills at home to upgrade my newly retired life. Computer is better, files organized (sorta) schedules....on and on. <BR> <BR> Taking everyone's good advice and treating myself to a real haircut today. I am my father's daughter and always do what I can instead of paying someone else; until I can't. This includes cutting and coloring my own hair. I used to highlight it but that got too tedious and my shoulder hurts. Besides, Nature has highlighted it enough! Film at 11... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:41:58 EST I won a gazillion points on the wheel (of life)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173863 Or: One picture is worth a thousand words. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20c7be26-328d-465d-86f2-088f40b4d963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> For 2 hours he used the shopping cart as a walker and occasionally stepped away from it precariously balancing while looking at things just out of reach. <BR> <BR> Today's picture is totally different. <BR> All his muscles are sore from pushing it yesterday. IV therapy with a new nurse who bounced off the walls from energy... Tue, 31 May 2016 16:06:01 EST Eat healthy meals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172919 It IS harder than it sounds! <BR> <BR> Sure, the groceries are stocked with fresh foods. Freezer sections abound with fresh-frozen veggies and fruits. In a pinch, there are even some healthier frozen prepared selections. It's what I do with these things once they get home. I prepare, eat some and freeze a lot. Then I never go to the freezer and look for what's handy in the refrigerator or cabinet. <BR> <BR> That has already been a bit remedied as I self-wounded my pride. I took a good look ... Mon, 30 May 2016 08:48:02 EST Countdown to Calmness. Another challenge completed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172290 I gave myself 30 days to accept my fate and not fight it. <BR> <BR> It's been tough and though sometimes I am not the brightest of bulbs; I've seen the light. Displays of temper, crying fits, throwing things or slamming doors (the last two my favorites) will not change the present. <BR> What will change my future is taking the higher road with DH and the rest of the family by calmly talking things out. Making plans to do what we can, when we can and celebrate the small miracles. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 29 May 2016 06:45:22 EST What Memorial Day means to me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171777 It's an opportunity to slow my pace for a moment and think about those who have fallen protecting my freedom. <BR> <BR> It's a day I set aside to try to find a ceremony honoring those heroes. <BR> <BR> It is also a day to remember the sacrifices of all who served and are now gone. <BR> <BR> To say thank you to the air to Dad, my father-in law and old friends and hope the whispered thanks are heard. <BR> <BR> <BR> And to those of you who have or continue to serve, thanks for you service ... Sat, 28 May 2016 07:58:32 EST Simply good things for Friday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171300 In no particular order: <BR> <BR> DH weighed in at 150 pounds! <BR> The doctor credits me, the IV treatment, the meds, me, the PT, pancakes with blueberry compote and me. <BR> <BR> I already told you he was walking without his walker at times. The scary trips continue but my 64 yr old toddler is determined. He gets reminded there is no padded diaper to cushion his fall (thank goodness). <BR> <BR> SIL2 had good job interview. Our import found that he must stand in line behind all the nativ... Fri, 27 May 2016 10:03:03 EST When was the last time you gave yourself an upgrade? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170555 I spent most of yesterday afternoon and some of this morning trying to cope with my laptop's inadvertent upgrade to Windows 10. It would have been ok except my "motherboard" has developed the computer version of arthritis. Sigh. <BR> Then this morning my iPad told me IT needed an upgrade! <BR> I think the electronics are done for the present. <BR> <BR> We discuss losing. Maintenance. The how's and the why's. Making what we have better. <BR> <BR> I want an upgrade. <BR> <BR> Janet 5.1 <BR>... Thu, 26 May 2016 06:59:18 EST Why not brighten the day with happy thoughts and pictures? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169288 Here you go...things that make me happy. <BR> <BR> Peas in a pod. Biggest brother, little sister share many traits. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91fc8cc2-049f-4928-b031-bba2debdbfe6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> GS2 is one of THOSE kids. Hands on and into anything. He's a monster who gives the best bear hugs. He'll pat you on the head with gentle hands then slam a plastic truck on it! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b86a6f1b-0bdf-4027-8aef-21dff6204a31.jpg">... Tue, 24 May 2016 06:58:49 EST I forgot to tell you good things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167960 My new GD, Sweet Caroline is having an uphill climb from being a preemie and having digestive issues. These are slowly being worked out and although she's barely gained weight, she is maturing nicely. Smiles and attentiveness. <BR> <BR> Our "terrible two" GS has been a breeze to potty train. Who expected that? I got the giggles when he came running out in decorated underwear (Paw Patrol) and told me he can't get Marshall wet! And he didn't! <BR> <BR> The firstborn has decide he is a profes... Sun, 22 May 2016 07:27:46 EST Habits and routines. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167664 Habit <BR> 7 b : an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary <BR> <BR> Routine <BR> 1 b : habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure <BR> (Merriam-Webster) <BR> <BR> Every morning, without fail, I look out my front window for evidence of wildlife or disturbances of the neighborhood overnight. <BR> It’s my ROUTINE. <BR> Why? <BR> I am looking for dented cars, that my elderly neighbors’ houses are still standing and secure and also t... Sat, 21 May 2016 16:21:13 EST Gaining calmness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166714 I have 11 days to the end of my current challenge. I am trying to separate acceptance and calmness. <BR> <BR> I am still not wholly accepting my current situation but find that if I don't stress about what I can't change, I feel a bit better. <BR> Part of it is the old "You can't change someone else, only your reaction to them." <BR> <BR> Much of my calmness is learning to work with DH to help him realize how life is and how it will be. I got him to agree to meet the elder care attorney. We... Fri, 20 May 2016 05:56:31 EST I've become the vinyl 45 with a scratch. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6166073 I still have 45's. Really. I even have something to play them on. <BR> The Eggplant that Ate Chicago. <BR> Monster Mash <BR> Do You Want to Dance? <BR> Lady Godiva. <BR> <BR> I've got quite a playlist in my head but my personal grooves have a scratch. <BR> I keep saying/complaining/whining the same thing all over again. If I scroll through my blogs I find the same themes. <BR> <BR> I can't. <BR> It doesn't work. <BR> Stuck. <BR> <BR> I had my usual dressing down from my cardiologist yeste... Thu, 19 May 2016 07:17:18 EST It feels like Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165393 It's only three days into the new week and already I've burnt up 7! <BR> <BR> Long story short. <BR> Helped DD1 with kids at 5 am Sunday as the 2 year old decided to reject the bag of mini peppers he ate when she wasn't looking! It was her first time without SIL, who was away. <BR> Screaming baby, big-bellyached kid and a 5 year old bouncing off the walls. No one ignored their proper potty training, too! <BR> In the end all was well and I thought it was fun but I missed my pool class. <BR> ... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:18:25 EST Remember the line about "it'll be a cold day in Hell"? It's snowing here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163512 DH's boss called and they are going to start delivering the boxes they packed for him to go through at his leisure. He's worked for the government for 40+ years so although he's retired, he's still part of the family and will be welcomed back in any position they can prop him up for if he wants. <BR> And they can't figure out what he did with all this stuff. <BR> <em>2</em> <BR> I panicked and covertly went through some of the current mess while he slept for 4 hours yesterday. <BR> You ha... Sun, 15 May 2016 15:34:52 EST If you haven't heard enough about diabetes damage, read on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162625 About 20 years ago, trying to get the man to eat better, I started using threats like: <BR> If your toes fall off I'm not helping you walk. <BR> If your stroke out, I'm not wiping your drool. <BR> If your kidneys go you'd better find someone else to drive you to dialysis. <BR> Who knew it could be worse than that? Of course, I didn't make good on my threats although they hang in the air between us like a thick blanket of fog. <BR> <BR> DH met a retina specialist yesterday. Hemorrhagic areas... Sat, 14 May 2016 07:58:13 EST Lucky. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161967 No superstitions here. <BR> The neighbors' black cat has crossed my path multiple times <BR> I've dropped the salt shaker <BR> I've walked under ladders <BR> Opened umbrellas inside <BR> Broken more than my share of mirrors <BR> <BR> The only masks I've seen are the ones DH uses when using the snow blower. <BR> No one is hiding in my garage with a chain saw although I'd like to use one myself on it's contents! <BR> <BR> Lucky to have what I have. <BR> <BR> I made my new baby girl laugh for... Fri, 13 May 2016 07:16:30 EST Busier than I've ever been doing "normal" things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161296 My life is surprisingly busy. <BR> For example, yesterday I went to the pool at 6:30, home by 8:30. Left at 10:30 to take DH to his PT (I worked out there, too) we stopped for lunch and were home by 2. I left at 2:45 to get my carotids ultrasound done (cross your fingers) and was home by 4:45. I also got 3 loads of laundry done! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> All of these appointments takes time. On any "work" day we are out of the house 4-6 hours. I didn't think much about it until now. <BR> <... Thu, 12 May 2016 07:05:59 EST Murphy's law. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159961 Good morning! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm making my day bright by smiling. I will do so all day! <BR> <BR> Oh, the Murphy's law thing.... <BR> <BR> I pick up the kids at the train station, we have about 10 minutes to kill while DH is still in therapy. I ask SIL if he's like to see our old house in this town. <BR> Sure. <BR> The drive takes me though town past 100 year old homes (our old house is 100) and the 100 year old trees. <BR> The wind is blowing fiercely. <BR> A large dead ... Tue, 10 May 2016 09:09:24 EST This month's challenge: Learning to be calm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159155 I am not going to take classes or yoga or whatever the heck else there is out there to learn calmness. I tend to give others the advice I should follow myself. FIFI sent me a message about my reaction to my stress not helping me. She was right and I appreciate the reminder. <BR> <BR> I have been cognizant of DH's feelings, about his inability to do anything but I can't replace his arms and legs while caring for everything else and myself too. <BR> <BR> I'm in my you-can't-change-what-happ... Mon, 9 May 2016 06:39:11 EST I wish everyone had a Mother's Day like I've had. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158874 I read ONEKIDSMOM's blog and think she had one of the better Mother's Days. How wonderful to do what we are supposed to do, be appreciated and make the best of it? <BR> <BR> I've been pretty grumpy lately, all holidays have not been observed by DH. I've been stewing in my own juices and for what? I've still got the man, he's sorry (on the inside) that he can't celebrate those milestones with me that I think he should. Quite frankly, the only way he would have done anything is if I had remind... Sun, 8 May 2016 16:37:18 EST Starting the day on an electronic flurry of investigating accounts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158608 Busy <BR> I got a message one of my accounts had been used. <BR> I've been resetting passwords all morning. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> Yuck! <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> So far so good. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> Happy Mother's Day to all. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 May 2016 07:14:00 EST NSV x 3 and other stuff. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158042 I have been working out strength training at the PT gym and am starting to feel some results, one NSV! <BR> <BR> Sleep has been difficult as DH has nighttime problems. His hands don't work well; it takes a good bit of adjustment to roll over or to get the covers just right. When he wakes to take a trip, he struggles to right himself, the bed jiggles a lot. The walker basket is loaded and it rattles and jingles. He bumps into furniture and doorways with the walker. I'm starting to see damage ... Sat, 7 May 2016 07:24:28 EST Hug your babies tightly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157793 Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms, Grandmas, Moms-to-be and all those who fill the role when there is a need. <BR> I hugged my biggest one today and got to have Nana time alone with Caroline. <BR> <BR> She was intrigued with my camera. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31fcddff-bb63-46c0-bfb4-300c944558a5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed time in her chair <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa09b848-4897-4c26-90b4-679c5e72391f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then time in my a... Fri, 6 May 2016 19:33:49 EST A very short life well-lived. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157125 Gabe's parents, kids I knew as toddlers, have made the decision that he wouldn't want to stay as he is. <BR> My daughter spent some time tonight holding his hand and hugging his parents. <BR> Our houses are heartbroken. <BR> Your prayers will help him on to his next adventure. <BR> <BR> Thank you. <BR> <em>247</em> Thu, 5 May 2016 19:42:46 EST Prayers might help a friend. And you know I'm not the prayin' kind. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156990 Gabe came into my living room as a cute, blonde baby in car seat and has grown to a strapping 11 year old funny man. I've known his dad since he was 3 as my DD2's best friend. <BR> <BR> Gabe collapsed at school last week and suffered a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. He's been comatose ever since and it's not looking good. Apparently the FB crowd is having a prayer "session" at 8pm tonight. Gabe's family members are very involved in our local Catholic church. <BR> <BR> Soooo, I'll take any offe... Thu, 5 May 2016 14:02:47 EST Cinco de Mayo; Not Mexican Independence Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156719 During the French-Mexican War, a poorly supplied and outnumbered Mexican army defeated a French army attempting to capture Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. The battle represented the country’s ability to defend its sovereignty against threat by a powerful foreign nation. However, the war would continue for another three years. <BR> It appears in most sources, that the "holiday" was more of an American development brought on by the celebrations of Mexican immigrants... Thu, 5 May 2016 06:35:24 EST Pictures of kids and shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6156048 They don't look as wild in the pictures. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1f4b7d8-c7bd-4bf5-9fb9-dee256453275.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The shoes or the kid. <BR> Ben can't sit still for 2 seconds. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8698323-04cd-4c02-8f31-5bfb4f163570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Caroline is cranky <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1607296-db6e-4b85-8492-d8506786c98d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It turns out Caroline cannot tolerate dairy or soy,... Wed, 4 May 2016 07:15:27 EST If the shoe fits, buy it and other gems. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155368 <em>104</em> <BR> I walked a hefty 17,000 steps with ONEKIDSMOM through the streets of Boston a while ago and I was fine. I walked 1 mile on the treadmill each of several days last week and my hip hurt and my foot was having shooting pains throughout one night. I was wearing the same shoes. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> Obviously I am walking differently on the 'mill than I do around town. I can't walk as fast on the treadmill than I can on land. I don't hold onto the bars and I "think" I'm wa... Tue, 3 May 2016 07:57:24 EST Off topic, Janet humor. Remembering wildlife in the house. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154565 It all came back when I mentioned the masking taped hole. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The tape is 20 years old and still sticking. It only holds back the dust. <BR> <BR> DH has a history of aversion to squirrels, mice and the like. Long story short. DH told me a tale of a squirrel in his basement, he and his dad pulling each other back in a Keystone Cops routine trying to get up the stairs away from the rodent. <BR> <BR> Fast forward 20 years and we have a skylight with a screen over our b... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:32:34 EST I am claiming it and no one can take it from me! It's mine, all mine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153809 So there! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I spent yesterday in a mutinous phase of marriage pondering the possibilities of stuffing DH and all his things into a cargo container and having it sent to another country on a slow boat. <BR> DH managed to comfortably sit for a few hours at a family party and let everyone know he was now retired. He complained to his brother how he was sure someone was going to take his things; mentally cataloging the contents of his office. Planning to have his DB take ... Sun, 1 May 2016 06:49:45 EST End of an era, begining of a disaster. The stuff comes home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153223 I took DH to his office today to hand in his resignation. <BR> It went rather well and I believe that by the time the weekend is over, his grumpiness will abate. He's already called a friend and given the news along with a few chuckles; a good sign he's accepted fate. <BR> <BR> Not so me. <BR> <BR> My job, besides being the driver, holder of things and spokesperson was to oversee the emptying of his lockers. There were 5 able bodied men to load crap into my small SUV. <BR> We filled it with... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:55:03 EST Behaving: met a goal! Thanks for your support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152668 Call me Miss Behaving! I have met my latest goal with a vengeance. <BR> I cut out my voracious after dinner sneak eating. Once I had DH tucked in, I found the kitchen. Who was it good for? Not me! I've made sure there was little to eat which made all the difference. If it's not here, I can't have it. That doesn't mean I don't want the junk, only it's not within my immediate grasp. And it wasn't junk food. It was things I could create with sugars, chocolate chips, nuts and the like. Sometimes... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 07:54:31 EST Got that out of my system. On to the next. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151954 Thanks for "listening"! <BR> DH's cognition is still not up to par and he does not understand what happened December through February. <BR> A lot. <BR> He basically shut down every time I suggested he contact his employer for some "face time" while he was gravely ill. <BR> I'm mopping that up now. There are some technical messes I'm dealing with that involve his leave from work, and it's not pretty. Fortunately it was a job after retirement so there are no benefits or extra pension to deal w... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:31:27 EST Partially fizzled cranky pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151233 fizzle <BR> 1. To make a hissing or sputtering sound. <BR> 2. Informal To fail or end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning. <BR> <BR> n. Informal <BR> A failure. <BR> <BR> No, I am not a failure. <BR> I'm tired. I'm cranky and the world is not my oyster today. I am only partially fizzled. I am not following my own advice and getting up early and getting to it. I had those good intentions. the pool would feel wonderful. I feel better when I'm in it. I couldn't get my @$$ off the c... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:08:22 EST Look alike kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149070 I sent this to my DD. <BR> Caroline was seeming to be such a knock-off of her brother at the same age. <BR> Caroline at 6 weeks <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f63b45ce-90d5-4640-997d-cb8b58fc0258.jpg"> <BR> Lucas at 6 weeks <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9aef4c39-e9f7-45b1-8e10-e3e18ee2be7d.jpg"> <BR> Ben at 7 weeks <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/021f9fb9-ed1b-40a3-883e-22ed29fc8fed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Caroline seems destined f... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:07:42 EST For me, it's officially pollen season. My morning poem for Spring. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147735 The rising sun paints a misty pink and gray background for the unfurling leaves. <BR> Small rays escaping the clouds glance off my neighbor's car in a muted gold dance. <BR> My blue car appears green. <BR> Footprints of a rabbit show in the fuzzy yellow carpet on the black asphalt driveway <BR> <BR> My eyes are red and itchy. <BR> My ears itch. <BR> My nose is stuffy <BR> My headache is worthy of a commercial. <BR> <BR> Welcome spring. <BR> Welcome pollen, you giver of life, precursor to ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 06:59:06 EST Celebrating. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147040 <em>665</em> <BR> I teased my British SIL that the parade in Great Britain was in honor of MY birthday, not HRMTQ. I hope that should I attain the venerable age of 90, that I rock it like Elizabeth does! <BR> <em>530</em> <BR> Today I've managed to turn 62, not too shabby for someone who has been changing up her life by working out routinely in a pool and a gym for 2 hours a day. <BR> <BR> I purchased my own gift, a new TV, so that I can watch those cooking and home improvement shows... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 07:23:22 EST Teaching an "old" dog new tricks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146218 I am learning. <BR> <BR> Today is day two of some serious exercise which I will see, hopefully 3 days a week. I am a tad sore from using muscles that have lain dormant. <BR> In the morning I will do my usual pool thing before DH wakes up. <BR> When I take him to therapy I will get in some treadmill and strength training while he does his PT. I joined the gym there. <BR> He doesn't need me to explain what he couldn't anymore, his thought processes are clear. Now he's back to regular man-deni... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:27:13 EST