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/ 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 He also shows concern by becoming withdrawn and I gave him some good words on that today.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 A common safari. The hunt for protein. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389469 My MD was encouraging my good cheese habit but I'm changing up some of my proteins I've been using for convenience. Greek yogurt won't be eaten daily. <BR> <BR> Organic chicken sausages, cooked in advance and in the refrigerator, were my go to for protein. No additives but still not the best for every, every day. <BR> I can do better. <BR> Natural chicken breasts, grilled in advance and in the refrigerator, an easy choice and more plain. <BR> Tuna. Not my favorite but I keep a pouch or two a... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:53:34 EST My MD made my day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388662 Please don't give up the cheese! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> He looked at my well-honed Spark meal information and said I had it right. Just make the cheese worthwhile and don't waste the fat on cheap cheese. <BR> <em>18</em> <BR> Go off the statin for 2 weeks as I'm possibly having a reaction after all these years. If my severe muscle cramps go away (you didn't know about that, did you?) then it's a change in medication that's needed. Possibly why my bloodwork changed so drastically from ... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:29:03 EST Bonus blog: Presidential flyovers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388209 For the past several months we've noticed heavier and heftier helicopter traffic than usual. There are multiple large scientific and financial facilities in my area who utilize 'copters. <BR> But this has been more like the days when our neighbor would "buzz" by real close during his routine training flights in the Guard. <BR> <BR> Today as I'm splashing in the pool I could feel the thumps of helicopter engines down into my toes in the water. <BR> Who flies by low enough for me to see markin... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:08:35 EST Another change. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388069 Letting go, pushing off the nest and almost closing the infirmary. <BR> <BR> The man sitting across from me playing solitaire on the iPad is not the same man from last year. <BR> He made his own breakfast, including coffee. <BR> He's multi-tasking instead of struggling to focus on feeding himself. <BR> He can concentrate on a game instead of blankly stare at the TV. Ok, he still can stare at the TV for hours but that's genetic. <BR> <BR> He went to the store yesterday to pick up some items... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:43:36 EST The proof is in the statistics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387813 After receiving some awful lab work in the form of high triglycerides, an elevating glucose and A1C, which I was NOT expecting, I did some detailed rumination of my meals. Overall my average daily intake did not appear to be so bad-even with my complaining. I've maintained my weight for a year (not what I wanted but not a gross gain). <BR> <BR> Not only did I download my meals from Spark, I checked the entries for accuracy by comparing labels to the Tracker and found some of the items I was... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 16:35:22 EST One day does not a plan prove but it's all I got. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386830 I talked to myself last night. <BR> It wasn't a long talk but it was thorough. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your suggestions. I multitask while watching my late night shows. Idle hands being the devil's workshop and all that. I Spark, shop for vacations, vacation homes and other things I really can't have but dream about. <BR> <BR> I announced my deviations to DH in hopes it would keep me honest. He was sympathetic but has no issues with snacking. Even mine. He has a different outlook on life. L... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:17:34 EST My personal Twilight Zone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386411 There's a stranger in my head. <BR> I've been taken over by food eating zombies! <BR> Alien abduction? <BR> I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone. <BR> <BR> This thing has decided to force me to eat against my usual will at unusual times. I recognized the first signs of needing an exorcist when I found a bag of cheese curls in my lap while I watched late night DIY shows. <BR> My body seemed to float into the kitchen, only to return with a handful of nuts. <BR> Funny, when DH went to bed ther... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 08:17:45 EST Fun-Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385563 Continuing with my theme of making more fun for me. <BR> <BR> DD2, spouse and dog spent the weekend with us. I BBQ'd meats which made my SIL2 hummmmmm with approval. It also afforded leftovers for the next day so it was every man for himself and my refrigerator got a good cleaning. <BR> <BR> The dog was enticed to swim, and he did! Saturday he was goaded or picked up and braced so he could doggie paddle in the pool. Sunday afternoon he paced by the pool stairs, climbed them on his own and b... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:27:30 EST Wanting more. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384761 OMG, it's been more than 2 years! It's time to change things up. <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> Happily ticked off the list is visits for DH to the pain management doctor. He's now taking ibuprofen as needed! That from initially taking the real heavy duty stuff every 4 hours plus a long acting one. That's been a blessing in more than one way if you know what I mean. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> No more monthly visits to the primary MD. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> I reduced him to 2 days a week of ph... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 09:29:11 EST Things and stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384023 What are you doing? <BR> Things and stuff. <BR> That was the reply from my 2 kids when I'd be at work and Dad or the sitter had control. I worked evening shift and every weekend for the first 16 years of their lives. <BR> I later found out "things and stuff" was watching TV with Dad and not eating dinner (prepared by Mom) until 8-8:30 PM. Watching the "Cops", "The Simpsons", "Bay Watch" with their dad. Going to Grandma's for dinner because she'd cook and he could watch TV while she watched t... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 10:59:11 EST Freedom rings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383101 <em>652</em> <em>283</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> This year low-key for us. Kids are all going elsewhere. <BR> I'm still trying to get DH to go in our pool. The ladder up to the deck is unnerving to him but I'll encourage him again today. <BR> Sticking to my plan and eating right! <BR> Tue, 4 Jul 2017 07:19:15 EST Old water baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6382300 I'm not sure when I grew gills but I seem to be spending a lot of time in the water. <BR> Me with my mom 1954 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe45f119-1882-4bb7-b430-22a84a893ae4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Me on the right between Mom and Dad, around 1963. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aef35f9c-2b40-44de-93b9-21d01cbdc963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I lived near the beach when we moved from Pittsburgh and my mother ensured we spent every waking moment there in the summ... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 07:32:28 EST Last day of my goal to Take Care of Me! I've set myself up for good times. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381583 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fedfb6fd-815b-4357-8f31-3b77f00be119.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DD2 and SIL2 took me out to dinner and to an outdoor concert. <BR> I started my day out with walking my granddog through a park near their house and investigating Victorian architecture. The kids live in a 2 family house with stained glass windows and a skylight still wearing black paint from the WWII blacked-out request. <BR> Charming! <BR> We dined outdoors at a restaurant on the river wi... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 09:56:42 EST Exercising my legs and heart. Sitting on babies. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381031 GS1 was at his baseball game with Dad and Mom got a night out with the girls. The term baby sitting got bumped around by someone here at home until it became known as "sitting on babies". <BR> That's what DH and I did tonight. He sat on the couch explaining a car renovation show to the entranced GS2 while I tossed miss giggles over my head so she could pull my hair. I managed to get up the stairs holding the kid, a cup of milk and not spilling either by the time we got to the top! A quick bat... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:43:18 EST When I behave. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380267 I eat a little better. <BR> I move a little more. <BR> I have more energy to get things done. <BR> I also goad DH to get some things done which drives him bonkers. We hash it out in staccato bursts of talking through clenched teeth and short answers. <BR> <BR> I prevailed! <BR> <BR> Today in his van is a collection of boxes containing more than 8,000 feet of telephone (communication) wire to be taken to a friends' business. Back in the day we had a side business of installing telephones. Yo... Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:48:19 EST Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379002 I shouldn't complain as I have it easy compared to the many who have been in the path of "Cindy". She's well-reduced to an unnamed storm system now. <BR> It's been raining at a steady rate for 5 hours now and a peek at the radar map shows I'll be in this train of storms for another few hours. I am fortunate I am on a hill so do not have flood issues. <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be great to somehow figure out how to divert all this water west. Just my morning thoughts while coffee kicks in. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:43:27 EST Status Quo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378679 Sometimes that's not so bad. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I'm keeping to my better eating and have lopped off a few pounds. <BR> Exercising. <BR> DH is exercising. <BR> Kids are being kids. <BR> The veggie garden is growing and the rodents have quit digging in the dirt. <BR> <BR> I'm enjoying the small victories. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:50:10 EST Good medicine, healing kids and general silliness. What a few days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377605 Good news is our little Ben suffered a really aggressive stomach virus that doesn't sit well with healing Lyme's. Lots of IV fluids, recommendations to see a Lyme's specialist and a lot of cookies later he came home this afternoon escaping needing a spinal tap. <BR> Here he is with his brother and Pop Pop. <BR> Boys watching TV <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57d20de1-5c40-43a3-8557-94e3d03d69db.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Little Miss went to day care to keep the family peaceful. <... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:55:41 EST One day to the next. Hug them tight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377363 On Father's Day I was rolling around with GS2. He told me we were stuck to the floor and had to save each other by flapping our arms, legs and various other methods of rolling from one room to another. Little did he realize his Nana was fairly much stuck unless she made those movements real! At one point he dove onto my belly, whispered "I love you" and rolled away. <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> My little best friend has been in the hospital since yesterday morning. He has Lyme's Disease and has... Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:41:45 EST Father's Day was more fun than a barrel of monkeys. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377034 Big kids, little kids and dogs <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/281c09cd-205b-49b3-98bc-9fab86a993ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49678203-3778-408e-b67a-19ede3aad2e8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b68dfff3-6778-4678-9e67-8fd90714ad6d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Three dads (one a dog-dad) had a great time. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:16:29 EST Fathers' day is every day here. Today is extra special. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376558 In my house, every day is fathers' day. <BR> <em>10</em> <BR> DH daily watches TV shows even though they are all reruns of reruns; no matter how many times they've been viewed. This morning, he got up too early for his shows and flipped channels interrupting my silence while I tried to read the morning news. I've had audio of fly fishing championships, cheerleading, hair loss infomertials and now cable news. It went on at 5:30 am today. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Today is his extra special... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 06:56:06 EST Older and working smarter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375834 Yesterday, the newly improved DH decided we needed to take our large generator in for service. That meant hooking up the cargo rack on the back of his van. A few years ago both of us would have bent over, squatted under and had the darned thing hooked up in a minute. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> Once the rack was engaged in the hitch, with a lot of grunting and groan from the two of us, a pin needed to be placed through the whole assembly to keep it on the van. Squatting and bending over and ar... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:34:32 EST Epithany in making myself improved. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375216 Physical therapy, 3 days a week. <BR> Injections in both knees. <BR> Continued twinges of pain. <BR> I continue to read medical articles even though I retired. Keeping the brain active and all.... <BR> <BR> The most recent article was entitled "Cartilage Restoration Techniques for the Patellofemoral Joint" concerning methods to regrow hyaline cartilage. <BR> Here was the kicker statement: ...patellofemoral joint loads may reach 6.5 times body weight, and chondral injuries that alter force d... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:46:38 EST The indignity of being a puppy when it's time to, well, get snipped. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374804 It's tough to be my granddog. <BR> His mom took him to get neutered as well as have several puppy teeth pulled. <BR> Ah, the indignity! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81d8e992-90b6-4364-b4da-bd705afca4f0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nothin like snuggling with your humom's 30 year old Puffalump, "Puffy". Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:05:24 EST Living close to history http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373722 I can stand on the roof of my former employer and see New York City. I see it every time I visit DD2. I am opposite the WTC site if I walk up her street in her New Jersey city. I still can't bring myself to visit the memorial there. <BR> <BR> Since THAT place is close to heart and home, we opted to visit the Flight 93 site back in 2007. 10 Years later, it's almost completed as a National Park Service Memorial site. There is still work to be done, but what a difference since we were last ther... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:52:10 EST Plan the meals, not just the food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373236 How I set myself up for a new weight gain. <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> Buy a lot of healthy foods like chicken, turkey, kale, fresh cut snacking veggies and avocados. <BR> Cook the perfect meals in batches so I can grab and go without too much thinking. <BR> Eat those fresh veggies as snacks, grab that precooked meal. <BR> Realize after several days of eating the same thing day after day that I can't chew another piece of raw broccoli, eat the same bean and kale stew no matter how tasty it is... Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:05:55 EST Visiting history and seeing it repeat itself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372454 On the road again <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> I'll show you some pictures when we return from a few days away. <BR> Things have improved enough that when I said let's go see something, DH said sure. <BR> <BR> In realty he said "Whatever you want." <BR> When I questioned do you want to go to X,Y or X,Y and Z he said "I don't care." <BR> Do you want to leave early or around lunch? "It doesn't matter to me." <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> Yep, he's back to almost his old self. <BR> Thu, 8 Jun 2017 08:36:43 EST So if it's raining, have no regrets... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371567 Sigh. <BR> Perhaps it's the lack of sun. <BR> Perhaps it's the fact that on June 6th I'm still wearing my winter robe. <BR> Perhaps it's listening to my spouse moan the same complaints. <BR> Perhaps it's my yellowed drooping vegetable plants. <BR> I need to stir it up a bit! <BR> I am looking forward to the new pool class tonight. I've not done so well on the eating side of my changes. I've been finding a few things to sneak in when the sun goes down and I've got time on my hands. Not a lot b... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 08:38:28 EST You'd better have a good reason... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371064 The two ladies were waiting in the warm pool. The trainer apologized for being 10 minutes late and started their lesson. <BR> Days later one of them was still miffed that he gave no reason for being late. <BR> <BR> Mom needed one when dinner was cold. Dad needed one at 1 am when I tried to sneak in without turning on the lights. My kids needed one for the same things in my house. <BR> <BR> In our adult world is a reason required when a sincere apology is given? Who deserves a reason? <BR> ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 08:02:16 EST Picked up a few more days of workouts. Fit, but teaching an old dog new tricks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370593 This morning I'm heading to my weekly strength/cardio pool workout. I take those skills, the ability to use the equipment and pick my own days to add extra workouts on my own. Sometimes. <BR> I found a (free) water cardio class in the early evening on one day to jazz up my schedule. Anything after 3pm is out of my comfort zone. It was a bit more hopping around than I was used to for my knees but I may pick it up as a permanent feature. <BR> Alas, I do not swim and never will. Shoulder injurie... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 07:22:46 EST