PICKIE98's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PICKIE98 PICKIE98'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/ Monday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365169 I rested well last night, rose gingerly, afraid to stretch ANYTHING! <BR> Today is financial day, getting things in order for the wee, day. <BR> We still have high winds, black skies and a threat of rain, so keeping those windows closed in the 50 degree weather. <BR> All is quiet on the western front, as they say, but we just try to keep moving and get lots of steps in during the day. <BR> Mon, 22 May 2017 12:07:17 EST Sunday, a day of rest and reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364755 It is rainy, dark and humid outside, so I am just resting today. My neck is still in pain, but DD applied Minagin to my entire back and neck this morning. I am taking it easy and using neck exercises and everything I did yesterday. I am very glad that I stocked up on the 4 oz. tins of Minagin when I did, as I am really using a lot now. <BR> I am blessed to have a home, a DD, and access to medical things. I never take it fro granted, and have been meditating and praying for those who a... Sun, 21 May 2017 13:04:49 EST Saturday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364320 I finally got my neck mostly pain-free last night. This morning I woke up, stretched while still ling in bed, pulled the muscle in my neck again. I am in severe pain and just had to get up to this chair to move again. I did the ibuprofin, rice bag, neck exercises. I am going to have DD re-apple the MInagin and keep the rice pack on, do the exercises to ease the tension. I may even take a pain pill, a biggie for me. Sat, 20 May 2017 10:58:54 EST Friday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364013 Last night the temperature dropped from the 80's to a crisp 46 degrees in two hours. IT is misting rain, very windy and cool, overcast today. A trip to do some stock-up shopping and then to the library to catch up on Consumer's Reports magazine and a few others was a wonderful way to relax, yet do the flights of stairs. <BR> I applied a nice nuked rice bag to my neck, clavicle and upper shoulder to allow blood flow to relax the muscles and allow some natural healing. I will continue it f... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:47:22 EST Another sauna day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363594 The humidity here is so bad with the heat,and the leaves of my red maple tree are actually curled under like a drought. <BR> I have never seen this in humidity, only dry weather. <BR> The humidity is around 92% here, with 18 mph winds. The wind is blowing towards Lake Huron to send dark rain clouds out to the bay. <BR> <BR> I have been doing neck exercises to try to relieve the pain, but it still is very painful. The doc appointment cannot come soon enough. <BR> I did reach my cardio and s... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:42:46 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363178 It is very warm, VERY humid(88%) and difficult to breathe. We have the windows closed to keep the hot, humid air outside. Wed, 17 May 2017 15:15:59 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362716 A good day at work for a change. I was happy to have days off over the weekend and will have to put in for my vacation time tomorrow. <BR> After raining all night, it turned out to be a humid, sunny day. Tue, 16 May 2017 14:16:37 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362281 Errand-running, visiting, skyping with a friend. Back to work tomorrow and I hope my pain does not get worse after working. Mon, 15 May 2017 13:32:12 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361803 I got to catch up on some sleep, make a nice breakfast, and watch a video about Mel Blanc. <BR> Yesterday afternoon I swept leaves and debris off the deck, filled the suet for the birds, and DD helped me clean and fill the bird feeder. The grill will come out either today or tomorrow. <BR> Sun, 14 May 2017 12:32:58 EST National Windmill Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361349 Here in Michigan, we have an authentic Dutch windmill in Holland,Michigan. IT is on Windmill Island there. We also have many places in the state with high tech windmills for energy. Ancient power mills! Sat, 13 May 2017 10:11:16 EST Friday morning blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360919 I woke up, I can walk and breathe on my own. I can drive, have somewhat of a memory, appreciate all of my blessings. I put capsacin packs on yesterday after work. <BR> Today after errand-running, I am going to put Minagin on my entire back and just do chair exercises. I did laundry after work yesterday(four loads of laundry, so up and down the stairs twelve times was a challenge, but I was going to be in pain anyway, might as well get work completed. Today is different. Fri, 12 May 2017 07:31:06 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360665 A very busy day at work, but I am glad to be home. This pinched nerve goes from my neck to my hip/spine. I am in pain. I have been trying to do some light stretching and exercises to loosen things up, but the pain shoots right through me like a hot electrical wire. <BR> <BR> My doc appointment is not until June 12.... oy vey. Thu, 11 May 2017 13:50:37 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359810 I got a call from my dear friend John Mahler yesterday. His son died over the weekend, age 51. Heart attack and he was revived four times en route to the hospital. NO-go, it was his time to go home. I used to babysit Todd and his brother from the time they were first born. John's parents were neighbors of ours when my parents first married, until I was 2 1/2 years old when we moved to our second house. John is about 16 years older than me, but we are close, tell each other everything. I ... Tue, 9 May 2017 15:52:36 EST Monday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359263 I thought I had a lot of things accomplished last week, but this morning it was back on the road for banking, library, Rx's. <BR> When I was at Kroger, DD saw a box of fireplace logs(6 count) marked down to $2,19! I bought them, not to burn in my fireplace, but to take to the Upper Peninsula this summer. There is a wood transport ban for any part of Michigan or any other state plus Canada. The Emerald ash borer has decimated the Lower Peninsula of Michigan(my yard included), so they are ... Mon, 8 May 2017 10:59:16 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358893 Another beautiful sunny day here. IT was supposed to rain all day, but so far, so good. <BR> <BR> The crock pot worked wonderfully yesterday, but I carefully put the chicken stock in a ziploc bag, but I had it cooling on the countertop, and later came in the kitchen to discover it had leaked all over the kitchen:dishwasher, countertop, floor, front of lower cabinets! I had to move everything and scrub, swab and mop. The crock pot worked great though... <BR> <BR> Today is just reading the... Sun, 7 May 2017 13:44:04 EST Saturday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358452 Don't you always feel better after a nice haircut and styling? We did that this morning and I love it. I wanted to do it two weeks ago, but Brit was booked solid every weekend for proms, showers, dance recitals, weddings. Today was no different, but I scheduled an appointment with her back then for now. <BR> DD is out mowing the lawn before the next wave or rainstorms. We have only mowed the lawn once this year because it has rained or at least misted every day, EXCEPT the Monday we drove ... Sat, 6 May 2017 12:50:54 EST Friday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358128 Oh Boy!! HOt diggity-dog!! Bill paying day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Happy Cinco De Mayo! Fri, 5 May 2017 16:48:31 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357651 Another physically difficult day at work. It is increasingly harder for me to walk without my cane.. at work.. <BR> Buddy came to visit shortly today, offering to help fix my stationary tub in the basement soon. Love that man! What a cousin! Thu, 4 May 2017 14:52:53 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357214 Today was not a hard work day, but it was painful. Both knees are in pain. I am ignoring the obvious... Wed, 3 May 2017 15:26:52 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356742 A very stressful day at work, but I lived through it. It is another rainy, windy, and dark day here. Hopefully, tomorrow will bring no more rain. I surpassed my step goal and made some appointments. Tue, 2 May 2017 16:11:46 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356174 Fasted last night and had labs drawn early this morning, did some banking and bought more surge protectors. I made a hair appointment, will need to make a doc appointment after they return from their lunch break today. <BR> It is so cold I had to actually turn the furnace back on yesterday.. 44 degrees, rainy and windy, black skies again. We do not get those Great Lakes by spitting in a can! Mon, 1 May 2017 13:45:26 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355624 Today is a cold, rainy, windy day outside, but I do not care. I am feeling somewhat better physically and mentally. <BR> I am happy because the estate sale guy sold Dad's RR keys, Conductor coat and hat. I got the check yesterday. That is the end of everything to sell from my parents lives except Mom;'s rings. Some of them are still at the jeweler to sell. <BR> By emptying my garage of a car full of things for my sister in Traverse City, everything else is gone except the Trust to the ... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:20:07 EST Saturday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355202 I got some good sleep last night after taking a Pm tylenol. This morning I did laundry, organized some pantry things, made a fresh fruit salad with pineapple, apples, fresh pears. I love eating fresh pineapple! <BR> I did some putzing around too, cleaning little things around here. It is cool(45 degrees) and windy and black cloudy sky out there, so no sunny soak-ups. ;( <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a peaceful, blessed weekend. If the alternative is tragedy or stress, Iwill go for dull a... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:15:42 EST Friday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354862 To Imnotstoppin: Paradise is a small town on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. That is the name of the town. It is a 90 minute drive north of the Mackinac Bridge. It is also near where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior. <BR> <BR> Today was about running errands. Filling the gas tank is always a thrill. Today I got my gas for $1.84/gal. I got $.60/gal discount. Gas prices seem to be climbing for the summer of course. they are going to gouge $$ out of us with mor... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:05:33 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354362 A very hard day at work, but lots of steps taken and lots of cardio running around! <BR> IT is a thunderstorm here, so no outdoors things today. <BR> My hips and knees tell me that work is getting harder each week. That last fall on my knees did me in. <BR> I SO look forward to a trip to Paradise this summer. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:20:40 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353904 A beautiful day here in Mid Michigan!! Sunny, 75 degrees, breezy. DD mowed the lawn for the first time this year with the John Deere tractor from Dad's house. She likes using it here instead of Dad's house. <BR> <BR> I made my step goal today, as well as cardio and strength. We are still trying to adjust to NOT being at Dad's house every single day... <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:36:46 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353387 DD and I went to Traverse City yesterday for a quick run to give my sister a car load of things from my parents house. It was a beautiful trip up there, despite the road construction for about fifty miles. The cherry blossoms were everywhere once we got closer to T.C. There were orchards just filled with white, snowy trees with the scent of fresh spring. Grand Traverse Bay was smooth and green-blue. <BR> <BR> No word yet from sister #1, so we are still waiting for that big shoe to dr... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:32:34 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352400 I slept well and relaxed reading through mail and newspapers this morning. A nice day. <BR> <BR> I tried contacting my younger sister, but the messages just go to voice mail. I called her three times, but she is not turning her phone on. Oh well. I told her both times I spoke to her, that I would contact her and if she did not respond, we would just drive up there and drop the carload on her porch. <BR> It is going to be a nice day tomorrow, in the 50's, so we will just load the car up thi... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:28:56 EST Saturday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351899 This morning shows us a blue, sunny sky! I do not know if it will stay with us, but we are just sitting here, staring out the window... <BR> I am debating if I should make the five hour trek to drop off all of that parent stuff to my sister in Traverse City on Monday... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:32:46 EST Friday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351594 I took one Tylenol PM for sleep last night: it worked! My pain is lessened today, despite the fact that we went grocery shopping and then to Menard's to purchase four more surge protectors for the washer/dryer, PC and phone, all-in-one in my Lodge room, the whole TV, VCR/DVD player, cable box setup; the plug-ins for the shop vac, dehumidifier, fans and treadmill in the basement. I just remembered I wanted one for the refrigerator too. Drat!!!! <BR> <BR> DD is downstairs now sucking up flo... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:13:18 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351157 We have a thunder/lightning storm here. Heavy rainfall to add to it, and a fifteen degree temp drop. I am at level 8 for pain today, but still went to the library. I promised DD I would, so after work we went and I just grabbed some DVD's and books and did the three flights of stairs to get to the ground floor. I have never felt this much pain and physical fatigue since being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The arthritis I have lived with since age 19(45 years), but this goes way beyond an... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:45:12 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350728 The tree guys are gone, my checkbook is crying, but I am happy! The guys completely cleaned up the front and back yard after all of their work. Five men for three days and all of that equipment was well worth it. I came home from work two minutes before they finished the job. <BR> I had a meeting at work this afternoon, so left again after they did. <BR> Next project: B-dry my basement. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:03:40 EST Trees be GONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350254 The guys are here again today for the entire day cutting down trees and grinding stumps, hauling a LOT of wood away. I am estimating about two semi-loads of wood to haul away, plus what they tossed over the fence for my neighbor. <BR> It is going well. They still have to cut a big limb off the remaining maple tree and trim the sides and top. It is a lot of $$ for this job, but it needs to be done. Five men working seven hours a day for two days so far. It helps that two of the big trees w... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:26:32 EST Monday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349686 Finally, the tree service is here! They are chipping and raking and they already got both of the fallen tree stumps down. Andrew says he wants to cut one of the maples down today as well. Fine with me. <BR> HE is so thoughtful. he said he wanted to get them off the ground in case I wanted to mow my lawn. <BR> I have many errands to run too, but they have trucks and equipment parked all over in my driveway, so when they leave later, I will go on the road. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:29:50 EST Blessed Easter Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349301 It is another gloomy, overcast day today, but it is Easter Sunday!! Alleluia! <BR> We are just enjoying the warmer air and less stress. Sun, 16 Apr 2017 12:56:25 EST Rainy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348851 I slept so soundly last night and got up ready to get things done today. I ran the vacuum, did three loads of laundry, organized my shelves for recycling in the garage, made breakfast of egg whites and black decaf coffee. <BR> I also organized my linen closet, rotating towels and just sprucing things up. I have one more load of clothing in the dryer and then I will start making some pasta sauce for dinner. I have some veal to make meatballs to add to my already-made sauce. I am trying t... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:52:54 EST Friday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348576 Today was nice. After doing some shopping, we went to the library and relaxed and read by the fireplace there. After lunch we just chilled here at home. <BR> Tomorrow the temperature is supposed to be 75 degrees! I am going to wash some bedding and hang it on the clothesline tomorrow. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:03:16 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347621 The tree service owner came yesterday evening and gave me an estimate. WOW! I hope he takes credit cards. <BR> It is in the thousands.. <BR> He will cut down an ash tree and a maple tree, trim another maple, cut up the Douglas fir and ash tree that are already on the ground(that fell on my house), cut their trunks down and grind all but one. It is right at my fence line and the roots run under the railroad tracks and would derail the tracks. He is insured, and a lot of companies CLAIM th... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:46:33 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347094 I really marched my steps today at work. I also went back to the library, so got three stories of stairs to do strength and work out my knees. <BR> Today we returned the DVD's from yesterday. My Big Fat Greek Wedding was funny. <BR> Today I checked out an oldie: My Little Margie episodes. I will get them going after I leave Sparks today. <BR> At our library, the non-fiction DVD's are free to check out, the fiction are $.50 for a week. <BR> <BR> I finally got through to the tree ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:21:27 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346577 This week is National Library Week! DD and I went there and checked out two free DVD's. We can each check one out free, per day. We selected My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, and Carol Burnett. <BR> <BR> I had some major issues with edema over the weekend, so have been trying to resolve that. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:38:09 EST SUNDAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346066 A day of rest, doing nothing but using the dishwasher. Sun, 9 Apr 2017 15:23:03 EST It's always somethin'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345477 I finally got the washer all squared away, but the guy moved my stationary tub while moving the washer around, so now I have to re-plumb that drain. DD was sucking water up off the basement floor and dumped it into the sink and it poured all over the floor. It just never ends. <BR> <BR> It is a cool sunny day so far. Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:54:19 EST Friday morning blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345022 Yesterday the rain continued, but blessedly, we never got the 10 inches of snow--yet. We only lost power to part of our house for the 12 hours it was off, but guess what parts? We lost it in everything but the refrigerator and microwave and TV. <BR> Finally, at 5:30 pm, the Consumers Energy cherry picker truck and the supervisor came to my yard and drove through my big gates . They had big sheets of plywood to drive on, since the rain had put the back yard under water. This is a truck ... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 08:26:11 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344691 We lost power yet again this morning just before I was supposed to rise for work. Still waiting for it to return after I got home from work. I have to buy a few more power surge strips tomorrow, but the traffic is crazy and stores and restaurants are packed so people can buy food and supplies. <BR> We are experiencing 40 mph winds with sleet. The wind is fiercely gusting off Lake Huron from Canada, they call it a Nor'easter. All weather stations predict 6-10 inches of snow for our ar... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:15:39 EST Rainy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344266 It is yet another rainy day here, overcast and cool. The big surprise this morning was a n absolutely stunning sunrise. The sky turned orange, then purple, then lavender and pink. I tried to get DD to try out the new camera by stepping out onto the front porch to snap a few, but she would not get out of the chair--her loss. <BR> <BR> I did meet my step goal today and really got the cardio going too, but whatever is happening to my body now, is making it one blob of pain. Every joint, mu... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 15:34:19 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343748 A fair day at work today, but the home front did not help my day. <BR> <BR> While trying to get a bite to eat after work, my sister Suzie, called. Her birthday is tomorrow and she only calls before her birthday or Christmas to gouge money from me. We were talking, and I was telling her that we will pack the car up and bring her the things from the parents house when the snow stops and I can get the house squared away, and the two downed trees cut up and out of my yard. I have to get the... Tue, 4 Apr 2017 15:19:03 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6343202 To Steve, the sister I will deliver to, is the younger one that is mentally ill. I can deal with her.. <BR> <BR> This morning the service guy came to check the washer for its' first annual warranty check-up. No problems, which was good news for a change. <BR> I then called samsung again to find out why we have not heard from them for the appointment firm-up. It turns out that the first guy, Jose, failed to mention a seemingly important last digit on the ticket number of the upcoming se... Mon, 3 Apr 2017 13:30:56 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342754 I rose today feeling somewhat rested and relieved that I have working appliances. I never take any of my possessions for granted, as I have lost so many things. <BR> Today was about batch cooking stew for the week. I found I have so much extra space in my large freezer now, for some reason??! Sunday is my kind of resting day, so nothing strenuous today. Since I had two packages of ground sirloin and some bacon that I could not re-freeze until I cooked it, I cooked three pounds of ve... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:17:51 EST Saturday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6342358 The wind has died down to a manageable breeze today. I worked this morning as a favor to my boss, so she treated DD and I to breakfast! I just worked a couple hours doing only half of what I usually do during the week, but she was so appreciative! <BR> She made my day. <BR> <BR> The freezer is working perfectly and I now know to have surge protectors on every single electrical thing in my home. The last four power outages and surges did not affect the freezer, so I was lulled into a f... Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:51:49 EST Thursday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341408 Well, the freezer is repaired and all we actually lost was two bags of stock, one turkey and the other beef! I made them about a month ago and had plans for homemade soups and stew. I am so thrilled that I kept those thick styrofoam coolers from Dad's house!! All of the ice was still intact in cubes when DD opened the coolers to empty them into the freezer! The venison was still frozen too! I was so happy about that! <BR> Now I just have an appointment with the service guys for the first... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:16:46 EST