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/ Thursday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483955 Not much new here. I continue to do some PT exercises, but nothing new. I am still amazed that I do not need to rise and go to work every morning. I love it! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:16:24 EST Wednesday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483619 The sun is shining and no gale force winds! <BR> I have no appointments today, but did make one for a filling fix. I plan on putzing around home and paying some bills. Fun. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:06:35 EST Tuesday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483286 I finally picked up the phone and contacted the dental office. I had to buy a dental supplement when I went on Medicare, so there was a lot of checking and double-checking with the company and the office, but I am going to my semi-annual cleaning and x-rays today. <BR> I woke up to white all over, as it started snowing through the night. <BR> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:14:46 EST Storm has passed, for now. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6483046 We woke up and did not hear the high winds and the storm has passed us for now. Inches of ice on the snow.. I just made a quick trip to the library and made some phone calls. We have both noticed how much less we are able to eat now. DD has been doing much better than I have, but the awareness makes it easier to watch what goes in that oral cavity.. <BR> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:27:04 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482644 We are still waiting out this winter storm. There are warnings to stay off the roads if you can even got ON them. Ice over snow over ice, sleet and snow. Forty mph winds here on Lake Huron,, people who live on the beach have taken shelter at the township hall and fire station. Trees down, power outages,, not in MY yard, but.. Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:52:56 EST Friday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482295 The weather prediction was spot-on. There are 40 mph winds, black sky, freezing rain. I am so happy that I had all of those old trees cut down! I know that at least one of them would be on my roof, if still there. <BR> A couple hours northwest of us, in Traverse City, MI., they are having a major blizzard, probably one of the worst of the season. DEERLADY lives there and she sent pictures on the feed.. <BR> We are prepared for another power outage with candles, radio, food and bedding in t... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:20:21 EST Friday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482078 Today begins the four-day winter storm watch for us. High winds, freezing rain, black skies. In the Upper Peninsula, they are going to get a minimum of 4-6 inches of snow. <BR> We slept in this morning, then on to Aldi to buy some staples and some spinach wraps. I just made one from things I have at home. I enjoyed making the wrap with the ingredients I controlled. <BR> Turkey <BR> shredded lettuce <BR> tomato <BR> colby jack cheese <BR> ranch dressing <BR> sliced cuke with skin <BR> <BR... Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:05:46 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481737 I am still feeling weak and dizzy after just preparing dinner or sitting, paying bills. I am drinking blueberry tea, as Vernor's did nothing to help me, but my stomach feels better today. IT is the rest of me that has some work to do to get feeling better. <BR> <BR> I paid my water bill. I got a letter with it stating that there is an increase starting now. I knew this would be coming soon. That whole Flint,Michigan water fiasco is the main cause for this new increase. As of Monday, the f... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:32:55 EST Wednesday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481350 I have been battling this virus or whatever it is for over a week. There are a few factors that may be combined to keep it going. I am just going to go up and down my basement stairs, do stretches, and drink more water. This stomach is iffy. <BR> The rainy, overcast skies do not help. <BR> Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:37:30 EST Tuesday in MIchigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480985 IT is a bright sunny day today, with no blizzard or high winds. I am hoping the temperatures will lift to the 40's soon. Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:24:29 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480703 We went to the library and the grocery store today. I like to do the three flights of stairs at the library, only downward. <BR> DD is gone to get a haircut, I feel weak and tired. Mon, 9 Apr 2018 13:30:32 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480333 I am not doing much today, still nauseated and shaky. <BR> Inflated: I live in Bay City, about an hour drive from Lansing. That is how different the weather changes here. Be glad you went south and not up here, there was black ice on the expressway. Sun, 8 Apr 2018 13:23:01 EST Saturday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479992 I am feeling a little better today. I am eating solid food, but am not going anywhere. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was THE most bizarre weather I have ever seen. When I woke up, there was a blizzard. Visibility was about ten feet. After about two hours,it stopped, abruptly. Within another two hours, most of that snow melted! After about another hour, it started blowing and snowing for about fifteen minutes, The sun then came out, the wind came to gale forces, then the snow melted again. This ha... Sat, 7 Apr 2018 11:55:04 EST Friday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479684 I did have a touch of DD virus, but feel somewhat better today. <BR> When I woke up, I looked outside and saw a blizzard! The snow was coming down in HUGE flakes, almost like sheets of snow.I have never seen anything like it. I could not see my neighbors homes, just barely saw my red maple tree about fifteen feet from the window! <BR> <BR> A lot of the snow has already disappeared,,for now. I am glad I am occupied indoors with laundry and such. I walked outside to get the mail and newspa... Fri, 6 Apr 2018 12:02:52 EST Good news and bad news.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479357 I lost nine pounds since Sunday. <BR> <BR> DD was in E.R., for nine hours last night,, virus and severe body pain. <BR> I am now feeling weak and icky. Thu, 5 Apr 2018 10:46:01 EST Still snowing.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6479043 It is still a blizzard here. I am so happy that I do not have to go back and forth to work anymore. Wed, 4 Apr 2018 12:06:58 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478675 It is snowing! It is almost night-like dark at 3 p.m. <BR> My Grandma had this saying, "Spring has sprung, the grass is rizz, I wonder where all the flowers is?" Tue, 3 Apr 2018 16:26:11 EST New strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6478269 I just began a new thing a few minutes ago to lose this weight. I will give it a month or two to see how it works. I will elaborate more down the line, but for now, I am very insecure about my ability to make it work, so will post things as I go on with it. <BR> Who does not love a good mystery? Mon, 2 Apr 2018 12:50:53 EST Happy Easter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477952 I feel much better today. My asthma and allergies drop-kicked me yesterday, but after over nine hours sleep and more allergy meds last night, I woke up feeling better. A nice poached egg on whole-grain English muffin with a slice of cheese, and I am ready to make a great day. <BR> <BR> I so appreciate my blessings, people in my life that love me, and all of the resources I have in my life. <BR> Sun, 1 Apr 2018 13:15:37 EST Saturday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477625 It is yet another overcast, windy day here. <BR> My allergies really kicked me this morning, I woke up sneezing! I took one benedryl cap, which usually puts me to sleep for a couple of days, so we will see how that turns out. Hot tea and a few exercises will ensue. Sat, 31 Mar 2018 12:06:52 EST Friday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477374 Today is a windy, hazy, cool day in Mid-Michigan. Yesterday was great exercise going up and down the basement stairs to do five loads of laundry, but today is kind of a quiet day. I will just do my PT exercises and make some Chicken Alfredo for dinner. I love freshly grated Reggiano` Parmesano in my recipe. Portion control is getting easier. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 13:23:08 EST L is for laundry.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6477053 Today I am using my washer for the first time after the annual checkup. Last year, whatever the service guy did to the washer while hooked up to his pc, made it use only hot water. <BR> When B-Dry unhooked it and then moved it back into place after the job was done, it stopped using the hot water for every cycle. I am glad it is fixed. <BR> The tub of this washer is so huge I can actually fit two extra-large sleeping bags and a comforter in it at once. I always have to divide the washed c... Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:34:53 EST Wednesday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476665 I feel kind of tired this morning, but am not going to let that glue me to a chair. Today is library day, running a few errands and making list of landscaping companies I want to get some bids from, for the front yard. Their work will have to be done in two parts, I think. I am my own contractor, so will also get a couple bids for tearing out the existing porch and building a new front porch. <BR> I will probably get trex materials so there will never be upkeep on this porch. I hope they ... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:21:48 EST Busy is, as busy does! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476434 My washing machine is all set for another year. The annual check-ups keep validating the great service/replacement policy I have on him. <BR> Buddy DID drive here to visit. After three days in to his two-week banishment from driving or reaching for his reclining chair footrest- release, he is driving, using that handle, only wearing his sling for a few minutes at a time. Oh well, his shoulder, not mine. <BR> <BR> Today is the payback day for the past four days of sunshine. It is windy a... Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:46:32 EST Everyone knows it's windy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6476039 It is again windy this morning. I have some paper work to finish, calls to make, appointments to set up, but I am getting a lot finished. <BR> Tomorrow is an annual washer checkup and maintenance. <BR> Buddy will be here to visit. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:52:57 EST Palm Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475706 Today is a beautiful sunny day, albeit very windy like the past week. It is another reason why I am so happy that I had all of those trees removed last year. These wind gusts have gone up to 40 mph at times in the past week, and not one day has passed that the winds were not enough to keep my wind chimes blowing continuously. Trash is strewn all over everybody's lawns, regardless of how many times we remove it. <BR> <BR> I hope everybody is healthy and enjoying this day. Sun, 25 Mar 2018 11:52:43 EST Saturday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475401 Karen is home and is using a walker. SHe called me last night to let me know she is home and safe. <BR> Her hubby has cancer and just had surgery two weeks ago, so he is really absorbed in his stuff, not much help. Her senior citizen brother, who was born mentally challenged due to Rx drug his mother took while pregnant,lives with them, as does her adult son who is the same age as my DD. <BR> She does literally everything at home, a caretaker, so I warned her to hole up in the bedroom and l... Sat, 24 Mar 2018 10:49:06 EST Friday cool-down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6475125 Okay, I am cooled down from yesterday with my cousin. I wish they could do surgery for stubbornness. <BR> On a wonderful note though, my very dear friend Karen, my Disney-trip friend, had her total knee surgery yesterday afternoon, and called me from the hospital at 5 p.m.! I was so happy to hear that her surgery went well. I told her about Buddy and reiterated that she would have the same rules and fate as he does now. She assured me that she will not break the rules. I made her promise ... Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:22:24 EST Thursday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474793 My dear cousin did do wrong yesterday. He was SO busted! He finally called me two hours later, telling me that he had an eight o' clock PT appointment. Yes, he did drive, instead of the planned ride from his brother or daughter. He stupidly told me that he actually started driving THREE days after his surgery. His right arm is in a sling, but he told me he does not use his arm for driving! WHAT????? <BR> I gave him a thorough arse-chewing, up one side and down the other. He has waited t... Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:50:06 EST Wednesday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474442 DD packaged up portions of our turkey dinner and I was going to take them to Buddy this morning. I felt sorry for him because he is not supposed to drive for two weeks from his surgery, which was last Thursday. I called him, receiving no answer, so I just drove to his house, thinking he was in the rest room or out in his garage. <BR> When I drove in his driveway, his truck was not there! Bad Buddy, bad! I left the bagged-up meal on a bench on his front porch and left. I came home and lef... Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:38:27 EST Crisis averted! Super-Dan saved the day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6474118 I called my HVAC company yesterday afternoon regarding the water pump drip. Fortunately, both guys were not really busy, so Dan, our usual guy, was here within ten minutes! <BR> It must have been water pump breakdown day because we were the second house to need it yesterday. In a city of only 35,000+ people, with a lot of companies to service us, that is very rare. <BR> Dan had to go back across the bridge to get another new pump, then install it and run it through three cycles to check ... Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:04:12 EST Leaky furnace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473791 Two days ago we found water on the basement floor. DD sucked it up with the shop-vac, thinking it leaked from the steam cleaner. <BR> Yesterday we went down again while we were doing laundry: more water right under the furnace. I followed the trail around the furnace and saw the humidifier dripping on the floor. I unplugged the power to it, turned the humidifier off. I tried to turn the water source off, but the nozzle would not turn. <BR> I will call the furnace company today. <BR> Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:17:26 EST We have another sunny day today, four in a row! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473362 It is supposed to be 49 degrees today,, it is sunny and not any wind to speak of, so it should be a perfect day for Michigan weather standards. <BR> I am doing the basement stairs exercises today with laundry things. Great way to keep the knees from getting stiffened up, anyway. <BR> I hear the birds chirping and DD saw a robin yesterday! That is a good sign. <BR> Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:14:41 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473104 Erin Go Bragh! It is a sunny day, but still cold. It will be a beautiful day for the parade tomorrow. (48 degrees). <BR> The snow should start melting somewhat today.. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 11:32:18 EST Friday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472866 Today I picked DD up from her overnight testing. We then went to get some free things from Staples, then on to Kroger for $80+ in savings. Last week it was $60+, but I do stock up on things when they have these sales. <BR> <BR> I talked to my neighbor and she told me that her 90+ year old dad is in the hospital. SO sad. HE was driving a month ago and has cancer. I have dealt with elderly relatives for over half of my life, so I know where this is going, as she does.. <BR> On a brighter no... Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:28:33 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472504 Today is overcast, but I am used to it here. <BR> Nothing much going on here today, DD has a procedure tonight, so I will be home alone. WE are both so quiet in the house that some of the time it would be difficult to know if the other person is home or not. <BR> No snow so far, but that changes from minute to minute in Michigan. <BR> Still doing intervals of cardio and strength during the day. Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:03:25 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472225 The sky is blue, windy, 30's, NO SNOW so far today, so I am a happy one. <BR> I continue to do Nicole's workouts, various cleaning thingies around here, enjoy PBS sub-titled mystery shows, then go about my daily things. Life is good. <BR> One million tons of stress are gone, so I enjoy every day, regardless of physical pain, I still enjoy being so stress-free. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 12:40:32 EST Snowy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471901 In Michigan, we do not have one-name days. It is usually snowy, rainy, foggy, humid, overcast, sub-zero or windy.Add a day after one of those adjectives..(Snowy Friday,etc.). <BR> It started snowing this morning, on and off, it is overcast in in the low 30's again. DST means little when the sky is rarely sunny anyway. <BR> <BR> I did more squats, step-ups and knee bends last night before bedtime. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:47:06 EST Monday, snowy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471580 Yes, it started snowing again a few hours ago. Since the sky over Lake Huron is really black right now, I am sure we will continue this snowfall all day. <BR> Today I am just doing some laundry and things around the house. DD keeps filling the bird feeder every day or every other day, since the birds clean it out so quickly. I feel guilty about cutting down all of the trees where they lived, along with the squirrels, so I fed them. <BR> The Cooper's hawk pair have been really camping out... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:03:12 EST Time change? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6471205 I did not even know that DST was this morning. I was thoroughly confused when I saw the time on my TV! IT will take a couple weeks to adjust to it, especially since there is still so much snow and cold. <BR> We finally have a sunny day, in the 30's, but so far no snow. <BR> Today will just be little odd jobs and cleaning. I still make it cardio and strength things, though. Sun, 11 Mar 2018 12:49:02 EST Saturday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470868 I feel better, muscle-wise, today. I went grocery shopping and saved over $60 for just less than a cart full of groceries. I never save less than about $35, even on a small trip. <BR> Today was freebies in the meat department, dairy, and freezer. Kroger rewards loyalty for customers, with free items occasionally. A lot of times it is an organic item, I am sure is to hook me on the product. <BR> I washed my produce after bringing bags of items in the house, sorted through mail, and am not... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 10:48:32 EST Friday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470725 Today was doing stairs at our three story library. We then came home and spent 2 1/2 hours working in the basement. I swept, then used the vacuum on the bare floor. WE then moved the couch, treadmill, big old kitchen table, lots of boxes, tubs and big items. Whew!!!! We finally took the little 24" TV and the new DVD player up, on the table. <BR> It was a lot of work, we are two sore and tired women, BUT we now have it ready to work out and watch DVD's while we do work out! I am going to ... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 22:47:49 EST Thursday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470244 We lost internet and phone service last last night, just before I went to bed, so I checked it again this morning and we are back on! We are in another snowstorm with accumulations of at least 4 inches of snow again today, so everything is quiet, white, and windy. I can actually hear my ears ringing, it is that quiet. <BR> I am so relieved that I do not have any trees left to fall on my house this year! We could hear the trees cracking and crackling yesterday, but they are on the neighbor... Thu, 8 Mar 2018 10:05:19 EST Wednesday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469908 We got much more snow last night than I expected, about two inches more than yesterday. It is a typical overcast, windy, snowy day here in Mid-Michigan. The temperature dropped slightly to under 30 degrees, not too bad. <BR> My wind chimes are really ringing! Wed, 7 Mar 2018 10:12:31 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469609 Today is the beginning of our three-day snowstorms. I chose to stay home today and do indoor things like laundry and bed-stripping. <BR> I see no need to go outside in this and risk a fall off my cane. With more than a month of winter left, I can stick it out, knowing I do not have to work anymore! Tue, 6 Mar 2018 13:32:32 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6469192 I resisted eating cookies last night, but did snack on string cheese. I drink a lot of herbal decaf, so that fills me up. At some point though, I do need some protein, and those Fit and Active mozz sticks from Aldi are my go to if I do not feel like getting the old dental floss out and slicing up some fresh mozz. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 10:57:00 EST Saturday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468915 Ahhh... a nice, relaxing day. No phone calls, bills, nothing! I have never had a day like this. Sun, 4 Mar 2018 16:59:27 EST Saturday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468532 I woke up with such a sense of relief this morning. I still have to realize that thing about my income taxes. No more parent stuff,ever. <BR> No more workplace income or such to claim, , just the usual health insurance deductions, SS and pension. Ahhh.,It takes me so long to "come down" from long-term stressors. That is just me. I know it probably seems redundant to most, but that is how I feel after going through things I went through in my life. It is also MY blog. ;) It is different for... Sat, 3 Mar 2018 11:59:52 EST Yahoo! Taxes are done for a year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468310 I made it out alive from my tax appointments! This was the very last year to have to do the Trust taxes. I did not have to pay in, on the Trust taxes this year. First time. Because I was my mother's trustee, I had to claim HER trust $$ on my income. I then got penalized and always had to pay IN. <BR> Today was the last time I ever had to do multiple sets of income taxes. Since 1999 until last year, I had three sets to do. Up until today it was two sets. Now I know that for the rest of m... Fri, 2 Mar 2018 17:35:43 EST Thursday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467906 Today is about bills and organizing tax documents. I only have two sets of taxes to do this year. Now that the Trust is closed, I will do that set one last time. Next year I will be back to doing only one set of taxes:mine. Thu, 1 Mar 2018 10:56:04 EST