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 afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320433 A good day again today,, temps in the sixties and sunshine,,until an hour ago..now it is in the low fifties and overcast. <BR> I made a trip to the post office to make out a change-of-address for mom's mail, but got only a card to do it online,,for $1. I did it and hope the remaining mail of hers comes to my house... <BR> I am not able to track my steps online, but am using the tracker as a guide by changing my step goal higher and just guesstimating how many past my green dots it is now.... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:48:08 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319889 A foggy, overcast kind of day today here. I was having a great day until I made some egg drop soup and managed to actually DROP it all over the oven, counter top, cabinet doors, myself,etc. The drop part turned out accurate if nothing else... <em>24</em> . <BR> <BR> Since SAT no longer track, I just set it for my goal and if all of the lights glow, then I know I made my goal. Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:51:24 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319393 A rainy, humid overcast day here, time for indoor things. <BR> I ma glad things are settling down here for now. <BR> I surpassed my step goal again. After this coming week, the Spark activity tracker will not sync up to the site, so I will not replace it with anything, but just watch my activities and gauge my steps. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:24:17 EST Footloose and almost fancy-free!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318889 What a great day. It is the third week of February in Michigan. I have had the furnace TURNED OFF for two days!! This is a first in my lifetime so far..64 years. <BR> I know we will get many paybacks for this weather, but weather in the fifties and sixties in February is alien to us here. I do remember one Christmas about twenty years ago that it was 64 degrees, no snow on Christmas Day!! Nobody here knew what to do; no shoveling, snow, ice or cold. <BR> <BR> This morning DD and I went ... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:25:41 EST Sunny Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318445 I am really enjoying this day! DD and I went to Barnes and Noble to take advantage of some great coupons they offered us. We found some great bargains marked down substantially, then they deducted some hefty percentages off the purchases. I got one book that I have never seen at the library, that I have been secretly wanting for many years. It is a guide to Midwest birds, plants and animals. I want to study it before I go on vacation this summer. After not leaving home last year, I re... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:15:31 EST Saturday afternon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317893 Today is definitely a quiet day here. NO special plans, just the usual laundry, putzing around the house. <BR> I just have to wait until next week to fax some documents to the attorney and wait for the last bills to roll in. I also forgot to change addresses for my mother's mail. I have to wait now until Tuesday, since MOnday the offices will all be closed. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:08:57 EST Surprise crying.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317499 Well, I never cried once during the whole process of this almost-ending of my parents life and estate, UNTIL..Now. I just read all of your comments and that is what brought me to tears--of love and gratitude for all of you. <BR> You all are so loving and caring, I am sitting here unable to see the keyboard because I am crying. <BR> Okay, five minutes later, three tissues, lots of tears, nose-blowing and I am sort of getting better. just felt really big goose bumps all over and a breeze ac... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:30:48 EST Thursday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317121 Well, today went so smoothly, I think I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. I left work, which went smoothly today, came home, got ready to go to Dad's house. We got there just before the water-meter reader arrived, so I read the gas and electric meters. I took him downstairs to read the indoor meter for a final read, then he read the regular outside meter. That done, we put the snow shovel in my trunk, locked the door and put the garage door down for the final time. I did not even cr... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:23:52 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316602 I surpassed my step goal yesterday and the day before, getting lots of cardio going at my workplace. I move constantly and it was nice to sit and relax at home. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the big day, the parent's house closing. I have their taxpayer ID's ready, papers to read the utility meters before the closing, some receipts for the big work I did on the house that I thought the new owner would appreciate. They represent thousands of dollars of upgrades and repairs that I did after my mother... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:55:08 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316094 A good day today;no attorneys, calls, bills, anything legal to take care of today. Time to relax and just putz around the house after work. <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:31:16 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315542 Today was errand-running day again. I have had lots of problems with the attorney's assistant that is to handle the C.O.T My Trust attorney's assistant talked to her today and she felt the same way I did about her. She seems very put out that things have to be done and she has to do anything, very condescending to both of us. At first I thought it was just me, but my attorney's office assured me that this person acted like that with them too. <BR> She is going to handle everything for ... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:18:20 EST Snowstorm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314888 God rains his love all over us. <BR> Yesterday when Buddy came to help me, it was so warm(42 degrees) that we did not even wear jackets, just shirts! It was not so hard to navigate the huge back yard with my cane without snow or sleet or rain. We made at least four or five trips back and forth from the barn to his truck. <BR> Last night it began to snow and it is still snowing. The temperature dropped and the gusting winds will start at 40 mph tonight! <BR> He went back to the house j... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:42:08 EST A big load off my mind, again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314527 Today my cousin Buddy came over and we went to Dad's house to pick up the dehumidifier, some storage bins and the John Deere tractor. <BR> We brought it back to my house and unloaded it, loaded my Craftsman lawn tractor onto his trailer and I treated him to lunch. We worked very hard, hauled a lot of things home and he picked out some things that were left in the barn for his house. We are two peas in a pod and help each other out when we are able to do so. I love him. <BR> I finally got h... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 16:22:45 EST Friday, a miraculous day for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313971 Today I met with my Trust attorney. I had my list of questions for him, as well as some documentation for future use. <BR> I lay awake for two hours last night, fretting and worrying about everything that could or MIGHT happen because of this whole estate Trust thing. It turns out, I do not have to claim any of the $$ on my income taxes, I do not have anything I have to do with the title attorney this afternoon, nor do I have to worry about ONE of my self-serving greedy sisters named in th... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:52:57 EST Feeling better today.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313536 It has been a wild ride this week! <BR> <BR> First of all, I listed Dad's house on Jan 24 and they showed it January 25. The first guy through the house signed a purchase agreement that day. I signed it January 25. The inspector went through January 26. The contract was signed January 27. The loan was approved on Tuesday, Feb 7. The closing is next Thursday, February 16. It is all moving so quickly that I am really trying to wrap my brain around this whole thing. <BR> As sick as I w... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 16:01:34 EST First Super Bowl overtime, EVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311799 Wow!! Wasn't that exciting last night with the very first overtime in Super Bowl History? It did not last very long, but it did the trick! <BR> Not to be outdone, Tom Brady surpassed the Joe Montana record!! Five wins!! I am not a big football fan, but even I can appreciate this game statistic. It was a high time in Houston last night! I am happy for the winners. <BR> I am still in cleaning mode, but have really relaxed and toned down my pace. It is still surreal to not be at Dad's hou... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 13:36:19 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311261 I am still taking it easy today. I did make a big pot of chili, low-sodium, low-fat version. DD does not eat it, so I will batch-freeze it later when it cools enough. My knee is still crunching and sore today, as I know I did way too much physical labor Friday. <BR> I think I may take a break and read a book. Sun, 5 Feb 2017 15:04:05 EST Saturday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310834 I had a very busy, hard-working day yesterday. I did everything listed on my blog yesterday. Today I finished laundry and moved things off the countertops for the guys. <BR> Joe and NIck came. Joe re-attached the lazy susan door, leveled my stove and then they both stowed all of those tubs and bags with boxes inside them, into my attic. <BR> Nick replaced one of the light sockets in the stove vent, then re-wired the whole thing. <BR> I am thrilled that they did all of this in 90 minutes,w... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 18:51:30 EST Friday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310038 This is an early blog. I have a lot to do today, furniture repairs, grocery store, scrubbing all of the floors, sweeping the carpet. I am also going to take the stove parts apart and scrub the pans,etc well. Things that take some time, but also all of the little things that I put off. De-cluttering some rooms, storing things. <BR> Tomorrow Handy Joe will be here with Nick. Joe did my bathrooms, siding, windows, roof, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, patio slider door, and attic insulation... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 07:32:16 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309720 A good day at work and I finally finished paying the bills, organizing one of the Trust checking accounts and receipts. <BR> The sun is shining for the second day in a row, but today is much different. The skies did not get overcast after a couple hours!! IT is still a sunshiny day, albeit 20 degrees high today, but sunny. This is a big deal for a Michigander. Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:39:07 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309148 A good but busy day at work. My boss told me to write a statement about the treatment of a person who was out of line at work last week. I will do that today. Wed, 1 Feb 2017 14:59:46 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308543 A good day at work today, as I was hoping would happen. IT has been snowing since last evening, but so far only a couple inches of it. <BR> <BR> I hope all of you are having a nice day today, going through the challenges that everybody has had. One foot in front of the other... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 15:38:31 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307944 Things are very strange around here lately. I am not used to having good news, consistently. <BR> I went to my doctor appointment this morning. My labs were all excellent. My A1C was 6! All of my blood work was so good that he said he does not need to see me until June! <BR> I forgot to give the eye doctor the paperwork to fill out to send to my PCP when I was there in December, so I dropped it off after this appointment this morning. They will fax it to my PCP. <BR> Except for need... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:37:03 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307299 IT is very cold here today, in the low 20's. We got spoiled with that 35 degree weather and fog instead of snow and ice. <BR> There is not much going on here today, thankfully. I like it that way. Sunday is my relaxing day. Sun, 29 Jan 2017 14:23:29 EST Saturday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306844 I am still working on my step goal today., It is five o'clock and I have not really done a lot around here today except dishwasher, laundry, preparing dinner. <BR> We got haircuts today so I am feeling pretty good. Doesn't it feel fresh and clean to get your hair crisply cut and styled? <BR> It started snowing again awhile ago, so I am happy that we are home for the day. It has been dark outside for an hour already, feeling like bedtime. Ah, winter. <BR> I bought some huge bags of or... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:25:25 EST Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306294 It is very cold and snowing again today, so much so, that I had to wear my gloves. A trip to the library and store helped me get my step goal, but I also got to practice my stair walking to strengthen my knees at the library and at Dad's house.We went there to retrieve my garage trash can and wedding dress, turn off the lights that the realtors left on, They also turned the heat up , so I had to turn all three zones down. <BR> I am hoping to get more steps in later today. The orthopod and... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:51:19 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305690 Well, I got another document online to sign. I have never been technically savvy. I am a tech dork, so DD showed me how to scan a document to an e-mail two days ago.. I got another one last night, but could not get it to download. I finally calmed down and just kept clicking on the link. I am not sure why it took five minutes of clicking on it, but finally it did work. I actually scanned a document to email all by myself!! Ha-ha, , but it is a biggie to me. I can write grants, proposals,... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:23:19 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305088 The inspection went well. The buyer signed an addendum to the contract, so now I just wait for him to be approved for THIS loan. He is already pre-approved for a loan. IT is all up to the bank now. <BR> My ex's FIL wanted to buy the tractor last year after mom died, so the ex is going to see if he still wants it. Otherwise, I will have the realtor present a price to the buyer. The buyer wanted me to "gift"it to him. HE has already signed the agreement with what I will include with the home,... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:56:03 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304476 No news yet from realtor(Char), but there are two showings there today and more tomorrow. I sure hope the inspection went through okay. <BR> To top it all off, now Consumers Energy company is here to "upgrade" our gas and electric meters. She just finished the electrical meter, now she is working on the gas meter. They will be wanting to do Dad's house too, but nobody is there. With authority that is... <BR> <BR> We are enjoying the 37 degree weather here,even though the fog is thick e... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:49:31 EST Monday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303870 We are STILL socked in with fog here. On our side of the river it fairly foggy, as you can see about halfway down my street, but when we crossed the river to go to the Federal building, visibility was about ten feet. <BR> I called the Register of Deeds this morning to see if my mom's death certificate had been registered due to the estate deed. No, it was not, so I asked her exactly what I needed to bring. She said I needed both sealed certificates and a copy of the deed part of their Trust.I... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:39:49 EST Sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303132 Yesterday was a busy day. I signed a sales contract for the purchase agreement on Dad's house. THe very first guy to look at it made an offer above the asking price. We were hoping that one of the three cash buyers that saw it after him, would make an offer, but no-go. I accepted it and we will wait. <BR> <BR> DD and I went back to the house immediately, and re-rolled the sopping wet carpet rolls, using a box cutter and duct tape to get them to a size that the trash guys better not refu... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:15:23 EST Friday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302022 It is a rainy, overcast, foggy day here. Usually my birthday is a blizzard day. the kind they close the airports for.. <BR> Today was errands, then free birthday treats across town. DD treated me to lunch, then we came home. I did not sleep at all last night, thinking of the things I still have to fix at Dad's house.. I have to take my saw over there and cut a piece of wood near the electrical panel in the basement and add a screw to anchor the door of it. I also need to finish cutting ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:44:53 EST Thursday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301498 A much better day at work today, relaxing at home and waiting to hear from Char. DD informed me that Char called while I was at work to tell us that they had THREE showings today and two more tomorrow at the house. I pray that this part of the whole estate thing goes much more smoothly than the past 18 years of it. <BR> <BR> I did take the advice of a sparker here and set out four containers of vinegar to get rid of the chlorine aroma in the basement there. It does work! <BR> Tomorrow i... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:10:45 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300858 I had a very hard day at work, but came home, had some egg whites and water and rested in the chair for a few minutes. We went to the bank, credit union and then to Dad's house.. Char put the "For Sale" sign in the yard which makes it official. We went inside to box up the cleaning products and spray some more air sanitizer in the basement, It looks and smells so much better. I also had DD drive the lawn tractor out of the shed up to the garage while we have no snow. With all of the he... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:01:31 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300122 A cold, windy, icy rainy day with fog. I am not going to Dad's house today. I need time away from the harsh chemicals. It is a rest day today after work. <BR> Yesterday I signed the seller contract with the realtor. I hope this ends soon. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:22 EST Still more moldy carpet removal.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299394 DD and I went back to the house after I met with the realtor to sign the contracts. <BR> After tearing up, rolling and duct-taping and hauling one room of it upstairs and to the garage, we discovered more mold on the carpet in the kitchen and behind the bar. We tore up all of it, did the same thing with it and hauled it out to the road. It was so old and brittle, spewing moldy dust all over, we were both sucking on our inhalers like babies on a bottle. We bleached all of the floor and t... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:35:31 EST Still moldy.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298642 We returned to Dad's house this morning. A LOT of the mold was gone, but we finished off the gallon of bleach and DD stood on a scrub brush for the floor to get the black stuff off. I used straight bleach on the walls,(cement block) and floors. About 99,9/10% of the mold is gone, but I rolled up some nasty mold-infested carpeting out of the little hall between the kitchen and bathroom area. I will put it out to the street tomorrow when we return, but for now it is in the garage. <BR> It sm... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 14:42:01 EST It never, ever, ever ends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6298060 The new thing for the estate is that we found a lot of black mold in the basement after all of the hoarded things were removed. The realtor told me that if we do not clean it out, the hasmet team will have to be called in after the house inspector comes in. It would cost upwards of $10,000 to clean out, Also, no FHA loans would go through, eliminating about 1/3 of buyers .. <BR> So, Dd and i went to Menards and bought bags full of cleaners, air sanitizers, . We spent this morning spraying, sc... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:50:51 EST Friday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297514 I did not sleep at all last night, maybe two hours. I know it is from the stress of having to do yet more things in the house before it is shown.. The lockbox is on, it is registered with t eh company, but I have to do some work on the electrical box and clean some walls in the basement. I will do that tomorrow. <BR> My blood pressure was up this morning, so I know I am stressed. Time to meditate and pray. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:39:44 EST Thursday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296897 Today I met with a realtor to list my Dad's house. She is a friend whose daughter went all through school with mine. I graduated with her sister, who is also a realtor. Char owns the company and has had it for 34 years. I will meet with her again to discuss the list price on Monday afternoon. Selling this house will be the next-to-last chapter with my parents and the Trust. A big step, but it has been a long road, so I am really ready. I am praying that the house sells quickly.. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:27:39 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296052 A good day at work, no big deals going there. I am so glad I do not have the very hard jobs I had before. I am basically my own boss there now, working alone and staying away from the drama of others. <BR> It is still very cold, but the rain melted most of the snow away!! Six inches of snow gone!! Ice prevails, but the 35 mph winds overnight also dried up the ice and snow on the roads! <BR> BEE-ZARRE! <BR> My steps are erratic, but I am still in the step challenge on my Keep Walking Wit... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:18:37 EST Snowy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295373 We got six inches of snow overnight, now it is raining on top of the snow. I got home while it was still misting, but not a heavy rain like it is now doing. IT is windy, overcast and about 27 degrees. More snow is coming Thursday, but it is supposed to be 40 degrees tomorrow. We are replenishing the Great Lakes. <BR> Schools were again cancelled because it snowed. They cancel them if the temperature goes to zero. IT IS WINTER IN MICHIGAN, MAKE YOUR KIDS WEAR GLOVES, HATS AND COATS!!!! ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:46:51 EST Still bitter cold here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294636 There is still no sunshine here; it is overcast, windy and snowing, so bitter cold. <BR> We are indoors today, but reading about and practicing with the new camera. That big lens captures a gnat on a leaf at fifty yards! Kidding.. <BR> IT is too dark outside to capture anything and before we left to buy the camera yesterday, the pair of hawks were all over the yard being photogenic. Not a sign of life anywhere today... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:45:42 EST A great day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294081 Yesterday I did nothing except run the dishwasher. That is a nothing day. It felt wonderful..It is so cold outdoors that your lip-skin pops and chaps an d peels within a minute or so, so it is imperative to use the Burt's Bees on them. Every inch of skin has to be covered to prevent frostbite too. <BR> DD and I went to Saginaw to allow me to buy a camera that I have been saving for,and researching for two years. I finally have it and cannot wait until it is warm enough to be outdoors for ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:20:05 EST Frigid temps here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292630 It is 6 degrees here before wind chill factor. So very cold inside and out. When I went to get my labs drawn this morning, it was 3 degrees. Now that is pretty cold. I actually turned my heated car seat on. I know that the ice fisher people are out on the river and lake in full force. I am guessing about a four to six inch base of ice. <BR> <BR> I have not slept the past four nights, just tossing and turning, so I hope to catch up tonight. Those shoulders are so painful to lie on, bu... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:05:05 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292004 I am back to working my normal hours now, so I still had a great day at work! DD and I ran errands and answered a few phone calls. <BR> The estate sale guy has an antique conductors jacket, hat, and railroad keys, along with a huge antique railroad oil lantern that did not sell in my sale. A man offered him only $100 for the jacket and Andrew refused it. He knows it is worth much more than that, so he kept these things to sell on consignment in the next few months. <BR> I talked to hi... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:16:37 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291293 Our weather turned from almost 40 degrees yesterday, to subzero wind chill and high winds and snow here today. It is a bone-chilling wind from the west, gusting at 30 mph. <BR> My teeth were cold from walking out int he garage into my car. <BR> I did get cleared from Covenant for my job, so I will resume my regular hours tomorrow. I called my boss and he was very happy. They cannot fine anybody to replace my jobs, so they have been doing it poorly. I hate seeing how they do it, but I ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 15:59:01 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290569 January 3, 2017 and we have pea-soup fog all day and night! Rain and fog in January in Michigan! <BR> We ran errands and did some banking. I had a large money-saving coupon at Staples, so I bought some more ink for the printer. I go through a LOT of paper and ink for the estate. I also had some loyalty money to spend at a store before it expired, so I bought Christmas gifts for Connie's kids. I am so happy! Now all I have to do it buy her gift and wrap them to take up north in August... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 17:40:20 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289523 I am going to use the bands today to do some knee and leg workouts. I also do lunges at my kitchen counter, along with march-in-place. These are all workouts from, my PT times. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 12:37:20 EST Sunday, 2017 starter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288811 A very productive day for me today, as is fitting for a new year. <BR> I cleaned one of the bathrooms, organized coupons, receipts and bills, sorted recyclables in garage, did assorted little things around the house like filling sink soap dispenser, dishwasher cleaners,etc. <BR> Dd took Christmas card organizer downstairs with the Christmas things under the stairway. I prepped some organic string beans for dinner in steamer bags, to go along with my grilled Lake trout and sliced cukes. Yum... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 16:08:53 EST