PUGRAD1995's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PUGRAD1995 PUGRAD1995'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/ offline for a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670236 hi all, <BR> On feb 23 I was admitted to the hospital very sick. <BR> A week later. I was moved to a nursing facility where I am still receiving antibiotics and therapy. It turns out I have an infection in my hip bone but they don't know what caused it. Also don't have future plans either. <BR> <BR> Getting better but still tired. <BR> <BR> Diana <em>382</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 03:06:26 EST Injections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428598 HI all, <BR> Finally, a week where some things went right. I got my car back. Yeah! The weather has also finally cooled off and my leg isn't quite as swollen now. And Thursday I got my injection and after 3 days, it has started to help the pain. Yeah! Hopefully it will continue to improve. <BR> <BR> Need to do several errands this week-felt so bad lately I have let things go. Wednesday is my GP annual appointment and it will be interesting to see what she says about the past 3 mont... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:08:40 EST CT results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420988 Well the CT did show a herniated disk at L2 (right above my fusion) so the pain doctor ordered a series of 2 injections 2 weeks apart. I don't know why he changed it from the 3 injections the back doctor originally ordered, but not going to fight about it right now. <BR> <BR> So Thursday I am scheduled to get the first injection and I am scheduled to work from home on Friday. He also ordered a TENS unit for me-I don't think it will help the back pain, but it might help my one leg issue. ... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:54:33 EST Pain Specialist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405682 Well, the appointment with the pain specialist was a little disapointing. I'm hoping things improve. <BR> We went over what had happened since surgery, he watched me walk, and pressed on points to determine pain. Then he started his recommendations. Physical therapy with an SI specialist (existing issue but not one that I have energy for right now), and then ordered a CT of my back. He's not sure he agrees with my back surgeon and he thinks it may be the knee causing the pain so he also... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 18:24:28 EST Another Set Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398012 Hi all, <BR> I have been struggling for the past year with swelling in my legs-especially the left one which has my total knee replacement. After a couple of trips to the doctor and some lasix, we seemed to get it under control when in April I noticed a new pain in my upper thigh of the left leg. AFter a trip to the GP, she suggested going to the back doctor since I hadn't seen him in a year and a half. He switched hospitals and is on the far north side of Indy-doable, but not real conveni... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 06:52:24 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5359739 This week has been a stay-cation for me. I have been trying to clean out some clutter, while spending some time with family. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the weather has been bothering my arthritis so not as productive as I had hoped. I am finding that I need more pain control and as much as I hate to, I 'm going to have to ask the doc for more. <BR> <BR> A high school's friend's brother died this week of melanoma. He was 57. He was diagnosed a couple of years after me but his lymph nodes... Fri, 17 May 2013 22:10:21 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354398 My sister flew in from Colorado this week and I am on vacation. Mom wants to clean out some clutter for my garage sale (May 31) and so do I. So planning on being a productive vacation. My brother surprised everyone and came down for the weekend and brought both Natalie and Nathan. So here's the picture! (I was photographer). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1234271914.jpg"> Sun, 12 May 2013 21:11:59 EST picture! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337735 This weekend was the genealogy conference in Bloomington. Home of IU and where my niece is a freshman. I went down a day early and took her out for dinner (she chose Red Lobster) and we had a nice visit. Since next week is finals, we didn't stay out long, but it was good. <BR> <BR> THe conference was a good one too-saw a few old friends and met a few new ones. I am struggling with pain issues and that makes travel hard. So not sure how soon I'll do something again. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 22:03:41 EST Happy St. Patty's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289099 Hi all, <BR> As a geneaolgist, I do have one Irish line. It just so happens I have her Bible also. My ggg?grandma on my mother's side was a McNutt. She married a Noah and that's the Bible I have. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to work on the McNutts, but one of these days I'll get to do that! <BR> <BR> March has been a little bit better-no one in the hospital and no funerals. I've been tired and work has been a total pain. I would love to look for a new job, but with my orthope... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 19:48:39 EST 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244514 Well so far I'm not a big fan of the year 2013. Why? <BR> <BR> My 26 year old godson committed suicide on my mother's 78th birthday. <BR> <BR> I turned 55 two weeks later. For some reason it has been a hard one. <BR> <BR> The day after my birthday, my mother was admitted to the hospital. Her electrolytes were all messed up and eventually they diagnosed her with pneumonia. She is now out of the hospital and looking better. <BR> <BR> While mom was in the hospital, my water heater st... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 22:30:57 EST Funerals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216232 Funerals are such a sad time and especially for a 26 year old who had everything to live for, but didn't know that. <BR> <BR> ON the other hand, it was nice to see old friends and relatives that I hadn't seen in years. <BR> <BR> His stepsister did a great job with pictures of him. This lasts about 15 minutes and is a link to youtube. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=UG670Rl7xyI </link> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:30:07 EST Very sad day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210856 My 26 year old godson passed away last night on my mother's 78th birthday. <BR> <BR> Sometimes things just don't make sense. <BR> <BR> Please send prayers to the family-his mother and brother especially. <BR> <BR> Goodbye sweet Jared. We will miss you. <em>296</em> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:42:12 EST Happy New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182760 Well, I have to say 2012 was another challenging year. Physical problems abound and I am at my highest weight. The good news is some things are healing slowly and I have worked back up to steps counts in the 4,000. STill not back to last spring, but getting there. <BR> <BR> Next year's goals are just to be healthier in the new year. Tax season begins soon and I am concerned that I may not have enough energy for both jobs. It has been challenging just doing one. But I know that part of ... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:09:49 EST Storm and Explosion update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173239 Last night the storm went through. We had quite a bit of rain and then it turned to snow. Things are pretty white-but with a little ice underneath. Since my walker doesn't do real good on the work parking lot which is always a mess, I worked from home today. And I have Monday and Tues off. Yeah! <BR> <BR> While working, I had the TV on and they interrupted for a press conference. How ironic is it that I was sitting in the same chair watching the same channel when the explosion occurred... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 21:48:03 EST Santa Claus Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160594 Many moons ago, our family went on a trip to Santa Claus land in Wisconsin. It was actually for fishing in September. I was 3 years old. In the picture is Santa, me and my dad. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1378915747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a good week. Sat, 8 Dec 2012 22:31:07 EST Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145448 Our family is small so the holidays are not big deals right now. The kids are all teenagers and the magic is just not there right now. <BR> <BR> This year was my mom, my brother and me so we went to a buffet for Thanksgiving lunch. Watched the parade and the dog show and chatted a while. Then Dwain and mom headed home. <BR> <BR> Today mom came up for a fundraiser for the victims of the explosion. A real estate agency was fixing pancakes this morning at a steak restaurant. They did ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 21:43:31 EST Explosion and catnip heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131873 About 11 pm last night I heard a big boom. Looked outside my window but didn't see anything. Thought maybe someone was doing fireworks again. Then a few minutes later I heard fire sirens. Not good. <BR> <BR> An explosion blew up 2 houses about 1 mile west of me. If you saw Today this morning, they had pictures. Two were killed, a few others injured. Most were taken in by friends or family in the area-the local church is a shelter. Response has been wonderful but it will be a long hau... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:23:03 EST cartoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119631 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1343591845.jpg"> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:49:50 EST Genealogy Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099148 Hi all, <BR> Had a great fall weekend doing some genealogy with old friends. We meet at the library in the small town and take it over. The librarian is a fantastic one for local genealogy and helps us by setting up a few speakers. Some people do side trips to the court house for vital records or land records. It is a good time. <BR> <BR> I slept in both days and didn't do alot of genealogy-but did find major clues for another generation back on one of my lines to Ireland! Way cool!... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:38:24 EST October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081201 Although spring is my favorite season, October is a close second. <BR> The cooler weather has helped my swelling some. I am feeling a little better and am moving more. There are also lots of things to do around town. Yesterday, I went home to a BBQ cookoff fundraiser at the church with mom. Saw some old friends. It was nice weather and they had a good crowd. Then we went to moms and I worked on her flower beds for the afternoon. Got a little sun but also killed some weeds! <BR> <BR>... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 21:18:07 EST All about me (borrowed from Kathy Jo) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068485 A. Are you at all artistic? If I can copy thinge <BR> <BR> B. What are your favorite burger toppings? Cheese, bacon lettuce onions <BR> <BR> C. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? lavender <BR> <BR> D. Diamond or pearls? Diamonds <BR> <BR> E. What exotic pet would you like to have? I'll stick to my kitty cats! <BR> <BR> F. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Don't remember....don't go very often. <BR> <BR> G. What is the worst gift you have ever received? Fishin... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:47:46 EST Prayers to a friend and her family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055281 Sunday, the brother of a friend died. He was only 51, but had health problems for several years. They are a large, wonderful family and, being an Indiana boy, grew up loving the Indy 500. He eventually worked for a couple of racing teams including the one that honors him with this sign. Such a fantastic tribute to him. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l355993097.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Prayers to Carol and her whole family. <em>220</em> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 23:16:46 EST Another week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5032182 Well, made it through another week. <BR> The AC is working well, but the installer still hasn't sent me the papers I need for the rebate. <BR> Sent an email to their website-see if that helps. <BR> This past week lost 5 lbs of my swelling-I could actually bend my right knee this week. <BR> But this weekend, the weather went back into the 90s and I have gained 2 lbs back-and my knee is definitely stiff again. <BR> The next week is a busy week-tax classes, get my crown back on and I had ... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 20:10:15 EST What a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5010251 Boy had this been a challenging week. And I'm not even talking swelling or weight loss. This is just life getting in the way! <BR> <BR> Monday I took my car in to have some minor body work fixed. The rental agency showed up with a car that was way too low. Even though I asked for another SUV or something similar to my CRV. They finally found a Hyandai Santa Fe that is better, but still not easy for me to get in and out of. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, my crown fell out for the third or four... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 21:34:10 EST Back surgeon checkup visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002029 Thursday was my checkup with the back surgeon and new Xrays (6 months from last visit). The Xrays look good and my fusion has filled in 100%, better than most do. I still have some pain-that may stay forever. But the bigger problem of numbness and potentially losing feeling in my legs is gone as far as the pinched nerve. So I no longer have to see the spine surgeon unless new problems develop. I do have a limit of lifting 20 lbs - more only occasionally and done very carefully if I need... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 14:02:19 EST Another record for the summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990509 Yep, we set yet another hot record this summer-the most 90 degree days in a month. And we still have a few days left in July. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, this weekend is the Brickyard 400 and last night's storm brought a little rain and cooler (85) degree weather. Lovely for us-maybe not for the race fans. <BR> <BR> Some of the trees and bushes leaves are turning brown. Looks like next year will mean replacing alot of landscaping items. <BR> <BR> Take care and keep cool! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:08:35 EST Long hot dry summer of 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970451 This summer has just been a trial. The drought that they now admit is happening has put Indiana on water restrictions-no watering grass, washing cars, ect. Today was 89-the first time in something like 17 days the high temp has been below 90. We had a streak of 5 or 6 days above 100. I haven't had more than a few drops of rain at my house since mid-May. <BR> <BR> The weather has apparently caused me to swell and the swelling is causing my BP to go up. My annual physical was this week, ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 20:27:05 EST Relay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4932314 As a 9 year melanoma survivor, fighting for a cure for cancer is my way of giving back. A couple of weeks ago, I volunteered for registration at our annual OutRun the Sun fundraiser, and this weekend was our local Relay for Life. <BR> <BR> It was hot-the dunk tank was a major money raiser-not for dunking people, but for the kids who paid to be dunked! Met alot of old friends and a few new ones. We hit our goal and had a rain-free, tornado-free Relay this year. Here's a few pictures! ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:29:33 EST Graduations this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919676 This week has been a busy week. My nephew graduated high school in Minnesota on Tuesday night. He is headed to Ohio State this fall. I couldn't go, but did put mom on the plane for a short trip up there. <BR> <BR> Then on Friday night, my niece graduated high school in northern Indiana. After one night home, mom and I drove up and went to the graduation with my brother and nephew. She is headed to Indiana University this fall. <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of my mom, me, my niece and ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 03:12:54 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4879843 Got together for a buffet lunch today with Mom, my sister Darlene and my brother Dwain. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l589011890.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's one with me-Dwain taking the picture. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l995755376.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a good week everyone! Diana <BR> Sun, 13 May 2012 20:44:56 EST The garden is flourishing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863785 Finally got to do a little weeding in the garden. <BR> Flowers are gorgeous! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915260742.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the strawberries may make it by Mother's day! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l983340147.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the fresh catnip picked has the kitties being very mellow tonight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l817217727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a good week! Diana Wed, 2 May 2012 21:40:18 EST Spirits of 76 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4858391 The Spirits of 76 was the name of our Sr. Class play. Yesterday was one of our monthly lunches - we had a couple of people from out of town and attendance was bigger than normal. Lots of fun and chatting. It is so nice to reconnect with people who knew you way back when..... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495119980.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Picture of the whole table at the Mexican restaurant. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l631... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 23:04:08 EST Survivor Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4847241 Some of you know that 9 years ago I went to a doctor's appointment for a BP checkup and had my whole world turn around when I mentioned that I had a zit or something on my back that just wouldn't go away. When the doctor looked at it, he immediately wanted to biopsy it (barely waited for the ink to dry on the consent form before taking it off) and then as I went out of the office told the nurse to make sure they had my office number on file in case they needed to call. Two days later, I had... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 22:08:37 EST Another week gone already? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835324 Time just seems to keep flying by! <BR> This week was a good week at work. A project I like has been busy so I've gotten to work more on that and less on crosstraining to cover for others on our team <BR> <BR> Still getting sore after PT and when I did water walking this week, I am stiff and sore too. Not sure if it is the number of laps-or the storm that came through today. IT is cold and rainy and I'm glad I don't have to get out in it. Instead I am cooking chili and cleaning out t... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 21:57:27 EST Easter and the end of Tax Season (Woo Hoo!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827835 Had a nice easter lunch with my mother at Jonathan Byrds. Didn't go wild over my calorie count and no dishes OR leftovers! <BR> <BR> Still having some issues with catching my breath and swelling in my legs. It is assumed that the swelling is just a protest of all I've put my body through with the 2 surgeries. The breath appears to be allergy related. While I love the flowers, they are definitely triggering weepy eyes and runny nose this year! <BR> <BR> Saturday was my last scheduled day... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 22:10:16 EST Random stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4803122 Busy week-temps in the 80s, allergies going wild, daffodils, weeping cherry, redbud and bradford pears all blooming in the yard at the same time. And to top it off, my heart is broken-Jeff Saturday is moving to Green Bay. I loved looking at his buns with Peyton behind him. Now I'm going to have 2 teams to watch! <BR> <BR> Here's a picture of the cherry tree <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l714445441.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Picture of my daffys <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 20:12:02 EST Looks like it's the mile high city! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4795778 I think I just became a Broncos fan! Gary Varvel's picture for the Indy Star! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l110542625.jpg"> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:31:02 EST For Colts fans.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4782771 Saturday's editorial by Gary Farvel says it all about the Colts season this year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109406799.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wonder if the truck is headed south to Miami this time? Sun, 11 Mar 2012 22:32:37 EST Getting better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779884 Fortunately, the antibiotics have helped the sinus infection. Still have to blow my nose alot and occasionally have coughing from drainage, but the "hit by a truck" feeling is gone. While I can't say I actually have energy yet, I do feel better. <BR> <BR> Stress test - was a challenge. They could not get an IV started for me and I have a couple of baseball sized bruises for that. A third guy finally got one started in my upper right arm. The test itself did make me huff and puff some bu... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 22:17:49 EST Long week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767444 Well, this week has been a long week. Noticed one day that walking into work, I was having to stop more often and catch my breath. Then my nose was very runny. So called doctor and finally got a doctor's appointment for Wednesday. Meanwhile, went to the dentist and got my new crown. Went on smooth and so far no issues. <BR> <BR> Wednesday brought forth a diagnosis of a sinus infection. I have not felt like doing anything and this makes sense. So antibiotics for a week. AS for the h... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 16:01:22 EST Another busy week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4756971 Another busy week and finally a day off from both jobs. <BR> Thursday night went to the pool and did 7 laps! <BR> Saturday was the chili cookoff. We made $54 and all total raised over $1,000. Nice way to kickoff Relay this year! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l500340512.jpg"> <BR> Had a nice crowd-both with teams and visitors. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l749865438.jpg"> <BR> The winning team. <BR> We had lots of variety-chicken chili,... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 19:33:08 EST Back in the pool again!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4748608 Yes, it seems like it has been forever. <BR> <BR> Went Friday evening. I guess it has been a long time-the gym was busier than before and several people fell all over opening doors for me. I was a part of the landscape with my walker before....so I guess I'm going to have to break in the newbies! <BR> <BR> I did 5 laps - one forward, one to the right, one to the left, one backwards and then another forwards. Then I got to hot tub for a few minutes. ooooohhhhh have I missed that! Yes... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:49:36 EST Root Canal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739167 Well, this was just a wonderful Valentine's day. <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> I had a cavity that was right next to the nerve. The dentist was afraid it might be a root canal so had me book with the dentist in the practice that did the root canals. After looking at Xrays, she mentioned she wasn't sure if she could save the tooth, but she would try. She did, but it was not easy and for a tooth that didn't hurt going in, I'm going to have an aching jaw for a few days. The tooth actually had 2 ... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:20:23 EST Ortho visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731088 Hi all, <BR> Well for once, a very low-keyed office visit. X-rays were done and I am growing bone for the fusion. <em>244</em> My pain is controllable with tylenol and naproxen and the occasional tramadol as long as physical therapy doesn't make me too sore. <BR> I was asked if it was better than before surgery... H*** yes. I don't cry getting out of bed anymore. I can now go to the pool! <em>298</em> and do water walking or possibly water aerobics (but that tends to hurt m... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 18:10:03 EST Goodbye Super Bowl people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725943 Well, it was a great game with Eli winning in Peyton's place. <BR> Madonna showed us what a workout was for an over 50 rocker! <BR> The wonderful weather held out. <BR> The zip line was a hit. <BR> Over a million people in the NFL experience. <BR> Great concerts and only the usual trouble makers. <BR> While I'm glad the traffic is gone, I'll miss the excitement Indy has had the past couple of weeks. <BR> I finally got a picture of the XLVI that was on the circle. <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 20:17:00 EST Another year older http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713289 Yep, it happened whether I wanted it to or not. This picture describes it perfectly! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622544565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> An old friend and I went out to a new restaurant for dinner and gossiped. Lowkeyed, but nice. <BR> Worked taxes on Sunday. <BR> Back to regular work today. <BR> Did drive by downtown to look at some of the superbowl things after work. Didn't get great pictures but here's a couple: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 22:21:11 EST White Chili Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692046 A friend was asking for simple recipes and this is one that I gave her. <BR> I think it's on the menu this weekend! <BR> <BR> <link>www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/slow-co<BR>oker-white-chicken-chili/b4e4fe42-27a2<BR>-44a0-8170-fc2343fa7ff8 </link> <BR> <BR> We had a little bit of snow today. More on the weekend. Then in the 50s on Sunday. Crazy weather! <BR> <BR> Keep warm! Diana Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:29:55 EST Doctor's 6 month checkup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4674737 Well for once a good visit. <BR> <BR> BP was just a little high-but I hadn't gone back on one of my BP meds since surgery, so we are adding it back and see what happens. May not keep it if I can get the swelling down in my leg and back to walking more. <BR> <BR> The cramps are not due to a low K+. It was perfectly fine. I know I drink enough water, so I am blaming the PT. The doc suggested some stretching exercises after PT. <BR> <BR> Even better, my fasting blood sugar is back down t... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 20:23:32 EST Keeping busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672500 Hi all, this has been a busy time of the year. Tax season is gearing up-so now working 6-7 days a week. Kinda tough after surgery. Still haven't built up my endurance yet-PT tried upping the exercises and I had to add back my pain meds and could barely move. I talked to them-I have to be able to work (cheerfully too) and if they didn't step it down, I was going to wait until after tax season and start the PT again then. She stepped it down and I am doing better. Meanwhile a couple of pe... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 21:52:01 EST Goals for 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649495 So, my left knee is fixed and the back is on the road to recovery. <BR> So here are my 2012 goals: <BR> <BR> A vacation - and not using my PTO (paid time off) for surgery! <BR> No plans yet-but I'll find something! <em>218</em> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> Retiring the walker! <BR> <BR> Tracking my food each day <BR> 8 glasses of water per day <BR> 2 fruits per day <BR> 5,000 steps per day <BR> And once cleared, go to the pool 2 times per week <BR> <BR> It has been baby steps, ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 20:39:14 EST