RETIREDMAMA3's SparkPeople Blog RETIREDMAMA3's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Sunshine! yea What is that outside...oh that is sunshine...haven't seen much of that lately. I always feel better when the sun shines. It sure doesn't have much vim but it looks pretty. With the wind blowing like it is today...the air feels like 16 or 17 degrees. Brrrrrrr <BR> <BR> Only 75 days til Spring!!!! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:38:46 EST Not a productive day! Today is not productive...have a headache that is teetering on the edge of a migrane. Hope tomorrow is better. Wed, 2 Jan 2013 14:55:02 EST January 1, 2013 Today is January 1, 2013 and here are a few of my goals for this year: <BR> <BR> Practice patience a little more. <BR> Help a total stranger at least once a month. <BR> Tweak my attitude just a little more <BR> Keep Diabetes II at bay <BR> Drink more water <BR> Keep cholesterol and triglycerides in check <BR> Keep high blood pressure in check <BR> Exercise more <BR> <BR> These are a few of my 2013 goals and I hope to accomplish them all. <BR> <BR> I am practicing patience more and taking t... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:17:03 EST Oh....what did I do? My back is hurting so bad....what did I do? I don't remember doing anything out of the ordinary other than getting another day older. LOL <BR> <BR> No I know that you really don't have to do anything extraordinary to get your back out of whack. I put an icepack on it first thing this morning and later I took a nice warm shower and took a couple ibupro and it is feeling some better. I did not do my regular exercises of stretching, bending, yoga, and aerobics but I did do my stationary bi... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:05:28 EST Always excitement! I knew I had to take my Mom to get her glasses before the end of the year...(for Medicare purposes) and the lady said they would be in Thursday and we could come get them anytime after Thursday. Well she called me this morning and said they did not come in today but they should be in tomorrow. Therefore I decided since I don't have to go anywhere I will get some goodies made for Christmas. I am right in the middle of making the treats and she calls and says they came in late this afternoon... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:06:23 EST Beauty shop day! It was beauty shop day for me and my Mom. Since my Dad won't let my Mom get out of his site, I had to take him also with us. His dementia causes him to be very clingy to her. He gets worse day by day. I have never had to deal with dementia before so this is a new experience for me. Hope I never get dementia or alzheimers. Scary and I don't want to be that way with my family. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 20:13:51 EST Productive day! It was a productive day for me today....I got my new kitchen linoleum put in and I got my exercises done in the mean time. yea! <BR> <BR> I have not had new linoleum in my kitchen for close to 25 years and let me tell you it was showing it. I am just glad the project got done before Christmas. I need my kitchen for cooking and baking....can't have it closed for repairs. <BR> <BR> It really looks nice. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 20:35:40 EST Beautiful Sunday! My Sunday was beautiful...we had temps of 62 degrees and the Church service was good and everyone was happy. Don't get me wrong, there were a lot of people missing today from the service due to illness. There is a bug going around. Matter of fact I have had it twice in the last month. But it still was a good day. My 6'5" baby boy had his 36th birthday today. I am thankful to God that I lived to see my son turn 36 years old. <BR> <BR> There is always lots to be thankful for if our you... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 19:39:18 EST Senseless loss of life! Ok my blog today is consumed with all the tragedy in Sandy Hook Elementary. I still cannot take in the senselessness of the loss of lives of our babies. I too have grandchildren and I cannot imagine how I would cope with what just happened if it happened to my babies. My grandchildren are at my house every other weekend unless they have a Scout outing or some special thing they are doing for school. They have grown up in my household. <BR> <BR> It is tragic that we have to have securit... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 11:29:36 EST Never again! Ok Remind me to never do that again....take my Dad and Mom and my disabled husband to the Dr. all together. I just can't do that. When we got there the computers were down so they did not know what tests to perform on my husband. They were going to send my husband home without the bloodwork. I told them no because it is too hard to get him there in the first place. The head nurse came out and she took charge. She said we will get the bloodwork done today and when the computers come up i... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:44:24 EST Dad and Disabled Husband Day! Tomorrow is a Dad and Disabled Husband Day....gotta take them both to the Dr. in the morning. Have to have them there by 8:30 am. So that means I have to get everyone moving early. My disabled husband has one speed and it is slowwwwwwwww. LOL <BR> <BR> Anyway that is the agenda for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:47:38 EST This was a Mom Day! Had to take my Mom to the opthamalogist today. This was her last visit for the next 3 months. He said her cataract surgeries went great...better than most. For that we are very happy. He checked her eyes for reading glasses and we got those ordered. We are supposed to pick those up after Dec. 20th. <BR> <BR> The drops are done.....yea! The last one was today. That gives me back some of my time to do things here at home and just in time for Christmas. <BR> <BR> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 20:42:32 EST Nothing Special Day! Today was a nothing special day...I did not have to take anyone to the Dr. or go myself...did not have to do anything special so I didn't. Now I was supposed to have my car in the garage by 9:00 this morning but I forgot about it until around 10:30. I called the mechanic right away and told him I would be right up with it. I apologized to him for missing my slot. That cost me my car for another day. I won't get it back til tomorrow. Oh well, like I said nothing special day. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 19:34:10 EST Am I Wrong? Am I wrong to feel a little melancholy when I think about my elderly parents and the fact that Christmas will soon be here and they would really like to see the whole family get together at their home (next door to me) ? The whole family used to get together every Christmas...Mom and Dad, 2 daughters with husbands, 2 sons with wives and 17 grandchildren. Times have changed and the grandchildren have all grown up and have husbands and wives and children of their own...problem being now is th... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 21:57:55 EST Sunday...Sunday! Off to Church this morning....had a good service. Visited with my Dad and Mom for a while once I got home. After lunch...watched the Browns win their ball game. Way to go Browns. <BR> <BR> Sundays are meant for doing things you want to do...not things you have to do. Right? Sun, 9 Dec 2012 21:30:19 EST Christmas! Christmas is right around the corner and I am not anywhere near ready. I love Christmas time....all the gatherings, the visits, and everyone is so giving and forgiving. Christmas brings the best out in people...I know that I always like to find one person or family that I can do something special for. It makes ME feel good about myself. <BR> <BR> Find just one person or family that you know could use a hand or even a ride to the Dr. or some small effort. It not only helps them but you... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 17:53:45 EST Where did my "get up and go" go! Seems that lately my "get up and go" got up and went without me. I don't seem to have any ambition. I thought the 4 days away would bring me back with new ambition and goals but it doesn't seem to be. For one thing when I got back my Mom was sick, had almost called 911 but called a cousin instead and she came and stayed with her til I got back home. I have been running over there putting drops in her eye, checking my Dad's sugar, getting their breakfast and dinner ready for them o(or I fi... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:43:12 EST Ahhhh! 3 Days of Rest! Almost! We finally got away for 3 nites and 4 days. I was just so stressed and needed to go somewhere that I wasn't being needed to do something around the clock. Don't get me wrong, I still had my disabled husband with me but that was only one person to make demands on me...not three. And don't get me husband was a handful but I still got to do and see things that I wanted to see and do. I don't want to sound ungrateful or heartless but I was just getting so stressed that I ended up ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:16:22 EST Quiet Day! Today has been a quiet day so far...after school the grandchildren will be here for the weekend and that is never quiet. They are always roughhousing and yelling just like kids are supposed to. Sometimes it gets to be a little much for Grammie (me) but wouldn't give it up. <BR> <BR> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:49:38 EST Device Check Day! Today I took my Dad to get his defib/pacer checked. He has to have that done every 3 months. Today was a good day. The techs said there was no adjustments to make and everything looked the same as 3 months ago. After we left the hospital, my Dad wanted to buy mine and my Mom's lunch. I really wasn't hungry but it was time spent with him that I might not get to spend later on. The good part was that he ate really good and just went on and on about how good the food was. He never does th... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:32:31 EST Another Dr. Day Well today was Dr. day for my disabled husband. He is diabetic therefore he has to go to the podiatrist every 2 months. His long time podiatrist retired so he had a new one today. He seemed to like her ok. It is hard to tell with him as he doesn't talk very much...when he had the stroke he lost his speech center and he did not learn a very big vocabulary. Anyway one down today and will take my Dad to the device clinic tomorrow to have his defib/pacer checked. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:09:37 EST Strange things! Talk about strange things happening...I just had another thing happen to me that made me feel really good. My disabled husband had a best friend in school but they drifted apart with each one meeting girlfriends that turned into wifes and then the children came along. I would say that in the last 2 years the best friend found out that my husband was totally disabled and he started coming to visit my husband and got to be good friends with the rest of the family. Sad part is that my husband... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 15:07:55 EST Old friend! I just saw a highschool senior picture of an old friend from my childhood. That took me back a few years. She and I were best friends in the fourth and fifth grades in school and we spent all our spare time together. She was either at my house or I was at her house. We did everything together..we even vied for the attention of one super nice looking boy. Then we moved away to another state and I never saw her again. <BR> <BR> The thing is she looked just the same in the senior pictu... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:02:41 EST Yea Ohio State! Ohio State did it again....they beat Michigan 26 to 21. I thought maybe they might possibly lose the game for a little while but Miller pulled us thru. I slacked on exercising so that I could spend the day watching the football game. In between commercials and half-time I ran and did this and ran and did that. <BR> <BR> Good Game! Sat, 24 Nov 2012 18:21:32 EST Where has the time gone? I bet most of you have your Christmas shopping done....not me. I haven't even started. Thankfully I don't have to buy for many. Always before I started shopping in September and by Christmas I was in good shape. This caregiving thing takes a lot of one's time. <BR> <BR> I suppose I will have to get in gear and get something done and soon. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 19:04:49 EST Great Thanksgiving! We had a great Thanksgiving...have so much to be thankful for. Had my family here for dinner and my best friend and my Mom and Dad. I did not think that I would have my Dad here as he is 88 years old and has very fragile health. So like I said we have a lot to be thankful for. I hope everyone else had a good day with their loved ones. <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 20:01:10 EST Black! Black Fridays are becoming very dangerous with the pepperspraying and the hair pulling and boxing. I saw one woman get trampled in the floor of a store. I use to go out on Black Fridays just for the fun of it whether I bought anything or not but I am to the point that I am almost afraid to go out. I am thinking maybe I will wait until a later date. They are saying that you can get better deals if you wait anyway. <BR> <BR> We will see. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:16:32 EST How bout that turkey? Is everyone ready to get that turkey in the oven? I suppose some people would say no...especially if you are like my Mom...she doesn't like turkey and usually fixes something pork. I am not overly fond of pork but I do like my turkey for Thanksgiving. I do not cut out meals before hand just so that I can eat more on Thanksgiving or any other holiday. Everything is just done in moderation. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving and everyone gives thanks for the day. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:41:16 EST Another beautiful day! Wow! we are so very lucky....another beautiful, sunny day and the temps in the 50's again. We have so much to be thankful for. We are truly blessed. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the holidays and be thankful. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:12:57 EST Great weekend! The sun has been shining all weekend...the temps are in the 50's and the Buckeyes won their game. What more can you ask for? We play Michigan next Saturday...the big one! Sun, 18 Nov 2012 22:11:56 EST OMG! Oh my gosh! I was out today and you couldn't stir the people with a stick! LOL I kept thinking....where is the jobless, where is the downed economy. The lines were backed up everywhere and in every store. It was such a nice day to get out but people were spending a lot of money. I hope this is a pre-cursor to the Holiday spending. Our businesses sure needs the boost so that they can keep their employees working. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 19:40:58 EST You are right! Yes, you are all right! My Mom says everything is so bright...the grass is greener, her walls and ceilings are much whiter than she thought they were. LOL That means we don't have to repaint. LOL <BR> <BR> She is now glasses free and she can read once again. She is so pleased about that and yes the drops go on and on and on. <BR> <BR> Bright sun shiny day today...I am enjoying that! Thu, 15 Nov 2012 11:34:52 EST OK! now what? Ok my Mom's cataract surgery went well. When we get thru another 5 or 6 weeks of drops we should be good to go. I must have gotten stressed out too much without knowing it....I ended up in the Dr office myself yesterday after the surgery. I need to practice on keeping calm myself. Maybe a little more yoga!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:27:41 EST Left eye! Tomorrow morning I take my Mom to the hospital to get the cataract removed from the left eye. We haven't finished the drops in the right eye yet. She says the right eye is super after the cataract was removed. Hope she does as well with the left one. <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:46:10 EST Veterans Day! Today was Veterans Day and my sister and I took my Dad (a World War II Vet) out to lunch. While we were eating, an elderly lady came up to my Dad and said "I would like to shake your hand" which she proceeded to do. That happens to my Dad a lot when he is out in public...he always wears his cap which proclaims he is a World War II vet. That makes him so proud. As you may or may not know, my Dad has dementia and he has digressed back in his mind so much that he pretty much lives in the "6... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:39:31 EST It's Friday! Today is Friday and I don't have to take anyone anywhere....what is wrong with this picture. I am not use to this. But I do have to take my Mom to the hospital Tuesday @ 6:30 to get the cataract removed from her left eye this time. Soooooo...I am going to enjoy the "Sunshine" we are getting today...supposed to get up around 70 Sunday and Monday. I love it when the sun shines....makes me feel so much better....wonder how I would feel if I lived in Hawaii? LOL <BR> <BR> Everyone enjoy y... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 11:36:58 EST Good Day at the Cardiologist's office! Today was a good day at the cardiologist's office. He said he was really pleased with how things were going therefore I do not have to see him for a full year instead of every 6 months. He said since I am so active, and I have lowered my bp and lost a few pounds he really doesn't need to see me for a full year. Granted, I still need to be a little MORE active and need to lose some more weight but I am pleased. <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 22:36:51 EST Another one of those weeks! Well, a new week and a new list of "have to's". My son has an appointment today for a stress test and another one tomorrow for a different type of stress test. I have a friend that went with my son today because I have a full week ahead. I will go with my son tomorrow for the chemical stress test and then I have to come home and go up town to vote. Then later in the day I have to take my Mom to the opthamologist to get her eye measured for the new lens for her surgery on next Tuesday. T... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 14:12:06 EST Lazy Day! Today was my lazy my dh up and got him fed, meds in him, sugar test done and then got my shower. Went to Church, ran by the grocery store for some lettuce for a nice greens salad for lunch. Sat for a few minutes to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and then went across the lawn to my Mom's to put drops in her eye. She had cataract surgery on her right eye and a week from Tuesday will have the cataract removed from her left eye. I have been putting drops in her eye for over a month and... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 19:08:32 EST Wally World Today was my Wally World day....between my dh, myself and my Mom & Dad, I have to pick up prescription refills just about every Friday or Saturday. Besides that it gives me an opportunity to get out by myself and get away from caregiving for a little while. My Dr. said that I need to do that every now and then for me. I have been a care giver for my dh for almost 19 years and I finally figured out that if I don't get some "Me" time there won't be any me to be a caregiver. So, my Wally Wo... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 23:32:19 EST First day of November! Wow! November already. The year has flown by so fast it seems. My days have been so full of Dr. appointments and caregiving that it seems I hardly had time to enjoy the summer. I dearly love to sit on my deck and take in all the beautiful trees and flowers...and our neighborhood is such a good neighborhood and it just bustles with all the kids playing volleyball or softball in their yards and the lawn mowers are humming...each one making their own lawns look good like the other neighbor's.... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:50:48 EST Things are getting back to normal! Things are getting back to normal so it is time to get back to exercising and taking care of my health. When you are making plans for a storm, no heat, no power, no communication etc, you don't have time to think about eating healthy, exercising, sleeping enough, drinking enough water etc. So Storm Sandy is pretty much done with us therefore time to get back to the norm. <BR> <BR> I only wish the people on the East Coast could do the same. My thoughts and prayers are with them. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:58:39 EST Storm Sandy! Well Storm Sandy has created quite a havoc. I feel so sorry for those that have lost everything...their homes, their personal possessions, furniture and most of all their feeling of security of one's own home. We worried about the floods, rain, and high winds but we did not suffer anything like the people on the East Coast. We have the rain, flooding and downed trees and siding off of the houses but we still have our homes that we can feel secure in. My prayers go out to those who have s... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:37:07 EST Raw Saturday! Today was raw and windy and cold...I suppose Storm Sandy will make things worse for us...can't really complain though because we haven't lost lifes yet and things could be a lot worse. Well guess we will just have to wait this one out and see how things go. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 23:10:11 EST Rainy Day! Well I guess Storm Sandy is heading our way. The weather changed from 79 degrees yesterday to the 40's today and rain. By next week we could get snow. Big difference....but we take what we get. I hope that a lot of people don't lose their lives thru this storm. <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:48:37 EST 79 Degrees on October 25th! Oh was today nice...79 degrees on October 25th. How cool is that especially since we live in Ohio. And guess what...we are supposed to have 1-3 inches by Monday-Tuesday. That is Ohio. <BR> <BR> We sure enjoyed today though! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 21:32:21 EST Indian Summer! Ahhh...Indian Summer! There are so few days in Indian Summer that one wants to cram so much into them. It was such a beautiful day today...I had to take my dh to the Dr and it was a really good day to get him out. The Dr. said I didn't have to bring him back til next Spring because he knows how truly hard it is to get him out. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the next 3 days of Indian Summer...want to soak up as much warmth and sunshine as I can because the weather man says pos... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:02:13 EST Time schedule My Mom got one cataract removed and I have to go over every 4 hours to put drops in her eye. This has been going on for about 2 weeks now. I did not know that removing a cataract demanded so much time. She says she can now see brighter colors so I guess it was worth it. <BR> <BR> <em>43</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:38:22 EST New Thought! New study on people who go to the Dr on regular appointments (annual visits, etc). They found that there was no difference in deaths from strokes, cancer and or heart attacks in those who went often compared to those who only went when they felt bad or hurt. So many people are living on little or next to nothing and trying to decide whether to go to the Dr or pay the utilities. And if you have insurance, it is almost a given that you will have to make those scheduled treks and usually ther... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 22:11:46 EST Another one! Still windy today but the temperatures have cooled down. The leafs are really coming down. Gotta love the fall though with the gorgeous colors. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:16:01 EST