SBECKER526's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SBECKER526 SBECKER526'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/ Good week reconnecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240903 I enjoyed lunch and time with my cousins on 9/16. I had not been in their company for 10 years. Today I connected with 2 friends. We have not seen each other for 50 years. We plan to get together in a month. I connected with another friend on Facebook. <BR> <BR> This is important to me! Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:26:24 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233144 My test occurred earlier. The doctor really had skills. I am making progress. Bob has time with physical therapy. He is getting stronger. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 23:34:49 EST Hopeful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230259 Bob still is more fatigued from his fall. He did not have bleeding or a fracture, but has some memory problems and fatigue. The headache is almost gone. <BR> <BR> I have tests on my nerves in my legs and feet. I am uneasy as I don't know much about the test or the possible problems. I have constant pain (burning) in both feet. I have a tightness in the skin. The skin is shiny as well. I trust that I will find out by Sept 28. I did fracture my right ankle and had surgery 10 years ag... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 23:09:50 EST Challenges seem to follow me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218972 My husband had a nasty fall. I am working with him so that he recovers. He had a mild concussion. I am slowly getting relief for the radiation burn like problem on the soles of both feet. I am returning to SparkPeople minus the ads. I use Sparkpeople on my phone. The amount of data irriated me with downloads. Yeah! Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:55:29 EST Exercising during a flare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200124 I want to keep exercising when I have a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare, but do not want to cause more joint damage. I also changed my exercising routine to adjust to limitations. <BR> Sunday - Line dancing for 1 hour <BR> Monday - yoga flow and training <BR> Tuesday - golf <BR> Wednesday - walking, cycling in apt on spin bike, pool <BR> Thurs - aqua class, walking <BR> Friday - line dancing, weights <BR> Saturday - QiGong and Zumba gold <BR> <BR> I do bouts of walking - 250 steps per hour from ... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 23:47:56 EST Feeling more connected and happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6197250 I am having less pain if I limit what I do. The newsletter is almost done. Printing for my organizations is done. My mailing committee needs to accomplish two small mailings. <BR> <BR> I can only work at the computer for 30 minutes at a time. I am spending less time on Facebook and Sparkpeople. I get 250 steps per hour during the day. <BR> <BR> Exercise is so important. Socialization means much also. <BR> <BR> Bob seems to maintain his health. We have not heard anything from his te... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 23:07:11 EST Need to Simplify My Life Further http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191530 Dear Sparkpeople Friends, <BR> I am needing to spend more time at home with the cat and husband. I must cut back my technology time. It appears that I need more rest. I have been cutting back. I am doing fine. I feel blessed and face the future with gratitude. <BR> <BR> Bob has some tests ahead. I have more hand pain. I will check in from time to time. My thoughts and prayers include each of you who offered so much support. <BR> Sandy Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:43:33 EST Grateful for so many things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185965 My heart is so full of gratitude. I value the relationships I have. I feel the love flowing. <BR> Bob and I are aware that his body is changing. He faces challenges. We are so calm about this. He is listening to all his doctors and even me. All three stanzas of the Serenity prayer come into being. <BR> <BR> I am accepting, prayerful, hopeful, and filled with love. God is with us and helping us to be stronger. Sun, 19 Jun 2016 22:55:09 EST Time to follow my bliss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180526 Joseph Campbell wrote about following your bliss. I am adjusting well to life at the Highlands. I have a solid exercise program with many options. I have activities that I enjoy and many people I care about at the Highlands and in my organizations. I do not always follow my bliss. I need to meditate and see where my bliss is. It may have changed in this year? Time to pause, reflect, and make small corrections. Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:06:05 EST Enjoying walking in the park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172726 I went out walking this afternoon in the Wyomissing Park from door 5 of the Highlands and went down Parkview to the parking lot. I then walked the entire trail thder the pines. I got to the barn and then the farmhouse. Up, Up past the Villas to the putting green. Over to the doors by the main lounge. What fun to be able to do all that without knee pain. <BR> <BR> The swelling is reduced in my hands. I still am taking it easy. <BR> <BR> I am so proud of Bob. He realizes that he cann... Sun, 29 May 2016 22:46:57 EST Enjoying home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162904 It is great to be home. I love sitting at my writing desk and looking out the bay window. Rain is pelting the window. The cat left the window sill and is sleeping by the balcony doors. <BR> <BR> I tried on a suit I bought 6 months ago. It fits better. The joy of working out each day is great. <BR> I plan to attack paperwork later. More fun to watch the rain and gusts of wind. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday! Sat, 14 May 2016 15:45:22 EST quiet times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152256 I am enjoying a time of planning. I will be facilitating a discussion on the book, The Faith Club for our residents. My team consists of Barbara Hetrick, Chaplain Carl Wenzel, and me. We will present this program to the residents at the May Town Hall. I am very happy to be involved. <BR> <BR> I have several things I always wanted to do coming up....Flower Arranging, Putting Green Social, Everybody's Birthday, and more. Having fun and learning more! Thu, 28 Apr 2016 16:04:45 EST Feeling close to God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148833 I feel so blessed in my life and content. I feel God's presence in my dealing with others. I am a good friend/listener to several people in my new community. I feel God is drawing me closer to them. My life experiences guide me. I am at peace and hence can listen with love and kindness. Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:47:44 EST New thing for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143567 I have a new desire to explore the Wyomissing Park. I went on a bird watching walk. I got to the creek and then walked along it. The sunshine was super. We saw many birds. Their sounds and colors were beautiful. I felt so relaxed as well. I was walking for over 2 hours. Great experience...want to do it again! Sat, 16 Apr 2016 13:10:58 EST Keeping relationships strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143037 I have been caught up with the move and health concerns. Several groups of friends understood. This past week I made certain I got in touch and had time with them. I met my golf buddies on Tuesday evening. We talked about church, golf, and so much more. They are my family. <BR> <BR> I met with my Breast Cancer Support Services group for an elegant luncheon. What fun to celebrate our volunteers. Worried about one of my friends and her headache. <BR> <BR> When I retired I met a group... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:28:59 EST Fitness Surprises for ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136236 I felt so stressed and in pain around January 1st. Then things changed in surprising ways. <BR> 1. We found a buyer for our house. Settlement occurred on March 11th. <BR> 2. The shoe inserts relieved foot pain. <BR> 3. Did the Vionic sponsored Spark Challenges and decided to try their action shoes and sandals. Wow, what a difference for me. <BR> 4. Worked on quality of sleep after I used my fitbit flex. <BR> 5. Moved to a Blaze so I could do more. <BR> <BR> I now walk almost 10,000 st... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 10:31:02 EST Thrilled with the Highlands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131257 Each day I find more ways to celebrate our move into the Highlands at Wyomissing. Bob and I have a secure environment. We are surrounded by well-educated people. There are so many things to do with art, music, history, the seniors college at Alvernia, and movies. The food is super. Trips abound; community service opportunities are frequent. <BR> <BR> The facilities are great. The swimming pool is salt water filtered (not clorine). The fitness center has pneumatic machines to adjust we... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 21:08:25 EST Holidays at our community http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128883 I am grateful for the warm, caring environment at the Highlands. Bob and I had Easter dinner in our favorite restaurant. The servers were adept and got our dinners to us. There was a server who ran the dinners to kept them ultra hot. I grew up with a father who always had leg of lamb for dinner on Easter. We have not had lamb for sometime. I had sliced leg of lamb today. It was soo good and steeped in memories of Easter passed. My husband chose orange roughy. The fish was done perfec... Sun, 27 Mar 2016 20:43:12 EST New focus and lift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118417 Bob and I have a more relaxed attitude. We feel less stress. We are enjoying time in our apartment and checking out the buds on the trees. Snaggles had his squirrel look at him from the balcony. A baby cardinal chirped at him. I read a book and the Sunday paper. <BR> <BR> We had a good meal in the Wyomissing Club restaurant. I did some volunteer work on the computer. There is so much that I want to do. <em>137</em> Sun, 13 Mar 2016 19:49:39 EST House is sold! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117210 <em>12</em> The time finally arrived when all the paperwork was in order. Our settlement happened at 4 pm on March 11th. Our realtor, Tom Degler, represented Bob and me. Everything went smoothly today. <BR> <BR> The couple who bought our home has 4 children and 2 dogs. They are delightful and hardworking. They will give our former home character and love. Ali stated he wants to be there for a long time. We are thrilled to know that they will live there. <BR> <BR> It was a positive ... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 02:20:37 EST Accepting the delay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112859 My husband and I really want to have the settlement on our house occur. Fellow residents shared that they had similar delays and problems. My real estate agent shared that the new law on mortgages states that hand written comments and changes cannot be made. If something is found to be done incorrectly, it must be mailed to the buyers. The buyers have 3 days to respond. <BR> <BR> We are trying to be patient. Not real easy....We have expensive vacant house insurance..... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 19:30:11 EST Mixed emotions tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6109901 We will sell our house soon. I walked through the house today. I remembered when we bought the house 43 years ago. I remembered cooking meals as a new bride. Thank God we did not smoke alarms then. I remembered my first holiday dinner that I cooked for my parents and subsequent dinners for family and friends. <BR> <BR> I remember how Bob and I retreated to the family room when we had to study for our master's degree comprehensives. I remember working on my computer as I did research f... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 23:16:21 EST Discerning what I want to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101933 Now that the move is almost finished with paperwork and the sale of the house to go, I will spend time discerning what I am called to really do. In the 6 months of living in my new apartment, I see the value of enjoying each day and not being defined by a full calendar. <BR> <BR> I am also looking at organizations that I have served for 10 years now. It is time for the next group of retirees to take over some functions. I love attending exercise classes, wellness programs, and educationa... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 09:51:21 EST Getting closer to settlement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101156 My husband and I are 10 days out in the settlement of our house. It will be a huge relief to have that done. I am getting more into the routine of the Highlands. I am making good choices as to what I do. The seminars and exercise classes are great. I may go on two day events. <BR> <em>425</em> We had a 30 inch snowfall and a 5 inch snowfall. A storm with snow, sleet and ice is projected for Tuesday. I am so glad to live in a community where snow shoveling and car clean-0ff is done. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:17:42 EST Busier than ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093851 I have my busy moments. I limit them to two hours a day. I do my phone calls, computer work and meetings. I will not schedule more than two hours. <BR> <BR> I also schedule my exercise time as my ME time. I do mind-body and also strength. I walk and cycle almost every day for cardio. <BR> <BR> I am peaceful and less stressed. The cat helps calm me also. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:42:22 EST still exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091204 I really enjoy exercising. I try to walk 3 miles each day. I am cycling 30 minutes on days I don't get to classes. I do one tai chi class , one QiGong class, one Aqua Class, one Zumba, and one yoga class per week. I hope to work in one pilates class. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:10:28 EST Appreciation for all those who helped during our 30 inch storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081086 All o f the people who touched my life during the storm gave of themselves. From the drivers who brought key personnel to our residence to keep us going with food and service. The maintenance and grounds people who had so much to do to clean walkways, roofs, drives, and even our cars. The young servers had fun as they slept over 2 nights. I see so much good in the staff and in the residents. I found this to be an adventure. Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:21:47 EST Enjoying life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073121 I am enjoying meeting new people and to hear their stories. Each of us has challenges and special traits that are great to hear about. I have a new friend who is facing heart surgery. She inspires me with the calmness and faith she prepares for surgery.. <BR> <BR> My housekeeper has strong values. I realize that her cleaning reflects her desire to help others. Faith is deep in our approaches to daily life. <BR> <BR> Others, too, face problems. Their faith and belief gives them grace... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 21:09:20 EST Progress in defining new life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070549 My husband and I completed the new resident orientation and found the program to be worthwhile. We understand our new environment and the governance of it as well. I have a deep respect for the planners. My apartment is safe and comfortable. <BR> <BR> Our house has been on the market for 5 months. I was getting down thinking that it would not move. Alas, we have a sale pending on the securing of a mortgage. I am hopeful. Once the house is sold then we can dig into our new life. Fri, 15 Jan 2016 21:55:03 EST Hopes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057088 I have many hopes as I look at 2016. Here are a few of them. <BR> 1. We sell our home of 42 years. <BR> 2. We continue to adjust to our new lifestyle at the Highlands of Wyomissing. <BR> 3. Enjoy good health and times with friends. <BR> 4. Work at exercise and proper eating. <BR> 5. Enjoy the small things in life. <BR> 6. Work for peace, dignity and compassion. <BR> <BR> There are always more, but I picked my top 6. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>551</em> <em>381</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:55:29 EST Getting better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056042 Physical therapy and my guide to fitness are helping. I am regaining strength in my knee. Yesterday I climbed the 30 steps to my apartment without pain. I can use the bathtub and get up from the floor after playing with Snaggles, my cat. I am cycling each day and doing all the pt exercises. I do my other exercises as well. I did some classes as well. I am now working on wall squats with the fitness ball and other items. <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful gift for the new year! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:08:54 EST Eating and Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053110 I now have my plan for exercising in place with low impact cardio, strength, yoga, tai chi and qigong. I try to cycle in my apartment for 20 minutes each day. <BR> <BR> I make sensible breakfasts each day. We have a snack of fruit, carb, and protein for lunch. We then have a 4 course dinner each evening. I keep to 1500-1600 calories per day. <BR> <BR> I also take classes on topics that interest me. I plan to start a walking program on January 2nd. Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:56:47 EST Beautiful Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052610 I am so blessed. Our move to the Highlands at Wyomissing was so perfect. The opportunities and fellowship are great. My friends also contributed so much more. The thoughtful gifts, excellent dinner by Sherry, sangria wine to have next week, holiday meals, and great entertainment. <BR> <BR> Today I had dinner in the Wyomissing Club with Bob. We enjoyed turkey and ham with all the trimmings. The apple pie was awesome. And the lobster bisque. The chef and sous chef are amazing. <BR> ... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 20:24:51 EST Special time in my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051317 This is a special time in my life. My years of working are behind me. All of the stuff we accumulated was auctioned, sold at a flea market, or donated. We have what we need (and a little extra), Our apartment meets our needs. Life is better than when we were in our home. <BR> <BR> My husband and I have more time together to enjoy the sunset from our balcony. We know what matters most and hold the time we have as precious. I no longer feel I must define myself. I know my strengths and... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:57:17 EST Acceptance of a new normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050296 I am blessed and happy. I am learning to accept my limitations and to make adjustments. It is okay not to get to a church service at 9 am if my body needs more time to get ready. I also am not scheduling many appointments prior to 10 am in general. Mornings are to say a prayer of gratitude for my day with all its blessings. Mornings are to play with the cat and help Bob as needed. <BR> <BR> My TENS unit is helping to block pain in my knee. I am still actively doing all the physical t... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:37:45 EST Blessed and Fortunate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6046625 My husband and I are blessed to be living at the Highlands of Wyomissing. We decorated our apartment and started Christmas cards. We are just sending a few as my RA and hands find writing to be a challenge. We are enjoying concerts, holiday parties, classic Christmas movies, dinners with new friends and more. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb81d796-13a4-4e72-bb49-19eb3708db45.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I entered the raffle and won the wall decoration that hangs in our foyer. I am... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 23:38:13 EST Different Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037952 We are beginning our holiday season with dinner in the restaurant we enjoy. The meal will be at 12:30 pm. <em>428</em> We consider that we are celebrating with our new family. I made reservations for Christmas Day. <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> I have new Jewish friends so we will enjoy a Jewish meal on December 10 for Hanukkah. I am experiencing new things. I feel like a kid in a candy store with all that is happening. <BR> <BR> We will attend the New Years Eve dinner, game night and ... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 23:35:34 EST Less is More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031045 I have less space and things. I now can find what I need. I am learning to toss out stuff if I want to replace something. Gifts are really special events or services when I can do so! <BR> <BR> I will do some gift cards to places my friends like. I am shopping at the gift shop at the Highlands, Its a Gift in West Reading, and making the holiday fun. We are planning a trolley tour of the area as well. Bob is enjoying simple things as well. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:15:13 EST The during stage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024745 I am enjoying life so much more now that I am in my apartment. It helped me purge my material possessions and get my priorities straight. I am still adjusting to the new life. I am enjoying each day. I think many times before I purchase an item. I am trying to determine how much cooking I need to do. <BR> <BR> I had a very swollen and painful knee. Plus my heel hurt. I visited my doctor and got a cortisone shot. That was a good learning experience. I also got heel insoles that are ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 13:57:12 EST Adjusting to new apartment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020447 I lived in a house for 43 years. I did not think a move to an apartment would be a big thing. Yet, I needed to give myself time to adjust. I find the housekeeping schedule to be perfect. The arrival of fresh linens for the bed and towels is super. We visited the 3 restaurants and learned about the differences and options of them. The selection of foods and pricing are outstanding. <BR> I need to get into the rhythm of classes, lectures, meetings, dining with new friends, and much more. ... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 15:06:06 EST On the mend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020121 I had so much knee and heel pain that I was not up to exercising and really felt horrible. My doctor recommended a cortisone shot in the knee. I also got inserts for my sneakers. T.hat was on Tuesday. Today I got to walk 3.5 miles (got a fitbit) Yeah! Still love the apartment. Really happy Fri, 23 Oct 2015 23:27:02 EST Gently resuming exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015074 I need to focus on yoga, tai chi, and qi gong at the moment along with water exercises in the pool. I must have injured my knee as it tends to be painful. I actually do some strength twice a week. <BR> <BR> My foods are great. I specialize in small portions. I managed to lose 6 pounds since I moved. <BR> <BR> Life is busy, but slower. I do not leave the Highlands as much. I am very happy. Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:54:20 EST Less pain and healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011271 I have less pain. I declared it time to put exercise back into my appointment schedule. I find I can take care of Bob and the cat. Since I go downstairs (one floor) and get a walk along hallways as as my warm up, I can get to class in under 5 minutes. I take Qi Gong and zumba on Saturday. I take aqua classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I take yoga flow on Monday and Friday. I can get a walk on the trail with a group for 60 minutes every Tuesday. I get Tai Chi on Wednesday aft... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 21:58:24 EST Returning to exercise classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6009227 I am getting back into attending exercise classes - now at the Highlands. I enjoyed a yoga class, two aquatic exercise classes, water walking/swimming, walking a trail, qigong, zumba and more. I did all of these in 6 days. I did not have to drive. <BR> <BR> I cross one road and get to my favorite trail, The Wyomissing Trail. The woods and hill are nearby. Got to the top of the hill. Yeah! We finally had sun in the 6 days. <BR> <BR> I have new friends of all ages. Yet, I still get ou... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 17:48:06 EST Loving my new life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005802 I moved into the Highlands at Wyomissing 3 weeks ago. I prepared for the move for 9 weeks ahead of that. I visualized my new life and felt ready to make the move. Caring for the house interfered with the care of my husband and my own needs. It was time to move. <BR> <BR> I feel I need to pinch myself that I have this beautiful apartment. It is my home. I have what I need and enjoy. Life is very good. Mon, 28 Sep 2015 21:06:12 EST at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000519 I love our new home. I also am happy with less stuff. I am resorting items and finding more order in my life. I really like having a stackable washer-dryer in my walkin closet. I am in heaven. Snaggles adjusted well. He is playful and loves the deep window sills in our rooms. Sat, 19 Sep 2015 23:39:14 EST Moving accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996939 We moved to our apartment a few days ago. We no longer have boxes in each room. The movers and resettlers did a great job. I have a few things to finish. I have a group cleaning out my house this coming week. <BR> <BR> I prayed much during the week. When the movers arrived, we had a praying mantis on our screen door. I took that to be a positive sign. Prayer was in order. <BR> <BR> Snaggles is adjusting to his new home. He loves the Bay Window. He also gets on the bathroom window... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 23:46:23 EST Soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992630 I am reworking the layout of our apartment once again. I just didn't feel good about some items. We added a server and a scooter. I then checked switches and more. I felt some things needed adjustment. Now to take a photo of it. <BR> <BR> We made some decisions that are different. First of all, we will entertain guests in one of the private dining rooms for dinner. I will not cook dinners. Better for my RA! <BR> <BR> Next, we can use the living room clusters in the common concourse ... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 10:50:03 EST Getting stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987587 I had several weeks of severe RA pain. I also was doing too much in preparation for our move. Finally the move is 10 days away. I went through all boxes. Everything is set to move. I need to use up more food. I need to finish some sorting of stuff. I have 3 deliveries to make to the Animal Rescue League with bedding for animals, the electronic recycling center with old laptops, and finally the Friend of the Library with books. I must get these done by the end of the week. <BR> <BR> M... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:17:25 EST Wellness is a priority http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983496 I am making time for all facets of wellness. I exercise each day. I am sticking with my food program. I communicate and go out with friends. I am taking my meds. Spending time with my husband and cat are foremost. I feel blessed. <BR> <BR> Yes, I have stress of moving and building a new community. I can handle it with balance. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:11:46 EST