SBECKER526's SparkPeople Blog SBECKER526's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Different Holidays 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! 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 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 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! 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 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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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 Almost there! I will have a new beginning soon. I have numerous chores to finish. I need to contact the cable company and pay off my la-z boy rocker-recliner. I have the closets and cupboards almost done. The drawers of the chests and storage cabinets are super packed. <BR> <BR> I studied the online menus of the dining rooms. I know what meals I will make in my apartment. I am using up stuff in my pantry to make the move easier. I am making one round of each seeing that I have the pots and pans to ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 23:41:44 EST One day at a time <img src=""> Snaggles got to the vet. I must have a care plan for the Highlands. I have the veternarian, my cat sitters, possible adopter and more. I am interviewing sitters. Whew! <BR> <BR> I am still packing. I find so much stuff. We want to give to charities whenever we can. My senior advisor, Liz Fry, is awesome. I am learning so much from her. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 23:20:01 EST My world is full of helpers I feel so blessed to have the support that I need. <BR> Friends who are witnessing my advanced directive for my doctors and new residence. <BR> Senior moving managers who clue me into my next step, advise me what to take, and help me get used to my new life. <BR> My housekeeper who makes me laugh! <BR> Snaggles who wants to play, eat and sleep! <BR> My husband who is in awe of the changes. <BR> Friends who offer to help and and do. <BR> Friends who want to get me out of the joy of packing for... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:08:00 EST Fixing up to sell I had a list of 4 things that my realtor recommended to have fixed prior to putting the house up for sale. I contacted my friend who is a painter/handyman. Within 4 days he fixed everything for us. My husband is thrilled. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:39:54 EST Getting closer to deciding what to take I have most of the boxes in the attic checked. I had a few surprises. I diagrammed my storaige area and then measured the size of my tote. I have a plan for my husband's dialysis supplies and what I want to store. <BR> <BR> I am analyzing the types of meals that I will make on my 10 days a month. That determines what I stock in my pantry, refrig and freezer. It also tells me what kitchen stuff I need. I hope to review recipes. I studied the menus from the Highlands over the past mont... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:20:38 EST Finalist in Silver Sneaker Inspiration Award My gym nominated me as a candidate for the Richard Swanson Award from Silver Sneakers. I made it to a finalist position. If you are willing, would you want to vote for me? <BR> <BR> HOW TO VOTE: Click on the link and select "VOTE" next to the finalist of your choice. <BR> P.S. You can vote once every 24 hours, so come back tomorrow! smile emoticon <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:32:13 EST Seeking Balance! I went out with some friends Sunday and Monday. I enjoyed their company and thoughts. We went for walks at the Rodale Institute and Gring's Mill. Whew! We had high humidity and temperatures. Tomorrow is golf night with my friends. Yeah!! <BR> <BR> I finished shopping for our apartment. It helped to decide what we are taking. I also met with the designer and also with my senior mover. I have a clear picture of how beautiful the apartment will be. My senior mover is superb. We are on... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:48:45 EST 7 weeks to move <img src=""> This is the main entrance of our residence. Our apartment overlooks the fountain and main drive. Yes, it is on 113 acres of land and adjacent to many walking trails. I have much to do to get ready. We are now gearing to move on September 9th. <BR> I have a few things to decide on taking and then having folks remove items. <BR> <BR> I am thrilled with Liz, my senior mover. She is service orie... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:45:16 EST Moving ahead The interview was great. We saw the apartment again. Did some measurements. Worked on plans. Enjoyed dinner and social hour with residents. I am very happy and content. <BR> <BR> We meet with our realtor on Monday. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 22:57:19 EST Transitional time We have an interview with the medical director and social worker of the Highlands at Wyomissing soon. I am eager for that interview and approach it with joy. I really need to move and avoid steps, snow shoveling and more about the house. <BR> <BR> If all goes well, then I meet with the designer to select colors and such for the apartment. The cat, Snaggles, goes with us as well. <BR> <BR> I then have to continue to go through stuff although the pressure seems less. I have a senior mov... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 09:26:27 EST Lisa's gift from the heart I am blessed with a wonderful and compassionate friend who gave me the best birthday present, A Day at the Beach. I am my husband's dialysis nurse so we rarely get anywhere. I shared how I longed to put my toes in the ocean and feel the sand and surf. A few week before my birthday, our schedules aligned and the weather cooperated! I got my day at the beach. <BR> <BR> We left at 8 am after Bob's dialysis ended. We arrived at 10 am. I got to see the historic district, the garden district... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 23:33:09 EST Step by step I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I am doing better. Each day I tackle one item - closet, drawers in a chest, or a box in the attic. Gentle progress is being made. I mark the box as to its contents and probable final destination. <em>198</em> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:51:42 EST Worked on downsizing I got wonderful tips on making the most of my apartment. Bob's dialysis supplies (28 boxes) will fit in 1/2 of the closet of our bedroom. I will ask for a dedicated grounded outlet for his cycler in that room. The senior mover suggested that I put shelving in the dining area closet. It is a double closet. That gives me a pantry at no extra cost. I will be able to upgrade the apartment by adding the dishwasher. <BR> <BR> I will need storage areas, I am working on books, computer stuf... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 23:10:26 EST Feeling some better We made a formal application to the Highlands after touring our apartment. I went to get a massage and then could not stop sobbing. My home meant so much to me. I must remember that I am not running my home and doing as much cooking so I can take care of me as well as my husband. <BR> <BR> I also did not want to be a burden to others. I will feel better soon. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:43:57 EST More things to do! Still waiting to get the feedback on my financial disclosures and my application to a retirement community. I may have to wait awhile. That will be okay. I'm young to go to the community at this time (age 65). My husband is older. <BR> <BR> I must redo my living will and get a medical power of attorney. I have 4 friends that have volunteered to serve. My attorneys will handle the power of attorney. I have prepaid our funerals (done in 1999). I still have more things to do, but wh... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:19:47 EST Mindful of busyness I am really working at using my time wisely. I tend to over schedule myself. Now I am putting meetings, appointments, exercise times in my schedule. I also put "down" time in where I cannot schedule myself. What a difference that makes! <BR> <BR> I also have some "ME" time to read, meditate, pray, or do what relaxes me. Mon, 8 Jun 2015 23:00:42 EST Recycling So Much Our house is noticeably downsized with stuff. I feel so good about helping people while I have no RA pain. <BR> <BR> To date: <BR> 1. 26 boxes of books to the store at the homeless shelter <BR> 2. Computer towers, cell phones, monitors, printers, microwave and batteries to electronic recycling center <BR> 3. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and clothing (all gently used) to Goodwill Industries <BR> 4. 6 more cartons of books to Friends of the Library <BR> 5. Pet beds, travel containers, towels and ... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:54:13 EST Quiet Memorial Day Weekend The last month has been so busy that Bob and I decided to enjoy 3 days at home. We feasted on hot days, watermelon and corn today. Tomorrow we will have a burger and salad. On Monday, I plan to have berries, grilled ham slice, potato salad and sliced tomato. It was fun to spend unhurried time in the Farmer's Market. <em>551</em> <BR> <BR> I am exercising at home today and Sunday. I walked today and will use my spin bike. I have a DVD of a ride in Ireland I plan to use. I plan to d... Sat, 23 May 2015 18:48:20 EST Zumba-thon My wellness center held a Zumba-thon yesterday for 2 hours. I hesitated going to classes as I felt so tired. I paid my entrance fee and decided to dance. I modified some hip hop moves that my knees could not do. <BR> <BR> I felt alive and energetic. I almost returned to life before cancer, but not quite. I had to take a 3 hour nap when I returned home. <BR> <BR> We were donating supplies for the soldiers and families and funds to help our soldiers. I believe we need to help these f... Sun, 17 May 2015 21:38:50 EST working on my home I am enjoying more time at home as I work to declutter my home. My teen age year bookcases will go to the homeless shelter's store on Thursday. I have 25 cartons of gently used books for them also. Two sets of end tables will leave my home as well. <BR> <BR> We have much trash with all my husband's dialysis supplies. I am planning to read using my Kindle. <BR> <BR> I am going to work on tools, garden tools and some things from the garage. Plan to do this in 6 weeks. In the fall, I ... Sat, 16 May 2015 23:19:33 EST Feeling good about donations and changes My home is simpler as we donate items to the homeless shelter and Habitat for humanity. I will be more organized. I'm also testing how well I can do with less. I have a sense that I can be happy in a smaller space. <BR> <BR> I am finding that simpler ways allows me less things to break with my RA. I still can spill things. Fri, 8 May 2015 23:29:35 EST Decluttering and having fun <em>278</em> <em>551</em> <em>67</em> <BR> We are seriously preparing for an apartment after being in our home for 43 years. The amount of stuff - books, papers, vinyl records and more - take much time to sort. However the sun beamed good rays. Friends played golf and then went out to Beverly Hills Inn. We had fun. Back to decluttering tomorrow. Tue, 5 May 2015 23:24:49 EST Less Worrying...More organization I am not worrying about the future. I worked diligently for years to set aside funds for entrance to a retirement community. I will be able to afford one. I did attempt to consider other alternatives, but resisted as I am concerned about the type of home health worker I could get. There are so many baby boomers who will need care. <BR> <BR> I am studying the services offered when the time to move nears. One team visits and develops a plan. We then work together to get ready for the mov... Sat, 2 May 2015 18:30:21 EST Retirement Community I am a proud member of the Future Resident Club of the Highlands of Wyomissing. I attended the Soup to Nuts session for a presentation, luncheon and tour. I was pleased to hear what is offered in this Category A facility. I will attend events and begin the process. <BR> <BR> My husband prefers to be in our split level home for his home dialysis as long as possible. We have been doing this for 2.5 years. I have RA and degenerative spine issues as well as being restricted post hernia and ... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:34:01 EST Coping I am feeling better when our weather is milder. I got out to play golf on Tuesday. I did well. I get very tired. I will need to give up some activities at church. I cannot be dependable when I have a flare or back pain. <BR> <BR> I am working diligently to keep moving and eat properly. I have great social connections as well. We will get our generator installed during the week of May 11. I am eager to have peace of mind with Bob's care. <BR> <BR> I am saying no to activities and r... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:29:06 EST Golf and RA - post surgery I have worried about golfing, RA, and post abdominal surgery. My surgery on Jan 17 restricted me from exercise for 2 weeks and then with modifications for 6 weeks. My personal trainer, Lisa Leayman, was masterful and helpful in my recovery. <BR> <BR> We began golf body training in early March. Every Monday she worked with me for one hour to bring back my core and strengthen me. We worked on legs, posture, use of dowel, and more. Recently we added planks. I have exercises to open my hip... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:32:05 EST Recognizing change in me I am accepting the challenges that lie ahead for me. Bob has been ill most days. His stomach is finicky. Sometimes restaurant food appeals more. I relaxed the number of meals that we eat at home. I still order healthy foods when I am out. I bring home 1/2 my meal to have for lunch the next day. I make his favorite foods when I can do so. <BR> <BR> My exercising is still taking place. I want to golf. Hope I haven't damaged my knee. Pain is sporadic. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:06:19 EST Keeping calm I am diligently working on taking things in stride. I heard a speaker in January who reinforced that we are defined by our passions and not by our illness. I made a poster and have that near my desk. Last night I practiced some art therapy. We noted that nature brings us peace. I found that my craft helped me greatly. <BR> <BR> I have much going on in my life, but I am taking one day at a time. I spend time in prayer, exercise and eat properly. I am caring and loving. <BR> <B... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 23:17:57 EST Hope for less pain I am hopeful for lessening of pain. I have spent time with yoga and tai chi at home. I have plans to exercise for 30 in the morning, 60 minutes with cardio and/or strength, and 30 minutes of yoga in the evening. <BR> <BR> I am eating fruits and vegetables almost 75% of the time. I have salmon, turkey, chicken or filet mignon. Tuna fish and nuts are in lunches along with eggs. <BR> <BR> I have a strong social network, golf in 2 leagues, belong to several organizations, and do a newsl... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 23:05:18 EST dear people in my life Today I ran into a person who is so dear to me. I have not seen him for almost a year. I am reminded how I need to reach out more to those who touched my life so deeply. I made several friends in my retired group. Those friendships carried me through many tough times. <BR> <BR> Several Sparkpeople became dear to me also. They regularly comment on my blogs and offer good suggestions. They are walking the same walk that I am. To me I am blessed with caring people. I want to be there fo... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 23:08:47 EST Working on the positive <em>126</em> Tulips are beautiful. I always order a batch for Easter and look forward to planting the bulbs for renewed beauty each year. I welcome warmer weather and hope to leave some pain at the demise of winter. <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> Grocery shopping stills wears me down. I can get the stuff in my car and put away at home. Pushing the cart is challenging. <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> I use my ball to stretch my back and shoulders. I ease my hips by rolling on it while sitting. ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:07:36 EST Snaggles needs more time <em>239</em> Snaggles makes me smile. He loves to tackle my ankles and run after me. He is eager for his food and snack. Tonight he had a cat friend on the other side of the window. He growled and gave a deep belly cry. I came in to check on him. He ran to me and wanted petting. The Animal Rescue League and our vet advised that we keep him an only cat. He gets trauma with other animals. <BR> <BR> He is nosing at my laptop. He wants to play NOW. Got to go. Snaggles wants his mous... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 23:45:11 EST Workshops, planning, board meetings, and more I am feeling better, but watch how much I try to do in a day's time. Several of my passions involve my volunteering. I still work with the retirement workshop for retiring members of the community college, career and technology centers, the intermediate unit and our 18 school districts. I have 110 persons registered for the workshop on Saturday. <BR> <BR> I still have odds and ends to do for card, printing, and more. Final 10 people must be entered into my spreadsheet. <BR>... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:51:37 EST Resilience and Hope I endured a rough winter with much snow, ice and cold temperatures. I also had surgery and numerous health problems. Hence a publication headline jumped out at me. Resilience and hope! <BR> <BR> The quote that turned me around is this. "Life stretches and compresses us all. To be spiritually well does mean being able to spring back from difficulties and to live fully in the midst of them." Doug Wysockey-Johnson in Lumunos. <BR> <BR> Well, I want to live fully each day. I scanned the ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:08:58 EST Snow melted - Sunny Day I felt better in attitude today with the sunshine and the melting of yesterday's snow. I want to walk outdoors and not have to bundle up. I felt energetic. <BR> <BR> My helper and I got the groceries. She put them away for me. It is amazing how fast a bag of groceries gets too heavy for me. My ineighbor cleaned off my husband's car for us. It is so difficult to not be able to do what I always did with ease. I am grateful for those who offered their help.! <BR> <BR> I did my stretch... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 22:07:32 EST getting more rest I am trying to pace myself better and get more rest. I do feel better. I'm staying on a healthy diet, doing gentle yoga, meeting with my trainer, and swimming. <em>403</em> <em>550</em> <BR> 6 inches of snow predicted for tomorrow! <em>102</em> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:35:29 EST