SENIMMO's SparkPeople Blog SENIMMO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Well, that just isn't cool! Ive,been running a friend to do errands all morninf, early afternoon. It's been one of those days/weeks for us both. <BR> <BR> I made a wrong turn on the way to her house this morning to take her to the Dr. So I was 10 minutes late (which almost never happens). That stunk. <BR> <BR> She has an infection in her leg and is supposed to stay off of it. She's like me, if there is work to be done, she us going to try doing it. Did u mention she lives on a dairy farm? I tattled to her family tha... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:34:33 EST Fixed the flex!! Actually, it wasn't broken, I had just misplaced the charger. I have the fitbit flex and the charger is really small and very lightweight. And is one of the kitten's favorite toys (along with hair ties, but that's a WHOLE other blog!) so I hid it. And then forgot where <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But I found it this morning and now have a bully charged fitbit for the pool this week. Hopefully, it will give me an accurate count of calorie burn in the pool. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Hubs' rig should... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:20:19 EST Almost an hour In the pool today, I did 55 minutes. Half walking/jogging and half swimming laps. I wanted to get a couple more laps in, but some guy came in with his kids and crowded me out. After the 3rd time of him crashing into me, I gave up. They were "playing catch". His kids throw wildly and he sucks at catching. And I'm only a little over 5 feet tall. He was running into me in 5 1/2 feet of water <em>198</em> I gave up before he could drown me to death. <BR> <BR> Early mornings on weekends is goi... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:10:07 EST Just ARGH!!! Since my last blog, Hubs had a mechanical failure in the rig (yes, AGAIN <em>234</em> ) which resulted in a fuel spill. Which resulted in frantic phone calls, police department, fire truck, hazmat cleanup crew, tow truck, repair shop, parts being ordered... <BR> <BR> The usual thanksgiving truck ordeal. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> That was overnight Wednesday. Thursday, I went to the pool to de-stress. I waster walked 15 laps, and swam 10 (it may have been more. I lose count easily, s... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:38:00 EST Uncooperative weather So I'm putting off the green bay trip. I will do more cleaning and load more stuff. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I do plan to go swim. I've got my gear in the dryer now. I forgot last night. Oh well. <BR> <BR> And it looks like Hubs may be coming home soon after all! <BR> <BR> I've got this <em>334</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:58:45 EST A bit of this, a bit of that... Was my day today. I actually made it to rent the gym locker. I didn't have time to work out when I did that, but I did go back later in the afternoon and got in 35 minutes of pretty hard work. I alternated jogging in place with swimming laps. <BR> <BR> That snorkel and mask was a good investment. I'm not doing huge numbers yet, but I did do 7 laps today. I'm trying to add 1 lap a day until I'm at a decent number, then I may try to get into the bigger cold pool and work up to a decent number ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:38:13 EST No motivation... No clue where it went. I had done pretty well the first 6-8 months I was on spark. I took 50+lbs off, was looking better, feeling better, staying on track... <BR> <BR> Then I got orders for several sweaters, got busy with markets, did nothing but sit and make products, grabbed junk food on the way to sales, and just generally let myself go so far off track it's ridiculous. <BR> <BR> And since then? I've been able to convince myself I can do it again whenever I want so there's no big hurry d... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:16:52 EST The next step With my hands ends up being a lengthy progression of steps. More like a marathon. Sigh. <BR> <BR> It turns out the first two dr's didn't look further than the medial nerve impingement. The orthopedic today took one look, felt the wrist and thumb, and said it's not just the carpal tunnel. I also have arthritis in the joints of the thumb. We are fixing the nerve impingement on the 3rd of December and then working on treating the thumb. <BR> <BR> That will start with meds, a different kind... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:12:02 EST The (school) plan So, the local campus desk lady told me I had to take classes based on my computer placement test score. Lie #1. <BR> <BR> I was/am not allowed to double major, because "it's too hard and too confusing " lie #2 justified by what the he##??? <BR> <BR> The new schedules are right there (the only ones out were the term that's ending in a few weeks.) Lie #3 <BR> <BR> There are no classes available for you here. Lie#4 <BR> <BR> You have to go online and figure it out yourself, it's n8t THAT ha... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:41:39 EST Smoked it! I went down to UWGB today and too placement testing. The computerized version several years ago said I was functionally retarded. Today with paper and pencil-and doing the math sections longhand-I scored 12.9...out 9f a possible 12.9 <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Now I just need to get my old high school to send a transcript and wait for financing to come through. <BR> <BR> Holy crap, I've got this!! Mon, 9 Nov 2015 22:54:03 EST Dizzy... Not really, I just have that song stuck in my head because I've been spinning since 3am. I couldn't sleep. So I got up and started working. <BR> <BR> And I threw together some biscuits and made cornbread to go with the bean soup I started yesterday. <BR> <BR> The soup would taste better with more salt, but I'm needing to learn to use less salt for Hubs and I keeping BP down. Ugh. But I'm findng ways to make it work. I added celery, carrots, onion powder, and some small pieces of ham to fl... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 09:19:13 EST What to do? Its always like this right after the markets end. I never know what to do with myself. I'm working on a bunch of the owl mitts <img src="">(msg me if you want to order some for christmas, first come first served, I can only make so many) <BR> <BR> I'm making them all with handspun yarns. 100%wool or 100% alpaca. I have cream and grey. Hopefully they will go over well. They are expensive ($35 a pair) but I don't th... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 08:39:02 EST Just another day in paradise... Don't I wish. But things are leveling out. My knee isn't as sore, I've got a lot of products out in local shops (but on consignment, so it's money our of pocket for me), son is being slightly less of a butt and much more honest with himself about how much of a butt he's been being. <BR> <BR> The budget isn't in great shape, but we're holding our own. I ran all the errands and got the bills paid today. <BR> <BR> I wasn't as out of control with my eating today, either. I talked myself out ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:27:46 EST I survived Monday... Barely. Finally got a text from Hubs late last night saying I love you too. That was good. <BR> <BR> I got tangled up with pets and had something in my knee pop. I can walk on it, but it doesn't feel good. <BR> <BR> Son fell asleep at friend's after work and didn't come in til 2am. On a school night. With his boyfriend. Who planned to sleep in his car. Son is in on my couch. Boyfriend is on the living room couch. Sleep in car in November, not even funny. <BR> <BR> This is what I designed ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 07:55:48 EST UGH. mondays. It was a rough weekend. I thought everything was going pretty good, then out of the blue? My son starts a fight, my husband chews me our for it, and apparently MIL is mad at me for something I said several weeks ago as a joke that she took seriously. <BR> <BR> What. The. Hell. <BR> <BR> I'm waiting for Hubs to be speaking to me. With the way I got blindsided this weekend, I'm not at all sure he isn't going to ask for a divorce. And I really thought we were doing okay. <BR> <BR> I didn'... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 07:45:33 EST Cold and wet Which is not unusual for the last Saturday market of the season. <BR> <BR> I'm still here, but may not set much up. I do have a small order getting picked up, so I have to stay. <BR> <BR> I did toss my swim bag in the car, so that's a possibility after the order gets done. I got coffee this m9rning and made homemade mocha with it. 90cal vs holy crap calories for premade. It works. I also grabbed a sausage biscuit and yogurt for breakfast. Not as good as some choices, but way better than mo... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 07:56:14 EST Slightly better today I got my friend taught how to make nicer edges on her knitting, got 4 loads of laundry done, almost finishes one beret, and the fitbit us actually tracking today, it's just after noon and it already says I've got 1/3of my goal met. <BR> <BR> Much better than Wednesday was! I haven't made it to the pool again. I may or may not get to it today. I want/need to get some more alpaca spun. <BR> <BR> Either way, I'm getting more activity in. That works. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:25:13 EST Fits and bits I spent the day yesterday helping a friend. He car died, and she lives on a dairy farm. There were a lot of errands that needed to be done for the farm. <BR> <BR> My fitbit recorded the entire day of shopping, lifting, and walking as-wait for it- 587 steps and ZERO MINUTES of exercise!?!? <BR> <BR> Can you say annoyed? Yeah, just a BIT. I about pitched the thing in the trash. Instead I just tossed it in the drawer for the day <BR> <BR> With swimming on Tuesday and helping with Farm stu... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:13:01 EST Suck it up, Cupcake I didn't make much progress today, But made progress, nonetheless. I got the car in and out of the shop this morning. It actually came out UNDER the estimate! WOOT!!! <BR> <BR> Then I went to the pool. I only spent 20 minutes in the water, But I tried out my new snorkel and mask. It's going to take a little getting used to, but I can swim laps in it! I only managed 2 laps, but it was something. Then I walked 6 more laps. I'm going to try to add a lap every day or two for a while. We'll see h... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:02:12 EST Cleaning house In more ways than one. I've got some stuff I'm clearing 9ut to donate to a charity that's picking stuff up tomortow, so I will have a little more cupboard space. I've actually been running the vacuum. And I took the big dog to the groomer, so less shedding. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping up with laundry, but still can't figure out how/why I can manage 6 or more loads in a day, washed, dried, folded and my teen son can only do 1.5? <BR> <BR> <BR> While I was in green bay with the dog, I went and ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:21:46 EST Thursday The pets are a little sturdier on their feet today. Both giving dirty looks, but they will get over it. (Cleo was spayed and leo was neutered ) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get some things done around the house, but keep running into problems. I wanted to put lasagna together to freeze, so I cleaned the freezer to make room, got everything I needed out of fridge, put sauce on the stove to warm (warm works better than right out of fridge), went to get the foil pans I use for messy foods...and son ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:42:56 EST The pets are home And very wobbly and sleepy. Leo is kind of wandering around and not able to jump on the furniture yet. Cleo is laying in my lap <img src=""> and peeing on me, lol. <BR> <BR> Vet said they should be back to themselves by tomorrow. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:17:46 EST Mondays blog End of season sales are often my best of the season. I've cut my display down significantly, to make the work easier for me, and sales have been UP. Even with fewer choices, I've been selling more. This could work! <BR> <BR> I've also got a lead on another indoor winter show that's starting up. <BR> <BR> My hands still don't want to work right, the shot doesn't seem to have helped much, but I'm using the braces much more. It will work out. <BR> <BR> I've got several berets ready to go t... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:41:34 EST Is it too early for work? <img src=""> <BR> You know you're in for a long day when you're up before the sun. Sun, 18 Oct 2015 07:17:12 EST My day off- I got my shot in my hand today. It's still partly numb and feels strange. I just hope it feels better tomorrow and lasts for a while. <BR> <BR> I haven't done much today, other than rest it and wear the new braces I was able to find. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that wearing them when I'm not actively working will help. Time will tell. <BR> <BR> I've got a lot of work to do over the winter. Spinning yarn is one of the things I'm looking forward to. Doing dish towels and scrubbies, not so much. Kni... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:37:37 EST Tuesdays ramble I'm trying to talk son into helping me tomorrow at market so I don't have to miss another one. I need the income, but also need the medical appt for my hands. He's deciding. <BR> <BR> I've asked a couple of other friends about helping, but no one has time. We all know how that goes. We'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> MIL is going to see about making me some wool cards. That will be nice if she can. I carded some alpaca last night with dog brushes (it was what I had available ) and it actual... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:47:35 EST Working on it... So far I haven't been able to get rid of the update changes. I'm working on learning how to use my memo thingy to write my blogs so I don't have to spend much time on the screens that bother my eyes and head. <BR> <BR> I really want to get some weight off this winter and we all know it is not going to happen without help, moral support, and accountability. Which means finding a way to make spark work. <BR> <BR> I'm never going to stop wishing they would quit fixing things that aren't bro... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:48:37 EST Not at all sure That I like the changes the "update " on my phone has made to my spark stuff. I can't access the old desktop settings any more and I really do not like the stark black and white with hideous trendy colored accents. It's one of the things that can trigger my migraines. <BR> <BR> If I can't find a way to get back to decent colors or the old settings, I don't know how much or if I will be able to keep using spark. I'd my choices are feeling sick and having a pounding head or avoiding using it?... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:51:30 EST Hot Dang I did it! I figured a way to fix my spinning wheel! It turns out most of the problem is one of my bobbins is junk, one is so-so, and there is one good one. <BR> <BR> It's taking extra time to spin this way because I can't just fill up several bobbins and then just ply right off of them. I'm having to wind each full bobbin off into a ball before I can ply it. Then it gets wound off again, before it gets skeined, washed, hung to dry, measured for yardage, then either twisted into hanks or wound into ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:28:03 EST It's official I have medial nerve impingement and neuropathy. <BR> <BR> Treatment options are: <BR> rest (not an option, I am not quitting work) <BR> Braces (have them. Can't work with them on. Not much help) <BR> Site injection (s) guided by ultrasound (scheduled for next week) <BR> Surgery (followed by 3-4 weeks of absolutely NO use of thumb and wrist without danger of undoing the repair) <BR> <BR> The injection option is not a fix or cure. It is a bandaid approach. It may not work at all, it may work ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:33:26 EST Rambling... We'll see if this works. I'm trying to do the memo thing in my galaxy4 instead of having whole blogs go *poof* after a half hour or more of work. <BR> <BR> I was having one of "those" days...again.. I ended up taking a trip to green bay to fix some of the things that were causing it (like a cell company that shall remain nameless, but its initials are VW). <BR> <BR> It took forever to deal with that and I got one of the PC police to deal with there. We all know politically correct and me... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 18:16:40 EST Eh, it happens. Things don't go as well as planned or hoped. Oh well. <BR> <BR> The fishing tournament was pretty much a bust for all the vendors (except food). A lot of us put a crazy amount of work in for less sales than a regular one day market. Ugh. <BR> <BR> The fall festival was better, just not fantastic. <BR> <BR> We were able to get Hubs' rig fixed, inspected, and back on dispatch. <BR> <BR> He pulled out today. He may be back in a few weeks. Then again, he may be out for the rest of the year.... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 00:08:32 EST Slow day today At the market. Totally fine. I have that big festival this weekend for the fishing tournament, so trying to make even MORE products would be rough. <BR> <BR> Hubs did great work yesterday programming machines and helping to make towels. <BR> <BR> We plan to do more tonight after we run to pick up parts for his rig. He can't go back to work til it gets fixed. And he is beginning to get antsy. <BR> <BR> We'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Have a great rest of the week, our will be hectic ... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:59:00 EST Busy, busy, busy! Hubs is helping me get towels done for the upcoming festivals. He is amazing. We decided to get a second machine since time is so short snd sales have been up. Here's hoping it was a good decision. <BR> <BR> I got a call today asking if I received the message last week about my test for my hands. What message?? Yeah. Oh well. I go for an electrical impulse test on October 7. We'll see what they say after that. I told Dr "I do NOT have carpal tunnel. " (I know way too many people who fake t... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 22:44:53 EST Whose idea was this? Oh, wait. It was mine <em>2</em> Hus is spending some extra time home helping me with my business. The more I try to get products ahead for the next two weekends, the faster they sell. Yikes! ! <BR> <BR> There are definitely worse problems to have. We don't have any real results from his mri, other than "no masses or sign of stroke damage". Which is good, but not what Dr was looking for. Sigh. She sent another request for different radiologist to please read scan for basal carcinoma im... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 21:40:49 EST Hubs' MRI Is scheduled this morning. I will be giving him his meds shortly to control the claustrophobia. Praying hard for a good outcome. <BR> <BR> We won't get results for a while (days, weeks, who knows). I will try to keep things updated. We are also getting ready for the two big festivals coming up for markets sales. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend, and please keep us in your prayers. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 11 Sep 2015 07:08:10 EST Making it about me (Also known as rant warning!) Is what I started doing today. My foster son (who is 19 and been "moving out in a few days" for a month) deliberately (or disrespectfully, either way it's bull...) aggravated me into a raging temper. Which I did not lose. <BR> <BR> I started to self-destruct and binge. Then I stopped. I am done staying in my room and letting him do as he pleases. It is MY house and he needs to get out. He actually makes more money than Hubs and I combined, refuses to contribute to the house, wastes food (he... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 19:16:24 EST It turns out Hubs... Is claustrophobic. <em>198</em> I took him in for a brain scan last week and he started having a panic attack before they even had him in the mri machine. <BR> <BR> So the Dr is ordering meds to calm him and we are trying again next Friday. He will get in from his freight run on Tuesday and we will spend Wednesday and Thursday experimenting (at dr's direction) to see what level of medication he needs for the test On friday. It should be interesting. <BR> <BR> Hubs with me at work Wedne... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 22:29:23 EST So much going on... Really too much to put in a blog. Short version-stress, health issues with Hubs' cancer condition, business decisions to make, teens to deal with, budget problems, senior year for our monkey boy, pets, and-of course-Mama drama. Sigh. <BR> <BR> When things slow down and I have time to breathe, I will add details. For now, I'm just trying to not self-destruct or binge. So far, so good. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:40:49 EST Catching up... I took monday and Tuesday to ice my knees and catch up on sleep. Wednesday Hubs helped at market, Thursday I had a meltdown from everyone doing things their own way and making extra work for me when I am the least physically able person in the whole dang house, Friday Hubs arranged scheduled freight going out on the 20th. We planned to spend time getting this settled to make work easier for me. Then he got called out for urgent freight. Saturday, I made the mistake of waiting for someone who ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:46:42 EST So, now that the weekend is over... And I survived the festival, I am ready to sleep for a week. But I cant. Too much product to replace! <BR> <BR> Hubs was amazingly helpful. I made more sales than ever, which is both good and bad. I've made the choice to only work within my pain tolerance, not overdo, keep making the massage therapy a priority, and if I'm out of stock by mid august? Well, then I'm done for this year and will be starting on next year's products. <BR> <BR> I also met a lady today that is selling baskets that... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:38:15 EST Aargh!!!! It's been one of those insanely hectic weeks. Awesome Hubs came in last week to help out and so we could get him in for an extra cancer treatment before HIS job turns crazy busy for a few months! <BR> <BR> We found out Sunday that our 2 day sale coming up is actually 3 days, which has really thrown a wrench in things, but I'm doing the best I can and that I'd just going to have to be good enough. <BR> <BR> So, what else has been hectic? We were on green bay shopping last week, getting work... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:37:42 EST The latest kitten update <img src="">Not the greatest photo, but it gives a fair assessment of her size now. Vet says she is right at 2 months old now. <BR> <BR> I am teaching her to be on a leash, and she is still very cooperative with baths. The towel and brush are still battles, though. And she is still terrorizing the dogs. Sigh. <BR> <BR> Markets are going well, so there is that bit of good going on. <BR> <BR> The scale had crept... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:45:58 EST The Plan Of for Petes sake, STOP LAUGHING! !! We all know me an plans. (I said STOP laughing, before you get me started, then I will never get this blog done!) <BR> <BR> And this is a business plan (mostly), not a diet or weight loss plan, so it actually has a chance of working <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I had an amazing weekend, as you know, which seriously depleted my stock. With 4th of July weekend coming up fast and a festival that weekend, I need stock made. I hit every store in town looking ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:36:46 EST Yikes! Today was one of those roller coaster days. You get up, it's foggy as heck, you go to work anyway expecting the day to be a bust, then-out of nowhere -killer sales! ?! <BR> <BR> I had quite a bit of stuff with to work on replacement stock, but the neuropathy keeps me from working anywhere near as fast as I used to. I had the massage therapist that sets up at the market work on my hands for a while today, I was in that much pain. It surprised me how much it helped. <BR> <BR> It may end up be... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 23:01:10 EST What??? Cleopatra has found her newest "favorite place". <img src=""> <BR> I am beginning to realize she plans to make the most of "if I fit, I sit". As long as it's not on or in my expensive handspun yarn or spinning fiber, I can deal with it. Especially since she obviously has every intention of inflicting serious bodily harm if I try to move her!!! Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:47:30 EST Happy Wednesday In spite of my uncooperative hands, I had a good day at the market today. Sales were decent and I managed to get a little bit of replacement stock made. A little less than I sold, but it's ok. <BR> <BR> I had planned to be "bad" and have fast food for breakfast and lunch, but when I ordered it I forgot to emphasize the NO CHEESE IN MY EGGS. It grosses me out. Then they gave me sausage WITH cheese and NO EGGS. Which still grosses me out. So I called son and dropped the gross off for him and ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:13:29 EST Surviving- Teens and pets is a full time job!!! <BR> <BR> I went on the warpath last week and invited the boys to either shape up or move out. <BR> <BR> They are trying a little harder. The freezer stopped working over the weekend (the chest freezer) and they dealt with it. Cooked the meat that was salvageable to refreeze, tossed what had spoiled, and figured out what was wrong (it had gotten unplugged, don't know how). <BR> <BR> Hubs and I are working on replacing lost foodstuffs. <BR> <BR> The k... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 17:59:33 EST The kitten's first vet visit... Went fairly well. She didn't claw or bite him. She does have a name now. While I was waiting for the vet, I realized she had to have a name for her file. <BR> <BR> I had planned it to be garden related, since that's where she was found freezing. But we all know me and plans. I figured we have a Duke, and a Leo (King of rats, oh wait, that's supposed to be jungle...). The kitten thinks she's queen sh*! Of the universe, and I am still in total denial of being a cat person ... <BR> <BR> So she... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 19:54:16 EST Survival mode... That's pretty much where I've been for practically forever. At least it feels that way. I'm trying to get control back, but we all know how hard it is to do!! <BR> <BR> Hubs was home for several days, we celebrated son's 18th birthday. Spent some quality time together, actually went on a date!!! Worked a market together (which was a bust. I hate barely making expenses). Got some stuff done around the house. Shed got cleaned for me to use for working in and for market storage. Etc... <BR> <... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 21:38:21 EST