SLIMLILA's SparkPeople Blog SLIMLILA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What Happened Around HEre? Been away a few days and I can't figure out how to navigate the site.... and this isnt' the only site that has happened to me on today, so being technically challenged, it's just not my day. I did go blueberry picking today. I am going to Halifax tomorrow for a few days. Supposed to rain, yuck.... Not going alone though so should be fun.... Get to go to Costco.....Woohoo!!! <BR> <BR> Going to be a busy month...was a busy summer, despite having 2 broken ankles, I got around pretty good an... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:12:14 EST Friday Truths Apparently I trashed my youngest dd on the internet.... guess it's not safe to blog on SP and expect that only your friends will see it. <BR> <BR> Spent couple days with my oldest dd and kept very busy. Went swimming today, met a lady whose had 29 surgeries for arthritis. At the pool, she claims swimming is what keeps her going, so just an additional motivator for me to get started...I always forget how much I love the water. <BR> <BR> Been busy cooking and eating... didn't get to wedding... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:07:29 EST Shop & drop WE shopped and got some more school supplies, and dropped them off and told them we need an update on further donations they have gotten in before we spend the rest of the money, in case we are duplicate buying. <BR> <BR> \my foot and ankle were very swollen last nite. I've iced it several times today as well. <BR> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:23:18 EST catchup A week from today and my dd will be here on her honeymoon...and tomorrow I WILL be getting my cast off.....gotta think positive... <BR> <BR> I expect to get out and pick blueberries before that, so what if I have to take the walker with me, safety first....and I will sit down on either a milk crate or the long as it's not too late, for the berries I mean. <BR> <BR> I won tickets on radio yesterday to go to the 41st Annual Cape Breton Fiddling Competition on Sunday. Probably ge... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:54:05 EST Thursday - patiently waiting out my 24 hrs.... Hey, yes I do have a fibreglass cast, but it is lined with cotton batting and around your ankle it gets wet, it doesn't dry out. Dumb me not looking down to see that the saran wrap had fallen off.... <BR> <BR> Yes, local fairs etc. are a lot of fun, when you can get out with friends and are able to get up and about, and \I am doing my best... Hope to go to 2 local playwrights plays with Brenda tonite... just need to be out and moving....Sitting around on my butt is giving me numb-bum... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:53:20 EST Been busy It's our summer Action Days city festival this week, been to 3 concerts, John Gracie, Matt Minglewood and Kintyre. Are any of these well know names or are they just local guys? Been to a parade and to buskers.. And got my cast wet yesterday in the shower, so today after getting Buddy his pedicure, I had to go get a new cast on. Can't bear any weight for 24 hrs... so feeling sorry for myself been keeping good and busy til that.... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:03:03 EST Thank you sorry for the whine yesterday.... am looking at things from different perspectives today and realizing I have a temporary inconvenience, nothing fatal or even long term, so better be thankful.. for my health, my home, my friends, my family, and really need to think about what else. There are so many out there with real problems, mine do seem so trivial today. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:53:38 EST Disappointment WEll been counting down the days to Weds, but just got taught not to count my chickens before they hatch. Weds. came and went, but my cast did not. <BR> <BR> Got a 2 week extension on my sentence to wearing this cast on my leg. Not a happy day, disappointing! Doc did say it's healing well though... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:43:55 EST Moody Monday It is all in your perspective, isn't it, Patty? I like the way you think. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a friend called and was going to drop me off a couple of fish fillets her g.son caught so I got washed and dressed and having done the dishes, I vacuumed... supper was nice, fish, fried potatoes and onions, broccoli and pickled beets... <BR> <BR> Binge watched Money Moron.... I can't believe there are people with so much money that are total morons about it and owe so much... and haven't a clue i... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:55:45 EST Lazy Sat. Stayed in pj's all day, on computer, watching tv and cooked a nice supper, talked lots on phone <BR> <BR> B - Hot microwave oatbran cereal w/banana <BR> L- Naan bread, cheese stick, cheese slice, marg., prunes <BR> S - corn on cob, marg, salmon burger, onion, mushroom, salad <BR> <BR> (Wed. is coming) Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:19:16 EST Hot Thursday Another hot one, I know I shouldn't be complaining after the winter we have and if I could walk, I'd be at the beach in the sand and water, but ....not going there... next week, this cast is coming off and I will have to have a rush course (safely) in summer, before it is gone. <BR> <BR> Niece came home and showed me Sheldon's burial service on her ipad....It was very short & sweet!!! <BR> <BR> Got the past couple days' dishes done and am sitting in front of the little computer fan with a b... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:27:36 EST Exciting Discovery Had my first sit-down chair shower today, sure beats a 'sponge bath' gotta admit.... With the heat and humidity today, I can't tell if the inside of the cast got wet or not. <BR> <BR> I had such an exciting discovery last nite. I was reading the research book on David George, first Black Baptist Minister in Nova Scotia - the main character in my paper. And I had used the song Amazing Grace - just so the minister and his congregation could be singing a well-known hymn. Imagine, when I foun... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:37:28 EST Tuesday - 7 more days till xray to see if cast comes off already You all know how much I enjoy a bargain, and today was a real surprise for me. I didn't realize what good deals I got till I got home. Box of mini-wheats for $1 after I used student discount, points, and mfgr. coupon. You don't get the points right away, they accumulate till you get $20 Free, but 1600 pts on a box, is still the equivalent of $1.60 off each box. Too late when I got home to consider buying more than the one box though. I thought I had the points system all figured out, jus... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:13:50 EST Mon Lazy day... ate well yesterday and today... Boring day.. did make a namasu and enjoyed slow cooker soup from last nite... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:43:44 EST Solemn Sunday Very tired, stayed in bed till almost 11am, no one called to offer me a drive to church, guess I should have asked. Must also call and see how the burial service for BIL went yesterday. <BR> <BR> Have an Orzo, Lentil, Flax Soup in slow cooker, made a couple of jellied salads. Hot and tiring day <BR> Breakfast: raspberries, oatmeal crisp with extra bran buds, skim milk <BR> Lunch: egg salad with maio & mustard in pop crisp bowls, cherries, grapes tomatoes <BR> Supper: soup, desert, cherries... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:48:05 EST Cape Breton card game attn: You gotta come here and I will teach you...we only play it with half a deck. It is more fun to play partners with 4 people. Apparently, it is something like Bridge in that you name a trump and play for tricks and go for a game of 500 points... Interesting that my 11 y.o great niece was very interested in it and we were trying to teach her, gave her a cheat sheet and she kept asking questions as we went along. <BR> <BR> Knitting on purple baby hats... cooler today Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:09:37 EST Busy Funeral was yesterday, and there were about 75 people in his community where he grew up. Now rest of family is gone to PEI for burial and graveside service tomorrow... I didn't go, 7 hr. drive each way, thought that might be too much for me.. I knitted a purple baby hat while riding up yesterday, I should call it "Sheldon's Hat" and ask that it be given to a baby that is named Sheldon.... <BR> <BR> Hot!!! Darlene just me into town for groceries and an Iced Cap at Tim's... they're so addic... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:43:01 EST WEds. Well, thank you all for caring... and you would be proud of how smart I was.... I sat at table with my foot on chair and used a cookie sheet on the table for my cutting board and gave directions to dh of what to bring me.... Got a lot done too. <BR> <BR> I had my sis take my car for a run today and she went to a couple places, and I sat in car with foot up, and only sent in the Super Store, and with this 37 C Humidex here today, my foot is swelling enough just with the heat... Had leftovers... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:12:32 EST Sun-Tues-Thur Hmmm? Where did the time go? Cooked Eggplant Parmesan, Cole Slaw, Salad, oatcakes, Irish soda bread and Family arrived Monday, Tuesday we visited more family and I'm exhausted... what's new. <BR> Funeral's on THursday. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:55:18 EST Saturday Yes Bear, I hear you and am listening, even as we speak, I have my foot up on a stool under the computer table. And I went for a drive today and I had my leg up on the dashboard most of the time. <BR> But, of course, you know me, I didnt' do that all day!!! But I did let my neighbor, who was doing the driving, pick up the stuff I wanted in $rama, I didn't even go in. Also, I had not taken any pain or inflammation pills yesterday, so I think I need to keep taking them for a few more days..... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:43:01 EST Friday Saw GP today, for 9:40 apt, he wasn't even finished his 9am patient till 10:45, so long day there. What's with these new medical people that are "hands off". Anyway, he will send me for neuro and bone density tests in about 3 months when I am healed from this. Apparently our health care does not routinely do bone density tests unless you are 65, but 2 breaks, family history of arthritis and diabetes were enough to get one. <BR> <BR> Ankle is VERY sore and swollen today, don't know if it is... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:16:55 EST THursday Wow, did my ankle ever swell last nite. It was hurting and almost to the point where I was going to go to hospital. BUt I put my leg up against the wall and the fluids changed and the swelling went down. Today, I am still using my steno chair, but my neighbor did take me over town with her and I walked around a grocery store pushing the cart. It felt better then but I didn't do the whole store or anything. <BR> Tomorrow I see my GP. <BR> <BR> that's it folks. <BR> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:43:29 EST Bright Red Cast on my ankle My apt was for 11:40 today, so after washing my hair with the sprayer in kitchen sink, and then trying to get a sponge bath in tiny sink in 2 pc. bathroom, and having the phone ring in the middle of my standing there naked, I was dressed and my friend picked me up and took me to the hospital. <BR> <BR> my lucky day,, didn't have to wait at registration desk, and only 3 people in waiting room. One person went ahead of me and we were back on our way home by 12:55. Now that's the way medical... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:51:36 EST Lost blog Well, I had a blog here and pressed the return button and everything just disappeared. Just whining anyway. Had a lousy nite's sleep but then had a 3 hr. nap this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Going in to get my walking cast on tomorrow and Friday will see GP and see if there is any concern with these 2 coincidental accidents. Everyone has their tale and MS and TIA's seem to be the major things that could cause this "symptom", if it isn't just a simple accident. <BR> <BR> Well, gotta get off to b... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 22:59:40 EST Thank you all thanks for kind wishes. No, this time it was the opposite ankle, myright one, my driving foot... So, it's going to be quite a bit moreu get incapacitating than the last time. I got an appt. for 11:20 Weds. at the Ortho Clinic to get examined and a real cast. I can only assume it is a clean break, it was NOT a compound fracture and it is the exact same bone with same injury on the opposite ankle is what doc told me. You should the purple/black bruising on the knee, it doesn't hurt, well, a... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:48:27 EST Move away from me Black Cloud, enough bad news Nobody can probably understand how frustrated and helpless I feel right now. I spent 9 hrs. at the hospital yesterday. I was going to go for a walk before the hurricane/storm came. I got across the street, spoke with a neighbor for a couple minutes, then I maybe took 4 steps and I went down flat on my face. <BR> <BR> I split my lip, my right ankle is broken and has a temporary cast and luckily the right knee which is hugely black and blue and swollen causing me to think I had dislocated... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 14:31:47 EST The end has come. My bil passed away in his sleep last nite after a year of suffering and it is finally over... RIP Fri, 4 Jul 2014 22:58:56 EST What a Week! I've been out every day or nite this week... this is the way to live...just came back from Karaoke... Saw a Musical concert last nite and sat out on the boardwalk after spending about 4 hours walking around Fortress Louisbourg all day Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Last class today and prof wanted to talk to me. He said of course, I have an A... it doesn't count thought... But he also strongly encouraged me to continue with my research and make it into a book.... WOW!!! He was quite specific too and g... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 22:49:27 EST Is it really still MOnday? I was sure it had to be at least Tuesday. Woke about 7 and this time I did get up and go for a walk by 7:30am..... Already it was getting warm, I told some older ladies I saw while I was out that I might have to start at 7am tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Did dishes, took shower, went to class, went to Shoppers Drug Mart, No Frills, and Value Village. Visited neighbor and went to town with her to pick up her dd, came home and cooked... read a little more, and could edit my paper, but I am trying NOT ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:31:06 EST Busy Sunday Walked at 9:30 am... too hot!!! <BR> Went to church, a Senior Social, and a walk at the dam...Hoped to do 2 laps, but accomplished 1, had a rest, and walked a little bit more, but that was enough... <BR> Edited my paper and emailed it to prof.. <BR> seemed like a busy day, but that doesn't sound too busy at all...hmmm? Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:33:16 EST Big Walk!!! Buddy and I walked for very close to 2km each way, making it a 4km walk this am.....Yeah! I am getting there.. slow and steady is winning the race. Was busy running errands all day, doing little things like walking around the perimeters of the stores again and parking at back of lot instead of as close to the door as I can get. <BR> Buddy and I went for a shorter walk tonite, I've very tired and achy tonite. <BR> But, for sure I got in 5km today!!!! <BR> <BR> And, someone won some ticket... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 20:52:31 EST Freaky Friday Well, I woke with a headache again... I think my body is trying to tell me to get up and exercise. I did get up, fried eggs for me and Buddy and then we walked, got caught in "heavy drizzle" coming back. Then it rained and we did get out for another walk this evening. I went 1/2 hr. each time, and I am probably now going about 4 times as far as when I started. I may be up to about 5km with both of the walks... progress... soon time to get to the dam... <BR> My friend brought me about 8 lo... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:17:11 EST Rainy Thursday WEnt to class today. Raining all day... yucky.. <BR> <BR> Been working on my paper, managed to tie in our first book on Natives with my chapter for the Book of Negroes... interesting...I'm pleased with how it's coming together. <BR> <BR> Too bad Buddy woke me at 7am today though... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:15:38 EST Back to Normal & bad news It was going to rain today, so Buddy and I got out for a walk this am, went an extra 3 houses. I also can walk down the stairs normally (albeit slowly), but I can do it. I practiced on my mom's steps cuz they were smaller and straight. <BR> <BR> I got to go over and see my great, great niece and hold her tonite... I will post the pic when I get it from my niece. She's 10 lbs, but so little, and so quiet...and cute and a whole head full of hair... <BR> <BR> And the bad news, my bil that ha... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:41:59 EST Trip Summary and Important Warning! Ok back safe and sound. Mom got her MVI (motor vehicle inspection) and her MRI. I went out with my friend for a lovely lunch and next day we got to see Canada Rocks, live theatre at Confederation Centre. I got out swimming 3 times!!! I walked my mother's driveway once each day, yes it is short, but I did it. We walked and shopped everyday, very tiring... I visited my friend whose been vegetarian for about 50 years and had supper with her. Went garage sailing one day and got some beautiful... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:30:13 EST Hey, quick surprise visit! Made it safe and sound to PEI about 9pm last nite. And we're on our way to hospital with my mom, but we've stopped to get her car inspected, and they have tea and internet here. <BR> <BR> Hope all are well. Yes, Patty, make sure you give me lots of notice of the trip to Halifax, so I can arrange to be there...hope it's not between Aug. 19 and 29 though, that's when my dd is home. No baby yet? Getting close <BR> <BR> Went to class yesterday and then left. Asked prof how long the chapter... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:44:02 EST What? Today was Sunday, where did all the other days go? Last day I blogged was Tuesday, how can that be? <BR> <BR> Hmm... see how good my memory is.... Weds. we went to a museum with the Educ. class and Value Village and got new swim suits. Thurs. we went to class, and then the university library and then to Value Village. Friday, had to take Soleil to the vet for her checkup, and then Buddy to get his nails clipped in afternoon. Saturday, I had this brainwave, between some disagreements, numerous trips to the garden centre and breaks while i... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:49:59 EST Tiring Tuesday WEll, the apt. at the diabetic office wasn't really a surprise, after all I was pretty much off my feet and my feed for 2 months and my bloodwork numbers showed it. My HDL is still happy, and my BP was 110/60... out a book in my hand and it calms me right down, eh!! <BR> <BR> Went to town on our bargain shopping binge and I'm exhausted. Long day and even though it was just walking around the stores, I did the long rounds of the perimeter, so maybe even more steps than I realized, but it's... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:42:34 EST Talk About a Walk Up Call! Well, a wake-up call by walking... I went back to the dam today for the first time since I broke my ankle on the way to the dam back in April. Went with a friend and offered her the option of turning around at about the 1/3 mark, in case 1 lap was too long, but we continued. The lap is 1.3 km and last summer and fall I was walking a total of 10 k and even up to 13 k, but today, it took a resting period on the bench and all my energy to get finished 1 lap. Yes, only 1 lap!!! What a wake-up... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 21:19:39 EST Soleil, walk, and church concert Whew! Soleil has been downstairs most of the day today. She is comfortably sitting where she feels like and she's had a couple of go's at Buddy, but no serious confrontation yet. Dh got to show her a mouse that got caught in the trap too and she seemed intrigued, then came downstairs and sat by the cupboard where those traps are set. <BR> <BR> Buddy and I went for our walk. Sticking to the pattern, I got about 3 houses further along. I felt more pace more normal today and it absolutely w... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 15:53:08 EST Soleil the Cat pics <img src=""> <BR> Look at this kitty resist temptation... I should take lessons from her. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Soleil, relaxed and playing <BR> <img src=""> <BR> black cat in the dark <BR> <img src=""> <BR> dh holding the cat to try to get a pic <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 22:44:35 EST Measuring & Making Progress PTL they did catch that Moncton RCMP officer is still in hospital, the guy just gave up. Poor family members and I think the people of Moncton will now feel so violated and have lost a real sense of safety. The power that one man had! <BR> <BR> Had a lazy day, watching tv, saw an amazing movie on APTN, called BlackStone, about the political side and the real side of what goes on on First Nations Reserves, ie. gas sniffing, and suicide and rape. Having lived on a Reserve, it r... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:54:22 EST Thursday things Class today, so no walk with Buddy... Today, I spoke with prof and no longer have to work on a joint project, which is for he better.. I haven't decided if I am going to do a project or not yet. <BR> <BR> I think the kitty has a new name, Soleil (Sun) since she is the look-alike to my dd's Luna(Moon). She is still isolated, but she did have a minor exposure to Buddy, good thing for him I was holding him, cuz she hissed and bared her claws, but I had him out of reach. Then she escaped fro... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 22:07:50 EST Rain, rain, go away, like down to CA or somewhere they need it! Knitted for a while this am and then decided Buddy and I better get a walk in, the rain was coming. So, we did make it to that milestone today. I even noticed I was able to pick up the pace a bit, but couldn't maintain it, and I was really dragging my butt coming back. <BR> <BR> Before going to town this afternoon, I did change my shoes and my legs did not hurt... We got our new 4-legged feline family member today. Her name is Clara, and she is a black tortoiseshell. She hasn't met Bud... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:01:15 EST Rain, rain, go away, like down to CA or somewhere they need it! Knitted for a while this am and then decided Buddy and I better get a walk in, the rain was coming. So, we did make it to that milestone today. I even noticed I was able to pick up the pace a bit, but couldn't maintain it, and I was really dragging my butt coming back. <BR> <BR> Before going to town this afternoon, I did change my shoes and my legs did not hurt... We got our new 4-legged feline family member today. Her name is Clara, and she is a black tortoiseshell. She hasn't met Bud... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:01:10 EST Tiring Tuesday Temp. dropped 10 degrees today and we got rain and fog and cold.... But, Buddy and I did get out this a.m., went that little bit further, and I saw a milestone I could aim for, but I knew that would be pushing it and I was right, cuz was I ever dragging my butt to get back home. Saw several other walkers and got cheered on by them. <BR> <BR> DH's today and he wanted A&W Teenburger and sweet potato that was supper. <BR> <BR> We shopped till we dropped today, my legs felt... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 20:15:30 EST Monday News Wow, all the walkers out today. I spoke with one earlier telling her my story and how jealous I was to see her striding along with weights in her hands. Then Buddy and I added another 20 feet or so to our walk. I was exhausted again. I am wearing little sketchers shoes, maybe I should trade for "runners" and see if it makes a difference. <BR> <BR> Saw an interesting, very thought-provoking video at our class today, "The Reel Injun" - Hollywood versions of "Indians" such as the John W... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:36:10 EST The Tale of the Two Boxes (OOPs sorry didn't mean to plaigerize, this was typed from the Sheila Walsh book, The Heartache No One Sees) and I did type this here already, must have forgotten to save it) <BR> <BR> In a land faraway, over vast oceans and through dark green forests, lived two sisters. They lived in cottages, side by side. They had lived there all their lives and knew no other life. Every morning they would sit together on the stump of an old oak that once offered shad but now invited conversation. <BR... Fri, 30 May 2014 11:02:47 EST Friday and a nice sunny day to go to town. Got a call from doc's office, he didn't like my bloodwork results.... no surprise...first to the diabetic centre and then call him back. <BR> <BR> Buddy and I are going out now. Fri, 30 May 2014 09:34:59 EST Thurs WEnt to class this am, a little more interesting today. Took Buddy for a little longer walk, literally just by an extra 100 feet. Weird how it is my other leg, not the one that was broken that tires out. <BR> <BR> Going out to the Games Day at church and then to supper at the fancy fish restaurant. Supper was awesome, first time I have ever had fish cakes and beans together.... way too much, but awesome.. <BR> <BR> Took Buddy for a second little walk tonite, didn't get as far as this a.m.... Thu, 29 May 2014 12:31:13 EST