SLIMLILA's SparkPeople Blog SLIMLILA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Thursday Had a great eye doc apt today, still good news, no glaucoma. Got another lecture on diabetes from doc's receptionist. She told me of a patient, young woman who had diabetes from early in her life. Had a baby when she was 23, spent 4 years sick in hospital and died after losing all her feeling in hands and feet by her early 30's.... it's not something to fool around with. And I know so many people who go in denial and think if they don't take their b.s., they're doing good....and we all kn... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:28:30 EST Spring Sprung yesterday and is gone again today. The weather said it was 15C (about 60F) so I had to get out for a walk, short one, but I did it. Very windy, but a warm wind... Today, the wind about blew me over, did take the hat right off my head and for some reason, probably trying to hold myself upright, my ankle hurt. More freezing rain tonite. <BR> <BR> I was going to volunteer at the nursery school, 2 short blocks away. Interesting, should go back next week too... <BR> <BR> Got a firm talking to from my friend Bear and am going t... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:34:25 EST Blah! Cold and dreary boring day....where is spring? Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:33:16 EST Friday Where did that blog I just typed go? Hmmmm.... <BR> <BR> oh well, walked a lot at 3 grocery stores today, so though it was a little slower than normal, I did it, just a tired ankle, not pain though... it's tingling... <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend, all! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:51:31 EST PSA - Signs of a Stroke <BR> Stroke has a new indicator. They say if you email this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will continue to forward this every time it comes around! <BR> STROKE: Remember the 1st Three Letters..... <BR> S. T. R. <BR> STROKE IDENTIFICATION: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:11:09 EST Sunday Hmmm? Am I expecting too much? No one called to offer me a ride to church? <BR> <BR> Well, had hard time sleeping last nite, not till 4am, but then Buddy wanted up at 10, so that's more like my usual hours, this getting 10 hrs. a sleep must have been what was needed for recovering, cuz I never get that kind of sleep, and we're talking only 1 disturbance for a pee break... <BR> <BR> Got an interesting soup on the go, took ziplocs of pumpkin, spaghetti, turnip carrots, pork rib tail ends... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:10:48 EST Oops, where was I? Friday already, finally I went out of the house today. Dh shoveled a narrow pathway to the road, so I could call a friend to request a drive to Friday Night Knitting Club. and stopped at grocery store for a few minutes. <BR> <BR> Special treat at Knitting tonite, our young knitter's mom was there with her 3 month old baby and we all got to pass him around.... Cute, so forget... <BR> <BR> Been a rough week, no exercise, unless doing a "bum crawl" up and down stairs counts. Bu... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 22:53:59 EST What? Due to weather today, and Thurs. is last day of classes, we dont' do our presentation, that I spent hours and hours and hours on... but will have a class roundtable and talk about our papers. How far away can you hear me scream? (What's that they say, but it was good to be nominated?) <BR> <BR> I had a hot bath today, with my leg in the air, but I have an itchy legs and foot tonite, swelling seems to be resolving... hope, hope.. <BR> <BR> Eating today Excellent: <BR> Brekie - cereal, milk... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 23:01:29 EST April Fool's - I Wish! Wel, April Fool's is on us, freezing rain, and then another 20 cm of snow... and that is after at least that much we got already... <BR> <BR> Just as well, I would have probably tried to get in and do my presentation and I am really in no shape to be doing that... <BR> <BR> At least we weren't one of the 63000 Maritimers who lost their power... though it must have gone out overnite, cuz I got really cold and the microwave was out too. <BR> <BR> Is it really APril? Hope it's spring eve... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 10:56:27 EST Monday Spent most of bed in day, ankle swollen and starting to turn colors now...did finish the new Daniele Steel book, don't know whether it was just really boring and predictable, or it was how I was feeling... <BR> <BR> Another storm, 63000 people without power in the Maritime provinces... so far, we're lucky. <BR> Can't see me doing my presentation tomorrow, after all the time I spent on it, due to weather #1 and my ankle #2 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:12:58 EST Slowed down Sunday Buddy let me sleep in till10:10, that's gotta help. I came downstairs on my butt, worked quite well. Had eggs with some turmeric in them for the inflammation. I took a painpill at about 6am, gonna take my last one (when I get back upstairs, maybe a good day to stay in bed and read the new Danielle Steel book I picked up. <BR> <BR> My little finger is aching where I fell on it, and it has a scrape. and I seem to pulled a muscle in that neck/shoulder too. Not too bad for all...really slo... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:59:28 EST Ouch! Thanks Terri, I really need that hug now. <BR> <BR> Hey, nice day Saturday, great idea, invite neigbbor for a walk...wasn't slippery like in the am cuz it melted... but I must have gone over on the side of my shoe or something, cuz next thing I knew I was done on all fours, luckily caught myself on my hands....Bear, is a sprained ankle contagious? <BR> <BR> So, after a minute my friend helped me up, I was dizzy and stomach felt fuzzy, I hobbled about 10 feet to a pole and leaned against it.... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:38:28 EST Sunny Saturday Hey, it is actually nice and sunny here today, yet another calm before the storm... Buddy and I took full advantage of it and had a nice long 1 hr. walk ....kind of treacherous on the wet, icey sidewalks, so much of it we walked on the up to +6C (~40F?) Then I had to shower Buddy, don't know that he was all that impressed.. <BR> <BR> Spent more time editing my paper, still seeking perfection.. get a life already, Lila....Imagine I used to spend hours doing that as a job and got... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 15:16:13 EST Busy Friday Yeah, winter is not letting up on us as all, rain and snow today both... Supposed to only go to 5C tomorrow now instead of the 11C I was really looking forward to. <BR> <BR> Went to the Senior Café with a naturopath talking in scientific lingo. Shopped a bit and went out to knitting tonite... 6 of us... did dance party earlier <BR> <BR> Busy, busy, made it through 3rd day on track. <BR> <BR> Brekkie - omelette, apple <BR> Lunch - veggie bag, fruit cocktail <BR> Snack - turkey lunch meat ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:13:10 EST Thursday Made it through the storm, shut down most of the island today, no school... no university either, so I didnt' get to do my presentation. <BR> <BR> Called a book club member and she picked me up and we were the only two there. LIbrarian gave me a new book in, baby patterns... too bad they weren't for big things, there is one Fisherman's Knit sweater with the coolest cable stitch. <BR> <BR> Freezing here... and showers on Sat.. and another weather system coming up eastern seaboard with rain ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:25:33 EST Wednesday's Storm - Progress Report 10am no sign of storm, grey out - Missed my volunteer job as I thought it was cancelled due to storm, called in. <BR> <BR> 12noon - white/grey snow sky out there.. winds have picked up (Weatherman just said recorded at over 145km/hr here in Cape Breton), very light flurries <BR> <BR> 1:30 - blowing snow, and windows are covered with pretty snowflakes, but visibility has decreased seriously <BR> <BR> (Working on editing my paper and typed up all my notes from my interview with subject's son... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:34:32 EST Tuesday, eve of the latest Wednesday Weather.... Where did today go? I did walk for an hour with a friend at the Bayplex... I read my book club book and I am loving it.. <BR> <BR> Oh yeah, the exciting thing I did, I finally worked up the nerve and called the son of the author of the main book I used for my research paper... It was a great interview.... after I talked with him I know why I felt like such a kindred spirit to her, we did so many of the same things. <BR> <BR> Thanks for weather update Gail, hope we get a reduced version o... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:12:55 EST Monday and friends A quite productive day today... made homemade scotch broth soup...invited myself to accompany a friend to town, got to stock up on wood pellets again, cuz apparently winter isn't over down here yet. And I did resist the temptation to buy some beautiful wool as we went to the wool store and then checked out the wool in Walmart too. <BR> <BR> Guess we better batten down the hatches for Weds., now they're saying it's a special weather condition called, "weather bomb" and a nor'easter and the wi... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:37:43 EST Sunday Cleaned both bathrooms, changed the bed, vacuumed, did a kid's dance party for 45 min, had a bath and read... then later on I baked those pumpkin muffins with the Duncan Hines cake mix... they are so good. <BR> <BR> started the book for the book club, it's fun... The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and still enjoying the Debbie Macomber book Knit Together (Discover God's Pattern for Your Life) this might be the first book that I actually read a second time... <BR> <BR> The ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:59:22 EST Saturday Puttered around doing everything this a.m. till I finally made a decision. My presentation is due on Thurs, but I needed to send an email to my reviewers by Sunday, so I got it done today...Feel so much better. I'm up to about 40+ pages in the paper I am enjoying doing, but I cut it down to about 20 that I passed on to be be reviewed. .. they don't need 40 pages to read... Every book I pick up is so interesting, must be on the right topic for sure... <BR> <BR> I decided I wasn't in the mo... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 23:56:21 EST Walk and knit I HATE HAVING TO BUY A NEW CAR! (and you wouldn;t believe how many emails and notifications I am getting now about it too....hmmm) <BR> <BR> Yes, I was yelling that.... <BR> Didnt' get to town to look around, had a fight instead... <BR> Buddy and I went out for a nice long walk... may have been 0C but it was dam cold at the dam where we walked, <BR> Got called to see why I wasn't at knitting club, 4 people were waiting for me... THen my niece called to see if someone had offered me a drive... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:25:13 EST Thurs. first day of spring... Sent prof an email and took the last class day off.. Have to get my paper finished and emailed to my reviewers. by Monday....... gotta get in that mood. <BR> <BR> Watched American Idol tonite. <BR> <BR> Cooked all day... Started a new book and the day is already gone... <BR> Made a delicious chicken noodle soup. Used some rainbow carrots, so it's so cool to have purple carrot slices... <BR> <BR> Didnt' get the snow flurries, but we've got freezing rain happening now. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:03:56 EST WEds. Oops, remember our temps are in celcius.... don't quite know what that is in F. Today was -12C when I got up but was up to about +2C before I got home.... really got nice out... But I walked inside today with one friend from the Heart * Stroke club. <BR> <BR> Talked to a couple of car salesmen today and hope to get in town on Friday to test a few more. Told them we want to go with a used car and keep the pmt. down to under $200 a mth. got them looking around. <BR> <BR> I took the bus do... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:11:36 EST Monday -16 here today, and I didnt' even get out of pj's to go anywhere. I spent most of the day working on my research paper.... getting tired of it... Up to 35 pg. - only supposed to be about 15 pgs.... and I am no where near complete in any way I feel is well done.... oh, no do I have to do up a separate paper just on the topic to pass in and work on the rest of this just cuz I want to. <BR> <BR> Well, had one email about the car pmt. The other hard sell guy we were supposed to go see today an... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:21:09 EST A new car - should it be fun getting it? yes, apparently it is not common to allow people to borrow cars overnite...Other salesman made that very clear. <BR> <BR> We got into a different sales lot by mistake when we went to meet the guy who was in contact with us. and after meeting with him, we aren't on the same wavelength at all. Hyundai guy said their sale starts on Monday... but still $300 a month +$100 for insur. + gas.... is not leaving me in a comfortable space. So, that I had this idea that our Old Age will kick in in 3-4... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 22:51:41 EST trying out a new car Leg feels better today, had a bath with epsom salts... a few little twinges... <BR> <BR> I don't like the idea of a vehicle not being dependable, and so I worry about getting a used one. I have never in my whole life bought a new car, so this is it. We went and test drove 2 today, one guy said we could take it home tonite so we did. It's a Hyundai Elantra GL, which means it is fully loaded, and did I ever enjoy the heated seats tonite... <BR> <BR> Went to Knitting Club but only one 10 ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:30:12 EST Thurs. WEnt to class today and had my books renewed at the library, so can keep working on my paper.. <BR> <BR> Took Buddy for a mile long walk and mailed a letter... <BR> Have a swollen leg... don't know why <BR> <BR> Made a sheet of Low GI Granola about yummy..... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:44:49 EST Weds. - my car's useful life has come to an end... Patty - Tell me more, that sounds interesting... For some reason the topic I am doing my paper on has been mentioned in the paper several times lately.... <BR> <BR> Well, it's official..... My car got its death sentence today. Currently leaking from the transmission line, but the guy for $25 gave me an idea of not only the $1500 wort of work he estimated needed to be done, but even had me walk under the car when it was on the hoist and showed and told me the rest of the story....I asked hi... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:49:39 EST Where Have I Been? Well, first off, guess I was so busy working on my paper, that I didn't even know I hadn't been here since almost a week. <BR> <BR> Car is still not working, taking it in tomorrow... and hoping for the best. <BR> <BR> Had 2 cousins, one from the West Coast (and her sis) visit me on Sunday, hadn't seen her in 40 year.s... interesting. <BR> Went to an awesome Gospel Hymn Sing/Concert at church across the street from me with dh and neighbor.... Incredible... Barber Shop Quartet did Amazing Gra... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:59:27 EST WEds. Yes, I had certainly forgotten how much I enjoy doing intellectual stuff... I went to my Heart & STroke walk today and even one of the walkers had a newspaper clipping re: my research paper topic... and another walker asked if I'd had a chance to check out the courses for next semester, he would like to take some nutrition type stuff and so would I. <BR> <BR> AT least with the Book REview I could help my friend, but she's on her own with her research paper... It was so hard on me helping he... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 16:40:52 EST Mon & Tues already Yes, the play was wonderful. <BR> <BR> Had friend from class over til 10pm last nite finishing off her paper...hallelujah tis done! I literally had to say I needed a break and get up and walk away from the computer or I would have done it for her. I'm sure all the moms know about teaching your child to make a peanut butter sandwich rather than making it for them. I think her review is about 90% quotes and some of that got last in being a month overdue, and I was just past caring by then. ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:27:40 EST OK, now I remember why I don't take naps. I was up almost all nite and didn't get much sleep, I should know better than to nap, but when I felt that tired.. So now I am still tired. <BR> <BR> Got up at 1am,and left at 1:30 to go see the university's presentation of Cyrano de Bergerac.... I love live theatre. They do such an awesome job. <BR> <BR> STill not 100%, something is definitely trying to fight its way into my body....don't like this. Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:37:34 EST FRi & Sat This is so frustrating! Is anyone else having as much trouble with SP as I am? Pop-ups take over and I keep getting "can;t read that page" etc. etc.... DRiving me crazy. <BR> <BR> WEnt for a talk on diabetes yesterday afternoon... <BR> <BR> Friday, we had a great turnout with Friday Knitting Club, 8 people... and the librarian gave us a project... they need chair booties made for the old chairs that are making marks on the newly installed floors. I made 4 at the meeting, 4 more after I ca... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 23:05:09 EST Hey, THurs. Had class today and picked up groceries.... I am really starting to feel a compelling sense that I want to get this research paper written... <BR> I watched a VHS that I got from the library and it showed clips that showed the Tomkinsville Cooperative Housing Development which is part of my paper, so will try to get technical (well actually dh will do it for me) and copy VHS onto DVD and see how I can fit it into my presentation.... I wonder if WRiting Centre on campus helps with such thing... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:18:30 EST Quiet Wednesday I am doing great... More research, more reading, more talking, even my walking buddy today cut out a newspaper article on my topic and brought it to our 1 hr. walk today. TAlked with a prof at the university today, she's a bit radical for me, but she gave me a couple feminist authors to check out and the actual name of a poem I can probably use in my paper...must go check see if I can find it.. isn't google wonderful!!! <BR> <BR> Gonna help my friend finish off her paper tonite... cant' wai... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:39:59 EST Monday and Tuesday.... Hey, nice talking to everyone and thank you all for your comments and suggestions...Discouraged me too to hear of the bullying etc. that goes on with the clerkship. Yes, I am taking on things that I enjoy... I would probably enjoy the church thing too, and maybe it would help me to become more assertive and not accept any of the disrespect.... that's right too, like they say at the Oscars (or is it Grammies) ... it was an honour just to be asked. <BR> <BR> I didn't watch much of the Olympi... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:55:09 EST Serene Sunday Had a long distance call today and a friend will be coming from out west to visit in mid-May. Then watched the Canada Gold Medal Men's Hockey win.... Woohoo! Didn't watch a lot of Olympics, but did see both the men and women's last periods. <BR> <BR> Went to church and have been approached to be church clerk. Knowing how mean people have been to my friend, who retired because of it, doesn't put me in a place that I envy. I know there's not really anyone else, but I don't need the complai... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:49:10 EST Thursday, Friday and already Saturday What have I been doing lately, where are all the days going? <BR> <BR> No Knitting club on Friday nite. But I did read lots of my books for my paper and some on=-line stuff. Thursday, Ifreezing rain storm, so didn't get to doc appt. ) read more of my book, didn't even go out. Saturday, my friend and I went to the Knit-a-Thon. Came home with a whole blue recyle bag of swag.... free wool, needles and patterns... and I got 2 door prizes too... wool and bamboo needles and an Ugly Sweater c... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:03:22 EST Thursday, Friday and already Saturday What have I been doing lately, where are all the days going? <BR> <BR> No Knitting club on Friday nite. But I did read lots of my books for my paper and some on=-line stuff. Thursday, Ifreezing rain storm, so didn't get to doc appt. ) read more of my book, didn't even go out. Saturday, my friend and I went to the Knit-a-Thon. Came home with a whole blue recyle bag of swag.... free wool, needles and patterns... and I got 2 door prizes too... wool and bamboo needles and an Ugly Sweater c... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:03:22 EST Where did Tuesday go? Hmm? guess I am still fighting this cold, can't remember where yesterday went... Today, woke up to see the storm was happening and went back to sleep. The pre-school called to see if I would come in and volunteer. I was asleep, it was 9:15, and when I said I could be there for 10, they said never mind.. Oh well. <BR> <BR> Then I went back to sleep till 11am. Got up, made boiled dinner which I had my friend and her dh over to eat supper. Nice visit... It was her birthday yesterday. I pi... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:40:59 EST Monday I just deleted my blog, dumb!!!! <BR> <BR> It was short and sweet, and this one will be even shorter.... no weather today, since I stayed in all day, I am only guessing at that... cleaned, cooked and read. Reading Week at CBU, so no classes this week...just get to read! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:48:37 EST Got Today's storm, will have to wait for Weds, Thurs and Friday storms predicted. Yes, my title said it all.... storms scheduled for 3 days in a row.... why aren't all the clouds empty? How can there still be more precip up there? <BR> <BR> Worked on my research paper for several hours today. In looking over my notes, I found things I had forgotten I had lots more reading and organizing to do... <BR> <BR> Thank you for all your kind comments and yes, it is well time for winter to be let's all start praying for spring, see if we can outnumber tho... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:09:56 EST Waiting on the storm Well, still fighting off this cold, so I thought some chocolate and ice cream along with some junk food would help me feel better.... not really it hasn't... <BR> <BR> Still in between the storms, got lots of little errands and some shopping done today, that's it. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:10:50 EST Calm Between the Storms - what the weather man calls "now" We had a big storm overnite, nothing like the eastern seaboard, but we did get 48 mm of rain...and now the winds are picking up steam going up to 130km/h - yes, this is the calm.... then tomorrow nite, it's rain and snow again.... and as if that isn't enough, on Tuesday we can expect another storm.....yikes!!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I stayed in all day and vegged.... Library renos still happening, so no Friday Night Knitting Club either.... <BR> <BR> My cold isn't too bad, bit of a cough, but... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:06:58 EST I'm Back! Missed you all... Let me tell you how annoyed I was to realize when I got to Halifax that I didn't know my password for SP and couldn't talk..... Missed everyone... <BR> <BR> Thanks to everyone for comments on last blog and encouragement and prayers for Sheldon. Can't say that I do remember if I spoke up to the English teacher back then, I was pretty shy....but imagine, like 40+ years later and it's still in my mind... <BR> <BR> News on Sheldon, docs told them he will have to stay in hospital for 2-3 month... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:53:52 EST Terrific Thursday & update Excellent Class... Passed in my paper, my feminist fundamentalist paper complete with biblical references for the book review of a book about a radical labor communist.... But, interestingly enough, I asked if he could give us some sites to check out for examples of other book reviews, and I discovered as I always do, that there were at least half of the class that wanted to ask that same question and at least 3 of them had never done a book review before...(which reminds me I promised to ema... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 22:24:32 EST Wonderful Wednesday! Not usually how I would describe a day that starts at 5am and insomnia. But, the ideas for my book review were swirling around in my head and wouldn't let me sleep. So, I DID IT! I wrote my book review! I'm pleased with it. I spent a couple more hours editing it tonite and I printed it off and intend to pass it in tomorrow in case when I go to Halifax on the weekend that we get a weather delay and I miss my one-on-one appt... Plus, if he reads mine first before he reads the ones from the... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 22:03:50 EST Mon? Tuesday Where did Monday go? I finished reading my text,so feel good about that. now gotta get busy on the book review. Had a great class today. his lecture was on the topic (one aspect of it) that I am going to do my research paper on. <BR> <BR> HAd another call about the walking club.. hope the snow storm doesn't start till late so I can go to my class and my walk tomorrow. Also have an appt made for Living Library tomorrow nite to meet with a person from LBGT group, but will all depend on weat... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 19:31:09 EST Busy Sunday Went to church, just had to clean off the car, could drive through the couple cm of snow, didn't have to shovel... warmed up to about 4C ~40F today. <BR> <BR> Then we went to the university's production of Pride & Prejudice..... 3 hr live theatre... incredible... <BR> Had a quick shop with my friend falling flat on her face, nothing hurt or broken, just her pride... reported it to store mgr. who assured her, after she showed him where, that it would be resolved.... scarey.... I expect she... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:36:31 EST Sultry Saturday Had a little reprieve in the weather, so Buddy and I invited our neighbor along and we walked 5 km at the dam today, coool, but not nearly as bad as it was last Sunday. <BR> <BR> More snow due tomorrow and rain after that... <BR> <BR> Shopped today, and finished the Danielle Steel book, Winners... real feel good, happy ever after book. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:13:38 EST