SOCKKNITTER's SparkPeople Blog SOCKKNITTER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community June 02 I had great ideas in February but got sidetracked as usual by Tax Season. This year I worked full time for the School, part time for Tax Season & tried to maintain a Blog as well. Something had to give. I'm too old for all this! I admit I haven't been active in SP for a couple of months - just no time & today, I resigned from my Group as Leader. I admit I'm quite happy about that. I took over from someone who had no time left to give & the group just became too much - especially when one memb... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 20:39:01 EST Almost the End of February! It's been a busy month - getting back to work, catching up with the bookkeeping, getting the new year started for incoming students & students that have to finish. I'm used to being the 'fill-in' gal. Through no effort of my own, I've become the Office Manager! Ouch! Not a position I wanted, that's for sure. I only wanted to work a couple days a week but here I am working full time. For this year anyway. Since I'm about to be 62, I suppose I should relax & enjoy it for the next three years & ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 15:08:09 EST Snuffling Right Along This damned virus won't let me be! I've been coughing since Christmas. It's a nice dry hack that doesn't seem to go away combined with a voice that comes & goes. Periodically it's combined with 10 minutes of sneezing & a couple of hours of blowing my nose. Twice now, it's also been accompanied by nausea or an aching stomach. You can't really medicate this thing. No point in going to the doctor because it's 'a Virus'. So I live by the cough drop, kleenex & gravol package. Besides that, all is... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:52:30 EST How Time Flies I can't believe it's almost two weeks since I made an entry here!! A lot has changed. My sciatic pain has stopped & I can walk normally again - well more or less. The muscles in my right leg are weak & I can't walk upstairs unless I can LEAN on something with my right side. I can bend over & put on my socks again!! And I can tie my shoes without problems. I can now twist to both sides & getting into & driving my car doesn't give me pain anymore!! Woo Hoo!! I can't believe how nice it is not ... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:23:13 EST 2013 - here we go Another year, another blank slate. I'm sitting here at almost 3AM on the first day of a brand new year contemplating the options. Yeah, I went out & bought chips to snack on for New Year's but they're baked. I didn't bother with dip but did buy a couple of containers of grape tomatoes for my snack tray as well. I stir-fried baby bok choy with Chinese sausage for dinner & drank hot tea all evening. Not a bad start to a New Year all round. I could've done a whole lot worse. But, you know, my ch... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 05:48:02 EST Stairs or no Stairs Stairs are my nemisis! Lifting that right leg still gives me burning pain. The Doctor says, 'if it hurts, don't DO it.' Yeah, right. Lifting my leg to get into the car still hurts too. Sometimes I don't sleep at night because it burns but I make sure I do my best even if it's taking a couple of naps because I didn't sleep. I'm sure when I get back to work in the middle of next month, I'll be too tired NOT to sleep. In the meantime, when I go shopping, I get a buggy & walk all the aisles. In a... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 15:17:20 EST Just before Christmas I've been so busy that I forgot to update the blog. As my pain has diminished, my activity has increased. Two days ago, I had to go up & down 30 steps three times in 2 hours!! A month ago, I couldn't do it once. I paid for all the stairs yesterday but today I feel looser & more able to move around. What is it they say?? No gain without pain?? LOL I've lost a few pounds, I have no idea how many but my clothes are looser. So, I'll just carry on as I'm doing - increase my activity & decrease my ... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 14:35:54 EST Up & Walking Well, the sciatica is a lot better but lifting my right leg is still a probleml - add the hip to the mix, well, some days are better than others!! BUT -I can drive a lot better & Friday was my final day at work this year!!! Off till Jan 17!! I'm so happy. I've dragged myself to work through the pain & survived. Now, I can do what I want for a few weeks. The fridge is so full of veggies that I can barely open the door. I'm working on a fruit & water fast this weekend to ease the gassy innerds ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:53:35 EST One more time around the block I've been almost immobile for the last couple of months with this sciatica. I've managed to drag myself into work by driving the back way so I can coast & not use the brakes so often. I can almost drive all the way by pivoting on my heel between the brake & the gas! And I can lift my right leg - with pain - to get into the car exactly 4 times before I'm done. It's been a very painful time. And I've been a little depressed. I come home & drag myself into bed for a couple of hours - the basemen... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 01:58:56 EST Moving a Little Better Since I couldn't get the damned socks on, I put the sneakers on without them. I've been walking with buggies. I park by the farthest buggy return in the parking lot & get myself a buggy to walk with - gets my purse off my shoulder too. I try to walk up & down all the aisles in the Big Box store to get more steps in. My knee has stabilized somewhat - weather helps too - but I can now go up the stairs at work without pain. And I can walk up & down like an adult, one step at a time instead of li... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 00:54:54 EST All Talk & No Action I find it tough to get motivated. Yeah, my knee is sore & unstable & I have to watch out - especially on stairs! But, I've become less mobile in the last couple of years. I can blame menopause for some of it - apparently estrogen does a whole lot more for a body than milk! The decrease in estrogen has made my arthritis far worse than anticipated. I've gained more weight - everywhere! I'm tired but I can't sleep for any length of time unless I'm sitting in my chair in front of the tube. I get ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:52:02 EST Taking it Easy Now that my knee is diagnosed, I have permission to take it easy. I don't want to take it easy though, I just want to get going now that I have a Plan. Isn't it always the way??? But, I have reformulated my Plan. I will check in Daily & do my Points. My Goal is 500 per month, minimum. My Gazelle is out although I'm not supposed to use it much but I can do stretches & some 'normal' walking on it. I'm not supposed to go walking on Big Box store floors like I was with a buggy - hard on the knees... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:18:10 EST What the heck happened?? Somehow I've injured my ACL. What is it?? It's the ligament that runs from the lower leg bone to the upper bone under the knee cap to help stabilize the knee. Since I'm now over 60, it can become stiff & lose it's elasticity - doesn't everything when you're past menopause??? - AND an injury can happen very easily when you become sedentary. Yikes! I've been planted on my butt for the past year working 6 or 7 days a week at the computer! I admit, I haven't been exercising at all!! Pay attention... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 16:10:48 EST Small Changes I bought two Leslie Sansone Walking CDs. I bought them because I need to get off my butt & walk but I'm having problems standing or walking too much outside. I guess my Core is weak & one knee gets painful & feels like it wants to collapse. Walking is much easier with a shopping cart but I'm not using my own muscles, I'm leaning. For now, I'll get the cart & walk up & down all the Big Box aisles to get the extra steps in if I have to! The point is, my ankles & feet are swelling so I have to g... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 18:19:45 EST Motoring Right Along I decided to try to control my puffy ankles with diet & exercise instead of adding more drugs to my morning. I've been moderately successful. Moderately because I'm not exercising like I should be - I spend too much time in front of the computer because I'm still working all the time!!! Still trying to reduce my official working DAYS so I can concentrate on catching up with all the stuff in my home office! But, I'm getting there. I'm taking my lunch to work more often even if it's only rustic... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 12:42:10 EST Just Moving Along The ankles are now normal. It's taken over a month to get everything back running smoothly again. My ring is actually loose & my belly isn't touching the steering wheel in the van anymore. I'm actually eating a lot of fruit, veggies & whole grains but no eggs, small amounts of meat(chicken, turkey & pork) and drinking tons of tea & water. One of my little treats lately has been Fibre 1 & yogurt! Now if I can just cure the old allergies this way??? <BR> <BR> I've ordered a couple of Leslie S... Sun, 20 May 2012 14:00:42 EST A Little Less Puffy A change in diet has helped the inner plumbing tremendously! I've increased my fluids to a 128 oz a day! I have this 32 oz cup which I use to drink plain hot tea or water all day long. I've added yogurt, veggie stir fries & whole rye flat bread. And oatmeal with dried cranberries for breakfast! The gas, bloating & pain after I eat has actually stopped. Last night I splurged & had chicken & broccoli at my favorite Chinese take-out. I feel so much better that it's hard to believe. I've dropped ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:25:20 EST Down & Out in April I recovered from the old flu bug/cold or whatever that hammer was that hit me over the head. I'm actually recovering financially much better than physically right now. Everything aches. My ankles & fingers are swelling up. I'm not sleeping well. And my weight has gone up. Got an infection where I had dental surgery & had a reaction to the antibiotic which really made me sick. Nothing like a good dose of irritable bowel to top it all off. I'm still having problems with the inner plumbing as we... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:10:46 EST Missing in Action Okay, okay, I've been officially MIA for the past month or so. That nasty cold/flu or whatever it was made me really sick. I'm still feeling the aftermath, believe it or not! There are mornings when I get up with the nasty cough & congested nose & I ended up having to take antibiotics for an abscess - from the bug apparently - & a bad reaction from the antibiotics. Scratch one more off my list . . . . <BR> <BR> But that doesn't mean I didn't pay attention to my health. I drank as much liqui... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 17:28:42 EST Kid Germs I've been knocked flat on my fanny by Kid Germs. I don't have any kids & am not normally even exposed to them except through my seasonal job at the Motorcycle School. My office cohort has a 4 year old & a 9 month old. Mr 4 has started Kindergarten. He loves school & drops by the office to tell me all about it on payday with his dad. Since I'm not exposed to kids from November to February, the first contact usually infects me with the Spring Crud. Within two weeks I have it. Again last Fall, M... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 14:58:33 EST Is it Spring Yet??? Some days it's spring on the Wet Coast & sometimes it's very winter! The days are getting longer every day & one day this week, it WAS summer with record high temperatures. I want it all NOW. Sort of like weight loss isn't it?? Instead of enjoying the process & taking it one day at a time, you want it all off now. Today. LOL Fri, 10 Feb 2012 13:05:58 EST The Sky is Blue . . . Wow, woke up this morning to blue sky & fluffy summer clouds. Made me want to get out there & dig in the earth! It's just about time to prune the clematis vines & tuck some manure around their feet for the coming year! <BR> <BR> I used to dream about a walled garden filled with vines & ferns. I love ferns & have a big cedar box of local varieties at the back of my patio. I tuck tropical varieties in between the wild ones to create a huge display every summer with hostas on one side & a larg... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 13:23:59 EST Almost the Last Day I'm surprised at how quickly January went by. Maybe it's my age - 61 in April, I can't believe THAT either - but one of the darkest months in the year has sped by with only a few snow days, a couple of slush days & mostly rain days. I believe I even saw the sun a couple of times! But, I think January is one of the busiest months of the year - I swear August is the other one when we've coming back from holidays & getting the kids back to school!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to get my act in gear & cl... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 15:29:40 EST It's been too long I haven't been doing much except deleting most of my Spark People emails. No time to read my mail these days - tax season is almost upon us!! I do tax returns because I like them! I spend days chained to the desk churning them out by the gross & I STILL like them. I see it as a challenge to get back every nickle that my clients are owed! And I love it when they stray to the Competition & come back with Returns that have to be Amended. Most of the time, I find MORE money or things the Other Gu... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:24:43 EST Is it STILL January?? I wish January would go faster!! I know most folks think February is the worst month of the year but I think January is worse. January is full of dark mornings. How I hate getting up in the dark! January's full of grey days & dark evenings too. I mean, how many times do you get up in the dark & leave work just in time to drive home in the dark?? I know, I know, December has the longest nights but December is full of happy people, twinkling lights & HOLIDAY. It just doesn't SEEM dark somehow. ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 14:10:33 EST Another Year Survived Three years ago, just before Christmas, I gave my long time Companion the boot. This month marks the 41st payment of the 72 I have to make on the debt he left behind. It will add up to $44,000 when I'm finished paying. I'm thankful that interest rates have been the lowest in recent history. I'm thankful too that I've been able to pay this debt without too much struggle most of the time. I DO struggle December to February when most of the small businesses I work for either close or slow down f... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 16:42:37 EST And So This is Christmas And it's just another day for those of us with no family, friends or children gathered round. While you're enjoying a tree, presents & family dining, some of us are having the first drink of the day. Some of us are staying in bed to keep warm. Some haven't spoken to another person in days. And some of us are wondering what we'll eat today. Yeah, not all of us without families are destitute, hungry, cold or lonely but a lot of us are, especially the older ones. We have few resources to fight w... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 14:25:23 EST Recovering from that Chip Overdose Oh yeah - still recovering but on the way!! Have you noticed that when you eat a whole pile of greasy or high calorie stuff your skin reacts?? I got a huge puss filled blob on the end of my nose! You can still see the mark. And my skin is greasy this week - unusual for me. And I got constipated. But the worst was my mouth. The inside was soooo sore from all those hard pieces & all that salt. And yes, I had swollen ankles too. Waaaay too much salt & fat for me. So this week, I'm gobbling veggi... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:09:40 EST I Ate 4 Bags of Chips Yeah, I did. And we aren't talking about the 'snack' size neither! And I know WHY I ate all of those chips. Cause they were there. Cause they were easy. They called like a Siren on a Tropical Isle the whole time until I lost control & ate them. All of them. Once I opened the first bag - it was downhill from there . . . I came home late with a headache - going to work when you feel bad is bad - two of those days. Sat down with a cup of tea & just opened the bag & ate them for dinner. The ni... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 13:47:44 EST Taking on Touques I've decided to rearrange my livingroom. To do that, I have to get rid of some things & unearth an old couch from under a huge mound of yarn. I have bins of yarn stacked in the corner. Two of them are full of "FREE" yarn. You know the kind - it's 'FREE' because you have to knit something for someone or a group of someones. I have TWO giant bins. I'm in the touque business this year. A local agency that feeds AIDS patients wants touques, scarves & mitts for all it's adult clients. Most of them... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 14:35:58 EST A Day to Remember Today, in Canada, we take some time to Remember all those who've died fighting in Wars. They fought for our freedom, yours & mine. Remember the terrible legacy of war. <em>479</em> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 20:06:41 EST And Still More!! I said I want MORE in my last BLOG. Well, I know life isn't really about getting MORE. Unless it's MORE stuff that isn't good for you. Have you ever noticed that CHIPS are usually cheaper than CHERRIES?? or PINEAPPLES? Yeah, the lowfat milk is often a few cents cheaper but the non fat or low fat sour cream isn't!! Low fat cheese?? Yeah, right. And low sodium anything costs more! Well, there was that day in the Big Box Drugstore that I found Low Sodium Sockeye Salmon by a Brand Name for a BUCK... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 14:05:46 EST I Want More!!! I was reading a Blog about when you say "I want more . . ", it's your addiction speaking. That infant inside that just won't be satisfied no matter how much it gets. The part of you that always craves what you don't have. Well, dammit, I guess I have an addiction! I'm not saying my life isn't happy - it sure isn't sad. The bills are paid most months & sometimes I even have a credit balance. But I always yearn for MORE. MORE time for me. MORE knitting time. MORE yarn to knit with. MORE sunshin... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 11:57:31 EST The Virus Wins Again Here I go with more of the same virus. This one's a bummer. It hangs around making you feel like crap & you just start feeling better again - I actually put on the sneakers & went for a walk in the sunny cold weather - & BOOM, you wake up hacking, wheezing, sneezing & sick all over again. News on the radio is that the vaccine isn't working for this year's virus!! Yeah, tell me something I don't know! So, today, when I was so tired I could barely move, I went for a nice long nap. And I have so... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 21:50:31 EST This Crummy Virus I've had a couple of weeks of feeling exhausted. When I sat in my chair to watch TV, I'd fall asleep. I'd come home from work & have to take a nap but wake up 4 hours later. I could then eat dinner & go back to bed. I was sleeping almost all night fer gosh sake!! This hasn't happened in several years. I wasn't even going out with the Girls to knit on Wednesday because I was too tired. And then I got the head cold. Spent three days in my jammies sleeping when I wasn't blowing, sneezing, wheezi... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 19:33:44 EST Is It Still Menopause? I've always been warm. I've always run around all winter in a sweater or light jacket. I drive my car with the windows down all the time except when there's big puddles on the road - I learned my lesson there one day!! But, my window is open in the bedroom even when the darned thing freezes open in the winter. My Ex used to complain about sleeping in a deep freeze but I've always liked a cold bedroom with a big duvet. The past couple of winters I've been freezing in my basement. My bedroom wi... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 13:19:36 EST Surprisingly Happy I've been surprisingly HAPPY this past week. I realized it the other day when I bounced down the stairs I normally limp down. I realized my hip & knees were NOT stiff or painful. Even my hands were better! Now, I've heard that MOOD really affects arthritis but this much???? I think it's because I've made the decision NOT to move in with the EX. Oh, for a number of reasons, moving WOULD be a GOOD MOVE. But I don't really want to give up my independence - not even for financial security. I'd ra... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 16:35:51 EST Moving - Again Well, I'm not moving now - the city has dug up the whole street in front of my little house to replace the sewer once more. This is the third go round!! For the last two years, the City has been digging up the neighborhood to replace the sewer system. They're moving the big cement vacuum chambers from each yard & putting in one giant chamber for each block. The neighborhood is behind several dykes & is lower than the river which is close enough to the ocean to rise & fall with the tide. The s... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 13:46:39 EST How the Time Flies . . I haven't yet moved. The Ex & I talk about it all the time but I'm just not sure this is really what I want to do. I think moving overwhelms me. My basement is cold, the wiring sucks & it's only a matter of time til the next flood but it's MINE. The kitchen & bathroom are huge. And it's about the same size as the little house my Ex & I own. The bathroom in the house it tiny but it has a full size laundry. The bedroom is huge but how much time do you spend in a bedroom?? And the livingroom is ... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:58:33 EST While I'm Changing Things Anyway Three years ago I gave the BoyToy the boot. I expected a long period of mourning & misery to follow after I lost my temper & screamed at him until the message function on his cell phone ran out . . . Nothing happened but relief & the loss of the weight on my shoulders! I felt lighter, my walk was bouncier. I was shocked at how GOOD I felt! I can't say I haven't felt just a little guilty at how little I mourned the loss of a 13 year relationship! I can't say I still don't MISS his company.... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 14:05:20 EST The Negotiations Continue . . . Had Chinese dinner out with my Ex again this week. We chatted about my moving in - he's thinking about being fed & having company again & I'm wondering if I'm making the right decision. But, at the moment, the point is moot. Two of his buddies have dumped a huge pile of junk on him - the back of the garage where I need to put all my bins of yarn, fleece & sewing materials is plugged full of trunks & bicycles. One of his buddies got evicted for having a firetrap apartment & he moved it all to ... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:05:06 EST Raining in My Yard Today its raining. I'm so glad to see the rain today. We've had two of the hottest days on record & it's been a killer. My ankles & feet were so swollen in the heat last night that I went to bed early - and I drank ice water all day! This morning I was out in the rain, with normal feet again, just letting it fall on me. I moved all my hanging baskets to the drive so they can soak up the fresh rain. The air is cooler & cleaner this afternoon. It isn't cold but it sure is cooler. I hear it's go... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:24:53 EST I Think I'm Admiting Defeat Somewhere along the way, I lost my way. I haven't dusted or vacuumed in ages. Yeah, I washed the dishes, cleaned the bathroom & took out the garbage but that's about it. I've taken on so much work that I can't get it all done. And I'm barely keeping afloat financially. My former partner's parting gift has kept me broke for 3 years now & I still have 2 to go. Thank goodness for LOW interest rates! I'm not actually behind in anything but I have no savings & sometimes struggle to keep everything... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 13:47:22 EST Where Did July Go??? So it's August. August 2011! And what have I done with my time this year?? Nothing spectacular - I seem to be in survival mode. For the second time this year, I've had to borrow money from my Ex to pay the rent. Not Good. I'm always broke in January. No one pays the Bookkeeper in January when they can't pay their own bills, so that's nothing unusual. I budget for it. But my car broke down & I had to get another one just before Christmas - you can't be self employed without one!!! So I hit Jan... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 13:55:36 EST Oh my Aching Bones . . . Well, we got a few more lovely hot dry days this past week & I missed most of them except for the drive to & from the workplace!! It's been a hellova week, if you know what I mean. I've been doing data entry for the past several months for an old client - taking it slow - 5 hours a day is enough!! Well, two weeks ago, I found the thumb drive I saved everything to was faulty. I've lost half the work I've done!!! I've spent the last couple of weeks putting in two - four, eight+ hour days withou... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 13:56:47 EST Still Dull & Gloomy We had this huge thunder & lightening storm & then it just poured - I guess there won't be any sprinkling regulations THIS year. We don't even have campfire bans this year!! That's if anyone's even camping, that is. Sounds like most of them are across the Border, shopping! It's what most of the population seem to do here on the Wet Coast - especially since our dollar is around par with the US dollar. Around is the word - one day it's a penny more & the next it's a penny less. Being par opens ... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:28:23 EST Sunday Morning One thng about all this damp weather - the garden loves it!! I have my first cucumbers!! Just two little one inch ones but they're there! I have zucchini on the two plants I stuck in a big black pot. About a half dozen small yellow ones which are just about ready for the stir fry pan. And strawberries - I bought an old strawberry pot & planted two plants in there this year. They're producing berries & tons of runners too. I'm planting the runners into empty spots in the pot. Next year there'l... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 15:24:44 EST Off on a Tangent We had a couple of great hot days in the Rain Forest & all my joints stopped hurting. In fact, I stopped taking most of the pills I've been taking!! Now before you start screaming, they were over the counter pills!! The joints were still tender in my hands but the knuckles didn't feel swollen & nothing burned - I could even bend over & pick something off the floor for a few days!!! Around here when its cold & damp, well, if it falls on the floor in the morning, it stays there. I like it dry, ... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:54:19 EST Perky is as Perky Does I've discovered part of my depressive state is related to seasonal allergies. Because we had such a cold, wet, almost non-existent Spring this year, everything burst into bloom at the same time! Cottonwood fluff is blowing around with Scotch Broom & Evergreen pollens which are partying with molds. All of which make me wheezy, sneezy, itchy, bitchy & miserable. I've been taking a generic form of Benadryl & just discovered it's TWICE the dose I normally take!! The Pharmacy that gave it to me ga... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 15:32:25 EST And it's June already! I kinda lost my way for a few weeks. Didn't want to read my Spark Stuff, didn't keep up my craft blog a whole lot either. Slept a lot, hands hurt, hips hurt, just dragged my sorry self to work & home again. Didn't do a whole lot because I had no motivation. Ate four bags of ripple chips in four days at the end. And I was losing a lot of hair. Decided I was NOT going to be an old, mad, weirdo lady & got my butt in gear. Bought some folic acid for my skin & hair, started taking B complex, salmo... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:39:33 EST