TEDDYTEDDY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TEDDYTEDDY TEDDYTEDDY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Slept 12 hours last night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966507 Sinus infection has returned and have serious head pains, headaches, earache, etc, Have appointment to see ENT specialist on Tuesday after work. Hope she can help as I am having trouble working, problems with memory and distress over pains in my head. Hope she orders an ultrasound to see what is going on in my head. <BR> <BR> I also have had problems with memory for about 3 months and hope to see my neurologist to see what his opinion about those problems. I also had a bad fall on Feb 14... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:31:24 EST On a second course of antibiotics for sinus infection... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952500 Since the Z-pak did not work. However, Augmentin is quite hard on the stomach and didn't have enough dinner before taking it tonight. I almost went to the ER but finally got everything out of my system and am feeling much more human now. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:55:57 EST oh, boy...cough, sinus infection...feeling not well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947964 Been sick for 9 days now and finally saw dr yesterday. <BR> <BR> She prescribed 5 medications so I guess I am sicker than I thought. I thought it was just a cold and allergies. She said sinus infection and exacerbation of chronic asthma and bronchitis. <BR> <BR> Thursday my supervisor asked me to stay home on Friday. So I did but actually feel worse now and I called in to let her know I would not be at work on Monday. <BR> <BR> I certainly hope by Tuesday I will be well enough to wo... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 22:30:40 EST oh, boy...cough, sinus infection...feeling not well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947963 Been sick for 9 days now and finally saw dr yesterday. <BR> <BR> She prescribed 5 medications so I guess I am sicker than I thought. I thought it was just a cold and allergies. She said sinus infection and exacerbation of chronic asthma and bronchitis. <BR> <BR> Thursday my supervisor asked me to stay home on Friday. So I did but actually feel worse now and I called in to let her know I would not be at work on Monday. <BR> <BR> I certainly hope by Tuesday I will be well enough to wo... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 22:30:39 EST Get off my duff and "Just Do It!" (my to-do list) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945053 My daughter suggested I work on 5 goals at a time instead of looking at a list of 30 or 40 things and then do nothing. <BR> <BR> One thing I did yesterday that I am so glad I did was go swimming for the first time in about 2 months. I feel much better overall. <BR> <BR> Exercise always helps me when I feeling discouraged and overly stressed. <BR> <BR> Hopefully, things will get better as I take care of my to-do list and not let myself feel overwhelmed. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <em>128... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:29:35 EST Happy Birthday to me, 69 today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937310 Yesterday was a day to remember...played the piano at the nursing home and after talking to a nurse there decided to go the ortho walk-in (or limp-in) clinic. I was there 4 hours. Dr. decided to rule out ruptured disc and/or cauda equina. Was told if it was cauda equina I would have to have emergency surgery right away. So I waited about 2 more hours for an MRI, then another 1 hour for results. It was good news. However, I have a really severe back injury from mowing a week ago because ... Sun, 31 May 2015 13:46:57 EST More really good news (blood glucose readings( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914243 <BR> Finally found my 2 back up blood glucose monitors (MIA for 3 months). <BR> <BR> After a 500 calorie breakfast reading was 120. <BR> Before evening meal it was down to 69. <BR> 2 hours after spaghetti dinner with desert it was at 125. <BR> <BR> I am supposed to check first thing several mornings a week. <BR> <BR> Still have not located the original blood glucose monitor but at least I can keep tabs on my readings now. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:36:39 EST doing very well with eye injections... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912916 "SRF" *subretinal fluid) resolved." Dr. said all the excess fluid in eye is gone which is great news. Eyes tested with glasses at 20-20 left and 20=25 on right (wet macular degeneration). <BR> <BR> Very happy I have such great results, though still getting injections every 4 weeks (for 2 years now). <BR> <BR> I can drive, work at job but have difficulty with close up reading. A third prescription for reading could help. <BR> <BR> Praise the Lord, I have great but not perfect vision. <... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:57:04 EST Went 6 months without fall with injury... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875341 The walk-in clinic I went to yesterday after a bad fall going into eye specialist's office has a very funny phone number : 952-456-OUCH. <BR> <BR> I had eye injection, went home and napped about 5 hours. (Eye doctor hit a blood vessel and I have an eye that looks like it is bleeding and hurts when I blink due to swelling.) <BR> <BR> I had a very hard landing on my left knee and right side of head (probably twisted as I fell) and it knocked the wind out of me. Luckily even though I lan... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 21:38:27 EST On the zigzag of weight chart.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866500 Was down to 235 this last week but today am up to 238.8. Overate, I assume. Had a smaller breakfast and need to watch the snacking and ice cream! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:03:52 EST Great combo for breakfast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861061 My cereal was 1/4 cup of oatmeal, 1 tbs alfalfa powder, 1 tbs psyllium powder, 1 tbs of chia seeds, 2 scoops of egg white powder, sweetened with stevia and topped with a banana and 1/2 cup of almond milk. <BR> <BR> I used hot water (4 glugs from the water cooler) and cooked only 1 minute. <BR> <BR> It was delicious and filled me up pleasantly and since I had a late breakfast will call it brunch. <BR> <BR> 5 hours later I am still not hungry. <BR> <BR> Yummy, too! Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:23:19 EST Went back to nursing home to play piano... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857558 Last week I felt exhausted and didn't go but the week before there was a flu outbreak in the unit where I play piano so didn't take chance of getting infection. <BR> <BR> Today some of the people looked a bit dragged out (especially Tony, he is usually quite talkative and an alert 98-year-old). <BR> <BR> I went to a new location of my favorite thrift store and found out there was a sale today for members (of course, I am ) and I went back there and one other store. I scored a beautiful wo... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:54:19 EST Did not go swimming but I did shovel snow today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5840041 Finally, I tracked some exercise, 30 minutes of shoveling. I took it easy on my back and tried not to lift but mostly push the snow. I don't think I strained my back too much, but am taking it easy before I cook dinner. I am making spaghetti even though my cranky husband says he isn't 1hungry. <BR> <BR> I am also going to play some scrabble before I start cooking <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 18:01:11 EST No vertigo..."cured" .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5836295 When I thought I was falling out of bed, I was but didn't know it. <BR> <BR> My adjustable bed mattress slides toward the side I am on if I am not in the middle of the bed while moving up and down. <BR> <BR> So after investigating the dizzy effect thoroughly I came to this conclusion: The mattress does not have a box spring, the springs are inside the mattress. When I flopped my head down forcefully the springs continued to vibrate up and down. When adding this effect to the fact that t... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:03:11 EST Falling 2 x last week, vertigo this a.m & lichen planus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828484 Lordy, Lordy. What next, dear God? <BR> <BR> <BR> Two new diagnoses in 2 weeks. I hope the vertigo improves as I had it in bed when turning over and thought the bed was tipping and I was falling out of bed. This is the worst vertigo I have ever had. <BR> <BR> This past week saw ENT and internist for oral lichen planus and possible same condition on legs. Was given Rx for mouth and referred to dermatologist for skin condition. <BR> As far as I know, none of this is contagious and th... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:29:35 EST I can't believe I tripped and fell twice, then next day smashed shin on trailer hitch... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824649 I had a bad fall and had trouble getting up. I tripped over a rolled up rug while carrying a metal basket of laundry. Scraped elbow, bumped chest and twisted left knee(knee replacement). Later in the day I fell on that basket again (on other side of the room but had a softer fall. Then next day ran shin of other leg into trailer hitch of SUV and have a bruise on that leg, too. <BR> <BR> Klutzarama! <BR> <BR> Will get checked out at orthopedic clinic if pain continues just to be sure I ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:31:39 EST Bags under eyes...etc., etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821191 Too much sleeping and resting in new bed lately. <BR> <BR> Have irritated my spine from sitting in bed with computer and have all kinds of nerve pain, numbness in lower extremities, spine and all the way to neck Even have some symptoms in hands. <BR> <BR> Don't know how to use moderately. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:36:20 EST Got my new adjustable bed today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804740 Had a nice nap before dinner which reminds me I forgot to put away the leftovers....bye <BR> <BR> I'm baaack.... <BR> <BR> So glad I put away the chicken in the kitchen... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:10:24 EST Down another lb today! Yeaaaaay! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800861 237...down 13 lb since July. I am eating more protein and fewer carbs (when I don't succumb to occasional cookie). <BR> <BR> Having my annual physical this Friday. My doctor should be happy on the weight loss. <BR> <BR> Having a bit of a problem with glucose readings, however. <BR> <BR> Need to cut out the cookies and replace with healthy snacks like nuts, fruit, more non-starchy veggies. <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:01:18 EST Weighed in today...good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800325 I am at 238 which is great news for me. I did not weigh myself all week and am pleased with my result. <BR> <BR> I had a 500-calorie breakfast (high protein, low fat) and checked my blood sugar shortly afterward and was shocked to see a reading of 184, the highest one I have registered since I got my glucose monitor about 6 weeks ago. I plan to measure again on an empty stomach and expect to see a reading of closer to 100. <BR> <BR> Gotta run, the folks at the Masonic Home are waiting t... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:02:40 EST Weight is still hovering .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796289 Today I weighed in at 239.4. I was greatly relieved to see it hadn't gone to 240. I think I will not weight myself until next Saturday. <BR> <BR> Adding swimming and walking to my program is definitely going to help. I can return to swim today. I managed to swim only once last week and I feel much better when I swim 3-4 times a week. <BR> <BR> Had therapy yesterday for my jaw and did some light "weight lifting" with my neck in a special machine. <BR> <BR> In about a week I will get d... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:47:14 EST Lowest weight in over a year this morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792768 237.9....Hope the downward trend continues. Plan to swim today. <BR> <BR> My weight chart has been a zigzag line for years. Would like to get a slow gradual downward trend and get to a nonobese level. <BR> <BR> I have joined the Spark Coach program and it keeps me on the computer a good half hour a day and I have gotten lots of spark points and reached a new level last month with a new "trophy." <BR> <BR> I have certainly had problems with getting motivated to move and going to the g... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:39:35 EST Dentist and car repair today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787872 The car work will be over $1000 and who knows how much at the dentist... <BR> <BR> Problem with gums which may have been aggravated by new night guard that does not fit right. <BR> <BR> Jaw pain, ear pains and headaches continue virtually nonstop for about a month. <BR> <BR> Hope to get some relief soon. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:34:49 EST Life goes on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784025 Still headachy. Hard to say cause. This past week had a migraine,1st in over a year. Jaw still hurts, sinuses are bothering to fall pollen allergies. <BR> <BR> Seeing neurologist this week and will ask if any of these symptoms are neurologic. Walking and standing are causing severe back pain and burning of thighs. I have had this before but is worse since bad fall on back on July 19. <BR> <BR> The fall occurred after overdoing it, when I mowed the yard. Since then I have gotten my law... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:34:44 EST Nothing wrong with my ears or eustchian tubes, but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776754 I am having pain from severe TMJ disorder. I have never had such severe pain from this before. <BR> <BR> I was referred for TMJ therapy and I hope to get some relief from the pain. The pain from the jaw is referred to my ears, sinuses and other places. The doctor said my degenerative arthritic neck is also related to some of the pain in my ears and generalized head pain. <BR> <BR> One good piece of news is that I can go swimming again as I don't have ear problems. <BR> <BR> Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:00:43 EST Ate out yesterday for DH's birthday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771076 He is 79 now and is quite upset that he is "no good," and "older than dirt." <BR> <BR> He behaved pretty well at the restaurant aside from spitting on the floor once. <BR> <BR> He got the all you can eat ribs and he only could eat one serving, so the waiter gave him a second helping to take home. So I gave a generous tip for his superior service. <BR> <BR> I wore an ear plug in my right ear so the noise in the restaurant wouldn't be too uncomfortable. My left ear also is affected wit... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:09:27 EST A name for eustachian tube dysfunction..PET http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769942 I may have patulous Eustachian tube disorder which leaves the tubes open intermittently. One side effect is extreme discomfort with noises, including my own voice. It sounds so loud and echoes in my ears. <BR> <BR> My choice of self treatment of this was wearing ear muffs (ear phones) at work which worked great on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, I forgot the headphones at home. <BR> <BR> Today I am having fairly severe ear and jaw pain and am trying to stay home today. Was invited... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:53:28 EST Can't swim until ear/eustachian tube dysfunction settles down.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767452 I was planning to swim today but called the clinic to see if I need to avoid getting water in my ears. I heard what I didn't want to hear. <BR> <BR> I am finding that using my cell phone is uncomfortable and talking is, too, so I am trying to be quiet. Hubby is taking a nap, but when he gets up and starts his usual loud talking, I am sure I will have a problem with that. He is deaf without hearing aids and he turns the t.v. up so loud I will have to leave the room as even without my ear... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:12:26 EST signed up for a $900 series of classes on Resiliance Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759871 My insurance will cover except for $90 coinsurance (or co-payment). This program includes 2 hours of 1 on 1 dietician consult, 2 hours with an exercise coach and 10 hours of mindfulness training. I have not received all the info yet but it sounds like it may help me focus on what is important in my life and health. <BR> <BR> Will report on progress. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:00:13 EST Four day weekend almmost over.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756971 I spent a lot of time sleeping and resting. Did swim on Thursday and Saturday. On Saturday I actually swam 45 minutes and it wasn't hard. I eventually would like to make it up to 1 hour in the pool and more lengths of the crawl as time goes by. Bought anti chlorine shampoo today and hope to get the build up off my hair. <BR> <BR> Weighed in today under 240 again and am keeping better track of food and exercise. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:45:55 EST Home today after #18 injection for macular degeneration. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755860 It was nice to sleep in and also went to bed early last night and had a nap after doctor appointment. <BR> <BR> My eye is minimally uncomfortable today and hope next month I can get by with less time off for injection. Reintal specialist is going to wait 5 weeks for next injection instead of 4 weeks. She said my left eye with dry macular degeneration is staying the same and the right eye with wet disease is actually getting better. <BR> <BR> I hope the 5 week wait for eye injection work... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:59:04 EST Schlepped around and didn't swim today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754040 I figured out I can swim after work tomorrow, Thursday between doctor visits or before the 9:00 visit, and then on Saturday. This is the sign of a true procrastinator. Perhaps I like (?) causing stress to myself. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 00:33:14 EST Feeling like a slug today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752407 I need to do some housework and have about 4 hours left before bedtime. I will have to swim 3 times this coming week and have eye injection on Thursday, so Thursday and Friday are out, leaving Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. <BR> <BR> Perhaps a walk around the block will get my motor revved up. <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:39:11 EST 2 weeks down 2 weeks to go tracking for insurance discount http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747561 I am half done tracking swimming 3 x a week for 30 minutes and eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. <BR> <BR> It sounds easy but the veggies and fruits are hard to fit on the small space I have to write in. Tonight I will eat 2 cups of red cabbage. I make sweet and sour cabbage using olive oil, stevia and vinegar. It is so delicious. Will eat this with baked pork loin. A very healthy and tasty dinner. <BR> <BR> I am feeling better but my back and generalized aches are not... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:58:22 EST On Saturday, the 19th, I had a fall onto sidewalk after mowing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745072 I don't know if I fell due to tripping on the hose or dizziness but I did fall and got a bruise on right upper arm and lower spine. I also have pain in the left arm that is worst at the elbow and radiates up and down from there. X-ray of elbow showed no fracture, but x-rays of spine and neck showed severe degenerative arthritis at all levels which apparently has gotten worse over the last few years. <BR> <BR> I can't get in to see the spine specialist for 2 weeks and the same for PT. ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:35:55 EST So hot out...1/2 hour of gardening was dehydrating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742928 Drank 3 cups of water and 1 cup of pomegranate juice quite quickly. <BR> <BR> So glad I mowed on Friday and Saturday. The air temp is only 84 but the humidity is extremely high. I am glad I have air conditioning at home and at work. <BR> <BR> With the humidity so high I still have to wear lightweight blouses at work, preferably cotton. <BR> <BR> Since I live in Minnesota we are used to these hot humid summers but this is the first really hot weather this year. On Monday and Tuesday th... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:21:13 EST Swam AND mowed front yard yesterday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742039 I swam Thursday and Friday and plan to go today, also. <BR> <BR> I also stayed within my calorie range and my only regret was the brie and cracker I had as a bedtime snack. I need to choose a lower calorie bedtime snack tonight. Perhaps a bag of high protein chips or a glass of almond milk. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:57:53 EST I "was gonna" mow the lawn after work but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739380 Just as I got out of the car, there was a downpour. <BR> <BR> For exercise, I could have used the treadmill, but will do that tonight it if rains again. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:59:42 EST Eye is good...not sore now. Need to find support group for prediabetes, etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737941 Dr. put me on Lipitor for cholesterol at 250 and very high bad cholesterol. <BR> <BR> I also am prediabetic and having issues with hypoglycemia which causes my appetite to interfere with weight loss. Hope to find low glycemic diet to help with those issues. <BR> <BR> I am back to tracking all meals (was only tracking breakfast and lunch) and increasing exercise. <BR> <BR> My goal for exercise is to swim 3 x a week and walk 1 mile per day (it is just around the block) I will start that... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:51:09 EST Monthly supervisor meeting went very well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735092 Got another "certificate" of excellence. I have done this 4 months in a row. It helps to track my numbers accurately and keep an eye on the clock. <BR> <BR> I find the "clockwatching" a bit hard to do but my last 4 months of success say it pays off. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I get another Avastin shot in the eye so will work 5.5 hours and get off early for dr. appt. I am taking Friday off for recuperation as my vision is usually not normal and need some extra rest after these. I lost track b... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:42:48 EST Going swimming this morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733028 Nothing (almost) will deter me. <BR> <BR> I feel so much better when I swim several times a week. <BR> <BR> Plan to go today (Sunday), Monday and Wednesday. <BR> <BR> There are so many "excuses".....yesterday I drove to the gym (7 miles from my house)...when I got out of the car I thought my bag was too light and gosh darn it, my swimsuit was not in there. By the time I got home I was not ready to drive 14 more miles...... <BR> <BR> Today I am leaving in 10 minutes, no matter the weath... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:50:22 EST Progress, not perfection...continued saga... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731969 Worked in kitchen 1 hour and mowed until mower died and couldn't restart...taking a break but I have not given up. <BR> <BR> I tried 2 more times with the mower and finally gave up after much frustration. Went to Craig's List to find a mower for hire..... <em>46</em> <BR> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 14:02:41 EST Trying to turn over new leaves....bad habits abound.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731935 First on my list is to clean up kitchen and make a promise to do dishes daily. This is the worst habit I have fallen into and in this hot weather it is really dreadful.... <BR> <BR> Don't want to share the TMIs of the situation. Just suffice it to say, "I can't stand it anymore!" <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 12:54:59 EST Yesterday didn't go to gym due to thunderstorms.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728451 My daughter said I probably would not get hit by lightning in my car and so that was not a good excuse. She's right. Today I have plenty of excuses but I plan to go to the gym and swim soon. <BR> <BR> My weight has been going up and down and will finally see an improvement if I get back to regular exercise. <BR> <BR> So glad this will be s short week with Friday off. <BR> <BR> Hope I will be able to mow the lawn soon (getting mower back on Monday or Tuesday) and it is supposed to not r... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:22:09 EST Basement problems not to be easily solved... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727796 Had landscaping done in front of window that leaked, but will need to get someone to close up the window area with glass blocks and cement to prevent further leaking. <BR> <BR> The company who does water proofing of basements said our problems were not be solved by drain tile since water was coming under the chimney in the fireplace in the basement and also our driveway slopes towards the house so probably will have to have some work done on the driveway and garage floor before the water p... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:33:03 EST Missed 1 day of work due to water in basement.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722680 Water was pouring straight in through a basement window. And then it kept raining and raining. Shop vacuumed about 150 gallons during the day on Thursday and thought I wouldn't make it to work on Friday but after a couple hour rest I felt "normal" again. Had Juan check out the gutters and downspouts and found a giant clog of pine needles and then the rest of the rain water drained away from the house. <BR> <BR> Will be doing some repairs on landscaping and gutters. Getting an estimate ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:15:43 EST A week after 1st mow by me..it's ready to cut again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713419 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1160325165.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Anybody else remember the Artichoke haircut? I had that in 1964. I am tempted to bring this picture to Fantastic Sams and see if they can do something like this for me. <BR> <BR> I wanted to go shorter. My hair grows quite fast and to keep it looking decent I would probably have to get a haircut every 2-3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, I am going to mow the yard again. It is a lot cooler than last week so it pro... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 12:09:43 EST Rocket surgery...it's not... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707530 I lowered the wheels on the new cordless mower and it was great to actually see some progress with the mowing. The charge lasts only an hour. It took half hour for front yard and I got half done in the next half hour in the backyard before it was slowing down and running out of power. It is now plugged in and will be charged up tomorrow morning but it looks like we are going to have rain tonight and most of tomorrow and so I will have to finish mowing the back yard after it dries up a bit,... Sat, 31 May 2014 14:42:04 EST It's beautiful this morning...for me to mow grass! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707378 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417067728.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got a new cordless electric lawnmower as I just have given up on starting the gas mower. I tried it out for about 5 minutes when I got it home and am somewhat disappointed. First of all it is so quiet, second it seems rather slow . the dealer set the wheels so high I can't even tell if it is really working. <BR> <BR> So the "it's not rocket surgery" part of this is lowering the wheels and trying again. I am ... Sat, 31 May 2014 09:59:57 EST I may be dehydrated this morning but I tracked the weight loss... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693920 Actually went down 7 lb since last weigh in. So happy. I "forgot" to weigh in for about a week or so and didn't see the ups and downs. I finally feel like there is definitely hope again and am hoping my scale is correct. <BR> <BR> I will try weighing in once a week for awhile to see if that helps my will power. <BR> <BR> When weight was stuck or going up for no apparent reason I was very discouraged. Tue, 13 May 2014 06:57:05 EST