THINAGIN2's SparkPeople Blog THINAGIN2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Christmas deliveries I have been making deliveries to the kids living close to us. I will leave some in Wichita when we go through there on our way to OK. I am getting so excited about our little adventure and I found out today that we get to stay longer than I thought.I was expecting to have to come back on Christmas day but we can wait until the following morning. Yea! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:51:38 EST The snow is melting It never looks as pretty the next day as the day it fell. Dirty and melting into a messy driveway. That's O.K. though as I am not going anywhere until after lunch and mail time. Today is payday so have to go to the bank. DH is working and he thinks he will have to work late. He had Thanksgiving off so he is scheduled to work a double on Christmas day. I am trying to decide which child I will go spend the day with. Thinking about going to Muskogee, OK. My son is off so he would be able... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:25:43 EST Hello! My dear friends, I have been so busy that I have not had time to get here. My part time job, substitute mail carrier, has turned into quite another thing. The woman that I sub for has had to take time off to take care of her husband, who has been very sick. By the time that I spend 10 hours a day, driving over 100 miles a day delivering mail I have no energy left for other things. I honestly do not know how people who work keep up with all to be done here on SP. I have a lot of respect... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:19:16 EST My friends It has been quite sometime since I was last here. I have been fighting Bronchitis and a cold along with DH having it too. We had quite a time trying to wait on each other and keep us both going! DH missed a week of work but I was able to do my mail route when I had to. I thought that the cold was backing up on me yesterday but today I am feeling much better. I am still doing therapy two days a week for my shoulder. We are making headway and am looking forward to being released. I need... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 16:28:50 EST Busy day tomorrow I got a recall notice on my little car that I deliver mail in so must get it into the shop in the morning. Then off to therapy again so my day will be shot after that. <BR> <BR> We are planning on going to see our newest great grandson this weekend. Number 55 (that's grands and great grands) I've got diapers and a walker for him. Number 54 is in Colorado and I will get to see him at Thanksgiving. I am truly blessed! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:45:00 EST A nice day It's been a little cloudy and even sprinkled a little this afternoon. It's not too hot or too cold but just right, the way I like it! I have still been going to therapy and it seems that it is about to kick my rear! I don't know why I have been so tired but I can't sit down without falling asleep. I can't get anything done that way! Managed my walking and Sparking today so maybe tomorrow I can do more. <BR> <BR> Thank you, my friends, for sticking by me! <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:16:00 EST Again Here I am again. Seems like it's been a long time since I've been away. I have been busy again with Dr. appointments, so far I am not getting any bad feed back. I have delivered mail and will do that again next Tuesday, the day after a holiday should be a big day. I am doing some therapy now as I am having a hard time lifting my arms since my last surgery. I went to school with my grandson on Grandparents day and had a great time. Monday I am going to a Breast Cancer Awareness presentat... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:19:59 EST Still trying I can't seem to get back to this on a daily basis. I do try to do some walking when I can but that's not always possible either. It's no wonder that I can not get back to losing some of this weight. There's always some place that someone wants me to be! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:13:54 EST Home again I had another Dr. appointment yesterday and she told me that I was done with her unless something comes up. I was thankful when she told me that the tests on the tissue came back negative. I think that I will be stuck seeing the Oncologist for some time yet but I am getting fewer docs all of the time. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:37:36 EST Beautiful Sunday The weather is gorgeous today. Cool with a breeze, nice for having some of the windows open for a change. I went to church this morning, the first time in three weeks. Felt like it had been longer and I needed the touch up badly! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had some business to take care of and didn't get back in time for anything. Tomorrow afternoon I have an appointment so will just have to do what I can in the morning. Here I go again! Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:15:38 EST Done for the day I have done my walking and now have completed my Sparking. I had to take time out of the middle of the day to run into town to get some things for DH. He is working late this evening so there is no rush for dinner. I made some Chicken and Noodles with green peas and I think that I will have a small bowl for my dinner, later. I am not feeling real hungry just yet. I have been having a little tummy trouble lately but still need to eat! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:18:49 EST Working at it I am feeling pretty good about my workout today since I was able to do some of each routine. I was not as picky as I once was today and just wanted to make a good start at regaining my position. I am getting stiff already and I plan to take the day off tomorrow except for my walking. It's hard to get going again when you have been idle for months and I expected the soreness to set in. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:07:54 EST Warm again This is the time of year that you do not know from one day to the next what the weather will be like. It got very warm here today and I turned the AC back on. I suppose that the next thing is that we will all be sick with colds and the flu. I hear that we have the new respiratory virus here in Kansas. That could be bad for a lot of folks! Praying for a good outcome! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:48:51 EST A wonderful day! I am back again and hope to be able to show up more often, although I still have Dr. appointments lined up until after the first of the year. My recent surgery went very well and I am feeling very positive about myself and the image that I present. <BR> My surgeon was very good and did a wonderful job! I am glad to get back here and to say hello to my friends who continue to support me. Thanks bunches!!! Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:01:57 EST I am thankful! I am still around to keep coming back, although it is very little. I have been having some other medical problems and have been keeping the roads hot to the doctors and lab for tests. Hopefully, I am about over this round so that I can begin the next one. I am scheduled for some reconstructive surgery on Sept. 9. I am looking forward to this because I think that I will feel a whole lot better about the way I look and that makes such a difference no matter how old you are. Thank you, my ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:54:04 EST Much better The only thing that I did not get done today was my Wii so I am very pleased with the progress that I made. I might have gotten that done if I wasn't doing some laundry and a little house cleaning, too. We were up as 1:30 as DH had to go to work early but I was just too tired so after he left I went back to bed until 5 AM. Not as tough as I once was I guess. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:07:19 EST No exercise day To many things to do today but hopefully I will get my walking done early in the morning. Maybe even get them all done for a change! Tomorrow is bill pay day, too, so hope that I can get it all done! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:33:03 EST So hot The heat is so high here that it's hard to do anything but sit if front of the AC. I just looked at the weather station and it says 109. Not sure what the feel like temperature is but at this point, who cares. Since we had some rain recently the humidity is quite high too. I did manage to get my walking don this morning before my son and I went to town. Started Sparking when we got home so got that done, too! Yay for another day to succeed! Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:20:06 EST I have finally made it back I didn't realize that there were so many things to keep me form doing my exercises and Sparking with my friends. It seems as though I keep busy all of the time but never get anything done. It must be poor management of time as I could do it before. I have started back to work and have worked one day, not sure when I work again. It is much harder than you might think and I am wondering if I am really up to it. However, I am not a quitter without a good fight and I am not done yet! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:43:18 EST Back finally I've been busy with Dr. appointments and DH's days off. It was a sad time for me last week as our German Shepard died suddenly. I put her out when we got up and she didn't come when DH called her. He went looking and found her dead in the corner of the fenced in yard. She was my protector and friend, I miss her very much. <BR> <BR> The post office has called wanting be to come back to work but I have not been released as yet so guess I will have to decline for now. We are still waiting ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:49:16 EST More More steps, more cycling, more strength training but resting in between. I even took time to watch a movie, believe it or not. I haven't done that in ages! DH is working late this afternoon so I've got loads of time to take it easy! Sat, 21 Jun 2014 19:06:32 EST really tired This is the first time that I have done all of my exercises in quite a while and I am so tired, can hardly keep my eyes open. What's amazing is that I even did my sparking, too. I have got to quit for tonight! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:55:42 EST Today I decided to do some sparking this morning and didn't get any exercises done. I did clean house a little and that does count! We had a storm during the night and we lost our storm door off of the back door. I must have really been sleeping as I didn't hear a thing and was surprised when I let the dogs out this morning. I don't know if it is salvageable or not, DH will have to look at it when he gets home. It has been a pretty nice day all in all and we are thankful for all of the rain th... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:55:26 EST A beautiful day It has not been quite as warm today as it was yesterday. A slight breeze from the North make it seem not so warm. It was welcome after the warm night that we tried to sleep through last night. <BR> <BR> We got the AC cleaned out and running. It was not as bad as we had suspected that it would be. We are ready for whatever is ahead now! Wed, 21 May 2014 16:41:41 EST It's a warm day! We have been so busy that we haven't gotten the air conditioner cleaned out after the big dirt blow. I am afraid to turn it on for fear that it will just blow dirt all through the house. I have stayed pretty cool just by keeping the doors and windows closed and running the fans. Maybe we can get it done on DH'S next days off! <BR> <BR> So many things to take care of before the final day. Will have to clean house again, I can see. Always something! Tue, 20 May 2014 17:01:12 EST Hello I've made it back again, finally. I have had so much family here to see me. My brother stopped by and my oldest son was her for a couple of days. He will be coming back to be here for my surgery and he may be the one taking care of me for a day or so. I have been pretty busy trying to get everything done for when I will be down but it seems that there is always something else that comes up. <BR> <BR> Thank you so much, my faithful friends, you can never know how much you mean to me. T... Mon, 19 May 2014 18:17:41 EST Making lemonade My dear Spark Friends, As the old saying goes, " when God gives you lemons, make lemonade" As many of you know I have been pretty lax on being here as much as I should be for the last two months. I was diagnosed with breast cancer last month and I have been running to the Dr.s a lot lately. Yesterday I had an appointment and we were given our options on how to fight this disease. Considering my age we have opted for a bi-lateral mastectomy which will happen on the 27th of this month. Th... Tue, 13 May 2014 10:54:23 EST Windy today Today is DH's day off and we have some business to take care of so I am taking a day off from my exercises. Need to go into town and go to the court house and to the bank. This evening we are meeting DH's family for dinner in the city. We haven't been together since our New Year's eve party so lot's of news to catch up on. It should be a fun, relaxing evening Wed, 7 May 2014 14:23:49 EST Another georgeous day It is warmer again today but the sunshine is beautiful and it's not so hot that you can't stand it. I don't mind this kind of a day at all. <BR> <BR> I am back in the waiting mode again but I do believe that I am getting closer to the answer. Tue, 6 May 2014 17:31:49 EST Beautiful day It is a gloriously sun shiny day but the air is cool and crisp. There is hardly any wind blowing for a change, it's just an ideal day. <BR> <BR> I have done every one of my exercises today and am feeling pretty proud of myself for that! <BR> <BR> I took a day off yesterday and went to church with my son, DIL and the three grandsons. Then they took me out for lunch, a wonderful fried chicken buffet. I, of course, ate more than I have in two weeks. <BR> <BR> Still have not heard the... Mon, 5 May 2014 16:22:54 EST Thank you, my friends! I really appreciate those of you who stop by to greet me each day! I had some side effects from the surgery the other day so couldn't make it back until today. I am still waiting on the report to come back but the surgeon was pretty sure of the outcome. I will continue to do what I can for now and then when I am over this hurdle I may just start over. Thanks for your encouragement! Fri, 2 May 2014 15:39:39 EST A dirty day The wind is blowing again and the field behind us is surrounding our house not with dust but pure dirt! There is nothing that I can do to keep it out so will have a great mess to clean up. DH is having a lot of difficulty breathing with so much dirt in the air. We are leaving, when DH gets home from work, to go to my Niece's house, so that we don't have to get up so early to be at the hospital in the morning. I hope that that will get us out of it for awhile! <BR> <BR> I got my walking d... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:49:36 EST It's been a good day I have gotten my walking done today and that was a real accomplishment. Even got to cycle some so I am feeling like I have at least made an effort today. I sure am tired though so am ready to rest. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 16:05:46 EST Glad to be here today I have been making much progress in the wrong direction lately. I have been spending so much time driving to the doctors or in their waiting rooms. Since we live in the middle of the great nowhere we are also eating many of our meals out. I can tell you that that is not conducive to losing weight. <BR> <BR> My retesting that I had did not turn out so good and now I am getting ready to have some surgery next Tues. morning. At this point I do not know what will come next as it is a wait a... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:04:46 EST A good day! It has been cooler again today and even sprinkled this morning. That is as close as we seem to get to a rain. I have gotten my exercises done and finished my Sparking. Tomorrow is the day that I go for my retesting so will have the morning to do my exercises but will probably not get to Spark. <BR> <BR> I am still headed in the opposite direction of where I need to be going. I am having a hard time figuring this out as I am below my allotted calories. Maybe I need to eat more, I have ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:45:49 EST A little cooler It's just a little cooler today but the wind is not blowing and you can go outside and enjoy your time out in nature. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with trying to get back on track. It seems that no matter what I do, it is not helping. Things just keep getting worse! I will keep trying and won't give up but it is discouraging. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:48:14 EST Training done My three days of training are done! There is so much to learn and I hope that I don't forget anything before the 22nd when I go on my own for the first time. If you never hear from me again you will know that I lost my way! <BR> <BR> The hospital called this morning and rescheduled my retesting. I am quite anxious about this and hope that I can maintain the positive feeling that I have for another day. One thing about it is that I am not losing an excessive amount of weight so maybe that... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:02:42 EST Home again! I have been off to school for my new part time job! I will be a substitute rural mail carrier and will be going on training tomorrow with the regular carrier. I think that I will like it and right now doesn't sound real demanding. We will see as I get further into it! It will greatly change my exercise routine so that will be something that will need attention. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my program all last month and so far this month. There always seems to be a demand on my time... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:13:50 EST Thank you To all of my friends who have wished me good luck with my computer. Today is the day that I take PC back to the doctor to find out just what is the matter with him! I am doing things all backward this morning so that I can get this done before I am off line again. I intend to find out if PC needs a hard disc transplant or can make it with some stronger medicine. It seems that we can never get rid of this old virus completely and it just creeps back to haunt us. DH thinks that it is time... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 05:15:54 EST Words of wisdom! I have an appointment to get this durn computer fixed on Thurs. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:16:13 EST I made it! I would like to share all of my wisdom but I think that I was lucky to reach this point so will sign off and save it for tomorrow! Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:12:39 EST Day is done It has been one miserable day due to the wind. It blew so hard and my house shook and banged until I was sure that it was blowing away one piece at a time. In case you haven't heard me say it before, I really dislike the wind especially the 60 MPH ones! It has died down this evening, probably so that it can change directions and take another blow at us tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Have gotten all of my exercises done and Sparked that means that I can relax for awhile! Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:50:05 EST Finally done I get so tired of fighting this computer all day that sometimes I think that I just will not do the Sparking. I find that I can't do it half way. Maybe it will be better tomorrow! Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:34:16 EST Cold and windy It's been cold here all day but it is getting colder all of the time. It seems that since it warmed up for awhile it seems colder now. There is snow not too far from us so don't know if we will get some or not. I am so ready for Spring and sunshine! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:44:38 EST Home again It's been a very long day for me but I have gotten all of my exercises done and just now finished my Sparking. <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful visit with my brother. We finally got the chair working and he is getting used to it. My niece stayed with me all week and left this morning, I will miss her! DH went back to work and is working a double shift. Our son went to visit some of his friends for the weekend. It will be a long quiet weekend for me! Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:24:46 EST Grrrr! I really do hate computers! I can't believe that I am having so much trouble with this again. At least I could finish up today's business! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will be going to see my brother. In December he lost a leg due to diabetes and I intended to go then but the weather has kept me away. My niece and my son will be going with me and we will stay for the weekend. We are taking him an electric mobility chair that I have had stored here in my house, it was our Aunt's. I am so excite... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:13:10 EST Snow We got it again but not much and it is all gone this evening. The wind and air was sure cold this morning. DH is working late and I am having leftovers for my dinner so that won't take a great amount of time to prepare. I have been doing some laundry while I've been Sparking so I've taken a lot of time. I am ready to rest! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 19:41:49 EST Windy today It started out being a nice day then after noon it got cloudy and windy. DH says that it is cold outside now and we are supposed to get snow. I have had a pretty good day but still have some steps to take while I am finishing dinner. I stuck a pork roast and sauerkraut in the oven this afternoon and it smells so good. DH is ready for me to get it out of the oven! Fri, 7 Mar 2014 18:19:27 EST Nice day Finally made it back! I have kept up with my exercises except for the day we had to take the car to the dealers. Yesterday I cleaned house and counted that as my strength training. Today I am so sore from all of the stooping and bending that I can hardly move so that must have been pretty close to exercise! I was taking out the trash and stepped on a rusty shingle nail that went through my shoe and caught the side of my foot. Today I had to go to the Dr. to get a Tetanus shot and my foot... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 18:52:58 EST Day off This was DH's first day off and we stayed home. The snow is over but the temperatures are still very cold. It was -7 this morning but at least the wind was not blowing. Tomorrow we have an appointment to take my car into the shop so that will be a day long thing. <BR> <BR> I got all of my exercises done again today and have stayed within my nutrition guidelines! Mon, 3 Mar 2014 18:44:35 EST