WESTERNSAGE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WESTERNSAGE WESTERNSAGE'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/ Red Raspberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949855 Growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio the only red raspberries I knew about were the ones that came from the store. I knew they grew on bushes but I had no clue about the bushes themselves. Fast forward to living in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. At one point we had a next door neighbor had a long, narrow piece of property stretching back from the street. Somehow they managed to have it zoned agricultural and they had a small farm on it. Their farming qualifications ranged from chick... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:24:19 EST I Left the Diet in the Car http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944002 Last year we moved from Colorado to Oregon. Since then my husband has been trying to find places where he can fish and ski, his two passions in life. He has read books and studied maps; he finally got to the point where he needed to take a drive to visit some of these places in person, so yesterday he and I took a short road trip to find and explore the area around Mount Hood, the highest mountain in the state. <BR> We followed the Mapquest instructions through town, got turned around only o... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:13:03 EST Great News From the Doctor - mostly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939166 Since we moved to Oregon from Colorado my husband and i have both had to find new doctors. I started with getting a new cardiologist as that seemed to be a priority. This new doctor also told me I better get a primary care physician too, so I found a good lady near our house, and of course an annual checkup was the natural first step, since she didn't know me and I hadn't had one in several years. In preparation I blood drawn for a variety of tests, a mammogram, and a bone density test. Yeste... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 16:49:27 EST What a Difference A Year Can Make http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931620 Sometimes as we look back at our lives the years all run together - taking kids to school activities and scouts and church events and sports games - and then watching our kids form families and have children of their own. It's easy to lose track of just what a difference a single year can make. <BR> <BR> Exactly one year ago today my husband and I flew from Colorado to Oregon to visit my daughter and for me to attend an astrology conference in Seattle. We drove a rented a car and stayed wit... Wed, 20 May 2015 20:57:15 EST I have to get honest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929803 I haven't been lying, really I haven't. I just forgot to change my tracker. Sort of a bad news, out of sight, out of mind matter. But I have been weighing myself every day, and I knew when the scale started inching - really racing - up again. Holiday stress (yes, I know it's May) but it was followed by family stresses, which culminated with my daughter and her family moving into our garage for a month until they could close the paperwork on their new home. We had a total of four adults, a tee... Sun, 17 May 2015 20:37:15 EST More about the Body Fat Monitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924865 Awhile back I wrote that the Body Fat Monitor is a great tool for tracking fitness progress. The Spark materials state (correctly) that the most accurate way to determine body fat percentage is in the water, and I also understand that using the calipers to measure skin folds is quite accurate. The body fat monitor uses electrical resistance and then takes that reading and adds it to a mathematical formula. Part of that formula is age. <BR> <BR> Having had this monitor for a number of years I... Fri, 8 May 2015 14:08:15 EST Today Is My Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921293 The first thing I read on-line this morning was a headline that England has a new princess - born today, on my birthday. Her life will be nothing like mine was, but what will it be? Parents and other relatives will have expectations, and that poor child will have the whole world watching her every move. What dreams will she develop for herself? What will happen to those dreams? When she is my age, now 69, what will she look back on? What will she celebrate and what will she regret? <BR> <BR>... Sat, 2 May 2015 11:36:22 EST Hurray for the Body Fat Monitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908944 Many years ago I bought a body fat monitor. It was when they first came out and cost me $100 which was a lot of money at that time (still is!). What a wonderful investment. Sometimes it sat on the shelf for months - or years - patiently waiting for me to pick it up again. Since we moved awhile back and my schedule has been all haywire my weight has gone up again. It stabilized at 162. I started modifying my eating and exercising more consistently. Still no weight change. That was when I decid... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:18:20 EST Cardiology Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908308 No need for a long blog today. I saw my cardiologist yesterday. She said my heart is in good shape so long as I keep on doing what I am doing. We did discuss some swelling ankles. She wants me to get some compressional stockings and wear them for 3 months and then come back. I checked them out at the pharmacy in the grocery store. The ones for me were $16.00 per pair. The ones for women were $40 per stocking. Talk to me about discrimination! Anyway, I saw them on sale on Walmart online for co... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 13:00:34 EST They Call This "The Joy of Retirement" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905892 Caution: This turned into a rant. <BR> <BR> A year ago at Easter we were living in Colorado. I was working out regularly and had lost 23 pounds in the previous year. I was looking forward to retiring in the middle of May and then traveling to Oregon to visit with my daughter and to Seattle for a conference. We thought about looking for a place to retire to in Oregon while we were there. <BR> <BR> Fast forward a year: I retired. We took the trip, found a house, packed, moved, sold the old ho... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 14:53:35 EST Packing Boxes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900862 I didn't do any official workout today, but I feel as though I should be able to track some time. I went to the rental house my daughter is moving out of and helped her SO and her son to pack boxes for the move. Primarily I packed kitchen stuff - some dishes, crock-pots, tableware, various items. The primary work of the dishes and pots/pans was already done. I also helped in the family room with videos and CDs, lamps, puzzles, just lots of stuff. I worked from 10:30 to 1:15 straight (2.75 hou... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:13:38 EST Random Early Morning Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895783 Life has been really hectic the last few days. I am glad I am retired so I have the time and energy to cope. Now I just need to clear my head. <BR> <BR> A couple day ago I got a phone call from my daughter's Significant Other. He needed a ride back from the U-Haul location where he was dropping off the truck they had rented for their move. I picked him up and headed to his house. As I approached a traffic light (green for me) I noticed a pickup truck waiting to pull out from my right. As I e... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:31:36 EST The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892448 I hate being a pain in the neck, but apparently all my calls to the doctor's office finally got through to the right person. They called today to verify the correct oxygen flow for the orders and said they would fax the orders immediately. Since that was already 4:15 in the afternoon I might not hear from the oxygen providing company until Monday but that's all right. At least the process is finally moving and I will have my supplemental oxygen. My heart will be happier, I know, and I suspect... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:01:25 EST Dealing With Doctors - A Rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891994 The first doctor my parents visited had a huge waiting room. We always had to wait a long time after our appointment before we were seen. One night the doctor had evening hours and fitted me in after I fell off my bicycle, but even then we waited. An hour sitting there was common. I thought that was wrong. <BR> <BR> When I got older we saw a different doctor in our neighborhood. My mother would take me with her to any doctor's appointments she had. The waiting room was always empty or just ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:50:10 EST Starting a New Streak of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891074 For many years I have tried to live with an attitude of gratitude. Most of the time the items on my list were kept in my head, being added to my list as I just happened to think of them. Recently, however, I realized that I had lost the habit, had neglected adding to my mental list. At the same time, life has seemed more difficult: weight is going up instead of down in spite of my best efforts, self-talk has become more negative, coping with my aging husband (he's 80) has become more difficul... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:33:31 EST Facing Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889128 I have always considered myself a hard-headed realist. Life hasn't given me any other choice. Usually I just look for the bright side of any situation and get on with the business of living. For the first time in a long, long time I am having trouble doing that. <BR> <BR> For many years I was motivated to work out. From aerobic dancing to Jazzercise to Richard Simmons I found ways to keep moving. It seemed to compensate for all the drinking I did to keep up with alcoholic husbands, though I ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 10:00:37 EST Turning Lemons Into Lemonade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883188 One of the most common attitudes I share with many women who are married to retired husbands is that ultimately being together 24/7 can become tedious as best, infuriating at worst. I worked for several years after my husband retired so he got used to having the house - and the exercise equipment - and the computer - available to him whenever he wanted to use them and for however long he wanted. I worked until I turned 68, well after the stereotypical retirement age in the US. Immediately we ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:05:56 EST Short Report - Heart Is In Good Shape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873239 I had an appointment with a new cardiologist yesterday. I don't know what made me feel better: the OK report from the doctor or the people I met there. <BR> <BR> As I walked into the medical suite I ran into a couple whose grandson plays on the same basketball team as my grandson. We exchanged pleasantries and they gave really glowing reports of the medical care they had received from the doctors in that office. Then as I waited a few minutes (I was early) I spoke with a lady waiting for her... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:40:46 EST The Magical Birthday Pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871731 Practical jokes have never been my strong suit - either pulling them or being on the receiving end. But once in every decade or two the inspiration hits. This past week was one of those times. <BR> <BR> My grandson's 15th birthday was last week. Since he was playing in a basketball game that night and his mom had to work late we postponed his birthday celebration to yesterday. Since his mom was so busy I offered to make his birthday cake and was told he didn't want a cake, he wanted a pie - ... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 09:54:06 EST Birthday Pies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869433 Since I posted my status about baking birthday pies I have had 2 response, both asking "What kind?" So in case others are wondering, here is the story. <BR> <BR> We moved into our new home in Oregon last summer. We had downsized but in our selection of a house I made sure we would have room to entertain the family for holidays. For Thanksgiving we had a traditional turkey dinner; thankfully my daughter brought some of the sides and hubby helped with the cooking. And as always, I made the pie... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 13:56:31 EST Outrage at My Age - A Personal Rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865442 For once I just have to vent - and have a complete hissy. I have been donating blood for more years than I can count. There has never been a problem. Today I was told I could not give because my hemoglobin was too low. It was 12.2. Although the specified low for good health is 12.1 the Red Cross requires 12.5. Mine was too low. I could not give. OUTRAGE! <BR> <BR> If I were a Skinny Minnie who didn't eat enough to keep a bird alive, as my late mother was, I could understand the problem. But ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:40:00 EST Super Bowl Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864514 It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the retailers jump from one holiday or promotion to the next in search of the almighty dollar. Go grocery shopping January 2 and the Valentine's Day candy and cards are already on the racks. <BR> <BR> In a slightly more subtle move, they have also moved the snack foods into more prominent positions throughout the store to promote Super Bowl snacking. Back in Colorado they even put stacks of large-size bottles of soft drinks outside the door for you to ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:05:09 EST Good Intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863820 In the name of accountability I have to confess I have not been riding my exercise bike even though I said I would start doing that. I did try. But as I have been saying elsewhere, we recently moved from Colorado to Oregon and brought the old bike with us. Between the dust and dirt of moving trucks and living in the garage for while (first boxes, then the Christmas tree filled the space set aside for the bike) not to mention being 25 years old, the bike ended up complaining mightily with groa... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:16:09 EST 5 Pounds On, 1/2 Pound Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856625 For the life of me I can't figure out what goes on with my system. It has been this way for years, no matter what I do. If the sudden gain was water weight it should come off just as fast when I change my diet. But no dice. <BR> <BR> So now I have finally lost 2 pounds, back down to 158 after the holiday gain. This is actually a major accomplishment since I've only been behaving myself for about a week. But is this water weight? Probably. <BR> <BR> Oh well, I set a target of working out 1... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 19:10:19 EST Next Accountability Item and Blood Donation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855134 We moved to this small town northwest of Portland, Oregon about 6 months ago. Sometimes we have been able to find new support groups in town. Our new dentist is 1 mile from the house and the best I have ever had, hands down. Just 2 miles from us there is a medical clinic affiliated with the hospital system we want to use. Now they may have good professionals there but there is a small hitch in this giddy-up. They are minimally staffed and focus on general stuff. Specialists from their groups ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 14:54:16 EST Accountable - Better Late Than Never http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853661 My last action item was to get touch with a cardiology office. I finally did that this morning and have an appointment on February 9. There's nothing wrong or critical - I just want to get it in place so when I need a refill on my medication there won't be a problem. Now one of these days I should probably get set up with a General Practitioner (GP or Family Doctor) for the same reason. I'll get there. <BR> <BR> One thing did bother me this morning. While on the phone I was having trouble re... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:24:11 EST Meeting the Action Item - and a Quandry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841251 Why is it that nothing ever goes as smoothly as I think it should? Yesterday I promised to blog when I met the goal of getting a new doctor. And I did do it - sort of. <BR> <BR> There are a few "medical systems" in this area. To get to most of the hospitals you literally have to go "over the pass" to get to them. When you are older and time could be of the essence in an emergency, that pass in winter could be a killer. So we opted for the system with the hospital that is about 20 minutes dow... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:25:21 EST Something's Coming - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839978 In July of 2013 I posted a blog that I sense something big was coming in my life. Fast forward a year to July 2014 and we were both retired and in the middle of an interstate move of the household. And now that sense is coming again, that sense of big things coming in our life. <BR> <BR> This time is more ominous. As we are getting older our health seems to be deteriorating. I know why mine is going: in the midst of all the other changes in life I have stopped exercising and gained back 10 o... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 15:58:18 EST The Water Weight Experiment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838803 Awhile back I tried an experiment that really brought home the value of not getting overly invested in scale watching. I got on the scale at bedtime. Then I urinated and got on the scale again. Instant loss of .4 pounds. In the morning I weighed again and was down another 1.5 pounds. Then I drank a glass of water and weighed again and was up .8 pounds. <BR> <BR> It wasn't rocket science or even anything I didn't know, but it made the very specific point that small variations in weight are of... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 12:25:28 EST Christmas Tree Memories Follow-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829803 Before I left for the dentist's office I stopped to give one last stroke and comment of appreciation to the lower part of my old Christmas tree that was lying on the dining room table. I knew that while I was gone my husband would be checking with the trash company on the best way to get rid of it - recycle if possible, since it is plastic. When I got home the piece was gone. <BR> <BR> Then I looked into the living room and received the loveliest surprise. The top part of the tree, which had... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 16:54:56 EST Christmas Tree Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829397 My old artificial Christmas tree died today. It had served me well for 36 Christmases but this year the plastics had deteriorated to the point that it would not hold together any longer. My husband tried to pull it together with wire and fishing line and I even some screws, but no luck. It would not hold. <BR> <BR> I bought that tree the year I was pregnant with my daughter. She was due to be born December 27 and I planned ahead as much as I could so I would not have to rush for presents or ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:33:01 EST Eliza Doolittle Has Nothing On Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824096 No, I could not have danced all night. But I could have visited all night. My daughter and her son and daughter and granddaughter's new boyfriend came for dinner. What a delightful day! It is the first time we have all been together for holidays in many years. We visited until moderately late, then granddaughter and her friend stayed a couple more hours. What a joy to have young people who seem eager to visit with us old folks. Then hubby helped clean up the kitchen after he prepared more tha... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 02:16:32 EST Root Canals Are Not For Sissies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819809 Just before we made our move to Oregon I started getting pain in my upper right teeth when I chewed on that side. One lower tooth was involved too. So I started to bite and chew on my left side only, knowing that eventually I would have to endure major dental procedures. Over the last 4 months the situation got worse. Once we finished the major work on the house I knew the teeth would have to be the next project. I found a dentist on-line, got an exam and a cleaning and like the dentist - as ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:57:19 EST Expectations and Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808184 When I was little my mother set a lot of expectations for me: perfect manners, sweet and smiling disposition, straight A grades in school, and more, all to be shown at all times and without exception. Any deviation brought down constant immediate condemnation that ranged from "that's a horrible sin" to "what did I do to deserve such a terrible child" as I've mentioned in previous blogs. One classic from my mother was, "Don't put on weight: your father likes skinny women." I didn't realize unt... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:39:17 EST Country Critters: The Joys of Life in a Small Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807405 Whoever dreamed up this romantic drivel about the joys of life in the country? Find them and feed them to the mice! <BR> <BR> I am 68 years old and spent all of my life in big cities. My mother kept an immaculate house. I wasn't nearly so fastidious as I worked outside the home but I did my best to keep the health department from condemning my quarters. The only bout I ever had with mice was in the first house in Colorado that my first husband and I bought. Hidden inside a coat closet was a ... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:29:32 EST I'm a Gelotophobe. Are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803536 For many years my first husband accused me of having no sense of humor. He loved to make jokes at my expense, and when I protested he told me I needed to adjust my sense of humor. He never saw himself as thoughtless or cruel. <BR> <BR> Several years later I worked for a man with a similar sense of humor. He directed what I called rude comments directly to people as jokes. For example, his wife was legally blind with macular degeneration and he usually referred to her as his "blind old lady."... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:17:35 EST Please Don't Watch Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799835 I have a confession to make - a secret I have kept for many years - one I have trouble even acknowledging to myself. But I think maybe if I can deal with it here on SP I can start to deal with a very private issue that has complicated my life in ways I can't begin to count. So here goes: <BR> <BR> I am absolutely terrified of being caught in the act of making a mistake. Terrified to the point of self-sabotage. Terrified to the point of denying myself opportunities for personal growth and pro... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:00:31 EST THe Best Laid Plans ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796944 I just looked at my last blog - and tried to put myself into time-out. I had such great plans and enthusiasm. Then the insomnia set in again, and the need to drive hubby to medical appointments, and those are the excuses I can accept. Then there are the rest. Does it never end? Does the effort to keep starting over again continue indefinitely? I guess so. It's better than some of the alternatives I can think of. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finally made some visible progress. The kitchen counters a... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:57:54 EST My Spark-versary - Time to Take Stock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778913 My goodness, all the changes! It's hard to believe it's been 2 years since I signed up on SparkPeople. I initially did it to support my daughter, who has had great results with SP. For a long time I tracked my food and worked out, and I didn't seem to make any real progress. But finally the work started to pay off and I lost 22 pounds of the 40 or so that were my target. At that point I hit a plateau. But my cardiologist is happy with me, and for the most part I have not gained it back. Now t... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:38:31 EST Attitude Adjustment - Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775110 It's been more than I month since I wrote a blog, so I thought it was about time for me to get back to writing. I started out with a diatribe about our house still being full of boxes while we get the kitchen remodeling finished, about the inconvenience of washing dishes in the bathroom sink, about how we are still sitting in uncomfortable chairs, and about how I have gained 5 pounds during this ongoing ordeal of still trying to get settled in our house. Still allowing my fingers to record m... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 11:15:36 EST The Latest Poltergeist Episode http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753335 As I have posted on the Paranormal team section, I have lived with ghosts or poltergeists for many years. When we moved to Oregon we wondered if any would follow us or we would encounter any new ones. We didn't have long to wait to find out. <BR> <BR> A week ago we went to the DMV to get our new driver licenses and car license plates. We took both our cars so they could be checked against our ownership paperwork. The state website talked about the need for various types of identification, so... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 01:35:45 EST No End in Sight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752184 So here we are in August.'we started packing boxes around June 1. Our moving truck left Colorado July 2, our household goods arrived late on July 6, and we started moving furniture into the house July 20 after the carpet was installed. We started staying here overnight on the 23rd, which is now 11 days ago. It feels as though we have been moving forever. <BR> <BR> The kitchen turned out to have some not-so-obvious problems, such as a lower cupboard door that won't open because it bumps into ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:53:27 EST Next Installment - New Furniture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747255 We moved into our new home two days ago, before it was really ready for us. With the washer fixed and 6 loads of clothing/bedding cleaned we have a start at feeling civilized. The roof is fixed and the a/c was installed just before the next round of hot weather hit. Of course, the HVAC guy had to turn off the gas to the water heater to connect the stove. He made a special point of telling me he relighted the water heater before he left. I wondered when, since I thought I knew his every move a... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:17:09 EST We are in our house - finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745192 We have had such uproars with this move - a late start on the road, the moving truck breaking down, figuring out we would have to replace the entire HVAC system while adding a gas line for the new stove - and that's only the stuff that's already done. But now we have hot water and tomorrow the clothes washer will be fixed. (It was moved without anchoring the tub so the tub is off kilter and won't stay in place when I try to set it back up.) Also, the guys are coming tomorrow to repair the r... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:24:47 EST Short update on the move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743028 We made it to Oregon! Although the move had some glitches we got here safely. Our furniture was transferred into the garage so we could work on the house and get a carpet installed and now we are moving into the house itself. <BR> <BR> I really thought I had found the perfect weight loss plan. With all the bending and lifting and constant movement I could eat anything I wanted and still lost 4 pounds in 4 weeks. Great deal! Then it all came flying back on. I blame it on the salt in fast food... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:48:04 EST Today it was the computer - again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710160 I suspect every day is about to present us with new challenges for this move. Today it was the computer again. We got a call from the inspector for the house. Before he would go to look at it we had to sign an agreement that we would pay him. Can't say I disagree with him. My hubby had gotten the computer fixed enough that we could read and print out incoming pdf documents. Great. Printed it out, signed it, scanned it into the computer. Had trouble getting it copied onto the e-mail to the man... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 00:08:21 EST And Starting Over - Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709396 I know things happen for a reason. I know that there is a purpose to everything, even if I can't see what that purpose is. Faith is following the path even when it's dark. OK. I get it. But it's still frustrating as can be to have the house show up, my financing get approved, and then find out that there is a detail in that financing that is going to screw up the whole deal! And that's what happened today. We are buying a house in Oregon. The financing company will not close on the house un... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 00:07:17 EST Starting My New Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708371 What a whirlwind life has been. I can't believe it's already been 2 weeks since I quit working. I started packing for our move and then on the 4th day we were off to Oregon. I am a firm believer that events in life happen the way they are supposed to. Still, I was pretty amazed to have an ideal house at the right price show up on our second full day in OR. So we got our financing pre-approval and submitted out offer to the seller - a bank, in this case, since it is a foreclosure property. <BR... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 21:02:24 EST Mixed Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695986 Today was my last day of working - at this job - at any job. At 68 years old I can't function as well as I used to and it's time to acknowledge the reality. In some ways it's scary. Yes, there is Social Security, but it's not the same as a paycheck. My worth isn't tied to a paycheck, but it is closely related to the ability to support myself and stand on my own two feet. Over the years I have had 2 periods of 4 years each when I was a single mother and supported my two children, a pair of dog... Thu, 15 May 2014 22:06:03 EST Turning a Page in Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648402 Today feels different. I can't put a finger on any particular reason. There haven't achieved any particular successes and the have been failures where I feel the need to set new goals. But there is a sense of moving in a new direction. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my husband and I went to the psychic fair. Two readers each confirmed to us that our already-planned move out of state is a good idea, that a lot of new opportunities and successes will come from it. Among other things, all of them also sai... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:29:18 EST