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Snaggles needs more time

Saturday, March 28, 2015      7 comments

emoticon Snaggles makes me smile. He loves to tackle my ankles and run after me. He is eager for his food and sna... Read more

Workshops, planning, board meetings, and more

Thursday, March 26, 2015      3 comments

I am feeling better, but watch how much I try to do in a day's time. Several of my passions involve my volunteering. I still work with the retirement workshop for retiring members of the community college, career and technology centers, the in... Read more

Resilience and Hope

Sunday, March 22, 2015      5 comments

I endured a rough winter with much snow, ice and cold temperatures. I also had surgery and numerous health problems. Hence a publication headline jumped out at me. Resilience and hope! The quote that turned me around is this. "Life stre... Read more

Snow melted - Sunny Day

Saturday, March 21, 2015      5 comments

I felt better in attitude today with the sunshine and the melting of yesterday's snow. I want to walk outdoors and not have to bundle up. I felt energetic. My helper and I got the groceries. She put them away for me. It is amazing how... Read more

getting more rest

Thursday, March 19, 2015      7 comments

I am trying to pace myself better and get more rest. I do feel better. I'm staying on a healthy diet, doing gentle yoga, meeting with my trainer, and swimming. emo... <a href=Read more

More pain makes exercise harder

Tuesday, March 17, 2015      5 comments

My pain level is much higher recently. I am working out using the Back in Action DVD and working with my trainer. I get fatigued. I am cycling on my home spin bike for 15 minutes daily. I am using paraffin treatments, massage, and topica... Read more

Learning to accept what I cannot change

Saturday, March 07, 2015      5 comments

I have reached a stage in my life where arthritis requires more modifications in my daily routine. I am grateful for my housekeeper, Lori. I am grateful to have a snow remover and coach in Ian. I am also grateful to have a landscaping service... Read more

Winter wonderland

Thursday, March 05, 2015      6 comments

I live in Pennsylvania so wind chills of -20 are new to me. There is so much ice and snow. As a person with RA and OA, my joints are aching. Frequent naps and heat are super. I am sending you this picture in case YOU live in warmth. Read more

Feeling good

Saturday, February 28, 2015      3 comments

I met friends for breakfast at 8 am on a Saturday at the Tomcat cafe. This restaurant got best in Berks again. The menu is overwhelming. The tables have pictures of musicians. We were at the Elvis table. I had French Toast called "Blind Fa... Read more

Quiet, but good day

Wednesday, February 25, 2015      5 comments

I am doing so much better at the gym. I am using the elliptical trainer for cardio. I expect to start cycling at home on Saturday. Next week I want to take a zumba class. If all goes well, I will return to the rowing machine in 2 weeks. I ... Read more

Feeling better

Saturday, February 21, 2015      7 comments

The pool was great. It was -20 degrees with the wind chill outside. My damp hair froze. As I drove home, the water ran down my back as my hair thawed. I felt energized and glad to be moving in the water. I am busy with my laptop finishi... Read more

Catching up!

Thursday, February 19, 2015      6 comments

I am returning to my activities as I reach week 6 of my healing. I get to go to the pool to swim tomorrow. I had a 12 page newsletter to edit and minutes to complete all needing to be done now. I have few more items to edit and complete the ... Read more

Reading and listing questions

Sunday, February 15, 2015      7 comments

I see my primary care doctor and his resident on March 3. I am getting away for a day to see the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 2. Each day I enter into my journal how I feel. I am also entering into my journal how I am managing pain and w... Read more

Feeling low for a few hours

Friday, February 13, 2015      8 comments

I really felt low for a few hours. I now see the reports from all medical tests. I'm not happy about having ankylosing spondylitis and fused discs. I do wonder how much more is wrong. Is AS just RA but of the spine? I did read the AS ... Read more

Enjoying each day

Wednesday, February 11, 2015      8 comments

I am enjoying each day. I am getting plenty of rest. I am able to listen to my body concerning fatigue and pain. Gradually I am cooking more and returning to more normal activities. I am seeing my personal trainer and working to keep arm and... Read more


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