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  • Regained my sister

    12/15/2017 6:51:15 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We both had heavy loads for 14 years...I thought her life was much easier and certainly more exotic..But...neither of us knew. Now we have reconnected and plan on meeting at least once a year. This week with her has been just wonderful!... Read more

  • Have to Stay Home

    12/15/2017 12:13:00 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Well, I dropped my car off at the dealership to get routine maintenance tomorrow all day, but I'm considering it a bonus day for my home, in that I won't be able to go gallivanting without a car... I've even checked out a really interesting audiobook from the library entitled "David and Goliath... Read more

  • Scattering Mum’s ashes today

    12/14/2017 8:14:27 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Today is my last day with my sister. Tomorrow she flies back to San Francisco, we drive to Tampa to get on a ship. Yesterday the funeral home called, Mum’s ashes were ready. Beloved went and picked them up, plus ten death certificates....now I have one for both parents...My sister and her small fam... Read more

  • Shopping Day

    12/13/2017 11:51:14 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm sure that my tracker has missed some of the (many) steps I took today as I made the rounds of grocery stores (Woo Hoo! Large pineapples for 99 cents!) and craft stores (found easels for my grandkids that will be PERFECT!) and all the back and forths just unloading all my finds when I got home. ... Read more

  • I hope I helped a few of those sparkers with "lots of their plates."

    12/13/2017 10:07:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    I put up my list of done tasks --well to brag a bit 20 --but also to show it can be done. 386 I am a s-l-o-w- worker! 134 I often have days I get nothing done. 102 I hate this slow pace. I always feel "behind." 24 But in a year quite a bit got accomplished non-the-less. 244 So... you... Read more

  • out of control???

    12/13/2017 9:00:01 AM, by LOIS_1950

    Birthdays 44 Holidays 431 471 494 446 Downsizing....upcoming major move 542 Old bad habits re-surfacing 480 486 EEECCCKKK......Am I out of control??? I must stop this moving freight train. I've enjoyed my goal weight for nearly 2 years now.....is it over??? NO!!!!! I MUST gai... Read more

  • Never too cold to walk

    12/13/2017 6:56:47 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Bundle up, hit the streets, and get the morning walking done. Beloved has an eye appointment this morning. Praying for good results.... Read more

  • Mission Accomplished

    12/12/2017 11:24:13 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My beloved dentist (who is another female Aggie, and whose children grew up with mine) capped the tooth today that had to be root canaled yesterday.... what a wondrous development that it all could be done so easily and efficiently! And I had a Christmas luncheon to attend, which went really we... Read more

  • Packing

    12/12/2017 7:07:11 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    My sister flies out Friday. We then head to Florida to pick up a ship. I need this break....we will celebrate our 43rd Anniversary!... Read more

  • It's Always Something!

    12/11/2017 9:38:24 PM, by MCJULIEO

    In the spirit of "When it rains, it pours", I am adopting (for a short while anyway) a "resistance is futile" attitude.... that Less Than Ideal circumstances happen to everybody, and I might as well roll with the punches, and not waste any more time and energy bemoaning my situation. After an e... Read more

  • Sleeping without drugs

    12/11/2017 8:26:28 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I cannot believe how much a burden I must have been carrying these last 14 years! Now I’m sleeping well and when I awaken I feel no lurch of dread , no pressure. A huge weight has been lifted and I know I was the best daughter I could possibly be. I’m at total peace.... Read more

  • Working on my relationship with my sister

    12/10/2017 7:56:23 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We went hiking yesterday, just talking and walking. We are being gentle with each other and trying to repair this breech.... Read more

  • What a Difference a Day Makes!

    12/10/2017 12:42:21 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Yesterday we woke up to a 2 inch layer of snow on the ground, and a 2 hour delay of most government activities, including school, because of the winter storm conditions.... Today the temperatures zoomed up to almost 70 degrees and I saw people out Christmas shopping in shorts. Welcome to ... Read more

  • Peace

    12/9/2017 8:06:15 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I took a sleeping pill and finally slept. Now I need to research sleep clinics here and learn how to sleep naturally.... Read more

  • I hope this link to healthy snacks works

    12/8/2017 12:08:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    https://snack-girl.com/snack/t
    op-ten-snack-girl-recipes-
    2017/?utm_medium=email&utm
    _source=news... Read more

  • It has taken a year, but I slowly got things done....

    12/8/2017 11:25:00 AM, by CTUPTON

    In Oct. 2016 my to do list (of big, 39 ugly jobs) had 25 items. Now 2017 only 8 are left to do. 334 To do as of October 2016! 198 I had just finished emptying our CT condo(took 3 or more years!) and arranging a mover and selling the condo and had arrived with our stuff in NY state ... Read more

  • Mum just died

    12/8/2017 6:28:43 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    My sister and I finalized the arrangements at the mortuary yesterday, moved whatever monies she had into her trust, then spent the day at her bedside. The hospice called me at midnight to say she was unresponsive...at at 5:40 they called again to say she died. That chapter in my life is now closed.... Read more

  • Can It Be?? Yes! Snow!

    12/7/2017 11:43:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It never snows in south Texas... and, even if it did, it would not snow in December.... and even if it DID snow in December in south Texas, it wouldn't snow in EARLY December... Unless it does! After a rainy day all day, I came outside to see a blanket of white everywhere! Astonish... Read more

  • Don't ya just feel like this sometimes...

    12/7/2017 3:02:48 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Missed water aerobics to do more organizing. I hate to miss but I did get many papers ..

    12/7/2017 2:29:49 PM, by CTUPTON

    I hate to miss 569 24 but I did get many papers put away. I even found an important paper I needed! 334 195... Read more

  • My family goes back...but my sister is remaining

    12/7/2017 5:39:09 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We have healed, talked everything out. Now Mum is dying.. my sister is remorseful...didn’t call Mum, rarely visited...and now time is almost over. Love while you can. Say the words people need to hear. Tomorrow comes, and today can never be retrieved.... Read more

  • Tragic Discovery

    12/7/2017 12:35:24 AM, by MCJULIEO

    After being gone for so long, I found myself in a Bible study out of my usual stomping grounds this morning , but in a Divine coincidence (by which I mean that in God's economy, it wasn't a coincidence at all) I was greeted by an old friend that I hadn't seen in years... and in catching up with her,... Read more

  • Alexa/Echo voice controlled music, etc. for hubby's Christmas gift

    12/6/2017 8:04:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Let's hope we can get this to work! A friend uses hers many times a day. She says just tell it what to play and she hears any music she wants as well as jokes by Milton Berl and other comedians and can ask it various questions. it sounds magical. But...tech stuff can be amazing... Read more

  • Closet cleaning--oh my!

    12/6/2017 7:59:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am delighted. No, there is not enough room here in this 900 sq ft apartment with a very small storage bin way down the hall and around the corner. But... we are managing. No choice. I can't use underbed storage. I actually bought a bed for myself with 6 drawers underneath. So I guess I d... Read more

  • Trying to find our winter outer wear! UGH! (snow storm on the way here!)

    12/6/2017 10:41:02 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yeah, I know it is all in the one tiny "hall" closet. There is a small closet just inside the apartment door. For ALL outer wear, I guess. But it is off the kitchen area(not separate kitchen). In there now are -all spring-fall-winter coats, summer-fall-winter hats, all gloves, all boots,... Read more

  • Saying fungal words

    12/6/2017 6:31:10 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    No word on having to move her...her labs were better than in the hospital but still dreadful, shows end stage renal failure. I guess these UTI’s the doctors have been treating every month for the last six mo hs just never got wiped out...and attacked the kidney. She’s taking in only sips...... Read more

  • 1600 Traveled Miles

    12/5/2017 11:26:14 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Well I woke up in southern Maryland and I'm going to bed near San Antonio, Texas.... With many flown miles, I also had some serious commute-to-the-airport miles.. Is it any wonder that I'm bushed, totally wiped out! But I DID eat wisely (and would up with wonderful Panda Express for dinner... Read more

  • Mum “isn’t dying fast enough” for her to stay in Hospice!

    12/5/2017 6:44:02 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I was physically sick when they told me that yesterday. Now they want to move her OUT of hospice into a nursing home somewhere in South Carolina. And there is nothing we can do!... Read more

  • Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC

    12/4/2017 10:55:01 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This was my last whole day here in Maryland with my daughter before heading home to Texas (already feeling the mutually hard tugs of going without those daily Grandchild hugs versus getting back to my own home and sleeping in my own bed again after three weeks!) But as a special concession to m... Read more

  • Valerian isn’t working

    12/4/2017 6:02:02 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    It worked that first week, now I’m back to going to bed, lay awake 2hours, and doze fitfully through the night, never getting into deep sleep. But I’m not feeling exhausted...when all this with Mum is over I’ll research biofeedback. ... Read more

  • Just a Good Principle

    12/3/2017 11:25:32 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This was on a Sparkpage somewhere today ( I copied it, but didn't copy the reference! Sorry!) "Principle 1: Say 'Yes' to Portion Control When you first decide to lose weight, you might approach the process thinking that you won't be able to eat any of your favorite foods anymore--but that's n... Read more

  • Reconciliation with my sister

    12/3/2017 7:41:19 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I had 14 years of resentment towards her...she rarely called my Mum, visited once a year for a week, never picked up any bills. Last evening we talked, with our husband’s next to us...and we reconnected. She never realized ? what a load we were carrying or how hard it’s been. She apologized profuse... Read more

  • Time with Mum

    12/2/2017 6:32:39 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    She rouses periodically...thinks she’s back in England. Doctor said it could be weeks.... Read more

  • Apparently What I'm Good At!

    12/1/2017 11:38:25 PM, by MCJULIEO

    You know how I've been visiting with my daughter's family these last several weeks? Well, apparently, her 3 girls have never been able to decorate a gingerbread house together without resorting to tears, or worse, fisticuffs, hair-pulling, and eye-gouging... That is, until THIS year.... Read more

  • Mum is dying...

    12/1/2017 5:12:25 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    In renal failure. Nothing the doctors can do. My nieces arrived last night, my sister and b-in-law arrive tonight. I’m not sleeping. . I have spent 3 days at the hospital. Last night I had her transferred to hospice ...a beautiful place. My husband and I have given the last 14 years to caring for Mu... Read more

  • Spending my days and nights at the hospital

    11/30/2017 8:22:40 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Wondering if we should have let her die peacefully in her bed at the Assisted Living...is it worse for her to be 91.5 and in a hospital bed being pumped full of IV fluids and antibiotics...I answer to a Higher Power and want to to the right thing for my Mum. She’s not eating or drinking and what th... Read more

  • Have you seen any "munchkin cats?"

    11/30/2017 3:40:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    Yes, I did hear they have health problems. chris... Read more

  • Eggnog Season!

    11/29/2017 11:44:50 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Have I ever mentioned how much I love eggnog? I love it so much that I am deathly afraid to let myself indulge in eggnoggery of any kind.... EXCEPT Frozen eggnog yogurt from a commercial frozen yogurt place! Which is harder to find than you might imagine since the last TCBY franc... Read more

  • Made a little more progress organizing because

    11/29/2017 1:33:14 PM, by CTUPTON

    ...because on Wednesdays I pay someone to help me for an hour. With her here it motivates me for one thing. 41 This week the place was pretty bad. 24 I just had no energy 102 for maybe 6 days in a row. On my pool 569 days, I'd come home and rest. I feel much better now . While she d... Read more

  • Pure evil!

    11/29/2017 5:39:34 AM, by CTUPTON

    ... Read more

  • Mum is in the hospital...

    11/29/2017 5:32:18 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    She wasn’t eating and wasn’t drinking much since Thanksgiving. I was trying to force fluids every day and decided yesterday to take her to ER. The place was packed! After drawing labs they did an abdominal CT and admitted her in renal failure. We’re hoping she can pull out of it with intensive flu... Read more

  • Back from water aerobics!

    11/28/2017 2:45:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    Still low energy. The class seemed hard today. 24 Hopefully I can get a little organizing done today. 521 If not it will be there tomorrow! Sigh. 24 Tomorrow......Wednesdays I have hired someone 20 to come help me for an hour. I love it when she walks in! 20 chris... Read more

  • Autumn colors

    11/28/2017 8:03:09 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    As the leaves change color I’m grateful for changes in my life. I still have Mum, difficult as she is; beloved’s eye hasn’t detached again; I’m sleeping better so haven’t had any emotional meltdowns in a while...life is not always easy.... Read more

  • Progress organizing this apartment....

    11/27/2017 12:06:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    Cook the boneless chicken with Herbs de Provence. Had to do this before the chicken spoiled! DONE Empty the dryer DONE --not yet put away. 24 Feed the cat 240 DONE so he won't bug me --and won't destroy the furniture. OK. About organizing. Since I still have low energy toda... Read more

  • Too much sitting is detrimental even if you exercise at other times. (SP article) : o

    11/27/2017 9:49:47 AM, by CTUPTON

    "professional journals stating that excessive periods of sedentary behavior can be detrimental to one’s health, independent of achieving the recommended amounts of daily physical activity." 24 Huh!!!! https://www.sparkpeople.com/
    resource/wellness_articles
    .asp?id=2042... Read more

  • Making soup with leftovers

    11/27/2017 6:35:06 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We were in Walmart yesterday and eggs were 22 CENTS a dozen! We have a new Lidl store in town that has super low prices for now. So Walmart is trying to compete. Got to talking with a couple with a bunch of kids, they we’re loading up on cheap food, as we were, and talking turned to food American... Read more

  • My Eyes Are Growing Heavy!

    11/26/2017 11:33:42 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It's been a long day, and my eyes are so weary, but I promised to tell you more about my fun Christmas crafts Like these ornaments, Triskele globes: Like I explained yesterday, I had heard that these were easy (which I could hardly believe)- so I TRIED them, and sure enough, they were a... Read more

  • "Before" photos of my current clutter. Oh my!

    11/26/2017 12:56:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    All is in our living room. 24 We are in a very small apartment. chris 198... Read more

  • New week, fresh start

    11/26/2017 6:17:19 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Tomorrow we have a roofer come since we saw some missing shingles. We want to make sure everything is snug before the rains come. Tuesday we both go to the dentist, and I have Mum both days of course. Wednesday is a dance lesson, only 9 more and we’re through, Thursday our two nieces come with the... Read more

  • Is It Time For Christmas???

    11/25/2017 9:26:47 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I love Christmas.... I love the significance, I love the Bible passages...I love the food.... I love the Good Will... I love (most of) the decorations...., and I love the togetherness most of all... But since my husband died, I've been a lot lower key about Christmas. Yes, I'm still all about J... Read more

  • I slept 8 hours straight !

    11/25/2017 5:30:15 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    After a week on valerian last night I had lights off at 8:30 and awoke at 4:30. Shocked to realize I slept 8 hours straight! I bounced quietly out of bed and am ready to go walking. We have a Mum today and she was ill yesterday....poor dear.... Read more

  • Winding Down

    11/24/2017 11:43:28 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Thanksgiving is over..... and pretty much Black Friday is over..... The Christmas tree is up and is beautiful! Watching my daughter and her children assemble the tree and decorate it was such a delight.... AND it made me grateful for all the times we did it together when the children were littl... Read more

  • My underwear is getting tight!

    11/24/2017 8:05:35 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    There is no excuse, but we haven’t exercised like we usually do this whole year because beloved’s retina and macula kept detaching. Yesterday I realized things we getting snug so reluctantly stepped on the scale. I’m going to start being aware..starting today. It’s so easy to gain and hard to los... Read more

  • Thanksgiving- So Far So Good

    11/23/2017 10:48:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm at my daughter's and she hosted another family for Thanksgiving so there were lots of opportunities to indulge, but I did great! It was a little different, because the other family had very specific diet needs which involved two menus, or maybe three.... one normal, one for a brittle diab... Read more

  • Caregiving stress-worse at holiday time

    11/23/2017 4:12:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    429 When all else fails--go online and do a search for images caregiver stress. I did that. It helped me. Wishing you the best! chris 213... Read more

  • Thanksgiving Day and holiday coping skills-especially for caregivers

    11/23/2017 3:39:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    The whole article has more than this. Especially ---Don't be alone in suffering. Reach out -- Remember there are always sparkfriends ready to chat with. And they are just wonderful ! chris www.aarp.org/home-family/car
    egiving/info-12-2013/careg
    iving-holiday-stress-goyer.html Durin... Read more

  • Lots of walking today!

    11/23/2017 7:46:22 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Morning walk, then beloved will get Mum at 11 while I shower. Should be a nice day and have Mum back in her place about 5:30...... Read more

  • Up early, laundry is in the dryer

    11/22/2017 6:09:52 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I like the valerian, it seems to be helping me sleep. Yesterday I volunteered at the Assisted Living where a Mum is. It was a full day and I did a lot of moving ancient ones to keep them involved in our activities. The second activity person was let go because she called in all Top often, now I’ll... Read more

  • To gobble or not to gobble?

    11/22/2017 12:17:50 AM, by KAREN608

    This year involves two full turkey dinners. The first was at church, in the evening. Yes, I made my tummy ache a bit, and had to sit up a few hours for everything to settle before bed. A couple of Tums, and then a fine night's rest with no acid reflux even with the extra serving of dressing.... Read more

  • made in america link

    11/21/2017 1:25:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    clark.com/shopping-retail/amer
    ican-made-in-the-usa/... Read more

  • My friend has no choice and is stuck in a not great situation

    11/21/2017 8:00:13 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    She’s the wife of the neighbor who cut us off when we didn’t vote his way, after five years of friendship...he also cut my friend and her kids off from us too. Her first marriage was bad, so she finally took her girls and left. Met the man living next to her sister...he seems so nice at first, but ... Read more

  • Irreverent, But Funny As Heck, Christian Satire Site

    11/20/2017 9:24:45 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My son-in-law is in seminary while he works days as a rocket scientist, but as a seminarian he stays au courant with the latest in Christian trends, including Christian comedy, and he introduced me to BabylonBee.com, which bills itself as "Your Trusted Source for Christian News Satire", and I can't ... Read more

  • crispy green beans for a snack

    11/20/2017 12:53:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    www.skinnytaste.com/roasted-pa
    rmesan-green-beans/... Read more

  • The valerian seems to be working!

    11/20/2017 8:03:14 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I had lights off by 9:30...my book was too good to stop so I read a little longer! I awoke at 3am, lay there quietly until 4:30...mostly thinking of our neighbors who cut us off completely when we didn’t vote their way...and suddenly it was 7:30! I actually slept! Woo hoo! Too many exclamation mar... Read more

  • Does anyone know about "systems thinking?" I never heard of it but it sounds powerful.

    11/19/2017 12:55:45 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Extracts from Twain's diary of Eve

    11/19/2017 11:21:38 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.eastoftheweb.com/short-sto
    ries/UBooks/EvesDiar.shtml... Read more

  • Extracts from Twain's Diary of Adam

    11/19/2017 11:18:05 AM, by CTUPTON

    www.eastoftheweb.com/short-sto
    ries/UBooks/ExtrAdam.shtml www.eastoftheweb.com/short-sto www.eastoftheweb.com/short-sto
    ries/UBooks/ExtrAdam.shtml ... Read more

  • Lots of wind

    11/19/2017 8:24:46 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The leaves are raining down from the trees. The deck is covered with leaves and since the house has trees everywhere it’s so pretty with all the bright autumn colors.. lots of wind right now.... Read more

  • Such Progress While Visiting

    11/18/2017 10:37:12 PM, by MCJULIEO

    While visiting with my daughter in Maryland, I've gotten to try new things (like Aldi's, WOW! Such great prices, and interesting things! I wish there were one near me in Texas, but the closest is in Houston) We have also done some things that I have an OLD skillset for (like painting her bedroo... Read more

  • Tried valerian for the first time.

    11/18/2017 6:32:23 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Took it at 8 pm. Went to bed, dark room, at 9with lights out. Beloved came to bed at 11...and I was still awake. I did drop off because I checked the clock at 2am and finally got up at 5 am to go walking. I’ll try it for the next few months....... Read more

  • Cold and clear

    11/17/2017 8:01:48 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Walking is done. We have a dance lesson today, almost through with all the lessons and I don’t want to continue. We’re better than before but will never be Fred and Ginger!... Read more

  • Got Sleep But Still Fatigued

    11/16/2017 11:05:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I'm visiting with my daughter's family, and while it's wonderful, I'm not really on my own schedule, and I don't really have a lot of control over menus and timing... fortunately there are plenty of wonderful fresh apples grown locally to snack on, but I admit that adhering to someone else's schedul... Read more

  • 2nd writing assignment result for the month of November

    11/16/2017 2:19:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    Why there is (Still) such Horrible Evil in the World? Even though for thousands of years we keep trying to fix things, hurtful and unexplainable acts by humans keep happening and way too often. Why on earth can’t we get this right? Are we bound to carry our evil out even to the other faraway p... Read more

  • Anyone tried valerian for sleep?

    11/16/2017 5:58:44 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Up too early but my walking is done and I can cuddle with a nice cup of tea. Ordered valerian from Amazon...supposed to help with sleep...anyone tried it? Today should be fairly quiet until we have a meeting tonight at 6 pm which could get tricky. One of the homeowners in our HOA is a bully and I... Read more