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6/18/19 4:30 P

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Jane, it is so good to here from you! Iím glad you found something that works for you. Iíve been off from doing exercise (except for walking) since January. I finally sought treatment for my hand/wrist on my right hand, on February 4th. I have been in a rigid brace since that time. I tried PT and shots. The PT made it worse and the shots did nothing. I requested an MRI and it showed lots of small areas with damage. I was scheduled for surgery at the end of May but it was canceled. I got a second opinion and the second surgeon was better with patients. Iím scheduled for surgery July 18th. The surgeon will operate on the top, bottom and both sides of my wrist. Healing is a long process but worth it.

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Looks Like I'm Not the Only AWOL person! Although I know you all have been checking in with your points. I do see the alerts on my phone and email.

So much has happened in the last couple of months. I joined Noom about three months ago. It has kept me busy with learning the system and reading the many daily lessons. They are so interesting and provide the one element that is missing in so many online programs. They have prolific articles and tips that look at the psychological reasons behind weight gain and one's inability to stick to a healthy program. The other thing I have with Noom is a personal coach. His name is Zachary and we speak about twice a week. He is always encouraging and helpful. He was a physical trainer for the Army but such a sweet guy. He is termed my "Goal Coach" and he helps me set reasonable goals (remember that SMART acronym from here at Spark (which I also learned in getting my Bachelor's in Business)) . . . well Zach uses that tool as well. I had gained weight yet again over the winter and I felt like I was just losing the same 6-8 pounds over and over and over. I have now lost 14 pounds with Noom. Stacy joined about two months ago (after me sharing my enthusiasm for Noom) and she has lost 30 pounds! OMG! We are both so excited about this program and it is the most liveable program to live with as far as food intake, calories and eating one's favorite foods. No more guilt! And baby, it works. So no more about this unless someone is interested. If so, I can share the simple but powerful way that food is counted on this. (It sounds like I'm trying to sell you Amway, but believe me, I have nothing to gain by sharing . . . just hope to inspire someone else who has been struggling as I was for the last couple of years.

Okay. In other news, I had cataract surgery on my right eye last Thursday. I am having the next one done this Thursday. I was in such a tizzy and spirit of dread . . . yet it was not the hideous thing I was expecting. I am so much more relaxed for the second eye this week. The downer for me is that I will have to wear glasses for almost everything except up close. I do love reading and the bluriness of my vision was taking the fun out of my favorite hobby. I can already see the writing here on the computer about 10 times better . . . but I will not be able to navigate without distance glasses . . . which will be anything about three feet away! ICK. Bob tried to make me feel better (and he did!) by saying to me, "I will give you one word to encourage you . . . " Of course I said, "Yes?" He said, "Gayle." I said, "Who? The only Gayle I know is my brother's mother-in-law who died a couple of years ago." He said, "Hello. Gayle King!" OH! Gayle KING! Oprah's BFF and the co-host of our favorite morning program. She does have the best glasses on TV . . . and contacts as well at times. So I am feeling much better and must seriously write a letter to Gayle to tell her (my new BFF) how inspiring her glasses have been to me in a dark moment. Dark and blurry.

I miss you all so much. You are still my only friends in the Lakeland area. I miss dinners and Marsha we still need our lunch at the Terrace Hotel. Once I get past the period where I can't drive, I hope to get together with all of you . . . or each . . . or any.

Hope you all are doing well.
Hugs, Jane

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5/1/19 7:15 A

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Good morning everyone!

I've been slacking on checking in but wanted to say Happy May to all!

Take care!

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4/18/19 12:22 P

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Jane,
This is such great news! I'm sure all of us are proud of you, include yourself, and all that you've accomplished! A big BRAVO for you Jane!

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Big thanks to every one of you for the magnificent support of me in my journey.
Today starts week 4 for me with Noom. I can't believe how much I am loving this program.
I am still checking in on SP and may be more abie in the future to have greater participation.
There is a lot of information to absorb in the first weeks of Noom. I'm not sure how it will be in a month or more. So far I've learned some very interesting things in their "7 keystones." One is to eat as regularly as possible. I know I've been horrible at that . . . well, not horrible, but just in a pattern of eating lunch whenever I felt starved . . . or I would just eat this and that (so NOT Beck!) as I was tramping around the house. Beck would smack me down for that standing approach to grabbing a bite, or grabbing a cookie out of the jar and taking it with me, gobbling it while I did laundry. So one goal for me right now is to stick to fairly regular schedules. I've set my meal times for 8 a.m., 1 p.m, and 6 p.m. Since Bob began the full time management position at the Straz I just never know when I will see him. Sometimes he's home at 5 and other times at 9 p.m. or later. Sometimes he comes home hungry and other times he's eaten there. I've been waiting until he got home and then punt . . . sometimes we just ate cereal or cheese and crackers . . . other times I would make dinner at 7 or 8 and have to clean the kitchen at 10 or later after he went to bed. LOSER! It was a total loser to do that. Now I make dinner for two at 6 pm. and he can eat his portion whenever he gets home or forego it for cereal or a snack . . . but this girl is eating at 6 pm.
This is just one example of the many suggestions/challenges that I am learning through Noom in addition to logging every meal/calorie. I also have a daily step goal that increases in increments to encourage me to get just a little more than the day before. In a week or two I will have to be way more intentional about getting steps (i.e. walking in my neighborhood or going to 24 Hr Fitness to use the treadmill.
Hope everyone has a splendid weekend!

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4/12/19 10:48 A

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Oh, Jane, I feel for you. I've had to take a step back too. You must do what is right for YOU! If you've found a program that works for you, I say go for it! We'll still be here when you check back in with us. I wish only the best for you!

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You certainly have my support to do what you need to do for yourself, Jane. Sounds like a very good move to me.


What about team dinners? I just have not been good at setting them up. Anyone willing to step up to arrange a monthly team dinner??


We used to have weekly walks, too, on Saturday mornings. It was good, but once I got into running the longer distances my group wasn't done in time to join in. We used to do Lake Morton because it is just one mile and we did the old mall when we wanted air conditioning.

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4/11/19 9:25 A

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Jane,

I can understand your need to step back. Take care of yourself! If you don't, who will?

I've been overwhelmed for the past couple of months trying to fit in too many goals. I've tried to narrow down some, but to me, they are all important. Today is the first day I've been back to visit the team page and I see your announcement. We will meet one day soon! :)

Again, take care of yourself and do what you need to do! I applaud you!

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4/10/19 6:20 P

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Announcement:
I had shared a while back that I just didn't think I could do justice to being a lead on this team.
I am going to remove myself as a leader since I am having a time and one-half just getting to Spark at all! I adore every single one of you. I still haven't met Crystal or Donna, but I feel ya! At least I feel warmly toward you as friends. As for the mighty three . . . Cyndi, Eileen and Marsha (who I had to put in alphabetical order!) . . . you are the best friends a girl could have. All of you have encouraged me for so many years of my trying and falling off the wagon and trying some more.

My big WHY? I joined Noom three weeks ago. I am enthralled with the program. I think it is what I've have been hoping for these many years. I has a heavy psychological component that is geared to people just like me. If you read my blog called "My Name Is Jane" you will remember that I have spent the last sixty years of my life categorizing food as good or bad, on or off program, healthy or unhealthy, forbidden or free . . . on and on and on ad infinitum. The big take-aways early on in Noom revolve heavily (pun intended!) on losing the labels for food. It is just food, neither good or bad, and it all has a certain calorie density. For example, grapes are low density and raisins are high density. This is very different from anything else. The food is categorized by stoplight colors: green is go (natch!), yellow is weigh and measure and stay within your calorie "budget" while red foods are to be used carefully, but also have a daily budget. I really didn't intend to go this much into detail and this only touches the tip of the iceberg . . .

The drag for me on this (using the term drag as pull not ugh) is that the daily lessons and quizzes keep me so busy that I just can't always get to Spark. I'm truly excited about this program and so happy that I tried it. I was worried about cost, but after the two week trial I signed up for 8 months at $159. So just a little less than $20 a month. And I have a personal coach (Zach) with whom I check in and he checks on me several times a week. Stacy told me this is promoted as Weight Watchers for millenials . . . so I guess I'm hanging with the youngsters! My coach is a young man and so funny.

I am not leaving this team! I will continue to check in and hope that we can have a dinner get-together in the near future. I have said many times that you are my only friends in the area. That is still absolutely true. I love you with sisterly love!

Please forgive my inability to lead, at least for the next eight months! Please put me in your prayers or thoughts of me in a healthy light. I want this . . . and I have to do this for myself.

Big Hugs, Jane

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4/10/19 6:00 P

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Cyndi,
Holding you in healing light and thoughts of comfort. I do hope to see you soon.

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4/6/19 3:29 P

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The only thing I can complain about is that it's taking so long to set up the orthopedist's appointment after the MRI. I've gotten 15 more years out of this wrist, than we originally thought so I can't really complain. Plus, I spent valuable time trying other cures instead of surgery. I suspected from the beginning that the wrist would require surgery to repair the tendons. I've been babying it along since 2004. My poor tendons have had a good long run.

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4/6/19 12:21 A

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Oh dear lady! I'm with you. Simple is always better . . . unless it is one's IQ!

Keep me posted as to when and where. I'm pulling for you.

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It looks like surgery for my right wrist. The MRI will tell us if it will be simple or complex surgery. I vote for simple!

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4/3/19 8:02 A

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Today, my antibiotics are finally finished! Yay! The 21 days crawled by. Let's see if my energy level finally improves. If not, perhaps my next set of blood tests will give us more information.
I'm really tired of being sick, injured and tired! Okay, my vent is over. LOL

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3/30/19 12:03 A

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I keep checking in here to see if someone has added to the conversation. Of course, I should have done so! It seems like this is you and me, Marsha. Ah the burdens of leadership. LOL
I'm in the thick of getting my tax stuff together . . . late this year. Ouch. My sweet friend Mark (best friend's husband) is a CPA. He knows my procrastination and helps me every year anyway.

Hope you and your girls are all well. (Boys too) I have Audrey tomorrow from 7:30 until about 1:30 in the afternoon. My b*tt will be dragging.

Hugs.

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Jane, I never could get it together to plan the dinners either. It shouldn't be that hard, but somehow it is.

Gary loves them. I'll see if he has some suggestions. Maybe I could do a month or two???

Love to you, Marsha

Cyndi, Not another health challenge. You poor dear. I do admire your positive attitude. Hang in there!! Love to you, too, Marsha


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3/15/19 10:24 P

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So glad you are feeling better Cyndi. You have really had enough for a troop of people. I don't know how you stay so positive. Just good genes, I guess. Or perhaps attitude?

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3/15/19 3:34 P

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I'm still fighting a sinus issue too. I've had this since the beginning of December. Every time it starts to go away, it comes back with a vengeance. The doctor did a CT scan of my sinuses and it turns out that there is an infection near a bunch of scar tissue in my sinuses! Who knew? I'm taking an antibiotic 4 times a day - every time with a large glass of water and a snack. I feel like I'm floating. He warned me about the fatigue involved when I asked about it. I sure do have debilitating fatigue and by noon, I'm wiped out for the day. It comes from two sources - the infection (my body is stressed out after 3 months of illness) and my hypothyroid issues. The good news is that this is Day three of the antibiotic and the first day since the end of November that I haven't been wiped out by noon! Yay!

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3/13/19 10:50 P

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Grrr. I intended to say this, and it is the main reason I hopped on her on my way to bed.

I cannot plan and execute the dinners. I am hoping someone else will step up to do that. For one thing, I don't get out much (at all?) and I am just not aware of places to dine, especially south of my locale.

At this point there are none planned on the book . . . so if someone feels a calling to do this, have at it! If I deselect this task, I can feel more comfortable taking care of the online responsibilities. I do truly love the dinners, but we are so handicapped with Bob having only Monday evenings as a sure thing, that my heart is just not in it.

I know the dinners are vitally important . . . at least they are probably the reason I have been here as long as I have (with Polk County group). I have asked you all at one time or another if you might take over this responsibility. So far I believe everyone else is tapped out.

I hope a superhero steps up.
Thanks. Jane

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3/13/19 10:45 P

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I have been MIA for a couple of days with an awful cold. Bad cough. Using copious amounts of kleenex to blow-blow-blow my boat.

It is nearly 11 pm and I'm going to bed. I'll try to get some things done tomorrow.

Onward guys.

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Eileen, Sure hope you and Val will keep coming to the dinners whenever you can. Take care of yourself. Smart to limit commitments when you are feeling burned out. Regards, Marsha


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3/7/19 2:45 P

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Eileen,
I can certainly understand the burnout thing. Please take care of yourself!

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Jane, you're doing great. I'm glad your hanging in a bit longer; however, you must do what is best for yourself. I'm letting the job of Activity Leader go because of burn-out AND the need to focus on getting my art groove back. I'm sorry, but I need to avoid commitments at this time.
Again, thank you for all that you, Cyndi, and Marsha have done.
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Jane, please don't pressure yourself. You have to do what is comfortable for you. I had one cataract surgery between my two hip replacements in May 2016 and the other one at the end of 2017. It made a big difference but due to my astigmatisms, I still need glasses. Before the surgery, I saw shadow images at night and couldn't focus. During the day, I just couldn't get clear vision. The ophthalmologist told me that he had made my glasses as strong as possible and the only choices were to live with it (not really an option) or have the surgery. I chose the surgery and it was the right decision for me. I hope having the surgery will help you!

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Jane, why don't you suggest a date for the next Spark dinner and maybe even a place so it will be easier for you to come next month? I know you like Mondays and we've got to figure out which Mondays son in law isn't working. His schedule is always confusing and it makes it hard for us to plan. Sorry.


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Glad you are hanging in there, Jane. Please don't feel pressure. Just do what comes easy to you and helps you!!



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Bob had cataract surgery in December of 2017, so a little over a year ago. I remember what a pain it was for my grandmother, but things are so improved now with lasers. Bob had eye drops for a couple of weeks post-surgery, but that was about it . . . except for the fact that he didn't need glasses for "up close" any more. That's so cool. I still don't wear glasses much of the time, although I do need them for distance. I read with readers. That's about it. I grocery shop with no glasses, but then when I want to read the small print on the labels, I have to dig around through the myriad of flotsam and jetsam that are in my purse. I can't believe how quickly my purse goes down the tubes. I clean it all out and then it seems in two or three days it is full of receipts, McDonald's happy meal toys, and so on. Sometimes when I clean my handbag I find three or four pens. But when I'm out somewhere and need a pen? There are ZERO in my handbag. Grrrrr.

I updated almost every catagory on the Team Wall. Maybe I can hang in there a bit longer. I just feel such a sense of pressure to keep everything up, answer any and all postings as well as get to the dinners. I was just sitting on the pity pot about missing next week's dinner; but since it always seems to just be the West, Eller, Valachovic couples, perhaps I'm putting too much concern into my attendance.

I have felt badly that things were so behind. But perhaps I'll try again to see if I can keep up. I don't want to be THAT person who threatens to give up all the time. That would chap my own hide!

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Oh, sure.

Lots of changes, Jane. Hope that cataract surgery goes smoothly and you get your confidence and ability back for night driving. I have small ones, not ripe yet. So does Gary. I expect his to ripen first, but who knows?

I'm available for lunch sometime, Jane! I even have two free flatbreads/salads/expresso at Black and Brew if you'd like!! Or if you'd prefer, Gary loves an excuse to eat out. We could do supper as 2 couples; doesn't have to be a team dinner.

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Marsha, isn't it amazing how ten years takes away from us? Your ability to run must bring an additional amount of verve and zest to your energy. I really wish I could run too, or at least get into some serious walking. I keep visualizing myself there . . . but vision alone won't do it. I know that, but just can't seem to get off start.

Two new big things in our lives . . . mainly Stacy and Dwight's . . . first of all Stacy has been moved to a management position at the Bealls in Plant City. Hello to Cyndi! It's a good step in her career with the company, but a much longer commute. That impacts me in as much as the start and end times I will be sitting with the kids. I think it will add about one- to one-and-one-half hours to my time, depending on when Dwight goes in or gets home. The second REALLY BIG news is that Stacy and Dwight put an offer on a house and it was accepted this morning. We are all soooooo excited and happy. First of all, it was the home that Dwight really had his heart set on. Stacy was hoping for it too but was realistic that they might not accept the offer and she was OK with continuing to look. So it is a very big deal to both of them and there is much celebrating! The best part is that the house is very close to us. Maybe a mile away, which makes it perfect of all of us since we have a lot of togetherness right now. It is almost next door to the middle school where Jordan will attend next year and also the high school . . . and he can walk to school without having to cross a busy street. It is also almost across the street from Audrey's day care. I make it sound like it is on a highway, but in truth it is the second house down from Marcum Road. The funny thing about this is the good news and the bad news: the good news is that the house is just off Marcum road where everything seems to lie. The bad news is that it is just off Marcum road, so there is a certain amount of road noise that one can hear from their lanai, particularly in the morning and evening when all the transportation of kids in and out of the schools is happening. It is much quieter in the evenings, but still a fairly busy street.

I will not be able to come to the team dinner. I am so sad that I can't because this is truly the only social activity I have in any given month. I'm not engaged in church right now and really only have Stacy for companionship, so I always feel such a sense of missing out. But it is OK. I won't have the kids that night, but Bob always works on Tuesdays. They have the weekly production meeting on Tuesday afternoons, looking at everything that is going on in the upcoming new week. They have four theaters, two big and two small venues. People also holding weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, and so on and so forth. Also business things in the daytime, like rallies and annual meetings. This month the largest theater (seats 3,000) is showing Hamilton with the Broadway cast. It was sold out the day ticket sales opened. I remember Bob saying that the software that tells the ticket sellers how many people are waiting in the queue to buy Hamilton tickets was 6,000! Talk about being on hold for a long time! So they are managing really large crowds right now. I should also clarify, that normally I would just come to the dinner by myself, but I'm waiting to get set up for cataract surgery, some time in April. I have had to give up night driving almost everywhere. I might be able to gett Stacy to go with me and drive, but I think we the expense of buying a house, she is probably going to say no. Understandably. Therefore! I shall not be there. [grin]

So, Marsha, if it's OK with you, I will show you as the person to connect with about attending the dinner? Thoughts?

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Get rested, Jane!

I don't feel like I have the energy and patience or enthusiasm for child care that I did 10+ years ago when I started taking care of grandkids. I do see a light at the end of the tunnel, though. DD says it is still better to send them here than home by themselves, but that very well may change in 2 years. And in 4 years Natalie will be driving.


Let's hang in there! Taking care of grandkids -- especially Audrey's age -- can be exhausting. But child care is probably the most important thing I do these days. Although the kids call me a "worrybutt" which I change to "worrywart" and I suspect they are right. I do try to keep them safe and probably worry too much!


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Oh my gosh. OMG to the max. I just spent an entire weekend watching Audrey. Jordan was around as well, but he is easy now that he is 11 years old. Just make food and he's happy. He keeps himself busy riding his bike, gaming, and eating. LOL. But Audrey? She is a one-woman demolition team. I'm so tired right now I could cry. 10 p.m. and I'm going to bed.Right.Now. Well, as soon as I sign off here. Thankfully I don't have the kids again until Thursday evening. That's not so bad since she is at daycare until 6:00 wreaking havoc there! This coming weekend Stacy has the weekend off, so I will not have the usual random day or two with the kids. Thank goodness. I can really feel my age when I try to keep up with her for two days. i get to Stacy's both mornings at 7:00 a.m. and she is just getting up. She didn't take a nap either day. By the time 6 p.m. comes along, I'm wiped out and she is still going strong . . . without a nap both days. Let's face it, I'm the one who needs that naptime!

So, I have nothing to add to this group. I gave it all at the nursery. (Used to be the office, but that seems mild now in comparison to watching this little dynamo.) Jordan was so easy to watch at this age, but he's always been more sedentary, and that is already hurting him physically. Audrey doesn't have an ounce of fat. She barely eats anything at all and runs everywhere, inside the house and out. She also talks nonstop . . . or sings. And we love her so fiercely I can't even described it. She is the most affectionate, loveable girl . . . if you can stop her long enough for a hug! I get "I love you, Gigi" all day long. So she is of course worth all the effort.

But at 72 years . . . .? I'm just saying . . . . . . . Help!

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Beautiful fruit arrangement, Jane. Did it taste yummy? Or is it just a picture you liked?

Thanks for sharing your hearing adventure. I guess you just never know what others are dealing with. Good lesson!


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Oh Marsha, you are such a good friend. My joy is finding you and Cyndi and Eileen way back when. Time goes by so quickly that I can't believe it when I stop to think about it. I'll bet I met you all about 7 or 8 years ago. It doesn't seem like it could possibly be that long. But I'll bet it is so. I don't quite know how to figure that out on SP, but I must try!

I have had hearing aids for the past six years. I needed them for much longer! I procrastinated on it for sooooo long. Stacy and Jordan were living here at the time with us, and Stacy started laughing one morning at me. Bob and I have watched the CBS Morning Show for years . . . way before we ever moved from Kansas City. So our ritual when we both were working out of our home, was to have our coffee with that show every day. Stacy got tickled that even though the volume was insanely high, I would say to Bob, "What did she say?" or "How many children have measles?" or "Did they say South America?" (answer South Africa . . ) etc etc ad infinitum.

I made an appointment right then to go to an ENT doc. I had gone two times during the 11 years that we were living in the north Kansas City area. I suppose the visits were 5-6 years apart, but I got the same answer both times: You do have hearing loss, but not really bad enough to buy appliances. So I kept on. That was when I began to realize that I relied heavily on lip reading. I was at a JCP (just before we left KC) and the clerk was ringing me up and talking as she stared down at the counter. I remember so clearly (even can see her face in my mind's eye), I said to her, "I'm so sorry, but I have impaired hearing so if you can look up at me I probably can read what you are saying." She was so surprised and flummoxed, she turned red as a beet. And then she apologized by repeating things very loudly! I then told her I could probably read her lips at a normal volume and we both just laughed and laughed. But I felt awful that I had worried her since it was MY problem with the hearing situation. Still, when we moved to Florida I was much less motivated to do anything about it, When I was working at World Headquarters for the denomination (Community of Christ), I had an awful time at meetings. I finally learned that I needed to get to the meeting rooms early so I could score a seat in the middle of the table, but even that didn't help me completely, but it was easier to catch things at one end of the table or the other. When I became home-based, the only face to face interaction was with Bob, who patiently repeated and repeated himself. When we had meetings with others, it was phone conferencing which was great since I could turn the volume way up and sit near the phone!

I'm giving you more info that you probably want! My novella about hearing loss. But let me just say that hearing aids are THE BOMB! I love them. My hearing is continuing to decline, as the doctor told me it would. Since I had been not served well by the doctor in KC (I saw the same one both times) I asked people who the best doctor was in this area. I kept hearing (LOL) the same name. When the hearing tester at the booth at Sam's club gave me his name, I decided he was the one. His staff gave me so many tests! I went there two days in a row for testing and saw him on the afternoon of Day 2, after he had reviewed all my results. He told me that I had the same hearing loss that he has. Isn't it incredible that an array of tests can pinpoint the exact form of the "dis-ease". I had to drive to Tampa as his office is on Davis Island right by Tampa General. I know I need to get tested again . . . and here I am putting it off over and over. But I dread the idea of buying new hearing aids as they cost $5,000-$6,000. The doctor referred me to the audiologist at Watson Clinic, saying she was one of the best in the entire area. I truly adore her. Her name is Katherine Pafunda. The day my hearing aids arrived at her office, I went in for a fine tuning of the appliances. When she put them on my ears and asked me how improved my hearing was, I burst into tears! Bob and I were both boo-hoo-ing! It was just like the greatest gift I could receive.

Long post . . . Sorry! As I mentioned, I believe I got this from my maternal grandmother, who was deaf as a post by her 90's, b/c the doctor said this type of loss is usually hereditary. My mother didn't have any hearing loss. Neither of my boys have a problem, but Stacy is already realizing that her hearing is becoming impaired. I think I was probably in my early 40's when I first realized I couldn't hear very well.

This is typical old lady sharing her surgery in great detail. Or the rhythm of her bowels. So I'm thinking of deleting this . . . but what if someone needs to read this?

Over and out! Jane

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I didn't realize you have any hearing loss, Jane. How long you been dealing with that?
All in all things are good there.

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OMG! This is a team of shiny, squeeky clean nasal passages! I seem to be the lone wolf in the Septum Games. Thanks for your good wishes for Bob. He is doing better each day. It seems like it just doesn't go fast enough for him, but I think I'd be crazy if I had to go through this. He is good about minding the rules . . . he sneezes with mouth open and about blasts the seven-point poodle right out of the room. I do believe she is quite frightened of those sneezes. I'm counting the days until he can close his mouth and let the sneeze be somewhat stifled.

Tonight is the opening night of Hamilton at the Straz. Everyone is all a-twitter. The tickets sold out first day. In fact, Bob said the phone sales people had more than 6,000 calls in the queue that day. I suppose I should want to go, since it is most definitely the "in-thing" to be doing, but I'm realistically aware that I probably won't be able to follow any of the dialogue, even with the headphones for the hearing impaired. I always get those and I have no trouble keeping up. But since this is all done in rap, I'm not sure I will be able to hear fast enough to keep up. I know that sounds crazy, but I can tell you so many things about hearing loss . . . things that your mother never told you. Like: it is difficult to hear anything at all in noisy restaurants, since hearing aids pull all sound into your head equally. Or that you rely so much on lip reading that you have to ask the clerk at a cash wrap to look up at you when she is talking to you, which usually results in her saying, "OH! I APOLOGIZE!" and thereby about knocking you down with volume! (I want to say, I said look up! Not please scream!) And this brings us to the possible problem with Hamilton. Rap is sing-songy whereas regular speech (of the every day variety) has its own rhythm. When I listen to rap on TV, even watching mouths, it is nearly impossible for me to understand. No whining here . . . cause I've been blessed with great health for 72 years and still don't have to wear glasses full time. So I just take my hearing loss with a grain of salt and a "Gee, thanks, Grandma Williams."

The weather today was so glorious it nearly brought me to tears. I went outside at 9:00 a.m. and just sat on the lanai looking at the trees, listening to the birds and enjoying the occasional gulf breeze. These are without doubt the glory days for Florida. We will remember them longingly in July when you could fry an egg on the driveway!

We broke down after several years of semi-basic cable, and added Starz and Showtime to our package. We were wanting to keep up with Shameless but since Season 9 wasn't complete, season 8 was not yet released to Netflix. So we got all caught up with that show (on Showtime) but I must confess I've thought many-a-time about getting Starz just so I could watch Outlander. I'm watching the first of four seasons on that on right now. I'm just about to the end of the first half of season 1 which is where I left off. And I must say, OMG That actor who plays Red Jamie Fraser is a heartthrob. I'm sorry but I am definitely cheating in my heart, where I share a starring role with him in a much-younger-much-thinner self. I mean, I am Scottish after all, so a girl can dream! My grandmother's parents came to Iowa from Scotland.So I grew up hearing lots of Scottish phrases from my grandmother, Agnes . . . the self-same grandma who passed her sad hearing genes on to me. Although as I said, I can see very well and that's all I need to see that Sam Hueghan is indeed my soulmate. (Don't tell Bob.) So I leave you with a pic of this hunky Scot!



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I had sinus surgery in 1997 myself. No, it wasn't fun! Happy healing to Bob.


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I hope Bob is feeling better ! I had sinus surgery in 1995. It was nasty!

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Looks like no one is chatting. Oh, well. And I was wanting your opinion about supporting husbands who have conflict with someone else. Maybe later.







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Good thoughts to Bob, Jane.

Looking forward to seeing you Monday eve at Dwayne's.


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I have to apologize for being so absent for the last couple of days. Here it is midnight and finally I can get a couple of lines written. Poor Bob. This surgery to fix his nose has been an aftermath of suffering . . . not so much from pain, although it has been painful but he has good drugs for that, but it is just the general nastiness of oozing blood, stuffing your nose with Afrin soaked cotton balls, and being unable to breathe through the nose so just a general feeling that the head is all stuffed up. And in fact, it is!

I still have to clean up the kitchen, but he is safely in bed, all tucked in with the vaporizer misting his air. Tomorrow will surely be better. At least that is my mantra . . .

Tomorrow will be better . . . .
Tomorrow will be better . . . . .
Tomorrow will be better . . . .
Tomorr . .. . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. ... .. . . . . . .

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Hey, I added "Buy New Socks/Shoes" to list for one time and didn't do it yesterday and it came up again today. How handy!!


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Is that an online To Do List, Jane? Is it part of SP? That would be helpful. Like I need to buy some new toe socks but not necessarily today, but I keep forgetting. It would be good to have a To Do list.


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I'm glad you are enjoying the "other" Spark page. I really like the planner. If I have something there for two days, I move it to the top of the "TO DO" list. I think I need a personal secretary to manage me (translate, get me organized), so since I dont think Mike will let go of Cyndi, I will just have to use the Coaching Start page.

SUSAN! I can't believe I keep missing you. Regarding me not answering the phone this morning at 6:45 a.m. all I can say is HA! That's the middle of the night for retirees! I actually have a new app that I really like that is part of the iPhone/Apple Watch system. I select my bedtime and then it gives me 8 hours of sleep time which means no messages, alerts or calls make a peep. So since I went to bed last night at 1:30 a.m. (actually this morning!), my alarm didn't sound until 9:30 a.m. I was already up, but not until 8:30 a.m. I stay up late more than I really should because Bob gets away from his job so late. Since you and I went to see The Dog in the Nighttime, Bob has been promoted to the "Captain" of security. Really meaning he is the manager and reports to the director of security who is the "Chief." Hilarious, I think. It' like Hill Street Blues has invaded my life. I hope to talk to you soon. I see your plans are official now! So exciting.

I hope everyone is having an uneventful Sunday on this rainy gloomy day ( which makes me want to bake bread).

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Hope that move goes well for you, Susan. What an exciting life you live!!

The new start page is starting to work for me. Thanks for nudging me in that direction. I had to overcome resistance but I see the value now!! Thanks, Jane. Thanks, Cyndi.


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Thanks, Jane. When I went back and looked at it and used it some it didn't seem as daunting so perhaps I am just in a better frame of mind. Yes, I think it will work and be helpful. And it isn't too hard to go back and forth the way I do it but it takes 2 clicks (I think) so if Cindy knows how to do it in one click, all the better!!


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Chiming into say hi! Movers come 11-13 FEb and I am flying to Japan for my new job on 3 March! Crazy busy...have a good weekend all!
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The grey parts are fulfilled when you do the task . . . like the minute you enter something on the nutrition page, it lights up and so on. I think the best way to figure it out is to just jump in. As far as features on the other start page, Cyndi says you can toggle back and forth. Let's ask her about her toggling skills!

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Thanks for the explanation. I did find the planner, but oh no, where did my food calorie total and exercise totals and my weight go? May have to get used to this page.

How do you use it? There were gray parts and white parts. Do you put the check in when accomplished or when you plan it??


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Here's to Churchill!! There is no greater wisdom. Thanks, Jane. Yes, Gwen is adorbs!! Great word!


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OH OH OH . . . I forgot to say this: Gwen is totally adorbs! Love the boots. She is a really beautiful little thing. Aren't grands the best?

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Cyndi had to help me find it as well. I think it may be a feature of the one-time-pay SP and get coaching etc. You have to go to the top left of the regular spark page and click on preferences. Then you have to scroll down through a section to get to the option for your start page. If you want the planner you click something like "Use the new start page with sparkcoach". You can always go back to the old "classic page", but all you have to do is click on the other option to get this planner. It gives points, which is nice, but I love the ability to plan my day, and prioritize the "hot" items in a TO DO NOW list for first things bubbling up. You can also move things from regular TO DO NOW back to the MY TASKS list. I'll be curious how you like it. Cyndi says you can toggle back and forth between Classic and New Start pages, but I don't know how to do that other than go back to preferences and start all over again. That is not truly toggling, so I need to get her secret on that. Also, some times my page opens up to the classic page for no reason that I understand and then when I click on Start again it goes to the new one. LOL

I'm the very image of Churchills never never never never never give up. I keep slipping and then trying yet again. To really be Churchillian, I think I should have written this thusly:
Nevah nevah nevah nevah nevah. There. I feel so Brittish. God save the Queen!

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I have not found the day planner. Actually, I think I did see it once, but now can't find it. So please clue me in. Did you see my sweet Gwen as a flower girl? I didn't get to go to the wedding but I heard she did a great job!

I now have a 15 day streak of no artificial sweetener and 0-1 cup of coffee per day. BIG improvement. Just was outside for 35 minutes of walk-run. Just 12 minutes of run in 30 second intervals, so not much, but it made me smile big!! Love the sunshine.

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The day planner is great because when something sits there for two or three days, I realize how I've been putting off or procrastinating on certain things. So it does tend to hold my feet to the fire.

This was a day of football. Since the Broncos were obviously not Super Bowl material (even by the third or fourth season game it was apparent that they were stinky), we always throw our cheers to the KC Chiefs, who used to be our team before we moved to Colorado and were taken over by the Denver-Bronco-mind-control. So we were rooting really hard for the Chiefs in today's playoff game. Boy did they play hard . . . even going into overtime against the Patriots//Tom Brady. But they are a big ole mowing machine and ultimately mowed the Chiefs down in overtime. What a game. But what sadness for all our friends and family in KC Missouri.

So the game was so nerve wracking that someone in our home who belongs to SP may or may not have eaten her weight in brownies. OMG. My favorite treat which I made for others in the family. I gave one-half to Stacy and Dwight and little Audrey who will only eat about five things and brownies are one of them, followed by chicken nuggets, yogurt, ice cream, applesauce. She is picky but never eats much of anything. Therefore she is very slim unlike anyone else in the family who are all official soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge.

It is 11:15 p.m. officially 15 minutes after my bedtime. So nitey nite.

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Thanks Jane! I've got to say that the day planner has really got me thinking about what I need to do and when I need to do it!

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I'm trying trying trying to get excited about walking or going to the gym. Grrr. I have walked in the hood a couple of times. Once with the dog and then once without. She acts like I'm going to murder her when she sees me get the leash. She is very timid and totally neurotic. But I love her. That must be how God feels about me. Not the timid part, but mos def the neurotic!

I HAVE to rework our page. I'm delinquint on getting this updated . . . but I put it on my SP planner. I must say, that Cyndi's drawing my attention to that was the best thing to happen to me this new year. It really makes me take a look at my day, prioritize and then nudges me to tackle the list.

Bob just went to bed. It's just past 8:15 p.m. We really are getting to be the elderly peeps. There are a lot of things I still wanted to do before bed, but most of them are noisy and he will be grouchy about me disturbing his sleep! So, I think I'll just spend some time reading and writing in my journal.

I trust everyone is doing well. This month is flying by.

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So glad you are feeling insanely good!! What a wonderful resolution, Jane. Be Happy! So simple, but often happiness truly is a choice. Good choice, Jane.


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I just came back from a 10 minute walk. Not much but it's a start for me. I will hopefully get another 20 minutes in later today, with the dog. She hates the leash and the entire walk with your mistress bit . . . but oh well. She's quit resisting which made me pull her along. However, even though she is keeping up with me, she still walks behind me. She is definately the most timid dog ever. At night, when I let her out for the final "pee pee" of the day, the yard light shines bright enough that I cast a very long shadow where I stand watching her. If I move, it freaks her out since she is terrified of my shadow and hers as well. She barks like crazy if the doorbell rings or someone walks up to the porch . . . but then she cowers in terror behind me. Some watchdog she turned out to be! Oh well, at least she launches a red alert . . . but the rest of defending the castle is up to the main serf (me).

I've been feeling insanely good for the past two weeks. I think it is totally from my new year's goals to be happy, etc. The neighborhood is having a garage sale on March 6 and that is SO motivating! I'm starting to go through the house gather up all the excess that I need to paw through. I did that minimalizing thing last April . . . and I still have way.too.much.

I'm going to go prep tonight's dinner, even though it is not quite noon. That is part of my "Eat Mindfullly" goal. I always have the great dinner plans, but then by the time 5 o'clock gets here, my energy is a goner and I resort to quick fixes or Dominoes. Tonight we are having chicken pad Thai, which we both love. I'm going to get everything cut up, ready to go. That alone makes me happy!

Catch you all later.
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i didn't weigh today. So don't know about the ramifications of the apple cake. I think I may cut and paste that into my next blog. So if it seems familiar, you will know that you saw it first here. Not that people are holding their collective breaths for my blogs!

I'm having a tough time in general. With eating and get into movement. I seem to have hit the old brickwall again. Sigh,. See you later . . . . . .

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Oh, Jane. What a temptation!

I honestly think once you get used to eating without sugar and with limited butter, that cake would not taste good.

I went a week with no coffee, tea only. A cup of coffee tasted like heaven!

An apple tasted like candy after 9 days of no sugar.

Really!!


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Good evening . . . not 11 p.m. yet, so I must be doing something right.

Marsha, I respect you on and off your soapbox! That is really very interesting. I will be fascinated to see how that works out. I made an apple cake on Friday that was from a famous and popular restaurant in Independence, Missouri (my hometown). It has been closed for several years now. After the sons of the original founders left the business (through retirement) and their children took over, the quality just went out the door. But from the 1940's until the early 2000's, it was popular with celebrities and travelers who saw the five star ratings and stopped by. The original was just a 5 stool diner at the highway edge of a large apple farm they owned. They made their own cider which was out of this world. Ultimately and after many expansions of the restaurant, it became the livelihood of the family with one relative still running the apple farm which also had peachtrees. The prices were moderate which meant that my family only went their for very special occasions as I was growing up. If we were going to Stephenson's, it meant something big was happeneing! It was white tablecloths and candlelight. They were famous for their baked chicken in butter and cream. It fell off the bones! Also "stars" on their menu were green rice casserole, marshmellow salad, frozen fruit salad, fritters (to die for), and apple desserts. I still remember their lobby, with signed photographs from everyone from Liberace to James Arness (Matt Dillon!), Doris Day to Rosemary Clooney. AND they had a big vat of chilled apple cider and little white paper cups so that while you waited to be seated, you could nab little cupsful of cider.

At any rate, someone posted their Apple Farm Apple Cake recipes on a Facebook page entitled "You Know You're From Independence When ..." I decided that it was civic duty as a former citizen, to say the least of my birthright, to make this cake and decide for myself if it was indeed as good as the restaurant's and . . . . . . It was SOOOO good. With every bite I knew I was eating some serious calories. Of course, I had made this confection and already knew it had two sticks of butter in the cake and one stick plus one carton of cream cheese in the icing. Tonight after having yet another piece of this cake, I decided to input it into the SP recipe counter. OUCH. It turns out that a 2x2 inch square piece of iced apple farm cake has a whopping 346 calories. Well, all I can say is this: that's how we roll in Independence, Missouri. Part of the country's bread basket. Perhaps I should say: that's how we roll . . . and roll . . . and roll. Roll over the belly, roll under the arm, roll along the thighs . . . etc.

OK. Only 2 small (2x2 bombs, that is) in the cake saver. Hoperfully Bob will eat them up before I do. Oh yes. I could throw in the trash. Maybe I will. Maybe. I will!

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Hey, Jane. I'm here.

This new food plan I'm trying (Tribal Life Transformation from Haka Fitness) is very different, much higher fat than what I had been eating. Avocado, seeds, nuts, olives, olive oil, whole eggs instead of just whites, whole chicken instead of just white meat -- cooked 18 hours to include making the bone broth. I haven't gone all the way to whole milk, so I've broken the rule of no low fat foods, eating up the plain no fat Greek yogurt I have on hand but I think I'll take this transformation a little slow. Worried about the cholesterol although I have read saturated fat is not as bad for you as they once thought. And I'm trying to address the osteopenia so just can't give up milk. I definitely have less hunger on this plan. I've had no sugar and absolutely NO artificial sweetener that I had been using a lot of. Didn't think I could drink tea without sugar (no coffee allowed) but I am. Sometimes when I try I surprise myself! So far I definitely haven't gained on this plan. Today is my 6th day and I'm actually down a little. There has been lots of inconvenience to the plan, but much less hunger than I'm used to dealing with.

I'm still tracking on SP. I went from almost always being under in fat; for last 6 days being over by SP standards. I'm eating plenty of vegetables and probably more fruit than they really want me to eat, so I'm getting some carbs. No grains. I am allowed starchy veggies 4 days a week. Lots of protein. There is a lot more to it.

Interesting experiment. Wish I could take my cholesterol here at home to monitor it.

In my running group there are lots of vegans and lots of paleos who eat very different from each other. And then there are those who just run but don't try to eat healthy.

I feel that there is so much more nutrition research to be done. There is so much not known and to me it is a tragedy that we spend so much time worried about taste, when food is fuel for our lives. My experience is that people come to like whatever they get used to. I suspect that if everyone cared about health instead of taste we could all live healthier, longer, happier lives.


That's my soap box for today. Love, marsha

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Where is the team? Busy. I know it, b/c I know these gals!

Marsha, thanks for the scale goodie.
Cyndi, I am so loving that Start page planner. It is actually affecting my work as well as my ability to stay focused on my food, water and exercise! Thanks for that great tip. I'm not sure how you "toggle" between them. Every now and then I just get the other page randomly. If I want to go there, it never happens without me resetting my preferences. If you have another trick up your sleeve, please advise!
Crystal, I miss hearing from you. I am so hopeful we can get you to a dinner. YOu have been so successful with your diet. I'm working hard to follow suit!
Finally, Eileen! It was so good to sit at the table with you last week. You are always so encouraging and vibrant.

Hope everyone is having a happening Friday! Bob is working late tonight, so I have all day and all evening to myself. The quiet time is nice (no TV running). I will read tonight and a little planning. Jordan's birthday is the 28th. He will be 11 . . . . and I just cannot believe it.

Good day all!
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So I am replying to myself today. That has a certain appeal since I know her so well.

She lost 3 of the nasty 5 pounds that appeared for no reason. Good job! You can do it! (Me, talking to Jane.) Maybe it was water weight? I can't use that old "time of the month" ruse since my "aunt" hasn't come to visit me in at least 10-15 years.

Which reminds me suddenly of that old "aunt" thing which I had never heard of since. The women in my family (my grandmother and her sisters, all born in the 1890s) used to say "My Aunt is coming to town." So that explained the ill tempers, the cramps and I'll bet (knowing the cultural mores of the time) the sexy times were a no go! My mom and I used to laugh about that euphemism . . . and occasionally would use it to make each other laugh. I remember my mother calling me on the phone one day when we lived in Denver and my children were all young. I answered the phone and when it was my mother, I said, "I'm sorry I can't visit today. My aunt is in town." This was followed by gales of laughter. Both Bob (on my end of the call) and my father, who was an observer on the other side of the call were looking at the hysterical laughter. They both were saying, "What's so funny?" Which made us both laugh more furiously. Breathlessly. Hysterically. By the way, hysteria is a particularly apt word since the base of the word "hysteria" comes from Greek hystera, being the notion that hysteria was peculiar to women and caused by disturbances of the uterus. Disturbance? That was obviously invented by a man. I will see his word "disturbance" and raise him cramps, bloat, pimples, and a shrill whine that makes men everywhere run for their man cave.

When my mother and I told both our men that we were laughing because my aunt had come to town, neither of them had any idea what I meant. Bob looked at me like "Where are you hiding her?" My father was giving my mother a meaningful look as if to ask "Which aunt is in Denver?" This just increased the hilarity and tears of laughter. Both spouses walked off, leaving us weak with "hysteria" and gasping for air.

This will be part of my blog today, so you get a sneak peak. This may be quirky enough that you will pass on reading "the rest of the story."

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Sunday. And here's hoping that all your aunts are staying outta Dodge.



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So stoked that I am here to post at 4:00 p.m. rather than Midnight. I have had a great day . . . in fact I have had two great days.

Yesterday I stayed the course. Today I weighed an additional pound more than yesterday. I cannot believe what my body has been doing. It appears I've gained 5 pounds in the last 8 days, but I certainly haven't earned them. This is when I usually get discouraged and binge with my best friends in Vermont, Ben and Jerry. This morning I felt committed, all the while thinking what the heck is going on with my weight? I'm being very careful today. Eventually those miserablew five pounds will drop off. Again. Hopefully for the last time.

Today I am so proud of two things:
1) I finished my NY resolutions/goals.
2) I ate a salad for lunch.

I don't normally do salads (obvious, no doubt). But this was a real zinger. I made taco salad for Bob (who's off all weekend). He really likes taco salad and pasta with meat sauce. So this put him in his happy place. I fixed them side-by-side on the counter like this on the plate: tortilla chips/no chips; seasoned meat/no meat; small amount of lettuce/3 cups lettuce; small bits of tomato and red pepper/insane amount of tomato and pepper; generous topping of shredded cojack cheese/1/4 c sprinkled cheese/; salsa/lotta salsa. I also put 2 TB of sour cream on mine before salsa. Bob doesn't like sour cream and his digestive condition ever since the cancer keeps him eat smaller portions of fresh produce. The funny thing about this, and my main reason for sharing all this detail, is that when we sat down to eat them, he didn't even realize that my salad was different! They both looked huge! And the best part is I only had 301 calories. I had bought a container of Par Excellence saffron rice, which is traditional Spanish rice. It was/is so good! I only ate 1/2 cup so add 100 calories. Hurrah!

I am going to blog about my resolutions. So if you have any interest or I haven't worn you out with my blow-by-blow taco salad, check there. It has been quite a process.
Later!

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