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Old 08-31-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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WELCOME EVERYONE ~ Please join us in our thread: to give support and encouragement; to share ideas, and/or just chat with one another about everyday issues ...

This special thread is for anyone with any kind of physical obstacle and/or challenge like SB, CP, MS, MD, PK, Lupus, Osteo, Arthritis, Rheumatism, or any other condition (s), whether genetic or acquired (like injuries), that causes some physical limitations and/or difficulties.




HAPPY MONTH OF SEPTEMBER EVERYONE


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Hi Ladies

It has just dawned on me that it was the 1st of September so I though I would start the new thread for this month but Rosebud is more on the ball than me. So all I have done is copied and pasted the entry I put in error the August thread. So a little of deja vue for some of you maybe

Good afternoon the morning started off partially sunny and cloudy. Though now there is no sun in sight and dark clouds lurking over head which has resulted in one short sharp down pour at around 3pm. I have been and come back from treatment at the centre so now I am feeling a bit worn out. DH has gone down to brother's works unit to pick up the van as we are going to deliver back the bean bags that had some faulty screen printing on. We have to be there by lunch time so we will be setting off no later than 9.30am I would think. We knew this trip was in the offing but thought it would be Thursday to be honest.

Watched a documentary in Gaelic last night not that I speak a work of the language it was also subtitled for English speaking people. This was about the last person alive that use to live on the Island of St Kilda of the West coast of Scotland. It is a very remote land whom seemed to have a live that revolved around sea-birds the St Kildian's would kill them for food and sell their eggs etc. http://www.kilda.org.uk/frame1.htm Though as people gradually left the Island and there was never a big community of people as there were only something like 10 houses. They were no longer able to sustain themselves as before so they asked the Scottish Government to relocate them in 1930. It was very interesting learning of a way of life that no longer exist. It is good to know that today people are now voluntarily restoring the houses and stone stores today's equivalent of a shed I suppose. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Kilda,_Scotland I have added some web sites to show you the island and more about it.

RONNI Life can sometimes be like you describe hectic and it seems to get in the way of things you would like to do. Good idea having a yard sale to sell things when paring down and your "larger clothes". This will give you some extra cash for some more clothes in your new size. Or the cash I am sure will always come in handy when you have a growing family.

I think it is the chicken and the egg scenario when it comes to whether your tiredness is due to events in your life or is it just a symptom of your MS. I know when my father was ill I was not sure about my symptoms I was experiencing was due to the stress or was it an attack. I had not had an attack for 9 years so thought I would be scot free by then but I found out that it was attack I was shocked to say the least. That taught me not to be so complacent. I know you have a lot on your plate at the moment with the worries of you Dad's health so I will send prayers up for your family and will be thinking of you during this time.

It is nice to hear from you and what is going on in your part of the world. I have not yet taken my holiday I go on the 12 September so all the children have gone back to school. We do this for financial reasons because holiday homes, hotels, caravan and cabins all put their prices up during the school holiday which I think is so wrong. The kids go back in early September the date varies depending which school.

ROSEBUD I did not realise that your DH had been unwell sorry to hear that and hope he is soon on the mend. I will be thinking about him and yourself of course during this time and say a little pray for you both. In the UK aspirin therapy is often used in a low dose especially with anybody who has had heart conditions with in their families. It can be a good treatment as it thins the blood slightly which can be good the older you get and the more likely your blood vessels are to be furred up. Stress is a big factor in any illness and often makes them worse as I know to my cost with my eczema.

Like you say I think you have nothing to lose to go and see the specialist regarding surgery. This way you can hear what they suggest and it gives you an opportunity to ask questions you may have. They are not going to operate there and then so you will have time to think what is right for you and your DH. If you decide it is not for you at the end of the day after to listening to the experts and what they have to say. You have made an informed decision having all the information to hand with all the pro's and con's. I am not sure that if the procedure is the same here but they do some psychological work with a specialist before hand just to make sure that you are not just hearing what you want to hear. Some people who are really desperate to lose weight only hear the words lose weight. They are then surprised and find it hard to come to terms with the new eating regime. Though I can see that you are going into this with your "eyes open" and are treating the appointment with the doctor to just find out more about the procedures on offer.

It is only normal that you would go off track with the stress you have been having. Though I think 2 days off track is not bad some people do it for weeks. So kudos to you for getting back on the wagon and doing your exercise.

Must go as it is tea time here and my DH is saying he is starving now he has come back. So I will catch you soon. Not sure if I will feel like it tomorrow but I will as ever try and pop on. So bye for now and take care


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THANKS PURPLE ~ for putting in the closing of the August thread; I really appreciate your help. If you really knew what DH and I have been going thru, you would understand fully why I haven't been able to come in and post.

We have been having some very disappointing experiences of late; and I think it's time to clean house again (but I mean this as far as relationships are concerned not our actual house which is clean already). Some people are so full of themselves, they are totally inconsiderate of other people's feelings; and one thing I cannot abide is deliberate dishonesty and deceit (and we have been experiencing a lot of that lately).

A stranger helped us tonight for nothing -- we were put in a nasty bind today, but a stranger came to our rescue and helped us out. GOD must have sent him like an Angel, so I have asked GOD to bless him for his help. We can't pay this good Samaritan back, but GOD can and HE will some day ...

We don't have a lot of family; most are estranged or distant. The few that do really care about us are far away. I pray to GOD that He will help us meet some true friends here some day; ones that really care about us. Thanks for your help and for taking the reigns for me here. We have some urgent things that we have to do over the next couple of days, but I will try to come in at night before bed if I can.

I will also send RUTH a PM about putting our thread up as a red sticky; she wants me to send her the link to this thread to make it easier for her to find it, so it should be up at the top of the page by tomorrow.

We just got back home but I did manage to eat healthy today. We went shopping a bit and picked up a small new coffee maker as ours was getting a little slow; will try some vinegar & water solution on the old one to see if that is what the problem is (I kinda suspect it). You need 2 cups of white vinegar and add 3 cups of water to clean out the tube system; letting it soak for awhile on off, then continuing on.

Anyways that is all the news from here; got a lot of walking in today and was happy for that. I have always tried to do some walking each day, but some people just don't know that, even if it is only for 10 or 15 minutes. I kinda try to walk from one end of our place to the other for about 10 minutes at a time. We also go and walk at other places as well; I have to stop a lot, but at least I do it, and I am very proud of myself that despite all my set-backs and challenges, I have never been a quitter ...

I did some more research this morning and was not impressed with what I found out about the R & Y procedure my doctor wants me to have. Heresay info isn't quite accurate -- that is why we must do research ourselves. I am surprised by the fact that so many people don't have any idea what these procedures are really like before, during, and after. Life will not be normal at all: you cannot eat your favorite foods. I am not interested in living with my face in a toilet or consuming mostly expensive, chalky shakes -- to me, that's not living either.

Honestly, I am not really interested in this at all; and as time goes on I'm not even sure that I want to even read anymore about it. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I am not impressed with anything I am seeing at all. Everyone else thinks that I should investigate it; everyone else thinks that I should see that doctor; everyone else thinks that I should consider it ... but I don't!
I just don't know what to do anymore; so I am just gonna keep doing what I am and try some new things now and then, and see if anything helps.

Anyways, I am really tired and should get some shut-eye, as I am really rambling. Take good care ladies and please do have a great week! ROSEBUD
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Yes, Keep it up and its challenges. do your daily routine and you get success.
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Rosebud-I was concerned when you mentioned your doctor talking about the surgery. Surgery is always a major deal. No matter what the statistics are (and like Purple said, there are many,many people here who are successful without any surgery), any surgery carries risks, from anesthesia problems to infections and should be investigated very carefully before doing anything elective. I once considered a surgery for weight loss, but decided it was just too risky, as I've had 5 surgeries since 1992 and had problems with each one (almost died once due to anesthesia issues). And, yes, with the weight loss surgeries, your way of eating changes so drastically, it's amazing that there aren't more people with serious health issues afterwards. And, I do know that many people will regain the weight after a few years, as the stomach can still begin to stretch again. You've done such a great job so far and continue to work your plan and improve your plan to become healthier! You are such an inspiration to me and many others here. We'll support you whatever you do, but I just encourage you to continue investigating any surgical procedure so you can make the most informed decision you can. I feel for you on the deceit and dishonesty issues-we're having some of those ourselves, as you may have read in the CE thread.

Purple-Hope the deliveries went well. When we still homeschooled 100% of the boys classes, we did our vacationing after everyone else went back to school in Sept. and Oct. too. Saves a lot of money and the weather was always nicer! Where are you going to go?

Not much else going on here, except taking stuff up to mom's to prepare for our yard sale and we have to get DH a birthday gift for tomorrow (he'll be 51), then DS1 will be 28 on the 10th and DS3 will be 13 on the 12th! So, I guess we do have a lot going on!

Hope you all have a great day! Talk to you later.......
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Wow Rosebud, I see you've made some great progress! You are obviously doing something right! I hear you saying you don't really have any interest in the surgery that was suggested, but seem to be being pushed by others. Something I have learned through my many medical issues is to go with my gut instinct. If my first response to a doctor's recommendation is a knee-jerk reaction of "heck no!" it's usually right on. My worst experiences were caused by letting a doctor or family member push me into doing something I really didn't want to do, or felt was unnecessary. I've been told that makes me a non-compliant patient but as a 6 year cancer survivor I'm guessing I made some good decisions along the road! It might be the time just isn't right for you to make that big of a change, and at some point in the future it will come up again and your response will be different. Truly no matter what decision you make you'll have plenty of support on this site, even if you don't have a good support system living nearby!
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Hello! I am new to this site, and I need all the encouragement I can get. I am doing a diet my doctor gave me with portion and calorie control. I've been doing it for about 2 weeks.

I have a mobility impairment as a result of a congenital problem that was made worse by a fall. But that's okay as I have a shiny blue scooter to use when I go shopping or to an event here in town. At home I use a wheelchair or a walker (if I'm having a good day).

Anyway, I've joined a couple challenges here, and I thought perhaps this thread would be a good one for me. Almost 100% of the time I am happy and positive in my outlook. But giving up excess food has kinda made me feel depressed.

With your encouragement and support, I will achieve my goal!
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Hi Ladies and good afternoon

Today the weather has been very grey and over cast with some very sharp down falls of rain so not the nicest day. Unfortunate for some people living in the UK they have weather warning out due to the predicted rainfall of about 25mm for those of us who still work in the old measures that is nigh on an inch. I pray for these people that they will be spared any damage to their homes through flooding etc. It must be so worrying if you live in areas that get these severe weather warnings.

Yesterday went very smoothly on the delivery so no complaints there. Though I was having trouble with the old water works yesterday and wanting the loo frequently. So whilst at the trailer park we delivered to he asked where the toilets were. Oh my I was in for a shock I walked in and it was a male toilet big clue being the urinals . I was desperate for the loo so my darling DH kept watch on the door so as to spare my blushes and some poor man's come to that . It reminded me of the some of the toilets I have been into in Europe on my travels maybe here in England we are more straight laced and see it as strange to have mixed toilets.

I have been shopping today to stock up on food. It was not a big bill today as we did not need so much. The bulk of the money was taken up with fresh vegetables and fruit to be honest. On returning home I have made up a big bowl of fresh fruit salad I must admit it looks rather yummy so we will have this later at tea time to get in our recommend 5 fruit/vegetable a day which they say is the ideal amount here in the UK but other countries may have different views on this.

ROSEBUD I am so sorry that you have been experiencing so many issues and problems with so called friends. It is so stressful and not to mention hurtful when you find out people whom you thought were proper friends turn out to be deceitful and dishonest. Some people have no concept of hurting others feelings all they are concerned with are themselves and no one else. So I understand why you have not be able to drop by like normal to the thread. I pray that for you and your DH things get better and you find some true friends as you so both deserve it.

It is nice to know in the world there are still some decent kind and thoughtful people out there who would help a stranger in need. Like you say God will pay him back for is kind deeds. You may not be able to pay them back yourself for their kindness but I am sure that both of you would help someone else in need if you could. God knows this that you would be kind to others so sent you a what I like to call them earth born angel to assist you in your hour of need.

You mention your coffee machine is becoming slow and the method you use with vinegar. Some of these remedies are the best I have to use neat vinegar on the vegetable steamer. This in turn when boiled and left to cool down cleans the elements a treat. There are lots of uses in the home for vinegar or bicarbonate of soda for that matter. They come in a lot cheap than individual shop bought products which are suppose to do that job and not to mention kinder to the environment.

yeah for walking, it does not matter how long in time you took. All these 10 and 15 minute walks all add up in the week. I know you are no quitter your someone who grits their teeth and keep having a bash at it. I admire that quality in you and you have kept me going when times are tough. Thankyou

Yes surgical intervention are not for every body plus like you say there are risks with the surgery/anaesthesia. Then for the rest of your life you are unable to eat normally ever again. For me personally I could not do that but it is the right path for others. Only the individual person can decide for themselves what is the right thing to do. I think it is right to do as much research as possible so that you know what it is all about so you do not look at it through rose coloured spectacles. You need to know the pro's the con's and then weigh up what is right for you. For me personally it was trial and error with food. What is right for me is not the right path for others.

RONNIE Happy birthday to your DH hope he has a wonderful day. WOW the month of September is a busy one for you regarding birthdays. October I suppose is our month of birthdays with my Mum's on the 10th and then the 24th is both mine and my sister's. Though we are not twins there is 5 years apart and she is my baby sister (40 this year my sister will be so not exactly a baby any more )

The trip went really smoothly just the getting up at 7am wasn't so nice I like to only see one sort of 7 on the clock and that is 7pm I do not know if you struggle to get up in the mornings. This to me is really strange never prior to the MS did I have any issues with getting up in the morning. I think it is due to the fact I now need more hours of sleep than before.

WEIGHTLOSSWANTED hello and to the thread.

You have some sound advice there for Rosebud regarding surgery. It in my opinion does not make you a non compliant patient just because you do not go and do every single medical procedure they say. I have dug my heels in when I was having testing for MS all those years ago as I did not want a lumbar puncture. I see how ill it can make people and I saw there were other less invasive procedures that I could have namely MRI. I got my way and guess what they diagnosed me from that so no lumbar puncture needed. You go what is right for you and what you think is the best way forward not the easy option for the doctor.

on being a cancer survivor that is something to be proud of and like you say you must have made some right decisions along the road to come this far.

MILETJOHN hello and to the thread. Here you will find a support along the weight loss journey especially if you have mobility issues as we know how hard it can be.

SPICY A big hello and to the thread.

I will tell you a little of myself as a way of introduction. I am a 44 year old lady living in the UK. I was diagnosed with MS in 1999 so I have now on my 10th year. Prior to to giving up work I was a psychiatric staff nurse and worked with patient who had committed a crime (serious ones like, murder and rape) but who where found to be mentally ill. I adored this work and found giving up work harder to come to terms with than the disease itself. I had mapped out my life career wise and was working towards my ultimate goal to work at the maximum secure hospital such as Rampton or Broadmoor. I was just about to start looking for posts that were vacant there when MS came into my life.

At present I am using a walking stick for my mobility and am knocking on the door for longer distances for getting a mobility scooter. So when the time comes I maybe asking your advice and experience in this matter. I am a complete greenhorn when it comes to scooter and which is right for me.

The first few weeks of adapting your new regime of food to different foods not necessarily what you love to eat. Though you will find lots of recipes on here to try which are low calorie but keep variety in your diet. I kind of count calories but not strictly though will weigh out foods I know that I am very heavy handed in such as rice/ pasta/ and cereal. I understand feeling depressed giving up the foods you love who are kind of a friend to you is understandable. Though it is all about balance. I have found that if I have say a day a week or a fortnight whatever is right for you. This day you are allowed to have something naughty but only that meal the rest of the meals are to be healthy and nutritious. This way I did not feel that I was being not allowed a treat now and again.

Some people also save 150 calories each day to have that nice thing each day like a skinny cow ice cream or a low fat chocolate pudding. There are items out there if you have a look around I have a few lurking around in my house but never more than one in a day. If you find you have trigger foods then do not let them into the house. For a long time nuts could not pass the threshold of my house else I would eat the lot in one sitting

So keep up the good work and we will support you along the way on your journey. Looking forward to getting to know you over the forthcoming weeks.

Right I think that is all my news for now so I will go and start thinking about making some tea before I get some hints from DH that he's starving So till next time take care


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HI LADIES & GENTS ~ well, I tried to come in and do a post last night, but my PC quit on me. We thought we had a glitch in our PC, but it turned out to be that our power bar had a glitch in it. We started having trouble a few days ago where my PC would just go on and off by itself ... and we thought ... oooweeooo ... spooky ... Anyways, this AM, we tried a new power bar and so far things seem to be back to normal again.

So -- what was happening here? We had some stuff put away in storage, but we had to move it, as the owner sold the place, and turned the keys over to the buyer late Tuesday afternoon. Usually one has 30 days to remove your stuff, but the new owners wanted the space right away. So, we went out Tuesday night and someone (an Angel) came by and helped us; and we went back yesterday AM, and got the rest (it all took us only 2-3 hours in total).

The new owners came by and told us that anything that we didn't want, to just leave it there and they would haul it away themselves as they had some other stuff to move already, which was very kind of them also. So, we left them a few things that they could use as well -- for all their help.

So GOD answered our prayers for that -- we asked Him for help becuz we didn't know how we could move everything out of there with such a short notice, and all by ourselves. But once again, He sent us help, and a whole lot of peace of mind too.

DH is building NIKO a dog house with a friend who likes to do things like this to keep busy. UP until now, he had what is called a lean-to shelter, but a nice dog house is much, much better. DH had to go get some screws for the tin roof, which will last a longer time. His friend is very generous; and is giving him the metal for the roof ... may GOD bless him for his generosity.. We just had to supply the plywood and 2" x 4" wood which thankfully, we already had.

So GOD has been answering our prayers about finding us some really good friends closer to home, and we already have some great friends here @ 3FC's, don't we? Just like our dear friend PURPLE who has come to my rescue once again ... thanks so much!

OH Yes, I feel great compassion for those who choose the surgeries -- and I really understand how they feel becuz I have felt the same way myself on many, many occasions. I have considered it in the past and I still have moments of 'what if'???


TO ALL OUR NEWBIES ~ who have dropped by recently! Wow ... it is nice to have you all come and visit us in our thread ...

MILETJOHN ~ welcome and thanks for your encouraging words John. I do plan to keep on, keepin' on; will try to improve things here and there, and see what happens. Come back and visit us now and then ...

WEIGHTLOSSWANTED ~ thanks for your words of support; they are very appreciated ...

SPICYWOMAN ~ glad you have found and joined us here. I hope that we can be a help to each other ...


HI RONNIE ~ thanks for your kind words of concern and caring. I know that you have been thru so much yourself with your health issues. I really don't think that I qualify for any surgeries anyways becuz of many health issues I already have myself. Prayers going up for you always ...



The hydro folks came by and put in our new 'SMART METERS' today, which should help us all to save even more $$$ on our electricity bills, if we use stuff in off-peak times of the day (ie 10 pm to 7 am). We unplug all of our small appliances when they are not in use: like the TV, video & dvd machines, fans, air conditioner, coffee maker, etc. I also unplugged some unnecessary cords and plugs today, as they all draw energy even when you are not using them; and a lot of people don't know that ...

My eating has been very good (credit moi); and I have been doing my daily routine as per usual ... kudos 2 me! The water pills that the doctor has me on is helping to keep the water down in my legs much better; hopefully that will help them heal as well.

DH and I were confused -- we have had such a rushed week that we both thought today was Wednesday, but my PC calendar says that it is Thursday today. So, I hope that you all have a THUNDEROUS THURSDAY ... and a FABULOUS FRIDAY tomorrow too!!! ROSEBUD
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Hi to everyone and welcome to our new folks! We enjoy visiting with everyone so come back as often as you can!

Just taking a break before I go make DH his birthday cheesecake-he doesn't like most regular cakes and icings, so we make him cheesecake and put cherry pie filling on top for his birthday treat. Obviously not going to be an on-plan day today, especially since we took him pizza for lunch at work! Will be making a lean stir-fry for dinner though, so that won't be so bad. Anyway, I've had a lot of not-on-plan days of late and must get back into gear asap!

Got confirmation on my dad's situation yesterday-he does have Hodgkin's lymphoma along with the throat cancer. He's thinking he'll just stay where he is (rather than move up here with us) and do the radiation treatments on the throat, but no chemo or Hodgkin's treatments at this time. He's taking a couple more weeks to think it through before committing to anything, which just worries me more since you hate to wait for any kind of cancer treatment-as we found out with DH's dad this summer, you can definitely wait too long to start treating.

Purple-just have to tell you that we have October covered with birthdays too. Mine's on the 10th, same as your mom, my mom's is the 22nd, and dad's is the 25th, our anniversary is the 12th, too! I know Rosebud's is in October too. So, we know October is a very special month

Rosebud-sounds like you had your hands full with moving things suddenly, but it's wonderful that you found your helping angels at the right time. Hope things are still going ok for your DH, health-wise. And, you too with the legs.

Don't know anything else, but really must get to making that cheesecake-it won't take long as his favorite is the one right out of the Jello box Take care, everyone!
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Hey, Y'all-
Thanks for the welcomes! I'm here, I'm doing the best job I can, just putting one foot in front of the next.

I enjoyed reading Purple's post. When you want to know about scooters and wheelchairs, I have lots of knowledge to share. I'm on my second scooter and after 9 years of scootin' I'm pretty good at driving it I've been reading some British mysteries, so I enjoyed your story about the "loo." I have a strong desire to visit the UK. Who knows? Someday I just might do that!

In the mean time, I am being a good girl and following my food plan. I feel like the little engine that could: I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can!

Good day to everyone!
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Hello and good evening fellow chicks

Today has been partially sunny and cloudy all day. Though no rain thankfully on the horizon here. Unfortunately here in the UK as I mention we did have severe weather warning out in some areas. One area that has been hit hard is parts of Scotland when rivers burst there banks when in 24 hours the rainfall that is normally expected in a month fell during that time with catastrophic results. Home have been flooded with the bursting of these rivers and home have been evacuated. These is now going to be a hard time for these family whom this has happen with all the upheaval that the kind of disaster brings.

Today for the main meal of the day we had brown rice and turkey done in a lemon and ginger sauce. I cheat I am afraid on the sauce and it comes out of a jar sad to say. Then we had a lovely fresh fruit salad. Talking of fruit we also popped to another supermarket as the one we do the bulk of our shopping has a poor selection of tinned fruit in juice. So I have stocked up a bit on this to make the trip worthwhile.

RONNIE I think your DH birthday is the prime example of when it is good to go off plan. Must admit it all does sound very yummy When you talk of cheesecake was it the baked variety which I think is more popular in the US than here. I must admit until my birthday last year I had never tried baked cheesecake but I must admit I did like it I hope you had a wonderful day with your family celebrating your DH birthday.

Yes I can understand your worries about your Dad delaying his treatment after the experience with your FIL. I know here in UK they fast track you through the systems so to speak if you have any form of cancer the doctor then puts your options on the table for treatment and it is up to you which way you wish to take your treatment. I have heard literally that lumps have been found and within a month of going to their GP they are having the consultation giving there treatment options it is virtually going so fast you barely have time to take it all in. I will send prayers for your father and your family.

Yes October is a special month with all these birthdays and anniversaries. It is my Mum 70th birthday this year as well as my sister big 40.

ROSEBUD Glad you have sussed out the switching off eerily for no apparent reason of the PC. Not sure what a power bar is? It must be a different name for something we use daily over the pond.

The smart metres sound a great idea and way of saving electric (hydro). Anything that can save $$$ at the end of the day must be a good thing. I don't know if your bills are as costly as ours for electric (hydro) or gas. I know that we pay monthly sum of 140 (which is $249 CAD and $229 USD roughly) for the two of them as they are provided by the same company. This for us is the singularly biggest bill per month not that we waste gas or electric. Our home is well insulated so do not need to have heating on as much as others. Plus we ensure lights etc are switched off so we try to do our bit as much as we can. We can get cheaper electric here after midnight till 7am so frequently I do my laundry at that time to take advantage of the cheaper rate.

Glad to hear that the water tablets are having the desired effect on reducing the swelling in your legs. The only side effect I know about from Dad is the running to the loo more frequently. I hope this assists the promoting of healing in your ulcers soon.

SPICY Glad I put a smile to your face and my blushing moment of having to use the gents. I can see the funny side it is all part of life and they say variety is the spice of life just not quite the variety I had in mind You will find overtime I do have a sense of humour and I think that comes partly from my nursing days. It helped keep us sane and alleviate the stress. Then secondly I have a DH with a cracking sense of humour and I always have to be one step ahead of him One of his first antic he pulled on me when we first were together and we were doing the shopping. We were at the checkout and the lady was scanning the goods. After every item she told me the total of the bill which I found kind of strange. I found to my horror afterwards my DH or b/f at the time had told her that I did not have a lot of money and did not know if I could pay all the bill with the all the items I had selected . I have never felt so embarrassed in all my life the fact he had told the cashier this. So from that point on I had to be ready for his little antic and swiftly learnt that to play him at his own game. Not that I win very often as he is the master not that I would tell him that

I sure will be calling on your advice as your a seasoned scooter user. I only have one other friend whom uses one and he is a lot lighter than me. He is one of these skinny minnies who can eat like a horse and not put an ounce on. My sister is also blessed that she can eat pretty much what she likes and stays so slim. So we are poles apart when it comes to our weight as I can put on 2lb just looking at something My Mum's side of the family are slender and my Dad's side are overweight. I'll give you one guess which side of the family I took after Though this is the lowest adult weight I have ever been. My weight issues began really when I hit my teen age years and have stayed with me ever since.

I am glad to have found a fellow reader. I have read for as long as I remember though I tend on the whole to read books set from the period 1850 to 1950. The books you have read what are the authors name(s) ?

I do hope one day you get the chance to visit the UK as we have some beautiful places to see. Here we have a mild winter and seldom have snowfall. Our summers are not blistering hot either but for the days that are I do have a portable air con unit. We rarely go about 30c it tends to sit around 22 -25c in the summer.

Great for staying on plan Plus having that motto to keep you going. It is tough admittedly in the beginning but it does get easier as time goes on. When the new foods your prepare become second nature. You will not crave those sugary foods no where near as much and that makes it so much better. For me personally at the beginning it was a bit like giving up cigarettes so the withdrawal symptoms and the cravings that go with that. I would give yourself non food based rewards even small things can make all the difference. For my bigger achievements off losing say 20lbs I would buy an item of clothing. Nothing too expensive as believe you me your not in them for very long. It helped boost my moral and spur me on to going on even when the days were tough. Then I started to like what I saw in the mirror I could see the weight had dropped off. The compliments started rolling in which I liked as part from my DH nobody ever told me I looked nice. I suppose I became addicted to the nice things that were said too me for the first time. I knew if I wanted to hear more I must continue to eat healthy.

Right must go and make my drinking chocolate my evening has rapidly turned into night as I seem to have had many interruptions during the typing of this. So good night to you all and hope you have a wonderful weekend.


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HI LADIES ~ well, we really had a busy day today; and we didn't realize until we went up town to pick up my meds and a few groceries that I forgot (salad stuff & bananas) that this weekend was the September long weekend too. A lady mentioned that to me when I was wondering why it was so busy ...

PURPLE ~ a power bar is an extension bar for your electrical plugins from your PC. Mine had eight outlets on it and it is supposed to protect you from power surges and such; and it is also supposed to turn off if something isn't right. Some people call them 'Surger Bars' or 'Surge Protectors' and they probably have other names too. They are supposed to protect you PC from possible damage.

Anyways, we went out to see a couple who is renovating their home and boy do they need some help. DH went out and helped them find a way to get some hot water flowing for baths or showers. They have much more work to do to get some heat in there but now they can at least have that. They discovered that a couple of their pipes had a leak (it's an old place).

Well, I spent the night trying to find a site she likes to go to; but it took all night just to register and get setup. Now I am getting tired, so I just came in to read and do a quick post. So take good care, and have a great weekend ... ROSEBUD
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Good evening fellow chicks

Weather been nice today if rather windy. I did a small load of laundry last night so popped it outside to dry this morning. With the wind they did not take long to dry so I brought them in within 2 hours. I noticed that other neighbours had taken advantage of the windy weather to do their laundry as well.

I have been to the farmers market today to buy one of two bits and pieces. Then today for dinner I did something I have not had in a while is pork in stuffing. You can do this dish with either chicken, pork or turkey. ~Firstly you dip it in egg which has been beaten ( the meat that is ). Then you roll in in stuffing that is in its dry state (packet mixture). You then place in a oven proof tray covered with tinfoil. You then give the tinfoil a good spray over with one cal spray (you must be liberal else it will stick). You place the meat covered in stuffing in the dish lined with tinfoil . When all the meat is completed you then get another sheet of tinfoil and wrap around the dish tightly. Or only making a small amount the tinfoil used to put over the tray can be made into a tight package. Prior to cooking though I forgot to say just drizzle a tiny amount of oil olive. I do meet a tiny amount though over the meat. You then cook slowly in the oven until the meat is tender. Then loosen the meat from the bottom of the tinfoil and leave open to crisp up the stuffing around the meat a little. ( to do this turn the oven up) To crisp up the stuffing coated meat it takes around 5-10 minutes so keep an eye on it. Serve with a selection of vegetables in season and gravy. I have made it without using the beaten egg and it still comes out very nice just to lessen those calories a bit.

It was the switching on of the illuminations at Blackpool. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackpool_Illuminations Blackpool is a seaside resort on the west coast of England. It is certainly a great site to see and I have been on numerous occasions. I take the tram (some which are also highly decorated with lights) as there is no way I could see the lights as it stretches some 6 miles.

ROSEBUD I see from your post it is holiday weekend in Canada and like here in the UK we get more shoppers on the days prior stocking up on food. Not that now food shops tend to close they adopt the Sunday opening hours for the bank holidays. The only days that are a complete shut down for shops is Christmas and boxing day. Plus Easter Sunday and Monday. Otherwise they are open for business. You may even find small independent shops open on Christmas etc especially run by families who do not celebrate these days as it is not part of their religious belief. We also have emergency chemist (one nominated in turn with other chemists to each have their fair share) service on those days where they are open for just a couple of hours. I spare a thought for those working on special days like Christmas etc as I know what it is like to work them. I think during my nursing career I only had one or two Christmas's off and rarely new years day. (I offered to work new years day as I am virtually tee total). I hope you have a lovely holiday weekend.

I am now wiser as know what a power bar is. Here it is either referred to as a cable extension or a surge protector. Both DH and I have a surge protector after I found out to my cost what a surge can do to your pc. It was an expensive lesson to learn. We also have one for the television to protect that as well. A television is an expensive item to replace. We purchased the present television some 10 years ago and even then it was very expensive. It fortunately has been a good work horse and fingers crossed nothing has gone wrong with it. So it seemed in this incidence that paying that bit more has paid off in the long run.

Renovating old places creates lots of work not to mention headaches solving problems. They say that you should have a contingency fund as inevitably something will crop up that you did not expect to have to replace or repair. If you never have to use this contingency it is a bonus. At least now they can have a shower or a bath rather than a strip wash. I know what that can be like when our shower broken down here. Mind you after a couple of days DH had a brain wave which was to fill the watering can with warm water and have a make shift shower I really struggled even with DH help to use the watering can we looked like Laurel and Hardy trying to do this not to mention laughing a lot. Though at the end of the day I was grateful as it made it so much easier to wash my hair. My hair I think at the time was about waist length. It is now just about touching my tailbone so I would definitely need this emergency shower.

Have a grand day Sunday and take care till next time

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HI LADIES & other friends ~ We have been having lovely weather here lately; and warm with a nice breeze. Seems like summer just arrived for almost the whole week. So DH wanted to go out to our lot to take some measurements of the window that needs replacing. While I did a few things inside the camper, DH cut a bit of grass, but by that time it was getting fairly hot, and he just ended up tiring himself out, which wasn't a very good idea.

After that, we came on home for dinner: I had just plain meat patties (no bun) with some beans, sliced tomato, and salad. I made DH a cheeseburger; plus he had some real fries with gravy that we picked up for him on the way home. He likes the fries, but I just have something a little healthier for me. It's funny, I used to really like fries & gravy, but lately I have noticed that I have lost my taste for them; but hey, I'm not complaining ... I'm thrilled about it. I would much rather have a nice, small baked or boiled new potato with skins on, or homemade homefries instead.

PURPLE ~ your pork dish sounds great; I picked up some boneless center chops and chicken breasts this week at the grocer for a good price. That sounds like a great idea. Yesterday, I made a crockpot of homemade pasta sauce with tomatoes and veggies like mushrooms, carrots, onions, celery, and zucchini for a nice variety; then added in some mini-meatballs and we had this on some special high-fiber & protein spagetti. I had enuff leftover to make three lunches too.

So the last few days, I have been able to keep on plan very well; and with the added stressors we have had, I think that is superb ... credit moi! I also got a bit of walking in yesterday and today, and washed the floor in the camper which is good exercise too, so kudos 2 me for that too. I have a new appreciation for housechores these days ...

Lots of folks were out at their cottages and camps enjoying the great weather for this last long weekend of the summer/fall. Some kids started back to school last week (the French school, I think). We have one Public English Pre-K to grade 12 and one French Pre-K to grace 12, plus one other English Catholic School here. I know the French kiddies in our neighbourhood did start early for sure this year.

I hope to make some more curtains for our camper this week and for the doorway of our washroom as well -- thought I could do it today, but had to bring it back home for some alterations. I find the little camper quite comfy and handy; I really prefer having my own place finally. In time, we'll get all the cushions and mattresses that we need, do a few small repairs, and spiffy the place up a wee bit to our tastes. I managed to get some nicer pictures in the full sun today, so when I get them downloaded, I post one in here for you all to see.

Well, that's all the news for now; hope you all have a lovely weekend, and especially to everyone where this is a longweekend too. Take good care ... ROSEBUD
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