Maria, I finally had time to look at your pictures and was just amazed! They are just beautiful and breathtaking! What an interesting country you live in! That road sign would have petrified me just reading it. Cannot believe you went beyond the sign.
Keya, you have already been given great advice regarding babysitting fulltime with grandchildren. My words are "That'll be the day!" I love my grandchildren and look forward to them on the weekends, but I would never, I repeat, NEVER take that job on fulltime. My best friend got suckered into it with three little kids who live next door. She never gets to do anything, sometimes doesn't go anywhere all week. And she is getting resentful. She could have gone to Red River, NM the same time we did but didn't because of the "kiddies." It is our time and take advantage of it! Just blows me away that our children can be so thoughtless sometimes, but mine are too. They forget we are not in our 20's anymore. Like Karen has said before--Been there, done that. Now it is time for US. You have done so well, I am sure you can get back on track now.
All, I went in yesterday for the results of my heart tests. They were good! I have nothing. He said the irregular EKG did not show in any other tests. But I do have a very low thyroid so I have to go to another doctor on Friday for that. I have stopped talking about weight because I have just felt losing weight is impossible for me. I wonder if this thyroid problem could be the culprit. I eat correctly for weeks and very rarely (like vacations) overeat and the scale does not change, ever. Do any of you have any knowledge about this problem?
Trudy, good luck on the redecoration. It is fun and great to be updated. A few years ago we did some of that, and it was pretty awful at the time. You just redid your kitchen completely, didn't you?
Karen and Ann, I have been hearing disturbing news about home insurance in Florida. I hope you are not being squeezed too much. Some people I read are moving.
Slavika, I don't know firsthand what you are going through, but I can certainly understand about not wanting to do anything too long. Nancy in my office just lost her 56 year-old-husband and she is in turbo mode. She is driving herself crazy doing everything at once. I hope it gets better for you. Usually time does help. Just keep busy is my advice. But be good to yourself. That is the best advice I can give you. Forgive yourself now for your eating. Be kind to yourself.
Peggy, So P knows sign language. My niece's little boy knows this too. Isn't that amazing. Grandma, you are supposed to know that "more" is just more of everything that is good. Isn't that cute? But I do know he probably wears you out. Just the thought of taking care of Jackson (2) all the time makes we sweat.
We had a great family vacation. There were 23 family members. The weather was always cool and the kids played golf, we all cooked out, shopped, ate out, fished, ski lifted (is that a word?) and just played. It was the best vacation ever.
I had to turn the puter off for a while today....rumbling thunder...no lightning and no rain and now the sun is out.....we are told more is on the way and this time it will include rain.
We have had a great last few days and on Friday, DH & I and a friend from work went to the Cape to visit our friend and former co-worker. She is home now after 3 hospital trips...a stroke, reaction to meds, and a fall. Although she is happy to be home she is also depressed that she can't do the things she was always able to do. She is limited by a walker and must be very careful that she doesn't fall again. She does have a home health aid come in to aid in bathing etc. While we were there she seemed much happier and expressed the desire that we visit more often. I think she is also lonely.
Jack was able to go for a quick swim and said the water was 68 and beautiful. He is such a water bug.
We are all put back together after that 4th of July oil tank replacement and we must still be in some sort of crazy cleaning mode as we went thru a bunch of clothes and had 6 bags of old clothes for the church clothing box. It felt good to do some cleaning out.
Glenda: Welcome back! Glad you had such a good time. Also, very happy to hear the good outcome of your heart tests. Now the thyroid test! I know nothing about that organ....hope all will be well.
Keya: I won't disagree with all the others about babysitting. It is nice once in a while but as a steady diet....no way. We do our share and cover in emergencies but now that we are retired we want to feel free to come and go whenever we want. It isn't easy to say no but sometimes that is just what you have to do.
OH, OH, here come those rumbles of thunder again.....I wil have to shut down. Have a good night all.
Great to see you back Glenda and to hear you had a good vacation.
I had a thyroid operation many years ago.
I was 18 and my English was limited, to this day I am still unsure exactly why I had the operation other than I had a very swollen neck. I remember the specialist being very worried that I would loose too much weight.
I do have regular thyroid check ups to make sure the levels are correct. As you would know if they are out of whack you either loose or put on weight without even trying. It will be a good thing to have checked.
Good news about your heart as well!
Pleased you liked my photos, cannot wait to take photos on our American/Canadian holiday.
Gloria sounds like you had a nice visit to the Cape (I had a quick look on the map where that would be) I do hate the ills that can and do befall us as we get older. I am not surprised your friend is depressed.
One of our friends was diagnosed with some heart problems , after numerous tests they now think it was a virus of some sort that attacked his heart and thank goodness, he is much better.
Lovely feeling to get rid of old clothes that are never worn!
Beautiful sunny winter's day here today, I might just get away from this computer for a bit and get out into the garden.
Just stopping in to to brag. I weighed in under my 2 pounds at Weight Watchers tonight so did not have to pay. I lost .8 that puts me at 14.2 pounds gone. Still need to lose 1.8 to be at goal but I was so happy that I did not have to pay . It was just by the skin of my teeth you understand. I was prepared to begin removing rings, watch, or glasses. I had already filed my nails down.
I do relate to your friend who has the heart problem. They say that depression is a major symptom of the elderly. DUH! But I am so very glad that you got your tank put in. You get into those cleaning modes a lot. Wasn't that long ago that you were dusting those figurines, huh?
Karen, good for you! Aren't you proud of yourself and you should be! I so hope that I will be able to lose again once I see the doctor about this low thyroid thing. And I really, really am not using that as an excuse, but I have been sort of desperate that I cannot lose weight. Anyway, good for you.
All, isn't it funny how we all had pretty much the same advice for Keya?
Well here I am again and nobody has been here. But when you do show up you will get my tale of woe. Yesterday when We finished our walk I felt a slight pull in the back of my knee. But I went on to aerobics and just took the easy way out . I babied the knee all day long yesterday and this morning I told DH that I didn't think I could do my 2 miles. So we did a slow ,very slow 1/2 mile with Sprout. Then I needed a few things at Walmart so off we went. When we got done and were back out at the van I went to get in and some how I twisted my body but not my foot or knee and pop,pop pop went my knee. Tears came to the eyes the pain was so great. So a trip to the doctor and an xray . Nothing broken . Monday I will have a MRI. Now I am on pain and anti- inflammatory medication. Have my knee in a brace and on crutches. Do you think this is pay-back for bragging the other day???????
Maria I loved all your photos But the ones with water are the ones i like the best. I will let you know which ones for sure OK.
Gloria Glad Your house is back in order.
Now that I can't walk I shall have to watch my P's and Q's and really stay within my points so I don't mess up what I have done so far.
I'll check back later and see if any one has been here.
Hi Everybody: KAREN....sure sorry to hear about your knee. I hope it is nothing too serious and that it heals quickly. You have a RIGHT to brag about your weight loss....I wish I could brag too. I don't think it's a good thing to brag when you gain weight. hee hee I sold my David's car on Friday. It was to a very nice couple who have two children, one, 9 and the other is 3 years old. Bit by bit I have less and less of David's possessions. In a way it makes me sad but in another way I realize that it is just "things". I have kept his special treasures, and wear his bracelet and wedding band and have passed on other pieces of jewelry to Son and family.. David didn't really have that much.
Yesterday was the grand opening of DIL Dance Studio and I went out to help. During the parade in town the dancers from the studio passed out coupons for people to come for FREE hot dogs and slurpees and to have a look at the new studio. I think I put together over 600 hot dogs. I admit they were good, but I don't think I would like to eat another one for awhile now. PEGGY the "rapper kid" rode on the float and did his best to look angelic and sweet as he threw out candies and suckers to the children that linned the streets, and then came back and operated the slurpee machine......of course he had to sample it SEVERAL times.
My friends invited me out to the lake but it is so hot that I prefer to sleep in my own home where I have air cond. GLENDA, I'm happy your news about your heart was good, and GLORIA is your furnace all installed now and the mess all cleaned up. MARIA, I think I will buy myself a digital camera, nothing too complicated or fancy. I bought an "All in one" printer that prints photo's so I think I will give it a try.
Bye for now everybody and talk to you soon.
It is continuing to be HOT here but because yesterday only got to 87 we do not have an official heat wave.
Karen: Oh Gee that knee doesn't sound like fun. Hope the MRI will not show anything real bad and you are on the mend in no time. Congrats on the weight loss and with such good numbers in mind it will be easier to watch what you eat while you are on the mend.
Salvika: It must be difficult to sell off David's things but you are right in keeping the most meaningful momentos and you always have your memories.
Yes, the furnace is all installed and the house is back in order. It has given us a push towards furher emptying the cellar....lots of junk down there. Will do a little each week.
Maria: In December I won't envy you your cold and wintery day but today I do!
Glenda: You had to remind me of the figurines....they are starting to look dusty again.....maybe soon as it is not so humid.
Today we are going to go to dd#2 to help Kerri, 12, make here mother a birthday cake. Mom is working and Kerri is planning a surprise birthday party for her tomorrow. I just called to see if she needed anything when I come over and she said she had everything. Silly me, I thought she was going to make a box cake and NO.....it will be from scratch and the icing too. Oh, my, I did warn her that my cake baking leaves something to be desired. I can make a pie, brownies, cookies and cup cakes but real cakes always came out awful. I told her she was in charge and I would be her sous chef.
Tomorrow she is making supper and we are invited...she is planning a roast leg of lamb with pototoes and broccoli....her Mom's favorites. I have to bring my lamb recipe as she says that is the way Mom likes it. This should be interesting. The best thing is their house is air conditioned so we won't roast along with the lamb.
Well the MRI showed that I have torn cartilage that may have to have surgery. Needless to say I was very teary eyed over that I am not a brave soldier. I could heal on it's own and that is my big hope. I will take my meds and baby it along. Slowly putting weight on it. My appointment with the Otho- guy isn't until July 28th so it does have tiime to try and heal.
Good to see you on the board Slavika. The Grand opening sounded grand. Thats alot of Dogs and slurpees. As for Davids Stuff you take as much time as you need .
Talking about the heat wave in the US. I heard on the news yesterday that In Fergus Falls Minnesota it was 117 degrees. Holy Cow That's Hot. That is just a few short miles from where I used to live.
DH Is now chief cook and bottle washer. So far so good. With me shouting instructions from my chair in the livingroom. He is cooking and cleaning and washing(that's scary). Only one other time in our life together did he have to take over and that was waaaaaay long time ago when our daughter was about 13 months old and before it was all over she was calling him Mommy. Do you suppose Sprout will get confused?
Karen, I am soooo sorry about your knee! Does it seem to any of you that just when you are feeling buoyant about one thing, something comes along to slap you in the face?! I got really good when I was sick and DH did everything, but he didn't do anything very well. I was too sick to care, though and did not notice until I felt better and saw how everything had gone to pot. I hope you don't have to have surgery, but sometimes.....
Sally, I didn't understand about the parade. Did you have a parade just for the new dance studio? 600 hot dogs! Whatever, it sounded like a big success! You have the right attitude. Just remember these are just things and you have the most priceless, the memories in your heart.
I have been on my thyroid pill for 3 days. Think I have lost 10 pounds yet? I have some very unrealistic expectation, huh?
What a pain (no pun intended ) about your knee Karen. Is it possible for the cartledge to heal itself????
I don't know how I would cope with dh having to take over from me
Glenda so you do have a thyroid problem, I cannot remember reading that. It will be interesting to see if you will drop some weight, I hope you do.
I think that means you have an underactive thyroid if you are unable to lose weight. Good luck with it.
It was good to 'see' you Slavika, the opening of the dance school sounds like it was a very successful event.
Once you get your camera, you could become the official photographer for the dance school......not as silly as you might think it sounds!
Gloria how did the cake baking go? Not the best thing to do when you are experiencing a heatwave. Kerry sounds a very thoughtful daughter, I hope the roast etc all went well.
Not much happening at this end of the world...
I have been watching a lot of the news services trying to understand why all the violence once again in the Middle East
At times like that, I always feel very safe in Australia, we are such a long way away from all of this.