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Back from camping, back to life, back to basics

Friday, April 25, 2008

Just got back from camping at Hither Hills State Park on the southern fork of Long Island. Montauk Point is just 6 miles away. It was a great trip. Very cold and windy on Sunday and Monday, but Tues thru Thurs, the weather got better and better. We left the campsite with 70 degrees at 10am!

We walked a lot - to and from the playground, up and down the stone staircase going up the hill...several times a day, easy! We ate like campers...very little snacking, but eating the foods we enjoy - s'mores, hotdogs, burgers, chips and iced tea. Veggies were around for dinner - nothing like corn and potato on the coals.

The kids had a blast playing in the pop-up camper, playing games, coloring, and playing "bounce" ball with a kickball and bat - kind of a modified stickball game we made up.

Being early in the camping season, there were not many people camping this week. Some tenters only stayed one or two nights. We had heat, so the nights were not that bad - only the one night when we ran out of propane! And we froze the milk and eggs! The fridge was set to high cool - which is basically freezing!

The beach was not how I remember it when I was a kid. The beach itself at high tide is almost up to the dunes. They made double layered dunes, but in doing so, the beach was taken away, and with erosion being what it is, did not help. Laying on a blanket with a cooler will not be happening along the shore during high tide very'll be sitting in the ocean!

I did get some beautiful shots of the beach and campsite. I think it's time to revamp the page with some Long Island decor!

Weight wise - no change. But I've been trying the last few weeks halfway. Exercise is lackluster at best. I am trying to boost up the motivation. Being sick really took the steam out of my run in March and April. I am trying to get that original mindset back.

May will be my month. This week will be a new birth. This plateau will break. New mini-goal: 160 by the end of May. Positive thinking and baby steps. Back to basics.


True love

Saturday, April 19, 2008

An old man named Larry needed some help today, and being in the field of his need, my father and I came to his aid, even though our office was closed. He left a message there, but he also called my house number to get some help. We've known this man for years. He has lived around the corner from where I grew up since, well, forever.

While we were waiting, my father left the room, and I asked him how he was doing. "Not so good since Rosie died," he said. His wife, Rosie, was a remarkable lady. She had had a stroke a few years back and was almost doubled over with arthritis and she could no longer speak very well. She had come to us as well, always with a sense of humor, even though it was hard to talk. She'd chuckle at my antics for distraction and the stories of my kids growing up.

So Larry cared for Rosie for the last few years, even though he was getting older. His love for her made him stronger so that he could do that for her. His mind stayed sharp and his body held out. But eventually, Rosie passed on - and Larry was left alone. Sure, he had his son and daughter-in-law, but not his Rosie.

Now sitting before me was a man who was starting to slip. He just had a pacemaker put in Tuesday and could not move his left arm because of doctor's orders. He looked ten years older since I had seen him last. The sparkle, that was there for as long as I could recall, was gone from his eyes. He looked so down.

Instinct took over and I gave him a huge hug right then and there. I don't know what possessed me, but he appreciated it a lot.

We took care of him today to the best of our ability and he was very grateful. The only thing we could not fix was his broken heart.

As he was leaving he said to my father, " I just want to be with Rosie. I miss her so much."

This is for you, Larry, and your true love Rosie.

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MKPQ51 4/29/2008 8:43PM

    Your blog has made me cry. I knew you were someone very special; and, your actions have proved that I was right! You'll never know just how much that hug meant to Larry. Thank you (and your father) for being there for him.

When we marry, we become one. More times than not, senior couples go and do everything together; when one of them becomes sick, even though there may be other family members around, it usually is the other half of that union who is the main caregiver. This, in turn, makes their love for each other even stronger. So, when the spouse dies, it is a very lonely time for the one left behind.

Please let me encourage you to visit Larry periodically; I'm sure your short visits would be so appreciated.

May God bless you!


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FULLOFFAITH 4/20/2008 1:17PM

    Very touching.

Be Blessed.


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EFAKER 4/19/2008 7:44PM

    Awww, that's a sweet story. Know you must feel good that you could help a little.

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Back to normal - FINALLY

Monday, April 14, 2008

That's right - I'm finally back to normal! Hooray!! Antibiotics worked and things are more normal than they have been in weeks. Back to the workout routine - FINALLY!

A weird weekend - a very busy one. We attended our very first Passover Seder at a family friends house on Saturday. They usually have 2 huge ones during passover, which we would not be able to attend because they have so many other people in attendance. So they made a dinner just for my family of 5 and my father; which was very nice of them to do because it added 2 extra cooking days to their festivites. The only downfall was the lack of flavor in any of the food. He is diabetic and has heart disease, so sugar and salt were completely omitted. Good for them - bad for taste for us! Oh well. It's the thought that counts right?

Before that dinner - we had a full day of Teeball from 10:30 to 1:00. Parade, pictures, ceremony - the whole 9 yards! Unfortunately, just as the kids were getting ready to hit the first ball at 1pm, the game was called on account of rain! Thunder & lightening came in and ruined the first game!
The kids were exhausted by the time we got home that night.

Yesterday was a day of picking up the house and an imprompu family dinner for 13! My husband whipped up a soup and salad for the family and we had a great afternoon hanging out. We're a close knit group, although we don't get to hang out as much as we'd like to.

And so begins a new week full of school, work, teeball and taxes (oh, yay)!


The cold that won't die came back...rats!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I AM NOT OVERDOING IT! I swear to all that is holy!
This stupid cold will not go away. Yesterday the cough came back and the sore throat - holy crumoly! I'm exhausted! I did 2 half miles and 2 days of light strength - but not enough to constitute this stupid cold coming back.

So I have given in and I'm taking amoxicillin now. Hubby has been on since his cough has been hurting him - he's getting better. I was trying to avoid taking antibiotics (it disrupts the flora of your body), but this is NOT going away. Green is back. It went away, but it came back - not a good sign.

This sucks. Someone else said it was a 3 week thing...I was praying that I'd be lucky. Guess not.

So I am back to tea, chicken soup, probiotic yogurt, no exercise, and I am going to try to get to bed a little earlier every night.

Doesn't God know that Mom's can't get sick? We don't have the time for this sh**!

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MKPQ51 4/11/2008 4:29PM

    Be patient! God knows what you need; He knows that mothers won't (or can't) take it easy, so He makes it that they don't have any choice!

Take care of yourself!


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MSMISSUSME 4/9/2008 4:31AM

    I'm sorry you're feeling bad, hope it doesn't last much longer x

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Went shopping, but did not buy (long rant)

Sunday, April 06, 2008

This afternoon I went shopping at Kohl's with my middle sister to get tops and some pants. We both really did not want to go, but we had to anyway. She is in desperate need of tops - non-knit tops that do not cling, and pants. She was a size 2/4 a while back, but she's really a size 7 now. Not feeling great stuffing 10 pounds into a 5 pound bag, if you know what I mean. So her self-esteem and body image were really low when she came crying to me and asked if I was ready to go shopping. So we went.

I hate Kohl's BTW. Used to be a big fan, but after they screwed me out of $50, I refuse to go there; but I had a gift card that needed to be used up, so we went. I have not been clothes shopping in MONTHS!

Styles suck. What's with the 70s prints out there? It looks like Mrs. Roper exploded in there. I hear that the baby doll, empire waist look is out, but lo and behold - everything was that! I'm trying NOT to look pregnant anymore, thank you very much. Not like I want to see the trandy belted shirts and high rise pants everywhere either. Dresses everywhere in that stretchy clingy material and awful 70s prints. I don't go anywhere that dictates I need to buy that many dresses. I take care of little kids 2 days a week and were jeans and scrub jackets the rest of the time.

I want to buy normal, classic looking clothes off the rack and not out of a silly catalog!! Delivery me from LL Bean! (quote from Beetlejuice). Call me cookoo, but I'm the wannabe J Crew, Eddie Bauer, LL Bean shopper...I haven't done it yet because of my size and I'm not made of money. Can we say conservative in the clothing department? God bless JCPenney and their annual clearance! I made a killing there in 2005 - $8 Worthington mid rise pants, thank you very much!

But I digress. I don't know what size I am! So we start looking around and I grab all the XLs and hesitate on some L's tops. I grab a size 14 pair of pants for sh*** & giggles. Good news - most of the XLs do not fit in the shoulders. Too big. OR The cut of some of the tops in the XL were cut VERY close. Any XL girl would have gotten depressed at those. The large sizes were weird too...2 more punds down and I'm there, but mainly they were poorly cut and UGLY. Not enough for me to be tempted to purchase any of them. I wound up buying 1 shirt in 2 colors, that fit nice, but will fit even better in a weeks or so. Apt 9 brand.

Best news of the night - the size 14 pants fit too big! They fit, but they were baggy in the ass and thighs. I fairly screamed in the changing room!! Did I buy them, you ask? Hell NO!

It was then and there that I decided that I will not buy anything - if I can help it - until I hit my goal weight. I'll muddle through with what is in my closet for now. I have enough pants to get me by, and tops too. I am determined to get to that goal weight in the next few months. To spend money on a pair of pants that will be loose in 2-4 weeks is ridiculous! It is against my frugal mom-like brain!

So I guess I just threw down my own gauntlett.
When I hit my goal weight of 150, I will buy myself:
- 3 new pants
- 5 new shirts
- all new bras
- all new underwear
That should hold me over for a while until I decide if there is more weight to be lost.

Oh crap - I just set down a challenge. Now I'll have to do it.
I hate I have to pick the store too. How horrible is that!
I hope that incentive check comes in by then...

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MKPQ51 4/11/2008 4:16PM


Your personality reminds me so much of my daughter; I bet you two would be good friends.

And, like you, when a store upsets me over something, I won't shop there again. Years ago, when my kids were still in grade school, I had a problem with a store, regarding payments on my credit card. Back then, they'd just changed the policy of having to make monthly payments no matter what amount you'd paid the month before (Let's face it, that was a revenue decision!). Anyways, I had paid off over half of what was owed on the card the previous month because I knew things were going to be tight the next month. I received a call, reminding me that I had missed a payment; when I explained what I'd done, the store rep advised me that the policy had changed and that I'd be charged a late charge. Because I was angry, I told him I'd be closing out my account. However, my husband saw an ad in the newspaper and decided he wanted to go shopping (He was more into shopping in those days!). Well, when we went to pay with the credit card, we were informed that the account had been closed. After several conversations with the store manager and the customer services department, we were advised that they wouldn't reopen the account and until the balance was paid in full, another account couldn't be opened. Oh, by the way, the records showed that my husband had closed the account, which of course was an outright lie! Well, they lost a good customer! That's where I used to buy most of my kids' clothing. I've only been in that store once or twice in over twenty-two years. Actually, they probably did me a favor.

Now, back to your shopping experience.

Though you had problems finding styles and prints that you liked, wasn't it so exciting to have your previous sizes just fall off of you?!?!

You've probably made a wise decision to hold off buying clothes until you've reached your goal weight; however, if you do have to buy some to tide you through, don't go overboard. When buying pants, try something that's a little snug to begin with, but relaxes after it's been on. Quite often, I put on pants 10-15 minutes before I leave the house, just so they stretch out a little. I'm at that point that my body's not quite ready to move down in pant size, but the current size is really baggy. I thankfully have a few smaller-sized clothes in my closet; so, I'll hold off shopping until I take off another ten pounds or so.

Setting challenges for yourself are good; even if we set them unintentionally!

I look forward to seeing your progress!



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