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Friday, October 17, 2014

I know a few things I didnt know. I get severe leg cramps during the early morning hours, and I rarely drink any water after 8 pm because I urinate so often during the night. It is nothing for me to be up 3 or 4 times a night....I always figured it was my diabetes so I remembered to ask some specific questions while at the docs.....

Heart Attack and Water - I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!

I know you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water...

Drinking water, at a certain times, maximizes its effectiveness on the body

2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion, most of us knew this one, or thought it was to make you feel fuller before you ate, to help you lose weight

1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure. I did not know this one

1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack. Another one I did not know

I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse. I really thought that was interesting and will be experimenting on myself to see if this one is true!

I thought these were interesting enough to pass on to you

  
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IMAVISION 10/23/2014 8:02PM

    Congratulations to you for being the over all biggest loser for the TOPS group, Bear. That is a great accomplishment, my Friend!

It must have been difficult for June to even try to think about weight loss & proper nourishment needs with all going on in recent months. God bless her! I believe she did the right thing in falling in with Wally's needs. Now she can focus on her own needs, while knowing that she did right by him in his last months.

Another beautiful day in our neck of the woods --- we did some leaf raking & picking up --- still have a lot, lot more ahead of us. I enjoy it --- it is good exercise --- best of all it is time spent with my beloved MrV --- something I always enjoy. I know that my involvement helps take some of the outdoor upkeep work demand off of him & that makes me feel great. He has brought in all the garden ornaments & readied them for storage during the colder months. He put out our cute scarecrows for Autumn decorations. He still has the bridge to bring in & there will be some more removal of annuals to do before the gardens are totally ready for their wintertime rest. We still have lost of green tomatoes on the plants --- hoping for enough warm days to get them well into being ripened. If not --- he will bring them in & we will let them ripen indoors. That always works well --- although, when given a choice, we like to let them ripen outdoors.

I made a large amount of chicken stir-fry this afternoon --- intend to have some over brown rice & some over spaghetti squash. Will freeze a good part of it into three serving sizes --- we like to have extra just in case someone ends up at our home around a meal time --- when there is more than just one extra person to feed, we stretch the three servings into more by adding whatever we have on hand that goes well with what I have taken out to defrost. So far that way of doing things has worked well, don't you know? emoticon

I am praying that all goes smoothly for Wally's services come Saturday & that it is a time of rejoicing in the life he led (the good man that he was) & in the fact that he is now in the presence of our Lord Savior & our Creator God.

Just last weekend --- the family of two older folks (people I heard about through a long time friend) had a double service (man & wife). He was in the early stages of Alzheimer's & had threatened for over two years to commit suicide. During an argument they were having, he went into the bathroom & shot himself in the face. Of course, the wife went to investigate the shot & found him with half his face blown off. After she called the rescue --- she sat down in an easy chair & experienced a stroke. She had been in hospital & rehab for about three or four weeks, with a complete recovery expected --- instead upped & died. She never asked about her husband --- the family had decided to wait until she was recovered to have the funeral for him. Really sad state of affairs!

Well, on that sad note, I need to stop & go check on our evening meal. MrV decided to go for a quick walk around the neighborhood, before it gets too dark --- thus, we will be eating later than normal.

God bless your Friday, Bear!


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TOPSBEAR 10/22/2014 8:47PM

    Biggest loser, as in since they started TOPS do you mean?

That would be me..175 lbs or so lighter, since I began, years ago. Its been a long haul and I still have a long ways to go .

Some of the members, like June, have been in TOPS since the 70's and actually weigh more now than they did when they joined in the first place. Sometimes that is inescapeable as the older one gets the chances of the " middle age spread" is greater as it is harder to lose the older you get. Though in Junes case, I think we will see her dropping weight now.

She admits that she didnt eat meals at set times, as Wally wasnt always hungry at meal times and they tended to have a dinner of sorts around 10-11 at night , just before going to bed because of his appetite. I would find that too hard to stay on any sort of regime to lose weight. Some days, she said, they would have breakfast at 5 am then forget about eating all day and have this super big meal around 9 pm, where she dint feel like she could get enough food...That is just too long with out proper nourishment

there are a few other s that have some decent losses under their belt, and a few that have just stayed the same. A mixed bag of all sorts

Nice that MrV enjoyd his walks. I was like that before I started having pain troubles.
Well I need to go make another square for the funeral. busy busy this week!

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IMAVISION 10/22/2014 5:57PM

    I hope that everything went beautifully well for the TOPS meeting & that each member contributed to an over all downward trend on the scale.

Your words about how it goes after a missed week of getting together had me thinking that could have been me, too, at one point in time.

I wonder --- who is the biggest loser in the group & how much have they dropped?

I actually had been sleeping wonderful well for quite a while, so that is why waking up for three hours in the middle of the night was a surprise. I do appreciate your pointers & suggestions, Bear. If it continues I certainly will need to get a physical to see if something is going on that level. I feel that it was possibly a "habit" of old --- awakening throughout the night & early morning before my Tuesday morning Bible study. It used to occur every week --- without fail --- driving me bonkers. This Monday, I may just go ahead & take a sleep aid, but I don't like to do that. Best to cover it with additional prayer & see what transpires. emoticon

Today has been quite a lovely day --- weatherwise we couldn't ask for better --- spent time outdoors just enjoying it while we have it --- my MrV is out there again --- has gone for a walk --- he will walk multiple times each day --- for the pure joy of it.

Today I got lots of correspondences done & worked on my Bible study homework --- did a few other little household chores. All & all a very enjoyable day!

Plan a simple evening meal --- some of the beef & veggie stew with a piece of cheese toast & a green salad. Then a quiet evening for the two of us & early to bed.

God bless!


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TOPSBEAR 10/21/2014 8:25PM

    arent you the funny one today! Down double the amount, my word!

More like complaints of "I was down last week and now I am not" It is funny, well maybe it is not, but with my group, a missed week of weigh in almost seems to signal go ahead have those extra helpings or have that chocolate bar you have all week to get it off ....uh huh...........never works.. and they never learn .
Sometimes even I am guilty of that BUT not this week! emoticon I know I am down because of the no swelling in my shins, ankles, and feet for several days now. Yay!

I am sorry you are experiencing broken sleep. I hope everything is alright with you. Have you seen a doctor at all over the last while. Seems this has been your complaint for a long stretch now, of feeling tired and so on...maybe your iron is down or some simple things like that as that causes broken sleep as well.

Thats what it seems to have been for me.

I am actually sleeping a lot longer these days. Combination of a safer place to live plus getting those iron transfusions every month for 3 months, until I moved. Just a thought. It ios so easy to get a deficency in our vitamins, especially if a person has been watching their food intake for a long period of time. Might be worth looking into...Just saying it cause I care

I have been painting like crazy to get cards ready for sale next month. I finished up three thin morning then this afternoon, swung into doing baking for the funeral tea on saturday. and wouldnt you know? My mix master packed it in right in the middle of making fudge. Finished mixing it by hand by wrapping my hand in saran wrap so it wouldnt stick to me. sigh

I will go back to my files and find squares now, that dont involve using the mixer. Might be a bit of a challenge now

wishing you a good evening God bless

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IMAVISION 10/21/2014 7:11PM

    Here it is pushing into Tuesday evening, Bear. Actually, it just hit me hard that I am feeling so very, very tired. My day has been what I would term "semi-busy" --- after only five & a half hours of sleep (split into two sections on either side of wakeful hours from 2am until 5am), I went to Bible study & then did two errands on the way home.

There is a lot of road construction on the way to the church, so it feels a bit stressful just traveling to & from --- although, it has gone smoothly every time I have driven it. This morning, I could see that the traffic going in the other direction was bumper to bumper --- returning home, I debated going the long way around --- in the hopes of missing that traffic jam --- then I decided to just go for it & was happily surprised that it was an easy straight through shot. emoticon

Once home --- I wiped down my purchases & put things away --- made & enjoyed a lunch --- cleaned up from that --- then while my cherished MrV visited with a neighbor friend for a little over an hour, I took some "me" time to try to catch up on correspondences. Still woefully behind with that never ending demand; however, my over all record is better than it was at the beginning of this beautiful day! emoticon

My MrV has run up to the store to get some lovely organic grapes while they are still on a good sale price --- it ends at midnight tonight. After he gets home, I think I will suggest that we have a simple evening meal of homemade beef stew & a salad. I made the stew yesterday & its flavors should have melded beautiful overnight in the frig. I had been looking forward to Fall for the opportunity to enjoy some homemade beef & veggie stew. This time around I decided to add some deli mustard, just to give it a bit of a spice kick & from my sampling it last night as I put it into a refrigerator bowl, I know it did the trick. emoticon

I hope that y'all have a most enjoyable meeting tomorrow morning, Bear. I am thinking that with the skipped week, everyone should have a report of being down a double amount. emoticon

God bless!

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TOPSBEAR 10/18/2014 10:28PM

    Funny that you keep the same day of old for chores day. I am not that regimented about chores. I do them when I see they need doing. Too much of my mothers strictness in yesteryears, I suppose. Specific chores and meals for specific days...Now I purposely dont do things the way she did.

Today I have spent all day cutting paper and wrapping the stuff for the Lion's club hospital visiting in december. I have two Santa sacks full and am totally sick of wrapping presents, that they are small and all the same, makes it boring too.

didn't do much else today, except wash dishes. lol

Another windy cold day, full of grey clouds.

Glad you enjoyed your visit with the neighbors.

Oh and I drafted out a stylized large christmas tree... The Lion's club do not have a place to put up a christmes tree for the christmas dinner. I am in charge of setting up the christmas dinner and decorations. So I will paint a christmas tree. I don t claim to be able to draw trees very well, hence the styilized part. Hopefully it will look nice when it is done, and dress up a drab conference room where we have meetings.

have a wonderful Sunday, God bless you both emoticon

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IMAVISION 10/18/2014 9:08PM

    It does sound like there is a lot demanding your time, Bear. emoticon Still, I know from experience that it is a blessing to have something of interest to fill one's hours. I wish you well with selling your card & paintings. I certainly do understand wanting to keep the originals of your best work. Offering prints for sale is a good idea.

Another "perfect" weather day here --- got in two long walks --- morning & late afternoon. If the weather was always just as it was today, it would please me to no end. emoticon

Spent the early morning doing my "normal" Saturday morning household chores --- cleaning all three bathrooms (even though two of them seldom are used during the week, I still like them freshly done for company), mopping kitchen, foyer, & bathrooms (doing the original go over & then do a vinegar rinse) &, last but not least, vacuuming both levels of our home straight through. My beloved MrV offered to do that chore, but I was on a roll & happy to do it myself. Actually, since we are in our retirement years, there really is no reason for me to continue with Saturday morning household chores like I did back in my work-a-day years. It is just out of long held habit that I continue. One thing I did change from the Saturday household chores habit of back in the day --- I no longer do ironing on Saturday afternoons. emoticon It can vary; however, I generally do ironing on Wednesdays, now-a-days. That makes Saturdays seem less full of "must do" household chores --- a good thing!

Enjoyed our neighbor's visit this afternoon --- very nice couple --- they are probably in their mid-forties, so we have some years on them. I was surprised when we first met to realize that the gal has the same first name as my folks chose to christen me with.

I am so happy for June to have the new chair & I can "see" Wally petitioning our Abba to provide one for her, don't you know? emoticon I hope that since it was ordered for someone else, who ended up not wanting it, that there was a discount in price for June. That seems to me to be the fair thing.

Our eldest & her husband have friends who own a furniture store, so when they are in need of something new, he gives them whatever they choose for what it cost him. Of course, there is the return for that kindness in things our daughter & SIL do for that family, so it is a nice case of give & take --- with everyone happy & satisfied. I wish that we had known him when we lived in that area. emoticon Actually, he would have still been in high school or at university in that day, so no furniture store. emoticon

I find myself very tired this early evening --- it is a content tired, so that isn't so bad. We have already promised ourselves with an early night. We are both finishing up a few things & then will watch some "Keeping Up Appearances" --- it is one of my favorite BBC programs --- MrV got me the whole series on DVD some years back. Each time we watch it is as enjoyable as the first time we watched it --- at my folk's home some fifteen or more years ago.

God bless your Sunday, Bear!


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TOPSBEAR 10/18/2014 2:33PM

    you are very welcome MJ7DM33 emoticon

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MJ7DM33 10/18/2014 1:33PM

  Knowledge is power! emoticon for sharing!

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TOPSBEAR 10/17/2014 6:28PM

    Hello Ima

I have not got the tv yet. living where we do, these kinds of things usually have to be ordered in. Stores are only keeping a n item for display only so that you can see, hear , try it out in some way, but not of all things

For instance, June has been looking for a ladies recliner for several years. Usually looked around when she was out of town as there is nt much in town. Wally had been after her for quite awhile to give up her wreck of a chair and get a new one for goodness sakes.

Well, she went in to the store to see about ordering the tv for me... and there , by itself way in the far back corner was a lonely recliner. She thought she had better check it out and went over to it. As she said to me, " My bucket fit in the bucket seat perfectly!" So she is positive that Wally had something to do with it's arrival in the store (actually, it was ordered by someone and they didnt like it and the the owner didnt know what he was going to do with it...)

So it now resides in June's home and one of the guys took the old chair immediately and disposed of it before she could change her mind and take the old chair back in the house lolol
My tv should be here next week.

It is cold and wet out today. I am watching out the window at the white caps on the gun metal grey water. Fir the last few hours I have been wrapping christmas gifts that the Lion's club will distribute in december at the hospital.

And before that, I was designing christmas cards that I will try to sell at the last week of November when I have a table in one of the local galleries where I will be also trying to sell my paintings and prints. This is something new for me to try, both the cards and the table. The tables are available for a week for $20. These tables are offered each week from Nov 1 to mid december. There are 7 tables in the back room of the arts and crafts gallery. It should prove interesting. Meanwhile, I have a lot of painting to do as I want a large stock, and I also dont want to give up my best works which I have already put most of on my walls of my home. I would like to make prints if those rather than actually sell them

so it s a busy time! Wally`s services are on the 25th and I am to bake a bunch of squares for that. Not sure when I will start doing that, probably monday, as I want to take my time. I don`t like to do it all at the last minute, I dont like that kind of pressure lol

yes, meeting was cancelled because of my appointments and because June and Graeme would nt be there as well. They hold positions on executive June is secretary as well as co leader and takes over when I am not there and Graeme is the weight recorder. With the 3 of us not there there is no executive left to run the meeting!
Hopefully next week will find us all back on track
god bless!

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IMAVISION 10/17/2014 4:48PM

    emoticon I have been missing your sweet self!

I had read some of the information that you shared. My beloved MrV took to drinking a bottle of Spring water upon awakening --- due to feeling a need for it once we put the electric blanket back on the bed this Fall. He uses his side of the blanket way more than I use mine, so I haven't felt the need for the water first thing in the morning --- of course, I drink water off & on all throughout the night. That is just a habit of mine. emoticon I drink a lot of water --- no matter the time of day or night --- believing the benefits override the frustrations of having to get up in the night to visit the restroom.

The suggestion that drinking a glass of water before a bath to lower blood pressure is interesting --- I assume it means before a shower, also?

Another beautiful day here --- just glorious! emoticon

I feel emoticon to have finished most of my homework for this week. For the assignment for the last two days of homework, we are to check commentaries (something we aren't allowed to do unless specifically told we may) & then write a full explanation of the phases --- "He who through faith in righteousness shall live" (Romans 1:17) and "the righteousness of God" (Romans 3:21). Sounds simple enough; however, it might prove to be more involved that it seems. I am going to work on that some more later this afternoon & on Sunday afternoon --- Monday, too, if that is necessary. What I have done is write out my own explanation before checking with commentaries. It should be interesting to see what more will be added to my knowledge to date after visiting the commentaries. I want it to be a most profitable week, don't you know? emoticon

We will be hosting the gang this evening --- spending time with them always delights us to no end --- one gal (Kathy) is so funny, that I just can't seem to get enough of her wit. emoticon Actually, she keeps everyone in stitches!

Then tomorrow afternoon we have invited neighbors from down the street over for a visit. They have visited twice before, so we are still in the stage of getting to know them. They are our siblings-in-Christ --- plus my cherished MrV & the fellow share interests in the same hobby, so those are wonderful building blocks to begin building a friendship on.

I am still working on my project in our family room --- it got held up a bit by some changes I decided on --- it is fun having that to think about (don't want to end up wishing I had done anything different emoticon ), although, at this point, I am getting anxious to see the project completed.

Am I correct in assuming that the meeting was cancelled for this week because of your doctor appointment(s)?

Well, that is all for now, Bear.

God bless!

P.S. Forgot to ask if you have the new television &, if so, how do you are enjoying that thoughtful gift from Wally & his family?


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TOPSBEAR 10/17/2014 2:38PM

    thanks for all your responses! emoticon

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DSBRIDE 10/17/2014 11:27AM

    Thanks for sharing this, it's good to know. It's hard for me to drink a lot as I'm not thirsty and have to force myself to drink.

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ZZYYGGY3 10/17/2014 10:41AM

    very interesting but it does ring true.

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REBESANCON 10/17/2014 10:38AM

    Wow, I had no idea. Really interesting - and helpful - information. Thanks so much for passing this along. Have a great Friday!

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latest painting

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Here is the painting I have worked on all week.

  
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IMAVISION 10/15/2014 11:25AM

    Good Morning, Bear!

I hope this day finds all going well for everyone in the TOPS group --- I like picturing y'all coming together later this morning.

We were up earlier than is usual for us & my MrV got in time on the treadmill emoticon; while I busied myself elsewhere. Actually, it is a beautiful morning for an out-of-doors walk; however, at the time he wanted to walk it was a bit nippy --- plus, it isn't the wisest call to walk too early --- never know what could be out there roaming around --- we have had bobcats, mountain lions, & bear sightings in the neighborhood. Sadly, once a deer was taken down, so it is best to be prudent about the time of day one chooses to be out & about. We have enjoyed our breakfast of scrambled eggs & toast and now I am taking great pleasure in a nice hot "cuppa" tea, while I visit around Sparkville, after shooting off several e-notes to family. Once I finish here, I plan to work on my Bible study homework. It seems to be a never ending "to do" --- I so enjoy it once I get into it & morning works best for me in settling down to it.

It is one of those wonderful days when we don't have definite plans to go anywhere --- although we are always open to the opportunity of an outing with short notice. I plan to spend some time this afternoon on a project that I have been working on &, then, we want to put a new electric blanket on our bed. Actually, the one we have was only purchased last Fall --- the thing is that the material (like silk sheets) tends to slide too much --- it is a frustration to keep it in place. Surprisingly enough it is a top of the line brand --- the new one is off the shelf at Walmart --- hopefully we won't have any disappointment with it. I, actually, seldom put my side of the blanket on --- where my MrV has his going practically all the time. I guess my body gets enough heat from cuddling with MrV & the heat his side of the blanket radiates. Still, I sure am appreciative of having the use of my side on when it is bitterly cold.

I did want to say what a wonderful gift in Wally's wanting to make sure you had in the new television set. Wouldn't this be a super wonderful world if everyone was as thoughtful as he & as giving as June & Graeme? I know that you have said that you don't watch much television (we Visions don't watch any, although we on occasion will pop in a DVD or watch some older BBC program on the Internet --- we enjoy programs like "Dad's Army", "The Last of the Summer Wine", & "One Foot in the Grave") --- still, it will be so nice for you when you desire to enjoy a program. God bless Wally's family for the good people that they are!

I wonder if Graeme got a deer? I hope so! My Dad used to enjoy deer hunting & was always so proud to bring home one for the freezer. I was not a meat eater back in that day --- in the here & now, I would like to be able to try a bit of venison --- just for the knowledge of what it tastes like. Actually, we Visions wouldn't have to "go deer hunting" if we were hunters --- all we would need to do is step outside & wait a bit for one to come along. emoticon I do know that elk is delicious --- a friend of my beloved MrV enjoys elk hunting, so we have benefited from his efforts. I truly am just as happy that hunting isn't something that has ever interested my MrV.

Now, I am going to stop & get busy with that homework.

God bless!


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TOPSBEAR 10/14/2014 6:09PM

    I spent all day for 2 days, drawing it out. approximately 40 hours to paint it emoticon
When they are big paintings, it takes time. Smaller ones I do in a day or a couple hours. I painted one this morning in 3 hours. but I can not post a picture in replies lol

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IMAVISION 10/14/2014 3:38PM

    That is a very nice job, Bear! How many hours in total did it take to produce it? Is it to be a gift? Nosy, aren't I? emoticon



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TOPSBEAR 10/14/2014 10:11AM

    thank you for all the compliments emoticon
I appreciate the time you took to stop by, have a look and respond.

Have a terrific day !

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OWLWENEEDISLOVE 10/14/2014 6:46AM

    Beautiful painting :) I love all the color it's very serene . I paint too, when I'm able too; that is if there is no one in the house :) concentration works better :) Thanks for sharing this !

Lori
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MCFITZ2 10/14/2014 1:24AM

    I love the expression on the lioness' face and the parrot. Very nice painting. emoticon

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Beautiful!!! emoticon

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TOPSBEAR 10/14/2014 12:27AM

    thank you

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  nice

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low key meeting

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The absence of Graeme and June from this weeks meeting really was a noticable occurence.
June not up to being here, and Graeme Keeping his promise to his father by leaving to go hunting for their meat suppy for the next year.

Some people thought it was odd that Graeme went off hunting. But he did promise his father he would go regardless of whether he was still here or not. I think perhaps, this was the best thing Graeme could have donw for himself as he was hit pretty hard by his father's passing. To honor his father's last wish. to go into the woods(where it is quiet and peaceful) and to go hunting with his best friend( that he only gets to see twice a year) I am hoping for him to return back to his family, with meat for his efforts and with acceptance and peace in his heart.

Today is also the 10th anniversary of their older son Rod's passing. A very hard time for this family.

Weigh in was a quiet affair. I was happy to see the water weight is finally coming off and the swelling in my feet and ankles is noticably down from what it was. Oh happy day.
No big out standing losses or gains this week.

We chose not to have a program today. Instead, we chose to honor the passing of Graemes father with a few stories of this man's genorous spirit and sense of humor. There will not be a formal service of any type as these are his wishes. So this will be the groups service for him. After Graeme is back, His dad's wishes were for close family and friends to get together and talk about happy times with him. An easy gathering in his honor.

God bless

  
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TOPSBEAR 10/11/2014 10:08PM

    Hello Ima

I think that we slow our reading in the studies nowadays compared to when we were all younger. I find that I often sit and contemplate for a few minutes about something I have read, before carrying on with reading.

When I was younger, I didn't do that I jsyt read straight through and then figured it all out. Now adays I also tend to take reminder notes of what I am reading, or even translate a more difficult passage into something that I think it might be saying, and then I go back and re read all the notes and translations to see if I think I am getting the right idea of what is being said.

We all have different ways of studying, it comes down to whatever works for the individual.

I spent part of the afternoon with Graeme's wife and mother. June is taking the whole thing really well. She has proven everyone wrong in being worried for her to follow right behind Wally. Her spirits are high and relaxed.

She has commented on having no more headaches since Wally's passing, which goes to show that her stress level has disappeared. Now she is working on getting a routine going in her life and eating her meals at proper times...she s really hoping to get off the few pounds she gained while looking after her husband.

His eating had been so irratic and the foods he wanted to eat weren't in anyway close to a proper diet but June let him have whatever he wanted and when he wanted it , and geared her own eating to that as well.

I don't blame her. I did the same things for my mom when I was looking after her in the ends of her days.

Apparently Wally insisted that he and June were buying me a new TV for my new home. He also made all of them promise that they would see this wish of his fulfilled if he passed before it was done. Dolly has stated that it will most likely be here on tuesday. I have to say I was stunned with this revelation today!

I collected a few groceries before coming home. and that was my day emoticon

Very nice to have compliments on your yard! That always makes a person feel good. I am so looking forward to creating a garden here in the spring. It is just a bunch of brown flat grass here right now, so it really is a blank drawing board! I have had several ideas but will have to run them past the landlords first, to be sure it is ok with them, for the things I would like to do.

have a terrific evening with Mr V! God bless!

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IMAVISION 10/11/2014 7:16PM

    I like picturing you enjoying painting your afternoon hours away, Bear. I should be as industrious with my Bible study homework, as I have been woefully bad about giving it the time it needs this week. emoticon Often lately, I have found myself wishing that we met every other week, instead of weekly. emoticon And to think there was a time when I was doing two of these demanding studies per week, with no problem. Is it an age thing now, do you think?

The days just fly by & for the most part are filled with all sorts of demands on my time. I sometimes think about the years when we were raising our family --- meeting the demands of working fulltime, with me involved in leading scouts, youth choir at church, drama club at the school I taught at & I was very involved in the demands of the PTA --- as both a parent & as a teacher. Then MrV was involved in coaching sports teams, several nights per week & on weekends --- I never missed a weekend game & still fit in the running around seeing that our offspring got to their different activities --- dance, gymnastic, & music lessons --- as well as, all the other going & doing that demand a parent's time. All that to point out that back in that day we had energy to spare. Where has all the energy gone? I ask you! emoticon

Today started off overcast & a bit what one might call "dreary"; however, the damp feeling in the air was burned off relatively early on & now the sun is shining brightly. We did spend some time outdoors (MrV longer than I) --- treated the dogs nextdoor to dog cookies & enjoyed the sunshine.

Pike's Peak & the upper ridges of the mountains are covered with the first snowfall of the season. Quite breathtaking to view, too.

MrV brought in cherry tomatoes from the garden --- the plants still have a lot of green tomatoes on them. We have debated bringing them in & allowing them to ripen indoors, or leaving them with the hope that we won't get a damaging frost. We are becoming tomato logged! emoticon A friend was telling me how she has learned to make lots of emoticon soup with their overflow of tomatoes. I plan to do the same with some of ours & then freeze it to enjoy over the Winter months. emoticon

We were half expecting company this afternoon --- it was a case of if demands on the other end allowed the visit. I feel guilty for being relieved that those demands won out. I just do not feel that I would have enjoyed entertaining --- feeling as drained as I seem to. My beloved MrV said that he finds himself feeling much the same as I describe feeling. We are looking forward to a quiet evening at home --- just the two of us.

This afternoon I enjoyed listening to a teaching on the first chapter of the Book of Romans. We have a former pastor's teaching on the whole Bible on CD & we both enjoy listening to them. It took him ten years to cover every verse in the Word of God. I am thankful for the blessing of having them on CD. We gifted a couple, who were moving away, with a set & they, too, have said how much pleasure they get out of listening to the teachings.

Yesterday, when we were getting home from a brisk walk, a fellow we didn't recognize was coming down the street (from the opposite direction) with his dog. He was almost to our driveway at that point & once he saw that we were entering our driveway, he called out a greeting --- we stopped to say "Hello" --- he asked if we lived "there" or were we just visiting. When my MrV told him that this is the home the good Lord had provided us with, he said that every time his wife & he drive past our home they remark on how nice the property is & how beautifully the yards are. He went on to say that they think ours is the prettiest yard in the whole neighborhood. How nice of him to give us those compliments! Although, in actuality there are other beautiful & well cared for yards in our neighborhood.

Earlier on --- from the kitchen window --- I was so happy to see bird activity --- two fat red robins, a woodpecker (don't mind them when they are going for bugs or worms in the grass), a bluejay (long time since I spied one of them) & to round out the activity, the cutest little rabbit just hopping around --- not at all nervous acting with the birds in his territory. It was really pleasant to see them all out there enjoying their time in "Mr. Vision's Diner".

That is about all going on in our neck of the woods!

God bless!


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TOPSBEAR 10/9/2014 2:44PM

    thank you for your sharing Ima. Like you, I am to be cremated and ashes spread at my favorite place which is the family cabin up the lake. No bad things ever happened to me there so that, I feel, would be a good place for me. It is all arranged, though my cousin did not like that discussion 8 years ago when I ihad my heart attack.

It is foggy out over the water and very grey here on shore. As it is near lunch time, I doubt there will be a clearing off today as the sky is not bright in the least, so the sun won't make much headway burning it off today.

I started a large painting yesterday, feeling good about that and am going to work on it some more this afternoon. At the rate I am going, it will be done by Saturday Or Sunday! It is going much quicker than I thought it would.

That is the only plan I have for today at the moment . I was going to go sort clothes for the "coats for Kids" program that we do ever November, but I forgot that my insulin is deliver any time thursday afternoon... As I have no slot in the door like the old place, I have to be here to take delivery. Insulin is not something the pharmicist will leave on the door step, as it could be very harmful if taken by someone else. There is no telling what some of the drug addicts might try to get their high....

So that is all for me today
God bless! Enjoy your planned outing as soon as it is possible to take it! emoticon

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IMAVISION 10/9/2014 1:53PM

    All you shared seemed so bittersweet, Bear!

I believe it was Wally's way to help Graeme with the initial grieving process. What a very thoughtful, caring, & loving father he was/is! My hope for Graeme's return is the same as yours --- that he return "with meat for his efforts and with acceptance and peace in his heart".

I can well imagine that June did not feel up to attending the meeting --- especially with it being the anniversary of her other son's passing, coupled with her grief at Wally's passing so fresh. My prayers continue to cover her through these days of grieving Wally's physical loss. The knowledge that he will always be with her in memory & through Graeme is comforting to me. Even though I have never actually met them, I feel as if they are friends & certainly they are my siblings-in-Christ --- which makes us family.

May our Abba bless both June & Graeme with His unique peace --- that peace that passes all understanding!

I truly like the idea of family & friends coming together & celebrating Wally's life through sharing memories of times spent with him. That is what my Grandparents & Aunt & Uncle did, halfway across the country, when my brother went off to heaven at age twenty-nine. And it is what our offspring will do, when my precious MrV & I are called home. We, like Wally, desire no formal services, upon our leaving these earthly bodies. We will be cremated (all paid for & arranged many years back, so there will be no stress of such decisions & debt for our children to deal with) & our ashes will be sent to our eldest daughter's home. Once we have both passed into glory, the Vision Kids will meet & scatter our ashes together over our chosen spot. I hope that the day they choose to do that will be a bright & sunny day --- a day of rejoicing that we are together, face-to-face with our Creator God & our Lord Savior, Christ Jesus.

emoticon over night & this morning --- it is much welcomed because our area had become very dry. It did cause us to change our plans for this day --- we had planned to take a ride up the mountain to enjoy the Autumn foliage & then stop in at a favorite place for a lunch. We look forward to that day trip each year. In the meantime we are spending a quiet day at home --- I with my Bible study homework & my beloved MrV with whatever takes his fancy. He did a huge amount of work outdoors yesterday, so deserves a day of "fancy taking" doings. emoticon

My yesterday was very busy, also --- with chores inside our home --- so today I feel it okay to take things a bit easier, as I enjoy the sound of steady rain & thunder off in the distance. \o/ We are praising the good Lord for His gift of this rain. \o/

God bless!


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TOPSBEAR 10/9/2014 1:28PM

    thank you very much


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NEPTUNE1939 10/9/2014 9:24AM

    God bless!

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Sad day...

Monday, October 06, 2014

I got the call first thing this morning.
Graeme's father, June's husband has gone home to the Lord.

We are all looking at it as a blessing as he is now out of the pain of the laborous coughing and gasping for breath, of having double pnuemonia, His body was slowly giving up on him and he fought it valiantly to the very end. May he rest in Peace in the arms of the Lord

  
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TOPSBEAR 10/6/2014 4:15PM

    I will pass on all your thoughts and blessings, thank you

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IMAVISION 10/6/2014 3:06PM

    May our Lord God's unique comfort & peace envelope both June & Graeme, as they go through the process of grieving the loss of Wally. Thankfully they have the assurance that they will be united with him one day --- in the very presence of our Creator God. May that knowledge continue to be a comfort for them both!

God bless them both!

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DSBRIDE 10/6/2014 2:37PM

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Graemes family and friends.

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GRANDMABABA 10/6/2014 1:28PM

    Blessings to all who mourn for him this day.

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a sad club chat

Thursday, October 02, 2014

It was a subdued meeting this week. Junes hubby , Graeme/s dad, has been put in the hospital. He s been there a few times over the last couple years, and managed to perk up and get out again, but this time I am not confident that he will pick up again.

He is very frail now, and has lost so much weight as to be just skin holding bones. And this is the first time for no visitors, so I have not been able to go in and see him. (even if I could walk, still swollen up)

So weigh in commensed. I was still up a tad, and my feet are getting very painful, they are so tight. over all, the club did not do terrible, only a 2 lb gain altogether.

We just did a discussion, because both Graeme and his mother are really struggling right now. The stress of hospitals and doctors, mixed with the old fella hanging on by his finger tips....him making sure that all the things he wants done on his death will be done. Making sure all his wishes are known.

It does not surprise me that the two of them are finding themselves turning to food....the comfort of an emotional eater.June is grieving already as she is watching her lifetime partner slip away from her. I had phoned her today and with no one around she broke down, and admitted that she is not really as strong as she has been trying to be in front of Graeme.

And she also stated that while they married when she was 18, she had met Wally when she was 11 and said they were a pair from then on....78 years in each others lives. A very long time.

June was surprised to find her weight to be up for even though she was turning to food, she was not eating every meal. She stated that most of the time she had no appetite and that food tasted like sawdust. I told her it was not unusual to gain weight at a time like this as stress does/can cause people to eat mindlessly. Just not paying attention to what they are eating and how much they are consuming, because their mind is pre occupied with everything else that is going on.

Both of them went on to say that they thought they were prepared for this. I said we can never really prepare ourselves for the passing of a loved one. Even though my mother and I had our problems, I still loved her. When she started failing , I had thought I was as prepared as I will ever be for her passing from this world....How wrong I was. So I shared that with everyone. the thinking that I was so prepared for the end and to have the end shake my world up so badly that my friends decided to put a suicide watch on me. I knew I was not suicidal, but my friends had never seen me so emotional and therefore figured I was.

I understood it. For 40 years I had a mother that told me not to be like that, every time I started to be emotional. I was not allowed to cry or be upset around her. So with her passing, the walls came crumbling down and everything I had kept penned up inside came spewing out in an avalanche of feelings long denied. I was sharing this because we all have our own reactions to grief, even when we think we are prepared.

So it was a June and Graeme meeting. Our efforts to console, to comfort.. to let them vent out their anguish and frustrations. Though on a more personal note I think it helped June more today, on the phone, than yesterday did.

We can only pray it is over quickly, as June admitted to feeling guilty for being the healthy one of the two of them. We don't need feelings of guilt soaking into her...causing more trounbles down the road...

  
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TOPSBEAR 10/4/2014 5:51PM

    good for you for taking time for yourself Ima! Definitely something that many of us don't do for ourselves often enough! emoticon

I, too, got up with some energy today. I vaccummed the whole place, quick mop to the two small spaces of tiles, cleaned the bathroom, tidied up the kitchen area, put the garbage together for disposal and went and had a shower. When I got out of there and dressed, my cousin was here for pick up of the garbage, and I have relaxed ever since.

I have heard the dog up stairs today, so he must be a happy camper as it means his man is back ! Must have got home late last night..last ferry in from connecting from Vancouver comes in around midnight, with about a 3/4 of an hour drive through mountains and forests to get to town. Not like the Vancouver Island ferry that lands right in the middle of town.

The Vancouver city route, has you taking two one hour long ferries, and you have to take specific ones to connect them without a 4 hour wait. If you manage to connect, is a 6 hour trip from the city. if you don't connect...it drags out into the longest day....

Yes I do not think that it is right that the let extended family go in to visit when the doctors have stated no visitors. But that s where lies come into it, as they all just state they are family and no one disputes it.

It is another overcast day here. We have certainly plunged from summer into a cold autumn. At least I am not shivering and experiencing fingers so cold I can not move them!.

Well I am off! I want to start my painting today and I have a few more things to put on it befroe I start! have a terrific day God bless!

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IMAVISION 10/4/2014 5:26PM

    I certainly understand how you feel about preferring to remember Wally the way he was in past years.

I feel it important to put forward what the person facing passing from this life needs over the wishes of others (i.e. those wishing to visit). Since it was obvious that the level of visitors was robbing Wally of some peace of mind; thus, stressing him, it was prudent of the doctors to limit visitors. I feel it should be immediate family only & certainly not the extended family of an in-law.

emoticon on winning the battle against potato chips --- doesn't that make you feel super? It did me good last Wednesday to walk out of that aisle without picking up a bag. emoticon I was surprised to be dealing with the want of those tasty treats --- my time for allowing myself such a treat has always been in early July & if, for some reason, I don't partake of them then, I don't allow myself the opportunity to do so until the next July. Before this past "temptation attack", I had not faced dealing with desiring them. I am glad it has past --- at least for now.

I got up feeling all energetic this morning --- got my sweeping & mopping done --- vacuumed straight through the house & did a few other daily chores. And now I am taking time for Ima!

God bless you, Bear!


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TOPSBEAR 10/4/2014 2:12PM

    Thanks for responding Lila

I think they limited visitors because there hasd been sooooo many in that day and some a few times. The old guy was confused...upset that he was confused, and been given harsher drugs to make him more comfortable. Consequently he was more asleep than awake. I think a combination of reasons is why this was stated, so that only immediate family could go in, of course with little miss dolly, that also meant her brothers and sisters could go in as well, which still brought it back up to more visitord than the doctor wanted, I am sure.. Also, perhaps it is a signal that the end is definitely near this time

But these are only my guesses

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SLIMLILA 10/4/2014 11:32AM

    Sorry to hear his time seems to be near. But why would they limit viistors, that doesn't make sense, let people come who want to say goodbye, I'm sure he would be glad as well to say his final good bye if this is it. Tough times.... loved reading yoru blog about your uncle and the card he and his nave friend shared... pretty cool.... if the addresses were included over all that many years, it might be something they would like in a museum or something...Cool...


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TOPSBEAR 10/3/2014 8:39PM

    I am the only one who has not had the opportunity to say goodbye to wally, though he is still lingering on.. I was on my way in on Wedafternoon when the call came to turn around and go home, no one was allowed to visit anymore. Though it does sadden me not to have had that opportunity, I am sure it is God's hand in this as I did not really want the lingering image of wally looking so ill, and not having much breath to talk. Selfish maybe, but I just can t get those images out of my mind and is unfortunately the way I remember them for ever more.

I would rather remember him healthier, when he used to ride his scooter up to my place, have a cuppa and look at my latest paintings before taking himself back home again. A much more pleasant memory for me.

I am winning the battle against potato chips as well. Have not had any for 3 months now, thats a long time for me, as they are my addiction/comfort food. Good for you for deciding you didnt really want them.

I do still have cement floors, just have carpeting on most of it, with the kitchen area and bathroom done in ceramic tile.But not near as cold as the other place, probably because the is no big block of bricks around a woodstove that you couldnt completely close out the draught from and double paned air tight windows, which of course the other place didnt have.

It has been heavily overcast here for several days now...has tried to rain a few times but only ended up with a few spits and quit again. I am sure it is coming

Bravo on the sugar free! you are doing real well with that emoticon

Sorry for the gain you have had this week. and yes! It is best to get it back off quickly! I have watched many people shrug their shoulders and say yup I will get it off sometime, it is not a lot to worry about...and the next thing you know, some major pounds have come back to visit! Not fun.

well I need to go discover what dinner shall be, so have a peaceful evening god bless you and MrV

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IMAVISION 10/3/2014 6:16PM

    I am saddened to the core for June & Graeme --- nothing prepares one for the death of a loved one. Nothing! There is a certain peace to be found in knowing a loved one has made a decision for Christ though. It must be a comfort of sorts for them to know that they will without doubt see Wally when they enter eternity. Still, because we live in these human bodies, death of a loved one has a sting to it. My prayers are covering them all. It is a blessing that Wally is able to let them know his wishes on matters.

I have just been thinking how people I have been close to & loved dearly all went unexpectedly --- no lingering illnesses or time to say any goodbyes. There is a double sadness to not have had time for those final goodbyes on this side of the grave. However, there has to be a great sadness in having a loved one hospitalized & knowing that the end can come at any moment.

I am sorry to hear that your feet are still swollen, Bear. Thankfully you are in a more comfortable abode without those cement floors --- it is my hope that softer flooring helps, at least to some degree, when you have to walk around. May healing come soon, my sweet Sister/Friend!

My Tuesday morning weigh-in did show an increase of 2.8 pounds over just one week --- you can know that I am back to being mindful of every morsel I choose to take in. I expect that that 2.8#s will go soon --- hopefully as quickly as they came. I know it is still within the five pounds either way limit I have put on myself, so in one sense I am not too concerned. Still, it has to be dealt with now, or it will just keep climbing. I know that for a fact --- somehow "Been there! Done that!" comes to mind! emoticon emoticon

It is another lovely day here --- a touch nipper than yesterday, but still very enjoyable. I keep looking for more signs of Fall, but see very little. It will come in a twinkling of the eye --- that is how it works. I guess I am ready for it. emoticon I was rather surprised to hear my beloved MrV telling our youngest that this is the first year in many that he hasn't found himself dreading the Winter weather to come. It was especially surprising to me, because this is the first year that I am semi-dreading such weather.

It is hard to believe that it is Friday again. This week has just sped by --- they all seem to do that, only this week seemed to do so at lightening speed. I hope they slow down a bit.

Today is an anniversary of sorts for me --- with being sugar-free since 1.3.14. I just don't miss the sweets & somewhere along the line the thought of a "cuppa" hot tea with a couple cookies for an afternoon snack, changed over to a very satisfying apple with a "cuppa" instead. I like how that happened!

I must confess that for several days last week & over the weekend heading right into this week, I found myself wanting potato chips. I told myself that if I still desired them come Wednesday --- then I would purchase a bag. Got to the chip aisle in Albertsons (had seen that they were an ad special) & try as hard as I might to choose a bag, they just no longer held any temptation for me. emoticon I was surprised, delighted, & happy with that outcome --- counting it as good!

I guess I had better go check out a few more things here in "Sparkville" before it is time to start dinner preparation.

God bless you, Bear!


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