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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Today was an ok day. I volunteer to work at the local art gallery once a month and today was my day. It is only 5 hours but can be pretty boring..and as usual it was boring today. I took my tablet with me which has a kindle app so read some and then did a little hand embroidery I've been working on..had a few people in but no sales..and talked on the phone to one of my DIL's...I'm really lucky to have 2 sweet DIL's but then have another....well lets just say we dont' see eye to eye and since she lives far away it makes it easier...she can be rather jealous of the other 2 so it wouldn't do to have her live near. Anyway the 2 sweet DIL's and my sister and I are thinking (at this point in time) of taking a trip to England in about a year...so we talk ever so often to discuss it..hopefully I can tell you all later that it will be a check off on my bucket list if we can manage it..

My diet and exercise (especially the exercise) has not gone as well this week..I've stayed under the 1600 calories which is my top number and have even managed to keep it under 1400..I seem to be more hungry this week so probably the need for more calories..I've managed (barely) to get in a 20 minute walk and no arm exercise..so will start again and posting a big sign on my bathroom door to do this each morning..also going to splurge and get those Bollywood dance exercise videos..I need some motivation...I seem to get this way towards the end of summer..I can't even really get into the crafting mood..but have done some embroidery and finished up some UFO..but just haven't had the spark of ideas like I usually have..I've been to pinterest some to try to get some sparks going but guess I'm just going to have to ride this out. ..going back to my book and embroidery..

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MAZACK 8/12/2012 3:21PM

    I hope all of you can make the trip to England. Leaving out the other DIL isn't bad since she could ruin it for the rest of you and sounds like she has already shown how she would react.

I only have one DIL and she is sweet.

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MCJULIEO 8/11/2012 1:57AM

    Those Bollywood moves seem fun! I'd like to hear how it goes!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/10/2012 10:18AM

    Have you invited your not-so-nice daughter in law to possibly join the trip? While she probably wouldn't be interested, she at least wouldn't have another reason to be jealous and not like the other two! Maybe she's jealous of your relationship with them?

I'm just sensitive to this because there are soooooo many issues with favoritism on my husband's side of the family! It is a shame because once the parents die I'm sure the 4 children will mostly go their separate ways...

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CAKAROO 8/10/2012 6:14AM


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MISSY455 8/9/2012 11:45PM

    Oh I hope you can take your trip! My sister, one of our cousins, and I have talked about a trip to Ireland. Ours is at least 3 years out though. Every time we get together for "girls weekend", which is a couple of times a year, we talk about priorities for the trip. It's fun just planning it :-)

I am sure you will find your crafting spark soon. You have been so busy with all that goes along with the garden, you probably just need some quiet time. Hope you have an awesome weekend!

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READYBETTY 8/9/2012 7:36PM

    I sure do hope you will be able to take your trip to England. It's nice to see dreams come true.

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Life is Better with Friends

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

I have found that life is better with friends..and especially my SP friends. I've met so many wonderful people here and learned so much from others. I have laughed and cried with many here and many I have walked this path for a few years. I've yet to meet on in person but have plans to meet at least one and maybe 2 when the weather cools. This has been a terrific journey only because of my SP friends. Thank you all.

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MCJULIEO 8/9/2012 9:46AM

    I have found the same to be true, too! Thank you!

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MISSY455 8/9/2012 1:41AM

    Life is definitely better with friends :-) How fun that you will meet some SP friends in person! It is nice to share our journey with others who understand our daily trials.

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GARDENCHRIS 8/8/2012 9:35PM

    you are soooo right!!!!

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READYBETTY 8/8/2012 7:15PM

    Spark friends are the greatest and so are you!

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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

I've never been one to take a nap even as a child..it seems to give me a belly ache but mainly I think it keeps me from sleeping well at night so I usually avoid naps. I have taken a cat nap for 10-15 minutes and seems not to bother me as much but then may still have the sleepless night if I do. I've always been hyper by nature and could never sit still..Even when I sleep at night, I tend to toss and turn and kick so when I wake in the morning, the covers are everywhere. The pulmonary doctor was concerned and said I had restless leg syndrome but I just explained that I've been that way as a child..I just don't want to be medicated for something that I've always done. But I have to really try to make myself stay in bed in the mornings when I wake at 4 a.m...and usually I will manage another hour or 2..but by 6a.m. I'm ready to get up..I usually go to bed around 9:30 or 10 and will read for about 30 minutes to an hour..it seems to lull me to sleep..We do not have tv in our bedroom. I also found that a nice HOT bath seems to relax me enough to sleep better...Another thing I've found out about my sleep is I do not sleep well if I can see any light..and our appliances around the house are lit up like Christmas trees..so much so that I can walk through the house at night without any extra light..also I struggle when there is a full moon..but I have found sleep masks at Walmarts so have purchased a few and make sure I go to sleep with one on..it has sure made a difference on my sleep time. I'm still more restless on full moons but now I can sleep some.

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MAZACK 8/12/2012 3:28PM

    I have had sleep problems most of my life (partly due to being on call so much). Since I developed Sweet Syndrome 5 years ago I almost always have to take a nap. I rarely sleep straight through the night.

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MCJULIEO 8/8/2012 9:48PM

    A good night's sleep is one of the most valuable things in the world, but a nap in the nick of time can go a long way, too!

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WAYSOFGRACE 8/8/2012 3:07PM

    There are times I just can't get through the day without a nap. For years I could only sleep 3 hours a night. The doctors tried every sleeping pill out there, and none of them worked. I'd fall asleep and be wide awake 3 hours later. I worked two jobs during that time, too, so I really did need the sleep.

Now I can fall asleep but I can't stay that way. I keep waking up. I've been tested for apnea and I don't have it. I just wake up.

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FLEURGARDEN 8/8/2012 7:20AM

    I don't nap much either. I'd rather get a good night's sleep than to waste my daylight hours sleeping. But I have been known to zonk out from exhaustion from time to time on a Sunday afternoon.

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MISSY455 8/8/2012 2:03AM

    I don't nap either, well not on purpose! I have fallen asleep sitting in the big chair with the dog watching tv. I think it definitely affects how I sleep at night.

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READYBETTY 8/7/2012 10:22PM

    Sleep is so precious and a good nap is wonderful!

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Fat Pets

Monday, August 06, 2012

You know our pets sometimes become overweight just because we are..We have a chihuahua that was a rescue dog from the side of the road..she was so thin when we got her that we fed her as much as she would eat just to fatten her up..well now it is several years later and think we have done too good of a job fattening her up..We have had her on a diet since last fall and she still hasn't lost much weight..her problem like mine is she hates to exercise..So when it is hot she tends to lay up and get fatter. Meet Miss Gracie....

Then my sister has 2 indoor cats..they have been de-clawed (which by the way I think it cruel but it is their cats) and so they stay inside all the time and rarely get much exercise..My sister has gained some weight over the years as well though she isn't near as fat as I am..but she is shorter and smaller build than me and now that her back is out of whack she can't do the hiking she loves. Her cats are not only fat but they are huge cats..long and tall.This is one of her cats The other isn't as fat. ....So maybe it is a good time to take a look at our pets as well as ourselves..take those pets for a walk or play with them more..

I know I will be walking Miss Gracie more and playing ball with her inside.

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MISSY455 8/8/2012 1:39AM

    We are limiting our Daisy dog's food right now because she is being kept quiet from her recent surgery. Once we can start rehabilitation, though, we will be (me generally!) taking her for multiple walks a day. I can hardly wait. She is definitely gaining weight even with limiting her food. Just goes to show, diet alone won't control weight, requires exercise too!

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QSULLIVAN 8/7/2012 1:55PM

    The biggest concern with overweight cats is diabetes. We had a cat who developed diabetes when it was 10 years old, which is apparently geriatric. Luckily, he realized the insulin shots made him feel better and he would sit in front of the fridge when it was time for his shot. Our current felines are sisters and both like to play but with different things. We have catnip balls for one and a laser pointer for the other. We try for 15 minutes a day with each one but sometimes it's just not possible. One of them likes to be held while I'm starting my warm up in the morning but then that's enough "exercise" for her!

I don't know about diabetes and dogs but I would guess that getting exercise will help prevent that for Miss Gracie! Good luck and have fun with the extra walks!

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FLEURGARDEN 8/7/2012 10:33AM

    I've never had overweight cats before, but now I have a very chubby kitty. I always used to free-feed my cats before, but now I've had to resort to measuring this cat's food, but he's still holding onto his weight. Now I need to figure out how to make him get more exercies.

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CAKAROO 8/7/2012 6:16AM

    Have fun walking with Miss Gracie

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TRAVELGRRL 8/6/2012 8:52PM

    Totally agree with you! Our cat was a stray and super-skinny when we adopted her. Now she is a fat cat even though she mostly stays outdoors. The funny thing is she will NEVER totally empty her food bowl -- she'll stop eating before it's completely gone and then just meow and meow until we refill the bowl! It's true; our pets train us! I have her on a lower calorie food.

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SHERMOR13 8/6/2012 8:17PM

    Hey there - I know what you mean. I adopted my Daisy, an orange tabby cat, 5 years ago after my cat I'd had for 18.5 years passed. Daisy came to me weighing 15 pounds & she is only 13 inches long & had 3.5 inch legs - she's supposed to be a petite little flower!!!

What a challenge she has been - In December 2010 I took her to a new vet (all she had done was gain weight on the diet my former vet had her own - I think he was literally having me starve her & she did NOT lose weight)! She weighed in at 18.5 pounds - she could barely walk, hobbled! I felt so badly for her, her weight was killing her joints - she was in such pain - I could just tell. She got to where she wouldn't jump up on her favorite places; I had to get a 3 step walk up for the bed or she couldn't have gotten up there with me.

Bottom line - the new vet said she needed a light wet catfood - no more dry food. As of April 2012 she now weighs 9.75 pounds. The vet is delighted - really wants her to get down to 8 pounds - so we continue on.

Daisy runs all over the house - jumps up & plays so much now! She feels GREAT & looks so adorable!

Good luck with your pets! I tell people the "girls" in our house (me & Daisy) are getting thin & fit!!!


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Sunday, August 05, 2012

I just love this saying..I really need it about now as well..thinking I may blow up and tape to my bathroom door so I will see it and get off my duff more..This heat drives me to just want to sit around and do nothing..Sure I can hand stitch and stay busy but it isn't going to help in the exercise department...as I've said before, I DO NOT like exercise..I don't mind walking.............when the weather is nice but to exercise another part of my anatomy is like pulling teeth...I need someone wiht a wet noodle after my duff to get me moving...any takers?????

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MISSY455 8/6/2012 1:53AM

    Exercise is still a four letter word for me too ... work! I agree with LadyJ, you need to find an active activity you like, and do that for exercise. I am lucky that I have a Curves within a mile of my house. When the weather cooperates, I can actually walk there and back.

I love your idea of blowing that up and posting to motivate... emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/5/2012 5:31PM

    I know what you mean! We do our exercise first thing (8 miles, started at 5:40 this morning IN THE DARK), but then we are done for the day! OR, we'll go to the fitness center and then...we're done for the day. (as in spending the rest of the day in the house sitting on our duffs.)

This Arkansas heat is KILLING me this year.

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LADYJ6942 8/5/2012 5:22PM

    Too cute, find an active activity you like vs simple exercise and it'll be easier to get moving. That or early morning or evening exercise in the heat helps too.

Good luck, you can do it!

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