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  • Bonus blog: all's well with the furnace - no charge

    10/29/2020 4:02:46 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    Very nice young man, not the same one that was here earlier in the month. Masked, of course, as was I. I described the furnace symptoms and let him loose. Within 10 minutes the heat was working again, and ten more minutes and he was ready to call it "fixed". I asked what the problem was... he s... Read more

  • The darkening season

    10/29/2020 1:47:20 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    Had to trip back downstairs to take a sunset shot yesterday evening. Big Brother season is done for another year... later than usual. World Series has wrapped... later than usual. Football season has begun... later than usual. First snow of the season came... earlier than usual. ... Read more

  • DMV

    10/28/2020 8:08:39 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I needed to renew my driver's license and car registration before mt birthday. You sign in the return outside (or to your car) to wait. They send 3 text messages. One to assign you a number. The second to tell you you will be called soon. The third (which was ~ 25 min later) to tell you ... Read more

  • Been doing more exercise

    10/28/2020 5:09:44 PM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good afternoon- I have increased my exercise and really getting back to tracking food. I am really taking care of me. 104 I also made a puzzle for my granddaughter Age 8. GD send me a text that she got Honor Roll As in her class. DD was so proud of her. I made a puzzle that she needs to put ... Read more

  • Growth Day

    10/27/2020 5:27:18 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Today was overall fantastic! It started with Church. Visited with a friend. Shopping at 2 stores, picking up items that my sister couldn't find any more in her community. MASSAGE! (We all need to take time for self care.) Made connections and began the work on an upcoming online course. ... Read more

  • Energy

    10/26/2020 9:17:49 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I've noted increased energy since starting on the healthier coffee. What I like even more is no nasty aftertaste. Aftertaste has kept me in the past from drinking coffee. 2 people today commented on the rate of my walking being improved! ... Read more

  • Hee-hee... never too old for a bit of "fun".

    10/26/2020 5:40:58 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    Do you ever think the reason you're rewarding yourself with food is because you're failing to reward yourself in other ways? My latest "fun" purchase: What? You can't see what they are? How about this view? When I unwrapped them, I pondered whether I'd ever even put th... Read more

  • Women's Faith Ministry

    10/25/2020 12:01:50 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Our Women's Faith Ministry is meeting this afternoon at Church (socially distanced with masks). 'Please join in praying the rosary, with each decade focusing on the obstacles facing our nation, along with prayers that instill faith, inspire courage, and express gratitude'. Our nation is our (we, ... Read more

  • So, here we sit, waiting on weather?

    10/25/2020 10:59:28 AM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    I did get out for a short walk, in the falling temperatures, once daylight hit. 311 We are about to enter a "Winter Weather Advisory", starting in about half an hour, lasting into tomorrow. Before daylight hit, I made one last grocery pick up trip, and I'm set to hunker down for a reason OT... Read more

  • coronavirus is a challenge when old issues come out

    10/25/2020 5:49:51 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - I have been up too early but could not sleep. I have been having issues with communication with my spouse. Same issues that keep coming up for about the last ten years. Since DH traveled most of our marriage for work. He can be very inflexible on multi-levels. DS wants him to drive ... Read more

  • 30 Degrees

    10/24/2020 4:48:33 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    There's a weather saying here: 'This is Ohio. If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes, it will change.' Yesterday, temperatures were in the high 70's. Today, we're in the mid 40's. I was only comfortable reading out on the balcony for a half hour before preferring the warmth of the i... Read more

  • another hectic morning

    10/24/2020 1:25:26 PM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good afternoon - I just came in. This morning I went out to my car - battery dead. Right away my DH starts in - you left your door ajar - your lights on, etc. I say this is an electric car with 103K miles. The batteries need to be checked. he hates that the battery that you jump on my car is co... Read more

  • More Good News

    10/23/2020 5:20:25 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I saw my primary physician today. HgbAic is 5.7. Metformin is being decreased to once a day at the lowest dose possible. Everyone have a good weekend.... Read more

  • Still no word from Tamriel

    10/23/2020 2:45:02 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    Tamriel is my son's missing kitty. He (son) and the allergic GF are doing their best to try to help him (male kitty) find his way home. His photo has been posted online in the "lost and found pets" group, son checks with the humane society every couple of days. Yesterday, he called me on th... Read more

  • been out in the front yard all morning

    10/23/2020 10:53:23 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - cool day so I decided to take an inventory of our lawn and beds before DH starts putting Christmas lights out. Some critters attacked our lawn last night. Probably skunks and possums - we have so many divots in our lawn - it looks like a polo field after a game. I sprinkled some r... Read more

  • Thankful Thursday

    10/22/2020 10:29:50 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    My oncologist gave me good news -- don't need to see him for 6 months. Start each day with Church. Able to get exercise in the pool. Had a ZOOM painting class tonight. Temp to be in the 70's tomorrow. ... Read more

  • COVID & morning part 2

    10/22/2020 7:33:49 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - what a day yesterday. DH is very stubborn and spent most of the day in his office watching TV - not talking. In the evening, he calmed down. I reassured him that COVID is a threat to our lovely future of traveling during the twilight of our lives. He says he just wanted to help o... Read more

  • Atypical

    10/21/2020 5:30:30 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    It's mid-week. The weather today was dreary, windy, rainy AND ~ 10 degrees WARMER! Yesterday the high was 52. Today it was 64. As so many things in 2020, atypical seems to be becoming the norm! I still am challenged with the expectation to accept the different as the expected.... Read more

  • COVID & moving

    10/21/2020 7:47:55 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - DS asked my DH to help him drive the rental truck and help move furniture from his BFF house to a storage unit. DS is getting this furniture as a gift from his BFF that died. DH says yes w/o discussing it with me. The problem I have is that 1) COVID - we are in the high-risk grou... Read more

  • Faith and Fear

    10/20/2020 9:12:26 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    There has been so much fear expressed the past several months. I imagine anyone could write down examples. However, God is more powerful then all of it combined. There is a choice -- grovel in the fear (with anxiety, depression, etc.) OR have FAITH that God knows and will give us the neces... Read more

  • lovely morning!

    10/20/2020 9:26:56 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning- Got such a good sleep last night. My BP is so great this morning. My glucose is higher than normal. Not sure why. I am going to keep monitoring. My diet is clean. My carbs are reality low in my diet. I did some reading online. Maybe my diet is too low in carbs and my body is ... Read more

  • Stronger

    10/19/2020 10:11:19 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I've returned to my pre-Covid strength in my legs. Hopefully, by the end of the year, it'll be even better. Being able to workout in the pool 5x a week is a big help! I'm needing to bundle up more for the trek across the property to the community center but it is definitely worth it!... Read more

  • Coffee

    10/18/2020 3:58:07 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I'm getting information on an arabica coffee that is combined with other natural ingredients to increase the health benefits. It is blended to improve energy, mood, focus and clarity. It is described as a 'sensible pleasure designed for enjoyment in a trifecta of your brain, emotions, and body... Read more

  • yesterday went very well!

    10/18/2020 11:20:34 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - after everyone left I took a hot bath and relaxed. It did wonders and I slept all night through and late this morning for me. It was wonderful. DS came in with DIL. All were very respectful and wearing masks all the time except when eating. GD was a hoot as always. She has a sen... Read more

  • Sunny but Cool

    10/17/2020 9:49:36 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Today was a beautifully sunny day. Temps though were in the 40's - 50's so my outdoor time required a coat. I strongly believe exposure to the sun and fresh air aids in having a healthier immune system. I'm fortunate to have a balcony.... Read more

  • Sleep in Saturday

    10/17/2020 5:17:52 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    I had a rocky night from Thursday to Friday, and the fitbit sleep tracker showed it. So, last night, when I got a really nice long 9 hour sleep... leading to not getting up until nearly 8 a.m. felt like living in the lap of luxury. I had pulled a fuzzy blanket out of storage for the first time and... Read more

  • GD age 3 coming

    10/17/2020 10:13:47 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - I got a strange text from my son. It is about my DIL. I never know what she is up to. All we know that she has a tendency to add anxiety to my DS's life whenever he is coming to see us. She is a very toxic person. I do not know if she is coming for lunch. The txt said she is go... Read more

  • Autumn

    10/16/2020 8:47:12 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Autumn is definitely here! Woke up to temps in the low 40's today. At the store Christmas items are being displayed for sale. I enjoy the various hues of the rainbow as leaves change colors.... Read more

  • Covid report from a lagging state

    10/16/2020 6:29:57 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    OK, gang, to get the Public Health info out there... some of our state's residents have been behaving foolishly of late, leading to our hospital capacity being threatened. And our governor today announced new directed health measures, rolling us back into "phase 3"... and pushing the three C's to a... Read more

  • expecting another visit from GD - 3 tomorrow

    10/16/2020 12:49:22 PM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning- I am very busy this morning with a deep cleaning of my kitchen and family room. I did not expect to do this much but just got into the swing of things. I put my pedometer on and I have done as many steps so far as when I am on my TM. I love that. I did not want to do both this mor... Read more

  • Son-in-law's Birthday

    10/15/2020 8:52:31 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Today is my son-in-law's, (Dave) birthday. Within the past month, his father and his aunt died. His mother was just discharged from the hospital with leg ulcers earlier this week. She refused to go into a facility where nurses could address her medical needs. (The ulcer's were too severe... Read more

  • Kitty gifts, or... it must be Halloween season!

    10/15/2020 12:06:45 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    No, not going to inflict a photo of the "gift" on you, but when I opened the sliding glass door to let Rubia in from her jaunt outside for the night... there it was, right at the entrance: a bat, dispatched by the cat in the night. What is a bat, anyway, but a mouse with wings? And cats are mouse... Read more

  • Long Day

    10/14/2020 11:40:29 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    After Church, I recycled then headed off to work (1/2 day) Then it was to the bank and grocery store. Took care of some business items.. Went to the pool to exercise. 2 ZOOM meetings. I'm redy for bed! ... Read more

  • i want to thank all the humor in the community feed

    10/14/2020 10:29:56 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good Morning- Food-wise, I am doing good, exercise - I am doing good, daily living during this time is frustrating at times. I am losing inches and I assume it translates into pounds at some point. I do not weigh in. I am sitting here working on my laptop just chilling when my DH is constantly ... Read more

  • Thanks

    10/13/2020 10:23:41 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I appreciate the prayers and hugs during this time of waiting. As my doctor has not called, I take that to be a positive sign. She is excellent at calling if action is required. So, although not absolute, I'll sleep peacefully that the results are most likely fine.... Read more

  • Venturing a bit further afield

    10/13/2020 1:14:26 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    I kept fairly close to home yesterday, while the neighbors had the tree service folks come help clean up their fallen branches. Looked pretty clear this morning, so I ventured out on my walk through the park and around the loop. Well! Remember last Friday when I took a different exit from the... Read more

  • I voted today! I was in line at 6 am

    10/13/2020 9:34:45 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning- I am at peace with being able to vote. The lines are so long. DH thought I was ridiculous but was happy when he saw there were already 25 people ahead of us when we got in line. I felt safe voting in person! They have to clean the voting machines after each person. Everyone get o... Read more

  • Mammogram

    10/12/2020 8:33:22 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I had a followup mammogram today. My appointments with the oncology doctor and my primary care are next week. I feel fine. So this is a time of wait and pray.... Read more

  • Big Wind Overnight

    10/12/2020 10:33:45 AM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    This morning it's cooler. Last night the big breeze came through with the cold front. I feel very fortunate this morning. I neither lost power (a great deal of town did, including a clump near me), nor trees. When I went out after breakfast for a little stroll around the block? I found these ne... Read more

  • Sunday

    10/11/2020 6:02:25 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Was beautifully sunny on the way to Church this morning. It's been a relatively quiet day. Phone, ZOOM, nap, and e-mail occupied the majority of it.... Read more

  • This one was intentional

    10/11/2020 1:39:56 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    I wrote on Friday about my "accidental" 5K, walking around the neighborhood, snapping pics of Halloween decorations and exploring nooks I hadn't seen in a while, it being pandemic times and all that rot. Between that, and a comment from a fellow Sparker about my goal to be 5K fit by the end of ... Read more

  • what difference a day makes!

    10/11/2020 12:16:58 PM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - my household is humming with positive energy and good feelings. DH and I talk all the time. sometimes it does not seem to sink in, but DH is in a wonderful mood. He did not drink another pot of coffee. He is happy about his weight loss. He says he is going to tell WW he only has ... Read more

  • what difference a day makes!

    10/11/2020 12:16:58 PM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - my household is humming with positive energy and good feelings. DH and I talk all the time. sometimes it does not seem to sink in, but DH is in a wonderful mood. He did not drink another pot of coffee. He is happy about his weight loss. He says he is going to tell WW he only has ... Read more

  • Louis Armstrong (Satchmo)

    10/10/2020 9:28:18 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    If possible tonight was better than last night! The Amelia Island Jazz Festival was top quality! ... Read more

  • Son, girlfriend, cat next chapter...

    10/10/2020 3:57:55 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    For anybody arriving in the middle of the movie, last month I posted about the son & girlfriend prepping for the merging of households. Girlfriend is badly allergic to cats. Last month son's household shrunk from two cats to one when his ex reclaimed one. But the cat to whom he was most bonded, h... Read more

  • Saturday morning not going so well

    10/10/2020 9:16:28 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - we always go to the grocery store Saturday morning. DH is like a whirlwind this morning. He has already drunk a pot of coffee this morning and just has made another pot. He should be in a great mood. -He lost 2 lbs this morning. At the grocery store, he is so impatient - he is bag... Read more

  • Duke Eligton

    10/9/2020 7:03:16 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I'm enjoying Amelia Island Jazz Festival - A Salute To The Duke virtually tonight. Should be an entertaining evening. ... Read more

  • Halloween decoration walk

    10/9/2020 1:56:23 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    I said yesterday I was getting restless with my neighborhood walks. Today that trend continued, and since I was following a slower walker in the park, I opted to turn and leave the park at a different point than usual. I proceeded to walk down different streets and found some fun stuff. I took my... Read more

  • woke up with a sinus headache

    10/9/2020 12:30:39 PM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - Even though I woke up with a sinus headache. I did exercise. I think I am going to try to take a nap. I do not drink coffee anymore- but I am craving caffeine this morning. Sunday ends is the window for side effects with the Yellow Fever vaccine. I do not think this headache has ... Read more

  • Around the lake solo

    10/8/2020 9:05:07 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    This morning I felt restless about the neighborhood walking, and decided to drive a mile down to the nearby lake, and walk / jog its perimeter. The rationale I gave myself was that the crushed rock trail would be easier on the joints (which are just starting to train up for the jog portions).... Read more

  • Post-Hump Day

    10/8/2020 3:07:20 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    This week seems to be passing quickly! I'm enjoying the sunny, warmer (compared to last week) weather. Little things (that are usually put off 'til later) are getting tended to. Perhaps that's why the week seems to be passing faster.... Read more

  • Appreciation

    10/7/2020 10:55:26 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I appreciate the comments and perspective of those commenting on yesterday's blog. I've decided that EarthWaking Village is not likely to be the alternative to Facebook that I'm seeking. I'm looking for a neutral platform that allows true freedom of speech so that people can share and learn fro... Read more

  • Happy Wednesday!

    10/7/2020 10:54:04 AM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    To make up for yesterday's endorphin-driven brog (brag-blog)... today we'll give the humorous goof-ups that make up much of life... my life, that is. The morning started before the sun rose, as the sun rises later these days. For the first time this year, I lit a ritual candle in the peace of ... Read more

  • One foot in front of another

    10/6/2020 6:16:14 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    The reintroduction of jogging intervals to my walks, that's what the title references. You see, one of my little self-motivators for the 5% Fall Challenge is that I want to be 5K ready by US Thanksgiving (not Canadian Thanksgiving, that's less than a week away!) Back in 2009 when I underto... Read more

  • EarthWaking Village

    10/6/2020 5:17:16 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Does anyone know anything about EarthWaking Village? I was invited by Jonathan England. He states his wife Mel was 'recently kicked off of FB for being too honest.' 'It's purpose isn't profit like facebook. It's purpose is community and connection.' It's description is 'EarthWaking Village is a ... Read more

  • New Week

    10/5/2020 9:39:25 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    It's the start of a new week. Was to the pool. Weather reports are that it's supposed to be a little warmer than last week. Which means my produce has more time before the first frost. ... Read more

  • Addendum: heating tech gone, took a walk

    10/5/2020 11:50:09 AM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    Short conversation with the heating guy as he was on his way out the door... I hoped he recovers soon from that cough, as it freaks folks out these days! He said, yeah, his daughter had been home from preschool, not feeling well, and he stayed with her. Probably picked it up from the tiny one. ... Read more

  • The heating tech is here

    10/5/2020 9:33:02 AM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    And he's coughing. Yikes. I have my mask on. He has his on. The cough was into his elbow. But I'm keeping my distance... he's in the basement, I'm upstairs, and thankfully, it's around 50*F outside, so I have the upstairs windows open. This is a company that normally does a good Covid sens... Read more

  • Feast of St. Francis

    10/4/2020 2:17:19 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    As a Third order Franciscan, today is a day to reflect on St. Francis. His love of God, the importance of Scriptures, his complete trust in God, the simplicity in which he lived, his awareness of all creation all come to mind. However, completely living the Sermon on the Mount is most significant ... Read more

  • Sipping Earl Grey Tea

    10/3/2020 3:48:27 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    It's that kind of an afternoon. Overcast, "seasonal" as they call the temperatures. The Ace and I walked my neighborhood this morning. She got to see my pretty sealed driveway. And it got me off my rear end. Dexter (that's my little car, for those of you new to my life writings) gave ... Read more

  • Pedicure

    10/3/2020 2:59:04 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    I went for a pedicure today. Nails are clipped and a shiny silver. Calluses files. Feet soaked and exfoliated Miss Christine is super and efficient. I feel totally spoiled. ... Read more

  • Its very pleasant in my household

    10/3/2020 9:56:59 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning. I have had a couple of days of my DH with high anxiety. We just got back from Whole Foods. DH is very upbeat and pleasant. he lost on the scale today. I will be very glad when he reaches the goal. he is less than 3 lbs away. I thrive on peacefulness and calm. I grew up in Chaos... Read more

  • Bonus blog: the after photos

    10/2/2020 5:01:53 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    Driveway. Yes, they dug out the weeds before leveling and sealing:: Sidewalk: His estimate was spot on, four hours.... Read more

  • The day has arrived - driveway sealing day!

    10/2/2020 2:09:04 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    A couple of quick "before" photos, showing the weeds clogging the cracks in both driveway and sidewalks. The guys are here now, and tell me that they don't need access to power, so I can close the garage doors. 244 And they give me an estimate of 4 - 5 hours that it will take. 56 Not a proble... Read more

  • T.E.R.R.I.F.I.C.

    10/2/2020 12:31:36 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    The Eternal Real Reward Is Fulness In Christ (came to me in prayer) ... Read more

  • Going to have a peaceful day

    10/2/2020 7:31:23 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning- had the yellow fever vaccine yesterday. The sheets of precautions one has to take are nothing to sneeze at. We went to a travel clinic - which was connected to a database that is more detailed and accurate than our CDC for travel. I was amazed. We now have to get more shots next ye... Read more

  • what a day -

    10/1/2020 5:45:48 PM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good evening - We had our Yellow Fever shot this morning. We have to monitor ourselves for10 days. The side effects are like COVID -so the nurse told us to isolate b/c if we get symptoms and have to go to the hospital - they could a mistake Yellow Fever symptoms for COVID. Anyway, yesterday we fou... Read more

  • Feast

    10/1/2020 12:23:20 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    Today is the feast of St. Therese (the Little Flower). Her little way has been a path to be imitated. Jesus said to bring the children to Him. Therese lived the life of a child's faith. i chose this for my confirmation name.... Read more

  • Comparing to past points in the journey

    10/1/2020 10:13:12 AM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    Starting this new 5% challenge had me casting my mind back to prior points in the weight-loss, fitness, and maintenance journey. I came to this blog, from January 2010, when I was at a weight similar to what I carry today. The measurements are very similar. I had just joined a 28 day fitness chal... Read more

  • End of the Month

    9/30/2020 9:57:07 PM, by PATRICIAAK

    It's the last day of the month and the 3rd quarter. I, for one, am looking forward to a better October and final quarter. I continue to smile and know that God is in control. ... Read more

  • Things we CAN control, things we CANNOT

    9/30/2020 2:51:12 PM, by ONEKIDSMOM

    Life is a whole lot more peaceful is we stick to keeping our own side of the street clean: i.e. focus on the things we CAN control, not fretting so much on those beyond our control. Anything not in my control goes in the "God box". In this election year, we could think of it this way. In... Read more

  • lost more inches

    9/30/2020 8:15:56 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - I measured my waist and abdomen. Lost inches. I was very pleased. I am in a very good mood. On the other hand, DH is not. He is sad that his team lost and then we both watched the debates. Our President was a clown. My friend from Scotland watched it and sent me a text. Oh my ... Read more