SP Premium
Walking Guide
Group photo
Author:
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
2/1/20 1:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

GoodFeline, congratulations on the day's efforts for your healthy living efforts. I got a chuckle out of your surprise at the lack of toning in your abdominal muscles. I remember that feeling after each of my pregnancies. That process puts out bodies through a lot more stress and effort than we realize.The picture of your little tyke is precious - he does look as though he is eager to get at whatever you are putting in his mouth. I am not surprised that the school wants its money back for the class you dropped but it has to be a pain. Good luck in getting that payment schedule worked out. That $1000/month single option sounds pretty unreasonable to me.

Julie, thanks for the kind words about all my work. Most days I feel lazy and incompetent but I am making an effort to start picking up the work pace now that I don't have to be so minutely attentive to Hubby's activities and needs. It's amazing that your husband could just pick up and head out on the road without even coming home for a toothbrush, but I suspect he keeps his truck fully stocked so all he has to do is jump into it and go. I know with that kind of work you have to be flexible and willing to take the work when it is available. Meanwhile, it is good "crock pot weather" and certainly makes your day and scheduling easier.

Our temperatures were in the low 60s today, a temporary reprieve from typical winter weather. It was also dry, though there really was no sunshine. I went to Safeway and picked up the USA Today, along with a few things my regular store does not carry. I picked up moss and branches from the yard for about 20 minutes and then cleaned up the kitchen. Overall things were pretty quiet here. Hubby is gaining a little stability and strength most days and relying less on pain pills too. Heaven help me: since he turned 85 this past week he has given up his goal of skiing on his 85th birthday, but now he wants to aim for a Colorado ski trip for his 87th birthday! I guess it's good to have goals, something to look forward to or strive for as motivation, but he's so serious about it! I'm just looking forward to losing 5-10 pounds before my astrology conference in Seattle this coming May!

It's time to think about a new post thread for February. How about Fortuitous February? or Fantabulous February? I'm open to other thoughts as well. Time certainly is flying!

On that happy note I'll sign off, wishing everyone a super Saturday!


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/31/20 11:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: That's a lot of miles! DH doesn't track the medical miles he drives, but he really should. I know it's a lot. I got the daycare total and my 1098-T today, so made some more progress on our taxes.

I didn't end up making it into the gym yesterday, but I stayed within my calories and got 9 glasses of water in. Today I did 41 minutes of the belly blasting dvd. I made it into the first toning session and was quite shocked to find out how weak my abdominal muscles have become. I was huffing and puffing my way through the 10-minute toning session!

I did end up declining the road trip with my dad. I sent him a pic of little man enjoying some new purees in penance. He was a huge fan of apple/banana/strawberry, but he developed a rash on his face after trying it so might be allergic to strawberries. We'll give it another try and see if he develops the rash again just to be sure, but my FIL says DH got hives the first time he tried strawberries and hasn't had a problem with them since.



Little man is pretty good about his food. He very much enjoys eating so he's not getting near as much all over him as he used to, mostly just around his mouth and on his hands now. Carrots get him a little over-excited, though, and he does tend to end up wearing those on his arms and chest more so than other foods. I found some purees that have peas mixed in with foods he loves so I thought I'd give those a try. He liked peas at first but is on an all things green strike - he won't eat avocado, decided he hates peas, and sobs uncontrollably when given green beans. But since he did used to like peas I figure why not try them mixed with some others? We're also going to get some with texture - there's some fruity ones with puffs and some veggie ones with ancient grains. Since we're trying to introduce table foods this might be a good way to ease into the new textures he'll be experiencing.

I got an email from my school saying they had to pay back nearly $3,000 to the Department of Education after I left so I now owe them that money. DH says he has no idea how we're going to pay that back. We've had to do this once before when I dropped out of a class to switch majors so I already know they have only one payment plan option, which is $1,000/month.

DH said he'd get me dinner from my favorite restaurant tonight. It's a Vietnamese sandwich shop, and they have a new tea that I really want to try. It's blended matcha with red bean and honey bubbles. If they still have their special sandwich I want the vegan curry, otherwise I am thinking grilled tofu.

Edited by: GOODFELINE at: 1/31/2020 (11:53)
"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/31/20 9:01 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, sounds like things just wouldn't go your way yesterday. Hope you find better fortune today!

Carol, you really got a lot done yesterday, and I love your new avatar. I, too, have become dependent upon plastic bags for managing household trash. Sadly, plastic is horribly destructive to the natural world. I have loads of cloth bags for shopping and so forth, but haven't figured out a replacement for garbage bags yet.

The husband went out to the hobby store yesterday and got a call for a short run while he was out. He didn't even come home since it was for just one night. He called the house several times before I heard the phone, I was upstairs sewing and didn't hear the phone or notice that hours had passed since he left! Needless to say, my retro-frumpy project is going swimmingly and I am really enjoying it!

Today, I have the hubster's supper in the crock pot and will be hurrying through household chores to have some time in the sewing room before he returns. Other than that, not much is going on here. It remains dreary and cloudy with some rain and snow predicted for tomorrow. Good sewing weather, and Himself will be headed away from it when he goes out Saturday.

Wishing everyone serendipity today!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/31/20 12:44 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team!

I hope everyone has had a great Thursday.

GoodFeline, it's good to know that your son's swallow test found nothing wrong. It may seem pointless but you only know that if you have the test results, and you'd hate to have problems if something had been missed by the medics. His complicating conditions you just listed are certainly reasons enough to keep an eye on things. I can also understand your leaving therapy for now, since you feel it is not getting you anywhere. It sounds as though you are making really good efforts at increasing your healthy habits on your own - keep up the good work!

Julie, I chuckled at your description of your next sewing project: retro frumpy fun! I can't wait to see what wonders you will come up with from that creative mind of yours. And I can relate to your definition of your husband's eating habits - sounds like my son when he was in high school. I hope you and your Hubster have a great weekend.

We started our day with a break in the rain. In mid-morning I went out back and managed to load the yard waste bucket with wet leaves, along with some weeds I dug up and a few smaller branches and large clumps of moss that had fallen into the grass. I also clipped back the lavender as it has been getting straggly while hiding some very woody stalks protruding from the base. I also got the recycling from the house into the outside bucket. Our environmentally-aggressive state banned the single-use grocery bags that the stores used to use to send home groceries - and that I always used to line the household trash cans. I'm still trying to figure our how to manage getting the trash collected and into the small bin that goes to the curb without having everything just loose and flying. I still had some white plastic kitchen bags from my late mother (died in 1995) so I filled one of those and took it outside; got to take advantage of that dry weather! All in all, it tallied 90 minutes of activity, so all was not lost. (Side note: all kinds of organizations are giving out reusable cloth bags we can bring on our own, or we can purchase paper bags at check out for 5 cents each.)

I spent the afternoon working on our taxes and have taken them as far as I can until we get in the rest of the official notices we will need. I also tallied our medical mileage, figuring only those trips that were more than 10 miles. The total this year was over 3,450 miles, mostly in the first 7 months of the year. No wonder I didn't have any time to myself! Things are better since Hubby has been in remission - I just hope it continues.

On that happy note I will go finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea for bedtime. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday!


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/30/20 10:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Just as I thought it would the swallow test found nothing. So it was a pointless waste of time and money for us to learn he's just a little messy. Which is completely expected for an 8 month old with a lip tie, laryngomalacia, and reflux.

I got a reminder this morning that I had a therapy appointment on Saturday. I decided to cancel and for the time being not go back. We just keep rehashing the same things and she keeps suggesting things I don't like. If I decide I need therapy again I might try to find someone else.

Yesterday I did yoga, got 8 glasses of water, and stayed within my calories. Today I was supposed to have a doctors appointment, but 15 minutes before my appointment the receptionist called to say my doctor wasn't coming into the office. If DH had gotten up on time I'd have already been at the doctor's office when they called! So I didn't get to work out this morning for no real reason. I will see about getting to the gym over my lunch break. I forgot my book in the car so have nothing to read on the recumbent bike, but 10 minutes on the elliptical is better than nothing.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/30/20 6:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, best of luck getting your taxes done early this year. Seems everything everywhere is running late. I can't imagine why they want to do a swallowing test unless there is aspiration going on. Maybe that corporate division needs to show some increased revenue.

Carol, best of luck to you for your taxes, too. It's nice you have such a good accountant to help sort it all out.

I'm waiting for the hubster's W2 to arrive, then I will be joining you all in tax preparation. Ours are thankfully quite simple and there's no state tax to file in Tennessee.

I finished up the lingerie yesterday, and am ready to start something retro-frumpy-fun today. It looks like the husband will be here until Saturday. We went to the supermarket yesterday for things that are easy to fix so I won't have to be cooking all day. The man eats like a 16-year-old boy with a tapeworm.

Wishing everyone a fine Thursday!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/30/20 12:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

GoodFeline, I'm glad you like the elk. They stay mostly in the hills just behind us and out of reach of the hunters. I understand your impatience with getting the taxes finished, but I know that the law only requires that the providers just have to have them in the mail by January 31st. I also know there are some companies who fudge the dates, so in any case I don't get excited about not having documents until a week or so into February. It does sound as though you are making good progress in re-establishing your health and weight management program. But I'm sorry to hear about the migraine. I used to have a lot of them in my younger years, even after my hysterectomy, though that did help moderate the pain somewhat. They finally disappeared after I went through menopause. I hope you can get rid of yours sooner instead of later; they are definitely not fun! I hope your son's swallow study went well. Please let us know what you learn.

Julie, how nice that you have had some time to yourself for a couple days. I'm sure your sewing projects will turn out perfectly. Perhaps your Husband will want to get into his hobbies so you will have more time to work on your sewing.

To both of you, thanks for the kind words that Hubby and I look younger than our stated years. Whatever advantage we had in that department we credit to our long-term use of dietary supplements for the last many years. And of course, Revlon helps with my hair color too!

After a slow start to the day I decided to follow GoodFeline's example and start to tackle our taxes. I put a spreadsheet on an Excel program a few years ago and just use a new version every year. It has been laid out in categories and lets me make sure nothing has been forgotten or lost in the mail. When it's all complete I send the package off to our Colorado accountant who actually completes and submits the required forms for the government. He has helped us through some tricky times in the last few years and we are grateful he still works with us via mail. If he ever retires we will be in a world of hurt. So far the process is going quite well; crossing my fingers it stays that way. At least it helps pass the time as the rain continues to fall.

It's time now for me to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a great Thursday.



Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/29/20 10:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: What a neat picture of the elk! That's a lot of them in one place. I agree with Julie, you both look younger than you say. DH tells me I am beginning to look like my mom, so I can look to her to see what I will look like LOL

DH got his W2 so I made some more progress on our taxes but he still needs to find his car registration, send me his medical information for the year (he has never given me access to his online information), send me his 1098-T, and I am still waiting on the daycare payment total, and my 1098-Ts and 1098-Es. I like having my taxes done by February but I've had to amend my taxes twice in April because things trickle in so late so I am hesitant to finish early anymore. The first time I had to amend was when I had income from two states, and let me tell you, that was NOT a fun experience.

Yesterday I ate within my calorie range, got the video done in the morning, and got 8 glasses of water in. I forgot about a mandatory meeting over my lunch break so I didn't get to hit up the gym a second time and ended up with a head splitting migraine by the end of the day. My head still hurts but it's deadened to a dull ache rather than the want-to-vomit-when-I-move-my-eyes pain from yesterday. I haven't had one of those in years and I am beyond grateful that little man is not much of a crier, though he was fussy when I kept moving his hands away from pulling my hair.

Little man has his swallow study today. It was supposed to be last week but they rescheduled the night before. I still don't completely understand why he needs it, nobody who sees him on a regular basis does, but the doctors are all insisting it's important and that he definitely needs it. Googling reasons for a swallow study shows that it's recommended for babies with respiratory symptoms and poor weight gain, so I guess his small stature and breathing problems could be why they want to do it, but he's a champion eater. His breathing doesn't stop him from chugging his bottle like a frat bro or chomping down his purees.

I've been looking forward to a weekend of doing absolutely nothing this week. But my dad sent me a text asking if I want to do a dog transport with him on Saturday. He is a transporter for a Midwest dog rescue, so he is part of a train of people who rescue dogs that are going to be euthanized and transports them across the Midwest to no kill shelters or foster homes. I'm not really a big fan of dogs but I don't think they should be euthanized based on breed (his rescue focuses on the more stereotypically "aggressive" dogs) so I have helped him in the past. He enjoys having me ride along and spending a few hours in the jeep with him. I sit in the back cuddling the dog so he can focus on driving safely. I would enjoy spending some time with my dad, I haven't seen him in awhile, but last weekend was so busy I was really looking forward to just sitting on my butt in my pajamas this weekend snuggling the baby and the cats.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/29/20 9:22 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, thanks for posting the photos! You and your husband appear much younger than your stated ages, and the elk herd is impressive. Thanks also for the mantra; I shall try planting it and see what comes up, lol.

GoodFeline, best wishes for continued success with your nutrition and activity goals; you're off to a good start!

Yesterday was easy here, just routine stuff and sewing. Still working on the lingerie project, taking my time and making them a little special. The husband will be home in a few hours and I will have cooking and cleaning to do, so I'm enjoying the bit of alone time left until then.

Wishing everyone a happy day!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/29/20 1:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a terrific Tuesday.

GoodFeline, it sounds as though every day is a new adventure with your little one, which is pretty typical. It's good to know he has a healthy appetite but is also discriminating in what he likes and does not like. As for his sleep position, once they learn to turn over, they will sleep any way they want to, regardless of how you leave them to start with. Having the oxygen is at least one good factor for keeping him sleeping safely too. It must be a relief that he does not have the eye mutations for Stickler Syndrome - one less thing to worry about.

Congratulations on staying in your calorie range. One day at a time . . . It's great that your husband has agreed to help you stay on your calorie track; that should make the process a little easier for you.

Julie, how wonderful that you were able to take a day for doing just whatever you did or did not feel like doing. We all need days like that occasionally, and as productive as you generally are I would say you are more than entitled. As for the mantra about not shoveling show, you are welcome to it, no need to return that borrowed item. In fact, it may even take root and grow offspring that you can share with others as needed. My gift to you!

We had a quiet day again. Today was my grocery shopping day and the morning rain had minimized itself to more of a mist than rain, so the task was not very onerous. My husband sent me a couple pictures from this past weekend that I thought I would share. The pictures of us with Hubby's birthday cake came our pretty well. The other one shows the herd of elk that were making themselves at home along the highway when Daughter and Hubby were coming back from their trip to the coast. The weather for several days before and several days after that has consisted of heavy rain and wind and all kinds of wild weather. They caught the two good days that had sunshine and like breezes, which obviously were enjoyed by the elk as well.



These were taken at my daughter's house.


This was taken from just across the highway that follows the Columbia River.

On that note I will go finish my Spark postings and then make my chamomile tea for bedtime.

Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday!



Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/28/20 10:30 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Julie: I had a hard time waiting to tell people we were pregnant, we ended up announcing at 9 weeks, but they recommend waiting until 12 weeks because the risk for miscarriage drops to nearly nothing at that point. But I know several women in my mom groups who actually waited until the baby was born to make the announcement!

Carol: Oh my gosh, it seems like he is constantly eating. He's having a bottle or some puree every 1.5 hours and even then he's getting to the point he wants snacks so I am going to have to hunt down some soft foods or puffs or something for him to munch on. I am in absolute awe that he's still so small with how much he packs in his tummy. I've found that he sleeps the best if I let him sleep on his tummy with his head on my stomach or chest. It's not considered safe sleep, but it's where he is ending up every night now if I just let him flop until he's comfortable. Last night he started crying in his sleep until I moved him into that position. Since he's right in front of my face I can hear him quite well, and I can feel his movements, so that with the oxygen monitor has me feeling pretty okay about him sleeping that way for now. I'm sure he'll find a new position soon enough.

The Ophthalmologist said little man doesn't have any of the eye mutations of Stickler Syndrome, but he is slightly farsighted. He's not sure if he'll need glasses, he is still a little young to determine that, but it's something to keep in mind as he grows.

I actually stayed in my calorie range yesterday, probably the first time in about a year if not more. DH has agreed to help me work my way back to my pre-pregnancy eating habits. And this morning I made it to the gym to do a video! I wasn't able to do the whole video, I ran out of time, but I got 31 minutes in. I don't have a book to read over lunch so I probably won't do the recumbent bike unless I can get my phone to get service in the gym to use my Kindle app (our office was formerly a bank, and the gym is in a vault) but I might do 10 minutes on the elliptical. I get an hour for lunch and it will take me about 10 minutes to get down to the gym and changed. Then 10 minutes on the elliptical and another 10 to get changed and back upstairs. That will leave me with about 30 minutes to eat at my desk. If the app works, though, I will probably do 20 minutes on the recumbent bike.

I weighed myself this morning after my workout. It was on the weird scale in the gym bathroom (it's a regular old style one, they refuse to get us a digital one) while fully clothed so I don't know how accurate it is, but according to it I've gained 20lbs over the last 8 months. So I have about 92lbs to lose now. When I first started trying to lose weight I lost 121lbs in the first year so if things work as well now as they did then I should be able to lose that in about a year. But who knows how it all works now. Hopefully getting back on track will show some progress, though.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/28/20 10:17 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, I hope your back is feeling better. Be careful when using electric heating pads for more than 15 minutes. They can exacerbate any inflammatory processes going on.

Carol, I have borrowed your no shoveling mantra to cope with the wet, wet weather. Believe me, I fully understand how it can drive you a little batty!

I had a nice lazy Monday and I'm not going to apologize for it. With the husband being home so much, it might be a long while until I get the opportunity to do nothing for a whole day again.

Wishing everyone a delightful day!
emoticon


 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/28/20 12:45 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a marvelous Monday.

GoodFeline, it sounds as though your youngster is gearing up for a growth spurt with that growing appetite. Good luck keeping up with him! I'm sorry to hear about your back problems. Is there any way you can corral him on the bed so that he settles down when he sleeps? Or maybe he will just grow out of it. Anyway, I'm sure you will find whatever relief works best for you - heat, cold, massage, or some combination thereof. I Googled up Stickler Syndrome since I was not familiar with it; it's good that you are being proactive in monitoring his condition. He does sound like a little dynamo who will not let anything hold him back from attacking life! Good luck with the eye doctor!

Julie, I'm glad to hear your husband's mood lightened up and all of you had a good time with your gaming. As for why your member would not tell anyone she is pregnant, I can hazard a pretty good guess. Spontaneous miscarriages can occur if there are any initial complications, and when they do it is usually in the first 12 weeks. I had one like that with my first pregnancy and my doctor (the late, famous Dr. Robert Bradley) told us that it is actually pretty common and can average about 1 in every 4 pregnancies, sometimes so early one might not even know what is happening. So more young women are waiting that long before letting anyone in on the condition to avoid getting other people excited and then upset. The good news when that happens, per Dr. Bradley, is that your body usually knows how to clear out the problem on its own, naturally, and it does not affect any further pregnancies.

We had another rainy day so my only trip out of the house was to walk down the driveway to get the mail. I had another message from a new Ancestry DNA connection, a second cousin who knew some of my more distant relatives. I've been a little stiffer in the joints than usual today, most likely from all the dampness in the air from so many days of rain. As it turns out, we are due for another 6 days of rain before we get any clearing. I keep reminding myself that we don't have to shovel it; some days I think that is all that saves my sanity. I did some household fidgeting and some Ancestry work, not much else today. Also, we got word that my the son of one of my husband's brothers passed away today. He was 50 years old. That makes the third one in three years. He was the leader of a band called Corrosion of Conformity about 20-25 years or ago, and that group lived a pretty hard life. From what I understand they had more success in Europe than they did in the U.S. His father was one of the two brothers who came to visit this past summer.

Ah me, time to make a cup of chamomile tea and clear my head for sleep. I trust tomorrow will be a better day. Best wishes to everyone for a Terrific Tuesday!


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/27/20 11:10 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It sounds like everyone had a nice weekend. We tried bananas and avocados for first table foods with my moms on Saturday morning. Running along his anti-green food trend little man HATED the avocados. He didn't like the texture of the banana slices, but he enjoyed them when we mashed them up. I don't blame him for that, banana slices are quite slimy. I thought maybe he'd like them more with some peanut butter (he's the perfect age to start introducing allergens to try to prevent food allergies) so we got some PB2 so we can control the consistency and we'll try bananas again with some PB2 for dipping/smearing.

He slept for most of the visit with his godparents. He woke up near the end of it, but was still very sleepy so didn't really want to play or anything. They still enjoyed seeing him and how big he's getting. They're going to come back again in a few months, then again for his birthday in May. We went to church on Sunday to watch DH play the hand bells and little man kept spitting up everywhere. Silly me didn't bring a change of outfit so I kept running into the bathroom to wipe him down. Half his outfit was sopping wet most of the service.

It's my turn for back problems. He's been sleeping at an angle lately so I am sleeping bent over, which is making my lower back ache. I am going to a yoga class over lunch today so I am going to ask the instructor if we can do some moves that help the lower back. I might pull out my heating pad tonight, too, and plug it in on the couch. Get an hour of that in before bed so the muscles are nice and relaxed.

I have a condition called Stickler Syndrome that is hereditary. My son has a 50% chance of inheriting it from me. My insurance company denied genetic testing to see if he has it, but another way to see if he has it is to check for specific mutations in his eyes. So he has an ophthalmology appointment this afternoon to see if they can spot anything. I am not sure they will find anything because his vision seems to be excellent - he sees great and follows movement excellently. Especially if the movement belongs to certain furry friends.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/27/20 6:45 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, I hope you're feeling spunkier today after the weekend recharge. Looking forward to seeing the elk!

It was a nice Sunday here. The husband's mood seemed much better and we had quite a hilarious game. Two of our players are a young married couple. The wife told me in confidence yesterday that she is expecting and that they aren't telling anyone yet. I'm honored she chose to tell me, but not sure why it's a secret.

The weather is rainy/dreary again today, but not so cold. The husband has gone to work, hopefully until the weekend, but at least for a day or two. Perhaps I'll finish up the current sewing project today and move on to the next one.

Wishing everyone a pleasant Monday!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/27/20 12:28 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a spectacular Sunday.

Julie, it sounds as though you had a good day on Saturday too - your favorite sewing projects and preparatory cooking. I'm sorry to hear your Hubster was not in such a good mental or emotional space. Hopefully having your yummy tummy fillers and then a gaming group to fill the time on Sunday has helped him move forward past whatever was concerning him.

Yesterday after Hubby and daughter left for their trip to the Pacific coast I had a modicum of energy, and I slept well last night too. But today I just didn't have any particular oomph. So I watched some ice skating competitions - men's singles and ice dancing. Then the phone started ringing and didn't seem to stop. Hubby and daughter were home about 7:00 p.m. bubbling over about the wonderful time they had. The weather cooperated (no rain) and they loved the pastoral scenery. They enjoyed lots of fresh seafood and wandered the antique mall for hours, but they said the area has become "too touristy" and there were not many really interesting items, all overpriced. A painting by a local artist was $4,000! Coming home after dinner they passed a herd of elk lying by the side of the road, just watching the traffic: daughter promises to send me pictures and when I get them I'll share this one with the team.

So life is getting back to normal now. And it is time for me to get back into a better routine of activity and cooking. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.



Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/26/20 7:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, your Saturday sounds like my kind of recharge day! How lovely of your daughter to provide such nice experiences for both you and your husband.

It was peaceful around here yesterday. I worked on my sewing project off and on throughout the day, stopping to cook meals for the Hubster and myself as needed. He was sort of sullen and bored all day, and of course won't say why.

I made some bar cookies for gaming snacks. I think I'll fix some pizza bread as well. It's just grocery store flatbread that I top with thinly sliced veggies and a little cheese, then warm in the oven and cut into squares. Everyone seems to like it. I pick up the breads from the day-old rack at the store and freeze them.

I found out today that TN offers online voter registration, so I'm off to do that.

Wishing everyone a stellar Sunday!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/26/20 2:25 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team!

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

Julie, it does sound as though you had a fun day on Friday - sewing time and then a dinner date with your husband. But oh my goodness, I was sorry to hear about your back, though it sounds like you knew the best way to treat it and got some prompt relief. I trust you both enjoyed your hobby day on Saturday. Thanks for the thought about the birthday dinner - glad you enjoyed my minimal attempt at humor about the diet. Daughter's lasagna was delicious but I only ate one piece, one piece of garlic bread, a bowl of salad, and one piece of cake. Still my weight was up by a half a pound the next day and I keep telling myself she cooks with a lot of salt, so hopefully that will drop back off rather quickly. She sent 2 pieces home with me; I am saving them to share with Hubby when he gets back from his trip instead of eating them while he is gone.

We got a reprieve in our weather today - sunshine and temperatures in the 50s. A few good-sized branches fell into the back yard along with several clods of moss, and I was able to go out and clean them up without a jacket or sweater. Hubby and my daughter left for the Pacific coast this morning, with her driving his car that needed a good highway run. They are eating lots of fresh seafood and scouring through a big antique mall (plus antique stores) out there and will be back tomorrow evening as daughter has to go back to work on Monday. I hate antiquing - or shopping of any kind, so I was happy to let them go while I stayed home and had some me-time. I'm an introvert and sometimes just need to recharge my own emotional batteries with some solitude. The trip is her birthday gift to him, but it also functions as a gift to me too. She's a thoughtful daughter and I am blessed to have her. I cleaned my bathroom and the kitchen, then drove to the grocery store to refill a prescription of Hubby. On the way back I stopped and got my hair cut, and then the rain came down after I was settled in at home again.

Best wishes to everyone for a spectacular Sunday!


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/25/20 5:59 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, it is evident from your writing tone that you are feeling a lot of relief from your decision. Nice that you have the option to pick up and finish the degree at a later date, too!

Carol, I had to chuckle at leaving the diet in the car! Hope your husband, you, and the family had an especially nice birthday celebration. And wow, the new moon reading was right on target for me! I do naturally resonate with the Uranus and Aquarius vibes anyhow.

Yesterday was interesting. I did the housework early and spent most of the dreary, rainy day in the sewing room. I'm having some creative fun with the lingerie project. The husband got home mid-afternoon and we went out for supper so I didn't have to stop sewing. That ended up being both good and bad... good because I was really in the groove and didn't want to stop, bad because I wasn't paying attention to my posture and ended up with a backache. A little heat and a decent night's sleep seem to have resolved that. Today is a hobby day for Hubster and me, and I will try to be more mindful of my back.

Wishing everyone a fun weekend!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/24/20 7:43 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday!

GoodFeline, I am happy to hear you have made a decision and taken the action to implement it - and most important, that you are feeling good about it. Best wishes as you move forward now.

Julie, I'm glad you were able to get outdoors to enjoy some better weather. Congratulations on the new coffee pot; we all just need to replace old things with new one sometimes. Note the synchronicity with the New Moon reading below! Enjoy your time alone and then your time with your Hubster when he gets home!

We had a quiet day, a mix of dry and rain periods. I took the afternoon to prepare the New Moon reading. It practically wrote itself - as though someone was talking through my ears directly through my fingers! OK, I'll take whatever help I can get. I hope everyone finds it useful to some degree..

We are going to my daughter's tonight for Hubby's 85th birthday dinner. The diet will have to stay in the car.

Best wishes to everyone for a super Saturday.
____________________________________

AQUARIUS NEW MOON – January 24, 2020

The Aquarius New Moon will reach exactitude on January 24, 2020 at 1:41 p.m. Pacific Standard Time; on January 24, 2020 at 4:41 p.m. Eastern Standard Time; and on January 24, 2020 at 9:41 Greenwich Mean Time.

The Sun and Moon join exactly at 04° 21’ of Aquarius to form this New Moon event. They are joined in Aquarius by Mercury at 13° 53’. Together they speak to the first real shifts from the overarching Capricorn energy that has dominated the last several months.

Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign that signifies leadership, corporate business, and government organizations. It also emphasizes the societal structures, behavior discipline, and legal orders that promote traditional values and behaviors. These rigid traditions and powerful demands for conformance have dominated every area of our lives – governmental, social, and even the intensely personal dictates of our own internal behaviors and functions. Periodically Cancer’s emotional concerns for family, tradition, and our own homes have raised their heads in protest, but still Capricorn power has dominated. At this time, there are no Cancer issues in opposition.

Now along come the sun and moon and Mercury in the stable (fixed) air sign of Aquarius. This is literally the breath of fresh air that blows over the hills and through the valleys of our lives to bring relief from the stale air that has developed over the last several months. Aquarius is compassionate and benevolent, open to new ideas and breaking the stranglehold of the previous demands that been made on all of us. It calls to us to usher in an early spring of freshness and newness in our environments.

Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, that freedom-loving planet of independence and rebellion. It brings us a new sense of empowerment and encourages us to shake off the cobwebs of this past stodgy winter and begin to plan for new growth and new directions. Uranus has finally turned direct after several weeks in retrograde, where it has been rethinking and shifting its attitudes and is now beginning to start its final new directions. At 02 degrees in the stable (fixed) earth sign of Taurus it is square the New Moon position and challenges us to build more practical and solid foundations for our future.

As always, the New Moon is a time for setting intentions for the coming weeks. Take a good look at your life: where have you felt stuck? Unable to just take that first step toward goals that have been simmering in the back areas of your mind? What has been bugging the heck of you that you just couldn’t quite get hold of to change? These are the areas to start looking at now. Pick one – or maybe two, but don’t get carried away – and start defining the steps you will need to take to change that critical item in your life. Perhaps by the time we reach the Full Moon on February 9th you will have that step defined and perhaps even managed to start taking the first step or two in that new direction.

We all talk about free will and how we can do anything we set our minds to. Often, however, when we try to make it happen we stumble. With that typical, great can-do attitude we blame ourselves for not being firm enough or disciplined enough and then we beat ourselves up as “failures.” But the fact is that there are outside, universal forces we cannot see or control that contribute to these circumstances. This Aquarius New Moon tells us that those external Capricorn forces are starting to break up and get out of our way. We are being an opportunity to start fresh in a new atmosphere of Universal cooperation.

One caution: our free will and independent abilities are starting to move forward, but there is still a lot of traditional Capricorn energy that will continue to get in our way for awhile. Ceres, Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, and Pallas Athena, along with the old-habits South Nodes, are still in Capricorn. So this beginning is not going to be the explosive, dynamic, everything will suddenly be hunky-dory event we would all like to see. But it is now that pivotal point where we will be able to see that life is finally helping us climb out of the ruts of Capricorn dominion and we can reach for the new directions we have dreamed of for so long.
________________________________



Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/24/20 8:43 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: I talked to my advisor about dropping out and decided to go through with it, I was blocked from the student portal by 4:30 yesterday afternoon so it was a quick process. She said I'd have 4 years to return if I wanted to (the school allows 8 years total from initial enrollment to complete the degree, whether you're enrolled the full time or not). I have about 7 months to go, so I'd have about 3 years to re-enroll in order to complete on their deadline. I'm not sure I'd want to, though. I'm still interested in my topic but it's not even really my topic. I had to change it to make it easier to get through the IRB process. But, on the plus side, since it was such an easy study (online survey of 10 public librarians) I could always do it on my own sometime when little man is older and try to publish it in a journal or something. My priorities have changed, though, and I mostly just want to be with my little man.

Julie: I think it's just the university. It's a private grad student focused school that's been expanding its accreditation so they're pretty strict on their grad students to keep their numbers up. They're a one-on-one program, though, so I don't have classmates. I really loved that about the program.

I thought I'd feel worse about dropping out. And I did want to cry right after I did it, but I mostly just feel relief. I even slept better last night than I have in weeks. And with our busy, busy weekend ahead I am so glad I won't have the guilt and panic of my dissertation looming over me as we spend time with family and visiting out of town friends. Tomorrow we're having breakfast with my moms, lunch with the in-laws, and then his godparents are visiting from out of town. Sunday DH has a bell choir performance at church so we're all going to church in the morning which is usually followed by lunch with the in-laws.

I won't be joining DH at his parents Saturday afternoon, and I won't have to work on my dissertation, so I can guilt free clean the house or do a workout video or just lounge with the cats watching some grown up television (little man doesn't really watch TV but I still alter my viewing habits with him around just in case). And without my dissertation to worry about I can actually start a regular workout routine again, I won't be anxious about how I should be writing all the time. I need to get some new leggings though. I found what seemed like a good set on Amazon that's 3 for $35 so I'll have to ask DH if I can get them.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/24/20 7:53 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, I never heard of a masters or doctoral program with such rigid time requirements and so much oversight. Is it because of your major or the type of university? Can't blame you for dropping, considering your circumstances.

Carol, so happy you finally got the good news! Somehow, I never doubted that it would be so. I hope you get the cake delivered unscathed!

Yesterday was warmer, in the mid-50s, so I ventured out to the supermarket for some fresh produce and a few needful things. They had some coffeemakers marked down, and ours is old (at least 7 years) and getting really slow, so I picked one up. It's exactly like the one we had before. I wonder if the husband will notice. Funny how the inexpensive appliances don't change design for years and years, while the more expensive ones are constantly being "improved". Today it's supposed to rain all day, followed by a cold and cloudy weekend. The hubster is on the way home already, so just a few more hours of alone time for me this week.

Wishing everyone a happy start to the weekend!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/24/20 12:04 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a great day on Thursday!

GoodFeline, I'm sorry to hear your weather has been so bad that the daycare closed. There were some snowy highway pictures from Nebraska on the news and they did look really treacherous. I'm glad you were home safe. That's interesting about him trying to steal your food. Do you think he just wanted whatever you had or was he developing a more robust appetite? He could be coming into a growth spurt too.

Your sense of burnout is certainly understandable. You have been under tremendous strain for a long time. If you do drop out now would you lose everything you have done toward your dissertation? Or would it be possible for you to go back and finish it up at a later date when your life has calmed down? Just curious. I'm sure you may catch some flak from family and friends about "wasting" the previous effort but I don't think education is ever a waste. Just think it through so that when that inevitably comes you are ready to deal with it without getting stressed out. I walked away from my master's degree with just one clinic course left to complete; a change in life circumstances is always my standard line. I tell people "I did my masters work" but am careful not to claim the degree, so I have an inkling of what happens. And life does go on. It's amazing how the Universe pushes us in certain directions that may not make an inkling of sense until a couple years down the line we are shown a much broader picture. Goddess know, there really is a purpose behind some of these things, if we will just have the patience to watch for it.

Julie, I love the colors on that pajama set; it really does look comfy. And a birthday present to yourself? What a great idea: you know it will be something you need and will enjoy! It's good to know your husband got work again. I hope he is able to stay safe on those roads out there. From what the news shows, some of them can be really ugly! Enjoy your time to yourself! Your comment about going to the stores in January for the White Sales reminded me of my mother. She didn't drive and we lived in the suburbs, so we had to ride the bus to go to the stores - and most were downtown (Cleveland) as there were no malls in those days. She did that buying and then had the store deliver everything as there was no way she could carry it all home on the bus. I don't think there are many of us any more who remember those pre-mall days.

The good news today is that Hubby's scan is clear - no sign of the cancer at this point. I didn't hear from the doctor's office so I called them. His medical assistant returned the call so were relieved we can now get on with our lives and not have to hang around the phone. The rest of the day was quiet, as usual. Tomorrow will be Hubby's birthday - he will be turning 85. I will bake a cake to take to my daughter's for his birthday dinner. At his request she is making her yummy lasagna. I will also take along some Martinelli's for toasts to his continued health. Granddaughter will not be there - she has to work but grandson, daughter, daughter's SO, and then, of course, Hubby and I will be there. So should be a group of 5. I will have to find a way to safely get the cake out of my house and into hers as the rain is continuing. It's that time of year in Oregon, and you know my mantra about the rain: "at least we don't have to shovel it."

Also, I will try to finish the January 24th New Moon posting and drop by with it early tomorrow. It sort of crept up on me

So I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make chamomile tea to prepare for sleep. Tomorrow will be a busy day. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday!


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/23/20 11:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: Wishing you the best of news today!

Julie: Those pajamas look comfortable!

Yesterday daycare closed for the weather so I stayed home with little man. He was fussy in the morning, he woke up at 4 and 5 crying, so we had an early morning bath, toy time, his favorite breakfast, and snuggles in front of the fireplace. He was feeling much perkier when he woke up from his morning nap. He's trying harder and harder to steal our food, and has started kicking up a fuss when we don't let him, so this weekend we're going to be starting him on table food to see how he does. I was thinking breakfast at grandmas where we have eggs and bacon and he has banana and avocado.

I've been thinking about dropping out of school. I know I am very close to the end and I have worked very hard, but I am getting a lot of strong criticism from my Chair about the quantity of my work, I am turning my work in late, and I only have 5 hours a week I can devote to working on my dissertation regularly (the recommended amount is at least 20-30 hours). I had planned to use my PhD to get an online teaching job to supplement our income but now I don't want to have a second job because it would take time away from little man, so I don't think I'd even use the degree (it's not needed where I currently work and the only job change I am truly considering anytime soon is to leave the workforce). I'm incredibly burnt out and mostly just pushing myself because of the student loans I've taken out. I don't want to feel like I wasted the money by dropping out. I'm just not sure how much longer I can push myself, and I don't think working 5 hours a week is going to get me to graduation on time.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/23/20 9:54 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, your book sounds really interesting! I hope you get that good news from the doctor today.

The husband did go back to work yesterday, so I had some time to putter about and get some odds and ends finished up, including my new pajamas (photo below). I put them in a gift bag and will give them to myself for my birthday. Remember when we went to white sales in January and got new linens and underwear for the year? I hadn't bought sheets or towels in something like 10 years, so I got a couple of new sets from Amazon, then ordered new undies, socks, and tees for the hubster. Yesterday I started sewing a batch of undies for myself. When those are done, I'll whip up some new dish towels. Not exciting, I know, but certainly practical.

Wishing everyone a bright and shiny day!
emoticon

cotton knit tee + cotton flannel pull-on pants = pajamas!



 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/23/20 1:02 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Wednesday.

Julie, it sounds as though you have plenty of projects to keep you occupied until your husband gets home. I'm sure the two of you will find projects or games or shopping to keep you busy together when he gets there. Whatever you do, I hope you have lots of fun.

We had another dreary day but not much rain. We still have not heard from the doctor, which irritates the daylights out of me. I plan to call tomorrow morning to see if there are any results yet. This morning I colored my hair and then scrubbed the kitchen floor. It's technically not exercise but all the exertion should at least count as activity. I put chicken in the large-size toaster oven and the thing never even got hot. I suspect it has finally died - I've had it about 10 years and the "dinger" on it died more than a year ago. I wouldn't want to be without one though; I use it almost every day, far more than the microwave or an other individual piece of equipment. Fortunately they are not terribly expensive. I put the chicken in the big oven in the stove but didn't want to wait another hour for dinner, so I heated a can of beef and barley Chunky Soup for a late dinner; we polished it off with some of the cranberry bread we made the other day. Fortunately my husband is not fussy about such late and "unbalanced" meals occasionally.

So on that happy note I will close. Time to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea to calm my head for sleep. I'm currently reading a book called "Archaeology From Space." It's about the use of photo imagery from satellites and the following up on the ground with traditional archaeological methods to excavate for the details. It could be interesting but I find it particularly good for putting me to sleep. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Thursday.



Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/22/20 5:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, I hope that good news is on the way to you today!

It's supposed to be sunny and warm up to 40 today, which sounds pretty good to me. No word yet on when the hubster will be going back to work, but at least his paycheck came through yesterday. I didn't get a lot of time to sew yesterday, but I made the third block for the Wild Women quilt. I'll probably get to those pj pants today.

Wishing everyone a satisfying day!
emoticon

Edited by: JULIEINKPT at: 1/22/2020 (05:48)
 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/22/20 12:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

GoodFeline, your fun is just beginning with your little one since he is now able to move around. He sounds like an adventurous little tyke; I'm sure you'll find him exploring all kinds of interesting things!

Julie, it's good to hear that you had a few hours to yourself.

Tuesday is my regular shopping day, but we made sure one of us was available to the phone all day. Sadly, we did not get any phone calls with good news. Of course, we didn't get any phone calls with bad news either. We are thinking (hoping!) that if there was bad news we would have had a call to come in and see the doctor. So we are hoping for tomorrow. Otherwise it's just be a typical rainy Oregon winter day.

Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday. I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea to help soothe my mind for bedtime.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/21/20 1:50 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon!

Carol, I hope you got some good news from the doctor today!

GoodFeline, isn't it fun to watch your child as he learns to do stuff!

I had a peaceful day yesterday after the husband went to work. He will be coming back home in a little while. I have a pot of bean & hambone soup simmering on the stove, so at least food is taken care of. It's been very cold the last couple of days, with a few flurries, but otherwise not too dreary. I finished my pajama top yesterday and may get the bottoms started before the hubster gets here.

Wishing everyone a happy little day!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/21/20 12:09 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Little man is fighting my putting the cannula on less, but still cries once it is on. I've found a bottle helps reduce the crying so I try to get him up to bed before his last bottle of the day, or to give him a sippy cup. But he can't get much from the sippy cups we have so it frustrates him since he's already upset. The bottle works the best. He like his formula, and a warm bottle in his tummy helps him nod off to sleep.

We're having lots of ice and snow. Stay safe and warm with the upcoming winter weather this week, everyone.

Little man began crawling on Sunday! He started doing lunge scoots this past week, then put everything together this weekend and started crawling after Chester cat on the bed. While my moms were over he figured out crawling on the floor and started pulling himself up on objects around the room, trying to figure out how to maneuver around while standing (not quite there yet). The cats are both grumpy that he can now chase them. Chester just walks away, but Ghost wanders around him in circles for a bit before walking off. Chester has longer fur, though, so he's an easier target.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/21/20 12:24 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

Julie, it sounds as though your group had a different kind of fun game yesterday - we can all use that occasionally. Undoubtedly those ham sliders helped everyone's moods. It sounds as though you will get a few days of break to settle your own head with plenty of time to yourself, and then I gather you will be happy to see your Hubby again. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, as they say. It's too bad the weather didn't cooperate for you to get to the MLK Day event but I think you were smart to opt for safety instead of going out with the possibility of dealing with ice.

As expected, we did not hear from the doctor today so we will look forward to a call tomorrow. Meanwhile, we got a call from Hubby's brothers that the nephew that we had been warned was at death's door has actually made a miraculous recovery. It's nice to have good news for a change. Meanwhile I spent the day cleaning up the kitchen and then working out n the back yard. We had a second dry day in a row, though it was still cloudy, and there was a ton of moss clods and small sticks to be cleaned up and put in the buckets to take out to the curb. My son called to talk on his way to work this morning and my daughter called to talk on her way home from her job. Those Blue Tooth gizmos certainly encourage the conversations, and I'm really quite pleased.

So on that happy note I'll go finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific day on Tuesday.



Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/20/20 7:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, it looks like you're having a nice little run of good fortune this month! Have you noticed more serendipity lately?

We had a lot of fun at yesterday's game, even though we were a few players less than usual. We bungled an investigation, losing four characters and some loot. Quite a change from playing conquering heroes! It was all truly hilarious, though. The guys loved the ham sliders, and we had some really nice Florida strawberries, too.

The husband is supposed to go to work this afternoon. We think he will be back home Tuesday. Meanwhile, I'm going to start on some new pajamas for myself, a fun and easy project "palate cleanser" before jumping into something more challenging. I was thinking about going to the local MLK Day event today. Unfortunately, it's going to be outdoors and it's not predicted to get above freezing all day. Still phobic about ice, so I will opt for some commemoration online or on TV.

Wishing everyone a magical Monday!
emoticon

Edited by: JULIEINKPT at: 1/20/2020 (07:14)
 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/20/20 12:28 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Sunday.

GoodFeline, I hope you enjoyed a day of games with your moms and that all is well in your world.

Julie, sorry to hear about the cold, dreary and rainy weather. Hopefully the time you spent with your gaming group provided some distracting amusement.

We had a quiet day today - two football games and 4 loaves of cranberry bread baked. But for the first time in my life two of those loaves stuck to one end of the pan and fell apart as I tried to extract them. What was there to do except eat all those pieces? Hubby and I used those as our game day snacks! Two loaves are intact; I'll probably give one to my daughter and one to my next door neighbor lady. We actually had no rain today and the sun actually peeked through the clouds for a brief period. The back yard is full of clods of moss and lichens and a bunch of small twigs. Assuming the rain holds off (the weather casters are saying it will) I plan to get out into the yard and clean it up tomorrow. Unbelievably, we don't have any medical appointments for the rest of the month. Hurray!

So on that happy note I'll wish everyone a Marvelous Monday!


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/19/20 7:10 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad to hear you got some extra sleep and enjoyed the OAA meeting!

I didn't do much beyond routine chores yesterday. It was cold, dreary, and rainy out, and the husband and I both felt like just lazing about.

Today is CoC day. One of our gaming friends gave us a ham last week, and I got that cooked and cut up last night to make sliders for game snacks today and meals for us for later. It's supposed to be sunny today, but still cold with temps in the 30s.

Wishing everyone a day of tasty adventures!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/19/20 1:25 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a successful Saturday.

Julie, that business with the paychecks makes it sound as though the company merging isn't going as smoothly as one might desire. I hope they get that business straightened out soon, and I guess one could always be grateful there will still be a job for your husband. Of course from what I have read, there is a terrible need for truck drivers, so I am grateful he is out there and willing to do the job. As always, things will work the way they are supposed to.

GoodFeline, I hope you are having a peaceful and enjoyable weekend.

I finally got some extra sleep this morning but it nearly made me late for my OAA meeting. Today they had a panel (annual event) looking at the astrological aspects for the coming year. The general agreement was not earth shaking - we are looking at lots of changes coming up in the world and can expect them to be reflected in our personal lives. I don't think one had to be an astrologer to see that coming. Still, it was nice to get out and see my compatriots again.

So best wishes to everyone for a pleasant evening and a super day on Sunday.



Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/18/20 9:12 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, like Carol says, quick breads like cranberry or banana, are leavened with baking powder and/or soda, and are quite easy to make. You basically just stir the ingredients together and bake. Breads leavened with yeast (e.g. sandwich breads) are completely different. They are not really difficult, but there are techniques to learn and patience required for the rising time.

Carol, I'm glad your outing went so well! Wouldn't it be great if every trip went so smoothly?

Thank you both for the compliments on the new coat! I think this one will sell quickly if the weather stays cold.

The husband is home, and I'm not sure for how long. I think I mentioned that the company he works for was recently bought out by another trucking company. There is some confusion as the new company merges their local terminal with the one Himself works out of, and that's actually going okay. I guess there is confusion at the corporate level as well, since none of the drivers got their paychecks yesterday. They're making excuses and saying the checks will post on Tuesday. They better had, or there may be a whole lot of trucks suddenly stop working on Tuesday!

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/18/20 1:14 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

GoodFeline, it sounds as though you are starting to get a handle on how to manage getting your son to sleep with the oxygen supplement. As a point of interest, I grabbed his astrological chart to see if there were any clues there about dealing with him. As usually happens, I found that a mother's instincts are generally spot on and yours are right on the money. The overall composition of his chart shows a child with strong Virgo tendencies, even with no Virgo specifically in his chart. He wants things organized according to his own internal checklist. However, he has more mutable planets than anything else, so a gentle approach that doesn't challenge him might work better. Julie's suggestion to let him play with it for awhile is perfect. I would add let him play with it alone, if he's interested, then you play with him with it. With his Mercury (learning) in Gemini (curiosity) it might ease the transition. Good luck!

Since this is a non-yeast quick-bread you really don't need the bread attachment for your mixer. I would just suggest that you mix it by hand and be careful not to over-beat it. It's really pretty easy. I believe there are several good recipes on line for it, but if you want my recipe let me know and I'll post it for you. Also, you might have to wait until cranberries come back in season next fall if your store is already sold out. I bought too many to start with and have to use them before they spoil.

Meanwhile, I hope your cold symptoms finally ease out for you as that in itself with make your life much easier. Good luck with the dissertation and the taxes.

Julie, as usual, your inventiveness with your creations leaves me somewhat breathless. From a robe to a coat lining and a whole new concept - marvelous! How well it turned out! And your added trim touches make each item unique and special. Thank you for sharing the photos. As for your husband's work schedules - or perhaps I should say non-schedules, since they have been so varied lately - I can see why you ready for him to go back on the road. I hope the storms will let up after this current one passes through the country, however.

Today went better than I expected. The morning roads were dry, the scan was performed without any complications, and we got our shopping done. Vitamin Cottage, where we purchase our supplements, had a 10% off all supplements sale today only, which helped the budget. Costco was surprisingly not very busy, which made our shopping there (with our hot dog lunch, of course) go much more smoothly. We went on to Barnes & Noble, and I picked up 2 books, both on super sale, of course.

So on that happy note I will go finish my Spark postings and make some camomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a super Saturday.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/17/20 10:56 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: Daycare uses an oxygen tank instead of an oxygen concentrator, so it's much quieter. They're also able to let him fall asleep first then put the cannula on while he's sleeping. But they have three infant teachers and the director while bedtime is usually just me. So I could turn the concentrator on, get him to sleep, then try to put the cannula on, but he likes to fall asleep on my chest so it would be very difficult for me to manage alone.

Your cranberry bread sounds delicious! I've never made bread, but my mixer has a bread attachment and I have a silicone bread mold. I've always wanted to make my own bread, either fancy bread like banana or cranberry or just regular sandwich breads.

Julie: I tried putting the cannula on without DH last night and it went so much faster. DH still had to come help soothe him afterwards because little man was just too angry, but without him being restrained and letting him lay how he wanted while I put it on there was much less fighting.

I really like that second coat! What a lovely color!

I read somewhere that this has been the worst flu season in years with a record number of deaths. I definitely believe it. I've got a cough now, but I think it's mostly just because I am so stuffed up I keep choking when I try to breath. It doesn't seem to be getting any worse, which is good. I'm really hoping to see my moms on Sunday.

My friend is still working on her review of my dissertation chapter but sent me some initial comments which have already proved helpful, so I am glad I asked her to look it over. I don't think I'll hit the minimum page limit this weekend since I just have my lunch hour today to work on it - DH has a work meeting Saturday morning, then while he's at his parents with little man Saturday afternoon I'll need to clean the house for when my moms come over Sunday, so I won't have time to work on the chapter this weekend. But I think I will hit it by next weekend at least, then come the formal reviews and edits, then when it passes I begin working on chapter 3 (the chapter on methodology).

I began our taxes yesterday, but neither of us has gotten our W2s yet so there wasn't much I could do. I tried to do our deductions but a lot of that is dependent on income so I hit a lot of barriers. So I did what I could, let DH know what documents I still need so he could keep an eye out, and saved my progress.

Last night I woke up around 10:00 with my butt hanging off the bed and little man sprawled out pressed up against my side, two cats sleeping down by my feet. It's a king bed and I'm still being shoved off the edge emoticon

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/17/20 7:58 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, your instincts are correct about trying to restrain your child while applying the cannula. This will only increase his stress. Might be better to let him play with it a little bit so it becomes less scary.

Carol, you had mentioned before a feeling that something significant was in the offing for your family this coming spring. I'm hoping with you that it will be a blessing!

It was a quiet day here yesterday. I finished the coat and decided I need to re-do the closure. I will get that finished this morning. The husband will be back this afternoon. He had told me that his company no longer had the account with the every-other-day delivery schedule, so there's no telling what he's going to do next. Really, I'm ready for him to return to the road for a while.

Wishing everyone a perfectly lovely day!
emoticon

ETA: Here are the before and after photos, as promised.
Before, fawn flannel robe with faux wolf collar (and matching sash, not shown)


After, stone flannel coat with fawn flannel lining, faux leather and gimp braid trim, faux wolf collar, faux leather toggle closure. I'm calling it "mountain magic coat".


More photos and details on my blog: juliewillis.wordpress.com

Edited by: JULIEINKPT at: 1/17/2020 (09:38)
 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/17/20 12:06 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Thursday.

GoodFeline, I'm sorry to hear your son is still fighting his cannula. Hopefully he will adjust soon. Of course, having sore private parts (even after you put on the A&D ointment) might not have helped the situation. Have the people at the daycare given you any indication of how he reacts when they try to put the cannula on him for a nap? Or should that question be "if" they try to put it on him? Meanwhile, I'm sorry you have a cold again and that you get over it quickly.

Julie, how lovely that you had the time to yourself to finish the robe and get a breather. I hope you got that sunshine that was predicted for you.


Hubby and I originally planned to make cranberry bread today, but when I started to get out the ingredients I realized we didn't have any walnuts. The last I remembered, we had a huge bag of them! Hubby chops the nuts and forgot to tell me we were out, even when we were at Costco, which is where we buy them. So that will have to wait. The weather was dry but still cool and cloudy. I spent most of my time working to update family astrological charts. I am starting to get the sense that something important is coming for the period March 23 to April 6. Once I get a first pass through all the charts I will have to go back to see if I can find the common threads - or some idea of what that story will look like. Tomorrow we will be off to get Hubby's scan and then swing up to Beaverton for some shopping - including getting walnuts at Costco!

Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday!




Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/16/20 9:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: Little man is still fighting his cannula hard. DH tries to help by restraining little man, but honestly I think that just makes it so much worse. He hates having his movement restricted in any way and being restricted while I put the hated cannula on is about the worst thing his little mind could imagine.

Julie: I asked a friend from college to look over my chapter. She's a librarian, too, so she might be able to offer some insight into how I could link my study topic into the chapter sections.

Little man came home last night smelling like mentholated vapor rub. He was upset, refusing to pee, and very uncomfortable with blisters on his genitals. I changed his diaper and put some cream on him and that seemed to make him happy. He was better this morning, and the daycare says they noticed a rash and put some A&D ointment on him but that's all. I asked them not to use it again because I definitely saw blisters, not a rash.

I have a cold again. At least this time it feels like just a cold and not a virus from Hell. So far just a stuffy nose and congested ears. I'm hoping it passes before Sunday when my moms are supposed to come visit.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/16/20 7:20 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Wow, Carol, the Universe really lined things up nicely for you this week!

I enjoyed having a day to myself yesterday. I almost finished the robe; just the hems left for today. The husband returned last night and will be here until this afternoon. There really isn't any "normal" to his schedule. We are supposed to be getting some sunshine today, so that will be nice for a change.

Wishing everyone a lovely day!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/16/20 12:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

GoodFeline, I hope your son is adjusting well to his oxygen and things are going well for you at work.

Julie, thank you for the thought for good roads. I'm glad your husband is back on the road too, as I know you value your independent time, and hopefully the roads are good for him too. Good luck with that robe you are working on.

Just as we were about to leave for Hubby's scan this morning we got a call that the technician who does the scans was out sick and we would have to reschedule. So we are on for Friday late morning. The weather folks are predicting good roads for that day so we will just go up to Beaverton after the scan and get some shopping done. I am nearly out of most of our supplements, and the Vitamin Cottage (where we buy them) is having a one day sale of 10% off all supplements on Friday. This way we will not have to make a second long trip from home. It's amazing how helpful the Universe can be. So I cleaned up the kitchen so Hubby and I can start on our Thursday morning plan of making another batch of 4 loaves of cranberry bread with a clean space and lots of room to work.

For now it's time to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a thoughtful Thursday.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/15/20 8:38 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, maybe the chapters are relevant to the study in the way that they inform the direction of the research?

Carol, I'm keeping a good thought for clear and safe roads for you and your husband today!

Yesterday was warm, rainy and dreary again. The husband did go to work finally, and I made a lot of progress on the robe refashioning. Today is predicted to stay warm (upper 60s) and cloudy with intermittent thunderstorms. I will be extremely happy to see a sunny day! Meanwhile, perhaps I'll get the robe finished and start something new today.

Wishing everyone something to smile about!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/15/20 1:35 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday!

GoodFeline, I hope your son is adjusting well to the oxygen. At his age he might just figure this is part of the process and learn to live with it. I hope it is helping him. As for your dissertation, is there any way you can talk to your instructor or an advisor or someone who can help guide you with this process? Or is this something that is supposed to be done all on your own? It sounds as though you may just need an outside perspective to help you get over this hump, so to speak. Good luck on that as you move forward.

Julie, I'm happy to hear that your aches and accompanying miseries have flown on with the wind and left you feeling like your best self. It must have been quite a surprise when your husband came back home but it's also helpful that you and he can adapt to these changes so quickly an well. Your description of deconstructing and altering and designing all these items just blows my mind. What a fabulous talent you have! I'll look forward to seeing your photos when you are finished.

We woke up this morning to find real snow on the ground, covering everything in white. As soon as the sun came up it started to melt it and everything was clear by noon. I waited until after lunch to go grocery shopping and the roads were clear, so that chore is out of the way. I didn't get anything else accomplished today. Oh well, tomorrow is a new day.

As far as we can tell from the weather reports everything will be clear for tomorrow morning's trip in to Portland. We originally had plans to drive up into Beaverton for some shopping after Hubby's scan, but we would have to come home via Cornelius Pass and that road might not be so well kept, so we will wait. As far as we can tell, this will be the last medical appointment to deal with for the rest of the month. Hurray!

On that happy note I'll close so I can finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. We will have to be out and up early tomorrow. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday!


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/14/20 10:25 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: He uses a nasal cannula and oxygen concentrator at home, with tanks for backup if the power goes out or something, and then has a tank for daycare. They recommended just using a tank for daycare since renting another concentrator would be $50/month and insurance isn't covering the equipment. He's got a portable tank there right now, but they're dropping off a full-size tank with a stand for us to store there this afternoon.

I got my review for my chapter back today. My Chair was complaining that it doesn't meet the minimum length requirements yet. We started week 2 of the class today! Was she truly expecting 30-60 pages in week 1? What about the students who were just starting their chapters in week 1? Other than the lengthy comment on how I haven't met the minimum page length yet her only real complaint with the chapter is I don't go into enough detail about how the chapter sections are relevant to my study. Not having done the study yet I am not entirely sure how relevant they are, but she wants me to go in order from chapter 1 to 5 and I have to turn this chapter in to the IRB board to get approval to do my study so I suppose I will just have to imagine how it could be relevant.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/14/20 6:45 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, it sounds like Baby was quick to adapt to having the O2 on. Still, I hope it turns out to be a temporary need.

Carol, I sure hope the weather doesn't interfere with your Wednesday appointment. Maybe it will just be rain or blow over completely.

Whatever those aches and chills were about, they were gone by mid-day yesterday. The husband left for work early in the morning and returned half an hour later. They were changing a part on his truck and didn't bother to inform him. Anyhow, he is still here until they get the part, which is only a minor monkey wrench for my plans. I am working on re-fashioning some things for the shop and for myself. Yesterday, I improved the fit and added a pocket to a pair of my pants and partially deconstructed a druid robe and a faux fur throw pillow. I'll post before and after photos of that project when it's done. It's supposed to be rainy with temps in the 60s today and tomorrow, which is great sewing weather.

Wishing everyone interesting ideas!
emoticon

Edited by: JULIEINKPT at: 1/14/2020 (06:46)
 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/14/20 12:48 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

GoodFeline, how disappointing that your moms pulled out of your agreed on time for games today. They had to know about all the work you went to so that your house would be cleaned up and favorite foods prepared. It's also too bad you didn't have time left over to get that school assignment in on time. I hope your instructor will not be to hard on you for that late submission.

I'm really happy to hear the medical people have you using a cannula and oxygen tanks for your son instead of some kind of cpap mask that would be far more uncomfortable to him. That's the way they started treating my sleep apnea and it was easier to adjust to the more complex equipment several years later. As I mentioned yesterday, perhaps he will outgrow the need for the supplemental oxygen. One can hope, anyway.

Julie, it's too bad you started feeling poorly as your gaming day progressed. I hope you were able to get through the day without too much discomfort and that you felt better today.

We had cooler weather and some periodic rain again today. The predictions for snow have been moved to Wednesday, which is when we have to go down into Portland for Hubby's CT scan. I will keep everyone posted on how it goes. I started updating astrological charts today and started with my family. Right now the period between March 23 and April 6 looks highly significant for my family. It will be interesting to see what happens.

So now I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/13/20 11:51 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We got the house cleaned acceptably and the meatballs slow cooked only for my moms to cancel an hour before they were supposed to arrive. They've rescheduled for next weekend instead. The meatballs were good, but I am intrigued by a sweet and sour meatball recipe I found. I know my mom loves sweet and sour chicken so we might give that a go next weekend instead of traditional swedish meatballs.

The first night of little man on oxygen went awful. I slipped the cannula on while he was sleeping in his pack n play so I thought all was good, but he woke up and freaked out when he felt it on his face. I had to take it off when his tears made the stickers holding it on fall off. He calmed down with a bottle, but he screamed and struggled so hard when I was putting the cannula back on so DH had to get medical tape for me to use instead and help me hold him so we could get him hooked up. It went better the second night, one of the cats distracted him while I put the cannula on and he barely fussed at all. Last night he fell asleep in the pack n play again and I was able to slip it on while he slept. This time he didn't wake up at all, slept the whole night in the pack n play with his oxygen running. I tried to show daycare how to use it but they weren't comfortable with his tank so a respiratory therapist will be meeting with them this afternoon to show them how to work it. Hopefully he behaves for them when they try to put it on him during naptime.

I didn't really get a chance to work on my dissertation this weekend, so I turned it in 6 hours late this morning at 18.5 pages.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/13/20 8:22 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, I know just what you mean about people freaking out over snow. It's quite a "thing" here in the south!

I felt chilled and super achy since yesterday near the end of our game session. I hope this is just from sitting still too long. I don't have any other symptoms outside of the usual mild winter allergy stuff. I will do immune boosting things for a few days just in case. Today I get to start some new sewing projects. I'm going to baste an antique quilt top and quilt it by hand as a new in-front-of-the-TV project, since I've knitted and crocheted everything I can think of for now. Then there's the 2nd block of the Suffrage quilt project to whip up, and a robe to re-style for the shop. Too much fun stuff; no time for illness!'

Wishing everyone a super Monday!
emoticon (Shuperman?)

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/13/20 1:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a serene Sunday.

Julie, it sounds as though you had a good day Saturday even if the plans got changed. Getting help with the house maintenance and company preparations is definitely a plus over doing it all yourself. Your simple and healthy snacks sound fabulous. I hope you had another day of fun and success with your D&D group. Thanks for posting the picture of your complete new outfit - it looks wonderfully comfortable as well as attractive, and you look happy to be wearing it too.

GoodFeline, I hope you have had an enjoyable weekend and that all is well in your world.

Our weather today alternated between clouds and rain, with a dash of sunshine thrown in here and there for good measure. The weather people are predicting a radical change to bitter cold and even real snow for the higher elevations, with perhaps a dusting of snow mixed with rain for a few days here in the lower areas. We don't have anywhere we need to go until Wednesday, when Hubby will be getting a CT scan at the cancer center. But Hubby and I grew up in the northeastern parts of the U.S. that always get tons of snow, and we had more than our share of it for 45 years in Colorado; I still say this town doesn't know what real snow is, and the people who have lived here all their lives (or who moved in from warmer climes) don't know how to drive in it when we do get even a little bit. We stay off the roads to avoid them. We spent the day watching the two football games and reading the weekend newspapers - and I did the crosswords too, of course.

Now it's time to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous Monday.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/12/20 7:19 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, a football day with a few soggy leaves sounds pretty well rounded, lol!

Yesterday didn't turn out to be either a cleaning day or a hobby day. It was more of a cooking and grocery shopping day with a little laundry thrown in. We had the heat off and windows open all day as it was in the 70s and windy. We got a heavy rain last night, and more wind judging from the patio chairs that got knocked over. Nothing to complain about, though. Today, I'll clean the bathroom and get the hubster to do the vacuuming, and together we can fix the game day snacks. We're trying to keep it simple and healthy: pickles, cheese and whole wheat crackers, fresh pineapple, and apple slices with vanilla yogurt for a dip.

Wishing everyone a restful Sunday!
emoticon

p.s. here is the complete ao dai outfit, modeled by yours truly


Edited by: JULIEINKPT at: 1/12/2020 (10:58)
 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/12/20 12:58 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team!

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

GoodFeline, I hope your time with your moms provided some fun and stress relief for you. I trust the Home Health representative visited you too and that you were able to get some tips and ideas regarding your son and his sleep apnea issues.

Julie, I did enjoy your pictures of the Vietnamese long shirt. It reminded me of the Vietnamese refugee who lived with me and my husband for awhile as he transitioned into life in the U.S. He was able to bring his family over eventually and his wife was such a delightful lady. We still stay in touch and your shirt's origins reminded me I need to get in touch with them. Thanks for the reminder! I will certainly look forward to seeing your completed outfit when it is finished.

Thanks for the clarification on your time with the massage therapist and your chiropractor. You are fortunate to have found this more natural way of managing your arthritis pain. Now good luck getting your house cleaned up for your D&D group on Sunday. Best wishes to all of you as you get started on another big adventure!

We had a quiet day today, with more clouds but no particular rain. I did manage to finish filling the yard waste bucket with soggy leaves from the accumulated piles and more branches that had dropped from the oak tree. We enjoyed watching the football playoff games today as they provided a time Hubby and I could share an activity too. There will be two more tomorrow that we want to see as well.

For now I'm going to finish my Spark postings and then prepare my chamomile tea to help me settle my mind. Best wishes to everyone for a great night's sleep and a spectacular Sunday as well.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/11/20 7:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, I wish you the best in getting those paths cleared for the home health people.

Carol, best wishes for your cleaning up projects as well. Thanks so much for the in-depth reading. I'm going to have to go over it again and probably write down things to look out for.
Since you asked: I see a massage therapist in the same building as my chiropractor. He does myofascial release, not feel-good Swedish massage. This gets the tissues between bones loosened up before the chiropractor works on me. Overall, this combination once a month has been very effective for keeping my arthritis pain under control. It is far less costly than medical doctors and pills, and I've suffered zero untoward effects from nearly 10 years of treatment.

Yesterday, I got all but the hems done on the pants. They're really quite nice, with a contour waist and a side zip closure, and fit pretty well too. I kind of wish I had used better fabric for them, but this was a pattern test, so cheap stuff was called for. I'll get some pictures wearing them with the Ao Dai and post them tomorrow. BTW, Ao Dai means "long shirt" in Vietnamese.

Today is supposed to be much warmer, but with a lot of wind and a little rain. Fine. I have to get the house cleaned up for gaming anyway. The husband is already in the basement working on his models, so maybe this will be a hobby day.

Wishing everyone a fun weekend!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/11/20 12:47 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team!

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

GoodFeline, it's good to hear that your baby's sleep study went better than the first one but I can certainly understand the concerns of both you and the respiratory therapist. You are very fortunate that you are not dealing with any lung diseases. But sleep apnea can be dangerous, and you are fortunate that you have a medical team that is addressing it. And sometimes parents just have to do what is best for the child even if it seems mean. Perhaps the Home Health person will have some ideas to make the process less onerous. In the meantime, here's a hopeful thought, however, that perhaps you can check out with your medical folks. The sleep apnea may "simply" be caused by the fact that he is so tiny that his air passages, from throat all the way down, are just really tiny too, and when he gets bigger and his airways get bigger, he may simply and literally "outgrow" the apnea. It may be just a matter of getting him through these early months. In any case, we can certainly hope that is the case. Meanwhile, congratulations on the progress on your next chapter.

Julie, it's good to hear that your husband arrived home safely and you were still able to get the sewing work done. Those colors really are stunning. I trust you got to your chiropractor today and that you are feeling better from having yourself put back in place, so to speak. You've mentioned getting a massage afterward sometimes; were you able to do that today too?

Our weather continued chilly with on-and-off rain showers. I spent most of the day cleaning up my office; understand, it isn't anywhere near the condition it should be - it's just better than it was to start with. I also worked on the eclipse/full moon reading, and it is included at the end of this post. It's a bit lengthy but it includes both events.

On that note I'll head off to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a good night's sleep and a super Saturday.
___________________________

CANCER LUNAR ECLIPSE/FULL MOON – January 10, 2020

The Cancer Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon will reach completion on January 10, 2020 at 11:21 a.m. Pacific Standard Time; on January 10, 2020 at 2:21 p.m. Eastern Standard Time; and on January 10, 2020 at 7:21 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time.

The Sun was situated at 20 degrees of Capricorn; the Moon was situated at 20 degrees of Cancer. The Sun was shining with its full brightness on the emotional moon. Then it happened: the earth got directly between the two of them, causing the light being received on the moon to dim and – briefly disappear – before the light became brilliantly brighter on the moon once again. In her book Eclipses and You, Astrologer Judith Hill compares this to running a faucet in a sink and temporarily holding back its flow with the palm of your hand; when you take your hand off the faucet, the sudden release of the backed up pressure causes the flow to temporarily spurt out with extra force and then return to its normal pressure level. Such can be the energy flows from an eclipse. The sun’s dynamic energy is briefly blocked from hitting the moon.

This particular lunar eclipse is occurring in the sign of Cancer, which is the astrological ruler of the Moon. Together they address emotional issues that are generally tied to home, family, and other relationships. The effects of eclipses can be felt until the next eclipse occurs but this can vary. Cancer is a cardinal sign, which shows a desire to move quickly, take charge, and get through any particular process quickly. And the effects may also show themselves a few days ahead of time. Cancer is also a water sign, so be aware of particular issues around the subject of water: leaking pipes, water on the highway as you drive, floods from rain, a strong emotional reaction with an inordinate amount of tears flowing, boating/shipping or fishing accidents – are all possible indicators of the effects of an eclipse in Cancer. Some effects are impersonal from the human viewpoint, the things you read about or hear in the news. Other effects are personal and will vary according to where the eclipse point falls in your chart and which, if any, planets in that chart are aspected.

Meanwhile, this is also a Full Moon, the point where we can expect to see results or at least progress on the plans we laid out on the last New Moon – which occurred in Capricorn on Christmas Day in 2019. As indicated earlier, the moon sits at 20 degrees of Cancer. It has no planets even remotely close to it, and even the North Nodes of the Moon, which are trying to teach us a few emotional lessons, are sitting 12 degrees away at 08 degrees of Cancer, not having much effect. By contrast, the Sun, Mercury, Ceres, Saturn, and Pluto are all witting in the range of 20 to not quite 23 degrees, engaging in a huge assembly of dynamic energy essentially opposing the moon; expansive and exuberant Jupiter and the South Nodes (old habits) sit at 08 degrees of Capricorn, trying to push everyone and everything in their own respective areas of life. That joining of structure-ruling Saturn and transformation-creating Pluto, in particular, will certainly throw uncertainty and chaos into the mix.

Current activities in the U.S. Congress obviously demonstrate this aspect, but these astrological influences can also create similar uproars in our individual lives, again depending on where in each individual chart it happens to fall. They are all ganging up on that poor lonesome Moon sitting on the opposite side of the earth. So what do we do? How do we get through this period without losing our minds?

The asteroid Eris, currently in the sign of Aries, is sitting halfway between the Sun and Moon. Eris has a reputation as a trouble maker, but the underlying motivation is that she is feeling left out of the party, that she has no say in any decision making. If you are having issues in your life, is there someone being left out? Some relief may come if the people on both sides of an issue can try to include any other party who would like to be involved. Dynamic Mars is in expansive Sagittarius and is trine healing Chiron, which can help channel Mars out of the conflict and into helping develop ways to find solutions to whatever irritations are involved. (My mother would say, “Kill them with kindness!”)

The next New Moon will occur on January 24th and will bring us to the next point for setting new directions in our lives. The next eclipse, which will occur on June 5, will also be an emotional lunar eclipse; but this one will be in mutable signs, signaling more flexibility in the situations involved. As a metaphysical teacher of mine from long ago would say, “It will be interesting to see what happens.”
______________________________


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/10/20 9:40 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Julie: It's cold here, too. We're expecting snow today, brr!

I have everything planned for the party now except the gift, I am deciding between two things to give him with a $20 difference between them. DH says after taxes I can buy everything. I'm planning on doing a potluck snack-a-thon. We'll supply the basics (chips and soda) and something heartier like meatballs on toothpicks and everyone who comes can bring their favorite snack to share! I read that 1-2 hours is a good time frame for a first birthday party, so I am still figuring out when to hold the party. After lunch is my initial thought, like 2-4.

Carol: The pediatrician didn't call yesterday, but the respiratory therapist did. She had the sleep study results. The study went better than the first one, but for his age they like the numbers to be less than 1 and his were 18. They went down to 1.8 on oxygen so she wants him on oxygen at night now, and set me up with Home Health to get some tanks. Now I need to figure out his sleeping situation. We cosleep propped up since he sleeps better next to me and breathes better propped up, but the Safe Sleep 7 says baby needs to be full term and healthy to cosleep. I don't know where the "healthy" line is, though. He's not premature or ill, he's not dealing with any of the lung diseases or anything, he just has sleep apnea. But I don't want to put him in danger, either. But, also, making him wear a nasal cannula he hates and forcing him to sleep alone all at once just seems mean. Home Health is coming today at 3:00 so at least we'll have the weekend to figure things out.

I asked DH to help clean so Home Health would have a clear path to the bedroom. He said if I did the bedroom he'd do the entryway and the living room. I cleaned the bedroom and the hallway, then this morning went down to make a bottle and saw he hadn't touched the living room. I looked into the entryway and saw he'd just piled all the Christmas things by the garage door. Sigh. He promised he'd have the first floor clean by the time my mom came over tomorrow so he's going to have to work on that tonight or watch little man while I do it. I'd almost prefer if he watched the baby so I knew things got cleaned right, lol

My moms are coming over tomorrow to play Cards Against Humanity and to eat lunch with us. We're going to have swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes, and probably some garlic bread. My mom doesn't eat vegetables or else I'd have some as a side.

I am at 18 pages on my chapter, so close to my 20 page goal! This chapter needs to be 30 pages minimum, so I am actually really close to being done if my Chair is okay with it being at the minimum. Which is awesome, that means I can move on to the next chapter soon and maybe finish this class early like I did the last one.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/10/20 7:59 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, Carol is correct about toothaches. A cavity is no big deal, you just get a filling and you're fine as soon as the novocaine wears off. An infection, however, can be deadly serious.

Carol, it seems the Universe was on your side in timing your errand and phone call! I'm looking forward to reading your eclipse reading. I've seen a few things on the internet, and not all seem sensible to me.

Yesterday turned out okay. It was sunny, but cold. The husband arrived home, and while he was getting settled, I finished the Ao Dai top (photo below). It fits well enough that I can wear it, although I'll make some little changes if I make another one. Today I'm going to try to get the pants sewn up before my chiropractic appointment. If not, then after, and I can wear the outfit this weekend. It's supposed to be warmer and cloudy today, so rain is probably on the way.

Wishing everyone a happy end to the working week!
emoticon





 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/10/20 1:19 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team!

I hope everyone has had a great day on Thursday.

GoodFeline, I'm sorry to hear you are experiencing tooth pain. It is definitely not fun. Dental care can be expensive and dental insurance is usually not terribly helpful (with the exception of getting it through some large corporation employee plans) but dental pain is nothing to ignore. If infections develop and are not treated they can literally spread up into the cranium and the brain. Most dentists will work with you on payment plans and, of course, take credit cards. Please be sure to take care of yourself with this issue. I'm really sorry to hear about the problems with your son's swallow test. I hope your pediatrician called as promised and that a solution to the lip tie can be worked out soon too. Also good luck with whatever you decide to do about the baby's birthday party.

Julie, I appreciate your thought about looking for less expensive options but I doubt there will be anything different. I have had this particular tooth cap on for about 45 years and it has served me well, but ultimately problems can occur. It's a simple procedure, just highly technical. At least I have been able to avoid an expensive deep cleaning by just taking really good care of my teeth myself. Meanwhile, it's good to hear that your husband will be home today; there are nasty storms out on some of those highways these days. I know you'll enjoy your time together.

This morning Hubby woke up with back pain again and one pain pill left. I had called the doctor's office yesterday for a refill and they promised to send that to the pharmacy, but I never got a confirmation that the process was completed. I called the pharmacy, who confirmed they did have the order, so I stopped all my other plans and drove the 10 miles each way to pick it up. I barely got back in time for a long planned phone conversation with one of my astrology friends that I met at Norwac a couple years ago. We did talk about 2 hours and look forward to getting together at Norwac in May of this year. I got the kitchen cleaned up and folded the last of the laundry I did yesterday. The day was cloudy with some dry periods. The weather casters are threatening us with serious cold temperatures and even some possible snow - the genuine article! And then again, it may take a turn away from us. Oh well. We will just have to wait and see what it decides to do.

In the process of these busy days I didn't get the January Cancer Lunar Eclipse reading prepared. The eclipse will be at its fullest on January 10, 2020, at 11:21 a.m. Pacific Standard Time; on January 10, 2020 at 2:21 p.m. Eastern Standard time; and on January 10, 2020 at 7:21 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time. Most of my immediate time demands have been met or completed for now, so I'll try to get it prepared tomorrow. As I'm sure you know, a Lunar Eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are opposite each other, like a standard full moon, but the earth has gotten between them and is blocking the connection that usually occurs. Diana McMahon Collis, the writer in The Mountain Astrologer, says that this particular event is pretty much the opposite of what occurred with the eclipse of last July. I'll try to explore that when I write tomorrow; meantime, try to reflect back to what was going on in your life in last July and see what consequences might be occurring or showing up during this one.

On that note I'll toddle off to make my chamomile tea and try to get ready for sleep tonight. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous Friday.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/9/20 9:13 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: I've been experiencing some tooth pain, so I need to see the dentist, too. I've never had a cavity so I don't know if that's what it is, but one of my back molars is bothering me. Good luck getting your tooth repaired.

Little man's swallow test was very frustrating. They didn't do it! All they did was watch him drink his bottle and eat some purees, then they said they would schedule his actual test for next week. I put in an email to his pediatrician asking if this test was even necessary. He drinks 32-40oz from his bottle and eats 6oz of purees daily. He's a little messy, but that could be chalked up to his lip tie and age. His pediatrician is supposed to call me today to talk about whether he needs the test or not.

Julie: I think we're going to try to hold little man's birthday at our house. We don't usually host, mostly because we're terrible housekeepers, but we do have enough seating between our dining room, living room, and den even if everyone comes and I'd be able to decorate with all those cute decorations I'm finding. And since it will be such an exciting day it might be easier if he's somewhere familiar. Plus I don't have to worry about other people's plans or rental forms/fees, etc.

DH put the shelves together last night. He asked where I wanted them, then put them on the opposite side of the room emoticon We had a lot of empty boxes hanging around so he started his promised cleaning by tearing those down. When I went down this morning to make little man his morning bottle I saw he continued his cleaning by tearing down all the boxes...including the ones with stuff in them. Our entryway is no longer filled with boxes, but is now filled with all the stuff the boxes contained. Which makes it worse than before! I couldn't even turn off the light this morning on my way out because I couldn't get to it while carrying the baby! I guess he got "tear down boxes" into his mind and just kept on going.

I got to work in time to work out this morning, but just didn't want to. I have some new resources for my dissertation that I am excited about. I have 17 pages of the chapter written and I'd like to hit 20 before I turn it in for a progress check on Sunday. If I can hit that goal before Saturday that would be great, since my mom is supposed to come for a visit Saturday and I don't like bumping into my Sunday deadline by working on Sunday.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/9/20 8:30 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, I wish you luck in your party planning. Remember that you can't please all the people all of the time.

Carol, sorry to hear you're needing dental work. Be sure to ask about less expensive options.

I did most of the fiddly work on the collar and facings of the Ao Dai yesterday. I also went to the store for a few necessities. Other than that, it was a rather lazy day. The husband is on his way back and should be here in a couple of hours, so I'm off to get ready for that.

Wishing everyone an easy day!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/9/20 12:51 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

GoodFeline, I can certainly understand your desire to have just one birthday party for your son. Given the options you have mentioned, Grandma's house sounds like the best option - of course, assuring Grandma she doesn't have to make the house spotless for everyone's arrival. And make it potluck. So there's my vote; if you don't like it, just toss it out. It's just a thought. And I have to wonder if your son's distress in the middle of the night was sore gums from another tooth trying to poke through his gums. Good luck with that swallow test!

Julie, it's really great that your predicted snow turned out to be sunshine instead. I hope you enjoyed getting out and that your achy senses eased.

I made a batch of bran muffins and also a pot of stew in the Crock Pot this morning before going off to an 11:00 a.m. dental appointment. Normally I breeze in and out of there, but not today. They were running behind and I had to wait an extra half hour before being seen. The cleaning was not bad, but the dentist found decay under an old tooth cap, so I had to make another appointment just to have that repaired. As usual, dental work will be expensive but one can't really let it go undone. I tried to get more leaves from the accumulated piles around the house into the yard waste bucket, but I no more than got started than it started to rain, so I'll have to watch the weather for a drier day. Then I ran three loads of laundry. All in all, it has been a busy day.

So now it's time to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea to settle myself for bed. I hope everyone sleeps well tonight; best wishes for a great Thursday.





Edited by: WESTERNSAGE at: 1/9/2020 (01:02)
Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/8/20 10:12 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Julie: I always have 2-3 days worth of lunches at work, plus some cash if I want to treat myself to something small like soup. I got a Subway gift card for Christmas so I have that, too.

Carol: I can't believe some of the parties people throw for children so young they won't even remember it. I'm just trying to figure out the easiest, least expensive way to get my family together. I like the one bigger party because it's less taxing on me (not having to do a bunch of social engagements) and it means little man is not getting a bunch of cake and ice cream, he's just getting it once.

The idea of paying for meals successfully deterred DH from wanting to go to the restaurant, so now we're deciding between asking grandma or going to a park. Little man loves looking at trees and out the window so a park could be fun, but I could do more cute decorating at my grandma's house. Plus depending on the park it could be difficult for my grandpa to traverse with his bad knees, or if my aunt is feeling well enough to come it could be hard for her to navigate with her wheelchair. The park for my niece's birthday this last October didn't even have paths to the tables, it was just a grassy hill. My brother sent me a park locator, though, where you can search for parks by amenity. So I think I'll browse through some of the local parks just to see what's out there before I bother my grandma.

I took a look for cat and video game invitations and decorations over my lunch yesterday. All the cat stuff was for girls, and none of the video game stuff seemed appropriate for a first birthday. I did find a "Wild One" theme that was adorable, though. Cute invitations, tons of cute decorations, and even matching family shirts! So I think I'll go with that. It's wild animals, mostly woodland creatures, and the birthday outfit set even gives him a little crown. It's adorable.

My day started at 1:30 this morning when little man woke up crying for no understandable reason. I made him a bottle and then he wanted to play. I don't remember when I dozed off again, but I woke up to my alarm going off and little man asleep stretched out on the bed amongst his things. I made him another bottle and he only drank part of it, but threw it all up onto my sheets. It's just been a bad morning overall. A bad week so far, and I don't really see it improving. He has a swallow test this afternoon, and the doctor wants him to arrive hungry. Really the only time he cries is when he's hungry or scared, so DH is going to be dealing with a sobbing baby this afternoon because daycare can't feed him after noon at the absolute latest if he's going to be hungry for his 2:00 appointment.

The storage shelf arrived yesterday, and the box was open! DH thinks it was originally in another box and someone opened it, saw what it was, and left it. But he looked inside and said it looks like it's all there. DH wasn't home last night so I didn't get it put together, but he'll be home tonight so I am hoping he'll put it together tonight so I can clear the crazy box collection we've got going in our entryway.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/8/20 7:37 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, have you tried packing your lunch the evening before? Then you can just grab it out of the refrigerator on your way out.

Carol, I'm glad the sticky note thing worked! Nice to hear you're sleeping better... hoping that is a new trend for you!

Yesterday was not bad at all. The predicted snow never came. In fact, we had actual sunshine in the afternoon! The pest control guy was on time and found nothing unusual. I got the laundry done, rode the exercise bike, and made progress on the Ao Dai.

Today it's still cold, but there's no precipitation in the forecast. I will probably trek down to the supermarket for coffee cream and whatever else we're out of. I was feeling achy this morning, and started thinking I may have missed my last chiropractic appointment, so I'll have to find out about that. Otherwise, just a regular day here. I like getting my drama from fiction rather than life!

Wishing everyone a lovely day!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/8/20 1:57 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a terrific Tuesday.

Julie, thanks for the thought about putting the sticky note on Hubby's computer. I made a point of talking to him first and determined that (because he had refused any training) he thought that using the X in the upper right corner of a word document automatically saved your work. No wonder he was losing things. I don't know how he saved as much as he did. I explained the step by step process to him, with reminders about intermittent saving. When I offered to put a sticky on his computer with reminders about saving and how to do it he was surprisingly receptive. Your outside perspective was quite helpful, and I appreciate it.

Meanwhile, congratulations on getting that first quilt block made along with your other sewing. Best wishes for the rest of it. I hope your pest control guy came in reasonable time and that it was a routine maintenance visit and not a serious issue. As for fun and getting into trouble, they can frequently overlap. With your creativity in so many areas I bet you could find a lot of "interesting" things to do. Wish I could tag along!

GoodFeline, thanks for educating me about pediatric dentistry. In my day we didn't take little ones to the dentist nearly that early; I suspect your dentist will give you the best advice. I marvel at so many things like big parties for a small child, but then, our family was never that big. When my first child was born my in-laws were 1000+ miles away, my father was passed, I had no brothers or sisters, and Hubby's sisters were both out of town too. So my mother came over and we all had dinner together. When my daughter was 7 months old and my son was barely 3, my husband and I split up and there was barely money for the kids and me to eat and put gas in the car. (I was working full time, too.) So I marvel at how different things are now; remember, I'm 73, so please forgive me if I am just shaking my head.

I have been sleeping better the last couple nights so I didn't drag so badly today. Our rain continued but mostly it was the misty type and not real downpours. Today was my "Senior Tuesday" shopping day and I was able to manage with just a cotton zip-front hoodie and no umbrella. I brought the emptied buckets back from the curb and immediately started putting more moss/lichen covered branches into the yard waste bucket that had fallen off the tree last night; fortunately they were small and there weren't many of them.

Other than that, life was relatively peaceful today. Tomorrow morning I have an appointment for a dental cleaning; I hope to spend the rest of the day keeping after my office clean-up. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Wednesday.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/7/20 9:44 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, how nice that baby's first tooth came in so quickly! I know you're enjoying all the milestones.

Carol, maybe all that your husband needs to write down is a sticky note on the computer reminding him to save his work!

It was sunny and cold yesterday, then started raining again after dark. Like Carol, I'm thankful that it doesn't have to be shoveled. I got that first quilt block made and sewed some on the Ao Dai, did some household chores, and had a generally good day.

The weather service predicts more rain, followed by snow, this morning. The temps are supposed to stay in the 40s, so hopefully there won't be any ice to contend with. So, another indoor day for me. I don't need to spend much time cooking or cleaning, so other than waiting for the pest control guy, I should have plenty of time to either have fun or get into trouble.

Wishing everyone a delightful day!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/7/20 9:25 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: He was unusually fussy Friday night, we had to go to bed early. But I saw the tooth had popped through Saturday morning and he was over it! We think he's got another bottom tooth coming through soon. The recommendation now is to see the dentist at the first tooth or age 1, whichever comes first. I called his dentist and they said not to worry about bringing him in until he's got 8 or more teeth, just to give him cold things to chew on or some Motrin if he seems like he's in pain. I got him a baby toothbrush and toothpaste to start getting him used to that. I'll probably just let him gnaw on it for the first few days before I start trying to actually move it around his mouth, since his tooth is right up in front.

It turns out I forgot yesterday was my coworkers birthday and my boss had a pizza party planned, so I didn't get to exercise or work on my dissertation over lunch since we all had lunch together. I got up early today so I could get in to work to exercise, but DH refused to wake up or do anything this morning. I actually had to put little man in the pack n play with his bottle and hope he would feed himself while I showered because DH just wouldn't wake up. When I got out of the shower (which was just me washing my hair because I was too worried about little man) I finished giving little man his bottle and kept waking DH up to go get ready or at least do SOMETHING. He finally told me he hadn't gotten the formula for daycare last night so we had to do that this morning. So after doing that, and finally getting to work, and finishing up my starting tasks, it was 8:00 so I have resigned myself to the same lunch fate as yesterday.

I had been thinking a cats theme for his birthday since he loves our cats so much, his favorite toy is a caticorn, and he loves his cat books. But someone suggested a video game theme of Ready Player 1, which is much more on point, and he definitely loves his controller toy (and our real ones). DH agreed to one bigger party but thinks it's too early for me to start planning. I think being prepared now will make things easier! Especially if we decide we need to rent a space, then we need to save for that. But we could hold it at my grandmas, which would make it much easier for my grandpa to get to, or at our favorite restaurants' party room, or we could rent a space. DH thinks the restaurant is the best choice. I'm worried people might assume we're paying for all the meals if we do that, though. If we did my grandmas or a rental space we could hold it potluck style.

I am excited for the toy storage to arrive today. It's a shelf with cubes, with a DC superhero design. It doesn't exactly fit in with our decor around the house (it will be going in the den) or even with the nursery decor, but little man is fond of batman so I figure it will continue to work for him as he gets older, too.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/7/20 12:22 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team!

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday.

GoodFeline, congratulations on surviving that first tooth appearing. Kids can be pretty fussy when their mouths hurt. A couple more will probably be popping through pretty soon, A dentist appointment already? I guess the times are changing from when I was having kids. Congratulations on getting the cleaning done. It's a pain to do alone, but it's a lot easier when you don't have husbands and/or children under foot. Good luck on getting in the workout and the work on your dissertation.

Julie, thanks for your recommendations on the pan bagnat. I'll keep them in mind. It sounds as though your D&D group is off on another grand adventure. You are fortunate your group is getting along together and having such fun. Thanks for the reminder about the anniversary of women's suffrage. Any women who have not heard some of the stories of what our foremothers went through should Google the subject and (hopefully) find some of those stories, complete with the photos of women being chained to chairs or cots and force fed food when they went on a hunger strike, among other indignities and outrages. We need to be sure we take advantage of our rights to vote and do it with thoughtfulness and information.

We had rain for most of the day and the gloom is starting to get to me just a little bit. That 10 minutes of sunshine between the clouds really was not enough to be very cheering. I spent another 1.5 hours trying to help Hubby find his missing information. I finally figured that when he gets off the computer he just "shuts it down, clicking on the X in the upper right corner and doesn't really save it and log out. Apparently this is not the first time he has had information go missing. He says he just misses the good old days when he could write things out by hand and give it to the secretary to type for him. That may have worked in the office, but I'm not doing it here - he wants to type it because his handwriting is shaky. It seems to me it is not asking too much of him to learn to hit a couple buttons to keep his work safe. OK, I know. He will be 85 in a couple weeks. Since he thinks he will be capable of going skiing in a couple years he can at least figure out how to save his work. Harrump!

I had to go out and clean up more branches with soggy moss and lichens on them today; they are being pulled down by the weight of the wet growths on them. I keep reminding myself: we don't have to shovel the rain. I took the buckets out to the street today for pick-up tomorrow too. And slowly but surely I am using up items that were stashed in my freezer; I look forward to getting it cleaned out and organized. It certainly will save money to be buying fewer items but I suspect I'll miss out on some sales because of lack of storage space. Oh well, I guess I just can't win for losing, as my mother would say.

So I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. Best wishes to everyone for a terrific Tuesday.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/6/20 9:31 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy first Monday of the year, everyone! Sounds like you all had busy weekends, I'm glad to hear. On fun weekend news, Friday little man was exceptionally fussy. He was screaming the entire way home, ate his dinner then immediately began crying again. He settled down after awhile but we went to bed early. Saturday morning I found out why he was so fussy - he has his first tooth! A bottom incisor has popped through. Time for me to make him a dentist appointment, I suppose. Then Sunday we tried peas, my favorite vegetable. To my great delight little man absolutely loves peas.


It turns out my friends mother is coming to visit this week, and will be staying for a fairly long time, so we won't be able to do our cleaning swap over the holiday. So on Saturday when DH took little man to visit with his parents I spent 3 hours cleaning the den instead of working on my dissertation. It looks so much better now. Of course, where DH sits already has dishes and garbage...

My moms are coming on Saturday to play Cards Against Humanity and have lunch. DH promised he would have the rest of the first floor in visiting shape by the time they arrived. He took the day off work today, so I asked if he would get some cleaning done. He said probably not, he planned on working from home instead of taking an actual day off. I ordered some toy storage from Amazon, though, that is supposed to arrive tomorrow. That will at least let me get all little mans Christmas stuff out of the entryway and sorted into bins and on shelves.

I had planned on doing some aerobics this morning in the gym, but since DH didn't go to work I didn't get to work until about 8:00. Currently the plan is to go down to the gym over my lunch and do 15-20 minutes on the elliptical. It's possible I will get sidetracked by my dissertation since my new session started today, but I am hoping I can reason with myself that I can still work on my dissertation a bit if I get downstairs quickly, do the 15 minutes, and head back upstairs quickly.

I realized last night that us being in January means that little man has his first birthday coming up in about 4 months! I need to start thinking about that. The biggest question is if we're going to do one party for the whole family or three mini parties, one for each family unit. If we're doing three parties we can just do small get togethers with no big fuss, but if we're doing one bigger party I have to decide if I'm going to do a theme and where we're having the party. I'm kind of leaning towards one bigger party just because it will get everything out of the way at once and he'll only have cake the one time.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/6/20 8:50 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, I think it's okay for us to take the weekends off, even if we are retired! Oh, you can make the pan bagnat on smaller bread, like kaiser or hoagie rolls. To reduce the amount of bread, you remove the inner part leaving two bowl-shaped pieces 1/2 to 1 inch thick. Keep the pulled out part in the freezer until you want to make breadcrumbs, croutons, or stuffing. Waste not, want not!

It was a nice day yesterday, in spite of the cold and gloomy weather. Most of the gang showed up for the start of the new game (two had to work), and we had a marvelous time creating characters to play and starting our new story. While D&D is adventure oriented, Call is a horror/mystery story. It's getting creepy already and we are having some big fun with it.
Everyone enjoyed the healthy snacks; a couple of the guys said it was a nice change after the excess of the holidays.

Today it's back to work. 2020 is the centennial year of women's suffrage in the US, and there is an internet sew-along for a quilt celebrating this landmark, led by a well-known quilt historian. It's just one quilt block a week, and I'm sure I can keep up with that. Since there's not a whole lot else to do around here, in spite of the sun showing its face for the first time in many days, I will likely make some progress on the Ao Dai as well.

Wishing everyone a pleasant Monday!

emoticon
p.s. hey, the scale finally moved yesterday! maybe a fluke, but I triple checked and indeed have lost 5 pounds this past week!

Edited by: JULIEINKPT at: 1/6/2020 (08:53)
 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/6/20 12:27 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a spectacular Sunday!

Julie, how nice that the rain stopped so you could get to the supermarket without getting soaked. You certainly did a great job getting those healthy meals ready for the coming week. Your snacks for your gaming group sound yummy; I looked at the recipe you referenced and the picture certainly was enticing. It would be way too much food for just my husband and me, and especially too much bread. But I'm sure it could be adapted - perhaps just made open-faced? I'll add it to me collection and see what my husband thinks.

We had another cool and dry day around here today. Only a few small branches showed up on the back lawn to be picked up. I finished puzzles and looked at the newspaper while we watched two professional football games today (and 2 yesterday too) as we are into the elimination rounds of the championships. I keep reminding myself this will all be over in a few more weeks. I did find ways to complete a few small chores during the breaks in the game so it was not a totally useless day. I'm hoping for a better day on Monday.

Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous day on Monday.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/5/20 7:26 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, I'm glad you had a pleasant day and that the fallen branch wasn't such a monster.

It stopped raining for a while yesterday afternoon and I went to the supermarket. The produce drawer in my refrigerator was empty! It's full again now, and so is the fruit bowl. They had some good deals on seafood, so I picked up some fish, too. Once everything was put away, it was time to add rice and seasonings to the bean pot. I ended up with six 325-calorie portions for the next few days. Unfortunately, there was no time left for sewing, but I am feeling pretty good about making healthy food choices and staying well within my calorie range. Now if the scale would just budge...

Today is gaming day, so I guess the cold, rainy weather won't be a big problem. For snacks, I made a big sandwich by splitting a round sourdough loaf and stuffing it with tomato, fresh basil, baby spinach, smoked turkey breast, cucumber, and homemade vinaigrette. It is now tightly wrapped and weighted down in the refrigerator, like a pan bagnat ( www.foodrepublic.com/recipes
/pan-bagna
t/
) to be cut into wedges to serve. For sweets, we'll have strawberries and apple slices with a honey yogurt dip. I will not have to worry about fattening leftovers this week!

Wishing everyone a day of adventure!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/5/20 1:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team,

I hope everyone has had a super Saturday.

It's unfortunate that your weather is still so unpleasant. I hope it improves soon so you can get out more often. What a pain that must have been, changing your access to a variety of websites. I guess the good news is that they gave you the heads up in time to change them (hopefully) before those accounts were infiltrated by any malevolent outsiders. Computers can be helpful but they can also be unspeakable nuisances. It's fortunate you also got in the food prep, the bike riding, and more of your sewing.

Thanks, too, for your comments on Hubby's fall. He doesn't seem to have any lingering effects except for a nasty bruise and some mild swelling in that area.

I woke up to another branch from the tree down on the back lawn. This one was only about 5 feet long and I was able to break it up by hand to put into the yard waste bucket, which will be going out this week. The weather continues cold and damp but today was dryer than some of our recent ones. We both spent most of the day on our respective computers. I worked to update my daughter's chart for the coming year; I got the math part done but not the interpretation. These things can be quite time consuming. Then later Hubby and I watched the two professional football playoff games. We didn't watch the first one very closely but we really got into the second one as the New England Patriots were playing. We thoroughly dislike that crowd as they have been caught cheating almost every year and generally have bad attitudes. We were quite pleased when they were beaten today.

That's really all that's happening here. I'm off to finish my Spark postings and make my chamomile tea. I hope everyone will have a super Sunday.


Edited by: WESTERNSAGE at: 1/5/2020 (01:52)
Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/4/20 12:25 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good afternoon!

GoodFeline, have fun with that baby proofing. As I recall, you will continue to find things to child proof until the child grows up and leaves home!

Carol, I'm glad you're husband didn't sustain any serious injury in his fall!

It was peaceful here yesterday. The weather remained cold and rainy, and Pepper and I tried to get things done around the house. When I was on the laptop, I got a message about a security breach and Google wanted me to change a whole lot of passwords on different websites where I had used the same user/pass combination. Some were so old that the websites were no longer in existence. It was a pain in the neck, but now everything is secure. I did manage to get some laundry done, made a bit of progress on my outfit, and rode the exercise bike, too.

Today is a little warmer, but still rainy and dreary. I have beans going in the crock pot and most of the weekly household chores done. I was hoping to get to the supermarket today, but I can wait until the weather clears up. I will probably spend the afternoon in the sewing room. Tomorrow the gaming group will be here for the beginning of our Call of Cthulhu campaign. I have a bunch of characters ready to role-play (they tend to get killed or go insane in this game), but haven't fixed any snacks yet.

Wishing everyone a dry and happy day!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/4/20 12:42 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team!

I hope everyone has had a fabulous Friday.

Julie, your casserole does sound tasty, though I'm not a fan of cooked spinach. It should go perfectly with that soup on a rainy day, too. I looked at your blog and was amazed at how many kinds of styles and outfits you work on; again, your creativity still amazes me! Thanks for the thoughts on the shredded carrots. I haven't seen any at our store. I really am hoping we will find alternatives to the cake anyway. With my daughter's birthday just past, my husband's on Jan. 24, and then my grandson the first week of February, and throw in the past recent holidays, we really get "celebrated out" at this time of year. I'm hoping my daughter will opt for mince pie (I found a couple jars at half price when I shopped last week), and perhaps my grandson would prefer a pumpkin pie (he has done that in the past and I have an extra can of pumpkin on the shelf). Heaven only knows what I'll serve for the main meal. Oh well, one thing at a time . . .

GoodFeline, good luck with all your plans for cleaning and baby-proofing your house. Be sure you put the safety plugs in the outlets when he isn't looking or he is likely to try to pull them instead of ignoring them! It sounds as though your little guy may be a tiny tot but he's going to be strong willed (with Uranus and Venus in Taurus), and with that Gemini sun/Mercury combination, he'll always be quite inquisitive. My granddaughter was always tiny; the doctors really worried about her lack of growth for awhile. Now at age 23 she is only 5'1" but an absolute powerhouse to be reckoned with, so as long as your baby is healthy and active, you probably have nothing to worry about. Meanwhile, good luck with your own weight loss plans. We're all here to cheer you on. And congratulations on that A on your dissertation work. I know you have struggled hard with that paper and professor, but you are doing a great job which has brought you one big step closer to your goal.

We had a dry day today, even occasional patches of sunshine brightened the day. Hubby loaded his car with flattened cardboard boxes and clean glass jars to take to the recycling center. He drove his car and was quite pleased with himself. I had to ride along to help lift the materials into the bins as he can't lift his arms high enough to get the items over the lip of the holding bins. It is relatively close by, so it didn't take us very long. After we got back I returned to my office where I was cleaning up some papers and went back to straightening out the garage. Suddenly I heard a loud thump and his voice yelling for me. He had been moving some boxes when he spotted a small spider running toward him. He lifted his leg to stomp on it, lost his balance and fell backward onto the cement floor. At least he did not hit his head on the concrete as he bashed into some other items before his head could get back that far, but he banged his back into those items. Still, there was good news: he did not break any bones; he did not hit his head on the concrete; he did only bruise some muscles on one side of his lower spine (we put an ice pack on it); he did kill the spider; and the thing that was probably the worst injury was to his pride since I had to help him stand up. And when he did he was not hurting, he was not dizzy, and he was able to walk into the living room on his own. But it certainly gave me a scare!

At any rate, everything else has been quiet today, and now I can hear the rain pouring down again. I'm going to finish my Spark postings, then make my chamomile tea and get ready for bed. I suspect I'll sleep quite well tonight. I hope everyone else sleeps peacefully as well. Best wishes for successful Saturday, too.


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/3/20 9:25 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

GoodFeline, I'm glad you had some time with the grandparents; even if it wasn't all you expected, you will still have memories to treasure. Oh, the casserole was layered: toasted day-old focaccia cubes, a pound of chopped fresh spinach, a thinly sliced Spanish onion, a dozen chopped Roma tomatoes, and a little mozzarella and Parmesan on top. It was really good and provided six 300-calorie meals.

Carol, glad you got a chance to pick up that monster branch and its attendant moss! Your husband's skiing goal is indeed surprising! I've seen grated carrots in bags at the supermarket. Try throwing a handful into your next carrot cake mix if you like the heavier texture and moisture of "from scratch" carrot cake.

Pepper and I had a fine day yesterday. I did some dusting, finished the pattern work on the new outfit, got the top cut out, and wrote a blog post. (It's probably not very interesting if you don't sew, but there are photos of the project in progress if you'd like to see:
juliewillis.wordpress.com/20
20/01/02/k
eeping-a-sewing-journal/
) Pepper followed me around and took a lot of naps.

Today I have turkey giblet and vegetable soup in the crock pot. It's cold and rainy again, so everything else will be pretty much like yesterday, with the addition of riding the exercise bike.

Wishing everyone a happy start to the weekend!
emoticon

Edited by: JULIEINKPT at: 1/3/2020 (10:01)
 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/3/20 9:21 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: That IS a big branch! Wow! Our tree has a few large branches that are scraping our roof. We know it's dangerous, and I can hear them banging on the roof anytime there's wind, but having them removed is just too expensive. I suppose there will be a branch in our kitchen one of these days.

I had to laugh when you said you couldn't grate the carrots. I am a klutz, too. I drop absolutely everything and am constantly tripping over my own feet. To be honest, I am astonished I haven't yet dropped my son. Maybe a box grater would work for you - just rub the carrot on the top and all the slices pile up inside it.

I need to do some major cleaning, with most of my concern being in my den and kitchen. Get rid of movies and trinkets, cooking tools we never use, etc. Little man is getting SO CLOSE to crawling so we've got to make space, clean up, and baby proof. My friend and I were talking about taking a weekend to clean sometime, where one day we would clean her apartment then the next day we'd clean my first floor. We've got a three day weekend coming up for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the 20th so that might be a good weekend to do it.

Little man is still 3% for weight and 4% for height so he's a little peanut. Some women in my mom groups talk about their 2 month olds who are bigger than him, it's crazy. But he's certainly growing. He's scooting around backwards getting ready to crawl, babbling like no tomorrow, and grabbing just everything in sight. We started purees and so far his favorite is carrots, with green beans being a straight up no. He's spending up to half an hour in his bouncer now before he starts whining to be taken out, so we're at the point where I could possibly exercise at home again. I have the plan in place now I just need to make myself do it! That's the hard part. I've been tracking my food the last two days and it's eye opening. I think my biggest problem, other than just eating too many calories overall, is lunch. That's where most of my calories are coming from. I have some protein shakes at home so I might start having a protein shake and some yogurt for lunch. That will reduce my calories and increase my protein.

I got my grade for my first dissertation course yesterday and I got an A. My second course, covering chapters 2 and 3 (the rest of the dissertation proposal) begins Monday. I have 15 pages written for chapter 2, which needs to be 30-60 pages, so I have a nice little head start. It's getting a little difficult to keep writing with the themes I have already so I might need to add another theme or two to get up to 30 pages.

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/3/20 1:46 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team!

I hope everyone is well and recovering from the New Year festivities.

GoodFeline, I'm sorry to hear you had such trouble making your new refrigerator fit. Mine had to be much smaller as we have a small house and kitchen (we downsized when we both retired and then moved to Oregon), though even in our bigger Colorado house larger appliances would not have fit. No ice maker either; that was not a problem as my ice trays had their own rack and we don't use that much ice. But there is no accommodation for ice trays in this one. Once I get more of the food out of the freezer (eaten, not tossed) I plan to device a system to keep more ice in there. Your son looks adorable in his New Year's outfit. He certainly is a happy and social child! Good luck with your goal of losing 50 pounds this year. I'll be here to cheer you on!

Julie, it sounds as though you had a great day with food preparation, sewing, and riding the exercise bike. Thanks for the thought about adjusting the spice cake mix with homemade additions. As it turned out, raisins and pieces of carrots did turn up in the finished cake and the flavor was really good. I wouldn't dare try to grate carrots, even with my food processor. I'm a total klutz with no eye/hand coordination to speak of (which is also why I don't sew) and there would be blood splattered all through the cake from my efforts.


Today was cool and cloudy but generally dry. I went out back to clean up the debris from the big branch that fell off the tree the other night. I didn't realize until I got out there just how much moss had also fallen with it, and when I picked up one end of the log to drag it to the gate half the moss pulled itself and the attached bark off the limb and I had to pick that up separately. After lunch Hubby drove himself to the credit union and then to Walmart. He was quite pleased with himself, driving alone, although he's quite content to let me drive if we have to go down into Portland. It's an easy place to get lost in for any driver.Oh yes, and in the preceding years Hubby had a goal of skiing at Monarch Pass in Colorado on his 85th birthday. After all the cancer complications hit, he changed his goal to just making it to his 85th birthday, which will be the 24th of this month. However, this afternoon he informed me that he has reset his goal again; now he plans to get himself back in shape and ski at Monarch on his 87th birthday in 2022! I told him we'll have to see how long we last and what shape he is in by then. Talk about New Year's goals!

While he was gone I called two of my three sisters on my mother's side and had good visits with both of them. I have gotten back into some of my Ancestry work and found a 3rd cousin with both family tree connections and DNA matches to that branch of my family and wanted to fill them in on the find. This young fellow's mother knew some of my family back in Ohio and is now in contact with one person I know back there. So I called this gal tonight to touch base with her and it turns out she may be coming to Portland to visit next summer. So it's been a social day and a joyous change from my usual isolation here.

Now it's getting late and I need to get some sleep. I'm slowly making up for several tough nights but that task hasn't been completed yet. Hopefully I can make some headway on it tonight.

So on that hopeful note I'll wish everyone a good night's sleep (OK, with all the different time zones you are all probably already soundly snoring), and in any event have a fun day on Friday.


Edited by: WESTERNSAGE at: 1/3/2020 (02:00)
Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
GOODFELINE's Photo GOODFELINE Posts: 3,698
1/2/20 9:34 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Carol: Sorry to hear your refrigerator is smaller! We got a new refrigerator not too long ago, too. We measured and remeasured and it should have fit, but my mom had to cut part of our cupboards down to fit it in anyway. We have one of those ones that has water and an ice maker in the door, though. My in-laws had one of them and I loved it so when it came time to get a refrigerator of our own I was set on having one like it.

JEWITCH: Happy new year!

Mary Beth: Happy new year!

Julie: What kind of casserole did you make? I love casseroles.

We went to my mom's house for New Years Eve. We celebrated the New Year with Nova Scotia as my brother decided to leave at 10:00 so that's when we toasted. We left at 11, but I did stay up until midnight so I could share a photo of my little man and send out celebratory text messages.

We also made it to my in-laws house. DH is feeling a lot better, he's mostly just got a cough left now. I was a little disappointed in the gifts little man got from them, though. I know that is selfish to say, but they were huge into gifts for my husband when he was young and are all about their grandson so I expected him to get a little spoiled by them on his first Christmas. They got him a toy he already has, toothbrushes (not infant ones, just regular ones), teething crackers he's too young for, and a scooter he's too young for. He's going to absolutely love the scooter once he's old enough, though. They put him on it and held him while scooting him around and he was all grins.


I decided to sign up for just one fitness class this next session instead of two so I kept my Monday yoga class. I'm going to try to get aerobics in two mornings (probably Wednesday and Friday) and maybe slip in a yoga video on Saturdays after my homework is done while DH is still watching little man. I'll eventually work back up to working out 6 days a week, but I think 3-4 is a good start. My goal for the year is to lose 50lbs. If I can lose 50 this year and 50 next year that will have me ready just in time for when I had wanted to start trying for a second baby!

"There is no right or wrong, tomorrow only comes for those with the power to overcome the challenge." - Asteroth, Catherine


 Pounds lost: 69.0 
0
46
92
138
184
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/2/20 7:54 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Carol, you can add grated carrot and raisins to a spice cake mix and get a better cake than the mix with the dried carrots in it. Good on you for your kitchen resolution! I give mine the once-over morning and evening routinely, which keeps it very manageable.

Yesterday went well here. After a kind of lazy morning, I made a casserole, rode the exercise bike, started pattern work on a new outfit, and began setting up a sewing blog. Today will likely be more of the same, so not very exciting.

Wishing everyone a satisfying day!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/2/20 12:20 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good evening Team!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Wednesday.

Greetings to Newitch and Mary Beth; it's good to see both of you here.

Julie, I'm sorry to hear you ended up with creaky joints from sitting in that recliner. You are correct that resolutions are seldom kept. Perhaps some flexible goals would be easier to achieve? Just a thought. Also thanks for the comment on refrigerators being smaller. I thought it was just my imagination or else just this particular model that I hadn't looked at carefully before buying. But it had to fit into a specific "cubby hole" and that's how I know the old and new are exactly the same exterior dimensions. Sigh . . . I'm still trying to get things arranged in that freezer. At least now I have started to make a dent in using up the things that were in there.

Tonight my daughter and her SO came over for dinner; her birthday was yesterday but she was busy doing other celebrating with the rest of the world. Her SO's son came tonight too but my grandson was sick and didn't want to pass on his germs to us old folks. Granddaughter had clients scheduled for tonight - she is a massage therapist. I was disappointed that Duncan Hines no longer includes a packet of carrots and raisins separately in the box of carrot cake mix. It is already blended together now. It was OK, but not as good as the original formulation.

One of my goals for this year is to keep after the kitchen and not let the dishes and such get out of hand. So tonight everything is washed and the dishwasher is running. Success on day 1. We'll see what day 2 brings.

Meanwhile, best wishes to everyone for a good day on Thursday. Happy New Year to everyone!


Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
1/1/20 12:15 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Good morning!

Jewitch and Mary Beth, nice to "see" you! A very happy new year to you both!

Carol, I find the new refrigerators smaller on the inside, too. Perhaps they have more insulation? Anyhow, I sure hope that branch didn't do any damage to your roof!!

Pepper and I watched some of the New Year's Eve special on TV and fell asleep in the recliner long before midnight. Unfortunately, we didn't wake up until 3 AM, so I am a little creaky today. I weighed myself (eek!) and reset my Spark goals this morning. I know that Jan. 1 resolutions are rarely kept, but it does seem like a good time for starting anew. I reckon I am in quite good company on that account.
emoticon

Wishing everyone a lovely New Year's Day!
emoticon

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
WESTERNSAGE's Photo WESTERNSAGE Posts: 5,889
1/1/20 2:32 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I finished up comments to the team members on the December post to keep all that stuff in the old year. Here's to a wonderful new year for all of us!
emoticon

Edited by: WESTERNSAGE at: 1/1/2020 (02:33)
Carol


 current weight: 169.0 
173
169.75
166.5
163.25
160
MCBETH's Photo MCBETH SparkPoints: (159,705)
Fitness Minutes: (3,924)
Posts: 2,392
12/31/19 8:46 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Here's to a new year emoticon

When you stumble, make it part of the Dance.

Mary Beth

The Cornerstone
www.sparkpeople.com/system/howitwork
s.asp


 Pounds lost: 52.8 
0
15.25
30.5
45.75
61
JEWITCH's Photo JEWITCH Posts: 19,718
12/31/19 8:07 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy New Year everyone!!!



 Pounds lost: 7.8 
0
16.65
33.3
49.95
66.6
JULIEINKPT's Photo JULIEINKPT SparkPoints: (46,586)
Fitness Minutes: (6,092)
Posts: 1,374
12/31/19 7:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Happy 2020!

 Pounds lost: 0.0 
0
11
22
33
44
Page: 1 of (1)   1

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Witches, Wiccans, Heathens, and Pagans General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics:
Last Post:
7/1/2019 1:27:45 AM
1/1/2020 2:29:35 AM
8/1/2019 1:51:12 AM
4/30/2019 1:13:14 PM
3/1/2019 12:24:48 AM



Thread URL: https://wellcoach.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x126x72885339

Review our Community Guidelines