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2/28/21 9:52 P

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Itís been a LOOOOOOOOOONG Sunday for me - also up at 7 AM, then a big extended circuit going up by my momís, then out to pick up my son as we went up to Bonham (about 100 mi away in NE TX) to visit my last surviving aunt, my dadís big sister who is doing poorly at 93.5
She has taken to her bed, stopped eating and is ready for God to take her - refusing hospice care and forcing all family members to foreswear hospitalization... she wants to die at home, in her own bed.
Itís rough - I donít see how she can last more than a week or two.
My son drove her car back to Dallas where we dropped it off with her eldest son, my cousin Frank who is the executor of her estate. She hasnít been able to drive since I-donít-know-when, and I guess theyíve decided itís easier to sell the car & divide up the proceeds than to risk hard feelings by gifting it to a grandchild (Aunt Sue has 6 adult grandchildren & 15 great-grandchildren if Iím counting correctly).
Then we looked back by my momís to check on her and pick up my little dog before taking Z back home & getting some dinner along the way.
Itís almost 9 PM - no wonder Iím tired!

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2/28/21 1:06 A

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I was early @ 7'ish, but then I went to bed early for me @ 10pm. I have always been a night owl, and my usual bed time is 12-1 am. I had a hair cut scheduled for this morning, and on my way there I stopped by the cemetery to put some silk flowers on my parent's grave. This is part of my grieving process. I find it interesting that my grieving for my mother is so different from my father, I guess cause I had a different relationship with each of them. After my Dad passed away (2008) I would go to the cemetery just about every Saturday for about 6 months. I would take along a coffee & donut and sit on the bench and cry. With my Mom I have only been to the cemetery a half dozen times, but I sit in her room every day. It is now the guest room, but I call it my comfort room. I sit in the recliner and read or listen to music, and my old cat naps on the bed. It is part of our daily routine. But as I heal more, I am getting motivated to work on things around the house - like decluttering.

Tomorrow I am planning to make a pot of cream of cauliflower and leek soup. I will search on line for a recipe that looks good - maybe check out the SP recipes. I tend to overlook that resource, but the few recipes I have tried from there have been delicious.

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1/4/21 8:48 A

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Currently awaiting results of my momís Covid test - but whether itís (+) or (-), sick is SICK when youíre 89! Her caretaker Sonia dropped out 2 wks ago & sheís still quite ill. Iíve been surfing for new candidate, one of whom Iíll interview tomorrow but prospects are thin on the ground.
Unfortunately no such thing as family leave for The Boss, so I just have to keep stepping forward. I count myself lucky to have gained ďmerelyĒ 4 lbs over the holidays.

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1/2/21 11:45 P

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Since my mother's death in August, I have been dealing with my grief by eating and have gained about 15 pounds plus. Now my sister and her family have tested positive for covid. My sister has a few health issues that have compromised her immune system. She has had 2 bouts of cancer and is currently being investigated for a possible brain tumor. She had a CT before Christmas and is waiting for the results. She is feeling terrible. They live in Ontario about 3500 miles away. It is stressful for me to be unable to help out. And stress leads to overeating. So, I need a place to go to help me focus and stay on track, so here I am. Another year behind me, and good riddance to it, and another year waiting to be embraced.

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12/16/20 9:18 A

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Mom was begging again ďto stay in her own homeĒ, so for now Iíve called a reprieve/delay on the assisted living decision.

Iíve got to contact the facility so they can release the apartment ďweĒ had picked out.

As long as sheís (mostly) of sound mind, itís still her choice, even if she wonít go to PT or do any of her exercises at home. My cousinís going to be put out with me, she was giving me a pep talk about insisting on this move - I know it would be the best thing for mom in the long run, but itís no good to force her.

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12/8/20 11:16 A

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Aaaaaaand NOW Mom has circled back around to maybe hiring in a live-in caretaker?
(Does not sound like a good plan to ME, but what do I know??)
The end of this month (with hopefully her move into assisted living) cannot get here fast enough.
I have some health challenges of my own - so dadgum, sometimes I think she's going to easily outlive ME!!!

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11/17/20 2:30 P

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I just got off the phone with my dear mother (advising her we were on our last anesthetic procedure so while I'll be late for lunch, I'll still make it at some point!) - and she was full of fresh complaints about Sonia (aka Caretaker #4). It hasn't even been 2 full weeks yet, and I don't think this gig is going to work out either!
Nor does mom want me to bring her a late lunch from anywhere, etc etc...
I don't really want to even go by at this point, but I said I would so I shall, grrrrr!!!

The end of this year cannot get here fast enough; as another friend mentioned let's just hope-to-hell that Mom doesn't back out of her reluctant agreement to enter assisted living. I may not have any hair left on my head if she does!

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10/20/20 9:15 A

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Ok, a day of work for the plumber & a $1600 investment to have all the sink cutoff valves replaced (all were corroded) - but hopefully no more immediate nasty surprises of walking into a leak!
I feel a little better... On Thursday the beautiful brand-new assisted living facility 3 mi from my clinic is finally able to have a ďPet ParadeĒ open house event - so Iím taking Mom & her little dog, maybe she can see how nice it would be to have the day-to-day responsibilities & worries of home ownership taken off both of our plates.

Fingers crossed,

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10/19/20 5:31 P

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My mother's house is at "that age" where numerous small repairs start cropping up...
Last Friday, the laundry room sink was leaking, I instructed caretaker to turn off the cutoff valves. What she DIDN'T tell me was that the hot-water handle broke off so it continued to drip; she just propped a vase under it!
So Saturday morning when my mom got up, the floor was covered with water again so I had to call plumber out on emergency contingency to fix things. Then on Sunday there was another leak in the hall bathroom!
Today I had the plumber out to inspect & replace ALL deteriorating valves - I haven't had a chance to ask my mom what the final bill was - better keep on working!!

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10/12/20 2:43 P

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Better today. Better weather, less household tension. So far, so good!

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10/11/20 7:00 P

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ARGH!!!!

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9/28/20 1:32 P

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I actually had another nice weekend where almost everything went "according to plan"...
I made it up to OK to see my riding buddies & escort my friend's daughter through "part" of an introductory ride. (see blogs for details)
My friends likewise completed their rides without incident, and we all had safe travels home.
I lounged around most of yesterday morning, getting my laundry done & resting up before starting my appointed rounds - going to check on my mom & so forth.
She's back in another low spot, talking about wanting to die to go be with my dad... Part of this is a guilt trip since I've been gone these past couple of weekends. But damned if it makes any sense for me to keep the farm & all my horses if I'm not going to go out, try to ride a bit & enjoy them?!?
We even had a minor "lull in the action" today at work where it looks like I'll actually get a lunch hour, which is what gives me time to type this...
I just wish I could find a way to consistently elevate my own mood.

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9/15/20 8:59 A

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Glad I surfed by to see these new posts!
But sorry to hear about your air-quality issues, JinLynn. I bought a pulse oximeter to check my momís oxygen levels & have been shocked to discover that most of the time, sheís better off than me!?!
Generally sheíll be at 96-97% while my readings hover around 94-95% - I can raise mine a couple of percentage points with some deep breathing. I have also been experimenting with some of Wim Hofís breath control methods (heís got lots of videos on YouTube)
I also have been forcing myself onto my yoga mat each evening for a few easy stretches whether or not Iím feeling it - it does me a world of good as I hope to be able to get back into some sort of routine with (what used to be) my regular yoga classes in town...

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I got a big shock of reality when I stepped on my scale this past weekend. The scale was up 10 pounds since my mother passed away. I am an emotional eater and the numbers on the scale proved it. So yesterday I went and purchased a new water bottle at Costco. It holds 3 cups and is see-through so I can keep track of my water. Today I have downed 9 cups. Focusing on basics is a good way for me to get back on track. And I have started to journal my emotions instead of stuffing them down with food and sugary drinks. Baby steps and small daily goals will bring results.

The smoke from the wildfires in Washington and Oregon is making its way across the border and into my area of Canada. It is bad here and I can only imagine how awful it is closer to the source. My thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by the destruction and loss of life. My sister and her 87-year-old hubby are here helping me settle our motherís affairs. He has COPD and had to go by ambulance to emergency on Saturday due to the effects of the smoke on his breathing. We had a little bit of rain this afternoon/evening but it hasnít helped eliminate the smoke much.

Hoping everyone stays safe. Hugs to all.
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9/6/20 1:51 P

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Beautiful baby. I'm sorry for your lost but glad for you memories. Go you on learning how to be a new you....not a caretaker identity...I hope you become your own best friend...unless Jesus is...then next best friend!

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9/4/20 8:15 P

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Well August was basically a bad moment in time. The month started with my mother passing away at age 100. For the last 12 years my identity has been as a care giver to my Mom, and now that she is gone, I must redefine myself. This will involve establishing a new routine that does not revolve around care giving.

Both my sisters are still here and we are working on sorting through our mother's things. There are some tears, some laughter, and lots of shared memories. I am very thankful for their help and support.

As part of the cycle of life, our family welcomed a new member into the extended family. On August 25, my great nephew and his wife welcomed another daughter into their little family. She is beautiful and healthy and is adored by her two older sisters.

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9/2/20 9:00 A

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& here we are, September 2nd already!
I am really slacking on my caretaker duties, leaving more & more to Patricia (weekday caretaker) to handle: all of the housekeeping, laundry, minor shopping... Sheís a real gem & weíre lucky to have her, no matter how much my mom gripes about her minor idiosyncrasies!
I know Iím depressed, flip a coin as to whether I should post here or in my Dealing with Depression group - but while several of my cohorts there are helping to raise grandchildren, no others seem to be faced with this sh!t sandwich, being pulled apart between work, home, my mom who at this point refuses to consider the brand new, very nice assisted living facility which is only 3 mi from my office, and missing my young adult son (22) whom I havenít seen in almost 2 wks. Lord knows when he finds his next girlfriend thatíll be the end of any socializing w/Mom!

(In many ways trying to make up for lost time w/my boy - such a tumultuous childhood)
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8/8/20 12:00 P

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Iím almost relieved to have to work my Saturday half-day, but Iíll have to go deal with my mom this afternoon. Sheís on a tear again about ďthe moneyĒ - she thinks weíre spending too much on her daytime caretaker. (We cut out overnight care about 3 wks ago - fingers crossed but so far, so good!)

I keep on telling her that (what I consider substantial) nest egg that she & Dad accrued is there TO BE USED FOR HER CARE. And while **I** would love to see her in shiny new assisted living facility, a mere 3 mi from my clinic (!!!), I pledged to help her stay in her own home as long as possible...
She is growing increasingly disjointed & paranoid, which I believe is aggravated by her isolation - sheís almost agoraphobic. And I keep on missing home healthcare nurseís visit so I can talk to her about these issues - do we need to put Mom on an anxiolytic or antidepressant?
(Not that sheíll be much help - when I brought up the fact that Momís wheeze is getting worse (COPD) so perhaps she needs supplemental oxygen, Nurse J was supposed to schedule consult w/cardiologist. Heaven forbid anyone could apply pulse oximeter & make a determination on their own... This was about 6 wks ago, so once again looks like Iíll be taking matters into my own hands)

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8/8/20 11:31 A

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Deepest sympathy to you JinLynn... I haven't had much time here recently so I missed your announcement.

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8/5/20 7:04 P

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I'm sorry for your loss but glad for the memories you had. Give yourself time to grieve, heal and don't make major decisions for months because people, I'm told regret it when they do. Your mom is eternally happy now, and someday we'll join her and you can introduce me to her. I'll be glad to meet her. Have the best day you possibly can each and every day and God's Best Blessings!

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8/4/20 11:02 A

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On Saturday morning my Mom passed away. In March she turned 100. She was surrounded by family and love. I will miss her every day till we meet again in heaven.

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7/26/20 11:17 P

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I am jealous!!! Beautiful!!! I suppose I am less jealous when winter comes lol.


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7/26/20 11:16 P

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I am sorry your mom broke her foot. I am glad you had help during the time and she is doing better. We're almost to the end of the month. I hope August is better for you.

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7/20/20 10:15 P

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This month is a challenge. Last week my 100 year old mother fell and broke her foot. This has really impacted her and taken its toll on her. It is stressful for me, but I am thankful that at the time of her fall, my niece, who is a nurse, was visiting us. And my older sister came for 5 days to help out. My Mom is sleeping a lot, but is still eating and drinking and is fairly alert in the mornings, but her energy diminishes as the day goes on. We are taking it one day at a time.

I hope everyone is having a better July.
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7/1/20 7:28 P

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The first day of a new month is always full of hope. These first 6 months of 2020 have been challenging, but I am hoping that the next 6 will be more ďnormalĒ, whatever that is. I have made some short and long term goals for the rest of the year to start on July 1st. The beginning of a month is a good place to start refocusing and getting back on track.

My oldest nephew has been here visiting us for the past 12 days. He fixed some things around the house, helped me with tasks in the back yard, and did a fair amount of the meal prep. And he did lots of visiting with my Mom. I think it helped ease some of the feelings of isolation she has been experiencing since the covid 19 quarantine started. With some of the restrictions being lifted we will likely get a few more family members coming down to visit. My Mom turned 100 in March, so I know she treasures the times spent with her children (my sisters), her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Wishing all a great July.
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6/20/20 12:46 A

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Spent some time outside in my garden today dead heading the roses and then attacking the overgrown rhododendron trees. They are very old and the lower branches were blocking sunlight to the perennials growing near by. I just got out my pruning shears and started hacking away at the lower branches. I hope I did not shock the rhododendrons too much. But the added sunlight ought to be good for the daisies, roses, and other plants that were being overshadowed by the trees.

I do find spending time in the garden to be very relaxing and it soothes my soul. While I was in the garden I had some visitors Ė a couple of squirrels, a Stellerís Jay, some American Goldfinches, Chickadees, House Finches, and various sparrows. Oh and one neighbourhood cat who was there to ďseeĒ the birds. My nephew is here visiting us so that should allow me more time to work outside among my flowers and plants.

Thanks to Cerxels for the info on the lunar eclipse this weekend. For some information on it you can check out this link.

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Wishing everyone a great weekend.
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6/16/20 9:52 P

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This is a glimpse of what the area around where I live looks like. Lots of beautiful nature to enjoy. The big snow capped mountain is just across the border in the state of Washington.



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Enjoying a drier day today after a week or so of rain. The little bit of sunshine really lifts my spirits. Just wish it were dry enough to venture out into my garden, but everything is still too wet, and I donít relish getting soaked.

I have been busy procrastinating here. Been putting off finishing the last of the masks I want to sew Ė a couple for me, and some for family. Went grocery shopping yesterday and left my mask in the car. As it was pouring rain, I didnít want to go back for it. I felt almost naked to be shopping without my face mask; so different from a few months ago when it felt strange to be wearing one. How times have changed!

The first of our local berries are in now. The strawberries look and taste amazing. And I did see a few raspberries at my local farm market. I do enjoy berry and fruit season. This summer I plan to can some fresh fruit as our jars are just about gone. Need to put up some cherries, raspberries, apricots, peaches, and pears. It is a lot of work, but the results make it all worth while. And it is so nice to have preserved fruit in the cold and dark days of winter.


Hope everyone's week is off to a great start.
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5/3/20 1:22 A

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emoticon Just been thinking that I need to keep in touch with my teams on a more consistent basis as it is a good way to stay motivated and to help others feel encouraged and supported too.

I haven't been to Costco since the quarantine/stay at home started and hearing about the lineups makes me glad I have. I do get out and go grocery shopping when I get my respite days. On the way home I pick up something for my lunch. I miss not being able to meet with friends for lunch, but hopefully this will not last forever, although it is beginning to feel like forever.

So far my family and friends are keeping well, and I hope that all of you are too.

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11/11/19 4:56 P

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Havenít been active on SP, and havenít done a check-in in awhile:

Just had thyroid removed last Monday, and doing pretty good now (I think). Havenít used pain meds since last Wed at nighttime (wasnít using them at all during the day). The routine of having to take Synthroid an hour before eating breakfast has helped me to set up morning routine of meditating in the morning again (hadnít done that consistently since yoga teacher training finished last December). And Iím also making sure younger dog Scout gets a morning walk (separate than my other dog), so on most days Iíve reached my 10,000 step goal before noon.

MIL is going out to AZ for a few months (she leaves next week). Couldnít be more excited because I had to throw a few tantrums in order for the in laws to even consider/recognize that I needed a break. We got the results from her memory test today, and though she doesnít have Alzheimerís or dementia, she was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (which is what her PCP and neurologist already mentioned once I started telling them all the various things sheís been doing at home over these past six months or so). And she insisted that me & DW were just ďmaking up all these stories about her memoryĒ because we just want to put her in a nursing home. So Iím glad that a professional has actually confirmed what weíve noticed and have given her some recommendations (a lot of which coincide with what weíve been trying to talk to her about, but she was always resistant with us).

Jineane, emoticon on the new addition to the family!

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10/12/19 11:30 P

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This is our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and we started it off on Thursday with the birth of a new family member. My younger sisterís daughter had a little boy Ė my sisterís first grandchild. And I am sure he will be very spoiled.

So far it has been a very relaxing weekend. I spent the morning just being lazy. In the afternoon I worked on some placemats I am quilting for my younger sisterís birthday which is coming up fast. I am not the most accomplished sewer/quilter, but I enjoy the creativity it provides. After I have completed the set of 6 for her I am going to make a set of 6 Christmas ones for me. And if I get energetic, I am going to make a table runner for myself too.

My oldest niece is here visiting for the weekend and we will be cooking our turkey dinner on Monday, Thanksgiving Day. It is always nice to have family join us for the holiday. She brought along a little kitten and he is very cute, although my old cat is not impressed to have him in her house. There was a bit of an altercation yesterday, so we are keeping them separated.

Enjoy your weekend!



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Most of my cold symptoms are gone now, except for a nagging dry cough. I am hoping that it wonít persist for very long. And I am thankful that my mother has not caught my bug. I have been doing lots of hand washing and staying away from her as much as possible.

I have been working in my kitchen organizing my counters and the pantry. Yesterday I attacked the pasta shelf Ė what a mess it was. It was so hard to find anything in it as everything was just tossed in and jumbled together. I found some nice tins in the basement that I have re-purposed to hold various kinds of pasta, and then went to the thrift store today to pick up a couple more. I have washed them and tomorrow when they have dried, I will finish off that shelf. Then its on to the baking shelf. Not sure where all this decluttering energy is coming from, but I am taking advantage of it while it lasts.

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend that is coming fast.


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9/30/19 12:03 P

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Started my day bright and early - for me anyways. Got some laundry on the go. I just hate doing laundry so I usually just leave it till it seems an overwhelming task and I spend hours and sometimes days getting it done. I am trying this week a new approach that involves doing a small load everyday. I did a load yesterday and was able to get it done and put away in what seemed like no time at all. So today I am doing a small load of hand towels. So far, so good.
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Just getting over a cold here - and hoping I don't pass it on to my mother. I think the loss of my dear cat and grieving lowered my immunity and I picked up a bug. I haven't had a cold in months/years. Today I feel like I have some energy so I am going to tidy up the kitchen, bake a cake, and try my hand at making homemade seasoned salt. I am following the ingredients on my favourite brand of seasoned salt and I hope it works out.

Hope everyone is keeping healthy this fall.


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9/23/19

Update: our tablet is failing; so won't be able to participate,
as I won't have a gadget to utilize. Keep Sparking!

Hope to participate in the future; sometime in 2020,
while taking care of my health & getting fit in the
meantime. Thank you Sparkpeople for this opportunity.

Take care, with SparkPrayerHugs.


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Cutting back on those sugary beverages seem to be an excellent choice for you, Jineane; so glad you are having such a positive outcome from this single act.

Sounds like you're going to be pretty busy, as well; may you have energy for all you strive to achieve whether for a want or a need.



Angora, how is your goal going for you? Sounds like a good one, too.



For me, my sleep is based around a varied family unit with wide-ranging schedules; however, of late, I've been getting in better sleep. One of the main things I'm doing is turning off the gadget around 11 p.m. or so instead of Sparking; not tonight, though, cause really wanted to go ahead & reply to a few things as I didn't get to do so earlier today ... but will be right back at it come the new evening.


p.s. I'm still the same Rebecca; just needed a new account.


Have a blessed Sunday & may those blessings continue through the new week.



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Jineane, I am so sorry to hear of your precious fur-baby's passing; my HeartPrayers are with you.



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JINLYNN, so sorry to hear of your loss. No matter how much time we have together, it's never enough. Love your new sign, we truly are blessed, so much to be thankful for.

"Life is more than food. . ." Luke 12:23a


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I went out yesterday for some shopping therapy; mostly at the dollar store and Home Sense so the damage was small. I got some things to decorate the house for the fall and Thanksgiving. One of the things I bought was a sign that says: Grateful Thankful Blessed.
It is a good reminder to me that even in the hard times and sorrowful times, one can still find things to be grateful and thankful for. I was blessed with many special moments with her, and for that I am thankful.

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It has been a couple of sad days here. On Sunday afternoon I had to take my cat, Miss Kitty, to the vet. She had stopped eating and drinking and was suffering so it was time to do the hard but kind thing. She would have been 18 years old next month. She was a sweet cat - a great cuddler and comfort for me and I will miss her dearly.



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The month is half over, how are your September goals coming along?



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JINLYNN, so glad to hear that your mom is recovering, those late night hospital trips are so difficult. Sounds like cutting back on the sugary drinks is already having a positive effect, woo hoo! I've been adding herb tea bags to my drink bottle, no brewing, just sticking the bags in (been using two per bottle since they're 2 cup bottles). It's helped a lot to break the need-some-flavor-without-caffeine-calories
-or-sweetener habit.

Had to be away for a while again, glad to be back home again. 20REBECCA20, sounds like you have a good goal as well. When you don't get enough sleep that nasty hormone cortisol does its best to smash your good diet habits, increasing your hunger and sweet tooth, .while at the same time storing away fat even when caloric intake is low. Nasty combination.

My goal this month is to pay special attention to the ratio of fat/carb/protein in my food. They say that most people on special diets, whether low fat, or low carb, aren't really getting the proportion of fat/carb/protein necessary to truly benefit from the diet. So, I'm trying to pay more attention not just to what I am eating, but what nutrients each of those ingredients possesses. It has been eye opening.

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My mom is feeling better - her breathing is improved and she has more energy. The antibiotics are working. So thankful for the hospital and ambulance staff.

I am working on breaking my pop/sugary drink habit. I have cut way back on my consumption of them and it is showing up on the scale and also with my energy levels. I don't feel like I am in a cloud anymore and have been able to tackle a few much needed tasks around the house.

In a couple of weeks I will be going on a 5 day road trip with my younger sister. She is coming out from Ontario. She will visit with me and our mom for a few days, then our niece will be coming to stay with Mom while we head off on a short trip. I am so looking forward to getting away and having a bit of a break. And my niece is an RN, so no worries with her looking after my mom/her grandmother.

How is everyone's September going so far?

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Hmmmm...what habit will I focus on during September? A habit I want to break is drinking sugary drinks, especially pop and sweetened ice tea. I have fatty liver disease so these kind of drinks are definitely not good choices for me. So I need to focus on replacing these with water and/or tea.
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My heart prayers go out to your mom & you, Jineane -- sounds like a scary situation. Glad to know y'all made it home & hope for a healthy recovery for your mom.


I am excited for September -- with the joy of both of my parents birthdays, along with their 50th anniversary; we also will have anniversaries since the passing of several family members.


Been doing well on my daily walking; did take a couple days away due to all that's been going on, but right back at it on this new day of this new month -- WooHoo!


What will your focus be on, Jineane?


Hmm, Angora, you asked about a habit to instill --
I will be striving to get in 7 hours of sleep on most nights.



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emoticon ANGORA4!! We have missed you, but I hope you got a much needed break and rest.

Bit of a stressful time last night. I had to call the ambulance for my mother. She was having a sever angina attack and her nitro pills were not helping her. The paramedics arrived and gave her 2 sprays of nitro mist and that still did not ease her pain. On the way to the hospital they gave her another couple of sprays and that helped ease the pain. The staff at the hospital were so good with her. They got an ECG and blood work right away. These tests did not show any indication of a heart attack or damage. A chest x-ray showed an area of infection in one of her lungs, so the ER doctor started her on an antibiotic and eventually they let me bring her home. We were about 6 hours at the hospital and got home at around 3 am. Needless to say, I am somewhat tired today. My Mom rested and napped most of today and we will continue to take this long weekend easy. God has been very gracious to us, and I am so thankful for his care.

This month has been a struggle Ė lots of visitors and with that lots of stress and lots of overeating. With a new month starting tomorrow I am looking forward to getting myself focused and back on track.

I hope everyone is making plans for a great September.
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Glad to hear things went well. Habits are funny things, we create new ones without realizing that we are doing so. It's so good to have support here for making healthy new habits. A new month will be starting soon, what one new habit would you like to develop in the coming month?

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So glad to see you back; happy to know you've had a lovely time &
without gadgets is a definite break away.

Jineane has done a great job leading in your stead -- emoticon Jineane!



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Hello! So good to be back. Took the summer off, no phone, computer, or ttelevision all summer long. Didn't miss them at all while I was gone. Now it's time to get back to work. Let me know how things are going for you!

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early this morning beautiful rain; finally got some precipitation



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Yesterday we were 113 the hottest day in August
since recordkeeping began in our area in 1930

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Hi team,

I will only be interacting through teams & with a few friends who are not in shared teams; just trying to streamline where my SparkAttention is focused & my page isn't an area that is generally utilized -- there's also SparkMail, if interested. We are all friends; just know we don't have to make it official through clicking add, so go ahead & click remove (as I've done so, too; note: this only applies to a couple of you) -- remember: this does not remove my continued love & prayers for each of you.

Looking forward to our continued journey together.



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Been with triple degree temperatures for quite some time &
have now in the Desert SW finally received much needed rain .

It has been nice to have a few days with 90s & now the beautiful
rain we received yesterday -- such a pure joy.

Finding out that small opportunities throughout the day really do
equal a lot of fitness minutes -- definitely feeling better & stronger.

Hope you are able to find those daily opportunities for yourselves, too.


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We had 2 days break from the triple-degree weather & on the second of them, my mom's AC unit called it quits; so luckily we found one that evening. Our windows are falling out, so some are cardboarded & taped up. I had to hold the window "just so"; in order for the unit to be placed appropriately for 20 or so minutes, which I went ahead & counted as strength training for the day. It works quite well & keeps the room cool with this next wave of triples.



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Sounds like you have such joy from the interaction & the in between respites to refresh you till the next visit comes around. How lovely to hear that your nephew will be spending time with y'all; a beautiful experience for all of you, I'm sure it will be.

Wow, the Canadian Armed Forces; hope her experience is a rewarding one & helps her to reach her goals in life.

Prayers for each of you, your mom, your niece & nephew. Also for your families overall.


We are doing well here, even with almost a month of triple-degree weather. My day is trying to get in those small things that have needed to be done -- need to be a bit more purposeful in fulfilling these simple tasks, though.

Any ways, just wanted to come in & visit for a bit. Have a lovely day, Jineane.



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Another new month and that much closer to a new year. I canít believe how fast this year is racing along. Our company has all left for now with more coming next weekend. It is beginning to feel like a free bed and breakfast around here. But I am looking forward to the bit of a break. It is nice that family wants to come and see my mother and me. Too often older folks are overlooked by their family. We are blessed to have company just about every month. And at the end of this month my recently graduated 17-year-old great nephew will be moving in with us. He is such a nice young man and it will be great to have some young influence in the house. We are having to move things around and re-arrange stuff, but we are so looking forward to having him stay with us for a while. Before Christmas we had his sister with us for a couple of months before she went into the Canadian Armed Forces, and that was a blessing too.

I hope all of you are off to a good start to this month of August.
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