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Declutter & Accountability - January 2012

Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 12 - 10:57 AM
Stilly River Sage 01 Feb 12 - 12:40 AM
Stilly River Sage 31 Jan 12 - 06:26 PM
LilyFestre 31 Jan 12 - 04:57 PM
Dorothy Parshall 31 Jan 12 - 04:47 PM
wysiwyg 31 Jan 12 - 03:17 PM
LilyFestre 30 Jan 12 - 10:51 AM
katlaughing 29 Jan 12 - 07:33 PM
wysiwyg 29 Jan 12 - 07:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Jan 12 - 07:02 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Jan 12 - 05:29 PM
GUEST,LilyFestre 29 Jan 12 - 01:55 PM
wysiwyg 29 Jan 12 - 12:31 PM
Stilly River Sage 29 Jan 12 - 10:19 AM
katlaughing 29 Jan 12 - 12:06 AM
Stilly River Sage 28 Jan 12 - 10:20 PM
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katlaughing 27 Jan 12 - 11:57 PM
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LilyFestre 27 Jan 12 - 07:11 PM
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Dorothy Parshall 26 Jan 12 - 11:07 PM
Stilly River Sage 26 Jan 12 - 09:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 10:57 AM

Here's February.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 12 - 12:40 AM

We had a great walk. I'll start a new thread on Wednesday.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 06:26 PM

Last couple of days have been busy, but I took a friend to the airport today (she has been in the area for five weeks, but since she has a balance problem she didn't drive and we had to pick her up and deliver her between us.)

Susie was looking much better - they project four more weeks of PT before she might leave, and her son will have to level the floor at her house (she has a sunken den - six inches lower than the rest of the house.) He'll put in joists and raise the floor level. I am going to do it with concrete one of these days, I don't want a floor that stuff can get underneath. Anyway, we're looking forward to her progress and getting her back home maybe by March.

Gotta go walk the dogs.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 04:57 PM

Jeremiah was up several times during the night last night...coughing, crying...just feeling miserable. This morning I took him to the doctor, stopped by the pharmacy and came home.

So. Not very productive or active but necessary.

He has a mean cold and a double ear infection.

As a result, we both have been napping on and off today.

You know your child looks sick when you walk into the reception area of the doctor's office and the receptionists and nurses take one look at him and say...awwwwwwwwwww.

Feel better my sweet boy. XOXOOXOOOXOXOXO


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 04:47 PM

Michelle! So glad to hear J is doing better!

We had a lovely weekend in the country. Fri at the Cafe. Sat am the nest door neighbour came over and tried to get my computer connected to the Turbo Hub. No dice. We spent time talking about the possible wind turbine project that a contractor is trying to put in"our backyards". On a wetland and on the pavement barren - a unique and fragile eco-system.

Arranged to try the Turbo Hub on Sunday am at his house. R and I had lunch and went off to visit an environmentalist about half hour away. Good info and a great visit. He believes the region has rulings about this. I gave this info to Leo to check out. Then supper in O-town and a wonderful concert.

9am on Sunday I am not usually awake but I trundled over to Leo's and he connected. I gave him the info gained yesterday re wind project. Came back and tried to connect to the Hub. NO. Made breakfast and tried again... Finally after reading awhile and trying, a couple more times, I looked at that darned thing thoughtfully, went and turned it a different direction - and VOILA!

Other than cooking supper, I was online 'til midnight, dispensing with emails and then researching wind turbines and their effect on human health - NOT good - and on the environment - NOT good. Kill birds and bats by the thousands.

Monday was a quiet day, in city, on computer, and outlining a presentation for public education. We had stopped to give rent to landlady and she only knew that a neighbour had "signed on". Told her we would be out of there in a flash if this comes to pass.

On the way to the city, we passed by the beginnings of a turbine installation in an area that is largely corn fields. Too close to houses to be safe. A done deal. We'll see how it affects these folks. The amount of land that is desecrated in the process in huge. Cannot see how they can be permitted to do it in a wetland or in the Barrens.

Email from Leo today that the Province did not even know about this- Ministry of the environment has an eco-reserve very close - as in yards from - and told him they have plans to enlarge it! That is part of the Barrens area. So GOOD that Leo called them. They could stop this in a flash if they choose.

This takes priority over the raccoons, but I will do both and more.

That blood sugar thing stopped on Friday as mysteriously as it started. I talked with my health consultant yesterday and today about supplements and the insoluble mystery of how I did myself out of chromium. And my need for protein which is huge. Better not to try to be veggie is the conclusion.

I am continuing the small meals and no choc or cookies, almost. Each day that I succeed adds to my determination. But I am not going to weigh myself yet. I don't feel as though I have lost an ounce!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Jan 12 - 03:17 PM

PT per schedule. Met the new Hip Machine and upped the arm and ankle weights for all the abduction/adduction exercises. (Hurts so good!)

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 30 Jan 12 - 10:51 AM

Jeremiah still has a temperature but it's gone down quite a bit and he's sounding better. :)

I've been busy this morning: Breakfast made, dishes done, lunch packed, a load of laundry done, showered, bed made, 2 business calls and a venison roast is in the crock pot with loads of celery, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes and onions. Potatoes will go in later....or maybe I'll make rice. I haven't decided.

Later I'm headed to the nursing home to spend some time with my nana. Jeremiah will be staying with his nana as I don't want to take him anywhere with the cough he has going on.

I guess the painting of the playroom will wait a bit...who knew the week was going to be like it was? It's ok...it will happen when it should. I'm just going to roll with it, what else can I do?

As for catching up with any rest...tiredness from thyroid....well...I did have a nice nap over the weekend and am sending myself to bed a bit earlier (midnight instead of 2am) and was up only a few times with the baby (mostly checking on him being restless).

I hope everybody is doing well!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 07:33 PM

{{{{{Michelle}}}} I hope your thyroid is getting better so you don't get too run down with all you are having to deal with. Babies all get better; they have amazingly strong systems. Maybe your nana will get a new room or rooomy, soon.

We both woke up too early; usually we can't go back to sleep, but we both did! I got up and 8a, fed myself (which Rog usually fixes) and the cats. The dog food was too high and heavy for me to get down, but she did get let out to pee.:-) Rog got up about 915a and automatically started my breakfast! He was surprised and pleased I was able to do it, myself. My hands are getting stronger and less painful, so it helps.

I scrubbed the bathroom, did a load of laundry, picked up and put away stuff from my desk and around the house. Also, Rog hooked up my plant sprayer hose to the faucet and I gave all the houseplants a good washing off plus watering. They were dusty, too!

Rog did his usual: litter box, dishes, sweeping. we still need to mop, but neither of us seems to have the energy or motivation for it when we've been busy with so much else.

kat


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 07:16 PM

Legs and feet orful sore, so I guess I got MY walk in-- I'm still sorting office stuff into the new storage system and purging from boxes of stored administrivia.

110 gallons of bagged trash. About half was deferred trash piling up in a big box that got topped off, and the other half was the purge-o-mania harvest.

It's really heat to see that what I eyeballed for storage needs is perfectly fitting what I needed to unpack into it. And since I went up the wall with a system taller than I am, I had treated myself to a folding step stool I lovelovelove because it goes right between the shelves, out of the way.

And I found a box of pins I needed to pin up all the cards, etc. people send me that make this such a nice place to work.

I have about 2' x 4 ' x 6' left of boxed material to go thru/purge, and then each shelf will get a fine-tune on organization. But the project bins are labeled, and ready for upcoming deadlines and annual planning.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 07:02 PM

We had a great walk, and when we returned to the yard I untied a couple of loops in the girl's leads and tied knots at useful points. The loops were giving them too much ability to pull ahead of me. Zeke also has a knot instead of a loop now. He was such a renegade when Susie walked him with the other collar, and he walks best of the tree now, quietly beside me a little bit back (heal). My two tend to still pull. With 1 or 2 dogs, a loop is okay, but with three it gets trickier and if I move them from one side to the other, gripping one of the knots on each leash makes it easier to reign them in.

A friend is spending the night tomorrow so we'll declutter her computer a bit and figure out what time her flight is on Tuesday. I've taken a chicken from the freezer to roast.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 05:29 PM

Michelle, this sounds like the kind of weekend you'll be glad to put behind you. Winter is a hard time of year for so many creatures, humans included. Cuddles to Jeremiah and a big hug to your Nana.

My oldest is gradually getting over her tonsillectomy sore throat. Today when I called she sounded better and was out walking around. I'm taking the dogs for a walk in a few minutes - we had several cold days when we didn't go, but tonight I'll do the walk then feeding routine to reinforce the pack leader stuff.

Several more items listed on eBay. I often times then share the listing on facebook or twitter, though I usually go along behind and delete them from the account. This gives an instant boost to the number of views an item has so it makes it look to shoppers on eBay that it is more popular. Success breeds success - if people are looking at it, they'll look at it more closely. That's my theory, anyway!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: GUEST,LilyFestre
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 01:55 PM

It's been crazy around here and not in a good way. As I posted before, on Friday my Nana was taken to the ER via ambulance and later went to a nursing home. Since she was here visiting, she really wasn't equipped for things she'd need for a longer stay so yesterday I went shopping to get things she needs until I can go to her house and pick up what she might like (3 hours away). Then it was off for a family visit (all 3 of us). My Nana's roommate isn't what you'd call a peach. Nana says, "The light is on in the attic but there isn't anyone home." She's beyond bitchy and has already made accusations about us stealing her stuff..her underwear of all things!! We moved to the community space to visit and shortly after that, bingo started in the adjoining room so it filled up fast. Everyone (but the roommate) wants to see the baby. He was overwhelmed and frightened but I'm sure he'll warm up in time. Let's see. Ok...the rest of the visit was fine. Later in the day, Pete's great aunt died unexpectedly. Then Herald, our newest calf died. During the night, I woke up to a horrible screeching sound....a sound so shrill and violent that it made the hair on my arms stand up. My first thought was the baby and I flew into his room to find him sleeping peacefully.   Pete was also sleeping peacefully. I heard the sound again and woke Pete up. Something was killing one of our roosters. Turns out it was an owl. Both were dead this morning. Jeremiah has developed a deep, wet sounding cough. We'll be going to the doctor tomorrow.

I just finished sorting a few baskets of laundry and went through Jeremiah's dresser taking out clothes that no longer fit, matching up outfits and putting everything away. Our clothes are folded but remain on the bed until I catch a second wind to finish that up.

This morning we had brunch.....venison tenderloin, mushrooms, onions and garlic in red wine (Peckerhead Red to be exact) and baked potatoes. The only part I need to count is the tablespoon of butter I used to cook the mushrooms.

At the moment, the baby is trying to nap....coughing away. I do NOT like the sounds of this.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 12:31 PM

With the new office configuration emerging, it's really a pleasure to bring an item into it and just sit down and DO IT. What had felt like procrastination was really a storage issue!!!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 10:19 AM

I was tired last night - hit a wall and headed to bed soon after that (the post time is Eastern time and I'm in Central).

Folding laundry is the first order of the day since I washed everything yesterday. Also I need to wash the protective bedding on the futon to get out some of the dog hair. That'll fill up the dryer lint screen!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Jan 12 - 12:06 AM

This morning Rog brought me stacks of books from one shelf in the LR. As I went through them, I dusted each one and entered it in my LibraryThing acct. I didn't knwo when you hit 200 you have to pay to enter any more. It's a nominal fee, so I paid it and kept entering. Rog moved the shelf to the wall shelves we already have in the office, then took them back there for me. Still 4 more shelves to go, but they weren't actually as dusty as I thought.

We went to the grocery store then and got lunch to bring back. I watched a video on netflix. we'd expected Morgan to call at 9a this morning and maybe come over if he felt better. Didn't hear from him all day, was still puny, but lots better this evening. Enough to listen to "mama" read another story from Wonder Tales of the World an old book of my dad's that I loved as a kid. Still do.

Before that, my brother called and said he had a surprise for me. He came over and gave me a "Congrats" card with a bit of cash tucked inside for the work I have been doing for him. It's the first time he's ever been able to do that and I think we both felt very pleased about it. Give and ye shall receive, indeed.:-)He really surprised me!

Rog and I had supper and, after reading to Morgan, we watched a funny, touching movie by Jackie Chan, Little Big Soldier. Excellent if you don't mind subtitles. I love listening to Chinese being spoken.

Just off to bed, now.

Seeyasoon,

kat


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jan 12 - 10:20 PM

Went to dinner with friends - went to the rehab hospital to see Susie. Got some stuff listed on eBay, did some laundry. Nothing exciting.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jan 12 - 01:09 AM

Your shoes sound better than mine were this evening - a favorite pair of slip on Clark clogs (rubber sole, blue leather upper) literally fell apart, both shoes, as I wore them this evening. I thought they felt really loose and looked down to see the uppers split from the soles on the sides! They're in the trash now. They were 3 or 4 years old, I didn't wear them that often, so they weren't worn out. They dried out or something.

Susie is in a rehab hospital now so I'll go see her tomorrow.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Jan 12 - 11:57 PM

We left this morning, went to the vet's for dry cat food, specialised, prescription, no less. Good thing they gave us a rebate to send in for $15 because it was an outrageous price. It will last the two of them for a month or more, but I mean to do some looking for something not so high. There's a speciality pet shop which carries some kind that I think it was Dr. Weil recommends. Anyway, they are spoiled kitties.:-)

Then to coumadin clinic where we had to up the dose because of all of the leafy greens I am now juicing. Hand therapy after was very helpful..we are making progress. Then to the shoe store to see if I could find some off-the-shelf shoes as the orthotic ones are really causing pain these days. I don't want to spend a bunch more for more of them, so I ordered some special arch supports for Birks and will try them in my old Birks, first. Plus I see the osteopath on Monday; she will help.

We came home, ate lunch, and didn't do much of anything else the rest of the day!

I did do some qi gong this evening, while sitting here watching netflix. And, I lost another pound according to the scales this morning.

Tomorrow, I hope to finish the dusting.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jan 12 - 07:47 PM

Michelle, is this a temporary stay or a move that was inevitable?

I'll be visiting Susie in a rehab hospital - I imagine it has a bit of the look of a nursing home. I haven't been down yet, her son told me where she is this afternoon and I was already scheduled for some activities for afternoon and evening. I'll see her tomorrow.

Must get my camera and start snapping - I usually wait till after the talk, but tonight I'll photograph folks before (in some ways it is better - they aren't eating) so I can get out a bit early.

One eBay item has lots of looks and followers, no bids. Ends tomorrow or Sunday morning, but anyway, I need to get more up so I have several at any given time. Must start converting some of this stuff into space and cash.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 Jan 12 - 07:26 PM

Office shelves UP!!! Desk CLEAR! Shelf-loading has begun.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Jan 12 - 07:16 PM

Oh, Michelle. {{{hugs}}}} to you and your nana


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 27 Jan 12 - 07:11 PM

I spent today in the emergency room with my nana. And late this afternoon, I helped her get settled into a nursing home.

*Sigh*


:/

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jan 12 - 02:59 PM

Busy day, things are getting done, but I'll be going full-tilt until late this evening. I'll get a quick nap in the middle of the day to tide me over.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 11:42 PM

I don't remember the name of the company, but several years ago when I was going to an acupuncturist, he had me using pressed coconut oil, virgin organic if I remember correctly, on toast in the morning. It was delicious and it felt good. I don't know why I stopped using it. Now I'm doing so much of the fruit and vegetable juice extraction I probably won't go back to using it except on rare occasions, though mg, your mixture sounds quite good.

This morning I kept getting sidetracked. Morgan called about 745a to say he was calling in sick, no need to take him to school as he had a cold. Just after meditation, when I was just getting into qi gong, my daughter back east called needing help with her resume. Got that done and e-mailed off for her, went back to the qi gong and lo and behold got another couple of phone calls, one from Morgan trying to figure out a password for a game that we had set up for my computer for him to play. Once we got that sorted out, I gave up and started doing my work for the day.

Worked on my brother's music this morning. a second piece of his is climbing the charts, too. I called to tell him and invited him over for lunch, but before he came, I finally found time to finish my qi gong and throw the ball for Luna.

The rest of the day, I did more work on my brother stuff, rested a bit as I didn't sleep very well last night, too excited, and that was about it.

Tomorrow I have hand therapy and Coumadin clinic, plus Roger has the day off, so will do some usual shopping and run errands.

Seeyasoon,

kat


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 11:16 PM

Coconut and Macadamia nut oil are the two new organic health food superstars that folks are talking about in the organic news I hear. Out is Canola, in are these two. And butter. And the ever-reliable olive oil, as long as it really is olive oil. There is a lot of artificial and mixed stuff out there now.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 11:07 PM

Coconut oil

So I checked out coconut oil because I had a strong idea it was not a good thing. This article extolls its virtues. I am not totally convinced but may try a little to see how it tastes.

I am very aware of the ways my body reacts to things, often in seconds. I am finding this situation interesting, perhaps a challenge to make changes. I am wanting to go more toward veggie, knowing I will never go there completely because I have not been able to maintain this body on strictly non-animal protein.

So, I am going to to keep on trying to find a good way to be healthy and hopefully lose some weight. Then I shall certainly feel better.

The Nature of Things tonight was about animal minds and how well they think, solve problems, etc. Fascinating to see a small octopus "try on" some shells and then, have ascertained that they fit and provided protection, it picked them up and took them along. That both clutters their life and gives them safety. It was a kind of cute little guy!


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 09:49 PM

I've been using ground flax seed - it goes through you in a hurry if you get too much, and it causes gas. I usually mix a tablespoon or two into the dry ingredients when I make bread.

Long day tomorrow, but I start my work day late, so maybe I'll get a dog walk in or a little gardening if it warms up early. I'm eating a low-carb diet now (again) and need to get the exercise also so it pays off.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 04:55 PM

I just nuke a square of baking chocolate, add about a tablespoon of pure coconut oil, about 2 teaspons maybe of cream cheese (otherwise mixture is very runny), a little shake of stevia, a little vanilla, a big pinch of cinnamon (supposed to be good for regulating blood sugar)..grind some flax seeds well and add about a tablespoon or two (if you are not used to flax seeds start sparingly). Could add some chopped nuts, dried fruits etc. Just stir and eat. Not overly delicisou but gives a chocolate fix and is quick and easy. I have read our hearts especially love the stearic acid in chocolate and our thyroids love the medium fat chains in coconut oil (which has very healing properties).

I think if six days without chocolate is making you not feeling well, your body is saying give me some chocolate..just not mixed with sugar etc. mg


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 04:26 PM

mg: you do come up with interesting thoughts. Now, on day 6 of no choc, I am having daily bs swings. I think I read somewhere that it helps regulate bs but I have been eating too much – 50-100gm – and it is such an addiction that I am really trying hard. I have done without before without this problem. But I have also cut out all cookies so my diet these few days has only the sugar made from the little carbs I ingest. Today I ate a fruit pie from – AGHHH – McD's which was in the frig a month or two. (I had to nuke it under a damp paper towel!). That settled things down. But now it is time to eat again. I think I'll do the stewed apples and cranberries. granola and yogurt.

We are out of plain yogurt and veggies and bread and….. I have not had the car at all this week but R's truck should be done by tomorrow, Then I will need to do a big shopping. May have a chance to use car tonight MAYBE.

Fat, as in bacon, inhibits the production of insulin. I played with that once and found that too much sugar gave me a headache in one part of head (front or back but I don't remember which) and too little caused a headache in the other part. Hypoglylcemic most of my life, I had been doing better – ALWAYS have food available! Only this week has been strange – juggling to make sure the correct balance of foods is ingested. But with an eye toward low caloric intake.

I still feel better though tired in aft, but not falling asleep as I was most afternoons recently. I actually did not realize how poorly I was feeling, too many days but not all. Saw something on line about buckwheat helping bs. Thinking about trying a "cookie" made of buckwheat, choc, cranberries, honey something else? Ground sunflower seeds or chickpea flour, a binder of some sort ….

Walked to library yesterday and day before. House is above 60 currently. Monday and Tuesday were thawing days. Wet but nice. Now it is a moderate 20F and overcast again. We have finally reduced the mouse pop by four. That might be it! I cleaned the counters thoroughly to see if there is any mouse sign tomorrow. An Amarylis is sending up two healthy stalks!

This week has been a support R week through a couple crises. Hope one is done today and the other has to conclude this phase tomorrow by 5 pm. Sometimes deadlines are good! So I am hanging out to feed him when he gets a chance to stop in..

The most amazing thing happened yesterday. Bro called to tell me what was going on, i.e. where R was and his phone was not with him and blither, blither, blither. Totally unnecessary. We had had a go-round on Tuesday when I let him have it about how stressed R is "and YOU are the cause." So he tells me "R was here this aft and he was not stressed at all." 64 years and he does not have a clue about R! R had come home about 3 pm for a bite and was so stressed he was shaking. He sat here wanting very much not to leave. Oblivious? Self centred? I just got him off the phone asap. It does no good to talk with him.

To the country tomorrow for music on Fri and Sat, see friends, and maybe get the internet connected at the cabin. Peace and quiet, in any case, in a warm and beautiful place.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 03:36 PM

That sounds wonderful, Mary! Give us a recipe (portions) for that concoction?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 03:27 PM

I can not see how low-sugar chocolate could be anything but helpful for a blood sugar situation, but every person's metabolism is different. I mix baking chocolate with coconut oil, ground flaxseed, stevia, a bit of cream cheese, cinnamon and sometimes a few nuts. Works for me. Fats will stabilize many peoples' blood sugar problems. I find if I eat bacon especially mine will drop (basically too high but I still get horrible symtpoms of what is called hypoglycemia, but in my case is not hypo) and my weight will drop. mg


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 01:26 PM

The sun has come out after 5-7 inches of rain in the last two days. I threw the ball for Zeke in the back, enjoying the sun on my back. Gotta soak up some Vitamin D today.

Tackling financial things today - changed my electric company again. I find that if I do it each year I get a better rate. This time I shopped according to how they run bill-pay since some of these companies will only give you their lowest rates if you autopay electronically out of your checking account. No, I don't think so.

Moonglow is holding her own in the sore throat department. I suspect it will take until the end of the weekend before it begins to let up. Susie will move to rehab today and we'll explore the possibility of taking Zeke down to see her when we know we can do it without his jumping on her.

Crossing off items on my copious "things to do" list. Lots more to go.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: wysiwyg
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 06:45 AM

Pool ydy per schedule.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 26 Jan 12 - 12:17 AM

Oops...I should add that Family Day means all clothes (except those with blue tags), shoes, books and linens are half price. VCR tapes are a quarter...found some great sing along videos for the baby!!!!

I'm off to bed.

Night all.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 11:17 PM

Well, sticking to something does pan out. My brother's classical piano pieces which I put up on Soundclick last Sunday have apparently been getting looked at. The one I first put on FB and Twitter has climbed to #121 on a chart of 41,000+ songs and #37 in a sub-genre of 14,000+!! So...I have some more work to do...upload more sound files and enter the descriptions,etc. I am happy to do it when I see numbers like those. It's been a bit of a trial to get him to really believe in the power of the internet and how it all works. He is willing to learn, but a nice demonstration like this really helps!

After qi gong this morning, I dusted the pictures and knick-knacks in the hallway and part of the LR, plus the walls and a few things on a shelf in the bathroom. I've lost more to do, but it's a start. Every morning as I do my qi gong, the morning sun shines right through the big picture window right onto the bookshelves and tv stand facing me, so I see all of the dust! It's getting to me.:-)

More dusting, music uploading, and juicing tomorrow morning after seeing Morgan off to school with Rog as he goes to work.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 10:51 PM

Family Day at the Salvation Army = Fun day of great shopping and awesome steals and deals!!!

Bonus? I went to 2 different shops!!!!


YAY!!!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 03:54 PM

Brrrr but it's a damp cold couple of days. We need the rain, no arguing about that, but it has been a fairly steady drench, no gentle drizzle that lets you continue to do a few activities outside.

Indoor stuff, and if my thermostatic plugs come today (they respond to the temperature and power on and off, so I don't need to go change the oil radiator or fuss that a light is always on) I'll set one up in the greenhouse and get some seeds started.

Choosing my next electric company today (after I do the math).

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 11:33 AM

Meditation and one hour of qi gong


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jan 12 - 12:00 AM

Michelle, your thyroid needs to be your friend. Take care, get things adjusted if you need to. It can make a huge difference in your energy and your weight. (Do you suppose the chemo clobbered your thyroid? I'm asking - I don't know - but I wouldn't be surprised).

Dorothy, I'll give it a try later. My plate is full, I'm not watching anything for the moment (but I do like those Canadian science programs!)

My lovely daughter is doing fine. After the anesthesia wore off the really sore throat came along and she didn't have much volume when she tried speaking for a while. She's allergic (hives) to the main pain killer originally prescribed, so I picked up another one (a patch) for her this afternoon. It doesn't give the spikes of no pain like the pills or liquid, but it lasts for 3 days and keeps the pain at a moderated level for a prolonged period. When I left this evening she was able to enjoy a bowl of noodle soup.

The surgeon took out tonsils and adenoids. This is why she has such a swollen uvula and a sore throat, but she will feel so much better without those items contributing to poor sleep.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 10:26 PM

SRS: my son accessed CBC in Washington. MAybe if you go to www,cbc.ca Then put The Nature of Things in the "search box" . MAYBE it will let you in. There are so many excellent programs. Last week it was about the teen brain.

On fourth day of no choc and no cookies. Having a wandering blood sugar issue. Taking chromium to regulate. Eating frequent small meals. Listening carefully to what my body wants/needs. Feel better in most ways, otherwise. Intrigued by it.

Great music Friday night. And again this week. Cold on weekend but the cabin was cosy. Visited friends in northern NYS all day Saturday. Had a wonderful time, admiring her raccoons - to be released in the spring. We hope to attend release day. Came back to city on Sunday aft to a cold house (38F). If R had not needed the car, I would have gone back to the country. Wrapped up in quilt with heating pad. Electric blanket is on to-buy list.

Got a Turbo Hub from neighbour and arranged for an account but could not et it functioning. More calls to Bell, which I detest more each time. I need to call the neighbour and talk to him - tomorrow. Tech support could not help. Customer service is an oxymoron. I could write a novella about this Bell experience.

Up to 40F today. Big thaw. Messy but at least the house got warm and sidewalks clear. I walked to library - 6 in, 6 out.

Long talk with #1 son yesterday re tech stuff. I want to go dancing certain nights; the good TV shows are on those nights. Bottom line: they are available the next day on line. So I can have both! Next week - dancing! Our TV is old! I am watching Craigslist for a newer model.

Too tired tonight to read back over other posts. I'll try to start there tomorrow morning. Hope everyone is doing OK.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 09:47 PM

My port was flushing just fine but wouldn't give a blood return so they put some kind of disolving med into my chest and after an hour, the blood return worked just fine.

When I got home, the doctor already had an email waiting for me. My thyroid is WAY OUT of whack. It should be 0.27-4.2.

My is 20.15.

Um Houston, we have a problem.

So...today instead of beating myself up for being so tired lately, I'm giving in to it and am going to rest. My body has been screaming I'M TIRED for weeks now. I just thought I hit a lazy streak or something. Guess not.

Good night.

XOXOXOXO

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 02:53 PM

PT per schedule. Added reps to leg weights and added resistance to upper body stuff. The pool and the PT are starting to synergize.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 12:46 PM

SRS, I'd be surprised if you find it at any of the usual places like Walgreens. Maybe in a metro area, but here we have to special order it from a medical supply store. Good luck, regardless, with that and taking care of your daughter.

Meditation and qi gong (2 different sets - 20-30 minutes each)


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 07:57 AM

Stomach bug here. ICK. Pete had it for 3 days, it hit me yesterday but I must say I'm feeling much better this morning. That's a good thing as I'm off to the oncology clinic to have my port flushed and about 8 tubes of blood taken. A friend is going along today so I plan to enjoy the ride down, friendly chit chat with my favorite nurses and an enjoyable ride back home with a lunch in there somewhere.

Have a great day everybody!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jan 12 - 12:02 AM

Kat, I passed by a CVS this evening on my way back from visiting Susie, but it was closed. I'll print out a page of the products so I'm sure I'm looking at the right stuff and swing by Walgreens or CVS tomorrow.

Susie is about ready to head to rehab. Her immediate medical needs are under control, now she needs to learn to walk and get back to her old self. She'll have to wear a padded helmet for a while. She has crappy insurance (the night before the accident she said she was going to change in the next open season - but that will be late in 2012) and finding someplace that will take it, that is the hard part. We're hoping that since the plan has the proviso that if they can't find anyone that takes their plan they'll pay out of the plan will work. It may have been good in the last place she lived, but it isn't widely accepted here.

Off to hold my girl's hand tomorrow, deliver soft foods requested, and probably watch her sleep much of the day. :-)

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Jan 12 - 11:39 PM

Good deal, SRS. It si expensive for a tube of it, but it only take a minuscule amount to be effective, consistently, and you do not have to cover the wound as they advise, just rub it in really well.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Jan 12 - 08:47 PM

I took Cinnamon for a quick walk around the block this evening, and have some shopping to do for Moonglow (soft foods) and a quick trip down to see Susie.

Thanks for the recommendation, Kat, I looked at the list of places that sell their products and I'll take a look. I've been using a cleanser the vet gave me in a little bottle and charged a lot for - I looked it up online (and probably mentioned it last summer) and since it isn't an Rx ordered a gallon for $10. It cost $12 to ship it, but $22 it still way less than what I'd pay for it 4 ounces at a time!

You know those annoying adds that we've been seeing on Mudcat? I clicked one, figuring to give a few cents into Max's piggybank, and it was actually a useful video - who knew. Of course, they want to sign you up to tell you how to eat healthy, but the discussion, once you got past the sales pitch, was sound. Talking about the problems of sugar and carbs and such. It's one of the "five foods you shouldn't eat" ads in full color.

I finished most of the things I was taking care of for work today. This evening I will send in a couple of print orders electronically so I can pick them up later in the week. I'll take my laptop with me tomorrow, and one of my dogs. I'll empty email and I'll let Poppy sleep in the truck. I'm keeping them from rough housing while she has this injury.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Jan 12 - 06:08 PM

Yes, Michelle, Bag Balm is great, unless you're allergic to lanolin.:-)Smith College recommends it to all of their swimmers, too.


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Jan 12 - 05:59 PM

Fri. Jan. 20
No pool-- furniture shopping, with breath!!!
About an hour total walking (short sitting as needed).

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Sun. Jan. 22 Pool workout
Sunday evening ROM/relax
45 minutes total:
Ai Chi-- upper body and core ROM x 10 reps
BackHab-- second half of workout (crossovers, sideways, lunges, ROM hips, hi-knee, etc)
Demo'd platform (6" side steps)

Shower stretches

===

Mon. Jan. 23 pool workout

10 min slo ski warmup.
15 min 150-178 JOG HR 80s-- inner thighs very tired.
15 min intervals 178-186 BPM. HR 95-100; 85-95-100; 85-95-100 (3 sets w new pulse oximeter)
5 min Ai Chi upper body and core ROM x 10 reps
10 minutes hot tub stretches/warm up after cold pool

No step-ups-- time short

===

~S~


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Subject: RE: Declutter & Accountability - January 2012
From: LilyFestre
Date: 23 Jan 12 - 03:15 PM

We swear by Bag Balm in this house for both critters and people!

Michelle


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