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Unread 01-24-2021, 10:41 AM
Very cold Sunday January 24

Hi everyone!

greyown - so sad for your loss. You have another loved pet waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge for sure. Bless you.

Kim - am so sad for what you are going through as well, so many life changes. Life is hard work for sure. This may sound silly to some, but do you have a nature area that you could go and sit in the silence of nature? (I'd say walk but I know that isn't really possible for you right now) The beauty and silence of nature has always, without fail, helped with the healing of my soul and renewed my energy......greyown, I say that to you too!

Rita - when I was an ed tech in a 5th grade classroom, we were in the basement.......until years later they found mold and the reason why everyone had the constant sniffles and sore throats. Hope things are working out for you.

desk - I hope that it works out for you guys with the aussie. He sounds like a sweetie, for sure. You are probably doubting yourself because it will be a change, for you, your household, the dog, change all around. Change is difficult, challenging but reading between the lines, I believe you and the aussie are up for that challenge! I'm rooting for you all!

May I ask a question? How do you find the energy to walk 5 to 6 miles every day?? I used to do the same as you and now I can manage 2 miles one day, maybe 3 the next and the occasional 4. I think my issue is the extreme arthritis that is just going out of control. After about a mile and a half my mid back starts to hurt. I just had x-rays of my throracic spine due to extreme pain and the x-rays showed not so good news.....bone spurs, severe degenerative discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, and on and on. Riding in a semi, even though it is air ride, seems to make it all the worse, but we have at least 8 more years of it. I have a referral for a specialist but am putting it off as long as I can. Anyways, I commend you! I love walking, have all my life. I am an outdoors person all the way!

Oh yeah, after writing about chips, I missed them, but instead of buying some, I bought Chex Mix, large bag, and ate the whole bag in 2 days...................better than chips..right?????? LOL

Hi Heavensangel - hope you are having a good weekend!

So as to eating.........I do try to bring 90 percent healthy food in the truck but we also have some microwave staples just in case. Ex - microwaveable mac and cheese, soups in a can, popcorn, things like that. We sometimes stop at a "healthy" fast food place for a change for take out. This time home has been difficult so I don't have a lot of leftovers frozen to bring with us tomorrow when we head to Richmond, VA...........probably will have to find time to go to the grocery store today.

Last night for supper we had salad and clam strips. Dark chocolate with almonds for dessert. Blueberry pancakes made with greek yogurt this morning for breakfast with sweet potato home fries. Spanish rice and black beans with shreded cheese on top for lunch.

Have a good Sunday all!
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Unread 01-24-2021, 04:17 PM
Re: Very cold Sunday January 24

Nirvana, I am not an outdoors or nature person, which is strange to some people. Maybe it’s my pollen allergies, I don’t know, but that should be seasonal. I am sad but thinking of happier times. My other dog seems sad but maybe that’s just my interpretation. She won’t go on the other dog bed still so she senses something. I wish I could read dogs minds.

I bought more salad today so that’s a start. Now to eat them in time. I have so much food to choose from.

Getting ready for another week at work. Hoping it goes well this week.
Unread 01-24-2021, 07:36 PM
Re: Very cold Sunday January 24

Hi all,

Greyown, they know something is different, yet sometimes they are affected, sometimes not. As you said, you have a new normal, and you will both settle into it. Good luck with the coming week, do you have to go IN to the office all week?

Nirvana, I am very fortunate that I don't have any particular joint pain. Sometimes my back aches but it usually goes away. Before the pandemic, I was going to Jazzercise every morning, then to visit Mom, then I'd come home and take my Bonnie for a walk. She didn't walk really far, but we usually did a mile at least. I never really sit down. The week before the pandemic hit, and we lost Bonnie, I met my new walking friend, and so when I could no longer go to Jazzercise at 8 AM, we started our walking routine. She was relatively new to the area, and was desperate to find someone to walk with. I volunteered immediately. She was not impressed with our slow walks with Bonnie, but after we lost Bonnie, we picked up the pace and we do the walking. The new dog will definitely be a faster and more enthusiastic walker. And he will keep me going. If I can't go back to yoga and jazzercise (the online classes conflict with my walking and also with the Skyping with my mother) then I will walk. We started walking our dogs regularly back in 1988 and while I would be happy to do the very same walk every day, and the dogs have never complained, now my walking buddies want variety. Well, if they are with me, I'm willing, but if I'm alone, I have my favorite routes. I listen to my books with one ear and love to listen to the birds and the rest of the world with the other ear.

Kim, I don't fully understand the outsourcing to India. Do they pay less? Americans seem to be going to India to work, maybe the cost of living is less, too? How awful to have to worry about that.

Rita, are you having some real winter weather now? I suppose that can be a worry during COVID times when you have to be inside in relatively close proximity. I just heard that one of my little cousins and her dad just tested positive. Her older brother and her mom, a teacher, are awaiting results.

Today the caregivers canceled, the coordinator worked all morning on finding a replacement but no one was available. So I skipped my morning walk and spent all day with Mom on the Videophone, reading Grandma's letters from her travels, and when we finished those, we went back to Grandma's memoir and started from the beginning again. Nephew came in at 6 with his entertaining kitties so I didn't have to read anymore. Tomorrow should be back to normal

B - bouillon
L - spinach sandwich, lentil chips, fudge
Snack - lentil chips (had to finish them)
D - spinach and feta pizza, fudge, one oz Amarula cream liqueur (like Bailey's Irish cream, I just needed something)
Ex - 1 official walk 1.8 miles, but watch reports that I did move 2.6 miles so there's that

Tomorrow a quick trip to the doctor with DH for his Medicare annual checkup/review. I will ask, but don't expect to find any good answers, about vaccination. I think the only answer at this point is patience. We are both eligible, but we have to get in line. Phone lines are clogged, no walk-ins, online sites all say "no openings yet" so staying home is the best bet for now. More and more neighbors are saying "I got my first shot" so I know it's possible.

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Unread 01-24-2021, 11:13 PM
Re: Very cold Sunday January 24

Hello Ladies,

My post from yesterday apparently was lost. I'm confused why this keeps happening. I wait until it posts before I exit, but then when I return there isn't a post.

Greyown, sending you a Its okay to be sad, hopefully, your other dog can bring you some comfort. When we adopted our 2 dogs, they came as a pair. The female bonded with my husband, and the male with me. When the female died suddenly this summer, the male attached himself to my husband, as if to fulfill the female's role, or to be closer to her through DH.

Desk, I'm sorry the caregiver didn't show today. I guess it's harder on weekends to get a replacement. I hope someone shows tomorrow.
I think it's great you and the dog have time to get to know each other.

Nirvana, I'm sorry you have so much pain. Does it run in your family? My dad had degenerative discs near his neck. His aunt had it in the lower back. Now my eldest sister has it in her lower back. I hope the doctors can figure out some type of relief for you.

Heavensangel, I'm glad your family postponed their holiday celebration. I hope all are fully recovered and doing well.

Kim, so much stress for you. Hopefully your employer will recognize your value.

The past week has been very cold, but not arctic cold. We are currently under a winter storm advisory for late afternoon tomorrow and ending Tuesday. I believe they are calling for 5-9 inches of snow. My heater in my classroom wasn't working and it was around 67° all week. It was fixed too well, on Friday. It was 83° in the room in the afternoon.

I had a bit of a shock/scare yesterday morning. When I warmed up my weekly coffee in the microwave, I apparently pushed the wrong button. It seemed like it was taking too long, so I took it out. When I put in my spoon to stir, it boiled up like a geyser or a volcano. I had hot coffee on me, the counter, and the floor. I immediately stuck my ✋under cold running water. I asked DH if he heard me scream. He said yes, but he figured there must've been a spider. I have 2 slight burns on my fingers, but no blisters.

Breakfast: 6 plain donut holes, yogurt
Lunch: some whole grain chips
Dinner: steak, baked potato with spread, side salad, cherry pie
Beverages: earl grey tea with milk and sugar, a can of soda, water
Exercise: stairs. My washer is in the basement. My computer is on the second floor. So doing laundry on Sunday means going between the two rooms as I also do my paperwork on Sundays.

Now for some sleepy time tea as I'm not really tired, but morning comes early. I hope everyone has a calm, and healthy week.

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