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Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter

LilyFestre 14 Feb 12 - 09:52 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Feb 12 - 10:54 AM
Stilly River Sage 14 Feb 12 - 06:09 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Feb 12 - 07:39 PM
katlaughing 14 Feb 12 - 08:33 PM
wysiwyg 14 Feb 12 - 10:45 PM
Stilly River Sage 14 Feb 12 - 11:26 PM
LilyFestre 15 Feb 12 - 01:32 AM
ragdall 15 Feb 12 - 02:30 AM
LilyFestre 15 Feb 12 - 05:26 AM
wysiwyg 15 Feb 12 - 05:51 AM
freda underhill 15 Feb 12 - 07:52 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Feb 12 - 12:31 PM
katlaughing 15 Feb 12 - 12:53 PM
wysiwyg 15 Feb 12 - 04:52 PM
katlaughing 15 Feb 12 - 05:25 PM
wysiwyg 15 Feb 12 - 06:56 PM
Dorothy Parshall 15 Feb 12 - 07:14 PM
LilyFestre 15 Feb 12 - 09:08 PM
Stilly River Sage 15 Feb 12 - 11:56 PM
katlaughing 16 Feb 12 - 11:35 AM
GUEST,olddude 16 Feb 12 - 11:58 AM
Stilly River Sage 16 Feb 12 - 02:48 PM
katlaughing 16 Feb 12 - 07:14 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Feb 12 - 12:26 AM
LilyFestre 17 Feb 12 - 09:59 AM
Stilly River Sage 17 Feb 12 - 01:30 PM
GUEST,mg 17 Feb 12 - 02:18 PM
wysiwyg 17 Feb 12 - 06:50 PM
katlaughing 17 Feb 12 - 10:45 PM
freda underhill 17 Feb 12 - 11:20 PM
LilyFestre 17 Feb 12 - 11:43 PM
Stilly River Sage 18 Feb 12 - 02:12 AM
wysiwyg 18 Feb 12 - 07:39 AM
LilyFestre 18 Feb 12 - 09:08 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Feb 12 - 10:58 AM
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LilyFestre 18 Feb 12 - 11:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 09:52 AM

Susan,

I didn't see him there yesterday but we were in and out due to testing, her sleeping, etc. He may have run into the same things as she didn't mention him being there (because WHOA...she was alert and speaking yesterday!!!). Yes, others will be doing the running today and also caring for the baby. I cannot. I am spending the entire day in bed with my pain meds and try to let my body catch up to me.

Thanks.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 10:54 AM

Michelle, when it rains it pours. Take care of yourself, and I hope we don't have to read about you driving yourself to the ER again. That is always a difficult thing - getting home again seems to be the worst part of it.

I was tired last night so didn't add anything to the thread, but last night I went down to see Susie. The old Susie is really beginning to show through. We both agreed that a month ago it wasn't in her plan to take several months out of her life by recovering from an accident, but she is recovering and we're all not only behind her, we're astonished at her progress. She's in the "now" most of the time, but every so often her memory shunts her off into a dialog fugue about "starting over" - her husband (who died last October) needing to "start over" in hospice, or she herself has to "start over" in talking to doctors about things that are already going on. I'm sure it is a brain glitch but it will hopefully clear as she gets stronger. She is in control when it comes to getting out of bed into the wheelchair and heading to the bathroom, concentrating on this small but important task as much as in the past she would have focused on layering pieces of glass in the kiln to make a new piece of jewelry. Everything in it's time, and she will fight her way back to good health and a fit body.

Zeke goes to the vet in a few minutes. He'll be able to go see her once he's caught up on his annual booster shots.

Rain overnight, rain tonight. I really wish it would dry enough so I could mow the front - it was February in 2005 when the grass was tall like this and it looked like no one was home that my house was broken into. Last week someone tried to break in next door. The mown lawn tells passersby that someone is here. Now, the dogs tell them someone is here. I guess I'll leave the other two in the house when I take Zeke to the vet. And I hope to mow the weeds in my front lawn later in the week.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 06:09 PM

Busy day, but I'm coming up for air and will take the dogs for a walk. It's a pretty afternoon and evening, up to 65. Perfect!

I need to find a couple of more types of things to list on eBay - I'm still testing the waters to see what people are buying this time of year and at this time (because of the economy). Things they can use, collectible things they really wanted, etc. Kat, are you still listing anything there these days? Or at Etsy?

Alice, we haven't heard from you for a while - did winter finally arrive? Andrea, have you finished moving into the new rooms? Are there any photos?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 07:39 PM

I just mowed the front yard. Grass was very tall and weedy, and last week someone tried to break in next door. It was in 2005 this time of year (on Feb. 18) when my house was broken into. Tall grass showed footsteps of burglars who pulled into the drive, walked to the front to ring the bell, then kicked in the side door. There were two or three times over the years when I was working at home and in the middle of the day a youngish man rang the bell and asked if I wanted my lawn mowed. Chances are each of those could have resulted in a burglary if I hadn't been home.

I have attractive security doors, bars on the windows (also decorative, but meant for security - they were here when I moved in and are throughout the neighborhood.) And there are the dogs. They bark. They won't attack anyone, but they bark.

Time to take said dogs for a walk. It warmed up today but is supposed to rain again overnight. I hope it is warming up for those of you elsewhere who are out having to drive long distances to keep a whole bunch of health and maintenance balls in the air.

SRS

P.S. It was 10 years ago today that I signed the papers to buy this house. How time flies!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 08:33 PM

We bought our house ten years ago this spring, too, SRS!

meditation today and a lot of phone call counselling...oomph! Instead of qi gong, I decluttered the jewellery table!! Went through every single bead and sorted them back into their tiny boxes, which are stored in bigger plastic containers, organised all of my tools, etc. and now have a cleared off desk/table where everything had been put out of the way since last year, off and on! Nice antidote to taking care of other folks, today, i.e. listening. Had enough for the day.

And, I found some really pretty costume jewellery which may sell well on ebay. Will have to research. SRS, I haven't sold anything at either place this past year. I closed my etsy store several months ago when I decided I had the energy for concentrating on getting my ebooks out, but not for maintaining the store, too.:-) Good luck!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 10:45 PM

Great PT today with special emphasis on an old injury I never reported/got treated. FABFABFAB. Made sure they are OK with trainer visiting with me. From there went to Y to be sure that is OK with them-- and put in a request for that first visit. Nice to catch up with their director (a daughter a parishioner). Totally the same view of what a Y can be. I had met her briefly but seldom see her (different schedules).... I really like her, and it was so neat to see her in her own element.

In honor of Valentine's Day, much of my time today went to tightening up a certain friend's safety net-- she left, he's stalking, and he has been leaving "love offerings" on her car (the scary kind).

Then I bopped over to a woman-run store and caught up with friends there while doing a little project task.

Then I came home too full of great ideas to watch where I was going as I got out of the car and.... splatt, on my side in cold mud on top of frozen ground. Laid there long enough to recall what the PT had said just TODAY (same day???!!!) about a certain move which, as it turned out, I needed to do to GET MYSELF UP which I DID (yayyyy!).

Have made sure not to let it stiffen up too much, but one knee and the back muscle (the one I'd worked with PT on) are talking to me. Phone check on sister (hosp test for Valentine's) and enrolled her to pray for that friend being stalked-- best distraction from her own worries.

All this on shoes I normally (= till now) have not found provided enough support/shock absorbing for any actual walking! Very sore, happy to be able to do so much, bruised-- and med for bed!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Feb 12 - 11:26 PM

You're lucky you could get up, Susan. Sounds like a situation where you could have waited a while for help if you hadn't helped yourself. Good girl, and good for figuring it out!

Ran a few errands in one of my typical circuits - post office, a couple of stores, Panda Express (a treat for dinner) and the bank. It's always nice to find a check you weren't expecting, hence the trip to the bank.

There are piles of paper on my desk again. Time to sort and file soon. Tomorrow.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 01:32 AM

Stayed home and IN BED just about ALL DAY. It's 1:07am at the moment and my body had decided we are not done with the percoset. Ok. It's just in time so I can get up in the morning and hopefully have enough energy and balance (oohhh dizzy and nauseous..add to the list) to get my little one to the doctor for a checkup. Good thing cuz he's not much better yet.

Afterwards, I will most likely crash at Mom's house where she can keep an eye on the bambino and I can sleep. Seems all I want is ice cold water and ice cold applesauce. I just finished the last one an am bedded back to bed. Im sooo tired. How come I can have applesauce in the fridge for months and not taouch it and now it's all I want and it's gone? ARG> HMPH. Oh well..could be worse.


Ok...gotta go. I keep falling asleep at he computer...it's now 1:31 and it's taken me since `:07 to write this. Anyway I want a hammock and a nice warm breeze please. And a cold...very cold suppoy of water anbd aoolesayuce please,.

Nufht.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: ragdall
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 02:30 AM

Michelle,
Take care of yourself. Will you be able to drive when taking percocet, or do you have another means to transport the ailing infant?

Susan,
Ouch! I hope that you were able to keep from getting stiff from the fall? Good that you knew how to get up without help.   

SRS,
It's hard to imagine someone mowing long grass in February when my lawns are buried under snow and ice. It's frightening to think of break ins in your neighbourhood. Did you not have the dogs when it happened before?   

   It's -8ºC here (+18ºF). Walking in my yard is very dangerous. Water accumulated in the paths that the snow blower cleared then it turned to ice. In the thaw and freeze cycle we're currently experiencing, it get more and more smooth and slippery. This afternoon, I very carefully carried my stepladder out to the front yard and climbed it with a long pole pruner to snip off a few small twigs that prevented my camera from getting a clear view from the window of a new nest cavity in my Birch tree. Then ladder and I skated to the back yard where I replaced two depleted suet baskets with full ones.

   Another ten boxes from the roof space line my hallway, waiting for me to process and recycle, sell, donate or trash the contents. I brought them down Monday night and should have worked on them today, but the weather was beautiful and there was news of a Northern Hawk Owl posing for photos at the industrial site. One must have priorities.

rags


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 05:26 AM

Woke up to a muted silence...almost like deep clouds are covering everything. I also woke up to ick with blood in it coming from my left ear.

The baby has a doctors appointment this morning and I am going to have her look at my ear for a second. Sometimes this is a natural event after an ear infection..an ear drum blows out and then will heal itself in a few days (or so I've read).

I'm a little confused...do I lose some hearing? I don't know. I'm going back to sleep for a bit.

MIchelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 05:51 AM

Thanks SRS and rags. I think that the lucky part was the sun being out, and no breeze, so I could lie there long enough to THINK. And having had some Flexaril on hand from a previous sitch (vacay back spasms most people would have called the ambulance for), and knowing how to use it. So yes I have been pretty well able to rest deeply to heal quickest. A coiple of spots are still talking. It will affect PT tomorrow but TBTG not the meetings lined up for the weekend.

Sometimes ya can't really know how MUCH PT (or whatever) is helping till ya HAVE to call upon it. My priest who has been insisting I stick with I-messages (and put my own health needs first) is also in for a pretty big set of THANK YOU's.

And dear Faulkner. He always knows when Mommie really needs help; he was right there last night to let me put on his collar so I could get that little tug when I needed it.


It is pretty weird to have a body now that does what I think it can't, and does NOT do what I think it will. OTOH that makes my little patch of the world a whole new candy store in a playground, and spring is coming! All but one of the plastic planting bins (I got them via FreeCycle for reservoir container gardening) are ruined-- that's where I was headed when I face-planted. The one I wanted for office storage is all I got. The rest I will have to recycle. :~( They sat too long in the elements and are now perma-brittled breakage. The wrong person unloaded and stored them I guess-- so that's one FC wasted oh well!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: freda underhill
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 07:52 AM

I love this month's thread title.

I have been through the kitchen cupboard, and sorted out bowls, a pot, cups and plastic containers - plus a wooden chopping board - that take up space and don't get used. I put them out the front on the footpath and they've all found new homes.

I need another bookshelf to accomodate more books that are accumulating - I have them hidden on the floor behind the TV.

I haven't been doing much leaping - its so rainy here I havent been walking in the evenings, but doing lots of mending.

I have boxes under the bed with things I didnt want to throw out - at some point I have to look under and see what's there. it's been five years now and i haven't touched them, so I don't need whatever's in them - sewing things, patches, shoes, artwork, maybe more books?

:-)


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 12:31 PM

Michelle, do get that ear looked at! You might have something else going on - an ingrown hair that burst as an abscess, for example, would have some bleeding.

As I mowed last night I thought about where everyone else is climate-wise. And about last year's "normal" mowing season here being non-existent because of the extreme heat and drought. It's like it was shoved six months down the road this year. The weeds are huge right now, and need addressing. Maybe some of them this evening, if I get this next print job out of the way today. The rain this morning will have washed any lawn clippings out of the street - but playing it cautiously, I swept last night because our code enforcement guys don't have much to do this time of year and will post warnings on the front door if they see grass in the street. :-/

Susan, brittle plastic is a problem here with so much hot sunny weather. Wading pools for the dogs only last a couple of seasons (assuming the dogs don't chew them to pieces first). If I leave bags of mulch over beside the house for too long the bags deteriorate and I have to move it to flower beds via bucket because the bags crumble.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 12:53 PM

meditation and qi gong this morning. Also moved a few more books to the office and washed the four foot antique mirror which hangs in the LR and was pointing a "clean-me" finger at me since I started doing the qi gong consistently four weeks ago. It looks so much better.:-)


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 04:52 PM

That's it! From now on I'm a Mighty... something too! :~)
via FB: As [Pittesburgh Penguins] head coach Dan Bylsma was walking to the podium to address the media today, someone said something about him being a "former Duck."

Bylsma corrected the claim: "I was a Mighty Duck, thank you."

===
The bad back was so happy to be confined to the upstrs today and I was very active but careful to follow both the PT instrux and DO instrux. The heat was off all day upstairs so I got a lot done both in trip prep and in wellness stuff for myself.

I weigh more than I ever have and ever will. The next goal involves tossing Clydesdales thru the air. :~)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 05:25 PM

30 more minutes of qi gong this afternoon


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 06:56 PM

correx: The heat was off all day upstairs...

DOWNstairs.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 07:14 PM

when I arrived in the city on Monday eve, the house was 50F. I was so disgusted after being cosy in the country for 3 days, I phoned R and told him I was not @#$%^ cooking supper in a 50 F k. He eventually came home and offered to take me out -- at 9:30. I nuked some frozen broccoli for my supper.

He commented on being cold in bed without me - he had not put the other quilt on. What survival skills? After brekkie on Tues, I went back to the country. Very pleasant day. Lost signal for internet and walked to neighbour. On the way, another neighbour came along in his truck and told me about his bad day yesterday and we conferred about the wind farm thing. Agreed we now have a good group of folks to meet with our Member of National Assembly (Quebec equiv of state rep or senator) as soon as he is available.

Leo told me to turn off the modem and restart it. Conferred as with previous neighbour. How to get to know your neighbours - get active. Then I walked back and got back to it - after a hot bath. Back to city about 10 pm. R still was not home. I blew. Happy Valentine's Day, my foot. ( I had phoned and he said he would be home.) No sense of time. Phoooey, again.

My eyes which have been bothering me a lot, stopped during time in country. Started again today. Something in air? Lighting? Interesting.

I fell on Monday on my hip, while knocking the ice dam of the roof edge, and thought it would be nasty. put some herbal salve on it and as long as I do it every 24 hours, no pain. It makes itself known if I forget.

Today, I went to bank and a dif grocery store - picked out a route of google. Stopped to catch R on way home and he back to finish he breakfast he left when his bro phoned in a tizzy. And some lunch also since it was now 3 pm! Bro called 2x while he was trying to eat. "Hang up!!!" pointed out that telling his brother "I am trying to eat,,," but not hanging up just trains him to ignore the "trying to eat" part. I hang up on bro often; he just blithers to anyone he gets on phone. "I don't need to hear this." Click.

Now, to cook or not to cook, that is the question. A meal for both of us or a bowl of broccoli and black beans for me.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 09:08 PM

Baby's ears were tended to today but the doctor. New antibiotic. My sweet mother kept the baby while I slept ALL DAY in her bed. I don't care what anyone says...sometimes it just feels good to sleep in Mom's bed!

I'm headed to the clinic early tomorrow morning for a port flush and to have my tumor markers checked. Then it's off to breakfast with my chemo pal and later for pedicures or maybe a manicure. We'll see!

In the meantime, I have my ears full of cotton, my body full or antibiotics and a dash of percocet to let me rest comfortably. I'm gonna have my oncologist check out my ears tomorrow and see what he says. He has handled other less complicated things for me before....and he's sooo sweet. Can't wait to see him tomorrow!

Night everybody.

Michelle...down 3 more pounds...not hungry...everything tastes and feels like mush


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Feb 12 - 11:56 PM

We'll all be glad when the slippery part of the year clears up. And the colds and flu that people have caught.

I took Zeke over to see Susie this evening. He was good, sat there and got his head rubbed. Ate a few treats I took along. There's a reason they refer to a bit of excitement as a "dog and pony show" - so I took him at the quietest time of day, just before visiting hours ended. We'll go earlier now that he has an idea of what to expect, and hope to catch Susie a little more awakes.

I had a query about my china from someone via eBay - I'm not selling privately, that is too fraught with difficulties, but I told her if I send her a list of what I have she can let me know what she's most interested in, but will have to either bid or buy it at the Buy Now price.

I didn't make it to the office today, the thing I was going to take to the printer wasn't ready, but a proof is out now and I might get it printed tomorrow. Shopping list time also, if I make a run to work. I buy some of my best cooking items at an Asian market over near the university and I'm about out.

Don't ask me about the eddies of dog hair in the halls and the piles of paper - they haven't gone anywhere.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Feb 12 - 11:35 AM

morning meditation and qi gong done

now on to making new juice, cleaning up the kitchen, and working on my bro's music and my books


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: GUEST,olddude
Date: 16 Feb 12 - 11:58 AM

does wiener dogs count? Dang critters are always under foot and I gotta leap to not step on em


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Feb 12 - 02:48 PM

Are you trying to declutter your house of wiener dogs, Dan?


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Feb 12 - 07:14 PM

Either that or he's got leapin' lizards.:-)


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 12 - 12:26 AM

Zeke got skunked tonight. I am surprised, he usually shows no interest in wildlife and doesn't race to the back of the yard when my two, who know how to avoid getting hit, torque off skunks regularly. And sometimes kill them. No carcasses tonight, just one stinky Labrador retriever who won't go see Susie until the Nature's Miracle kills the smell.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 17 Feb 12 - 09:59 AM

Skunks and dogs. Ugh. We had a doberman when I was a kid and that dog was attracted to a skunk like a magnet on the frige. We always used tomato juice baths but then of course, we didn't have Nature Miracle Spray at that time.

I called for my test results this morning, my tumor marker is up bu 4.3 points. It's not a huge jump and I know that there is some fluctuation involved but I don't like it anyway. It's easing it's way too close to the number that means scans are necessary.

I am overwhelmed with stuff at the moment. I can't hear much out of my right ear now despite new meds. I hope that wears off in time. It's very easy to see how it annoys people when you don't accurately hear what they say or have to ask them to repeat themselves frequently.

My house is a disaster area. The baby is up and running. I feel like crap. Pete went running out the door this morning when he heard the new tumor marker number and all I want to do is sleep. I'm tired. I need some help here today but it's not going to come. I feel like my nana's roommate in the nursing home...she walks/rolls around all day muttering to herself. I am overwhelmed today.

So on the decluttering end...I have laundry going and next on my list is dishes, blah, blah blah.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 12 - 01:30 PM

Michelle, you've landed in a perfect storm of stuff and crud, but it will pass. Don't worry about the housework, other than the essentials, clean clothes, food, keeping everyone safe.

Is there anyone you can hire to come in for a few hours to help you get to a baseline level of order? Whether they work independently or alongside you, it makes a huge difference to have someone come in just to help with those chores. I had someone come in for 4 hours every two weeks and it was a lifesaver when I was working and in school and had the kids.

I've had a few ear infections over the years that involved drops or antibiotics, and one time I had that was when I was a naturalist leading cave tours in Kentucky. Though we don't call it radar, we do use our ears for proximity to walls and such, and I bumped my head a few times at places where the wall bulged and I had my back to it. Nothing that left a lump, but I just didn't have as good a sense of where I was in relation to the cave's irregular architecture.

I have to take time and start picking up paper, folding laundry, just in general clearing out stuff that hasn't been completed for the last couple of weeks. I did empty the dishwasher this morning.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 17 Feb 12 - 02:18 PM

If anyone has ever said is there anything I can do to help, now is the time. I say get the baby out of the house in good hands elsewhere because if Mom is home that is who he will want..find someone else to do the laundry and dishes and go to sleep. mg


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 17 Feb 12 - 06:50 PM

Multi-taskitudinous day being in 3 places at once with secret "pastorwife powers." My new calorie/schedule plan held up fine tho, because I had good road eats from which to make great choices, and I got a great chair nap in.

TBTG!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Feb 12 - 10:45 PM

qi gong this evening


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: freda underhill
Date: 17 Feb 12 - 11:20 PM

I've just been for a long walk (1 hour), bought two second hand booksat a garage sale (Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - for my sister, and Artemesia, about the artist Artemesia Gentileschi).

This afternoon I'm going to babysit my grandchildren, and will be taking some books and toys that I got for them recently.

And I've just passed on an electric kettle to my neighbour (I have a new stainless steel one).

so, more books, less kitchen clutter:-)

Lilyfestre, your mum sounds wonderful. I hope you continue to get lots of rest!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 17 Feb 12 - 11:43 PM

I crabbed my way through the entire day...simply exhausted. I did do 3 loads of laundry, cleared 3 tabletop areas of ALL clutter (GONE!), emptied out a magazine rack which I have a tendency to save forever (not today) and made a yummy, healthy dinner which was ready when my Love walked in the door. He surprised me with a large bunch of bananas (which Jeremiah and I love), a BIG bag of green grapes, 8 pounds of our favorite apples and a large box of strawberries that smell like April and 7 1/2 gallons of my favorite beverage (water...my favorite brand)which means I will not have to leave the house all weekend if I don't want to. YAY!

He had sent me an email during the day that said, "When I get home, I'll take the baby so you can have some me time." Sooo sweet but as I thought about it, I decided that's not really what I want or need. As a result, I left him a large pink sign on the front door so even before he walked in the house, he would see it. I wrote, "I love you and there are 3 things you need to know. 1. I am sick and I need rest. 2. I do not need or want me time. 3. I do want and need WE time. :) XOXOXOOX"

He was all smiles and that made me feel good because since I've been doing my very best chug chug along these last 2 weeks, he's been picking up the slack.

I can't remember if I already posted this or not but my oncologist has offered to let me have my tumor marker tested again next month instead of waiting 2 months. I have accepted his offer. I'm still not happy with the rise I saw yesterday but there's nothing I can do about it. The numbers go fluctuate for many reasons and my cancer was caught EARLY and I've been told that the chance of a recurrence is slim. I know it will always be in the back of my head but today it came stomping up loudly. With me being sick, over tired, over stressed and a very long (but WONDERFUL) day yesterday...it was just too much.

I've taken my night meds along with a percocet for my painful ear (I never knew they gave that kind of med for an earache...but then again, I never knew my ears could hurt that much)and had blissfully fallen into sleep after Jeremiah had his good night kisses and Daddy put him to bed. I woke up, had some of those outstanding grapes and am now in bed. I had turned the electric blanket on this afternoon when Jeremiah went down for his nap.....his nap was very short so the nap I had planned for myself didn't quite work out the way I had planned....anyway..I didn't turn the blanket off...so now...in our unheated bedroom, our bed is soooo toasty warm.

Oh yes...this is MUCH better. And my cold is feeling MUCH better....could be the meds. Anyway....it's looking like my start time at the Y could begin as soon as Monday.

I'm looking forward to that as I am on a mission. Pete and I are going to renew our wedding vows at this year's Relay For Life and I want to be in better shape than I am right now. My dear friend Cynthia is going to be standing up with me. :) It makes my heart soo happy.

OK. Goodnight friends. I'm sorry for growling today. Sometimes it's all just too much.

Sweet dreams.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 02:12 AM

Sounds like you have been tending to some very important stuff today, Michelle.
Another day on campus today. Zeke was lucky I spritzed him so quickly last night, he smelled fine. No extra work there.
SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 07:39 AM

Off this AM to a budget defense meeting with the Big Guys, to watch Jesus mudwrestle piranhas and see my spot to be sure my program gets the bucks it needs. None of the bucks pay me, so I will be on solid moral ground for the PROGRAM.

Why this post is in this thread is because all the decluts I've been doing-- and all the wellness/activity I've been doing-- meant that:
() I didn't have to pack the car cuz it was already
() I didn't have to pack my bag of cloths cuz it was already
() I didn't have to work too hard to craft the key 1-page document cuz I had Hardi's template to start from
() I didn't have to cobble up the program budget cuz it was already
() I didn't have to hustle up lodging/travel bucks/stops because I was already booked to go that way anyway for a Sunday meeting for that same program

... on a week's surprise notice, during which week I also did PT, negotiated Y membership, face-planted/injured/healed my back, and helped bury a neighbor who used to live in this house, whose daughter and I have a special connection-- and in the hour between the funeral and funeral lunch I ran pets back and forth to the vet. Oh and my laundry is current, I posted a key blog item and updated a website and negotiated several agreements for training partners on programs I work with.

I read and prayed for every post in this thread as I generally do, so I KNOW you will all reach YOUR goals too!

And TBTG and Hardi, I'm OFF! I really like the DHA and extra vitamin D I added!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 09:08 AM

My husband works with DHA, Omega 3 and 6 and Lipils on a very frequent basis at his job. He can and has gone on for hours about the benefits of DHA....it's some serious good stuff.

And vitamin D. Mine happens to be low so I take an over the counter amount daily but twice a week I have tablets from the doctor of the 50,000 unit variety. A vitamin D deficiency is common in people with cancer. I never knew that but that's a fact!

Today I am going to spend a few hours with some friends from high school. Funny...several of us were not friends then at all...nothing hostile going on but just never really connected. Can't wait to see them!

My loving husband let me sleep in, has the baby up and dressed and is making something wonderful with those apples...mmmmmm.

Have a great day everybody.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 10:58 AM

Raining again today. The power was off for about an hour yesterday and flickered off again this morning. Makes computer work a little more precipitous if something is iffy, so I'll have to save my work regularly. I had a nibble on my china and several items end this week on eBay. Must put up more listings.

Laundry is in and there is a lot of in-the-house stuff to tend to. I may put on a slicker and head into the garden for a while, though. It has simply been too long since I could get stuff I need to taken care of out there.

Have a good reunion visit, Michelle! Kat, are you sleeping better now? Andrea, are you still moving furniture? Rags, are you still toting boxes out of the attic? Maryanne, what are you up to?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 04:17 PM

I keep a printout of the registration page any time I set up a new account or logon and those pages live in a notebook in my office. It also has bill pay stuff and social media account info, all under different tabs. And it was getting a bit full. I spent some time weeding and shredding old sites and updating a few accounts. This needed doing.

I baked a chicken, it's sitting now before I have a late lunch. I also have a small potroast (1 pound from a larger roast I cut up and froze) to cook later with root vegetables. I want to have some leftovers this week so I'm manufacturing them on this cold rainy afternoon.

Laundry is underway. Watching eBay. Pushing running around to another day when it's nicer out, there was nothing critical.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: freda underhill
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 04:30 PM

my doctor told me I was Vitamin D deficient after a blood test, I'm taking supplements now. In Australia we tend to pack on the sunblock lotion as we have a high risk of melanoma here, and now we're all becoming deficient in Vit D. It's also been linked to diabetes (which i was diagnosed with 6 years ago) - it is as important as Vit C for health.

I'm babysitting right now while my daughter is out running for 2 hours.

freda


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 09:50 PM

Morgan, Rog, and I rearranged the LR this morning which also entailed sweeping out a lot of dust and pet hair which had accumulated under the sofa, etc. The layout has been bugging me for ages. I love the way it turned out! I can look out there, from my desk and see a nice, cosy, welcoming space where before it just looked like a hodgepodge and wasn't useful as anything but a room for the sofa/dog bed.:-) I kept wondering, as I looked through old pictures of previous houses, even this one, and wondering what happened to my "look" which really made my home look like my home. I guess I was on hold for several years because of health. well, now, I am back!:-)

SRS, thanks for asking, I am getting better sleep, but I am not using the mask. I went back to the nose "pillow" and just put tape on my mouth. As long as I don't breath through my mouth the docs are happy...they call it being "compliant." LOL...I tried putting on a chin strap and couldn't get it off quickly enough. I see the specialist again in late March. We'll see what the bloodwork and the chip from the bipap machine say, but Rog, Morgan, and I all notice a difference. It's good.

So, we also went to KMart. Do you know one cannot buy a single bed sheet alone? All they had were sets. I wanted to get a king size flat sheet to use as a bottom sheet. When I trained in hospital they never used fitted sheets. Since we have a select-comfort type bed, the deep fitted sheets we have don't stay taut unless we keep the bed full of air, so they are always slipping and bunching up. I think with a flat sheet I could eliminate most of the problem. I'll do some looking online.

Morgan was with us for 7.5 hours. What fun! We bought him a magic set complete with hat, wand, rabbits etc. He must've spent 2-3 hours trying out each trick and showing us his Amazing Powers.**bg** We also had a discussion about the art of M.C. Escher, whom he already knew about due to a great art teacher. And, while we were in the ca,r he explained to me about how things may look motionless, but were really in motion because of the rotation of the earth. I asked him why the people don't under don't fall off. He looked at me and said, "Really? You're really asking me that?! Then he grinned, and proceeded to tell me about the three laws of physics, gravity of course being the first he mentioned. Pretty kewl, kid. I am so proud of him.

Tonight he called to tell me he baked his first batch of muffins all by himself, except for his parents putting them in and out of the over. Two batches, on chocolate chip and one blueberry, said to taste as good as when his mom makes them. I don't like that they spend so much time on their computers playing WOW, imo, but they are doing some things right with him...esp. letting him spend as much time as possible over here.:-)

Tomorrow we go to the health food store to stock up on whole food plant based goods, do dishes, finish up some laundry, and take the afternoon off, mostly. Monday is a school holiday. I may have Morgan if his dad has work that day. Even if he doesn't, he'll still probably come over for a bit. I've got a manipulation appt. next week and a dental cleaning. Busy week, but good stuff.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 18 Feb 12 - 11:35 PM

Hey Kat,

   Walmart sells sheets individually..flat...fitted...whatever. :) I'm not a huge Walmart fan but it is what we have here. Salvation Army always has separate sheets too!

XOXOXOOX

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 12:50 AM

Thanks, Michelle. I am loathe to tackle WalMart. I'll probably buy some online, even if it's from them.:-) And, I don't mind sheets from someone I know, but can't stand the idea of used sheets from a stranger, even if it's gone through Sally Army's cleaning process.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 01:13 AM

Okie doke! Just a thought! I'm not big on reusing sheets to sleep on myself but I do buy them, bleach 'em and use them for frost coverings in the garden.

Goodnight Friends.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 01:32 AM

I've bought a couple of very good used sets at garage sales, though I'd had the thought that someone else's sheets might not appeal. The set I bought was barely used, and I suspect they were for a guest room or something with modest use.

I bought a couple of flat sheets at Macys and I also found them at Bed Bath and Beyond. They didn't have many, they were all solid colors, and the reason I bought the Macy's ones is because they were on clearance and cost less.

This evening I finished putting away some files I'll pulled out and filed some mail mixed in with them. Tomorrow I start tackling the income taxes. I'll put a last load of laundry in before heading to bed.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Feb 12 - 03:56 PM

Laundry finished. Cleared up more paper, updated the account notebook, shredded old stuff.

The sun is coming out, so taxes will just have to wait.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Feb 12 - 10:27 AM

Hadn't thought of Bed, Bath & Beyond, thanks, SRS.

Michelle using them for frost covers is a great idea!

When I do buy new sheets, they get washed, and washed, and washed, over and over, with vinegar to take out the sizing and to just soften them up. And, they have to be 100% cotton with a high thread count.

qi gong, last night. I didn't get much sleep, though, so today is going to be quiet, I hope, with a nap in some time. We work to bright sunshine and about two inches of snow! It's very pretty. Just enough to cover the drab of a dry winter, nothing on teh street. It will be gone by the afternoon.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 12:15 AM

Last night I was a bit revved up by being startled by what sounded like tapping at my window. I let the dogs in and had all of the porch lights stay on all night (they're usually motion sensors). It took me a while to get to sleep.

Today started heavily overcast but turned into a nice afternoon. I dug another couple of square yards of garden and I took the dogs for a walk around the neighborhood. And one of them got a bath. I'll eventually get their baths finished so they can get the heartworm meds they were due a week ago.

Tons to do before the end of the month. Hardly room to take a breath. Probably just now I need a soothing Asian exercise, but I'll settle for turning of the computer and heading to bed. :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 12:36 AM

SRS, Lee Holden has seven minute breaks videos on his site. Very relaxing.:-)

qi gong this evening. I had Morgan over about 1030a. Sent him home after lunch after he emptied the dryer and loaded the washer for me. (I could hardly keep my eyes open.:-) I took two tylenol and went to bed about 230p and slept really well until about 430p. I feel much better, now.

I uploaded another of my brother's pieces. I've been finding photos to post as thumbnails for each song. Also wrote up the descriptions and "story" behind each piece. I am ready to release Prairie Child but for a technical glitch, minor. Waiting for someone at their help desk to answer my query about it.

Tomorrow, I am going to walk my oldest daughter through a really involved application, online, for a gov. job, then to the osteo for an adjustment. I've started gathering tax info. Luckily, I have a friend who does that for a living. All I have to do is send it all to her in an envelope. She does outstanding work, too, very thorough.

I also need to make up a new batch of juice tomorrow and start loading my next book, On Garfield Creek- Touchstones of the Past.

It's supposed to be in the 50s the rest of the week. I am very ready for spring!

kat


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 12:51 PM

Well, not quite as warm as they claimed and we still have high clouds, but still some blue and sunshine.

meditation and qi gong this morning

heading off to the osteo in a few minutes


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 10:11 PM

Busy day at work, only now relaxing to look at what needs doing here at home. Stopped by a produce stand on my way home and among my finds were wonderful huge avocados and a pot of Swiss chard that I'm going to tease apart and transplant into my garden. The stuff I have growing isn't growing as fast as I'd like yet and by adding this extra few plants I'll reach a point soon to eat it a couple of times a week.

Took a nap instead of walking dogs this evening, but it is supposed to be warm overnight so we'll go before breakfast.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Feb 12 - 04:12 AM

Great trip. Many new friends. Many surprising "new" capabilities from PT. Work unpacking done and followups almost done. New opportunities flooding in now need followup.

House heat snafu'd. Oil rads popping circuit breakers, boo!

God is good.

~S~


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