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Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter

Penny S. 22 Feb 12 - 11:54 AM
Penny S. 22 Feb 12 - 01:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Feb 12 - 05:12 PM
katlaughing 22 Feb 12 - 10:13 PM
wysiwyg 22 Feb 12 - 10:21 PM
LilyFestre 22 Feb 12 - 11:06 PM
Stilly River Sage 22 Feb 12 - 11:36 PM
LilyFestre 23 Feb 12 - 01:24 AM
katlaughing 23 Feb 12 - 09:55 AM
wysiwyg 23 Feb 12 - 11:07 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Feb 12 - 12:13 PM
katlaughing 23 Feb 12 - 02:14 PM
GUEST,mg 23 Feb 12 - 03:57 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Feb 12 - 04:13 PM
maeve 23 Feb 12 - 05:02 PM
Penny S. 23 Feb 12 - 05:54 PM
wysiwyg 23 Feb 12 - 07:40 PM
LilyFestre 23 Feb 12 - 09:38 PM
Stilly River Sage 24 Feb 12 - 11:32 AM
LilyFestre 24 Feb 12 - 03:44 PM
wysiwyg 24 Feb 12 - 05:32 PM
wysiwyg 24 Feb 12 - 06:01 PM
katlaughing 24 Feb 12 - 10:01 PM
Stilly River Sage 25 Feb 12 - 01:16 AM
Penny S. 25 Feb 12 - 03:46 AM
wysiwyg 25 Feb 12 - 04:55 AM
Stilly River Sage 25 Feb 12 - 12:48 PM
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LilyFestre 26 Feb 12 - 12:30 AM
Penny S. 26 Feb 12 - 09:03 AM
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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Penny S.
Date: 22 Feb 12 - 11:54 AM

My weight's got down below the major stone mark (we do weight in stones and pounds, a stone being 14 pounds) so the next target is the whole stone since I started - another 2 pounds to go to that target. Then I'll switch to the next BMI whole number, or the next round ten of pounds, so I keep having a little target to get to.
Meanwhile, the percentage of fat is dropping as well, so in terms of weight, that's actually dropping faster than the overall weight, which can't be bad. Mind you, I don't believe the amount of fat it says I have at all. If it were all to go, I would be 7 stone, or 98 pounds, which does not look like a healthy weight to be! And I DO have big heavy bones, so I'd probably look like a Ray Harryhausen skeleton warrior from Jason and the Argonauts.
Today I went on the local healthy walk, at a fair old lick, plus an uphill section, but this afternoon is a bit sedentary, watching items I've bid for on ebay. This is in order to declutter the wool stash faster. I was after a Simpleframe knitting machine, a wooden double bed with no carriage, made back in the 70s, when I couldn't afford one, and found myself up against a very determined last minute bidder, who had been bidding against me since I put the first bid in. I pulled out. Now I'm waiting for the last moments on a double bedded Bond machine, again against a determined person, who lost out on the last one to be auctioned, which went for £130 - we're already higher than that. Two hours to go. If I get it I'll be getting rid of my single bed version.
Neither of these items come up very frequently, but I've found one of the wooden ones which no-one bid for last year and have emailed the seller in case it's still available.
Funny way to declutter.
Penny


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Penny S.
Date: 22 Feb 12 - 01:57 PM

Got the double bed machine!

Now to sell the single bed one...

Penny


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Feb 12 - 05:12 PM

Penny, I never bid on an item at eBay until it's down to about the last 20 seconds. I'll watch carefully and look at the info on any bidders during the week, but I decide what the highest is I'd pay, how much I'd add if I was annoyed to lose it at that price for a few cents, and post that bid. I hover over the keyboard and send it in when it's between 10 and 20 seconds out. Barely time for an extra bid, but it gives me time to affirm my bid and hit the final send button.

Lovely day here today. Fabulous lunch-time walk with the dogs.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Feb 12 - 10:13 PM

meditation this AM, then to get my teeth cleaned

worked with my brother on his music this afternoon. got all of his pieces uploaded to CDBaby, just the artwork to finish up and we'll be able to launch!

The antibiotics I have to take before the dentist kind of wiped me out, so I had a great, deep-sleep nap, then was up in time to throw the ball a bit for Luna. Just got off the phone with Morgan. He got a great surprise at school today, a North Star award which is the highest they can get...pix on the major bulletin board, t-shirt, certificate, etc. He's beaming. And, some guy came to their enrichment class and gave them each a tiny compass, so he's really, really happy.

No qi gong, but a bit of walking. Still a little sore from the osteo treatment, yesterday. We did some deep tissue work.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 22 Feb 12 - 10:21 PM

RANT ON (from this aftn and not submitted then)

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OK, the decluttered house no one has time to clean supports [his] Lenten insanity begun and [my] grant-writing hell in full swing-- but it has seriously screwed up my hard-won wellness structure and I am now walking around this WAY TOO-BIG house SCREAMING.

I think we need to change who is driving the housing bus, too, because I have tried all measures suggested by the current driver and this is NOT working! As follows:

I am WAY behind already in the class I'm taking.

I have managed somehow to maintain an approximation of weight-losing calorie goals despite travel and house hell and grant hell, but when the electrics pop I have neither heat nor a chair I can sit in after PT that I can actually get OUT of once the electrics pop: the electric lift recliner for post-PT soreness doesn't let me sit-- or worse, if it goes out while I am sitting, won't let me get out to PEE!

===

RANT OFF. It's not funny! 'NUFF SAID.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 22 Feb 12 - 11:06 PM

Still not 100% yet from this miserable cold. It seems to have settled in my ears making the world a heavily blanketed hush.

I took a friend to a doctor's appointment today and then met up with an old classmate of mine who I haven't seen since the 7th grade. He and I have been chatting it up on Facebook....along with my girlfriend who I took to the doctor today.....anyway...we met for lunch and he was great, as was his girlfriend. It was hard to fully participate in the conversation as I had Jeremiah (who had been sitting for a few hours by that point and was VERY antsy) and because of my ears. They understood and we are going to get together again soon.

He does a lot of primitive woodwork...furniture...that is spectacular. And for whatever reason, he loves me like we've been pals for a long, long time and has offered to make just about anything I'd like for very few $$$. He's also given me his phone number for anytime I'm passing through (which is as often as I go to the hospital and clinic). He also offered a place to crash if the roads are icky on my way home or if I'm just plain tuckered out from an appointment.

Speaking of appointments....I have some coming up early next month. I'm going to visit my endocrinologist and have a mammogram. I hope you are all keeping up with that annual check up! Before the appointments, I am treating myself to a pedicure, including a paraffin wax dip. YAY!!!!

My car has been cleaned out. Instead of going to WW this week (There's no chance I can HEAR the speaker plus the topic of the week was eating out which I rarely do), I emptied my car, vacuumed it and washed it. It's been needing it for a bit.

Goodnight All!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Feb 12 - 11:36 PM

I know you said it wasn't funny, but I was laughing by the end of your rant, Susan. A sympathetic laugh, but it was a good laugh!

I did eat out this evening, a gyro and a beer that I brought home - I had a lot of work all day and then as it got into evening I rounded up Zeke and took him to see Susie. I don't share photo links on Mudcat any more, my photo files are closed, but anyone who would like to see the image send a PM and I can share a link to a personal page. Since the door was closed to her room when I got there I closed it behind me, and since staff couldn't see in, we let Zeke hop up on the bed. It was rather conspiratorial, but those two were in heaven! It was a 20-minute visit of ear scratching and offering treats. She is so much better, but still isn't ready to move back to her house or live independently. I share photos to her facebook page so she can see them (she has her laptop at the hospital) and I put a photo and occasional updates on a page her family set up. I seem to be the only one sending updates lately, but I suspect a lot of her friends are hanging on every word. I had a call from one woman who was in town a few days ago and wanted to check in. I had a great walk with the dogs today and realized that it was just about this time last year that Susie and I met because Zeke had gotten out through a hole in her back fence.

She has five children, they don't all live here. Two do, the rest are spread out. Her sister will be coming down soon, and she has several siblings. But here in the neighborhood, we are a little family, the two of us as friends and our three dogs. This winter the borders really blurred for the dogs; Zeke has been here for so long now that my girls bark if I take him out of the yard, just as they always used to do if one or the other of them was taken out of the yard and one left behind. So I bring the left-behind dogs into the house so they don't disturb the neighbors. I suspect our walks for a while, once she is back home, will be me walking up there and clipping Zeke onto Cinnamon's leash (I have them walk on a double lead and Poppy walks single on the other side). Then Susie can walk but not be dragged around by Zeke. And learn how to walk with him so he won't drag her around. What you expect them to do is transmitted by your body language, so we need to retrain the body language.

That's my introspection on the way things have worked out this year. Last fall her husband died and I picked up the slack; as the weeks progressed it looked like we were all going to come out of that experience whole. A fluke accident and here we are. But things are getting better, slowly, and we're all a part of the process.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 01:24 AM

SRS,

    Letting Susie and Zeke have together time was the greatest thing you could have done. Melts my heart and makes me want to snuggle with my pups which I think I'm gonna do right now.

Very sweet of you...VERY.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 09:55 AM

SRS, that reminds me of after heart surgery. My daughter brought Morgan up to see me, in his carriage with the dog, Merlee, on a leash. There was no worries about either of them getting on the bed as the hospital gave permission without any caveats. I was in a private room, so maybe that was partly why, but it was so great to see them both. I will always appreciate my daughter doing that. It is a huge hospital and I am sure it took some doing finding a parking place, hiking in and up the elevator with a baby let alone a dog in tow. Susie and Zeke are blessed with you in their lives.

kat


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 11:07 AM

SRS, YER allowed. :~)

This AM I have finally gotten one night of continuous, deep sleep after the trip and grant-writing hell. For those who have not done that grantsmanship dance, it involves integrating impossibly complex pieces of last-minute info into a deadline-driven, format-prescribed writing/selling job. With detailed budgeting, outcomes measures, strat planning..... it's a good thing if you're a generalist, as I am.

Pressure? You write what you can as you know it, and at the end it somehow magically is what it needed to be, on time, and (usually) in the Fed EX drop box. And then when it's "over" you recoup from the jerked-awake, must-write moments your shortened sleep has presented to you during the intense and insane rush. You do not spend the waking time fretting-- you go right to the word-processor.


In my younger days I didn't always make time for that recoup-- and could not, when single-parenting. NOW tho I know so much more about my own processes of doing this, and can spot the recoup moment as soon as it's available. And that is TODAY:

The meds I took last night to ensure that schedule-reboot (I had almost slid into total nightshft mode) are still so much in my system that I could not drive to the planned PT appt today. I AM awke enough to "chore" my way inside and around the yard instead. So I rescheduled the PT into tomorrow. And that will be actual FUN, because Hardi can come along and see what his honey has been up to since he last visited the aquatic PT. Now he can watch me pump some serious iron in the dry clinic, which he will love!

The rest of today is take-care-of-Susan day, catching up with laundry and other chores to make the next crazy round kinda comfy. TBTG I figured out why my back was so bad the last few days-- knew what it WARN'T but not what it WAS, till I took off my shoes at last night's Ashy service and the pain vanished. THE SHOES I've been having to wear to avoid the next muddy slide/fall in the parking area of our lawn!!! So one task today will be finding the spiked walking stick to use instead, because NOW I have enough upper-body strength to use THAT if I slide. The stick is prob in the van I needed to clean out a tad anyway, which is parked on DRY grass right by the back steps.


Ydy was a daylong rant in several quarters, where I fired various bus drivers and put new ones in their places.

Because....... despite following all med and PT instrux and prescribed calories, I now weigh more than I ever have or ever thought I would. When I have time to do the HTML to express it accurately, I will post the number, but it's a big one.

So, thyroid, next appt. Next week.


Today is MY DAY. "Crisis Ministries" can't have this one!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 12:13 PM

Sunny warm day. And a note on the village sign board that "tall grass is a code violation." Lots of tall grass, but mine in the back yard is out of view. I do need to mow it though. I'll take a screwdriver with me so I can scrape the pesto-like paste of wet grass from under the mower that bogs it down.

The reason I was concerned about Zeke being on the bed was due to the isolation status that they have on some of the rooms there in that head injury ward. Susie isn't isolated any more, but they might frown on the outside dog germs one the bedding (which probably gets laundered very regularly) but anyway, we were just being cautious.

Gas prices going up, I need to go fill the pickup and buy my mower gas for the season before it skyrockets.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 02:14 PM

I understand about the dog cooties.:-)

meditation and qi gong - putting me first, every day for over a month now..it's working and everyone who sees me notices. Wonderful feeling!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 03:57 PM

I can not imagine allowing dogs in a hospital, except perhaps in one special visiting center..then I would have them on a leash and with a muzzle and small ones in a container..and you still don't know what germs they have and fleas etc. and some animal owners do not have them trained or think they should be. Imagine a big friendly St. Bernard knocking over a medicine cart or leaping up on a nurse, to say nothing of a patient walking the halls. A rehab center would be different, but there are still people who are terrified of animals and some who are allergic...I think one isolated room for visitign with pets would be OK and I do realize the therapeutic benefits but I just can't see the epidemiology of it. mg


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 04:13 PM

This isn't a regular hospital, this is a rehabilitation hospital for once the urgent medical care is past. And we had to jump through several hoops in order to get him in, vet check, shots up to date, etc. And I wait until it is very quiet to take him down because he does get excited when little kids squeal and want to pet him. No muzzle (so insulting to most dogs!) and no cage, just good manners and an attentive person with him.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: maeve
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 05:02 PM

Here's one good example:
http://www.nmh.org/nm/animal-assisted-therapy


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Penny S.
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 05:54 PM

I've put my single bed knitting machine up on ebay - 6 watching, no bids.

Tomorrow I go to pick up my "new" one, but I've a couple of bits of furniture to put up for sale as well.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 07:40 PM

Some regular hospitals DO allow therapy dogs, if they are set up for it programmatically. The therapy dog in such a program is certified as behaviorally appropriate and adequately handled by the handler, and up on all needed shots as determined by the facility.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 23 Feb 12 - 09:38 PM

And the freaking cold from Hell continues in the Lawrence family. Jeremiah is crusty. Pete has a very sore throat making his already quiet speaking voice just about non-existent. My head is surprisingly still attached to my body...I was sure it was going to blow off earlier today. My ears are still way cloudy despite both an over the counter and a script of drops. Between his quiet voice and my deafness...we are a pair. He's sitting right near me but when he wants to say something, he sends me a message on Facebook...that way he doesn't strain his sore throat and I will understand him the first time.

Laundry, dinner and dishes done today. Not bad for being a sick puppy.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 11:32 AM

This has kept going and going - sounds like an opportunity for family togetherness - all go see the doctor!

Racing to the end of the month, trying to find a piece of paper (a receipt) I've misplaced. Arrggggghh! I may be able to reproduce it, but I'd rather find the original.

I'm drinking more green tea now, just an occasional cup of black tea, drinking more water, adding more veggies. Spring is here, almost. Time to up the exercise outside and move forward with the weight loss goal. Since the weekend is here I'm sure I'll get a lot - the lawns all are unruly and need mowing.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 03:44 PM

SRS,

The baby has been to the doctor 3 times and is scheduled to go again next week. Family doctors around here are urging patients to not come in with this as it's viral and there's nothing they can do. I will, however call on Monday if my hearing has not improved by that time.

UGH.

Pete is home today and really in a bad way. When I got up this morning the first thing I did was make him some chicken soup and then made jello to help ease his throat pain. He's all pale and just sitting around....that is SO NOT my husband!

And me? I'm sitting pretty with paper towels sticking out of each ear..just finished an ear treatment and am soaking up anything that didn't get to where it should have gone. SOOO BOOTEEEFULLL! :)

Dishes are done, kitchen table is completely cleared, all toys in the kitchen have been picked up and moved, one load of laundry done and 2 business calls made. The baby is napping and I have the urge to do some more general puttering.

Later Gators.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 05:32 PM

Superb PT today and a stop at Lowe's for one el cheapo GREAT fix led to a cartfull of OTHER "OMG-they-actually-have-this" finds, also el cheapo.

At PT Hardi snapped not only his hardworking honeh's routine and my great PT aides' faces (it's goodbye in about 3 weeks), but also all the machines to show the Y trainer-- who I guess is also sick and has not called yet to set an appt. time.

But the best part was a stretch I drooled over this AM during a hockey program this AM, for which (thanks to Hardi's cell pic) the PT was able to show me several land-based varieties of that stretch. One instant-gratification version can be done an the edge of the bed when I get up creaky in the AM [music" Rise Up Singing Creakin' or, for that matter, during the middle of the night AND on my office chair.

WINWINWIN A travel exercise for long drives to the other end of the Diocese!

I'm taking up body building next. (It's the best and cheapest way to fill all the non-shrinkable skin that will be left over.)

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 06:01 PM

Pssssst!

Check this out:

http://www.cowgirlfilms.com/

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Feb 12 - 10:01 PM

qi gong and walking today


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Feb 12 - 01:16 AM

A travel exercise for long drives to the other end of the Diocese! I'm curious - what exercise did he prescribe? Something for while you're driving, or for stops along the way?

Kat, walking is always the best thing you can do for yourself. Good for you! Once summer is here you'll be out hiking again.

I went to a classical guitar concert tonight, the only one I've made it to this year. I was happy to see a big crowd there, and I met an interesting young woman, who was sitting in front of me in the balcony. We were both up there for photos - I because I'm a friend of one of the organizers, she because she is a student journalist at the university where the concerts take place. We talked shop about photos.

I have been learning about the Adobe CS5 suite by the seat of my pants, but as we talked she described the same thing I have felt - the photos take an hour or two to shoot and the processing of them takes days. I told her about Adobe "Bridge" where you can do batch changes. She looked entranced to learn about a program that will let her do this all at once (select the ones you want to work with, then set the batch parameters and let it go.) You still have to do individual corrections, but you can speed up some of it. I kidded her "I've sold you this car, haven't I?" She's ready to go back to her school workstation and check out that program. Decluttering the busy schedule for one interesting student this evening. :)

Fooling with a phone app, so I'd better stop being distracted. Off to bed soon - busy weekend coming up.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Penny S.
Date: 25 Feb 12 - 03:46 AM

I had an ear thing, as did my neighbour. Just my left one. The doctor prescribed drops and an antibiotic (it seemed likely that my eustachian tube was blocked as well as something affecting my ear canal) and it cleared up in the five antibiotic days.

I've a definite buyer for a wooden storage bench, and a number of watchers for my knitting machine. One for a chair. I don't think I'll be able to set off the cost of the "new" machine, though.

And the new machine is not quite as it should be. (Couldn't fault the advertising - she didn't say it had the instruction books! Just didn't say it didn't.) I'm downloading the manuals from the internet, and will then have a go at setting it up.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Feb 12 - 04:55 AM

...travel exercise for long drives... I'm curious - what exercise did he prescribe? Something for while you're driving, or for stops along the way?

I have a long-chronic hip spot that is too tight to allow good leg position when I am driving. It pulls against a muscle trying to roll the leg in to get the knee straight... the result is persistent knee pain from screaming tendons and ligaments. While I drive I need to rely on one hip muscle behaving differently, and then I can also do this stretch every time I stop for a pee break. (Since I also need to drink more water, it's a great combined strategy.)

This is particular to my own anatomy/weak places, but it's a stretch football and hockey players do called an IT stretch. They do it on the ground, but she showed me a few other ways runners do it, standing and/or using a low table as a support.

There are lots of ways to stretch the IT (or any joint or muscle); a PT can show you ALL of them from a range of positions. The trick is to pick the ones that work for you AS THEY ARE PRESCRIBED. At the place I'm going, then they print off a drawing to remind you what goes where and in what direction the force is applied.

My main-PT Tina showed me one version awhile back in the pool. Today it was her boss (Ms. MJ) driving this bus, with footballer/skier (Mr. Jay) helpfully doing various other demos with her on the floor while Hardi showed the pic and I talked about how my eyes and body had responded so excitedly when I saw it in hockey. It's just the nest cool thing I can feel that I need to do.

A few they've shown me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c55IYpoGZQ

I guess this is all just Applied Anatomy, but it's new (and FUN) to me.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Feb 12 - 12:48 PM

I was driving to the library yesterday and saw an Estate sale sign at the edge of a neighborhood I'd never visited. Followed signs for a few blocks and found a modest 3-bedroom home with the family running the estate sale. There were some interesting pieces, some no-name pieces, things were a bit high, but they had some lovely antiques. I don't have room and I didn't have the money, but they were nice. I enjoyed taking a look and moving on.

Exercise today is on-the-job. I have to mow and do some gardening. I need to clean the kitchen a bit first; the dishes were washed last night but there is mail to sort and move off the counter. It's nice to come in for a break from the yard work and have a clear counter for fixing lunch or bringing in garden stuff (I may harvest some oregano today).

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Feb 12 - 11:37 PM

I didn't mow but I did dig up more of the garden. I found during the day that my gut was still upset by yesterday's McDonald's burger. Kept me up late, and I was tired enough this morning that a nap was a big help midday. Tomorrow I'll go put some more potatoes in the garden.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 26 Feb 12 - 12:30 AM

Today we picked up the meat from our first steer. Over 400 pounds of beef in 6 boxes. I'd be lying if I said it didn't bother me. I miss seeing Stewie out in the field. I know what he was raised for and I know he had a better life here than he would have had if he had gone to auction.

My ears are still clogged and tonight I'm nauseous. Great. Pete is feeling much better today for which I am thankful. It bothers me that *I* am not feeling better after nearly a month. When I brought it up this morning, he said, "Well, you had chemo and I did not." *Sigh*

Ok.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Penny S.
Date: 26 Feb 12 - 09:03 AM

I have had the neighbour's friend, who is a joiner, in to measure up my built in wardrobe doors for replacement - which meant being up much earlier than I wanted, and a quick tidy.
I have downloaded the instructions for my knitting machine and printed them out, and while I was waiting for the printer to run through all the pages, I have shredded nearly all the old bank statements, utility bills, payslips and tax certificates that have been waiting to be put in the compost bin - can't do that yet, because the existing one is brimfull, and the new ones I have ordered have not yet arrived.
Now I'm going out to see if I can get a rucksack to fit my autoharp.

Penny


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Feb 12 - 11:20 AM

Michelle, I wonder if nausea is a result of the ear thing still - is it making you at all dizzy?

I think there must be some virtual component of all of this talk of illness - last night my sinuses started enough of a reaction to something that I had a sore throat when I went to bed. I was up to let a dog out in the wee hours and thought I'd try the neti pot, but it hurt so I stopped it. I looked up salt for that use and it turns out the best household salt for the neti pot is pickling salt because it doesn't have the anti-caking agents or iodine. I used it this morning quite comfortably. I have a busy week coming up so I hope between careful treatment and enough sleep I can knock it out quick. I may have had an allergic reaction to something in the garden yesterday so I'll be sure to say on my Zyrtec and maybe add Benedryl at bedtime.

Will walk the dogs this morning since that isn't a problem now.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Feb 12 - 12:30 PM

Cool breeze in the face during the walk - I'll pamper the sinuses after that, but the vitamin D of a sunny morning is much appreciated.

Usual stuff today. Laundry, dishes, shopping.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 26 Feb 12 - 05:36 PM

SRS,

   Dizzy? Yes...mostly in the morning though or if I bend over for something that I dropped. Ears are still clogged and we replenished the tissue collection today. I swear. I should have lost at least 30 pounds (warning...GROSS ALERT) in snot this month. UGH.

Laundry is going and I'm going to spend some time decluttering in our bedroom shortly.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 26 Feb 12 - 11:35 PM

Ok. So here's the thing. I'm drowning. My house is in ok shape but there is certainly much to be done. My energy level is in the toilet. I've been sick. There has been some stress in my family concerning my grandmother's health and place of residence. My last thyroid check was RIDICULOUS. Chemo is still working it's way out of my system (just how freakin' long does that take?!?!?!?). I keep thinking things need to be as they were before my cancer diagnosis. The thing is...I'm about 18 months out of treatment now and I find myself in this weird limbo. I want what my life was before...I want to be at the weight I was before cancer, I want the energy I had before cancer, I want my body to do the things it could do before cancer but those things just aren't reality.

That left me thinking. My life before cancer was kind of like the first chapter of my life. Then I hit a giant freaking pot hole. Lately I've been standing in the middle of the road, kind of in a haze. Don't misunderstand, I have been doing my best to take excellent care of the baby and my husband but just about everything else has fallen to the wayside. So..if that was the first chapter, what is it I want in this second chapter? Some things just aren't going to change or ever be the same...that's called change and growth. You all know how I love my yoga. Well, the reality of today says I can't afford it, I don't have a sitter during that time of day and that's that.

I suppose I'm rambling but my point...because, yes, I do have one, is that the first chapter of my life was pretty darn fantastic. There's no reason to think that the second half won't be equally as wonderful or even better but if I stand here in the middle of the road, in the fog...longing for what was and kinda being skittish about the road ahead...I'm going to be standing in the fog for a long time and not going anywhere. So...after a long talk with the Love of My Life, we have an initial plan and tonight I took the first step forward in writing to my endocrinologist (who I see next week) about what's really going on for me (as in...I feel like I'm trying to run in hip depth mud and how I feel like the earth just sucks me in at every turn) and how we can medically get a grip on this so I can move forward.

Pete and I discussed a few other things and we'll see how it goes. It was a hard conversation to have...I can't do this..it isn't working...I need your help....but in the end, it was a good conversation to have. I needed to hear that he KNOWS I am deeply fatigued and that he KNOWS I am doing my best to take care of things around here and that Jeremiah and he are my top priority...and most importantly (at least to me) is that he acknowledges that I am NOT being LAZY.

With that said, there was no physical decluttering today but a plan has been created...at least the beginning steps of a plan...something that I can manage for the next few days and then we'll take a look again. It's a tough thing to say I can't do all of this when you are used to doing it all...but I've been struggling and trying to keep up and I just can't.

I am cutting myself a break and starting this game over.

Welcome to Chapter 2.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Feb 12 - 11:50 PM

We had a busy weekend. Morgan came over yesterday morning at 830a. We had breakfast, then went to visit my brother. We hadn't been over for a long time, so he was pleased, plus Morgan was thrilled as he got to play the piano, whistle back and forth to my brother's birds, pet the cats, and feed the tropical fish, some of which are huge and really neat. Then we went to the grocery store. Came home, watched a few episodes of Avatar-Last Airbender, then Morgan and the dog headed out the back door. He was out there for about three hours, playing all kinds of imaginary games. It was so fun to watch him. OUur yard is huge and wild, much bigger than his at home, plus we aren't fussy about him lining up old tree limbs, boxes, etc. for play forts and the like. He finally went home about 4p.

I did walking and qi gong for that day.

Today, he came over again for breakfast, home around noon. I didn't get any sleep last night,but we all pitched in and did some cleaning before he went home, plus he got to play more in the backyard.

I moved some stacks of very dusty books in the LR, freeing up two shelves which I dusted and am beginning to fill with my collection of cats and other pieces. It looks nice. When I am done, I'll take a picture. Rog did the dishes, kitchen trash, and cooked me up a nice steamer of brown rice. (I had it with shelled, roasted pistachios and a tiny dab of butter. So yummy!) while Morgan helped me with the rest of the dustbins. He also washed off some knick-knacks that are his...marbles, a dragon, etc.

Michelle, I would urge you to watch that video my doc recommended, "Knives Over Forks." It has some astonishing scientific evidence about food and cancer, heart dis-ease, etc. Actually, I would urge anyone who is interested in good, healthy nutrition watch it. As my doc said, it is very "mainstream," not a bunch of *softies* eating alfalfa sprouts.:-)

ATB,

kat


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

Don't forget y ou also adopted a baby in the midst of things. That alone takes all sorts of energy.

I see your posts sometimes and I say to myself why is she doing all that? Clothes never have to be folded. Babies can learn very quickly to put their toys into baskets. Very little new stuff needs to be bought and garage sales especially have tempting prices but the more stuff brought in the more to deal with later. I would have a minimal amount of clothing for the baby, which is going to outgrow anyway. Same with toys. They don't need that many and their IQ is not going to suffer with fewer toys. As long as they are clean and fed and get outdoors to run around, they are generally quite happy and develop quite well. Take lots of naps and let others care for your grandmother. Your focus just has to be your health, your baby and your husband. I would not bring any pets or additional animals into the equation for now. Simplify and flourish. mg


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 11:58 AM

Michelle, suggesting from a non-professional capacity I think you need to add "depression" to that list. Understanding full well that depression is a natural part of our world and when things get tough we go through it. For me, the way to fight my way out of it has been to develop a plan. Once a plan is in place I have an anchor that is beyond where I am now that I can pull myself towards. This and the "talking cure," of discussing with friends what is going on. Use private discussion sites more if you need to. I've never wanted or asked for the medications that are so prevalent today (I think they don't help so much as mask the anxiety that goes with depression.) Mary has a good point also - for the time being you can let the shopping for extras slide. As long as everyone has a few clean seasonal garments that is good enough.

You did get started on the right foot - you do have a plan to address the medical end of things, but if you think about it, you may find that it is a mid-way goal. What do you want to do when the medical things are resolved? What is there in your area that you have been wanting to do that you can focus on as a goal? Go back to school, perhaps, to learn to teach yoga, or go take a master gardener class in order to set up a commercial organic gardening patch at your farm. Or take something you do already and push it into a commercial environment - a craft that you can turn into a business? Join a writers group? These are broad educated guesses at the kinds of things you might consider. If you're going to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you must have your boots placed someplace firm yet achievable.

On my small and local stage here, I have a cold. We seem to have been talking about them enough that I'm taking my turn. I'll try to keep the complaint minimal, it's a smallish one and I hope to keep it that way. It's a very busy week at work so this is quite inconvenient. I'll try to get lots of sleep to get it to move along as soon as possible. Drink lots of fluid. Etc.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 01:07 PM

Dear Michelle, you are indeed in the midst of - what to do while you hope the storm is passing. I have vaguely in mind a famous quote about peace within the storm. You do seem to find that from time to time but then another wave hits you and you fear you will founder but you find your balance and keep on until the next wave. In between, you may be anxious about when the next wave will hit; that is not helpful but it is human.

I am minded of the worst period of my environmental illness; the four years when I could do so little I decided life was not worth living. Ten years, and many changes, later I am still perking along - help came when I needed it most AND was open to it.

And you and the family are perking along. I am amazed at what you manage to get done in the midst of your storm. You just keep on rowing! ("Have faith... but keep on rowing.") In the midst of chaos, you have a firm center. And a support group that cares, that is rooting for you. D.

As for where have I been for 2 weeks and here it is almost the end of another month!

The internet at the country quit and having finally reached a, hopefully, helpful person at Bell, I am off in a bit to a Bell centre to get help. (I brought the router to the city and it does not work here either.) So I felt bereft of connect -ability for the last 3 weekends. During the week, I focussed on the wind turbines and R spent two days writing a contract. I read.

My letter to the editor was well received by our group. We met with the MNA on Fri in the midst of our worst yet snow storm. He lives two roads over from the cabin and seemed surprised, even shocked by the environmental aspects, and empathetic. He doubts it will ever happen. But we need to be vigilant and that means going to the council meeting each month and providing them with info they will accept. Neighbour Leo had copies of a provincial report; he read all 150 pages, in French!, and found lots of helpful, hopeful info. He will give a copy to the council.   The MNA thought it would be available in English and I am hoping Leo will order some in English. Amazingly, they are not only free, they were delivered by Purolator! Of course, the taxpayers pay.

Laundry is in the works; two loads today. R is off to work and I am preparing to go back to the country tomorrow, may even go to NYS to visit rehabber and take her some gloves. This is part of my "de-cluttering"! On the way back from Whidbey Island, I bought a huge bin of gloves - work gloves or various types - whole boxes of latex gloves as well as goat skin gloves good for gardening and heavy rubber gloves, good for raccoon cage cleaning. The whole bin was $20 because they were ALL small - in a man's world, a machinery company! If I give Amy a plastic bag full, I still have a banana box full to give other rehabbers and a life time supply of gardening gloves. That was a GOOD buy!

During a day on my own at the cabin, I sorted out a bunch of stuff to go out to the garage for storage but it is in the hallway waiting for warmer weather. I did check the freezer full of clay and found the light bulb out and the clay might have frozen. I replaced the bulb and will HOPE!

Excellent music Friday eve at the Cafe - Bobby Dove is GOOD! Farewell party Sat eve gave a chance to socialize without disturbing the music - it was a dinner at the restaurant next door to the cafe, with most of the regulars! Sat next to a gardener (flowers); this was a great opportunity to find out about the local garden club and talk about gardening in zone 4. Although there is little sun at the cabin, I am thinking of a moveable garden, on wheels so I can put it in the sunniest spot - in front of the garage door! - and move it when necessary. I guess I am not over my gardening addiction.

I am not having much luck de-cluttering my body. Warmer weather will bring more opps for walks in the woods, potting and gardening in the city yard. Time to order tomato plants, I guess. Since I never wrote down the ones that were best last year....

The last two Sundays, we visited with Scottish friends who have been renting a cottage near the cabin - across the road from our environmentalist friend Blad who has taken (Scottish) Leo for walks and they are to go to the gorge yet, through a foot of snow. Leo (37) is "high functioning autistic" with 4 degrees and wonderful art work. His Mom is a historian and super mom who managed to get her son the help he needed throughout his school years in England. Leo's art work is here.

And last Weds I drove down to NYS, picked up a rehabber just the other side of the border and thn we went down to Wilmington where we met Amy at Wendy's Adirondack Wildlife Center and went for a walk in the woods with a very large and beautiful wolf, on a leash!, and Steve who gave a lecture throughout the whole hour on wolves and moose and other animals and their interactions, etc. Fascinating!

Then us (4) women went to the village to a thrift shop - one lovely old fashioned, lidded thingy for maple syrup, one small bowl - then to a natural food, Gluten-free shop for lunches to take back and eat in the dining room looking out on woods and snow covered mountains. A great day! Then I drove Marcia back home and came straight on to the city. All that in only 12 hours. Next time we must plan it so R can go. He would have loved it and he is quite capable of being "one of the girls"! He would not have dominated like many men would. Amy, Wendy, R and I had a great time together at the rehab conference in November.

Sat morning as I made breakfast, neighbour Leo came and plowed the driveway so he joined us briefly for breakfast; he needed to get to the city. Great neighbour to have! Sunday, he stopped in to try to get the internet going but no dice. R agreed to help him with some electrical wiring.

And it seems as though I spend most of my time just internetting or reading.

WOW! I have black bear Jewel's Den on half the screen and it is very noisy right now! Feeding time for the twins!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 01:12 PM

Phooey! That guest was me, obviously. I need to pay more attention. Had to reset my cookie for some reason unknown to me.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 05:29 PM

meditation and qi gong this morning

finished with Prairie Child and have ordered it to be turned into an e-book...finally!


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 05:51 PM

Saw a doctor today about my ears. Seems they are both really red inside and FULL of fluid. My right ear has 2 bubbles in it too that are about ready to burst. He gave me another antibiotic and some steroids. The things in my ear will need to burst (which he tells me will be very painful) and drain before my ears and hearing improve. In the meantime, I can expect to hear less every day. Thanks Doc!

Got some grocery shopping done today too.

Heard from the doctor I had emailed. Did not get the response I was hoping for. Oh well. I'm not giving up there.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 09:34 PM

Oh, Dear! Michelle, do you have an ENT you can see? Maybe someone more specialized can help you now?

This WILL pass, and you'll get out of this slump. It doesn't help that it is winter with shorter days and less green and sunshine. Can you help yourself with some good lighting in the house? You know the medical side of things, but maybe we can help by suggesting things for the emotional side. If there are aromas that help, dig them out. Dorothy can probably suggest some good ones.

I wish we were nearby so we could take turns helping with baby sitting, chores around the house, and driving trips to see your Nana. Such a lot on your plate right now.

Meanwhile, I can hear just fine but I have absolutely no voice and I can't taste a lot. I made a sandwich for dinner (Brautwurst, sauerkraut, on a roll) and it seemed bland. My nose isn't stuffy, but my sense of smell is still impacted by this. It'll be interesting this week at work. I have to go over tomorrow and Wednesday, sick or not.

Congratulations on the book, Kat! And Dorothy, once your router is working you'll perk along. You could plug the computer directly into the modem to connect to the Internet, if the router is broken. Just be sure your firewall is up and working.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Feb 12 - 11:41 PM

Thanks, SRS! Feel better! You, too, Michelle!:-)


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 Feb 12 - 12:46 PM

Hope everyone is feeling better, today.

I managed to finish washing off my "katknacks" and moving them to the LR shelves. It still looks cluttered, in the PIX, imo, but I like being able to look out there, from my desk in the DR, and seeing all of them, plus family photos. Still have to go through the rest of the books, dust them and decide which ones we want to keep. We've shelves back in the old office where we are moving the Keepers. eventually, I want to do something besides the white shelves AND want to repaint the wall a green. I like the red, but it's getting dull and scruffy looking.


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Feb 12 - 03:35 PM

The decluts of last year made room for serious distance learning. The decluts of this year have made room for doing the distance learning with a group in an online classroom. Some stuff I had started on last year really needed that group interaction. My notes from that stuff from last year's more-isolated approach were right where I expected them to be, waiting, and I am now all caught up with the online group's posted progress thru the same material's opening chapters. God thing I had the notes-- I do not have time this month or next to read the material from scratch. It is great to reinforce the previous learning with the review/posting of notes as I clear my schedule. I look forward to the group's posted responses and to responding to their posts. It's a different posting structure from Mudcat-- so hard to get used to but so great to have the group.


Possible travel to Californy is looming as sister's treatment saps her ability to care for our ma. I may need to go portable, but I have the tools to do it seamlessly now at least. A care package for Mom and Sis goes to the post office today as I head out shortly for PT.

BIG FIND yesterday, oh frabjous excess of joy! A home-party-type rolling tote that is in GREAT shape and will hold laptop and lit for the Diocesan visiting I am doiong nowadays, AND a pile of magazine-racks such as I use for live-project-files before I archive them into binders. SIX of those, some match what I had and some are colored for easy spotting of priorities (like my HEALTH). AND one of those staplers wiht a long jaw that allows booklet-stapling, or the reprint now in progress of our mst popular songbook!!!!

WIN.WIN.WIN

I decluttered an unhealthy family process last night, beginning with the dismantling of an Unhealthy Triangle.

My phone now carries alarms that ring as often as school bells to keep me moving thru a huge amount of activity. I LOVE.LOVE.LOVE the structure.

~S~


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 28 Feb 12 - 08:13 PM

I received a phone call from a WW friend a few days ago. She said she had some clothes that she no longer could wear and asked me if I would like them. I said sure! We were about the same size going down the scale prior to chemo. After chemo, I regained quite a bit of weight so she is now about 2 sizes smaller than me. I went to her house expecting just a few things. She had 7...yes SEVEN...very large garbage bags full of stuff for me to go through. I left with 4 bags of some great clothes...several hundred dollars worth, I'm sure. She was so pleased to be getting rid of them and I am so pleased to be on the receiving end. :) I vow to not even take them out of the car until I have my closet cleaned out and emptied of all clothes that do not currently fit (but will in the future). I'm going to bag those up and get them out of site for now.

As I went through her bags, she and her husband sat and chatted up a storm and then when we were all done with the clothing, we had a nice lunch together.

I came home, cut up a bunch of veggies and added them to a roast and cut up some potatoes too. Laundry is also going. The house smells wonderful and I've enjoyed this day immensely.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Feb 12 - 08:21 PM

You sound much happier today, Michelle - I hope you're feeling better also!

I have this stupid cold, and at a reception today that I had to be there for, there were several of us with the same bug. We hovered around the edge of groups, not touching anyone, careful to cough in our elbows. It'll be the same tomorrow, and then I'll stay home the rest of the week. Get extra sleep (and tonight I'll sleep in the recliner - I didn't sleep well with all of the coughing last night.)

I did a load of laundry, got some folded today, but that's it. There are dishes in the sink. Maybe I'll run the dishwasher, but I suspect it will be another day before they're out of there. I need another nap. :-)

SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: LilyFestre
Date: 28 Feb 12 - 08:32 PM

It's not so much that I am unhappy. I am just tired. Deeply fatigued. Frustrated with my body. I feel ok today but can't hear a thing unless I'm looking at you, talking to you on the phone or you are right next o my ears talking quietly (that works best, really).

This cold has been going on for nearly a month and it's just dragging me down.

I keep trudging along, doing my best...whatever that may be on any given day.

Michelle


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Feb 12 - 10:48 PM

I have everything crossed that I can think of that my cold doesn't catch hold or last so long as your cold. Do you have allergies? Some of the worst colds I ever had were so snot-filled and several doctors and nurses suggested that I also had allergies at work. I (knock wood!) haven't had a cold anywhere like those I used to have since I started acting like I have allergies and using a regular antihistamine.

Did a load of laundry, but the dishes are staring at me from the sink wondering when I'm going to pull them out of that cold soapy water. ♪♪ Tomorrow, tomorrow! ♪♪



SRS


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Subject: RE: Feb 2012 - Exercise by Leaping Over Clutter
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Feb 12 - 07:28 AM

LMAOROTF--

The heavy saleskit bag I nabbed IS a great-quality piece of luggage, but it is adorned with the logo for Creative Home Arts Club-- which a cursory Google search reveals is a BAD logo to parade around for which... I was already... looking into ... creative Home arts to cover it up!

Under the KISS principle I can print the desired logo in color, and insert it in a name badge with pin (or maybe one glue on one of those nifty, heavier ones on a cord).

~S~


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