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Maria7 - Sunday Feb 12, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 145.8

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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 Hello everyone,

I am now in the 145's!  The scale weighed me at 145.8 this morning.  Big Smile!

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Hubby and I just got back from spending about an hour and a half with MomIndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567 at the nursing home.  Mom was doing well.  Had on her makeup and jewelry my Sister Sisterstandingtippinghatanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567gave her when she visited her yesterday.  Mom told me that Sister (who has lost a lot of weight recently and is working on getting to her goalweight) left me some candy (quite a lot) and I got it and brought it home...Sister means well...she knows I love chocolate but I am feeling in control of my eating again and only indulge within my alloted calories each day.  Mom's roommate was doing well and one of her 2 Daughters came to visit her while Hubby and I were visiting Mom.  While there, I cleaned Mom's side of the room and brought home some items that were cluttering it.  She still has plenty of her things in there and especially her prized photos of family and friends gracing her long windowsill.

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I talked with Brother Joncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567over the phone this morning...he sounded very, very happy over his new job, which he has already been working at a few days. 

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Hubby is doing good, too.   While he is taking a Sunday afternoon nap, I am back here in the study, keying this to you. 

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Hope you are having a good afternoon.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

 

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Progress as of today: 59.2 lbs lost so far, only 5.8 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/12/2012:
Well done on getting down to 145!

RYC thanks. My birthday is the 26th.


moogy on 02/12/2012:
I am glad that you sound better Maria and that everyone you love is doing well as well. Mom must have been feeling well to have her make up and jewellery on!! Lovely. I love that picture, perfect for a lady's morning room, to do the correspondence in:) Have a good week lovely lady:)


V on 02/12/2012:
Congrats!! Have a good evening Maria <3


selina on 02/13/2012:
Congrats! Lots, lots, and lots of great news! So happy for you Maria!


supercheese on 02/13/2012:
Congrats!!! 145 was a big deal for me too!! You're almost at your goal! :)


Umpqua on 02/13/2012:
Excellent work on the loss Maria! And yay for spring flowers :)


hollybelle on 02/13/2012:
Sounds like a successful Sunday, Maria. Glad things are looking good for Mom and Brother. Have a good night. I hate to get candy as a gift, too. Like you said - people mean well, I think, but.....


grumpy on 02/14/2012:
Glad you're mom was all dressed up and doing well. Enjoy your chocolate in moderation. :)



Maria7 - Saturday Feb 11, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.2

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Hello, everyone...

Pretty, sunny, chilly morning here in SC...

Scale weighed me at 146.2 this  morning...getting closer to goal...

Supposed according to weather channel on tv to turn cold over this weekend...with high only in the medium to high-40's tomorrow....(but only the Lord knows for sure)...  but it IS winter and SPRINGTIMEflowersdancinganimgif.gif image by autumn1234567 is right around the corner! flowerssmilingredfloweranimgif.gif image by autumn1234567  (Time for gardening, Umpqua!)

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 Hubby is working today but he is supposed to be off tomorrow.  He and I 'may' have next Saturday togethercatwithredroseanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567 if his schedule doesn't change (he is supposed to be off that day).   I cooked a good supper for him and me last nite...we had rice and beef stew, italian green beans, macaroni and cheese, and for desert, a piece (in moderation) of german chocolate ice box cake.  Yum! Yum!

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I visited Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567a good while yesterday and together we worked on some greeting cards to send to 2 of my Aunts...(Mom's Sister and Sister in law)...Mom wrote what she could and did well on the first one and could only manage a little on the second one, so I helped her with the second one and then I addressed the envelopes of them both and mailed them at the post office after I left the nursing home on my way home.  Mom and her new roommate are getting along real well.  Her new roommate is real sweet and has 2 Daughters who dote over her and do everything they can to make their Mom happy.  So sweet!  :-D  It is a big comfort to me to know that they visit their Mom (and thereful mine as well, who is her roommate, hehehe) often.

 

flowersyellow.jpg image by autumn1234567

 

 

 

 

Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 58.8 lbs lost so far, only 6.2 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 02/11/2012:
Your dinner sounds wonderful, and I'm glad your Mom is getting on well with her new roommate. I noticed yesterday that my very first clump of crocus is up. It's only an inch or so of growth but that still points to an earlier spring than average for us up here ;) Have a good one!


grannyannie on 02/11/2012:
Glad your mom is doing well! Have a great weekend.

RYC: it's the grandparents of the kids I was going to babysit who showed up. My grandparents would be 110-120 years old by now. :-D


V on 02/11/2012:
Awww I am so happy to hear that your Mom has a compatible roommate <3 Yeah it is pretty chilly here but I can't complain, this winter has been pretty mild :) Have a good evening!!


hollybelle on 02/12/2012:
Maria - it got down to 12 degrees here last night. High of only 28 - after a very mild winter so far-I guess it's decided to finish up with a bang! The poor little buds that were confused and thinking it's spring are all frozen, but it's early enough they will come back. Your dinner sounds great! I hope this roommate will stay with your mom awhile - sounds like she and her family are keepers! God Bless!


selina on 02/12/2012:
Yummy dinner, Maria! We are having a very cold weekend, too! So happy to hear your mom is doing great!



Maria7 - Thursday Feb 09, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 145.0

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

 

 

Hello everyone,

I am SO DRAGGING...  I got up this morning, prayed and read the Bible...ate a little breaky, then I decided I needed to clear out the 2 back clothes closets and make them more accessible and have the spring-summer wear in one and the fall-winter clothing in the other one.  I worked for a couple of hours on them...I know I made progress as I have a big pile of clothes to give away stacked up in the living room...may take them to the nursing home as they usually need donated clothing there.  Question:  Why, oh why, would someone want to hang on to clothes that don't fit?  Example...couple years ago while on vacation in the mountains, I bought a nice pair of size 6 jeans, thinking I would eventually soon be able to fit into them (NOT!)...well they are now part of the give-away pile.  Some things I've kept for years that family has given to me, thinking I might regret it if I got rid of those clothes (that I didn't wear)...they are part of the give away pile...Some things I had that were really nice but I probably wore than maybe at the most, 'once' a year?...part of the give away pile...Clothes that were maybe's became part of the give away pile...They are all on hangers, so will make it easy to distribute them.  The Lord doesn't bless me for me not to share with others the beautiful clothes He blesses me with.  So...That's what I've been up to today.

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When Hubby called from work on his lunch break, I asked him about us going out to supper this afternoon and he agreed.  I sure don't feel like cooking supper after dealing with all those clothes!   

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Where is Dear Diarist?  (aka Stella Starr...)  I miss her!

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

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Progress as of today: 60 lbs lost so far, only 5 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/09/2012:
Enjoy your dinner out! I've given away some clothes and am now sorry I did. I was sure I'd never get down to that size again, but I have. I had a really nicely cut pair of jeans, a pair of navy and a pair of beige dress trousers. I've got more big clothes to get rid of, so I should do that soon. My favourite pair of capris with all the zipped pockets on them are huge on me, as in I can put them on and take them off w/o unzipping or unbuttoning.


Umpqua on 02/09/2012:
Closet cleaning is serious business. Good for you for getting all that work done. I hope you have a nice time out with the hubby!


moogy on 02/09/2012:
I think sometimes clothes have an association with a memory and become like a photo and therefore hard to get rid of:) I was so glad to read that your mom's new roommate seems to have a daughter like you, what a blessing! I hope that your mom and she get on well together, it would be lovely if you knew someone else was doing a little 'caring' for your mom:)


V on 02/09/2012:
Hello there Maria :) Good job on getting a little spring cleaning in early, I am sure the donated clothes will come in handy, what a wonderful gesture! Have a nice evening out with your hubby :)


hollybelle on 02/10/2012:
I wish you'd come and help me on my clothes closet! Most of my clothes fit and I wear most of them, but only a time or two a season and some I don't really like anymore but I hold on to them. I used to clear clothes out 2 times a year. I don't know why I changed! Have a good weekend, Maria!



Maria7 - Wednesday Feb 08, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.8

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

 

 

 

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Hello everyone,

Scale weighs me at 146.8 this morning...

Brother Joncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567called yesterday...  He left the nite before on a train and he had changed over to riding on a bus traveling toward his new job.  Please keep him in prayer.

 

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May or may not visit Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567this afternoon.  I'm feeling so 'out of it'...headache, can't get warm enough, aches and pains....still taking antibiotics....

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Hubby is doing well.  He and I have our house back to ourselves again and are getting used to it being only us together here again. 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 58.2 lbs lost so far, only 6.8 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 02/08/2012:
Safe travels to brother. Hope you are not getting sick! God bless and heal you!


grannyannie on 02/08/2012:
Hope your brother likes his new job and home. Hope you feel better soon. Take it easy.


supercheese on 02/08/2012:
Hope you have a good day. Almost at your goal! :)


Umpqua on 02/08/2012:
I'm sorry you're still not feeling well, I think the antibiotics do a number on our systems. Hopefully they'll get you back to good health though! Safe travels to you're brother!


moogy on 02/08/2012:
If I was there, you wouldn't be leaving your bed young lady!!! You need to look after yourself Maria, I bet your husband wants you to stay at home. There that's two of us telling you to stay in the warm:) Hugs:)


V on 02/08/2012:
Good evening Maria :) I am hoping that you are feeling alot better now <3


selina on 02/09/2012:
I hope you'll feel better soon, Maria. Keep us posted about your brother - he seems to be a wonderful sibling for you. How long did he stay with you and your husband? Enjoy your time alone with your hubby :)



Maria7 - Monday Feb 06, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.6

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

 

 

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Hello everyone,

Scale weighs me at 146.6 this morning...so there are benefits to taking antibiotics...it's called 'loss of appetite'...ha, ha.  I am working on getting better and thank you for all the encouragement and prayers.

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Brother Joncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567is leaving on a train tonite.  His suitcases are packed and he is ready to go.  It will be quite an adjustment to get used to his not living with us.  But he has a new job to go to and he is happy.  He likes living in far away places and it doesn't bother him to relocate and live in an area he's never lived in before. 

 

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Brother is going to visit Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567this afternoon and say his goodbye to her and I sent a note by him explaining that I will see her soon as I am staying home and resting and that will give the two of them some special time together.

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Hubby has been taking good care of me when he's home.  We are taking Brother to the train station
(in another town)  tonite to see him off.

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 58.4 lbs lost so far, only 6.6 lbs to go!

WII on 02/06/2012:
Glad you are on the mend. Your brother sounds an awful lot like one of my brothers. Doesn't mind going to new places or even places where they don't speak English much! Have a good day and a safe trip to and from the station!


Umpqua on 02/06/2012:
I'm glad you are getting better and I'm sure your brother is excited for his new adventure! My yard is frozen over at the moment, so nothing is happening in the gardens. I poked around last week once the snow had melted and nothing is up yet, not even a hint of crocus poking through. March is the month when everything comes out here, usually toward the end of the month. It may be earlier this year due to the mild winter we've had, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


grannyannie on 02/06/2012:
Glad you're getting better. I know you'll miss your brother but it's good he's happy about his new adventure.


moogy on 02/06/2012:
I am glad that your husband is taking care of your and that you are letting him!!! It will be a sad day for you but I am sure that you know that your brother will be happy wherever he is. He sounds like one of those people who enjoy new places and new people. Look after yourself and give yourself time to recover fully:)


moogy on 02/06/2012:
I tried to get photo's of the parrots for you to look at through google. The addresses where huge. If you google, king parrot, rainbow lorikeet, gallah and cockatoo you will get to see what I see every day


selina on 02/06/2012:
Thank you Maria! So glad to hear you are doing much better. I had been taking antibiotics, too. (throat infection) but it's all done now, last one was yesterday...

Glad to hear your brother is excited about moving - he sounds like me a little. I have been moving so much in my life and I got used to it, sort of. I don't mind it at all moving places I have never been too. It is an adventure. Stay well!


V on 02/06/2012:
Oh i am so happy that you are doing better Maria <3


hollybelle on 02/07/2012:
Soooo sorry you are feeling bad Maria. Hope you are better soon. Neat your brother is traveling by train. I have always wanted to go on a long train trip - overnight. It seems romantic - who knows? Please continue to take care of yourself. Praying you will be healthy again soon. God bless.


legcramps on 02/07/2012:
Sorry you aren't feeling well; hope the antibiotics do their job soon!


Umpqua on 02/07/2012:
I hope you are continuing to heal Maria!



Maria7 - Sunday Feb 05, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 147.4

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

 

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Churchsmallgifanim081010.gif image by autumn1234567

 

 

 

Hello everyone,

I've been under the weather lately and Hubby and Brother took me to the er Friday. So...I'm asking for prayer for me today... I am taking antibiotics and I was severely dehydrated, too, so they gave me iv fluid at the hospital.

Weight is the same as last time I keyed an entry (scale weighed me at 147.4 this morning).

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Brother Joncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567is still very excited about his new job... He will be leaving for the long trip there tomorrow.

 

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Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567seems okay currently.

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Hubby is doing good, too.

 

This is short and sweet...I'll try to key more when I am feeling better.

 

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Take care.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Hubby and I visited Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567after we ate out at a buffet restaurant for lunch.  She was in distress and it took a long time to get someone to come see about her.  We didn't leave until someone did come, though.

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This is short and sweet...I'll try to key more when I am feeling better.

 

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Take care.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 57.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

moogy on 02/05/2012:
I am sorry to hear you have not been well. It sounds as if you haven't been looking after yourself. Not suprising as you are a carer of many and often that happens with people who look after others:( I hope that you feel well soon and that you get your strength back:)


grannyannie on 02/05/2012:
Oh,dear. I hope you get better soon!


selina on 02/05/2012:
Feel better soon, Maria. IV at hospital sounds serious! Take care of yourself!


Umpqua on 02/05/2012:
I'm thinking of you and hoping you feel better soon Maria. Please take care of yourself!!


V on 02/06/2012:
Take care of yourself Maria <3 Sending some prayers for you :)


biscottibody59 on 02/06/2012:
Hope things are better today!


WII on 02/06/2012:
Oh my goodness! Feel better soon!!!



Maria7 - Thursday Feb 02, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 147.4

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

 

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Hello everyone,

Thanks for taking the time to read this journal and for your comments.

Yes...weight is up a little (scale weighed me at 147.4 this morning) but I'm so-so okay with it at the moment.  I can still wear my size 8's comfy, so that is good.  BMI is 22.4.

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Brother Joncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567is very excited about his new job...  He is to be starting it next Wednesday.  He will be leaving here Monday and I will surely miss him.  We've gotten quite pleasantly used to him living with us.  He is a very sweet guy that thinks nothing of getting up each day and grabbing the vacumn cleaner and going to work vacumning or any other work that needs to be done.  He is a joy to talk to.  How I will surely miss him very much when he leaves next Monday to go up north to his new job.

 

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Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567got a new roommate at the nursing home.  I met her today and I believe she is a very sweet person.  I hope the two of them get along real well together. 

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 Hubby came home from work today and announced he may be off next Saturday (woo-hoo!  I feel a husband-kidnapping coming on!  We'll be 'gone with the wind' if he does!).

 

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 57.6 lbs lost so far, only 7.4 lbs to go!

V on 02/02/2012:
I hope your kidnapping take you to an exciting place ;) Have a good evening Maria :)


V on 02/02/2012:
I am sure it will still be a nice getaway, you deserve it :)


V on 02/02/2012:
I heard from her on Tuesday..I am pretty sure she is doing well..I usually hear from her daughter is she isn't.. I hope we hear from her soon :)


Umpqua on 02/03/2012:
Sounds good, I hope you have a nice weekend with your brother before he departs. And I hope you and your hubby can have a nice get-away next weekend!!


selina on 02/03/2012:
Enjoy the company of your brother while it lasts! Have a great weekend with your hubby!


grannyannie on 02/03/2012:
Have a good weekend with your brother and hubby!


hollybelle on 02/03/2012:
Yay for husband-napping! Have a great weekend!


moogy on 02/03/2012:
So happy to come back and hear that things are going well in your life:) A little husband kidnapping is never a bad thing, just be careful when you bundle him into the car!!LOL Have a lovely weekend:)


moogy on 02/03/2012:
So happy to come back and hear that things are going well in your life:) A little husband kidnapping is never a bad thing, just be careful when you bundle him into the car!!LOL Have a lovely weekend:)



Maria7 - Tuesday Jan 31, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.4

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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                                                 First, hello, dear Friends. 

Second...warning...this is another one of those 'crybaby' entries...emotional...who, me???

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Brother...

Brother Joncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567found a job...only about 800 miles or so away...he will be leaving early next week and I will again be ALONE during the daytime til Hubby comes home from work in the evenings...I think I have forgotten what that feels like...I will GREATLY miss my Brother...it had been many years since he and I had spent any time together with his living in another country and now he is going away again...I am blessed for the time we've had together..He got a position as a COUNSELOR...a rehabilitation counselor...wayyyyyy up north from here...PLEASE pray for him...I love my Brother (only one I have) very much.

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Mom...

 

Still visitng Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567just about every day at the nursing home...that is another story within itself that I will refrain from indulging in at this time...just please keep praying for her as well...

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Daughter...

 

 

Also, please remember Daughter in your prayers...  I don't see her often as she stays very busy.  I think back to when she was four or five years old and I think...who would have known then that they (your kids) grow up and move away and you don't see them much?????  How much more I would have CHERISHED our time together then if I had known then what I know now???  She is a sweet person and maybe I will see her soon...

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Hubby...

 

 

Last but not least is Hubby who is my encourager...  He always has uplifting things to say to help me when I need to hear them the most.  He's a patient man (mostly) and I am very blessed to have him for my Husband.

 

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Thank you for your comments. 

Especially I notice that even when I am not here, you are sweet and faithful to send a comment to me....thanks!

 

Love, Maria

 

 

Progress as of today: 58.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

grannyannie on 02/01/2012:
I understand well about not seeing grown kids often enough - siblings as well. Have a good day!


V on 02/01/2012:
Good Morning Maria :) I hope you have a good day!!


selina on 02/01/2012:
Hi Maria, Glad to hear you had a wonderful opportunity to spend some meaningful time with your brother and enjoyed it. Congrats to his finding a great new job! Have a great day!

Inky is doing great: she is a very independent cat and doesn't like hanging out around me so much, unlike Selina who is always following me around the house and being lovely. They have totally different personalities. Inky only comes to me when she is hungry, haha! I like her personally, too, but I prefer Selina...


selina on 02/01/2012:
Daughter is doing well, too. Thank you!


Umpqua on 02/01/2012:
That's great news on your brother's job. I hope he likes his new location! Take care and I hope you have a nice day!


mcwoo40 on 02/01/2012:
Have a good day Maria :-)


WII on 02/01/2012:
I'm so happy for your brother that he has a job, I know he's been looking for so long! Sorry that it also comes with distance. Don't forget to take care of yourself!


liza36 on 02/01/2012:
It's been so nice you've been able to spend so much time with your brother. I have 4 siblings, only one lives nearby, and I don't see his family as much as I'd like. Everyone is so busy. I hope your mother is well. Take care!


hollybelle on 02/01/2012:
Emotions showing through, Maria - I know just what you mean about daughter - mine is 20 and even though she still lives at home, and I am glad about that I know there will come a time we will see her less and less - it's happening now, even. Best wishes to brother in his new position. Hope mom is holding her own and you take care of Maria - first! Love to you and husband.


selina on 02/02/2012:
Hi Maria, I posted a photo of both selina and inky on my post. Cheers to you!


biscottibody59 on 02/02/2012:
Nice that you have such a good relationship with your brother. Have a good one!



Maria7 - Thursday Jan 26, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.4

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Good afternoon, Friends.

nativeamericanwomanandcanoeanimgif.gif image by autumn1234567

Yes, it's me, still rowing along...but not getting any closer to the island of 140.0...oh well...

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Hubby LargeManWaving.gif image by autumn1234567is doing well.  He sends hello to you.  He told me he is hoping that it won't be long that he and I can take a day trip somewhere together...somewhere in another town that is not close by, that is...

 

Meanwhile, I continue to go back and forth to the nursing home, sitting with Mom...IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567... Talking to her caregivers as needed about her care and yesterday I was gone for hours to another town to fetch something Mom wanted that was not easy to find.  A tablet of paper made a certain way with no lines...finally found it at Barnes and Noble and got her 2 of them to last her for a while.  She has begun to write again and now her desire is returning to draw, something she used to love to do (and is excellent at) years ago.  She keeps telling me that she is very happy that she can walk again and that she sometimes walks to the little store up the road from the nursing home to get her a sandwich...I never challenge her concerning this...Maybe it is an out of body experience??? or a dream???...but seeing that she will tell me this, that she walked to the store (usually the nite before, she'll say) and she is just so happy to know she can walk again she will say.  She is doing some better healthwise, I think, although still not without problems or pain, and your prayers mean a lot....Thank you so much.

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BrotherJoncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567 may have found a job...it is a wait and see currently....may the Lord's will be done is what I pray for him, because the Lord's will is always for our best.

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Hope you are having a good day.

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 58.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 01/26/2012:
Keep rowing Maria! Ahhhh, about your Mom's "day trips" to the "store" - that is really kind of sweet. She seems happy about it, at least and that is something! God bless her. Praying for God's will for your bro/job, too. Trust and obey!


Umpqua on 01/26/2012:
I'm glad your Mom is doing a bit better. And I hope you and hubby can get away for a trip soon!


grannyannie on 01/26/2012:
You'll row to the 140. Glad your mom is doing better.


moogy on 01/26/2012:
I am glad that your mother's 'day dreams' are of pleasant things. She must be feeling better if she would like to write or draw, that's lovely. I have my fingers crossed that your brother is successful in his job hunting. Have a wonderful day Maria:)


V on 01/26/2012:
Oh Maria that is good news that your Mom is in good spirits :) Have a lovely evening <3


thinkpositive on 01/27/2012:
I like the part about your mother taking little trips. And that she feels up to drawing, That's great. You are a good person, Maria.


selina on 01/27/2012:
Hi Maria, I never challenged my dad, either, when he told me all kinds of stories about what he had just done, like going to the farm and picking apples, grapes, etc. I thought he missed the farm, so I drove him for 1 hour to see the farm where he worked and lived for over 50 years. When we got there, he didn't recognize the place nor any of his employees who worked for him and still work there for decades. He liked the place, though, and wondered who was the lucky owner of the place... I never challenged him and just let him dream away. I think he was happier that way.

That would be so lovely, to see your mom drawing again!

Hoping that your brother gets the job! Stay well and keep rowing!


biscottibody59 on 01/29/2012:
Hope you're having a good weekend!


selina on 01/31/2012:
Hi Maria! Hope you are having a good week!



Maria7 - Friday Jan 20, 2012
(Moderation)
Weight: 146.4

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

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Good afternoon, Friends...

Been very busy concerning Mom IndianWomanOlder.gif image by autumn1234567lately...She has been in a lot of pain with different things going on with her health and the nursing home is SO SLOW to get the move on when she is suffering to get some serious help going for her instead of mild treatments (if any) for pain...  I have been going up there to the nursing home twice a day some days, sitting with her and also going back and forth to the head nurse and others in charge concerning her care (or lack of).  It is extremely stressful and that is putting it very sweetly...(as I key, I could CRY!)...  She had an orthopedist visit (first time with new doctor) out of town the other day that her primary medical doctor sent her to and I was there with her and the orthopedist doctor could not understand Mom's speech when Mom was talking to him and he asked right in front of her to me... "I can't understand a word she (Mom) is saying...Does she have DEMENTIA???"  UGH!  (Uh...yes...but that's beside the point...couldn't you have taken the time to read her history before you came into the room???")  I, who was sitting beside Mom (she was in her wheel chair), told him that I would be glad to answer any of her questions about her out in the hall.   Anyway, I interpreted for Mom.  He gave her a steroid injection into her shoulder for arthritis pain in it.  Also...her new roommate chose to move out of the room she and Mom shared at the nursing home...two dominant females...what else can I say???....

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Meanwhile, BrotherJoncomputer.gif image by autumn1234567 is still with us and has still been looking for a job.  He may have found one already...I just pray that whatever job he gets will be the one the Lord chooses for him to have.  Here at home, he helps me out with cleaning.  He LOVES to clean things...the more challenging, the better!  He keeps our oven clean and the glass stovetop...also he periodically does a BIG POLISH on the baby grand piano.  He does a good job cleaning, too and doesn't mind at all.

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As for weight I'm mostly just doing a sort of maintain right now and not in the frame of mind to do some WORK to get back to goalweight yet...

Hope all is well with you...sorry I have been late responding to your comments lately with being away a lot, spending time with Mom at the nursing home, but I'll  do better and if you comment to this entry, I WILL comment back to you...

 

Love, Maria

 

Progress as of today: 58.6 lbs lost so far, only 6.4 lbs to go!

supercheese on 01/20/2012:
Have a great weekend!!


Umpqua on 01/20/2012:
You have a real challenge with dealing with that nursing home. Take care Maria!


hollybelle on 01/20/2012:
Oh the healthcare system! He could have read the chart - yes! God bless you, sweetie!


V on 01/20/2012:
O am sorry that you have to deal with unprofessional people at the home..My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Mom <3


grannyannie on 01/21/2012:
Hope things improve at the nursing home. xx


WII on 01/21/2012:
I echo everyone else. It seems very few of us anymore, value our elderly and their contributions to our lives..and the fact that they are living, feeling and hurting people. God bless you and your mom. Kudos to brother for helping at home.


greengirl on 01/21/2012:
I am sorry that your poor mother is going through this. We had a similar situation with my poor mum when she was still alive and in a nursing home. I hope things get better for you soon.


biscottibody59 on 01/22/2012:
People are becoming registered nurses to cash in. All these hospitals, nursing homes, etc are now run like a business. They attract people of a like mind. People who get into nursing/medicine because they care are few and far between. There's no time for caring--it's built into the system now. I've talked to a few people who burned out on nursing after just a few years. It's absolutely shameful.

I remember and know how it used to be--you probably do too--and there's no going back. We have to deal with life as it is NOW.

I hope you'll continue to hold your ground--the vast majority of people don't have an advocate the way your mother does with you. I know it's hard and maybe depressing from time to time.

Just try to continue taking care of yourself and making good choices there!


moogy on 01/22/2012:
A brother who like to clean, and the oven no less, a welcome visitor at any home. I hope I have someone like you to care for me when I am in need like your mom. What a brilliant daughter you are, you stand up for her sweetheart:)


V on 01/22/2012:
I hope you had a wonderful weekend :)


selina on 01/23/2012:
Your mom is so fortunate to have you as her daughter! And what a house guest - cleaning my oven! Send him this way anytime!

Sorry to hear about your mom... I also have to get steroid injection in my shoulder - It hurts but it helps in the long run.... Stay well!


legcramps on 01/23/2012:
I know it's hard to remember or find time to do other things besides look after your mom (i've been travelling back and forth from my dad's). It's taken a lot out of my social life, but i've been more than willing to push it aside until my Dad is feeling better. Unfortunately, it's different for you. My parents don't depend on me for everyday necessities. My mom looks after Grandma a lot, and it was quite a learning curve for her in the beginning. She's learned that sometimes you just need to carve time out for you - no matter what's going on in their life. I hope you are able to do that soon, and can find some peace of mind. Have a good day today!


grumpy on 01/23/2012:
Maria, I'm so proud of you to keep your weight down all this time. And I am really hoping the situation with your mom gets better and she is not in pain! Hugs!


moogy on 01/23/2012:
Hi Maria, hope you are managing with all the things going on in your life:)


Umpqua on 01/23/2012:
I hope all is well Maria! Our cats are a little over a year old now and they're great (although still high energy and kitten-like :) The female, Zoe, is a mix of black and white with really neat markings, it looks like she has a black beauty mark on her white face. And the male, Quincy is a silver tiger stripe with green eyes. They are equally matched at running and play-fighting and keep each other endlessly entertained! And they sleep curled up together and clean each other. They weren't litter mates but we adopted them both at just a few months old so they're like siblings.


V on 01/23/2012:
Good Evening Maria <3


selina on 01/24/2012:
I agree Maria, it's a GUY thing. I also love quiet time... Have a good day!


biscottibody59 on 01/24/2012:
Have a good one--my brother cleaned my oven once. Don't think I could stand to live with him or he with me--you're a good sister!


thinkpositive on 01/25/2012:
It's hard to find someone in a nursing home that cares. Your mother is fortunate to have you advocate for her.


WII on 01/25/2012:
Thinking about you today!


moogy on 01/25/2012:
We are still having a cool Summer, going for mid seventies again. I can't believe it, and the advanced forcast is sticking with it, even for the first week of February (our hottest month!!). I am loving it!!


selina on 01/26/2012:
Have a great day, Maria! I hope your mom is feeling better today!



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