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bearcountrygg - Thursday Oct 21, 2021
(Eating in moderation)
Weight: 0.0

 Up at 5 and rain all night and through today apparently......Got on the scale this morning because I had a feeling that things were going in the wrong direction and I was right..........We had a talk here the other day about not adding anymore counter productive things to the grocery list and we will work on sticking to that...BUT...there are still plenty of those kinds of things here so we will work our way through them slowly instead of tossing them out........He doesn't need sugar with his diabetes....but with my low blood sugar I sometimes do need it very quickly....so that complicates things but it's our job to work with thise things and we need to get a handle on it all.  We both still have weight to lose so that will be our main focus.......until we both get to where we want to stay....We are both continuing to get shorter which keeps changing the numbers......LOL

Breakfast = 321 cals

coffee, 2 scrambled eggs, 1 cup salsa, 1 med banana

Lunch = 424 cals

Leftover pasta shells and cheese and 2 mandarin oranges 

Dinner 1,371

Last of the asiago bagels toasted, spray butter, peanut butter and ice cream and topping it was 2,116 cals for the day...

..Basically there was a time when I could handle that many cals and actually still weigh a decent weight but not these days...also today I actually measured the peanut butter and I now see that I have been eating a lot more of that then I thought I was...so measuring instead of estimating will need to be started.....

Looking at what I have been doing really does make it clear to me that I need to make some changes.

 

Neighbors with the vehicle problems stopped in today for a chat.....turned out that they were out of gas yet the gas gauge said they had half a tank.....so now they know they can't trust that.......very nice couple........it's 48 degrees out there......time for winter coats!!!

Jacky82020 on 10/21/2021:
If only I could keep Matt from the day old baked goods at Walmart! LOL Haven’t baked in years, so they have advantages. He works out too much to gain weight, always has. Runs on the treadmill. I just walk.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
It does really complicate things when 2 people have different needs......We both struggle with that here...we always ate what we wanted instead of what we should for so many years that it's a hard habit to break....having the stuff in the house seems to be reason to eat it....what a struggle!!! Moderation is the key but that is so hard sometimes!!!


Jacky82020 on 10/21/2021:
I could eat all I wanted when I was younger & stay 100-108.

Yep, problematic to have 2 ppl with different preferences & needs

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
I spend many years at 104.......then into my 40's at 130 which was a lot healthier for me because at 104 I was anemic but 130 was a lot healthier and was very comfy.....I ate what I wanted when I wanted and never had to give it any thought at all....but then I discovered stress eating and lost all apparent control and actually watched myself gain and gain and literally just kept buying bigger and bigger clothes and figured that when I was ready I would just lose it.......by then...the eating habits were set in stone and have been a problem since......I went from eating intuitively and from hunger only to eating because I just felt like it...it was there so why not......getting back to the old ways have met with total resistance....UGH


Donkey on 10/21/2021:
Wow, you've been getting a lot of rain! Oh well, at least it's not snow (yet).

Honestly, from what I've read on your entries through the months & years, I see that what works for you is counting points. I know sometimes (maybe even a LOT) it feels like a ball & chain to do so, and to be honest there's no obligation to do so, right? I mean, who is the boss of you?

Just trying to make a friendly, helpful observation as an interested third party.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
WW is how I lost a lot...and I still have ww online....I told them to cancel my acct when my current obligation is over which ironically is Christmas...but I also have considered renewing when it runs out.....online is just not as helpful though as in person weigh ins......and right now with all of the regulations the only 2 meetings in upper Michigan are both several hours away....so that isn't happening...I also hear that around November 11th they are literally turning the program upside down and every ones program will be different.....You are right...counting points or even cals is a real pain and to be honest.....it's probably because I don't want to be told I can't have more when I want it...WHA WHA...I sound like such a baby when I say that but it's the truth......it sounds so spoiled.....but maybe I literally need someone to slap the food right out of my hand...LOL.....back a few years ago I asked D to monitor my eating and to tell me/remind me to not eat things...I told him my weight each weigh in...and I literally got so mad at him.....and I asked for it.....now...he will not...totally refuses to say a word......can't say I blame him...I asked for his help and then got mad when he did...I really did not want him interrupting my fun...LOL


horn_of_plenty on 10/21/2021:
will be writing you back a bit later ;) thanks for your helpful comments regarding gp.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
;)


horn_of_plenty on 10/21/2021:
i'm glad D could help your neighbor yesterday. sounds like your community may one day cease to exist!? unless some younger families move in. at least it's quiet! there are stories of "dying communities" in the US that lose population over the years until the town ceases to exist..like areas near old industrialization sites or near places that were deemed toxic bc of polution..

i totally get you with the low blood sugar, i face the same thing and i think that's why i've gotten into candy / crackers more over the past two years. however, i know that my diet could use improvement ;) but i def relate to the need to want those items in the house. i do think a little is helpful so you don't feel deprived. even diabetics need to have a supply of sugar, i think. (small amount at certain times of day?)

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
We actually are in a Amish settlement...and they have lots of children....they are buying up houses here quickly....I wouldn't be surprised if they totally own more and more over the next generation.....the way they are doing things now....The main issue here is lack of jobs so young families don't move here much......and they head for the larger cities an hour away....The Amish own at least 10 businesses here that I can think of off the top of my head....they are having a lot of issues with their children being born with problems ...there is an issue with their children because basically they are related to each other...one neighbor boy is autistic and they can't seem to handle him and he gets lost in the forrest regularly...they can't keep clothes on him etc.....they are also having a lot of children with Down syndrome.....and an entire family is brain damaged and continue to have more kids...all are affected in the family.....so their group is getting larger but not in a healthy way...they do trade family members with a group in Indiana to bring in fresh genetics but that is even causing the same problems here...as they marry....again...too many shared genetics. I do have to keep sugar here for both of us...I think over time as we use things up slowly that possibly just keeping some actual sugar will work because my bread recipe calls for it.


PlayingQuietly on 10/21/2021:
chilly here today, it may have rained here last night~ I though I heard rain~ blue sky for me today

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
Chilly and wet here all day I guess....that's fall...and it was not a very pretty fall this year.


PlayingQuietly on 10/21/2021:
oops, l spoke too soon~ clouds are moving in

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
:(


Maria7 on 10/21/2021:
46 here this morning, warmed to low 80s...sunny, nice outside. Hubby and I are currently sticking to our new plan of not eating after 6 pm.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
That is a very good plan....and then when you have breakfast the next day you have at least a 12 hour fast in between meals.


Jacky82020 on 10/21/2021:
I read everything I could find on the Amish when we moved to Pennsylvania. Interesting culture. We bought firewood for the outdoor wood burning furnace from one. He had a dozen kids, not much more than a year or so apart. And he was just over 30! That poor wife! Used to see them in the Walmart by the old house. Hired “English” chauffeurs who drove big vans.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
They do have very large families here too ...They hire drivers here too...usually when they go either shopping or medical appointments. There was a family here who a few years ago was in a hired drivers van when it was in a very bad car accident and the young mom of the kids was paralyzed......her husband insists she continue to have more children and they have had several more since then....but that is their belief....she is still paralyzed and the community built them a huge house where they often hold the church services....but it just doesn't seem right to put her through that.....D hired a Amish guy to make him a custom dog box for the truck a few years ago and we went to Ohio to pick it up......little kids kept appearing ....they were everywhere.....we had a bag of candy and I asked if the kids could have it....the Dad said they could...and it was so cute...I handed it to the oldest boy and he made sure all of the younger kids got one...then he gave one to their dog...before he took his....it was so cute....The pregnant Mom was hanging up the laundry....


Jacky82020 on 10/21/2021:
Think that’s all they use the drivers for, medical visits and shopping, sometimes to attend funerals and weddings. I’m sure the entire family pitched in and cared for those kids and their paralyzed mom. Probably how she wanted it to be, meaning kids even though paralyzed. These people have strong family ties. They take care of one another.

I used to subscribe to their weekly newspaper. Interesting for a few years, then became very repetitious, Some real quack chiropractors used to advertise in there. Also ads for bogus drugs that wouldn’t work as promised. Snake oil.

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
The Amish we have in our town are a rebel group..They have credit cards and although they aren't supposed to drive anything with an engine....they have construction equipment like skid steers that they drive around like cars. They do carry cell phones and set up TV's in their barns....so hee they are doing some things that aren't traditional....I love to drive by their school when all of the kids are out playing baseball...girls and boys...long dresses and all......Their kids aren't supposed to have plastic toys but if they buy a box at auction that happens to have plastic toys in them that is okay....( so the auctions make sure they have them in there).....They are bending their rules a lot.......When there was an Amish bakery we used to go to ( it closed)....the teenaged girls always wanted to carry what I bought there to my car...and they loved looking inside it....( the kids only seem to be allowed in their horse drawn buggys...


Jacky82020 on 10/21/2021:
LOL! I’ve read about such Amish


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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Oct 20, 2021
(Eating in moderation)
Weight: 0.0

Unexpected day...........neighbors vehicle broke down in the road and he walked to our house.......He is elderly and was somewhat confused.....had dropped his wife off at another neighbors and didn't have his phone......couldn't use our phone because he didn't remember any of the numbers....so I drove him to his house and then D helped them from there...... ......he didn't even have his house keys but got in somehow........Very nice people .......and he was quite confused.......glad to help them.........also found out that the WIFI wireing around here is literally hanging over the road from tree to tree and one neighbor actually got so mad he literally cut a wire in half........( that appears to be illegal and has affected others wifi........).........Ours is still working at the moment........We literally live in a  neighborhood of retired people......not planned...it just worked out that way........other than the  house next door with the vacationers and the huge amish family....a little further down.......we look like a retirement community...LOL.........So.....eating today was a bit wonky but fine.......hoping tomorow is a little quieter.  We had wondered why there was a white wire draped across the weeds across the street....when D followed it today it went literally over the road in the air...and up our next door neighbors driveway........The internet company can't find people to work for them so the wires are hanging from trees..............I think I need a nap!

Jacky82020 on 10/20/2021:
Wow, what a day. So very kind of you and D to help out. How big are the lots there? Are the neighbors really close by? I thought you were super rural

bearcountrygg on 10/20/2021:
We all have several acres each.......we are all on one side of the road and State Land ( all forrest on the other side for miles)....There is probably 10 to 12 homes on the one side.....Our tiny county has only about 1,800 people .......and is mostly State and Federal forrest.......we are vey rural....you can drive for miles north of us on our road and not see a house or anything for many miles other than dense forrest.....and then there are some areas where all of the trees have been cut down by the state ( called clear cutting).....Phones don't work in hose dense areas....


PlayingQuietly on 10/20/2021:
Oh My God! The thing about draping wire over the trees is outrageous.

bearcountrygg on 10/20/2021:
They are sitting on top of foot high weeds across the street from us.....they literally can't find anyone willing to work.....then from tree to tree....it's crazy!!


Jacky82020 on 10/20/2021:
We always wanted a place that backed up on a forest, but it was not to be

bearcountrygg on 10/20/2021:
Our acreage is almost all trees except for the driveways......and we also back up to some vacant woods behind us.......the bad thing is that there is a lot of tree diseases right now...oak wilt and others...so a lot of them are dying.....we don't have any grass at all.


Jacky82020 on 10/20/2021:
That’s awful about the tree diseases!

bearcountrygg on 10/20/2021:
I know and there is nothing we can do about it...other than to have the tree cutters come in and cut them down before they fall down.....we have a lot of big pines so they seem to be safe......but the trees are dying off fast..


Jacky82020 on 10/20/2021:
Yep, nothing to be done. We had more trees behind us, but they sold it all off right after we bought. Sure the real estate agent knew & didn’t tell us. They built at least 20 close together houses there. Luckily they are up on a hill and some distance from us. We are at the end of the road. The others on the road got screwed. the houses are literally in their backyards, or right next to the fence line. Really close.

bearcountrygg on 10/20/2021:
WE once built a cute cape cod style house that had many acres behind it that was all field (not ours, we were on a lot and a half)....and for the 8 years we lived there...it stayed that way.....and shortly after we sold it they subdivided it...we had no idea that was going to happen...but it was the same thing...houses all crammed in together...and they fit 3 of them behind our house that was on 150 wide lot....sold that place just in time apparently....and like yours...they were close to the lot lines in back.


Jacky82020 on 10/20/2021:
You got out in the nick of time!

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
Yes!! We were surprised when we drove by a year later and it was totally different.


Jacky82020 on 10/21/2021:
Wow! We’re lucky we have 7 hilly, wooded acres & the development is up higher and to the left. Imagine all those houses in your backyard & all the construction noise!

bearcountrygg on 10/21/2021:
We were floored.....I felt kind of bad for the people that bought our house but we had no idea at all that was going to happen...of course we didn't have any control of that but still....it was a surprise....on top of it all it added a ton of traffic to our gravel road that was already getting abuse from heavy evening traffic because there was an outdoor music theatre just down our road that also popped up after we moved there and our road became the back road to enter that.....


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Oct 19, 2021
(Eating in moderation)
Weight: 0.0

 Up at 5 and slept like a log.........coffee and news with D..........and realizing that I didn't do everything that I needed to yesterday during my errand day......not doing those today but will need to head back out again later this week.   Forgot to get lettuce and put gas in the car.........snow time coming so will be getting on that in the next few.  After yesterdays "shaking it up"...I'm craving a healthier more balanced food day.......not ready to eat yet though.....

 Breakfast 

coffee

2 egg omelette with 1 wedge laughing cow cheese and salsa

banana

Jacky82020 on 10/19/2021:
No snow here yet, but big hail balls. Very rare! Today will reach close to 70, then cooling back down.

Where do you go? That Walmart? How far?

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2021:
No snow so far but we have had a frost. It's 39 here right now.....Yesterday I stayed in our tiny town and shopped at our small grocery store, Doller General and the post office.......For bigger trips I do drive about an hour to Walmart...but yesterday I was looking for canned goods with dates that are for 2023 and 2024.....The meat was REDICULOUS!!!! $6.99 a pound for ground beef....3 very thin slices of raw chicken breast that they were calling chicken fingers for $5.00.............I picked up something ( can't remember what it was but I think it was a pkg of tortillas and it had expired over a month ago.......BUT....when I go to Walmart...I can't choose things by their dates and they do end up giving me dented cans and some sketchy raw produce sometimes......so....I spent a lot of time looking at best by dates yesterday.....I have a cousin and his spouse who are moving and going back downstate...because of lack of amenities here....( our favorite restaurant just closed again because they have covid AGAIN...( their cook died of it this summer)......BUT.....I preplan...stock up ( I try not to say this much anymore because sometimes it's best to just keep mu mouth shut...but we are and have been preppers for about 22 years....).....We are ready for just about anything...we are and stay stocked.....we encourage others to do the same......we can get by is most all situations................but times being what they are sometimes it's best not to talk about it...in good times it does no harm...in bad times like now.....it's best to encourage prepping but not talk specifics.....

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2021:
I will say...for those that don't know....There are several ways to stay warm if there is no heat...several ways to sanitize drinking water so that you don't get sick from drinking water from lakes etc, several ways to run something like a fridge, TV...charge cell phones etc. If you keep a full stock of canned goods......several manual can openers, keep your gas tank filled at all times ( I forgot that yesterday)....have some cast iron pans, there are ways to store dry good foods in mylar bags with oxygen absorbers...) I don't do that...I just rotate...........There are a lot of things taht we do to be ready for many different situations......and I keep on top of things....


Jacky82020 on 10/19/2021:
I have great faith in the system & would never prep. Never have. Always a few weeks worth of everything around here, if not much more, if I went with rice & beans & soups which are actually far more nutritious than most crap people consume. I only make bulk purchases to save money.

Use a lot of frozen ground turkey. $1.82 pd now at Walmart, creeping up from $1.66 pd. Must be 25 chubs in the freezer. Make wet dog food, meatloaf & meatballs with it & chili. Too much red meat is unhealthy anyways.

Why do you prep?

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2021:
We choose to make sure that we have what we need without relying on any others....so we stay on top of it and know that we will be okay ...... Check into what has happened in Venezuela.....and what is happening in Australia right now.....We do eat a lot of beef and chicken, beef for the iron,....we avoid turkey because it causes tummy problems for our family...one son is seriously allergic and My Mom, D and I all get stomachaches and diahhrea (sp) from it. I well remember when the elec grid went down across 4 states..for days....and the grid is fragile...and in bad shape......we choose to be ready...Plus...it's so nice to just be able to carry on knowing that we have what we need right here....I enjoy it...it's a hobby that keeps me busy.....


Donkey on 10/19/2021:
Oh my do I ever relate to your wanting healthier foods today. I'll write about it more in my own entry, but my tummy is not happy with me. Just cannot eat certain foods any more.

I *hate* it when I do an errand blitz and then forget something. That just nags at my inner perfectionism - or maybe it's the OCD - to no end. It's like an itch that can't be scratched, until it does.

I think you and I are riding a similar wavelength today :-)

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2021:
I do tha...and I agree...some things just do not agree with me when I eat too much....I woke up thinking eggs cheese, veggies...fruit....LOL...and was kind of glad about it....( funny how it covers the main g=food groups)...had too many of the others yesterday...D and I just had a chat....and agree....we need to bring less of the sugar into the house in the future...and hope we can achieve that.......yup...and I left my list at home...LOL...Have a good one!!


Jacky82020 on 10/19/2021:
Are there stores that cater to preppers? Or are they too expensive?

I don’t much care about what happens outside the US. At least in terms of changing my lifestyle. I am not only American but Native American. This country is the best & I love it.

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2021:
There are companies that sell foods with a long shelf life...don't know about stores that do. What happens outside the U.S. has a way of affecting the U.S......but we are all free to choose and should do what we think is best for us.


Maria7 on 10/19/2021:
I fully agree with Bearcountrygg on the prepping. I believe in being prepared as much as we know how to. Especially with these cargo ships surrounding our shores here around USA not being unloaded and some stores having shortages of different items, I think it is wise to be prepared (as much as we know how, with our good Lord's help)...to be prepared in every way...spiritually (most important our relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ) as well as other ways (having food and water stocked up for rainy days, so to speak) and otherwise. Even the Bible says it is wise to do so. But, like her, I do not 'advertise' this. Every one has their own opinion about whether they want to do this or not and so, I just quietly do this and say very little to most people I know about it, since most folks do not do it because they see no need to. But when I go to the grocery store, I try to at least get something to stock up. Yesterday it was 5 pounds of self-rising cornmeal that went into the freezer. Cornbread is always good...(and goes well with beans and rice!). SMILE...

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2021:
I knew you would know what I was talking about Maria.....even the government tells us to be prepared......If we never have an emergency we still have things to use if we need them. It's nice to know it is there. The knowledge of how to handle surprise situations is a bonus in itself.......And yes....your cornbread will go well with beans and rice....Amen Sister!!!


horn_of_plenty on 10/19/2021:
Oh my the gas prices ! Are they skyrocketing by you too ?!

bearcountrygg on 10/20/2021:
Yes.......$3.50 here


PlayingQuietly on 10/20/2021:
mmm, I think next shopping list will include eggs... I thinking pan sprayed with nonstick for sunny side up egg sandwich

bearcountrygg on 10/20/2021:
I like eggs...good source of protein, quick and lots of ways to prepare them.


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bearcountrygg - Monday Oct 18, 2021
(Eating in moderation)
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They are actually talking snow flakes in the next few days here.........It seems too early but then again...snow for halloween is not uncommon so I figured I had better do some stocking up for the winter....We have plenty of some things and are getting short on others..... ........made a post office run.... and I didn't eat breakfast first...HUGE mistake..........Came home and had my first meal at just before noon.  Can't say that I made good choices at the store or for that first meal of the day.........BUT.......every so often I need to have a higher cal day and it is time...so I guess today is it.....shaking it up is a thing that has always worked well for me........Lots of under 1,500 cal days......a few 1,200 cal days........every so often 1 to 5 liquid only days and a shake it up day....just seem to come together for me to hold it all together as far as losing  or maintaining goes.......so while today wasn't a planned shake it up day....it became one......now back to the calorie counting for tomorrow.  

On my way home on a gravel road...I saw the 2 most beautul dogs together on the side of the road...a yellow lab and a little rust colored long haired house dog....I suspect someone had just dropped them off.......as i slowed to make sure I didn't hit them...the lab headed right for my car as if it thought I was going to pick him up...so sad.....there are a few amish houses in that area so I hope they are taken in.....I will have to drive by there again in a day or so to see if they are still there.....we do not need more dogs but these looked so friendly....I'm hoping they live in one of the houses but I doubt it...because that lab wanted in my car.....and watched me drive away.....UGH!!!!

Wen to on to eat a regular dinner at 6.......so the shaking it up really didn't hurt too much and did supply some extra cals that occassionally do help me lose.....My body really does not do well with eating the same cals day in and day out.....a real low or real high day seems to keep things moving a long better.......all is well.....I don't think it will be an issue........Lots of errands done, on the phone a lot.........and the day flew by.

 

 

innerpeace on 10/18/2021:
So, so sad! poor things. I hope someone picks them up or they do belong to someone. My dogs are my life and would be devastated if something happened to them. Shake it up day!! I like it.

bearcountrygg on 10/18/2021:
I went back a few hours later and didn't see them...so I'm hoping they have a home.....I felt so bad for them.....


Brett on 10/18/2021:
Snow! It snows every ten years or so in Southern California. Melts fast.

bearcountrygg on 10/18/2021:
The first snow here never sticks....but after that...it can stay around for quite awhile.


horn_of_plenty on 10/18/2021:
I do agree the play was in very poor taste.

Awww I do hope someone comes to take the dogs.

It was colder here today too, hardly making it to 60F.

It’s def dropping to 40s tonight - this week is the first tine it dropped to the 40s around here !

bearcountrygg on 10/18/2021:
I think that there may have been some people come away from that play feeling quite sad......There is enough of that around right now.....but I'm guessing that the union is promoting it because they use the facility there....and possibly ties to the writer of it.....The dogs were gone when I went back so I hope they are okay now....That one sure wanted in my car.....and that is generally the behaviour of a dog that has been dropped off.


legcramps on 10/18/2021:
It has been so nice here with our weather that it will be absolutely devastating once the snow hits!

bearcountrygg on 10/18/2021:
Nice and cool...and all too soon it will be icy,....not my favorite!!


PlayingQuietly on 10/18/2021:
time flies when you're having fun ~ thanks for posting

bearcountrygg on 10/19/2021:
The older I get the faster it goes....


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bearcountrygg - Sunday Oct 17, 2021
(Eating in moderation)
Weight: 0.0

40 degrees out....up at 4:00

Coffee with D and the news

Breakfast was Omelette with laughing cow low cal cheese, bacon bit and salsa 

Lunch was chicken sandwich, corn and macaroni and cheese

Jacky82020 on 10/17/2021:
Wow! 40! Just checked, it’s 53 here, coldest day of the season. My new pink axies, those salamanders, prefer 60-65. So they are at 63 now. For a few days, I had to float bottles of frozen water in their tank.

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2021:
They should be good in the winter then....


Jacky82020 on 10/17/2021:
Yep, they’re in the coolest room of the house, kept at 59, from heat on cold days. Except when we eat in there & turn on the furnace for 20 minutes or so.

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2021:
Good place to keep them then....


Donkey on 10/17/2021:
I turned on the furnace this morning to warm up the house. I will probably turn it off later. I sleep better in a cooler room.

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2021:
I like to sleep in a cooler room too.......there is something disturbing about waking up in a sweat.....snuggling in is a lot nicer.


Horn_of_plenty on 10/17/2021:
excellent breakfast, Bear! i have haeard really great reviews about the laughing cow cheese. i'm not one for a lot of cheese, so i have bought it but couldn't eat it all....i stick to cheeses on sale, sliced. but like i said, i hear great things about laughing cow!

also, we may dip into the 40's at night first time this season tonight !

it's been a very warm autumn here. even the trees haven't changed color yet at all. only upstate! that's ok by me, as i like it warmer. lol.

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2021:
We are having a less than beautiful fall...lots of rain....and it's raining again right now.....colors just not right...just here and there.....we have moved into chilly days....I'm good with the laughing cow...since the wedges are individually wrapped it does help with portion control...


Horn_of_plenty on 10/17/2021:
if you want to know about the show, i wrote about it in a comment back to donkey on my entry yesterday,,,it was nothing special. gladly not about covid though! ha!

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2021:
LOL...I read that.....I can see why you weren't t impressed too much......thankfully you didn't have to pay the ticket price.....sounds like they were having a rehersel.


horn_of_plenty on 10/17/2021:
That’s correct, it was like a formal read thru with all costumes and acting almost as good as the real deal. But def a sad way to introduce a theme. Well, “That’s Life!” That’s the name of the show.

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2021:
It does sound sad.....not sure that it is a good theme for such times....I think we are all somewhat sad with the state of things......


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bearcountrygg - Saturday Oct 16, 2021
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Rained over night...knocked the leaves out of the trees...... looking kind of bare and messy outside.......Up at 4:30 and had coffee...but didn't eat for 4 hours...ate up the last of the tempura chicken with a little ranch dressing......feeling like it's a baggy clothes day...I suspect it will be a lazy one.  I guess yesterday was my day to listen while  friends told me their woes...........I suspect I might be the only one that listens to them....so when it's all out of their system, they feel better and I feel worse.  Dishwasher on the blitz.....looked online at Lowes and Home Depot.......a replacement would be just under a thousnad when it was all said and done.......that would be fine...but it's the availability issues that bug me now....still remembering the washer and dryer woes.......think I will just put up with this one a while longer.....They really are not supposed to come out of there dripping wet. BUT .....    I have towels!!!!!!!  

Bird hunters all around here lately to the point I am afraid to walk out into the yard or go to the mailbox......after a trip to the mailbox a couple of days ago and hearing someone yell hello....fixed any desire I have to be out there.   Just heard a gun shot.....so no outside for me.....and I really do not want to hear strangers yelling hello to me when I can't even see them...just too creepy.  

Feeling quite comfy in my baggy shirt and baggy pants.....a nap sounds good.....or watvh a movie or read a book........looks like a quiet and comfy day...well except for the gun shots...( as long as that all stays outside it will be fine)

Lunch was a pork chop, green beans, rice and some pumpkin spice trail mix

Donkey on 10/16/2021:
Nothing wrong with a baggy clothes day :-) Today is the first day of the season that I'm wearing leggings rather than shorts. I'm trying hard not to turn on the heater. Last night I felt cold, but I think that was because I was tired. The house should be a little cooler overnight anyway, for ideal sleeping.

Oh no, I'm sorry to hear about the dishwasher. It's always something, isn't it? Wouldn't it be better to buy one now, and get on a waiting list so that by the time it DOES come in, you'll probably really need it? I'm not sure how I'd play this one out. Actually, I'd probably be more like you and try to wait it out, stretch every last usage out of the old dishwasher...

My dishes are always wet after running the cycle. I don't use the heat dry at all. It melts anything plastic, for one, and the air takes care of drying the dishes all on its own, saving me electricity.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2021:
I'm thinking of just leaving the door open a little and let them air dry too...I've never done that so I think I will give that a try today and see how it goes...if worse comes to worse the dishes can always be washed by hand. I'm enjoying the baggy clothes today......I don't think I have worn shorts for 10 years...I'm always cold...even in the summer...Thyroid...


Jacky82020 on 10/16/2021:
Wow! That’s a lot for a dishwasher, but have heard prices sky high lately. Never use mine. Don’t do much cooking, or at least cooking that generates much by way of dishes. So do them by hand.

Everyday is baggy clothes day here! LOL

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2021:
In order to have one delivered and the old one taken away...you have to buy the more expensive ones...the ones they have at $500 have to be picked up in store....back in the day we were fine with that....these days....getting things up steps etc is not worth it....I think I will just keep using this one and let them air dry like Donkey.......it still seems to wash fine....it's just the drying that is the issue now.....I rarely wear baggy pants....but today actually I would have stayed in pajamas but that would have felt weird...so I picked clothes that were just as comfy...LOL


Jacky82020 on 10/16/2021:
I wash and let mine air dry. Timed myself yesterday. Took all of 5 minutes to do the sink load. Usually only do them once a day. In the morning. Rinse them off, so they are easier to wash.

BTW, the people in my fish forum are getting a big kick of those Sea Monkey pics you posted here. I save funny stuff to my iPad photo files for later use.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2021:
I did wash dishes by hand for a lot of years......and I could go back to that again....and just may do that instead of getting a new one....will see....glad you fish forum enjoyed the pics....they definetly did temp the kids to buy them back then.


Jacky82020 on 10/16/2021:
This house had a nearly new Whirlpool dishwasher when we moved in. Still here. Tried it a few times. Can’t fill it in a day with the little cooking I do, so just do everything by hand.

The fish people loved it! lol

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2021:
If I don't run this one daily...then the second day there is too much for it....I do put pans in it...except for cast iron which have a different way of being cleaned...( no soap)...then oiled and warmed...


Jacky82020 on 10/16/2021:
Then maybe one’s worth it for you. I often reheat the same thing 3 consecutive days for dinner, not many dishes & pots to do.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2021:
I'm just going to let them air dry and test that out.....I really don't want the hassle of ordering and waiting and delays etc......We also have a lot of leftovers but we usually fill it up daily....( pans do take up a lot of the bottom)....I do enjoy cooking ( some days).....but the disheasher is just easy for me.


Jacky82020 on 10/16/2021:
Too bad the prices went up. Heard we paid a few extra hundred on the washer & dryer last year.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2021:
I really don't mind paying for quality....I know if I got one of the less expensive ones that it probably would need to be replaced even sooner.....but these days......we need delivery...we are just too old to be struggling to get things in the house ourselves....I'm super happy with the washer and dryer I got this year.....But...apparently they just don't make things to last like they used to....The delivery men said 5 years for washers now.....that is sad,,,,I think I have had 7 washers in 55 years but 2 of them were still going strong and stayed with the houses we sold......5 years isn't great....but what can yo do......we just pay the price and hope for the best. I will say that the dishwasher I have now is 5 years old and was around $400 total delivered......Now one equal to it is $900 plus removal of this one.....so that price more than doubled.......but it isn't a necessity....and maybe simplifying when it quits totally will be the way I go.


Jacky82020 on 10/16/2021:
Not sure how old the W&D were when me moved in. We used them for 10 years & then the washer wouldn’t spin right. The dryer was ok. But I wanted a nice matching pair. Got a metallic blue. Almost bought red. Lowe’s is a few miles away & they delivered & hauled away for free. And I paid a few dollars for a 10% off coupon for Lowe’s on eBay. So that saved a few hundred.

That’s what I like about this house. We do have 7 wooded acres but it’s near civilization, exactly what I wanted when I searched online for it. Wanted some seclusion & privacy, but nothing in the sticks. I hate driving.

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2021:
I got my first non white w and D this year...called diamond gray...it's differnt and I like them for a change....the guy that bought our previous house did eventually do a lot of remodeling and he put Blue there...Every where I go is a long drive through the forest....not my choice really....D loves it here so we stay.....I liked the suburbs.....I had access to a lot more shopping there and restaurants...But....I can be happy just about anywhere....I grew up in the city so it is all familiar...tried it all......today I hear that there were 2 people shot at the mall I used to go to......GULP!!


horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2021:
I also commented on your previous entry :) Yummmmm tempura chicken ! Where’d you get that ? I’m guessing it was frozen ?

Lunch sounds great and so does pumpkin spice trail mix

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2021:
I got the Tempura chicken with the Walmart Pick up...and would buy that again....we are enjoying it. The pumpkin spice trail mix was bought from BOXED.


PlayingQuietly on 10/16/2021:
appliances are expensive, in the last 48 months I've replaced microwave, oven, dishwasher, fridge, washer/dryer/laptop/cellphone... you have my sympathies

But the bird hunters & and invisible hellos gave me a chuckle... (that's funny)

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2021:
Wow...you have really had to replace a lot in a short time...it's hard to find everything right now and get it delivered...we went through a lot to get the washer and dryer and I don't really want to relive that agin so soon.....That hunter scared me...and I never did see him!!!


Jacky82020 on 10/16/2021:
scary about the mall. That time a Walmart in another state had fatal shootings, I got scared at ours, because they kept showing the store on TV & they all look the same

bearcountrygg on 10/17/2021:
I really have no desire to go anywhere anymore......I have always been a homebody but I am a lot worse now........I used to just want to go and walk around in malls or stores...now...I put off shopping for days and days.....and now just order as much as I can.


Jacky82020 on 10/17/2021:
I like getting out once a week or more on the weekends with Matt to do Walmart, other errands & lots of fish pet shop now. May get a few more tank plants today. And our dining out. The BK Rodeo Burger is now on the dollar menu. So we get 2 & share the onion rings & I bring a bottle of iced tea. Lunch for $4.65! LOL


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bearcountrygg - Friday Oct 15, 2021
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Looks like more rain today.......continuing on with yesterdays plans.....will be organizing and  doing  general housework today........ 

Pantry organization continues to be my main focus right now.  Dating, rotating, and organizing by dates.....

Woke up to moldy bread today.......second time in a row....looks like if I eat less, then D can't use it before that happens.....so Maybe look into smaller loaves....my breadmachine does give smaller loaf sized recipes.......but as irritating as mold is...it does show me that I have been eating less toast and that is probably better for me......so will have to get the bread machine going today too.  

Coffee

 

For Maria......The framed picture above isn't really a picture....but a book about a train tour through the Rockies......my Dad brought it home with him from WWII.......and he told the story...........He and several other fellow soldier had a break of a few days......being that it was the 1920's......money was scarse ( he sent his money home to his parents to buy food for his 6 younger siblings)....He had spent a lot of time in Europe and wanted to get home to visit family.....so a few guys from Michigan decided to hop a train and ride home free......well....that didn't work very well....they made the mistake of hopping a tourist train...never got anywhere near where they intended....but had a great tour of the Rockies...where he got this travel book......I always loved hearing his story....and when he gave me the book...I had it framed and gave it back to him....after they had both passed.....I took it down from their living room wall and hung it in my house.......These memories are so special......I'm glad that you have some loved things from your Mom to cherish.

Jacky82020 on 10/15/2021:
You use a bread machine? I bought one on eBay a few days ago for making low carb bread with almond flour. Pretty red thing, matches the microwave. $40. Reconditioned. I’ll post a pic. It’s so cute!

Gave my old bread machines away years ago. Loved the smell of baking bread.

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
I am using it for about 80% of our bread now...love it....Since I can't always rely on the store having bread on the shelf......it is just easier to always keep stocked up on the ingredients well ahead and just bake as needed.....my easiest recipe only takes, flour, salt, sugar, olive oil, yeast and water.....and takes 3 hours to make......so easy....I recently figured out that it used to appear to take 4 hours...but then realized that the last hour was to keep it warm...LOL...so now I just unplug it when 3 hours is past....works beautifully.

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
I am using it for about 80% of our bread now...love it....Since I can't always rely on the store having bread on the shelf......it is just easier to always keep stocked up on the ingredients well ahead and just bake as needed.....my easiest recipe only takes, flour, salt, sugar, olive oil, yeast and water.....and takes 3 hours to make......so easy....I recently figured out that it used to appear to take 4 hours...but then realized that the last hour was to keep it warm...LOL...so now I just unplug it when 3 hours is past....works beautifully.

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
I am using it for about 80% of our bread now...love it....Since I can't always rely on the store having bread on the shelf......it is just easier to always keep stocked up on the ingredients well ahead and just bake as needed.....my easiest recipe only takes, flour, salt, sugar, olive oil, yeast and water.....and takes 3 hours to make......so easy....I recently figured out that it used to appear to take 4 hours...but then realized that the last hour was to keep it warm...LOL...so now I just unplug it when 3 hours is past....works beautifully.

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
I am using it for about 80% of our bread now...love it....Since I can't always rely on the store having bread on the shelf......it is just easier to always keep stocked up on the ingredients well ahead and just bake as needed.....my easiest recipe only takes, flour, salt, sugar, olive oil, yeast and water.....and takes 3 hours to make......so easy....I recently figured out that it used to appear to take 4 hours...but then realized that the last hour was to keep it warm...LOL...so now I just unplug it when 3 hours is past....works beautifully.

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
I am using it for about 80% of our bread now...love it....Since I can't always rely on the store having bread on the shelf......it is just easier to always keep stocked up on the ingredients well ahead and just bake as needed.....my easiest recipe only takes, flour, salt, sugar, olive oil, yeast and water.....and takes 3 hours to make......so easy....I recently figured out that it used to appear to take 4 hours...but then realized that the last hour was to keep it warm...LOL...so now I just unplug it when 3 hours is past....works beautifully.


bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
WOW.....Cant get rid of all this because it gives me the yellow/orange screen....but I will work on that later...sorry.


Donkey on 10/15/2021:
I wouldn't waste any time trying to get rid of the multiple comments. It's happened to me before, and I just move on. It's a glitch. Just my 2 cents.

I have been toying around with the idea of making my own bread(s). Mine would be more of a stress-relief tool, and also a creative outlet -- it feels good to make things with your own hands. I thought it was really interesting how you mention that the loaves are smaller, so then you don't have to waste as much with mold.

Are you able to slice your homemade bread thinly (like store-bought)?

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
Still getting the yellow........may just have to leave it. D uses an electric knife to slice it...He's a pro at it. Looks just like a bakery sliced it.....me on the other hand with a bread knife looks like a 2 year old hacked at it...LOL....So I leave that part to him.


Jacky82020 on 10/15/2021:
I couldn’t delete multiple comments either the other day. YELLOW SCREEN.

I used to make the best sour dough bread in my machine & all kinds of rye & wheat breads.

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
There are a lot of possibilities....takes me about 5 minutes to load the ingredients and set it and forget it....So easy.


Maria7 on 10/15/2021:
That's wonderful that you know how to bake homemade bread. I bet it is very delicious! At least you know what all ingredients are in it! You are doing real good with your pantry organizing...I want to get that done, also...but in the middle of doing some work in the library these days...My Mama was an artist, you see...and she would spend hours or days drawing a beautiful picture (what I call folk-art) and would give it to me for my birthday, many times through the years, so I am blessed with many of her very gorgeous art pictures...so, I ordered a big art portfolio book that has the see-through pages to cover art drawings and it came and I have been carefully arranging a lot of her artwork in it and that is what I have been working on these days, off and on. You know how it goes...off and on...have to take breaks, smile! If I start crying too much, it is time to 'call it a day' in there and take a day or 2 break from working on that. Take care and have a blessed day! Maria

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
Oh that sounds wonderful Maria.....Do you have some framed as well? Those things are great when they are alive....and when they pass they become even more precious......I'm sure it will get easier to deal with as time goes on.....I admit.....looking at things that my parents left me still brings tears...I doubt that will ever change......but I can also look at their things now with a different eye.....I really have even more insight into the people that they were now....their loves and talents.....keepsakes are so precious especially when they are homemade.

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
Maria...I'm going to add a picture to my diary today...and a little story of how it came to be.


PlayingQuietly on 10/15/2021:
I make bread from yeast & salt & flour & water in a bowl left to rise over night then baked in the morning....'no knead bread' baked in a cast iron pot. I had to quit fresh breads because I have no self control ! it's just too delicious

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
That recipe sounds so easy......no sugar? I thought the yeast needed to have sugar to work....I'm intrigued!!! Homemade bread...who am I kidding...any bread calls me too.....but my worst downfall is that I always seem to cover it with butter and peanut butter.....I'm better off without it too.


PlayingQuietly on 10/15/2021:
*I don't have loaves of bread hanging around the house anymore~ be it homemade like mine or store bought. I do eat pizza that's the only way I have 'bread' these days.

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
That is a good way to handle it.


Maria7 on 10/15/2021:
OH! That is so SWEET and PRECIOUS about the book! Love the cover of it. I bet it has some very interesting pictures inside it. I love the story about their ride on the tourist train through the mountains! SMILE!!! It bet it was a very interesting ride even it it didn't put them closer to their destination! Yes, Mama's art is hanging all over our house! I plan to leave some of it up and put some of it in the big art book (already have, cause want to protect it more). She drew some beautiful pictures and took her time with each and every one of them. She would give them to those she loved and sometimes keep a few that she particularly liked a lot for herself (which are now mine). I know you are enjoying seeing your Dad's book hanging in your house. So sweet! I know you must have been a wonderful Daughter to your Parents. Have a blessed day. Maria

bearcountrygg on 10/15/2021:
I'm sure your Mom is looking down and smiling on you Maria......You were so devoted to her.....Your Mom sounds like quite the artist....


horn_of_plenty on 10/16/2021:
I don’t organize my pantry often, but when I do I am usually very glad I did. I find things in the pantry and also throw things out that are way too old. I cleaned part of my pantry today and was reminded to eat my tuna this week. I have many in there and can save money if I eat what I have on hand for now- so that’s my plan :)

Maybe if you keep bread in fridge, that’s what I do, it will not get moldy so quickly ? Or you can slice it and freeze the slices ,…

bearcountrygg on 10/16/2021:
Those are both good ideas......I used to eat more of it so it didn't get a chance to get moldy but I recently started cutting back on it and now it does get a chance to get moldy...I will keep your ideas in mind.


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bearcountrygg - Thursday Oct 14, 2021
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Heading back into the pantry today.......had chili for breakfast   ( my cast iron stomach can take it).....and coffee earlier while watching the news.......did some online things already.......

Need to...........

1.  Clean the stove

2.  Keep dating canned goods DONE FOR THE MORNING, MORE OF THIS LATER POSSIBLY DONE in the afternoon

3.  Pay some bills

4.  Take some things to the basement

5.  Clean master bathroom DONE

6. 2 loads of laundry DONE

7.  Dishes DONE

LUNCH will be chicken nuggets, potatoes, peas 

Raining and chilly..........and it's knocking all of the leaves from the trees...this surely will not be a very pretty fall.......Kind of fits the year though.....bummer.

SNACK instead of dinner = muffin and gummies

horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2021:
Chili is a very filling, satisfying breakfast! Good tasks, can take awhile!

Planning to write more in your previous entries that i fell behind on, as usual!

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2021:
It sure is sticking to my ribs....LOL...and I kind of like non breakfast foods anyway...breakfast foods are just not as satisfying to me.


horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2021:
i want to read about doughboy and about the bridge...later. will make any future comments here or in your next entry regarding the two prior ones. !

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2021:
OK


Donkey on 10/14/2021:
Love chili but it's a bit heavy for me for breakfast. Also, I'm not a fan of savory breakfasts, but that's OK. I can see how chili works as a breakfast for some - Yummy!

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2021:
D is totally a breakfast for breakfast guy.....me..I truly can eat anything...I have always been thankful that i don't have a taste for alcohol because if I did...I could probably had that for breakfast too. LOL


PlayingQuietly on 10/14/2021:
yum chili!

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2021:
Got plenty of veggies and protein in today already...


innerpeace on 10/14/2021:
They were saying the leaves weren't as vibrant as years past because of climate changes, I can't say for sure, but it looks like NE Ohio is just now starting to change - my thinking is it should be further along - whose to say. Never had chili for breakfast....

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2021:
We had a few beauties here and there...but not the overall spectacular colors.....probably the most boring fall I have ever seen...so many of our trees are already bare. You should try it sometime.....it wakes me up!!!


horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2021:
SAME HERE, none of the carbs i eat stick with me...i get very big sugar lows after, but enjoying them for the time being.

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2021:
For years it was toast, pancakes, cereal waffles and a few eggs......but my blood sugar drops so fast sometimes that i do find that dinner type foods keep it steadier.


horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2021:
the doubhboy writing was hilarious! loved it. read it at lunch.

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2021:
I liked it too!!


horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2021:
that covered bridge is beautiful! is it a footbridge for pedestrians only? beautiful roof!

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2021:
It is a foot bridge that ties a golf resort to the condos across the street that they also own/rent out.


horn_of_plenty on 10/14/2021:
Ohh I would love to walk over that bridge :)

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2021:
It is a beauty...and there is always a flag hanging from it.....Love it!


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bearcountrygg - Wednesday Oct 13, 2021
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 With the cooler weather and the knowlege that winter and it's ice and snow isn't really far away....the desire to nest is predictably taking over my thoughts.........Making home cozier, more organized, and more peaceful yet interesting  takes over for me.  And with all of these cooler rainy days......I'm motivated so today I start my annual top to bottom cleaning and organizing.....it is satisfying and takes up my days and keeps me from spening so much time in a chair.  Today I will spend in the pantry rotating, dating cans/ bottles and packages.  I will see what I need to look for at the store to fill in the gaps so that I won't have to drive on the worst of the days....

As the years go by......we are realizing just how much age takes from us......stamina, strength, balance, aches and pains, just general overall ability to do things now that just a few years ago we took for granted....just sitting on the floor is easy enough...but the getting back up from the floor becomes something that you have to preplan or you find yourself literally crawling to something that will help you get up.......I can see this getting more and more difficult......I need to make some changes around the house that accomodates these new found problems..........Funny how the mind says..."go do this...go do that"....but the body says "are you out of your mind?"...............so today....and for the next "how ever long it takes".......I will be adjusting things around here for our current and future lives as 2 doddering old people......This will keep me busy for a long while......denying the need to do this hasn't been helpful so far.....and My winter project will keep me out of a chair...that isn't all bad.

Ended up decidin to make an early morning ( still dark) trip to the store to fill in on a few odd items...( They had corn huskers)...YEAH........and ended up at a shelf when a  man started coughing....ummmmm...spent the rest of the time in the store playing keep away from him....glad to be out of there.......back home now and having leftover beans and beef and had a cup of coffee earlier

Lunch was too close to breakfast so ended up having a very small sliver of chicken allfredo pizza

Dinner was a little more of the pizza....drinking lots of water...pizza does that to me...not a very hungry day but it did contain a lot of protein so that might be why.

.......and then my favorite sight on that trip always.....below.

Maria7 on 10/13/2021:
Wow! Very inspiring entry! This makes me want to get better organized. Even though I have gone through cabinets and closets and eliminated so much, I need to look at them AGAIN. As for dating cans, bottles and packages of foods, this is something I have never done but so need to do this, too. Do you write on top of the cans with a marker the bbd's? This is a good plan! Have a blessed day!

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
I actually write on the front of each cans label so I see it easily.....D is picky about those date...me not so much...so I humor him and what I prepare for him is within the date...you and I know Maria that it isn't necessary...but I've got to live with this guy...LOL Of course he grew up on home canned food...kept in the basement for years......personally i think that wass far more dangerous...but I can deal with it..


Jacky82020 on 10/13/2021:
The other day someone posted on Twitter not to sit on the floor at his age unless you have a get up plan. Only he said it funnier. May have been George Takai, the actor who played Sulu in Star Trek. He has to be around 90, because William Shatner is 90, Captain Kirk. He’s been on TV a lot lately because he’s going up in a real space ship soon & will be the oldest person ever.

The very best thing to stave off the declines of aging are weight control & exercise

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
George Takai had the right idea....I agree...weight and exercise help...but the challenges are still there.....I know a couple of people that have now passed away who once they were on the floor.....they had to call a 911 number for assistance to get up.....it's real .........and it is a bit unsettleing.........either way...there is seriously NO way to do it gracefully!!!

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
William Shantner is already back to earth...in the air 10 minutes of which 3 of them they were weightless.....


Donkey on 10/13/2021:
At least you are not in denial about the gradual changes to mobility and access. I can relate somewhat similarly with my Husband's disease. When he gets to the point that he can no longer manage stairs, then we will need to move. That's kind of the guidepost we're using for that. But we've had to rearrange cupboards, replace toilets, etc., to accommodate him. My one regret is not putting a safety bar in the shower when we had the shower area re-tiled.

I guess it happens to all, and it will happen to me. I hope that all of the weight training and yoga now will buy me more time.

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
I totally understand......right after D had his knee replacement 3 years ago...he installed grab rails...1 outside of his shower door so that he could hang onto it when stepping over the doorway.....and he added 2 to a set of steps in our mudroom that goes up to the kitchen area...I use them all of the time now that they are there...I've had a couple of close calls going down those steps. We always use the basement railing when going up or downstairs now and have both literally have gone downstairs sideways while holding on with both hands......My mother in law missed the last basement step when she was 68, fell and broke her hip and passed a few months later....I would love a house now without any steps....makes a lot of sense to me. D did put a grab bar in his Dads tub area...you can likely still do it.

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
BUT NEVER TRUST THOSE SUCTION CUP GRAB BARS...THEY ARE DANGEROUS AND ARE NOT DEPENDABLE!!!


Jacky82020 on 10/13/2021:
Wow! Why were they on the floor? Did they fall down & break something & couldn’t call for help? That’s awful.

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
They both fell...and couldn't get up. Luckily both had their phones, neither was hurt...just couldn't get back on their feet.

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
And literally...an ambulance would arrive ( no sirens)...and they would help them get back up. There is a special non emergency number to call for that.


Jacky82020 on 10/13/2021:
Oh, t thought you said they fell and died. Were their deaths unrelated to the fall? I did read in a medical journal that more elderly who fall and break a hip die sooner than others. But not sure now if they had other issues like obesity/ diabetes etc.

One of the Blue Zone books, not The Switch, another, mentions going to this one Zone, think Okinawa. Everyone sat on floor mats. He met up with a group who were close to 100 or older. He was amazed how these old ladies kept popping up easily from the floor, racing to serve him tea & cookies. All from super healthy lifestyles!

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
They didn't die during those falls....but when they fell..neither could get back on their feet.....both have passed away now....one was brother inlaws father ( he had lost a leg in WW11) and the other was a childhood friend....she was 69 at the time of her death...she had cellulitis....but I was surprised to find that there is a number to call for that kind of help.


PlayingQuietly on 10/13/2021:
*good morning*

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
Good Morning!


Jacky82020 on 10/13/2021:
Bear, how is Mr. Bear?

bearcountrygg on 10/13/2021:
I think he is doing better today......the arm rash is still there but he is putting cortisone cream on it.....his memory seems better today...he was really frustrated with that yesterday....but I see improvement with that...less sleeping today....he did go and get his jab card corrected ( they didn't fill out the whole thing...just part...he went to the hardware to pick up a couple of things.....so i think it was a better day for him......Thank you for asking .


Jacky82020 on 10/13/2021:
Great news!

bearcountrygg on 10/14/2021:
yes it is


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bearcountrygg - Tuesday Oct 12, 2021

Weight: 0.0

Up at 4...looks like rain today but yesterdays was mild considering that they told us it would be bad.....will see how today goes......we do have a repairman coming this afternoon to do the yearly maintenance on the generator and he can only do that is good weather...so will see how that goes.  D struggling more after this 2nd jab.....nasty arm rash, lots of sleeping and this morning he is sweating...yet it's 65 degrees out and the windows are open.......he turned the air on with my ok...so will see how this goes....He is spending a lot of time in that lazy boy chair since fridays jab..... ......I hope the repairman does come because D will go outside with him while he is here......he needs to get a little more active I think...

My breakfast was coffee and more leftovers from yesterday ( chicken and potstickers)....

Lunch was hamburger and beans and a frozen yogurt bar

Dinner was celery, chicken and a blueberry muffin bar

and...just because......

Jacky82020 on 10/12/2021:
LOL! Very sad about the Doughboy. I remember him fondly. I hope his children can carry on the family legacy.

Sorry D’s having a negative reaction & hope it resolves day by day. Better that though than getting covid!

bearcountrygg on 10/12/2021:
He has had more of a reaction for the 2nd one........just seems worn out.....hopefully that goes away soon.


Jacky82020 on 10/12/2021:
Oh, forgot to add my state, Pennsylvania, has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. Last I heard we are second to North Carolina. 99% of > 65 have at least the first poke. 88% have had two. Many are getting the booster. I see them lining up at the Walmart pharmacy every time I’m there for my meds & shopping. Most >65, but young ppl too, guess they have underlying conditions or their doctors said so. Read many are pushing their PCP to say they have issues so they can get the booster.

Also many overweight younger ppl there. Not positive on the booster, but since obesity is the #1 risk factor for <60, they allowed heavy ppl to go early on the first two shots.

bearcountrygg on 10/12/2021:
I believe that they give several different kinds of shots in the stores so they may be there for different ones.......but as it stands right now....D is having issues with this second one....first one was a breeze for him but the 2nd one is causing several problems....including forgetfullness....and he is quite concerned about that.....sweating this morning and sleeping most of the day.....plus the rash.....right now he says he isn't getting anymore....but we will see down the line.


Donkey on 10/12/2021:
Hang in there, D! The mild fever is actually a good sign that the body is utilizing the vaccine.

bearcountrygg on 10/12/2021:
He is having problems with memory now......not a happy camper today....


Jacky82020 on 10/12/2021:
I had more traction from shot #2 as well. Vomiting, nausea & fatigue. My weight dropped to 108, the lowest in decades. Didn’t last long. LOL

bearcountrygg on 10/12/2021:
He is on day 4/5 depending on how you count them........you did have a rough time of it.


PlayingQuietly on 10/12/2021:
hehe Pillsbury Doughboy

I didn't have any reaction for the first nor second shots (Pfizer), I hope he feels lots better soon

bearcountrygg on 10/12/2021:
Me too...he is getting worse....


innerpeace on 10/12/2021:
Yes, get him up and moving. Poor doughboy! Good to see you here.

bearcountrygg on 10/12/2021:
IP....I just couldn't stay away from you guys...LOL......The Generac serviceman is here right now and they are outside in the rain chatting......I'm glad that got him out of the lounge chair.........The rain part might not be great but the talking to someone is good for him....He is really having trouble with memory since this last jab......It was happening slowly...but since the jab it has gotten a lot worse.


Jacky82020 on 10/12/2021:
Everyone I saw had their covid cards out, required to get the booster.

bearcountrygg on 10/12/2021:
Oh okay......I know here right now they are pushing the regular flu shots....and saying that you can get a covid and a flu shot at the same time now......My Mom died 19 hours after getting a regular flu shot almost 7 years ago...I got one that day with her but hers was the senior over 65 shot and mine wasn't...I haven't had a regular flu shot since.


Jacky82020 on 10/12/2021:
Yeah, I heard they’re pushing flu shots. They are losing money on them. Just read today 60% fewer ppl getting flu shots. Think the masks & other precautions are reducing risk of the flu. Makes sense to me. I don’t get flu shots. Had the flu once in my life, decades ago. Had a flu shot twice & got sick, way worse than the covid shots. The school district bought a nurse to the school & really pushed the shots, so I went along.

That’s terrible about your mom. Isn’t the senior one stronger?

bearcountrygg on 10/12/2021:
I'm not sure if hers was stronger...I know the next year I would be 66 and would have to get the different one...so never did.....We don't get the flu anymore either...in fact we don't seem to catch anything...we do have allergies...I get pneumonia every few years....but don't seem to ever catch whatever is going around....we don't even get colds like the old days. The stores here also give pneumonia shots and shingles shots....


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