Posted in Puzzle House

Our Remodeling Thru The Years

The first room was a large room and we made it into 2 rooms, one a bedroom and a bonus room. I’ll have to take some pictures when we go back. Missed taking them when done. Find some regular picts?

The backyard when hubby and his brother put up the fence. The two houses are gone behind the fence. They finally tore down. The two photos with the insulation and junk is now inside and a laundry room. Will find those.

It’s a 100-year-old house, two houses put together. I believe it was a shop house before someone lived in it. In fact, as a kid walking by a man would sit in his chair and wave to me. Nice person. He later died in the house and someone else moved in and began to fix it. I don’t think I ever told the kids that. Shh.

The green room became the oldest kid, daughter, is the room below the fence picture above. Then it became the youngest son. Painted it for him. lol

You can see the finished fence up above with hubby, thinking.

The blue room is actually the covered carport and became the second kid, son’s room. Then after him the third kids got it. We tore up the carpet because it was very dirty and were planning on different covering. That’s the youngest grown now son. I think he was a sophomore in the picture?

It was the only room completely finished before we tore it up. lol

I have so many pictures to sort thru. I think that is why I get bored, we have always been busy remodeling.

Right arm get better! 🙂

Posted in Ramblings, Family

Family Food

The daughter and her friend made yummy crepes! And luscious hot chocolate, I forgot that picture.

Hubby made the turkey and didn’t forget the oven, lol, one year he shut it off trying to figure out the timer! Turkey took a long time to cook that year. lol

The middle son doesn’t like his picture taken, put the glass down. lol We had turkey, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, deviled eggs. Simple meal but took lots of work.

The youngest son and girlfriend helped to make mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, and stuffing. Lots of help, no more just me cooking. I clean.

Daughter made the delicious macaroni and cheese! Lots to eat. She’s playing a card game, Phase 10, that we all played, and that’s her friend. A great guy and cook.

Zozo had to play with other cards and a domino set to keep her busy. lol Hannah was good at entertaining her.

Sibling fun. lol

A great time. Missing the oldest son, wifey, and the grandson. Hopefully we will see them at Christmas time. It’s nice that the kids help now. 🙂

Posted in Family, Ramblings

Used My Dominate Hand Some

Yesterday, I wrapped packages! First since 2020 stroke. Tape was really fun, lol. The little pkg wasn’t so easy to do. But the flat pkgs were fun, my hand could hold the paper so I could wrap.

Good exercise for my hands and sticking my tongue out, lol.

I had to get the paper in the basement, so steps going down and I decided to do the weights. Played with the cats and gave them a treat.

I guess I dialed my youngest kid and didn’t realize it, side pocket dial. I could hear a voice say hello but thought I was hearing things. lol My phone is getting touchy. Deleted all apps til I am better. Except Instagram.

Ninja and Emo. I can’t wait to take care of them fully. I’m very thankful for hubby doing it but he doesn’t like them. He was always gone so it didn’t bother him that they were here but he knows I love them so he won’t get rid of them even though I was in tears and said I would be ok if he did. Good hubby, but they will be our last ones.

Posted in Family, Ramblings

More Exercising

This is in the library, I love this. I’ve done very little this year because hubby is a worry wart and feels I will fall, or the cats will trip me. I just go slow and watch for the cats, so now I am trying to do it every day. Right now, just the weight of the bars and leg thingy. It’s more to move my arms and legs. Will add weight later as I feel I should.

I used it more in the beginning before I got sick with my teeth last year, hubby would take me down. Getting sick takes a lot out of me. If I don’t move around, walk, stretch, simple exercises not aerobic but easy stuff my body gets unmovable. It must move! The stroke recovery is a weird thing. I can’t go backwards must move forward in recovery. Slow moving is a must.

It’s like I can’t just lay in bed or on the couch, must get up and move. I can’t wait til I move at least as fast as a rabbit and not like a turtle. lol

I try to do 30 reps of arms and 30 reps legs. It doesn’t seem like much, but a stroke makes you tired, extreme fatigue. I hate it. I wish I had never complained before the stroke.

I do 10 mins on this, sometimes I’ll do more if I have a burst of energy.

My little bike, lol, I use this 10 mins sometimes more. Just depends on what I do on the other things.

The treadmill in the back, granddaughter and hubby. 🙂 I use it mostly when I can’t go outside or do no walking around the house. 1000 steps at a time. Last week I did 3000 steps one day, full of energy. Then somedays I do laundry, go downstairs, etc. We have a flight of stairs up to Jessup’s room. Another flight going downstairs so lots of moving around.

Laundry is quite the exercise! I can’t hold a lot of clothes or towels so takes many trips which is steps!

I have hand weights and squeeze balls, so I do keep busy but sometimes that ugly procrastination creeps up.

I did love my therapy at the center downtown, but my teeth got in the way and had to stop. Sad face. It made me lose energy to go and don’t drive yet so it was an added problem. But I learned a lot in the short time I was there and try to do it at home. It got expensive for our budget also. Plus, I was not liking the cold, even in the heat, crazy. My temperature was out of wack for a year. So much better this year, feel normal. I tell you a stroke has been quite the experience. Don’t wish it on anyone.

Posted in JC Home, Ramblings

Some things are getting easier!

Wearing jeans are getting easier, thank goodness. I love jeans. I’m a jean and t-shirt lady, it’s what I wore everyday before the stroke. I have 2 pairs, and another pair that fits but I didn’t realize it is the skinny jean kind. Fits but difficult to pull up and down with one arm mostly. So later I will wear them. 🙂

Summer time was even worse because I would be sweating and well that makes pants difficult. lol So, I mostly wore shorts which I do like. This year wasn’t as bad with being cold, back to my normal temperature, so shorts were the best. The first year of my stroke, I was so cold all time, perhaps due to circulation?

Even in the heat. I covered up with blankets a lot of the time and didn’t want the A/C on. But this year was more normal for me, yay, and everyone else. lol

The daughter bought several sweatpants and leggings so that was a great help. She said, I love to shop so let me spend it on you.

AH. It took a load off our minds.

But glad to say they are getting a little tight. Gaining back my weight. Was 190, then the stroke took me down to 150, and then my teeth problems I went to 120, I hadn’t been that small since early high school. Now I’m back to 150 the weight after my first kid and last kid. I gained all on my own glad to be back in the middle.

Just need to be able to do exercises and weights to build up the muscle. Due time, right, patience.

I have weights in the basement, so it’s patiently waiting for me to use them. I should have been doing them on a regular basis then maybe I wouldn’t have been in this spot. Sadly, only used like once a week here and there, thought my running around was a enough. Nope.

I went from being outside, volleyball, dance team, golf, and softball so regular movement. My 20s working several jobs, then chasing two young ones, and constantly activities with friends and family. My 30s two more kids and two teenagers working full time job and part time job. My 40s two boys active and two adult kids, chasing them but didn’t work, only at home and not really having friends other than the computer. I should have filled my extra time with exercise 3 times a week, think that would have helped.

So, people stay active! Don’t think just running around does the trick.

Eating healthy just isn’t enough. My heart is in good health, not the problem, veins are good, not the problem, BLOOD PRESSURE is what gave me the stroke.

Basically move, eat healthy, sleep 8 hours, and drink water.

I’m not the best at eating since I lost my teeth but we sure are trying. Fake teeth are getting better but I tend to eat more with the gums. Soft food which has changed my food habits. Still eat hamburgers but smaller and less toppings. Still drink a pop but greatly downsized and some days not at all. I’ve grown to love oatmeal, a few veggies than before and liking some fizzy drinks instead of pop. Good things have changed me not just the bad. 🙂

Posted in Puzzle House

Venting

The more I look at the free account the madder I get. It’s changed that you can’t even put share buttons on, it use to be free for those. Everybody is money hungry. I do some marketing on other sites and because I don’t pay, they say it’s private and don’t show my site, use to. ugh. I’m more stubborn, I will enjoy without. ugh.

At least I can see all my media photos without having to wait to add them I can just scroll through them all, 10 years’ worth. 🙂

My blog is more about practice writing and ideas and meeting new people. My “drinking bar” so to speak. lol

Last weekend hubby and I went 4 hours west of here back to my hometown, where we met one another and where family and friends are at. It was fun. We hadn’t stayed in a hotel forever. I know weird thrills. lol Good talks and good food.

The best ever pizza at the local bar, Reload, my daughter use to work there and she would pile on the toppings for us. Well the pizza is still yummy and I can eat it without the fake teeth! lol

The friend’s son made us dinner on Saturday, real mashed potatoes, smothered steak, homemade gravy, and I had ate the green beans already. He went to cooking college and enjoys making food for fun.

I needed people interaction, friends. But to be honest, my friend has dated hubby’s brother the last 20 years, engaged but who knows if they will get married. Just a piece of paper, right? So family too. Best of both worlds.

Hubby cut up his impala for parts for his impala here in JC. From one junk car to the other junk car. lol He likes it. His brother and him like old cars and fixing them up.

We drove around a bit and was surprised to see our little town added a small store

This is the new one. Funny story. My friend said the wife, owns Family Dollar and Dollar Tree, the husband who owns Dollar General, and they got divorced and to compete with him, she built family dollar. lol Typical small-town drama. Hope they make it work. The town is only under 2000 now.

We have had this one, my ex-boss use to rent to this company when I worked there (20 years). Then, sadly he passed away, and they built up along the HI way. Smart, they were down where the original store was when I worked there in high school.

I moved back from college and worked there again. The other grocery store sold to the boss, and we moved to the bigger building. We used to have two grocery stores and several other stores, meat place, convenience stores, etc. Town died in the 80s when Haliburton moved out. Sad. So did businesses. Then super Walmart moved into a town north of us about 28 miles and businesses died even more. It was hard to compete. My old supervisor owns it now, we didn’t get to see him maybe next time. I made a lot of friends there and still have.

My friend who is engaged to hubby’s brother is one friend I use to work with at the store. She got smart and quit and went to nursing school. She’s doing great, 5 more years and retiring, she can’t wait. I’m jealous, she has been on so many cruises and trips. She did it right changing careers. She’s a people person, helps anyone, but not afraid to give her opinion. We had many a drunk nights and went to dances. Fun.

Fun memories.

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Snippet from “Champion of Chaos” — The Witchy Warrior Blog

I have so many stories that I want to tell. So many adventures I want to share and take readers along with me. This story, the story of 21 Champions, is my favorite of my ideas for many reasons. It’s the first idea I jotted on paper in college. It’s the first story I dreamed […]

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New Blog Site Back to Free

I went back to a free blog. Of course, with everything going on, must save where we can. I’m sure hubby would still pay but things are just going up too much. I like to save especially since I can’t do my previous job without both typing hands. Sad face. Like that job working at home, just working is enough for me.

Some day.

I like changing blog designs like I move my rooms around. 🙂

The stroke limits everything.

I am finding out free works better with editing the blogs for me. Maybe I didn’t understand the paid stuff, who knows. Seems faster also.

Well, have a great weekend and Happy Veterans Day to everyone!

Posted in JC Home, Things I like

Rearranging The Book Library AGAIN

My bookshelves have been moved so many times. But I do believe this is the last time. I like it here and I’m going to add more shelves and make it be a library. The shelves don’t match but I will use what I have. It was too dark in the corner and little space. I have lots of Harlequin novels yet to move. The daughter helped with this. I’ll show when I have it done. Hopefully in a few weeks.

Hubby getting tired of constructing for me. Don’t blame him, lol.

I brought my TBR books downstairs in my big bag. Only have what I am reading in the bedroom. Cleaning and organizing. At least that part of me is coming back just have to have help. Hubby, daughter, and Jessup usually help, if I can talk them into it. 🙂 It’s also a workout for my right stroke arm and walking.

Also, will have this room as exercising. There is already an arm and leg machine. I use it some. Once I get fully back to mostly normal move the treadmill will be back down there and my elliptical machine. I’m the only one that really uses the basement anymore. My two cats are down there, making some fun climbing stuff for them. 🙂

What I had in my hometown house, puzzle house as I like to call it.

We are going to remove them and recycle them somewhere for something. He did a great job on them, good wood.

A little clearer. Jessup is now 21! Boy time flies.

This was my holder of books, got hubby and Jessup to take it off the wall and bring it to the ‘library’ to be used. I don’t know how yet. I do have more books to put back on it. Thinking?

I have all my college books on here, old desk. Thinking of getting rid of it. It was hubby’s when we met so lots of use. Thinking?

Can’t wait to get it out of our room, means I’m all better. 🙂 But I will keep using it.

I can’t wait to get it out of the living room, though hubby might argue about this one. lol

Our making of the basement. We take a while, mostly money and time. 🙂

The cubby hole, old office, the making of it. Those are the daughter’s cats when she lived here. My old lounge chair, miss it, cats peed on it. Sad face. Can see my shelves have been every part of this basement. lol

interior of room with bookshelves
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This would be cool to have. ? All shelves. Can dream.