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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted in 5 Year Journal

Journal Oct 31-Nov 6

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Oct. 31st

Question? Halloween plans? What’s your costume?

2012

No costume. Going with Adric, his friend, and his friend’s mom.

2013

No costume. My daughter had hip surgery today. A minor one which was an outpatient thing. Once she felt ready we went to her bar that she bartends at around 10pm. We enjoyed watching all the crazy drunks and costumes. There were some neat costumes. She was on crutches but felt good. It was good to be out.

Nov 1st

Question? What was something you couldn’t do today?

2012

Write.

2013

I didn’t see my boys. I’m staying with the daughter for awhile until she feels comfortable with the crutches. She is doing good. It was a movie watching kind of day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nov 2nd.ย  Happy birthday to my youngest kid, Adric!

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Question? What’s your biggest expense right now?

2012

Rent on the duplex.

2013

Rent on the duplex and upkeep on the house back home. It is well worth it. Enjoying our time in big little city. Love having two places to call home. I don’t have to live full time in a messy remodel of a home. LOL

Nov 3rd

Question? When did you last hold a baby?

2012

Wow, probably Adric my son. Ten years ago.

2013

This summer at a baseball game for my son Jessup, a lady handed me her baby while she was swatting bees! LOL I was like, oh, don’t cry little one, I am out of practice!

Nov. 4th

Question? Today you made ______.

2012

Progress on writing my first novel. A small progress but it is a start!

2013

My daughter feel better. ๐Ÿ™‚ She was having an allergic reaction to the bandages on her hip incision. I had to go get some new bandages from the store. I broughtย Wendy’s food back while out getting the bandages! I am such a good mom. LOL

Nov 5th

Question? What should remain as-is?

2012

???????

2013

My hair. I am keeping it long for the winter. It makes a great warm covering! lol In the Spring, I can cut it for the warm weather. It actually grows fast anymore so I am not afraid to cut it off. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nov 6th

Question? What time did you go to bed last night?

2012

I believe it was about 11pm. Normal.

2013

I think it was between 11-12pm. Fairly normal thing. It varies depending on what I am doing. If I read, it tends to be later. I hate putting a book down once I get to reading it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Posted in 5 Year Journal

Journal Time Aug 8-14

August 8
Question? Do you make enough money?

Year 2012
Hubby does. I’m unemployed by choice right now. Self-employed artist and writer with no income. ๐Ÿ™‚

Year 2013
Hubby does, but getting close to retiring and then uh oh. I’m an unemployed, by choice, writer. Soon to be looking for a job. ๐Ÿ™‚

August 9
Question? Write down your last sent text message.

Year 2012
I delete mine all the time. I don’t really text a whole lot. Mostly the hubby and the kiddos.

Year 2013
I deleted it before reading this question. Usually don’t text much. No one really texts me much. ๐Ÿ™‚

August 10
Question? What are you running from at this moment?

Year 2012
Small town life for awhile. Not because I hate it, just ready for a change, maybe it is mid-life crisis time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Year 2013
How much weight I have gained since high school so therefore MIRRORS! ๐Ÿ™‚ Working at that weight issue though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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August 11
Question? How many stamps are in your passport?

Year 2012
None. Zero. Nada.

Year 2013
Absolutely zero! I hope to change that in the near future. I guess I better have a job first. ๐Ÿ™‚

August 12
Question? What is your resolution for tomorrow?

Year 2012
Get this place organized. Unpack from moving across the state!

Year 2013
Edit my novel I have wrote. Step it up and get this book done!

August 13
Question? What is your favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning?

Year 2012
Sleep in a little. Family time. Chill. Relax.

Year 2013
Chill out of course! I like to sometimes cook a big breakfast. Watch a bit of TV with the hubby. Watch one son bowl when it is bowling season. Watch the other son play football.

August 14
Question? Did you complete your to-do list for the day?

Year 2012
Heck no, I am a procrastinator.

Year 2013
Nope. Some done though. Yay! My lists are usually really long. I guess I feel I have to be a super hero or something. ๐Ÿ™‚

I did get the emails read, the boys’ laundry done, went to the YMCA and worked out, read blogs, and wrote this blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yes I have lists on my phone, on paper, and all electronics…still don’t get them done. ๐Ÿ™‚

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