We had a very nice Thanksgiving with the same menu as Karen; except for dessert. DS's friend (who is from Canada, bluebird) offered to bring the dessert & she brought pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. After we ate, we played board games for the rest of the day. Since we are all 'dog people', the dogs all came along and were surprisingly good. Bruno was so tired after they left, he conked out & was actually snoring. It's 8:30 in the morning & he's still asleep!
I am sure we will go for a walk & I need to do some toning today. We'll have a couple days of leftovers, so no cooking for me!
Here's the cupcakes:
Exercise for today was taking down Thanksgiving decorations and start putting up Christmas stuff outside. Almost done with that then its work on the inside and put the tree up to decorate. All in a weekend’s work.
We have the outside decorated, but not the inside. This morning I went to Yoga & walked around the indoor track (it's cold here today). DS & DIL brought their puppies over for us to babysit while they celebrate Thanksgiving with her family (who live about an hour away)....so it's an Animal House around here!
Outside is officially decorated. Now its getting the inside decorated.
Danced for 30 minutes with Marshall Fitness & am soon off to a Pound/Barre class. I am also in the process of doing laundry and cleaning the house.
Sounds like everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I did also but as usual ate way too much. And I haven't been exercising so I better get back to it asap!
Mice have been getting in the house and had a feast on the bird sunflower seed package that was inadvertently left out in the garage. Found the mess this week. Mice are not cute to me and I'm getting paranoid. One of our cats is a fantastic mouser, thank goodness. Plus, we have routine pest control services and fortunately the technician came by Friday for a regular visit. We have never had them put out mice bait before but he did this time! Need to empty the garage, clean it good, and store things properly for winter. I do it every fall after the leaves are raked but haven't had the time to do it yet.
I went to Zumba this morning & may go to Pound tonight. Tomorrow I will be up at about 4:30 am. DH & I are going on a 'Christmas in Branson' tour as our Christmas present to each other & we have to catch a bus at 6am. We'll be back late Saturday, so it will be short & sweet!
Wow look at those beautiful cupcakes! (Canada eh!)
This week I found balance again after being unable to focus…happy to report 30 min weights plus 30 min aerobic each day and some Nidra yoga to help calm
we have a blanket of snow here - waiting for a couple of expected warmer days this week to finish the Christmas decorations outside and probably organize the shed for winter …sending out the holiday packages early this year so that we can reclaim the storage space… Aspen, wee Maria and Moku say "Hi"
I love Yoga Nidra! When I go to the Sunday class, the teacher ends with about 15 minutes of Nidra. Hi to the puppies. I hope mine is doing okay with the dogsitter! We spent the whole day on the bus (literally....6am to 6pm) & still have half a day more as we don't pull into Branson until after lunch. DH & I walked on the treadmills at the hotel for awhile just to get uncrinked!
You are truly an inspiration @ruthbru- I love that you find take every opportunity to move! Hope that you both had a great time!
We are back in the bus. We should be in Branson early afternoon (It is a long way!! I already read one book & am halfway through another). Once we arrive: we'll check into our hotel, and go on a dinner cruise (with entertainment), and end the evening with the Presley Family Christmas show. I don't see much of a window for exercise today!
I took a pretty nasty fall this morning. Fell on ice that I did not see. I fell hard enough that two people across the street came to check on me. I was pretty shaken up as I don't remember falling this hard in quite some time. Banged by elbow hard enough to gash the skin wearing a big down coat, fleece and top, my back and hit my head. No bump on my head but my elbow is swollen and a bump of some sort on my tail bone. I called my husband to come pick me up as I was so shaken up. This couple offered to wait with me and even offered to drive me home. Banged up but thankfully I don't think anything is broken.
Surgeon's office called this afternoon and I'm going in Tuesday morning. I'll leave the appointment knowing if I'm having surgery or not. I won't do it until January as I won't do it while DD#1 and granddaughter is here and we leave a week later. I want to feel good for my travels.
Weather is turning cold tomorrow.
Tomorrow I have an all day training and then its the week-end again. Against my better judgement I will have to finish a report that will take me several hours on Sunday. It's taking me forever to write as there is so much to write - so many assessments. I'm trying not to take any work home or work late.
@karen - I hope that you are feeling okay
Ouch Karen, you will probably be really sore tomorrow! If you can figure out how to not take work home or stay late, you are a lot smarter than me! I could never figure out how to do either of those things and still get my work done!
We finally made it to Branson! We went on a fun riverboat dinner & show cruise and to a music & comedy show called The Presley's Country Jamboree. Lots of holiday decorations everywhere!
Ruth - not taking work home is not working well - I'm so far behind on my paperwork. I definitely have to write this report. I'm just so exhausted by the time I get home. This is the first year that I'm trying to put myself first - but it is a struggle.
My elbow is quite swollen. Knot still on my backside.
Ruth - enjoy Branson. The cruise sounds nice
Beautiful Photo! @ruthbru
@karen1956 I feel for you!
Karen: I am so sorry this happened! It must have happened so fast. How is your head?
Bluebird: Aspen, Maria and Moku are beautiful!
Ruth: Have a fabulous time! Did friends go with you on the tour?
I had a molar that started hurting in early October while I was in Hilton Head. Felt like I needed a root canal. When I got back home it quit hurting but started back up again last week. Went to the dentist on Monday for him to examine it. It's cracked, infected and I'm having it extracted today. It started hurting the same week I had an afib episode. "Dr. Wonderland" is now convinced the tooth has caused my afib to act up bc pain and infection can be a trigger for it. I can't wait to get this tooth out to test my theory. I will also discuss it with my cardiologist.
On travel to NC Central University in Durham NC…it has been cold in the mornings…mid-20's…
Take care Karen, your fall is so scary…enjoy your time with DD and GD this coming week.
Have been able to go to the gym 3-4 days a week…but gratefully after this trip, I am home for a couple of months, inclusive of nearly 3 weeks off over the winter recess, so hopefully will be able to regain my footing on gym and walking and diet when I am in my own control.
Enjoy your trip to Branson Ruth, thanks for the pictures.
Next week is my DH's b'day (63)…we have been having lots of talk about retirement…this coming summer, the next, can't really think we have much more than that…which is becoming weird as I am frequently in work groups where folks are talking about events/meetings/work happening in 2025+ (academics plan things years in advance) and I think…will I be here at the table then?
Goodbye November, beautiful moon the past few days, Happy start to December tomorrow! TT
Wonderland, I wouldn't doubt it's all related to your tooth! Years ago I was having migraines (which I have never had before or since). When a filling fell out, they quit. I had had an undetected cavity under the filling.
It's weird when you are thinking of retiring (although there were certain things that I was glad I wouldn't have to do again!).
Here is a collage from our riverboat cruise.
And from the show we went to last night which was music and comedy.
Great pictures Ruth. Looks like you are having a great time.
Wonder - my head is okay regarding the fall, but I've had headaches for several days - I think it is sinus.
My elbow drained a lot this morning - I think it was fluid was the swelling. Can't tell if it's still swollen, which might be good - I'll have DH check when he gets home.
I've told a few people that I'm calling in sick when my daughter and granddaughter are here, but the school I'm covering T,W,Th has a big eligibility meeting that we wanted to have T or W. Parents can't attend Tuesday. They are looking at TH or F as one of the people helping can't attend on W. I haven't told them about Th and I don't work F. Oh well, if I can't be there, I can't be there. There will be another Psych who can go over my report. I'm not giving up time with my girls. At one time, I would have worked but no more putting myself second!
It was cold today but no snow - tomorrow and Saturday will also be cold, though not bitter but I'm getting to be a wimp with cold so I really bundle up.
I have a photo of my 3 girls wearing the same outfit. My oldest daughter wore it at 8 months, her little sister at 2 1/2 months and now my granddaughter at 6 1/2 months. DD#2 put the photos in a collage.
My granddaughter is on the left. On the bottom right is her mother, the first to wear the outfit and top right is DD#2. DD#2 wants her sister to save the outfit for her if/when she has a daughter.
I don't post photos of my granddaughter on social media, so this is a real treat for my "sistahs"
Karen: What a special treat this is for us! Your granddaughter is PRECIOUS! I know you can't wait to hold her. These pictures are so special. Sorry about your sinus headaches but I'm glad they are not related to your fall.
Ruth: Your pictures are so bright and cheery. Sounds like so much fun.
TT: Last week I saw a friend of mine that I used to work with. I asked her if she was still working there and she said she was retired. Then she said something I'm still trying to decipher. She said it wasn't her decision to retire, it was God's decision. I thought that maybe she was forced to retire with downsizing or something like that. She is a very religious person so I didn't ask her to elaborate - kinda wish I had.
Molar extraction went well. He showed me the tooth afterwards and explained what was wrong with it. He also showed me the big blob of infection he scraped out. So glad all of it is out of my body! Will remain on antibiotics for 6 more days.
Getting the mice problem under control. Traps, poison, and a cat who loves to hunt have helped. Our pest control service is coming back tomorrow to check on the poison they put out. I want them to add more boxes. Dh and I cleaned the garage yesterday and that will help to look for any new mice activity. My nerves can't take the mice!
Love the picture, Karen! What cute babies, and what a cool idea to have a picture of each in the same outfit! I am excited for your upcoming week!
Alice, I am glad you got the tooth taken care of. Good luck with the mice!
We went to three shows yesterday. All good and very different from each other. First, Dublin's Irish Tenors & Celtic Ladies. After lunch, we went to a play/ musical called 'Queen Esther'. Amazing costumes, acting, singing, all the animals (horses galloped up & down the aisle, there were doves & parrots flying around, a dog, a camel, a llama, donkeys, sheep) , and the set was the most spectacular I have ever seen. It wrapped the theater on 3 sides and had buildings moving in & out for different scenes, buildings would open up like an egg so you could see what was going on in rooms, other rooms coming up from the floor or down from the ceiling! Amazing! We finished off the night with a high energy show at a family theater. I got 10,000 steps running from one place to the other!
Here's the Irish Tenors & Celtic Ladies. I will post some pictures of the other shows later.
Here's the Queen Esther set. They didn't allow photography during the play.
And the Haygoods (musical family who have had a show in Branson for 31 years).
Wow love these photos @ruthbru - they open up my world a bit - Thank you!
@karen1956 cutie petooties! That is so cool! I love it.
My latest bloodwork has not changed unfortunately so they will keep pausing the new Eli Lilly med until my neutrophils rebound… I think my oncologist is a bit surprised and skeptical of how well I eat and if i exercise - but I am eating very well - only organic, lower glycemic fruits and vegetables and organic chicken and salmon/tilapia - in healthy proportion…and I have been exercising about an hour a day lately so I hope that we see some WBC increases soon
we will remove the daily whey based protein shake from my diet (because - tahdah - I did not know that whey is a milk product OmG - and I had removed milk products and processed foods - or thought that I had - from my diet…) - my oncologist asked me to add hamburger meat - so I found an organic grass fed source - in order to help my WBC /neutrophils.
I have been vegetarian for 24 years because I love animals and I feel that there are enough different sources of protein out there for us without causing suffering and taking a life…so its quite conflicting - I will be following the oncologist advice no matter…and asking forgiveness/saying thanks…
I also spoke with my naturopath - he gave me some immune supplements (containing mostly mushrooms) and mistletoe to take as well
good news on the financial front - the Ontario government approved me for a drug coverage program for people who have high cost prescription meds…one of the hospital patient directors took care of everything… which is great so I won't be eating up my husbands health spending account - which he uses…hoping it works out this way in any case
Bluebird, it took a couple years for my WBCs to rise back into the 'normal' range, and they still are down near the bottom of normal. Sigh.....
Last vacation report: This morning we did our last Branson show, Hot Rods & High Heels, which featured music from the 1950s. Next, we had lunch at 1950s themed restaurant. Then we headed for Overland Park, Kansas (just south of Kansas City), where we went to a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Our luggage needs to be ready to be loaded on the bus by 6:30am so we can start our LONG day of driving, driving, driving.
Ruth - sounds like a fun trip - worth the long drive. Safe travels home.
I was supposed to have a virtual doctor's visit at 4 pm yesterday and no one ever came on - it's what the pcp office calls "overflow" - so about 4:55 I call the office - they were shocked and so apologetic. They told me to call right after 5 and try to get the virtual doctor but I got just the regular on call doctor - she too was apologetic. She said that normally they don't call in Rx for sinus but since the mess up she would call in a Rx - we also talked about my elbow - she said to watch out if it gets warmer or more red. She called in Doxycycline that is good for sinus and skin infections. She only wrote skin laceration in my chart. I managed one dose last night and one this morning - getting ready to take at dinner - and my elbow is not as sore, not as swollen and not as red - and sinuses are better - my teeth and head no longer hurts.
Tomorrow I need to get ready for my daughter and grandaughter, I want to bake cookies and then I need to do work report and other paperwork.
It was damp, gray and cold today but should be nice by middle of week.
Have a good night.