Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Health Matters

Just to catch you up on my health. Today I saw my regular doctor...very dizzy this morning...he thinks it's a virus in my ear canal and probably loose rocks again! Will see the ENT soon. Got a shot in the rump and a prescription for Antivert. Feeling better tonight. By the way I weighed 124.6. Blood pressure 130/80.

Did go to see pulmonologist for check up and had chest xray. Dr. wanted to check more closely and so I had another CT with contrast. Dr. said the original mass seems much better but I do have a small spot in left lung. He did say it didn't look much different than last scan so he gave me one year...until I need to check it out again. I can see him if I need to...you know, if I develop any more shortness of breath or any other menacing symptom.

Did have blood work by regular doctor when I returned from trip up north and had a recheck a month later. I will do again in 3 months. Hopefully, nothing to cause any alarm. I am getting older and things change so we need to keep watch.

Will update more often.

Merry Christmas!

Wedding in Shreveport

After our trip to Houston you'd think we'd stop and stay home...not when there is a wedding in Shreveport. One of our son's friends and our other "adopted" son, Shane, was being married to Leslie Dunn in Shreveport. Zach was standing in the wedding along with Brian Smith and Justin Overman (two other "sons") along with Leslie's brother and two of Shane's friends. It was beautiful...but first.

We RV camped on Friday before with RV friends, Rob and Kay Schroeder. We camped in Ajax, LA, at the Country Livin RV Park. Very nice owners...we visited with them in the office and had cookies and cider. They had two cute dacshund's. Kay and Rob brought Carole and Sherman Levey with them in their RV. We went into Natchitoches, LA, and met up with Kay and Rob's daughter, Amy, and their son, daughter-in-law and grandson, Robert, Juliet and Landon, at The Landing restaurant for dinner. We walked along the lakefront taking photos of the lights. It was such a cute town...Bed and Breakfast capital. Steel Magnolias, the movie, was filmed in that town.

Jim and I moved the RV up to Shreveport on Saturday morning then went to the Centenary chapel for the 3 PM wedding. Did I say it was beautiful! Shane was so handsome and Leslie was an exquisite bride! The minister performed a wonderful marriage service...perfectly said. I cried first when I saw Shane's mom, Sally, walk down the aisle. I cried again when I looked at Shane as he watched Leslie come down the aisle. He looked like he was crying a little. I couldn't look at Shane without seeing my big handsome son, Zach. He's so grown up and snazzy in his tux.

The reception was at the Ramada in Bossier City...in the atrium room. So pretty. The cakes were fantastic...Leslie's mom made both the wedding cake and the groom's cake. The groom's cake looked like a deep dish pizza and was even presented in a Domino's pizza box! It was all alot of fun...DJ and dancing. I even got on the dance floor with Sally...she made me do it!!

We got up the next morning and drove back home...this time to stay for awhile. Will stay put until January at least!

Time to see friends from the past

Just be thankful I didn't title it Time to see OLD friends.

Jim and I worked for Texaco when we met and every year a group of our former workmates has a luncheon at Christmastime. We took the RV and camped at the KOA Houston Central campground in Aldine, north Houston. The luncheon was on Thursday, Dec. 3 and we enjoyed seeing all our old friends. The BBQ was good too.

After the luncheon we went back to the RV and changed clothes and headed out to look around. We drove through the old neighborhood and past our house on Winter Oaks in Ashford Forest subdivision. Then went past Jim's first townhome nearby. Everything looked good and we enjoyed remembering things around there. Lots has changed but we loved seeing it all.

We finally found our way to the Oren house where my 40th reunion planning meeting was being held. Got to see people I've not seen in years. What fun. Everyone has a job to do...checking out venues and trying to find people. We have a facebook page for the Class of 1970 as well as one on Classmates.com. Planning for April 2010 but facing challenge for such an early date. We'll see.

By Friday it was predicted to snow and it began early in the morning. I had planned to go visit my sister and take her some things I brough from Louisiana. We decided to go and Jim drove all the way from north Houston to Richmond in the far southwest area. It was a blizzard the closer we got to Brenda's. She was off that day so it was good to see her. She had a fire in the fireplace...first in her new home. It was very cozy. We had to drive all the way back through Houston to get to the RV. It was crazy but a little fun seeing the snow. Very cold that night in the RV. Woke to 23 degree temps outside. Good thing we have a furnace. Had no trouble on the roads on Sat. morning. Got back home with no problems.

Still more traveling to do

We did have some time at home after big Northeast trip but then Thanksgiving came around. Our son, Jimmy, came home from school as did our eldest, Zach. We all packed the SUV and headed to Texas. Jim dropped me off at my mother's home in Palestine, TX, and he and the boys went to the lakehouse in Star Harbor near Malakoff, TX. I wanted to be there to help my mom with dinner prep since she had recently been ill. Besides my family, only my oldest brother, Van, was coming for dinner on Thanksgiving. My sis, Brenda, had to work and her son, Troy, had a wedding to stand in. So there was not enough time for her family to come up. My other brother, Leonard, and his family had suffered with sickness so decided to just stay home and get better. Leonard cooked the dinner and reported it was a success.

Our dinner was also good. Van came up early on Thursday and started cooking part of the dinner. He prepared his famous dressing and brought sweet potatoes to bake. It was all delicious and we enjoyed being together.

Van and the boys went outside in the afternoon and threw the football...no surprise it's the ritual. We all entered the museum (the garage) and did some searching for collectibles. Lots of stuff there but would need a major clean out to see everything. I think there were purses I had in high school!

Van had to leave to get back to Houston since he worked on Friday. My family went back to the lakehouse after watching the Texas A&M & Texas football game and then drove back to Louisiana on Friday. It was tough leaving my mom but I appreciated being able to spend a couple of days with her.

Back in Touch

Well, first my husband and I did leave on September 14th for RV trip up to the northeast to see the changing leaves. We didn't always have internet so I didn't always have time to post as we went. Started trip off with visit to see our son, Jimmy, at Univ. of Georgia in Athens, GA. Enjoyed seeing Jimmy's house where he's now living with a couple of roommates. The house next door has friends of his as well so I think it's good.

The trip was awesome. Next stop (after Athens, GA) was Gaffney, SC, to have the RV serviced at the Freightliner shop. We got a chance to go into Gaffney and see some things there. We visited Harold's, one of the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives from Food TV. Had fun eating the famous chili burger...no real burger patty with chili but actually chili with meatballs on a burger bun. We also visited local museum...the guy there actually had to go through the place and turn on all the lights for us. I guess they don't have big crowds. It was fun and the guy there was nice. He reminded me of Okey from Waitress (the movie).

Next, we traveled the Journey through Hallowed Ground to see Civil War sites. First stop on that leg was Charlottesville, VA, to visit Monticello, Montpelier and the University of Virginia.

Visited Manassas and Leesburg, VA; Gettysburg and Philadelphia, PA; Stonington, CT (to see my cousin and aunt and uncle); Newport, RI; Boston, Cape Cod and Plymouth, MA; Kennebunkport, Freeport and Arcadia National Park in Maine; Campabello Island (FDR's home) and Hopewell Cape (home of the Bay of Fundy tides) in New Brunswick, Canada; back to the USA through Bangor, ME; New Hampshire and into Vermont where we stayed at a a park on the islands in Lake Champlain. We left there and traveled back up the islands and crossed into northern New York State traveling back down the coast road to Saratoga Battlefield and Fort Ticonderoga. Made our way through a snow storm in Pennsylvania and to Harpers Ferry, WV. Managed to visit Antietam (the bloodiest Civil War battle ground) as well. Then started the real trip back down south driving on the Skyline Drive. Couldn't get on at the top because of ice and snow but did enter two thirds of the way down and camped on the Drive at Loft Mountain for that night. The camp was covered in ice when we arrived...very cold night there but beautiful. Made it to the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway and began our trek down. BEAUTIFUL scenery and not much traffic at the beginning. Next day more traffic as weather improved. Saw several convertables eventhough it was still very cold. Got off the parkway at Asheville, NC, and camped in town. Drove into The Biltmore grounds next day and toured the mansion. Unbelievable...they were starting to decorate for Christmas. We also went to the winery there and had lunch at The Bistro...loved the salad and pizza! Bought some wine and took off to Nashville. Camped in Sam's parking lot before getting on the Natchez Trace the next morning. Traveled all the way down to Jackson, MS, that day and camped in Clinton. Did the rest of the Trace last day and headed home. We arrived back IN Covington on October 23rd. Whew!! What a trip. Had a great time.

Now considering next big trip.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Houston, Texas

I've been in Houston since Sunday, 8-16-2009. Came to visit my sister and see my nephew, Benjamin, who is visiting his dad, my brother, Van. Benjamin lives in Indianapolis, IN, but plans to go back to California. Benjamin worked with group like conservation corps and camped(lived) in woods and hills doing mountainman type work. Loved seeing him. We all met at my other brother's home in the country. His wife, Karen, and kids, Anson, Ashlen and Gillian, prepared most of the food and had beer and wine. I drove like a crazy person in order to make the trip from Louisiana for the party. Leonard's home is in the country and is on lots of property. Really cool place to visit.

Next night I had dinner with Van, Benjamin and Van's daughter, Callie, and my sister, Brenda, at Van's apt. in Houston. Sat on patio and ate grilled steak, mushrooms and Caesar salad (Van made the dressing from scratch) YUM.

Brenda took off work for three days and we worked at her house. She just moved in this year and still has boxes to unload. We did some throwing out and arranging some things. Always good to accomplish homey things.

Brenda's daughter, Cara, had wisdom teeth removed today and I'm looking after her since Brenda had to return to work. I will go home tomorrow.

Got a call from doctor re PET scan. He thinks mass has not changed but doesn't show any cancer. He will show the scan to me when I return home. Doctor recommends another followup chest x-ray in about 3-4 months to check on mass and see if it's still there, growing or shrinking. Still using inhaler and planning on trip to Maine in September. Feel really good knowing my friend the doctor is taking good care of me. How blessed am I?!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Finally Saturday

Well had the PET scan on Tuesday. No problems there...long time for procedure...injection then wait 1 hour before 25 minutes in scanner. Arms got tired towards end... had to hold them above my head for scan. Little old lady was next...she had extreme back pain. Not sure how she managed. I kept thinking about her during my scan...how would she manage? If she could survive that then so could I.

Got call from doctor on Friday. Good news. No "hot spots" on scan. Still mass in lung. Doctor will look at scan himself and see what he can figure out. Feeling really well except for stupid left rib. Still using inhaler (symbicort).

Went to other doctor to check that out. He felt nice knot on rib where pain centered but we decided xray was not necessary...if broken or cracked still have to let it heal. We will check on calcium and vit. d levels in a couple of months. Just need to remember weakness of ribs and take care. Weight at this visit 129.5 BP 135/88. Can't believe I cracked 130 pounds. Feel great, lots of energy.

Will travel to Houston to see brothers and sister and nieces and nephews on Sunday. Will come back to Covington at end of week. First time to see sister's new house.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Me Again

Can't believe I'm still seeing doctor's for one thing and another.

Had followup chest x-ray since bronchoscopy on 6-30-09 and saw doctor. He still doesn't like the looks of things so I'm having PET scan on Tuesday. Hopefully we will finally see if anything bad is in the lung. Doctor did say nothing fungusey or bacterially had grown in cultures yet and he didn't thing anything would. Can't wait until Tuesday is done. Will not have results for a couple of days after that.

Hubby having more surgery on head for skin cancer. Will need plastic surgeon to repair after MOH's surgery to remove cancer. I told him it should be good...they can just draw up both sides and stitch giving him an instant face lift. He'll look younger than me!

It's hell getting old.

So far I have lost at least two more pounds from last visit to doctor. At Dr. C's I weighed 132.8 on Tuesday. Last time I was there I weighed 134.8. Everything I've lost looks like muscle...lots of droopy skin. Feel very energetic.

Had breast MRI on Thursday. Really funny position...on tummy with breast hanging in little holes in table...nicely draped with sheet. Had to raise up my body to reposition and managed to hurt my ribs again on left side...back and front hurting. This is the third time this kind of thing has happened. Am I really breaking bones or what???

Still working on fixing neck...saw Dr. Ch. today and he recommends Pain Mainagement doctor... maybe injections, we'll see. If that is not good for me probably more physical therapy.

One day I hope to pain free and healthy.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Back in town again

Just got back from seeing the PT again. Still doing heat and massage treatments as well as stretches. Still very tender. May be something I'll just learn to live with.

Jim and I traveled to Sedalia, MO, in the RV for the HRRVC International Rally. Good trip...weather was great. Sometimes in the 70's and did manage to get into 80's while there. We took tours to St. Louis, Independence and Kansas City. Loved Kansas City...very beautiful town.

We went up in The Gateway Arch in St. Louis. We traveled in our little pod with three other people. Very interesting...I had to talk all the way to keep from thinking I was closed into a tiny little egg shape. Made the trip up and down safely. View was great from the top. Saw two movies in the Gateway Arch museum area...one on Lewis and Clark expedition (National Geographic production) and one on the building of the Arch. Walked thru the museum as well. Lots to do there. Park area surrounding the Arch is also nice. It is right on the edge of the Mississippi River. We took a river boat cruise down around the area and had a boxed lunch aboard. Later we had dinner at the Old Spaghetti Warehouse. Good lasagne.

In Independence we saw Truman's library and the 1949 Jail.

In Kansas City we had a guided bus tour of the town. Saw as much as possible in 3 hours. Jim and I had lunch at the Italian Deli in the market near the museum. Toured the museum...very nice. The Arabian riverboat sunk in the Missouri River in 1879 and was dug up (Missouri River changed course) in a corn field near Kansas City. The cargo was recovered and is on display at the museum. Unbelieveable how most everything was intact...dishes, glassware, tools, clothes, shoes, silverware, etc. Everyone should see it.

Got back home and unloaded the Rv that night. Took back to storage next day. Zach was home but only saw him for a little bit...he headed back to BRouge.

Monday, July 6, 2009


Since procedure on 6-30 I have heard from doctor. No cancer cells in lung lavage fluid. Still growing cultures...fungus or bacteria...will be ready about 8 weeks. Now on Symbicort 2 puffs-twice daily. No side effects.

Saw other doctor for osteoporosis...can now begin taking calcium and Vit. D as required. No blood test today...will repeat calcium in three months. Weight 132.5 at doctor's office. Blood pressure 155/80. Pounding heart beats nothing serious...may be intensified by Symbicort. Will monitor how that goes. Doctor can do Holter monitor for 24 hours if we decide still a problem or getting worse. Sounds good to me...so tired of seeing doctors. I don't know how cancer and seriously ill people do it...Thank God for my good health.

Saw PT today about neck. Treatments (heat and mustle stimulator and ultrasound) followed by gentle stretching (OUCH!). Will continue to gently do stretches for upper trapezius and levator scapula.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Well today was the day of the bronchoscopy. Trying to discover what the "thing" is in my lung. Arrived at STPH about 7:20 AM. Finished paperwork with admitting and was in the elevator headed up by 7:30 AM. Everything went fast...in room right away. Weight on admittance was 130.2 pounds. Lightest so far even with giant Saucony's on.

Was growing a little worried this morning before leaving home but Pastor called at the perfect time and prayed with me over phone. Calm result. Nothing like communicating with God when worry sets in. I'd been saying prayers myself all yesterday and this morning but there is something special when a friend can pray for me. Thanks Rev. Thank God

Anyway, everyone very nice at hospital and took such good care of me. IV (which I dread) was painless thanks to Martha. Taken to procedure room early (before scheduled 9 AM time) by Nurse Debbie. Really don't like to wait around! Believe worse part was breathing treatment to numb throat...weird inhaling meds and could feel throat "going away". Saw the doctor come in (thank God for him) and that's all I remember (thank God for sedation). I believe I was back home around 10:30 AM and promptly undressed and crawled back into bed for a nap. Woke again around 12:30 PM, took some sips of water and decided throat had recovered and I could probably eat something. Finally had 1/2 sandwich (tuna) around 1:30 PM and feel more back to normal.

Waiting to hear from doctor. Want to talk to him myself...he did tell hubby everything went well and, I think, he sent specimens for lab work. I'll know more when I can ask him my usual thousand questions. As I said before, thank God for my doctor.

Friend is having foot operation today also. Have not been able to get in touch to see how she's doing. Left message on phones...hope someone can call later. Her recovery will be lots longer than mine has been...foot on pillows and such.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Still Here

It's been awhile since I posted on the blog. I've been trying to get over the breathing problems and coughing. Will see pulmonologist today for function tests. Hope something is found so I can treat and get going full steam again.

Also trying to get neck back into pre-pain condition. Had MRI on 6-19. Saw ortho dr. yesterday and was told no glaring serious problems. Will see PT next week to try and get on program to relieve pain, stablize neck, increase flexibility and strengthen. I'm ready to get on with painfree life.

Still (or rather back) to working out as before trip out west. Last official weight (at doctor's) was 133.1. That's with shoes and such. I've weighed myself on home scale right out of shower and it shows 130. I'm very happy with my success and hope to continue, with God's help, keeping the weight off. Weight is probably this low because I don't have any muscles. Need to pump up the weights at the gym. Before now, and still, trying to keep pain away from my hips and legs as well as shoulder and neck.

Said goodbye to friend on 6-19. Robin Childs passed away on 6-12 after long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She is my second really tough friend to beat this disease through death. Robin once told me that death can be the healing from pain and disease. She told me this as we remembered my friend, Mary, who had been praying for healing. I believe what Robin said...trust in God and He will deliver you. Robin has been delivered to God's family in heaven having finished His purpose for her on earth. Remember Robin's faith in Jesus Christ, her faith in friends and family, and her purpose for living those gifts in full view of those around her. Believe me...there is a party going on in heaven right now with smiles all around. What a joyful thought.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Back home after long trip out west. On our way to Meteor Crater in Arizona we ran into sand storm blowing across I-40. Unbelieveable! Don't know how Jim kept the rig on the road. Had some small damage to the awning but able to continue trip. I-40 shut down for one night so we camped in Flying J. Managed to inhale LOTS of sand and developed some breathing problems which remained for the entire trip. Still having cough but saw doctor yesterday. Weight 133.8.

Enjoyed seeing the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Zion NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Capitol Reef NP, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Monument Valley, Hovenweep NM, and Mesa Verde NP.

Trip ended on very sad note. My niece, Maggie Brown (18) was killed in a car accident in Indianapolis IN. Leaving Mesa Verde on our way to Santa Fe, NM, we got the news. Cancelled rest of plans and headed straight to mom's in Palestine, TX. Flew to Indianapolis on Monday, 5-25 to attend funeral next day. Still cannot believe.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fired Up!!!

Went to work out today and just walked on the treadmill. Pain in my hip (boy, I'm getting old!). Came home and iced it down and had a little vino!

Finally wore some new clothes to church this am. SIZE 10!!! and they were about 2 inches too big. Either I'm doing really well with the diet and exercise or I'm dying!

Went to see Beth Moore at the Arena in NO this weekend. Amazing woman! What a great message. Music was fantastic. Bought two cd's and stopped traffic listening to the Living Proof Live cd. Couldn't stop my hands from moving!! Loved it. Me and friends stayed over in the FQ Friday night and enjoyed discussing the first night of the conference. What fun. Love all those ladies.

Guest minister at worship this morning...one of our mission partners. Sermon message was best it could be...straight from God. Why can't everyone hear this kind of good news? Get to a church people!

That's enough preaching from me today. This is my blog after all.

Hope everyone reading this is well. Spend everyday with a joyful heart.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Well finally had to go shopping for new clothes. Dropped two sizes since first of year! I only bought a few things as I fully intend to lose more. The only thing scary about it is I've been thinner before only to gain little by little. I just need to remember to cut one of those little's when it makes an appearance next time.

One thing I discovered is that I must have also shrunk. All the pants are way too long...must be made for those 6' models (or 4" heels).

Did not go to workout at all this weekend. I figured walking around the shops all day was enough exercise. I even took a cooler with my homemade lunch and had in the car when I needed to eat. No more being out and just happening by the Chick fil a. That's what I did while Christmas shopping last year. It tastes good but I don't want to think about the calories.

Need to close now and go have a MD 64. Just perfect for me.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hello again

I keep forgetting to update blog...must remember to check everyday.

Went for yearly physical and was told I was 20 pounds lighter than one year ago! Sounds great to me but I need MORE. Still would like to lose 10 pounds or so.

I feel so much better losing the weight I have already. Need to get back on active workout program but am waiting until I hear what's wrong with my neck. Nothing seems to be helping get rid of pain. I discovered today that I will not be able to watch tennis matches since turning my head back and forth repeatedly almost makes me faint from the pain. My pain is not as bad as some people experience but I don't want ANY pain! There must be something that can be fixed by the proper care...I just don't know what that is right now. Maybe I find out next week...seeing a new doctor.

Pray for me and all others in pain. The world is too much fun to experience it in pain. Need to go walk now. I can, at lease, still do that.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Went for x-ray of rib this morning and was weighed at the doctor's office. Last doctor visit in August 2008 I was 158. Today I was 144.8!!!!! Gym scale must be accurate. Good news.

Ok everyone...I have clearance to start execising again. I just have to watch my rib and try to control myself when moving and stretching. That shouldn't be too hard since it HURTS when I do that!

Went to the gym and walked on the treadmill...first time for about a week. Felt really good. No problems with leg, back, etc. Will try to start out small and do some of new exercises tonight. Plenty to do without involving neck or rib. We'll see how it goes.

Just want to say that discovering that I can lose weight at MY age is good. I was always telling myself that since I'm OLD I may not be able to lose weight like I want. It's a good thing I finally decided to give it a try.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Away too long

Can't believe I've been away from the blog for so long. It's all new to me so I will need to get on a schedule of blogging every day.

Still making progress on the fitness plan...last weigh in was 145! I am so pleased with this weight loss. For years I kept saying I needed to lose some weight but never really tried. New year plans include more travel and the desire to be more fit. Don't exactly know what the motivation was but, who cares, I'm doing it!

Have experienced a little set back with the exercise routine...have either a bad sprain of rib tissue or a broken rib. I got a little too determined to clean the tub and leaned a bit too hard against the side of the big tub (maybe next time I need to clean from the inside). Anyway that has stopped any workouts but that doesn't mean I not still moving as much as I can. I am still watching my meal portions and making sure I have small meals and snacks throughout the day. I don't deny myself I just don't eat EVERYTHING that appears before me. It's a good plan for me.

I want to get back to exercising (I miss it--go figure) and I'm sure I will once all injuries have healed. I'm not where I want to be but I'm further from where I was...good progress!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Feeling Better

Well today I weighed at the gym and was at 146. Yippee! Was stuck at 148/149 for about a week and finally started moving again...147 and today 146! I am now wearing a SI-LOC belt during workouts and walking on the treadmill. Today must have placed perfectly on the hips because right leg felt energetic after walk. First time that has happened. Hope it continues. God is good! Always!!!

Helped out at NCPC last night for the Orpheus parade. We grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and served along with all the fixings. BIG crowd...we set up tables beside the front of the church and the praise band set up outside the Sanctuary front doors. The music was great and so was the food.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Well I've been away from the blog for awhile because I've been frustrated with my leg pain. I've just began working with a new PT and am focused on core strengthening. Have lots of new stretches and exercises to begin to learn...some will be tough because there is lots of balance involved...remember CORE!

Still walking everyday and have just reached a grand total of 10 pounds lost from weight when I began the NO EXCUSES plan. Have found no problem in curbing my need to munch. I do have something to eat at short intervals during the day and still manage to fit in my chocolate ice cream. Have lost lots of inches but did not measure at the beginning. Should have done that then I could be happy about the progress. Since my clothes are fitting very loose now I'm happy with that.

Ultimate goal of fitness and no pain with a strong body. I have lots left to do in this life and I want to be able to do it to the fullest.

Friday, February 6, 2009

February is here already?

I cannot believe how this week has flown by. Finally got back to my full workout at the gym. Did very well and know I can now continue with the plan.

In addition to my gym workout I've been "working out" with our current lodger...Hambone, the beagle. When I take him for a "walk" it is more like a "run" where I'm trying to hold back a dragster flying down the strip. This little dynamo can move!! The only thing that stops him is seeing another dog or cat. He wants to play with anything that passes by. It is sad to see him trying to get to a "friend" and sad to hear him whine and sometimes bark. We have found him a home which we believe will provide a boy to play with as well as a couple of other dogs. Still working out the details and I'm trying to get ready for the separation. Hambone is so cute and affectionate but I know we cannot keep him and give him the home he needs. I know that sounds selfish but it is reality. I don't want to hold on to him just because some think we should when I know it's better he have a family who will be there for him all the time.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Richmond, Texas

I've been in Richmond, TX, since last Thursday. I'm visiting my sister. I miss my workouts but have been trying to watch what I eat. Hopefully, when I return home, I will get back to the gym and will not have gained too much weight.

I did get to see my brother and some of my friends from high school. It's great that we still get together and it's amazing that none of us has aged a day!!!

Will be going home tomorrow.

Monday, January 19, 2009

There is hope!

Went back to the gym today for my workout. I've added some more weight to my exercises. So far so good. Trying to keep stretched as well. Sometimes I think my muscles and tendons, etc. have all frozen in place...I'm trying to limber them up and get them moving.

Stepped on the scales again (I know you shouldn't weigh every day) and I've lost the 1-1/2 pounds I gained last week. Staying away from the rolls, butter, fried okra, etc. really does work!

Emailed my high school friends in Houston that I'm coming for a visit. So far heard from most of them. Always good to reconnect with my good friends from high school. I'm sure none of them has changed a bit. Looking forward to seeing them.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Back Home

Well I'm back home after traveling to Foley, AL for a few days in the RV. We camped at Palm Lake RV Resort with seven other rigs from our Holiday Rambler club, The Pelican Ramblers. We had a good time and had an excellent opportunity to test the new electric heating mattress pad. The weather was around 20-25 degrees overnight for two nights so it was a very good test. Slipping between the covers into a warm bed is like being in heaven. I can recommend it highly. It was GREAT!!!!

I can also tell you that if you eat at Lambert's (Home of the Throwed Rolls) in Foley, AL you will gain at least 1-1/2 pounds...I DID!!! The food was great and the atmosphere was fun. Rolls were flying all around and people came by the table offering spoonfuls of fried okra (Zach would love this), fried potatoes and onions, blackeyed peas, apple butter (for the throwed roll) and, did I already say, fried okra. It was worth the 1-1/2 pounds but now I have to get back on my fitness track. The only exercising I did on the trip was trying to stay warm! (By the way, I've already been back to the gym.)

We finished the trip with a stop at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, LA. We met our friends, the Schroeders and the Watts, and camped overnight. The Schroeders hosted the church youth at a cookout (that probably helped with the 1-1/2 pound weight gain). The youth were on a retreat at the park. Great bonfire built by Jim Watts, my Jim and Rob. Good fun.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Reving Up

Enjoyed the new inspirational and exciting Bible study this morning. "Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed...A Study of David" began today at NCPC. I'm always interested in studying more and enjoy all the ladies who also attend but never expect for it to be so POWERFUL! Maybe my expectations have been too low. It's always great to be blown away with such powerful teaching. I plan on enjoying this study for the next few months and also plan on being dynamically changed by the ever awesome power of God. Thank you to the ladies who found this study and stepped up to share.

Monday, January 12, 2009

"No Excuses" Fitness Plan

Well it's a new year and I'm determined to be healthier and more fit. I've decided on the "No Excuse" approach. There is no excuse for not going to the gym and no excuse for eating foods I don't need and will regret later.

I've been to the gym everyday (but Sunday, that's for rest) since January 2nd, 2009. The club was closed on the 1st. I've even tried a new class...Zumba! That was fun and a good workout for me. Still need to remember to keep my hips more under control until I get my back into better shape.

I've already lost 5 pounds and do not feel deprived at all. It's AMAZING how it can work if you make a decision. I know (and fully expect) to backslide a few times but if I don't do it when I can then when will I.

My son suggested this blog so I will try and keep reporting on my progress. Until the next time.