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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Small Steps

Scott decided to do some repairs here at the little cottage we are staying in... it all started as he wanted to remove some wall board in the bathroom that had been destroyed by termites. Once he got started he decided to remove the little door that led into the bathroom from this little sitting/ bedroom... which led to us ripping the ancient carpet out and so on. The carpet removal turned out to be pretty difficult as they had used a rubber matting under the carpet and over the many years it had adhered itself to the wooden floors.  I had to use my heat gun and a putty knife to get it all up. You can see in this picture the carpet and some of the stuck on rubber mat to the left. It took two days but we got it all up and out. We took the old carpet to the dump station on Tuesday and the bagged rubber matting when in the trash truck today. There are a few places on the ceiling that have loose popcorn ceiling stuff and Scott wants to repair that while we have the room torn apart. Tomorrow I will get him up at 9:30 so we can work on it some before he has to leave for work. Today he slept in to 11:30... I guess he needed the extra Z's. I will post more about this as we go along. We are supposed to go down and work on our house this weekend so there will be updates on that as well coming. I am so hoping this Summer will be when we can get that house sold so we don't have to keep driving down there every few weeks. Knock on wood!

Since talking with the Nurse on the 2nd I have been paying closer attention to the charts on my meter as well as recording my BG readings on this monthly chart I found online - FREE to print off. I like the fact that it is a monthly chart that I can carry to the DR as they seem averse to using the ability to just plug my meter into a computer or letting me send my readings in via email.  Now I just need to make time for some exercise... ugh! I will get there.

Well I am off to see what I can get into this afternoon. Scott will leave for work shortly and I will need to occupy myself until he returns home.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Finding my Health

I attended some Diabetic Education on January 2nd and came home with more tools to know how to put what I already knew into better practice as well as some additional information that I was lacking. I flat out eat too much and don't always make the best choices... but that is changing. AND I have got to get moving again. My life has become quite sedentary since I do not work outside the home any longer. Finding ways to get moving that I feel safe doing is a struggle for me here in Greenville. I dislike gyms immensely and I do not want to spend any money to join a group activity. After all "the best things in life are free" ... right? So I will walk with Scott on the weekends at the larger trails and will walk a couple times a week at the park trail in Travelers Rest. I will also utilize You Tube and follow some workouts there with Lucy Wyndham-Read. I learned about her from a Vlogger I watch and love her personality and the detailed instructions she gives. So thats my plan... and I've got to stick with it. Would love to surprise the new Dr in March with better blood work and hopefully a few pounds gone off my body as well.

On to my creative side; yesterday in the mail my Quilting Round Robin returned home and I love it! The ladies that worked on it did an amazing job. My plan is to add a few more borders to make it bed sized and then get it made into a quilt. It will be a wonderful quilt to use during the Christmas season.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend... may it be sunny today PLEASE!!! So tired of rain.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Welcome 2019

Here it is day 3 of 2019! HAPPY NEW YEAR! Sometimes it feels like I am at the end of a very fast moving train and life is flashing by the windows. I need to take more time to appreciate all the little things along the way.

Yesterday I met with an RN at The Life Center and got more information on following a Diabetic diet and how to count carbs and how many carbs to allot per meal and snacks. LOTS of wonderful information and I am trying to put the information to good use. I started a food diary today and I am going to record on paper my blood sugar readings so I can watch better for patterns. She told me even a weight loss of 5 to 7 % of my current body weight would improve my health so I am going to aim for that the first 6 months of this year. Another thing I MUST DO is get more activity each day so I am looking into videos I can workout with here at home on You Tube as well as walking more often... if it would just stop raining.

I've been having a horrible time with Seasonal Depression this year and I am thinking I need to buy a "Happy Light" to help cope with the blah days. I'm sure exercise would help with that as well but to get started is tough when you don't feel like doing anything at all. I have so much I want to do but getting motivated to do any of it is so hard.

I hope everyone is starting their New Year off in a good place with plans for improving their health and well being.  See you in the next post.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


My Mom crocheted this angel for me years ago
Merry Christmas to one and all. I sincerely hope everyone that reads this is having a wonderful day with family and friends. This is Scott and my 35th Christmas together... the time has just flown by! I now truly know what my Grandma meant when she said, "Time flies" and "Don't wish your life away".

Scott tried his hand at baking a spice cake... it took two tries but he was finally successful. We determined that he missed the vanilla in the cake and perhaps it was baked a little long but it was still quite tasty.  When we get back up to the cottage I will post the recipe over on our food blog... link is in the right column.

Greg had to work last night so we are letting him sleep until nearly dinner time (1PM) at Scott's Moms'. I am hoping he wakes in time to open his gifts before dinner but if not we will do it after we finish over there. Scott and I want to get back up to the cottage later today as we forgot to turn the heat down yesterday and don't want to go through our fuel oil when we are not there. If Scott is up to it we will come back down to do some work on the house over the weekend. Just trying to  keep him from doing too much until he can get that Stress test they told him to get before he was released from the hospital this past Thursday. Yes we made a trip to the ER because he was having a heaviness across his chest and sweating profusely. His blood work, EKG and chest x-ray all looked fine but we want to be sure everything is ok.

Saturday we took a walk along the Doodle Trail in Easley, SC and managed a full 4 miles. It was chilly when we were in the shade but not cold enough to keep us from walking. This is not the greatest picture in the world but we were all smiles so I am adding it here.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Scott and I

Friday, December 21, 2018


Hello dear readers! I want to wish you all a fabulous Christmas. Remember to have fun... be safe... and take care of YOU and your family.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

This weekend (December 8th and 9th) we had our very first winter storm that contained more sleet than snow. Some folks in the neighborhood lost some branches on their trees as well as some trees snapping off entirely. It was so cold!

 Sunday Scott and I stayed indoors and off the roads. Monday we went out to get some lunch and most places were not able to serve as they were either short staffed or didn't have computer systems up and running. We saw a lot of cherry picker trucks and crews with chainsaws so attempts were being made to get the power back up and running but it was going to take some time.

While we were stuck indoors I worked along with a You Tube friend and created this angel from "trash"... a lunch bag, used coffee filter, old button, trims. I love how she turned out and have plans to put her in a shadow box frame.

Crafting is a wonderful way to occupy oneself during a winter storm.

Christmas is 2 weeks from today. I'm really not "feeling" it much this year. I put up a few decorations down at our house but have no real desire to put any up here at the cottage. I put the decorations up where my kid lives... Christmas isn't the same without children. 

Family separations are so hard... especially when you come from a big family and hear from none of them. I hope everyone  will take a moment to think of those family members you don't see often and send a card or call them up for a few minutes. Let them know you do think of them occasionally. Hug  the ones you do see and tell them how much you care about them daily.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018


So the Christmas Season has arrived. The only decorating that I have done is down at the house as there is just no room for any decorations here at the cottage. I am so hoping this will be the year we finally get out of one house and into another permanently so I will have space to decorate and access to all of my belongings. Until then we will try to do more "Christmassy things". This weekend is the Travelers Rest Christmas parade and I am hoping to talk Scott into going to watch. So be watching for some talk of that this weekend.

I completed my round on two Round Robins that I have been working on through my quilting group on Facebook... Our Quilters Family Home and have mailed them off to Barb in Canada. Here they are:
Karen's before I added anything

Karen's after... Barb will add her round and then mail it home to Karen.

Barb's... sent on home to her.
Both were so much fun to work on and I hope that both ladies will love them. I do so enjoy participating in Round Robins like this. 

Coal kitty has settled right into the family and he and Piper get along so much better than  they did when he first went to live with her and Greg. He has grown into such a beautiful fluff ball.