WOMEN AGES 50+ FOR MARCH 2023
Kim in N California: I hope your mother's move goes well!
Heather: Glad you did your 5 mile walk!
Ginny: I hope you got some chores done!
Machka9: Good to see you doing some cycling!
Grandmallie: I am soooo glad you are having a good time!
Barbie: Thank you. Yes I have crying spells and then go on to the next task. I hope to volunteer 2 mornings a week at a dog shelter. I sent an email to the shelter but need to follow up.
Michele: I lost track Michele as to why you are sad. But I hope all goes well for you and that you are able to find some peace and cheer soon.
KJLamore: I love the picture of the children!
Carla: Sorry you lost a friend. Loss is very hard.
Lisa: Hope the new biologic works out!
Barbie: It is cold here in Middle GA. I have been wearing a winter coat!
I did a step video today...not enough but a start! I got into the book for book club and got out to church this morning.
I need to make a to do list and get focused! I love rasberries. I have worked with resistance bands but not a lot!
Rosemarie from Georgia5
Lisa Yay for a day without pain! There is hope!
Annie in Delaware0
Hi Ladies, I am back on the wagon and lost 3 lb this week. I am 54 and want to lose the weight I put on when I had cancer.7
Kim - i don't know if this is any help.. but some times you can look on freecycle or Craigslist and find handicapped toilet seat helpers with grab bars on either side and a higher seating position.
Also bed rails and even hospital beds lots of things like that.. I sure hope that helps..I feel your pain.
I feel guilty in some way of not being there to say goodbye to Lil,she used to come down and take care of Alfie when I was still working
I did go up with Alfie a week or so ago to pay for the garage rental and on the wsy out told her I loved her.thats now 4 people in 6 weeks
Thank goodness ive been able to come down with my crazy family and I do mean 🤪 I don't think I have laughed so hard in a long long time and boy have I needed it.5
Katla, so good to hear from you. You were missed!
Lisa, a day without pain.... wonderful.
Heather, great pictures of the family.
(((Allie and Carla)))
Happy Mother's Day to all celebrating,
Betsy in NW WA2
Just a quick clarify Mom is just 4'7" and has no need of a higher toilet seat! And although she has a walker and a wheelchair, she is 25% weight bearing on her left leg. so walker is ONLY for transfer.. and the end of the month xray will hopefully make her more weight bearing.
Machka - I am the same there are many things I don’t do because of DH. I have learned to do a lot on my own. He enjoys alone time more than socializing and I’m very social. I just wish he would/could do more with me. The last three years a lot of the time our schedules don’t allow us to do things together.
We asked DH’s Mom what she would like to do after his Dad died. She is quite content where she is, but she’s awfully stressed financially and the house is too much for her. We are very concerned.
Ginny - my paternal grandmother was always upset that I wore pants. Then jeans were a whole other mess! My maternal grandmother wore pants, but the only jeans she owned were from the 60’s and were her painting pants. I very rarely wear a dress, my dad used to tell me, “it wouldn’t hurt for you to dress like a girl once in a while”. 😂
Barbie - I like the idea of leaving work at work. I do manage that a fair amount but need to do it a lot more.
I am ready for Spring, I am tired of Winter. I still have a few weeks wait though I’m sure.
Lanette - I was told to use resistance bands daily by my exercise therapist I saw last year. I am struggling because I didn’t listen and am now trying to get back to what I was. I’m all honesty though I was improving, probably before our trip I would say I was about 80% better and feeling very optimistic before the trip home from NB. I can’t seem to get the pain to settle enough to be able to do anything. I have a massage session tomorrow night. I have high hopes it works
Heather - It looks like you had a beautifully Mother’s Day. You deserve it.
Carla - So sorry for your loss. Those look like some fun happy men.
Lisa - I truly hope your new meds work and you can do some odd jobs. I know how much you want to be.
Allie - I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad you are surrounded by loved ones. You deserve some fun.
Kim - Your Mom is healing well. I hope it continues.
I did some more crafting today, tried a technique I had been wanting to try and made a mug for myself.
I then did some laundry and cleaning. I made homemade burgers and air fryer fries for supper.
When I was putting laundry away, I put my heavy sweaters and pants away. I put my spring and summer clothes in the closet. I left some packed away because my weight gain this winter has made them not fit. I also have a bagful to donate. I do that every season. Whatever I keep passing over I move further back in the closet. That way I know if I’ve worn it or not. I figure if I didn’t one yet I wouldn’t the next.
Tracey in Edmonton5
fanncy0626 Posts: 6,728 MemberLannette and Ginny I love the resistance bands. I have been working with them with my PT to rehabilitate my shoulder injury. They built strength and now I use them only for warmups and stretching. They made it possible for me to be able to swing my kettlebell again and do the counter push up.
The souping of my bone broth with all fat is really quite amazing. I have been doing it for about 4 days and I can see a difference in the texture and former dryness of my skin. I also think it makes me less hungry. The added protein and collagen is making my skin very happy 😊 let’s hope for continued improvement.
💕Mary from Arizona/Minnesota
Kim, for the toilet could you use something that actually fits on the toilet? My parents had them on theirs, unfortunately I can't remember what they are called, something like toilet assist bars. And I can't remember exactly how they worked, but they made the toilet kind of like a chair with "armrests" that one could use to push oneself up into a standing position. They would also assist in the sitting down process. Totally ridiculous that the nurse couldn't tell you the time and date for the x-ray..... smh Just saw Ginny's post and the set up that my parents had was very similar and worked very well for them.
Allie, so sorry to hear of your friend Lil passing away.
Carla, so sorry to hear of your hubby's friend passing away.
Annie, congrats on getting your dad's taxes done! I'm sure that's a huge relief!
Lisa, YAY for the pain free day!! Wishing you many more of them!
Heather, looks like a lovely meal out with the family!
Went to the gym this morning, but my knee started giving me grief after just 10 min on the elliptical (I usually do 30 - 35 min), so I decided to go give the TRX a try, no problem there and when I finished that (45 min) I decided to just do my stretching and head home. Knee hasn't so much as twitched since..... oh well, there's always tomorrow! lol
It was such a lovely day yesterday, I got out into my garden and planted some primula and pansies that I bought a few weeks ago. They were starting to look a little sad (were very root bound, poor things) but the weather had not been cooperative. This morning I looked out at them and one was out of the ground, like I had forgotten to plant it. I'm pretty sure I did plant it as I sprinkled egg shells around them to keep the slugs away and put tomato cages around them to keep the deer away. The cage was there, the egg shells were there, but the plant was out of the hole and laying on the ground just outside the cage. Will be interesting to see what happens tonight.... Squirrels might be looking for a quick meal, they have eaten many of my bulbs and tubers over the years, grrr.
Well, look at that, it's getting late, again. I must go to bed, I have been staying up way too late, then sleeping in and I just accomplish more if I get up earlier.
Hugs for those needing them, congrats to those celebrating and welcome to the newbies!
Evelyn, Vancouver Island
Rosemarie2972 wrote: »I try to do something every day to honor my husband. He loved music so I have been listening to a Great Courses course about musical composers each day. Last night I listened to a lecture on physics because he had a degree in physics.
I cook dinner and eat at 6pm every night to have some ritual to my day. And my husband and I did this for years!
Rosemarie from GA
grandmallie wrote: »Wmy legs and ankles are swollen up
You were on a flight, right? Did you wear compression stockings?
M in Oz
I am doing this Happiness calendar for March. Feel free to copy or simply use it if you’d like!
March, 2023 Action for happiness.org
RVRita1. Set an intention to live with awareness and kindness. I intend to live with more awareness and kindness every day.
2. Notice three things you find beautiful in the outside world.
Sky, sand and ocean
3. Start today by appreciating your body and that you are alive.
Yesterday's 54 km bicycle ride and 5 km walk on the beach ...
4. Notice how you speak to yourself and choose to use kind words.
5. Bring to mind people you care about and send love to them.
6. Have a ‘no plans’ day and notice how that feels.
The only plans we had yesterday was a stroll through a neighbouring arty town to look at the shops.
7. Take three calm breaths at regular intervals during your day.
I do box breathing at some point just about every day.
8. Eat mindfully. Appreciate the taste, texture and smell of your food.
9. Take a full breath in and out before you reply to others.
10. Get outside and notice how the weather feels on your face.
Afternoon walk ...
11. Stay fully present while drinking your cup of tea or coffee.
Not so much today. But usually.
12. Listen deeply to someone and really hear what they are saying.
Haven't talked to anyone other than husband today.
13. Pause to watch the sky or clouds for a few minutes today.
Love watching the sky. Our house is especially well located for that, and at certain times of year, we get fantastic sunsets!
14. Find ways to enjoy any chores or tasks that you do.
Laundry! I don't mind doing laundry.
15. Stop. Breathe. Notice. Repeat regularly.
That's about all I can do today. I haven't done anything which requires effort.
I looked up the vaccine I had yesterday. Boostrix: diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (whooping cough). I am set for 10 years!
But headache, tiredness, body aches, sore joints and nausea are common side effects ... which I am experiencing.
My doctor also informed me that the antibiotic "cocktail" I've been prescribed will make me feel ill and give me a horrible taste in my mouth. But it is only for 5 days and should do the trick.
16. Get really absorbed with an interesting or creative activity.
I've been colouring these days because I'm not allowed to do much more. Fortunately, I enjoy colouring.
I've also been putting away laundry and rearranging a closet.
17. Look around and spot three thing you find unusual or pleasant.
The place is slightly neater and cleaner than usual. That's both unusual and pleasant. February was major house-cleaning month, then we went on holidays so the place is still clean.
I'm at home, surrounded by things I like.
There are photos I have taken recently showing on my second computer screen.
18. Have a 'no plans' day and notice how that feels or If you find yourself rushing, make an effort to slow down.
Today, I casually worked my way through part of the garden, catching up on some of the weeding.
And we went for a short 10 km bicycle ride.
And I've been colouring.
19. Cultivate a feeling of loving-kindness towards others today.
20. Focus on what makes you and others happy today.
Walking - 3.57 km
Cycling - 10.27 km21. Listen to a piece of music without doing anything else.
22. Notice something that is going well, even if today feels difficult.
23. Tune into your feelings, without judging or trying to change them.
24. Appreciate your hands and all the things they enable you to do.
25. Focus your attention on the good things you take for granted.
26. Choose too spend less times looking at screens today.
27. Appreciate nature around you wherever you are.
28. Notice when you are tired and take a break as soon as possible.
29. Choose a different route today and see what you notice.
30. Mentally scan your body and notice what you are feeling.
31. Discover the joy in the simple things of life.
Machka in Oz
Kim-I forgot she was more of the toe tap restriction and on the petite side. The frame device would work (if it comes with pot it is removable). I am sure you will find a way to make the walker work as an assist-maybe ask nurse for tips before leaving?
Lisa-so glad to hear you had a full day of no pain! That is terrific. If someone hasn't had chronic pain they don't know what it can be like.
Joyful-congrats on weight loss!
Annie-good job on getting taxes done. I may tackle mine this weekend. I have a feeling with DH social security added in to my salary I am going to owe!
Evie-maybe do stretching routine before elliptical (or at least part of it). I miss TRX I used when my gym was open. Didn't do lots with it but great way to get back stretch.
Machka-you find some of the greatest motivational posters. Thanks for sharing them. Today's really struck me,
Off to another Monday-sleep was somewhat better last night. Work up for trip down the hall a few times (antibiotics are kicking in though). I was able to drift back off each time and alarm woke me up.
Take care all,
Ginny in Ohio1
Weights, resistance bands, etc. - I have a decent set of weights and weight bench, several resistance bands, and a Pilates trainer.
I like them all.
Childhood clothing - I grew up in a fairly strict, religious family.
I was allowed to wear pretty much whatever I wanted. In fact, thinking back on what I wore on occasion, I'm not sure I'd allow my daughter (if I had one) out in those clothes! I have a few "what was I thinking??" moments.
But I was a teenager in the mid-80s.
Big crimped hair with bows and scarves and things in it. Lots of makeup. Bright colours. Plastic bangles. Huge earrings. Acid wash jeans. Bright tights. Neon.
And no, I don't have any photos to post of me in that time period.
By the mid-90s, I had switched to all black. So much so that people would quietly suggest I try wearing a bit more colour now and then.
Machka in Oz1
Do you remember that, in January, I said I had a secret?
First post on Page 87, here, Days 4 and 12 in my list ...
Well, part of that secret is that I'm on leave for a while ... and then I'm being seconded to another department for a bit!
I'll go into more detail next week, I hope.
Machka in Oz
I can finally go into detail! But let's see if I can be reasonably succinct.I worked at Job1 at LevelA for 8 years. During that time, I got my Masters in IT. So I started applying around to see what I might find.
In that time, a manager took me under her wing and gave me a lot of pointers. One of her tips was to ask questions. At the end of the interview, when they ask "Do you have any questions for us?", be sure to ask questions!! If you're offered a job, ask questions about the job.
January 2022 - I got 2 jobs! Job2 was permanent at LevelB and Job3 was a 6-month term at LevelC.
I took Job2 and asked if they would second me to Job3. To my surprise, they did!
Always ask questions!
At the end of the 6-month term I started, officially, with Job2.
Shortly after that, I applied for another position back in the general area of Job1 where I had been for 8 years, and when I got the interview, I found out it was actually to fill 2 positions. I didn't get either one. No worries. I already had a job.
December 2022 - The day after my skin cancer surgeries, with my nose in bandages and my eyes black and swollen, I got a call offering me a position back in the general area of Job1 where I had been for 8 years. Turns out that they can do that if a person has had an interview within the previous 6 months.
I accepted the job: Job4 at LevelD - entry level management.
But it is a 2-year term position.
When I told Job2 I had a new job, but it is a 2-year term position, they made a deal with me. They would second me to Job4!
So, for the next 2 years, I remain permanent with Job2 at LevelB while I go to Job4 at LevelD - entry level management. We'll see what happens at the end of 2 years.
I'm looking forward to being back among people I got to know and a little nervous at the same time.
Meanwhile, I've been on leave (annual leave) for almost a month. I will miss that. I would love to be retired. But I'll be on a 9-day fortnight again, so that's not too bad. I made sure to ask about that!!
Machka in Oz
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