Archives for December 2017

December 26, 2017

Picture Perfect Christmas!

Christmas is the holy day/holiday commemorating the birth of Christ!  The Christmas Season has been dubbed; “The Most Wonderful Time of The Year”!  Whether you observe this holiday or not, it is virtually impossible to ignore the splendor that besieges you wherever you look at this time.  This holiday season I was inundated with visual representations of Christmas, some outstanding, others missing the mark entirely.  It didn’t matter to me because it really put the holiday season into prospective, because the meaning and rituals of the holiday change as you grow older.  As you get older, the holiday season is not solely about the presents, the traditions, or the foods you eat.  As you get older, the receiving of gifts is of little importance, traditions become memories as the people you have shared holidays with are no long living or no longer live close by, and foods that you normally associate with the holiday, you don’t pretend to like, when you really didn’t.  What made this holiday season, a true joy in the secular sense was the efforts of my neighbors, friends, and family with their effort to celebrate this Christmas!  So I share with you the pictures of the decorations I see when I walk in the daylight hours, drive by in the evening, some home pictures, and Jeff’s attempt to compete with our artistic neighbors.

Each morning Sean Patrick and I walk by this decorated tree that I equate to a train wreck!  It is fun and bizarre, brings a smile to my face, but is totally ridiculous!

Love the way this guy makes Sean Patrick howl with delight!  

Talk about attention to detail, I look for the elves who make the cookies when I walk by!

All year long this holly tree is a sight to see, yet it takes on a more significant meaning during the Christmas season!

Christmas Blooms!

Riding along side the river, it always makes me wonder why they put a Christmas tree on a dock!  Probably to put a smile on my face!

Last year Santa was riding a bicycle, this year he switched to a tractor!

Love this home with the understated lights, shooting star on the roof, and the deer antlers decorating the wreath.

A tasteful reminder of the reason for the season!

Christmas Eve!  Light up the night!

Our tree and decorations!

Jeff’s attempt to get into the game and light up the front of our home!

Nothing deep or profound to say about the holiday season!  I hope all enjoyed their holiday in the way they chose to observe or celebrate it.  Warm wishes to all and may we all have a pain free week.


December 19, 2017

Why Wait for Change?

It’s that time of the year when life is hectic and time seems to fly by!   Enjoying the holidays is a high priority on  most  people’s list.  All the gift buying, food preparation, and decorating can certainly exhaust you!  I’m sitting back, still out of work, and waiting for a date for my shoulder replacement.  Most of the holiday preparation is not doable so I spend my time being miserable and very unhappy with my life.  Well, in early December I recognized that I had more problems than a damaged shoulder.  My biggest challenge has been my weight, and being as heavy as I am, I realize it affects my damaged shoulder.  You may remember some of my posts mentioning my determination to lose weight, that lasted a New York minute.  I shared with my readers the excitement I felt when I embarked upon The Microbiome Diet, it was slow burn that fizzled quickly.  At this time I would be embarrassed to rejoin, for the umpteen time, Weight Watchers!  So instead of waiting for New Year’s Day to start working on a weight loss resolution I contacted a Registered Dietitian, and had my first video Telehealth appointment with her this past Sunday.

Before joining Patty Berry Registered Dietitian online, all I could think about was the changes I would have to make and all the foods that needed to be eliminated in my diet.  Surprisingly this initial meeting was painless, thought provoking, and exciting all at the same time.  She spent quite a bit of time gathering my medical information, my personal goals, and explaining how we were going to work together.

I wanted to share this experience with you because after the meeting was over, I felt a sense of hope and optimism. This could very well be a sustainable plan that would allow me to reach my weight loss goals but most importantly, break the cycle of constantly trying and failing at too many to mention diets.

It seemed to click when I heard that certain foods are not off-limits, I would be eating a healthy diet, not overly complicated, or drastic, just a manageable plan.  I will be keeping food records and Patty will be overseeing my progress by reviewing the records and making suggestions.  She made it clear that she is available to answer any questions I may have before our next mutually agreed upon meeting.  All materials needed for this plan were emailed to me, I was printing them moments after the appointment was over. 

I’m really enthused and anticipate success as well as setbacks that are part and parcel toward improved health.  It is my intention to stick with this plan, hell or high water, I will do it, and rather excited to be part of this program!  So occasionally I will be sharing with you my progress and thoughts on my journey!  Have a great week!

The Seasons First Snowfall

December 12, 2017

Under the Weather!

Normally, the holiday season is a stressful time for me, that is why I’ve become a list maker and prepare early for the season. Well, this year it didn’t matter that I was prepared early, Christmas Cards made out, stamped, and ready to mail. A shoulder injury, so severe, it would damage anyones holly jolly mood, I’m downright miserable! I mention this because I’ve missed a weekly blog post, something I haven’t done in over a year in a half. Muscle relaxers and pain medications make me tired, groggy, and sometimes forgetful. Reading books or magazines put me to sleep, knitting is definitely out, and movement is sometimes excruciating. So what to do? Take some of my own advise!  I’ve used a positive outlook to help me deal with RA, so I enlisted that outlook to help me soldier on. This is what I do day and sometimes all night when I can’t sleep!

Listen to audio books, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and a Elin Hilderbrand selection, Winter Stroll.

Play games on the iPad.

Meditate a couple of times a day, it works!

Look at and categorize old pictures and shred unwanted ones.

Try to walk short distances regularly.

I saved the best for last!

Shopped and learned all my charge card numbers, expiration dates, & security codes.  This has been my biggest accomplishment, since October 2nd!

It helps to remember this is not for the rest of my life, but I am eager to learn how my injury will be addressed. Tomorrow is my appointment with the surgeon, and hopefully a plan will be in place. Stay tuned and have a great week!