Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Christmas is Coming the Goose is Getting Fat!

Just a quickie tonight. It's late and way past my bedtime.

I read a new blog tonight at http://dogmomdiva.blogspot.com.
Check it out when you have time.

Christmas has been on my mind for a week. I even purchased fun yarn for projects. I hope my hands will allow me to complete what my mind wants to do! While on Barbara's blog, I noticed she had a countdown clock 'til Christmas. I HAD TO HAVE IT!!!!! Take a look...

Off to visit my granddaughter Lyla tomorrow...I'm a happy Grandma!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

In the Meantime

"When you have a good heart,.life does not turn its back on you."
Iyanla Vanzant from her book, In The Meantime.

F - Friendly
I - Interesting
B - Bold
R - Reliable
O - One
Y - Yacker
A - Amicable
L - Listener
G - Grandma
I - Independent
A - Angel (This might be a stretch)

Can you use the word Fibromyalgia and list one-word, POSITIVE description of yourself? I thought this would be an easy exercise, but discovered it was not. 1) We don't always think of positive descriptions for ourselves and 2) I found the vowels more difficult than the consonants.

Give it a try...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

How's Your Attitude?

"...we must admit that we spend more of our time concentrating and fretting over the things that can't be changed in life than we do giving the attention to the one thing that we can, our choice of attitude." Charles R. Swindoll

I have three kids. The two oldest are twins. Shortly after they were born, I joined a Mothers of Twins support group. Several months down the road, I attended my first convention. I got up at 3 am to be at the convention on time. I was exhausted. While at the luncheon, I looked around the room of approximately 300 MOMs (Mothers of Multiples). The thought entered my head, "I have twins who are small and I got up early. I wish they understood how tired I am." Immediately, a second thought, "they are Mothers of twins too and most of them got up early." We were in the same boat..all exhausted." What a relief to know that everyone of those ladies UNDERSTOOD ME! I sat up to the table with a new attitude. Sometimes all it takes is internal conversation with ones self to figure out life's situations.

I watch my attitude daily. On pity party days, depression hovers. I work hard to lose the depression. While Fibromyalgia pain is my constant companion, I try to watch how words flow from my mouth. Because of the pain, it is easy to have a strong attitude, which others don't appreciate, I'm sure.

Always think about your tone of words. Keep a sunny attitude.

Friday, November 6, 2009

It's Friday!

You would think that being retired, I wouldn't get excited about "Friday." NOT! The weekend still brings that little twinge of excitement.

Lots of rain and high winds yesterday. Today we had thunder, lightening, hail and a few brakes in the rain.

Still battling the flu virus. My voice is almost gone from all the "junk" on my vocal cords. My wind pipe makes strange sounds as I breathe. It even wakes me up at night. My body feels like its been sunburned on the outside and painful inside. Took my additional dose of Neurontin again today. Sure hope my insurance company will refill when I run out. They are particular about refilling prescriptions within a certain time period from the last refill. I did push myself to do a load of laundry because I was out of underwear!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Day 3

Day 3 of a flu virus. Had a low grade fever this morning, but gone by this afternoon. This virus gave me an irritating cough, but hard to hack the junk up, headache and aches. It has increased my Fibromyalgia pain, including skin sensitivity..feels like sunburn. Resembles a nasty flare. My brain finally clicked on, so I increased my Neurotin. Unfortunately Dwain started with the same thing today. This is the first virus I've had in years. I've been lucky.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Flu Bug

Yesterday the cough progressed from a tickle cough to a hard cough from my chest. By dinner time I had a fever and aches. Today as been miserable. We had to cancel our visit to see Adam and family and a lunch/visit with our friends the Olsons.

Monday, November 2, 2009


This morning I woke up with a "tickle" in my throat so am involuntarily coughing. I'm not happy as we are to have visits with friends the next few days. Most importantly we are to spend Tuesday with Adam, Carrie and Lyla. We haven't seen them for three weeks and I don't want to give up the time. Hoping it will move on so we won't need to cancel.

Slept well last night but not long enough. Only five hours before the cough woke me up.

Had trouble with last nights post. Can't get the spacing correct. Even though I put the spacing in, it doesn't show up once I save and publish. I spent alot of time working on it then again this morning. Finally gave up and will see how this post does.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


"Inside every sick person is a well person wondering what the hell happened" Anonymous
Do you have this thought AT LEAST once a day? I do! I get tired of always feeling like crap.
I try hard to keep my appearance and demeanor UP so I'm not a medical drag. I feel if I complaint often, no one would want to be around me. When someone asks me about my Fibromyalgia and how I'm feeling, I get emotional. I choke up, tears often flow. I want to talk about it. I'm surprised by the emotion. I don't know if the emotion happens because I don't talk about it enough or if I was a complainer, the emotion would still over take me. Anyone else have this issue?
Saturday I visited with friends then did grocery shopping. I really should have separated the two. I didn't get to the grocery store 'til 3 pm. I'm already physically tired. My Fibro Fog was increasing by the minute. But I persevered! Got the shopping done. Picked up chicken and potato salad and headed home.
Today I did a few chores, watched a little football, took a nap, visited with in-laws then the
World Series. I think I accomplished enough!
I hope everyone has a good week ahead. We have a busy social calender the first three days. Dinner with friends in Seaside at Norma's in Seaside, Oregon. Norma's has a senior discount on Mondays..half price after 5 pm. November 2nd is the first day. Tuesday we are traveling to LaCenter, Washington to visit with Adam, Carrie and Lyla. Wednesday we will be honored with a visit from our friends, the Olsons. Planning to have lunch out. I think after Wednesday, I will need a day off. :D