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Friday, August 1, 2014

stinky old arthritis

If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that I have had two knee replacements. They have made a huge difference in my quality of life. Before I had them my knees were bone on bone and I couldn't stand for 30 seconds, while microwaving, without being in terrible pain. Now I cannot only stand, but I can walk, and most mornings I take a 30 minute walk. I love it. 

This morning I couldn't take my walk because I couldn't tie my shoelaces. The arthritis in my right hand suddenly flared up so bad last night and this morning that I couldn't move my fingers because of the pain. That happens randomly for no apparent reason. It is starting to ease up now so I am carefully typing. 

I have had all kinds of blood tests and x-rays. No, it is not rheumatoid arthritis. No, it is not lupus. They diagnosed me with severe degenerative arthritis. Mine started early, and unfortunately I can't seem to tolerate any of the medications. As you know from my post here, I am looking for a new doctor. 

Okay, this post is not about a poor Laura pity party. It is about aging women and the changes we face in our health. Osteoarthritis is a big one. Osteoarthritis, sometimes referred to as wear and tear arthritis, affects more than twenty million people over the age of twenty five in the US alone. Mine started in my thirties and has an hereditary component. My grandmother had it and so does my mother. 

The NIH has a website devoted to arthritis. If you are interested it has a lot of useful information here. I particularly like the self help info as I can't take and don't like meds. 

Some of the suggestions:

1) Get educated: learn everything you can about your disease and seek out help. (support groups are good)

2) Stay active: learn which exercises are good for osteoarthritis. Walking is a great one and so is swimming.

3) Eat well: I am a great believer in a healthy diet and experience has shown me which foods have a negative effect on my arthritis. For me chocolate and refined sugars are no nos. 

4) Get plenty of sleep: It helps you cope better with the effects of the arthritis.

5) Have fun: Focus on the things you can do rather than the things you can't. I am all for this one.

6) Keep a positive attitude: This is one I work on every day. It is sometimes hard when the pain is really bad, but I try to focus on the good things and before you know it I am feeling better. 

See, just talking about it has made me feel better already and without thinking about it I was typing away before I knew it. 

Next week I will talk about the uh oh I found something suspicious on my body and what I did to get it taken care of. 

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

transformations: friends

Friends come in many forms and from many places. They may be near or they may be far away, but there is one thing they all have in common.

I can't begin to tell you how many times that you, my friends, have lifted me up when I think I have forgotten how to fly. 

What an inspiration each of you are.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I have a plan

Do you make plans? I do. I make lots of plans and set lots of goals. I know what I want, and though I don't always know how to get it, I keep on trucking. I keep working towards it. I've talked about wanting to move to Atlanta so that I can be close to my daughters and my three grandchildren. They are what is most important in my life. 

Let's face it, I have a lot of hurdles standing in my way. I make lists and set my goals and try to figure out how to jump over those hurdles. I am 63 years old and have a very low income. That is hurdle number one. Between my little bit of social security, my Etsy shop, my small amount of ad money from my blog, and my antique booth I still don't make enough to survive on my own. So I am looking for a small retirement apartment in the Atlanta area. 

I dream of a small apartment, a place I can call my own,  and how I will decorate it. How I will utilize that small space when I get it. What I will keep and what I will give away and sell. 

I look at how others live in their cozy little spaces and I know that I will be happy one day in mine.

Because I know that it doesn't matter how big or small your home is,

home is where your heart is, and that is why I will keep on planning and dreaming.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

is your doctor listening?

Do you feel like your doctor listens to you? Does he or she understand your needs?

When I went to see my internist a couple of weeks ago I felt like she was busy pushing her agenda on me, telling me I had to have tests I wasn't comfortable with getting. Although she has a specialty in older women, I don't feel like she is a good fit for me. I know what I want in a doctor. I believe in a combination of eastern and western medical practices and I want someone who will work with me. 

I believe a woman is an expert on her own body. When I have a problem I go and see about it. Several weeks ago I knew there was something wrong and I went to a specialist. I was right and I had it taken care of. I'll go into that another day. 

I don't feel that it is too much to ask to have a doctor who knows me personally, who is willing to sit and talk to me for more than a few minutes, who is willing to listen to my input, to answer my questions, and to give me alternatives.

I didn't feel that I was getting these things so now I am on the hunt for another doctor. Of course I have to find one who also accepts my insurance. All in all it is somewhat stressful. 

So how do you feel about your doctor? Do you have one that you love? Do you feel you are getting what you want?

Let's chat.
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older ladies are divine and touring through blog land

A Snippet of Inspiration
Week Eight

Because a little rain will fall into everyone's life and I believe everyone should start out their week feeling inspired. A Snippet of Inspiration is a small shot of inspiration on Mondays.


I love this.

Now on to the second half of my post.

This is the Touring Through Blog Land Tour. I was tagged for this by Brenda at Cozy Little House. I know that most of you already know and love Brenda. She is an inspiration to all of us with her very charming small spaces, her pretty garden, and her wonderful take on life.

I have a few questions I am supposed to answer. Here they are and they were a little difficult for me.

1) What am I working on right now?

Answer: I am working hard to build up my blog readership and income. I have recently had the honor of being added into the BlogHer network, which I hope will give me some much need income as I am a single older woman on a limited budget.

2) How does my work differ from others in this genre?

Answer: Hmmm!!! I am not sure that I fit into an actual genre. As a trained counselor I am using my blog to help people find a way to have a simple and serene life. That encompasses different aspects of living, so I write about whatever I feel will be helpful. I use everything from a women's forum to decorating ideas.

3) why do I write/create what I do?

Answer: This kind of goes back to question two. I love helping people and as I pursue a simple and serene life for myself, I want to help others find that too. My counseling was focused on women's issues, so I do gear my blog primarily towards women. However, men are welcome to jump in at any time.

4) How does your writing/creating process work?

Answer: I definitely write primarily by the seat of my pants. Most of my posts are written the day before or even the morning of the day they are posted. I want my blog to be current with what is going on in my life and how I am feeling at the moment. That does not mean that I don't write down ideas. I do, but how I end up writing about those ideas depends on how they affect me or how I think they will affect you at that moment. 

Now for the passing of the torch. I have chosen three wonderful blogs. As I ahem kind of forgot about this until the last minute (there is that seat of the pants thing) I am promoting them on the fly. I hope they will continue on with this wonderful promotion on August 4th. If they would rather bonk me on the head I certainly understand. 

The Little White House On The Seaside is written by a very talented woman called Magali. Don't you just adore her name? She lives in Brittany in France. How jealous am I? Pretty jealous, and she is living in and renovating an old fisherman's cottage while working as a teacher. All in all, I think somehow her life and mine got mixed up. 

Dreams on 34th Street: French Bread and Family  I think I must have been French in my last life, because I seem to gravitate to those who love the French way of life. This blog actually comes out of the Pacific Northwest, but it is written with a french flair as Lynne shares wonderful petit portraits of life.

Preppy Empty Nester is written by the very funny Katie. She is married to a chef (does he cook french cuisine, I wonder). Now why couldn't I have married a chef. She recently moved to Boston, lives in a gorgeous home, and has wonderful adventures with her Sista. 

I hope you will visit these three wonderful blogs.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

what is a perfect day?

What is a perfect day to you? 

Is it a day where you have a special activity planned or is it a day where you can stay at home and spend time alone?

For me, today will be a perfect day. I do not have to go anywhere. I can stay at home and start off with a long walk in the the cool morning air, work on my business, write my blog, sit out on my patio, read a book, watch the world go by.

My week has been busy, but I have been to enough auctions, browsed through enough thrift stores, fluffed my booth, stocked up on groceries, and filled my book bag at the library.

Today is a perfect day for me. It is a day to stop and smell the roses. It is a day to enjoy the moment. It is a day to just stay home.

A day for simple and serene living.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

so many projects...so little time

I have a board on Pinterest called Yes You Can Projects. You can see that here. It is full of projects I would love to do now or in the future. Currently I have 182 pins on my board. 

There is the how to make your own wool dryer balls. Love these. They are not only cute to look at, but really functional.

I have been wanting to make a rag rug since the 1970's. (That might tell you how far behind I am on my projects) But, now I have absolutely no excuse not to do it with this wonderful tutorial (This is where the so little time excuse comes in)

Look at these gorgeous watercolor flowers. I would love to have a vase full of these. (This could be a hint to my artist daughter, Katy who paints fabric flowers so I don't have to do it). 

Okay, this is something I could actually do. I really can sew, and I can just picture these blowing gently in my open windows.

Country Living has 46 craft ideas for recycling. We all know how much I love to reuse and recycle.

This is one that I am definitely going to try. Believe it or not, I actually just made a rag wreath (I know, hard to believe) and want to add roses. When I get that done, I will share it with you. (How long is it until the next millinneum?)

I seem to be a lot better at picking out cool projects than I am at getting them done, but I know a lot of you actually do them. So you may want to visit my Pinterest board because I'm sure that 182 project number will just keep going up. SIGH!!!

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