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  • Musings

    10/13/2019 3:22:03 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have some great friends in Canada that I want to wish a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day! I find that the Fall is often my most active (outdoor) time of year. And the same for the Cooper-dog... I am averaging over 6 miles of walking with the dog a day for October. Add in solo walks, elliptica... Read more

  • Spark friends... and living my healthiest life

    10/11/2019 4:55:18 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have made a number of friends here on SparkPeople. Some I have met in person. Some I write to regularly (yes, I write actual letters that I mail), and others I keep in touch with via email or text. And yet others I use Sparkmail. Of all the friends in my life the people I have become acquainted wi... Read more

  • Ordinary miracles

    10/10/2019 5:11:20 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am lying here in bed in the early morning hours, listening to my dog snore while cuddled up next to me under the blanket. I am spending a few days at dad’s house. It’s a slower pace here on his farm, with more access to nature and green living things. When I am in town at my apartment there’s a... Read more

  • Sensitive subject... more honesty

    10/9/2019 12:44:20 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    Occasionally I will talk about the mental illness that I have. I don’t do it often, as it makes me feel very vulnerable (even here on Spark where people are so supportive), and exposed. But it is an important facet of my overall health, so sometimes it is important to address the issue. I have sch... Read more

  • DO SOMETHING... now, today...

    10/8/2019 3:29:21 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    Okay. I am tired, frustrated, and in pain. But... that doesn’t mean I give up. It may mean I falter, even stumble and fall (I don’t think of it as failure though), but as long as I get back up and get going again I am not going to knock myself, or my efforts, too hard. I have a plan in place to ... Read more

  • Inspection time... again

    10/6/2019 7:55:41 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I am up early getting myself organized for the next two days. I am going to spend the night at dad’s tonight and through the day tomorrow... and we have apartment inspections tomorrow. I hate the fact that the building manager and maintenance man come into my space to critique my housekeeping and “s... Read more

  • I had plans... the complexity of pain

    10/5/2019 5:02:47 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I ended up going for my fourth infusion for my migraine, in the past two weeks, yesterday. I had plans. Then I didn’t. I do continue to make plans and fully expect to be physically capable of following through. Despite pain. I have been struggling with this migraine for 13 days now. Most of the t... Read more

  • Total honesty...

    10/1/2019 12:33:41 PM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have been self conscious (somewhat mortified) to share the actual number on the scale for a few months now. I have vaguely been saying that I “gained some weight”.... that I was at my “heaviest weight in years”... in the interests of honesty and accountability I have decided to post a picture of... Read more

  • Still around...

    9/26/2019 12:12:24 PM, by ALLEYCATTUS

    This is about how I am feeling on a permanent basis these days... I keep meaning to start posting again and keeping up, but too tired... recently, I had to undergo a radical mastectomy- thank God no cancerous cells to my knowledge at least, but had an ulcerated suture line due to skin deterioration... Read more

  • Hanging in there...

    9/26/2019 3:40:00 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I seem to be stuck in a migraine cycle right now, but I am hopeful that it will break fairly quickly. It has only been since Monday morning that it really took off and started pounding me into the ground. Monday night I was at the ER, because I was becoming dehydrated from being physically ill from ... Read more

  • Exercise in patience and tenacity...

    9/24/2019 6:52:26 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I went 6 days migraine free, which is pretty good for me right now. I am switching from one treatment protocol to a completely different one, so I have been having more (and worse) migraines again while I go through the transition from one to the other. But yesterday I got the migraine from heck... ... Read more

  • Coloring my world purple

    9/21/2019 11:50:00 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    My hair now just about matches the tapestry hanging in my apartment. ... Read more

  • “Vacation” is over...

    9/17/2019 3:32:38 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    The summer veggies are mostly done. Dad sent me out with his picking basket to pick what I could find in his garden. Managed to find green beans, broccoli, Swiss chard, and sweet corn. While I was in the garden, dad went and picked the last of the blueberries. (Not enough to freeze, but enough fo... Read more

  • Pain and projects

    9/15/2019 6:21:44 AM, by LESLIELENORE

    I have been staying at my dad’s house for about 2 weeks now. The elevator in the apartment building that I live in is undergoing modernization. So, it has been out of service since Labor Day. Normally, it wouldn’t bother me too much, even though it is almost 6 flights of stairs up to my apartment,... Read more