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  • 6-22-21

    6/23/2021 1:32:09 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Kitty Kaine is busy chasing the bugs on the outside of the screendoor. He doesn't understand why he can't catch them. I refuse his requests to let them in, because he'll only chase them if the stay on the ground. It doesn't work like that, so he's frustrated by the bugs.... Read more

  • 6-21-21

    6/22/2021 2:11:54 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Mondays used to be full of "I don't wanna". Since I retired they are just another day. This Monday was cool, compared to the other days we've had lately. All I wanted to do today was snuggle in my bed and sleep. Too much that I needed to do to go indulging myself like that, plus sleeping like that t... Read more

  • 6-20-21

    6/21/2021 2:17:53 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Ever get the feeling somebody is making time go faster, and it isn't you? Time just went very fast for me today. Each time I looked at the clock, it's like an hour had past. I could have sworn only ten minutes had gone by. The whole day was like that. Minutes running like they were river rapids. Of ... Read more

  • 6-19-21

    6/20/2021 1:45:40 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    It was a cooler day and I managed to get some small tasks done. It actually rained a little bit too. Kitty Kaine must have forgotten what rain sounded like, because he spent the entire time it was raining slinking around, looking for a safe place to hide.... Read more

  • 6-18-21

    6/19/2021 3:33:51 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Another INR test. My score was 1.6 this time. I think I will be doing this on Fridays for a while. My doctor also had a A1C blood test for me. I haven't gotten the result of that one yet. It has cooled down a little bit. You can feel it, but it is still hot. I think that's why my leg ulcer took a li... Read more

  • 6-17-21

    6/18/2021 1:25:25 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    It's still hot. I'm moving slowly but I'm getting things done. I'm up to date with my book reviews. I did the laundry. I washed some of the dishes I've let stack up while I was either busy or too d*mn hot. Still have some bills to get in the mail. Life goes on.... Read more

  • 6-16-21

    6/17/2021 2:21:18 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    I may be getting used to the heat. I wasn't as headachy today. I could be wrong. One of the weather guessers on TV said we hadn't had time to acclimatize to the heat and I think he is correct. ... Read more

  • 6-15-21

    6/16/2021 1:51:39 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Officially 101 today, and we are only on the edge of this heat. I sweat sitting still and melt if I go outside. It won't cool off until Friday, if you can call returning to normal temperatures cooling off. The planet has a fever.... Read more

  • 6-14-21

    6/15/2021 1:15:12 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    I am working on getting all my windows open. Some windows are hard to get to. I've moved things in front of them. This is what happens when I need to get to the stuff behind the stuff that I moved from some place else so I could get to stuff behind that. Does it sound like I'm spinning my wheels?... Read more

  • 6-13-21

    6/14/2021 1:17:07 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    We are starting a heat wave. Temperatures above 95 for most of the week. It's only June. I have to wonder about the rest of the summer. I may need to move down into the basement. It's about as messy as upstairs, so I have no idea where I'd put a bed.... Read more

  • 6-12-21

    6/13/2021 2:09:31 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Today was the first meeting of my book group Novel Conversations. It felt good to be talking about books in person. It actually felt good to be talking with people in person. These past 15 months have been trying. Reconnecting is fun.... Read more

  • 6-11-21

    6/12/2021 1:19:10 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    My INR is 1-4 today. They are bringing me up to where they want me to be slowly. I'm all for that. Tomorrow my Saturday book club will be meeting for the first time since the lockdown. It will be interesting to see who all shows up. I know I will be there.... Read more

  • 6-10-21

    6/11/2021 2:00:24 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    198 We hit 95 degrees today, and it won't be the hottest day this week. It's only June. I wish there was some way I could bottle up this heat and store it until this coming winter. I could sure use it them.... Read more

  • 6-9-21

    6/10/2021 2:08:00 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    The radiation does make you more tired, fatigued actually. For me that doesn't hit until the next day. I for sure did not want to get out of bed this morning. I'm very glad the treatments are over. Now maybe my body will get back to normal.... Read more

  • 6-8-21

    6/9/2021 2:41:59 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    I finished the radiation treatments today. Tomorrow is wound clinic. Seems like the only thing I do is medical. I have to check my INR again on Friday. This week the only day I have to myself is Thursday. That day I have the joys of laundry and dishes and hair washing. I guess Thursday will be a wet... Read more

  • 6-7-21

    6/8/2021 2:59:03 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    To say I'm unhappy about Spark People shutting down in August is not to say much. I am. I will miss this site. I will stay here until the lights get turned off, because that's just how I am. I will also go visit my estate in Egypt. (For those who don't get the reference, I will be in denial for a wh... Read more

  • 6-6-21

    6/7/2021 1:19:56 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Today I mostly finished things I started the day before. Not that I finished all of them. I've been a little scattered the past couple of days. It's like that old joke, I start something, get distracted by something else I notice needs doing which leads me at something else. Constantly distracted an... Read more

  • 6-5-21

    6/6/2021 1:31:24 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    We had our first 90+ degree day. I have started opening the windows. I usually don't do that until the nights are 60 degrees or better. They aren't there yet, but the next week will all have daytime temps or 85 or more. How about that for jump starting summer. So I was slow doing my chores. I think ... Read more

  • 6-4-21

    6/5/2021 2:16:15 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Well, I've started on the blood thinners again. My first INR is 12.6. They want to take it slowly. I have one more radiation treatment, and then I need another scan of my esophagus. I hope that healed the way they want. I'm not sure what we can do if it didn't. Most of my leg ulcer is healed, yeah... Read more

  • 6-3-21

    6/4/2021 1:40:11 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Four treatments down and one to go. Then I guess I join the club of cancer survivors. What does that even mean? I mean, I well have had at that point 5 radiation treatments. I will have to be scanned once a year afterward to make sure it doesn't come back. It really feels so easy. I'm told they are ... Read more

  • 6-2-21

    6/3/2021 1:42:26 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    It's trying to be summer, but the nights are still chill. This is one of those short weeks. I feel I never get anything done during one of them. Even retired, Monday holidays throw me off my stride. I'll get over it just in time for the next holiday. Tomorrow is treatment number 4.... Read more

  • Just for today

    6/2/2021 8:44:40 AM, by VLRPRKS

    Today I have a lot going on. I choose to calm my mind and keep anxiety at bay. So instead of panicking about all my “ to do’s “ I said to myself make a list of these tasks so as not to forget. My thought process is just for today I’ll prioritize and choose peace not perfection.The world isn’t going... Read more

  • 6-1-21

    6/2/2021 1:31:22 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    I finished my third of five radiation treatments. The best part of them is when the nurse says I can relax my arms. The treatments this week are earlier than last week. That means I have to get up earlier and I'm tired when I get to the cancer center. We do what we must and complain later.... Read more

  • 5-31-21

    6/1/2021 1:15:15 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    I got caught up with my book reader reviews. I'm behind on my reading challenge. So I need to stop playing computer games and concentrate on my reading. It's not like I don't have anything to read. I'm sure I could find something interesting in my multiple volume library. And that doesn't count the ... Read more

  • 5-30-21

    5/31/2021 1:24:55 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    It is a cold rainy Sunday, perfect for doing nothing. I got a lot of nothing done today. It's supposed to be the same tomorrow. This should make the holiday weekend a perfect bookend for the pandemic year we just lived through. At least, I hope so.... Read more

  • 5-29-21

    5/30/2021 2:09:35 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    So I could sleep late today if I wanted to. Instead I got up at my regular time, bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to go. That's how it goes, seems like. When there's plenty of time, nothing has a deadline. Only when you've got tons of things to do, you don't have the time for it all. I am so glad... Read more

  • 5-28-21

    5/29/2021 2:10:02 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    I woke up tired this morning. It hasn't gotten better during the day. It's radiation fatigue, I'm sure. It has nothing to do with going shopping after the treatment, which also wears me out. I can blame anything I want. Tomorrow I plan to stay home and clean up the kitchen. Got some laundry to do to... Read more

  • 5-27-21

    5/28/2021 2:16:44 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Radiation went fast this time. At least, that's how it felt. The radiation machine is a gas to watch. It twirls and spins around. If I wasn't so busy concentrating on my breathing, I'd start laughing. But that might make me move. It is very important to stay very still. Otherwise the radiation might... Read more

  • 5-26-21

    5/27/2021 1:43:33 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    Tomorrow is my second radiation treatment. I still have to work with the part of me that does not want to go. I know why I'm of two minds about the treatment. In some ways it is a reminder of my mortality. That doesn't make it any easier. I got new compression stockings. I started wearing them last ... Read more

  • Loving this new Lifestyle

    5/26/2021 8:53:00 AM, by VLRPRKS

    I’m really finding my groove with my nutrition using SparkPeople. I can really do this for a lifetime. No more yo yo dieting. No more super restrictive eating plans. It’s very freeing to know that I don’t have to deprive myself of anything I want as long as it’s within my caloric deficit. This is a ... Read more

  • 5-25-21

    5/26/2021 1:55:51 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    The first radiation treatment is over. I got a gold star for not moving during treatment. I just concentrated on my breathing, like when I was in the MRI. This wasn't as bad. I wasn't inside the dark machine. All I had to do was stay still and not scream because my arthritic shoulders were hurting. ... Read more

  • My habits are changing for the better 🤸🏽‍♂️

    5/25/2021 8:22:13 AM, by VLRPRKS

    Yesterday I went to the store to pick up a few items. While I was there I walked past the usual junk food isle with candies and stuff which I normally would buy in bulk. I didn’t buy any of it because I didn’t want it. I saw a badminton set and bought it instead 🤸🏽‍♂️ Yeah me! Whoohoow! ... Read more

  • 5-24-21

    5/25/2021 1:42:21 AM, by SUSANBEAMON

    I get to do something new tomorrow. It's not that I want to go do this new thing. I have to do it. After I do that, I'm going to drop off the stuff in my car trunk at the thrift store. Starting this week, on the days I don't have to go to radiation, I will start on the piles of clothes I have accumu... Read more