A Darn Good Day!

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I had a GREAT day yesterday. Even I couldn’t believe what all I got accomplished on my own. I made it to the pharmacy and then decided, what the heck, I still have energy… I’ll go grocery shopping all by myself. I did find myself huffing and puffing my way into the store but I grabbed a cart and rolled it the short distance to the produce department while doing a little purse-breathing along the way. (Remember? K has been taking over the grocery shopping for the last 5 or 6 months. It’s been getting harder and harder for me to go along.)

I did a bit of “slow browsing” to give myself enough time to catch my breath and then away I go to shop to my heart’s content. No, I did not buy ice cream. But I did by ingredients to make cookies and maybe even turtle cheesecake. *drool* I even had fun saying hello to people I don’t even know, even the little kids. I had so much fun!!!

I knew I’d be tired when I got home because K wasn’t going to be home yet and I skipped my morning diuretics to get an early start on my day. So I grabbed a roasted chicken for dinner. Won’t K be surprised?!?!

I got home with my groceries and unloaded AND put them away! All. By. Myself!!! *super proud of myself* Next, I started dinner! Whaaaat??? How am I even doing all this??? I just don’t know. All I can say is….K sure was surprised because not only did I accomplished all the stuff I did yesterday, I even made a salad to go with dinner! Whaaaaaat? I think I scored some extra points with the salad. *grin* Who says men don’t like salad? After dinner, my energy was definitely draining. I could only rinse off the dishes but you KNOW I had just enough energy to sit down to crochet for a few hours while we watched some TV together.

It was a happy day yesterday and I hope I have another one again soon. I am paying for all of yesterday’s effort today. I’m tired, tired, tired today and when I told K that I was ready for a nap earlier, he politely reminded me that the Cowboys play at 3pm which is about 25 minutes ago. Argh!!!! haha! So, here I am with my bipap on, in bed, trying to power up for the game.

I’m happy. I hope I don’t mess up whatever I decide to make for my contribution to our family Thanksgiving dinner. It’s supposed to be something chocolate-flavored. That’s where the turtle cheesecake comes into play. *shrug* hehe!

Have a great Sunday! Lots of love to you all!!!

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2015 Happy Jar Revealed…. she opens the jar!

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Happy Jar

Happy Jar

This post is more about becoming more motivated about living life while on oxygen. It has shown me that even though my year was filled with challenges, I still had many happy moments to add to my Happy Jar.

This is the happy jar that I made for my 2015 Happy Jar project. I filled it with written down happy moments that happened for me throughout the year. I’m now reusing this jar for my all-exciting happy moments of this year [2016]. If you’d like to read about what Happy Jars are used for, click and read my post that I wrote titled, Happy New Year!! It’s nearly 2015!.

Today, I dumped out the 2015 happy moments and started to read through them. Last year was a tough year for me. I struggled with motivation and breathing problems. With all of that going on, I didn’t think that I had slipped very many “happy” moments in my Jar. As I read through the “moments,” I found myself smiling while I remembered the fun and exciting times I had. This “Happy Jar” has been a great idea! In fact, I’m hoping to fill it up this year!

I hope you created one for yourself last year with me. If you didn’t, start one now! It’s not too late. You don’t have to be super creative with your jar. Mine is a clean Spaghetti sauce jar that I ran through the dishwasher and then painted and used polymer clay to decorate it. Give it a try and do it your way!

I thought I would share my happy moments with you. Let’s see how many I have. Maybe you will recognize some of them! Granted… not every happy moment of 2015 made it in the jar. It was fun pulling out the papers and reading the things I nearly forgot about that happened.

HAPPY JAR 2015

    ~ I just made a batch of Oatmeal Scotchies (cookies) and cleaned the mess. AND I’m not even tired from it! Hooray!
    ~ Results are back on the CT Scan. My aorta is only 4.3cm instead of 5.1cm. YAY! Whew!
    ~ Going to Oklahoma for 5 days for my birthday/anniversary!
    ~ I finished an afghan for my cousin’s baby! I love babies!
    ~ Made Rocco some doggy biscuits- homemade! He loves them!!
    ~ I finished the family Christmas photobook. I ordered an 8×8 book just for us to see how well it turned out. Can’t wait!!
    ~ My mother-in-law gave me a gift of a t-shirt that’s black with blingy cats. I LOVE IT!
    ~ Sore from painting last night. So, I made brownies as my motivational reward. Then, I continued taping trim and walls! Happy Day!
    ~ I finished my Happy Jar (added the cat on the lid) and made decorative papers for my Happy Jar! So Happy!
    ~ I sent an afghan to one of my parents! He wanted my name and date on it. Awwww!
    ~ I went to the doctor today to get the paperwork started for a new Bipap! Saw K at work, mailed a Need a Hug afghan, and then made dinner in the crockpot & cleaned up the mess. SUCCESS!
    ~ Family came for a visit and they tested out the Margarita Machine I got K for Christmas! Great weekend!
    ~ I’m so happy. K and I finished painting the family room walls, hung curtains, and pictures. Then cleaned our mess. It looks awesome!!
    ~ Klondike goes to Paris with sister and her husband.
    ~ Pictures are now coming in from Paris! Klondike is having a blast!!!
    ~ I finished Klondike’s Adventure in Paris photobook that I made for my sister as a thank you for taking Klondike on their vacation.

Getting busy and having fun… keeps you happy.

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Finding something to do with your fireplace when you feel uncomfortable about using it because you use oxygen is tricky but K managed to do just that. First, we had to …ok ok.. HE had to clean it out. The cobwebs were something I wasn’t going to get close to. (and he’s even afraid of spiders!) He’s so brave! At first, for a Christmas present to each other, we were going to get an electrical fireplace insert. However, we could never decide which one to buy and frankly, we just didn’t know what we were doing. So, K had an awesome idea. I mean totally awesome. Well, it’s awesome to me.

First, came the cleaning out part… like I said just a few seconds ago. Then we shopped on Amazon.com (who doesn’t love that website??) and found the perfect thing to put INSIDE the fireplace!

fireplace

I had to get creative because when we got the candelabra, we didn’t realize it was intended for real candles. So it had a spike where the candles go. I brainstormed about how to be able to use faux candles (which we bought at Big Lots) inside the glass votive candle holders. I came up with 5mm thick craft foam that I cut into circles the diameter of each candle base. It was just thick enough that when I pressed them to each of the candle holders, the metal spike wouldn’t poke the bottom of the glass votive holders. I know.. I’m good! haha! After that, we chose batter-powered realistic candles that have a 5-hour on timer function. K had the greatest idea after that. We noticed it was missing something. He went to a glass store and took the inside wall measurements and had them cut 3 mirrors and now instead of seeing the back of the fireplace, we see the reflexion of the glowing candles.

Since that project is finally done, I moved onto my next one. The fairy garden. I’ve been learning a lot about Polymer Clay through Pinterest (I love that website too!?!). Polymer Clay is what I made my Happy Jar from. I considered that practice for the fairy door that I finished making the other day. Now, I’m going to use a Ball jar to build the fairy house and attach the door to it.

FairyGardenProject
It’s time consuming but it gives me something to do and look forward to when I have days where I don’t feel so great. Remember that raised flower bed I got for Christmas from Santa? Rocco had his picture taken in it. Well, I’m going to plant spinach and some herbs and whatever else I can fit in there. There also will be my fairy garden right there off to the side of the herbs…or whatever is growing!

In between making the bits and pieces of my fairy door and garden, I’ve started yet another project. I don’t normally have so many things going at once. It can be a little confusing and I like to finish one project and then move on to the next. It keeps the excitement going and I have something to look forward to in the future. It gets me out of bed every day. This project, though, I was asked to do. I’m making a family Christmas photo book. I use Shutterfly for all my photo books. I can only work on the book a page or two at a time. It’s very stressful to me to concentrate so hard. (hmm.. that didn’t sound right! *wink*) I want it to be perfect. Here’s the cover of the book. That’s all I’m going to reveal. Everything else is top secret. I want the rest to be a surprise for K’s mom and family. Cleaning up 110 pictures after weeding them out of almost 300 pictures was VERY tedious. That part is NOT fun unless it’s a smaller amount of photos.

AnotherPhotobookProject

I really feel that it’s important to stay active and engaged in life. Find a hobby that you’re interested in. Try a new one. You don’t have to be super creative or artistic. Just do something that makes you really happy. Instead of writing emails, get some cute notecards and hand write to someone. It’s always fun to get a surprise in the mail from someone you know. Heck, get blank notecards and draw a picture on it with crayons for that matter. Oooh that sounds fun. I may have to try that. I’m not good at drawing but I bet my family and friends wouldn’t care! Right? *wink*

Just find some hobby that gets you out of bed every day. Stay well. *hugs*

Random Picture Day #12 – The Oasis

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Here it is as promised! My little oasis. I really love it. It’s not fully decorated yet but the lights, fan, and mostly all of the furniture are on it. The furniture was a gift from my mother-in-law! Totally awesome of her. I think she understood what K was trying to do for me. We’ve had several neighbors stop by at night asking about our patio and its lights… even a car driving by slowed down and K could them say, “Oh my gosh.. would you like at that?” K was up on a latter hanging lights at the time.

Maybe you are wondering how this patio can help me. It’s an encouragement for me to get out of the house. It motivates me to keep taking care of my plants. K and I have a deal where I am the only one who water my plants. He bought me a Pocket Hose which is lighter than watering with a normal, heavy, hose or a watering can. Before you say it… I’ve yet to have trouble with the Pocket Hose since I don’t turn the water on full force and I also drain the water out of it when I’m done with it. By getting out there to tend to my plants, I get a little exercise as well as a sense of accomplishment of seeing my plants, trees and fruit grow. I can’t tell you what that does for me.

We just hung the party lights!

We just hung the party lights!

I don’t know if you can see it but there is a ceiling fan hanging. It’s turned on by remote. The ceiling fan was a must because K didn’t want me to get overly hot outside. The pergola has a Polygal covering which not only keeps the rain off the patio but it shields some of the harsh sun rays off.

My plants

My plants

Can you see my dwarf lemon and lime trees? Not shown in this picture are my apple tree, herb plants and my jalapeños. This gardening thing is fun but can sometime be frustrating since there are these little things call Avids. Grrr! I want to grow Spinach next!

And finally a picture of ME! This picture is of me on the day K and I took my mom back to the train station for her train ride home. I was thinking… “Awh ma…. do you really have to go home?” *wink* We had a great time watching lots of movies!

oh mom

Take care of yourself! Let me know if you have any questions about me for a blog post or for the Q&A page! I hope you got your flu shot already! *hugs* to you all!! Happy Halloween!

Little successes…

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In February or so, my older sister came to visit us. She brought with her an order form for her daughter’s fundraiser project and being the awesome aunt that I am, I ordered a few things. haha! One of the things I bought is a hanging strawberry planter and today I finally opened the package and planted the little strawberry plants. It was a little more difficult for me to do than I thought it would be. I had to get my portable oxygen on and walk out to the barn (which is really a small shed). I didn’t have enough dirt…errr planting soil in the garage from my last gardening adventure. So, out I went with everything I needed in my hands. I had my oxygen and strawberry planter (careful not to spill what dirt I had already put in the bag) in my hands approaching the barn.

Going in the barn isn’t something that I usually do because my 50ft tubing is only long enough to get the barn doors stretching from my tanks inside to the barn. I don’t have enough slack to actually go inside the barn which is ok with me because I normally don’t do any of the yard work. But, today, I needed in that barn for dirt. With my portable oxygen tank on, I carefully set everything down on the ground because the first time I attempted to open the door, it was stuck. (Yes, we need to replace the barn… It’s so old!) I’m tugging and tugging and lifting and tugging when suddenly the stupid door opens. I was so happy that I got the door open that I walked right into the barn forgetting one important thing. My portable. I walked off forgetting the oxygen (common thing for me) and it tipped over. Ugh! I picked it up and brought it in the barn and set it down on the floor AGAIN. I lifted the dirt and the darn thing is so heavy! Not only did I have to lift and carry it out of the barn, I had to carry my oxygen out of the barn too. I also needed a little scoop thingy. Where are you now McGyver???

I hitched my tank strap on my shoulder and hefted the bag of dirt out of the barn. Then I returned for the scoop after I set the tank somewhere halfway between my work area outside the barn and inside the barn. Now, I’m good to go. I shoveled in little scoops of dirt and I’m on my way to growing strawberries! The bag is filled and I successfully got everything put away, struggling to get that stupid barn door closed. I got the little strawberry plants inside and it’s time to switch back over to my inside oxygen supply. I turned on the 2 liquid oxygen tanks and put away my portable and then walked off towards the kitchen, forgetting that I didn’t even put my oxygen back on. What am I doing!!! Don’t worry… I put my oxygen right on. I have a lot on my mind and I’m really forgetful. I planted the strawberry plants in the little holes provided in the bag-type planter then I took them outside to water them. That part was tricky because it had to be laid flat (for a few days until the strawberries take root according to the directions). Yes, I’m a direction reader… K is not. haha! I’m finally done with my project for the day and I’m really excited because I accomplished something that I thought I would need K’s help with. Three cheers for me!

Being on oxygen makes doing some things a little harder but I try to find other ways (maybe a little stranger ways) to do them so that I can feel good inside… You know… Happy! I don’t know if I’m doing any of this strawberry stuff right but at least it got me out of bed, off the couch and out the door. That’s what matters… being active doing things that make you happy. For the rest of the day I plan to work on my crochet project that I’m doing for a friend and then I have to vacuum the family room because we are having company later today. I’m sure I’ll find other things to do today around the house. The crocheting helps me wind down and rest enough to battle to vacuum cleaner.

I hope everyone is doing well.

Shout out to Michelle: I’m SOOOOO glad that you are doing better now and are out of the hospital. *HUGS*

strawberries

When the world is crashing down…

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We all have the kind of days when you feel like the world is crashing down around you. You look for something… anything to pick you up and keep you moving. Many times, for me, it will be a particular song and when it’s playing either on my computer (so that I can have it readily available at times when I feel low) or I hear it on the radio in the car. I also have this particular song on my iPhone. I’ll just pop on my ear bud… I say earbud, singular, because I can only hear in my left ear. I know… it’s totally inconvenient to have one hearing ear, especially when I’m sitting in the movie theater or anywhere, really, and the person I want to talk with is sitting on the wrong side of me. hehe!

Anyway… as I was saying… The link below leads you to a song that gives me a lift when I feel like I’m no longer Wonder Woman, which isn’t often, mind you. hehe! *wink* So, listen to it and pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on if you’re having a bad day. Stand up and dance along with the beat of this song and I swear (well, not really… I try not to swear!) that you will feel better for listening and dancing along.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75ME7xqdmvE

This song gives me power to be me… to walk on in life with my head held high.

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What moves me…

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There are times when I am doing chores around the house and I need a little motivation. Sometimes I will have the TV going as the background noise but that doesn’t always work. Then there are times when I feel a little down and out too. What do I do? What works for me? What makes me laugh, have fun and gets me to move? And when I say move… I mean really move! No no not move to a new house.

What I do is turn off the TV. I go to my computer and click on iTunes where my collection of music is stored. I slide that volume up and let the music move me! I become a boogie momma while doing chores… mainly dishes and laundry. What’s good about music and dancing around the house or even in your chair is that it is a form of exercise. It gets you moving and makes you feel good. Sure, sure, I can’t dance the whole length of the song. I get tired. That’s why I slow down and take a few breather breaks. I get really into it. The embarrassing part is having K walk in when he gets home from work and catches me in the act. *giggle* I try to get him to dance with me but he’s not into dancing. He still smiles when he sees me, though, which makes getting tired dancing worth it!

So, why am I telling you this? I would love for you to take a few minutes each time I post a song on my blog to get down and boogie with me! I am posting one of the songs that really makes me move. You don’t need to know how to dance. No seriously! Just move! Get some exercise in a fun way. Are you willing to try this with me? Click the sideways play button link below to start the song video and be silly.. be fun.. get your kids, your spouse, your pet (I’ve done that!)… just whatever! Have fun! Just don’t let your body become sedentary which leads to a decline in health. Do this for you…