Thursday, November 15, 2012

Nothing Happening Here

I have to tell you, this has been the laziest week I've spent in a long time.  Honestly, I haven't done much.  I'm trying to get to the bottom of a stack of magazines, catalogues, papers and just plain stuff that has been lying by the side of my chair on the floor.  It piles up because I much prefer to read my kindle, so have spent a lot of time reading it this past week.  I really need to get busy reading this stuff, or just throw some of it away.   It has been quite a few days since I last posted, so I figured I'd better write something so I can get some news back about what some of you have been up to the last little while.

I did go to my hemotologist this morning and was quite surprised by the results of my test.   When I last went, two weeks ago, my hemoglobin was 10.8 and today it was 12.6!!  I can't even remember when it was that high.  My doctor was quite amazed too and checked to see if the lab had made a mistake, but no, that was correct!  Those last two iron infusions really worked!  I do feel better.  If it weren't for the constant pain I feel in my joints and muscles, I would feel downright wonderful.  I'm not going to complain though.  In fact, each day I wake up, I thank my Heavenly Father for another day. 

Winter has really decided to pay us a long visit.  Today we haven't even seen the sun, which is really unusual for the desert.  From now on, our temperatures will be in the 70's and that is okay.  I do wish the sun would come out though.  I hate these gloomy days. 

Tomorrow we are having a Ward Party and I have to make a dessert.  I am trying to decide which one to make.  I have so many yummy cake recipes, but I think it will either be my carrot pineapple cake or my oatmeal one.  The menu will be baked ham with lots of those "funeral potatoes", salads and side dishes of various vegetables.  I just know that I am going to break my diet on this one.  Buffets are really hard for me.  I love to taste a little of everything!  I have done very well too, having lost 5 pounds in the last two weeks.  I am now just verging on getting into the 150's which I haven't weighed in many many years.  I am really determined to do it this time.  But darn it, I just know that with our dinner tomorrow plus Thanksgiving Day, it is going to be tough going.  I don't want to deprive myself, but I am going to try to practice restraint.  Wish me well. 

I do hope that all of you will have a great Thanksgiving Day.  I just realized that it is a week from today! We are going to Huntington Park to have dinner with my oldest daughter, Nancy and some of her family that I haven't seen for some time.  It will really be nice to see everyone and we are going to stay overnight, so we won't have to drive home in the dark.  I REALLY hate to drive, or even ride in a car after dark. 

Forgive this short, rather uninteresting report, but at least you will know that I'm still here and doing okay.   Love to all..................


  1. Nice to hear that you're feeling much better. I'm sure that they will love your recipe.
    I think that the church 's gatherings are responsible for a lot of weight gain because there's always something fattening to eat especially at our church... It's always so tempting.

    Now since I'm trying to stay away from food that contains soy flour of soy by-products, I don't eat out much anymore because it's even found in food that you would never suspect, even bread, crackers, chocolate squares and chocolate chips etc, almost everything...

    I just wish I could at least eat dark chocolate bars though. I hope that I can eat dark heavenly chocolate when I go to heaven.

    It's nice that you are enjoying your Kindel.
    Have fun at the gathering. Jut sample the food and enjoy .

  2. I am so happy that your test came out good and you have more energy.
    I guess I need to get a Kindle. I do the same thing as you; I have a ton of reading material by my chair that I don't get too. It almost makes me nervous. Sometimes, I just go throw it all away so it doesn't bug me.
    Your ward dinner sounds good and I am sure they all know that you make the greatest of desserts. It is awesome that you are going to have Thanksgiving with your daughter, Nancy. I will look forward to reading about it all.
    By the way, I am just like you I have lost weight and I am at the lowest I have been in a long time. I have a birthday next week a long with Thanksgiving; so I have been worried about gaining. I also have my youngest daughter here for Thanksgiving. I have decided that I am going to eat everything I like but just take less than I normally would. We will have to exchange notes on how we do with all of this.
    Blessings and hugs!

  3. That's wonderful that your labs are improving and that you're feeling better! My dad got some great news this week from his oncologist - his levels have been cut in half since starting the chemotherapy treatment and that was VERY good news. AND - my mother passed her driving test, which she was really nervous about. It was a good week for my folks.
    I love my Kindle too. There are times when I can't even pick it up (like when I have to be somewhere) because I can't discipline myself to stop reading in time to get ready.
    Enjoy your party. I find that if I just have a taste of everything I want I don't feel deprived. My husband likes to eat ice cream at night and I find if he gives himself enough to give me a bite or two I don't feel deprived at all.

  4. I love that oatmeal cake. The frosting is so yummy, too.


  5. Enjoy the is way to short not too..and you can cut back for a few days after so I wouldn't worry too much! I'm glad your labs have improved so much. I understand what you mean about the joint pain. If I didn't have sore knees I would be soooooo happy! But I'm managing it and doing OK. I'm thinking of getting a kindle fire. My sister gave me her original kindle to try and I do enjoy it, but I want one in color now. Finally, (sorry my comments are always way too long!) Jack said to me this afternoon: "Want to go to Home Depot now before it gets dark? I know how you hate going out in the dark" Well, it gets dark at 5:30 now so that makes it hard not to go out at night! But I smiled when I read you hate to drive at night..I'm with you! Have a great Thanksgiving at your Daughter's!

  6. That is really good news about your blood count coming up! Too bad it can't make your joint and muscles feel good too. Have fun at the ward party, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with Nancy and her family. If you feel up to it, take some pictures of that special day.

  7. I hope among your other tests, they have tested your Vitamin D level. My joint and muscle pain disappeared almost overnight on getting that sorted out -I must have had chronically low level for years evidently. Glad your lab results were good.
    Australians don't have Thanksgiving as part of their history, but as my daughter now living in Germany loves Christmas, and is arriving after a long flight via London tomorrow, I've decorated the tree for her home-coming already and put the wreath on the door - neighbours must think I'm keen!!