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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good News - Bad News - Join me for MMEL


  • Good News! I found out what was causing my dizzy spells and hot flashes. 
  • Bad News! I have a high blood sugar and am pre-diabetic. Go figure.

I was watching Dr. Oz today and decided that I am going  to check out his new diet. It is supposed to increase muscle mass and lower fat around the internal organs. 

There is some resistance training and I think that will be really good for me. I told Ray the other day that between the Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, I have very little strength. I feel like one good cold would take me down permanently. I have even gotten to the point that I don't want to leave the house. 

All of this is making me depressed and the only way I know out of it is to make a change. The change will to: Move More, Eat Less. I still believe in calorie counting. The one time that I lost the most weight and kept it off the longest was when I was a member of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS). I lost 30 lbs in three months and kept it off for over two years.

So, while I get my act together, gather the information and start some exercising, if there is any one who would like to share in this experience with me, leave me a comment. 

I have another blog that we can use to keep up with everything. You wouldn't have to use your real name if you didn't want to. We could discuss it all and see how we can get it going. How would you like to create a weight loss team that might possibly even become a large group that would share in whatever perks we could obtain?

Think about it and I will too. Go ahead and weigh in and measure yourself, and keep a calorie count of the food that you eat, or carbohydrate count, whichever you choose. You can email me at barbarapduke@yahoo.com with MMEL (Move More, Eat Less) in the subject line or I will send you a DM on Twitter with my phone number. 

I hope you have a wonderful week and feel great!


GOD IS GOOD - ALL THE TIMEALL THE TIME - GOD IS GOOD





Monday, September 29, 2014

The Amazing Bed - Comfort At Last

We received our EasyRest Adjustable Bed Adjustable Bed. It is wonderful, or should I say they are wonderful. We ordered the King-Size so we received two extra-long twin beds. Each bed has its own controller. The head goes up and down and the foot does too. You can set it to your special setting on two more buttons on the remote. 
You can also have massage that makes the whole bed shake in heavy massage or light massage. Then there is a setting where the massages goes from head to foot and back.
The massage feature lasts for about 15 minutes after you set it. That way you can go to sleep without worrying about vibrating all night. This seems to have helped me with my auto-immune diseases: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. Sleeping with my head raised has also helped with reflux. The foot raised helps with the PAD in my feet and they aren't feeling so numb.

There is an extra added benefit. I don't hear any snoring from Ray at night and it would take an explosion to wake me up anyway. I am sleeping better than I have in years.

The warming mattress covers came over the weekend. I cannot wait for it to get cold enough to put them on. I may put them on this week when the sheets are changed. I like a cold room with a warm bed. I will put pictures on the blog as soon as I finish decorating the bedroom.

Weeks later. I still love the new beds but I am having trouble finding extra-long twin sheets because they have to fit over two mattresses. I think this may be an expensive proposition. Right now, we are using full-sized sheets. They cover, but not beautifully.

We brought a comforter home from NC that we were given at Christmas. It has two pillow shams. Not sure it is the pattern I want in there, but will make a nice whole bed quilt. With the comforter, I am going to have to make a bed skirt. Not my favorite thing, but definitely something I can do.

So far, this has been a positive experience. The salesman did promise us another pillow. We got a free one when we ordered, but he said he would make sure we got another one since we bought two beds to make the King-size. By the way, the beds can be locked together, but that makes a problem with making the individual beds. It would be difficult for us to sleep in different settings if it was just one big bottom sheet. There is also an attachment if we decide we want a headboard

I will let you know about the sheets as soon as I find them. If you want me to send you a note as soon as I get them, subscribe to the blog and comment. You will get the information for sure.


GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!
ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!

I have not been compensated in any way for this article. 
Opinions are my own.

(Oh, if you do contact them and purchase a bed, please let them know that you heard it from me. Their website is not set up to use links from affiliates, but it would be nice if maybe they found out that it was me who talked about their product. 
They might even compensate me [or you] in the future.)



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cleaning Service?

We took up the carpet and took down the drapes in our bedroom because we bought our new adjustable beds. The drapes had been up way too long and

the carpet went out of style 20 years ago.  I have never seen so much dust.

The windowsills looked like they had never been vacuumed, even though the maid service I hired, checked off that they had cleaned the windowsills and blinds. There were 4 generations of spiders.

Since I have been ill, I have had others cleaning my home and I cannot tell you how disappointed I have been.

I was so disappointed with the nationally recognized cleaning service. They charge a lot more for the first visit. They said that they would send 2 women for 3 hours and I only got one lady for 4 hours and she was pretty slow. I think she spent more time marking off her check list than she did cleaning. I would give you the name of the service but I don't want to get sued.

I called them because it is difficult to find small business cleaning people and I wanted someone that I would consider a friend and not just the "maid."
If you would like to know the name of the service, contact me and I will give you the name personally.

I am trying some new ladies, so we will see. I will follow up on a critique of them also.

GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!
ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to Bed PINK

I have been sleeping in a recliner for almost a year. I chose the recliner because lying in bed made my hips hurt so bad.

I had a cleaning service come and the bed is back in play in the spare room. I cannot sleep with Ray, he snores so loud that sometimes I can hear him in the living room. We just have dates once in a while.

Three days later: Back in the recliner.

Five days later, salesman from Easy Rest Adjustable Beds comes and shows us what they have. So interesting, especially for someone who sleeps in a recliner.

We decided that we would purchase one of the nicer models. It is a King-size bed, consisting of two twins. Each has their own controllers and they have heat and massage. Since I am considered disabled because of my health problems, they said they would deliver in one week. Well, that is this Friday. Guess what, they called to see if we could accept delivery at 5 pm on Friday.

We are leaving town Friday morning to go to NC for the holiday. The man was so kind and said it would not be a problem, he will call me back next week about delivery then. I do not remember anyone being quite that kind and considerate working in customer service in a long time. We do have a neighbor that will be watching the house and a security service, but I wouldn't want him letting anyone in to set up the beds.

I guess we will find out if we will be sleeping in the same room - will I throw the recliner on the street, or will we have to separate the beds into separate rooms? As it is, I am so tired of this recliner, it does not matter. We also have a recliner in NC that I sleep in when we go there.

I heard the other day that you should not sleep on the same mattress and box springs for over nine years. Considering that all our cells in our bodies change over every seven years, I think nine years is a little long. Did you know you have a completely new body every seven years. Mine seems to have taken a turn for the worse about seven years ago. I wonder if I can improve it enough to get back the lost years?

It would be nice, I think, but I am not going to count on it.

I will let you know how the beds sleep when they get here and whether they are one big bed in one room or one bed in two rooms. Do you think the adjustable bed will help with snoring? And where do you find extra long Twin sheets to fit the beds. A friend says you have to have suspenders on the back to hold the sheets down when you sit up.

The only thing left to figure out is, where is Snowball going to sleep?


GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!
ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Linda Jean - My Sister with an Attitude.

Recently, my sister Linda put this amazing little story of a day in her life on Facebook. I never knew she was such a talented writer. I asked if I could use this, but have waited and no answer. I am assuming she does not mind. She really is a super person with a unique attitude about life. She is saying things in this that we usually voice only in our heads. Barbara

"As John was leaving this morning, he came into the office where I was sitting at the computer and kissed me goodbye saying, "I hope you have a fun day today." 

I detected a note of sarcasm in that
statement so I'm going to tell everyone how much fun I had today! 

First, the dogs get their early morning mile because it is too darn hot to walk them later. This takes at least a half hour since their walk consists of more stops than starts. There's a lot of sniffing to be done at every mailbox along the way not to mention Bowser's imaginary friends who have to be consulted at every stop regarding which leg to lift to get the proper trajectory. Home again and it is time for treats and food! But, first, we have to be sure the cat isn't outside his room because he eats the dog food and leaves disgusting overflow deposits in the most conspicuous places. Easier to clean with the carpet cleaner, but still....

Now. On to the kitchen which is in a mess from the salad I prepared the night before to take to dinner with friends. My fault, but it was bedtime when we got back and I just didn't want to deal with it because of all the "fun" I had the day before. I gave the pups their baths yesterday so that source of fun was off the table today but I did get to wash their towel in a load of laundry! Lucky girl, me.

As long as I was in the kitchen, I decided to clean and seal the granite! Now there's a job that just excites me to no end! It's 10:15 and I've already had so much fun that I'm hungry. Let's see, what's for breakfast? Oh! That lovely leftover salad! YUM! The fun just never stops around here! Now I can put that laundry in the dryer and go clean the shower. See what I mean about the fun never stopping? Seriously!

Since the dogs had their baths yesterday, the floors probably need dusting because they tend to drop a lot of fur when they get excited. Once that's done I can vacuum the rugs, carpets and furniture for the same reason. Yeah. We spoil them by letting them go wherever they want to sleep. For instance, Fritzie slept under my rib cage last night because there was a clap of thunder right around bedtime. Not the best night's sleep ever. But fun to have a cuddly bed buddy.

I noticed the window boxes are looking straggly so out I go to deadhead those poor flowers. Just trying to keep them from dying of heat prostration. Of course, I've been having so much fun that I've let time get away from me and it's really hot out there and the mosquitoes are so excited about this most recent blood feast that they're sending out telepathic messages to all their friends to come to the party. Now I see the columbines have finished seeding out so they need a good haircut too. I'm pretty well toasted and covered in itchy welts by now so why not keep going? Fun, right? That's what it's all about!

Okay then. Now it's time to pay some bills. I just love doing that. There's such a thrill in shredding the paid bills! Back to the computer.

That's done, now it's time to call the vet to get those pooches in for their shots. They love that trip so much that they cry all the way there. I do feel a little bad because I know they think they're going to the park and it must be such a disappointment to find themselves at the vet's office instead. Good news is they sleep all the way home. Probably a mild traumatic coma state but at least it's quiet. Oh GREAT! They can come in today! More fun for me!

Think about dinner on the way home but can't shop with the dogs so I drop them off and shop for dinner. Poor planning on my part but that's my specialty so no surprise there. 


I do love going to the store especially when I get to the self-checkouts and they're all occupied by people who have no idea how to use them. Aren't people fun to watch? I really enjoyed the man who was cursing, just barely under his breath because he was dealing with something that had no bar code and the machine kept telling him to wait for assistance but there was none to be had. I wanted to help but I wasn't sure I could do any better. I'm pretty sure those machines are programmed to keep cashiers employed. I have to hand it to him, he didn't give up but the scale may never be quite the same after the pounding he gave it. What fun!

Now home to prepare dinner. I have discovered something called freekeh and I'm going to substitute it for bulgar in a deliciously buhgar salad. I hope it doesn't taste like cardboard because you all know that's what I'll be having for breakfast tomorrow! Fun is my middle name! Signing off for now, hoping you all have a really fun day!" - Linda Burns Gillespie


I love my sister's humor. She can say the silliest things sometime deadpan. It is an unusually fun talent that she has. Barbara*

GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!

ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!
















Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Time After Time

I got so upset this morning at the news on a local TV station. The newscaster kept saying, "Learn what caused the little boy to be missed during the search for his body."

This was a lead-in to a story coming up. I normally do not listen that closely to the news because I am usually doing something else. This morning, I was forced to listen to this station because it was the only one my husband likes in the morning and I was not feeling well.

I kept hearing, "Learn what caused the little boy to be missed during the search for his body" over and over. Then finally the mystery was solved. The "current" was responsible. Nothing else except a picture of the beach where he was found.
Finally, we learned the fate of the little boy. After that they went into repeat and kept saying what was said before and at the end of the hour, those people who woke a little later found out what happened to the little boy.

I was thinking how miserable this would make me if it had been my little boy. I would have been devastated by his death, but would really be hurt by the lead-in to the news being said every five minutes. His death seemed to be a lead-in to the news, nothing more. There were no interviews with witnesses, no information that would help any one, just the repetitive flashes of the news lady.

My heart goes out to the family. Losing a child is one of the most difficult things we may ever go through.

I just wish that TV news people, especially local ones, could do a better job of reporting. Do you remember when the local channel used to report local news? Now they do local news of a town thousands of miles away. After the report of the little boy, they went into a story of how flooding of a basement in Detroit caused the death of a hundred year old woman. I am sorry, but our little part of the world is in Virginia and we seem to have enough distressing news here to fill in our news programs. If I want to know what is happening in Detroit or any where else, I can look on line or .

Oh, well, just me fussing. Have a great week. Love to all.

GOD IS GOOD, ALL THE TIME!ALL THE TIME, GOD IS GOOD!








Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Anomia - What?

When I saw Dr. Cole the other day, he told me that forgetting words when I am talking is called:
  • Anomia - Problem with word finding, impaired recall of words with no impairment of comprehension or the capacity to repeat the words.
I told him about being at a bylaws meeting. I was trying to explain something about
parliamentary procedures and was unable to find some of the words. At first, they helped me out and then they just started filling in the blanks, until I broke down and laughed so hard, I almost peed my pants. I felt like I was on a game show and everyone was throwing words at me. It really was funny. I am not sure the doc thought so.

I am trying so hard to keep a positive outlook. I did this about this time last year and the neurologist, and neurological psychologist put me through the wringer with numerous tests, and then after a couple of months, I was fine. My rheumatologist says it is Fibro Fog. Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis both cause inflammation. Inflammation seems to the the probable cause in most diseases, from what I have read. I have read so many medical articles, I am beginning to understand the big words.

This morning, I was watching Rachael Ray. They were talking about natural beauty enhancements that are chemical free. Actually, most come from the refrigerator. 

  • If your skin on your elbows, knees, or feet are so dry they are noticeable to others or itch, you can use the skin from an avocado you are using for cooking.  (I guess it would work for other body parts also.) Rub it on the area for a minute, let it stay for a few minutes, wash off, and apply Olive Oil. 
  • Rubbing the inside skin of a banana on acne spots for about 2 minutes, twice a day will help get rid of acne within a couple of weeks.
  • San Tropez self-tanning oil seems to be the best way to disguise veins in your legs since childbirth, being overweight, standing on your feet a lot.
Just some nifty tidbits I picked up. I hope you are enjoying your summer? 

God is Good, All the Time!
All the Time, God is Good!

Ilium from the back garden, 5 ft tall