Grandma Ruthie

Fun and creative problem solving

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One of those days/weeks

Well this is a bunch of random stuff, some of it kind of a downer.

  • Husband ran over a skunk late last night coming home from work.  Car stinks to high heaven.
  • I am taking a medication that has an annoying side effect.  I keep getting thrush (oral yeast infection).  Mouth feels like raw hamburger.  Need more nystatin.  And I have to remember to not eat a lot of sugar which I need to do anyway.  This just makes it more imperative.
  • Trying to make a document for work that has check boxes and text fields and it is boring the heck out of me and taking a lot longer than it should.
  • Bowling went well last night - 120, 144, 153.  I hope tonight goes as well.
  • Got my carpet professionally cleaned.  They got a lot of spots out.  Also am having them wash my windows.  Feeling like I am a lazy ass for paying for someone to do it, but oh well.  It wasn’t going to get done any other way.  But yesterday it took one guy about 15 minutes to all the outside windows.  If I tried I would have had to have a ladder and bucket and tons of rags and probably would have done it in 3 hours.  I am a perfectionist and would have tried to get every little piece of dirt off.  But if I let someone else do it, it doesn’t bother me, as long as it looks fairly clean.  Not sure why I am like that.  Oh wait, now I remember… dad was a perfectionist cleaner and tried to get us to be that way.  
  • Knee surgery schedule for May 13.  Starting to get nervous and scared.  I am going to be in more pain after the surgery than I am right now.  But I think it needs to be done.  The orthopedic surgeon showed my husband and I the x-rays of my knees.  The left knee’s cartilage is mostly gone.  One part of the need is bone on bone.  I just wonder if I am tough enough to go through all the work and pain to get to the good part - the part where my knee doesn’t hurt all the time.
  • I am trying to knit some gorgeous ruffled skirts for my granddaughters, but I had to tear them apart and add more ruffles as they were too short.  At least I think they were.  If I don’t get them done soon, the girls will grow more and I will have to tear them apart again to make them bigger. 

That is all for now.  

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…before she died. Maybe grandmadeb remembers how old she

Kari, I don’t remember how old your grandmother Marian was, but she was young.  I think you are right about 53 or something.  But she was one of the nicest, bestest women I have ever known.  Yes, she died her hair brown all the time.  I think she started getting gray hair in her 40’s or something.  Before I met her.  

She might have been older.  Marian died in October of 1995?  My mom died the next January of 1996 and she was 64.  So Marian might have been closer to 60.  But still too young.

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I hate having to start work early and the problem from the day before still a problem.  Doesn’t look like an easy day today.

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Throwback Thursday

The quote below has actually been sitting in my drafts…well, since the Chicago Marathon. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but I knew I wanted to save it. It is a facebook update from Mike, my sister’s husband.

And for some reason, right now I feel like…

For some reason I missed this when it was first posted.  Mindy reminded me of it yesterday.  So I went looking for it.  

I want to say that I love watching my two daughters and their brother have such close relationships.  How did they get so close?  I don’t know.  Maybe because of the divorce.  But whatever caused it, it is nice to know that they will be close the rest of their lives and the cousins will be also.

Kari, you are one of the best people I know.  So caring.  So deeply caring.  Love you.

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First things first: I need to preface this with a few important notes.

I encourage people of ALL sizes to be active, happy, and whatever their unique version of “healthy” may be. Exercise is not about weight loss. Exercise is not about punishing yourself or “counteracting” food you eat. Exercise is not a method of imposing self-guilt. Exercise is a powerful tool that can create incredible self-positivity and improve overall well-being, and it belongs to people of all sizes. 

Not long ago, I wore a women’s size 3X. I was often told that exercise was not for “a woman of my size”, nor was it socially acceptable to exercise where people could see me. The concept that “women of my size” were not entitled to cute workout gear, not welcome in fitness settings, and even obligated to exercise in private were ingrained into my psyche. When I finally got brave and began to exercise simply for the sake of feeling good in my body, it was like discovering a whole new world of strength, speed and ability that I never imagined I’d be capable of.

I practice Health At Every Size. I believe that if you are happy and comfortable in your body, you are not obligated to conform to arbitrary weight standards if you do not feel it is right for you. I believe that people of all body sizes and types own the right to get out there and move around in any way that makes you feel good - it doesn’t have to be about losing weight! Just because a woman doesn’t happen to fit into somewhere between size XS and size L doesn’t mean she can’t be happy, healthy, active AND cute as hell!

ITEMS (retail value ~$500) :

  • One pair of size 8.5 Nike Dual Fusion crosstrainers.
  • A Fitbit Zip! For those of you unfamiliar with Fitbit, it’s a cute little pedometer-type device that syncs to smartphone via Bluetooth. Through the app, you can set things like custom daily and weekly step goals, distance goals, and flights of stairs to climb. It tracks your sleep and can offer little words of encouragement! (There is also a calorie burn meter option. I disable mine, but to each their own) Fitbit is a positive and fun way to get up and move around, whatever that might mean to you.
  • One ALO black/grey zip-up track jacket, size 2X.
  • One Under Armour ColdBlack line pink running shirt, size XL (loose cut - will fit a range of sizes).
  • One workout tank reading “Eat Clean, Train Dirty” in size XL (loose cut - will fit a range of sizes). **If the winner is uncomfortable with this slogan, I will gladly omit it from the shipment.**
  • One pair of grey/green Old Navy Active compression capri leggings, size 2X.
  • Two pairs of Champion running shorts, one purple, one pink, both size 2X.
  • One Champion high-impact compression sports bra, size XL.
  • One small Nike gym bag.
  • One pair of white Valeo mesh fitness gloves.
  • One purple Nike gym towel.
  • Three pairs of cushioned Nike training socks.
  • One 1lb bag of Dymatize Elite Fusion protein powder, chocolate flavor. Fuel those muscles! :)
  • One box of 12 Rise Bar Crunchy Cashew Almond breakfast bars (gluten, dairy, and soy free)
  • One U-Band reflective fitness armband for phone. Fits all sizes.
  • One pair of Sony in-ear Bass Boost earbuds.
  • One 750mL Nathan water bottle.
  • Pack of three Under Armour active headbands.
  • Must be following me at The Dragonfly Warrior - I will check!
  • Reblog for an entry, no limits on reblogs.
  • Technically I cannot exclude anyone from entering. However, I kindly ask that you please keep in mind whether or not you need/can use these items. If you are entering on behalf of someone else, just add a note in your reblog!
  • If you’re reblogging from a secondary blog, it’s okay to follow from your primary and add a note about it in your reblog.
  • Healthy blogs only. Doesn’t have to be a fitness blog, but ABSOLUTELY NO pro-ED, self-harm, body hate etc.
  • I will use a random generator to pick a winner on May 1. Reblog before the end of April for a chance to win! 
  • I will ship to the US and Canada for free. If you live somewhere else, I’ll still send it to ya if you can Paypal me some shipping cash.

Whether this stuff goes to someone already happy in her own body or someone just beginning a positive journey to health, help me get this stuff out there! <3

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As you can see the knee on the left is much bigger than the one on the right. This is why I&#8217;m having total knee surgery in May.

As you can see the knee on the left is much bigger than the one on the right. This is why I’m having total knee surgery in May.

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Dislike putting away your clothes?  Make a game of it.  lol

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This turned out pretty darn good and it was very simple. Mix Cooked diced chicken, cooked egg noodles, cream of chicken soup, a little bit of milk, mayonaise, curry (just a touch of it or more). I crushed up some Ritz crackers and saute them a little bit with butter and tossed them on top of the casserole. Bake 350 for 30to45 minutes.

This turned out pretty darn good and it was very simple. Mix Cooked diced chicken, cooked egg noodles, cream of chicken soup, a little bit of milk, mayonaise, curry (just a touch of it or more). I crushed up some Ritz crackers and saute them a little bit with butter and tossed them on top of the casserole. Bake 350 for 30to45 minutes.

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Left Total Knee Surgery planned

Ok, I finally have my left knee surgery set up.  

First I had a blood test to see if my body is allergic to metal.  Otherwise, if I am positive for the allergy, I will have to have a different more expensive hardware put in.  I hope I am not allergic, but on the other hand I do have so many sensitivities to things that I could be allergic.  I should hear about the results on April 14 when I go so the surgeon, Dr. Keller, for the preoperative visit.

I need to do these exercises 20 times 2 x day.  I am going to try.

Ankle pumps
Quad Sets
Gluteal Sets
Abduction and Adduction
Heel Slides
Short Arc Quads
Extension Stretch
Straight Leg Raises
Knee extension - long arc
sitting knee flexion
Standing heel/toe raises
Standing knee flexion
Push off seat of chair with arms

Then I have another preop appt the hospital’s preop nurse and with my family practice physician on April 22.

Then the surgery will be May 13, Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.  I haven’t told my husband yet that I need to be at the hospital at 5:30a.m.  He isn’t going to be too happy because he works the night before.  Maybe I can either take a taxi or find a ride or even go there when Dave gets out of work and then wait for 5:30.  I am sure I can work something out.

I am a little worried because of course now I am hearing all the horror stories of total knee replacements that didn’t work well.  I hoping that it does work well and that I am able to walk better.  Walking better, without the limp may help the back, leg, and foot pain on the R caused by the sciatic nerve irritation.  If not, then I might have to have something done to that, but one thing at a time.


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