Thursday, December 3, 2015

My Thoughts This Thursday

As usual, after I reread my post about Had I Known I remembered some things I forgot to write down. 
Joan is younger than I am.....NO, she is actually 1 year older than I am. Darn! there goes that theory. LOL Well, she is a very driven woman and is/was in much better physical shape than I am. She's very into health & nutrition. During her cancer treatment she was much more active than I was/am. She led the annual camp week held at her husbands camp.....lots of physical activities. It's hard to be active when you are so tired from chemo. It's hard to eat, so you have energy, when you feel sick and everything tastes terrible. Joan did not have all the various side effects that I experienced. Nevertheless,
she pushed on with her chemo treatments, not allowing a not so favorable blood test to deter her. She had a rigorous speaking schedule planned and canceled very few events. She had at least one blood transfusion (I can't remember for sure). OK, so any woman who has twins at 54 has got to be tuff! Those are some more of our differences. But she's a woman who had breast cancer and the same feelings we do when we hear those devastating words and go through several months of treatments.

After testing the theory many times I have determined that eating too much salt is DEFINITELY bad for me. The doctor is right about that one. I think he/she is also right about the need for physical activity. I do feel better and my balance has improved. I hope to get a Medicare plan (65 in April) that includes the YMCA so I can take some of the classes I enjoy. I like the pool classes and the drumming we did last was pretty funny with us newbies.

Yesterday was an exciting day for first hair cut in over a year. She cut a 1/2" to 1" off. I can't believe I am saying this, but it was getting too long and 'big'.
on my way to the Y so I don't look too glamorous

It's December 3rd and we haven't had any snow, other than the big, fluffy flakes that fell yesterday and melted soon after. The temp is supposed to be 40 for the next 2 days. Kevin is off tomorrow and I bet he'll be on the golf course. I even filled up my bird feeder today. The birds are happy and I bet the squirrel will be back again.

Happy December!
Happy Holiday it?
Yes, for, for others. Whichever way you lean I hope you have time to think about what the real meaning is....the birth of Jesus, our Savior. I wish you peace, love, and sanity too!


  1. Linda, You look beautiful. So glad you got a good cut. We had some snow yesterday but it didn't stay and today is pretty and sunny. Staying healthy is a job. I have been thinking of joining Curves again. I used to belong. I can't walk long distance, can't run but a short I need to build my strength. I wish you success at the gym. :) You'll do well, I am sure. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  2. Linda you are beautiful! The Y will be good for you! I love seeing all your post. And you are tuff as nails!

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog today, and please come back any time. I am there every day unless a tragedy occurs! I enjoy reading your blog and reading about you, so am hoping we can become friends here.
    Linda too!

  4. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on April 1st, 2013. I too had just a lumpectomy and I did not need to do chemo; just radiation. It changes your life forever. I find myself always worried that it will return. It is something that runs in our family; although I had the test done that said I did not carry the gene. We must all live life for today and hope and pray for tomorrows to share with our loved ones. My husband and family were very supportive and that made me feel a lot better. About Christmas, I love the season and wish people could find the happiness and joy and hold it all year through. Thank you for your visit to my blog today!

  5. Lovely post and a lovely photo!
    Wishing you a happy, peaceful and joyful Christmas

  6. Apparently, Joan didn't have the complication with her heart or she would have had her activities cancelled. You were amazing at doing things while you were under such stress. Yes, it was a lot less than usual but still a lot more than many would have done with the same circumstances.

  7. You have to have a Blue Cross supplement (I forgot the name) to get the Y benefits. It would not be beneficial to buy into a supplement at this point. First of all, they will take over $100 off your SS for Medicare B (the clinics), then you would also have premiums to pay. At this point in your life you are better off under your husband's insurance.