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Back Side Of The Moon

We are moving way out in the country. The air is clean and the night sky is beautifully lit up by the moon… not the neighbor’s yard lights.  We have horses in a back pasture, cows in the front pasture, and a garden in the side pasture.

It’s beautiful and oh so peaceful.

We were so excited to move out there. It seemed too good to be true. Well… there are trade offs we didn’t know about, or we may not be moving out there at all.  There isn’t internet service. We can sign up for dial-up internet. Say what? I didn’t even know dial up was still around. At first I was panic stricken. For the first time since 1994 I will be without internet.  I have internet here at my old home right up until this Thursday…  I’m going to miss my webcam visits with my babies in the midwest.

At the new home, there is no wireless anything. No cell service? Oh no!  There isn’t going to be any satelite television…  It isn’t available because of the big evergreen trees.  At least we think that’s the reason it isn’t available. As far as we can tell,  there is no digital television at all.  The techie guy was trying to help us figure it out, but he said it’s not available.  For now, we have blurry, at best, television, right up until the big switch over to digital.

Modern technology has kept me sane while my children and grandbabies are living so far from me. I think lack of daily communication with photos and baby giggles is going to be the hardest part of moving off the grid.

I figure with all this open country air, I’ll be getting a lot of exercise. My boys are looking forward to being ranchers, and I know from my own childhood, how much hard physical work is involved, and they’ll need help from mom too. My garden is already in the works… and the workout room is ready for my gym equipment. I don’t think lack of exercise is going to be a problem. Thank goodness for the big spa tub in my bathroom.

We’ll have meals prepared with vegetables grown right in our own back yard. I’m sure our meals will be a lot healthier.  As long as I don’t go all old school in the kitchen, and start baking homemade bread and apple pies daily, I think our diet will be a lot healthier.

I’m excited to start living the country life.

It’s a road trip back into (small) town… full blown vacation to make it to the city! But I’ll be checking my email once in awhile if anyone wants to email me.

This country girl is signing off for now…


Keeping On Keeping On

Not much to update you with me. I weighed in and all is good. I’ve been keeping up with my daily workout and long walks.

My walk yesterday was through the halls of the trauma center in Seattle. One of my lifelong girlfriends was in a car accident and airlifted to the hospital this past week.

She’s swollen… broken… bruised… and there are what looked like a dozen tubes connected to her. We stood next to her bed and talked quietly. She isn’t conscious.  I wanted to hold her hand. But I refrained from touching her for fear of hurting her even more.

She has been conscious a time or two this past few days. Even though she has a serious head injury,  she knows who she is. She knows she is moving into a new home. She knows the colors in her new home. They think she is going to be okay.

Will she walk? Her back is broken and she hasn’t moved her right leg. She has broken arms, ribs, collar bone, etc.

I’m thinking of selling my car with the sunroof. She is blessed to be alive.

Blessed to have family and friends by her side.

I’m stressed. I’m not over eating due to stress. This has had the opposite effect on me this time… I haven’t got an appetite for anything. I just walk.

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Back Tracking But Moving Forward

Just over a month ago I decided to start the Atkins program. Well…. it’s not working out. I started having some health issues. Kidney issues to be specific…

So.  Here I am, ready to move on.

What now? Exercise will continue to be my main focus. I know it’s key to having a healthy heart. Strength training, cardio, and walking is in my rotation plan. As far as diet, I’m going to continue to cut way back on the processed wheat flour, sugar,  white rice, and white potatoes. But I’ll be eating healthy portions of fruits, vegies, low fat dairy, fish, poultry, and lean cuts of meat. I need 1200 – 1500 calories daily to lose 1-2 pounds a week. I hate counting calories! I absolutely hate it. But I’m going to make this work for me.

I actually changed my eating habits a few days ago and I feel so much better. Kidneys seem to be functioning normally… time will tell.  But I know for sure, I have to lose weight for my health.