Monday, March 23, 2009

Daily pix & some rambling

I really need to be more active on here, I have the typical Cancerian tendency to shut myself off & while I read other's blogs, I just don't think I have anything to share, so I say nothing..

Today I decided that I'd try to embrace my bloggy self ;) & to that end took some pictures in my garden today to share with my on line friends & fellow artists.

This is the view from the back steps, I have a lot of work to do there once the weather warms up.

A close up of my blue Hyacinth, they were a favorite of my dear Mother & so are special to me.
Health is always an issue once you are over 60 & recently Joe had surgery to replace 2 vertebrae in his neck, here he is with the collar on about a week after his surgery. He had to trim his beard because the collar & it did not go together well. I'm pleased as I much prefer him without all the whiskers - even the moustache is gone for the moment, the radiation he had last year created a bald patch as you can see on his right side.

It is a month now since the Op and he is doing well & has been able to get off the pain meds, so that speaks well of the surgery & its success.

I have a different health issue, I am now Diabetic - I had been pre-diabetic & thought I was eating right. I really didn't want to eat meat so replaced that with beans & chick peas. BUT it turns out that was the wrong thing to do as while they are protein, they are also starch & turn to sugar- Duh, you'd think that I would have known that, wouldn't ya? But nope I did not.

I'm testing my blood sugar once a day for the moment, while I learn what foods I'm sensitive to & get used to eating 6 times a day..

It's funny but I'm almost relieved to learn this life changing news because at last I understand why I have been packing on the weight, which has been depressing me quite a bit.

I met with a Dietitian at our local hospital last week & next Friday Joe & I have an appointment to see the Diabetic Nurse, I 'm pleased that she wants him to come as well, as I know I need his support with this.

I'm confident that I'll be able to control this with my diet & lose some unwanted pounds as well.

I've almost finished my February BJP page & here's a wee tease of it. I should have it finished this evening & will have a picture of it to share tomorrow. Then it is on to Ms March.

Finally here's my Phoebe for your viewing pleasure ;)


Carol said...

I know what you mean about blogging. But I just talk and if no one wants to listen, it ok. The worst for me is finding time.

Don't you hate the way the yard looks at this time of the year? But our weather is warming so it won't be long before we will be outside getting it all under control.

Crystal said...

Your yard looks better than mine already and I live in Florida! LOL. I love the blue flowers Ellen, they are lovely! Your cat has the most awesome 'go ahead, worship me, you know you want to' expression on! I love it!

Kath said...

What a beautiful Puss! Hope you and Joe are soon back on top form. I enjoyed the photos of your garden. Maybe post some more pics as work progresses. Kathx

Murphy said...

Oh Ellen, I'm so sorry you got to deal with diabetes...sigh! :-(
I hope you can adjust well to the new diet/life style and feel much better soon!
I'm really glad to hear that Joe is recovering well from the surgery!
Huge hugs,