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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

You don't have to be perfect to be amazing.

What a wonderful Halloween Wednesday.  Dad and Bill Mack went to exercise and exercise lunch for the last Wednesday of the month, at Straw Hat Pizza on Industrial Blvd.  I had a wonderful day and did not have to leave the house for one moment.   aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh  Relaxing.  What a contrast.  All of the devastation back East with Hurricane Sandy - and we had the best day with the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, we had a BIG parade with about one million people celebrating today.  Feeling so blessed for this moment.  Feel a little bit guilty, but really, either way, it just is what it is.  Otherwise, a perfect day, and after all the neighborhood kids - not our neighborhood - we live in an adult park - the rains will come and cleanse the air.  I have a small sore throat.  Probably the change in weather.  Now time for a nice, little rest. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Every morning brings a gift: a brand-new day!

Went to the movies today and saw "Chasing Mavericks" with Gerard Butler and Jonny Weston.  Such a wonderful, sunny day.  Then went and had a Hawaiian Shaved Ice from Coldstone.  They are dismantling the coach across the street.  They are going to pull the old one out and put in a new one.  I'm thinking they are probably going to make it into a rental.  grrrrrrr   Otherwise today was a lot of fun.  And I played LOTS of Words with Friends.  Bought some more bananas.  Trying to eat more bananas.  Gee.  I'm so excited.  HSN has shipped by Urban Rebounder!  I am watching the one-hour video on HSN.com again for the Urban Rebounder.  They are saying you should have a waistline of 30" inches.  So, I measured by waist.  43" inches!  Oops!  I was never more than 108 pounds until I was 40 years old.  Would love to feel a nice healthy, smaller body again.  Hope this is the year. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

You light up someone's world.

Congratulations to our beautiful niece, Tacy - Brendon's amazing wife.
She has been promoted to Sergeant in the U.S. Army!
Brains, Beauty and Ability!  This is an Exciting Day!

Dad and I are going to Uncle Joe and Auntie Isabel's apartment and then all go and have lunch at Jack-in-the-Box. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Every step forward counts.

This morning, dad and I went to the movies and saw "Argo" with Ben Affleck.  Made spaghetti for dinner with the delicious spaghetti gravy and garlic that Carol Mack sent over for us.  Great sports day.  Oakland Raiders won their game over the Kansas City Chiefs.  Today the PBR Bullriding had their final event in Las Vegas.  Today was the last day that Chris Shivers will ever ride bulls.  Loved years of watching him.  Greatest bull rider.  Right now watching the fourth game of the World Series.  Just went into extra innings.  Enjoying playing Words with Friends.  Yea!  San Francisco Giants just won a four-game Sweek against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit winning 4 to 3!  I can hear the fireworks going on. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

You are absolutely meant to live a wonderful life!

Dad and I went shopping at Walmart this morning and then went to Windsor Acute Rehab and visited our next door neighbor, Alma.  She broke her hip six weeks ago.  Hopefully, she will be coming home soon. This afternoon, I did a little running around and cleared my head.  It's a little difficult as dad can be a bit controlling and trying.  A little fresh air and nice sunshine were very welcome.  Tonight is Game 3 for the World Series.  The San Francisco Giants are playing in Detroit tonight. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

You are already perfect!

Went online and ordered the Urban Rebounder from HSN.  Who knows, by eating more fruit and playing on the rebounder, this just may be the year I get healthier and also drop some of this weight.  Definitely looking forward to a Healthy New Year!  LindaRae left this morning to go on to southern California to visit her girlfriend.  My Millet Hull Pillow and Body Pillow arrived today.  Curious to see how I like it.  Went to the movies and saw, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" with Emma Watson.  Still enjoying playing "Words With Friends" on my cell phone.  It's Scrabble and I am really enjoying it.  Also got new windshield wipers today at O'Reilly's.  They were so nice and even put them on for me.  Beautiful sunny day.  Luigi is cuddling with me.  I love that.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

You are someone to cherish.

This afternoon, dad, LindaRae and I had lunch with Uncle Joe and Auntie Isabel at Baldi's Restaurant in Union City.  Tonight we had spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner.  Watched the Giants win Game 2 of the World Series over the Detroit Tigers.  Fun, Full Day. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thank goodness for you!

This morning dad and Bill went to exercise.  LindaRae and I went to breakfast at IHOP.  Jeff the Plumber came by and fix our kitchen faucet that has been dripping for months - Yea!  LindaRae and I went to Massage Envy at Union Landing and enjoyed marvelous massages.  We brought home chinese food for dinner from Panda Express.  Tried to go to the jacuzzi - but, Naturally - it is not working.  Watched the San Francisco Giants win their first game of the World Series.  Bill and Sadie came over and watched the first half with us.  Feeling nice and relaxed from our massages.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Have some fun!

San Francisco Giants are in the World Series!  They won St. Louis Cardinals 9-0!
World Series starts Wednesday night in San Francisco.  Very Exciting!  LindaRae has come for a great visit.  We are all going to Uncle Joe and Auntie Isabel's house today and then on to lunch at Dennys in Pleasanton.  Received an email from Walmart that they do not have a rebounder and they are refunding the card.  Drat.  Now I have to decide what I want to do from here.  I'm sure it will work out for the best.  Not quite sure what I have decided yet.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dream it. Plan it. Live it!

Took dad to Podiatrist at Kaiser.  Clipped a little bit of nail from toe.  Toe feels much better.  Grabbed a sandwich at Jack-in-the-Box.  Then over to the Dollar Store.  Nice heavy rain this morning - beautiful sun this afternoon.  Tonight is  Game 7 for the San Francisco Giants.  Also, tonight is the third and Final Debate for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Positive thinking works - and it's free!

Nice, easy Sunday.  Dad and I watched Part 1 of 8 Miniseries from the History Channel, "The Men Who Built America" - about Vanderbilt, Rockerfeller, Carnegie.  Great Series.  Caught up with all of our taped t.v. shows.  Oakland Raiders Won!  San Francisco Giants in Game 6 of Playoffs, Second Inning Winning 5 - 0.  Great Sports Day!  And, of course, played Fetch with Luigi All Day Long!  Happy Puppy!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

You're a star.

Dad and I are going to the boutique at the clubhouse this morning and have a hot dog.  Pretty exciting, huh!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Believe, and you'll succeed!

Wonderful day today.  Went to the movies and saw, "Here Comes the Boom", a comedy with Kevin James.  Relaxed and played Words with Friends.  Enjoyed the beautiful weather.  Nice, calm, easy going, day. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dream. Create. Achieve!

Dad and I had lunch today with Uncle Joe and Auntie Isabel at Wendy's in Castro Valley.  Then we took dad to Physical Therapy at Kaiser.  A few days ago he went to reach for something and pulled a muscle which disturbed a nerve and has been hurting pretty good ever since.  He is feeling so much better now.  Although, I did see him icing his neck/shoulder tonight, so this may take a little time.  They also gave him some exercises to help.  My computer has been acting slow and frustrating, so may call Comcast tonight and see if they can hellp.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

You can create your future today.

Since Bill Mack has gone golfing for three days with the guys and dad is not going to exercise this morning, dad and I are going to the movies and see, "Taken 2" with Liam Neesam.    Supposed to be getting even warmer today.  One of my favorite blogs, The Bodeswell's, who have been back in the States for about two months, are officially back in Buenas Aires, and traveling in their 1971 Red VW Bus with their 6-year old Bode.  You just know I'm going to get those big Wanderlust Feelings Again! 

"Taken 2" was to violent for me.  I did not enjoy it.  Too much graphic physical harm and threats.  How is that enjoyable?  Wish we would have gone and seen a comedy.  Getting warm again.  Brought the fan back in my room.  Luigi is getting "very" antsy without Sadie to play with.  And it's only been one day so far.  Uh Oh.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dream. Create. Achieve!

Good day today.  Went to LaImperial for the last time before they closed and had a flauta and a taco.  Listened to two great interviews with Howard Stern today of Victoria Jackson and D.L. Hughley.  Received my VitaMix today.  Beautiful summer weather.  Had the whole day to myself.  Tonight is the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Monday, October 15, 2012

You can create your future today.

This morning dad and I are having brunch with Uncle Joe and Auntie Isabel at Jim's Cafe in Pleasanton, in between  their two doctor appointments.  This weekend they got their new double bed - and spent a good portion of the weekend - cutting their king size blankets to fit their new double bed.  Tonight, dad and I go to our fifth and last CERTS class.  Tonight we go outside at the fire department and put out a fire and practice what to do during a real emergency.This week dad is not going to exercise.  Bill Mack is leaving Tuesday with Mike Lang's RV and the three guys are going golfing from Tuesday thru Friday. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

This is your time to make dreams come true.

Today is Sports Day.  Football, Baseball, Bull Riding, Golf - morning, noon and night. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Every dream-come-true starts with hope.

Whew!  No rest for the weary.  Yesterday, I had so much trouble with my computer.  Had Norton Security spend about one hour online and cleaned everything out and updated to most current Norton update.  THEN could not find my blog and took about one hour search.  Nothing is ever easy.  That is for sure.  Happily, I have found it.  I literally broke out in a full-body sweat I got so frustrated and worried. 

Today, I take Luigi in for his grooming.  Tonight dad and I go to the clubhouse for the pasta feed for the Firemen that we have every year.  Both my Vitamix and my rebounder have shipped.  Hopefully, I will receive both of them this week.  Also, received notice for jury duty for November 8th.  One year sure rolls around quickly. 


Keep reading and watching videos about eating healthier.  Can't imagine why it is so difficult for me.  I am a junk-food junkie.  Definitely want to eat healthier.  I ate vegetarian for two years while in Colorado and felt the healthiest I have ever felt in my whole life.  So I know it works.  Not sure what I am resisting.  I think it is the life I am living now that I am resisting.  This is no life.  Don't want to feel too healthy, cuz think I couldn't handle healthy and no-life at the same time.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Any day can be a new beginning.

Quiet Day.  Hope to just relax todcay.  Dad is going to exercise class with Bill Mack.  I'm hoping they go for a drive and a hot dog afterwards.  My cursor is jumping like crazy again.  Hard to type.

Thursday, October 11, 2012


Great video on YouTube titled Low Carb vs. Plant-Based:


Neal Barnard - Low Fat Vegan  - Book - 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart

Pam Popper - Low Fat Vegan - Book - Solving America's Healthcare Crises

Joel Fuhrman - Low Fat Vegan - Book - Eat to Live

John McDougall - Low Fat Vegan - Book - The Starch Solution

Caldwell Esselstyn - Low Fat Vegan - Book - Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease

Dad and I are having lunch today with Uncle Joe and Auntie Isabel.  We are going to Applebees Restaurant in Union Landing, because they want to go to Mancini's and see about buying a new bed.  Instead of a King Size Bed they want to change to a Double Bed.  Interesting, huh?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hope can find a way around any obstacle.

Another nice day.  Went to the movies and saw "Won't Back Down" with Maggie Gyllenhaall and Viola Davis.  Roamed around a little and also took a walk through Spanish Ranch Mobile Home Park and listened to Howard Stern's interview with Henry Winkler.  Nice simple day.  Very relaxing and happy.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

This day will bring you reasons to smile.

Did lots of running around today.  Went to the movies and saw "Frankenweenie".  Bought Barbra Streisand's new CD "Release Me".
Also, a pumice stone, and several other little items.  Want to find or buy some "gravel" to make a "foot bath".  I definitely enjoyed my day alone.  Dad was a little touchy/moody/miserable when I got home, but I think he is doing better now.  We had delicious spaghetti for dinner. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Your inner GPS is set to success. Follow it!

Monday is Family Day!  Even though we had lunch with Uncle Joe and Auntie Isabel Sunday, Saturday, Friday, Thursday - pretty much to celebrate Uncle Joe's 90th Birthday!  Today IS Monday.  Monday and Thursday are Family Day.  It's really kinda cool.  Looking forward to it.  I really enjoy spending time with these two special people.  My Aunt.  My Uncle.  My birth Godmother.  My birth Godfather.  I am one Special Lucky Person to have these two people in My Life.

lol  Very Funny.  Auntie Isabel called this morning.  They have two doctor appointments today, tomorrow and Wednesday.  So we won't be having lunch with them until Thursday.  So dad and I went and visited Alma Sweatman next door at the Windsor rehab where she is recuperating with her broken hip.  She may be coming home this week.  Then we went and visited Rose Lopes and Joan Benson at the nursing home in Castro Valley.  Came home and ate delicious spaghetti with Carol's sauce and make chow chow with our new peppers from Stockton.  Beautiful day.  I am going online now and ordering a new Vitamix with the smaller 48 ounce container.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Look at yourself. You are amazing!

Today we had a great Family Day for Uncle Joe's 90th birthday.  First we all met at his apartment and then spent a couple hours having lunch at Mountain Mike's Pizza.  Perfect day.  We had dad and I, Uncle Joe, Auntie Isabel, Tom, Debbie, Lenny, Deaunn, Jean, Kimmy, Landon, Annie, Krissy, Keith, Tyler, Mason and Sydney.   Perfect day.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

There's no better investment than yourself!

Happy 90th Birthday Uncle Joe!

Happy 6th Birthday Luigi! 
What a busy day yesterday.  Lots of running around.  Went to the Health Food Store and  bought Kava Kava to calm down.  Talked to Auntie Isabel.  Told her we are going to start sitting at tables, rather than booths, so that I can sit across from - not next to dad.  Hopefully, he won't be able to whisper negatives into my ear the whole meal.  Fingers crossed this will be our simple solution.  Went online tonight and ordered a Rebounder from Walmart.  Will put it in the backyard so that I can use it each day.  Also, ordered a Millet Hull combo pillow and body from Brett  Rodgers at Vitalitymassage.net.  Sounds cool, huh.  Been playing a lot of Words with Friends.

This afternoon dad and I had lunch with Uncle Joe and Auntie Isabel and Tommy at Don Jose's Restaurant in Castro Valley to celebrate Uncle Joe's 90th Birthday!  Took pictures and posted on Facebook and here on my blog. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

There are so many beautiful things in life. Your smile is one of them!

Lunch should be lots of fun today.  Dad and I are having lunch today with Kenny, Lisa, Uncle Joe, and Auntie Isabel at Zorn's Restaurant in Pleasanton.  It will be so good to see Kenny and Lisa.  Lisa is recovering from her ACL surgery. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Grow a brand-new future. Plant a dream!

Bill Mack is golfing today instead of Tuesday this week, so neither he nor dad are going to exercise this morning.  Dad won't go unless Bill goes to exercise.  Since Bob Gulden has died, and Henry Nunes is now too ill to go to exercise any longer, dad won't go.  He doesn't want to be there without the other guys.  Even though there are one or two guys at the class.  He says he doesn't want to go with just the gals, he wants to be with the guys.  I just cannot spend today with him.  I need some space.  His negativity is drowning me.  Hopefully, he will go down to the dining room at the clubhouse and have coffee with the gang today.  We received a flyer that they will be turning off our water for an hour or more today.  I think I am going to go catch a movie and see "Pitch Perfect" and chill.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Embrace possibilities!

Took dad to the dentist this morning and had his teeth cleaned.  Then we met Uncle Joe and Auntie Isabel for lunch in Castro Valley at Doug's Resaurant.  Lots of fun.  It's a pretty hot day today and our air conditioner still just doesn't really seem to be working well.  Finally gave up and opened all the doors and windows.  It is pretty hot and sticky.  Been pretty tense myself today.  Took 1/4 xanax trying to be calm.  Just feeling like I am living in such a negative environment and feeling trapped.  Not certain what would be right for every body.  In a world of No's, is there a right answer?  Tomorrow I just need to get out and about and breathe a little, personal, fresh air. 
You light up someone's world.

Last night was the best CERTS class yet.  In two weeks, we have our last class.  It is at the fire station and we will put out a fire and several other hands on drills.  This morning we are taking dad to the dentist for his cleaning.  Then to lunch with Uncle Joe and Auntie Isabel at Doug's Restaurant in Castro Valley.  We got home at 10:00pm last night, and his appointment is 8:30am this morning.  That's a pretty fast turn-around these days for the two of us.  lol
Will be happy to get back to our slower pace.  Kinda love it!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Give your energy to your dreams.

Fast day today.  Dad and I ran and did errands this morning.  Also, got his hair cut and had a nice breakfast at McDonalds.  Then I went over to the Sports Park and took a little walk around.  I want to start walking and moving more, eat more fruit and lose some weight and get healthier and more energy.  Heck, who doesn't!  Had a little "brown out" this afternoon.  Now dad has to reset all his clocks.  lol  Tonight we go to our fourth CERTS meeting.  Dad is doing so much better.  Even getting around without a cane!  God Bless Him.  He has really been doing the exercises the physical therapist taught him, and they are really working!  Definitely want to enjoy this while we have it.