Do you have great shoes to support your feet? I somehow got on a foot-catalogue list, every couple of months here comes a glossy with all kinds of comfortable-looking shoes and special stuff for people with neuropathy. The shoes look great, even to someone like me that doesn't suffer from the problem but just gets sore feet. They would be just the thing when I'm up and standing all day at my son's old school, which evidently has cement beneath the linoleum. You might also get more miles by replacing your shoes. My husband, a runner, says it makes a big difference; says shoes break down in subtle ways and the feet feel it. (He buys new shoes on a regular rotation, like buying new car tires.)
This has been an eventful week but stressful, trying to deal with our son's unhappiness with his school. I've looked at properties, talked to kindly but crusty landlords, gone to school open houses, spoken to my son's old principal from last year, checked out three different middle schools, talked to kids out the car window about whether they like their school, etc. As a result of running around doing things I don't like, my illicit doctor, Dr. Pepper, has been in my life. No surprise, I'm up a pound. Thanks to the early losses in this challenge, I'm still down 4, but since the intent was to possibly lose 10, it's time to come to reality, yet again.
One project that should be kind of fun next week is that I'm calling in a landscaper to do our tiny, ratty back yard at our little house. We never bothered to do anything to it, it doesn't show from anywhere (fenced with a high fence) and after spending a boatload of money to get the house in shape in the first place, I just didn't have the heart to reach for the wallet again. But if we are considering trying to move to a neighborhood where my son doesn't cry every morning about having to go to the local school, it's time to do that last little bit. Even for ourselves, we would like it; we've been looking at crabgrass too long. Landscaping the hankie-sized front yard when we moved in it cost five grand. I can't imagine the back yard will cost less, even if we don't do much besides a new lawn and some attractive tiles with river rock in between. I have to talk to a geotech company first to find out why the neighbor's fence is sagging towards us and the doors are sticking -- landscaping might be the second thing to do after some stabilization work. And I've got to reach out to the school district, which owns the swale behind us. Its bushy trees are hanging over our back fence and half of the yard, making it look even smaller. It would be nice to have one part of my life where getting something done didn't depend on several different things happening first (presumably that is why the yard isn't done yet) but the reward in this case will be a pretty back yard to look at for the first time in 6 years.
Oh my, if I had a quarter for every pair of comfy shoes I've bought, I'd have a nice little nest egg right there. The problem is that most shoes don't really help a whole lot with neuropathy - at least with mine, it seems. The easiest way I've found to describe my neuropathy is to say that it feels like my feet are wrapped in bags of hot coals up to my ankles and every step I take feels like the coals are being pounded into my feet... gory, huh?? lol I have yet to find anything that has enough to cushion my feet against the impact of a 2-mile walk more than one day at a time... I need a day in between to let them recuperate.
That said, I'm the eternal optimist and always on the lookout for that magical pair of shoes that will do the trick so if the catalog you get has a website, you're welcome to let me know because I'm sure willing to take a look, just in case there's something that will work...
So it sounds like you're looking at more than one middle school for your son now? That's good that you aren't limiting yourselves to a single area. You're bound to find just the place you want in the best school district. Is it helping your son to cope any better knowing that you're trying to find something in a different district or does he not know that yet?
I'm sorry to hear about your weight gain, but a short fling with the good doctor for comfort might not be out of line... We all tend to lean on our "best friends" in time of need. :-) I'm sure things will calm down soon and you'll be able to kick the doctor to the curb again. You're lucky you had the early losses to sustain you now.
Oh, I love landscaping - at least planning the job. lol The problem is that I never have enough money to carry out what I want to have done, so I end up doing it myself. You know landscaping is back-breaking work... We did some this summer and still have some rock to bring in, but decided that we're too old to be doing stuff like that in 95°+ weather. We'll finish it when it cools off a bit in the fall. One advantage we have is that we don't have to worry about snow covering up our project...
Good luck getting everything done, especially that school district to get their swale area (is that what we call a DRA - drainage retention area?) cleaned out... If that was in Florida, DEP would be on them to have it cleaned out all the time and you wouldn't even know it was there... Ahhh, but the landscaping will be fun!! :-)
You would both be green with envy if you could see my backyard. At the end of the yard i have a very fine pile of clay and cement. When hubby trenched the basement that is where all the "debris" went. Now it has hardened to almost a cement stage and fall is upon us. We also have half the sheds crap (rakes, wood, shovels etc) leaning against the shed. Still havent figured out why they arent IN the shed. There is also a trailer with some of the clay and cement on it. Our son in law wants the clay for his yard and now that the stuff has gotten so hard it is taking awhile to chip away at it...did i mention fall is upon us and it could snow at any given time here in the great state of Minnesota? It's just an ungodly mess out there. Our yard isnt very big to begin with.
We have new additions to the neighborhood....ghetto chickens!! The neighbors have 3 of them and they appear to be "free range". City ordinance says they can have 4 total but have to be fenced in. Guess they missed that small detail. Our dogs have been going nuts day in and day out as the fine feathered friends come right up to the fence and drive them nuts. Explaining to the dogs that they are their friends hasnt worked so well!! Never a dull moment in the ghetto.
As for my weight i am down 1 lb total for the last couple weeks. I am about chickened out so tomorrow i am putting a beef roast with carrots in the crock pot. (No i didnt eat the neighbors flock)
The forum has been so quiet lately so have been going around to different ones and checking it out. Seems most of the communities are slow right now. I dont know what the answer is but i will continue doing what i know and trying to help those who want it.
Well, if you don't get a jackhammer out there to chip it up so it can be put in the trailer soon, you can just pretend it's a big pile of snow that someone shoveled off the roof. That excuse is good for the whole winter. I was awfully happy a couple of years ago when we got a real dumping of snow, I could pretend that under it, the back yard looked fine.
Where I live your supposed to only have 1,200 calories a day when dieting, if that helps at all
The roast tasted so good. I had a small portion of meat and a potato the size of an egg but loaded up on carrots!! I have to be careful when i eat beef or i pay for it later!!
As for the snow........i will still know what is underneath or i will walk back there and run right into it!! Maybe the chickens could sit on top!!
The chickens are busy spending their time in my driveway! I called City Hall and they told me maybe i could try being neighborly and asking them to keep their chickens in their yard. Ya that is going to work.....god forbid you would send someone over there and tell them the rules of owning fine feathered friends. Maybe i could be "neighborly" and invite them over for chicken noodle soup served on a pile of feathers!! lol
It was in the middle 80's today and humid. Tonight it is in the middle 30's and chilly! Nothing like a 50 degree difference in a matter of hours. Had wind gusts of 59 mph.
Hubby had grilled pork chops and peas waiting when i got home from work tonight. Tasted good!
Moved 4 ton of dog food twice today at work. Had to take it off trailer by hand and stack on pallets and then had to take it inside the store, take off pallets as they are too big to get thru the store, load them on carts and then stack them in the middle of the store. It is our famous buy one get one free event. One customer came in and bought 10 bags. My arms feel like they are going to fall off tonight. Good thing i had my sassy bra on!!
Please dont forget that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Take the time to check yourself and if you havent had a mammogram for awhile get in there and have one.