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    NOT my favorite way to open up a roll call, but can someone please tell me why doing anything on a ladder is like suicide for my back?! In the past year my back has gone out three times. Each time was preceded by doing painting on a ladder. This time, I even put on a back brace while on said ladder. Did it help? NO it did not. I feel like someone twisted my spine like a bread bag fastener overnight.

    Needless to say, I guess all ladders are now enemy number one for me. (((sigh)))


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    Good morning!
    Sorry about the back. Hope it heals quick. No more ladders for you!
    COLD here still. It can go away. It is clear though and hope it stays that way so I can go over to my brother's tomorrow.
    Making him a grocery list of snacks to take plus making him a meal and dessert to eat for lunch tomorrow.
    Boys aren't sure if they want to go or not. Long drive for a quick visit but I think he wants to see them as he asked. So, I think Mom will push the issue.
    Nothing exciting today. We are hiding in the house, staying warm. As soon as kids leave, I will head to store to get shopping done, home to finish dinner.
    Debating on making brothers meal tonight or getting up early and making in the morning. Either way, it has to be chilled or refrigerated. He wants chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes. Not exactly a travel friendly meal but it is what he wants, so I will make it and take it.
    And that is all my news.
    Topsy, hope your day and back gets better!
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    Oh, Topsy, that sucks! I hope it resolves itself quickly.

    It's snowing and windy again here, but not so much snow as last week, so hopefully no more power outages. When I was a youngster back in PA, I used to love the sound of the wind "wuthering" around the corner of the house. I still like the sound, but it makes me nervous here, where the trees have grown for years with little wind and shallow glacial silt - their roots extend far out from their bases, but don't anchor them well. We had an 87' spruce topple several years ago (missed the house by about 10'); the diameter of the root ball was something like 6 1/2 feet, but the hole it left in the yard was only about 3' deep. Really makes me nervous about the great big grand-daddy of a spruce that we still have out there.

    I joined the gym yesterday!! And exercised! Just 1.5 miles on an elliptical, but I've not done anything physical in a loooooog time, so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. Now to figure out a workable schedule for getting to the gym regularly.

    For school, today is more about the Normans and France (we are having croissants and camembert for snack - yum); math facts practice (starting back up with the heavier math work next week); grammar, and I'm going to dig up my copy of The Writer's Jungle and see what we can do with that.
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    Topsy, I think as some of us age, we realize there are activities that aren't so great for us. Ironically, lying down or sitting for a long period of time actually makes my back hurt. I need to keep moving. More than 7 hour sleep at night actually makes my back sore in the morning. Will some light stretching help? Maybe heat?

    Choppy day here. Swam, worked with the algebra brothers this morning. Then I took the kids to an Indian restaurant to give it a try for lunch. Not bad, but not stellar either.

    In a few minutes I leave for my appointment with the orthopedist. He should have the result of my MRI and tell me if I need knee surgery or not. If so, I'm waiting until dh and I return from our trip. I've already dealt with this for several weeks; a few more won't hurt (much).

    I end my late afternoon with tutoring a public school math student. Finals are next week, so a bit of panic on their part is setting in. I HATE the idea of finals, especially in math. The material builds anyway, so what's the point of an all-encompassing final exam?
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    BakedAk, I love your Flannery O'Conner quote. She's great.
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    Thanks! I just came across that on the profile of a good friend who teaches in the English department at Yukon College. I do love Flannery O'Connor, but I must admit I don't know where that specific quote came from. I just fits.
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    Thanks for the commiseration, all. I've had the back of an eighty year old since I was 20. It's gone out countless times over my lifetime. I'm assuming I hold the majority of my stress in my spine. Definitely am doing heat and gentle stretches for sure. It helps, but usually time is the only real healer in my case. :P

    I recently joined the gym again, too, BakedAk. I adore hiking outdoors and despise treadmills and ellipticals and such, but every year along about January I realize that I hate walking in the cold even more than I hate gyms, and I end up getting a membership, which I'll use approximately three months, and waste nine months of. But, whaddaya gonna do? I certainly don't have room for any exercise equipment in our shoebox of a house. There's a brand new "Planet Fitness" about two miles from home, though, and it's only $10 a month, so at least I won't have wasted nearly as much money this way.


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    Inmom, my parents had the same issue with lying down. It was the mattress. My sis and I talked them into a new non-innerspring mattress. After the 2-3 week break in period (which is BRUTAL), it's much better now. I have issues with innerspring now and I'm not even 40 yet!

    AND I spoke too soon yesterday about the winter storm. It shifted south and is going to hit us now. Hopefully it is SHORT and doesn't ruin all plans for Saturday! It's been fun watching the panic over the predicted 1-3 inches. we had highs today in the 50's. I didn't even need shoes and a jacket to go outside, but tomorrow's highs will only be in the high 30's. So, we won't get snow so much as slush and ice. What fun!

    Today my plans are FINALLY get the stove clean. The tenants who rented before we bought the house apparently liked to fry everything, and not clean up the oil. WE've had to clean oil off the walls, cabinets, the open shelving, the vent hood (and wasn't THAT fun), and off the top of the refrigerator (seriously, the top of the refrigerator!) Today, I'm finally tackling the burners and the stove top itself. One burner is actually totally sealed to the stove top. I'm going to have to try the steamer on that one to try and loosen it enough to pull it off. Everything else is soaking and the stove top is slathered in my favorite dawn/baking soda mixture. PLEASE let it come off!

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    Yeah, I'm at Planet Fitness, too - I was planning on 3-6 months, since you can quit whenever, and as soon as it's not pitch black and colder than a witch's tit, I'll probably be outside, but then I discovered that $10/month deal...I might just stay longer and make use of the weights and trainer.
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