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2019 - Juggling Life Club
« on: January 01, 2019, 07:34:52 PM »
Happy New Year!!     :D

Today, is January 1st, 2019 . . . .  a brand new day, a brand new year, and brand new adventures that lie ahead in this new year.

For those of you who don't know me, I am Bucky, a staff member at Sjogren's World. There have been so many new members the last few years I can't keep up with all of you.  If you have been around this forum for a while, in years past, I posted about a New Leaf Club that started in December 2009.  The premise of this "club" was a support group for our members who are looking to get their affairs in order - whether it be their house, their jobs, their families, etc.  For myself, I am more focused on my home and getting it organized so my "spoon" allotment is used wisely. 

There was a four year gap when we didn't have a club, but it was restarted again in 2018.  We had five members who participated last year and I'm hoping we have more members participate in 2019.

Here is a link to our club from some previous years:  http://sjogrensworld.org/forums/index.php?topic=24976.msg266528#msg266528;    http://sjogrensworld.org/forums/index.php?PHPSESSID=66934de8472f8cfdbfda0742d2971e21&topic=21551.msg236498#msg236498

Life IS all about juggling so many things - our day-to-day activities, our homes, our families, our jobs, our health, our way of living.  I know for myself, that the journey is made sweeter when you have support and encouragement along the way.  That's what this "club" is all about.

I don't want this thread to focus on our health - even though that IS a big part of juggling life.  I want this to be about projects we are working on, plans for gardens, shared ideas on organizing, filing systems that work, craft projects, downsizing, recycling projects, etc.  Please, no Debbie Downers - I want to keep this thread upbeat, positive and encouraging.

As always, I have on-going projects that never seem to be finished - kind of like doing the dishes, you have them all clean and turn around and they start piling up again.   :-\

There are some things I have in mind that I will write about another day, I just wanted to put this out there tonight on the 1st day of January.

Is there anybody who wants to be a part of this Juggling Life Club with me?  The more the merrier!   :)

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2019, 08:20:41 PM »
Hi Bucky!  You can count me in again.

Well, that fort-like storage area under the stairs for the grandkids is ALMOST ready.  Yes, that's the project I was working on last year.  I just have one small wall to finish with drywall and reclaimed barn wood.  I hung up twinkling battery operated lights at Christmas and it is so darn cute.  Should be done by the middle of February.  Totally done.  Yeah!

Overlapping this project is a really big one.  I have a massive mechanical,  furnace,  storage room that is a real mess.  So I will just need to bite off one little piece at a time.  It has turned into that room where all things go to get lost.

My third project for this year is to start some kind of class.  Tai chi, gentle yoga, beginner's painting class...these are some ideas I have.  I'm still in the investigation phase for now.  Most seem to begin next week so I may be waiting until springtime before I start this.

Looking forward to hearing from everyone else.  Whatcha working on,  Bucky?
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 07:14:31 AM »
Dear Club Members,

Happy New Year 2019!

Our tree is down and stowed away, and we've been to the gym twice so far in 2019.

1.  RETIREMENT LIVING.  We've decided that we won't move to the Senior Living Community of our choice until 2020, at the earliest.

All of the Senior Living Communities we like are at capacity.   We're on the waiting list for the one we like best, which is 2.5 miles from our house.

When the time comes, we'll move into the Senior Living Community, and THEN sell our house.   For the longest time I couldn't figure out how the move and selling the house could be juggled.  We'll have 'double expenses' for a while: house payment AND rent payment. 

However, our house is in a very desirable location, and I've even had a call from a realtor who said she has a waiting list for our subdivision.  So that's a plus.  The hard part for me in all of this is that I am so disabled that I can't DO any of the physical work of moving, getting the house ready to sell and disposing of stuff we don't need.  This will be the first move I just watch.   For me, 'just watching' is very stressful.

2.  TRIP TO FRANCE.  The biggest 'project' for 2019 is a family trip to France, for two weeks in June.  Our older son lives in Paris, and we plan to visit him, traveling with our younger son and his wife, and two of their children.  I'm handling 'logistics' including the air travel and travel in France by train, as well. 

John and I will take the train from the airport, directly to our son's second home in Brittany, where he will be waiting for us with his family.  Our younger son and his family will take the train to the first home in Paris, so the kids can spend some time seeing Paris, then they'll join us in Brittany.

I like doing the research and making travel plans, and I certainly have the time to do it.  I didn't think I would travel again, because I'm so disabled, and tire so easily.  But my older son really wants everyone 'together'.   I need a wheel chair at the airport.  I don't know how train travel will be managed.  I'll take my walker, of course. I'll all work out, I'm sure

3.  ARTHRITIS PROJECT.  My other 'project' for 2019 is addressing my arthritic joints.  I have constant pain from my knees, neck and shoulders.  In late 2018 I had definitive news that I'm not a candidate for knee replacement.  I'll have some PT for my knees, starting in February.  This will be the third PT for my knees.

I'm seeing a specialist in non-surgical treatment for my neck, next week.  I don't expect that to really help as my neck pain is constant, and the degeneration started in 1988, so it's pretty bad. I need a new MRI of my cervical spine.

If neck surgery is my best option, I'll schedule it either before or after our trip to France.  I need to ask for advice from Irish who's had this neck surgery.  And perhaps there are others here, who've had this surgery. 

4.  LETTING GO.  I am re-reading "How to Be Sick" by Toni Bernhard.  I REALLY need to practice the many facets of her approach to chronic illness.  My entire mind-set to life is to 'fix' everything, and to feel 'responsible' for everything.......to make everything' right'.....   Which sets me up for frustration and a feeling of failure and lack of control.  So I'm once again reminding myself to 'let go', slow down, and breathe!

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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2019, 08:32:22 PM »
I got down to business and began organizing my messy storage room this afternoon.   I put together a shelving unit, then moved things off the floor and onto the shelves.  That gave me a real boost, I'll tell you.

And my sweet dog got her fur brushed and her teeth cleaned today.  My goal is to do this daily.   

Tomorrow I'll start some research on evening and morning classes available in my small city.  There are an amazing number of classes available at affordable prices.  Very promising.
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2019, 12:44:09 PM »
Happy New Year !!!

Thank you Bucky for starting this thread. I retired 7 months ago and have been trying to adjust. I am loving this cooler weather so I can get outside and enjoy being outdoors. The summers are too hot for me. Living in the south, our winters are quite mild and pleasant.

We moved when I retired back into a home that we rented out for several years, so we have a lot of projects going. A lot of the projects are DIY that my husband can do. I can assist-:)

I am enjoying having time to spend with my family, friends, and pets. I find that getting up in the am and walking my dog makes a great start to my day.  I will enjoy this until next summer.

Recently I have been trying to work back into some fitness. It's a slow go but I am encouraged. Exercise centers me and I love it but due to some injuries and other issues, I let that lapse for too long. It kept me semi sane in my younger years. 

Elaine, I am so excited for your trip to France!!! How wonderful for you!!!!

Carebear, maybe I will also get motivated and organize our messy laundry room! Good for you! I would like to hear about any classes you might be taking. 

I am working on a family scrapbook and I also have a bucket list concert to attend in April.

So far, we don't have any long range plans for the year just yet. We've got to finish some home projects first.

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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2019, 01:43:09 PM »
Dear friends,

I am so proud of myself!  I've been on a small binge of repairing around here, and I am very pleased with the work so far.

No longer do the doors on the pantry and broom closet creak,  the shower lever no longer leaks and drips all day long,  and the toilet paper holders are all tightened up.  Yeah me!

And the dog has clean teeth and less loose hair is floating around the house.

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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2019, 01:01:03 PM »
Wow, can you believe the month of January is already half over??!!   :o  Every year the time goes by faster and faster.

Carebear, Carolina, and Deb27 - glad to have you ladies participating in the Juggling Life Club this year.  Yay!  Anyone one else is welcome to join us anywhere along the way.

Carebear - I bet you can't wait until your fort-area storage area is complete - the grandkids will love it!  It sounds like you have several plans for this year - good for you.

Carolina - you are always a busy person!  Putting your house on the market AFTER you move is a smart idea.  I wish we could have been able to do that with selling my parents home.  My brother listed the house THEN decided to have an estate sale.  That was exhausting!  It's really convenient for you too if you move close by.  In my case, I was flying back and forth to another state to help.

I've heard you talk about going to France in years past.  From reading your posts through the years, you would be a good travel agent!  I hope everything works out for you and all the family can be together for the trip.

Deb27 - first off, Happy Retirement!   :)  Home projects - I don't think they ever are completely done.  One might finish the project they are working on, only to find something else that needs fixed or remodeled. 

I'm a list maker - I find that if I write it down, I tend to follow through with it versus just "thinking" about it.  Are you guys list makers? I still work part-time and on my days off, I tend to write down what I plan to do - it motivates me to finish the item and cross it off, done!  These past two days I had 15 items on my "to do" list.  I only have 3 items left to do . . . which I might just put on my next "to do" list as they aren't urgent.  ;)

Carebear when you mentioned about fixing a few things around the house the other day, I know what you mean about "yeah me!".  We've had a window that faces North and in the winter months you can feel cold air around the edges of the window.  I sleep by this window and it gets cold when the wind is blowing.  I've mentioned it to hubby on several occasions.  Well, I took matters into my own hands and bought some Weatherstrip Seal self adhesive foam, and fixed the problem in five minutes!!   ;D  I've tried the putty weatherstrip stuff before, but it didn't help.  This foam stuff works like a charm!

I've found that once I start a project, some times it only takes 10-15 minutes to finish it, it's just STARTING it that takes so long.  Know what I mean?

Well, I have one more item from my "to do" list today that I need to complete and I will call this day a success, so I better get at it.  This is one of those time consuming projects where I brown a lot of ground chuck, then bag it in 1-pound bags to freeze.  It makes the days I work and come home to make dinner go by quicker by just thawing out the meat and adding it to spaghetti, chili, tacos, homemade pizza, or whatever I'm making.

Keep up the good work ladies! 

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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2019, 08:40:53 AM »
Happy Wednesday and middle of the week!   :)

Yesterday, I completed a project that has been on my "to do" list for a couple months now.  Back in November, our son moved back home after being out-of-state at college the last two years.  While he was gone for those two years, I kinda "took over" his bedroom closet as MY extra storage area.  It was wonderful!  Now that's he home again, I had to give up the storage area and find another spot for the items I had in his bedroom closet.

I had eight storage containers in his closet with an array of photos, misc. receipts, and various maps and pamphlets (for travel) stored in his room.  I sorted through each box, labeled the envelopes (some day, these will go into photo books . . . . some day), shredded papers that didn't need to be kept, and consolidated the eight containers into five.   ;D 

Each box is labeled with it's contents and relocated to the hall closet (which had to be cleaned out to accommodate these boxes) where it will be their new home.

When I was cleaning out the shelf in the hall closet for these boxes, I made a pile of "donate" items that I will add to when I tackle my bedroom this week before taking them to the donation center.

I'm making headway . . . yay!!

How's YOUR projects coming along?

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« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2019, 02:03:00 PM »
Hey, Bucky.  It sounds like you are really culling through your stuff.   Great work!

I had to go back to my shower tap project to fine tune it a bit.  When I took all the pieces apart, I incorrectly adjusted the temperature setting.   So...the first person who took their shower the next morning had a less than lukewarm cleansing.  Oops!  But I was about to fix it before my shower - He He!

I bought a tv stand that increased the height of the television by twelve inches so now I can watch it when I ride my recumbent bike or walk on the treadmill.  Now I exercise more frequently.

I just purchased all the supplies for taping and mudding the two small walls of drywall in the under the stairs "fort".  I plan to work on it tomorrow.  I sure hope I get it done by mid-February,  when the grandkids are all coming over.

I found a groovy floor tile for the "hobby/storage room".  It's very retro.  Reminds me of my adolescence!   I'll be the only one in town with a 60s decorated mechanical room.
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2019, 10:45:48 AM »
Carebear - it sounds like your projects are coming along too!   :)

I bet the person who got into the shower before you did wasn't very happy with you!  LOL  Normally, the shower head in our bathroom stays in the same position - someone had tilted it outward and I didn't check it before turning the shower on, and I got a face full of water right off the bat.   :o  At least I check the temp on my feet before turning the overhead shower on.  ;)

Last week, I put together a little Valentine's decorations in the dining room using things I had around the house and only buying a few things for less than $6 total.  I had bought a string of just red lights on clearance after Christmas, so I laid that around two red candle holders, a clear cut glass bowl filled with sparky heart shapes, a pretty fluted vase with a bunch of sparky heart shapes on sticks, and a gold picture frame with a "Happy Valentine's Day" greeting card framed inside.  It looks really pretty when it's lit up at night.  Hubby was impressed!

The picture frame I got at the Dollar Tree store (everything a dollar there), looks like an expensive frame, when it's not.  They also had Hallmark cards there 2/$1 which is an awesome price!  I plan on using this same frame and getting other cards for different occasions to change out in the frame as the year progresses. 

Today is my day off work and one of those, "I don't want to do anything", kind of days.  I admit after "the boys" (husband and son) both left for work, I went back to bed for a little bit . . . ahhhh, felt good!  I'm just trying to enjoy "me" time before everyone comes back home. 

Have a good day everyone . . . . anyone else working on any projects?

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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2019, 08:57:08 PM »
Happy February - what's left of it! 

How's everyone's projects coming along?  Anybody start anything new?

Along with the "juggling life", connecting with friends/family is a part of that too.  Three weeks ago I got a surprise call from one of my Aunts that lives in FL.  She was calling to check on me as she had heard on the news about our cold temperatures.  That was so sweet of her.  This is one of my Dads sisters.  There were 12 kids in my dads family - now, there are only three of them left.  Unfortunately, I don't live near any of the three.   :(  One Aunt in Florida, One Aunt in Tennessee, and my Uncle in Ohio.

I had a nice visit with Aunt Helen (who is 85 yrs old) and we both promised to call and check in with each other more often.  I had mentioned to her that we were thinking of going to Tennessee later in the fall and would love to see her if she was able to come up there.  (She was born in TN and one of her sisters still lives there.)  She just might be able to do that!  That would be fun to be able to visit without it being at a funeral (which was the last time I saw her, at my Dads funeral in 2013).

So, as one of my projects I have been working on, I had been looking online to find information on family members and printing out any info I found.  I made copies of what I had and mailed them off to Aunt Helen today.  A lot of the info is relatives I have never met, but Aunt Helen has, so I think she will enjoy reading about them.

My challenge to each of you is to reach out to a family member or friend you haven't talked to in a long time and touch base with them and let them know you're thinking of them.  It made my day that Aunt Helen would call me and I will definitely keep our promise to keep in touch more often.

Have a good weekend.

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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2019, 12:44:02 PM »
Hi everyone - how is everyone?

Well, here in Central IL we've transitioned from winter into spring . . yay!!  We had a very cold winter and I'm looking forward to warmer weather - but not too warm!  I'll be glad when we can shed the coats here soon.

Elaine - how's everything with your move into the retirement community?  I had read in another post that the transition was hard on your husband.   :(  I hope things are improving as you both get settled in.

Carebear - how's the fort-storage area coming along?  Were you able to complete the project before your grandkids came to visit?

Deb 27 - how's your family scrapbook coming along?  It's now April, have you gone to your "bucket list" concert yet?  Who's at the concert? (if you want to share)

I'm still plugging along with various things around the house.  I could get so much done around the house if I didn't have the daily or weekly "same old" day-to-day jobs to do around the house.  The cleaning, grocery shopping, preparing meals, washing dishes, laundry, blah, blah, blah.  By the time I get the necessities done, I don't want to do anything else.

I do have to give myself a pat on the back for the week.  Recently, we had to have a plumber come to install a new shower unit in our bathroom.  Ever since the plumber was here our water pressure in the kitchen has been weak and not like it was before.  The bill from the plumber was due and hubby wanted me to mention to them about the water pressure.  I figured, before we say anything to them, let's go downstairs and check all the knobs for the water and make sure they were all open, like they should be.  Checked, and they were all open.  So, I decided to remove the  end piece of the faucet (I don't know what that's called) and clean it.  We have well water and it's hard on the pipes, etc.  I soaked the piece in hot sudsy water, brushed it with a toothbrush and reinstalled it.  Walla . . . the water pressure was back to normal in the faucet!!  Yay me!!!  It was just a coincidence that it had happened after the plumber was here.

In a prior post Carolina mentioned:
LETTING GO.  My entire mind-set to life is to 'fix' everything, and to feel 'responsible' for everything.......to make everything' right'.....   Which sets me up for frustration and a feeling of failure and lack of control.  So I'm once again reminding myself to 'let go', slow down, and breathe!

Letting go is so hard.  For me, the letting go is related to our son.  We only have one child.  Our son had been living in CO to attend college for two years and he just moved home in November of 2018.  We were thrilled he chose to move back home to IL.  It was hard having him so far away (1,000 miles) for those two years.  Now that he's home, we have to remember to give him his privacy and space.  He's not the little kid any more that has to be told what to do and when to do it.

So much of my life has been devoted to raising him.  I was a SAHM (stay at home mom) when he was little, so I spent a lot of time with him.  Now, as a young adult, he is busy with his job, his friends and living his life.

I have to remind myself that he doesn't need his mom like he did when he was younger.  I don't have to fix all his problems.  I don't have to remind him to do this and that (example: "you better hurry up or you're going to be late for work").  He needs to figure out all this stuff on his own - to learn from his successes and mistakes.  I can't do that for him (even though the mom in me wants to do otherwise).

A couple of hours ago, our son left with his cousin to travel to CO (1,000 miles away) for a skiing trip.  My husband and I will just have to trust that everything goes well on their trip and they will be safe in their travels and have a fun time. 

The next 4-1/2 days we'll be practicing letting go and breathing.   ;)  All part of Juggling Life!!

Have a good weekend everyone!

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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2019, 01:52:11 PM »
Bucky, the process of letting go of our children is lifelong.   My oldest turns 40 next year, and I still feel like swooping in to "mom" her.  I have to watch myself with my older grandchildren as well.  They are young teens who need to learn how to make their own decisions and live with them.  Unless it's something dangerous of course, then that becomes a different story.

I have not finished the fort storage room yet.  Life got right up in my face so things were stalled.  BUT I returned to the project last week and have gathered momentum.   I'll be down there tomorrow for a few hours, or maybe more.  It should be finished by Easter.  And maybe the Easter bunny will hide some eggs there.
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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2019, 07:48:35 PM »
This was a productive weekend for me - our weather was really nice here in IL and I was able to be outside for several hours trimming back tree limbs where we mow in the yard and picking up the array of branches and twigs that have fallen over the winter months.

While I was outside working so hard I was sweating and the salty sweat got into my eyes . . . ouchie!! My eyes were burning for the rest of the evening.

On another note regarding the trip our son took this weekend.  Well . . . . they had car trouble and had to have the car towed.  :(  So, they have been without a car all weekend having to rely on Uber and his college roommate to get them around.  The car is at a dealership 1-1/2 hrs. away from where they are at.  With it being the weekend, the car hasn't even been looked at yet!  We're hoping and praying that once they do look at the car on Monday that it will be a simple fix and the boys can get the car back and enjoy their last day in CO before heading back home.  We're really hoping that they can leave on Tuesday as planned as there is a winter storm coming on Wednesday in the area where they are right now.  The boys aren't even sure how they are going to get to the car dealership with it being 1-1/2 hrs. away.  They really don't have any Uber's or taxi's in the area they are in, and if they did, it would be an expensive fare to drive that far.  We're hoping the car dealership will help them out.  (They are driving a rental car from a local dealership here in IL.)

So, if you are a praying person, we sure would appreciate any prayers you could offer for our son that everything will fall into place for them.

Thanks,
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« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2019, 05:21:49 PM »
This is one happy, grateful mama, her son is home!!   :D

The car needed a new water pump that was replaced by noon on Monday and then the boys picked up the car in the afternoon and started their journey back home.  (They had to end up renting another car to get around while they waited for their rental car to be fixed.)

I'm just so thankful that they are home ahead of the "monster blizzard" that the news people are calling the storm that is to roll through Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota and other states starting on Wednesday through the weekend.

If you said a prayer for my son, thank you.  I can breathe again and will be able to get some sleep tonight.

Bucky
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