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Recovery Day

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My BFF's drove me to Mesa yesterday for my pre-op appointment. We left at 8:30 a.m. and got back to Tucson at 9 last night. I was SOOO tired, which meant I didn't sleep well. Go figure.

Anyway we left early so we could go to IKEA! I am not a big fan of most of their stuff, but I did get some things to finish my bathroom project. I got a wall mounted hook for my towels. A cute little shelf to mount above the toilet for some spa salts, a picture and a sweet, although artificial plant. There are no windows in the bathroom, so no sense trying to keep a plant alive.

I felt like I walked 4 or 5 miles. That store is huge! The tracker on the smarter than me phone says it was only a mile. But I did get some exercise!

My weigh in for my challenge was good again this week. I only have 4 more pounds to go to get a Fitbit. If any of you can recommend one that I can wear in the water, please let me know.

Today I am making my Rainbow Soup.

It smells so good as it is simmering in the pot.

The real topic of the day is from 60 and me.

The discussion is about whether or not we should wear jeans after 60. A fashionista from the UK thinks not. I disagree! I laughed when I read the article, because I was one of "those" teenage girls who shrunk her jeans while wearing them in a hot tub of water. Oh my!
I don't wear jeans a lot at the moment. I do have 3 pair that I save "for good", and in my world there are very few places that I go where jeans wouldn't be appropriate. I gave up my clothes horse days, but the idea of buying new clothing when I get to maintenance is very exciting.

My surgery is next Monday, so for the rest of this week I am just trying to stay in the moment. I will recuperate at my BFF's house for a few days afterward. I usually heal pretty fast, and I want to finish my bathroom project so I don't anticipate it will be longer than a few days.

I wanted to share a new website I just found called Brave Girls Club. Entering the website was like being enveloped in a huge warm hug. Very similar to the feeling I get when surrounded by my Sparkly friends. A lot of the articles resonated with me. I had the opportunity to share it with someone I had dinner with last night. Her sister, who is about my age, and lives in Tucson is going through a divorce also. She was surprised that I am calm and not fearful. I told her that when life throws a curve ball, you don't accomplish anything by letting you get yourself overwhelmed. I believe that God always has me in His hands and I trust the process. There is a reason we have to go through what we do, If we hadn't split , I wouldn't be enjoying the process of discovering Tucson! Anyway, she is going to talk to her sister and see if she is interested in getting together. The lady we had dinner with was down here because her hubby is having chemo treatments. He has such a great positive outlook on life, and it shows- he looks good and although he isn't able to kayak at the moment, he can go fishing. Diane made him the cutest chemo pouch that looks like a fishing creel. Complete with a fish coming out of the water.
They are in my prayers but they are in God's hands.

Nov 13: Today I am grateful for the memories of the people who have been in my life, who cared for me and became a part of who I am.

Nov 14: Today I grateful that I was able to get my website installed and functional. At least to the point I can now customize it. Thanks to great technical support.

Nov 15. Today I am grateful for wonderful friends, who took time from there busy schedules to ensure I am not alone or wanting for anything during this medical intervention. I am grateful my 13 yr old granddaughter contacted me last night and is missing me for Thanksgiving. That made me feel loved.

Nov 16. Today I am grateful for the soup simmering on the stove. The smells are tantalizing. I am also grateful for the peace in my home.

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    The funny thing is, I think, is that it's only us 'older' women who now even wear jeans! All the young women are wearing leggings and jeggings! Anyone over 50 is firmly in jeans. I wear jeans all the time!
    1596 days ago
    Oh yes...as a gal out of the 50's my jeans will go with me where ever! I wear what I like where I like. One thing about being a senior...ahem...HATE that word...is that we can do whatever the HECK we want to do right Sunny?

    I'm praying for your surgery. Please do allow yourself to be pampered by your friends. They want to help you and you will recover much quicker with their love and attention. emoticon

    Keep that chin up to the sun and keep discovering all of the wonderful things about yourself that you are discovering and the BEST thing...keep sharing those learnings..we all benefit from them! emoticon
    1600 days ago
    I don't think I will ever be able to give up my jeans!

    I know God always has you in his hands! Blessings to you spark friend
    1602 days ago
    1602 days ago
    What surgery are you having--?--I must try making yer rainbow soup--This is soup weather--Lynda
    1603 days ago
    Sounds like an amazing and fun trip, but definitely exhausting lol. IKEA does sound like it would be really big inside but I've never been to one. I do like some of their styles for various furniture and decorations.
    1606 days ago
    If my mom is 82 and can still look good in a pair of jeans, I say GO FOR IT! You are all right with me, Sunny! Prayers for your surgery Monday. I hope all goes well. You're in my thoughts. Big hugs.
    1606 days ago
    I never listened to any " fashionista"... I wear what I like. Period. Jeans and sweat shirts with moccasins are tops on my fashion statement. emoticon emoticon
    1606 days ago
    The fitbit Flex 2 is swim proof, a decent price and has lovely accessories, interchangeable bands, even some gold and silver that make it a gorgeous bracelet instead of a fitness tracker, downside is it doesn't have a readout which I would want so I didn't need a watch as well.

    Saying prayers for your surgery

    And say YES to jeans for the rest of your life!!!
    1607 days ago
    Wishing you the very best with your surgery! emoticon

    I will wear jeans no matter how old I am emoticon
    1607 days ago
    Praying your surgery goes well.You are such a loving wonderful person! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1607 days ago
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    1607 days ago
    Hi Sunny..........

    YOU are still my HERO. Your optimism and upbeat attitude are contagious. In response to the "Wearing Jeans" after 60.............I think that a woman should wear whatever she feels looks good on her no matter what her age. The older I get, the less I worry about the "so called" rules. They are meant to be broken!!!

    I wish you the very best with your surgery. Aren't good friends amazing?!? But I am guessing that you are also a very good friend to them.

    Take care.............. emoticon
    1607 days ago
    You're doing so well getting acclimated!
    1607 days ago
    I am 73 and there is no one that is going to tell me what no to wear. And yes, I know if I don't look good in something, and a bikini went out the doors before it ever rang the bell. So thank you buy I will wear my jeans every day, what else would a farmer wife wear any way.
    1607 days ago
    Well first of all, I don't know what they think in the UK but I wear jeans, (the skinny kind) and I am 63! I think as long as you look put together, what difference does it make? I don't believe at a certain age women should be wearing clothes above the knees and tank tops. I always wear elbow length tee shirts in the summer because I don't like how my arms look. That is just me. Maybe I would feel differently if I lived in AZ in the summertime. ;o)
    You have a huge heart Sunny. Helping someone through your own experiences is the only way to teach. You are a wonderful Sparker!
    1607 days ago
    (sorry, double post - having internet 'connection' probs today)
    1607 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/16/2016 7:57:43 PM
    Hey, I'm 63 and as far as I'm concerned I'm going to wear anything I want! HA! I do still wear jeans ... although I do LOVE the stretch ones now. Not because I'm overweight (which I am) but they are just more comfortable period.

    Sunny - you just sound great and I love your blogs ... your gratitudes ... your ATTITUDE! You do inspire me! and uplift me! And, btw, I think your 'smarter than you' phone may have been having a temporary lapse or disfunction! I bet you walked MORE than a mile!

    My thoughts/prayers will be with you come surgery-time ... for all to go well and a speedy recovery!
    1607 days ago
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    Will definitely be keeping you in my prayers until you are recovered and right back to where you want to be. I agree with you about going wherever God has planned for you to be without worrying. What a waste of time to worry about things you have no control over. Trust in Him to take the lead! Love the Gratitude list - I have so much to be grateful for as well! Have a good rest of the week and successful surgery on Monday! Hugs, prayers and good wishes!
    1607 days ago
    Well, I will keep thinking about your Monday appointment so you don't have to :)

    Jeans and older women, Ha! What a ridiculous idea to think that we should not wear jeans! There is such a wide range... but for me jeans are my go to for working in because they are durable and warm...and I have a pair of black jeans that I like to wear with a long top or sweater and I think they look pretty good for a more dressed up look. I think the real question is are they making jeans that work for us? My neighbour is now 60 and honestly she looks like a million bucks in jeans. She has great assets if you know what I mean. I know that is not the response I would get... but hey, I don't think there are many things I wear below the waist that have EVER looked that way. I have never had the "derriere" of my dreams and always had a tummy so no matter what style of trouser I wear it never looks as good as a skirt or dress. BUT I like narrow leg pants because I have great legs.

    You are making progress with your "job" set up, congratulations! I am very proud of your whole journey. The women's Brave Girls Club sounds interesting... I'll have to take a look. and I'm glad to hear your finances are a little less tight. It is nice to be able to care about our surroundings. Thank you for sharing your grateful list and soup recipe. Life is pretty good!
    1607 days ago
    So, so much good things in this!

    I shall keep you in my prayers.
    1607 days ago
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    Hope the surgery goes well.
    I love jeans too but don't own any right now. emoticon
    1607 days ago
    I disagree too about the jeans! Wishing you the best with your surgery.
    1607 days ago
    Good Luck with your surgery! It sounds as if you are in awesome hands with your BFF!

    Your Bathroom sounds amazing!

    I do like your outlook on your life.
    1607 days ago
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