Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Wow, this is a Happy Entry! Something I was worried about!

Today I got this letter in the mail from my doctor. I had a bunch of blood work done. I was worried....because last year my cholesterol was right at the 200 mark. Now, the doctor TOLD ME that was only because the heart healthy cholesterol was high, and they want it to be, but still..... I didn't like that number at 200. At that time we were still on Dave's work insurance. And they Flagged me for High Cholesterol. That made me mad!

Well, anyway today's report was wonderful! Get this! You will be proud of Merry! Today, my cholesterol is 175. The HDL is up and the LDL is where it should be and I am thrilled. I use to have this reading when I was running in my 30s-early 50s! Also my kidney function tests, sodium, potassium, blood sugar and calcium are all NORMAL. Let's hear you say "Hooray" for Merry! Thank you!

Those of you who know me well, know that I dieted last year and lost approximately 30 lb, which is a lot for a short small person. I am convinced that is why it was down. I was never medically obese, my BMI was nomal at the worst, but barely. :) After I lost the weight my BMI dropped way down, back like when I use to run. I do worry about heart disease, I've seen what Dave has been through. My brother in law had a triple by pass last year. And my Mom had Diabetes. I know all the problems and diseases Diabetes can cause, and I do not want it!

I did put on a few pounds on our trip to Hawaii. Not a lot though. Geez, ate eggs every day, too. But still things came out well, I believe because I got rid of a lot of weight I really didn't need and certainly did not want last year.

I plan to diet off those Cruise pounds after Mother's Day. But I lose slowly because I am inactive due to my back and neck, I just can't do much. I have to do by diet alone. But I don't have many to lose this year, not even a size, I do not weigh, I go by how my clothes fit and I want to be size 6 like I was last summer. Ri9ght now I am a size 8. So this means probably not even 10-12 lb, I have to lose. It may take me longer than those who can exercise, but I will do it. Because I am as stubborn as they come and I do not like extra weight on my body.

If anyone wants to join me, let me know. I think it's a lot easier to do if you have a diet buddy and Dave cheats a lot. :)


Retirement is great,mostly, LOL!!

Hi Everyone!

It's been so long since I posted. I want to post about our trip, and I want to update you on other things, but I am getting behind. So, I will try to do that very soon. But here is a post on you about life here now with Dave retired.

Things are good here, you know? Dave is a good guy and he loves me. But men don't see or understand that certain jobs have to be done other than weekly cleaning. Like I was explaining to Dave that I was going to have to Spring house cleaning. I told him I was going to start in the kitchen, and work toward my closets as I will be putting winter clothes away in a couple weeks. But I said, since he always wants to "help" me, I would like to do the kitchen cabinets, just a few day until they are done. I have done this every year for almost 47 years, but he hasn't been at home then! LOL

Get this: Dave looks at me strangely for a long time... then he says, "Well, Merry, I think that should wait until the weather is bad!!!!" Do you believe this? I try to explain that if I waited to do those jobs until the weather was bad, it wouldn't be called "spring" (& then "fall") housecleaning! I couldn't believe it. He was dead serious. It was actually funny. Men are aliens when it comes to the real running a house. At least most are. So, I did a few alone and will get them done that way. Dave thinks that dusting, vacuuming, floor washing and clothes washing & ironing are all housework entails. And he vacuums and does yard work, so I can it's not out of proportion for me to do everything else! I really think that before he retired he had no idea how hard I really do work around here! Do I have to be so fussy? No! That IS MY choice, I admit. I am not a casual easy going type person. Sometimes, I wish I were, but that's not me. I am very scheduled and regimented and those of you who know me well, know this. I wonder, what planet do you think Dave & all husbands came from? LOL Ah well, he's does vacuum for me and even folds clothes at times, so I can't gripe too much. I just thought it was sort of funny. I bet every retired couple goes through this!

Love you, one and all!