Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Hello everyone. I can't seem to get in a rhythm of posting on a regular schedule. My brain doesn't work that way.

I'm slowly but steadily working on Jordan's blanket. It doesn't seem to be getting wider though. I'm having trouble with my right hand and crocheting is limited to around an hour at a time with long breaks in between. It's frustrating but it is what it is. I'm slowly learning to pace myself and do what I can, then rest. Having RA has been a learning experience and one I've not enjoyed. I have always been one who works steadily until a certain job is finished, then procrastinate until I started the next one. Now, in order to get anything done, I have to plan my work schedule and also plan rest times in between. Annoying to say the least.

I'm also having to deal with testing my blood gloucose levels every day. My levels are running between the mid 90's and very low 100's so things are working out. The medication the doctor gave me scares the heck out of me so I don't plan on letting this get out of control. If there's one thing that will make me watch out, it is the fact that the medication can cause (in rare cases, so the pamphlet says) lactic acidosis which can be fatal. The symptoms are enough to make me watch what I eat and keep that level under control. This morning my level was 93! A great reading for me. On Saturday morning it was 131 but I know what caused that. I went a little crazy on Friday and had a couple of Cokes and some candy. Sugar rush! I paid for it and that won't be happening again. I haven't had a Coke since and no candy, ice cream, cake, cookies, etc. I'm eating fruit and veggies, drinking OJ and water and tea. Do I miss the Coca-Colas??? Oh my, yes. But the choice is an easy one to make. I want to be around to see my grandkids grow up. I know there is no guarantee for that but at least, I don't need to do things to cause an early demise. (pretty morbid, huh?)

The weather here is COLD! I want warmth and sunshine and blue skies and flowers blooming. NOT wind, snow, rain and grey skies. I have to keep reminding myself that Spring is coming or rather it's already here but just not showing herself fully. I so wish she would come out of hiding. I promise to play nice if she will.

I finished a great book on my Kindle last week. "Guilt by Degrees" by Marcia Clark. She was one of the prosecutors in the O. J. Simpson trial and I have to say, she is a great writer. I loved the book and it kept me guessing to the end. It centers on a female district attorney and a female detective and the murder of a homeless man. The plot ties back to an old murder case also. She has more and I will have to read them also. I'm now reading "15 Seconds" by Andrew Gross, another favorite author. This one is about a man who gets framed for killing a cop. I'm really enjoying it.

I'm also reading "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain. It's the story of Ernest Heminway and his first marriage to Hadley Richardson. It centers on their time in Paris and how Hadley copes with the demands and intensity of life with Ernest. He wrote "The Sun Also Rises" during this time and his friendships with Getrude Stein, Ezra Pound and F. Scott Fitzgerald have a major influence on that book. It is an interesting read written in the voice of Hadley.

Do you do that? Do you read more than one book at a time? I have been known to read as many as 3 when my kids were in middle school and high school. I always had a book in the car for those times when I had to sit and wait on band practice or band trips to be over and I usually had two going in the house. My life was so much busier then than now. How did I ever manage?

Happy Easter to all of you. I hope you have a lovely weekend. I also hope that Spring comes soon to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere with warm sunshine, bright blue skies and gentle breezes. For those of you in the Southern Hemisphere, I hope your Autumn is a lovely one with delightful days.

Thank you for stopping by.



  1. Sorry that RA affects your ability to do things you enjoy. I know about that with my current operation. Glad your making better food choices as time is precious and grandchildren are a great motivation.

  2. The Paris wife sounds lovely, I haven't read anything for ages unless you count craft books lol Happy Easter Sharon x

  3. Hi Sharon, My brain too is on a different path these days and my posts are growing far apart too....haha. Good to know I am not alone. But this is also partly due to shoulder pain which after some experiments I realised is from holding the mouse and thankfully not due to crochet!! Also good to know that I am not the only one reading 2-3 books at a time, but I try to mix fiction and non-fiction or different languages, to stay on track :)

  4. I remember watching Marcia Clark in action back when the trial was going on. I wasn't aware she wrote books too, how fascinating! I've actually never had more than 1 book on the go. In fact, I can't even pick up a book while I'm in the middle of a knitting project. My brain seems to only be able to concentrate on one thing at a time at the moment! Have a wonderful Easter Sharon and thank you for your well wishes! Mel x

  5. I don't think it matters that you don't post to a schedule ... I certainly don't, just when I have something to say!

    You will lose weight, skipping all those sugars. Be well :D

  6. I have 3 books on the go at the moment, one for downstairs, one for upstairs and one for the loft room.
    Love from Mum

  7. It is fun to read, isn't it, Sharon. Articles, books, passages in the Bible...[technical directions like tax forms not so much]
    Good for you, tending your health issues! My dad developed Type 2 diabetes in his 50s but with great care he had many happy years until he died at the age of 92!
    Blessings to you and yours,

  8. Hello Sharon
    I've been so meaning to comment on your recent posts but something always crops up. I'm doing it now and I refuse to listen to the cat wailing at me 'cos he wants his freshly cooked fish or my husband telling me from the lounge the cat is hungry. Willie can wait!

    I usually read one book at a time and that is because my Grandma told me to do that way back when I was a child. She always said don't let a book beat you ,you'll always get something out of it even if you find it boring. There are times when I wish this mandate hadn't stuck in my mind when I was a child because I just can't start another book until I've finished the first. However I am particularly choosey about what I buy to read because if its boring I'm stuck with it. Strange obsessions,right?
    Very glad to hear you are being sensible and taking care of yourself. I don't like to hear you can't crochet as much as you would like.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  9. Gosh, yes, I often read several books at a time. Or I used to before crochet design entered my life. :)

    Great work on your nutrition and blood glucose levels! It's wonderful to see your determination. So many people could decrease their meds by just doing what you are doing - eating well and healthily. (But I sure can sympathise with the Coca-Cola thing - though Pepsi Throwback is my choice of tipple. I only drink it once in a great while because it's addictive, to me at least.)

    Spring is very slow to arrive here too. We have a little bit of grass growing now (in the sheltered spots). But most of the ground is still pretty hard, and our nights are freezing and below. It's got to come sometime!

  10. Dear Sharon, it is such a bummer to deal with health problems. You are doing such a good job pacing yourself and eating well. I hope that the warmth of Spring is on your shoulders by now and that you are doing well.
    I, too, read more than one book at a time. And I have been a terrible blogger in the last few months. I hope that slump is over.
    Best wishes of all to you. With love, Ellen.

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  12. Dear Sharon,
    found my way to your blog from Sangeetha of :-) I liked your posts(Yet to read through all of them) I just loved your pics with your mum and dad. And I must say your mum is so beautiful and dad is a handsome hunk :-) looking forward to many more beautiful posts :-)
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