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Monday Meeting ~~ January 11, 2016

Hello, People!

The second week of January already! I wish time would slow down just a bit. With that thought, let’s get this meeting started.


Monday Meeting


Please take a seat, help yourself to the beverages and snacks. Make yourself comfortable.

The first full week of January went quickly by as I tried to do too many things at once. Which is what I usually end up doing. I did manage to get some things done, though, so I felt pretty good about it all. I got some government paperwork done that I need to renew myย Permanent Resident card here in Canada. Have to renew every ten years. There is paperwork to do and a fee to pay. Good thing I saved up for the fee, as I knew it was coming this year. Hard to believe I’ve been living in Canada for fourteen years this month. I love it here.

I also worked on my blog(s) last week. Mostly on the end where you readers don’t see. Yes, I have two blogs. Maybe a third will be added if my friend Mer and I can get our shit together. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And YES, I’m crazy. One blog is hard work, two is a hell of a lot of work, three is just over-achieving. LOL

My second blog is my author blog. Go take a look if you’re curious. Not a whole lot to see as yet. It’s a work in progress. You can see it at… jlphillipsauthor.com

On the husband front…He has been on chemo for colon cancer for eleven days now. The only thing we have noticed as far as side effects go is his blood pressure dropping. It will drop down into the low 90’s over 70’s. He gets a bit dizzy when it does that. I called the cancer clinic and asked them about it and they told me they have never had anyone’s blood pressure drop with these particular chemo drugs. Guess there is a first for everything. I’m supposed to just keep an eye on him and they will talk to us about it when we see them next week. Otherwise, he is eating goodย and we haven’t noticed anything else going wonky. So that’s good news for a change.

I usually take a few weeks in January to organise myself. I go through paperwork, throw out what I don’t need anymore. Get myself ready for tax time. Redo things that I think need a bit of sprucing up. (Like my blogs) Generally just get things together for the coming year. This year is a bit more challenging as we have many doctors appointments and such to keep track of. It’s all coming together nicely.

This year I have also decided it’s time to concentrate on ‘me’ more. That means getting healthier, in mind and body. Not being so hard on myself when I can’t get everything done as I want. I have to learn there is only one of me and that I’m getting older and slower physically. I still think I’m thirty years old and I’m not. Dammit.

I’m going to try to lose weight and get myself in a better mindset. I need to lower my pounds and my blood pressure. With that in mind I’ve decided to change doctors. My old doctor was not interested enough in me as a person and what my life is like outside the office. I made an appointment with a new doctor. I’ve already met her briefly and I liked what I saw, so I asked if she would be willing to take me on as a patient. She said yes and I have an appointment on the 27th. It’s a first step in a new year for a new me. Wish me luck.

I talked to my mom last week too. She’s doing pretty good all things considered. She’s 86 and I hope I’m still as together as she is when I’m that age. If I reach that age. Women in my family are known for living long lives, so we shall see. I always know when she is doing well….she cooks. And she’s cooking up a storm lately. She’s been trying out a few recipes that readers sent her for her birthday. She still talks about all the cards and recipes she received. You guys are the best!

That’s about it for now. I do hope everyone has a super week. See you around!





18 thoughts on “Monday Meeting ~~ January 11, 2016

  1. Glad to hear the chemo is going relatively well, fingers crossed for it going forward just as well.

    Another blog? Do tell… (I’m seriously considering doing a makeup blog again…I did one before but ditched it after a short while. The alternative is do all the makeup stuff on the current blog, bwa ha ha!)


    1. Thanks kiddo. Yes, Mer and I thought about doing a blog about being and poor. With recipes, coupon savings, how to be poor with class. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. Hope the health things improve for hubby and you!

    Three blogs is a lot, I kind of had that for a while, I have two which are my main on and my Sugarness recipe one, and for a while I was also regularly contributing at the Limebird Writers one till we finished that – even though I was one of several people there, it was still a lot of time because I was posting once a week there generally, so I felt like I had three blogs. With both my blogs, especially the Sugarness one, I go through phases of not posting much, but I still like to have both of them.


    1. Thanks Vanessa. Three blogs is a lot I know. Two blogs is too. I haven’t done a whole lot on my author blog yet. Hope to be able to work on that one soon.


  3. Good luck with everything Jackie, R’s health, yours, changing Drs can be a good thing as it is all about feeling comfortable with them and knowing they are interested in you as a whole person. Most important I find is that when you go to see them they actually know who you are……Have a good day….


  4. I hope that your husband improves. It must be stressful.
    Good news on the change in doctors if you were not happy. I changed mine about ten years ago and it was a great move. She supports my efforts to be healthier (rather than simply just treat any symptoms I get).


    1. Thank you Elizabeth. It is stressful, but we are coping.
      Exactly about the doctor! My old one was quick to give prescriptions for the symptoms but failed to treat the main cause of the symptoms.

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  5. You can see how far behind I am. I’ve never let one of your posts get this far behind. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Keeping busy is what we do when there is too much we are afraid of. That leaves us little time to ruminate the endless possibilities of further difficulties. They lied to you about his blood pressure being rarely that low. The ex had his drop so low several times since chemo that the last time, new years eve, he passed out after getting up from the toilet and broke his hip. He got out of the hospital last Friday. Surgery means more physical therapy. Keep a VERY close eye on hubby. I’m glad you are taking care of yourself too. Join the club. I never admit to poverty. I always say my life is abundant and somehow it is. Of course the C-pap machine this morning was $365. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Not in the budget but oh well. It will all come out in the wash. Somehow, I always have enough of everything I need and I repeat that over and over. I even have enough to share. It never ceases to amaze my daughter. Keep taking care of yourself. He needs you to. Glad your mom is doing well too. Always good news. Hugs.


    1. It’s ok Marlene, I’m far behind too. ๐Ÿ™‚
      You are a wise woman. Keeping busy does keep the mind occupied.
      I looked up on the internet at cancer forums and yes, it is rather normal for some cancer patients to have low blood pressure. I do keep my eye on him or try to. I only admit to poverty because I want people to know, yes one can be very poor fianancially, but in life one can be very rich. Which is how I feel, rich in friends, rich in ideas, rich in things I will try.
      Wow, that’s cheap for a cpap machine. Thanks for taking the time to read, Marlene. Big hugs!

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  6. Good for you with all those great things you’re doing for yourself, it’s about time to put yourself first ๐Ÿ™‚ Big hugs!


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