Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Our Big Party

Well we had our big 50th wedding Anniversary party here at our home that was put on by our daughters. They did just a wonderful job and I am so proud of them. A father could not expect a better bunch of daughters. They are all different in personalities, and talent. But deep down inside they are, to sum it up just nice, compassionate and caring people. 

What they did for us was just wonderful. We had some old friends over and many of our family. There were other events going on that day that some of our close friends had to attend because their kids were in them, but all and all our best friends showed up and we had a great time. 

The girls surprised us with many great gifts other than the food and other things they had arranged. They gave us photo albums, and pictures of Jackie and I over the years. They gave us a very beautiful picture album cover in silver to hold our pictures we are going to take on our anniversary trip to England. But one of the nicest things they gave us was one that did not cost much. They gave us a poster board with comments on it about things they remembered as young gals that meant a lot to them. Some of them I could hardly remember and was so shocked that they would remember these things. Some of them were so touching that they made me cry. I love them so much. 

We went to a photographer shop and had photos taken of our little family just like the one we have hanging on the wall for our 25 anniversary. This time we are just a little older. Our great grandson came here with his mom and we got my mom, the little ones great great grandma and all the rest of us in a 5 generation photo. Not many people can show a photo of them and their gg grandma. She is now 95 and in good physical shape but her mind is starting to drift out a little, but lets hope she is around at least to 100. 

Our new goal is to reach our 75th anniversary. Don’t laugh we are in pretty good shape and now the my WLS and think I have a real chance. 

Will post to you when we get back from England.

But thanks again girls for a wonderful party that we will remember for the rest of our lives. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Just call me Mr. Fix it.

I have been at goal now for a few months and I am very encouraged in that I have been able to stop the weight loss by eating more calories per day. I am still doing the same exercise as before with the same amount of intensity but my bike riding has had to take a little back seat in that I have so many things to do around the house that just can’t put off any longer.

This is one of the best things about losing the weight. For the past few years I have noticed things around the house that needed to be done, but I ignored them because with the amount I weighted I just could not work that hard without the feeling I was going to die, and who knows if I had tried that hard maybe I would have.

Now I have the energy and physical ability to do these things. But even if my mind tells me I can do them and while I am doing these tasks I feel just fine, I do not sweat like I used to and my heart doesn't race and I do not feel sick like I did, but after I am done working my body does tell me, “hey your brain my think you are 50 years old, but your body knows you are 71”. For the next day or two I am stiff and sore, but I have a big smile on my face because I am getting things done around here.

Now the only limitations I have is the money to pay for supplies to fix things and the time, so I don't over stress myself. I have a list and hope that over the next few years I will be able to get the old place fixed up the way I want it. Before WLS there would have been no way and my only hope would be that I passed away before the house fell down around me.