There is seldom much going on around here in the dead of winter and January is about as dead as it can get. 🙂
We’ve had snow (not too much so far this year) and we’ve had cold & windy days. Today has been a lovely break in the cold with a current temperature of -9C (15.8F), although it always snows when it gets warmer, so we have snow coming down. We expect to have temperatures like this for a few days, so we will have snow for the next few days. I hope it doesn’t snow too much though.
This morning I had a nice surprise on my way to work. It was dark and I saw a critter come out from behind a building. At first thought it was a large dog out on its own, but then realized, when I got closer, that it was a deer. I hope she found her way back to the river and went to a safer place. Mid city is not a good place to be, but I sure do like to see them once in awhile.
Currently I am working 3 shifts at the Y each week for a total of 12 hours per week. I am also working a variety of shifts at Comforts of Home – Care. These shifts vary and as I have found, can make a drastic change if circumstances change for the client or if someone in charge at COHC decides to play musical clients and shift things around. I have 2 regular clients, but due to an outbreak of the flu at their facility, several of those shifts have been cancelled lately. I also have another regular shift that will probably end this weekend or next. Two more clients have been added – one is bi-weekly and the other is once monthly but both are on the same day of the week. I also get calls to fill in if a regular client needs an extra shift or their caregiver is unable to make a shift. My other job at the Y with the Adult Day Club can go weeks without any shifts, followed by a couple of shifts per week, so I consider anything there as an extra. Generally I get from 18 – 22 hours per week working 4 days per week – which is perfect for me. I can’t live on my pensions, but they can let me survive with less work. 🙂
Chester is doing great. His last seizure was 2 1/2 years ago and he is continuing to take his meds twice a day, every day. We go for our walks twice a day – although they were shorter walks on the really cold days. He still spends his walks looking for bunnies or squirrels to chase, but we don’t see as many lately. Now that it is warmer, there will be more of them out though.
I posted this picture of Chester on Facebook a few days ago, but haven’t shown it to the rest of the world yet, so here is my boy. He will be 12 years old on or around May 1st.
As with all my pictures, you can see a larger version if you click on it.
I continue to monitor my steps with FitBit Flex and am almost always making it to my goal of 16,000 steps per day. Weight loss is going slowly, but I am currently down 12 lbs from when I started this almost 4 months ago. The problem is still my eating habits, but I am slowly making changes to get that under control. Entering everything I eat on the My Fitness Pal site helps as I can see where I am failing. I am usually under in the calories per day, but that sodium seems to be everywhere and I find I am way too high almost every day with it. Making my own meals would help with that, but I am heavily dependent on several convenience foods.
I have to tell you that FitBit has excellent customer service. A few weeks ago my Flex was giving me problems – it needed to be re-set frequently and the battery would discharge from a full charge to nothing in a few hours (instead of a few days). I wrote to FitBit, they responded and asked me a couple of questions and then they sent me a new Flex. I received it within a week. You don’t find customer service like that often.