Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
I woke up with some lower back pain this morning, but it dissipated fairly quickly. If it comes back, I will use some pain patches. Other than that, my heel made itself known last night. It is pretty swollen. I am trying really hard to get it better without going to the doctor because I feel sure they will put me in a boot and that tends to mess up other areas of my body. I will continue to let the fast do its work, plus the other measures I am taking to get it better: always wearing supportive shoes, except when I walk a few steps on the carpet in my room; icing the area; arch supports in my shoes I wear "out" (unless the shoes do not allow me to); and today, I remembered I had some anti-inflammatory patches, so I cut off a piece the right size and put it on my heel. If it is not better in two weeks, I should probably go to the doctor. I having a little nausea today but am drinking down water when it hits me, and that seems to soothe it for a bit. I am sure it helps wash the toxins out. One thing that cropped up out of the blue this morning is some nerve pain in my left arm shooting down my lower arm toward my thumb. I have not been having that problem and I have to think it is related to healing work the fast is doing. I did not sleep wrong, and my neck is not sore (although my muscles are very tight at the end of workday). I have no other explanation for it. Overall, I still feel very much improved.
As I was getting in my car to go home, I could smell food from a nearby restaurant. It smelled like French fries and it smelled mighty good. My first thought was that French fries was something I could not eat ever again. But I realized it is unrealistic to think I will never eat French fries again. Then I had an idea. Now French fries is not something I am going to have so much of a problem with, but I was thinking about other things that had been tripping me up before this fast. One big one was potato chips. I can eat potato chips and still eat wheat/gluten free, but not low-carb. But eating them occasionally would not only be okay, it is unrealistic to think I never would again. (The reason I got into eating them as a much as I did was because I felt lazy and they were convenient. There are only so many nuts and cheese sticks you can eat before you tired of them.) But if I bring a bag of potato chips home I have trouble with portion control. I want to keep eating them until they're gone. So my solution is not to think I will never, ever eat potato chips again; it is that I need to eat them somewhere besides at home. If I have something at a restaurant or a friend's house that is served with potato chips, there is no danger for me to get extremely out of control with my portion. I just do not need to be buying bags and bringing them home. And I am not talking about doing this regularly. I rarely would make French fries at home anyway, but if I have them occasionally at a restaurant, I am not in danger of bingeing on them. So that is the key.
The exception to this idea is sweets. I really do not believe I need to eat sweets ever again. I have proved time and time again that once I start eating sweets (as in cake, cookies, candy, etc. made with sugar), I want them all the time and pretty soon I would be right back where I started. And there are so many desserts I can make with an approved sweetener to satisfy that desire for dessert that there is really no reason for me to eat sweets (except laziness). So I think that is going to have to stay on the no list. The only time I have been truly free from being a sugar addict is when I never ate them and did not even consider eating them. I did not eat sweets for three years at one point in my life and I did not miss them, once I got over the craving. And I got very practiced at saying no. I can just enjoy the "sweets" I make with approved ingredients. That needs to be my lifestyle.
I hope once I get through with this fast, I can get back to some mild exercise and build from there. I could do a little walking while fasting, but it would be difficult to do much more than that when taking in no food. But an active lifestyle, as much as is possible for me, needs to be a part of my daily life to get where I want to be. I hope soon to at least be able to walk my dog a little bit. And there will be all the activity involved with moving. I am about to the point where I can get back to working actively on my daily checklist. I need to get that organized tomorrow and do that this weekend.
I have quite a few empty boxes sitting around my apartment right now. I don't have much of any place to put them, but we need to get going on some packing.
I'm going to stop there tonight. It has been a good, somewhat relaxing day. I am encouraged by the improvements with my pain issues. Tomorrow I need to work on Week 2 of my menu plan.
16 days down; 484 to go!
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
My pain issues have been much better today. I really haven't had much of any complaint except I have been slightly nauseous off and on all day. My body is dealing with toxins and that is what needs to happen. Not pleasant, but not unexpected. One thing -- I should have known that the day after I posted about having no more pain in my hands, one joint in my finger would start hurting. Not nearly like it was. It is the one I use a lot when manipulating the mouse on the laptop. Just some more inflammation being worked on, I guess. All in all, I am very pleased.
I was pleased with my weight status on the scale this morning. I posted on the Weight/Size page. If I were in the "regular" part of my weight loss program, I would say it here, but this is not "regular" and I will gain some back. But I do like to have a record of it. It lets me know that at ___ weight, I was feeling much better pain-wise. Part of that is because of weight and part because of the decrease in inflammation and the other stuff the fast is working on. Still, nice to know. And it will keep more focused on gaining back as little as possible during the transition back to a regular diet.
I got my new glasses today. So far I have mainly used my "computer glasses," but as far as I can tell, I am seeing much better than I was. Hopefully that will decrease strain on my eyes and I will be less tired. I put on my "distance" glasses shortly before I left to go home and my first thought was, did I ever really see this good before? I know I did because I had perfect vision all my life until I started needing readers. Only one negative: I can see my wrinkles a lot better; although I don't have nearly as many as most women my age.
I bought some NoDoz this morning and it helped immensely with my sleepiness. I took one this morning and another later in the afternoon. I hope not too late that it will keep me awake. (Lately, nothing has been keeping me awake.) I knew I would be working late, so I thought I needed the second dose. Even if I wasn't, I like to be able to read in the evening without constantly dropping off. (Now that I am home, I see it is working. I can do some reading on my blog and not fall asleep during each paragraph. But I still feel like I could go to sleep if I went to bed.)
I got to work again at 8:30 this morning and got a little more work done on my organization plan. My boss will be out of town tomorrow and Friday (which is why I am staying late), so I should have more of a chance to work on it. I got in over 12 hours today; I'll take it right now -- I need all I can get to help with my down payment.
I'm home now, although I wrote half of the next paragraph at work and the other half when I got home.
One thing that emphasizes my pain is better is I was due a dose of medicine at 5:30 (and had not taken it yet) and have had to walk up and down the hall many times with no pain. However, my shoulder began hurting quite a bit before I left work. It was tight muscles from so much time at my desk without much of a break. Walking out to my car, my lower back had some pretty good twinges (possibly for the same reason). But still I am feeling so much better.
No more chance to work on meal planning since a couple of days ago. No chance to do much of anything except work. It's been a busy week. It will be nice for a little break tomorrow. I do have e-mails that come in with recipes and I save those that interest me to an electronic file. I will use those in my meal planning.
I am planning to do a little cooking (or food preparing, as the case may be) in the next day or two. I have some Greek yogurt I need to use before it goes bad. I found an ice cream recipe I want to try and a dip recipe and one other I can't remember -- all to use the 4-cup container I have in my refrigerator. I think I can do it without too much temptation. I will have to have my daughter be a taste tester, if necessary, since I cannot. I could just put the container of yogurt in my freezer but I read it changes the texture somewhat, so I wanted to go ahead and use it in other ways. The dip recipe (spinach and artichoke, I think) is cooked, so that will not be an issue.
I saw an idea for "Pickle Subs" today. You take large dill pickles, scrape out the middle, seedy part (which has the most moisture) and put whatever sandwich ingredients you want on it -- preferably something that you would put pickles in already (regular sandwich meats and cheese, tuna or chicken salad, etc.). I was thinking you could also do that with a cucumber, if you like cucumbers. Just a low-carb way to have a sandwich. It would make a good, low-carb snack, too. One thing I want to make soon is some Paleo bread. There is a bakery in town I buy it from sometimes, but it is very expensive. I would prefer to find a recipe I like that I can make myself. It is nice to be able to make a sandwich or burger or even some toast with breakfast every once in a while.
I'm going to close now, do a little more reading and then get to bed.
15 days down; 485 days to go!
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
The sciatica was a little better today, although I did have a little this morning when my dog was in my lap, lying on one leg or the other. Whichever leg he lay on, that is the side the pain would start shooting down my hip. It has been okay so far tonight. My tailbone was extremely sore this morning. I did use my coccyx pillow while sleeping last night because it was hurting enough where I did not feel I would be able to go to sleep. I also used the anti-inflammatory gel last night and this morning. The pillow seems to be okay in the bed, just not in the chair. The biggest issue I had during the day was my mid-back. It felt like someone was stabbing me at that level of my back. Sometimes it feels like a vertebra is out of place and pinching something. A pain patch helped it be bearable. It almost wasn't before that. Walking out to the car after work I had pain in the right side of my lower back. Very targeted pain. I do think this is all fast related. Tonight, as I am sitting here, there is pain in my ribs on my right side, but that sometimes happens when I am losing weight. I don't know how to describe how I felt, at times, today. It was like I could feel the fat being eaten off of me. I had a little purging of toxins this morning. I was sleepy all day.
I was feeling thinner today. The pants I mentioned I was able to start wearing last week are getting looser. I wore a blouse I have not worn in quite a while. My face is looking much thinner, which makes my eyes look bigger. I have fairly big, round eyes, but when my cheeks are fat, they don't look as big. My eyes are beginning to stand out a lot more. I like it!
I got the first week of my meal plan together today. I decided I'd better get that done since you never know when your body will tell you it is time to stop fasting. My first week is mostly juice, fruits and vegetables. Toward the middle of the week I added in a little starchy stuff like some rice, a half of a sweet potato, or some beans. I added some eggs toward the end of the week and a little cheese. The idea is to ease myself back into eating. I tried to include vegetable juice more than fruit juice, except the first day. Fruit juice can really spike the blood sugar. But that is what they tell you to have when you break a fast. I will also have some soups late the second day and the third day. If I break my fast on a workday, I don't want to shock my stomach where I have purging (because if you eat too much too fast, you will). I plan to have as much of my first week's foods made ahead of time as I can. Some I cannot, but a good part of them I can. There should be enough left from the recipes to combine with other things the second week when I am back to eating meats. I think I can do this in a more controlled way than I have the last two times if I have such a specific plan. I have to keep my goals in front of me more than my cravings.
I have some things already in the freezer I should probably make use of the second week. I cooked a brisket a few weeks ago and have quite a bit of it in the freezer. I want to try to use the things I have on hand. But I also want to incorporate things I have not been eating, like some fish.
I do think I will need to buy a freezer before the fast is done. I can get a small one for not that much money. I want to follow through with having a lot of meals in the freezer. I already have some Freshly meals that came in just before I began my fast (I thought I had canceled my deliveries, but I had just postponed them for a couple of weeks, so some came in unexpectedly). Anyway, I don't have enough room in my freezer for many meals, not to mention a quarter beef and pasture-raised chickens, etc. when I decide to buy them.
No word yet on whether my offer has been accepted for the house. Praying it goes as it should (God knows if this is best for me). I do want this house....
I think I'm going to go in to work early tomorrow. I never have time to work on my organizational system once the day gets going. I did impress my boss when he asked me to find a file and I checked my log to see where I had put it and pulled it right out. He can see I am working on this aspect of my job and I can tell he likes it. My day was too busy today to make any headway on the project. (It's going to take a bit to get it all done.)
That's all the news in my world today. I think I am on the downhill slope of pain issues. I hope things are going to improve immensely in the next few days.
13 days down; 487 to go!
Sunday, September 17, 2017
The last couple of evenings I will be reading and I start falling asleep and having the strangest thoughts going through my mind. Probably closer to dreams. I am only half asleep but the thoughts/dreams are way out in left field. It makes me wonder where those thoughts are coming from. Just happened again. Very strange. It is almost 7:45 a.m. and I am still very sleepy, but I have to be careful to be up and around in time to go look at that home I found last night at 10:00. Because of the interrupted sleep, I am still not quite ready to be "up."
My weight is moving down nicely. By weigh-in day (even though I weigh every day) I hope to be past a strategic number. That will be along about the time it typically starts slowing down. I wish it would still move this quickly, longer. Weighing less, I think is a key in improving my pain levels.
I went to look at the house and this one is close to the house for me. Not that there could not be others, but it has most of the things on my list, including a pool. The two things it does not have are a gas stove and a bathtub in the master bathroom. It does, however, have a very elaborate shower in the master. It is not quite my taste, but I like it okay. I will just have to take baths in the other bathroom. The rest of the master suite is spectacular, including a fireplace in the master. I would actually prefer the fireplace to be in the living room, but I will take it. It has tons of storage, all hardwood or tile floors, and a double garage. It has tall, mature trees in front and back (I have always wanted big trees.) The pool is like an oasis with palm trees around it. But there is plenty of yard for other things, like for my grandson (and future grandchildren) to play or have a swing set, if I so choose. The neighborhood is very nice. And all this is in my price range. There are already multiple offers on the house, so I had to offer my highest, which is well above asking price. We will see. Offers are due by 5:00 tomorrow afternoon. If I do not get it, I guess there will always be another one, but the ones like this are very popular.
Something is definitely going on with my back and hips. It is (they are) really hurting. I have not done anything that should have made it worse. I have not been on my feet too much this weekend, but my back is hurting a lot when I am on my feet, and when I sit down, I am hurting and sciatica is still kicking in. This is all sciatica, but what I am talking about is when you have the sharp nerve pain shooting down your hip (sometimes down your leg to your ankle or foot). Mine is mostly in my hip right now, though it is shooting down the back of my thigh, at times. Sometimes I feel like I cannot sit in this chair another minute, but when I get up on my feet, I am hurting then too. It is not usually like this. That is why I believe it is fast related. My belief is that my body is working on breaking down some tissue, like scar tissue or thickened ligaments, and that process can be painful. When it gets done, I should feel better. It is the thickened ligaments (and bone spurs) that are clamping off the sciatic nerve where it exits the spine. I am ready to be done with this process, but I need to wait and let my body do its work. It is one thing for it to do it during the day; it is another altogether for it to be interfering with my sleep. I work too hard to be losing sleep.
Of course I was headed to worse if I did not do something. My back issues had been getting pretty bad before I started this fast. I don't want to stop before my body does its healing work.
If you have not noticed, one thing I don't talk about on this fast is being hungry. I'm not. I haven't really had much of any cravings, even. Sometimes I feel a little weakness, but it passes. In some ways, I am starting to have more energy. If the pain issues would clear up, I think I would feel like doing a lot more than I had been before the fast.
Back to the house. If they accept my offer, I am going to have to get on the move about packing. I did pack a couple of boxes today. If the timing works out, I hope that my first payment would not be due until December 1. That is a month before my lease is up, so I might as well just pay the last month's rent instead of an early termination fee (which is a month and a half's rent). That would mean we could take our move nice and slow. I still also could offer a lease-back option until the sellers find their next home (within reason). I need to get better very soon. That is why I must keep going. If it does not improve soon enough, I will have to think about getting an injection. The thing about that is, even though those help, it sometimes frees you to do things you might not otherwise feel up to doing, and then when the steroid wears off, you are in worse shape because you overdid. So I really want to be in better shape without that.
I have the spent the rest of my day reading blogs and getting up and down doing a thing or two around the house. I still don't feel up to doing a lot, but I had to get up because sitting in the chair was causing the other kind of pain. I'm hoping I will finish up with this phase this week.
All in all, things are going well. I can handle the pain if I know there is good being done. I can handle it anyway, for now, but that doesn't mean I want to.
I am thinking about asking my boss if I can put in an extra hour every day to get my system at work fully implemented. I want to get things in better order; I just haven't had a lot of time to deal with that. It would help with the countdown to closing on a house (although I would not do it just for that reason). In the meantime, I am saving every penny I can.
12 days down; 488 to go.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
One of the houses, which had been on the market for over 300 days, was quite interesting. It did not say it had a pool, but when you look on the County Appraisal District's website, it said it did. I found an aerial photo of the property and it showed a pool. I was interested to see what had happened about that. Turns out, you could see the edge of the pool sticking up in the yard, but they had dumped a bunch of dirt in it and it was all grown over with grass and weeds. Also, you could see a definite slope downward of the floor in the main living area (which might have been an add-on). No wonder it hadn't sold. Too bad, because a lot of the updates on the home I liked. But I definitely did not want to have to deal with all that. Another house we looked at had a pool, but the owner said he had drained it because he didn't want to continually have to clean out the "Fall leaves." Not only is it not Fall yet in Texas, but there were no trees in that yard. The house had possibilities, but I smelled a rat on that issue. The realtor said she did not think there was much way to do a full inspection on a pool if it did not have water in it.
At the end of the day, I found a house on Zillow with very good potential. It just came on the market today. Going to go see it tomorrow! This one might be worth fighting over. This house shouldn't need any updates. I wish it had a tub in the master, but it had a very elaborate shower. I like baths, so would just have to use the tub in the other bathroom. It also has a pool and fireplace in the Master!
I will definitely be glad to get this process done.
I did pretty well last night on pain issues, but right before time to wake up started feeling sciatica in my right hip. I prepared myself for the process of looking at homes with medication and did fine with that, but we had been in the car quite a bit before getting home and it was starting to shoot down my hip again. I will be glad for this to settle down. I still think this could be related to work the fast is doing. As the day progressed, I switched between needing to sit down because of pain from being on my feet too long and needing to get up because my hips were hurting too much. Definitely ready for some improvement on this!
After looking at homes, my daughter (Stephanie) and I went and had lunch with my other daughter (Bethany) and son-in-law (Tom) and grandson (Carter). Always a treasured time. I am so happy I get to see them on a regular basis and get to be there while my grandson is growing up. I don't know how long distance grandparents do it. I would have a really hard time with that. Here's my little guy with his new little toothies:
By the way, when I say we had lunch -- they had lunch and I held Carter and fed him. Plenty of entertainment for me for the meal. I do want to order the green beans I was feeding him next time I go there, though. They looked yummy! (Of course, most everything looks pretty yummy right now, although I don't give it much thought.) Carter was (and always is) such an angel that the people sitting next to us, who were somewhere close to my age, left there wanting to be grandparents sooner rather than later. :) They talked about how cute and good he was. He kept turning around to look at them.
I didn't get much done on my meal plan last night except to save a bunch of vegetable recipes from the Pioneer Woman website. She has a green bean recipe I really like, so I looked that up and then decided to see what other recipes she has for veggies. They will be worked into my meal plan. Especially the first week, which I would like to be mostly vegetables, a little juice (to start out with), and a little fruit.
I'm not anywhere near ready to stop my fast until this pain gets under better control. I am making good progress, but stopping now would not allow it to do all the work it needs to do. That may take a while. Unless I start having something in my body that tells me I need to stop, I am going to keep going. Interestingly, my realtor (who is a friend of my daughter's) is also a trainer. We were talking today about health and weight loss and stuff and she actually brought up fasting as a good tool. I told her she was "preaching to the choir," although she was not trying to coach me; it just came up in our conversation. I had not told her anything about what I was doing but it was a good confirmation that I am on the right track. I can't remember if I said this yesterday, but I think I am going to use this tool when I get to the times where I start feeling bored with my food (the food I should eat) and start looking for things that are convenient and then start slacking off. (This usually involves starting to eat potato chips and ice cream; and some Mexican food with corn tortillas -- which I figured out also gives me a headache -- every once in a while.) If I do a short fast when that happens, I think it could head off a month-long (or three) trip down the wrong the path where I start gaining weight. It gives a restart and food starts tasting good again. Maybe I can avoid weight gains if I do this. I seem to be able to fast pretty easily when I make up my mind to do it. Intermittent fasting will also help.
It's time to head off to bed now, but I again have pain shooting down my hip. Hope I can sleep. Will probably have to take my middle-of-the-night dose of medicine tonight. I am so ready for this to get better!
11 down, 489 to go!
Friday, September 15, 2017
I have had some pain issues, but everything was improved over yesterday. Still had some pain in my upper back. My lower back still has that tired achy feeling (probably a little more severe than that sounds), but I think it was better than yesterday. Headache was improved, though not completely gone. Achilles tendon pain was there, but not bad. I did not have the problem walking up the incline today. All in all, it was much better.
(I got sprung at 7:05!)
It was, however, a little bit of a tough night. I went to bed with sciatica pain in my left hip. I slept fitfully for a bit and decided I was going to have to move to the recliner, so I did. But that was causing other issues with my arms and neck. So I got back up and moved back to my bed. I do not typically take my middle-of-the-night dose of pain medication, but I did last night at around 3:30. That helped. However, I also had some significant pain in my left knee, which was weird because that is the knee that was replaced. I have had some stiffness in what feels like a ligament in that knee during this last part of recovery, but it was getting better. I think this is fast-related. My biggest problem at this stage has been that my scar (which is large) kind of sticks to what is under it and that causes a lot of stiffness. I am hoping that is improving. Your body uses scar tissue for fuel during fasting.
Sometimes I think sciatic pain is brought on by one "heavy" pet or the other sitting in my lap. My dog weighs maybe 14-15 pounds, and my cat is even bigger. I have more trouble when my cat is in my lap. I push him out a lot. I feel bad about that because he needs affection too. But it is not worth setting off sciatica. I am giving thought to getting a little bigger recliner in hopes it would help the arms/neck problem, but I have to wait and see if the house I move to will have room for it. It might also allow my pets to lay beside me, instead of on me. It also occurred to me that it might be coccyx pillow I've been using that is setting it off. So I removed it. We will see if that helps. The tailbone pain has been a little better, but that was also one of the things that was hurting last night.
I think I mentioned that I was very tired yesterday. It occurred to me that my electrolytes might be low or out of whack. So I took some potassium and magnesium and I think that helped.
We are going on a house hunting expedition tomorrow. I am a little concerned about holding up to quite a bit of standing. That is usually what will set off lower back pain. I am going to have to save a dose of medicine and take extra before we head out. We are looking at at least four homes. Three of these have been on the market for a while. There was a fifth one, but they are not doing showings before the 22nd.
I am going to try to get some meal planning done tonight and possibly try to work on my checklist. I am hoping to be feeling well enough this weekend to get some chores done. At least I don't have to worry about kitchen work, except any deep cleaning I might want to do. But that will likely require help. I could do some stuff as long as it does not require moving anything heavy or getting down on the floor to get to the lower cabinets. I just have to be careful to not stay on my feet too long at a time.
I am not feeling terribly motivated to pack because we have nowhere to put anything. I'm going to have to decide what to do about that. I wish I had a friend who would let me borrow part of a garage to put some boxes in. I am probably just going to have to rent another storage closet for $40 a month. It already feels so crowded in this apartment; I'm not sure I can stand a lot more stuff sitting around.
I really need to get started though. If things go as planned, we want to be ready to move the bulk of everything by December 1, and slowly finish up odds and ends and cleaning before my lease is up on December 31.
My savings for my down payment is coming along nicely. That makes me feel good. I pray that this whole process goes smoothly. The last couple of moves have been rough. My daughter is having a minor-ish surgery to remove some hardware from one of her knees that has been causing her pain. It is scheduled for the 28th. It should be healed in plenty of time for the move. People laugh at me for even making that an issue, but two of my last three moves have come right after one or both of us have had a major surgery. Last time it was only supposed to be me and my daughter was supposed to be responsible for the bulk of the move (I had had my knee replacement surgery less than a month before), but she ended up having another minor-ish knee surgery before the move, and a major one after the move. So stuff sat around for quite a while not getting settled and I carried the brunt of the responsibility to get things put away. The move was difficult because I could not get my daughter to buckle down and get the rest of things packed between her minor surgery and the move. We had movers, but there was so much left that was not boxed up that the rest of the move was very stressful. I was not happy about that. I don't think my daughter has fully understood how unhappy I was about that situation. The move was something she wanted to do. It seems every time I have something major like that, something happens where I am not allowed to rest and heal as I need to. I end up having some other stressor and way more responsibility than I should. I DO NOT want that to happen this time. Better stress that some more with my daughter and start pushing for her to start helping with packing when we get a little further in this process.
I'm going to shut it down and work on my meal plans and watch a little TV. TGIF!!
10 down, 490 to go!!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
I also had some significant lower back pain at the end of the day. It came on very suddenly for seemingly no reason other than being on my feet for a few minutes.
One reason I am re-reading it is I am thinking about making it more "public" with people I know. I want to make sure there is nothing in there that would make me uncomfortable for them to read. My blog is really a journal, in many ways. It helps me get thoughts out that I really don't have anyone to share them with or I feel they are tired of hearing. When you hurt ALL the time, sometimes just talking about it helps you stay sane, but people do get tired of hearing it. I remember feeling that way about my mother and now I so understand where she was coming from. I feel sorry for my impatience when she talked about her pain with me. Please forgive me, Mama.
Today has gone well with my plan. Some of these things are to be expected in a fast and they are just things you have to deal with. I am pleased with the progress I am making. I am going to close and go take a nice, hot bath.
9 days down, 491 to go.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Day 7 is done. 7 down, 493 to go.
Monday, September 11, 2017
I am also already feeling impatient because of the few boxes I already have sitting around. I don't have any spare corners to stack boxes I have already packed, but I also do not want to wait until the last minute to start packing. I am considering getting an extra storage closet to put that stuff in. It would cost me an extra $40 a month, but that would be less than getting a storage unit. It is also difficult for me to actually put the boxes in storage (or anywhere, for that matter). I need someone else to do the lifting. Guess I will have to have my daughter do some, and do others when my other kids visit. I really do not like transition periods and that is what it feels like right now. I am ready to find my house and get this moving. But have to wait because of when my lease is up.
I have gone on long enough. I have had no trouble getting through Day 6 and know I will finish the day out as planned. So 6 days down, 494 to go.