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  1. 10 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    I didn't take my morning reading, I had cataract surgery at 6:30 this morning. Everything went very well, no problems.
  2. 9 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    129 New dining room set came yesterday. I think I have all the furniture I need now. My new place is feeling like home.
  3. 9 points
    meyery2k

    Daily Chat

    The process of learning fascinates me. The progression from concept -> study -> comprehension -> understanding -> practical application -> sharing/teaching is a rewarding part of life. In "Oliver!", I have a solo part "Boy for Sale" where I have the stage to myself. I am hawking Oliver on the street. It is a very difficult song for me. The music is written to say that the vocalist sets the tempo on the first two words on the song. The orchestra than plays at that tempo. The suggested tempo is 57 beats per minute (roughly 1 beat a second) and I just wasn't getting it. I thought "easy peasy" this song is so slow but that is not the case. Slow songs are the most difficult to perform because it becomes more difficult to convey emotion and the other pieces of the "it" quality in music. Frankly, rehearsal was frustrating. Suzi was always commenting that I needed to get the timing. I sounded like a dirge. It is supposed to be sad but not a dirge. The frustration was knowing it was me and not being able to understand how to perform it correctly. Hearing the orchestra play, I desired so strongly to perform well because it would sell the idea that we were selling Oliver into slavery convincingly. It is a dark, sad piece and I could deliver if I just knew how. I was nearly in tears at home some nights because I could almost see it but couldn't quite do it. I finally reached understanding when a friend of mine suggested marching. He read the music and said it was written out as a cadence so think of the army. That became comprehension. I played my metronome at 57 bpm to ingrain that beat in my mind so I could pick it up without thinking about it. I can actually come pretty close without it now. I have to stop at some points on stage because I need to finish the song as I walk off. My friend suggested to just march in place (not too obviously) to help me keep the beat. He also suggested tapping my finger on my leg, but I had difficulty changing from leg to finger to leg. I sat down on the piano and drilled the notes into my head. I just concentrated on playing the melody which helped me learn the key of C minor in which the piece is written. @Fraser - All that theory and writing things out paid off! Finally, finally, comprehension grew into understanding. I marched everywhere singing. The odd looks I got in the stores (perhaps I overdid it). Opening night I spent 2 hours on the stage working out the timing. Performance came and, to me, it was meh. No comments from the director which means you got it right. You have to be outstanding to get a compliment so when you get one it is earned. Walter, the musical director, said I got it. I wasn't feeling it though. I knew it was better but, I also knew, I could do it better. Satisfaction would be knowing I did my best and the effort was not my best. I knew it. I got up the next morning and randomly beat a rhythm. I tested with a stopwatch and every time, I could spot on keep a close to 60 bpm beat. That wasn't the problem. I then went outside and marched and did it the first time. I got all the timing right. I have that sheet music memorized and knew I was just where I needed to be on every measure. I even learned a trick to always hit the eighth notes. I did this a second time and was spot on. I then declared the rest of the day to be a no more "Oliver!" day. It is possible to over practice and lose the edge. I felt like I had it and wanted to keep it. Last night's performance - The piece opens with the introduction, the music stops and this is the point where I can set the tempo and begin the piece. I established my march in place and opened. It was there. I was even able to interact with the cast (acting as passersby, the actor's Mom is one of the people I hawk him to) and audience, showing Oliver off, I treated the audience like buyers showing Oliver to them. I have about 90 seconds on stage which is a long, long time lol... I had chicken skin (goose bumps), at the end. Timing perfect. I sold it. I felt it in my bones. I had that audience hooked. I was hated, the bad guy. At intermission, Walter said "All that hard work paid off! You did it!". A few members in the orchestra complimented me. They knew what was going on. I was told that now it was learned, the bell couldn't be unrung. When real musicians offer compliments, I know that can be taken to the bank. High fives all around! Comprehension. I am sorry this became so wordy. I really needed to get this out of my system. This has been a tense production. Suzi is in Civil Defense, disaster recovery efforts, and this. A mutual friend of ours mentioned she is burned out because all she deals with is hearing people's loss and trying to help which never seems quite enough. For a time, I was considering not working with KDEN anymore but now my resolve is strengthened. I understand she was pushing me so hard because she believed I could deliver. That feeling of accomplishment is better than anything in the world.
  4. 9 points
    Carol_42

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    Since March I've been testing my FBGs only on Sunday mornings. But today I felt so much lighter in my body, especially in my abdominal area, I decided to test today. Much to my delight, my FBG was 97 mg/dl at 5:50 a.m. And I think it's because four days ago I started eating two meals a day. Now if I can just get my walking in there I should be able to shed 25 pounds by the end of Summer. Walk, walk, walk, Carol@#!
  5. 9 points
    Ahnanimus

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    83 today. I realize that I get readings in the 80's if I have my last meal between 4 and 5 and test before 7 next day. Of course, that is sometimes hard to do as l eat 2 meals per day. Guess on this thankful Thursday, I'm grateful to diabetes for teaching me discipline, although it's still a work well in progress😁
  6. 9 points
    OneEye

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    I'm thinking about having that done. Could you run me/us through the steps they took? If it turned out successful...I'd no longer be OneEye. H'm...
  7. 9 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    85 this morning. Went to audition for "Oliver". My singing has apparently become stronger. Maybe the piano playing helped. My range was 1 1/2 octaves last year, now 2 (low G to G) plus a few notes.
  8. 9 points
    Ahnanimus

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    96. It's Chooseday and I choose to go to the European Film Festival, think I'll spend the day! 😂
  9. 8 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    This morning's reading was 109.
  10. 8 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    87 this morning.
  11. 8 points
    Hammer

    One last family Christmas...

    I posted a similar post some years ago, and I watched some Youtube videos that reminded me of this, so I thought that I'd post it again for newer members to read, if they were so inclined. Years ago, my mother and stepfather were living in an in-law basement apartment, located in the basement of my sister and her husband's house, and it was located in a neighboring state. Every year for Christmas, my mother and my sister would have a Christmas Eve party, where they would invite all of our relatives, my mother's and sister's friends and co-workers. The reason it was held on Christmas Eve, was because most of the people who attended, had other commitments for Christmas Day, so having it on Christmas Eve, meant that most of the people who were invited, were free on that day. My Mom and sister served up lots of Italian foods....Home made lasagna, eggplant parmesan, chicken cacciatore, home made Italian meatballs, sweet and hot Italian sausage, creme puffs, etc. They made enough food to feed an army, which is typical of Italian families. We lived on the east coast, and I knew that my mother missed my older brother, who lived on the west coast, so one year, I called my brother and asked him if there was anyway that he could come back home for one last Christmas. I told him that I would pay for his airline ticket, he could stay at my house, and I would pay for anything else that he needed for his stay here. He said that he would love to come back home, but that his girlfriend (now his wife), wouldn't want to come back home. His girlfriend was someone that we all knew, since she was someone my brother met when he lived here on the east coast. My brother and his girlfriend and I, used to hang out together when they lived here, so we all knew each other very well. She didn't want to come back, due to family issues, but I told her that she didn't need to tell her family that she was back here, so they wouldn't know that she wasn't still on the west coast. I told my brother to put her on the phone, simply to see if I could convince her to come back east for Christmas. That's when she said that she didn't want to come back east, because of family issues. I explained to her that, I completely understood that, but since she didn't have to tell her family that she was going to be coming back east, that she could just stay at my house, and they would never know, and that I would pay for her trip back home. I also told her that, my mother and stepfather were getting up in age, and that I didn't know how much longer they'd be alive, so this coming Christmas might be the last Christmas that we'd all be together as a family again. She thought about it, then agreed to come back home for Christmas...my brother couldn't believe that I was able to convince her to come back home. I think that she understood that my mother and stepfather might not be around much longer, so that's what convinced her to come. (my brother would not have come back alone, because he would not have left his girlfriend at home alone on Christmas.) I picked them up at the airport, and drove them to my house. When it was Christmas Eve, I drove to my sister's house, left my brother and his girlfriend in my car, and I told my mother that I had a gift for her, but that I didn't want to leave it in the car, due to the extreme cold weather. (that year we had an extremely cold winter.) I asked her if I could bring her gift into the house (she was still cooking dinner with my sister), because I didn't want her gift to be damaged by the cold weather. She reluctantly agreed, so I went out to my car, and had my brother and his girlfriend come into the house. They walked up the steps to get to the kitchen....I pretended to be carrying a heavy weight, then placed the heavy weight on the kitchen floor. Once I did that, I told my mother that she could turn around to see her gift. She turned around, looking for a gift, then my brother said,"Merry Christmas Mom!" My mom looked up, saw my brother, then ran over to him crying and hugged him. Then his girlfriend said, "Merry Christmas Mom!" My mom saw her and hugged her too. That was by far, the best Christmas that we ever had! As I stated in the title of this thread, it was one last family Christmas, because four months after this great Christmas, my stepfather died. I was so happy that I could make my Mom's last family Christmas such a happy one. I think that was the only time that I was able to make my mom so happy that she cried....I wish that I could go back in time to re-live that moment.....To my Mom...I love you Mom, may you R.I.P.
  12. 8 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    @Kit - Sorry you broke the string. It was great while it lasted though. 85 for me. Last night was our penultimate performance. It was a lot of fun. Today is my last opportunity to be Mr. Bumble. I wish we could have just one more weekend. Even though it takes a lot of energy and is tiring, it would have been nice to have a few more shows. Through director Suzi, and others, I gained some valuable insight from this production. One night, we were drilling on our songs and I was asked if I would be perfect. I replied, "No, but I will be my best." For much of my life, "perfect" was so important to me. I have come to realize that being the best you can be is far more important.
  13. 8 points
    TX_Clint

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    100 today
  14. 8 points
    TX_Clint

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    81 today. It appears yard work and pool cleaning is good for me.
  15. 8 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    98 Had my 4 month checkup yesterday. A1c was 7.3 (up from 7). Other than that and my triglycerides being a little high she said all of my numbers were "beautiful". My bad cholesterol was 11. She said that's the lowest she's ever seen. For whatever that's worth. She prescribed me Qsymia for weight loss. Not sure if I'll try it or not. I've always been nervous about weight loss pills but she said the doctor loves it (she was the PA). I go back in October. TGIF everyone.
  16. 8 points
    adiantum

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    6.3 after a rough night snoozing or sitting up with a sick dog. Snacked on cheese at 2 am, peanut butter at 3am then toast at 4am Happy Fathers Day. I treasure the memory of my dad, as I'm sure those memories you have created will be treasured long after you go.
  17. 8 points
    adiantum

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    6.3 Good news Diana & good luck to you OneEye.
  18. 8 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    131 I think I got a little too carried away feeling better yesterday. Tried to eat a Chick Fil A sandwich and could only manage half. Hurt too much. Stayed that way through the night but this morning is the first time in 4 days I've been able to drink coffee. Down another 3 pounds for a total of 15. Drank a lot of Gatorade yesterday to rehydrate. I'm on the upswing. I can tell.
  19. 8 points
    TX_Clint

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    Sorry I’ve been away. I’ve been moving into my Galveston my house after having the floors replaced down to and including the floor joists. Getting both baths redone for handicapped. The master bath still isn’t finished. Maybe done today. The unpacking is pure heck. The mover took 12hrs to load and unloaded in 3hrs. Left me with a total mess. It’ll be a couple of months to totally unpack. So, I’m tired, retired and poor. Between the house repairs, new appliances, taxes (property tax just hit for $10k for 2yrs) and the cost of the move plus pool and outdoor fixes I’m near broke just like my retired friends here. I couldn’t be happier. Oh, 91this morning.😊
  20. 8 points
    meyery2k

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    88 today. Found out last night that I will be Mr. Bumble in "Oliver". Another bad guy. Love it.
  21. 8 points
    BookwormBetty

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    130 this morning immediately followed by 123. Adiantum, I can get a new meter tomorrow or Thursday. (I changed the battery a couple of months ago, so don't think it's that.) Orlando, I did start a new box of strips at work yesterday. Unfortunately, I dropped the last half dozen from the old box in before thinking about it, so i don't know when I'll be using one of those last 6! But starting a new box might explain the difference between my at home and at work readings, including the one random high at work, which might've been an older strip. I'll keep testing over the next couple days and see how things go with the new box of strips, then get a new meter if the readings continue to be random or high without reason.
  22. 8 points
    Ahnanimus

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    94 on this rainy Sunday.
  23. 8 points
    Diana_CT

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    On this hump day my first reading was 124 and the was followed immediately by taking another reading which was 99. Doesn't that build confidence in our readings? A 25 point difference in less than a minute.
  24. 8 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    151 Closing on my house of 16 years this afternoon. My youngest took her first steps in that house.
  25. 8 points
    FunDad62

    2018 Morning FBG tests

    159 Been moving stuff to my new place the past few days. Movers are coming Friday to do the furniture.


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