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Finally after 8 weeks!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Well friends it has been over 8 weeks and I finally saw my boyfriend yesterday. emoticon
He called me at lunch saying he was feeling so much better and would I like to see him and stay at his place.
I of course agreed, went and had my shower, got ready and packed my overnight bag. I was ready when he drove up to the front of our building.
So off we went to his place and spent a bit of time there and then we went to Earl's for a very nice dinner. I had a 7 oz Top Sirloin with roasted beet, turnips and one cup of mashed potatoes. Alone with that we both had ice water and lemon. My meal was very tasty and done very well.
While eating we sat watching the 49ers getting defeated. I was a bit bummed for they are the team I was routing for.

Oh well they can rest up and get ready for next year. They did play a good game, however the other team was just a tad bit better.

Once the game was over we came back to his place and watched a movie called "Salt" is was an OK movie, not the best but it was entertaining.

After a nice cup of hot tea and a very small snack and more T.V. it was time for bed. As usual I can't sleep when I am at his place. I like my bed and my own pillows. I told him next time I am going to bring my pillows so that I won't get a sore neck.

We slept in a bit and then after breakfast he drove me home and went to work which was not to far from my place.

Rest of today I spent on line with all of you and also doing so more designing on the Chi-hau-hau. It is almost finished I just have to finish sewing on the legs and put on a collar. Then this new model will be done and I can take it into work to show Amy. Make another one in the proper colours of her dog. I don't have the right shade of reddish brown/tan.

Tomorrow when I get that finished I will start on a Pomeranian for Lorna. I have the right shade of black fuzzy yarn for it, the eyes and nose as well.

Can't wait to design this one cause there is no pattern at all for this type of dog. So I will be working from Lorna's pictures that she is sending to me. I hope.

Anyways I did manage to do my stepping challenges and Day 2 of Jumpstart challenge.

Well that is all for now.

I am tired so I am going to bed early to catch some zzzzz's

Have a great day tomorrow.

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JUNEAU2010 1/24/2012 9:25PM

    I continue to marvel at your creativity.

Glad you had a great visit with your BF,

I am also bummed about the 49er loss...

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BUTEAFULL 1/24/2012 4:20PM

    that's a great way to spend the time off, and you made me

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TUFFYBIRD 1/24/2012 2:14PM

    It sounds like a lovely reunion with your BF emoticon

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SGKAYLOR 1/24/2012 2:09PM

    Woohoo for seeing your boyfriend!! Can't wait to see the new dog projects, you are very creative!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/24/2012 1:54PM

    So glad that you got to spend time with John!!! AWESOME!!!

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DEE107 1/24/2012 1:03PM

    woo hoo so glad you saw your boyfriend and a good meal too woohoo

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LASARRE 1/24/2012 12:44PM

    Glad that you got to spend time together.

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BOVEY63 1/24/2012 11:18AM

    Nice that the two of you had time together.
Hope it's a wonderful day in Sandraland!

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_LINDA 1/24/2012 2:04AM

    So glad you had such a wonderful day, but I hope you get a good sleep in your own bed! We have an Earl's here too, didn't know it was a chain..
Looking foward to seeing your designs!!
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Worked Tonight!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hi all!

I just got home from working tonight. I have a 6 hour shift and things went very well and I got in a lot of steps running back and forth from helping customers find what they need or want and doing cash.

I found out that I have two shift next week, a total of 11 hours. Yikes I was hopping for a lot more but with cut backs and all I am just happy that I have hours and that they know to call me if they need me.

In the meantime I will knit up two small orders that I just got today and finish up the Chi-hau-hau for Amy.

I was asked to design a Pomeranian in black and white and a husky in grey and white. So I am really looking forward to coming up with new designs..

Well it is time for me to jump in the shower and get cleaned up and hit the hay. I only had about 2 or 3 hours of sleep last night. So right now I am feeling completely drained.

I hope to get some sleep tonight.

I hope you all have a great night and I will check in with you all tomorrow.

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BOBINVA 1/23/2012 12:39PM

    Hope you got your sleep. Great job keeping moving.

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    Sandra, I lost your blogs again! If you ever notice this before I do, will you please pop me one? Thanks!

I am so sorry that even though they can obviously SEE with their own EYES that you are a valuable employee, that they don't give you more hours so you can survive on the pay! I mean, can't they give you up to 40 hours without you being considered full time? They could at least give you 30 or so! Grr! You have a wonderful attitude, though, and I'm so glad!

Have a good week and I'll try not to lose your blogs again! emoticon
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/22/2012 10:05PM

    Hope they call you in for extra hours. Sure wish they would just put you on the schedule although I know you are thankful for the hours you get. Can't wait to see your new designs. Pleasant dreams!!!

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_LINDA 1/22/2012 8:24PM

    So very sorry they are not giving you much hours and that you didn't get any sleep :(( Hope its better tonight! With luck, maybe you will get called in next week. They should know by now who their most hustling and reliable worker is!!
Can't wait to see your new designs, love that they are dogs :))
Sweet dreams!
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DEE107 1/22/2012 5:17PM

    hugs hope you get some sleep hugs

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JUNEAU2010 1/22/2012 3:41PM

    I hope you get more hours! I can't wait to see your new projects!

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BOVEY63 1/22/2012 10:30AM

    Hope you slept well and have a wonderful Sunday!

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/22/2012 9:20AM

    Great job! Hope you rested well!

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TUFFYBIRD 1/22/2012 8:27AM

    I'm glad you'e still getting work but it would be nice if you got a few more hours. I hope you slept well. I've had two nights in a row now of 2-3 hours and I'm really feeling the effects. emoticon

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SAFETYSUE 1/22/2012 1:57AM

    I am so impressed that you can design all these different animals,
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A day of nothingness!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Good evening all!

Today I woke up early and did a 10 minute stepping routine to get warm. IT is FRREEZZING here in my apartment.

The radiators needed to be bled again to get the hot water flowing and to heat up all the rooms.

After a while later it was still cool in here but not freezing cold. So after my short walking routine I bundle down under blankets and watched T.V. for a bit.

All day I staid in my sweats and tried to work on my knitting, computer and cooking all our meals while trying to dive under the blankets again.

I did manage to knit for two hours and worked on my computer for another two hours doing the usual maintenance and clean up on my computer. I did fix the feed problem with Sparks. I now can leave message on my friends feeds as well as "liking it"

All my cache are empty, all the history is emptied, Every thing has been done for the month. The system is still slow but I can't do anything to fix unless I want to spend more money for Shaw to speed up my system. I won't I already paid way to much money for the service and for my T.V. service.

Right now I am watching Undercover Boss while typing this blog and doing other things. I can't just sit and watch T.V. I have to be doing something with my hands.

The dogs that I am working on is almost finished, all that needs to be done is to stuff and fill the legs and sew them on the two dogs. One will be sitting up and the other laying down. Both in different colours.

I am liking them so far.

Any ways that is it, Nothing much to tell you all except that I wish you all a great night's sleep and a great day tomorrow.

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LIBBYFITZ 1/21/2012 11:45PM

    Sorry to see that your heating is an issue again!

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MUSIC66 1/21/2012 3:55AM

    sound like a relaxing day.

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JUNEAU2010 1/20/2012 10:03PM

    I hope you get heat! I know what that's like!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/20/2012 8:32PM

    Sounds like you had a great day other than it being so cold in your apartment. Way to go on doing the maintenance on your computer. Stay warm and have a great weekend!
It was 5 degrees F here this morning. I was very thankful that there was no wind!! Under the snow, my car had about an inch of ice. UGH!!!

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CINDHOLM 1/20/2012 7:46PM

    Other than being cold, it sounds like you had a GREAT day!! I hope today is just as good.. emoticon

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DEE107 1/20/2012 4:55PM

    sounds like a great day my friend

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POORGIRL_DIET 1/20/2012 3:09PM

    brrrr its so cold here too as luck would have it our heating is gone too but I did enjoy a little exercise to get me in the mood for the ironing so I suppose that has kept me warm all day

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BOVEY63 1/20/2012 2:11PM

    Sure hope you get the heat issue cleared up soon ~ it should be a requirement of the landlord to keep up with these issues.

Anxious to see pics of the pups!

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TUFFYBIRD 1/20/2012 8:40AM

    It's -27 and sunny here this morning ... brrr! It sounds like you need a snuggy (one of those blankets with arms that are closed in the front and open at the back). I gave one to DD for Christmas and she loves it.

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2012 8:27AM

    It's cold here, too. Sounds like a nice day (except for the cold). emoticon

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BEEJAY49 1/20/2012 4:13AM

    Boo on the cold apartment. ;( That's the wonderful thing about afghans, you can snuggle under as many as you have. :) HUGS!

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BHSUZYCUE 1/20/2012 12:28AM

    Sounds like a great day - gotta have those "decompression" days every once in a while! emoticon

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_LINDA 1/20/2012 12:25AM

    Sorry you have to deal with a cold apartment! I am lucky I have never had any trouble with my water heat here.
Hope you get a good sleep! Sweet Dreams!

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Things are going well!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Well it has been about five days since my last blog and things have been going good.

Had the last four days off from work due to no hours but I did work a five hour shift this morning and it went great.

I was on cash all day to day and was asked to tidy up the front cash areas and make it look neat and tidy. Which I did of course and the manager liked it so much that he complimented me over the radio so that others could here his praises.

I was also informed that there is a contest going on and the manager helped me log into the contest on the work site.

It is from Living Well and we have to log in our steps and workout and we have a chance to win a Ipad or something. We also get a free pedometer. emoticon

So here I go stepping it up some more and so far today at work I logged in over 16,000 in five hours.

By logging into this site and my work site it make it easier to remember to do both.

John is still not working and is doing absolutely nothing about it or getting medical help for his back which annoys me so much.

All he does is sleep, eat, drink coffee and watch T.V. but complains to me how board he is. He doesn't even help me with the cooking but he did do the dishes tonight after I nagged and nagged him to death.

Well do something, go get therapy for your back so that you can go back to work or look for another job.

Vent of brother is over!!!!!

So now I am on the computer trying to catch up and get my work done.
Tomorrow I am hopefully going to work on my Web Page I really need to get it up and published.

I still have a few corrections to do on it to make it look good and I need to change some of the pictures and add a few new one.

I need also to figure out to post a free pattern on it so that I can share one of my patterns that I designed by myself.

I did finish up three new dogs and I am working on another breed of dog.

Will post pictures of all of them soon.

We went and saw mom last Monday and spent only one hour with her. We bought and set up a new DVD Player for her that we got on sale at Canadian Tire. Hopefully she won't brake this one like she did on John's

She is still her usual self absorbing person and when she gets so involved with her soap oprahs or being so mean at us, we get up and leave. We tell her why and that"s that.

I feel good when we do this because now I am not putting her problems or negativity on my shoulders. I have less stress.

We did get snow here and it is very cold now and windy. It was -8 with the wind chill this morning when I left for work at 8:15a.m. Brrrrr

As for the hot water in our apartment, it comes and goes. I found out that one of the apartments besides us had a washer machine and when they use it we have no water pressure or hot water.

I did leave a note with the management letting them know. We are not allowed to have any in our apartments or a dish washer.

I hope they look into this soon.

Well that is all, I will try to blog more.

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SAFETYSUE 1/22/2012 2:09AM

    Sandra, I agree with momma-little and just know it will be you! I love my iPad so much that I am rarely on it anymore. Good luck! Glad things are going well for you!
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MUSIC66 1/21/2012 3:54AM

    sound like things are looking up.

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LASARRE 1/20/2012 12:13AM

    Sounds like some things are looking up others you are still working on. As far as the cold can have it back. We don't want it anymore lol. Glad work went well. As for your brother, he will do what he will do. At least he speaks to you. You know I relate to you regarding your mother. I called mine tonight to tell her that I was going to take a trip with the kids, but she was busy watching a sports show and couldn't be bothered to talk to me. Hope things get even better emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 1/19/2012 10:08PM

    I can't wait to see your website! OOH that's awful having to worry about water pressure and hot water in winter! I hope John's back heals and he finds work ASAP!

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2012 9:22AM

    Yay!!! I look forward to seeing the website.

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TUFFYBIRD 1/19/2012 8:55AM

    I'm so glad you're still getting hours at work and that things seem to be going so well. It must have been that everybody was overstressed before Christmas and that's why they were grouchy. I hope John is back to his old self soon. Hugs.

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BEEJAY49 1/19/2012 3:20AM

    I'm thinking I would cook for ME and let him get his own if he's going to be that way. Hehe! Hang in there! HUGS!

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DEE107 1/19/2012 12:17AM

    glad to hear you are still working and hope more work comes your way and praying for you and your brother hugs

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    Sandra, I can't wait to hear that you've won the biggest prize for your fitness! I just know it will be YOU! It's late and I don't have time for more, but I am so glad you didn't get laid off! I hope your brother can pull his act together! I hope he remembers how he bugged YOU when YOU didn't have a job! At least, you had your handiwork to sell! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/18/2012 11:48PM

    WOOHOO on having a great day at work and on being recognized so publicly!!! You definitely deserve it. Sure hope John goes to the doctor and gets something good done for his back. It will only get worse as he sits around. Usually the longer the problem is left unattended the longer it takes to fix it. Stay inside and keep warm. Pleasant dreams, Sandra.

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BOVEY63 1/18/2012 11:34PM

    Happy to hear things are going well for you. Hope John finds something soon.

Happy Thursday!

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_LINDA 1/18/2012 11:25PM

    What an ancient building you live in when you can't have a washer!! Wow!! What a nuisance!!
Sorry about your brother :( Sitting around will only make his back worse. With our free health care, he has no excuse not to get treated, get him to a Dr. and a referral to a physiotherapist, even if you have to drag him kicking and screaming. Men. They never want to get help and then just bellyache about it!! You can't support the two of you on that tiny income.
So glad they gave you a recognition!! You are making yourself more and more valuable to them. Hope they recognize it soon!! You are going to leave those other employees in the dust with this contest!! You go girl!!
Can't wait to see your doggie creations -I am a dog lover after all, so happy you are focusing your creative talents on them! You are so talented!
Sweet dreams!
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Its -36 with a windchill making it colder, think I would rather be there than here lol.

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My Day!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Before I tell you about my day let me tell you about the rest of my night last night.

When I signed off from here I went to have my bath and found out that we had no hot water.

So what did I do.

I turned off the cold and turn the hot on full blast. The water pressure was a bit low but after running the water for 5 minutes it started to get very warm not hot. So I ran my bath with Epson's Salts and soak for five minute. That was it, the water went cold.

Oh well at least I am clean but I really did want to soak for at least 20 minutes or minute so that my aching muscle could unwind and become less sore.

Didn't happen. Went to bed after blow drying my hair.

When morning came I was so stiff and sore I could barely move but I did anyways. I did manage to walk in place for 10 minutes and my body started to loosen up a bit. Our water pressure still isn't that great and the water still isn't hot enough but it is good enough to get by. Boiling the water so that I can do the dishes.

After breakfast and waiting for John to get up I sparked for a bit and then got all my dirty laundry packed into two big travel bags and off we went to the laundry mat.

Besides Roger" the owner" there were only a few others there so I was able to load up four washer with all my dirty items at $2.00 per washer. At my apartment the washer is $2.50 and the only washer is small. We do have 2 dryers.

It would have taken me 8 loads of laundry to get it all done, a total of 4 hours or more for the washes alone and another 4 hours to get it all dried. A full day of running up three flights of stairs and carrying one basket at a time.

Not my cup of tea.

Instead I got all four washes done in 45 minutes or there abouts and another 30 minutes using 3 large dryers to get all but five items dried.

The total cost of my laundry day was $8.00 in wash and another $ 4.00 to dry = $12.00. At home it would have cost me $ 20.00 and $8.00 to dry = 28.00

So I save $14.00 approx. and all that time sitting in the laundry room so that no one can dump my cloths on the floor and get their done instead of waiting for me to get my stuff out.

Another good thing about the Laundry Mat is the Roger is very nice and he has a 30 inch TV on the wall for us to watch TV while waiting for our stuff to get cleaned and dry.

So after packing up everything and taking it all back home we finish hanging up the damp stuff and I made lunch for both of us.

Then it was more sparking, crocheting it up and spending the rest of the afternoon and evening kicking back watching TV.

I am still slightly sore but not as bad as I was earlier. So tomorrow I should be 100% and can get Day 1 video done for my team.

Now it time to make my bed with fresh clean sheets and blanket and read for a bit before I go to sleep.

i did get one small crochet dog finish, it didn't turn out to look like a Chihauhau. I don't know what it looks like but you can tell that it is a dog sitting.

I need to change the positions of the four legs to make it look better but for this first attempt at a new design it is not to bad.

I am now working on the second attempt and managed to get the head done. Tomorrow I will work on the body and legs. Then I am going to pin all the pieces together before I sew them on.

Yes I will get you all a picture of my new dog and you can let me know what you think it looks like.

Thanks again for reading my blogs and being my friends. I now can read and post on your feeds now which is great. I missed doing that. My computer is working a bit better and I can do most things on it again. I am slowly figuring out this for myself instead of taking it in and spending money that I don't have to get a tech to fix up my mistakes or to fix a problem.

Well tomorrow is a new day. It is Saturday and I do hope you all have a great Sparkling Weekend. Keep safe, warm and healthy.

All the best,

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POORGIRL_DIET 1/17/2012 9:05PM

    Hey hun, sorry to hear about your water situation. Hope you are keeping well and the knitting items look fab. wishing you a very happy new year

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JUNEAU2010 1/15/2012 5:20PM

    Going to the laundromat is one of my least favorite chores just because of the loading up into the car and back again. It costs me about the same whether I do it in the tiny laundry room we have here or at a commercial laundromat, but I save time if I go commercial. I have started walking around the strip mall while my clothes are washing (no tv!), so I beef up my step count at the same time that my clothes get clean. Plus, they have those big folding tables and that makes it easy for me to put everything away when I get back home.

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MUSIC66 1/15/2012 7:21AM

    sorry you had next to no water .

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CINDHOLM 1/14/2012 7:09PM

    Sounds like you had a GREAT day except the water issue.. I hope today goes well for you emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/14/2012 5:55PM

    Hope your hot water gets fixed and you will be able to enjoy a relaxing soak. Glad you went to the laundromat and saved money on your laundry...great job!! Have a wonderful weekend.

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2012 12:54PM

    Except for the water, sounds like a good day.

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BOVEY63 1/14/2012 12:16PM

    Its great when you can get something done faster and cheaper!
Hope the water issue gets resolved and you can enjoy a long, hot bath.

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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TUFFYBIRD 1/14/2012 11:00AM

    You sure are thrifty and you always seem to find the deals emoticon

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BEEJAY49 1/14/2012 4:03AM

    I remember going to a laundry, hated it. :( Many moons ago I had to sit at the apartment laundry cause people were stealing the clothes, imagine that?? I'm glad you saved so much money. Hopefully you'll get the hot water and pressure back. If I don't come out of the shower looking like a lobster, I don't feel clean. LOL!

Today is Saturday all day! Enjoy! HUGS!

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IILAAD65 1/14/2012 2:34AM

    I hate spending money on this computer to fix it too!!! Fortunately if I have major issues I can take it my IT friends at work "occassionally" for a clean up. But spyware... why do people sit around and design stuff to destroy our computers? I don't get it!

Sleep well Sandra!

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DEE107 1/14/2012 1:26AM

    sweet dreams and hope you get hot water my friend hugs

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_LINDA 1/14/2012 1:23AM

    Sorry about the hot water situation :( I had a couple of cold showers once when my building's fancy new boiler system conked out and they couldn't get it fixed right away. I also remember when I was a kid and the water was cold, my granny would boil hot water and help fill the tub so I could stay warm.
Great job with the laundry! I am lucky in that regard, its all free in my building. Only drawback is its always busy and has limited hours of operation.
Hope you get a good night sleep and feel better tomorrow!

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