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Day 70 Autumn is here, and I love it! :-)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The leaves are already starting to turn the myriad shades of yellow, orange and red that makes autumn my absolutely favourite time of year. As you can see I have decorated my spark page in an autumn motif, and I'm already feeling calmer, which is no mean feat considering all that I am currently dealing with. I wish I could go sit on the bench under that tree for a while. That would be fabulous!

So, my health has taken something of a leap off the high-diving board, but has fortunately landed me in deep enough water that I haven't banged my head, and I can tread water or swim to shore bit by bit as the various issues are addressed.

Let's count how many health problems Lexie is dealing with, just for fun. emoticon

Costochondritis and Tietze's, which I lump together, if you'll pardon the pun. Still being a prize pain in the chest. When the doctor accidentally tapped the Tietze lump yesterday I nearly hit the ceiling! Been more than three weeks this time, which is unusual for me.

My heart is doing its palpitations thing, but that may have been due to the accidental consumption of some caffeine yesterday. I stopped drinking caffeine drinks after being told it might help stop the palpitations, but occasionally I accept a cuppa at a friend's and forget that it has caffeine in.

Sinuses are a bit bunged but are doing better than they were.

Urinary tract infection - the fun just keeps coming, doesn't it. LOLOL
On antibiotics for that, and the doc has sent a sample to the lab cos he didn't like the look of it. Get the results next wed.

Hernia! This was a surprise! I went to the doctor's yesterday with an infection and came out with a hernia, which is a neat trick if you can manage it. LOL It turns out that what I thought was belly fat I couldn't get rid of after Tara's birth has been harbouring a wee guest, in the form of a hernia. I did wonder why that bit felt different from the rest, but I didn't realise you could get hernias from C-sections. The doc told me to cough because he wanted to check for hernias lower down as a possible cause of the pain, and instead got this gopher popping up to say hello from the middle of my tummy. The look of horrified fascination on his face was an absolute picture:



"Cool! Flash! Do that again!"

No, he didn't really say that, but he did ask me to cough again for a repeat performance. I'm not going to forget the look on his face for a while! LOL I did wonder why when I have a coughing fit I have to clutch my stomach to stop it hurting, but as there was no pain or anything otherwise, I never mentioned it to anyone. I named the bulge Bumpy and never gave it a second thought.

Who knew I had Alien hiding in my womanly folds for fifteen years!!!



So, I have an appointment to see the surgeon in a few weeks to discuss options on the whole 'cut me open and fix it' thing. The doc thinks it may be causing some of my pain, though I'm not convinced, but as it can be fixed using keyhole surgery, and he was so nice, I agreed to the appointment. :-)

Plus, on Wednesday I'm booked in for a health check. Apparently I'll get my cholesterol checked among other things. I'll get my test results back at the same time. I should probably mention to them that my varicose veins are getting out of hand then too. Might as well get the whole bod overhaul experience and have done with it. I wonder if they can do them at the same time as the hernia? :-)

So, that's enough of my health woes.

Would you believe that in spite of all this I got my minimum steps in every day this week? I did a lot of walking - Tesco Extra Wednesday, Town and back Monday AND Thursday, and the doctor/chemist circuit yesterday, plus I've been doing a slightly less active version of my Just dance 2 songs when I felt up to it. So not a lot of specific cardio, but at least I've been moving.

In my Land's End to John O'Groats walk, I've reached Hereford and have walked 273.8 miles in 70 days. It falls 6 miles short of my 4 mile a day average target, but hopefully I'll be able to build it back up when the pain eases. I'm still very pleased with how that's going. :-)

My weight has played up a bit this week, but I am back to 12 stone 6 3/4lbs today. I had a pasty on Monday which was a nommy treat, and we had hot dogs for dinner on Thursday (sausages in baps actually), so not the healthiest couple of meals, but all in all not too bad. Water is more or less on target, and the fruit and veg is good aside from the pasty day and the sausage day. Can I count ketchup as a freggie? LOL

We have something exciting on our calendar for October to take my mind off the impending hospital visit. My eldest works for a company called Ways With Words, which hosts Literary Festivals around the country. This year they are running the box office for a children's festival in London

www.wordupfestival.co.uk/

Tara and I are travelling into London on the Monday to spend the day at the festival and see her second-fave author - Jacqueline Wilson (her fave being JK Rowling, who else! LOL). We also have tickets for Christopher Lloyd's entertaining evolution talk. As Bry will be there doing her thing for Ways With Words, I'll get to spend time with both my girls for a few hours. It is 2 hours of travel each way, but it will be worth it. :-)

The only slight irritant is that I had planned to go back to Constable Country that week to see the autumn colours, and will now have to play dodge the TOM to try and visit on my birthday the following week instead. But I'm sure it will all pan out in the end. :-)

So, some good things to look forward to, in spite of everything. :-)

Now to see what I can do about my bulging inbox...
Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 10/12/2011 2:13PM

    I *LOVE* your page all decorated for autumn! L-O-V-E!

I hope your health issues have improved since you wrote this.

How fun to get to travel to London. The festival sounds really neat! And so awesome to get to see Bry, and that Tara gets to see her 2nd favorite author. The Christopher Lloyd talk on evolution sounds good, too!

I hope you get to Constable Country for the fall colors. Hopefully TOM won't appear and mess that up.

xoxo
Carla

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SLENDERCLAIRE 10/7/2011 5:11AM

    What an entertaining blog - so glad to see you don't let your health worries get you down too much! Well, if you can't fix it, you can laugh at it!

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YOYONOMORE1 10/2/2011 5:50PM

    Hey Lexie glad to see you back on our Positive Blogger's thread, I was wondering what in the heck happened to you. I love fall too and all the glorious colors, such a beautiful time of year. Sounds like Oct. is going to be a busy month for you, is your birthday in Sept. or Oct. I have two grandkids and their mom's birthday in Oct. We just celebrated GGS's 3rd birthday Friday night. Hopeing all your health issues get taken care of and dispite of them you have been sticking to your plan, good job. Have a great week.

Hugs,
Shirl

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BOVEY63 9/26/2011 11:20AM

    I hope everything is looking up this week and that you and your little alien are feeling better.
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Have a wonderful time at the festival with Tara!
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SENATOR9 9/25/2011 11:34AM

    Lets hope things will start to look better
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/25/2011 11:34AM

    I was just thinking about you .I love your new autumn page,so sorry health woes are plaguing you but as usual you continue to make them a subject of some humour .I hope you have a wonderful time with both your girls !

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WANDAH3 9/25/2011 11:00AM

    Lexie...I love reading your blogs. You are so real. Yes, you are facing some major health issues...but you aren't allowing them to run you life and drag you down. Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way. May the Spirit of Health bring you peace, comfort and healing.

Enjoy your time with your girls. What a nice trip you have planned.

Hugs,
Wanda

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RAINBOWCHOC 9/25/2011 10:51AM

    good to hear all your latest news, evenif some of it is not so good. I hope you get a lovely surgeon who treats you like the intellegent woman you are and not some minor inconvenience as some do.
Hope you get to see the autumnal trees, my favourite place for that is the road to Abergavenny from Cwmbran, it goes on to Hereford so not far from you. The road back never quite seems the same...daft but true!
best wishes for the festival, should be wonderful

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SCREWIE 9/25/2011 5:08AM

    Wow, Lex, you have a full plate.
Well done for managing to get your steps in despite everything!

The festival sounds like fun :)

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_LINDA 9/24/2011 11:35PM

    Sorry you are having such a rotten week :( See if thay surgeon can't give you a nice tummy tuck while he is fixing that hernia!! That would totally freak me seeing that pop out (I have seen all the Alien movies several times)
Well done with your steps!
Feel better soon, and enjoy that festival!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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LIFEISSWEET2 9/24/2011 7:37PM

    Love the new page decor, I feel calmer just looking at it too! Love autumn.

Sorry to hear about all that you are going thru healthy wise but it is good that you are still getting in your exercise and taking care of yourself. Had a friend who had hernia surgery last year and she had a quick recovery...and said she wished she had done it sooner (was also carrying around that little alien since the birth of her last child!).

Festival sounds fun, hope you have a wonderful time!

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LAURIED1176 9/24/2011 12:31PM

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Day 63. This is why I avoid exercising that involves being prone...

Saturday, September 17, 2011



Yoga Positions being demonstrated are...

Crocodile Twist for me, and Sideways-facing Dog for Sophie! LOL

She did 'Doggie Licking Contorted Human on the Chin Pose' first though. She knows when I'm vulnerable to her antics! *grin*

Can't believe it has been ten days since I last blogged or did anything on Sparkpeople aside from logging in and spinning the wheel. To say I've been going through a rough patch is an understatement, but I'm ticking over. Had a complete rest on Tuesday, and was so tired yesterday that after a very half-hearted 30 mins of cardio I gave up and rested again.

Today I've played with Wii Fit Plus Yoga and Muscle, and hope to get some cardio in once my legs stop shaking! LOL

I am hoping that I may feel better next week. Costo has got such a good grip on me that it is exhausting, and the sinuses are still being a problem, though they are at least improving, albeit slowly.

Weight is a steady 12 stone 6 ish, so I lost the couple of pounds that crept up on me the week before last. 12 stone 5 3/4 lbs is still my lowest weight so far. Hoping to beat that soon. :-)

So that's it really. Just thought I'd pop by and give you a laugh. :-)
Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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SHARJOPAUL 9/18/2011 2:11PM

    Living with a dog and a cat I understand the probkem of exercising with them around.

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ODDLASS 9/18/2011 12:57PM

    Love the photo, If we still had our pooch , he would have been very much the same!

We all need a break now and then, and if you are still working with your Costo, not like you are sleeping all day!

In fact, I have now put these little breaks into my plan! work on it, have short week or so rest if you feel low in motivation, just try to maintain as much as possible, bounce back at it .... works for me.

Feel better soon X



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SASSYBLONDE69 9/18/2011 11:56AM

    Yeah, I have a long haired cat who always wants to lay exactly where my face needs to be! They do make us laugh though.

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LIFEISSWEET2 9/18/2011 11:17AM

    As always thanks for the big grin on my face...what a cute yoga partner! I can't let Bud in the house when I am exercising or he'll do more than lick (he's a knock 'em to the floor kinda of dog!).

I hope you are feeling better very soon.

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CING56 9/18/2011 8:23AM

    Hi, hope you're feeling a bit better. Your blog made me laugh - which is good when you've just discovered you've put on half a stone!!!
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ZURDTA- 9/18/2011 4:18AM

    Get well soon.

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SCREWIE 9/18/2011 4:02AM

    Sorry to hear you're unwell. Hope it gets better soon.

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BOVEY63 9/17/2011 5:52PM

    Love the way Sophie exercises with you.
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I hope today and the upcoming week are much better one for you.
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ONESTUBBORNTART 9/17/2011 2:16PM

    haha replace your dog with my nearly two year old boy and I can relate! Complete with licks!

I hope you feel better soon.

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ANNEMAC5 9/17/2011 12:05PM

    Loved the picture, good yoga positions both of you. Sorry you are having a hard time health wise. Great that your weight is in control. take care.
Anne x

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WANDAH3 9/17/2011 11:42AM

    I love that Sophie does her Yoga with you *grin*

Hugs,
Wanda

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SENATOR9 9/17/2011 10:47AM

    Get well soon Have a nice weekend

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LOVESLIFE48 9/17/2011 10:17AM

    So sorry to hear you are under the weather. I hope you feel better soon!! emoticon

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Day 50: A Little Motivation Makes a Lot of Difference!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Today I decided to just do enough Cardio to make my minimum daily step target of 6800 steps, which is a bit over three miles.

To achieve that, I...

Walked 2 Miles with Leslie Sansone = 32 mins
Did my Just Dance and JD2 Bingo - 6 songs = 20 mins
Wii Fit Plus Jogging = 10 mins

This gave me a total of 7610 steps, and I thought I'd be more than happy with that...

...Until I checked my progress on the Land's End to John O'Groats walk on my Nintendo DSiXL game Active Health.

It said I'd walked 198.6 miles in 50 days. Oooh, that was so tantalisingly close to the 4 miles a day average I've been aiming for on that walk, that after I let my breakfast settle I just HAD to try for that last mile and a half.

Enter Kendell Hogan and his Slim Down cardio Burn 30 minute video.
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Result!





It is official! I have an average distance of 4 miles a day. Now all I have to do is keep it up! :-)

Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ELEGIACSTANZAS 9/7/2011 7:15AM

    Wahey! Go you!!!

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CARLA-216 9/6/2011 2:53PM

    That's tee-totally terrific, Lexie! 4 miles a day is amazing!

xxx
Carla

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BOVEY63 9/4/2011 11:09PM

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SROUS1340 9/4/2011 4:47PM

    Awesome, like you say he challenge is to keep it up! Go for it!

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JUNA89 9/4/2011 11:34AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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SISSYFEB48 9/4/2011 11:16AM

    Good for YOU! Congrats. emoticon

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WANDAH3 9/4/2011 10:25AM

    Woo Hoo...congratulations on achieving your goal. You Rock!

Have a wonderful day, enjoy the time the day allows you.

Hugs,
Wanda

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Day 49: A Little Competition For You :-)

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Not much to report today. I danced to 18 Just Dance and Just Dance 2 songs = 61 mins and 5773 steps (2.62 miles)
I also tested about 4 albums worth of songs for use with Tigger and Roo, which added another 3000 or so steps to the collection. :-)

That was it for exercise. I've spent the bulk of the day clearing out my inbox, and catching up on Sparkpeople. It has been very enjoyable and relaxed, with Costo mostly behaving itself. :-)

And soon I'll be heading to bed for some reading before lights out. :-)

Now for the competition:

I got a phonecall from Virgin Media this morning - unsolicited of course, *sigh* - and you know it is going to be problematic when the person on the end of the phone says in their opening gambit "I'm So-and-so from Such-and-such Company, and how are you doing today?" You know they don't have the slightest interest in how you are doing, and it is only a ploy they are told to use to get you talking so they can continue their sales pitch.

So, I'm looking for suggestions for replies that will stop them in their tracks. The funnier the response the better. A nice goodie to the winner of the best suggestion. :-)

Anyway, this person went on to tell me that they would like to upgrade my internet so that I can receive three times faster broadband than I already have. Sounds good, doesn't it, until I said, "And is this a free service you are offering to loyal customers?" Uh, no! There is a one off fee of 30 for a replacement modem! I asploded! Told the woman that I considered it an appalling cheek to charge a long term customer an extortionate fee just to replace a modem, and that it was really rotten customer service. Then I put the phone down.

I signed a contract with NTL in June 2001, and when Virgin took the company over a couple of years later, I stayed with them, and have been a customer, in total, for more than ten years! I don't feel, therefore, that I should have to pay for standard upgrades. My loyalty should be worth a free modem, don't you think? :-)

Truth be told I don't feel the need for faster broadband anyway. It is the principle of the thing. :-)

Oh I am becoming a Grumpy Old Woman in my Middle Age. LOLOL

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rw7fUp7gUo

Have a great weekend! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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ELEGIACSTANZAS 9/7/2011 7:33AM

    Haha, I like Screwie's answer too. I think telling them they have a cheek is a good way to go to be honest. They do try and railroad you. I just got off the phone to British Gas who were trying to thank me for sticking with them by putting an extra 3 a month onto my bill for boiler repairs. (I would still have to pay an amount if i used this service) Luckily I rent so I let her do her spiel then said 'I dont pay for that stuff anyway, so no thanks. Byyye.'

Once when I was a naive 18 year old I worked in a call center trying to drum up business for a new gym. They had the most horrendous script which basically began with the ususal 'You've been specially selected ' (from a page in the phone book which I was alocated this morning). The thing that made me feel ill was that it said in this script if anyone proferred an excuse of "Well I'm 86 so a gym wouldn't be much use to me..." We were meant to reply with "Ahhh is that 86 years old or 86 years young? What harm will it do you to come and have a look? How's X day?" How corny and slimy is that?! I feel guilty even now.


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CARLA-216 9/6/2011 2:51PM

    I'm liking SCREWIE's response...a lot! But in reality, I do what Tea does.


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Carla


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MNOT2THICK 9/5/2011 9:43AM

    I tell them Thank you but I am not interested and please remove my number from their database and indicate I do not want to be bothered. I also indicate I will report them if I recieve anymore calls. emoticon

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BOVEY63 9/4/2011 11:08PM

    I do like LINDA does and don't answer numbers I don't recognize. If it's important they will leave a message and I can choose whether or not to call back. It is amazing how companies have so many great offers for new customers yet never give long-term customers any incentives to stay or say "thank you for your patronage."

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_LINDA 9/3/2011 10:29PM

    I have call display, so I don't answer strange long distance numbers as these calls always originate from out of province areas.. I also have an unlisted number which cuts down on some of the chafe.
That is awful about the modem. They upgraded ours here for free when needed.
Hope your Costo stays away,
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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SCREWIE 9/3/2011 7:23PM

    It's so nice of you to ask. Nobody cares about anyone these days like you do!
I've been having a really awful time lately and I could really do with someone there for me.
It started last year when I lost my job. A couple of months later my husband left me for a 20 year old big busted blonde and even my children think she's the sh*ts. In July I started receiving repossession notifications from the bank as I couldn't keep up with my mortgage payments. Luckily I've been managing to hold them off thanks to a nice little job I found as an escort, but my looks aren't what they were and that won't last much longer. Last week I had to take both the cat and the dog to the vet, which I can hardly afford, but the worst thing is that they both may have to be put down as their illnesses can't be treated and they are in constant pain. They are the only two beings in my life who seem to care about me, and what will I do without them!
If that weren't enough, my neighbour's children have been harassing me and throwing stones at me every time I am in my garden.
I really can't cope with all this any longer...

*cue hysterical sobbing*

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SENATOR9 9/3/2011 7:08PM

    Easy I pickup the phone they talk I put the phone down and go about my business They talk to dead air When I have time I go hang up the phone emoticon

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Day 48: I got my books! :-)

Friday, September 02, 2011

Thursday's (day 47) exercise:

Two Mile walk with Leslie Sansone (held 2lb weights for ten minutes of the time to get a little upper work in - bicep curls and such)

Town and back.

You already know about that, of course, from yesterday's blog. :-)

I didn't do any other scheduled exercise, but as I did a total of12836 steps = 5.83 miles I think that is acceptable. :-)


Friday:

I knew I might get a call from the bookshop today so I planned not to do much exercise, just in case. However, I couldn't resist getting some in while the Costo was ok. So I did the 20 Minute Zumba Beginner class 2. Then I did a ten minute Cardio Burn video with Kendell Hogan.

Then I decided to do the weekly Lotto Challenge on the Wii Fit Plus, which consisted of:
Super Hula Hoop = 6 mins
Step Plus = 5 mins
Cycling advanced = 8 mins
Driving Range approach shot = 5 mins
Bird's-eye Bull's-eye beginner = 2 mins
Tilt City advanced = 2 mins
Tilt Table Plus = 3 mins
Total = 32 minutes.

So that was an hour of exercise, after planning to only do half of that. LOL

Then I went shopping to Waitrose, and got back from that trip out only to get a phonecall half an hour later from the bookshop to say the books had arrived. How's that for service? Only a day to wait from order to arrival!

It was about 1/4 to 4 at this time, and I dithered for a minute because my hips were a bit achy, but then flung on my shoes, grabbed my bag and a bottle of water and walked into town to get them.

By 5pm I was back home with my lovely new books! With an aching bod, but with lovely new books! :-) With close to 15000 steps walked and danced, and with lovely new books!!!

Did I mention my lovely new books? LOL

So, the Costo/Tietze's hasn't been too bad today. I'm a bit breathless and achy tonight, and my lower bod got one heck of a workout today, but it's all good. I'm actually thinking that as my muscular strength improves it is helping to lessen the impact somewhat.

Well, I'm away to my bed with my books! :-)
Have a good rest of Friday.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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CARLA-216 9/3/2011 10:49AM

    So tell us, did you get your lovely new books? *grin*

Great job on all those steps today! I'm glad the Costo/Tietze's wasn't very bad. Could very well be that having more strength is helping with that. I hope so!


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Carla


PS: that last pic looks like my Seymour.

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SENATOR9 9/3/2011 9:55AM

    Enjoy your weekend

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SCREWIE 9/3/2011 8:01AM

    Books cure all :)))

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ZURDTA- 9/3/2011 5:30AM

    Enjoy!

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_LINDA 9/2/2011 10:33PM

    Well done Lexie!! That is just awesome!! Fantastic steps!! Enjoy your new books, you have certainly earned them!! Hope your Costo doesn't get up and you can enjoy your weekend!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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