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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Once again I waited too late to do this.I am usually very tired by now.
I do want to mention something that I keep forgetting to tell you. I have no idea if this is true or not.I saw this on the DR Oz show. He said eating red peppers will help to lose belly fat.I don't remember the reason but I bought a couple of red peppers and have been adding them to my salad and even snacking on them. I know not everyone can use them as they are very expensive here. I like red peppers so I thought it wouldn't hurt.I like yellow better tho
Bill is still sick but slowly getting better.So far I haven't caught it.
I still can't wear my c-pap all night but wear it when I can.
A friend has asked me to bring my big orchid to an orchid show at a orchid club she belongs to.I don't know how many blooms will be left but I do still have some stems that haven't bloomed.We could take my extra walker to move it on.It is too heavy for Bill to carry far.It's not for about 4 weeks so will wait and see how it looks. Bill teases me and tells me I should sell it.I might consider it for the right price.
I got all my exercise done today.Yesterday I only did the 10 in the am and was going to do more later.I know better.This time I did extra and did them at same time.If I wait I don't do them. I did 21,13,10 chair exercises.
Ok now the crappy news.At 7 last night my calories were great.At 11 I was way over.
Tonight I will not go over. I have plenty to snack on.
I also didn't sit outside.Just plain forgot to do it.
I finished all my aprons.I now have 4 that are finished. So that is all I need. And that will be my sewing for the year. emoticon
Ok Time to wrap this up. Hope you all had a good day emoticon emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 10/14/2010 6:15PM

    Your orchid is gorgeous. I hope you can take it to the show.

I've been a nighttime eater lately too. If I could go to bed I'd be OK but I've been up a little later than normal with Addison. I haven't been counting my calories. I'm afraid too.

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MPARKER67 10/14/2010 11:16AM

    I don't like red peppers so I guess I will just have to find another way to get rid of the belly fat. LOL Hope your orchid is still beautiful for the show.

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SUNNY332 10/14/2010 9:14AM

    I am with Bobbi as I would love to see the "Sunflower" apron.

Do have a emoticon day.

I will investigate what you have said here about red peppers.

Hugs, Sunny

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TILLIEBEE 10/14/2010 8:44AM

    Dear Eleni,
You can ask me to sew anything you like, anytime.

Ps. Sorry about your calories going over. We had guests come and they brought a HUGE bag of candy. Just when I finally got rid of my secret stash.

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 10/14/2010 8:34AM

    I love your little aprons...I can't wait to see the sunflower share with a pic okay... please? I'm with you on the exercise if I don't tackle it FIRST gets away from me. I bet that orchid is worth $100...or maybe MORE...they bring orchids to my little Farmer's Market and they seem to sell well. The tiny ones are at least $39 or $45 ...the market starts this Saturday that means I have to be up and at em by 5:30 a.m. grhhhh HATE that insane hour when my people don't even show up until 10 a.m. But if you aren't there when the market opens you don't get to display...geeshhhhh a classic case of the EARLY bird gets the worm..right? emoticon

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NANCYRUBIO 10/14/2010 2:29AM

    My care taker is very thin but has belly fat. She eats all the different peppers. Cross that one from the list.

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2BFREE2LIVE 10/13/2010 11:17PM

    Okay if your friend is the one who wants your lovely orchid in the contest I would expect her to take it for you. I would if I were there you know. Is there prizes attached to the show?
Wishing Bill the best and you do need to get your Vitamin D by sitting outside for just 15 minutes per day. Have a good rest my friend. Sandy

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VEGEFARMER 10/13/2010 11:01PM

    Oh how exciting, an orchid show. My BIL shows orchids and daffodils.
Red peppers are really great in salads, yummi.

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MICKEY341 10/13/2010 10:46PM

    Hope you are doing better on calories today.
Loved your aprons.
Hope Bill is feeling better and that you don't catch what he has, (tell him he doesn't have to share everything!!!
Your orchids are beautiful. Glad you are sharing them, I know the club will enjoy them.
Take care my friend...

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KATIE233 10/13/2010 10:10PM

    red peppers umm i also read if you cook with xtra virgin olive oil you can lose 9 lbs a week in womwn world magazine.i always cook with it.i love your back ground picture cute. have a great day tomorrow.

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LESLIES537 10/13/2010 9:20PM

    Thanks for the red pepper tip! I hadn't heard that one. Good job on getting all those aprons done!!! I'm sure that is a big relief!

An orchid contest?!! Cool!! I say go for it! emoticon

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trying to blog early. i get tired by night time and just want to do nothing.
Altho I am not using c-pap all night it is making a difference. I am not sure I will be able to keep up with myself once I feel real good. But I will try.
I have gotten some of my emailing done but still have a lot. Made sure I got at least 10 minutes of exercises done.Plan to do more but if I don't I have gotten my min done. As some of you know I am always coming up with what Bill calls Eleni's Ideas" This time it was about the aprons. I really didn't like the ties and i knew I could think of something. And since I don't worry about it looking great i came up with a plan. Instead of a tie tie I added a piece of elastic to ends of tie.Now I just slip it over my head and no tie hanging.I had already put elastic in the front.It is so much more comfortable.May not look fancy but I could care less. LOL

Bill is better but still not feeling well.He did get his van fixed and is picking it up today. I think I will make him some more chicken noodles soup with lots of broth. I think tonight will be all veggie night. I have green beans and brocolli and Kale for steamer and lots of cauliflower for oven. Then i will have leftover veggies to snack on.
Watched DWTS last night. There are 3 that are doing fantastic every week.. Some are so so and some like the Situation are just plain bad. Altho I hate the show he is on he has represented himself as very well mannered young man that truly is willing to work hard to learn the dances. Complete opposite of the crazy show he is on.
Ok I just realized I didn't report on my gaily goals for last week. i did good.I made most of them every day except for staying in calorie range.But I was in range a few days so that is progress. So for the most part my daily goals went well.
Ok my mind has just went blank. I need to go get the green beans and kale ready so I will end it for now.
BL is on tonight. I did watch Jackie Warners new program.Some real characters on there. She no longer has her gym.She is working with a group of fat people. Altho I really dislike a couple of the people Jackie is pretty good with them. At end of show before they weigh they have a group session with a therapist to talk about their week and their efforts.Jackie gets tough but not as nasty as Jillian.
OK Hope your day is going ok.It is so beautiful outside. MMMMMM I think I will go sit on deck for 10 minutes just to get some sunshine.I was doing that until it got too hot.
Ok I am gone. emoticon emoticon

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TILLIEBEE 10/13/2010 8:36AM

    Aprons need to simple and you just solved the problem. I like that you aren't using velcro because that stuff gets impossible to stay together.

And, what you said about the young man who left DWTS behaved very differently than what I expected even though I never saw the show. Also, the other one REALLY surprising me is Audrina. She is lovely.

Glad you're sleeping a bit!!!


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CALVERTM 10/13/2010 8:34AM

    Hi Ms. Eleni,
Well, I got a surprise today, I went to my diet class, the biggest loser that I have been a member of since the summer and I was the winner for the last session with a loss of 12 and a half pounds. I won a cash prize of $100. Total loss since March has been 26 lbs. Wow, that's really good for me..I'm just trying to keep it off. I want to lose at least 10 more, I'm not at goal yet. I like BL but what I don't like about Jillian is that she has this nastiness about her in general. It's likes she detests these people but yet makes sooo much money off of them. She hasn't had been in their shoes. She was overweight at one point in her life but not obese and most of her clients are overly obese. I don't know who Jackier Warner is, is she a former BL contestant? Well, we have another nice day here weather wise, it has been in the 80's, take care,

Margaret emoticon

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GETFITTER7 10/13/2010 12:31AM

    You are making progress those few days...they do add up. Glad that you were able to enjoy the sunshine. Today it rained on my way home from work and then it stopped when I got home, so it was nice to enjoy a bit of sun before it went down. I sure am going to miss these nice warm days of fall, but am glad that my DH will be home for the winter this year. Have a nice night..

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MICKEY341 10/12/2010 11:29PM

    Sounds like you are doing good. Veggie night sounds great. Love veggies and could live on them.
How do you fix your kale? I don't think I have ever cook that...have eaten it but never cooked it!
Love your apron. I never wear an apron...I should but just don't!
Hope you enjoyed your day in the sun... emoticon

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RURAL3 10/12/2010 10:57PM

    love those veggies. You should patten that apron tie idea. I like it.

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JUST_DUCKIE 10/12/2010 9:13PM

    I love veggie night! I had a veggie day today!! Feels so good and just so yummy!!

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PAULA3420 10/12/2010 8:56PM

    Hi Eleni,

I love the elastic on the apron GREAT idea. I love Veggie night. YUM YUM I find I always feel more satisfied and physically better when I eat veggies. I'm thinking that's what I want for dinner too. Thanks for the suggestion.

Sure hope the time in the sun was nourishing for you.

AND, wishing Bill a speedy return to wellness. I bet the chicken soup was just what he needed. emoticon emoticon

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ANNETTE117 10/12/2010 5:09PM

    I love your ideas. Creative. Hope Bill gets better soon.

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EMMABE1 10/12/2010 3:18PM

    Sounds like you are going well - a vege night is a great idea - Sorry about Bill, I hope he is feeling better soon.
The apron idea sounds good - I have fiddling with ties too!!

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FEISTYMAMA 10/12/2010 2:55PM

    I like your elastic idea for your aprons. I don't like ties either. It's so hard for me to tie things when they're on the back of my clothes. I had a dickens of a time in the hospital trying to tie those stupid gowns.

I've watched the new show Thintervention with Jackie Warner. I think those people lose weight more realistically than on Biggest Loser. Who can lose 20+ pounds in a week while at home?

Take advantage of the beautiful weather! It's nice here, in the upper 60's and sunny. I hate seeing the trees changing colors and losing their leaves though. Snow will be here before I know it.

Enjoy your veggie dinner tonight! I'm not sure what we're having. I'm not feeling the best today so we'll see if Jason wants to make dinner for the kids.

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KATIE233 10/12/2010 2:42PM

    hi, your apron looks good who cares if don,t look perfect it,s you that count. it,s you going to wear it.the two days sound good for you. hopefully Bill will feel better. keep the chicken soup coming with veggies.have a great day.

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KBEAR9963 10/12/2010 2:24PM

    Veggie night sounds like a great idea! Hope Bill feels better soon! Enjoy that sunshine while it lasts. Here it is supposed to cool down drastically over the next few days. Glad you're making progress with your calorie range. I have a hard time with that too. Lately, I'm full all the time so I go way under my calorie range. In time, we'll both get it right, I'm sure! Enjoy your day!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Another busy day. Did not sleep good til around 4 and then got up at 8. But have gotten a few things done. Made another apron and finished repairing one. I am now kinda wishing I had had put a bib on them. I may still do it. They are just for my use so they don't have to look perfect.
I did get my exercises done too.
I made killer pork ribs in dutch oven..That thing just cooks awesome food.
I managed to stay in my calorie range.I was just under by 5 calories but it was under.I would rather be at low end but high end beats being 600 cal over.So I was happy. I have plenty of leeway for tonight so I should be good.Hopefully I will be under by more.
I have the TV's set up to record but will miss Hawaii 5-0 as There was 2 others I preferred.Some on Bravo station run twice so those are being taped late at night after I go to bed.
We just watched Willander" from PBS station that I taped last night.Royal introduced me to the British Mystery Theater movies.
So I guess that is it for today.Will be watching BL in a few minutes.Not sure how I like the contestants yet.So far seems to be a lot of whiners.
Hope your day was good.
OOPS BL is tomorrow night.I am watching DWTS

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JESPAH 10/12/2010 10:39AM

    Hey, great job staying within range. It's a range. So one calorie below the top is just as good as one calorie above the bottom.

PS Thanks for commenting on my blog. :)

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DICHTAS 10/12/2010 10:24AM

  I found the right place to post. You do better with cal.counts than I do. I have to stick to WW 123 system. It works for me unless I slip.
It isn't hard for you to put on bib. You can do it..Keep up the good work..Joanne

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SUNNY332 10/12/2010 10:03AM

    A local favorite here is Ribs and Kraut (this is a german community) but I haven't had it inyears. It would be perfect cooked in a dutch oven.

Do have a wonderful day. I love the new background on your page.

Hugs, Sunny

How is Bill?

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MPARKER67 10/12/2010 9:39AM

    I can't cook ribs for anything. I have tried what ever anyone tells me and when they do it they are good and when I try it they aren't! So, I just eat them out.

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FLORIDASUN 10/12/2010 8:36AM

    Your ribs sound killer I love ribs! You can get the BEST at that little diner that we went to when you came to visit. I think they are some ridiculous price like 10.99 with a potato, salad, soup, and bread...I can't even cook a meal like that at home for a price like that! Yummers...I save it for one of my treat meals on the weekends some times! The ribs just fall right off the bones...yummers! Now I'm hungry..hee..hee! emoticon

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TILLIEBEE 10/11/2010 8:54PM

    Great job on getting your exercises done especially when you are well rested.
Hope you enjoy all your programs!

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FEISTYMAMA 10/11/2010 8:27PM

    OOO, ribs & potatoes sound yummy!! How do you make your ribs?

You stayed in your calorie range regardless! That's great!!

I set up Biggest Loser to record all episodes and I will catch up later. I'm not liking what I've seen so far.

Have a good night!

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Busy Sunday

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Today was errand day and we have been busy all afternoon. Bill is still sick but staying home yesterday was good for him.he is feeling better.
Ok here we go.First we headed to Joanne's fabric to find something easy to make ties for my aprons. Found something that should work real well. They had a lot of stuff that was two for one . I got some elastic as I always need that whenever I buy pants. Bill suggested using velcro on apron straps so I got some to test. Will make ties long enough to come around to front. You must remember I am not very good at sewing. I use my machine for minor repairs and playing.
Ok here is my first try from yesterday and some dish towels i picked up today that I couldn't resist.

Now on to the rest of our day. Next we went to Applebees for lunch. They has some new stuff that looked soooooo good. But since my eating was very bad yesterday I made myself be good. I got the french onion soup and took all the bread & cheese out and just ate the onion soup. Next I got the grilled chicken sandwich that came with a small bowl of fruit. I was quite proud of myself as it was hard for me to resist the other stuff. I did eat 6 fries from Bill's plate.
Next we went to staples and Bill got us a wireless mouse for out here. The one I had out here is fairly new but it just wasn't working right and would delete 2 or 3 emails when I was trying to delete one.Plus it wasn't wireless. It works so much better so far.
Then to grocery store. As some of you know I do like cactus plants. Hard to kill. i found a very unusual one so i couldn't resist. Here are two views of it. I am putting it out in art room where I can look at it. i repotted 3 of my small cactus and put them out there the other day

And I am always looking for stuff that is has low calories. I saw these and thought I would give them a try. They are only 40 calories but not very big.But sometimes I want something crunchy and I think these will do. i ate one while I was prepping my veggies. here is the box and I laid one in front so you can see they aren't big.They had 3 different flavors.

i have all veggies washed and bagged and meats wrapped and weight.Except for my bag of kale which I will tackle tomorrow.
Well that is my day today. Now I need to get supper going.
Ok I hope you all had a good weekend.

PS I forget to show you the orchid.We brought it in house.It is 4' 4 inches wide.

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CALVERTM 10/12/2010 8:46AM

    Hi Ms. Eleni,
How are you and Bill? I hope he's feeling better. I love your apron, very becoming. Not much new with me, I told you I'm driving again so I'm happy about that. I love your pics as usual. I like Applebees, I told my husband we need to go there again. I love onion soup, you were very good to take out the bread and cheese. Grilled chicken is always a good choice, you can't be bad with that one. Take care, talk to you soon,

Margaret emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 10/12/2010 8:41AM

    I love your could probably sell those little sweeties at the Farmer's market...hee..hee! Love the cactus I'm a sucker for them too...who knew...another thing we have in common! emoticonThat orchid is KILLER you really have a GREEN thumb darling Eleni! emoticon

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GETFITTER7 10/12/2010 1:30AM

    What a great orchid plant...I never saw one that big. Mine had lost the flowers now and I have yet to cut it back. I have to water it today...on mondays I water it with the 3 ice cubes I was telling you about...did not get home until late and forgot...thanks for the reminder. Keep up the good work on watching those calories! I have made some craft aprons in the past, they were fun to make. Yours looks great! They are so helpful in many ways.

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REXTINE1 10/11/2010 2:29PM

    Fantastic pictures. I'm glad Bill is better.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/11/2010 1:51PM

  I can't believe your orchid!!!!! It is the biggest and most beautiful I have ever seen. I had 4 of them a few years ago and managed to kill them off one by one.

I love the apron and am going to pick up some towels tomorrow when I go to the big city for my annual mammogram. At least part of the day will be fun!!!

Glad to hear Bill is feeling somewhat better. Hope he feels all the way better very soon. There is nothing worse than a man who feels sick. My husband is always sure that he is the sickest and needs the most attention of ANYONE!!!

Take care........

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VEGEFARMER 10/10/2010 11:45PM

    Apron lovely, orchard beautiful, well done on the shopping, even finding new things to try.
Have a wonderful evening and oh how is Bill now.?

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FEISTYMAMA 10/10/2010 8:31PM

    WHOA! Your orchid is HUGE!!!! Funny you said cactus are hard to kill. I killed one of mine from Mother's Day. I think I can kill artificial plants!

Your apron is great!! It probably feels softer and is more absorbent than an apron from the store since it's made from towels. You're so crafty!

I have a pink wireless mouse for my laptop. I hate using one with a cord. I feel so restricted.

How can you only eat 6 fries? That's great!! I say that as I'm eating loaded mashed potatoes with dinner. Potatoes are my enemy and I can't seem to stay away from them!

My mom used to buy something like that snack toast. I haven't seen it in over 15 years. I remember eating it when I was young and it was pretty tasty.

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TILLIEBEE 10/10/2010 8:10PM

    Your apron is great!!!! I love blue and white! What a super idea!
Sounds like you had a good day!


We're mad at CBS and Football for messing up our tv watching schedule again. It's annoying to turn the set on and see a game go on an hour past our program was supposed to start.

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2BFREE2LIVE 10/10/2010 7:26PM

    I am so glad your day was so wonderful. I hope Bill will keep getting better every day. The apron is just perfect and I would not be able to resist those towels either I bet they will be perfect for your next project. I like catcus as well and I still managed to kill one a long time ago. Have a great evening. Sandy

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KATIE233 10/10/2010 6:25PM

    HI Eleni, love the apron and big pockets. are you turning the yellow towells into apron too. nice colour sunflowers on them.i have cordless mouse and i still delete 2 or 3 by accident i want to delete one and 2 goes. i don,t know if i hit it to hard or what.but dam thing! so hope yours work better.i,m going to try make a denim apron because i got lots of old jeans.will see how they turn out. got to try towells ones too with bib.hope Bill will be feeling better soon.crumby flu will be going around soon too.with all the shopping and fixing stuff to go into fridge now you need to rest. take care and have a great day tomorrow.hugs

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SUNNY332 10/10/2010 6:00PM

    I think the apron looks great. I would like the pockets too.

Love the catcus.

Hope Bill is better.

Hugs, Sunny

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Saturday, October 09, 2010

I should have blogged earlier because I am too tired now.
I made some more homemade bread crumbs and defrosted the little freezer.And made one apron. We were going to get groceries but Bill is still sick so we stayed home so he could rest.
The weather is beautiful here. Ok I am going to sit back and rest the rest of the night.
Hope you are having a good weekend

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RMMARS 10/11/2010 8:55AM

  thanks for all the hints. i liked the crunchy toast idea. read the flavia books loved them.

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REXTINE1 10/10/2010 3:06PM

    For some reason I didn't blog at all Saturday. I did Friday, and Sparks gave me Saturday credit, and I took the day off. Hope you had a good evening.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/10/2010 1:54PM

  I, too, would like to see pictures of your apron, since I plan to use your idea. You deserve the rest. Has Bill seen a Dr.? I hope he feels better soon. emoticon

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2BFREE2LIVE 10/10/2010 1:13AM

    I will keep Bill in my prayers and you as well. Get your rest. Sandy

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JUDY1676 10/9/2010 11:00PM

    Have a good night!
Hope Bill feels better!

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FEISTYMAMA 10/9/2010 9:00PM

    Yes, I want to see pictures of the apron!!

I hope Bill feels better tomorrow. Maybe a win at Upwords would help. emoticon

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SUNNY332 10/9/2010 7:32PM

    Hope you post photos of the apron.

Enjoy your evening. Good idea to stay home so Bill can rest. Hope he feels better

Hugs, Sunny

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