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TOTALLY MISSED A BLOG YESTERDAY. I NEEDED SLEEP.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Yesterday I did do a walk, 4 miles. Today I repeated it and DH walked part way with us.
Yesterday my DDIL drove 6 hours to get home, she made a good drive. There are so man y ways to go through the Tri-state area-( Maine, N. and VT.) There is no east-west highway so you just CAN NOT get there from here.

Alex and his Mom had a great time together with their computer games. He went back and said he wants to catch up with his yard work in Grammy's yard so he might need three weeks to do it.

He did do a great job with our bushes in the front. He is so tall he can do them just standing on the grass I have to use a step ladder and just leaning through a few degrees really hurts the lower back. DH has never been very good with shears so I usually keep the bushes trimmed.

This evening we got the call the kids had 30 minutes with the lawyer and now we are trying to get him back

There is a small problem. Our GD school has a water main burst so she will home alone and wants to come to Maine too. Saturday we could have our son drive half way and we will meet us in the middle. IF GD comes we will spend as much time as we can with her. She has to be in school on Monday and her parents have to go to talk to the judge again.

I know our NY Daughter in law wants to come back but I am afraid they might not get back so I am hoping our son will meet us and hopefully when this nightmare is over we will all get together in August before school starts.

Tomorrow we will all go down to Portland. Just our walkers. 6 of us are going to the art museum and have a day out. DH and I and another couple, and 2 other ladies who walk with us every week we can all get together.
I am the one who walks when anyone calls. DH walks with the other husband but they walk at a slower pace and sit on the trunk of the Minivan watching the people fishing in the river. Watching for Eagles and Sturgeon. There is always something to see in our River.

Tomorrow I hope will be a fun day. DH and I need a break. Pat in Maine.



  
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GOANNA2 7/11/2014 3:21AM

    Good to hear your GS and GD will come back to visit.
I hope everything works out. Keep your walks up.
Look after yourself. How are Fred's eyes? Hope the test
was positive and that it's nothing serious.
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LITTLEWIND53 7/11/2014 3:12AM

    Wishing you all the best......

And take care of yourself too.....

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/11/2014 2:08AM

    It's quite lright to miss a blog now and again.
I hope you do get more time with those awe some grandkids.

My surgery was this morning and it went well.

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MARITIMER3 7/10/2014 11:33PM

    You must be ready for a break.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/10/2014 11:17PM

    Good heavens. If it's not one thing it's 10 others! Hope it slows down a little bit!

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TXGRANDMA 7/10/2014 11:06PM

    Glad you had a good day Pat, and that your DIL made it back to New York OK. The river and fishing sounds like fun! emoticon

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RENATA144 7/10/2014 11:05PM

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Hopefully it will get better, hopefully GS will be able to come back to stay for a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Our NY Daughter -in-law drove over to take our grandson back. DH has an appointment with the eye Dr. and they would not give him an earlier appointment than in to august. He has had eye pain for at least two weeks but they said they were booking in to August. If we did not do that one it would be even later so we did not take GS home.
I have not seen my DIL since over a year ago and we always got along as girl friends even though I knew their marriage was Rocky. I was really happy to see her.
She might stay tomorrow or she might stay just overnight. It was a hard drive for her and she looked like she was really tired.

She had not seen our Las Vegas family since ten years ago so it was nice for them to see her for a short time. Our DIL who is living with us has a really bad throat.. They used some homeopathic mixture of Vinegar and cayenne pepper, honey and lemon juice. All three of them drank it. Our son, DIL and our GD they do this every time they are sick and they swear by it.

Our day went well our grandson took care of the pool. I did some chair exercises with coach Nicole so I am trying to get back in to Strength training again.

I did do a big grocery shopping, that will be my walk.
I have to return the Spark tracker since I cannot use it with windows 8.1. I am still hoping to get to take a trip somewhere in the RV but life just keeps on getting in the way.

Yesterday, I was certain I would never get back in to my Spark page. I was sent information to get in to my Spark pages but none of it worked out.

I was so annoyed I went to my E-mail and I was able to get to another Friends Spark page. I went from there to my own page and logged out then in and it came up right.

Coach Jen. was trying to help me and she said I needed to log out but I had never been able to log in. I could not get to log OUT.

She was the one who told me to log out and I found it and it worked. Thanks COACH JEN.

Tonight we had a BBQ with Myself, DH, DS, DGD, DGS. Our daughter in law arrived very late.
I am weary and I want to go to bed earlier so I can enjoy our New York DIL for a few hours tomorrow. She might stay over night again but her daughter, our grand daughter is not doing well with this nightmare of a school situation she is in. She has been bullied for a long time now.

I know I cannot fix any of this but I love all the people in this family. I will be glad when it is all over and HISTORY.

I still have my log in streaks and I was able to spin the wheel again.

HUGS Pat in Maine.

  
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EFFIEANNIE 7/10/2014 7:30PM

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TERRI289 7/10/2014 11:13AM

    So glad that many parts of the day went well!! emoticon

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GOANNA2 7/10/2014 6:24AM

    So sorry to hear about your GD's bullying at school. Not on!
I work with children and we take it seriously. I hope it can be
sorted as no child should have to go through this. It was nice
that your DIL came and spent the night. I hope GS can return
to have a bit of a holiday away from all that tension.
I hope Fred's eyes will be treated and that he has no more pain.
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MARITIMER3 7/9/2014 11:57PM

    I'm sorry that the family situation is difficult. Hope that your GS will be able to come back.
Gail

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PICKIE98 7/9/2014 5:24PM

    Fred's eyes and your health are first priority. Maybe if Fred does not want to go anywhere, maybe you and GD might take a weekend trek to a state park or nearby lake, museum sites. She could do reports on the places for school...



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MILLISMA 7/9/2014 4:55PM

    Seems like a lot of stress for you. Wish I was close and would take you to the 99 for a break. Hope you get a chance to rest and spend some more time before you DIL and GS have to leave. Glad to hear that you will be able to come back.

Tale care. Pat. You really sound tired in your blog.

big hugs.....Mary Anne


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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/9/2014 4:13PM

    Sounds like things are very stressful there too. I hope they calm down soon.

I like homeopathic remedies too. I use something similar and it works.

There is no excuse for the school system allowing this bullying to go on. It's terrible.

Glad you could get your comupter problems solved.



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LITTLEWIND53 7/9/2014 2:36PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your DGD. Hopefully this mess will be cleared up soon and that family can reach relative normality...... for everyone.

(((HUGS ))) to all of you...

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CATHYINLA 7/9/2014 9:31AM

   
Pat,

Hang in there. Things have to get better. I sure hope you and Fred get to take a short trip just the two of you to give you some stress free time. Surely your son and his family will be moving out soon now that he has found a job.

Good Luck.

Cathy

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CAPECODLIGHT 7/9/2014 9:24AM

    Hope things get better with your husband's eye issues. Sounds like you have a full plate right now. Try not to worry too much.

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NEEDSHELP52 7/9/2014 8:56AM

    Pat, I feel for you. I do know how you feel about fixing things. I have had to back off mentally with all our situations so I won't go crazy. Take care DF. History will happen. HUGS, Terry

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/9/2014 8:28AM

    Pat, I sure hope Alex can come back and stay for awhile. I know that will be good for him and you!!! Sending prayers for you and NY family!

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GINIEMIE 7/9/2014 7:37AM

    No child deserves to be bullied-sweet or otherwise. I hope GS can come back after the meeting with the lawyer. Continued prayers for you and yours.
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NASFKAB 7/9/2014 1:18AM

  hoping your D G D can come back all the best

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/8/2014 11:39PM

    I'm so sorry about your GD/ No child of any age should be bullied. It's ood she talked to her parents.

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MSLZZY 7/8/2014 11:02PM

    Just do the best you can with the situation. HUGS!

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TXGRANDMA 7/8/2014 11:02PM

    Oh, no! Such a mess! Glad your DIL from New York got to come, but I am sick about your granddaughter being bullied! IS there nothing that can be done? That is such a serious thing at that stage in her life. Can she be pulled out of school and home schooled, or maybe sent to a private school? I hope you get to go somewhere in your RV and also, get to spend time with your DIL. emoticon

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RD03875 7/8/2014 10:58PM

    I hope all goes well for everyone!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/8/2014 10:36PM

    It certainly has been a roller coaster year. **SIGH** Hope things work out that your grandson can return.

HUGS

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HOLDINGMYOWN 7/8/2014 10:24PM

    WOW! Pat....
It just gets better & better eh?
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Your NB neighbor! xx

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From Happy to major disappointment. !!!!!!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

If you read my previous blog I was so happy to have our oldest grandson here.
Today he went swimming after he vacuumed the pool.
Then he trimmed my three shrubs that blocks off the view in to the pool. I keep it just the height I can see over. He gave them nice flat tops, just as we like them.
He told me what he waned to for tomorrow. He is very tall so there was all kinds of plans for his two weeks in Maine.

It is not to be.!!!!!!!

Our son called with really annoying news. Our grandson has to go back home because his lawyer wants to talk to him on Thursday.
DH has appointments that he has to keep. If he is dilated I will have to drive him home from his appointment .
The drive home for our grandson takes 6 to 7 hours depending on traffic so his mother is coming to pick him up and after a sleep she will have to drive right back on Wednesday.

If only the lawyer had been available when our son called to check if grandson was to be there, then there was the holiday. They were told it was all about the grand daughter.

It is all about our granddaughter who has GI issues that kept her home from school and many times sent home from school by the nurse because she was vomiting.
School versus parents you might say.
Our grandson just wanted to come here where he has been almost every year of his life. He said his parents and sister are all stressed out and he wanted to be here out of the way.

We have not told him yet but he will not be the happy young man he was today. He and DH were laughing and joking and talking about history and just great conversation and really de-stressing both of them.

My day was not great I could not log in to Spark. If you cannot do that you cannot get any help. Every so often I could kind of piggyback in to the site but as soon as I waned to post I had to log in.
Eventually I found the message board an d asked for help. That answer was "log out" well there was only the words LOG IN.
I was so tired of looking at that page all day I went to another account and changed passwords so my webmail would open up the spark pages.
After doing that I was able to remove the wrong user name and get mine in there with a new password.
It went weird after midnight last night and at around 5 this afternoon I was able to log in.
A walking buddy called and when she asked to walk I just had to get off this machine.

Our son brought my windows 7 HP lap top back to the house. Our Youngest son went to price a new mother board and I really could buy another lap top.
The SURFACE 2 will not download the spark tracker so it is on it's way back to Spark.

When I blog I can get comments from my Spark Friends, it really makes me think things through. I love my Spark friends. Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon'S

  
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GOANNA2 7/10/2014 6:16AM

    So unfair on your GS. I sure hope he can come back
to spend some more time with you this summer.
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PICKIE98 7/9/2014 5:20PM

    Perhaps your GS could take the bus back to your home for awhile. He is so happy there, it would seem he might like to get back soon.

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LITTLEWIND53 7/9/2014 2:29PM

    I am so sorry to hear your GS had to leave. Maybe he will be able to get back again before the summer is over.....

Do they know what the problem is with your GD? There could be any number of reasons for it if the docs will just look for it!

Best wishes to you and especially your GD
(((HUGS)))

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/8/2014 8:09PM

    I think it is very unfair too. I would think someone here would be able to take a deposition. I feel really bad for him. He needed this time away. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/8/2014 1:27PM

    Oh gosh, so sorry things are tough for you. All I can offer is hugs.



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MARTYLYNN1 7/8/2014 12:31PM

    So sorry that your grandson's visit is being cut short.

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CATHYINLA 7/8/2014 12:25PM

    So sorry to hear the grandson has to go home already. Seems like they could get a local attorney to take his deposition so he doesn't have to travel all that way back. With Skype and other computer based systems it would seem that they could accommodate his vacation and still get his testimony.

Hope it all works out.

Cathy

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 7/8/2014 11:24AM

    What a frustrating day all around. Some times we just have to turn our backs to problems we cannot change. Never walk away from something you can change or from someone who is hurting or needs help. I Hope your grandson will be OK, his disappointment will be hard but at least he did have fun and quality time with you and hubby. Hope your internet gets straightened out. Hugs

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TERRI289 7/8/2014 11:22AM

    Oh I am so sad..that is just not right. Blech.

I want to kick the lawyer's ankles..

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MSLZZY 7/8/2014 10:11AM

    So many disappointments and frustration. Hoping for a better day. HUGS!

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NEEDSHELP52 7/8/2014 10:09AM

    Pat, sorry to hear your GS needs top go back. Why doesn't the lawyer talk to him over the phone??? I am no help when it comes to trouble with Spark. I have very little but I don't do any where as much as you do on it. Also the computer. Think I'll stick with my laptop. HUGS, Terry

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MILLISMA 7/8/2014 10:00AM

    Pat, so sad for your GS. Will he be able to come back and spend some more time with you? Sounds like you both need it. Hope things go okay.

Also sorry that you're still have issues with your computer and spark. That must be so frustrating. Too bad the tracker wouldn't load for you but right now sparks is having it's own issues since the company that support the actually data has been down and nothing is tracking. The spat is supposed to hold the info for a week or more but some have said it's only held theirs for a couple days.

Wishing you a better day. Sending big hugs.......Mary Anne

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BEWELL48 7/8/2014 9:27AM

    Pat, so sorry to hear about the change in plans. Is there no chance on changing the date or doing it over the phone!
His well being is to be considered as well as his sister's or the resentments will brew!
Hang in there, hope it gets worked out.
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IOEINC 7/8/2014 9:17AM

    That is SUCH a disappointment for you!! You were so enjoying his time with you. Never pleasant when legal issues come up. It is all about the attorney's time and nothing else.

I hope he gets to come back to you soon.

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CHALLENGER15 7/8/2014 8:12AM

    Could they possibly do it by phone? Or phone video - Face Time?

So disappointing for everyone...

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/8/2014 7:45AM

    What disappointing news!! Can he return in a week or so? It seems he needed the get away and was certainly enjoying it.

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LEAKAY59 7/8/2014 7:24AM

    Oh, Pat, how sad! Legal issues are always such a pain! But hey, GS isn't a little kid anymore - is there any way he can hop a bus and come back to you after meeting with the lawyer? I know it would probably be a long, uncomfortable ride, but better for him than staying home the rest of the summer. Just a thought. I hope something can be worked out, I know how much all your grandchildren mean to you!

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EFFIEANNIE 7/8/2014 7:15AM

    If your grandson couldn't be there they would probably just continue the case to another date.

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GINIEMIE 7/8/2014 7:01AM

    I am so glad you got a great day in (excepting of course computer issues), before the bad news. I regret that your GS has to leave before he can be de-stressed, but am glad he and grandpa had some happy moments.
I pray all will work out, the timing of the lawyers contact and his autocratic demands when a child is out of state on a visit is inhumane.
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SHATTERAHEART 7/8/2014 2:43AM

    It's very hard to watch those we love in pain. Take a deep breath or 2. Remember who you want to be and pray.

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SLIMMERKIWI 7/8/2014 1:23AM

    I am really glad that you, your DH and your GS were able to spend a little excellent quality time together, but how maddening and frustrating and disappointing for you all re the lawyer :-(

Kris xxx


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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/8/2014 1:05AM

    Your poor grandson... being in the middle of all that. He can come back soon.

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NASFKAB 7/8/2014 1:05AM

  sad that he has to return these lawyers can be so careless hope yourinterne problems are solved spark will not let me track how many hours I slept & the exercise I do in the goals section so have lost 2 streaks

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MCFITZ2 7/8/2014 12:44AM

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MARITIMER3 7/8/2014 12:35AM

    What a shame! Isn't there some way he could just have talked to the lawyer on the phone? Seems ridiculous for him to have to go back.
Gail

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ZRIE014 7/8/2014 12:18AM

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HARROWJET 7/8/2014 12:15AM

    I know how disappointed you all must be that he has to go home so soon.

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One More at the house. Our Grandson wanted to come to Maine.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

I was so surprised that he wanted to come. He is 16 years old and asked his father to drive him over. Our son is very stressed at this time our Granddaughter is in summer school so they have to stay home. DIL is still waiting for surgery.

We picked him up in Lancaster NH and our conversations were very adult. That has pleased us a lot. He is trying to get ahead since he lost a lot of school over the years as does his sister.

Our GS is sleeping in our small motor home. There was no room in the house, he used to do that before so he was happy to have it to himself.
Usually his younger sister was in there too and there was not much conversation just arguing about what to do.
He brought his old lap top and he has friends all over the web. He is writing stories and reading stories others are writing.
My brother is a writer and he was published at 16 years old. Just a short story but he was proud he got it in to a magazine.
I woke up this morning ready to get to the rugs. I am not used to dog hairs around and there were just too many. The Beagle is shedding. He was used to short walks and Central heating. Now he is a walking Hot Dog and he sleeps a lot. He is in good shape for a stray.
They are both very well behaved but that could be because they are in the pool enclosure and just walk and sleep there under the picnic table.
Neither one of them will fetch. They do not want anything but food in their mouths. They are probably missing our Grand daughter who moved from Las Vegas. She will be home tomorrow so once again we will have a full house.
I have had little time for my garden only tomatoes are planted . M y flowers have survived the pounding rain but tomorrow Our GS will be working in the yard for us. He always liked to trim the shrubs. I never cared if they were not perfect , after he left I could go over them. Now he is doing a very good job with the yard, He has decided he would like to be an environmental Engineer, He will have to catch up on his school work if he wants to go on to college.
I am not planning anything.
I wanted DH and I to go away in the Motor home but he is just not enthusiastic about driving around. After retirement he has become a home body. No problem. Now I have our GS here I will have a great time. At 6'4' it will be difficult to drive DH little truck. It will be difficult to get in to a number of cars but I am wondering if the driving school will be able to accommodate his height.
I have been on the road a long time today so I am rambling.
HUGS to my friends I must go to my bed.
I hope I can SLEEP for 8 hours, It will be a treat if I do. Pat in Maine..

  
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GOANNA2 7/10/2014 6:12AM

    6' 4" for a 16 year old is pretty tall..So glad your GS decided
to come and stay. He seems like a knowledgeable young
man. What is wrong with DIL? Hope she will be OK.
Maybe your GS will be able to show you some tips and
shortcuts for your computer.
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TERRI289 7/8/2014 11:19AM

    So glad that he is there....let me read the other blog!

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LITTLEWIND53 7/8/2014 1:52AM

    Good luck and best wishes to your GS on is school upgrading. Glad he came to visit and you are having a great time.

I don't blame your DH for becoming a Home Body. I don't like to go out much either since I have so much trouble getting around......

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GINIEMIE 7/7/2014 7:14PM

    It makes us feel great when our grandchildren want to be with us doesn't it. My little Abigail wrapped herself around my knees today and screamed "bonne maman" when she saw me, her sister a shy 6 year old came running from the back room of mimi's office to see me too. Was the highlight of an otherwise difficult morning.
Hope all goes well-I've missed out lately didn't realize your grand-daughter was gone. I thought your DIL had surgery a few months back...I'm a bit off lately sorry.
Hugs and prayers
Ginie
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1CRAZYDOG 7/7/2014 12:04PM

    ((((HUGS)))) Lots on the plate. Hope all works out. It always does, one way or the other.



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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/7/2014 11:15AM

    I'm glad that you grandson decided to come. It's a shame that your granddaughter could not come too. I must have missed out on some info. I didn't know your DIL was there and can't remember even what kind of surgery she needed. I hope everything gets back to normal for the kids soon. I hope your grandson will make use of the pool.

You have taken very good care of the dogs.

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HARROWJET 7/7/2014 10:37AM

    How nice that your grandson wanted to come and spend time with you. It is nice to have some one-on-one time with him.

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RD03875 7/7/2014 10:31AM

    Your Las Vegas family left? I hope everything works out for you

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NEEDSHELP52 7/7/2014 9:03AM

    Pat, hope you had a good sleep. I sleep close to 8 hours but most nights wake up 2 to 3 times. Happy that you have your GS there. It makes you feel good inside that he wanted to come, I'm sure. HUGS, Terry

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MILLISMA 7/7/2014 8:30AM

    Sounds like a great time with your GS. Glad that you'll have a little help around the yard and hope you plants are pulling through from all the damage we all had. Some of my Hostas were shredded by the hail storm we had a couple weeks back.

Have a great day and a great week!

hugs....Mary Anne

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VEENAS1 7/7/2014 8:12AM

    I am glad your grandson is with you. It will be nice to have him help around. Wow
6'4"! I hope he will be able to get driving lessons. Have a great day.

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EFFIEANNIE 7/7/2014 7:23AM

    It's a good thing you have the cAMPER to let him sleep in. My husband and his hiking buddy are on their way to your neck of the woods. They will be camping for a couple nights an Arcadia Nat Park.

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MSLZZY 7/7/2014 7:20AM

    Spend as much time with him as you can. Maybe he can help with the dogs and do the vacuuming and other clean up. At 16, he should be able to do that too.

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/7/2014 7:12AM

    So happy GS came for a stay!! Maybe GD can come for a short stay after summer school?? It will be so good to have him around. He will certainly be able to help with computer problems and can maybe give you some lessons? I have a beagle (and often keep my son's) the dog hair drives me crazy!!! Good luck!

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PICKIE98 7/7/2014 5:28AM

    After all of that time you worried about seeing any of them, this is wonderful!!

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NASFKAB 7/7/2014 2:31AM

  the first grandchild is always very special great HE wanted to come enjoy your time with him

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/7/2014 2:25AM

    I know you will enjoy having your GS with you.

Have a good nights rest.

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MARITIMER3 7/7/2014 1:41AM

    Our older grandson is 6'4" too, so I understand about the difficulty getting into cars. Lovely to have your GS visit for a while.

Hope you slept well,
Gail

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MCFITZ2 7/7/2014 12:17AM

    So glad you are able to have him visit.
Enjoy.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 7/6/2014 11:48PM

    All the best, to you all !
Take good care !

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I have found a personal motivator on my Spark page.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I almost always use my status on my Spark page. I used to try to think up something that meant something to me. Now that I am very familiar with my status I am using it to remind me to stay on track.

My blood sugar has risen and that is not good for a diabetic. I decided to use the status that I see daily and change daily and right now I record the status of my Nutrition. Sometimes a meal, sometimes carbs are too high. Just recording it and being reminded feels like right now it is my self motivator.

So far it keeps me well on track. I can change it often and if I happen to forget to change it I will be reminded when I see the prompt-Set one day ago!.

I have done it for just a few days and the status is so useful it has been prioritized just as my Blogs are.
I write a Blog and I have to read it back and it is edited and that reminds me what I have written. It really makes me THINK!!

Now I have another little helper to keep me on track.
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Arthur has gone by.
We were very lucky we just had a thunderstorm and driving rain. The trees in the yard were really taking a pounding. If it had been wet before this storm there would have been Pine trees just toppling over to bare there roots and die.

We had a few days of high temperatures so the ground was beginning to harden so the Pines had a better base to cling to.
Until we came to Maine I never realized how very shallow there roots are. They are not very well anchored in the ground and there are always trees lying on the ground and the roots are all exposed. The tree dies but it gives shelter and food to small animals and insects in the forest. In the city if a tree falls the home owner has a huge bill to pay to have it removed as soon as we can. In our small community there has been so many homeowners cutting their trees because they are messy and make work for the owner. If trees are planted right they can keep a home cooler or stop snow drifting too high.

I am just a TREE HUGGER. Pat in Maine. emoticon

  
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GINIEMIE 7/7/2014 7:19PM

    I love trees too, I was so sad to see one of my old Oak trees go down this spring. The HOA is nagging me to cut up the thing and get it out from in front of my fence.
I would like to plant something else there, but I have so many Bradford pears I don't know if I should-it's already hard to keep the grass alive.
I'm a tree hugger too.
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TXGRANDMA 7/6/2014 10:56PM

    I love trees, too, Pat! Wouldn't cut one down at all unless it died standing up. We will build around the trees, instead of the trees being cleared for building! We're saving all of ours! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/6/2014 2:17PM

    I love trees too. I live in the woods and it is much cooler here and shady.

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LITTLEWIND53 7/6/2014 1:14PM

    The world needs trees..... Good thing there are so many different species besides the pine......

Glad you didn't bare the brunt of Arthur...... Have a great day....

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MARTYLYNN1 7/6/2014 12:41PM

    There are lots of evergreen trees in Washington. When I first lived here on the coast 24 years ago, like you I didn't realize how shallow their root system was. I was amazed when we had a bad wind storm to see how many trees toppled.

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TERRI289 7/6/2014 11:25AM

    I know when you organize, you will be unstoppable!!

Hug a tree, always good for you! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/6/2014 11:14AM

    Good luck with your blood sugars. It takes time to get things under control and takes a lot of mindfulness.

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NEEDSHELP52 7/6/2014 10:51AM

    Pat, glad you are finding some more motivation. I'm behind you helping you move a long. Take care. HUGS, Terry

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MILLISMA 7/6/2014 10:49AM

    Glad to hear you made it through Arthur okay. You are so right about the trees. We had one fall in the woods years ago and it became a home for a family of rabbits and later baby raccoons!

Like you idea for your motivator!

Hugs.....Mary Anne

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NANABE 7/6/2014 10:37AM

    Great idea! We need to do whatever works for us. We are all different individuals and what works for one may or may not work for another.

Keep tracking, you can do this!

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JUSTYNA7 7/6/2014 9:00AM

    Great idea about using the status for accountability. I might just try that!

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HARROWJET 7/6/2014 8:25AM

    I am glad Arthur didn't do too much damage.

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NASFKAB 7/6/2014 8:11AM

  love trees also interesting facts about pines haing shallow roots its so different in Dhaka

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MSLZZY 7/6/2014 8:06AM

    Glad your status report gives you motivation.
Keep it up! Arthur was a stinker but that is past.
Smooth sailing for the rest of the summer!

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EFFIEANNIE 7/6/2014 7:17AM

    I am a tree hugger too. They add so much beauty to our landscapes.

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IOEINC 7/6/2014 7:01AM

    I am a tree hugger too. We have a lot of trees and hubby wanted to have them cut down when we moved here. I grew up with lots of trees and a small woods behind our house and remembered climbing the trees and swing on tire swings so I wanted that for my kids too. But one of the trees in our front yard looks like it will need to come down soon otherwise we may be enjoying it in our bedroom. I love our trees but it makes the house always so dark during the day that we have to have lights on and I really love the sunlight instead of artificial light. There must be some sort of tradeoff!!!

We had a big storm here last Thursday, not part of Arthur but I think helped by it somewhat. We were in Cosco's and had just checked out when the lights went out. We drove home and saw lots of branches all over the road. When we got home our lights were going on and off but luckily stayed on.

Hope you get those BSs back down to where you want them!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/6/2014 6:59AM

    Not good news about the blood sugar!! But, that's a great idea to motivate yourself! Glad you just got a glancing blow from Arthur!! Have a great Sunday!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 7/6/2014 2:36AM

    How high is your blood sugar? Are our snacks a combination of a protein and a good carb? I hope you will get that fixed. I saw how my diabetes progressed. YYYuckkk!!!

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KATHY024 7/6/2014 1:10AM

    So glad you didn't get torrential rains with Arthur! I think CA needs a pipeline out to the mid-west and east to catch all that lovely rain water!!
Meanwhile we all have our "Fire" hats on - always watching for any smoke! Thousands of firemen up in Nappa fighting that fire.


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ARTJAC 7/6/2014 1:01AM

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MCFITZ2 7/6/2014 12:55AM

    I had to have a maple taken down last fall. Walked past it and could see through the trunk. The tree was splitting slowly from top to bottom. Would have fallen on our house. So sad it was beautiful. Still have 5 mature trees in the front yard.
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GOANNA2 7/6/2014 12:49AM

    So glad to hear that Arthur passed by and your trees
are still standing. I love trees too. well done on finding
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MARITIMER3 7/6/2014 12:47AM

    Me too. The first thing we did after moving into our new house was to plant trees for shade, shelter and beauty.


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