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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Feeling so much better, even doing a little bit of walking without feeling light headed or like I am going to throw up.
We had our first inspection on the house and we past. Now we can pour our first concret and start putting the house back together. Of course once we are done with this half, and the new kitchen installed. Then it is the other half we will have to work on by removing the old kitchen. Weather has been warm but not overly hot here, which we are glad for. I know the week we took down all the walls it was 95+ everyday but dry. I hear from my friends in the mid-west and east that the weather has been just awful. I hope things cool off for you soon.

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LESSOFMOORE 7/24/2011 4:24PM

    So happy to hear that you're feeling better and that the house passed inspection! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 7/21/2011 11:06PM

    Glad you are feeling better! Sounds like the house is coming right along! Your temps are cool compared to the rest of the country! Take care. emoticon

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TEDDYBEAR662 7/21/2011 9:32AM

    Glad you are feeling better!

Sounds like your house is coming along! Can't wait to see picture! Best of luck!!! WooHoo!

Hitting 100 or more today! We have an air warning out today! Meaning to stay in AC especially if you have respiratory problems, are elderly, or young children! The 3 H's are here, it definitely must be summer!

Again, best of luck with your health and house!!! Hugs

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_LINDA 7/21/2011 2:04AM

    Great news! Glad your weather cooled off. Ours did with a vengeance too! Went from 86 to 63 today!! Rainy with high winds which are still blowing hard at midnight!!
Have a Terrific Thursday!!

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TWEETYKC00 7/21/2011 12:03AM

    wow, that's great news for you with the house! are you doing before and after pictures?

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Slow week

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Jeff got called into work yesterday (Monday), Thursday and Friday. We ran a bunch of errands this morning and I also went to Loews for him and then did the marketing. I came home and raked dirt for a couple of hours to get the new porch area as level as I could get it.
Tomorrow I have to go get some blood work (Pro-time because I take blood thinners) and pick up a note from my doctor. I got another jury duty summons. My doctor won't let me do them because of the TIA I had in 2004 and possible blood clots from sitting in one place for extended periods of time. Even on a plane I have to get up and stretch, I use to have to take a letter from my doctor to allowed this after 9/11. Also with kidney dysfunction I need to be able to use the bath room frequently, which is a little hard when you are on a jury.
You would think they would stop sending them to me because I am always excused. I called once to ask how to be taken off the list permanently and the clerk said there was no way to do that. No wonder CA is going broke. Having to send out the same paperwork over and over again, with a person (like me being excused every time for medical problems) you would think it would be cheaper to come up with some kind of computer program that could do this.
Anyway, tomorrow we will be doing some mold forms in the old fireplace and on the side of the house where we are adding on to the house for putting in cement and call to get an inspection on Friday. Then continue to work on the house.

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_LINDA 7/13/2011 1:37AM

    I sure wonder how the same people get called for jury duty over and over like that when its supposed to be random?? Too bad you couldn't have that kind of luck with the lottery!!!
Good luck with the inspection!

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JAMER123 7/13/2011 1:17AM

    Sounds like things are progressing well for you with the addition. Too bad Jeff got called in. I think there is enough work for him as home:)D Hope the inspection goes well and you can keep going.

I don't think any state has jury duty that has permanent removal from list. I got called in on the only day I was sick with the flu and 104 temp and they didn't care. I wasn't chosen for the jury but we all had to sit there for the entire afternoon. I couldn't do that now due to clotting issues as well.

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We finally got a rest day from home deconstruction.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

I am going to just put a few pictures on this blog. I put all of them on my face book page for family and close friends. Here are some shots of what we have been doing.
This is the dumpster when we started. Empty Dumpster closed up and almost full to the top.

Old dinning room window

Old carpet in hallway

Hallway with carpet removed
This is the area where we will be adding sq. footage to the side of the house.

Old laundry area

My Dh moved the W/D into the old kitchen table area. He moved both the water & gas lines to do this.

Temp. blocked to old laundray/powder room area.

Blocked old entraced to dinning room

Blocked entrace into old living room area

Old living room

Front door

Living room with ceiling still attached. Popcorn will be all gone.

Walls all gone. The blue tape shows where a 7 ft. pass-thru windown will be.

Blue tape showing where new kitchen cabinets will go.
There will be custom granite counters 4-5 ft wide oposite side from the kitchen for eatting for 4.
There is a lot more I guess I could have shown but is enough for you all to get the idea we have been working hard at this.

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DDOORN 7/11/2011 10:12AM

    Wow! I'm jealous! Wouldn't mind a wrecking ball and dumpster to get a fresh start on things...lol!


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_LINDA 7/10/2011 9:16AM

    WOW!! This is a ground up renovation!! What a huge amount of work!!
No wonder its hard for you to keep up a healthy lifestyle with all this disruption. It will sure be lovely when it finally all gets done! Sounds wonderful!!
Hope you have good weekend!

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HIKINGSD 7/9/2011 5:09PM

    I am so excited for you guys!! Good progress :-)

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FIRERY1 7/9/2011 3:52PM

    wow! It was hard to picture in my mind how all these changes were taking place. We can't wait to see the house as you progress!

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TXGRANDMA 7/9/2011 2:04PM

    WOW!! Looks like you are tearing the house down around you! Thanks so much for posting the pictures, it really helps to see that you are doing MAJOR changes! I guess it is hard to picture until it is actually in progress!

LOVE the wood floors under the carpet. We are planning on having wood laminate floors in our new house. Take Care and don't work too hard! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
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ZENSTEPH 7/9/2011 1:31PM

    Wow, what an amazing amount of work you've done!

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TABBYARTS 7/9/2011 1:00PM

    Beautiful hardwood floors under that carpet. Brie and I are living in our (mostly) completedbedroomwhile we continue building our house! It is challenging, is it not? TOBY

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IZZYBEBOP 7/9/2011 9:21AM

    Where are you living during all this? The house looks like it's being totally rebuilt. Are you going to leave the hardwood floors? We have them under our carpet, but don't know the exact condition. Would LOVE to remove it all and find out someday. Lots of work going on, and wishing you a speedy journey to your new home.

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Gained back some weight, damn!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Yesterday I had an appointment with NP for my annual woman exam, it had been close to 3 yrs. I knew I had gained some weight back because my pants are all tight on me. I also knew I ate to much on my vacation in Chicago thanks to my husbands taking to really nice places to eat. Anyway I had already decided to get back into posting food intake everyday and making sure to stay within my calorie range (which I hadn't been doing much of over the last couple of months). I was not happy to see 158 on the scale. Now I will get my butt back in gear to lose the weight I want to get rid of. I moved my end date to the end of the year and I really hope I can get below the 140 mark by then.

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TEDDYBEAR662 6/17/2011 10:03AM

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INTOTHEJAM2 6/17/2011 9:07AM

    You got this!! Best of luck :)

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DDOORN 6/17/2011 5:56AM

    You'll get there...!

Kudos to your vigilance! :-)


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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/17/2011 12:08AM

    emoticon I'm sorry for the weight gain, but I KNOW that you can reach your goal. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 6/16/2011 8:46PM

    Teri, it's good to see you have a plan. You can do it, 5K Kween! emoticon

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_LINDA 6/16/2011 2:29PM

    At least you know where you are going wrong. But just because you eat out doesn't mean you have to go wild. There is portion control and only eating half of what is on a plate instead of the usual too much abundance. I have been on maintenance for a year and a half and if there is one thing I have learned that is tracking food is everything. Its far too easy to guess wrong on a portion size, and all those wrong guesses could add up quickly. I have never stopped tracking. It may be a pain to weigh and measure everything, but it also means I can enjoy any food I want, as long as I can fit it into my calories for the day. For example, I had my Mom's lasagna yesterday, just heavenly, but carefully tracked. No more one helping, then another and another. Just one piece and enjoy every bite, making sure my earlier day's food was on the lighter side to make up for it.
You can take charge of your food again and not let it control you. You can lose the weight by careful tracking and getting regular exercise. But you must use both the Fitness and Nutrition Trackers. Depending on how much fitness you do in a week, the Nutrition Tracker''s calorie range will be set to account for what ever settings are on your Fitness tracker. Sometimes getting back to basics works.
All the best with it Teri, you can do it!!!

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WISLNDR 6/16/2011 6:25AM

    You're already back on the right path so you could view this as just an unpleasant reminder of what could happen if things got out of control.

You'll do great, I know it!!

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SHERREMAC 6/16/2011 5:36AM

    I know where you are I am in the same boat! I need to kick it into gear too!!

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TWEETYKC00 6/16/2011 12:13AM

    a little weight isn't all that bad, you can get back from this in no time!

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TXGRANDMA 6/16/2011 12:05AM

    emoticonSorry the scales are up instead of down, but you have come so far and done so well I know you are determined and will soon hit your goal, my dear friend!
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Dangerous times in our neighborhood

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Over the last couple of years in and around our neighborhood, including our own fence have been tagged. Many of our sidewalks starting get a lot more tags at the beginning of the school year starting in Sept. 2009. Last night a 12 yr old boy was stab to death by another rival tagging gang member who was 18 yrs old.

When I went to take Phred for his walk around 3pm, there was at least 10 APD police vehicles, 5 house's east of ours. Many of the adults and kids were standing about and no one would say what happened. There was also at least 2 news helicopters and along with 2 of our own APD "eye in the sky". It turned out a young lad of 12 yrs old, who attended the junior high, that is located behind our home across the street. The same junior high school that my kids attended. This was all very sad and we still haven't figured out how our neighborhood boy was involved. He was either a witness or the one who did the stabbing. Either way it is a sad state of affairs.

Tonight they are having a meeting at the Jr. high and all the news vans are there to talk to people.

Jeff felt sorry for the boy until he learned he was a tagger. We have had our sidewalk and brick fence tagged a couple of times. The city will come out and clean up the mess for you, now. This was only after so many complaints from residents about the city giving you tickets and taking you to court if you didn't take care of the tagging yourself.

So our tax dollars go to cleaning up tagger problems and it just makes Jeff so pissed off. This last time Jeff ended up sand blasting the fence himself, because no one came out from the city for a few of weeks. They promise to show up within 3-5 business days, yeah right. Then we even got a letter saying they had taken care of the problem and would we rate how well the job was done. Hey, city of Anaheim, guess what you didn't clean it, we did after waiting for 2 weeks for somebody to show up. Duh! So you can see where Jeff wouldn't have much sympathy for these kids. Jeff was born and raised here in Anaheim and he doesn't like it when the gangs mess things up for everybody else.

I hope this turns something bad into something good and there are no more problems from other gang members. Unfortunately, we know this is not how it works and one reason why Jeff elected not to attend tonight's meeting. He felt if he complained, there would be retaliation if & when they found out where we live. Of course, most of the people around here know me, know my dog and know what kind of car I drive. I regularly walk right across the street from where the stabbing happened.

I am saying blessings for both families involved. This is how "gang wars" start and I can only hope that someone in these families will be strong & smart enough to put a stop to any more deaths.

Thanks for listening to my bitching tonight. emoticon emoticon

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IZZYBEBOP 6/21/2011 8:08AM

    I just read your e-mail and came to your page and read this. How scary and sad. I hope you stay safe during the deconstruction of your house. Seems like you would be more vulnerable for something worse than tagging.

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DDOORN 6/15/2011 10:32AM

    New jargon for me: Tag / Tagging...graffiti, in other words. Read up on some urban areas encouraging tagging in a formal way by making murals and artwork allowable on some walls, hoping to deter unwanted "artwork" elsewhere...!

Stay safe out there...!


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HIKINGSD 6/15/2011 12:55AM

    Wow. I am happy that you and Jeff are safe and that no innocent bystanders were harmed! I hope the gangs move out of your neighborhood.

Please be aware of your surroundings and stay safe.


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JAMER123 6/15/2011 12:46AM

    Teri, I just read the article in the LA Times and I didn't know that was the area you live in! This has to be very scary. I hadn't heard the term tagging in place of graffiti but I do learn rather slowly:)

You take care and stay safe. Sounds very dangerous to be out walking. I hear your concerns about complaints and retribution.

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/15/2011 12:27AM

    Sorry this happened. We had a SWAT situation on my street a few years ago. It's a lot more entertaining on TV and scarier when you're watching it happen. My dogs were going ballistic at the strangers (cops) on the street, while I was whisper-yelling "shut up, aleady!" to them.

Deja Vu - I live in Albuquerque, and our police are APD, too. We have tagger and gangs, and the city comes out to paint over the tags.

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TXGRANDMA 6/15/2011 12:12AM

    Oh, Teri! This is SO scary! I worry about you and Jeff staying there in that neighborhood! I can understand where Jeff is coming from, not attending the meeting.

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_LINDA 6/14/2011 11:35PM

    So very sorry to hear about this :( Usually, you hear of gangs being poor, disenfranchised youth, not in your own neighborhood. There is tagging here, but mostly just individuals expressing themselves as gangs are not a real problem.
Its a really sad day when you have to fear walking down your own street. I hope they can figure out some way of solving these problems the kids are having. What puts children on opposite sides of the fence in the same area or school, or is it different areas and schools..
Please do be careful out there, I assume you always carry a cell phone when walking?
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MOMOFJACKK 6/14/2011 10:09PM

  Scary, stay safE!!!

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