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  • Beloved sees the eye doctor today

    9/20/2017 5:56:52 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Praying week 9 is another good post-op report. I joined a retina/macula detachment group on Facebook. Amazing how many people are struggling with this terrible problem! Some's good to have others to talk with. Support is so necessary!... Read more

  • I enjoyed these graphics

    9/20/2017 2:14:40 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • The meaning (s) of life

    9/20/2017 1:48:31 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Early Warning- Tuesday is ITLAPD!!!

    9/19/2017 9:26:03 AM, by MCJULIEO

    'Tis me favorite day of the year! International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Shiver me timbers, and blow the man down! 'tis the one day all landlubbers who be respectable kin show their inner scurvy souls.... Aaarrrrg! From Wiki How: September 19 be "International Talk Like a Pirate Day."... Read more

  • Another hurricane!

    9/19/2017 8:04:48 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Why does tragedy seem to keep hitting the poor people? No disaster hits Beverly Hills or San Francisco! These storms take more from those who all ready have so little! Wish we could fly over and help rebuild.... Read more

  • Starting Off Tired

    9/18/2017 11:43:09 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Last week was plenty busy enough, but this week..... this week is going to be a Doozy! This is the week of the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale.... There are so many boxes of books that it takes more than one load of a commercial moving van, fortunately manned by volunteers from the coun... Read more

  • Walrus and the Carpenter.

    9/18/2017 10:46:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    I just had to look this up! I could not remember it at all! Thanks all for commenting on my Halloween memory blog! Chris 424 The Walrus and The Carpenter Lewis Carroll (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872) The sun was shining on the sea, Shining wi... Read more

  • 4 miles done!

    9/18/2017 7:23:35 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I am such a poor sleeper despite hours of exercise every day. Up before 5, walking done, over 4 miles. Today I want to buy some baby trees to plant.... Read more

  • Nicest Thing to Say

    9/18/2017 12:05:41 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Last week, when those old friends that I hadn't seen in more than 30 years came, the husband, when they arrived, said the nicest thing ever..... When I saw them pull up outside, I stepped out the front door and walked toward where they were parked at the curb.... he jumped out of the car, and w... Read more

  • First writing assignment---result.

    9/17/2017 1:47:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    Costumes for Halloween have been a huge source of anxiety for me. You most likely never had that problem. And it is not a problem I have often. But at age 70, I have had more such episodes than I realized. I am trying now to figure out why I have such stress surrounding this issue. Here are some of... Read more

  • Fresh week

    9/17/2017 7:38:21 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Leaves are starting to change. We're going a long walk now, such a beautiful morning.... Read more

  • Victory in the Right Toy for the Right Boy!

    9/16/2017 11:56:18 PM, by MCJULIEO

    As a grandparent, sometimes you just have to guess at what would make a good birthday present for your soon-to-turn 5 year old grandson... Of primary importance is that it be something that the child will play with, preferably stimulating his creativity, and hopefully NOT having a million pieces, of... Read more

  • Back to the grind

    9/16/2017 6:21:54 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Picking up Mum for the day. Do all old people gripe or is it just her? Fall is here, leaves are changing. Love the cool mornings!... Read more

  • Segways burn calories, Right?

    9/16/2017 12:33:31 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Somehow, without really meaning to, I talked my old friends into taking a 2.5 hour tour of the historical parts of downtown San Antonio.... they are all seasoned travellers, but have never attempted a Segway tour in all their travels (but that will obviously change now that they are veterans.... It'... Read more

  • It's been a good rest

    9/15/2017 7:03:11 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    And time away from Mum has been good for her too, she has been kinder on the phone. Today we drive home. Have to stop and get piles of fresh greens to undo some of this indulging we've enjoyed!... Read more

  • Walked half the day

    9/14/2017 7:14:04 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Then enjoyed an art museum, vintage car museum, and a couple of antique shops. Got in 6 miles!... Read more

  • Drove to Myrtle Beach

    9/13/2017 6:53:36 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Beloved actually did fine driving with one eye! Gives me hope we may one day cruise again. We have a hotel a block from the ocean and had a glorious walk along the shore. This morning we walked again and are visiting museums today. Mum only knows we went away "for medical reasons " since I can't te... Read more

  • Old Friends Are the Best

    9/12/2017 11:43:41 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I get to spend some time this week with some friends I haven't seen in almost 40 years, and Oh! What a sweet time it has been, visiting and reminiscing, swapping stories, laughing over almost forgotten escapades.... Yes, we were young, and we were dumb..... (and we have conveniently managed to ... Read more

  • Heading away for a few days

    9/12/2017 6:24:59 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I'm desperate for a break. My Mum has not been nice and I need time away to de-stress. Beloved and I are getting away until Friday...... Read more

  • High winds and heavy rain

    9/11/2017 8:09:57 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    But we're safe inside. I'll see my Mum this afternoon if the weather holds.... Read more

  • Cold and windy

    9/10/2017 7:28:58 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Irma is in Florida and we're not expecting it to impact our area. Hope to get out of town tomorrow for a few days...... Read more

  • Translation Sometimes Needed

    9/9/2017 9:59:45 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I have a two and a half year old grandson who really REALLY wants to communicate, but is almost unintelligible.... his parents are quite good at discerning and conveying what he means, and fortunately, he often can use sign language to get his point across... But, since MY sign language is very... Read more

  • Hoping the triple threat goes out to sea

    9/9/2017 6:23:04 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The last thing this country needs is yet another disaster. We are inches away from total chaos...... Read more

  • School Lunch

    9/8/2017 11:27:01 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Today was apparently "Grandparents Day" at my grandchild's school, and so I went! Kind of a weird experience: 1) Security is tight at this school composed entirely of temporary buildings (the regular school was condemned last year, and this is apparently Austin ISD's effort to take care of s... Read more

  • I joined a writers group--oh my!

    9/8/2017 11:05:20 AM, by CTUPTON

    Of course we have an assignment. The leader asked for suggestions. I said , Halloween." My reasoning is that it is a wide open topic. People can write about their own experiences, spooky stuff, belief in the hereafter, spiritual beings here on earth, weather in the fall, how the holiday started... Read more

  • Shelves are empty

    9/8/2017 7:43:14 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    We find it funny! Shelves are emptying out. We have gas in both cars and will stay snug at home...unless Irma goes out to sea and we could leave...... Read more

  • Thank You, Canada!!!

    9/7/2017 11:22:37 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Here in south Texas, we have received a most wonderful gift..... Cooler temperatures!!!! It actually got down to the low 60s this morning and will heat up only to the high 80s....thanks to a mass of cool air coming down from Canada..... Thank you, Canada! What a difference it makes to be a... Read more

  • Looks like we have to cancel our trip to the beach for next week!

    9/7/2017 7:07:38 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Bummer! I have to call the hotel by Sunday if this hurricane hits coastal South Carolina. Wouldn't be wise to travel in a storm.... Read more

  • Productive Day

    9/7/2017 12:38:37 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed.... But MOST days it DOES.... and today was another one of those..... I'm cleaning and tidying up, and trying to get donations to the right places, whether for Habitat for Humanity or Salvation Army or whoever.... I got a bit done today,... Read more

  • Beauty shop today

    9/6/2017 7:23:03 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Going to talk with him a shorter hair cut that doesn't require so much upkeep for some time in the future. I'm not ready to go shorter than the collarbone length it is now...but I find myself looking at shorter haircuts since we'll be turning 65 next year!... Read more

  • Helpless Bystander?

    9/5/2017 10:30:18 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Today, while sitting in the parking lot of my favorite grocery store, I watched helplessly as one car backed into another right in front of me.... Both cars were backing out of their parking spots opposite one another, and the one that wasn't watching just flat backed into the side of the other... Read more

  • One night I'd like to sleep

    9/5/2017 5:19:00 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    And not awaken at 3:30 or 4. I'm in bed by 9pm, but my life is stressful with caring for Mum, beloveds eye, and hardly a moment to just rest. Looking forward to getting away next week, yet hurricane Irma is headed to our coast, right where we have a hotel for 3 nights!... Read more

  • Be in the hot dessert (desert?) for a week!I could not do that!

    9/4/2017 9:29:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    With 70,000 other people. I think I will stick to watching little movies and photos on the computer. for the burning man event... Read more

  • Boy Scout Law--every once in awhile I like to re-remember this list

    9/4/2017 9:26:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    Boy Scout Law A Scout is: •Trustworthy, •Loyal, •Helpful, •Friendly, •Courteous, •Kind, •Obedient, •Cheerful, •Thrifty, •Brave, •Clean, •and Reverent. ... Read more

  • I just heard about the "burning man" event . I am years late. Fascinating.

    9/4/2017 9:14:44 AM, by CTUPTON Read more

  • Thank you all for prayers and goodwishes for my nephew.

    9/4/2017 9:13:15 AM, by CTUPTON

    I love you all. He knows how dire his situation is. But he has come to grips with it. I see him only rarely, more often now that we have moved to this area. Due to the circulation problem , as a young man he had both legs taken and has worn artificial legs below the knee. And his life has been ... Read more

  • Spent the day with the ER

    9/4/2017 8:18:41 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    She never told me in our first chat of the morning that she was peeing blood again. She called at 10, just as we were on our hike, and we had to turn around. Last month was an bladder infection too, so beloved and I chose the ER where we got into a room quickly but the wait was long. They started a... Read more

  • Free Online Classes at Craftsy LABOR DAY ONLY

    9/4/2017 2:43:48 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Craftsy is an online provider of classes ranging from arts to cooking to woodworking to sewing, etc. and I've purchased several classes that I've enjoyed, but TODAY ONLY (for the first time that I know of ) they've opened their classes for free all day Labor Day un... Read more

  • Back to Your Regularly Scheduled....

    9/3/2017 4:41:12 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Last week with Harvey looming on the horizon, our church services were canceled, and though we had SOME rain, it turned out to be MUCH worse in other parts of Texas to the east of us, and we didn't have to worry about the expected flash flooding, but that meant it felt REALLY good to be back togethe... Read more

  • Asking prayers for a dear nephew of mine.

    9/3/2017 12:19:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    His Mom just passed away and he is now battling cancer of the esophagus--after many long years of battling a circulatory disease. Life sure isn't fair sometimes. He is about 50 years old now. chris... Read more

  • Gimmee coffee!!! (Said like Cookie Monster talks.)

    9/3/2017 11:31:45 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Not my circus, not my monkeys!

    9/3/2017 5:46:23 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Ok, this will be my new attitude towards my psycho neighbor....... Read more

  • College Football Resumed This Week

    9/2/2017 10:31:03 PM, by MCJULIEO

    If there is anything that can make Texas feel normal again, it's Football!!!! While there are many MANY fans of professional football (especially the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans) and many small towns in Texas have social circles which revolve around their local high school football ex... Read more

  • New Normal

    9/2/2017 7:51:56 PM, by SBECKER526

    Bob passed away on August 9, 2017. I was his acute caregiver for 5 years. We had almost 45 years of marriage. Yet, I am at peace. His body had weakened. His mind was sharp. We did what we could to keep him going. I am now defining the new me. I have a few plans. Time will heal. I am ... Read more

  • Not sure what to say

    9/2/2017 2:15:02 PM, by ELAINEANNE1

    I see my life as very boring and I'm now 60 which is not helping and I am so disappointed that I did not reach my target of 11st or less by this time. I am now so worried that I will put it back on. ... Read more

  • Awake too early, but so did beloved

    9/2/2017 5:45:01 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    So he did the walk with me. We listened to the sounds of 4am crickets and birds,, and discussed the neighbor man across the street who flipped out because we bought "a fu..king libertard " car...Prius. He's emotionally abusive towards his wife and her two teenage daughters but she isn't in a positi... Read more

  • Yay!

    9/2/2017 12:31:45 AM, by MCJULIEO

    We are jumping up and down! The last of our family without power because of Hurricane Harvey just had it restored this afternoon around 3 pm..... Apparently the utility company couldn't get it back online until after their transformers were not underwater any more... The water has been dropping at t... Read more


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  • He read the big E!

    9/1/2017 9:09:58 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    For us, that's good news. Four weeks after surgery he could actually recognize the big E on the screen. We have months to get through and he will forever live knowing it could detach at any time. First good news in 8 months.... Read more

  • Back to Reality

    9/1/2017 12:55:29 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Hurricane is still leaving people unsettled and out of normalcy, but things have stabilized a bit, even though water is high in many places... Texas A&M's emergency teams have been testing the flood waters and announced that dangerous coliform bacteria are at 250 times the lowest level consider... Read more

  • Walking in the rain

    8/31/2017 5:11:39 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Not a good sleep. Up at 3... walking in the rain was so peaceful.... Read more

  • More Harvey

    8/31/2017 12:45:42 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Hurricane Harvey is the gift that keeps on giving.... Just as one area seems to experience receding water levels, the Corps of Engineers opens some dams to help with reservoirs beyond capacity, and then all the streams downward of the dams fill their banks to overflowing and more land is inu... Read more

  • HIIT-for me??? I never even considered it but...

    8/30/2017 10:42:16 AM, by CTUPTON
    itness_articles.asp?id=2288 Maybe there are some exercises I can do faster . chris... Read more

  • Cool and overcast

    8/30/2017 7:56:17 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Lovely and cool,this morning. We're expecting a little rain later this week. No change in beloved's eye but three weeks out it hasn't detached again. Praying constantly!... Read more

  • One Harvey Picture Worth 1K Words

    8/29/2017 11:35:23 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I just have to pass on this photo taken in Houston while evacuations for Harvey are ongoing, as it perfectly conveys the mixed emotions circulating there.... . If you can't enlarge the photo, you might miss the delight and glee on the small boy's face as he is being carried to safety by the w... Read more

  • Perfect weather for walking

    8/29/2017 7:23:44 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Leaves are falling, wind rustling the the trees. Geese haven't left yet but fall is sure moving in.... Read more

  • Harvey is Still Wreaking Dangerous Havoc

    8/28/2017 11:07:14 PM, by MCJULIEO

    As good natured as the natives of Houston have been so far, the Wrath of Hurricane Harvey is far from being over..... the rains are still coming down.... the waters are still coming up at least in some places, and the rebuilders will have a way to go before they can actually get to work rebuilding. ... Read more

  • Finally--seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

    8/28/2017 12:54:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    It has been years trying to get our life under control--many years. Today 2 friends helped me do the next step in emptying the large storage unit I am paying for. Not done yet but getting there. DD 2 weeks ago took out a van-full of stuff. Today, we just moved the old handicap equipm... Read more

  • Healthy snacks from SP--but.... my problem is portion control!

    8/28/2017 9:17:44 AM, by CTUPTON
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  • Fall seems to be here very early

    8/28/2017 7:45:09 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The birds are singing, we have several windows wide open, and beloved turned off the a/c. Fall is in the air!... Read more

  • Harvey? It's All True!

    8/27/2017 10:59:50 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Looking at the photos of the widespread destruction resulting from Hurricane Harvey tends to inspire a "No Way! That CAN'T be happening!" response..... but I assure you, it's all true.... Or at least, I KNOW that most of it is true! This storm has dumped unprecedented amounts of rain, and... Read more

  • Got my morning walk done early!

    8/27/2017 7:32:10 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Out the door by 5 am, got my 2 hour, 5 mile loop done! Lovely cool morning. Fall is definitely in the air! Today we go to Toyota to learn how to drive the Prius...... Read more

  • Harvey So Far

    8/26/2017 6:32:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Part of my family in Houston is without power, but are still reachable by cell phone, and they EXPECT to get electricity back sometime tonight.... Meanwhile, in south Texas between San Antonio and Austin, we have been having steady rain and high gusts of wind, but the roads are not under water,... Read more

  • New to me: bone broth

    8/26/2017 1:10:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    I found this article. I sings the praises for bone broth. wow! I bought a box recently because I needed to drink only liquids the day before my medical testing. So, now I am curious about this broth.
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  • New baby out in California!

    8/26/2017 6:12:42 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    She came 8 weeks early but weighed 4 pounds, 11 oz. My niece had to have another C-section because her membranes ruptured early. She will be in the hospital a week on antibiotics and the baby must remain at least two weeks. The pictures are exquisite and miniature!... Read more

  • Hunkering Down for Harvey

    8/25/2017 2:12:39 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I live about 130 miles from the Texas coast right near where the hurricane is expected to make landfall... you would think that we are pretty well insulated from the negative results of the storm, but because weather technology has advanced so much in the last 20 years, and because that technology h... Read more

  • No points today

    8/25/2017 7:23:44 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Scant points for sign on, bonus points were one each, low point day. Still trying to stay away from fats and carbs. Reflux is much less but still a little at night.... Read more

  • One Last Nerdy Astronomer Joke

    8/25/2017 12:58:48 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Apparently all the good astronomy jokes are in hiding until the eclipse furor dies down, but there's one that is available still: Copernicus’ parents might deserve some of the credit for his great discovery. Apparently at the age of twelve they said to him: ‘Copernicus, young man, when are you... Read more

  • Bought a red Prius 4 with lane alert

    8/24/2017 8:41:08 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Should be here in a couple of days. We wanted red since everybody seems to have silver, beige, grey, or white. The lane change alerts IF THE LINES ARE CLEARLY PAINTED and we proved South Carolina's are NOT when beloved test drove a car that had it. Oh well, all we can do is the best we can do.... Read more

  • Eclipse Jokes

    8/23/2017 11:46:44 PM, by MCJULIEO

    From Boys Life Max: What did the sun bring to the solar eclipse party? Paul: Tell me. Max: A light snack! Austin: How does the man in the moon cut his hair? Jaime: How? Austin: Eclipse it. Wyatt: How did the ocean say hello to the sun after the eclipse? Cody: I have... Read more

  • pinterest cat toys and lots of other ideas

    8/23/2017 10:10:48 AM, by CTUPTON
    1994613048/ I went looking how to make the cat toy "whack a mole." chris ... Read more

  • Have to look. At a car with Lane alarms

    8/23/2017 7:52:35 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Beloved is blind in his right eye. Doctor suggested that if he wants to continue driving on the freeway, which I hate driving on, we need to look at cars with lane sensing alarms. Guess we'll look today...... Read more

  • Next eclipse coming..... 2018... but all partial!

    8/22/2017 11:32:17 PM, by MCJULIEO

    With all the eclipse frenzy, there are many MANY sources of information available, including news of THREE partial solar eclipses in 2018 ONE on February 18, visible only from southern South America ONE on July 13, visible only from slight slices of southern Australia and Antarctica ... Read more

  • No fat, no reflux

    8/22/2017 8:45:07 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Sure enough...made a conscious effort NOT to have any junk food, mini chocolates, etc yesterday and I slept all night with NO reflux. Bummer. There goes the fried chicken wings and samples at the bread store!... Read more

  • Did You Enjoy It?

    8/21/2017 8:22:27 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Though I was far from the Totality Zone for watching today;s eclipse (and at least one set of my grandchildren DID travel to be smack dab in the middle of the experience outside of Charleston, SC) I DID go outside to see what I could see of this "Once in a Lifetime" eclipse. I didn't have speci... Read more