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  • rain!

    5/29/2016 7:35:01 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The nieces and nephews are out running in the rain, beloved has gone a bicycle ride and the baby is sleeping. We will get Mum later today and have a nice day together making happy memories.... Read more

  • Nieces and baby come tonight

    5/28/2016 5:57:37 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    To celebrate the baby's 2nd birthday and Mum's 90th. What a combination!... Read more

  • DD and Chris Walking in Pennwood State Forest, CT

    5/27/2016 5:05:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    Darn, I had sunglasses on. I forgot. It is one of my pet peeves when people get photos taken with sunglasses on. I broke my own rule! chris... Read more

  • Got through a little "time of trouble"

    5/27/2016 8:18:53 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Mum is delighted with the Assisted Living facility, said yesterday "it's so much better than I ever could have imagined!" The last few weeks have been hell but we got through them! Praise God for His guiding hand!... Read more

  • What is faith?

    5/26/2016 9:25:33 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Finlandia Light Swis only 57 calories a slice

    5/26/2016 6:16:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    I always love this cheese. But when I ate it I thought I was "cheating" and eating way too much. It could start off a binge from the idea, "Oh I blew it, I will eat other things, too." Now that I know it within my calorie range, I can stop at 3 slices! Maybe with a piece of fruit. chris... Read more

  • Lady Gaga's "meat dress" in comparison to the veggie dress in my other blog

    5/26/2016 11:05:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    it is real meat! OMG! chris Thank you, CHERRIET. I had not seen this before. I will take the veggie dress over this any day! chris... Read more

  • Charting my fatigue & huge thank yous to my sparkfriends who have motivated me for the past 8 yea

    5/26/2016 10:55:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    A few years ago, GRAMMACATHY taught me a system for monitoring my fatigue. 304 She also taught me about pacing. 58 If I am very fatigued I could just do something for 10 min. , rest, repeat. Hopefully by good healthy habits about clean eating and daily exercise and using certain supplements ... Read more

  • Woke up terrified...!

    5/26/2016 7:06:28 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I'd be all alone if beloved died first, almost wants me to have bad health so I DONT live a long time...alone. We couldnt have children. I have two nieces in California neither of whom are interested in anyone outside their own family. Scary...terrifying.... Read more

  • Settling in

    5/25/2016 7:41:07 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Mum seems to be settling in. She is worried about "when the money runs out" but the CPA said that wont be for 5 years. Nothing we can do but stay on course, pray, and stay calm.... Read more

  • Still unhappy that you lost only one pound? See this.

    5/24/2016 6:50:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    a pound of fat And I just thought this picture was a bit different! chris... Read more

  • Using mints and cucumbers to lessen overeating.

    5/24/2016 6:18:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    3. Use a mint to master portion control One of my biggest challenges is eating just enough to the point that I get full. I have the tendency to overeat so one way I fight this is by having a mint or chewing gum once I feel full after a meal. Because of mintís strong scent, it naturall... Read more

  • A prank on the ark

    5/24/2016 1:45:41 PM, by CTUPTON

    Here he comes. Give me half a dozen (feathers).... Read more

  • Cleanliness is next to --I forgot!

    5/24/2016 11:36:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    I don't really hate cleaning, my fatigue just gets in the way and then things pile up and I get "down." chris ... Read more

  • Mum is safe with lots of help

    5/24/2016 5:24:31 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I dont know how people are expected to pay $4000/month for Assisted Living but Mum is blessed to be able to do so...for 5 years anyway. Then what? Then beloved and I will have to run through our savings. Something is terribly wrong when we can't take care of our most vulnerable but we care for peopl... Read more

  • Toxins making skin break out.

    5/23/2016 6:17:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am having lots of rosacea on my face. And just under each eyebrow there is a dry patch--small but it won't go away. I have seen a dermatologist. He gave me an antibiotic cream for the rosacea. It works fairly well. He says they don't even know why it works. He keeps checking the 2 littl... Read more

  • It's done!

    5/23/2016 5:59:32 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • harness for my cat, Cujo?

    5/23/2016 11:49:01 AM, by CTUPTON

    I used one before. I left it on him and it cut his skin, needing stitches! I had no idea it was cutting him Poor kitty! Kitty Holster is one. Is that a good one? Thanks, chris... Read more

  • Movers come today

    5/23/2016 6:28:07 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    To move Mum into Assisted Living. Beloved got safely back last night, praise God! Tonight I can sleep in my own bed after 14 long nights caring for mum.... Read more

  • wish I could figure out the new cropper!

    5/22/2016 8:52:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    I changed the banner a little on my sparkpage. Now it is really fuzzy. I guess I blew it up too big. But I had it smaller and there was black on each side. When it first appeared, it had multiple images of the daffoddils. That was OK but I thught I could make it fit better. I see other p... Read more

  • Complaining at SP doesn't change anything?

    5/22/2016 5:54:29 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I have grumbled about the new page layout, hate it, hate it. Can't be bothered to try and figure out where the heck things are in the midst of struggling with getting Mum moved tomorrow. Nobody at SP is even answering my emails.... Read more

  • Johns acceptance of BAD NEWS.

    5/21/2016 3:27:56 PM, by SMIDGON

    John realizes that Chemo is his only option. He talks freely of death and Heaven. There are places he wants to see and places to eat. That is something he has control over. Whatever he wants and we possibly can do, we will see he gets what he wants. Lord, have Mercy!... Read more

  • Budgeting progress

    5/21/2016 12:51:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    This past year has had some huge , unpredicted expenses. 198 Several thousand dollars actually. It could not be avoided. But as the year went on, I knew I was heading for trouble. I was beginning to panic actually. My priority was getting this condo in shape for a big move. Always in the back of ... Read more

  • Two more days and nights

    5/21/2016 6:55:14 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Until Mum goes into Assisted Living. Sorry, but I am so darn beyond exhausted all I can do is cry. I'm tired, worn out, fed up, and burned out. Night 8 with just a few hours of broken sleep. It is so grossly unfair to leave the care of an elderly parent on the shoulders of ONE child, when I have ... Read more

  • Reflection on a Binge

    5/21/2016 5:33:46 AM, by MSDIXIE9

    So I spent the last 2 days with my best friend Krysta. Her two daughters Lex & Lily 129 are my goddaughters. She and I are like sisters. I have always been "Aunt Dixie" to the girls. They've been an active part of my life for 6 years and for about 2 years of that we lived together and I was the liv... Read more

  • Take Mum to a doctor appointment today

    5/20/2016 6:45:14 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    To get the final papers signed so she may go into Assisted Living. Changed her address on-line yesterday. Did you know know the Post Office charges $1.00 to change an address on line? Why isn't it a free service? I hop to go by Mum's place today and get a bunch of hr stuff. Have to grab her cell p... Read more

  • Calcium, vitamin D, and Fosamax have done NOTHING to help my bones!

    5/19/2016 8:04:05 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    All the money and years wasted taking these three things and now my "bones are like porcelain" thin, extremely brittle, and I'm not making ANY bone cells. What a waste and it's grossly unfair the medical profession and big pharma are pushing this stuff. I have to get an infusion today to try and bu... Read more

  • Until you've walked the mile

    5/18/2016 9:00:45 PM, by ANDILH

    Recently a mother was convicted of manslaughter for killing her severely disabled daughter upon the news that the mother could die any day. She didn't want her daughter to end up in an institution, and gave her daughter an overdose, and then took one herself. But they were discovered and the mothe... Read more

  • BAD NEWS !

    5/18/2016 4:41:26 PM, by SMIDGON

    The bottom fell out of our world this afternoon. John is now STAGE 4 All three suspicious spots on his liver are cancerous. He will have to have Chemo. Indefinitely. He will start June 1st..... Read more

  • Balance problems

    5/18/2016 7:08:25 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Today my niece from California will stay with Mum while I go meet with PT for balance training. I'm so ill with exhaustion, Mum wakes every few hours to go to the bathroom and instantly I'm hyperalert, then cant fall back to sleep. Finally got her a doctor appointment Friday afternoon to get paper... Read more

  • Great Start, Abysmal Middle, Rest is in Motion

    5/18/2016 4:34:22 AM, by MCJULIEO

    After a phenomenally fast trip to the Houston airport via a shuttle that picked me up at my mom's 2 minutes early(!!!!), British Airways dropped the ball.... Dropping off my bag (I was already checked in!) took an hour because their computers were down or erratic, then screening took forever, and th... Read more

  • Actually, I like the beach best toward the end of the day.

    5/17/2016 11:45:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    So many people go to the beach in the hot sun. I hate that part of the day. I love being near the water in late afternoon and early evening. Mostly on Cap Cod. chris... Read more

  • summer....

    5/17/2016 1:13:37 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Things Fall Into Place

    5/17/2016 11:02:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Once again I drove across Texas to catch a flight out of Houston.... the roadsides have morphed from bluebonnet and Indian paintbrush covered fields in tones of mostly BLUE,... NOW they are covered in yellow, the natural progression of the season.... It's beautiful! With all I had to do ye... Read more

  • Assisted Living?

    5/17/2016 5:09:21 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Mum and I looked at a nice place ten minutes from our home but golly, $4000/month? How are people affording this? My niece flew out from California yesterday. After 12 years of beloved and I carrying the load my sister and b-i-l sent my 30 y/o neice to help me for a week until beloved gets back.... Read more

  • Changing my tune a bit

    5/17/2016 12:39:26 AM, by MSDIXIE9

    Today was my 193 weigh in/measurements for the last 2 weeks. 40 I was disappointed in myself and have no one but myself to blame. I went off course a few times for this occasion or that. I lost only 2# in the two week period when I should have lost 4. Lost 3.5 inches, and BMI dropped from 49... Read more

  • Mum fell at 0240

    5/16/2016 6:28:02 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I heard the crash, came downstairs to find blood everywhere on the floor, sofa, mum. She fell while trying to get to the bathroom. I couldnt get her up, had to run outside and the Lord provided an RN just getting off work who came over, helped me get her up and back to bed. No sleep for me. Our ho... Read more

  • Failure to Communicate

    5/16/2016 12:18:50 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I wish I could understand all languages, listening and speaking and writing them all without impediment... Unfortunately, I don't... And trying to call a museum in Italy, not even knowing how to respond to their recording in Italian has left me wanting to stick a fork in my eye......... wi... Read more

  • A May pole before the dance--first time I ever saw this

    5/15/2016 2:43:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    Have you ever seen a May pole dance --or participated ? ... Read more

  • In the merry month of May...

    5/15/2016 2:29:31 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Have you set up personal goals on your start page? With personally chosen graphics...

    5/15/2016 7:31:04 AM, by CTUPTON

    I see the list of goals I personally set up and I see photos I chose to remind me of my goals. Have you done that? I am way better at setting this up than I am of actually accomplishing the goals.... but at least the goals hit me in the face each morning! If I did not do this I am afrai... Read more

  • more....goal photos that pop up on my start page

    5/15/2016 7:22:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    See previous blog -tells exactly where(and how) these photos pop up on my start page ... Read more

  • Some of My "Goal Board Check In" photos.

    5/15/2016 7:18:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    On my start page these photos pop up to remind me daily of my goals. If you don't know where I have these photos: See the START PAGE. On the left is a huge NUMBER 2. For yours, click on the blue words about goals. Two areas pop up, on the left is a list of the goals you set up f... Read more

  • I have to move Mum in with us

    5/15/2016 4:41:18 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Not what I wanted, not at all, but she was so sick yesterday we couldn't go to church. She finally turned to me and said, "I want to move back in with you and Brett." So be it. Not what I wanted! I reminded her we have cruises booked in August, October, and March and we will HAVE to bring in som... Read more

  • Enjoying home

    5/14/2016 3:45:22 PM, by SBECKER526

    It is great to be home. I love sitting at my writing desk and looking out the bay window. Rain is pelting the window. The cat left the window sill and is sleeping by the balcony doors. I tried on a suit I bought 6 months ago. It fits better. The joy of working out each day is great. I ... Read more

  • I got out on a nature trail!

    5/14/2016 12:43:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    It has been too long since I did this. I had such a great time. Went with our DD. chris 295... Read more

  • One Drawback to Silky Hair/ Home Sweet Animal Kingdom

    5/14/2016 12:20:47 PM, by MCJULIEO

    The one bad thing that I discovered last night about this wonderful super soft, silky hair (that got the spa treatment on Thursday), is that it is SO soft, SO silky that I cannot even tie it or clip it back because it actually slips out of any restraints... the clip just slides off!!! Very strange f... Read more

  • Am I now a genuine political activist?

    5/14/2016 10:15:33 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am in the Friends of the Library group. The library floods, is built on a flood plane (!) on a tiny lot. The workers there have tons of ideas and work hard to bring people of all ages into the library. There is just not enough space. So we are trying to get a new library or update this one. ... Read more

  • Love this dressing as a marinade for chicken

    5/14/2016 9:54:17 AM, by CTUPTON

    Kraft Italian Vinaigrette made with Olive Oil 41 4 Now I have a second favorite--and easy! 30 --way to cook my chicken breasts. Prudohmmes (spelling?) chicken spices was my favorite up to now. And I still love that. I buy a huge package of boneless chicken breasts, marinade them, a... Read more

  • Spent the night at Mums

    5/14/2016 5:17:20 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Had to take an ambien since I don't sleep well at her place. Today we will go to church, and then I will head home in the afternoon. Supposed to have a burger at the neighbors this evening. Next week is packed with appointments, but interesting stuff like the bug man, more security cameras going ... Read more

  • Hair Report

    5/13/2016 10:12:45 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Happy Friday the Thirteenth! It was a lovely day here, but I've been trying to get ready for a trip, and hardly left home as I tended to various details... But one thing I DID do was check my hair to see if it still felt wonderful from that super conditioning treatment yesterday... It DID... Read more

  • NEWS

    5/13/2016 3:02:31 PM, by SMIDGON

    I thank you all for your prayers. we got a call that John goes back to the oncologist next Wednesday for the result of the last testing. He has been complaining about his back hurting. Oh, Lordy, NO! please PRAY, PRAY, PRAY,!!! ... Read more

  • Last day of school!

    5/13/2016 6:53:10 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Mum, 90 in a few weeks, INSISTS she wants us BOTH to volunteer again next year. Hours of driving, tons of stress. I love the teacher I work for , love the kids, but I have NO CLUE what to come up with for an art project for 10 Commandments for next year since she didn't like ANY of the ideas I got... Read more

  • My Hair Got a Spa Treatment!

    5/12/2016 11:17:44 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I had a Groupon for a haircut and deep conditioning treatment and I went today... and my poor locks have never felt so wonderful.... EVER.... I didn't change the style, and had only about an inch cut off, so, no big deal, but the conditioning treatment was slathered on and then I sat under a wa... Read more

  • Teachers work SO hard!

    5/12/2016 6:37:50 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I was called to be an RN, and did teach adults in hospital and clinical settings, but I was never called to be an elementary/middle school teacher. These teachers work long hours for little or no appreciation! We have multiple grades in each classroom at our private Christian schoool and for the m... Read more

  • Revelation All Year

    5/11/2016 10:48:24 PM, by MCJULIEO

    For the last year, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) has been focussed on the apostle John's account of the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the last book in the Bible.... and we students have had a terrific time figuring out the exciting and sometimes cryptic apocalyptic text...It has been a chal... Read more

  • A national organization to promote fat acceptance!

    5/11/2016 12:34:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    I know some people will say this won't encourage getting slimmer . But I disagree. There is so much prejudice against looking overweight that I think this is an important organization! I spent many, many years hating myself for being overweight--and some of those years I was not even overwei... Read more

  • Does anyone remember the old commenting list to the right of all the team pages?

    5/11/2016 12:00:33 PM, by CTUPTON

    We all complained when sparkpeople changed that way of doing things. 24 I honestly cannot remember it anymore! 40 "Shows to go ya." As my hubby would say.... Read more

  • The new normal.

    5/11/2016 10:14:19 AM, by SELENAMDZ

    To say my life isn't completely different..would be a lie. Everything is different. I am trying to find a new normal. The last few months have been hell, and are getting worse with time. There is much more to my husbands diagnoses then "you are going to die, eventually". His symptoms are... Read more

  • Headed to school today

    5/11/2016 6:08:22 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Taking surface streets...our last day will be Friday!... Read more

  • Breathe and smile :)

    5/11/2016 3:16:38 AM, by MSDIXIE9

    When the scale is moving down by only .4 I have to remember to back up and breathe. Then smile because at least the scale is going in the right direction! 30 It's been a very busy week so far, been gardening 376 my lil' heart out! 26 Sowed lots of seed & starter plants. 27 basil 378 (mom i... Read more

  • Ways to make getting enough water more fun and easier!

    5/10/2016 2:00:12 PM, by CTUPTON

    Healthy Lifestyle Tip: 6 Ideas to Make Water Less Boring Name any body part and you will find water is essential to keep it functioning properly. Make a conscious effort to keep yourself hydrated. Mild dehydration can trigger headaches, fatigue and poor concentration. The great news is that th... Read more

  • The reality of weight loss. So--never-give-up even if you gain.

    5/10/2016 12:11:41 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Today I will drive to Mum's

    5/10/2016 4:43:24 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I plan to drive slowly, prayerfully, and in the far right lane to get to Mum's house today. Then I will spend the day with he, bringing a book and my computer. There is a school board meeting tonight I need to go to so another member will pick me up and take me with her, and back, and then Wednesda... Read more

  • Superlatives Don't Do It Justice

    5/9/2016 9:38:47 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I know, I KNOW! People think Texans are insufferably braggadocious, and their opinions are not rooted in reality... But REALLY! One thing that Texans know a lot about .... Is barbecue, or simply BBQ... they talk about it, the couts, the equipment, the timing, the rubs... they dream ab... Read more

  • Anybody struggling with dizziness?

    5/9/2016 7:29:48 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    The hardest part is trying to drive...it terrifies me. I have nobody near me to drive me to the next city or to any doctor appointments. I'm going to call one appointment today and move it, but that's the only one I can move. Three day of school left over 2 weeks, one board meeting, four doctor a... Read more

  • Not Going to Do It Again

    5/8/2016 7:09:01 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Aargh! My head! My head! While I've been visiting with my mother, she has had the Sunday political shows playing on the television.... It is SO much hostility and snarkiness, I am reminded of the remark wise old Obi Wan Kenobi made describing the rough spaceport, Mos Eisley, in the first Star Wars m... Read more

  • Fixing wall gouges to be able to show the condo for selling...

    5/8/2016 10:14:26 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am so grateful to our daughter for spending 3 full days spackling and re-painting the hallway to our bedroom. Hubby had a stroke in 2010. He uses a big, powerful motorized wheelchair. It is not all that easy to control. And he is using his non-dominant hand to boot. I had the condo pain... Read more

  • An unexpectedly perfect Mothers Day Gift!

    5/8/2016 9:37:37 AM, by CTUPTON

    I really expected nothing--and was quite satisfied with that. But... when I awoke, I went to my computer as usual and lo and behold a gift--the perfect gift of music. The Montauk Sessions cd was loaded on my computer with a sign that said "hit play" with an arrow to the "play" button whic... Read more

  • Don't count on Mum or me for next year!

    5/8/2016 6:26:59 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I notified the teachers not to count on Mum or me next year. She is quite shattered over this latest fall and my vertigo makes driving very difficult. I will be doing a lot of driving these two weeks beloved is gone but I have the creep along the back roads and schedule twice as long to get there... Read more

  • More About Dr. Bronner's Soap

    5/8/2016 12:05:06 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I really love Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Shikakai Soap..... it's a creamy dark liquid, not a bar soap, but it's wonderfully rich, and wonderfully peppermint-y for wonderful relief on a hot, sweaty day.... I buy it at a healthy grocery store in San Antonio, but it has apparently attracted enough f... Read more

  • Beloved is leaving for 2 weeks!

    5/7/2016 6:16:47 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    He's headed to Florida for 2 weeks. I'll be home alone with Mum to care for. Bummer! I'll try to eat clean and at least make this a healthful experience!... Read more

  • Cold and windy here In Greenville

    5/6/2016 4:47:13 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Winter seemed to come back for a visit. Yesterday was cold, windy, and rained in the afternoon. My left foot hurt from the bad little toe and the whole foot is swollen...I wonder if it's arthritis. Don't know why my body is falling apart so suddenly! We tried to explain to dance class that we wil... Read more

  • Getting Sweaty, How I LOVE Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap!

    5/5/2016 11:06:32 PM, by MCJULIEO

    It was a beautiful day today, but I did my walking inside on the treadmill, doing intervals to force myself to get a good workout.... It wasn't fast, but the incline added a nice challenge and after thirty minutes I was good and sweaty.... so I went 20 minutes more... then I was really sweaty!!... Read more

  • out walking

    5/5/2016 7:41:19 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Got a good walk in this morning. Mum is still sore so we will cancel school volunteering tomorrow too!... Read more

  • Cranberry orange kick!

    5/4/2016 4:23:37 PM, by MSDIXIE9

    Added some new arm exercises with dumbbells this morning and I'm feeling it....in a good way! 362 Will take my walk later this afternoon before dinner with lil man. 311 Technically it's a rest day for us but I just feel like moving! 331 Idk about the rest of y'all, but this girl loves any... Read more

  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

    5/4/2016 1:06:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I love chocolate dipped strawberries, and I think they are easy to make (melt chocolate chips in the microwave without scorching them- that's the hardest part, and then dip and set aside to let the chocolate harden- that's the next hardest part- waiting for the chocolate to harden up) BUT ... Read more

  • Not volunteering today

    5/4/2016 7:15:45 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Just too darn tired. When Mum eventually dies I'm packing in all this volunteering. So busy beloved hasn't been to kung-fu in 6 months, neither of us have been to the gym, we haven't been to a park. Life has been a constant treadmill and I'm worn out.... Read more

  • Grandkids Make for a Fun Day

    5/3/2016 11:45:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Have you ever seen small children comfortable in a garden??? It's so fun! We always had a backyard garden while my children were growing up, so much so that when the youngest went to meet his future in-laws for the first time, he described to them how he had grown up on a tomato plantation, and... Read more

  • Non-scale victories

    5/3/2016 11:36:14 PM, by MSDIXIE9

    Since I backtracked a bit I've decided to breathe and look at the non-scale goals I have met. My overall goal list is long, so I will only list the ones I have met to date. 1.) Won't be out of breath when I shower or dry off. This was one of the first real goals I was excited to meet. When yo... Read more

  • Mum fell again!

    5/3/2016 7:08:40 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    I call her every 2 hours but she never said anything. In the late afternoon when we were at Costco picking up allergy meds I called her again. He voice sounded off so I reassured her she "wouldn't have to ever go in a facility if she didn't want" and then her voice broke...and she told me she had ... Read more

  • biopsy

    5/3/2016 6:19:11 AM, by SMIDGON

    Johns biopsy is next week. We got a call from our youngest late afternoon yesterday Hubby's B-i -L passed away. He was near 80 (same age as hubby). He had had a stroke on tuesday. About 20yrs. Ago he had had one that left him partially paralyzed. That is the third death in hubby's fa... Read more

  • Spring.... May day.... candy?

    5/2/2016 10:53:26 PM, by KAREN608

    So what gives with May day this year. Once upon a time it meant giving lilacs, or some kind of flower. Now people give you plastic cups full of miniature chocolates, sugar laden hard candies. Okay there was a mini box of raisins that sent my heart racing in bliss! Yay, raisins. Our culture seem... Read more

  • Great Day

    5/2/2016 10:42:51 PM, by MCJULIEO

    We must have had a cool front come in because today was delightfully less hot than it has been.... And my friend who is working with Child Protective Services was able to come out of a county family court hearing, and get an infant out of an abusive home and into a much better and safer enviro... Read more

  • Looked at assisted living facilities yesterday

    5/2/2016 4:34:14 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    Mum, beloved and I looked at two A-rated private facilities yesterday. Had an OK lunch at one of them...I can't imagine putting Mum there, but if she moves in with us it means our travelling is over until she dies. It's hard balancing a husband and a parent. My sister in California is absolutely ... Read more

  • GRR- cool license plate

    5/2/2016 12:25:56 AM, by MCJULIEO

    Saw a license plate that I thought would speak for many, if not most drivers.. The first three symbols on the plate were GRR And then there were four digits, so by my sometimes erratic calculations, I figure that up to 9999 different license plates could have the preface- GRR Ge... Read more

  • Spring is sprung......you know the rest!

    5/1/2016 2:14:10 PM, by CTUPTON

    and maybe some people are not quite ready for spring: ... Read more

  • Not parking on the grass--rules.

    5/1/2016 1:53:35 PM, by CTUPTON

    I had no idea some towns have an ordinance against this. I can't believe it applies to your own home. You gave me some good ideas like using plywood to save the lawn. When I first moved in, they reprimanded me for putting up a plain green Christmas wreathe with tiny white lights! That stil... Read more

  • My girlfriend's divorce and eating raw

    5/1/2016 5:52:30 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    She called me last night, an old friend I used to do Bible work with. He husband decided he wanted "to be happy" so walked away from 40 years of marriage and cleaned out the bank account. Now he's living in Malaysia where the girls look young and he gets "all the passion he wants." I didn't know w... Read more

  • Snake Season

    4/30/2016 9:28:56 PM, by MCJULIEO

    When I was visiting with my old college buddy, we decided to talk a walk around her decidedly rural neighborhood, for me to see what building had started since I was there last, and to check out the glorious morning after last night's big storm.... she's a horticulture expert, so we focussed on all ... Read more

  • Yuky condo rules!

    4/30/2016 4:05:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    I got a reprimand phone call from "the management." not supposed to have my van on the grass. Well- I am moving things out of my basement to declutter this condo for selling. I drove the van to the basement door, 'round back. A truck was coming to take the boxes. They had to park in... Read more

  • First of May tomorrow!

    4/30/2016 6:10:31 AM, by CHERYLHURT

    And school is almost out...hurrah! I have to start driving again...beloved leaves next week for TWO WEEKS! Ugh! We are almost through with our dance lessons. Not continuing them will free up a whole bunch of time. I have really enjoyed them but they aren't teaching us anything new, just rehashing... Read more

  • Old Friends Are the Best Friends

    4/30/2016 12:30:57 AM, by MCJULIEO

    It's so great to have friends who remember you back in the dark ages.... Before you were defined by where you lived, or who you married to or who you had given birth to.... I'm spending some time with one such friend. She and I met as 2 of the very few girls in our very large college organic c... Read more