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7/25/17 8:37 A

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What a busy week! I've got 3 of the 4 grands, as it is Bible School week in the evenings. We are having fun, but it surely is tiring. The oldest two, 5 and 6, get along great, which leaves the 3 year old out sometimes, and then she gets a little mad, and mean. She's going to make sure that if she's wronged, or feels as much, she'll get her revenge. She's a smart little thing, with a strong personality. Love them all for sure. I know my boys weren't as smart as my grandkids!!!

Exercise and diet taking a hit this week--goodness knows I'm tired, but it's a good tired. Going to an outdoor children's theater performance this morning, and then out to the Humane Society this afternoon to see the animals, mostly to pet the kitties. They encourage kids to come out, with supervision of course, to interact with the cats and dogs--the kid friendly ones, of course.

My baby turned 25 yesterday. Oh my! Have a fantastic week.



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MK, my husband too had a road rage problem, although now that he's not driving for work (just to/from) it has gotten much better. Around here, what can be most frustrating, are the trains--they are lengthy--we try not to complain since our son works for the railroad,but they can stop traffic for up to 10 minutes. We all have things we can work on. I wish you the best as you tackle this problem.

I saw the Dr. for my foot yesterday: bone spurs caused by arthritis. Man, those suckers are painful! Switched back to ibuprofen and ice, ice, baby. I've been icing and tending to it diligently since Monday, and have noticed an improvement. This is Dr. appt. #3 for a joint related arthritis issue. This Dr. gave me some good advice: you are in good health; when you have joint pain, treat it as arthritis first, just assume that is the problem, unless of course, you know you have an injury. He said once you have it, it tends to show up in a variety of places.

Both my husband and I have been sick this week. We both had horrible colds, but he had to go to FastCare, as he had a sinus infection. He actually missed two days of work, which is highly unusual for him. Almost fully recovered.

Seeing results with recent changes, got the sugar intake managed pretty well for now. Dropped a few pounds this week, need to keep that number going down.

And, the very best news I have to share is this: we have received 1.5 inches of rain this week, and we could get a bit more tonight and tomorrow. We are still in a drought, but the Lord is good and he sent us rain for relief.

G, havent' heard from you in awhile. I hope all is well.

May you find joy in today. Hugs~



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7/19/17 1:01 P

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Hello. I'm going to have to try that recipe - sounds delicious!

Happy you had a great vacation. Sounds like you both had a great time.

Love your reflection at Walmart. There was a time when every penny counted and now I don't think about it so much (maybe I should). I also like the effort your going to put in to being more "generous" around work. I've been doing the same thing - so hard to do sometimes - especially with those who are "difficult".

For me I've been working on my road rage - yes I'm one of those. I'm a quick thinker and fairly sure of myself when I drive - it makes it hard for me to be patient with those who are not as sure. So lots of deep breaths - lots of "I'm not in control" talk - and work at getting to my destination frustration free. For the most part I think I'm doing pretty darn good. There are a couple of times... well like yesterday the lady who insisted at stopping a the railroad crossing like she was driving a school bus... surprised she didn't open her door and get out to check the tracks. I'm thinking "she must drive a bus for a living - ok you can go now...". It was frustrating - I did tap my horn, but I drive a big truck so a tap can be rather loud. The old me would have been laying on the horn and cussing (yeah I'm awful) - so there is some definite improvement.

I'm back to packing my lunch and walking. Feels good to get out - been way too long. Took a 2 mile walk to the riverfront yesterday - it was about 86* so that made it a bit uncomfortable for me. I just need to keep plugging along.

Been a bit frustrated with my son lately. He has been living at home since May I believe - him and his dog. He has an hour commute to work (sometimes more depending on the traffic). Lately he's been staying up in Gresham (portland area) to play disc golf - or go to a game - or something and gets home around midnight or so. The frustration is that he isn't taking care of his dog - my husband is. Poop clean-up and feeding. Our son doesn't ask prior to leaving - he just informs me that he's staying up there for whatever event. If we talk to him about this he gets super defensive and angry - so I've not talked to him about it. I do feel it should be his dad to talk to him because he does all the animal care. Really not sure how to begin the conversation - just don't want the defensive anger from him.

I'm sure we will figure it out - in the mean time I'll continue a search for a place for him... hahaha! He is looking and applying but I think I'll start to kinda push it along.

Well this was rather long... have a great day ladies!!

Georgie - how are you doing?? Did you guys find a car??

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7/17/17 8:59 P

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Yummy recipe: Lemon cheesecake mousse

1 pkg. lemon jello, sugar free
1/2 c. boiling water
4 oz. neufchatel cream cheese
1/2 c. cold water
1 container, 6 oz., vanilla Greek yogurt ( I used Yoplait 100 cal.)
1 c. Cool Whip free

Dissolve the jello in boiling water. Beat the cream cheese with a mixer til smooth, add the jello mixture, the water, and the Greek yogurt, beat with mixer til smooth and blended. Fold in the whipped topping. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. May top with additional Cool Whip and berries. It is tangy, light, creamy, tasty, and very low calorie. My husband loved it, as did I. I would think you could experiment with a variety of jello and Greek yogurt flavors, but the lemon was just right for this 100 degree day.

I love trying new recipes, and this one is a keeper at our house.




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7/15/17 5:22 P

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Good Saturday afternoon. Boy, I've had lots on my mind lately.

Today, at Wal-Mart, I was contemplating how many cartons of eggs I should buy. We eat lots of eggs around here, so I was doing a quick mental estimate based on expiration dates, etc. I was paying at the self checkout, and the customers next to me were discussing how much they could spend on this Wal-Mart trip. Suddenly, I felt guilty that I no longer have to worry too much about my budget. I can buy what I want, when I want (usually). There was a time when we too had to watch our budget carefully, and I sometimes feel that just because I don't have to watch my budget doesn't mean I shouldn't. Eggs typically aren't very expensive, but I asked myself if purchasing 3 dozen was excessive. Isn't it odd sometimes where our thoughts go?

To that end, my husband gave a homeless man some money while we were on our vacation. I was going to buy him some food, but my husband just handed him some money. When I asked how much he gave him, curiosity only, my husband said, "I'm not real sure--it was either $12 or $22, but either way, it doesn't hurt us any." Can a person ever be too generous? I suppose if it prevents them from taking care of their own personal needs, perhaps?? In another move of generosity, my husband cleaned out all of his too big and no longer needed clothes, and gave them to a friend of his who is close in size. These were dress clothes that he wore for his previous job, lots of nice, button down shirts, and dress pants. A few items still had tags on them. I'm encouraged that he took the risk and got rid of his "big" clothes, and too that he thought of someone who could use them, rather than just donating to Salvation Army. Again, not a bad idea, but he just thinks of these things.

I've set a goal to be more generous at school this year--maybe not so much in giving material things, but generous with praise, gratitude, and thoughtfulness. My husband just does it; I have to make a conscious effort.

Watching tennis on TV, and finishing up laundry. Went to the gym this morning, so got a short bike ride in, along with a fantastic back and shoulder strength workout.

Until next post. . .





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What a special moment, MK. Thanks for sharing it.

Just got home from vacation. Unpacking done, will start laundry tonight. Paid some bills, caught up with the rest of the mail, and my work e-mails, and now it is time for grocery shopping, and then a long bike ride.

We really enjoyed our vacation. Five days is just about right--any longer and we can just get too much of each other. I like to do lots of things: hike, walk, see, check, go here, go there, and then be dead tired at the end of the sightseeing day. My husband doesn't like to pack things in like I do, so finding balance can be tough, but we did pretty well this time.

We both were on vacation eating mode, so time to get back to a lower calorie and more healthy plan. I saw the following line somewhere: If you can't pick it, dig it, or kill it, don't eat it.

Hmmm, something to think about for sure. We are still in desperate need of rain in these parts. Take care.



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Hello! Hope your day is going fantastically. We have great weather here, but I do wish for rain to wash off all the dust. Suppose to get to 86* today and we have no end in sight for this weather.

I went to my mom's care coordination meeting yesterday - all is going well and I believe they are going to move her to another room today. Her current roommate has some issues and they believe it will be best all around to just move my mom. Her new roommate is very sweet and has a room that looks like home. I'm sure my mom will fit in nicely.

The most amazing thing happened yesterday. After the care meeting I sat and visited with my mom for a few minutes. Usually it is me singing to her or telling her about my day - she is pretty much non-verbal and has been for quite some time now. As I was leaving I told her goodbye and I'd see her later and that I loved her... as I turned to go she said "Goodbye Sweetheart"... I quickly turned back and looked at her in shock, but so tickled that this came out of her. I haven't heard her voice, other than humming, for almost a year.

Well I had to tell you the news about mom - got to get back to work.. take care

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MK, my cousin works for the state of WA as a mental health counselor for adults. She lives in Idaho, barely. I think it is the Couer D'Alene area. Anyway, I knew she was a counselor, but I thought she worked for a private agency. When she was explaining it to me, I immediately thought of you. The interesting facts one learns at family reunions. . .

One more day of vacation, home on Friday. Then it is down to the last few tasks I need to get done before I go back to work on the 31st.

MK, it's wonderful that your kids could help with your dad. I'm sure he appreciates the trips out, even though they may be tough.

Okay, back to vacation mode. Take care.









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Hello! Sounds like everyone has been doing great - family reunions, cars, window dressings... etc.

The Fourth was good. Stayed home and BBQ'd with the kids - and the kids went and brought my dad to the house - so he enjoyed some time out. Both of the kids have experience in direct care - so that came in handy when dad had a bit of an accident. I'm hoping that we can bring him over more often - something for him to look forward to at least.

I had all last week off and I got a few things done around the house that had been waiting - mind you there are still more - but at least a few things are done. I spent time in the pool relaxing and time with friends and had a couple date nights with my husband... all in all it was a nice week off. Wishing it was longer, but retirement will come soon enough.

I was going to wait until 2024 to retire (34 years with the State), but I'm finding it extremely difficult to stay in a job where I am no longer valued and disliked by so many. The past 6 months it has only become worse, so I'm keeping my head down and looking at 2020 as a retirement year (unless things change).

I'm actually thinking about becoming a bartender or something that puts me in socialized settings... just seems fun compared to data... well heck I suppose anything can be funner... hahahaha. Even starting up my art work again would be very nice. Just kinda floating some ideas around my head.

Well the weather has been beautiful the past month or so - sure would like to see a day of rain or two. Really don't like all the fires that have been out of control. That is the thing with being in a place as "green" as Oregon... if things dry out we are in a heap of trouble when it comes to fire.

Take care - have a superb week!!

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Today we've had high winds an thunderstorms. Everything was out for a few minutes but it took the cable, phone and internet to come up and I had to call only to find out that our area had a big outage. It was up in about an hour but I never know what to do while it was all out. Finally I was able to get my chore finished after everything back to normal.

We've had a lot of rain and thunderstorms of late and we now have flash flood warnings. I don't mind the rain but it's been way to much of late.

Nothing really going on here and I'm finding it hard to keep busy. With the bad weather going for a walk or sitting out doors is out. I don't even have a good book I can read. Maybe I'll go to the library or book store and get me something, or I'll just order it on line so I'll have something to do.

Waiting for dinner in the oven to finish, which it did I just heard the buzzer so will close for now. Hope everyone has a great week. Take care, G

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Greetings, just winding down from a fantastic family reunion weekend, and also gearing up for our vacation beginning tomorrow. In the midst of all this excitement, I've self-diagnosed a stress fracture in my foot. I've suspected that might be my problem for a few weeks now; just didn't want to face the likely truth with all these events going on. Our vacation was going to involve some hiking--that will be more limited now. My morning walks are out, so I will make the switch to an early morning bike ride.

I will make a Dr. appt. when I return. I need to get this injury under control before school starts on Aug. 22.

It's been slow here this week, but I hope you are both doing well.



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It rained, so happy, it's a start!!



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Lisa, the treatments sound like they will be a nice addition to the decoration of your house. Hope you get rain soon especially since your trying to get your grass to grow. Have a great 4th, and enjoy the holiday.

Lazy day today. I decided to finish the laundry before going to Don's Mom's place at 2. We're bringing a key lime pie for them as a dessert. I have to get the laundry finished today since Don's out of everything he wears during the week. He specially needs his better shirts and slacks washed for work.

Other than going to Don's mom's we have no other plans for today. It's a bit overcast, and the humidity is up but I think the rain will hold off until later this evening or tonight. I hope it holds off for all festivities planed around the areas. We won't got to any of them but might see a little of the fireworks from the house. I'll give my dogs a calming pill before we go and hope it'll help them handle all the booms and noise today and tonight always bring.

I need to get off here but hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Catch all later, G.

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Hope you got the car, G. And, we'll take your rain, any day. We are so incredibly dry here, it is just sad. None in the forecast for us either, so we'll continue to pray for good and seasonable weather.

Mile walk this morning, 15 min. 12 sec. I should be able to get that below 15 min., which is my goal, in short order. Got the pedometer app figured out. I have to have it against my body or in my hand for it to monitor all of my steps. In a sweatshirt pocket, or any pocket, it doesn't work as well.

Just hung my curtains on my patio doors. I was all excited, but my panels are not wide enough--thought I measured, but miscalculated somewhere along the line. So I need to get two more panels, but I may have to get contrasting ones, as the ones I purchased were on clearance. Once I get my new blinds in, it'll be quite the rich, homey look. I have five windows, plus patio doors in my dining room, so two walls, the south and west, have minimal wall space. Love the light, no doubt, but getting window treatments for five separate windows, and then the patio doors, is a bit on the spendy side.

Happy 4th of July. Be mindful of those who fought valiantly for our independence. My continual prayer is that we are able to keep our freedom to worship in this nation, and that our leaders would be compelled to sustain that freedom. It is one we sometimes take for granted, but when I hear of the punitive nature of many world governments for people who don't worship as the government requires, I am reminded of how important that freedom is.

Have a fantastic day.



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I think we might have found a car to buy, so we stopped at the bank this morning to see if I can get the loan. I'd rather use the bank instead of financing it through a dealer. I can chose to just have it taken out of my checking or savings account from the bank and the rate seems to be lower. It'll take a couple of days to se if it flies especially since tomorrow is the holiday.

So tired today and have to get up and moving or I'll sleep all day in the chair. I'm not sure why except all the running around we've done this weekend. We went to the doctors Friday, ran errands and looked for a car Saturday and Sunday. Blood work and more looking today and then went to talk to the bank. Tomorrow Don's mom's for a cookout if the weather holds, but most likely we'll have an inside meal.

I still need to some laundry so I might throw a load in yet today. I should of cleaned the house but might do that some tomorrow before we go to Don's mom. then it's back to normal for Don the rest of the week.

I hope everyone has a great 4th. Happy Independence day to all. I'll catch all later. G. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I wish you success in car shopping, G.

Worked on my walking distance and time this morning. I've got some disparity on distances with my walking app--when I clock the same distance in a vehicle, it comes out a little higher. I imagine there are times when the app doesn't catch every step, but I'm figuring it all out. Did a short shoulder/chest workout, and some pretty significant ab work as well.

Lazy day today, going to school to check on things, and then I'll read, finish a few chores, and put up my new curtains on the patio doors. Hubby is taking his dad and sister to his brother's for the day, but I begged off. His dad and sister argue all the time, and I won't be in a vehicle with them together for two hours each way. One or the other, I can handle, but not both.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy celebrating tomorrow, if you do so.



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Happy 4th of July weekend. Not much planed but need to do a little shopping and then maybe look for another car. We have had a few issues with the car we have and we'll have to take it in on Thursday to get it worked on. That leaves us without a car and Don is tired of borrowing his sisters every time we have to fix something with this car. We're not sure if we'll qualify for any thing though. We aren't trading in this one just getting a second car. We won't look for anything new but would like it in good running order, and nothing real high in mileage.

We'll be going to Don's mom's place for the 4th, but it'll be an inside affair. We will be rained out for the 4th with 60% chance of thunderstorms and rain. It's been raining here but it's bringing the humidity high. Temps not to bad, high 70's low 80's.

Enjoy your families over this weekend and Lisa have fun at the reunion. Also enjoy your son's and granddaughter's visit. Everyone have a great weekend. Happy 4th. emoticon emoticon

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Happy July. Boy, was I in a mood yesterday--a visit with friends at the reunion helped to improve my mood some. My middle son stopped by and said he'd be bringing the girls up this week, as he has the whole week off. He also said my flowers out front look really nice. It has been an agonizing process--I water, and water, some still died, so I've replaced, Miralce-Growed, and watered even more. I can't ever remember having to work so hard to get annuals to grow, but the lack of rain has had significant impact.

Just being lazy and doing some laundry today. I plan to ride bike later. It has been so windy these last few days, but wind or no wind, I'm going on a long bike ride--I'll just endure the elements, and feel so much better when I'm done. Extreme core workout done--felt good, probably won't feel so great tomorrow.

Reunion banquet tonight, I'll drive down for that, and probably come back right after. We had dinner with my sister-in-law last night, and it wasn't fun. She walked out of the building without paying her ticket, so I paid it. She came back in and asked, and I simply told her I saw her leave and I didn't realize she was coming back, thinking she just forgot to pay. She became rather upset indicating she'd never do something like that. It was busy, there were lots of people around, and I had no idea of her intentions. She paid me, but how about a "thanks and sorry for not letting you know that I'd be back?" Of course, my husband was off doing his mingling, which he does masterfully. She found some of her classmates later on, which was a great relief for me.

Back to laundry, and then I HAVE to finish my novel.

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Good morning. My son and grandson have been here the last couple of days; they decided to come for a visit on short notice. It's tougher these days, though since hubby has to sleep some during the day, so he can't do all the fun stuff with us.

Walked again this morning. Finally got an app on my phone, and I was excited, but it stopped after a mile, so I had to mess with it to get it working again. I walked 2.46 miles. I have over 4000 steps already today, so will try to get to the 10000 mark. I'm not good at always having my phone on me. Right now, it's on the kitchen counter, so we'll see if I can change my habits and see where my steps end up.

My husband says I've been kind of crabby lately, and he's right. I HATE his schedule. He forgets stuff I tell him during the day, because he's tired, he doesn't do any chores unless I beg him, and the little projects around the house that he used to notice and help with are just going down the tubes. When I mention it, he gets a little upset and makes excuses. He works days next week; it'll be interesting to see how he holds up, and if I can weather the change. Plus, his wages are far lower than at his previous job, which he said he was prepared for, however, now he's beginning to really notice and mention the difference, and when I say "you knew that going in," he gets a little miffed.

My food choices have been just awful the last few days, and I think that's part of my ill mood as well. I just feel so much better when I eat well. Time to plan for eating well! just found a really great spinach salad recipe, so will get the ingredients and make that for lunch.

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Hello! Great job on the 2 miles - amazing 28 minutes!!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July weekend. I'm off work all next week - it was kinda a spur of the moment decision. It will be nice to catch up on all the things that need to be done around the house.

Take care!!

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Good morning. Two miles in 28 minutes for my morning walk--did a few chores, and getting ready to head to the gym to do some strength work.

My son and grandson are coming to visit, will be here by noon, so need to figure out something for dinner. I've got several tasks to complete today, along with sitting in on one of my teacher's portfolio presentation for her Master's. I always love being a part of these teams and seeing my teachers grow in their personal learning and achieve an educational goal.

Got my windows measured for blinds yesterday, so will get those purchased and ordered today. I'm going with a local business, as I needed some odd sizes, and strangely, their prices were really close to the chain home improvement stores around here, plus the gal came out and measured accurately, which I appreciate. We will have to install, but that's okay, as it should be an easy process.

Hubby's home, we are actually going to the gym together (rare occurrence for sure). Have a fantastic day.



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Hello! Well we are finally cooling off a bit. Had a triple digit weekend - so hot and humid that even the pool was given up for A/C. Just happy we will be in the 70-80 degree area this week.... overcast in the morning, but clear in the afternoon.

Salem is preparing for the on-slot of visitors for the eclipse in August. Not sure what we are going to do... probably go up to the hills for the best view and be able to walk the dogs as well. I have no doubt that there will be plenty of people out there at that time - just not on the private property that we have access to. I hear that all the campgrounds and vacation rentals are all booked up here in Oregon because we are in the direct path. Should be an interesting day that is for sure. The last full eclipse I remember I was in high school in the late 70's - we all stood in the parking lot watching. It became dark enough for the street lights to come on. It was kinda cool.

Well my food is still not too bad. My walking has increased quite a bit - as well as my knee/hip pain, but that comes with the territory.

Well I have to get going on my work project. Take care!

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Greetings on this chilly Monday morning. I walked in 39 degrees, got a bit chilled, even though I thought I was dressed for the temp. It was calm, thankfully. My walk was a little shorter than I prefer. I like to go between 2 and 2.5 miles, and I was about 1.75 this morning.

Just getting ready to prepare a roast for the crock pot. I had to dig in the freezer to find a small one. My son is doing his annual camp counselor gig, so he's not around to finish up our leftovers, so it's just hubby and me for the week.

Speaking of the hubby--he loves to watch Steve Wilkos and Maury: I HATE them, passionately. I'm sure he doesn't enjoy my HGTV stuff, but we have two TVs, his is supposed to be downstairs, but of course, he watches the one upstairs, falls asleep in the chair, and then I turn it off, or turn it, and he instantly wakes up. He needs to sleep downstairs when I'm home these days, but can't quite get him to do it regularly. OH well, his deal, I guess.

We cleaned the garage yesterday, re-organized a bit, discussed improvements we need to make, and how we are going to make them happen. Our doors need repair, and we've got to do something with water drainage, but we don't have a floor drain. We'll have to consult a pro for the best options. Hopefully soon.

The lawn is now about 3/4 green. YIPPEE. We do have some areas of concern, so before I pay the final bill, I want the landscapers to come back and check to see if we need to re-seed those areas, or just be patient. There are several areas of the fescue that was problematic that don't yet have any evidence of grass, so will get that looked at.

Hubby and I working to fine tune our diets a little bit more. Always a journey.

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Good morning. I was up early today. When Don came in to say good bye before work I surprised him because I was sitting on the side of the bed. I was burning up and couldn't sleep. He left and I tested my sugar and oh my goodness, It was extremely high, 212. That's not a good sign at all. I also felt sick to my stomach with a headache too. I hadn't eaten anything before going to bed but something effected my sugar but not sure what it was. Sometimes my sugar drops to low so my body take over to try and regulate it and it's the only thing I could think would cause that big a difference. I tried to go back to sleep but couldn't so just got up.

However mid morning I fell asleep in my chair and slept a few more hours. I'm not sure if it was still from the sugar issues, or just that I still needed sleep. My sugar is better but still a bit high. I did eat breakfast and have some coffee, so I'm feeling better but still have a headache. I haven't done this in a while so it's something I'll need to talk with the doctor about tomorrow.

It might be that I am having problems because I ran out of one of my morning pills and haven't taken it all week. It makes me mad at times when they won't renew a prescription unless I see the doctor but every time I end up with issues because of it. You'd think they would at least give you a week or two of pills so you don't have to do without. It can effect a diabetic and cause serious issues at time. I will address this with the doctor. They have staff members who handle the refills and I think this issue should be addressed don't you?

Anyway, my ear is better, but I wish I knew what caused it. It's at least stopped hurting and I've not had any balance issues for a couple of days. I'm up in weight, but not a lot maybe a pound or two. I don't like having a gain when I see the doctor but it is what it is.

I told Don the other day that sense I stopped eating Jenny, I've not had the stomach and digestive issues I was having when I followed the plan. I used to have loose stools, gas, and heartburn more when I ate the meals. It makes me wonder if the processing of them could be the cause. Anyway eating food I prepare doesn't upset my system as much. I just wish I could find a way to continue loosing while I cooking my own foods.

It's humid this morning, I was going to open up but when I let the dogs out just now, I could feel the humidity come in. I guess it's air conditioning for today and for the weekend. they predict it will be near 90 all weekend. I still like the sun, but could do without the humidity.

I need to get off here and get some laundry done. I need to wash the towels, and what's in the hamper today. I also need to do some dusting and vacuuming today as well. I need to get going on that, so will close fro today. Everyone have a wonderful weekend.

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Ah rain. We didn't get much, but every bit helps to keep us out of drought status. It started raining the last few blocks of my walk this morning, but it was light and refreshing, so I didn't mind at all.

I was exhausted last night, not real sure why, but I feel asleep around 7:30, slept off and on until 10, and then finally just went to bed. Got up quite early, of course, but man, couldn't believe I slept that much. It must be catch up on sleep day or something.

Cleaning the basement today--it just needs to be dusted and vacuumed. I may also get into our storage room and organize it a little better.

I best get busy.



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Hello, The young man is not far from our area we live in. I can't believe they let it go so long before doing anything about his illness, and before sending him home. I hear the coma happened shortly after his incarceration. His condition was so sever there was no way he would have recovered. In a way it's a blessing he passed away but the whole thing is very sad. I feel for the family as well on this senseless loss. My prayers are with the family and I'm sure the nation is as well.

It's hot here now but I'm loving the warmth. I was sitting out side today enjoying the sun. I guess however by tomorrow the rain a sever thunderstorms are returning. They say it's coming up from the hurricane hitting in the gulf. It's making things nice and green, and my plants need the rain, but I'd rather have the sun.

I did take a walk a few houses down from my home and turn around and came back. I think if we stay rain free and warm I might do this daily and maybe add a house or two when I do. It was nice to have walked and it boosted my spirits.

My ear still bothering me but it's not hurting as much today and my balance seemed to be better also. Maybe it's clearing up on it's own, but I still need to see the doctor about renewing my meds, and to check on my blood sugars too.

You both keep up the walking and biking. Great job staying with it. I'll catch all later, G.

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Hello! Great job in getting all your walking/biking in! I've been back out walking to our downtown/capitol area. Feels good to get out.

Temperatures around here are heading up to the century mark come Sunday. So happy the pool is all ready to go.

So terribly sad about the boy from Ohio. Your right Lisa - that story is so bothersome in so many different ways... makes me sick to think about it. My prayers are with the family - such devastation.

Hope both of you are well and motivated! Take care!!


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Tuesday update: 2 mile walk this morning, and I'll take a bike ride tonight. Off to a meeting tomorrow, 3 hour drive one way, so that will be a lot of sitting for one day. Finished the novel I was reading, and am making BLTs for dinner tonight. I also made some sf jell-o, it just sounded good and refreshing.

I'll probably ride over and check out our new piece of playground equipment that was installed over the last two days. I'm excited, as the old piece was in awful shape, and some broken parts were actually dangerous. Those pieces are so expensive--I think ours, installed, was over $40,000. Love our PTA, though, as they were committed to making this happen.

G, I've been thinking about you as I think about the sadness of the Otto Wambier, the young man from Ohio who died as a result of his imprisonment in North Korea. That story simply bothers me, for a variety of reasons. I struggle to understand why anyone would voluntarily go to North Korea. However, then, I say we all knowingly take risks in one way or another. Praying for comfort for the family.

Tomorrow my daily prayers are for governments, world, national, state and local leaders, and those who serve to protect our country. This will surely be on my mind for awhile.

I hope you did something healthy for yourselves today.



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Good day to everybody. I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted. It sounds like you all had a good Fathers Day weekend and were very busy too.

Lisa how nice to know someone who will compete in the Miss America contest. It sounds like a fun time watching her this weekend. You are always so active and seem to keep yourself very busy everyday. Keep up the great job. I wouldn't worry to much about the choices that were made over the weekend because I know you'll get right back on track.

Mk, I loved your new sectional and it looks to be a very inviting room. Enjoy the new sectional and all the new room you've developed. I loved the picture on Facebook of you and your dad. Spend as much time you can with your mom and dad. You both looked happy to have the day together.

I did get some surprising news this past week, my son and his wife are expecting a new addition in January. At first they thought she might not be able to have any children because of past difficulties so they are thrilled to get the news, although taking it slowly about broadcasting the news to everyone yet. They want to wait until the first trimester has passed and everything seems to be going well for them. He will be turning 42 this August and his oldest girl is 13 and the other is 12, so there will be a big difference in age for them and the new arrival. I so happy for them and this will make 6 grandchildren in the family. They are hoping for a boy, and so is my husband so his namesake will continue.

I dealing with an inner ear issue, I'm not sure if it's an infection or bruised. My strap from the headgear of the C-Pap was pressing on that one ear all night, and the next morning and several days afterwards, it's so sore and I can't even touch it. I think the pressure from the strap lying over it all night might be the reason it's hurting, but my balance seems to be effected as well so it might also be an ear infection. I see the doctor on Friday and will find out then.

My weight has stayed the same but my activity is very low. I've not done much in the way of exercising or walking. My food has been the same but I'm still trying to make healthy choices on what I eat, and incorporate more veggies and fruit in the diet and cut back on the carbs, bread and sugar. I've been eating some of the Jenny food at lunch which has helped keeping things level.

Today I'm doing laundry and a few other household chores and am making some potato salad for Don. He said he's been wanting some and since I didn't have time for fathers day I though today would be a good day to make it. we'll probably make some brats on the grill to go with it.

I decided today would be the day to clean my refrigerator out and wash the shelves and trays. It's been a long time and it really needs to be done. I've already threw out old and expired bottles and leftover dishes, and decided to take a short break before tackling the scrubbing of the trays and shelves.

I need to get back to my cleaning, so will catch everyone later. Have a wonderful week, G.

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Good morning, I surely hope your week is off to a positive start.

It is 9:30 and I've been a busy girl: 2 mile walk, post-walk stretching with foam roller, daily devotion and prayers, laundry in progress, dishwasher loaded, oatmeal consumed, and eggs hard boiled, peeled and refrigerated. Whew!

We took an extended weekend trip to the Miss SD pageant, as the daughter of our closest friends competed, and she WON! How about that. This is her first pageant experience, so she was quite the dark horse coming in, but we knew she was talented and poised and had a chance, although her win truly did surprise us. She'll be competing in the Miss America pageant in Sept. I've pasted in a link, if you're interested at all. It's just really cool to have someone from your hometown compete nationally.

http://www.misssd.org/

The weekend events, though, did take their toll. My dietary choices were poor, no other way to say it. I didn't pack enough healthy snacks to get me through, and frankly, just didn't choose wisely even when I had opportunity. Got back on track for the most part yesterday. Also, I did not sleep well in our motel. Typically I struggle anyway in motels, but this one was especially bad, as I simply could not get comfortable. I made up for it last night, though, as I didn't get out of bed until 6 this morning, which is fairly late for me, as my typical summer wake-up time is around 5:30. I know--it's early, but it's just the schedule I'm on.

Spending today preparing food/meals for the week, as my husband is at the point where he's put on some weight again. But, for the first time in like forever, we actually took two long (3+ mile) walks together, and we enjoyed it. The town we were in has really great walking areas, and the history there was fascinating.

Enough about me: How are you two doing? MK, I hope your joints are improving, and you are hanging in there with the new goals you've set.

Georgie, I hope summer in OH is bringing lots of joy and beauty.

Have a fantastic week.





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Happy Friday!!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and Happy Father's Day to all.



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Hello - looks like the sun will be coming back to the NW. Supposed to be in the 80's for Father's Day.

Thanks for the tips Lisa! I've been doing just that.. making sure each step is proper - no limping, etc. I learned that when I had the foot surgery - if I didn't take it easy then the other leg would suffer. I also need to get some Ibuprofen for home and work.

Georgie - hope all is good!

Everyone have a superb day!

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I saw the pix of our sectional, MK, and it looks so nice in the space you have. The floors and the whole update have a warm, comfortable and inviting look. Enjoy the improvements.

I'm happy to report that our grass is coming up nicely--there's still more brown than green, but we had rain, about 3 inches, over the last two days, so it should take off now.

Morning walk done, I walked 16 blocks, which is about 1.5 miles. I'm meeting a friend for coffee this morning, and then I have a massage and pedicure after. Excited for that.

MK, when I started my morning walks two weeks ago, I was out of walking shape. My joints hurt, and just making them work was frustrating, because every step produced discomfort somewhere. I slowed down, and made sure I was walking properly: heel-toe, not limping or compensating, proper posture, and such. I started with 4 blocks and just made sure my form was good. Hang in there, and take something for those hips.

Anything interesting happening out east, G? I hope you've found way to talk a few walks in the neighborhood.

Have a wonderful day.





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Hello! Still doing good here... had a couple days "off", but still managed to get my veggies in. I'm still getting out and walking, but my hips are a source of pain for me lately... I think it is because I was slacking so much. Hopefully they will get better the more I move.

As I'm sure you both saw we got our new sectional. I have a very small house (as you can see) but I think this is going to work well for us. Still need to find a small coffee table, but I'm sure I'll come across something that I like.

Well got to keep working... take care!! Raining on and off, but supposed to be in the 80's come Sunday!


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Good Monday morning! We received a bit of rain yesterday morning, and more is predicted for tomorrow morning, so am praising the Lord for this relief.

The theme of the past few, and next several, weeks is Balance--balance--balance. Not physical, of course, but balancing life: food choices, exercise, leisure, faith study, household tasks, and family. Well, I do work on physical balance as part of my workouts, but it's far less of a priority.

The grass is starting to grow in our lawn, we are looking closely for those precious blades to spring up; it's not green yet, but it is coming. They were back today to "roll" the lawn once again, and they'll be back again next Monday to see if all areas are growing.

I walked a mile this morning, felt great. Exercise this week will be mostly cardio: walks and bike rides, with two strength and ab sessions. I've really backed off on strength work for now, and it is really helping my joints to feel better. Also, taking the intensity down slightly on bike rides and walks, adding time to make up for it.

I read the article on the 80/20 rule by Sparkguy (main page) I thought it had some great points, I think it's worth the time to read.

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Good morning. Progress, finally. I've been working on these 15 pounds, and over the last few days I've noticed some encouraging changes. I rarely use the scale to monitor my progress, it just frustrates me most often.
I bought some shorts, and am comfortably back into a size 14. My 14s were getting tight, and they had been loose before this past year took its toll. The weight is finally coming off of my belly/abs area, which always seems to be the last place I decrease in size. Legs, arms, butt, boobs--I'll lose in those areas first. The phrase "stubborn belly fat" surely fits me.

What have I done? Well, I take a walk first thing every morning--no matter how stiff and slow I am. I go anywhere from 4-10 blocks, although most often I'd say I walk around 8 blocks. Next week, I hope to double that walk, as Monday is my last official day of work until July 31st. I continue to stretch, work on my balance and flexibility, and exercise to manage my joint pain--most of which is due to overuse. While I do have some arthritis in my knees, left elbow, and right hip, and a disc problem in my back, they are not the major causes of my issues. Backing off on exercise has been critical, and I do believe helpful. In addition, I continue to watch my sugar consumption carefully, and that has been going well.

I have one big project left before I leave, so time to get started on that. Please, please send to SD any rain that you can spare. We need it desperately.

Oh, and G--it is ok to talk your walks alone, as long as you feel safe. I prefer to walk alone--my speed, my agenda, my choice on route, how long, etc. I love the "think" time. I don't take music, I just enjoy the surroundings and the noises of the neighborhoods. You can do this.

Mk, glad you are feeling more positive about your direction these days. Honoring commitments to ourselves is tough--but important for sure.





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Yesterday we had a big rain storm with thunder, hail and high winds. Some of the areas had hail the size of Ping-Pong balls. One of my friends said he worried that they hit the front windows so hard he thought they would break. Ours wasn't that bad only a few small pieces came down. My dogs of course were hiding at my feet while I was trying to get some dinner made. Some areas had their power lost but we didn't. I know we could use some rain but these storms are too much to deal with at times. The weather today is cooler because all the rain was before a cold front arrived.

I'm still unsure about going for a walk on my own, but I think I'm going to get over that fear and get out anyway. I see others walking and there are 2 in particular that tells me, "You can do this too." There is one lady who gets out every morning walking with her walker, and another down the street from me who walks her dog and uses a cane while she walks. I think if they can do it so can I. I think I'll get out my old cane and use it as I walk, and that may make it easier for balance while I get stronger.

I also need to start going to the Y again, even if just to use the treadmill or nue-step machines, and maybe lift some weights here at home too. I need to do something everyday. I'm not sure what to eat now a days for breakfast and lunch. I do well with breakfast and have several choices. A poached egg, or one scrambled egg, cheerios or oatmeal, and a piece of whole wheat toast with margarine. Not all at once but spread over the week, and once in a while an English muffin, or French toast. Lunch is a different story. I never seem to know what to eat. I have yogurt and fruit, but seem to go back to sandwiches either turkey, hot dog, or egg salad, sometime tuna salad with lettuce and tomatoes on them. I always drink water and have dropped the diet soda. I save the salad for dinner, and don't want it for both lunch and dinner.

Anyway my weight has stayed the same no gains but also no loss column. I need to decide how important it is for me to stay with a plan for everything. I sort of wish I knew those ladies who walk every day, I mentioned above, because I would feel better if I could find a walking partner who walks but not very fast. My closer neighbors walk very fast and very far around the block. I don't think I could even keep up with them if I tried.

Lisa, glad you finally got the yard seeded, and I'm sure you'll have it green again soon. MK, great job getting back to being yourself. Ladies keep up the hard work. I have a few chores still to do, I don't knock them out like you two seem to do, but anyway have a super day. Catch all later.

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Hello. Finally - I'm finally beginning my journey back to where I was 2 years ago. It will be a long slow climb, but emotionally I feel like "I'm Back Baby!" hahahaha.

I prepped my lunches for the week - as well as my breakfasts. I know I won't be perfect, but I finally feel like "I've got this".

Lisa - love your list of chores that you completed. I think you and I are a lot a like when it comes to "pounding" them out. Mine was: roll up all the rugs & move the furniture to sweep/mop all areas; laundry- lots of laundry; change the bedsheets (weekly thing); deep clean the kitchen/dining area; dust. Then finally LUNCH with hubby - & continue: go to costco to get new dog beds & etc.; clean-up dog poo in the yard; play with dogs & fill their pool with cold water. Clean myself up then prep my breakfast/lunch for the week. Then hubby walks in and says "whats for dinner" - hahahahaha - Digornos pizza.

Tonight I will BBQ some salmon & have a tossed salad and I have no doubt that my husband will get some corn on the cob.

Today will be in the 80's and then the weather will decline to rain come Thursday. There is a big state employee Rally at the capitol building - so I'm dressed like casual Friday (very casual).

Tomorrow is a funeral for an artist friend. He was a fantastic artist and a very kind, gentle man - he will be missed terribly.

Georgie - I hope your able to get out and walk more. That is exactly where I'm starting - lots of walking. Life is just too dang short as it is. Blessing to you and Don.

Blessing to you and your family as well Lisa.

Talk to you ladies later.


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Oh happy day! Our lawn was seeded today, and the sprinklers are now doing their job. Looking forward to the green; our lawn has been quite the topic of conversation on our block, which has caused us to meet some more of our neighbors. It's been fun to watch people stop, look and wonder what happened. We go out and explain if we see the mystified look on their faces. Glad our lawn is the most serious point of conversation in the neighborhood!

Russ is putting together a new TV stand that I got from Overstock. It's nice, but has lots of pieces. I offered to help, but he told me to just stay out of the way. Even after all of these years, we do NOT work well together. We can each do our part to complete a project, but we do them separately.

Hot and dry here. We NEED rain; lots of it. Some is predicted for tomorrow night, I hope the forecast holds true.

Got a long bike ride in tonight, probably around 8 miles. Loved, loved, loved it.

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What a day this has been! I got up shortly before 6, it is now just after 1, and I've been rocking the chores, plus got a one mile walk in, along with a resistance workout at the gym. I made a rice, vegetable and turkey hotdish for lunch, I cleaned the two upstairs bathrooms and the laundry room, I've done a few loads of laundry, pulled some weeds outside, watered the flowers and plants, cleaned out the dishwasher, and now I'm pooped. Taking a break before tackling the next few chores.

Hot these days, upper 90s yesterday, and in the 90s again today, the week ahead will be warm with 80 predicted for all week,which works for me.

Ever so slowly whittling off these pounds I've gained. Noticing a few more changes lately, so will stay the course.

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Happy June. It is a beautiful summer-y day here: 80's with a bit of a breeze. I'm at work of course, but managing to get outside for a bit to enjoy this day.

I walked two miles last night--the joints handled it well, and I didn't wake up all sore and gimpy this morning. It has been a long time since I've just been able to walk without noticing some soreness somewhere. I stretch, stretch, and then stretch some more, twice per day for 15-20 minutes each time. I'm doing the foam roller stretches in the morning, and I think that's really helped with some of my continual discomfort.

Also I had a facial for the first time ever yesterday. It was way different than I expected, as it was more of a facial massage which included the neck, shoulders, and arms. It was $50 and well worth the cost. It wasn't like a peel, mask, or anything similar, she used a couple of different products, but they both felt kind of oily and more moisturizing than anything else. My hairstylist recommended I get one, so I did.

Planning our vacation for mid-July. We're just going to northern MN--Duluth area for some R and R. We'll come back through Minneapolis and go to the theater, maybe do a few other things that look fun.

I need to get back to work. Fitness in the park class tonight--love it! I'll take a short bike ride beforehand.




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Hello. Friday I said goodbye to my long time cat Felix. He was 17 years old & was such a sweet kitty. I didn't breakdown and cry until I was looking where he always slept on the work trailer. He loved being outside and would follow us around the yard when we were weeding - you move then he moved and laid down. He understood a lot of commands and would usually do what I asked - even as a kitten he was like that. Tell him not to go into a room and he would turn around and go the other way.

The remainder of the weekend was lots of cleaning around the house. Pressure washing the back porch & bricks; finish pool cleaning; and then BBQ. Kids were off doing things with their friends/significant others... so just me and the hubby - and of course the dogs. Great early morning walks in the fields and really just relaxing at home. We don't like traffic so we didn't go to the coast as we thought we would, but we had a nice time hanging around the house.

Lisa - I know all about killing the yard and getting it re-seeded. We do that for some of our long time customers. Their lawns are so pretty now... you'll be super happy with yours by next year.

Georgie - hope your doing well and your weekend was good!

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Happy Memorial weekend. We are spending a quiet weekend at home. We did go out Saturday for some lunch after our errands were complete. Today we're just staying home relaxing and Don is watching the Indy race. I'll check on it off and on throughout the race, but I don't really like just sitting and watching it. Doing a few chores making some potato salad for dinner and probably will have it again tomorrow. I always make to much for just the 2 of us. We'll have steak on the grill tonight, and ribs tomorrow. I might just have a baked potato tonight and save the salad for Monday. We also bought some corn on the cob and have some strawberries as well. Your basic holiday meal.

Had the first wreck of the race just a bit ago and it looked really bad. It's under a red light now for clean up. I'm sure it won't be the last before the race is through. Every driver involved seem fine though. I hate to see this type of thing, but every race it happens.

Humid weather with a chance of rain later today, but not to bad of a day for the weekend. After the race Don will put some seed down and maybe some fertilizer too. He's been wanting to do this for a while but this is the first time the weather has cooperated to get it done. With us supposed to get rain later it'll be the best time to lay the seed.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial day and a fun weekend. Enjoy your families, G.



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Happy Holiday weekend!

My son and his family came for a quick visit last night, but they are going back this morning. We had fun with the boys and played a yard game called Kuub. It was fun--you basically throw dowels at blocks on the other side. It's tough, though.

We played in on our dead, crispy lawn. Yes, we have the most interesting lawn in the neighborhood right now; people have actually stopped to look at it. Maybe I mentioned this before, but we had it sprayed and killed, and then it will be reseeded. Then we'll have to water, water, water. It'll be nice when it's all done.

G, that must have been scary to fall. I'm so glad you were okay. Those moments of vulnerability tend to make us grateful that others will help. I've had my share of embarrassing moments as well.

Just regular Saturday stuff today, workout, cleaning, getting my last flowers planted, and tomorrow we have my niece's graduation, and on Monday evening, my exercise class is coming over after our class for some burgers and socializing. The weather was looking a little cool, and possibly rainy, so we just decided to have it inside.

MK, so sorry about your Felix. I saw on facebook that he went to kitty heaven. I know he brought you much joy.

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Hello - going to be a beautiful weekend here - 80's & 90's. I could do without the 90's, but won't complain.

Georgie... I'm so sorry that happened to you at the gas station. I really know how you feel. There was the time I went on a houseboat vacation and went into the water. I just love swimming - so I dove in.... but I couldn't get back out of the water. It took several men to pull me out. So embarrassed. I refused to go back in, but my friends forced me... they brought an inner-tube up to where I could just sit on it and hooked a rope. I could pull right up to the ladder and get up on the boat. Needless to say I did lots of water aerobics throughout the rest of the year - really worked on the upper body. I was amazed - the following year I made sure guys were there to help me out if I needed it, but I didn't. Pulled myself right out.

Its even scarier to be in a public place. My heart goes out to you. Sending you lots of hugs!!

Well got to take our old cat into the vet. For the most part Felix has been a very healthy cat. Not a lot of vet visits. Well now he has a very large absess under his left eye and its draining a lot. He is 17 years old - thin and very slow moving. He just hangs around the house - he is an indoor/outdoor cat - mostly outdoor. He loves to follow my husband around when he's cleaning the yard and the neighbors yard. Been a good kitty.

Enjoy your weekend! Hope everyone is able to get out and honor our military.



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I just realized that it's been a while since I posted here. MK, I wish I could walk without anybody with me. I'm even more skeptic since my fall on the 15th. I was just entering a gas station to return the bathroom key and tripped on the rug at the entrance. I didn't really get hurt but all I could say is I can't get up. The girl at the cash register brought over a chair but I still didn't have the strength to pull myself up. A man came in to pay his bill and was able to help me up and into the chair. I wasn't hurt but was embarrassed and it made me wonder if I should even drive to doctors appointments by myself. Thank goodness this man was able to help me. I did continue to the appointment but was really shaken. It makes me wonder if I will ever be able to take care of myself.

Mk, I'm glad the B complex is helping you and that you're able to walk. It sounds like your doing better now. I've seen the Facebook posts and love the picture of the dogs. The are so cute laying around the rug like they were.

I too love asparagus but I'm the only one who eats it in our house. I bet they were so good being fresh out of the garden like they were.

I'm needing to get back to the Y for strength training. I was going good for a while but haven't been there for several weeks. I was able to help Don get the garden in shape and helped to spread the mulch and it looks great. We've had a lot of rain lately and everything looks beautiful in bloom.

The weather has dropped down to the 60's after we had a spell of near 90's weather. However I can do without the storms. Last night was particularly scary. Don and I decide to go and get a bite to eat, and while we did the alert alarm went off on our phones. Actually several peoples phones went off with severe weather alerts. The bartender turned the TV to the stations so everyone could see what was going on.

It wasn't just a bad thunderstorm but a tornado warning. Not a watch but a warning. It had touched down just a few blocks from the restaurant. It was near Wright State University and at the arena was on lock down where they were holding a graduation ceremony. Almost every route we could take home was blocked so we ended up staying were we were until the weather cleared. We still were worried about getting home. There were not just one but several warnings one right after the other. Even around our home in Xenia, and wherever we would travel we ran into the threat. We did make it home, but it was a very scary night. Our home was fine though and we didn't have any damage.

I did find out after we got home, that the graduation that was on lock down and finally cancelled happened to be the Xenia High Schools. Our neighbor's son was one of the graduates. I'll have to see how they are now that it's all over. The graduates were placed in one area and after the threat had passed were just handed the diplomas and sent home. The ceremony was canceled. I feel sorry for them but am glad all were safe.

We still have rain today but not as severe as it was last night. Today we were very cool with temps around 58 degrees. We are still having thunder and some lightening today, and as usual, my dogs are right under my feet. No warnings though.

I do hope your day is going well. Enjoy it and know my thoughts are sent to everybody. Have a super day and evening. Sorry for being such a long message. Bye for now, G,



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Hello! Getting out and walking a lot more - legs are complaining, but we shall get through this.

I love asparagus!! We like to grill it. I bet the omelettes were amazing. We had a wonderful dinner last night - I'm sure you saw the pix on FB. Grilled brussel sprouts, corn on the cob, baked potato (1/2) & really good T-bones. The steaks are so big though... so I take only a small portion, but dang it was so good! Oh I did have a glass of wine - had a really good pinot that worked perfectly with the steak.

I've been taking a B complex vitamin and that seems to have helped with some of the issues I've had lately (sore teeth, sleepiness, and my muscle cramps). I also don't feel as "clouded" in my brain. Both my mom and my sister have/had B-12 deficiencies - so I thought - why not try that... so far so good.

Oregon is heading back up into the 90's again. We've had a couple of days that were super hot and then it dropped dramatically back down to 66*. Now it will be in the upper 70's today and only increase each day back up into the 90's. I think we will head over to the coast on Sunday to cool down.

Take care - enjoy your day!

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A friend gave me some fresh asparagus. I roasted it in the oven with a little olive oil, s and p. My husband was hungry for eggs, so he made us some super delicious and amazingly healthy asparagus omelettes for dinner. It was the best!!!

I hope you are both well. It has been chilly here for the last week, so I haven't been riding bike, but I have gotten in some walks. Still working on improving the joint pain and overuse injuries, but feeling a little better each day.

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Hello and happy Saturday. It is cold and rainy today, but okay for my flowers. I still don't have all of them in, but need to get on it soon.

Got my 8 block walk in this morning, and will do my strength workout soon. Backing off on the exercise has really helped my joint pain, along with stretching. I'm walking twice per day, a few blocks right away in the morning, and 1.5 miles in the evening. I alternate days with bike rides of 6-8 miles. I do ab work and stretching every day, and strength work for an hour twice per week in my class. This is still a work in progress, but I'm finding some comfort and consistency with it.

We had our end of the school year celebration yesterday, first at school with a catered lunch to honor our retirees and those who are moving on, and later at a local bar. I bought a round for all of my teachers which wasn't that big of a deal, but wow, you would've thought they won the lottery. It was a great investment, and only set me back about $60. I just appreciate them so much!!

Tomorrow we have 7 graduation receptions to attend in our former town, so we'll attend church, then eat lunch with my father-in-law, and wait for graduation to be over. Back to work on Monday--I'll be done June 12. I thought it was the 19, but I had looked at the wrong schedule.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. I enjoyed mine - as I'm sure you saw on Facebook.

Weather is changing here to 80-90* - so that will be nice.

I'm actually going to take Friday off so I can enjoy the sun and do some clean-up in the backyard - like the pool and pressure washing the cement porch.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Happy Mother's Day. Quiet day, went to church, picked up the granddaughters and took them with us as usual, and then had a simply lunch at home. I started potting my flowers yesterday, but I've got much more to do today. I've got a pretty big area of dirt between my sidewalk and garage for annuals, so will start filling that up today as well.

We had our yard sprayed this week for that darn fescue. We're killing it all, and then reseeding completely. The landscaper guarantees his work, so I am so looking forward to having a beautiful lawn. I think they'll have to spray a second time, but we'll see.

My husband bought a different car yesterday. He's been on the hunt for one for awhile, as his has over 100,000 miles, and he's afraid the value will decrease rapidly now. He got what he wanted in trade, so he's happy. The only thing bad about the car he purchased is that there's a small cigarette burn on the passenger seat. They did a good job of removing the smoke smell from the car though.

And, school is out on Friday--Yippee! I work through June 20th, but I'll take a couple of days off in there, as I have two days for sure that I'll be working in late June and July.

I lost a couple of lbs. this week, but it is just tough. I feel like I'm doing really well, and then I just tank it. As usual, I'll just keep battling on.

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Hello. Well the gym last week and walking this week. I too have hip issues - my left hip - sore when I sleep on it and so forth. So last week went walking on the treadmill - couldn't believe the pain in that hip!! So I walked really slow and built up and continued to walk without a limp no matter how much it hurt. After about 10 minutes I would feel it loosening up a bit so I went a bit faster... finally getting it up to a 3. Hip started loosening up a bit more and then I got to a 3.5 and for 1 minute I did a 4.0 with a light/light jog to get my heart rate up... I tell you it was the best thing I did for that hip!

I'm still a bit sore on that side, but it is so much better than its been in a very long long time. Keep walking Lisa!! I hate that I can't do what I use to do - especially lower body. My legs still look strong, but oh man are they weak.

Food is a bit better. I do find that I enjoy going out to lunch with the ladies and I have one glass of wine... but oh man does that put the pounds back on! So I need to curb that to once a month or something.

I am going out with my daughter to lunch today - we decided on sushi and pedicures. I need to ask to take a long lunch. Should be fun.

Today is my mom's 89th birthday. My sister put a nice thing on facebook - so I didn't want to write anything else because she said it all. I'll share it so my friends can see.

Well Happy Mother's Day to both of you!!! In Mexico May 10th is mother's day for them - doesn't matter what day it lands on. In America we made sure it was on the Sunday after the 10th. So happy mothers day to both of you! You are spectacular women with strength that you don't even know about! Blessings to both of you!

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Lisa, Sorry to hear about your hip issues and the pain it causes. Everything in moderation with the exercise and stretches. It's a constant struggle to maintain the weight after losing it. So far that's what you need to get done.

I had lost 10 pounds after I had the flu but I gained it all back plus 2 pounds. So far I managed to stay in that 2 or 3 pound range. I never know what I do from week to week but with my water retention it's a struggle and what I have gained seems to be with water. I think if I'd exercise more and do so daily it would help with that problem. I need to use all the available means to do that.

My food has not been too bad and I like the fact that Don and I can eat the same thing and have more variety with my food. I'm trying to add more veggies with my meals and stick with them as my snacks. I'll also have some yogurt along with the veggies. I've not found any fruit I can get that doesn't seem to spoil fast, or dry up. I love the berries, grapes, and fruits like bananas. Don doesn't eat the berries and maybe has a few grapes or a banana now and then but they spoil so fast, within a few days I end up throwing them out. I'll try to figure something out but for now, I'm just trying to see what works for me.

The weather had become cold, especially for May. We're in the low 40's at night and maybe mid to high 50's during the day with lots of rain everyday. We've had 10 days consecutive rain and have had thunderstorms, wind, and flooding all around us. later this week we might be as low as 35 degrees, and they say some places may have frost. I've not bought any flowers or herbs yet because the weather is so unpredictable. My Irises are blooming now but if we get a frost I'll lose them. I'm hoping it will warm up and stay warm soon.

My granddaughter's birthday party is today so Don and I will be heading over to Columbus later to celebrate. It's at 3 which is late and it'll make for a short stay. We'll only stay a couple of hours and then head back home. We were tempted not to go, But then my daughter said none of our family wanted to come and never seems to want to visit her and was crying. I felt bad so we're going, but we probably would have gone anyway. After all it is our granddaughters birthday.

I guess I need to get off here so we can leave to go to Columbus. Don has to renew the tags today because his birthday is on Monday and they have to be on the car before then. I hope the weekend will be great for everybody. I'll catch all later, G.


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Great to hear you are back at it, MK. I'm confident you'll find success soon.

I stepped on the scale this morning. YIKES! There's simply no other word that comes close. In the last year, I've gained about 15 lbs. I've fluctuated some, but if I lose a few, I put them back on. When I reflect on how and why this happened, I can clearly see that my habits have led to this problem.

What I am doing now: In the morning, I make coffee, and then I walk outside for a just a bit, maybe 3-4 city blocks. I've done this for three days now. Then I do my stretches for my hip--takes 15-20 minutes. After work, I make dinner, and then do my evening exercise from 6:30-7:30. I now will be either walking or biking. I saw a chriopractor this week, as my hip pain was off the charts. No more than 30 minutes in any one sustained position, other than sleeping, and if traveling, get out and walk for a couple of minutes every hour. I can't exercise like I used to, and I have to learn to accept that. It's tough. I've been proud of what my lower body can do, but now, I've overused/overworked it, and this is the price I pay.

15 lbs. isn't the end of the world, but I'd done so well to sustain my weight loss for a few years. I've been doing well with the sugar consumption, now I need to tackle the salt problem.

G, haven't heard from you this week, hope all is well.

Have a wonderful weekend, gorgeous here, might get a few flowers in pots.



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Hello and happy Friday! Made it to the gym yesterday and today I'll be walking all my errands around town. Right now I feel like my body is falling apart. I know it is going to take some time getting myself use to working out again, but dang... seems like all is going wrong these days.

All my teeth are so sensitive right now - even talking bothers them. I use a sensitive toothpaste and always have, but I'm not sure whats going on. Also these darn leg/foot cramps need to stop. I'm not sleeping because of them. They contort my feet so bad I fly out of bed to get it to stop or release. Craziness.

So other than that I'm doing ok. Working out has stimulated my hot flashes and I seem to be getting more of them. I tell ya - this whole keeping healthy thing is not for the weak!! LOL

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Hello. Well two days and today will make 3 days - I've gone to the gym at lunch time. After a short, but very sweaty workout, I go to the Roth's IGA next to the gym and have their amazing salad bar with spinach & kale & light vinaigrette (along with some protein they have out - either chicken or turkey - or hard boiled egg).

So my goal is to at least get to the gym and do something.... get back into the routine of going - then begin to add things here and there. The people I've been waiting to "love me" as I am (mom & sister) are no longer able to give me that. So now I'm understanding that I'm who needs to love me. Always thought I did - and I suppose I did - but I was always waiting for this approval. I think that is what hurts the most with the loss of my sister and with my mom deep into the late stages of Alzheimer's - I have no one - to give me that - only me.

Sounds silly now that I see it written out. Its been over a year since my sister has left us and I think its time to let go of all I've had instilled in me for decades. Its going to be a very tough climb and I'm sure I'll slip - a lot - but I know I can do it.

Thanks ladies for always being a main stay throughout all my ups and downs. Appreciate you both more than you know.

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A most blessed Sunday morning. Just enjoying some coffee before I get ready for church.

Only 3 more weeks of school: 15 days. Lots of field trips, our music program, activity day, and other events happening this time of year.

I've had a tough time managing my food intake the last few weeks. I've mostly eliminated processed sugar, but have increased my calories, because I've put on a few pounds again. All part of the journey, I guess.

I purchased the air fryer, and have used it twice. I really like it. I haven't tried cooking any protein in it yet, just homemade fries and some onion rings. Also, I made some chocolate oatmeal no bake cookies yesterday, and they are amazing--no sugar, just honey used as a sweetener.

MK, so sorry to hear about the job situation. What a mess. As a person who hires (and occasionally fires) employees, I too have to sometimes deal with the hire from within or outside decision. I am presently reading the book Shaken by Tim Tebow, and within he talks about God's plan, which is often different than ours. I'm sure you've heavily and diligently about what your next steps will be.

G, I might check out that book you mentioned. Also, I did know Bob Harper had a heart attack, but didn't realize it was so serious. Wow, talk about a life changer.

Need to get ready for church. Have a fine week.



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MK, Sorry to hear that you didn't get the job you hoped for and that your boss didn't even give you heads up or talk to you. I guess a lot of government and some state jobs are being effected by the congress and many jobs will have a freeze put on them. I wouldn't move to quickly to quit or even look for another job to soon. I think looking into your retirement options is a good plan right now. How long have you worked at your job to be near retirement? Just try to stay focused on what you really want to do and got from there.

I found out something today I didn't know before. I was watching The Rachel Show this afternoon and Bob Harper was on talking about his heart attack he had a couple of months ago. I don't remember hearing about it. I guess he nearly died and was put in a coma for several days since he was without oxygen for a while they preformed CPR on him. Wow ! What a shock to hear that someone like him with all the exercise and healthy eating could have a heart attack. I guess he's in rehab now and is just getting on with his life, although they believe he'll never be able to exercise like he used to. What a hard reality to know that in just an instant, your livelihood can change. It made me realize that life's to short and that I really need to get a handle on my lifestyle, eating and exercise.

This week I order a book called Blast Out the Sugar By Dr. Ian. Again I saw this on Rachel's show. it gives you a guideline how to cut the sugar, recipe's to help you do that plus other tips on processed foods and other things. I thought about both you and Lisa, cutting down on sugar and thought it might be something you might look into reading. I know for myself I eat to much processed foods, eating out to much, and consuming to much sugar in my diet too.

I'm so tired of this weather, The other day it was 82 degrees, sunny and warm but today were barely getting up to 60 with overcast skies and rain on the way. It seems like it should be warm at 60, but to me it's still cool. I guess I'm just sensitive to weather changes and can't handle it any more like I used to do when younger. This weather bounces around so much I never know how to dress, or if I need a coat or not when going out. I tried to open up but it still was to cool to do that. I even flipped the heat back on in my house.

I'm not sure when Don will be coming home from work any more. One day it's 3:30, another day it's 4, and then some days it's 5. They told all the workers to keep to a 40 hour week, but then they ask Don to stay at work because of a rush job or something. It's the end of the month so all of a sudden everything needs to get done and shipped. Because they are rushing jobs, much of what Don looks at needs to get redone because of something wrong with it. Of course, It's all Dons fault it's being sent back and causing delays. He's very frustrated with the whole thing and comes home grouchy. He's really talking about retiring for good now and not going back to work ever again.

Anyway, I'm just trying to be supportive for Don, and being a sounding board or letting him work it out the best he can. Sometimes though it does put a strain on the evening and it can lead to sharp words or tension. These are the time I had a car so I could go somewhere and just be me.

I hope the weekend will be a good one for everybody. I'm not sure what the weather will be like but I think we're going to have this cooler weather and more rain all weekend. I wish the best to you both. Take care, G

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It has been quite the week. The State of Oregon is in a hiring freeze beginning May 1st. Because of that any job interviews have to have an acceptance letter on the table. So the research position I applied for went to someone else. I wasn't a happy camper, but I understand the business of it. If she moved me into that position then she would still be down one position. She had to hire someone from the outside to make sure she had a full team. The only problem I had with this is last week she told me I was going on to the interviews. That was the last I heard - then I saw the interviews being scheduled - but I was not one of them. So I waited for my boss to tell me in person or send me an email, but not one word. Needless to say I was not a happy person. Finally yesterday I interrupted her while she was checking references and told her how I felt about everything. She said she had full intention of talking to me first thing this week, but it never happened.

I was feeling very disrespected and unappreciated. I did start to look for an outside or private sector job, but you had to have had a degree for the work I do. I'm only 3 years from retirement and I have about 3-4 weeks of vacation... with that in mind I thought I might just take an impromptu vacation. My boss had a look of surprise on her face when I told her I would just go forward with the retirement. It is bad enough that I'm treated differently because I have no degree and have made it this far in my career, but to not talk to me and lead me down the path that I am still a candidate... I was not happy.

So now I'm thinking about my retirement. I want to see if I can buy back some years that I had drawn from and get out of here earlier than expected.

Well I have people coming to my desk... take care ladies! Hope you have good weather and enjoy some sunshine.

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Hello! It was a very busy weekend. Helped our son move some of his stuff into storage. That was quite the task considering the miles in between destinations. Took several hours just in driving - then of course - dealing with the downpour of rain.

He will begin looking for an apartment this week. Not sure if he will find one because he works all day, but I'm sure he will do his best. He will do just about anything to NOT move home... hahaha - kids go figure.

Pup got yet another new splint (happens weekly because she is growing so fast). This time tho she had an infection between her toes. She apparently could reach the tip of the toes with her cone on - so we got her a longer cone and antibiotics. Next week they will x-ray her leg to see if she can be free from the splint.

Been walking more lately and that has helped my night time leg cramps and has helped the mood. It is so easy to become complacent about exercise and allow myself to go into deep depression, but I'm working on changing that around. I think I've allowed more than enough time in this condition of depression!!! Darn it!!! So I'm working on the process sugar - not completely gone, but way down from before. That has helped quite a bit. I'm also getting my veggies on a daily basis along with my fruits. So that has helped with the digestion quite a bit.

Small steps, but good ones! I'll get back there... but it will be a different "there" - if you know what I mean. I think it will be more of a love for myself - stripping all the emotional baggage I've carried with me for most of my life. Such a burden.

Well got to go... take care ladies

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Good Sunday everybody. It's cool this morning but the sun is out and it's nice to see. We've had overcast skies and rain lately so it's nice to see the warm sun at last. We'll try to get outside and do the garden today. It's to warm up to 69 with no rain in sight. Right now it's in the high 40's.

Still looking for a solution about my eating and exercising. We did our normal errands yesterday and I found that I was struggling with the walking and moving freely. My swelling has returned and I now sure it's due to lack of exercising. When I was going regularly to the Y, It was getting better so I'm now sure that the extra few pounds and no exercise effects my circulation. I'm ready to get going again.

Mk, I think I'm with you and just being tired of it all. I'm sure the lack of exercise, the extra weight effects how one feels. I'm going back to sitting in the recliner all morning just watching TV. I am going to try to start the morning with some type of exercise, and a good breakfast. I've been sleeping in lately and skipping breakfast and then eating just anything I find for lunch. I need to get back to planning my meals better. I'll start there and move forward.

I'm going to talk to Don about working out again during the week. He's working less hours now and is only doing 40 a week instead of 45 or 50 hours like he was working. That means he's home by 4 and since we don't eat until around 7 it should give us enough time to go to the Y for a 30 minute workout. We could then come home with plenty of time for a nice dinner. I also think we could walk when he gets home on the days we don't go to the Y. Either eat earlier and walk after dinner, or walk before we eat. I'm thinking that even if he doesn't want to go to the Y, there's no reason I couldn't take the car and go myself and do a little cardio Or lift weights.

Well we've got to get the day going, I'm going to make a breakfast and then maybe it'll have warmed up enough to go out and do the yard work. I'm glad you two are hear to vent to and I thank you for your suggestions and help. Have a wonderful day. Lisa enjoy the Confirmation and seeing your family. I'll catch all later. G

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Good Sunday morning. I will be attending my niece's confirmation today, about an hour up the road, and I'll get to see many family members, so excited for that.

Not eating sugar is going well--my cravings have decreased tremendously. I did eat one Dove chocolate this week, and 1 piece of banana bread, but other than that, I've been able to easily pass by. Overall, I feel better, but sometimes I think I compensate by eating more salty stuff like chips, popcorn, etc. I'm working on it.

G, there are many plans out there that are free, but no matter what, you have to find what works for you. Keep at it, this is a forever process. Enjoy your outdoor spring work.

Happy to hear the pup is doing okay with her injury, MK. Best of all to your son as he embarks on a different living situation. And, glad to hear your business is busy. I remember when you first started this business--you must do excellent work.

I need to get moving, keep up the battle and stay positive.





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Hello! A bit overcast here and some rain will be coming in.... but we were sure spoiled by the sunshine last weekend! Everyone was out and about soaking up the vitamin D.

Georgie - I hope that your able to get back to something and not lose the ground you have made. I know I did the same thing and I've put back on the weight - not more than when I started, but more than I wanted. I think one of the reasons why I don't go with a Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem or any of those things you have to purchase - is well there might be a time when I can't afford it or something else comes up in the finances. I have to be able to keep myself in check and really care about myself enough to not allow cravings to overtake my life... when I find that I'll let you know! (ha) It is such a struggle - I feel you on that.

Right now I'm tired of myself. I guess that is the way I'd put it. Tired of the excuses, tired of the sadness, just plain tired. So I'm allowing myself whatever I want for breakfast and then my eating improves throughout the day. Right now that is working for me. My conversations with God have increased to help me shed this grief and depression. I know I cannot let it control me any longer!

I love food, I love having a good time with my friends and family, but that should never trump the love I have for myself and feeling better. I'm back to packing my lunch with good things for me to have.... and Lisa - I'm working on no processed sugar as well. I know I will feel better just dropping that - so for now that is a goal.

Thanks for posting about your processed sugar Lisa - great job. I'm working on getting 24 hours in - so hard - but as I said above - I need to love me more.

Thanks ladies for always being here!

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MK, It's funny how we always worry about out kids no matter how old they are. You'd think that moving home would make sense in a crunch but it's that independence thing I guess. I hope your son will find a place soon. I'm glad to hear that the dog is doing well. It's surprising how quickly they bounce back. Two weeks more, it seems like she just hurt the leg. I'm happy she's doing well.

I wish I could get my mind back to following a plan and exercising. I'm struggling even taking time off only made it harder to get back on track. Finances were tight and I couldn't afford the money to buy the Jenny food, but I haven't found another way to eat to keep losing. I've gained about 3 pound in the last week and always seem tired now. I think it's the combination of not exercising and eating non-healthy food. I just need to find a happy medium. I'm glad Holidays and birthdays are over fro a while, maybe that will help me get back on track.

Nice weather but I'm still worried about venturing out walking or exercising without Don or someone there for support. Maybe I'm depending to much on that so I end up doing nothing. I think I could walk for a short time everyday while the weather holds. I'm just so unsure of myself lately.

Other than struggling, I'm doing fine. I need to get out and weed the garden and put mulch down, but again expenses and time are the factor. We've been busy almost every weekend, or the weather isn't good, so it's left undone. MK, I think of you and wish you were around here to help. I could use it. I'm sure work for you is picking up.

Everyone take care and have a great week. I'll catch all later. G.



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Hello. Easter was spent with both kids for an early dinner. Really kinda quiet.

Our son is having to find a new place to live and just found out his roommates do not want to have him as a roommate. This was hard for him to hear, but he heard their reasons and understood. Now he only has a couple weeks to move out and find a new place. A bit of a crunch, but I think he will do this. He recently started a new job as well - so its really balancing when the money comes in and when he can move... will be touch and go for a bit. I'm hoping he will just store his stuff and come home for a couple weeks until he gets on his feet, but you know kids - they never want to move home.

Puppy is healing good. So hard to keep her down. We've had to replace the splint on a weekly basis because she is growing and at one point she was getting a rubbing sore - so keeping a close eye on that. Only 2 more weeks!! can't wait!

Not much else happening around here. Business is picking up, which is nice - later than normal because of the long winter, but work is coming!

Take care everyone.

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Just a brief, yet exciting report: My no sugar commitment is going well. I've been processed sugar free since Friday morning. NO Easter candy; it felt good to be in control there. My cravings have decreased greatly. I ready somewhere that your body learns to crave what you put in it--that makes sense to me, at least for now it does.

In addition, the exercises I'm doing for my hip and foot continue to help with my discomfort. I'm really amazed that this particular series of exercises is helping so much, but I've also realized something--I'm pretty sure the hip and foot pain are related to one another. I think the hip pain came first; I compensated with my gait, which caused pain in my foot. Now I can see that, but last fall, when I was getting PT for my sciatica/back (which I thought was hip), it did nothing for my foot, which to me was a secondary issues. Again, I'm of the belief that one body alignment problem often leads to another.

Have a wonderful week. I'll keep forging ahead.



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Happy Easter Weekend to everybody. Lisa, glad you have a few days off for Easter break. Sounds like it will be full of fun times with the grand children and family. Hope your hip improves with rest and the pain becomes less as time goes by. I know what it's like to have pain all the time. Take care of yourself.

So happy to hear your youngest has the house he's wanted and has planned so well as to not go into debt furnishing it. I know how proud your are of all he's done.

I don't have to worry about Easter dinner this year because we've been invited to enjoy it with Don's mom and sisters. They asked me to bring the dessert and I decided to try one I saw on Valerie's show call lemon love cake. They always make it look so easy and it's not as easy as it seemed. It's in the oven now and I hope it turns out as expected. We'll find out on Sunday how it tastes.

My weight loss not going well so have taken a break from Jenny for a few weeks. I know I shouldn't have, but my mind and heart weren't into the plan and I kept gaining so decided I'd just go it on my own for a few weeks until I can really commit to it all the way.

Anyway the weather has been nice with 60 degree temps and it will get into the 70 degree ones this weekend. Saturday will be nice, but Sunday we are to get some rain. Next week will be nice temps but we'll have several days of rain mixed in as well. I guess April showers will bring May flowers though I wonder at times with the crazy weather we've had this spring.

I need to get the cake finished and right now it's out of the oven and needs to cool before it can be iced, but I really need to get off here and start thinking about dinner for Don. He should be home anytime now. So everybody have a great Easter and Blessings to you and your families. Happy Easter, God Bless. emoticon emoticon



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Ah, a few days off for Easter, and I am so excited for the break. I don't have big plans, but will just enjoy the time, hopefully outdoors.

My hip is really bad right now, so bad that I'm limping at times. I'm certain it is the same problem I had last fall. I probably just need to rest it more.

Tomorrow I'm taking the girls to the circus. I know we won't stay for the whole thing. The intermission is really long, and by that time, they've usually had enough, as have I, so we'll probably leave then. I'm hoping my youngest son will go with me, if not, though, we'll be okay.

Speaking of my youngest, he is finally fully in his house, and he loves it. He bought a lawn mower last night, and plans to really clean up his yard this weekend. He bought new furniture, a new washer and dryer, rugs, towels, and the like, and he was able to pay for all of it. He's been able to save lots of money, plus he's just low maintenance. He plans to start his Master's this summer as well, so that'll take a chunk of his savings, but at least it won't put him in debt.

Now I need to figure out what to have for Easter dinner, along with the ham. I'm keeping it pretty simple, but got to keep some of the family favorites on the menu as well.

Do have a wonderful Easter celebration.



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Hello! Well ladies weekend was a lot of fun! My daughter kept me up wayyyyy past my bedtime every night. As you saw on FaceBook my friend won big at the Peppermill. It was a lot of up and down for me, but what fun we had.

On the way down we ran into a lot of snow - in fact there was a snow plow in front of us through part of it. There was no way we could make it up to Virginia City because of the snow. That first night it was coming down pretty good downtown Reno - so we had to hunker down at the hotel.

On our way to Reno - not long after we left Salem - we saw a huge storm coming in. We had branches to dodge on the I-5 at the Eugene area. Apparently that storm was massive and caused a lot of problems in the Salem/Eugene area through out Friday. Lots of power outages and tree damage. Crazy weather.

I think they had rain all weekend. We were happy that it warmed up Saturday afternoon into Sunday. The drive home was very clear roads.

Well back at work today (had Tuesday off to recoop, but that didn't last long because dad was back at the ER early Tuesday morning (1 a.m.), but I slept through the phone call.) He apparently pulled muscles on the left shoulder where he already has a rotator cuff injury. Found out that on Friday the power went out and he had already made it down the elevator for breakfast, but couldn't get back to his room. Being the very impatient man that he is, he took hold of the stair railing and began a very hard climb... without staff... they saw him when he was half way up and rushed to assist him, but it was too late - he damaged the shoulder even more. Not really sure what he was planning to do once he was at the top because he really cannot walk... crawl to his room???

It really brought many questions to my mind of how the facility gets people out when and if there is a fire. I'll be looking into this further - right now they do a manual removal... seriously? down the stairs?? How about a backup generator for the elevator?

well got to go - take care!!

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Sunday blessings, G and MK. It is a gorgeous spring day here--sunny, breezy, and warm. Lovin' it!

Went to visit my oldest son and his family yesterday--he was actually off the train. We went bowling, playing trucks in the dirt, saw their new house-which is really a very old house, but new for them, and they've settled in nicely, and are very happy there. They have a very steep driveway, which needs work, but their lot is incredible and kind of looks over the town.

My father-in-law seems to be declining every time we visit. He uses his walker most of the time now, thankfully, but the real concerning issue for us is how quickly he gets winded, and how weak he has become. He says he has lots of arthritis pain, but his painkillers make him terribly constipated, and laxatives make him go all the time, which he doesn't like, because it takes great effort for him just to walk to his bathroom. We are so trying to get him out of his house and into something more suited for senior living. He knows he needs to do something, but doesn't know what.

I'm making meatloaf and mashed potatoes for dinner tonight. My son requested it, and since he had Guards this weekend, I decided to oblige. I'll make a green salad as a side, and maybe some broccoli or asparagus.

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Thanks for weighing in on my question. I truly value your responses. One thing we sometimes forget is that someone took us/brought us to church, and therefore, from a young age, it was just something we did. There are many today that have never been brought to a place where the Word of God is shared. I was dealing with a boy today, and sometimes I just want to say "God loves you anyway." I can't, of course, but I can pray that his situation improves.

My husband continues to love his job, and he's just so happy. He continues to lose weight, and is probably within 25 lbs. of his goal. He's lost 41 since early December, and while he's not strictly following his initial restrictive diet, he's doing a great job packing a healthy meal to take to work, and making good choices most of the time. I'm really proud of him.

Got myself a nasty cold, If it doesn't get better soon, I may just need to stay home and rest. It's always worse at night, of course.

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Hello. Very interesting question Lisa... going to be thinking on this one for a while.

Like Georgie, my parents took me to church, I went to kindergarten in that church, was married in that same church (twice), and have been through several pastors.

There is one story that always comes back to my mind. As a little girl, probably 10 years old, I was walking home from my friends house just 2 doors down. We lived in the country so no street lights, etc. There was an old run down barn (I bet it is still there) very creepy place. It was very dark out and as I walked by this barn I heard noises and of course it scared the bageebers out of me. I remember talking with God right there and then about how scared I was. It wasn't just an "oh Lord protect me" kinda thing - I was only a kid - I never needed a prayer like that. It was a conversation with my Lord and Savior about the barn, about His love for me and I was so comforted (even with all that fear in my chest). I knew He was in me, beside me, and loved me. He's been with me ever since.

That story - that time in my young life - pops into my head when I face challenges today. Its like God is reminding me of our earlier conversation. He came and comforted me even when I was in the depths of despair and ready to commit suicide. I called my mom & my best friend only to have both of them hang up on me - God wanted me to turn to Him. I really don't remember the days following that deep despair, but I was back in my church listening to this very passionate pastor talk directly to me. I knew God was using him as His instrument.

As for why I believe in God... I guess I never thought of why, but more of how can I not. His passion and love endure forever.

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Lisa, I never asked why because I just believed. My parents did and so did many of my family members, and Don's sisters are very religious. I've had to many close calls regarding death experiences and if there wasn't a God or his angles I don't think I would be here today.

It's a beautiful day with 73 degree temps. The sun has been out all day and we've not had any rain. I've open up the house while Don cleaned the carpet, and I've been doing things around the house along with a little spring cleaning.

We're cooking boneless ribs on the grill and I'll have coleslaw and baked beans. It's the first time we've cooked out this spring. It should be good.

I need to finish dinner, so will catch all later. Take care and have a wonderful weekend. Bye for now, G.

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I still haven't bit on the air fryer, but still think I will soon. Doing well here, just have some beef stew in the oven for dinner tonight, and will make some Grand biscuits to go along with it. I've spent the week really assessing my joint pain--I'm sick of these aches in my foot and hip. They get better, they get worse, so I'm tossing out my unsupportive shoes. I had a realization earlier in the week about the role my footwear choice (for work) plays in my joint pain.

But, what I really want to ask both of you is this: Why do you believe (in God)? I went to an evangelism workshop this morning, and I was just absolutely struck by this question, because I can easily share what I believe, but it is far more difficult to state the "why". Anyway, we decided we should be able to state the "why" in 15 words or less, so that's what I've been thinking about the last several hours.

With that, I hope you are both doing well and enjoying these early signs of spring. Have a fantastic weekend, and keep traveling the road to healthy living.



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Hello - good job Georgie - only 1# is not bad considering you hit some "special day" eating. It can be super difficult when fun things come up - at least it is for me.

I have never tried an Air Fryer... sounds interesting and healthy.

Not much going on. Rain has continued, but right now at this moment... there is blue sky with big white fluffy clouds going by the window. We just love it when the rain gives us a break. Bad thing is all those fertilized lawns are growing when we get a little sunshine.. ton's of mowing.

Puppy is just about potty trained... so happy about that. We now have two very large wire kennels in our living room. They were taking up so much space that I decided to build a table over the top of them. I've replaced the one that the TV sat on and now it sits on the ones over the kennels. Saved tons of space and the dogs have their beds. Our black lab doesn't want to be in a kennel and she is pretty good - usually sleeps with us - but the other two have been kennel trained and really love their own space. Its nice to have them still part of the living room, but can be contained if need be.... plus I have a very nice tv stand/table - just need to paint them.

not much else happening. So excited for the ladies weekend and spending time with my daughter and my friends.

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Hello. I am so tired of rain, sleet, snow, etc. We've had mostly rain lately but it's constant hard rains and has caused flooding and the ground is saturated to the point it can't hold any more rain. It's much like what you've been dealing wit MK. Today we have a small window of clear skies but by tonight the rain will return with the same the rest of the week. Today's temp is in the 50's, but tomorrow will drop down into the 30's again, maybe some snow showers too.

My sinus is so bad right now I can hardly breathe, but the drainage is the worst. I have been coughing up a lot of gunk today. My nose hurts from blowing too. I beginning to think it might be a start of a cold instead of sinus so am trying to take cold ease to help prevent it from occurring.

Dogs had a good check up and the vet gave my oldest some new pills to ease her pain. I thought it might make her sick, but she's tolerating it well. It does make her sleep more, but the walking seems to be less labored. Lets hope it helps her after taking it for a while.

Still trying to stay on plan, but I did have a gain on Sunday of a pound. I think some of it was what I ate Friday and Saturday. I should know better to go out and party just before a weigh in. I'm back on plan again today, and will only have a challenge for eat correctly on Friday again. It's my Birthday, and we'll most likely go out to eat to celebrate.

Exercise is lacking last week and this so far this week too. I just feel so bad I just don't feel up to exercising. I've also had an issue with my left leg again. I have a pinched nerve an it's effecting the leg all the way up my lower back. It hurt so bad last night, I had trouble sleeping and woke up around 1:30 and had to rub an aspirin cream all over it to ease the pain. Pills just didn't help it at all either. It still hurts today and am having trouble walking. I have an order for therapy for it so I think I need to find a place and start going on a regular bases.

I need to still bring up the trash cans yet, but the recycle one hasn't been emptied yet. I'll save a trip down the end of the drive if I wait to get both of them. I might not have to though if it's not emptied before 5 when Don will be home then, and he can bring them up.

I guess I'll close for now, Hope everyone has a wonderful evening and a great week ahead. Happy Spring to all, even if the weather doesn't say it's Spring. I hope the temps change soon and Spring really does arrive. Catch all later, G.

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Hello, and Happy St. Pat's Day. I've just spent the day at home, did a few errands, a few chores, took a long walk, and am now watching the state boys' basketball tournament on tv. The team our son coaches for (he's an assistant) won their game last night, so they will play again tonight. They were a much lower seed, but managed the upset, so he was excited.

I am considering purchasing an air fryer--do either of you have one, and if so, what is your opinion? I've heard some good things about them, but I think I'd use them mostly for proteins like chicken, fish, and possibly steak.

I worked some yesterday, and will work again on Sunday. Tomorrow we are going to Sioux Falls to visit a very dear friend of ours who had a stroke; he has a long road of rehab ahead. He's been in ICU for almost two weeks, so that shows how serious this was. They know he has some permanent damage to his left side, but they don't know yet the extent to which his speech was affected.

Food has been a little better. I'm getting to the point where I seldom feel like cooking anymore, and I only occasionally have the urge to bake. I throw so much away these days, as we just don't go through the leftovers like we used to, and my son isn't around as much to clean up the leftovers.

I'm still loving our exercise class. Our group is diverse for sure, and we just want to be healthy, and listen to some great 70;s-80's music! Kind of crazy how even our youngest member likes Journey, AC/DC, and some of those types of bands.

Well, MK, I hope you dry out soon. A girl's weekend sounds like a blast. I haven't had one of those for a very long time.

Good luck with your weigh in, G. Be good at the party tonight, but have lots of fun too.

It's windy, windy here, but in the 40's, so the snow is melting nicely. Hoping that spring is here to stay now.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day to all. MK, I'm glad your having sunshine. Here we have snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Winter has returned and spring is no where to be seen. In February we had 60+ degrees and now it's barely getting past freezing. It doesn't look like it will change any time soon either.

I've been better with my food and have been following my plan closely this week. I weigh in on Sunday so hope it will show a loss. We're going to a St Patrick's Day party tonight and I'll try to not over eat or drink to much tonight.

First though we need to take the dogs to the vet. My oldest is struggling with the arthritis in her hips and I think part of her problem is long nails. We'll get them updated with their shots, cut the nails and just make sure all will be fine for them.

Hope everyone has a great and safe St Patrick's Day. I'll catch all later. G. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello. Finally had a day of sunshine yesterday. We will be getting about 2" of rain between now and tomorrow noon-ish. I really just want the rain to stop and let us dry out for a bit. Yes and Oregonian born and raised is ready for the rain to stop!! hahaha - that means there has been A LOT of RAIN!! The ground has been so saturated there have been landslides all over the place. I hear that we are supposed to have nice weather for about three days starting Sunday... now THAT is exciting news!

I'm still plugging along here. Been a lot of ups and downs, but I think my food is much better - getting all my greens and cutting out that evil sugar.

So a girls weekend is coming up in April and my daughter is going to join me and my friends. I'm very excited - should be fun. I'm going to see about finding some shows to go to and some other fun activities.

Parents are holding their own these days. Mom is now going over to the dining room that can help feed her better, but comes back to her side of the facility for her room/caregiver. I'm sure that this will be a slow transition as she moves up in levels of care.

Our puppy is very active and healthy. She has so much energy she just doesn't know what to do with it all. So hard when we have a swamp for a yard to get them all out and exercised. Seems like I'm always washing the "dog towels" from all the mud. Nice thing is that she just about has the potty training down. We are going to get her a little bit bigger kennel this weekend - I'm sure that will make her happy.

Well ladies - hope all is well with everyone. Take care.

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Hello on this cold Monday. Did a lot of walking around both Saturday and Sunday. We had to buy a new phone and than a new printer this weekend. I just used the new printer for the first time today. It works fine and the print is very clear. Our home phone had to be replace because the set wouldn't stay charged, and the set in the bedroom hasn't worked for months. Anytime I was in the back of the house, I had to run to the front to answer the phone. I missed several calls because of that issue. I'm glad we finally did something about them both.

MK, so sorry to hear about your husband nephew. It's so sad when a vibrant person and good man is lost. Our prayers and condolences are with your family.

Lisa, Glad you husband enjoys his new job and it's working out for him. You only have 2 days for spring break? most schools around here get at least a week off.

I think my grandchildren get a break from March 27 through March 31. My family will be coming over here on April 1st to celebrate all the March birthdays. This was the only time everyone was able to come. I'm hoping to have warm weather so we can cook out on the grill. We'll see though. That's a few weeks away yet.

We too are getting winter weather here in Ohio. They say we might get some snow tonight and again later in the week. I was hoping we would be getting nice weather now that it's March but this isn't unusual for us here. We've had snow as late as Easter in April.

Today I'm waiting on a delivery for a new oxygen concentrator. The one I have starting acting up this weekend. The alarm kept going off every time I turned it on and so I wasn't able to use it to get the oxygen for my C-Pap. I think they called and said it would be after 3 and as late as 5. Last time they set that time frame they didn't get here until after 5. We'll see how this works this time.

I'm doing laundry and some light cleaning today. Dust is everywhere, and have dust bunnies all over the floor. We'll also need to shampoo the living room carpet before the family visits. My oldest dog, whose 14 now is having accidents on the floor. I'm sure it's age especially since she has a lot of issues walking because of arthritis in he hips and joints. I love her so much but might need to put her down soon.

Anyway things are calm around her for now. Still struggling with my food and exercise. I really need to concentrate on staying on track. Hope all are having a great day and are expecting a wonderful week. Take care, and take some time for yourselves. Bye for now, G.

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MK, I am so very sorry to hear about your husband's nephew. I surely hope someone can carry on his work.

Nothing too exciting going on around here. Got my hair done this morning, the girls were here for just a bit while their mom got her hair done, and then had shopping trip planned.

Winter has returned; we could get several inches of snow and some wind tomorrow, but it should all melt later in the week. We have spring break on Thurs. and Fri, but I know I'll be working at least a portion of it.

My husband loves his new job as a custodian at a local mfg. plant. He will begin to work overnights in another week, after his training is over. He dropped 6 lbs. this week--he says there is lots of walking, and they stay really busy.

Other than that, all is the same around here. Have a wonderful week.



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Hello. Well it just never seems to end. My husbands nephew was killed in Mexico yesterday. He was a great man who helped many many people in their daily lives and some very jealous, overbearing person, shot him. The community is outraged and our family is devastated. His wife and 2 sons are here in Oregon and his mother just arrived here to the states one day before this happened. In fact his wife just got off the phone with him only moments before. His mother, wife & sister are heading back to Mexico today. This is a huge loss for our family. The work that he did supported many and wouldn't be able to exist without him... so we are all at a loss.

I'm back at work today. I worked from home yesterday got some things done but it is difficult to do my work with out a dual computer screen. I'm feeling better so I'm here at my desk.

Its an overcast day. Perfect for my mood.

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MK, hope you get over the head cold soon. That's so miserable to have one and they seem to hang on forever. I'm glad to hear you parents are doing well. Hope it continues for you. It's nice your brother can help with the paperwork on your father.

I'm still doing cleaning around the house. Not as much as you seem to be doing but am trying to weed out paperwork and such. I did give the bathrooms a good cleaning today, and was bending over to hand scrub the grout on the floor so that was very hard for me to do since I can't get down and scrub, so it's hard on my back. That's probably why I don't do it very often, and it's also the reason I don't clean it more.

Today was sunny and the temps were around 61 and so opened up the back door for a while today. However the weather will change by tomorrow and we'll be cold and 31 degrees by Saturday and stay in the 30's all next week. They even say we might get some snow. I'm so tired of all this bouncing round with the temps. It's hard to know how to dress or if I need the winter coat or not. I can't wait until the real spring is here and the weather turns warm for good.

I just wanted to get on and say hi to all. Lisa, hope you're doing great with school, and you have better weather than I do. I'm tired of cold and rain then turning to snow. You'll probably be getting the spring break soon, so hope you'll be able to enjoy it.

Everyone have a wonderful Friday, and a fun weekend. I'll catch all later, G.

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Hello. Well I'm at home with a head cold today. Dang thing... hope it goes away as fast as it came.

Not much really happening here. We are a full house keeping the female pup, but we just love her. The yard is a mud pit with all the rain we've been having. It floods under the house so we have a sump pump working on that.

I've been working more on my food intake that exercising. My knees are both shot and the new PA for my orthopedic physician wants to start me at square one with shots again... whatever. I've had the cortisone shots and they didn't help so now I've got to call back and schedule the other shots. Well I suppose its better than having the knee replaced... I guess. They get more money out of me then. Now even my walking is painful. I guess they want the knee completely trashed before they even consider replacing.

Mom/Dad have been holding their own lately. Both have been sick and the facilities were in lock-down for a few weeks. Finally able to visit my mom and to me she looks like she has pink eye. I think I picked up the cold from visiting her. Dad is just as ornery as ever. He has a new bed that he likes - which is great - but now we have to keep it from getting all stained. So I've bagged the mattress to prevent that from happening - plus a double mattress pad to really stop it from reaching the mattress.

Both of them have all new clothing and are set until such time that they pass. Dad moved to medicaid this month and mom is on partial (her pension gives her too much money). So happy my brother is taking care of all the paperwork. I know I wouldn't be able to get through it... have a hard enough time dealing with my own paperwork.

Speaking of paperwork... finally cleaning out the computer room. I've been tossing left and right and burning confidential stuff (my shredder broke down). I do like outside burning - gives the dogs a chance to run around and I get out of the house. Still have a 4 drawer file cab to go through, but a lot of it is supplies. Going to strip the room apart and demolish some of the walls and finally rip out the old carpet and get the flooring put in. Then hit IKEA for a small desk and a small hide-a-bed couch so when his sister comes she has a place to sleep.

So I've been keeping busy with all that.

Hope all continues to be well with both of you.

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A good Monday to all. It's been raining all day so I haven't been outside. I think it's around 55 degrees which is about normal for this time of year. I'd only wish we'd stay there all the time. This weekend we had colder temps with snow. Nothing stuck but still I hope this type of weather will not return.

I've been cleaning some today a throwing out old magazines and worked on getting the office better organized. I need to do this more often because it's got out of hand and seems overwhelming to tackle it.

Don and I are planning to go to the Y tonight and workout if Don is up to it.. He just got home so best get off here. My weight staying the same, but exercise is better. I just need to combine both to continue to have better losses.

Hope the evening will be a good one for all. I'll catch all later, G.

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Good morning. Looking forward to today as we will get the girls later this afternoon and keep them overnight. We are going to Aladdin Jr., put on by our local Community theater. Several of my students are in the production, so It will be lots of fun.

Exercise continues to go well. I've cut back a little bit. I'm trying to find the balance where I'm still working hard and getting benefit, but not destroying my joints. I'm taking an hour long core class twice per week, and it's set up for working really hard through a set, either reps or time, and then taking a 1-2 minute break before the next set. We do fully body workouts with minimal equipment--but at least half the class is core focused. I've learned a lot, and we are all getting up there in age (45+).

Gorgeous week ahead, conferences at the end of the week, so Thursday will be a really long day. Plus, our granddaughter has her K program that afternoon, which we will attend. Should be fun.

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MK, and Lisa, Hope all is good with you two. We have been having heavy rains, thunderstorms, and even a tornado watch since last night. I think it's finally passed through and we are having some sunshine coming through. Temps will be near 60 today but they will drop for the rest of the week into the low 50's and high 40's. Then the weekend is to warm up again. I wish we'd get the warm weather that would stay instead of all this bouncing around.

I had the car today for a check up with the sleep center. My Sleep apnea is under control and has dropped from over 50 times stopping /hour to 1 time/hour. Much better now and shouldn't need to return there for another year. Hooray.

Mk, glad the puppy is training well for you. I'm glad to hear all is good with your mom and dad and that they are happy. Hope the new bed works out for your dad.

Lisa, I'm sure you're busy with school and looking forward to get out for spring break. I can't believe it's March already. Hope your weather is better at your place than it is mine.

I've been trying to organize a family birthday celebration but both my son and daughter's family are so busy now it's hard to get everyone together. It looks like the March Birthday's will not happen until April 1st now. Don and I will try to have dinner with his sister's before then but the rest of our family will be later. That's what happens when the grand kids get older.

I'm holding my own on the weight, not losing as much, and seem back to my old problem of losing than gaining and losing again. I'm going to the Y at least 2 times a week and feel better now that I'm not sitting around as much.

I'm Working on an art project and am try to get it finished by this Saturday. I hope I'll make it. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. It's a gift for a friend who will be moving to Florida on March 6th, so the last time I'll see him before he goes will be Saturday. I need to get it finished now.

I need to get Don soon so will close for now, everyone have a great week. Catch all later, G.

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Hello! Hope everyone is doing well. Finally able to get into my dad and mom's facilities. Everything has been shut down because of the flu outbreak. Happy to hear that everyone is doing better.

Took a few hours to go through my dad's closet and clean it all out and get rid of clothes that no longer fit and restock with new clothes. Did some rearranging of the table so he can have better access to a table top without being all sideways in his power chair. I have to head over there today and put the enclosed mattress bag on his new mattress - apparently the one my brother purchased didn't zip on and we need to protect that new mattress. Hopefully nothing has happened to it in the last couple nights and I'm able to get that thing put on and remake the bed without anyone knowing that I was there!

Puppy is very active and getting a handle on the potty training. Now that we have her in a smaller kennel things have been a lot smoother.

Well I've got to get to work and make arrangements for some time to go put that mattress cover on and then get some breakfast. Take care!!

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Good Saturday morning. Busy weekend ahead for me. Hubby's birthday tomorrow, our son took us out for dinner last night to celebrate. Colder here again, but fine, because the snow is gone, for now.

I need to get to they gym. Have a fantastic weekend.



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Hello. Well the rain has eased up a little, but we are expecting some snow/rain mix coming late today and tomorrow..... will it ever end?? On Monday my husband and I went over to the coast and on way back we drove almost the entire way through a torrential down pour. The ground is so saturated that many hillsides are giving way along with downed trees etc. So it is kinda messy around the hilly areas. Just hoping for a couple days of dry so the ground can catch up.

Our backyard is a big mud puddle - not so fun putting the dogs out. Seems like I'm washing at least 2-3 loads of towels a day along with blankets that the little pup has accidents on in the kennel. The kennel is too big so we are getting the divider to bring it down to size. Either that or I'm getting the cat carrier.

It looks like she is going to be ours. Everyone seems to think that the puppy should come to them potty trained or kennel trained - she's 8 weeks old for heavens sake!! We have one last person coming to see her tomorrow night. She is a good friend who was widowed about 2 years ago - she thinks she is ready for a dog - but we shall see.

Well I've got to get to work. Take care!!

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Lisa, Happy President's Day. Hope you had a great weekend. Glad your father-in-law is doing better. Sorry however your dad is having his health issues. I'm hoping all will work out for them both. Are you enjoying your day off from school? I know you said you might go into school to get a few things done, but still try to get some rest and relaxation at home today too.

I was to workout with the trainer tonight, but I did something to my back over the weekend and am so stiff and hurting so much I'm having trouble walking around. I decided to take this day off from working out to make sure I have no further issues for later. I'm scheduled to work with the trainer on Wednesday and want to be in good shape for that. She's really helping me with strengthening my legs and giving me exercises to help with my balance. I feel stronger and more confident now than a few weeks ago.

Surprisingly I've keep most of the weight I lost after I was sick off. I'm now down a total weight of 42 pounds, and down to size 20 in tops, and size 22 in pants. I bought some exercise tops in size 22 and had to take them back to get them in size 20. It makes me happy to wear smaller sizes and not feel that they are to tight for me. I even had to get a smaller size in my bras. I am working now on toning and strength exercises at the Y. We only have 2 more times we signed up with the trainer, but I'm thinking about doing another 4 more times.

Beautiful weather lately and I'm looking forward to have my balance issues and my strength issues under control enough I will feel more confident to walk on my own without worrying about falling. This would be a great booster for me to be able to walk more without waiting for Don.

We'll stay around 65 all week, but will have some rain later on but then by the weekend it's falling back down into the 50's. It's still not bad temps for this time of year. I only hope the temps will stay and no more really cold temps or snow. My flowers are already getting shoots on them.

I need to get off here and get some chores done yet today. I need to finish the laundry and maybe wash my bedding too. I'll catch all later, G.

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2/18/17 8:00 A

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Hello and happy weekend.

My husband is on the wrap up with his old job, and making the transition to his new job. He will finally get his home office packed up and sent back to the company, and then we can just have a "normal" home office.

I'm just getting ready to head to the gym. Going to have a lazy day, really. I may work a few hours this afternoon, and then again on Monday. So glad we don't have school--I really need a catch up day.

We've got about 5 more days of gorgeous weather (50+) before winter returns with a prediction of lots of snow by the end of the week. That's okay--it's almost spring!!

My dad is having some health issues: he's got cellulitis in his foot that just doesn't want to go away, he has a pre-cancerous lesion on his lip, and he has a painful achilles tendon in his other foot. Healing is complicated by the fact that he's diabetic, but they think there's something else going on, since his diabetes is well managed, and he's only had it a few years. He is beyond frustrated--he's one of these people who will follow a dr's. instructions to the letter, and then he expects to be completely well and back to his regular routine. Anyway, my folks are coming up to my brother's for the weekend, so I'll drive up tomorrow and see them.

We visited my father-in-law last night, and he was as good as I've seen him since before Christmas. He says he's had some days where he's felt good all day. That was good to hear.

Wishing you both a pleasant weekend.



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Hello! Thanks for the birthday wishes. It was a very nice day. Kids took me to breakfast and later that night we all went out to dinner in Portland (shopping in between). Had a great time.

Well one more pup to go and I'm hoping that she will be gone on Monday. We have a family taking a look at her on Monday and I'm hoping they will want her. If not we will most likely just give up looking for a home and keep her. She is growing on me every day... well excepts for those mid-night and 3 a.m. wake ups.

Both of my parents are sick - so I can't get in there to see them or clean up their closets. We are in what is called a "spend down" of their funds. They have gone through all their money (at $10K/month its easy to do) and will now go to Medicaid. The whole process is exhaustive - as it should be - but when you've dealt with so much with them it can be difficult dealing with this transition.

Well I have to get to work. Take care ladies - have a fabulous weekend!!

Edited by: MUDDYKAT at: 2/17/2017 (10:35)
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