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Good afternoon to everyone. Christmas is over and it always makes me a little sad and extremely nostalgic thinking about all the family not with us this year. It's hardest at this time but I still try to touch base by phone talking to my sister and her family on Christmas Day. I tried to call and talk to my son and daughter too but could only leave messages. I saw them last weekend so not so bad. Don and I spent a quiet Christmas Day at home. I was able to give away most of the candy and cookies last weekend and to neighbors so very little is left in the house. No plans for new Years so it will be another quiet Holiday for us again.

Try starting today to get back to a routine of eating good meals and snacks. I was finding myself just grabbing something late in the afternoon and not eat any meals. Most of what I was eating were the goodies I had in the house. Back to fruit and veggies today with a good healthy protein, and hope to get on a steady program at the beginning of the year. I'll include exercising too and maybe get my hubby involved with me. He's gained a few pounds too since he's no longer working and he and I have been going out way to much. That's why we're going to cut down on that as well.

It sounds like everyone had a great Christmas and enjoyed family gathering and friends. Hope to fine all wonderful today. Enjoy the rest of it. Bye for now. G.

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Greetings on this Dec.26th. Last family members leaving in a bit, so the house will be a little quiet, although we have some friends stopping by later, and our youngest will be around for a few more days. I made so many trips up and down the stairs the last couple of days--grandkid chasing and item gathering. It will continue today as I pack up the Christmas decorations and tree.

My father-in-law was extremely generous this year. He always gives monetary gifts, but this year the amount for each person doubled from what he has given in past years. He includes all the grandchildren, even the step-grands, and the daughters-in-law. He can be crabby, negative, difficult and the like, but he is frequently generous. I gave him a mug with pictures of his great-grandkids from our family, and he loved it, and got a bit teary eyed over that gift. It was an absolute pleasure to share the holiday with him this year. We are having a small celebration with my husband's side tomorrow. More food to maneuver around, of course.

I overate of course, but the level at which I overate is decreasing every year. I just make sure I have my favorites that show up only once a year, and then I try to eat small portions. I really like the sugar cookies-frosted or not, I just like them, so I certainly ate my share of those. I've packaged up some treats and leftovers for my son and his family to take with them. I'm loving the Gladware these days.

I got an 30 minute interval workout done on the elliptical today. Looking forward to some intense workouts before I return to work on the 5th.







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12/25/14 11:42 A

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Merry Christmas to everyone on Spark. May you have a wonderful and blessed Day.

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Merry Christmas!

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MK, It's a nice thing how folks have backed your operation Burrito. So many great things donated. I'm sure it will be a continued success in the future. Enjoy your parents while you can. Life's so short and I miss my parents so much during this time of year. I also think of my sister and all the others who have passed. Be thankful you can enjoy your family.

Tomorrow Don's mom and sisters are coming over for dinner. It's a tradition for them to come and Don make lasagna. We used to have everyone over when they were living in town, but the kids can't come anymore because they live in a different city. I always ask though just in case they can.

Today is cleaning day. I always do more when Don's mom and sisters come here. Their place is always spotless and looks like a show house. I wish I could keep ours like that at times. They have 3 to clean it's just me. Don does the vacuuming but I do the rest. I really don't like house cleaning and if we had the money I'd have someone in to clean. The bathrooms are the worst. I can't get down enough to scrub the tub and shower. I also hate cleaning toilet. Anyway that's what's planned for today. I'll have to run to the store for salad makings but we have everything else for the meal.

I can't believe that tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the next day Christmas. It seems this season has just flown by. I get sad that another year will soon be ending, but thankful I can still enjoy life and I count all the blessings I do have. I'm thankful the Don and I still have our health and that Don's mom is still with us. She'll be 92 next year and is still very active. She's like a mom to me too so I glad we can spend time with her. I always enjoy having them here.

I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Enjoy life, and be thankful for the people and family you have. Marry Christmas. G. emoticon emoticon

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Good morning. Well PT was a rough one with the shoulder, but I did pretty good - can't do things with my shoulder now because of it, but it should loosen back up by tomorrow. My knees are bothering me, but not as bad as last week. Just plugging along

I'm about as ready as I can be for Christmas. This is our 5th year with Christmas Burritos. We have an overload of clothing items (coats, pants, shirts, sweaters, socks etc.) and we have lots of backpacks filled with items. Have a donated 5 gal coffee dispenser that is now ours. We will still borrow an additional one from my friend - so we are set with that. I think the only thing I have to get is cheese for the burritos and we are set. I have my cookers coming at 6 a.m. and we should be loaded up and ready to go to the bridge by 8 a.m.

Had a wonderful Christmas party at the facility my parents are at on Saturday. My brother and his wife came down and it was a nice visit. We will be picking up my parents on Christmas day to come and enjoy a home cooked meal. My dad really enjoys being at the house with the dogs and just sits back and falls asleep. I just love that he is relaxed in our home. Mom's dementia is much worse and progressing much faster than we expected - well maybe not faster than expected, but we are surprised everytime we see her at the loss of memory. She knows I'm her daughter but can't remember my name. She knows my brother but always introduces him as coming to the facility for the first time... so its just little things. This is why I just have to have them to the house - it will only be a short time before they are gone and we must enjoy what little time we can.

Well - got to get to work. I'm sporting a pretty good size headache today. I've taken something, but it really hasn't touched it. I'll try and get some breakfast in me and maybe that will help.

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I do hope you are both finishing final preparations for Christmas. I am preparing for our staff luncheon on Monday. We do soup and sandwiches, crackers and spreads, chips and dips, and hordes of Christmas treats. It is fun and so appreciated by the staff. We put on quite an event. The principal's wife (I'm assistant) is a caterer, so she helps out a bit as well. We also have our church potluck after the children's program tomorrow, so I've made a plate of treats up for that, and I'll also take some sliced ham in a crock pot. I guarantee that every morsel will get eaten. Potlucks at our church are interesting, to say the least. We have people who bring guests, which is wonderful, but they often don't bring additional food items to accommodate for those guests. I'm okay with all the food getting eaten, but I'm often last in line because I'm working, and there have been times where there has been literally no hot food left. Do I have to work, no, but if I don't, it is unorganized, as we have few good leaders, and almost no decision makers, so I just take charge. Enough about that.

Well, I finally decided that I've had enough of this weight gain. I haven't gained as much as I thought I had, but I've gotten quite soft around the middle. I had to accept what has occurred, and make some changes, so I started today. My clothes still fit, but differently. Most of all, though, I just don't like that the flat look I had in my ab area last summer is disappearing. I had an aggressive spin bike ride last night, and a great strength workout this morning. Mostly, though, it's about my food choices, so have committed to making better ones.

More wrapping to do, laundry, and I have to make something for dinner. Youngest is coming home, and he'll be around most of Christmas break, although he will have to go back for a few practices. He's an assistant coach for a high school basketball team, the school at which he will do his student teaching in the spring. This is the very same school where I did my student teaching 30 years ago (1985). Of course, there have been many changes in their facilities and teaching staff, but it is really cool to be able to share that commonality with him.

G, enjoy your celebration this weekend. I'm sure your grandchildren will enjoy your company and the excitement of this holiday. I've never had success with those meringues, but I do love them.

Ugh, those joints wear out too fast these days, MK. We must work them harder than they were intended to be worked. Last night my bunion was bothering me, and I started to entertain the idea of getting it fixed. Someday, I suppose. How many years is this now for the Operation Christmas burrito?

We have two more days of school before vacation starts, and we return on Jan. 5. Looking forward to the break. Take care.



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I know after all the surgeries this year the thought of another one is bothersome. I know what you say about your knee. Both mine were in that same shape but the were off center about an inch or two so if I'd had fallen one or both would have broke and couldn't have been repaired. I had no choice. Now if I could just take care of these ankles and arches on my feet. My new supports seem to be helping. I've now worked the breaking in time to 7 hours. I'm not used to wearing my shoes in the house all day and I have trouble when I sit with my feet up in the recliner. I usually bend them and with shoes it's difficult.

Mk, You'll know when the time is right for the knee surgery and I sure your doctor will keep an eye on it so that you won't wait to long and not be able to walk or exercise. You might stop the step class and watch all the bouncing, jumping, and running you do on the treadmill and in the step class. Try doing the bike and elliptical instead, and the cycling class. Swimming is also great for the joints.

Baking all done but Don still wants to make Meringue cookies. His last two efforts they didn't get fluffy or puff up like the were supposed to when baking. We'll try again today and hope to get better and stiffer peaks before adding the rest of the ingredients. I finished all the wrapping last night so I'm ready for the family dinner on Sunday. I'll have to find some containers to take the candy and baked good over to Don's Mom's place because we'll want to keep some here to give as gifts to neighbors and friends, and send home with the kids.

I'm tired today but did sleep until 8, but it didn't seen to help my tiredness any. I keep waking up off and on through the night either not breathing or coughing because the drainage down my throat. I'm thinking of starting back with my C-Pap machine. I think it might help with the breathing. I know I've gained weight and that is also an issue for me. I've decided to get back to business after Christmas and the new year is over. I need to do something and stick with it.

MK, I hope the shoulder and knee improves with time. Take care of yourself. I wish you great success with the Operation Burrito. It sounds like your getting donations and lots of help from other to succeed. Good luck with it. Have a wonderful weekend and a Blessed Christmas. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Good morning. Well shoulder is a bit better - still not sleeping good so the doc gave me a prescription of some type of ibuprophen and a narcotic - it did not make me sleep. I don't know if it was because I had so much on my mind or what, but I got a lot done last night!

Now its my left knee. If it isn't one thing its another. I was also told they cannot do anymore shots into my right knee - the next step is replacement. So whenever I'm ready he said... yeah I don't think so - at least not in the next year or until I can no longer walk on it. The pictures he had of my right knee show big chunks of missing cartilage gone - so it is possible to have the work done and it explains the pain. Anyway - right now its mostly my left knee that is giving me grief... darn it all!!

Well enough of my woes!! Everyone ready for Christmas? Seems like I'm doing more baking that expected, but I don't mind too much. This darn work of mine does get in the way of me doing things! hahahaha

Well got to get working... take care!!

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12/16/14 10:27 A

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Mk, Hope your pain issue with your shoulder and arm soon goes away and wishing you a speedy recovery.

I love finding recipe's that aren't complete. When My Mom passed we went to her home and I went through her recipe's and brought several home with me. Many of them were recipe's from my grandmothers. I was looking at some of them to do for the holidays and found them incomplete. One grandmother's listed the ingredients but not the cooking or baking instructions. The other listed the cooking or baking instructions I found that not all of the ingredients were listed. Ha, Ha. Anyway I tried a fudge recipe guessing at the cooking time and it didn't quite turn out as planned although it tasted ok but not like fudge at all but more like a chocolate caramel with nuts. I guess I'll need to look at other fudge recipes and try it again. The other grandmother has a cookie recipe I'd like to try, but again no cooking instructions or oven temps. I might try 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes which is what other cookie recipes have called for. I'll let you know how it turns out. It is fun doing them though. I won't give them as gifts or share but if Don and I can eat them we will.

I'll finish my recipe for cookies up today and tackle my wrapping. Time getting short to get everything finished.

I was wrong about the rain and weather, we received rain all night ,early this morning and the temps have started dropping. They are now in the mid to low 30's. I guess the warmer temps are gone and winter like ones have returned.

Hope al doing great today. Enjoy yourselves. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Things are good here - still baking only because the first batch of baked goods have disappeared with family coming in from Mexico, as well as my children taking some and giving plates of goodies to friends. I still have a few more things to do, but should be finishing up that tonight or tomorrow.

Gifts are just about done - now I need to wrap them.

My shoulder is having some difficulties lately because of the increase in PT exercises. Last night I moved my arm to uncover me and apparently that was to much and my shoulder was in extreme pain. Ended up in the recliner blocking it into place with blankets - once that was done I slept good. I'm here at work today, but the shoulder is not a happy camper. I figured there is going to be a lot of this pain issue for a while, but man does it make for a very cranky person!!! (hahaha)

Well got to get settled in at my desk. Missed last Friday because of shoulder issues (first day after the new exercises). Today I brought in some banana nut bread and pumpkin bread to share for the holidays.

Sorry to hear about your son's job situation Lisa. So hard when personalities clash - I'll be sending out prayers for him to find the right fit for him.

Georgie - continuing to send out prayers for Don to find something that works for him as well.

Take care

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Lisa, so sorry to hear about your son's job situation. It's especially hard just before Christmas to lose ones livelihood. Hope he can find something soon.

Don still hasn't found anything although he's still trying. Still hoping he'll find something in his area of training, but if not he may have to go looking in some other job areas to find work. He's in Quality control and inspection and although has worked in the machine trades it's been several years and he's not ready to return to that field. He has had a few offers for night shift in the machine trade and told them he'd rather stay with days and the Quality or inspection. We're glad to have Medicare though so we're not totally without funds to live.

I'm still baking also, have a few more candy recipe's to make and a few other cookie ones to do also. I'm just doing one or two every time I bake. Will finish with the cookies today, and will tackle the wrapping while things in the oven. We have our shopping finished and the family dinner and gift exchange is December 21, so only the rest of this week to finish everything.

I went to a Foot Focus to get a support for my foot on Friday, and have been breaking the inserts in since. It's straightening my rollover problem and so far has helped with the swelling too. I hope after I get used to wearing them it will help and I won't need to get custom support ones. If I would have to do that we'll be looking at over $300, so hoping these will do the job.

Right now things moving slow. Weather cool but in the 40"s and no rain or snow in the forecast for the rest of this week. It might get colder the week before Christmas with some light snow predicted. We'll see though.

Hope everyone doing great and are all finished with the baking and shopping. I'm sure Mk, in full swing with operation Burrito. Everyone have a great week. Bye for now, G.

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Sunday blessings to you this holiday season. I hope you are both hanging in there with all the seasonal temptations around.

I'm nearly finished with my Christmas shopping, just a few odds and ends left. I'll start wrapping later today. Baking is mostly done, I hope so anyway. I've got to make some cookies today, and I hope that's it. I'll have guests Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but I'm going to keep it fairly simple.

My oldest son was let go of his job just prior to the probationary period expiring. He wasn't surprised, as he told us numerous times his supervisor did not like him. He told us it wasn't performance related, but simply personality related. His co-workers were upset, but there's nothing they can do, as during the probationary period, an employee can be released for any reason. He's going to call on Monday and speak with Human Resources. He thinks he may have some leverage since he's a veteran, I'm not so sure. Anyway, he's applied for a couple of other jobs. My son is arrogant, no doubt, but he wouldn't jeopardize his livelihood by not doing his job. I know that much. My other son was retained.

It has been warm here the last few days, so our snow is almost gone. We could get some more tonight and into tomorrow, but it should be light.I'll take a warm, minimal snow winter!

Enjoy these days of the Advent season.

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Hello.

Had a wonderful early evening with both the kids and their girl/boy friends. We took some family photo's and then went out to dinner. It was great fun and lots of conversation.

It is a very rare night to have both the kids home (let alone their boy/girl friends). My son couldn't stay too long because he had things to take care of at home. Was hoping for a longer night, but so extremely happy that we had the few hours together.

Christmas tree is still sitting on the back porch - hopefully I will get that all in the house by the weekend. Thought I was going to meet up with some friends and do some pottery glazing, but everyone has other things that have come up - so we will do that in January after the holidays.

Seems like as soon as I bake something - it all disappears before I have a chance to get some plates made up for friends, oh well - back to the oven I guess!! ha

I am now increasing my muscle use in the arm. New exercises from the PT this morning and boy is my arm sore. I'll hit step class today, but still am not allowed to use any weights - at least with my right arm.

Weather is very windy (35-40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph) and very wet. Probably some local flooding will happen because of all the downed leaves and so forth.

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Things going well but my weight is not. I've gained and am not happy, but will get back to it once the holidays are over. I'm trying to stay the same but it's a struggle.

My daughter moved into her new house Thanksgiving weekend and we helped her move and I've not recovered yet. Shopping all done now to the wrapping and giving. Our Family dinner and gift exchange is Dec. 21 so only one week left to finish baking and candy making, sending out Christmas cards and wrapping the gifts

Hope the holiday finds everyone doing great. Mk keep up the PT and easing back into your routine. I have an appointment with the foot doctor on Friday and hope he can do something about my swelling and heal and ankles hurting. I might need to get orthodontics and support stockings to help with the problem.

Have a great week and everyone take care. G.

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Good morning. Things are going well here. my weight - well it is not going in the right direction at all. My food choices are mid-range - some good, but mostly stuff I shouldn't have. Usually I go into a self-hate mode, but I'm not going to do that this time. I know I will get back into my routine and do better... for now I'm letting the shoulder heal and letting the season be filled with love!!

The shoulder has now reached its 6 weeks stage. I will be starting harder PT tomorrow, but I've already been doing some things with the shoulder that really can't be helped. I am cautious but not quite pain free. Sleeping is still an issue, but I'm sure that will come back to me as well.

I hope the season is filled with lots of family and love for you both.

Take care.

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Greetings! I do hope all is well in your region of the USA.

Work has been hopping--a bit more than usual. We are already preparing for some very high student numbers next school year, and we are able to hire additional staff members. We've got to get some things in place in order to know exactly in which areas we will be seeking teachers. It has taken a great deal of time, but I think I've got it--just need to get it looking good on the document. Truly, I work with the greatest bunch of people. I just love my teachers (except for one, and I'm trying, I really am), and I'm just so grateful for all they do for the school, and the students, of course.

The food is winning the battle these days. Every time I turn around, there's another treat on my desk. I may take a bite, I may not. Nothing has been so phenomenal yet that I've eaten all of the portion. And then I'm also baking at home for some holiday events. Once again, I'm overdoing it, I've got two or three things left to do: caramel corn, cutout cookies, and maybe some peppermint meltaways. I'm trying not to let it get the best of me, but every day its a test.

Our temps have become more seasonable, upper 20s to low 30s. We've not had much thawing yet, but it sounds like next week that could happen. I actually took a walk outside last night. It felt great, but it is slightly dangerous in the dark when the icy spots aren't easily visible.

I got some Christmas cards ordered--first time in about 8 years that I'll be sending cards out. I just did them via snapfish. I may pay a little more than Wal-Mart, but it is so darn convenient.

Have a wonderful weekend.



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Good morning! Always such a joy to hear about your Thanksgivings Lisa & Georgie. I love having family over, but I live in a 900 sq foot home - and one bathroom - so it is tight. It is the reason why I have always wanted a larger house - or at least a larger kitchen/dining room.

Thanksgiving was low key but very nice having my parents over. Dad would have preferred to stay longer, but mom got a thing in her head that she had to go back home. Dementia is such a strange thing - so sad. So they hung out as long as possible.

My daughter and I did hit some of the sales on Thanksgiving evening when she got off work. She did actually come by at meal time and joined us for some lunch. She enjoyed seeing my parents, but didn't realize just how bad my mom's dementia was. She later cried about it when we were shopping.

Well I have one more week in the sling, but I did get the go ahead to participate in step class. I just cannot lift any weights. So I will do my PT exercises when they are doing the lifting and the step stuff I can do. I'll need to be very careful not to fall, but at this point I'm pretty well healed. It will be nice to just go to class and get a bit of the workout in... get myself back into the groove of things. Once I am out of the sling I'm going to start hitting spin class in the early morning 3 days a week. Eventually I'll be able to be back at the weights (modified of course until I'm fully recovered). I know this is really going to help with the depression and overall laziness that has been taking over.

Cold over here in the Pacific NW - 20*-34* Salem is actually sitting in a pocket of warmth at we are at 36* - so no frost this morning.

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G, I think I'll use your experience with the pie as a reason not to try it! I presently have a lentil soup in the crock pot ready to start before I go to bed. I put a roast in the crock pot last night and we had it for lunch today--roast beef sandwiches--so yummy.

Cold today and tomorrow, and then more "normal" temps return. It has been one cold and snowy November. Hopefully it will warm up from here.

I did a bit of Christmas shopping online today, so I'm getting there. If I'm going to order, I need to do so within the next week if I want it to arrive for Christmas. Lots of free shipping options, but it isn't the speedy ship version, that's for sure.

Well, I had to face the "bod" today. I could tell I've been putting on some lbs. I was getting in lots of exercise, as our autumn was so gorgeous, but Nov. hit, and my outdoor walking/biking time was no more. I can definitely tell. Yesterday I decided I needed to make some dietary changes and get back to paying close attention to the items that pass my lips. I'm still exercising--30-45 minutes most days, but truly, the food choices, as usual, are where I need to focus.

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Happy Sunday. The pie in the crock pot didn't turn out as expected. The pie crust was burnt and the insides was ok but not as good as would liked. I ended up making a regular Pecan pie Thanksgiving morning, which was served and I hid the other in the cabinet. I might try that recipe another time and shorten the cooking time, and make more crust.

So tired and so aching and sore. Helped my daughter move yesterday and they were able to finish it all, so they will only need to clean the old place and unpack boxes. They need to find Chris' work clothes by Tuesday, get them cleaned and ironed. It's his uniform so it has to be found. They also have her work clothes and a few needed items she just has to have etc. They will be busy for several days if not weeks. I was more a child care watcher, then moving but a 4 month old, and 4year old and a 6 year old keeps one busy. It was helpful because the 6 year old would help keep track of the 4 year old and they can play well together, unless the youngest wants the same thing and won't share. Chris' mom was there too which helped since the new place is a tri-level, so when the older girls were down stairs she could watch them., and I was able to watch, change and feed the baby. She was also able to do some unpacking and was in the girls bedroom folding and putting away clothes and toys. She was able to sort through the boxes and separate the clothes to small for the girls and to frilly for the boy and put them in a give-a-way box.

Don was moving boxes in our car and my daughter misplace his keys. She was going through boxes, checking under couch cushions trying to find them. Thank goodness I had my keys with me so we could still drive. They did find them by the time the last of the boxes were brought over to the new place when the started throwing out trash. They had fallen out of her pocket and was under the trash bags. Don also changed out the switch pate in the master bed room, and replaced the door knob to that bedroom. They are not sure why it had a front door handle with locks on both sides. One needed a key, which the keys they had didn't even fit. He was able to put an inside handle back on as well. They still have a few thing the landlords need to fix right away. A couple of burners don't work on the stove, and they have a front window that leaks and will need to be addressed right away, and I'm sure as they move in more will discover a few other things. It's owned by a realtor's, so they are thinking after a time if it's working for them they might see if there will be a chance to buy it. Anyway it was a busy day for everyone. Today we'll put up the tree and since it's going to be 56 today, Don if up to it will put up outdoor light up. We then can turn our thoughts to Christmas.

Hope everyone has a blessed Sunday and an enjoyable one. Take care, I'll catch all later. G.

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Happy Thanksgiving weekend. It was one busy holiday, but it was so wonderful. All the boys and their families were here, as was my father-in-law, and our good friends and their 6 children. I had invited my parents, but they chose not to travel the five hours, it was cold, but roads were good. My mom can be odd about these things sometimes. I'm so grateful that I can accommodate such large groups of people. My youngest son brought a buddy of his who wasn't able to go home due to his work schedule, so I think I had 20 people. I had planned pretty well, and I had just enough left over. I was able to send a few things home with the boys, and today I made up a turkey and rice soup and took a large container over to the friends who had joined us. I may take a bowl over to father-in-law as well.

Today I had to take hubby up to get his new (used) vehicle. He hit a deer a few weeks ago, and they ended up totaling his car--it had over $15,000 in damage. Since I had to make that trip, I did a bit of shopping, but it was late morning, so most of the Black Friday rush was over, and I actually enjoyed the experience and got exactly what I had on my list. I've made a pretty good dent in my shopping already, so hope to finish up soon. I'll get the tree up tomorrow, and do a bit of outside decorating as well.

It sounds like the boys and their families will all be here Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I'll probably invite my father-in-law over as well, as he so enjoys being around the great-grand kids. He's slowing down more and more all the time. His bladder cancer is recurring more frequently now, which means a same day surgical procedure every 3-4 months. There will come a time when that won't work anymore, but for now, he's enduring and recovering fairly well.

I'm sure your parents enjoyed their day at your house, MK. I host a lot of gatherings, and I invite those that need to be invited. There were times when my father-in-law wasn't very nice, however, now he just appreciates that we include him. My sister in law hosted Thanksgiving one year, and it was a fiasco; not only was the food poorly prepared, but she was crabby, and no one had fun. We couldn't wait to leave. You did the right thing, and hopefully your siblings appreciate what you did for your parents.

Sounds like you had a group too, G. You mentioned mac and cheese. I thought that was an unusual Thanksgiving side item, however, I have learned that certain items are required or expected in certain families. A family I know always has baked beans with their Thanksgiving meal, and another family always serves brussel sprouts. Those items would seem out of place at our Thanksgiving dinner. As much as I love turkey, I wouldn't mind having another protein choice. Hope you are now rested and recovered.

Take care, and find some time to relax this weekend.



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Thank you for the very kind words Georgie! You are right - it will be their loss - and I'm happy to have them over. We have been trying to have them at the house once or twice a month so they can get out of the facility that they live in. The apartment is comfortable, but I just can't imagine the harshness it is compared to your own home. My house is small and very (VERY) lived in - much like how theirs was - I think that is why they feel relaxed at my home.

Sounds like you have all under control for Thanksgiving. How joyous to have all your family with you! Have a very blessed day!!

Lisa - hope all is well with you. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving as well!

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MK, Glad you were thoughtful enough to have your parents spend time with you on Thanksgiving Day. I know around here they have stores Kroger's for one, that will fix a complete Thanksgiving meal for you. If you have a store around you maybe you could have them prepare it and you just pick it up and serve. I do hope if you can't do that, that hubby will help with the cooking and serving. Anyway enjoy your parents while the are still able to be with you. To bad the rest of the family can't be bothered. It's their loss and to late will they realize what they missed after the parents are gone. It's a blessed time and a time for family no matter what differences you might have. Enjoy your family an have a wonderful and thankful Thanksgiving.

I'm just doing a quick rest now in between my prep times to sit down. I'm trying something new and Hope it turns out. I found a recipe for a pecan pie to be cooked in the crock pot. I just finished putting it in and waiting for the end results. Now I need to do my dressing, corn casserole, and mac and cheese, getting them in the fridge over night. We'll make the ham tonight, and the turkey in the morning.

My daughter said she'll come over around noon to help me get things finished up. My mother-in-law is bringing the potatoes, gravy, and pies. My son will bring either a fruit tray or a veggie tray. Because my daughter is also trying to move, I didn't ask her to bring anything, but then she offered to help get things finished, help with the table, and the serving. I appreciate the help and it takes some of the pressure off me. Everyone else will arrive at 4 and we'll eat soon after. We always eat a late dinner because my son's X expects the girls to dinner at her moms at noon. I know they won't be that hungry for a second dinner but I'm still glad they will be here. My son and girlfriend will enjoy the meal, because they have no other dinner except mine. I do feel for his daughters, last year they had about 7 or 8 Thanksgiving meals by the time the weekend is over with. His X's family expects them to come to their dinners even if they don't want to go. Last year they said they were tired of turkey. That's why we also have a ham so they can choose.

I'd better get off here and finish things up. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, Lisa, I hope you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving too. God bless everyone and enjoy your families. Bye for now. G.

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Good morning.

Still lacking sleep, but it is what it is.

So none of my family was calling to invite us to thanksgiving.... and no one called my parents either... at least until last night when I called them to see if they were heading to Portland to be with my brother.. but nope. Unbelievable that no one is celebrating together this year with all the things we have been through. I asked if my mom/dad would like to come to our house for Thanksgiving and they were delighted. Our kids are both working so it was just me and the husband; now to include my parents.

I guess its just been way too much family this year for everyone. Oh well - I just couldn't let them be at that facility during a family holiday. I did ask my brother if they would be willing to have Thanksgiving at their home (because it is bigger), but he never got back to me like he said. Didn't expect my selfish sister to invite, but thought at least my brother. Oh well - I suppose his wife just couldn't stand having my father over.

Sounds like your going to have a grand Thanksgiving Georgie! How fun, but understandably stressful with the move and all going on at the same time. Hope you just relax and sit back and let the younger group help.

Lisa - I'm sure you have a wonderfully packed family time for Thanksgiving. Hope it is very joyful and fun.

Well - work work work - must get it done.

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Mk, Nothing worse than the pain pills working only 3 hours. It's to soon to take any more and once you hurt nothing helps. I know what your going through I remember how much pain and lack of sleep I was getting after my knees surgery. I think I just got used to sleeping 3 hours at night. I too did better sitting up in my recliner. Sometimes I think I sleep better and deeper sitting in it than I do when I'm in bed. Maybe because my husband and dog hog the space, and I end up sleeping on the edge all night. Ha, Ha. Anyway I feel for you. Especially when you need to still get up get dressed and go to work. Hang in there. It'll just take time healing and adjusting. I know with time it'll get better. Take care of yourself.

Don still cleaning an shampooing the rugs. It'll take another day or two getting it all finished, Than we'll begin the Thanksgiving food to start and another vacuum job just before family arrive but need to wait until all the carpet is dry. In the meantime I stripping the beds, dusting the corners behind the furniture mopping the rest of the floors and giving the bathrooms a good scrubbing. Did the sinks and toilets today, and will do the shower and tub tomorrow. If I get it all done this weekend will just need to do touch up cleaning before guests arrive.

Monday we'll head over to Columbus to help my daughter move the boxes and small stuff. I told her while Chris, her hubby, and Don are moving the boxes in the car, I'll watch Gideon and Sadie. That's the biggest help I can do while the guys do the heavy lifting. I can also clean out cabinets and refrigerator while in the house. They couldn't get the keys to the new place until Monday. They were hoping it could be done today, but the place wasn't ready yet. That means we'll be over there next weekend moving the rest of the boxes, the big things and the furniture. It'll be a busy two weekends.

Hope everyone is doing great today. We're thawing some now, but still cold and snow left on the ground. This weekend we'll be mid 40* and Monday is to get near 50* but by mid week we'll be down to the mid 20* again. It'll be very cold next weekend while my daughter is moving. It'll be dry, but cold. I think Thanksgiving on will be low 20* and the same for that weekend. I guess winter has arrived around here.

Have a wonderful evening and weekend. I'll catch all later. G.

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much better sleep last night. stayed in recliner - even tho I woke up a few times I easily went back to sleep

the advil pm only works about 3 hrs for me but I was exhausted last night so I slept good

mom & dad celebrated their 65th anniversary last night with dinner out. it was nice but after a 10 hr work day I was pooped to say the least. It was nice seeing them enjoying themselves

I think my dad is angry with me because I told my brother about my mom having some racing heart issues. dad thinks he can take care of her, but we are having our doubts and that makes him angry. can't help it - he sure can be a booger tho

well hope you all are staying warm and safe with the hard fast cold front. take care



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I do take sleep aids at night - along with pain pills... pain so bad it keeps me up

I hear you on the bed... been just leaving it, but its been 3 weeks... I guess im tired

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MK. maybe taking a pain pill before bed would help you sleep, thus allowing you to be less tired during the day. Don't sweat the little things like the bed being made. It's not going to kill you to leave it undone once an a while. I do know whet you mean though looking like a 2 year old made the bed. It must be a man thing Mine's the same way! Ha, Ha.

Take care and try to relax some. You just need to adjust to doing things a little different until you're all healed. Hope it goes better for you. G.

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good morning

pt says Im doing too much so im 1 handing it. very frustrating. my husband tries but ultimately its about him and how it effects him. I really hate not having the bed made - so simple - but it looks like a 2 yr old did it. I do better with one arm.

I cant sleep because the pain is so severe at night - so now Im super grumpy (being nice with that word). he wont help me get comfortable... so I am in pain. boy am I whiney or what?

im just tired

no sleep for about 3 days - very little that is

well best get working

take care

my parents are celebrating their 65th anniversary today - wow



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Mk, sounds like the shoulder is on the way for a strong recovery. Hope you'll work things out with the family and your Thanksgiving . Sometimes it just nice to spend a nice quiet time on a holiday. Mine will be hectic with all the grand kids running around.

My daughter will be moving this coming weekend instead of the weekend after Thanksgiving. We'll be going over to help her move. Most likely I'll take care of the grand kids while everyone else moves. She knows for sure they'll be moving the small stuff and the boxes, but not sure about all the furniture. I think it would be better to move it all before the last weekend so they will have a chance to clean the apartment. No matter what it will be a busy two weekends to get it all done.

Everyone is coming over here for Thanksgiving and so we're cleaning house and shampooing the carpets. While all the furniture is cleaned off for moving, we're also rearranging everything to allow more room for an extra table at dinner, and room to put the tree up for Christmas. It's sort of been a tradition to allow everyone to decorate the tree while all the grand children are here. We'll see this year though since everyone has to leave for home because my son and daughter have to be back to work on Friday. That's why I'm hoping she will move this weekend. It'll be easier for her since her oldest daughter is out of school that Friday.

I've been baking my holiday breads too. So far I have made 3 small pumpkin breads, and one larger loaf. and 4 small banana breads. I give them as gifts but also the smaller loaves are easier to take to parties.

I need to get off here since we need to finish the shampooing. Since we're doing the whole house we need to do small areas at a time and then one room at a time. Because the living room/dinning room is so large, we need to break it into 3 areas, to allow us to move furniture from one area at a time, let it dry some before putting back the furniture. It's really a job doing it ourselves.

I hope everyone is staying warm. We're in single degrees at night and highs around 10* in the day with show. Really cold here for November. We're breaking records for the lows. Even one day of school closings. Very unusual for this time of year. It looks like a hard winter coming again this year. Everyone take care, bye for now. G.

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Hello! Shoulder is healing well. Start physical therapy in the morning. I'm able to move my arm in limited motion, but I'm excited to get going with the PT so I can get this sling off me.

Thanksgiving is just going to be me and the man - the kids both work. Not sure what we are going to do - I suppose we could go out - but I'm not sure. I do love cooking a turkey - love the smell and so forth, but my arm is not going to allow me to do much. I've asked my brother, but he never got back to me. Maybe we will go to my parents place and have a meal there... hmmm. I don't know. I bet my sister has invited my parents to thanksgiving with her family. Its really sad when they don't include all family, but that is how it goes.

I know its not right but I do envy those who have close family.

Well I'm at work taking a break at the moment. I go from no work to so much work I don't know where to begin... hahahaha.... can't seem to be "even" with it. Oh well - all is good.

Blessings to you and your families. So happy to hear your daughter found a place to live Georgie!! Lisa - oh my word .... I'm so happy that your husband is unhurt!!! All will fall in to place for the car situation. Also happy to hear your boys are loving their jobs!

Prayers to Don to land the job!

Have a wonderful thanksgiving everyone!

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Lisa, Glad you and your hubby are safe from the long snowy trip and the accident. Usually when the airbag deploy they end up totaling the car. Looks like you'll be hunting for a new one for your hubby to drive soon.

My daughter got approved for the house they wanted and will get the key on Monday and start moving boxes and small items next week and the following weekend. We might go over to help sometime next weekend, but not sure because we too are trying to get ready for the Thanksgiving dinner.

All the family comes to our house and we need to clean and figure how we'll seat everyone. We may have to borrow some chairs and a table from his mom so that will mean a trip over there to get everything than cleaning it up and setting the tables. I'll need to figure the dish situation too because I only have asset of 8 in my good china and another 8 in my everyday dishes. I think the adults will get the good china and the children the every day dishes, It should be interesting. I'm looking forward to having everyone around but it will be a full house. I'm still waiting to hear from my son as to when he'll be able to arrive for dinner.

Maybe next year if my daughter still has a house she'll host the dinner. My son too has a house and maybe it'll be his turn someday too. I' m not holding my breathe though.

Mk, sound like you improving and will kick butt with the therapy. Keep up the great work and all will be fine. Glad you're able to return to work and will be allowed to work from home which will give you more time to heal, and rest when you need to rest.

Don has an interview on Monday so everyone keep the finger crossed he'll get this job. It's right up his alley and in the area where he wants to work. My prayers are working over time lately , but part of them were answered now that my daughter has found a place to live. More prayers that my hubby finds the job he wants.

Everyone have a great Saturday and a blessed Sunday. Take care and enjoy your weekend. I'll catch all later, G.

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Blessing to you on this mid-November Saturday. I hope this finds you safe and warm, and mindful of God's abundant mercy.

Last Sunday evening the snow began, and we had no school on Monday. I was at a conference in the Black Hills, and while we had plenty of snow there, our conference was a go, and it was great. However, when I left for home on Tuesday, the roads were not good, and it was a slow trip for the first 70 miles of my 300+ mile trip home. The roads improved rapidly thereafter, and I arrived home safely.

Wednesday evening was my recovery night. I needed to do a few tasks and simply relax. It was not to be. My husband hit a deer; both the deer and the car were dead. I had to drive 80 miles to pick him up. His air bags had deployed, but he was ok, just a bit shook up. We are waiting to hear on the car, but it is probably totaled. I am so thankful he was uninjured, as the car looks really bad. He travels for work, so we had to play musical vehicles; all is well, and I'm still able to drive my new one.

My middle son got very sick this week, and he didn't want to go to the Dr. because he's still on probation at his new job. He let it go too long and ended up missing two days of work with an advanced case of strep throat. They actually gave him a shot--that doesn't happen very often. He still has the job, and is working lots of overtime. Both boys are quite satisfied with the job change, and they are doing well. Tomorrow we will drive up to see them and celebrate the birthdays of the grandsons.

MK, it was great to hear from you. You'll rock the therapy. I'm sure being able to work helps keep your mind off your shoulder. Happy healing!

I've really been thinking about your family G. I can't believe it was so difficult for your daughter to find another place to live. Of course, we think that dwellings are abundant in urban areas, but finding the right size in the budget is something we all experience at some point.

I must get busy. Lots to do today. I'll probably have 20 guests for Thanksgiving, so want to get some cleaning chores started today.

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Good morning!!

So sorry that I haven't checked in here for a few days.... ok week(s).

Surgery was a great success. I see the doctor today to get the staples out of the small incisions (3). I'm moving things around abit, but have to be very cautious and I'm in a sling for 6 weeks. He gave me the go ahead to keyboard - so I started back to work on Monday. My boss has given me the go ahead to work from home so I can rest when I need to.

I'm not looking forward to PT, but it is a necessary evil of having this kind of surgery. The tear was a bit bigger than they expected, but it is all sewn back up and healing. Hard to believe that tomorrow will be 2 weeks since the surgery. Time flys when your having fun - I guess. hahaha

So I hope the both of you fare ok with this hard hit winter cold coming down. I know here in Oregon we are preparing for those east winds to hit the gorge (runs east/west between Oregon and Washington) - those winds are up to 60-70 mph right now and its pushing that cold air that you all have into the upper valley. At the same time we have a weather system that is pushing moisture in from the Pacific - so when those two things meet we have snow and freezing rain. I don't think it will come to my town (we are mid valley), but you never know what mother nature has in store.

The wind is already causing lots of problems in the Portland area with power outages and downed trees. So we are getting all our pipes, faucets, etc. ready for tonights winter blast and tomorrows possibility of snow - definitely snow in the gorge (up to a foot).

Anyway - I'm sure your going to get it the worse Lisa. Stay safe - stay warm. Will be keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Well got to jump back onto my work - take care

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Woke up with swollen tonsils. I'm drinking tea with honey and it's helping to relieve the soreness. I seem to have problems as the weather and seasons change. I was so tired yesterday I slept off and on all day. That's a sure sign I'm fighting something. My tonsils were swollen yesterday as well so am hoping it doesn't progress into anything serious. I sometimes have issues when the house is to dry and I tend to breathe out of my mouth. I was thinking about going over and help my daughter pack today but not of I'm sick. I don't want to spread germs to my grandchildren.

My daughter found a place and they signed the lease last Wednesday and said they were waiting for approval. If they get the key this week they can start to move things over to the new place a little at a time. They are still talking about moving the bigger things and furniture Thanksgiving weekend and hope to be moved in by the last day of the month. They hope to be done by Saturday so they will clean the apartment on Sunday, and return the key by the first of December. The apartment lease is up November 30. We were going to try and help them today and again help move the small things and boxes next weekend. I know today is out now that I'm sick but hope to be well by next weekend.

I'll rest today and continue to nurse my throat. I'm hoping it's due to the dryness in the house and not a cold or some throat problem like strep. We have our new Medicare cards now and all the insurances are in place so we should be fine. We'll still need to do co-pays for the drug plan of $147 but that will be covered by the first order of my test strips and two other meds. We'll be good for the rest of the year, but will have to start all over again by January. Hope we'll get it done soon.

Lisa, enjoy the new car and the conference and drive safely if you get the predicted snow. No snow yet for us but we'll be around 30* all week. I'm not looking forward to the cold at all. I guess it's to be expected since it's mid November and all. Take care MK, hope your improving every day Bye for now. G.

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'Tis a relaxing Sat. evening in this household. I leave for a conference tomorrow, and I just need to beat the snow. If I'm there by early afternoon, I'll be fine.

I got my new vehicle on Thursday, and I just love it. It has all the bells and whistles, and this is my first experience with Onstar. I don't know if I'll keep it, but it is fun to see all the things it does.

Over the last two days, I've exercised a total of 129 minutes. I was doing this challenge where you increase each workout time by 25%. I did five workouts. My first one was 30 minutes, my last one was 74. My typical workouts are 30-40 and that's complete with warm up and cool down. It was fun, but I am sore and tired. In case you're wondering, I'd do it again, but not next week!

Great news on Don's interview. G, I'm sure you are anxiously waiting for the result. Stay warm this week--it is going to be quite chilly here, and I'm sure it will work its way east.

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Lisa, you're right. I was thinking about pomegranates. I've never really tried either persimmons or pomegranates. I tend to stick with regular fruits I know about. I usually eat bananas, apples, cuties, oranges, blood oranges, grapes, blueberries, and strawberries. I'm not one for trying any new fruits, although I've had Mangoes and star fruits.

Don had an interview today and we're hoping it'll pan out for a job. It was a place where his sister retired from several years ago and the one interviewing knew her from that time. He's hoping that will be a good reference to higher him although he didn't tell them about the relation until after talking to them than he mentioned his sister. It's a different type of job than he's had before so it would be a nice change and challenging for him.

It's colder here and many of our leave are on the ground and we're barely into the low 40's so I guess you can say fall is here and winter around the corner.

My daughter still looking for a place to move, and we're keeping our fingers crossed that she will find a place soon since she'll have to move by the end on this month. We will probably go over this weekend and help her pack up some boxes. They think they might be able to come over for dinner on Thanksgiving but would need to go right back to prepare to move that weekend. I do hope they can get into a place earlier and could start moving boxes sooner than that weekend.

I hope the day finds everyone having a great day. Enjoy the afternoon and evening. MK, I hope you're improving from your surgery and that the therapy is helping. Have a great weekend, G.

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G, I do believe you are thinking of pomegranates. Persimmons are small orange fruits and little flavor. I've found some recipes, but haven't tried any yet.

I pick up my new Terrain tomorrow. So excited. All is well, but I've been very tired this week.

Pictures at the church in a few minutes. We are doing a church directory, but I just really want to crawl into my sweats and relax.

My grandson turns 3 tomorrow, time moves faster than ever these days.

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Lisa, If I recall you only use the seeds to the persimmons and I've not really used them for anything. I think you could do a smoothie with low fat milk and ice or maybe do a smoothie with sweetener and freeze it and eat it like ice cream. I've made ice cream using sweetener, low fat condensed milk and strawberries then froze it and it was like eating ice cream. I think you could also use it in a salad using mixed greens or spinach, pecans, with a grilled or baked leftover chicken breast and a raspberry dressing. Kens make a great one and it gives the salad a different twist. Spark people is my go to for recipes and I usually type in the ingredients and it pops up several good ones. I wish you luck in finding something. Let me know what you find.

MK, hope you on the mend and not having very much pain. Take care of yourself and do as the doctor ask you to do. Everyone have a great afternoon and evening, G.

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Happy November! It is now not only looking like autumn, but feeling like it too. Much cooler these days, which is fine. Still in need of moisture. Corn harvest is nearly complete, which makes me happy, so I don't have to deal with the semis hauling grain on my evening commute. I shouldn't complain; it is their livelihood.

I've got a marinara sauce simmering on the stove, and I'll be making a baked pasta dish using penne, marinara sauce with ground beef, and mozzarella cheese. A green salad and garlic bread will complete the meal. Fresh fruit for dessert, and I have several choices available.

My son came home this week from his new job. His girls were so happy to see him. He didn't spend much time over here, which is how it should be. He'll leave this afternoon as he works at 11 PM tonight. He has now decided that he'll stay at this job until his welding skills are good, and then he'll go back to school and work part-time as a welder, just enough to keep benefits. He thinks he can do this in less than a year. I'm just happy he has a plan.

I am buying a new vehicle. This will be the first brand new vehicle I've purchased in 30 years. Right before my oldest son was born we purchased a brand new Chevette. It had no AC, it was a 4 speed with a clutch, and it was small. It was awful, but economical, and at that time every penny was precious.

I've made some progress in the last few weeks, and my weight is finally going down. I'm still not down to where I was before (193), but I know I can get there. Cutting out the sugar last week, and then really limiting the processed carbs this week helped a lot. My exercise was down this week, but I know I can get right back to it.

MK, I do hope your shoulder surgery recovery is progressing as it should. I've been thinking about you. Hopefully you can update us soon.

I am looking for recipes that use persimmons that's not jam. G, do you have any ideas? I don't really know how to use them, and I got 6 of them in my Bountiful Basket yesterday. I hope you managed to get all of your yard work done, as I imagine it is cooling down in your area as well.

Have a wonderful week, and toss the rest of those Halloween treats. We had 75 trick or treaters come by, which is slightly less than usual, but it was really cold out.

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Lisa, hope your cold has run it's course and you're feeling a lot better.

MK, I hope your surgery goes well, and you'll be able to heal quickly. I'm sure you'll do great with the surgery. Think positive thoughts and do all the required exercises, follow the doctors suggestions, and you'll be on the mend soon. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow. Take care.

We had a lot of rain come through our area yesterday, and a cool front moved into the area. It was near 75* before the front arrived and now it's a cool 56* and we have frost warnings for the next two evenings. I'm not ready for the cold weather to arrive especially the frost and all that comes with it. We still need to get our gardens cleaned up and prepare it for the colder weather. Don still has some top soil on our driveway and we need to get that in the gardens, so we'll need to do that either this afternoon or no later than tomorrow. so much to do before the cold weather arrives.

Today I'm making banana bread with some over ripe bananas I had. I might also make some pumpkin bread. I make small loaves of my bread and if I have enough I'll make another batch and do a large one as well. I give my small loaves as gifts and take the bigger ones to parties.

Need to finish up my baking so will close for now. Everyone have a wonderful afternoon and evening. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Sorry to hear about your wicked cold Lisa - hope it is getting better. Hope your no processed food challenge is going strong. Georgie - how is the job hunting for Don going?

Rain is still here - should have a break today, but it will be coming back for the weekend. Not like the big wind storm we had this last Saturday but a storm. Saturdays storm brought down lots of trees/branches - so major clean-ups for my husband. Its just messy out there everywhere.

Shoulder surgery in the morning. The whole thing has been stressing me out - more than I thought it was. I've been quite irritable these past few days... ok weeks. Now I've got the jitters going on in my stomach/chest area... anticipation I guess. I've got the healing process on my mind and all the things I won't be able to do because it is my right shoulder. Time to become a lefty!

Well the bosses are coming in... got lots of things to get taken care of before I'm out.

Everyone have a super rest of the week.

Happy Halloween!!

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Hello. It has been an interesting week around here. My cold turned wicked, and I had a couple of rough nights--coughed steadily, but thankfully, my lungs stayed in my body. I was sore from coughing, it was workout in itself. I did miss two days of exercise, but I was so tired and miserable. I went to work through it all, though. Just had so much to do. I was tired, but not sick enough to stay home.

We had conferences last night and this morning, and tomorrow we help our son finish moving. We spent a few hours helping our new neighbors move in tonight as well. We are so excited to have them in our neighborhood.

My no sugar challenge was going well until a donut found its way into my mouth this morning. I should say no processed sugar--I still eat fruit and the naturally occurring sugars. Next week, a group of us are going to do a no processed food challenge. Oh my, that will be so hard.

Best of all with your shoulder surgery, MK. You can send us some of your rain. We really need it.

G, thanks again for the chili recipe. I've eaten it several times this week, and it was even better the second day and beyond.

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Good morning! The rain has finally eased up a bit today, but will be coming back in late this afternoon and a storm in tomorrow.

Actually had a tornado in the Longview Washington area - F1 - small but it did some structural damage and tree damage. No one hurt -thank heavens. It is rare to have them here - usually one every other year or so... and small. We received about 2" of rain earlier this week - the coastal town of Newport had almost 5" in a 24 hour period. We sure needed the rain, but not all at once!! Snow is falling in the mountains - which is good for our water supply - and the skiers are hoping for an opening ski season before thanksgiving.

I've been exercising, but the shoulder is getting worse the more I use it (go figure). I really don't want to go into surgery next week with an inflamed shoulder - so I'll back off a bit. Today will be a walk day - I have a lot of errands to get done - so walking it will be! Hopefully will get about 4 miles in at lunch (and I hope the rain will hold off during my walk).

Been on the emotional side these days - wasn't sure why - but the barometric changes can do that - plus I'm more worried about the surgery - I really don't want to go through this again. The whole healing part, etc etc etc. I know the doc is going to do a great job, but the whole thing can be unnerving. (surgery is not until 10/30)

Well I hope everyone has a great weekend. Be safe and I'll talk to you all on Monday.

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MK, So glad you liked the chili. I think it's the best I've tasted. We have fixed it several times and have had leftovers during the week. It tastes great warmed up too. Hope the surgery goes well for you and it will keep you from having any more problems after it heals. Take care of yourself. Keep up the fantastic workouts. You're doing great.

Fall has arrived here too with rain wind and cooler weather. We will only get to 54* today so will need a coat when going out doors. The leaves are starting to fall off so sad. I love the colors.

Need to get some chores done, so will write later. Everyone have a super day. G. emoticon

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Good morning! Fall weather has definitely hit the NW. Rain today and throughout the week and it should clear up for the weekend.

Next week is the shoulder surgery. All went well at the cardiologist - great heart and less than 1% chance of a heart attack.

Food still needs work, but the exercise is going well. The program I started with my friend has come to an abrupt end - she got very sick for the weekend workouts and now she has family things all week. Next week is my surgery - so I'm doing things on my own. Will try to incorporate some of the HIIT program into my days, but difficult to do the lifting without a spotter. Went to the weight lifting class last night and that was good - didn't realize how far out of shape I had gotten when it comes to weights! So that one is back in the list for noon workouts (I had been doing core work on those days instead).

So I've finished my health care enrollment and I've even talked with the Federal Loan people about the student loans I have out and getting them consolidated. Also because I'm a state employee I qualify for loan forgiveness!! woot woot. 120 payments (10 years) and I can call it good - hopefully! Got to get all the paperwork done for consolidation and then the public loan forgiveness papers and hopefully all will go good... should be out of these things in 3-4 years!

Well I have to get to work. Taking a brief moment to gather my thoughts. The weekend was good - lots of dog walking at the coast - always a great time there - even if it is super windy.

Take care!

Oh Georgie - made the chili this weekend - it was great! Had the ladies over Saturday for making clay things and they all loved it - Thanks!

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Lisa, I'm sure you could cut back on some of the spices and make it milder. I always make it according to the recipe than adjust it when I make it again until it's just like I want it. It's always hard to know when fixing it for others how it will be for them. Enjoy the chili and the bike ride.

It's cooled down here and it's only about 54* today although the sun is out. If you wear a light jacket it's not so bad. All the leaves are turning here and it really is a beautiful fall day even if it's a bit cold. We're watching football and Don was watching NASCAR and switching back and forth. I'm doing some chores and laundry and looking for a good recipe for pork tenderloin for dinner. I didn't want to use BBQ sauce so thought I'd look for something I could cook in the oven.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday. Enjoy your family. G.

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Chili is simmering on the stove, G. Thanks for sharing that recipe. It is much spicier than I usually make it, but I warned the family. The only one who can't handle spicy is my oldest, and he's not here. My husband had a chili dog and said it was great.

It is a gorgeous autumn day here, so I may go for a bike ride and enjoy the warmth and sun, as I know it will soon be gone.

Busy week ahead. Conferences on Thursday and Friday. Enjoy your week.



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MK, glad you found your I-Pad. It's sounds like a hard class with so much running but I'm sure you'll do great with it. I've never heard of Hit before but with my knees I'm sure it wouldn't work because of all the running. We're not joining any gym or even the Y. We just don't have it in the budget until Don can find work.

I was thinking that maybe I should start looking for a job too. But it'll have to be one where I don't have to stand of be on my feet for long periods of time. I've seen some adds for collections and phone sales, so might look into those. I'm getting frustrated right now but I think it's because I'm worried about Don not finding work and being so tight on money. Don too has been a bit out of sorts which has lead to a few heated discussions.

To top it all we got a call from my daughter that she and here family has to move in 6 weeks. They went to renew their lease at their apartment and were told because of a state law they can not have more than 4 people in a family and rent a 2 bedroom apartment. Since they now have 3 children that puts them out of the 2 bedrooms. The complex they now live only has 2 bedroom apartments so now they need to look for one with 3 bedrooms or try and find a house to rent. They were able to extend the lease until the end of November but now they need to find someplace to go in less than 6 weeks. They want us to come over to help pack and move, but we don't even have the money for gas to travel to Columbus to help. It would mean an hour there and another one to come back. We said we'd help maybe next weekend. They need to do a lot of purging before they would be able to start packing, and We're not sure if we could even help with that except watching Gideon while they do that. Anyway it makes me feel bad because we can't help them right now. It lead to another heated discussion today.

I only hope we will be able to travel there next weekend and maybe another time or 2 before they have to move. They are planning to move by Thanksgiving weekend which means they might not be able to come here for Thanksgiving dinner. I feel so helpless right now.

Well I hope the rest of the weekend finds everyone have a great time. I'll try not get down on myself but I sure wish you all were here to help me get through this rough time. Take care, I'll catch all another time. Bye for now, Thanks for listening, G.



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Amen. MK, I too am feeling especially blessed these days. My husband finished his training earlier this week, and he was on the road again. He's still adjusting to the new way of doing things, but all is well. My boys make their move tomorrow. My oldest's family will join him next weekend, and my middle son's family will remain here for the time being, and he'll just live with my oldest son during the work week.

Boss's day was this week, and my office staff were quite generous and gave me a $50 gift card to Target. I've said it before: I work with such great people.

It has felt so good to get back in control of my food and exercise this week. I need to see a few other changes before I get on the scale, but the small ones I've noticed in the last few days are encouraging. I put an app called Pacer on my phone. It is basically a pedometer, but I love it. I have to keep my phone clipped to my body, though. I tend to toss it on the counter or on my desk and walk down the hall without it. I've come to realize, that I take about 5500 steps on an average workday. That's not too bad. I added a walk tonight to exceed 10000 for the day, and I'll probably do that again tomorrow.

MK, I'm sure you'll get through that workout soon. It sounds like fun. I love HIIT, or Tabata style workouts--there is much research to support that high intensity for a specified time, followed by a short rest interval is a more effective way to work out than long, slow cardio.

Anything happening out east, G? I hope you are enjoying these autumn days.

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Hello! Hope all is well with everyone.

Cardiologist said I have less than 1% chance of having a heart attack!! Woot Woot!!! He said it all looked great - didn't see any indication of blockage. Got my heart rate up to 160 during the stress eco test - so that was good (according to him).

I started a workout program with a lady that I work with - she also does the step classes and stuff - very fit. It is the body building clutch HIIT (high impact interval training) program. Last night was our cardio workout. 60 seconds walking; 30 seconds jogging; 60 seconds sprinting - then a 30 second break - and you do this 10 times. I was only able to do 7 of them and I walked/jogged the remainder. My friend is very fit so she finished the 10, but she was struggling at the end. Then we went and worked on core exercises, but only did 1 circuit - where we should have done at least 3. It was getting late so we stopped at 1 then cooled down with stretches.

Before class I stopped at Macy's to return some clothes that I bought for my mom, but didn't fit. Silly me took my iPad mini out to get to my wallet and left the darn iPad in the store. I was so worried about it. Called Verizon to lock it down (which they did). Went back today after the stress eco test and asked the clerk if it was there - nope - so bummed. She called lost & found manager and he said no. So just to make sure I went down to the lost and found and explained the situation to the ladies there. Back they went looking for it... and like magic it appeared from the back room!!! Woot Woot!!! So happy!!

So my heart is good, my iPad is back home - and its the weekend!!!

The rain is coming down - the grass and all plant life are returning to green - leaves are falling - and the business is booming this time of year!

I hope both of you have the same good fortune and a weekend full of blessings! The Lord has been good to me and stayed by my side through the rough times!!

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Good morning! Yummy recipe G! I'm going to have to give that one a try.

It was a crazy week last week - dad had an "accident" getting to the bathroom and well it ended up all over the toilet and floor. I just happen to be there a day after (bringing mom some new pants) and noticed the huge mess. Tried to get someone from the facility to come in and clean it up, but they didn't clean it until the next day at 2 p.m. They had no cleaning supplies in their apartment - otherwise I would have done it. So I'm going to put a little stash of cleaning supplies in their closet (so my mom can't find it) for these kinds of things. My dad should have pulled the little help cord, but he didn't know he had made a mess (he's legally blind). Mom didn't say anything either. Anyway that was a bit of a fiasco.

Had a great Saturday - that made up for the Friday "mess". Spent some quality time with a long time friend during the day and another long time friend and her husband at the house that evening for dinner and several rousing games of dice.

Sunday was a really laid back day. Enjoyed not doing anything! We had leftovers from the dinner the night before - so no cooking. The parents were in good shape and nothing needed to be cleaned.

Food is still a problem. My exercise last week was really lacking, but I'm working on making it all up this week. Did an at home workout yesterday with the kettle bell and the stairs. That kettle bell sure works your core!! Today is step class.

The rain is back in Oregon (yippee) and the snow levels are dropping (yippee). Won't be long before we can do some snow shoeing.

Well yesterday was a clean-out of the garage to get ready for a Creative Clay day on Saturday with some friends. Thought I'd have it in the house, but I think the garage will be better - we can be more messy - and the canvas covered pottery table is out there - just have lots of cat/dog stuff to clean-up and make it somewhat presentable. It should be lots of fun!

Well got to go. Keep on fighting the good fight!!

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Lisa, It's called Wendy's Chili. Its to taste just like the same. Ingredients: 2 pounds ground beef ( Turkey could be used as well) 1quart tomato juice, 1(29 ounce) can tomato puree, 1(15 ounce)red kidney beans, drained,1(15ounce)can pinto beans, drained, 1 medium-large onion, chopped(about 1 1/2 cups), 1/2 cup diced celery( about two stalks),1/4 cup diced green pepper, 1/4 cup chili powder,(use less for milder taste),1 teaspoon cumin(more for real flavor),1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt,1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Instructions: In large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain off fat. Put beef and the remaining ingredients in a 6-quart pot, cover the pot and let the chili simmer for 1 to 1/12 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. You can also cook this in a slow cooker on low for 3 to 4 hours. I did mine in the slow cooker, stirring occasionally. It really did taste like Wendy's chili.

Hope it tastes as good for you and that your family enjoys it. We had a lot left over so I ate it a couple of times during the week, but I'm sure you could freeze it as well. It's a lot for just the 2 of us.

Today another rainy day. We went to the doctor yesterday and he was not happy that I had gained some weight. I need to get back to eating better. I did have tilapia last night and I felt better today about my sugars being so low. Anyway we were looking into the gyms or the Y and went to talk to them, but still not sure which one. We were hoping our insurance would cover them, but it doesn't look like it will. The Y looks like the best one because it costs less if we decided to go again.

I hope your week will be a great one for you and your family. Have a great day, G.

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I'd love that recipe G.

I had one busy weekend,,and I'm tired. I made an apple crisp, apple bread, apple cinnamon bundt cake, and Danish pastry apple bars. I'm taking treats to school again tomorrow for the October birthdays. I was happy to use up all the apples I had around here.

Workouts great, food isn't. Still struggling to get back on track with some better food choices.

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Lisa, sorry to hear about the fall of the fiancÚ's mother. If requested by the doctor they could place her into a rehab facility for a few weeks or they can set up nurses visits and therapists to come to her home. It night help with her recovery and take the pressure off the fiancÚ. I hope everything goes well with the recovery for her mother.

I should give you the recipe for the chili I found for your sons and family when the come over on Sunday to watch the football games. It's a great chili and very spicy, but the spice could be cut back if you don't like a spicy chili. Let me know if interested.

Today is our 44th anniversary and we'll be going out later to meet with friends to celebrate. It should be a nice evening. This will probably be the last time going out for a while because we are still living on just the Social Security check, since Don still hasn't found any work.

I'm thinking that I might start looking too and see if I can get a part time job. I've even thought about going back to subbing but would need to renew my certificate which would be expensive. I'll have to think about that since anything I could find will be sales or working in a store and would mean standing and walking a lot, so not sure what to do right now.

I hope the rest of your day and the weekend an enjoyable one with the grand children. Have a great weekend. Bye for now, G.



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Well, a good week food wise, doing much better, and feeling good about it.

My son's fiance's mother fell off a ladder and broke her femur in two places, and her tibia and fibula. She had surgery last night, and will need another one in a week. It is all the same leg, and she has a long recovery ahead. It doesn't sound like she had any other serious injuries. I'm sure we'll be watching the girls most weekends for awhile.

I made a really great and easy alfredo sauce for pasta tonight. I used chicken broth and milk instead of cream as the base for the sauce, and I cut down on the parmesan.

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I've had a really nice weekend. Went on a date with my husband on a fundraiser Saturday night. It was fun. It was called "the buckaroo ball". They had various ways of getting our money and we actually got quite a bit for our $$ too. There was a game called bullsh*t bingo. They have a grid on the floor and its $20/square. If the bull poops on your square you win a traeger grill and a years worth of pellets to burn. We missed it by one square!!! It was funny. Lots of good food from various local restaurants all the way from bbq pork to quinoa salad and other vegetarian food. Of course beer and wine. And live music. They even had a casino per say.

Sunday we brought my parents to the house for some beef stew and just relaxing at home. It's always a good thing getting them out of the apartment.

Right now I'm at the dealership waiting for an oil change. I'm not a happy camper with the guys customer service skills. The whole thing kinda makes me mad. They don't have quick access to my information and they wanted to see my service papers - like to prove that I purchased an extended warrantee. A quick link to my warantee should be something easy and you shouldn't have to ask questions that make me feel stupid. Each and every time I come here for maintenance they tell me something "new" about my coverage that they don't cover. Which is upsetting because it isn't anything that was explained at the point of purchase. "Oh come in at 3000 miles" so I do. "Oh oil isn't changed until 5,000 miles". You pay through the nose for coverage and then they change things on you or what your told at sale changes at time of service. Argh. So not happy.

Anyway. It was a fun weekend. Happy to hear that your boys found a place. You shouldn't worry about your extra pounds Lisa. You are a warrior when it comes to food changes. I know you got this!!!

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Lisa, moving and changes can put a strain on family. I hope your son's attitude improves. I don't blame you for telling him not to ask for help if he's not willing to receive it. I hope the move works out for your sons.

Mk, hope the doctor gave you good news from the tests taken. I'm glad things are getting better with you dad and his medication. Have a great Sunday and a better week.

Don was finally able to get out and put the fertilizer down and hopefully it will help with speeding up the growth of the grass in the back yard. We're starting to see some green and hope enough will have grown in before the weather turns colder. We are at 52* today and will be that way for most of the early week with some possible light frost in the northern areas. By weeks end we will returning to the mid 60's and may hit 68 by next weekend. That will help with the grass and make it grow with the warmer temps hanging around.

Today a lazy day. Doing a few chores and we made some stew in the slow cooker. Hope it'll be finished soon since I'm a bit hungry right now.

Everyone enjoy your Sunday and have a wonderful week. Bye for now. G.

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Well, back to the drawing board. My food is so out of whack that I'm almost ashamed. Whatever the reasons, I know I'm going to have to change what I eat if I'm going to lose these lbs. i've gained. I exercise far more in the summer, but I haven't changed my calorie intake this fall to reflect that. I just need to get this handled. I may do a no sugar week, no processed sugar. I can also count calories, but that's a bit more tedious.

The boys found a very nice place to rent, they are moving in the 20th, and my oldest son's fam will move up the following week. My granddaughters and their mom plan to stay here for now. My middle son owns a house here, and he's not certain he wants to live in that area permanently. We'll see how the job goes, I guess.

My oldest and I had some words this morning. He's got just a little bit of an entitlement attitude, and a whole lot of excuses for a variety of things. I'm done listening to why he can't do something. I told him I'm happy to help, but he has to take initiative, once I see action instead of words, we can discuss my role. He doesn't think I should challenge his decisions, and I simply said "then don't ask for my help."

I was going to ride my bike this afternoon,but it is breezy and cool,,so I'll walk instead. I was hoping the sun would peek through, but its not looking like that will happen.

MK, I'm glad your parents are doing better. My father-in-law is having such terrible balance problems, along with a few other problems. He still enjoys coming over, and we invite him when we can. It is still hard to see them decline in health.

G, it was nice of you to go and support your daughter's family. Sometimes one's presence is enough during these times of grief.

Walk first, then meal planning for the week. I must get busy.

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Sorry I've not been on here much this week it's been a busy one for us. We had to go over to Columbus for a viewing and a funeral. My son-in-law's grandfather passed away. It was his father's dad and his last living grandfather. It was a sad time for everyone. We went over to help with the grandchildren. Moira's 6 and new what was going on and was sad but Sadie, who's 3 really wasn't sure what was happening. We went over Wednesday for the viewing which went from 4pm unti l8pm. It was hard for the girls and so we took them and their mommy to dinner at 5. We got back the funeral home just before 8 and we then dropped them off and drove back home. The funeral was on Thursday at 11am, and we drove over for that too. It was a long a emotional two days for everyone.

We are very tired today and are trying to get back on schedule. we too are having fall weather. It rained this morning and it's cooled down here too. I guess Fall has arrived finally. The back yard is showing signs of getting grass but it's taking a long time and hope it will have grown enough before we get a frost. They say we will probably get some later next week.

Lisa, sorry your son's are moving but hopefully it'll work out for them. MK, glad your getting your food in line. I hope the tests find you in good health. Nothing going on with the Job hunting for Don, but he's still trying. It's great that your husband Lisa has found work and everything going well for you. I need to get a few chores finished since nothing has been done here this week, Wishing you a great day and weekend. I'll try to write later. Bye for now. G.

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Hello! How are you two doing? Hope you and your families are well.

The week has been so much better with the food. I can feel it - and that is nice.

Saw the cardiologist yesterday - well his PA - he was called out on an emergency. So the PA seemed quite knowledgeable - so I didn't feel like I needed to hang around to meet the doc. They have scheduled me for a stress eco - the test where you run on a treadmill and then have an ultrasound of your heart when its working at its peak. It should be interesting and they will be able to tell if something is going on. I've asked my daughter to come so she can cheer me on while running. There is something about her that makes me push through and not quit - so that should help.

My parents are doing well. Dad is adjusting to being on anti-depressants and likes the results - so do I and the rest of the siblings! Mom is a bit worse each day, but every now and again there are flashes of knowledge in her eyes and a quick discussion about how frustrating this is for her and how sad it makes her. My husband and I are trying to get them out of their apartment and to our house at least once or twice a month - with a nice home cooked meal. They both seem to enjoy it - at least I hope they do.

Well work is waiting and I must get through some things before my afternoon meeting.

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Hello! Well fall is coming into the Valley here... cooler weather, changing leaves, and towels out to clean dogs coming in from the back yard - yep Summer is over.

Still keeping up the exercise - though my lower back has been killing me from pilates. So I'm working on stretching and the foam roller to keep it in better shape as I get into shape. I'm also going to ice it more often.

So happy to hear your boys got jobs - sorry to hear it will be a move for them. That will be difficult on everyone I'm sure. It is a tough line of work for anyone - so 30 is not bad for feeling that way. Maybe suggest some policy work with a state agency - sometimes that is a good transition... always need people who have worked the field work to be in policy positions.

Well it seems like things are coming together for your husband Lisa. That is great news.

Hope all is well with both of you. Take care - got to get back to work.


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Good Tuesday morning.'Tis early. I've been up since shortly after 4 AM, and I ref VB tonight, so I'll be one tired girl tomorrow morning. Anyway, today is my husband's last day of furlough.

Changes ahead--my two older boys both were hired at a manufacturing place near my hometown in ND, so relocation is likely for them. My son who lives in town here has the two girls, so that will be tough for us, since we've been so close to their family. His fiance' will stay here for awhile, until they find a permanent living situation. I have numerous relatives in the area in which they'll be working, so they will probably start out staying with them. They both work in human services, one in corrections, and the other with behavioral developmentally disabled residents, and they are so burned out. I find it sad that neither one is 30 yet, and they are both feeling the frustration of dealing with behavioral/criminal populations. I know they will miss their families in the transition.

Temps beginning to fall, although still in 60s, 50s by the weekend. No freeze yet, probably over the weekend that will happen. We could really use some rain.

I made some cupcakes a while back--just a chocolate cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and a few tablespoons of water. I drizzled them with cocoa/pwd sugar/milk mixture and froze them, and then forgot about them. I took a couple out last night, and man were they good. I think each one is 100 cals or less, and it takes care of my desire for sweets.



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IT is a beautiful early autumn day today. Our temps are nearing 80, but there is a brisk wind. The colors are becoming lovely, but still plenty of green around. Lots of leaves are falling today.

We have a wedding to attend in about an hour. Its one of those that we really don't have to attend, but should. I debated all day until I finally just decided to go. They are members of our church, and we've known them for years, but we certainly aren't close friends. Anyway, it was nice of them to invite us.

Workout done, and few items prepared for the week. I boiled some eggs, chopped some veggies, and I'll cook up some chicken tomorrow. I also bought a few groceries, so my errands should be done.

My husband is excited to officially start working again on Wednesday. He's shipped all the required items back to his former company, and now is just waiting to receive the items from his new company. His first few days will be online training in this company's procedures and protocols. A big adjustment for us will be the vehicle--he now gets reimbursed for mileage instead of paying a fee to use the company car. The other benefits, insurance and retirement, are far better than what his former company offered.

I'm anxious to move forward now and dedicate my efforts to losing these last 10, well, 15 now I suppose. I know I've gained some over the last few months, but I also know I can lose it once I get focused.

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Well I got myself up at 4:10 a.m. and headed to the gym for the 5:15 a.m. spin class. Had to pack my work clothes with me and now I'm here at work all exercised and showered for the day. I'm still a bit on the sleepy side - even after the workout. At the doctors request I took an Ambien last night at 7 p.m. because I wasn't getting good sleep - so I was out - didn't even feel when my husband came to bed. Still so sleepy now, but hopefully that will shake off. I thought the spin class would do that, but I feel more exhausted right now.

I'm going to try this early workout a couple times per week and see how it goes for me.

Well I hope you both have a wonderful day and weekend!!

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As Lisa said - you have to start somewhere - 1 pound is AWESOME!! Great job.

Found out from the doc that I need to go to a heart specialist to get checked out. I've got some indicators on my blood work results that are not good... at least in the heart area. All other things are good and he said my glucose levels are the lowest I've ever had since seeing him... my triglycerides are also low... bad news is the cholesterol is up, but he's not worried about that as much as the homocysteine level which put me at cardiac risk. He said something is going on internally - you have some type of inflammation going on inside... so off to the cardiologist next week.

I still worked out today. Just made sure I didn't over do it too much - doc said it was fine for me to continue.

Of course - like any good Oregonian - my vitamin D is extremely low (go figure after all the sunshine we've had this summer). So I'm on a 10,000 IU daily. Seems like a lot but apparently my body does not retain vit. D.

I'm feeling pretty good really. So we shall see - nice being proactive on this!

Hope your grass grows fast for you. I sure know what a pain it is to wipe down dog feet!!



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MK, sorry to hear about the death of the doctor. It's hard to realize that a good person like this was taken in such a way. Prayers your way for the wife and family.

We've been watching and listening to the goings on from the grand jury here in Xenia involving The death of a 22 year old Black man who was shot in Walmart in Beavercreek by 2 white officers. I'm not sure if it hit the national news but it's been a big thing here. I officers were said to have been justified in the shooting and not charged, but the family, and many feel there should have been an indictment against them. I'm sure it will go further up the justice system. Everyone is calling it a tragedy, but justified. There were protests and people marching from the Walmart to the Xenia Courthouse. The video has now been released to the public but still a lot of controversy surround it. When we went through town we saw all the marchers and protesters.

other than that things around here have been fine, Don still hasn't found a job, and not much else for him, but time will tell. Feelers out and resumes sent and several applications etc., but we're still hoping. Right now we're trying to get the paperwork from his business so we will be able to get part B on our Medicare, and until we do we can't apply for any insurance even the supplemental. It's playing havoc with our Meds, and doctors but we'll just keep at them until it's resolved, so everything is on hold in that department.

Today another great day and we're starting to see some grass shoots coming up in the back yard. hope it grows fast so the dogs stop tracking in the mud.

I've lost a pound, but not sure how unless it's because all the raking, hauling, and yard work I've helped Don complete. Happy about that. Anyway still hanging in there. Hope the day finds everyone doing well. I'll catch all later. G.

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Good morning!

I wouldn't feel guilty about the apple crisp Lisa - sounds good hope it was super enjoyable!! We are in the peach season right now and I'm really hoping to get a hold of a box or two of the gems so I can and make peach crisp! yum

Pilates is turning out to be a good fit for me. Its really working on my core and also my toes. Having to bend them quite often and stretch out not only my feet, but my whole body. My lower back is complaining a bit, but I think once I get my foam roller back from my daughter I can work the knots out of that.

We had a very sad day here at work yesterday. A well known psychiatrist at the Oregon State Hospital (psychiatric hospital) was killed in a car accident in the morning on his way to work. He lives in Portland and has commuted to Salem for over 30 years. He was such an advocate for people with mental illness - it is a tremendous loss here. A truck going North on the freeway apparently slid into a semi next to him and over compensated and crossed over the very large grass hill median and hit the car heading South head on. A total of 6 cars were involved. The hard part was when the news helicopters flew over the top of the accident - everyone in the Salem/Portland area knew who was hit - the good doctor drove a Nissan sentra that is painted like a zebra - yes a zebra! He was well known for the car - so there was no hiding who was involved. His wife is a Portland City commissioner - also very well known - so this has really hit the area hard.

The rain is to blame for the accident - with all the warm summer months we had the rain was a welcome site, but we all know the oils from the roads come out with the first rains. The number of accidents yesterday was huge, but this was devastating.

Be safe. Be kind to yourself. Hug your loved ones!



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Good evening. Just a quick check in on this busy week. I just had some apple crisp with ice cream, and it was good. I refuse to feel guilty about that seasonal indulgence. I'll just cut back tomorrow, and the next day, and the next . . .

Work is screaming busy. I love being busy, but man, do we have a challenging group of special needs students in 6th grade. There are a lot of them, and their needs are high. I'd say their issues take up most of my day.

Got a great workout in today: a short bike ride with some body weight exercises at the park. I had to come home and finish my ab work, as the mosquitoes were horrendous.

Well Mk, the weight loss has to start somewhere, each lb adds up. Stay safe in the mud!

G, any job bites for Don yet? There are so many around here. Our bus company is having great difficulty finding drivers, and what a mess we have with that at school.

Take care. I'll check back on the weekend.



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Good morning! Finally going down on the scale - only 1 pound, but I'm happy with that. Really trying to be "aware" of my eating and choices. I'm also trying to not be a scale watcher; just had to see where I was at.

The weather has finally turned here. Rain is once again soaking us down (yippee), but it makes for a slippery road so driving is difficult - and of course you have those who are in such a hurry. It will turn back to sunshine in a couple days, but for now I'm enjoying the moisture.

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9/21/14 12:45 P

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A great Sunday to the both of you. Lisa, sounds like it will be a day and week for celebrating your events. It's hard to believe that Paige is 4 already. It seems we just read about her birth not long ago. They grow so fast. Moira my daughter's oldest started first grade this month. She also had her 6th birthday last week and we went over for a family party for her last Saturday.

So tired and sore today. Friday and Saturday we started working on preparing the back yard for seeding. Don tilled the whole area Friday and yesterday we racked and bagged all the loose grass and weeds. His sisters came over to help, but still it took most of the afternoon. Good thing it wasn't to hat only around 74* with a breeze. His mom came over too, but she just sat on the patio and watched and may got a few bags opened up so we could use them to bag the grass. We have so many bags to take to recycle we will need a truck just to carry it all.

After everyone went home Don put down the seed and gave the yard a good watering. We were to get some rain today but nothing yet. The only bad thing about seeding is the mud from watering. Dogs go out to do their business and track it all back to the house. Lots of cleaning off the paws before letting them into the house. At least it's all done now but Don wants to use the rest of the seed to do the sides and front of the house and then Monday put fertilizer down. Hope it comes up hast so we won't have to deal with the mud for long.

I don't want to do anything more today but relax. I might fix some potato salad for dinner and we'll fix Brats on the grill to go with it.

Hope everyone has a fun day with family and watching football. We'll be watching the Seattle game re-match with the Bronco's. A repeat of the super bowl game. Hope Seattle wins again, Here's hoping anyway.

I am doing some laundry so need to switch the clothes into the dryer. Have a great day. Bye for now. G.



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Sunday Blessings to you. Today is my son and daughter-in-law's first anniversary, and my future daughter-in-law's birthday. Next Friday is Paige's 4th birthday, so yesterday she and I went to a movie, and she picked out her birthday present. We saw Dolphin Tale 2, and it was a a very good story, but she was a bit too young to follow the story. She loved the dolphins and the other animals and the humorous moments, but she couldn't quite follow the dialogue.

My youngest will probably drive home today to watch football, so I'm making meatloaf with hamburger and ground turkey with roasted vegetables as a side dish. Just keeping it healthy and nutritious to the degree that I can.

Back on track with food and exercise as of yesterday, and it feels so good. Looking forward to a bike ride on the longer side this afternoon.

I have slept so well the past few nights. The relief of my husband's job situation is the likely reason. Lots happening this week with his car and computer being picked up; he has to send numerous things back, so cleaning out his office is of high priority. He has a 7 page checklist to work from.

Work will continue to be busy this week, but I only have two officiating events, so that's a relief.

I hope you both find some relaxation and enjoyment this weekend.




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Good morning!

So happy to hear that your husband has a new job!!! WOOT WOOT!! congrats Lisa! That must be a great burden lifted.

I'm also facing these extra pounds head on - yesterday was not without its processed sugar - so I shall start once again! Exercise is still going but I've changed out my weights class for Core Fusion (Pilates) class. It was very good and even with it being slow and methodical on the breathing and balance - I sweated up a storm! I find that I'm really weak on my left side and will have to work at strengthening it, but over all I like the class.

Well my tech is here to fix my computer - take care.

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Hello. My husband's projected start date with the new company (same type of work) is Oct.1st. He has to begin packing up and closing out his office from the prior company. He can keep the office supplies and printer. The salary-benefits, etc, will be quite similar when all is said and done. We will need to buy a vehicle for him to use, as this company reimburses for mileage rather than provides a vehicle. Thanks so much for your prayers and understanding.

G, check out zappos.com for shoes. Shipping is free, and they have many sizes and styles. I agree with MK on the New Balance brand of shoes. They have a variety of wide sizes and the shoes are good quality and they can be reasonable if you watch for sales.

I've really been facing down the weight I've gained over the past 6 weeks. I can't exercise as much since we're back in school, and I'm officiating 2-3 nights per week, so exercise has really decreased. I'm doing better each day with my meals, and I've had 3 days this week of some really great food choices. I need to keep that up.

MK, so sorry to hear about the heat and fires out west. We've cooled down here, 70s most days, and that's pretty typical for this time of year. Some rain would be welcomed, but we're not terribly dry. Corn and soybean harvest usually starts in early October, but it has to freeze first. Glad you got up after you fell, and no bodily damage occurred.

I'm super tired today, and officiate again tomorrow night, so need to get my clothes laundered. Have a wonderful evening.









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New Balance is the wider shoe for women. Yes it may cost more, but you can usually find sales on them. Also I find that it is worth spending a bit more on the shoe because it will last longer and not breakdown as quickly as cheaper versions.

Any consignment shops around for larger women?? I know I can usually find quality things there (you have to look) and it is usually a reasonable price.

I can't even imagine having your husband not working. My husband would go stir crazy. There was a time way back when he was out of work for the winter (before our maintenance business) and I would come up with a long list of things for him to do - eventually I ran out of things for him... but he kept busy taking care of the neighbors yards... thus the opening of the business! hahaha

Take care! Hope something comes up for him soon!

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MK, Great job on eating better. I too find sugar and processed food my downfall. I also love bread and chips. I find it better not to have chips around, but can't seem to get away from the bread so am trying to cut back on eating it. It's hard to do since that's the easiest thing to fix a sandwich for Don and me to eat at lunch. Now that he's around, we've been going out more often at lunch time so I'm trying to make better choices when out and choose a salad and soup instead of a sandwich. Exercise still not good. I am walking more but only because we're running to the store more and walking around. We've been a couple of times at the mall and we do a lot of walking then.

I've been looking for gym shoes and boots to wear for winter, but with my one calf, foot, and ankle swollen all the time am having a time trying to find anything to fit me. I did find a nice dress shoe but still need the gym shoe and finding I have to go to a men's shoe for the width I need but everything that fits costs $120 to $150 and do not want to spend that much on shoes, but might have to get a good fit with the stability I need.

Also I need some jeans but again want ones that don't cost a lot, I have found a few on line but would have to order 2 sizes to see which one would fit the best so am trying to find a store that has the sizes I need to try on first.

I'm so frustrated and with Don not working don't want to spend much until he has at least a part time job. We need to be thinking about insurance not clothes.

Well hope the day find everyone doing great. Have a wonderful day, G.

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Yippee - I had a great food day!!! My body sure likes it better when I do have one!!

Working on day 2.

I guess what constitutes a good food day for me is no processed sugar. It is my downfall - once I start I cannot stop. So I'm ready for another day and have lots of natural sugar to help me through it. Eventually I will cut the natural stuff back as well, but for now it will have to do.

Exercise is good. We had a substitute in step class - she was good, but worked different things and of course - me being me - I fell when I missed the full stepper and caught only the corner. All is good - I allowed myself just to roll back and take any weight off my foot so it wouldn't twist on me. Shocked the class (always does when a big person falls) but I got up and kept going.

I think today instead of weight lifting I'm going to take a class called "core fusion" - we shall see how that one goes. I really need to work on my core more and I think this will do it. Got to get those oblique muscles working!!

Take care - have a super day.

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9/16/14 9:59 A

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Good morning. Hope this finds you all well and good.

Things here in Oregon have become so dry that we have way too many wild fires going on. The valley has been smoke filled for quite a few number of days. The fires are not close by for me, but the smoke has been really bad. Hopefully the slight breeze we had over night will clear out some of it. I think I speak for all Oregonian's that we miss our rain!!

Well I've been lazy the last couple of days. Taking care of a few things here and there, but for the most part just really not doing much. My food is and will always be a work in progress and the exercise is still going, but I really feel it in my bones these days... I'm feeling almost too old for some of this!! (hahahaha) But I trudge on.

Read your link Lisa - very interesting. I hope that you will find something for your husband soon. Any more thought on the restaurant??

Georgie - how are you doing?

Take care ladies!! Have a super day!


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Good Sunday to all. We've bee just hanging around the house watching NASCAR and later football. I found a great recipe for chili on Facebook so we bought the ingredients earlier today and fixing it for later while watching the Seattle game. I'm trying out my new crock pot I bought this week and see how we like it. It has a timer so that will be good so I don't have to watch it as much.

Next week we'll get out and spray weeds, turn over the grass, and seed. The sides and front looks great and all the sod took and we've already had to mow it a few times. I'll still need to get out and do some deadheading and weeding in the garden and then get some mulch to finish them up. We will also finish the back garden and turn over the soil and weed. We're also going to trim our bushes and put new soil and mulch down. Then all the outside gardens will be ready for winter. It's nice that Don is still off so we can finish it all, but he's still sending out resumes and applying for jobs on line. Nothing yet but we're hoping.

I need to get back to watching my food. I've been negligent lately. Watched the new Biggest Loser and was surprised to see two new trainers and the show has got me thinking again about getting back on track. I thought at first Bob wasn't on the show but he has a secret hideout and is taking all the contestants voted off and working them out. It should be an interesting season this time. Dolvett is still one of the main trainers with the two new ones so I'm interested how it will all work out.

Well I need to do a few chores yet today so will close for now. Hope everyone has a great Sunday and a fabulous week. Bye for now, G.

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A most Blessed late summer Sunday to you. My youngest son and a friend will be here for lunch today so they can watch football. I purchased the NFL Sunday ticket on DirectTV prior to my husband's job situation, so now the boys want to come over here to watch. I may have to begin charging a fee!

Actually, there's a light shining through on my husband's job situation. The federal government gave the contract from my husband's company (USIS) to another company, and that other company has now contacted my husband and asked if he's interested in a job with them. He is, of course, but they operate quite a bit differently, and they are starting everyone out with wages that are $15,000 less annually. We don't know about benefits, but we presume they are similar. We can handle the lower wages, IF the health insurance is reasonable. I can put my husband on my insurance for $174 month, which isn't too bad. He hasn't been offered the job, but we are confident he will be. That being said, there are a couple of other opportunities locally that are appealing. My husband is a little skeptical that this company may want him to relocate after a few months of work, because the majority of the work he was doing was 2-3 hours from where we live. We continue to pray for guidance.

School has become extremely busy. That, along with a killer volleyball officiating schedule (3 this week), has me less focused on my eating. The whole planning routine is just overwhelming these days, but I do my best to simply have fruits and veggies around so I can grab them for my lunches at school. Exercise remains consistent.

One of these days I need to get out and clean up some things in the yard. Our first frost is just around the corner--we usually get the first one between Sept. 20-Oct. 1st.

Wishing you a healthy and happy week.

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Lisa, so sorry to hear that your husband has lost his job. I hope the apps he's sent out will get some results. My husband is still looking but nothing yet. Insurance too is something we'll need to be looking for as well. Hope all works out for you. I'll have to look up that article to see what it says. For now we'll do the best we can.

Today is my granddaughter's birthday, she's at school today but I'll call later to wish her a Happy Birthday. Saturday they'll be having a party for her so we go and give her the present and card. I'm sure it will be a fun day.

Mk, hope the day will find you fine and that all is good your way.

Today it's turning cooler it will only get to 65* so I guess fall is indeed around the corner. We'll need to get a few things done outdoors yet before it really arrives, but it'll be nice to have some cooler weather for a while. I guess I'll need to be breaking out my fall clothes. I need to get some things done yet today so will close for now. Catch all later, bye for now, G.

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