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Its been quiet here this week. Had a nice visit with my parents, they enjoyed seeing my son and grandson.

I've spent this week honoring my commitment to work on that evening eating habit I've developed. It's been a bit of this here and that there, but it surely does add up, and it was causing me to slide back into some old habits that I'm not fond of. In just 4 days, I feel like I can manage those urges to eat, and last night, I noticed I didn't really want anything, nor was I hungry. I know there will be ups and downs, but it feels good to manage this for now; I know it won't go away, but I also know I can handle it.

My father-in-law continues to improve. He truly believed he'd be done with the procedure and he'd just be back to normal. Well, they told him to expect some of these things during recovery, but he just didn't believe he would, so when they happened, he thought something was wrong. The pathology report came back and indicated that they got all the cancer, and that it hadn't spread to other organs. This type of cancer will return at some point, but he'll be monitored every 3 months, and treated as necessary.

The challenge I'm in is going well. I won't weigh myself or measure until the half way point at the end of the next week, but I'm happy with my progress so far. Right now, I am absolutely addicted to the snap peas--man, I love those to snack on. They are on sale at the store this week--so I'm stocking up.

Today I need to make some bars to take to church on Sunday, and I'm going to take Paige to the pool. That will be fun, as we haven't been able to go together this summer. It is to be hot and humid here today with strong breezes, which will be welcomed with this humidity. I got my walk in this morning, along with 5 sets of steps on our football bleachers, which just happened to be on my walking route. Our stadium is small, only 10 steps up, but it felt great.

I hope you are both doing well, sticking to your goals, and enjoying all the summer has to offer.



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Sunday Blessings. Quiet day here today, just some inside chores and a walk or bike ride on my agenda.

My father in law had some problems urinating on his own after surgery, so he is staying with his daughter until tomorrow when he will return to the dr for follow up. We've been assured this is minor and easily resolved, however, he was disheartened, which is understandable. He turns 85 on Tuesday, and the body just doesn't recover as quickly at that age.

Tomorrow I begin a 30 day challenge with a goal of losing a combined 3" off my waist and hips. I've been slacking on my food choices lately, but had a good day yesterday.

I've got most of the rock work done. I think I'll have the church youth group take what's left to the church and add it to the landscaping up there. I'll make a generous donation to their group if they do the work.

If you are looking for a low calorie, sweet treat, make cupcakes using a cake mix and a can of pumpkin (without sugar and spices). Just mix together with 1-2 Tbsp. Water, and bake for 15-18 min. I get 18 cupcakes, and they freeze well. You can ice them, frost them, or drizzle with melted choc chips. Each cupcake, without frosting, is about 100 calories. I used a triple chocolate cake mix, but almost any flavor, except fruit flavors, will work. My husband and son love them.

My oldest son, grandson, and I are going to visit my parents in MN tomorrow. We'll be home Tues, but this should be a fun trip.

I hope you both hd a wonderful holiday weekend.



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Lisa, glad that everything was completed and now cleaned up. Hope your dad will be fine after surgery. Take care and know God will watch over him.

MK, your foot looks good I hope the pain will go away soon and you will be back to normal and able to exercise regularly. Fun seeing the posts on FB.

Tomorrow is the 4th. It always is an indication that summer is 1/2 over. At least that's what I always felt was the case. They start back to school around here on August 18th which seems so early to me. I hope that the rest of the summer goes slow.

Today cool for July. Our high is 74 degrees a great time to work outdoors, but we have rain. I wish I could have been able to get some yard work done. I've been waiting for cooler temps, but we always have rain. I hope it stays cool this weekend, and no more rain so we can get things done outside. The 4th is supposed to be nice though, not hot, and no rain. We'll be at Don's mom's place for most of the day for a cookout.

Happy 4th of July to all and may you have a wonderful time. I'll catch all later. G. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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What a difference! Our backyard is now almost empty and very open. We've got some work to do on roots, and then this fall we will put down grass seed. The sod idea is out. I really thought our whole back yard would need reseeding, but they only tore up the areas that they were working on, thanks to the alley access for the trucks. I got home in time to see most of it. Lots of people are slowing down as they drive by.

We are now considering a fence rather than a hedge. We've got a year to decide. We will also put up either a storage shed or small garage in the back, eventually.

My father in law has his bladder surgery today. We will know afterwards if the cancer has spread, or is contained just to the bladder. If more serious than expected, they will remove his bladder, and he have to wear a bag. Of course, we pray for the best case scenario, but recognize that The Lord is in control.

Time for a bike ride. It'll be a chilly one, but invigorating. Happy 4th of July weekend!



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Tomorrow's the big day--they will be here to take out our old shed, root cellar and hedge. Wouldn't you know, I have to go in and work for a few hours. Hopefully I'll be home in time to watch some of it. I did take a bunch of pictures tonight. It will sure look different.



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I don't play games at all on FB or anywhere else. I just don't enjoy them, but I still spend plenty of time in front of a screen.

I started my morning with a bike ride, but it began to rain, so I'll go back out shortly. It is windy, so it will be a tough ride. My food choices have been decent, but I still need to get a better handle on my evening eating. It's just inconsistent.

I've got to work tomorrow, as we are interviewing. We had a late resignation; we knew this might happen, but hoped it wouldn't. It is tough to find good teachers this late. I'll have baby for a few hours tomorrow evening. Paige is at her other grandparents for a few days.

I too cannot eat a bag of spinach before it goes bad. I'll put it in soups which I can freeze, and I also add it to salads. During the school year, I'll use it in place of lettuce in my flatbread wraps.

Wishing you a good report from the Dr., MK. I know you are anxious to return to regular activity.

Have a wonderful day.



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MK, Hope the pain decreases and talking to the doctor will help to see if he can give you some answers. I've never tried Pilates but I hear it's a good source of exercising and stretching.

Lisa sounds like you had a fun vacation. The weight gained on vacation can easily be lost once you're back to eating and exercising routines again. Good thing you all stocked up.

I still have problems with eating on the weekends. We stopped at Sonic and had the #1 with a milkshake so I haven't gotten on the scale to see what damage I did. Don bought a big bag of peanuts in the shell and I've had those a few times too. Don fixed a bowl for me and it was overflowing but I stopped eating when I felt full. I'm actually tired of them already. Had them twice this weekend, but one time that's all I ate for the evening with two cheese sticks. It's ok for a snack at least a small amount but not a meal. It got me craving bread again. Especially after Sunday's big breakfast. I was going to have my spinach omelet this AM, but the spinach has turned mushy and smelled strong so had the throw the rest out. I wish they had smaller bags of fresh spinach I'm the only one eating it and it turns to fast for me. I have some fresh green beans I got from the farmers market, some zucchini and yellow squash so will clean and cut them and freeze it. I'm the only one eating that too. I don't want it to go bad before I cook it. Back on track this week and had eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast with sliced tomatoes. I got the tomatoes from the same market.

I was really tired today. Was talking with my daughter and she was sad because they had to put down the family cat. It was emotional for the girls and for her, but it was for the best. She was suffering with cancer and going down hill fast. It got me thinking about the pets who passed or I had to put to sleep and had a restless night. Silly I know but that's was what kept me thinking. My 2 dogs are 11 and 10 close in age to my other pets who passed. If I lose them, I'm not sure if I'd get any more dogs, Don and I haven't been without dogs around since our first year of marriage 44 years this October.

Well enough of that. I hope everyone has a wonderful week and a fun and safe 4th. I'll catch all later. G.

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Good morning! Well its been kinda a hit or miss on the good food. I have my greens everyday (or try to) and I've cut way back on the sweets (needed that) and I've increased my protein. I only went 3 times to the gym last week - my goal is 5 times this week.

I see the doc on Wednesday about the foot. Sad part is that the toe is still bent really bad, but I'm hoping that the pain will not come with that! I can deal with the bent toe, but not that everyday pain. The surgery pain is still with me and I'm questioning whether or not those screws in the bones will stay put or need to come out at a later date. The one thing that is super thin on me are my ankles/feet - I think that is why the pain is still so prevalent after the surgery. I still fear anyone stepping on my foot - in a crowd I actually stop and lift my foot up and I let others go by.

I think I'm going to try some Pilates this week (with modifications of course). My daughter has been taking it and she loves it - so will give it a try today (along with weights).

Oregon is going to be coming into a bit of a dry spell for most of July. It is always nice to dry out a bit, but now I don't have my pool at home anymore... darn... going to miss that! But so hard to keep up on the maintenance (won't miss that part). Maybe I'll just get a kiddie pool!

Facebook is fun, but your right G - way too much on the games. I don't play them until I'm home (usually), but I only have a couple that I play so I try to limit myself on the time. The dog even notices if I'm on there too long! hahahaha - so I get nudged to put the iPad mini down and play with her instead (that is always better). I really got in the habit when I couldn't get out and walk because of the foot, but now I can - so less games for me!!!

Well - got to get some work done. Trying to figure out my schedule today because it is a holiday week. Usually I would go back to 4 - 8 hr days and have the holiday, but if I log my hours today then I'll be over the allotted time for June. So not sure what to do. Got to talk with payroll.

Happy to hear your vacation was wonderful Lisa! Devils tower is cool, but we only saw it from afar and didn't drive to it (decision by all the family). Always nice to meet new people as well!!

Take care ~

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Had a great vacation, but we came back a day early. We were ready, and we decided that we'd take a weekend sometime and go to Devil's Tower, WY. We were going to hit that on our way home, but simply decided not to.

I can tell I've gained a few pounds. I can mostly tell around my middle. I'll stay off the scale for at least week, and cut out sugar and evening snacking. The only sugar I'll consume is what is in fruit. I've got a frig full of fruits and veggies, and I've got some healthy carbs (potatoes, brown rice), and I've got some chicken cooked and frozen in packages. I put some walleye in the frig to have tomorrow evening, and I'll cook some asparagus and rice to accompany it. I cook my rice in chicken broth, as it adds flavor. Sometimes I'll add some veggies, just depends.

I found a recipe in this month's Cooking Light magazine which I plan to try. It is a fritatta with zucchini and red peppers, and it just sounds good. I'd love to have fresh zucchini, but it isn't ready around here yet.

The imitation crab recipe you mentioned, G, sounds like it might work with tuna or chicken as well. I love a good tuna/chicken/crabmeat salad, especially in a wrap or pita. Are you staying cool in OH? We visited with a couple from Cleveland as we rode the train to the top of Pike's Peak in CO. They were interesting people, he, a retired firefighter, and she, an administrative assistant with the city.

How was the week of improved eating and increased activity MK? I'm looking at my yard and thinking: What ideas would MK have to share with me? We are still waiting for our backyard to be torn up. We've had so much rain that it has delayed the crew--hopefully next week they'll be able to get here. I'm going to price sod--my husband is against it, but I believe it is generally a good value.

Have a great week.



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Mk, it's fun to share thing on FB but I find myself playing to many games and I need to stop doing that so long.

I tried a new recipe and liked it. I bought Imitation crab, dill pickles, celery, scallions, and instead of using mayonnaise, I mixed it with plain yogurt. It was very good and place it on top of a bed of lettuce. I've had it twice already for lunch and found it filling. I've been eating healthier since seeing the doctor and in 2 weeks I've lost 4lbs. I'm hoping to continue watch my carbs and adding more fruit and vegetables to my meals. My goal is to lose between 20 and 30lbs by the time I see him in 3 months and am having a good start. If I add exercises I might lose better. Just one step at a time. I've started with the food than will add exercise. I'm having some starched with dinner, but not as much during the day.

I'm glad your parents are adjusting to their new home and trying out some of the activities offered by the home.

Mk, the weight will come off and the exercise will get better as your healing. Take care not to rush the exercise and do the best you can with the limitation of the foot. I learned long ago to make do with what I'm able to do and not stress with what I can't. Good luck.

I need to get off here, I've been on way to long. I hope you're enjoying the vacation Lisa. I'll write later, G.

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Good morning! Good to hear that your enjoying your vacation Lisa! Georgie - now that we are FB friends I'm sure we'll keep up a bit more.

Its been kinda nice visiting the parents every evening. Wednesday night was not a good one though. My dad got himself all worked up over not having some papers at the apartment and I didn't help matters by telling him to calm down a bit.... that went over like a lead balloon more like it. But last night was good - we apologized for getting our dander up. Even though they have the worse part of the stress (having to give up their home), the move has effected all of us deeply.

What was good to hear is that they got out and enjoyed a singer that came to entertain the residents. I like to hear that they actually got out of the apartment for something other than meal time.

So I'm back at the gym - it is so hard to get back into the routine. I think I'm going to have to miss today though. I have to get some replacement plants for a customer and I don't think I'll have time after work, but we will see if I can take the afternoon off to get in all the things I need to do.

I'm still up in my weight by about 6 pounds... yeah that is a lot!! I'm working on getting back to my normal eating and hope for it to come off of me. Working out will help, but I'm still limited by my foot. I'm able to get on the recumbent bike and put in a good cardio and do some weight lifting (but I do fear dropping those weights on my foot). I'm just wanting the foot to stop hurting and for my normal walk to not have a limp. patience patience patience

Take care - have a super day. We have wet weather for the weekend, but next week should be very warm. I do hate the mugginess of the day tho.


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We are having a great time in CO Springs. Lots of things to do. Leaving tomorrow for a smaller town a bit north of here to meet a friend, and then heading to Devil's Tower, WY on Thurs. and home on Friday.

Do you like oatmeal, G? Also, sweet potatoes are a wonderful carb loaded with nutrients. I buy a brown rice quinoa blend, I'm pretty sure it is the Minute Rice brand. We really like it. I make a stir-fry fairly often, and I mix the rice in, but I eat far less of it than my husband does. I'm not a huge fan of any rice.

Sorry to hear the burden of parent care is falling on you, MK. Cherish these times. Their health is fragile, and their time here is winding down. It is so hard, I know. I'm always trying to remind myself that God has put us in charge of our elderly parents for a reason--I just trust that it is His plan. In my case it is my father in law, but my parents could be in that position someday as well.





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Lisa, Have a super vacation.

MK, glad all went well with the move. To bad the siblings think you should do it all and not really help. I'm usually the one to take a back seat because my sister is the take charge one. She prefers to do it herself and won't really let me help with anything even if I wanted to. I just let her do it to keep from arguing. MK, I hope the garage sale is a success and that your siblings will help you with it. I know sales like that need more than one person doing them, for it to be covered all the time and will need more than one person pricing and setting up. That's why I never bother doing one, I can never get help.

Hot and humid but not as bad as the other day. I still can't breath when out in the heat. Even when we're running errands and shopping. I found that out when we were at the garden center. I really hate the heat and humidity. That's why I'd love to be in Washington or Oregon because it's not as bad as here. I never could live in Arizona or Florida because of the humidity there and the heat either.

Started cutting back on my breads and carbs and have concentrated on adding more veggies to my diet. I've eaten to much spinach though. Having issues because I've had it every day so far, that and tomatoes. I'll need to figure something else for a few days. I do have summer squash and zucchini so will eat that and concentrate on the salads. I switched to brown rice but I really can't stand the taste, so last night I made to much and could only tolerate one helping. I still have some left and I saved it but need to think of another way to fix it.

It's hard doing without bread but so far I'm not missing it as much as I thought I would. I just wish there was another starch out there other than brown rice. I do eat wheat pasta which might be another choice.

Well today indoors doing chores. I was running around all Sunday and spent most of Saturday afternoon celebrating Don's aunt's 90th birthday. They had a family get together for her. I don't remember any of the aunt's, uncles, or cousins so spent most of the party with Don and his mom and sisters. it was fun though and his sisters made sure I was introduced to everyone. When talking to anyone there I kept referring to myself as Don's wife. I ate to much that day because I didn't know anyone so just sat and ate, although I tried to stick to the veggies, shrimp and fruit. However the cake was wonderful! I have a weakness for Birthday cake.

I need to finish my chores so will close for now. Lisa, enjoy your vacation. MK, takes care of yourself. Bye for now, G.

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Have a super vacation Lisa!!!

The move went well, but you know it was not only physically draining but emotionally draining as well. Still have ton's to deal with, but one step at a time. They are moved in and they have most of what they need and will be getting things to them as we can.

Visiting them daily so they don't think we just "dumped" them. My sister is being - well - my sister and only does what she wants for herself. Every now and again she does things for the parents, but only if it benefits her.

Will be having a garage sale on July 11-13. Apparently I'm in charge of that... and they (other siblings decided the date). So I'm trying to make it work with my work schedule... it is just madness sometimes I tell you!!

So I'm back at work and it is on complete overload here as well. So trying to just take it one thing at a time.

Got to go - work Is not going away soon. Take care!

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Leaving for vacation tomorrow, so excited.

MK, I hope the move went well for your parents. I'm confident you'll get back on the healthy food wagon soon.

Stay indoors, G. No reason to bring on an asthma attack.

I'll check in when I get a chance. Take care.



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Mk, glad you're getting the food back on track. It's hard after eating junk food or comfort food. Hope the move goes great tomorrow but don't over do the lifting and helping with the move. I know it will be hard not to jump in and do it all. LOL. Maybe instead of doing the aerobics and step exercises maybe concentrate on the weights for a while until the doctor gives you the ok for the walking and the rest.

I was just outside and it's so hot and humid I can't stand it. It make breathing difficult especially since I have asthma when I exert myself. I might try getting out later when it's cooling down some. I still can't seem to get up early and out for that early morning walk. I guess I'll need to force myself more often. Food has been better since seeing the doctor and am feeling better now that I'm taking all my Meds. I just need to get the exercise on track.

Lisa, hope your enjoying your time off. Mk, take care of your foot. I'll catch all later, G.

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Good morning!

Tomorrow is the big move day for mom/dad. They are both kinda scared about this, but know that it will be good. Trying so hard to make this transition easy for them.

I'm able to walk on my foot, but the pain is there after being on it for a bit. Can't quite move the toes (wiggle only the top of them), but I know that will come with time... and once I get this bulky bandage wrap off of them.

Trying hard to get back into my routine food items and less of the junk items that I tended to go to with the foot. Couldn't really do any type of grocery shopping (relied upon my husband who loves sweets... I need not say more). So now I'm back to making sure I have my greens and fruits - and of course quick protein. I should be back at the gym next week and get myself back into that routine. Doc really doesn't want me to walk far on the foot - so I'll see how far I can walk today without over doing it.

Take care. Have a super weekend!

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Mk, welcome back. I'm glad all went well with your surgery and that you're getting back to a somewhat normal routine. Sorry to hear about your dad's fall and your moms Alzheimer's. I know it's hard for the family especially for your dad but it sounds like moving into an assisted living facility will be the best solution for them, although the adjustment will be difficult for them.

Still looking at bikes but have not made any decision. We are going to bike shops and talking to them. The one here in Xenia has been around for a long time and are recommended by many.

we had rain yesterday and it's cooled some today, not as humid. I still need to get outside and weed, so will close for now. Glad to see you back here Mk. Lisa thanks for the info. Everyone take care, G.

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Hello! So sorry it has been so long since I've been on here - so much going on.

Surgery was a success! The first 10 days was off the foot and then the stitches came out and the cast from knee to toes came on. The cast just came off yesterday (2 weeks on) and now my foot is wrapped and still in the surgery shoe because the bandages are so bulky and I need to still keep the toes some what flat. Anyway all is progressing like it should be. Only a couple mishaps... the day of the surgery while at home I got up to go to the bathroom and one of the stitches didn't hold and I was bleeding quite profusely, but we got that under control and got back to the doctors office for a re-bandaging (the whole doctors office really didn't know how to handle this). I apparently have created a new training for the doctors office so their mishaps won't happen again.

Right before my surgery my dad took a terrible fall breaking his right wrist and having 11 stitches on the right eyebrow. He, of course, didn't call anyone of the kids - but thank heavens the neighbor was there and sat with them for hours while at the ER. So this prompted immediate changes. We gave them options of in-home staff or assisted living facility - long story short - they are moving this weekend into an assisted living facility. So needless to say my foot was the least of all the worries.

My mom's Alzheimer's is getting much worse (she doesn't know us by sight any more) so this is a good thing to get into a facility where they can help with her care. Its been really stressful on my dad. We thought we had 3 months before they would move, but an apartment became available sooner than expected - so they are moving this weekend.

I've been back at work since June 4th. Really only on a part time basis. I go home at noon and work from home where I can relax and put the foot up.

Bad part is that I haven't done exercises for 4 weeks! yikes!!! and it will be another 4 weeks before I can get into step class. I've been off track on my food, but I'm getting back on track today.

Sounds like you both have had lots going on - I only skimmed through.

Well the boss is calling - got to go.

I also have a Trek bike - love it!! Need to get back on it!!!

Both of you take care!

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G, I have a TREK bike, and it is considered a hybrid--kind of a mountain bike/standard bike combination. I love it--but I definitely don't sit low. They have some really nice fitness bikes, that's what my husband has--his is a TREK as well. Schwinn is a good quality brand. If you are going to invest, make sure you go to a bike shop. I almost bought a new bike two weeks ago--and I rode a couple of different ones around. I decided to keep my old one, although I still may buy a new one later this summer. They are generally discounted later summer/early fall.

Don can get SS, even though he is still working? I guess I thought you had to be completely retired to draw SS. Glad you got caught up.

Wishing your daughter well in the rest of her pregnancy.



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Busy so far this month. We received Don SS and were able to catch up on bills and stock our pantry and freezer. We also had a doctors appointment on Monday and got new prescriptions as well. I'm finally back on all my meds again. He started me on a thyroid pill since my labs showed it not producing as it should. He also switched me to a couple of different meds so will need to see him again in 3 months to check on those. I've only been on them for a couple of days but feel better already and my sugars are dropping. He suggested I watch my carbs better and try to get more exercise. I've set myself a goal to lose 25lbs by my next doctors appointment. It's doable but need to buckle down on my exercise and food.

What type of bike do you have? Don and I are looking into getting a bike. I tried getting on a recumbent bike but had trouble getting my leg over the center bar. I think I'll look at an adult trike and maybe try it for a short ride before buying it. The shop we have here in town will let you try out the bikes for a short ride before deciding. They can also build or custom make bike as needed. They also have a lay-a-way plan which will help pay for the bike. We have bike paths all over here and a nice neighborhood to ride around in. Down town is not that far and the bike path runs right through it so we can ride to town if we want. We're more serious than before but still have to watch the expenses.

Had a nice visit with my daughter and she is doing well. She said she's very tired and just had a check up yesterday so I'll call her and see what the doctor told her. They are still thinking about inducing her early but I need to talk to her to see what was said.

I hope everyone is doing great and are having great weather for riding bikes. Hot here about mid 80's and humid. If I walk I need to get out early before it's to hot. Mk, hope your improving daily. Everyone have a wonderful day. G.

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I had the girls for a couple of hours yesterday, and baby's first tooth has popped through, the second one is close. We had a great time.

I finally got a long bike ride in this morning. I haven't done a ride over 10 since last summer. My elbow is much improved, so I can endure a long ride without much discomfort.

Tomorrow, I travel on a work trip with my husband, and Saturday we leave for vacation.

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Lisa, Having the grand children around can be fun but can be hard on our bodies. My youngest grand girl is a heavy little girl at 2 so It's hard for me to lift her. When we went over last Sunday to help Don was with me so he did all the carrying and lifting. My daughter can't lift over 20lbs and that's the most she should lift. It's hard for the youngest to understand why mommy can't hold her or carry her but she still has snuggle time with her on the couch, when she's willing to not climb or try to sit on her lap which doesn't really exist since it's taken by the baby inside.

They told her she will be induced in August so she will have this baby earlier than the expected due date which was September. No date set yet but the doctors are keeping a close eye on her. She's worried now that they won't be ready when the baby arrives. She still need to get a bigger car and find a place the put the crib. Both girls are sharing the second bedroom and no room for a crib. Their place's rent not up until October so they will have to make due with their 2 bedroom apartment when the baby arrives. I'm sure it'll work out and we may have a few more trips over there to help before all is ready. This is when I wish we had a second car and I could drive there more often to help, especially after the baby arrives.

The rain has finally stopped and it's starting to get warm and humid again. It looks like we're in for more rain this weekend, and so far it's been a very wet spring. It's preventing me getting out and weeding a picking my strawberries. I'll try getting out there today and tomorrow but it'll be very wet in the garden.

Mk, hope all good your way. Lisa, enjoy the rest of your day and the weekend and wish your hubby a happy fathers day. Bye for now. G.

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Good morning. Taking father in law up for cataract surgery today. It'll be a tough day, as he found out yesterday that he has hundreds of small tumors on his bladder. They can no longer just remove the "spots" as he calls them, so he believes he will need to have his bladder removed. He sees a specialist in two weeks. He has had this bladder cancer for years, although very manageable. He's been good with his 3 month appts, so I think he thought it would never get worse.

I've had a great week with my granddaughters, but my back is really bothering me. I think it is due to carrying baby around-just not used to that much bending, lifting and holding.

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Sometimes getting a different computer is worth the price. The technology changes so rapidly these days. I adjust pretty quickly to different operating systems, but I know that can be frustrating as well. Enjoy your new purchase.

3 miles walked and strength workout done. I also got a bunch of papers organized and filed. Just have to do a pantry check as I'll be having the girls from about 2-8 PM all week. I pray it is calm and mild so we can play outside. It'll be tough with baby--but we can do stroller rides.

Wishing your daughter continued improvement, G. It is nice you were able to help.



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We have a good computer now, and am so happy that everything back to normal. We decided it was possibly the connection to the internet which kept going to recover webpage every time we switched from one sight to the other. We needed a new battery and more mega bites to rework the computer but when checking into fixing it we decided to find a new computer. We bought one on clearance and got a great deal on it so all is good but need to learn windows 8 now. So far only Don has had a lot of time with it.

Went to see my daughter yesterday and spent all day with her. It was the first time since bed rest that she was alone with the girls. Her husband started working different days and is gone all morning and now has to work Saturdays and Sundays. He's off Monday and Tuesday but works the rest of the week and weekends. Anyway she asked us over to help with the shopping and the girls. She's not to lift anything 20lbs or higher. We did have a good day and enjoyed spending time with them. She's allowed to return to work today so will call later and see how it went.

I have chores to do and when Don gets home we need to do some grocery shopping on our own as well. Chores today and laundry, if I have enough soap. Very tired today but at least no more rain and much cooler temps to enjoy. 76* today with low humidity. Won't need to turn on the air which I like doing better and enjoy fresh air coming into the house.

Lisa, Enjoy your week and I know you'll lose those couple of pounds fast. Have a great day and rest of the week. MK, thinking about you and hope your healing everyday. Bye for now, G.


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Happy Saturday. I worked Bountiful Baskets this morning, after my strength workout and a mile walk. I'll be walking and biking later on as well.

I've put on a couple lbs. I didn't have the greatest week, but the gain surprised me. I continue to wonder how menopause plays into my overall weight and such. Now, I'm cutting out all sugar that's not natural, so fruit is about the only "sweet" item I'll be having for awhile. I know I need to record my food intake. It always works, but I hate doing it. I just baked some kale chips, and my meals will include lots of green salads. I'll also make up a stir fry later in the week.

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Staying inside today. Rain and thunderstorms going on right now. I talked to my daughter today she is sore from the bruses and the fall but resting. She seemed to be fine and her hubby has pitched in rangling the girls, cooking and doing the chores. He's great to her and very attentive. Tomorrow she will see the doctor and will find out if she'll be able to go back to work, staying on bedrest or shortening her work hours. I hope all the tests taken in the hospital gives her good news. So far all is normal. Blessings abound.

Hope your anniversary was fun and you had a great day. Summer is just beginning and you sound like your keeping yourself busy.

Mk, Thinking about you and hope all great on OR. Have a wonderful day. G.

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G, I do hope your worries are decreasing and that your daughter and her baby are recovering well. That is a scary event.

It is just 8 and I have delivered my car for an oil change, walked the mile home, did my strength workout, cleaned my son's room, started a load of laundry, cleaned out the dishwasher, ate breakfast and had my morning devotion. I love summer vacation. I have one work item to complete, but it can wait. It will be a productive day around here.

My son's fiance' had her hysterectomy on Monday and she is doing well. She and the girls are staying at her mom's until Saturday, so I won't have them until next week.

My oldest had an MRI for his back yesterday. He is now filling out paperwork for military disability--which he will get. My prayer is that he returns to school and finishes up his teaching and coaching degrees. That is something he can do with his disability. For now he is still working, but he will have to change duties. As a correctional officer, he often has tp break up physical altercations between the inmates, which isn't a good activity with a bad back. Time will tell how this all goes.

How goes it in OR, MK? Haven't heard from you in awhile.

More chores to tend to. Have a great day.



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Lisa, Happy Anniversary. May you have many more happy years. Your are indeed blessed.

Had a scare and have been worried since. My daughter fell down 9 stairs and was rushed to the hospital Sunday night. We received a call at 11:30 Sunday night that she was in the hospital. She is 6 months pregnant, and there was some concern about the baby. I guess they did an ultra sound and the placenta was swelled and they thought it might have a clot in it blocking the blood flow to the baby. After going to trama unit they took her to labor and delivery to monitor the baby and my daughter. They gave shots to jumpstart the lung development and so far she has had 4 sets of shots. They kept them both in the hospital all day yesterday and said she will be released to go home today. So far the heart beat has been normal and the beby shows no abnormal activity. They ask that my daughter stay on bedrest for this week until she sees her doctor on Thursday where they will do another ultra sound and a stress test on the baby. By then they should have the results from her hospital stay. So far mother and baby doing fine.


I haven't heard anything more today so will call her later. We are blessed that everything is improving and that she can carry the baby longer to establish it's full development. They will still keep a watchful eye on them and she will not go back to work until the doctors give her the all clear. Then she may still have to limit her time at work.

Anyway I hope everyone has a wonderful day and Lisa, Happy Anniversary again. Enjoy your day. Thanks for listening. G.

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Celebrating 30 years of marriage today. I am blessed to be happily married, and grateful that the Lord has sustained us through some very difficult times.

Have a great week. My last day of work is tomorrow.



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MK, hope the surgery went great and you're on the road to recovery. Hoping to hear from you soon.

Lisa, it sounds like you still have a few things left to do before your off for the summer. I wish a quick recovery for your son. Get the office painted soon and the rest of the summer will be yours to enjoy.

A bit cooler and not as humid. I'm having trouble with my big toe on my right foot. It hurts everytime I wear shoes. I think my one pair of summer shoes goes right across the bone by the big toe and I might have bursed it while wearing them. I'll need to find sandles which don't hit that area which so far has been hard to find, I hope it improves and won't require a trip to the foot doctor.

It's late and I need to make this short. Enjoy the shower and the rest of your weekend. Bye for now. G.

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G, he has several more appts before a treatment course is determined. He can go back to work on Monday, although he may have to go light duty or switch shifts.

Strength workout done, along with 3+ miles of walking. The master shower is now clean. I hate shower doors, as they are so hard to clean. I make my husband take the doors off when I do a thorough cleaning, otherwise the gunk builds up terribly. Some laundry done and a few other chores as well.

My niece's bridal shower, 2 hours away, is on tomorrow's agenda. I work Monday and Tues., and then I'm off until Aug. 4th. I may have some work to do in between. A friend and I will be painting my office. I didn't get my request in early enough, so the crew was booked for the summer, and I didn't want to wait another year. They'll provide the supplies, I just provide the labor.

My weight remains steady, which is good, since I haven't been planning and watching as carefully as I should. Another 10 lbs and I'll be at my goal, but I'm just not motivated at this time to put in the effort.

MK, still hope all went well with surgery.

G, we were out of school on May 23. I'm on a longer contract, though.

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Lisa, sorry to hear about your son's back. I hope the VA will not make him wait a long time for his surgery. Glad to hear you have had great weather for walking. It's been hot and humid here. Although they said a cool front moving in this evening and early morning. Had some rain so we'll see.

Are you out of school yet? many here only have a few days left, although the seniors have already left.

Mk, thinking about you and wishing you a speedy recovery. Everyone take care, G.

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My son may be a victim of the recent VA issues that have been exposed. He hurt his back on Sunday, just stepping of a deck and turning. Today he found out he has two ruptured discs and a pinched nerve in his back. As the Dr. Reviewed his file, he noticed that my son was diagnosed with bulging discs and should've had follow up and a case manager assigned to help him. That never happened. He knew he had a minor back problem, but he was told to just "watch it." Now he is probably facing surgery. He sees a neurosurgeon in two weeks. I'm glad he has VA services. I don't believe this was an intentional oversight, but I do know the VA appts. Typically have a long wait, but that's not recent. He can work once he recovers, but he may have to change shifts or go light duty. He will turn 28 on Monday.

I continue to walk--lovin the outdoors. It was gorgeous tonight, so I did 3 miles. I also put a couple perennials in the ground to replace the ones I lost.

Hope you are both doing well. MK, thinking of you as you recover.





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Happy Memorial Day to everyone. Bless our men and women in the service and keeping us free and safe.

Quiet day not much going on a trip to Lowe's and the store for a few groceries and a spark pug. Don the wants to walk all of Lowes looking at things but it's ok and we got some prices for new appliances. Our dishwasher is on it's last legs and makes so much noise and loud sounds while washing I think that will be the first one to be replaced.

Went to Don's mom's place yesterday for dinner. They fixed pulled pork which tasted good but wanted something off the grill but I'm not complaining it was a nice time. They sent the remaining pork, potato salad home with us so we'll probably finish it up tonight. I bought some corn so will add that to our meal.

Nice day humidity low and a nice breeze. Don out mowing and I'm finishing laundry inside. Weeding all done so am relaxing this evening. I might see if Don wants to walk later, but we'll see.

Mk, hope your recovering great, and having a relaxing day too. Lisa, Bless your sons and their service to our country. Enjoy the family life's to short. Have a wonderful Memorial Day. emoticon

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Happy Memorial Day. Thanking my sons, and all veterans, for their service. I had a group yesterday for lunch--it was just going to be four of us, but later on Saturday, it turned into a group of 9. It was a bit odd, as my sis-in-law self invited her group, and I don't really mind, but this one felt a bit odd. I enjoy company, I enjoy serving meals, and entertaining, so why this got under my skin, I'm not real sure. I think that, over the years, she presumes more and more things. She comes to visit and expects us to accommodate her plans, and gets offended if we don't. She doesn't come very often, even though she only lives two hours away. Perhaps I'm a bit bitter because we provide ALL of the support and assistance for my father-in-law, yet when she comes she likes to contribute her opinion. I need to put "the best construction" on this situation, and be thankful that she felt comfortable enough to invite herself, and that she wanted to spend a bit of time with us. So that's how I will convince myself that this was just fine. I don't want to make a problem where there isn't one.

Exercise done: short bike ride, and strength workout done, laundry folded and ready to put away, and chicken breast thawing for grilling tonight. I've got 3 perennials to put in the ground today, and some rock to haul, so that's next on my list. I also need to take a walk later. I walked 5.5 miles yesterday, and got two blisters, so will need to care for those before I go out.

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MK, I too are wishing you a speedy recovery. Soreness gone but still tired. I have a little bit to do in the front garden yet will do this tomorrow with Don's help I hope. Then a cookout with his mom and sisters on Sunday than we have nothing more planned for our weekend. I have some fresh salmon which I'll fix on Monday. Don is home but will be back to work on Tuesday.

Lisa, I was always sad to see my kids move on to the next grade. I too taught middle school when working full time. While teaching as a sub, I saw many seniors leave many whom I watched grow up from grade school through High school. I subbed all grades and often had many of the same students throughout their school years. I still see some of them at restaurants, and sometimes in other places of busuness. Time seems to go too fast lately and I feel I'm always trying to keep up.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial weekend. Lisa, you sound as though you'll have a busy one with graduations and weddings. Enoy your Memorial Day. Mk, Take care of yourself and hope to see you posting again soon. Happy Memorial Day. G. emoticon

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MK, thinking of you today. I expect you are resting at home by now with straighter toes.

One more day. Kids have been typical for this time of year. We had our awards today, and I will really miss our 8th graders. They are a great group of kids. We are getting a tough bunch to replace them.

We have a wedding tomorrow night, so I'll take my wedding clothes since it is in the town in which I work. Then a grad reception on Saturday. I'll be all celebrated out by Memorial Day.

My arthritic elbow has improved greatly. I've cut way back on my ibuprofen, and I'm gradually adding more of my upper body strength exercises back in, just keeping the reps low for now.

G, I too have been doing yard work. Very soon, our back yard will be torn up. We are taking down a shed, filling in our root cellar (not too many of those left), and tearing out our out of control hedge. Hope you've recovered from that hard labor.

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Mk, good luck on your surgery. I hope all goes as expected. Keep us informed of your progress.

So sore and tired today. Finally got to my garden yesterday. I did 2 hours out there weeding and cutting dead branches from my roses. They had a bad winter and when we cut them back, they started growing from the bottom and not the cut branches, so went into the center and cut the dead wood. I got most of it but should have worn longer sleeves. I got pricked several time and had to go inside to wash the blood off. I was pulling those prickler weeds, I know they have a name but I call them those prickly weeds. I hate those and they have all but taken over most of my front garden choking out the strawberry plants and growing inbetween my Irises and other bushes. I had to cut them smaller to get to the bottom and pull them out. I can't get on the ground so did all of this squating and bending over, My quads feel it today as does my back an calfs. It's done for now but still need to get out there today and finish it up.

Don came home while I was outdoors doing the garden but he mowed while I finished, then helped me bag it all up. We both are tired an sore today. Maybe we'll get more done this Memorial weekend. We will go to his mom's on Sunday but the rest of the weekend will be doing chores around the house.


I was happy today because I lost another pound. We've been grilling out and having more fruit and salads with our grilled foods. I hope everyone has a great week and a good Memorial Day. Bye for now, G. emoticon

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Good morning!

Well foot surgery in the morning. Can't say I'm not apprehensive, but I know it will be ok and in the long run it will be good for the foot. Lots to get done - I hate going into this with things needing to be taken care of.

Walked over 15,000 steps yesterday - that included the step class. The class had a substitute instructor - let me just say - wow! We did a boot camp beginning and it was good, but shocking to our systems. We have the ability to run a track during class - and so we did! 2 laps then back to the room for dips and pushups and then back to the track - times 3!

It felt good to do something different.

Going to go take care of my mom while my sister takes my dad to the doc this morning - so it will be another busy day. I was really hoping to get a spin class in before I have meetings at 1 p.m. - we shall see how fast they can do the doctor!

Hope you all have a wonderful day! Talk to you after surgery!!

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Good morning! Great job on the miles Lisa!! The stormy weather is passing and sun is coming in - I just want to go walk, but my schedule is full.

My food - well - I won't go there. My exercise has been good, but did miss yesterday because of meetings about yard design and finding plants. The meeting scheduled for here at the office was canceled... so I could have gone (that is always frustrating, but it is what it is).

I'm only 2 days out until the surgery... a bit nervous, but I think it will be ok.

My daughter does still work with DD adult clients. Children who turn 18 can be placed directly into a facility (she's been working with one who exceptionally challenged and very angry - rightfully so). My daughter is really building a reputation of being able to deal with the most challenging clients - and by challenging I mean violent behavior. She has a way with them that none of the staff have seen before and the company calls her to help with the most difficult. The last girl turned 18 and was new to the facility and had already put a couple of workers into the hospital - so they called my Emily. She read the book on this person and came in and worked with her. She said that she tried to hit, bite, etc etc, but was not successful. This particular girl is very athletic, 5' 10" tall (my daughter is 5') and flings body fluids at people... yeah... don't think I could do this kinda work. Emily loved the challenge... she really has very little fear and if she does - she hides it well. Come to think of it she has been that way since she was a little girl.

She really wants to work with children. She has a BA in Psychology with a minor in sign language and she uses every bit of the psychology to deal with these people - and she is quite good.

Boy can't tell I'm a proud mama! hahahaha

Well I'm staying the same in weight - that is good considering my poor eating. I also eat good, but by I say is about 65% of the time.. the other 35% - uh not so much

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Good Friday evening. I made a wonderful brown rice and chicken dish for dinner. My husband loved it, and I was happy it was easy. Sometimes the simplest, easiest things are the most satisfying.

We have 4 graduation receptions tomorrow and 1 on Sunday, and one a week from Sunday. It makes for an expensive weekend. Plus, we have a wedding next Friday night. Lots going on, and lots of challenging eating situations.

G, glad the dogs are back to normal. Hopefully the storms will stay away for awhile. Enjoy your weekend with the family.

Mk, is your daughter still working with the developmentally delayed population? I had quite a day of working with special needs students, and It made me think of her for some reason.

I jogged about 1.3 miles today, walked just over a mile. So far this week, I've walked/jogged a total of 11 miles, hoping to have 15 in by Sunday evening.

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Never thought about the effects on the animals with those storms. duh

safe travels.

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Mk, I think that atmosphere changes effect animals. When people were interviewed after the storm they said their ears popped and they felt pressure from the tornadoes. The storms stayed in the area most of the night and I think the dogs could sense the changes, and wanted to stay inside away from the storms. They get nervous anyway when we have thunder and lightning and since they were caught in storms afew times they just want to stay with their humans.

All is normal today and they did go out that next morning when Don let them out, and with me at lunch time when I got the mail, and when asked to the rest of the day. No more storms but still a few raindrops. Today is cold though, we woke to 30* temps this morning, and will only reach 40's today. We mighy make it into the 50's for the weekend and maybe back to th 60's next week. I wish it would stay around 70 or 80 instead of all these changes.

We will travel to Columbus tomorrow for my granddaughter's birthday party. When Don gets home we'll go to the store for a gift, some dogfood, and a few groceries. We'll finish the groceries later when we get back from the party.

Hope everyone has a great afternoon and a wonderful weekend. I have a few things to do yet today, so will close for now.G.

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So happy to hear that your ok. Tornados are scary things!!

wonder why the dog refuses to go out? is it because of the storm? interesting

Hope you get it all worked out!

Take care!

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Good Morning. Glad the storms from yesterday are over. A tornado touched down about 10 miles from where we lived so we took shelter in our bathroom. Dogs and all. There was damage in Cedarville, just down the road, with uprooted trees, a couple of farms hit, and a few houses and sheds leveled on the outskirts of the town, There is a college there and they had to go dorm to dorm to get the students to take cover. Tornado sirens where going off for a while. Luckly no one was injured.

My one dog still refuses to go outside to do her business. We couldn't get her to go when we did last call at 11 PM, and not sure if she went with Don this AM at 4. They usually go at 8 when I get up, but she refused again. I'll take her out when I get the mail and if she won't then, I put a leash on and take her for a short walk.

Still rain in the area, and the temps have dropped to 62* from near 86 yesterday afternoon before the storms came through. It's to stay cool the rest of the week and through the weekend.

We will be going to a Birthday party for my granddaughter on Saturday so we need to go out tonight or tomorrow evening and get her a gift. We will also need to get some meat. We are out and our freezer is empty so definatly groceries need to be purchased. Also need dishwasher soap and laundry soap.

My weight staying the same, and my subscription to online Weight Watchers need to be renewed if I want to follow the plan for my points and such. My cell phone not an I-Pad type so doesn't carry apts very well.

Well a few chores to do and the mail has just arrived, so will close for now. G

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Good morning!

Reached 91* yesterday and we are suppose to be in the upper 80's today. Its nice, but like I said - working out is difficult in the building the Y is located. It is actually a historical building - so about 100 years old, I believe. It is a mixture of various rooms and workout areas. It has an indoor banked track (13 laps makes 1 mile - so not big). They really utilize all the corners and space in the building. I like it because it is so different - it is not your typical looking gym. It has 2 pools in the basement, but all that "warmth" from the pool comes up stairways and elevator shafts and sometimes it just gets warm. There are, of course, day care programs and after school activities - located in a whole different area of the building.

Anyway.... weight lifting class had a hard count - kinda confusing but lots of negatives. I was so sore from step class the day before that... actually all of us from step class were dealing with sore muscles. Not sure what she will have in store for us today at step, but I'm sure it will be "fun" and exciting! hahaha

Food has been on and off. Salt seems to be my culprit these days. I'm still hanging at the same weight (which is good), but I really need to be better at the intake!

Well - work is definitely calling my name... so many deadlines coming up.

Dad is doing better - I guess - he really is being extra "special" these days (that is my sarcasm for nastiness). So I stay away and just call to check on them. My sister does the same thing. Found out yesterday that he is back on his scooter going to the store - won't ask for help at all. What an obstinate ol' cuss he is. It is difficult being around someone with such a poor disposition - yet he judges others on how "negative" they are... craziness.

Well I hope both of you have a beautiful day - hope the heat is getting to where you are and warm you up. Lisa - the winds in South Dakota are ones I remember as a child - I hope they die down for you!

Take care ladies!

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Good morning! I really have to go where the design job calls me... the client understands it includes travel time (that is talked about up front). Plus it is really just designing and figuring out plants for their area. One particular job is asking for my husband to plant them into the ground - which we can do - so its a bit more extensive (buying the plants, etc). They just don't want to do that - seems odd to me (I love plant shopping) but everyone has their thing (or not).

The other customer I saw up in Portland just needs the design - they have the means to install they just don't have a vision. So that is what I'm "selling" to them.

Oh and Portland is 45 min to 1 hour away, but I don't mind because I can then see my son for a little bit (if he's off work).

After visiting with my son for quite a few hours I really think his thinking is changing - about his ex-girlfriend and the drinking. He has to see a counselor, which is great and he'll have group therapy with others who are dealing with the same issues. I think he's a bit more invested this time because he is dealing with the law - not just the parents - having a judge deal out the punishment is much more effective... plus the cost... that is a huge "ouch".

Weather is suppose to get to 88* today... sweltering in my opinion. Won't be bad because I work indoors, but working out today will be hard - no air in the facility - only open windows and fans (big fans).

Well got to get working - take care! Enjoy your day!!

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Lisa. Only 8 days left for the kids? How much longer will you have to work until your off for the summer? I think we go to the first week in June here, some will need to go later to make up snow days. Our schools here gave out packs of homework to take care of the cancellations. The neighbor kids said it took care of there snow days all but one which they must make up. They also too some of the spring break to make up days. I guess many school systems did this same thing. Therefore they were able to get out earlier.

Warm again today but calling for thunder storms and rain tomorrow while the cold front moves through. By Friday, it will only have a high of 58 or 60 degrees. The weekend will have more rain and 60's again. Going to Sadie's party in columbus so will be traveling in rain but the party will be indoors so that's a plus. Looking forward to being there.

It's late so need to get to bed. Have a great week, G,

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A pedicure would feel amazing. Need to get one myself. I bruised my big toe under the nail, I'm not quite sure how, but it is ugly, and taking forever to go away. Glad your Mother's Day was nice, MK.

Man have we got the trains moving through town! I made two trips downtown today, and had to wait for a train both times on the way there AND the way back. The tracks run all the way through town, so there's no way to get around it. We actually have two sets going through town, an east/west track and a north/south track. We have an ethanol plant, and a busy grain elevator, so they are necessary to our economy.

Kids were naughty at school today. I just need to hold on tight for the rest of the year. 8 days!

MK, I'm getting my yard work done in bits. It'll get done someday.

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Mk, how nice for your surprises. Both gifts seem to have been well thought out for you. How far is portland from your home. Won't it be a long trip for the design jobs. Looks like your design jobs are expanding. So good that your business is taking off. When will your son be able to drive again? hope he's learned not to drink and drive from his experience.

We have had rain off and on the past few days and so I'll be able to get some weeding done since the ground has be wet. The last time I tried to do it the ground was so dry I could hardly get the tools to work. I hope it's easier today. Weather is a bit cooler mid 79's instead of the 80's so will not be as hot to do the weeding. However this weekend we'll get more rain and drop to the 60's temps. I really wish it would stay one temp without all this bouncing around. I really prefer 70 rather than the 80's but am enjoying the warmer temps.

I still have a few more things to do today inside before going out. Most of the work is in the front, and right now the sun is there. Around noon, it will be getting shade so will be nicer to do the work,

Hope everyone is having a great day, Take care, and I'll get on later. G.

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Good morning! Happy to hear you both had a wonderful Mother's Day. Mine was full of surprises .... so nice - I do like surprises (good ones that is). Our daughter spent the day with us and my first trip was to get Polar Loop... exercise tracking devise... will see how this goes. Got it all set up along with a chest heart rate monitor when I do the big workouts. Hopefully I will find out today if I have it set up right.

Then off to get a pedicure... the exercise monitor was from my husband and the pedicure from my daughter. Then we went to the casino to get the lunch buffet... the line was astronomical!! So we had a burger and played some games then came home... no wins, but lots of fun.

Then it was relaxing at home and setting up the new toy and a wonderful dinner brought in - very nice and relaxing. The only thing missing was our son. He's not able to drive - so he called me in the morning and we chatted quite a bit.

I did have to be in Portland yesterday for a couple of design jobs - so I met up with my son and he made me a wonderful chicken & salad lunch. Then he came with me to one of the jobs and helped me measure and so forth while I talked with the customer and took pictures. Then it was off to do things around Portland. it was a good day.

Well got to go. Take care!

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Yes Lisa we had temps of 86 Thursday but by Saturday we were in the low 60's range with rain. However the sun was out today and we were in the low 80's again. Don mowed and we cooked out on the grill since we now have propane' sweet Italian sausage, the rest of the potato salad and fruit. Next shopping day more fruit. It tasted so good. One more helping of cake tonight and will probably finish it tomorrow. Not really much left since mostly eaten on Saturday. I need to get back to watching my points. Not losing but not gaining either. I will get back to my walks and watch the food again and I'll be fine.

We will be warm high 70's and low 80's the first of the week with sun, but back to mid 60's or lower by the weekend. We'll be going to Columbus for Sadie's Birthday party Saturday and will spend a quiet Sunday. Not much more going on. Hope everyone doing great. Lisa I hope you warm up with lots of sunshine soon. Congrats on sons GPA of 3.8, how proud you must be. Everyone have a super week, G.

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G, It was you who had temps in the 80's. I'm still jealous. I potted some flowers today, and froze my hands-the wind, once again was brisk. It is raining now, and is cool. We may not get to 60 all week. I long for warmth and sunshine. I too cooked lunch, youngest was home, as he finished up with finals this week. He ended up with a 3.8 GPA, proud of him. He can graduate next May, but he might go another year and pick up some minors.

Hoping to get a walk in, if it stops raining. Wishing you both a great week ahead.



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Today was a fun day. everyone was here and all my grand girls together made it a lively day. The noise gets to Don some but it still was fun. My son bought food from the store and he, my son in law and Don cooked on the grill. My son even went and got the propane tank for us and they made a great meal. All I needed to do was the potato salad. Were finished eating by 2 PM, and one of the younger girls said mom is this lunch? We told her yes but she replied it's like a big dinner. We all agreed but enjoyed the meal anyway. They left by 6pm so Don and I had a light dinner. I had made a cake before they all arrived, but the girls with the help from my daughter made the icing and decorated it for the birthdays. We all sang happy Birthday to Sadie and Don. Great day with many memories and pictures, and a wonderful Mother's Day early. I think I enjoyed the cooking at home more than I would going out. All quiet now and the dogs, Don and myself tired.

Hope everyone has a great Mother's Day. Have a great day. We were back to mid 60's again with rain so all had to stay indoors. Good thing we had a covered porch. Have a great Sunday. G. emoticon

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Wow, just got done having the girls for more than 24 hours. Both hubby and I had some things to do, so we tag-teamed a bit, but the baby (3 1/2 months) is a bit much for him.

I didn't get my walk in. I could go, but I am really tired. I did get my strength workout in, and I worked Bountiful Baskets, which was an additional workout. Food is better today. I have been struggling lately.

Happy Mother's Day tomorrow.

MK, so sorry to hear about your Dad. My father in law fell twice this winter, and didn't tell us right away. Thankfully, those who helped him notified my husband. That's yet another beauty of living in a community where everyone knows everyone.

I am so jealous of your heat, MK. It remains 60'ish here. I will plant flower pots tomorrow.




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So mad I wrote a message and when I went to post I lost it. We're using the laptop and it doesn't want to stay connected to websights. I hate this computer, but the tabletop not working right now and we hope it's up an running soon.

Don's been home for a few days and I'm hoping he'll help me outside. I tryed getting out and working on the weeds but it's like Summer here with 86* temps. I got so hot and so will try again tomorrow. The kids will be here on Saturday for Don's Birthday, my granddaughter's Sadies birthday, and Mothers Day. They want to go out but cash short right now so will try to fix something here.

MK, I hope your dad recovers soon. So sorry to hear about his fall. Hope you'll be able to get him back on his feet before your surgery. It's hard caring for an older parent. Remember to take care of yourself too.

Hope everyone has a great Mother's Day. Enjoy your families. It's late here so will close for now before I lose this sight again. Bye for now.G.

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Hello!

Well its been an active couple of days. My father fell yesterday while outside - thank heavens the neighbor helped him and went with him to the ER - dad didn't even bother with calling me or my sister. I just happened to call my dad around 6 pm and he told me he had been in the ER and just got home. He had 11 stitches in his right eyebrow, 4-5 stitches in his right hand and he broke the right wrist/hand area. Along with right should pain and a cut on the nose.

So I brought him meds and talked with him last night about not contacting us - it is not acceptable. I went over this morning and made breakfast for them and dispensed meds. I also worked on their refrigerator a bit - what a mess. Had to clean it and set things back in so he could find them (he's legally blind). I only got about half done then I had to make the breakfast before my sister came and took him to see his primary care.

So its back there tonight to get dinner for them and take another set of meds to him. Until his hand is healed I'll be going there every morning. It also gives me an opportunity to clean the house for them. He is the main cook and bottle washer in the house - so he is pretty upset that he can't do that.

I've forgotten to re-up my Weightwatcher subscription, but I think I'm ok with that for now. I have MyFitnessPal to use and keep track of things and so far I'm staying the same. Exercise continues, but the foot is getting harder and harder to workout on.

I will have the 3 toes next to the big toe re-set. Two of them will be broken and re-set so that the alignment is correct. Since I've had 2 bunion surgeries on that foot - my big toe has become shorter - thus moving the knuckle down and causing the toe next to it to move upward and point toward my little toe. The arc in the toes is for a reason... balance and they keep each other aligned. If they don't have each other to push on when stepping they can get all weird (like mine). So it is a pretty extensive thing, but it should be good in the long run... I hope.

So May 22nd I'll be under the knife and hopefully will be back at work by 6/4/14 - on a knee scooter. My kids are taking time from their work to help me for a couple days - that will be good. My daughter will have to drive to Portland and pick up my son the night before because he can't drive until July sometime.

The weather has been great here - rain every now and again - and small storms - but for the most part it is in the high 60's low 70's. Last week we had 80-90* weather... glorious!

Take care ladies! Happy Early Mothers day!!!

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We too are having a cool spring, but the temps are to be warmer next week and we might get one day at 78* I can't wait for it to finally get warm enough so we won't have to put the furnace on anymore. I too want to be able to plant some flowers and my herbs, but need to dump the old dirt in the pots, and get new so I can put my herbs back in them, and maybe some flowers and tomato plants.

I am ready to do walking on a regular basis and not so off and on.

Lisa only 3 weeks left? Bet your looking forward to the summer off. MK, hope the surgery on your foot goes well. You both have a great Sunday.

I've been having computer issues so haven't been able to get on regularly but hope to resolve it soon. Take care, G.

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MK, are you having bunion surgery? It is a cool spring here, but the sun is shining more and more and the farmers are finally in the field.

Church, chores and a 5 mile walk planned for today. We have 3 weeks of school left, some schools in our area finish already on Friday.

I spent yesterday visiting my niece and a student, both of whom were hospitalized. My niece had a stroke at the age of 30--all of her function has come back, she never did have any paralysis, but her vision in one eye was affected for awhile. My student had some kidney issues, and he's doing well too.

Can't wait to get some color in my yard! I always pot flowers on Mother's Day, so will wait a week.

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Good morning! Very sunny weather coming here in the Pacific NW for the next couple days - then we are back to rain. It is nice to have a little sun and get some Vitamin D going!!

I finally finished working on a friends landscape steps - got totally sunburned from a very cloudy day... amazes me. Anyway all is good - all is done (yippee) and now I just need to get some $$ from her.

I'm scheduled for my foot surgery May 22 - in the morning. I'm a bit on the nervous side and a bit apprehensive about whether it will "take" or not, but for the most part I'm looking forward to having straight toes with no pain - at least for a while. Both of the kids have taken time from their work to come and take care of me while my husband has to keep doing the business (landscape maintenance never stops).

Exercise still continues - even with the toe pain. Yesterday we did some jumping that caused some sharp pains, but I was happy when that went away! After the foot thing - I'm going to have to have the right shoulder worked on (like I did the left) - just a cleaning out and it should be good to go. I remember only being down a couple days with the left shoulder... should be the same for the right. Seems like I'm falling apart! hahaha

Menopause is really sucky - hope you breeze through this quickly. For me I was literally slammed into it head on (with the full hysterectomy) and now the uphill spikes are calming down to rolling hills and smooth land!!! whoop whoop !! It will all be good.

Well got to go - work is calling me and my break is over. Take care.

Hope you both are safe with the mid-west weather being all up in turmoil. My sister is in Alabama and under tornado watches over the past couple days... so far she and her family have been safe. I guess my niece in Wyoming has been under watches too. I hope everyone stays safe!!

Take care!

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Ugh! Menopause. It is just so frustrating. I had to see my Dr. today, ran a temp last night and this morning, didn't feel awful, but thought I better not go to school in case I was contagious. I had the chills along with the temp, but no other symptoms, until a raging headache showed up mid-morning. I'm just winding up a "regular" period, well, as regular as they get these days, so I just have to get some answers--strangely, there aren't any. My thyroid numbers aren't quite right, but only in the "watch" status. My blood sugar remains low, and always will. My Dr. says I need to increase my good carbs, and eliminate any and all processed sugar. I don't doubt that at all, so will give it a try. I'm also going to add some vitamins. She also suggested I eliminate vigorous exercise for the next few months. I'll cut back, I won't eliminate. I can't see how that will help anything--but she said that was due to my continued low blood sugar issues. It never goes over 90, and has dropped into the low 60's. It was in the 80's this morning an hour after I ate a banana and a piece of toast. She said I have hypoglycemia, but then that just means I need to carry some quick sugar-y stuff with me at all times. So, how's that for eliminating all processed sugar?

Needless to say, I'm angry I took a sick day for something that will likely be ongoing over the next months (hopefully not years). I just don't know what to do when another symptom shows up--is it hormonal, or something else?

In case you can't tell, I'm just a little frustrated by all of this. I think I'll go for a walk. Hubby will be home tonight. That will make me feel better. Thanks for listening.





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Hi I'm glad everyone seemed to have a wonderful Easter. We stayed home and had a quiet Easter here. We were able to get some yard work done because it was 70+ degrees.

Don had to cut my roses because I didn't have the strength in my arms to do it. He was able to cut them a lot lower than I could have which was good. I still need to do some weeding and trim the back bushes but will get to them this week. We are to be near 60 degrees but cooler by the weekend and then only mid 50 range, so will need to do that.

I will also tackle my outside windows and get them clean from all the dirt on them from the winter. We tried to get the fountain working, but Don broke the main spindle which held everything together, and we couldn't get the pump working either. It's just a bird bath now but that's fine and we will look for another fountain this weekend.

MK, I hope you get over your cold soon, I know how spring colds seem to hang on for a long time. Lisa, glad you found a good home for the dog and that she will be happy there. Enjoy your Spring break, Bye for now, G.

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Good morning! It was a joyous Easter - He has Risen!!

Spent most of the day with my parents. They came over after church for dinner. It was not my best meal but it fed us. I've been down with a cold and my thinking wasn't straight (apparently) when I went grocery shopping. Thought I bought the right things only to get home and find some strange stuff purchased.... oh well.

Finally back at work today - I've been working from home, which I have to say is kinda nice. Its like I'm in the office, but in my pj's! ha I can still pull my data and everything.

This cold has hung on for way too long. Today is the first day that my voice sounds somewhat normal and the sinus headache has gone away (slightly). I haven't been able to work out because of the difficulty breathing and lots of coughing. So today will be my strength training day.

Well got to get to working - take care.

Glad you found a good home for the pup Lisa!


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She's gone. Tootsie, as of a few hours ago, now lives in another home. We shed some tears, but this is what is best for her. Our attention to her was waning, and it was getting tougher and tougher to arrange care for her when we were gone.

We had an amazing Easter. It was such a beautiful day outside, and we spent it with our friends and our boys and their families.

I worked on the yard and landscaping today. I've got more to do, but it will have to wait. I usually pot my flowers on mother's day, and that adds lots of color.

In-service tomorrow, and kids on Wednesday. Only 23 days of school left, we are done May 23. It will go fast.

I do hope you both had a most joyous Easter. Enjoy spring.



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Greetings. I'm officially on Easter break, and it is much needed. I rarely get into conflicts with my teachers, but had a rough one today.

My elbow is sore due to PT this morning. I also have to keep it straight, which really bothers. I often keep it bent with my arms folded, sometimes even when I'm walking. As a result, I've shortened some muscles, and need to lengthen them again.

My dietary choices have been just awful lately. Looking forward to planning this weekend. That part is key for me. Exercise remains the same, with modified strength for my elbow.

Tomorrow and beyond show temps in 60s and 70s. The bike will be ridden!

MK, I too have trouble with people who seem not to care about their health, however, I just hope that some of my habits might rub off on them. I then remind myself that I have plenty of my own weaknesses, not all are noticeable.

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Good Day to you both!

The girls weekend at Reno was fun - didn't come home with any winnings - that was to be expected. But thoroughly enjoyed our time together. We drove to Virginia City and walked up and down the very hilly streets.

I have to keep this short -

It is hard to imagine that there are people out there (like the ones I was with) who do not care about their health and continued to judge me for my "picky" behavior on what I would eat. I tried not to judge them on their very poor choices, but I'm sure they didn't care for my looks - as I didn't care for theirs. Other than the food stuff we got along good and enjoyed the conversations.

I just find it amazing that these women seriously don't care about their health or lack of strength. Oh well - they kept saying - "you only live once" I countered that with "and yours will be shorter than mine."

I was happy that I only went up .2 lbs - not bad for all the salt I had, but for the most part I really kept on top of my eating. The water had to be doubled - which I didn't do until the 2nd almost 3rd day of the trip. The air is very dry and it was super windy - so nose bleeds occurred, but all went ok after upping the H2O!!

Take care - got to run!


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G, I'm sure your daughter will work things out. So much to consider as the family increases. Enjoy the temps.

No cortisone shot. My diagnosis: arthritis. Yes, my friends, I have a pretty significant arthritic elbow. My course of treatment is high doses of ibuprofen, physical therapy and exercise, but light weights only.. In fact, my days of lifting heavy weights are over, although I can still use bands and body weight. Time to adjust.

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Lisa, I'm sure you'll find great people to take your dog. I hope it will work out with the finances for the wedding. Great that you have a wonderful staff to help with situations at school. Congrats on your son's news. You have a year to plan so I sure all will work out.

The weather here is beautiful. It was near 70 yesterday, but the wind kept me from opening up the house. My dogs don't like the wind and will stay under foot and in the way if the wind is blowing through the house. I think I might have my hubby put in our front door screen this week end and I can open the front door then. Right now, I can only open the back door and the wind seems to be stronger in the back of the house than in the front. I think it's because I have trees and bushes blocking the front porch, and it's not as open. It's been raining off and on today, so I've not been able to get out doors to finish the garden clean up. May it'll clear some and we'll be able to finish this weekend.

My daughter had an ultra sound yesterday and all is progressing perfectly with her pregnancy. Her doctor has been concerned since she has had issues in the past and that she is of an advanced age of 35 and I guess they can have more problems at this age and as she gets older. We are thrilled that she's doing well.

She has a lot of decisions she needs to make this summer and before the baby comes. She and her hubby are tight on money and she will have two major expenses before it arrives. Because she will have 3 car seats to carry, she'll have to get a larger car or van with extra seats in the back. These vans can be expensive, but a necessity. They aren't looking for a new car but still need a used car in good condition. Then they also will need to find a house to rent or a 3 bedroom apartment to move into. I told her they should look for a house since the apartment size she needs will be difficult to find, but a house will cost more to rent. They are looking at both and seeing which will be a better choice for them.

I do like the warmer weather, but my sinuses and allergies do kick in and it seems like I end up with a head ache everyday. I know it's from these two things, because it's right above my nose and around my eyes. I'm starting my allergy pills and it helps some but am still having headaches. Anyway other than that I'm doing ok with my food and weight loss.

I need to get a few chores done so will close for now. It looks like the weather is clearing so I might get outside and work on yard clean up. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Take care, G.

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Still have the dog, but the word is out, so hopefully soon.

We got some exciting news today. My middle son is getting married, finally, May 30, 2015. Finances are an issue, however, I've told him many times we would help. I set an amount and told them anything over that was their, or her parents, responsibility. Her parents don't have the resources to pay for much, however, I would expect them to contribute something. They will have to be careful and resourceful.

I had an amazing day at work today. I expected a meeting to be tense and it was not. I'd felt that the parents did not share our level of concern for their child's situation at school I was wrong. They are so concerned, but, like us, they are running out of things to try. It didn't take long for all of us to be on the same page with a plan. Once again, I am blessed beyond measure to work with such a phenomenal staff.

On top of that, I found out today that I'll be getting a $300 bonus. Well, not just me, but all teachers in the district. It is rare that SD has extra money for educators. That's just a bit more to add to the wedding fund, I guess. I may pick up a little more volleyball officiating next fall too.

I have had some major cravings lately, some for things I can usually easily avoid, like oreos. I've never been a huge oreo fan, but they are getting me now. Last week it was black jelly beans.

I am seeing the orthopedic Dr. Tomorrow for a cortisone shot in my elbow. The pain is so intense at times, and it just isn't getting better. Hopefully I won't be away from my weghts for too long.

The sun has been quite present this week. I'm loving it.

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Good morning!

So sorry I messed that up... it is always difficult to give away a family dog that knows you, but I sure hear where your coming from. I've been feeling the same way about my Lucy. I've been so swamped with work these days we are not getting in the quality time she deserves.

Since the days are getting longer I think I'll start an after work walk with her. It just has been so difficult because we have had to see potential jobs. I'm going to schedule her in!!! hahaha sounds funny, but why not - might help.

I hope everyone is getting out and doing something for themselves these days. Weather is changing and Mr. sunshine should be with us a bit more often!!

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MK, It's Lisa who is giving the dog away. I still have my 2 babies and just need to become more active with the walking and such. It's going to be a nice week and weekend and will get to 65* by Saturday. If we have no rain I'm determined to start walking with them and hope the exercise will help my hyper dog and help the other lose some weight. The oldest one has gained some weight and with her hip and other joint issues is having a hard time walking and moving. Like any older dog and me too, we get stiff and need to move more. Maybe by walking them it'll help me to get exercise and lose some weight too. The other dog is very hyper and barks a lot and just loves to run out doors. By walking her maybe it'll get rid of some of that extra energy. Other than the lack of exercise I'm doing ok with my weight. I weighed today and have lost one more pound. With the increase of exercise, I hope to start to lose more a week. The food still ok but have started to slip back into a few old habits. I need to get those in check and then everything will be back in line. Outside gardening will help too. I can't wait to be able to do that every day or at least several times a week.

Today will be 56* so will get out later with the gardening. I need to get my Preen down to stop the weeds. If I can get my hubby to help with the dogs, Maybe a short walk with them as well.

Lisa, sorry you have to give your dog away and like MK said, I hope you find a good and kind person to take it. Good luck on your search. Have you had Spring break yet? I think the school in Xenia had theirs last week, but most e wait until either Easter week or the week before or after to have it. I hope the warmer weather continues and everyone can enjoy the time off.

I still need to get a few things finished up this afternoon so will close for now. MK, I hope your hubby steps up and takes control of the Maintenance work. I'm glad it worked our for your son and the court dates are all over. Everyone take care, Bye for now, G.

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Good morning!

Well my son's court dates are all done - now its just on to the weekly diversion classes and really focusing on himself. We spent some good quality talk time yesterday while waiting for the judge to show up. The county really does have a good process set up for those who are dealing with DUI - they have an attorney sit and talk with everyone for almost 2 hours - explaining all about the law and the choices that they will have when the judge comes in. Of course it is great for those who did the crime, but for others there in support... oh man could that guy talk!! It all worked out and really was informative, but sat in court from 8:50 a.m. until 12 noon.

Then it was back home to go give 2 job estimates.... so much for some time off!! hahahaha... I'm so looking forward to the ladies trip to Reno this coming weekend!!

Things have been up and down with my husband, but we are working through it. He really needs to pick up the slack in the business. I just got a call from him about the what the customer wanted and what we thought. Communication issue on that. My husband is basically getting upset with me - while I'm here at work - and wanting me to resolve this issue. I reminded him that I'm at work - you need to figure this out without my assistance!!!

So - moving on...

Lisa - great social experiment. I remember when you did this before - it is amazing how people are treated by their clothing. Are you really finding your height a factor? Interesting.

Georgie - sorry that you have to give the dog up - hope you are able to find someone good.

Weather is suppose to be nice for a few days - actually in the upper 60's - can't wait. Yesterday was a very pleasant day almost 70!!

Take care - got to go

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I think I need to revisit my social experiment:a dress/skirt and heels results in increased chivalry and stares from the opposite gender. I told my husband about this before; today at church, he actually collected some specific data. His theory, or hypothesis, differs from mine because he thinks height is also a factor. I'm quite tall, so if I wear heels I'm well over 6' tall.

I tend to not pay close attention to how others perceive me, because I don't really care, but I find it so interesting how attire impacts perceptions. I spend some time every year visiting with some girls about cleavage in excess, short shorts, and tight pants that show the thong. Spring is here, so soon I'll be having girls sent to the office for their attire. How do I get the message across?

The sun has disappeared, but it is still nice out. I'll be taking a walk soon. I went 3 yesterday, will probably do 2-3 today too.

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Turning focus heavenward is easy to do, yet we resist. Thanks for the reminder, MK. He does provide, and we need to trust that we have all we need.

The sun! Need I say more? A week of 50-60 degress in temps is ahead, little chance of precip. Ahhhhhh.

I'm working on giving our dog away. I have someone interested; she's a little bigger than they wanted, but are still considering taking her. We just aren't around enough, and it is getting harder and harder to find care for her when we are gone. My son helps, but his schedule has varied quite a bit lately.

Chores and a long walk today. Joel just drove home this morning, but will go back tonight. He and Russ are cleaning the garage. I'm staying out of the way, unless I'm consulted.

I got my TRX-like bands this week. Love them. I have yet to watch the instructional DVD; this might replace my weights entirely, but I may use a few weights still for my ab work.

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Good morning!

When you put the Lord 1st in your morning thoughts - only good things come.

I believe that my morning meditation has really helped me keep things in perspective. He continues to provide for us and make sure we have everything we need (amen). I not only feel better but my focus is on aligning my financial thoughts with His and He has truly taken care of us. All our bills are caught up and I even have a few dollars for the ladies weekend coming up next week. Every time I complain at night that I have to go into my computer room and begin work on business stuff - I pray and move toward the room and take care of what needs to be taken care of. This has been quite difficult for me because I spend 10 hours at work in front of a computer working with numbers... the last thing I want to do is go home and sit in front of a computer. The nice thing is each night the time in front of that computer at home becomes less and less - because I have taken care of things.

For most people it is a no brainer to take care of business, but for someone like me it is a struggle. I have a constant "refusal" to comply in my brain that He is helping me change.

Today I meet with the tax lady and get it off my hands and into hers. YIPPEE!! I will continue my ventures into the computer room at night so that I will not struggle with that mess ever again! I've also been blessed with a friend (who happens to need yard work) and is a bookkeeper and very proficient in QuickBooks... YIPPEE YIPPEE - she wants to barter - even better!! I might actually look forward to tax season - hahahaha - ok that might be pushing it a bit.

Food has been really good these days - my weight is going down slowly - but I'm heading in the right direction.

The business is almost doubled in the past 3 weeks because of the news article in the paper about it. Took me by surprise that the reporter called me, but it is all in His plans!! And the good part is that we are just coming into our busy time of year.

Well I hope you both have a wonderful weekend. Mine is full of job estimates and walking the dog!

Take care.

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Good morning!

Great job on the weight loss Lisa!! Woot Woot - only 9 lbs to goal!!! Way to go!

One day I'll get below 200... It seems like a plateau but it is not... it is just my poor choices on food. .... well the up and down on the poor choices of food. Some days are better than others. I'm prepared for a good food day today!!

I'll be heading to Reno with the girls next week - can't wait. Should be fun!

The weather has been not bad - a few strong storms have rolled through in the past week leaving inches of rain and flooding in some areas, but not too bad. Next week we should have some nice weather and hopefully dry us up!

Well boss is here - got to go. Take care - have a great day!

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Thanks G. My goal is 9 lbs. away, but I'm more about being happy about how I feel and look than a scale number. I'm trying to sculpt a few areas, primarily my thighs, abs and back. The abs look pretty good, but they'll lose tone fast if I don't keep an eye on them.

Well, our blizzard has arrived. We had an early dismissal today, and will probably have a late start tomorrow. We will probably get around 4" of snow, but the wind is in the 30+ range with gusts to 50 mph. It is simply awful outside, so I'm thankful I got home before it got too bad. 'Tis spring in SD!

Just made soup for Wed night At church. We have soup suppers before our service, and our attendance this year has been higher than ever, which is good. I made an extra big batch.

Time to redo the budget. I'm not a to the penny budgeter, but I've been spending too much money lately, so need to adjust, as we have a bigger than expected yard project coming up this summer. We have an old garage that needs to be knocked down, and we actually have an old root cellar in our yard that needs to be filled in, as it is dangerous. I worry about the grandkids and neighborhood kids playing around the door-it is secured, but the wood is rotting, so it can't be trusted.

MK, hope all is fair in Oregon. I'm sure you garden looks lovely, G.





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Lisa, congrats on the weight loss! I hope some day I too will make it close to my goal. Keep up the great work. You are doing so good to be in the 100"s. Pretty soon you'll have reached your goal.

I'm tired today but I think it's from lack of activity and nothing major. Sundays seem to be that way and when I try to watch NASCAR racing it makes me sleepy. So here I am on the computer. Doing laundry and will start a pork tenderloin soon. Not sure what else is needed for my meal, we didn't get to the store because of no money. That makes me mad when I didn't plan my finances well, but Don gets a pension check on the first so will shop then. I seem to be out of everything. I don't even have potatoes to bake. I guess I could make instant potatoes or maybe some pasta with some green beans. I'll figure something out. Yesterday I made stew in my slow cooker but I didn't stir it often enough so it started sticking to the sides and I had to add more water. My cooker is very old and small, and only has high and low settings. I saw at Sam's they had one with a lock top and it stirs itself so I may get that when my next Social Security check arrives.

Anyway it's a peaceful day but a little cold. We had rain and snow yesterday, but the sun is out today with 42* temps. I still want it a little warmer so I can cut my Roses lower and clean out the old leaves and dry plants so my new ones will be able to grow better. If it gets into the 60's tomorrow, I'll try to do some in the garden.

Everyone have a blessed Sunday, Bye for now, G.

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Finally! I have dropped a bit of weight and the scale says 194 after 8 weeks at 195 and change. I feel so much better today too. I have a feeling the cough will linger for awhile, but is productive, and it feels good to get that crap out of my body!

I made cinnamon rolls this morning, completely homemade. Hubby and Joel took some over to father in law. He'll be thrilled. My middle son stayed here last night, as his family is gone for the weekend, and he's still sleeping at almost 10.

Hope you both are ready for a great weekend. Snow, possibly a blizzard, predicted for Sunday night and into Monday after 60's today and tomorrow.

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Lisa, I've just gotten over my cough and cold. I know how you feel with little sleep and a day of butt dragging. I hope you get over the cold soon and that it doesn't hang on for weeks Like mine has. Just this week I'm feel like my old self.

The cold has been going around my family too, my daughter has bronchitis, both the girls have double ear infections, and her hubby has a cold. My hubby too is fighting a cold, but at least he doesn't have a cough with it but just can't breathe.

Rainy and cold today and we even has snow showers earlier this morning. I'm so ready for spring temps and warm sun. I think that winter is just hanging on and on if it would just get warm I think I could handle the rain.

Nothing much going on here, just having a normal day but do feel tired, I think it's lack of sun and the cold weather makes me feel tired. I hope everyone having a good day. Lisa, the yogurt and granola sound yummy. I have some larger containers of Greek yogurt so I'll add some fruit and eat it for lunch. Hope you feel better. Mk Hope you're having a great day. Bye for now, G.

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Early Thursday morning greetings. It was a rough night--I have a cold so all those nighttime cold symptoms showed up and interrupted my normal sleep. I'll be a tired girl at work today. Students:beware! I know I'll feel better after a shower.

Busy day ahead, but I need to find some energy to do a light workout after work.

I have recently purchased the multi-packs of 80 calorie Greek yogurt, 5.3 oz. single portions. I love them. I mix it with 1/4 cup of my homemade granola, and it is a stellar mid-morning snack.

Have a healthy day.



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Exciting times as the business grows, MK. Lots of calorie burning work ahead, I'm sure.

Happy Birthday, G. Enjoy your day. Hopefully it is spring like your way.

I had so much fun with the grandkids. I so love playing with them. We just had Paige and Jax, but at 3 and 2, they can communicate and play together, with little involvement from us, just that watchful eye. They watched a movie lying side by side on the sofa, and it was the cutest darn thing!

Still working to get back on track--my evening eating is still the greatest challenge. I just keep at it, though. I haven't weighed for a few weeks, but will get back on the scale soon.



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Happy Birthday Georgie!!!


WOOT WOOT!!

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Mk, glad you and your hubby are opening up on some issues. It's good to keep lines of communication going. Hope things work out for your son and he realizes that he would be better off without his GF. It's great they did an article on your business and it's allowing you to have more work coming. Hope it increases the circle of potential customers.

Today I went to get my Drivers license renewed. Just in time too because it's my Birthday today. If I'd waited until later It would have cost me another $20. So glad Don took off so we could get this done. Nothing else planned for today and will stay home and have a small dinner just the two of us. We had everyone come over on Friday so we celebrated Birthdays then with all the grand girls and my son and daughter. It was fun but short time to spend with my son. He and the girls had to return home that night but my daughter stayed with us overnight and we had a nice visit. They left early Saturday because Moira was selling Girl Scout cookies at one of the stores in Columbus. She gets so excited to be selling cookies. She just so cute!

I was up early and we finished everything we needed to do by 10 AM. We even did grocery shopping. Just a few things not much needed but we did buy a nice London Broil for dinner tonight, and we'll fix a couple of baked potatoes and a salad.

Hope everyone enjoying their Spring break. My grand girls all are off this week and have much planned. Too bad they couldn't have spent more time visiting here, but they have so many activities going they need to be near home.

Hope today finds everyone have a great day. It's good you both have great gyms where you can still find your things after leaving them there. I guess it's nice to have a small town. Xenia not really that larger either but it does have a lot of farm land surrounding it. If I had a bike, I could probably ride into town if I wanted. I'm still thinking about getting one this summer. Must close for now, I'll catch all later. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. It was a very productive weekend. The local newspaper asked if they could write an article on our business for the Saturday paper....well that has been prompting lots of calls for estimates. We are very pleased with the results and it is only Monday!

Been really talking with my husband about some of the issues that have plagued us for years and it seems like some of them are getting resolved or resolutions toward being solved - this is such a comfort for my heart. It actually has happened because of our son and the whole DUI thing. Our son's gf wanted to keep the relationship, but not have communication - odd, but I understand where she is coming from on this - but our son decided that was no right and broke it off with her. We applaud his decision and only hope he stays away. Right now it is a lot of talk, but I know my son - he is totally "in love" with this girl and I wouldn't put it past him to go to her. I just wish he would give it a few months so he can see he is better without her. Anyway.... all this has really helped my husband and myself look at how our relationship began and where we made mistakes and how to correct them or work on them.

Our son came for dinner yesterday and then we went bowling... oh boy was that a treat - and - just how bad I am at bowling!!! My husband however did rather well with 4 strikes in a row. It was fun.

I've decided I'm not going to get on the scale until weigh in day. I've actually been driving myself a bit crazy with the daily weigh-in's (trying to keep an eye on how I'm doing) and thought I'd try something different. It is hard not to just jump up on the scale, but I think it makes me really focus on my food more... so we shall see how wednesday turns out!

Lisa - I love small towns and small gyms... the YMCA is not small, but I left my phone in a class and went back for it... there it was. Same thing happened when I left it in the locker room... I checked at the front desk and it was turned in. I really need to get better at not leaving my phone. So happy you found your keys!!!

Georgie - how are things going? cough go away yet? lots of people here at work have one of those coughs hanging on... hope you get better.

Got to go... working today so that I can take tomorrow off to volunteer at the Homeless Connection. It is a wonderful - one day - event that brings medical/dental/food/animal care/bicycle care etc. etc. etc. to the homeless. Lots of services at this one day event. This will be my 4th year volunteering - I love it!

Take care!

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My son has had great luck with the bending machine--even the Dr. Was surprised, so I think that prompted the delay. He's using the machine for another week, and then therapy will start.

Oldest son and 2 year old grandson coming in late tonight. Excited for another grandchild visit. Hopefully Paige can come and play too. We are on spring break today and tomorrow, but I worked for a few hours today. Love what I get accomplished on non-student days.

Have I shared lately how much I love living in a small town? I left my keys at the gym this morning. I keep my gym fob on my work keychain--probably not the best idea. Anyway, I had to get back into an unstaffed gym, but those who were there had earbuds in, so could not hear me pounding on the door. I called a friend who also belongs, borrowed her fob, and picked up my keys. They were still where I left them. It delayed my planned arrival time at work, but today, that didn't matter very much. I returned her fob with my profuse thanks.

I got in a 2.35 mile run/walk this morning, and then another walk with the dog, probably just shy of 2 miles. Tomorrow is spin bike day. Love those rides!

We just got done eating an amazing veggie and chicken stir fry. I used cabbage, carrots, onion, celery, and broccoli. The sauce was so good--chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, red wine vinegar, sugar and cornstarch. It will be great leftover too. I served it over brown rice, the steamfresh version.

I may have an opportunity to go to Mexico. My husband will not go with me, which saddens me. Because his job requires a high level of security, he has to do loads of paperwork if he leaves the country, and he's simply not willing to do it for a location he really doesn't care to visit. Oh well, I may just have to get me a boyfriend, if this comes through!!! I have a few good girlfriends who might come with me too.

Hope you both have a relaxing weekend. Take care of yourselves.





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Today is rainy and I get so tired of drying the dogs every time they go out and return inside again. It's funny, they will crowd around my feet when they are wet and both want dried. The oldest is the one who usually pushes the other out of the way to get dried first. Than I'll dry the other. I never knew dogs who don't like to be wet. Ha, Ha.

Lisa sounds like you had a nice visit with your son. glad he's doing better. My doctor had me up and walking the first night and PT the next morning so I'm surprised your son's doctor hasn't wanted him to start yet. Like you said, every doctor is different how they do things.

The Cough is better and I'm sleeping through the night. I still have a few bouts of coughing during the night and during the day but not as often, Only when I first lay down and then get up in the morning. I'm still taking Meds for the cough but only twice a day now, and I'm not needing the inhaler as often either. I think it's finally getting better. I'm still not very hungry which has helped me to continue losing weight. I weighed this AM and have lost another 3lbs. I think I've just been eating less because I don't feel well so my stomach has shrunk and I'm not needing very much at a meal now, which is good I guess.

Mk, glad you feeling better and can start working on the taxes and things. Hope the purchase of the house comes through.

Everyone have a great day. It's 46* today but rain. I just hope it continues to get warmer as the week progresses. Lisa, enjoy the few days off. Take care, G.

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Good morning! Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your son. I just love those low key visits. PT was something I started within a week of surgery for my knee - kinda surprised by the delay, but like you said - each doc has their own way.

Too much salt these days. We had spaghetti last night and it really showed on the scale. Also the pasta didn't really agree with my system - so I'm dealing with that this morning. Don't think I'll be eating the leftovers any time soon.

I'm finally feeling like I'm not so overwhelmed with some things. Now I can focus a bit on the the businesses taxes and stuff. Way behind on that stuff for my own comfort, but it couldn't be helped. Shouldn't take too long to get caught up.

Lisa - your brother really does have a good attitude about the diabetes. Hope it all gets turned around for him.

Well work work work... got to get it done... everyone wants it yesterday (it seems) - so I best be at it. take care!

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Good Tuesday evening. I'm at work, supervising a short jazz band and swing choir concert tonight. My son goes to college in the town in which I work, so I bought a few groceries and made him chili for dinner. We ate it together in his apt., and it was fun. I just didn't feel like going out to eat, and he was happy to have mommy join him for a meal at his place. Plus, he has plenty of leftovers. He's still on crutches, but got his stitches out today. He's doing well, and will be back at work tomorrow. No PT yet. I was surprised by that. His Dr. said to wait a few more weeks, and just keep using the bending machine. Hmmmm. . .I suppose different docs have different philosophies on how to best recover. I was in PT within a week after mine.

I'm sure my weight is up a bit. I've slacked off after the intensity of the challenge I was in. I can't wait to see how all the competitors did, and then the group votes on the winner. I probably won't win, but that's ok. I had a great time participating, and have good results.

My younger brother, 49, has been diagnosed with diabetes. He takes a low does medication in pill form, and has drastically changed his diet. He said the following: "I ate whatever I wanted the first 50 years of my life, and washed it down with whatever I wanted. I won't be doing that anymore." I just love his attitude. It is very manageable, and he found out through a routine blood test required for his work. Looking back, he had some signs, but as most of us do, chalked them up to some other life situation.

No school Thurs or Fri, but I will work on Thurs. to finish writing my teacher evaluations. I only have 2.5 more to write. The one I'm writing now is tough, but I hope to have it done tomorrow, and another started.

Congrats on your success, G, and continue to get well. I'm waiting for some sunshine to go along with our almost spring-like temps--although chilly these last few days.

MK, stay the course. I know your weight will move downward once again. Wishing the best for your son too. At least he knows now what the next few months will bring.

Have a good evening.



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