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9/24/16 3:16 P

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Weekend greetings. Chores today, 2 of 3 boys here. My oldest goes back on the railroad schedule this week, and he and his wife have just made an offer on a house in the town in which they live, and they are optimistic about their chances.

Full body strength workout done, and maybe a bike ride later. It is windy, windy today, and there's a slight chance of rain. I thought about riding to school to do some work, but don't want to get caught. Just waiting for a load of laundry to finish, and then I'll head to work for a few hours.

I am presently shoe shopping online. My daily wear shoes are in awful shape. My favorite pair of sandals broke, and I simply can't find a suitable replacement. I looked at some of my fall/winter shoes, and they too are in tough shape. I have a few nicer pairs, but of course, those are more special occasion type. I've purchased probably 7 pair and sent all but one back. I've got a bunion on the left foot, but not on the right, so finding shoes that work on both feet is truly an adventure.

The dryer just beeped, so I best go. Have a wonderful weekend.




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9/22/16 12:37 P

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MK, I like the recliners but I thought I requested that they not be rockers, but looking at the order it was not specified. Don likes the rocker recliner, but I'm not sure. It's a little hard to get up and for it to recline back. I'm used to the back being straighter when sitting and this one lays back more. I'm getting used to it but still debating about exchanging mine for a non rocker if I could.

I'm doing better with my food this week and have tried not to sleep as much. The sleep center called and they needed to change the date to get the c-pap machine and the results. They are sure I need it and did stop breathing several times during the test. Medicare is the issue. They have to order from a different company for the c-pap machine. This means the order will need to be sent to the new company and re-approved again. It'll be another week before I can get everything set up. They sent the order yesterday so hopefully it'll be soon.

I'm mad at myself. I lost the forms for my disability request to exempt me from school loans. I've been trying to resolve them, but they aren't my loans. I got them for my daughter when she went to school. I've differed them on hardship but the told me all they can do is try to lower the amount paid. I told them it's not a possibility for me. I found out if I can prove disability they will be canceled and I won't have to pay for them. I asked for the forms to be sent, but now I can't find them. I called today and will have new forms sent to me. I think with moving everything around and throwing out old papers and magazines they were accidentally thrown away.

I was dusting this morning and still moving furniture. There was a table we didn't know what to do with so it was just pushed against a wall and it bothered me. We had to move the lights and one corner of the room was dark and all the lights were on one side. I didn't like the set up so I moved the table and brought a lamp from the bedroom to put on it so that area of the room is now lit. I might have to get another lamp, but for not the lighting is solved. It's funny how new furniture can cause such issues.

I still need to do laundry and a few other chores. I also want to finish a drawing I've bee working on. It's a beautiful day out so I might get my fall decorations out a displayed later as well. I need to get some lunch so will close for now. Have a great day, G.

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9/22/16 10:08 A

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Hello! Thunder/Lightening storm rolled through last night - I love them, but I have a couple dogs who have panic attacks - so it was kinda miserable dealing with my black lab... she just wouldn't calm down even with the thunder-shirt. Had to lay down practically on top of her to keep her feeling safe.

Georgie - how you liking the new recliners? Always good to have new furniture. I think you said you were also getting new furniture Lisa - hope all has worked out in that department for both of you!!

I'm still plugging along. I've started back on anti-depressants, but not at the dose the doc originally put me on... that really makes a difference. My food choices have been much better over the past few days and I've actually packed my gym bag for the morning... now to get my behind there!!

Well I have applied for a Research Analyst 4 position (promotion) and my application has been accepted. So now I just need to sell my boss on giving me the job. She asked me yesterday if I had applied (she thought I wasn't going to) and when I said yes she became very excited - so that was promising. All I can do it try. I really like my boss so I'm sure who ever she puts in the position will be good for the team.

Nothing has changed with the parents. Both are doing ok. I've taken some time away while I get my medication in order, but will be back to my scheduled visits next week. My mom is actually doing better than my dad at this point in time - we always thought she would go first, but now I'm not so sure. He is also struggling with depression and I've tried to get his meds changed to help with that, but so far no results.

Well got to get to work - take care!!

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9/20/16 7:46 A

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Early morning here. I'm up and dressed and waiting on a delivery. They called and said it would be here at 8:15. It's 7:30 now. I'm glad it'll be early. I had a call the other day telling me it would be between 8:30 and 10:30. Today they called and said 8:15 so will put the dogs up shortly.

We ordered 2 recliners to be delivered today. We had to move the furniture around last night to make room for them. We will get rid of my old recliner, but we decided to keep the over stuffed chair and ottoman. It's needs a good cleaning but I might see if I can find a chair and ottoman cover instead to change the look of it. I'll look at Bed Bath and Beyond, or Sure Fit on line for one.

I know we'll still need to move things around again tonight so we will be able to see the TV from the recliners, couch, and chair. I'll need to call the trash for a bulk pick up today as well. I'm glad we were able to finally get a new recliners for us to use. Don will have one to sit in as well.

Having back problems since my sleep test, and my one side of my left leg is numb. I think I might have a pinched nerve which is effecting both areas. I'll find out the results of the sleep study on the 26th, and get a new c-pap then as well. I'm hoping it will help with my sleep and my weight loss too.

I've been struggling this past week with food and haven't followed the plan so Monday am trying to be back on track. I'm doing better so far and hope it'll stay that way.

I need to put the dogs away so will get off. I hope everyone has a great day. Take care, G.

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9/19/16 9:09 P

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Hello. I just did a 90 minute spin bike workout, it was fun. One of my teachers organizes themed rides at the local Y, and she personally invited me, so thought I should make time for it.

My hip situation has improved a bit. I've been stretching diligently, and it is helping, but it does take some time. I am riding bike as often as I can, and keeping my walks short.

All is well here, we've had lots of grandkid time lately, which has been nice. Weather is mild, we've had a little rain, but still pretty dry in these parts. Cooling down on Wednesday, and it sounds like more typical autumn temps from then on.

I need to get showered and figure out how I'm going to get two birthday cards and anniversary card before tomorrow. I hope you are both well.



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9/14/16 10:51 A

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Lisa, I hope you won't have to have surgery on the hip. I hear that it can be a difficult. I've eaten Mahi-Mahi when eating out and I've liked it, but have never tried to cook it myself. How are you liking the new kitchen? As I look at mine, I feel it needs some updates too. When I bought my new stove, It made all the other appliances look old and outdated. I think we might try to replace them one by one.

We did finally get some new chairs. We were only going to buy one, but we decided to replace them both. Don wanted to buy a recliner love seat, but I wanted to have more flexibility to be able to move them around so talked him into getting 2 recliners instead of the love seat.

Had my sleep study on the 11th, they decided that I did need to get a new machine and program but will not get it until I see the doctor on the 26th. I'm still not sleeping and wish it could have been given to me after the test. The bed was hard and I had to lay flat, and woke up with my back hurting so bad. I thinks it's pinched a nerve because since the test, my back and the side of my left leg have been aching so bad I've had trouble sleeping and even sitting. If it doesn't clear up soon, I think I might have to see the doctor for some medication to relax it. I'll give it a couple of more days to see if it improves with time.

It's a beautiful fall day today. the temps are only going to be 77 as a high and the humidity is very low. The sun is out and I see that some of the trees are starting to change. It's time for us to clean up our garden and prepare for fall cleanup. It's a sign that summer is coming to an end. I'm not ready for the fall yet, but it looks like we have no choice. I do love the fall colors and temps so will try to get out more while I still can.

Doing laundry and cleaning up the house today, plus a few other chores around here. It's never ending I guess but it keeps me busy and stops me from just sitting around. I really need to get to it so will close for now, G.

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Hello. Still plugging along here. Working on the food - tired of feeling yucky - so I'm much more mindful of what I'm eating. Exercise is coming - increasing the walking and getting ready to get back to the gym next week.

Its been a real struggle getting myself out of this mire I seem to have gone into. I've been praying a lot. I know I don't have the strength any more to get out of this mire... so I've been conversing with God and turning it over to Him. He is definitely my rock.

Well just wanted to pop in quickly. I've got to get back to work. I'm applying for a promotional job here in the same place. I'm already doing the work, but if I get it - I'll actually be paid for it!

Take care

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Knee done, next joint: hip. I have a major hip pop when I walk, and while it doesn't hurt, it sure is irritating. I don't notice it all the time, but I took a much shorter than planned walk tonight because I couldn't get it to stop. I've got some other hip problems too, just don't want to face the reality of another failing joint.

Watching AGT--loving the musical acts, but that young girl who is a contortionist is amazing.

Saw all the grands this weekend, which was wonderful. They are growing up so fast. And, some good news: my son got called back to the railroad, he's so excited, but when he put in his two weeks, they simply said he could be done. That kind of stinks, but he expected it. My middle son needs to find a job back home instead of working on the road, his family needs him, which we've known, but now he's finally stated it.

For the first time ever I cooked some mahi mahi; It was really good. I like fish, but sometimes the types we get around here aren't great quality since seafood isn't readily available.

I hope you are both doing well, time to do a few tasks before I fall asleep.



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Lisa, it sounds like your kitchen is moving along. You'll be ready to cook with all the new appliances soon and I'm sure you'll enjoy doing it.

We went to the Italian Festival today and had an enjoyable time. It was very hot and the humidity was up so after 2 hours I was done in and had to call it quits. The heat started getting to me and I was sweating so bad I was soaking wet.

I did have fun but we had to use a shuttle from the parking area to were the festival was located. It was a school bus and when climbing aboard if from the curb I had no issues, but stepping up from the ground was another problem. I couldn't pull myself up and Don did give me a push from behind. I wasn't able to do it and was a little upset I couldn't. If they had a step stool or curb, I could have done it but they didn't. I was upset they hadn't made provisions for people with handicaps.

I was so hot and tired when we got home, I slept in the chair for a few hours. I am still tired and am ready to go to bed early tonight. Tomorrow I have my sleep test at the center so can't drink coffee, cola, or even tea tomorrow before the test, and no matter how sleepy I get, I can't take a nap. I'll have to find things to keep me busy all day. This time tomorrow I'll be getting ready for the test. I'll let everyone know how it goes.

I feel a little sick right now, and have had a headache all day. I think the rich food I ate from the festival may have upset my system some. Every food the served was Italian, from the dinner choices, sandwiches, gelato, snacks, desserts, to the beer. Very rich food and I think I indulged to much. We'll have to see how it effected my weight when I weigh in the morning.

I thinking about getting ready for bed all ready so will close for tonight. Good night everyone, have a wonderful sleep. Bye for now, G,

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9/9/16 10:15 P

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Tonight I had a friend's son, who's an electrician, install my wall oven. As we were talking, he made the following comment "Those kids at work don't know anything." I said, well, Adam, aren't you one of those kids? He said no, I'm 24, they're like 18 and 19. I laughed--he was really talking like he'd been there for 30 years, it was so funny. He's the same age as my youngest, but he just acts old. He brought a buddy along to help out, they both worked hard and got the job done quickly, and they even stayed and had a beer and visited with us "old" folk when they were done.

Work was just busy today. Man, the day flew by, and I didn't get as much done as I wanted, but so many impromptu things came up. I even stayed until after 5, and I'll probably go in on Sunday afternoon.

Have a great weekend.



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I need a win. My husband has been really crabby the last few days, as he's really missing our "old" hometown. He said "I don't know what to do with myself up here." In addition, he's got a hernia that he's waiting to get checked, because it's not that bad yet, and he's got an ingrown toenail that I accidentally bumped, which caused him great pain, and then a "leave me alone" comment. I suggested volunteering, but he didn't think that was a good idea. Anyway, I just wish I could make him feel better about something.

My new appliances are in; except for the wall oven, and they look amazing. I love the new frig. Instead of a side by side frig/freezer, I have a bottom drawer type freezer now, and I know it holds more. I do need to figure out the dishwasher though. It is quite different from my old one. The wall oven will go in tomorrow night, but we have to cut the space a little bigger. I'm hiring that done.

No exercise today, but I'll make up for that tomorrow. I came across a recipe today for sweet potato jalapeno cheddar puffs. I am going to try them soon; I'll let you know how they turn out.

MK, I'm just the opposite--I seldom let the exercise slip, but managing my food intake is inconsistent. It really is the mindset piece that always needs adjusting.

G, way to go on the walking. Twice a day is great. I have a feeling that adding those walks in will help with your weight loss. I could use a good Italian meal. Maybe this weekend.



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Good day. Yesterday I wrote a long email here but when I looked for it had been lost. I didn't feel like doing it over again so waited until now. Labor day was just another day off for Don and me.

We did a little shopping than stopped and had a late lunch at Fridays. We seem to have made them our go to place to eat. They have good sandwiches, burgers, and salads. The drinks are reasonable too and usually have special prices every day of the week on several drinks. That's my down fall though, especially when we're not in a hurry to go anywhere. We had finished the shopping getting what we wanted and didn't have any plans for dinner so we stopped to eat. That was the only food I ate all day.

Sunday we had Don's family over for dinner and had a nice relaxing visit with them. Don fixed one of his Italian specialties, and I was his sue chief. I also did the clean up and put the leftovers away. It wasn't to bad since the meal was made in one large pan. Another for pasta, and serving bowls and plates to clean. The dish washer could do most of it so only hand washed the platters, bowls and pans.

Tuesday we had leftovers but was better with eating my Jenny menu. They have new menus and choices now so have been following the pre-planned menus. So far I like most of the new foods, but miss the smaller lunch choices they carry.

I only loss .6 pounds on Sunday, but at least it's a loss. I'm trying to do better this week. I decided to venture out on my own for short walks, twice a day. I only walk about 10 to 15 minutes both times but at least I'm moving and walking. That means I walk down to the end of my circle, turn around and walk back to my house. We were going to join the Y on Monday, but never made it there so I decided I need to do some exercise so this is it. It's only been one day, but I was out for my walk early and did another just before Don came home. I can't always depend on Don to go with me.

Lisa, I know what you mean by missing your grand kids on a holiday. My son's girls are in Indianapolis, and my daughters kids are in Columbus. They seem to always be busy over the weekend, when Don and I would go see them so lately it's been several weeks between visits. We di go over to Columbus on Saturday and spent the day, celebrating my grandson's and granddaughter's birthdays. They are 2 weeks apart so my daughter combined them to save time and travel for out of town guests. I was a fun day though and enjoyed seeing everyone.

Today I'm like you MK, It's been a lazy day for me. Not much happening for me, and I'm still not sleeping at night so am always tired during the day. On Sunday the 11th I'll be entering the sleep center and have my sleep looked at to see what is needed for me to have a better nights sleep. I'll probably will have to start using my C-pap again, but the program will be currant and the machine will be a newer model which I'm sure will be better.

I need to get a few chores finished yet so will close for now. Everyone have a great Wednesday and a wonderful rest of the week. I'll catch all later, G.

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9/7/16 9:48 A

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Hello! Sure wish I'd get my rear in gear with the exercise again... dang I never thought I'd be so lazy. The food is better - seems like when one is down the other is doing well... such is life

Lisa - I'm not sure how you get him to go. I would make the appointment and just take him - tell him a fib that the doctors office called him and said it had been too long since a check up - insurance is requiring it - whatever it takes. It is one small step at a time. This will change the way you look at yourself and your kids - that is for sure!!! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

It was a lazy labor day for me. We took care of things around the house and just relaxed a lot. Sunday my husband and I walked over to the state fair. They have a new vender running the show this year - so it was nice to check it out. You can really tell that the vender is all about the $$$ but boy did they pack in the people. When we walked out heading to home the line to get tickets in was a block long and 10' wide... and the cars lined up in front of the house to get into the parking was backed up for 3 or more hours. Most were kids going for the rides - which they had some new ones - but I'm not sure I'd sit in my car for 40 minutes then stand in line to get in for another 40 minutes - only to stand in line to get the tickets you need to go on rides with - and then the line for the ride. To me - that is just not fun.

Well I'm overloaded with data work - so I best be getting at it. Take care ladies!!

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Happy Labor Day. I'm really missing my grandkids today. I think these holiday weekends make that thought ever more present. It was easy to stop by when we were in the same town, if only for a moment. Of course, those opportunities don't occur anymore. On the positive side, though, our pastor's wife is Paige's K teacher, so she gave us a glowing report yesterday, stating she's the classroom helper. Everyone is well, though, and that's what is most important.

My youngest son just mentioned to us last night that he and a girl are "talking." We try not to be pushy, but we know she's an elementary teacher at a school about 100 miles away from here. He's done with the party scene, many of his friends are married and starting families, and he's struggling to find the right group of social friends. He is attending church regularly and looking to volunteer for something there--probably youth group, or maybe a substitute Sunday school teacher. He is looking for someone who shares the same values and faith as he does, and he said "I'm looking for a life partner, I don't need or want to date anymore." His attitude is quite mature for a 24 year old.

Today I commit to planning my meals and sticking to my plan. I've got some sample meal plans, and they look very do-able with what I have on hand. I had a friend egg sandwich and watermelon for breakfast: 1 ww Eng. muffin, two eggs fried in olive oil, and tomato slices, 4 bite sized watermelon chunks, coffee and water. I'll exercise later.

Time for a few tasks, and then a trip to school. I just need to finish up a few things before tomorrow.

Wishing you both a most relaxing holiday.



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MK, how do you make a parent go to the Dr.? My husband was at his Dad's yesterday, and he said the house reeked, and he had to open up and air out. He also had to talk to his Dad about hygiene and asked him when he last did laundry. His Dad also made him aware of a lump on the inside of his leg that is increasing in size, and when suggested he make an appointment and we'd make sure someone went with him, he said no, he'll wait for his scheduled urology appt. in October. I know this will be a process--but we have convinced him to hire someone to clean and do his laundry, and that person will start this week. Whew! One step at a time, I guess.

Got a great workout in this morning, now I need to get busy with chores. I really want to get a bike ride in, but it is really windy, so if I do go, it will probably be a short ride. My new appliances will come on Wednesday, but I have to get a contractor and electrician for the wall oven, as the current space needs a little trimming for the new one to fit. I did get the old appliances sold, hopefully they'll be picked up so I don't have to store them real long.

School is going well, just the usual beginning of year issues. Last year, I had several K students crying and unwilling to leave their parents the first few weeks. This year, we have K students having lots of potty accidents, and yesterday one even pooped his pants. I had told his mom a few days ago that if he pooped we would be calling her to clean him up, which we did. He has no identified special needs, but she said some things have been occurring at home, and he's regressed with bathroom issues. He has to clean himself up and change himself if he has potty accidents, which he does. This is sad in many ways, but I remain confident that this issue will resolve soon.

Enjoy this holiday weekend. We are headed to the state fair tomorrow. The rain is predicted to hold off until the evening, so it should be a fine fair day.





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Good advice for Lisa, it always helps talking with someone who's been through it all. I feel for both of you dealing with parents and family members fighting this dementia. I lost both my parents before it got that far although when my mom passed she was just starting to show signs, but was already under care for a facility.

Went to see about my sleep issues today and have been set to go into the hospital sleep study September 11th. It'll be an over night stay and will be finished and ready for pick up on Monday September 12th at 6 am. That will give my husband the chance if he wants to drop me at home that Monday and still work 1/2 a day.

I had to take Don to work but I've loved having the car and was able to do a few errands, like filling a prescription and picking up a few forgotten things at the store. I loved the freedom, and getting out on my own.

I was weighed at the Dr.'s office and was at 307, it was 3 pounds different than Jenny's scale. I'd hope that loss will stay with me before weighing in next Sunday. I had lost another 1.2 pounds this week which made me happy. Don said we'll sign up this weekend for the Y and then we'll be able to get some exercise in as well.

I'll be leaving soon to pick up Don but will get a load of laundry done before I do so will close for now. G. Have a great day. I'll catch all later. G

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Hello. Well its monday and I'm at work for a couple of hours to work on an urgent project.

Lisa - I hear you about your f-i-l. His disposition falls in line with dementia. He will become increasingly agitated as time goes forward. He will most likely (not for sure tho) be combative at one point. I know it is a very difficult decision, but I would recommend that he go to his regular physician - and your husband MUST be in attendance or at least be able to confer with the doctor afterwards - and have the cognitive testing done. Once you have that scale number then ask the doctor for recommendations. Both my father and mother found it much easier to hear the doctor and what he was recommending - especially when mom had to be in Memory care. I know it seems early for this, but I would seriously start looking at facilities in your area. This takes time to find the right place, the right medical care, etc. Look at how many RN's, LPN's, CNA's are at a facility - are they there around the clock, look at how they care for residence etc.

I think the person who will be the most difficult will be your husband - it is a very hard reality to swallow. Even my brother who went through things with his f-i-l had a difficult time understanding why our dad did certain things and just how fast our mother declined. Being prepared for the eventual day of assisted living or even memory care is vital for you and your husband - the toll it takes on both of you will be huge. Having your selves aligned with the decision making process will help your sanity and your marriage.Let the doctor be the one to tell your f-i-l. That takes you off the list of "bad" people.

One last thing - Pace yourselves - I was told that and didn't really understand it, but now I do. It is a really difficult thing to do, but when your feeling guilty for something - remember those words.

Got to get to working on some things. So happy that everyone is doing well.

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The weekend is quickly waning, but Sunday blessings to both of you. It is a warm and windy day here, signs of autumn are all over, many plants are now done growing, blooms are waning, and the leaves are beginning to lose their bright green hue--not falling yet.

Week 1 of school was wonderful. We only had 4 days of school last week, and this week, the K students come every day, so we'll have some tears and fears to deal with, but it will all be ok. Hopefully the parents will not linger; I've expressed how we've seen it all, and we will take excellent care of their child, and a child's tears will abate quickly. I had a 2nd grader last Friday who wouldn't come in the building. Unfortunately, his parent chose to keep him home as opposed to making him come to school. I tried to encourage and take over, as this type of message this early in the year concerns me. I'll think positively for this week.

We went to church today, and then had brunch with father in law. He insisted on providing the food and scrambling the eggs. I told my husband we can't do that again. His father became angry if we didn't use the right platter, mixing bowl, etc. My husband was mixing up pancakes and getting the egg and milk ready, and that went badly. He had picked up the wrong mix--he wanted the one where you just add water. As my husband explained there were a few different kinds of mixes, my father-in-law became increasingly agitated as to why they weren't all the same. There were some other things too that he wants help with, and my husband wants to take care of it, but his dad wants to help. Last week, he fell in his yard, and couldn't get up. A neighbor noticed after about 30 minutes and managed to help him. He's fine, but unwilling to just let us take care of things.

I must get the laundry finished. I hope you are both having an enjoyable weekend. Mine has been pretty standard, although I did buy new appliances yesterday, and a new cell phone. My old phone was over 4 years old. Truly a dinosaur!! We have someone who wants to purchase our old appliances, so that's good. They are in fine shape, but now that the kitchen is redone, we just prefer a slate color over the white.

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It's so nice to hear from everyone these past few days. I've been posting lately and was beginning to think I was posting to myself.


Lisa, glad that the staff social was a success. I know it's hard making all the food yourself, but maybe next time have a pot luck and have everyone bring a dish. It's fun having the kids back and I happy to know so far things have run smoothly. Hope the arrival of the youngest group will be the final test, hope it goes well.

Mk, sorry to hear you're still having some issues with your dad. I glad that the care staff are handling it more and not bothering you as much. I' know it's still hard dealing with sick and older parents, but hang in there you're doing great.

Exercise always help the mood and will help the depression issues so keep going no matter how you feel. I'm sure it will get better after a while.

I found out the my one granddaughter is having depression issues and I wish I could help, but her family are having here see a specialist and she's getting better every day. I still worry about it though and wish I was there to help more. All the oldest girls have started school already, my daughter's girls will start today, and the 4 year old is just starting preschool. I can't believe how big everyone have gotten. I wish I could see them more but 2 being in Indianapolis and 3 in Columbus we don't get to see them as often as we'd want. I miss them all very much. The baby boy's 2nd birthday is tomorrow, so I did get a card to him and will call and talk to him too.

My daughter was going to have a party Saturday but changed it to Sept. 3rd instead. They will celebrate her oldest girls and the baby's on the same day. I'll be waiting impatiently until I see them. I still need to do some shopping for the girl and get them wrapped for the party but need to check sizes with her to make sure I get ones that will fit.

Last night I bought some boots, I went in the store to look but found a pair that fit my ankle and weren't too tight. Shoes are one thing I have to buy by trying them on because of my swelling and wide feet. I'll wear them around the house for a few days with heavy socks to be sure they will work. I'll also have to put my jeans on while wearing the shoes to check and see if I will still need to hem them, or if the boots helped.

I'm waiting for my new stove to be delivered this afternoon, they said it would come between 12:30 and 4:30 today. They are to call when they are a 1/2 hour from the delivery. I hope they do because I will need to pen the dogs while they bring it into the house. I'm all ready, I cleaned the stove and removed the pans from the drawer. I also moved a small hutch from the entry to make way for a clear shot, moved the trash can in the garage away from the doorway, and cleaned around the door getting rid of all the dust and spider webs so when the move through the door they don't track it into the house. I'm just waiting around now until they come. I wish they wouldn't have such a big window for the delivery, it makes you wait all day long until it arrives.

Anyway at least it's not raining today although it's hot and humid again. We have a heat advisory for the afternoon. So much for the nice temps and low humidity. We're back to hot and humid. I was out with the dogs and filled my fountain this morning and it was so hot already. I did discover I had some peppers ready to pick, so I brought them in and might roast them in the oven, trying out my new stove later. I'll have to learn how to cook all over again. Ha, Ha.

I need to eat some lunch and feed the dogs, so will close for now. Everyone have a super great day. Bye for now, G.

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Hello ladies! Still plugging along here in Oregon. My exercise has really declined - still getting my long walks in, but I do need to get back to the gym This vicious cycle of depression is driving me batty. Depression seems to have the upper hand lately... so I'm going to get back to my early morning spin classes next week - I know that those classes really kept me stronger in this never ending battle.

Happy to hear that your first couple days have been great. What a nice thing for you to do having a social event for your staff. That is always a great way to get people working together... team building type of stuff. I bet your going to have a fantastic year!!

Georgie - how wonderful to find a place on line where the clothing fits!! I am always leary about doing that. I'm more of a tactile person when I shop - so the feel of things are very important to me. You are doing so well on your weight loss - keep up the good work!!

Still dealing with my dad. He's had some pretty serious falls over the past month. A couple of them landed him in the ER. He is still recovering from a concussion... he is so irritable lately that the staff have been having a hard time. They do call me once in a while, but for the most part they really have to learn how to deal with him. Other residents have also been having issues with him, but they are working on it.... he apparently is not the optimal person to dine with.

Well I've got to get working. Take care ladies!!!

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Clothes that fit on your body are so much more exciting than clothes you have to fit your body into. Congrats on that achievement G. I've learned the companies that I can order from that have easy returns, and I order from them regularly.

Day 2 of school is a wrap. All is good. My new staff members are rocking so far, and the kids have been good. The next test/challenge will be on Monday when ALL the kindergarten students are there. This week we just have them in small groups.

I had a beginning of the year social for all of my staff members at my house last night. I had about 35 show up, and we had a great time. I provided most of the food and beverages, but my secretary insisted on making some bars. I adore her, she's kind, sweet, professional, efficient--I could go on, but I won't.

Still getting in as much bike riding as I can. I usually go farther than I planned, but that's not a bad thing by any means.

I think I'm losing my love for cooking/baking. As I prepped for last night's gathering, I kept thinking that I should just buy stuff.I was focusing more on the amount of work it was rather than how fun it is to entertain large groups. I've not been cooking much for us, maybe 1-2 times per week.

My granddaughter started kindergarten today. I've been thinking about the girls a lot lately, I really miss them. We should see them on Sunday for church.

MK, I hope all is well in OR. Football season is almost here, are you cheering for the Ducks again?

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I'm happy today. I had ordered some jeans and bras on line and they arrived today. I always worry about clothes when ordering on line because I seem to have trouble with the fit, the style, or finding they didn't look like they did in the pictures. I just tried everything on and they fit, and look good so was pleased. I wasn't sure about the bra sizes though so I had ordered 2 different sizes and was surprised that the smaller size fit and the other didn't. It shows I've lost weight all around including the bust.

I know it's early to order jeans but it was buy one the other was 1/2 price, so I ordered them. I might have to hem the jeans an inch or so, but even ordering petite sizes they are still long. They were a boot cut and if I could find a boot with an inch to an inch and1/2 heal, I might get away without hemming the pant leg. I still need to wash the jeans before wearing them to wash out some of the dark die and stiffness, so they won't bleed all over my under clothes.

I mailed out the card for my grandson's birthday today. It's the 26th which is Friday. They were going to have a party for him Saturday, but my daughter decided to combine his with the oldest granddaughter's birthday which is 2 weeks later than my grandson's birthday. Since out of town family were asked to come she thought it would make it easier on her brother who would end up driving 3 hours one way 6 hours round trip. It's set for September 3rd, Labor Day weekend, so he wouldn't have to make the trip in one day and could stop off here in Dayton on the way back and stay the night if he wanted.

Don's mom and sister's were invited to the party, but I'm sure they wouldn't drive over for the celebration and I'm sure they want to see my son and his daughter's. My guess is he'll stop to see them and stay the night with them. They are getting older and driving is difficult for them. Don's mom is 94, his sister's are 74, so they don't drive long times, like they used to travel.

I'm finishing the laundry today washing towels and sheets. Not much happening here today but may get out and do al little deadheading and weed pulling later. It's still nice today with temps around 78* and the humidity is still low. I've opened up the house again today and am loving this weather.

I'll need to switch the laundry to the dryer so will close for now. Have a great afternoon. G.

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Good Monday to all. We had a cold front move through on Sunday with a lot of rain coming down. However, it's much cooler today with the temps at 78 as a high with much lower humidity. I was able to open up this morning because it was really nice out. We woke to 56* this AM, but it's warming up some now, but I can still have the door open and the air off. I'll probably need to kick it back on this afternoon so Don will have a cool house when he arrives home.

We cleaned the house, moving furniture to vacuum under and I got all my dusting an mopping done too. I was able to tackle the spider webs in the corners and although I'm sure I'll see a lot of loose spiders here and there, It was needed.

I finished the vacuuming in the office and bedrooms today. The dogs have been shedding and my laundry room tall trash can is filled with dog fur and dirt from the vacuuming. I couldn't believe how much fur the dogs had all over the place. I'm so glad it's off the floors now. The house looks great. Next weekend we'll shampoo the carpets and if the weather holds I'd love to get out and wash my windows too.

I didn't lose weight this weekend when I weighed in but gained 1.4 pounds instead. I'm still down though and have been hovering around 310 for several weeks. Now that the weather is cooler I'm hoping to get out and walk more which should help on my losses. I'm still considering joining the Y but the pool is closed now, so will wait until after Labor Day to join. That's the plan anyway.

I'm needing to still do some laundry, and get ready for the rest of my day. I'll eat some lunch in a bit and then start on the laundry. I'm needing to strip my bed and wash the sheets, and I'll also change the towels in our bathroom. It's needed to really get this house in great shape.

I hope it's cooler in Oregon MK, and you'll find some relief from the heat. Lisa, enjoy the kids returning this week, I'm sure it'll be great to see everyone back at school. Don't work to hard though, I know this time is busy at school. Everyone have a great Monday, and a wonderful week. I'll catch all later, G.

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Mk, I'm still only sleeping 3 to 4 hours at night. That's in bed, but I sleep at least 2 or 3 in the recliner before bed. I wake up around 6 AM and several times, I'll get up say good bye to Don sit down in the recliner and sleep all morning. I wonder at times if I sleep better sitting up than laying in bed. I've talk to my doctor about it and he sent a request to a sleep center for me to be tested again. I'm still waiting for them to call for a consultation. I tried to call them, but they said they need to call me after viewing the paper work to set the consultation. They have it so why do I have to wait? I'll call again and see what the hold up is.

I lost 1.8 on my last weigh in at Jenny, I was worried because I missed a week before I went. I'm hoping when I weigh again this week I've lost some again. Exercise is not as it should be.

We've had rain and more rain and hot and humid for over a week. It's going on two weeks of rain now, with several thunderstorms and a couple of outages too. They've only been a couple of hours but it's interesting when you have no power, and I find I can't find anything to do with my time. I can't heat anything to eat in the microwave or stove, I can't vacuum and it's so quiet it's scary. I was glad it was daylight and not at night. I finally pasted the time with drawing and playing with some real cards, and not the computer kind. I didn't want to use up my phone because I might need to have called or something while the power was out. If I lost my phone there was no way to charge it.

We looked at the Y again for exercise, but Don is still not on board with it. He thinks the only reason to go for me is to use the pool. I like the pool, but I could do free weights or the bike, or any of the exercise classes if I want. Anything would be better than sitting around in my house sleeping the day away. They have an open house this weekend I want to go and check out the classes and gym. It's free to try anything they have going so I'll see if Don will go with me.

It's going on tonight, Saturday and Sunday, so I'd love to go either tonight, Saturday afternoon, or Sunday after my weigh in at Jenny's. We have a little extra money so we could pay up front. If we don't want them to have our bank information to take the payments out monthly, We can pay for 3 months up front and have a membership. I'm thinking that may be a way to try it for 3 months without giving them our account. If we join this weekend no starting fee needed. That's my plan anyway.

We might have a little sun this weekend although they say we'll have scattered showers possible this afternoon and evening. It'll give us a chance to catch up on the yard work too. With all the rain, the grass has really grown, along with the weeds in the garden. We need to do that tonight and our errands tomorrow. That is if we don't get the afternoon rain.

I need to get going on cleaning my house. The dogs' are shedding, and my carpets look like it's been snowing in the house. My white dog is the worst of the two, but both need a good brushing and grooming. First to the vet for shots, than I'll call the groomers for the rest. I've done the non carpeted floors, but the vacuuming still needs to be done, and that alone is a workout for me.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and a wonderful week, Mk, enjoy the pool and relaxing time. Lisa, I hope the dinner for your staff goes as planned. Don't work to hard, and have a great day. Bye for now, G.

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Good day to you all. I've been catching up on some much needed rest the past couple of days. Actually have slept 6 hours/night for the past 3 nights - feels awesome!

Between the Fiesta party, Bunco group, canning tuna, and baking cookies - I'm pooped!! Of course the weeks leading up to the fiesta was filled with major cleaning and cooking - I was exhausted with all of it. So now I'm kicking back and floating in the pool much more in the evenings. The weather has been in the upper 90's - and today should be 102* - way too hot!

So happy that you love your new place Lisa - always great to find the bike paths and so forth.

Well I have to get to work... take care! Enjoy your weekend!!

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Hello again. All is well as I eagerly anticipate the return of students to school in six days!

This week has been busy, as I knew it would be. I'm grateful for having tomorrow and Friday open to fully prepare for our Open House Monday evening, and our students on Tuesday. We had a new elementary school open in our town this year, so our enrollment will be a bit lower overall, but we are really close to our max # of students in 4th grade. I have 3 sections of each grade, and right now my lowest section has 18, and my highest 25. Those are pretty manageable numbers.

I continue to ride, and ride, and ride my bike. It is so fun to ride up here because of the bike paths that go through town. Plus, we've had some great weather--hot during the day, but cool in the evening, and low humidity, and average winds. But--my strength workouts haven't been as frequent. I guess that's okay, because some of my achy joints aren't aching quite as much. I'll find the right balance soon, but for now, I'm just going to enjoy riding. Usually by mid-October I need to hang my bike up for the season.

My middle son (the welder who works out of town) has had his hours cut at work. He has been anticipating this for a month or so now, but I don't feel he's made a good effort at finding a different job. I pray that he pursues the best path for him and his family at this time.

I am going to look for some type of volunteer or service work. I'm not sure what it will be--maybe I can work with the local community theater, or volunteer at a hospital or nursing home.

I'm having my staff over for a back to school social next Tuesday night, so I'm planning the appetizers/snacks for that. It will be fun, and I'm excited to finally be able to host the group. As of today, there were 34 signed up, but I'm thinking I'll have around 40 show up. My secretary is bringing some bars--she insisted, but I want to do this for them. Once again, I am beyond blessed and genuinely grateful to have this group of people work for me.



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Good Sunday to everyone. We finally have been getting some rain here in our area. We were in a drought warning and the farmers were hurting bad for rain. I don't think we're going to get enough to take us out of the draught but it's helping. We're still way below normal for this time of year.

I didn't weigh in this past week so I have no idea what I've done. I fell against my dinning table a although I caught myself from going all the way down I strained my calf and back so haven't been able to move very well, so I missed weighing in because I was laid up for a little while. I'm better now, but still have a few black and blue areas to show for it.

I was lucky I had stock piled some extra Jenny meals, and was able to stay on plan because I had enough food to last for 6 days. I'll need to reorder a lot of food so will have a larger bill than normal, but it's much needed. I still have some snacks left, and a couple of breakfast meals but my lunches and dinners are all gone.

I had a good day yesterday because Don and I went to Yellow Springs for an art show, and walked around looking at all the local artists work. They also had musicians scattered around and it was fun to look and listen to them while we did. I wish I had extra cash to spend because I saw several things I would have liked to buy. They had a lot of had crafted jewellery, and some really nice furniture too. Also great photography, pottery and paintings. I thought of you MK and the pottery you do, and I think you could have been able to share your work if you had been around.

Today I'm going to weigh in so will see how I did with my weight. I hope I've lost because I wasn't very active this week.

I really wish we could stay indoors with all the rain, I hate going in and out of stores when it's raining. We need to run several errands today and Don really needs to buy some new slacks and jeans for work. He's good on shirts but all his clothes are warn and tattered. I've lost enough weight and inches that I too am having problems finding Capri's and shorts to wear. The ones from last year are getting to big. I'm good on tops but not on bottoms. I'm not sure if we'll look for me though, I really don't want to buy much while I'm still losing. I wish I could find a few good pieces somewhere to be able to buy to get me past the summer.

I need to get off and get ready for my trip to Jenny's so will close for now. Everyone have a wonderful Sunday and a great week. I'll catch all later. G.

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Howdy Ho Neighbors... still plugging along here in Oregon.

The Fiesta was a great success and lasted into the evening hours ending with a nice group around the fire pit. Kids thoroughly enjoyed the pool - I really enjoyed seeing that. Plenty of food for everyone and we had only a couple pounds of carnitas left - so that was good. Even the hamburgers were just about gone (I bought the package of pre-formed patties from costco) and 1.5 packages of hotdogs. My dad came out and enjoyed the festivities and conversation with the grandchildren. He was there only a short time, but it was nice to have him away from the assisted living - the transportation costs a pretty penny - but I think it was worth it.

Backyard is all cleaned up and I'm ready for the bunco ladies on saturday. It is supposed to be in the 90's so I'll probably have it inside with the A/C. Wish my house was bigger, but it is what it is.

I confess that I haven't been to the gym in a few weeks. My motivation to do so has seem to left me. I have been dealing with my dads falls - 2 serious ones within 2 weeks of each other - both ended up in the ER. The last one was a really good knock on the head that gave him a concussion and a very large skin tear on his right arm. Those are so hard to bandage and take care of - this one is about 3-4" in diameter. The knot on his head was about the same diameter and about an 1" or more high - right on the crown of his head. My brother and I are at a loss of what to do. Of course this last fall staff was in the room with him - so now we have to deal with the facility and their processes.

So I'm a bit overwhelmed again with his care and I'm not making very good choices on things, but don't feel that I've lost the battle... just taking a break for now.

Well I would really like to see pictures of your kitchen Lisa - sounds absolutely beautiful. As for the granite cost - it is an investment in your home and that is the only way you need to look at the cost.

Georgie - hope your doing well.

Take care ladies.

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Finally getting a handle on this weight gain. I stepped on the scale three days in a row, and the numbers were just too high, all 3 days, so I said "no more!" I cut back on sugar and portions, and already I can tell a difference. I really cleaned some things up too, and making sure I have the fresh fruits and vegetables at the ready.

My kitchen subway tile is in, it will be grouted tomorrow, and then it is done. I was going to run an accent strip, but I'm glad I didn't, as I like the sleek look of the subway tile. Last thing to do is put up some nice curtains for the window above the sink, and the patio doors.

Took an hour long bike ride tonight, and found a new route riding mostly on the bike trail, just a couple of quiet streets on the route. The trails here don't connect all the way through town, so I have to be strategic about which streets I'll ride on to connect, as some are just too busy.

Watching the Olympics--that Michael Phelps is really something. I didn't get to see any gymnastics, maybe during the all around I catch it.

I'm tired, so time for bed. I hope you are both doing well.



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Saturday greetings. The Lord has blessed us with a gorgeous morning here: cool, sunny, and calm. I am enjoying it from my newly updated, and almost completed kitchen counter.

MK, last year my secretary lost her mother, rather suddenly, and mother-in-law who had struggled with health issues for years. As I gave my condolences to her, she said "this is just the stage of life I am in." I empathize with you, and I still hope you find joy in the time spent with your parents--even when it is hard. I have learned so much from you and your experiences. Recently, my dad has been showing some minor signs of memory issues, so I am realizing that I soon may be at a stage where parental support turns more into parental care. May you continue to find support through your faith, family and caregivers.

What can I send you, G, to move off of that plateau? I know how frustrating those are, yet I know how great you will feel when a 2 is the first number on the scale. What if you just cut out one thing for a week--maybe alcohol, or dessert, or something like that?

I was at a conference the last few days. I teamed up with a couple of colleagues and we presented--successfully so. We anticipated 10-12 at our session, we had over 30. We've been asked now to present at a couple more conferences coming up, so we are grateful that our information was valuable to those who were present.

I've got a busy week ahead at work--lots to plan for my teachers who will arrive next Monday and Tuesday. I am so excited for this school year. I will continue to pray that the Lord will give me patience and wisdom to deal with these children (and adults). I'm pretty tough, and I need to work to soften my approach in difficult situations--not necessarily my actions, but my approach.

Just finished a full body strength workout, had to modify for the knee. It's still not ready for full squats or lunges, but I'm getting these adjustments all figured out.

My granite countertop is in, and wow, is it gorgeous. Way too expensive, but absolutely gorgeous. I have to change my backsplash--I set up what I chose, and purchased, but it isn't enough of a contrast, so back to the home improvement store I go! It will be completely done on Tuesday. I'm really fighting the cost of this--want vs. need. I did not need anything this expensive. I find myself struggling over this. I'm grateful for the resources we've been blessed with, but then I get this guilt that we should use our resources more to help others than to help ourselves. Anyway. . .

Wishing you both a fantastic weekend--find joy in all that you do and celebrate!




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Hello! Yes - a Mexican/American Fiesta!! We will have carnita tacos with all the fixings as well as hamburgers/hotdogs for those who do not want tacos. Just really a time for visiting and reconnecting with friends/family. Also celebrating our son's 29th birthday and our nieces 18th birthday - so there will be cake.

I made it to the gym at lunch time yesterday. I'm prepared to go today, but there is a huge part of me that really doesn't want to go. I think I'm just exhausted with all the house/yard cleaning that has been happening over the past couple months. The floors and all that went with that and then the yard and dealing with all the debris that we have - which is now all hauled away! YIPPEE....

I'm down to the finer details of party planning and so forth. I have to get some baking done as well as make the potato salad. I have friends bringing a variety of salads - so that is going to help a lot! Still need to find a large container for ice that I can set salads in - my son suggested one of those under the bed storage containers. Great idea - so now I will search for one I saw in the attic.

My food - well you know how that goes - up and down. Right now I'm doing pretty good with it... will see how it goes throughout the weekend. I'm planning on having all kinds of veggies/fruit available so I'm not too far off track.

Well take care ladies - got to get some work done.

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Mk, A fiesta what fun. Wish I was there to enjoy. Is it a Mexican one with lots of good food? Sometimes I wish we had a good place around here to eat Mexican. Every where the food is so bland. I do make some Mexican dishes but not as we used to eat down in Texas. A place called Chewy's is as close as it comes here. They make a great chicken stacked enchilada with a tomatio sauce.

It's getting hot and humid again and will be near 95 by the end of the week. We were having good weather and temps around mid 80's with less humidity, but it again hot here. It always happens about the time schools start. My grand daughters in Indianapolis started this week, and several school will start next week. I thought about you Lisa already meeting with the teachers and at work. Hope you have air in the school, it's going to be a hot start for the students.

I see the doctor on Thursday and hope he'll like my weight loss and sugars. I'm going to address the swelling and water retention again when I see him. For a while it was getting better and now it's becoming an issue again. I'm not sure what I need to do to get rid of it.

Today was a lazy day and I was sluggish and tired all day too. I think I might ask the doctor to set up another sleep study and see if sleep, or lack of sleep might be fixed with a new c-pap and or meds.

Staying the same with my weight, I'm still battling the same 3 pounds, and am at another plateau not being able to lose these 3 pounds and drop below 300. I'm still hoping I can get it lost by the end on summer, and before my grandsons birthday on the 26th. That's the goal anyway.

Hope the week is going great for all. Mk, enjoy the fiesta, and Lisa, don't work to hard with school starting for you. I'll catch all later, G.

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Hello. Sounds like both of you are keeping super busy. So sorry to hear about the AC Georgie - fixable but wow on the cost!!

Can't believe that school year is coming up... enjoy Lisa. I bet your excited to have the kitchen to be done.

Floors are close to being done. Still have this 2" gap that I need to cut boards for, but I'm just exhausted trying to get this house together for the fiesta on Saturday... so they will be left for now. The base boards are in only to a certain point because of that 2" gap, but what is in looks fantastic. I'm so happy that our neighbor had time to come help me with that. I'm sure I would have wasted too much of my materials. So for now the inside is done - just need a few decor items put up and I'm good to go.

The yard had its final big clean out over the weekend as well. Yesterday was the big haul to the dump and final plantings. So the day of the party it will be just blowing out the leaves and so forth. I have my daughter and niece helping with set up Saturday morning. I'll be making the salads and stuff Friday. Nothing like a big gathering to get the yard in shape!! It has been neglected way too long. I'm the deep cleaner between me and my husband - so it literally has been years since I've done that.... well since my parental challenges have occurred.

Well got a meeting early this morning... take care!!

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Happy August. I enjoyed my first official day back at work, and I kept very busy! Lots of teachers were in, and it was good to connect with them once again.

My middle son injured his foot at work last night. He walked into a metal post at his work station, and he thought he may have broken it, but they think it's only a sprain. They put him in a boot and said he has to be off work for a week. He's beyond frustrated with himself for doing something so stupid, as he puts it. I assured him that all of us have been there.

I need to exercise--hope you are both having a wonderful day. I need to get on this Y thing and make a decision.





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Lisa, I'm glad you're able to ride the bike and do some modified exercises. I'm sure you'll be back to doing them in full force soon. I bet you're excited to get started on the kitchen. It sounds like it's going well.

I too am considering the Y again. I'm so tired of not doing as much exercise as I need to do. I think if I get back too exercising on a regular bases It'll help my swelling and my weight loss. I think I've gone as far on the food program alone and need to add exercise to increase the losses. I'm back to bouncing around the same 3 pounds and lately have felt fat. I know by my swelling it's the water. Yesterday my clothes, rings, watch and shoes were tight and I showed a gain of 3 pounds. I didn't eat differently during the week and didn't over indulge on the weekend so I think that's the issue. I remember when I did the water exercises I felt better and my swelling was down too. I know Don is always tired at night and doesn't want to go anywhere, but I've thought about it and decided I could easily go in the evenings. I could eat my evening Jenny meal, and catch the water walking by 7, and have my snack when I get back. Don does his own foods at night anyway and I could fix a casserole or something for him to warm up and eat while I'm gone. I'm going to get online today and see the price and hours of operation.

The cable, phone and internet been out this morning and it's just now come back up and I happy that I have them back. It's surprising how much I use them and they are missed when they aren't working. You'd think I get a lot done around the house, but I don't. I decided I depend on them to much and can spend way to much time watching the TV, or on the internet.

Now that it's back my WI FI is working and I can use my cell phone again. I can make calls when it's down but I'm not able to do the other things with it. Even using the cell is frustrating because every service call you make is a recording, and you have to press a number to continue. I've not figured how to get my text and numbers up at the same time I do the calls so I'm not able to continue to even get help.

Now that everything is working again I happy, But still need to do my household chores and laundry. I already started the laundry, but need to switch the loads, so will close for now. Everyone have a great Monday and a wonderful week. I'll catch all later, G.

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G, glad the AC in the car is fixable--costly, yes, but definitely fixable. Sometimes you can take out a small short term loan for situations like this. I remember the first car that my husband and I bought together: no AC! That was back in 1986. We loved the car; it was small, but got great mileage. Today I wonder how we managed to drive it for four years without AC.

My kitchen work started this week with the cabinet restoration, new pulls, and the like. The process darkened my cabinets a shade, which I was hoping for. My new granite countertop will be installed on Wednesday, and the backsplash will be done the following week.

Got a full body strength workout in this morning, and a short bike ride. The ride was amazing. I went out around 7, and it was so quiet on the streets, the sun was shining, and it was cool. I actually went farther than I expected to, because I was enjoying it so much. I have figured out how to do a modified jumping jack with intensity, how far down I can go on squats, and how to modify lunges as well. My suspension cables and stability ball will become even closer friends during my workouts.

I'm still debating on a gym or Y membership. The only reason I'd go with the Y is because of the pool option. I can swim, enjoy it, but have never really done swimming as a workout. I really need to view their schedule too and see if it is available for times that would work for me. If I don't join, I'll definitely purchase a spin bike for home.

House cleaning today. This is the first time I've really cleaned this house, other than a little task here and there. We've been here a month, so it really is beyond time to dust, vacuum and attack the bathroom.

I can only imagine that toe situation your husband, and you, had to deal with, MK. My husband has ingrown toenails all the time, and he's forever digging them out. I hope he is healing and back to normal activity soon.

Have a fantastic weekend.



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MK, Glad to hear your dad doing better. Hope all clears up for you hubby. Dogs do have a way at finding the injured areas don't they?

We had bad news about the car. The air went out earlier this week and we just found out it'll cost $900 to fix it. The compressor was bad and has to be replaced. I wish we didn't have so much trouble with our cars. Don's sister feels bad now that we have to put such an expensive fix to have air. Don told her it would probably have gone out with her and it'll be alright. He can drive it for a while with the windows down as long as we don't have any rain. I'm worried that with the compressor broken, it might effect the heating later, but we'll get it fixed when the next Social Security check arrives. I'm thinking his sister might be considering helping with the money since she feels so bad about it all, but we'll see. She might be willing to split the cost with us. Here's hoping it'll be fixed soon.

We finally got some rain this morning, but not enough to bring down the humidity or even cool things down, but it was welcomed anyway. More will arrive later today and maybe for the next couple of days, but not enough to bring us relief from the humidity and heat.

Doing a few chores today and will try to stay busy for a while. This weekend my son will come over for a visit and we'll enjoy seeing him. It's been a while since we saw him. We'll celebrate the summer birthdays which should be fun for all.

I need to get going on my chores, so will catch everyone later. Bye for now, G.

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Hello. Nice to hear your up and going Lisa - that is awesome! I also know the pain of the arthritis in the knee/shoulder - really have to modify somethings but it is very manageable for now that is!

G - I think you are just awesome! You are really getting a handle on the food and even though there are days when we indulge a bit more than we should - you jump right back on it. Keep up the good work!!

Dad is doing fine. Doc says he doesn't think there is any residual damage from the fall (blood clots etc.) He was interested in the left eye area where the initial impact was, but dads eye moves really good. His quad muscles however have atrophied - so that causes his standing (or lack there of) issues. He really said he is almost needing that skilled nursing care, but the memory is still in pretty good shape (with the exception of "sundowners").

I have been working on the house a little bit at a time each night - slowly things are coming together. Still need to work on the baseboards, but I'll focus on that this weekend. My husbands right big toe is still a huge issue. He literally has a large chunk of it gone after the doc saw him Tuesday. They had to remove the necrotic tissue to allow better healing. I was able to see it last night and it still looks awful and its more painful since they removed the tissue. We just keep putting the antibiotic cream on it and wrapping it up during the day and unwrap at night to air it out. Darn dogs always seem to find that toe and step on it - my husband is getting quicker at moving his foot thats for sure!!

Well ladies - this is my Friday today - lots of stuff to get done around the house so I'm taking tomorrow and also time next week before the big friends/family fiesta at the house. This weekend is focused on getting the yard all spruced up. So I believe our son is coming down to help with that tomorrow.

Take care.... warm weather is finally hitting us - should be in the upper 90's today.

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Got my stitches out today, and I have full mobility and range of motion. I still have to watch bending and pressure, and of course, no swimming/baths/hot tubs for 3-4 more weeks, but other than that, I'm good to go.

The arthritis which he initially thought was minimal is rather significant, especially on the inside of my left knee. He said no running or jumping--none. He said that walking is ok, as long as the walks are on the shorter side, not over 3 miles, and not every day. He said I can "bike and swim my heart out!"

My kitchen update is beginning tomorrow, I'm pretty excited, but I won't be here, so Joel will be in charge. I've communicated with the contractor pretty clearly, so I don't think we'll run into any problems since we aren't moving things, just updating what already exists.

Sorry to hear about your Dad's ER visit MK. I hope he's doing better now.

We had lots of rain yesterday, and it has cooled off significantly--still nice for the rest of the week. Hot and humid again next week. I hope you find some relief from the heat, G. Keep on forging ahead, I'm certain that lb. will go away this week.



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MK, Sorry for the trip to the ER with your dad. Glad to hear he's all right. I can imagine how terrible to have a big toe so sore and hard on your hubby to move around. I'm glad they figured out what was going on and are trying to get it healed. Hope he won't have to take much time off form work.

MK, you sound like you've been busy with the remodeling, but was able to take of time for your son's birthday dinner. Wish him a Happy Birthday for me, and enjoy the time with him.

Trash day here and I forgot that I had bought a Cantaloupe and needed to cut it up and clean the seeds out so rushed to get that done before my trash was picked up. Otherwise it would have sat in the trash for another week before it was disposed of and would have been a bad thing. I did get it cleaned and out to the trash. Now to enjoy the fresh taste of the fruit. It's so sweet I admit I was snacking on it while cutting it up. Looking forward to enjoying more later today.

I'm hoping for more rain today. When I went out to the trash it was starting to rain. We need it so badly. It's been hot, humid and miserable for days. A good steady rain for a few hours or even days would help cool thing down some. I'm hoping fro a nice rain and not the thunderstorms we have had in the past. We need this rain.

I am doing ok with my weight, but did have a gain last Sunday. I wasn't surprised though. I had eaten pizza, and followed with a big Mexican dinner the next day. So Friday night was Pizza night, and Saturday was Mexican. I just gave in to the temptation, but I paid for it when I weighed in on Sunday Morning. It was only a pound, and I sure it could have been much worse so was grateful for a small gain only. I was back on plan today and will try to stay on plan the rest of the week.

Lisa, great job on the walking, MK, don't work to hard, take time to enjoy life with your family. Will catch all later. I need to go outside and bring up the trash can, bye for now, G

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Hello! Wow - great job on your recovery Lisa! Walking is the best.

I'm the handy one in our family... yeah I do all the wall hanging, saw cutting, floor laying, board nailing, and car repair stuff that needs doing. My husband is great on the outside stuff and maintaining his equipment. He's also great for all my heavy lifting and of course - the cooking! He is such a great cook - love it!!

So the weekend was really nice... well with the exception of the ER time with my dad. He tipped his power chair over and smacked up his left orbital bone area. Nothing broken in the face or shoulder (thank heavens).

Then it was off to a wedding (our daughters bestie) - what a beautiful outside wedding. Good weather and just good fun.

However, we had to end it early because my husband is still having a problem with his right big toe. The podiatrist fixed an ingrown nail - well come to find out (days later of course) my husband is allergic to the chemical they put on the nail to keep it from growing back in. His toe looked like it was going to fall off. It still looks horrid, but he's working on it. Will find out this afternoon if he needs to be completely off of it for the rest of the week. All the skin (all the way around the toe) is not attached any more - so the doc might take that off today. It looks just awful.

Not sure what we are going to do without him working maintenance. I might have to take a few days off so I can fill in for him... yikes!

Yesterday was our son's 29th birthday. After working on the baseboards in the hallway my miter saw took a dive... so I couldn't do anything further. We headed up to Portland to take him out to dinner. We had such a great evening visiting with him and his girlfriend.

Weather has been high 60's and up into the high 70's. This week, however, will be bringing the 80-90* weather. So we are prepping ourselves for that. It has been really humid and just sticky these past couple days. I don't mind a drier heat, but humid... not so much.

Well got to go. Take care.

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Lisa, Sounds like you have a wonderful hubby. It's nice to have a man doing and fixing things around the house. My hubby too is handy like that and I don't know what I'd do if he wasn't.


It's so hot and humid here, 95 yesterday and around 89 today, but the humidity is so high. I just went out to put some mail in the mailbox and felt like I had been walking in a sauna and it's only 11 Am now. Staying indoors and have the cool air conditioner running. I'm sure our cooling bill will be high this month. We've had temp in the mid 80's to high 90's.

My hubby is upset and is worried about money. I told everyone that we had to give away our car after it broke down and couldn't be fixed. Now our new car's air conditioner is not working. We hoped it was just needing coolant, but we had it looked at yesterday so now we need a compressor to get it running again. It's terrible not to have air in the car, but at least we can put down the windows to get some air moving, even if it's hot air. He'll call someone today to see what it'll cost to fix it.

Today I'll do some laundry and dust and mop my floors. my house is looking really bad. I've just not have the energy to do much of anything being so hot. After a while it gets to the point of no return and I become overwhelmed with all that need to get done. I'd better get going on my day if I want to accomplish anything. I'll catch all later, G.

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I am so excited. My hubby was a sweetie today and put up my curtain rods in the bedroom, and he hung a picture on the wall over our bed. Yesterday he hung a gorgeous mirror on my accent wall. I've pretty much stayed out of the way unless he's asked for help. He is really handy at jobs like this--I can do some--but he does a much better job of securing things to walls.

I took a 10 block walk this morning and have another planned for this evening. I'm going to walk twice per day during my recovery, gradually increasing distance. I'm going to have my son take my bike around the block and adjust the gears so it is really easy to pedal, because I'd like to give riding a shot. Still doing my exercises--they are getting easier all the time, but my back is still not quite back to normal, hopefully by tomorrow that will be resolved as well.

I really took stock of my closet today as well. I pulled some things that I seldom wear, and a few more that I'm just done with. I'll send them to my younger sister; she likes my hand me downs, and she just donates whatever doesn't work for her. Strangely, though, she finds a way to make most of it work. I'm a size bigger than she is, but we are both very tall, so it works.

I'll be going in to work every day this week, in the morning, for an hour or so.Thursday I'll be doing interviews to fill my teacher aide positions, so that will be a full day of work. In the evenings, I'll be driving to our former town for VBS at our church, so excited for that and to spend time there with the granddaughters. I'll visit my father-in-law and some other friends too.

Have a great week, only one more week until August arrives--seems like summer just started! Take care.



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Lisa, glad your getting out and about. Sounds like you're doing well. It's hotter than Blazes here too.

The temps are well into the 90's and the humidity is just as high. It wouldn't be that bad if it wasn't for the humidity. We had a thunder storm this morning and I had my dogs under foot as usual, but we had just enough rain to increase the humidity. I wish it would cool down but they say not until mid week, so the weekend will also be hot with chances for thunder storms.

I hope you're cool out west MK. Everyone have a great evening and a wonderful weekend. I'll catch all later, g.

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Been walking quite a bit, can do most stuff around the house, pain not too bad, except in my back. I put it out the other morning, and man, has it been sore. Of course, the post-surgery constipation is frustrating as well, but other than my back, everything is as it should be.

The granddaughters stayed with us last night, their dad arrived this morning after his overnight shift at work; and their mom will arrive after work today, and then they'll be on their way to their other grandparents' house. We'll take them to a movie later this afternoon.

Hoping for a modified strength workout tomorrow, and then I'm going to hang some window treatments and some more pictures.

I hope you are both staying cool. Super-duper hot here.





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PT was great. Got more exercises to do, and a band aid on my incisions instead of the irritating gauze wrap.

Activity as tolerated, and ice after doing the exercises. Woo-hoo. I'll be skipping into my follow-up Dr. appt. a week from today, and hopefully be cleared for normal activity.

Hotter than blazes here, but I'm going for a short walk. I need to get out of the house for a bit.

Stay cool--you both have been working hard on tasks around the house, so don't overdo it.



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Lisa, Off the crutches already? Good for you. Glad that you're getting back in the swim of things. Keep up the PT and exercises the doctor and the PT people give you and you'll be back to yourself in no time.

Boy it's getting hot again around here. It's heading into the 90's for the rest of the week with high humidity which make it feel hotter. I went out to get my mail and got sick to my stomach because the heat hit me like a ton od bricks. I sometimes get congestion in my chest when it's very hot or very cold. I might need my enhaler if this heat continues.

Don has felt better these last couple of days with no issues cropping up for him. I'm happy that he's feeling better, but I am still a worry wart when it comes to health. I'm trying to pick a day when we can both get to the doctors for check ups. I still need a mammogram, a pap and some blood work before going to see him.

I was proud of myself today, I went through my closet, and my drawers and have packed up 2 bags of clothes for Goodwill. Some were to big some I've not worn for years and decided if I'd ever get down small enough to wear them, I don't think I would. Some of the shirts shrunk and a shorter in the length when I was trying them on, others were just so old and out of style. I probably wouldn't wear them. They may be fine for someone though, so am giving them up.

I still have a lot to go through in my closet, I've not tackled any of the hanging things. Many I wore when I was in sales or when I taught, but now I don't need them. Some have hung there so long they have creases and dust on the sleeves and shoulders. I'll have to dust them off because many of the jackets are dry cleaned. I don't want a big dry cleaning bill just to give them away. I'll take a damp clothe and wipe them down which I think will be fine.

I'm tired today and seem to be dragging around. I'm thinking the heat is getting me even in air conditioning. I have a head ache too but I still have a couple of hours before I can take anything. I took an Excedrian at 9 this morning and like to wait at least 6 hours between pills.

Mk, Great job finishing the remodel, It's looking good I'm sure. I know Lowes has blinds and curtains but I bought my on line through ByLane and was able to find the sizes and price point I wanted. It's connected to Lane Bryant and that's how I found it.

Well I need to get going and get a few more things finished in my closet. I know it's a task and will take days and days to sort through everything. I'll catch all later, Have a great day. Mk, enjoy the birthday celebration. Take care Lisa, Keep up the fantastic work.

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Hello ladies! Happy to hear that your doing good Lisa after the scope. How wonderful that your teachers are already working on their stuff.

It is a really slow process, but I'm finally getting the curtains re-hung (sorry neighbors - no more peeking!! hahaha). Still need to get a new rod for the large front window, but I have a sheet over that for now. I also want to find new curtains for the front room. If I go sheer then I'll need blinds as well... hmmmm got to think about that one. I returned the awful base boards that matched the floors and went with a solid wood with a 1/4 round for the very bottom (to cover up any flooring shortage around the edge. It will look wonderful with the lighter trim paint. Will work on getting the remainder of the trim around the doorways done tomorrow night. We have our niece from Georgia here and we are celebrating her 18th birthday tonight - so probably no working on the house.

Georgie - keep up the good work on the weight loss!!

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I'm doing great. I no longer need the crutches, but have had some soreness, as expected, today. I'm especially sore now, since I just did all of my exercises. Tomorrow I have PT, but he had given me the exercises to start as soon as I was ready during my pre-appointment. I've been icing frequently and resting as needed.

Catching up on my professional reading, and really enjoying it. My new teachers have been contacting me via e-mail with questions--I am encouraged by their willingness to jump in and prepare already.

I'm in need of a new cell phone. My old one is almost 5 years old, and not holding a charge, so I've been shopping on Amazon. They are much cheaper there than at the cell phone store.

Getting drowsy, so pain med is working. Have a great night. Glad we connected on facebook.







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Hello. Stone is still with me and causes pain, but so far not severe pain (knock on wood). Between my kidney stone and my husbands right big toe (he had an ingrown nail removed) we were quite the pair. I did, however, get all the pergo floors put in - still need fine details done, but the main part is down. Thanks to my son for all his extensive hard work on this. Now comes the part of getting one very long 1-2 inch strip of flooring cut and put in so I can begin work on the base boards. All the painting (ceiling & walls) was done then we jumped into putting the floors down. I wasn't sure I'd like the paint (looked to dark), but now that its all done - it looks fantastic! I still need to hang curtains and decorate but I'm a bit beat up right now.

My niece made it here from Georgia last Thursday. She drove all that way with lots of stops along the way. She is a sweet thing and looks about 10 years old, but she will be 18 tomorrow. only 5' in height and about 95# - she looks like a little pixie. She is not a fan of our dogs, but loves the two cats. Those poor cats have gotten very little attention and so I have assigned her cat duty... and she was so excited! I'm also very happy that they are now getting the attention they deserve!

Well I have to get to work - I missed a couple days last week because of the kidney stone - so hopefully that stone will not cause me grief today... or I should say - not any more severe pain. I can handle some of the ache of it, but oh man the severe pain is exactly what Lisa said - WICKED! It made me sick to my stomach.

Take care. Oh - so happy the scope went well - and they can do a partial replacement??

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Lisa, glad that the surgery went well. Today you will be tired and sore, so just relax and try not to do very much for a few days. I know that will be difficult for you but necessary to be sure your back on your feet in no time. Take care and rest.

I lost another pound when I weighed in and was happy that I did since I was coming off a 5 pound lost the week before. I'm now down 33.6 since my journey began. This is the lowest weight I've had in 6 years. It's feel great to be only 9 pounds from breaking the 300 pound mark. I can't remember when I was below 300. I'm hoping to get there by summers end.

Don called at 11:30 today and came home sick. He scared me last night when at 3AM he woke up choking and ran to the bathroom feeling like he was going to throw up. I was surprised he went to work, but like most men, they refuse to admit when they are sick. I'm worried that it's a sign of something else that he's not telling me about. I know for sure now that we are going to see the doctor as soon as we can and get this situation checked out even if it's for my own piece of mind. we both have been due to go for a month now and just keep putting it off.

Went to visit my daughter yesterday and she and the family looked great. I can't believe how big the grand kids have gotten. They cut Gideon's hair and he now looks like a big boy and not a little baby. He'll be two August 26th but looks and acts older to me. He's all boy and never sitting down. We went out to eat with them and he cried because he had to sit in the high chair to eat. It took him a while to settle down, but he did eat and had a good lunch finishing most all he had. We were only there for a few hours, but it's still great to see them.

Don thought the him being sick last night might have been what he ate at lunch. We had Mexican so that might have been the case since it's filled with spices, and he can have acid reflex from spicy foods.

Doing a few chores today, some laundry and light cleaning. Friday I scrubbed the master bathe and shower and did a complete cleaning, so will tackle the rest of the house this week. It's like spring house cleaning but in the summer. I'm finally going through my closet and drawers and getting rid of clothes to big for me now, while looking for clothes I can still wear, or that I've lost enough to get a smaller size. I found a t-shirt and short I'm wearing today that is one of my smaller sizes. I haven't been able to wear this for at least 2 or more summer's ago.

I need to get going and get back to my cleaning. I hope that MK, you're having a good day. Lisa, take care of yourself after the surgery. I'll try to catch all later, G.

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Surgery was quick--home by 10 AM, with prescriptions in hand. No nausea--they gave me a couple of different pre-op things to manage that issue.

The outside of my knee looks fine--the inside not so much. The Dr. told my husband I'm most likely looking at a partial knee replacement within 3-5 years. He was surprised, as that level of wear didn't show on the x-ray. Now I know--more incentive than ever to get some of this weight off and manage it.

I'll check in again soon. Time for dose 1 of my painkillers.



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Home from reunion, had a fantastic time, travel and accommodations were fantastic. Knee scope tomorrow, have to be at the surgical center at 5:30 AM.

MK, glad you got that stone figured out. Those darn things are wicked painful. Hope that's it for a very long time.

We got some rain here over the weekend, so G, I'm wishing you rain that you need in your area.

Catch up with you all later.



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MK, Hope the stone passes soon. I've heard that it's a very painful situation to have to deal with. Hope all is better soon.

We had some rain yesterday finally, it was getting so dry they were calling for a drought issued. I'm not sure if we had enough to relief from the drought but we'll see. The temps cooled a little and will have a high of 84 today. This is from the past temps of 90's and humid. It's not as humid though but it's still hot.

I'm holding my own with the loss, and so far I've lost maybe a pound from my last weigh in. I'm hoping it will still show up as a loss on Sunday when I'm to weigh in at Jenny's.

I hope the surgery is going well for Lisa, I thought she stated that she was going in to have her knee worked on this week. Everyone take care. I'll catch all later, G.

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Hello. Well found out what all my cramping and body aches were about... I have a very active kidney stone. Wednesday about 3:30 p.m. the sharp pains started, but I thought it was the hummus not agreeing with me... so by the time 9:30 rolls around I'm in agonizing pain. The thing with kidney stones you can't sit, stand, lay, etc etc to get somewhat comfortable - I walked around the house (in circles) and finally my daughter came and took me to the ER. Not sure what was up with my husband - he called our daughter to come in from miles away to take me. Well it was confirmed with a scan that I had a 6 mm stone - which is large, but not super large that it can't pass through. The pain was so bad that I was sick to my stomach - so they gave me anti-nausia meds and pain meds - I stayed in one position and the stone settled down.

I didn't realize that when you drink an entire glass of water in one gulp - which I tend to do when I'm in a hurry - the mass of water that hits your kidneys causes some type of swelling and large push of fluid - which in turn dislodged a stone that was just hanging around.

Anyway I'm much better today. Very fortunate that I can work from home - so that's whats up today.

My niece from Georgia finally made it here. She is going to be living here for a little while - until she finds her next adventure. She is a tiny thing - probably 100# soaking wet. Letting her sleep in this morning - it was a long road trip for her all on her own (she's 17 - will be 18 next week).

I'll look for you on Facebook Lisa - I know I'm friends with Georgie - so once one of us finds you then you can find us both.

Well I have to get back at it. Take care ladies.

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Lisa, I'd look you up but I think we need last names to find people on Facebook. My last name is Filoso. Maybe that will help you find me.

I was surprised I lost as much as I did. It's always a struggle for me to lose just 2 pounds. I hope you're right that I've broken through the plateau. I just think My water loss is better and I think the less I weigh the retention is not as bad. I've also kicked up my eating the veggies with my meals, and not drinking as much alcohol when I eat out.

I do love my drinks though, I find that the Mojito work the best. It's mainly lemon and lime juice wit mint. I tried Rum, but unless it's mixed with a sweet mix I really don't like the taste. Funny, I used to drink Rum and Cokes. I prefer Bourbon as my choice drink. I now drink it with diet coke. It helps if I don't over due the alcohol.

I still need to eat dinner and I can't believe how late it's getting. I'd better get off here and eat. I'll catch all later, G.

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