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Happy early autumn. It has cooled down some here and today is to be downright chilly. On my walk last night, I noticed some leaves on the ground, so to me, that's the first sign of fall.

Made my early morning Wal-Mart trip. I'm doing some baking for the local film festival this week--one of my favorite things: bake and share. And then I volunteered to work the VIP event next Friday, even though I have no clue what I'll be doing. This film festival is kind of big deal around here, not to me, but thought I'd give it a shot.

Time for the gym--rowing and upper body and abs today. Then it's some chores and baking, then my niece's college VB match here in town, and then more chores and baking and putting up my fall wreath on the front door.

Have an enjoyable weekend.



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Hello. Our son is doing much much better. He still feels sore in the lower abdomen, but he is taking 2 different antibiotics and pain pills. Today will be his first day without pain meds because he has the long commute. He will get into the GI doc soon and have a lower GI/colonoscopy done to find out whats up. Diverticula is usually found in older adults, but it can happen in adults his age. Our family... well my side of the family... has a lot of gastro issues. Not happy that he has to suffer the same fate - hopefully it won't be so bad for him.

Fires everywhere. Smoke filled the valley again yesterday due to a few local field fires... darn smokers that toss their cigarettes out the windows!!! It was a 4 alarm fire surrounding homes - thankfully the local farmers had large water trucks and drove around wetting the ground to keep it from getting too big. It was close to the local prison - boy would I hate to see them have to deal with evacuating that - its quite large. Then we had a house down the street from us catch on fire. There was also a car fire on the interstate just outside of Salem - so needless to say there was LOTS of smoke.

I cannot wait until the rain comes. Hopefully by the end of the week.

I'm doing ok. My food has been slipping lately - so I'm trying to get back on top of it again. Must get better at packing my lunch... or go home to eat - since I'm close enough.

My sister was in the path of Irma (Claxton, GA), but thankfully she is on an elevated lot and they really only had power outages - no flooding (that I know of) and lots of wind causing downed trees.

Well I have to get back to work - just taking a few minute break.

Take care.

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I'm finally catching up on the posts here. It's been a while, but we're doing fine here in OH. We did get some of the rain and winds here from Harvey though only lasted a day then moved on. We'll probably get more rain and maybe high winds from Irma. Thinking of all those effected by the Hurricanes. We have friends that live in Florida, although further north in the state. I pray they will not have much damage from the storms sure to follow if the path continues through the center of the state.

The weather is cooler here, and is around 73 degrees but the sun is out, and the weather is becoming fall like. I do like this weather, and can open up and still be comfortable. We did get out last weekend and get the garden in shape and harvested the rest of the tomatoes and peppers.

Last Saturday we celebrated my grandson and granddaughter's Birthday in Columbus. It was a wonderful day, and the weather was perfect for an outside party. Both were thrilled with all the presents and cake.

They are doing great and excited about starting school. I'm very proud of Moira, the oldest girl for my daughter. She took aptitude tests and was in the 97% range in both language and math. She is very smart and is in enrichment classes again this year. Sadie, just started in 1st grade and is so happy she can go on the bus with her older sister to school. their brother cried when they started school and fussed when he wasn't allowed to go with them. He's settled down now, but still misses not having them home all day. It' will be better when he starts preschool for a few days a week.

Making stew today and will watch the Seattle Game at 4:30 later. I'm just catching up on some chore and emails today while I wait.

MK, praying for your son and hope for a fast recovery. Lisa, Maybe after the new teacher will gets to know her class better, she will not be so hard on herself and might surprise you later in the year. I remember the first year of teaching is the hardest. I don't really think you're as prepared for the real thing. I always felt that what was taught was a lot of theory, and projected the ideal situation not the reality of teaching day to day. Hoping for the best for her.

I'm so tired today, not sure why, I'm just dragging through the day. I just hope I'll find energy somewhere soon. Wishing everyone a great Sunday and a wonderful week. Take care, G.

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9/9/17 10:13 A

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Ahhh, Saturday. It is a pretty day out this morning. I'm thankful that we aren't impacted by the hurricanes and fires, yet I know we are not spared from blizzards and tornados in season. Sometimes I think the good Lord is sending this natural disasters to remind our world that He is in charge of all things.

Workout done, laundry in progress, husband working (he goes to the 8-4 shift on Monday, so happy!) and I need to get showered and cleaned up for the day. Quiet weekend here, but tomorrow night, it's all about watching Miss America. Miss Louisiana is probably at the top after prelims, as she's won prelim talent and swimsuit. She is also the roommate of our dear friend Miranda, Miss SD. Isn't that cool? Miranda's family say she's been competing very well, and no matter what, we are incredibly proud of her.

For the past three nights, they've had prelims. The girls are divided into 3 groups, one night they do the on stage question, one night they do evening gown and swimsuit, and one night they do talent, and each night they choose a talent and swimsuit winner. They've also been giving scholarships to candidates in certain career fields. There is so much more to this event than what is shown on TV.

I'll have to work for a bit today or tomorrow, but right now, I'm going to search for a chicken fajita recipe I can make in the crock pot.

Thinking of your son MK, and I hope all is well in OH, G.



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9/7/17 10:27 P

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Hurricanes, fires and floods, oh my! Our nation is truly being ravaged by these weather related events. Praying for everyone's safety and comfort. MK, thinking of you and praying that relief comes soon. We've seen some hazy skies here, but otherwise, we are doing fine.

Teaching and administrating is challenging no matter the day, but today even moreso as a newer teacher cried and cried in my office as she just feels she's not good enough--not teaching "right" enough, students not learning "enough" and two students struggling mightily, not because of her, but because of their life circumstances, and she's so darn tough on herself. That was hard, because she feels so responsible for every aspect of their lives, and trying to help her get that back into perspective was not easy. She has great potential, but I doubt she'll be teaching next year. I asked her which of her teachers she loved the most and why, after she told me, I reminded her that not one of her comments had to do with the knowledge they imparted, but rather how they helped her and made her feel. If the relationships are strong, the procedures in place, and the management sound, learning will occur. Breaks my heart that she feels inadequate when she's far from it.





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Hello! I hope everyone had a great labor day. We pretty much have to stay indoors due to the unhealthy air quality due to the wild fires. The entire states of Oregon and Washington are under a health advisory for "Unhealthy Air Quality". The ash that is falling from the fires is much like when Mt. St. Helens blew back in 1980. We even have to keep the dogs inside while we are at work (and not the outside kennel).

Our son works up in the Gresham area at a nursing/rehab facility, which is East of Portland and very close to the fires. The facility is set to evacuate all 200 or so patients when and if they get labeled a Level 1. He stayed up in the area last night because the fire is moving really fast. When it started on Saturday (I believe) it was a mere 50 acres and in less than 12-16 hours it was 3,000 acres, then 4,500 and yesterday was 10,000 acres. This morning it doubled in size (20,000) because it connected with another Columbia Gorge fire. It is really frightening seeing the massive flames and seeing how fast it is moving. It would be a God sent if we could have a couple days of rain and the heat would ease up a bit... 100 degree days are not helping the fire situation.

I've been feeling pretty good lately. Faltered a bit on food over the weekend, but I'm picking it back up. I can't get out and walk because of the smoke.

Well take care - enjoy your week. I'll talk to you all later.

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9/4/17 7:57 A

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Happy Labor Day. I am actually going to work for awhile today, and I'm happy to do so.

Other than that, I've got myself a dandy cold; so far manageable, just irritating.

I need to get a roast in the slow cooker, we aren't going to grill--and this will give me some leftover options for the week.

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Happy Saturday everyone.. Make it GREAT!! : )

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Greetings gals. Just doing the usual things around here, only plans for the weekend are to attend the state fair on Sunday.

I injured my big toenail last week, and man, has it been painful. I knew I was going to lose the toenail--just a standard pressure injury, but on Monday, I accidentally bumped it, and it bled all over, and has been really, really sore ever since. I finally got a tennis shoe on today, but it was still not comfy. I may have to go in next week and see about having the nail removed before it falls off on its own. I managed to ride my bike a few times in sandals, but I really had to adjust my exercises to the shoe-not-necessary variety.

School is good. All has been pretty standard for the beginning of the school year.

So happy to hear about your daughter's pending proposal, MK. Glad you are happy about it as well. Exciting times for sure.

Stay safe this weekend.




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Hello. Well the heat continues here in Oregon. Lots of prayers going out to the lives lost in Texas and praying for the rain to cease! Oregon could use some of that rain to put out the fires all around us. The largest fire won't even be fully contained until October. Thanks and prayers to all those who put their lives on the line for others... firefighters, police, military, and all those who volunteer.

Still watching the food intake and getting my walks in. Saturday my son introduced me to disc golf... now that was fun! We were on a level 5 course located in a forest. Now that was interesting. Very well kept course, but so many trees, ferns, & wild grasses meander through and lose your disc in! It is an 18 hole course, but we only played 9 holes... and then we got a bit lost trying to find our way back to the car. Easy to get turned around in the woods.

Supposed to be another 90* day - yesterday reached 100*. I was actually able to float in the pool well into the 6 o'clock hour.

Well our daughters boyfriend told us he plans on proposing to our daughter sometime in September. I'm so over the moon about this!! Just brings a huge smile to my face when I think about my baby getting married. Our daughter also has landed a job with the state and will be working in the same building as me! I'm so happy for her! She will be doubling her pay with this job. She was so happy she was crying on the phone when she called to tell me... I thought for a moment that she was turned down - so happy I was wrong! So proud of her accomplishments.

Well got to get to work... take care ladies!

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Good Morning. It's hard to believe that we're only a week away from Labor Day. Where has the summer gone. It's been a few busy days of late and today is catch up time for things around the house and yard.

Harvested another large bowl and a small bowl of tomatoes. And an even larger bowl of mini Roma ones. I did give some to my daughter again yesterday when we traveled over to Columbus for my grandson and granddaughter birthdays. They are only a couple of weeks apart so they celebrated them together on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and she held it outside.

We've had mild weather these past few days and only getting around 75 with lows around 56. No rain, so it's been very dry. Today we'll get to only 76 so it'll be a good time to clean the gardens and take down the last of the tomato plants. Things are turning a bit brown, and the weeds are to big. We'll probably do a autumn clean up too. This will be the first weekend without rain or blistering heat.

Waiting on our DNA kit and will be interested on the results. They had a sale so were able to get them for only 69.99 per kit. My daughter said she'll know hers too because when we get the results it will tell what she's made of as well. We were kidding her yesterday because she's has red hair and blue eyes. I know it's a trait that goes back to the Ancestry, we had red hair and blue eyes on both sides. We kidded saying it was the Fed-Ex man.

Lisa, sounds like you have had a great 17-18 year start at school, and I'm sure once your in the swing again the energy will return. I'm happy your husband is doing well at his job. Everything sounds like you'll have a great year.

Mk, it must have been so cool being in the area to see the total eclipse. On TV they followed it's path and the closes to us was Kelly, KY. We did have 80% though. I was out back try to get pictures but didn't have the right filters. However it did get very gray and it was so strange not to see or hear birds of even anything moving outside. My dog went out with me and was barking more than usual almost like she was effected by the silence.

Today we'll do yard work and relax. We were gone all day Friday, and half the day Saturday so we have been going for two days. I'm really tired today but still would like to take the time to get things done around here.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and a great week. Take care, G.

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8/26/17 10:33 A

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All staff members at my school, and all students, survived week 1 of the 17-18 school year. Thought I should share that!!

Went out to dinner with hubby last night, early, to a renovated place that had been damaged by a fire last winter. Oh my, was it good. New look, new menu, and just a wonderful dining experience. Quite reasonable as well. By 7 I was asleep in the chair, woke up at 9:15, stayed up for about an hour and a half, went to bed. Yes, I'm rested, but realized that first week exhaustion had set in. I'll adjust quickly.

Two loads of laundry done, workout done, dishwasher loaded, baked some eggs in muffin tins with broccoli for the week, now it is time to scrub the master bathroom and get showered. We got a nice rain last night, could get more today. I think we are officially out of drought status, but still dry. Household chores and a few errands today, nothing too exciting.

It is official--hubby starts 8-4 on Sept. 11. The company he works for loves him, and they plan to change up his job a bit. He'll be more in charge of maintenance, supplies, and grounds, and then supervising the custodial staff, but it sounds like that change will be gradual. He did his "official" weigh in today, and he's put on 6.5 lbs. since he quit training with his trainer. We talked about meals, healthy choices, and what we need to have around when he changes shifts. That overnight shift does a number on the eating schedule as well.

The shower is calling, so I best get at it. Thinking of all who will be impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and praying for their safety.





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8/24/17 9:18 P

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I am doing well. Kids came to school Tuesday, so we are underway. We won't have all of our Kindergarten students until Monday, but then it's rocking and rolling time. I've already had some significant student behaviors to deal with, but that's my job, I guess.

I'm trying to find one hour per day to close my door and work. It won't be perfect, but with my door open all the time, I tend to have people stop by just to tell me that one thing, and I can't get any amount of sustained work done. I do shut it sometimes, but I'd like to try to schedule a consistent time every day.

Good news: My husband starts working 8-4 on Sept. 11th. I am so happy. He's made the midnight-8 work, but it doesn't work well, that's for sure. They've been talking about creating more of a position for him; he doesn't care as long as it doesn't involve a huge amount of responsibility and stress.

Exercise has taken a hit this week, as I've been tired. Always happens the first week of school. Once I get settled in with the routine, I'll be back at it.

We got an estimate on repairing/replacing our garage doors. $3K to repair, $4500 to replace, so replace it is. We had lots of trouble last winter, so really need to do something.

I've been really good with my food choices lately, pretty proud of that, but tonight I am having cravings for something dessert-like. I'll figure something out, don't have much junk in the house at all.

MK, I surely hope you get your chest pain figured out. So glad it isn't ongoing, but that really had to be scary. I had to watch the eclipse online--too cloudy here to see anything. What an amazing event.

Well, G, how are you? I hope all is well your way.



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Hello! How is everyone these days? I'm feeling much better - I have yet to schedule my appointment with my doctor, but will get that done today.

I've been sticking to my good food and turning away all things fatty, sugary & salty. I've been making my own breakfast and if I run out of time I have oatmeal from our cafeteria downstairs. Today is a protein shake of frozen peaches, blueberry yogurt, vanilla protein powder & a splash of orange juice.... quite tasty this morning.

Even when I met up with my lunchtime friend at our regular dive bar I did have a grilled chicken salad and really no dressing. I was mainly interested in the chicken.

It feels good to get back on track where I was two years ago... seems like a lifetime ago. Today my lunch is my slow cooked chicken breast, brown rice, black beans & salsa on it... my own version of a rice bowl. I also have some humus for snack time and some watermelon for when I crave sweets. My brain is feeling better - with the exception of my lack of sleep - too tired to get up and get my melatonin last night - hahaha a bit of irony in that statement! Anyway I was up and down all night.

Well ladies - take care of yourselves.

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8/22/17 10:18 A

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Hello! Well the eclipse was phenomenal to see... when totality came you could hear the screams and shouts from neighbors along with some fireworks. Totality lasted almost 2 minutes (1:58 to be exact). NASA & OMSI (science) were at the fairgrounds just down the road from us. The fairgrounds was actually really smart about the traffic and routed them down the commercial roads and not the residential area (yippee). Traffic leading up to the eclipse was not bad at all.. most people got to their destinations early and all the rest area's along the interstate were packed. Now the drive home... that is still working itself out even this morning! The only big traffic problem before the eclipse was in Eastern Oregon going into Prineville and Madras - 30 mile backup... yup 30 miles!

I was able to sit in my backyard along the fence and view the eclipse with my husband. Our son was up in the Portland area - so they did not get totality. Our daughter was in South Salem so she was able to see totality. It is pretty cool - you can take the special glasses off when your in complete totality - so amazing.

Well I had a little scare the other day. Very bad pains in my chest that radiated out my left breast. The pressure was like being put in a vice grip. I was at my desk and got up and walked around a bit. The pain eased and went away. I'm scheduling an appointment with the doc, but I know that all my bad habits are coming to bite me in the a**! So I'm not just going to "try" anymore... I'm doing!! I've prepped my lunches for the week and I'm doing more walking. I will work the gym back into my lunches again.

The combination of stress, no sleep, smoking on and off (yes), and a very poor diet have hit me hard. So the smoking has stopped - it was never really a habit - just a stress thing I did - so not hard to quit that thank heavens!! practicing some yoga & stretching and prepping my meals. I'm also taking some melatonin to help me sleep better - not much - just enough to help me rest more. Getting more exercise will also help me get better sleep - so I'm working on that one.

My doctor will run me through the tests to see where I'm at and if we can reverse some of the damage done.

Well I have to get back to work. Take care of yourselves!! Have a great week!

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8/19/17 5:56 P

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My husband and I both had heart health screenings at the county fair this morning. For $25 and 20 minutes of time, we had our cholesterol tested, blood pressure taken, had an EKG, and a cat scan of the heart. My total cholesterol was a smidge high, but my good cholesterol and ratio were fantastic. The EKG will be read by a cardiologist and the results sent to me, but I expect that to be fine. The cat scan looks at plaque build-up in arteries; my score was zero, my husband's was 6. Anything between 0-10 is considered minimal risk for heart attack in the next 10 years. What that doesn't measure though, is stress level. I need to lose 20 more pounds to get in the normal/avg. range for BMI, and my coffee (caffeine) intake is pretty high, but apparently I drink enough water to offset the coffee addiction. What an enlightening process. We will both get vascular screenings as well, which looks more at the risk factors for a stroke. So glad we did this.

I'm just relaxing and reading, doing a few chores here and there. Sometime before I go to bed tonight, I will mop my kitchen and dining room floors.

I surely hope you are both enjoying this weekend.



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Good afternoon. I'm at work physically, but not mentally. It's been a hard day.

My father-in-law was released from the hospital on Tuesday, with the recommendation to get care; he didn't, said he can make it alone at home. Well, it's not good at all at home, Russ is down there now cleaning up his urinary messes and prepping his house. He had a Dr. appt. today and the doc said again "you need a higher level of care." Of course, he still refuses. The kids aren't forcing it yet, but discussed that possibility.

We get kids on Tuesday--I'm close to ready. We've had great fluctuations in our enrollment, netting a decrease of about 20 students. Hopefully this lull will be short-term.

My middle son thinks he has found a job that won't keep him away from his family during the week, and it is a 4 day 12 hour shift schedule that thrills him. He has become very well versed and skilled in welding and robotics, and he loves both. Even though he's not degreed, his experience and knowledge are becoming assets for him. I'm proud of him. He clearly admits this type of work never appealed to him until he got a job in that area.

Have a good weekend. Happy eclips-ing, MK!



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Hello! It was a good weekend of bunco & relaxing! With the bunco we ended up 2 short on it, but it all worked out. The nice thing about having the ladies to my house is that the house gets extremely cleaned! It felt good to get a lot of stuff done.

Solar Eclipse - Solar Eclipse - Solar Eclipse.... the endless talk about the eclipse is driving me crazy... we are going to be gridlocked here in good ol' Salem Oregon. We have people coming in as far away as France. The funny thing... it might be overcast that day.... hahahahaha

Me and my husband were going to drive out to the fields where we run the dogs, but are afraid other people might follow us up the property and we don't want that. The grass fields are extremely dry and the hot mufflers can set them on fire.

It is going to be so scary with the dry conditions & high fire danger, then adding so many - literally thousands of people descend upon our town. The coast will be the worse. People are already making sure they have the provisions they need so they don't have to travel even to the store.

We are directly in the path of totality - as is the coastal town of Lincoln City - we are the beginning so this is why we will be bombarded with tourists.

The fire danger is so high that we can't even have backyard charcoal BBQ's - that happens to be what we use. We were thinking about doing a pop-up food site at the house because we are right next to the fairgrounds and the open fields used for parking will be filled with people. Just need to get a food handlers license and we would be good to go.

Well everyone take care. Oh and Lisa I'm thinking about your father-in-law... hopefully a rehabilitative/nursing facility would be the way to go with him. They will be able to give him PT and 24 hr care to strengthen him. My dad was in that type of facility for a few weeks and it was good for him... the schedule and activity really improved his mood - however it wasn't always nice... there is an adjustment to a new place and people telling him what to do, but in the long run it was good.
Prayers for you & the family.

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Happy, happy Saturday. I hope this day finds you both energized and encouraged.

I just returned from our annual joint convention (admins and school board members). They have such great speakers, and I was glad I went. I did leave a bit early, as my father-in-law is once again struggling with his health and is in the hospital. The kids are making a decision tomorrow, but it sounds like they are pursuing a 2-4 week stay at an assisted living facility. He is incredibly weak. If he can gain some strength back, he can probably go back home, but for now, he cannot be left at home alone. It's been a tough week for my husband.

Got a great workout in this morning at the gym. Lots of shoulder/back and abs work. We've had a couple of brief showers this morning, and more is predicted, which we would welcome.

Need to tend to laundry and a few other chores. I've got some round steak that I want to cook up for dinner tonight, but I'm just wondering how best to do it. Maybe a steak sandwich of some type, or maybe a steak salad?? That sounds really good.

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MK, and Lisa, I know what you mean by underwear saga. I rarely can find what I want. Bras especially hard to find a good fit.

I'm in a tomato saga right now. We finally harvested the plants and I now have a huge bowl full. I did peel and freeze some for sauce, and gave some away, but I still have a lot left. They are smaller Roma so are mainly good for soups and sauces. The bigger ones haven't ripened yet. We also were able to get a couple good sized peppers. I'll probably freeze them too for the Italian dishes we fix later in the year. I looked out today and we have even more ripe tomatoes on the vine. I'll pick those later this evening.

I am waiting for Don to get home because I have a Doctors appointment at 3:15 I need to go to. It's with my lady doctor for a follow up check.

Our weather is nice here. the high will only be 74 today and will stay that way all week. Lows are around 58. It's almost early spring or early fall temps right now. However we had pop-up rain too the past few days.

Things around here not to bad, but I never know if I want the air on or off. I turn it off and open up in the morning but late afternoon it's back on again. It's to cool to keep it running all day but Don likes it on all the time because he's always warm.

I just wanted to check in and catch up here, so I'll need to get off now, and get ready for the doctors appointment. I'll talk to all later. Have a great day, and Mk, Hope it cools down for you and that you'll get your air fixed soon. Bye for now, G.

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Hello! Hope everyone is doing well. The panty saga got me down to the store and find my fav's - 3 for $39!! Even found a new dress to wear.

Well our A/C is gone... it died a slow agonizing death and sadness fell upon the house... (hahahaha) The whir of fans then began and the struggle to open 50+ year old windows tested my strength. Back to the cycle of open windows throughout the night - closing up when we leave for work. The smoke that is in the valley from the forest fires makes having windows open very difficult, but having a cooler home usually prevails. If I can't get cool enough I go sit in my truck with the A/C on.

Very fortunate that we have a repairman for a neighbor. He came to fix our refrigerator in the garage and was able to tell us that the compressor in the A/C is shot. So we are looking at having to buy a new unit... not happy about that.

Well as you can see on my Facebook page - my walks in the hills are still happening and I'm still getting around the downtown area. Lately its been hard because the temperatures have been triple digits - like 105-108* So happy we are finally back in the 80-90's for now.

I hope the weather has been kind to both of you. Take care!!

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I love Wacoal B-Smooth briefs.... they are comfortable and don't ride. They are also seemless. They are about $15/pair, but you can get 3 for $39 sometimes.

Always good to find good fitting panties.

The heat is so extreme even the A/C isn't enough at home. I think we need to have it serviced because its basically been running 24/7 for 3 almost 4 days. I usually wake up at about 2 or 3 a.m. and open up all the windows and hope there is a cross breeze. *108 is hard on Oregonians - well any 3-digit temps are hard - we are all about the rain... and wishing we had a little here. During the last winter though it was months of rain... so the extremes are really hitting us hard. Good news is that the pool is getting LOTS of use. Today we are back into the 90's for the next 10 days, but those 3-4 days of over 100 basically shut the town down.

The difficulty with the high temps was the smoke from the Canada fires and other local mountain fires. Looks like smog sitting over us, but its smoke.

Well my son's car broke down on the 205 Wednesday morning. He was very fortunate to be able to pull to the side of the highway. The drive belt broke and took out the wire harness causing the car engine to spark and shut down. So happy that he was safe and no accidents from his sudden slow down. He was also happy he ended up in the shade.

Well back to work - my data has pulled. I'm exhausted today from the lack of sleep - only have had about 6 hours in the past couple days.... ***yawn****

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Lisa, It's nice to always find underwear that fits and does the job needed. I've never tried Soma heard about them but I don't think they have sizes large enough for me. I'd love to find a well fitted bra that won't drive me crazy. They are either cut me under the boobs, or have a stay which runs on the side that cuts and starts cutting into my under arm. I don't like under wire bras, but the soft don't support like they should or bows out and won't fit properly around. That's my story and still need to find a solution.

I need to figure out what to do about all my ripe tomatoes. They went crazy this year and I have too many to eat now. I don't know how to can so I'm not sure what to do with them. I might blanch them, see if I can peel them and freeze some for sauces and soups. I just need to get it done. I hate peeling them mine don't stay whole and squish in my hands while I try. I'll figure something out I guess.

I haven't got any peppers yet which surprises me and the big beefsteak tomatoes aren't ripening very fast. The ones that are ripe is the baby Roma Tomato which are supposed to be good for sauces and such.

The weather is in the 80's and so far the humidity has stayed low so it's not so hot. It's still warm though and it makes it hard to get out and work in the garden. We really need to weed and dead head. It seems the past few weekends have been busy, and we aren't able to get out there. I still worry about doing it by myself without someone being around just in case.

It great that the teachers are so dedicated to come in early to prepare for the students. I always enjoyed doing that but a lot of my time was unloading my art supplies and finding storage for it all. I remember those times.

MK, you sound like you too do Birthdays together with all the family around. You sound like your BBQ was a great success too.

Still not were I want to be with my weight and am up about 10#'s. I just need to buckle down and work to get it off. I see the doctor on the 14th for a check up and to get the results from my blood test so maybe between now and then I'll lose a few.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Enjoy the rest of your day today, and I'll catch all later. G.

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Underwear report: Love them, but they are slightly big--their XL is a 14-16, and their L is a 10-12, which is too small. I will live with them. They cost about $17 per pair, I paid about $50 for five pair, so they are not cheap.

Soma vanishing edge hipster panty: These are the ones for me!!

Getting lots done at school, loving connecting with my teachers as they come in here and there to work. They don't need to report until the 15th, but most are here prior, and happily so. I've got such dedicated staff members, can't say it enough.

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Hello!

Love the underwear saga. I too have that same saga... and you reminded me that I really need to get some new panties!!!

G - sounds like you had a grand BBQ! How fun!! so happy the dogs all got along as well... that always makes things better. We BBQ'd saturday for all the July birthdays and that was fun. We got my dad back out for another BBQ - he seems to enjoy getting out of that place - don't blame him one bit.

I'm at work for a meeting today - then I'm out of here. I have to get the gifts for bunco lined up and probably go searching for my undies!

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And now, I share with you Lisa's underwear (panty) saga:

About 5 years ago, the company from which I purchased ALL of my underwear switched to just producing shapewear. When I found out this was happening, I bought all of my size and style I could find, I think it ended up being 7 or 8 pairs, combined with some I had purchased prior, but were wearing out. Well, I have been searching for some similar since that time, knowing I would eventually need them. I hit crisis mode last spring. I had about 4 pairs left, but they were wearing out as well. I had purchased a few others that were okay over the last few years, but none could match my favs from long ago, until now. I've found some, but I had to order them, and I paid plenty, even with the buy 3 get two free deal. Tomorrow will be the test. If they feel as good throughout the day as they did in my few minutes of trying them on, I will quickly order more, and throw most of my others away. I'll keep a few pair of old ones for exercise and such, but the others are history.

I've turned into a picky underwear/panty-snob. Oh my!!



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I'm fine. I know everyone has wondered. I'm on Facebook more than here but seldom post there. It's been a while since posting but I don't have anything new to say. My son and wife went to D.C. and spent the week and he did a lot of posting on Facebook so was able to see all he did. He got home Thursday and sent us a message he'd like to come over for a visit. I guess his girls start back to school this week one on Wednesday the other on Thursday. His oldest starts 9th grade and will attend High School. She's been trying out for soccer this week and hopes to make the team. We're so proud of them.

Anyway everyone was able to come over but my daughters family. I think they had made other plans for my son-in-laws birthday and couldn't come for Saturday. My son and family came along with Don's mom and sisters. It was a cookout and a birthday celebration for the summer birthdays. Don's mom turned 94 today and is a active as ever. Chris's (my daughters husband) had a birthday on the 29th, and my son will have his August 6th and my grandson is August 26th. It's a lot of fun have everyone come over. We cooked chicken, corn on the cob and pine apple on the grill and with it being such nice weather, we were able to eat out on the patio. The sisters brought over the long folding table and chairs and we had a patio set too so all were enjoying the day.

It was a lot of fun talking about the family history and making suggestions about baby names. His wife is 16 weeks along and doing great. I think Vivian will be the girls name of choice and we talked about Rocco for the boy. Rocco is Don's grandfathers name. It was surprising how much everyone knew about the past family. So much fun.

Today cleaning and laundry, and maybe we might do some garden cleanup later. It's really nice weather this weekend only around 78 with a nice breeze and low humidity which always helps. I am tired today though but it's a good tired.

As to the ride accident at our fair, I heard that many of the fairs in the area who had the same ride has closed it there as well. It's too bad to have such a tragedy occurs on the first day the fair opened. It places a sense of sadness for everyone.

I did find out that my son's dog is well behaved, and got along well with my dogs. He brought her with them yesterday and everyone got along great. We'll see if he brings her again over the holidays. It might not be to bad but we'll see when all the little grand children are running around too.

I need to get back to chores, so will close for now. It's nice to hear everyone doing well. MK, enjoy the family, and I hope your son takes responsibility for his dog. Lisa, enjoy going back to work. I know you'll have a great start of the school year. Take care, I'll try to get on here more. Bye for now, G.

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Hello and happy weekend. I have been a busy girl today: did an aggessive shoulder/chest workout at the gym, went to school and cleaned out our courtyard area which was weedy and looked awful, cleaned some windows inside and out, picked up my new blinds, laundry, vacuumed and dusted the upstairs. And, I made some healthy banana bread, and I've got some chicken marinating in the frig for dinner tonight. My husband is working today and tomorrow, so it is major chore time.

Recovering some from having the grandkids all week. Man, do I miss them. The girls are active, loud, playful and full of energy. My grandson, while he loves to play actively, is also content to sit quietly and play cars, look at books, and entertain himself. I so enjoyed watching them play together. They know how to PLAY, and all three love to pretend and imagine. I was arrested a million times, as it seemed like playing "police" was the chosen occupation this week.

Back to work on Monday. I'm ready. This has been a tough summer with my husband's schedule change and all. He will be moving to days (8-4) soon. The gal who is on that shift is actively looking for a different job, as she feels like she's not respected, and she feels "looked down" upon. My husband has been encouraging her to not worry about what others think, but to take pride in knowing she's doing a great job. She hasn't yet learned how to find validation from within. I hope she's able to someday.

My father-in-law's heart condition is worsening. He has bladder surgery on Friday, and he's pretty sure he'll die "on the table." When my husband reminded him he's said he's going to die several times over the last 20 years, his response was "Well, I really mean it now." I pray that he would turn to Jesus in these, his last days, on

Today is my dad's 77th birthday; my parents are really quite young. My older sister will be 56 in Sept, and I'll be 55 in Nov. I told my husband the other day that on our next birthdays we'll be closer to 60 than 50. Ahh, such is life.

MK, it sure looked like the fam was having a blast at your son's 30th. Happy birthday to him. Wishing rain for you, and us. Despite our rains of last week, we are still very dry, and not out of drought status yet.

I too was saddened to hear of the carnival tragedy in Ohio. I do hope all is well with you, G. Haven't heard from you here in quite awhile.






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Hello! Finally having a cloudy day - nice to cool off a bit. Sure wish it would rain - especially before August 21st - eclipse day. It has been so dry and hot that Oregon Forestry people are concerned about all the people coming for the eclipse and causing fires. We are planning for an overload on the roads and even the small coastal towns will have a complete traffic gridlock - literally no cars will be moving.

1979 was the last full eclipse and I don't remember much about traffic, but I do remember how all the street lights came on and the birds went all crazy. Living on the 45th parallel can sometimes be a pain. I'm even debating about driving out to the country and to the hills where we run the dogs - afraid people will be thinking its ok to drive out onto the fields. Hot car mufflers can spark a fire very quickly.

Celebrated my son's 30th birthday with dinner out - that was nice. We are having a BBQ on Saturday - a very relaxing BBQ - with family and some close friends. I plan on floating in the pool and kicking back. I'll get a couple salads ready tomorrow and that way I don't have to do much on Saturday.

Been getting out and walking at lunch lately - feel pretty good and will start adding a few other things (weights at home) to keep the momentum going.

Well got to get back to the grind... take care and enjoy your weekend!!

Georgie - so sad about the carnival accident. So concerning since carnivals and fair times are coming up. My prayers go out to all who were killed and hurt.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

May you find joy in today. Hugs~



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yummy recipe: Lemon cheesecake mousse

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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7/12/17 9:21 P

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

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

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

Okay, back to vacation mode. Take care.









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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care - have a superb week!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastic day.



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

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

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

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

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I wish you success in car shopping, G.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care!!

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care of yourselves this week.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I best get busy.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

I hope you did something healthy for yourselves today.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.misssd.org/

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

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

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

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

Have a fantastic week.





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Happy Friday!!!

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



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

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

Georgie - hope all is good!

Everyone have a superb day!

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful day.





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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessing to you and your family as well Lisa.

Talk to you ladies later.


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

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

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

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

Hope to hear from both of you soon.



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

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

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

I hope you are both well. Stay cool.



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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

Take care.

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

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

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

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



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