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9/16/14 9:59 A

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

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

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

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

Georgie - how are you doing?

Take care ladies!! Have a super day!


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9/14/14 3:51 P

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

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

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

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

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9/14/14 8:44 A

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

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

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

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

Wishing you a healthy and happy week.

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

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

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

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

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Hello. Well, we believe that my husband will receive notice within the next few days that he's no longer employed with USIS. I've pasted in a link to an article that tells a little more about what's happening. No one from the company has contacted the workers to let them know what's going on. They have heard all of this through the media--no warning even that this announcement would be made.

Opportunities are coming his way right and left, but we can't do anything until he gets notice or other employment. Lots of apps are out. Health insurance is our major concern.

Keep working hard. I'll get back here soon with an update.

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Good morning ladies! The weather is turning - at least for a couple days - its nice to have a bit cooler weather, but will return to the 90's by Thursday.

My parents are doing much better these days. Finally got my dad on some anti-depressant medication - boy oh boy what a difference. It has really helped with his anxiety - that he thought he hid so well - NOT! Its just nice to have him be more pleasant and not necessarily agreeable, but not so rigid (I guess that is the word I'm looking for).

I've been focusing on my food a bit more. I'm still not on target, but I'm getting there. What this means is that I'm getting the good food - making better choices, but I still have a little something sweet in my day. I'm packing greens and protein in my lunches and have armed my workout bag and purse with protein bars if I need something.

I'm still making it to the gym 5 days a week. Though last Friday I did not want to do weight lifting. My daughter took spin class (right before weights) and I was trying to bribe her with shopping and a pedicure to skip class... she did not budge. So I went to class and it was a very good workout and I was so sore the next day. We did 3 sets of 24 count. The first 16 were a slow 1-2 count each and then we did 8 on the low. Holy mackerel did my chest muscles feel that!

Did spin class yesterday and will be at interval step today. I'll be seeing my regular doctor today (been quite a while since I've been to him). I'll go over all my concerns and hopefully all will be good and I won't see him again for another 6 months to a year!

I remember a time when I use to see him at least 3x a month for quite a while. It feels good to know that I'm not having to do that any more. Now its just dealing with my darn degenerated joints.

Lisa - take it easy on the knee - ibuprofen will help. Also I think you are correct about the heels - if I wear anything that puts my heel up - my knee suffers. I even have to be careful with wedge shoes (about the only "heel" I can wear for a short time) and I bring lower shoes as a backup.

I'm really sorry to hear about both of your husbands still out of work. I will continue to keep you both in my prayers and that they will find something they both love.

Take care!

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Lisa, he's sending out resume's and applying on line at some places, but nothing yet. I think he's not really sure if he wants full time or something part time. He'd love something in his field but most of it is full time work. I think part of him is enjoying being able to do things around here and relaxing when he wants. The other wants to be working and he's wondering what would happen in the winter. Right now he has enough to keep him busy but when winter comes he's not sure if there will be things to keep him busy. It's an ongoing process.

Weather here has gotten warmer and more humid. It was cooler last week so we'll see what the weather will be next week. No fall weather yet but we'll see what comes. It's bouncing around right now. Some days cooler than others.

Mk, I wish I had my parents around to enjoy them but both mine have passed. I guess that's why I'm enjoying Don's mom. She's great and we are getting closer lately, and she's a joy at 91 years young and sharp as a tack.

We will be going over next weekend for my granddaughter's birthday party and are looking forward to seeing the baby again, and spending time with all my grand children. It should be fun. My daughter said things are adjusting to the baby and her oldest has started school and is gone most of the day so it's a bit easier with just the 2 in the house.

Today is a stay at home day, doing some chores and maybe a little outside work later. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Lisa have fun with all your boys and family. Take care, Bye for now, G.

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Happy weekend gals. My son and grandson arrived about noon today and will be spending the weekend with us, and my youngest came down from college too. My other son and his family went to her parents about two hours from here, so unfortunately, we won't all be together. We got to spend last weekend with him. I'm so thankful my boys all enjoy coming around and spending time with us and their brothers.

I have hurt my knee again. It is so sore right now, and I'm trying like the dickens not to let on to my husband, I don't limp, but I'm moving slowly, and he asked why. I just made a general statement like "those darn joints!" I know it is swollen, but I don't want to put shorts on because he'll notice. I don't recall doing anything, but yesterday I did wear a new pair of shoes with quite a heel. I took another pair along, and changed about noon. They didn't hurt, but heels sometimes change my body alignment, and I then get back/hip problems. I'm wondering if that's the cause. If so, it should go away in a day or two. If it doesn't go away, it is something that likely needs medical attention.

I won't tell you exactly what my husband did today, but he did some more household chores. He said he could get used to this, but I know he also wants to go back to work. No additional word, and people are leaving for other employment quite regularly. His next paycheck, two weeks from now, will have 4 days less of pay, so that's the first bump we'll feel of this long furlough. It will be 30 days tomorrow.

School has been interesting this week. I so appreciate my teachers and fellow employees. They work so hard, and their dedication to the students is beyond the expected, in fact, it is far beyond. Most issues revolve around the special needs students, and we are making progress, even though sometimes it is trial and error.

Enjoy these times with your parents, MK. I know it is hard with all of their issues, but they do appreciate your help. i can tell you are getting back on track.

G, it is cooling down here.I'm sure you'll feel the fall temps soon. Did any job opportunities pan out for Don yet?

Have a wonderful weekend.






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Good afternoon MK, and Lisa. Lisa, I wish my hubby would help around here and do a few chores inside. I get tired of him just stacking dinner plates, and glasses on the counter and not even place them in the sink so they could be rinsed off. He's now eat 3 meals here and uses the plates, cups and silverware and just leaves them on the counter. We have an eating counter so It not far from the sink. I always used paper plates when eating my sandwiches and my toast in the morning. If I have an egg I do use my small glass plates and dinner plates at dinner. I guess I'll have to remind him to put them in the sink at least that will help the crusting. However he's still working on cleaning up the outside area and has now started on the back yard and just sprayed it yesterday. Next week after the weeds have died, he'll rake and then seed it. It's a larger area than the front. Because of the size and the cost of sod we thought seeding the better idea. After he's seeded, we'll finish cleaning out the back garden, work in the rest of the good topsoil, and I'll buy a few bulbs and put those in both garden areas. Than we'll get mulch and put over all the garden areas.

My daughter called the other day and told me she's doing much better now, and with Moira, the oldest, going into first grade now will find it easier to handle the baby and the youngest girl Sadie. Today was the first day for Moira and like a big girl took the bus and started school. They were all excited seeing her start, but will miss her being home during the day to help entertain Sadie.

Sorry to hear about he closing of the restaurant in town, and the death of the 6th grader, God does have a plan for us all.

Mk, glad to hear your dad doing better with medication, and that the temps has warmed up some and back down again with rain on the way for you. Growing grass always nice but it does need to be mowed! Our sod has taken and Don mowed it yesterday but we still are watering the side yard everyday. There are a few areas not greening up as we would like. When Don seeds the back he will over seed the sides and front as well, hoping the fill in where between the sod lines. Then before winter hits he'll place a winter fertilizer down all over the yard.

Don just came in so I'll need to be thinking about making dinner. I hope the evening will be a great one for all. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning! Love the comment on the "nesting bowls" Lisa - my husband too is "learning" this! hahaha. Sounds like a great guy! Sorry to hear about losing a restaurant in your area, but it can be a tricky business - especially with family. Find something the town wants (food wise) and go for it!!

So sad to hear about the young boy being killed. We also had a 9 year old girl die on the beach as the hole she was playing in collapsed on her. Prayers being sent out to all families who have suffered such a tragic loss. God does have plans. Our human brain is beyond comprehending such a plan, but we must keep our faith.

Exercise continues and I'm back to 5 days a week, but my food needs some focused attention... I know this but do not want to do this - silly isn't it - but I will continue the fight!

Parents are doing better. My dad is feeling much better (yippee) and I think the little bit of anti-depressant medication really helped him. I haven't been to see them in a couple days, but his voice on the phone sounds much lighter and happier. Will get over there after work today.

Suppose to get into the 90's for the next couple days - then it drops back down to the 70's with rain.... what a way to make the grass grow!! ha

Take care ladies!

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Still fighting the battle in these parts. Hubby has been fully domesticated now. He emptied the dishwasher, nested most bowls (this can be learned!), mopped the kitchen/dining room floor, made dinner, and is now at a church meeting. He is looking for things to do, and picked up an application to substitute teach while he's on furlough. Love that guy.

One of our two local restaurants closed yesterday. The owner is elderly and her son and daughter in law were drinking all the profits, so she just said "done." I'm sad, as she and her husband worked hard to build a fairly reputable and unique business, in its day. Lately, they struggled to find help, and I think the family members running it were part of the problem. Anyway, that provides an opportunity for someone to move in, as we are down to one local family restaurant,(no alcohol served there) a Dairy Queen, and a Subway. We also have two gas stations that make pizza. My husband smells an opportunity, I'm just fearful of the financial risk, and our lack of experience in operating a business. If we could find the financial backing, maybe. . . I think we'd have community support, but can this type of business support us and a few employees?

School has been rocking and rolling the last two days. I'm quickly falling behind. The volleyball match went ok last night, the next ones will go better.

Our community is reeling from a tragedy: an 11 year old boy, 6th grader, was killed on Labor Day in an UTV accident. A group was moving/chasing cattle, and he was right beside several others in UTV/ATV type vehicles. He wasn't goofing around, but simply hit a rock and was thrown. God has plans. We cannot reason them, nor should we try. His family is faithful and surrounded by a supportive community, close friends, and relatives.

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Hello - sorry it has been awhile. Had "vacation" last week... have several projects I am working on and was hoping to have at least one completed, but life has a way of creating its own time table for things.

So project 1 was refinishing a credenza I have had for years. Got it at a garage sale about 18 years ago or so. Never did anything with it, but now I'm wanting to get it refinished and looking good. It will go into my living room as a TV stand - of sorts - along with storage. So most of it is sanded for the "rough" sanding and the top along with 1/2 of it has had the 2nd not so rough sanding. Still have 2 legs (it has 6 legs) to get detailed out (to many design areas). So that is on the back porch waiting for me to get it done....

On Wednesday last week I took the dogs up to the hills for a long walk and then dropped them back at home and decided to go make a quick trip to see how the parents are doing... Well dad was not doing well when I got there. Pressure headache behind the eyes, vomiting for hours, dizziness, and so forth. Called the medic staff at the facility and they called an ambulance. So we sat in the ER for about 4 hours and determined that he had a very severe migraine (stress induced). After all the meds and so forth they sent him home. Very happy that my brother came down from Portland to help me out and he drove dad home. Got him all settled and then got mom to go somewhere out of the room so he could rest. Her dementia is getting worse and my dad is having a super hard time dealing with it.

Anyway... that took most of Wednesday and then he was sick again on Thursday. Thank heavens my sister picked up the prescriptions for the headaches. That helped, but once again we had to "entertain" mom while dad got some rest. Finally come the evening he was feeling better and staying on top of his medication. Today he is going to see an eye doctor to make sure something isn't going wrong with his eyes (he is legally blind) and then tomorrow he will go to his regular physician for an ER follow-up. I love my sister for taking him to all his appointments - it is so wonderful. I really need to send her a little something.

So Friday I decided I did not want to deal with the dust from sanding... so off to work on re-upholstering the love seat. I was able to get both of the cushions recovered, but now I'm working on getting all the ba-zillions of staples pulled (carefully) from the couch and have to be careful not to tear anything because I need it for a pattern.

Yesterday I decided to get some baking done as well - I suppose I shouldn't have made chocolate chip cookies - yup you got it - I enjoyed them quite a lot! So I'm back at the gym this morning (they were closed yesterday) and working it all off!!

This is the first year in I don't know how many that I haven't volunteered at the state fair - we didn't even go to the fair. I did a lot of people watching as the line of traffic sits in front of our house - some people really don't like that! hahahaha I just laughed at those who just glared at me... one lady looked over the top of her glasses and had her kids point and do rude things. I just laughed and laughed at how upset they got at me - I was standing in my own home and just looking at the traffic and walkers... not a big deal. The window I look out is just a little shorter than shoulder height - so we can rest our arms up on it and just watch. Usually there are great people heading in - they spark up a conversation with you and we wish them a good time at the fair and tell them what to look for while there. But this year just nasty angry people... don't understand why they even go if they are so unhappy.

So yesterday my husband and I got away to the casino for a little bit... I like coming home with double our money back! Always a good thing. We figured we could spend our money going to the fair and walk around and probably eat things we shouldn't - or spend the same amount of money playing a game or two and possibly get money back... we got it back plus some.

Well work is slow. When I'm out for a week work gets shifted and so I'm waiting for it to get shifted back my way.

Georgie - CONGRATS Grammy!!! Sounds like a very healthy happy boy!! Hopefully she and baby (and girls) will get into a routine soon.

Lisa - keep up the great workouts! I'm sure you are super fit even with a couple pounds up. All will go back.

Food is a hit or miss these days for me - so I'm making sure I get my exercise in. Today's step class was very hard - I had to stop a couple of times during a couple of different sets.

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G, I'm sure the baby will adjust to a schedule soon. Your son-in-law has made a wonderful decision, and the whole family will benefit from his time with them.

We just worked around home today, and I'm tired! I did make an early morning run to Wal-Mart to get some items for meals for the week, and some other household things, and I had a mid-morning coffee date with a friend that I used to teach with and I really miss her, so it was good to catch up. We are such different people, but we get along so well.

In order to clean up my diet, I made a baked egg dish with ricotta and veggies for my breakfasts, and I made this absolutely wonderful couscous dish. It is different, but tasty and filling. I've got some carrots and celery ready to go, along with some lettuce for salads. I make too many excuses for consuming foods that I just shouldn't eat. I also made up some cupcakes (choc cake mix and a can of pumpkin) yesterday. I just make a chocolate glaze to drizzle on top. They are a great snack, and only 89 calories without the glaze.

I got a couple of short bike rides in today, and a killer body weight workout. It is 50 reps of 10 exercises, and the push-ups are killer. I can do 50, but I had to do 31 of them on my knees. All the other exercises I could pretty much do at the same pace as the trainers on the video, which just tells me I'm quite fit.

I have a blouse to press tonight. I hate ironing, but I have two blouses that need it, whether I machine dry or line dry. There are probably more items I should press, but I avoid it if I can.

Officiating starts tomorrow. I need to be on my game, so I practiced some calls today. I'm confident in my knowledge and ability, but getting the partner connection can be a little tougher.

MK, I hope you had a nice holiday weekend.



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Happy Labor Day. We will be going to Don's Mom for a cookout soon so this will be short. I do hope the rain holds off for the rest of the afternoon. We have had rain off and on this morning and it's bringing the humidity back up. We will be near 83* today so we will be sitting outside in the heat and humidity. That is if it doesn't rain.

My daughter and new grandson are home now and they are adjusting to feeding and sleeping schedule. She told me she's a bit stressed and that she hasn't been able to get much sleep since when the baby is sleeping, the girls want her attention and won't let her rest. I hope things settle down for her soon. The nice thing is her hubby took all his vacation time of 4 weeks to be home to help and that's good. It'll be an adjustment for all of them until the baby gets on schedule and starts sleeping longer periods of time.

The yard and garden looks good, but we need to get out and pull the few weeds coming back in the garden. Hubby will go to Lowe's and get some spray so we can kill them for good and hope to get the from not coming back. Other than that we will be ready to do something with the back yard soon.

Well hope everyone has a great Holiday and wonderful weather to get out and enjoy the families. I'll catch all later, bye for now, G.

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Happy Labor Day weekend, and today is my niece's wedding. I don't have favorite nieces, but if I did, she'd be at the top. Of course, she started her first teaching job this fall, so I love that she shares in my profession.

My weight is still creeping up. I need to get a handle on it again, as I've crossed that 200 lb. mark once again. I've noticed some changes in my body, and while I don't weigh myself very often, I needed to see what the scale showed to see if it matched what I was seeing in my body, which it did, of course. I have a couple of areas that change when I gain 3-5 lbs, and I noticed that last night. I know what I have to do--I just have to do it more often than I'm doing it now. I'll have to weigh myself weekly for the next 3-4 weeks to just keep honest with myself.

Volleyball officiating starts this week, and I begin with two matches this week that should be quite competitive. The first match on Tuesday features two teams that went to the state tournament last year, one of those teams won their class. The second match is just a long time rivalry with my hometown team. I don't like to officiate matches in my hometown, but since I don't work there anymore, and I don't have a "dog in the fight" it's okay. I coached the seniors, so it'll be fun to see them play.

G, I imagine you are still acquainting yourself with the new grandson. Anything yet on Don's job situation? Take care of yourself in the midst of all this change.

Is your son all moved and settled, MK? I'm sure you are still busy with landscaping business, does that slow down soon?

Enjoy the long weekend. I'm looking forward to it.

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Congrats G, I hope all continues to go well for the family.

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We are new grandparents, our grandson Gideon was born at 10:55PM, weighed 6.3.3lbs and was 19" long. A real cutie and mom and son are doing fine. A little tired of course but he came only 13 and1/2 hours after se was induced. We went over around 11 and got there a little past noon. It went fairly fast for her so she was happy. We stayed until 12:30 AM and was back home by 1AM. Anyway we are all tired but happy. We'll go back over there with Don's mom and sisters this afternoon.

Everything going good so far with Don, He has a job interview tomorrow so we'll see how it goes. Hopefully it will all work out for him.

We need to get going soon so will catch all later. By for now, G,

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Lisa, my daughter is to go to the hospital tomorrow and be induced. We'll go over around noon unless they notify us to come over early. They take a long time inducing her and with her record, it'll be a while. The first child took 38 hours before arriving, the second around 18 hours. She has at least started dilating already with this one so hopefully it won't be a long process this time.

We have finished the soding and garden and we split my Irises and a few other plants and re planted them. Hopefully they will take and be beautiful again in the spring. We still need to finish the back garden but that will come in time. The watering has been going on and most of the yard is still green and looks like it's taking. We've also have had some rain and a few days it was steady both day and night. I think it has helped to establish the grass roots. The side is having a few issues for the sod to take and a couple are brown. We still have hope they will take and we are still watering it. We didn't prepare the side yard as well as the front so that may be the issue. We'll see though, Don will over seed the back and the sides next month and follow with a winterizing feed late fall, just before it gets to cold to do that. In the mean time it's keeping my hubby busy.

Mk, I hope everything going good your way, and that everyone is doing fine. I saw your dogs begging for pizza, and the picture looked cute. I didn't realize you had that many dogs in the house. I thought my two kept me busy.

Looking forward to tomorrow and we'll let everyone know the statistics on the arrival of my grandson. Take care, and enjoy your week. Bye for now, G.

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My husband begins his 13th day of furlough tomorrow. The plan for new computers to arrive tomorrow has been delayed until who knows when. He's found some things to stay busy, but he really wants to get back to work.

Have you been challenged to do the ALS ice bucket thing? I donated the $100, but I donated to an ALS organization that does not do embryonic stem cell research. While I wish for a cure for this disease and many others, I can't knowingly support an organization and cause that compromises my belief and values system. This is an especially tough one, as my cousin's husband was afflicted and died a few years ago. Tuesdays with Morrie is also my favorite book of all time, so this has been quite the dilemma for me.

We took a road trip to Devil's Tower, WY, this weekend. What a magnificent rock. Once again, God has reminded me of all that he's created. Science attempts to explain, but really, this one rock, so singly majestic and beautiful, can't be fully explained by science.

Have a safe and healthy week. Has grandson arrived yet, G?



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Good morning. I'm sorry to hear about both of your spouses having to look for work. So difficult - I'm praying for you both that things will get worked out for all.

Thank you for the anniversary wishes. It was very nice. We are not one for card giving, but we try and find something that is useful to the other, but this year we went to Reno instead - so it was wonderful! We did go out for dinner, but that turned out to be bad. The regular restaurant we go to was really bad this time around. My salad was drowning in vinaigrette (I usually ask for it on the side but forgot) and the salmon on top was to be grilled and it was fried (and not a good piece of fish). Thank heavens I only had a couple bites because that fish made me sick and I was home all day yesterday (thank heavens I can work from home). The manager did comp us the entire meal because of poor service and poor food. That was nice, but I don't think we will be back. He even gave us 2 - $10 certificates to have us come back in a month to see changes. I'm not sure we will do that. Anyway - it was a nice night even with all the poor service/food - we had great conversation!

So I'm going to try and go to 2 classes today - spin and weights. I'm thinking I like ending my week with a double and beginning my week with a double on Mondays. I really need to get focused and serious on my food. My weight is still climbing and my choices lately have been really bad. So yesterday was a good food day - mostly because I had bad food the night before - but really working at saying NO!

I was surprised yesterday when a lady I work out with asked me to go with her and her girls to the American Idol show in Portland. She had an extra ticket and so I went. Made for a late night, but it was fun. We did stop for dinner (1/2 order of a grilled chicken salad - dressing on the side!) on our way up and enjoyed a great show. Not too bad of seats either.

Happy to hear your school is off to a good start Lisa - it is always good when you have such dedicated people to work with.

Well - I'm at work today and trying to get it all done - next week I'm on vacation!! I'm just staying home, but I'll be super busy. Moving our son out on Monday and will finally be reclaiming the garage area and part of the upstairs attic.

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Lisa, Don not really ready to retire fully but is looking for something part time. He's revamping his resume and putting feelers out to friends and associates he knows from other businesses. He's also putting some applications for jobs on line. So far doing ok, but is bored right now because of all the rain.

It's good we're getting rain and it looks like it'll continue for the rest of the week. After this weekend the temps will go higher and be more like summer here. It will get into the high 80's and low 90's, and after all this rain the humidity will also get higher.

We are looking forward to meeting the new grandson, only 5 days away unless he decides otherwise. Not sure what we'll do about the dogs while we travel to Columbus. the last time we went when Sadie was born, we were there all day, and into the night. We didn't get home until 3 AM. We are thinking about boarding them while we go, if not we'll ask the sisters to come over and let them out a couple of times. We'll see how it goes. It might not be as long a time this time being her 3rd child. When speaking with her on Monday, she was already dilated at 2 centimeter's. We'll just have to wait and see how she progresses.

Rainy and drab today. Don on the computer, looking for jobs and I'm here just checking on insurances and my options for Social Security Medicare part B to see how much it would cost us.

I have to get a few chore done and get off here for now. I'll catch all later. G.

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Less than a week before grandson arrives G. I'm excited for you. I hope Don is adjusting to retirement. Still thinking of you and that situation.

Happy anniversary, MK. We usually exchange cards, and have a nice meal at home. I hope it was a nice day for you.

School is good, we've had such a wonderful start to the year. I work with amazing people--all around--teachers, secretaries, custodians, cooks, etc. Love my colleagues. I'm so blessed.

Hubby is still furloughed--hasn't heard anything this week. He filed for unemployment, delivered some resumes to some agencies, and began to plan for the "what if we don't go back to work" situation. He still believes they'll be back to work next week, but if not, he's at least got things started. Even though he has a fair amount of leave, that could go away if something drastic happens with his company.

Had a great workout tonight, now I'm just waiting for it to rain. Strong t-storms predicted for us.

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Good morning! A bit on the depressed side with my weight... just seems to be climbing. My food has gone over board - so I'm getting back on it again. Going to give it a bit more time and if it doesn't get under control then I'm back counting points!!

I did good for a while, but I'm definitely an emotional eater. The only good thing is that my exercise is back on target. I know this will turn around, but in the mean time it is a bit on the depressing side.

Its our anniversary today - basically I forgot about it when I was leaving the house this morning - but called him up and we laughed about it.

Well this is short, but I hope your both doing well - you both sound good. Take care

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MK, I saw your pictures on Facebook. Your parents looked happy and you and your friends seemed to be having a great time. It's always nice to spend time with the family and good friends. Great job on the workouts. Keep up the good jobs going to the Y and the food will fall in place.

I was thinking, Now that Don is home we might start looking into joining the Y and even if Don doesn't go, I'd have a car and could drive to my classes. I'd love to get back to doing my water aerobics and the sneakers class. I'm thinking about it anyway and want to talk to Don to see what he says.

Getting hotter and more humid, but the temps not to hateful we are now into the high 70's and mid 60's at night. Don has our water on timers and we are watering the heck on our sod. We will be getting some rain tonight and tomorrow so that will help with the water bill. I almost hate to see it next month.

The kids have started school around here, so we haven't see much of our neighbors children since the start of school. I'm not sure if I could call them kids or even children, the are both in High school, But anyway they were looking forward to getting back to school and their activities.

Heard from my daughter, they will be putting her into the hospital on August 26th to induce the baby. The doctor asked that she stop working until then because her Blood Pressure was high. She's to rest as much as possible this week. I can't believe that this time next week we'll have a new grand child. Looking forward to the new arrival of our grandson.

Well we still need to work on the back garden today before it rains, so will close for now. I'll catch all later, G.

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Good morning. Had a very fun weekend with my girlfriends from high school - man I don't think we did things this crazy, but it was sure fun! Then we had a BBQ at the house with my parents. They enjoyed getting out of the facility and being in an actual home and relaxing. My dad loves spending time with the dogs and having a home cooked meal.

I did two workouts on Friday - spin class and weights class. I was beat up but felt really good and actually not as sore when I walk - so that was good. I did the same workout yesterday and feel a bit more sore, but still better at walking. My goal is to go to two classes in a day at least twice a week - while making sure I'm getting to the gym 5 days per week. My food has not been that good, but I'm not going to stress over that right now. I know that I get my greens every day and some type of fruit - and as long as I'm putting in the exercise things will turn around for me.

The weather has been quite hot these days. In the upper 90's-100's - actually looking forward to the few days of a cool down coming up before we shoot back up again.

Well got to go. Take care everyone!

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Thanks to both of you and your comments help. We just have to start looking sooner for insurance, both life and health because they were under his work benefits. We will switch to Medicare for now, but will have to find supplemental insurance to cover the health expenses and other meds. It's just so unexpected this coming now.

We got all our sod down, and now hope it takes. The sod man said we didn't clean some areas well enough and that it doesn't like to work through some surfaces. We had the front yard in good shape but had 2 pallets and only used 1 and 1/2. They wouldn't deliver less than two, so we put the rest down the one side of the house but over existing dirt and some grass. We are watering like crazy hoping it will take. We did get a good rain on Saturday right after we finished it all on Friday. He still needs to figure how to get the one side. We have watered several times the front but only the rain on the side. We'll have to run the hose from the back I guess to get that side. The sisters helped to get our front garden back in shape and we added new dirt and split some of the Lillie's and other flowers to spread the areas better. We now have nice curb appeal. Today or tomorrow we tackle the back garden. The dogs have dug a big hole so it needs to be filled in and some of the flowers thinned and moved also. We need to trim the bushes yet but I think it's looking great.

I'm very sore and tired today, and a little stiff. I know it's from all the lifting and bending. I also think I stepped in a hole and twisted my one ankle, It really hurt yesterday I could hardly walk. Good thing I was able to stay off it most of the afternoon. It's feeling a little better today. At least I can walk on it.

Lisa, I'm glad your hubby will be going back to work. Don is working on his resume and looking for a job but with his age it will be difficult. He's not ready to stop work yet, but I think he's hoping we might get by with a part time job. Right now he's keeping himself busy with work around the house and yards. I told him with his work experience he might look into teaching for a vocational school, we checked once and with as many years he has had in the field, he can get recognition of that toward teaching. He's thinking about that and He's exploring several options.

I need to fix breakfast, so need to close for now. Thanks for listening, G.

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Last night I was writing a blog and lost it. That was frustrating!

My husband will be off another week. His regional supervisor called and said they expect to be back to work in another week. There are other companies actively recruiting the investigators who are presently not working, however, my husband has decided that Labor Day is his deadline for deciding whether or not to seek other employment. Again, we are thankful he has the paid leave to get us through this furlough.

My eating has just been awful the last few days. It was slightly better today, and I need to get back on the wagon NOW! I did a fabulous TRX workout this morning. My shoulders and back are screaming. I have a feeling my abs will be complaining tomorrow.

G, I am so sorry your husband was forced to retire. I know of some places that require retirement at a certain age. Look for the best in this situation. Hopefully his retirement benefits are respectable.

Your persistence paid off, MK. Hopefully you and your sister can remain cordial for the benefit of your parents. They need both of you. I know that my father-in-law is going to require more attention soon. He fell again the other day. His balance is so poor, and while he's using his cane outside of his house, he's not using it inside. That needs to change. He can't lift his feet very well, even climbing steps, with a rail, is quite difficult for him. I think his shuffling leads to the stumbling, and therefore the falls. He (and we) are so fortunate he hasn't been seriously hurt or broken any bones. My sister-in-law will help some, but my brother-in-law will not. Ultimately, it will be us that provides the assistance. I need to remember to keep the relationships strong, as I know the decisions and care could get difficult.

Rain is in our forecast again. It is still welcomed and needed. I don't think our lawn will green up anymore, but that's ok. Oh, MK, that Crossbow product works great, our roots are dying, so hopefully we can get that all cleaned out and ready for seed yet this fall.

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Hello! So sorry to hear about both of your husbands work situations. Georgie - can't believe they forced him to retire! Hope the yard keeps him busy like you said.

Had a huge run in with my sister last night, but we worked our way through it - lots of yelling - lots of old hurts brought out - and we made it through it. With a lot of persistence on my part... every time she hung up on me I would call her back and we'd go another round until she hung up again and I'd call her back - this went on for quite some time, but like I said - we came out the better for it all. She admitted to a lot of things and after some time she actually shut up and listened to me for a moment or two. It was crazy - I know -but Danish people can be such a stubborn breed!!! hahaha

Its still not perfect, but I think with time and LOTS of honesty it will be good.

Food is good, exercise is coming along - oh in fact I've got to go - step class today!!

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Lisa, School starts here on Tuesday as well. So does the Columbus City schools, but in Grove City where my daughter lives don't start until after Labor Day. That'll be better for my daughter, because she'll have had the baby already. She's due to be induced sometime the last week of August, so we'll be traveling there when it arrives. Looking forward to enjoying my grandson.

MK, sounds like you had a wonderful time in Reno. Boy it sounded fun. Wish we could make a trip like that sometime. We might visit the new casino her when it opens the end of August. It's slots plus a few tables along with a race track. It might be fun to check it out. They also have casinos in Columbus and Cincinnati. However we probably couldn't afford it.

Things not doing well here with Don, They forced retirement on him and now he's without a job. Good thing though we are getting some Social Security, but no savings to fall back on. We have a few new places hiring around here one being a Costco's so he might get a part time job. It couldn't have hit a worst time. We just bought soil and sod for our yard and were going to work on it the rest of this week and next week. If we knew this was coming we would have not done it but everything will arrive sometime today. I guess we'll have to tighten down the expenditures. He's really upset right now and at least he'll have the yard work to keep his mind off the job situations. After this is done, he'll start looking for a new job. We'll make it and at least he'll be able to get his pension from this job.

Anyway we'll be busy for a few days anyway doing the yard. Maybe working on the gardens as well so everything will be in good shape for the fall. We've been getting rain these past few days, but we won't get any more until the middle of next week. Hope not to have to do a lot of extra watering in the meantime. The weather has hit mild temps for the rest of the week. We're back into the mid to upper 70's which is great to work outside. Anyway we'll have a few busy days. His sisters will be here to help so that's a plus.

Well, I should get off here because things will be arriving soon. Everyone have a great day. Bye for now, G.

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Oh yeah, teachers tomorrow. Our 6th graders came in today for the afternoon for a welcome and "mixer" type of afternoon.

My husband will be off work at least the rest of this week. He is hopeful that he can go back on Monday, but no return date has been given yet. If worse comes to worse, he could get a job in town working at our state development center, but it would be a huge pay cut. He'd make about 1/2 of what he's making now. But, we are fortunate to have some savings, and we would just have to cut back on some things. One of the toughest adjustments would be not having a company car. We would have to acquire a second vehicle. I had contemplated buying a new vehicle to replace mine; I'm so glad I didn't.

Today was strength workout day, but it was so gorgeous tonight, so I took a bike ride. As I was going through the park, I decided I could do a strength workout using the picnic tables in the picnic shelters. I did dips, planks, mountain climbers, and then my modified version of a pull up: I stood on the picnic table, and used the shelter rafters as my pull up bar. I can't do a pull up, but I could do pretty well with only one foot on the table. I will be a different type of sore tomorrow!

I hope your gambling venture paid off, MK. Glad you were safe from the storms.

Keep going after your goals.

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Hello!

Had a fun time in Reno with my husband. We didn't know what to do with ourselves not having dogs to take care of or be anywhere to work or whatever. So we slept in - stayed up late - spent time on the slot machines - drove to Virginia City and wandered the cemetery in 99* weather (whew) - took naps - etc. Then walked and walked and walked Reno from one end to the other (it seemed). The hotel sponsored a BBQ Saturday night, but a flash down pour along with thunder and lightening put a damper on things. They still had it, but we ended up bringing our plates back to the room and sat in front of the window (14th floor) and watched the storm roll in.

The drive took us through many burnt out forest areas - some homes were lost - lots of acres blackened. The smell of an old campfire filled the air. Firefighters were wrapping things up - so it was a slow go for awhile. On the way home there were more fires in Southern Oregon that came with the lightening storms. Didn't get on each others nerves until the last leg of the trip... and even then it was short lived!

Can't believe your already starting school. Oregon still starts after labor day - for most.

Well - got to go - take care everyone!

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Happy weekend. I attended my niece's wedding shower this morning, it was nice. I got to visit with some people I hadn't seen in a very Long time.

We had a nice and much needed rain shower last night. A hot week ahead is predicted,so we could use more, but still thankful that we did get some.

Life is pretty much the same here, looking forward to seeing all of my teachers back on Thursday, and then kids next Tuesday. I'm anxious to see them as well. I have finally made some progress on my before school starts to do list.

Have fun seeing the grandkids, G. I'm thankful everyday that ours live so close. Adding a grandson to the mix will be good for the girls.

My husband's company has put all of their employees on "leave" for a few days, no reason was given. Thankfully, he has accumulated quite a bit of leave, so he can use that, but I feel for those who don't have any leave to use. He expects to be back to work Monday or Tuesday, but it is still a bit concerning. I guess that's a difference between my job in public education, and his with a private company.

MK, i hope you are having a pleasant weekend excursion. Stick to your plan.

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MK, great that you are back on track with your food and exercise. It's also good that the mudslides aren't near you. I'll need to check with my sister to see how near they are to her area or if some of her friends might be effected. Enjoy your trip to Reno and have fun but watch that you don't over due the eating. My sister land her hubby loves to go to Reno and go several times a year. Some day we might head that way again. Hope the fires by pass your area and that your family will be fine. My prayers are with all those effected with the mudslides and fires.

Tomorrow we'll head over to Columbus to see my daughter and family. My daughter has a scheduled baby shower and we're going over for that. I'll ride with my daughter to the shower, and the men will watch the grand girls while we're gone. It'll be nice to visit with them for a while before the shower and for dinner afterwards. Looking forward to seeing the grand girls too. This will probably be the last time to visit before the baby arrives. They will induce her the last week of this month or maybe a little earlier. Then we'll travel there after it arrives.

After the baby comes I can't say that we're seeing the grand girls because we will have a new baby boy around. It'll be fun buying for a boy as well as the grand girls. Looking forward to meeting the new addition to our family.

Today I'll be doing chores and laundry. I don't know why I put it off it off so long but I'll get it all done today. I'll be ready to travel to Columbus tomorrow then.

Hope everyone is having a great trip to Reno and Lisa, I hope things settle down after the 6th graders arrive. Both of you enjoy the day, and the weekend. Bye for now. G.

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Good morning! Well it is my Friday!! Woot WOOT!! Heading to Reno in the morning after we drop my Lucy Lu off at a friends house.

We are not near the mudslides - thank heavens - but my prayers are with those who are dealing with that mess. There are fires everywhere from lightening strikes, but most are in Eastern Oregon and along the Columbia Gorge (between Oregon and Washington). The one in Hood River is moving really super fast. It just started yesterday or the day before I believe and the winds are moving it towards the town - so that is our biggest concern. But that is still an hour or more away.

Will be checking our drive south to see if there are fires that will be hard to get around. Hopefully it will be smooth sailing.

Food was not too bad yesterday. I've been staying pretty consistent with getting all my greens in and have been turning to fruit when I have a hankering for something sweet. It doesn't always work, but lately its been a good alternative. I do feel that I'm moving back toward my better habits... so this is positive.

My parents are becoming more and more settled in their new surroundings and getting to know some of the other residents. Its funny to hear them talk about how old the other people are and how they eat or talk - I kinda saw a light bulb go off in their eyes knowing that they are similar. My mom - always being the perpetual nurse - talks of helping another lady get her food and how this lady can't remember how to use a spoon... my mom just looked at me with that "ah ha moment" and said "will you be there to help me??" I said "absolutely!"

Such a difficult time to be aware of the fact that you could possibly be like that.

Dad is not being so difficult these days - that is such a great help. I tell him how much I appreciate him being kind - trying to give that positive reinforcement.

Well got to go - take care! Don't work too hard!

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Work is crazy busy. I think I made a bit of headway today, but tomorrow we have a full day of training, so I'm sure I'll feel like I'm going backwards again. Our 6th grade is huge. Our district is growing, but primarily in the early grades. It is a good problem to have, but it causes me some headaches.

Hoping it rains soon. It is getting very dry here. We've had a few light showers here and there, but we need a soaker.

MK, I do hope you are removed from the mudslides I'm hearing about in WA and UT. I too found relief in losing a bit of weight. My joints still hurt, but not nearly as much as 45 lbs ago. I'm sure you just manage discomfort until surgery happens.

I hope you are having a great week, G.





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Good morning! I had a pretty good weekend - got back to my routine of walking in the hills with the dogs. Our son moved back home and is settling in with us taking care of his dog (a bit irritated with that, but he is very defensive when we talk about it - so we don't) He will only be here for a couple weeks then his roommate can deal with it. Went shopping with my daughter yesterday and that was nice. Picked up some good buys but the best was just spending the day with her. Got a really nice pedicure as well!!

She will be leaving for Phoenix for a vacation with her boyfriend and will be staying with a girlfriend there. It will be her first flight and she is quite excited about it. So we did lots of shopping for her.

We will be heading to Reno on Friday for a long weekend - it should be fun. We actually enjoy taking long drives together so this will be good.

I'm afraid to say, but physical therapy will not fix a torn rotator cuff. This - like my left shoulder - will continue to give me grief until they go in and clean it up. This is NOT something I want to do. I come from a family line of degenerative joints and cartilage, however the tear is from something I did a few years back and didn't have it fixed back then - so I've already "lived" with it for years and now it just does not want to be kind any more. I can lift free weights - I can't do any more damage that what is in there now (according to the doc). So I only do what doesn't hurt, but anymore just standing and typing hurts my shoulder. So before the end of the year I'll have it done.

I'm hoping this will be the last surgery I need until they approve a knee replacement WAY down the road. Perhaps the knee won't ever get done - who knows - for now I have knee injections of a goop that pads the joints where I don't have cartilage. That helps minimize the pain and I continue on my way with walking and step class.

Not only does having a genetic predisposition to "bad" joints put me in a higher category of joint damage, but my weight has played a huge roll in how fast the destruction has been on my joints. Every 10% of weight loss I have helps ease some of the issues on the joints - but it also brings out more of the damage - because I enjoy walking and doing things I have more "issues" come up all at the same time because I'm using those joints. I've really never let my weight hold me back from long walks or not doing things so I'm sure that now that I've dropped more than 20% of my body weight I've increased my activity three-fold - thus causing the joint damage to increase right along with it.

Won't be long I'll have all of them working good with minimal pain. I'll be a whole "new" person by the time I reach 60! hahaha

Listen - got to go - but have a super day!!



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Lisa, I thought it might be a recipe that would work with anything. I haven't tried it yet but might some time this week. We are still grilling out and until we have a rainy day when we can't, We'll grill.

MK, I think as one gets older we seem to have body parts that ware out or need help. You sure have had your share though. I hope surgery won't be necessary and that the shoulder can be fixed by therapy. I'd try that first, but would lay off the free weights using the shoulders or arms.

We will be going to the ball park this afternoon but not to watch a game. They are collecting electronic items that are broken or unwanted. We'll get rid of a lot of things that have accumulated in our garage that is to big to put out for trash. It's nice to recycle then instead of throwing them away.

I need to get off here for now we'll need to be leaving soon. I'll catch all later. Have a great weekend. G.

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G, that recipe is meant to use what you happen to have. It is really a method--it will seem liquid-y until you add the rice. I would think almost any squash would work, mushrooms work really well, onions and peppers, carrots, celery and potatoes would probably work too. I'd say any veggies that goes with tomatoes should work.

Gosh, MK, you surely have had your share of bodily repairs in the last few years. I'm thanking my lucky stars that my knee is holding up pretty well. I know a surgery is coming, but I'm delaying as long as I can.

Granddaughters stayed over last night. Paige has been sick with strep, and she was feeling tough last night, but she looks so much better this morning. Baby Paityn has outgrown her fussiness and is an absolute pleasure to have around. She has two teeth on the bottom, and she just loves to play. She's slimming down and stretching out too. She was one pudgy little thing. She is really grandma's girl, for now anyway. She'll nearly leap out her parent's arms when she sees me, but I know that won't last. I am so thankful they have stuck around here. There's still a possibility they could move, but are focusing less on that now.

My 30 day challenge will be over in 4 days. I've exceeded my goal of losing a combined 3' on my waist and hips. Now that I'm back at work I won't have as much exercise time, so my meals really need to be spot on. Instead of taking my lunch everyday, I may just store lunch items at school--like chopped salad, salad dressing, chopped chicken, etc. That way I can just grab a plate and put my salad together at lunch, or make a wrap or sandwich. I usually keep a can of soup in my desk drawer, and some 100 calorie snack packs. I always keep single serving containers of Greek yogurt in the frig too, and those are my mid-morning snack every day.

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Good morning. Zero sleep last night (well maybe an hour). Was into a really good book and put it down at about 11 p.m. Was trying to get to sleep and then my son texted that he was on his way... so when he got home I was still awake and he told me about the thunder and lightening.... So we watched from the front porch and wow - he wasn't kidding. Thunder and lightening for 4 hours!! From Eugene (1 hour south of Salem) to Portland (1 hour north of Salem) a storm came in the valley and just sat here. Crashing thunder, lightening that lit up the house. So hard to sleep with the long, loud, rolling thunder then bright "strobe" lights flashing into your room!

I'm beat up this morning, but I'm here at work. Have a few things to do then I'm heading home and maybe catch a nap before friends come over for dinner. We are going to BBQ some of the salmon my husband/son caught at the coast.

Exercise class was good yesterday. I think instead of weights today I'll take a long walk and get a few errands done while doing that. I love walking to the city offices and taking care of water/sewer bills and then I get to walk through downtown on the way back and see what is new in the stores. Should be a nice 3-4 mile walk.

The toes are doing ok - they are more painful these days because I'm using them more. Doc thinks I need to keep working on loosening them up - way to stiff - but to do that I have to go through some pain.

My right shoulder has a torn rotator cuff and that is why I'm having such pain in it when I move certain ways. Lifting weights can cause more pain - so I've eased up on the amount I lift, but basically the doc said that I'm not going to do it any more damage than whats in there - so quit if it hurts kinda thing. Looks like I'll have one more surgery before the year is out... boo.

Well got to keep moving here or I'll be snoring - ha

Take care.

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Lisa, Now that we have a laptop that can be moved around the house and it being new can hold a charge for a few hours, I thought I could move it into my living room. Then I could do some of the videos spark has or a couple of exercise DVD's I have in that room where I have space to exercise. I've been looking at the spark one and seeing what I could use.

I think the DVD's I have was one of the Biggest Loser's and one from Jillian but I'll have to look at them again to see If they are to advanced for me. I know the one from Jillian, when I did it last time, was way to hard and advanced for me to do and required a lot of jumping and squatting which still bothered my knees.

I might just do what I was doing before and doing ball squats, wall push ups and leg lifts. I still have a 4lb medicine ball I used while watching the DVD from Jenny Craig, which also included some bands to use too.

I think I just have to get moving and I'm sure I'd feel better about everything. I had a great dinner last night and I felt back on track after eating it. I just have to keep it going.

Lisa, the chicken dinner sounded good, I'll have to try it. I don't have zucchini but I do have a yellow squash and some bell peppers I could use instead. MK, I know you'll do fine and will be back to your exercise routine soon. I hope there won't be any problems with your son staying with you a while. Everyone have a great day, I'll catch you later.









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Facing and acknowledging your current status is always a good starting place, or resuming point in this journey, MK. You know what to do and how to do it, and you might be surprised at how fast your body responds. Best of all with your son.

I rarely go to the gym these days. I'll be going back once I can't do my cardio outside anymore. Weather around here prevents outdoor workouts several months of the year. I don't need the social part of workouts, so my turbulence training workout videos serve me well. G, I'm sure you'll find a way to get your workout desires met. If you have a smart phone, you can probably find an app for a pedometer.

I made a dish in my crockpot: 6 chicken breasts, 3-4 oz. each, 1/4c. Prepared Italian dressing, 1 c sliced mushrooms, i small zucchini, sliced, 1c grape tomatoes, 1 c chicken broth, 1 can diced tomatoes, 2 c. Brown rice. Place chicken in bottom of crock pot, pour dressing over. Add other ingred except rice. Cook 4 hours on low. Add rice, cook 30 min. On low, or until rice is done and liquid absorbed. Parmesan cheese may be added shortly before serving. Really good.






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Mk, great job getting back on the scale and planning all your meals and snacks. Hope the class will be fun and it's great that your daughter and friend will join you. I always do better when I had a friend with me.

We're out of town and most of the area around us is farmland. No public transportation in sight. There is a shuttle of sorts that is independent and will pick up people at their homes but you need to make reservations ahead of the time you need them. Sometimes it's a week out. Then I'm not sure if I could make arrangements for both ways. There is a stop in the shopping center near the Y and I could catch it back home if I'd walk to the shopping center. Taxi's cost money and again we're tight on funds and I'm not sure if I could afford to go more than a couple of times a month. I keep wondering if it might be worth it to try a couple of times. I think it's only a couple of dollars per trip. I am thinking about joining anyway and even if I can't go during the day I could go after Don gets home, Still considering that too.

I heard we have a senior center in town that we could join and it has planned trips, planned activities, games, and exercise classes like Zumba or aerobics. I'm thinking of looking into that and joining. I hear it's only about $36 a year which might be more affordable than $38 a month which is the Y's fee. I'm looking on line today at both and seeing what's the best choice for me. I might be able to get Don to join with me. He too can use the facilities at both places. We'll see what I find out.

Today another cool day about 78* and a wonderful day to walk, which did this morning. It was short but felt good doing it. I see my neighbor walking everyday and maybe some morning I'll ask to see about joining her, although she walk the whole neighborhood and I'd have to build up to doing that. My sister-in-law mentioned that some of the wellness program offered by health insurance might be the incentive to try. They give you a pedometer and programs to follow. I might follow those guidelines.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day, enjoy the rest of the week and weekend. G.

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Good morning! Well I risked it an got on the scale... news is not good, but I'll continue to plug along and packing a good meals. I think it is salt - I have been on this pistachio thing lately - so no more of them for a while. Also fig newtons - not sure what it is about them but yum!

So this morning was an egg white omelet with black beans, onion, mushroom and some salsa. Sounds odd, but it is quite filling and sticks with me. I usually get spinach in there as well, but forgot today. I'll have my greek Fage yogurt with a tsp of agave before I go to my step aerobics. Then its a lunch of salad, hard boiled egg and watermelon. I also have a small packet of tuna if I think I need to add more protein... but not really "feeling" the tuna today.

My daughter and her friend will be at exercise class today - so we might end up at safeway for lunch.

Our son has officially moved back to the house for 3 weeks. He got there about midnight (he works until 10:45 p.m - and he's about 1 hr away) this will be interesting. I was just happy I took a little something to help me sleep last night so the commotion of him coming in was only a distant memory. Its going to be a long 3 weeks.

Well Georgie - do you have public transportation at all?? How far away is the Y from you? maybe a taxi every now and again??? I know you love art - maybe a class that you can taxi to for an outlet of sorts.

Well - boss is in - got to go. Take care.

Lisa - hope all is well with you!

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Thanks MK, That's why I love this sight. You two give me the courage to continue and your advice is always helpful. We all have good and bad days or times and the fact that I can get the support here really helps. I can pour my heart out, tell you my hopes and dreams and can get what I need to continue the fight, Thanks for being there.

Today is a better day and just letting it out the other day helped. It gave me time to consider my next step. I see all these shows about weight loss and the "Extreme Weight Loss' show hits home often and I see myself through the show and some of the people telling their story. I know it's just a show but it gets me thinking.

I'm so tired of just sitting at home all day. I miss the time when going to the Y was the highlight of my day. I truly can say I miss that workout and being with others like myself trying to get healthy and spending time with them. I feel so alone sometimes even when I try to get out and walk or work in my garden. I want more to do everyday. Gas is always needed or I'd drive my hubby to work a few times a week. His job being 45 minutes away puts a strain on the car and the drive that's only one way. I just can't see us doing that daily or even a couple of times a week.

May be someday we can get enough money ahead to get a second car. Even one that is not new or has a lot of miles on it. The car we drive has over 100,000 miles on it and we need to be thinking about a newer car soon not just an extra one for me to drive.

Mk, hope you have good news about the foot and you and the doctor can figure out the next move. Lisa, It's great you love your job and looking forward to the next work year. When I taught I really enjoyed the kids and the teachers. I also hope the two you two are having a wonderful day. Take care, G.

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Good morning. Working from home this morning until I have to head to the doc for a final check-in on the foot. Still pain - still crooked toe - so we shall see what he has to say what our next step is.

G - I hear you and I'm hearing myself in your words. Why do we have to "fight" with our food and exercise? Maybe when we stop the battle it will all fall into place. We've convinced ourselves that we are "happy" with the way we are and do not want to put in the hard work of changing our eating habits. I'm right there with you. This set back that I've had with the foot and the emotional stuff with the parents/family has me thinking the same way.... but I'm here to say NO. It is really difficult to get myself back on track. Some days are good and some days are bad. The important part of this whole thing is that we get back up and keep trying.

Even though we have a bad meal or even a bad day of meals we can still begin again - and again - and again - what I've noticed with me is that those bad meals or days become less and less over time. I am learning to love myself enough to know it is ok to have those days, but I really love myself when I have those good days and it makes me smile that I did it - I had a good meal - or I had a good food day. Same thing with the exercise... I'm sore again like when I started out, but not as bad and my body is happy (responds when I need to do things) that I'm back at it.

So hang in there - don't give up. You got this - one day - one meal - one decision at a time.

Enjoy your day - get out and walk a block or two.

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Thanks Lisa, that's good advice. I also love peppers of any kind even raw especially the yellow and red ones and right now they are a good buy too. I do eat cucumber, celery, cherry tomatoes, and carrots with low fat ranch dressing as a snack along with string cheese. I need to do that as a snack mid afternoon or at night when I get my cravings. I have to have a snack after dinner time because my sugars will drop during the night if I don't then it causes them to be extremely high in the morning.

I just need to watch my portions, at all my meals and snacks. Thanks for the ideas.

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G, there are many foods I love too, and corn on the cob, oh my, the season will soon arrive for that, and I'll eat more than I should, but I then cut back on something else. For example, if I've eaten 2-3 ears of corn in the evening, then I will eat carefully the next day, and I'll even cut back on fruit and have 1/2 a serving instead of a full serving. I allow myself one reward day per week where I have what I want, but I keep my portions reasonable, and I pair my rewards, like chips, fried food, etc, with a side of fresh veggies like celery, carrots, or cucumbers. Celery and carrots are generally good values and shouldn't be budget busters. If you eat anything with sugar, even fruit pair it with a protein (string cheese, chopped chicken, etc.).

Thanks for the advice, MK. We continue to monitor my father in law. His girlfriend has done a good job of telling him when to use his cane and when to use his walker. Her rules are cane inside, walker outside. She is in much better physical shape than he is, and she is awfully good to him, which we really appreciate. She may be better able to convince him to see his Dr.

I will look for the cross-bow product. We don't have pets, and I can keep the grandkids in the front yard while we are treating the roots. There are a few play sets within 2-3 blocks of our house, so we can easily play there instead of our yard.

I did some work on my office today, just have to get some things up on my wall, and then I'm ready to do the prep work for the school year. As I walked through the building I got really excited about the upcoming year. I am so grateful to be blessed with a job I love.

It sounds like productivity in cleaning is a common theme here this week. I always love a clean and organized storage space.







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MK, You got me thinking about doing some well needed cleaning my self. We got 1/2 our garage when we discovered the mice. Last year we got rid of the mice and so far none have returned, although we still keep the poison down in hidden areas away from where the dogs go. We still need to go through the rest of our shelves and boxes.

The weather is cool again here and we're sitting at 72* now and won't get much warmer. I hope this lasts through the weekend without rain so we can get the garage cleaned. I also wish Don will finish the outside painting, but he said he has to many other things going right now. He sprayed the front yard and has killed all the grass and weeds and we need to get going on the sod or seed before it gets hot again.

Not much else going on with me and I'm still fighting with my food and exercise. I'm good a few days than I mess up again. I just can't seem to stay on track. Sometimes I think I really don't want to lose. I know I need to but than I think of all the things and favorite foods I'd miss than I think and think about them than end up eating them. It's like I crave them or something. I wish I could figure out a way to enjoy them and not mess up eating them. My food budget is still tight and many times I just don't have the money to get what is needed. Grilling helps, we tend to eat healthier when we use the grill but I love corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw, all the summer foods. I do eat the fresh strawberries, blueberries, melons, and pineapples but I tend to overeat those too. Don still won't eat the green vegetable, like the squashes, spinach, asparagus, or the leafy green vegetables one finds now. I eat them when I have them along with all the other foods too. I need to find a balance that works, without making 2 different meals everyday.

Anyway I hope everyone has a productive and great week. Take care, I hope all works out getting your father-in-law to use a cane or walker. MK, great job on clean out and purging all the items in your carport and garage. Keep up the great work. G.

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Good morning! Well we started the clean-up at our house. The carport was emptied of all the long time junk and mouse infested items (the cats had a hay-day with that one). The garage was also cleaned out and the shelves moved into the carport area for my husbands chemicals and business stuff - giving him easy access to his mixes. The cupboards from my parents house were moved into the garage so I now have large white cupboards with doors for my pantry area. We tossed the padded flooring because it was the cause of the smell. Will have to find something else to go over the cement. The garage is just barely big enough for a - lets say - a small fiat... it has our washer/dryer; extra fridge; upright freezer and the shelves for pantry items and other storage. I like having something soft to walk on when I go out there - so I'll have to search for something that. Might just go back to the square soft pads that interlock together, but change them out every few years to keep it fresh.

I also got the carpets cleaned in the house and the bathrooms well deserved scrubbing from top to bottom. Yesterday was errands and a vet visit for our allergy dog - he's in bad shape - but we are getting a new round of cortisone and other stuff to help relieve his skin issues.

So Lisa - as for roots - we would use cross-bow. It has a very high kill rate, but you cannot use it where pets will be - or kids for that matter - at least for a week after use. There are also chemicals you can "paint" onto the cut trunk that will kill the underground roots - not sure of the name of that but any nursery or plant place should know.

I haven't seen my parents for a few days - so I'll head over there tonight to check in with them. Just so busy this weekend and I knew that my brother and his wife would be down to visit... nice taking a breather.

My dad still gets dizzy and falls. This is how it all started for them. He refused to go outside with his cane or walker - he fell and busted his eyebrow and broke a bone in his wrist. A walker is actually better than the cane - especially one with a seat that they can sit in while waiting for the dizziness to go away. Its more stable as well. A cane will help steady, but if he is getting dizzy and falling - then a walker is really needed... at least for outside trips.

The alternative of going into a facility should get him to use that. I think if we used that reasoning with my father he might have not gone outside without it.

I would also think he might have an inner ear issue going on or even sight issues that cause the equilibrium to be off. Also some medications can cause this - well and just old age as well! Hope he listens and takes care. Dad was so stubborn about it and didn't listen - until now that is.

Well got to go - take care ladies!! Enjoy your day

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7/28/14 11:51 A

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Good Monday morning! I had a wonderful weekend full of family, as all the boys and their families were around. It came about rapidly, but all I had to do was go grocery shopping and plan some meals.

My father-in-law fell in his driveway on Saturday; the mailman helped him up. He was only scraped and bruised, no medical attention needed, but he has now admitted he falls due to sudden dizziness. He said he usually has something to grab onto in the house, but that's not the case outside. My husband absolutely insisted that he use his cane, always, when he steps out his front door--no exceptions. He doesn't think he needs an appointment, but we are trying to convince him otherwise. While he was standing and saying goodbye to us yesterday after lunch, he became very dizzy and we had to help him recover. We are so worried, but without his willingness to seek medical attention we can only monitor him as closely as possible.

I am once again making progress. In the last 3 weeks, I've lost slightly more than an inch on my waist, and almost two inches on my hips. I'm not monitoring my weight right now, but I'd say I've lost 4-5 lbs. I've been working pretty hard at this; the supplement may have helped a little, but I haven't even taken it for a week, so the jury is still out on that one.

Lately, I've been contemplating committing to a personal challenge. In the last few years, since I've lost my weight, I have become quite the clothing shopper. When things fit and look nice, it is a most pleasant experience. To that end, I've accumulated more clothes than I've ever had, and even though I've cleaned my closets, consigned, and donated, I still have more than enough clothing to get me through all seasons. I cannot think of any event that might arise that I do not have appropriate attire for. My challenge would be to not buy one clothing item for myself for this school year. It would be about a 9 month challenge, from August to May. If items get too big, I would have them altered. My thought right now, though, is to decide whether accessories, undergarments and footwear would be included. I'm kind of thinking it should be all attire. I don't believe most people would consider me materialistic, however, I sometimes think I'm going that direction, and I really don't want to. Anyway, just something for me to think and pray about over the next few weeks.

Today I am cleaning out my work e-mail inbox. It is something I can do at home, and I like to have it cleaned out by the time I go back to work, which is Friday. I am going in tomorrow to get my office organized and set up my new work computer. Tonight and the rest of this week, I will be taking Paige to Bible School at our church. I am so happy to do this. I'm sure she'll be fine, but in the event that she's reluctant to stay on her own, I told my son I'd stay with her. I may volunteer to help one or two night this week as well.

Time to get back to the tasks at hand. Wishing you a fantastic week ahead.



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MK, spend your winnings wisely! Got a question for you--what is your best recommendation for getting rid of roots. We took out an overgrown hedge, and we've used Round-Up a couple of times, but the results are kind of slow. We've pulled a few, dug a few, and broke a few, but we need to get them all.

I stated a leptin supplement yesterday. I've been working pretty hard and paying close attention to my diet, but I'm just not losing weight. My fitness level is fantastic, and i know I'm getting stronger, but I really want to lose these last 10 lbs. I usually avoid supplements, but this one came highly recommended. We'll see. It's expensive, but has a good guarantee.

Have a fine day.



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Good morning!

Yesterday was a good food day. I did over do it on the pistashios, but dang those things are good!

Step class was good, but lots of the stuff I couldn't do because of my toes (push-ups, some planks, etc) so I modified or did something else while the rest of class did whatever.

Today is weight lifting. Its been slow getting back up to the weight I could lift before - when I first came back I attempted my regular weights... yeah I was so sore after... won't do that again. So I'm building back up slowly.

Did not go see the parents last night. It felt kinda strange not visiting with them, but my husband and I took a drive to the casino and played a bit. I like leaving when we've more than doubled our $$ - and it was on our way out and my last 5 bucks allotted for the evening... boom $200 bucks!

So today I am tired, but I'm here to work. I'm hoping that we will spend some time cleaning out the carport and the garage this weekend and get that all settled. I just don't like coming into a house overloaded with things not put in their place. Lots to get done.

Take care - have a great day and a wonderful weekend!!

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MK, sorry your dad is not happy and feels that making everyone else miserable makes him feel better. Misery loves company so they say but all it does is make things more difficult in the long run. I know confronting him head on is just what he wants and taking a step backward and concentrating on your moms need may be the way to go. Hope it works out for your mom.

Don's sisters can be that way sometime too and they both argue all the time with one another and his mom's in the middle. She can't open her mouth without one or both jumping down her throat. When we go over we can see she wants to talk to us about what's going on but we always get interrupted by one or the other sister. she really wants to talk to Don and not always me but if the conversation is overheard the sisters take it all wrong. I wish Don was home during the day and just he and his mom could go out for lunch and just the two of them talk. I think Don and his mom need to do that.

My food is off and on some days better than others. I still struggle with my lunches. I read that a protein and vegetable is the way to go but I just can't seem to follow any of the recipes because they require me to cook chicken or fish and a whole meal. I don't want to cook just for me because I make to much food and want to eat it all.

It's cooled off for a few days and it's good walking weather and I'm trying to enjoy it. getting out to the garden to pull some weeds today. and cut back some of the dead overgrowth on my flowers.

I gave my picture to my friend yesterday at her work and she loved it and was showing it off to everyone. I get embarrassed when that happens but I was glad she liked it. I was so worried that she wouldn't.

Lisa wish your son a happy birthday for me. Enjoy the celebration with him. Everyone take care and enjoy this day and the upcoming weekend. Bye for now. G.

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