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Actually, my husband's trainer is a fellow who is a few years older that my husband. But, here's what happened today: my husband asked if he could have broccoli, cauliflower, etc, and the trainer said yes, any vegetables that aren't starchy, and then he gave him a list of what he couldn't have (bread, rice, sugar, etc.). So the bottom line is that what my husband told me about his food list isn't quite accurate--he can combine things--for example, he could have an egg white omelette with veggies for breakfast if he wanted to, but he also needs a starchy carb and in that category he's limited to oatmeal. If anything, I got him to ask more questions of the trainer with my rant last night. I think the trainer gave my husband examples of meals--but my husband took it more literally and told me those were the only things he could eat. He found today that there's no way he can eat a lettuce salad with just lemon juice and olive oil, so he added some spices to it. I complimented him and said that's exactly what you need to do--make it work for you. Anyway, I feel a little better about all of this today.

Thanks for your ideas. MK, you are right, he does need to see that for himself. I guess it took me a lot of research and practice to figure out what type of plan would work for me, but once I did, I had great success. I want that for him as well, but he's not at that point yet.

G, you've got a few days before the next weigh-in, so you've got time to work on those pesky pounds, but it could also be a difference in scales. Who knows? Just keep on doing your best.

I'm tired, and it is terribly cold and windy here, but I need to get a workout in before I fall asleep. Take care.



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Hello to all. I had a gain at the doctors but I think some of it might be the clothes, I wore heavy jeans, and one of my heaviest sweaters at the weigh in. it was 4 #'s higher than my scale at home, and 4 from the one at Jenny. I'm dreading going back it this weight is right. I've not been able to weigh in with Jenny's scale for 2 weeks with all that's be going on, and I've slacked off eating their plan, or exercising.

The doctor has to send for all my tests since they didn't send him any from the Mammogram or the biopsy. I told him about all that was going on and included the sleep center which he also needs to get from the hospital. My blood pressure not bad I told him about my swelled and red face and he to thought it might have been the cream, although nothing but dry skin was left for him to see. My sugar has been up some the last month and he told me to get back to the diet and to exercise more. I also told him about my numbness of my left leg and the problem with my back. He set up therapy thinking it might be a pinched nerve. It was mainly a catch up session. He reordered my meds and stressed again the need for exercise.

Lisa, it sounds like the trainer is young and gives the same diet to all his clients and does not take into account their individual needs. Only time will tell after the 30 days. He will probably lose weight, but is also likely to gain it back after he starts eating regularly. What is needed is a life time diet change and one he can stay satisfied with and well rounded life change. You might suggest he talk to a dietatian for a food plan which will be better for him in the long run.

MK, glad your UTI I cleared up but I'm sorry your still having stomach problems. I hope your doctor will be able to help you get better.

The sleep study was conclusive with the test for the oxygen. The technician said that if I had a drop in the oxygen level it only lasted for a short time and then came back up to normal levels. She said it had to stay down for a long time before the could add oxygen and it never did do that. I go see the doctor from who ordered the test on the 14th, so will see what the final decision will be then.

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Hello. Finally feeling better with the UTI, but still dealing with severe indigestion that my zantac will not get rid of. Going to go back and see my doc - I think it is possibly my gall bladder. I'm really not eating much of anything these days. All my calories are in the morning with bland food (oatmeal or egg whites) its great for the "diet" but not sustainable... so I'll check it out with him and see what he has to say. Hopefully I don't have to take some weird concoction (he's a naturopath).

Georgie - hope the sleep study went well and your on your way to better sleep! I had one of those done once... hated it. Had to take the next day off work to get some sleep... hahaha

Lisa good to hear that your weight is coming off. So your husbands trainer sounds young and inexperienced with older adults. At this point all you can do is support your husband in whatever he tries - even if you know its not sustainable. Your husband will figure that one out all on his own. Too bad that he became very defensive about it, but basically he's "new" to some of this - whereas we all have gone through tons of stuff over a long period of time and know what works/doesn't work. I'd say give him all the best and let him do this. He will find out that the hour warm up is hard to do and the meals will be difficult as well - especially over 30 days. The food sounds good though, but I sure know what you mean about it not being sustainable.

Got one batch of cookies made last night - oatmeal scotchies. Put the dozen or so I need for bunco on Saturday into the freezer. I will make some more cookies tonight (different kind) and if they turn out better - then I'll use them for bunco. Its a bring a dozen take a dozen home... all different kinds.... my husband will love that!

I had a couple of the cookies last night and I'm paying the price this morning - the indigestion problem seems to flare with sugar and any fatty food... so yeah I'm thinking its gall bladder.... boo

Take care everyone.

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G, I hope your sleep test went well and you finally got what you need. I'm sure it is frustrating to keep having those tests, but that's how insurance works these days. I guess if it helps you sleep better, it is all worth it.

You must be busy, MK. I know you too were struggling with illness; we just need everyone to be healthy around here.

I am livid about my husband's new trainer at the gym he joined. He gave him the most ridiculous meal plan, and when I questioned my husband about it, he became very angry, and said I didn't want him to succeed. I simply told him that based on his lifestyle, his job, and his activities, this type of diet was not something he could or should sustain. He has been told he has to eat the same thing for breakfast every day for the next 30 days: oatmeal with apples or raisins, egg whites, blueberries, green tea, and water, and no coffee. For lunch he's to have a green salad with chicken, olive oil and lemon juice as a dressing, and carrots, asparagus, cucumbers, celery or tomatoes. He can have fish or chicken for dinner, along with some of the above mentioned vegetables. If he wants a snack, he can have raw almonds. That's it, that's all he can eat for the next 30 days. No broccoli, no sweet potatoes, no dairy, and the only starchy carb he can have is oatmeal. And, he had my husband write it down--he didn't even have anything printed out for him. Of course he'll lose weight initially, but he will not be able to sustain this for 30 days. Now my husband is angry with me. I'm not a dietitian, nor a trainer, but I know my husband far better than does this trainer, and this plan is just ridiculous, and will not work for his lifestyle. Oh, and he also told him to come in and warm up for an hour prior to working out?? What?? There is so much wrong with this, and it is bothering me greatly. Now I have to shut up, and somehow support him through this incredibly stupid plan.

But, my therapy is amazing. I love it. I feel so good, and I'm almost pain free. I have accepted that I can no longer do really long cardio sessions on machines that are hard on the back (spin bikes, rowing machines, etc.). He clearly told me that my sciatica will come back, because it likes to be relentless, so prevention is key. Time to do my exercises, and a few chores.

Thanks for listening. I know you'll hear more on this story.



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Hi Happy Sunday. My face is better, what ever caused the swelling and redness is all but gone. There is a very dry area on my face so was thinking it was something I used on my face that caused the reaction. I stopped putting makeup on and stopped all the night or day creams I was using too. I think that it was the night cream because it was a new product and I've never used it before. All my food was what I've eaten before and I've not changed my makeup or added anything new but the night cream.

Going into the hospital tonight for a sleep study again. My oxygen no at the level it should be even with my using the C-Pap machine so they are having me do another study adding an oxygen mix with my C-Pap. I think it's a waste to do another study but before they add oxygen Medicare requires the test. So back again into the sleep center. I'll miss the Seahawks game tonight since it's on at 8:30 PM. I might be able to see some of it before they put me to bed at 10 pm.


Tomorrow I have a doctors appointment so will need to go home change clothes and bathe again before the doctors appointment. They put electrodes attached to the monitoring system and the stuff they use is stuck to my hair and although I can wash at the center, it never gets it all out so will need to bathe again to get all the sticky stuff off my body. It's a real pain.

I just wanted to check in and see how everyone's weekend is going. Since I had to bathe and wash my hair before going the sleep center, I did that earlier and wasn't allowed to put on makeup, deodorant, or any type of lotion or cream before the test. It messes with the electrodes attachment.

Hope you've had a good weekend and a wonderful Sunday. I'll touch base in a few days to tell you how things went with the doctor and the test. Have a great week, G.

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Hi MK and G. I hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start.

I got in an early workout at the Y, did some errands, some laundry, and have some chicken enchiladas in the oven for lunch. I'll do a little baking and cleaning today, and we can finally set up our star shower lights outside later today. We could not find any of our extension cords for outside--not sure if we hid them away, loaned them out, or if they somehow didn't make the move with us. After a week of looking, we just decided to buy new ones. The crazy part is we know we had at least 3--and not able to find one??? I really have a feeling they are just in an unusual, unlikely place. We'll probably find them next spring when we do yard work.

My husband joined our local SNAP fitness and hired a trainer. He has recommitted to losing weight, which I know he can do, he simply doesn't sustain anything long-term, but I remain hopeful. I purchased some exercise clothes for him at Kohl's this morning. Man, was that funny. I asked him what he wanted, and he simply said he didn't want to look like a dork at the gym; he wanted clothes that guys wear to workout. It was so funny, because frankly, almost anything goes. Oh well, we got some bargains, so it was only $80 for 8 pieces. Oh, and everything he picked was gray or black. Too funny!

I'm slowly losing the weight that I gained, but I surely have to work hard at it. My PT for my sciatica is going well, but I get really sore--muscle sore. I think I've been compensating longer than I realized, so getting this body back into the proper shape is going to take awhile. I have PT twice per week for 4 weeks, but I'm hoping I can "graduate" early. I so want to get back to spinning, but I can't do so until this is completely healed, and then only for 30 minutes at a time.

Take care, enjoy the weekend and the season.



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MK, sorry you didn't get the job. You have to train the new guy and you didn't get the job? That seems a little unfair to me. Glad your dad and mom doing better. Hope you feel well again with both a UTI and a sinus infection. Get better soon.

Lisa, hope you had a great birthday. Happy Belated Birthday to you. You over you illness? hope so, if not feel better soon.

I wish I knew what was going on with me, I woke up yesterday with a swollen side of the face. It was fire red and itches like crazy. Today is better but still a little swollen and red. I think it might be an allergic reaction to something but can't figure out what. I'll see if it gets any better over the weekend, if not I'm scheduled to see my doctor on Monday so will talk to him then.

It's gotten colder out and the wind has really kicked up today. I was out side these past couple of day when it was near 60 but now it's barely out of the 30's. I think it's to be 41 today but I think it will only be around 39.

When I was out I could swear I smelled smoke. I was wondering if all the smoke was drifting up from Gatlinburg. So sad that it has burned so much of it. Don and I stayed there shortly after we were married, and it was a wonderful place with many cute shops, walking trails and lovely scenery. I can only imagine how terrible it has been from what I've seen on the news. Praying for those involved in this tragedy.

Went to the dentist this morning, then tried to look for a few gifts for my other grand girls. I was so disappointed in Target, and Best Buy. They had nothing at all to choose from. I'll wait until they restock from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I think a lot of the things I wanted were sold out from that.

I need to get off and see if I can get a few things around the house finished. I'll be leaving in about an hour to pick up Don.

I'll catch all later, Have a great day. Bye for now G.

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Hello. Well dad is finally back home after a couple days in the hospital with a UTI & a partial collapsed lung. I ended up getting sick - with a UTI no less - as well as a sinus infection... oh the joy!

I didn't get the Research Analyst 4 position that I was hoping for. They still are going to be conducting face to face interviews with the top 2 candidates. The first one has a double PhD and the second one has a Masters - both have experience with SAS and that was really what they were looking for. According to the boss I was 3rd - so not too bad for a girl with no higher education. I figured I would get pushed out by those with degrees, but it is still disappointing. I'll be training the new person on our data system.

I also found out yesterday that the state employees will now be required to pay 100% of their retirement. The state has always put 6% of our salary into a retirement fund - it was a negotiated contract years ago - but now employees are forced to pay that 6% into a retirement fund from their salary. We have very little control over how that money is invested... so needless to say I'm not a happy camper about that.

To round out my day - my sinus infection became worse in the afternoon and I had to work the last 3 hrs of the day with a massive headache and face ache.

I'm at work this morning (with sinus meds) - hope it takes me through the day. I am on antibiotics, but they are really to clear up the UTI and do not work so well for the sinus problem. So once I'm done with that antibiotic I begin the other.

as my mom would say "other than that Mrs. Lincoln - how was the play?"

I hope you both are doing well. Lisa I hope your birthday was fun.

Take care - work is calling my name!!


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Happy Sunday after Thanksgiving. Not much going on. The pies were ok but the bottom of the crust was soggy. I would have lost on the Holiday Baking show for that. Ha Ha. Anyway everyone ate them and the apple pie was almost gone I still had the 1/2 of the Pecan left which I sent home with my daughter. Made Reindeer Crack and everyone snacked on that too. I still have some of that left as well.

I did miss having left over turkey and stuffing though. We did have our ham left and sent some home with my daughter, and left some for my son and Don's sisters and mom. I like ham but would love to have some turkey for sandwiches or soup. I might buy a small one today if there are any left. We need to go the Costco for bottled water and a couple of other things, and will look at the Turkey and might get one to make today.

My daughter stayed over Thanksgiving night, and was afraid they would bother Don since he had to work, but he got up and was gone before anyone woke up. We had breakfast, I helped my granddaughter make pancakes, and they had cereal, and my daughter made eggs so I didn't have to cook anything for a change. Then we decorated the tree, and my daughter and grand girls straightened the extra bedroom and didn't leave it a mess. They even made the bed. It looks as it always does so will not need to get in there to clean for a while. It was a fun Thanksgiving and will not see them until they come over for Christmas.

Don and I have been lazy most of this weekend. I did some laundry Friday and Saturday, and Don went over to his mom's to fix their dinning table. The leg fell off just before everyone was about to arrive for dinner. Lucky they hadn't set it yet and was able to move everything into the kitchen and they set an extra table in their office. It worked out for them and nobody minded. It was a nice holiday.

Lisa, sorry your one son couldn't come but it sounds like you had a nice time with everybody. Hope the rest of your week goes great. Are you going to be on winter break from a couple of days before Christmas until January 2? Most schools are doing that around here. It's hard to believe that 2016 is coming to and end. It seems to go by faster every year.

Have a great week at school. Enjoy your Sunday. Mk hope your holiday went great for you. Take car all. G

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Post-Thanksgiving greetings. The leftovers are gone, and the Christmas decorations are up. It was kind of fun to decorate our new house. I actually bought a new tree--it is a slim style, and I really love it. I gave our old one to my oldest son--his wife really wanted it, and I really wanted them to have it. It is in good shape, except none of the lights worked, so my husband and I pulled all of them off last year (an awful job, not worth the time), so she'll just string lights on it this year. Oh, they also bought a house, well, her dad bought it, they will buy it from him. It is an older house that has been re-done, but the value is really in the piece of property--it is a gorgeous, huge lot with many trees and it's on a hill that kind of looks over the small town in which they live.

Thanksgiving was nice, but the night before, my middle son's wife decided they come to our house too often for holidays, so they went to her uncle's. This is typical of her--commit and then change at the last minute, so it wasn't unexpected, just disappointing. We just don't operate like that, but we also just adjust and hope they enjoy their holiday no matter where they spend it.

I surely hope you both had a relaxing and belly-filling Thanksgiving. I've managed a workout every day, and even got an outside walk in today. I also started my holiday baking--made some chocolate caramel cookies, dipped some pretzels, and made a batch of fudge. I plan to make some truffles this year--never have before, so should be an adventure.

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I got my pies done but didn't make the second one that used 2 crusts. When I went to place the top crust on it fell apart and I couldn't get it to fit on right. I just took it off and might use what remains for some other small pastry dish or something. I saw a recipe for tarts which needed a bottom set in the cupcake tins. I might try using what's left of the pie dough for that. This way there will be no waste.

I put a picture of my pies on Facebook, which is only the second time posting pictures there. They looked good, I only hope the taste is as good as they look.

I'm doing banana bread now. Had some over ripe ones and needed to use them instead of throwing them out. I hate to waste food. Did the mini loaves this time, and will do a couple larger ones later. Taking a break right now since it will take 35 minutes to bake the loaves.

I'm not sure if will get to the pumpkin bread today or the Reindeer Crack. Don will be home in about an hour and we'll need to cook the ham then.

Hope your day is going great for all. Lisa, hope you're feeling better and will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving Day. Have a wonderful evening, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Catch you later, G.

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MK, Happy Thanksgiving to you too. To bad you have to work 10 hours yet today, then do your Thanksgiving prepping.

I have all day to finish my pies. I'm working on my apple pies today. I decided to make 2 of them. One will have a top of another crust, a two crusted one the other will be a Dutch apple. I decided to remake the Pecan one and will take only the one I did last night and not the one I'm not sure baked long enough.

I ran out of apples so had to run to the store last night to get more. I'll also make a banana bread and pumpkin bread today. I saw a recipe on Facebook and will make that also, just for fun, It was the Reindeer Crack recipe. I think that will be a good start for my Holiday cooking.

Tomorrow we go over to Don's mom and sister's place for dinner. They won't eat until 5 PM so Don and I will have most of the day to bake the ham and finish the pies to take if I don't finish today.

I'll also will have to make up the spare bedroom, finish decorating the Christmas tree, and clean and vacuum the house. My daughter's family will be staying the night after the Thanksgiving dinner. The sister's have 2 cots we'll borrow so everyone will have a place to sleep. I'll also have to wrap the gifts I've already bought for my grand children. It'll be a busy day and Thanksgiving morning. I do better with time management when last minute.

Anyway your cheesecake sounds great, and will need to get the recipe sometime. I'm sure after Thanksgiving the Operation Burrito will be in full swing. Have a great Thanksgiving MK, take care. G. emoticon emoticon

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Hello - and happy Thanksgiving Eve!

I have to put in a full 10 hr work day today and then head home to bake pies and another cheesecake. Nice thing is with the "tester" cheesecake - I bring it to work and its all gone in no time - no leftovers!!!

I hope your pies all come out great Georgie. I'm sure the pecan pie will be awesome. Enjoy your family.

Lisa - hope your feeling better and your Thanksgiving is wonderful.

Only the best to you both.

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Lisa, sorry to hear that you're sick. Strep is nothing to fool around with. I'd take all the time needed to get well so you will be able to enjoy Thanks giving. Hope you're better soon.

Made my Pecan pie today and hope it turned out. It looks good and firm and I didn't even burn the crust. I made a mistake and wonder if maybe I should remake an other.

I was to cook it for 10 minutes on 400 degrees than turn it down to 350 degrees and cook for another 45 minutes. The problem was that when I turned the heat down I didn't turn the oven back on and didn't realize it until the buzzer went off.

This is really the first time I've used the oven since we got the new stove. With this oven you can't switch temps unless you first cancel the other temp than you need to press start for it to heat at the new temp. I didn't do that so the pie was in the oven but it wasn't on heat. I put it back in and cooked it for another 20 minutes hoping it will be enough time. The middle was firm and that was the way the instructions said how I can tell it was done. We'll see when we cut into it.

I wasn't sure if it was to early to do the apple pie. I'm not sure how long pies can stay out before we shouldn't eat them. I know the pecan will be fine for several days, but not sure about the apple. Should they be refrigerated once they are cut? Anyway I went ahead a pealed the apples, and good thing I did because I didn't have enough for 8 cups. I'll need to run to the store tonight to get some more. I went ahead and put the lemon juice on the and hope they won't turn brown. Maybe I should put them in cold water instead.

Anyway I need to do some more shopping tonight anyway so getting another bag of apples won't be a problem. My grand kids love apples and they will be staying over Thanksgiving night and I'm sure some of them will get eaten. I will eat them too as one of my fruits on my Jenny plan.

I need to get going, Don will be home soon and we'll need to run to the store. If I don't get on again before Thanksgiving, Have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving. emoticon emoticon

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Hello. Feeling a bit better. Been staying home on the weekends and getting lots of sleep. Got all the grocery shopping done for Thanksgiving. Made a "practice" cheese cake - glad I practiced - still tastes good, but I forgot an ingredient and I needed to make the crust a bit more crumbly. The crust is made out of oreos and they didn't break down all the way. So I will make another one either tonight or tomorrow. It is the pumpkin chocolate cheese cake I found on Facebook... tastes like pumpkin pie.

Well boss is coming my way - got to get going. Hope everyone gets to feeling better. Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Good morning. I'm home today with strep. Grrrr. . . went to fast care after work yesterday, but earlier in the afternoon I had the school nurse check me out, and she wanted me to leave school and go, but I had some things I needed to finish up. I'm improving by the hour, and hope to go in around noon. We'll see. The right side of my neck is really sore, and my glands are noticeably swollen on that side. Hopefully my most recent dose of the antibiotic will take care of that. I slept, and slept, and slept--was up a little before 4, so know I'll need a nap here soon.

I'll have to pack it in to finish cleaning and prepping for Thanksgiving. Was hoping to clean last night, didn't happen, of course.

Stay well, take care, and enjoy this upcoming holiday.



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Lisa, Thanks for the apple info. I bought McIntosh apples. I could buy a bag for $2.99 instead of buying them by the pound. The bag was on sale so I figured it was the best way to get them. The recipe I found used 6 to 8 cups of cored and peeled apples. I also bought the Pillsbury pie crust and got two packages just in case. I'm all set for my pie making.

It's snowing this morning but it's not sticking to the ground since it has been warm all week. It's jut wet and cold out. I'm staying home baking my breads but will wait until closer to Thanksgiving for the pies.

Today I'll clean the house, do some laundry, and make the bed in the spare bedroom while Don can help with the work. I'm still a little sore after the biopsy and it hurts to do heavy lifting yet.

Don does need to run over to get the car in the shop at 2, because we had a recall on the airbags and they came in so we need to get them installed. Tomorrow we'll go to Sam's and run our errands after Jenny's weigh in.

Need to get going if I want to accomplish anything today. I'll catch all later, G.

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School was cancelled today due to the weather, however, it didn't get nearly as bad as we thought it would. We only got about 2" of snow, however, just 20 miles east of us they got several more inches. I still had to go into work, and got much accomplished.

Buy the pie crusts, G. For $2.50 or less you can get two crusts--it is worth it, as it will save you so much time and aggravation, esp if you've never made a homemade crust before. I'm not sure what kind of apples you intend to use, but I strongly suggest you use an apple meant for baking--red Delicious are good for eating, but not so good for baking. Granny Smiths, Braeburns, and Jonagolds are all good choices, along with many others.

Feeling better today, still a little sore, but much improved. I'll get back to a full workout tomorrow. Today was just walking, stretching, and some ab work.

Stay safe in the snow, G. Good luck with your weigh in.



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Thank you Lisa, I was pleased you liked my post.

Wow, I'm sorry for all the pain you're having with the glut/hip/sciatica problem. I know it's a painful process for you and I too think it's silly you'll have to wait for PT. When you hurt it's the last thing you want to do is wait. Hope you'll get some relief soon.

We're to get snow possibly this weekend but today is beautiful. The sun is shinning and the temps will be near 70. Strange weather for November right before Thanksgiving. I've open up today, Maybe for the last time this fall. Tonight the cold front will arrive, and by tomorrow we'll drop down to 38 degrees with snow flurries. The same temps and possible snow for Sunday.

I'll need to dig out my heavy sweaters and coats to wear. I have the hardest time when the cold temps arrive, I am always colder until it's been around a while and my body can adjust. I'll need to try on my favorite sweaters, with my weight loss my 3X sweaters will be hanging on me. I'll need to see if I have some smaller ones still in my closet. I have a big cedar chest I might look through to see if I might still have some smaller sweaters in it. I just hope they aren't to out of style.

I'm glad I have some jeans that fit and some long sleeve tops to wear now. I do need to see if I can find a belt for the jeans though. They do slip down now while I wear them and am constantly pulling them up. It's mainly the waist, the hips an thighs fit in them just fine.

Going in for a Jenny appointment this Sunday and I feel I've lost some weight. During all the tests and traveling I was holding water. The swelling is down now and I look smaller too. My scale showed a few pounds down too but we'll see when I weigh on the Jenny scale.

Looking on the internet for apple pie recipes and instructions how to make a pie crust. I might just cheat a little and buy those Pillsbury pie crusts they have and use those instead of making one from scratch.

I need to get a few chores done today so will close for now. Enjoy the day, and have a wonderful weekend too. Lisa, I hope the blizzard passed by you. Take care if you did get the snow, and drive carefully. Bye for now, G.

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G, what a nice post. Your heartfelt words were comforting to me, and I wasn't even feeling like I needed comfort. Praise the Lord on your results.

MK, I have heard that animals grieve the loss of other animals close to them, as well as the loss of humans. Sometimes I think pets sense the grief of humans as well. Remember always that Jesus has found you, and you are His. I too will pray for you, life's struggles are overwhelming at times, and we all know that prayer is powerful. Hugs to you.

I ended up going to Urgent Care this morning, my glute/hip/sciatica problem was unbearable. I was told I injured it at some point, and I could just never do enough to make it go away, so here we are. It is actually a back problem--the hip is fine--even though the pain seems more in that area. I've compensated for long enough that I'm having pain in some other areas as well. I went back to school to finish up a few things and left at 1:45, got my medication, and am just relaxing now. They also recommended PT, but don't have any openings until after Thanksgiving, which I think is ridiculous. I had better be much improved by then. As far as I'm concerned, they can just give me the exercises, and I'll do them on my own. My activity is greatly limited. I can only do standing cardio like walking and elliptical. No biking, rowing, or anything where I sit to do the exercise.

Blizzard coming tonight. It is now snowing, but melting right away. The wind will continue to increase, and by morning we will have 3-6" of snow on the ground, along with winds in excess of 30 mph. School will be impacted, I'm sure. I still have to work, which is fine, as I have plenty to do!

I really want to exercise, but I think I'll focus on abs, maybe some Pilates moves, and by tomorrow I hope to have a good workout plan figured out for the next couple of weeks.

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MK, prayers do help, but are answered in his time, not ours. So sorry you're all still struggling with the loss of Oscar. Animals are just as sensitive to loss as humans, they just can't express it like we can. Anyone who say they don't have feelings or personalities and are just dumb animals are wrong. They do feel, know what's going on around them and can feel pain and loss.

I did get good news today about my biopsy. It was negative and benign. I will need to have a fallow up mammogram in about 6 months though. I know God is watching over me and helped me get through this scare about my health. I will say on top on this from now on. I can enjoy the holidays and count my blessings and will hug and kiss everyone in my family and tell them how much I love them every day.

Making my corn pudding today so Don can take it to work for his holiday pot luck. It just came out of the oven and look so good, I wish I could have some tonight. I'll just have to make another for us to enjoy this weekend. It's usually the dish we have for Thanksgiving, but we're not doing the meal this year. We'll go over to Don's mom and sister's place instead. I will still need to make my pies next week to take with me. I'll need to do a little research on how to make an apple pie, I've never made one. I only hope it will turn out good for Thanksgiving.

I've been just sitting around since Wednesday after the biopsy but today feel like my old self. I'm still a little bit sore but it looks good and I will be able to shower tomorrow. My hair is driving me nuts it's so stringy and dirty, it will be nice to wash it then.

I'm ready to start baking and making my candies now. Earlier this week I bought all my baking things. I'll start with the pies and g from there.

I need to get off here but will try to get on later. Everyone have a good evening. God Bless All The Animals, and all of Us too.

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Hello. Was a very somber weekend for us - as the reality of our little Oscar being gone - we see the other dogs coming to this realization as well. We are trying to make sure to take them on special runs in the fields and that they are loved, but we can really tell how sad they are.... how sad we are.

I've been seeing myself get larger and larger - I cry about it - I know that I'm causing this, but can't seem to figure out how to turn it around. I'm really feeling clueless. I remember how I was 2 years ago and I'm trying to remember how things changed for me then, but its like I've lost myself - like I'm just lost.

I'll continue to pray.

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I continue to be hopeful about our nations future. Only time will tell what the outcome of the election will bring. I will miss Obama, I think he did his best and was a good president. I hope so will Trump mellow some and really take things, and our nation's problems seriously.

I did not get good news when taking my mammogram. Last Friday was a second look from the other I had a week ago. Showing pockets of tissue, they say are lumps which I'll need to have an image biopsy done. I've not felt any lumps during exams but they are showing on the results. They said 85% are negative but will have to schedule the biopsy as soon as we can. I'm waiting for the results before telling everyone in the family what's going on. It's the holidays and I want it to be as happy as it can so will wait until the first of the year to tell anyone.

I have confided in my sister and my best friend. She has just gone through dealing with this and is now getting reconstructive surgery on her breasts. She has been forth coming as to what I might expect on the next step and I feel will be there during all I'm having done. She's and I have known one another for almost 20 years. We met when I worked as a carpet sells person back in 1986. It's hard to believe it's been that long.

As for my food I've been stress eating, and not really making the best choices. Because of all the tests, running around and taking Don to and from work, I've been eating out more and slipped into the fast food route. Although I've had Jenny here and there I have eaten several times a week out. I've tried to stay with salads, soups, I've also eaten sandwiches, but a half portion with a soup or a salad, and have drank water. My swelling is back and am retaining water. I think the food you eat out has more fats, sugars, and salt which is why I'm having my swelling return. Things are settling down this week and will try to get back on track. I'll have to take Don to work tomorrow to return the oxygen monitor, but so far that's the only thing I need to do.

One good thing I've been active but it still hasn't helped me losing weight. I've gained at least 3 or 4 pounds in two weeks. I need to get a handle on my eating. At least no more Halloween candy or chips in the house, which has also been my downfall. I have enough Jenny meals, snacks and other foods to get me through this week and plan to follow the plan closely.

My Sunday will be quite, I'll make some soup, and we plan to watch the Seattle game tonight and will try to have only one beer during the game. Not many other plans for today. I'll don some cleaning and laundry, but that will be all.

With all my running around, I did get a start on Christmas shopping for the grand children. I've finish shopping for my daughters children, so only have my son's girls to shop for. I still might get a few gift cards for my son and daughter as there gifts but then I'm finished.

Thanksgiving is going to be at Don's mom, and sisters place this year so only need to bring one item for that. I'm making pies and will try to make my crust from scratch. Hoping they will turn out good.

Need to get off here and start on my day. Have a blessed Sunday and a great week. Catch all later, G.

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Sunday blessings. The granddaughers stayed over last night, so we got a little extra time with them. My husband made them pancakes, their favorite for breakfast this morning, now it's time for church.

I just looked at my post from yesterday--I meant Washington, DC, of course, not WA state.

Football and chores today--nothing too exciting. I just saw a weather report of the possibility of 6" of snow next weekend. I think today would be a good day to put up the outdoor Christmas decorations--I won't light them yet, but I see lots of people getting their outdoor decorations started.

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My brother's comment about the election summed it up best, I thought. He said: I really think this is less of a win for Republicans and more a "middle finger" type message to the current political establishment in WA. It's a shame our country had to send that message to begin with, if his opinion has any merit. I'm concerned for sure, however, I simply couldn't bring myself to support either candidate. Be that as it may, I will continue to pray for our president and country as I have in the past, because I know that God is King over all, and I pray "Thy will be done."

Making slow but steady progress on getting back to where I was a little over a year ago. I'm looking in the mirrors at the Y, and noticing small changes, but I'm mostly concerned, because when I put these 12 lbs. on, it appears they all settled around my middle. I do know that happens with menopause, but thought I could prevent it.

My son and granddaughters will be here soon, we'll have brunch, and then travel to my oldest's place two hours away for my grandsons' birthday parties. The youngest has a Nov. birthday, and the oldest a Dec. one, but my daughter in law is always great at having their parties together. Her parties are great, because she is so darn creative, and she makes the cutest cakes/displays.

All continues to go well here. I made a big mistake at school yesterday and I was called on it, and clearly reprimanded. Had I simply taken a moment to think about the decision I was making rather than make it quickly, I would have prevented this situation. I've made the apologies, but I'm a bit frustrated with myself, because I do know better.

It sounds like this our last week of unseasonably warm weather. By next Friday, we'll be getting out our winter coats and gloves, which is fine.

MK, hugs to you. I know you have fond memories of Oscar. I saw the picture you posted, what a cutie. Again, best of success with the promotion.

I hope your dog is well, G. I love dogs, but in many ways I'm glad we no longer have one. I'm grateful for the joy the company they have provided to us over the years. I'm sure you are sticking with your Jenny plan as well.



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MK, sorry to hear about your little dog. They are just as much a member of our family as our human children. I feel your pain, having a scare last week or so about my dog.

I too am worried how this election is effecting the nation. I can only hope and pray that people will not follow Trump's example. I'm sorry it was your nationality who were attacked. I've had many friends with different nationalities, backgrounds, handicaps, and women friends. It's a sad state when leaders show such disgraceful actions. I only hope the effects will pass. The meeting with Obama today showed a respectful Trump. I hope it was a sign that he'll take his office seriously and respectfully. Only time will tell.

Tomorrow I need to have a retest of my mammogram. It wasn't clear and they might have seen something in the last test. Praying it was nothing but am worried about it. Don took off work to go with me, they said I would know for sure tomorrow. Pray that it's good news.

Lazy today and a bit depressed but needed to get going and get off my butt and get some things done yet today. I'll let everyone know what I find out. In the mean time have a great afternoon and evening. Catch you later, G.

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Hello. Sad day. Our little dog Oscar passed away. We are not sure exactly what happened - even the vet thought he just had bad diarrhea, gave us meds and sent him home - but he became worse through the night and passed about 3 a.m. He had very severe skin allergies and was on prednisone for years and that stuff can destroy the kidneys. In the past couple years we got him off of that and he was on special flea meds (internal & external) which made him comfortable - so we thought he would heal from the years of the bad steroid meds, but I think his little body just couldn't do it any more. My husband is very upset - it was his little buddy.

I'm also upset about what is happening in this nation. Locally we now have Pro-Trump people harassing Mexicans. So now I'm extremely worried about my family. My husband works in yards of very prominent white people - some not so prominent - but the blanket of hate has already reared its ugly head. Its dangerous out there now - more than ever.

I can only shake my head in disbelief. What are we teaching our children? Bully people, spew hate & violence, and if you have enough money - you get to be president.

I will continue to pray for our leaders, especially Donald Trump, and all of our nation to find peace.

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Hello. I finally made it to IKEA this weekend and bought myself a wardrobe closet and a new down comforter. Yesterday was spent putting the closet together - by myself - and I messed up on one thing, but other than that - the closet is built and put into place; clothing has been put in and 3 bags of clothes ready for donation! Next thing is cleaning out the dresser.

Still no gym yet - yeah I know - I really need to get something in my schedule. I have been really being much better at my food - and with that I'm feeling much better and I feel it in my clothes. I have been getting out and walking more and I'm carrying my gym bag in the truck so I can go to the gym anytime.

Mom & Dad are about the same. Not much new on that end. It has been a nice reprieve - which I will enjoy while it is here!

Still no word on the job - today is the last day to get the video interviews completed - mine is already done. So it is a wait and see. I'm sure they will have another in-person interview.

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It's Monday morning. I am waiting to leave for my sleep center appointment. It's a fallow-up since I've been using the C-Pap for a little over a month. It's been fine so far except for the last few weeks. The instructions state I must use it for 4 hours or more/night. I've had so many appointments lately I've had to get up at 5 to take Don to work so I can have the car. I've done this 3 times last week and also this morning. I have to get to bed earlier when I am taking him and have had a hard time doing it. One morning I stayed in bed waiting for it to move past 4 hours. Don came in and kept telling me to get up but I wanted to make sure I did 4 hours the night before. Silly, I don't think a few minutes would have made a difference. I'll check on that today when I talk to them.

I might see if I can vote today instead of waiting until tomorrow, If I wait I'll need to get up again to take Don to work so we can vote right when the polls open at 6:30. They are open between 8 and 2 today so I'll run by after my appointment. I like having the car but it's a lot of driving. 30 minutes there and the same coming back. I'll drive it twice every time I take him. He'll drive there early morning I need to drive back and then drive up in the afternoon. It's terrible traffic in the after noon and I often run into slow or stopped traffic, Which can be nerve racking.

After loosing 4 pounds in one week I've gained 2.6 of that back. I'm running into a few old habits by running through fast food places to get a quick sandwich. Not the best plan, and Don and I, once I get him in the evening stop to eat on the way home rather than us going home and fixing something. Then there's the candy from Halloween, I told myself I won't eat it but still have. Not as much as I used to, I find it almost sickening sweet to eat. I finally got my tooth fixed so am back to eating carrot sticks, celery sticks, nuts, and my apples which I love. So hopefully I'll do better this week.

Sunday Don cleaned the carpet in the great room, at least 1/2 of it so this afternoon I'll vacuum it and move the table chairs and bar stool out of the way so he can finish it tonight before The Seahawks play. That's the plan anyway. They have an 8 o'clock game.

The time change is effecting me today, for some reason I'm a bit sluggish. I did get my 4 hours last night, but lately It's been more like 6 or more, which I think might be the reason for me being tired today.

Lacie's back to her old self, eating, barking, and even a bit playful. She hasn't tried to jump on the bed though. When she was sick she missed and fell back off so I think she's still not sure about that.

I need to get off here and get ready for my appointment so will close for now. At least it'll be a beautiful day, around 65 and sunny. I will enjoy this weather while I still have it. I hope everyone has a wonderful day. Take care, G.

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Good Sunday afternoon. We are enjoying yet another mild, but windy, November day. The forecast indicates the week ahead will remain mild as well, so I'll just enjoy it while it lasts.

We went to a wedding in Iowa this weekend and had a wonderful time. My weight gain was quite apparent in the photos, and so here I go. I am simply not sustaining my healthy eating practices, so I am in the process of really prepping for the week. I've got carrots and celery ready to go, a healthy chicken enchilada soup in the crock pot, and I'm going to make an egg bake to reheat for breakfasts this week. It just seems that if I do lose a couple of pounds I put them right back on. I can tell in my clothes as well.

My grandson turned 5 today; he is a creative and loving young boy, who still like to snuggle with his grandma and grandpa. We will celebrate next week at their place, and I'm hoping we can take our granddaughters along. The Lord has given us the gift of grandchildren to enjoy, and we are thankful. My close friend, and mother of the groom of this weekend's wedding, was saying how she is ready for grandchildren, but that she wasn't a year ago when her daughter got married. I reminded her of how much she loves spending time with our grandchildren. She agreed, but said the word grandma makes her feel old. I assured her that the pleasure of grandchildren outweighs any feeling the word grandma conveys.

We continue to recover at school; and I remain busy, as usual. My husband went to part-time at his job last week, as the work load was simply decreasing, and he was going to have to travel out of state if he wanted to stay full time. He's been preparing for this since we moved up here, so it's really no surprise, but we will still have some adjusting to do.

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Hello. Lots of things going on with the two of you...

Lisa - so sorry (and sad) to hear about the tragic loss. I can't even imagine the pain that everyone is in - let alone the family. My prayers go out to them and you.

Georgie - I sure hope that Lacey will be ok. Thinking about you as well. So hard to see our "fur" babies in pain or ill.

Not too much going on around here. I completed my video interview for the research position. That was more difficult than I thought. The questions are given to you to read - then you hit the record button (there is an app that I had to download first) then it gives you 3 minutes to answer - you can replay and re-record up to 4 times. It is amazing how tongue tied a person can get... well me anyway. Made it through all 5 questions and submitted it. Now is the wait. I'm sure there will be an in-person interview as well.

Parents are doing the same. I really can only see them once a week... I'm amazed at how much it zaps my energy. Mom was quite "active" when I saw her on Monday. I was singing the song "daisy, daisy, give me your answer true..." and she actually hummed and sung a few words to that song. It was great!! She is not always able to feed herself - so I assist her when I'm there - but boy when the caregiver comes into view her face lights up... I also love seeing that as well.

Well I have to get back to my data. Take care!

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Hi everyone, Happy November. I can't believe it's November all ready. I took Don to work today because our Dog Lacie was sick. She was vomiting, very listless, not eating, and stumbling when walking, shacking her head, or if she tried to jump up would fall backwards. They kept her today to run tests, blood work and do some x-rays. If I haven't heard anything by 3 I'll need to call and see what's up. It will be an expensive vet bill I'm sure.

Nakita , the other dog I have wined when I penned her up this morning and took only Lacie with me. When I came home she was going all over the house wining again because she didn't see her sister. I hope it's not serious and just some type of bug. They are both up there in age, Nakita is 13, and Lacie is 12, so they are old girls.

Keeping my cell phone near, that's the number I gave to Vet, while doing laundry and some light cleaning. It'll be a long day for me while I wait to hear any news.

I need to go and get another load in so will close for now, G.

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Lisa, wow a house so fast. it should be nice to have him home for Christmas. Is it near you as well? it's an exciting time when you have your own house. It's a smart idea to have renters later. Since it's near a college, he could rent to students or the staff, but would make sure they are responsible enough to rent. I've heard horror stories about renting to students.

My one dog is sick and Don was cleaning up the results from last night early this morning. Unfortunately he doesn't pick up the larger chunks first and although he used the spot bot, it doesn't completely clean it so when I got up it was just big ugly stains were he ran it. I'll have to go back and clean it again later today.

I wondered if she was not well last night. She was listless and when I went to let her out stumbled, and almost fell out the door. She usually jumps on the bed at night too and last night missed and fell back to the floor. Still stumbling this morning some and won't eat, even treats which she loves to have when going out to potty. I don't have a car so can't take her to the vet. I'll call and maybe see if we can get her in with in the next day or two. I'll watch her today and see how she's doing.

Trick or treat tonight around here. We always have way to much candy we still had a very large bag left over from last year, I'll look at it and see if still good to give out tonight, but we bought a new bag just encase so I'm sure we'll have to much again this year. Most of the places around here have older people and not many children. If there are children they are the grand kids of the neighbors. We do have more houses on our street this year so it might increase the number some. We only had about 12 or so last year.

I'll need to get out and clean around my front door again, still old wasps nests and spider webs on the door. We don't use it much because we enter through the garage door so it's needing to be cleaned.

It's to be nice tonight and not to cold, maybe low 50's but no rain anything showing on radar. It's mid 60's today so a good day to get out and clean the porch and front door.

I need to tackle the mess left from the sick dog again scrubbing it and hope it comes up better. We'll get the big shampooer out this weekend and clean all the carpet and that should help the stains. We've been wanting to do it anyway before Thanksgiving.

I've got to eat some lunch, so will close for now. Happy Halloween everyone, enjoy trick or treat tonight. Bye for now, G.
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It has been an interesting afternoon. My youngest son bought a house. We went to an open house, he put in an offer, and it was accepted without a counter. He is near the local college campus, and he has enough room and a separate entrance to the basement if he would want to take in a few renters, but that would be down the road. They set the closing date for Dec. 15, so he'll be in by Christmas.

I got an hour long spin bike class in today, and a few chores done. I do have some schoolwork to do, but it is all on the computer, so I can do it at home.

Halloween tomorrow. I hope I have enough candy--we just don't know how many trick or treaters we will get, but I guess we'll just turn off the light if we run out.

I'm going to have an egg salad sandwich for my meal tonight. I was going to make some tomato soup, but I think I'll wait, as I don't want a lot of leftovers. We are going to a wedding next weekend, so we won't be around to eat anything I've made.

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Lisa, glad to feeling better. Hope the rest of the illness clears out completely soon. Sorry to hear about the tragedy your school family is dealing with. The loss of a child is never easy, and there are no words that really comfort them. God is with the child now and our prayers are with them.

I've never heard of Piriformis Syndrome, but it sounds like it might be painful and hard to deal with. Moderation of exercise is always a good idea when in doubt. Hope you'll be better soon.

I lost 4 pounds last week, before my tooth issue so we'll see about this week because of the limited food I've been eating. Not going out as much so that might help some. We finished up the chili Don took to his cook off on Friday last night, and it really tasted pretty good to me. It was the one I gave you a while back that tasted like Wendy's Chili. There was one of Don's employee friends that actually said it tasted like Wendy's made it. Who would have guessed.

Not sure what's going on today, but Don just got home and we'll need to decide what we're doing yet today. We have a lot of outside work to do and Don still wants to clean out the garage before it gets to cold. Today would be a great day to do that since we're going to be very warm today, near 75 degrees and sunny.

Need to go but will catch everyone later. Have a wonderful afternoon and weekend. Bye for now, G.

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I am mostly recovered from my laryngitis/cough affliction. My voice is still a little rough, but at least I have it back.

I experienced a first this week in my 25+ years in education. A K student in my school died in a house fire earlier this week. It was tough, however, I sought some spiritual guidance from a pastor up here, and I asked my siblings to pray to give me wisdom and strength to say the right words and do the right things. I had incredible support and guidance from our district office, and, of course, my staff members rose to the occasion to support the teacher of this class. The funeral will be next Thursday, and I will attend, of course.

That has consumed my week. I've managed a few workouts; actually did a 90 minute Halloween spin ride last night. It was really fun. I also have been diagnosed with piriformis syndrome, which is causing not only my hip/glute pain, but also the pain on the top of my foot. Who knew?? Anyway, I can do most activity, just carefully and modified, but no squats til further notice.

G, I hope your tooth is feeling better. It's so hard to wait for relief from that type of
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MK, how are things on the west coast? I hope you are doing well.




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I found a local dentist here in Xenia. I saw him yesterday at 1:40 in the afternoon. Don took the afternoon off to take me. We got back home around 3 then we had a early dinner. The dentist could only do a temporary fix by placing a temporary filling in the tooth. I can't get it really fixed until November 3rd. It's still sensitive to cold and hot, and I have to watch what I eat. Nothing to hard to chew, I was eating some nuts and cheese for a snack at night, so now it's just cheese. I had spaghetti for dinner so food like that still ok to have.

I'm going to have soup for lunch(not to hot) and that will be fine I think. Still having my coffee in the morning, just letting it sit a while before drinking, and was able to eat a Jenny breakfast sandwich. It's slowing down my eating which is actually a good thing.

Tomorrow I'll make chili in the slow cooker for Don. We'll have to run to the store to get a few ingredients for it though tonight. He wants to take it to a chili cook off his work is having on Friday. This is a special recipe and has more heat to it because of the spices added. I like it but a bit spicy for me right now.

Doing laundry today and will need to scrub the middle bathroom floor, especially the grout lines. To do those I will need to put toilet cleaner on them and then wash it off. I need to keep the dogs out while doing it because of the use of the toilet cleaner. It's badly needed in there because it's the one used the most by everyone, including Don and me. I'll also dust and mop the other floors while I'm at it.

I need to get some lunch, then to the bathroom for cleaning! I'll catch everyone later. MK, so sorry for your UTI infection. Hope you can get it taken care of soon. Lisa, hope your feeling better soon too. Have a great afternoon you two. Bye for now, G.

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Hello. Sorry to hear that you've been sick Lisa - hope you get better soon. Georgie - wow on the chip tooth.. I've had that happen before.. hope you get it all fixed up.

Not much going on here. Celebrated my husbands birthday on Saturday - it was a really fun family time.

Finally got some news about the job interview - it will be a video interview. Never done one of them before and will let you know how it goes.

Another UTI my way... dang thing. It doesn't present itself like a "normal" UTI with painful elimination, but it takes some time and my whole body begins to feel bad. So off to the doc this morning and going to come up with a solution for this - which will probably be my own test strips so I can catch it earlier. Last time by the time the painful elimination happened the infection was almost into my kidneys - so I do not want that to happen.

Well got to get to work. Lots of Federal grant data to get compiled. Take care ladies.

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Lisa, sorry you're not feeling well. Sounds like a really bad cold or maybe the flu. Feel better soon.

I'm trying to find a dentist covered under our plan, that Don got from his work. I chipped my tooth last night and have been looking on line ever since then. Don came home and looked under his plan so I'm now seeing if I can get into see them later today. It's sensitive to heat and cold plus eating. The next one I'm going to call won't open until 8am. We'll see if they can work me in today.

I'm trying to have coffee and something to eat that won't hurt my tooth too bad. I can eat on the right side of my mouth, the chipped one is on the left. I only hope I can take care of my tooth today.

This is going to be a long day for calling people to fix my tooth. Such a bummer.

I need to get off here and call places so will get on later after I'm done. Everyone take care, G.

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Sunday blessings. I'm in my chair wrapped in blanket, sipping water and cough drops. I've lost my voice and have one monster of a cough. The act of coughing is just wearing me out! I don't feel too bad otherwise--but I'm going to pass on my hour long spin class this afternoon. I can't tell yet if this is going to get worse before it gets better, or if I'm on my way to getting over this. I hope it's the latter!

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A gorgeous, mild autumn day here today. It was cool this morning, but it feels good now. I have a pork roast in the crock pot for some shredded pork sandwiches tonight, and I'm hard boiling some eggs for deviled eggs and for the week ahead. Doing some laundry, threw in my shower curtains, should probably do some rugs as well. My husband finished cleaning out the garage today; we just had a few more things that needed to be stored and put away. I almost took a spill this morning, as I tripped over some things getting to my car. It's dark now at 7 AM!

Got my Y workout in. I'm so glad I joined. I work out hard while I'm there, and I love the spinning classes. In addition, I can take my time. I wish they'd open at 6 on Sat. instead of 7, but I'll live. During the week they open at 5, so that's good.

Still fighting the battle, although the view in mirror today wasn't quite as appalling as last week's view. I've made several adjustments to my eating plan, but it is always a work in progress.

Time to go find some light bulbs for the kitchen. Have a wonderful weekend.



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Hello, good day to all. Staying the same with my weight. Still struggling and gained 1.6 the same I lost the week before. I've been picking my own foods on Jenny and seem to be eating the same lunch and dinner choices I always do. I'll look at the pre planned menu they offer and maybe go back to that again. They have done research and the layout of the menus are to help the losses so going back to the planned ones might help me start losing again.

We bought a new DVD player over the weekend and Don has hooked it up so now I can play some of the exercise ones I have and have vowed to do some a few times during the week. Also my consultant gave me a list of motivational things for homework and she wants me to do them before our next visit.

Yesterday I had my lady checkup and the doctor said everything looks good but am still waiting for the results of the pap and will do a mammogram November 4th. If everything checks out fine, she said because of my age, I won't need another pap for several years. Hope all show normal.

Did laundry today and a few chores, not much going on though, so am on the computer until Don gets home. He'll be here any time now.

The weather is also gray out and looks like we might get some rain later today and possibly the rest of the week. We have been dry and we could use some rain. However, there's a cold front coming through on Thursday and the temps will drop below 60 for the weekend. I think this will be the normal for the rest of October.

Don just called so I need to get dinner going, so will close for now. Have a wonderful evening, G.



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Hello - boy can I relate to that Lisa!! I saw pictures of me in Reno - ewwwwww ick ick ick... face is rounder, middle is rounder... must get a handle on this!!!

My food has been much better - though there are a few slides now and again, but I've really worked on cutting out the fat. Its the sugar that is a problem, but I've prayed for help and God decided to give me indigestion every time - EVERY time - I have any type of processed sugar... so if I have it - I know I'll suffer - but it has really helped me not to eat that stuff because of how bad it makes me feel.

The exercise is lacking. That is really all I can say about that - it is lacking greatly. Never thought I'd be here with those words, but it happened. I will continue my search for level - and what works for me. The bad news is that my knee is giving out on me more and more - this does not help with wanting to walk/exercise. I walked the stairs the other day and I'm still hurting from it. I think its time to go see that orthopedic guy... boo

Well mom/dad still hanging in there. No changes - no injuries - knocking on wood!!!

No word on the job - still no interviews yet - only a letter requesting patience. So I waits.

Well another meeting to head to. Take care ladies!

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Lisa I know how you feel. It's a constant battle losing weight. I'm still struggling with these 3 pounds I can't seem to lose. I'm hoping it'll be down this week but I don't think it will. I've stayed the same when I weigh on my scale as I did last week. Here's hoping for good news.

Exercise is my downfall. I don't get enough. I'm getting my sleeping in control, and now I need to become more active during the day. The weather is nice enough to walk, I just need to venture out and go. My food is the same, although eating out is a challenge because I have some drinks. We've gone out twice this week, and will probably eat out today as well. After I weigh in we've also been going out for breakfast so this has to stop too. All these things are causing the standstill.

I love this weather. It's also been 60's-70's here too. Nice mild temps so no excuse to stay indoors. We'll be warmer today and tomorrow with the high 70's to low 80's, but the humidity is still down so it feels nice.

I'm waiting on Don to come home, we'll need to run some errands yet today. He wants to look for a power washer. His old one is not working and the parts on it are broken. Fixing it would be expensive, almost the same as buying a new one so he decided to buy a new one.

We'll get to the garage and get it cleaned out so he can power wash it and organize it as well. He wants to put the summer things toward the back and get out the winter things to the front. He'll fire up the blower and make sure it's working, and drain the mower. Lots planned, we'll see if we'll get it all done.

I need to print my menu for Jenny yet so will close for now. Everyone have a great day, and a wonderful weekend. Bye for now, G.

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After my 30 minute intense elliptical workout at the Y last night, I walked a couple of laps to cool down. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror at one end of the track, and I just about died. I have gotten so thick across my middle. Did I know this: yes. Did I realize just how it looks: nope. My exercise clothes are usually tighter fitting, so the rolls and bulges really show. Ick, ick, ick. Anyway, just yet another renewed effort to monitor what goes into my mouth. Started today with a banana (pre workout), then had some scrambled egg whites with a few bacon bits, and a thin bun as toast w/a little honey, and some grapes, coffee and water as well.

I have to ref today--last one for the year, Yippee. Immediately after, we are headed to our former town to watch an area college football game with some friends, there will be food aplenty, so moderation is a must.

Gorgeous days here lately, 60-70s, which is rather mild for mid-October. We'll take it, though.

I'm just really angry with myself for letting this amount of weight come back on. I know what to do. finding the motivation to do so will be tough.



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Hello. Sorry I haven't been here - just been working - LOTS of work. I haven't even had an interview yet for the promotion. There are 20 applicants and 5 were "trimmed" off the top - qualified, but not what they were looking for. 15 left and 5 of those are internal. My boss is giving me tons of the work for that position, but I know not to read too much into that. I can't even imagine how long this hiring process is going to be with 15 applicants.

I was able to talk with girlfriend of mine about all the stuff I've been dealing with. She thinks that the depression is hanging on longer because I have to deal with my dad (and his depression) as well as my mom. The grief I've had over my sister was the proverbial "cherry on top".

I'm working on my food and for the past week I've done really pretty well. I was almost to the gym - had my bad packed for the morning - but couldn't get moving in the morning. I'll get there...

G - happy the C-pap is working for you. Your body will take some time adjusting to getting the appropriate amount of sleep and I think you'll start seeing the weight come off.

L - how fun getting back into the classes - especially spin class. I do miss that the most and hope to get back it soon.

Take care ladies!

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I did a little research on the stink bugs. I guess they are new to the US, haven't been here long and are just now moving inland and now are in our area. They eat things grown in a garden like pepper plant and tomato plants. both we have by our patio in the back. That is the door I open and use a screen when the weather is cooler. I guess it said as it gets cooler they look for warm areas to stay. They aren't harmful to humans unless crushed then the release a foul order. It's just If they come into the warm house they set up camp and I do not need them in here. I have enough bugs around thank you.

Today is our anniversary. we've been married 46 years today. It doesn't seem like it's been that long because we love and cherish just as much as we did when we were married. I love Don so very much and am so happy he is still a part of my life. I don't know what I'd do if he was not with me.

We'll probably go out to eat tonight and toast our life together. I'm not sure where we'll go, but I'm sure we'll enjoy the night together.

Sunday I lost 1.6 pounds and am now .4 lower than my lowest weight loss. I feel better now and hope it's a continuing trend for me to keep losing. I'm not sure if getting better sleep and more sleep at night has helped but I think it's part of it. My sugars have been great since using the C-Pap, and the swelling is down in my feet and legs. I just hope it stays this way.

Another beautiful day. Sunny, cooler temps and very Fall like. I think they are saying it will stay this way for the rest of the week. I thought we might get some of the rain from Matthew but It's not going to move inland anytime soon. I do feel for those who are having such terrible rain and storms, because of it. My prayers are with them all.

I still need to get moving on some chores, I need to do a little extra cleaning because Don put up some shelves to set our Cable an VCR's on. He had to drill into the wall to place them. It's a lot of dust, dirt and sawdust brought in the house from the garage. I'm glad we have it done now but I need to dust, sweep and vacuum today.

I hope you continue with the Y Lisa, it sounds like you're find new things to do with the exercise. Keep up the great job. Enjoy the bike riding challenge, I know it's something you like doing. MK, hope all is great your way. Everyone have a wonderful day. Bye for now, G.

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Completed an hour long cycling "double burn" ride at the Y. Loved it. It goes for 4 Sundays, and it was $12 for members for all 4 weeks. The ride included the use of resistance bands for strength work. One of my teachers and her twin sister are the instructors and they do an excellent job selecting music and keeping the variety changing so riding boredom doesn't set in. I joined the Y a week ago, and have done 3 workouts there so far. I'll get there tomorrow as well. It feels good to have such variety, and I definitely work harder there than I do at home.

G, you mentioned the stink bugs--we don't have them around here, but we have the boxelder bugs that are just nasty. They were thick at our church this morning, but I haven't seen too many around our house.

I'm just finishing up some laundry, and then I'm going to do some heavy reading for school--got a project in the works, and I need to get up to speed with the information.

We had our first hard freeze last night, but today is fairly mild, low 60s and windy. Tomorrow is supposed to get in the 70s, and then it is cool down time--50s the rest of the week. Autumn has arrived! My husband and I drove to a state park yesterday that has trails and gorgeous color in the autumn, but we were about two weeks too late. It was still gorgeous, and we had a pleasant walk on the trails, but I'll definitely note to go late September next year. We had been warned that Oct. is too late, but I'd never been there and wanted to see what it was like.

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Happy Saturday. It's turning cooler now and the leaves are turning. Our high will be around 65 today and about the same on Sunday. I do love fall, but I wish all the bugs would die. We've been having our share of Stink Bugs and everyday I have to watch they don't enter the house. I've been seeing as many as 5 on my screen door. I don't remember them being this bad or even seeing them around. I think I'll have to buy some bug defense spray and spray around the house and garden to get rid of them.

I've been using the C-Pap Machine since Wednesday and I've been sleeping better and have averaged 6 &1/2 hours at night so far. I'm also not as tired during the day or feeling lethargic. I still do feel a little tired at times, but I'm staying awake more now. My sugars have been much better as well which makes me very happy.

I gained 2 pounds last Sunday but have lost inches, so far an inch off my waist, hips, and stomach. My bust's the same though, and the swelling is down in my legs. I just hope with me sleeping at night now it'll help me lose better.

I'm waiting for Don to get home from work, he's been going in 1/2 days on Saturday. Then we'll get our hair cut and run our errands too. We don't need that much at the store, when I had the car on Wednesday I bought some fruit and veggies. We bought a new flavor of yogurt too, candied apple and pumpkin. So far they are really good but like the apple one better. We also bought Sargento snack balance which have both cheese bits and nuts and fruits. It's only 170 calories but makes it easy to have as a snack. I've limited them though so I don't over indulge. You should try them, they make an easy portable snack to take to work.

Don just called so I'll need to get off and get our running around finished. I'll try to touch base later. Everyone have a great weekend. Bye for now, G.

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Happy weekend. Monday is a holiday for us, which I'm grateful for, because I have so much work to do.

I joined the Y the other day, but I've only worked out there once so far. I've had a really busy week--lots of evening obligations, but I hope to get there early tomorrow morning, and again on Sunday. I also managed to get a cold, which hit me hard last night and today, so I was exhausted when I got home from work. It was also a stressful day at work, as I had to tackle a very tough personnel matter. Even though it didn't take a long time, it was taxing mentally.

Lately, though, I've just felt "off". My exercise isn't consistent--it's either feast or famine, like this week. I can't seem to get my meals planned effectively for the week, as I just don't have the desire.

Well G, did your C-Pap machine work out? Hopefully you're getting some good rest and managing to get back with the Jenny program.

Anything new in your world MK? Did you get the promotion at work?

I hope you both find something to enjoy this weekend.




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Hello, Just a note. I'm finally getting my C-Pap machine today. I have to go to an instructional meeting at 9. I'm not happy though, I'll be renting it for 13 months before it's mine. I also have to have used it every night for at least 4 hour/night before my check in on how it working 31 days from today. If I don't meet the stipulations, I'll have to pay for the machine. Right now the rental will be covered by Medicare and my secondary insurance so I won't have any out of pocket costs which is fine with me.

I'm still struggling with those 3 pounds. I'm not breaking through and having a steady loss. It's frustrating, so am looking at what I've been doing and will see what I need to do to break the plateau. I know exercise and charting will help.

I also go my new glasses and exam. It's been 3 years since I had them checked. My sight changed slightly but not that bad. I also got sun glasses since it was buy one get the second 1/2 price. Now to get back to normal.

I'm having issues today and hope it stops before I have to go to get my C-Pap and meeting. I feel terrible and need to watch the coffee. It seems when I drive Don to work I end up drinking more than usual so I'm thinking that's the problem or at least adding to it.

I need to leave for the appointment so will close for now. Have a great day. G.

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Ah, the weekend. Today I ref an 8th grade VB match, and then it's just chores, and work. I have to plan for an after school workshop for all the new teachers in the district--it will be fun, but I have to make sure I keep them engaged for an hour AFTER they've taught all day.

I'm going to join the Y for 3 months--and then I'll decide if I want to keep the membership. It is more expensive than an annual membership, but worth it since I want to see if I'll use it. I need to get out of the house more, and I love some of the options offered for classes, especially the spin classes.

It is really getting beautiful around here-colors, the true autumn type temps, and of course, the pumpkin spice flavored items are all over the place.

I bought a new love seat yesterday, but of course, it won't be in for about a month. The sofa we put in our living room is so uncomfortable, and ugly. It isn't very old: my father-in-law bought it, didn't like it, so he gave it to us. I just decided to replace it, and the old one can go in my husband's office.

I best tend to my chores, and then get to the Y for a workout. I have no idea what I'll do there today, but I'll find something.

MK, I think the gym will still be there for you when you are ready. I hope that promotion opportunity works out for you.



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9/29/16 9:59 A

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Hello - just a quick check of things here. I'm finally feeling like I'm "up" more than sad these days. More in control and happy. My food is a bit better too... getting all my veggies in - so my body has been much happier.

Walking more, but still haven't got back to the gym - I will - just not ready yet.

Not much has changed for my parents. Still plugging along.

Well I have to get going... take care ladies.

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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9/22/16 10:08 A

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

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

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

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

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

Well got to get to work - take care!!

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9/20/16 7:46 A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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9/14/16 10:51 A

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

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

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

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

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

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9/14/16 10:39 A

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

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

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

Take care

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