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8/25/14 11:47 A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care!

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8/21/14 11:03 A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well got to go. Take care everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep going after your goals.

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Hello!

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

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

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

Well - got to go - take care everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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









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

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

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






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lisa - hope all is well with you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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Good morning!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Good morning! Lisa - I concur with leaving when he really is looking for a "fight". I feel bad for my mother because she is the one that loses out. It is difficult to find that balance and to not engage him in any type of conflict. He has always been an angry man - and he will die a very angry, very troubled man. It is quite sad to see how this has affected my mother throughout her life. My husband and I both went over to see them yesterday evening and he was still wanting to "engage" me in arguing, but I let things go and changed the subject quite a bit. I try to keep the focus on my mom and let her guide the conversation.

Food is getting better - I'm getting better at my food is more like it!!! I'm feeling better as well. I'm packing a healthy lunch and snacks and cut off my eating in the evening by 7 p.m.

Didn't make it to the gym yesterday, but will get to step class today. I'll need to work in more walking during the evening hours to pump up my activity points.

We've had rain for the past day or so - today is the last of it for the next week or so. I like the warm temperatures, but sometimes it is just to blazing hot!! Really like the rain coming in to cool it down and wash off the dust. Always smells so nice after a good rain.

I hope you both have a superb day!!! Blessings!!!

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MK, I am sorry to hear your father has chosen an attitude of anger in this transition. I do not engage with my father-in-law when he gets this way. I do what needs to be done, then I leave. I find that cordiality sends a message, esp when he wants to argue. My husband just leaves. I don't know if that will work for you, but it does for us. Remember that your goals are important too.

House cleaning today, moving furniture, doing corners, etc. It is also my youngest's birthday, he is 22. We took him out for dinner last night, and I bought him some nice clothes for his student teaching--he'll do a field experience this fall, and then the teaching in the spring. He could graduate in May, but he may not, as he wants to finish up some minors.

Food choices continue to improve, my evening grazing habit is well managed, and exercise is great. My elbow pain is tolerable, and no longer prevents activity.

I heard this the other day: "recent studies show that your fat loves excuses." I found it hilarious, as I just wasn't expecting such a simple thought.

G, stay cool, and keep on exercising.





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Hello - just a quick note - all is good here. Still dealing with my father having a really bad attitude about being at the assisted living... there are also independent living apartments, but he and mom need assisted. He says he likes it there, but complains about everything and everyone. He won't take advantage of the services they offer and gets very angry when I make suggestions on how to make things better. Very frustrating having such an angry, unhappy man for a father.

My weight gain is very depressing, but I'm working on getting back on track. Doing the fruit and veggie thing like when I started this whole thing - that seems to help keep me full and satisfied. I do still have some "bad" food, but it is slowly getting less and less. My exercise is coming back - I'm up to about 3x per week at the gym - looking to get back there 5 days, but my foot and attitude keep me from that. (working on that as well)

Camping was nice. Both of us got very relaxed and enjoyed the sunny days. My husband and son caught 2 salmon and 7 large dungeon crabs (yum)!

Well - I'm in the process of extracting data from the system and it looks like it has finished.

Hope you both have a great day.

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Lisa, Sounds like you're having a great week so far. Maybe try switching up the lunches with a vegetable and another type on meat instead of chicken. Maybe tuna or salmon and a vegetable. I too struggle with lunches and what to have for them. I'm trying to stay away from bread and sandwiches. I find a yogurt shake can be filling with some protein on the side. I have a cook book that has breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts all separated and many easy and quickly made. I turn to that when I can't think of anything else to eat. Hope you can figure something out that will work.

It's hot again and will be near 90* most of the week and an increase of humidity. I wish the temps would stay where they were last week in the mid to upper 70* temps and the humidity wasn't as high. I guess we're finally getting summer temps here.

Enjoy your trip delivering the car. I hope it's a safe a pleasant trip. Enjoy the week and try and stay cool. I'm needing to eat some lunch so will close fro now. Take care, G.

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I hope your week is starting out well. I spent the day painting an accent wall in my office at school. I bought some mistake paint, and it is a really nice taupe-y color. Actually, it reminds me of a gray/brown combo. It is a nice, soft color, and I hope to get some nice wall decorations. I got some fabric for my bulletin board backgrounds, which has really added to the warm feeling my office now has.

I had a great workout this morning, but my eating has just been off today. I'm getting bored with my lettuce salads, usually with chicken, almost every night. It is hot, and I don't feel like cooking, so easy is what I choose.

My son and his wife bought a car from our neighbors, so I'm delivering that to them tomorrow. Russ has to work in their area tomorrow anyway, so he'll bring me home. It takes a day, though, as it is 2 1/2 hours one way.

The wedding was great. It appeared that everyone in attendance had a good time. I spent lots of time playing with and watching the grandkids, all of whom were in attendance. My youngest wasn't there, he chose to attend the family reunion the rest of us were missing.

I'm working on preparing for my volleyball officials test. There are a few rule changes, but mostly, I just need to learn about the court situations that occur, and make the proper calls.

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Good morning. I am at a volleyball officials conference part of today, and then I have a wedding to attend. Thankfully they are in the same city.

Staying on my food plan is tough, and I didn't get my workout in this morning.mI just make the best choices possible, and I should have no trouble getting a workout in tomorrow, which is usually my non-workout day.

I too am on facebook, but am very careful about what I post. I've got some health fitness sites that I follow there, along with some individuals. The younger generation seems to be more into the instagram and snapchat modes, and I cannot begin to tell you how many problems those create at school.

I continue to get the granddaughters for a period of time each week. That will end soon, although I hope to take Paige to the pool this week. With temps in the 90s, it will be a good way for us to wrap up our time together. Once August gets here, I just won't have them much.

I'm sure you art work is lovely, G. We are often our own worst critic. I'm confident you will drop those last few pounds quickly.

Prepping a house to sell is hard work. I do wish you and your family a successful and speedy sale, MK.

I'll catch up later.



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Mk, glad to have you back here and that you can trust letting me know the real scoop. I watch what is put on FB because it tends to be more public. I can tell by the way you answered the few questions you were watching the P & Q's too.

I finished the painting I was doing for my friend, but I was still unhappy and not proud of the work so re-did one in pastels. It's 10 times better and not over worked. I'm still a perfectionist and as my hubby pointed out I'll never be fully satisfied with my work. I've made arrangements to meet her and husband to be to give it to them. It's some what a wedding present and I wanted it to be presentable. I'm not a professional artist but I hope it's good enough when I give it to them. I wish there was a way for you to see it and tell me what you think. I'm terrible at putting pictures on an email or places like FB. I'm trying not to over work this one.

Other than obsessing about my artwork. things are good. I lost the few pounds I gained but am still short of where I was by 2lbs. I will lose them but I struggle especially since we've been going out to eat more. It's back to raining here and the temps and the humidity is on the rise, so walking has slowed because of it.

Lisa, hope all is good your way. Take care, Mk, hope the house sells soon. I'll catch all later, G.

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Hello! Been awhile.... sorry about that. FB seems to be the main source of connection these days.

Well in 7 days we cleaned out, fixed holes, spackled, painted interior, set up garage sale, and had the entire house ready for sale. I'm beat up. Took my vacation days - as did my brothers - to get our parents house cleaned out and up for sale. My sister was basically non-existent in this process. She showed up on Monday (late) and sorted clothes (which that was a help) and left. Came back Tuesday (smelling like a distillery) and painted 2 walls (took her 6 hours) then left - not to return. Listening to her whine about the fact that it is her husbands "vacation" and not to count on her because of it made all of us rather angry. We were all on our "vacations", but some how she was "special". Thank heavens my brothers and one of their mother-in-laws came and helped with the garage sale. Also my other brothers wife came and helped on Saturday - really needed it.

The blessing out of all this.... I got to know my brothers better!! We laughed so much and worked so hard - it was great!

GEORGIE - this is vital - no word of this on FB. Both my sisters are friends on there and I don't want any grief from them. I come here to spark to talk with you two long time cyber friends about my grief because - well I trust you both.

This whole family thing for the past 3 weeks has been very emotional for me. My food is outrageous and I'm up 7 pounds - SEVEN POUNDS!!! I know some of it is because of the foot surgery and the lack of working out, but this whole family thing has set me on edge.

Good thing is my husband and I are taking off to the coast tomorrow evening for the weekend. On sunday my husband and son will go halibut fishing out on the ocean and will hopefully get a crab pot full of yummy crab as well as a very large halibut!!! So it will be just me on Sunday relaxing with the dogs and doing whatever! It will be nice.

So Lisa - got the stuff all taken out of the back yard - bet it looks nice! Your right about seeding instead of sod... sod is expensive and a pain in the behind. Seeding is good and easy. See if you can put fescue in - it is a very durable grass.

Georgie - great job on figuring out the blood sugars. Hope you have continued success!!

Well it is late in the day for me and I have some things to finish up before I head to mom and dads. Had the carpet in their house cleaned today (Stanley steamer does a great job). So all is done and I'm handing the keys back to my parents. Hope the house will sell quickly - it is move-in ready!!

Take care ladies!

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Lisa, glad your father is doing well after his surgery. Hope for continued improvement.

I got off track for a few weeks. I do it all the time. I start out strong and determined than I start slacking off and the next thing I know I back to old habits. I gained a couple of pounds back so am trying again. I think cutting out all carbs makes me want them more. I need to find a balance. I love fruit so am snacking on fresh peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. I'm having a fruit as my night time snack instead of a bread with peanut butter. I've added a low fat cheese stick as well and it does help. I'm finding my sugars lower in the morning now, and it satisfied my night cravings.

The weather is wonderful here and am loving it. We are in a cooling trend now and the high is low to mid 70's and the nights are low to mid 50's. I have been doing more outside and have gotten my garden back in shape. I just need to increase my walking and I'll be great. We will warm up again next week and with it the rain. I could do without rain, we've had a few very bad storms this year. I can't believe how much.

Hope your doing wonderfully and all going as planned. Enjoy Paige and the swimming and the exercise. I know it's close to the middle of summer now and our schools start on August 18th. I seems to be getting earlier every year. I just hope this nice weather hold for the kids without it getting extremely hot by start of school. It always seems to do that and it's miserable for them.

Well It'll be 74* today so I want to finish some of the work in my garden today so will close for now. I'll write later. Have a great day. G.

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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





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Lisa, Have a super vacation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Have a super vacation Lisa!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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Leaving for vacation tomorrow, so excited.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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Good morning!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well the boss is calling - got to go.

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

Both of you take care!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope both of you are doing well.



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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

Take care and enjoy the last two weeks of spring!





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More chores to tend to. Have a great day.



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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MK, still hope all went well with surgery.

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

Have. Fine weekend.



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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope you both have a relaxing holiday.





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Good morning!

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

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

It felt good to do something different.

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

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

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