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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep fighting the battle!





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Georgie - hope your doing well.

Take care ladies.

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well got to go. Take care.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Catch up with you all later.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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G and MK, I've not been able to find either one of you on facebook. Would you send me a friend request, because I'd gladly befriend both of you. If you can't find me, let me know, and I'll give you more specific info.

I'm considering us settled in, as I began hanging pictures today. I'm meeting with my designer on Thursday to help me decorate the living room, now that it is painted. I've got a couple of things I'm going to use for sure, but I may buy a couple of things as well. I'm not satisfied with my furniture arrangement, so I'm hoping she can help. My living room is sunken, with a step from the entry, and from the dining room, and I have a large window which I don't want to cover. I'm averse to putting furniture in front of a window--personal preference, I suppose.

I'm working hard to lose those 11 pounds I'd put on. I've dropped a couple, but G, I'm not as successful as you, although I'm hoping to have a few more off by my surgery on Monday. You must be elated--that's a lot to lose in a week, perhaps your plateau is now broken.

I went shopping for our reunion trip today. Each family has instructions on what items to bring, but all of us are to bring cereal/muffins, etc for breakfast. I bought some yogurt, both Greek and regular, as I need protein for breakfast. Typically, there is so much food, so I tried to buy things I would use at home once it is all over.

Tomorrow I'm going to work for a few hours while I get new tires on my vehicle. My school is just two blocks from the shop, so I'll walk and enjoy the quiet work time. My secretary will stop in as well and we can catch up on things. It will be nice to see her.

I took a long bike ride this morning, and will get a walk in tonight. I checked out the senior games (Just have to be 50 or older!), and I'm hoping to compete next year. I won't be recovered enough for the August event, and it is on the Friday after we start school, so not a good day to miss, but I think I need something to work towards. I'll definitely do the cycling, and maybe one or two other events.

Home improvement rocks, MK, when it's done! The process can be frustrating, but the results usually make it worthwhile.

Have a good evening.





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saw the picture of the floors on Facebook. They look beautiful and it looks like a professional put them down. Best of luck getting it all finished this weekend. It makes a beautiful home when everything is done. If you have a tub, take a nice hot soak for the aches. It always seemed to help me when I hurt.

Keep up the great job on watching the food, and remember you're getting a workout putting down the floors. I'm sure you're burning calories while you work.

I was so tired today but not sure why. It might be the heat and my headache I've tired to get rid of since last night. I think it's part sinus part eye strain. Since we get our Social Security this week, I'll go get some new glasses. I'm sure it'll help the headaches.

Everyone have a great week, Keep up the great decorating you both are doing now. Your home will be beautiful when everything is finished. Bye for now, G.

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Hello! WOOT WOOT to you Georgie!!! Wow 32# plus - you are doing so great!! Keep up the good work!

I'm in the process of putting the floors down. Finished them in the small hallway and I'm loving it. It is very difficult to sit and wait for Saturday to come so we can start on the living room. I will be working on clearing out the room so we will be ready to go Saturday morning. I'm going to work on some of the trim and so forth to finalize the hallway - I'm very excited.

We are painting everything as well. I love that we don't have to put anything down because the awful carpet will be coming up. Not really sure that we will get things finished this coming weekend, but we will give it our best shot.

Food has been better, but the exercise has been lacking. Seems like that is just how it is for me. My body aches a lot these days so it is hard to get motivated. I put the hallway floors down by myself and everything seemed to ache the entire time.

Well I hope you all have continued success!!


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Hello, It's Monday again. It seems this summer is just frying by to fast. We haven't even been able to get away like we hoped for a few days. Things just keep getting in the way.


Talked to Goodwill about donating the car and they will be coming in the next day or so, they said within 48 hours to pick it up. We have to take the tags off and then leave the title and keys in the glove box before they come. We will do that tonight when Don gets home. I asked them to call before they come so I can be waiting for them. I want to make sure we get a receipt or donation card so we'll be able to use the old tags for the new one.

It's getting hot again. we had some rain for a few days and it cooled things off, brightened everything up and the humidity was much lower for a couple of days but now it's building back up. I think we're to get more rain tomorrow or Wednesday which accounts for the increased humidity.

Lisa, sounds like the painting is almost finished and the living room ready to decorate. If we don't communicate before the weekend, enjoy the family reunion. Did you say after the reunion you'll be going for knee surgery? If so I hope all goes great for you. I'm sure after all that is said and done your knee will feel much better.

Call me surprised, at weigh in on Sunday, I lost another 5 pounds. I wish I knew what I did to have such a great loss. That makes 32.6 pounds total. I just I'll not have any gains next week or swelling problems either. I sure some of this loss was due to loss of water. I was down to normal in my legs with no water retention or swelling. I think it has to do with the lower weight and cooler weather too. I'm happy but scared as well since I think I might gain this next week. I'll just keep going and do the best I can.

Hope the rest of the day and this week will find everyone doing fantastic. Take care, and have a wonderful week. I'll catch all later, G.

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Happy Monday. The Lord has blessed us with significant rain over the last two days, for which we are thankful. It was much needed, and while they were thunderstorms, they weren't severe.

The living room is painted, almost. I need to run a second coat on my accent wall. The paint wasn't the same quality, and I could really tell, as it didn't cover like the other color. I'll get to decorating this week as well.

My son and grandson came for a visit yesterday, grandson stayed overnight, and his mom and brother will come today and then leave for a camping trip on Tuesday. We will meet up with them again this weekend at a family reunion.

Time to get busy--that wall is screaming for paint, and I need to get a strength workout in.

The news is grim these days, too many lives lost. The sermon theme yesterday was based on the story of the good Samaritan, and how, in God's eyes, EVERYONE matters. All are children of God, and he directs us to be kind to all people, regardless of race, nationality, lifestyle, and the like.

I am going to look for ways to be especially kind to others this week.



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Hello, Hope everyone's Saturday is going great. We'll be leaving shortly to transfer the title to the car, and then run a few errands. Husband in a mood today so not sure how it'll be. He seems a bit upset but not sure why.

I just wanted to touch base and see how the weekend is going for all. Lisa, enjoy your trip. MK, hope it's cooled off in Oregon. Have a wonderful weekend and take time to enjoy the family. Bye for now, G,

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I am sick of taping, have about 1/2 the living room left. I painted the dining room today, but it flows into the living room, so it's almost like one space, and a big one at that.

We celebrated father-in-law's birthday today, so we drove to our former town and met with hubby's siblings for brownies and ice cream. We then visited my son and granddaughters; they are coming to visit tomorrow. The girls have been sick this week, one with strep, one with the flu, hopefully those germs are all gone by tomorrow. I'll have to delay my painting until Sunday, though. I've got a week to get this painting done,as we leave for a family reunion in the Black Hills a week from today. The day after we return I have my knee done, and that will be 7-10 days before I'm back to doing much.

Watching the Olympic Trials again, right now it is women's gymnastics. These gals are quite the amazing athletes.

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Hello. Well I overslept this morning - so no spin class. I will get some good walking in today at lunch.... hopefully. Seems like so many things going on lately - time gets away from me.

The sun is out right now but we are suppose to get rain showers all weekend.... then it will clear up next week and be in the 80's & 90's. Everything becomes super green and smells good because it has been "washed" by the rain.

Not much else happening. Bunco was canceled for tomorrow so I am going to get an early jump on the floors - at least get the small hallway done.

Take care - have a superb weekend!!

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Good afternoon ladies. I love Pergo and wood floors. We had it in our dinning room, entry, and hall at our old place and with shedding animals it's the best. I wish we had the money to change the floors here to wood floors. I have a hard time keeping up on the shedding with the carpeting. I have a hard time vacuuming and Don usually does that for me but he only thinks about it if we are having people over so it will go a while between vacuums.

I wish my midweek loss would show when I weigh in on Sundays. I get all excited because I'm showing a good loss than before Sunday it's up 2 or 3 pounds. I can't figure why yet, but I wonder if it's because we go out at least once before the weigh in. We end up going out on Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings. I know it's what I drink and often I don't make the best choices in food either. I think a lot of it is I get bored during the week and just need to get out, see people, and be social. When I do I overindulge on the drinks and the food. I also tend to hold more water after I eat out. I think it's because they season with more salt or marinades. Even when I choose a grilled chicken, steak, or fish. I have broccoli a salad, or rice pilaf, but I still have a gain.

I'm so tired of my yo-yo gaining. I was up 1.6 pounds last Sunday and today I'm showing a big loss. I want to go out but I know what would happen if I do. I need to stay on plan for an entire week and not drink or eat any food out. I wish I had a magic formula that works for me. I need to lose this small gain and continue to lose and break the cycle of gaining 2 loosing 2 or staying the same every week as I'm doing now. I feel for you both with the gains. I think anyone who has tried to loose and keeping it off has a constant battle for all of us doing it.

I'm so tired today, I keep having headaches by the afternoon. I wonder if it's eye strain. I'm either on the computer, or doing something on my cell phone. After being on it for a while I get this headache right over my eyes. I know I need new glasses, the ones I have now are at least 3 years old. We don't have eye insurance, and so any exams, lenses, or glasses we need to come up with the cash. The last estimate, not including the glasses it would cost me over $300 for the exam. We can't seem to get enough money together to get it done. The last few weeks something has come up. I can't seem to get ahead enough to care for my eyes.

We have a nice day out today, the sun is shinning and it's not very hot. It's around 83 degrees now but the humidity is down. We were to have rain all week but it's not showing up today yet. We've had rain every other day so far. I'm hoping they were wrong about today and tomorrow. We were to have rain both days and it would continue through the weekend. So far it's not happening yet.

I hope both you ladies are having a great week, Lisa the shopping trip sound like you had fun and some luck finding what you're needing for the new home. I hope the choice you made for the counter tops will look great and the house will whip into place as you want it to look. MK, I sure you'll do great staying away from processed foods and getting back to exercising regularly again. Lisa, you'll lose those few pounds in no time.

Everyone keep up the great work. Have a super day and a fantastic weekend. I'll catch everyone later, G.

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Hello! Well Lisa - I hear you about the gain... I'm up a heck of a lot more than you - probably more around the 25-30# range - YIKES!!! I'm getting back on the better food choices. My body is truly allergic to so many processed foods and I have suffered for my poor choices. Today I'm on day 3 and I'm finally feeling much much better. The acid reflux is gone and I definitely have more energy. I made it to spin class yesterday (been 2 weeks) and will get myself back into the groove of working out every day - and yes I can feel that as well.

It has been much better emotionally putting my boundaries up for my parents. I love them and I feel bad that others do not go and visit, but I have to have boundaries in place for my health.

So - yes Pergo - I wish we could afford bamboo, but that is way expensive. We already did our bedroom and I love it - I'm so excited to get this done. Our carpet reminds me of a dirty dish rag... it is really awful - no matter how much I clean it.

Well ladies - your both doing very well and that makes me happy. Hope the storms your way are not too bad.We are in the sunshine - rain - sunshine season... I do love Oregon! The only bad thing is the fire dangers are up right now (so more sunshine than rain has been happening). I have friends that work the fire lines - so prayers are always welcome!!

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Pergo, wow, MK. Have fun watching that space transform. Hopefully you will enjoy it for a very long time.

Our shopping trip was a success. I'm having trouble finding curtains for the bedroom, but I picked up some nice lamps for the bedroom and living room. I also picked up several pump hand soaps from Bath and Body works. I love their clearance sales. I only purchase from them once per year, and usually I have enough to last.

Well the verdict is in. I have gained 11 pounds over the last 15 months, and it needs to go. I had my pre-op Dr. appt. yesterday, and had to face the brutal reality of the choices I've made. I can really tell in my clothes, and just how I look in general. I'm pretty satisfied to stay between 198-203. I was at 214 at the Dr. yesterday. YIKES. Today, I made better choices, upped the intensity of exercise, and I'll continue to do so. I'm planning to drop 5 before my knee scope on the 18th. Lots of hard work and diligence ahead.

I chose the granite for my countertops. That was so fun. The gal at the stone place was great, and this isn't something everyone gets to do. My friend and I looked at all types on display, and she really helped me decide on the best one for my kitchen. Today, my son and his family met us for lunch. He works in Fargo, and his wife and the grands were passing through, so even though it was a short visit, it was fun.

Storms rolling in here, I'd say within the hour we'll be seeing wind and rain. We so need the rain, so I'm thankful. I was thinking of you G, and your dogs, when I saw the intensity of these storms. Summer seldom brings gentle rains here--spring and fall might, but rain in the summer usually comes with lots of other stuff.

I'm tired, but can't go to sleep yet, so need to get busy doing something. Have a great night.



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Hello. Lisa - sorry that so many tears were shed. I'm happy that you are settling in to the "new" home. I can't imagine how difficult this has been - my parents built their own home as well and I watched as they also dealt with the move and leaving something that was their creation. It takes time, but you'll soon have the house the way you want it and making it all yours.

Georgie - happy you have a vehicle that is working for you and Don. I'm not a big fan of cars that are lower. My daughter had one that was just awful - you felt every little pebble... I'm sure yours is much better than that. Time will definitely make that better.

Same status quo here. Finding that any type of "issues" that come up about my parents makes me very emotional and stressed. So I have really been putting more boundaries up. My husband has really helped me with this and has helped by spending time with my dad when he can.

The fourth was very quiet in the house - well until evening came that is - when all the neighborhood began the illegal fireworks and so forth. I actually was so tired from the previous night (people can't wait to fire them off - all weekend) that I fell asleep during them. The dogs were all piled on the bed terrified of the booms.

Thursday last week we made it to the PBR (prof. bull riders) show. That was fun. Not much else has been going on... just staying around the house and cleaning - lots of cleaning.

We purchased the Pergo for the living room, hallway, and dining room. That will get laid down the weekend of the15th. I'm so happy to be getting rid of the carpet - it just is not a good thing to have with so many pets. I'm going to go to FLOR.com to find some area rug ideas. My friend here at work has her rugs from there - really great idea and easy to replace a square if there is an accident on one. You purchase squares and connect them for the pattern/shape that you want and you can put a non-slip backing on the. Her's looks fantastic in her house.

Well got to get to work. Those reports were done on Thursday and I was able to take Friday off - so I had a wonderful weekend. Now I'm back to the grind doing some other reports that are due.

Take care!!

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Happy 4th of July. This house is growing on me, and I'm reconsidering some of the changes I had once thought were necessary. I just need to be patient and remember that a home isn't about what is in it, but who is in it.

We are headed back to Redfield today for the parade and festivities, and then tomorrow my good friend and I are taking an overnight shopping trip to Fargo. Thursday and Friday will be dedicated to getting the living room and part of the dining room painted.

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Lisa, Congratulations on moving to the new place. It sounds like you've already got things started to make it your own. Paint will help and when you get all your personal things out, pictures up, and the other rooms painted it'll feel more like home. I know how you feel about the move. When we moved from our old house it was upsetting for me too. Like you we had built it and made many improvement in it too. I'm still hoping we'll be able to change a few things yet in this one too.

We still need to pick up the old car from the shop. We just haven't had the chance or time to do so yet. I've checked on the salvage and decided it's not worth it to try to do that. They were only going to give us $350 for it and Don feels by giving it to Goodwill he'll be able to claim it as a charity on our taxes next year and claim much more than that. We're still getting used to this new one too. It's a bit smaller than our old one and the seats seem hard to sit in and it rides lower to the ground so we feel the road and bumps more. It's not as smooth as our old one, but it's in great condition and I'm sure we'll get used to it in time.

Don is not working today so later we'll be able to get out and spray the weeds and get the gardens back in shape. My Roses and other plants are in need of deadheading and some trimming is in order. I'm hoping he'll be willing to help me do this today or no later than Monday. Sunday will be busy with my Jenny weigh in and then going over to his Mom's place for a cook out. We have no other plans for the 4th, so we'll spend a quiet day at home. I'm sure we'll have to calm the dogs from all the fireworks going off around here, but I'm hoping it won't be to bad for them.


Here's wishing everyone a great 4th of July weekend. Have a fun time, and I hope you'll get everything unpacked and settled in soon Lisa. Take care. G. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Greetings from our new home in Aberdeen, SD. I've cried more this week than I have in the past five years. Man, it was hard to leave. We built our former house: we made so many decisions together to make it ours, and I planted every plant, stained every basement door, and saved money for improvements. We were so invested in that place, and we loved it. Someone else built the house that we are in now, and while we will change some things, it's just not the same type of investment yet. It still doesn't feel like ours. And, I miss our friends already--we are no longer a few blocks away, but 40 miles.

I've already painted a basement wall. I simply could not live with the color, and since it was in the family room, I had to change it. I have to paint the living room and two bedrooms yet, but that can wait. Tomorrow, my husband will install pendant lights in the kitchen and replace the chandelier above the dining room table. I will be unpacking in the family room, basement bathroom and spare bedrooms. The kitchen and Master are nearly done.

I managed a bike ride this morning, only my second workout this week. Looking forward to a full body strength workout in my new workout space tomorrow, and another bike ride. The biking paths up here are fabulous.

So glad you got the car situation worked out, G. Best of luck with your weigh in this week.

Any relief at work yet, MK? Hopefully you at least get the 4th off.

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MK, Thanks for the suggestion, however Don's sister came over last night with her new car to get all the stuff out of the old one. That means we'll either give it to Goodwill or maybe sell it to a salvage company. We have one down the road from us so I'll call them and see if they will do that.

Now all we need is the title for her car so we can get it transferred to us. I'll call our insurance today and see about getting the insurance coverage for this new car. I'll also call DMV to see what we need to do to get the title transferred to us and check about the car tags while we're at it.

So far everything is working out and Don's sister's new car is very nice. It's a bit smaller than the old one but that's what she wanted. We'll see her Sunday for the 4th of July cook out and we'll settle everything then.

I've lost some more this week by my scale so am hoping it'll show when I weigh in at Jenny's. I did lose 1.6 pounds last Sunday so that's a good thing. I'm trying for another 1.6 this week as well. If I can continue losing I might be down 10 more by the time summers over. Here's wishing for this to happen.

Hope everyone has a great day today and that the work slows down for you soon. Take care, G.

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Why don't you use your broken down car as a trade in for the sister getting a new car? Some car dealers will do that.... worth asking about.

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MK, sorry you've had reflux and think it's an ulcer. I've had the same in times past but not the ulcer but the reflux. My husband is on medication for it too. It does help him but he still has to watch some of the foods eaten for it's greasy content and spiciness. Tomatoes to can cause a flare up and that is a terrible thing when you eat a lot of Italian food. I hope you'll be able to get some medication that will help.

This week has been a difficult one for us starting on Saturday. While Don was on the way home the oil car's light came on. He stopped and had the oil changed thinking that it's all that was needed. Then the check engine light was on along with the oil light when we were running errands that afternoon. He stopped back to the oil change place and said something but the oil still checked out all right. Later that day the car died completely and we were able to get it home, but Sunday while going to Jenny for my weigh in it did it again. We were able to get it started and I weighed in, then it died again on the way home. This time it didn't start, and we had to call a tow truck and have it towed to a body shop. We called Don's sister and she met us, took me and my food home than Don borrowed her car until we can fix our car. Unfortunately Monday we found it needs a new engine. Well our car's engine can't be replaced or even fixed.

Don and I can't buy a new car and don't even have funds for a used car so we're still driving Don's sister's car all week. We talked to her about buying her car, but she at first said she'll not get a new one because she won't make car payments on a new car. I think while Don went over to there house to drop her off they all sat around talking about the car. I think his other sister was willing to help the first sister with a down payment and they are all looking for a new car for them to drive. The decision has been made to give us the old one. Don and I want to pay her for it and then give her car payments. That's still under discussion so far but no plan has been decided.

I feel bad because I was the first to mention getting her car and now it's leaving them having to buy a new one. The problem now is to figure what to do with our old car. The mechanic was able to get it running but he said it probably won't hold oil pressure and we would continue to have problems. I've thought about giving his sister our car to trade in but the engine is shot and she won't get much for it. I guess right now we'll drive it home and keep it in the garage. It's a two car garage but we have so much junk on one half we'll have to clean out the garage to even park it in there.

Do either of you know what a car would sell for salvage? I've thought we might do that but not sure where we'd go to find out if it can be done. Other than the engine, the car is in great shape. No rust or dents on the body and the only thing going on is inside. It's in need of a good cleaning. Should we keep it and see if Don can fix the engine? Do sell it outright, give it to Don's sister for a trade, give it to good will, or trash it?

I guess we still have a lot to discuss. Don's sister's car is like new, it only has 60,000 miles on it was well maintained even though it's a year older than our car. It's a good car for us but I still feel bad that we're putting her sister out making her buy a new car. She won't have an issue, she has fantastic credit but we feel we forced her to get a new car.

Sorry about going on and on about this but it's really getting to me. I can't sleep and I'm worried about everything. It's silly I know I stress over the little stuff all the time. I guess I should just let it go, be thankful that it's working out for us.

Mk, I'm sure you'll get back to exercising once the work is caught up. In the mean time take care of the reflux and try to relax in your pool for now. Lisa, hope you're about packed and ready to move soon. I hope all goes great for both of you.

If I don't get on here before the 4th, Everyone have a wonderful holiday. Take care of yourselves. Happy Independence Day, G. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Hello - just a quick check in. Sounds like I'm having the same issue as your son Lisa - my reflux is so terrible these days. I'm thinking I have an ulcer. I hope not, but dang this stuff will not subside - makes my chest just hurt.

I've slacked on my exercise these days - I've just been beat up by work. I've been putting in 12 hr days to get these reports done - which are finally coming to completion. I will have Friday off, but if I keep feeling the way I'm feeling - I'm taking tomorrow off as well.

I spent some time in the pool yesterday. The weather has been really nice and warm. We will have a couple days of cooling temps, but then will jump back up into the 90's for the 4th.

Will be going to the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) show tomorrow night... just hope I feel better.

Well congrats on getting the homes all closed and getting all cleaned and packed. What a chore that is!

G - hang in there on the weight loss - you are doing awesome.... but could you quit sending me the lost pounds??? hahahahaha...

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All ready to close on our new home Monday morning. Still packing; have the Master bedroom and bath to pack and clean, part of the laundry room, and ALL of the kitchen, including a small desk/office area. My husband's 35 year high school reunion is this weekend, so a few of his high school classmates are gathering informally tonight and tomorrow morning, and then it's hauling/organizing time.

The areas I've cleaned absolutely sparkle! Wow, it looks so nice in here, except for the windows. I usually clean the outsides in late May/early June, but I decided not to do them this year. I'll run over the insides and get the grandkids fingerprints removed so they look respectable. Cleaned and scrubbed my oven yesterday. Even though it is self cleaning, there are always those stubborn areas that need a little extra elbow grease.

My son is better. He was prescribed a medication similar to Prilosec for reflux, and within two doses he felt like normal again. He needs to give up the chewing tobacco. We are convinced that nasty habit is aggravating his problem, but he's got to make that connection.

We spent some time with our closest friends last night, and had breakfast with them again this morning. We live two blocks apart, and our friendship just continues to grow, for which we are so grateful. We'll stay connected, but our impromptu visits/drop-ins will occur no more, of course.

We are drying out here with the wind and heat, so a rain would be welcome. Sorry it caused your pets, and you, so much discomfort, G. Hope you are able to continue moving past those pesky three lbs. that just won't stay away.

Break is over--time to tackle another task. Have a great night.



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Good day to all. Lisa, so glad you've closed on your home. Do you still need to close on the other house? I gather from the statement that your homeless right now? Ha, ha. Hope the closing the closing on the new place will run smoothly. If I recall you said it'll be on the 27th? I know you're excited to get everything signed and in your new home so you can get settled before you're needed to report to the school for the year.

MK, so sorry you're swamped at work. Get some rest for those eyes and try to take some time to relax when things settle down at work for you. Hope the trip to the coast was fun for the family. I wish we had an ocean near us and we could take needed trips to the coast.

My great niece graduated in Seattle and we really wish we could have gone. It's been ages since we were able to travel. I saw pictures posted on Facebook and she was a beautiful graduate. However it made me really miss my family. I haven't seen them in so long I wish I could have been there for this happy occasion. Don's family are nice, but there is nothing like your own relations. Anyway I had some nostalgia issues this week.

My weigh in on Sunday was a good one. I lost 3 pounds, but that followed a gain the week before and seem to be holding on and losing these last few pounds. I'm hoping to follow this week with another loss and continue the downward trend.

Last night we had a huge storm move through Xenia. It was at 2:30AM and I was awakened by my dog climbing on my head and wanting protection. I wasn't able to get her to move so just kept petting her until it passed. She was on my head mind you the whole time! Don didn't even know all the commotion was happening. My other dog I'm sure would have also been in bed if she could because she was scratching at the bed at the same time. I couldn't help her though, I was penned down by my other one. The one on the floor finally went into the bathroom and hid. I could hear her messing up the bath rug and scratching at the wall. So I had a fun night last night. Ha Ha.

Today it was still raining this morning when I got up, but for right now it's settling down, but really muggy out. The humidity must be 100% right now. You'd think with all the rain the grass would have greened up but it's still very brown looking. I think it was so dry that this hard on a rain just ran off and didn't sink into the ground. We need a few more days of steady rain before the grass is green again. No more storms like last night please.

I've go to get some lunch so will close for now. Hope everyone doing great. Have a wonderful day, G.

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Well, we closed, so we presently don't own a house. I'm grateful to our buyers for letting us stay beyond closing--the scheduling of the two closings just didn't mesh--we offered to pay some rent, but they declined. That's another beauty of small town living.

My son had some tests today, and they ruled out gall bladder issues. He cannot eat, but he can drink without problem. He looks drawn and tired, and nothing seems to help. The Dr. told him today to keep doing what he's doing, which isn't working, and I simply told him to persist with his Dr., or get another opinion. I'm not very happy with his Dr., but my son also has a tendency to not tell us everything we need to know.

I was at a conference all day; the speakers were top notch, and I was encouraged about the topic and the conversations I'll be able to have with my teachers to improve instruction.

The joys of working for the state, right MK? About the time you get it figured out, they change it, always an adventure. Hope you get some good relief for your eyes.

I need to get my workout in, and then pack some more, so time to get off this machine. Have a great night.





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Hello! I've been a bit overloaded at work the past month or so. We have all these county reports to get done and they continue to make changes - some very nit-picky and others are serious changes, but it is so time consuming. 36 counties, 8 worksheets per county - then "the committee" changed it all up. We are at 4 pages per county and its all redesigned - mind you - all the same data must be in 4 pages instead of 8. My eyes are really giving me some issues with all this screen time and all the numbers I have to move into each of the reports.

Fathers day was nice. We actually had the kids over Saturday and went out to dinner and just spent some fun time together. Sunday was up early and packing up to head to the coast to do some off-shore crabbing. The kids got my husband some crab traps and all that goes with. Our daughter joined us and it was really relaxing - well I just watched as the two of them tried to catch crabs. Lots of crab, but none we could keep (too small). So relaxing sitting on the beach - good weather too! Got home in time to go visit my dad, but he was kinda out of sorts and I realized the time of day (4 p.m.). This makes a huge difference on his memory - sundowners is what they call it. It is a form of dementia

Lisa - sorry to hear that your parents are "collecting" more than trimming down, but that can happen. Went through it with my parents in a way - they didn't do garage sales - but they seem to accumulate so much stuff. The first really big downsize was super hard on them. Dad didn't want to get rid of anything. I would bring them boxes and they just put them in the closet and didn't pack. Then when I came over with the kids to help them move things down from upstairs they were shocked that I'd want to put the beds in the living room.... "well you are moving - right?" "are you having a party or gathering I don't know about?" -they sat and cried because they realized they were really moving.

Well - back to the data... my poor eyes... just want to keep them closed for days.

Take care!

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Thanks for the advice on the hydrangea, MK. It is looking much healthier now, and I'll just leave it in the pot, and hope it comes back nicely.

I just returned from a short visit with my parents in MN. It was fun, but I was a bit alarmed at all the stuff they are accumulating. They go to garage sales and auctions as their hobby, and my mom was trying to give me some things she had purchased, because the deals were too good to pass up. I simply told her that now wasn't a good time because we were cleaning out with our move and all, and I encouraged her to look at all the stuff she presently has, and maybe consider donating some of it. She said "your dad would never allow that." I then just left it, but it still does concern me. She then made a few comments about odd things that my dad has done or said, and she wonders if he's beginning to have some memory issues. Perhaps, but I didn't notice anything specific while I was there. My dad walks 3 miles every morning, and he enjoys it. He manages his diabetes well with exercise and eliminating sugar from his diet, and he's pretty proud that he doesn't have to take medication for it at the age of 76.

Getting the last of the bedding washed up and packed. Still have a few other areas to clean out, but the boxes are starting to pile up. We close with our buyers on Tuesday, and we close on our new home the following Monday.

I need to get some exercise in. I was driving home by 6 this morning, so missed my usual Saturday workout.

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Hello - sorry been busy and haven't been able to get on-line. Right now I need to be doing something else, but wanted to give a quick update.

Mom/Dad are doing fine. (knock on wood). Love singing to my mom to get her smile going - at least for a moment or two.

Hydrangia - you can leave it in the pot. You can cut those things down to the ground and they will come back nice. Until you move I would just keep it where it is. When you do plant it - put some good soil or Miracle Grow potting soil with it and stay on top of watering. Of course no direct sunlight - maybe early morning sun - but shade the rest of the day. Water - they love water - but if you do too much green leaves will fall.

Great job Georgie on the weight loss! you are doing so good.

I'm happy if I make it to the gym 3 days/week. Saturday I reached my 10K steps by 9:30 a.m. We took the dogs up to the fields and walked the 3.7 mile parameter... even with my hip/knee problems.

Well got to go... take care.

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Good morning. It is my first official day of summer break. I celebrated by washing bedding, packing up my linen closet, and in a few hours I have a lunch date with a friend, and I'll do some banking as well. I will begin to tackle the file cabinet and office area later today.

Taking a bike ride shortly--it'll be a bit messy, as it rained this morning, but that's ok. A few mud splatters on my back won't hurt me. It's a bit cooler today, and I'm riding earlier than usual, so should be pleasant.

My tiger lily bloomed overnight. Oh my, is it gorgeous! It adds so much color and brightness to the front of the house. I will definitely put one in at the new place. They sure do spread, though.

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We close on the 27th, but our movers can't move us completely out until July 1st--so a couple of weeks yet. We've worked it out to stay here with our buyers--but they can move stuff into the garage, as we've assured them we'll have all our stuff out of there, and we'll park on the street for a week.



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Lisa, Wow $700 for the sale. How great it was to have all that finished. It's been hot here too. We were 92 today and it's to stay hot all week. The humidity was down some which was good but not sure what the weeks end will bring.

Not sure what's going on with me and my weight. I was showing, by my scale a good loss, almost 3 pounds on Tuesday evening. Today I weighed in, on my scale and was showing 6 pounds up from Tuesday. My legs are very swelled and even my shorts were tight today. I've been taking my water pills as the doctor told me but I'm not losing much in the way of water. If I weigh in at Jenny's, it'll be the biggest gain I've had. I'm almost thinking of not going but I need food from the plan. I wonder If my consultant would skip my weighing in and just let me buy my food. I know my issue is probably water retention but how do I explain that much of a gain without being sure that's it? I wish I could just not go but I don't want to go without my food.

I know I need to exercise but still at this point I'm not sure if that would help my swelling in the legs. I need a doctors appointment but with Don's schedule I'm not sure when I could go. I was so happy with my losses now I'm upset and very discouraged right now.

We did go out on Wednesday and for lunch today but I had only a salad with shrimp on the one Wednesday and a chicken breast on it today. I drank water, I had a large salad Wednesday but only an small one today. I'm so disappointed with myself right now.

I'm trying to work out the plan tonight and I looked at all the choices and found several days in the week that I really don't like the combinations but I've been doing my own choices the past couple of weeks and it was still working so now I don't know what to do.

Anyway I hope everyone is having a great weekend and will have a wonderful week. Lisa, Are you about ready to move into the new place, or do you have a while yet. I thought you said you were to make the move this month and was wondering if that's still the plan. Mk, I hope you're doing great still with the exercise. Everyone enjoy the families. Bye for now G.

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Ah, Saturday evening, and finally time to relax.

We hosted a 4 family rummage sale today as part of our city-wide event, and man did we do well. We made over $700--well, not just us, but that was the amount that we brought in. I've got a few boxes to take to the Salvation Army on Monday. It felt good to get rid of all that stuff, but man, what a lot of work, and it was mighty hot. I think it got to 95, so we were all sweating it up in the garage.

Since the sale was managed, and all the grandkids were around, I took them to the pool for an hour today. We had a blast, and it felt good to cool off for a bit.

After all was packed and cleaned up, we had a few beers, and then ordered pizza. My father-in-law stopped by and joined us, and that was special. Of course, my oldest son had to mention that this was probably the last time we'd all gather in this house. That brought a tear to my eye. Our new house will be fine for entertaining as well, so we'll just have to make new memories there.

Georgie, I am so proud of you for sticking with the Jenny plan, even when it has been tough. I really admire how you just keep trying to find what will work best for you. I hope the walking plan works out well for you.

I need some advice, MK. I received a potted hydrangea plant from a student, and it looked like it was dying, so I cut it down, and now it is leafing out all over the place, so I'm encouraged, but I need to know if I need to get it out of the pot and into the ground. I've always thought hydrangeas were outdoor plants, but I don't want to kill it, almost did that once. What would you recommend?

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Hello, and good day to everyone. Today is very cool due to a cool front moving through yesterday. Many storms a sudden rain in some areas. We did get a couple of hours last evening which made today cooler. It'll still get into the low 70's. The high will only be 71 today and that's to be later this afternoon.

Yesterday was a real bummer and glad it wasn't very hot. Around 2 pm we got a power outage and we were that way until after 5pm. As a matter of fact I had told Don to call my cell phone so I could tell him an update and just as he called saying he was on the way home the power came on. Happily I had eaten all my morning food and lunch before the power was off. I was starting to worry about dinner since most of my food is microwavable or cooked in the oven. Don cold have grilled out but then the rain hit and that was impossible since the rain was blowing toward the back porch. Good thing it came on when it did.

I've decided to try to make better choices for my food on the weekend. I'm tired of every Monday worrying if I've gained to much and struggling to loss before I weigh in at Jenny's. I did so much better this past Sunday with my food. I had a Strawberry Fields salad with chicken for lunch, a grilled pork chop and an ear of corn with coleslaw for dinner. I really need to watch what I eat closely. I think the changes I've made will help. I also ran into Jenny's and got the extra foods I needed for this week. After talking to Don and my consultant I switched my weigh ins to Sunday instead of the middle of the week. This will give me a full 5 or 6 days on the plan and cuts out the short time between the weekend and my weigh in. So far it's going well. I've relaxed some and don't feel pressured. The next weigh in will tell if the change worked.

Since we didn't have any power yesterday afternoon I need to get my chores caught up today. Food is on track and I just need to get some exercise in. Don said that we'll try and start walking in the evenings since we won't need to run around after he gets off work. I need to close for now so you all have a wonderful afternoon and evening. G.

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Hello! Wow it has been a long time since we have become virtual friends - I have loved every minute of it and am so thankful I have both of you in my life!

So we had record breaking heat over the weekend - up to 101* Today is finally going to start the cool down (86*). It was about 6:30 p.m. when I got in the pool yesterday - the water was warm, but yet made the heat bearable. I'm completely sore from digging out the 15' circle of grass for the pool on Saturday morning. I started before 7 a.m. so I would beat the heat, but by the time my daughter and I were setting up the pool (after all my digging/leveling) the sun was blazing. So thankful for central air!!! By Sunday the pool was ready to go. Mind you - we did so much running around from store to store trying to get all we needed. Decided to go with a salt water filter - so much easier and I don't have to buy chemicals! So far it has worked like a charm.

Food is always a continual work in progress. I don't think I've lost anything for quite some time (well excepts when I was sick - but I've long made up for that). Exercise is going well. Still need to make it more than 3 days per week to the gym - just didn't want to get up this morning (and monday I had errands from 7:30 a.m. til about 3).

Sounds like you found your music teacher Lisa! It is good that you are thinking about the family/friend thing early - this way you can be up front with setting boundaries. Hope it all works out for you.

Georgie - I hear you on finding it difficult to work out at home. I have that same issue. Hang in there with the Jenny program - you'll have weeks that will be hard and then you'll have awesome weeks.

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Lisa, I was thinking that we've been posting to one another for a while. I think it might have been around 2006 when we started. I can't believe it's been 10 years now. I've gotten so much out of our talks and you both have helped me through many situations and have always given me great advice. Thank you for being there so many times in need.

Today's not as hot and will be only 75 which is a nice change from the high 80's. No rain though, and later I'll need to get out and water all my plants. I might have lost the hanging ones they are really looking sad. I hope the vegetable and herbs plants are doing better.

I didn't lose anything when I weighed in this week and gained a little over 2 pounds. I'm not surprised because I ate a lot of high fat and high salt items over the holiday weekend. I also had a few beers and some wine. I've been on track with my food these last couple of days, but may have to run over to Jenny for a few other items. I've found I am eating the lunch choices this week that were planed for next week. I have plenty of dinners, snacks and breakfast choices, but may need a few more lunches. When I went on Wednesday, Don's check wasn't there yet so bought only a few foods then. My printer was out of ink, so I couldn't print off my weeks menu so I'm thinking I might have missed a few choices.

Today I'll get out and do some gardening, weeding and dead heading since it's not as humid. My back garden really needs some loving care. That's were my vegetables and herbs are planted, and the weeds are over running them.

Hope everyone is having a super day. Lisa congratulations on your 32nd anniversary. It's nice to hear about couples staying together that long. Enjoy one another, life's to short. Mk, glad you're back exercising and getting back to healthy eating. Keep up the great jobs with the bike riding, spinning and weight workouts. Have a wonderful weekend, G

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Good evening. We are spending our 32nd anniversary at home tonight, which is just fine. My oldest son and his family were here Tuesday night, so we went out that night. I got my hair cut and colored this afternoon--went to a new gal, and I'm quite happy. I just needed a change, and the gal I was going to couldn't quite figure out what I wanted. This salon today would be quite a bit more expensive, but I bought a package deal, so it was about the same as I'd normally pay. I'm not sure if I can afford to keep going there, though.

I got a nice bike ride in tonight, and I plan to get another one in tomorrow night. It was gorgeous out tonight, simply gorgeous. No wind, about 70, sun was shining. I was loving every pedal stroke.

I have had a most interesting situation going on at work. I still don't have my music teacher position filled, and the pool of music applicants around here is mighty shallow. I called to set up interviews yesterday, and the qualified candidates had already accepted jobs elsewhere. A close of friend of ours was here over the weekend and mentioned he might like to find a job up here, and he was considering getting back into teaching. He happens to be a fine music teacher, although he's working in the tech field at this time. He left due to some personal issues and simply needing a change. I called him, he applied, and we are interviewing him on Monday. The tough part about this is the fact that I might be hiring a very close family friend, which brings up another set of concerns.

It was good to see you both post today. I'm so glad we remain virtual friends after all these years.

I have a hankering for some ice cream. I may need to guzzle some water to make it go away.



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MK, I've read somewhere that it's better to exercise in the morning because your body continues to burn calories longer and more effectively. I just wish I had a place to exercise. I find I don't have the motivation at home.

The flying ants weren't as bad in the living area last night, in fact I didn't see any there. We had to go out to my Jenny appointment so Don sprayed again and even moved the furniture away from the walls when he did. However, I still saw them in the kitchen sink, floor and counters. They were dead but it was still a mess to clean them up this morning.

I only saw a few of the ants moving when I made the coffee before I went to bed. I think I'll need to clean everything off my counters and spray one more time. I'm hoping the problem will clear up then. I'm also thinking I might spray around my kitchen window both inside and out, since I tend to see them more around that area. The window is over the sink so It might be the place they are coming into the kitchen.

Don will still spray the home defense around the house, but if the problem continues, We might have to call in a professional to really get the problem solved. It's now really hot here and I'm sure the bugs won't go away anytime soon.

MK, I wish our zoning allowed pools where we live. I'd love to be able to use a pool any time I want. I loved water aerobics at the Y and wish I still belonged so I could go. Transportation would still be an issue though. The classes are at 9 Am and the Xenia Y's changing area is down a flight of stairs so hard to get to it.

We're going to be 85 this afternoon and we might get some pop-up thunderstorms later. We could use the rain and have the temps cool down some, but could do without the heavy storms.

Lisa great idea about the glass front on the cabinets I hear that it's a big trend in kitchen designs now. I've thought about that myself but so far I love my corner hutch for my formal dishes. Jelly jars I hear are a collectible item. I wonder if all my glasses with cartoon characters would also be collectibles. I have several of those glasses too. They used to give them out at fast food places instead of the plastic or paper ones they use now. I think I have at least 2 boxes of them in the attic. Mine have the super heroes like superman, wonder woman, flash, and batman on them. I know right the Marvel comics are returning, and seem very popular now.


I need to close for now, I have a few chores I still need to finish. Take care, Have a great afternoon. G.

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Hello! What a task you have ahead of you Lisa. Great idea on the clear glass fronts on cup boards. I have been thinking about what I would want in a kitchen and having glass fronts is one of them.

We use to use terro for ants then we found another product that works really good... wish I can remember the name. We get it at our local bi-mart.

Well I made it to the gym this morning and worked on weights. I didn't do a ton of work because it has been quite some time since I've done weights. I hear that we are going to have an extremely hot summer - so it will be better to get to the gym in the early morning than at night.

Food is better but still having night eating problem. Trying to have more lean protein at night to alleviate that sweet issue.

We have rain today, but then we are going to be in the upper 90's throughout the weekend. Looks like we will probably get a pool again - always nice to have one to cool off in - I enjoy them. I also get some workouts done in them.

Well got to get my oatmeal eaten before it gets cold. Take care.

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Ants, yuk. Those little critters can be stubborn. I've not heard of the flying kind, although we had fruit flies one time, and they too were a bugger to manage and get rid of. For the crawling ants, I've used Terro. It is effective, but initally, the problem will increase. Once they carry it back to their colony, they won't come back.

Work is slow this week, so I'm working on preparing items for next year, and catching up on my professional reading.

I think we are done cleaning out, and are now ready to pack. I'm going to sell my hutch, so that will be the first item to get cleaned out and packed up. I don't have a place for it. It it wasn't so tall, it would be okay. I have lots of kitchen cupboards, so I'm going to have a few of them inset with a clear product (glass or plastic), so I can still display some of my nicer items. I do use most of them, but a few are simply display items.

Do either of you remember the Welch's jelly jars that could also be used as juice glasses? They had cartoon characters on them like Howdy Doody, the Archies, and others. I have several, and I've heard recently that they are collectible items worth some money. My husband's grandma gave them to him,and I've just kept them, because they are conversation pieces. I might have to check on their value.

Back to work I go. Stay healthy, cool, and ant-free.



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Good morning! Well I made it to spin this morning... it was kinda like blowing the sand out of the engine. Coughed a lot, but it felt good to get back at it. Bad news is that when I had to install the faucet in the kitchen I really banged up my knee - of course the bad one - so it was acting up and really acted up when I was walking up the stairs for work. I think I'm just going to have to have the replacement done this year. :(

So Georgie - we have an ant problem too, but when you said "flying" ants... holy mackerel - I don't think I could handle having them FLY. I suppose I need to be thankful for that.

Looks like we are in for another long hot summer here in the pacific NW - so I'm debating about having a pool again. I'm going to look into it, but not sure if I want to deal with the upkeep.

Food is getting better and my stomach acid is much better. I think when I drank some red wine it threw off my ph balance. So I'm sticking with some pretty basic food (oatmeal, egg whites, etc). The Good Lord is helping get back on track is what He's doing!!! (thank you).

Well another hot day today (90's) and looks like there will be no let up for a couple weeks. Take care!

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Good afternoon. It's a sunny and hot summer like day today. It's 83* and somewhat humid. No rain for the next few days but will have some by Friday and on the weekend as usual.

I'm so tired of fighting all the flying ants in my house. I can't seem to figure where they are coming in. I saw them mainly in the kitchen area so have sprayed everywhere, and Don told me today he saw some by the outlets in the living area so I sprayed there today. The whole wall is an outside wall so sprayed all the way along the wall. I have to watch where I spray because of the dogs, and also when to spray to make sure it's dry before they get settled back into my living room area. We'll see if it helps after today. If not I'm not sure what to do if it doesn't. I've also sprayed all the door areas especially the back door.

We've had a lot of rain this spring so I'm thinking that that may be part of the issue. Don said he'll get some Outdoor Defense and spray that all around the house this weekend, if we don't get any rain.

I want some new living room chairs but I think they will have to wait a few more weeks. This past week our kitchen stove is acting up. The burners on the one side don't heat or they heat only on high, even when set on low. It's a solid top and would cost a lot to get it repaired so we decided the best thing to do is get a new stove. It's 10 years old and came with the house. Hopefully Don will be able to get a good deal on one from GE. He's retired from there and can get a nice discount if ordered directly from them, plus a rebate from them because he used to work for them. We're looking at the price, and comparing it to stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, Sears, and a few other appliance stores. So far with the rebate, it's cheaper and we can get top of the line for the same price as the run of the mill at the other stores.

It's been hard getting back on track after the holiday weekend. I was not really watching as close to what I was eating, although I tried to only have one spoonful of the coleslaw, potato salad, and the beans, and only one brats, and one pulled pork sandwich. We had brats on Sunday when Don's family were here, and pulled pork on Memorial Day, along with the leftovers. I'm back eating the Jenny foods today and will continue through the rest of the week. I doubt I'll show a loss on Wednesday when I weigh in, but I hope I'll at least stay the same. It'll only be 2 full days of Jenny after the weekend so it's a short time to try to lose.

Hope everyone is having a great day, and looking forward to a good week. MK, it's nice you had a good time with your mom. It sounds like she is doing well. Hope you'll be able to get back to clean eating and exercise this week too. Take care, I'll catch all later. G.

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Good day everyone. I trust that your Memorial Day was relaxing and honoring the fallen soldiers. Mine was very quiet - visiting my parents and talk of family & memories. My mom was very talkative and asked that I not leave when I said I needed to go grocery shopping - so I stayed longer. I sang her the "Mare's eat oats, Does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy...." she laughed out loud - it was great. I sang her a few other old songs. When I sang only a couple lines of Danny Boy she said she liked that song. It was nice seeing her more alert.

I haven't been to the gym in a couple weeks and finally feel like I can get back to spin class without coughing up a lung - so I'll be there Wednesday morning. My food has not been good of late - and I'm suffering from it with acid reflux -so I'm getting myself back in line with "clean eating" once again.

So Lisa - buying out the furniture store!!! How fun is that getting all ready for a new home. I hope the move and so forth goes smoothly for you. I love going through all the old things, but find it difficult to toss things. I'm getting better at it, but it is still difficult getting rid of things... especially family items. I have all my grandmothers table clothes and afgans. One of the things my parents told me at the beginning of all their moves - "Use it - don't save it - use the china - use the table clothes - enjoy them. No need to save them for "special times"." So I have been.

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

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Happy Memorial Day weekend. Hope everyone having a great weekend. Don's family will be here later so am up doing some prepping.

Lisa, sounds like you've been busy shopping for the new place and going through things before the move. I hope you kept the tablecloths I'm sure they will have special memories. I have a quilt from my grandma so I'll cherish it always.

I'm so frustrated right now with my house. Not so much the way it looks but I really need some new chairs for the living room area. I'll clean in a bit to get things in order for my Mother-in-law's visit. She and Don's sister's notice every little speck of dust. I clean a little extra when I know they are coming. I also need to clean up the kitchen from all the pans and such from making potato salad and coleslaw, and cutting up strawberries etc. This is the second time I fixed the potatoes for the salad. For some reason after cooking the potatoes and cleaning them they looked brown. I used red potatoes and have never had them look like this before. They tasted alright, but I didn't like the color so threw them out and had to get new potatoes yesterday. These were much better.

We will fix brats and Italian sausage, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, and strawberry short cakes for dessert. I'm sure we'll have some left over so we'll finish it up tomorrow. It's just Don and myself so should be a quiet Holiday.

I guess I need to get off, so will close for now. Enjoy Memorial Day, and this beautiful Sunday. Mk, hope you have a great day too. Bye for now, G. emoticon emoticon

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Over the last two days I've spent $5600 on furniture, and another $200 on other stuff for our new place. I purchased a new dining room set, and a new bedroom set. I'm grateful I have the money, but I've spent enough--I think. Once we get up there, I may need a new recliner and chair for our living room, and some chairs for our kitchen island, but that should be it. Oh, and some paint, a kitchen update, possibly some flooring. All in good time, though.

I'm cleaning out my cedar chest today. I've tossed quite a few things. My bouquet of silk flowers from our wedding was crumbling, I mean, it's only been 32 years! A few things were fun to look at. I think my favorite item is a set of gingham square tablecloths that were made by my great-grandma. I remember her funeral, but I don't really remember her. My grandma had them, and she gave them to me; I'm not sure why, but they are special for sure.

Cool here today, looks like rain, but so far nothing. I got a workout in, and I will probably take a bike ride later, if its still dry. Other than that, I'll be cleaning out more storage areas, and arranging the garage in preparation for our garage sale in two weeks.

Time for lunch--I guess I'll scope out the frig and see what's available. I hope you are both having a fine Memorial Day weekend.



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What a wonderful summer like day today. Hope you're having similar weather. It will be near 80 degrees later this afternoon and right now it's 76* and low humidity.

I can finally wear my summer clothes and have found them much looser than I wore them last. I actually am in one size smaller Capri's, and a 1X top. I'm to check my inches tonight when I weigh in so will know then if I've lost inches and weight. By my scale I've lost but am never sure if it will show on the Jenny scale. Hope I'm in a downward trend with my weight loss.

I wish this weather will stay over the weekend, but I think they are calling for rain all weekend. We were to have Don's mom and sisters over on Sunday or Monday, so hope it will hold off and we can cook out on the grill. We'll eat indoors because we have no shade on our back porch and the table we have only sits 4. If we can't cook on the grill I'm not sure what to have. I have a great slow cooker rib dish and it's Don and my favorite, but I'm not sure if his family even like ribs.

I bet your busy packing and cleaning about now because you're not that far away from moving Lisa. It does sound like you still have a few school things yet to do before you can call it for the summer, but I know you'll get it all finished.

MK, hope your weather and weekend will be a great one. Are you doing your maintenance work still? I'm sure it's picking up now that the summer weather has arrived. Going any place for the Memorial weekend? Enjoy your family and the holiday.

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Hello everyone. Well last week I was down and out with a sinus infection and a fever that ran between 101* & 104*. Still dealing with coughing, but was back to work yesterday. I was so tired last night after putting in a long day. Today is another long one and the coughing continues, but happy I'm feeling better.

Antibiotics were making me digestively sick - so I didn't finish them. I know I should have just bared through it, but it really made me sick in a different way... like it was burning my insides up.

I was making it to spin on a regular basis, but then I got sick. I was already to head back in this morning, but was up at 1 a.m. having a coughing attack and slept through my 4:30 alarm. The only thing good about being so sick - I didn't eat. I only drank water and OJ - mostly water. I haven't been this kinda sick since the kids were little... worse crud ever!!

So your getting all packed up Lisa - what a task that can be. Hope it all goes smooth for you.

Georgie - I am so happy that you have dropped so much weight!!! Congrats!! I hope your able to work through the Jenny food changes.

Was finally able to go visit my parents on Monday - and even then I had to limit myself. Bringing that type of illness to such places can cause more than just sickness - death is a real possibility with the elderly catching any type of bug.

My mom is doing really pretty good. I was able to feed her breakfast to her, but she is doing real good with finger food. They took her off a specific medication that was keeping her basically sedated. Now she has her eyes open and watches everything. She says only a few basic words (yes, no), but its nice to see her "liven" up a bit. She can no longer walk - so she gets moved from one sitting spot to another. I'm still praying to the Lord to let her go home, but everything in His time.

Dad is ok. Still falls, but is finally asking for assistance (I think) - at least I haven't had calls over the past few weeks. I've begged him to please push the button and ask for help - not for himself - but for me. The stress of each phone call is immeasurable - so I think that finally got through to him.

It is the busy season for our business. Lots of clean-up work and lots of plant requests (we can plant annuals and replacements) and of course lots of bark and compost spreading work. Nice to be flush again (winter is always hard), but my husband is really showing the hard work... he has dropped so much weight (I think I need to quit my office job - hahaha). He has gone from a 34 waist to a 30. When I met him he was a 29 waist - tiny man!!

Take care ladies. Always stay Humble and Kind. Hold the door, say please, say thank you, don't steal, don't lie,... ~Tim McGraw

People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
~Mother Teresa

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5/25/16 8:10 A

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Good morning. I'm not going into work until later, as I've got the dryer repair crew coming this morning. It's still working, but making lots of noise--squeals and grinds--I guess it's a roller problem, and probably worth fixing. I surely hope so, as I love my washer and dryer, even though they are 10 years old!

I've enjoyed my first few days of no students. I've already crossed many things off my list of to-dos. This is the time of year when I can really focus on student performance data and develop a plan for improving next year.

Just getting ready to exercise, have been spending lots of time on my bike, riding 5-10 miles just about every day. It's raining now, so it'll be a strength workout this morning, and hopefully a bike ride tonight.

I hope you are both well and enjoying spring. The weather is quickly getting summer-y here. With that comes mosquitoes: I can't work around my plants without bug spray.

Take care.



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Good Sunday. I'm up early for some reason. I guess I'm getting used to waking up early with Don so I rarely sleep in lately. You'd think on the weekend I'd sleep later but today was not the case. I think it was because I'm a worry wart at times and I wake up with my mind racing.

I think today we might go and get replacements for our peppers, tomato plants and the hanging plants we bought a couple of weeks ago. We were lead to believe that it would be warm enough to plant but then we got that cold front drop and had two mornings of frost. It was light, but strong enough to get the plants. Therefore we need to get replacements.

I also need to return some shoes I bought last week. They were sandals, but I'm glad I wore them around the house before wearing them out on the streets. I still have trouble with my swelling feet and when I do, I have trouble with any type of shoe fitting. They had Velcro hook ups but when my feet swelled in the morning I could barely get them to hook. After having them on a while I could tighten them but then it cut the circulation off at my ankles. I decided that they would not work that way so will return them today. I probably will wait to get another pair. I order another but it was on back order and won't get in until July. I'm thinking I might cancel those too since these didn't work and try later in the summer to get any more shoes.

Today is sunny but will still be a bit chilly. We have barely gotten past the mid 50's all week. You'd think it being almost then end of May it would have warmed up and not have frost on the 17th and barely 50's during the week.

Lisa, how nice you're out for the summer. It's hard to believe your school year has ended already. Now you can concentrate on the packing, cleaning and moving. When are you scheduled to get out of your old house and into the new? I think you said around the 17th of June but I'm not sure if that date is right. So much happening for you now and I sure you're getting excited to get it over with and settled in the new place. I'm sure you'll be a busy lady for the next few weeks. Enjoy yourself though and try not to get frustrated. You seem to have a plan for getting one room done first and move on to the next. You're such and organized person so I know you'll get it all finished in quick manner.

Mk, hope May has found you doing well. Everyone have a great weekend and a wonderful week. Enjoy Memorial Day next weekend. I'll catch all later, G. emoticon emoticon

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School's out! It was exciting, sad, and fun all at the same time. We had a nice retirement celebration and send off for those teachers moving to other schools. I am anxious to wrap up my end of year duties, and move on to looking towards next school year.

I haven't been too good today, but I've been doing better with my food choices this week. Even today with the food we had, I did pretty well. My husband and I are going to see The Jungle Book at our drive in theater tonight, and yes, I will have popcorn, because it is amazing out there.

Tomorrow is more pre-packing. I'll be taking more stuff off the walls, getting my son's room completely cleaned out, and then creating some specific space in the garage for boxes. My youngest should be completely moved out by Sunday, so I'll clean his room well, and then at least that will be task off the list. It's kind of hard to believe that we'll be out of here in a little over a month.

Need a short nap before the movie, until later. . .



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Hello Happy Monday. I've looked at the last few posts and realized how long it's been since my last post. I couldn't get to weigh in this week at Jenny's so I'm not sure what I would have done at the weigh in. I'm never sure with my scale, I always seem to weigh differently than the one at Jenny. I'm trying to make do with the food I still have but only had 2 breakfast ones and only 2 lunches which I ate on Thursday and Friday. I always seem to have plenty of dinner and snack meals and am never sure why. It's been a difficult week since I don't have all the foods to eat and have had several times I've eaten out.

Jenny changed the eating plans for the weeks, and I'm not sure if I like it or not. I can see why they did what they are doing, but now I find I need to try to adjust to the changes. They did away with some of the meals and snack choices adding others and now they are giving you what used to be dinner choices for lunch too. They got rid of several of the salty snack choices and what they added to replace them I don't care for. Hummus is one choice, and some type of ranch sticks as another. Now they seem to have many more sweet choices like cupcakes, apple crisp, cheese cake and pies. The only salty choices they have is popcorn. I guess I love salty things more than sweet.

I'm not sure if I want to eat big lunches and prefer sandwiches, soups, pizza slices, and the salad kits. I can't see eating enchiladas, lasagne's, or heavy pasta dishes at lunch time. I happy with soup and salad or a sandwich.

I've last about 29 pounds total, but can't seem to get past the same 3 pounds I seem to gain and lose. Every Monday by my scale I'm up 2 or 3 pounds, then I seem to lose it being only .8 or .6 difference, than on Monday I've gained that back again. I'm not sure if it's the new plan or my going out more over a weekend. I always know my weekends are hard for me because of the activities or other obligations we seem to have then.

Last Saturday we went to Columbus for my granddaughter's 4th birthday party. It was fun but I didn't make good choices. We ran through McDonalds for lunch than all my daughter had to eat was chips, popcorn, a few veggies and fruit choices and of course cake and ice cream. The party was at 2 and by the time we got home it was after 6 and I was too tired to eat and only had a peanut butter sandwich for dinner. Then Sunday we had a fried egg sandwich for breakfast, ran our errands then stopped at Friday's for dinner. No lunch was eaten, and I had a few drinks an appetizer and than a French dip sandwich with French fries. I used to make better choices when we eat out but lately I've not done that.

I wish I could have a magic idea how to get over this yo-yo eating. Missing my weigh in didn't help and now Don is having to work more over time has had more meetings, and not able to get home at a reasonable time so I can get to meet with my consultant. He has also been working on Saturday mornings and Jenny closes at noon. During the week it's 6 or 7 and Friday it's 5. They aren't open on Sundays. I guess I really need that time to talk with my consultant and to have the accountability for weighing in to keep me motivated.

I think I need to do something to shake up my system to get on the weigh loss track again. I know exercise would help, more activities in general, but still not sure what to do about exercising.

The weather here is terrible. Since when do we have frost, wind chill warnings in mid May? They tell you that now is a good time to plant flowers, veggie plants, and your herbs but than you do and we get freeze warnings. We actually woke up to frost on the ground and 32 degrees today. Our high might get close to 50 degrees, but in May we usually have 60 and 70 degrees as a high. So tired of this cold, I could scream. I'm wearing a sweatshirt and long pants right now and am still cold.

Thanks for reading all my woos, and I sure you get tired of hearing all about my struggles, but I'm so glad I can vent here and know you'll understand.

Lisa, It's getting close to your moving date and It sounds like you are a very busy lady, packing, cleaning, and finishing up with all the school things too. I hope all goes great and smoothly for your school's end. MK, how are things with you? still struggling with the new puppy? Have you picked up with your maintenance work now? Hope everyone has a great week. Take care, G.

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Happy weekend. Graduations weekend here, had one last night, have some today and some more tomorrow. Hoping to keep the grandgirls overnight, as it will probably be the last opportunity to do so before we move. Our son is moving out, officially, next weekend. He's already hauled a few things into his new place.

Today, I'll finish closet cleaning, and load up the Salvation Army donations. We will also designate certain items for a rummage/moving sale, and I'm taking pictures/decor off the walls. Next weekend I plan to pack up my China cabinet, and all those special occasion items. We also need to create some space in the garage for stacking boxes. Our closing date for the sale of our house is June 20, and for our purchase, June 27. Our buyers are allowing us to stay an extra week, and we are grateful for that.

Got a good full body workout in this morning. Still struggling with consistency in dietary choices. We had three special night events this week--that is always challenging, but not impossible, I just have to plan better, and not give in. I just keep forging ahead.

Did you get your spin classes in this week, MK? I have a feeling the spring outside work is keeping you plenty busy these days, in addition to your obligations for parental care.

How was your week, G? I know you were excited about your loss last week. You've lost over 30 lbs now, right?

Have a fantastic weekend. Kind of chilly here, but warming over the next few days.







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Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day. Mine was very nice - actually had it celebrated all weekend long.

The weather has been wonderful lately - cold at night and warm during the day. Really liking it, but it takes a while before the building I work in acclimates to it being warm outside... just in time for it to get cold... hahaha

Haven' t been able to get to spin for a few days. Friday morning I was all ready to go and when I let the pup out of the kennel for potty break - he had aparently already gone, laid in it and then quickly spread it throughout the house before I could catch him and get him outside... so that was my exercise for that morning! ha

Never a dull moment with a puppy in the house.

Well I hope you both are well and happy!

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Happy Mother's Day, MK and Georgie. We are spending a quiet day at home. My oldest son is working, my middle son and his family are at his in-laws, and my youngest son is here, although he's in the process of moving out, so he'll be continuing to pack today. He says he'll be completely out in two weeks. I hope that's the case, because then we can get his room cleaned and use it for storage as we pack.

It is graduation season, we attended a college graduation reception on Friday night, and we have a bunch more to attend this coming weekend. It is also an exciting week at work--our activity day (track and field, etc) is tomorrow, and our spring music program is on Thursday. On top of that, I had a late resignation, so now I have to hire a music teacher within the next two weeks. Ugh! I suspected this was coming (hoping it wouldn't), but she's had some family tragedies this past year, and she just wants to be closer to them.

I've been riding bike this week--after investing almost $300 to get it road ready--well, part of that was for a new helmet and gloves. I got a new saddle with memory foam, new tires, new handlebar grips, and a general tune up. Glad I did it, because I plan to put on some serious miles this summer.

G, congrats on the weight loss. I think you've worked through that plateau, so hopefully your downward trend will continue.

Are you still doing landscaping work, MK? Our new place doesn't have as many perennials as I have here, so I'll have to find a way to put my personal touch on what is there already.

Be safe and healthy this week.



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