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7/6/15 4:26 P

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Lisa, Don finished all the painting, and finished laying the tile. We still have to grout it and there is one small area around the sink in the kitchen we need to paint. We have to take down my valance to paint, and I want to switch two cabinet position next to the sink, so we are waiting until next week to grout and finish these last few things. The carpet will be laid tomorrow and then the fun for me begins. I have to put everything back in my hutches, desk, tables, and clean the spare bedroom.. We put everything in there and the things in there has to be returned to there proper place.

We did celebrate some over the fourth. Our daughter's family came over on Friday and brought some chicken and veggies to share, so we spent time with them instead of working. We loved that they came, but Don's projects were put on hold, and a day lost. That's part of the reason we didn't grout, or finish the kitchen. Then we celebrated with Don's mom, and sisters on Sunday evening. We were able to finish up the painting before so that was a help. We went out to grab a beer and a sandwich on the 4th but didn't watch any fireworks that night although we can see a few higher displays from out back porch.

We are tired but at least we're almost finished with everything, and by next weekend when my sister comes for a visit we'll be able to enjoy her without worrying about the house. Since while moving furniture, cleaning out the hutches, and drawers the house is in good shape. I washed all my china and crystal, cleaned and washed the inside of everything. Spring house cleaning plus!

I still have everything to put back in place, and will have to vacuum and clean my bedroom, spare bedroom and office will get everything in the house finished. Today I have to do laundry yet so will close for now.

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7/4/15 4:04 P

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G, it is taking me forever to finish staining my deck. Between the rain, wind, and running out of stain, and my other obligations, I'm having a heck of a time completing this project. I had high hopes for doing some today, but the wind is strong and it is simply unpleasant to stain when the wind blows debris and it sticks in the wet stain. I'm going to sympathize with Don, but hopefully he too has a plan to finish his projects. Tomorrow I'll hit it hard!!

Happy Independence Day. I was reading an article in which people know we celebrate, but many cannot articulate the history behind this holiday. That's truly a shame, and it is something I'll definitely be sharing with the grandkids so they know.

Got a good strength workout in, and rode bike to the different events around town. We're grilling some steaks for dinner, but no guests this year, just hubby, me and youngest son. Fireworks over our little city lake at dusk, usually around 10. We have a fantastic show.

I unpacked and settled into my office yesterday. I just need to decorate and find some file folders. I searched the supply room, cabinets, file drawers, and all sorts of other places, and I struck out. I've got a key to everywhere in the building, and I couldn't find a file folder--I'm sure I just overlooked them, but talk about humbling. It's a reminder that I've got lots to learn, including the simple stuff.

My son leaves for Guards tomorrow for two weeks. He's not one bit excited, but he'll endure. Hard to believe he'll be out next March. That time has passed quickly.

Is your company still present MK? I hope you've had a nice time with them, and I continue to think of your parents and the support you provide for them. Hopefully you've had a bit of time to celebrate this weekend.

Be safe this weekend, and enjoy whatever it is you do to celebrate this fine holiday.







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7/1/15 4:46 P

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Mk, It's somewhat the same with me. I appreciate all the hard work Don is doing, but I wish he wouldn't take weeks to finish a project. If he could have taken a week off to get it all done instead of going from weekend to weekend and work during the nights during the week. I love that he's going as fast as he could under the circumstances. It'll be great when all is finished. I just wish he'd let me help in some way. I will do some of the painting though, or we'll never get it all done. He does the high areas, I do the middle and the low ones

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th. It'll be a busy weekend for us but we'll take a break to have a cookout with Don's Mom and sisters. Carpet gets laid on Tuesday so I decided to take the dogs to the groomers while it's being done. I know that they would be underfoot or kenneled the whole time and at least they will be clean and groomed when returning home. Clean dogs, new carpet. It'll keep them from shedding all over the new carpet. It'll be interesting to see how they react to the new digs.

Everyone have a great 4th. Enjoy the day with your family and the celebrations. I'll catch all later, G. emoticon emoticon

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Good morning! Lisa - you crack me up - I'd get my book back out and keep reading. I sat on Saturday and didn't do a darn thing other than watch movies and play some video games. Felt so guilty for that, but my husband kept saying "you need to just not do anything - give your mind a break" - I couldn't agree more. Sunday was a trip to IKEA to find a dresser for my mom - that was a great success, but I was by myself - so loading the boxes up was awkward to say the least.

Good news is that my sister in Georgia is coming to Oregon this coming Sunday - well she arrives at 12:05 am Monday. We will be setting up the room for our mom that day. I don't think I'm going to sleep between picking her up and all the talking and catching up. We have to go back up to Portland to pick up the bed from ParkLane Mattresses (made right here in Oregon!) for our mom. Boy does that place make nice beds!!

I have been working out regularly, but the weather here has been in the 90-100's so that can be difficult. The YMCA I go to is in a very old building and the A/C doesn't always work good. Though lately its been much better.

Well I have to get working - take care. Georgie I hope the flooring is done soon - I really have a hard time with things "out of place" - if even for a short time... I'm a bit OCD on that.

Stay cool!

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I never thought I'd say it--but I am bored! Shame on me. It is raining, just enough so I can't finish staining the deck, but not pouring by any means. My office won't be done until the end of the day tomorrow, so I can't even go in to work and finish unpacking. I'm taking a class, but the prompt isn't up for this week's discussion. I'm using every bit of will in my body not to eat. My granddaughters are napping, as my son is keeping them home this week. I've called two friends to go out for coffee; they aren't available. I suppose I could ride bike, nope, now it is raining harder, and that's just unpleasant. I already took a short walk, did an intense video workout this morning, have read 1/2 my book, took a trip to the store, and made a salad for dinner. I'll start the lasagna shortly. I'm NOT BAKING!! Movie, maybe, let's see if I can find something that won't make me want to eat more.

Cleaning, well, there's always something that can be cleaned I suppose. What I really need to do, but have been avoiding, is to clean out my e-mail inbox. Rain just decreased to a strong sprinkle, maybe I'll get on the bike after all.

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Lisa, so glad your son got a teaching job. I'm sure he'll be happy once he gets into the teaching. Nice that you were able to get your deck finished. I know it's an expensive project, but it'll be several years before you'll have to do it again.

I feel like I'm living in an obstacle course. My kitchen is a mess. Don had to pull out both the stove and refrigerator to lay the tile. We also started painting the Kitchen while everything was pulled out. It'll be this way for a couple of days until he gets it all done and grouted. He's laid the larger ones and was cutting the other pieces yesterday. It'll be another day or so to put them down and then to grout them. It'll look great once he's done but a lot of disruption while doing it. He'll cut the tiles in the hall tonight and if he works on everything during the week, we might survive. Ha, ha. We are trying to get all the tile laid before this weekend. We also want to paint the living area, halls, and finish the kitchen before we lay the carpet which will be the week after the 4th. More disruption. At least I'm getting my house cleaned. It'll look great when it's all done. I keep telling myself this while all this is going on.

I wish I could say we have sun and 80 degree temps, but again we woke to rain which will continue all week. Some days the % is low maybe 20% or 30% but we have had so much rain we're ranked 9th on the list for the largest amount of rain, breaking records. It keeps us indoors and outside chores are not getting done. I need to get some weeding and deadheading flowers one of these days. Over the weekend it was also very cool and almost like fall and we had to breakout our sweatshirts and jackets. Very odd weather here, not summer like at all. Along with all the rain we have flood watches and warnings. I'm hoping we will at least have a nice 4th. We haven't been able to grill out because of all the rain. It would be nice to have a nice holiday for a change.

Well I need to get off here, I have much to do this week and still need to do my normal things like dishes and laundry. I'll catch all later. Have a wonderful day. Bye for now. G.



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Good morning. All is well in SD, sunny, calm, quite warm (upper 80s), but I'll take it. That's a perfect summer day for me. I'm involved in the usual weekend chores, and deck staining. We decided to go with a DeckCorrect stain by Cabot. I'm liking the coverage, and the overall look so far, but not so much the cost. Oh well!

Exciting day as well. My son was offered, and accepted, and teaching/coaching position about 15 miles from here. The coaching was exactly what he wanted, but the teaching position isn't quite what he wanted: grades 5-8 at a Hutterite Colony. It will be a fantastic experience for him, and the school district (they provide the colony teachers) is a good one. We are allowing him to live at home for one year, and we've agreed upon the terms of his rent and some general rules. He is really excited, and we are quite happy for him. He was quite defeated after not getting the job he really wanted, but that's how it goes sometimes. The young man who got the job he wanted is actually from that town and had a few years of experience already, which is tough to compete with when you're just out of college. He should be able to make good progress on his student loans this year, and he'll still be in the National Guard through next March, so he'll have that bit of income. Oh, and he gets $1000 signing bonus. Their salary is a little low in my mind, but the benefits they offer are fantastic, so it all evens out in the end.

Once again, we are thankful for the Lord's blessings, and this all comes amidst the controversial SC ruling on marriage. I am saddened by this decision. I know everyone has strong opinions on this subject, so I'll not go too far here. I simply hold Scripture, and the never changing Word of God, as my guide in these matters. The verses I'm finding solace in come from Psalm 46, primarily verses 1-7.

As far as sleep, this week has been great. I've been going to bed by 10:30, and getting up between 5-5:30 daily. It is a great schedule. I'll be getting up at 4:45 once school starts, so I'll make sure I'm in bed by 10 on those days.

Exercise done for today. I'm going to work on the deck for another hour or so, and then call it a day, as it will simply be too hot later on. I'm hoping for an evening bike ride too. Maybe I'll do some more plant maintenance, that's kind of an ongoing task these days.

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Hello - the lack of sleep plague seems to get us all! I'm a 4 hour sleeper - on a good day maybe 5 - and I really feel pretty good. Since the cleaner eating has started and I have protein at night (cottage cheese - or something similar) I find I sleep better and more REM sleep. When I do wake in the middle of the night (2 a.m. -ish) and I see I've been awake for more than 30 minutes - I will remove myself from the bed and go to the recliner. They say changing your position/location can help. I sometimes fall asleep really good in the recliner and I'm good to go - other times I will find I'm nodding off and then put myself back into bed - with no fuss between the chair and bed (no stopping for potty or whatever) - I will fall back asleep and be good until alarm at 4:45 - 5 (now that is my internal alarm - haven't used an alarm clock for years).

My evening eating is changing. I'm making sure I have lean and green at night. Definitely good protein keeps me from snacking. I need to make sure I'm consistent on this - otherwise I will graze - and that happens a LOT.

I'm on day 4 of everyday workouts - step class today. Been doing spin class on M-W-F and weights at home (when I remember).

The weather is turning hot. Yesterday in the 80's - today in the 90's and tomorrow in the 100's for the weekend. Oregonians don't do well in the heat, but are very thankful it is not too humid.

cleaning the shed this weekend... oh the joy of kicking out the spiders - NOT! hate doing this because they seem to high-tail it to the house. Hoping to get them all sucked up by the shop-vac! They are huge buggers.

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6/25/15 12:57 P

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Lisa, it seems that we are plagued with the same problem, I can't get past 4 hours sleep myself. I agree that being tired and eating goes hand and hand. I either eat what ever is around or nothing at all. You'd think that not eating would help you lose but it doesn't. I think it makes my body think it's starving and holds on to all the fat and carbs because of not eating. I'm too am trying to choose good foods when I do eat, but most times I don't.

It's a cool day today, but we have rain and more rain so we can't get out to exercise or even walk. We are planning to paint before the carpet is installed so I'm preparing today for that to happen, Purging and cleaning the living area. I can't believe how much dog hair and old spider webs I had behind furniture and tables.

One more thing for us to do before the house is ready. I just hope we can get it all done and not bite off more than we can chew. The carpet is here already, so we have to put the installation on hold until we can get everything done. I'm hoping we can complete things before my sister arrives from Seattle on July 10th,11th and 12th. We'll see though.

Hope the day going great for everyone, Lisa enjoy your walks and bike rides. MK, have a healthy day and weekend. Bye for now, G.

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'Tis a spectacular day in northeast SD! I have already taken a 1.5 mile walk, cleaned the deck with a spray deck cleaner in prep for staining (this weekend's project), made some healthy blueberry muffins, and trimmed some weeds and tree branches. I have to complete the assignment for the class I'm taking and give some thought to the final project.

SP has a great article on the evening eating that seems to plague us. I was caught by the tiredness-ghrelin connection--anyway, I struggle with evening eating, and it seems to have increased in the last five years. I do not sleep as well as I used to, not sure of the reasons, but I seem to wake up more often during the night and have more trouble falling back to sleep. I've never required a lot of sleep, but I rarely get more than 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep--I may go back to sleep for an hour or two, but I seldom get more than 7 hours--usually its 6-7, and I think that's enough. I may have to re-evaluate this, because I KNOW I eat because I'm tired. My husband says the same--he notices it as well.

Well, I wish you both a fantastic day. I have long bike ride planned for early this afternoon, so I best get to work on my class.




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MK, glad you mom and dad are doing better. Hope when your mother moves to the other area she'll be able to adjust quickly, as will your dad being without her.

Don hasn't finished the tile in the hall yet but will try to work on it more this weekend. I figured he wouldn't work on it during the week, mainly because of the time restraints and the fact he worked all day. To make this more difficult, he's had some over time this week, and backups with traffic which has delayed his arrival time even more. It's nice he has some overtime, but he can't get the hall done because of it. By the time we eat dinner and move everything it's late so not enough time to work, without making it a late night, He goes to bed by 10. I know it will all get done, but might take an extra weekend to finish it.

He's taken all the molding and door jams down and it's all in the laundry room. I can't get in there to do laundry although I did get in yesterday and ran a couple of loads. I did hit one piece of molding with my arm though and cut the heck out of it, I wish he'd figure another place to put the molding. He doesn't want to put it out in the garage because of the high humidity and storage problems. I might ask him to move it into the extra bedroom instead since we don't use that as much as we do the laundry room. He'll have the shoe molding and other molding to move in the kitchen next week, so I feel it would be better to keep it in the bed room instead and let the laundry room alone.

He'll still have to trim door molding once it's to be put back up so it's necessary to remove it now and he can run the tile right next to the walls and door jams. Our carpet has arrived so the tile has to get done before we can put it down. We were hoping to lay the carpet the week after the 4th of July weekend, so we can get all the furniture move for that on the weekend. It looks like that we'll still be laying the tile that weekend too.

I'll be glad when it's all finished. It is getting me to clean everything and purge my stacks of things on my furniture which is a good thing and sorely needed. It'll look like a new place when all finished. It'll also give us a chance to rearrange the living area since we have to move the furniture, at least the hutch, tables, smaller chairs, and a big desk. They will move couches and larger chairs, and my dinning table. I need to make sure to clean out my hutch set anyway. Washing everything, cleaning my silver, & cleaning out my drawers too. So will be busy with this while Don doing the tile these next two weeks.

Anyway I hope everyone is having a great week, and a wonderful weekend. MK, keep up the exercise and good eating habits. Lisa, hope your bike riding and exercise goes great too. I have a few things yet to do today so will close for now. Catch all later.

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6/24/15 10:12 A

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for some reason my post yesterday is not here...

Things are going well. Mom will move to memory care on July 11th. We have to get her room ready for her with furniture and all things familiar to her (happens July 6th). Dad will be able to stay in the same apartment they've been in - we thought he'd move to a smaller one, but not much difference in price.

Since my dad has started new mood stabilizing medication things have been better. I can usually tell because mom is much happier when I come over - not so stressed. It is almost good enough to say no memory care, but we will go through with this because it is only a matter of time. When she goes to her new room she will not be a happy camper - so we must be prepared for that.

I've been exercising every day and my food is better, but still need to stop the snacking at night. I've done better the past few days, but my evening choices haven't been the best.

Spin class has been good, but oh man does it hurt to sit on that seat!!

Well got to be quick - things to get done. Take care!!

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Good morning. Tired today, I fell asleep in my recliner at 11 last night, and woke up at 3AM and went to bed and slept there until 5 when I finally got up. I think although I slept several hours in the recliner I'm not sure if it's as restful a sleep as it could have been in the bed. I was so tired last night, Don was laying tile all day. We started in our front hall. It was hot yesterday with temp in the mid 80's. I couldn't help him much, but cleaned off the furniture that we had to move and purged and dusted it. Then the rest of the time was trying to keep the dogs from bothering Don and getting in his face. They did settle down except when Don went into the garage to get more tile or trim tile.

There's no easy way to block the entrance to the hall from the living area and kitchen. We had to figure a way to block them. Don finally found a partial piece of sheet rock and blocked the entrance to the hall from the living area, and I blocked the other with furniture, the kitchen trash can, and a smaller piece of wood. It finally did the job. The dogs could still see him but it kept them from being in his face.

Still have the hall and entry to finish tonight and we'll work on the kitchen next weekend. Don still has several pieces to cut and fit to make the tile wall to wall, and then we'll have to grout it all. The area is still blocked, to keep the dogs off, but hope to be able to walk on it after tonight. Since most of the cut pieces are around the edges, we'll be able to step over them to get to the garage, laundry room, and office. It's surprising how often I go into these areas and not to be able to get there without walking on the new tile. I've needed to go to the garage, and laundry room several times already this morning. That's pretty much the activity we did this weekend, at least Sunday. We had to get all the tile, mastic, strips, a large bucket, a mixer and a few other things for the job on Saturday.

We'll have to see how the tile laying goes next weekend for the kitchen. It'll be more of a problem since we need to cook, wash dishes, use the refrigerator etc. We'll have to stay out while he's laying it down and then staying off it for a day.

Hurricane Bill remains came through here all Saturday. We too had high winds, lots of rain, and thunderstorms all day. Flood warnings out and boy was it hard to get all the errands done. We had to go to Miejer's and Sam's on Saturday too as well as getting all the tile. We spent most of the day being wet.

The had an air show going on this weekend, and I'm sure it was rained out on Saturday, although it was humid and hot on Sunday at least it was able to have the show on Sunday. It's a big deal, and tickets are expensive and I felt sad for those trying to enjoy the show in the rain. I'm sure none of the flights took place on Saturday, but at least they could enjoy Sunday.

I need to get off here now, I've been on here long enough. I'm still dealing with the blocked hall and have to walk all around the house to go to the garage. It's really funny when you think about it. Anyway, I hope this week goes great for all. Enjoy yourselves, get plenty of exercise, eat healthy, take care of yourself and love your parents.

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Happy Monday. We were awakened before 4 AM by thunderstorms, but they moved through quickly, and we sustained no damage, as far as I know, but areas to the west of us, and the southeast of us had extreme damage, and straight line winds of over 80 mph. Maybe I'll take a short nap later.

Workout done, although I may take a bike ride this evening. I'm making a meatloaf for dinner tonight, with roasted sweet potatoes and steamed cauliflower as sides. I use ground turkey and ground beef in my meatloaf to keep the fat content down. We really don't notice much difference from the days when I used all ground beef.

Our Father's Day gathering was lots of fun. My father-in-law behaved well, and he even apologized, several times, for his behavior over the last few days. I'm noticing more memory lapses, and he gets winded with the smallest efforts, like going up 3 steps. I know his upcoming bladder surgery will be a longer recovery than the one a year ago.

Eat healthy this week. I've got to quit having so many lapses with my planned meals--I won't make progress if I don't fully commit.

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Weekend greetings. Our visit to the Children's museum with the 3 and 4 year old grands was fantastic. We could've stayed longer, but we were all getting tired. The weather was gorgeous, so the outside activities were fully enjoyed.

I think my consequence for the 4 year old's tantrums is a success. She wanted to use the Ipad last night, and it simply reminded her that she doesn't get to use the Ipad at Grandma's when she doesn't mind her mom and dad. That was it, she whined a bit, but then just left the idea alone and was on to other things. This morning when it was time to leave with her parents, she attempted to start with the refusal again, when I reminded her of what happens. She sulked for a few seconds, which we ignored, and then she got up and left without a problem.

I just found out too that she's been selected to be a peer model for the pre-school program at the school next year. Her vocabulary and speech skills are very strong, and she simply needs more expected of her. She'll be 5 in Sept., so she is older, but in SD, a child can't attend kindergarten at all when they are 4, which is a very good thing. They have to be 5 before they start kindergarten. I waited for my oldest and youngest to start when they were 6 because they had summer birthdays, so they both turned 19 the summer after they graduated high school. As a teacher, I know that kids who struggle in school do so more because of social immaturity than academic weaknesses. Anyway, just my thoughts on that subject.

And, her dad, my son who is working out of town, has a job offer back here. It would involve some training and some work on the road, but the wages would match, or be slightly higher than what he is making now. I asked him if he'd enjoy the work--he said he'll enjoy it if he's making good money. That might lead to burn out, but he'll need to figure that out.

Workout done, sun is shining, wind is blowing, and I'm preparing for a group of 13 for a BBQ tonight. I would love to have it on the deck, but I think the wind and heat will prevent that from being comfortable. Father-in-law is on a rampage this morning; angry with my husband for not attending a funeral. My husband has not seen this person since he was a kid and hardly remembers her, and even though he told his dad he probably wasn't going to attend, his dad is still upset. MK, once again, I know your parent care issues are far greater than mine, but this is getting tough. He was very mean to his daughter on the phone just a few days ago, and of course, she called here in tears.

Ah, the blessed sleep, G. I hope you've continued to sleep well, and have made a decision about South Beach diet. I know of several who have had success, although I don't know of anyone who has maintained the program and had long term success of more than a year. I do believe it is a sound program, though. Any change is tough. I tell myself I can do anything for 14 days--I just need to commit.

MK, I do hope your mom's transition is going smoothly, and your dad is accepting this new living arrangement. I simply pray that your mother obtains physical comfort from her care providers, and spiritual comfort from the Lord. I know the mental decline will be extremely challenging for all family members.

Enjoy this Father's Day weekend, and be kind to those around you.





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Good morning. I slept 5 hours last night and didn't wake up except once. Not sure why but I feel better this morning. I'm trying to go to bed 1/2 hour earlier and build up the hours I sleep. We did go out to eat last night at Applebee's but I made what I feel was a better choice for dinner. They have lower calorie meals where under the description they put the amount of calories the meal has. I chose the salmon, steamed potatoes mixed with spinach and zucchini, with a sauce made from artichokes, 420 in calories. It was filling and this morning my sugars were really low at 97. That's a good sign. I did have one drink, but stopped with that. I think if asked, they will fix the meal as requested. The other night when we went there, I asked for the house salad with grilled shrimp. They asked if I wanted the snack portion of shrimp, or the dinner portion. The snack portion has 8 grilled shrimp, the dinner has 18 to 20. I took the snack choice with dressing on the side. It was filling and tasted great. That time I drank water no mixed drinks. Baby steps.

The doctor suggested the South beach diet, he said that he eats their phase 3 because he had a heart attack and followed the plan after that losing weight and now maintaining it. He does allow a few indulgences but not daily. I had the book and the cook book too, so am looking at it and will try to follow it. Phase 1 will be difficult because no alcohol, and no bread, cereal, rice, or pasta, apples, cantaloupe, peaches, or pears. They also said no beets, carrots, corn, or potatoes of any kind. It's only for 2 weeks but it will be hard for me especially when we go out. I just need to set my mind to do it. Phase 2 starts adding things back like some of the fruit and certain kinds of potatoes and bread. I just hope I can stick to it. It'll not be hard during the day because it's just me, but I know Don will not go without his potatoes, corn, and pasta. I'll just fix a big salad and veggies with every meal and let him eat the other while I fill up on salad and other veggies. No alcohol though, but I'll do my best. We usually only drink when we go out, not so much at home, so that might be ok as long as we cut back at going out.

Don will be busy these next two weekends. We're buying tile for the kitchen and front hall tonight, and he will be putting it down over the weekend. The only problem is cutting it because we're to have rain all weekend so doing that outside will be a problem. That's due to hurricane Bill coming through the area. Anyway he might be able to set up in the garage, but the tile cutter leaves bits of cut tile and we'll have to figure a way to catch it or they'll end up in the tires and every where else in the garage.

The kitchen has less cutting so he'll start there. Keeping off it while it sets might be a problem for the dogs, because their food and water are in there. I hope I'll be able to walk on it without it slipping when I cook dinner and do the dishes. I wonder if we could cook everything on the grill?

Anyway I'm rambling so will close for now. Everyone have a wonderful weekend, Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Well I made a choice to not go to workout, but go spend sometime with my friend sitting in her backyard having a glass of vino. I'm feeling guilty for not doing a workout, but I really did enjoy my time with her. Lately I've been spending more quality time with her now that she has moved into town. She use to live on this very big hill with a gravel switch-back driveway that even my 4x4 had a hard time with - once she was home she didn't come down until she went to work. So basically she was a recluse for almost 4 years (since her marriage failed). I would try to get up there, but most of the time she preferred no company. Now that she has moved into town I can't seem to help myself from stopping by to see how she is doing.... didn't realize just how much I missed having a good friend close by.

Lisa - you are right about that fine line of being nosey and really delving in to find out about a friend. Not only did I do this with the girlfriend who lived on a hill, but my best friend who moved over the mountain range. Found out she has been very ill with bronchitis - and I never took the time to call and know these things. But you are also right - they as friends can also tell us what is going on and sometimes they prefer their privacy. So a fine line indeed.

Step class today and I'm prepared for a good day of eating. My husband actually helped put my lunch together for me - made me very happy. He has been so good to me. He's been picking up all the household chores (other than laundry) while I've been dealing with my parents.

Yesterday was a trip to see the primary care doc for my dad. I allowed the doctor to tell him about mom and what his recommendations were for her. So now my dad is on board with moving mom into Memory Care - he is very sad about this, but knows it needs to happen - for both their sakes. He is so depressed and yet so angry at the same time. The new medication helps to stabilize some of this, but it doesn't work all the time. He still gets very angry with her when she repeats and does things that she can't help. I remind him that he can control how he responds to her and if he needs to "eat it" (as he calls it) - then that is what he needs to do.

So Saturday my brother and myself will be talking with staff about transitioning her into memory care and look at the cost and the service plan. My other brother and his wife who are in san Antonio will be joining us via phone. I think this will be a good thing for both of them. Mom - yesterday - became combative with one of the staff persons who tried to give her a shower - so her disease is progressing at a rapid rate. Hard to wrap your brain around how this disease takes someone from you and leaves just a shell in its place. I feel that she will be gone before the year is done.

Well I best get back to work. Remember: "don't sweat the small stuff - EVERYTHING is small stuff!"

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I just returned from a 3 mile walk with a friend, and I've got some reflections that I want to share. I rarely exercise with a partner. I've never found one who is accountable enough beyond the first few times, so I just don't expend the effort. A few weeks ago, this gal, who is probably my closest friend, said "I'll call you and we can go on some evening walks this summer." I said ok. Well, she never called, so I called her tonight, and off we went. I didn't ask or say anything, I was just happy that we could exercise and visit, during which I found out that she's been having thyroid problems and has hardly had the energy to get through the day. She's been on medication for a week and feels much better. Anyway, my whole point is that had I called her a few weeks ago and initiated this, I may have found out then that she wasn't feeling the greatest, so know I'm kind of feeling bad that I waited this long. We are very good friends, but she still has two of her 6 kids at home (her oldest is 26, youngest is 11), so she's still fairly busy with their activities.

I'm asking myself how I got so busy and into my summer that I wasn't paying attention to my very good friend, and then I'm also telling myself that had she wanted me to know prior, she would have told me. On one hand, I'm feeling like a not-so-good friend, and on the other hand, I'm feeling like it was all none of my business to begin with. I'm grateful for the time we had together tonight.

I am once again reminded of how careful I need to be of judging people and situations based on my own perceptions and beliefs. I am still working on that skill.

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Good morning everyone. It's 3:30 and I am so hot I had to get up and cool off. The temps around here have been mid 90 degrees and high humidity. I know I should have tried to sleep long, sleep still an issue for me so here I am.

Doctor ruled out circulatory and heart problems. He said I have an inner ear issue and has given me medication for the dizziness. That made me feel better, he did up my blood pressure dose though, because it was up higher than should be. The tests showed I'm releasing sugar in my blood stream and it has showed in my urine test. That is the reason for all my swelling problems. Blood pressure. weight increase, and the leaking of sugar are all tied together so that's why he increased the blood pressure meds. He wants me to cut down the carbs and get my weight under control, which was not a surprise to me. Anyway hoping the changes he's made will help with everything. Don's weight was also up so after we talked I think we're going to cut out the carbs after noon for him and all day for me. We even talked using Jenny Craig for a while which controls both portions, and carbs, and might help getting us back on track. Not sure about that though. We also need to cut down on the eating out and drinks.

Don will be up soon, so he'll be worried I stayed up all night but I didn't just up early.

We got some money from Uncle Sam, and it's enough to do new carpet and tile for the front areas. We had it measured on Monday and went ahead and ordered the carpet. Don and I also found a tile at Home Depot that we both liked and so will buy it and Don planning to lay it before the carpet arrives. We had to order the carpet because of the amount need to do the great room dinning and hall. It'll give us 2 or 3 weeks to get the tile down before the carpet comes in. That will be around second week in July. I hope we'll be able to get it all done before my sister comes for a visit on July 11 and 12. She will be here for her 50th High School reunion which should be fun I heard also that her family, husband, daughter, and her family will be over this way to go to Florida to join my son and family at Disney. I think that will happen the week before she'll come here, but I don't think my niece and family will come. I'll have to check on that though. It sure would be fun if we could see them.

So much going on for the next several weeks. I'll be looking forward to seeing everyone. Still hoping to have the house ready. Since the weather so hot and I've not been able to get out to do the gardens, the guy who mows for the neighborhood and us too, cleaned up the weeds for us, put down mulch and trimmed all our bushes and trees. He was very reasonable so my out side looks great and I'll now be able to get out and do some light weeding and deadheading, without having as much to do before it got crazy.

Anyway I'm feeling better about everything now and am looking forward to everything being finished. Now I need to get the weight and food under control and my other issues too. Still not sure about the Jenny Craig but will look into the cost and continue talking with Don about it. It will help me a lot if he's on board with helping me eat better and not be difficult when shopping for our healthier choices.

Hope this day goes well for everyone. MK, glad things are better with your dad and mom, and I'm sure all will work out with the changes. Lisa, You sound busy as usual and hang in there while your husband is home and enjoy having him there even with his disorganization and mess. Be glad you still have him there and take time for the two of you. I'll need to get off now so will touch base again later. Take care. G.

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Hello - really quick drop in... spent time catching up with what has been going on with you two... sounds busy! Hang in there G - food will come, but you have to stick with it - even with a "negative Nancy" that Don can be when it comes to fruits/veggies. Prove him wrong and eat it all up. If I see something going bad (spinach or apple etc) I will chop it up and throw it in the blender with some ice & yogurt and drink my way through things - just so I don't toss it out. I'm not a fan of protein powders, but you should get some for you and make a smoothie at least once a week - add your spinach or kale to fruit mixes and you won't even know they are there.

Dad is fine. Got him on calming medication and we will be meeting with staff Saturday to go over the final stuff to move mom to memory care. Personally I can't wait for her to get there - she really needs that extra care and dad just won't believe that he can't take care of her. This will be good all around.

Well clean eating last week got me down a couple pounds and 1 inch off waist. I'm trying to keep up the eating, but the weekend happened... it was a good weekend, but bad with food. Jumping back on today with good food and I just finished my step class... yowza was that a class!! my leg are going to be hurting tomorrow!

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Good afternoon. Raining here, so its a quiet day indoors. My husband's afternoon appt. was canceled, so he's home today too, which means I can't quite do all the things I wanted to, as he's been on the phone. He has an office, but only uses it for storage, not to work, and that drives me nuts when I'm home. He's so messy and unorganized, but goes crazy if I suggest he straighten up his work area; sometimes I just can't stand it, so I straighten it, and he just has to deal with it.

I was expecting to have my pap smear this morning, but the Dr. said she's only doing them now every 3 years for those who've had normal ones in the past. I reminded her that she said I should come back in when I was sure I was going through menopause, but she still said it wasn't necessary, so I didn't have it. We talked about a lot of other things, though, which was great. So now I'm on a mammograms every year, and paps every 3 years schedule. Let's see if I can keep track of that!

All is well, bp was 110/78, and I'm grateful it is still staying low. I have to get my cholesterol checked sometime in the next few months, and she wants me to get more/better sleep, so she's suggested melatonin. If it will keep me from waking up after 4-5 hours and worrying about my daily agenda, I'll take it for sure.

G, I'm anxious to hear how your appt. turned out. So hoping you get some answers for your dizziness.

Stir fry for dinner tonight, and then I'm making some low cal cupcakes (cake mix and a can of pumpkin). I'll freeze most of them, but they make a good sweet treat. Still having to work on those extra pounds I gained.

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I'm trying to eat better but it's still a struggle. We've been finding it easier to go out to eat than fix something at home. I'm trying to stick to salads but will have a beer or two with it so it defeats the purpose. It's been so hot lately and the humidity is killing me as well. I just don't feel like cooking a meal at night, so we end up going out. I eat reasonably healthy during the day but I know I don't eat enough or spread it out during the day. I know I should eat a earlier breakfast but still find I don't want anything until 9 or 10 so than when noon rolls around, I'm not hungry. I then eat lunch at 1 or 2 so no afternoon snack and we don't eat until almost 7 in the evening. Don gets home between 5 and 6, and by the time we go out, the food arrives at around 7 depending on when we get to the restaurant. we have a few drinks before eating and sometimes an appetizer before the meal. we've discussed not going out as much but we still do it.

I'm still having my dizziness but not as often as before. We'll see the doctor tomorrow and see what he'll have to say about the blood work and urine test we took on Saturday. I'm still having swelling issues with my feet and legs and have started taking the water pills more, but it's still not helping. That's why I think much of my dizziness issues are do to circulatory problems, and not having enough sleep at night. I've also gained several pounds since we last saw him so I know he'll not be happy about that either. Anyway I'll have to face to music tomorrow.

Hot again today. we've been carrying temps 90 degrees or higher with humidity to match. It hit you like a brick once you step out the door. We've had some rain but only enough to bring the humidity higher. It seems to arrive late afternoon or evening and it's not a bad rain, but barely enough to green things up. This weather also keeps me indoors more and Since I've fallen when working in the garden I am reluctant to do it when alone, and Don get home later and doesn't want to jump right outside and do the yard work so waits for the weekend, and after running errands we're tired and don't want to work in the hottest time of the day, or we've got rain by that time. I will probably try to get out and do it anyway depending on how I feel tonight. Maybe if I start it just before Don gets home it might make him want to help. Here's hoping anyway.

Lisa, sounds like your having a great summer and are keeping busy. Great job on the 50 miles on your bike. Wow! 98 and going strong. What a wonderful legacy your grandmother has. Dons mom will be 94 this July so we are happy she is doing well too. I enjoy her so much, and look forward to spending time with her more.

MK, hope everything has settled down with your dad and mom, and that you're doing great. I hope your able to get back on a routine again with the eating and exercise. Just stay with it and do the best you can. Take care of yourself too.

I got up early today and already cleaned my house. I might try to get into my closet and go through my old clothes and maybe get them sorted so we can send them to good will. I wish I knew where I could find a shelter so I could give some of the better clothes to them. Anyway that's the plan for today. I might also bake some healthy Muffins, but that will depend on how I'm feeling. Anyway I hope all is great where you are. Enjoy the day and the rest of the week. Bye for now, G.

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I rode over 50 miles on my bike last week, will try to repeat or increase that this week. My elbow is giving me fits again--darn arthritis--so I need to limit my strength work and just get back to the stretches and ibuprofen.

I am a great aunt once again. My niece had a baby girl yesterday. This is my 98 year old grandmother's 8th great-great grandchild, and one of 112 grand, great grands or great great grands. What an amazing legacy. She is in tough shape, but still here, and she says to all visitors "God's not done with me yet."

Shopping trip today, 2.5 hours one way--my list is made, and by the time I return home, I should have purchased deck stain, and paint for my bedroom furniture--in addition to several other items. Yes, I'm going to paint it. If I don't like it, I'll hire someone to re-do it, or live with it until I can save enough money to replace it. The furniture is fine and in good shape; I'm just sick of the light color.

It's crazy, but I'm particular about my bras and underwear, and I won't order those online, so once a year, I drive the distance to get a bra fitting, and purchase my favorite brand of panties. What fun!

I hope you are both eating healthy these days and getting in as much activity as you can. Have a most wonderful Monday.





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Good morning. I've already had an almost 2 mile walk, and I've done a few loads of laundry. I had a rough night, couldn't sleep, as I've got this cold or allergy thing going on, not sure what. My eyes really itch, and my nose is stuffed up, and I'm sneezing like crazy. It's not really getting worse, or better for that matter, which makes me think it is some type of allergy or sensitivity to something outside. I've been spending lots of time outside biking and walking, so that certainly could be the case. I've never been diagnosed with allergies, and this is just an irritating situation. I go to the Dr. on Tues. for a physical/pap, etc., so I'll inquire at that time.

I'll be on my bike after lunch for a long ride, planning for 15-20 miles. So excited. The temps are in the 70s and winds are mild. So happy the weather is bike riding friendly.

I might go to Minnesota next week and see my folks and sister. I usually visit them once per summer, although I've seen them twice over the last month, at the graduation and the wedding. I'll see what things are going on. Next Friday, I'm taking the grandkids, not the baby though, to the Children's museum in a city about two hours away. It is free, and wonderful, geared primarily for kids ages 3-10. They have lots of hands on things to do, so I know they'll have a blast.

I have decided I'm going to paint my bedroom furniture. I'm not sure exactly when, but I'm going to go dark--not black. I'm going to skip the sanding and use a primer product--I'll test it on the nightstand first, and go from there. I've thought about doing some contrasts, but I'm not good enough with color to know what will look good together. I almost have to see it first. Gotta have a project, I guess.

So sorry your Dad's disposition isn't improving, MK. My granddaughter can be trained yet not to act that way, your father is who he is, but being mean to others is never acceptable. You are handling him well, even though it may not feel like it.

I'm making a chicken dish for dinner tonight--about 4 chicken breasts in the crock pot, cover with some chopped onion, and pour a jar of green salsa verde sauce over all, let cook for 4-6 hours on low. I am so excited to put this in tacos, quesadillas, or on a salad. I've not tried this before, so I'll let you know the result.





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Good morning! Absolutely my dad's issues are stemmed from all the things going on around him - then you toss in the fact that he is really just a very stubborn and selfish man who thinks if you don't hear what he's saying you must yell at that point. He is an angry man from way back. He is realizing that they planned for their death but not for these years before death - nor for dementia and the very long, painful road it takes you down. Because he is not getting his way - very much like Lisa's grandchild - he is throwing a massive fit. My silence yesterday with him when I took him back to the facility made more of an impact on him than anything else - I hope.

So - food has been pretty good this week. Other than a few cookies (and the whole wheat pasta) throughout the week - I ate clean. I feel pretty good. This is the last day of the challenge and that makes me happy - because I have tons of leftovers from the meals throughout the week.... and some meals I didn't get to (I would use the leftovers because I didn't want to cook).

Today is going to be a kale, zucchini, thin sliced raw brussell sprouts, veggie salad with a creamy lemon low fat dressing (came with the packaged kale). My snack is some Fage Greek 0% fat yogurt with frozen raspberries on top (they thaw by the time I eat it). Tonight dinner will be fresh salmon and a greens - maybe some grilled veggies.

Exercise will be a long walk with a friend after lunch.

Well I have to get working. I've missed so much time dealing with my parents that my work load is becoming difficult to handle - I just hate that kinda stress on top of everything else that has been stressing me. So a deep breath and digging in to get things off my plate.

Take care. Oh Georgie - make sure they check your heart - blockages can cause the dizziness as well (I'm sure you know this). Take care of you!

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MK, my thoughts and prayers are with you now. I'm sure it's trying for everyone dealing with your parents. Maybe all the rehab, and seeing the decline of your mom has effected your dad. I hope that any decisions you have to make will help with the situation.

Lisa, Does your grand child have a new sibling around? Maybe that is a problem with her. Also she might be testing her independence and seeing how far she might get. Be consistent with the punishment and let her know who's in charge and that it's not her. Maybe if she doesn't want to go home something is going on that causes her to act out. I hope it will be resolved before the next visit with grandma.

Dizziness still occurring. Checking my sugars regularly and also checking the blood pressure a couple of times a day when feeling dizzy. I see the doctor on the 16th, and will discuss what's been happening. We'll have blood work done on Saturday and maybe he'll have the results by the time I see him. I'm also thinking about asking him to set up an appointment with the sleep center. I haven't had my c-pap checked for several years and might need to be retested for the sleep deprivation, and get a new machine, and start using it again. I'm hoping that getting my eating in line and sleeping better might help. but only time will tell.

It's gotten hot here and the humidity is going higher. We've hit 94 yesterday and it's to be the same today. I guess that summer has arrived. The rest of the week they are calling for rain, and that might cool things off some. I can't deal with the heat and don't want to be outside when it has an advisory out. Anyway, I'm staying inside more and watching what I'm eating and trying to go to bed earlier at night.

MK, hope all works out with you family, and Lisa, I'm sure the acting out is only a faze for your grand child. Everyone have a great afternoon and weekend. Catch all later, G.

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Good morning. It has just been a whirlwind of things going on. Emotionally I'm doing much better today than - well - lets say last night. It all started on Tuesday... dad went to the ER. Hes had a 2 day hospital stay because he blacked out on Tuesday morning and fell. He didn't hurt himself, but he just wasn't himself. So they've run a battery of tests to see if it is a lack of oxygen to the brain, but no. He's been dizzy since he's been on the antibiotics. I made the call to send him to the ER. He was cussing up a storm in the dining room and was threatening someone to stab them with his fork. I think mom's rapid decline has gotten to him - plus all this anger outbursts and verbal abuse has caused mom to decline even further. So we've made the decision that mom will be transitioned into memory care and dad will go to a smaller apartment mid-July. I think this will be good for both of them. It is emotionally taxing on all of our family. I've been so grateful for my dear friend being available for a shoulder to cry on.

All this week I've been doing a 5-day challenge for clean-eating that my little sister is promoting. My daughter and I have both been on it. I have fell off the proverbial wagon last night - mind you it was more of a dragging the body behind me while hanging on to the wagon - so it wasn't horrible. Today I'm ready to handle today with the food. My dad will get discharged from hospital this morning and hopefully I'll make my step class.

My connection with my Father God has grown stronger these past few months. I continue my prayers for my parents and my siblings and, of course, myself - for strength, patience, understanding and compassion. I pray for my loved ones who are supporting me through this and for all who have this in their lives.

Georgie - I hope the dizziness has gotten better. Please take care of yourself!!

Lisa - could be the terrible two's (they can come on late). You are correct - consistency and follow-through are VITAL - also consequences.

Have a super day today.

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G, please take care of yourself. I do hope your dizzy spells are simply something minor that is easily resolved. That must be scary for both of you.

I had the girls yesterday afternoon, took them to the pool, which was fun, and then we had a bit of time to play at home. The 4 year old is being rather naughty for her mom--it is truly a battle of wills, but she has got to be punished or consequenced, and I'm not sure what happens when she gets home, but I can guarantee she'll not have Ipad time the next time she's here. She has put up mild resistance before about going home when her mom gets here, but it is increasingly getting worse, and this is ridiculous behavior for a 4 1/2 year old child. It is just with her mom, and usually happens at our house and her other grandparents' house, not so much other places. It does not happen when my son is here, of course. I hope this doesn't get worse.

I managed to get a cold that has just zapped me of energy--lots of body aches and head cold type symptoms. I went to bed shortly after 8 last night; I was so tired. Hoping the long night of rest energizes me and improves my symptoms.

Planning a walk later, cool day today, maybe 70, cloudy all day. Also on the agenda is living room cleaning, vacuuming/dusting primarily, and tomorrow, windows--I hope anyway.

How did the move go, MK? I hope you are adjusting well to your new space.

I was just looking at a picture from a year ago. I need to get busy and lose these 7 lbs that I've gained over the last year.

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Lisa, hope your first day shadowing the outgoing principal will go well. I'm like MK, if you need something more to do you can come over to my house and clean. Ha, ha.

Mk, hope the move to the 5th floor will be an easy transition. It sounds like there is much going on with your work. You both seem so busy and doing well.

I'm trying to change my eating habits by following Bob's skinny rules. We went grocery shopping Sunday and I bought loads of veggies to eat and also some strawberries and blueberries. My hubby got mad with my list. He hates it when I get on this healthy kick as he calls it. I made a very long list most of which was veggies and fruit. I also bought a small turkey breast, some ham, and ground turkey. I have frozen fish so will eat that. I wanted to buy some fresh Salmon, and more veggies, but Don was complaining all during the shopping. I sometimes wish he wasn't along because I would have bought a few other things like asparagus, different kinds of lettuce, and spinach. Don said every time I picked something up You won't eat all of that and you know I won't, so I put it back. He's right about some of it, The container of spinach, the asparagus goes bad before I can eat it all. I wish I could just buy a little bit of the lettuce, spinach, and asparagus but they come in pound portions or larger. I didn't have a chance to check out the frozen area like I wanted, Don said we had enough and wanted to go home. I'd love to take the car and just shop by myself so I can take my time reading labels, and checking out the frozen selections of the veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, frozen fruits, asparagus and green beans. I would have bought them instead of fresh. Anyway I bought things we both will eat so maybe it'll give me a start.

I've got Don worried and myself included. I've been having dizzy spells. It usually occurs when getting up after laying down or after sitting a long time. We went to a farmers market on Saturday but it was closing up and many of the booths were already torn down. However when stepping over a curb, I got so dizzy, that Don had to grab me to keep me from falling. I got dizzy several times that day, and it continued on Sunday. I get up from sleeping and have to sit a while before standing. I'm not sure what causes it, I've checked my sugars when feeling this way, but not having any drops or low readings so I'm sure that's not the problem. I've been stopped up more since my cold, and allergies are bothering me, and wondering if I've got an inner ear problem. Don also said it might be my blood pressure medication, or my medicine I take for my diabetes, since I've been on the same ones for several years. I've also noticed that my sugar is running higher than normal. I'm due for a check up, and blood work so will do that this next week, and maybe the doctor will be able to help discover what the problem might be. I also wonder if it's lack of sleep. I've only been able to sleep 3 or 4 hours a night. Anyway at this point I'm guessing. Right now I'm afraid to drive by myself because of the dizzy spells, and Don wants me to carry my cell phone anywhere I go in the house or outside.

I'm sorry to be so winded and writing so much, but it helps to vent some with people like you two. Thanks for listening. I'll try to have better news next time I write. Take care, I'll catch all later, G.

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Good morning. Been such a wonderful thing having my dad back at the apartment with mom. Though I know it is tough on him seeing the "new" mom (her dementia progressed quite a lot while he was away) - I think both are happy to be back together.

Lisa - from what my brother has told me - you shouldn't need to stain your deck multiple times, but the sealer is key to maintaining your stain. You do need to reseal it on an annual or bi-annual basis though. Hope that helps. I think he only re-stained it every 8-10 years.

Well my desk is all packed up and ready to be moved to the 5th floor. Quite a process this is for the entire unit. Feel bad for the support staff that have to coordinate all this. Today the computers go off line at 3 p.m. and hopefully will be up and running on Thursday morning.

Oh and Lisa - if you run out of things to do at your place - you can always come to Oregon and get my house done too!!! hahahaha - you are so busy!!!

Georgie - hope all is well with you. Hope that you will be able to get another vehicle so you will be able to get out and about more.

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15 mile bike ride yesterday, took just over an hour. It was tough going north, as the wind was strong, but it felt good to ride fast when I came back south. My knees were really sore last night, but not so much this morning. I'm setting a goal for 50 miles a week on my bike over the summer.

Other than that, I've started to clean out some closets, and I'm taking the first couple of boxes to the women's shelter today. I swept and straightened the garage, but that needs a really good cleaning yet this summer. I've got the basement done, except for my son's bedroom, as he is moving home until he gets a teaching job. He's got to be out of his place by the end of June, so he's gradually moving his stuff home.

Today I turn in my keys, after which I will be officially transitioned to my new school. Its a learning day for me, as I'm spending most of the day with the outgoing principal. My secretary, though, has been there for a number of years, so she will be critical in this transition.

Hot today--90s. I like the heat, but this won't be sustained. It will cool off into 70s and 80s for the rest of the week.

I do hope you are both doing well. All the best.

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Summer greetings. I have grandma duty today for 16 month old granddaughter. She is presently napping, so I'm doing a few light and quiet household chores, and adoring the hand and finger marks on my front windows. We have read books, played with the toys, chased and chased around the house, and watched gigglebellies on Youtube. After lunch we will take a stroller ride to the park and play in the sand. Maybe we'll do swings and small slide. I'm not sure yet what she likes to do.

I am excited to get this house cleaned from top to bottom. I packed up some clothes to donate to the women's shelter, and I've got more things to go through. Our city wide rummage sale is in a few weeks, and I've got some items that I think I'll just set out on the driveway and give away, as some might be great for a college student moving into an apartment.

We continue to get inquiries about our house. The boys are all moving away, so the only reason for us to stay is to provide support for my father-in-law. He is not happy we are considering this. We do not have to sell, and we may not, but we are in a position to profit significantly, at least it looks that way at the present time. We will just pray and see what the Lord intends for us. On Sunday we are going to the town in which I work to go to as many open houses as we can.

Yesterday was my first official day off contract, but I did go in to work to finish up a couple of things, and to load up my office. I will go in next Tuesday and spend the day at my new school working with the retiring principal--that's just because I want to, and need to.

I've scheduled two medical exams--eye and physical (pap,etc) so far, and I need to schedule a dental as well. Deck staining is on the calendar again this year. I did it two years ago, and it has all worn off--not sure why the cedar isn't holding the stain. I was told I didn't need a sealer, but I'm really wondering.

I'm making a beef and broccoli w/brown rice dish for dinner tonight. Time to get the beef browned and the rest of the ingredients in the crock pot.

Wishing you both a relaxing weekend. Stay strong and positive.



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MK, glad your dad is home and safe. I hated rehab when I was there after my knee surgery so I can feel for you and your dad. The night aid was useless and took a long time to come when I buzzed. I was on a machine that was bending my knee all night long so any time I needed to go to the bathroom I had to call so they could take me off it so I could go. I can't remember how many times I barely made it or messed my pants because they didn't get there in time. I go than I would have to wash and change my bed clothing to go back to sleep. There was no excuse for me not making it to the bathroom. Than they didn't take me as often to exercise by walking or even in the therapy room. I was lucky to go to therapy once a day and walk once a day when I should have gone once in the morning and once in the after noon, and should have walked at least 3 or 4 times a day. I was so glad when I was able to go home after 2 &1/2 weeks.

Sorry I got off track. So glad your dad survived and is now where he belong. I sure your mom was so happy to see him, and that your relieved that he is safe and now on the right medicine. Hope you'll be able to get back on track now with food and exercise and work on yourself.

Shopping is important. I'm so glad we go to Sam's Club and stock up on canned goods and meat. I know the canned veggies aren't as good as fresh but it's better than nothing. I rinse off the veggies before cooking and add fresh water when I do cook them. I have been lacking the fresh produce which I know Is better for us. Sam's frozen veggies are way to big and by the time I get it half way through the bag it's freezer burned and I pitch it. I need to go every week and get fresh produce, fruits, and frozen fruits and veggies to have on hand. Just once I'd love to get what I want to eat in this area, instead of choosing what Don will eat instead. I would only buy two or three of the veggies I want but end up buying larger amount for both of us instead. I want to just go to the farmers markets and shop but Don doesn't want to go so we rarely do. Now is just a great time to do that, but many of them are during the day and close by 5 and I know of only 2 places open on the weekend, but one is open 3 to 5 on Friday, and the other is on Saturday but about 10 miles down the road from us. That's the one I really would like to shop. It has fresh produce, fruits, fresh farm eggs, bread, and even some meat products. Still hoping we'll be able to go more than once or twice this summer. There is a little place nearer to us and I believe its open 7 days a week till 6 or 7, but to get the freshest produce you need to get there when first open at 8. They only have veggies and fruit in season nothing else.

Anyway I can hardly wait when we could afford a second car, but that is so far down the road for us I can only wish. In the mean time I'll just try to get what is needed from the local market. We have two new store just opening here called "Fresh Thyme" and a new Whole Foods place, and would love to go there and look and buy some of the organic choices they have. It's supposed to be as near to farmers markets you can get. Maybe this weekend since we have no plans. Last month we traveled every weekend but one.

Lisa, glad the wedding was a success and everyone had fun. Mk, now you can get back to some type of regular routine now that your mom and dad are together again and where you feel good about their care. I need to get my house in order, and maybe a little yard work. At least it's warmer today, and more like June weather. We were in the low 40* temps these past mornings, and barely made it into the low 50* temps during the day and rain or scattered rain every day this past week. We might be near 68 or 70 degrees today but still a chance for afternoon rains. We'll see if the weather hold for me to get out side work finished.

Will close for now, have a wonderful day and a great week. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. YIPPEE - dad is back home with mom!!! This of course didn't happen until Monday, but he is home never the less!! It was quite the drama at the rehab facility. I've never seen such an unprofessional director of nursing. That facility was so lax in their protocol and just everything. It shouldn't have taken so long to get him discharged (5 days). Then they lied to my brother about how they were doing things and even brought me into their lies about scheduling a meeting with me - uh - no they did not. It was just craziness. Incompetency - plain and simple. I believe my dad is going to file a lawsuit against them for the mis-management of the medication. They gave him coumaden that wasn't his - not just once, but at least 3 times that we know of - and to top it off he was already on an aspirin regimen. So basically his blood was mere colored water. Could have killed him.

But so happy I'm not having to deal with them any more!!

So I've been sleeping non-stop (it seems). I even took yesterday off to try and catch up, but ended up having to help my husband with a planting job at one of our customers. That was actually kinda fun - the lady gave me a budget of $700 for plants... do you know how many plants you can get with that? holy mackerel!! I love buying and designing the flower beds.

My food has been way off track and after talking with my husband we realized that we haven't had any time in the past 43 days to really do some grocery shopping. So we were always having take out or a quick bite here and there, but no real groceries at the house. So we will just have to fix that!!

Exercise - well I missed yesterday step class (I usually never miss step) but will get to a spin class today and back to step tomorrow. Eventually I'll get back to the weights. I do some at home, but not enough.

Take care. Happy the wedding was a success. Georgie - hope all is well with you too.

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I do hope your father has come home, MK. Perhaps that will provide some emotional stability for you. Wishing you and everyone else well.

The wedding was wonderful. We had a great time, and I do believe all who attended enjoyed the event. Several of my family members left right after the wedding and drove to MN to attend my nephew's graduation today, so the reception ended up a bit smaller than initially expected, but still fun. It was tough on the baby though. She got so tired and with all the activity we just couldn't get her down for a nap, and she had this pretty dress on, but she couldn't move and play like she wanted too, but the babysitters did a great job of wrangling the little ones. We got home early this afternoon, and we each got a little nap.

Later tonight we are going to the drive in to see Pitch Perfect 2. Our anniversary is Tuesday, so this our date for #31. It'll be a later night than I'm used to, but I'll survive. Back to work tomorrow, and even though Wednesday is supposed to be my last day, I expect I'll need to finish out the week just to get all of my work done!

G, sleeping isn't my friend right now either. It seems like I'm waking up after 4 hours, no matter what. I just wonder if, in my case, its related to my job change, and perhaps even the stress of the wedding. I don't like taking any type of sleep aid, as then I have trouble getting up. I don't require a lot of sleep anyway, but still feel like 4 hours isn't enough.









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Mk, hope you can bring your dad home this weekend. I'm sure it will help your mom to stop all the death talk when he is with her. I feel for you about all the drama and difficulty with your mom and dad. To bad you can't get help from nearby family but it's nice your brother tries to help with phone calls. Crying is the best was to vent frustration and tiredness. Be sure you take time for you and try to relax and get some rest too. Take care of yourself as well.

Lisa, how exciting that the wedding has arrived, and all goes without any problems. Enjoy the weekend with all the festivities and wedding. I'm sure it will be a huge success. Have fun with your family. Hope the interviews go great for the following week as well.

I am still having trouble with my sleeping, Waking up so early today as well. Just when I have a day I could have slept in too. Oh well I guess I can get a few things done early before we leave for errands and the graduation party later. Sunday we'll take the dressers over to my daughter's place and will be able to spend some time with them before returning home. Otherwise we'd have to go up just drop off the dressers and return home for the graduation party. So Sunday it will be. It'll be another busy weekend for us. Maybe we'll be able to relax for a few after this. Well will close for now. Everyone enjoy you weekend. Catch all later. G.

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Good morning!

Will be thinking of Lisa - hope all goes off without a hitch. Will be nice to have it all done, but enjoy the family time and celebrations!!

Georgie - busy busy - you have been!! Great family times and memories! Always enjoy those!

Taking forever to get my dad discharged from the rehab facility, but my brother made some calls and I'm still hopeful that he will be out of there today (probably wishful thinking). Mom is declining rapidly. Last night she was talking about not being afraid of dying. I said that is good mom, but not today! This whole end of life process is - well - quite a process. Not just for them, but for all the family and especially me. It is very exhausting. I'm so emotionally drained that it is sometimes very difficult to think of my words. There are times when all I do is sit and cry - get it out of my system and keep moving.... nothing else to do but to keep moving.

Tomorrow I'm going to take the dogs up to the hill and go for a nice long walk.

Well I've got to get going. I was late for work - overslept a bit. Take care everyone

Blessings to the new couple this weekend!!!


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Rehearsal tonight, wedding tomorrow. I took the afternoon off work yesterday and helped decorate the reception area. I took today off as well, but am doing a bit of work from home. I will work an extra day or two next week. I had a teacher at my new school resign, so I've got to do interviews next week as well.

I'll give a report on the wedding in a few days. Have a great weekend.



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For some reason I've stopped getting notices about posts on SP. I've been looking but have not received any. I guess I'll have to go to my sign in page and register some of my wants. Other than that all is well. Memorial Weekend was good, we went to Indianapolis on Saturday and spent the day at my son and his new bride's BBQ. Don's mom and sisters came. My daughter and family were able to come over for part of the day and they followed us home most of the way. We didn't leave my son's place until almost 9 pm, and my daughter had a 3 hour drive back home so she takes the same route we do until we get off at the Dayton exit and she went on to Columbus. We wish they could have come to our house for the night and stay but her hubby worked on Sunday and the Holiday. Anyway we met most of the brides family but one sister, and it was nice to get to meet them. Than Sunday we stayed home and relaxed, watched the INDY race, and did a few things out side on Monday. It was a good weekend. We've been home bodies the rest of this week.

We also went to my granddaughters birthday party on the 16th, spending all day at her place cleaning and helping her get ready for it. She had 20 or so people at her place and most of the time we spent cleaning and running errands for her. It was a very nice party though.

We will go to a graduation party this Saturday, and go over to my daughters place on Sunday. My son gave her two dressers last Saturday but they couldn't get them in their car with all the car seats and booster seats, so we told them we'd take them to our place and bring them over the following weekend. We talked about going over on Monday, but Don tired from the 2 &1/2 hour drive on Saturday, so we will go over this Saturday and drop off the dressers.

We've had rain and thunderstorms most of this week, and a tornado touched down in Beavercreek, just up the road from Xenia. It tossed a bunch of cars in a shopping center were we used to belong to a gym, and damaged that gym and several other stores. It was called an instantaneous tornado since there was no warning and it touched down only 1 minute and was finished. Big news around here about that. Good thing only minor injuries and no deaths.

All good here, and we have nice weather for today, and may try to get out and finish up some work on the weeds in the front garden. The last time I tried, I fell and hurt my arm and broke my little toe. I think that was around May 14th or around there. My toe is still sore, but everything else has healed. I felt so silly falling and scared the neighbor. She had just come home for lunch and heard me calling for help. I was having problems getting my feet under me and needed a push to stand up. I really need to figure exercises to strengthen my legs and core.

So far this month has been busy. I need to get into a routine for walking and exercise, although my food hasn't been to bad, I need to watch my sweets. It's still my weakness, along with bread and homemade baked goods.

Hope everyone having a good week, I hope to get notices from SP so I can stay in touch more. Take care, and have a wonderful weekend. MK, so glad your dad will be returning home soon to be with your mom. Lisa, I guess the wedding is soon and I hope the clothing situation with your son works out. Have a nice day. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning. Finally my dad has the PICC line out!! WOOT WOOT! now it is just the paperwork process to get him discharged from the rehab facility back to the assisted living with my mom!! I wanted it done last night, but they have to have a treatment plan in place that the primary care has to sign off on... so we wait.

My daughter and I have signed up for a 30 day challenge of clean eating. My sister (the one in Georgia - not the one here) has created this event and can be found on facebook on my page - if anyone is interested. She is a shakeology person - beach coach - or whatever it is. I'm choosing not to do the shakeology stuff, but I'm going to create my own protein smoothie with some natural raw protein from our local natural store. I'm excited to have others to work with me on this.

Hopefully with my dad now getting back to the apartment with my mom I won't need to be there as often, but I will be checking in with them on a daily basis. My mom's dementia has gotten worse over the past 4 days and with no UTI found - it is just the dementia running its course. Her agitation level has increased and she is almost to the combative stages. I'm sure it won't be long until she is put in memory care.

Well - work is calling me - actually my egg white veggie omelet is calling me (they make a good one in the cafeteria)... take care

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Good morning. It has been a very restful weekend. Friday was a huge tabacle with my mom. Ended up leaving work early to deal with her distress/anger. Some how that put me over the edge and I just shut down. Doc for dad on Wed. & Thurs. then the Fri thing with mom... I was done. Didn't see them Saturday - went on Sunday - and didn't get out of bed yesterday. Feeling guilty for not seeing them yesterday, but I can't go backwards. The nice part was my son and his girlfriend were at the house on Friday when I finally made it home. Big hugs, listening ear, and a nice meal out.

I have a long list of things to get done today not just for work, but for my parents as well. It will be another week of doctor appointments for my dad. We are hoping that he will be released from the IV antibiotic this week, but it all depends on the blood workup. So moving on...

Lisa - I hear you about the sites that charge you to get assistance - always brings me back to SP - love it here.

I snickered when you said the thing about your son and the shirt... must happen to a lot of mom's out there! I feel your pain... though my daughter is really good about those things, she has her moments. Our son is exactly the same.. last minute stuff - absolutely hate it!!

I've been looking for a good spin bike - problem is the one I want is about $1,500 (shows the Watt output and other things). So I've been doing some looking on Craigs list, but I'm leary about things there. I'll keep looking and hopefully I can find one at a reasonable price.


Well I'm a bit scattered this morning... got to see if I can gather my wits and so forth together.

Take care. G - hope all is well!

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There comes a time when I need to reflect and make some decisions about certain things, and now is that time. First of all, I participate on another healthy living web site, which I've loved, but some things have been happening that have me wondering if I still want to participate in their blogs. Their plan is sound for sure, I have no problem with that, but there are some ethical things: having contests but never awarding prizes as promised, offering assistance in terms of "whatever you need," but once you ask, then they say they can't help until you pay. If that's the case, fine, but don't lead the participants to believe otherwise. I've seen it happen over the last few months, and it's simply not the same as when I joined it 4 1/2 years ago. Anyway, that's what I love about SP. It's all free, and there's no secret agenda. If it costs, you know right away. Secondly, my gym membership. I seldom go there anymore. I have enough space and equipment at home, except for an indoor bike. Of course, now, I'm ok, since I can ride outdoors, but I like having the indoor spin bike option in the colder months. Maybe I should just bite it and buy one to have at home. There are enough workouts online to meet my every need, so I really shouldn't need a gym. I can always re-join, I suppose.

I've done better this week with my food. I've just dug in and found that I have to not give in to myself, because I can justify anything. One night I was really proud of myself--I wanted potato chips badly, so I sliced up a potato thinly, tossed the slices with a bit of EVOO, some s and p, and then placed them singly on a plate, and microwaved them for about 4 minutes, checking every minute or so. They were excellent. Technically a serving is 1/2 a potato, but they were so good, I ate them all. Of course, they aren't calorie free, but at least they are all natural.

My niece's graduation reception is tomorrow, so I'll drive up for that. My 98 year old grandma is in her last days (we've thought that before), so I'm hoping to visit her as well. She says she's ready to go to heaven, and we are praying for her peaceful passing. She has been suffering these last two weeks, but her resilience over the past few years has been amazing. She has over 100 grandchildren, greats and great greats included, and not one divorce in the mix, which I find incredible. She had one child that was stillborn, but her other 6 are still living, the oldest is 77, my dad is next at almost 75.

My son's wedding is a week from tomorrow. I hope they are ready. My oldest son today realized his shirt didn't fit--how that became our problem, I'm not sure, but my husband ordered one for him. I wasn't real happy, since I told him two weeks ago to try it on. He also can't find his black shoes, but in order to find something, you have to look. He's married, perhaps they could work this problem out? This type of thing drives me nuts, and I refuse to solve problems like this for him, but my husband rescues him every time. Grrrrrr. . .Okay, so about the griping.

Rain this weekend, but my flowers are potted, and my new columbine is in the ground. I lost my daisies--I can't keep those more than two years, so went with something heartier. I lose mums every couple of years as well, and while I love them, it seems that they just don't handle more than a couple of winters.

MK, enjoy your bike rides this weekend. It sounds like you were grateful to have the relatives around to take some of the burden off your parental care. I hope your children are doing well these days.

Anything happening in Ohio, G? I hope you are well.

Have a wonderful weekend.










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Good morning! I hope everyone is doing well and has a little sunshine their way.

My brother and his wife went home Tuesday, but it was sure nice to have them here. I didn't realize just how much I needed someone until they were here. I really appreciate my sister-in-law so much more now than I ever have. She is an ICU nurse and was able to come in and really give me some good advise and help me get things taken care of for both of my parents.

I'm still getting some exercise in, but it has been more and more difficult these days. Mom is requiring more and more of my time. I try to set limits but usually end up with phone calls throughout the day. She has become more and more confused without my dad being there in the apartment. Though yesterday wasn't a bad day for her. The Norovirus has been going around all the facilities in Salem - so the facility where they live was in lockdown. This means that the residents stay in their apartments and do not dine together. Well mom is a social eater and wasn't sure what to do with the food they brought to her room. She stopped eating most of the meals - I was making sure she got some Boost in her so her nutrition level stayed up. So happy that they have taken the lockdown off and all are back to eating in the dining room - yippee!! At least when she called me she sounded much happier.

Dad is still in the rehab facility dealing with a bone infection. Amazingly enough it started as a UTI that went sepsis and found the damaged bone in his wrist. It still just blows my mind how those things work. Anyway - a couple more weeks of IV antibiotic and he will be able to move back to the apartment! YIPPEE!! I'll still be going over every night to make sure they get adjusted to being back together. Mom's dementia is so much worse than my dad will remember - so this will be a difficult transition period.

My food is not super great the past week, but I'm getting back to my regular eating of fruits and veggies.

The nice thing on the weekend is that I can bike ride over to see my parents (16 mile round trip) and basically "kill two birds with one stone" kinda thing. I hope to do that on Saturday, but I hear the weather will be wet - I don't like to ride in the rain. I don't mind walking in the rain, but riding a bike is not fun in the rain.

Well take care ladies! Hope your holiday weekend is filled with fun and laughter!

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Last day of school today. I have been in, or on the verge of, tears most of the day. I will miss the students, but I will miss my teachers more. I am grateful, so grateful, and blessed beyond measure for the experience I had at the school I'm leaving. The gifts and cards I received were just so moving.

My official last day is June 3, and my first day on contract at my other school is July 1st, but I technically don't have to be at work until August 1st. I have some time to finish up my work, clean out my office, and get all those moving out things done.

I hope all is well with you two. I've been focusing on clean eating this week, and I've had two great days. Today wasn't so good, but I expected that, so back on track tomorrow.





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It sure is nice when someone else can take on some of the burden of parental care, even if for a short time. I hope you enjoyed your reprieve, MK.

Graduations galore this weekend, although most of the receptions were yesterday. My husband will attend one today, but I'm staying home. My middle son and the girls will be over for lunch soon. We had them most of yesterday so he could sleep, but then he took them home last night. Youngest may move home with us at the end of June. He has his two week Ntl. Guard summer commitment July 5-19, and then he will be moving to wherever his job takes him. He did not get the job he really wanted, which was at the school where he student taught. The teachers who worked with him were quite upset that he wasn't selected, but that's just how it goes sometimes. He's got 4 more apps in the works, one in particular he's really excited for. Anyway, he's got summer employment, so he'll be fine. He has a date for the wedding, but he's not yet calling her a girlfriend, and I guess he'll tell us if she's something more than a date/friend.

Wedding plans are going well, I think. Two weeks. I'll be working of course, but the kids are done Wednesday at noon. We start again August 24. No planned vacation this summer, but we will try to do some longer weekend excursions.

We've been blessed with some glorious rain over the past week. It is green, green, green around here, so I'm hopeful it will last. The rain has stopped for now, so I might just get some flowers in pots today. I might get a bike ride in as well.

G, haven't heard from you lately. I hope all is well with you and the family.





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Good morning. Things are doing well here. My brother and his wife are here from Texas and they have been doing the visiting with mom/dad and giving me a bit of a break. I still go over in the evening just to keep to my routine, but don't feel like I need to stay as long. Also if I plan on missing an evening I don't worry as much not seeing them because I know they've been there.

My food has been kind of a hit and miss this past week. It sure lets me know when it is missing all the fruits and veggies that I normally have! My clothes are fitting a little bit better these days as well. Exercise still continues, but not so much on the weight lifting (I get plenty of that in interval step class). I plan on going tonight to spin class with my daughter and we will be doing some upper body lifting after.

My daughter found out that she has a torn meniscus - in two places no less. She doesn't have to have it fixed right away - so just going to take it easy and wait until the time when some money is saved up for it. Apparently I didn't pick the right insurance this year and I have a 15% co-pay - dummy me, but I'll get it fixed for next year.

Well I hope you both are doing well. Talk to you all later.

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Good morning! Wow Lisa - what a house full of Love!!! I always enjoy having lots of people over - but it sure can be exhausting. We had a house full on Saturday as well. Love it when his family comes. Don't understand much, but I like it none the less.

Mothers day was a wonderful day. Went to see my parents and took my dad some leftover Mexican food. Got my mom all dolled up with a new shirt and brought her over to the rehab place where my dad is so they could sit and visit and have a little bit of food. Our daughter decided to come and see them as well (she wasn't sure if she would) I was happy to see her. We walked mom back over to the assisted living facility and it just so happened that the couple of guys she sits with during meal time were there. So we got her to sit down and have a little bit of ice cream. They were going to have some mother's days events later that day. It was also her birthday and she was just very happy.

Memory loss is such a difficult thing to deal with. You try not to correct or confront, but it is in our nature to do so. Someone with dementia has a tendency to get upset when they are corrected - just more agitated - so we try not to do that with mom. I usually just change the subject by asking her about her meals and if they enjoyed it - soon we are off on another memory. One of the big things was getting them to move into assisted living. They want to stay around familiar things, but they are not safe in that type of environment - especially if they are alone. Things get left on (stoves, water, etc) and medications get forgotten - as well as money being spent without them remembering. You also have many scammers looking for these people and can usually get them to sign a check or handover money for some reason or another. We were fortunate that my dad is not a pushover - they had lots of people approaching them. If it was my mom she would have let anyone have whatever they wanted. Helping them to understand why someone needs to take over the financing is difficult, but necessary. Same with moving. I'm thinking of you Lisa - and I will pray for your family and your father-in-law.

Well on Saturday - when we had his family over and they had all left - my daughter brought in a box. They decided to give me my mothers day gift while our son was still at the house. I thought they packed something into a kitchen aid box - but it turned out to be a kitchen aid!! hahahaha - I love it - it was a great surprise!! I haven't used it yet, but will get that thing going either tonight or tomorrow. We actually ended up taking it back to Macy's because they bought me a 4.5 quart and apparently the 5 quart was on sale for the same price - so back it went and I got the bigger one with more features. So happy... can't wait to get baking.

Well I've gone on long enough. Hope you all had a beautiful weekend.

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I am exhausted. We had the girls today, and then my oldest son and his family decided to come down last night, and then today, my youngest decided to drive home. He graduated from college today, but didn't go through the ceremony--he had no desire to do so. I had a bunch for lunch, and a bunch for dinner. We did a taco bar, and invited my father-in-law over as well. The baby was absolutely my girl today. She wasn't really fussy but she wanted to be by me, around me, playing with me, and no one else could entertain her for very long. My arms are tired from holding her, although I got lots of baby lifting in, and she's a hefty girl.

I don't know exactly what tomorrow will bring, but I know I'm not cooking. I don't care if we eat leftovers, I was hoping to pot my flowers, but it is supposed to rain and be rather chilly, so I think I'll save that task for later in the week when it warms up. The west side of the state is actually getting some significant snow.

My husband has been commenting about his dad's memory. I hadn't really noticed until tonight, when he was speaking about someone who had moved off the farm more than 30 years ago. He was speaking as if this lady still lived on the farm, but it is obviously vacant and the buildings are rather dilapidated. My husband reminded him of her move, and he questioned my husband's reasons for knowing this to be true. In fact, my father-in-law actually drove by that old place today, with his other son. Anyway, my husband said this is a pretty regular occurrence when they are visiting. My husband indicated that his Dad has trouble seeing in his mind what some things are like today, for example, buildings in town. He'll speak about them in the present as he remembers them 50 years ago. We just continue to help him as much as we can, and hope he chooses to sell his house and move into an apartment soon.

I've done quite well this week with my eating. I really dug deep to get a handle on my evening eating. I've gotten into the grazing habit after dinner, and it's resulted in an expanding middle. I can already tell that my waist is decreasing, but I need to keep going until I get back to where I was.

Wishing you both a happy Mother's Day. I hope you are able to relax and spend time with your families.

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MK, It's great that you could spend time with both your parents last night, even if it made a long day. These times will be special later in your life. It sounds like a nice weekend coming for you and your family. Enjoy the carnitas on Saturday, and a have a wonderful mothers day.

We'll probably go over to Don's mom's place on Sunday and visit her for Mother's day. She's the only mom I have left since mine pasted in 2000. I do miss her though, and it's a little comfort that Don's Mom and I get along. Sunday is also my granddaughters Birthday, and Don will have his birthday on Friday, so much to celebrate this weekend although we won't be able to see my granddaughter until the 16th when we go over for her party.

Still fighting the cold, and hope to feel better by Sunday, I don't want to be sick. I hate when I'm sick. My chest hurts from all the coughing but I do feel a little better today, but the cold medication makes me sleepy, so I might take a little nap before Don gets home. Hope everyone has a great weekend and a fun Mother's Day. Enjoy your families. Bye for now. G.

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Good morning. I had a nice visit with my dad last night - actually able to talk to him about some of the frustrations I've been feeling with my sister (not everything mind you), but he understands. After his dinner I took him back to his room and got him all comfy in bed. We sat and talked more about mom and how she is calling me on a daily basis - and wouldn't you know it my phone went off and it was her. He was able to talk to her a little bit and then I walked over to see her. I sat with her for quite a bit - washed some of the glasses in the sink (tiny little sink/kitchen area with fridge). Cleaned out the fridge and then we just sat and watched TVLand (Gilligans Island was on with Ava Gabor) mom enjoyed that. I think just spending a little more time with her in the evenings will help, but it sure makes for a long day - I got home about 7:30p

So I'm going to step class today. The regular instructor is on vacation - so I'm not sure who will fill in - but I like the change up it brings to the workout.

The Wednesday market (much like a Saturday market) opened yesterday. Was nice to get down there and get some fresh fruit and veggies. I did splurge and have a quesadilla, but I regretted that in about 2 hours... bathroom couldn't be close enough! hahaha - teach me to step outside the clean food!

Well work is calling my name again... so everyone take care. Hope all is well with you G and Lisa. G- enjoy your visit to the son's - sounds like it is going to be a good time!!

We are having carnitas on Saturday with friends/family. Should be a fun day in the backyard and lots of food! Sunday is time with my parents (its also my mom's birthday) in the mid-morning and then the rest of the day is mine.

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MK, hope the family issues can be resolved, and your brother will be able to help with his visit. Just do the best you can with the exercise and following the food plan. It's great you were able to lose 5lbs, congrats on that.

I woke up with a terrible cold this morning. I think it's been coming on for a while but it's finally caught up with me. I hoped it was just sinuses or allergies, but no luck on that. I started coughing deep in my chest at 4 AM and nose running and sore throat. None of this is related to allergies, although I might have some sinus issues with the cold. I finally got up and sat in the recliner in my living room and was able to nap off and on all morning.

We went over to visit my daughter Saturday, and all the kids were sick, so may have caught something from one of them. I also have problems as the seasons change and usually end up with something. I don't feel like eating and just feel terrible.

We have to take the dogs to the vet tonight for shots so we can kennel them over the Memorial weekend when my son has planned a family BBQ for everyone. It starts at 2PM, but he won't fix dinner until 5 so this makes it a long day for us. Since it's a 2 and 1/2 hour drive one way it's too long a day for the dogs to stay pinned up so we decided to board them for the night. At least they will have a play time once that day, and will be walked a few times too.

We thought we might stay over Saturday night, but with it being race weekend everything is booked. My son lives in Indianapolis, so the race day parade will be Saturday afternoon and the 500 on Sunday at noon. No way will we be staying with all that goes on then. My son won't have enough room at his place to stay the night. His new brides family will be there, Don's mom and sisters, will also be there, several other of the brides family members and friends also. It will be a long day with lots of driving in one day. I'm not sure if Don's mom and sisters will be staying over, but I know we won't.

It's been very warm here, and will be 80 degrees all week. We were able to get outside yesterday and work on the front garden, planting the new Japanese Maple and completing some weeding. I was going to try to do some again today, but with coughing and feeling down right terrible I'll not do that today. Maybe I'll feel better tomorrow and will be able to get some more done in the front.

I still need to do a few in side chores, so will close for now. I might lay down too and try to nap. I took a cold pill, and it's making me sleepy. I'll catch all later, G.

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Good morning. Its been a challenging time for me lately. Dad is still in rehab and will probably be there for a couple more weeks or so - he is not happy about that. Mean while my mom's dementia is much worse. I get a call from her daily - sometimes 2x - about her loneness and thinking that no one is around - then she forgets who she has called. I can't be there 24/7 and the messages she has left on my phone are heart breaking.

My sister has finally stepped back into the picture and another round of emotional garbage has come out, but I think I'm finally better. I'm really learning about myself and the anger I have held onto for so long with my sister. Its good to have a little bit of resolution in my head, but I know I have a long ways to go. In the mean time I seem to have (once again) upset the masses - enough so that my brother and his wife are flying in from Texas next week.

So I've been trying to stay on track with my food and I've done pretty well - there are a few mess ups here and there, but it is finally showing on the scale with a 5 lb loss.

On the weekend I rode my bike to see my parents (8 miles one way) and that was nice to combine the activities - kinda a two-fer. Anyway it was good. I'm catching workouts every now and again, but find it difficult to be on a regular schedule. Missed step class yesterday - I wasn't feeling well plus I have to be at my dads doc appointment with him. I've also missed quite a bit of work - I'm just thankful I have a great boss.

I'm at work today - so I've got to get some stuff done.

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Good Saturday morning. Got my bountiful basket this morning, and actually had a blast volunteering. It was a gorgeous blend of some really colorful produce, and I got a 25 lb. bag of multi colored carrots. I'll share some with the boys, but I guess I'll have to turn into a rabbit for a while.

Got a short strength workout in, and later I'll take a long bike ride, 80's today and a bit on the breezy side, but I'll make it work. I'm hoping for about 15 miles when I'm done.

I have to run up north again today and get some accessories for my outfit for the wedding. I'm wearing a black dress with beige heels. I need a necklace, earrings, and possibly a belt. I have to make it look enough different, because it is the same black dress I wore for my other son's wedding almost two years ago. I am just not good at this, but I'll get some help.

Wishing you both a productive, yet relaxing weekend. Can't wait for next weekend when I will pot my flowers. I might buy a hanging basket today, though, for my hook. I'll see.





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Lisa, I took a look at the exercises again on SP and tried a couple of the 11 min ones. I found 3 using the chair for the workouts and did them while sitting in my desk chair. They were good and I was able to get through most of the exercises in them. The first one is for the core, the second one was for the upper area, arms, chest, back. The third was for the legs. I had trouble with this one some but realized that this was my weakest area and will have to work to complete it. I wasn't able to do every exercise as long as the instructor did but did get 1/2 way through the count. I think with time I could build up to complete every thing. I didn't do them all at once I did one the first day, the next the second day and the last one on day 3. I'm ready to start over on the first today. It's a start, and will try to continue this routine daily. I have a stability ball but I think it's the wrong one for me so will look for a different one this weekend. I use the one I have for wall squats. so far I haven't added weights yet to the workout but have some weights I could use without buying any. The are 1 1/2 lb. 3 lb. and a 5lb. so will start with the 11/2 one and go from there.

Tomorrow I'll be traveling to My daughters place. She has steps so will get my workout climbing the steps. MY food is still a bit off but am working on eating at least 3 times a day. I found even though I get up early, I don't eat a proper breakfast. I'm still going to bed to late and getting about 3 hours a night. I get up in the morning feeling tired and sluggish and end up dozing in my chair while watching TV and sleep almost to lunch time, so will fix lunch and no breakfast except for some coffee. I need to break this cycle, go to bed earlier, and staying up and moving when I get up fixing breakfast early, right when I get up. My hubby only wants a piece of toast or an English muffin with only butter. I need to have some protein with that and usually don't. I'm trying to change that now by adding an egg, peanut butter, ham and cheese etc.

I hope the interviews don't get you down to much Lisa, but I know it's a necessary part of your job. You will do fine I'm sure. Hope your hubby can get into a routine with his food and exercise. Like you told me, you have to be ready to commit to change. MK,I hope your dad and mom are doing better and that you are taking care of yourself. I have several things yet to do today, so will close for now. Have a wonderful day, and a great weekend. Catch all later, G.

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MK, you asked about my husband and his progress. Well, he's better at portion control and late night eating, and he'll hop on his bike and ride for 10 minutes or so a few days per week, but he's not really committed too fully, just doing what's convenient at the time. I know he is drinking more water and less diet soda, so that's a good thing.

I am just interviewed out. I have done 11 interviews for 3 positions over the last week, and I've got one more round on Monday morning. I've had to call all of these people and notify them of the results. That means that I got to tell 3 people they got the job, and 8 people they didn't. I'm tactful, appreciative and encouraging, but I'm kind of weary of talking, and I LOVE talking about education. Sometimes I really have to lead the candidate to get more information, and that can be trying. Just tell, talk, sell. I'll let you know if I've heard enough or if you're going in the wrong direction. Please don't make me work hard to pull information out of you. Anyway, I hope I don't lose any over the summer, but the odds aren't in my favor that I won't have a late resignation or two. But--I'm really getting to know the people at my new school, and how they operate, and I learn a little more with each interview I do. So, while I'm complaining a bit, I know full well how beneficial and necessary this process is to my success and immersion into my new building.

G, I think you will find the workout you need when you are ready. Resistance band workouts are usually effective and don't require getting on the floor. I love my stability ball--use it all the time, and if stabilizing it is an issue, just push it into a corner, sit, grab some light weights, and do some curls, rows and tricep extensions. A big part of it is readiness and commitment. I know you know that.

I need to make some type of treat for school tomorrow--I'm thinking rhubarb bread. I need to use up my frozen rhubarb.

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Lisa, I've seen the workouts on SP but there is not a whole DVD that I can do. I really can't get on the floor or do anything which requires a lot of jumping. I did find one that uses the chair and have done that a few times. I just can't seem to be motivated enough to do anything right now. I have had a lot of problems with swelling to the point of having pain and my ankles are also having issues.

I know the support helps when I walk and wear them when shopping but they are not comfortable to wear them around the house. I just don't like them or shoes when just hanging out at home, although I do wear them when going out. I have to switch them from one shoe to the other which is more bother than I want to deal with. I think I might go to the Foot Works place, and get the supports for both shoe I wear the most. I have an open back Easy Spirit shoe I wear at home and when the temps are warm, but with the support, I need to wear hose or socks and they look bad with my Capri's and shorts. They hurt the bottom of my foot if warn without a sock. I do have sport socks that I wear in the summer which only go as far as the ankle so will start wearing them. I know a lot of my problem is lack of exercise and the pounds I gained over the winter. Now that it's warmer I'll walk and work outside. I just have to get in the habit of doing this daily.

Sorry about all my complaining, and I know some of it is excuses only. I wish I had a bike and would ride and it would be less stress on my legs. I think that now that Don has a full time job, we might look back into the bike situation. I know one place that has a 3 wheel bike and it is custom made for every person. It's expensive around $500 to $900 but might be worth the expense if I'm sure I'd use it regularly. I think that's what's holding me back. Don will have to get a bike too so that is a double expense. We'll check it out again in the next week or two and make a decision.

Well I need to do some laundry and other chores around here so will close for now. Take care, My prayers go out to all those people in Nepal, Baltimore, and to the family you know MK. Everyone have a great day. G.

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Hello. G - my apologies - I obviously thought that was you... I know that you will find the right workout that works for you. Lisa - Woot Woot! Great job on the workout and for all the riding your doing. I'm sure since you do it on a regular basis you don't deal with so much "rear" pain - if you know what I mean! hahahaha My husband is wanting to get a bike and we are going to start doing small jaunts here and there. Speaking of husbands - how is yours doing Lisa? Is he getting this eating and exercising thing down?

Well my food is doing much better. Since I increased the protein and I have started the adrenal supplements from the doc I haven't been having the sweets like before. I also think the cardio has been kicking the sugar to the curb!!

Boy once I decided to let my sisters issues go - I feel much better. She is now not taking any calls from anyone - so to heck with her. Left a message telling her all is ok - this is how you can see dad - you can see either of them whenever you are in the mood - you don't have to worry about doctor appointments any more - and a "you can call me anytime". Now I'm letting it go. I've set my own schedule to see my parents every evening after work and mornings during the weekend. I'm making sure transportation is available to get them to doctor appointments and I'll just meet them there - this way I don't have to struggle with getting them in and out of the car and I just deal with the medical staff. WAY more calming!!!

My work is being very understanding during this time and that is also a great help.

Well ladies - I have a long walk at lunch scheduled and right now work is calling out my name.

Take care of yourselves!

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G, there are tons of workouts online. SP hasn't had any new ones for a long time, but I'll use Fitness Blender and Grokker, but Grokker has now become a subscription site. I like anything that uses body weight for strength work.

Oh, a long bike ride! I love those charity rides, although I seldom do them anymore, just not really any around here. Certainly you must feel like you've accomplished a great feat. Prayers for your co-worker and her family. What a sad situation.

I got an hour long bike ride in tonight. It was beautiful outside, so I'm riding almost daily. I've managed to catch a cold, but I'm hoping it doesn't turn into one of those nasty ones. For now, it's just the stuffiness and head cold type.

I'm really sad for the situation in Baltimore. I'm sure the media has hyped it up, however, regardless of the hype, the circumstances are simply sad. I do not judge, but I do know that rioting, looting, and burning are crimes, and I just don't see the sense in how committing more crimes helps this community in any way. God is in control, as we all know, so I guess I will continue to pray for a resolution to these matters.



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MK, First of all great job on the bike ride 62.5 miles is an accomplishment. Your a great person and are very devoted to your mom and dad. It's really hard being one of the only sibling and daughter to visit them. I'm sure they will remember all you've done for them and it's wonderful that hubby is helping as well.

I'd love to take the credit for the Jillian work out, but it wasn't me. Lisa WOOT WOOT to you for completing it. I have one of her DVD's but the last time I even tried to do it I didn't even get past the beginning. It's way to advanced and difficult for me to even attempt it. I have done a workout with one of the Biggest Loser tapes though, and did better with that one. To bad I no longer have a working VCR to do either of my tapes. My DVD isn't working either right now. After we got the new TV, it never got set up. I might work with my hubby, and see what I need to do to do a DVD on his lap top since that's in the living room and I could see the DVD and have room to follow it.

Great weather this week, but really cool in the mornings so haven't done much to get out doors. Maybe later this week when the temps will rise into the mid 60's. It might be near 70 on Friday, and Saturday and Sunday will be up to 75* so we're hoping to get the garden in shape on Sunday. We'll visit my daughter on Saturday but we will be out side with the grand girls and enjoying the temps and the BBQ my daughter plans for us when we come.

Don just got home so will close for now. Enjoy your evening. Catch all later, G.

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Hello. First - great job Georgie on doing a Jillian workout!! WOOT WOOT!!

Dad is out of the hospital (was there 6 days) and is now in a rehab facility to assist with walking and he has a Picc line in for IV antibiotics for 3 weeks. The good thing is that it is located on the same property as the assisted living facility - so my mom gets taken over there every day to see him.

My mom has declined quite rapidly since this has begun - her level of care has been ramped up. She is more confused that ever and can't remember any visits. My dad has also declined quite a bit as well.

I rode the Monster Cookie Metric Century bike ride (62.5 miles) on Sunday. I didn't think I would do more than 1/2, but I surprised myself and did the entire ride!! My behind is very sore, but really my knees and legs did pretty well. Took a very long, hot, bath after I got home. It was about a 5 hour ride.

We have sad news in the office today. One of my co-workers 18 year old son died yesterday from a skateboarding accident. He was only weeks from graduating from high school and going into the military. I ask for prayers for the Robertson family and the loss of their son Joshua.

I'm setting my schedule to see mom/dad daily. I'll be going over after work to check in with them and the staff. I think this is going to be my schedule until the day they pass. My husband is my relief and he will see them on days when I cannot get there. He did that for me on Sunday when I was riding.

I can no longer count on my sister - she is selfish and refuses to make a commitment to seeing our parents on a daily basis - or even an every other day basis. Mind you - she does not work and stays at home, but this is her thing and I'm not going to take on any of her issues.

Well - got to get back to work. Take care ladies - hope all is well!

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MK, I suppose your father is out of the hospital by now. I'm sure that is relieving for all of you, and especially your mother. I wish him success in his recovery and relaxation for you. I know your family struggles over the care of your parents, and you have to be the one who acts sensibly. That can be wearing, but thankfully they have you.

The boys are all home. My oldest had a few days break from his railroad job; he goes back to the cities for an additional two weeks of training tomorrow, and then a few more weeks on the job training, and then I guess he's officially a conductor on the railroad. After a year, he'll be eligible to become an engineer, which is additional training, but also an great increase in wages. He really likes it, and I'm so happy he's found some work that he enjoys. Even though he and his wife are now better off financially, they still have lots of woes, as they just aren't on a similar path for how to manage what they earn. I hope someday they can get there.

I did a Jillian Michaels 30 day shred workout this morning. I saw the DVD at the gym, so popped it in. Wow, kicked my little hinie, but I liked it. It was a little change up to what I usually do.

My husband is presently mopping our dining room and kitchen floor. It was so awful. I'm a pretty good housekeeper, but man, this floor just got away from me. I've done some spot cleaning, but that just wasn't enough. He' using a pine-sol product; It smells so good.

It is house cleaning and laundry today, maybe a bit more garage organizing. I also need to pack up some of my son's clothes for donating to the Salvation Army or Good Will. I best get to it.

Oh, I officially hired my first teacher yesterday, and made my first "I'm sorry you weren't hired" phone calls. I've been a part of the process before, but now I'm the one in charge. I'll do it all again for another open position on Wednesday of next week.

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Good morning - just a quick update... dad remains in the hospital, but looks to be discharged either late this afternoon or tomorrow into a rehab facility. Not sure how he is going to take this news but we will deal with it one day at a time.

I'm about to walk over to the hospital and see how he is doing.

I took yesterday off work and spent time with both mom and dad. I actually brought my mom over to the hospital so they could visit - what a happy time that was. Both were in tears, but were so happy to see each other.

I'm hoping that they will discharge my dad into a rehab facility that is located on the same property as the assisted living facility, but we shall see. If they do - then my mom can walk over and see him every day.

I'm doing ok - my food has been way off - but I'm getting refocused. I will be going on a 62.5 mile bike ride on Sunday - it is a fundraiser for Salem Bicycle Association. I'm really doing this more for the challenge than anything. Even though I haven't been on my bike for years, I've been taking spin classes and step classes - so hopefully it wont kill me too much (hahaha). I did get on the bike and did 5 miles with absolutely no issue - not even breathing hard - so that is a good sign. I'll be on the bike again tonight and go a little farther.

The ride will be 15 miles - break - 15 miles - break - so on and so forth. There will be a big break at the state park (which is the turn around point). I'm going with a couple other girlfriends - so it should be fun.

Well work is calling. Take care!!

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MK, glad your dad doing better and that they have been successful keeping him at the hospital until he's improved enough to go home. It's probably a wise decision to keep your mom at the facility, and by letting them talk to one another helped. Hope things settle down for you soon. Remember to take care of yourself as well.

Finally the rain has stopped and the sun has returned. We have high wind advisory though and that makes my dogs nervous. The calming treats seem to help some with that. It's still a bit cool out though, and will have highs of 56 and 58 for the rest of the week. The wind so bad the other day we had a tornado touch down near by where his mom and sisters live. The funny thing is there was no sirens or warning about the tornado. Good thing didn't do any major damage, just trees uprooted and branches down. I'm glad things have cleared round here for now.

My son arrived back from Vegas yesterday and I guess it was business as usual for the rest of the week for both he and his bride. We'll go over to see them Memorial weekend when they have their get together for the family. It will be nice to see everyone then and finally meet her side of the family.

Not much going on here just some chores and maybe a trip outside for some weeding if it warms up some more. Back to normal routines for the rest of the week. I hope everyone doing great, and Lisa, hope things have died down some for you and you're not so busy. Everyone have a wonderful week, G.

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Good morning! So happy your both getting rain. Oregon should be getting some this weekend - just wish our snow pack was higher.

So turned out my dad had a massive infection in his right arm. No one knows why it is there, but I'm thinking it was left over fluid from the fall last year and it festered until now. He kept falling (3 times in as many days) so I went there and one look at him and I called for an ambulance.

It was a very long Saturday - 13 1/2 hours at the hospital. The orthopedic surgeon came in and said they needed to do surgery to drain the infection and that he will be in the hospital for a while. So my brother made arrangements for our mom to be cared for by the facility staff (so far so good). Dad had some adverse reaction to the anesthesia and was pulling out IV's and so forth. Yesterday they finally put him on a different antibiotic that won't affect his renal glands so much and push the rest of those drugs out of his system. He is insisting on going home, but we have to convince him to stay and he does. It has been crazy.

I'm here at work for a couple hours but then have to go to the hospital and see him then to the facility to see my mom. This has caused her Alzheimers to kick into high gear and she is super confused. I finally was able to at least have them talk on the phone yesterday. We fear bringing her up there would be a huge tabackal - so we are trying to avoid that - even though I know both would be so happy to see each other. I think the problem would be getting her to go home and getting dad to stay.

So that was my entire 3 day weekend in a nut shell. Lots of keeping all the siblings informed and keeping my sister calm as well (she has mental issues).

After seeing both of them today I will get over to the gym and do step class. It has just been exhausting.

So - end of the school year coming - wow - so fast. I hope your granddaughter gets well without any incidents.

G - so nice that you could watch the wedding. Happy that all is well.

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Lisa, It sounds like you'll have a busy week ahead of you. I know the end of the year is hectic anyway but to have interviews for your new position already just adds to it.

We watched my son get married yesterday via web cast. The Chapel in Vegas were he and his bride were married had a live feed we could watch during the ceremony. It wasn't as clear as we would have liked but they had microphones so we could hear all the vows. It was nice to be able to share like that.

We too have rain today and will get some tomorrow as well. Don was just able to get the mowing in before it arrived. Our grass was very tall and will probably need cutting again before the end of the week with all the rain we have. We didn't get to the garden to do some weeding but this week will still be warm, near 60 so I'll be able to get out and do that later this week. We'll order mulch if it stays nice through the weekend and put it down either Saturday or next Sunday, and we'll be good to go.

MK, hope your dad doing better and this week finds all good your way. Take care, I'll catch all later, G.

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Sending thanks up above for this glorious gift of rain. It is enough to wet the ground and make things green. I worked on cleaning and trimming all my perennials this morning, and I swear I can see them growing before my eyes. And, our trees that were moved in last week look wonderful as well.

Life is as usual here, except that I'm swamped at work. I have two interviews to do this week, and I'll have another the following week. There are some open positions at my new school that I need to get filled, thus the interviews.

My granddaughter, 14 months, was diagnosed with pneumonia this week. She didn't have to be hospitalized, but we had to help with her care. She's doing a lot better now, but I felt so badly for her. No one else has caught anything, hopefully it stays that way.

Not much else to report--let's see, my son has his second interview this week for a teaching position. He didn't get the first one, but the principal who interviewed him called me and told me what he could do to improve, so I shared it with him. Hopefully he'll do better this week.

I hope you are both well and still fighting the battle. Have a great week.



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MK, Sorry to hear about your dad. I hope they'll find nothing serious and can help him with his pain. I've been thinking about you and all you do for others. Just be sure to take care of yourself as well.

We're back in routine now with Don's work schedule. I'm trying to keep busy during the day and am trying not to fall back on bad eating. Since Don takes his lunch everyday, We have more fruit and veggies in the house and have been buying yogurt as well. So far I have had good food around to be sure I'm eating better. Since getting up earlier I find myself on a better schedule with my meals. I actually can have an early breakfast and time for a morning snack if needed, and have been eating lunch earlier as well. I used to have a late breakfast than a later lunch sometimes as late as 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Now I'll eat lunch at a reasonable time between 12:30 and 1:30. Then if needed an afternoon snack at the time I used to eat my lunch. I feel better doing this schedule and am not eating lunch and dinner so close to one another anymore. Don gets home around 5:30 to 5:45 so I'm getting dinner started at 6 and eating before 7. I'm planning better too.

This Saturday my son gets married in Vegas and we're all getting together to watch the feed so we can see him tie the knot. It should be fun to see it and then we'll have an early dinner with Don's mom and sisters. It'll be a nice day here.

Hope this week has found everyone doing great. With spring weather in the air, I hope all of you are out enjoying it. We'll need to get some yard work done around here so will close for now. It's 56 degrees now and will be near 64 later so will be a great temp to do some work outside. Take care and have a Wonderful afternoon. G.

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Hello - I have a bit of down time until the other computer gets powerpivot installed.... boo. I work off of two separate computers - one has 2013 (my desk computer) and the other is 2010 (located in another cubicle). I have to use the 2010 on some of the work because most persons in the office have 2010. 2013 and 2010 - don't communicate and are completely incompatible - so I desk hop. But right now the 2010 is not working right - which is not good because I have to finish a project by Friday... we shall see how long it takes to get things installed. So in the mean time - I thought I'd stop in and say hello.

my walking partner is here to go for a walk now... hope all is well with everyone!

Well had a nice walk in the basement - it was pouring rain out - so we decided to keep it dry. Normally I really don't care, but I was too tired to argue about the benefits of walking out side.

So my dad has had horrific pain in his right forearm. He thinks its carpel tunnel - my sister took him to urgent care while I stayed with my mom. The x-ray showed an old break (last year when he fell hard on the cement), but everything healed from that ok. So tomorrow they will do a bone density x ray on him. My sister-in-law thinks that maybe he bruised the bone, which is very likely. He is also not fessing up to whether he fell again. My mom keeps saying that he fell, but he is denying that. So we don't know the truth at this point. I just know that the pain has been so bad that he has vomited. So I hope they can figure this out.

Step class today. I was going to go early this morning for spin class, but I didn't want two cardio's in one day. So I did some weights at home before work while my husband went for a run with the dog. Our large black lab needs to be run every day - so this worked out great.

Well tomorrow is a spin class and then weights class. My daughter is actually coming tomorrow! She has been dealing with a very painful neck/back injury from work. Then she was in a car accident that messed up her knee and back some more. She is finally feeling better after all the rehab and PT - so we shall see how it goes.

Eating clean is not as easy as I predicted. I mean for the most part we stay away from canned and boxed food, but its that processed sugar that has me hung up. So I'm turning to the clean eating magazine that has 2 weeks of meal planning in it - and I have 2 issues - so 4 weeks all together!! I need to go grocery shopping and do some baking (I'll share the recipes when I get them). Hopefully this will go smoothly.

Well take care!

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Lisa, it's nice that you could spend the weekend with the grandsons. I've never been to a circus although we have the Shiners Circus come here once a year, but I never had the desire to go.

The calming pills worked for the dogs, they were still a bit nervous but not to the extent they were before. The storms have passed through but we are still getting rain during the week. This week we'll have rain tonight, Thursday and Friday, but no severe storms just rain. We did have a great weekend with sun and warmer temps. We spent the weekend doing errands, so I guess it's back to normal for us.

Saturday we spent all day running around. We left at 9 AM and didn't get home until around 4. Then we went to Sam's Sunday morning, getting home around 1:30. We were so tired we didn't get anything done in the yard as planned. If it stays nice today, I'll cut my roses low and tackle some weeding. Don needs to do the weed and feed still but that will have to wait until this weekend. We have no other plans so working in the yard is a must.

Don will gets his first pay check this week and we need to upload a site on our computer to get the feed from Vegas and see my son get married on Saturday, which should be fun to see. I'm not sure if it has a way to communicate with them but at least we'll see the ceremony. So next weekend will be a busy one.

Hope everyone has a great week and Lisa, I hope you and MK get some rain soon. Have a wonderful day, Bye for now, G.

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Circus was pretty fun, other than the horribly long intermission. The kids were entertained, and that was most important. My back is so sore today. It must be the more than usual sitting I did yesterday.

I sat by this family who had a daughter who would let out a piercing scream every so often, she'd then talk, then cry, then hit, and as I watched I knew she was a special needs child, very likely one with autism. I leaned over, asked her name, and age, and what she like about the circus. A few times she tapped me on the shoulder, and she tried to grab my glasses a couple of times. After this girl left with her worker, I began visiting with her mother and realized that this lady had been at my school, and I later found out this daughter will be attending the school I'll be working at next year. How cool is that? I knew I recognized the mother, but just couldn't place her. She comes to our school to do counseling sessions with a couple of students, as she's a therapist at the mental health center. She verified that her daughter does have autism and attends a behavioral program during the day, and she gets four hours of additional support on the weekend.

MK, I was really thinking about your daughter and the work she does with the special needs population. This can be such rewarding work, and I look forward to having this challenging child at my school next year. We continue to need dedicated workers in this type of profession.

The grandsons are still sleeping, so I suppose I better get ready for church. We'll be driving them home today--it's about two hours, but definitely worth it to have them with us for the weekend.

We need rain; fire danger abounds around here, and the winds have been persistent and strong as well. Even though the week ahead looks mild, it also looks dry, so prayers will be said today for moisture, I know.

Oh, we had 4 pine trees moved in to the area in which we removed the overgrown hedge last summer. They look gorgeous. We are tending to them carefully as they take root in their new location. They are already 15 feet, so it shouldn't be too long before they provide the privacy we are looking for.

G, I laughed when you wrote about the calming pills. All I could think of was "dogs on drugs." It just sounded comical, but I surely do hope it is working for them. I'm sure they are happy for the relief.

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MK, I use a whole chicken and boil it with carrot, celery, and onion, and then strain it and use the liquid as my broth. If I put it in the refrigerator the fat rises and it can be skimmed off and the stock is good to go. Don and I have bought a grinder that attached to our mixer so lately we buy fresh meat and grind it ourselves, It makes great hamburger and we don't have to worry about using the pre ground one. It makes it a little more work but we think it's worth it to do this. I wish we had a butcher around here, but all we have is what we find in the grocery stores. I wish we could find a great butcher and use them but we do the best we can.

It sounds like the tortilla soup is good and we'll have to try making some soon. There is a cookbook I use that I get many of my recipes from Bill Phillips. Which is really a health, exercise, and food program called "Body for Life" and It has healthy meals broke down throughout the book starting with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Midday snacks, and Desserts, all made from scratch using healthy ingredients, fresh spices and vegetables. The meals are really good and if followed can give you a good program to follow plus the section on exercise with instructions for an at home program. I guess you can say it's a healthy eating program if followed. He also uses protein drinks but I only use the meals and lately some of the exercises.

We've had rain all week and a really bad storm came through yesterday, and we'll also have another one expected today. I'm trying this new calming pill to see if it helps the dogs be less nervous when it's happening. I gave it to them yesterday, but the storm was already in full swing so today I gave it to them earlier and will see if it helps any. I know April showers brings May flowers but I really wish we could have rain without all these storms. I can't open up and it gets muggy in the house, and I don't want to start using the air unless necessary. Good thing we have fans in all our rooms and I'll turn those on and it helps with this muggy feeling by circulating the air.

Hope everyone has a great day, and a wonderful weekend. Enjoy your time at work. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning!

Sounds like your tortilla soup was pretty darn close to a "clean" eating soup!! Great job. The concept is really to stay away from anything that has any additives - and many of the canned items use some type of sodium or MSG for shelf life, but sometimes we have to use what we got! We've started buying our chicken from the local butcher because of the no anti-biotic added to the chicken feed. Same with our beef. Chicken can be a bit harder, but we have been very fortunate to find an alternative to Foster farms. Foster farms does local chicken, but we really don't care for their processing.... and lately they've been sited for poor and unclean conditions. So we've done the local butcher where he gets it from a local farm that raises the chickens free range with no hormones or anti-biotics. It is amazing the difference in flavor. Also the clean eating is really just taking small steps toward not having food that is injected with processed ingredients.

Lisa - yes my daughter still works with adults with developmental disabilities - she just loves that population. Her new job will entail traveling to homes and writing up treatment plans and helping those in the community live a more productive life. She is basically the advocate for that population. She has decided to take the new job and will commute the 70 miles. I think she is going to be fantastic at her job! It won't involve direct care, but will make sure that population has quality care.
She will be working for Mentor Oregon.

I did a lot of walking yesterday - didn't get to the gym but I did get my core workout at home in the morning. Woke up too late for this mornings core, but I'll get it in tonight and I'll be going to step class at noon.

Well - going to head to the cafeteria for some oatmeal - they make plain old fashioned and I add my own raw sugar and banana's to it. Sometimes I use agave instead of the raw sugar, but I've heard honey is much better for you - so I'll probably run to the store and get some for my desk supplies. I'm here at work for about 12 hours - so I keep a pretty well stocked drawer! ha

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MK, so happy for your daughter. Is she still working with the developmentally delayed population? If so, what will her new job be?

I was thinking about your clean eating idea, and I made a chicken tortilla soup tonight. I'm wondering how "clean" it is. I used mostly fresh ingredients, but I also used chicken broth, tomato paste and light sour cream. I'm pretty sure all other ingredients were "clean."

I had a great workout today, and I'm working to increase my plank time. I was over 4 minutes some time ago, but struggling to get past the 90 second mark these days. I'll just keep trying, I guess.

G, hope you've had a healthy and productive day.




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Good morning!

Happy to hear that your going to try and continue the practice of getting up early. I've always liked getting up early - gave me more time to do what I wanted to do. Going to bed so late can be difficult. I started getting to bed by 10 p.m. Still makes for a difficult morning, but not as bad. Lately I've been in bed by 8:30-9 p.m. The new supplements that the doc put me on help me sleep good. I've actually been getting any where from 5 to 7 hours of sleep at night - so unusual for me, but its been nice.

I'm actually getting up by 4:30 and getting my core work in prior to showering. Today is going to be spin class at 10:30 and then walking this afternoon. My shoulder is really giving me lots of grief these days - lots of pain - I'm just hoping that I didn't re-injure the darn thing.

No word from my son, but I did see a FB post from the girl and it was very cryptic. I'll just wait for my son to talk - if he wants.

Good news is my daughter got a new job! Bad news is that it is in Eugene (over an hour drive). She really wants the job, but she hasn't told the boyfriend yet. So I'm curious how that conversation went. He has to stay in Monmouth because he is still going to school - so I'm sure it wasn't a fun conversation. Anyway I'm sure she will figure this out. She does have youth on her side - so commuting isn't out of the question. She really wants this job - it is such an upgrade for her and really puts her on the path that she wants to go.

Well my food was way off this weekend and I'm working at getting myself back on track. I haven't had time to really cook up something new, but I will - and I'll share on here any good recipes I find.

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MK, So sorry to hear about the drama concerning your son and his girlfriend. I hope it all works out for the best. It does sound like you had a good Easter, and that you were able to spend time with family.

MK, I'll continue getting up with Don because it's nice that I can have breakfast and coffee with him before he leaves for work. It's just I have to stop staying up so late, and allow enough sleep to continue this practice. I've not been going to bed until 1 or 1:30 so getting up at 5:30 is not giving me enough time to get a good night's sleep. I could also take a nap later in the day if need be, so I could still rest some before he gets home. I was also thinking that by getting up early I could use this time for good use. It's getting warmer now and if weather permits I could dress in my workout clothes and get out and walk before it gets to hot. Then when I return home I can get things done around the house and still have most of the day to relax. I've always used the excuse that by the time I get finished with breakfast and get ready for the day it's getting to hot to walk in the morning. This is a great way to change because I'll be allowing enough time to do it.

I still have a few things to do today so will close for now. It's still gray and raining out but the main part of the storm has passed. I'll catch all later have a wonderful day. Bye, catch you later,G.

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Good morning friends. Easter was quiet and spent with the parents. Our daughter and boyfriend came over to visit with us and did partake in some of the meal, however they were heading over to his grandma's house for the family dinner.

I only got a quick text from my son to have a happy Easter. I haven't heard anything else until late last night I got a frantic phone call from my son. He apparently went over to his girlfriends house after work (he gets off at 10:45 p.m.) after getting text messages from her that she was home resting. So when he showed up there was no answer and he tried the door knob and it wasn't locked. He thought she was sleeping, but it was a man's backpack under the covers and no one was in sight. He was panicked because he saw it was the ex-boyfriend's backpack and he said that the ex was abusive - and he thought the guy went back to Alabama - but apparently not. I told him that she has made some decisions about her life and he needs to respect that - she knows how to survive the Ex - and my son doesn't - so please do not cause a fight or anything. He did leave and he was smart enough to get his dog and head to a friends house (male friend) and talk with them.

Whatever is going on with her and the ex-boyfriend is her decision. You can make sure she is safe (which she did text that she was fine and that they needed to talk) but after her safety is her choices and her decisions.

I'm not sure if it is because of this really huge life changing medical issue that she is going back to what she knows or what have you, but I think its something my son needs to back away from.

I will continue my prayers for her, her health, and her safety - as well as for my son.


Well that is the drama for the week (I hope)!! Darn it all - would much rather be planning and/or talking about weddings!!

So 200 mints done!?! Wow - great job! So happy that all is going well with the planning.

Well I have to get going. Take care - have a super day.

Oh and G - I would try and get use to getting up early. Its not only good for you to get a jump on the day, but its that little bit of time with the man that makes it all worth while!! Enjoy!

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Don said that his first day was good, he met everyone and attended his first meeting with the staff. It was a luncheon meeting which all the staff must attend once a month. He had taken a lunch but because of the meeting, he didn't eat it and since it was still cold, he kept it in a fridge at work, he took it today. He said that they don't have many place around his shop to be able to go out and eat his lunch, so will try to bring it with him.

I'm tired, I've been getting up with him, at 5:30, to make sure he has a breakfast and to fix coffee and a lunch if needed. I'm not sure yet if I will continue that, because I can program the coffee ahead of time and fix the lunch the night before, but I know he won't eat breakfast so I'm still not sure what I'll do. It does give me a jump on the household chores, and I was able to fix a slow cooked meal and have it started before noon.

We did get a pleasant surprise yesterday, I guess his previous company had made enough money that they gave a bonus to it's employees. Don received one and it was a happy arrival since he won't get a check from his new job for another couple of weeks. Although we will still get our Social Security, but still it gave us a little more to work with this month.

We will have great weather this week temp wise and will be in the 70 degree area all week, but we are receiving rain every day this week, so we won't get outside to enjoy it that much.

Lisa, hope you'll be able to find that your father-in-law will be able to get help with his breathing and that things settle so you can make the final decision to move or stay. Mk, hope your son's girlfriend is doing better and that you and the family are doing great. Our thoughts and prayers your way. I need to try the new stress pills for our dogs today since we are having thunder and a storm. They are supposed to help them be calm during a storm so we'll find out if they work this week since we are to have storms all week. I need to get some breakfast so will close for now, Catch all later, G.

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Today was Don's first day back to work, right G? I hope all went well for him. I'm sure adjusting to a working schedule again will take a bit of time.

Back to work for me tomorrow. Today was wonderful. I accomplished so much, but I was most thrilled that I made almost 200 more wedding mints. I've got enough mixed up for about 100 more, but I needed a break, so will finish next weekend. I enjoy making them, to a point, and then I just want to be done. They do look pretty though, on the cake/cupcake table. I made room reservations for this wedding in May and for another in September, but that one we're just attending--no work involved.

Still debating whether or not we move. If we stay, I've got some painting and other home improvement projects to do. If we move, I'll not do some of them. My father-in-law continues to decline. He can still drive, but any task that requires movement leaves him winded. We have four steps from our garage into our house. He walks them slowly, one at a time, at once inside, he needs to catch his breath. We are encouraging medical attention, but he won't go until his regularly scheduled check up for his bladder, which is in another month. Maybe that doctor will refer him. Anyway, if he moves into an apartment or some type of retirement facility, we will probably move. His house is just too much for him to care for. I guess we'll just let things take their course, and pray about this decision.

How was your Easter, MK? I know it has been tough in your family with your son's girlfriend's medical issues, but I do hope you found some time to celebrate our Lord's resurrection.One of our readings yesterday was from Job 19, verses 25-26 in particular. He was the one who first penned "I know that my Redeemer lives." Thinking of and praying for your family.

It is raining. Praise the Lord! It won't be much, but at this point, any moisture is welcomed. I think of the drastic measures CA is taking now to conserve water. That state seems to simply be tinder for any hot ash that escapes.

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Happy Easter everyone. Lisa, your husband sounds like mine. He doesn't eat all day and only has soda, coffee, but we have started buying flavored bottled water which he is now including. It has no calories just flavor and it also has helped me to drink more water too although I've cut out the soda.

I'll worry about him returning to work. With him being home these past few months, I'll fix breakfast, lunch and dinner for him so he's now eating during the day. I'll just have to figure a way for him to eat when he's working. He won't go out for lunch and I know he'll get right back to old habits while working. I think I'll just have to get up in the morning a see that he eats before leaving for work, and pack him a lunch the night before. Not sure what to fix though, breakfast not a problem since I eat it with him but not sure what to pack for his lunch.

Today we'll be going over to his mom's for Easter dinner, so it will be a nice time. I'm glad we have someplace to go and I enjoy spending time with his family. At 92 years old his mom is still very active but I worry about her and his sisters who are 73, so I'm suggesting that Don stop by more often to see if they need anything. We usually do so either Saturday or Sunday after running our errands. So today we'll be there for dinner instead of just a visit.

My son's wedding just around the corner and from what I'm hearing they will wed in Vegas and stay from Friday through Monday the weekend of April 17, 18, 19 and return home on Monday evening the 20th. The place they will have the wedding has a site we can visit and watch the ceremony either afterwards or even a package while it's taking place. He'll let us know which one he and his bride will choose later. Then he'll have everyone over on Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the wedding.

Hope everyone has a blessed Easter. Enjoy your families and have a wonderful day. Bye for now,G. emoticon emoticon

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Happy Eve before Easter, my friends. We had the girls yesterday, but today has been quiet. My husband and youngest son began some garage cleaning--mostly just straightening and sweeping. I did laundry and some other chores and made a dessert and a few other things for dinner tomorrow.

Got a great workout in this morning at the gym. I've been considering, for quite some time now, cancelling my membership. I have enough of what I need at home, and the space for a nice workout area. Sometimes, though, in the winter months especially, I like having it for cardio machines. I guess I'll just think about it some more.

The wedding plans are coming along nicely. We are covering the greater part of the costs, but that's ok. My future daughter-in-law's frugality is impressive. She and my son and taking on some of the cost as well, but her parents simply don't have the resources to pay for much. They will have a nice, modest event, and in the end, they'll be married regardless of who writes the checks. May 30 is the big day.

My husband has started changing his eating habits. I've been encouraging him to eat breakfast, and to stop eating after 8 PM. He isn't having seconds, which is one way he can easily cut back. He might go all day without eating--maybe just coffee and soda, and then he'd eat from early evening until he went to bed. I'm trying to support him, without directing him. Oh, he had a colonoscopy the other day, and he had a polyp removed; it was the non-cancerous kind, but he'll still have to repeat the procedure in 5 years.

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MK, hope for continued recovery for Erica. It's good that you and the family is helping her getting through all that she is going through. It's great that your hubby is incorporating veggies and healthy foods into his diet. It's a process changing the eating habit, and calling it a life change is a great idea. Keep up the great job staying with it.

Lisa, you have had success changing your eating and have much knowledge to help you husband eat healthy and exercise. It'll take time for him to accept the changes and I know you'll both do wonderfully.

Don and I did go out on Friday when we found out that he got the job, and were also celebrating my Birthday which was on the 24th. He has already taken the drug test, and is now ready for the next step. He'll sign the paperwork and have his orientation on Monday. He will get to see where he'll have his office and become acquainted with the inspection machines he'll be working with. He might have to do a little reading and prepping to get current with everything but he's looking forward to the challenge. He's ready to jump right in first thing. The only thing he'll have to get used to is working 10 hours a day. He's gotten into the habit of sleeping in some and will need to adjust to getting up early, at 4:30 or 5, and working until 5pm. His work hours will be from 7AM to 5PM daily with a 1/2 hour lunch. It will be trying for him the first week but he's up to the task.

Lisa, we have much to celebrate this month. My hubby starting his new job, on April 18th my son's wedding, and the celebration of Easter. So far the weather is cooperating. It's beautiful today and will be mid 60 degrees, and tomorrow will be 72 degrees. Friday a little cooler at 58 degrees and the same for the weekend but we'll have rain until Easter Sunday when the warmer temps will return with the sun. Much going on these next few weeks.

I'm thinking about going back to Jenny Craig at the end of this month, and will stay on their program for a few months until I can get a good start on losing weight. Than I'll taper off and continue on my own. I'll also increase my exercise now that the weather is warmer. Walking daily and maybe joining the Y again, but still not sure about that yet.

Lisa, watch for all the April Fools jokes at school today, and enjoy the fun. Everyone have a great April Fools Day, and a blessed Easter. Take care everyone, bye for now, G. emoticon emoticon

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Good morning.

Got a late night call from Erica - the procedure was quite painful and they did not give her any medication. She already is on regular pain medication for her Interstital Cystitis of the bladder, so they would not prescribe additional. She is really having a tough go of it - bladder infection as well. Trying to get her to lay still and stay down is apparently NOT what she has been doing. I explained that the more you move the more it will bleed and the longer it takes to heal - that got her attention - at least I hope so! She has a long road ahead of her. Biopsy results will be back in 7-10 days.

I thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers for her. She is so independent that she really doesn't listen and will talk over you - so it is sure teaching me patience. Waiting until she has whatever is on her mind out and trying to insert a bit of knowledge on what would help - is definitely new ground for me!

So happy to hear your back on track Lisa! Can't believe it is April already! Hope the rehearsal dinner planning goes well.

G - hope you two celebrated the new job!!

I'm feeling better now with the prednisone - my right hip and sciatic nerve still have some pain, but the stretching and lowering the inflammation has really helped. I'm at least walking like a normal person now! haha

Eating clean is really such a process. I know that it is the only thing that has worked so far for the long term weight I've carried around. It is a small change every day. I haven't cut out all the processed sugar, but I'm close. I've increased my protein and that has really helped alleviate the sugar cravings as well as the salt. I'm still only sleeping my 4-5 hours/night, but the quality of the sleep is much better.

Lisa - it is difficult to change someone else's eating habits. Take it one step at a time. Have him list out the foods that he really likes and will not give up. Then try to make modifications to that list with cleaner, non-processed food. My husband and I went through this process and it was very helpful. We've cut way back on box food, sweets, breads, etc. I'm doing more clean salads with quinoa and veggies. My husband is not a green eater (well not much of one), but I've talked him into adding some veggies to his cooked Mexican food and he loves it. So he is adding cabbage, spinach, peppers, etc. I've even gotten him to like roasted cauliflower!! he has added that to many of is dishes he cooks. I hope small changes will help him along his journey.

I've discovered that by NOT calling it a diet - but a life style change - I'm more accepting of it.

I'm still going to step class and getting in walks throughout the week. I think I'm almost ready to get back on a spin bike, but will continue to work on my core (as prescribed by the doc). He said I need to be engaging my core more when I'm spinning - that is why I have a tailbone/sciatic nerve issue. Hmmm never would have guessed that, but should have.

Well ladies - have a superb day.

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I'm doing great, back on track this week. Also, that May 30 wedding is quickly approaching, so I'm working on the rehearsal dinner plans tonight.

Prayers for Erica and your family, MK. I'm sure she is grateful for all of your support and sharing your faith. Health is such a precious gift, and I wish her a safe treatment and outcome for her condition. Thinking of you.

G, I hope you and Don celebrate his new job. Easter and a new job, two reasons to celebrate and be grateful.

My husband had a physical the other day, and he now has high blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. He must lose weight. I know he has the desire, I'm not sure he has the commitment, but he needs to find it. He's at least 80 lbs. overweight, and has been for 15 years. The doc is giving him six months to get it under control, if not, he's goes on medication. He's not at the level of immediate concern with blood pressure, but only slightly under. He has a colonoscopy tomorrow, his first one, so I hope that turns out ok.

Small group for Easter, just my youngest and middle sons will be here, so a group of 7 is all. That's ok, though, as I need to get the wedding mints finished up, figure out my wedding attire, and make sure hotel rooms are booked, and all that stuff.

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MK, We will be praying for Erica. She sounds like a strong girl with a very level head. Hope all turns out for the best. God works in a mysterious way and always has a plan for all of us.

Today is a beautiful day here in Ohio. We have sun and will have temps near 60 degrees It's about time!! They are saying that Thursday will be 70 but we'll have thunder storms. I guess the storms are all a part of our Spring weather.

Don will start on Monday after Easter and will fill out necessary papers, and have orientation for the job. He's looking forward to all the new challenges he'll be facing. I'll miss having him under foot though, Ha, Ha.

Lisa hope the week finds you doing great. Take care, bye for now, G.

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Good morning!

Georgie - I sent out a little cheer for Don getting the job!!! WOOT WOOT! So happy for him. Also for the upcoming wedding and possible surprises!

Lisa - so glad to hear you will transition to your new job without a hitch. What a busy week you had! hope you were able to get a break in over the weekend.

Well the biopsy is this afternoon for Erica (Tuesday, 3/31/15). Things do not look good. She has 2 of the HPV that are precancerous and the lesion is apparently the beginnings of a tumor. BUT with all that said - we are hopeful for a good outcome. She is ok with having a hysterectomy and what ever else she needs to deal with this. Her biggest concern is getting cancer somewhere else in her body. She is not worried about having kids of her own - as she said "there are enough children in the world that need homes". Anyway - she is one very strong, very independent, very smart lady. She has been through a lot in her 25 years of age. Mother with addictions, Father is a paraplegic, and numerous other issues. She has decided she wants to remain in Oregon for treatment and not return to Alabama. I think her prognosis will be better here - as will her care.

Well I just heard one of my bosses come in - got to get some things asked and answered before I have to run the dog to the vet.

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Lisa, It sounds like you have had a very busy week. It's exciting that you were working at the new school. You'll have a busy time with all the transition from one school to another. You'll do fine and I'm sure it will all work out great. I'm sure when things settle down you'll be able to get back to the exercise and healthy eating.

We got some good news for Don yesterday. We had left the house to run a few errands and he received a call from one of the two places he recently interviewed, and they offered him a position. He'll go in Monday to finalize all the paper work and tests needed for the job. We're so happy and glad all his hard work has come with good news. We'll have a lot to celebrate in April with the wedding and the start of his new job as well. Looking forward to all we have in store for us. I'll have to get used to him being gone all day and rearrange our habits.

We are still staying in the 40 degrees temps until next week, and then warmer temps will finally arrive. We'll be near 68 degrees by mid week. I can't wait until I can get back out doors walking and cleaning my garden getting it ready for spring.

Mk, hope you have had good news for Erica and everything has worked out for the best. Everyone have a wonderful Palm Sunday. I'll catch all later, Take care and enjoy the weekend. Bye for now, G.

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Greetings, friends. I spent my first day at the school I'll be working at next year, and made some new friends with a few youngsters, but I also increased my workload, as I'll be doing some interviews for open positions at that school, which I definitely need to be doing. Thankfully there are only a couple of them. So, I have my current job to complete and leave in really good shape for the next person coming in; she and I have already had a conversation, so I guess I'm on my way out of one school and one my way in to another.

I am so very sorry to hear about Erica, MK. I truly pray that she finds out some positive news in the midst of all of this. Take care of yourself too, and turn to your faith, which I know you will. Wishing you some relief from your sciatic pain as well.

G, I guess you are getting a new daughter in law quicker than you thought. I'm sure all will be fine, despite the circumstances surrounding the quick wedding. And, happy belated birthday.

I've had 3 consecutive days this week where I didn't exercise. I was so busy. We had a busy evening at church on Wednesday night, we had the girls Thursday night, and I had to supervise a dance last night. We had about 500 kids, as we combined the two middle schools, and we only had to send two boys home. Two hours of excited middle school kids after a full day of working with them made for one tired principal last night!

Food, well, ugh! I am so inconsistent, and I know I can do better. I guess I'm just not motivated enough. I should be though, because when I look at my belly, and notice that my waistbands are just a little tighter, I know that I can't let this go any further.

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MK, Sorry to hear about Erica, The lesions may not be cancer and we'll all prayer for her that they are not. If they aren't, I think they can go in and remove them without doing drastic surgery and she may still have a chance for children. We're praying for the best possible news.

My son called on my birthday and he has moved the wedding up and said it will be next month on April 18th. I guess his girl friend's parents are religiously strict and won't allow her to live with my son until they are married.

Her house was sold quickly and she has to be moved out by April 26th. She only had it up for a month and it sold so that was good, but she needs a place to live the furniture mixed with my son's and she doesn't want to rent until August when they were originally to be married. I know they have dated for a couple of years, but everything is moving really fast, and it makes me wonder if there is more to the story.

I know she has increased her exercise, and when here for our birthdays didn't drink any alcohol. She usually has some wine with dinner but refused and Don said she pointed to her stomach. I didn't see it, but was busy with getting dinner on the table. There also was a lot of kidding about learning to change Gideon and she wanted to help my daughter more than usual. She also wasn't ruff housing with the girls like she's done in the past. Lifting them, spinning them around, etc. With her parents very strict, It makes me wonder even more.

I was disappointed not to be there when they marry, He said they were going to Las Vegas to be married. They won't have everyone over to celebrate the wedding until summer, or when it was warmer and they can have a cook out. It still makes me think something more going on with all this. I guess I could ask him but if he wanted us to know he would tell us. I think it has something to do with her parents.

Anyway all is good here, we woke to rain, and the temps are mid 40's and although drab looking out it seems like spring might be here. I hope all is good with everyone, MK, take care of the hip. I'll catch all later, G.

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Good morning. Still having some issues with the sciatic nerve and have been taking it easy and still stretching in the evenings with the foam roller. I'm going to call a new chiropractor and see what he can do for my hip. I think my hip is the culprit - along with the spin bike starting all this. One thing causes another which causes another... and so it goes.

I did some weight lifting yesterday, but left class early so I could talk with the lead trainer about the pain and my diet. She had some good ideas for meal supplements that are all natural - no additives kinda thing. Also she is the one who gave me the name of a new chiropractor and she has also been having sciatic pain. It has to be those darn spin bikes and how their seat is. So I'll see if they can get me in.

My son called last night and said they got some test results for his girlfriend. She has been dealing with an issue with the bladder - some technical name - no cure for it, but ways to make the pain bearable, but the results that came back were not about the bladder at all. She has lesions on her ovaries and HPV. They will go in and do a biopsy on the lesions and find out if and what type of cancer she may have. We are all distressed over this news. She is here from Alabama and has no immediate family to lean on - I've asked repeatedly for her to come spend some time with me. It looks like they will be coming here in the morning - I'm happy about that. I'll take some time off tomorrow and give her as much support as possible. To be in your 20's and have the possibility of cancer - let alone possibly losing her ability to have children - it is total devastation.

Prayers will be greatly appreciated. Please put her on any prayer chains that you might have. Her name is Erica. I sit here at my desk and cry for her and what she must be going through. I know that God brought Andres into her life for a reason. My son has such a kind and gentle heart - even with all his mishaps in life - his heart is gold.

Well I best stop talking about it - I'm going to be blubbering right here at my desk.

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Had a nice birthday. I went out to eat at Texas Roadhouse. Had one Margarita and a comb meal of sirloin steak and 1/3 ribs with a sweet potato and salad. It was good and over ate. I love ribs and this place has the best. you touch the bone and the meat falls off and the bone comes out clean. So Good! We then stopped by Applebee's to meet with a few friends, and had another margarita and the Chirro Smore's. Those were good too. Needless to say I over indulged some. Back on track today.

Sounds nice to help people with finding assistance for those in need. Don bought a brace called Beactive which you put on a pressure point behind the knee and it stops the pain you were talking about. He said it didn't do to bad helping with the pain in his leg and back. You might want to check it out. It's at most places like Target or Bed Bath and Beyond, and some pharmacies like Walgreen's.

Today so tired, just can't seem to get moving. Don very restless last night almost got sick coughing and dealing with acid reflex, So he woke me up a few times. I woke up with him , and after that was awake every 2 or so hours finally getting up at 7:45. It's also a drab and rainy day.

Hope the day finds everyone great. Enjoy the day. MK, I hope you pain goes away soon. Take care. Bye for now, G.

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Good morning! Georgie - I hope you had a wonderful birthday. Lisa - sounds like you had a perfect weekend!

No recipes yet - was too busy to even get into the kitchen for some preparation for this weeks food. Only able to get some veggies cut up before I headed to bed.

I have been dealing with sciatic nerve issue in my right buttocks - talk about painful!! I have had to halt my spinning - oh heck I even had to suspend my walking, getting out of a chair and so forth. It is still giving me issue, but I've been working on it every day with a foam roller and ibuprofen - and some hand warmers in my pants! hahahaha - seriously that is exactly what I did on Friday. Those little hand warmers worked great to get right in the spot I needed. Finally I can bend over and sit and so forth without excruciating pain. It is still painful, but so much better.

So I'm back at work today. Yesterday was volunteer work with the homeless connection - a full day of helping people find services that they might need. I work the intake area - getting all the statistical information before they delve into all the free services. Dental/Medical/Vision are the biggest needs, but everyone likes the hot breakfast and lunch provided for free. I don't think there was as many people this year taking advantage of the services - not sure what was up with that - thought for sure we would have long lines clear past the noon hour.

I will get some recipes up here soon - I keep coming across some good ones and I print them off, but have yet to try them.

Everyone have a great day!

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Ah, what a fun weekend we had. We didn't have school Thursday or Friday, so we and another couple traveled to the twin cities and enjoyed some shopping, fine dining, some unique adult beverages, and a dueling piano entertainment venue that was the highlight of our weekend. The temps were mild, so we were able to do lots of walking, and our schedules were open, so we just did what we felt like at the time.

My calorie intake was high, but that's ok. I exercised vigorously each day, but most of all I enjoyed--and that's what counts. I tried to make mostly good choices, but in the end, having a good time was far more important. I'm back on track for now, and I need to remain so in order to lose these few pounds that I've gained. My son's wedding is at the very end of May, and I'd like to be down 7-8 lbs. by then.

Still wishing Don success in the job market, G. Watch out for those sweets; they can get me into trouble pretty easily. Any great recipes in the clean eating department, MK? Time to finish the laundry, and do a few other chores before heading to work tomorrow.

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Good morning. Just a quick check in. My food is back on track - eventually I will not fall into that processed food world (it makes me feel awful) and stay on board with whole foods - so much easier on my body.

Spin class yesterday and I'm suppose to do step class today, but I have a hair cut tonight that I need to leave work early for... so I might just use my lunch time for that instead of workout.

Well - this is brief - but hope you all are doing well!

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Happy St. Patty's day everyone. You wearing green? I am wearing a green t-shirt but Don is not wearing any, I guess I should pinch him for that ha, ha. My daughter brought over the Girl Scout cookies and I know I shouldn't eat any but they are so good. To many sweets this weekend, with the peanut butter cake Don made, and the peanut butter pie my son's fiancée brought and now the Girl Scout cookies. Don and I both have a terrible sweet tooth which is always my downfall. I can sometime resist eating the whole tube of cookies and have tried to cut it to two or three at a time, I'm doing better.

Tomorrow we take the dogs to the vet and then we'll be done with them for a while. The vet bill is always expensive with shots and the check up. It'll run us near $200 usually so hope it won't go over that.

Don had another interview today keep your fingers cross everyone. He thought it went well and they discussed salary and hours which sounds promising. Here's praying for a successful outcome.

MK, Sorry to hear about your toe hope it didn't get broken and will heal soon. Just gradually work into the weights, and try not to over do everything. Don and I have started walking as has many in our neighborhood so will try to do this 2 or 3 times a week before dinner. Here's hoping the weather continues to stay mild. It was 48 degrees today but was near 60 yesterday, and will be 56 degrees tomorrow. Hope this weather holds and spring has finally arrived.

I need to start dinner, so will catch all later, take care of your toe MK, bye for now. G.

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