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BETTERMENOW
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7/28/14 10:26 P

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Good evening - trying to sneak in a quick post before it's off to bed for me. We had a busy weekend with yard work plus our local Lions Club annual Brewfest fundraiser. I was not working at it, but gosh, it's just such hard work sitting around catching up with old friends while sampling craft beers! :-) It's our favorite way to take one Saturday afternoon per summer and just kick back. So no, there was no calorie tracking that day. After weighing in this morning, I'm back on track to keep focused on not pushing my limits.

Sounds like everyone is having a busy summer, especially with vacations, weekends away and visiting grandchildren. I hope there is lots of fun happening!

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CECELW
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7/28/14 8:27 P

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Good evening.

Jeanine...YAAAY!! I'm so glad to "see" you!! Gosh, we have missed you!! Looks like your schedule is crazy as ever huh? I'm surprised your house hasn't sold yet. Geez! You'd think people might have a bit of common sense and look into their financial affairs before they look at houses.

Kelly...I have a feeling the computer needs some tweaking. I would love to get it restored. It still runs "crackly". I don't know how else to describe it.

I'm going to soak in the tub for a bit. I have a feeling I may have been overdoing it for a bit. Fibro is bothersome tonight. Talk to you later





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2JUSTME
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7/28/14 6:24 P

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Oh Jeanine, you have really been missed.. It's so good to hear from you. Have a great time on your kayaking trip and prayers for you on your health issues. Sure hope that house of yours sells soon.

Rhonda, so good to see your post. I know your trip is coming up soon. Have a great time!

Hugs to all of you!

Suie

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WESTCHICK
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7/28/14 6:20 P

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Good morning everyone.

Blue skies with clouds hovering... hopefully the rain stays away :-)

Jeanine: YAY you are BACK... AWESOME to see you again. Enjoy your holiday... and all the best for your medical results :-)

Kelly: The 4 new born teacup schnauzers are 3 days old... and so tiny.. about the size of mouse... they are that tiny at this stage. 3 black and white and one brown an white.
But the other 3 that were born 5 weeks ago are so cute and growing up fast...

Everyone have a wonderful day/evening :-)

NZ time 10.20am Tuesday 29 July 2014
Day 1833 = 4 year 11 month 25 day

Edited by: WESTCHICK at: 7/28/2014 (18:53)
"I am on a mission and I will achieve it...."


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RONLIN77
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7/28/14 6:18 P

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Hi Jeanine.. great to "see" you...you have been missed....enjoy you kayaking holiday!!!!..hoping you have good results re health issues

Hugz
Rhonda NZ

"Plan your work.. then work your plan..."

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7/28/14 1:09 P

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Hi all, this is just a quick note. Getting ready to leave on a kayaking holiday on Thursday and of course putting in some crazy hours up until then. I have a mammogram and possible biopsy on Wednesday just before we leave and a colonoscopy sometime when I get back. They found blood in my stool so it requires further investigation, sigh. House is still not sold and there are still people interested in it BUT. . . Inevitable you get the young couples who have not gone to the bank to find out what they can afford, the people who need to sell their home first, etc. Because there are various health issues to contend with I'm okay with waiting. I really will try to get back here more often, sorry I've been MIA.

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STITCHLADY55
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7/28/14 12:29 P

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Merri take your 56 sounds wonderful it is 85 right now and we are just at noon. Hope everyone is doing well

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MAJKOVA
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7/28/14 10:10 A

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Hi - I am writing in the afternoon again. Today the weather was stormy and very hot. I worked in our garden but I went home a while ago. Probably some storme is coming and I hope rain will water our very dry garden

Liba

Friends are like the stars. Sometimes you never see them but you know they will always be there.

Friends are precious, not just in the sunshine of life, but especially in the shade.


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GRAMSIECAKES2
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7/28/14 8:13 A

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It is a cool 56 here this morning. Not much going on here today...

MERRI



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KBELANGER1
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7/28/14 7:06 A

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Good morning everyone!!!

Welcome Elwilbarger...lots of support on this message board...sounds like you have a fun trip coming up with Disney. I like to walk for my exercise. Wishing you a great day.

Westchick....have fun with the new puppies...

Cindy...hope you are not having computer problems again?

Merri....it didn't cool off much last night....so I kept the house closed up and kept the air on....it will probably be around 98 today.

Morning walk is done....taking some fried cabbage and barbecue tri-tip for lunch today.

Wishing everyone a blessed day!!
Hugs...
Kelly

We are all here on a mission...let us not forget what it is...and why we want it...

Blessings to everyone...be healthy...and be happy...

And when we are struggling...let us not forget to go back to the basics...that work for us!!!

Sparks Anniversary 5/26/2008


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GRAMSIECAKES2
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7/27/14 10:20 P

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Kelly, Glad you have a nice safe trip and had fun too..

MERRI



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CECELW
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7/27/14 9:53 P

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Good evening.
I have to use my phone tonight. "Moan"!

Just checking in. Read the posts to see how everyone is doing. I hope you all have a great night.





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WESTCHICK
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7/27/14 6:15 P

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Kia ora (hello) everyone :-)

The sun is shinning yipeeee.
I am off this arvo to see 4 more little schnauzer puppies that were born over the weekend.. :-)

NZ time 10.15am Monday 28 July 2014
Day 1832 = 4 year 11 month 24 day

"I am on a mission and I will achieve it...."


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JAVAJUNKIEJAC
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7/27/14 1:40 P

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This is a great article on foods that make you feel full.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/weight/foods-that-make-you-full.aspx

Javajunkiejac


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ELWILBARGER
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7/27/14 11:30 A

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Hello to everyone,...I am very new to this website, but i am loving it! I live in Northwood, Oh, I am 58 yrs young and I am a Disney addict (50 days until my next Disney trip, with cruise included)

I have been trying to lose 30-35 lbs for years. I have tried WW (5 times)and most recently tried Herbalife. I am hoping that this site will be the help I need! Any and all advice, help, comments, etc will be GREATLY appreciated!

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Never be afraid to shoot for the stars!!!


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KBELANGER1
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7/27/14 10:10 A

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Good morning everyone!!!

We made it back late last night.....had an absolutely wonderful time seeing all of our dear friends....it was more of a party than a memorial service...and that's exactly what he would have wanted. Its good to be home. Sam got spoiled while we were gone....DH's boss took care of him.....and he brought Sam a bacon cheese burger....OMG....hope Sam doesn't expect any more of those....LOL

DH is still sleeping....and Sam and I just finished a morning walk....

Not going to do too much today...but recoup.....

Wishing all of you a blessed day!!!
Hugs....
Kelly

We are all here on a mission...let us not forget what it is...and why we want it...

Blessings to everyone...be healthy...and be happy...

And when we are struggling...let us not forget to go back to the basics...that work for us!!!

Sparks Anniversary 5/26/2008


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MAJKOVA
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7/27/14 7:54 A

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Hi emoticon

It is sunny and very hot afternoon here. Meteorologists predict strong torms with heavy rains probably in the afternoon or in the evening - we will see. Today I harvested the rest of potatoes in our garden and hoed tomatoes and peppers. Now I am at home for a while and I am resting

Liba

Friends are like the stars. Sometimes you never see them but you know they will always be there.

Friends are precious, not just in the sunshine of life, but especially in the shade.


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GRAMSIECAKES2
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7/27/14 7:01 A

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Trisha, I have tendonitis too in my elbow and down into my hand. I had to put some ice on it yesterday after Ken working me so hard for the last two days LOL...The ice really helps...

Not much going on here today. They are promising some rain tho. We sure need it. We have such big cracks in our yard from it being so dry here.

It is 67 and I guess it is suppose to get to the middle 80's...

MERRI



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TRISHA26
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7/27/14 4:16 A

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Good morning everyone!

We have rain this weekend after the heatwave last week it was welcomed, spent 2 hours in emergency yesterday re: wrist as it was getting worse and by Friday night I had lost the use of my hand...it turns out it is tendonitis and I have been given a splint to wear it is probably a after effect from the decorating and the move....thankfully both house and garden are finished so I can rest it now.....

Rose I will keep Jessie and Katie in prayer....and I hope your knee pain eases it is funny how the change in weather can affect our bodies....

Kelly hope you have a fun time...

well must go we are of to a yard sale...

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CECELW
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7/26/14 9:40 P

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Good evening. Well, I took my little man back to his daddy today. Thankful for the safe trip there and back. I won't see my grandson now til probably Christmas. Not complaining though! I got to keep him for 3 whole weeks!!! Jim told his ex about gramma passing away. I missed an entire week with him. Tami agreed to allow Ty to stay another week. Now, the house is horribly quiet! HAHA!

Hi DTEACHER. Very nice to meet you. That's a lot of calories burned!! awesome! I don't think I've ever met anyone that burned that many calories in a day before. Good for you! That's a lot of work though for sure.

Liba...lol. I'm sure you are about done in with all that work you had to do. wow! enjoy your rest!

Java...hello there. Nice to have you find us. It's a bit of a bummer, I know, not meeting your goal. You'll get there eventually i'm sure. It seems like the older we get, the harder it is to lose. I wonder if there's truth to that!

Rose...That is awesome! The hospital's around here are pretty good about accommodating parents while the little one's recover. I hope Jesse doesn't have to stay too long.

Westchick. Yes, I agree. It would really be nice to see Laila, and Jeanine again. I'm surprised Jeanine left without saying anything.

I'm going to call it a night. I'm just done in for the day. have a good night everyone





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DTEACHER42
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7/26/14 7:58 P

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Hi to everyone on this site. New to the whole Spark People concept. Trying to "get on board" here. Just wanted to let someone who understand know that I burned 1824 calories today cleaning and painting for our new church! Yey, me!



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WESTCHICK
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7/26/14 7:52 P

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Morning everyone..

Shattered and tired as after a good night out and then staying up to watch the Glasgow Commonwealth games overnight,

Everyone have a wonderful weekend :-)

NZ time 11.50am Sunday 27 July 2014
Day 1831 = 4 year 11 month 23 day

Edited by: WESTCHICK at: 7/26/2014 (19:53)
"I am on a mission and I will achieve it...."


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MAJKOVA
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7/26/14 10:51 A

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Shortly hi - it os late afternoon, today I cut our garden with lawn mower and I am totally KO

Liba

Friends are like the stars. Sometimes you never see them but you know they will always be there.

Friends are precious, not just in the sunshine of life, but especially in the shade.


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GRAMSIECAKES2
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7/26/14 9:21 A

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Hi there Sparklers, Ken worked my butt off the last two days LOL First I cut the front and back yard and than when he seen I was all done, he thought it would be a good idea to start trimming the neighbors trees that are hanging over in our yard.

Boy, I sure didn't think it was going to be such a big job...We got three big piles of branches that we had to cut up and get into those blue tarps for his brother to haul away for us in the next few days. It seemed like the ladder was half way to heaven LOL...

I know if we tell your DS he is going to yell at us and ask why we didn't hire someone. We just never thought we would get so many of the branches down by our self. We have so much more light in our back yard now and maybe the grass can finally grow on that one side...

We had gotten a new nice shed around four years ago and it is always dirty because of her branches falling on it. It is nice and clean at least for now...We had to replace it with the one that rusted away from her branches over the years. We have tried and tried to get her to just remove the ugly buggy trees with no success. Her kids have tried too....Just set in her ways..

MERRI



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JAVAJUNKIEJAC
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7/26/14 9:20 A

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Just wanted to say Good Saturday Morning and check in! I didn't hit my goal of 15 lbs by my birthday this past Wednesday (got 12)so I have reset my mini goal and am on my way again! Have a great day!

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NELLIED
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7/25/14 8:23 P

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Hi everyone:

My house is nice and clean as of this morning and I was super sore at work. Had to take a second pain pill in the late afternoon. I'm wondering if maybe the possibility of rain for the weekend made my knees extra sore today. Don't know, but they hurt when I sat at work as well as when I walked. The second pill helped though.

I had just finished cleaning and was putting things back in place when Katie walked in with Jesse. The appointment with the surgeon is next Tuesday morning. Katie is understandably nervous and asking me a lot of questions. Thank you all for the promise of prayers.

Kelly - have a safe trip to the memorial service. I hope you and Guy have a chance to have a bit of fun during the trip too.

Cindy - Katie says they will probably keep Jesse in the hospital after the surgery just to keep an eye on him for a bit. Hopefully she will be able to stay with him like she did the last time he was in the hospital over night. There was no one in the bed next to his so they let her sleep in the room with him. It was nice for him to be able to see mommy right there beside him if he woke up in the middle of the night in a strange place.

Not a lot to report tonight. We will have Jesse during the day tomorrow while Katie is at work, but she will be getting off early enough that she can take him home so he won't be spending the night. They've changed the locks at the track so Ron can't get in unless someone is there. There's no one there on the weekend so he won't be hauling home anything else before next week. That's ok. He has plenty here already to sort and get ready to haul to auction to keep him out of mischief for the weekend. I'm going to read the newspaper and maybe watch a bit of tv. Nothing on but reruns but maybe I'll stumble across a movie to watch. If not, there's always a book to read. Have a good night/day everyone.

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WESTCHICK
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7/25/14 6:19 P

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Good morning everyone.
Yay, The sun is shinning brightly :-)

Rhonda: Ohhhh poor George.. sad that he wasn't able to stay and watch some of the games.. I do hope he got back to NZ without too much pain in his shoulder.
I hope your driveway gets the concrete poured today as it is a nice sunny day :-)
Chuck out all that you can in your inorganic collection... over our way we have to pay for it to be collected... and soon it will be like that all over Auckland.. part of the new regime in the supercity change over scheme.

Lailas: Gosh I do hope all is ok with her and John... I do miss her input on here :-)

Joan: Is another one that I miss too and hope she is well :-)

NZ time 10.15am Saturday 26 July 2014
Day 1830 = 4 year 11 month 22 day

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good morning. I came on a bit earlier today. We're having our prayer vigil this afternoon. I'm trying to get a few done before I leave. I'm 1 of the hosts, so I usually go to the church before people start arriving. Tyler and Donn are going swimming today.

Kelly. ahahahahaha, well, you tell Sam I gave Koby (dachshund) a treat by proxy, for Sam!

Carol. OK, that's just funny!! It's an afghan. I'm sure it's going to be Christmas before I'm actually done with it. It's a pretty good size afghan. I had to fanagal the size a bit because he wants it to drape over the side of his bed.

Rose...that's just awful! Poor little thing. Is that type of surgery, outpatient? I'd imagine he'd feel more comfortable at home after it's all said and done. I'll get prayer chain going for him and his family.


I gotta get my workout in, then shower and of course, off to church. I hope you all have a great day.





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Hi - it is late afternoon here. Today the weather here was without rain. I cut weed in some parts of out garden with sickle and the I harvested another part of potatoes. Now I am resting for a while but I am going to return in our garden

Liba

Friends are like the stars. Sometimes you never see them but you know they will always be there.

Friends are precious, not just in the sunshine of life, but especially in the shade.


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Carol, There were five of us siblings when my mom passed too. I had to leave to get back home as I was already over due with our DS. But, that is exactly what my siblings did and it worked out so well. I got my dad's flag that was on his coffin. In turn my flag was flown to our DS when he retired from the Air Force to be handed to him at the ceremony...It became more special than we would ever imagine....They were short of American flags at the time, so this was such an honor at the time. It was even given to our DS on my Dad's birthday...God knew what he was doing on that day.

Rose, I am so sorry to hear that Jesse needs surgery. I remember the little boy across the street had to have that done too. I am thinking he might have been around the same age too...

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Good morning everyone!!!

Carol....I am so excited for you with the new grandbaby coming soon....you will have soooo much fun.
You idea for the estate items is great...

Rose....gosh....I'm so sorry to hear Jesse needs surgery...keep us posted on that. I have sent Lailas a couple of messages and have not heard from her...and like you I fear things are not going well...but I continue to keep her and John in prayer.

Westchick....animal control was here last night setting traps for the skunks....I guess they are pretty bad this year due to "no" water. Because it has been so dry this year the water board is not letting any water down the river...so needless to say the farmers did not get water this year and so all the pests are coming into town to find water..

Rhonda....oh no...poor George....gosh I hate to hear he fell and broke his shoulder. I received your message my dear friend...and will continue to keep you in my prayers....holler at me when you can....hugs....

Merri....sending prayers for the man from the city who wants to become a Deacon in the church.....yes..that is a big job!! I sent you a sparkmail.

Cindy.....Sam would love to come over and try your doggie treats....LOL

Sue....yep family is the best....just love it when they are all here.....I'm sooooo excited.

Kathy...you and Stella have a wonderful time at the movies watching Planes....

My morning walk is done....only working until noon....and then will come home to get ready to leave....the memorial service is tomorrow...but will be leaving tonight.

I sent everyone a sparkmail.....

Blessings to all of you...
Hugs....
Kelly

We are all here on a mission...let us not forget what it is...and why we want it...

Blessings to everyone...be healthy...and be happy...

And when we are struggling...let us not forget to go back to the basics...that work for us!!!

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Kathy-"baby noises..." made me smile. Less than 10 weeks until the due date when I become a first time grandma. Can't wait. It's a boy, but name is undecided yet.

Cindy-Are you making a Tardis afghan or what? You know it's bigger on the inside, right? Haha!

Trisha-Umm..I mean Lady Trisha! Isn't it true that when you own land in Scotland you are allowed to use the titles Lady or Lord/Laird? Glad to hear you are enjoying the new home.

I have been keeping very busy trying to sort through the estate things. There are 5 of us that need to split up the 'stuff' and I have been struggling with a fair way to do it. That is a common problem with estates-who picks first and so on. I think I may have come up with a new an improved method. Since there are 5 of us, I will create 5 tables of items. Like jewelry, sentimental items, general household items, etc. Then we will pick a name from a hat and that person will be first to pick from table 1. We have agreed that we will go in order of age after that person. So if the 3rd oldest person had their name picked first and started at table 1, the next person would be the 4th oldest, then 5th oldest, then oldest, then 2nd oldest. (3, 4,5, 1, 2) But here is the twist: Each person will begin at a different table. So table 1:3,4,5,1,2. Table 2:4,5,1,2,3. Table 3: 5,1,2,3,4. and so on. This way everyone gets to choose first at one of the tables! AND each person will be second picker at one of the tables, third picker at one table, and so on. We will just rotate around the tables for as many rounds as we want. I think I may be a genius! haha. Plus my idea should go faster because you are all picking at the same time-just from different tables instead of having to wait for 4 others to pick before you each time. When my husband's fam split things up they had one table, everyone chose a number and that's the order they picked in. With each round, they chose numbers again-it was a mess because some people got low numbers every time (7 kids). They had decided not to go by age to try to keep it fair, but it still didn't work well. I have enough items and categories to make 5 groups of items and that is as fair as I know how to make it. We'll see how it works out.

Well, I am caught up with my exercise so I am happy with that. Tomorrow I will take a break. I try to do 5 or 6 days per week for 40-50 minutes. That seems to work the best for me. Have a great weekend!

Carol/WI "Quitting is NOT an option!" 2014: New Year, New Me!



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Hi everyone:

A bit quieter tonight. Just Ron and me here for supper. Ron and one of our friends went out and hauled home four more loads from the track, but our friend was leaving just as I arrived home.

Jesse may have to have surgery. He's had a lump in his belly for a long time and it's getting bigger. Katie took him to his new doctor today and it's an umbilical hernia. The doctor says it probably won't go away without surgery. Jesse has an appointment with the surgeon next Thursday. Poor little guy. I hate to think of him having surgery when he's so young, but one advantage to it I suppose, is that he probably won't remember it. The down side is he's too young to understand what's happening to him and too young for us to explain it to him.

Sally - with the job that I've had for the past two years I'm not home until nearly 7PM so Ron's always home first. I usually plan the meal and Ron has it on the table when I arrive home. I try not to make him cook every night...even though he's a better cook than I am. He likes to cook, I don't. Sometimes I will have the meal going in the crockpot. Sometimes I put something together that just has to be shoved in the oven. Sometimes he does the whole meal. With it being summer we do a lot of salads and meat of some kind cooked on the grill along with some kind of fruit for dessert.

Kelly - I sent a message to Lailas a couple of days ago and haven't received a response. I haven't heard from her in so long that I greatly fear that things are not going well for her and John.

Westchick - this program is a new show that just started a few weeks ago and it's on one of our local stations, not cable. I don't know if it can be replayed on demand, but I'll check it out.

We received our monthly statement for our checking account in today's mail so I probably should balance our account for the month. I hate doing it so if I don't make myself take care of it right away I tend to forget about it for a couple of weeks and then it's a real pain to try to balance it. So get with it now!....I tell myself. (Whine. Whimper.) hee hee Have a good night/day everyone.

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Good morning one an all.. :-)

Rose: Does that tv channel that played that programme have a on Demand viewing where you can watch it later??
Like in NZ, we have TV1/TV2 on Demand, TV3/FOUR On Demand & Choice On Demand... which covers some of the tv shows that have aired...
What was the programme that you missed??? A there are some sites that play them live streamed for FREE.. let me know what it was, season it was etc. and I can then look for you to see if it out there and send you a link to watch on your computer...

Rhonda: Awesome that you know some people who are competing in the games :-)

Kelly: Ewwww what a lucky escape from the skunk ;-)

Everyone have a wonderful day... :-)

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Good morning Sparklers

Yes it is great to actually know someone personally at the Commonwealth Games...BUT he is on his way home.. We learnt last night that he fell and broke his shoulder before the Games had even started....poor George!!!!!! To go all that way and have that happen.....

Today it looks like rain....but that is fine by me ......maybe tomorrow it will be fine and the rest of our driveway may get concreted...I am hoping so...
Then we need to get the junk out of the garage and placed on the berm ready for the inorganic rubbish collection...that will be a task and a half....But it will be good to get it done and have more space in there...It is amazing how we accumulate stuff over the years!!

Trisha ..I am so glad that you have settled well in your new home...



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Well, I just came to sit a bit. I got all my indoor chores done and was out side by 10:00 am...I cut the grass and helped Ken by the fish pond.

Than the man came to tell us that they should be starting to do our sidewalk with in two weeks or so. He was marking a few of the neighbors too. The mean man neighbor had his done last summer.

The mean neighbor was sitting on his porch when I gave the man a hug from the city LOL..Now he has something new to talk about. The man from the city wants so badly to be come a Deacon in our Catholic church. Gosh there is so much a person has to do. Almost wants you to run the other way...He is one determined man tho and I give him so much credit for staying with it....Of course he thinks all of my prayers are doing the job LOL..I am trying...

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Hello everyone. It's a beautiful sunny day today. I'm baking dog treats at the moment. Couple more batches and I'll be done for the day.

Kelly...we just switched to AT& T cell phones. I hope we don't get the chaos and confusion your getting from them. I thought ATT was supposed to be pretty reputable. Now see, I would have to give them a bit of lip service if they pulled that on me. Merri's right. If we did to them what they're doing to you, there would most certainly be a problem. Hopefully they'll read your review soon. Business' respond to those reviews!

Trisha...wow! Seems like you got settled in rather quickly. Doesn't it seem like it takes awhile to get back into a routine though?

Rose...your house sounds like ours. It feels like the "go to" house, or the "hub" of family gatherings. You're such a sweet person I have no doubt your the source of strength and familiarity for everyone. Mom's do seem to be that way I guess.

Sue...I haven't knitted for so long I'm not sure I'd remember how. Maybe just the knit and purl stitches. I love to crochet. I'm making my youngest boy the Dr. Who TARDIS. It's a telephone booth that time travels! hahahaha. that just cracks me up!

Liba...Finally!! Sweet, beautiful rain!! Oh, I hope you get enough rain that it really helps out the water deficit.

I'm going to go finish baking the dog treats and get a work out in. I hope you all have a splendid day!





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Kelly you're right! It is a challenge to cook for a bunch after you learn how to cook for one or two. I also I agree with you in the fact that it is well worth it. I love having my family around me!

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Kelly, I swore off AT&T several years ago. From time to time representatives prowl the neighborhood with "unbelievable deals." I may not remember everything, but I do remember that they are as good as their word--not worth much. I have a friend here who has had nothing but trouble with them, from missed appointments to faulty equipment. Good luck!!

DIL had an early meeting, so Stella been here since about 6:30. My son had to go out of town today and tomorrow for a new branch they've opened in KC. Stella and I will go see the new "Planes" movie this afternoon and then maybe shop for a new chair.

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Well girls....I could try to go to another company....but you never know...I'm sure it will get fixed sooner or later....I can still use my computer...but often I loose connectivity...and the tech said when he ran a test.....it is their problem.

As far as cooking for two.....after many years of cooking for seven children...and living on a ranch where I cooked in the cookhouse for dozens of buckaroos.....it was a challenge to figure out how to cook for just me and DH......now when all the children show up...its a challenge to remember how to cook for so many...LOL.....but well worth it!!!

Everyone have a great day!!

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Blessings to everyone...be healthy...and be happy...

And when we are struggling...let us not forget to go back to the basics...that work for us!!!

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Kelly, What one earth is wrong with these companies thinking that we have nothing better to do but stay home and wait for them. I bet they would really be upset if you weren't home if they did come on time...Maybe even add some sort of charge on your account too..

Today I have to fill my pill meds for the week, wash my sleep apnea supplies and wash the sheets and than after lunch, I can go out and have fun cutting the grass. I love being out doors and just doing different things. It is going to be one nice cool day...

Ken can be out there today too. Nice and cool and a lot easier for him to breath. He is going to make a board on the one end of the fish pond. It will keep the sun off of the fish and than in the winter, keep the snow out of there too...What we don't do for these 12-14 fish LOL

Trisha, I am so glad that you are all settled in now. I too want to know if you are going to make those cool cakes once again...

Rose. Your house sounded like ours used to be when we first moved into this new house 50 years ago. New house, why not come to visit without notice. We are around 45-50 miles from Great America, A good place to camp out while they went to have fun for a few days. We have never been there....

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Sally, it sure is different trying to cook for just two afterhaving a house full of kids to feed. It was even harder after my husband passed away. I found myself going out to eat a lot because it just seemed like too much work to cook for myself. After a while I found some cookbooks for cooking for two and that helped. I also smaller crockpots and they've come in very handy.

Kelly it's too bad about AT&T. I've got them for my internet service and I'm not a big fan. I may be switching but sometimes the other choices may not be any better or even worse.

I've got my knitting class this morning and then I'm going out to lunch with some friends. We always have a good time.

Have a blessed day everyone!

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I hope everyone is enjoying a lovely Thursday!

I feel like I've been living off-planet for several years... have never HEARD of the Commonwealth Games. So thank you, Rhonda and Trisha, for mentioning them so I can do some searching and learn about them!

Rose - your surprise dinner guests reminded me of when my kids were in high school, and several nights per week there were 2-3 extra hungry young folks at the dinner table. We didn't usually get a warning phone call though... Earl became a master at stretching meal plans and always came through with plenty. As the oldest of 11, I'm sure he learned from his mom. For years he's been the first one home from work so handles dinner most weeknights. Now that all kids have flown the coop I miss those happy, noisy meals, and we're still learning how to cook for just two!

Kelly - can't believe you haven't been given a call from ATT to reschedule your repair. That is outrageous, and I can't even imagine if you were trying to run a business from home. How do they keep on retaining customers? Wow. It sounds like you're doing a great job NOT letting this have a big, irritating impact on your days!

Better get working - meeting with a new client for a remodel today so there will be lots of brainstorming to do. 2 cups of coffee in - and firing on all cylinders!

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Good morning everyone!!!

Trisha....I'm so happy you enjoy your new home....will you be doing a lot of baking there?

Rose...omg....the thundering herd showed up a few days early....LOL. Glad you were able to feed all of them. Did they all do a good job??
Yep was pretty upset that the repair man didn't show up....and I still haven't heard from them. I did get an email asking for reviews on AT&T....needless to say I didn't give them a good review.

Cindy...so glad you are having a great time with Tyler...and he is having a blast with the sleepovers....

Rhonda....enjoy watching the Commonwealth games......its even more special when you know someone!!!

Westchick....omg...when we left for our walk this morning the skunk ran out in front of us....good thing I kept Sam back or he would have been sprayed.
Good for you for helping your friend who has a broken toe...hope she gets better soon.

Sally....wishing you a great day!!

Kathy...sounds like you are burning lots of calories walking and mowing the lawn!!!

Liba....enjoy your new stones....and your new scarf!!

Merri...its cooler here this morning at 60 degrees....suppose to only get to 90...which is a lot better than 106...LOL

Looking forward to my afternoon walk since it won't be as hot. Taking beef brisket, cottage cheese and slices of red, yellow and orange bell pepper.

Everyone have a blessed day!!!
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Blessings to everyone...be healthy...and be happy...

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Hi - today there is unpleasant cloudy and cold weather. There was heavy rain during this night and still sometimes it is raining. I prefer sunny and hot weather but this rain was very useful for all plants. I hope it will improve early - I need to cut lawn in our garden and harvest potatoes.

Today I had another dentists appointment and now I am going to do some cleaning at home, it is necessary and today is impossible to do anything in our garde

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Good morning everyone from sunny Scotland we have great weather for the commonwealth games.....long may it last...

I spent yesterday in the garden lounging on my swing reading it is so good to have my own outdoor space and DH has done a great job transforming it I will put up a before and after pic on my photo page....

Had my stepdaughter and husband over with the grandchildren on Tuesday they spent a little time on the beach and then stayed for dinner they left around 9pm it was lovely to see them and for them to see the house and garden now that it is all done...I felt so proud....

Wishing everyone a lovely day...

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Hi everyone:

Hokey smokes! Change in plans. The thundering herd that was going to help Ron on Sunday, helped him today instead and I had nine hungry people waiting when I came home from work. At least Ron called and gave me a heads-up so I could swing by the store and bring home more food. Kroger sells packages of ground beef already made up in to burger patties....10 for 10 dollars. I bought one package yesterday, but I knew ten burgers would not be enough for ten people so I grabbed another one on the way home, along with a couple more packages of buns, some bags of chips (crisps to my UK friends) and some cookies. Not the best meal in the world, but ok for the last minute. All 20 burgers were gone when everyone cleared out, so it must have been ok with them. So no crowd on Sunday....maybe.

Kelly - doesn't that just make you crazy to take a day off from work and then have the tech do a no show! I think when they do that they should offer you a discount on your bill when they finally do show up. If they had kept the appointment and you weren't there I'm sure you would have been charged for it.

Wouldn't you know it....the one night of the week when there was a new show on that I wanted to watch I had a houseful of people and missed the show. Rats! Oh well, the dryer just stopped with my last load of mid-week laundry in it so I guess I'd better go pull it out and put it away. Have a good night/day everyone.

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Good evening... Wow, what a busy day today was! Tyler had a blast at his sleep over. His buddy ended up sleeping here night before last. Gosh, I sure miss those days when my kids still lived at home. We had a lot of fun with sleep overs and what not. "Sigh".

I just got in from prayer meeting. I'm going to play a game with Ty then get him into bed. I hope you all have a great night





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I am watching the competitors coming into the stadium at the Commonwealth Games...and I actually know 2 of the competitors from the Faulkland Islands.. our Indoor bowling Club president George Paice is representing the Faulkand Islands in Lawn (outdoor) Bowls.. he was born there...along with another who used to play Indoor Bowls at our club...Patrick Morrison....(his Dad was born there) This is George's 2nd time at the Commonwealth games.. he was at Delhi 4 years ago

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And you too my dear friend!

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Thanks ladies

It is a beautiful Winter's day

Y'all have a great day

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Good morning all...

Rhonda: Yum.... what a great meal :-)

Kelly: I am pleased that Sam has not been hit with the skunk smell... :-)

I am up bright an early to watch the opening ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.
For us in NZ to watch any of the competitions happening in the games, we in NZ, will be doing all nighters... as they are 12 hours behind us..

NZ flag bearer is world champion shot-putter Valerie Adams, who has had 53 straight wins and is going for her 54th and GOLD.
I have meet her and she really is a lovely person.

Then I am off to help a friend drive her about in her vehicle as she broke her toe from underneath it (Foot swollen) and then went down with the worst bug and is not fit to drive.... but she needs things doing... so I am her designated driver for today :-)

NZ time 7.35am Thursday 24 July 2014
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Merri - I'd be the one chucking ice cubes into the pond! But no doubt just using the hose would be more efficient - lol!

Rhonda - clearly you've figured out what works for you, and just keep on doing it. Atta-girl!

Kathy - great job getting in your walk before it gets too beastly.

Hope everyone has a terrific day. I took a few photos of the beautiful foggy sunrise while doing my post - workout stretch today. So peaceful!

Sally

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emoticon Rhonda! Those good reports are really valued, maybe even more as we get older.

The sun and hot temperatures have returned--with a vengeance. I was drenched when I got home from my walk this morning, of course, the humidity was already over 70%

Nolan is asleep. He really is a good baby. I'm so fortunate to have both of the grandkids, and I enjoy them so much. Baby noises.....

I mowed the back yesterday but doubt I'll have time to do the front until Friday.

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Hi - I am writing in the afternoon again. Today before noon I did small trip to the town - I relaxed a little from day-to-day problems at home. I bought some stones and scarf )-my favorite hobby, O love wearing scarfs) and I am satisfied emoticon Now I am at home, it is raing but this is only very mild rain and not very useful for watering all dry plants

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Sally, I am really not sure how warm the water would get before we really get concerned. They did live the really cold winter out there last winter. We had an air stone in there to get at least one hole open for them to get air and that is all we did...All of them lived. There may be 12-14 in there....I suppose if it got too warm, we could put some ice cubes....My DH keeps adding new colder water from the hose too...

It is going to be cooler here today. No rain at all and we really need it here. It is only 61 right now....We like the cooler weather here...

Today we get our hair cut again. My DH wants me to get mine cut shorter. I had let it grow out some for the wedding in June....It would be a lot easier to take care of...Just wash and run...

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Good morning everyone!!!

Carol...sounds like you have the family get together planned well....you will have lots of memories to share.

Rhonda....good for you for celebrating....you certainly deserve it....your journey has inspired all of us...keep up the great work!!

Rose.....well one thing about it....if the whole herd shows up...you will have lots of help...LOL. I'm sure sorry it has come to this...an auction and no more race track. Give Ron a big hug for me....

Westchick...yep skunks....they don't come inside of our yard...but they tease Sam from the other side of the fence and then sometimes they spray....and when they do...if the windows are open...what a horrible smell. Thankfully they have never sprayed Sam.

Cindy....I bet Tyler had a blast at the sleep over.....enjoy your time with him...!!

Liba...prayers for rain...for you and your garden!!

Sue....I bet volunteering at the zoo is a blast!!

Sally...wishing you a great day!!

Merri....how funny that you know where are the tools are and have to get them for Ken......as far as the things on the shelf in the freezer...yes I have to tell DH where they are...cause I know exactly what is in there.

Its cooler this morning ....60 degrees....I was not a happy camper yesterday....around 2:30 pm I got a call from AT&T....and it was not a real person...just a message saying their techs were busy with an outage and would not be able to come to my house for the repairs. So needless to say I took the day off from work...and did not get the internet fixed....I was able to get some things done that I had wanted to do before the children come next week....but it was a bit frustrating not having the repair man come.

DH had to leave extra early this morning...has a busy day ahead of him....I am taking the last piece of barbecue chicken and a salad for lunch.....my morning walk is done...

Wishing all of you a blessed day!!
Hugs..
Kelly

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Blessings to everyone...be healthy...and be happy...

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Rhonda-Congrats on the check up! You certainly deserved to celebrate a bit. You continue to inspire us all with your success!

Rose-The fam is getting together specifically to choose some memorabilia so it can't be put off completely. The things that need scanning will have to wait. I will put together what I can and that's all I can do. I do want to continue to sell some things, but soon the cold and snow will be here and that makes it difficult to sell. So winter, I hope to do the scanning and set aside the rest as you mentioned. I have agreed to bring at least some of the photos at Christmas for others to choose from. There are 81 years of photos so it won't be all of them!

I managed to work on my messy office today and get it somewhat tidier. I have much more I want to do in there, but at least it isn't so horrible that I have to close the door now!

I decided to do sloppy Joe's for our first get together so the meat can be browned and frozen in advance and it will make things easier for us. Then we will grill for the second event, bit I don't have to deal with all the estate stuff so it should be more relaxed. The third event got pushed off due to conflicts in schedules so maybe I will only have 2 for that week. That would be nice.

I got my workout in, cleaned for about 6 hours and worked on drinking more water this week. I hope you all had success in your journey. Remember, we are not here to judge anyone for we haven't walked in their shoes. Your support and encouragement are always welcome on this board.

Have a great week!

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Ah tonight's tea consisted of celery and walnuts...a few cherries.. couple of small pieces of fresh pineapple and a few grapes...
Our main meal at midday consisted of a small piece of steak and lotsa vegetables...YUMM!!

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Hey all ...the sun is shining..

Thanks ladies...tis a good feeling to get the "ALL FINE" from the surgeon...

Now I hafta work off the 2 pieces of chocolate cake and 2 peanut brownie cookies of and I mustn't forget the fish and chips I had yesterday..as a celebration...but I thoroughly enjoyed those little treats and don't regret munching through them one bit..So it will be back to my normal healthy eating plan without the cookies and cake and suchlike as of now I reckon a nice long brisk walk should make dents in all that cake and stuff ...LOL

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Hi everyone:

Summer is back! It was nice and mild last week, but hot and heavy this week. It was 90 degrees when I left work at 6:30PM tonight. Bleh! I made my grocery shopping in two trips this morning because of the heat. I wanted to go to three stores, but was afraid to leave the perishables from the first store in the trunk while I shopped in the second store, so zipped home and put them away. By the time I finished at the second store it was too late to go to the third store, so I'll save that for tomorrow. I have a couple of other errands to run tomorrow anyways.

Rhonda - great news that your check up went so well!

Merri the Podiatrist that I worked for years ago highly recommended Birkenstocks for a shoe or sandal with good support. My sil wore them for years and loved them.

Cindy - with our long history of projects I'm sure Ron knew I considered the bonk in the head, but chose to ignore it.

Not much going on tonight. We may or may not have people over tomorrow afternoon to help Ron work on getting things ready to take to auction. Deb suggested that we all go out to the track on Sunday and bring everything back here...so that will mean I'd better plan meals to feed the thundering herd. I'll be so glad when all this stuff is sold and gone. Our garage and yard looks like such a dump right now. I just want it all to be gone since it looks more and more like the track is history. I think Ron has finally let go of it. I just hope when we get everything cleared out he can find another hobby to interest him.

I guess I'll go read the newspaper and see if there's anything interesting to watch on tv. Have a good night/day everyone.

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Good morning everyone..
Hoping that you are all having a wonderful an exciting day/evening :-)

Rhonda: Wohoooo congrats on passing your 9 month medical test... :-)

Kelly: Skunks.... eek.... thank goodness we never have them here in NZ...

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Merri - how warm can the water get before the fish are in danger? Do you have any way to keep it cool enough, or do they have shady areas to lurk where it's a little cooler?

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Sue, Right now the temp on the house shows 100..The fish pond it 80..

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Oh sure Cindy. I'll trade you, but our temps will be up to the 90's before the day ends along with the humidity! LOL

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Hello everyone...It is a hot one today! Muggy as can be too! Tyler had a sleep over night before last. He slept over his friends house last night! That is the 1st time I actually allowed him to spend the night somewhere when he's here for a visit. He's been here for 3 weeks. I guess I could let go of him for 1 night. Lol. I have to get him back to Massachusetts on Sunday. I won't see him until Christmas.

Rhonda...Wonderful! I'm so happy for you!

Sue...um, I will trade your 73 degrees for our 85 and humid!! hehee

Rose... hahaha. I cracked up at your comparison with tools and gophers! How funny! I'm the same way for sure. Hmm. I'm guessing Ron has no idea how close he came to getting a Bonk on the head. Great display of restraint!

Kelly... Well, I know, memorials can be sad, yet not if you know what I mean. It's nice though to get away for a bit. Safe travels dear friend

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Hi - now it is very hot and sunny afternoon here. Yesterday there were heavy rains and storms in many parts of our country but there is still without rain in our region. It is bad for all nature - all plants suffer from dry.

Today in the morning I had to do some necessary shoppings and then I worked in our garden. Now I need some resting for a while

Rhonda - I am very happy with you emoticon emoticon

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Yeah Rhonda! I'm so glad to hear the good news on your checkup. It's always such a relief to get that done and over with.

Merri I never tried Crocs before. Maybe I'll see what my foot doctor says about them when I see him again. I know I can't go barefoot in the house but I hate wearing my shoes in the house. I just haven't had much choice lately.

Kelly it's always so much fun having my grandkids here. I bet you are really excited to have all your family coming together soon. What fun!

Well I'm off to the zoo this morning for volunteering and this afternoon I go see my friends mom who is in an assisted living place just a couple miles from my house. She is 99 years old and very sharp. It's her physical body that is giving out on her.

It's 73 degrees here already and supposed to get up to 90 today. That's pretty hot for us.

Have a great day everyone.

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Congratulations Rhonda - so happy for you with your great healthy checkup!

Busy morning ahead so this will be short - hope everyone has a great day, has both the energy and opportunity for some movement today even if it's only 10 minutes, and includes something both healthy and delicious in a meal. Cereal, banana and a few almonds for my breakfast today... let's hope it gets a little more interesting later in the day!

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Rhonda, I too want to say congratulations on your 9 month checkup and with your good results!!! It is so nice to read good news on here...

Kelly & Rose, Ken has to first know where on earth he put his tools in order for him to have to go and get it. He isn't organized at all. I on the other hand, could tell Ken right where to go and get something and exactly what shelf it would be on too...Same in the freezer LOL...

Kelly, My shoes are really comfortable and seem to be helping some already. I only wear them outside tho and than I wear my Crocs inside. The foot dr said that the Crocs have a lot of support tho too....Just don't walk bare feet.

It is already 70 here and they are saying that today is going to be out hottest day so far this year....We are staying inside and trying to put up with each other. I can always find something to do inside and of course find Ken something to do too.

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Good morning everyone!!!

Rhonda....woo...hoo....9 month check up was ALL FINE!!!....that is wonderful news. Enjoy your new table.

Rose....you and Ron sound like me and Guy....when I try to help him and hand him tools...the same thing happens...LOL

Merri....how are the new walking shoes??

Westchick....have a great day!!

Carol...you always have such great advice...thanks for sharing.

Kathy....hope DIL and Stella get well soon...

Cindy....since my father-in-law passed away we haven't had a garden. He always put in a big garden and we would share the work....but it is too much for me to do alone. Enjoy yours!!!

Sue....I bet the triplets will enjoy the wading pool...I have one also...so when the children come next week they can play in it....I can't wait.

Today I am home since the AT&T repair man will be here between 12 pm and 4 pm....I have lots to do this morning before he arrives....I'm still trying to get ready for when the children come next week. We won't be home this weekend cause we are traveling to a memorial service.....will be gone Friday and Saturday...then back home on Sunday.

Sam woke us up at 2:30 am barking.....he hardly ever barks...but lately the skunks have been coming around....so needless to say I could not go back to sleep....so I'm sure its going to be a long day.

Took Sam for our morning walk....and now I'm having a nice cup of coffee.....will try to check in later....

Blessings to everyone!!!
Hugs...
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My 9 month check-up was ALL FINE...next check-up will of course will be my 12 month one...then I graduate to 6 monthly check-ups for the following 2 years YEYYY ...

We then visit a dear bowling friend who had been in hospital recently but she is not back at bowls yet...and we spent a pleasant couple of hours with her..

On the way home we checked out some furniture stores cos after literally throwing the borer-ridden dining table out the window to be disposed of in the inorganic rubbish collection which happens in a couple of weeks.. we needed to replace it with something...didn't want anything big or even a table really so came up with a narrow work table with 2 draws.....I basically wanted it for my keyboard or sewing machines.. We have not used a dining table to have our meals for years so didn't see the need to get a proper dining table...We have kept the 4 chairs that matched the table we threw out the window ...they had no borer...
Later on we may replace the table ...perhaps!
Oh yeah the table was gone within 24 hours....plenty of hawkers looking through the piles of mounting rubbish on the streets around here...Ha we are not supposed to put any stuff out on the berms til this coming weekend....

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Hi everyone:

Made it through another weekend. Yes, my weekends can be busy, not as much as they were when the track was open. Now I only have Jesse on the weekends that Katie is scheduled to work and she's not scheduled every weekend, so I'll get a break once in awhile.

Jesse slept until a bit after 8AM Saturday, which was nice. We kept him up for quite awhile during the day. Katie wanted him to have a late nap since she was taking him to the fireworks Saturday night. We had him out playing in the yard after lunch and he loved it! Had to keep chasing after him though because he kept trying to make a break for it to the neighbors yards or out front. Didn't want him in the front because I was afraid he would head for the road. He scared me spitless once when he let out a shriek and started screaming and crying while shaking his foot. I was sure he had stepped on a bee. I scooped him up and ran to the patio with him, set him on the table and Ron held him while I checked his feet. He had a tiny thorn in one foot and as soon as I pulled it out he was fine...ready to get down and play again. I sat and watched him while trying to swallow my heart from my throat back down where it belonged.

Sunday was pretty quiet other than helping (?) Ron work on the brakes on his golf cart. He had me fetch tools so he didn't have to keep getting up for them. I don't know tools from a gopher in the ground so that was the first challenge. Then we had the usual heated discussions that we have when we're working on a project (the kids used to beg grandma to let them spend the weekend with her when we had a project planned. lol). He insisted that I had returned the black 3/4 inch socket to the tool box and he needed it back. I knew that it was the silver one, but he said it was the black one. Back and forth...silver, no black, no silver....ok! come put my fingers on the black one then!......and then he found the black one on the ground by his leg! I didn't bonk him in the head with something, but the thought crossed my mind. lol Anyway it took an hour or so to fix the brakes and then we just chilled out for the rest of the day.

Everyone thinks I'm so busy all the time, but I'm not really. I have projects that I work on in spurts with a lot of down time in between. Busy on the weekends, yes, but not as much during the week.

Carol - it seems like you have a lot of projects going too. Would it be possible for you to slide your mother's things over to the corner in the basement and save sorting them for this winter when things usually slow down with the colder weather, or would it bother you too much to let them go until then?

Merri - New Balance is a good shoe. If your feet are bothering you, these shoes should help.

Kelly - please don't come near my windows! I don't need a dust storm blasting them! lol

Rhonda - praying for good news with your check up.

Ok. I need to plan my meals for the week and write up my grocery list, so I'd better get going with that. Have a good night/day everyone.

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Welcome to Sparks Debbie. My youngest DD is named Debbie too..

I like Sue will have one hot day here tomorrow. Than it does sound like rain after that too...

Than nice and cool once again!!!

Judy, Our oldest grandchild is Heidi too...

Kelly, I like to walk for my exercise too. We have been getting back to walking more now if the weather isn't too hot...

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Good afternoon everyone :-)

Have a wonderful day :-)

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Good morning Sparklers..

This afternoon I go for my 9 month check-up re aftermath of endometrial cancer...hoping all is still good...

Still a bit of rain about ..but it is supposed to be clear most of the day

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Greetings all! Welcome to all the newcomers. Spark is a great resource for you, but it can be overwhelming at first. Take it in steps and if you have any questions-ask away. Somebody on this board is bound to know the answer or we can at least point you in the right direction.

My advice is to start tracking your food. Be honest or it won't really help you much. You will be surprised at how many calories you can eat in a normal day. Even if you aren't cutting back yet, the tracking will really help you see what areas/meals you need to focus on. You can exercise like a fiend, but you will not be able to out-exercise a bad diet! That is not to say you shouldn't exercise! You need to do that too and it has many benefits, but your calories are the main key to losing. Also get in the habit of drinking water. Start with 2 or 3 glasses a day if you need to and work up from there. It also has many benefits including curbing your appetite and most people find they have less cravings for sweets when they drink plenty of water. Bonus! Those are the keys: calories, exercise, water. No magic bullets, bit it does work and you will be so glad you did it.

I wish you all much success on your journey! Have a great day everyone.

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Busy week--birthday dinner for my brother, book club, movies, watching the grandkids and trying to get caught up with yard work. Thanks, Sue, for the info about the yellow jackets; I'll give it a shot this evening.

DIL and Stella are both sick with an intestinal bug, but I do have Sir Nolan today. He's been a bit fussy--not his norm. He is sleeping right now but is restless.

It's been cool for a few days which has made the morning walks easy, but that all ended yesterday. I do have the back yard to do tonight, hopefully without any interference from the mosquitoes.

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Good morning. It's just beautiful outside this morning. Nice and sunny and cool. It feels so good! I love these sunny days. We've been busy working in the garden. Won't be long before I start canning. I can't wait to can hot peppers!!

Liba...believe it or not, we too have been busy in our garden. The weeding is back breaking. I can't imagine having to do this year round.

I gotta get going. Busy day ahead. Have a great day everyone





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Good morning everyone!

We have a few days of some pretty hot weather for the next few days. It's supposed to get to the mid 80's to the low 90's. The triplets will be here today and I'm putting a little wading pool out in the yard for them. I'm sure they will like that.

Liba I bet you have some amazing gardens. You take such good care of them. I hope the rain that you are getting helps.

Kelly isn't that just the way it goes. You get those windows all nice and clean and here come the dust storms. It's just like when you wash your car and then it rains! LOL I hope your internet issues get resolved quickly.

Rhonda enjoy your walk today. I hope the weather cooperates for you.

Well I have a couple errands to run before the girls come, so I better get moving.

Be blessed!

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Welcome Lori...happy to have you join us....I'm glad things are turning around for you and you are able to get in your exercise...I'm sure tracking you foods will help....sometimes it is amazing how many calories we can take in without realizing it...but once we keep track...it sure helps.....Wishing you a great day!!

Sally....glad you to hear you got your exercise in....!!!.....yep will be glad to get the internet fixed....have a great day!!

Liba...prayers for rain for you....I know your garden is large and needs lots of water...hugs my dear friend....

Kelly

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Hello! I am new to Sparkpeople and new to the over 50 site. I'm glad to find it here!

About 10 years ago I lost a lot of weight and got really fit, mostly because I had a job where I could leave at 3:30 and go work out for an hour every day before picking up my son from daycare.

Well, life intervened as it does and due to a change of job, the recession (no Y membership for 3 years, wahhhh!) and a back injury, I've gained much of the weight back.

Things are turning around and I'm back at the Y. Since January I've worked up to yoga once a week, running several times a week, and weightlifting twice a week but I'm not losing ANY weight! I've been blaming a middle-aged metabolism but in reality I'm probably just eating too much.

So I am new to Sparkpeople, ready to keep better track of my eating, and lose those pounds.

Glad to see this community! Have a great day!
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Good morning! A pretty sultry morning today - did my treadmill time in the nice cool basement with a fan. Not sure I'll ever get my hair dry today with all the humidity, but it's supposed to rain tonight and then the cooler, dryer air should return.

Liba - if loving care makes a garden grow and flourish, yours should be a jungle! You sound like a very hard worker, and I hope it rewards you!

Kelly - hope you get your internet issues resolved tomorrow. It's so frustrating when you just need a few minutes to log on to a site, and end up spending 15 getting the connection.

Welcome to all new joiners - it's so nice to have a board where you can quickly touch base with others; to know that you are not alone in this journey!

Well, as an old friend used to say: "better go off and make the donuts!"

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Hi - my greetings in the afternoon emoticon

Today the weather is very sultry and unpleasant. I worked in our garden but just now it is raining but only very slightly. Meteorologists predict strong sorms with rains probably during afternoon or in the evening so we will see. All nature needs water, plants suffer from dry, I have to water our garden daily but it needs mainly heavy rain

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Judy.....I just looked up how to get rid of ground squirrels....they do have a poison for them...but if you don't want to use that....make a mixture of chili powder and cayenne pepper...and spread it thick on the area....they don't like the heat from the pepper. Hope this helps....

Kelly

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Blessings to everyone...be healthy...and be happy...

And when we are struggling...let us not forget to go back to the basics...that work for us!!!

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Good morning everyone!!!

Rhonda...I hope the concrete set. FYI...I think you sent me some rain....at least a sprinkle...its wet out this morning....and smells so good.

Welcome Cocoa99...happy to have you join us....I am a mother of seven children and ten grandchildren....my favorite exercise is walking. Wishing you a great day!!

Sally....good for you for getting in a nice 70 minute walk.

Westchick...wishing you a great day!!

Judy...congrats on a new granddaughter....love the name Heidi!! Not sure what to do about ground squirrels....have you tried searching on the computer to see if there are some tips on how to get rid of them?....its a shame they are getting into your flowers and garden.

My morning walk is done....Saturday I washed all the windows and screens.....Saturday night here came a dust storm....and then yesterday we had another horrible dust storm...so bad you could not see across the street and the house became dark....and then this morning rain. I told DH it was because I washed my windows....LOL

I'm taking tomorrow off for a repair man....we have noticed every time we get on the computer....we loose connectivity and have to reboot. I contacted AT&T....and they ran our system and said its a problem with their lines....so they will be coming tomorrow to fix it at their cost.....yea!!

Taking some barbecue chicken and grilled zucchini for lunch today....looking forward to my afternoon walk since the weather is a bit cooler.

Blessings to everyone!!
Hugs..
Kelly

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Blessings to everyone...be healthy...and be happy...

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Hi and welcome Debbie...lotsa support and encouragement..
I am Rhonda...hail from downunder in New Zealand where we are in the middle of Winter...married to my bestest friend Colin for 39 years 2 children ...Janine and Stuart and a 5 year old granddaughter Grace...who has just started school..
I have been in Sparks since 2007 ...played at it for the first 5 years and went missing for2 of those years LOL..but have been back for the last nearly 2 years and am progressing well...
Mainly I changed my eating habits ...cut out cookies cake candy chippies and chocolate for the most part and ..replaced them with more fruit and vegetables.. nuts seeds and grains etc.
For exercise I took up walking daily...NOW that was a struggle at first....managing just 5-10 minutes...gradually building it up to when I can manage a 3 mile walk on occasion...but generally my walks last around 40-45 minutes a day....

Today it has been wet on and off.. I walked sunshine and rain... Such fun .....


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Hi... I am new to this forum! How is everyone?
I am a spry 52! :)



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Good morning Sparklers....just.. LOL...tis nearly midday....and we have rain and a stiff breeze which makes for COLD weather...but hopefully the concrete will set okay...

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