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4/18/14 2:52 A

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Kathy, any news to share...I gather you must be exhausted dealing with a tired mum, a new baby and the baby's very excited older sister! At some point in time when the parents are less exhausted themselves, please get some pictures posted on your site.

Chucky, when we do not hear from you, it can only mean one thing...you are travelling back and forth to sort out family matters. Fingers crossed that all will is going well with you and that you have far fewer headaches than you anticipated...also hoping that you manage to get your walks into your schedule!

Pat, if some other country comes with the answers - and I think America may already have - the onus is still on Malaysia to communicate the findings to the families and to the general public about MH370. I hope someone realises the need to do this asap.

JoAnn, we have not heard from you in quite a while, kawan. Hope you are able to cope with all the curved balls life has been throwing your way.

I have a few challenges at work to sort out this coming week before I leave for Melbourne - unfortunately, not everyone is going to be happy about this at all buy que sera sera...what will be, will be ( and so says Doris Day in her song!)

Have a good weekend, everybody. Beeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Prema, I feel for you and your fellow citizens. I hope if they do not get the answers they need from your government, some other country will come with the answers.

Kathy, any news yet?

Chucky, I hope you are back and home and settled in after all of the loses you have suffered. Hugs,

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Hi Pat. The families of the passengers on the ill-fated MH370 are all clamouring for answers. And still no word from our authorities on the matter. A nightmare of gargantuan proportions, to say the least. These days, it's embarrassing to be a Malaysian!

Kathy, waiting in anticipation for your grandson...

Beeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Prema, I hear that the sub has gone back down. Hopefully answers will be coming in the near future. I hope your water problem goes away soon.

Kathy, prayers for you and the new family member.

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I'm in the waiting room...baby should arrive shortly. It's windy as all get out!



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Hi kawan-kawan.

It's official. I need 3 medium-sized pails of water in order to have the equivalent of a simple shower. I am soooo glad that my water supply is back but not at all glad that the water rationing exercise may have to be continued for another 2 months...and we are not Arizona or Australia or Egypt...no desert in any part of country with its equatorial climate!!!

The search for the black box by the mini sub ended was aborted because the sub had to go in deeper than it was programmed for by the suppliers. They are attempting to do it again and in the meantime, American lawyers have been contacting the families of the passengers on the ill-fated plane to tell them what to do and how much they can sue for and generally offering their services in this matter. And the rumours around the missing aircraft continue to plague us every day.

Kathy, my prayers go out to you, Kelley, Pat and Stella - for the new baby boy who will be arriving soon!

Chucky, glad to see you back even if it was a short message. You were really missed, my kawan.

JoAnn, here's wishing that we can hear from you...soon!

Beeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Prema, sorry to hear of your pipe bursting. I read in the paper today that the sub will not be able to search for the black box because it can not go as far down as needed. So sad. Wishing you a safe trip home.

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In Singapore today. And it has been a very long frustrating day. Also, I heard that there was no water supply at home as I had a burst pipe and we ran out of water from our storage tanks. And with the current water rationing exercise, I have no idea how I am going to have a shower when I return home. Speak to all of you tomorrow.

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Kathy, prayers going out to the poor mother that lost her baby. That is always heartbreaking. I got out and mowed yesterday and Saturday we trimmed bushes and mulched. Tonight it's going to snow (only an inch though).

Prema, I am hoping that all the help out there will locate the black boxes. They think they may have the area figured out and will be sending out a submarine to look for debris. I hope they find it and answers come your way.

Chucky and JoAnn, hello my Kawan, Kawan.

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Kathy only have a moment before work.....I can't imagine the loss you suffered losing both your parents so close together. I'm sure you must be a strong woman to have gone through so much. I have to head to work but wanted to pass on my condolences for your loss and such a difficult time. I know it's been a while but I don't know that we truly ever get over the loss.

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Hi Pat and Kathy.

This weekend was fairly eventful and quite funny. I am getting a very good idea of how I might end up becoming when I am in my 80s. My old pastor places his cash for safe keeping between the pages of his books. Not just one book but in many books and in random shelves all over the house. The church ladies and I spent a bit of time on Saturday rummaging through all his books and today I have banked in a mini-fortune into his bank account. And then there's my mum who places her bank book and cash in various handbags and in between her clothes in order "to confuse" the thieves and guess what - she ends up forgetting where she left her stuff - and she does this despite the fact that I have given her a safe in her bedroom!!!!

Then at a dinner on Sunday, I was seated next to the daughter of Malaysia's Opposition leader and this young girl is a member of parliament herself. She told me that she had raised the issue of poor radar control facilities at our international airport about 2+ years ago. And she confirmed that no more signals were detected as the battery had run out. Our minister of transport does not have the guts to tell the truth - and the opposition has been banned from asking any questions in parliament about this matter until "search and rescue efforts are complete". What in God's name does that mean? Singapore, our nearest neighbour, has a s submarine equipped to handle search and rescue in the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. Malaysia paid more for its submarine...and it failed the first time we sent it out!

Kathy, thank you for the compliments about my little girl...I have told her that the choice of a spouse is one of the most critical decisions she will ever make and to make sure she never had any illusions about the guy she was going to be serious about. I hope God continues to guide her in this matter.

By the way, Wednesday for me in Malaysia is the day after tomorrow and 930am is less than 48 hours away for a new baby. Getting goosebumps just thinking about a new life in your arms, Kathy. My prayers and all my best to Kelley and Pat.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Have spent a lot of time out in the yard during this past week. There's always enough left for next time though. We had a brief hailstorm a few hours ago evidently part of Wichita had golf ball sized hail-- glad we sidestepped that one. We have possible thunderstorms for this evening and temperatures in the 50s tomorrow.

I have a teacher friend who developed an infection and went into preterm labor; she delivered a baby girl who later died . She was only 22 weeks along. They have three other children but I'm sure that doesn't make it any easier.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend .
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Prema, spring it is. They are predicting a rain/snow mix for next Tuesday though. It will be preceded by a few days of mid to high 70's for the weekend. Ups and downs are big this time of year.
My grandson thinks I'm a great cook, but if I cook for him and grandpa, they are fine with it, but to serve others would not be any kind of favor.
I am hoping that the pings detected in the Indian Ocean are the ones for Malaysian flight 370.

Kathy, I feel lucky with the man I married. Petty quarrels are settled quickly and I have no doubt that my husband would never do anything to lose me. My mom had said that he was not much of a looker (he had acne at the time), but he has been nothing but a good, honest, loyal man. I got lucky with him. I hope you get the clearance needed when you go to the doctor's on Wednesday.

I got my bill for the PT sessions that I had gone to for the first 13 visits, through March. I noticed that the bill was in my husband's name and it dawned on me that my insurance changed as of April 1st because of my husband starting Medicare. I took my new card to the office and she was not happy that she would have to reverse out all of my visits for the old insurance and bill the new insurance. Oh well, it could have been worse. I could have brought it in after the last 5 sessions were billed.

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Hello to all.
Chuck, I understand completely about not wanting things to drag out. With my parents dying so close together, the only question asked when Mom died was "Can she be ready for the funeral tomorrow?" People were arriving for Dad's funeral without knowing that my mother had died. It was a difficult day but a lovely service--a blessing to all present.

Being very light-completed, I've become very aware of the dangers; however, sunburn didn't receive much press in days of yore. I've been lucky so far, but the dermatologist gets at least semi-regular visits.

Now I believe my parents thought I should have looked a bit longer for a mate. He was a good provider but fell short in many areas I deemed critical to a successful marriage. I hung in for over 17 years. By that time, my parents were not supportive of me when I decided I'd had enough. At the time, I kept stuff about my marriage to myself, so they really had no idea what I was putting up with. I have my sons--the best of my married years.

Kelley was in tears when she dropped Stella off yesterday morning. She'd received a speeding ticket on the way. Pat's out of town until tomorrow and usually drops Stella off on Thursday, so Kelley was rushing to get to work on time . She was in tears when she came for Stella too. She said she's unable to sleep AND hormonal!! I reminded her that I'm available to help, but she knows that already. Her C-section is scheduled for Wednesday @ 9:30--then a somewhat different reason to not be sleeping. My son definitely didn't choose a loser!!

My tests for surgical clearance are scheduled for the 22nd.

Prema, there's no way to figure out the decisions made ( or not made) by our children. Dhivia is doing well with her tutoring; when the time comes, she'll rise to the occasion regarding her relationships. I believe she has her mother's "smarts". Congratulations on her award.

Getting nails done. Must get ready.

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Let you into a little secret - cooking takes up much less time than the preparation. Every time I cook for the extended family, I am never short of volunteers to help in the prep etc - because they all want to learn how to cook the stuff. More often than not, these wonderful volunteers do not head back home and practice. Of course they procrastinate about the practising and then they subsequently forget and guess who are my volunteers the second (and third time around!).....

If I had to get anyone's help to mow the lawn, trim the weeds etc etc in our very hot and humid Malaysian weather, I will either have to pay a king's ransom or bribe them with...you guessed it...a home-cooked meal with everything!

I will keep my fingers crossed that your knee will behave itself on Thursday and that you get sent home with a clean bill of health.

Have a good weekend Pat, Kathy, JoAnn and Chucky...especially now that it's officially spring weather...it is, right???

Beeeg Hugs, Prema



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Prema, I would much rather mow than cook. Tasks in the kitchen are not my thing. I can butcher the easiest recipes. My husband likes my cooking though, so that is all that matters. I would not give my neighbors anything home cooked though, it might get me kicked off of my street. I had PT today and my flexibility has improved greatly. Next Thursday is my final visit. My knee has been feeling great and I feel energized.

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Hi Pat. Thank you for your kind words. As I get older, I realise that many religious books (Bhagavad Gita, Bible, Koran) all say the same thing about giving - the more you give, the more you receive. I realise that for myself, when I add some giving activities in my life, the issues that I personally face becomes more bearable and when I receive smiles and hugs in return, they make me feel good enough to start all over again tomorrow with renewed faith in my ability to resolve anything that comes my way.

I know I tease you about mowing other people's jungles - but I am as guilty as you are about doing stuff...although admittedly, I may be less inclined to mow lawns. I may prefer to cook something for them!!! I will opt for the easier task - lazy bones....

Take care and hope the knee is still doing well.

Beeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Prema, you are so caring. All the help you are giving to your friends and the support too. Your daughter sounds like a real prize and either boy would be lucky to receive her affections. Hopefully they meet your standards for a proper beau for your daughter. Congratulations on her honor. Hugs, Pat



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Hi my dear kawan-kawan.

Time to report back on 2 out of 4 people in my life who are down with cancer. My old pastor who at 88 has prostrate cancer is now back at home and doing well with his medication. We are now planning to re-do his driveway to enable him to move around in a wheelchair and walker. Also, we are checking on the wiring in his house - it looks a little crazy with piecemeal stuff done over the years and now checking that it's not hazardous as well.

Then there is the husband of my friend in Melbourne with 4th stage pancreatic and spleen cancer. He is responding to treatment and was able to walk his daughter down the aisle on her wedding day last Saturday. I also received a call from both my friend and her husband this evening and he sounded fabulous on the phone. It's these sort of moments that bring a real lump to the throat!!

My daughter received tutor of the year from Melbourne University and now has 2 suitors after her; one is younger to her by about 3 years and the other who was hesitant about beginning a relationship with her and now is going full steam ahead after seeing that he has competition for her affection! What is this world coming to? Guys and girls who cannot make up their minds!! My daughter is a great tutor but so indecisive emotionally! How does this happen??

Take care everyone. Beeeg hugs, Prema



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Prema, let's hope your daughter picks a winner the next time around. And hopefully the ex-loser does not work his way back into her good graces. It seems like skin cancer is all around us. I have not had any problems, but I continue to monitor my skin and use SPF 50. The grandkids get lathered up with lotion too. Today a neighbor asked me how my knee was doing because I was walking so well. It feels great.

Chucky, there is spray out there right now which works great on arms and legs, but I still use lotion on my face. It's much quicker to apply. I hope your walk in the cooler temperatures is enjoyable.

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Well the heat and humidity left here last night.....The rain moved in and quite heavy at times. Supposed to be much cooler today, I heard 74 degree's. The way it looks now I don't think it's going to get that warm. Overcast and looks like it could rain any second.

I've heard many negative things about tanning beds. Never used one before and don't plan to. Besides don't need it much here in Florida. Both carcinoma's that I had frozen have fell off so the doctor will be glad to know he did a good job. Yes, I agree even on a cloudy day you need to make sure that you apply some sunscreen. I've never been a big fan of the stuff but I guess now I'm paying the price for my stubbornness in my youth. I have to laugh about he loser boyfriends and husbands. My daughters husband qualifies there. Getting ready to go for a walk and maybe drag the dog with me. Hope everyone is doing well......

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Pat, the main reason I was laughing out loud was when my daughter was with her loser of a boyfriend, she told me that she had never heard anything as mean as some of the stuff that was sprouting from my mouth about her boyfriend. Your description was more apt, to say the least. Anyway, thank goodness, she found out the truth and left him and even though she claims that he is now a much better friend than he was a boyfriend, I do not trust that crook at all!! I am sure that he now realises his loss and hopes that she will take him back...but sorry, she has other fishes in the sea and since I have not yet been introduced to any one of them, I can only pray that she makes a better choice going forward!!

So now good days are being measured by how well the knee holds up.

I have melasma and at one time, I was concerned that it would become melanoma. I was given the assurance that it will not be the case by my doctors. Nevertheless, I have to use SPF 50 sunblock every time I go out and even if I go for dinners as the bright lights could affect my hyper-pigmentation. It's such a bother to use sunblock and concealers - I hope one day they discover a cream to rectify hyper-pigmentation.

Chucky, you are sooo not going to like this. I introduced my trainer to a man in my neighbourhood who is his 60s and walks almost every day. This gentleman complained that he could not see a significant drop in his weight and was getting a little dejected about the whole exercise thing. When he started gym work with the trainer, he not only saw a difference in his physique but also in his walking...he now manages a bit of jogging in between the walking!!! So how about enrolling in that gym near your house??

Kathy, hi there. Hope your knee is doing alright too. JoAnn, have not heard from you in a while - hope you are also doing okay.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Chucky, good you had your cancerous and pre cancerous spots removed. My daughter used to use a tanning bed, and I know that can't be good for you. Luckily for her she quit. It seems that the black boxes may have been found, hopefully they can retrieve them from the bottom of the ocean.

Prema, once those spots are frozen off, they don't come back. Going to the dermatologist once a year for someone predisposed to skin cancer should do that often. He always, as do I use a SPF of 50 every time out. He works outdoors, so he has to lotion up frequently. Even a cloudy day can cause a sunburn if you are not careful. I am glad I could make you laugh. Loser boyfriends can be funny, if it's not your daughter dating them.

Kathy and JoAnn, I you are doing well.

Went to Zumba yesterday and PT today. Had 3 great knee days in a row.

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Spring is here in Florida.....82 degree's again today. I mowed the other day, edged, and trimmed. It however has missed the boat up north....I know it didn't get past 50 degree's the whole time I was up there. I brought a pair of shorts with me in the hopes that it might get warm enough to wear them but that never happened. I missed my dog, didn't think it was possible.

Prema i'll supply the rifle and shells....the rest is up to you...lol. I don't care much for him and never have. He's a loser in capital letters. Why my daughter stays in that situation i don't know. Well actually I do because I know she feels she has no where else to go.

To be honest I'm glad things didn't get drug out with my dad. My grandfather was ill for over seven years and in and out of the hospital more times than I can count. So in a way I guess it was a blessing that he went so fast.

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Pat, I am so so so so glad that you went to see the doctor and he was able to diagnose the spots as pre-cancerous. Good news for now. What does this mean though for him in the longer-term...that he has to rake extra precaution against going out in the sun without any protection? And would he need to visit the doctor on a yearly basis to run blood tests to give him the all-clear?

And your description of your daughter's boyfriend made me laugh out loud when I was in a shopping mall and having a drink while waiting for my associate to turn up. The ladies at the next table all just automatically turned around to look at me - and I apologised and said that I was reading the best description for a loser boyfriend by a very clever mum. And your story was a great conversation starter as these ladies swore they could either match or top anyone else's description with one of their own!! Thank God my associate turned up before I had a hysterical fit!!

Oh Pat, that was a good question you asked me. My parents thought that my husband was okay, especially my mum. A few years later, my Dad said to me that I could have done better and decided that there were only 2 redeemable facets to my husband's character --- my son and my daughter. Surprise! Surprise!

Kathy, I have news for you kawan...according to SP and all their articles - spring is already here. Has spring still forgotten you and Pat or do the statements on mowing suggest that happy days are here again!!!

Chucky, welcome back kawan. Yes, we all did miss you and once again, my deepest condolences on the demise of your dad. My dad died 10 years ago and at his funeral, I lost it too a few times. He was in the education profession and was a teacher, principal, university lecturer and a member of the education services commission in Malaysia. At his funeral, many of his students turned up at the family home to pay their respects. They also turned up at the crematorium and also when we scattered his ashes in the sea. So I lost it on quite a number of times during these occasions and dad was closest to me.

And your poor daughter is actually stuck with her in-laws! Oh my God!!! What a terrible fate to befall her!!! Why doesn't she just leave the man? If he's not giving her emotional and financial support and plays around, and she can't bear to chuck him out, then why don't you and I finish him off with an AK-47!! Or knock him down and then drive back and forth over him until he becomes part of the road! Goodness gracious - now I really sound evil. Please keep on writing to us Chucky. I promise to stay away from your daughter's husband.

Hope the week gets off to a good start. Beeeeeg hugs, Prema



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Pat I feel sorry for my daughter but I know there is not a whole lot I can do about the situation. If she asks for help i try to provide it. I told her she could stay here while we were gone to Illinois for my dad's funeral. At least it gives her some time away from the situation she is in. I couldn't imagine having to live with my in laws on a daily basis. Glad to hear your husband took care of those cancerous spots. I had a mole frozen off on my back just before I went up north. My doctor said it was a carcinoma from too much sun. He also froze off a smaller one. I guess when your younger you don't think much about what the sun does to you.

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Chucky, welcome back, you were missed. It's amazing how a seemingly normal daughter can hook up with a loser like the two of ours have. I know they won't get married soon, if ever, he has a low paying 30 hour a week job, no car, student loans, and smokes. Not much of a looker either. I don't think he would cheat though, he doesn't have anything to offer. My husband's visit to the doctor revealed 4 pre-cancerous spots on his face that were frozen off. All is well now.

Prema, missing you, I hope you are doing well.

Kathy and JoAnn, missing you too!

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Kathy, glad you're feeling well.....Feeling better here also. Back in town last night after making the trip to Illinois for my dad's funeral. I won't lie it was difficult the day of the funeral but I managed to get through it and only lost it two or three times. I've never been able to hide my feelings, i wear it out there on my sleeve for everyone to see.

I retired from the Navy after 28 years and am familiar with the security clearance....I was a radioman and then an Information Systems Technician after they merged us with the computer programers. I had a Top Secret (Specat), Nato Top Secret, COSMIC, etc, etc. The DIS agents can be a funny bunch when it comes to issuing clearances.

Well got to go walk Jasper and do some mowing ladies....take care.

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I'm sure my second daughter Sarah married a loser. I tried to tell her that he was a player when she married him but as you said Pat.....I guess she was blinded by love and couldn't see it. See's seeing it now.......Before they married I told his mom that I thought he was a player and it didn't go well but i hit the nail right on the head. He's went through numerous jobs, runs around with other women at a whim, has a daughter by another woman which my daughter takes care of. She's a better person than I am because I don't know if I could do it. His grandparents provided him a house when they married at the beach and paid the utilities all he had to do was pay the rent. Did he? Nope, they were eventually evicted from the house and he has since moved my daughter and the two grandchildren into his parents house. Now if that isn't bad enough he doesn't even live with them. He's living somewhere else and i suspect the somewhere else is with the mother of the other child. LOSER, yeah i think he's a loser.

Funny you should mention mowing, I'm getting ready to go out and mow mine. It's been a couple of weeks and the grass is getting out of hand. Supposed to be 82 degree's here today. So, glad to be back in shorts and a tee shirt.....I don't think it made it past 50 degree's the whole time we were in Illinois.

Pat I'll hope and pray for the best for your husband. Having a doctor take a look at it is the best thing to do. Have a great one ........

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Hey ladies, I'm baaaaaaaack! You know you missed me....lol. Okay maybe you missed me just a little? I know I missed all you girls. Just got back in town last night.....1200 mile drive the only thing on my mind was going to bed. I'll do my best to catch up on things. Hope everything is well with you ladies........

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Prema, I wonder if our parents thought the boys we dated or even married were losers. Some people in "love" are so blinded by the relationship that they can not see straight. His dad had his car repossessed because he was not making payments, but the car wasn't working anyway, so it was just a big pile of junk that he was paying insurance on.

Kathy, I am glad you are feeling better. I can't believe your grass needs mowing yet, we have had a treatment already and our grass it 40% at best. No mowing for at least a couple of weeks. It was so beautiful today, a high of 76 with low humidity. Wednesday thru Friday are to be rain makers, which may help with the grass.

Tomorrow I will be going to the doctor with my husband. He has a spot on his forehead that he thinks may be melanoma, but he has had 2 pre cancerous spots before that were treated and all is well. I'm hoping for the same outcome tomorrow.

Chucky and JoAnn, wishing you well.

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It feels so good to feel good again!! Stella and I spent some time messing around in the yard yesterday afternoon, and I went back out and worked in the yard for a couple of hours after her daddy picked her up. We're supposed to have storms tonight, so I'm going to try to mow today; the temperature is supposed to be about 20 degrees cooler today.

Tomorrow Pat & Kelley will celebrate their 9th wedding anniversary. They were together for 7 years before they married, so I guess they've had a good run. I'm giving them a gift certificate for the Italian restaurant where Kelley proposed to him. (Feb 29, 2004) I feel very fortunate to have Kelley as a daughter-in-law.

Rob said Justin will be down tomorrow evening to try to get things straightened out at the base regarding his security clearance. Because the recruiter has the information he needs, he can't wait to come down for his regular reserve weekend. I'm hoping that he's able to get the information right away from the recruiter. Rob isn't planning to come down with him.

Breakfast is over and I'm waiting for the sun to come up and and for it to warm up a bit--then I'm outside!!

Kawan-kawan, you're the best!!

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Pat, I had to laugh out loud...your sentiments about this boy are sooo obvious that he would have to either be a brain dead or as blind as a bat not to notice this at all. I suppose if looks could kill, this guy would have dropped dead many moons ago. That's exactly how I felt about my daughter's choice of a boyfriend when she went to university - and to make matters worse, my generous daughter even helped him with his project papers (he is a year younger than her) - sorry I lie,,,even re-did his entire project papers and when he got a 1st class Honours in his subject, he went on Facebook and announced it to the world and talked about how tough it had been on him to make sure his project papers had gone well. My daughter learnt her lesson the hard way...

Anyway, here's the thing with computers. After a point, you have to decide whether it's cheaper to get it fixed or to invest in a brand new one. These days, with every product we use, the manufacturers have figured out the benefits of making sure nothing lasts more than 5 years and less than 2 years. And this is regardless of the product at hand.....

Kathy, hope you have been able to shake off the retching. Let me know whether staying off the dairy stuff helped you at all.

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Prema, I am hoping it is just sick. Tomorrow my daughter's loser boyfriend is going to look at it. He thinks he may be able to bring it back to life. Loser boy got a job last week and I hope that I can stop supporting them when he gets his first check. I went back to PT after a week off and he said my knee cap was very tight. I guess I did not do a good enough job over vacation, but I was not going to do my PT exercises on a hotel room floor. Yuck! I worked late today, both of my daughters went to a zumba class.

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Hi Kathy and Pat. Welcome back home Pat and sorry about the demise of your computer. Or it just sick? Kathy, do take care of the tummy and good luck on the orthopaedic appointment. Hope he has some good news for you.

Had a good weekend. I was so exhausted that I actually had a 3-hour nap in the afternoon and missed lunch altogether. Haven't had one of those in many many years. I was wide awake at night and saw Despicable Me 2 which I had downloaded to my computer. Loved it. It was sooo funny. My kids loved it too but my hubby said that it just wasn't his cup of tea!

Hope you have a good start to the week, my dear kawan-kawan.

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JoAnn and Chucky - hope this coming week brings more cheer to both of you too



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Hi everyone, finally back and on my desktop as my laptop died on vacation. Yesterday when we left Florida, it was raining really hard and we had to change back into our summer clothes for the trip up north because our sneakers, socks and jeans got soaked. Rain off and on until we got to Virginia where we added some fog. Got a hotel in southern West Va and woke up to wind and snow. Drove really slow for about 2 hours until we got closer to Ohio. Made it home safely and I am totally beat. I'll catch up later.

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Chuck, I am sorry for your loss. Somehow, since our parents have always been with us, there's the underlying feeling that they always will be. Too many people just "miss the boat" when it comes to sustaining healthy family relationships and, unfortunately, sometimes it's not an easy task. I was very close to my maternal grandmother and actually would go sit at her grave and talk to her. My youngest sister ended up with the major responsibility of taking care of things after our parents died, and I know that could not have been easy for her. I went back when I could to try to help...always more to do.

This past week has been miserable! An intestinal bug overwhelmed my body and wreaked havoc on my system. I ended up cancelling my trip to CO to be with my siblings and their families--rescheduled it for July. It won't be the same, but I'll be able to catch a reunion on my mother's side of the family that's being held in northeastern CO that first weekend in July.

My grandson will be born on April 16th. Although I knew it would be around that time, it still brings up the memory of my parents' deaths,and the baby's birth will be smack-dab in the middle of those dates; Dad died on the 14th and Mom died on the 18th. New beginnings.

My orthopedic appointment is Wednesday afternoon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Prema, wishing you well. My computer is down and I am using the one in the hotel lobby. I'll be back on my desktop on Sunday.

Hugs to all.

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Hi Pat, Kathy, JoAnn and Chucky,

What a month March has been : deaths, cancer, missing aeroplane and landslide. I hope everyone has a restful weekend and that Monday comes around with hope for a better week for all of us.

Beeeeg Hugs my kawan-kawan, Prema



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Chucky, my condolences. I wish you comfort and will pray for you and your family.

Prema, so sorry for your loss too.

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Hi Chucky. My deepest condolences to you on the demise of your father. I lost my father 10 years ago when he was 81 years old and in his last one year of existence, I was his caregiver and spent a lot of time with him and when he passed away, it was quick and painless for him. I agree with all that you shared in your posting and it can be physically tiring and emotionally draining. As a Hindu, I feel very glad for you that you heard your father's voice because to me it was because he wanted to give you the assurance that you are "a good son".

Kathy, Pat, JoAnn and I all had the feeling that you were going through some issues related to your family when we had not heard from you over the last many weeks. Our prayers and thoughts are with you in the coming days and we thank you for your advice on telling our loved ones today how much we care for them.

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Sometimes i think my mothers gift is a curse and not a blessing. My father passed away while I was driving to work to arrange for family grievance absence.....I heard him speak to me, that everything was okay. I knew he had passed before I even received the call. Emotions have me in all directions right now....A sense of loss...a sense of anger for not being there when he passed. God's light is shining upon him now and he is in the presence of his mom, dad, brother and sister. They are all together again and for that I am grateful.....God bless you all.

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Afternoon ladies, I have to apologize for not being online and participating. I was in Illinois until this past Sunday for three weeks. Both my parents are in a nursing home and have been trying to take care of some of the things that needed to be done. Trying to wrap up sales of properties, getting things ready for auction. I just arrived back Sunday and was just called by my brother in law about my father. His passing is expected in the next 24 hours and I'm in the process of arranging to leave for Illinois again this evening. Most of the family has gathered with the exception of one sister and myself. God bless you all and don't forget to tell your family members how much you care and that you love them. You may never get another chance.....

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Pat, read the news further and you will find that there were some, purportedly, Malaysian Airlines staff, who sent the news via sms to families about the matter. How very insensitive. And inappropriate. The press was told that the Prime Minister of Malaysia, after making the announcement, would not be taking any questions but some of them tried their luck and there was no response. The only person who cried was the head of Malaysian Airlines who, undoubtedly, was feeling the agony of having his decisions over-run by the government machinery. It is a sad day worldwide and a sad day for Malaysians as we begin to be identified with incompetence, insensitivity and inability to identify our own lack of skills in this disaster (it took us forever to ask and accept help from others!!!)

The friend of ours in China who lost his wife requested for privacy and to be left alone for a while. The family of the mum and daughters who died have broken down - the remaining 2 sisters and their dad are numb and we are leaving them alone too for now. There are other stories that abound. A lady who lost her entire family (son, d-i-l and grandson) broke down and collapsed in the hotel lobby where she was being housed alongside other Chinese citizens and had to be helped out on a stretcher. The list is endless.

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Prema, I heard on the news today that the families were called together today to get the news that the plane was found in the South Indian Ocean. The USA has received the simulator from the pilot's home and is checking out the information to see if he was responsible. Many prayers for your country and the oter passengers on the plane.

Tomorrow at 2:48 pm, there is a scheduled launch of a satellite from the Kennedy Space Center which is just about 5-7 miles from where we are staying. There will be probably tens of thousands of people out to watch. Night launches are more spectacular, as ;you can see them for miles. I've never seen a daytime launch. I hope the weather provides for a safe launch There has been plenty of rain in the state, but we have been in a bubble with no rain. Temps have been in the 80's both days.

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Hi Pat and Kathy. It's Day 17 of the Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts and we know as much today as we did on Day 3. Unbelievable. And unacceptable. There have been numerous reports about families of the passengers unable to get back to their routine, having major difficulty sleeping and adjusting to life without their loved ones...for as long as there is no closure, the agony will continue. I pray for God's intervention and if there is any twit holding information back, then I pray that he gets ten-fold all that he is now doing to others, It's better than say, cursing the guy out loud and announcing that his parents were probably not married when he was born!!!

Kathy, I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you that your new neighbour turns out to be a nice person - it may be too much to ask God to have someone as nice as you but somewhere within the range should suffice! Who knows you may get someone like Pat who will be happy to do your yard, all in the name of working out, calories and most of all, just cos she is nice!! Please tell JoAnn that she is still in our prayers and if Chucky gets in touch with you, then tell him we miss him loads.

Pat, I will be keeping my fingers crossed for your knee as well.

Hope we have a better week ahead of us. Beeeeeg hugs, Prema



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Kathy, WSU had a great year, going 35-0 up to today's game, so they have nothing to be ashamed of. My team, Syracuse, lost in this round too.

Prema, I can't give my knee a vacation and lose everything I learned in PT, but I did work on it some in the pool today. We made the 15.5 hour trip with no traffic jams, missed turns or bad weather. Hopefully the trip back will be the same. It was 82 here today, but this will be the warmest day of the week.

Donovan went to Washington DC today. I can't wait to hear about it.

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I just finished watching the WSU Shockers lose their first game at the NCAA tournament. I had hopes that they'd hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and win by 1--didn't happen. It was a good game, changing lead multiple times. Maybe next year!!

Although the temperatures have dropped here, I've still been able to spend some time in the yard and will go out when I finish here.

My neighbors are moving on Tuesday to Oklahoma, and I certainly hope that whoever buys the house is nice. The woman (in no way a lady) who lived there when we bought this house was just not a nice person. I came to believe that her husband died in self-defense. She was certainly able to dish out a lot of meanness during her stay, and she was mean to everyone in the neighborhood. I believe that she must have been terribly unhappy and dedicated to doing all she could to share her mean disposition.

I don't know what to think about the plane, debris, radar--it just feels wrong. I am so sad for the families, unable to do much of anything without knowing about their families. I pray that the plane is found. There will never be satisfying answers to the numerous questions that surround this incident. I pray they are able to experience some peace soon.

I'm heading outside...

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Have a safe trip to Florida, Pat. Take care of the knee and maybe this time around, you may want to consider, only for the sake of the knee, spending your vacation my style...rest and relax. I grant you this much...you can still practice portion controls but do consider giving your knee a vacation too! Just this once!!

We are entering Week 3 and still no news about the missing plane. Sigh!!! The black box may be good for another week or so - and all this uncertainty is not going to help any of the affected families bring the matter to a closure. This weekend, my prayers were for the people on the plane and their families - I cannot imagine the day-to-day suffering they are all facing now.

Kathy, JoAnn and Chucky - hope the Sunday was good for all of you too.

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Prema, how unfortunate that the governing bodies are keeping people in the dark. The last I heard is that the plane may have been located south of Australia. I hope they find something soon because they say that the black boxes have about 2 more weeks before they are no good to anyone.

We are leaving for Florida in about 7-8 hours, just getting ready for bed now. The car is packed and after a light breakfast, we will be on the road.

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Hi Kathy and Pat. The debris that was found is taking forever to be verified and in the mean time, the families of the Chinese nationals are getting more and more upset, as they are convinced that the Malaysian authorities are keeping information to themselves. Many people are confounded about this themselves - Google and every other type of surveillance knows where you are and what you like and we are all told that keeping track of people is a lot easier than keeping track of a huge 777. A 777 has on-board, equipment designed to ensure that under all circumstances, an aeroplane is available on every country's radar!!!

Pat, this is crazy...a woman getting stabbed at the gym! What will the world that we leave for our grandchildren be like, kawan-kawan?

My mum has moved back to her house and she is as happy as a lark. When I rang her, she said that she missed me and I think it's a big hint from her that she hopes I will continue my routine of having breakfast with her every Saturday after I do the weekly marketing of meat and vegetables.

Let's hope the weekend turns out to be a bit more emoticon .

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Kathy, Sven goes good with Stella, maybe she has a good idea. My doctor did not want to give me a shot with an infection, so for now it's Naproxin twice a day for 2 weeks. That seems to help. I don't want to take the pills for life, so if the time comes where surgery is suggested, I will willingly go for it.

Prema, I heard this morning that some debris may have been found on the missing plane. I'll keep my fingers crossed that an ending is out there for the families of the missing.

This morning a woman was stabbed at the gym I used to go to that is less than a mile from my house. It only happened within the hour, so no details have been figured out. I'll keep you posted.

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Hi Pat and Kathy. I am sooo not looking forward to the days when I get knee problems - I have to save all your messages to give myself courage to go through this and to give me the strength not to let any and every other matter around me suffer because I have knee pain!

One piece of good news for me is that the church group have rallied around to try and help my old pastor friend. His daughter has asked me to take the responsibility of his finances and to dish out his money as and when payments are due. The doctors also communicate with me on changes in his condition and medication. Both these items are a lot more manageable for me than handling caregivers and ensuring that the house is wheelchair and walker-ready. For that, there are other people who report everything back to me and I can get payment to them when the tasks are completed.

It's a humbling experience for me to find people who extend themselves out in this fashion for an individual who has no blood relationship with them. He and his late wife are just very nice, God-fearing people who never turned anyone away who needed help.

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My intent was not to be away so long...so much for good intentions!

Old Chicago hosted the Blarney Breakfast on Monday morning to raise funds for Rainbows United...a group working with special needs children. I'd picked up my friend Brenda to drive across town and, as we were exiting (underpass), some yahoo ran a red light and nearly broadsided us. It was the first time I'd ever heard Brenda utter a curse word!! He was on a frontage road that,after the light, would allow him to merge onto the highway AND, clearly, he was not paying attention. God-intervention is the only reason we were not hit.

The "Frozen" movie arrived on Tuesday. Of course, it was for Stella's birthday but wasn't released until the 18th, so it was shipped to arrive on the 18th. She really gets into the "Let It Go" song--up in the middle of the floor, moving her arms and body like they do in the movie. We put up streamers and cut out snowflakes for our "Frozen" party!! She also got her new bed delivered to her house yesterday; Kelley said she was so excited that she didn't go to sleep until midnight.

I spent 3 hours with my brother this evening. He DVRs NCIS on Tuesday evenings (I have Bible study), and then I go over and watch a few. They bought pizza; I took cheesecake.

I'm getting really excited for the baby. Today Stella suggested that Sven might be a good name for her baby brother. I reminded her that Sven was a moose (in the movie), and that that name might not work so well for her brother.

Pat, don't wait too long on the knee. I am amazed at the amount of pain I endured on my right knee--and for a lot of years. I'm just not willing to go through that kind of pain with the left one.

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Prema, such a sad story. As for the knee, I try to push through the pain, but at some point, I am going to have to ask for assistance and take the doctor's advice.

Kathy, Chucky and JoAnn, hi!

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Hi Pat. We saw that and today we found that last week, an Al-Queda informer provided information in an American court about 5 Malaysians, including a pilot, who were going to carry out a hijack attempt. And all this was made known in every social media, and international newspaper. Our Malaysian Prime Minister gave a press conference on this matter and it was made known to all the journalists before the commencement of the press conference, that he would not be taking any questions!! Go figure!! And FBI has now made known their disappointment that our country appears to have refused their assistance to have more than their 2 people at the American Embassy, to help solve the problem. Sigh!!!!

An infection and antibiotics and the doctor wanting to give you hydro-cortisone...Pat, your knee problem seems to be more than just a little problem...take care kawan.

Going to Singapore tomorrow. Speak to all of you on Thursday again

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Prema, prayers for you friends as they endure their treatments and their fates. I feel so much for you and your fellow countrymen. The last I heard was that the co-pilot, before taking off course said "All right, good night." So sad that he took so many innocent victims along with him.

I went back to the doctor today. He wanted to give me a shot of cortisone, but with a current infection and taking antibiotics, he wants to hold off.

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Hello everyone. Chucky, I echo Pat's sentiment. Missing you lots, buddy. And you too JoAnn - I am praying that things look up for you real soon.

On the health front, we have blue skies and clouds back again and the rains have started. Hopefully, the catchment areas get more rain and this stupid water rationing exercise can stop once and for all. My old pastor's wonderful daughter is down from England and I am happy to say, is shaping up and taking charge as much as she possibly can within the week that she will be here. We have a number of people who are now entrusted with various tasks and I have been entrusted with being one of 2 coordinators on the job - I take care of finance and he other lady takes care of caregivers and there are 4 others on the core team with various roles and I think it will work because the old man has finally accepted his situation and has said many prayers of thanks to God for all the support hen has been given. Our friend in Melbourne is undergoing his 2nd round of chemo as we speak and his wife says he is handling his cocktail of medication.

As for MH 370 missing plane, we are not at all surprised that the plane was deliberately taken off course...the embarrassing part is that we took so long to admit this when we were told much earlier about the possibility. The credibility of our leadership has taken a world-wide beating and deservedly so - if you ask any man in the street in Malaysia about the crisis, the first thing you will be told is the anguish they feel for all the families followed closely by voices of anger/embarrassment over our pathetic handling of this matter and what we term as "cover up of the facts". Let's hope we can bring the matter to a closure before this week is over!

Donovan loved all the candy...and he likes zumba...match made in heaven!!

Beeeeeg hugs, Prema



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Kathy, It's nice to have a little help with your yard work. We've been cleaning up the sticks and debris from the past few wind storms. Not too bad though because of all the of the trimming done last fall. It's nice here today and tomorrow we will be back below freezing, just like you. Maybe even snow. Your co-op sounds nice. Enjoy.

Prema, more bad news on the plane. They are saying in our news that the plane was taken off course on purpose and that the pilot may have been involved. Such a tragedy.

JoAnn, wishing you good health.

Chucky, are you back home yet? Missing you.

Today we went to a St. Patrick's parade. It lasted over one hour. The grand baby loved all the doggies and bands and Donovan loved all the candy.

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I worked in the yard yesterday for a while...can't keep it up too long. The neighbor boy helped me get something in place to keep their dogs from coming into my yard. The older I get, the more I realize how really big my yard is!!

It's supposed to be in the 70's today but below freezing tonight--with moisture. I guess the temperature will determine what it is falling from the sky!!

I got my first Bountiful Basket last night. It's a co-op...and it really is a bountiful basket, for $15. I got tomatoes, potatoes, butternut squash, pineapple, apples, pears, green chilies , mushrooms, celery, kale, bib lettuce. I roasted the chilies last night, packaged, and put them in the freezer this morning. I think I may use one of the butternut squash for some soup and freeze the rest. Some healthy stuff for me to eat!!

I have book club this afternoon and will probably spend some time in the yard after that.

Have a blessed weekend.

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Prema, I feel for you. When you travel, do you get more information about this situation? The missing plane is on our news daily. Hugs my kawan.

Good day to everyone.

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Kathy, thanks for keeping tabs on JoAnn. That was kind of you and please tell her that she is in all our prayers every day. I hope your congestion clears soon.

Pat and Kathy, it's not just me feeling the frustration at the incompetence of our leaders in handling the flight crisis. It's rampant throughout the country and newspapers that used to to be told how to report the news are now bravely coming out to say that Malaysia should feel humiliated by the manner in which we are handling the current state of affairs - as one paper stated very succinctly "Everything's Hazy". The weather is very very hazy and at alarmingly unhealthy levels and in some places, schools have been shut down in an effort to keep the children at home. The water situation in the country is also reaching a crisis and this time, we have only ourselves to blame. And haphazardly are we embarking on water rationing now. Only now. And of course, there's also the political fiasco - the Opposition leader has been sentenced to 5 years jail in an effort to ensure that he does not stand for the upcoming by-election in one of our constituencies!

I hope the weekend brings better news for us....

Beeeg hugs, Prema



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Prema, I am so sorry that you have taken on the burden of your country for this tragic situation. The government, transportation companies and airlines need to step up and take the blame. I still pray that there are survivors and that communication was cut off and that people are safe. Best wishes on your trip.

Kathy, thanks for contacting JoAnn, I hope and pray that she is well. I hope your congestion clears soon.

Heavy winds today here too, along with some snow, but not enough to shovel.

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I contacted JoAnn. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

Prema, the winds howled around here yesterday with gusts over 50 mph. The temperatures are quite nice, and Stella and I will venture out to her flower garden to plant a daffodil this afternoon.

I'm not sure what to think about the missing plane...sometimes terrorists don't make demands or take hostages. The fact that they have not located a debris field is disconcerting; however, from 35,000 ft. the plane could have traveled quite a distance before crashing/landing. I pray it doesn't take them too long to locate the plane/passengers/crew.

I'm starting to get some congestion. I'm grateful because, by this time last year, I was just recovering from a winter-filled bout with bronchitis. This is my first episode this year--not excited about it but grateful that it's surfacing at the end of the cold weather instead of at the beginning.

Take care, kawan-kawan,
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The entire incident is a tragedy from every angle : our lax security system, our poor crisis management not just from a local perspective but also from an international perspective handling families from China, Australia, etc; and the Malaysian inability to work together across different bodies and regulatory authorities is totally pathetic!! We look at the families whom we know and we find it painful to even hold their hands in comfort without breaking down ourselves!! What about the families in China, Australia, France and America - they are used to having more answers from their own governments about a crisis than the kind of answers from my Malaysian government!

I am so embarrassed by this matter! Upset and embarrassed! And devastated for families all over the world who, until today, are unable to bring this matter to a closure...

Anyway, Pat and Kathy, I will speak to you again on Friday. Am headed off to Singapore tomorrow for a full day session on our business for the next 3 quarters. I will be safe and will send you both a message on this forum to say so...God Bless!

Beeeeg hugs, Prema





 
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