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Kathy, I’m glad the party went well. The weather here is remarkable. Tomorrow it’s going to be 76 and sunny. We are going to a college football game with our friends. It should be perfect football weather.

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The jewelry party went well. A teacher, former member of my team, was planning to come after conferences and didn't make it. She texted, saying her car went on autopilot taking her straight home. It was a small group, but two of my friends from my Bible study group work at a preschool that Kelley and Pat have been thinking about for Nolan.

I had Stella today. She's getting so big!!

Weather is supposed to be bad tomorrow, but I have no plans anyway. Hope you have something interesting planned. My trim is finally going tho get put up next week. Yea!!

Keep smiling!!
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Prema, men just don't know how good they have it, do they. My husband and I were going to power wash one side of the house today because this is about the end of the good weather, but he got called into work. I worked for 6 hours on the job and it looks good if I say so. I am completely beat and also my glasses broke when I was cleaning them after having water spots all over them. DH is on his way home and if he knows what's good for him, he will want to pick up carryout for dinner.
It sounds like you have a busy weekend with plenty of food on hand. Enjoy.

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10/20/17 6:59 A

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Pat , you are so right...DeMon has no idea how to do anything and has no realization that he does not know how to run a household on his own. That's one of the reasons why Dhivia feels sorry for him and just wants me to hang on for a while. The other reason is fairly selfish - she does not want to see any change from what she's used to...understandable...most kids, regardless of their ages, do not want to see change.

She is settling into her job at M&CSaatchi and doing pretty okay.

Poor Maya. I do hope she clears these hurdles soon.

Kathy, I am sorry for the confusion.
Have fun at your jewelry party and do tell us how it all went.
Justin is 27....figures, doesn't it....

I am off to Penang tomorrow for the weekend to see my investors. There will be lot of eating...especially since I will be hosting one dinner party and one lunch function. Two cheat days in a row and I shall suffer on Monday with Moskito.

Have a great weekend, lovely ladies.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, sorry for your loss. Way to young to pass.



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Evidently, I confused you. Evelyn is my sister, but it was our cousin Charlotte whose son died.

Gotta get busy, having a jewelry party for a friend this evening. Quick run to the store then just surface stuff. (The house never really gets dirty.)

Have a great day!

Kathy

Justin is 27.

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Thank you for the prayers for Maya. She gets so many infections. It’s been her whole life so far.
It’s too bad that the only one in your life that did not take your marriage seriously was DeMon. Now that he is 63 (same age as me) he has to wake up to the fact that he has squandered his life and his money. A
He has to realize that when he has to live own he will have to learn things that he never bothered to previously. He is going to be so lost.

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Hi Kathy. Pat was right. You made my eyes well up, too.

And it's amazing how right both of you were. My sister-in-law and her children, who are very close to my MIL, told her that they cannot imagine how strong I have had to be all these years, managing a career, home and their uncle who seems totally incapable of handling anything at all without a shouting session. Apparently, my mil ticked off DeMon and told him to put an end to the shouting and that she felt this was the main reason for all the arguments in our earlier years.
Finally....but just too late to make anything better.

Yesterday was Diwali. For some reason, I was thinking of Evelyn's son, baby Maya and Jasmine. The only one I could see in my mind was, of course, Maya and she was first in my prayers for some medical progress or breakthrough to come into her life. Then I thought of the young man whose father wanted him to die alone and I asked that some light be sent there to get everyone out of the darkness they were in. And then there was Annette's little girl, Jasmine, and the court sessions that made no sense....and I lit a diya (an oil lamp) for her...

My condolences to you, Kathy on the loss of this young nephew of yours.

I am trying to remember whether you told us before how young Justin is....in his late 20s or very early 30s? People in this age group seem to believe in "the best of all that there is" and only wake up, if they ever do, when they hit their 50s. Some, like DeMon, are just becoming aware of the perils of not saving for the future. And he is 63.
But I think it will hit both Rob and Justin soon. They must have more awareness than most, especially since their lives must have been challenging up to now.

I remember telling my nephews and nieces that a marriage was far more important than a wedding....and only 1 nephew understood! emoticon

Have a good one today, Kathy, Pat and Ei.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, it sounds like Rob and Justin are getting carried away with the reception planning. I hope it’s everything they had hoped for. We had our daughter’s reception and wedding for under $5,000. She understands the importance of money, probably from her frugal mom and dad. Melanie on the other hand, not do much.
Kathy, you made my eyes well up at the end of your message. I have so much love for you and Prema too.
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Didn't sleep well last night and stomach's upset this morning. Nolan will take good care of me.

Evelyn called last night; our cousin's son died early yesterday evening. I can't even imagine the pain that accompanies that event.

Relationships can be quite tenuous sometimes. Prema, I'm sure that your mother-in- law knows what a gold mine you are, in spite of her son's actions. Though we love our children, we are certainly aware of their shortcomings, even when we'd rather not be. Though we can be disappointed and frustrated by friends and relatives alike, we still love them.

What's Dhivia up to?

Rob and Justin's reception is coming up soon. I'm hoping Justin can realize that his affinity for "the best" can be very costly. They've booked an expensive hotel/spa for the occasion, paying far more than they would have needed to. ($10K) Somewhere along the line, he'll need to learn about balance and value. He's got a great heart!

This is such a safe place to be. Even though we've never met face to face, the bond we've formed is certainly real. I look forward to the day I can wrap you both in my arms and hold you.

I love you,
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Prema, there has to be a strong woman inside you tolerate your MIL. I hope she realizes how special you are. I know you have given your all to her and will continue to see her through her surgery.
The garage renovation starts on Monday. Hopefully it doesn’t take long.

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My reply to you Pat was eaten by the technology monster! Horrible animal!!

Now that I know your cost for the damage is $300, I am breathing a sigh of relief for you. In my earlier response to you about your kind words to me about my mil, I said that I had, over the years, learnt a lot from you, Kathy and Ei. I have understood compassion from you.
I have been taught about forgiving and not forgetting. The last one was the most important. Not forgetting means that I will never ever allow myself to repeat the event in my life. And forgiving means, among other things, that I will not give anyone the power to break me. Thank you my dear kawan-kawan.

Kathy, you made a good choice in Stella's outfit. She will be a huge hit. And so will Nolan. I agree with Pat - your grandchildren are very lucky to have you. What an amazing grandma you are...

Today is Diwali...the Festival of Lights where we celebrate good over evil, light over dark, knowledge over ignorance...you get the drift!!

Much love and beeeeeeeg , beeeeeg hugs to all of you,
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Kathy, lovely costumes. You did a great job. The kids will be the hit of the neighborhood. The kids are so lucky to have you.

Prema, the contractor said we did everything right by opening up and airing out the carpet and flooring. It’s only going to cost $300 for the insulation and sheet rock repairs.

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Nolan's puppy costume consists of the suit, a hood, mittens, and the spats to cover his shoes. I'll try to get pictures of them dressed up; until then, this will have to suffice.

I cleaned the shed Saturday and mowed the back yesterday.

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This is Stella's costume. It was cheaper to buy the fairy dress than it would have been to make it. She'll carry the "acorn" rather than a pumpkin to hold her treats. The leaf circle she'll wear on her head. It's sparkly, though you can't see the glitter in the photo.

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Prema, fortunately for me, this will be all over with in 2 weeks, your torture is forever.
We were hoping that the water under the carpeting would dry up with a box fan, but the pad below was soaked and getting to it was not easy. The wood floors in the kitchen started to buckle shortly after. We knew there was garage damage but was hoping that was it. We should find out today what the cost of repair might be.
Best of luck for your MIL and her surgery. You are a kind person to care so much for a woman that brought DeMon into your life.

Cooler temps here today. No more shorts and short sleeve shirts, at least until this upcoming weekend.

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Hi Pat. I agree that the pain during my session with Moskito may be a tad greater than the pain you face in removing the toenail.
The difference however is this: after my session has ended, I get high on endorphin and after your anesthetic has worn out, you scream (in your case, softly and if it had happened to me, louder than a banshee in torture) in total pain!!!
By the way, remember the 1200 km bike ride in Thailand that Moskito participated in? Both his big toenails have fallen off! emoticon

You did tell us about the water leak. I thought the problem was all sorted out. I did not realise that some damage has already been done to the carpet and wood floors.Oh dear! Hoping that it will not be too expensive for you.

On Wednesday, we celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Unfortunately, this year, there won't be much festivity as my mil will be admitted into the hospital 2 days prior to her valve replacement surgery. Her vital readings are very good and I am sure she will pull through it well. She is feeling a little apprehensive but the fact that so many people are around her during this period is making her feel better.

Have a great start to the week, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, the tortures you endure with Moskito are enough to leave me running and screaming in the other direction. You are stronger than you and think my kawan. By the way, I did have a local anesthesia on my toe so it’s not like I wasn’t sedated at all. Just enough.
You are right about Donovan. My husband took him to a college football game yesterday and he was so grateful to his gramps for including him. Today is his last football game.
I don’t remember if I told you that the water line to my ice maker was leaking two weeks ago but we have yet to get to everything dried out and are having issues. My SIL removed some insulation and sheet rock yesterday to expose the upstairs sub flooring to some dry air. I have a contractor coming over tomorrow to see about the damage below the upstairs carpeting and wood floors. Yikes, it’s going to be expensive but we want it done right.

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Pat, I thought about it long and hard. And I will scream loud and for a long time - and score 12 out of 10 on a Richter Scale - regardless of a tooth or a nail. And I would most probably asked to be knocked out completely until the pain completely left me. Yup, that's about right!
Fortunately, for the dentistry world, I have never had a toothache in my life....can you imagine how traumatized the poor dentist would have been hearing me scream like a banshee throughout the session!
By the way, Donovan is growing up to be a real dream guy...spends his money on the lacrosse team travel and helps his grandma mow the lawn....well done parents and grandparents!!!

Hi Kathy. I thought of Nolan and Stella straight away and hope they never inherit this particular feature. Has Stella decided what she wants to wear for Halloween or has she outgrown this?

I hosted a potluck lunch party in my house today for mil and DeMon's relatives. There were 35 people in my house and a few of the other ladies supplemented the 6 dishes that my helpers and I cooked so there was plenty of food. Some of the relatives are nice enough people so we get along and by the same token, there are a few who I will not miss if I never see them again. Fortunately, the latter category did not turn up and I could not be happier!

Have a great Sunday, Pat, Kathy and Ei. Sending you lots of love across the miles.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I haven't had a tooth pulled since I was a kid losing my baby teeth so that's probably not a good comparison. I have had a couple of root canals though and this was much easier. I'm back to wearing sneakers and yesterday I raked the front lawn. I had Donovan mow the lawn though, he moved through it will speed and did a good job.

Good morning Ei, good evening Prema.

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My older brother has no toenails on his big toes. He had them removed (one of them twice) when he was in high school. My maternal grandfather also had his removed. Ingrown toenail issues.

Cudos to you, Pat, for your endurance. I'm not sure that I'd choose toenails over teeth. I'm not a fan of dentists either though.

Think mowing its on the agenda for today...maybe even front and back!!

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Prema, I think I would rather have the toenail removed than a tooth. Fully awake and only a locale anesthesia. I do have a high threshold for pain though, but there has been no need for a pain reliever.
Donovan is on his way to being a successful grown up. He is using his money to pay for the elite lacrosse travel squad. So proud of him.

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Hi Pat. Not yet a teenager and he has his first paycheck in hand!!!

I know. It seems deplorable to have to go through so much when we both know it's over. There are days when everything seems do insurmountable, but I know that with God's help and the support of amazing friends like you, Kathy and Ei, I will be able to see it through.

More importantly, is that toenail of yours. OHMYGOD....you write about it like it's so normal...and here I am, screwing up my face in agony, feeling your pain and trying very hard not to go "OOOOUUUUUCCCHHHHH" (loud and long!). First OUCH belongs to the nail bed being destroyed. The second OUCH is for the gauze that had to be PULLED OUT LIKE CRAZY. You are not normal....that is way more pain than any normal human being can tolerate....

Vishal just returned from Indonesia. And I will be catching up with him soon. Will keep you posted and thank you, my kawan,for asking....

Lovely ladies, have a lovely weekend.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I am so excited for you, November 25th will be here before you know it. Hurricane season will be over with so no problems there. You need a break.
Donovan did not hear back, so I'm guessing that he did not get the part, but with the holiday season coming up, he will probably get a print ad or two. He finally received his first paycheck for the July 6th shoot. I was made out to him with no taxes taken out. He was delighted.

Prema, that's too bad that you have to go through so much to get a divorce. Forcing him out sounds like so much work. Hang in there and we will be here to support you every step of the way.

Yesterday I went back to the podiatrist because the toenail that was removed last October was growing back into the skin. It has been too painful to wear closed shoes and sneakers and with winter coming (although it doesn't feel like it) I needed to do something about it. He gave me the choice of removing it again and starting over, hoping this time it will grow in right, or removing it permanently. I decided that I did not want this to be an annual event, so I opted to have the nail bed destroyed when he removed the nail. He did the procedure yesterday, now is the recovery. I found the worst part last year was taking off the bandages after 24 hours. The gauze had stuck to the wound and it had to pull like crazy to get it off. This time he put more cream on it hoping it will come off easier. We'll see in about 2 hours.
How is Vishal's new job going? It sounds like an exciting new job.

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Hi Kathy. Sorry about the confusion. I will be selling the house and he will get cash settlement of 50% from the sale of the house. It's just that if he makes a fuss and I really cannot obtain a divorce from him, the last resort would be to live separately and have him evicted from from the house before the sale proceeds.
We follow British law in Malaysia and I have no choice but to conform to this.

By the way, how are your eyes? Most women my age whom I know, have given up sewing with their machines because their eyes feel the strain. You are sewing whole costumes and you have been doing this for the last few Halloweens that we have been talking to you....you can still manage? WOW!!!!!

November 25th is about a month plus away...this is so exciting and when do you return home again?

Pat, how are you doing? All good with the boys?

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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The cruise begins Nov 25, and we depart from Galveston. We go to Belize, Honduras, and Cozumel.

Nolan's napping, and I've been working on his hood for his costume. We're nearly done...just attached the ears. I still need to sew the lining in, add the Velcro and make the spats. He's really pretty cooperative with trying things on.

Prema, I'm not so sure I understand your laws about divorce. I guess that means not selling the house just yet. Does it make sense for him to stay in the home and you to vacate?

Pat, any word on Donovan's audition?

To the sewing machine I go.

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Hi Pat. I get it! Use it for both evil and sweet purposes. One clever grandma here!

If I move out, DeMon has no choice but to move out as well because the helpers will not want to stay on with him and he will not be able to manage the house by himself. Also, he will receive a cash amount for the house and should just be able to manage by himself. If he refuses to give me a divorce, then the easiest way would be to live separately from him. And if I live separately from him for 2 years, then a divorce will be granted to me. One of issues I need to resolve will be my helpers - I may need to transfer their work permits over to me for them to stay. So, there's a fair bit to do by the end of this year.
The man will never change....his older sister and her husband expressed their gratefulness to me for my daily inquiry about my MIL and for sending food over almost every day to them....at the same time as DeMon was yelling and accusing me of not assisting his mother at all etc etc. Very stupid of him...

Kathy, Pat and Ei....thank you for your ears and shoulders...you may not be next to me...but I am eternally grateful to all of you for always listening and for being supportive.

Kathy, it's confirmed without any doubt. Nolan has your "moving" genes. Totally!! Pat and I have been telling you this, my kawan, repeatedly. He will be the male version of you in the family!
I forgot about the cruise. When exactly are the dates? I am sooooo excited for you. Where is it departing from? And where will you be going? You need a vacation, my kawan, where you can just "hang loose".... emoticon

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Kathy, moving is definitely in Nolan's DNA. You taught him well.
It's going to take Peggy a while to learn to do the things you have been doing for ages. It will take time but she will adjust. I will keep her and Tony on my prayer list. Wow, almost time for your cruise. It's going to be a much needed rest break for you.

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Yesterday after breakfast, I went to see the grandkids. Much to my surprise, I witnessed Nolan moving a sofa in order to retrieve one of his toys. He did ask for help to move it back because it was "stuck."

Peggy's strong, but she's going to do things she's never had to do before. Mowing the lawn the other day, she damaged a sprinkler head. Our brother-in-law went over to help Tony repair it. It's a journey she wishes she didn't have to make, but she's going to manage; it's in her DNA. I do worry about her.

I made my flight arrangements to go to Houston in preparation for the cruise. It seems to be coming pretty quickly.

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Prema, you are in no way a witch. Kathy can use that picture in many different ways. She is a creative sort and can use it both for joy and blackmail.
Your young man is growing up so fast. Living at home is not such a bad thing. It allows him to save up money for the eventual move and gives you the much needed help.
If you move out of the house, will DeMon be able to afford to live there my himself? Will he have to hire help? You are strong my friend and I have no doubt that your move will be good for you. Two years will be a long time to have to wait for divorce. Is there no way to make it happen faster?

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Hi pat. You are such a kind soul. Here I am thinking of how Kelley can use that pic to ensure Nolan gets his chores done each and every time...and you are thinking of Kathy's joy....I sound like a emoticon next to you.... emoticon
And yes, I forgot how the oak mites and mosquitoes love Kathy....and given the season, she will only have one of these to contend with....

Glad to know that the boys are both doing well. Hugs to your precious young men!

If my destiny was one that allowed me to live till the age of 90, I want to be able to do that living on my own and minus any assisted care of any sort. If not, I would rather not be around....I hope that does not sound morbid!!!

I look at my young man and I think by next year and after his 26th birthday in November, he will want to move out to his own pad. I reckon the only reason he wants to stay with me is that he wants to keep me company and help me out with errands...as he knows that I am the only one who can do this.
As much as I love his company, it is time for him to be his own person. When Dhivia comes back in December, and even if the father does not want to divorce me, I will plan my move out of the house together with my 2 helpers and separate from him. 2 years of separation will allow me to divorce him. This, I believe, is the best way forward.

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, hopefully the Keytruda helps reduce the tumors and Tony can tolerate further treatments. It's so hard to juggle health and life and I hope Peggy can be strong for him. I bet Nolan's picture is something to treasure and holding on to that will bring you joy for many years. You are such a hard worker. Clearing out trees can be tiring and at having it eat away at your skin can be hard on the body. Good thing for the pirate band aids. Have you had any problems with the oak mites that have bothered you in the past?

Prema, all is well with the boys. Putting them in the downstairs bedroom allowed for them to be in a dark and cool room, great for sleeping. We had just bought a new full size bed for down there that had only been used a couple of times. Very comfortable and has a bathroom next to it.
My mom is 89 and when I saw her last month, I did not feel like that would be the last time. She has longevity on her family and still has a sister that will be 100 this month. Most of the women in her family made in to their nineties.

Time to get ready for Davis.

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Hi Pat. The poor boys. Hope they recover quickly and are up and about soon.
By the way, let me make your eyes roll and the rest of your body shake in disbelief. The reason for the potluck is that DeMon and his brothers think that this could be their mum's last Diwali. Sigh! How very dramatic!
The lady is 84 years old...ever year after 80 is a bonus from God...and we make the best of each and every day with the person we love. That's what I did with my dad and that's how I am with my mum now. And try and figure out what the person can and cannot do and then just get cracking!!! Right???

Hi Kathy. Tell Kelley that the picture of Nolan, bare-bottomed and showing off his posterior, will be the best picture ever in her possession.Imagine all the things she can get done with just a threat of showing the picture!!!
I have very thin skin, too....but, unlike very very brave YOU, I dare not go and do any of this stuff....probably and most likely, I am a gazillion times more vain than you are. Confession time!!!!
By the way, happy to know about the bit of good news about Tony...but worried that Peggy is already finding the situation a bit over-whelming...it could get worse and she may not be ready to handle that! Poor dear!

Have a good one, my kawan-kawan.

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Tony's MRI was clean, and he had his first infusion of Keytruda on Thursday. He went back to work after his treatment, but he didn't last very long. Peggy was running errands when Tony called her and said he was home because his lung hurt. Tony asks "Why me?", although I'm not sure he was surprised at his diagnosis given the fact that his twin died from cancer. Peggy is struggling with wanting to alleviate his pain and juggling the calendar which is filling with appointments for Tony, physicians and treatments.

I probably should call her. They were supposed to drive to Denver to celebrate their oldest grandson's birthday. I hope Tony felt well enough to make the trip. He drives because the Denver traffic is more than Peggy can (will) handle.

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Since tomorrow is Columbus Day, Pat is off work and will be staying home with the kiddos. I'll meet Brenda for breakfast and then drop by to see the grandkids...maybe have Nolan try on his dog suit.

Kelley sent me a picture of Nolan (bare bottomed) sorting through toys trying to postpone his bath. He is not a fan of the tub and, of course, she has now passed ownership to me, saying, "I've never seen a kid delay taking a bath like YOUR grandson. It's like an art."

I worked in the back yard this afternoon. The back corner of the yard, behind the shed, has become overgrown with what my grandmother would have referred to as "volunteers," trees that were not planted but have taken root anyway. So, since the ground is still nice and wet from our rain, I decided that perhaps it was time to try to dislodge these trees. My skin is so thin (old age, I'm guessing) and will tear with the slightest scratch from a branch. The first time, it was bleeding so badly that I had to come in and clean it; the second time, I decided I'd been out long enough. I'm a sight: I have pirate bandaids on my booboos, one of Skull Island and the other of a pirate ship--both on my right forearm. Nolan will probably be angry that I used his bandaids.

Pat, has Donovan heard anything about his auditions?

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Prema, you should polish off your halo and put it back on. The workers weren't the only angels. Sitting up with the sick until they fall asleep is a kind deed. You are very generous with your free time. Sitting through a dinner with the in laws next weekend should put you on the nomination list for sainthood too.
Donovan and Davis spent the night. Donovan slept for a full 10 hours and Davis is still down.

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Hi Pat.

These caregivers did the actual work of looking after Peter and Betty, including supervising the help, managing the meds, ensuring that daily physio was done and communicating with the Hospice staff. I was the so-called head of the team who had a day job and whose hardest task was holding their hands every night so that they could fall asleep. These ladies are ANGELS....and considered Peter and Betty their spiritual parents. Where else can you find more kindness?

Next Sunday, I am hosting a potluck lunch in my place...an early Diwali celebration before my MIL goes in for her valve replacement. DeMon's brothers, sister and the in-laws are far less contributory than the 1st cousins who have all stepped up and confirmed the dishes they plan to bring. One wife of a BIL has chosen to stay silent and another finally decided to contribute pepper chicken curry. So, one dinner this weekend and a lunch next weekend. Busy!!

Vishal starts his new job tomorrow and I have a full week ahead of me.

Have a great start to the week, Pat, Kathy and Ei.

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Prema, how does your god daughter feel she did on the tests? Hopefully she is confident in her pending scores.
It sounds like you are going to be very busy in the kitchen preparing a feast for your friends, mum and her helper. Such a kind heart.

I have Donovan and Davis spending the night on Saturday. My daughter and SIL are going to an NFL game on Sunday. Should be a fun weekend.

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Hi Kathy. I am in agreement with Pat - maybe next time, you should just have your brother for dinner and do a catch-up with him. Forget the ladies....let their dizziness keep them company instead of a nice slice of coconut pie and GREAT company to go with it.
Prayers from me too for Tony's PET scan and that the Keytruda injections can commence soon.
PS...do send us a pic of Nolan the spaniel....grandma par excellence. No way can I match that energy and kindness!!!

Pat, 6 weeks is fairly murderous for one to wait and find out if one can get through to specialization or otherwise.

On Sunday night, I will be cooking for my friends, the caregivers who were absolutely wonderful in assisting me to take care of my late pastor friend, Peter Young. I am making a dish called Laksa Johor, which is basically spaghetti served with a coconut and fish broth with accompaniments such as herbs, shredded pineapples, beans, onions, cucumber etc etc. Also, a starter called top hats or pie tee and dessert comprising local Malaysian style cakes which I am purchasing from my very good friend. My mum and her helper will also be joining us. It will be fun.

Have a good weekend, my dear Kathy, Pat and Ei.

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Kathy, Nolan will make an adorable puppy. You are such a good grandma to make their costumes. I'm sorry your dinner plans did not turn out as planned. Maybe next time you should just invite your brother. When his wife complains about not being invited, you can tell her that this way she can focus on her health and not have to go through the burden of making up an excuse. Prayers that the brain scan goes well for your BIL and that he can start his Keytruda injections.

Prema, six weeks is a long time for the test results, but I'm sure her little man will keep her busy in the meanwhile. It's terrible how some parents treat their kids. It's also bad when the wife fears speaking up because there will be consequences if she does.

It's terrible what happened in Las Vegas, but there are cities such as Detroit and Chicago that experience that many deaths each month. Nothing is done about that because it doesn't happen all in one day. I'm glad I live in a place where killings are not a daily occurrence and when one does happen, it's a tragedy and the community comes together.

Donovan's party last night was very low key, pizza, presents and cupcakes. Just family.

Woohoo, we may finally get some rain today.

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Best laid plans! Bah! My brother and I ate together last night, as his wife and her sister were both experiencing dizziness. Must be genetic. Sorry. So often it's not even a surprise when Mimie doesn't come over. The sister, that surprised me. Any way, I saved a piece of the coconut pie for Pat and called my friend Linda to come take the rest of it...of course, I sent a couple of pieces home with Les.

Tony had an MRI yesterday; oncologist wanted to make sure there was no cancer in his brain before the Keytruda infusion today. Evidently, the PET scan doesn't include the head. Didn't know that.

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Hi Pat. I guess God has always been fair. If you have one not-so-great SIL, then the other SIL will be such that it more than compensates for the pathetic one!!
Happy Birthday Donovan from your "gramma" in Malaysia....remind your parents and grandparents that next year, the celebrations will have to be big cos you are in the last year before entering your teenage period...

Hi Kathy. That has to be one of the saddest stories I have heard - a son who is told by his own dad, that he has to go elsewhere to die and his mum does not stick up for him for whatever reasons known to her. I feel sorry for Charlotte - this may eat her more than she realises. My girlfriend was devastated when her husband threw out their son because he confessed that he was gay. That was many years ago when the boy was about 20 years old (and it was and still is an unacceptable issue in Malaysia)....and 25 years later, when some friends notified the mum about his death, she was beside herself for not having stood up to the husband and her MIL on this issue.

One can weep at the Las vegas shooting. One can weep at the way the world is turning on its heel to the very words that we grew up with...all men and women are created equal in the eyes of God...

Veno's exam results will be out in 6 weeks. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Take care, my kawan-kawan.

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Nolan is going to be a grey puppy. He picked the color of the material. The pattern that I have has bear, lion, kangaroo, bunny, and cat --no puppy, so I'll need to figure out the ears, a spaniel is what he has in mind.

I went to Panera to eat last night. My friend Debra works with Episcopal Migration Ministries, and they were having a fundraising event at the restaurant, a certain percentage of proceeds. It was fairly healthy; they have lots of different choices.

Sister Evelyn called last night about the son of our cousin. He's terminal, early 50's, with cancer. He had a tooth abscess that went untreated and the infection got into his bloodstream. He's in ICU. He weighs less than 100 lb. and has been in a nursing home because he and his dad don't get along. He was with his parents for a while, but then his dad insisted he go elsewhere (to die). Not sure how that works; they've been married over 50 years, and Chuck is one of the most insensitive people I've ever met. Charolotte, my cousin, must be a saint to put up with him all these years. She and her younger sister lived with us for a while after their mother died (at 27) with colon cancer. I know she's devastated with having to move Jeff out of their house--don't really understand why she didn't put her foot down!

Las Vegas---what is wrong with folks!! So many stories of heroism , people risking their own lives to help strangers. They've said vehicles with wounded arrived at the hospital before ambulances did. Those kinds of people are what we need worldwide, where caring is authentic.

Prema, when will the results of the goddaughter's test be available?

Love and peace,
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Kathy, I'm so sorry to hear that your BIL has stage 4 cancer. I've heard about Keytruda and hope it helps shrink his tumors. Prayers coming your way.
What is the costume you are working on for Nolan? Davis changes his mind everyday on what he wants to be.

Prema, I will survive both the iPhone and water leak. I wasn't a full on phone crash, I just can't get to my spark short cuts. I'm slowing learning how to work around it. MY SIL has been great with the water leak, first by fixing the leak and he will be the one to repair the mess after everything has dried sufficiently. It's a lot cheaper than getting outside help.

Today Donovan is 11.

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Hi Pat. In this day and time, I am not sure which is worse - your iPhone crashing or the fact that you have to wait for everything to dry out. Probably a double whammy!

Hi Kathy. Good to know about your brother. But Stage 4 lung cancer for Tony is bad news and Peggy coping with this, is equally sad. As far as I know, there is no cure for lung cancer....but miracles have been known to happen...

My prayers go out to all of you on the loss of so many lives during the Las Vegas shooting incident. While I have tried to understand the need for a person to own a gun to protect oneself and the family, but I cannot understand how anyone can obtain approval for a semiautomatic rifle and about 30 other firearms. Such a tragedy!! I hope none of you lost anyone in that shooting incident.

God, please grant us the sanity and good sense we all need to survive for the next many years.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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The meatball soup contains cheese tortellini as well as cannellini beans, onion, garlic, and tomato. Guess the tortellini makes it Italian.

We're supposed tho get rain today and continuing into tomorrow.

My brother has recovered. Peggy and Tony met with the oncologist yesterday morning; his lung cancer is Stage 4. He will begin treatment Thursday with an infusion of Keytruda, which could reduce the size of the tumors. I'm worried about Peggy and how she's coping. They've been married 47 years; she was 19 when they married.

Pat, I'm sure Donovan w will be excited with his audition results. The boy's got class!!

I did get started on Nolan's costume....more to go.

Have a good day, my kawan-kawan.

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Good morning. I didn't crash, my iPhone did. I can't get Sparks up on my phone so now I have to use my dinosaur desk top. Much slower and more steps to get here.
We are now working on the drying process of the carpets, insulation and sheet rock. The sheet rock will need replacing for certain. We want to give the insulation plenty of time to dry though first.
Donovan has not heard about the two auditions yet, but that is okay. It might take a week to find out.
Have a good day and Prema, I hope your god daughter aced her tests.

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Hi Pat, Kathy and Ei.

I was right. I think Pat has just crashed today and could not get to the computer. Poor dear. Perhaps tomorrow, she can tell us more about Donovan.

Kathy, any further news about your brother and brother-in-law? And your plans for Halloween and Thanksgiving?

Ei, how are you doing? i see you on Facebook every now and then and know that you are doing okay...but Facebook news does not cover your health situation.... emoticon ...so how are you doing in that department?

My god-daughter is in the midst of her exams and and has another hour to go. My fingers and toes are sooooo crossed for now, praying that she will come through well.

Take care and have a good one today, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hi Pat.
There is no way my grandson can be in my house when his mother is studying. He will want her at all costs and will set up an absolute drama to be with her! How sad! My helpers were fairly disappointed. He's with his other grandmother and she is assisted by her oldest son (SIL's older brother), who is autistic, does not work and stays home all day.

You have not had a good day, my poor kawan. A fussy toddler, 5 hours of sleep followed by a leaking ice maker and concluded with a wedding reception....you will CRASH today. You poor thing....

Take care, lovely ladies.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, who is watching your grandson while his mom studies? Is he at your house too? Last night Maxwell slept over. Melanie guaranteed me that he would go right down without a fuss. Wrong! It was pretty much a sleepless night for both of us. He eventually fell asleep on the floor. I had about 5 hours of sleep, if that.
We also had a pipe or something leaking through the floor/ceiling. The sheet rock on he garage ceiling had water coming through from the upstairs. My SIL came over this morning and found out it was the ice maker leaking. Such a mess. I have a wedding to go to in a little bit. I'm going to be so tired.



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Hi Pat. my helpers are away on their break today. My god-daughter has holed herself in the guest room, cramming for her pediatric exams which which will be held on Tuesday. Vishal is covering the F1 races today and will be late coming home. And I am sitting here in my study, watching the lovely drizzle and talking to my amazing friends across the miles. It's wonderful to be able to enjoy a quiet Sunday.

I am very proud of Donovan and the way he's handling himself with all these auditions. The boy is fairly grounded and it makes his achievements up to now, that much more remarkable. Kudos to you and his parents. And hugs, too.

Kathy, the weather has been remarkable here - and that's why the running has been enjoyable. The fact that you got up and went for a walk deserves a big pat on the back. Equally interesting is the meatball soup you made. In Malaysia, for about US$3, you can get a full bowl of noodles with either fish balls or meatballs and accompanying ingredients. Was your soup oriental style or some other style?

I have a long week ahead of me and the bankers are getting to me with their changing procedures. Some days, I wonder how these people are able to look at themselves in the mirror - especially when they cannot say, with their hands on their hearts, that they have done a good job!!

Have a great Sunday, my kawan-kawan. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prea

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Kathy, I would welcome your rain happily. It's so dry here that the grass is turning brown and the leaves are falling without changing color.
I've never made meatball soup but it sounds yummy.
I talked to Donovan this morning and he said yesterday's audition was fun. He had to act with his pretend moms. One was black and two were white. Being biracial, they can go either way.
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Don't know what's going on...I slept until almost 8:30 this morning!! Though I'll never be the runner Prema is, I did go out for a walk. Best I can do. emoticon

I'm so proud of Donovan. He'll do great!! I'm surprised the rain hasn't made it to you; I did send it that way. emoticon

I made a meatball soup last night, and the kids were over. Pat was tired after his two days away from home. Stella did her homework here before they went home. She's loving her new school.

Have no plans for today, but I should probably get started on Nolan's costume.

Happy weekend.
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Prema, hooray for a quiet weekend. I wish there could say the same.
I misspoke about Donovan's audition. It was for a corporate safety video. He had another audition tonight after school. It is for a company called Safelite Safelite is an mobile auto glass replacement company. Their commercials are family and family activity based. Very respectable company.
This morning s the weekend I have Maxwell overnight. Maya and s staying with someone else.
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Hi Pat. A 10 year old flip phone, huh? Obviously, he's only interested in the primary function of the phone - make and receive calls only!
And now moving on the lesser dinosaurs in the family....our young handsome man is obviously a face for football, baseball, basketball, and any other kind of ball....a star is born!!!
By the way, Happy 42nd Anniversary....that's a very rare achievement in this day and time!!!

Hi Kathy. So Nolan is asserting himself now. I like the way you dealt with him - it will help him learn the repercussions of his negative behaviour at a young age....both Nolan and Stella will be able to reap great benefits having a teacher for a grandma. My grandson gets away with murder with his other grandma and I am beginning to wonder how much additional work his mum will have to put in to reverse all that she has done.

It's going to be a quiet weekend. I have a meeting tomorrow and a very enjoyable lunch with a dear friend and apart from that, I am hoping to catch up on some movies over the next 2 days.

Have a great weekend, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, thanks for the well wishes. It sounds like Nolan is testing you. When Davis acts up, I threaten to call his dad. Works most of the time.
Will Nolan be going to pre school next year? It's hard on kids DD these days to start school without it. They expect so much more from kindergarteners these days.
We had temps in the mid 50's this morning. Such a welcome relief from the 90's earlier this week but still no rain in the 10 day forecast.
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Commercials will be his favorite sport!! Good luck, Donovan.

It's only 55 degrees this morning, so fall is definitely revealing its colors. We've had lots of rain the past several days...sending it on to you, Pat.

Nolan cursed yesterday!! He knew I was not happy. I turned off his television show because we needed to have a conversation, but he wasn't in favour of that. He threw himself on the floor, crying and spitting. He still wouldn't talk, but he threatened to tell his parents that I was mad at him and they would be mad at me! I told him they wouldn't be mad at me and offered to call him mom which only set him off again---"Don't call! Don't call!" Kelley said he probably picked it up from her dad.

Pat is still out I'd town for work, so I'll pick I'll Stella from school today and fix supper for all of us.

Have a good one, kawan-kawan.

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Prema, my husband still uses a 10 year old flip phone with the original battery. Very reliable and it has everything he needs (as long as I am nearby with my phone). He is a dinosaur as far as technology goes.
We had a lovely dinner at the Olive Garden for our 42nd anniversary yesterday.
Donovan has an audition today for a Terminex commercial. He has two lines. Where's Dad? He's supposed to take me to the batting cage to practice hitting balls. Funny thing is baseball is not one of his many sports.
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Hi Pat.
Climate Change is here to stay. I am seeing it everywhere in my country. The over development, the raping of the catchment areas, the total disregard for the environment followed by non-supervised logging activities - the weather patterns have changed drastically. To me, world leaders with a disregard for Climate Change, need to be shot...

I had a very interesting lunch today with 2 investors. One of the investors is a 45 year old spring chicken and the only man I know who does not have a smart phone. He works for Intel and is the Global Compliance Manager - even his American and British counterparts could not hide their shock, when he first met them, at the dinosaur he was using. He is a very smart guy and has a PhD in risk management so he asked me all the right questions but a more eccentric investor, I have yet to meet! Thank goodness we got along and he requested that the 3 of us should meet again for a meal!!
Sometimes God sends clowns to teach us about the power of laughter!!

Have a good one, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, it appears that this is the never ending summer. It's been unseasonably hot here causing my daughter's school district to release the students early the first two days of this week because of the extremely warm weather. There are some cooler temps on the way though. A much welcome relief. There is no rain though in the 10 day forecast and we have not had rain in a long time either. Very dry.
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Hugs and hugs and much love to my fellow Granny Petrol members.... emoticon

Has fall weather commenced yet at your corner of the world....from nonstop rain, we have gone to the other extreme of going through really hot weather. And on top of this, there was a massive power outage in my housing area from 1030pm till about 1am. No fun at all when the temps are at an all-time high! I am just fortunate that there are no young kids in my house for now or else the situation would have been even more crazy.

I have to go for a dinner meeting with my boss and an investor. Have a good one, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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This message board is "friends motivating friends" and I don't think there is a better group to do this. Support for each other, no matter how trying, is why I log on to this almost everyday. My kawan kawan, you are a strong bunch and are so deserving of only the best. When one is down, there are the others to pick them up. Prayers for each and everyone of you for family, friends and most definitely you. Granny Patrol-forever strong.

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Hi Pat.
I told Moskito that instead of getting inspired by 50-something crazy triathletes and coming back and pushing all of us even more....a better option would be for him to push those fellows even more.
End-result: Moskito did not stop laughing as he thought I was being funny!!!
I wasn't!
Maxwell, my man, please enjoy your "spoiling' session. Your gramma is really good at this...be careful you could get addicted....

Hi Kathy.
Nolan, my man. Please enjoy your session too. Your "gamma" is also very good...and you are already addicted....
My kawan, I am really sorry about your BIL. This is going to be a really tough journey...my prayers will continue for you, Kathy. How very sad.

Hi Ei. It's absolutely wonderful to hear from you. And kawan, the reason you are a member of the very elite Granny Petrol is so that you have a platform to whinge and whine....or maybe...I am the only one who has been doing those 2 things up to now?? Yup! The rest of you bear your pain with smiles and shrugs. I have not reached that cosmic level yet... emoticon
Take care of the knee and wrist...very glad that you are part of that grieving support group and that you are getting back to your 6 to 9 year olds...

I had lunch with an ex-classmate of mine and his lovely daughter today. He was diagnosed with ACC (adenoid cystic carcinoma) which is a very rare form of cancer and spreads very slowly and insidiously for a few years before it can be diagnosed. He was telling me about being in a depression for 2 years following his 30 days of radiation which messed up a lot of things for him.
He is doing much better now and wants to live life to the fullest and I will be seeing him again to go through some practical stuff for the next few years for him and his kids...

I value all of you. I value your friendship and your happiness - your support, prayers and love has meant so very very much to me. My amazing kawan-kawan!

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Good morning friends!
Kathy, Pat and Prema, How are you? sorry to be missing in action with all of you.

Have missed all of you. Not sure why but not on here as long as before and keep
hoping I will spend some time writing and keeping up with all of you.
Had a wonderful time in Beacon, NY with my son in August. Much has happened since I returned.
I had about 9 insect bites on my legs and one arm when I go back home. Been on several different creams but some are still itching and not leaving.
Also fell about 3 weeks ago and hurt my left knee and below, bad bruise and swollen, plus sprained my rt wrist. So had to cut back on exercise for awhile now and it is so annoying to me.
See why I have not kept in touch? I hate to complain or give bad news......anyway
I read some of your posts and I will be praying for all of you and all the needs I read about.
Will be in touch soon I hope with better news. Oh, also going to a few grieving classes. One is weekly for 10 weeks. It is pretty nice and have gone 3 times now.
Plus back helping with the Good Shepherd class at church for 6-9 yr olds.

Lots of hugs and prayers, my kawan- kawan,
Hope to read more and see how all are doing soon.
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It was nice to spend time with my cousins. Our home situations growing up were so different, yet it's nice to give voice to that even now. They have great love for our family. It's sad to hear them speak of their dad's alcoholism and their mother's abuse, at the hands of a husband (a step father) I don't even remember her having. They had to live with relatives who were not kind to them.

It's hard to be away from your children, at any age. Cudos to your god-daughter for studying hard...not so easy.

Rob and Justin are both sick. They had hoped to get moved this weekend, but they are both suffering with really horrible sore throats. Rob sounded awful!

BIL Tony does have lung cancer. He'll have a PET scan to determine if there are other parts affected with cancer. He has not seen the oncologist yet; he has to be on oxygen at night. Please continue to pray for him.

Les is better, but my sister-in-law got sick Friday night when they were here. (She said it wasn't my cooking.)

It rained all afternoon, sometimes really hard. I'm guessing we got a few inches AND we needed it!

I think I'll have Nolan overnight Saturday.

Take care, my kawan-kawan.
Kathy

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