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2/21/17 8:08 A

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Two together---totally a different dynamic. Nolan hasn't quite figured out the sharing thing, and Stella has perfected the antagonizing feature!! She chooses toys she cares nothing about because they're Nolan's, and he TOTALLY cares. I'm trying to wrap my head around my mother's five kids and see how that would drive her crazy--this is but two.

My DNA did not detect any alien strands...guess that's good? Detected hardly anything outside of the Northern European that I was sure of.

Be strong, my beautiful kawan-kawan.

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2/21/17 6:46 A

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Prema, I'm not quite sure if NASA could even confirm or deny your alien status. You are unique in the fact that you are fit and fabulous. Most people (at least us humans) may have one trait or the other but being both, is alien to me. You my kawan prove that with hard work and determination you can be quite the unique specimen.
I could not get the kids down at the same time for a nap. Actually Maxwell slept for about 20 minutes after lunch and the baby on and off all day. The only saving grace was that my daughter got home earlier than planned. One thing I did learn though is that Davis is a piece of cake compared to the two of them together.
I will tell Donovan that his Gramma Prema gives him a high five. Lacrosse season starts next week.
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2/21/17 5:39 A

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My neighbour just wants NASA to confirm that I am an alien from some unknown planet from an unknown universe and so that's why I can maintain my fitness. She does not want to lose me cos she sayang (love in the Malay language) me a lot. If NASA tells her that I will become a normal human being again by next year, she will be very happy indeed. Failing which, she may want to propel me to outer space!!

She will be very happy to know that my 2 American friends feel the same way!!! emoticon....see, there are so many similar emotions that cross international boundaries. I will break the good news to her today about the both of you....

Kathy and Pat, I cannot imagine having any "me" time for both of you. Having said that, I still like Nolan's response to you, Kathy. It was definitely one of those "awwwww" moments when an outsider looking in thinks he's the cutest lil' fella this side of the America...
Pat, 1.5 years and 1.5 months....that's a recipe for fatigue and madness until they both go to bed when they and the rest of the day begin to look/feel heavenly!

Woo! Hoo! Please give Donovan a High 5 and tell him that Gramma Prema is very very proud of him....

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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2/20/17 12:21 P

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Kathy, bummer on the "me" time. I know how you feel. I have Maxwell and Maya today. Max is almost 1.5 years and Maya 1.5 months. I just put Max down for his name and Maya is cooing at me. If I can get her down for a nap before Max wakes up, I might rest on the sofa for a few minutes.

Beautiful here today after the fog lifted. By Friday it will be in the 70's.

Well, Donovan's team won 4 games over 2 days and took the championship. The last game went into overtime. We had to push back the birthday party for Davis until 5pm.

Let's send Prema 's DNA into space. The International Space Cener could use the boost.

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Exactly what's NASA going to do with DNA? Study it? Replicate it? Send it into space? Send YOU into space? Make you a target?

We'll, my "me" time was very short indeed yesterday. As I stepped into the tub, I heard a little voice " Gramma." I told him he'd have to wait a little bit until I was finished, and he said, "Okay, Gramma."

It rained last night, but I have no idea how much. Lots of thunder.

Congestion has returned. I just hate that heavy feeling in my chest.

Family dinner for Stella's birthday tomorrow night. Not sure what I'm fixing yet, but I'll get it figured out today.

Have a good one, ladies!!

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Prema, I will be in the NASA (Kennedy Space Center) area next month. If you want to send your DNA to me I will gladly deliver it, maybe after I scan some of it off for myself. LOL You are amazing. Good luck with getting that body out of your country without any repercussions from North Korea.

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I have one tired grandma now and another tired one tomorrow. And then by day after tomorrow, I will need to pump in some energy boosters into both of them...or perhaps not. My 2 kawan-kawan have proven time and again, that they are far more resilient than I give them credit for.
You go, girls.

Pat, you are right. North Korea is mad at Malaysia for performing the autopsy. However, every country in the world reserves the right to carry out an autopsy in case parties within the country are sued for negligence or wilfully causing the death of a foreign citizen. The issue is not the autopsy itself. The issue is waiting for someone to claim the body...eventually, the Embassy will have to undertake the responsibility but that by itself, will have serious repercussions as well. Sigh!!! We live in a dangerous world!!

My neighbour wants to send my DNA to NASA for analyses. Moskito is training her and her husband and she is at the stage where she wants to kill him and kill me....for suggesting Moskito to her husband for their training.
My life is in grave danger......

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

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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2/19/17 8:12 A

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Prema, I read that North Korea is really mad at Malaysia for performing 2 autopsies and not handing over the body for them to cover up the incident. Not a smart move for your government not to surrender the body. I'm sure North Korea can hold a grudge.

Kathy, I have my two youngest grandchildren tomorrow, all day. I'm sure I'll be beat after that one. Enjoy your "me" time before the kids wake up. I'm glad you had a great birthday party at the trampoline park.

Absolutely beautiful weather predicted for this week with the highs in the mid 60's. Yesterday we broke the record at 66.

Donovan's team won their first two tournament games yesterday. They are in the semifinals today at 1:00 and if they win that one, they play in the final game at 3:00. Davis's birthday party is at 5:00. A very busy day today.



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2/19/17 8:01 A

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Missed logging in yesterday, so I start counting days all over again. Stella's birthday party was yesterday at a trampoline facility, and then I had book club. I had both kids overnight and both are still soundly sleeping. Nolan was napless yesterday, so he was pretty tired last night.

I probably need to get in the shower before they wake, so I'll try to check in later.

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Hi Pat. Family members of Kim Jong Un's extended family who have fallen out of favour are all living in fear of their lives, particularly the slain man's 21 year old son. As far as the assassination is concerned, they have found and arrested the 2 ladies, one of whom is a Vietnamese and the other, Indonesian....who, apparently, were just pawns in the entire game. They have also arrested a North Korean chemist living in Malaysia who is the main suspect in developing the poison that was discovered on the body. 3 other guys are still at large.
Malaysia is famous for all the wrong reasons!!!

Have a great weekend, my kawan-kawan. Nice weather and good run. Hope the weather was just as pleasant at your end.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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2/17/17 6:28 A

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Prema, I read yesterday that it was an inside job, most likely orchestrated by his family and the leaders of North Korea. Some family dynamics, huh? Well all I can say is, solving this killing will lead right back to Kim Jong Un and nobody will do anything about it.

Have a great weekend everybody.

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Hi Pat. Fortunately for Malaysia, Kim Jong Un will not be wasting his money bombing a little insignificant country like Malaysia. It's more effective if he bombs his neighbour, South Korea....

I live about 35 minutes away from the airport - and an hour earlier, my colleague was at the airport picking up our corporate investor. And this colleague tells me that the enquiry counter at the airport was manned by two nitwits and he could not imagine that these 2 girls were anything but useless in offering any assistance.

The Malaysian police with the help of Interpol (or someone!!) have pieced the story together and discovered that there are 2 ladies and 4 men involved in this assassination and that it was a "project" that was 5 years in the making. If this isn't espionage, I have no clue what is!!!! Our Malaysia police are usually so useless that you might as well not make a report if a theft occurs....and this time around, they solve everything in less than 2 days. Whoa!!

Have a great weekend, my kawan-kawan. Will keep you posted if we hear anything more....

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2/16/17 6:52 A

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Prema, I read about your spy story in yesterday's news paper. I saw that he was pretty much the black sheep of the family too. Hopefully Kim Jong Un doesn't drop a bomb on the country that is responsible. He is so trigger happy and would love nothing more than to have an excuse, albeit a weak one. Don't you live close to Kuala Lumpur International Airport? The contents of the story left me thinking of you yesterday when I read it.

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Hi Pat and Kathy. Thank you, thank you, thank you...no, I don't know the sex of the child and I think they both want it to be a surprise, too. I was just very touched when she asked me yesterday and she went on to say that she thought her late mum and I would have gotten on like a house on fire and that her mum would have approved the choice of alternate grandmother....

emoticon emoticon emoticon ...Kathy, 100,000 steps...girl, everyone will need to bow to you....
That's truly amazing. How do the legs feel?

Malaysia has come out in the news again for a different reason....2 foreign ladies assassinated the half brother of North Korea's leader at one of our airport terminals. No one knew what was going on until the man collapsed after asking a receptionist for help. The episode was akin to a spy movie except that in this case, the bad guys (or ladies) escaped and there are rumours of an arrest sometime this morning of both of them.

The world is getting to be a dangerous place to live in...

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan. Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I'm glad you made it home safely. Wow! Almost 100,000 steps. That's awesome. I'm glad you survived the tornado warning. Enjoy your outings this week.

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Wow!! Grandma again!! Congratulations.

Nolan's sleeping, and I feel like I need to. Figured out my steps for the time I was gone...over 98,000, Tuesday-Tuesday.

Going to a YMCA dinner Thursday evening, taking my son. Stella's birthday party is Saturday, trampoline party.

Started out yesterday morning under a tornado warning. Justin called from work and said we should be in shelter; the worst of the storm was directly over us. It moved off to the east fairly quickly.

Glad to be home.

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Prema, congratulations on your second grandchild coming in July. Do you know if it will be a boy or girl? How exciting. All children have their own identity and that's what makes each kind d special.

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Hi Pat. Isn't life strange? This aspect of children's behaviours crosses international boundaries. They come from the same set of parents and therefore have the same genes, albeit in differing proportions. They grow up in the same environment and yet respond so differently. Day and night is the best description for all these kids.

My nephew's wife is expecting their first child and she lost her mum to cancer a year before she got married to my nephew. They both now live in Australia and she honoured me by telling me that she would want me to be the baby's grandma from her side of the family.
So, I shall be a "grandma" for the second time come July... emoticon

What a thrill! An absolute thrill. I love the sound of being called a grandmother...

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, Davis and Donovan are like day and night. Donovan is a polished gentleman that enjoys sports and is always up on the latest gossip. He's into dancing, anything outdoors and is very outgoing. Davis is more of the little kid that has no intention of growing up. He enjoys playing with action figures and doesn't care at all about school. He is pretty much a clown and enjoys being the center of attention. He's going to have a ball today.



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2/14/17 5:49 A

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Hi Kathy. One of my long-time pals told me that he and his wife now only go for cruises as they enjoy the activities on the ship as well as the activities planned when they land at the shore. They find it less stressful than planned tours as they get adequate rest and are ale to enjoy the many different activities on board a cruise ship. He is 10 years older than me and he has never faced a problem after his initial motion sickness on his first cruise.
Now he says it's a breeze and has encouraged me to try going for a cruise too!

Hi Pat. You and Kathy could be right about the one year old not knowing what a birthday gift is all about. My grandson will probably enjoy the box more than the gift! He loves the colourful boxes...completely!
How different are your two grandsons - Davis and Donovan - in personality? Taking care of each of them must be fairly different for you apart from providing food and beverages...the entertainment part must be very different?

Heavy day at work. Mr Trump makes my market readings more interesting!!!

Have a good one, my kawan-kawan. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Prema, Davis likes super heroes, legos and cars (hot wheels). He has so many of these things that I got him something small. Five P.J. Masks action figures and the rest will be money. He can take it on his trip to Florida and buy a souvenir that he likes. One year olds don't really care too much about what they get, they just like opening presents and eating cake. For Maxwell's first birthday, I got him Fisher Price Little People and the equipment that goes along with them.

Kathy, one you get your motion sickness medicine in you, I'm sure you will be doing laps around the ship while it is at sea. It will be November before you know it.

A quiet day today with only Davis.

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Prema, the cruise is set for just after Thanksgiving, so I won't be watching either of the grandkids this time. I don't know if Pat & Kelley will take the kids with them to Chicago, if Teresa will watch both kids, or if they'll stay home. Time will tell.

Rob & Justin have done cruises; this will be my first, maybe my only. Motion sickness is an issue for me, but I'll get a prescription from my doctor before I go.

By the way, Prema, I don't think one-year-olds understand about birthday other people do.

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Pat, thank you for your very kind words. There was a girl that Moskito was very serious about and we have all met her. None of us thought that she she was right for him but we chose not to say anything to him. He has since broken up with this girl and my team plans to introduce him to another girl...they have told me to stay out of their match-making activity as they fear I might introduce him to boring ladies!! emoticon

I cannot believe that Davis is 4 already. Feels like yesterday when you sent us the baby pictures. What do you plan to get him for his birthday? What do baby boys like, by the way? I have no idea what to get for my grandson who turned 1 on February 8th!!

Kathy, you deserve to be "wined" again and again at any number of wineries, especially for all the steps you have been taking during your vacation. You and Pat are two peas in a pod...rather than enjoy miles and miles of ceiling, you walk miles and miles and break the pedometer gauge!!!
And now you are planning for a cruise in November? You go girl! Is the weather okay for a cruise at that time of the year...

My neighbour and her husband had their first "running clinic" with Moskito and she is absolutely devastated to know just how much she is out of shape and how much fitter her husband is, compared to her. I think her hubby has asked that Moskito run with both of them once a week at least as he is training for a half-marathon in May and she will be running 10 km.
Are you both shaking your heads at me? Sigh!!!!!!

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

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Slow day yesterday---only 6800 steps. Nice to not be totally on the go. My departure is set for 4:45 tomorrow afternoon--home by 11.

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Kathy, another great walking day for you. It sounds like you had a lovely day and I'm sure that when you were ready to quit, so was everyone else. I've never heard of that winery either, but it seems like there are wineries all over the USA that no one has heard of. As long as the wine was good, that's all that matters.

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Home will be a heavenly time to rest. We walked to the Museum of Natural History and spent HOURS looking at exhibits. I finally told the guys I didn't want to be the one to bring this party to a halt, but I was tired and hungry!! Soooo, we walked back to the apartment and then went out to eat so we could make it to a tour at a winery. The tours were filled for the day, BUT there was WINE!! Haak Winery---never heard of it, but they have quite an assortment of awards and a lovely excuse to sit and relax. Never mind, we were off to Galveston where we had a couole of hours to (you guessed it) walk around waiting for our "ghost" tour. Which, by the way, was a walking tour. Nearly 17000 steps yesterday.

The Carnival Freedom was loading for a cruise, and that's the one we'll be on in November.

I told them to get me to a grocery store today, because I'd promised Rob months ago I'd make him fried bread when I came.

Love you gals!! I'm glad you're there to hear my complaints, beautiful kawan-kawan.

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Kathy and Prema, it's amazing how history can be interesting and haunting at the same time. In my small city, we have what is called the "First Responders Park". There are two pieces of steel girder from the Twin Towers that are completely twisted from the heat caused by the planes flying into the buildings on 9-11. There are granite monuments will the names of all the people that died that day and some fountains. You can almost feel the ghosts of those that were lost but not forgotten.

Prema, it's amazing that your husband does not have a clue. So casual about what's for dinner. Bummer. With your girls there, maybe you can ignore him and still enjoy your meal. You are right, you are one of a kind. Being 59, in tip top shape and being beautiful inside and out makes you stand out in any crowd. By the way, does Moskito have a girl that he is serious about?

Prema is right. Your step count is no small feat. All that furniture moving and lawn care has really paid off with the stamina.

Today I have to go birthday shopping for Davis. He will be 4 on Tuesday. Unbelievable.

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Hi Pat and Kathy. Here's the thing. In Malaysia, Indians are a minority and according to my kids, a 59 year old Indian lady who exercises 6 days a week is non-existent. Hence, what are the chances there will be another 59 year old fit lady at his wedding next time? Probably zero!!!
Sigh!!!

Kathy...you are a phenomenon by yourself, my kawan. 19,000 steps only! Only!!!! Girl, when I ran 8.5 miles today, I only chalked up 14,000 steps. So can you see your progress? And Pat, get a load of this....she was ready to go out at night...and the only reason she did not was because Rob was the one complaining about his knees!! What a girl...

And yes, when I read Anne Frank as a young girl, I was totally affected by what happened to her. And when I went to Germany twice - once at the time the wall came down and another a few years later, I was totally distraught about the concentration camps and the survival stories...so I can imagine what you went through. I also saw Holocaust and if you both have not seen this movie...please don't!

Anyway, I had a good Sunday today. Nice run. Trying out new recipes with my 2 girls and we are planning to have a fabulous dinner as the husband may be going out.
Spoke too soon. He just walked in and said that he was having dinner at home! Sigh!!!

Have a great Sunday, my lovely ladies.....

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, wow, you are able to out walk much younger men. Add one more point for the granny patrol. It sounds like you have quite a full agenda. Enjoy your day either way.

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Prema, you diva!! emoticon Maybe he didn't include your name, just the facts. In that case, they would welcome you, asking "how" you knew their brother/son.

Only did about 19,000 steps yesterday, visiting a bunch of museums in the area, a Holocaust Museum among them. When I taught, "The Diary of Anne Frank" was part of the 8th grade curriculum, so I'm more familiar than a lot of folks with the horror of the concentration camps. Seeing ashes, a railroad car, a boat used to help some escape (only 6-8 at a time in the hold), hearing personal testimony from survivors -- all incredibly moving.

We will be going to a play this evening, a Kurt Vonnegut play, and to Galveston tomorrow. Justin has to work today and I'm not sure I'm familiar enough with the area to venture out on my own. Rob was complaining last night about his knees and not wanting to walk much today. Maybe I'll give my legs a rest today too.

Peace, my kawan-kawan,
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Prema, I knew it!!!! He is so proud about you and your progress that he has to broadcast it to the world. You are his masterpiece and he has no boundaries when it comes to boasting about you. The fact that he throws your age into the mix is what actually burns his sisters and family. There is no limit to this boy's cockiness and you may be right about ever meeting his family, they must certainly be jealous and with that, have no desire to every meet you. Too bad he does "exercise" good judgment. LOL

Have a nice weekend ladies.

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Hi Pat. I know. Kathy is unbelievable....20,000 steps!!!! Like you, I hope she has a smooth flight back home.
It looks like you guys may have to visit my part of the world as Mr Trump has decided to include Muslims from Malaysia on the travel ban as well. Although I am not a Muslim, the fact that I am from Malaysia may make it tricky for me. How terribly sad. I also heard that the wall he plans to build between Mexico and America will cost US$3.5 billion and will take 5 years to complete. emoticon

After our chat yesterday (it sounds like we hung around, had coffee and a good natter before we left for our homes!!), I decided to ask Moskito if he ever talks about work to his parents and siblings and about his clients. With a very proud smile on his face, he said yes and told me that he told them that I was older than all of them and I was fitter than all of them put together!!! emoticon and to make matters worse, he told both his sisters who are "grossly overweight" (his words!!) that I had a better figure than they ever did!!! emoticon emoticon .
The Twit!!! The absolute twit!! He was actually wondering why I had a look of horror instead of happiness on my face!!!
Are men, all men, right across the world, born with less EQ than most women?!?!
Nobody in his family will ever welcome me at his wedding reception in the future!!

Have a great weekend, my kawan-kawan??

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Kathy, you must be completely best after the day you had yesterday. 20,000 steps is unbelievable. You are amazing. I hope you recovered enough to enjoy today. Let's hope your flight home is smooth sailing.

Prema, I can only image what Moskito tells his family about you. He probably brags about how he has taken you from a ragged, out of shape old lady and transformed you into "Wonder Woman ". I'm sure he is so proud of you.
Maxwell goes back to school tomorrow as Melanie goes back to work. I won't have him anymore during the day unless he's sick.

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Hi Pat. Apparently, many of the people in his circle of family and friends have heard of me....only one version...from him!!! Anyway, Moskito has been my trainer for almost 4 years. And he has trained my team for 2 years. And now, my neighbour (who has signed up for a 21km run in May and also signed up his wife for a 10km run in the same race) will be using Moskito to give them both a running session this Saturday... emoticon

And Pat, do take care of yourself. It gets harder to take care of a toddler as we get older and Maxwell is at THAT cute but very tiring age.

Kathy....20,000 steps!! WOW!!! Even my 8 miles on a Sunday only gets 14,000+ steps on my pedometer. You will be soooooo knackered for the next few days. And on top of everything, a bumpy flight to boot. Rest easy, my kawan when this trip is over. And....thank you for your kind words...

Today is a Hindu festival called Thaipusam and it's a holiday in most states of Malaysia. It's a day of penance and prayer but as often happens everywhere, the crowds have made a carnival of the whole thing. If you have time on a computer, just Google "Thaipusam at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur". You will understand what I am saying.

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Long day. Justin and I walked in the park across the street this morning. We paid a brief visit to Justin's office, stopped to have lunch and acknowledge their birthdays, spent a few hours at NASA, and then headed out to Kemah Boardwalk along the Gulf. At this point, I have over 20,000 steps on my pedometer today. Justin's taking tomorrow off too, so we'll visit some museums in the surrounding area.

The flight from Wichita to St. Louis was pretty turbulent, so my stomach was queasy when we landed. After a 3-hr. layover, there was another 2 hours into Houston. It was bumpy too, but not like the earlier one.

Prema, you have a heart of gold!

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Prema, have you ever met Moskito's family? It seems like you are so close to him that you are probably considered family instead of a client. He has much fondness for you and because of that, he wants to see you in tip-top shape. He wants to keep you around for many, many years. It's a love-hate relationship. I know you two will stick together for years to come. You deserve a lot of credit for sticking with him so long. How many years has it been for you two?

Tomorrow Melanie goes back to work and I will watch Maxwell for one more time so that she can get some things done and get some extra sleep in. She is really needed back at work because they are short handed, and will probably be working long hours.

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Pat, you have never met the guy and you know him so well. So well!!!

After thanking me for my kindness and telling me that I was one of his best clients, he proceeded to try and convince me that I should be doing 4 sets of each exercise that he had set out for me.... it was tough not to use him as my emoticon...but I resisted the temptation. And kept to 3 sets!!!

Anyway, he floored me during the last exercise...leg raises followed immediately by full crunches and get a load of this...5 of each followed by 6 of each, followed by 7 of each, etc etc until we got to 10 of each!!! I had no strength, no strength at all, to kill him. I just about managed to yell my threat....Stage 1 progress!!!!

You have mental telepathy better than any eastern mystic....

Hi lovely ladies....HI KATHY....HI EI.....yelling just in case you can't hear me!!

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You know Prema, Moskito would probably go hard on you whether or not you were mean or compassionate, so you may have wasted your ability to show him your good side. He will probably be back like the stubborn bull he was before the food poisoning. I wish you well.

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Pat, yes I did. And tomorrow, I will try and not to laugh in case he punishes me further...
I agree with you, Pat. Aren't men funny? I have no idea how they can be invincible heroes on the big screen when in fact, they are the biggest babies!!!
I feel so relieved to know that I am not the only one who is terrible at showing compassion to sick cows and bulls!!

Have a great day, my kawan....

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Prema, it sounds like you really enjoyed Moskito's pain. Good thing though that you were compassionate on the outside while probably laughing on the inside. The male species, no matter what age, can make the slightest ailment seem like the end of the world. I am terrible at showing compassion to sick men when I can have the same thing and not utter one word of complaint.

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Hi lovely ladies. Guess what happened this morning. When Moskito came in this morning for our session, I asked him why he looked so pale and worn out (cos he was looking so lousy!). Turns out that the poor guy had food poisoning the night before and since he had forgotten to send me a message, he decided to come over and work on my session with me. The poor guy was quite gone so I gave him a slice of bread with marmalade and a cup of black tea with sugar and honey. Then I told him to take a nap in the guest room as he probably had not slept much the night before. Poor kid slept for 2.5 hours....and sends me an apologetic message and tells me that he's totally embarrassed about himself!!

I have just realised this...a man is a man is a man. Even if he's a tough trainer who has done ultra marathons and completed an Ironman...a man gets completely floored when he gets any ailments. I look like a warrior next to any guy....I fail miserably against all you ladies...but next to any man in any part of the world... emoticon ....

Have a great start to the week, my kawan-kawan. Good health, less knee problems, encouraging weather....okay, I should stop at 3!!!

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Prema, that was very kind of you to say. I appreciate all the support that I get from all of you. Being able to vent here and having such a great group is fantastic. Thank you all for being a part of me.

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Kathy...you have gone through some very tough periods and I salute you my kawan. I honestly salute you.
Pat, you are everyone's Rock of Gibraltar. Everyone in your family. And we promise to be yours. Salute you for your understanding, my kawan.
I don't feel so bad now about myself for initially thinking that Dhivia should just snp out of it. I am just very proud of the fact that my children admit unabashedly about their situations and they have both learnt to deal with it and taught me in the process as well.
My Vishal had a spell of OCD and he sought help at the age of 19 at the university when he was a student because he thought it was crippling him. He did not want to tell me as he knew I would step in to help him solve the problem. He wanted to do this himself.
I felt like a lousy mum during this period...and it was their assurances that helped me shake this feeling off completely!

By the way, I must tell you about this fabulous dinner I had last night with my pals. There was one dish that was absolutely fabulous even for a non-fish lover like me. It was sourdough bread accompanied by the best ever mackerel pate. You would have loved it. We sort of ordered small portions of a number of dishes and shared everything. The herb rice with crab meat was to die for and so were the eggplant and sweet potato.

And that's why I had to run 6.6 miles and walk another mile this morning!!!

I am putting this restaurant on my list for you guys when you get here....

Have a great Sunday, my dearest kawan-kawan.

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Kathy, we have had ups and downs here too. Today only 29 and by Tuesday almost 60.

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Rob was already out of the house, but Pat was always there...at 14. He shouldn't have had to look after his mom, but he did. Still is!

This roller coaster of temperatures is driving me crazy. (Short trip, huh?) Stella spent the night, and I took her home about 2. I need to start aiming clothes at the suitcase; Tuesday will be here pretty quickly.

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Kathy and Prema, mental health is hard to understand when you do not experience it but both my husband and daughter usually can recognize it and have both gone for treatment. It's hard on others around them that have never experienced it. I myself have a hard time understanding it but try to encourage professional treatment. Sometimes it's hard to get in to see a specialist when you truly need it.
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I have had a bout with depression, and I was ill-equipped to deal with it. Normally, I'm very upbeat, but I was clearly caught off guard. It is such a deep hole, and wanting to get out isn't enough. I managed to go to work, but I did not want to go out. It was my inability to sleep that finally got me to the doctor, and I didn't know at that point that I was suffering from depression. I wouldn't wish that on anyone, and i think it is largely misunderstood. I wrote a lot during that time, but my poems are very dark, indicative of my condition.

Glad I'm not there now.

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Hi Pat.

It's amazing just how much I have in common with you. Dhivia suffers from anxiety and it used to be fairly crippling. And like you, since I have never been there, I found it difficult to understand the situation myself and had to read about it over a long period of time. Dhivia is much better now and handling the situation well but as I am quite sure she is just entering the world of adults and responsibilities, I hope she is able to get a better grip on the matter.

When I described this to my girlfriend and her husband who also live in Melbourne. they both said to me that there's more help for this universally accepted condition than the one they are in.Their daughter describes herself as gender queer and both her parents and I had to read the available literature on this matter to understand it better. There isn't very much on this so I had to be educated by my friend who, in turn, had to seek assistance from others to understand and learn about the matter

Dhivia's dad was going to great lengths to establish it was not from him or his side of the family but the evidence is too strong and I had no choice but to show him this and have him accept her situation.

I am back into action full-time now that the holidays are over and life has returned to normal after the Chinese New Year break. I have a full day ahead and I will be able to end the day at a lovely place for dinner with my pals.

Have a great weekend, Pat, Kathy and Ei.

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Prema, Melanie has sought treatment for depression several times. I don't know why she is like that but her dad has bouts of depression too. As someone who has never been there, you just can't understand how they can get that way and why they can't pull themselves out. Michelle is much like me, driven and strong, even in times of sickness.
Moskito has turned you into a fitness buff and I see your relationship continuing for years to come.

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Pat, as I have said a gazillion times before, and I could end up sounding like an old gramophone with the needle stuck in the groove of a long-playing record....your girls are very very lucky to have you as their mum. Is the over-worrying about the kids' health part of her post-partum depression? And typically, how long does she go through this?

My Dhivia is a hypochondriac and although she has improved tremendously in this area, she is still a hypochondriac. That's after her dad. She has acid reflux issues and straight after an episode or two, she becomes hyper careful and then reverts to her usual bad habits after everything is over. That's exactly like her dad, too. We sort of know when he has had a warning over his sugar and/or cholesterol levels....the dog gets taken for a one hour walk!!!!!

I wish I could say Moskito is enacting revenge....but every time my running time improves or I can run longer distances, I have to eat my words! emoticon

Hope you ladies have a good day ahead of you.

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Prema, I have been having Maxwell over on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays for the past few weeks and next week Melanie goes back to work. Fortunately for her, she can take both kids to work for free. That's one advantage to working at a daycare/pre-k. She is being treated for post-partum depression, which she also experienced with Maxwell. She is overly worried about the kids health. She has always taken after her dad in that area.
So, Moskito is enacting revenge on you. That guy better be careful because you have friends in the US that would be willing to take him on, right Kathy?
Off to bed after having two boys today.

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Hi Ei. Yes, the surprises were wonderful and so was the outpouring of love from the children. There was also a birthday lunch the next afternoon from this lovely young couple who finally had their baby about 3 years ago. As for the divorce, he's come to the stage where he's pretending that we have put the idea behind us. It's like Kathy and Pat once said that he may wake up to the possibility of not having anything at all should a a divorce take place. And the reality is that, unless he gets a job in a hurry, he will be without very much. I am still keen to go for the divorce but am biding my time. The end of this year should see me go for the jugular...

Hi Kathy. So Nolan is ready for baking? Seriously??? How old is he again? Did you feed him anything like magic beans when you were not able to respond to us? emoticon
By the way, Pat is right...dramamine is east and fairly cheap. It's something I hand out to my kids and their father in the event of motion sickness. Fortunately, only Dhivia suffers from this and now the episodes seem to getting much less. Thank goodness.

Hi Pat. Baby Maya seems to be progressing well. I hope this means that Melanie and Adam are finally meeting your basic standards of parenting to ensure that Maya and Maxwell are both in good hands.
Hope Michelle gets better soon.

Moskito is back with a vengeance. He went back to his hometown to celebrate Chinese New Year over a long weekend and came in today for my session ready to declare war on the extra kilos he was carrying around his middle. I told the boy he was insane as I could not see any extra flesh spilling out from his guts. Anyway, he decided to rope me in to his "recover-from-CNY" torture and today was a full-blown TRX and Tabatha session and I was about to commit murder at the point when my abs were screaming in pain....perhaps that was me and not my abs...hard to tell the difference!!!! He was in danger of the Kettlebell getting dropped on his head!!

Here's to a year where weight gain is slow and monetary gain is fast!!

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Kathy, I use Dramamine for motion sickness (vertigo). You can get it over the counter for fairly cheap. I hope your shoulder feels better soon. It's so restrictive when you have shoulder pain, especially sleeping.

Michelle is not feeling well and called off work tomorrow but will only leave Davis here in the AM so she can get some rest.

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Ei, I have no idea what I did to my shoulder. It's better but still tender.

Pat has to go to Oklahoma City tomorrow, so Nolan's probably going to be here late tomorrow. I think we're about ready for him to start baking. He thinks he's ready. Stella will be here overnight Friday.

Justin called Sunday evening to tell me he'd finalized the cruise for later this year. I'll have to get something for motion sickness when I go in for my physical later this year. Though I've never been on a ship, I want to be prepared. I've had issues with motion sickness previously.

We are indeed a fortunate group. I'd love to meet all of you some day.

Prema, surprises are always a pleasant reminder that we're loved and appreciated. Cudos to your boss!! So Vishal was complicit in this??

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Good morning lovely ladies. Yesterday I had Maxwell while Maya went for her one month check up. She is no at 8lbs, 3 oz. Doing great so far.

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Pat,
We are lucky to have found each other emoticon and we are all special friends and so alike. What a gift we have in each other. Pat, I hope your dh's
eyes will be ok. Glad he is going to the doctor for this. Will keep him in prayer.

Kathy,
So sorry you have had shoulder pain. Did you sprain it or get injured somehow? I
do hope it heals soon for you. emoticon Hope your grandkids are doing well.

Prema,
How wonderful to have such a nice dinner with family + your boss and his family. Then to be SURPRISED Again with more gifts and fun with the whole gang. Glad you got your M.Ali pen that you really have been wanting too. You deserve it and how great that they showed you so much love and kindness on your special day.
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Prema, I am sorry to hear of your losses with family members. Never easy to accept.
Hope the div. proceedings are going as well as can be expected.

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Prema, what a nice surprise and to be presented with a lovely gift besides. You are truly blessed. Now it's back to Moskito and his workout routine. Time for another change up in the exercises?

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Hi Kathy, Pat and Ei.
Thank you Ei for your birthday wishes. And this weekend, I felt completely blessed.

Last night, my boss organised a wonderful buffet dinner at Double Tree Hilton and he was working with my son to ensure that the surprise stayed a surprise. I was under the impression the 3 of us were dining with my boss, his wife and 2 young children aged 11 and 7. However, my 3 other colleagues were also there with their families and it was a lovely surprise - I was completely bowled over by the fact that they had all made time for me.
And my dear young boss and his wife had gone to great efforts to get a limited edition of a Muhammad Ali pen for me. I have always admired Muhammad Ali as an athlete, a man who helped more people than many others in a better position etc etc. It's no wonder that he is the most written about athlete in the world.

And then, as Pat says, I have you. From across the miles and the oceans, I have you. You have given me so much and for this blessing of your friendship, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. It's one of the best gifts I have and I cannot imagine too many people having a friendship based on written exchanges of our individual lives. How amazing is this?

Beeeeeeg Hugs and Much love from your kawan,
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Aren't we a lucky group to have found each other. It's great to have friends all over the world that share common interests. It's always the best time of my day to catch up with all of you. Today is pretty much a do nothing day. No grandkids and too cold outside to get out and do anything fun. Yesterday I went to Donovan's game and got some housework done.

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Birthdays are a wonderful time to just enjoy!! Time goes so fast, and we need to have a day--at least one--to relish who we are and what we've accomplished AND be with the ones we love!!

It's supposed to be in the 60's today. I'd love to get out in the yard, but I'm afraid to aggravate the shoulder. I also can't finish painting in the kitchen until the shoulder pain subsides. Couch Potato Day.

Headed to the church. Blessings, kawan-kawan.

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Happy belated Birthday Prema! Sounds like your day was wonderful with your family. Happy for you and sending you lots of hugs and healthy days through the year. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Pat and Kathy,
Hope all is well with you both and your families. Keep smiling and sparking. God bless.

I had some computer technical problems for awhile and now working better again. Thank goodness my youngest dd Colleen can fix these things.

Have a wonderful Sunday all and do take care. We have about 3 inches of snow that fell this morning. Looks pretty after rain all week, but hoping it is not bad for driving to church. Had friends over last night and we played cards. Had a great time.
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Prema, it all sounds lovely. I'm glad you had a great day. It was nice that your goddaughter and grandson were able to spend time with you. I hope you continue your celebration all throughout the weekend.

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Hi Kathy and Pat....thank you both for remembering. And Pat, it was nice to toast for me even if it was OJ.... emoticon

I had a good day yesterday; we had lunch at an Open House of one of our friends who was celebrating Chinese New Year. At an Open House, people walk in and out at different times from about 1130 to 4pm, sitting at the many tables available and partaking of a variety of food. It's an excuse to go crazy and feed your face.

Then at night, we headed off to a Japanese restaurant and my goddaughter, her husband and my grandson joined the three of us. My grandson (he will be 1 in February) was absolutely adorable and was willing to try everything from cod fish to avocado to tofu. She gives me lovely cards every year addressed to "my mum....and this year, it was to mum, guide, friend...and touched my heart.

Tonight, my young boss and his family are hosting me to a dinner and I have been instructed not to say a word about calories and healthy options for food and drinks. Tough!!!!

Have a great weekend my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, by the time you get to reading this, it will be your birthday. Since it is only 6:30 am here, I raise my glass of OJ and toast your success. May God bless you and reward you with another great year of health, success and happiness. Happy Birthday my kawan.

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Hi Kathy. Hi Pat.

Stay on the soapbox, Kathy. Education is a subject very dear to my heart because I believe doctors and teachers are among the more important people in our society. One takes care of our bodies and the other, our mind. As with everything in life, education seems to cater for the average group or the middle 80% of a bell-shaped curve and hence, one size fits all! And then robotics and other forms of technology are created to handle the mundane and 80% stuff we do. So what is the education system of today doing? Preparing the kids for tomorrow?? No way!
I like how Finland, Germany and Japan are trying to figure out how to make schools more interesting for kids and more relevant to our current times. My young boss, watching his kids (and they are both in a good private school) lamented to me the other day that our education system is archaic and producing students who can deal with the past rather than the present. let alone the future.

Thanks for the kind words...my mum and her remaining siblings felt the loss of my cousin as it seemed to them that God could have taken any one of them instead of this man who has not had a chance to enjoy becoming a grandfather!

Long weekend starting tomorrow and I get back to work on Tuesday again.

Have a good weekend, my dear kawan-kawan. Hope your weather stays good as does mine!

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Kathy, schools have gotten so far away from the basics that kids are being deprived of a good education. Common core math and no longer teaching cursive are two examples of what is missing in our schools. Another problem is accountability with parents taking a backseat to their children's needs. Single parent homes, school shootings and children not getting enough sleep and exercise all contribute.

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I think there are a lot of unknowns in our new executive branch. What I feel pretty secure in is the fact that there's not a "political" agenda. Prema, I do share some concern about education. What I've witnessed personally is the abject failure of the public schools to truly educate our youth. The system has been so politicized, with educating taking a back seat. I'm not sure but that, aside from basic math and communication skills, there needs to be a curriculum for those who have no desire for higher education. There seems to be a "one size fits all" mentality. I always wanted to be a teacher, so college was where I was headed, but neither of my sisters wanted to go that direction. Granted, there is some flexibility for more advanced courses for college-bound, but fewer choices to really prepare kids for employment directly after high school. Both of my brothers went into the military after high school. Students are not held accountable for reprehensible behavior and, in many cases, parents are perfect models for that behavior. Schools defer to parents, easily sacrificing teachers and interfering with learning.

Stepping down from soapbox....

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Prema, so sorry for your losses. I pray for comfort for you and your family.
Politicians today can be so hungry for power and celebrity status. Egos aside, I don't see any place where any country is completely satisfied with their government. Unity will never be reached until people from opposite sides decide to work together for the sake of the people.

DH has an appointment tomorrow with a neurologist that specializes in optimology for the swelling in his optic nerve.

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I am not at optimistic as you are Pat about matters levelling out after Trump puts his cabinet in place. I have heard them confusing some of the foreign policies that have been in place forever. And the reforms in the education system will be managed by a lady with zero background in education, so...all a bit tricky.

However, that's a separate matter from celebrities spewing obscenities at a rally called the Women's March which was a march for equality and recognition. Blowing up the White House or shooting the President - these are all ridiculous messages for the young ones to hear especially from influential people like singers and actors. What a terrible thing for these people to use a wonderful platform like the Women's March to just get themselves heard!! Dimwits!!!
In Malaysia, Pat, it's even more embarrassing...our leaders in the Cabinet are the ones mouthing silly things on a daily basis! God help us...

Thank you for the thumbs up on the transition. It's very comforting, my kawan.

2 relatives of mine died; my oldest cousin on my mum's side of the family died at 70 very unexpectedly. He was a doctor but with bad very bad habits - heavy smoker and drinker. Another was a 78 year old relative who died in a cafe while having lunch with his wife. This man is a darling and there was much sadness at his passing. So today and tomorrow, in between work, I shall attend these 2 sad events.

Have a good one today, my kawan and I hope the weather gets better for you.

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, you should know by now that you are not like your friends. You will see that your transition to menopause will most likely be similar to mine and Kathy's.
As for the women's march, there were celebrities spewing obscenities and Madonna even said that she wanted to blow up the White House. What kind of messsge does that send to our children?
Trump has been very aggressive so far and may step on toes but when his cabinet gets put in place, things should level out some.



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Dear Kathy and Pat, thanks for the feedback about the menopause symptoms. I was watching my girlfriends here go through a wide repertoire of menopausal symptoms and it was fairly scary. One of them who had her menopause at 47, put on a lot of weight subsequently and another was perpetually angry and teary for most small stuff. I hope I end up as easy as both of you...but Kathy, your situation was definitely strange....no period for one year at 35!!

Pat, you definitely had your hands full with all 3 men in your house. How will you manage when the princess joins the fray? But you will, won't you? Most people can take a tip or two from you on this.

What happened at the Women's March on Saturday? The objectives were very honourable - health reform, planned parenthood, immigration, minorities etc. Did they miss out on these completely?

In Malaysia, we have a growing concern. The TPPA was supposed to be ratified this year to forge a close business relationship between America and the Asia-Pacific nations as a means of ensuring that China played fair. Mr Trump want to repeal the TPPA against a few selected countries including Malaysia and this is a huge cause for concern. So now we have decided to sign Letters of Intent with China on infrastructure projects and other ventures and I am not sure this is the best and only way forward for our country. Have to wait and see.

Have a good one my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, you are right, jumping out of an airplane is not for everyone, me included. I have to say, if Prema's kawan, kawan can make it through menopause without to much difficulty, someone as physically fit as her can breeze through it.
What did you think of the women's march last Saturday? I was embarrassed to be woman that day. Vulgar language and actions are nothing to be proud of.

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I cannot claim earthquake status...and neither can you, Pat. That being said, it's not for everyone, but it was an awesome experience for me!!

As for menopause, I was almost there at 35 with nearly a year with no period. Then, off we went again for about 12 years. I had some hot flashes, nothing else at all.

It's nearly 60 outside but really windy.

Off to see the chiropractor.

Kathy

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Prema, when it comes to menopause, I think the symptoms can be greatly exaggerated. Although I experienced some hot flashes and mood swings, it wasn't anywhere near what I was hearing. I hope for the same for you. As for the boys, they were not in the sharing mood and Maxwell kept wanting to sit on Davis. Adding Donovan to the mix did not help at all. I put up a fence in the living room to keep Maxwell away from the stairs and everything else little ones are to stay away from so the play space is limited.
As for the knees, they have not been a problem because of daily meds and because I have not been abusing them with Zumba. I truly miss Zumba but I can no longer subject my knees to that kind of abuse.

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Hi Pat. It will be no walk in the park having two toddlers under the same roof at the same time. Hope Donovan gets home in time from school to help out...the presence of a big brother in the house can be such a wonderful way of getting the youngsters to toe the line!!
My son, from young, has had that effect on little boys but of absolutely no use when it comes to little girls. They give him a smile and that's it...I told him that he would have to send his daughters to me next time....God help me if he gets 4 of them!!!

How are your knees so far, Pat?

My gynae called me and told me that I am now officially her oldest patient who has yet to reach menopause. I think when I turn 59, I may just hit this stage. After hearing the problems my girlfriends went through after hitting menopause and also reading about it, I am a little worried. Let's hope my symptoms are as low-key as some of the lucky ladies I was reading about!

Funnily enough, we are also having a lot of rain in Malaysia. Not quite normal. But unlike you, I don't have kids in the house and I am at work. So sanity levels have not been tested yet...

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, you should be so proud of how healthy you are and to have friends that won't take your advice, it's their loss. Over time it has been proven that the only effective way to lose weight is diet and exercise.

I have Maxwell and Davis today. It's supposed to rain today so having them indoors all day may drive me crazy. We'll see.



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