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Prema, he had so much fun yesterday. Only 2 kids from his team showed up though and another team had only 3 players show up, so the merged the teams to make one team. Each kid gets a couple of chances to run the ball and he scored both times he had it. The second time, he ran right to his mom who was standing in the end zone. I really love seeing my grandsons active and loving sports. Yesterday I took Donovan to the pool. This is opening weekend. The water was cold, but I managed to get in and walk laps in chest high water.

What are we going to do with your kids? Constantly laughing at your grandson calling you Bhauuu. You have to be careful though, sometimes those names stick and he and any other grandkids may end up calling you by that "pet" name.

Wishing everyone a safe and solemn Memorial Day.

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Hi Pat. I saw the video clip and pictures on Facebook. It's one thing that he was soooo cute, and it's another that he just outran every kid on that day....and all the while, just enjoying himself to the maximum!!!
What an amazing kid!!!

I am waiting for the time when my girl has to study for her exams and then has to stay with me. By that time, my grandson will be indoctrinated day and night until he gets Nani correct. My son and my god-daughter are actually making zero efforts to correct him...they just crack up every time he looks at me and goes "Bha uuu" (can't quite get the letter "L"). I have useless kids.... emoticon

Hi Kathy. Hi Ei.

Hope all of you have a good start to the week.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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5/28/17 7:38 P

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Oh Prema, you need to have a sleepover with that young man and don't let him go back home until he calls you grandma, nana or any other name that is not your dogs.

Davis played in his Super Bowl and scored 2 touchdowns. Later Donovan and I went to the pool. I did plenty of walking in chest high water. The outdoor pool was still cool and 45 minutes was enough for me.

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I knew the bushes were not the sort that I was thinking about! Thanks for the clarification, Pat.

Kathy, I hope you enjoy the wedding...that's an amazing friendship...

Had a busy and lovely weekend. On Saturday morning, as usual, i went to the market and bough stuff for a week. Then off for my my meeting. After I came back home and prepped the flowers for prayers and for my vases, my son decided to give me a jolt of surprise by taking me to the cinema to watch Guardians of the Galaxy!! A late dinner followed after the show.

Ran on Sunday....more like ran one hour and walked one hour....heavy Saturday, the day before, "punctured" the legs and the lungs!!!
Then my god-daughter and grandson came over to spend the day with me and left after dinner. He is such a cutie....loves walking everywhere and does not like to be carried except when he wants his feed.
We have still not succeeded in getting him to call me Naniji...he looks at me, smiles and then proceeds with "Bhaloo, Bhaloo" emoticon

Have a great Sunday, my kawan-kawan.

Hi Ei. Stay well....

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I wish I knew someone locally that could do that for me. I hate using strangers or big companies.

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After a good soaking, I called someone to take the bushes out. They have done some work for my brother and actually work full-time for my niece's husband. Hopefully, they can get it done over this holiday weekend.

Wedding tomorrow evening...Pat's best friend since 3rd grade.

Have a great weekend.

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Prema, you could neither hug or stand as tall as the bushes I need removed. Both have been here since we purchased this house over 20 years ago. I would love to see them out of here today, but that's not going to happen. It is so sad that the holy month of Ramadan may be riddled with terror attacks on the innocent and oblivious. How is this right in anyone's mind as a way to make it to the afterlife? I pray for the safety of all the people worldwide.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

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Hi Kathy and Pat.
I have a feeling that both of you may be defining bushes very differently from me. From your conversation so far, I do not believe you are talking about anything shorter than yourselves and and with a circumference that is just slightly bigger a hug from you..The size that you are describing will probably have me never ever tackling it unless I had either professional people or great hunky men to help out!! emoticon

Kathy, I also think Sean Connery was the best ever James Bond but when it came to grading both men in the looks department, Roger Moore wins hands down. By the way, did you see Sean Connery in this movie called "Finding Forrester"? Excellent movie.

Pat, the holy month of Ramadan starts tomorrow and there are expectations that there will be more bombing and terror attacks during this period. What is this world coming to? Dear God, please keep us all safe...

Hi Ei. Hope you are doing okay, my kawan.

Have a great weekend, lovely ladies.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, good luck with the bushes. We have 2 that need to come out but we'll have to have help getting them out.

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Yes, I remember Roger Moore; however, my James Bond will always be Sean Connery.

Work in the front yard looms large. I'll give the bushes one last opportunity to surrender to my (so far) fruitless efforts. It'll just need to warm up a bit before I venture out.

I do love Waze!! That being said, it just about drove me batty when I went out of town to a funeral; that day it had me going, quite literally, in circles. Isolated incident, thankfully.

Time to get my day started...with my Keurig, of course. Coffee!!!!

Have a great day!!

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Kathy, I believe, my kawan, that you have sent your rain my way. It's really dark out and the skies will be opening up really soon. It will probably be storming on the walk to the bus stop. Oh well, Donovan won't mind since tomorrow is the last day of school. I'm not used to this schedule. When I went to school in upstate NY, we went until the last week of June and went back the Thursday after Labor Day. The weather is usually still nice there through September.
I hope you had a good time at the concert and enjoyed your chicken.

Prema, I was not much of a Bond fan. but Roger Moore was a classy actor. Whoa there, I could not imagine keeping all 4 kids at once, but by the time Maxwell and Maya would be old enough to run away, I'm sure they would be more sufficient. At least they would be out of diapers.
The bombing in Manchester was tragic. I read that the Ariana Grande concert was probably targeted because it was mostly attended by independent thinking women. So sad. The youngest victim identified so far was only 8 years old. I'm glad your son did not know anyone that was at that concert.

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5/25/17 6:28 A

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One of my heroes has passed away...

Roger Moore, ex-James Bond, ex-The Saint, ex-Ivanhoe....passed away after battling cancer. Such a handsome guy...and spoke in such a suave manner. Do you ladies remember him?

Hi Pat. I think it helps that you only live a mile away. How funny will it be if all 4 kids decided to run away to your house at the same time....I take that back....it will not be funny at all.

Hi Kathy. Good to hear from you. We have been having heavy rainfall every evening for the last few days and I have never been more thankful to Waze. It tells me the shortest route and the points where there's a jam and also how long it would take to clear the jam. I am not sure I can manage without Ms Waze in my life.

The fasting month starts on Saturday and it will be quite tough because a lot of things slow down during this period, at work and with business in general. There's a lot of apprehension these days though because one never knows whether the terrorists plan to take advantage of the situation and carry out more bombings during the holy month of Ramadhan. After bombings at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, my poor son was furiously ringing his pals to see if they were all okay and fortunately for him, all of them had finished their Masters programme the previous year. Sad to see what is happening in the world these days.

Hi Ei.

Take care, my kawan-kawan. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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No rain today...rain totals for the year are fast approaching annual levels. It was cloudy and cooler today, but nice and dry. A warm-up tomorrow should get me back out in the yard.

Stella will finish school on Thursday, so she'll start spending Thursdays with me next week. Her music program was cancelled last Thursday because of the threat of severe weather and rescheduled for last night.

Met with insurance agent yesterday about changing my supplemental insurance.

I've got a chicken in the slow cooker...smells good. I'll get it boned after it's had a chance to cool.

Feeling good, my kawan-kawan.

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Prema, fortunately if Maxwell and Maya decide to run away, I only live a mile away. Close enough for Donovan and Davis to run away to my house oiƮtoo. Hopefully they are all much older when that happens.
I still think you are disciplined even if you don't think so.

Kathy and Ei, thinking of you today.

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So that's how it happened!
Just so you know...in time to come, Melanie is in great danger of Max and Maya wanting to run away to their grandma's place...more fun!!!

Ei, still thinking of you and holding your hand in prayer.

Kathy, how are you, my kawan? I hope everything is being managed well especially your health...

And Pat, like you, I do wish Annette would check in too...

I need to have my head examined...I cannot sleep in any more these days. I wanted to to just lie in this morning as Moskito had a work commitment that was going to commence very early. And since I was up, I did my program for the day anyway. Sucker! Don't bother telling me that I am hardworking and disciplined or any of that....my kids already called me a sucker!!!

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

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Prema, I kind of asked for it on Sunday. With the torrential rains, I asked Michelle if she wanted Davis to stay with me for the games and as far as Maxwell and Maya go, Melanie asked when she could have a date night, preferably before we left for Myrtle Beach and I said, how about Sunday afternoon. Dummy me, but what could I do at that point? I survived and the next day I was out grocery shopping and mowing the lawn. All is good. It should be a more relaxing Tuesday, with the big chores out of the way.

Ei, still thinking of you and sending you prayers.

Kathy, still praying for you and Sarah's family and friends.

I sure wish Annette would drop by.

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Hi Pat. When it rains, it pours, doesn't it?
My poor kawan....12 hours with toddlers and a baby and a shelf collapsing on you...and yet you remain optimistic about life the next day. I think I just discovered your secret....even if World War 3 unsettles you today, it will all disappear tomorrow when the sun rises and sets again....I shall borrow this philosophy for the next few days for myself, too...

Ei, I hope you are doing okay.

Kathy, all okay with you, my kawan?

The weather has been quite unpredictable these days. It rains quite heavily every evening and this has been setting off a traffic jam on the way home almost every day. But I shall take a cue from Pat....and believe that the next day will be better than today...even if that does not happen, I will still be filled with hope...and that by itself, will be good enough for us...

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, I am doing well thank you. I hope you are doing the same. Yesterday was crazy hectic. I took Davis for around 8 hours and then had Maxwell and Maya for about 4 hours. The pantry shelve collapsed when I was making lunch for Davis and DH and I tried fixing them for a few hours. My SIL ended up fixing them and it took him an additional 2 hours. Today should be much better.

Ei, I read Bill's obituary and it was nice that the family included you. God bless you and I hope his family continues to be a part of yours.

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Dearest Ei. As I get older, I find myself getting more and more open about this concept of marriage. I don't believe the law or a piece of paper carries more weight than the actual feelings that we have for another person. The piece of paper has only been useful in the eyes of the law for property and other claims....that piece of paper says nothing about the like and love you feel for the other person. And one has to like the person as much as one loves the person to have a meaningful companionship. You both had that..

You may not have been married to Bill but the care you both gave one another as well as the companionship was absolutely monumental. To have that much love in one's life is such a blessing....because in the end, for all of us, the only thing that matters, the only thing that will ever matter is LOVE. He gave you all the love you deserved and he received as much. If that relationship was not meant to be sanctified by God, it would never even have happened, Ei.
It happened. And in God's eyes, I am sure that it was meant to happen for both of you. Please feel a huge hug from me, my kawan....

Pat and Kathy, how are both of you? My god-daughter's husband failed his 1st of the medical specialization exams and has a re-sit at the end of the year. I had to remind my girl that if he failed again, then he has to take a back seat and allow her to sit for the exams...that was the agreement they had with me. Personally, she is far more intelligent than her husband and I am hoping that he does not display, ever, any chauvinistic attitude about this later in life. He has been toeing the line and has been supportive so far....so let's hope it stays...

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

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I will look that up after I finish sparking this morning. Hugs...

Prema, rain, rain, rain. Davis has games today at 9, 10 and 1. I volunteered to watch Davis for them. That's one less thing for them to worry about.

Blessings

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Thank you dear Prema, Pat and Kathy and I so appreciate your kind words.
If you wanted to look at the obit, you can. It is posted today in our Cleveland plain dealer. Bill's son Marque and I planned all the details with the funeral home yesterday. The obit is - cleveland.com and then look up obituaries or you can look at McGorray-Hanna funeral home. His full name is : William T. Hernandez.....

Sending you all hugs and much thanks for caring. Again I will read the posts and catch up with all you soon, I hope.... My life will be so different know without him and even though I was not married to him, we did really love each other. He was much older than me, but So Young at heart......knew him many years, but been with him 6 years since his second wife (my friend, Eileen,(same name as mine) passed away 6 years ago.
my private email if you need it is: elash1943@gmail.com
thinking of all of you and hoping things are good and your day will be awesome.
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Ei, I saw all your postings in Facebook. Bill was definitely much loved by his family and yours. And such a kind face, too...
You have no idea how I and I am sure all the others just wish we could fly over and be with you during this sad loss. When I prayed for you and for him this morning, I did start the prayer with much thanks for the fact that both of you had each other and that before he passed away, he was able to connect with a wonderful lady who gave as much to him as any person can hope to get. You are a darling....

Pat, you, Kathy and Ei also have a special place in my heart. My wish is the same as yours - may God keep us safe and healthy in the years to come.

Have a good Sunday, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Ei, prayers for you and Bill's family, my kawan. We knew Bill had many health issues but I way completely surprised to hear of his passing. Take comfortable that his is in a better place, no longer subject to pain. God bless.

Kathy, prayers for you, your family and Sarah's family. It sounds like you have lost a very special young lady. Ones life work can say a lot for their character. I'm sure the special needs people in her life will truly miss her too

I'm glad you and your family stayed safe last night.

Prema, Dhivia will be smart to establish herself before becoming married. Speaking for a woman that has been married for over 40 years, it was important to be mature enough, financially responsible and committed.

My kawan-kawan, you all have a special place in my heart. I feel like you are all longtime friends. May God keep you safe and healthy for many years to come.

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Dear dear Ei. I am so very sorry about Bill's passing. We all knew that he was not in the best of health but he seemed to thrive quite a bit with your wonderful caring, giving and understanding. You were the most wonderful friend and companion anyone could have asked for...and I am very very sure that Bill's last few years were made that much better because he had someone like you in his life.
God Bless you my friend. And from across the many miles, please feel a huge hug from me.

Kathy, what an amazing coincidence. Peter Young, the late pastor that I was helping take care of, started Dignity & Services in Malaysia, catering to individuals with special needs and learning disabilities. The people who do work for these organisations are shown much love by their charges mainly because they appear to be the only people who know how to make special people feel normal.
I once took on the role of emcee for a show to raise funds to get them a new place and it was an eye-opener for me. I felt humbled. God made me count my blessings on that day....
My prayers go out to Sarah and you, Kathy. You are my forever kawan, too.

Pat, your advice on marriage is exactly the same advice I dished out to Dhivia. I told her that having children was a bonus and only if both parties have a very strong foundation of friendship and love between both of them. I told her that there was no harm just being together...but Indian families, including her dad, his family and my mum, are all very old-fashioned about cohabiting without marriage. I told her that the easiest way would be to stay single until both of them came up with more concrete plans in their lives about staying on in Melbourne or going away to Europe.
As for the stock market my kawan, look at charts. They do not lie. Buy when the market is on uptrend. Take your money off the table when the loss hits 6 to 8%. No questions asked. Cash in when the stock goes up 25%. And look at the charts of your selected stocks. Always. Including those on your watchlist...

My prayers and my love to my amazing kawan-kawan. Friends unseen and yet in my heart at all times....

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Ei, so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I'm not sure how I missed your post earlier.. Regardless, losing someone near and dear definitely takes a toll. I hope you are able to find peace.

Stella's program was cancelled because of the threat of tornadoes. I'll deliver Nolan to daycare in the morning before I go to Sarah's service. I've rescheduled the insurance lunch until Tuesday, so I think I'll go visit my friend Cheryl--the one with early-onset Alzheimer's, before Stella's book-share at 2:45.

Stay safe.

Kathy

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I'm not sure, but Stella's program may get cancelled tonight because of the threat of severe weather. I guess it's a "wait and see." I may try to mow before the storms close in. I'll have Nolan overnight, regardless.

Sarah's service is tomorrow morning, and I'm sure it will be a celebration of her life! She was a social worker for Rainbows United, serving special needs individuals. A very special lady!! Her suffering is over.

Just so you know, this is a very special place for me to share with you very special ladies. I can share anything and everything with you, without fear of judgment. I love you more than you know, and I'm so glad to have you in my life. You are my forever kawan--kawan.

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Good morning everyone. Sad news from me -
My sweet wonderful BF Bill passed away last night on his way to my house.
More later. Please keep me and his family in your prayers if you can. VERY Sad
day for me.
hugs dear kawan-kawan, Thanks so much for listening to me and being my special motivating friends Hope all is well with you Have not had much chance to read the posts --plus my computer (Mac) has been acting up. Hope to get on here once I am more cheerful and stay more in touch. thinking of you all. God bless.
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Prema, how did you do that? You got the Dow to drop several hundred points yesterday, just talking about it. I'm very giddy when the stock market makes great strides and yesterday was not one of those days. We have made great strides since last June and I hope that positive gains continue.

Your little girl has made quite an impression on her beau's grandfather. That's great. Stick to your guns and encourage Dhivia to remain single for as long as she can hold out. Getting married and settling down too soon can lead to heartache and disappointment.

It sounds like your country has a real water problem. Do people own private catchment units, or is all water contained by the government. I can't remember when we last had our water levels to the point where they recommend rationing, not watering the grass or washing the car. I don't envy you.

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Hi Kathy. Am I glad that you missed the storm. But does this also mean that you will be digging up the bushes yourself? Please don't. If you cannot find any hunky gardeners, just settle for Pat's shirtless, 60 year neighbor! She sure ain't interested in him....

39 is still way way too young. I hope Kelley is doing okay. Hugs to her.

Pat, we are well and truly entrenched in hot weather until September. One hopes that the weather will not get hazy from peat fires and that there will be no water rationing. Our government does not understand how big a joke we are in the eyes of the world when we tell anyone that an equatorial country like ours with our tropical showers needs to undertake water rationing because the catchment areas do not have enough water!!!

Anyway, most people are more interested in what's happening to your part of the world. Mr Trump has been capturing world headlines on a daily basis. The best description I can use to describe his face is "perpetually dour". But thank goodness, your stock market does not react to rumors and political fiasco....buyers are still more interested in earnings season and company performance. Thank you Nasdaq and S&P500..... emoticon

My daughter's boyfriend has a nice family. Nick's grandfather wanted to see Dhivia because, apparently, Nick could not stop talking about her. So the parents flew Nick and Dhivia to Brisbane for Easter and the grandfather told my girl that she was amazing and too good for his grandson. And advised her to remind Nick of this every time he took her for granted. This guy is her best choice so far and although there are no signs of wedding bells to date, they have been talking about settling down together. I had to do the right thing and tell her to settle down when she was ready and not succumb to peer pressure with her friends all married and settled down with children in tow....
So let's wait and see.....

Have a good one, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Prema, hunky gardeners, what a great idea. I'm all for that. I wish I had thought of that yesterday when I was out trimming the bushes in the back yard. The only thing I had to look at was my 60 year old neighbor mowing his lawn without a shirt. Sigh!

Kathy, 39 is way to young to pass. My daughter will be 39 in December and I just could never imagine that.
I'm glad you missed the worst of yesterday's storm.

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Dodged a bullet last night, but some places were hit with tornados and baseball- sized hail. More severe weather predicted for tomorrow.

Sarah's obituary was in this morning's paper; she was 39--still too young.

Kathy

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Hi Kathy. What a tragedy. 37 is way too young. My condolences to your Kelley.
You are one busy busy lady and I am sure others, years younger than you, will feel exhausted just reading your schedule.
On top of which, you want to remove 2 bushes - sigh!!! I have no idea whether to wish a storm to come by and do that for you or just 2 hunky good looking gardeners to do the same for you....me thinks me prefers the hunky gardeners!!!
And since you have no protection, the hunky gardeners are the better option here!!
Dancing with joy over the results of your sonogram.

Hi Pat. Lucky you. And smart you. I discovered my intolerance at the age of 22, and believed my wicked friends when they told me that I would be better with wine, a more refined drink! Talk about being a dumb dodo!!!

Moskito is running the full marathon this Sunday and since he has been training others who are participating in the run for the first time, he is not expecting a good time at all. He is hoping to do 3 hours 15 mins and that's to be achieved without any training! Oh youth!!!
I realise that I do not like participating in races because of the crowds. Others thrive in a race or running in a group. I quite enjoy the "me time" when I am running alone. I feel very hemmed in when there's a large group.

Weather here is getting hotter and more humid. So running days are getting fairly challenging, too...

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

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Kathy, prayers coming your way to protect you from Mother Nature and dealing with your loss.

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Sarah and Kelley were school friends who've stayed connected through the years. I think they are both 37.

We're expecting severe weather, and the air's already heavy. Possibility of tornadoes with baseball-size hail. Pray that doesn't happen---I have no garage!!

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Kathy, I'm glad your sonogram turned out okay. You are one busy lady, good luck with those bushes. I'm sorry to hear about your kids friend. Must have been young. So sad.

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I'm still struggling trying to get the last two bushes out. Maybe the severe storms they're predicting for today will free them for me, otherwise, I may have to enlist help.

The week got really busy...the kids' friend Sarah died Saturday, so Pat said the first of their out-of-town friends arrives today. Services will be Friday. Along with that, Stella has two school events--one Thursday night, the other Friday afternoon. I'll bring Nolan home after Stella's program and keep him overnight Thursday and take him to day care on Friday. Sarah's service is at 10:30 Friday then I have lunch with my insurance agent, Stella's program at 2:45, and nails at 4:30. B R E A T H E.

The nurse called yesterday and said my sonogram was good. I will need to repeat the urinalysis in two weeks.

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Prema, fortunately I have no drinking stories to share. My body has never tolerated liquor very well, so early on I knew my limits. I was able to have a few more drinks in my 20's than I can now. I'm the perennial designated driver in my group.

I'm glad you enjoyed the clips of the concerts and games. Donovan played in 5 games this past weekend.

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Hi Pat.
In Malaysia, the indigenous tribes in East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) drink this very potent liquor called "Tuak". At the time I first tried this drink, I was in my early 20s and had just one large glass whilst the Sarawakians were chugging away many glasses throughout the night. No prizes for guessing who had the biggest hangover the next morning and did not recognize that she was suffering from one!
Apparently, the night before, I told the head that the stars falling on his shoulders were very beautiful and that he should try and catch all of these before the night was over...for years, that story was repeated and embellished to a point that even I didn't know they were talking about me!!!!

Anyway, I saw the Facebook posting on the concert and the ball game....so so so cute. I hope someone shows Stevie Wonder the clip!!

Hi Kathy. Hi Ei.

Have a good one today, my kawan-kawan.

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Prema, you made me laugh, but I can get stupid drunk on less than that. Have a great morning with Moskito.
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Hi Pat. Hi Kathy. Hi Ei.

Ei, I hope you find out exactly what's wrong with you real soon. It's no fun being unwell for this length of time and not knowing the problem. I just read your post and your Bill sound like my mum. Refuses to move out and refuses to acknowledge that she cannot manage her house alone any more. Keep us posted.

Kathy, you have been missed, my kawan. The weather has been very hot and humid in my part of the world and I was thinking that you were probably facing the same in your part of the world. And then I remembered the mosquitoes (the 6-legged variety) in your part of the world. Take care. Cover up. Be safe.

Hi Pat. I was so embarrassed this morning. I have a low threshold for alcohol and I can get high with just 2 glasses of wine, so, my kawan, I am a cheap drunk!!! And I do say the silliest things ever - what an idiot I am!!

Have a great start to the week, lovely ladies.

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Kathy, you would have had treaty dress up today if you were here. 86 and sunny. I lathered up the sunscreen today.

Prema, naughty, naughty Prema. Getting sloshed and then dancing around. I tell you what, my kawan, if we ever meet, I'll have to get you untoxicated so that I can sit back and enjoy the show. LOL.

Another beautiful, sunny day.

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Hi lovely ladies.

We celebrated Mother's Day today. I had a fabulous day attending a 2-hour Cocktail Workshop with my son. You heard right! Cocktail Workshop.
I now have the biggest smile on my face, the legs are doing a dance step up the staircase and I am in danger of just falling asleep with a smile on my face in a moment. Me thinks me is a tad high!!!
And Moskito is coming tomorrow as usual...hahahahahaha!!

Talk to you tomorrow, me dearest kawan-kawan.

What a day! Beeeeeeeg HUGGGGGGSSSSSSSSS, Prema

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I don't usually go to summer games. The sun's too hot and my rosacea becomes pretty ugly. When I walk, it's usually early in the morning, sometimes before the sun's even up. I'll walk with Nolan sometimes, but we are never out for very long. For yard work, I work in long pants and long sleeves--with a hat, of course.



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Kathy, are you feeling better yet? I'm sure Nolan is being a big help. Do you ever go to any baseball games?
Today Davis scored 1 touchdown and Donovan played 3 lacrosse games. They one 2 and lost in the championship game by one goal. Donovan scored 2/ goals in the first, 3 in the second and 3 in the third. I got a little bit of sunburn.

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I must say I feel kind of like Bill about the house thing. I confess I've started to weed things out, but that's so my sons don't have to do it down the line. It never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to accumulate "things."

Nolan's with me overnight tonight. Pat & Kelley are in OKC for a baseball game; Fidelity Bank in OKC is a sponsor of the local team and invited the Fidelity staff from Wichita to be their guests at tonight's game. Stella's with Mark and Teresa.

I mowed the back last night, and neighbor Tony mowed the front a while ago. I wouldn't have done anything to it until Tuesday, but it was sure nice of him to do it. I am blessed to have such good neighbors.

Nothing to report yet on sonograms.

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Ei, so nice to hear from you. I hope the allergist can determine what has been causing you so much ill health. Is your computer finally working right ? It's so hard to get people to move from the home they have lived in for so long since it is usually the only consistent thing they still have left. I hope he can come to grips with downsizing.

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Happy Mother's day to all you wonderful caring moms and grandmas. emoticon
Bill's son was in town for a week and he was helping his dad with his housework. Big house and lots of work. He really should sell it and get a small place, but he does not want to do this.
Going to Allergy dr. today for first time to find out why I was so sick for so long with sinus, etc. Hate to go through this, but I guess it will be the best way to try to prevent any more problems if I am allergic.

Also having some computer problems. I type and some of the words jump up to another line or erase. Not sure what this is all about. Was on phone with Apple for hour and a half yesterday. emoticon
Hope all of you are doing well. Take care and will post again later. emoticon emoticon emoticon
hugs, blessings, my kawan-kawan.
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Prema, let's hope that Melanie and Adam have turned the corner in regards to growing up. I'm sure Adam could do much worse in the girlfriend department. That being said, let's hope that change will be reflected in the children's upbringing.

Such an evil young man your Moskito is. Is he so blind to not know that you are now strong enough to overtake him? He better watch out or the granny patrol may be forced into action.

Have a great weekend everyone and Happy Mother's Day on Sunday. I have a weekend full of activities involving sports outings. One football and 3 lacrosse games on Saturday and 2 lacrosse games on Sunday.

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Kathy, I like your doctor. He/she seems very thorough. But the number of sonograms you have to go through sounds intimidating to me. Please keep us posted about the results and the prognosis. Your pain sounds a tad frightening at this juncture.
Your Stella does sound like she's all grown up and your Nolan is definitely your baby boy...goes WOW when it involves furnishings...

Pat, I think Melanie is making some very good progress. She is finally taking some steps in the right direction and to me, this is improvement. Big time. And if Adam is as much in love with her as I think he is, the habit could just rub off on him too. It all sounds possible.

Moskito has upped my session - same set of exercises but with greater intensity! He is definitely going plum loco...
He is now trying to assess if he has to start my sessions and my team's sessions a bit earlier as we have now moved to our new premises. The gym at the new place allows them to transfer their membership from the old gym so all good for now. And Moskito may have to start earlier but he's quite game for this...

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

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Kathy, oh my, that sounds painful. Take care and especially with that UTI. I'm not sure what the hold up is with Maya's treatment plan. It was determined from the ultrasound that's the size and placement of the kidneys are okay, so we are glad about that. I'm glad you floors have caused a WOW reaction from young Nolan.

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Well, I must've been dreaming because I could swear I posted a message on Tuesday. All things being dependent on technology, cyber-gremlins are totally responsible.

I went back to the doctor Tuesday afternoon because of severe cramping in my groin. A physical exam gave no clues, but the doctor said there was a possibility of a urinary tract infection; however, he didn't feel that would cause the pain I was having. I had a pelvic sonogram, as well as a vaginal sonogram (I know, I'd never heard of that one either). I do have a UTI, but I will not know the results of the sonograms for 3-5 days.

Teresa picked up Nolan yesterday, and I could get away soon enough to go watch Stella's gymnastics class. I then joined her and her daddy for a bite to eat. It was great to see how she's progressed. I see individual moves from time to time, but it's so encouraging to see her in class.

The trim has been ordered and will have to be stained before it's installed. My floor is looking good. Nolan's response on Monday was a great big, drawn-out "Wow!"

Take care. Pat, what's the hold-up on Maya's treatment? Prema, enjoy Vishal and friend.

Much love, kawan-kawan.

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Prema, we can only hope that she has the wisdom to listen to her mom to get her through this. She came over last night to pay back a loan that I gave her back in November. It was good to see her responsible for once. Have fun with Vishal and his friend. I'm sure you will keep him well fed.

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Pat, I think the prognosis will get better as time goes by. My biggest source of comfort is that Maya has you nearby. You are such a steadying influence on all and sundry around you...

My son's friend from UK is down and will be spending 2 weeks at my house. My dog recognised him straight away despite not seeing him for 2 years. Vishal returns from Hong Kong tomorrow after a short assignment. I officially move tomorrow to my new office and I need to unpack by tomorrow as Monday is going to be very busy....

Have a good one, Pat. Hi Kathy. Hi Ei.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, not that I know of. I don't know frequency of the visits yet either. We should know more by the end of the week.

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Hi Pat. Has baby Maya started her antibiotic treatment yet? And how often does she return to the clinic for a check or follow up?

Have a good one today. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, thank you for the prayers. There are many concerns with taking an antibiotic everyday. The biggest is the medicine becoming ineffective in treating infections and a need for a stronger antibiotic. I hope that doesn't happen.

Maya is such a happy baby and I am hoping she stays that way.

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Oh Pat. How terribly sad. I have never been more thankful than I have today for the fact that Michelle has you. I know you will be doing this so I am probably repeating myself when I ask you to tell her to ensure that she takes complete care of the situation. She and Adam just have to step up now.

Are there any long-term effects of taking the antibiotic for almost 10 years? I am assuming that there is no alternative treatment.

Pat, I know you are strong. I know you have huge courage and tenacity and you will pull everyone together in this situation with Maya. In my prayers every morning, I will remember your Maya and ask God to keep a close watch on her and of course, silently, I will ask if a miracle is possible....

You take care, my kawan.

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Prema, thanks for the kind words about my grandsons. They are both outgoing and athletic. Donovan is the serious one and Davis is the clown. DH is watching the boys this morning while I am at Nationwide Children's Hospital with Melanie and Maya. We are done with radiology and she was just called back for a scan with a catheter. Poor baby. She's been in good spirits so far
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Back from the hospital now. Maya's kidneys are in poor condition. She has kidney reflux. When urine moves from the kidneys to the bladder, it goes back up into the kidney. On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the worst, she was rated 5 in one kidney and 3 in the other. She will have to be on a daily antibiotic from now until she outgrows the problem which could be around the ages of 7-10.

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Hi Kathy and Pat. I totally agree with both of you. She's a nice lady and good to be with in a group. And I have no issues inviting her to any group gathering and for her to take it from there. However, my interests are very different from hers...and I quite value my "me time" as much as I value spending time with my friends. And truth be told, I think I have more in common with with both of you than I have with her....weird as that may sound! So I don't think I will be of any use to her as a "crutch" at all!

Pat, I must say that children from mixed marriages benefit both from looks and mental make-up in many ways. Your grandchildren are both so so so handsome, sporty and from the stories, very good-natured as well. In Malaysia, we have mixed marriages of all races and the children from these marriages generally are more sociable and show wide ranging abilities in both academic and sporting arenas. Those who do not come from mixed marriages go right across the spectrum from very sociable to very insular. Most non-Muslim mums do not want their children to have Muslim spouses because of the forced conversion - if they do not convert, it's against the law...only in Malaysia!!

Kathy, I agree with you "It all sounds wonderful but..."
I have never liked things out of place and I also hate packing and moving. My young boss, unfortunately, enjoys adventure and moving. I found a legal firm that wanted to pay good price for our office and I decided that we should sell to him. So, we are all packing and moving to another office in a more vibrant area. It all sounds exciting but....
I hope the kitchen trims are completed. Fingers crossed!!

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

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Prema, I agree with Kathy. If that lady is going to have a "pity party ", let it be a party of one. We all go through our children growing up and if you raised them right, they will continue to amaze you and care for you. It's time for her to be selfish and enjoy some "me" time. After raising children, we all deserve that.

Kathy, it can be confining having a little one all cooped up in a small place. Is it nice enough to get him outside? Maybe he could pull up a bush or two.

Davis at flag football


Davis is on the far right and his dad is on the far left.



Donovan and his mom at a professional lacrosse game last night.
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The floor will probably get finished today, but the trim will end up waiting for another day. I'm hoping they can at least get the trim done in the kitchen, so I can have my appliances back and get the kitchen put back together.

Without being able to move things into their rightful places, it'll be hard for Nolan because rooms are packed and he's not much room to move around in. I'll have to see how it goes...I may be hanging out with Nolan at his house tomorrow.

It all sounds wonderful, BUT....

Prema, life without kids can be an adjustment. I know when Pat moved to a dorm on campus, I felt like a marble in a shoebox. That being said, life doesn't end there. It's often difficult (but necessary) to redefine who you are. I still had work and that helped. Don't you dare become another crutch for your friend to lean on. She has to find her way, rebuilding one day at a time.

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Hi Pat. 3 hours in a hair salon and Davis was fine? That definitely goes into my "Book Of Amazing Achievements by Grandparents"...
The other achievement that went into the book was Nolan telepathically understanding that Grandma was not well and decided to be an angel. I hope I have good stuff like that to report back myself one day.... emoticon

Please keep us posted about the outcome of Maya's kidney scan. I sure hope your DD decides to show both her Maxwell and Maya some really good examples of a healthy lifestyle...this makes such a difference...

Hi Kathy. I agree with Pat. It does sound like coming home after a day at the spa and finding out people have just renovated your house for you. I like the fact that Pat and Kelley decided to work as a tag team for the best baby sitter for Stella and Nolan. You deserve it, kawan....

Yesterday, I had a friend of mine and her son (who is a friend of Vishal) join us both for dinner at home. My neighbour sent some food and I had some leftover from Friday. They brought 2 vegetable dishes and that was enough for 6 of us (plus my 2 helpers). Very informal and we started dinner at 830pm and I realised after a while that she was finding it a challenge to adjust to life without her 2 sons at home. She honestly did not want to go and only left at midnight after the 2 boys (and I) were showing signs of feeling drowsy. I did not have the heart to tell her that I was wanted to sleep early as I had had a busy day earlier.
I did spend some time explaining to the 2 boys how challenging it is for many of us to adjust our lifestyles after having had all our days, 24/7, adjusted around to our children. She jumped in so many times and repeated all that I was saying. The poor dear...
She needs to get on with her life and have a purpose other than her boys. Tough one, isn't it?? I am going to see what I can do....

Hi Ei. Hope all is well with you...

Have a good weekend, my very strong kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, it sounds like one of those TV shows where you leave your house and then come home for the reveal. Enjoy your special moment.
Another cool day here today with a high in the mid-50's. The field Davis played football on was a swamp. Luckily they can put a lot ok 4 year olds in a small area. It was like playing on an island.

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I'm @ Pat & Kelley's with Stella and Nolan Kelley came around 12:30 and said Chris was cutting the underlay, Pat was manning the staple gun, and sjhe was following behind Pat hammering in staples that were stubborn. They found hardwood under the living room carpet. Pat and Kelley worked late last night tearing out carpeting.

I'm anxious to see the end product.

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Prema, the husband is okay with the new do and was not very verbal about it. He knew I had it done because I was just going out for a haircut but ended up being gone for 3 hours. The amazing thing was I had Davis with me and he was an absolute angel. The ladies all loved having him there.

Moskito must be happy that you have been with him for so long. I know you are his pride and joy to the point where he tries to keep you amused. Such a dear boy. LOL

Have a good weekend everyone. Monday I am going with Melanie to take Maya for some kidney scans. They want to make sure everything is in the right place since she had such a severe UTI back a month ago.

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Kathy, I read what I wrote and it did not sound right...I don't take baths but I do shower twice a day. One of the other things you may want to be careful about is getting up quickly from bed or going shopping in a crowded mall.
I suppose I should be happy that you are now on your favourite pastime of moving stuff in and out and that it's keeping you happy.
We are moving office next week and unlike you, I hate packing, moving and unpacking....with a vengeance! Fortunately, I will only be packing my personal stuff and my secretary will be handling the files, documents, etc. She actually turned down my offer of assistance citing her desire to do it personally but the look of horror on her face when I suggested I should help too, tells me another story...I know I am bad with filing but these guys make me out to be a nightmare!!

I am really sorry about your friend, Kathy. I saw a film with Julianne Moore called "Still Alice" and also read the book about this professor who had early onset Alzheimer's. It was poignant and very sad. Your poor friend....

Pat, I have been with Moskito for almost 4 years now. He's a good kid and a sincere fellow when it comes to exercising. The only professions he should avoid completely are singing, stand-up comedy and acting. My girlfriends will never hesitate to pay good money if I refrain from participating in a karaoke session....this kid, I swear, is worse than me!!
New hairstyle, highlights and all....well, well....does your DH like the current version or the old version of his darling wife. Any response will land him in hot soup here...of course, the worst will be if he does not notice anything at all...ohhhh dear.....Kathy and I should sound him out right now on this!!!!

Have a good weekend, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I'm glad you are well enough to be moving furniture again my kawan. I hope your flooring gets put in without any problems and that you are pleased with the outcome.

Today I went all out and got a new hairstyle, color and hi lights. I'm usually a self color type of person. I really like the results.

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I've been on blood pressure, thyroid, and cholesterol meds for years, but there has been no recent change in dosage. Both of my parents had high blood pressure. All of my tests were good, so I'm guessing the low blood pressure was the culprit, aided by the bath.There's no family history of diabetes, and there has never been any indication that it's a problem for me.

I went to visit a friend today who is deep into early-onset Alzheimer's. I was devastated at how she's declined. She's still in her 50's--57, I think. She moves constantly, unchecked. I think she recognized me, but I can't be positive. It is so sad.

I've moved almost everything I can move before they do my floors this weekend. I still have to empty a bookcase and move it, but I can do that tomorrow. My family room is full of anything I could move from the dining room and pantry...quite an assortment. I'll be so glad when it's done!!

Love you, my kawan-kawan.

Kathy

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Kathy, oh my, what a scare. Thank goodness you were able to get to the doctor the same day. I'm glad you did not fall in the tub and had the presence of mind to stay where you were until you were safe to get up. Take care and keep us posted.

Prema, I'm glad you had a lovely run and I envy you for being able to get out there and do that. Again, Moskito had turned you into a Wonder Woman that can take you beyond anyplace you may have thought you could go. How long now have you been with him?

You ladies have a lovely day and Kathy, I hope you feel better today.

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With everything you had to go through in life, Pat, I am so glad that your MIL was a nice enough lady who appreciated the gem that married into her family. And thank you for reassuring me that the Granny Petrol would keep me in line if I ended up becoming one of those MILs!!!

Kathy, lady killer's grandma is worried...VERY worried about you. You actually never mentioned before that you were on blood pressure tablets. Have they recently changed the tablet type or dosage? Or have you just recently gotten onto blood pressure tablets? How's the sugar level and are you diabetic type II by any chance? Keep us posted about the outcome of the blood samples.
Fortunately, you had the presence of mind to just lie on the floor until you felt better. I have low blood pressure which I discovered had consequences when I was pregnant years ago. I rarely, if ever, take baths, because I usually feel very queasy after 20 minutes. Take care and let us know the outcome.

Ran today. And at the end, there was a light drizzle which just made the run better and the world more beautiful. On days like this, I just have to thank God for a good life, for the help rendered in managing obstacles and for the lovely friendship across the miles...

Have a good one today. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Those eyes; he's already a lady-killer!!

Okay, I missed yesterday and here's the reason--not an excuse, the reason. I didn't sleep well and when I got up I felt dizzy and figured the shower was not going to work, so I ran myself a bath. All was well until I got out. I pulled the towel around me and grabbed the counter. No color in my face. I felt I was going to pass out, so I just lowered myself down to the floor and stayed there for about 20 minutes. I usually take my phone and medic alert to the bathroom when I bathe; I took neither yesterday. Pat came over, even though I told him it wasn't necessary, and stayed until I could call the doctor for an appointment. I couldn't get in until 1:40, and Pat said he'd be back at 1:10 to drive me to the doctor. The doctor said my blood pressure was low, did an EKG, and took a blood sample. He questioned me about experiencing loss of feeling in my extremities. The blood work was good, as well as the EKG. He reduced the dosage of my blood pressure meds.

I'm tired, but Nolan and I did okay today. Funny how he knows when I don't feel well.

My mother-in-law was not nice, so I decided then that I was going to be a good mother-in-law. Kelley has turned out to be a wonderful daughter-in-law, and I tell her that frequently. I am truly blessed.

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Prema, he's so handsome. It looks like he enjoys posing for the camera. Give him a big hug from his Aunt Pat. I had a great MIL, I think she liked me more than my husband. It was hard living so far away from her when we moved to Ohio. Don't worry about be one of "those" MIL's, the granny patrol will keep you in line.

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Hi Pat. I guess that's true.

Here is the latest picture of my grandson



My god-daughter and I have agreed that, apart from any functions held in her mil's house, it would be better if she came over to visit me in my house. I can hardly talk to her when I am there as the mil and her older sister do not leave us alone throughout the time that I was there. So, it's really hard to chat in peace. And when she comes over, her mil has to make at least 2 calls in one day cos she misses her grandson sooooo much. A trifle bit stifling, I must say....although, for most parts, we both just laugh it off...

I hope I do not ever end up being an mil like that! I know that you, Kathy and Ei will get me to toe the line if I ever do!!!

Have a good one today, my kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema


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Prema, with all the brothers and sisters I had, it would have been hard to know if there was anything wrong with them that wasn't visible and being that way for all those years, I didn't know there was anything wrong either. It's something that makes your other senses stronger, to make up for the lack of hearing. I'm glad you enjoyed your run and Bosco sounds like a delightful dog.

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Pat, do you mean to tell me that you went up to 2nd grade before anyone realised the problem? Seriously? That is amazing!!!
So your ability to adapt is really in your genes. You have been doing this all your life. Wow!!!

I ran this morning after missing out on 2 days....it felt good, really good. The weather was less humid and that made the run very enjoyable. Plus, I met my little pal, Bosco...a toy poodle who loves to go out for a walk with his very sour-faced owner. Bosco is the exact opposite of his owner and that little fellow is able to get a smile on his owner's face especially when he starts barking happily at me from a distance. The sour-faced owner just cannot believe how excited his dog gets when I am around!!! So, I have come to the conclusion that the 2 best ice breakers in the world are babies/toddlers and cute dogs!!

Have a good one today, my friends.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, the doctors realized I was deaf when I was in second grade. I was having problems with hearing the teacher and that is when I was tested. After that, they made sure that I was always sitting on the correct side of the room until I adjusted. I was able to learn how to read lips to the point that I could figure out what was said and if I could not hear, I would speak up. The doctors think I developed it when I had meningitis at age 13 months that caused it. The biggest benefit to it is that it makes sleeping easier, especially with a snorer. I just lay my good ear on the pillow and block out the sound.
Sorry to hear about the busted gutter. My big cost last week was the air conditioner going out. It was fixed the very next day.
I have tried to work on Melanie and Adam with budget planning. It lasts until they exit the premises. Sigh, some people never change.

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Hi Kathy. I am wondering how you did not get a headache with all that wax. Poor kawan....you must have been very very uncomfortable. Glad that you got the problem sorted out.
Conventional cooking takes a bit of time to get used to and apparently, it's easier with western style cooking than Asian style because of the strong heat required. Good luck in your venture....love the fact that you are not fazed by new stuff. emoticon

Hi Pat. I never knew you were deaf in one ear. Was that from young? And is that why you have been able to adjust to it?
With Melanie and Adam, is it possible to get them to put aside 20% of their money with you as soon as they get paid? The idea is that if they had the money, it would all vanish into thin air....however with someone like you, they will have money for a rainy day especially with 2 children in tow.
I have come to realise that people have very different relationships with money - there are those who worship it and allow their every action to be dictated by money. Then there are those who understand between needs and wants and control the money in their lives with good money management like you. And finally, there are those who have no clue.
And really, it's nothing to do with the environment and how you brought up the girls. It's really all about how each of them respond to money....

I have a busted gutter and water has been leaking into the library downstairs. The contractor comes in tomorrow and I have asked my husband to take care of it especially after the last fiasco with my previous contractor who now flatly refuses to do any work on my house. With all the rain we have been having, I hope the weather eases off and I can get some respite from this before the problems gets exacerbated. Sigh!!! People forget that a house needs maintenance!!!

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

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I'm glad you can hear again. I don't know what I would do if my left ear got blocked since I am deaf in my right ear. I would have to take care of it quickly.
We had beautiful weather today. 86 with strong winds and overcast so it didn't feel too bad. It's going to storm tonight and then cool down for the rest of the week.

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Didn't mean to skip out. I got my ear fixed on Friday--actually the same doctor who took out Pat's tonsils nearly 30 years ago. He said the wax in my ear was packed up against my ear drum; no wonder I couldn't hear in stereo. It was hard to focus on much of anything.

My floors go in next weekend...finally. I will be glad when it's done. I love my new range, but I'm having some issues with cooking with convection. I guess experimenting will show me the way.

Pat, are you getting any of the severe weather? Western Kansas has been predicted to receive up to a foot of snow. Draught conditions probably make them happy for any moisture. We've had a weekend of rain...should clear tomorrow.

Kathy

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