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8/4/15 10:34 A

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Thank you, Prema. My maternal grandmother was one of my favorite people, truly a gift to this world...happily my unintended mentor of grandmotherhood. Even in college, she was my favorite person to hang out with. She passed when Rob was 5; even then, I'd sit at her grave to talk with her. Thanks, Grandma Jennings!!

My throat is sore and I have some congestion building. Staying home and in today. I had planned to put Spectricide on the yard today, but it's supposed to rain. Don't feel like it anyway.

We had a 9-year-old batboy who died as a result of an accident on the field at the NBC baseball tournament in Wichita. Though all recognize it as an accident, I can't imagine what the player (who was doing warm-up swings) must be feeling. I can't imagine that "accident" helps much.

Nolan has begun his reign of terror on Stella!! Paybacks!! He tried to wake her up yesterday morning, and that's downright dangerous. (I'm even careful attempting that gruesome task!)

Have a blessed day,
Kathy

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8/4/15 10:30 A

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Kathy and Pat. It is a very sad day today. Very sad. MH 370, our political crisis and the loss of very very basic values....

Talk to both of you tomorrow....

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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8/3/15 7:30 P

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Kathy, your Grandkids will always remember the "nice" grandma who took them in and helped them grow and made Halloween costumes and scrapbooks. That's priceless.

Prema, such a sad situation with the family members of MH 370. It's been all over our news.

Davis was sick this morning, but perked up later.

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8/3/15 5:00 A

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Hi Pat. If the family came together for a cookout and you enjoyed yourself, then it means the 2 darlings (your knees!!) behaved themselves...yeah! yeah!

And yes, the news of the wreckage at Reunion Island, Madagascar, is sad but it does begin the process of closure for many families and for the merciless insurance companies who refused to compensate the families due to "lack of evidence of actual death", they will have to get their act together. But you are right, Pat...the final glimmer of hope is gone as the wreckage has been confirmed to be that a Boeing 777.

Kathy, it broke my heart that Theresa could do that to Kelley. That's neither an understanding mother nor a loving grandmother. I am sorry but only you qualify on both counts and the fact that you volunteered to switch makes you an even more special grandmother. I have tried to explain to my husband, without any success, that it is important for a couple to continue recognising that the most important relationship is the one they have with each other, first and foremost. Our roles as parents are very transient - we are only temporary guardians of our children until they become adults themselves. And hence, if I am fortunate enough to have grandchildren who want my time almost as much as they want their mum's time...I consider myself fortunate. It seems to me that only you and Pat are among the few people I know who think and feel this way. And therefore, I agree with you...date night is very important for a couple to become a couple again...

My biggest ever hugs to you and Pat for being my role model grandmothers!!

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

PS...the others have dropped out, I think!!

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8/2/15 10:18 P

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Thanks for your support, my dear friends.

Yesterday I attended a baby shower. Kelley, her mother, and Stella were there. Toward the end, Teresa asked Kelley what was going on later. Kelley's response was "You have Nolan." Teresa picked up her purse and headed for the door. I asked if she'd rather switch, since I was going to have Stella. She said "No," and left the hall in a huff. Kelley was visibly upset and headed for the ladies' room." I was shocked by Teresa's actions and felt bad for Kelley. I told her to bring Nolan to my house, that I'd watch both kids. I don't know what to say to her. She's embarrassed and hurt by Teresa's actions. I was taking Stella home with me from the shower. Kelley called after she got home and asked if I was sure I wanted Nolan too. It's important to me that Pat and Kelley have their date nights; I think it's important for their relationship, especially since the kids have arrived. I'm grateful that I'm able to watch them both. They're so good about arranging.care for the kids, whether it's work-related or something else, so I'm pretty sure yesterday was not an exception.

I see where luggage was found that they think might also be from the plane crash. Pray for the families.

We had Kelley's birthday dinner tonight, and they're coming over tomorrow for leftovers. It was either that or send the leftovers home with them. We had stuffed shells, a California vegetable dish, salad, garlic bread, and meatballs and Italian sausage.

Did all of the new folks drop out?

Kathy

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8/2/15 12:38 P

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Prema, it must be crazy with the discovery of a part of a 777 found. I hear that many people that had family and friends on MH 370 don't want to believe that the piece found may be from that flight. Just knowing that there is no hope for them to return. I feel for all of them. There is still the final confirmation to be certain that the wreckage is that of a 777. Hopefully the researchers in France can come to a determination quickly. I'm glad you had a great weekend.

Yesterday family came over and we had a cookout and played lawn games. It was fun to be able to enjoy a day with no conflict. Even Davis found a way to play with the lawn toys and keep himself busy while the adults were playing lawn darts.

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8/2/15 10:10 A

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Hi Kathy and Pat. How wonderful to hear from both of you.

Kathy, my heart goes to you. I miss my late dad too and I find that I am beginning to forget how he sounded. I have enough pictures of him to remember how he looked just before he passed away at the age of 81 and this was eleven years ago. Pat is right - we miss them more on their birthday and their day of passing. Beeeg hugs to you. Glad "Bella" is better and it seems to me that Nolan is more interested in his sister's company than in swimming...but that will change very soon...

Pat, glad that your knees decided to be good to you this weekend, I believe that changing the few things in PT was the clincher...good for you!

Had a very busy weekend with weddings, lunches and dinners. Loads of fun and loads of eating, too.... emoticon

Have a great Sunday, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeg Hugs, Prema

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7/31/15 4:38 P

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Kathy, I'm sure you are missing your mother today. I think we always miss loved ones more on the day of their birth and passing. I wish you comfort today. Poor Stella, I'm sorry she was not feeling well. Enjoy your family dinner.

Prema, my 401K is in a guarantee fund and grows monthly without fail, but stocks control my other investments and may fluctuate from month to month, but the amount in the account has stayed steady for years. That's a great return on investment, 9-12%, if your portfolio is high enough to live off the interest and not touch the principal.

Today was PT and I changed a few thing and feel much better this evening. No pain in my left knee and little in the right.

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7/31/15 9:39 A

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Today would have been my mother's 89th birthday.

I'm vaguely aware of what the Dow is doing. I took a real beating in 2008, losing about 53% of my portfolio. It is what it is!!

I have an appointment @ 10 this morning for my Medicare wellness visit prior to my physical next Friday. I'm not really sure of its purpose...but Medicare gets what Medicare wants!! Nails @ 11.

Kelley's birthday was Tuesday, so we'll have our family dinner Sunday evening. Rob and Justin will be down for Justin's reserve weekend, so we'll all be together. Justin's deployment is scheduled for November, so we'll probably be able to get together for Pat's birthday in October. Not sure where Rob will be heading jobwise--North Carolina, Florida, (Denver) Colorado?

Pat, just be careful!!

Stella and I took the bus downtown yesterday and met her daddy for lunch. It was her first time on public transportation-- lots of changes since last I rode. I had an amazing burrito with green chile and brought half home to eat for supper.

Stella was in the ER Tuesday night. Her pain was from being full of poop. She's beginning to "move" again.

Now, Nolan slept 4 1/2 hours Wednesday morning--woke up about 1:30...back asleep by 4. Need I say that he wasn't fully present during swimming? Aware enough to spot Stella watching him through the glass. He is trying to say her name, but it sounds more like Bella. It was clear enough that I glanced to the window and saw Stella there with Kelley.

Gotta get ready. Love to all.

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Pat, you may have made a breakthrough...hopefully, you will not be throwing up any more.

Funnily enough, one of the areas I manage at work is a private investment fund i.e. people who have invested funds with us and we give them an annual return of 9% for a 1-year investment and 12% p.a for an investment tenure of 3 years. My young boss has tremendous skills picking the stocks and I just manage the numbers...and guess which market we play in...yup! The American Stock Exchange...my favourite exchange for many reasons. And all these years, it has never let me down...challenged me but never let me down! I stopped trading on the Malaysian stock exchange many many years ago for a number of reasons!

The weekend is upon us and the end of July, too. I have a couple of functions to attend and a wedding at a neighbour's house. I hope I have the discipline to stop when the tummy says enough....this is where kids have a huge advantage over adults...they stop eating as soon as they are full!

Have a good weekend, Pat, Kathy, Chucky, Ei, Anne, Theresa, JoAnne...have I forgotten any other name??

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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7/30/15 8:15 A

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Prema, I do drink more during PT, yesterday I brought a big bottle of water with me and they also have water coolers there. The therapist kept giving me breaks to drink. I just reread my most recent medication and it said to take it with a low fat meal. I had peanut butter both days for protein, but it's very high in fat. I've tried a different breakfast today to see if that works. As far as politics go, when the Greek market took a big hit, so did our market. I don't know if yours would do the same for us. I watch the Dow every weekday. My investments rise and fall with the market.

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Hi Pat. Yes, I did hear about it and of course the fact that it was found in Madagascar suggests that it could be the wreckage from another plane and not MH370...but for the sake of closure for those who are still hurting...I hope it's from the ill-fated plane. And yes, our stupid PM could muck up this one as as well...

Pat, given the heat wave (of sorts!!) that you are facing now, could there be a possibility that you may not be drinking enough water during the exercise as well. When I exercise with my PT, I have a container that I drink from after every set or every 2 sets of a particular exercise. According to SP, if you only drink when you are thirsty, then you need to change that habit. The other possibility could be the medication. Either way, throwing up in that fashion is not good at all. Please let us know what happened, when you have had a chance to get it figured out...

The whole country is talking about nothing else except the political madness in our country and we are all so worried about hitting a financial crisis like Greece if investors decide to pull out of Malaysia. The possibility of a riot is still lingering and if that does happen, it will disrupt everything and everyone...God help us!

Hope all of you have a better day today.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, did you hear that a piece of plane was found today that may be part of MH370? If so, that could help with the investigation. Your PM might mess that up too though.

Had 2 bad days at PT. Yesterday I felt nauseous because it was so hot in there. Today the same thing only this time my stomach could not take and had me throwing up less than an hour after the appointment. It may have been the heat, or the fact that I'm no spring chicken and not a thin lady. Whichever, I don't like this feeling.

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Hi my friends. The latest joke (read that as very bad joke!) that's going around is that our PM is so dumb that when his wife told him that they needed to change the cabinets in the house, he heard it as changing the Cabinet in the Parliament House!!! The PM's wife is the most hated lady in Malaysia due to her excessive lifestyle and her crazy notion that she is the First Lady of Malaysia and not the Queen!!!

Had a great exercise session with my PT and watched an old rerun of American Ninja Warrior. It was motivating to see people crazier than I am in the arena of fitness! Pat, please apologise to your knees for getting the dates wrong...thought the verdict was going to be given in July! I am assuming that you are, as always, holding up well...

Kathy...still waiting to hear from you...

Have a good one everybody. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, that is great news.

Prema, that is bad news. Countries run with corruption are likely to crumble at some point. You spoke last year about the cover-up of MH 370 and other issues with the government. I hope the people can overthrow the current elected officials and put someone competent out there. Yes, the people on this forum would probably be able to run a country without greed, deception and corruption. Compassion could be our slogan. As far as the knees go, doc is not ready to release me for surgery until he sees how PT and the shots are doing. I go back to him on August 21st.

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One down and one more to go....Kathy's eye looks good and now what about the leg...

One major one to go...Pat, are the knees still on for the operation...

Malaysia is going crazy...there are allegations of major corruption against the Prime Minister by the citizens of the country. Now the Deputy PM and a few ministers have asked the PM to either verify or refute the allegations...and we just heard the news that the DPM and these ministers have been given the sack and their portfolios have been given to the Prime Minister's loyalists!!!

And the newspaper that's loyal to the PM is deriding Bill Cosby for the New York magazine in which the 35 women on the cover have accused Bill Cosy of drugging them and raping them...there is no way our PM who has been raping our country over and over again is any better!!!!

I was so upset this morning that there was enough energy to run for an hour - after which, I came back and was angrier than ever!!!

Take care, my ladies. All of us in this forum, collectively, will be able to run a country better than than the leaders in Malaysia.....

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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7/27/15 9:27 P

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He's weaning me off of the drops...eye looks good.

Kathy

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Kathy, I hope your appt. went well today. It's going to be hot here the rest of the week too.

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I'm about to leave for the eye doctor but wanted to check in before I forget. I'll pick up Nolan on my way home. I went to the Y about 5:30...actually that worked out well. Heck, it's so hot here I could break a sweat walking outside.

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Prema, I always add raking, mowing, etc. to my exercise tracker. If I do one of those activities, I usually don't do anything else. I can work up a good sweat doing those things. I feel for you having to put up with your son when you exercise and yes, do get pictures of him when he starts. I do the bridges with the ball at PT. It looks like water aerobics is going to be rained out. Storms are less than 15 miles away per the weather channel. So I guess I'm all dressed up (swimsuit) and nowhere to go.

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Kathy and Pat, today's article in SP was written with both of you in mind...something about working off the calories doing yard work. There was mention of lunges and raking in front and then by the side of your body, etc etc. I would have failed miserably because I would have expanded so much energy cursing my luck that I would have been too tired to continue with the task at hand.

My son was up early this morning as he had to attend a work-related event and he heard me (not watched!) exercising with my PT and told me that I was the noisiest person he had ever heard!!! And if you had to do 15 leg raises holding an exercise ball between your legs and a hip bridge as well as crunches using the idiotic ball...you would scream too!!! My son will be starting his programme in August and I will film his continuous screaming for the world to see!!!

Glad Loser isn't making any more blunders and I hope Rob lands a job in a nice enough place not too far from you and yet, not too close either!

Have a great start to the week, ladies.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I hope your back feels better soon.

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I'll remember the Spectricide...although I'm not sure there's any grass left. The front isn't bad; the back another issue.

I've just stayed put so far today...My back is a bit sore, trouble standing up straight--probably the weeds' fault!!

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Kathy, hopefully Rob gets a job that is in a place that would be nice for you to vacation to. Florida and California both have nice beaches. Sorry to hear that the weeds have overtaken your lawn. My husband uses Spectricide on the lawn, only kills the weeds, not the grass. Not recommended in really hot weather though. Maybe next spring you could try some weed and feed. Applied over the whole lawn, should make for a better spring and summer.

Prema, Loser boy, for sure. No new blunders lately though.

Chance of rain today. No plans to get out.

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I go back to the eye doctor tomorrow morning, but the drops seem to be working.

As for the weeds--they don't in any way acknowledge the weed killer my son applied. I'm to the place that I think killing the entire yard off and starting all over may be the best way to go. If I use Round-up now, I should be able to replant in the spring. It's worth a shot!

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Pat, your hubby graduated from the same class I did. I am sooooo glad that you have someone in your life that can tell you about the need to yell when in pain. So, it looks like the SIL has not moved from the Loser tag of many moons ago...I will teach you another expression to use around him which no one will understand....it's AIYOH (pronounced as as AAAAAIIIYOOOO!) - and you can say it as loud as you want or mutter it under your breath and it's a combination of "dammit + whatever"....

Kathy...welcome back. We have missed you more than your weeds even though they are growing stronger in your yard than we are. You have now given Pat and me another reason to fly to your part of the world...help you mow those things away. How are the eyes and legs??

Have a great Sunday everybody....and my kawan-kawan!!!

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I'm baaaack!

How does time get away??

Things have settled down...mostly. I miss my mower!

Rob stopped and spent the night last night. He's left the Texas job because it was not what he was promised.....wages, hours, job. He's updated his resume and the agency is going to find him another job--California maybe Florida.

I've been hitting the Y at least every other day, sometimes more often. My weeds are doing well, the ones I haven't uprooted, that is.

Kathy

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Prema, sign me up for your class on Whine and Whinge 101. My husband says I don't complain enough and that I should let my trainer know when I am hurting. Well today I did and I had a different trainer. She did a great job taping up the knee to relieve the bone on bone contact. I can keep it on for days if needed, even swimming. By the way, thanks for the chuckle. Your non-Mother Theresa language, I can not see you talking like that. Loser had a flat tire yesterday and had to put the spare on. It's a donut, so not a full size tire. They tried to get it patched, but the hole was on the side and would not hold a patch. Luckily my daughter called the place that put on new tires in January and they said they will replace it for free. A good break for people that can't afford it.

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Pat, I am breathing a lot more easily now...you have everything under control. And by the way, I have news for you and Kathy...you both ave no idea how to sound like a whiney baby...absolutely no idea. You are far more well-versed in the art of sounding like a trooper than a cry baby. I can give you some very good lessons in my Whine and Whinge 101....especially during exercising and housework. I cover grumbling, pouting and using non-Mother Theresa language...very well!!!!

The weekend is here and I have to figure out what to do about the bird that has built a nest in the camera located at the front door. I do not want my alarm fellow to get rid of the nest if the eggs have not hatched and at the same time, it's annoying to find all the twigs greeting me first thing every morning when I wake up and every evening when i return home from work!!

I know - I shall run more.. .get worn out...and then I will be too lazy to do anything about it!!!

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

Beeeeg Hugs, Prema

PS: Kathy will most probably speak to us again by the coming week. What happened to the rest of the members...have a good one everyone...

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Prema, does he know that you are calling him Hitler? If so, he may be getting even with you. As far as exercises go, I have to go to PT 3 times a week per the doctor. Water aerobics is Mon. and Thurs. so I have Tues., Wed, and Fri. for PT. I must have sounded like a whiney baby yesterday, because I complained about everything. Water aerobics lasts for another 2 weeks and PT 4 weeks, so when WA is done, I can go every other day.

Kathy, where are you my kawan?

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Pat, I do not mean to sound like a 57 year old nag...but are you, my dear kawan, pushing yourself a tad too much? Can we try exercising one day on and one day off and lighter exercises at that??

SP had a video on doing exercises in a chair? Have you seen it before??

By the way, I think my trainer is a direct descendant of Hitler!! And it does not matter that he is Chinese...Hitler's subsequent generations must have inter-married into other faiths and races!!! The trainer's surname is Lai and I have chosen to spell it as Lie...cos he's always lying to me about the reps and the weights I used in previous sessions in order to get me to increase one or both during the next session....

Beeeeeg Hugs everybody, Prema

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Prema, that guy must really like you. LOL You may want to check his basement to make sure he doesn't have a torture chamber down there. Sounds possible.
I had PT yesterday and today. I was sore from yesterday and today was hard. I have tomorrow off and go back on Friday. I thought I was feeling good until I finished my Naproxin, the next day, boom, back to hurting. I had the boys today for 11 hours too. We went to the pool for a couple of hours.

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So here's what happened today...my trainer presents me with the gift of an exercise ball!!

And we ended up using it - he made me do 3 sets of hip bridge and leg raises with the ball, purportedly to increase core strength and then side lunges with the bloody ball as well. He was like a kid in a candy shop and did most of the exercises with me to encourage me...especially after I reminded him, for the umpteenth time that I was older than both his parents. There's no denying that I am fitter and stronger but man...I could still kill this kid!!!

Take care of you Pat, when you are doing the PT session.

Beeeeeeg Hugs to all, Prema

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Prema, that is quite the coincidence. I know kids have it harder today with more competition and more jobs these days requiring advanced degrees. Businesses these days are trying to cut back on pay and increase workload. Many don't provide benefits either. As far as the boyfriend goes, his parents are old and broke. Both plead poverty and I saw his mom's house (from the outside) and it's a shack. Rundown, overgrown grass and trash on the porch. I've never seen his dad's place. When he needed help before, it all came from us. He drives our old '07 car and DD drives our old '10 car. Both given with no restrictions. They pay for the insurance.

Off to my first PT session after getting shots.

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What a coincidence, Pat. I also had a long talk with my daughter about her finances and told her that by the end of this year, if she did not get her PR and was not self-sufficient in Melbourne, there was no other option but to come back. Many young Malaysians want to leave their homeland due to the political situation and other difficulties - and it was easy when I was their age to get Permanent Resident status in both Australia and America. Things have changed somewhat and although career-wise, my girl is doing well...it may not be enough to get her the PR she needs.

In the case of your daughter and her boyfriend, the one good thing you have going for you is that they do not show any resentment towards you for the reminder. In his case, it seems to me that he was never brought up to appreciate money or handle budgeting etc etc and I blame his parents for this issue. I also like the fact that he welcomed the reminders but truth be told, he should not need reminders at this juncture. It does sound ominous!

On a humorous note, remember the trainer I wanted to kill...he has decided to get me a fitness ball as part of the "much-needed accessories" in my gym room. He was actually very excited when he described the core exercises that he could train me using the ball...and one has to forgive the young ones when they do not recognise death stares ala Bette Davis style thrown in their direction!! I did my best imitation of Bette Davis in "All About Eve"...and the poor bugger did not feel a thing!!

So come Wednesday, we welcome a fitness ball into our home... emoticon

Have a great day, my friends.....Beeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, we have had up and down weather here too. One day the high is 65 then you turn around and it's 90 with a heat index of 100. It's been a rainy summer too with more rain on the way this afternoon and tomorrow. Not sure if we will have water aerobics, but if there is no thunder in the area, I'll be there. PT this week on Tues, Wed and Fri. I spoke to my daughter about her and her boyfriend not giving me money for over a month and told her they needed to get back on track. They brought over $700 this week to get them caught up. When he came by alone, I had a long talk with him about his spending habits and that I would be on his back if the money doesn't keep coming in. He apologized and said that he fell back into bad habits and that he welcomes the reminders to get him on track.

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The weather in Malaysia today can only be described as behaving like a man...very unpredictable...rainy when I was running and then boiling hot in the afternoon!!!

Hey Pat. Glad to hear about the knee and even more glad to know that you are handling the situation with caution.

Kathy, how are you dong?

Theresa, Ann, Chuck, Ei and JoAnne...hope you have a lovely Sabbath!!


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Prema, glad to hear that you do not indulge in their petty situations. Anything worth having is worth working for, if not, let it go. I made it easily through yesterday with no pain. I hoped it would not stiffen up overnight and it did not. Zumba is definitely out for now and the near future. No need in wearing out the lubricant and having to get re-injected anytime in the near future.

Kathy, Chucky and Theresa, wishing you a great weekend.


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Pat, you have to be joking. When people have gone through life as much as Kathy, you and I have (I just know the both of you better than the others), I have time, empathy and sympathy. When I have people doing the "I, Me and My" stuff to me - I speak plainly and practically. Zero sympathy with those who feel sorry for themselves!

Mum is mush better now and the red marks have gone from her neck and her hands. I could not drink the wine at the Punjabi wedding as it smelt and tasted like vinegar! Do I sound very bourgeois to you? Sorry my kawan - I came back home and had a shot of very good brandy and then hit my reading and hit the sack!!!

By the way, did you tell the doctor that you zumba? Obviously not!! Cos he would have said "no zumba...it's worse than running!!"

Take care everybody and hope you all have a good weekend.

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Prema, you must be a great sounding board for the troubled souls. Are you the Ann Landers of Malaysia? How is you mum doing now? Hopefully she is over the itch and on the mend. I hope you had a few drinks at the Punjabi wedding. Today I had my knee injections. If you can believe this, I arrived 15 minutes before my appt. and I was out of there before the start time of my appt. In and out in less than 15 minutes. This is supposed to lubricate the space between the bones that are touching. The first knee was easy, but the second one hurt like hell. He said that was probably because that is the worst one. DH stopped for gas on the way home and I got out of the car and walked around with little pain. I need to stay active today, but per the doctor, no running. I told him "look at me, do I look like a runner?". We both chuckled.

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Hi my kawan-kawan (for the rest of you, apart from Pat and Kathy, "kawan-kawan" means friends in Bahasa Malaysia).

Kathy, I am so sorry about Lavon and I mentioned her in my prayers last night and this morning. Surgery at any age is hard but at 50 or more, one needs more time to heal. I hope she has some some of your tenacity to get herself through this period.

Pat, the day started off with mum asking my help as she had unexpected itching all over her body and it took me forever to get her to call our family friend, a doctor, to just find out if she could take OTC anti-histamine for her condition. It's not easy to handle an 85 year old calmly when I still had 5 pages of a legal document to go through within 10 minutes!! After both items were completed, we called it a day and I left the office pretty early at 5pm and I thought I could get a bit of quiet time before heading off for a Punjabi wedding. My friend then calls me and she was ready to leave her husband because he had lied to her about getting drunk! After that drama ended, I had just about enough time to shower and get myself into a saree and head out to the wedding with my girlfriend. And then on the way to the wedding, another girlfriend was telling us how she had to counsel 2 sets of couple (and each couple has been married for less than 3 years) about going for assistance before calling it quits over their respective marriages!!!

Talk about a drama-filled day!

Anyway, it's a public holiday today because of the Raya or Eid holidays. And apart from the exercise this morning and spring cleaning my bedroom, I have just been relaxing....it feels sooooo GOOD!!!

Have a good weekend everybody. Kathy, prayers for Lavon and Pat, prayers for your knees to behave themselves!!!

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It's a crazy day today. Will come back tomorrow with more news....

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, your trainer is one trickster. Some times you have to keep your eye on the young ones. You are right about DD #2 needing the courage to leave the loser, but it's not going to happen with her being less than 2 months from delivering their baby boy. It sucks!

Kathy, your recovery is remarkable. You win the award for the strongest in this group. You are right about building strength in the knees. I'm getting the Synvisc One shots on Friday morning. That should help with the pain and the bone on bone.

PT went well but I cancelled Friday's because of the shots. If I did not have them this Friday I would have had to wait another week. I hope they last at least 6 months as advertised.

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Sorry about my absence. I've been busy planning for this weekend.

Knees! I've always felt that my knee surgeries went remarkably well. That being said Pat, you are 10 years younger than I and active. I took the kids into consideration too, oops Nolan was born 2 weeks prior to my second surgery. I only missed one day watching Stella...and that was the day of my surgery. She was 3 when I had my first surgery. I know that recovery is different for everyone, but I was able to schedule therapy when I didn't have her. I was told by a friend who manages the physical therapy in a local rehab hospital that the best thing I could do prior to my surgery was to strengthen the quads, and sometimes that was only tighten/hold/release/repeat while I was in bed at night. That's at least part of the reason for my rapid recovery.

Theresa, just keep coming back. We are in this together.

My niece Lavon fell off a ladder Saturday as she was trying to cut a limb from her tree, I don't know if she has more than one. She didn't break any bones (thank God), but she has a horseshoe-shaped tear on her left arm where the fat was separated from the muscle and there was not sufficient skin to close the wound properly. She was sent home with a drain in the arm. When she saw the doctor yesterday, the wound had formed some infection. She was to have the wound redressed today AND find out about possible surgery for a skin graft. Please keep her in your prayers. I talked to my sister Evelyn a couple hours ago, and she's headed to Lavon's, to be there in case of surgery. That means that they will not be able to join us this weekend. Though I totally understand, I'm disappointed that they'll miss out on our get-together. Lavon is 49, unmarried, and an engineer for the city of Denver. A pretty smart little cookie!!

Nolan's been asleep for nearly 3 hours, but I'm going to let him sleep because we have waterbabies this afternoon. I'll have him late because Pat and Kelley have a dinner they need to attend for Kelley's job. He's awake.

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My trainer has a new trick up his sleeve. The guy tells me that we are doing plank (or whatever exercise) for a minute and only starts the timer about 10 to 20 seconds after I have started. And to think all these weeks, I have been telling him that his minute felt a lot longer than any other minute I have ever known!!!

Either he's cruel or I am a bigger sucker than I thought! No prizes for guessing which of the two options my kids chose!!!!

Pat...have some news for you...the boys' mum got her courage from a both you and your hubby combined. Now if there was some left over for Daughter #2, and I think there is, she will get rid of her loser tomorrow! Will pray for you.

Hi Chuck. Hi Theresa. Hi Anne. Hi Ei.

Kathy, how are you doing my kawan?

Beeeeeeg Hugs,
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Prema, I don't know if I can take credit for the boy's bravery. Their mom is pretty brave. She has such determination and drive. Their dad is no slouch either. If the ladies at water aerobics could not believe that I had knee problems, they just had to watch me climb up the steps out of the pool hanging on the railing for dear life.

Kathy and Chucky, how are you two?

Good morning Theresa.

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Pat....where do you think the genes for bravery beyond words came from? Please make sure that the parents of Davis and Donovan do not ever find out that their sons' grandmother has friends who give her the credit and not the parents, for the fact that the boys are very very brave!!!

Leading the water aerobics classes? And did you tell anyone that you are the highest on the list of people who MUST go for knee operations? of course, you didn't...cos nobody would have believed you!!!

Theresa, I love my Fitbit Charge HR...does anyone know how this compares to the SparkPeople Tracker?

Hi Kathy, Theresa, Ei, Anne, Chuck, Joanne? All doing okay??

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Prema, you are right about postponing the inevitable. Down the road surgery will be necessary. I'll follow this course of action and hope that relief will be long term. Davis for certain will be a dare devil like his brother. No fear for either boy.

I was able to get to water aerobics today before the rain came down. That's 3 classes in a row that were not rained out. Our instructor was having surgery today and her sister was to fill in but not until Thursday. I pretty much know the routine and was kind of leading the class.

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Hi Pat. I am very sure that the doctor, as with most doctors, will go through the various options starting with the least invasive and ending with an operation if all else fails. That's what most good doctors will do - go through one option at a time. But as Kathy pointed out, this process, for you at least, could be just postponing the inevitable. Having said that, I like the fact that you are thinking of the timing for when the operation can be conducted...our very brave and very practical kawan!! By the way, me thinks that Davis inherited some of that guts from his grandma!!

Theresa, how about keeping us posted about your Fitbit numbers...that's accountability to your friends on this forum and you will have many cheerleaders from many parts of America and from Malaysia, who will be cheering you on all the way.

Kathy, how was the weekend? Any major mosquito attack???

Have a great start to the week, my friends!

Beeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Theresa, enjoy the walking at the show. Doing something you enjoy makes it feel less like exercise.

Today I got back to mowing the lawn and then iced the knees after. After that I went down for a nap and then off to the pool. Davis got some floaties for his arms for the pool. He started jumping in (over his head) into his mom's arms, but after a few tries, he wanted to just jump into the water without being caught and then swim to his mom. He calls his floaties his muscles and then flexes them. Cute.

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Good morning everyone, off to a stamping show, it should be interesting it's one of my hobbies I also make cards. But the best part is it will involve a lot of walking so I should get in some good steps today!! Will. Keep you posted.
Prema I think you have something there with the shopping and walking promo for fit bit. See everyone later
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Kathy, I am 60. The doctor I see actually is not a surgeon, but recommends a surgeon when needed. I'm not sure if he just wants to keep me or if he wants to exhaust all the options. Now I'm thinking if I had surgery, next summer would be the best time as I would not have the kids. Another option is winter break.

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Hi Theresa. Yes, my daughter did arrive in Melbourne safely and the first call was Muuuummmmy...I miss you and I miss your food. (Please read the sentence as : Mum, I will do anything to have you cook for me except move back to Malaysia!). And by the way, Pat's advice is soooo right - find something you enjoy so that it will not seem too much like hard work. I am boring as my list only has jogging, walking and PT in it. Pat and Kathy's combined lists comprise far more interesting stuff : zumba. water aerobics, running around after the grandkids regularly on a weekly basis , mowing the lawn (theirs and their neighbours!), re-decorating their houses, moving piano and other huge pieces of furniture, shovelling the driveway during winter months, etc etc. Do you find anything interesting at all in that list??

Pat,I am sooooo glad for the news on the PT but Kathy has a point, my dear kawan...are we postponing the inevitable? Here's my prayer this weekend - that God remembers how terrible I am at reading signs and signals and tells me (or you) directly what's the best option forward. I hope the knees behave and allow you to have a good weekend, Pat.

Kathy, glad you got the aircon fixed. This is of course cheaper in Malaysia, as one would expect! Get a Dyson fan, my kawan...you will not regret it at all especially since Nolan is moving around all over the house. As for the mosquitoes, just tell them to bugger off...do the spray on repellents work at all? I have these pest control experts who come by the house every month and spray stuff all over my garden to get rid of mosquitoes...and I have no alternative...dengue fever is rampant in some parts of Malaysia and our weather is very conducive to mosquitoes.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hi again, hope everyone had a great day. One of the docs brought in some fresh veggies from his garden for everyone. I love fresh veggies. I had a cucumber before I even left work as a snack. And I baked some zucchini for a side dish with dinner it was tasty.
One more work day this week, yay
Pat glad you are able to get the PT you need. Prema has your daughter arrived in Melbourne have you heard from her?
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How old are you, Pat? My therapy cost me nothing out-of-pocket. Could it be a difference between pre and post surgery?

Well, the air conditioner is fixed, to the tune of $ 408.00. Prema, I've seen the Dyson fans advertised; they look fascinating.

Nolan did better in the Waterbabies class yesterday. Floating, he almost relaxed!😊ALMOST!

I went out in the yard for a while...mosquitoes got me good!

Pat, I'm glad the meds are working. That being said, if the end result is going to be the same, I'm not exactly sure what postponing will accomplish.

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Grandmato42(sorry, I forgot your name) I was in Myrtle Beach the first week of June. It was nice then too. I find the best way to get in exercise is to do something you love. If you have physical limitations, there are several seated exercise videos on Sparks.

Prema, good news, my husband went in and talked to the director of the PT facility and he said that no matter how much the insurance pays for out of network, they will cover the difference. Final decision, I will pay $15 per visit, no more than that. I really liked my therapist, so this is great.

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Hi Theresa. The best advice to get started is...to just get started. Set yourself a goal for the first month...at least 5000 steps a day. Good luck....

Pat, you are right. The PT is very expensive. Alternatively, you could live with me for the next few months and I could arrange a PT for you her which would cost you the equivalent of US$27 per session. Looks like all the prayers have to come forth at this stage for you and we will be speaking to the Big Man about you every day.

My daughter left for Melbourne yesterday and I was, as always, a bit of a wreck. Today, I am doing a lot better and I am looking forward to September when I go to Melbourne and get to spend some time with her.

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Hi everyone, dropping by to say hello. I hope everyone had a great 4th. I had a nice holiday was at a friends barbecue that was enjoyable and then I to Myrtle Beach, SC to visit friends of mine who were visiting there from NY. It was a great time and perfect weather. I tried to be wise in my food choices but our adult beverage of choice is beer, I guess I will see the damage tomorrow
Did everyone do good over the weekend? I am still having trouble getting active on a regular basis. Any suggestions?



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Prema, so far the Naproxin is working well. I went to PT today and I really liked the therapist. I asked before I went back how much the insurance covered and what was out of pocket. She said she would tell me how much after my appointment. Well, she took me into the billing office and said $150.00. That's per visit, 18 visits or $2700.00. I almost fell out of the chair. My last place charged $15.20. She said she could put me in for hardship and that I would only have to pay $15.00. I paid and then after taking to DH, we decided to call the insurance company. They said there is no guarantee how much they would pay because the therapist is "out of network". Tomorrow I am calling and cancelling the rest of my visits. No sense in getting a big bill after it is all over. I could join the Y for that price and take the whole family with me, daughters, SIL, grandsons, DH and probably a few neighbors too.

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Hi Pat. I definitely do not want to throw a dampener on the doctor's suggestion...but I went through the same ting with my mum and we had no choice but to do the operation. And mind you, she held out for quite a while before she agreed to do the surgery as she was scared to go under the knife.

If you can no longer mow the lawn or zumba, then, my dearest kawan, you are definitely in a lot of pain and you merely have a high threshold for pain. Please ask the doctor in no uncertain terms as to how long his suggestion will work before surgery becomes imminent...you may have to re-assess the situation.

As before, I will respect whatever decision you make in this matter. Just keep us posted so that we do not worry if you have to be away from this site for a while.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, nice to hear from you. I probably will not be taking a vacation next week. I'm going to the orthopedic surgeon this morning to check on knee replacement surgery. My knees have gotten so bad that I no longer mow the lawn, do zumba or some other things I love. If surgery is necessary, the next problem will be finding the right time to have it done. The sooner the better, I say. I'll repost later to let you know what he said.

Here's the scoop from my doctor's appointment. We are trying one more thing (well 3 things actually). 1. Naproxin 2 times a day for 2 weeks.
2. PT 3 times a week for 6 weeks.
3. Synvisc One injections. We are waiting to hear from the insurance company to see if they approve.



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Happy 4th of July everybody and I wish I knew why everyone, and I mean everyone, celebrates with fireworks!! We celebrate everything in Malaysia with fireworks too. And people individually play with fire crackers even though these have been banned due to the crazy number of accidents that have taken place.

Ei, good to hear from you. You have been missed. By all of us. You must have hurt your arm very badly as this is now almost 4 months since it happened. Hope your physiotherapist is a good one as it seems to take forever at our age, to heal. Take care and good on you for heading back to the gym again!

Pat, I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that you will be able to find rates that see the entire family heading out for vacation - something to be remembered with fondness, especially the boys, when they have grandpa and grandma too on the trip...the "fun" people!! Don't tell your daughter that I said that!! Here's a novel idea for you on your vacation....no exercise!!! emoticon

Hi Kathy. If you ever visit Malaysia, I will make sure that the air-conditioner is working full and at full blast too. Be careful of those mosquitoes...like Pat, they seem to love your blood! As for the fan, I have one in Malaysia that comes without blades. The brand is called Dyson and it's so easy to get one here as everyone uses fans and air-conditioners 24/7 except when they are doing outdoor stuff and work. These are so useful to have especially when there are kids running around. I have people in my house almost every other weekend and you can imagine the number of kids that also make their way to my house and boy do they love running inside, outside and then plonking themselves in front of the fan!!! Hope you find this.

Have a good weekend everyone. Beeeeeeg hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I hope your air conditioning fix is quick and inexpensive.

Tomorrow is water aerobics, it should be a nice day.

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Air conditioner has a problem, which simply means I'm hot! Tomorrow should get it fixed.

I spent yesterday evening with my niece, her husband, plus other family from both sides. Fireworks were nice, for the most part--a few duds. I did some catching up with stray pictures, etc, getting them in scrapbooks. It's a start.

Think I'll go buy a fan that Nolan can't get his fingers in.

Ei, long time since we've heard from you. I'm glad you found your way back!

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Ei, it's going to be a nice pool day here too. High 83* and sunny. We went yesterday and it was a little cool. Fireworks were nice. We didn't go where they shoot them off, we were about .5 miles down the road at a park. When I got back to my car, it only took 13 minutes to get home. Not bad.

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Thanks Pat. I had some big bites on my legs too and not sure how to get rid of one of them. I put on neosporin and it does nothing, then a hydrocortisone 1% anti-itch cream and that helped some. Hope your bites feel better. Did not go to the fireworks last few years. emoticon Have to park so far away and walk and carry chairs and sometimes it is hard for me to do this with my knees. Hope you enjoyed them.
Went to my dd's (oldest one) for dinner and had fun playing outside with the kids and some games. Off to church this morning and then they are coming over to swim (pool at my condo). tomorrow both my girls and all three grandkids and some friends are coming to the pool since it is expected to be warm. emoticon
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Ei, nice to hear from you again. I am glad to hear that you are feeling better.

I just got home from some fireworks. Very nice. Now off to treat my mosquito bites.

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Long time no see......Hope everyone is doing well. Have a safe and happy 4th of July. I hurt my arm and shoulder in March and doing pt for several weeks now. it is much better. Finally was able to go back to my exercise classes and just be careful with the weights.....
emoticon emoticon Do take care all and enjoy the holiday.
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Prema, I will be calling the ortho doc on Monday. Today almost all businesses and doctor offices are closed due to the 4th of July. Most employers give an extra day off to celebrate. I have not heard anything from EI. I'm wondering if she is in good health.

My oldest daughter called today saying she needs a vacation. She wants us to pack up next Sunday and head to Myrtle Beach for 5 days. I'll check into it, but if rates are too high, I'll have to pass. It would just be me, her and the boys.

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Hi Kathy. Good to hear from you. Tell Kelley that the name of the voodoo spell is "Kathy KNEWMETODAY"....very new in the market and not yet known throughout the Northern Hemisphere. It's valued by those with discerning taste who go by the name of Nolan and Stella!!!

Kids are really funny when it comes to water. Dhivia was the overly-cautious one dipping her toes umpteen times before getting into the baby pool with me holding her very very tight. Vishal, on the other hand, threw himself into the deep end of the pool and was caught by a friend before he drowned!!! I think Pat could be right...Nolan may have set up his personal vicious cycle by swallowing too much water cos he could not stop crying...as for the cup of water over his head - he's a guy and where does logic ever feature in a guy! Seriously!!!!

My heart-of-gold kawan, Pat...who will set the date for her knee operation after taking into consideration her daughter and unborn baby!! Please keep us posted about what the doctor says when he sees you...keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you, my kawan!!

Anyone heard from Ei? Is she okay??

Have a good weekend, my friends. Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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Kathy, there were no fears about getting our hair wet at water aerobics today as the rain held out until an hour after class let out. Davis sleeps better at home for his naps. Yesterday I could not get him down until we went out for a drive. The new baby is due on 9-9. Nolan was probably scared by something new. Swimming and crying don't go together, you swallow too much water. Davis walks around in the pool moving his arms and saying "I'm swimming, I'm swimming. So cute.

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Both of my grandkids nap more at my house than anywhere else...even Stella still takes the occasional nap. The chief difference between the two is that Stella was rocked to sleep with me singing hymns to her; Nolan signals that he's nap-ready by laying his head down--either on my chest or the floor, whichever is handier. Nolan spent the night last Friday and slept through the night, which he has yet to do at home. Kelley wanted to know what kind of voodoo I was using!😃

emoticon PAPASNAP. When you're ready, tell us a bit about yourself.

Stella had a playdate today and we swam in the rain! I guess that resolves the wet hair issue in this quadrant! I need to go to the Y yet, but I'm waiting until about 8:30 when the kids clear out. Nolan went to his first Waterbabies class yesterday and cried through the class--totally unexpected. I dropped by the kids' house later. Nolan was taking a bath, pouring water over his head with a cup! Go figure!!

Pat, when is the baby due?

My Fitbit doesn't track sleep. I do like the deep breathing thing, Prema.

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Prema, my pain tolerance is pretty high, so if I go ahead with this, I will have to get it done at a convenient time for my daughter. We'll have our talk today.

Heading off to water aerobics, but it is cool out. Only 63*.

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Pat, here's some encouragement for you. My mum did a double knee replacement surgery at the age of 81. She was generally fit for someone her age and as she has been keeping to her daily walk (5x a week at a very leisurely pace for about 30 minutes), the doctor decided, on the operating table, that she could handle both knees at one go.

You are very much fitter than her and you have greater strength to get through this. My mum's resolution may be strong when it comes to recovery but her threshold for pain is -50 on a scale of 1 to 100!!!

So, please go ahead. At the most, you will be out in bed for less than a week, physiotherapy for about a month or two and you get back to zumba and running after your boys in less than 4 months. For a lifetime of relief from pain, this is wonderful. Please, please go ahead with the operation.

Having said all of the above, I still will respect any choice you make.

Beeeeeeg hugs to you, my kawan.

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Prema, I glad breathing exercises are working for you to get to sleep. All I need is 8+ hours with Davis and I sleep like a baby.

Today was my quarterly checkup. We discussed knee replacement and I think I may follow up with my orthopedic specialist about it.

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Pat, I hear you and I second you:

GROWING OLD SUCKS! The idiot who suggested the phrase "growing old gracefully"...should be placed in front of a firing squad!

I am going to watch YouTube clips on how to use the Fitbit Charge HR to monitor exercise and sleep. I did discover one things that's been working for me and it's so simple that none of you will ever believe me. It's deep breathing in bed. So when I put off the light and get into bed, I do very deep breathing until I fall asleep...I take in my breath to a count of 4, then hold my breath to a count of 7 and then let out my breath to a count of 8. And I feel more rested now than I have been for the longest time.

Take care of them knees, Pat. Everyone please take care of your health!

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Theresa, the best thing about fit bit is that it lets you know when you need to step up your game. One way to get more steps is to challenge someone else that is close to your level to see you can get in the most steps each day.

Prema, congrats on your fit bit. I found that I could not hold on to one. My first one started heating up the computer when charging and when the second on came, it was recording an extraordinary amount of steps until I got it fixed. Then I lost it in Myrtle Beach earlier this month. No sure if I want to go through that again.

Today is another day with rain predicted (90%), and the grass is so long. Hubby plans to get to it today before the rain starts. I have been taking it a little easier the past few days. The knees are telling me to slow down. I see my doctor tomorrow and that will be on the top of my list of complaints. Getting old stinks.

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Hi Pat. Glad the baby shower went off well and I hope the birth goes off well and that the baby's dad surprises you with the level of responsibility he assumes after the birth.... emoticon emoticon ...Also, my kawan, you have the distinction of being the only person I know who substitutes water aerobics with mopping of floors. emoticon emoticon ...

Hi Theresa. I started wearing my Fitbit Charge HR yesterday and I absolutely love it. Because of the daily exercise I do plus walk the dog, I know I will exceed 10000 steps a day. I now want to track my sleep as well and apparently this gadget can! And YouTube carries an extensive collection of clips that can show me how I do this... And from what you say, I can see a great advertisement that aligns Fitbit and shopping. The tagline will be "Fitbit more when you shop more"...

My son was running a very high temperature yesterday and I was worried that it might be dengue fever. Took him to the hospital near my house and fortunately, the emergency room only had a few patients. The doctor confirmed that it was a viral fever and sent him home with instructions on hot soup and plenty of rest. This morning, he was on the mend so I am sure all's well again!

Take care everyone. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Good afternoon everyone. I am back after a short sabbatical. Prema glad to hear the wedding went off good. Pat happy to hear the baby shore went well. Kathy when I watch my Grandkids I love when they nap. But as they get older that gets less and less. Papa snap welcome.
I have worked late and been lazy that's why I wasn't on. I am still wearing my fit bit and my steps are very in insistent. If I do nothing after work I am usually amour 3000 steps, if something is going on after work then I can get to about 6000 steps. My highest was 7000 that was a day I shopped outlets with one of my sons. Haven't done much yet today. But I about to start carrying supplies for my craft room upstairs. So that should earn me steps.
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The baby shower went off well. Many nice gifts and the weather was nice enough to have the windows open and enjoy the nice cool breezes.

Prema, the group that takes water aerobics average age is about 75. Most probably visit the hairdresser once a week. It was only 62* this morning for class and pouring down rain, so again it was cancelled. I used the time to mop floors.

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Welcome PAPASNAP.

Hi Pat. I am sure that I am reading this correctly. The ladies who are doing WATER aerobics with you are the one who do not want to get their hair wet...so...here's my question...why do water aerobics? Do something else! I am not worried about you finding some other option when classes are cancelled...I just cannot get over the fact that the non-wet hair is a criterion for choosing water aerobics!!!

Kathy, looks like Nolan could end up becoming one of those adults who will be able to knock off very quickly without a fuss anywhere. Neither one of my kids were long nappers and stopped napping at a very early age...which was a pain in the neck for me especially over the weekend when I would give a right hand (and leg!!) for a 20-minute nap in the afternoon. Looks like Rob is not feeling very optimistic about his chances and this laser thing..is it for the eyes and is he going for training to administer this??

My nephew's wedding went off well although admittedly, at the temple, many of us wanted to kill the priest as he was dragging the prayers for too long and it was such a hot day too! The bride looked lovely and as it's the custom for the groom's sister to take on the role of a bridesmaid and my nephew does not have any sisters, he asked Dhivia if she would take on that role. And at the reception, both bride and groom asked if she would sing for them - so she sang a Tamil romantic number and a Beyonce number; she did the latter in a saree and that's probably the first time she sang such an upbeat number in very traditional wear. Kinda cute, actually!!

Today, everyone is just recovering from the wedding and my Vishal who drove the bridal couple around has succumbed to the heat and is running a fever. I am leaving the office a little earlier and running back to see him.

Here's wishing everyone a good week ahead.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Welcome Papasnap.

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Kathy, Davis used to sleep like that, but now it's about 1 and a half hour nap in the afternoon.

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Prema, Nolan usually naps twice while I have him. The morning nap is usually about two hours, the afternoon nap 2-3 hours. Three hours is the usual period of time between naps. He's different from Stella who always wanted/needed to be rocked to sleep. He may plop his head down on my chest (or the floor), and that's the signal that he's ready to go down for his nap.

Stella and I went over to Brenda's to swim today. It's so hot; the dip in the pool is refreshing, but I burn so easily--even with SPF 50.

Rob called twice today. It seems the job is not going to be six months, if that. He
says that, with flooding taking homes and snowbirds still hovering, housing is at a premium. Now, with the job being short-lived, signing a lease would be a mistake. He did say that he's able to learn a skill that will make him more marketable--having to do with lasers.

I need to go to the Y but I really don't feel like it. I won't have kids tomorrow, so I could skip today and go early in the morning before I go to pick out new glasses.

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Water aerobics was cancelled this morning because of rain. This particular group of women will not allow their hair to get wet, so any kind of rain causes a cancellation.

Prema, I'm sure your little bit of gray would be accepted if you were a male, but we have to either go gray all the way, or color.

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Where are Anne and Theresa? And Chuck??

Now that I have lobbed off my locks and am now keeping short hair, it has further strengthened my resolve not to colour my hair. My mum still colours her hair every month. Her hairdresser visits here every month and has a good chat with her and tells Agony Aunt (my mum!) all his problems. So when Mum decided that she wanted to stop colouring her hair, he convinced her, in less than 2 minutes I think, that she looked better when her hair was dyed black!!! My only problem with my hair is that I look like Cruella de Vil, the wicked soul from 101 Dalmatians! I have a streak of white hair at the front of my head - there are enough dimwits around that think I actually dye my hair white in front!

Kathy, how long does Nolan sleep these days after the afternoon? Do you also get a chance to rest when he is resting? By the way for tinning hair, ask your regular doctor to subscribe minoxidil at 4 or 5% for you. I get mine on-line from DS Laboratories and it's been quite effective. I have been using it for quite a while and it's reduced the hair loss a bit.

Take care my ladies. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema





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That "gray" battle was one I never truly took on. My mom was prematurely gray and her mom had beautiful white hair. Not only is mine totally gray, it's thinning.

Nolan's awake.

Kathy

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