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5/6/15 9:01 A

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Kathy, hopefully you have all the bad luck behind you. My daughter's washer broke down a few weeks ago and I bought her a new one. It's easier than having her come to my house several times a week to wash clothes.

Prema, now all Americans are supposed to have to have health insurance. Too bad for your son and MIL. I don't know where there would be a water Tabata class.

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5/6/15 6:21 A

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Hi Pat. Remember the Tabata workout I was telling you about? Please make sure you do it in the water. It's very good but can be murder on the knees and legs. I do not have problems with my knees just yet so I can still do Tabata...or it could be due to delayed menopause that I do not have problems with my knees...whatever the reason, my trainer did say that he was usually careful who he does Tabata training with. I assure you that one can work up a sweat very easily on this.

Kathy, it has been an expensive start to the year for you. For me, too. First, it was my son who ruptured his ACL and it happened when he had just started working and was not yet covered by insurance. Then, it was my mother-in-law who dislocated her shoulder and I discovered then that she had no insurance. Then we had a warped wooden flooring problem and I had to call someone in to fix it. I can see that financial headaches are another one of those things that cross international boundaries!! On a brighter note, I can just see Nolan's beautiful eyes light up at the sight of his mum...how do kids go from eyes-lighted-up when they see their parents to need-to-stay-locked-in-my-room when their parents return home!!!!

Will be in Singapore tomorrow. Speak to you on Friday, my dear kawan-kawan...

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema



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5/5/15 9:51 P

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Pat, the television is the same size as the last, 40". I slit the sides of the box and wrangled the old one into it--taping the sides together--so it was easier to get to the car. I took it to an electronics recycling place this morning. Water heater, car brakes, television--what a start to the year!

Kelley came to pick up Nolan yesterday and was here when he woke from his nap. He was sure glad to see his mommy. They left here to go pick up Stella.

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5/5/15 9:36 A

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Kathy, thanks for sharing the precious picture of Nolan. Kids that age can be such a handful. I have both boys today as there is inservice for the teachers today. Enjoy the new TV. Is it bigger than the old one?

Prema, yes, that is my oldest daughter. It was a beautiful day to be out on Sunday and I brought my camera along to get some pics to send to you.


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5/5/15 7:19 A

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Kathy and Pat, these pictures made me very very happy today. They are sooooo lovely...and I must tell you how I managed a happy smile today despite a crazy schedule. I switched my screen between my trading and the children...and that just kept a smile on my face. I must have looked like a loony bin to my staff as I alternated between a "murderous old hag" look to a "Mrs Doubtfire" perpetual smile!!!

Pat, your PT sessions are very expensive compared to Malaysia. Remember the PT that came to my house 3 times a week for my son? He charged 100 Malaysian Ringgit (equivalent to US$30) per session...I hope there are retired PTs who become members of SP soon and give you tips without you forking out a king's ransom. You have no idea how relived I was when you said that you did not want to add zumba to an already heavy schedule. By the way, is the lady in the picture, your older girl?

Kathy, here's another beeeeeg hug for you. Your Nolan is just so precious. Hope your knees did not suffer too much running after him. Here's hoping Rob gets the TV connected in a jiffy.

Feels like Monday today. Anyway, have a good one, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I'll take the hug, It was not my intention to be deceptive, Nolan is a slippery little fellow who slips into spaces where he should not venture. It matters not how I adjust the furnishings, The Nolan is magnificently capable of squeezing past end tables, checking under rugs, sticking feet and legs through openings, and turning to smile at me as he's doing it!! Yes, he's totally adorable and horribly ornery.

Bought a new television today. A processor was going out on the old one, and it's cheaper to buy a new one than fix the other. So far, I've not been able to complete the internet connection. Rob can help me with it when he comes down.

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Prema, I would not consider going to PT at my own expense. It's $160 per session at 3 times a week, it would break the bank.

Kathy, I got some mowing done today too. Front and back. Hubby's back is to sore for him to get out there. I decided not to go to zumba if I have another strenuous activity for the same day.

Prema, I got a few pictures for you of your surrogate grandsons.


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5/4/15 5:22 A

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Guess what, Pat? During the long silence, when we were both worrying about our kawan, she was busy with her front yard and re-arranging furniture (gasp!!!). She knew we would both nag her to death and decided to do this quietly without telling us anything until after completion...very clever!!

Are we on talking terms with Kathy, Pat? Truth be told, I had to laugh out loud when she said that "falling over (dead) would also work, as long as I was not alone with the grandkids"...Okay Kathy, you just earned yourself a reprieve...welcome back to the fold...

My trainer told me about his self-discovery...he loves triathlons and ultra-marathons...and thinks that I should consider celebrating my 60th birthday in 3 years' time with a mini triathlon...I may have a dead trainer on my hands soon!!!

Have a great start to the week, my friends!

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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5/3/15 8:36 A

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Rob didn't come down because he was offered overtime, but Justin is out at the base again today and will leave tonight.

Furniture is rearranged, but I'm just seeing if it will work. I may have to make some adjustments. I got the front yard mowed yesterday afternoon. We had unexpected sprinkles off and on during the morning.

Prema, sorry for your losses. I'm with you guys though, going in my sleep would be great way to leave this world. Just falling over would also work, as long as I wasn't alone with the grandkids.

I need to finish getting ready for church. Probably back later.

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5/3/15 5:23 A

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Hi Pat. One more death last night . The mum of my school friend and she was the tenth out of 11 children of this lady. The lady was almost 90 years and had been in and out of hospital for the last many months, so it was a blessing that she's now in a much better place. I would prefer, like you, to go the way of the 95 year old lady...in my nap.

Pat, delicate question here...but would you consider going through the physiotherapy even if insurance no longer covers it? Me think you deserve it...

Got to go to see my friend....

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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5/1/15 8:57 A

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Prema, so sorry for your losses. It is sad when someone so young dies. The 95 year old passed in the same way I would like to go. A nice nap at a grand age. I no longer have PT appointments as the insurance allowed visits expired. I would have to go through the whole thing over again.

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5/1/15 7:18 A

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Hi my kawan-kawan. It feels good to not be able to work on a Friday. And there's Monday too...

Kathy, glad to know that there was no mowing and no moving of furniture. Does this mean that you have finally gotten rid of that congestion? And is the weather now getting warmer too? This is good news. Right?? But Pat, given your tolerance for pain, your description of walking sideways being tough on your knees, says a lot, my friend. I hope your doctor and your physiotherapist will be able to help you.

As for my friends, I have told them about SP...but, like many people around me, they are also guilty of taking their health for granted including comparing themselves to those around them whose health is much worse, and then consoling themselves that they are not faring too badly!!! It seems to me a losing battle.

When I returned from Melbourne, I had to visit two families - one who lost their 95-year old mother and another who lost the head of their family at the age of 60. The 95 year old with 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren died when she was having her mid-morning nap. The 60-year old, who is a university mate of my husband, died of a massive heart attack just 5 minutes into his badminton game. Such an unexpected loss. A very sad loss. And everyone is still coming to grips with this.

Health. Health is Wealth. Please take care of yourselves, my friends. Would like to keep us going until we can meet someday.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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4/30/15 5:12 P

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Prema, so glad to hear that you had a lovely vacation. Enjoy you long weekend. Did you turn your friends onto Spark People. That may help them want to eat better and get in a little exercise.

Kathy, enjoy your gardening. I did some trimming with the weed eater all around the house and all around the bushes. It was tough on the knees walking sideways.

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Waiting for Stella to arrive. We have some gardening to do before we cook for the two fellas tonight. If we get the gardening done, I'll post a picture of her garden.

Nolan decided to take some steps yesterday, multiple times in a row. I think he's got it!! It was nice out, so we did get in a walk. No furniture got moved. No lawn was mowed.

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Hello my lovely ladies. I We have a long weekend in Malaysia - tomorrow is a holiday and so is Monday. I am looking forward to some rest tomorrow. Hope to catch a good movie on telly or on my laptop and some reading as well...there will be no moving of furniture for me, Kathy and definitely no mowing of the lawn either, Pat.

I had a very good time in Melbourne. In addition to my daughter, I was also able to catch up with two of my ex-schoolmates. One of them is married to her classmate and they have 2 children, a boy and a girl. The other is also married and has 2 daughters from a previous marriage. All of them stay in Melbourne and they organised a lovely family meal when I came up. Both these girls were athletic when we were in school and now, they are grossly unfit and despite their respective doctors giving them advice about regular exercise, it does not seem to be happening at all in their lives. I got to a point when I even encouraged them to mow other people's lawns and to re-arrange the furniture in their houses.!!!!

The apartment that I was renting is located across a field with a track and every day, I saw people of all ages, shapes and sizes walking/jogging/running around that track; on the day i was leaving, I saw 3 ladies walking briskly around the track, talking 19 to the dozen and even after Round 3, they were still at it...and I decided that they represented us...maybe next time, a guy might join them...like Chucky!

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

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4/29/15 6:39 P

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Prema, I've read that article before, but I did not write it. Maybe it just seems like I did.

Kathy, I got the lawn mowed. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, so I wanted to get it done today.

We had fun outside after school today, a beautiful day to be out.

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I thought about mowing today, but (if I do) it will wait until evening, after Nolan departs with his daddy.I talked with my brother last night; evidently he and his wife have been sick all week with flu-like symptoms.

Boy, did I sleep!! Went to bed at 10 and woke just after 6:30. I'm usually up at 5 or 5:30.

I got pictures printed yesterday so I can get my scrapbooking started for 2014. LOTS OF PICTURES!!

Prema, glad to have you back, even jet-lagged. Hey, maybe I'll rearrange furniture today.

😁 Kathy😉



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4/29/15 7:47 A

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Chucky, my man, long time no see, no hear. Glad to see that you have exceeded your own expectations - very impressed.

Hey Pat, you are not going to believe the title of one of the articles I read on SP today and chalked the mandatory 5 points for reading it....drum roll...."How not to gain weight while on vacation"!!!!
Did you have a word with the SP people when I was on the plane to Australia??

Kathy...that was a WHOLE LOAD OF WORK that you were doing! Are you seriously completely okay to do all?? And by the way, I have a weakness for cookbooks...and I expect the one for kids to be exciting...but I am not sure that the washing up after that will be as exciting!!!

Speak to all of you again tomorrow. Feeling slightly jet-lagged!!

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema


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Wow Kathy, that was a lot of work for one day. I plan on mowing today.

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I found a kid-friendly cookbook that I can use with both kids. Truly I don't need another cookbook; I'm pretty much a sucker for cookbooks. The book fair wasn't too busy, but it probably will be later in the week.

This morning I came face to face with my age!! I decided I needed to drag out the hedge trimmer and shape up some bushes. I have three yew, two boxwood, and three euonymous...which was about seven too many. I think I may need to dig up the euonymous and replace them with something; they're just not doing well. I was wiped out!! I took a nap before the book fair.

I should sleep well tonight.

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Kathy, have fun at the book fair.

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Good to hear from you, Chuck. Great work on the weight...wish I were doing as well!!

Prema, I was referring to the weather...my health is great!! Nolan went to the doctor for his one year checkup...it appears he's a victim of allergies. Yuck!!

I'm volunteering at Stella's school tomorrow afternoon at their book fair. I would have liked to be there on a day when she had school, but Kelley called a while ago and said they were going to come to the book fair when I was there. That will be nice.

It's late, and I'm hittin' the hay!

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Chucky, congratulations on the weight loss. It's a great accomplishment. My girls are doing great, the youngest on is having a birthday today. I've been in PT for my knees for the past 6 weeks, and took my first trip back to zumba today. How is your family and the dog?

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Hey Pat......hope everything is well with you. It's been a long time......yes, actually past goal as it's not up to date.....I'm at 186 right now. I need to update. I'm not very good at keeping up with the ticker.So, how have you been? How are all the girls doing?

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Hi Chucky, nice to hear from you. I see from your tracker that you are at goal. Congratulations.

Prema, congrats on walking 10,000 steps on vacation. emoticon

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4/27/15 6:33 A

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Hello Prema, Pat, and Kathy. How are you ladies doing? Well, I hope. It's been a long time since I've been on this site. Thought I would drop in and see how everyone in the old gang is doing. Just having my morning coffee before going out for a walk. Hope to hear from you ladies again.....take care.

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So my brain is on vacation...

I meant pictures of Davis, Pat. Then I can get Kathy to send pictures of Nolan. And I can pretend to be a grandmother of 2 very handsome boys. Here's something I have for you, Pat...without realising it...I actually clocked up 10000 steps for each of the days that I have been here in Melbourne. It pales against the fact that you walked the length of sheep country (aka New Zealand) - however, for someone who leaves exercise completely at home when she goes for vacation...this represents an achievement of sorts!

Kathy, I hope when you say that the day has been dreary. that you are referring to the weather and not your health. Your undergraduate was exactly what happens here as well. However, they seem to repeat the pattern for Masters but with greater intensity...Anyway, I told my daughter to continue with the tutoring but to quit the extra job that she was doing cos it was draining her health..gave her a few options to consider and this time around, she was far more receptive than she was before.

Going out for dinner with her and another friend and then we say goodbye as I fly back tomorrow.

Take care my kawan-kawan. Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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4/26/15 10:15 P

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Kathy, nice picture of Stella.

Here are pictures of what my fitbit looks like: over 1,100,000 steps in 4 days. I earned ??? the New Zealand badge saying the walked the length of NZ, 990 miles. Crazy.

Each green line is 1,000 steps:




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Pat posted the picture of Stella and him on Facebook. I snatched it for my new profile picture.

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My Fitbit is being weird too, but it's in the sync. It's not doing the minutes right...sometimes I get no minutes at all.

Pat, I'm sure he has overnight diapers at home, but they didn't include one in his bag. Since this is only the second time I've had him overnight, overnight diapers are not in my regular supplies. He normally uses cloth diapers at my house.

I'm no longer sure of the technical terms, but even with my undergraduate degree I was required to spend time in classrooms. I was required to write lesson plans and, with teacher supervision, teach that lesson to the class. Two days a week for the term. The class was different from any class I ever took, in that the entire class was worth 100 points: 75 points came from the time spent in the public school, the other 25 points came from five tests, each worth 5 points. 20% of the class received A,B,C,D,F. By the professor's scale, 96-100% received an A for the class; that meant the full 75 for outside work and an A on 4 out of the 5 tests. I also did student teaching in a middle school--8-10 weeks with a single teacher, teaching her schedule half of that time. With my Masters I was not required to do any of that type of work.

It's been pretty dreary today.

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Prema, no can do on the pictures of Nolan, but I would be happy to send pictures of Davis. LOL The Fitbit is still going crazy and I have over 1,000,000 steps in 4 days. No news from the company yet. Best results ever!

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Okay...so here's the deal. And I will tell you upfront that I am being demanding here. Very demanding. I welcome the photographs of Nolan..thank you for a very brilliant idea. And I wil want your Fitbit every time I am on holidays if I cannot find an equivalent one that brings a smile to my face every time I see the figures it records...

The weather here has been a little cold, a little rainy but altogether tolerable as I have my thermals and my warm stuff. Outside my apartment and across the road, is a track for joggers and have seen so many joggers of all ages and sizes at all times of the day walking, jogging and running on this track. This morning, there were 3 ladies who were walking briskly and talking very animatedly - could not make out what they were saying but they all seemed to be talking nineteen to the dozen...so I thought of us!!!

Seems funny to say I miss you guys..but I did, especially when I saw those ladies.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, so glad to hear that you are having a great time down under. I've often heard that their toilets flush in the opposite direction than the clockwise motion of ours. Is that true? I'm glad that you are holding your tongue about getting married. Pressure can sometimes get the opposite result. You are a good mom. I'll try to send some pictures of Davis your way to let you feel like a surrogate grandma. My Fitbit is up to over 750,000 steps in 2.5 days. It's crazy. I wrote to Fitbit Wednesday night and have not heard back. I must be Wonder Woman, walking 1,000 steps every 5 minutes without stopping to sleep. Yes, Davis is older than Nolan, but he has been sleeping through the night for a very long time.

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4/25/15 10:02 A

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Helloooo my kawan-kawan from the Land Down Under.

It was unusually sunny when I arrived yesterday and today, the weather is absolutely crazy. It has been drizzling pretty much the whole day today. Yesterday was a full day for my daughter, so I only got to see her for about 30 minutes. Her Masters programme is one of the toughest in Australia and the drop-out rate is very high - about 150 people have dropped out from the beginning till now. I mean I know it's absolutely necessary to have good teachers but to make them undertake placements and assignments in addition to the additional work many of them are doing is a tad crazy. Today, we went out for brunch and a bit of shopping and that was restful for her. And we have been in my rented apartment from then till now as she completes her assignment and preps for her tutoring assignments next week.

Nolan and Davis sound very cute...I know that it's easy for me to say this when I am a gazillion miles away and I am not the one taking care of them...but they do sound very cute! I am making a great effort here not to give in to temptation and ask my daughter when she's planning to get married. So proud of me...but please, please continue to tell me stories of Davis and Nolan. By the way, is Davis older than Nolan? Doesn't that mean he may be peeing less??

Fitbit is a gift I will be giving myself soon. And I will pray Pat, that mine chalks 105,000 steps very quickly too. By the way, I chalked up 5000 steps yesterday and another 5000 steps today. Not something to be very proud of but it's a start.

Take care my kawan-kawan. Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I hope you can get to your hair appointment before the weather gets bad. Does Nolan wear nighttime diapers? Davis usually makes it all the way through the night with one and he sleeps from 7 pm to 6 am.

Fitbit is still acting up showing 105,000 steps already today.

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Nolan spent the night. He went down @7:40, was up just before midnight for a diaper change. I could hear him fussing just before 4:00 and covered him up, and he slept until 7. I'm not sure what time he's being picked up, but I do have a nail appointment later this morning.

Severe weather predicted for this afternoon.

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Prema, safe travels. If you are absent for a few days, that's okay. Have fun.

Kathy, Davis pitches a fit from time to time too. Just a normal part of communicating. Once they learn that the fit gets them nothing, they will stop doing it.

My new Fitbit is going crazy. When I logged on to Sparks this morning, I already had over 87,000 steps. Just before starting this note, it was up over 112,000. I don't know if it's playing catch up from vacation, but if this keeps up, I'll break all records. LOL

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Pat, it's a start...if he follows through, although even talking about it seems like progress.

Nolan actually pitched a fit yesterday. I was holding his hands, trying to get him to walk with me when he just sat down on the floor. I walked away. He started screaming like a Banshee...then he crawled into the family room to find me. Guess he doesn't like the pressure!!

Well, congratulations to Dhivia. I'm glad she had/has a good supervising teacher; that makes a lot of difference.

Stay out of trouble, you two!!

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My dear kawan-kawan, please take care of yourselves. I will try and log in whenever I can but it could be challenging cos I have all these people who want to see me and my daughter for one meal or another. I may have to turn a couple of these down. I will also try and do a Pat - exercise whenever possible although at this stage, admittedly, it seems highly unlikely!!!

I will be leaving for the airport in a few hours' time. Trying to finish last minute instructions for my team before I head back home.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, my lovely ladies....

Prema

PS..Pat, I will hold back on the loser status as per your instructions... emoticon

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Prema, let's hold up on the loser status until we actually get together and I have some money in my hands. LOL It's great that Hitler Jr. has helped you develop great abs. There is a lot of good info out there on Sparks.

Hi Kathy and Ei.

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Prayers do help!!!!

Pat, the loser is doing something right. At some point, can we call him something else other than loser? This request he made takes him out of the "loser" category by a mile...by many miles.

Discovered today that these people at SP knew what they were talking about with all the articles on cross-training and strengthening of core, etc etc. The reason I can run better now is because of Hitler junior who trains me on Mon, Wed and Friday...I think I will hold off his murder until I can complete a 10km run within 2 hours 10 mins.....

Got to run. Busy day today as I am flying off tomorrow night.

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Prema, the loser called me yesterday and asked if they could have me hold some money from their paychecks to help pay for expenses during maternity leave. That made me feel better. He also will allow me to determine how much to hold back. I could have fun with that. Let's hope they follow through.

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So, Pat, not quite the loser's fault is it, for him being the way he is. It's in the genes. Having said that, the girl who went from homeless to Harvard, was in a much worse position and chose to do something for herself to ensure that she would never be sucked into the world of drugs and poverty like her parents. Maybe your daughter felt sorry for him...and maybe she and her unborn baby will be the catalyst he needs to take the first step towards change. I will pray for them. And with your help, I know your hubby will come around to being less unhappy about the new baby...

Kathy, Nolan had to be shown how to like cake? 20 years from now, when he is told about this, he is not going to ever believe you. The party must have been quite hilarious...either I am boring or just out of touch with the latest for kids. I shall opt for the latter. Just because I am a sucker and end up feeding everyone from my trainer to the Starbucks staff in my office building, it does not translate into me being a boring person. Right?????

By the way Kathy, did I tell you that my Dhivia was doing a Masters in Education in Melbourne Uni? As part of her Masters, she is required to undertake placement in a school and her mentor teacher (a lady in her 60s) gave a glowing report on Dhivia's teaching skills. My little bimbo who is a fashionista and exercises cos she does not want an "office bum" (whatever!!) was cited as a brilliant teacher. How about that???

Am so very excited. I fly off on Thursday night to see her and most of the plans she has for me involve eating! Kathy, I hope I can transform into Pat during the 5 days I am there and undertake this double 4-letter word called exercise!!!

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

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Kathy, cute. It was my husband's birthday Saturday and nobody had to show my grandson how to like cake. LOL We still have a little left. I've been trying to pawn if off wherever I can.

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They had moustache balloons, a moustache pinata, and moustache rings that fit over the neck of bottles that made it look like you had a moustache when you were drinking. The cookies and cakes had bow ties and moustaches. He did well, but Stella had to help him develop an interest in eating his cake.

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Kathy, did you sport a moustache? That would be funny. The OKC bombings were a terrific event caused by a home grown terrorist. Such a sad reminder for you with the occasion lining up with the worst week of your life.

Prema, his parents are very excited about the baby and have been aware of the situation for quite some time. I kept the news from my husband because I knew that he would not be happy. His parents are not financially sound and have poor credit. They are also divorced. I saw his mom's house once and it is in disrepair and on the other side of town. Definitely in a bad neighborhood.

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Hi Kathy. A moustache-themed party...I have never heard of that...do the kids have moustaches drawn on their faces? How are the legs doing? And has your chest cleared completely. By the way, I was not aware that you parents passed away around the same time as the OKC bombing. How very tragic...

Pat, you have no idea how happy I am to hear that your daughter's baby will be with her in the childcare...it's a job I hope she keeps for at least 2 to 3 years...I don't suppose the paternal grandmother has any interest in the baby, has she? One can hope!

My dinner with the caregivers went off very well and I had my mum join us as well cos she always has a lot of fun with them. Exercise was intense this morning...which was good as I was able to delude myself that I have worked off all my excesses from the dinner!!!! emoticon

Have a great start to the week, my dear kawan-kawan. I hope the weather and our bodies hold up well.

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We've missed the severe weather that has blown across the plains. Nolan's party at the Ballinger's was yesterday. I was there for a couple of hours but came home when the skies darkened and the clouds lowered. It was a moustache themed party...smaller get-together than Stella's.

Today is 20 years since my parents' funeral. The OKC bombing is always a reminder. Readying for the funeral, we'd not seen or heard the news until my uncle's family showed up at the house.

I should have a new picture to post this week.

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Prema, fortunately for me, as a director at a daycare/preschool, she will be allowed free childcare at work. That's a big relief . We also went looking at apartments yesterday, and I think I convinced her to go that route. This new complex is one mile from my house and has the same owners as her current complex, Maybe she can transfer over without the credit checks. Definitely in a better neighborhood and closer to work.

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Hi Kathy. Any exercise, I assume, is just easier to do in the in pool because of the buoyancy of the water. However, this does not translate to the intensity of the exercise in any form. I think if you are facing resistance in the water, you may end up using more calories. You just don't play havoc on the knees and the back...make sense??

Hi Pat. I agree with Kathy about the 30 years hold on you. I hope, for your daughter's sake, that the loser wakes up to his responsibility as a dad. Having a child brings so much pleasure but it also comes with pain and responsibilities...not a job for the faint-hearted. As for the young lady, she asked Vishal if she could come over for dinner and see me. He told her that I was having some ladies (the caregiver group) over for dinner and that she was better off coming tomorrow night instead. Let's see if she has made some progress. I have my doubts but let's see....

I hope the loser does not convince your daughter that you can look after the baby since you already are giving so much time to Davis and Donovan....I hope they remember that your heart will expand to include another grandchild but that you do not come with free baby sitting services 24/7...

One of the ladies in the caregiver group has completed her chemo and radiation...and the dinner tonight is a bit of a celebration...she is one brave lady...

Have a great Sunday, my kawan-kawan.


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Kathy, I'm happy to hear that you are feeling better.

Today was a beautiful day with a high in the low 70's. We spent hours outdoors playing ball. Davis got a plastic bat and ball for Easter and is using it in a karate motion, hitting the ball and saying hi-ya. After he hits the ball, then he say touchdown and does the referee motion with both hands in the air. So funny.

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Tabata,huh? That class was on a schedule at the YMCA.... easier or harder in the water?

Pat, wise decision not to put the kids on your credit cards. There comes a point at which it's necessary to accept the consequences of your actions. You're right--not wanting to be on the hook for 30 years.

I feel better today than yesterday...and I have Nolan today. Kelley switched days at work so she could be with Nolan on his birthday.

Raining when I got up this morning and storms predicted for this afternoon/evening.

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Prema, a familiar story for when a nice young woman hooks up with a loser. My daughter and the loser boyfriend are now having a baby boy due in September. They want Dh and I to put them on our credit cards making their credit score look better so that they can buy a condo. Hubby and I nixed that idea, no need being on the hook for 30 years. We offered to help with a new apartment in a better neighborhood, that way the baby could grown up in a better environment. He still has student loans and they are benefitting from us giving them our old cars.

Kathy, I respect teachers and with my daughter being a vice principal, I see her making sure that only the best teachers get hired and then fire the bad ones.

My Fitbit tracker broke down on vacation and I have been without it for over a week now. I wrote to the company (email) and they have put a new one out in the mail today, free of charge. What a great company.

I finished PT yesterday. He called just 15 minutes to say that we had to reschedule for later in the day, so I went in at 4. I'm glad to be done with it.

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If there's one group of people who inspired me in my life...it's teachers. I remember the ones who made time for me and the ones who made me feel less of a human being when I was a pre-teen and a young teenager. Teachers should be left to do the very basis of their existence : teach. And if they are no good at teaching, then get them out of the system. Everywhere, non-academicians seem to be managing the education system and unless these people have an absolute love of filling minds, they are in the wrong job. At times like these, I remember my late dad and I remember you Kathy with much love and respect because you both treated your job as crucial.

By the way, I did something called Tabata training today. It's 20 seconds of intense exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest for about 10 to 12 sets. At the end of the sets, I had no energy to commit murder which I so badly wanted to do and then a few hours later, I was marvelling at my energy levels for the day. And yes, I gave him 2 slices of multi-grain bread with unsalted butter and 2 eggs....SUCKER!!!!!

Pat, you are not going to believe how many dumb young girls there are in Malaysia when it comes to relationships. Vishal asked me if I could talk to this friend of his who is in a 5-year relationship with this guy who is also in his group. She's a medical student and so is he. Or rather, so was he. He has now decided that he wants to become an actor in India and he does not speak any of the languages!!! IDIOT!!! And here's the best part...she knows that he is her krypton...but she feels that she saw something when they first started going out together that made him special and she believes that it's still there!!! As a result of this idiot, she has stopped exercising, has very poor appetite and is finding it challenging to concentrate on her studies...I give up! Mind you, I let her vent even though internally, I wanted to choke her. Let's see if she comes to her senses soon. I will pray for her!

have a good weekend, my dear kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, it's unfortunate that those teachers made a choice to cheat on test results. My concern is and was that there's much too much testing being done and far too few instructional hours. Where we used to take a standardized test each year in the fall to let us know where we stood academically, now students are being bombarded with a variety of tests throughout the school year AND teachers are held responsible for the results. I believe in accountability in all occupations, but kids take so many tests that they don't care and think they don't even matter. When they started using computers for testing reading comprehension (2-3 hour test), I had students finish in under a minute and then wreak havoc in the testing room. On this particular test, after a specified number of wrong answers, the test is ended--the assumption being that the material is too difficult for the student to handle. I had many brilliant students who failed my class because they just refused to do the work; they have no work ethic. When teachers jobs are held hostage because a student fails to perform, something's definitely wrong. Well, now I guess you hit my hot button!! (Climbing down from soapbox)

Saw a doctor this morning--got a cortisone shot and z-pak. Bronchial tubes are jammed up.

It's early, but I'm heading to bed.

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Prema, that does sound a little crazy about what I did when I got home from Florida. The teachers that cheated on test scores have been sentenced to one to seven years in prison. I guess that will make the rest of them think before getting their erasers out. Hopefully the old geezer stays alive long enough to see the current Prime Minister ousted.

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I hope you had a chance to read what you wrote to us, Pat. You said that reaching home, and going out shopping for groceries followed by yard work and then concluding with picking up something for dinner, your knees felt pain. Helllooooo, my friend...you had my jaws wide open at the part where you did yard work....One word to describe my friend, Pat...indefatigable..

Kathy, what's this s tory about some teachers in Florida cheating on their students' test scores?? Bet it never happened in your time....

There's a lot of pressure from many quarters to get our current Prime Minister to resign including from our 4th and longest-serving ex-prime minister who is almost touching 90 years of age!! I think the current prime minister is hoping that the old geezer just kicks the bucket and gets silenced forever. However, he has set in motion, a very startling move from many different quarters and may not be very easily silenced...

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

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Kathy, I'm sorry to hear that you lost your parents so close together. Loss is hard to deal with, but a double loss hurts even more. I hope you can get into the doctor and start feeling better soon.

Prema, Enjoy your holiday. My knees were okay on the trip, but after getting out of the car at home and going out shopping for groceries, doing some yard work and going out and picking up something for dinner, my knees had it. I took some ibuprofen and felt better for therapy the next morning. Tomorrow is my last session. It will be back to zumba next week.

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Hi my lovely ladies. Yesterday was a crazy day. My boss was down and we had to go through a gazillion items before I leave next week on Thursday for Melbourne to see my daughter for a few days. One young staff member of ours met with an accident and fortunately, we have him covered by insurance. He fractured the lower part of his right leg and given the fact that he's a fairly big and tall guy, the healing is expected to take a few months. And, another staff member's wife is expecting her 4th child and at 34 weeks, her blood profile suggests a need to check her Hbh chromosome...this can only be because they suspect thallasemia. And on top of that, two of our projects are happening next month so I may need hekp from Kathy's Clairol to look presentable again. AAAARRRGGGGGHHHH! I think God has a unique sense of humour when humanity becomes more irritating than normal. Then the rains and wind storms happen. And snow stays on throughout spring instead of disappearing!!!! And I have everything happening at the same time!!!

Kathy, I was quite excited to find out that you are related to Meryl Streep, my favourite actress. That makes you a very important person in our forum...at least to me! Now I shall tell everybody that I know someone who is related to Meryl Streep. Maybe you can have a word or two with your relative about taking a starring role in the movie with you, me and Pat!!

On a more serious note...to lose one parent is a tragedy...to lose both within a short time of each other is catastrophic. My heart goes out to you, my dear kawan. I am very certain that you turned out to be the lady, mother, grandmother, that they always envisaged you would be and they share with Pat and me, the pride we feel in having you as our friend. Keep smiling my kawan....

Hey Pat...glad you made it back in one piece and even more glad that your holiday went off well. However, there is one topic that you did not cover - how did your knees fare with those hours in the car? Hope you do not have to go back for extra physio. My son is doing very well now and the physiotherapist has said that he will stop all sessions by the end of this month. I hope you get the same news yourself....

Remember my trainer? Yes, the one who is an exercise machine in perpetual motion - the same one that I want to kill at the onset of the exercise session and who packs a meal for himself at the end of my session?? Anyway, he went off to Sarawak for the weekend and when he came today, he brought some goodies (i.e. local delicacies) for me to thank me for the "nutritious food" from my house which helped him do well in his first triathlon. All was forgiven!! I can hear you Kathy and I can also hear you Pat...SUCKER!!! And there's one born every minute!!!

Take care my dear friends and keep me posted about the congestion and the knees.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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I'm afraid I'm going to have to break down and go to the doctor--ugh!!

This week is a tough one. It's been 20 years since I lost my parents: Dad on the 14th; Mom on the 18th. Nolan's birthday falls right between. I think of them often, wishing Stella and Nolan could have known them.

We've had rain but not enough to ease the drought for the farmers.

Prema? Missing you.

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Kathy, sorry to hear that you are not feeling well again. I can imagine how funny it was watching Nolan stuffing the cake in his mouth. I remember Davis doing the same too.

Hi Prema, Ei and Patty.

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Glad you made it back home safely. We've had some rain over the past couple of days, and how the weeds love it!!

Rob's orientation kept him from coming down for our family dinner for Nolan's birthday; as it happened, Justin was stuck on base because of planes either arriving or leaving. He didn't make dinner either. I made an angel food cake for Nolan, and he tried really hard to get the entire slice in his mouth at once.

I've got returning congestion--ugh!!



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Hi ladies, I made it back today after a horrible drive down and back. I doubt I will ever travel on Spring Break during Easter week. All the crazies were out. The actual week in Florida was great, it was the traffic that was the only negative.

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Welcome, Patty. I'm one of the regulars on this board. I live in Kansas, have two sons and two grandchildren. I raised my two boys alone and retired from teaching in 2005. Most weeks I watch grandchildren three days--one at as time though.

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Patty, I log into this site almost everyday. I like how small this group is and what friends there are here. Currently my husband and I are on our way home from Florida. The traffic has been horrible, so we stopped in Virginia for the night and will hopefully make it home in another 6 hours.

Hi Prema, Kaathy and Ei.

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Good morning ladies. Pat - good to see you posting. I don't usually post on the message boards - usually do most of mine on blogs but was looking to get more involved so I started checking message boards.

I color my hair - the gray just doesn't look good when it's coming through - and it seems to come quicker and quicker these days...lol



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Kathy, I bet water zumba burns a lot of calories. Cool on being related to famous people.
My MIL told us that she, my husband and girls are related to William Clark, part of the famous pair of Lewis and Clark. That's all I know about.

Heading home from Florida tomorrow. We will take 2 days. I'm going to miss the 8:30-9:00 wake ups and sun and warmth.

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Just a quick note. I submitted a saliva sample to 23 and Me and got some preliminary results yesterday. Stephen Colbert, Meryl Streep, and Katie Couric are distantly related on my mom's side. 2.7% Neanderthal, 45% British and Irish, and 99.8% European. No big surprises--except the distant relatives.



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The YMCA has water zumba classes, and I got in at the tail end of a class once. It's hard to move fast in the water...'nuf said.

Prema, isn't every day Stupid Politicians Day? I have no idea how far I am from Charleston--probably at least twice the distance Pat is. I have trouble figuring out how people get their heads so messed up. I realize that prejudice can be handed down in the home, but are they then unable to ever think on their own? Is there no tool to identify these folks and keep them out of jobs where they must interact with actual humans in a meaningful way?

Sore throat and congestion...ugh!!

Ei, it's good to hear from you again. Would any of us really have believed in our dependence on technology even 15 years ago?

Breakfast with brother and sister-in-law this morning, then getting my nails done. Rob and Justin should be down this evening. I'll fit in a trip to the grocery store too.

Be safe, kawan-kawan,
Kathy

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Lost my post twice, Prema, about 600 miles from Charleston and I've never heard of water zumba, may be worth inventing.

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Hi Ei. Welcome back and very happy to know that you have received your new computer. Hope to see you more often on this forum.

Kathy and Pat, how far are you both from Charleston where the shooting by the policeman took place? I hope you are both very far away. Very very far away. What is this world coming to? In Malaysia, the ruling government is trying to introduce a very draconian law on anti-terrorism that basically allows people to be arrested without trial if they are deemed to be inciting hatred or extremist behaviour...and this now includes criticising the government. How safe are we going to be in the future? America, Europe and Australia were once considered bastions of safety - and now, this is no longer true. Our poor children and grandchildren...what kind of world are we leaving behind for them?

I am so sorry about the ranting. It's just that today I feel should be labelled Stupid Politicians Day.

By the way, Pat. i was going to suggest water zumba...is there such an activity??

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Ei, welcome back.

Prema, when it comes to shades of gray, I'm happy to continue with the coloring. Mine starts at the roots and works it's way down, I look like a skunk if I don't color. The knees have not been too bad this week. I've done much more walking than usual, but time in the pool really helps. I tread water and work those knees.

Kathy, HI.

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Hi ladies. Well got a new computer now so hopefully I will be on Spark more often. Do hope all of you are doing well. Sorry, I lost touch for awhile there, but that chromebook was not working well for me.
Easter was fun and lots of food. I did well though and did not eat much, only the fresh veggies, some ham and chicken, little of the hash browns I had brought to my nephews house. We had a nice time.
My son was in town (from NY) for 5 days before Easter so we had a great visit and fun time then too.
Well, do take care all. I will try hard to catch up soon with you all.
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Hi Kathy. I know what you mean about the program. Every now and then, I tell him in no uncertain terms, my feelings about the exercises...and now that I have told him about the usage of the Queen's "WE"...his feedback to me is always..."Not to worry; we can do it; we will look and feel better"! And since his new-found thrill is triathlons, he is determined to ensure that my team and I will be able to benefit from the new exercises he will be incorporating with us. The sad truth is that we feel very energised at the end of his session so we confine the complaints to grumbling at the onset and during the sessions with him!! emoticon

Contact dermatitis can be very irritating. Would Pat prefer to combine home remedies with the medication that he has been given by the doctor. The home remedy consists of using neem leaves - is this leaf easily obtainable in your part of the world, Kathy?

My hair looks like a little of salt in a sea of black pepper. My hairdresser, who is 10 years younger than me, insists that I have less white hair than he does, so he dissuades me from dyeing my hair. The only challenge is that I may end up looking like Cruella de Ville (the villain lady from 101 dalmatians) as most of the white hair is in one spot in front of my scalp!! But I have a lot of dark hair which I attribute to the use of coconut oil for many, many years. So Pat, my kawan, take your pick : grey or totally white???

By the way, my kawan-kawan, how are the legs and the knees doing so far this week?

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Mine's pretty light. My maternal grandmother had the most beautiful white hair, but she had dark brown hair underneath in the back. I loved brushing it.



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Kathy, my mom has the worst gray hair color, and I can't stand to think that I may turn that shade of gray.

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Mine are all gray...Lady Clairol would have gone out of business were she dependent on me!!😉



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Good morning my kawan. Another beautiful day here in paradise with the highs for the rest of the week in the low to mid 80's along the coast.

Kathy, I'll take a few extra steps for you my friend.

Prema, oh no, more gray hairs, that can't be good. I'm thankful for my good friends from Clarol.

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Such stamina, my kawan! I'm afraid I might suggest exactly where he might place the new program. I guess he figures he won't suffer alone, i.e. misery loves company!!

The winds collapsed a hangar on top of several planes at one of the smaller airports and took down 12 power poles, leaving around 30,000 homes without power--some still without.

I'm hoping to get some yard work done today...still much to do.

I guess Pat was home yesterday with a rash on his body. This is the third time he's had this, so he needs to figure out what he's doing. The doctor says it's contact dermatitis, so he needs to figure out what he keeps coming in contact with.

Pat, glad you made it safely...take a few extra steps for me. (Working on the yard doesn't involve a tremendous number of steps.)

Have a great day!!

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Pat, the reason I was not impressed...truth be told...it's not me, it's the green-eyed monster that lurks somewhere around me...because till now, till today...I have yet to succeed taking an extra step during any holiday that I have been on in my 57 years of existence!!! I examine miles and miles of ceiling and get arm exercises every day from the amount of food I dump into my body...but exercise is a double 4-letter word every time I am on vacation.... emoticon . I have sooooo earned a golden brownie point for confessing to one of the cardinal sins...jealousy!!!!!

And yes, you are right...we have recovered from the idiot who messed up big time...though I do swear that a few more grey hairs set themselves in place to remind me of the outcome of stress and tension in my life...as I have said on many occasions before...sucks to grow old!!

Kathy, your winds are as fast as the tennis serves of the world champions!!! How does one not get blown to another state under these circumstances??? And by the way, your Pat and Kelley are really sweet to think of donating Nolan's presents to the Children's Home...although I am imagining that when Nolan gets older, he will decide which presents go and which ones stay!!

My trainer has just done his first half Ironman (so swimming followed by cycling and ending off with running) - and after thanking me profusely for all the healthy meals from my house that fuelled him so well...he repays the favour by changing my programme!!! And some of the exercises comprise me doing a set for 30 seconds followed by 10 seconds rest and then exercise for 30 seconds etc for 3 sets in total!!! I can hear both of you loud and clear...crazy!!! Oh, and the other one...sucker!!!!

Beeeeeeg Hugs, my kawan-kawan, Prema

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Prema, winter was pretty kind to us, but now we enter a completely different phase. Living in Tornado Alley this time of year can be messy. In parts of Wichita the winds reached 112 m.p.h.--straight-line winds. If you remember, last spring the neighbor's tree was uprooted and fell south toward my home and car. Severe weather is being predicted, and that brings with it the possibility of tornadoes.

Rob and Justin will be down this weekend to have our family birthday for Nolan. The big "party" will be a week later @ Kelley's parents' house. When Kelley picked up Nolan today, she said they were planning on donating Nolan's presents to the Children's Home; they did that with Stella's second birthday.

Watching the basketball game....like to see Wisconsin win.

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Prema, sounds like work is going well for you. I remember not to long ago you had a fellow leave that left a big mess. Didn't know what he was doing and wouldn't ask for help. I'm glad you hear that your company has recovered and the\at you have a good boss. Sorry that I could not impress you with the extra steps. I'm going to have to kick it up a nock.

Weather is beautiful here and having a great time.

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I was in Singapore yesterday with my boss and we had a long meeting reviewing our journey and performance to date. We also had a long discussion on how to progress with our team on the new projects. It was a fairly lengthy discussion, about 7+ hours, with a 30 minute break for lunch. I was exhausted when I reached home but it was very heartening for me to find out just how capable a young man he is, especially given this day and age!

Kathy, I know what Nolan was saying in his baby language when you put him down..."out of all the grandmothers in the world, how did I get this lovely one who always seems so happy to see me....won't disturb her for the next few hours...I promise...." And if I read your email correctly, there's no snow storm any more but the weather still remains lousy!!

Pat, glad your hubby's back survived the trip and that you were able to get some extra steps in...no, truth be told, not so impressed with the latter. I still think you are one crazy gal not to moan and groan and feel sorry for yourself!! You and Kathy are setting the bar too high for mere mortals like me to follow suit!!!

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

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, thankfully you escaped the worst of the weather.



Prema, hubby's back survived the trip, but we made 10 stops for him to stretch out. I got in some extra steps too. We left yesterday morning at 5 am, stopped for sleep at 7:30 pm and then another 4 hours today. The weather is a beautiful 85 degrees with a soft breeze coming off the ocean.

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Nolan woke just before 3 a.m. I changed him, held him for a few minutes, and put him back down. I listened to him talk to himself for a couple minutes....then he was back out until 5:55. Not bad--he'd gone down @ 7:30.

Strong winds in the area (in excess of 80 mph) did quite a bit of damage last night. Luckily, Haysville escaped.

Boy's waking from his nap.

Blessings to all.

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Hi Chrissie. Welcome to our site. You may not have had a chance to see my earlier postings but my friend passed away on Tuesday a month short of his 79th birthday. Thanks for your kind words anyway. He definitely is in a much better place now. He had a chance to enjoy 4 grandchildren and every year on Chinese New Year, his ex-students used to visit him and there was always much cheer after many jugs of beer and bottles of whiskey....

Hi Kathy. I am trying to picture Nolan putting his foot in his mouth and losing his balance in the process and thinking it's okay...cos the plan was to get the foot into the mouth. You may need to encourage this so that he can maintain his flexibility well into his teens!!! Think of all the stories you will be sharing with him..foot in the mouth, smooching with an older lady, stealing an older lady's salad even though he hated greens....And I agree with you that it's nice when younger people like your Pat and Kelley make time for each other.

Pat, if crossing my fingers and toes helped with the hubby's arm, then continuously crossing fingers and toes with fervent prayers could ensure good weather!! What do you think, my kawan?? And the parallels between you and Kathy are scary...lower body injury + watching over babies/youngsters for your kid's wedding anniversary celebration + wedding anniversaries that coincide....wow!!! Anyway, you have fun in Florida and please watch those knees...

have a good weekend, my kawan-kawan. Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, what a coincidence, I watched the boys so that my daughter and SIL could go out to dinner for their anniversary.

Chrissie, welcome.

We are leaving for Florida around 5 or 6 am tomorrow.

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ProjectChrissie, welcome. We are few in number but eager to share.

Kathy

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Nolan gave me a kiss yesterday....what a guy!! I feed him before I try to eat, but he still wants me to share. He can't handle greens, but that doesn't keep him from coveting my salad!!😁

I'll have Stella today and Nolan overnight. Pat and Kelley are headed for OKC this afternoon for a brief anniversary celebration, #10. I love and appreciate that they make time for each other.

Have a good one.

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Kathy, cute story.

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I've been watching Nolan trying to get his foot in his mouth while sitting. At some point, he'll realize that foot in mouth thing just happens--figuratively, if not literally!!😁

Pat, glad hubby is feeling better.

Kathy

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Prema, hubby says he is feeling a little better this am, so maybe your crossing fingers and toes is working.



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So sorry to hear about your friend, I hope that he is able to make a full recovery. GOD BLESS



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Thanks Pat and a very big thank you for also reminding Kathy to listen to her body.

Isn't it amazing how much weaker one knee can get when not used? My son discovered this after his ACL rupture. It's now almost 2 months and he was quite shocked to discover just how much smaller one leg appeared next to the other. So now, there are 2 people hurting in your house. I am not certain that you will both be able to recover by Friday but I am certain that both of you will make the right decision about your trip to Florida. Fingers and toes crossed.

Our friend's daughter was quite prepared for her father to leave them - after our talk, she agreed that she did not want her dad to suffer any more. Many of his ex-students were at the house this morning to pay their respects to their ex-teacher. And tonight, as the rain has opted to stay away, there should be a large number of people at his wake. It's good to be remembered...

Off to Singapore tomorrow. Will speak to both of you again on Friday.

Beeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, so sorry for your loss. To go so quickly and unexpected must be hard on the family. You and his family will be in my prayers tonight.

Kathy, you need to listen to your body my kawan. We don't need you hurting. I haven't done any yard work yet this year, and don't look forward to the first mowing.

I've started therapy on both knees and had my second session today. I can see how much weaker my left knee has gotten while working on my right. I have only three more sessions left. We are supposed to leave for Florida on Friday, but my husband's back has been hurting him and we are not sure now if we will be going. So bummed, but don't want him hurting more just to make me happy.

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Hi Kathy. Thanks for giving me the comfort that you will be listening to your body, my kawan. I feel very comforted that you are going to be kinder to your body going forward.

Our friend passed away early this morning. I saw him last night with his daughter, for an hour. He was awake, not speaking much, but still aware of his surroundings and the fact that we were both there. I felt uneasy when I saw him and told his daughter that his situation may be more serious than the doctor communicated to us. I remembered my late dad and realised that her dad could also go south very quickly...and he did.

Going for the wake tonight and the next couple of nights and the funeral will be held on Friday morning.

Take care, Pat and Kathy. And stay safe my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, sorry to hear about your friend. At some point in our lives what once would have been an accident now can be a catastrophe. It's just harder to recover because our bodies just aren't as strong and other things can be triggered--things seemingly unrelated. My prayers are with him and you, my kawan.

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This old body is rebelling!! My work in the yard has me hardly able to move...better today than yesterday though. I'm going to have to define some limitations for this ol' body. You heard me right, Prema, at some point I must stop!!

Nolan finally went down for a nap....I need to take advantage of this free time.

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Hi my kawan-kawan. Not very good news today. Our 79 year old friend (the one who had a fall in the hospital toilet) has taken a turn for the worse. I am going from work in a short while to see him and his family at the hospital Indications are that he may be headed for a stroke and given his current condition, it 's touch and go. Hard for anyone to face impending death in the face. Will let you know the outcome tomorrow.

God Bless us all for as long as we live, with good health.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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