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Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. I took a deep breath after my walk and my towel drying at Susie's house, and called Sears again. I was calm and armed with all my info: names, dates, etc. I actually spoke with a 'Susan' who spoke English and was very helpful. She told me that she would transfer me to someone in the Benefits department. I spoke with 'Jade,' who also spoke English and actually talked to me like I WAS a person rather than just a complainer! The explanation of 'I am now eligible for a new dryer' was erroneous. Sadly, I have to have at least 1 more repairman NOT fix the dryer before that happens because they don't count the first trip. Why? I don't know! She offered me a rental dryer in the meantime but I would have to find one, arrange for it to be delivered and set up, then when the Sears guy came he wouldn't be required to remove the rental, just fix the old dryer, etc. I told her I was not able to do that!! I think she may send me a $50 gift card 'for my trouble' but I won't hold my breath. I asked several questions and she told me they were excellent questions and that she would make a note to let customers know what I asked....like 'when the ordered parts are delivered, will they be small enough for a neighbor to bring over to their house or will I need to leave my key so that someone's husband can put the part(s) in my entry hall' because one part is a 'burner.' She said it would be the size of a large pillow, at least. That can't stay on my front porch if delivered during my California trip! I hope it's delivered next week before I go. So I still don't have a dryer but I have a case number and Jade's office phone number. Maybe the 4th time will be the charm!

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I think I would be mad enough to make Sears pay up with the new machine and it should be there immediately. There are a lot of repairmen out there who do know what they're doing. I have friends who love their Sears service and I'm sure you did, too, Mary, before all this happened. A new or newer machine is also a good idea when selling.

I made it to coffee this morning with Aaliyah then got to water aerobics before we headed to St. Augustine to check out some Murphy Bed stores. I really liked the guy at the only store we stopped at-it's a family business and not just part of a furniture store. I think most of the others stores that sell Murphy style beds. We'll have to check them out another day as they are all in the Jacksonville area. We did have a good lunch in St. Augustine. The only bad part is the 3 dirty/smelly diapers Aaliyah has had since then. emoticon She's not real happy right now as I have her in the playpen for a nap. yeah right.



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Mary. Sears will be closing eventually all over. You might want to consider just buying a new dryer somewhere else. You said you would buy new appliances when you move next year so why not end the misery and just buy one.

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Pat, it appears that most department stores are closing because everyone is shopping and buying online. I don't know how I'm going to find new clothes because I have to try them on and that's hard online. On the other hand, I see JCPenney is now selling appliances. Maybe they figure it's a way to stay in business.



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You have a lot of fun things planned, Pat! I hope you get some answers about the property, too. I will call Sears again tomorrow. I wasn't feeling good this morning and kept a headache until just recently so I didn't want to add to my misery by talking to Sears! Tomorrow is another day, Scarlet, lol.

I will walk with Susie, get my nails done, and my hair cut. I will wash towels and bring them to Susie's house to dry while we walk. Cherilyn and Steven are taking the girls on their very first weekend vacation that isn't the farm! they are going to Fort Worth and staying in a hotel. They will go to the Stockyard and the zoo. She is so excited not to have to camp out for a vacation!!

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My grandma duty is over for a few days and I miss the little guy already. I have plenty to do to keep myself busy so time will pass quickly. Tomorrow we are going to the court house in Leavenworth to try to get more info on the house next to ours going on auction next week. Saturday I have an outing with my Busy Bell group, we will be going to a toy and miniature museum then out to lunch. Next week I will do stuff then on Friday we go to Brason for a couple of days. Then the next weekend is Decklan's 3rd birthday party. Busy busy busy.
Mary you are having such a time with Sears. They are closing most stores in our area and seem to be folding here. I hope you can get the mess straightened out before too long.
We have been very warm here but the season is going to change quickly. After being in the 90's and 80's the past week and through this Saturday we will get rain on Sunday then the temps will drop in the 60's next week. I am going to welcome the change.

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I woke up with a bad headache and it never went away so I decided not to encourage MORE headaches today by calling Sears again! I will try tomorrow. Thanks for all the support, sweet friends. I hope it will work out one way or another!

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and a lot faster!

Aaliyah and I had lunch with her mom then after a stop at Walgreen she dropped us back here at home. Hopefully we will have a nice quiet evening. I may be able to get to water aerobics.



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Put that on facebook Mary - it will go a lot further.


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Maybe I wore myself out with frustration because I actually slept well last night, lol. I hope the baby did, too, Kerry. Yes, I will try again with Sears after school. I work with 3 yr. olds today so no diapers and no 'hugger's to scream and cry!!

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Hopefully you can get through to someone tomorrow and get your new machine.

I have to get the very grumpy baby to sleep now.



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Unbelievable. I called Sears to change my next appt. to the Saturday when I come home from California. The woman who talked with me said I WAS eligible for a new dryer since I've had 3-4 calls and nothing had fixed the dryer!!! So I asked her what I needed to do to get things rolling. She gave me a number to call and said she would transfer me. Surprise! It was the 1-800-4-my-home number that I had JUST called and gotten HER on....and I got a message saying that it was after hours and to call back tomorrow! What in the world is wrong with these people????? SO deceptive with their trade practices. Do NOT buy from SEARS.

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Yes, Kerry. I have saved the review request. If the dryer isn't fixed today...for good, I will use it for my bad review and send the CEO a letter. I am so displeased with Sears and won't use them for the contract again. This is so sad, too, because I've had good service until 5 weeks ago. But the incompetence and what I consider laziness of the people on the phone who are 'in charge' of who goes where...AND outsourced, have made it so not like it used to be.

I hope you will one day get that car situation fixed so you aren't stranded. Can Trish get a ride to work when she doesn't have to go so early? And why can't Aaron take her? HE has a car, doesn't he? Oh, well, I get too riled up 'for' other people, lol....don't mean to get into your business. I just wish you could enjoy retirement. I hope you get the SS stuff taken care of. I go to ask for Dave's SS next week!

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Mary, I think you should send one of those requests back with a big "it is NOT fixed even after blank number of repairmen have tried". That might get you a brand new one since they don't like those kind of reviews. I'm sure it would get their attention faster than all these calls to report it again and again.

Donna, I hope your daughter recovers quickly and easily. It's great that the boss isn't giving you any problems about going to help her.

I had a very quiet morning then a couple hours at the Social Security office to try and get some answers on them wanting $15,000 back emoticon It is still under review so no answers there. We stopped at Trish's on the way home and, as you can see on FB, we woke her from a nap to get my car key so I can have the car for a day. I did water aerobics and tomorrow need to go to the store for simple things like milk and cat litter. Wow-what a horrible combination. If I'm feeling nice I may take Trish to lunch (she usually pays when it's just us) then she can drop us off here and take the car home so no one else has to get up and drive her at 4 A.M.



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Donna, Karen will have her own personal nurse! I hope all will go well once you're there. Be sure to have her husband and kids help out, too! You can't do it all by yourself. Does she have friends/church members who can take turns bringing dinner, taking the kids to school, etc? That would help a lot!

Sears has the audacity to keep sending me review emails, asking me to 'rate their dryer repair service!' I can't wait to rate them but I have to HAVE dryer repair before I can say anything! I washed clothes last night and put a few things in the dryer on a different cycle. Not only did it not cut off on time, but there was no heat once again. I am hoping someone will fix it tomorrow, but I'm not too optimistic!

I am Story Lady today and then have a trainer session in the late afternoon.

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Pat: You are our role model. Good for you.

Mary: It will be so much fun to hold your little one again.

I am flying to CA tomorrow with any luck. DD really hopes to come home tomorrow and if she does I will be on the next plane out there. The boss was really nice about it, surprise ,surprise. She can walk to the bathroom with a walker and that is it. I hope she improves while I am there.

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I'm so proud of you, Pat! Congrats on being a 'Loser' once again! Wish I could say the same. I am a little better: I lost .4 last week. woo hoo, lol! One of these days it will kick in, I hope. As for the Stupid Sign, I never did know what you did to 'earn' that but I'm glad you have gotten a refund and all is well!

I had a great chat iwth Chris today. It's his 39th birthday! I am going to visit Oct. 1 and am so looking forward to it. I will be able to watch little David M-W instead of him going to daycare. Chris works from home and he said there are parks to walk to close by and if things get 'hairy' we can take him to daycare anyway. I hope it will all work out. I can't wait to be with him/them again.

I found some cute Halloween outfits for all 3 kids. I feel bad not getting Comazell that kind of stuff but like Greg said, at 13, he would just die, lol!! Way too cool for that!

Susie and I had a nice walk this morning and I've been on the go ever since. I don't think I'll do Zumba tonight. I am a slug at heart! I have a session with the trainer tomorrow and on Wednesday Susie and I are going to do line dancing instead of Zumba!

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Sounds like a great day getting the refund and seeing a good movie. I thought we might see a movie today but Trish had to work late trying to make the lottery tickets and receipts match up. I think our meeting with Social Security is tomorrow so there goes that opportunity.

I won't try to offer help with maintenance as I totally failed it. I'm sure you will be great at it.



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Good afternoon ladies. I can now remove my stupid sign as I have been refunded the money I sent in on that uninformed(by me) purchase over the internet. Lesson learned if it sounds too good to be true it is.
We just got home from see the Tom Hanks movie Sully. It is a great movie and I really enjoyed seeing it.
Well my new challenge has begun and to be honest I am very nervous. I have reached my goal weight and now I have to figure out how to keep it off. I am a near expert on losing weight but I fail miserably at keeping it off. I have thought about how to do this and hope I can be successful. I plan to keep tracking my food and weighing often. If I over eat I will be aware and compensate by either more exercise or cutting way back over the next few days. And I hope my knowing that it never ends being aware of what I eat to keep the weight off.

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Donna, you would think with this being her business of finding help for people like your dd, the boss would understand how important this is...but she's not been an easy person to work for. I hope your daughter will improve and that you can spend time with her and not lose your job.

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Donna I am glad your daughter is showing some improvement. I hope you can get some time off without much hassle, being there with her is where you belong.

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Glad your daughter is up and about. The hardest part is usually the first steps. Hopefully you boss is sympathetic. It's important to be there with her.



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Pam:: Glad you enjoyed your trip. It sounds like a lovely place on the lake.

Kerry: I guess you are still counting. Hope you enjoy the house to yourself. Everyone needs their space.

Mary: You have so much to look forward to, new house, new baby, etc.

My DD was able to walk to the bathroom today. A first in 9 days so I guess she will be going home soon. I have decided to fly out there for a few days. Sigh, hope the boss doesn't fire me over it. I don't think she will but you never know.
I don't have vacation time so she will save money. . . . . ..



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Good for you, Kerry! Golden Corral isn't good for anyone's diet anyway....at least it used to not be. We went there years ago when the kids were little and almost everything was fried...not good! I'm glad you got the counting done and figured out the problem.

I went to water aerobics and now I'm going to dinner at Hungry's, a very healthy restaurant, with my friend Sarah. I will tell her about my house hunting yesterday. She wanted to go with me but couldn't. Maybe another time!

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Pam, that sounds like a great trip!
Mary, if I were to move I would also leave the old and buy new for the new place.
I am home from counting money early. It was just Elaine and me and I think I have the problem figured out. The new forms are totally different and some things have to be moved to another page as they are processed a bit different and Elaine has been adding them in twice. The one page shouldn't be added on since everything was already added on the other page-it's just for the bookkeeper's benefit. It didn't take us long today which was nice. I get home and Trish wants us to go to dinner so Larry is taking Aaliyah and meeting them at Golden Corral. I don't feel like eating that much food so I'm staying home for a bit of peace and quiet. emoticon I seldom get the house to myself these days.



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Haha, Donna! Nope! My plan is to get new appliances for my 'new' house. I will leave or give away my old ones, except for those built in. Most of the houses I saw today have pretty much what I have now. They would need upgrading. But none looked worse than mine. No one left any washer/dryer. Mine are '92 and '94...long past over due!!

Kerry, it's nice that those kids have a good place to stay. I do hope you have 'dry' beds tonight!!

Pam, it sounds like a wonderful trip. I love that view! The food sounds fabulous and how great that you lost on vacation! I'm sorry the house was a mess and that you needed to clean up afteryou got home but sometimes that happens. Welcome back.

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Evening ladies!

Yes I'm back. I got back yesterday evening, unpacked, went on facebook for a few minutes and then crashed. I got up this morning and decided that after 8 days of hubby in the kitchen, I practically had to disinfect the place from top to bottom! LOL! The counters were a mess, the floor was filthy, the sink was so stained it looked gross. I have a LOT of countertop, so I had to sort, empty, clean and scrub every square inch of the surfaces - then the floor. I'll attack the cupboard fronts later. Now I'm pooped again!

I enjoyed my 8 days away, but I'm so glad to be home. My friend and I drove down to Conesus Lake in New York. Her daughter's US home was incredible. A very large 4 level home right on the lake with a guest house and a pool and just about anything else one might want. We stayed there 1 night before heading off down to Lancaster PA to a Bible Prophecy Conference. It was 5 days and there was a lot to pack into those five days! It was very good and all our food was included in the price of staying at the "Resort". And what food! Fabulous breakfasts (buffet style - whatever you wanted), lunches served and suppers served. Roast turkey and stuffing, surloin of beef with mushroom marsala sauce, and I can't remember what other meals we were served. LOL! I got on the scales this morning and I lost a pound! I'll take it. I've told you many times it doesn't matter what I eat or what I don't eat. My weight doesn't fluctuate more than 3-5 pounds either way...sigh...so frustrating. Then we drove back to Conesus Lake and stayed there until yesterday when we came back home. I now know not to leave my husband for longer than a weekend. emoticon Here is a view from the corner of the dining area.



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Mary, this is a new facility and they were having the annual open house so some of us from church got together to check it out. So far they only have 2 dorm buildings but I'm sure they will be adding more soon as these two are at least 3/4 filled. We have visited the Children's Home in Enterprise and it is a lot bigger. Some kids are there just til their parents are capable of taking care of them (sometimes it's a financial issue), some are adopted and some age out at 18.

It's getting late and all that fresh air has me zapped. Hopefully the bedding is dry. Now if it would just make the bed by itself.



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Pat: It sounds like a great trip. Glad you are home safe and sound.

Kerry: You sure stay busy. Are you still counting at church? My new receptionist introduced her 14 yr old daughter. It turns out she has raised her GRANDDAUGHTER since she was an infant. I'd hate to start over again.

Mary: It sounds like you are enjoying house hunting. Maybe things will go your way. Are you going to move these old appliances or just start over with new ones when you move.



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Wow, Pat, not gaining on a vacation that long is fabulous!! Congrats on your restraint! Tell Jerry that he now owes you $52 of something special! As much as I love wine, that would have to be a big to-do bottle, not just a glass, lol!! It does sound like a wonderful trip.

Kerry, I'm glad you had such a nice tour of the Youth Ranch facilities. Are you thinking that Shane would go there, or was this just a nice thing to do? A baby not sleeping means YOU not sleeping. What would Trish and Aaron do if you just handed her back and said 'Raise her yourself????' I'm exhausted just listening to all you do with her and for her. I hope you can catch up on your sleep soon!

I had the nicest day today. WW had a big extravaganza this morning with vendors and door prizes all morning. My walking buddy and I gave a 'testimony' and so did others. Then I went with a realtor to two of the over 55 communities near my daughter. I was fine with one and really excited about the other. It was newer by 15 years and the houses were much nicer. All were well below my budget, too! Some needed updates, of course, but they wouldn't be anything to tax me out of hte market. I am really starting to get excited about the move!!

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Way to go, Pat, on enjoying your vacation without gaining!
Mary, I REALLY hope your dryer gets fixed or replaced. After all this it may be time to demand a new machine.
We took two of the grandkids to visit the United Methodist Youth Ranch. We toured the two dorms and heard some talks about the program and buildings plus plans. They have horses as part of the program. Most of the Children's Homes don't have that. This one also just put in a pool so life should be good for these kids though I know some of them have serious issues within their families or behavioral/learning issues. Hopefully this home can help them succeed in life.



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Donna I am glad it is Saturday and you can hopefully regroup. It has been a rough week for you with several different things happening. I hope you have some enjoyable things planned. I also hope your daughter is better, your finger is healing and you can leave work at work and not think about it. As for the boy hit by the car I can imagine that picture will take a while to forget, but at least you were able to help him.
Kerry I can so relate to having a little one not sleep. Decklan woke up many times in the night when he was over a year old. Now he can get up as early as 5 am ready to play. It can wear on you. I hope she gets better at sleeping as she gets a little older, it will help everyone.
Mary I just don't get why they can't get your dryer fixed. Why don't companies hire competent people rather than techs who think they know everything but in reality know nothing. I have not seen your picture on Facebook of the girls but I will go find it once I finish posting here.
Pam I saw in FB you are home from your trip. Let us know what all you did, I am glad you got some time away.
We are home too from our 8 day trip along the west coast. We had perfect weather the entire time. We saw some magnificent scenery, visited two mountains, took 3 tours, one in Portland and two in Seattle. It was a great trip but glad to be back home to my routine.
I am wearing my stupid sign today, lol. I thought I was ordering a pair of ear cuff earrings. They are the ones that look like they are going up you ear even though you only have one hole. They came while we were gone and when I opened them I was so mad because there was only one earring in the sack. I took several pictures of it and was going to really tell the company off. Well luckily I went back to the original offer and saw I got exactly what I ordered. Who would of thought you only get one. Boy have I learned my lesson here, number one read everything carefully and don't assume, number two never buy anything from this company again!
Well I am extremely happy to report that I did not gain any weight on the trip. We actually only ate a very few big meals out. The rest were light sandwiches. I did have a Ruben at an Irish pub but mad that into two meals and our biggie was at the Capital Grill where I had salmon. Jerry accidentally ordered a glass of $52.00 wine. And it was not a big glass either. It was a very nice dinner though and we both enjoyed it.
Well I am still playing catch up with laundry and now I have two big projects I want to work on with my pictures. I will be spending the day on my computer.
Hope everyone has some fun plans for today.

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Donna, I'm so sorry for all the terrible things going on with you. You need a break from all ills. Hugs to you!! Let us know how your daughter is...and how the dog bite is, too. Be careful with that. Dog germs can really be bad. Another Spark friend got in between two of her dogs and both her hands were mangled and she now has to have pins in one finger and hopes it will eventually work. She lives in Prescott!

Kerry, it's such a shame that your daughter and her BF aren't looking out for the baby's best interest, or so it seems. A nice fan would take care of how hot the bedroom is, for goodness sakes! You and your husband are doing all the work and thank goodness Aaliyah has you! I overslept myself today...a rare occasion. I haven't been sleeping well for several nights and that was not a day where I could really afford to sleep late.

I have had 3 weeks of not having a dryer. Sears sent a guy a 2 weeks ago to fix it and he said I needed 2 parts. One arrived in the mail last Friday. I called about the other one on Tuesday and was told it hadn't been ordered and that I didn't need it. The repairman came first thing this morning and after an hour and a half he said he thought, was 99.99% sure that it WAS fixed and that I did NOT need a new timer! He told me to call him at any time today if I didn't find that it WAs fixed and he would come back. I did a load of towels and put them in the dryer for 40 minutes, my usual time. As a back up precaution, I set the oven timer for 40 minutes as well. The oven timer went off and the dryer was still going!!! I reset the over timer 3 more times for a total of 70 minutes and finally opened the dryer door nad turned it off. The dryer itself was so hot! And there were 'loose screw' noises several times during the cycle. Obviously, it wasn't fixed, although it certainly had heat coming to it now! I called the man and got a SEARS person instead of his own phone! I asked to have him come back like he promised and she told me no one was available. I argued with her and she finally said she would get in touch with my technician and he would call me later in the afternoon. Three hours went by. No phone call. Not to my home phone and not to my cell. I did end up calling Sears again and got the same girl/woman as I did before noon. She told me that the technician had been 'trying to get in touch with me' and unfortunately wouldn't be able to return today. I told her that there were no messages on my home phone and that I'd given HER my cell phone number since I was out of the house for 1 hour and that no one had called from Sears on that phone either. She then said she could set me up with an appointment on Saturday. Since I won't be home most of tomorrow I said no and asked for a supervisor. The supervisor told me that she could set me up for an appointment on TUESDAY!! I told her that in the very few moments it took for 'Allison' to transfer me to HER, how could there now be appointments for several days later and she had no response, nor did she say anything about the lies of 'someone has tried to call you.' Once this is over and IF i get the dryer fixed I will send a scathing review. I did see online where you can send emails to the president/CEO of Sears. I will do that.

I had a great day yesterday: Grandparent's Day at the twins' school! i put some pictures on FB. It was a short time there, but fun. Today I was going to take my walking buddy to my gym but waiting for the Sears guy to call me back took care of all of my afternoon. Such a shame. Tomorrow WW is having a big open house, then I am going to actually explore homes in an over 55 community with a realtor!

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That is strange, isn't it? hmmm....

I need to hurry up and finish as I have a little girl getting more and more hyper which will make getting her down fun.

I sure hope your finger is okay as well as your daughter.

I missed my coffee and aqua this morning. Aaliyah and I slept in and then I thought it was Thursday all day long. We also missed the funeral of a longtime church friend. Tomorrow we will be up and out early for a drive to the United Methodist Children's Ranch-a new facility off I10 west of Tallahassee for children of all ages who need a place to live. This is the second home in Florida and it's sad that we need that many spaces for kids because their parents can't or won't raise them. We are going as a group from our church. Our grandson is going along but his sister is staying home. Aaliyah is going along too, of course.



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Has no one written in 3 days? Am I missing something?

I have had a rough week and can't wait for the weekend and a better time. Between a bad dog bite on my finger, ( my DDs dog and an accident), my DD bedridden in the hospital all week, work extremely stressful, and seeing a child hit by a car on my lunch hour, I am done. DONE!

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That's one smart girl there! Sounds kind of like my oldest though who, at the age of 2, would go to the neighbors and tell them stories. I'm sure her sister is just as smart.

When my girls were young we had a totally different schedule and all went to bed early because Larry was up and off to work before 7 and home usually before 5:30.Trish's schedule is work at 4:30 or 6:30 and here we're just home with no real schedule and she has not been taught to go to bed at a regular time. It's totally irritating along with their belief that her bedroom is too hot for her to sleep in. emoticon We will just do our best to give this kid a good start.



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Kerry, you must be exhausted! All my kids were in bed early and since I was up at 6:00 with Dave, it was fine that they were, too. I never had one who was up late and stayed up, thank goodness. Annalise is a very sound sleeper. Grace wakes up more in the night and sometimes is up very early. But on those occasions, Cherilyn just gives her a few books and she 'reads' to herself. I was so proud of her the other day when I was there. I brought several of those little tablets you get in the mail along with the free address labels. Grace did one picture per page (and I had no idea of what she drew!) and she told me to 'read my book, Mimi!' I asked her to read it to me since I had no clue, lol. She proceeded to show me a 'rocket ship' and told a story of Mickey Mouse and his friends going up in the sky, etc. I was so impressed!! SHe has always turned the pages of her books and commented on what she sees...her teacher said she 'reads' at MDO, too!

Yes, I will ask Susie what she wants to do tonight for exercise. She might want to take a walk but I hope it will at least be Zumba. You still get hot and sweaty but at least it's indoors!

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Happy Monday! Yes, Aaliyah did spend the night but no she is not a good sleeper. If I put her to bed at 8 my night would be ending about 1 a.m. Last night I couldn't get her to settle down so I gave her to Larry. Well, I put her in the pack n play and went back to bed. He finally got her to sleep a couple hours later. I heard her yell about 5 and went to get her, changed her and took her back to bed with me where she slept another couple hours. Right now she is scooting around the family room with her hands, head and feet on the ground. As her aunt says-she's looking at life from a different perspective.

We are having some thunder-had a few minutes of sprinkles so it's hot and humid. We have a finance meeting tonight-don't know if I can get away with Trish having my car as an excuse. I know Larry doesn't want to go and never wants to let anyone else drive his car so...

Pat, your trip is sounding wonderful to me. We didn't get to spend a lot of time in Washington-Larry was getting to the point of not wanting to drive anymore so we headed home. I remember that mountain erupting and all the mess we got on our cars in Nebraska. We had to practically blow it off as washing or rubbing it would take off the paint. Enjoy the rest of your journey. I would love to do a tour of Ireland where someone else does all the driving. We did that a couple times in western Europe.

Mary, I'm glad you have a couple options for exercise today. I have several but just never take advantage of them and that includes a choice of about 20 videos here at home.

I think Aaliyah wants to go somewhere-she is trying to get into her car seat. lol

I hope everyone is having a great start to the new week.



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I'm so glad your trip is a hit, Pat! And to have good weather is so fortunate. I have a niece in Dallas, Oregon and she talks about their weather like we do in Texas: you never know what it's going to be like! Enjoy the rest of the trip. How long will you be gone?

Kerry, I hope Aaliyah slept well. Did she stay over night? Cherilyn gets the girls in bed at least by 8:00. They are usually good sleepers. When I stay overnight I try to 'listen' early in the morning so if they are up before 7:00 I can get to them. Now they usually remember when I stay over and come to see me! I love those early morning cuddles...well, if they're dry, lol!!

My friend Susie has been helping one of her friends move to a smaller place not too far from my daughter's area of town. She offered to walk this moring but wasn't going to get home until midnight last night so I told her i would take her to Zumba tonight. My instructor is also teaching a line dancing class before that so we have an option. I got her a guest pass.

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It has been a long day. We went on a double tour today, in the first half we saw three water falls, and drove through some scenic hills. Then the second half was a city tour. Tomorrow we leave early for Mt. Saint Helens then on to Seattle where we will spend the rest of our time. The weather has been near perfect so far. I have been seeing terrain I have never seen before and it has been interesting but as usual I am ready to go home.

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Today was a normal busy Sunday. We did get to the grocery store after the counting and now trying to get Aaliyah settled for the night. She's tired not doesn't want to slow down. I slowed down a few hours ago.



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It can be a pain taking everything into a motel room every evening and then back out every morning. But we got into a rhythm. We didn't go far enough south to check out all the redwoods partly because we figured we had seen enough trees. I hope the rest of your trip is fun. Watch out for the cinnamon rolls!

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Well third day down and settled into our third hotel. This is the part I dislike the most moving to a new hotel every night. We are now in Eugene Oregon. We will be going to Portland next and staying there two nights, then we will be staying in Seattle for three. Kerry I can't imagine you going on a month long trip and with a baby too. I am exhausted after three days, lol. The scenery has been beautiful but I have seen enough redwood trees to last a lifetime. I am looking forward to the three tours we will be taking over the rest of our stay. One in Portland and two in Seattle. I have been fairly good eating wise. My one bad moment was eating a small cinnamon roll Holiday Inn Express is famous for and when I looked it up it was 400 calories.....whoops. But you know what I enjoyed every bite of it and just counted the calories. Then tonight I had a small salad and some chicken noodle soup. So I will still be in my allotted calorie range.
Well I need to go post some funny pictures on FB of day three, lol.

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Kerry. It sounds like you really did overdo it. Be careful in the heat.
Mary glad it is fixed AGAIN

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emoticon Glad they got it figured out and fixed so you can be comfortable in your own home.
We could use some rain around here.



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I still can't imagine mowing my grass, Kerry! I'm glad you stopped when you felt bad. I wish you didn't have to do it!

My house is at 77 now and I'm actually cold! I guess the new thermostat is more efficient than the old one. Yes, it was broken. The AC guy tried to fix it and 'rig it' so I didn't need a new one but I did break it. He brought an older model but newer than the one I had. It was 'only' $150 and much better than the very expensive ones I've heard friends talk about. He set it on 75 since that's what I normally did. Now I wonder if 77 would be better...as long as it stays cool! I did go to B,B, and B and get a tall and medium tower fan. I had a big coupon and it took $25 off the two!

Rain is sooo near. Lots of thunder now for 2 hours but only a few sprinkles. I wish it would just start and get it over with, but slow and steady!

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Oh, Mary, it definitely is! I don't want the heat on any higher than 68 unless it's near freezing outside. Luckily that seldom happens here in Florida.

I totally exhausted myself this morning. The weather felt fine but by the time I finished mowing the front yard and maybe a third of the back I couldn't push the mower any more. I don't think I even put it away. I sat outside and kind of dozed off then was looking for my Kindle because I was trying to play a game. Think I overdid with the heat. I got a shower and lay down for a while. I told Larry to just go to lunch with Trish and told Trish to just get me a SIDE salad. Well, Larry must have changed that because I got a huge Crispy Critter Salad which would take a week for me to eat. Maybe it will be cooler tomorrow so I can finish the backyard which is the only part of the yard I see from inside. I would tell Larry to do it but he can't with his COPD. I may have to see if Shane Allen can get it done. Depends on how I feel tomorrow.





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Donna, that's wonderful about all the volunteer work your church is doing! I'm glad your mouth is much better.

I went to my WW friend's house and borrowed her tall tower fan. I have had to lower the power and move it away from me....you could cool a huge room with this thing! I used it for a while last night downstairs then brought it upstairs and ended up pulling up the sheet---it's that powerful! So I am cool and comfy until the AC gets fixed...hopefully today. And yes, I may have to replace the thermostat that I broke. I sure wish the AC guy might have suggested that it needed a new battery when he was here on Tuesday. I will ask him about that today!


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Mary: Hope you get a cheap fix today. ha ha. . . . on the AC that is.

My mouth is a happy camper this morning. No more pain the and hot/cold sensitivity seems better so far.

Yea! it is Friday. I don't really have plans for the weekend but there is no work so that is good. Sunday our church is having their second community helping hands Sunday. We have signed up for projects either in the community or church to help others. I will be going to the women's shelter and helping with yard work, staining the porch, and deep cleaning. Some people will be at the church doing that deep cleaning, some painting, etc.




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Kerry, I think the main different is when the AC isn't working properly, the warm air at 78 is much worse than 'cool air' at 78! It felt the way your bathroom feels when you just get out of the shower! Not fun. I did NOT see a 'battery' notification when I first checked the thermostat but an hour later I did notice it. I pried off the cover and changed the batteries but a small piece of metal and plastic flew off...I rescued both of them but I may have inadvertantly messed up the thermostat now. I try so hard to take care of things on my own and I end up making a big mess!!

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That's weird that the thermostat resets itself. hmm... Our new thermostat is set for 77 cool and 68 for heat. It's nice not having to mess with it. I sure hope they get yours fixed and fixed right. The tower fans are nice. We have a mini one that we take on vacations since some places don't have A/C like Maine and Estes Park. Both those places we visited when they were having "rare" heat waves. We actually bought it in Maine, I think. That place that never has temperatures higher than 85 but was in the 90s when we were there a few years ago.

Larry and I went to Pizza Hut for dinner-it's about a 20 mile drive to find one with a sit down restaurant and sometimes that's just preferred to going and getting it, and tonight we had personal pan so that wouldn't have done well on the drive home. Somebody s trying to sneak up on me but she's kind of noisy. lol Speaking of her she has lots of room in the pack n play-she doesn't like being confined. because she never sleeps in the crib at home. She is now sleeping on the crib mattress because "her room is too hot". I hope we don't have a hard time getting her into a bedroom of her own one of these days.



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Well, I spoke too soon. I came home from my first day back to school as a Hugger....they should pay us $100 a day, lol. I took kids in strollers or just walked them in the 96 degree heat most of the day. I was so tired and after a quick grocery store trip for tonight's goodies (Modern Widow's Club meeting with Nyla) I wanted a shower and some down time. When I walked in the door I knew the AC was out again. It had flipped itself to 78 again. I called the AC people immediately and they will come tomorrow morning. I went to my WW walking friend's house and borrowed a tower fan...I was going to buy one but ended up with the chocolate smeared on the handle and seat of the cart I was using...messed up my hands and my shirt, so I came home. I will try to buy one tomorrow. I am so upset with this....I just spent $200 and the repair lasted 2 days.

Kerry, maybe Aaliyah is just too big for the Pak N Play? Could you find a crib or a crib mattress that you could put on the floor for her. I hope your nose isn't broken!

Donna, what a mess with your teeth! I'm hoping you will be able to get this fixed quickly.

I will get my food together and leave for the club meeting in a few minutes. Wow, this fan is so strong that I am almost chilly!! I will certainly get one for myself soon.

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Aaliyah was a bear last night and managed to floor around enough to smash the bridge of my nose twice. I can tell it's not broken but sure did hurt. Hopefully tonight will be better. I may try to get the pack n play into the bedroom. There's a tight corner I would have to get around.



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Donna, tooth pain is the worst. I hope the pain has gone by no .

I guess my roots are starting to calcify so the did a root canal to "ease" the pain which is exactly the same as it was before which means it's just a slight ache and I will never let them "fix" a tooth for calcification.



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Can I whine a little? My mouth hurts. THe work on cavities on my right upper and lower side are very sensitive to heat and cold. Then my temporary crown on the upper right was aching and now I can't chew over there either. I went to the dentist and they ground down the crown to reduce chewing pressure. So my whole mouth is sore/sensitive. Makes it hard to do my favorite thing,. . . eat.



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