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HI Ladies,

This is my last day with my sister and brother-in-law. My DD, son-in-law, and granddaughter are on their way from her dad and stepmom's to pick me up and we will head for Texas tomorrow morning. It has been a nice trip and I always enjoy spending time with my sister! Even though we speak on the phone daily, it is so good to actually SEE her!

Kerry, congratulations of paying off the mortgage!! That is such a good feeling!!! Glad you resister got her colonoscopy and that you and your family are staying on top of it. Colonoscopies are not fun--but a whole lot better than dealing with colon cancer!! BTW, can you read your newspaper online or don't you like that? My DH preferred having a "real" paper in his hands. Congrats on graduating from your cane and finishing up your PT. You have done remarkably well!! Good for you and also good that you listened to your body and took the day off if you are still so tired.

Diana, good to have a new great nephew! And living in Brussels will be quite the adventure, although he may not appreciate it quite yet! Enjoy your visit to the Big Easy. I am going there in October with a group of friends.

Mary, Glad you got a new computer and I hope you get it all set up the way you want it! It is so frustrating when there are computer glitches! I have had a tough time with the internet connection here at my sister's . It has been on again-off again. Is there some setting somewhere that you can adjust the sound of the keyboard? Have you got the printer connected yet?

Donna, wish you could send some of that rain my way! My lawn is starting to suffer and I fear there is a glitch with my irrigation system. Plan to have it checked out as soon as I get home. You certainly got some thorough cleaning done!! Good for you! Don't wear yourself out cleaning!! I have a doggie door in my house and love it that the dog can let himself in and out to do his business! Although, he doesn't really stay out there to run or play unless I go with him!!

Pam, the baking opportunity sounds fabulous! What is your specialty??

Marylou, so glad Whitney is ok and that she called to tell you about it! I have had a few of those alls over the years--some were VERY scary.

Sue, I like to iron, but not so much the mending! I used to sew a lot in my younger days, but not anymore! Hemming and sewing on buttons is about the extent of my efforts these days!

Hope to check in later!!

Nyla

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Good for you, Sue, ironing and mending. I would prefer ironing to mending myself. I used to sew all the time when my two oldest kids were little but then it got so the sewing machine just fought with me all the time so I gave it up.

I am skipping water aerobics this morning. I should probably be there but when I get off the computer I am going to lie down-I am still extremely tired still.



 
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Good Morning friends. Nothing exciting going on here, just staying below the radar. Ironing and mending on my list. Get it done before the pile gets any higher. Such an exciting life.

Sue from MD

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Hooray for the last payment, Kerry, AND for bringing some food home. Two big accomplishments in one day!

Mary
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Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

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Mary, enjoy tomorrow.
Marylou, sorry Whitney got hurt and also that she scared you to death!! Hope she heals quickly.

Well, our last house payment is now in the mail-hopefully we will get our mortgage papers next week marked "paid in full". We went out to dinner to celebrate and we both brought food home.



 
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Hi, friends. I don't have Word on this computer yet so I can't toggle between windows to go back and see what everyone said. My poor mind is on overload from all the school stuff so please forgive me!

Marylou, I am so sorry you had such a scare with Whitney....at least she called you, though. When Chris was in college in Austin his roommate called late one night to say he had taken Chris to the ER. He forgot to say which hospital! It was before the kids had cell phones. Dave and I called all the Austin hospitals and finally found where he was...and the sweet nurse whispered that she couldn't really tell me anything but that he had pneumonia, they thought and he would probably be fine. Oh, th worries when they aren't at home!

My technology presentation went okay. I was upstaged by the teacher before me. She used MY app that I was supposed to show with HER presentation! So when it was my turn, the teachers were already playing with it and I had trouble keeping their attention! And the principal and owner were in the room! It turned out okay but I'm glad it's over. The 2nd group she didn't use my app and did a quick presentation...caught me off guard!

We have a big meeting with breakfast and lunch at the owner's house tomorrow. It's a mansion and so nice. Then we meet the kids on Friday. I am ready.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the day.

Mary

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At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Diana, I'll have my dh try the med. He is due for a colonoscopy so I will ask him to ask his doctor about the other procedures. He had this problem about ten years ago and the doctor at that time said it was a small opening that needed to be cut open for food to pass through. He had the surgery, but he still would happen occasionally. It just happened again last night.

Well guess who called me today? Yep, my dd, she was in the emergency room! The college person who was with her thought she had broke her leg. I still don't have the whole story. To my relief it ended up being a severe contusion. She promised to call me at 4:00 and it is now 5:00. I'll find out in time I guess. Good thing we have health insurance. I'm nursing a headache right now. :( Trying to talk to her while working in kindergarten put me on edge today.


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Diana, safe travels and enjoy that great nephew.



 
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Sue I am the same way. If I don’t take my Prilosec I sure know it!

Marylou I do on occasion have what your DH has. It is a bit scary but if he takes Prilosec he will probably not have those symptoms much. He could have it scoped if you are worried. I have it done when I have my colonoscopy done. That’s how I found out I had an ulcer.

DH is going off on his trip tomorrow. He hasn’t left yet and they said it could be a “few weeks” longer. Ugh. It will mean more money for me to spend so that is my silver lining! DH didn’t finish the tile. Two sides got done. I may have DB help me finish it. Work on establishing something with DH that it special. Maybe something you have not had time to do. Or pick something you used to do when you first met. You will be happy and it will draw you even closer than you already are.

Mary you are retro! Your computer probably sounds like the old typewriters! Glad it is working for you.

Donna I know you are probably sick of rain but I would love some rain here. It is SO hot. Oh well, I’ll be out of here for a few days. You must be feeling better if you are nesting and cleaning!

Pam your baking must be really good if your friend is suggesting selling it. Have a good visit with your friend.

Kerry I had cancerous polyps last time I went. I’ll be trying to go every 3 years upon the suggestion of my general practitioner. I need to put it on a calendar because time goes by and before you know it its been five years!

Well, taking DH to Dallas tonight and then I’m off to New Orleans to see my great nephew. I love the smell of a new baby! Then home and quilting and I may start sorting through old boxes. It will make me feel like it’s Christmas! I will probably not be on the internet a few days so have a great weekend!


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Sounds like a good plan, Donna. I am sure the dog would appreciate being able to go in and out whenever he wants.
Therapy went well. The therapist was very happy with my walk. It's nearly back to normal. I am done with the cane unless I make another trip to the mountains. lol. I only have one more therapy session on my calendar but that is only 10 and the insurance authorized 12 so we will finish this coming Monday or the next.



 
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Mary: Good luck with your techy problems. Geez, you and computers, what is it?

Kerry: How much longer do you have physical therapy?

I am up and running . I will be swimming in a half hour. Then shower and off to the mall to walk and window shop and try to stay active for several hours at a time. I need to build up to work mode again.

I will go get Lila soon. She is locked in DD house for the next 4 hours. She can go in or out here even if I am not here and Katie is here too. I will in and out all morning and may take her for a walk around the block eventually. After all that rain yesterday, there is no walking in the fields for a few days.

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Good morning. It's about time to get ready for physical therapy. I haven't been able to read the paper since we couldn't find one outside. I don't know why it is missing so often but it's really irritating.

I reread by sister's email yesterday and her exam WAS her 5 year exam and she was just telling us to not wait that long but she also said that 6 months ago a stomach scan showed nothing. One brother said he has a scan coming up in December so he'll let us know how that goes-he must do them for his birthday. LOL He is in such good shape he never has anything wrong.

Okay, I need to get moving.



 
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Marylou, twice yesterday I posted and it didn't 'get here!' I even posted last night about this new computer. Strange! This one is the lowest end Asus. I saw it last month at Best Buy. It had really good reviews for a cheap computer...it's only $229! I am fed up spending over $350 and not getting it to work. My last 2 HP computers gave me problems so we'll see how this one does. The key strike really is hard...it's kind of like the difference between using a manual typewriter and an electric! But the old computer won't even let me access my documents any more and this one hasn't kicked me off since I plugged it in.

Hopefully, the meetings and my technology presentation will be okay today. I hope someone will be able to help me get Word on this new computer!

Mary

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Pam, you're right-you do have to use the disc to set the printer up.
Mary, hope you can get things set up quickly.
Marylou, your daughter may just really want something special from home to help her feel more comfortable or at home there at school. Acid reflux DOES cause swallowing issues-that's one of the things my doctor always asks-if I'm having problems swallowing. He should have an endoscopy to check it out. I will be seeing the doctor Thursday to have the minor test-just a tube with the light and camera to run up the nose and down the throat to check for any damage. Just a little numbing spray and it's not bad at all-I barely feel it.

I haven't done much of anything this afternoon-actually got a short nap. I got an email from my sister this evening.-she decided to get an early colonoscopy (3 yrs instead of 5) because something didn't seem right. Sure enough they removed a polyp that is called a serrated adenoma which has a higher incidence of melanoma and recurrence. Such good news-that's at least 3 generations of females if she develops colon cancer. She is recommending that none of us goes more than 3 years between tests.

It's getting late and I have PT in the morning.



 
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Pat is fine. She is watching Decklan most of this week and loving it.

I was bored beyond coping today so no chance of overdoing it. Tomorrow I plan on doing a lot more and getting out of the house.

Pam: I have loved the monsoons and thunder rolling but I have to say, I am almost done with the rain. It is only 20% tomorrow so should be able to swim.

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Mary, don't all printers come with "drivers"? You need to find your printer's driver CD and that will connect your printer to your computer - program-wise. Just put the CD in your computer and follow the menu! (of course, I could be wrong - I often am. LOL)

It's just drizzling here. We were supposed to get a whopping big storm, and it parted like the Red Sea and went 'round us! I could hear thunder in the distance, but that was it. Very frustrating, as I was looking forward to it. I love big thunderstorms, and we haven't had a decent one yet this summer. (it never got hot enough to form one.)

Donna, it sounds like you are getting a little better every day. But please don't overdo it until you are absolutely sure it's gone. I'd hate to have you relapse because you did too much.

Nyla, it sounds like you are having a wonderful visit with your sister et al. How long will you be there?

Sue, I hear you about needing to "do" something. I hardly have time to say "boo" but all my time is taken up with stuff for "other people". The house, the family, the business, etc. So when I do get time for myself I just veg. A friend of mine in London emailed me tonight and said that the Lucan Market desperately needs baked goods. They are open from 3-6pm on Fridays (I know - strange hours, right?) She knows I love to bake, and thought perhaps I would like to sell my baking at the market. It has certainly got me thinking, I'll tell you! I suggested I go to visit her on the weekend and we can have a good chitchat. We used to work together years ago, and she retired and started her own baking business. She goes to two different markets now (we have a lot in SW Ont) and she is doing very well.

Anyone heard from Pat or Sandra lately?

God bless,
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Mary: I hope the new computer works ok for you. I'd have no idea how to set up the printer, etc.

Well it rained most of the night and almost all day. I did try to walk monster dog around the block but it started to rain the last 1/4 mile. I did have my umbrella with me. It stopped for about an hour this evening so I ran out to the lake and shot pictures of the dam water flowing over it. I've never seen the lake that high before. About 80 miles south of us, they got 5.5 inches of rain today. IF you watch ABC evening news, you will see some dramatic rescues in the floods where whole houses were washed off their foundations. My little town is doing ok.
Soooo, no swimming today. It was a very long and dreary day. I entertained myself by scrubbing the edges of the kitchen floor with a scrub brush on my hands and knees. After steam mopping, I decided to clean out the refrigerator.

I was never worried about my oldest going off to college. She couldn't wait to go and was very responsible. She never looked back. She loves the big city.




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Marylou, this one is bottom of the line at $229! It is staying connected to the internet, which is much more than the other one has done for days! It definitely makes a 'strike' noise when I type but so far it's okay. I can't get the date and time to change....it says it's Wednesday at 11:27 am! I keep trying to find ways to change it and so far, no way. I also can't set my wireless printer up. It doesn't even give me an option of a printer. That's not good. I know if I get Greg to help it will be better but I am not patient right now!! The Best Buy guy told me that Asus makes most of the parts for all computers so I figured that would be a good thing!

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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Mary, my dh would beg to differ with you on ASUS computers being cheap. We bought one for Whitney, probably a higher end because it cost more. ASUS makes system boards so they are known in the tech world to be good computers. As far as the strike noise it must be the model, because ours doesn't have a loud key board sound.

Enjoy your new computer.


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Well, I hope it works...I got so very frustrated after having no internet access last night or this morning. I rebooted and redid the modem 7 times today and couldn't even get a limited connection. I wrote in Word this morning and lost that, too. I gave up!! I went to Best Buy and got a cheap Asus computer after school. I set it up and have run a security scan. I tried to load my antivirus on it but it never acknowledged it. I don't see what kind might be on here already but I got a message that there were no virus' found, etc. The only thing so far that I don't care for is that when you type it's really loud. The strike is noisy. But for $229, I shouldn't complain. And I've typed this without being kicked off the internet! Success. I don't have Word installed so I can't toggle back and forth to answer anyone. I will try to get someone at school to help tomorrow. I told Greg what I planned but he didn't offer to come set things up. Bummmer!!

Mary
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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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What is acid reflex? Is the feeling acid/heartburn or like food is caught in the pipe going down? My dh has a problem when eating it gets caught going down. It's not blocking his airway. It frightens me every time it happens, which is more often these days. The doctor told him at his appointment yesterday it was acid reflex. It doesn't sound like it to me.

Diana, My dd was very insistent on taking her vase. She loves it and wanted it on her desk in her room. Very special. I will ask her when I visit next month if I can bring it home for safe keeping. How's your house coming a long? Your dh is leaving tomorrow, right?

Nyla, you are a hoot. I could just picture that happening. It's an adjustment, but I'm looking forward to moving in a different direction. Handing over the reins to my dd was very strange, but I know she is a good girl and will do her best. I'm now trying to get use to just being with my dh. We have to find ourselves again. Lots of changes.


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I've take Prilosec daily for quite a few years. No side affects at all, except I very well know when I DON"T take it. It must be doing it's job.


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Marylou I’m glad Whitney is settled in. It is a new chapter in your life and hers. I hope you all get over the empty nest syndrome. Now you can focus on time for you two! She won’t forget mom and dad. It is new and exciting to her but she is such a great girl and will do well. You will look forward to holidays at home. Did DH go for his physical yet? You must be worried. He is stressed which can cause physical symptoms. I hope Whitney’s vase stays safe but it is hers to lose or break. It is sweet she liked it that much. It is unique. Your grocery money will go down for sure. I find with my kids I won’t hear from them as much unless they text.

Kerry so glad to hear you are almost off the cane. You are doing so well. Eating out is so expensive now. But, then a trip to the grocery store is eye opening now too!

Nyla I can’t believe you went on the roller coaster. I am so scared on those things. You are a fun grandma! It is good you are getting your sister out even for a little exercise.

Pam I hope you have a good fall coming up. We have all had bizarre weather as of late. But, with you getting so much snow you never know. It is so hard to watch a loved one go downhill. Sorry to hear about your friend’s father passing. It is difficult to lose a parent.

This morning I became a new great aunt. My great nephew was born in New Orleans. He is a healthy 8 pounds 2 oz and 21 inch. His parents move to Brussels soon. Dad is a diplomat. He will have quite a life


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Good morning! I am just home from water aerobics. I didn't use the cane at all so that is a good sign. Maybe I can start putting things away. The guys are here doing the lawn-very noisy coming by the back door! Usually they are done when I get home from the gym. Speaking of that I need to pay their bill. I also need to pay a couple others including our very last house payment. I just read the paper and I can't send an ordinary check or even go on line to pay it like I've done for years. It has to be wired (the preferred way), a cashier's check or official bank check and if it can't be identified it will be returned. They've been pulling it from our checking account for the last 5 years or more why can't they just do the last one the same way?!!! Guess I need to go down to the bank.

I have been taking Nexium for the acid reflux for several months now-before that it was a protonics. According to my insurance paperwork the insurance company gets billed more than $1300 for a 3 month supply. That's ridiculous.

I have used a foam roller for years but the one I have at home is the short fat one (hmm, kind of like me) that I found at Target which is a lot harder for me to use than the long then one we always used at the gym. I just need to make myself start doing it again. I have to do it on the bed since I haven't tried getting down and back up from the floor yet.

Donna, glad you're feeling better all the time. You'll be back to normal before too long.

Guess I better get these bills taken care of and then go to the bank for an "official check" so we can say we have no more house payments!!



 
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Hi all,

Hope you are all doing great and having a good Tuesday so far!

Yesterday I had a trip down "memory lane" as my sister, brother-in-law, and I drove to my childhood hometown and did some sight seeing. Looks a bit different than it did all those years ago! I haven't been there in a few years and things sure have changed! Then we visited the cemetery where my parents and several aunts and uncles are buried. On our way out of town, we stopped at a new restaurant there and had a nice dinner. All in all a very nice few hours! Today my sister and I are going to do a little shopping to see if she can find some new slacks. It will be good to do a little moving around!

Marylou, sounds like Whitney is following a typical pattern of spreading her wings! And Sue is absolutely right in that there will come a time when you will be happy to see her come home and just as happy to see her leave!! Several years ago DH and I were "high-fiving" as the last of the kids left after Christmas and that kid saw us---OOPS!! They thought is was our acknowledgment of a successful Holiday celebration-an illusion we did not correct although in reality we were celebrating being alone again! (It took a while for us to feel that way. Our youngest is 34 now)

Kerry, hope you get your acid reflux under control. Have you tried a foam roller to release your IT band? It really helps although it sure does hurt!

Donna, sounds like your stamina is definitely improving! Good news!!

Sue, I find myself in the same pattern that you describe--doing too little despite having plenty of time. I am also hoping to break that cycle.

Off to the mall….

Talk with you all later.

Nyla

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Good MORning all;
Sue: Iam with you. I have no plans for today. It has been and is raining as we speak. I would think in a couple of hours when I want to hit the pool that it will stop. Other than that and mopping the floor, I gotta come up with somewhere to go or something to go do. Maybe I will walk the mall.

I had a busy day yesterday and lasted 7 hours so that is good. Hope it continues.

Kerry: What do you take? I take Prilosec and it has no side effects for me.

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Good Gray Morning. It's been gray here for several days, but no rain yet. Maybe today. We need it her in MD. No exciting plans for the day. I really need to change this pattern and find some things that excite me. Grand kids are all heading back to school within the next few days, life will get very, very quite. I'll have plenty of time to do something, but I'm finding it a lot easier to do nothing. Not a good pattern for my life.

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The things on campus may have had the school logo and those are always "needed". Actually if they are on sale they are probably last year's. Oh well, there are always wants and then there are the needs.
The doctor visit was okay. We are going to try a different medicine for the reflux. Hopefully one that works without the wonderful side affect of diarrhea. Therapy went great especially after he massaged the IT band. That really made a big difference. He said I am doing great. I didn't even take the cane with me to the doctor. I walked through Target after the doctor but did push a shopping cart. Didn't see anything worth buying. The roast is smelling good.



 
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Yes, today I have discovered when I will get a call. When she needs something. lol. She wanted to buy a long sleeve t-shirt and sweatshirt that was on sale at her college store. Reason.... "raining and cold out". What about all the other sweatshirts she packed....I asked her. My dd is a shopper....just needs that one more thing. ugh. I think you are right Sue, texting is just too easy. Once a week chat would be better for us both. I have suggested it to her several times. It will probably be something that will come with time.

Kerry, You jogged a memory for me. 800 personal numbers on the family plan. I hope you get some rest. It's awful feeling tired while trying to get things done. I like the roast Idea. I might put some chicken in the crockpot with some veggies.

Hope everyone is having a good day. off to plan the rest of my day.

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I agree with you guys but I did something different. Not really for the college kid but the one who was 8 years younger who needed to get in touch with me after NJROTC activities. I was able to get an 800# for a few dollars a month and then any of the kids could call any time. They didn't use it a lot but we felt better having it. It was a whole lot cheaper than everyone having cell phones, too!!!

I am so horribly tired after a bad night and then an hour of physical therapy but I can't fall asleep now. I have to leave for the doctor and my check up for the acid reflux in 30-45 minutes. I did stop on the way home from therapy and picked up a roast and some potatoes and got that in the crockpot so I won't have to worry about dinner this evening. Leftover roast can be warmed up for dinner tomorrow with some BBQ sauce. Two days taken care of.



 
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MaryLou, Whitney is fine, if she needs something she'll be in touch. Mary you brought up a good point. Unlike OUR days in college and as much as I hated writing them, our parents were happy to get an ocassional letter from us. Then OUR kids went to college and we were happy with a weekly phone call, because we/they had to pay extra for phone calls home and they were charged by the minute and/or we were rolled over to their message machine. Now in the day where everyone can be in contact 24/7 by cellphone, texting and computers, it's change the dymanics of going away to college. Kids still want that independence and the "being on their own" experience. Yes you miss her deeply every minute, but she is earning, learning and controling her own space now. She'll be in touch and eventually probably much more often, but right now she's learning and developing her time, space and priorities. The first semester is the toughest on everyone. It will get better and believe it or not, at some point you will be delighted when they go BACK to school.

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Marylou, don't worry. Just don't contact her first at all. That will do one of two things. Either she'll contact you because she's worried about you and why you haven't contacted her, or she'll contact you because she has decided she misses you. Either way, this is her first taste of independence, and she probably wants to savor it without mom calling or texting every day. LOL!

Donna, Leah lived away from home from age 17 to 29. She lived with her boyfriend in London. Then he broke it up, she called crying and asking if she could stay here for a few days. LOL! She actually went to college and got her degree while she lived away from home. Now she's here living in a tiny bedroom, about 10 x 8, and has most of her stuff in storage that she pays for every month. I've suggested her getting an apartment here in Embro (there was a lovely 1 bedroom available last month) but then she decided that she wanted to save up for a house....hmmmm Well - we'll see. It will all depend on how ticked off she is that I moved everything from the dining room and mudroom to the bottom of the stairs for a trip up. If she gets rowdy, I'll get rowdy back. I have no problem with that. LOL!

Kerry, my husband will never retire - for two reasons. One - he's not the retiring type. He'll work until they carry him out feet first. and Two - if he did decide to retire and we lived in the same small space for more than a week, they'd still be carrying him out feet first. emoticon

Oh well, I'm off now. I'm glad everyone had a good day!

God bless,
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PS: Anyone heard from Pat lately?

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Hello Ladies,

I am still struggling with internet connection here at my sister's house, but will try to get this posted..

Had a very relaxing and quiet day. My DS and BIL are really homebodies and so there is not a lot to do. So I am spending my time reading, watching TV, and struggling with the internet!! Actually not much different than when I am at home by myself I guess! I did get my sister to walk around the block with me a couple of times. She is 8 years older than me and gets VERY little exercise. I worry about her, but not much I can do about it. She has developed some health issues over the last few years that I think have been exacerbated by her lack of conditioning, etc. If I were closer, I would try to get her to be more active with me, although I know that it is her decision. In the meantime, I enjoy her when we are together and speak to her almost daily when I am not.

Kerry, sounds like you are getting stronger every day! I need to clean out my closet as well. Have lots of things that I most likely won't ever wear again--even if they fit, they are now very out-dated! It's too bad as they are lovely items. Wish I was talented enough to be able to re-fashion them to be more current! No question that eating out is expensive--and adjusting to a retirement income is a challenge! As I understand it, your SS amount depends on your age when you start collecting your benefits. If you wait until your full retirement age (age 66 for those of us born in 1950) you collect your full benefit. It is reduced by some amount if you take benefits earlier and increases by 8% per year for every year you delay benefits after your full retirement age, although you must take benefits at age 70. Once you reach your full retirement age, there is no limit on how much you can earn and still retain your benefits, but before that you income is limited. At least that is how it was explained to me. I will be interested to hear what you are told.

Donna, have a great time with your friends at dinner tonight. Sounds like your weekend has been delightful!

Pam, sounds like your DD does have LOTS of stuff. Is there any way you can set some limits on where she keeps it all? I briefly thought about having DD and her family move in with me after my DH passed away. But decided it would not be a good thing for our relationship as I would fall back into the "Clean your room" behavior that caused lots of problems when she was a teenager. I am so sorry about your brother.

Mary, glad you had a nice day! Interesting concept for shopping. I think my stepdaughter mentioned something like that also. Let us know if you do it and how it works out. I hope your meeting with your accountant goes well tomorrow!

Going to try to post this while I still have internet…..

TTYL

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Kerry, from what I've been told you can't make over $14,500 and still get all your SS. You pay them back a dollar for every 2 you make over that amount. No one can live on that!!

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Larry likes to say 'it's only' too and I say well that is two of the utilities. I need to recheck how much a person can make before they can't get SS. One of the guys said he had to pay back what he had gotten because his pension was too high. I've heard that if you have a pension then you can't get SS. Guess I need to talk to the money guy again.



 
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I hope once Whitney gets organized and into her schedule she will respond to your text and phone calls, Marylou. Cherilyn had to pay long distance to call or BE called so we didn't talk a lot. We actually sent letters, lol! Maybe send her a cute card with a $20 bill once in a while. It will let her know you're thinking of her ...and maybe if she responds she will get more next time~~ I know it's hard not knowing what' going on with her all the time but I agree so much that you and your husband have raised a strong and independent young woman. Much better than one who is afraid to look at the long term picture!

Kerry, Larry and I will have to compare notes, lol! I am going to see the accountant tomorrow about my plans for retirement. He wanted to see some of my investments. I never did call SS to find out exactly what I will be getting but from what I was told last year, if I take SS a year early I will 'only' be out$200 less than if I wait until 66.

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Marylou, yes my husband is retiring at the end of the year. Scary stuff. Hope your husband is feeling better soon. As for your daughter it's better to be independent than clingy. Independence can hard to handle sometimes for a parent though. I'm sure she'll be back to texting before long.



 
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Good evening,
It's quite around here. Life is different. I went grocery shopping and had to keep putting things back because I realized there is one less at our house.

Mary, good to hear your tire was an easy fix. My dd had the same thing happen this summer. I think she picked it up from the farm where picked strawberries. I like the idea of having a box of clothes delivered that fit and selected by a consultant. Maybe once I get within range I might check it out.

Kerry, is your dh retiring? I know we use to eat out a lot . Now we find a cheap place once a week or split something at chilies our favorite place.

Sue, it's truly a different summer this year. I do enjoy cool mornings. I think my dh has that virus I had for a few weeks. He might be hitting the worst of it this weekend. I m having a hard time with my daughter calling or texting. I tried to text twice and she said in another text back I was texting to much. :( I guess I need to let her text me when she gets to it. Lol.

Pam, yes your statement I can already see is true. It's playing out right in front of my eyes. I still haven't cried. I think like Mary said, I'm happy but sad......a blend of feelings...plus I think I've been preparing for this moment. It also makes it easier when they are so strong in their independence. I really feel like she can do without me. I tried to set her up in her room, but she rushed me out with the words....."I can get it from here." This is after we delivered all her stuff up four floors to her dorm room. Lol. Just another step in life. :)

Nyla, how was your sister trip? I'm looking forward to seeing my sister in January. She already has planned her winter place. It's fun to hang out and reminisce on days gone by.

I guess it's time to make dinner. Ugh. Not in the mood to eat. Funny words for me to say since I love food so much.


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Mary, that sounds like a rather interesting way to shop and buy clothes. Yes, my husband needs to learn that in just a few months his paycheck will be dropping and we can't just keep eating out all the time, especially paying for these two kids!



 
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I had a nice, lazy day. I went to Mass this morning and took a nap this afternoon. I will make a few cards later on. Such a nice day!

Donna, I hope you have a great time with your friends. Don't overdo it, but you are seeming to get back into a few things and enjoying life.

Kerry, we were posting together! You are so busy today! It's nice that your granddaughter is included with 'the big kids.' She doesn't want to be though, it sounds? Eating out is fun but so expensive. I did go overboard this week and there are bills at the end of the month to pay so I will have to be especially careful for a while. Larry should fix you dinner!!

Pam, have you asked Leah to keep her things only in her room(s?) I'm sure you have but she may need a wakeup call again. That's YOUR house and it sounds like she's overrunning it with HER stuff! I have a laundry room off the breezeway with a 4 hook thing o nthe wall. It has jackets on it. No room for shoes or anything else. I can't imagine coming in the door and not being able to move around. I see the Canadian 'mud rooms' on HGTV. Most seem like tiny places just as you walk in the front door. She needs to be a contributor to the fixing up of things! Sorry about your brother's continuing health issues but Im glad he was having a better day yesterday.

As for shopping, Cherilyn told me a bout a new thing a friend told her about and I've seen it on Facebook: Stitch Fix, I think it is. You pay $20 for a consultant who has your preferences, measurements and colors, styles, etc. to send you a box of clothes and accessories when you want. If you buy anything you get your money applied to the purchase. If you buy all the things sent (5 I think) you get a 20% discount. I will let you know if she enjoys her first box!

I have a full work day tomorrow, then meetings the rest of the week. Meet and Greet for students is on Friday, then school the next Monday.

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Mary, I'm sure Dave would have loved both the party and being a grandfather. My husband loved being a grandfather for about the first year and a half for each kid. When they developed a voice and an opinion on what they wanted to do it's over for Larry.

Pam, good job on getting some cleaning done. My daughter also has way too much stuff. She has enough clothes to open a store and a bunch of it has probably never been worn or worn more than once. It's so frustrating. I'm more like you in that I do not like clothes shopping.

Donna, you can't give a man more space because they just fill it up and then usually they complain that YOU have to much stuff. Larry came home from vacation with 6 new polo shirts but won't toss out any of the old ones even if they have holes.

Okay, my side of the closet has a bunch, too, but I'm really hoping to be able to wear some of them again. I do every once in a while decide that some things just won't ever be worn and donate them. We took the grandkids to church with us-the friend didn't make it. GD was informed by one of the teens that she needed to be in the youth room for Sunday School and youth group. She told him she was only 11 and he said that didn't matter because they had made her an official member. It would be nice if there were a few more girls in the group especially younger teens. She wasn't happy with me when I wouldn't let her sit in the narthex but made her come into the sanctuary and she didn't want to sit by her grandfather so she sat on the floor next to me. Kind of irritating to me but she sat still and we will have a talk about it next week. We went to lunch after church (because Larry insists on spending money at a restaurant rather than fixing something at home ($35 today). The kids spent half the time just giggling away over something-I never did figure out what. The money has been counted and deposited with no problems. Now Larry wants to know what I'm fixing for dinner. I keep telling him Elaine's husband has dinner prepared for her when she gets home from counting!



 
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Hi: I am having a good weekend. I took grandson to the pool for an hour. We came back and I mowed the lawn and then took a shower and played with GS. I also bought a queen bed and helped store it in the garage. That was a busy 2 hours. I am going out to dinner with about 20 other people so it will be good to visit with friends.

Pam: Do you think your DD will ever move out? It sounds like she has a lot of stuff. I know my ex had so much stuff on the bathroom counter. I gave him the medicine cabinet for it and he still had stuff. So I gave him a drawer, no help. I even put 2 shelves on the wall for his stuff. It was just that he wanted all that stuff on the counter. Honestly, I didn't care except when it came to cleaning and taking all that stuff off.

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G'day ladies.

I'm glad everyone seems to be having a good day today. I'm having a very quiet one as hubby and Leah have gone off to Mosport racetrack for the last races of the season, and they met up with four more people, and they all went together. So - today I actually accomplished a touch of housework. The mudroom was unbelievable. Now it looks usable. However, the bottom of the stairs is 4 feet high with Leah's stuff. I mean - where the heck does this girl GET all this stuff??? There are 8 clothes hooks on the board across the wall, and Leah's stuff is hanging on every single one of them! Anything of ours is buried under there somewhere. I filled two big boxes with her shoes and boots (even tho I left one pair of winter boots in there. I often wonder from whom she inherited that "shopping gene", as I'm so desperate for clothes that I need to go shopping for some stuff to go away with my friend in September! Poor thing, she texted me today to let me know her father passed away today. Crazy month this is, I'll tell you. My brother is apparently having difficulties breathing today, and I wondering just how much time he has left. I visited him yesterday and he was having no difficulties breathing, but he was SO cranky!!!!

I'm off for now, but will get back later.

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Just a quick check in before bed...I had a very nice evening at Cherilyn's. Greg, Cari, and Comazell all came and we didn't think they could make it! Greg brought Jack Daniel's, Dave's favorite drink, and he arranged for Chris to Facetime us. We toasted Dave and our sweet friend and neighbor Sally, who shared her birthday with Dave. We always celebrated with her. The babies had a wonderful time with everyone and they were quite taken with Comazell, too. He is 'coming out of his shell' and it was just the nicest way to remember Dave. I think he would have loved to have been a grandfather.

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I had a pretty good day. I ran the dogs on a short run and later DD picked me up and we went to the lake for a while. It was soooooo nice to get out there and just walk around. After resting for several hours I went to the pool and enjoyed doing a few laps. A nice day all in all and so glad I can get out of the house and do a few things.

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We've had thunder nearly every day but not all that much rain. I would love to see some cooler weather-we are still in the 90's every day. The grandkids are being really quiet today-they each have their Ipads and they are playing a game together. Cheyenne was going to have a girlfriend spend the night but the other girl's parents decided she couldn't come over. I got to the grocery store for a few things and then got gas in my car-got a good discount with the grocery store card-less than $3 a gallon. I was nearly on empty when I filled up. This has been a pretty quiet day-most all of my walking was without the cane though I used it through the parking lot, then pushed the cart and I used it for a quick run into Walmart so my granddaughter could pick up some fancy duct tape that the kids use to make things. It's about time to start heading people to the shower and bed.





 
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Hi Ladies,

I am at my sister's house and sometimes my internet connection flakes out, but I will do my best to catch up with the day…

We arrived here yesterday at about noon after driving through the night. It wasn't bad since we have 3 drivers and we switch off. My sweet GD is a real trooper--the first time we drove with her from Texas to Minnesota she was only 8 months old!!

Remember when I told you all that I rode the big roller coaster with my 2 older GDs in San Antonio?? FUNNY thing is that my Fitbit recorded that I walked 40 flights of stairs that day!! Guess it counts the difference in altitude as a flight of stairs! I got quite a chuckle out of that!

Mary, I hope you had a nice day today on Dave's birthday and enjoyed the dinner that Cherilyn cooked for you. Hope you had a day of special and wonderful memories.

Pam, good to see you back. I agree that the weather patterns have been crazy this year. Even here in Texas the summer has been relatively mild until the last couple of weeks when it has become more typical (read that HOT).

Marylou, Pam is right that your relationship with Whitney will change, but I absolutely love having my DD as a very dear friend. Same with the other kids. I think having adult "kids" is so much fun!!! Interestingly, my father had a harder time when I left home than my mom did also. I think it is hard for daddies to let go of their little girls….

Kerry, good for you on selecting protein for breakfast! A good way to start the day. Like Pam, I hope your DH will start taking better care of himself before something irreversible occurs. Complications from diabetes can be very serious.

Donna, hope you are having a good weekend and feeling stronger. Hope you can get out with the dogs but that you don't overdo it!

Have a nice weekend everyone.

Nyla

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Evenings gals. I just about fell off my chair. It has been rainy all day, but very quiet. I just opened up a page, and there was a crack and bang of thunder (didn't see any lightning and I'm right beside the window). Leah called up and asked if that was thunder. I said "what else would it be?" She said "I dunno - it sounded like the basement was falling in!". LOL! And that was it - nothing else - just rain.

Sue, you are so right. Your weather and ours has been simply bizarre this summer. The last time I remember summers being this cool was the two summers following the Pinatubo eruption. And I don't even think it was THIS cold then! Southwestern Ontario and the Northeastern States have been under some weird circle of weather that has lasted pretty much all summer so far. I have actually had to turn the furnace on a couple of times this summer - unheard of! I came downstairs Thursday morning, and the thermostat said it was 64. Way too chilly for the house so - on with the furnace for half an hour just to get the temp up. Crazy...

Donna, hopefully your mono will start clearing up soon, and you'll be able to go out and enjoy your hikes again. At least you live in a part of the world that stays pretty warm all year round (mostly).

Mary, just think - soon you won't need to deal with all those piles of paper anymore. This year will fly by (like last year did) and then - boom! All over. Time to enjoy yourself for yourself.

Marylou, up to now, you have had a mother/daughter relationship with Whitney. That will never really change, however, once she has gotten used to being independent, your relationship will change more to that of friend/friend. You won't be telling her what to do anymore, just giving advice if she asks for it. It will be different, but better. Trust me. Oh, and when my first left home, I walked around jumping up and clicking my heels. No tears here, but then I had 3 of them very close together. The only time I felt vaguely teary is when we took him to the airport to see him off to live in Vancouver. That really did seem a long way away. But no sobbing - nope-nope-nope! emoticon

Kerry, if your husband has diabetes and is eating stacks of pancakes and hash browns for breakfast, I can only assume he hasn't had a "diabetic" health scare yet. I just hope when he does, it will be something that can be fixed and that will frighten him enough to fix the way he eats. Bringing home a bucket of KFC won't work for him either.

Well, I'm off to check out a whole pile of stuff. Everyone have a great night and I'll check in tomorrow. I am actually building up to doing something about some weight loss. I simply cannot keep this up much longer....I'm not putting any more on, but it sure isn't falling off either. emoticon

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Pam



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MaryLou, it's been a crazy weather summer here in MD. Very cool for MD in July and August. Only in the low 50's this morning. Crazy. It's should be steaming 24/7 and in the 90's to100. Now, I'm certainly not complaining, but 70's and no humidity is very unusual. I hope your summer is cooler also. I'm glad to hear Whitney has settled in so easily. You did raise a secure and confident daughter and that's important. Sounds like she will do just fine and after a little while of independence, she'll be calling home with an "I miss you all". Home will look very good to her at her first break and home visit. Sorry to hear Dad isn't handling it well. Dad's will always miss their little princesses. Hope the doctors appointment will help him get back on track. - s

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Wish I had your energy, Mary.
Donna, you sound like me-I don't like going out to eat alone but I see a lot of people do it.
We haven't made it to the store yet because the kids got me interested in a movie. Guess we'll be leaving about noon when it ends.



 
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Haha, I'm making headway, girls, but have no interest in cleaning for anyone else, lol. I am on the 2nd load of laundry, dishes are done, and I am tackling the mail next.

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I have been wanting to go out for breakfast lately and have pancakes. Most of the people that I know don't want to go out for breakfast because it isn't diet friendly. Well, it could be but they don't see it that way.

Mary: Wanna come clean my house when you are done? ha ha

I am up but not attem yet. I will take the dogs out if GS doesn't call soon. I told him to call if he got up before 8 and wanted to run the dogs with me. He didn't look too interested so I will wait until 7:30. The dogs are pacing already.



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Our water class is already over. Glad you slept well-I never seemed to get comfortable. I cleared a few papers off my chairside table-I put them on the shredder but didn't run it because everyone was still asleep. I need to do that as well as get a card out of my purse and shred it since the new one arrived in the mail yesterday. Larry gets to do the laundry again-there is just too much stuff to get past while carrying a basket for me to chance it. It's either that or have a grandkid carry it out there for me.



 
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Enjoy the rest of the day, Kerry. I love going out for breakfast.

Today would have been DAve's 63rd birthday. I am not a good housekeeper. There are always piles of paper all over the place. My kitchen table gets cleared off in early June, then is a mess by mid July because I'm getting ready for the next school year, lol! So my gift to him will be to clean and clear. Cherilyn is having me over for one of his favorite Chef Dave meals!

I slept very well and although I wanted to stay up late, I fell asleep on the couch by 9:10, lol. Tired out from my productive week! I will go to water aerobics at noon.

Happy Saturday.

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All in good time...and with the help of my friends.

Today: I pray to shift the way I approach life, to move deliberately and consciously, to become attentive.

SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
At some point you realize that life is just that: life. Ups, downs, good, bad, it's all just life. It all balances out, and letting every little bump in the road sideline you is no way to live.


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