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Rita the party was fun and there was lots and lots of really good food. The thing I am not a big part of is the drinking. I did have a little of something called a Hurricane that was tasty, and way too much food. All the people who attended are really nice and easy to talk to. But like you we don't go to many get togethers and I always feel a little out of place. I usually prefer to just stay home. I am much more comfortable with one on one conversation.
Kerry I am so glad Trish will be going with you. Since you are dealing with your dad's health issues you will need her help,with the babies. If St Louis is about half way where in Nebraska does your family live? Watching the weather this morning at least in Kansas City there shouldn't be any snow issues.
Mary I am glad you had such good help yesterday. I will be anxious to hear how Monday goes. I am praying for good results for you.
Well I need to go get ready for Church. We go to the early service so need to get going. We will be getting Decklan late this afternoon so I will be taking a nap before he gets here.

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Kerry, have a safe trip to Lincoln. I hope you can avoid any snow and ice.

Pat, I hope you'll tell us all about the party tonight. I will live it vicariously through you since parties are not on my usual agenda, let alone a Fat Tuesday party (one of my favorites!). I have plenty of leftovers in the refrig but the kids won't eat them and Rex is feeling bad so he won't either. I guess that whole dinner will probably be dumped. I'd eat it but the others prefer to just go out.

Donna, that Murphy's Law is always messing with us. We have great kid's resale shops with new/almost new toys. Do you have any of those to pick up a few fun things?

Mary, you must be exhausted after such a full day. It's exciting you got so much done though and had the help. My coffee visit with my DIL's Mom was very nice. She even apologized and tried to explain why she is like she is. It took 45 min to get her to move so we could leave. And at her door, she just wanted to stay in the car. I got home 20 min. before I was due at my Aunt's. If she can stay on her good behavior I will enjoy doing coffee with her again. We plan to!

I keep working on all my misc piles of clutter around the house. I'm trying to be very generous in throwing things out. I wish I could get the rest of the family on board to help. I'd prefer to have it all done and the house perfect so I could get to lots more fun things. I'm practicing patience!!





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Hi, friends! I have now collapsed after a very busy day. The kids came this morning and most stayed until around 3:30. We got all the boxes that I packed earlier in the week and that Nyla and I packed up yesterday. What a great help she was!! We also got bookcases moved from Dave's office---the dining room---and my 'Teacher Crap closet, as Dave called it! We were able to use the shelves for storing my boxes!! Win/win! I've taken 3 big boxes of books to Half Price and will bring 3 more later. I need to vacuum, mop, dust, etc. to get ready for the carpet cleaners on Tuesday and on Monday I meet with a new lender. Keep your fingers crossed!

Pat, some Story Lady days I only read to hte ones and twos until 11:30. Then they usually find something for me to do in the afternoon: either sub or office work. Other days I work from 9-2. Thursday was Rodeo Day and I read books, showed the kids some cool Texas 'stuff' like rattlesnake skin, rattles, a fossil, sheep wool, cotton, and oil! The things in the house that need to be fixed are mostly little ones...but it all adds up. So far, it's doable! We'll see...

Donna, I'm glad you had a good day and I hope you enjoyed your evening yesterday!

Rita, how did the lunch with the DIL's mom go? Hope you were able to get away without a problem!

I'm taking another hot bath and going to bed early. Church tomorrow and maybe even water aerobics!!

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Sounds about right, Donna.

There will be 5 of us traveling. We're talking Trish' s sub. I'm guessing she and her dad will split the driving though they both dislike the other's driving. I will be in the back seat with the babies which is fine by me. Right now we're waiting for Trish and Aaron to come pick up the girls. Their movie should be about over.

I do really need to check the weather between here and Lincoln via St Louis which is just over halfway.



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Wouldn't you know? My DD hasn't come to visit in 5 years because her son is allergic to dogs so I go there. Last week I gave away all the toys I had and now they are coming in a month. Murphy's Law.

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Kerry so sorry to hear about your dad but glad you finally heard from family and the surgery went well. Have a safe trip back to Nebraska and I will pray the snow stays away. Will it be just you and Larry or will you be traveling with a little one?
Rita also sorry to hear that Rex is not feeling well. I hope being able to rest over the weekend helps relieve some of his pain. I can relate to your dinner experience. Twice now my son has said he was coming out to dinner then cancelled at the last minute. This produced lots of left overs for us, lol. And I have never heard of porcupine meatballs until now, but they sound interesting.
Donna sound like you have a fun day planned. I will be doing laundry and keeping an eye on a puppy who seems to want to chew on anything and everything. Then of course the get together this evening.
We woke up to temps in the 20's this morning, quite a shock from a few days ago. Some of our trees had started to bus out so we will see what happens to them.
Mary hope your family helps you get everything done you are wanting today. It will be nice to have this next step completed on the road to putting your house on the market.
Well washer is done so time to get back to work.


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I finally got some info from my nephew (I forgot my sister is still in California) that dad's surgery went well-they basically did a hip replacement. Dad did well with the surgery and was pain free until they made him get up and walk. He's very confused about the whole thing. We plan to head up to Lincoln Monday.



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Oh Pam, both a bladder infection and bubbled floor is no fun on either account. I hope you are getting better fast now that you are on antibiotics. How long will it take to fix your floor? Will your homeowners insurance cover the cost of starting over?

Kerry, any word yet on your Dad and the condition of his hip? I wonder if he will need it to be replaced?

Pat, a Fat Tuesday party sounds wonderful. We lived in Baton Rouge for 13 years and Mardi Gras was always such a fun time. I loved the Mardi Gras parties and parades. No one in Colorado celebrates that I know of. Our preschool at church has an early morning breakfast to celebrate Fat Tuesday on the day. I used to make a King Cake for the family but haven't done that lately, as I'd be the one eating it!

Donna, I'm glad you are cozy in bed and taking it easy after your stress filled week. I hope you laugh a lot at the comedy play tomorrow and have a wonderful and fun dinner!

I made porcupine meatballs for dinner. Have you ever heard of them? My Mom and sister and I remembered making them long ago. My Mom even has the cookbook with the original recipe. It's easy with hamburger and rice and tomato soup. I don't know why I suddenly thought of making those. DS called to find out dinner plans and he and his family ended up opting out. If I had known earlier I would not have make a full meal for 5. I even had the table set already before I found out they weren't eating at home tonight. So it is!

My poor Rex is feeling really bad today. So much pain. He tries so hard to stay upbeat but it's sad he hurts so much. At least it's the weekend so at least he can rest. I'm hoping I get energized again to make progress on my home organization. I love what I've gotten accomplished so far.

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Kerry: Sorry to hear about your dad. Will he need surgery? Hope you get an update soon.



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Pam: I am so sorry about your floor. I hope the repairs are done swiftly and looks great when they are done.

Rita: So glad your day went better than expected. What a nice surprise.

Pat: Enjoy your get together. Hope it is fun.

I am exhausted tonight. I had a stressful week and so glad it is over. I am in bed and am warm and comfortable. Hope I have a restful night.
Tomorrow I am going to a comedy play and then out for dinner.
I walked the dog this morning in the field but it was only 22 outside. BRRRR!

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Pam so sorry to hear about your kitchen floor. I sure hope you don't have to pay to have the repairs done. That is so frustrating for you! And I would give anything to have faster internet, we live in the country too but only have limited options. Sorry to here your little granddaughter is having teething issues. Hope she gets them cut soon.
Rita so glad your day with DIL'S mother and your aunt went better than you anticipated. It is always such a nice surprise when things go better than we thought they would. We had temps in the 70's a few days ago and today it won't get out of the 30's and we have snow flurries. What a shock to our bodies.
Kerry glad to hear Aaliyah is feeling better. Those teething issues can cause so many different symptoms. The last time I had Decklan over night he got up in the middle of the night, went into his toy closet and got his tool chest, and all his tools and brought them into my bed and climbed in. I have no idea why but I pushed the tools out of the way and got him to go back to sleep. So I get not getting a good nights sleep when grandkids sleep over.
We are actually going to a Fat Tuesday party tomorrow night. It is with a lot of the people we go to the Y with. We don't do this sort of thing very often so it should be fun. I have to come up with an appetizer to bring but that shouldn't be a problem.
Then Sunday we will get Decklan and have him for a couple nights. So busy couple days.

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That sounds really interesting, Rita.
Pam, yours sounds like a horrible mess. I hope the second time around it's done right.

Trish has commented that they may want to try again for a boy. I told her to look how well that worked for me. lol

I woke to text from my stepmother telling all of us that dad had broken his hip. They said he fell and broke it but some doctors say when this happens the bone is broken and is the reason for the fall. I would never have thought dad would have brittle bones so who knows. I have not heard a word since then tho I keep checking the phone and email.



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Happy Friday girls! emoticon

Time to go out and buy wine for the weekend. LOL!

Rita, that did sound like fun chatting with people from all over the world. And I'm so glad that all your "worries" re family members didn't come to fruition - everything went well! LOL!

Mary, I'd like to see some pics of inside your house too, being the nosy kind of person I am. LOL!

Kerry, I'm so glad I'm not close enough to my grandbabies to be involved in their teething. LOL! Poor little Alessandra is teething terribly right now, and she also just got over a rotten cold and cough with it. Apparently she cried and grumbled for days on end, and the poor little thing is usually a very happy and placid baby. Oh, and does Trish plan on having 3 babies? Is that what you meant by your comment?

Pat, I hope your leg recovers soon. That "pain in the leg" business is just the pits, isn't it?

I popped into London yesterday to see my doc and I have a bladder infection so I'm on antibiotics. This is the second one I've had in just over a year, and I never had one before that in my life! I hope this isn't going to be a pattern for my old age. emoticon

I'm not sure if I mentioned this here or in fb, or if I even mentioned it at all. My lovely brand new floor has been ripped up (well, a good third of it has). Apparently whoever put the original subfloor in just hammered it down on top of an old linoleum floor! So when our fridge had those leaks, (and it had quite a few!), the water had nowhere to go. When the new floor was put down, the floor was "dry" so he guy didn't give it any thought. Well, because there was water underneath the subfloor, it bulged the subfloor up into a large bubble. The company came in to replace the floor (they thought the subfloor mfgr didn't do his job), they discovered almost a third of the kitchen was soaked under the vinyl...sigh So now we have to start all over again. So annoying!

Anyway, everyone have a wonderful weekend!!

God bless,

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Mary, do you have a picture of your home you can post? It would be fun to see where all this work is being done.

Pat, I sure hope your leg will feel better quickly. Good idea to pamper it today.

Donna, a good nights sleep does wonders. Glad you got to enjoy a good night! Perspective does go a long ways.

Kerry, a teething little one is miserable. I hope that is all that is bothering Aaliyha.

It's 19 degrees right now. We had enough snow to cover the lawn, cars and roof tops. It melted quickly off the roads and sidewalks because of the record breaking temps we had this week. It was up to 71 degrees a few days ago and now this!

I am happy to report that today went surprisingly well with my concerned efforts. My DIL's mother actually wanted to apologize for her past behavior. We had a wonderful visit and plan to do it again. My Aunt called and said with the snow I could decide not to come if I wanted. I knew how important it was for her though so I told her I thought we should still work on her storage unit. It went great. I suggested we just label everything and let her nephew move the things she wanted to her assisted living when he comes on Sat. She agreed! So we labeled every box and she got to decide what she wanted to keep and what she'd have her nephew take. We loaded the car with a few things that we could maneuver and left the rest for later. I even had time to get home and cook a nice dinner for the family.

Earlier this morning, I went to Mass and at coffee and donuts afterwards we had a group of darling, young international men who are hopefully going into the seminary here in Denver. They came to "practice" their English with all of us. Since we are from all different places with different accents, their mentor wanted them to spend time talking to all of us. They were from Vietnam, Columbia, Italy, Madagascar, and some I don't remember. I visited with a guy from northern Italy. He was lots of fun and so filled with life and joy. Half way through their mentor had them change tables to talk to more people. I had to leave to pick up my DIL's Mom so I only got to visit with the one. I thought that was a fun thing to have us all doing though.




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Good evening! We took Aaliyah home this afternoon. She was acting much better-back into the "destroy the house" better and I wanted a good night's sleep. She may go see the doctor tomorrow just to make sure there's nothing more serious but I do think it's mostly her molars trying to come in. I will be happy to not have a baby in my bed especially one who never stops moving for more than an hour or so. We had some rain today but not much.

Mary, I hope the packing up and downsizing goes well. I'm glad you have help.
Pat, I hope your leg feels better.

Guess I better check out someone's complaints. I wonder how she thinks she could handle 3 kids. emoticon



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Rita, don't you feel a headache coming on this morning? ? Ha Ha Good luck with your good Samaritan activities today.

Pat: So sorry for your injured leg. Do baby it.

Mary: Don't work too hard.

Pam: Glad you got fast internet. It makes such a difference.

New day, new energy, and new outlook right? I slept long and well last night and feel better today. I can do this. It's all about perspective.





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Good morning ladies. I am taking today off from the gym and spending all day cleaning. I think I will get my share of exercise. Plus I have pulled a muscle in the upper thigh of my left leg. It seems to be getting worse so think I will put some heat on it today and try not to strain it further.
Sending good wishes Rita that your day goes better than you think. I like Mary's idea of having the excuses of helping your aunt to cut the visit short with you DIL'S mother. But also be careful helping your aunt, sounds like it might involve some heavy lifting.
Mary you have another full day. How long are you at the MDO when you are story lady? Do you read to all the age groups? I hope you can get the estimates to finish getting your house ready to put on the market. Are they big projects or minor repairs?
Our temp's are going to be dropping and there are even snow flurries in the forecast. Looks like our mini summer is over. We were actually 80 yesterday. I did enjoy the warm up but also realize it is still Feb.
Well time to get my day started hope everyone has a good day.

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Pam, congrats on faster internet! It really makes a difference. Spark is the slowest site I visit, though...I think the volume of people here and all the ads slows it down. I know I really won't be homeless but I tend to 'borrow trouble' when I already have plenty to keep me busy! I haven't stepped on the scales all week but I really haven't been snacking like I normally do, being so active with the packing! Maybe that will help. You will get down, I just know it!

Kerry, I hadn't seen anything on FB or in your pictures here about the bathroom. I finally looked at the blogs! I'm so glad you were able to get the bathroom done. They did what they were supposed to do for you and you're pleased?

Yes, Rita! I am praying so hard that everything will fall into place, house-wise! I always think God needs my help, though, lol! I have put out a huge load of give aways for pick up today and my sweet power washer guy is going to wash my driveway and front walk for free!! So the fence and the walkways are done. I hope my fence neighbor will come give me an estimate of interior work this afternoon. I also have a carpet cleaning company coming tomorrow while Nyla is here helping me pack up. They will give me an estimate. It will all get done.
I hope the visit with the DIL's mom won't be too stressful. You need to tell her goodbye at the first sign up 'goofy' and let her know you are helping your aunt...a perfect get-away!

I am Story Lady for Rodeo Day. i hope they give me SL pay! So much going on. Happy day to all,
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You ladies are prolific posters...lol. I had lots to read to catch up in the 2 days since I posted. My weigh in today was not good..I was up 1.8 lbs. I wasn't really surprised as I knew I wasn't doing well on all weight loss accounts. It's been such a full week and getting my 45 min of biking in just wasn't happening. I have a bid of 0.8 lbs to lose for next week's weight in to win a really cute hot pink knitted hat for a granddaughter. I hope it will keep me in line.

Kerry, your new bathroom looks lovely. I bed you smile every time you go in there. I hope the paint problem is easily solved.

Pat, good for you to get back to your exercise. Why is it always so hard when we've been away from it for awhile? I'll be getting back to mine hopefully soon. I know it will be hard to get back to the biking. My youngest will be 30 in May and my oldest will be 42 in April. So hard to believe!

Pam, I know this up and down we're doing is so frustrating. ONEderland just keeps slipping away for me. I get going so well and then I fall off the wagon. To have a gain today, and I know I ate some terrible things fooling myself that it wouldn't matter, really bummed me. It's encouraging for you to see 2 lbs down already! Hope it stays put until your official weigh in!

Mary, I'm with Pam about how you won't have to be homeless on the curb. Just surrender it all to our Lord and watch Him work! It is an exciting time for you and I hope you can enjoy the ride and anticipation of all things good. I' a list maker too. It feels so good to cross things off.

Donna, I hope today was a good day and you were rested. I think you must have had a great Bunco party if everyone stayed an hour later and didn't want to leave. Too bad you were so tired and couldn't enjoy it more. It's hard to entertain after a stressful day at work.

I took a 3 hr nap today. I was exhausted. Tomorrow is a concern so I think the anticipation is a drain on me. My DIL's mother said she'd like to meet with me. She's recovering from a terrible accident and has been recovering for months. I think she has cabin fever and she knows I've been through months of recuperation so I hope that is why she wants to visit. I usually keep a comfortable distance from her as she is "goofy". I'll keep it at that. After coffee with her, my dear 84 yr old Aunt needs me to take her to her storage unit to help her get things out in anticipation of her nephew coming to clear out and take what she doesn't want to keep. I don't have strength to be carrying boxes and she shouldn't (she walks with a cane or a walker). Even if we get the car loaded, getting her things up to her room in the assisted living is another situation. Oh, and it might be snowing tomorrow too. No wonder I'm stressed and eating! I also still have my sorting going on in my own home which is on hold with stacks in the hallway. Oh my!





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Can't edit on the phone so another post. We have a sick baby here. Trish was worried about Adalynn catching something so we've had Aaliyah since yesterday. I think she's having problems with her molars coming in. Hopefully they'll pop through soon.

Mary, I am glad that I have siblings and a daughter in the real estate business who could answer issues with selling, buying and moving.

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Pam, welcome to the world of fast WiFi. Mine is usually pretty fast but Aaliyah's managed to slow some of my equipment or totally stopped. Now if she could only feget t it back to normal.

Mary, I hope everything with your move goes smoothly.



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G'day ladies! emoticon

Wow - we just switched to a fibre-optic internet service and everything is SO FAST!!! Being out in the middle of nowhere, most of the big internet providers don't come out this far, so we have had to use Wi-Fi and towers, which were really quite slow. (especially on SparkPeople!!). I would click on something here and would wait ages for it to come up. Then a fibre-optic company offered to come through our town and I think everyone signed up before they had enough sheets to sign up with. LOL! I just clicked on this REPLY, and sat back to wait, but there it was, waiting for me to start - lovely stuff. emoticon

It's quite weird. I shouldn't have, but I got on the scales this morning, and I was back down 2 of the pounds I was up a few days ago? Not that I'm complaining, but I was mightily surprised that those 2 pounds fell off so fast within a few days. Not arguing though. I'll still wait for Saturday morning's weigh-in to see what the number will be. LOL!

Mary, just take a list, and work on one thing at a time. You will get there. Anxiety sets in when you feel you have to do it all at once. Even if you don't get everything done you want to, that's no biggie. If the real estate agent is getting upset about how the house looks, tell her to get her butt in there and help you out! emoticon

Can't keep chatting. Things to ship are being dumped behind me. Gotta get back to work.

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I'm hoping for a smooth transition, Donna. There's no way to anticipate how to go about it since my house isn't even on the market yet. The new lender said we will get working on things early next week...I hope it works out!

I was up around 4:00 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep. I have a facial and a well needed hair cut in the afternoon and I hope I can be productive in the morning! I have so many things that need to be done and I am making so many lists!

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Donna, I hope you sleep well and feel much better tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up on mt blog. The link was there when I typed it up. I've got it fixed now so you can see the after.



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Mary The trick is to get your escrow on the house you are selling give you enough time to close on the house you want to buy. Tricky business. If you get prequalified for a loan the process will go smoother.

UGH! I am so tired and my muscles are yelling at me. Work was such an emotional mess today and then everyone at bunco sat around and talked for an hour after it was over. I just wanted them to leave!!!! I am in bed and so glad for that.
Tomorrow will be a better day right? ???

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Thanks so much, Pam!

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Yes, Mary, you shouldn't worry about something like that. If your house sells and you don't have anywhere to go yet, then rent a storage unit for a month or two and put all your stuff into storage until you find the right home. I'm sure Cherilyn won't make you sleep in the streets. LOL! Even if that happened, I doubt you will be without a home for long. There are always some available, so you just wait until you find the one that is right for you!

I ate reasonably well today, but I still managed to down a quarter-cup of basmatic rice with my chicken tikka masala...sigh Ah well, it's a start. I haven't done my calorie count yet today. I'll go and do that now.

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Donna, you do more in one day than I do in some weeks!! I hope Bunco is fun and you're a winner!! How was your work day?

Pam, you are a determined person and it seems like once you put your mind to things you accomplish them. One pound at a time. You've made great progess. I've put on so much weight and all of you are losing. Everyone can feel productive when you think of me, lol!!

Pat, I'm so glad you mentioned salads. I need to have a salad with dinner tonight. I made my 15 bean soup yesterday. It was okay, but not spicy enough. I may add some jalapenos for Zing but a salad is a good thing to have on the side.

I talked with a lender who is associated with my new realtor. She will send me info about what documentation I need to provide, then I will meet with her early next week. I stressed all yesterday after signing with the realtor to put my house on the market March 10. I'm excited but kept thinking "What if my house sells and I am homeless??!!" I must just stop this and let God be in charge!!

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Mary I like your take on growing older, just be happy we are here now. And Kerry I was wondering the same thing as Mary, did Trish and Aaron get married?
Pam don't give up you will reach that goal and we will all be here to cheer you on.
Wow Donna you do have a busy day. Hope the bunch goes well.
Time to go get salads made for dinner.

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That would be rather worrisome to me but what can worrying accomplish. emoticon That's awfully young.



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Good morning girls. I see that some of you had a holiday yesterday too? We had our "Family Day" holiday yesterday, so diet is beginning today...sigh.. I HAVE to get myself back into the mode because my weight is creeping up again. I'm still 15 pounds down from where I started, but now I'm 2 pounds back up from where I was 3 weeks ago! grrr! I just readjusted my ticker and here we go again! I wonder if my body will actually LET me get to ONEderland. It seems to block me every step of the way (or I block myself, not sure which.) LOL!

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Such a depressing subject.

I have a big day. I will be stopping at a rehab hospital on the way to work to do a liaison visit and get the information packet. then when the garage door people call me, I will go home for "lunch" so they can fix the garage door. At 4:30 I have asked to get off so I can go home and host bunco for 12 people tonight. Whew, that is a big day even for me. I'd better go walk the dog before I leave.


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I think when we get to a certain age and someone we love HAS died by that time, we worry. Dave used to always say he wasn't 'going to last long'...just his nature to say things like that. But his dad died in his mid 60's after being pretty healthy, although he smoke and drank way too much. He had a freak accident, broke his ankle in many places, felt pain for the first time in his life, and lost his enjoyment of things. After physical therapy, he apparently threw a blood clot and died on the way back home. Dave 'decided' that he would 'go' at an early age. And he did: 59. My take on things is that no matter how old I am now, my grandmothers were 99 and my mother 95, so as long as God lets me be here, I will be happy to stay! We are all older and hopefully getting wiser...no matter what the age!

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Wanna hear depressing? My oldest will be 40 next year. . . .the same age their dad was when he died.


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Wanna hear depressing? My oldest will be 40 next year. . . .the same age their dad was when he died.


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Now I feel really old. Dawn will be 44 in April. Every time someone asks how long we've been married or lived in this house I ask myself the same question, Mary. How DID we get this old so fast? My cousins were talking about age when we were on vacation and she told her sisters that I was older than their dad was when he died. :-/



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Kerry, I see that Trish is now going by Aaron's last name...did they get married? I sure hope so! Congrats! Why is the new paint peeling? That's a bummer. I am hoping that my interior work can be dealt with quickly and efficiently. My fence guy will come give me a bid. They are STILL working in the dark but we have a new double sided fence that looks great!

Pat, happy birthday to Stephanie. How did WE get to be old enough to have these 'older' kids, lol? Greg is my youngest at 36, Chris is 39 and Cherilyn is 41!!

I really enjoyed Zumba. It wasn't the extremely fluid young skinny girl from 2 weeks ago---it was a fit over middle aged woman who did a lot of strength training and we all loved it! A little dancing here and there and a good variety. I will hurt tomorrow, though!!

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I know that feeling. Our youngest will be 36 next month.



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When I left for the Y this morning at 6:30 it was 62 outside. It was rainy and cloudy all day but still warm. Tomorrow we are suppose to be close to 70. Like you Rita I am just enjoying this warm weather for February.
I can not believe tomorrow my baby girl will be 34 years old. I remember every detail of her birth and know in my heart she was a gift from God and an answer to my prayers. I am extremely blessed to have a close relationship with her and know she feels the same. OK enough mushy stuff. But it is so scary how fast time passes.
I got back to my exercise at the Y this morning. I had not been except for once in two weeks. It is so scary how stiff and sore I was from not exercising. I am planning on going every day this week if I can.

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The weather is so warm in Nebraska my brother was plowing for his garden over the weekend. Of course, he won't be planting for a while. We're warm here, too.

Money counting with the bookkeeper is going well. If we don't match it only takes a few minutes or less to find the problem rather than an hour or two or five. It's also nice getting to know the bookkeeper.

I posted a blog with a bathroom before and after. Of course, now we're going to have to use an electric sander and paint again because this afternoon some areas are popping out and peeling. Bummer



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Donna, I'm so glad you are at peace at work! It's about time! I'm sure no one misses Mr. KIA at all. Here's to a great rest of the week for you. And yes, it just might be that I am happily settled within the next couple of months!

How sweet that you were able to play with the kids at the park today, Rita. Not so here...it's been really wet and nasty. The temps have dropped 20 degrees since yesterday, too. My poor fence guys came at 11:00 and have been steadily working but I don't see a fence yet..just support boards. They are working in the rain.

I will go to Zumba tonight since I have n't been in 2 weeks. Time to go pack another couple of boxes!

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Good Afternoon! We have blue skies and no clouds and 63 degrees. What a great February day. My 8 yr old and 5 yr old just got picked up. We were at the park for quite a while and they really wore themselves out. It was one busy playground. I think I counted 15 kids one time. No school for President's Day

I had been doing so well tracking my food, exercise, water and then the weekend came and I got busy going through every inch of the messy office. I hope the cleaning will be recognized as "exercise" by my body. The problem I have to deal with now is all the clothes I had just hanging out in the office closet. I had Rex carry them to our bed yesterday and by the time it was bedtime I said "oh oh" I had forgotten to do anything with them. So, now they are piled on a chair waiting for me to make decisions. Part of the closet is shelving so it wasn't a whole closet full of clothes but things like the wedding dresses I wore for the kids' weddings etc. And of course, some of them don't fit me right now either (and I don't think it's because THEY shrunk!). I know I'm making progress but I want it to be done NOW.

Mary, you are doing so great moving forward. It's good you have helpers to carry the things out for you.

Donna, what a different place you are in at work now. What a relief for you!

Kerry, having an electrician in the family is wonderful. My Mom used to say every family needs a doctor, lawyer and hairdresser. An electrician/handy man is what I'd add to the list.

Pam, spring is teasing us here. All the snow is melted now but my phone weather report shows snow this Thurs and Fri. If I hear one more person say "we need the moisture" I'll strangle them...just enjoy the dry streets!

Pat, welcome home! It's always good to be back home but I always dread emptying my suitcase. I'm starting to get some cabin fever and can't decide where I'd even want to go. I enjoyed Minnesota so I can't complain that I haven't been somewhere recently..lol

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Mary: You are really doing it! Just think, in 2 months you could be in your new house!!! Now you really have to keep the house picked up. ha ha That would be my downfall.

I am at work and so relaxed. No tension anymore here. Loving it. It is still overcast and cold but I think the storm is moving east. We have gotten a lot of rain for AZ this winter. Not used to all the mud. Oh, I should put my sprinklers on rain delay. DUH! I did not get ANY exercise this weekend. I have to get my walks in today for sure.

I bought a new scale as my old one broke. I ate pizza and Italian food this weekend and was expecting disastrous results but the scale was kind to me. That makes me want to try harder to lose the weight I gained while on steroids.

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Good morning, friends. On a Monday when the only thing I really have to do is sign my contract with the realtor at 10:30, I woke up at 4:30 and couldn't get back to sleep! Despite my back issues of yesterday, I didn't take a bath (didn't want to mess up my clean bathtub, lol!) and slept well all night! I don't seem to have residual pain this morning so that's good. I am supposed to walk with Susie for the first time in a week, but heavy rains are on the way and the news/weather people have been going since 4:00 this morning! My fence guy is supposed to come back at 8:00 so we'll see if the weather affects that. So much going on!

Pat and Pam, I totally understand husbands and vacations that are 'at odds' with what you want or plan. Dave was a total outdoorsman. His idea of fun was duck hunting, deer hunting, and camping out. Can you see me shuddering? I tried it...I really did, at least once for each activity. I want a real potty and a hot shower---not too much to ask for, right?! We enjoyed cruises and did that probably 8 times in 20 years or so, so I had good vacations that way and he went on his own or with the kids to 'do his thing.' That worked for us!

Kerry, I do hope your bathroom will be finished soon. I had a dream that my new bathroom in whichever house I get, was gutted along with the kitchen (which will probably be the case at some point!) and I had no place to eat or potty!! I'm sure something will work out! You have more than one bathroom, I hope!

Rita, I can see you breezing around in a convertible! I use a ton of hairspray on my short hair so that wouldn't work for me, but it does sound like fun. My Houston weather has been all over the place. It's 71 already today at 6am! Yesterday it was in the 80's and with the rain coming back, who knows? I haven't been sick this year, thank goodness...just sniffly for the most part. I'm so ready for spring!

Okay...I might as well get ready for the day. More boxes and less back strain, I hope!

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Mary: Hope you get some rest.

Pat: Welcome home. How is the puppy doing?

Kerry: Will they finish the reno tomorrow?

I had a very quiet weekend. It was stormy and cold all weekend so I stayed inside. I made two different pots of soup and cleaned house for hosting bunco. My functional clutter is gone. I did go to Olive Garden for dinner with my group of friends. That was fun.
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Mary, get out the Epsom Salts and dump a cup or two into a nice warm/hot bath and have a good soak. Not only does it ease any sore muscles, but your skin also absorbs helpful minerals. It should make you feel much better. My back was really sore for a while. I did a lot of cleaning, sweeping, laundry, cooking today and when I came upstairs to put the laundry away (and sit down to the pc), my back was killing me! I have an "60+ yoga) exercise for the back and it really works. By the time I sat down at the pc, it wasn't hurting anymore. (a nice soft pillow behind my back helps too. LOL!)

I'm having trouble getting back to my diet. Tony took me out on Wednesday evening for our Valentine's dinner, and from then on, all he** broke loose with my eating plan. Again, not a huge amount, just all the wrong things...dang! emoticon

So tomorrow I MUST get back on the wagon. I can feel the bloat and it's bugging me. So - off we go again! emoticon

Pat I'm so glad you had a good vacation. It was easy enough to read between the lines of your comment. Perhaps you can state that on your next trip, you want a say in where you two go occasionally? That's probably why Tony and I haven't been anywhere together for the past 7 years. He doesn't like anything I might want to do and I sure as heck don't want to spend my vacation time walking around some motorcycle museum. LOL! So I take my vacations with my friend and we both have a good time. And since I'm around my hubby all day anyway, perhaps that's not a bad thing that we don't go on vacation together too.

Donna, has your weather cleared up any yet? A week or so ago, we had about 5 days straight of dreary cloudy cold weather. It really drops the mood, doesn't it? But we've had sunshine and warmth the past few days. The grass is already showing and it will only need another couple of days of sunshine (which are predicted) and above freezing temps to get rid of it altogether. Yippeeee!

God bless,

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Wow, Mary, that IS a lot of work! I hope you sleep well and aren't sore in the morning.



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It's been an exceptionally busy last few days and I am SO tired. I packed and moved boxes for a couple of hours today with breaks in between. I did 2 hours of outdoor gardening, trying to get the frozen stuff cut off now that the new growth is showing. I will sign with the realtor tomorrow. My fence guys came and got about a third of the fence up. I had to go to Lowe's with the neighbor/contractor to pay for the materials...he never said how he wanted that to go and it's a good thing I went to church last night, as did my neighbors! I need a hot bath and Icy Hot. My back is killing me from all the bending and carting but I sure got a lot done. Saturday, my SIL, son, and a nephew will come to help get the boxes to the garage and bring the bookcases and extra stuff to be put there, too.

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Welcome home, Pat. It sounds like you had a fantastic trip. We move a lot on vacation but its inside the car because my husband refuses to see a doctor sbout his knees and hips. Maybe one day.



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I am still alive, just barely, lol. We got home from our vacation on Wednesday afternoon, then Thursday we went to pick up new puppy and Decklan. Stephanie and Wyatt just picked up Decklan tonight but we still have the puppy. The only saving grace for me was every day Decklan was here we were able to play outside most of the day. This not only keep a little three year old busy it wore him out and he slept good at night. It has been unbelievable warm weather the past few days and will continue this week also. There have been many February days snowing.
Kerry our vacations are non stop activities until evening then we spend that in our hotel room while DH watches TV. There is little time for things other than what is on his agenda. Glad your bathroom remodel is going well. We are actually thinking of doing that ourselves.
Rita you were having a lucky day with the TOPS win and the shopping trip. It is so much more fun when the last thing you expect is to win and then you do.
Pam I hope eliminating the carbs will get you set back on the right track. You have done so well you can do this!
Mary you have so much going on right now. I hope you house gets on the market soon and you get more than you hope for it. Then you can pay cash for a new home and spit in the face of those loan companies.
Donna sounds like your work atmosphere has improved since a certain person left. I hope it continues and his replacement is much easier to work with.
Well I have really been lax in my eating senseable, I have been tired and that leads to sloppiness in counting calories and fixing healthy meals. I declare tomorrow start over day and get back on track.

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I hope you got a great night's sleep. It is sunny and warm here today. Larry and Shane are putting up the bathroom light right now. It's nice having a professional electrician in family. I don't think we have any other plans for the day.



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We have a dreary day. Rain and blustery. I left Grace with a friend as a trial dog sitting thing to see if she will watch her when the house gets painted. I ran 5 errands and picked up the dog. THen I made homemade minestrone soup and potato soup. I cooked a whole box of sausage patties and then froze them.
Now I am going to bed and get warm for a while.
Then I have to get serious about getting ready for hosting bunco next week. I have so much to do to clean out the corners.

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Yes, March is good at rapid weather changes and messing with everyone's plans. I haven't made bread in a long time. Maybe I should do that one of these days. Keep my hands busy.



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Everyone is busy getting their "stuff" done. Me too. I'm making more sourdough loaves. I'm experimenting with different methods so that I can make my life a bit simpler and less messy (when it comes to making the bread..LOL).

The weather today is unreal for February. Usually (well - always) February is cold and nasty. Even if we don't get storms we get cold. Today it is 57 already and still going up. That's HOT for February for us. And the whole week coming up is supposed to be somewhat the same (not quite so warm, but...) By week's end, all the snow will be gone at this rate. I dread to think what March is going to throw at us. It can be a very capricious month weatherwise. We'll probably get dumped with 3 feet of snow before March is out. LOL!

Have a great Saturday and God bless!

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I'm not doing much cleaning until they finish the bathroom work which should be Monday since they thought it should only take a day or two to get the new one I.



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We have a blustery Saturday. Winter is back. That is ok. We need the rain.
I have to finish the odd ball cleaning and such before I host bunco next week. Have replaced the dead light bulbs, and since I have the 8 ft ladder in I will change the air filter in the 10 foot ceiling. THen onto other things.

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My husband always gives his popcorn a few extra seconds so it burns a little. Of course, he then drowns it in butter.

I have a lot of holiday towels for the bathroom along with even more holiday placemats but they apparently all have invisible notes on when that say "Do NOT Touch."





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Rita: burned popcorn? ugh. I don't even like the smell of burned popcorn. But to each his own.

My scale just broke. It does not break my heart. ha ha I will replace it some day.

TGIF! I am going to have a wonderful Friday at work even if it is raining.
There is a mixer at the clubhouse tonight. If I can find the courage to go, I might try and do that. Need to bring an appetizer. Any suggestions on fast and easy?



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Donna, its so frustrating to regain lost weight isn't it! Getting inspired and motivated again is a challenge. I've been putting on my new exercise pants the kids bought me for my birthday in Dec. and once they are on, I'm half way to getting the exercise actually done. I know it's a key to my weight loss but it's so so hard to do it. I don't like to sweat. lol Congrats on your Bunco win and no cavities! Still having cavities at our age isn't fair!

Mary, my parents had a pink and black tile bathroom with poodle wallpaper in coordinating colors. It was cute. We had a laundry shoot in it and it was always fun dropping things through it. What kids are missing these days. Dress Barn moved from nearby to the opposite direction of where I live. Maybe that is for the best as I might be going more often if it was closer. I told myself the same thing about not buying clothes until weight is lower. I keep telling myself I can take things in when that happens. Wow, 3 weeks for your home to be on the market. Things are moving right along. How exciting!

Pam, that is so nice Canada lets you keep your whole lottery winnings. Such a chunk is taken out of ours that it's disappointing to see what the bottom line would be when it starts out sounding so good. I guess a win is a win though, ending up with more than you started out with. Guess I should have bought a lotto ticket...lol I am just not any kind of a gambler though...except an occasional dollar ticket for 3 chances at TOPS...haha

Kerry, an off-white bathroom will be nice. You can add color with towels, rugs, shower curtains, etc. I had a friend who opened her linen closet to show me her assortment of holiday colors she used to change out her bathroom decor. I couldn't be that organized even though I'd like to be.

Today was a convertible day. I had wished I had places to go to drive around more. We have about 6 more days of cruising weather. I hope to get plenty of sunshine this week.

Does anyone else love burnt popcorn? It's been my evening snack that I have been craving. I make my batch separate from Rex's since he doesn't like the carcinogens like I do....oops! The blood work I was hoping would keep me off my sugar meds came back on the exact mark that the Dr. said the results had to be below. So, back on some meds, unfortunately.









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Thanks, Mary. I hadn't even realized it until I saw my sister's post. Ive been thinking of mom a lot lately because I knew the anniversary was this week but I'm not good at remembering dates and was thinking more of Cheyenne's birthday Saturday. My girls in that picture are being held by my mom and grandma.



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Aw, I'm sorry Kerry. I saw the sweet photo of your mom on Facebook. Saturday will be my mother's first anniversary. It's sad not to have them with us.

Pam, I just had a wonderful 2 hour visit with my daughter's realtor---soon to be mine. He said he didn't think I should paint anything...that the blue in the living room and the wallpaper in the entry is fine! He also thinks I can get $20,000 more than the other realtor. If that works, so be it! I can always come down, too. Scary thing is, he wants it on the market in 3 weeks!! So I need to really, really buckle down and get busy!

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I guess painting before you sell is all right if you have anything garish or you want to get rid of wallpaper. But let's face it, most people are going to paint what they want when they move in anyway, so why bother? As long as it looks nice (perhaps wash the walls down) I wouldn't bother. Let the people who buy the home do the painting! Now to "stage" the home for selling is important. Some people are unable to see past a big mess, so getting rid of a lot of stuff you don't need and keeping it nice and tidy is important. Most women look at the esthetics of a place (not necessarily the colour) and the men run around checking that the taps, power, gas, furnace, and/or whatever else, works (oh and they have a place they can call their own. LOL)

My leg? It's fine now. I have no idea what started it, but it has now gone away and I hope it doesn't come back so there! emoticon

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Your weather sounds like ours.
My mom had most of her condo blue and it had to be painted before it sold. Speaking of mom, today is the 3rd anniversary of her death. I've spent part of the day looking for photos of her but can't find the one I want. That's my life.



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And Pam, how is your 'it's not a blood clot' pain? Are you feeling better? I hope so!

Mary
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