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9/29/14 11:31 P

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Hello to all,
I keep saying I am going to do better about posting here but then a few days go by and I realize I haven't been on again. For everything else I use my Nook but for some reason this site does not work well on my Nook. When I am typing it doesn't want to let me go back to correct a mistake or add something. It is just easier to use the regular computer for SP. And I very seldom get on the regular computer anymore. Nothing much is going on with me anyway except for me getting ready for my surgery and I am sure you are all tired of me talking about that all of the time. I have lost the required 20 pounds and one extra. Wednesday I have my pre-op appointment and will pre-register at the hospital and then I will have the surgery on the 13th. I didn't do my exercises at all last week but did get them done this morning. Last Monday I had my flu shot and my shingles shot and I had a reaction to the shingles vaccine. I got a big red whelp on my arm and it was hot and itchy. It has gotten much smaller but it is still there and still itchy. On Tuesday I was feverish from the shots and then on Wednesday both arms were very sore. I couldn't talk myself into doing the exercises until today. I probably wouldn't have today either if DH hadn't made a remark about it. He thinks I was on my way when he made the remark. So I let him think that was my intention all along...NOT. I needed to do them anyway. There is no way I would be able to do any type of exercise on the floor. I would never be able to get up and down with out something to hold onto to pull myself up and down. If this surgery works and I get my weight off, one of you need to remind me to try and see if I can get up and down easier. It could just be my old decrepit age keeping me from getting up and down.
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9/29/14 9:26 P

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If you haven't heard from your friend by bedtime, Mary, she has probably been booked into the hospital for the night. Usually on chemo, it's easy and very fast to pick up an infection of any kind, as the immune system has gone all to heck. (politely put...:). If she has picked one up (and if she wasn't feeling well, she probably has), she'll need to be on antibiotics for a while to clear it up. Chemo is a bitch (pardon my french). I've taken several family members to hospital when I've taken their temp and it's raised. It is just so not fun. emoticon
Keep us updated.

My daughter Becky texted me last night. She was at the hospital with her Auntie (DH's sister). She had a vicious migraine and her BP had shot up to 240/178 because of the pain. She was pumped full of migraine meds and when the pain settled, so did her BP, thank goodness.

Girls, I really need to exercise too, but I just can't seem to bring myself to do it! argh! I do have a WATP dvd. Maybe I'll try that and hopefully the effort won't kill me.

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Welcome back, Sue!! We all have those times where we just aren't around. So glad to hear about your yoga class...but I'm with you on the getting up and down AND the wear and tear on your hands. Even some of the machines I used at the gym today really messed with my hands. I can't imagine trying to get back up in a yoga class! I bend over to tie a kid's shoe and have trouble straightening up, lol!

Kerry, sometimes just putting on your workout clothes is enough to make you get busy and do something. Like Sue, I need to get back into the DVD stuff. Cherilyn has been doing one of my WATP dvd's for a couple of months and she's down a dress size!

My friend who is undergoing chemo called while I was at the gym to say she wasn't feeling good and was going to the doctor. I've called but no one is home. I have her dinner ready along with an extra meal. I Hope to hear from her soon.

Night, night!

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I also need to pull out all my Leslie Sanson DVDs and just start walking.

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Some of them may be thinking back to their first days of yoga and saying good for her. I know I would feel the same way in class and did when I took some classes.



 
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I hate getting down on the floor to exercise, like you, it's not easy getting back up gracefully. My old knees are getting stiffer all the time. I'm taking a yoga class, I don't know if I'll survive it or not. The moves are reminding me how full of Bursitis my left hip is and how weak my arms and shoulders are and how much painful arthritis I have in my hands. I'm going to try to tough it out the best I can, but I'm sure there are folks there that wonder why I'm there. It's called, pushing myself. It may be a ONE-season shot. I do find at home that the stability ball is a great help and has many uses. I need to work more with that.

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Good morning, Sue! I am being lazy here, too, but it's now nearly 10 am. It's definitely time to put some exercise clothes on and get something done. I need to work on the front room a little bit which may involve learning if I can actually get down on the floor and back up which is actually something I need to work on. I would really hate to be stuck on the floor in public so best to work in private.



 
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Good Morning Sparklers. I've been so off track with my posting to Born in 1950, I'm ashamed. I just have been lazy, plus life has not been very exciting, not much to share. But this morning I want to at least say "Good Morning" to you all.

It's starting to look like Fall here in MD, you have to look quite because the colors turn late here and it only take a little breeze or rain to knock off all the leaves. This is also my big allergy season, leaf molds I guess and I've been sneezing my head off. So I either need to go to the beach or have a good frost.

I'm working hard on wearing my FitBit everyday and trying to walk a few more steps each day. Every little bit helps. I'm so out of condition, it's embarrassing. But I'm trying to get moving again.

Time to get dressed and pretend I'm doing something productive and important. That's the problem with my retirement, nothing is productive or important. - s

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9/28/14 8:17 P

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Good evening. It's getting late and I'm trying to catch up here. Carol invited me to attend a party with her today since the invite said 'bring a buddy'. We had a good time-the hostess is employed at my eye doctor's office so I knew her and two others who also do or have worked at that office. We also knew each other at the gym. I then spent the rest of the afternoon getting the money counted and to the bank. When I got home I asked Larry if he had eaten and he said yes. I asked what and he said dinner. I had a bowl of soup. I also have all the laundry done. Thank heaven for big machines so t only takes 2 loads and they can run when I'm gone. lol Our next concert is on Nov 15 and it is a Mozart Requiem. I am really tired so I need to finish up here and get some sleep tonight.

Diana, I put some Halloween decorations out but not much-a flag on the small pole, some pumpkins and just some cheap stake figures or cutouts around the bushes. Christmas is a different story.



 
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Diana, you haven't stopped since the 'little house' reno began! You have had daughter drama, lost a friend, and now Bob is gone. Give yourself a week or so off. Just drift! Do what you want. Putter around and make a list. Maybe even a weekly list to keep on track! I think the Halloween challenge will be fun even if you won't have a lot of things. I have decided to go to Cherilyn's for Halloween like I did last year. .. and spend the night. The next day I have a Stampin Up party in Katy and promise not to stand on a chair or break my knee, lol. Can you believe it will be a year Nov. 1? I think this year really IS flying by!

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9/28/14 6:08 P

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Pam I donít like to decorate for Halloween but got goaded into doing a little competition with DB. I am sure he will win because my heart isnít into it. But, keeps life interesting here. I know I have way too much Christmas and will weed out some next year when we go through boxes. You are right. With little guys they like to see decorations. How is your little guy? He seems like such a go getter. Iím so glad Mastercard took the charges off your card. Iím sure they will be sending you a new card.

Mary you are so right. The IRS would be all over you if you owed them! I canít believe it took them so long to get you a letter acknowledging the problem! Good for you packing for the gym. That means you will do your exercise! Planning for success.

Kerry I take it DH is one that gets pretty grumpy without sleep. Iím glad you enjoyed the symphony with your friend. Does DH not like going?

Done very little today again. I donít know what is going on with me. I putter around. Guess I needed some down time. DH wonít be home until Dec 1 so I have 9 weeks to spend on me for a change. Iíve been on track all week. Getting back to it. Weather here is in the 80s. Need to mow two yards but donít want to. Considering hiring it done.


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I'm so glad you had a good time with your friend, Kerry. The symphony concert must have been very good! Let us know what you go hear next.

Chris just now got up...a late night! I will fix us a big breakfast and go to Mass when he leaves. Later I will go to water aerobics. My bag is packed for the gym tomorrow, too.

I have loads of school work to do so I will be busy. I am also bringing dinner tomorrow to a friend going through chemo so I will do that crock pot stroganoff and add a pasta salad for a later meal. Plenty enough for me, too!

Happy Sunday to all.

Mary

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Well, the concert was great. There was one song which featured a clarinetist who has been with the symphony for 40 years. I can't imagine that. The opening song was an intro into and then the national anthem. The lady next to me had a great voice-turns out she is a member of the symphony's choir. I did mention dinner to Carol and she said if we try going to the question/answer period before the show then we could probably do dinner because it may not matter if we are late. If you're late to the symphony you have to stay outside the theater until the song being performed is over. Now we have to decide which concert to go to next. Now it is nearly 11:30 and it's bedtime even though the Nebraska game is only in the third quarter.



 
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I think I would opt for dinner AND the symphony with your friend, Kerry. I hope Larry gets his bad mood out. You do so much for everyone in your family. Not a fun time today so far, it seems!

My plans fell through. I got a call from Chris as I was getting into the shower. He accidentally turned his alarm off last night and slept almost 12 hours. It takes nearly 3 to get from Austin to Houston so he was 2 hours later getting to Cherilyn's than he planned. We didn't eat. I was there for 2 hours, then left to go get my hair cut. He went to my grandson's soccer game and Greg, Cari, Commazell, and Chris/I went to a very late lunch at a Vietnamese Pho place. It was good...huge amounts of soup. I have plenty for tomorrow.

Chris is getting ready for a couples' shower tonight so I will be vegging out. Or maybe doing school work. Ugh!

Mary
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Darn, Pam, that would be a shock for sure. Hope they can find the person responsible-it shouldn't be hard if he had something delivered to his actual house though a really smart thief would know better. I wouldn't worry about too many decorations. So long as there are some he'll be happy-probably won't even really notice so long as he's at his grandma's (or whatever name he calls you) house.

I put out some things on the mantle, tables for Halloween and Christmas plus at Christmas I add a streetlamp surrounded by snowmen in the front hall as well as a few hanging things. I like to see them since I don't see the outside decorations much. I'm sure the yard guys will be thrilled when we put stuff up in the front yard.

It's going on 11 and I'm still not dressed-obviously I have done no exercise today and I really need to. My friend is picking me up at 7 this evening for our first symphony of the season. We have tickets for 5 of our choice.


I went outside for a 1/2 mile walk-felt like I was moving faster but guess not as it was still 15 minutes. My husband opened the door for me, put his shoes on and said he was going to lunch. He is just in a lousy mood. He was up at about 4 I guess. I woke up sometime around then for the bathroom, but went back to sleep. He was at the bank at 4:46 according to the receipt on my chair but he isn't speaking unless he absolutely has to. I'm thinking it's too bad that symphony isn't this afternoon!!


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Oh, Pam, what a mess!! I am glad MC took the charges off but it's a pain for you to get to the bottom of it. I got a letter from the IRS yesterday---I had hoped it was my refund! Nope, just a letter acknowledging that they have 'received my letter/notice of fraudulent activity' of identity theft!! This is almost 7 months after I sent all my paperwork in. Hard to imagine. If I owed them rather than they owing ME, I'm sure they would have contacted me right away! Just for a while, you might check to see if your bank or even MC has a credit monitoring service. My bank has one and it costs the same as my Visa one was: $12.99 a month. That covers all my bank accounts, my SS number, as well as my credit cards and credit report companies. I get a monthly notice and peace of mind now!

I'm off to Kroger to get a few things, then off to Cherilyn's to see the babies and have breakfast. Chris should be in town by 9:30 ish and then he will come home to be with me for a while!

Mary

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Evening gang!

Mary, I downsized a lot, but it appears that now that we have a grandchild, things are supposed to build up again! I got rid of SO much stuff that I hardly have any decorations left (except the tree decos) I used to have stuff everywhere. I was just starting to get happier about the lack of stuff, and now I feel I should ďramp upĒ againÖ.sigh And sons? Sometimes they are just in their own little world, and especially when mom is involved, they go back to being little boys wanting to be spoiled.

Kerry, donít you DARE climb any ladders! If hubby or neighbours or whatever wonít help, then just leave it. I flat out refuse to do any outside decorations. No hanging off eaves for me, Iíll tell ya. LOL!

Marylou, itís nice to be able to work the hours you feel like. How sweet of those kids to say that.

Diana, have fun with all that decorating, for Halloween AND Christmas? Wow, youíre going to be a busy gal. I donít decorate for Halloween. Too much bother for a couple of hours worth of almost no kids. I buy stuff to hand out though, just in case.

I went online today to print out my newest MasterCard statement. I had a quick glance at the total amount charged and my eyes nearly bugged out of my head. There was nearly $2,000 more on my card than there should have been. I checked the recent activity on my card, and about a week after I got back from our little US holiday, there were three big charges on my card for places Iíve never been! They amounted to almost $2,000. Needless to say, I got on the phone to MasterCard, and they have taken those three amounts off my card and their fraud department will investigate. It wonít be too hard to figure out they are fraudulent. Two of the charges were for a place in Calgary, Alberta, (nearly 2000 miles away from me) and the other was a Paypal payment for some big online Snooker game. Since Iíve never been to Calgary, and have never used Paypal in my life, it shouldnít be too difficult for them to work it out.

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My dear Kerry, I am trying to downsize, not upsize, lol! I do not want to hear of you getting up on any ladder, okay?? Please don't overdo it! I hope you can get help with the decorating. Yes, I have an overload of teacher ornaments, angels, etc. I used to put all m little collections out and about but I gave that up years ago.

I will enjoy every minute I can, Marylou. I talked with Cherilyn and will do a quick grocery store run on the way to her house tomorrow to 'fill in the blanks.' Chris just arrives. He never really thinks of a contribution so I guess it's the 2 of us putting on the meal. Not a biggie, just the way it always is!

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Mary, maybe get several small trees and decorate every room. emoticon



 
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Kerry I try to remember that car repairs are normally cheaper than a car payment. We always buy a program car so we buy used. However now our car has over 120,000 on it and is starting to have problems. This car has not been as good as others we bought. I hope thatís all you had to pay.

Mary with my DB wanting to compete on Halloween I will do some at the big house. The little house I will do touches of fall. Pumpkins on the porch, fall quilts that sort of thing. You should go online and get a 40% off coupon for Hobby Lobby and get a tree there. Could save some money. I would imagine teachers get a ton of teacher ornaments. I hope you can go with Chris to visit Cherilyn. Enjoy your time with them. For Christmas I decorate a bunch. My grandkids will be down for the holiday this year so I have to go all out.

Marylou Iím glad you enjoyed your K class. I was thinking you were upset with the teacher when you first started. So sweet the child gave you an I love you. I hope Whitney is well. I have been so busy. Wear armor for the middle school kids! We need a phone call!


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Kerry, I would love someone to decorate for me at Christmas time. I dread pulling out my decorations. It's ok once they are all out, but then putting them away is another ugh story.

Hope you enjoy your weekend Mary. It sounds like a good one. A new hair cut and spending time with your son. I also down sized my Christmas tree from a nine foot to a seven foot. I m thinking in another year changing it to a five foot tree or smaller. The ornaments will need to be sorted out so my Dd will have her own. I have a lot of different sub jobs from k to 4th grade. I picked up a few media jobs including one in middle school. I have never tried middle school before.....something new and different. :)

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Marylou, glad you enjoyed the time with the little ones. I know it will be much nicer to be able to just work when you want to, though.

Mary, I am having some strange desires to mow the yard and climb on stepstools, etc. I keep telling myself how nice it is to come home to a nice neat yard and sidewalk. lol I have a duster with an extension so I don't really need to climb up for anything. My oldest daughter pays hundreds of dollars for someone to put up her Christmas lights but she has a seriously peaked roof line. On the side of the house I can slide the clips under the shingles but I don't think that would work on the front where the gutters are. Glad I don't have to clean the gutters while I hang lights but do need to find a simple way to hang them. Maybe I'll call the guy who did the gutters and see what he recommends or my son in law. Should do that before long. Enjoy your time with Chris tomorrow.



 
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How sweet that these kindergartners realized how good you were with them, Marylou! I hope your next assignment will be just what you want. Do you have anything ready to go?

Kerry, I have so many ornaments! I could have had a Mary Teacher Tree and a Dave Hunting/Fishing Tree each year, lol! I did a small amount of each last year. I have so many handmade ornaments that the kids made over the years, too. I hate to not use them either! My mother in law kept a really unique large branch with a big base in a flower pot surrounded by decorative marbles year round. She had all kinds of ornaments for each season/holiday! It was always decorated. I always thought that was a cute idea. I hope you can get Larry to help with the decorations. Do NOT get up on a ladder!

Chris and I talked a little while ago. I was at school until 5:o0 and never got all my work done. So I called him as I left school to see how long it would be until he came home. He was exhausted from 2 13 hour days so he will come in around 9:30 tomorrow and we will meet at Cherilyn's for a late lunch. SO my plans have changed but I will still see Chris for as much a time as I can.

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I'm going to trying again to post. Yesterday I tried and my post disappeared. Today was my last day as a TA in kindergarten. It was hard to leave since I really got attached to the children. They seem to know it was my last day. The teacher didn't tell them, but as they were going out to the playground they asked me if I was going out with them. The teacher went out today with them. I told them not today. One child said I wish you would come out because I love you. Then of course one said it they all had to say it. After they left I got a little teared up. :( I learned a lot and really enjoyed this class. I will sub for her when she needs me. It feels good to be back in the sub pool. I can control my time.

Diana, it sounds like you have been busy. Hope you get some rest. Miss you.

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Glad you had a good school day, Mary. I'm glad you get to see Chris this weekend.

I need to get out my Halloween decorations. I don't do much outside but do some inside. For Christmas last year I never got any outside lights up because we had our gutters covered to keep the leaves out but that also blocks the light hangers. I need to get something figured out for this year. I also quit putting up a big tree since there are only 3 of us and the tree would be really bare. I put a two foot tree on the hearth in the family room. It has plenty of room for small boxes and gift cards which is about all we do anymore. Kind of sad though that I don't use all those really nice decorations. Maybe I'll get the front room cleaned up by then and I can put up the big one and put the gift cards in big boxes. LOL



 
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Kerry, you always have something going on! I hope the doctor will be pleased with your recovery. Only 14 weeks...it seems longer than that. I do remember the situation with the son with inappropriate 'things.' That's so sad. I wish his dad would step up to the plate. There's no excuse for not getting help for the son no matter how old he is. The parents didn't do the right thing. It can be very scary to get texts and phone calls/messages like that.

Diana, You gave your friend a lovely send-off and now it's time for you to have some downtime! How much are you going to decorate? I think it's cute that your brother wants a contest! I didn't even put up a Christmas tree the first 2 years after Dave died. I gave my old one away when we did the garage clean up. I need to get a new, smaller one. I should start looking soon! I'm sure you have things planned for when Bob is gone. I hope you will enjoy some quiet times and some outings!

Chris called me at 6am! He is coming in tomorrow night and has a busy schedule but we will have some time together so that will be good. I get my hair cut on Saturday while he's out and about!

School was fine. The principal apologized for not following through on several htings I've been waiting to hear about since school began! Wow---that was nice. I am trying to do as much on my own as I can and not worry if I am 'passed by.' I'm so much more at ease this year!

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As many times as it takes, Diana!

My day was busy-gym for 75 min in the pool, home to shower and change, the tag agency, Lowe's (got myself a dustpan with a handle), the doctor office, McDonald's for a sandwich and then Sun Tire to find out about that break light. It's a sensor for the back tires and one side needs replacing. It will be $170. A couple came in and the guy was really talkative-kept going for at least 30 minutes. Helped pass the time since the TV only had judge shows on. Well, guess my husband wants to go get some tacos.



 
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Hi everyone.

Just stopping in. DH is working in South America. We have been so busy the past month.

My friend died and we had to get our home ready enough for visitors who were coming to stay with us for the service. As soon as our friend's left my MIL, DH's aunt and cousin stayed so I was ready for everyone to be gone.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I am trying to get my Halloween decorations done. DB wants to do a little contest. I'm not a Halloween person but will give it a shot. My thing is Christmas.

Once again I am on track with food. How many times can one person start over?

I hope you are all doing well. I'll try to catch up on recent posts tonight.

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Good morning. Instead of waking up at 8 this morning I woke up at 6. It's another cool morning which is really nice. I will be heading to the pool soon and try to get some swimming in before class though there may not be any lanes open-that seems to be a busy time but I could still do some walking or jogging, etc.

The eye doctor's number wasn't for me. Alyssa aka Dr. Nutt who's married to Jerry aka Dr. Nutt is someone I've known since she was in elementary school. Her mom was one of my very best friends and died of a sudden heart attack several years ago. You may remember that. Anyway, Alyssa, her sister and one brother all went away to school and never moved back to Orange Park so when Donna died her husband was left with one son, Matthew, at home. A couple years before Donna's death Matt started having seizures-he was about 20-totalled two cars and nothing has been found to control them. They are really strange types of seizures-some with the normal convulsions but mostly just zoning out or suddenly doing strange things which means someone has to be with him all the time. Therefore, the only things he and his dad do are eat out, shop, go to doctor visits and sit at home. Dad has diabetes, pacemaker, etc. All this means Matt has absolutely no social skills at all and I mean at all. He has no idea what is appropriate to say, etc. I got a call last night from a friend who said Matt was texting inappropriate things to her daughter and the daughter was getting really upset and kind of scared so Cindy wanted to talk with Alyssa. I did tell her that I had seen Matt say some odd things on FB so I know there's a problem but what can you do? She did finally get a phone number and called Cassie-the other sister. I still haven't found the number for Alyssa but I'll try to get it. Someone needs to stay in contact.

Okay, I better get my swimsuit on and head to the gym. I also have a doctor's appointment (14 wk checkup) and need to get our cars tagged. No Bible study tonight as our leader isn't feeling up to it right now.




 
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Your dinner sounds great, Kerry. Especially if you don't have to cook it yourself, that's a treat! I hope you find the eye doctor number. That's on my list too since my doctor retired and didn't pass his clients along to anyone! There's a nother doctor in his complex so I may seek him out.

Pam, I will have to make another few calls but I hope to resolve the ambulance issue soon. I agree it's outrageous. They already had an IV line in me and I was already hooked up to monitors. They put me in a little rolling bed and put me in the back of the ambulance. There was a guy monitoring all the monitors but that was all as far as I know. The trip was 20 minutes on a road with virtually no traffic at that time of night. Not worth the money, for sure. I'm proud of you for sticking iwht two cookies. One of these days I will curb my appetite!

I have school...what else! Nothing big on the books!

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Good evening gals. Last time anyone around here needed an ambulance, we got a bill for $35. I thought that was pushing it because the one before that was only $25! LOL! I guess our gas doesn't cost $120 per mile. LOL! Sheesh! That is crazy. I'm not sure who said "that's the way it is", but if they tried that up here, we'd kick up merry hell, and their jobs would be short and sweet. emoticon

I ate two home-made cookies for dessert tonight and I've got heartburn....blechh. Too much fat and sugar and my body is complaining. I think I'll go get some Eno from the cupboard downstairs.

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Dinner tonight was spaghetti with meat sauce, bread, tossed salad and dessert. I had a slice of lemon cake-something I hardly every get. I've spent part of the evening trying to find a phone # for my friend's daughter and can't find it anywhere. I know it was on my phone but now it's not. I'm trying to contact her via FB but being an eye doctor she's busy and not on much. drats. Oh well. Guess I'll finish up here and read for a bit before bed. Tomorrow is water aerobics, tag the cars and then the doctor.



 
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Hang in there for taking care of Ďyour own stuffí Pam! I am trying to go through little by little and get rid of things myself. Our neighborhood will have free shredding on Oct. 4th. I may take a big load to the gHiant shredder if I can get things sorted by then. The ambulance trip was 20 minutes down the freeway---at 10:30 at night!! No way was I able to drive myself. The doctor had already told me that if I had waited to see my family physician the next day as I planned I wouldnít have HAD a next day. So I didnít quibble about the ambulance. They sent me straight to the ICU. And I was there 5 days. So I had no control over what happened that night. I will have to contact the ambulance company myself again. I donít think I should have to do that but to get them off my back, I will do whatever is needed!

I have never heard of ambulance insurance, Donna! I hope I never have to worry about that kind of transport again. I donít remember what Daveís was but it was about the same timeframe. I think this is really way too much but I will try to get to the bottom of it. I hope you love your hair!

I hope the church dinner is a hit, Kerry!

Wow---I see the recap of Hurricane Rita on tv right now. It was the worst, most harrowing road trip of my life. We started out from our house at 2am, thinking to drive to Austin and stay with my neighbor Sally in her vacation home. We made it 15 minutes down the road, then were deadlocked on a highway from 2:15 to 10:00 the next morning. We traveled about 3 miles in 7 hours, creeping forward a car pace at a time. The family in front of us was Indian. When the grandmother, in her sari, poured bottled water on a tiny baby because it was overheated, Dave and I decided to Ďride it outí at home. We turned our cars around and got back home in about 20 minutes. Our back door Ďneighborí had dismantled our fence and used it to board up his house! The hurricane hit my parentsí house in Beaumont and they stayed with us for about 6 weeks. It never hit Houston, just a lot of wind and rain. A few years later, Hurricane Ike hit and we were without power for 13 days. But at least I had Dave, the mountain man, in charge! I hope we never get hit again. I will go stay with my kids, poor things!

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An ambulance run here is $500 plus mileage beyond a certain point. Most health insurance companies include that in their policies. I never got a bill when Larry was sent by ambulance to the hospital several years ago when he was rear ended by a dump truck. I know Shane saw one after his accident but the insurance paid it.

I really slept in this morning and didn't make it to aqua but went to the grocery store and got some healthy foods. Of course, dinner tonight is at church and I have no idea what it is so that means I have to be really good through the day.

Sandra, you're doing great. I'm glad your husband did some research so he knows what is going on and should know what to expect with the recovery. If not hopefully he will look that up, too, or get something in writing from the doctor or hospital.



 
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That is what ambulances cost for almost any run. The boss put an insurance for the ambulance in my box. I put it back in hers not knowing who it was for. She put it back in my box. I asked her and she said it was for me personally , that I should consider buying ambulance insurance. Really? What about her? Is she just saying I am old? For $50 a year you can have a free ride in an ambulance.

I am off to the beauty salon. I am in desperate need for it. Then off to buy gas and groceries. I am trying to be good with my eating.

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Um....Mary.....an ambulance company sent you a bill for over $1,200??? Where did they drive you to? Alaska?

Sandra, you have done SO well with your weight loss. It would be nice to think your hubby would support you at a time like this, but just in case he is working on methods of sabotage (his exemplary record does suggest such a thing), you just come to us and we will "keep you in line". We can't keep on our own diets, but we'll keep you on yours. emoticon

The reason everything is so "dump necessary" at our house is because of the lack of storage. When Leah moved in, the only storeroom available for all my materials and patterns was gone, so it all ended up in two huge boxes in other bedrooms. Then Tony is bringing in all the old paperwork into the basement. He says it's time to get rid of everything but the last 7 years of stuff. I personally am only going to pay attention to my own stuff.

I must go and get some work done. Catch you all later!

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Sandra, your progress is just wonderful! Now if I would just follow you instead of my tummy, I would be where you are now. I hope the surgery will go well and you'll be a Skinny Mini before long! I guess if Bob is asking questions he is at least interested...and maybe even worried. GOOD! It's about time he let you know! I hope he will be supportive of whatever you need once the surgery is over. But if not, just come to us! We will be your cheerleaders!

Yes, getting things done with the 2 little ones is hard at times. Cherilyn stays on her toes, for sure! She keeps her house really clean and neat...not like me! I need Pam's dumpster, lol!

I talked via voicemail with the WC person in charge of my case yesterday. She left me a voicemail when I was at the gym. I didnt' answer the phone because Caller ID said 'unknown caller' and I didn't recognize the number. AND I was on a machine! I can't multitask like Pat, lol! ANyway, I am being sent bills from the ambulance company for ove4 $1200! The WC lady said they have paid $800 and that's all they will pay but I don't have any liability and the ambulance company knows that I am not responsible. So I am stuck in the middle once again. I will have to call and stay on top of it. I hope it won't be a problem much longer.

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Hello to all,
Just a short note to let you all know that I am still alive and kicking. I went to the dermatologist and had 2 moles cut off of my face,(both on the hairline). They were probably nothing to worry about but since I had skin cancer in 1996 I don't take any chances when new moles or new anything pops up on me especially on my face since that is where the cancer was. Of course they had to send them off to the lab but expect them to be nothing. Then DH and I went and got our flu shot and our shingles shot. So far I have been able to stay on the diet and still staying at the same weight. I figure I have been over indulging on the "allowed" foods so I haven't lost but haven't gained either. DH saw a commercial on TV about the Lap Band and wanted to know if that was what I was having done. I told him that No, that is not what I am having done. When I told him he said, "Oh, I thought they were the same thing" I told him if he cared at all he would know what I am having done because I have tried to talk to him about it several times and he didn't want to hear about it so I was not going to talk about it with him now. So he looked it up on the computer. I told him all of the information is here that he didn't have to look it up but he did anyway. But he didn't say anything else about it. I will go for my pre-op visit on the 1st and then the surgery on the 13th. So far so good.
Mary Lou, how sweet that Whitney was so emotional when you went to visit her. That proves that she has missed you and how much she loves you. Glad you had a good visit also. Now you are on to a different phase of parenting. The good thing is you will always be her parents. Glad her leg healed so well.
Kerry, glad you are able to keep up with your swimming and enjoy it. Don't worry to much about one day of splurging. Just get back on tomorrow. It will only set you back a few days on your weight loss hopefully. If I splurge one day I am usually up one pound the next day and it takes about a week to get it off again.
Pam, it sounds so sweet to be with Landon. It seems to me the smarter the child is the harder it is for the parents to subdue them at bedtime and naptime. The parents have to be on their toes at all times. It is almost a game to outsmart them. I was a pushover and spent many, many nights rocking my babies. Sometimes I was holding one and the older one was sitting beside me (at that time in my life they could fit beside me in the chair) so I was rocking both of them. But I just couldn't stand to hear them cry at night. So yes, I spoiled them rotten and rocked them all to sleep until they were old enough to go to bed on their own. Then most of the time they would tip toe across the hall and jump into bed with me in the middle of the night. Until the youngest was about 4 years old. But I must say I do miss that time in my life. I loved having babies.
Time for me to go to bed.
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Landon sounds like a smart kid with the book studying. I'm glad his parents decided to play boss rather than servant. Before long it could have gotten bad. My house could probably use a dumpster, too.



 
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Pam, it takes first time parents a while to figure out how they will 'approach' the bedtime issue! You are a wise grandmother! Cherilyn said from early on that she was going to let them 'self soothe!' It did take a while of crying it out but the girls go down without a peep most nights. Naptime is different, lol. SHE is ready for a nap early on. They are desperately dropping the morning nap and today resisted even an afternoon one. We were talking and she heard a big 'uh-oh!' coming from their room so she got off the phone. Instead of a diaper blow out, Annalise was pointing to Grace, who was stuck jail-like between the slats of the crib! Her fat little thighs were wedged tightly and Annalise said, "Sissy stuck!" Cherilyn said she almost resorted to baby oil to get her out! Never a dull moment. One of their favorite balls is a dollar store one that lights up when it rolls. Isn't it amazing that with all the expensive things we get them a simple ball is a treasure?? Life is good for babies!!

I'm glad the rain didn't stop you, Kerry! I will try for it tomorrow night!

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Hey gang,

Our weather was really cold yesterday. It only made it to 11C (52F), but today and rest of the week is sunny with highs of 22 - 25C (72 - 77F) Night is drawing in closer every evening. Hubby is upset because we had such a cool summer and now the evenings are closing in. He is mourning for a summer that wasn't, poor guy. LOL! Personally I loved it. I'm a jacket and sweater girl.

Mary, Landon is in "ball" mode right now. He has an indoor ball and an outdoor ball, and kicking that thing around seems to be his passion for the moment. There is a nice big park only 100 yards from their house and he's always asking to go to the park. He has "study" times when he looks hard at books and his expression is so funny. You'd think he was studying for his PhD the way he frowns at the pages. His parents finally figured out (after more than a year) that his "I'm not going to bed or going to sleep" was his way of controlling the situation. They've both been exhausted for months, and they are finally letting him yell it out in his room in his crib until he falls asleep. Each night the yelling got shorter and shorter, and he's actually settling nicely now in the evenings. I've been dying to mention it to them for a long time, but they're his parents, and unless they ask me what I think, I'm keeping my mouth shut. Oddly enough, it has been my son (dad) who hasn't been able to stand him crying and has gone to him (or sent mom) every time he squawked. I'm glad they're working this out because I'm not sure their relationship was going to stand too much more of this. It would be a shame if things all went to pot because my son was simply being a jerk. Fortunately, for all Landon's control methods, he is a really cute, really sweet little guy who keeps everybody oohing and aahing and laughing all day, but a bit too smart for his parents...LOL!

Hubby told me that he was going to get a dumpster in so that we could get rid of a ton of stuff that we don't need, so I'm starting with the bedroom. I have so much stuff in here that it's driving me crazy. I can't even get to the chest of drawers right now because of boxes stacked up on front of it, ergo, clothing is stacked on the floor, etc., etc. - you get the picture. I feel like setting a match to it all, but I'm sure that just getting rid of excess stuff and a good clean and tidy will do the trick!

I can't remember what anyone else said - oh yes, I'm glad you had a good weekend with Whitney and I'm glad her leg healed quickly. Good health will win!

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Our weather sounds like yours, Mary, but I'm not sure we broke 80 and we had a nice cool breeze. I never got out for a walk and to top it off I had some candy and cookies. I will need to try harder to stay on track. I hate when I mess up like that. I mess up a lot but not two or three bad snacks the same day. Our pool is indoors and there was no thunder or lightning today-just rain. It must not have rained much at my house because my yard was done when I got home.

Marylou, glad your daughter healed so quickly and well. That must mean she is healthy.






 
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Great to see you back, Sue! You are traveling a lot! ML says youíre all having cool weather----it was in the 60ís this morning in Houston! It did feel great all day and is only 83 right now. This is a big treat since it was 95 a couple of days ago!

Donna, you are back to full steam at work, it seems! I guess averting the staffing problem should net you a pat on the back from the bossÖha ha! I hope the rest of the day was fine.

Iím so glad Whitney healed so well, Marylou and that you only have a couple more days in kindergarten. Truly, that was my favorite grade. But I think itís because I wrote my own program and I was in control! I have so much expected of me now in preparation for standardized testing. They really donít put pressure but what is on the test is complicated and hard for little kids. So I work really hard to see that we cover everything. Itís beyond some of these kids, for sure. I hope your next assignment will be one that is great.

Pam, I keep forgetting to tell youÖ.the lead you gave me on the Snuggle Bunnies? Remember? Well, Annalise loves the one Cherilyn found that looks like the original one best of allÖ.and she calls it Ďboy!í She will be playing with Grace or getting ready for bed and all of a sudden she yellsí BOY!í and runs to go get Ďhim!í Does Landon have one or something that he just loves and Ďneeds?í Iím sure you are enjoying his little escapades, too.

Iím sorry you got caught in the rain, Kerry. We had enough here in the last week or so to keep my lawn green and growing. My yard crew didnít come on Friday so my grass is really high now. My pool closes when it rains so Iím glad you had a chance to get your class in.

I am taking the night off from exercise and anything remotely taxing, lol! I think I will make Zatarainís shrimp gumbo for supper and have a big salad with it. YmmmÖ.Iím hungry already!


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Kerry, I like the cookie idea. Freezing them so there's not so much baking all at one time. I really need to get your cherry mash recipe it sounds delicious. I hate to think Christmas time is so close, but I'm kind of excited because I will have my dd around for a few weeks. We are trying to decide if a family trip might be better then the traditional Christmas at home. Halloween weather today. Very cool out in the sixties.

Yes, it was fun to experience campus life for the weekend. Mary, her leg healed fast. She has a very small scar, but all better other wise. My time in kindergarten is coming to an end. I have tomorrow and Friday to survive. I have enjoyed my time there. So wished I could do it, but it's too much. Someone younger will work out better. ( I sigh with relief...Lol)

Donna, how are you doing? I hope you are feeling better.

Pam, how's your grandbaby doing? His picture is adorable.

Sue, not hearing much from your world these days. Your weather must be cooler today since I feel cooler here. Have you done any traveling lately? Have you travelled down to DC ? How is your son doing?

Well off to take the dogs out.

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Good morning everyone. Donna, glad you are having a great day.

I got to water aerobics and the sky just HAD to open up just as I pulled into the parking lot so I was drenched when I got inside. Wouldn't be bad but I had to wear those clothes home since I have cloth seats in the car and don't want them smelling like chlorine. I could have just worn the suit home if I had been at the gym across the street but I was at the other one because it has a better class today. I DID get a good workout and maybe if the rain stays away and the temps stay cool I can get out for another walk.

My daughter made bar cookies so there wasn't any dough left to freeze. I'm thinking I should just make a recipe or two every week or two and scoop them out, freeze them and then baking for Christmas plates won't be so hectic the week before Christmas. Of course, I would have to keep my husband out of them. That would make it easier to do the cherry mash at the last minute as he tends to eat way too much of that if he sees it in the fridge or freezer. Crazy to be even thinking about Christmas, right? We have a pumpkin patch coming up soon I should be thinking of Halloween.



 
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Sue! It's about time you showed up here.. emoticon

Have you been quilting, now that the summer is over?



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ML: See? She DID miss you! She was just exercising her independence in the beginning. It sounds like she has a wonderful campus. I hope she has made great friends.

Kerry: That is a great idea and takes the burden off the holidays.

Nothing new here. I am at work and have averted a staffing issue already this morning and now will go to 7 am report.

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I'm so glad you had such a nice weekend, Marylou. The fact that Whitney really missed you and was happy to see you must have been a joy. How is the break? Is she better? Rest up and let us know how things are going with your school, too!

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I enjoyed my time last weekend with my Dd. She cried and hugged a lot when we first met. A very emotional reunion. I think we missed each other. She is loving college, but stressed over all the work. We toured the new student center. It was beautiful. New cafeteria, work out center, student meeting rooms, study areas, outside eatting area, store and a huge fire place with lots of lounging chairs. So much to see. It was three stories and they are putting in a huge water fountain outside. We enjoyed our time together. She has some nice friends.

Hope all is well with everyone. Catch up later. Time to hit the bed. Very tired.


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I love the cookie idea, Kerry. You can bake a few and save the rest!! Resist that temptation. You do so much exercise....and you did a good walk, too!

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I wouldn't either, Mary. Elaine's husband is a Navy doctor and they keep a little more in their accounts than I do. Glad you got to the gym. The only place I went besides the walk was to dinner this evening. We had a coupon for a free sandwich so Larry ate that and I got a turkey dinner which I ate half of. The rest is in the kitchen. My daughter wants me to bake some cookies-I got most of the ingredients set out on the counter but that's it. I may do them when Larry turns the football game on. I was thinking I could make the dough and scoop them into balls and freeze them so when Christmas rolls around all I have to do is bake them.







 
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Wow, those are church horror stories! I would absolutely have to ask for that money back. That's more than half of my monthly salary! I love my church but not THAT much!!

I went to the gym with my teaching partner. We were there for over an hour. Not like Pat's full day at the gym, but passible! I am so glad it's over. I am having salmon and asparagus for dinner with an avocado and tomato salad.

I had to sign up for conferences today. Here we go again, lol....I will have Social Studies night with Flat Stanley and conferences in the same week's time!!

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Ouch! That would really hurt a budget but I can understand her not wanting to ask for it back. Too embarrassing. One of our counters wrote her check for $150 in the box but wrote out one thousand five hundred and that's what the bank cashed it as even though the check strip we gave them showed it as $150. I should have noticed it when I read it out. At least she had the money in her account but she had the bank fix it and put the money back in her account.



 
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Kerry: You are right about the old folks tithing no matter what. My mom, 97, accidentally wrote a check twice and the second one she gave to the church and it was for $1,500 and they cashed it. IT was a mistake but she refused to ask for her money back. She does not have that kind of money to throw around.

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I think the problem with most churches is the older members who do or at least come close to tithing (or tiding as I often see on checks) are dying off and the young people joining just don't have the money to do that. It's hard on the widows who lose so much income.

After sleeping until 8, I had breakfast and read the paper and then I made myself put my shoes on and get outside for a walk. I did the full half mile circle in front of my house in 15 minutes. Now I need to keep doing that and then start adding a little more distance. The fist addition would be the little cul de sac in that 1/2 mile that I skip. That would add another couple blocks in and out. It felt good to get it done without the cane or any assistance. Now I need to figure out some meal ideas for the week since I no longer know what there is in the freezers-probably nothing my husband thinks of as food-which will mean more shopping which I do not enjoy doing.



 
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Kerry, you are always so busy on Sunday! I've heard of churches having to change where they meet because the mortgages are too much for them. My own church published the financial news yesterday. Out of 8,000 family, only 34% contribute! I was really surprised because the area is quite well to do. The most contributions are around $25-50 a week. So there is always an appeal to up your contribution. I wrote an email last time they sent me a plea and told them that my income went down by 75% when Dave died and I didn't reduce my pledge then. But I wasn't in the position to UP it either!

Donna, I'm glad you're able to get out with your friends and then come home for a rest. Just ease back into things. You used to cram so much into a day---and you do need to regain your overall strength. I could never eat half an appetizer! Wow! Good for you.

I will either go to the gym (bag is packed) or to the pool today. Tonight is The Blacklist and I can't wait for the season premier!

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Good for those of you that are getting formal exercise. I will get back to that some day.

Cookies, I 'd be eating them with every page I turned.

I got to go to Olive Garden with a group and that is my first outing since I went back to work. IT was great to talk to friends again. But am I tired. IT was a little too much for me but I hope I will recover for work tomorrow. I only ate half my meal, an appetizer, so I have the other half for later. IT is hard to eat Italian and be light on the carbs.

I am getting stronger every week so I am encouraged to eventually get my active life back. Patience is not my virtue.



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It's been just a normal Sunday for me-making kids get out of bed and ready for church, Sunday School, Church service, kids home and after lunch going back to count money. Home again for the evening. The counting went well although we needed at least twice as much as we got. Times seem to be tough for churches right now. I guess the Baptist church across the street from our Methodist church has decided to leave their beautiful building and go in with another church because the can't handle their million dollar loan any more. Their building has a nice auditorium that a lot of schools use for different programs. Hopefully it doesn't get demolished for a Walgreens or something. Walgreen tried to buy our church several years ago because it's such a good corner.

The cat is yowling so I guess I should check her food dish. I don't remember feeding her this morning and who knows if anybody else would bother.



 
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Baked cookies sound delicious, Pam! I bypassed the Nestle's chocolate chip ones at Kroger today but did get popcorn and I've just about decimated that bag! Cookies would have been more fun!

I did like Kerry...I had a 90 minute water aerobics class this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm hoping for a good week of teaching...how unusual, lol!

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Wow - only one post from Kerry yesterday, and none today? Everyone must be having a busy and crazy weekend! Me? I've baked cookies and have been curled up reading a book the rest of the day. emoticon

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Good morning! I DID get to the aqua class and Juan teaches a very fast paced dance style class. Boy did I get a workout!! I may have to start getting to his class more often just to start my weekend off right.

Our oldest daughter got the memory foam mattress and loves it. I've only tried it a couple times.

Well, I'm thinking I need to find something healthy for lunch.



 
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Donna, I hope the memory foam topper helps. I love mine. So glad to hear that you are feeling better. Great news that the friend has had such a great recovery, too.

Kerry, we had a male instructor for a while but he was weird. I don't know what happened to him! I hope to get to the pool tomorrow but we are expecting more rain so I just don't know. If not, I hope to get to the gym for more exercise. I only did it once this week because of open house. I am fine from the fall...just a bruised ego, lol!

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Kerry I see you continue with your organized exercise. Good for you. I saw a friend at work yesterday. She was walking with a walker and just had a hip replacement last week!!!! I was shocked she looked so good. She said her last hip replacement 10 years ago she could only toe tap for 6 weeks but this time the technique was different with less blood loss, smaller incision, and faster recovery.

Mary: The girls sound so polite. I know you love seeing them and being with them. Hope you aren't too sore today from your fall.

ML: Enjoy seeing DD this weekend. Is this the first time since she left? I hope your sinuses settle down so you can enjoy your trip.

I am home resting after work but I do feel better. I even went to the store this evening after work. I still have to work tomorrow but don't feel exhausted from working 2 days in a row so things are looking up.

I bought a 3 inch memory foam for my bed and it has to "grow" over the next 2 days before I can use it. I hope it helps my hip pain.



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Great manners for such young girls. It's nice to hear kids who have been taught manners.
Tomorrow is clean up day at church so I may go to a different aqua class. The one gym has a male instructor and I'm wondering how his class is. Hmmm



 
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Kerry, I'm glad you got to go to water aerobics. You do so much for your church. It's good that someone else did the work without you for a change! I hope the rest of your day was good.

. I went to bed after my nice, hot bath last night and slept until the thunder and lightening woke me at 4:30! I got up and got ready for school then because my street was flooding. It rained until noon but no big issues and I had an easy day today.

I am babysitting. I just got the girls to bed. The most darling thing...when I gave them their bottles in their cribs, they both said thank you!!! I love them so much!

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Glad you slept so well, Mary, and don't hurt. It sure would be nice if the rain could be directed to the areas that need it! We got a short rainstorm here today but we need it.

I had my Friday coffee and did water aerobics. I forgot I was supposed to meet a couple other gals at church to work on the attendance lists. I got there when they were finishing up. I should have some lunch since it's now after 2.



 
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I did take that hot bath and went straight to sleep. I don't even remember getting up in the night to go potty, lol. I did wake up at 4:30 and heard torrential downpours again so I got up and showered. Streets are flooding once again but we dodged that bullet last night, thank goodness. I am fine after the fall. Only my bruised toes that hit the rebar. The rest of me is padded well enough, I guess!

TGIF...I go babysit right after school.

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I agree about the rebar. Hope the bath helps keep any soreness away.



 
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I'm not going to chat...just saying I'm home and Open House went just fine. It poured all day, right up to the time the parents started coming! But the rain stopped and it turned out just fine. I had a 13.5 hour day and am so tired. I fell in the parking lot next to the school and am fine..but it really shook me up! Rebar should NOT be sticking up from the concrete barriers in parking lots in the rain!! I am going to take a nice hot Epson Salt bath and go to bed. My LAST OPEN HOUSE is done!!!

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Sandra, sorry to hear about Doug, but at least he made the decision on his own to get help right away so he is making progress. Prayers that this is the time it takes hold! Congrats on reaching goal and getting the surgery scheduled. Good luck on all the prep stuff.

Mary, sure hope the rain stops and your open house goes well.

Pam, glad you got to spend some fun time with Landon.

Donna, hope you don't get rained out either. I haven't seen any weather today so I have no idea what's happening out there.

I did water aerobics this morning and if I get energetic I may go back this evening and check out that instructor. The daytime instructor at the gym closest to my house is the same person on T-Th-Sat and it is the same class every time which gets boring fast at least to me. I used to do an evening session at the gym but just haven't talked myself into since these last two surgeries. I need to call the doctor's office as they need to change my October appointment-I have an appointment next week so we should be able to do everything then. I think the October one is the one year checkup on the left hip while next week is the 4 month check up on the right. I think one appointment should take care of both things.



 
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Sandra, sorry to hear about your son. I pray he will find his way. It must be hard to hear him hurting. Hope you were able to get some rest. Congrats on your weight loss and making your goal for surgery.

I'm looking forward to parent weekend at my Dd's college. I hope to feel better by Friday. Started feeling this sinus infection coming on yesterday.Ugh. I know it's not bad enough yet to go to the doctor for antibiotics. So I hope I can fight it off today. Cancelled my sub job which I rarely do, but decided it might be best.

Mary, I think we are sparking at the same time. Sounds like you finally had a good night sleep. I agree with you about just teaching with out all that business end of it. I see teachers stressing everyday over.....paperwork, meetings, changing technology and parents. You just all need time to teach. Hugs and hope the rest of the week runs smooth.

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Iím aroundÖjust stressed about tonightís Open House. Like Donna, itís been pouring all week and the wine/cheese reception for parents is outside tonight! Weíve all been working hard on cutesy things to put out on the desks and I have a MAC type Power Point thing to show the parents. A teacher worked with me on Tuesday and helped me figure out what else I needed to do for it so I think itís ready. I wish we could just teach. Wouldnít that be an interesting take on education?? On the other hand, I finally slept last night! It was wonderful to wake up this morning and realize I had a good nightís sleep. I needed that so much!

Sandra, I am thrilled for you. All your hard work has paid off. I hope the surgery will go off without a hitch. On the other hand, Iím so sorry Doug is off the wagon again. I know itís agonizing for you. I wish he could figure out how to manage to stay sober. You do all you can and prayer is what you have left. We will join you.

Donna, I hope the bad weather in AZ wonít be a problem for you. You have done a great job getting back to work and taking care of yourself. A few more days and you can get some more rest.

How delightful to see Landon running around and chattering, Pam. This is such a precious age! I hope as he grows you will have a chance to see him more often.

Kerry, I hope whatever bit you wasnít poisonous. My rash didnít itch too much but it certainly was annoying. Mosquitoes are really bad here now because of the rain. Iím hoping you will be back at water aerobics and other activities as soon as you get some well needed rest.




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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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