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4/20/14 11:25 P

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Hello to all,
I had an absolutly wonderful day. All of my kids were here and although not all of the grandkids were here we had a wonderful time. All of my food turned out good and Patricia actually brought a beautiful homemade cake. My sister and her DH came and brought my Dad so he didn't have to drive and it was so nice having them here. After our big lunch we had the egg hunt. The older kids could only hunt eggs with their names on them. After they found them all they were given scratch off lottery tickets. One for each egg instead of candy. Then they rode the golf cart and the doodle bug and our son Davids new 4 wheeler. And flying kites. It was a great day.
Tomorrow I will have the first of 6 monthly visits with my primary doctor for my possible gastric surgery. Today I ate anything I wanted, cake, candy and all. Because from now until the 6 monthes are up I'm going to try to be on the pregastric diet. If I have trouble losing on it or staying on it I will have the surgery, if I am able to actually lose on it I will just stick to the diet instead of having the surgery. Well that is my plan anyway. We will see how it goes.
I hope you all had as good a day as I did. It was a great day.
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Ok, I will try this again. I had a good day with the "kids" and we had an egg hunt here and a lite breakfast. Then off for baseball and onto pizza for lunch Then we later had cranberry bars. All in all a good day.

Nyla, what I was saying earlier was that sometimes we just have to go through the motions and put one foot in front of another. Then one day, you will realize that just for a little while you actually enjoyed life. And some other day it will happen again. And some day life will be more than just going through the motions.

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Hoping everyone had a nice Easter. Ours was rather quiet. Our daughter, son in law and grandson came up from Ottawa and went to church with us. This was the baby's first time in church and he did great. He just watched all the people and flirted with a few and loved watching all the kids. After church we had dinner then the kids went to their Wyatrs family. So we had the rest of the day alone. Decklan had a three piece suit and looked so cute.
Tomorrow I am hoping to get back to my regular exercise routine at least until we leave for our trip. And on that note I need to go get my gym bag ready. Pat

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I don't think I have ever heard of 'Call the midwife". I may have to do a search on that.

My day was great until I headed back to count money. Oh, lordy, what a mess. We had to do everything with two lines-one for the sunrise service and one for the 9am service. The bookkeeper will probably go crazy when she sees it all plus when I got home and actually looked at the teller report someone other than me messed up on the page order then she wrote down one amount on one line and then instead of putting $100 on the other line she added the two together so the one amount is down twice but only added once. Oh yeah, that will go over big. I sent her a message and I'm hoping she decides to get down to church and redo that page. I finally got home to have a late and rather cold ham dinner at about 6:30. I think now I will just relax with a book before heading to bed.



 
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Good Evening all,

Hope you all had a fabulous day and enjoyed whatever type of celebration you did today!

Marylou, hope you enjoyed the visit with your sister! And you are so right--tomorrow it is back to the routine and "post holiday" tidying!

Barb, I think you should take it as a compliment that the others in your class think you are an inspiration!! Good for you! I think it is great to be that kind of an example!

I had a nice afternoon at DD's inlaws home. The kids had a great time finding eggs and the MIL cooked a very nice meal, as she always does.

Tomorrow it is back to the old grindstone and trying to be as productive as possible.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

Nyla
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Good Afternoon,

No way would hubby ever attend a Zumba class. He said many times it's a "girly" thing.
Yesterday the instructor made me blush. At the end of the class she thanked everyone for coming and wished us all happy holiday. Then she points to me, and says what an inspiration I am. The instructor and most of the girls in the class are under 25, so they must think I'm over 80...what a hoot!

Don't know if PBS TV is aired in your area. I love watching "Call the Midwife"...a 1950-1960's story set in a poor section of London. On Cable "Walking Dead" is my favorite program.

Back to work tomorrow..will check in if we are slow.

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Dropping in to wish you all a "Happy Easter." Hope everyone is enjoying their day. My sister left earlier today. They were excited about returning home. I'm getting my house in order before tomorrow. I will be working hard this week to pay for my play time last week.


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Dang just lost my post so will just say Happy Easter.

Donna (AZ)

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Good morning and Happy Easter to all.

Kerry, I am sorry that your sister-in-law is feeling so alone. Sounds like she is very depressed. I can certainly relate to that. It is hard to figure out a new life without your spouse, best friend, lover, and life partner. Sometimes you just go through the motions and hope that it will be easier tomorrow. For me, being with others socially really helps (usually), so including her in get togethers may make it easier for her also. I hope she can enjoy the day. It takes time…. Glad your early morning service was moved indoors so you didn't get wet. Hope the breakfast was delish.

Sandra, Hope you have a great day with your house full of kids and grandkids! That is really the best thing always I think!

Donna, glad to hear that your hike went well and that you DIDN'T lose your balance!. Sounds like your weather is getting summer like.

Barb, I will look at Netflix for that movie! Thanks for the recommendation. It is nice that you and DH are following the same nutritional goals--that certainly makes it easier for cooking and for being supportive of each other!

Sue, I am going to try yoga to see if that will help me with the hip issues. I can (and do) find a million excuses also!

I got all the herbs planted this morning and did discover a couple of things that I still want to get. I'll get that done next week one day. My "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" plant is beginning it's Spring bloom. I really love that plant and it is so gorgeous in full bloom. Spring is my favorite season--everything is fresh and renewed and growing and clean! To me it is a season of optimism!

Have a grand day ladies.

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Good morning! Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I still have the grandkids +1. Larry and GS headed to church really early to start setting up for the breakfast and the girls and I headed out about 6:45. The sky was cloudy and it was misting fairly heavily so the outdoor service was moved in to the sanctuary. It was a short service so we got out before the men were done preparing breakfast so we just visited with others. I'll be heading back at 3 to count money so dinner will be after that. I'm thinking I need to have some lunch now.

I may have to look up that movie-it's been a long time since I've seen it but I remember enjoying it. Maybe I should look to see if we own it or if my daughter does. We do have a lot of movies around here.

I often make a pork roast in the crock pot and then shred the leftovers for pulled port. I think it cooks a lot better in the crock than in the oven.

Guess I should try to find a small meal for myself and the kids before they go home. I'm surprised their dad hasn't called yet.



 
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Barb, I've heard Book Thief is a good movies. Haven't seen it yet, it's on my list. You and hubby sound very dedicated to your weight loss program. Nice you are doing it together. Does he Zumba with you also? The class I went to had many guys in it.

Kerry, sorry to hear your sister-in-law is feeling so low, but I know that comes with losing a spouse or loved one. All you can do is invite her to any gathering, share a quet family meal or activity with her or just have a included her in a movie or game night. Open the door and in time hopefully she will feel comfortable enough to walk in and become involved.

Nyla, I have made pulled pork the way you did, it's great and such an easy meal. I too feel my hip issues are from too many hours of sitting, dumb computer. I used to be very active and then when I went back to work years ago, it's was a administrative position and I sat all day. That was my downfall. Once I got home I was too tired to do anything but get dinner on the table and crash for the evening. I've never been able to get back in a regular exercise routine. No incentive to get moving. Too many excuses on my list.





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A Sweet Passover, Joyous Easter, or Happy Spring to all,

Just picked up my free holiday turkey! This month my local supermarket ran a promotion,
If $400 was spent in 4 weeks, you would qualify for a free turkey, ham or lasagna tray. It's a
good deal, but it limits your shopping to just that store.

Hubby and me on dieting, so there will be no buttery mashed potatoes or cheese cake this holiday. Serving healthy veggies with dinner, and strawberries with low fat whipped cream for dessert.

FYI..Watched a very good DVD.."The book thief".

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4/19/14 10:48 P

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Sandy: Tell her to wear cool clothes. It will be in the90's in Phoenix.

The hike went very well. Even though it was rated difficult, it was only 45 minutes. There were some tricky spots where we were traversing across very steep granite rock slabs. Could be scary if you lost your balance.

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Hello to all,
I started to post earlier and I had company come but I am home from church and we are just sitting around visiting for now. I just wanted to tell you all I wish you all a very Happy Easter. Our daughter Cindy is already here and our son Doug is on his way. Our other 2 children and families will be here tomorrow. I will have a houseful, I love it.
Donna, my daughter Cindy will be in Phoenix all next week with her job at Wells Fargo. She leaves Monday and comes home on Friday.
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It's great that they include you. My husband's sister is going through that first year of everything alone. She says she's just staying home waiting to die. I bought her a kindle and asked dh's niece-in-law to help her set it up. They have been including her in the holidays since so she's a bit more happy but still waiting to die. I can't imagine living with an attitude like that. I know she will leave early because she feels like she is butting in. Oh well nothing I can do. You enjoy your time with everyone.



 
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Good Evening all,

I hope you have all had a great Saturday. Happy for all of you that are having special family gatherings this weekend!

Pam, Have a great time with Leah and Landon! Your menu sounds great and it is nice that you won't be stuck in the kitchen for the day-it's really about family!!!

Sue, Your brisket sounds great. I make pulled pork in a similar fashion--in the crock pot with Coke overnight and then shred it and mix with BBQ sauce. So easy and so good! The rest of your menu sounds good also. I am getting HUNGRY talking about all this yummy food!! (not good since I have already had dinner!!) Like you, I am having trouble with my hips. I THINK it is just an issue of persistently doing stretching and strength training to remedy the problem--at least that is what I am hoping. I think it is the result of my sedentary habits over the last couple of years….

Penny, glad to hear you are having some Spring weather! When are your DS and his family moving in with you? Hope it goes well for all of you. What a great opportunity to have special time with your grand baby!!

Mary, What fun to spend the day shoe shopping for the girls! Sorry you couldn't get the ones you liked in white, but hot pink sounds like fun!! Glad you had a nice visit with your mom, but sorry to hear your knee is bothering you after the car ride. I'm with you--need to get more active!!

Donna, Pizza sounds great! Need to have that myself one day soon! Hope your hike went well today.

Kerry, your menu sounds good also! I remember Publix from when I lived in Forida about 35 years ago!! (Tampa area). So good to hear that your Valerie is improving and that there is a plan in place for her. How awful that she is so seriously ill at such a young age.

I went to the plant nursery today and got the herbs that I need for my herb garden. Don't need too many as most survived the winter believe it or not. I got 2 kinds of basil, Italian parsley, sage, and cilantro. I think that will do it for now at least! (unless I think of one or more that I forgot!!) I have been invited to DD's in-laws tomorrow to share in their Easter celebration. They have been very considerate about inviting me to join them for Holidays and special events since my DH died. I really appreciate their kindness. There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids and a great meal. I have no doubt it will be a lovely day. Tomorrow also happens to be one of my older granddaughter's birthday (she is 9 tomorrow) so I will FaceTime with her at some point as well.

Have a nice remainder of the evening!


Nyla
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Wishing all my spark friends a Happy Easter. It's a busy day of family and love.

Sue from MD

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How the heck did I miss two o three days??? Just proof I can mess up anything, including my typing here. Good grief.

Welcome, Barb. I am Kerry from Orange Park, Florida, which is on the east coast just south of Jacksonville. Born, Nov 29, 1950, married Dec 30, 1971, 3 daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandkids although these days it seems kind of like three since Cheyenne usually brings a friend with her on Saturday night so they can go to church together. Cheyenne is 11 and her brother is 14. My husband is retiring in January and hopefully after we manage a trip or two will start a part time job. lol

I haven't done much of anything today-read the paper and then we went to breakfast and the grocery store. We will be having a small ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, devilled eggs and apple pie. The pie was prepared by Publix and looks great. Publix is the favorite grocery store. We use them for all our prescriptions now because most all antibiotics are free.

Dawn's friend is doing better today-Dawn drove down to Gainesville from Niceville which is a 5 hour drive so it was late last night when she got there. Then she had people in the hotel who were shouting up and down the hallway half the night. Valerie was able to get up onto the commode with help but the nurse or aid left her there too long. They said she could only have a small amount of fluids and then the nurse gave her a big IV bag of water and told her she couldn't drink anything-even the Ensure. They spoke with the doctor and she said that would be straightened out soon because Val needs 8000 calories a day to build up to be strong enough for a transplant. This afternoon they removed 4 liters of fluid from her belly so she was feeling better and able to eat a bit. Hopefully she continues to improve as her two girls are under the age of 10.

The weather here hasn't been bad-rain off and on-mostly on whenever my grandson went outside to shoot some hoops. lol I've got to keep an eye on the clock so everyone can get to bed early since we are attending the 7am sunrise service. The men's group is serving breakfast at 8 and I think we will just head home after that. I usually sit through the next service but only because we would have Sunday School but they changed all that this year so we just have 2 services- 7 & 9 with breakfast in between. Not sure when we will count the money but I'm sure which ever day it is I can probably mess it up. emoticon



 
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I think we must have been posting at the same time this morning, Penny...I didn't see your post until scrolling down! Yes, having Good Friday off is a blessing in many ways. I'm sure your son and his family will enjoy being with you...do you know for how long? I hope everyone gets along just fine!

Hooray for sunshine two days in a row. Spring has got to be there at some point! Happy Easter to you, too!

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Thanks, Sue! I am back from seeing my mother and have really realized how important it is to get back into regular exercise. My knee is killing me after driving 4 hours and sitting in the car. We had lunch at Olive Garden and I had soup, salad, and breadsticks. Tonight Greg and Cari are taking me to a nice restaurant...Greg called on my way home to say we have reservations at 6:30 so I have a chance to take some Tylenol and put my leg up. I hope your friend will enjoy time with you tomorrow! Happy Easter.

Donna, I hope your hike will be a good one. Pizza works for me...in fact, I wish we were having an 'easy' supper rather than going to a nice restaurant. I will have 3 meals out in 2 days. Back to basics on Monday, for sure!

Happy Easter to everyone.

Mary

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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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I used to do Zumba and loved it but quit for a couple of years. When I went back I hurt my hip and can not do it anymore. IT is very fun but it does stress most of your joints with quick changes of directions and twisting.

Hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend. I didn't feel like cooking so we are going out for pizza at my request.

I am at work and need to get back to it so hope everyone has a great day.

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Have a fun day Mary.

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Happy Easter Saturday, friends. I’m getting ready to fold clothes and jump in the shower. I’m going to see my mother today and have dinner with Greg and Cari when I get home. Then tomorrow I’m going to Galveston with friends for late Easter lunch. I’m tired already, lol!

Barb, there are Zumba classes at my gym going all the time but I’ve not participated. Like Sue, my bones/muscles aren’t ‘there’ yet but it always looks like fun. I broke my kneecap in November and am just getting back into real exercise. Right now, water aerobics is the best for me.

Nyla, I’m glad Bunco was good. People who are competitive in fun activities aren’t fun to me so I’m glad the people relaxed and enjoyed the evening. I thought yesterday was Saturday all day, too! It was so nice to wake up today and find out that NOW it was, lol!

Pam, I’m SO glad you get to go see Landon and enjoy the day with Leah cooking! Hooray for family! I hope you enjoy the trip and your sweet gs.

Once this school week starts, Sue, I think I can begin cleaning little by little, too. I am energized seeing spring green and flowers outside and want the windows open…but I’m afraid my allergies won’t let me.

I’m glad you’re pacing yourself, Donna. Please don’t overdo and end up like you were last week! Enjoy the hike and rest up afterwards!

Cherilyn and I took the babies to Stride Rite for their first real shoes yesterday. It was hectic with so many people in the place---a small one! Annalise is in a 4 and Grace in a 5 ½ because of her fat little feet. We were only able to get tennis since they didn’t have Grace’s size in the white shoes we wanted. But Cherilyn found hot pink shoes on clearance at The Children’s Place and that will go with many of their outfits….and were very much on sale.

Okay…laundry is done and I must go. Happy Easter Saturday to everyone.

Mary


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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:
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Hope you all have a very Blessed and Happy Easter...

Loving my 2nd day in a row of sunshine and 50ish temps here in Appleton emoticon !!

Great to have Good Friday off as a holiday where I work. One of many perks a lot of companies don't offer.

Continuing my rearranging and so on for the stay of my Son and family while home is being built.

Hope to get outside for a bit again later today and soak up some of the beautiful sunshine. So love to see that as it was a long time coming. Which makes us appreciate it so much more:)

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Pam, I'm having the same kind of Easter dinner. Since there will only be 3 of us, I'm making it easy on myself. I have a yummy beef brisket from SAM'S that I'm going to throw in the crockpot with a little BBQ for moisture. A bag of peeled shrimp that I'm going to try an easy PINTEREST recipe on. 3 smalll containers of Deli salads, a bowl of fresh mixed fruits and me and Duncan Hines are baking a coconut cake, also a PINTEREST recipe. That's dinner.

Barb, I'd love to do Zumba, but like Pam, my stamina is a bit low. I know that's now excuse, you just have to build up to it. I love to dance and always enjoyed dance aerobics. I do have a couple early Zumba DVDs. I need to pull them out and just do what I can do. My biggest issues is that I have Bursitis in both hip. Zumba tends to do a lot of twisting, Salsa type moves, which I love but it kills my hips. I need to just march in place when those moves appear. Enjoy your workouts, they will keep you young.



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Evening gang!

I've been reading the posts every night, but it's usually late and I'm too tired to respond. Ah well - such is life. Why am I not retired?....sigh

Nyla, I'm really glad it's not Saturday today. Everything here is closed today and it will be again on Sunday, so tomorrow is my day to go the grocery store, collect some stuff to take to my daughter's place in London on Sunday. Nobody wants to cook, except for Leah, who wants to make a couple of cold dishes, so I'm going to the deli tomorrow and picking up two or three rotiserie (sp?) chickens, a tub of rice salad and a few veggie samosas for hubby. That will have to do, coz none of us are in the mood to do much else. LOL!

Barb, I'm Pam, the Canuck of the group. I live in Southwestern Ontario. This gang of girls is great. I used to work evenings here in our village and there were two zumba classes going on across the road at the legion. The door was always open and it was funny watching people practically killing themselves by the end of the class. LOL! But, I have never done it. I'd last about 5 minutes (if that) and I'd be finished for life...

Well girls, have a wonderful blessed Easter, if I do't get back in before it's over.

((hugs to all)) and God bless,
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Hello Gals!! Hope you are all having a lovely day. It is really a beautiful day here!

The Bunco night turned out very nicely. I had prepared WAY too much food as I had imagined would be the case! Sent a bunch of it to my DD's house today and will send the rest to her office on Monday! You are so right about the game being casual--but my friends told me that a couple of neighbors a few years ago got very competitive and would get upset if the others didn't take it as seriously as they thought it should be. They said it really took the fun out of it and as a result the group disbanded and is just now starting up again (the ladies in question have since moved). Anyway, we had a very nice time last night and now my obligation as hostess has been fulfilled for the year!

Pat, it sounds like you will truly be having a feast for Easter! Enjoy the leftovers and mostly enjoy Decklan!! Will you have an Easter Egg hunt for him?

Sue, I like your Aunt's plan to be 120---as long as my health is good, I hope for that as well! The trip to Great Falls sounds like a lot of fun!! I am thinking of planting a Dogwood tree in my yard. Not sure how it will do, but they are such pretty trees!

Mary, Hope you are having a great day with Cherilyn and the girls!

Donna, enjoy your Saturday hike, but continue listening to your body and don't overdo it again!

Barb, I have never tried Zumba, but it looks like a fun way to get some exercise! My nephew and his family currently reside in Queens (but will soon be moving to the Boston area) Glad to have you as a part of the group.

They are getting started on the remainder of the repairs on my house from the roof leak. Additionally I am going to do some repairs to the fireplace in the master bedroom. Hopefully it will be done in short order!

I haven't done a whole lot today! For some strange reason I keep thinking it is Saturday.

Will check in with you all later.

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Bunco is a dice game done in table of 4 people. It is a simple game and you can have a lot of laughs with friends while doing it.

It is overcast here with a 30% chance of rain. That translates to no rain but a cooler hike tomorrow for sure. I had asked my friend to hike on MOnday and then had to change it to Sat and she has wanted to try this hike for several months. If it is hard for me it will be hard for her too as we are evenly matched. I did put a time limit on it.

Mary: Enjoy your special day.

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Hi ..Happy Spring to all!

New to this message board. My name is Barb. I'm married and reside in Long Island, NY (around 15 miles east of NYC), Thanks for your kind welcome.

Just read a few posts. What is Bunco...an exercise or game? Does anyone do Zumba?
I love the latin music and dance routines. I try to go 4x a week for an hour class.

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This year Easter seems to come at the same time as Spring Cleaning. I guess that's what happens when Easter falls so late on the calendar or my house gets so dirty I can't stand it any longer.

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Oh, Donna, are you sure you want a strenuous hike when you have been feeling so bad? I hope you'll be fine but take it easy!

Nyla, how was Bunco? I totally agree with Donna...it should be relaxed and fun, not stressful. Wouldn't our group here have a great time? What a hoot it would be to have Bunco with this group!

Well, my body clock refused to turn off even though the alarm was, lol. I woke up at 5:33 and couldn't get back to sleep so I got up and I'm getting ready for my 2nd cup of coffee, have laundry going, and will go see Cherilyn around 9:30. There's a new Stride Rite place nearby and we'll go see about baby shoes. She sent the cutest pictures of the girls eating stew...there was more ON them than IN them, lol. I do SO love those girls and am looking forward to a fun day with them.

For all who celebrate, have a holy Good Friday and a Blessed Easter! Pat, I know your bulletin and Power Point will be a big hit!!

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Nyla: I don't know anybody that could take bunco seriously. It really is about socializing and it is a group game. Everyone at your table helps count the points as they are rolled so no one is on the spot. I hope it turned out ok.

Mary: Enjoy your long weekend and tomorrow with the kids.

Sue: What a wonderful day trip for everyone. I hope you all had a good time. See, you do a lot of interesting things.

Pat: That is a lot of food for Easter. It must be nice to have a DH that helps with the cooking. I've never had that.

I am home and propped up in bed at 7:30 . I worked 10 hours, came home, and then went to GS baseball game. I am tired and listening to my body and resting the rest of the night.

I have a very strenuous hike Sat morning after work. I'm not sure I am recovered enough for that so I am hoping that it is very hot by 10:30am and we won't want to hike in the rocks that reflect the heat so much.

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Oh, how wonderful to be home in front of the tv and ready for an easy evening. I turned the alarm off as soon as I got up this morning, in anticipation of sleeping in tomorrow. I talked with Cherilyn and will go to her house around 9:30. We will go to Stride Rite for baby shoe shopping.

Nyla, yes, the annuity will bring a good income and coupling it with Dave’s SS I should be much better off than I am right now. As ugly as it was today, no rain. When I got home from school I found my sweet younger son checking on my sprinklers. He ran a cycle so even if it rains tonight, I’m watered until Sunday. Most of the inground plants I put in before Chris’ reception have died. I have a black thumb! If you don’t have enough people to play at least 2 tables of 4 each, you can place an object or stuffed animal on the table as someone’s partner as a ‘ghost!’ We do that a lot. I hope you do get a good response, though.

Welcome, Barb. I’m Mary, also from Houston. I’m a widow of 3 years and have been Sparking since 2oo8. I broke my kneecap in November and am now released from PT so I need to get back into regular exercise on my own. We do offer lots of help and support to everyone.

Pat, your Easter dinner sounds wonderful. I know having Decklan there will make it so special. I will miss the babies but hope tomorrow will be a fun day with them. I hope your congregation appreciates all your hard work on the bulletin and Power Point for the Easter service.

Time for supper and an evening of rest! Hugs to everyone.

Mary




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Welcome Barb, we are glad to have you join us. This is a great group that talks about anything and everything and hopefully even learns a few little weight loss skills along the way. It's a great support group. Combined we haved been thrown a lot of life's ups and downs. I'm Sue, from MD, just north of Washington, DC. I'm a wife, mother of 2, grandmother of 6, like to travel, quilt, cook and sadly - eat. I'm a retired Admin Ass't for an insurance company and I don't miss my job at all. Hubby retired a few years ago. I share elder care responsibilities for a 101 yr old Aunt that's in better health then I am and will probably live to be 120. At least that's her plan.

Well, today's Grandson entertainment was a trip to Great Falls National Park in Great Falls, VA. That's about 30 minutes from us here in MD. It was a beautiful day but cool. Potomac River is high so the rapids and falls were awesome sight. Unfortunately there were no kayakers this morning. That's an amazing sight to see them shoot the rapids through the very rugged rocks. Maybe next visit. Posted a pic. He's headed home now and it's time to rest.

MaryLou, sorry to hear your blossoms got blown off. Our in DC were peak over the weekend, but like yours, this weeks winds have really done a job on them. Becuase of our very strange long, cold Spring everything is blooming off schedule and all at once. My dogwood trees should be in full bloom by Easter day. Yet some of the annuals I just planted got frozen out in our overnight freezes. Boo-hoo!

Need to dig through my frig and find something satisfying and low cal for my dinner. I suspect it will be Yogurt. Have a good evening all. -s



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Nyla I am cooking for Easter, actually we both are. DH will be smoking a chicken, turkey breast, and some ribs. I will be making everything else. The sad thing is it will only be DH, our daughter and me. Our daughters husband has to work on Sunday. But DH always smokes a lot of stuff at one time so we will have meat to eat for awhile.
Mary I also think that was so sweet about the troubled little girl. I agree with Nyla children tend to live up or down to their parents expectations. I believe you planted a seed of confidence in her and she will remember your kindness.
Welcome barbzumba. I am Pat and I live in Kansas. I was born in the middle of the century, 1950, in the middle of the year June 25, and in the middle of the country. And I usually take the middle of the road attitude, lol I have three grown children, 2 boys and 1 girl. And 4 grandchildren, 2 girls and 2 boys. My husband and I also belong to a gym, the YMCA. I have been going for 12 years now and have lots of friends there both young and old.
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Welcome, Barbzumba! This is a great group! I am guessing your name is Barb???

I am Nyla and live near Houston, Texas. I was widowed last summer and have a blended family of 4 kids and 6 (and a half) grandkids. I am trying to lose the weight I regained while DH was ill and to regain some strength and flexibility that I also neglected during his treatment.

Look forward to getting to know you!





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Hi
Yep count me in. Born in Sept '50. Got married at age 36 and had 2 kids within 14 months.
I was a stay-at-home mom until my boys entered high school. It wasn't easy rejoining the
the work force with limited knowledge of word processing, and spreadsheets.

Six months ago we started eating healthier and joined a gym. (we are usually the
oldest couple there!) Looking forward to retiring in a few years.



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Good Morning Ladies,

A bit gloomy here so maybe we will get some rain! Sure could use it!

Donna, I am glad you are feeling better. Sorry you were feeling so poorly. Hope your week of call goes well and that you aren't actually CALLED!!

Sandra, Hope you have a great Easter weekend. Who will be there? Kids and grands?

Mary, My DH also had gotten an annuity which should be a good source of income for me in the future. I don't like making quick decisions either and feel so fortunate that i don't have to. Sounds like you have really made an impression on the little girl in your class. I am sure she will never forget you. How sad that her parents have labeled her. I think kids have a tendency to live up to --or DOWN to--expectations of them.

Well tonight is the Bunco gathering. It will be interesting to see how many ladies actually show up, Only about half responded to tell me if they were able to attend so the other half will be a surprise! I don't understand why people can't respond to an invitation so that the hostess knows how many to expect. Seems inconsiderate to me… The same thing happened with the baby shower I helped with last month. It was like pulling teeth trying to find out how many to plan for! Oh well…

Have a good day ladies!

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Donna, you did need to rest up. I'm glad you took the day off. You might want to pace yourself until allergy season is over...they said in the news just now that this is the worst allergy season we've had in a long time and it is bringing on many other complications for people.

Sandra, I'm sure your Easter lunch will be wonderful. Don't work yourself up too much! Rest and enjoy the company.

Nyla, I also have friends up North who are still having snow, too. It's still too cold for me here, lol, but I am grateful for better weather overall. I wish I could quit sneezing, though! I think all we can do to take charge of our finances is a good thing and I will try to learn more. I'm glad, too, that the annuity will grow even more. My husband had investigated it quite a bit before he died and I felt good about going ahead with it since it wasn't something thrust on me!

I had an interesting conversation with the little girl who was trouble on the field trip. She talked back to a teacher who was in my class and when called on it she turned on a student and berated him because she was mad. I'd sent a note home the day before telling her parents about her behavior on the field trip. She threw her hands over her face and begged me not to send another note. She said 'I know I'm trouble...that's my name at home.' I explained in detail what she did and how she just can't continue being rude to people, especially adults. She said if she was 'good' all day would I please not send a 'bad' note. I looked her in the eye and agreed. And I told her SHE was good---it was the things she said and did that needed change. She looked like she couldn't believe that. I guess they are hard on her at home but she ended up being fine the rest of the day. She threw her arms around me at the end of the day and held on tight when I told her there wouldn't be any note home. I hope her behavior will last but I think she knows I really care about her.

I boiled my eggs last night and we will dye them at school today. No Easter party but a little celebration. Light at the end of the tunnel, friends!! Five more weeks including several days where all we do is science fair, special stuff, etc. I've covered almost all of what I did last year and am ahead of myself in some subjects, testing is over and I'm feeling so much better about school overall. It's been a rough year and I am ready for summer!

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Hello to all,
Just dropping in for a quick hello. I had a very busy day today and tomorrow I will be making the cassaroles for Easter so I need to actually go to bed earlier than I usually do.
I hope I have time to address you all tomorrow. I will do laundry and good friday mass on friday then company starting Saturday morning.
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Wow, You miss one day and you are so far behind. I am not going to try and answer everyone. The dogs are giving me the brown eyed sad look while they walk in circles in front of me as I promised them we would go chase rabbits in the field LATER. Of course later get lost in translation for them.
I so overdid it on the weekend I called in sick yesterday. Boy I was too. I was in bed all day and that is just not me. I didn't add up all I had done until I had done it all and by then it was too late. Between exhaustion, muscle aches, and a huge sinus attack I was down for the count. I did make it to work today and am better but not 100% yet.

I am on call 24/7 for a week starting tomorrow so I may not make it on here too often. We will see.

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Good afternoon all,

Pat, Glad it isn't cold where you are. My sister called a little while ago to tell me it is snowing again in Sioux Falls, SD. Unbelievable! Smart to limit your workout today. You have an amazing trip coming up! Yes, this is the first time I am hosting Bunco and only the 2nd time I have even played! So far our group is mostly interested in getting together and doesn't take the game itself too seriously. I am glad about that. I don't think I would enjoy it if it was real competitive. Have fun with Decklan this weekend! Are you cooking for Easter or is it pot luck with everyone contributing?

Mary, so glad you had a good day at school today. Good news that your deposit will count toward the annuitized amount later. A similar thing happened to me at the end of 2013 when I was trying to get the required minimum distribution for one of DH's 401K plan. It took a few phone calls, but like you it got straightened out eventually. You will appreciate that extra $300/month when you start drawing for sure! I am trying to learn all this also!!

Hope everyone is having a nice evening!


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I had a good day at school. After work I went to the bank and closed out my old savings account and had the small amount left in it transferred to my checking account. Honda never set up my EZ pay account last month and now I will have to use my credit card for payment over the phone, resulting in another big Visa bill next month. Ugh. But I got a call from the Primerica guy and even though the transfer of funds from UBS didn’t go through yesterday on time, I will still get full credit for the amount transferred and it will bring me an additional $300 a month when I start drawing after I retire. So good news after all!

I am boiling eggs to dye at school tomorrow. We don’t have an Easter party but some of the kids have never dyed eggs before! We will make paper bag Easter ‘baskets’ and put a little Easter grass and some candy in it.

Nyla, I hope you enjoyed walking the dogs. It was cool and breezy but nice today. I will make myself go to water aerobics tonight…I did some of my knee exercises last night and this morning and realize how much I need to get regular exercise once again! Getting your finances in order is a must but I find it SO daunting. I am trying to understand more now and both of my ‘guys’ talk to me in layman’s terms as well as professional terms. I try to paraphrase what I think they’re telling me and they always laugh but say I have a good way of relaying it to myself, lol! Enjoy Bunco…you will have leftovers and a clean house as well as good company tonight!

I don’t think much of the new pastor, Pat! He just doesn’t seem to have his act together and now he’s exposed you, who aren’t well yet, to whatever he has! I hope you will be fine. Yes, Decklan is such a cutie and you look like you’ve enjoyed the pool with him so much. I hope you and Tressa have fun at Busy Bells!






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We have the winds howling here, but at least it is not too cold.
Thanks for all the comments on My Facebook pictures of Decklan at the pool. We did have a great time.
I went to work out this morning but kept it to half of what I normally since I could tell I am not 100% yet. I sure want to be well before the trip.
Nyla will this be the first time hosting BUNCO? There are several here on this board who play, I have played a couple times as a sub but never on a regular basis. I do know lots of people here at home who do though.
Our daughter will be coming over on Saturday to spend the night then go to church with us on Sunday. We will have a big Easter Sunday dinner. I think we will be giving Decklan fruit for the first time. My life is so exciting isn't it, lol.
Well time to get dh's supper going, I am going out with my friend then we will go to a meeting together, a fun night. Pat

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Happy Hump Day everyone! Hope it is a good one for everyone!

I will be continuing with cleaning my house in preparation for the Bunco gathering here tomorrow night. Not sure how many ladies will be coming, but I will prepare extras! I am going to serve light snacks as last month the hostess had most of the food leftover!

It is a gorgeous morning here! Will be a joy to go out and walk with the dog!

Hope you all have a gray day!


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Howdy Ladies,

Hope you are all having a pleasant evening!

Kerry, hope you now have everything straight with the finances at church. It is hard when there are multiple opinions. So sorry to hear that your DD's friend is so ill. I hope they can help her at Shands. It must be hard for your DD to see her friend so ill.

Pat, Glad you are starting to feel better. The pictures of you and Decklan in the pool are absolutely adorable! And glad you have found th solver lining in the dark cloud of being sick! Losing a few pounds is at least SOMETHING good from it! You were right to avoid the Pastor if he was sick. Last thing you need is to get whatever he has. Sorry about your Bradford pear tree. We all have truly had bizarre weather this year.

Pam, Found you on FB--thanks for friending me! You are just starting to see the first new growth and here almost all of my trees have leaves. So glad to hear you rack is feeing better. That can really keep you immobile! My DH had a bad back also and would occasionally be very debilitated because of it. He had 3 surgeries on his lower back and still had back pain pretty much all of the time in varying degrees. It must be so much fun to watch Landon running! They grow up so fast. Hope the snow melts fast if you did get some!

Mary, Glad you are sleeping better these days. That makes everything better! Sounds like your weather was harsher that out here yesterday. There was some much needed rain, but the winds didn't do any significant damage. Sorry to hear that the communication at your school is so poor. It will be very nice when you can retire and leave it behind you!

Penny, Hope your snow disappears soon! Spring is slow in coming this year! Good to see you checking in! Have a nice long weekend this weekend! I found you on FB and thanks for confirming! Your dear GD is precious! (at least I assume that is who the adorable baby is!)

Marylou, Have a great time with your sister! Sounds like a busy weekend coming up for you! Hope your cherry tree isn't dying, but too bad the wind blew off the blossoms. Do you get enough cherries to preserve any?

Sue, the trip to see the Cherry blossoms sounds like fun. Glad you made the 2014 pilgrimmage!!

I had a productive day--got some cleaning done and some sorting and filing of bills and statements. Mary, next week I am going to make an appointment with my financial advisors to review my assets also. Too late for this year's April 15 cut off, but lots of time before NEXT year! The other thing I need to do is update my will and medical directive now that DH is not here to be my beneficiary or medical advocate. Slowly but surely I am making progress I think

Good night all!!


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Another day has almost gotten by me. I had to work and it was not such a pleasant day as the pastor came in sick. Keep in mind I am just getting over being sick myself so the last thing I need is to get something else right now. He went home after being sick in the bathroom. I never went in there after he left....yuk! I know this is selfish of me but I am worried he won't get me the info I need to get my work done for this Sunday. I will just have to hope he does.
Going to go back to Y to exercise tomorrow. It has been a while so I will take it a little easy.
And I for one will remember this crazy cool, cold spring. It has seemed endless to me. Our Bradford pear tree that usually looks like a gigantic snowball was hit with frost last night and now it is looking ugly. Oh well !Pat


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Once summer is officially and ACTIVELY here for all of us, I hope we will remember how terrible it was in April with snow for many of you and 30's in Texas, lol!

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Sue, the high winds here blew some of the cherry tree blossoms off. So upset to see them blowing around like pink snow.

Mary, my sister is from Michigan. They are headed back next week. Yes, she is the one I visited at the beach.

Dinner is ready. Chat later......


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Me too:) Off to bunco...Have a fabulous night, Mary

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I did, and you confirmed me, lol. So glad we're 'friends!' now.

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SparkPeople editor Stepfanie says:
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I agree Mary....You found me:)

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Penny, I’ll look you up on FB. It’s fun to have other areas to ‘watch’ our Spark friends! Now that I’m a grandmother I love to see the baby pictures. Don’t worry about trying to catch up, just jump back in. I heard from a friend who lives in Michigan but has been in Florida for a couple of months…it snowed at her Michigan home, too. Waaayyyy too cold for this time of year!

I’ll go check out your travel pictures, Sue! So glad you made the rounds.

I’m sure your cherry trees are lovely, Marylou. My trees are all in full greenery but I lost some big branches yesterday with the high winds and bad rainstorm. Enjoy the time with your sister. Is this the one you were with for spring break recently?

Kerry, the eclipse sounded like something that would be fun to see but I was fast asleep. I seem to be getting good sleep again and I don’t want to mess myself up! I think I will go to water aerobics tomorrow if the temps are better. Still very cold here today but nice sunshine.

There is little communication at school for anything on time. We had a faculty/student kickball game today and very few people knew about it. Didn't bother me since I couldn't play anyway but they just assume that people know these things. The school secretary mentioned that the owner said we could wear sweats or jeans this week...news to us once again. And first grade moms provided snacks today---no one told us! One ancillary teacher told me when she came to teach my class so I passed the word. Such a waste.

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Thanks. My last name is Gochnour-there aren't ton of us there especially with that first name.



 
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I am on FBook ladies, too:)

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Hello everyone. I have done my hour in water aerobics and made a quick stop st Big Lots. We have had a little rain with more predicted. It looks like we are on the very southern edge of the front so we may not get a lot. Of course it's enough they can't mow plus the guy said his edger blew up so he has to get a new one. He will be back tomorrow afternoon-the only day rain is not in the forecast. I guess Valerie posted a picture of herself in the ambulance and she looks horrible. She's obviously lost weight which she really didn't need. I sure hope a liver comes available soon though I don't like that that means someone else has to lose a loved one.

I went outside early this morning to see the eclipse(though it wasn't as early as I thought it was) and all I saw was clouds.

Sue, the pictures are great.
Pat, what fun swimming with your grandson.
Pam, I had a one year old who smacked her face and had to see the dentist. I sat in the chair with her on my lap and my arms wrapped around her arms holding her down. She wasn't happy.
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Thanks for reminding me MaryLou, I just posted my 2014 Cherry Blossom picuture. We did make a short trip down to attempt to see the trees on Sunday afternoon. We basically got in the line of traffic, wound around the Mall and found the first exit out of town. Even early evening it city was jammed packed with traffic and people. We got a quick view of the Tidal Basin and the trees and "We were out of there!". Nice ride on a beautiful day.

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Thunderstorms this morning. Nothing like a thunderstorm to wake up to. My sister arrived yesterday and staying for a few days. Their anniversary is Saturday. Sandra, they are also celebrating 45 years of marriage. Then we are planning an Easter dinner the next day.

My cherry trees are in bloom too, Sue. They always start blooming when you go on your visit to see DC cherry trees. Though they are not as spectacular like the trees in Washington, they are a beautiful sight. One tree is starting to look like it's dying. I will be watching it over the Summer.

Well my sister it up, gotta go.


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Alive and kicking Ladies.... Just a quick shout out to everyone!

Darn snow is back on the ground here in Appleton, WI. BOO, but it won't stick around long this time of year.

So darn busy and pooped at night I know I am way out of the loop from not reading the posts. I am off Friday and hope sit down and look back at them.

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Good morning! I slept well and woke up freezing…I’ve had the AC on for days and now switched back to the heater! It’s a wonder I don’t have pneumonia. It cleared off late yesterday but is blustery and so cold once again, 75 to 45 in no time. But like Nyla said, we really needed the rain.

Oh, Pam, how awful that Landon has damaged his tooth! I’ll bet he will give that dentist a run for his money! Both Annalise and Grace are toddling around now and Cherilyn put FB videos up yesterday. It’s so much fun to watch but the falls are terrible to see! I hope Landon will be okay. And you have had such a time with your back. Maybe it will just keep getting better as you go through the chiropractic treatments. I guess little by little it will straighten out? Take care!

Kerry, how sad for your daughter’s friend. The husband of one of mine has HepC and has been fine for years and now his ‘numbers’ are up and he needs more attention.Dave’s liver melanoma made him so sick in such a short time. I hope she can find help.

Nyla, you found some of us on FB! It’s great to be able to see pictures ‘running’ instead of hunting on our Spark pages at times!
Pat, your pictures with Decklan in the pool are so cute. He is such a happy baby and you look great! I’m so glad you’re starting to feel better and have lost a little this past week: an incentive!

Yes, the money mess really irritated me but I am letting it go. (I do need to see Frozen, lol!) I have worked myself up over so much in the last month with the identity theft, the taxes and this money transfer. There isn’t anything I can do about it now but I will just let it be whatever it ends up being. No more of that last minute stuff, I hope. Thanks for the sympathy…now where is my tea, lol? Let’s make it wine with my whine! I tutor after school then might have an early dinner with the daughter of my good friend Sally who passed away unexpectedly last summer. Her girls are selling the house either today or tomorrow and we might go out to celebrate if it goes through as planned.

Happy day!
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Good evening girls (very late evening that is.. :)

Sue, we don't have anything budding here yet, let alone the cherry blossoms. I noticed yesterday that the crocuses were coming up in our side yard, and some tulip leaves are rising out of the ground, but nothing else.

Mary, that is so aggravating when people mess you around like that, isn't it? grrrr!

Nyla, my facebook name is Pamela Blue, as is my own name...LOL! You'll find me under that.

Sandra, whoever suggested you put in a swimming pool had the right idea. Work on hubby to get one built and you can have your own luxury exercise pool on site! LOL!

I spent a miserable weekend with my back, but today it is MUCH better, just in time for tomorrow's appointment. I can tell that he's doing a good job of loosening my spine up a bit, but the pain is always worse afterwards until it settles down (as I said, just in time for the next adjustment!) But I'm sure it's getting there. My back was a mess, a much bigger mess than I anticipated, so I have to go through the discomfort of shifting muscles and nerves first before I start feeling better.

Pat, I'm glad you are feeling better. It sounds like Decklan enjoyed his time at the pool.

I went to see Landon tonight, and he is growing so fast! He can't walk yet, because he is always running! He has to hold someone's hand, but the instant he has his balance, he's off and literally running. He'll never walk until he learns to slow down. LOL! He broke a chunk off of one of his front teeth on the coffee table. Big surprise...haha He's going to the dentist tomorrow to have it check out. I doubt he's going to let the dentist mess around in his mouth without a huge fuss. I feel sorry for that dentist, whoever he is.

Kerry, I was so tickled to hear that you are getting garden and mowing help. Good for you! You so needed that break.

Poor Donna. Give yourself a break. 3 hikes in 3 days, plus baseball? You must be really fit, but we’re just not as young as we used to be, are we?

Well, today was lovely and warm, but very windy and sometimes rainy. However, by the time it got dark, the temp was dropping rapidly, and it’s supposed to be a high of -2C (28F) tomorrow WITH snow – AAAGGGGHHHH!!!! It can’t be!!!!! Help!! emoticon

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Evening all. I am continuing to get better each day. Had a great day today with my daughter and grandson. We took little Decklan to the warm pool at the YMCA this morning for his first swimming experience in a pool. He loved the water. We were in there for over half an hour and he kicked and splashed and flirted with all the water aerobics ladies. It was so cute. I didn't get a lot of exercising in but sure enjoyed being there.
One not so bad benefit of being sick the past week it has helped me lose some weight and hopefully started me back on the right path. Sometimes we have to take our weight loss inspirations where ever we can find them.
I will have a busy week at work this week since I work at a church. So glad I am feeling better it will make things easier for me. But guess I better head to bed soon. Pat


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Home from the meeting. Took a little too long to hash over the amount of money we get in offering and getting bills paid. Of course the big things get paid but we aren't able to do some of the programs we would like to until we get some extra money. Hopefully we can make that happen with the new schedule if it brings new people in the door. I also asked for a definite answer on where we are to place the designated money on Sunday. I was told savings for one but this last weekend Elaine insisted it go to checking because that's where she remembered being told a long time ago. Well we have now been told the savings (yea me) and it helps that our bookkeeper was there to hear it because she had been told checking by the same person who told me savings. Hopefully we can all keep it straight now. lol I need to finish up my sparking and then I think I will head to bed early. I will probably miss that lunar eclipse tonight.

Mary, I'm sorry the money thing didn't work out the way it was supposed to.

I need to check the weather forecast. It's still pretty nice out there right now but I know the temps are supposed to be dropping.

Oh, my oldest daughter called and said her best friend from college has been transported via ambulance from Tallahassee to Shand's Hospital in Gainesville for treatment for whatever it is that is killing her liver. It's either gotten really bad or maybe they have found a transplant. She is 41 with two young girls.

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Hi Ladies,

It has been an interesting wether day for sure! As Mary said, it was warm and humid this morning and this afternoon was in the 40's and raining! We need the rain (and my roof has been repaired!!! YAY)

Sue, hope you do get some time with your son's kids. That will be a nice treat for Spring Break! Sure do hope you get to go on your Alaska trip. We really enjoyed ours. We also did a cruise and went with 3 other couples. We went in August also. I highly recommend it! Your trip to DC to see the cherry blossoms sounds great. Sometimes putting up with the traffic is worth it! I haven't bee to DC in years. Our oldest daughter was married there ( a long time ago!) and that is the last time I have been there I think. Their wedding was in December, so there weren't a lot of cherry blossoms to see!! LOL.

Donna, Sounds like a nice kind of day for you today--doing things at your own pace! What movie are you planning to see tonight? Hope you don't get the snow the weatherman is talking about! No wonder you were tired after all you do!! Hope your well deserved rest (an understatement for sure!!) refreshed you.

Sandra, you are being quite resourceful in figuring out your exercise plan! Determination will win the day! Good for you. Thank you for confirming my Facebook request. I will go back and make sure I have acknowledged it! I am sorry your anniversary was not as you had hoped. That must have been hurtful. I hope your next one is better.

Kerry, good that they filled in the hole they dug in your yard. Wonder what they were looking for--a survey stake???? Hope you rmeeting goes well tonight. The hot air ballon ride sounds great. We did that once in Arizona and loved it! (even DH who was not a fan of heights!!)

Mary, how frustrating that after all your anguish over the financial decision it won't get done as you directed. That happened to me with one of DH's retirement accounts when I was getting it switched over. Eventually it got worked out, but was really aggravating. It was like the left hand didn't know what the right hand was doing. I am going to FB right after I finish this to find you (and Sandra also). LOVED the rain. Hope we get more tomorrow.

Had a busy day and going to turn in early tonight. Tomorrow will be busy also as I cook and clean in preparation for Bunco on Thursday evening.

Night Night All

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Hi, friends! I had plans to go to the bank as soon as school was out to close out one account and transfer those funds to my new savings. But I got 3 texts from the Primerica guy to call as soon as I get home from school. So I scrapped my plans and came home, called him to find that the transfer from UBS that I worried so much over last week wasn’t going to go through on time. A small part will transfer in time for the deadline but the balance will come on Wednesday. He said he hopes it will work out. Well, he gets his commission regardless of whether it does ME any good. I won’t do antying on his deadline again. Bummer.

Nyla, I’ve seen the grandparents with the girls at Mass once or twice before and as soon as I saw them yesterday I remembered how they laughed and talked to each other instead of being respectful or praying. Someone is dropping the ball when they should have been taught respect…I totally agree! I will look for baby shoes that squeak! Cherilyn put 2 videos of Annalise and Grace walking on FB today. Have you been able to see a ‘friend’ confirmation? Your wish came true…boy, did we ever get rain this morning!!

Kerry, I need to do exercises at the gym when I just can’t stand the thought of getting wet…like today! It was 75 at 10:45 and the temperature dropped to 48 now. It’s so cold and wet and my plans of water aerobics won’t happen tonight. I’m glad whoever messed up your hole closed it back up. What a mess!

Sandra, I wish there was some place closer to go swim. Are there any friends/motels that you might make arrangements with? I hope the doctor can give you a reasonable alternative. Maybe a recumbent bike. And your 45th anniversary SHOULD have been special to your husband AND your kids. I wish they would have been ‘on’ for you!

I’m so glad you did a ‘we did it in ‘14’ trip, Sue….that sounds a little woo-hoo-ish, lol! I’m sure the cherry blossoms are so pretty. My azaleas are all gone and the roses haven’t recovered yet. No flowers anywhere in my yard now.

Donna, if anyone needed a rest after all you've done, it's you. I hope you will take a hot bath and feel better soon. Achy muscles won't work on YOUR job!

Dinner will be great leftovers. Yummy!


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AAAUGH! I just realized that I played baseball and went on three hikes in 3 days. My body was giving out on the last 30 min. of my hike today. It wasn't that hard of a hike, I was just done before the hike was. I am so tired. I have about an hours worth of errands and then I am going to try for a nap before my shower and going to the movies tonight.

Sandy: That is one of the problems of being out in the country. . . you always have to travel to do anything but then you have all that wonderful acreage and have room for a pool if everyone is in agreement. ha ha

OK, off to finish off my must do's and then a well deserved rest.

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Well, I slept pretty well and got up about 7 so I could have breakfast and read the paper before driving my daughter to work. I then headed to the gym for some exercise-cardio machines for 19 min and about another 15 on a couple of the shoulder machines before getting into the pool for 20 min. I had a protein bar for lunch and am now seriously considering a nap. Must be the weather. I came home to find the house next door is being surveyed and they have dug a hole in my yard-right where we just had it filled in!!! Luckily they filled it back in before they left. Tonight is the church finance meeting-hope it's a short one.

We have dark skies today and I think we just had a very short rain burst. We should be around 80 today and then drop to 60 for tomorrow.
Donna, hope you have a great hike today.
Mary, I'm sure glad your group was able to change the subject without problems! I have also cut back on the kids and grandkids' gifts-not that I have too many, they are just too spoiled. lol
Sue, I would love to go see the cherry blossoms in D.C. I have been to Macon, GA, for theirs and it's great as well as not being so crowded. I went there when our oldest was in college and they have hot air balloons which lift off from the college campus so that was fun albeit a long time ago.

Guess I should get up and get the floors done as well as see if I can print out some of the finance reports so I'm ready for tonight.



 
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Hello to all,
It looks like I missed posting again yesterday. It seems that I left some with a misunderstanding. We have never expected our children to acknowdlege our anniversary and we don't theirs either except for a phone call. I was just thinking that our 45th was a little more special. I found out it was just one persons opinion, mine. Also, as for my water exercise, there are plenty of places available for me to go. The problem is that all of the places are the same distance away. No matter where I go the distance is still 30 miles each way. That is the problem when you live way out in the country. I have decided that when I go back to the doctor next month I will let him know I will buy a small pool and that should take care of the problem for summer anyway. The doctor said walking was not an option for me because of both my back problems and my bad feet.
Pat, I hope you are feeling much better today. We will not be getting snow but will be going from the 80's to the low 40's by evening.
Mary, I hope you have a uneventful week at school but I'm sure Easter week will involve an egg hunt and party. Maybe after that things will calm down for you.
Nyla, I confirmed your facebook request but have not seen you on yet. I keep checking the sort box for recent but the next time I go on it is back on top stories. I think I miss things when I switch back and forth. I guess I should just leave it alone.
Kerry, our church has a mass on Saturday evening that covers Sunday morning but there are also 2 Sunday morning masses. We usually go on saturdays at 5pm as it is more convient for us.
Diane ate you home yet?
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I slept in until 6:15 today, went to the bathroom, and am back in bed. AAAAAAH! I don't have to get up yet. Yea!

I do have a hike at 9 am and after that have to run errands but I think my afternoon will be a quiet one until 4:30. Then I am going to the movies with my widower friend.

Mary: You are right, what a pompous Arse. It sounds like he likes to hear himself talk.

Sue: It sounds beautiful if not crowded. But I can't imagine DC ever NOT being crowded. Of course I've never been there.

I hear the weatherman reporting a foot of snow coming somewhere. She hasn't told us yet.

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Good Morning Sparklers. It so nice to get up to sun instead of snow. I'm enjoying it while it lasts. This is spring break week in our area. My daughter and her family have gone to Florida for the week, my son's kids are around and I'm hoping to share some time with them.

Nyla, as for the If & When Alaska trip, we are planning to take a Cruisetour, probably Princess. It seems to be the best value and schedule for us. We are looking at Aug of 2015. Nothing has been firmed up yet, but we keep dreaming.

We made our short trip to DC late yesterday afternoon to see the Cherry Blossoms. Annual ritual, we force ourselves through the crowds of cars and people just so we can say "We did it!". This weekend was picture perfect for the festivities, parade and peepers. Traffic was terrible getting in and out of town from every direction. We drove one loop through slowly moving traffic and then headed out of town. Got a couple pictures of the trees and the crowds, which look just like every other years pictures. BUT we made it in 2014. It was actually fun to be like part of this big event, if only for just a few minutes. I had DVR'd the Cherry Blossom Parade, so we headed back home, cooked burgers on the grill and watched the Parade on TV, much more relaxing.


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Good morning all!

Mary, your dinner partner sounds pretty stuffy!! How old are his children and do you know what kind of relationship he has with them? HIs position sounds like a recipe for trouble to me! But, at least he brought good wine!! LOL You are off to a good start on the week with your house and leftovers! I LOVE baby shoes--a real weakness of mine. They make them with squeakers in the soles that I bought for my GD when she was that age. My daughter wouldn't let her wear them anywhere but at MY house! (I loved them cuz I always knew where she was!!) Sounds to me like the girls in church need to be taught some respect. Wonder where their parents were. Maybe they don't go to church regularly and so have not been taught the proper behavior??

Sure would be nice to get a little rain along with the drop in temperature we are going to be getting!!

Have a nice day everyone!


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Good morning! The weather will change drastically today, from 72 now to the 30’s tonight so we are just like the rest of you who vary from day to day! I had a nice time with the Dinner for 8 group last night. Everyone was congenial until my ‘partner’ got into how he would write his kids off for not staying in church, marrying somewhere other than the church, doing anything that he/church didn’t approve of. He was quite pompous but at least he had no gray area, lol. The whole group got really quiet, then they started talking about where they had traveled like last time….we avoided a fight! He brought 4 really nice bottles of wine…he DOES know his wines, lol. My house is clean, I have leftovers and even gave a whole pan of manicotti to my sweet neighbor next door. I made way too much food but it was good.
Nyla, you have the right attitude about the grandchildren. I am now cutting back on what Dave and I gave everyone for birthday, Christmas, anniversary, etc. I just can’t keep up and my money is dwindling. Once I retire and see how much I have coming in, I may adjust again but a small but nice check/cash is doable. I will see the babies on Friday and will get them shoes for Easter—practical and needed.

Kerry, these girls in church were mouthing the Lord’s Prayer and tearing up palms at the same time! There is CCE, our Sunday/every day of the week school where they can do crafts and learn things…but in church, Mass is only an hour or so and when you’re that old you pay attention! They were acting like preschoolers and making a huge mess, laughing to themselves while the grandfather looked at them like they were so cute. It was very distracting to everyone around them and very evident that those in front, back and on the sides wished they would stop. Oh well, not my kids and not my problem! I hope the time adjustments will help keep your congregation happy. It’s hard when you have a small group to do what everyone wants I guess, because you all know each other so well.

Donna, thanks for the free financial advice, lol. Your calculations should work fine for all of us! Wouldn’t it be nice to have just enough extra to breathe easier? I don’t need a lot, just a bit more than enough!! How nice to introduce the kids to your passion. I hope they enjoyed their day.

I’m so late today but wanted to check in….light at the end of the tunnel with Good Friday off!!
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Happy Sunday Evening all,

Hope everyone had a great Sunday ! Mine was very nice. Warm although overcast. Not bad however!

Mary, I agree about the children and behavior issues in public. It frustrates me to see it and disappoints me when the parents of the poorly behaved children are MY children…. I also agree with you about not competing with the other grandparents. My grandkids are fortunate enough to have multiple grandparents to love them but I will not allow myself to get involved with comparing what gifts they get from whom. I have started sending a fixed amount of money to the oldest 4 grandkids rather than shopping. I have no idea what they have and what is on the current wish list--so I send the money and let their parents help them spend it--or save it--whatever they choose.

Donna, good for you on introducing the kids to nature walks. How sad that it was the first time they had had the opportunity. Glad you had a nice hike and an even nicer lunch with your friends!

Kerry, Hope you can find an inversion table that meets your needs. Sounds like a good thing. Sorry you are going to have to have your other hip done, but good that you will feel better once it is done.

Had a lovely dinner tonight with good friends. A nice day! Went a little over on my calories, but only about 100 calories or so, so all in all, not bad.

Goodnight Ladies

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I have the lottery winnings all figured out.
I need to win $10 mil. Then half goes to taxes so that is $5 mil. Then I'd take the lump sum so that cuts it to 2.5 Mil. That is what I need. By the time I tuck a fair amount for retirement, take care of the kids and sisters, and give some to charity, $2.5 is the magic number. ha ha One can always dream.

Mary: I can see your aggravation with the children in church. Times they are a changing. I go to the traditional early service and there are no kids there. They all go to the contemporary second service.

Kerry: I am sorry you need another surgery. You must be tired of all of these surgeries. I am so glad you gave up the yard work.

I can't remember any farther back. LOL

I went on a hike around the lake and then to lunch at the lake restaurant. It was nice seeing everyone again. We got pushed out before we were done because the restaurant closed at 2 pm.



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Donna, it's great that you have the patience to do all that. I'm glad the girl enjoyed it enough to do it again. I would love to go on a hike like that, too.

Mary, when my granddaughter brings her friend to church they tend to huddle over with a craft or something and I will have to tap them to pay attention but they do NOT make a mess. I would have to give them a much bigger tap!

Nyla, I have not found any inversion table that hold you from the waist area rather than the feet but I'll keep looking. I still have to get the other hip done and after they way it's been bothering me the last couple of days I think the time is getting close. As for the lottery, I would be happy with just half a mil in the bank so I could know there was something there for house repairs and/or other emergencies.

I fixed breakfast at home this morning before Sunday School since we no longer have an early service. After SS we had the choir's Easter program. Next week being Easter we will have a 7am service, breakfast prepared by the men's group and then a 9 am service. If my kids aren't staying then I may well go home, too. We used to stay for the Sunrise, breakfast and the 8:30 service so we were there for Sunday School but this year they have dropped both Sunday School and the 11am service. From now on (or until they decide we are losing too many members) we will only have Sunday School at 8:45 and then church at 10:45. I'm hoping this will bring in more new people without making old member leave. We all know how set in their ways people get. We shall see how it goes.

Well, my husband is snoring and I am really tired so I should get up and move. I really need to get the makeup off my face as it's starting to burn. Must be time for some new stuff.





 
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I enjoy teaching kids to appreciate the simple things in life. How to grow a garden, or like taking these kids on a hike up the creek. They had never been hiking and the girl thought she would fall and was afraid. But there were no high areas, we were walking along a creek. Afterwards she said it was the best and would do it again. Yea! A new nature enthusiast.

After church I am off for a hike around the lake with a friend and then we are meeting up with the rest of the group for a 3 hour lunch on the patio of the restaurant at the lake. The weather is perfect for this.





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Wow, Nyla, you DID have a great day! Congrats on the 1 pound….anything we lose is a blessing for sure. And how wonderful that your gdd did so well in the Odyssey of the Mind. That’s a great accomplishment. Yes, the herb garden part of the field trip was fun. Maybe you can take your grandchildren to the Arboretum one day and see that part of it. You can spend the day, bring a lunch, etc. We really did have a nice day but keeping track of 8 classes of kids, the moaning and groaning of the few who can’t enjoy anything, watching the parents play on their phones rather than being chaperones, etc….after it’s over we teachers breathe a sigh of relief! I sent you a Spark Message with FB info. A bunch of us here are FB friends as well as Spark Friends! Cross curricular, lol!
Pat, I hope as the meds do their work, you will feel better. I’ve never had bronchitis but when my mother gets it, it takes quite a while for her to bounce back. All the crazy weather might be a part of it…80’s then snow! We’re on the same sort of roller coaster: it’s been very humid, as Nyla said, and in the 80’s and we’ll be back to 39 next week in the morning. The parents send their kids to school in uniform shorts and no sweater “because it’s going to get hot!” They forget that recess is at 10:15 and it’s 50!! I have Good Friday off and will take Cherilyn and the girls to look for Easter shoes. The other grandmother puts together $100 Easter baskets and I just can’t compete, nor WILL I. But the girls are growing so quickly and now that they are beginning to walk, soft bottomed shoes will work.

Donna, I saw your FB pictures of the hike but no place to ‘like’…I like, lol! You are so industrious! I love watermelon but haven’t had any in a long time. Sounds delicious.

Kerry, you, Pat, and I were all in a row with anniversaries! Mine being New Year’s Eve, we often couldn’t get a sitter so we’d fix a bunch of fancy appetizers and have our best friends over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, etc. We might watch a movie or two. I remember one year we broke up the party at 2am and after quite a lot of ‘partying’ I invited them to come back at 9:30am for breakfast. Of course, they agreed at the time! I slept a little, then MADE myself get up and fix breakfast. They didn’t come! I called and woke them up, they were NOT happy, but came over so hung over. We laughed about it for years…I learned not to make impulsive invitations, lol!

I went to church last night and the family in front of me had 4 grandchildren probably 8-12. The 3 girls spent the entire time making crosses from the palms. They made a huge mess, acted like small children, didn’t participate at all, and the grandfather just looked at them and smiled, never once suggesting that they do anything but ‘play.’ Finally the older woman next to them told them that the palms had been blessed and the parts and pieces they had stripped and thrown on the floor and the pew needed to be picked up. They sort of looked admonished but kept on making a mess! At least when I left they were picking up. The grandparents acted like there was nothing wrong. Ugh. I am not tolerant of things like that either.

I have so much to do to clean my house, do lesson plans, and cook. I will use a couple of the cute table cloths we had for Chris’ reception tonight. I think that will be fun.

Hugs to all and have a great Sunday.

Mary


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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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Good evening Ladies,

Been another busy day here! Will try to catch up with you all!

First thing I want to say is that I LOVE the teeshirt idea and a get together! That would be great! Who shall we nominate to plan it??

The next thing I would like to ask you all is how to find you on Facebook?? I am not good at Facebook although I do have an account. Please PM me with your username on Facebook so I can keep up with you all there also!

Kerry, How kind of you to let the gal in a hurry go before you. That is sending out good karma into the universe!! It is fortunate for you that your brother can help you with financial decisions. I am like Mary and trying to get up to speed. Sure would be nice to win a relatively modest lottery so I wouldn't have to worry about it so much!! I don't need the 400 million--just a few would be fine LOL… It will be so nice for you to have your house paid off. That will make it easier when you retire. I had no idea that computers were that damaging to eyesight… I am glad to know that so I can pass along the information to my kids for THEIR kids. How fun to be able to plan something to do on the weekend without considering your yard work!! Interesting about the inversion table. Are there different varieties so that you could get one that isn't dangerous for your hip?

Sue, glad you are in summer, but hope you acclimate to the warmer temps quickly. Here in good ol' Houston, humidity is what makes our weather really difficult to bear in the summer months. But I have promised myself that I won't complain this year after all the moaning and groaning I did about the cold winter!! I really hope you take your trip to Alaska. You will really love it. Will you fly to Anchorage and go from there or are you thinking of a cruise? Or a train?? I am with you on the housework and yard work right now. Tis the season… You go girl for your 5 pounds. I know you can do it!! Just try to focus on one day at a time!

Marylou, glad that Whitney is feeling better. Sometimes we all need a day to blow off steam. Your field trip with the kids sounds exhausting! For adults as well as children! Enjoy your sister's visit. Hope you get everything done that you want to.

Mary, Your field trip also sounds exhausting! Glad to hear the walk today was good and I hope you enjoy your Dinner for Eight tomorrow night. Funny that the docent was showing the kids the herbs and letting them touch and smell them. I do that with my grandkids to try to teach them about herbs and cooking (cooking has been a big hobby for me). Glad you had a nice dinner with your sisters again! Hope your hip feels better.

Pat, glad you have gotten some medication to help you recover from the bronchitis. And an added bonus that you got a couple other issues addressed as well! Your weather sounds crazy also! A few years ago, DD and I got snowbound in Ottowa, KS driving home from SD in April. Still have the pictures somewhere! Seeing Decklan all "decked out" will really be fun. TOO cute!!

Donna, your session at the ball field sounds like fun. Hope you aren't stiff and sore because of it. I am like you and forget that I am not as young as my brain seems to think I am! Sounds like fun to take DD's friends' kids hiking with you. Hope you get your hike in tomorrow also!

Pam, Sure hope the weatherman is wrong and you don't get any more snow.

Sandra, Happy Anniversary and Congratulations to you. That is great! Only a couple of our kids would remember our anniversary--but then we didn't make a big fuss over theirs either. (I do, however, send an email to acknowledge the day). Like you, we never exchanged gifts and in the last few years, we even called the florist for a "combined" flower arrangement instead of sending one to each other! I hope you figure out a way to get the exercise in. Does walking bother your back also? Seems like that bothers some people but not everyone.

Penny, hope you have had a great Saturday as well!

I had a good day. The oldest GD was in Houston to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind competition and her team took first place in their division. Now they will go to World Competition in Iowa (Iowa State Univ campus) the end of May. She is such a sweet girl. She is only 11 but is so mature and lovely.

I did well on my steps today--over 15,000. YAY. I have been struggling to get my steps this past week. I did well yesterday and today, so hopefully I am back on track. 2 weeks ago I had set a goal to have lost 3 pounds by today. Well--only lost 1 of the 3, but now hope to lose the remaining 2 by next Sunday. I will have to work hard to achieve that! Slowly but surely ….. Did well with my calories today too. AND I have a brand new great-niece today. 8 lbs 5 oz. As I said, it was a great day!!

Have a nice evening everyone!


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Pam I am feeling your weather pain, it was in the mid 80's today and by Monday we could get some SNOW! Unbelievable! I took a walk to the mail box to get the mail but that's about all the outside time I got today. Not feeling real good yet but think I am getting better. Being sick sucks!
Going to try to go to church tomorrow, think I will be OK. It is Palm Sunday. Next week Stephanie will be here and go to church with us. She has a suit for Decklan to wear, he looks so cute in it. I got him a little Easter basket treat. We bought a big plastic egg and I put his favorite baby food in it. Also got him a little blue bunny and a shirt with matching t-shirt. Next year we will have an Easter egg hunt for him. So much fun stuff to look forward too.
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Sandy: Happy Anniversary. I think men just aren't as romantic as women. They married the girl didn't they? That should say it all. ha ha
DD is watching some friend's kids this weekend due to a family emergency and we took them hiking up a creek. It was fun and I brought a slice of watermelon for each of them. It was their first time hiking and they enjoyed it.

I'm supposed to hike tomorrow but I am not sure if it will happen because they haven't contacted me yet. We will go out to lunch anyway.

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Happy Anniversary, Sandra. The kids better start getting some hints soon so they are prepared to provide some kind of celebration for the 50th!! The most we do for our anniversary is dinner and a movie. Usually just dinner because we are also in that week between Christmas and New Years-the 30th to be exact. We will be # 43 this year.

Pam, I hope you were able to get through the shipping stuff quickly.
Mary, sure hope you get some good rest today.



 
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