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Wow Kerry. All medical testing done and you're good for another - whenever - LOL! I actually called my dentist this morning and made an appointment for a check up. It's typical. I started going to this dentist after nearly 6 years without seeing one, and I had NO cavities, just needed a clean up. I went to this dentist every year for 10 years - NO cavities - just a clean up. I don't go for two years, and I think I may have a cavity (altho maybe not). We'll see. I shovelled the appt off as far as I could - June 26 - so I can wait to find out. If I had said I thought I had a problem, they'd have gotten me in a lot sooner, so I stayed quiet. LOL!

Almost time for another mammogram for me too. I can't remember when I last had one. They usually call or write to me when it's time for the next one. I don't think it was THAT long ago. Oh well.

I have done nothing in the way of exercise or diet change, so I haven't really bothered contributing to this post lately. I come in every day and read and catch up, but I feel like a fraud staying here when I'm not doing anything!

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Mammogram, bone density and thyroid ultrasound all done.



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5/21/15 10:01 A

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Then that report definitely needs to be changed as well as reporting that the officer didn't take reports from witnesses. That's laziness. When our daughter had hard accident the witnesses gave her their info and didn't leave until they talked to the officer.

Preplanning isn't hard especially if you work with someone like we had yesterday. It's kind of interesting plus you can pick the spot you want, etc.



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Kerry ick! I know we need the pre-planning for the kids but canít be fun. The DIL didnít say she wasnít hurt. They took both of them in the ambulance and she left in crutches. Since DH was a Trooper if they donít fix the report he will likely go down and visit with the Police Chief. Especially if he didnít list witnesses. DIL said there were a lot of people around. Men do not like our input do they?

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No one died (well other than our friend the other day) just us preplanning whatever we can so the kids don't have to mess around with it when the time does come. Larry learned how much difference it makes to have the preplanning done when his parents died.

I'm wondering if there is some way the people involved can get the police department to make new comments on that accident report although if the DIL told them she wasn't hurt then that's what they have to go with and the insurance company won't want to pay medical bills. Our daughter told the cops she was fine after her accident but then she passed out so that went into her report.

We started the day off badly here-I set my alarm for 6:25 so I would have time to brush my teeth and get dressed before going to pick up the grandkids since GS has uniform day today. He has PE first period so he has to carry his uniform, shoes, etc along with his backpack so it's hard to ride his bike so we drive him. Today should have been the last day or second to last-we'll see. GD doesn't want to stay home alone before walking to her school so we pick her up, too, then she gets to have breakfast. My irritation came from DH having HIS alarm go off at 5:15-why? is he really that slow?? Then after breakfast he drove to the elementary school after I said 'she has 25 minutes before she can be on campus' so he ignored that and the kid got out of the car 20 minutes before kids are allowed on campus. Good grief. Guess I just don't know anything. Oh BTW that old guy is now snoring on the couch.

I'll be heading to the gym about 10:15 so maybe I can fit in a little cardio before Silver Sneakers. My lunch will be the other half of yesterday's sandwich minus the bread which will be really soggy by now. Maybe I can find something pretty health for dinner-I pass 3 grocery stores on the way home so...



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Mary my DS isnít happy with the police department. They made a very bad police report. They did not even list that my ex DIL was hurt and she is now on crutches. No telling what else was in the report! The dress I bought through the mail is too tight in the chest so now Iím searching my clothes for something to wear!

Kerry I'm not sure what you are doing at the funeral home. Did a relative die?

Well, today I finish helping with quilt show setup and then we are off to Texas and then New Orleans. Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

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No nap for me. We went down to the funeral home instead. They called and wanted to make sure that everything was up to date and make any changes. We did add on some travel insurance in case something happened while we're out of town so the kids wouldn't have to come up with money for that. Sounds like a fun afternoon, right. Actually we did have some fun-the girl who was going over everything was fun to talk with especially with my husband joking around. We went from there to church for dinner, took the grandkids home and actually got to see the end of Jeopardy.



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The pup is apparently a digger which is not good and hard to stop. Any cat I own is kept indoors because I also dislike the mess especially, the yowling and footprints on the cars. The only good thing about cats around here I'd they can catch a lot of small animals along the drainage ditch and in the wooded area.
We are just back from lunch and that after water aerobics I am ready for a nap!



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Good morning! It will be Day 2 of no rain if Iím lucky!! It was nice to be able to go outside for recess without looking towards the clouds and the PE teacher could do her job outside instead of in my room!

Diana, Iím so glad your GD seems to have come through the accident with minor injuries. Iím sure sheís a celebrity in her class! Itís hard on the parents, though, Iím sure. I hope you can get all your work done to your satisfaction before the wedding trip. You are always so busy! Iím sure the quilts are lovely. What color is your dress? Iím with youÖa secretary would be a good thing for most of us!

Kerry, Iím not a cat person at all but kittens are always so cute. Then they grow up, lol. My next door neighbor is wonderful but her cats get into my yard a lot. I will open my window shade in the morning and here is her cat, staring at meÖ.sort of scary! Your dd will need to be careful if this dog gets out a lot---and it sounds like it does. Responsibility is a must for pet owners! Iím glad Larry had a good checkup. I also have no interest in being in charge of anything any more. Iím quite content to be an ĎIndianí at this point in my life. Iíve been a Chief often enough!


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5/19/15 11:43 P

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Kerry I am always busy. So glad Larry got a good report card!

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We had a good rain this evening but it came with lots of thunder and lightning. Larry pretty much got an attaboy from his cardiologist this afternoon. We did lunch after using a Mother's day coupon so got 2 meals for $7.

Diana you are busy busy!!



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Kerry I am with you. People need to take responsibility for their pets. I do like cats unless they are feral of course. We could do without the squirrels in our pecan tree. They were in our house recently and still might come in. We set live traps but didnít catch anything.

We are getting hit hard with rain again. The thunder rattled the glass in the kitchen! We have had more rain this year than I can remember since we moved here. I have finished all the labels and binding for my quilts.

Tomorrow we setup the quilt racks and hang quilts. It will be a long day. At least this year I donít have to take them down! On Thursday I have to help the vendors set up. Then we leave Thursday night for Texas and off to New Orleans on Friday for groomís dinner. Three days with my entire family. Should be fun AND stressful!


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I agree, Diana. I don't want to be the one in charge now-I need someone else to take the lead and do some of the things I hate doing or don't fit into my "easy going, fun" life stage!

The kittens are cute-running around while mom sits above on the car watching them. Well, she did until I started mowing and she moved them all. There are 2 yellow with short hair, 2 long hair gray and one short hair dark gray. I'm still trying to figure out how mom carried them one by one under the fence and to another 'nest'. I'm guessing maybe she is under one of the two storage sheds next door. Hope they don't become hawk food like the squirrels do.

My youngest daughter just called complaining that her boyfriend's dog got out of the fenced back yard and didn't come home but she got a phone call from a friend who told her to check Craig's list because it was on there-free to a good home. Guess they picked it up in their neighborhood and brought it right close to my house and immediately posted it . DD is mad and I told her it's their job to keep the dog in the yard and these folks may have saved it from getting hit but she didn't care about that because 'she/he always comes home after a little visiting'. I'm not sure what is so hard for them to understand that they have to fix the fence line. I may tell her to put an invisible fence around the yard but I'm sure they can't afford that.



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Kerry they did a big wrap on her foot. I guess from what DH says she was playing yesterday with a friend in the house maneuvering her foot. I guess kids are resilient. I love cats. I bet the kittens are adorable. But, I agree with having pets spayed/neutered.

Today I have to pick up another quilt I had quilted for the show. I need to bind it and have labels on everything by Wed. I havenít found clothes for the trip/wedding. I hate that I havenít lost any weight. Iím starting WW after my trip. My SIL said she will go too. Something has to change. Maybe that will help. I need to get insurance for one of the houses today. Since we have four I kind of lost track and let it lapse. I do worry about liability in this day and age so I need to get it reinstated. I need a secretary these days! I donít want to be a grownup today.


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Good morning. Diana, I'm glad your GD was able to go to school-is she wearing a boot or anything on that foot? She'll probably have lots of kids trying to help her through the day.

I have no plans for today-I think I woke up more tired than when I went to bed last night. I will go out back and check for the cat and kittens again but I guess she moved them permanently when I started mowing. I'm wondering if they are next door under one of the two storage sheds they have. It just frustrates me to know how many more cats there will be roaming the neighborhood from this mom and 5 kittens if they aren't caught and spayed/neutered. Oh well. I hope everyone has a great day.



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Mary we have been looking forward to the wedding in NO. Of course if we are needed we will cancel our plans. But, I guess she is going to school today which surprises me. I hope it isnít too much for her. Iím sure if it is they will call. It is tough with DS starting his new job today and DIL being down with her knee. I am sure DH offered to watch her so I guess they feel she can handle school. How funny the other teacher announced leaving. I wonder if the school is freaking out over that.

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Diana, as usual, Bob (or you!) to the rescue! I'm sure it's a comfort to Calleigh to have him there. So very glad that neither of them have broken bones. When I first read about it I thought that the accident was a wreck. Either would have been very scary and devastating with the repercussions. I hope both mother and daughter will be fine and that you can go on to NO as planned.

I am getting geared up for my last 2 weeks of school. Another teacher announced on Facebook that she is leaving!! There was no announcement on the school website, nor was there an email from the principal. Hmm...I wonder if SHE was under a gag order, or if she just decided to leave! Maybe I'll find out today. Sometimes it's hard to be a Good Girl and a Rule Follower!!

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Mary I wondered how your trip to Momís went. I hate driving in the rain, especially when it is heavy rain! Glad you are home safe. What an awful delay too! Each trip like that gives you more confidence!

As some of you know from my FB page my ex DIL and GD were walking in a crosswalk and were hit by a car! We were worried sick. DIL has a hurt knee and GD has a hurt foot. No one seems to know exactly what happened to GD. Mom got thrown and went back to her after. Luckily GD has nothing broken and was not unconscious. We are blessed that she is only bruised. But, her little foot today is black and blue and so swollen. We called to speak with her and she said she was scared but had fun because she got to see pictures of her foot and ride in the ambulance. She is so sweet.

DH went to see her tonight. I have to finish up things here before we go to New Orleans this weekend for a wedding. That is if GD doesn't need us. Our DS starts his new job tomorrow.

Thank you all for your comments. it was very stressful.

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Haha...I sometimes forget to go back and see what I thought I was saying, lol...it's interesting when the phone or iPad edits for you, Kerry. Something that I thought of when I was in an area of town where I really wasn't sure of myself is that one of these days when I have nothing to do----read:retired!----I want to drive downtown and see how I can navigate without panic. I was pleased with myself that I didn't have a fit...I realized I was near where my daughter used to live but I had no real idea of how to leave the area where I was forced to be to GET to where I thought I could get home!! I tried my GPS but it wanted me to turn around and go back where I came from...that whole freeway was closed so that wasn't an option. But I did it and was proud of myself. I told Cherilyn about it and she made me feel better. She told me I did the rigt thing trying to see her cross street from one that I thought was nearby but it had a different name where I was than her old cross street! So I had good intentions but would never have found the street I was hoping for because of the different name!

Off to bed soon...

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I can't edit with the phone app. That should say awful.



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That sounds away, Mary. I hate driving in rain let alone a downpour. Glad you made it home safe and sound. Two weeks -hard to believe. Seems like the year just started. The 29th is also graduation day for our granddaughter. She will be a junior high student this fall. Wow I am old.



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I went to visit my mother and 2 sisters today. I had a hard time getting home. There were torrential downpours for a while on the freeway, then a big wreck. Once I got past that, they closed the freeway and I was rerouted to another freeway where I didn't know where I was! I got home okay after all and it added 45minutes to my return trip!

Kerry your family trip sounds like quite an undertaking! I hope it will all go smoothly for you!

Two weeks to go!!

Mary

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Wow-no one sparking here today. Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday. Mine was a pretty normal boring day!



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Apparently not healthy enough to lose weight. emoticon
I spent about an hour mowing this morning before it just got too hot. I was trying to stay far enough away from the mama cat's hiding place with her 5 babies but she got scared and moved them somewhere along the drainage ditch. Hopefully she brings them back because I'm hoping to catch them all with the mom so they can be fixed and found homes. I don't want 100 cats roaming the neighborhood and/or getting hit by cars.

We have next year's vacation plan started. We are going to a family get together at Estes Park. The Y owns a bunch of large lodges and we will be spending a bunch to rent a couple dozen and we may still wind up sharing a room with others. That will be a 4 day event and then since we will be out there we can go west to Oregon and Washington then heading east. That's all we've planned so far.

Okay, laundry is almost done and it's probably time to move the sprinkler.



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Kerry for all the years I've been on here I have admired your tenacity in exercise. You are living a healthy life!

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Mary, I do understand that having to push myself once I get to the gym. That was much easier at the old gym where all the trainers knew me and I had lots of friends to talk to while we worked out. I did have one day recently where I just went in and then decided to just go home and to bed. Right now I am really trying to force myself out the door for some mowing.

As for missing that spin I know it's easy when that bonus one pops up. I decided it's easier to just click the bonus spin CLOSED so the log in spin comes up then I can spin that wheel and reopen the bonus spin where the box is lit up. I also make my last thing before bed to look at the My sparkpoints page and check that I've done them both. Hopefully that will help you keep that streak going. Now I really have to go mow before it gets too hot.



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Mary we do have a lot of prep to make the quilt show a success. It is always worthwhile though. Iím sorry you donít have a Bob to help with fix up of your house. I never worry about getting things done. If he doesnít know how to do something he learns. I guess if he werenít here I would learn..Hmmm. Iím glad the cat is out of the bag as far as your retirement. How silly it was.

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In all the years I've been on Spark, I didn't know there WAS a Planner page! I will have to look. I found that early this week, even though I put in all my exercise data and recorded a bunch of stuff...even got to spin the Bonus wheel because I logged more than 25 points, I forgot to spin the Log In wheel and lost my streak!! Over all these years I've only missed logging in 3 times! such a bummer!

The teachers have all been told of my retirement now and yesterday I was able to let two moms know when they asked about me teaching summer school or plans for next year's students. I'm hoping word will travel and I don't have to make an announcement. I'd rather have them find out and approach me. I don't expect a big party or anything like that...this school doesn't seem to do anything when people leave and I've only been there for 7 years. But I hated having to act like my retirement was so secretive!

Kerry, you're so good about your exercise! I went to the gym after school yesterday and as always, I was glad that I went but I have to push myself. I will be gone through the middle of today and the ony Saturday water aerobics class is at noon!! Tomorrow I will go see my mother again and the Sunday class is at 4:00. I sometimes make itback by then but not always. After a day on the road I usually cave!

Diana, you are so busy right now! I hope the quilt show will go well. It seems like there's a lot of preparation for those shows. You have done such a great job fixing up the house and getting that 'to rights!' I am SO looking forward to cleaning mine room by room. It will take me a year, lol. And I don't have a 'Bob' to fix things!

I need to get on the road....hugs to all for a happy Saturday.

Mary



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I used to use that calendar all the time because you would get a point for filling it in daily. I still have birthdays rolling in from it. I should fill it in more often since they would be popping up in front of me in case I didn't look at the calendar. Try searching "my planner page".

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Mary I know you will be happy to be retired and not have to wait to do what you want. At least now you can tell the parents you are retiring. You canít worry about who is taking your job. I know as a good teacher you want the best for your students but you will have to let the powers that be take care of it. Spark does have a calendar but it is hard to find so I saved it on my favorites so I know where to add things. It does a good job of reminding me of appointments.

Kerry Iím glad you made it to the concert. So glad to hear you like your WA instructor.

Well, Iíve been doing little things today. Taking things to the big house, getting quilt labels ready, helping Bob stake out the area for the shed, cooking and doing laundry of course and I cut some of my beautiful roses for the house. Tomorrow we are expecting weather. We would like it to stay dry so we can till up the area for the shed.


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Mary, vegging out is what I plan to do the rest of today. We'll probably go to Target and stop for something to eat but other than that no plans. It will be good to get through that paperwork and make sure everything is right. Guess that's something we should all think about. I know I looked at my 5 Wishes booklet and it needs to be completely changed.

I managed to get up for coffee and then water aerobics. Love this instructor and then last night Carol told me that the instructor is only in this area for a short time. boo!! I am wanting a nap right now but my stomach is saying the morning's Wake Up Wrap wasn't enough to get me through the day so I guess it's time to head out.





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That was certainly a welcome 2-For, (Two-Fer?!) wasn't it?! I'm glad you could go to the dinner AND the symphony last night, Kerry. I was going to do a dvd but watched the Blacklist as planned and never got off the couch.

Tonight when I get home I am fixing dinner for a church friend who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She is in great shape, works a sort of PT for disabled children, eats very 'clean' and we were all so shocked at her diagnosis. So sad. So we're trying to help out as she recovers from her initial surgery.

I have a Stampin Up Workshop tomorrow---the first one in months. On Sunday I will go see my mother again. One sister who does so much for her discovered some paperwork that a new night nurse showed her. It still showed Dave as the person to call for an emergency!! Um, he's not going to respond! They DO call this sister first now, but she was shocked that no one had cleaned up those files in almost 5 years. They now have a directive to take her to the ER the next time her blood pressure goes up as high as it did a couple of weeks ago. they opted not to last time and her doctor said we could have lost her or she could have had a stroke!

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I'm just checking in before bed. It was a short night and long day. Our Silver Sneaker class worked a lot of legs today plus coordination. Yeah, I failed that part-had to chase that ball around the room three times. The Blood Alliance dinner for muli gallon donors was really good. Just before they opened the doors to the dining area I noticed one of our church members being rolled in by her son-in-law. Eleanor is in a wheel chair because of a bad decision to have back surgery after her own doctor told her it wouldn't work. She is 10 years older than me and bent in half shuffling along. It's awful. Anyway her daughter was home after hernia surgery so he brought his mother in law to the dinner while Eleanor's husband was with grandson at t ball. Her husband is in his 80s. Dinner started with a salad and as soon as you were done dinner replaced that bowl. Dinner was chicken breast which I could cut with a fork, mashed potatoes with a veggie mix of green beans and squash. Dessert was extremely rich cheese cake or chocolate cake depending on where you sat. I couldn't manage even half of that cheesecake. So after I finished it was a few minutes after 7 so I told everyone goodbye and walked across the street to the symphony hall and actually beat my friend, Carol, there. She was surprised to see me. Home now and time for bed so I can get up for 7 am coffee.



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Wow, this shows a lot of posts for one day! Kind of like it used to be. Great to hear odds and ends from everyone.

The parents still donít know about me retiring. I think the next time someone asks about summer plans I will let them know that I will be having The Endless Summer, lol! The principal brought a young woman to my class today. I didnít know who she was and I thought she was a potential parent. No introduction. As she was leaving, the principal said she would come back to get her in an hour or so. Thatís when I realized she was the potential new teacher! No introduction or anything said to her about who I was either. Itís SO unprofessional. But thatís the way things are done at my school. The woman was very nice. But she has only taught HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY! I donít think thatís good preparation for teaching first grade. Then the principal called my partner in and talked to HER about the woman but didnít ask me anything. I feel ignored once again. Oh, well, only a while left to go.

Kerry, $200 a night for a while is a lot for you to pay on retirement! I hope it will be a good trip for everyone. I now youíll be excited to have another little one around. Has your daughter decided anything about living arrangements yet? Sheís still living at home with you or moving in with the boyfriend? I hope you donít end up being The Babysitter. Youíve done that for the other two kids but a new baby is a lot to contend with!

Diana, I hope the wedding and new baby will be loads of fun for you, too. I didnít know Spark had a calendar. With my Ďgoing to be busyí schedule I may have to try that, lol! I have a big calendar hanging on the door of a kitchen cabinet and also have a small paper agenda book in my purse. I still manage to mess up where I go and when!

Pam, your weather sounds crazy, too! Cold at night and hot during the day. Itís rained here for days. I went out into the back yard to see how much water was standing. Oh, my goodness: there are bugs in my mulch that was just put in last week and I was bitten over and over again. So disgusting! And they itch! We had a special fun nature discovery day planned for tomorrow but itís 60% chanc of rain and it wonít be a good day for Ďexplorationí Iím sure!




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There were a couple friends from church at the dinner so we enjoyed their company as well as a scrumptious dinner and I beat Carol to the theater.



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I would do the same thing Kerry. I had to start using the SP calendar so I won't forget dates. It reminds me through email.

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I realized that I have 2 dates for tonight-oops. I have had the symphony tickets since last fall and forgot the last show was Thursday not Saturday and I am going with Larry to the yearly dinners the Blood Alliance puts on for those who donate and he just got his 29 gallon sticker. Hmmm. The dinner starts at 6-scheduled to end at 9. The symphony starts at 7:30 right across the street. Larry isn't real thrilled about the idea but I plan to eat and then go to the symphony.
Silver Sneakers was a good class. I'm sure my legs will be talking to me tomorrow.



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Pam for some reason where we live the storms go around us most of the time. Now in OKC there are many. I guess here there has not been a tornado since 1940 something. They say we live on sacred Indian grounds.

Kerry how wonderful you will have a new grandchild. I have one due mid July. It is a girl and my DS is naming her after my DD who doesnít know yet.


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We should be getting a new grandchild just before Thanksgiving so we should be home for a while. This family reunion isn't until next summer so it should be paid off before we get there. I certainly hope so.

I turned my computer on an hour ago and finally gave up on it ever finishing it's updates so I'm on the kindle which naturally is harder to type with. Wait--it may be done. Of course it's now time to head to the gym for Silver Sneakers. I just can't win.



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Yes, that is an expensive holiday Kerry. After this, it's time to cut back and relax at home for a bit.

Diana, you live in Oklahoma and you don't normally get tornado warnings? I find that strange, but perhaps you are in a part of OK that doesn't get them normally?

We had hot humid weather for a week. Yesterday it was downright chilly and last night there were frost warnings. Today is beautiful and sunny, but barely warm (just the way I like it! LOL)

Mary, the stress of the end of the year IS hard, and your retirement is probably "on your mind" too which doesn't help. You have a whole new lifestyle beginning soon, and you need to organize a new normal for yourself. But I think you'll love it. :)

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Wow Kerry. $200 a night is spendy.

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Skipping to the bottom, I will agree that good food is a big issue in this weight fight.

I got the info for our family reunion next year to honor what would have been mom's 90th birthday. Talk about expensive! We'll have rooms in three different buildings and we will be paying more than$200 a night. This week we need to pay the cabin rental for our trip next month. We'll need to cut back for a while. emoticon

I also need to get rid of a lot of stuff that we really don't need or even want. I just never managed to get it done.



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Well, I canít believe I havenít posted. No email reminders so I will tell it again!

Pam we wonít sell the big house or little house. They are ours. The little one for when we are old. LOL. The big one is my love. We would never get the money we would want for it in this small community. Plus we have worked so hard on it we couldnít bear to see anyone run it down after we are through. My sorting is the result of years of storage. Now I have to face the music and pare down what we have to fit our lifestyle now. Get rid of things that are just ďokayĒ and keep what I ďloveĒ. I always feel moving gives you a fresh start. I laughed at your comment about food walking off your plate. I remember going for fish in MO and they brought it with the head to prove it was fresh and I made them take it back and get rid of the head! Good choice to eat out during the week instead of Motherís Day.

Hey Marylou. Give Whitney a hug for me.

Rita I like my stuff too. It is a process. I could give things away more easily if I thought the person getting it would love it like I do. DH and I do a lot of DIY. Iím not sure how much longer we can do it but for now we still think we are young! LOL Alaska had its benefits and deficits. A Kentucky Derby party and going to the race is on my bucket list.

Kerry a black snowman would be interesting. We have been getting so much rain here for the past week. We had tornado sirens go off which never happens here. Rained again today but only a little. Congrats to your friend for hearing from the Rams! That will make watching games a lot more fun.

Mary Bob knows better than to get rid of ANY of my Christmas unless I say so. Some things are off limits! For him it is baseball and his HUGE photo developer!

Weíve been busy. My DS came up for the weekend and finished plastering and painting my closet and now I have hanging clothes again. DH put in my kitchen countertops also. So, Diana is a happy camper right now. We have been trying to dig in the yard for a shed but it has been raining so much we have to wait for it to dry up. Unusual for OK.

Next week is the eighth year of the quilt show I started but I will only be here for setup. We are going to my nieceís wedding in New Orleans. Should be expensive and fun. I made her a Mardi Gras quilt. I hate to miss the show because we always have so much fun. I have started tracking AGAIN today. I swear I seem to be able to do anything but lose weight! As Dr Phil says I must be getting something out of being overweight. I think it is eating food I like!


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I think my granddaughter has 11 days left with the last one being graduations day.

The trip to St. Augustine was very nice-perfect weather and good friends. I only wish we could have found a place right there to eat but no one could seat more than a dozen together. I think we could have handle 3 or 4 tables in the same area, but that wasn't my decision to make. If we had eaten there then we could have done some walking around visiting stores, etc.

This evening we had dinner prepared by the Boy Scouts (or their leaders) so it was spaghetti with tossed salad. I paid a little extra since Cheyenne brought a friend and I thought our grandson was going to be dropped off. Oh well. It's a good program. I also made the decision that Larry and I would take over the coke machine at church so it can be repaired which would help with the income since it records 75 cents after one quarter and then gives change. Not good when we need to make a profit. I think 6 months or more of wondering, thinking asking, looking etc is just way too much wasted time. Larry can probably get the part and fix it in just a day or two, I'm sure and he needs something to do anyway. LOL Once that's fixed then it will only be reloading the drinks every so often. Definitely not a big job. Well, guess I'll get off here and do some reading.



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Kerry, it sounds like your trip to St. Augustine was/is a good one. As I said in FB, I've wanted to go there since I read the Bobbsey Twins book about it in 2nd grade!

Donna, I'm okay...still a little queasy. I think it's a combo of things: stress and worry about the end of the year with so much to do...and eating way too much and the wrong things. I need to slow down in all areas but it just doesn't happen! Your trip will be a wonderful belated Mother's Day gift. I know you'll enjoy being with the family.

Yes, the girls are getting so big! I need to update my pictures. I haven't put any new ones on Spark in a long time and I don't have very many on this computer. Maybe I can do it from my iPad.

Nine actual teaching days left! Some are end of the year party days, half days of celebrations at the end of the year, etc. May 29th is looming and the principal finally sent out an email announcing my retirement yesterday! Hooray!

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Wow, no one talked today?
Pam: I am glad you had a good Mother's Day.
Mary : Hope your tummy is better now. I saw a picture on FB of the girls now that they are two. They are so cute. So much older than your newborn picture of you holding them.

I had a good Mother's Day also. One DD took me hiking and we had breakfast together. I got flowers and a card. My other DD is flying me home for Memorial weekend to be at GS's 4th birthday party and see my mom too. That is a great Mother's Day present.

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Mary, I hope your tummy is just getting excited about the end of the year. Sure hope you don't get sick.

I don't feel like I've done much of anything for 4 days now other than laundry. Larry got the carpets and furniture all sprayed for bugs, I had my teeth cleaned and made a stop at the hospital to visit our son-in-laws brother who had knee surgery this morning and then got to my finance meeting at church. The yard still needs mowing and the recycling needs to be taken down to the curb before I head to bed. I am looking forward to the river cruise in St. Augustine tomorrow morning.



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Great news, Marylou! Are you winding down the school year? I miss hearing about what is going on with you! Hope all is well.

I am a little under the weather...my tummy decided to rebel right after school so I ditched the idea of going to the gym and am 'recuperating.' I have 4 paid days of sick leave and I need all the money I can get!!

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I know you'll love spending summertime with Whitney!



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" Hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!" I'm getting ready for my daughter's home coming. So excited and looking forward to summer days.

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What a wonderful day, Pam! You deserve it!!

Three weeks and counting...

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Well girls, I had a lovely day today (except for the humidity outside). Of course, it started way too early with the police banging on our porch door trying to get our attention! LOL! I had to laugh. Apparently when one of the officers saw the bumble bee, he said "hell that's the biggest bee I've ever seen! - you want me to shoot it?" Leah didn't miss a beat and said "if you think you can blow that thing apart without damaging any stock in here, I'll pour you a drink." LOL! Anyway, we all went back to bed and I didn't wake up again until nearly 11:00am!!!!!! Even I was stunned that I slept that late. I got up to the sizzling of bacon, so I knew I was in for a nice cooked breakfast. Leah did everything but the eggs. She left that to her dad because she always (somehow) manages to break the eggs. I don't know what she does (neither does she). LOL!

Mid afternoon my son Simon, Julie and Landon came to visit for a couple of hours. We spent most of the time outside, which nearly killed me, because it was so hot and humid. My face was very red and dripping - even in the shade! I really hate that. So when they left, Leah went to Woodstock for her first competitive soccer game (against Embro, I might add) and she said she'd bring pizza back for our supper - so no cooking for me today at all. I love it. Leah gave me chocolates, a new small frying pan and a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream, oh and a Chicken Soup for The Soul book. Now the girls have organized to take me out for dinner on Wednesday night. I'm a happy camper. Oh and she also won her game for Woodstock against Embro 8-0. Ridiculous score for a competitive league, but hey.

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Good! As long as you have something special to look forward to, I'm appeased, lol!

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I'm not real wild about going out on a holiday just because everyone else IS. I hate waiting for a table and it drove me crazy when my mom insisted we had to. I wouldn't mind going out tomorrow but I'm having my teeth cleaned at noon and have a finance meeting at 7 . Now we ARE going to St. Augustine on Tuesday for a river cruise and lunch which will be a nice treat. That will be my celebration-no kids or grandkids just a dozen or so friends.



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Kerry, you do so much for your girls and your grandchildren AND your church! I wish they would have made more of a 'production' for you. Tell Larry you want something more than KFC tomorrow...no crowds and no wait, but you deserve a nice, sit-down meal in a restaurant and you don't need to prepare it!!

I had brunch with 2 out of 3 kids and my grandchildren. My son and his family gave me a spa basket of lotions and soaps and some cozy new slippers. My daughter and her family gave me a gift certificate for a pedicure near their new home and dinner with them afterwards. So I am pampered at home and away!

I went to water aerobics for the 90 minute class so I am done for the day! I had a nice chat with my mother beforehand, too. I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day!

Three weeks til retirement!!

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Larry and I took a small cake in to our Sunday School room to celebrate Mother's Day. I set it on a table with forks and a knife and then wondered if anyone was going to eat it. Finally one gal wheeled herself forward and got a slice and then a couple others did, too. I still wound up bringing some home. I was going to give it to our middle daughter when she came for her kids but she never came in the house and I forgot. Okay, she DID come in the house but that was before they left, saw us coming and came back. lol I know she was in because I found an Amazon gift card on my chair. After church we drove past several packed restaurants and wound up having KFC. I had some mashed potatoes left over from the bowl and just finished them off with some of the pork roast I threw in the crockpot before church. There was no big prep-just basically did throw it in the pot with a little water and some garlic so it was done when I got home from counting money. It was a normal Sunday for me but most holidays are like that now. Our youngest and her boyfriend came by last night and brought a few small gifts, our oldest sent a big bouquet and, as I said the middle gave me the Amazon card. The weather here has been great-so sorry for everyone who has had these horrible storms going through.

Hope all you moms have had a wonderful day!



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Happy Mother's Day to everyone! I hope whatever you do will be just what you need and want for today....and all the rest of the year! It's not just one day, you know!!

Pam, I keep checking the school email server and hope that the message will be sent out soon. The next person who mentions next year will be the recipient of my 'oh, I won't have to worry about that....did you know I'm retiring after 3o years?' in a nice way! I'm sure she will say something soon. If not, I am free to say something. We will have a Virtual Celebration on the last Friday in May!

I worked in the yard for over an hour yesterday and was happy to see that my newly planted flowers are still alive overnight, lol! It's super windy and dark. It was supposed to rain last night so I never turned the sprinklers back on. If it doesn't rain today I will water because I want to give these poor plants a chance! I was covered in large dime-sized raised welts when I came inside. I put some cream on them and they went away but they were so itchy for a while.

My kids are taking me to brunch at a Mexican restaurant we love. They made reservations and we're going at 11:00 when they open. It's rarely crowded and we love the food. We've gone there for family celebrations for probably 10 years. Dave's sister put a picture of her mom sitting on the bench outside the restaurant with a cigarette and a margarita in her hand with one of those 'here's to you' looks on Facebook yesterday! Such a hoot, that woman!

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That is so odd Mary. Your post on May 6 was clean as a whistle - no questions in place of apostrophes and quotation marks. Now they're all back. Ah well - we know what you're saying anyway.

I don't know what's going on with your principal, but I'd suggest you just go ahead and tell people yourself! She's a real number, she is. She'll be in denial until the last day of school, if you give her the chance. So - tell them!

Everyone have a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow. My daughters asked me if I wanted them to take me out to brunch. I don't know about you, but the massive surge for brunch with moms and kids in every restaurant in the tri-city area is more than I can take. So I always ask them to take me out during the week instead when the mad rush is over.

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Hmmm..well, on the computer, all I see are question marks!! Oh, well....

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Your post is clean on my phone, Mary.



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And Pam, you spoke too soon: all my quotation marks are back to being question marks!!

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Ahhhh, I actually have the weekend to myself with nothing to do except what I want to do! I slept well and woke up at 6:30, tried to go back to sleep, and got up at 7:00. I had a nice big breakfast and threw on my Ďjunk clothesí and got out to do errands. Once a year or so I bite the bullet AGAIN and go to Loweís to buy plants to kill at my leisure! Today itís threatening more rain so I bought some hanging basket liners, ferns, bedding plants and day lilies, and a new hose. I didnít spend too much and the flowering plants will most likely not make it. But I can say I tried.

I finally took the bull by the horns and emailed the principal about telling the staff and parents about my retirement. She wrote back that she was Ďin denial!í She will send out a notice either this weekend or early next week. We shall see. I have 3 weeks left.

Kerry, I thought of you when I went to Ace Hardware to get a new flag. The business manager of the church where I was kindergarten teacher for 18 years was getting out of my car. I went over to chat and he remembered me. I wondered if he faced any of the trials and tribulations you face with your church. This one has a very much older congregation and not a lot of new people joining. He said itís their 50th anniversary! I hope you find the key to the safe! I need to check with the gastroenterologist about whether I need another colonoscopy myself. I hope all will continue to be fine with you and glad Larryís is over. Literally, a pain in the butt!

Pam, Iíve had the AC on full time for about 6 weeks now! Itís been in the high 80ís during the heat of the day and SO humid. Opening the windows wonít cut it any more. I do have ceiling fans in all the bedrooms but even with the thermostat set at 75, Iíve been warm at night. I hope you will nudge Tony towards more shippers. Can he do temp people until you get over the surge of shipping?

Cherilyn and Greg and their families will take me out for brunch tomorrow. Iím looking forward to that. I have gone to the gym twice and water aerobics this week. I am sort of watching what I eat but itís so hard not to snack. I am getting bigger as many of you get smaller. So sad, and all my fault. Maybe when I retire-----in 3 weeks!--- I will be able to do something every day in the morning and have better resolve!

Happy Motherís Day to everyone.

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Pam, they want you to do the colonoscopy every 3-5 years unless, like Larry, you have two in a row with no polyps or other issues at all. I shouldn't have to go every 3 years because I only had one or two polyps by my family history isn't good-mom had one 10 cm cancerous tumor removed a few years before she died but that was the only sign of cancer she ever showed and nothing grew after. Grandma, mom's mom, had colon cancer in her 50's back in the mid 50's and had a colostomy bag until she died in '87 plus her sister had colon cancer. Not a good history. I still shouldn't have to go back for another few years though because my doctor told me 5 years. How that got to be 3 years for my family doctor I don't know!

I have done nothing so far today. Slept too late to get to the gym for aqua and the grass was too wet to mow-I'm sure it's not now but Larry wants lunch so that will have to wait. I do need some exercise so I need to do something.



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Kerry, how often do you have to go for a colonoscopy? Can't you just do the "envelope test" and only have the colonoscopy if necessary? Nice for hubby that he gets a 10 year break. LOL!

My it's quiet on this board lately, isn't it? Hardly anyone popping in every day any more. tsk. emoticon

It is very hot and humid today - the first "summer" day we've had. Now it has gone too hot and humid for me. It drives me nuts that we had such a looooong winter, very short spring, and now we're bang into hot sticky summer temps. By tomorrow, I'll be closing up the house and putting on the A/C! drat!

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Hello! I spent this morning at the surgical center while Larry had his colonoscopy-everything clean for the 2nd time so doc says he can go to the 10 yr plan. Lucky him!! With my family history of colon cancer that will never happen for me, I'm sure. Nothing planned for the rest of the day but I'm hoping to get to the water aerobics class in the morning. I should probably check online to make sure it's still on. They have a bad habit of dropping classes.



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Mary, I see you have your little font problem resolved. What was it? I agree that 7 visits to a dentist is a bit much for a 94 year old. What is about your medical people that they make as many appointments as they can fit in. Are these appointments really necessary or are they trying to line their pockets? It's hard to tell.

Kerry, I'm glad you've got your teeth all "straightened out" LOL! And I, too, am glad you weren't there to screw up the money count. LOL!

Anyway, I'm off to fb now. It has been one crazy week and I'm exhausted. Today was a bit quieter, thank goodness. It allowed me to catch up on getting some critical stuff done that I didn't have time for before. But now I'm truly pooped. DH has tripled the salespeople, but he hasn't tripled the shippers!

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7 visits is way too many for anyone let alone a 94 year old!

We enjoyed dinner at church this evening as well as time with friends. Karl got the money out of the coke machine, counted it and put it in the safe then realized he didn't have the key. Hopefully it is in the safe when we open it Sunday and not in the coke machine!! Glad it wasn't me. lol



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I'm sure you're relieved to have that permanent crown, Kerry. My poor mother is scheduled for 7 visits to get a tooth pulled, then a crown. That's way too much for a 94 yr. old, I think. I'm proud of you for going to water aerobics. I've done that on Sunday and gone to the gym twice so far this week! If I go on Friday and water aerobics on the weekend it will be my best week for ever in exercise. But that's probably too much to ask!

I am eating everything in sight, sad to say. When do you ever get that feeling that you can take it or leave it????

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Hope everyone has had a great day. I did water aerobics, did some more cleaning in the kids' rooms and got my permanent crown done. I actually have straight front teeth again. I get to go back next week for a cleaning. I really hate this 4 month plan.



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When he does something like that (and hasn't for a long time), it really doesn't take long for his brain to kick in and tell him what an idiot he's being. Thankfully.

It was really cool here this morning, too, but warmed up nicely. We went to church after Sunday School even though I just wanted to sleep. Of course with communion the service ran 30 minutes long. I didn't stay for the closing-just did communion and then headed to the bathroom along with several others. lol We went to DQ with the 3 kids for lunch (love their $5 lunch deals) then back to our house. I'm not sure when they went home but they were all gone by the time Charles and I finished counting the money and getting it to the bank. I still just want to get some sleep. I know I'll get used to these thyroid pills soon-the sooner the better!!



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Good morning from a beautifully, crisp and cool Houston! Itís been another very busy week and weekend. I went to my hometown Friday to honor a sweet nun who taught me in high school and is still teaching after 50 years! Two of my sisters were there, too, and I was able to sit with a lot of my classmates as well. It was a great evening. We spent the night with the middle sister, then went to visit our mother yesterday morning. Boy, was she surprised! We didnít tell her we were coming because we didnít know the time. Then today I will go across town to visit Cherilyn and see her new house. They had an Open House of sorts last night so the family could see the Ďbeforeí look. They will start looking for an architect to redo the kitchen and bath soon. I hope to be back home in time for late afternoon water aerobics. Hee hee, just reading this makes me tired!

Kerry, your husband throws his plate across the room if he doesnít like what youíve fixed?? WowÖthatís so wrong. I think Iíd go on strike and not fix him anything at all. You must be a saint. Yes, graduations are coming soonÖ.I have one for my little sisterís oldest son and Confirmation for her middle son. My last day is Friday, May 29. Then my Ďnew lifeí begins! You are so good with your exercise even when it hurts. I did a dvd last night before bed since I hadnít gotten in my minutes for the day. I hate that Fitbit doesnít count regular steps any more!

Diana, Iím glad you have Bob to Ďhelpí you get rid of thingsÖbut not the plaque you made!! It is a good thing to see the pile of trash and know that you are letting go of some of the excess. My new neighbors across the street (the house that my friend lived in who passed away when we had our beach trip) are moving in and the piles are growingÖbut what they are keeping will be put away very soon, Iím hoping!

Pam, I am not much of a picky eater and was glad my kids adjusted pretty much to whatever I cooked. Dave was an excellent cook and I would come home to something delicious almost every night the last few years he was alive. I am not adventuresome in cooking, though, and I donít think Iíve ever offered a choice of sauces! I love easy crockpot meals and will do a pork tenderloin today. It will be done when I get home from Cherilynís and that will be easy and delicious. I hope your daughter will take your advice and go back to the doctor. Thatís a long time to Ďhave a virus.í

Right now, Rita, hanging out at home is my first choice after school!! Of course, I hope to remedy that once I retire. I do a lot of things during the week but actually enjoy a quiet night of not going anywhere. It is usually a busy weekend for me, too, and I am looking forward to being able to space things out once I am not working. My house was built in í73 and even though we redid things 13 years ago it is showing its age. But I donít think I have the energy and especially not the money to redo any of it again. When I sell it will be Ďas is.í How cute that there is a Christmas tree shop/farm in the family that you can Ďdonateí to! Iíll bet thatís a fun place to be during the season. How scary that you fell into the waterÖso glad you ended up okay! And yes, being with Sue even overnight was so much fun. We chatted late into the evening and had a great time. I think she should be home from her cruise today! I hope we can get all the details from her.

Off to shower and get ready to go see my daughter and the sweet twins!

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Yes it has been a gorgeous day today here in SW Ontario. For the first time, the temps went up to 25C and sunny all day. Drove into London to have lunch with my old auntie who will be 91 on Wednesday. Came back mid-afternoon and sat outside for awhile. Then went indoors (where I really belong..LOL) and stayed there til now.

That's been my exciting day today. emoticon

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Wow-there must have been great weather all over the country since no one on most of my teams has been posting today. I slept well last night and when we finally got around we had breakfast out. This afternoon the grandkids +1 came over and the 3 of them swept off the roof and grandson trimmed some tree branches. We all got together and raked/swept up all the mess so we have 2 large bags and 1 trash can filled plus the branches down by the curb ready for pickup on Tuesday.

I spent a lot of time watching the football draft as a church friend has a son who was hoping to be drafted. He didn't get drafted but as soon as it was over he got a call from the St. Louis Rams so he is heading there! emoticon We've known this kid since early elementary school.



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Good morning. I made it to my morning coffee at 7 but missed water aerobics at 9. Gotta love pills with the side effect "may cause insomnia" . I slept from 3am to 4am and the rest of the time just kept checking the clock as I lay or sat there. By the time I got home from coffee I was barely functional so I lay my head down and slept for 50 minutes. Tonight has to be better!

My husband has been known to show his displeasure of a meal by walking out or throwing the dish across the room. Nowadays he just turns it down and walks out the door to his choice of restaurants. It would be really nice if he would sit and help plan a menu and the shopping. We're going to head out for lunch in a few minutes and we need to pick our grandson up around 3 which is the ETA for the NJROTC group getting home from their meet.

Guess our oldest daughter posted about their baby kitten dying on FB. I haven't seen it yet but I did talk to her earlier this week. They got 2 very small kittens after their old cat died but the kittens had been taken away from their mom too early-the male is doing well and bossing the other 3 adult cats but the female never did anything but sleep. They tried hand feeding and were going to try bottle feeding but it didn't work. I hope this doesn't upset our SIL's PTSD like losing old Hobie. I also hear tell our middle daughter and SIL have gotten a new pup. Their great dane died last year. It's always something with these kids and their animals.

I have a hard time getting rid of Christmas stuff because some of it is really old-some even older than all of us!! Some is made by the kids but I did manage to get rid of the snowmen they painted all black. Lately we've only had the tiny tree and didn't use any of the old ornaments and before that I did a red and white tree for a few years. Ah well.



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Diana, It must have been so interesting living in Alaska. The land of the Midnight Sun was amazing to me. Going to Alaska was never on my radar so when the opportunity came up I was amazed. It seemed so far away it was like a foreign country to me! I would so love to have our house worked on and spiffed up. It's not likely to happen though. I wish someone would get inspired and do it for me. My DH and I just are not able to take on projects anymore. I might have to coral our kids to help out old ma and pa. They are good but busy with their own jobs and home care. I know how hard it is to part with things. I like all my stuff so I'm not ready to part with it yet. The Christmas stuff is the easiest to pass on though. My DIL's parent's own a Christmas tree farm and gift shop so I can donate my un-emotionally charged pretties to them.

Kerry your XYZ group does fun things. Each week the church bulletin tells what the Senior Club is doing but I haven't been inspired to tag along yet. If I ever get bored I know where to go for fun! I'm with you and Pam about cooking every night. I get so tired of it. I do try to have dinner ready but it takes effort. My DH is always complimentary but I rarely hear a good word or thank you from the kids.

Pam I can understand how it is to not get out and about. As busy as I can be, I'm often just hanging out at home. If I don't have something to go to, I really don't leave the house. Lately I haven't even been doing much around the house either! Really deep water is not my favorite thing either. We go sailing with friends, crossing the Ocean to Catalina Island and I just don't think what's below us. We did see a whale not far off and plenty of dolphins. I often wondered what would happen to us if that whale got under our boat. One time while climbing out of the dingy I fell into the water. All I could think of was the little fish swimming in those waters which I had seen the night before. I wrote about it here: roamingrita.blogspot.com/search?q=I+fell+i
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Mary, how nice you got to visit with Sue. She is so lucky to get to go on a quilting cruise! What fun that would be. I always loved going on quilting retreats with my lady friends. We'd go to a condo on the ski hill in Steamboat and sew all weekend. It's exciting that your daughter and husband are getting a new house. It's always so exciting to move into a new place. We've been in this house 15 yr which is the longest I've ever lived anywhere.

Saturday I'm going to a Kentucky Derby party. Last year I went and it was so much fun. I'm bringing 2 Bourbon Pecan Pies. Should be good: You can see my hat here:
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It's been a busy week and it continues to be the same. On Saturday I actually have 3 places to go. At least I sleep well when so many things are going on.

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Yeah, we have to give up and let them take care of themselves. They usually make the right decision sooner or later.

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Wow Diana, you have so much sorting out to do before you get really settled into your new "little" house. Do you plan on selling the big one? I love to move and have moved rather a lot over the years, but I hated having to sort everything out before the move.

It's funny about giving hubby "choices". I asked hubby tonight whether he wanted plum sauce or cherry sauce with his fish tonight. He said (I think) something about brown sauce. I said "you have the choice between plum sauce or cherry sauce. Which do you want? He looked at me and realized he didn't have any other choice, so he chose cherry. What is it about husbands that they have to give themselves a third choice when it isn't an option? He was going to say something, but thought better of it (good for him...LOL). I already had a pork tenderloin cooking, half with the plum sauce and the other half with cherry sauce, and, of course, the veggie will only eat fish, so if he thought I was going to add a third sauce to the mix, he was sadly mistaken. LOL! There are times when I feel like a short order cook. I have a super "healthy" eater with Leah, a super pectarian eater with hubby (won't eat meat, but will eat fish or seafood) and me, who is not fond of fish, but will eat pretty much anything else! I don't mind seafood, but I like my food to look like it has gone through the intermediary phase of being killed and prepared before being put on a plate and set before me. Therefore, I won't eat shrimps, crabs or lobsters because they tend to be dumped on the table looking a bit too much like they're about to walk off the plate and head back to the ocean floor. I've gotten quite good at making meatless meals that we both enjoy, but I do like my meat and refuse to live without it totally. LOL!

Talk about sinus and chest problems. Leah has kept me awake many nights now with a terrible cough and has to use her "puffer" quite a lot. She has been to the doctor, been told her x-ray is clear, she hasn't got a bacterial infection, therefore it must be viral. She has been living with this now (sinus and cough) for weeks and is waiting patiently for it to go away. I'm beginning to get a little impatient with it myself and I'm telling her to go back to the doctor, as even a viral problem generally goes away in two to three weeks. But she's being stubborn and doesn't want to go. She hasn't been able to go to the gym, and she has a Spartan road race coming up that she simply hasn't had the energy to train for, but I can't get her to go back to her doctor. So - I've stopped nagging her.

I guess I've rabbited on enough for now. Catch you guys later! emoticon

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Kerry being taller might have solved a lot of problems for me! Hope your sinus feels better. I started to take meds for mine today. Iím so glad you are staying on top of your health. We canít rely on others to pay attention to every detail. Good for you! It might be a pain but it is important to watch! My DH had boot camp in Paris Island.

Pam Iím with you. I hate having to decide constantly on what is for dinner! I will give DH a choice and he wonít make a decision. Frustrating. Sometimes I tell him if he doesnít decide I wonít either!
Mary Bob found something tonight and said, ďYou wouldnít even know you had this if I hadnít found itĒ. I was sure that could not be true. Well, he pulled out a Christmas plaque I had made and mind you it was customized with our name and he was right. I did not remember doing it. It had not been used because it was still in plastic! LOL. I used to have an ďundoĒ button but have lost it which is sad! It is probably still there but I donít know where. Iíll have to ask my children! LOL

Bob and I had overnight company so we were entertaining. Then the next day I had to move the raffle quilt location and we had to take two cars in for repairs. $$$$$ Ugh. We have new tires on the truck and a new catalytic converter for the car.

Today we spent time at the ďbig houseĒ going through boxes, trying to find things for garage sale Saturday. Bob is as bad as I am! I would show him something I was going to sell and he wanted to keep it. I did however take 3 boxes for DD to the car and one for garage sale. Then had a lot of trash to the dumpster. We are making progress just not selling things much yet. I know the problem I will have will be going through my holiday boxes.


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Mary, it sounds like you had a great time with everyone. I know the kids will be thrilled to sign on their new house and be able to get moved in and settled. You're nearly through another week of school. The end of the year is coming soon!! Our granddaughter's 6th grade graduation is a month from tomorrow.

I will soon have to get up out of this chair and get my workout clothes on for Silver Sneakers. I also need to hit a cardio machine before class starts. I like the elliptical and should probably use the stepper to see if I can build up some of those muscles as the outside of the right leg still doesn't like doing steps.

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I'm here..I'm here...just never seeming to catch up any more. I'm not getting notifications from any of my Spark teams any more----same old story on that, too!! Thanks for missing me!!

Pam, I'm thrilled that you will be getting out more. You are so funny and have so much to offer. 'Make new friends but keep the old...' as the song goes! Let us know who you meet and what you choose to do!

Kerry, you do so much! I absolutely need to get back into water aerobics on a regular basis. I've been gong to the gym a couple of times a week, including yesterday, and staying on the treadmill a little over 30 minutes each time. That's a lot for me because I hate cardio! I do my strength training exercises either wth the weights or machines, but once I get home from school I hate getting out again. Once I retire I hope I can get to the early classes.

Diana, your little house/big house are coming along so well. I love finding things I thought were lost. I hope you will get things organized and enjoy the new living arrangements! You have worked so hard on both places.

I just hit some button and lost the rest of my post. I never know WHERE that button is, nor how to anticipate it. GRRR....it's been a very busy week and the weekend is crowded as well. I guess I didn't get here last weekend? Our Sue came to Houston in order to go on a quilting cruise out of Galveston. She wasn't able to get a hotel room in Galveston, nor was transportation to the ship provided from a Houston area hotel so I picked her and a friend up at the airport, stayed with them over night, we had a great dinner in Galveston, then I took them to the ship the next morning! We got in a nice visit and she and her friend were eagerly anticipating a week of quilting and leisure! Then I went to visit my daughter in her new apartment. She was a few miles from the intersection where I would turn to go home. She and her husband are signing papers tomorrow for their new house and are so excited. I will try to go take a tour on Sunday!

Happy Thursday to everyone, and I will try my best to be a better friend!

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I don't enjoy cooking because all I ever get is complaints-everyone seems to think they should be catered to.



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I wish we ate dinner out as often as you do, Kerry. I like to cook but figuring out what to eat every night of the week gets to me after awhile. Every now and then I put my foot down and demand to go out to eat, and I usually don't get an argument. LOL!



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Dinner at church tonight with no grandkids. Grandson is in Parris Island for NJROTC and DGD stayed home with her parents. They went to dinner to celebrate SIL' s birthday. After dinner they were going to court old youth director's so Sarah could give him his IV of nutrients-he has Parkinson's. Poor guy is in his 40s.



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Not sure about that one, Pam., but I do know the doctors who do the colonoscopies around here ARE part owners of the surgical center where they are done. I often wonder if that's why they have to be done so often. It seems like they always say 5 years and then 3 years later you're due again. I has been about 2+ years since I've had any of these tests done.



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Oh good Lord Kerry! That is a lot of tests! Does your doctor own shares in the labs or something? emoticon

My, it IS quiet in here today, isn't it? We haven't heard from Mary since last Thursday. I hope everything is all right (although I'm pretty sure I've seen her on facebook).

Speaking of facebook, it's time to go have a peek to see what's going on over there.

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Hi! Glad you're checking in, Pam. emoticon I did an hour of water aerobics but skipped Silver Sneakers because you actually need to bring along sneakers for that class. I was home for a bit then our daughter wanted someone to have lunch with so we met her at TGI Friday. We ordered and then waited for a while before I told Larry he would have to drive me to the doctor for my appointment. The office was only about 6 blocks away so he dropped me off and went to actually have lunch with Trish. The lab work that was off was the cholesterol which jumped up 10 points for some reason and then the thyroid which I have thought was off for quite a while. Today I remembered to ask the nurse to find the report which she did and printed it out for the doctor. He hadn't noticed it in there from 2 years ago-the report that said to keep a close watch on the nodules they found in 2013. It was ordered by the doctor that left the practice a year or so ago. So a new ultrasound on that is to be added to the mammogram and bone density next month. Are we having fun yet? emoticon



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Oh I'm here Kerry. I catch up every morning, then I don't get back on until late in the evening. Everyone have a good Tuesday! emoticon

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Almost 12 hours with no comments?? I know we are all busy. We had our dinner this evening and left the house just as the guy was getting ready to start on the front yard. He was still at it when we got home and almost finished by the time it got dark. He had 15 large bags by the driveway. I think he has to do a little more tomorrow but not sure. I had some cash sitting on the counter and Larry just gave it all to him then asked how much it was. It was either $60 or $65 but whatever it was it's well worth it to me and my sinuses. Plus he and is wife are having a baby soon so I'm sure they can use the money.



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I've never heard of that brand of sewing machine before but then I never look at them. I got tired of fighting with ours because the bobbin was always messing me up with not working or breaking or....

Well, I have another dr appointment for tomorrow afternoon. Joy Joy. They called this morning and had comments on two of my lab results-didn't say anything about cholesterol which surprised me, but I'm pretty sure what I heard her say was the liver function was decreasing and the UA needs to be redone. The one I did recently didn't show anything really out of line but they gave me meds anyway. Oh well, guess i'll learn more tomorrow. Right now I just have either a sinus headache or the tooth root pushing into that sinus (or the sinus swollen and pushing on the root) Maybe if I had gotten taller that wouldn't have happened??? emoticon



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Pam our "little house" is almost done. DH is working on the kitchen countertops. When they are done then it is only a backsplash and trim. There is plastering to do in the bedrooms and trim and tiling in the master bath and all will be done. It seems like a lot but in the scheme of things it isn't. DH said he was going to try to do the bedrooms next before he returns to SA in July. It's coming along. Thanks for asking. I do hope you get that Janome. Sewing is therapeutic for me. Also getting out more will be a positive thing for you. I'm sure you will miss Leah but as you said you will see her often.

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Diana, glad you found the spice rack.
Pam, I went through a period of never leaving home for a while unless it was to transport kids somewhere. Luckily I managed to get through that. Hope your daughter enjoys having a place of her own and you can have a clean home for a while.



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Hey gang!

Rita, no one was more surprised than I when I "lost it" on that cable car. I thought the only fear I had was of really deep water. I can swim, but I'm still terrified of really deep water. The deep end of a pool doesn't bother me, probably because it's clear. When I see a movie about heavy seas and high waves, my stomach just curdles. And there are . . . well . . . THINGS . . . in those waters, too, that aren't in a swimming pool. And of course I hate bugs, but I don't think it's an actual phobia, just general disgust and "ewwwww!" LOL!

I had a lovely day today. We drove into Stratford and parked by the river, and walked her old lab, McDuff (Duffy) along the riverside. The sun was warm, but there was a really cutting cold wind blowing too. Just crazy weather. Poor old Duffy wanted to chase the geese, ducks and swans, but his old swollen joints wouldn't let him (neither would we...LOL). At one point a swan attacked a duck who was squawking at him, and the swan charged up the river bank to right where we were. I thought poor Duffy was going to poop himself right then and there...LOL! We had a lovely walk and then put him in the car and went to a nice restaurant for lunch. I think Lorraine was a bit worried about him getting hot in the car. I told her that if we left all four windows open about 8", he would more likely freeze to death with that wind! LOL!

I have done very badly food-wise today. I ate two eggs for breakfast (not bad), then I had a large chicken breast lunch with fries (kinda bad) then when I got home, nobody else was around, so I fired up Netflix and watched old CSI NY episodes again while munching my way through chips and hummus, then chips and cheese dip, plus two huge caramel and chocolate chip cookies (agh - terrible!). I didn't bother with supper - too full of junk. I NEVER eat this way normally, so I'll give myself a pass for today. LOL! Just NOT AGAIN!!!!

Diana, is your "small" house almost all finished up?

Leah has gotten herself an apartment in Woodstock starting next month. She says she has never lived alone so wants to try out her independence. I shall really miss her when she's gone (although I'll see her here at work 6 days a week). However, I shall not miss her mess. My kitchen has become her mudroom, my dining room is her closet, and it was really starting to get me down. Now that she'll have a place of her own, I'll have my tidy house back, with that extra small room to put my craft stuff back in (although I've given away all my tons of wool and knitting needles and crochet hooks already). Once she has emptied out that room, I am going to demand a new sewing machine (a decent Janome I think) and start sewing again (I'm not sure I even remember how to sew clothes!).

I have also decided that I really need to get out more, even if it's just socializing in my own village. I never go to anything, and there are loads of things advertised in our small paper, legion dinners, breakfasts, strawberry suppers (coming up), and craft groups, that I have never even seen! I have isolated myself to the point that I'm depressed - not good for me or anyone else. I don't leave my house (or business) except to go around the corner to the store for groceries and the post office for the mail (we have to pick our mail up) and the bank to deposit cash. That's it.

Anyway, I've rabbited on enough for now. I'll catch you gals again - hopefully I will have joined something interesting the next time you hear from me in here.

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Kerry your senior group sounds like fun. The lunch was pretty good. I enjoy seeing people I don't see every day. I did work at the "big" house for about 3 hours. Found my Lenox Village Spice Rack I have been looking for. I have discovered I really do have too many holiday boxes. It will be painful to get rid of things. But, I need to pare down my stuff. If the big house was finished I would have more to decorate but I shouldn't have this much stuff!

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Rita, love my XYZ group and Larry and I are the babies of the group. I was invited to tag along 2 or 3 years ago for whatever events they were doing but Larry just joined in January after he retired. He would officially be the baby since he is 10 months younger than me. We have made trips to an elephant sanctuary near Gainesville, lunches out at many different places, little theater shows, etc. They've also taken the train up to GA but I didn't go along on that since I've always taken care of the grandkids.

We are getting dark and may get some more rain, but not sure if it will hang around here today.

We got the money counted and deposited so now I need to fix some dinner for myself since Larry ate while I was gone. I picked up a piece of bourbon salmon at the grocery store so that's what I'm having (and my husband wouldn't come close to!).

Diana, hope you got done what you wanted to/needed to at the big house and enjoyed your luncheon.



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Kerry we are expecting 100% chance of rain this afternoon. We are expecting at least 3 inches. Iím hoping to get something done at the big house today before going to a luncheon for charity. Iím so proud of you for your continued commitment to exercise!

Rita my DH was a State Trooper so we moved around Alaska. We lived in Nenana (near Fairbanks), Wasilla, Anchorage, Palmer, Soldotna and my DH was in Cold Bay for a while. I didnít want to move the kids to Cold Bay because it wasnít a good environment for the kids. We both retired from Alaska. My little granddaughter just discovered kite flying. There was a video on FB of her flying one and turning around to look at dad who was taping and you could see the kite crash in the back. LOL. She seemed to love it. We have such high winds here in OK it would probably be a good place if you could judge the weather. I love that you volunteer. I do too. I think I it is important for people to do that in their community. How big is the town you live in? We live in a small town.


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