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Diana and Marylou, I'm glad you found me on Facebook! Am I missing any one else on there? I love my Facebook time and friends!

We leave in a week for my niece's wedding. We plan to bring our youngest GD birthday present with us so I don't have to mail it to MN. We had ordered it and it came today. It's a light up, musical princess dress but it has spots on it. At first I thought the tape on the box must have leaked the wet snow coming down as it was loaded in the truck. I got it immediately when it was delivered so it didn't sit out in the elements here. Now I'm not so sure. I suppose a 2 yr old won't notice but I don't know what to do. It was out of stock in the local stores so that's why we ordered it. Things that should be so simple just aren't!

Update: My DS got on the computer and found that Penny's had a great variety of princess dresses in size 2. So after dinner DH and I went shopping. We found another dress, same color and kind, except without the extra do-dads on it. After buying it we went to Toys R Us to return the dress we had ordered. They readily agreed it was damaged and stained so we got a full refund. All turned out well.

On another note I bought a bathing suit while at Penny's. It was on sale. The clincher is I haven't tried it on yet! I will do that tonight and hopefully it will be perfect!! I will just have to get back to the pool now that I bought a new suit! lol


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It's not 4:30 yet so I can say good afternoon to everyone. I did have my coffee group this morning 7-8, home to change into swimsuit and grab my bag for water aerobics 9-10, back home for an hour or so on the computer then off to the mall for a movie (the Huntsman: Winter's War). Pretty good but I did eat too much popcorn!! What can I say, it was free and my lunch was one KFC Chicken Little.

Other than a couple texts I haven't heard from any kids or grandkids today.
Marylou, you're right about our kids selecting what they want to do. We have to let them decide and even if they graduate with that degree it doesn't mean that's where they will spend their life. I know our oldest studied History and Women's Studies and is making her living in the mortgage business. I have to say she is doing quite well in that field, too. My youngest studies Culinary Arts and decided she never wanted to work in a restaurant because the head chef was always yelling which is normal in restaurants. lol My middle studied at the College of Hair Design and did that for a dozen years while studying to be an RN which she has been doing for half a dozen years or so.

I am getting a bit more exercise now since it's lawn mowing season along with my water aerobics. I really need to start doing more of the cardio machines or actually getting out for a walk every day or two although the temps are already getting close to 90. Larry is at the doctor for his breathing test. He didn't invite me but that's okay. I don't like when he goes to my appointments.

Pat, you're doing great. I wish I could catch up. I very quickly gave up worrying about how I looked in a swimsuit. I think swimming at my friend's house helped because she was nearly 400 lbs and I didn't feel so bad about myself. Of course, at that time I was actually losing weight and exercising several times a day. See, I need to push myself more and see what this older version thinks about that.

Okay, hope everyone is doing well and I'll check back later!



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Marylou I hope this will be an extra special summer for you and Whitney. And hopefully she will pick a job that does not put her in any danger. I know that would be a constant worry for you. I remember the first time I decided to go to water aerobics. I was probably 50+ pounds overweight, and very embarrassed to be seen in a bathing suit. So I put on this long oversized t-shirt to hide my body. Well that lasted about 5 minutes because there was so much material getting in my way. And once I was there and realized no one was judging me I relaxed and lost the shirt and have enjoyed going ever since. It is a very good form of exercise and so good on your joints. I hope you can find a place that has classes.
Rita what a hoot you getting you splurge meal. You must of been a very good girl and didn't even know it, lol. Glad you enjoyed it, I have never had chocolate chip pancakes but they sure sound good.
Mary thinking about you today as you go back to your old school to sub. I hope it is a good experiance but not so good that you wish you were working again. I hope your plans aren't completely ruined for this weekend.
Donna keep us updated on the shopping trip for a new washer and dryer. Maybe you can find a good deal like Marylou did. We always buy something new then a few weeks later it goes on sale.
Kerry hope things have calmed down a little at your house. I think you had coffee group this morning. All Three of us who visit while exercising just happened to walk in the Y at the same time this morning. One of the ladies jokingly suggested we skip the Y and go out for coffee. I thought of you when she said that. But we didn't we all went in and did our exercising. And I am sure we are all better off for doing it too.
Pam hope you are having a less stressful day. I know we are coming up on your super busy time at the shop. When is the new baby due? It will be fun to have another new one in the family. How does big brother feel about this?
Diana have a safe trip and maybe by the time you get back your knee will be even better.
Well time to go fix lunch.

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Thanks for your kind words on my weight loss accomplishment, girls. Weight Watchers put me on a path of commitment. I understand this is a life style change.

Rita, I will friend you on FB. Do you live in Colorado? I'm also a stress eater. I found eating veggies or fruit during that time helps, but it took time for me to get to that way of thinking. I still tend to think carbs when bored or stress. :(

Kerry, you are so good keeping in a exercise routine. I'm seriously thinking a water aerobic class would work for me. I love the water. Now my next challenge is feeling comfortable in a bathing suit. Ugh!

Donna, I have to hope my Dd changes her career path, but I think she is firm on her direction. She wants to do something in the law field.
I had to buy a new washer and dryer last week. My washer was twenty six years old! It really wasn't broke, but making loud noises. My sister encouraged me to buy a new one with a new dryer. The dryer I had was ten years old and on its way out. It took me all day to dry clothes. I bought Maytag from Lowe's. They were running a special. Absolutely love this set. I didn't know what I was missing. I'm able to get my laundry done in more then half the time. :)

So good Pat you're back on Spark. I have been gone a long time. I hope to get here more. I love your cute pictures on FB.

Mary, how are your grandchildren doing? Did I read your grandson was in the hospital? If he was hope he is doing better. How did your first year go without teaching? I just seen one of my retired teacher friend's and she was so rested. She looked ten years younger without the daily stress. She mention she wakes up during the night at times thinking she forgot something in her plans. Then she sighs with relief after she realizes she doesn't teach a class now. She is workin writing camps during the summer months and seems happy about it.

Pam, what's happening in Canada? How old is your grandson now? I miss your cat stories. Do you have any new ones? I did see a picture of your kitten on FB.

I'm off to clean and prepare for my dd. She will be home soon and life will change once again. She is planning next summer to stay at college. So I hope to make this a good summer for her.

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Donna, I also do stress eating and bored eating. I know exactly what I'm doing but do it anyway. TOPS has slightly changed their pledge to be nicer but it used to say "I am an intelligent person, I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me. Every time I am tempted to use food to satisfy my frustrated desires, build up my injured ego or dull my senses, I will remember that my excess poundage is there for all the world to see how foolish I have been." With the new changes that says "I will take off pounds sensibly" us old timers still prefer the original one. It's so true!

Kerry, your commitment to water aerobics is awesome. I know it takes an effort to get there and then to peel off that wet bathing suite and get redressed and back home. I wish I could develop that perseverance! You are amazing!

Pat it's quite impressive you've been on Sparkpeople for 100 days. We have such a lovely group here on Born in 1950. I love being here and I also plan to be here a very long time. I need to get better using the trackers again but I'll get to it eventually.

Diana, at least you get another night's sleep in your own bed. Enjoy the party on Saturday! I will be at an anniversary party on Sat. at 1:00. I hope the snow isn't too deep. Its coming this way! The couple are celebrating 60 years!

Mary, how was Pappadeaux's? We used to have one here in our area but it closed. I enjoyed going there and was sorry it closed. There may still be one in the opposite side of Denver but there are too many other options between here and there. Growing up in Nebraska the only seafood was Red Lobster or Joe Tess' catfish. I had to learn to eat more fish when I lived in Los Angeles and Baton Rouge!

In my earlier post I said my splurge meal today would be chocolate chip pancakes, bacon and orange juice. Well, when my son wasn't impressed with what I told him I had planned for dinner I told him I was turning dinner over to him. It must have still been on my mind but I told him of all the possibilities as well as bacon and pancakes. My GD was here and announced she wanted pancakes. So, without realizing it until I had almost finished dinner, I looked at my plate and realized I was eating chocolate pancakes, very crispy bacon AND a small glass of orange juice. Funny how my favored dream meal for today showed up on my plate....and I didn't do it! It tasted really good!

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Mary Pappadeaux's is a very nice restaurant. Hope you enjoyed the meal and got some information.

Rita I guess seafood is not my favorite thing. I like some seafood but if you give me a choice I'll take beef or chicken. My husband is in heaven when we go though.

Donna I am so sorry about your washer. I know it was a breath of fresh air when you paid the card off. Hopefully you can find a good deal.

Kerry you are such a good girl about exercise. Water aerobics would count for a week of exercise for me but you will be up and in class early tomorrow. Good for you.

We were leaving for TX tonight but Bob decided to fix the mower and mow the four lawns. That was on my honey do list so i can't complain. But, that means tomorrow we will drive 12 hours and likely in the rain! We go with the flow though. My brother's party is at 1 Saturday. So, if we have to stop somewhere and spend the night and drive in Saturday we will. I would probably not go alone but I feel safe with Bob.



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Marylou I also am sending my congratulations on your wonderful weight loss. As we all know losing weight is not an easy thing to do, but the benifits from losing more than make up for the hard work. I am sure you are feeling many benifits with that loss. I also enjoyed hearing about Whitney. She has chosen a very interesting profession. What does she plan to do once she graduates?
Donna just remember it is just a washer and even though it might set you back financially it is not worth the stress of eating. In stead find something else to relieve your stress. Maybe research sales on wash machines in your area. We use to buy appliances at a store that had damaged freight. We got some really good deals on appliances that might of had a slight ding on them. It is worth a shot.
Kerry good for you getting to water aerobics. I am sure with all your responsibilities and family stress it felt good to relieve some of that with the exercise. I find it helps me when I am stressed. I think it has something to do with those endorphin things.
Rita I'll have to admit I have never heard of using jello as a hair color. Very interesting. I am still debating about using the hydrogen peroxide on my hair. It is so short that if it looks bad there would be no way to hide it.
Tomorrow I will celebrate my 100 day being back on Sparkpeople. I am very happy with this anniversary. I plan to be here for 200 and beyond.

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Just checking in before getting off the computer. I did actually get to water aerobics and had a good workout. I'll go back in the morning for a class with a different instructor. I have my 7 am coffee group tomorrow so I should manage to get to class. lol



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Mary Lou, CONGRATS on the big weight loss. Look at it this way. OneI meat loaf usually weighs about 2 pounds. Now imagine 13 meatloaves around your torso and they are all gone! You just lost 13 meatloaves of fat!!! That is a lot. You must feel great and gone down several sizes. Wish I was there with you. I think Diana is though.

Sometimes I wish I had a coach to call when I really think I need to eat something bad and I really don't need it at all.
Like now. My 10 yr old washing machine just died and I just paid off the credit card. I want what Rita said, choc. chip pancakes and the works. It is called stress eating and I am very good at it.

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Kerry, it's allergy season around here. Noses are running and people are coughing like crazy around here. Our weather is bizarre, blooms on the trees and yet snow storms again this weekend. It sounds like Aaliyah might just be sensitive to it all too. I hope she doesn't feel too bad. Will Shane Allen have to go to summer school to make up for all the classes he's missed? Funny that he felt the defense attorney was so happy at 8 a.m. Those folks work long hours so it made me wonder if its someone new out of law school..lol. Those young ones are real go-getters! I recently took a District Attorney's Citizen's Academy so that's why I think that way.

Mary when I was a teenager I used to use jello on my hair for a reddish color. Then I graduated to a temporary hair rinse. Problem was they would get all over my pillow case and not really do much to my dark hair. I was never brave enough to go for "real" color until a few years ago when I tried professional highlights. Now it's my once a year treat to self. You are so right about the kids in parochial school instead of the public schools. Parents expect miracles from paying tuition. My DIL is home for these 2 days because she has a sinus infection and cold that she can't shake. Plus the kids were so bad yesterday even her aide suggested she just take the next 2 days off. She hasn't taken any days off all year and she goes in early and stays late. I sure hope she can find a job where she is appreciated and it's less stressful for her. I just got one of those invitations in the mail today for dinner at a nice place in return for listening to a retirement speel. I don't plan to go but I did think about it for a brief moment. A free meal at that place was enticing.

Diana, have a wonderful trip to NOLA. I'd so love to go there for a visit again. When we lived in Baton Rouge we went fairly regularly but it's been years since I've been back. I think of all the good food...lol.

Donna, I've lost long posts too. It's so frustrating! Now I just write them on my yahoo compose and copy and paste them. Saves me much aggravation. Congratulations of the scale going down! YAY!

Pat, my splurge meal would probably change with each day. I love so many different things. But right now I think I'd go for chocolate chip pancakes and lots of very crisp bacon and fresh squeezed orange juice! My knees have been bothering me so as I lose weight I'm glad to hear of pounds off my knees! I just have to persevere at this weight loss project.

Marylou, you're on Facebook? Look me up: Rita Pilger. I would love to find you on there. It adds a whole new dimension to our weight loss support! Congrats on your 26 lb loss. That is awesome. I so look forward to getting to that number too. I'm just plugging along but plan to get there eventually. .

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Marylou, that's a fantastic loss!! Wish I could catch up. Wishing won't get me anywhere, though.
Diana, glad your trip is going well. From the one cloud picture my brother posted from Nebraska it's not a great time to drive through the middle of the country.
Guess I need to fix Aaliyah another small bottle since she just finished the first one. Then I need to keep an eye on the clock so I can get to the pool at 6.



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Marylou 26 pounds Wow! I'm so proud of your mental toughness.

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Pat I read something on sp about the pressure each pound puts on the knees and I think she is right. I need to remember that for sure. My meal would be a really good spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic bread, salad, cheesecake, latte....should i go on? Thanks for the motivation. I do need to stay focused or before I know it a month has passed.

Donna we are two hours SW of OKC. We are fortunate that most storms pass us by. Ten miles either way have had tornados but i guess here there has not been on in town for 50 years, knock on wood! We are east of Altus on Hwy 183.
I don't know what switchbacks are but I won't be climbing them. Remember girls we have 3 months till our trip!

Well, I guess we will leave at around 4 for Texas. Hope the weather isn't too bad.



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Hi Spark friends. I'm not sure where to jump in. I have missed your post. It might take me awhile to catch up on them.

Good to see you back Pat. I love seeing your grandson pics on Facebook. He is adorable! Mary love the pictures of your beautiful growing up granddaughters. I can't believe they are the age they are already. Time is flying! I have seen Diana's new sweet and beautiful granddaughter too! Pam noticed your grandsons picture today on spark. He is growing up too! Cute as ever! Kerry your grands have grown up!!! Wow I've been gone awhile. Hi to Rita!

My dd will be completing her sophomore year of college this week. Then we will be loading up her dorm room furnishings and bringing them back home. She will be renting a small house next college year with three other girls. She has changed her major to criminology with a minor in political science.

Went to Pawley Island with my sister for a week. Enjoyed being with her and my brother-in-law. They stayed a week with me after Pawley's before leaving for their home in Michigan. They watched over our dogs for a few days during dh's father's celebration of life in MD. It turned out beautiful and enjoyed meeting my FIL friends and relatives.

I'm still subbing. Looking forward to the summer. I'm officially a Weight Watcher. I have dropped 26 pounds. I found its been a big challenge during the last two weeks with vacation and family event. However I'm sticking to my tracking routine and not waffling as I have done in the pass. Tracking is holding my focus. Keeping my mind on the end results also helps. :)

I'm off to clean. Lots to do before my college girl arrives home. Hope you are all doing well. Hugs! I'll try to catch up on post soon.

Hi Donna. We posted at the same time. Congrats on the weight loss!

Diana, have a safe trip. Miss you!


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I responded to all of you last night and then lost it. I have to leave for work so can not replicate it now.

Diana: Where are you in relation to Ok City? I am watching the severe weather and trying to figure out where you are in relation to it.

I AGAIN weighed myself 4 times this morning. This time it went DOWN a pound everytime I got on it. YEA!!! I have no idea which is correct but it gives me hope to continue to try. Always a struggle but being aware of everything you eat helps.
I am going on a 2 hour hike Sunday. It is hiking weather right now. As the heat rolls in, it will be hard to get out there. There is a dead volcano behind my house. They just built a trail to the top. It will be a 1,000 ft climb on switchbacks and a real challenge but I want to do it soon.

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Awe come on Mary you would look gorgeous in orange, lol. You have a busy few days ahead. I am sure you will love the time you spend with Cherilyn and the girls. Jerry and I get those retirement seminar things all the time. I will be curious as to what you think. We have never gone to one.
I just got home from going to DR. office to do blood work. I think she took half my blood. Then I came home and ate, boy was I hungry. I think when I know I can't eat that makes me twice as hungry. But I have had me breakfast so I am good to go.
It has turned off very chilly here, we are in the 40's. I just hate the weather being this chilly after spending several days not having to wear a coat.
Rita I LOVE your suggestion of a splurge meal. Let's all put on here what that would be for each of us. Mine would be a Ruben sandwich with Cole slaw and fries. I would of said a mufaloto but I can't travel to New Orleans for one meal.
Diana have a safe trip and all you can do is try to make the healthiest choices and not stress too much. This IS the year you are losing! A friend once told me that for every pound you lose you relieve 3 pounds off your knees. Not sure where she got that from but I believed her. Just a little motivation to send you on your way.


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Good morning. I'm not moving very quickly. Anticipation of a long trip. Ugh.

This morning I need to wash clothes, make candied pecans and go to the doctor for my pb meds. Bob is off having work done on the car. I suppose I should not just be sitting in the chair when he gets home.

I'm back to trying to stay within my food for the day. I've been tracking so now just need to remember my resolve to lose this year. Hope you all have a good week. I suspect with travelling I may not be able to be on the computer much for the rest of the week.



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Hahaha, the last thing I now need is orange hair!

Sarah and I are going to one of those free retirement seminars at Pappadeaux, a local seafood restaurant. There is no obligation to do anything but eat and listen, lol. I get these solicitations all the time and the last time we were having dinner at my house we were talking about how she still has years to go before retirement, makes so little at our old job, etc. I had just gotten this 'invitation' and we were laughing about at least getting a good, free meal. And we decided to go for it. I have some questions because of how my parents structured their money anyway and I am ready for a good salmon dinner for free. I'll let you know how it turns out. I'm subbing for her tomorrow and will be with the older 3 yr. olds today.

The weather was pretty yesterday and should be fine today. But from the weekend through this time next week it's supposed to rain again. I had plans to go visit one of the del Webb over 55 communitities but will hold off on that until I see how the weather is. I don't have work on Tuesday and will spend Sunday through Tuesday iwth Cherilyn, I think!

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Pat i vote for Mary doing the peroxide. She says her hair is a mess already. LOL. I don't have experience with it but I bet it would work. As far as weight loss I didn't deserve to lose weight this week. I am going to do better this week. But, I do know there are times I do what I am supposed to and nothing. It is hard to be patient. My hairdresser is a friend and as you said I'm sure she thinks it will damage it. I'm sure if I insist she will do it.

Thanks Rita. I hope I can lose. We are travelling to NOLA again for the weekend so it will be a challenge but that seems to be the norm for me on my food.
My hair is thick but very fine so I need some umph too.

Kerry that is so inconsiderate of people who didn't sign up and get in line ahead. There should be a system where if their name isn't on the list they have to step aside until the others eat. It is going to be hard for SA to catch up in school. I guess the diaper bag issue is one of the reasons Moms are the nurturers!




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Rita and Kerry, your posts showed up when I put mine in! Kerry, I can't imagine how Larry didn't think you needed the diaper bag! Maybe he needs a check list. You are babysitting together: it's not just YOU in charge. Good luck with you hair. We can grow it together!

Rita, it's funny how my old principal now tells my old partner how wonderful I was. It would have been so nice to hear that directly when I had so many students with real issues. Positive reinforcement works for adults, too! I think private and parochial schools take many of the ones who have trouble in public schools and the parents think that paying money will solve all the problems. Teachers try so hard and have so much to put up with. It will be hard on her to finish the year with a positive attitude, I bet. That's so sad. I hope she finds a great new job. Teaching gets harder and harder every year.

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I tried the lemon and hydrogen peroxide but they never worked for me. My hair was pretty dark and was the only kid without blonde hair. Later I wanted black hair like one of my good friends. Never got that, either. My daughter tried twice to color my hair-once while in cosmetology school and later while working at the Hair Cuttery and it didn't work either time. The color disappears rather rapidly.



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Girls, you are all so right...it was so strange: the Zumba instructor kept looking at me and I was just cringing inside. Finally she said "Mary, you have a new haircut!" I told her yes, but that it grows really fast, lol....then several other people said they really liked it! Others commented that they liked the color. I forgot to add that the other day....I used Natural Medium Brown instead of Natural Medium NEUTRAL Brown and I have DARK brown hair! Remember when I did that last year? It was in the same area as the one I wanted and I grabbed 2 because of the discount. Well, they put the wrong color where the 'right' color should have been and so I have dark, dark hair! It will grow and next time I will mix the dark with the neutral and hope for the best. Yes, I went and found the right color and will just have to mix it next month! Vanity of vanities, etc.!!

I did 10 minutes on the treadmill before Zumba, 45 minutes of Zumba, over 30 minutes of housework, and over 6600 steps today. Maybe that will make a difference? Probably not. But Diana, I will be honest about my weigh in on Saturday, too. We are all in this together.

Rita, I'm so sorry your daughter's contract wasn't renewed. That's so hard when they need good teachers. Yes, unfortunately, tuition rules. Case closed. If there is a check involved, nothing else matters. At least, most of the time. It's sad but the churches don't cater to the preschools or elemetary schools at all. I hope she can find another job. At least they let her know now, but it's late. Schools should renew contracts by March so teachers can look elsewhere.

Pat, you're a blond so probably peroxide wouldn't do too much damage. In my teen years I had a friend who assured me that the color she used on her hair was not permanent color and it only changed her color 1 shade lighter. She was a blond. I, obviously, was not. Ugh. I colored it when my parents weren't at home, thinking no one would notice but me. I ended up with orange hair and my parents wouldn't let me recolor it to make it right. Oh, the shame. I was so embarrassed. Remember Sun In? I wonder if there is a product like that still around?

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Rita, sorry about your daughter's contract. Hopefully they realize their mistake or she finds an even better job.
Mary, I got my hair cut yesterday and it's about 2" on top then tapered. It's more of a man's cut but with hair spray and a curling iron it looks pretty good. My hair is very straight so it takes a lot of spray. I don't dare curl it more than once a week or it would all break off.
Someone needs to come clean out my bathrooms though I guess I'll have to get to the one the grandkids use since the cat threw up in it. The cat has a water bowl but prefers drinking from the tub faucet and will sit there waiting for someone to make sure it's dripping. We had dinner at church this evening and they prepared enough for the # who signed up which was 27 and 42 showed up. I was the last one in line since I was holding Aaliyah so I got a small piece of meatloaf & about a quarter cup of peas& carrots. I also managed a small dish of apple cobbler and couple cookies. I figure the oatmeal raisin cookie was health food. lol The other was key lime. I had plenty to eat but it's really frustrating that people don't sign up and then get it in line ahead of the ones who did.

GS was telling me about his morning-he said there was something wrong with the defense attorney because no one should be that happy and chatty at 8 am. I guess he told everyone to plead not guilty but didn't really talk to Shane Allen and he decided to take the deal of pleading to one and having the others dropped because he did it and shouldn't plead not guilty when he was. After that it was back to school for the day. He's missed 14 days of school due to all this.

I am getting the feeling that Aaliyah has allergies. She has been sneezing and this evening she sneezed at church and got a bloody nose. That kind of sounds like my nose but I try to keep it moisturized with the spray or vaseline. I don't like nasal sprays but I had to pay for it so I've been using it. Oh, we had to go to church in two vehicles because of the baby seat so Larry took Aaliyah and Shane Allen and I had the other two girls. After we ate I said something about Aaliyah and Larry said she needed changing. I looked around and asked where the diaper bag was and he said he didn't grab it. I had it packed with a bottle, food, diapers, wipes, etc. I had one diaper in my purse but no wipes so it was paper towels to clean her up poor kid. Someone needs to learn when he picks up the baby he has to pick up the bag. Things could have been worse than just a dirty diaper!!

For some reason I am about to fall asleep so I should probably finish logging my food and stuff.



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Diana, you now have a clean slate/canvas for the week. You can treat yourself with a good loss next week. You can do it!
I had a chuckle over waiting on your husband. I needed hooks in the closet for my organization plan and finally we went to the store and bought what I wanted. Then when it was time to hang them up we couldn't find them. So, another trip to buy more! I had to wait to get that part of the organization done lol I have a perm and then about 2 wk later I go for my yearly highlights. My hair is so straight I can't go without a perm, even wearing it longer and slightly layered. I need the oomph!

Pat I never heard of hydrogen peroxide but it sort of makes sense. I remember as a young girl I heard if you put lemon and hang out in the sun it will naturally highlight. My sister always had dark hair and even without lemon her hair is now very blond. She works outside on her flowers in Florida. It's amazing how her long hair is bleached blond now. Its beautiful. More exercise might bump your body into letting some pounds go. Also, a nice splurge meal might shake up your metabolism enough to have it kick in again! I've heard that can help. Best wishes for a good loss coming up! Thanks for the comment about my DIL. She was quite sad but it's been such a rough year with that child she wasn't really surprised. The other teachers were well aware of the child and his problems but the principal just wouldn't support her. The child's screaming tantrums are heard down the hallway and around the corner to the end of that hallway. The principal repeatedly undermined any efforts made. Even when the child was in time out in the hallway the principal came by and said he was just tired and needed to rest. Crazy! Glad school is almost over.

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Rita I am so sorry about your daughter not having her contract renewed. Our daughter taught one year then due to budget cuts she was also let go. It devastated her. That same year her husband was also fired. Those kids went through some rough times. I hope your daughter finds another job quickly.
Mary sorry you are not liking your haircut. You know I just went through that. It always amazes me when I think my hair looks the worse I get so many people telling me how much they like it this short. I will not get it this short again and I am waiting patiently for it to grow.
Diana you are so right it is a new week and you will do better this week. Why our bodies decide to stop losing is a mystery to me. I have stayed in range and have not lost in three weeks. Am thinking about doing more exercise to see if that can help. I can certainly walk every day as long as the storms stay away. And how funny your beautician won't do what you ask. I guess she thinks she is taking care of your hair.
On that note have any of you put hydrogen peroxide on your hair to lighten it? I saw one of those crazy ads that claimed by spray peroxide on your hair it would give you highlights. Right now my hair is pretty gray, not getting color until June when it grows out so was thinking of trying this. Anybody with experiance?

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Went to WW. It wasn't pretty but it's a new week. I knew I had been off track so weighing in is the first good step of the week.

Rita keep busy. I love seeing progress too. My problem is I have a husband who procrastinates so I often am waiting on something he has to do before I can do something! Of course there is always woman's work. LOL.

Mary I remember a haircut that was so short I was afraid to go home to Bob! like you my hair grows fast. My hairdresser is in my sorority and she won't give me color and a perm. I guess it damages the hair. I'm going to ask about a perm and a color rinse next time or I might just have to insist. My hair is straight as a board!

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Mary, I think we were writing at the same time. Congrats on working on your bathroom. That room is always the very last on my list. I hate cleaning bathrooms. Luckily for me, while on retreat last weekend my DS surprised me by caulking the bathtub and cleaning the whole bathroom while in there. He even got the tiled floor cleaned with 409. It had been re-grouted and it never had completely come off the tile. With a girlfriend's help I had redecorated it with a beautiful shower curtain and pictures on the wall so now that it's clean, maybe I can suffer a little now and then and try to maintain it better. And that IS a sacrifice for me! Sorry about your hair. I totally understand how those hair cuts can go awry. I've had more than my share. I hope it gets more comfortable for you while its growing out. Just smile a lot and maybe no one will notice! :-)

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Mary, that is such wonderful news about little David's foot. I am so happy to hear such a hopeful, positive report on the little precious one. Reading about the kids in the classroom that are disruptive is all too common I suspect. My DIL has been dealing with that all year and even the principal has coddled the child and made excuses. I suspect it's the money from the parents that is talking in this case. Our DIL's contract was not renewed for next year even though its been said "she's a good teacher." I'd have plenty more to say about it all but I suspect it's best I don't! lol

Kerry, I am sure you were worried sick about what would happen in court today. It's so hard to see our loved ones get themselves into such situations. It's good news that two charges were dropped. Hopefully S.A. will realize that was a blessing that came his way and that he has a chance now to get things right dealing with only the one charge. Praying for him! And like Diana said, you don't need no stinkin therapists, you've got us and we're the best you'd find even if you went looking!

Pam, I enjoyed your soap box message! I agree!

Pat, we don't have any immediate plans to move but I just function better when things are in good shape and decluttered. Like my weight, I let things get out of control and I just had to start doing something about the disarray. I hope your ants have been successfully evicted!

Diana, I'm with you! If I keep busy I don't eat so much. Problem is I need higher levels of energy to keep going strong. Once I get a move on though, I get inspired and keep going. These projects on the house are taking awhile to get done but its encouraging to see some progress. How frustrating for your GS thinking the cast was coming off and it didn't. That happened to me and that was a hard pill to swallow. Give him extra TLC!

Hi Mary Lou and Donna! It's been awhile since we've chatted. Hope to catch up with both of you soon!

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Oh, girls, I asked for a little bit different hair cut….and I got it! I’m grateful that my hair grows quickly, lol. I asked to sort of have a cut that would help me grow my hair out in length a little and I have weird hair: I have a lot on top and not too much on the sides. It looks so top heavy now even though the stylist texturized it on top a lot. I guess it will be okay eventually but I feel so funny. Maybe I’m too critical…

Kerry, I’m glad two of the charges were dropped. Here’s to a new attitude and better discretion for the future. I didn’t realize your daughter’s on/off schedule. Yes, 3 days of working is better than 4! This wonderful group IS our therapy!! Let us know how things end up.

Diana, I certainly wasn’t air lifted but the ambulance company wanted over $1300 for my 15 minute ride down the freeway when I was transported to the hospital with the blood clots. It wasn’t like I had a choice! They were supposed to charge the Worker’s Comp people but they repeatedly charged my Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I had to fight them for almost 2 years on this. A $30 fee would have been so good to have just in case! Yes, the Food Therapist was something I never heard of. Just another ‘yuppie’ thing to me! I’m sorry about your GS having to keep the cast on but it sounds much better than ‘hoping’ that he wouldn’t reinjure the arm. Boys! You never know what they will do next! Yes, my little David has a much better prognosis that we thought.

I hate ants, Pat! I hope Jerry will win that battle! Glad you didn’t have problems more than just thunder and lightning. Rain is great for the plants but causes so many other woes at times. Your beans do sound good!

Rita, I decided to do some bathroom cleaning today, thanks to your post! I organized my ‘hotel’ goodies that I use when I travel. I sorted the ones that still had seals unbroken and will give those away along with soap and other things. I consolidated and now have another big 5 drawer rolling cart to put in the office for my card stuff. Once I get that done I should be 90, lol!

I will try to do something with my hair so I can go to Zumba tonight and not be too self conscious! I need to move more…


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Pat I always have to do that kind of calculation for food. Seems I'm always in that situation of non chain restaurants. The problem is you never know what all they add into the dinner. Good for you trying and eating light later. You are very good with going with the flow.

Mary so funny about the little boy eating. I didn't make a comment because I figured others might not appreciate my thoughts. I couldn't believe he had a special nutrition person. Like you said we spanked our kids for not eating or made them eat it again later! LOL I bet your trainer does still have issues. They say we never see that thin person in the mirror even after losing weight. Your conversation was cute. What great news about David! You
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Marylou I'm SO glad you are back!


Pam we pay $30 a year for a Air Evac so if we have to go to a large hospital we won't have those outrageous payments if the insurance doesn't pay. I didn't see your post. I hope all is well. I wondered how Canada handled a specialist. Sounds like it works well.

Rita try to be strong with all that food around! Good for you doing spring cleaning. I find if i am busy I do better with my eating.

Kerry you don't need no stinkin therapy.....you have us! Prayers being sent out for your grandson. My parents used to tell us that often you get in trouble for things your friends do. They always told us to choose our friends wisely. I am glad his court date went well and he can make better choices in the future.

Well GS had a broken arm in a cast that was to come off yesterday. However they said it wasn't healed and they would have to put a brace on or a cast. If they put the brace and he injured it again he would have to have surgery. So, she put a cast back on. She was not the most popular mom last night.

Finally little Ellie is drinking from a sippy cup so she is going to visit me while Bob is away. He is leaving for South America May 6.


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Okay. He had two charges dropped and pled guilty to the other. I guess the attorneys are to get in touch with them later and then back to court in a month. I'm thinking his school attendance and grades may be part of the punishment decision.



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And I still have no idea what happened this morning. I do have a bag of baby diapers for "Miss Barfalots which Sarah dropped off while we were having lunch. Hopefully we'll get more news when we get kids for dinner at church.

Aaliyah is talking to grandpa and bouncing herself backwards into his belly and arm.

Mary, if I didn't mention it before the news on David is definitely great.



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Kerry you also have my prayers this morning. And you are so right there is no better therapy then holding your innocent grandchild and snuggling with her. Hopping it makes you feel much better.
Marylou so good to hear from you. I think about you every time I see my Petosky stones you told me about when we took our trip that time. I understand you are doing well and hope your family is too. I just came back here last Jan. after a very long absence. I missed this group too, it is a special place to get support and friendship.
Rita you are working hard at getting everything organized. I will probably wait untill we are moving to do all that, lol. I always do things at the last possible minute, that's how I roll. Oh we have no plans to move now, but some day we will.
Mary so very happy for Chris Ashley and baby David! That s great news for all of you. It sounds like a lot less complicated treatment especially if only one foot is involved. Prays work!
I am home from my work out and the grocery store but boy am I hungry. I am having more of those beans for lunch so looking forward to that.
We got over 4 inches of rain last night with lots of thunder and lightning. I was woken up many times in the night. I will try to get everything I need to do done then take a short nap.
Funny story we came home from the Y and we had been invaded by the longest string of ants I had ever seen. They had come in through a sliding glass door, went under a glider down a short hall into the spare bedroom. DH said he had been killing them outside and I guess the rain caused them to create a new path. So after spraying them I have quite the mess to vacuum then mop up. Love the rain hate all the problems it can cause.


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Tantrums are best ignored unless the kid is in danger of physical damage or they are hurting others. That's another thing that went out the window with common sense.

Thanks for the prayers. Mary, if Sarah changed to daytime she would actually be gone more when the kids are home and make less. She went through all the math. She would have to work 4 days rather than 3, 7a.m.-7p.m. plus an extra half hour before and after to do rounds with the nurse coming in. Shane is there in the evenings and weekends. He cooks and makes sure dinner is ready before Sarah heads to work. He helps with homework if he can and is just going crazy with all of this though he tries to hide a lot of it. I know Larry and I do too much of that. I'm thankful I have all of you to talk/complain/cry to. Maybe it will save me a heart attack.

I didn't go to water aerobics because I didn't want to miss a call from Sarah and I am still waiting. We'll go pick Trish and Aaliyah up in an hour then I or we can cuddle with her. It's good therapy.

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Prayers were said for SA. Keep us updated. ((hugs))

Just adding in here. I think the biggest problem with having children today (again - Hollywood's fault) is that the child has to be the center of everyone's universe. He/She is the most important relationship in the house. Sorry - it didn't work that way in my house. I honestly think putting the children first is what has cause so many divorces! The MOST important relationship in the household is the one between mom and dad, the husband and wife. If THAT relationship is solid and they work together, then the love for the children and their behaviour should follow. The child should never be allowed to think that they are the most important person in the house. Sure, they need to know they are loved and safe, and that mommy and daddy are there for them, but today? Ugh. Absolutely everything revolves around the child. It actually makes me quite angry because so many families have been destroyed because of this philosophy. Ah well, off my soapbox. LOL!

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Kerry, some of SA's problems might genuinely stem from birth complications but from what you have said here over the years, I never got the impression that things were amiss until the arrest at school. He was active in the church, ROTC, had friends come over and do things at your house a lot, etc. The biggest thing that always struck me is that it seemed like you and Larry were raising both the grandchildren rather than their parents and their aunt had them for long periods of time in the summer. I really wonder if, now that they are both teens, not having parental guidance as their primary caregivers is a big issue here: a cry for help/attention! You don't say much about your SIL. Does he 'take charge' and do things with both kids? Isn't there a way for your daughter to adjust her work schedule so she is with them more often? You say a lot about how the kids are with you so she can sleep. That just 'sticks out' in my mind as a big consideration. You and Larry have done so much for all your kids and now your grandchildren, Aaliyah, Trish, and Aaron, too! I hope the court case will go well and that they all get counseling as a family. It's not a fad type of thing when a family is in crisis. Maybe they would let you and Larry accompany them once in a while, too, and everyone would know exactly what the therapist recommends. Good luck!

Rita, you are more dedicated than I've been with the cleanup! I spent 2.5 days last week culling out school files and business stuff, then quit. My house would be so much better if I would just stick with it or spend at least an hour a day putting things where they belong---or finding a permanent home for them! I have another charity group coming next weekend and will get rid of the last of the extra computers and monitors! Good luck with the weigh in. I need to clean up my food environment, too.

I have great news about baby David! I talked with Chris last night. They took David to the orthopedic specialist and they only had to cast one foot/leg! They will keep a close eye on the other one but the doctor thinks it's 1 positional rather than congenital issue. AND the casts will still be every 5 days but maybe for 5-6 weeks rather than the 9 predicted! They are happy to hear this and very accepting of what has to be done to give him full mobility in life.

As for that food therapy business, I'd never heard of it either! This little boy is very bright and very emotional. He throws himself on the floor or the table when things don't go his way. i've been in this classroom probably 5 times so far this year and the mother and the teachers make excuses for him since he's so smart. They 'coddle' him and rub his back trying to get him to cooperate. The other kids just look at him and have to wait for the teachers to go back to whatever they were doing before the child threw a fit. I think they should continue to teach and let him figure out that he's not in charge! Same thing with the food, as several of you said: if he doesn't like what Mom gives him he will figure out that he should eat something when he's hungry! But again, the teachers are 'nice mothers' who want to have a part time job. There isn't guidance or classroom mgt. 'taught' and they are on their own to do what works for them. It's another reason why I don't want to be 'in charge!' There is a little girl i nthe room who is really pretty but she looks like no one cares at all. Her mother brings her at least 30 minutes late. Her hair has never been combed that I've seen this year! It's waist length and softly curly but tangled and hangs in her face. She tried to push it off her face yesterday and her fingers got tangled in it!! She wears 'costumes' that are falling apart because that's what she wants and her mother readily admits that the child 'wins' that battle. Who is in charge?? Her little cousin is in another room I've been in a lot this year...just found out that it's her cousin but it is the same situation, lol. That girl, too, comes in like she was picked up out of the bed and thrown into the car. Hair not combed and breakfast on her face. This is a 2 day a week 5 hour program, not 'school!' It's not mandatory. By 9:00 you can wake your little one up and feed/dress him/her, right?! Okay, rant over! I guess I'm so old-school here, but it breaks my heart for this current generation of parents who can't BE parents and for their little ones who have no one in charge but themselves.

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It never ceases to amaze me how parents and schools send the kids to therapy for most anything they don't want to deal with or just let the child deal with. Most of us in this group probably dealt with the same issues but we did just that-dealt with them. I had a child who wouldn't eat more than a bite or two of anything. She didn't have any health issues so I knew when she was hungry she would eat and after a month or so she started eating just like her big sister. My granddaughter has been in therapy-in my opinion because she's a bossy loner. I was a loner always with a book in hand when I was her age so I recognize that. She comes home from therapy and tells me she has a disease called depression and I just don't understand. Maybe I need therapy. emoticon

Well, I missed aqua last night-totally forgot while I was mowing. At least I got some exercise. I have 15 minutes to decide if I'm going to get dressed and go the the 9a.m. class but I feel more like going back to bed for some of the sleep I missed last night thinking about my grandson and what his family is going through or rather what he is putting his family through. Darn kid. It would be nice if they would think about what he's been through in 16 years-born 2 1/2 months early when mom started spotting and they lost his heart beat while monitoring him. Born by c-section, had to be given CPR again before they could transport him to NICU, several years later came down with Benign Rolandic Epilepsy which is a short term type of epilepsy... He will sometimes tell me he needs something to make the pain go away. I've never been able to figure out what the pain is but he usually holds his head when he says it. The only test the doctors are willing to do was for the epilepsy and then they said he has ADHD which is a diagnosis they give to most every preemie. Now the darn kid may have destroyed his chance of ever having a normal life. I hope not.



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Please say a prayer for my grandson as well as his parents and sister-he is in court this morning in regards to his arrest a month or so ago for having contraband on school (belonged to another kid but he had it.)



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Wow this place is hopping. I'm so happy to see everyone. I have been reading but haven't had time to spend computer time responding to each of you. I was amazed to hear from Mary about the child going to a "food therapist". Now that is a new one for me. I know kids can go to an occupational therapist for getting off feeding tubes and the like but going to a food therapist for being a picky eater is something else.

I've been busy working on getting my house cleaned, sorted and organized. I'm still working on my bedroom and the closet is looking great. Today I started on my living room. I have books stacked up everywhere so I had to rearrange things to move a bookcase into place to hold my treasures. I feel I'm making progress in my house which I hope will translate to some weight loss. I've been eating things I shouldn't so it worries me. I found 4 bags of chips on my table that was brought home from the kid's work. Along with that was cookies and then chocolate bars were brought into the house. I'm surrounded by things I like! After weigh in tomorrow I'll try to start on another hopefully successful week.

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Wow it has been busy in here today, hasn't it?

Diana, we have our GP whom we go to for all general issues (mine sees me about once every 5 years. LOL) There are loads of specialists around for whatever you may need, but so far I haven't needed one (except an OB/GYN for my hysterectomy). Usually a GP refers you to a specialist the first time, then you continue to go to the specialist for that particular issue from then on.

Mary, I cracked up when you mentioned the "food therapist". It's all Hollywood's fault you know. I'll be watching a show and hardly one goes by where someone doesn't ask "have you/he/she seen a therapist? everytime someone has a problem. It's quite disturbing. We just used to let picky eaters starve. They'll eat when they get hungry enough! I've never seen a young kid deliberately starve him/herself to death. Have you?

I've never had such a crazy couple of weeks as I've had lately. I'm so tired at the end of a day. No problems sleeping. LOL!

Marylou! It's so good to hear from you. What is going on in your life? As Mary says, enquiring minds want to know.

Kerry, it isn't grass cutting time yet here. The tulips have been trying to grow for weeks. The leaves started coming up in March, when the weather was really quite warm, but stopped when it turned cold again. Last week it got warm for a few days and I noticed buds beginning to grow from the center. However, it got chilly again, so heaven knows when the poor things will actually bloom!

Have a great night ladies and "see" you in the morning. :)

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Wow-I thought maybe I had missed a day with all the chatter today! I finished up the mowing this evening-45 minutes to finish the backyard after the 80 the other day. It's probably good until the weekend but since it's all been done once it shouldn't take as long since one trip over should cut it all. Larry had a retiree meeting this afternoon and Aaliyah and I tagged along. The meeting was at the River House which used to be one of the first areas on the river that rich folks from up north would snap up. The house is really old and kind of hard to walk through with it's little rooms and rough floors. There are huge newer houses on one side plus a large building used as a motel and also some condos. The group sat outside on the dock for the meeting-there were only 8 or 9 of us there. The weather was perfect and Aaliyah slept for part of the time and just sat on my lap looking around the rest of the time.

The chicken noodle soup sounds good and the thicker noodles would definitely add to the calories. I agree that tracking chain restaurants has been made easy b the government.

Pam, the medi-vac around here will cost you a couple thousand dollars. Insurance doesn't like paying for it but some may. We have a hospital just over a mile north of us where our daughter works and another one a couple miles south which is new. The new one is where my 2nd hip replacement was done. Same doctor did them both but he now does most of his surgery at the new hospital. Guess it depends on your location and his schedule but it's convenient to my house. Our pharmacy always pulls the bottle out of the bag, checks it and shows it to us at pickup.
Mary, I had the same problem with WW-did the meetings, knew what I was supposed to do and still let myself go way off track when other people wanted stuff I shouldn't be eating.

Hope everyone else is doing well. Marylou, it's great to hear from you.
I think it's about bedtime so I need to finish up. It's a lot easier since my computer got "cleaned" the other day!






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Marylou, we've missed you. Please let us know how things are going with you. Will Whitney be home for the summer? How is your school year? Inquiring minds want to know, lol....come back and stay longer!

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I'm glad you had a nice day, Pat. Homemade chicken noodle soup and a homemade roll sounds delicious. I always hope that soup is a good choice! I need to make some for later on. I deboned my chicken while I was making dinner and will freeze it for later on. Yes, the food therapist for this child does seem 'out there' so much. You're right..if you search enough there is a specialist for everything you might need/ want, lol!

My trainer asked how I was doing at WW this afternoon. I gave her 'one of those looks' and told her I was going to the meetings and paying the fees. She laughed and asked if there was anything she could do to help me along. I told her about our group and that we all 'know' what we are supposed to be doing and some of us have had success. She said maybe to try a Meatless Monday or some other day once a week and to ask myself 'what do you really think is behind your 'hunger?' Is it that you just want something, are you upset, anxious, etc. I told her that I knew the HALT: hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. I don't feel like I have any real issues...I just like to eat! She successfully lost around 60 pounds a few years ago and can do all kinds of extensive yoga poses and is so strong for a tiny person! But she said she struggles with overeating at times, too. I don't really believe it, lol, and I told her her nose was growing!!

I will call Chris and Ashley in a few minutes. I think today was the orthopedic specialist to see about David's casts and the prognosis!



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Had a nice lunch with Jerry's sister and her husband. The only problem was we ate at a non-chain place and figuring out the calories has been a challenge. I got their homemade chicken noodle soup and it came with a gigantic hot roll. The noodles were homemad large and thick. I got the smaller serving but still by breaking it all down I hope I estimated it correctly at 657 calories. So tonight I only had a salad. It is going to be a long evening until I can go to bed then wake up and have breakfast, lol.
I was going to go have my blood work done this morning then the weather prevented Jerry from playing golf so all the plans changed. Good thing I am flexible, lol. He has entangling to go up to Liberty to have lunch with his sister so today was the day. Since his mom passed away I think he is trying to stay in contact with his sister. She is the only one who lives close enough we can have lu ch with her. So now I will have my blood work done this Thursday.
Pam I read about your frustration with the shipment on FB. It is a wonder sometimes how these "officials" don't have any common sense. I hope it has been resolved by now.
Diana you are so right that we need to be vigilant in taking care of ourselves and double checking all meds. If all be own I am sure many mistakes have been made with devastating results. I am glad the mistake was corrected, BP medicine is nothing to mess around with.
Mary glad you had a good day at school. Sorry but I had to chuckle about the little boy and his lunch. And especially about the others response. I guess that just goes to show there is an expert out there for everything. How did we survive raising our kids without these experts, oh yea we spanked them when they didn't eat, lol.
Well the dirty kitchen awaits so I will catch you all later.

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Pat, Dave used to move all the furniture around in our first little place. I'd come home from church and the living room and bedroom would be all changed around! I don't have the 'manpower' to do that, nor the inclination! I would like to have new furniture but I will wait for a while. The insurance from Mama's estate still hasn't been processed. I hope you can enjoy the urgent care places nearby. I have all of that near me as well.

Pam, it does sound like whatever you need is at hand. That's great! I know you have a different health care system than we do, thank goodness. i read the other day that United Health Care will withdraw from Obamacare next year because it's not working out. Duh....

Diana, I'm glad you are the 2nd pair of eyes and that you and Bob can help each other stay on top of things.

I had a good but very busy day. The kids were well behaved with one exception and he threw a fit over what his mother packed for his lunch. I mean he pounded the table and screamed! When the mother picked him up she asked how his day was and I told her that he didn't like what she packed. She said she takes him to a 'food therapist' because he's a picky eater! I've never heard of such a thing. I've also rarely passed an opportunity to eat something!!

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Pat Bob has been taking the lower dose of bp meds for a few months. When he went for the checkup the mistake was discovered by Bob. He said the doctor wanted him to add another bp med and he does not like to take meds. He found out the one the doctor ordered was twice the dosage that he thought he was taking. So after we came home he checked with the pharmacist and he told Bob originally he had the higher one but it was changed a month later. He said his office must have typed it in wrong!

Mary the pharmacist is not Walgreens it is a little hometown RX. So, Bob is not going there any more. I'm having mine delivered by mail but the local doctor is making me go in for a checkup before she will renew it. So, I have to go in Thursday.

Pam it sounds like you have got your health care covered. Do you ever get to see a specialist or are they all family doctors. What if you don't like them?



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Good morning girls. I come in and read all the posts every day. I just don't always have anything to contribute, my days tending to be the same almost every day. LOL!

The pharmacist messed up one of Tony's meds once too. Fortunately I caught it before I even left, because I take the meds out of the bag and check the bottles before I pay for it - every time. When doctors used to write out their prescriptions, I'm not surprised pharmacists got some meds wrong. The handwriting could be very difficult to read. Our doctors how have computers that they use to type in the meds they need, so when we get a prescription, it's typed out and clear for all to read. The doc can check it, the patient can check it, and the pharmacist (shouldn't) mess it up. Ah well. Even though we're out in the "boonies" so to speak, we are surrounded by good hospitals. It doesn't matter which hospital anyone goes to here. Whichever is most convenient at the time. The big major teaching hospitals are in London, but there is a good brand new hospital in Woodstock just 15 minutes away, and another in Ingersoll, same time frame. There's one in Stratford too, but I hardly ever head in that direction. If there is something really traumatic that a smaller hospital can't handle, the medi-vac helicopter will pick you up and cart you off, or one of the smaller hospital emergency departments will stabilize you enough to get you to one of the major ones in London. I think we're covered here. emoticon

The weather here has turned cool - again - sigh. And it's raining and gloomy - icky day today, but I'll try to see the bright side of life. LOL! I'm so busy at work that I don't even want to go in any more, but I have no choice. Ugh.

Everyone have a wonderful day!

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I had never thought of living too far from health facilities causing an issue. Since I changed DR.'s I now will use the hospital in Lawrence. We have an urgent care 2 minutes from us, my doctor is 5 minutes but the hospital is about 20 minutes away.
Mary The beans do fill you up and I know they are healthy. I don't fix them too often so even though I will be eating them every day I don't think I will get tired of them. I feel extremely fortunate I have the personality that I just don't get tired of things. Perfect example my furniture has been in the exact same place since we moved here 28 years ago. Unlike my friend who moved her furniture around monthly. She also spent a lot of time at the chiropractor lol. If I like something I like it forever.
WOW Diana that is scared about Bob's medicine. How long has he been taking the wrong dose? I hope it hasn't hurt him.
Mary hope you get put with the group of kids you enjoy most today.
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Pat, your pot of beans sounds good, filling, and lots of protein...on plan. Good for you! I love having a plan. I need to debone my chicken tonight and put some of it in the freezer for future meals.

Donna, if your yard is that small that it only takes 15 minutes, then by all means, I wish your son in law would do it for you. You do so much for his family! It seems like that's much easier than I pictured, but still a chore!

Diana, I was talking to the Illinois sister Sunday afternoon about moving to one of the del Webb Communities either in Georgia or in the Austin area. Finding the right medical facilities is a top priority with them. Since she's popped her hip replacement out twice and her husband has had a heart attack, they are ruling out some of the places they really liked because they are too isolated and getting to a hospital might be 45 minutes away. It's certainly something to think about. What's the closest larger town? And Walgreen's really needs to take responsibility for that big mess with Bob's medicine!

'm glad you had a good dinner with your friends, Kerry. I hope you get an extra person to help you with the money counting!


I will be with 3 yr. olds today...or not! I never really know when I go exactly what they will want me to do, lol!!

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Pat I'm not good at mowing a lawn but have to when Bob is gone. I'm just glad we have a riding mower. I'm stuck with the weight too. Of course I have not been good this week. I guess Marylou's sister is going home today so she will be back to harass me daily on the diet.

Mary we like it in our small town but the medical worries us here. We don't go to any of the doctors here and now Bob found out the pharmacy typed his blood pressure meds in wrong and have been giving him half what he needed. We may have to eventually move to a larger town or closer to one.

Well, DH just got back. He was supposed to get our mower going but instead got the neighbor's running. My halo is tilting!



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I don't think my hip liked the mowing probably because some of the areas were still damp and involved pushing hard through it. I can't let it go that long again. Just relaxing after dinner with friends.

Jacksonville used to have some of those truck rallies inside the colosseum. Just looking at the exhaust hanging in the air was enough to make me feel sick. I can't imagine what it was doing to the lungs of the spectators though they said the ventilation kept it up away from the crowd.



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Monster trucks were very loud especially inside a small arena. I had to cover my ears and they still were ringing an hour later. I would have been fine if we were sitting on the side. Once was enough for me too.

Kerry, glad you got your lawn cut. Mine is very small, only takes about 15 min to mow. Not bad.

Diana: Glad Bob had a pretty good bill of health.

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Monster trucks were very loud especially inside a small arena. I had to cover my ears and they still were ringing an hour later. I would have been fine if we were sitting on the side. Once was enough for me too.

Kerry, glad you got your lawn cut. Mine is very small, only takes about 15 min to mow. Not bad.

Diana: Glad Bob had a pretty good bill of health.

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Donna I would of felt the same way if those monster trucks seemed to be headed my way. And like Kerry said it can't be good for a person's hearing. I have never been to one but know they are very popular.
Mary glad you were able to find your favorite make up. I did the same thing with the stick blusher. I stocked up when I found out they won't be available soon, now I have a life time supply of I live to be 110.
Diana glad Bob got a good report at the Dr except for the high blood pressure. Jerry has always had high BP and it takes a combination of two different meds to keep his under control.
I am not a grass mower either Mary. I have had to do it and know I could if need be but that is DH's territory so I leave it to him.
Well I made the most delicious pot of great northern beans and ham yesterday. A very big pot. One cup figures out to be a little over 250 calories. The good thing is it fills me up and I don't feel hungry so plan on having a cup each day for lunch for a while. I made cornbread for DH but I chose the 45 calorie bread to eat with mine. Tonight I just had homemade chicken noodle soup and a salad. I am at a plateaue right now so trying to re-kick start my weight loss. I have been stuck at the same weight for over two weeks now.
Had a good workout this morning and might even go in the morning if DH doesn't play golf. Won't do a full work out but every little thing might he.p.

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I’ve tried some of yesterday and all of today not to overeat or eat something that I will regret. So far, I’m not too hungry but know that will change, lol. I ran a few errands and loaded up on my favorite cheap lipsticks and glosses, NYC. When I was at CVS yesterday I asked where it was and the man stocking shelves said they weren’t making it any more and it was now ELF. Well, I don’t like ELF, I like NYC! So I went to WAlmart and it’s still there. I got a bunch for ‘just in case!’ It’s cheap and I love the colors. There were even new ones. Greg was supposed to come deliver my new little TV but he just called to say the side panel in his shower exploded when no one was in there, thank goodness, and he had to stay home today to meet with the shower people. Then they are coming back on Thursday to replace the glass. If he likes these people I will call them to fix something with my shower door.

Kerry, you are so busy all the time. You and Donna with the mowing---way past what I would do!

Donna, my boys loved the Monster Truck Shows. I think Cherilyn even went a couple of times if there was a good band playing. I’m sure Noah enjoyed it but I know the noise was awful!

Diana, we were posting at the same time. I'm sorry Bob's BP is too high. Hope he can get it down. Mine is usually low. I'm certainly overweight but that's something I've never had to worry about, thank goodness. Enjoy the sorority meeting.

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Kerry I find that I can be within calorie range but if I eat too many carbs forget about losing!

Donna the monster truck thing would not be my kind of fun. I would probably go once to say I did and then no more. I used to have a boyfriend who would go to stock car races and I will never forget being in the pits and the noise level.

Well, went to OKC for Bob's doctor appointment. He is in good health but heart doctor wants to get his blood pressure down more since he is in a high risk category with family history.

I have sorority tonight. Don't want to go but I don't have that many social functions these days. It's all about Bob. LOL



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I think stock car racing (small local track) for several years and just one monster truck show probably helped damage my hearing. We had a neighbor in Nebraska who did the stock car racing so my husband became his mechanic or mechanic helper since Paul did most of it himself. They worked together as deisel mechanics as a real job. They always had a mechanic's race so I got to watch my husband drive and every time he wound up going up and over the side of the track. such fun. emoticon The thing I remember most was the noise and wondering if anyone would be able to hear in a few years.

I got half or more of the yard mowed this morning and will need to finish tomorrow. I had let it go too long so it took extra time and oomph. My knees have been complaining but I made it to Trish's so we could go to Target. We picked up a personal pan pizza for lunch. I ate 3/4 of mine. Aaliyah got a few new clothes and foods. She was happy the entire time which made it nice though if she had been fussy we may have not stayed so long. lol Larry and I went to Sarah's and got hair cuts. Trish missed that because when Sarah texted Trish was already in the shop getting hers done. I probably could have done it since she just had several inches cut off her long hair. It might not have been perfect but would have been cheaper. We'll be heading off (around the corner) to Texas Roadhouse for dinner with some church friends in a few minutes.



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The monster truck show terrified me, much to my surprise. We were sitting in the "endzone" and the monster trucks were crushing cars and coming straight for us. All I could think about was news reels of debris flying into the crowd. I Actually grabbed Noah's hand and told him this scared me. He laughed.
I came home and hoped to crawl into bed by 7 but no. Chuck called ( my neighbor )and asked me to come over and meet his new girlfriend and help with the computer. So bed was delayed an hour.

Diana: I need to learn to live some of what you have made a lifestyle change. I guess repetition becomes habit.


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I should have taken my phone or kindle to dinner with me. I had the salad bar and trying to remember exactly what I had is really hard. I need to work harder on getting the calories lower no matter what spark people says I get in a little extra exercise and they decide I should eat a few hundred more calories. NOT ! It may look good when it says I haven't eaten enough but I know better. Now if my actions would just listen to the brain.

I never got back to the mowing so I need to get at it early tomorrow. Temperatures are heading up to the 80s all week. Money counting went well. It usually does when the offering is low. We had a gal come in to learn the process. She has signed up for another day so hopefully we can get a few different teams before long.

Donna, you are very active. I wish I could make myself do just a tiny bit of the exercise you do. Maybe if I lived somewhere close to a mountain or even some hills. Florida does get boring if you don't live near the coast. Guess that happens everywhere.





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Well Bob and I are having a date in tonight. Game of Thrones is on tonight so we are rewatching last season. Marathon. He is grilling a steak. It is huge so we are sharing it. Then we will have popcorn while we watch our shows. The grill already smells wonderful. I call it "Ode de bbq"!

Pat thank you for the encouragement. I think this WILL be my year. It might be slow but some of the things I learned have sunk in finally. Like tracking no matter what and pushing away when I'm full. I am also learning if it doesn't taste as good as I think it will not to eat it. So, those are all positives. I am having ups and downs but mostly up even if slow. We WILL do this together. You guys are so wonderful.

Donna I couldn't believe after the climb you tilled the garden, Like Mary said I think one or two of the activities would have been plenty. Of course you are younger than we are! I saw the picture of Gracie on FB. She looks like a tired pup.

Mary it is so weird to think of Nyla with snow and you with rain when we are in the 80s! Sorry your water aerobics was cancelled.

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Oh, my gosh, Donna, for someone who had 'nothing planned' for the weekend, you cram more into a few hours than anyone I know. How can you climb a mountain with a dog, till a garden, have time to watch TV and do chores, then go out to eat AND to the Monster truck show?? I would choose one activity, maybe 2. And they would be a few chores and mindless tv!! Wow.

Pat, I tend to forget the little things that I grab here and there. In my mind they don't count. They probably constitute so many of my calories/points. Glad your weigh in was okay!

It's pouring now so no water aerobics. I think a nap is a good idea. Donna made me tired....

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Well I intended to not go to the top of the mt but I missed the meditation circle where I was going to stop. So to the top it was. Grace was as good as she could be. She did chew her leash in half on the way home. Oh well. I am tired but the wind has died down so I intend to turn over the garden so I can plant next month. Laundry, Hallmark movies and then out to dinner with Noah and onto the MOnster truck show.

Pat: I woke up in bed and suddenly remembered that I forgot to track two things I ate yesterday and so I really didn't stop at 1200 cal like I thought. UGH! No weight loss 2 weeks in a row. So sad. It is discouraging for sure.


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Diana good for you recording even if it is not pleasant. I always did the same thing, if I over ate I would just not record. But who was I fooling so now like you I record it all and you are right it is an eye opener sometimes. You are doing so well and you will make it this time,one day and one bite at a time.
I did weigh this morning and it was not horrible. I will just remember all the encouragement you all give me and use that to strengthen my resolve.
Mary enjoy your healthy lunch. Nothing is better than spending time with a good friend.

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Diana, when I broke my kneecap 2 years ago the doctor put it back with wires and screws...I don't think he mentioned what 'shape' the cartilage was in at all so I can't help there. You have done a great job with your weight loss. I'm sure you'll be back on track this week. I would send you rain if I could! And I had egg toast for breakfast, too!

Donna, I may ask the little sister to take me to Costco on her card and let me see what it's like. I was there about 4 years ago and most of what I liked was in huge quantities, just like my parents bought, lol. I don't have that kind of storage capacity! I'm glad your daughter is doing better. I had the same concern when I broke my kneecap and had the blood clot issue afterwards. I was out for 2.5 months, then 3 weeks of half days....those half days really did help. i was afraid they would fire me, too, just like after Dave died. If I had to do it over again I would NOT have gone back to teaching 2 weeks into being a widow, though.

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Donna I hope Gracie acts well in front of your friends. You are something else climbing those hills. Now that I had my knees x-rayed I know why I can't do hills. It is always so hard for me to go downhill because of the bone on bone knee caps. Do you know if there is surgery for just the knee caps? I forgot to ask the doctor. He said the knee joints were good. Bob would be glad to help with your fridge if he were there!

Rita I would love being called Gigi over Granny May May. LOL. I'm mad at myself over the way I've eaten this week too. I kind of lost it. Usually I just quit tracking when I'm being a bad girl but I decided today to post it all in it's ugliness. Then I can't hide what I have done from myself.

Mary wish we could harness some of the water you have here in OK. We are always so dry.

Well, my day has started out with making DH some egg toast. He loves it and we are going to have a more laid back day I hope today.

Still babying my knee a bit. I may pull out my next UFO quilt project today. I have one I started called Tennesse Waltz.

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My DD in CA is getting better. She has as many good days as bad. She has a job interview this week which is a big deal for her. She also has to drive into SF for a hearing and THAT will tire her out. I am afraid that if she is out of work longer than 90 days they will let her go. That means she will have to go back to work for the finals week. But they are half days and she thinks she may not have to be there all day long.

Mary: The only reason I joined Costco is because they had the best tire deal but their warrenty is only good if you continue to be a member. I do buy my frozen chicken breasts/ thighs there and occasionally a baked goodie. I also found some birenstocks knockoffs on sale there yesterday.

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Pat, it's a wonder you don't sleep in every day after you've had Decklan! LIttle kids do wear us out! I just had a text from my friend Sarah. We will have lunch after I get back from Mass at that Hungry's Cafe that I took some of you to when you visited Houston several summers ago. It has a very healthy (if you want!) menu and since we both are supposedly on WW, we will be good!!

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Now I remember why I love this site so much, you all make me feel better when I slip up, it helps so much not feeling alone. I am going to do better this week and I froze those darn rice crispy treats. As we all say the important thing is not to give up, never give up!
Mary that is so great that your neighborhood gets together like that. We barely know our neighbors let alone socialize with them. Of course we sort of live in the country and the hoses are spread out. I have never lived in an actually neighborhood except when we were first married. I loved my neighbors, they were two sisters and they first introduced me to making crafts.
Donna i had to laugh at your weekend plan change,you are so busy it seems. I have never looked up the cookie recipe yet but I do need to see what a almost 500 calorie cookie is made from. Sorry about your tailbone. I injured mine years ago and it seemed to take forever to heal. I hope both your daughters start feeling well soon. Is your CA. daughter better now?
Rita I get the feeling of not being noticed when you have made a change. But I also agree with the others that it was such a good highlight that it looked natural. I also get my hair highlighted, but when she is done with me I look mostly blond. how exciting to be with all your grandkids at the same time. i will anxiously await a picture. All mine were together about a year ago and it was so special.
Well someone didn't make it too Church this morning because they overslept. I guess I was more tired than I realized. So guess it is time to get my morning chores done.

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I guess we all had a 'slip up' week, Rita...so that makes it a little easier to be better this week. How sweet of your DIL to give you the pedicure certificate. I desperately need one. I got one when I went to see Chris and Ashley the first of March so it's been almost 2 months. I usually only get them maybe 3 times a year but te last time I did it myself a couple of weeks ago it wasn't a good job. Maybe this coming week. It will be wonderful to have all the grandchildren with you. As for the highlights, DO consider that it was such a subtle blending job that it's a success and I'm sure you look lovely! I used 'medium brown' instead of 'NEUTRAL' medium brown yesterday by mistake and I have dark, dark brown hair. I look like I'm about to throw up...it makes my complexion green!!

Donna, I hope Gracie will cooperate today. Slipping and hurting your tailbone must be so painful. One of my mother's friends in assisted living fell and BROKE hers. I don't htink there was anything they could do for that and it was hard on her. I'm glad Noah was fun AND a help to you! Do you find that you buy enough at Costco to make it worth paying to join? I know so many people who go there and I never considered it, being on my own. My parents made Costco and Sam's profitable, lol. Despite just being the 2 of them, they really bought in bulk! When we sold the house each sister got a few boxes of Kleenex and probably a whole new toilet paper package! My water aerobics instructor had some cute Speedo water shoes yesterday and she got them at Costco for $10....maybe worth it?! Wow, both of your daughters seem to be sick so often. I hope they will be okay soon.

Well, after a couple of beautiful sunny days, we have a 40% chance of rain again today. Houston needs to dry out. Some neighborhoods are still flooded and floodING due to the Corp of Engineers letting more water out of the reservoirs before the levees are compromised. Such a shame. If it rains and I can't go to water aerobics (they close the pool for thunder and/or lightening) I will do more housework. I sure got a lot done yesterday.

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Wow, time has gotten by and I've missed so many check ins here! It's been a non-stop weekl I got my hair highlighted and not one person even has mentioned it. I guess I was pouting for a day over it. To me it's obvious but I guess to others it is just a good highlighting blended in. Then my dear, sweet DIL gave me her gift certificate for a pedicure that her brother had given her as a thank you. How sweet was that. I have my niece's wedding in 2 weeks so I'm trying to get myself presentable...lol

At the wedding I'll have all 8 of my grandkids together. I can hardly wait to see them all together. Some of them call me Gigi but mostly I'm Grandma.

Last week at weigh in I lost 0,2 lbs. This week I've been eating/drinking things I have no business doing. I've got to get my head back on straight. I am so much happier when losing weight. I should make more of an effort to do that for myself.

I'll try to catch up with all of you soon!

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We all enjoy our grandkids. It is the reward of raising our own children. I had Noah on and off several times today. He is such a good boy for me, and helpful if I ask him.

Diana: Bob is such a good friend to all. I could sure use him out here LOL. I have a repairman coming on my lunch hour to look at the ice maker but there won't be time for the washing machine too. Ho Hum.

Pat: Oh, a woman after my own failings. I am allowing myself ONE bite of the decadent cookies and last night I found myself finishing off a whole cookie!!! 491 calories!! How could I do that and not even realize it???? No wonder my weight didn't go down. We are our own worst enemies sometimes.

Kerry, how much do you have the baby? She sure is cute.

I started the weekend with no plans. ha ha ha ha. I have managed to be busy most of today. It ended with me going out to dinner with a friend We both had salads so at least the were good choices.
Tomorrow I have decided to climb the same mt. I did a month ago. I wasn't going to go when it was first posted but decided to take Grace. Not only will it wear her out ( I hope) but she needs the socialization. If truth be known I really want to show my friends that she really can walk on a leash. Last weekend 6 of us hiked around a lake with our dogs. I was so embarrassed that Grace was overwhelmed with excitement and stimulation and could not behave to save herself. She will do better tomorrow with just people and the occasional dog passing us by. I also want to walk off that stupid cookie.

I'd give myself 3 days of good eating before having my blood drawn. That includes limiting fat intake. Don't be eating a 1/2 pound hamburger with fries the night before.

I slipped on some gravel on a steep hill and landed on my tailbone. OUCH! It has been 5 days and while it is better, it is surprising what movement makes it hurt.

DD down the street has been sick for 2 weeks. I did her grocery shopping and just trying to lift 2 gallons of milk ( in one box from Costco) hurt my tailbone. Go figure.

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Pat, I think that's why my blood tests said I was 'pre-pre-diabetic' last time: I had loads of candy/junk/sugar/wine before my blood tests and I never gave any consideration to what it might do to the levels!! I will 'abstain' as much as I can before the next round of tests. I do the same thing with treats. Even being sad about my gain today, I still indulged myself since' it's Saturday and I have a Whole week' before I weigh in again! We can do this...we can do this...

Diana, Bob is such a sweetie, and so are you. You have such a loving attitude about how he approaches things. St. Diana and St. Bob...my heroes! I'm sure you will find a good balance between him doing things for others and for you. I'm glad that he will only be in SA for 3 weeks this time.

Kerry, you are still 'on duty' on the weekends! I hope you will get some rest tonight before your usually busy Sunday schedule.

I had a great day. Even though I didn't do well at WW, I came home and got more papers together for the Shred Day over and above what I brought on my first load. Then I went to my 90 minute water aerobics. I made a Jiffy Cornbread Casserole for a neighborhood get together in our cul de sac tonight. One of my neighbors got together with 3 other young mothers and we had a huge 2 street party. Everyone brought something and a new set of 'grandparent' aged people came from the next street over. I knew the original owners of their house so they enjoyed me telling them about that family! I stayed for 3 hours then came home. Tomorrow I have church, more cleaning up at home, and water aerobics in the afternoon. It's been a busy but fun day!

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Diana, that's what happens when DH is a good guy. They help friends and our stuff waits.

Pat, I remember making rice krispie treats for the kids to have after school and by the time they got home there were none left.

It's been a quiet day here. The grandkids were supposed to be out raking leaves but it was too wet so we watched movies and had a big lunch at Cici's pizza. Ugh



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Well, girls I totally get where you are. Mary the gain is small but I know it is frustrating to not be going down. I was doing well but the last couple of weeks I've not done anything. Marylou was emailing every evening and I think somehow we were motivating each other. Now she is busy with company and I think she and I both are really struggling. I've been sort of stressed and that is my trigger. I know it's bad when I buy a candy bar! I'm trying to reign myself in too. I think Bob is actually starting to realize we need to have time for other things instead of working on houses. He just kind of got stuck when he helped the neighbor and it snowballed. He won't leave them now until he is happy with the results. I guess I would rather have a nice man than a finished house.

Pat I do the same thing with sweets. I am starting to notice if something isn't as good as I thought it would be I don't eat more. A friend showed up with a hot pecan pie the other day so I had a slice because it sounded wonderful. However, he overcooked it and I was able to not eat more. I'm getting pickier I guess. I don't know how long it takes to get the sugar out of your system. I guess that's a google question. Don't beat yourself up. We all have those days. Just get back on that horse!

Ellie is very cute. She makes very funny faces sometimes. I will think oh no she is going to cry but then she will smile. I don't know what she is doing it for. She was fascinated with Bob putting in the ceiling fan. We are enjoying her.



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Good evening all. As a matter of fact Mary I did get in a nap this afternoon. The house seems so quiet now with Decklan gone. But I got the house put back together except for his room, and am finishing up my laundry. Mary don't feel bad about the slight gain. I completely lost it this morning after we got back from dropping Decklan off. I made a batch of Rice Crispy treats. Why I even made them after he left is a mystery to me. I planned to make them while he was here. Anyway I ate way too many and actually made myself sick. The thing that makes me the maddest is I was planning to get my blood work done at the beginning of this coming week now I feel like I need to wait a few days. Does anyone know how long it takes to get the sugar out of your system? I do not get why I do this to myself. Now I am so disappointed in myself and there was really no reason for me to do that. I do know for a fact that things you eat can effect your blood work. Now I am really going to tell on myself, once I ate a whole box of those crueller donuts the day before I was going to get my blood work done. My triglisserites (sp?) were out of site. It was one of those instances where once I started eating one I couldn't stop until they were gone. I am my worse own enemy. So now I only had a salad and some cantaloupe for supper and no snack for me. I weigh tomorrow so we will see what damage I have done. My hardest lesson to learn is that I can have treats once in awhile but I can't eat the entire thing, this is something I struggle with every time. This is why I just don't have treats here.
OK pity party over, back to work.
Diana I also thought the picture of Bob and Ellie was so cute. She is a beautiful baby! And way to go getting the quilts done for the show.
Mary I am thinking if we all knew the future we would of done a lot of things different. I guess it is a good thing we don't.


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I hope you will have a relaxing rest of the weekend after sending Decklan back home, Pat. Maybe you can take a nap!!

Diana, you are so good to keep up the constant travel between Texas and OK! The FB picture of Bob with Ellie was so cute! It IS so nice and generous of him to fix the neighbor's wiring...but remind him that YOU are 65, close enough to '70 something' and he needs to finish up YOUR house, too, lol!

I weighed in at WW this morning. I have regained .6 . That tiny amount is still not good. I need to be on a downward trend. I have gone through many of my teaching files and got rid of 4 huge bags of things to shred. I also found old check registers back from the 90's and old magazines that I'd saved for recipes. Once this year is over I will start purging Dave's files. I know you're supposed to keep 5 years worth of income tax stuff. I will keep what I have dealt with and get rid of the years and years of stuff that HE was in charge of. I need to go through so many of his files. But it's a huge chore. Going through my school stuff, I found notes and pictures from kids in the 80's and 90's!! It was sad to see how little I made over the years, too. My old paystubs were pitiful. Oh, well, it's just one of those things. If I knew I was going to be a widow early maybe I would have chosen to teach in public schools, have a good retirement pension, and be better off. Just one of those things!

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Woohoo Mary! Getting the printer fixed on your own!

Pat I let the grandkids name me because two of them have several sets of grandparents and great grandparents. For some reason they call me May May. The other grandchild doesn't have any other grandparents so has always called me grandma until the first two convinced her I was May May. They are at the teasing age now and have decided since I'm not fond of granny they would call me Granny May May. LOL. Stinkers.

Yesterday we drove to DS2s and installed a fan just like we had time and everything! I wanted to see Ellie so we said yes. She and I played while dad went to the hardware store. She was fine until she realized he was gone! But, he came home five minutes later so it was fine. She should learn to cry a bit but they don't let her. She is spoiled but we love her. She is fascinated with my red toenails. LOL.

Today Bob is trying to finish the wiring at the neighbor's. He went over on Easter when their lights went out and somehow it has turned into him rewiring the house! See why our house doesn't get finished? They are in their late 70s and he felt they should have a new service without knob and tube wiring so he was off and running. He is scrambling to get it done since he is leaving for South America in two weeks! He is only going to be gone now for 3 weeks.

I got my quilts finished for the quilt show in May. They are at the quilter now. Whew! While Bob is gone I'm going to see how many unfinished projects I can get done.

It is in the 80s this week here. My flowers are blooming like crazy. Today I will do laundry and clean. I still have to sit ever so often because my knee is still healing. But, I'm happy to be able to walk on it now.

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Another long day with a two year old. I will be taking him to meet his mommy and daddy tomorrow morning.
Mary glad you got your printer figured out. It makes you feel good when you can do something on your own.
Saying good night now.

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We had some more rain roll through and it may still be raining but there's a rather squeaky baby next to me so it's hard to tell.

Mary, great job figuring that out. I know you were happy to not having to call someone.



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I got the printer to work!! I gave up last night after almost 2 hours but I went back to it this afternoon. I realized that I have 2 printers listed with the same name. I found the one that had 'error' under it and clicked on the other one to make it the default printer. Then it printed!! I was so excited.

I'm glad you had a chance to visit with your old friend at water aerobics, Kerry. There is a special class tomorrow at the regular noon time and I will go to that. I haven't been on Saturday in a long time. I need ot go take a walk but am putting things off again. I'm a lazy bum!!


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Pat, glad the surgery went well and Wyatt is getting back to regular life so quickly. Hopefully he doesn't over do it.
Mary, Sounds like a wild day. Sorry your printer isn't working-sometimes t is just a pain to get them set up right. I need to get ink for mine since the black is out and it won't print without it.
Aaliyah has been a bit grumpy this afternoon but now she seems to be entertaining herself in the pack n play. It's not time for her to eat yet. I got my water aerobics this morning which was good. I also got to visit with an old friend who used to attend church with us. They moved when a former minister dropped the contemporary service. Anyway, this guy was asking why Larry wasn't coming with me so maybe he could help encourage Larry to join. That would take away my babysitter though. We had a rain come through a little bit ago-it's been cloudy all afternoon so we all three got a short nap.



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I'm glad Wyatt's surgery went well, Pat. Decklan probably felt some of the worry and tension through all the family and he knew something was going on with his dad. Kids are pretty perceptive. I'm glad you got him to sleep finally! Nap times are necessary!

As you know, I'm Mimi, too. I really wanted Nana at first but Steven's mother had been Nana for 12 years when the girls were born so I had Mimi as 'backup!' I love it!

I never got a text back from Greg and I have no idea what to do with my wireless printer. I spent a couple of hours last night try8ing to set it up with my new router number/password and the printer printed me out a paper saying that I had done it successfully! But I still can't print! Oh, well, other things work! TGIF...

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I am late posting as I had a very busy long day. Had a rough time getting Decklan to sleep last night which made for a long day today. I did get a long nap in while he was sleeping.
Wyatt's surgery went well. He actually went to work today for a little while. I will be keeping Decklan until Saturday morning. We are having fun with him. Jerry built him a little sandbox outside. It was suppose to be warmer than it is so our outside time has been limited.
Diana Decklan calls me "Mimi" He came up with that name all by himself. I always referred to myself as grandma but he started calling me the other. I love it and so now I am officially Mimi.
Yea Donna thanks a lot, lol. I didn't even want to look at the receipe if one cookie has over 400 calories. I imagine those are one good cookies.
Guess I will head to bed.

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Kerry, I'm glad Sarah has to be with SA for the counseling sessions. I really do think that more parental involvement will be a good thing...for both of them. You have been the stable 'force' for both of your grandchildren but this is an especially crucial time and she needs to be 'in charge' and responsible right now. As for Larry throwing a monkey wrench into your dinners, etc. why not plan at least 3 meals a week and go ahead and fix them. If he doesn't eat, you can freeze the rest. But you won't get caught as much as it seems like you do so very often. AND you will be eating a lot more healthy food than going out to eat so often. Just a thought, but now that he's retired you could have more of a schedule and that should be a big relief!

I had a very hectic day at school. I did so many different jobs. I was actually Story Lady for the morning, then did a bunch of odd jobs the rest of the afternoon. It rained several times at school but nothing like it did Monday, thank goodness. Sevearl of the teachers weren't able to even get out of their subdivisions. Major thoroughfares will be closed for 4-6 weeks until the water drains and the streets can be fixed. So much devastation around!


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Pam, we had a cat we had to shave once a year or more. She was a tiny thing because she had been left my her mom (or someone/something else) in the drainage ditch behind our house and was covered with fleas. The vet was surprised she hadn't died from blood loss. She never got bigger than even a Chihuahua but boy did she have a ton of fur so when it got bad Trish would take the electric razor to her and then she just looked scrawny. She also developed diabetes, poor thing. Do yours hiss at each other after the hair cutting? I know a lot do that.

Shane Allen went in for his drug test today plus a 90 minute session with a counselor, I guess. They want him coming back every week for a month at least. They will make the appointment on Tuesdays which is good since that's Sarah's day off and from now on she has to be there. Grandma's don't count. He was really embarrassed at having to pee in the cup with another person watching but he managed and was in a good mood after. My mood was pretty good until I saw the gas light on and remembered it was on last night and I was going to gas up last night, then first thing this morning. I put 11 1/2 gallons in a 12 gallon tank. emoticon Shane Allen was a little nervous, too, since I had to stop at a light on a slight upgrade but once I got the green I was only a block or less from Walmart.

Obviously I'm not in aqua-should be but my eyes say I should be asleep after a night of getting up for the bathroom 3 times and thinking about this darn kid plus what it's doing to his parents and sister. Guess we should think of something for dinner-I had a late lunch after the counseling but Larry had an early lunch so....



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Diana, I love your bob stories! How sweet of him. I'm glad you found a new-to- you car. I had a Le sabre one time too! I only get a pedi maybe 3 times a year. The mani is twenty... My nails grow really fast but peel and break.

I was reassigned over and over! I am story lady again but didn't have all my books and info with me!! I am not very flexible it I'm doing good so far, l lol!

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I think someone asked me if my smoothie held me. I usually have a snack about 11 am, either fruit or a half a piece of toast with a teaspoon of peanut butter.

Mary, enjoy teaching today. Hope the kids listen to you.

I am sooooo tired today. I refuse to walk the dogs. I just over did it yesterday. Sometimes I just don't know when to quit.


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Donna a 491 calorie cookie can only be good! I won't be making those.

Kerry I am behind on SAs situation but sounds like you are all working on the problem.

Mary Houston is on the news constantly here. I'm so glad that you and Nyla are okay. You don't sound retired Mary, but I guess you have to pay for those nails being done. I couldn't believe the price of a mani/pedi!

Pat Decklan is really going to have so many memories with his grandma and grandpa. What does he call you? I bet Wyatt was nervous but I've had several surgeries and I never worry now. I figure I can't do a thing about it and leave them to fix me and take a good nap. If I don't wake it wasn't a bad way to go!

Pam I love hearing about your cats. I can picture them being annoyed and cold without hair! Do you have any plans for retirement?

Someone asked about Marylou. She has been at the beach with her sister the last week but I think she is home now. Her sister and DH will be with her for 2 weeks I think. She is trying hard to stay on track. I think she said she lost .6 last week so she is doing well with a vacation. She wants to get back to her routine but is having a good time.

Today we are going to Sherman Texas to see grandson's baseball presentation, We found another used Buick Le Sabre. They don't make them any more but why would they when they are so good with mileage! We are too cheap for new cars.

You will all laugh. Bob woke at 5 am but I continued to sleep until 5:30. I woke up and walked into the front room announcing that my butt was cold! My dear sweet husband came back to bed to spoon. I love this man.

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My younger son lives in Katy and that school district where his wife teaches and stepson goes to school is closed for the rest of the week. Water is still rising in many areas because the creeks/reserviors cant take any more. More rain is scheduled for today...just a little, but enough to make people nervous. Many main through streets from north to south and even across major freeways are closed, at least temporarily. So my son has to go to HIS school near me, but he will have a terrible time getting there! Yesterday they said it took some people 3 hours to get downtown. Court cases have to reschedule IN PERSON at various municipal courts by Saturday. But some of those very people are now in local schools, churches, etc. with flooded out cars. Such a huge mess. I know it will get straightened out but Houston, we have a problem!

I got texts from both directors asking me to do a variety of jobs today and next week! I answered each one and finally they decided I am to be with the 3 yr. olds. It's the class that I was in for several weeks at the first of the year where the teacher was so disorganized. I wonder if she has used any of the materials I gave her or the techniques I showed her?! I am needed, so I guess that's job security. Don't know if she's sick or flooded.

i hope Wyatt had a good outcome with his surgery, Pat. I hope recovery will be okay. Will he stay with you or stay at home? I guess you will have Decklan for a while? Maybe it would be good for the whole family to 'bond' while W is off work and you can have a vacation!

I get my nails done after school, then I will do a quick grocery run afterwards. I will take a walk outside if it's not raining. Otherwise, I WILL work out either at the gym or at home now that I have tv access! I need to make the committment. You girls are an inspiration!

Mary
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Evenin' gals,

Pat, I have put several recipes on that site to get the gist of the calorie count on my food. I also have "groups" to keep track of my favourites. LOL! How did Wyatt's surgery go? Well? It is terrifying to have your "first" surgery. The idea of being knocked out cold without your say-so is disturbing to say the least. :)

Mary, I'm online with another buddy in Houston (not on SP) who said the water came right up to her doorstep but stopped just before it was ready to overflow into the house. Phew! Talk about close! LOL!

Kerry, I hope SA manages to get his act together before he becomes a legal adult. I'm sure he will. He just needs some guidance from someone he truly respects.

I am exhausted and really sore. This morning I did a couple of errands followed by kneading up a new loaf of bread, putting in two loads of laundry, followed by a VERY busy day at work. I was still there working at 6 (which is rare for me). I was just about to walk out when the "boss" said that another Consolidated Invoice just arrived, which meant I had to go back to my desk, print all the sheets off, fill in the countries of origin and harmonized tax code - then scan it and send it back. My back hurts, my knees hurt, and I'm so tired I can barely think straight.
Things are getting really busy and I'm not sure I can deal with this much work for much longer. emoticon

Our two cats look very funny right now. They're both normally really fluffy cats with massive coats and massive "manes". Right now they're both shaved bald except for their tails, legs and mane. LOL! They look totally ludicrous, but they were so covered in knots and lumps that there wasn't really a choice.

Anyway, I really must do the "plan my menus" routine and try to stick to it. Pat is right. It's really the only way.

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Houston does sound like a horrible mess. Praying it dries up soon and things can get back to normal. It's really tough when a lot of folks can't leave their homes.

I hope the testing goes well, too, but I got a warning to keep my eye on things at this place. Maybe just because they are used to worse kids coming through than SA- darn kid. Trish needs to learn that it's okay for a baby to cry itself to sleep or just long enough to figure out no one is going to pick them up. She was sitting on the bed sorting through bills for filing complaining she couldn't do it while Aaliyah wanted to be held. I held her long enough to finish a bottle then I put her down on the floor play mat to play and didn't have any issues with her. It was nice spending a few hours nearly alone with no one talking back to the TV, etc. LOL



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