SparkPeople Sparks with Lupus Team Messageboard I would like to open up a new team for lupus sufferers like myself SparkPeople Sparks with Lupus Team Messageboard Weekly Check in 4/24-4/30 Hi all <BR> Wow! The last week of April already! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a good weekend. I thought it would be sunny both days but yesterday it was cloudy and cool with a few sprinkles. I spent the day at home getting things done. Cleaned out a few things and hung some pictures, took the trash and recycling to the parks central location and then picked up the mail. <BR> Today I will get some shopping done and just get out of the house, maybe pick up all the fallen bran... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:58:36 EST Weekly Check in 4/17-4/23 Morning all <BR> I had a nice time at the church tea, saw some friends I hadn't seen in awhile so it was nice to catch up. They had about 7 courses of a variety of foods but not big portions. They were tiny versions, like little tea sandwiches, but enough to fill you up. They also had a raffle and I won a basket with pretzels and a couple dipping sauces. <BR> <BR> The BBQ and my grandsons party got moved to noon today and then the concert is later this afternoon so another busy day. <em>33... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 08:36:24 EST Weekly Check in 4/10-4/16 Hi all <BR> Slow morning, still in pj's! I didn't have to be anywhere this morning, so relaxing. <BR> <BR> I do have to get grocery shopping done and maybe some shopping for my grandsons birthday next weekend. He needs pants/jeans desperately as he has ripped the knees in every pair he owns from playing outside. I'm also going to look for iron on patches or something to fix the holes so he can still wear them. He plays hard at school during recess and that's when he rips them, but he needs ... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:16:45 EST Weekly Check in 4/3-4/9 Morning all <BR> It snowed here last night and is still coming down very lightly, but it is just a dusting of snow. You can still see the grass poking much for Spring! It is supposed to be cold in the 30's all this week! <em>40</em> Still can't put those winter sweaters away. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a good weekend. The 3 grandkids were at my house yesterday for a few hours so my son and d-i-l could get some shopping done. The kids have been fighting a lot lately and I... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:59:02 EST Weekly Check in 3/27-4/2 <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Easter all!! Enjoy your day! <BR> <BR> I got the sauce/meatballs warming up and starting the shells cooking. <BR> <BR> My daughter sent me pictures this morning of Bailey opening her basket...she loves her snacks and bubbles etc... <em>453</em> <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 08:04:28 EST Weekly Check in 3/20-3/26 Happy Spring! <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> It has been a mild winter here in NE...1st day of Spring and they are predicting snow tonight! Arrrggghhh!!! <em>198</em> It will start later tonight... <BR> <BR> Had fun last night, went out with an old friend to dinner and a concert. She recently has been divorced, both her kids are out on their own so she is alone, like me. It was nice to go out on a Saturday night. <BR> <BR> Gotta get out and get Easter stuff for the grand... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:01:29 EST Weekly Check in 3/13-3/19 Morning all <BR> <BR> Did you remember to set your clocks ahead an hour last night? <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The sun is out again, like yesterday and in the 50's. We had a lot of rain last week so its nice to see the sun, especially on the weekend. I got some errands done yesterday and will get some shopping done today. Time to think about Easter already in 2 weeks! Yikes, it's early this year. <BR> <BR> I haven't had to babysit or be anywhere this weekend at all so getting things ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 10:29:21 EST Weekly Check in 3/6-3/12 Melissa that is great that you got your phone working again. It also sounds like a good company to work for too. So many people are getting so tired of all that toxic chemicals that are hurting out bodies and the enviroment too. I am making my own wash powder and it cleans better than the ones that you buy and pay so much for that only lasts a month. <BR> <BR> Cathy drive safe and will see you later. <BR> <BR> Not much happening here and still working on that one post that I was digging up... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 22:32:50 EST Weekly Check in 2/28-3/5 Hello all <BR> First week of March! Wow! <em>125</em> <BR> It'll be a busy month..Spring begins, we change the clocks-Yeah! and it'll be Easter. <BR> <BR> Next weekend is my granddaughters 1st birthday. I will be babysitting on Saturday and staying over as the party is Sunday. I won't have to drive back and forth 2 days in a row. <BR> <BR> We were supposed to celebrate my youngest grandsons 4th birthday but he got sick this weekend throwing up so they had to cancel. He's upset..I don't b... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:59:52 EST Weekly Check in 2/21-2/27 Morning all <BR> The sun is out again today, expecting the temps around 50, like yesterday. I was able to do errands without my winter coat. <BR> <BR> I also went to my granddaughters basketball game. It was the last one and it was the tournament which means they played each team for 10 minutes. They had not won any games this season but they beat the team in 1st place yesterday so they were very excited. <BR> <em>243</em> <BR> The #1 team had not lost a single game and they were upset... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 08:39:28 EST Weekly check in 2/14-2/20 <em>129</em> <BR> Happy Valentines Day all! <BR> <BR> Getting a late start as I was out the door really early this morning. Went to my sons for a Birthday/Valentine breakfast. I was also there last night to babysit so they could go out to celebrate. <em>383</em> My birthday today, turned 59...yikes! The grandkids each made me a card, so sweet. <BR> <BR> Very cold here this weekend. Last night when I left my sons it was -11 and this morning when I left it was -8. Even colder when t... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:49:24 EST Weekly check in 2/7-2/13 Morning all <BR> It's Super Bowl Sunday. I guess most people will be tuning in to the game but not me. I really don't care about football and all the hype. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a good week. I stayed home from work on Friday. We ended up having a snow storm and I thought it was going to just be a dusting, but it was 8 inches. I had every intention of going to work but once I got out on the road, it was too slippery. There were others sliding off the road so I came back home. I had lost... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:40:11 EST Weekly check in 1/31-2/6 Hello all <BR> First week of February already. It stays lighter out longer in the afternoons. Spring is coming..I shouldn't say that, could cause a snowstorm! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Had a busy day yesterday babysitting my granddaughter. She's a lot of fun to take care of and very easy going. I had to leave my house at 6am as its which is fine but I had been out late Friday night with my sisters so I was quite exhausted by the time I got home last night. <BR> <BR> I need to get out and ... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:11:29 EST Weekly check in 1/24-1/30 Wow, this month is flying by, last week of January already. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope you can get the posts done yourself. I know how you feel with disability, it's not enough to even pay the essentials, which is why I had to go back to work part time. I don't know how long I will be able to work, so far I am ok as it's not physically demanding like it was when I took care of the kids. <BR> I have been sending in my pay stubs to SS and after the 9 mos of the trial work period, we will see if ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:58:03 EST Weekly Check in 1/17-1/23 Hello <BR> Cold and cloudy here, we had snow Friday night and most of the morning yesterday. My neighbor cleaned my driveway and walkway which was nice but I finally got in touch with someone to do all the snow plowing as I also need a path to the back door and a path to the oil tank. They won't deliver oil without a path and I need a 2nd way to get out of the house in case of emergencies. <BR> Anyway, heading out to do a few errands in a awhile. <BR> <BR> I have been on Nutrisystem for a we... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 13:36:25 EST Weekly Check in 1/10-1/16 Hello all <BR> <BR> Don't know what happened today but I couldn't log in here and had to reset my password but had to do that 2x. I requested a new password and never got the email for it, did it again and finally got here. I don't know why my password wouldn't work but it was time to change it anyway. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a good start to your new year. Last weekend on QVC they were talking about Nutrisystem and had a great deal so I thought about it and decided to sign up for ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:17:46 EST Weekly Check in 1/3-1/9 Morning all <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Staying home today to get a few things done. I did not attempt to get to the shed yesterday. I will need to clear the snow away from the doors as they open out. It has been bitterly cold here and the wind makes it worse but I guess I need to try before it gets worse out there. <BR> <BR> I have been looking at new computer chairs as the one I have is about 4 years old and it slowly goes down while sitting to the point I feel like I am practically on the... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 10:53:34 EST Weekly Check in 12/27-01/02 Had a quiet Christmas and now have to get the leftovers used up. I think that I am going to make a grave type for some of the turkey and the others might be in a stew. Had my son's friend over and he ate here too. Still keeping the leg up since it still likes to swell up on me. It is getting better and can't wait for it to heal. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a nice Christmas. <BR> <BR> So sorry but don't know how to make this a sticky. Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:06:04 EST Weekly Check in 12/20-12/26 Hi all <BR> Sorry for being a day late. I wasn't home all weekend. I babysat for my daughter, met my sister at the cemetery to put down a Christmas decoration and we talked for quite a bit and then I went to a Christmas concert. It's the one I go to every year and also help out with tickets and merchandise. I really needed that as it's very uplifting and I have been very down and missing mom. <BR> I still don't have all my shopping done, never got to send out any cards and nothing wrapped. I ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 06:58:06 EST Weekly Check in 12/13-12/19 Morning all <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> It's been very quiet in here lately and I know the Holidays keep us all busy. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope your surgery went well and you are at home recovering. Post when you are able and feel up to it. <BR> <BR> I did some shopping yesterday and lately I have been able to walk more without my heel hurting so I got a lot done but I'm still behind and have not decorated my tree yet. I did manage to get the outside decorations set up. I don't have a lot so... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:07:27 EST Weekly Check in 12/6-12/12 Morning all <em>443</em> <BR> Not feeling well this morning. Woke with a wicked migraine, took Tylenol and sipped coffee which usually works but then I felt nauseous and thought I was going to vomit. I was on the couch with a towel as I knew I would not make it to the bathroom. I fell back to sleep and then my migraine was gone but still getting waves of nausea. I was at my sons yesterday for a Christmas party so probably something I ate didn't agree with me. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping I feel... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 10:24:18 EST Weekly Check in 11/29-12/5 Morning all <BR> Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. <em>428</em> I got together with family on Thanksgiving day and the day after. It was fun seeing the grandkids and we all enjoyed the 2 days. I stayed home yesterday as I was quite exhausted. <BR> <BR> I have been fighting the battle of the mice again. They found a way to get in through the skirting which is what covers the bottom of the mobile unit and is where all the pipes, electrical etc is they found their way... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 10:10:41 EST Weekly Check in 11/22-11/28 Hello <BR> Just want to get us started for the week. Our group is getting smaller with less posts every week. <BR> <BR> This is Thanksgiving week..a short work week and a busy one. Getting together with family and will be cooking and shopping more. Will be getting all the Christmas decorations out of the shed this week, making sure everything works and what I need. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well! Miss your posts, Melissa, Deni and Rick... <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope your ear is doing better a... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:02:37 EST Weekly Check in 11/15-11/21 Morning <BR> The sun is out but it is cold. Still leaves coming down but most of the trees are bare now. I hate that about the winter, not much green out there. <BR> <BR> I have a few more errands to do today and some shopping. I want to start Christmas shopping so I'm not scrambling around last minute. I have less time this year because I'm working. I can only do a small amount of time walking around the stores. I plan on doing more shopping online as well and that will help. <BR> <BR> My ... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 09:16:04 EST Weekly Check in 11/8-11/14 Hello all <BR> Just getting home from my sons after babysitting last night. They were away for the weekend. The kids were good and slept well all was the dog that kept me awake. She was whining to go out at 3am so I brought her out and then tried to go back to sleep but she was down at the bottom of the stairs whining/complaining for over an hour. I think one of the cats was up on the landing too. My son said this has been a new thing with her needing to go out at night which she n... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 14:12:19 EST Weekly Check in 11/1-11/7 Morning all <BR> <BR> Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour last night? <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> I hate that it gets dark so early now and wish we would do away with changing the clocks. <BR> <BR> Melissa, so sorry to hear about your dad. I will be praying for you and your family. The next year or so will be so difficult for all of you. Use this time to have those meaningful, deep discussions with dad and the family. I did that with mom and I feel so much better knowing we di... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 09:23:21 EST Weekly Check in 10/25-10/31 Hi all <BR> Sorry a day late, the grand kids slept over Saturday night and was very tired yesterday. I meant to start the week and kept forgetting and then falling asleep on the couch. <BR> <BR> Getting very cold here, down in the 20's and 30's at night and 50's during the day. I finally ordered a warm winter jacket from LL Bean but their sizes must run small as it feels too snug around the shoulders and chest so I will need to send it back and get a larger size even though I ordered the siz... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:32:47 EST Weekly Check in 10/18-10/24 Hello all <BR> Very cold here this morning, in the 30's, lots of beautiful colored leaves everywhere. Today is a fundraiser for my nephew, the one with the rare brain disease with no cure.. there is a silent auction and a concert today with 3 different bands, the gospel choir, the one my sister sings in..this is for her son. Most of my family will be coming. <BR> <BR> I had a good week at work. I had to find things to do since there was someone on vacation and I usually have quite a bit of ... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:29:25 EST Weekly Check in 10/11 - 10/17 Hi all <BR> I thought I started a new week this morning but it seems to have disappeared. <BR> Hopefully this one will stick! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Very quiet in here this week, hope you are all ok. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, was it this week your son was scheduled for surgery? If so, hope all went well and he is healing quickly. <BR> <BR> Rick, have you gotten anymore rain? <BR> <BR> Melissa, hope things are well with the new school year for the kids and piano lessons are fun and keeping ... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 19:31:59 EST Weekly check in 10/4-10/10 Hello all <BR> Sorry such a late start. I've had such a busy day and then I fell asleep and forgot what day it was. <BR> The grandkids came over this morning and did some raking and cleaning up in the yard. It's such a mess out there but it looks better. There is still a lot to be done. I haven't been able to do anything for months because of my foot. I was at my sisters for a few hours and then had to get some errands done. I spent too much time on my feet today and didn't get to ice the foo... Sun, 4 Oct 2015 22:08:10 EST Weekly check in 9/27-10/3 Hello <BR> Wow, the last week of September and it is Fall. The leaves are definitely changing their color and beginning to fall. <BR> Met up with my brothers and sisters last night and went through mom's stuff....dishes, nik naks, pictures, stuff that she has had for years and years that brings back memories. I took some things for myself and some things I thought my kids would like and there is still more stuff to go through. But we made a good dent in didn't throw anything ... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:35:13 EST Weekly Check in 9/20-9/26 Morning all <BR> Nice sunny day here with temps in the 80's. It has been cool at night though, I needed an extra blanket the other night. <BR> <BR> The lawn guy came yesterday and looked at the yard..for cutting down a bunch of branches and trimming overgrown trees and raking/cleaning, will charge 200 which seems a lot but the yard has not been raked in a couple years. That oak tree has left quite a mess of acorns, branches and brown leaves with red gooey seeds or bugs, not only in my yard b... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 10:27:11 EST Weekly Check in 9/13-9/19 Morning all <BR> I did reach out to my daughter during the week, it's always me that makes the first step. Anyway she asked if I could babysit tonight so her and Mike could go out to celebrate their Anniversary. She was also wondering why I hadn't answered Mikes text during the week about babysitting...told her I never got it, which I didn't so I think he has the wrong number. <BR> <BR> I think I need to call a foot doctor this week as my heel just doesn't seem to be getting better. I will h... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:58:58 EST Weekly Check in 9/6-9/12 Hello <BR> Sorry I wasn't here much last week. I have been limiting my computer time, trying to get things done around the house. <BR> The executive director was not around much last week as she has been helping out at our new center opening in another town and when I did see her she was as nice as could be but I am still on my guard as I don't trust her. <BR> <BR> All our centers have been very busy as the new year starts this week, lots of new ones starting and others moving up to new r... Sun, 6 Sep 2015 10:52:27 EST Weekly Check in 8/30-9/5 Hello all <BR> Melissa, thankyou for your words about my work situation. That one comment has made me question everything about myself. I feel nervous at work, that everything I say and do is wrong and its causing me to act differently. And yes I have started looking at jobs again just in case things become unbearable or the executive director finds some excuse to fire me. I'm also very nervous if I lose my job that I will not be able to cover my expenses. When mom was alive she sent me money... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:09:33 EST Weekly check in 8/23-8/29 Hello all <BR> <BR> Having a nice relaxing weekend, sleeping in late, getting some much needed rest. Will get out to the store today and get some things I have been needing. It looks like rain out there, very cloudy and dark. <BR> <BR> Melissa, sounds like you and the kids are very busy with school activities, scouts and you with piano. Hope the smoothies and supplements start working for you and you get the energy you need to keep up with all you do. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope your new vita... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:14:20 EST Weekly check in 8/16-8/22 Hey all <BR> Sorry for such a late start. It was a busy weekend...birthday parties, babysitting, got together with my brothers and sisters and shopping with my granddaughter. <BR> <BR> I know I did too much and didn't get enough sleep so will be heading to bed early tonight. But it was an enjoyable weekend and the weather was beautiful most of the time. We got quite a thunderstorm late yesterday for part of the way down to MA to my sisters. The rain was coming down so hard you couldn't see t... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:53:07 EST Weekly Check in 8/9-8/15 Happy Sunday all <BR> <BR> Beautiful sunny weekend here in the 70's. Hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday. I met up with my son and grandkids for lunch at Friendly's. They're so much fun to be around. <BR> My granddaughters birthday party is next Sunday, she's turning 10. I'm taking her shopping on Saturday so will spend the day with her. I haven't done that in a long time. And since my mom's funeral she seems especially clingy to me when I get together with them. She sat next to me at ... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 15:19:11 EST Weekly check in 8/2-8/8 Happy Sunday all <BR> <BR> We're having a beautiful sunny weekend here. I wish I could go out and take a walk but my heal is still hurting. A walk will aggravate it and even standing is painful. Makes it hard to get anything done. I have to really plan my day so I'm taking breaks in between what I need to get done. My sneakers are very supportive so I wear them as much as I can as walking around barefoot is not good . <BR> <BR> I'm hoping Rick and Deni are ok. We have not seen either of the... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 08:37:09 EST Weekly check in 7/26-8/1 Morning all <BR> Wow, last week in July! Summer always seems to go so quickly. <BR> <BR> It is raining here and I need to get the grocery shopping done. And I left my raincoat at my daughters house...grrr... <BR> <BR> This is the 1st weekend in awhile that I have been home. It felt good to be able to get some things done. I got the rest of the Thankyou's done, some paperwork, a few errands and I picked through the flowers that I got from the funeral, saved the ones that were still good and ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:14:11 EST Weekly check in 7/19-7/25 Hello <BR> Just wanted to get us started as I am at my sons now. I babysat little Bailey at my daughters last night and now at my sons. <BR> Bailey is growing so fast, she is 4 months old but already doing things ahead of time. She discovered she can make funny noises with her mouth and whenever you say hi to her she puts her hands up like she is trying to wave. She is sleeping more and more in her crib which is good as they have been bringing her into bed with them and that makes me nervous.... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 12:09:01 EST Weekly Check in 7/12-7/18 Morning all <BR> Just wanted to get us started for the week. <BR> <BR> I need to get ready for moms wake/funeral and then heading down to Mass...staying at my daughters tonight. <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>214</em> Sun, 12 Jul 2015 07:45:04 EST Weekly Check in 7/5-7/11 <em>232</em> Happy 4th of July!! <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a happy and safe weekend..I just got home from my youngest sisters house...cookout and party. I left early this morning and went to visit mom before the party. <BR> <BR> We are looking at rehabs again for mom, possibly this week she will be moved as she is doing well. We need to find a rehab that knows about wound vacs..they have to be changed every 3/4 days and can be quite painful...and mom also has a pic line for the antibiot... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 19:48:01 EST Weekly Check in 6/28-7/4 Hello all <BR> Our little group is shrinking. Guess it's just you and me Dorothy! <BR> <BR> It was family drama week last week. Out of all us 6 siblings, 5 of us agree on how to care for mom. 1 sister, Jan, thinks differently and for years has treated our mom like she was a little kid and didn't know anything. Now she is convinced my mom can't make decisions for herself and the hospital is taking advantage of her, doing unnecessary treatments and procedures. She went to visit last week and c... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 16:11:48 EST Weekly Check in 6/21-6/27 Hello <BR> I slept in this morning, feeling very tired. This the 1st morning I haven't had to go to any appts...babysit...etc in over a week. I was thinking of going to see mom today but it would have meant driving to Boston for almost 2 hours and back for 2 hours plus visit time and I'm just too tired. It is also pouring rain here and I need to have my breaks checked on the car so the idea of doing all that driving is not a good idea. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a great weekend. It wa... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:58:42 EST Weekly Check in 6/14-6/20 Hello all <BR> <BR> Sorry so late getting started. Just got home a couple hours ago. I have been down in was rushed to the hospital Thursday around noon. Long story short..she had an infection, a UTI and possibly in the surgical area and it turned to sepsis, she went into shock, her blood pressure dropped drastically to like 60/20. We almost lost her..fluids, antibiotics, blood pressure meds and now she is stable. We had her transferred to Mass General where her cancer docs are, so ... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:32:07 EST Weekly Check in 6/7-6/13 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> The sun is out again today and it should be around 70! It is still getting down into the 40's at night and it feels like winter... <em>40</em> ...that's New England! <BR> <BR> Heading down to my moms today to talk about her finances and her will. Mom is still talking about going back to work part time and I think that's a good thing for her as she needs something to do and she looks forward to it. She doesn't drive but she can get the Ride like before. She can't st... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 08:57:30 EST Weekly Check in 5/31-6/6 Hello <BR> <BR> Melissa, so good to see you back in've been busy! Family can take up a lot of time, especially parents. I'm finding that out with my mom. Glad you are back! Post when you can. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope the doc visit went well and they can help you. <BR> <BR> Have not seen Deni in here in over a month. I remember she was having computer problems and I hope she is ok. <BR> <BR> We had to take away my moms pain med as she was taking too many, too close together and wa... Sun, 31 May 2015 10:33:23 EST Weekly Check in 5/24-5/30 Hello <BR> <BR> May is almost over and summer is kind of here. It's still really cold at night sometimes.. the other night it was 37 degrees and the heat came on... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Went down to see mom today at my sisters and she had a cookout for the family. We helped mom get down the stairs so she could sit by the pool and enjoy the party. She did well but had trouble on the stairs. Her feet and ankles are so swollen, she can barely move them...she was very slow but she did it. <... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:03:26 EST Weekly Check in 5/17-5/23 Hi all <BR> Just a quick start today...heading down to see mom and run a few errands for her then spending the night at my daughters to help with the baby. <BR> <BR> Will be back tomorrow! <BR> Hope you are all having a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> Sun, 17 May 2015 12:09:37 EST Weekly Check in 5/10-5/16 <em>184</em> Happy Mother's Day to all the moms! <BR> <BR> Just a quick post to get the week started. <BR> <BR> Mom's surgery went well, she is doing great. They did not have to do the skin graft as the tumor had shrunk down to nothing, so the surgery was much shorter and easier. <BR> <BR> I am heading down to visit mom at the hospital for Mothers Day... <BR> Hope you all are having a great weekend and enjoy your Sunday! <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>26</em> Sun, 10 May 2015 09:37:40 EST Weekly Check in 5/3-5/9 Hi all <BR> Sorry for the late start. I never got online at all yesterday. <BR> <BR> I brought mom to the cardiologist on Friday and she was cleared for surgery. They did not need to do a stress test as all her other tests were fine and they didn't see a need. <BR> <BR> Then I was at my daughters Friday night and stayed most of the day Saturday so she could get some things done around the house. I got home late Saturday afternoon feeling very worn out but didn't sleep well, kept tossing an... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:38:09 EST Weekly Check in 4/26-5/2 Morning! <BR> Wow, last week of April already <BR> <BR> Dorothy, yes mom wears the compression stockings and she needs to take the Lasix as she has had problems with her legs and feet for awhile. She is also incontinent and is supposed to take a med to stop her bladder from spasms but she stopped taking that too. She is her own worst enemy sometimes. The last time she was supposed to have the stress test, she refused the test using the med and then couldn't walk on the treadmill for more tha... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:22:51 EST Weekly Check in 4/19-4/25 Morning all <BR> It seems like April is flying by... <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> My grandsons birthday party is today, the middle child Isaac, is turning 6. He's very excited. My daughter was planning on driving up to the party but Bailey kept her up most of the night so she is staying home. Her mother in law is coming over to help so she can get some sleep. We will see how that goes...I hope she is a help for my daughter and not more work for her. The woman is kind of clueless when it comes t... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:53:26 EST Weekly Check in 4/12-4/18 Hello all <BR> Sorry such a late start to the week. I've been having computer problems and just finally getting back up and running. My Kaspersky antivirus had something wrong with it and it would not finish loading up. Then my whole computer would freeze up and nothing would work, then all the icons would disappear so I would have to do an emergency shut down. Sometimes everything would load up and I was able to get in touch with the company, they sent me the steps to correct the problem. It... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:15:18 EST Weekly Check in 4/5-4/11 <em>449</em> Happy Easter all! <BR> <BR> Heading to my brothers today along with most of the family. Hopefully mom will feel good enough to go as well as my daughter. Bailey has her 1st cold and has been very fussy. Probably caught it from her dad who wasn't feeling well last week. <BR> Got some more cooking to do this morning and get everything packed in the car. I brought an Easter basket for Bailey Thurs so they will open it this morning. I will bring the other 3 grand children their ba... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 08:25:02 EST Weekly Check in 3/29-4/4 Morning all <BR> Hope you are all having a super weekend! The sun is out today and the snow we got yesterday has melted. It will be in the 40's today so a heat wave! <BR> <BR> I have a small gift card for Kohls so I may look for something for Easter for myself or I may get Bailey an outfit. My daughters mom in law got her a Easter outfit that my daughter is not too happy about as the hood has bunny ears. I think it is kind of cute but I thought she might need another outfit. You know NB tend... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:56:00 EST Weekly Check in 3/22-3/28 Morning all <BR> Wow it was a quiet week last week in here for all of us. <BR> <BR> I have spent a lot of time at my daughters this week and we didn't fight or kill each other! hehe...I am going back this afternoon and spending the night again. She is learning a lot from me and I am talking with her like I did the parents at my school, not being judgmental, treating her with respect and sensitivity. She is anxious and feeling down, part of that is being a new parent and part of it is the PP... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:05:33 EST Weekly Check in 3/15-3/21 <em>137</em> Morning all <BR> St Patricks Day this week! <BR> <BR> We got a little snow last night and this morning, but just a little mixed with rain. <BR> <BR> Mom starts radiation and chemo this week, although the chemo pills she will be taking never arrived as there has been a problem with the insurance. The docs office is working on it but not really sure what the problem is. We talked to the docs about what happened last week at her appt. Mom has been complaining all week that she... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 11:31:48 EST I need help Can not get on to reply to others on the weekly check in. If someone can find the heart to help it would be great. I look forward to hear from someone. Thanks Deni <em>239</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 14:26:00 EST Weekly Check in 3/8-3/14 Hello all <BR> A late start today as I slept in and forgot about the time change. Still trying to figure out how to change the time on my cell phone. I'm used to a phone that automatically changes by itself but not my tracfone. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> On Friday I did test my daughter to find out what was going on and then I decided to just go down to visit without telling her. She was annoyed at first but then opened up about what was going on, the hosp, the nurses, docs etc..and Bailey se... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 12:13:12 EST Weekly Check in 3/1-3/7 Hi all <BR> Late start as I have been on the phone with my sister talking about mom and what we are needing to do to help her. We met with the docs again and she is going to need 5 weeks of radiation and chemo. They want to do this first to shrink the tumor as much as possible. Doing the surgery first is too radical, she will need plastic surgery and will be a difficult recovery. <BR> <BR> So we will need to arrange 5 days a week for 5 weeks for someone to take her into Boston for treatments... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:20:54 EST Weekly Check in 2/22-2/28 Morning all <BR> Just a quick start to the week. We got more snow last night...big surprise! <em>198</em> <BR> I need to get out and shovel and then heading out for my grandsons 3rd birthday party. <BR> <BR> I saw the forecast for the week and no snow is in the forecast for the entire week...have we finally broken out of this loop? Maybe I shouldn't even say that...I might jinx us! <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a good weekend! I am still looking at jobs but feeling very down and dis... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:47:37 EST Weekly Check in 2/15-2/21 Morning all <BR> Snow, snow and more snow...we are stuck in a pattern and already they are talking about the next one. It finally stopped this morning and some are out shoveling or snow blowing. <BR> <BR> I never made it to the movies yesterday. I brought my sister to work as she has been having car troubles again and then I went to the grocery store and got just a couple things, enough to get me till Wed when I get my next check. It started snowing earlier than they originally predicted an... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:31:17 EST Weekly Check in 2/8-2/14 Morning all <BR> A quick post as I just wanted to get us started. <BR> <BR> Today is the baby shower down in MA and even though it is snowing, we are still having it so off I go into the storm. Right now there is only a couple inches and it is barely coming down. I will be able to get there with no trouble as long as I take my's coming back that will be the challenge as the storm is supposed to pick up later this afternoon. The shower goes till 4 but some of us may leave early. <BR... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 07:08:20 EST Hi,I'm new to this team hi everyone. i joined a team challenge also 2day. 30 day walk challenge. i also inviTe U to join the challenge too. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:19:43 EST Weekly Check in 2/1-2/7 Morning all <BR> Hope you are all having a great weekend! February is here already! <BR> Superbowl Day! <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> The sun is out, no snow in the forecast for today but we are expecting another foot tomorrow. Mother Nature has not been very nice to us lately. <BR> <BR> I need to get to Babies R Us today and get a baby shower gift for my daughter and then on the way home will stop at the grocery store. I must be crazy to be doing that on a Sunday, the day of the Superbowl a... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:14:04 EST Weekly check in Jan 25 - Jan 31 Good Morning Team <BR> <BR> Up early this AM due to my hands hurting. Got soars all over my hands and now some of them are raw. Had this 3 years ago but this one is worse. <BR> <BR> Cathy heard the weather this morning and they say it will start snowing Monday and will snow till Tuesday. We are to get between 1 to 2 feet A real good one. What day does your Mom have the surgery? Prayers your way. <BR> <BR> Must stop Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:44:36 EST Weekly Check in 1/18-1/24 Morning all <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a good weekend...expecting freezing rain here today which has been causing problems as it makes its way here. <em>27</em> Glad it wasn't here yesterday. Mom and me had a good day, got all the errands done and just spent time together. I drove home after it got dark which was fine as it wasn't raining or snowing and I was able to see well. Sometimes I have a hard time driving at night. <BR> <BR> Deni, sorry you are sick and not feeling well. Hop... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:37:14 EST Weekly Check in 1/11-1/17 Hello all <BR> 17 degrees here which isn't as bad as it was last week, and it's not windy which is better as the wind chill makes it so much worse. <BR> <BR> I got the grocery shopping done yesterday which was Saturday and I know usually busier than during the week but it was way too cold last week with the wind making it below 0. It was crowded and crazy last week as there was a storm on the way and yesterday was even worse because the Patriots <em>281</em> were playing and everyone was... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:50:36 EST Weekly Check in 1/4-1/10 Afternoon all <BR> Sorry so late getting started. The day got away from me, didn't sleep well because of heartburn, finally was able to get to sleep and then overslept. <BR> <BR> We had snow during the night and it was very icey so spent time shoveling and cleaning off the car. Even though my neighbor came over with the snow blower, he only did a small path around the car and walkway. I think I will have to hire someone to do the work as I can't expect my neighbor to do it for me even thoug... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 13:48:40 EST Weekly Check in 12/28-1/3 Hello all! Sorry so late getting started! <BR> <BR> OMG! The last week of 2014! What a year it has been! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Had a very nice Christmas with the family, spent time with 2 of my nephews I have not seen in awhile. One nephew has been in Texas at school getting his Masters in talented! He played (flute) for us yesterday along with another nephew who plays the piano and 2 of my sisters sang so the Christmas songs were going all day, so beautiful. The kids were... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:09:21 EST Weekly Check in 12/21-12/27 <em>445</em> Merry Christmas week! <BR> So much to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> I am done with shopping as of yesterday...yeah! Now moving on to wrapping and getting the grocery shopping done tomorrow after I figure out what I am making for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. <BR> <BR> Today I am going to a Christmas concert at my sisters church. This the gospel choir group my sis has been singing in for years and I am helping out again with tickets and merchandise. Always a feel good and upli... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:23:22 EST Weekly Check in 12/14-12/20 Morning all <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> Christmas is coming fast, less than 2 weeks and I'm no way near ready. But it always gets done in time. I've seen so many people running around frantically through the stores and not being very nice. I think they are missing the whole point. <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> I am staying home today to rest as I have a cold, just don't feel well at all. I've done some shopping online and I was out yesterday shopping. I can't do too much as my back starts to hur... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:11:02 EST Weekly Check in 12/7-12/13 Hello all! <BR> <BR> Here we go with the video ads again that slows everything down. It takes too long to get anything posted. <BR> <BR> I went to my sons yesterday for a Holiday tree party and was there most of the day. I didn't go to the tree farm as it was raining and I had already gotten soaked that morning when I shoveled the driveway. Everyone came back soaking wet and cold. The kids had fun as they had a huge snowball fight. Everyone found a nice tree. <BR> <BR> Just hanging out to... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:22:12 EST Weekly check in 11/30-12/6 Morning! <BR> The first week of December already! Time to get Christmas on track. I am in the same boat as last year with 0 dollars to spend...I know Christmas is not about money or how much you spend, but it would be nice to have something to give the grandkids. I can't think about it too much...I know it will work out somehow! <BR> <BR> It should be a little warmer here today and tomorrow, in the 40's. It will be good to get the outside lights up. I have to get them out and make sure th... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:19:13 EST Weekly Chek in 11/23-11/29 Hi all <BR> Finally starting to feel normal again, fever is gone, just a sore back from sitting and lying down so much. <BR> The grocery stores will be crowded for Thanksgiving but I am out of everything. Maybe later in the afternoon won't be so bad. <BR> <BR> One of my sisters that went with us has been sick too. She barely got home and started throwing up. I hope no one else has been sick. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving week! <em>429</em> I will be going to my sons again this year and helping ... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:25:44 EST 11/16-11/21 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I know Cathy is in Orlando and I didn't check in yesterday so I hope you don't mind me starting a thread for this week. <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great time Cathy! <BR> are you feeling this week? <BR> Dorothy...did it get cold there over the weekend? <BR> much rain did you end up with there? <BR> <BR> Busy but good weekend here. My daughter had her birthday party Saturday at the roller skating rink and it was fun. I got most of the ballet sash... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:27:08 EST Weekly Check in 11/9-11/15 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Wow, the month seems to be flying by already! It's getting colder and colder here. Most of the leaves on the ground have lost their colors, the ones still left on the trees are still colorful. And with the changing of the clocks, it is dark by 5pm... <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Almost done with my packing. I didn't do any grocery shopping...just using up what I have in the fridge. I made chicken soup the other day and saved some in the freezer. I'll be getting home from ... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:06:20 EST Weekly Check in 11/2-11/8 Morning all! <BR> Did you remember to set the clocks back an hour last night? <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn't check in here all week except for last Sunday. I was quite exhausted most of the week and slept a lot, falling asleep on the couch and sleeping through the alarm. <BR> <BR> I saw a new primary last Monday and he checked my Vitamin B-12, Vit. D and as usual my thyroid, which always shows normal even though I have many of the symptoms of low thyroid. B-12 was good but my ... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:44:45 EST Weekly Check in 10/26-11/1 Hi all <BR> <BR> Very late start to the week. The grandkids slept over last night and then I brought them home this morning. My son and DIL had a Halloween party and my daughter and new son in law were at the party and then stayed over so I had a chance to visit with them. Her belly is growing, she is 20 the 1/2 way point. She looks wonderful and happy. I'm so excited about a new grand child. It feels different with a daughter. <BR> <BR> Last week of October...Halloween is this w... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:05:03 EST Weekly check in 10/19-10/25 Morning all and happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> This month seems to be flying by. Lots of leaves on the ground here and many more still to come down. I have beautiful yellow and orange leaves right outside my kitchen window and the room where I have the computer. Too bad the colors don't last long. <BR> <BR> Had an enjoyable day with mom and yes everything was about Disney and the plans. She's like a little kid in a candy store when talking about Disney. We leave Nov. 13, less than 4 weeks. <BR> ... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:43:29 EST Weekly Check in 10/12-10/18 Happy Sunday all <BR> <BR> It must have been a busy week for all of us. I know I have been very tired and my plan to get up early has gone out the window. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I babysat all day Thursday for the 2 year old, Cameron, as he has been sick all week with bronchitis. My son and daughter in law have both missed work this week to stay home with him so I babysat so they could work. It was a fun day with him as the antibiotics were finally starting to work and his appetite was co... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 09:23:05 EST Weekly check in 10/5-10/11 Morning all <BR> Very tired this morning, I slept well and got about 8 hours in. I think I'm feeling very down. I have been doing the job search every day and not finding anything out there for part time or closer to home. Most everything I see is full time and more than an hour away or it's not for something I have been trained for. Will be meeting with my employment specialist this week, hopefully she has more ideas on where to go from here. <BR> <BR> I may be seeing the grandkids later as... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:42:31 EST Weekly Check in 9/28-10/4 Hi all <BR> Wow! The last week of September, where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful time with the grandkids and their cat wasn't too bad. He wasn't as crazy during the night and I think on a better schedule now, sleeping more at night. So I was more able to sleep. My son and dil didn't get home till really late, maybe 1 am? I was awake around 5am and could not get back to sleep. I heard the 5 year old get up and go into their room and was making all kinds of noises and trying to ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:17:58 EST Weekly check in 9/21-9/27 Hi all <BR> <BR> Late start today. I decided to try the new church again this morning and my neighbor came with me again. I don't think I will be going back, I just don't feel connected at all. I've only gone 2x so maybe I need to go a few more times before really deciding. It's too loud, too glitzy. The whole thing is about an hour and a half and the pastor only talks about 20-25 minutes. The rest of the time is music, announcements and other people talking about all the goings on. <BR> <... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:17:58 EST Weekly check in 9/14-9/20 Morning all <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> It is really getting cooler here especially at night, down into the 40's and 50's and around 70 or less during the day. I actually had to put the heat on last night. <BR> <BR> I went to my granddaughters soccer game yesterday morning and then stayed at their house till afternoon. I spent time with the kids, my son was outside getting wood cut up for the wood stove and he cut down a dead tree in the backyard. It was quite large and needed to come down e... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:23:56 EST Weekly check in 9/7-9/13 Happy Sunday all! <BR> <BR> We never got the bad storm that was predicted, just some light rain. It skipped over us, thank goodness as there were tornado warnings and flooding along with it as well. The storms brought some cooler weather..was very humid yesterday. <BR> <BR> Going with my neighbor to a new church close to home. We have both been wanting to check it out. I have seen some of the sermons broadcast on TV and I wasn't impressed. They just did not resonate with me if you know what... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:27:52 EST Weekly check in 8/31-9/6 Morning all and happy Sunday <BR> <BR> Wanted to get us started as I am heading over to the grandkids this morning. My son and DIL are away for the weekend at a wedding. The other grandma spent yesterday and last night with them and I'll be taking over about noon and staying the night. They should be back tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> I will be sleeping in my sons room so I can shut the door to keep their new crazy cat out as he runs around all night. The other grandma just texted me that th... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:30:34 EST Weekly check in 8/24-8/30 Morning all and happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> The sun is out today and it will be a little warmer than it has been the last week, around 80, and should be like that all this week. It was starting to feel more like the Fall. <BR> <BR> Nothing much going on here today. I need to narrow down my search for a primary care doc based on what my rheumy recommended and from the web site <BR> <BR> I had heard this was going to be another snowy winter and the squirrels here have been espe... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:18:55 EST Weekly check in 8/17-8/23 Morning all <BR> Just want to get us started for the week. Haven't been online at all with mom here. Heading out soon for my granddaughters 9th birthday party. Having an enjoyable weekend with mom. I miss spending time with her..we've been having some deep meaningful conversations, had a visit with my sister, doing some shopping...she's such a joy to be around. <BR> <BR> Anyway, time to get ready! <BR> Cathy Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:47:47 EST Weekly check in 8/10-8/16 Hi all <BR> Sorry so late getting started. I babysat 2 of the grandkids yesterday from 8am and then slept over. My son, DIL and granddaughter didn't get home till after midnight and I did not sleep most of the night. They have a new cat that was mischevous all night and I was in a lot of pain and I was either too cold or too hot. <BR> <BR> I just got home and heading to my bed soon to take a nap. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a nice weekend <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:54:10 EST Weekly check in 8/3-8/9 Morning all <BR> <BR> Up a little earlier this morning but have to walk around awhile before I can sit at the computer. For some reason, it hurts my back if I sit down first thing in the morning. <BR> <BR> It is cloudy and cool this morning and is supposed to rain the next few days. Not much going on today. Still trying to get exercise in everyday. I walked outside the other day up to the mailbox and back. It's about a mile and I have been doing a mile or more but for some reason this time ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:34:34 EST Weekly Check In 27july - 2Aug Good Day All <BR> <BR> Got up early this morning so here I am starting us this week. It was raining preety good this morning. Has stopped for nowbut does not look good. Each week it sms like a carbon copy of last week. That is how it goes living in New England. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a good weekend. <BR> <BR> Must close. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:41:09 EST Weekly Check in 7/20-7/26 Morning all and happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> July seems to be marching along! <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Another beautiful sunny day here. Not much going on today except some cleaning and will do some sweeping outside as the walkway and deck are covered with pine needles, branches, leaves. I may pick up/rake all the sticks and branches in the yard too. My lawn guy just mows over everything or uses the blower to push things around. It won't be hot today and those biting flies shouldn't be out. <B... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:47:53 EST Weekly Check in 7/13-7/19 Morning all <BR> Thanks for the understanding the other day of letting me vent. I know I have to be patient and have faith that God is working for me and something will come along. <BR> <BR> Another beautiful day here, in the 70's and breezy. I opened a few windows this morning to let the fresh cool air in before it gets too warm out. <BR> <BR> I made an appointment with Aspen Dental...they are doing free appointments for people without insurance for a check up and x-rays and then a discoun... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 10:55:30 EST Weekly Check in 7/6-7/12 Morning all! <BR> Spent the day yesterday down in MA with the family. My sister hosted the 4th of July this year a day later since it rained so much the last couple days. They have a pool and a nice area for the kids to play. Everyone brought salads, deserts etc..we all had a great time. The weather was beautiful in the 70's and breezy. Some walked down to the fireworks later and some of us didn't. I drove down with my sister and her kids, we left as the fireworks started. <BR> <BR> Feeling... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 09:28:51 EST Weekly check in 6/29-7/5 Hi all, <BR> Sorry so late getting started. I was at the grandkids last night babysitting and just got home. I slept better there this time and the cat wasn't going crazy all night. But I'm achy and sore anyway and from going up and down the stairs so much. But I enjoyed the time with them. <BR> <BR> I can't believe that it's 4th of July this week. My sister who lives in MA is having a party...this is my younger sister that mom lives with...the party is on the 3rd and the fireworks are that ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:05 EST Weekly check in 6/22-6/28 Morning all <BR> Another beautiful sunny day although it was quite cold last night and had the extra blanket on. <BR> <BR> The recital yesterday was fun and cute. My granddaughter did a hip hop dance and her group was quite good. They were all moving together and also did separate moves, no one got lost or forgot what to do. My granddaughter even did a move herself called the 'coffee grinder'...she had to balance herself on both hands and 1 foot while she swung the other leg around and then... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:07:39 EST Meds are working and I'm feeling so much better My crazy med is finally not causing as much nausea, just right after I take it on Wednesday, and all day Thursday, but it's not nearly as intense. I still have the loss of appetite but it's not as severe and myf fatigue is going away. Plus I'm on the correct antidepressant which has made a WORLD of difference. And the lupus med is giving me relief from my inflammation and joint pain! <BR> <BR> I'm going to exercise today and I'm starting Slim in 6 (I was able to get it for $24! ) on Monday.... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:07:04 EST Weekly check in 6/15-6/21 Morning all! <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads! <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Yeah, the sun is out and it should be a nice, warm day! I don't have any plans, just trying to get through the math and locating information lessons. I am on the last level, final quiz for locating info and just can't seem to pass it, it's quite a challenge! They give you 8 tries and I've tried 5x already...ugghh. And the math is challenging...I will try them both 1 more time and then I'm th... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 09:59:48 EST Weekly check in 6/8-6/14 Morning all <BR> Sorry I haven't been checking in this week, been so busy with my workshop, appointments and family graduations. I have another graduation party today and promised my sister I would come early and help her set up as she will be at church till late morning. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get us started this week. <BR> I will be back later today <BR> Cathy Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:07:54 EST Weekly Ck In 1 June - 7 June Hello just a quick hi to get things going. Have a very busy week ahead with Docs and xrays. Already feel tired so this week will wear me out. <BR> <BR> Cathy hope you had a good time this weekend and all went well' <BR> <BR> Dorothy good buy on charcoal. <BR> <BR> Rick and Melissa prayers for quick recovery. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 13:41:15 EST Weekly check in 5/25-5/31 Hi all <BR> Just a quick start to get us going. My back hurts too much to sit so I'm standing and typing. Woke up like this and don't know why. <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a good weekend <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 25 May 2014 15:16:36 EST Weekly Check In 18 May -24 May Good Morning <BR> <BR> Computer acting up again dont have much time. Hope everyone has a great Sunday Wanted to get you started. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 18 May 2014 08:55:12 EST Weekly Check in 5/18-5/24 Morning all <BR> The sun is out here again today, hope it stays out. Would like to get out for a walk around the park. Will also be taking some time to organize a few files and find a place for all the books from my classes. I really could use another bookcase but it will have to wait. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope the infection in your foot gets better soon. It doesn't take much to get an infection, just an accident like you had dropping ... Sun, 18 May 2014 08:51:17 EST Weekly Check in 5/11-5/17 <em>184</em> Happy Mothers Day to all the moms! <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get us started this morning. I need to get ready and head over to my sons. He is making breakfast for Mothers Day. <BR> <BR> I don't know what's up but I woke with a migraine this morning and yesterday morning, so it's tylenol and coffee and waiting for it to go away. Can't look at the computer too much as the light is too bright. <BR> <BR> Will be back later <BR> Cathy Sun, 11 May 2014 07:16:59 EST Weekly Check In 4 May - 10 May Good Morning, <BR> <BR> HopeI did this right. When I started the hello to Rick did not mean star a new thread. This new set up is a bit confusing for me. Also my cmputer keys are acting up. <BR> <BR> Melissa have a wonderful show today. <BR> <BR> Cathy prayers for your pain and the best on your exams. <BR> <BR> Dorothy take care of yourself. <BR> <BR> Rick rest today so you will be ready for the trip on Monday. <BR> <BR> Not much happing here except for rain. Hard to use the new grill.... Sun, 4 May 2014 08:12:14 EST Rick Hi Hi Rick I forgot to say hi and welcome home. Hope your recovery is going well Prayers sent your way Have a safe trip to the Docs and hope for good news <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sat, 3 May 2014 16:50:20 EST Weekly Check in 4/27-5/3 Morning all <BR> April is almost over and definetely the are blooming and the buds are coming out on the trees and bushes..yeah! <BR> My back is feeling a lot better today and I slept well last night. It helped to be home and resting yesterday. More homework and studying for exams is on the agenda for today. It's been a whole year since I started classes and will feel good to be done. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope your trip went well and you are feeling well <BR> <BR> Deni, hope y... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 09:26:24 EST Weekly Check In 20 April - 26 April Happy Easter All. <BR> <BR> Its getting late just wanted to start us off and say hi. Will check in again on Monday. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:51:08 EST Weekly Check In 13 April - 19 April Good Morning <BR> <BR> Melissa so glad to hear from you and that you are doing well. Bet being home makes you feel much better. I had a hysterectomy (spelling) and I felt so much better when I got home. Mine was for fibroids. The best thing I ever did. I knew I did not want anymore children so I said take it out. Hope your recovery is swift. Thinking and praying for you. <BR> <BR> Looks like a cloudy day but it is starting to warm up. The sugaring is going well. We have cold nights and war... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:53:22 EST Weekly Check in 4/6-4/12 Morning all <BR> Late start this morning as I slept in. The sun is out and it's warming up out there. I can really see more grass and less snow. <BR> <BR> Not much going on today except the usual homework and reading. I may have to go to school tomorrow to get my homework done on the insurance forms we need to fill out. I can't save blank ones to Word to fill out and save. With the forms on our Blackboard, you have to print them out once they are filled in or else you lose the work. Since I ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:25:48 EST Weekly Check in 3/30-4/5 Morning all! <BR> <BR> It has been raining here since yesterday and hoping it stays rain. The ground is still quite frozen so there's lots of flooding, but better than more snow. <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great weekend. I have homework to do and tests to study for so will have a busy day. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:51:15 EST Weekly Check In 23 March - 29 March Good Morning <BR> <BR> Up early again. It seems hard for my body to handle all this. Guess I need to rest more and pray that I get well. This thing with my son does nt help. You hope for the best for your children. What do you do whn there is no talking to him? Its very hard. <BR> <BR> Dorothy glad your son is feeling better. A good idea to wash down the room. <BR> <BR> Going to close for now. Hope everyone has a great Sunday Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:28:03 EST Weekly Check in 3/16-3/22 Morning all <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get us started for the day. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! The sun is out, it's in the 20's. It got up to the 50's yesterday. <BR> <BR> Even though it is Spring break, I have some homework to get done today. We have to post an essay on the discussion board and then comment on 2 others posts. It's just like what we do here except the topic is related to the chapter we are reading. <BR> <BR> My mom is coming for a visit tomorrow and will stay 2 nights. My sist... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:06:42 EST Weekly Check In 9 March - 15 March Good Morning <BR> <BR> Welcome to daylight savings time everyone. When we change the time it makes it hard as to when I am supposed to take my meds. Supose to take them every 8 hours. Take them at 4am 12 noon and 8pm. Things get all mixed up. <BR> <BR> Cathy sorry things are not going so well for you. Please be very careful driving your car. I will be praying that they get your insurance cleared up. Glad you got some rest and had a down day. They do help. <BR> <BR> Dorothy sorry your pain ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 08:22:46 EST Weekly Check In 2 March - 8 March Good Morning <BR> <BR> Thank you Dorothy for the info. Will try to upload the picture later with Dales help. <BR> <BR> Have another trip down to my stomach Monday so have a very strick diet today. Hope this ends soon. Go in at 1:30 PM Monday afternoon. <BR> <BR> Will let everyone know how the test comes out. Also will let you know if I get the picture done. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:33:09 EST Newbie here Hi I'm carrie, I found out almost a month ago from my Dr. that I have had Lupus for about a year now. I wish the Dr.s who did the test couldhave told me sooner, but they didn't. I'm learning about the symptons and everything that come with it. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:54:26 EST Weekly Check In 23 Feb - 1 March Good Morning <BR> <BR> Having a quiet weekend here. Talked to my son Chris and he said they were going to get new cothes for te new Mom to be. I could see the smile on his face through the tone of voice. What a wonderful time.for all of us. <BR> <BR> Got a Doc appt Monday to see about a wound that will not heal. This Doc is a whiz with wounds that will not get better. We will see. <BR> <BR> Dorothy hope you are getting some rest due that its raining. <BR> <BR> Melissa what a wonderful pos... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 04:55:23 EST Weekly Check In 16 Feb - 23 Feb Hi again <BR> <BR> I forgot to start us off when I posted. Guess my mind is on babys. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great Sunday <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> <em>269</em> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:53:51 EST Weekly Check In 9 Feb - 15 Feb Good Morning <BR> <BR> Up early watching the Olympics. Love to watch them. What wonderful people competing. They all should get medals. <BR> <BR> Dorothy so sorry you can not sleep. Have you tried some of the things they have in the Coops. They seem to work for me as long as you dont take them to much. Guess that is true for most everything in life. <BR> <BR> Must close for now. Everyone have a great Sunday. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 05:26:44 EST Weekly Check In 2 Feb - 8 Feb Good Morning <BR> <BR> This will be a quick check in. My hands will not allow me to type very much. <BR> <BR> Hope all is doing well. Not sure about the ground hog today but it is cloudy here so that means an early spring. <BR> <BR> Must stop the best to all Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 08:16:38 EST Weekly Check in 1/26-2/1 Happy Sunday all! <BR> <BR> Just a quick start to get us going! We had a few inches of snow during the night but at least it's not below 0 this morning. <BR> <BR> Homework is calling me! <BR> Will be back later <BR> Cathy Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:33:09 EST been a tough week so far Been feeling so drained this week...and hurting...what are some good things you do to help the joint pain?? Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:46:32 EST Chronic infections/when do you take your plaquenil Getting sick of being sick. I had mastitis for over a month and now I just got over bronchitis and breathing issues. It seems like once I get over one thing another thing pops up. The only good thing is that my rheumatologist added tramadol to my meds to help with the joint pain which has relieved some of the more severe symptoms. I my sleep pattern is all over the place since I've been sick. Side note I know I spelled this wrong but when do you take your plaquenil. I'm trying to figure out a... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:28:58 EST Weekly Check In 19 Jan - 25 Jan Good Morning <BR> <BR> Guess I was not clear about my thyroid. Have been on meds for years now but have not had a test for some time. Maybe need to up my meds. Its been awhile since my meds have have not been adjusted for some time. We'll see. <BR> <BR> My son has got all the painting done in his new house and they move in next weekend. Everyone can't wait. <BR> <BR> It snowed here yesterday and stopped last night and is snowing today. It also is getting cold again. I am staying in today a... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:21:45 EST things will be ok! I was recently diagnosed with Lupus and have been a little depressed and not wanting to do much. I now realize things could be alot worse so I motivated to get healthy and enjoy the things I love! Yes some days I may be in pain but its ok! Time to get it into gear and lose some weight! Would love a few buddies to chat with and encourage eachother along the way! <em>244</em> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:50:12 EST Weekly Check In 12 Jan - 18 Jan Good Morning <BR> <BR> Up early this morning. We had warnings of floods last night due to a lot of rain. Had a hard time sleeping. Made pancake batter and waiting for Dale to get up. <BR> <BR> Go Pats !! They won last night with a score of 43 to 22. We go on to the Championship game. <BR> It was great to win last night. Do I dare think about the super bowl? <BR> <BR> Dorothy sorry your arm hurts but take it easy and allow your body to heal. <BR> <BR> Gotta run Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 08:01:14 EST Weekly Check In 5 Jan - 11 Jan 2014 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Stayed up late last night watching the NFL Playoffs. They were very good games. Next week the Pats play Go Pats !!! Don't think they will be in the Super Bowl but they have had a good season. They got better as the season went on. We'll see next week. <BR> <BR> Cathy I would love to meet. Dale is going to look things up on the map and come up with some ideas. Maybe you can also. I have Dale do it because I'm not very good at that. If you would rather not thats OK to... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:06:06 EST Weekly Check in 1/5-1/11 Morning all <BR> Slept in late this morning. It's actually 10 degrees above zero today and the sun is out again. <BR> <BR> I have errands to do today and will call my plow guy as we are expecting rain tomorrow and with all the snow on the roof, it needs to be removed as it will soak up all that rain and will be too heavy. <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a good weekend and staying warm! <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:18:04 EST FEELIng so much better!! I posted earlier about having staph infections but I am happy to say they are gone! Thanks to some really strong antibiotics and painkillers. I'm on the antibiotics 4 times a day (ugh) but they work so I can't really complain. The pain is all but gone and the swelling is totally gone! I had a massive breast infection started by an abscess that went haywire but now it's finally under control! unfortunately it has caused my lupus to flare up a bit. But I can deal with that, I have to! Happy New... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:47:31 EST Weekly Check In 29 Dec - 4 Jan Good Morning <BR> <BR> Well Jan is knocking on our door. The dead of winter will be here very soon. All the holidays will be over and the storms will be here. Oh happy day!! <BR> <BR> Had a hard day yesterday. Feeling like I got a cold. My head is all stuffed up and its hard to breath. I used a netti pot last night and that helped me to sleep. This morning I am up early due to not being able to sleep with this stuff up head. <BR> <BR> Dale came home from work yesterday and bought our son C... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 04:44:08 EST Weekly Check in 12/22-12/28 Morning all <BR> Getting a late start this morning. The neighbors had a Christmas party last night and I was up late with heartburn and not feeling well this morning. <BR> <BR> It is cloudy and raining here. We're expecting that storm Gemini? and it will be an icy mess around here tonight and most of the day tomorrow. Hopefully we won't lose power and praying that the huge pine trees around my park stay strong. There have been a lot of branches that occasionally snap off from the heavy snow... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:45:12 EST Weekly Check In 15Dec - 21Dec Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning to a ton of snow and it is still coming down at a good clip. We will have a white Christmas. Glad I don't have to go anywhere this morning. <BR> <BR> The furnance guy came yesterday afternoon. It needed a new part that let the air out but not the water. He said it would be a good idea to have someone come and bleed the system and put in new antifreeze. We were very cold all day yesterday. I had the heat up to 80 and it only got up to 60 in he... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 06:01:44 EST staph infections and lupus I have lupus and fibromyalgia. The Wednesday before thanksgiving I discovered and abscess on my areola and 3 on my bikini line, 2 days later an abscess formed behind my ear. after going through excruciating pain and some idiot doctors one week and 1 day later I saw my regular doctor and was given antibiotics and stronger Norco (Vicodin with less Tylenol in it) . I am still in a lot of pain but all the abscesses above the waist have either disappeared or are diminishing. I have NEVER had the a... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:33:20 EST Weekly Check In 8Dec - 14Dec Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Melissa thanks for nice words. The time you had with your daughter sounds wonderful. Those pictures must be great. Sounds like your daughter has inherited your talents and you are teaching her the rest. She must be a joy to have as a daughter. You are a very lucky Mom. <BR> <BR> Dorothy sounds like your son is trying to say sorry in the only way he knows. Give him some space and he will come around. <BR> <BR> Don't want to stay on here to long. Must relax. Oh Do... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 07:28:55 EST Weekly Check In 1 Dec - 7 Dec Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Welcome to December The year is almost over. Where did the year go? <BR> <BR> Don,t have much time. Have to go out and get the prep stuff I need to start on Monday for my procedure on Friday. Need to take stuff all week and can't eat much. Will be pretty weak by Friday. <BR> <BR> Did anyone go out shopping this weekend? I did not. Just did some reading and watched a movie. It was very cold all day. Had a very hard time warming up the house. Turned the thermostat... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 07:25:53 EST Weekly Check In 24 Nov - 30 Nov Good Morning <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone for all the wonderful words. They are such a big help. <BR> <BR> Rick please don.t get on the roof let the younger ones do that. I have learned that now and its OK with me. After all I had my turn doing those things when I was the younger one. <BR> <BR> Dorothy you always have nice things to say. You brighten my day when I read your posts. <BR> <BR> Cathy sorry about your tubes in your eyes. The Doc said something about that to me and I said no. I... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 07:00:52 EST Weekly Check In 17 Nov - 23 Nov Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Don't have much time. Have a lot of chores to catch up on sinse I've been sick. Still don't have the curtains put back up yet. They are all clean and ironed. Just need to clean some stickers off the windows and put the curtains up. <BR> <BR> My morning to make breakfast. Will get started soon. <BR> <BR> Dale said he will try and move the phone and see if the router works better. Thanks Rick for the info. <BR> <BR> Cathy it is not to early for Xmas stuff to be u... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:06:36 EST Weekly Check In 10 Nov - 16 Nov Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Cathy good to hear from you and the news about the test is great. The more relaxed you are the better things will go. You go girl !! <BR> <BR> Dorothy I used to have bad pain in my face. It was caused from my ear which inflamed #9 nerve. Have you seen a ear nose and throat doctor? Hope you get to the bottom of this. <BR> <BR> Not much on the list for today. Dale has been working a lot. The manger quit and Dale is the working manger. He has put his name in for th... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 07:35:50 EST Weekly Check In 3 Nov - 9 Nov Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope you all remembered to turn your clocks back this morning. If not you can turn them back 1 hour and go back to bed for the hour LOL.We had a wonderful day yesterday. We vegged out all day and had soup and bagels for supper so there was not much clean up after. We watched a movie and went to bed. Today I am going to make homemade baked beans and cornbread with some all beef hot dogs. Soaked the Jacob Cattle Beans over night and will start them late morning. Lov... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 05:49:32 EST Weekly Check In 27 Oct - 2 Nov Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Got up early this morning to get my chores done before Chris and family get here. What a crazy ending to the Red Sox game last night. A Worlds Series came has never ended on this call before. They will be talking about this for a long time. Oh well tomorrow is a new day and a new game. <BR> <BR> Do not have much time so will say bye for now Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 06:36:56 EST Weekly Check In 20 Oct - 26 Oct Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Had a quiet day yesterday and today with the corporation of the weather we are going to start washing the blinds. Got a late start because of putting in the windows and the furnace. Any one know how to clean blinds in an easy way? <BR> <BR> The other night we were watching TV and we heard big bangs and looked outside and they were setting off fireworks at the high school. They had won the big soccor game. We live down the h... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 09:32:39 EST Weekly Check in 10/20-10/26 Morning all <BR> Another sunny but cool day. I tried that night time tea and it seemed to work well, fell asleep easily and only woke 2x to use the bathroom and was able to fall right back to sleep. Of course I was also tired from not sleeping well the few nights before but will try the tea again tonight. <BR> <BR> I never got to Home Depot as I went on their website to check what products they have for the door and what they do have has to be ordered and it will take about 2 weeks to come ... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 09:25:54 EST Weekly Check In 13 Oct - 19 Oct Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Had to get up early my joints are aching. It is more comfortable being in my recliner. <BR> <BR> Melissa sorry to hear you are a survivor also. Not sorry you survived but that you had to go through that. I did not know if I should have said anything. Glad I did. We are a wonderful group and have so much in common. More in common than lupus. <BR> <BR> Dorothy glad you got the fence posts painted. Tar must have been a messy job. You go girl. <BR> <BR> Cathy hope all ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 08:31:27 EST Weekly Check in 10/6-10/12 Hi all <BR> Late start today...studying for my tests. <BR> It's raining and cold here, about 50! Supposed to rain all week. The leaves are changing colors and it's so pretty. Lots of leaf peepers out driving around! <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a great weekend and feeling well! <BR> <BR> Cathy <BR> <BR> Sorry so short! <em>247</em> <BR> Sun, 6 Oct 2013 12:17:45 EST Hello Guys :) Hello guys <em>41</em> Hope everyone is good. <BR> I am just starting to get back on my feet again after a year and a half flare, after being in remission for 25 years, was just taken off steroids slowly but still have another six months of methotrexate, I know if I can get off the extra weight I put on because of the steroids and lack of movement I will start to feel a little better. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 18:59:17 EST Weekly Check In 29 Sept - 5 Oct Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good weekend. The weather has been good here. Cool at night and in the low 70s during the day. Not much happening here. A very quiet weekend. Dale got home from work at noon and went into the garage and cleaned that. I am waiting til the workers are done putting in the new windows before I clean. Will take down the curtains today and wash them and do any mending that they need. Got to take down some pictures off the wall. Just don't want ... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 11:15:20 EST Weekly check in 9/29-10/5 Morning all <BR> Almost October...pumpkin time, Halloween and changing the clocks. I hate that it has been getting darker earlier and earlier. <BR> <BR> Finally got my reading in 1 class caught up and did some studying for the test. The 2 chapters for this week are incredibly long. She usually sets up power point slides for us to print out for each chapter...the next chapter has 150? slides. I usually print 6 slides a page. So will try to get as much reading done today as I can. The good thi... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:34:33 EST New here and just diagnosed Hi I'm 32 years old and after years of extreme fatigue, headaches, infections and everything else I was just diagnosed with lupus. I'm on Prevequil (I don't remember how to spell it, it"s an antimalarial drug). It seems to be finally helping a bit because today I actually woke up feeling pretty good other than sore. I am totally new to all of this and my doctor told me nothing other than to use sunscreen. Any information, tips, how to deal with this, motivation or support would be greatly app... Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:49:03 EST Weekly Check in 9/22-9/28 Morning! <BR> Slept in this morning and it felt good! Was doing homework till late and getting a lot done. So far these 2 classes have not had a lot of homework, just mostly reading, after chapter work and a few worksheets...big difference from the summer classes!! <BR> <BR> I don't have pics of myself from the wedding yet. I know pics were taken by the wedding photographer and a few family members but I haven't seen them yet. As soon as I do, I will post. <BR> <BR> Melissa, hope you feel ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 10:37:15 EST Weekly Check In 15 Sept - 21 Sept Good Afternoon All, <BR> <BR> It has been a very slow and easy day so far. The weather is great and taking our time to get up and get things done. I do belief we have another week of fixing things in the basement. At least we have had a restful weekend. <BR> <BR> Cathy hope you had a wonderful wedding to attend. Not sure how the weather was your way but here was Ok but no rain. Did you say it was an outside wedding? <BR> <BR> Rick how is the smoke? Any better yet? Sure hope so. Is your hor... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 14:08:55 EST Weekly Check in 9/8-9/14 Good morning! <BR> It has really cooled off here this week. At night it has been down into the low 50's, sometimes getting into the 40's. This is 'hoodie' weather as my daughter puts it!! She loves the Fall and Winter. <BR> Anyway, next Saturday is the wedding! I will be leaving here Friday heading down to MA. That night is the rehearsal dinner and I'm staying at my sisters where my mom lives, taking mom with me to the dinner/rehearsal as she doesn't drive at night. Then Saturday we'll be hea... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 08:32:02 EST Weekly Check in 9/1-9/7 Morning all! <BR> It's September! <em>411</em> This time of year with school starting always feels like new beginnings, even more than the start of a new least to me it does! <BR> <BR> I still don't have any syllabus or a message from teachers about my new classes. It's strange as the summer courses, the teachers were in touch weeks before class started and we had a detailed syllabus and homework before the classes started. My sister in law will be in 1 of my classes and she is r... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 09:58:46 EST Weekly Check in 8/25-8/31 Morning all! <BR> WOW! The last week of August...the summer flew by! Many have already started back to school and some start this week. My grandkids are starting tomorrow. I start back to classes the following week. <BR> <BR> Finally got the cushions much better. It's actually comfortable to sit and watch TV now. What a mess I made cutting up the old cushions to add to the new. I had a million pieces of foam everywhere, even stuck to my clothes, in my hair... <BR> <BR> It really c... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:33:19 EST weekely check in 8/19/13 hey guys is anybody out there. been awhile since i posted too. we got to keep this group going. we all need each other.. hugsss <BR> <BR> Mary Sun, 18 Aug 2013 21:48:06 EST Weekly Check In 18 Aug - 24 Aug Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Got up early this morning and made blueberry pancakes for breakfast. The ones with a blueberry sauce for the top instead of maple syrup. Yumm!! <BR> <BR> We will be staying home today and going to the docs Monday. Both Dale and I have burning and watering eyes. They hurt a lot. Not sure what it is. Well will find out Monday. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great Sunday Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 09:43:10 EST Weekly Check in 8/11-8/17 Morning all and Happy Sunday! <BR> The shower was very nice, the weather was beautiful but a little on the hot side. We moved everything indoors as we had things set up to open gifts on the porch but the sun made it too hot. I was fine with that! She got a lot of nice things and was surprised with the quilt and that I had saved it but she was very pleased. <BR> <BR> Her bridesmaids did a lot of work and had a few games for everyone and a few prizes. Everyone brought something for the brunch... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:23:41 EST Weekly Check in 8/4-8/10 Morning all <BR> Yes, I am in the homestretch. My project is just about done. I have a few slides and notes to tweak, then I need to practice the presentation and print out the pages. There is a place below each slide where you can type your notes and print them out. No one can see the notes during the actual presentation. Homework for both classes have been done and submitted, so it's just the presentation day tomorrow and then my Medical Terminology final on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I think th... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 09:27:09 EST Weekly Check in 7/28-8/3 Morning all <BR> I can't believe we are almost into August, time is flying! <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a great weekend. Not much on the schedule shopping and then working on my project. I will try to do the hardest requirements like downloading a video into the presentation and if I can't get that, then will get help tomorrow during class. <BR> <BR> Had dinner last night with family...had a good time. I saw cousins I haven't seen in quite some time. My cousins wife, Elvi... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:58:10 EST Weekly Check In 7/21-7/27 Morning all!! <BR> Feeling tired this morning...was so busy yesterday with homework and then had to do some cooking for a party at my sons house. They had a surprise birthday party for my DIL's mom. They had their front yard set up with tents and tables and everyone brought a food item. They also had a DJ on the front porch, my son had made a fire pit in the backyard so the kids made s' was a fun night. The weather had called for thunderstorms but it stayed nice all night. <BR> <B... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:09:45 EST Weekly Check In 7/14-7/20 Morning all <BR> I babysat last night for the DIL had to work and my son is in Washington for work. I let the 2 older ones stay up later than usual and the baby was asleep by 7. He learned how to climb up on top of the couch and the coffee table and has no fear of falling off. He was standing on top of the table and jumping on the couch! <BR> <BR> No more signs of the chipmunks in the house so far but I'm still hearing noises in the walls. Last night I could hear something in... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 07:35:35 EST Weekly Check in 7/7-7/13 Happy Sunday! <BR> So far so good with the critters. I think the mint is working for now. Rick, when we first moved here and the chipmunks chewed a hole in the skirting and got in under the house, everyone recommended the mint/spearmint. I guess mice, chipmunks, squirrels, any little rodents don't like the smell and it keeps them away. I usually use the extract cause it smells so strong but maybe try planting the mint around the garden. It's easy to grow and it might work. <BR> <BR> The oth... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 08:46:06 EST Weekly check in July 7 - July 13 Morning all, <BR> <BR> Hot night last night. Had a hard tome sleeping. Going to be in the 90''s again today. <BR> <BR> That was a tragedy at S.F Airport. I guess the 60 people that were unaccounted for took off as soon as they disembarked and didn't look back. That particular plane, people are suppose to be able to get off within minutes. A special feature of the plane. <BR> <BR> My ribs turned out very good. Not something I wold want to do on a regular basis. Too much time. <BR> <BR> Chu... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 08:31:54 EST Weekly Check In 30 June - 6 July Good Morning All <BR> <BR> This will be a quick note. Wanted to get us started and say hi to everyone. Will be taking it very slow today. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great Sunday. I will be resting and getting caught up with some reading. <BR> <BR> Will check in again on Monday Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 08:13:27 EST Weekly Check in 6/23-6/29 Morning all <BR> We had a little thunderstorm this morning, so late in getting here. Did anyone see the supermoon last night? It was too cloudy here but things seemed much lighter outside than usual. <BR> <BR> I am down 2 pounds this morning! Yeah! Cutting down on portions and not snacking at night is helping. I'm not getting in as much walking but I'm trying. <BR> <BR> More homework to do today and some cleaning and laundry. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday! <BR> Cathy Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:52:10 EST Weekly Check In 16 June - 22 June Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Had such a good day with my son Chris and his partner. No Brianna she was with her father this weekend. They will be back next weekend. They are taking Brianna to the science museum and that is only 2 miles from our house. What a treat to see them 2 weekends in a row. <BR> <BR> When they were here yesterday I got a bit worried about my son. His neck and shoulder has been hurting for awhile now. Dale worked on him for an hour so we will see if that helped.. We asked h... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:36:04 EST Weekly Check In 9 June - 15 June Good Morning, <BR> <BR> The sun is out this morning!!! Its been awhile. Hope it dosn't get tohot now. Hate the heat. <BR> <BR> Have not done to much this weekend. Will start my excerise program with my new resistance bands.I will do the bands everyday and will staet walking 3 times a week. Going to start off slow. Will try to walk a mile. We'll see how I do. <BR> <BR> My husband has a 3 day weekend this week. He is taking Monday as a vacation day and will take 2 more Mondays. It will be ni... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 08:27:15 EST Muscle cramps/charlie horsess I may have brought this subject up before, but feel the need to readdress it. Lately I have been getting muscle cramps, I don't mean mild ones but ones that bring you to your knees, bring tears to your eyes or make you want to amputate the appendage. Most of the severe ones happen at night while I'm in bed, These are usually in my calves, (they sometimes will happen when I stretch.) my thighs, and ankles, that one was one of the worst, I didn't think I was going to be able to straighten o... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 02:07:13 EST Weekly Check in 6/2-6/8 Morning all <BR> Another night of not sleeping well because of the heat. So glad it cools off during the night so I can open the windows and cool the house down. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to get us started for the week. While it's cool I need to get some homework done. <BR> <BR> Expecting some bad thunderstorms later this afternoon and tonight....that will bring cooler weather for the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all having a good weekend! <BR> Cathy Sun, 2 Jun 2013 08:55:16 EST Weekly Check In 5/26-6/1 Good morning all! <BR> Happy Memorial Day weekend <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> The sun is finally out here this morning but it's still on the cold side, only 48 degrees. I think it will get up to the mid 50's. <BR> <BR> I feel like I am finally caught up with most of my homework. I still have to finish the 4th chapter in Med Terminology and do the test and I'm caught up in Computers. What a relief! <BR> <BR> Not doing anything special this weekend. Haven't heard from family about get together... Sun, 26 May 2013 10:07:03 EST Weekly Check In 5/19-5/25 Morning all! <BR> It is cloudy and in the 50's here. I don't think it's supposed to rain today but we can always use it as it's been so dry. <BR> <BR> I did homework most of the day yesterday till my head was spinning. I took a break and went out for awhile and also bought more ink for the printer. I had to print out the handouts for 1 looked like a slide show, each picture took up 1 page and it was 30 pages long, so I shrunk it down to fit 6 pictures on a page and printed out the... Sun, 19 May 2013 08:51:16 EST Weekly Check In 5/12-5/18 Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms! <em>214</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a great Sunday. <BR> <BR> It is raining here this morning. I will be heading down to MA to my sisters this afternoon for a cookout with the family...rain or shine. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 12 May 2013 07:53:16 EST Weekly Check in 5/5 - 5/11 Good morning! <BR> Nice sunny day, expected to be in the 60's. It still gets down into the 40's and sometimes the 30's at night. Things are blooming outside! <BR> <BR> Not much going on shopping, maybe some clothes shopping. Too many of my summer shirts are old and worn. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a wonderful Sunday. Happy Cinco de Mayo! Did I spell that right? LOL <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 5 May 2013 08:55:29 EST Weekly Check In 28 April - 4 May Good Day All. <BR> <BR> This will be short today. Wanted to get us started. Not feeling so well still. This is my first flare so all I have to go by is the Doc and all of you. The Doc did tell me it will take a lot longer because I won't take prendasone. (sorry about the spelling) Just don't like the way they make me feel. Shes OK with that. <BR> <BR> Melissa hope your father goes home soon. I know how hard it is to be so far away when they are ill. Prayers for him to heal soon. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 08:17:06 EST Weekly Check In 21 April - 27 April Hello All. <BR> <BR> Just a quick note to get us started and say hi. <BR> <BR> After a day of rain the sun is out today. Its still cold but the sun is out. <BR> <BR> Melissa sounds like you are getting your yard ready for spring. Oh I forgot its already spring where you are. Lucky you. <BR> <BR> Hope every one is having a wonderful weekend. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 21 Apr 2013 09:05:15 EST Weekly Check In 14April - 20 April Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> A qiuck note to say hi and ask for some help from someone. How do you make a sticky thing on your message when you start off the week ? <BR> <BR> Had a great time yesterday. They brought us out to dinner and we had cake at home after. <BR> <BR> Must close for now have to get my shot. Changed it to Sunday this week because of our company. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 05:58:30 EST Weekly Check In 7 April - 13 April Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning to a cloudy and cold day. They say it will be like this all day. <BR> <BR> Not feeling so well today. Rick I believe you are right about our health and how we feel. I know myself I try not to complain to much to my husband. Don't think he wants to hear about my aches and pains. I'm not saying I don't talk to him about it once and awhile just think he dosn't need to hear about everything. Then I think who do I talk to and I come up with you gu... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:22:30 EST Weekly Check In 4/7 - 4/13 Good morning! <BR> It's sunny outside but still cold...they are promising temps in the 50's today. It never got out of the 40's yesterday. <BR> I am on the mend...stomach pains are gone! The back is still sore but at least I can function. I am afraid to take ibuprofen for fear of it hurting my stomach, so sticking to Tylenol. It doesn't work as well though. <BR> <BR> Will try to get out today and get a few things done...a few groceries and Walmart to return something. Then I need to do some... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 09:05:48 EST Weekly Check In 31 March - 6 April Good Day All, <BR> <BR> <em>453</em> <em>451</em> <em>452</em> HAPPY EASTER <em>449</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> Will have a relaxing day just Dale and I home together. Those days are very nice. <BR> <BR> Please excuse my typing for a few days. I got new lenes in my glasses and they take a few days to get used to. Seem to be doing a bit better today then yesterday. It will get better slowly. Sometime it feels like the ground is going to kiss my face. It is a weird feeling. <... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 05:46:36 EST Weekly Check In 24 March - 6 April Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> Couldn't sleep this AM so thought I would get some of my Sparking in. My whole system seems to be out of wack. Will see my rhemy Doc on Monday and will take your ideas, Cathy to her and we can talk. Just don't seem to get better very quickly. This seems to draggs on and on. We'll see what Doc says. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of any good strengh excersise discs? Where is a good place to buy these kind of discs? Want to start this kind of excersise. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 05:24:39 EST Weekly check in 3-17 - 3 23 Morning all, <BR> Just thought I'd let you know I'm still alive, just been very sick. Still can't sit here very long. <BR> Will try to check n later. <BR> Hope all are doing well. <BR> <BR> Rick Sun, 17 Mar 2013 08:13:52 EST Weekly Check In 3/10 - 3/16 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Did you remember to set your clocks ahead an hour?? <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> I love that it will be lighter longer but I hate changing the clocks and losing an hour sleep. <BR> <BR> I got my tax packet in the mail from my CPA and have been working on the questions and making sure I have everything gathered before I send it out tomorrow. It should be fairly easy and quick to do as I didn't work last year so I should get it back soon and then I can apply for services ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 09:23:46 EST Weekly Check In 3 March - 9 March Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Very sorry Melissa about your Godmother. Dales mother went the same way. Lung cancer is a very hard way to go. I will put your family in my prayers. <BR> Hope you enjoy the book. I am. I know how you feel about not being pain free. The only time I am pain free is when I take my pain meds. Hopefully I can learn ways to deal so I can feel better. Got high hopes for this class. <BR> <BR> Well, its snowing this morning. Snowing pretty good. I love it when it snows as... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:21:43 EST Weekly Check In 24 Feb - 2 March Good Day All, <BR> <BR> It was snowing when I went to bed and its still snowing this morning. Seems to be heavy wet snow. What fun that will be shoveling. Hope the power stays on. Started the laundry already this morning just in case. <BR> <BR> Today will be moving snow around. Also must get ready for my workshop for chronic pain. Sounds very good. Its once a week for 6 weeks. It teachs you self management of your pain. I'm really looking forward to it. When the weather gets a little better... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:19:23 EST Weekly Check In 2/17-2/23 Hi all <BR> Sorry for the late start. Mom is up for a visit this weekend. We were suppossed to go to my grandsons 1 year birthday party today but we had more snow this morning so they had to cancel. <BR> <BR> Gotta go make some dinner, will be back later! <BR> Cathy Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:08:47 EST Weekly Check In 10 Feb - 16 Feb Good Day All, <BR> <BR> This will be a quick hello as we have plans today with the snow outside. Must get breakfast going then outdoors we go. <BR> <BR> Cathy glad your friend is OK. That sounds like a very interesting job. Bet he meets all kinds of people. <BR> <BR> Will close for now. Enjoy your Sunday Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 05:12:25 EST Weekly Check In 3 Feb - 9 Feb Hi again, <BR> <BR> Just finished my message on last weeks check in and saw I was on the wrong week. So my main message is on last weeks and started this one with a short message, Hope this all makes sense. <BR> <BR> Sorry Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2013 06:10:45 EST Weekly Check In 27 Jan - 2 Feb Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Not feeling well so could not sleep. So here I sit taking care of my spark people. guess I need to call the Doc. Maybe will wait till it warms up some and see if I feel better. It has been below 0 every night this week and not very warm during the day. Some people have told me the cold makes you feel bad. Anyone know about this and how do you handle it? <BR> <BR> Must go for now. Happy Sunday to All Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 05:50:04 EST Weekly Check In 20 Jan - 26 Jan <BR> Good Morning. <BR> <BR> Going through a not sleeping time. End up getting about 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night. This to shall pass. <BR> <BR> Rick sorry your doctors appt. did not go so well. Sending thoughts and prayers your way. Will be waiting to hear what your doc says. <BR> <BR> Very sleepy will close for now. Later Deni <em>239</em> <BR> <BR> PS Almost forgot Go Pats !!! <em>281</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 05:35:08 EST Weekly Check in 13 Jan - 19 Jan Hi All <BR> <BR> This will be very short. The Pats are about to start the game. Cant miss it. Hope all understands. <BR> <BR> Cathy hope your Moms party went well. Be sure to rest when you get home <BR> <BR> <BR> gotta run Deni <em>281</em> <em>239</em> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:35:13 EST Weekly Check In 1/6 - 1/12 Morning all! <BR> How did you all do the first week of 2013? Has anyone set a goal or resolution for themself? I don't usually do that as I feel everyday is another day to start over but since I will be moving soon to my own place I do have a few goals. Once I am moved I will be able to break out the exercise/walking tapes and the few exercise tools I have and will be able to prepare myself proper meals. I will also have room to do my taichi...get back to more regular meditation and reading a... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:45:10 EST Weekly Check In 30 Dec - 5 Jan Good Day All <BR> <BR> Don't have much time but wanted to start us off this week. <BR> <BR> Not doing much. We got about 6 inchs of snow yesterday and another 6 on Friday. Dale is still on vacation so we spent the last few days watching movies and cooking. Its been very relaxing. Dale is out shoveling and roof racking. We have on spot of the roof where three parts of the roof comes together and although we have a metal roof the snow catches there. <BR> <BR> Must say so long for now Deni ... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:20:08 EST Weekly Check In 12/23 - 12/29 Morning all, <BR> <BR> A quick check in this morning. A lot to do today before leaving in the morning.Hopefully it won't be raining or worse yet snowing through the Tehachapi Pass when e drive through tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Church this morning then to town for a couple of errands. Then home to make a Christmas Dinner since my wife can't go on the trip with me and my daughter. <BR> and of course to pack. We want to leave about 5 in the morning and hopefully we will arrive at our destination by ... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:28:37 EST Weekly Check in 12/16 - 12/22 Morning all <BR> Getting a late start this morning. Planning on getting some shopping done today but wanted to get the week going! <BR> We are down to the last are you all doing? I have barely gotten any shopping done and this week I will be occupied with my biopsy. But will get as much done as I can. <BR> <BR> I'm leaving it all in His hands, just praying and doing Reiki for myself. <BR> <BR> The next few days we will have rain and a little snow mixed in, its cloudy and raw ou... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 10:23:25 EST Weekly Check In 12/9 - 12/15 Morning all! <BR> Getting a late start. I woke with a migraine and nauseous stomach this and tylenol took care of it. Then ate breakfast, wasn't sure if I could keep it down. <BR> Mom is here too as we went to a Christmas concert last night. My sister Tina sings in a semi-professional gospel group and they are so good. They also just made a Christmas CD so I helped at the merchandise table...very uplifting night. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a wonderful, blessed Sunday! <BR> Cath... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 10:06:44 EST Weekly Check In 12/2 - 12/8 Happy Sunday! <BR> <em>444</em> We had snow yesterday! Not enough to make a snowman, just an inch but it came down all day...very pretty! <BR> I spent the day at my sons. Every year they go with family and friends to a Christmas tree farm and cut down their own trees, then they meet back at my sons for a party. This was the 1st year I was able to go and I enjoyed it. The kids were very excited and the baby was so much fun. He is such a happy little guy...all bundled up so he can't move, j... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 08:48:26 EST Weekly Check In 11/25 - 12/1 Good Morning all, <BR> This is the last week of November. Where has the time gone?? December can either be a stressful month or an enjoyable one...which is it for you? Did anyone join all the black Friday shoppers this weekend or did you stay away from the stores? <BR> <BR> This weekend I went to my place with my brother and he has some great suggestions so we're heading to Home Depot today to look around. Some of the walls in my mobile unit have cracks all the way down the wall but it is be... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:10:24 EST Weekly Check In 11/18 - 11/24 Happy Sunday! <BR> The sun is out but it is in the 20's. My brother and sis in law turned the heat up the last couple days because I was sick and freezing cold. It helped a lot and I am feeling better. My head is starting to drain so I don't have so much pressure behind my eyes. <BR> <BR> Working on paperwork for vocational rehab today, my appt. is tomorrow. And I will also get paperwork at health and human services. Once I move, I will apply for any help I can get because until I find a job... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 08:14:32 EST Weekly Check In 11/11-11/17 Morning all, <BR> <BR> Happy Veterans Day to all who served. <BR> <BR> It is a brisk 28 here this morning but will get up to the mid 50's today. <BR> <BR> Church this morning then after service we are having a Celebration of Life service for one of our sisters (Jennifer) at Church. She lost her son last week. He was hit trying to cross the highway that goes through our town. Sadly she found out on a Sunday morning when our bus was picking up people for church. Someone had asked the driver ... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 08:10:38 EST Weekly Check In 11/4 - 11/10 Morning all! <BR> Hope you all remembered to set your clocks back an hour last extra hour of sleep! Very cold here, but the sun is out! <BR> <BR> Rick, thanks for your info on bankruptcy. I know quite a few others who have filed as well and have similar stories...its encouraging. And I know it will help me to make a fresh start. All 3 of the credit card bills I am paying are for things I no longer I left behind and the wood floors and other things we had installe... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 08:56:19 EST Weekly check in 10/28-11/3 Morning all, <BR> <BR> 55 here this morning and will be in the 80's today. Just like yesterday. I got most of my wood yesterday and stacked it out by the barn. Took a while as I was doing it by myself. But now I am ready to get started. <BR> <BR> After church today I have to fix another leak in my water line. Then I will get started on the hay barn. <BR> <BR> I managed to track all my exercises AND a full day of food yesterday. Usually when I track food I get the first two meals then by di... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:17:07 EST Weekly Check In 10/21 - 10/27 Good Morning all! <BR> The sun is out this morning! It has been cloudy and raining a lot. I will be able to get out and walk today, which is nice. Most of the leaves are down and have lost their color but the air is crisp and I like that. I missed the seasons when in Florida. <BR> <BR> My brother and sis in law have been away so I've been taking care of their 'fur babies'. They have been very good and letting me sleep till 7am. They sleep most of the day anyway! <BR> <BR> I need to work on ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 09:28:32 EST Weekly Check In Oct 14 - Oct 20 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Up very early this morning, not feeling to well and cant sleep. Thought I would do some of my spark people. <BR> <BR> Its going to rain today. It was very cold Friday night early Sat morning. It was below freezing. Here comes winter everybody. Are you ready? Halloween <em>419</em> <em>423</em> will be here very soon. I love this time of year. <em>422</em> We were outside getting the leafs off the yard. Dale has a leaf blower and I use a rake. Sounds like... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 07:33:23 EST Weekly Check In 10/7 - 10/13 Morning all <BR> Sorry I couldn't get us started yesterday...was gone all day and went to a wedding. Had a lot of fun but the wedding was outside and it was really cold and we had just sat down for the ceremony when it started to rain. Most people had shawls or jackets and put them over their heads...some smart people brought umbrellas. I had heard it wasn't going to rain till much later and thought we would be fine...wrong! Anyway, the rest of the festivities were in a tent which was heated... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:15:40 EST Weekly Check In Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 Morning all <BR> Raining off and on here this weekend and cool. The leaves are so pretty. <BR> <BR> I went to a Healthy Living Expo with my sister in law yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it, lots of new healing ideas, food demonstrations, workshops, exhibits etc... I have been to this expo many times and always look forward to it. <BR> <BR> Getting ready to take my morning walk as it looks like the rain has stopped for now. Can you believe tomorrow starts October? I will be back later, jus... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 08:41:32 EST Weekly check In Sept 23 - Sept 29 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Up early couldnt sleep. Havent been feeling real well lately. Cant put my finger on it just feel bad. <BR> <BR> Its raining out this morning, Weve had real nice weather till today. Guess the rain must fall at times. We do have some catch up as far as rain goes. So we will go with the rain. <BR> <BR> Cathy it makes me happy to hear you are feeling so much better. Sounds like you are working hard to better your life. <BR> <BR> Rick good luck getting your new kne... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 06:59:41 EST Weekly Check In 9/16 - 9/22 Good morning all <BR> It's a beautiful morning here, the sun is out and its cool and crisp. I see a few leaves changing color, so it begins! <BR> It's been a busy weekend...Friday night my daughter and her fiance had an engagement /housewarming party. They just bought a house and got engaged. They did all the cooking and preparations themselves, it was wonderful and fun. I'm so happy for them. The wedding is 1 year away. <BR> Saturday morning we all went into the Boston area as they were havi... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 09:08:52 EST Weekly Check In 9/9 - 9/15 Good morning! <BR> We had a lot of rain, thunder and lightning last night. It came down in buckets...there were tornado warnings/watches all around New England and there was 1 that I know touched down in Brooklyn. <BR> <BR> I got my haircut yesterday, nothing drastic, just a trim but it made me feel so much better. Will try to get a new pic up today. <BR> Been reading a wonderful Christian based book about healing my soul. It's called 'Captivating' by John and Stasi Eldredge...been crying a ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 08:40:37 EST Weekly Check In 9/2 - 9/8 Good morning! <BR> First week of September already. It is getting much cooler out here in NH especially at nights, down into the 50's and 60's. <BR> How is your weekend going? Are you planning your food well with cookouts and get togethers? I'm drinking lots of water and going for the veggies/salads first to fill up on. Then just allowing a small piece or portion of other dishes so I don't feel deprived. <BR> <BR> Gotta get moving today, having a cookout here later. I was at a cookout yester... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:07:58 EST Plaquinel I know I have to speak with my rheumatologist but wondered if anyone ever got of mess completely. I weaned of prednisone. Been off for two years now. I am down to one Plaquinel a day. I feel good, no flares or pain. I also have RA. Anyway, I ran out on Monday and didn't pick ,y refill up yet. I've been working with holistic nutritionist and taking some digestive enzymes. I also take turmeric with curcumin as a natural antiinflammatory. <BR> So I guess I'm feeling like weaning off Plaquinel.... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:51:06 EST Muscle Pull Two weeks back I pulled muscle in my right calf jogging. I did RICE and alternate exercise for cardio for close to two weeks. I rode bike outside and relied on elliptical. Few days back I added walking back n to the mix. Well yesterday it was bike outside day and it was raining. I decided to try treadmill figuring it would be safer than running outside. Well calf was sore again when done. Is there any connection between lupus and RA and pulled muscles? Or is this just an exercise injury back ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:38:15 EST Weekly Check In 8/26 - 9/1 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> This is the last week of August already! How was your summer?? Mine flew by. I was so busy with the move, the divorce etc. and now here it is almost September! <BR> <BR> Nice and cool this morning again. Got some cleaning, laundry, shopping to do, then picking my brother and sis in law up at the airport tonight. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 08:58:47 EST Weekly Check In 8/19 - 8/25 Happy Sunday all <BR> Welcome new member Laura! Hope you find us here. You should be getting a notification! <BR> <BR> Hope you're all having a great weekend. The sun is out here, it is nice, not hot! It's my granddaughters birthday party today...she turned 7 this week. We spent all day Thursday together and had a fun day. My mom should be here any minute and we're going to the party together. <BR> <BR> I got some disappointing news this week. The offer on my mobile unit fell through so now... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 10:34:37 EST New Here Hi all. Just joined. Living with lupus for 4 years now. I'm in a good place now because this is ,y good time of year. Dread the upcoming winter months. <BR> <BR> laura Sat, 18 Aug 2012 15:39:09 EST Weely Check In 8/12 - 8/18 Good morning <BR> Wow! August is flying seems the whole summer is going fast. It has been very humid here, expecting more rain today and tomorrow. <BR> I found a new rheumatologist, primary care, and eye doc. I have appts with them for next week. I already met with the primary care but it was mostly to go over history etc..I have a regular physical next month with him. Then I can file more info with SS for the disability and I can send in my applications for the 2 programs that will ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 08:50:01 EST Weekly Check In 8/5 - 8/11 Good Morning all <BR> I'm back up and running with my computer. The Geek Squad from Best Buy were here. The router had to be reconfigured and it's also at the opposite end of the house so the signal was too weak. It's still weak but at least it's enough so I can use it. My brothers computer is 5 years old and they have had it fixed many times. They are thinking of getting another one instead of fixing their current one with no guarantees it will work. <BR> <BR> The daycare where I used to wo... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 08:53:29 EST Weekly Check in July 29 - Aug 4 Good morning all, <BR> <BR> Its raining hard out this morning. I belief it rained all night. We need the rain but on the weekend? <BR> <BR> Not much going on here.Dale and I got tickets to see Nanci Griffith in Nov We got 2nd row in the middle. She is a singer songwriter. Folk music some people would call country. I wouldnt call it country no steal guitar or whine. Cant wait. Dont get to go to alot of these shows. They are getting pricey. <BR> <BR> Well must think of breakfast Have a good... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 07:55:07 EST Weekly Check In 7/22 - 7/28 Good morning all <BR> <BR> Finally got everything unloaded from the container yesterday and loaded up in my brothers basement. I still have to finish setting up the room but at least got the bed made so I could sleep last night. There's nothing like your own bed for a good nights sleep! I didn't wake up achy and sore...the bed they had was comfy but it's not the temperpedic one I have. It helps with all the pressure points...shoulder, hips etc. The only thing that still hurts is my heal. All... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 08:51:18 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 7/15 - 7/21 Morning all! <BR> Nice and sunny here in NH, slight breeze...will be in the 90's later. We need the rain, it has not rained since I got here 2 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Will be having my storage container delivered this week. It got delayed because of the bank. It's been almost 3 weeks since I loaded it up. It'll be nice to finally get my stuff here. <BR> The only problem is now most members of my family will be on vacation and won't be able to help unload. It will be up to my nephews and son, ho... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 08:54:06 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 7/8 - 7/14 Happy Sunday all <BR> Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. The sun is out here, nice and breezy, enjoying being on my brothers porch. It's so peaceful here. I have been sleeping a lot and just relaxing. <BR> <BR> I went to an art opening yesterday for my friend Dawn. She paints beautiful flowers, so colorful, only wish I could afford one. But in time I will. It was nice to get out and be among positive friends...good energy. I needed that for my soul. <BR> <BR> Gonna go back to reading ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 13:12:33 EST Weekly Check In July 1 - July 7 Good day all, <BR> <BR> We sure are having hot and humid weather here. Maybe Cathy is bringing that weather with her. lol I look forward to meeting sometime. After you get home let me know and I will send you my number in your spark mail. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great weekend and also a Happy 4th!! <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Must get ready for breakfast. Will check in later <em>232</em> Deni <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>239</em> Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:24:30 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 6/24 - 6/30 Hello all <BR> The last week of June. Summer is finally here! This is my last week in Florida. Tomorrow we go to court. Paperwork is ready, packing is almost done. I leave next Saturday the 30th. Everything will be shut off on Wednesday, so after that you may not see me till next week. I can use my brothers computer to check in and say a quick hello but my stuff won't be delivered till July 14th. <BR> <BR> I updated my resume in 'office' and saved it, so now I can apply online for jobs. <BR>... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 11:05:56 EST Weekly check in 6/17 - 6/23 Good morning all <BR> Hope you are all having a great weekend. It has been sunny here and hot, no bad thunderstorms for a few days. It seemed to be an every night pattern and we would lose power. <BR> <BR> 2 weeks from today, I will be arriving in Virginia on the Amtrak autotrain and making my way back up north. We have been getting things ready here....paperwork for the divorce, transfering names on bills, deeds etc...getting things done at the bank, dividing up the assets...and been packin... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:45:44 EST Weekly Check in June 10 - June 16 Hi <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Ive noticed no one has been checking in lately. <BR> Is anything wrong? Please let me know if this is so. Have I or someone done something wrong? <BR> <BR> I saw the kidney Doctor on Thursday. He was wonderful. Spent an hour with me explaining everything. He says we caught it early so we can watch it very closley. He says people with lupus can get klidney disease. He has ordered some tests and we will know more after that. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 05:57:57 EST Weekly check in June 3 - June 9 Hi, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. It has been raining here since Saturday morning. Its still raining this morning. It is also cold. Had to bring out my flannel PJs again. <BR> <BR> I got an appt with the pain clinic in July. I am glad I got the appt. but also scared. I dont do well with change. Dale says its foolish to worry about something that hasnt got here yet. Easy for him to say. <BR> <BR> Speaking of Dale he tipped his canoe over Monday. Pulled his hamstring... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 07:07:26 EST Weekly Check in May 27 - June 2 Good Day All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is enjoying there holiday weekend. We are staying home and trying to get some work done. Taking it nice and easy. <BR> <BR> Still trying to wrap my head around my new disease. Im pretty scared. <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone a happy holiday Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 27 May 2012 05:54:47 EST Weekly Check In 5-20 - 5-26 Hi All, <BR> <BR> Dont have much time but noticed the week had not been started yet so thought I would do it. <BR> It is so nice today very sunny and in the 70s. Want to get outside and join Dale with some outdoor work. <BR> <BR> Cathy so sorry you are so sad. Melissa is right you are very strong and smart. Time will heal all wounds. As always all my thoughts and prayers. <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 20 May 2012 12:01:43 EST Weekly Check In 5-13 - 5-19 Hello All, <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!! <em>410</em> Hope all mothers have a peaceful day today. All the best to all the gifts the kids made for Mom today. They were always the best in my book. My son Chris came up yesterday with Sarah and her daughter Brianna (3 years old). My son took her to Shaws Market and made me a cake for Mothers day. What a great treat!!! <BR> <BR> Must run and get ready. Dale is taking me out for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Will talk later Deni <em>23... Sun, 13 May 2012 05:31:14 EST Weekly check in 5/6 - 5/12 Happy Sunday all <BR> The sun is out, promising to be another hot and humid one. As soon as I'm done in here I will be heading out for a walk while it is still bearable. And will spread some more soil out in the front yard where the flowers are. And also bought a shake on fertilizer. They are still little green spuds, getting bigger, waiting for flowers. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I are still talking and trying to figure out what to do. We really can't decide until we see a lawyer next week. If we ... Sun, 6 May 2012 08:31:53 EST Weekly Check In 4-29 - 5-5 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope this sunny Sunday is finding all well. I am hanging in there. The doctor can not see me until June 7. They put my name on a list so if they get an opening they will call. another waiting game. Meanwhile I worry and pray. Rick that was a very nice prayer you said for me. Thank you very much. <BR> <BR> Must run now. Everyone have a great Sunday!! Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 07:36:56 EST Weekly check in 4/22 - 4/28 Morning all <BR> We had thunderstorms and it poured buckets most of the night. The sun is out right now but there are more storms heading our way. We really needed the rain though so its all good! My flowers are starting to poke up little green buds. Hope to have flowers soon.... <BR> <BR> I was awake off and on thru the night between the thunder/rain and my hip hurting so I'm tired this morning. Now my back is sore too so no walk for me. <BR> <BR> Hopefully later if the rain stops and its... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 09:17:50 EST Weekly check in 4/15 - 4/21 Hello and happy Sunday <BR> I am up early this morning. I woke at 3 and couldn't get back to sleep. My husband was still up on the computer, I showed concern and he snapped at me. He has been irritable the last few weeks and I don't know how much more of this I can take. He says he is changing the way he does things...taking better care of himself, moving more, losing weight etc..but to me he is spending even more time on the computer, sleeping during the day and up most of the night. When I ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 04:31:58 EST Weekly Check in 4/8-4/14 <em>449</em> HAPPY EASTER!! <BR> <BR> Hope today finds you happy and healthy, spending the day with family and friends. Please be mindful to stay in balance with food and drink. I already took a walk this morning so I got some exercise in. And will probably take another walk later today. <BR> <BR> We are having Easter dinner at our clubhouse among all the friends we have made here. Many will be heading back to their summer homes soon...they are just here during the summer months (snowbirds... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 10:09:32 EST Weekly check in 4/1 - 4/7 Morning all and Happy Sunday <BR> No church for us again as Don does not want to go. We spent some time outside raking and picking up leaves and sweeping the driveway. You wouldn't think the trees in Florida ever lose their leaves, but they do! And it makes quite a mess in our yard because we have trees all around. <BR> I bought some soil for the front section of our yard...its shaped like a triangle and bordered with bricks so I'm putting the soil down. I had bought these rolled up flower se... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:49:28 EST Weekly Check In March 25 - March 31 Good Morning <BR> <BR> Not sure where all our friends are. Hope people are very busy and not ill. I need to make a doctors appt. Been sick for a week now. Its time to let the doctor look and see, I hate feeling this way. I try to go out and do some shopping and I get down 1 or 2 rows and Im done. Have no more energy left. <BR> <BR> The weather is back to normal temps now. Its in the 30s at night and about 45 during the day. Last week we had 3 or 4 days in the high 70s. Way to hot for March.... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 07:14:10 EST Weekly Check In March 18 - March 24 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Hope all is having a good weekend. The weather here in Vermont is crazy. Its been in the 50s <BR> and they say near 70 today. That will stop the sap from running so no maple syrup. Its way to early for this to happen. As soon as the buds come on the trees the sap is no good for syrup. <BR> <BR> Still running a fever and feel like *%@$**.I dont sleep at night because I cant breath. <BR> <BR> Must close for now. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 07:20:05 EST Weekly Check in March 11 - March 17 Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone set the clocks ahead last night. Spring forward. <BR> <BR> All seems to be OK here. Just waiting to feel better. This "bug" will not go away. Just lingers on. Thank you Lupus. I am begining to feel old. I will be 60 on April 2 and feel everyday of those years. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday Deni <em>239</em> <em>56</em> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 06:37:29 EST Weekly Check In March 4 - March 10 Morning All, <BR> <BR> Have just a few minutes to start a new week. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good weekend and all is well. My belly is still doing tumbles. When does this stop? <BR> <BR> Bye for now Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 05:32:22 EST Weekly Check In Feb 26 - March 3 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Everything quiet around here. We had some snow yesterday!! About 2 inchs not that much but it will do. They say we may get some more during the week. Hope we have a late winter and get snow in March and April. <BR> <BR> Must make it a short on this morning. Hope to check in again later <BR> <BR> Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 26 Feb 2012 07:00:36 EST Weekly Check In Feb 19 - Feb 25 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a peaceful weekend. We are having a quiet one. My son worked a 1/2 say on friday and had saturday off and will work 1/2 day today. Will start back on Monday with his normal times. He seems to be doing well. Has some big black and blues. Says hes more sore than in pain. Would like to Thank everyone for all the love and support they sent our family. <BR> <BR> Must close for now will check in later Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 07:09:45 EST Weekly Check In Feb 12 - Feb 18 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Having an early morning. Woke at 4am and could not get back to sleep. My sleeping schedule is all messed up. It will get back to normal soon. <BR> <BR> My son seems to be ding fine. He and his girl went to the video store yesterday and he walked a lap around the store. Then they went to Target and walked around there. The Doctor said to walk on a level surface3 or 4 times a day. We will see what he feels like when he gets up today. He has a friend pick him up for... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 05:57:06 EST Weekly Check In 2/5 - 2/11 Happy Sunday! And Happy Super Bowl Sunday!! <BR> <BR> Go Pat's or Go Giants!! <BR> <BR> Someone is going to win. Don is a fan of both teams so either way, he'll be happy! <BR> <BR> It's 83 degrees here in Florida, very nice! We were at church this morning, then out to lunch. We did a video chat with the grandkids, now waiting for the Super Bowl to start. <BR> <BR> Mom is having a good time and enjoying the warm weather. Back in NH, it's like 23 degrees. They haven't had much snow this sea... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 15:34:27 EST Weekly Checkly in Jan 29 - Feb 4 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Here we go again with more sleet, rain, and snow. Not much snow though. We have not had a good snow storm at all yet this winter. The most we have had at one time has been about 2 inchs. It has been very cold. Wonder what kind of summer we will have. Or spring? What will happen to the maple syrup season? Our water supply? Hope we get alot of snow early this spring. <BR> <BR> Trying to get as much done before my sons surgery. <BR> <BR> Must run its time for my ca... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 07:57:59 EST Weekly Check In Jan 22 - Jan 28 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Still fighting with the cable but that will not get me down today. The NE Pats play for the right to go to the Super Bowl today.The cable is still not working right but at least I can watch it. If its not fixed by Super Sunday there will be hell to pay somewhere. <BR> <BR> Its been so cold here. Yesterday I got in the car at noon to go pick up Dale at work and it was 14 degrees at noon! I feel like I can't get warm, <BR> <BR> Must close for now will check in aga... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 06:32:41 EST Weekly Check In Jan 15 - Jan 21 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Boy is it cold up here in Vermont. Its below 0. Not sure how much below but not sure if I want to know. A good day to watch football and bake beans. Having the oven on for 6 to 8 hours helps to keep it warm. <BR> <BR> My Pats won big last night. That was fun to watch last night. <BR> <BR> Cathy and Rick hope you guys are on the road to recovery. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:35:58 EST Weekly Check In 1/15 - 1/21 Morning all <BR> No church today as hubby does not feel well, think he picked up a cold and neither of us got much sleep last night. We were talking about issues again and were up late. I think I will go back to bed in awhile as I don't want to trigger a migraine. <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a great weekend! Will check in again later. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 07:54:56 EST Weekly Check In Jan 8 - Jan 14 Hi All, <BR> <BR> Dont have much time but checked in and saw the week wasnt started yet so thought starting off the week would be a good thing. <BR> <BR> Been busy today doing the shopping and taking down our tree. I hate to see it go. Trying to watch the football games in between all the work. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 15:02:27 EST Weekly Check in 1/8 - 1/14 Morning all! <BR> <BR> Chilly this morning but will get up into the 60's today. <BR> <BR> The usual Sunday morning for me today. Feed get my music together, go to Church then off to work. Still feeling poorly going on two weeks now so hopefully it will be ending soon. I'm thinking of calling the Doc to see what I can take considering I'm a heart Patient with a compromised immune system. Hopefully they can tell me something I can get over the counter. <BR> <BR> Gotta run. Have a Blessed Sun... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 09:58:35 EST Weekly Check In 1/1 - 1/7 HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing all my friends a wonderful and healthy 2012! <BR> <BR> Feeling very tired today, slept well last night but feel like I didn't sleep at all. Will be taking a nap in the recliner. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 1 Jan 2012 09:39:11 EST Weekly Check In 12/25 - 12/31 MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!! <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> Such a busy day and forgot it was also Sunday and the beginning of a new week!! <BR> <BR> Hope you are all enjoying family and friends on this special Holiday! We had a fun day with my BIL, SIL and their daughter. We all ate too much food but it's one day a year and I ate things I don't normally eat. DH is napping and I'm very sleepy. So much preparation and then it's over so quickly! <BR> <BR> Hope you all enjoyed your Christma... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 19:26:15 EST Weekly Check In 12-18 -- 12-24 Good Morning, <BR> <BR> Have a very busy day today. Must finish Xmas shopping and do some food shopping. Then will wrap some gifts while I watch the patriots this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I baked some beans yesterday and boy did they come out good. I prefer Jacob Cattle Beans. They are a large bean and stand up to a long cooking time without getting mushey. I will make some corn bread to go with the beans today. Helps keep the house warm with the oven on for so long. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sun... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 06:33:07 EST Weekly Check In 12/11 - 12/17 Happy Sunday all <BR> We just got back from church and had lunch. We usually go out for lunch after church with my BIL and his wife but we have a birthday party at 4pm today. I still have to wrap the gift and get changed but wanted to get us started. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all doing are the Holiday plans and most important, getting together with family? Let's try not to stress out too much as stress can cause us a flare. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 11 Dec 2011 14:16:16 EST Weekly Check in 12/4 - 12/10 Happy Sunday <BR> Up early for church this morning. Hope you're having a great weekend so far. <BR> I got the tree up and decorated yesterday and got a few more decorations up. If we don't get back too late today, I may decorate the outside. <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 4 Dec 2011 05:56:47 EST Weekly Check In 11-27 - 12-3 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> I'm up at the wee hours of the morning, not feeling well and can't sleep. Decided might as well get some things done, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a great holiday. Ours was good. <BR> <BR> Cathy. I'm glad you and DH are talking. When Dale and I get talking for days and days sometime we keep talking about the same thing over and over. Hope thats not happening with you. I know it can get pretty frustrating. Also with your GPS and the new streets not being on it ca... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 02:04:54 EST Weekly Check in 11/20 - 11/26 Just a quick message to get the week started. We are headed to church this morning, then out with my BIL and wife for lunch. <BR> <BR> It should be around 80 today and sunny. <BR> <BR> My scale still shows a much I don't know because it is still so erratic. <BR> This week will continue with walking and watching portions. <BR> <BR> Have a super Sunday <BR> Cathy Sun, 20 Nov 2011 05:59:09 EST Weekly Check In Nov 13 - Nov 19 Good Day, <BR> <BR> Not much doing around here. Got up early and went out for breakfast and did some shopping after. Its a dreary day and very chilly. Winter is on its way. <BR> <BR> Cathy, I agree that the relationship with this women and your husband seems wrong. The way she sneeks around and not tell her husband. What does she have to hide? I believe a man and a women can have a friendship as long as everything is above board. When people start sneeking around and not telling the truth t... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 13:51:58 EST Weekly Check in 11/6 - 11/12 Morning all <BR> <BR> in the 30's again and it rained last night and is still raining. It should get up into the 50's though. <BR> <BR> Church and work this morning so not much to report here. Though we did go to the movie yesterday and saw Tower Heist. Very good movie and pretty funny. <BR> <BR> Well I have to get my music together and get going. <BR> <BR> Have a Blesses Sunday all! <BR> <BR> Rick Sun, 6 Nov 2011 10:32:13 EST Weekly Check In Oct 30 - Nov 5 Good Afternoon All, <BR> <BR> Dont have much time my football game is going to start in about 10 minutes. Boy was I really pissed off at the Doc today when I picked up my script at the drugg store. We talked about a new antibiotic for me to start on. I needed to rush out of her office due to an appt with the rhummy Doc. She said she would fax a new script to the store. I went to pick it up this morning and got home and it was Keflex AGAIN! What a waste of money. I am not going to take a med... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:10:23 EST Weekly Check In 10/23 - 10/29 Hello all and Happy Sunday <BR> <BR> Late start today. Had to pick Hubby up at the airport and then we had another disagreement on the way home. All about Facebook..the Farmtown game he plays and some of the friends he has made on there. I have a farm too but haven't played in months and months. He goes into the Inns to socialize. I keep telling him the place can be toxic, some people on there spread all kinds of rumors, cause trouble etc. and he has lost friends because of it. <BR> <BR> Lo... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 14:26:42 EST Weekly Check In Oct 16 - Oct 22 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> This will be another quick one. My hubby is taking me out to breakfast this morning. That really sounds great! We have a wonderful place here for breakfast and we can stop for a few groceries on the way home. <BR> <BR> Cathy sounds like you will enjoy yourself shopping for clothes next week. Its always fun to go alone that way you can take your time and look around and try on as much as you like without having to think about someone else. Also glad your hubby is ... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 05:37:39 EST Weekly Check In 10-9 - 10-15 Hi All, <BR> <BR> So glad to hear from you, Cathy. I was begining to feel like I was talking to myself. It sounds like you are starting to get settled in down there. I remember the winters in FL. They are nice. We had a cookout for Christmas. Beware it will get cold in Jan and Feb. Mostly at night. I thought the best month was April. After that it got hot. As far as your brain fog having to do with Lupus Im not sure. I know I get that way when Im under alot of stress. Has this ever happened ... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 07:44:36 EST Week of 10-2 - 10-8 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Have just a little bit of time to start this week and say hi. It got cold last night my heat came on. <BR> I guess winter is just around the corner. They are opening a new market this morning and they are giving away gift cert. to the first 100 people there. I am going to be one of them. <BR> <BR> Everyone have a great Sunday and will check in later. Bye Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 2 Oct 2011 06:12:31 EST Weekly Check in 9/25 - 10/1 Hello all <BR> I know I'm starting this early but I've been sleeping on the couch and now can't sleep. I've been having rouble sleeping lately because I've been worried. DH has not been doing well mentally and I know he tends to think in the negative. Now that we are finally moved down he says he's not sure if this was a good idea. I know we both have our issues from past abuses and he's never wanting to talk about it or work through it. He keeps himself buried in his computer pretty much 24... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 00:10:53 EST Week of Sept. 18 - Sept. 24 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Don't have much time this morning but wanted to open a new week and wish everyone a very peaceful Sunday. We are doing a few things today that we have been talking about but haven't had the time to do. Vacation isn.t it Grand ! <BR> <BR> Have a good one!!! Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 18 Sep 2011 07:01:28 EST benlysta My DR has recomended I start treatment with Benlysta. Wondering if any of you have any experience with this new drug? <BR> Sat, 17 Sep 2011 01:10:29 EST Week of Sept 11 - Sept 17 Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> We had a very nice day yesterday. It was in the 70s sun was out and no humidity. Felt like a nice Fall day. Fall is my time of year. The NFL starts up this week. <BR> <BR> I forgot to read the last messages before I wrote this. I will read them and check in later <BR> <BR> Bye for now Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 11 Sep 2011 06:10:27 EST Week of Sept 4 - Sept 10 Goodmorning everyone. <BR> <BR> Well sleep still eludes me. It is supposed to rain and I was so scared it would rain during the night I couldn't sleep. So if you can.t sleep get the computer out and start sparking. It is going to rain tonight and Monday. They say we could get 4 inchs of rain rather fast and because the ground is so saturated from Irene we have flash flood warnings for the entire state of Vermont. When it rains it pours!! Everyone in the northeast please be mindful of the rai... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 06:38:21 EST Week of Aug 28 - Sept 3 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Its been pouring rain since 12 am last night. Been watching the reports on Irene and looks like it may hut here about early evening. They just reported that Irene is weakening as it hits the colder weather. I can live with that. <BR> <BR> Glad to hear you got to Fla safe and sound Cathy. Very ironic isn't it? You leave NH for Fla and we get the hurricane. <BR> <BR> Must run have pre storm things to do. Bye for now Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 08:51:39 EST Week of Aug 21 - Aug 27 Hi All, <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a good weekend and a peaceful Sunday. I couldn't sleep last night not feeling well ( begining to sound like a broken record ) so taking it very easy today. Did 2 loads of wash and now watching my great Red Sox. They seem to run hot and cold which is not good this time of year. Not if they want to get in the post season. <BR> <BR> We just had a bad thunder storm. It came in real fast and only lasted about 15 min. as they tend to do this time of year ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 15:11:55 EST Week of Aug 14 - Aug 20 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Well, the good weather went away. It is raining and don't think it is going to stop any time soon. Its OK though, wasn't going to do much today anyway. Still not feeling well and didn't sleep well last night. <BR> <BR> Today is a quiet day, thank heavens, will be catching up on some reading. The reading will probably end in catching up on some sleeping lol. <BR> <BR> Have a great and quiet Sunday everyone Bye Deni <em>102</em> <em>239</em> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 08:07:54 EST Understanding it's hard to explain to someone who has no clue. It's a daily struggle feeling sick on the inside while you look fine on the outside. Please put this as your status for at least 1 hour if you or someone you know has an invisible illness (Anxiety, Bi-Polar, Depression, Diabetes, LUPUS, Fibromyalgia, Crohn's, MS, Arthritis, Cancer, Heart Disease, etc.) " Never judge what you don't understand" Love is the answer. Sat, 13 Aug 2011 19:42:15 EST Week of Aug 7 - Aug 13 Hello All, <BR> <BR> Have just enough time to start this week off. My hubby and I are having a day of trying to get some things done and one of those things is to get some rest. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend and will see you in the funny papers. <BR> <BR> Bye Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 7 Aug 2011 15:27:45 EST Week of July31 - Aug 6 Good Morning All. <BR> <BR> Don't have much time this morning. Would like to welcome Cathy and DH home. Sounds like it won't be home for much longer. My SIL has a house in Englewood thats about 50 miles south of Tampa on the Gulf. Its a nice area to be in during the winter. She goes swimming in January! She has a built in pool thats heated. Take care Cathy and pace yourself. <BR> <BR> Will check in later. Bye for now. Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 10:54:43 EST Week of July 24- July 30 Hello All, <BR> <BR> Don't have much time but was checking things out and saw no one had started the week off. Been very busy helping the neighbors today. Last night the appt. building next door had a pretty bad fire. It started about 9 pm and the fire dept was there all night till 6 am. The Red Cross came and found motel rooms for everyone. As they came back today we tryed to help all we could. We were out with them the night before also. <BR> <BR> Must close for now. Hope everyone has a g... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 19:08:02 EST Week of July17 - July 23 Good Morning All <BR> <BR> What a wonderful weekend as far as the weather goes.It was 90 degrees yesterday but not humid at all. Today should be the same. It cools down to 45 at night so its great sleeping. <BR> <BR> No plans for today but will take it easy. My hands are really hurting. Can't wait to get back on my meds. They help my hans but have to wait till the celluitis to clear up first. Its taking awhile for that. <BR> <BR> Everyone have a great Sunday. Bye for now Deni <em>239</... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 08:07:56 EST Week of July 10 - July - 16 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> My weekend has been a very quiet one so far. Hope today is still the same. Right now its cloudy and cool. The cool I like. Don't have much planned but will do some cooking and some laundry.My belly is starting to feel better but I still itch like crazy. <BR> <BR> Our vacation is over so its back to the norm. It gets over all to soon. Really liked having hubby around all week. <BR> <BR> Must go Bye for now, Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 10 Jul 2011 06:27:28 EST Weekly Check in 7/10 - 7/16 Morning all. <BR> <BR> a quick check in for me today. I am helping a gal from church pick up some furniture. Turns out it is a little more involved than she originally proposed. <BR> <BR> Mid 90's today, so at least we have that going for us. <BR> <BR> Have a good Saturday all! <BR> <BR> Rick Sat, 9 Jul 2011 15:12:19 EST Weekly Check in July 3 - July 9 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Its starting out to be a wonderful weekend. Yesterday was great and today should also be good. I guess there is a chance of rain but not all day. Both me and my husband were not feeling well yesterday so we stayed in and relaxed. Watched a couple of movies and read some. Today will most likely be some of the same then we have a weeks vacation .Yeah!!! <BR> <BR> Don't have much time now but will check in later. Bye Deni <em>239</em> Sun, 3 Jul 2011 06:02:15 EST Weekly Check In June 26 - July 2 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Today should be a nice day. We need a good one.Its been raining all day Friday and Saturday. We had a nice day Saturday staying in and watching a movie then doing some things that needed doing. Our vacation comes up the first week in July. We are not going way. Staying home and doing some large chores that need doing. We have a small room that we use for a library. We have Bookcases that line the walls with our books on them. We are going to take that room apart ... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 06:58:27 EST Hi Hi, <BR> I'm Jan and I would like to join your group. I have lupus and have had it for 12 years and am bumbling along with it..between bouts of being unwell and okay'ish! Am at least 50lbs overweight and joined SP 4 days ago. I am suprised and happy to see a SP team for lupus sufferers, as I'm sure my lupus is a major contributing factor to my weight gain. <BR> Anyhow, sore fingers this morning, so bye for now... I've an appointment with a dose of steroids! <BR> Hear from you soon... I hope! Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:56:58 EST Weekly Check In for June 19 - June 25 Good Morning All. <BR> <BR> Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there. Heres hoping you hear from all your children today. <BR> <BR> It turned out to be a pretty good day weather wise yesterday. Started out cloudy and rainey and ended up sunny and nice. Today is starting out sunny and nice. Very cool though. Sure hope the nice weather stays. <BR> <BR> We are having a hard time keeping Dana's, my cat, glucose number down. It started to go down nicly but now its back up again. She wanted m... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 07:32:32 EST Weekly Check in June12 -June 18 Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> I opened this week up I hope this is OK. If it is not will someone please let me know and I won't do this again. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what the weather is for today but right now it is cloudy and it looks like we will have another day of rain.I need to do some shopping today and pay some bills. I hate that but must be done. <BR> <BR> Dana, my kitty, is doing much better! He still sleeps alot but he is 15 years old.He is eating much better and even playing every... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 07:14:18 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 6/5 - 6/11 Happy Sunday all <BR> Another sunny day here in New Hampshire but the temps dipped down to 40 last night! Yikes! It should be in the 60's today and maybe a few showers. <BR> <BR> Gotta get ready for the 1st big concert, should be a fun time and my mom is coming up too and staying here tonight. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Sunday! <BR> Cathy Sun, 5 Jun 2011 07:15:55 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/29 - 6/4 Wow! Last week of May and June begins! Another cloudy day but we should have some sun this afternoon. We've only had a couple days with the temps in the 70's. It sure is nice to finally have some nice weather. <BR> <BR> Not much going on today. We are heading to a local place called Fiddlehead Farms to ask for a donation or something for the silent auction next Sunday. Then DH wants to watch the car races. I need to get the 2 baskets ready for the auction since we need to have those in by Tu... Sun, 29 May 2011 08:29:38 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/22 - 5/28 Happy Sunday all <BR> Heading out early to babysit for the day. My son and DIL are away at a wedding. They had a babysitter for all day yesterday and last night. I will be there all day but will bring the GK's back here for dinner and will play at the playground down my street. <BR> <BR> Have a great Sunday. I think the sun will be out again today! <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 22 May 2011 06:06:08 EST Weekly Check in 5//15 - 5/21 Morning all! <BR> <BR> A quick check in fir me. It was 35 this morning and raining like there was no tomorrow. At least it wasn't snow, though there still is the possibility. <BR> <BR> I am going to try to go to church this morning. At this stage I am able too go out on short trips. My book says a half hour but I figure I will be sitting most of the time so I should be able to attend the whole service. <BR> <BR> Gail you should post some of the pictures of your garden and trees. I sure mis... Sun, 15 May 2011 11:21:03 EST Hi I am new to spark people I have suffered from lupus ie SLE for fourteen years. Was on steroids for thirteen of those years and my weight just kept going up and up. Have been off them for the last six months and my weight has already come down by over two stone. I have good days and bad days would love to buddie up with anyone else with lupus who would like a friend. <em>334</em> Thu, 12 May 2011 11:32:53 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/8 - 5/14 HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> Heading out to my sisters in MA to celebrate Mothers Day and my neices birthday. I will be going alone as DH is still fighting a virus and even if he did feel better, he wouldn't go anyway because of the hurt feelings between him and 1/2 my family. <BR> <BR> I feel guilty leaving him alone again. It seems like I've been out almost everyday with babysitting, appoinments and errands. I did make him come with me yesterday. He's been in the house all w... Sun, 8 May 2011 08:33:43 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 5/1 - 5/7 Happy May everyone! <BR> <BR> A new month and finally Spring is here! It took awhile here in New Hampshire. Things are blooming. Time for outside walks since it's not too hot yet. How are your fitness plans? food plans? Are you ready for summer? <BR> <BR> DH and I have been sick all week. He finally threw in the towel and wanted to go to the walk in clinic. We were there Friday for blood tests and he did not want to be checked even though he was coughing, had a slight fever and couldn't eve... Sun, 1 May 2011 14:07:45 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/24 - 4/30 Happy Easter all!! <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> Sorry for the late start today. I just didn't have time this morning to get in here to post. We were at my brothers all day with most of the family for Easter. Nice time! It got up to 70 degrees today! Yesterday we had snow, today it's Spring! <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great Sunday, enjoyed some good food, enjoyed family and friends. Thankyou God for this beautiful day! Both my kids were away for the weekend. My son and family are... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 19:38:55 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/17 - 4/23 Hello all <BR> Another late start this week. Mom was up again for a visit and we went to my grandsons birthday party yesterday. He's 2 years old already! It was a fun party and he had a blast. The first gift he opened was from us...a fire truck with all the bells and whistles. Then he was happy, all he wanted to do was play with that and didn't want to open anymore gifts. <BR> <BR> It's been a roller coaster ride here this week. I've been emailing my daughter back and forth about our move to... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 15:29:52 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/10 - 4/16 Hello all <BR> Sorry for such a late start. It's been a busy weekend and upsetting too! <BR> <BR> DH's doctors have tried everything to help his psoriasis. We've tried everything...creams, lotions, diet, light therapy, tar baths...This has been the worst it has ever been and they have told him he has the worst case they have ever seen. His skin is so compromised, he could pick up an infection like cellulitis at any time. He has had this before and it is life threatening. They want him on sh... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 16:08:37 EST WEEKLY CHECK IN 4/3 - 4/9 Happy Sunday! <BR> Yeah, the sun is out here! It's in the 40's and a little windy. The snow from Friday is melting, we can see the grass again. <BR> <BR> Got errands done this morning, went out for breakfast. Now, getting laundry done, some cleaning, putting things away, organizing my desk. It always seems everything gets piled on my desk. I do all the bill paying, filling out forms, balancing the checkbook etc....I'm always looking for better ways to stay organized. <BR> <BR> Will try to g... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 13:38:33 EST