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 3/11-3/17 Morning! <BR> Feeling tired, hard time falling asleep last night and then the hour time change. I need to get to the grocery store. I don't need a lot but we have another storm heading our way for Tuesday. <BR> My leg/calf is not feeling any better, still tender, swollen. I may head to the ER tomorrow morning. If it is a clot this time, I will have to be admitted. So many problems lately with my feet, ankles, legs. I think I need to see a vascular doc about all the varicose veins. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:14:44 EST Weekly check in 3/4-3/10 Morning! <BR> Getting ready soon to head to my daughters. My granddaughter Bailey is turning 3. Feeling anxious about being around my daughter, which is silly but I know I will be OK. My son, dil and the other 3 grandkids will be there as well, so it will be good. <BR> <BR> Sitting with my left foot in the sling for plantar stretches your foot back...also rolling the foot on a frozen water bottle helps too. The right foot is still slightly swollen from the torn tendon and the a... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 08:48:50 EST Weekly check in 2/25-3/3 Morning! <BR> Getting more snow this morning, guess the groceries will have to wait till tomorrow. Another 3-5 inches! <BR> <BR> I spent the whole day with my kids and grandkids yesterday. I had not seen them for weeks so it was nice. My daughter ignored me, didn't even respond to me when I said hello or asked her any son in law did say hi, talked to me and wished me a happy birthday. I think he is finally realising what my daughter is doing and has decided to not treat me lik... Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:45:01 EST Weekly check in 2/18-2/24 Hello <BR> We got more snow last night, about 4/5 inches but today it's sunny and it's already melting. My neighbor did my driveway and walkway and the snow has already melted off the car. <BR> <BR> I know so many other women with a similar relationship with their daughters. I don't know what it is or why this happens. I find it so distressing and sad. My daughter in law said she had spoken to my daughter and told her what a difficult Winter I had being sick, my back etc...all she said was t... Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:55:34 EST Weekly check in 2/11-2/17 Hello <BR> Valentines week! <em>26</em> <BR> Another weekend at home but this time its my feet. So much agonizing pain, now the left foot is hurting. I took my inserts out of my shoes because it hurt the right foot but I need them because of plantar fascitis in the left. I still have the boot that stretches your foot so have been using that, taking turns with each foot. Both feet feel better but not sure if its from that or the extra ibuprofen. Been taking 400-600 mg every 5 hours so I can... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:54:07 EST Weekly check in 2/4-2/10 Morning! <BR> Dorothy, glad you are feeling better, hope you are having a good weekend. <BR> I have been resting my foot, icing it and taking ibuprofen. Its not so bad as long as I take the pain med.... it wore off during the night, I got up to use the bathroom and it hurt so bad...the top, the bottom and the ankle. I hate having to take ibuprofen every 6 hours but if I don't, its too painful to walk and from what I've read, this can take weeks or months to heal. I'm just so sick of dealing w... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 11:04:59 EST Weekly check in 1/28-2/3 Hello <BR> Last week of January already! <BR> The hip injection wasn't too bad, a couple days I felt sore and the doc wanted me to take things easy...much better now. But this morning I'm not feeling good...I think the beginnings of a cold and little cough. Glad I got all my errands done yesterday. Staying home and resting today. <BR> <BR> It warmed up enough to melt the ice on my steps and walkway. Been walking so slow, afraid of slipping and falling. The ice was quite thick...I think my pl... Sun, 28 Jan 2018 12:46:42 EST Weekly check in 1/21-1/27 Hello <BR> I forgot it was a new week! Didn't miss the day, but later than usual. <BR> Feeling a whole lot better this weekend than I did last weekend. I just get a few twinges now and then when I stand up from sitting. I go for a hip injection on Wed morning. No PT this week, they thought it best to wait till after the injection has a few days to take hold. My last appt, I told them I didn't want to do any leg/hip exercises as I think that just made it all worse and I was scared to do them. ... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:49:45 EST Weekly check in 1/14-1/20 Hello <BR> Dorothy, glad to hear you are feeling better. Hope you made it to church this morning. <BR> <BR> I am doing better today. My son, sister and niece all helped yesterday with errands, cleaning, food and other things. My sister brought me a walker to use as I was pushing a chair around to hold onto..difficult on a rug. I haven't really had to use it that much today. Been walking on my own mostly. I just use it for when I first stand up from sitting as sitting in a chair was the cause... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:55:59 EST Weekly check in 1/7-1/13 Hello <BR> Brrrrr...sitting here with the heat on, layers of clothes and a blanket. It has been frigid, below 0 and the wind makes it worse. I'm lucky no problems with the house or car. <BR> <BR> Except when I went to the gas station had to go inside for the cashier to activate the gas pump as the card readers were frozen and wouldn't work. I don't want the gas level to get below 1/4 tank...afraid it will freeze. Don't want to get stranded somewhere with temps below 0. <BR> <BR> I was supp... Sun, 7 Jan 2018 20:26:52 EST Weekly check in 12/31-1/6 Happy New Year <em>411</em> to all my Spark friends! <BR> <BR> Sorry I'm a day late! Forgot yesterday was Sunday. <BR> <BR> Was at my sisters till 10pm. I babysat so she could sing with her group for a New Years celebration. They were inside in a church, which is was below 0 here! When I left her house it was -3. I managed to stay awake till midnight, saw the ball drop, then went to bed. <em>179</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> I have not made any resolutions for the new ye... Mon, 1 Jan 2018 09:38:47 EST Weekly check in 12/24-12/30 <em>445</em> Merry Christmas to all my Spark friends! <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> I hope this message finds you healthy and happy now and into the new year. Many of you have not been in here for quite some time, it's just me and Dorothy. She may be in the hospital so please say a prayer or two!! <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> Have a safe and joyful Christmas! <BR> Cathy <em>444</em> Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:30:17 EST Weekly check in 12/17-12/23 Morning <em>444</em> <BR> 1 week left before Christmas. I'm not done with shopping yet, have to wait till Wed when I get my check. I will concentrate on wrapping this week, a little everyday so I'm not scrambling last minute. I don't want to be stressed out and doing too much in 1 day. I need to take care of my back. Doing better the last couple days and I want it to keep getting better. <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope you feel better soon. The Holidays can be fun but they wear y... Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:42:21 EST Weekly check in 12/10-12/16 Hello, <em>443</em> <BR> We got about 5 inches of snow and already plowed out by the same guy that does my lawn. He's very reasonable, charges $35 to do the driveway, walkway, steps and 2 to the oil tank and one to the back door. Most people charge 35 just for the driveway. My neighbor, who had been doing my plowing, lost his wife this past Fall. I think I told you he never told anyone nor responded back to me when I left him a card/cake. He has been keeping to himself...him ... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:05:45 EST Weekly check in 12/3-12/9 Hello <BR> Doing well today. I went to the chiro yesterday. She was very nice and when she examined me I was super sensitive to everything. So she didn't do a manual adjustment. Instead they did electrodes? which is like electrical vibration and also use ultrasound. Its what my old chiro used to do years ago and at first you feel sore then you feel better as the day goes. I was able to go to my sisters Christmas concert. I helped out during intermission with merchandise sales and I was still ... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 19:43:53 EST Weekly check in 11/26-12/2 Hello <BR> Here I am again on the couch in pain. Getting ready for Thanksgiving was too much I guess...too much standing/cooking/shopping/carrying bags. I thought I was careful but guess I need to do things differently. Make smaller trips one store at a time, less bags to carry. I don't have anyone to help with day to day things. I need to be kinder to myself and with Christmas coming, I really need to make changes. <BR> I have been home since Friday and felt better Sat...the grandkids were ... Sun, 26 Nov 2017 18:24:48 EST Weekly check in 11/19-11/25 Morning! <BR> Thanksgiving week...spending the day at my sons/daughter in law/grandkids and my daughter and her family may come by later for deserts . I think they will be having dinner at her father in laws up here in NH. <BR> Dorothy, what are you and your son doing for Thanksgiving? <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> I did get my MRI and will see the doc after work on Tues for results. And yes the swelling in my feet went down so I can get my sneakers on again. This morning I woke with no pain ... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:58:42 EST Weekly check in 11/12-11/18 Morning <BR> Sorry I meant to check in during the week but I had the week from hell. My back was sore/stiff last weekend, nothing really bad but I had my exercises from PT that usually work. But they didn't seem to be working. I went to work Monday and it got worse. I got up during the night and I got that awful nerve pain so bad, worse than ever. I spent the next 3 days barely able to move. I called my Orthopedic doc and kept in touch with my PT lady. No matter what I tried just made things ... Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:25:52 EST Weekly check in 11/5-11/11 Morning Dorothy! <BR> <BR> Clocks changed last night...I hate this time of year when it is dark at 4:30 in the afternoon. <em>56</em> <BR> <BR> No damage from last weeks storm but lots of branches of all sizes and tons of leaves and pinecones everywhere. My yard is a mess again. I just had it cleaned up so it looked good for 3 days! I dragged a few of the bigger branches out to the curb to be picked up but there are many more. I cant do all that bending. Will have to have the yard cle... Sun, 5 Nov 2017 09:14:54 EST Weekly check in 10/29-11/4 Hello <BR> I forgot about posting today. I met some friends for lunch and then was busy when I got home. <BR> <BR> I am up late, can't sleep. There's such a bad storm out there with wind gusts so strong its scary with all these huge pine trees. There's stuff hitting the roof, deck etc...I cringe every time a big gust comes through. So I'm on the couch wide awake at 3 am! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a good weekend <BR> Cathy <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:03:57 EST Weekly check in 10/22-10/28 Hello <BR> Have been busy this weekend with the grandkids. The boys slept over last night as my son and d-i-l had an adult Halloween party. After I brought them home, I took a nap and then did some cleaning up. I forgot how messy boys can be but they were both good and we had fun. <BR> <BR> I went to PT on Fri and my back was sore. I told the therapist that the exercise that usually helps wasn't helping so she had me try 2 other ones. The flexion was the opposite of what I was doing and it h... Sun, 22 Oct 2017 19:29:15 EST Weekly check in 10/15-10/21 Morning <BR> It was a difficult week, missed 2 days work but I have earned time I can use. I guess a slipped disk can slip at any time for no reason. I find it frustrating that its a constant reminder I have to be careful every minute of how I move, walk, turn, bend etc...when I first get up in the morning is the worst time things can go bad. <BR> <BR> I have my exercises I can do but sometimes that's not enough to keep the disc in place. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Gotta get grocery shoppin... Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:29:44 EST Weekly check in 10/8-10/14 Hello <BR> Sorry so late, was doing so well with my back but Fri and this weekend it feels like I went 5 steps back. Been trying to do one of the exercise that helps the most. It is helping a bit but it's slow. I was supposed to go to a wake this afternoon, a friend of our family, his dad died. But not going anywhere...its hard to move and walk. I sit for awhile but its so uncomfortable and then getting up is painful. Feeling discouraged, frustrated and upset. <BR> <BR> The water heater is w... Sun, 8 Oct 2017 13:19:14 EST Weekly check in 10/1-10/7 Good morning <BR> Slept till almost 9 this morning, all that missed sleep finally caught up to me. I babysat the 2 boys (5&amp;8) last night. Olivia their sister went to a sleepover. We played board games and watched a little TV. I let them stay up a little later. We had fun, did a lot of laughing and they didn't fight. <em>41</em> I should have just gone to sleep when I got home but I watched TV instead. <BR> <BR> The handyman I hire to do work doesn't work for the park, he is quite rea... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 10:35:05 EST Weekly check in 9/24-9/30 Hello <BR> Last week of Sept...time is flying. <BR> I finally got the handy man here this week to check the roof and around the house, fixed the kitchen faucet drip. I also had an outside electrical outlet that no longer works. He finally figured out it was added on to the house by someone else and not done properly so it was completely rusted, not grounded etc..was hooked up separately to the box. It cost a lot just to figure that out, had to go under the house a number of times to follow t... Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:35:24 EST Weekly check in 9/17-9/23 Hello <BR> So glad you only had a little damage. Must be so distressing for those that lost everything and those that haven't been able to get back to their home yet and don't even know what kind of damage there is or even if they have a home left standing. <BR> <BR> Been so tired this week, have had to get up earlier than usual for PT or had my car serviced and I wasn't able to fall asleep till late a few nights. <BR> <BR> I went to my grandsons soccer game yesterday and thought I would be... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:58:04 EST Weekly check in 9/10-9/16 Morning <BR> Dorothy, glad to hear you are able to stay home and not under a direct hit from the hurricane...sounds like you are prepared/ready. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> I am glad I don't live in FL anymore. I was in Dade City which is north of Tampa Bay. I know not on the coast but still in the zone they are saying. Will know more tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Feeling pretty good this weekend, been doing the exercises they showed me in PT. I hope they continue to help me. <BR> <BR> Got to get ou... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:58:49 EST Weekly check in 9/3-9/9 Morning <BR> Here it is September again...this time of year always seems like beginnings....summer is winding down, school starting, everything is new. <BR> <BR> Heading to my sisters down in MA today for a cookout...expecting rain and wind, temps in the 60's...was hoping she would reschedule till tomorrow but not. They have tarps put up outside around the cooking, eating area but I think we will be spending most time inside. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, yes very quiet in here. Our friends have not b... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 08:34:02 EST Weekly check in 8/27-9/2 Hello <BR> Happy Sunday...slow morning, slept in later than usual. Spent yesterday with my granddaughter, did lots of walking and it hurt every step...not just my back but my feet as well. But we had fun and she got some clothes for school. <BR> Gotta get the usual done shopping, laundry, some cleaning... <BR> Dorothy, hope you're having a good weekend! <BR> Cathy Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:10:16 EST Weekly check in 8/20-8/26 Morning <BR> I didn't get any errands done yesterday. I ended up picking my niece up from work. Then went to my sons as Olivia, my granddaughter had 9 of her friends over for her birthday...great group of girls and very fun and silly...oh to be 12 again! <em>353</em> They all slept over as well, don't think anyone got much sleep! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> The sun is out today, little chilly this morning, it has been going down into the 50's-60's at night for a couple weeks and saw a few ... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:19:48 EST Weekly check in 8/13-8/19 Hello <BR> Just getting back from my sons. I babysat overnight and all went well. Surprisingly I woke yesterday with no pain and this morning just a little, mostly stiff. Heading to my sisters at 2 to get nice is turning 21 too. <BR> Got to get laundry going and get in the shower. It feels so good to not be in constant pain all the time. <BR> Cathy <em>244</em> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:48:43 EST Weekly check in 8/6-8/12 Hello <BR> Sorry for such a late start, the day just got away from me. I was at my sons Sat till late, slept in this morning and then took a nap this afternoon. <em>102</em> <BR> Still battling the back pain, sometimes its not so bad, other times its horrible. <BR> <BR> My park has a central location that we bring trash/recycling to. I usually put it in my car and drive as its too far to walk with heavy bags that sometimes leak. The trouble is lifting it into the car, getting in/out of ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 19:39:29 EST Weekly Check in 7/30-8/5 Hello <BR> August is here already. The summer is flying by. <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning was very painful. I had gone to bed Friday night with barely any pain and did not see a need to take tylenol. Will not do that again as it took me most of the day to be able to function again. I took tylenol last night and so far have had a better morning. <BR> <BR> I did not get a call from the Orthopedic doc on Fri so will definetely call Monday. I should probably call my PCP first to ... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:29:29 EST Weekly check in 7/23-7/29 Morning <BR> Slow morning because of my back, sitting with a heat pack right now, been stretching, moving when I can. I don't want to spend another day at home, alone and not able to get things done that I need shopping, laundry, vacuuming....I also want to set up my fairy village outside but can't lift the bags of mulch or stone. Even if someone helps me at the store, I can't get it in/out of the car. I also need to get everything out of the shed including the water hose but eve... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:15:20 EST Weekly check in 7/16-7/22 Morning <BR> Very slow computer, my desktop. I have been using my Kindle for just about everything lately. This takes forever to load all the Spark ads. Even the typing takes forever to catch up. <BR> <BR> So just wanted to get this started for the week. Argghhh, so frustrating. At least I have my Kindle. This computer crashed on me 2x in one day so I know its only a matter of time till its gone. I transferred all my pictures and documents onto a separate flash drive. <BR> <BR> Spending the... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:41:04 EST Weekly check in 7/9-7/15 Hello <BR> Slow start to my Sunday. <BR> Yesterday was 2 years since my mom passed..we all went out to dinner mostly to celebrate my brother and sis in laws 40th anniversary, which is amazing! But also talked about mom. She wouldn't want us being sad every year thinking of her and not celebrating my brothers anniversary. When me and my sisters went to a psychic medium, that was one of the messages from mom. When mom died 2 years ago none of us remembered their anniversary at all, which is und... Sun, 9 Jul 2017 13:37:16 EST Weekly check in 7/2-7/8 Morning! <BR> Sorry haven't checked in all week. Have had lots to deal with. <BR> <BR> My granddaughter who will be 12 next month was at the docs this week. She has discolorations, not bruises, on her hips, shoulder blade and lower spine. They checked her for Lupus, which came back negative..she has appts with a rheumy and dermatologist. She has no other fatigue, no pain, the discolorations don't hurt not sure what it is. My d-i-l was in a panic, so I talked to her, ... Sun, 2 Jul 2017 08:59:19 EST Weekly Check in 6/25-7/1 Hello all <BR> Feeling lots better this weekend, it took me most of the week to feel 'normal' again! <em>40</em> <BR> The sun is out today, no rain expected. We have had lots of rain this week. One day was so bad on my way to work, I couldn't see the car in front of me. Many pulled off the road to wait it out...thunder, lightning and roads flooded. I was expecting a tornado to touch down, it was that bad... <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a good week. Most of us have some serious health issues,... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:45:38 EST Weekly Check in 6/18-6/24 Hello <BR> Very slow computer today...takes too long for all the ads to load up on this site. <BR> <BR> Still feeling quite sick...crampy stomach and diahrea. Anything I eat or drink goes right through me. Have only been eating toast, rice and water or tea. I haven't been able to take my meds since Thurs. which is not good either. Will be calling the doc tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It was nice to get caught up with Rick and Angie. Wonderful to hear from them. I hope they can make it back here again... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:29:00 EST Weekly Check in 6/11-6/17 Morning <BR> Its been way too quiet in here for weeks...guess our friends are not coming back! <BR> <BR> It's just me and you Dorothy! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I have a baptism today down in MA and need to get ready so will be back later if not too tired. <BR> <BR> I spent most of yesterday at the hospital with my nephew to give my sister a break. <BR> More on that later. <BR> <BR> Cathy <BR> Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:39:15 EST Weekly check in 6/4-6/10 Morning <BR> Heading out to see the grandkids games this morning, then not sure if I'm heading to the hospital to see my sister and nephew. Not sure if she is there now or will be later. My nephew has been having lots more seizures, bad ones. Its not surprising with all that he has been through the last 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> And hopefully they can get services set up for home. Even the hospital is having a hard time with it as there are just not enough people available. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, ho... Sun, 4 Jun 2017 09:21:51 EST Weekly check in 5/28-6/3 Morning <BR> I already tried to post a message, lost it, trying again. <BR> Sorry haven't been around this week as I have been at the hospital every chance I get to help my sister as my nephew has been in the hospital. He has special needs and a complex seizure disorder. He was on a ventilator a few days. He aspirated food/liquids into his lungs which turned into pneumonia. They moved him by helicopter to Maine medical where his neurologist is located. He is doing better but not out of the wo... Sun, 28 May 2017 08:40:01 EST Weekly check in 5/21-5/27 Morning! <em>524</em> <BR> Another lazy Sunday morning. My youngest grandson may have a t ball game but not sure if I feel like going. I didn't get anything done yesterday as I was down in MA attending a brother in laws dad. I went to my granddaughters concert this past Thurs night, which was nice. <BR> The sun is out <em>67</em> and it is cooler, about 60 now...I need to clean out my car and do the windows, they are covered with pollen, dead bugs, bird droppings, makes it... Sun, 21 May 2017 10:02:33 EST Weekly Check in 5/14-5/20 HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! <em>146</em> <em>214</em> <BR> Hope your having an awesome day! I had a breakfast buffet at my sons...he had everything you can think of. I also got some plants/flowers and chocolates. It was really nice. I bought a nice hanging flowering plant for my daughter in law, purple flowers, her favorite color. She's more of a daughter to me...I don't expect to hear anything from my own daughter... <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I then went to Kohl's and bought 3 summer shirts f... Sun, 14 May 2017 13:57:10 EST Weekly check in 5/7-5/13 Morning! <BR> It's cloudy outside this morning, the sun peeked out for 2 minutes <em>67</em> and hope it comes back out. Things are soaked and muddy out there. <BR> My yard is finally cleaned up. The guy who comes does a good job and only charged $30. He actually rakes the yard and gets in all the hidden corners around the stairs and deck and does around the drainage ditch. Most other people just use the blower and it doesn't get all the yard waste. My park does inspections of everyone's ... Sun, 7 May 2017 08:50:22 EST Weekly check in 4/30-5/6 Morning <BR> Hope you had a good week. I meant to post during the week but never made it here. <em>40</em> <BR> Had a busy week and just felt tired, falling asleep on the couch every night. <em>102</em> <BR> Drove down to my sisters in MA yesterday for her daughters birthday. Today I'm volunteering to help at the gospel groups annual Spring fundraiser...silent auction, food, raffles and the concert. I help at the merchandise table. <BR> April really flew by, can't believe it's May alr... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:25:27 EST Weekly check in 4/23-4/29 Morning! <BR> Last week of April <em>126</em> Things are finally starting to bloom and the sun is out today. It has been raining most of the week. I need to get out, pick up some of the large branches and drag them to the curb so park maintenance will pick them up. I have so many sticks and branches, I would need to rake to get them all, my yard is completely littered with them. I called the same guy that did my Fall clean up but didn't hear back, so will call again tomorrow. <BR> And I al... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:53:44 EST Weekly Check in 4/16-4/22 <em>449</em> Happy Easter! <BR> Heading to my brothers today to spend the day with family. All the grandkids will be there and that means my daughter will be there as well. She continues to ignore me like I'm invisible. Someday I hope that will change but in the meantime I try not to let it bother me even though my heart is breaking. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope you have an awesome day! And if any other friends are reading, hope you have an enjoyable day as well! <em>451</em> <BR> Cathy ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:23:57 EST Weekly Check in 4/9-4/15 Hello <BR> Just a quick start as I am heading out to do a few errands, then to my sons to celebrate his birthday. Turning 36 today! Yikes! <BR> <BR> The weather has gotten warmer and they are saying it will be around 70 a few days next week. Yeah, the snow is melting. Not gone quite yet! <BR> <BR> Cathy Sun, 9 Apr 2017 14:06:36 EST Weekly Check in 4/2-4/8 Morning! <em>213</em> <BR> Yes we did get the snow....about another 8 inches of very heavy snow as we had some rain mixed in. I went out late yesterday afternoon when it was just about done and did the steps and a bit of the walkway. I couldn't finish as it was so heavy, I was afraid I would hurt my back. I stopped and did the car which was slow going as it was so heavy. I struggled with it but finished. My neighbors son came over and did the rest of the cleaning as it was too heavy for m... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 08:50:57 EST Weekly Check in 3/26-4/1 Morning! <em>67</em> <BR> Wow, last week of March already! The snow is slowly melting. It rained all day yesterday and that helps melt it faster, glad it wasn't colder out or it would have all been more snow. <BR> <BR> Heading out today to get some shopping done. Pretty quiet around here this weekend. Serta delivered the correct mattress set I ordered and took away the wrong one. Such a huge difference in comfort even though they seemed similar. So I'm happy I called them about the mix ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:24:17 EST Weekly Check in 3/19-3/25 Guess I'm just talking to myself this week. I'm wondering if I should find another Spark team or not bother with Spark anymore! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, got through the storm ok, only lost power for a few seconds here and there. I was lucky compared to some who lost power for days. My neighbors plowed me out and all I had to do were my steps and car. I think we got a total of 18 inches and the drifts were huge. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the 1st day of Spring! <em>378</em> <em>224... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:25:37 EST Weekly check in 3/12-3/18 Morning! <BR> Did you remember to set clocks ahead last night?! <em>128</em> <BR> <BR> Little worn out this morning from babysitting but I don't those grandkids and enjoy them so much. My sons 3 kids are at an age where they can do a lot for themselves. I just have to keep the 2 boys from fighting. If they don't listen, I take something away. <BR> Melissa, so good to hear from you! Sorry you have to miss the party...feel better! I have had to stay home and miss things too, its... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:44:34 EST Weekly check in 3/5-3/11 Hello <BR> Guess its just down to me this week. If more people don't come back then we won't have a group. <BR> Still struggling with pain this week. Got my new mattress but have to adjust to it. Its very comfortable though. <BR> Still have not heard results from esophagus biopsies. Guess no news is good news! <BR> <BR> Dorothy, hope you are well and hope all our lost friends are well...Melissa, Rick, Deni...been so long, I don't remember who else...sorry <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>247</em> Sun, 5 Mar 2017 11:11:14 EST Weekly Check in 2/26-3/4 Morning! <BR> I know it's still February almost March but we have had such warm weather this week, in the 50's, close to 60. <em>40</em> That never happens in New England. All the snow is almost gone. <BR> <BR> My back was doing so well all week. Sleeping on the couch for a few hours then going to bed was helping. I was waking with no pain at all, it was wonderful. But yesterday I was home all day in pain, could barely walk/move. By the time I went to bed last night it was so much better... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:17:44 EST Weekly Check in 2/19-2/25 Morning! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> The sun is out and it may hit 50 today! Snow will be melting a bit! It was pretty warm yesterday too, in the 40's. I didn't need to wear my gloves, nor a scarf. I saw some people walking around with Capri's and t-shirts...crazy! It's not warm enough yet for me to wear summer clothes. <BR> <BR> Heading to my sons today for lunch and a birthday celebration. I turned 60 this week. Valentines Day is my birthday but it was a crazy week so we are celebrating tod... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:10:55 EST Weekly Check in 2/12-2/18 Morning! <BR> Was glad to see you post Dorothy. I guess our group is down to just me and you. Glad you got the work done around your house. Thank goodness for friends and neighbors! There's always something that needs fixing! <BR> <BR> My back gives me problems now and then and I was told I have de-generation in my lower back and neck. I'm sure the weather and the shoveling doesn't help. I am going to look into one of those electric snow shovels that are just meant for walkways and small a... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:39:16 EST Weekly check in 2/5-2/11 Morning <BR> It's been another one of those weeks, started off with my back hurting all last weekend and on Monday I missed work. I have been struggling all week with back pain. Doing much better now but we did have snow during the week and I managed to clean off the steps, the walkway and a little in front of the car door. The rest of the snow turned to ice so I have to be careful walking. I slipped getting into the car and banged my shin on the door frame, so have a big bruise. <BR> <BR> A... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 08:49:09 EST Weekly Check in 1/29-2/4 Good Morning! <BR> Moving slow today as well as yesterday. My back is hurting and very stiff. Not sure why but have felt that way all week, every joint is screaming at me and it has been hard to sleep and get anything done so I must be having a flare. I shouldn't be surprised with all that has been going on with me. It's frustrating! Lupus doesn't care that you have a life, a job, a family... <BR> <BR> I went out on Friday with my sisters even though I didn't feel well. We went to a restaur... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:16:04 EST Weekly Check in 1/22-1/28 Morning <BR> This place must be extra busy today, had a hard time getting in here. Too many advertisements trying to load up is slowing things down too... <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Last day of my antibiotic and so glad it is, it's been giving me headaches and stomachaches and feeling really tired. Just my body fighting the infection will make me tired anyway I guess. I need to call my doc this week to see if I need to follow up with them to make sure the infection is gone before I have my 2 s... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 10:49:32 EST Weekly Check in 1/15-1/21 Morning! and Happy Sunday <BR> <BR> It was another one of those weeks. I haven't been feeling well, been very tired and I thought it was just because of being busy from the Holidays etc.. <BR> I ended up at the emergency room again this week. My leg was hurting and then it got swollen on the lower part of my shin. I thought it was a blood clot but turns out it was cellulitis so they have me on an antibiotic and had to reschedule my 2 tests for tomorrow...endoscopy and colonoscopy for Februar... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 10:36:42 EST Weekly Check in 1/8-1/14 Hello <BR> Late start today. I got so busy I almost forgot. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Got all the Christmas decorations put away, the tree down, vacumned, dusted, cleaned out a closet and re-organized. My son and family came over and he successfully hooked everything up wireless. He had bought me a Kindle and wireless router for Christmas but couldn't hook it up. I needed a password and my son forgot to tell me the router was one he had used before at his house and it already had a password.... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 20:54:58 EST Weekly Check in 1/1-1/7 <em>236</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR!! <BR> <BR> Hope we all have a healthy 2017! <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Spent New Years Eve at my sons and went next door to their neighbors. Adults and kids all stayed up to watch the ball drop. Lots of activities for all of us to do. It was fun but didn't get much sleep, feeling quite exhausted. <BR> <BR> Cathy <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:32:24 EST Weekly Check in 12/25-12/31 <em>144</em> Merry Christmas <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> I know a day late but I was at my sons from Christmas Eve till late last night and I don't have a Smart phone. <BR> <BR> Spent Christmas Eve at my sisters with the family and then was at my sons. It's always fun to watch the grandkids open their gifts from Santa. We spent the day together and had dinner at my d-i-l's parents house, where we opened more gifts. <BR> <BR> Slow start to my day. I was quite exhausted last night and woke w... Mon, 26 Dec 2016 11:32:28 EST Weekly Check in 12/18-12/24 Morning all <BR> <em>443</em> We are down to the last week before Christmas. I still have some shopping to do. It's hard when your plans for shopping and getting things done have to be changed because of the snow or ice or dangerous roads. We got about 6 inches of snow yesterday. It finally stopped about 4 and managed to get out and shovel the steps, walkway and cleaned off the car. My neighbor came over and did the driveway which is nice. <BR> <BR> Today it is raining as the temps went u... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 10:07:39 EST Weekly Check in 12/11-12/17 Morning! <em>213</em> <BR> I am a grandma again! Zoe Jeanette(her middle name is my moms name) born yesterday, weighs 7lbs 10oz. She is just beautiful and looks just like her big sister. Lots of dark hair, cute little face. Will post a pic! <em>187</em> <BR> I went down to visit at the hospital yesterday. I met up with my brother and sis in law once I got down to MA and they drove to the hospital. My daughter was ok towards me, snippy as usual but not nasty. She looked really well, ... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 09:52:48 EST Weekly Check in 12/4-12/10 Morning all <BR> Slow start to my day, feeling achy and tired, woke with a slight headache. Glad it wasn't a migraine. I did not sleep well on Friday night and then was up early Sat. Was heading to my sons for a Christmas party and my daughter and family were also going to be there. <BR> <BR> My daughter has not been speaking to me and has been hostile to me. I have still been sending emails now and then hoping she would come around. So I was worried and anticipating the party. She seemed o... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 10:36:44 EST Weekly Check in 11/27-12/3 Morning <BR> Very cloudy and cold again today, in the 40's but the wind makes it more in the 30's. I did not get out to the shed yesterday but I did manage to get the grocery shopping done. Maybe later today when the sun comes out a little. All my Christmas decorations are in the shed. <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> I have a couple errands to do today, some cleaning and laundry. Have not felt all that well the last couple weeks so things don't get done or put away. <BR> <BR> Dorothy, glad you ... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:40:16 EST Weekly Check in 11/20-11/26 Morning! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I slept in a bit this morning. I don't set the alarm on the weekends unless I have something scheduled for the morning. Feeling lots better today, even my back is doing well. <BR> <BR> My sister Jan called last night and we had a nice conversation about our kids and grandkids, Thanksgiving plans and hopefully a day we can get together. I want to take her to The Christmas Dove, a shop that has been around for years and has decorations and ornaments from a... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:33:27 EST Weekly Check in 11/13-11/19 Morning! Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> Just a quick post as I need to get ready to go to my sisters and sit with her son for a few hours as my sis is working after church today. The nurse she usually has was not able to extend her hours for today. <BR> Both my nieces' should be there as well which is good as I am not feeling well. My back is hurting more than usual so I am moving very slow, just took a Tylenol and hoping that helps. But I have also had a lot of pain in my upper back that extends ... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:11:04 EST Weekly Check in 11/6-11/12 Morning all <BR> <BR> Daylight Savings Time <em>128</em> Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour? <BR> <BR> I like the extra hour of sleep but I don't like that it gets dark so much earlier. <BR> <BR> Dot, it has been very quiet in here lately. We haven't heard from many in a awhile and I haven't been spending as much time on the computer so I don't check in during the week. I will try to be better with that. <BR> <BR> My brother and sis in law are coming for lunch today and t... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 08:19:16 EST Weekly Check in 10/30-11/5 Hello <BR> Late start to my day, had the 2 grandsons again last night. They had a Halloween party at their school and then my son and d-i-l had another adult party. So I picked the boys up at school late and brought them here to my place. They had a hard time settling down for sleep and the younger one, 4 yrs old, has had a cold and ears were bothering him. He doesn't complain much but did need ibuprofen during the night. They brought him to the docs today and he has a double ear infection. Y... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:41:38 EST Weekly Check in 10/23-10/29 Hello <BR> Late start today. I had the 3 grandkids most of the day yesterday and last night for our annual Halloween party/sleepover. My son and d-i-l had their adult party last night at their house so I take the kids and we have our own fun...out for dinner, watch scary movies, snacks, Halloween activities... stay up late. <em>333</em> <BR> I brought them to breakfast and then home late this morning. <BR> <BR> It's down in the 50's during the day, 40's at night. About 1/2 of the leaves ... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:22:10 EST Weekly Check in 10/16-10/22 Happy Sunday <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Beautiful weekend here, very cold but at least the sun is out. Many leaves are down and it looks quite colorful everywhere. It's hard to tell where the grass is and the driveways and walkways as they are all covered with leaves. I finally found someone to do a Fall clean up as I never got an answer from a few others. How rude to not even answer an email or return calls. This same person who is going to do the clean up will also do snow removal so I am ... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:24:30 EST Weekly Check in 10/9-10/15 Hi all <BR> Melissa, thanks for the update from the hurricane, hope all are safe and power is restored soon. Sorry you have had to deal with people who are careless and uncaring and take advantage of you. <BR> I was planning on doing some yard work today but it is raining out. Yesterday would have been a good day but I spent most of the day/night babysitting the grandkids, which is always fun. <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> My daughter is still not talking to me and has had no contact. I am pray... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 12:17:29 EST Weekly Check in 10/2-10/8 Morning! <BR> <BR> Another rainy cold day here in NH. Lots more leaves changing color and coming down. <BR> <BR> I met up with my sisters Friday night. We went through more pictures, Mom had a ton saved through the years. It was fun and had a lot of laughs at the old hair styles and clothes. <BR> <BR> My sisters son Zack is not doing well at all, his team was talking about putting in a feeding tube as he is just not eating or drinking enough and is loosing weight. It's so sad, my sis was ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 10:49:11 EST Weekly Check in 9/25-10/1 Morning <BR> Very cold here this morning, had to put the heat on, I was freezing when I got up. It is definitely Fall out there! <em>465</em> More leaves changing and falling. <BR> <BR> Managed to get the summer decorations put away and the water hose. I bought some Mums as well. Lots to do inside today. I was going to do the grocery shopping but will wait till tomorrow as my car started making a scraping, thump noise coming from one of the front tires. I made an appt for tomorrow morning... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:50:36 EST Weekly Check in 9/18-9/24 Happy Sunday all! <BR> <BR> I spent this weekend feeling sick. I am feeling better with the UTI but woke Saturday all stuffed up and a sore throat and migraine...same thing this morning. Now at work on Friday they were painting some of the offices and I was breathing in all those fumes for hours. Could that have caused this 'cold' or allergy symptoms? I babysat Friday night and no one had a cold but my nose started running and my head started to feel fuzzy. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm finally st... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:22:47 EST Weekly Check in 9/11-9/17 Good morning all! <BR> <BR> Lets never forget today 9/11. I remember my friend Karen Martin..I grew up with her in my old neighborhood. She was a flight attendant on Flight 11, the 1st plane. The reports that came in said she attempted to stop the terrorists. She stood in between them and the cockpit. I knew my friend well and before hearing the details, I knew she didn't go down without a fight. That was Karen. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Getting together with family and friends today to c... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:49:01 EST Weekly Check in 9/4-9/10 Hello <BR> A quiet weekend for me. The usual shopping and cleaning and laundry. I have Monday off but will be home. No one in the family is having a party/cookout. <BR> It gets pretty lonely here by myself. I try to keep busy besides the housework, I watch TV, read, some computer and will do some outside work. My yard is full of sticks, branches and acorns again. Every time it rains or it gets windy, things start falling. <BR> <BR> The leaves are starting to change color as it has been get... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 11:52:22 EST Weekly Check in 8/28-9/3 Hello and Happy Sunday <BR> <BR> Kids are back to school tomorrow around here, although some won't start till next week. <BR> <BR> I had Friday off from work because of teacher development day...getting ready for next week. They had meetings and re-arranged/cleaned classrooms. A couple rooms switched as they needed more space. <BR> I spent the day with my granddaughter who turned 11. She slept over Friday night..we went to breakfast early....her favorite place is IHOP. After that we went t... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:30:17 EST Weekly Check in 8/21-8/27 Hello <BR> Welcome Sunday! <em>67</em> The sun is out and not too hot. They mentioned on the weather report today that it will feel like Fall at night, much cooler than normal for this time of year...hmmm <BR> <BR> Heading to my sons at dinner time to celebrate Olivia's birthday, her family party. She had all her friends over on Friday for a swim at the lake, pizza, made s'mores outside at a bonfire and then they all slept over. <BR> <BR> I made my mom's blueberry pie for tonight. My si... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:49:39 EST Weekly Check in 8/14-8/20 Morning all <BR> I slept in late this morning. Dorothy, I have been very tired this week too. I know with some of the changes I made, adding in some supplements and herbal teas, eating more fruits and vegetables, my body is adjusting and maybe getting rid of toxins etc... <BR> <BR> I hope you are feeling better this week and not so tired. I guess your body was trying to tell you something. <BR> <BR> I had one of my teas this morning, time for breakfast. I need to do some grocery shopping. ... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:59:10 EST Weekly Check in 8/7-8/13 Hello all <BR> Nice and sunny here, we had a thunderstorm pass through yesterday but it went by quickly. <BR> <BR> I finally did send an email to my daughter but I don't expect a reply. It wasn't an angry or emotional letter, just my thoughts and observations. She spent the day yesterday visiting her brother and family and they are only 30 minutes from me. It's nice the cousins (all my grand kids) got to spend time together. They don't see each other often as they are 2 hours drive away from... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 10:32:37 EST Weekly Check in 7/31-8/6 Hello <BR> It's August already! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a good week and are having a good weekend. It was not very busy at work last week, not much to do, even the phones were quiet. I brought a book to read and just found some things to do. There was the usual drama between teachers and with administration. The director and the senior leads who are there to help the teachers were very upset and stressed out. Lots of meetings and raised voices coming from the office. <BR... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 11:57:38 EST Weekly Check in 7/24-7/30 Morning <BR> Last week of July already! Where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> I babysat last night for the 2 boys. Olivia was at a sleepover. Just as I was leaving my house, a storm hit...thunder, lightning, pouring like crazy. As I got closer to my sons it was sunny, no storms but I knew it was heading our way and it did. We lost power about 6:00. The boys wanted to watch a movie and play games but couldn't. <BR> <BR> We cleaned up all the toys and made sure the cat was in. I knew once it go... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:43:05 EST Weekly Check in 7/17-7/23 Morning all <BR> A rainy morning here which is good. It has been very hot and humid this week. <BR> <BR> The biopsy went well and I am in no pain at all. I put ice on the area every hour for 30 minutes till I went to bed and I was expecting some pain but it was mostly just itchy from the tape and bandage and I was able to take that off the next day. Just steri strips over the incision and that will fall off on it's own in about a week. Now I just have to wait till Thursday for the results ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:56:05 EST Weekly Check in 7/10-7/16 Hello all <BR> Very quiet weekend here. I needed some quiet down time and spent all day yesterday at home in my pj's relaxing. Friday was a very emotional day as it was 1 year since mom passed. I took the day off and my sisters came for dinner and we sat and looked at pictures, laughed and talked about mom and what was going on with us. When we get together with the family, there are too many of us to have conversations like that so we have been making an effort to get together, just the 4 of... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:50:38 EST Weekly Check in 7/3-7/9 Hi all <BR> <em>232</em> Happy 4th of July! <BR> <BR> Sorry such a late start. I haven't been home much at all. Been spending time with family, doing a lot of driving, but having fun. We had a huge get together to celebrate my mom. The place was beautiful and right on the ocean, good memories! <BR> <BR> Spent the day at my sisters, had a in the pool, music. I didn't go into the pool as it was completely in the sun. I stayed under the awning and umbrellas and watched the fun... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:56:47 EST Weekly Check in 6/26-7/2 Hello <BR> Wow! It's almost the 4th of July already!! <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> A beautiful weekend here and I'm just hanging out getting things done. I bought what I need to set up my outdoor decorations but the problem is the 3 bags of rocks. I barely managed to get them from the carriage into the back of the Jeep, they are so heavy. I don't know how to get them from the Jeep to the area I want to put them in. I may have to open the bags in the car and scoop out a little at a time until th... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:13:19 EST Weekly Check in 6/19-6/25 Happy Fathers Day to the dad's out there! <em>30</em> <BR> I know the only dad we have on here is Rick. He hasn't been on in quite a while and hope he is ok! We miss you in here! <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> I spent yesterday with the 3 grand kids at my granddaughters dance recital. She does ballet and hip hop and did 2 dances. They did Mary Poppins this year and very creative. She was wonderful, knows the dances well and not watching others to see what comes next. They had 2 performances, ... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 10:51:49 EST Weekly Check in 6/12-6/18 Morning all <BR> I’m up early today and heading back to my daughters to babysit overnight and taking tomorrow off from work. They have a wedding in Rhode Island and staying overnight, which means they would have to be home no later than noon in order for me to try to get to work by 1:00. One of the arguments my daughter and I had was she claims she told me about the wedding, which she did not, as I would have remembered about whether or not I could get to work on Monday. Tomorrow is payroll d... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 07:53:02 EST Weekly Check in 6/5-6/11 Morning all <BR> <BR> It's been quiet in here the last couple weeks...Angie, Rick, Melissa...hope you are all well. Please let us know how you are doing. Deni, it's been months. We hope you are ok and hope you are able to come back soon! <BR> <BR> I lost 2 more pounds! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Cutting out as many carbs as I can and sugar too has made the biggest difference. I realized how sugar/carbs made me feel after last Monday, Memorial Day. I was at my sons and had a burger with... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 10:46:14 EST Weekly Check in 5/29-6/4 Morning all <BR> How is your Memorial Day weekend? I don't have anything planned, no cookouts or get togethers. I don't know what the rest of the family is doing. <BR> <BR> Texted my daughter on Friday about the babysitting on those 4 days...then she asked if I could still babysit overnight as they have a wedding. She says she asked me the last time I saw her but I don't remember her asking. The last time I saw her was the day before Mothers Day when she was so tired and just came home and ... Sun, 29 May 2016 10:23:12 EST Weekly Check in 5/22-5/28 Morning all <BR> It was very quiet in here last week <em>382</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you are all well. <BR> <BR> I had an upsetting week concerning my daughter. She said some very hateful things to me that had me crying and very sad. I do not want to get into details as it will only start me crying again. I have been thinking of a way to address issues with her. I think no matter what I say will make no difference with her but I have to try anyway. We have had issues going back for years. S... Sun, 22 May 2016 11:00:42 EST Weekly Check in 5/15-5/21 Hi all <BR> Sorry so late getting us started this week. I spent the day at home getting things done around the house, cleaning, re-arranging, cleaned up the yard. I also slept in a bit this morning. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to 2 of the grandkids baseball games. The first game was hot in the sun, no shade around and even though I had sunscreen on, got a small burn where I missed with the sunscreen. I did sit in the car for awhile out of the sun. The 2nd game was chilly, windy and the gnats ... Sun, 15 May 2016 23:14:58 EST Weekly Check in 5/8-5/14 <em>214</em> Happy Mothers Day to all you Moms!! <BR> <BR> I just came back from my sons, they had a big Mothers Day breakfast. And I have a potted flower plant which is now on my front steps. Will be heading over to my sisters in a little while and spend the afternoon with her. I got together with my other 2 sisters yesterday down in Mass. after I babysat for my daughter. We brought flowers to the cemetery for mom. <BR> <BR> I found out I'm going to be a grammy daughter is pr... Sun, 8 May 2016 13:42:37 EST Weekly Check in 5/1-5/7 Morning all <BR> May is here, hopefully we are done with snow! <em>376</em> And things can continue to bloom. <BR> <BR> I spent the day yesterday babysitting my little granddaughter who is almost 14 mos, not walking yet but standing and walking along holding the furniture and will walk if you hold her hands. She's getting there, slowly, you can't rush it, she'll get there when she is ready. My daughter was concerned as everyone including the doc is telling her she should be walking now. ... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:07:37 EST 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