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9/29/09 7:53 P

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ah! right! And I followed your advice! Thank you! It was just what I needed at the moment! Great to meet you again!

KATTY- URUGUAY, SOUTH AMERICA

Anne Lewis:
Here are four ways God answers prayer:
1.) No, not yet
2.) No, I love you too much;
3.) Yes, I thought you'd never ask;
4.) Yes, and here's more
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9/29/09 7:35 P

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Katty,
I had replied to one of your blogs a while ago - I recommended Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, and offered a thought to ponder :)

I only realized that I had bumped into you before on Spark after I had joined the team and browsed your page - :) it was a page I had seen before :)


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GODINMYHEART's Photo GODINMYHEART Posts: 1,689
9/29/09 10:16 A

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ah! That's why I thought you looked familiar! Where did we meet? - must tell you I'm awful at connecting faces, names and places. I remember faces, that's all!

KATTY- URUGUAY, SOUTH AMERICA

Anne Lewis:
Here are four ways God answers prayer:
1.) No, not yet
2.) No, I love you too much;
3.) Yes, I thought you'd never ask;
4.) Yes, and here's more
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TOOTERFISH's Photo TOOTERFISH Posts: 562
9/29/09 5:53 A

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Morning Katty,
Glad you had a moment to stop by. Thanks for the welcome. We had gotten acquainted before, so no worries 'bout the delay here. I do hope you are taking moments for yourself while you are being busy . . . I read some of your posts and whew, makes me tired just remembering them.
You've done a good job with this team. I am very glad to have joined.

Hugs to you if you stop by here again.

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GODINMYHEART's Photo GODINMYHEART Posts: 1,689
9/28/09 8:12 P

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there's so much going on in this thread! I smiled a lot with some of the comments, heard some whining (whining is fine here because it means you need someone to listen and there's always one to listen and give you a warm hug! love that baout this team!), and got to know you Toot! Sorry I was not able to greet you in person the way i have done with all the other new members. too much going on in my life right now!. But, I do like you already! You seem to have a lot of energy and much to offer!

I am happy you joined the team! emoticon

KATTY- URUGUAY, SOUTH AMERICA

Anne Lewis:
Here are four ways God answers prayer:
1.) No, not yet
2.) No, I love you too much;
3.) Yes, I thought you'd never ask;
4.) Yes, and here's more
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TRYINGHARD1948's Photo TRYINGHARD1948 Posts: 19,906
9/28/09 5:30 P

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I see your joy. Your surroundings are filled with not just years of affirmation of home life, but centuries. I cannot offer you building advice, only, when the house gets too much for you, walk outside and breathe in the energy of love that the house was built on. emoticon

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"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew."
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9/28/09 6:13 A

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Yes - of course there are :)

lol just not so much in the craftmanship

Let's see . . .

The area is very nice. It is a very, umm, desirable town to live in. The schools are listed High in ratings. We are walking distance (under 2 miles) from the library, grocery stores, clothing and shoe stores, a college campus, the commuter rail - there is a lot here very close by.

The property is almost an acre. There are 2 cherry trees, 2 pear trees, 1 peach tree, a walnut tree. There is a Massive concord grape vine (Used to be on a trellis but overgrew) There are raspberries, both black and red. There are roses, irises and lilies - we even had poppies this year.

My family is under one roof again (which for 18 months we weren't) Each of my kids has their own room now - they used to have to share. We are able to have a dog.

I can paint, tear out, redo, decorate, knock down, refurbish any part of the home or lawn without worrying 'bout a leasing contract or landlord's approval (my in-laws made no upgrades in the 20+ years they were here, so anything we do is a Plus for them.) I can have a garden and my son can play however he wants in the yard (he built a mini Fenway Park baseball field complete with Green Monster wall/scoreboard in my backyard)

And I DO try to keep the positives forefront in my mind (my family being together is #1) There IS more to life and love besides a room that's square and plum and all the door frames are the same width and height.

My intention of coming back to Flylady principles IS to find the peace and joy within this home.
Sorry I was whining.

Hugs.

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9/28/09 5:32 A

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Wow, you do have house problems. Are there are any good points?

Sandy



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9/27/09 7:33 P

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We've seen This old house - and I think I may have seen Holmes on Homes a few times (blond guy, likes to cut squares out of ceilings to 'find' problems?)

We've actually considered calling This Old House - but not for renovation. On our property there is an old, rickety, quite scary 2 story barn (it even has a basement) - the planks used, 'specially in the ceilings are half trees - flat on one side, round on the other, bark still on them - thought maybe...maybe they could/would tear it down (at their cost :) though probably not) to be able to reclaim the 200 year old wood. Having 'them' do it would save us a minimum of 5,000-7,000 US dollars.

A few years ago we (hub & I) were 'trading spaces' watchers. Every now and again we'll watch color splash...or similar shows where they go in, make minor renovations, new paint, new decor and Wow! new room. But those shows are unrealistic for this house.

Holmes on Homes could use do at least 3 seasons of taping here at my house - I swear in every room something was renovated 'wrong' (example, the peeps who lived here before my in-laws redid the kitchen - they had put in a clunky dresser (4 drawers) outside the bathroom area (to store towels?) we decided to remove it and put in a more functioning cubby - when we took the dresser out (with a crowbar) there was no actual floor underneath. The peeps had put the dresser in First on the basement ceiling planks, then laid the subfloor and flooring Around it. !! Which made what seemed like an easy decor adjustment turn into a horrific renovation project)

Ya, I'm probably whining. In fact, I know I am.

I'm trying to shift my attitude from an angry and frustrated, "Grrr, well @!)#&*$&* it's screwed up!!" to ironic laughter, "Of Course it's screwed up."
I don't always succeed.

Sorry, you asked a simple question and I kinda rambled on.

**edited to Thank you for the info on the Zones**

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TRYINGHARD1948's Photo TRYINGHARD1948 Posts: 19,906
9/27/09 5:42 P

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I don't really follow the FLY zoning but when I read about them I did break the house into areas so that instead of trying to do the whole house in one day and getting everybody upset, mostly me, I do an area a day. I found the decluttering the best thing possible for getting the house to where it was just so much more easy to look after.
DH and I are in the process of trying to update our house but it is only a mere 25 years old, which is thought of as pretty old here in OZ, LOL. Coming from Scotland, I find that hilarious.
I love watching Holmes on Homes, a Canadian production, where he goes in corrects all that is wrong with a house. Unfortunately, although DH loves the show, the expertise does not quite rub off. LOL. Do You watch This Old House?

Sandy



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9/27/09 9:01 A

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Thank you so much for the warm welcome. It has been a pleasure to 'meet' a few of the members here - I've enjoyed browsing your pages and blogs. Thank you for sharing yourself in them.

I haven't been following the Fly routines so much lately (err, like for a year) Though many of the skills have sunk in over the years - but 'when' they get done now is sporadic.

I feel that the joining of this group is my re-commitment to her program. I Want this home to 'hug' me (like my apartment used to, I miss that) and I want my body back (I miss feeling strong) - so what a wonderful way to combine those 2 goals.

Do you all follow the Zone schedule?
I'd like to start with it again. This week is Zone 5, the living room and Zone 1, the front porch. How fortuitous. For the last couple weeks I have had on my Toodles (ToDo List) projects pertaining to the LR And the Porch. May as well Jump In now - where I am, just as I am.


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9/26/09 6:53 P

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Hi and welcome to the team. emoticon
Sandy(TRYINGHARD60) just about said it all; Only I think she has x-ray vision. I hope you enjoy our team.
Cynthia

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Einstein said, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

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Wow! Your house is almost as old as the time white people started inhabiting Australia, no wonder it's a bit creaky. At my time of life I can commiserate with it.

You have difinitely come to the right team. Our leader (just quietly so she can't hear and get a big head) is fantastic at giving us projects that are fun and no pressure. She acts as if she can see us but I'm sure that's just a ruse to keep us on our toes, or at least I think it is. From what I've read I think you will enjoy the varied, supportive and fun interaction there is here.

Sandy



"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them -- every day begin the task anew."
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9/26/09 11:36 A

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Welcome to the team. You sound like you have a plan, go for it!!

June
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB (personal best) is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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9/26/09 10:18 A

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I haven't joined any teams since I've reSparked - so this group is my first. I'm hoping I made a good choice -

I've been with Flylady since 2004 and had worked her program quite well in my small apartment - but I've been having problems since I moved just over a year ago. I've been trying to re-adapt Flylady to my new location though I'm having problems with my own mental blocks.

The house I now rent from my in-laws was built in 1804 - and has not been maintained well. There is so much that is wrong from a long time ago that it makes any upgrade projects difficult -

The house is like a very old man - I can give him a haircut, a shave, and a new sweater to make him look spiffy - but his plumbing, joints and heart still have problems - things that only a fountain of youth (or an enormous bank account and specialized professionals) would fix.

I'm trying once again to 'fall in love' with my surroundings - To embrace my 'old man' of a house. I found before that my environment reflects my body/mind/spirit (right now, one can see it in the size of my hips, and in the cluttered hot spots that everything is not quite well) and when my home was peaceful for me, the weight came off easily.

I'm hoping this small group will help me to find that peaceful connection once again. I'm looking forwards to interacting with others who follow Flylady techniques.

hugs to all.
-Toot

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