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1/27/15 11:55 P

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Hi Everyone....This computer is still being a little cranky...its just running so slow and keeps jumping all over the place...grrrrrr

Had a busy day at the salon but not to crazy..came home and Aiyden was already here....that makes it a great end to the day!!

Doing great getting back on track...Jim is on board now and that helps SO much...I've been tracking all my food again and I'm getting all of my water in daily...now have to amp up some walking and or workouts and I'll be feeling much more on my way to lower numbers on the scale!!

Denise...glad you didn't get hit with too much snow. Bet that Florida sun is calling you back!!

Dianne...bummer on the surgery being rescheduled...glad you're able to get him in still with the other doctor. I sure hope the new treatment works for your Mom.

Cori...How's the knee this week?

Kare..hope your week is off to a great start!!


Jeanette...the barn sounds adorable!!! I am SO ready for you guys to travel this direction so we can meet up again!!!!

Hello to everyone checking in...time to call it a night and hopefully tomorrow this computer will be running better!!!

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1/27/15 9:01 P

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Denise - we are heading to Vegas with Don's daughter for 4 days then will drive over to Phoenix to see mom - she is doing ok. Had a pet scan last week and it showed new spots. So they are changing the chemo and adding radiation. They headed over to CA to see my nieces this week - always worry as those two like to try to get money out of mom...but she's put me in charge of finances so hopefully it won't happen. So we'll spend a few days there and then head home - haven't decided what route - Don talks about going to Texas...it'll all depend on calving!

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Jeanette - that barn sounds so cute - I have a garage, doll house and a quonset that I got out for the kids to play with. I always worry that it will get broken but I guess it's better to get broken while being played with than get broke while being stored! We've had such nice weather here - kinda scary. We can pretty much say we've had no snow. I think I pushed a little once last month.

Denise - glad you didn't get much snow! Just enough to make a snowman, enjoy a little and then hope it goes away.

Kare - I hope things can get figured out for you guys and put this behind you. We've had some pretty good weather, hope it continues!

Well Don was suppose to have his nasal surgery today - but they called last Thursday and cancelled because the Dr was called away (family emergency)..he was not happy as he has waited over a month and then they ask if he wants to reschedule...really?! So today he saw a different surgeon and thankfully can have the surgery next Thursday. Then recheck in a week which brings that date to February 13 - one day before we leave! So fingers crossed everything goes well! We do need to reschedule the colonoscopy which is ok with him....lol....we'll see how busy March is.

We have Brinley tonight as Joe, Jacie and Lenae all have some sort of flu. Then I see on Facebook that the twins also are sick - so I'm diffusing oils in our bedroom hoping we don't get anything! Guess we'll see how well they work - if nothing else they smell good!

Hello to everyone checking in and have a great week!

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Cori - good news on the knee! Hope it all works out. Yeah - I'm not into selling oils...still iffy on if they really work - have heard lots of stories but....been defusing some of them in our bedroom that are suppose to keep us from getting the flu - we'll see if that works !

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1/27/15 10:04 A

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday.....my computer is being persnickity this morning so I'll try and get it working better so I can check in more tonight :)

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So our big storm amounted to maybe 2 inches, but I'm not complaining. They called school off last night before it even started....my daughter and family slept over, and all are sleeping still...no, her hubby went to work, but Tom is off.
Going to make Bree some French toast when she gets up, and hoping to get her in the snow for at least a cute picture;)
Hope everyone is good....

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1/25/15 1:55 P

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Hi all.....just got done food shopping...crazy experience between being a Sunsay, and snow in the forecast!! Got some good recipes on Pinterest, so I'm getting ready to try 2 of them. I've been trying to prep meals for the week now that I have more free time on the weekends. Helps my mental health- sine the 2 main men in my life aren't here.
They are predicting snow this week, hoping for no snow days- maybe just a delay!

My class this year is very challenging- boys are so immature and into pushing/shoving, then tattling!!! Makes mr crazy. So it was hard going back after my trip, and that's why I don't want to prolong the year!!

Brenda, glad you're doing well. How's Andrea feeling? Will she find out the sex?

Jeanette, how was your time with your grandson? Too cute about the farm.
I'll check into Bryn Mawr....don't think it's too far. I'm from Delaware County, PA.
That would be wonderful.

Cori, how are you doing?

Dianne, your grandkids are so cute. How's the weather there?

Kare....still sending positive thoughts your way. Good luck!!

Going to throw some food together now.
Hoping my baby girl comes over. She's started to walk;)))
My joy!!

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1/25/15 11:19 A

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Happy Sunday! Been warmer than usual here which means everything is now covered in ice. Spending the day at home recharging and getting some housework done. Got some baking done and have a roast beef dinner cooking in the slow cooker.

Jeanette, stay safe! So glad your son and grandson can enjoy the barn together.

Brenda, how's going back to work? Everyday gets easier....

Dianne, are you enjoying this warmer weather? It was supposed to snow yesterday but never happened. There are places that already have no snow - very unusual for around here but maybe not a bad thing given how high our rivers were in the fall.

Denise, how was going back to work? I always find it tiring after a holiday.

Cori, how was your weekend?

Colleen, how are things going?

Have to talk to the court appointed psychologist tomorrow on my lunch break. She is gathering all the info she can before Brian sees her on the 6th. Because he can't remember what happened she has to talk to me. Really wishing I didn't have to do it at work but it is the only time that works. After school, Brian and I are meeting with Dwayne's service worker to start the paperwork for me to be his Substitute Decision Maker for his financial/medical and legal affairs. It also designates him as a Vulnerable Person which has laws about how a person is treated. The application has to go before a panel who decides whether Dwayne needs a SDM and for what parts of his life so we have to be very thorough on what he can and can't do.

Hip is somewhat better although it is still touchy. Glad I can go for a massage on Wednesday after school.

Hope you all have a wonderful day! Off to fold some laundry

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1/25/15 9:30 A

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Good morning~
Staying put today, weather is sketchy...rain and sleet overnight now turning to snow and wind coming up. predictions of accumulations aren't much but that underlying layer of ice is kind of treacherous.
Cori and Brenda get ready, building as it moves East...think it will be pretty short lived cause in the 40's by next week. Was amazing here yesterday, temperature hit 50 and very sunny skies!
have a blessed day everyone
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have a few free minutes so wanted to pop in and say hello. Luke is on his way to spend the night ,so eagerly anticipating the evening. We have some fun things planned! going to make daddy a birthday cake and i dug Will's old farm things out so we are going to do some farming! LOL When Will was 2 I had a barn built for him. It is about 30" x 18" by maybe 30" tall. the roof hinges has doors and windows etc....bright red with a green roof. I cannot wait for both of them to see it! Not sure who will be more excited......before Christmas I got some things out and Will took them all home. he built a table and made roads and grass and cornfields and then set up this elaborate farm. They spend a lot of time playing together. It brings me great joy to see Will so happy. I talked with them last evening,mom was working and I could hear Luke in the background saying" too big won't fit". he was trying to drive a big tractor thru a door that was way to small! i love this age where he is engaging in play and chattering to us. So much fun!!

Brenda...so glad to hear you are recovering so nicely! Bet you are anxious to get back to a more normal routine! Have fun playing cards What do you play. i have been making Al play rummy with me at night. We turn on the heated mattress pad snuggle in and play cards....told him it is good for his brain!!! he is a fierce opponent!!!LOL can't wait for warmer, snow free forecast so we can head to PA, Jenn will be back from London for awhile at the end of March. so maybe then:) I miss you guys, been way to long!

Kare....Oh gosh I hope they find that it was just one of those nights and don't find any criminal intent! that whole process just needs to be over for you both! Praying for good results for you!!

Denise...Sounds like you had a great trip, isn't sunshine and the beach just the best soul healer!! So how far is where you live from Bryn Mawr PA? I would love to see you if we ever get that way again! DH is fighting me on driving, thinks he wants to fly but I can borrow a car, or take a train. Will definitely be there in September for three weeks, i have a meeting with the Pope! LOL

Oops they are pulling in better run..
love you girls, hi to everyone
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1/23/15 10:17 A

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Hello and Happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
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Had a great day at the salon yesterday...busy but not too long...I'm working 11-5 today....working tomorrow just for a couple of hours then chillaxin all weekend..might play cards with friends Saturday night....they're calling for some snow Sunday so we'll just hang out at home :)

Everyone have a fabulous weekend!
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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all....

Yesterday was a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng day I was beat but felt pretty good this morning...I had my follow up with the surgeon today and she said everything looked great..she removed the outer tape pieces and said I'm good to go back to normal activities ...YEAH!! Tomorrow I work but just 10-4:30 ..much better day!!!

Kare...I sure hope they find that Brian was just not in a good place that night and take that into consideration!! Glad you're hip is feeling a little better!

Denise...SO glad your get away was everything you needed!! I LOVE seeing you checking in here more...makes me smile :)

Dianne...really snowy hear today too...we got 3-4 inches...I'm SO over winter !!

Cori...I'm SO glad to hear that you got an appointment sooner then anticipated...I pray it all comes together smoothly and that recovery will be quick!! When do you plan on making the move to Florida?

Jeanette....hope you're having a great week!!

Hello to everyone checking in...hope you're doing great

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Strong is what you are when you run out of weak.

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Denise, so glad to hear you are feeling refreshed. It's amazing what some down time and friends can do for a person. Keep up the walking!

Cori,, glad to hear that things are moving along for your knee surgery. It is warming up a little bit here but then we end up with freezing rain and icy roads.

So Brian has been court ordered to have a psyc consult to see if he is criminally responsible for running into the police car. He goes on February 6th and back to court March 23rd. That should be the end of it except for the fact that he won't be able to drive for at least a year and probably have to face a fine.

Not much else going on, just working and trying to stay on track on my diet and exercise. Hip is feeling a bit better but still going for a massage next week. No gym yesterday or today. Not sure if I will get there tomorrow either as Brian works until 8:30 every evening. Should get up in the morning and go but he isn't too cooperative with Dwayne and then it just causes problems.

Hope you all have a nice evening. Off to put Dwayne to bed and put some laundry away

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Hi girls....I'm back to reality...it's snowing!!!
Naples was the best therapy I could have asked for......quality time with my best friend...good talks, cries, dancing, eating, relaxing. Beautiful sunsets, too.
I learned to love avacodos...lol....and did a lot of walking....

Cori, glad you received some good news about your knee. You have a great attitude.

Jeanette, your words are powerful....I want to stop in more often too...glad you had a nice getaway. Enjoy that time.

Kare, good luck with your case..I understand you wanting to just put it all behind you.
I'll be sending good thoughts.

Brenda, hope you're feeling okay after getting back to your regular routine, be careful!

Dianne, when are you going away? And where?
Praying for a good outcome with your case too.

Getting ready to do some walking...I felt good after all the walking on the beach and piers..Doris and I are trying to lose weight before we see each other again. I'm planning on spending some time with her in FL this summer.

Hoping to get weighed again at school, and see where I am.
Stay warm, my friends....xo

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Afternoon girls. It has turned a little colder here again but at least only in the low 30s so not as bad. Spitting snow/sleet some today.

I just got back home from seeing the knee surgeon in Indianapolis. Yesterday I wasnít very happy because they had called me to schedule my surgery for ďlate May or early JuneĒ! I let them know that was not going to work and we had words. Then I was about to leave for work this morning and they called and said they had a cancellation and wanted me there in an hour and a half. Itís about an hourís drive but I said Iíll take it. Mike had only been asleep for 4 hours but he insisted on going with me. The same NP that had gotten a little nasty with me on the phone yesterday was the same one that came in and examined me before the doctor came in. She had a completely different attitude and was nice and sympathetic today. The dr agreed I needed partial knee replacement but he did say the recovery was not going to be as bad as I had been told. If I can get the surgery by late March or early April then our FL timeline can go pretty close as planned. I am very happy about that! I really like the surgeon. I did some research on him last night and he is in the top 25 knee surgeons in the country so I am willing to do what I need to do to get him. Feeling much better about all this mess today. And I got a bonus day with Mike to top things off!

Brenda, hope you are still doing okay after your first day back to work. Glad Andrea is doing okay now too. I donít envy her being pregnant through the hottest part of summer. Hopefully itís a mild one!

Jeanette, glad you and Al were able to get away and relax. Good for you guys! I donít know if the first surgery was necessary but I do think that it caused my current condition. Even the doctors wonít say it didnít. The surgeon today said they donít really know for sure why some people develop this and others donít. But as I told Mike, I am thankful that itís just my knee and not cancer or some other life-threatening disease I could be dealing with. Trying to look at the bright side!

Dianne, my cousin has been selling essential oils for a while now (Young Living brand) and I have used some myself. Mike and I have used peppermint oil for headaches for about 10 years. I have considered selling them myself but I am still unsure of some of the miraculous claims they make. I believe natural anything is better than chemicals or unnatural remedies and cures but I donít know that I feel comfortable selling the products until I have time to further investigate everything. I am glad they are working for you though! If it works, Iím all for it!

Kare, how is your hip and cough? Hope you get some milder weather up there soon. Good for you getting back to the gym!

Denise, hope you had an awesome time and have a safe flight back!

Hi to anyone I missed! Going to change out the laundry and spend a rare evening with my love!


~Cori~

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Morning! Still lightly snowing here but temps are still in the 30's, can't really complain about that!

Feeling better every day around here - been taking deTorra essential oils and they seem to be helping me. Even with hot flashes - and opening up my sinuses. Also trying "slim and sassy"...suppose to help with cravings...not sure if it helps or not since I don't have many cravings! But my friend and her son use it (also do the shakes) and her son is down 17 lbs this month..granted he is much bigger than us but I told him he's doing an awesome job. Barb is down 9. So far I've been maintaining so that's ok. My goal was 165 before we leave for Vegas and I'm 168.8, not too worried yet and even if I don't get all the way there I'll be happy.

OK off to coffee...have a great day girls!

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Let's try this again...started a few times then after to leave. Been snowing out all day - just light stuff but they are saying 1-2 inches...hopefully they are wrong. Guess it wouldn't be bad as we pretty much have no snow. But the little bit of rain we get gets everything icy - i'd rather have the snow.

Brenda - how are you feeling? Wasn't today your first full day at work? Hope it went good...hope Andrea has no more spotting - that's always a little scary. We have talked about going to see that movie but not sure if I can handle the emotional part of it. Maybe wait until it comes out then rent it and watch at home.

Denise - pictures look great! Warm weather, friends and good times. So glad you got to get away.

Cori - thinking of you! Hope things can get done quickly and done right! Back pain and knee pain is so crippling.

We have a new Caribou Coffee in town at the local grocery store - so this afternoon we decided to try it - not bad but if they don't control the kids that come in (middle school is one block away) they will lose customers. We don't go in to hear kids yelling and screaming and throwing stuff. Other than that is wasn't bad but still had that "grocery store" atmosphere.

Trying to get tax stuff done - yuck - plus stuff for FSA for farm programs. Seems all this paperwork is due at once...good thing is it will all be done before we leave so we can relax and not worry about anything - hopefully anyway....

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday to you all.....

Had a nice quiet weekend...had some friends over Saturday night for dinner and played a card game..it was nice.

Sunday we just chilled out most of the day...Jim went with our friends to see American Sniper...I am funny about paying to go to a movie..I love seeing lighthearted and comedic movies but I don't like to pay to be sad or over intensely stimulated ..even though I know that movie is based on a true story I just wasn't up for the sadness...strange I know....lol

Yesterday I got caught up on all the laundry and hung out with Andrea & Aiyden :) Andrea had a little spotting a week ago but they checked her and everything seemed fine so they just told her not to stress about it too much (easier said then done) They did and ultrasound and the baby's heartbeat was strong ...she's due August 24th :)

Denise...I'm so glad you're having such a good time in FL...just the recharge you needed...I hope it carries you right through til Spring when we naturally get a little recharge with all the new life blooming and weather breaking!!

Dianne....I sure hope that ruling goes your way...just all seems SO ridiculous to me that they can even have taken it this far....best of luck! I bet you can't wait to head out to Vegas ...some sunshine and palm trees are such good therapy!!

Cori...So sorry you're going through all of this knee issue...but have to believe it will all work out just fine in the end and you'll be better then ever and you can get to where sunshine and palm trees will be your full time therapy ;)

Kare....I sure hope this whole issue of that stressful night will be behind you guys sooner then later....so sad that one out of control night can just flip your world upside down..((((HUGS))

Colleen...hope you're doing well.

Tina, Nettie, & Lisa....we miss you all SO much ...hope life is treating you well.

Today I go back to the salon for a full day....I am going to be VERY busy today but I hope to have some down in between clients...then tonight we're meeting for dinner for my nephews birthday ...my friend Shelley's birthday is today too so we're taking her with us :) the stress and tension between my and my sister and my "brother" Tim is still very high.....SO disillusioned with who he has been all of these years while he and Amy weren't a couple and especially the last 3 years that he and Sharon were together...it's all just SO messed up and it's not that I'm even upset that he and Sharon broke up it's just all the dishonesty and underhanded way he handled it all because that's just not who I EVER thought he was...if that makes any sense? So I'll muddle through tonight with the niceties for my nephews sake and then I won't have to deal with any of them again until March :)

We'll I hope you all have a wonderful day...make great choices...

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Jeanette, very well said! Glad you found a few minutes to check in.

I was saying to someone at work that it was overwhelming at times in Europe to know that I was walking the same cobblestones as Mozart and seeing the buildings where he went for coffee and lived, It was a real immersion in history.

Hip is a little better, gets stiff at night. Been to the gym both days this weekend and felt good to get back after my cold. Coughing a bit after a brisk walk but feeling ok. Spent the afternoon going through my clothes and weeding out stuff I don't wear or are getting too big. Going to make fajitas for supper which was Dwayne's choice for tonight.

Hope you are all doing well. I'll touch base tomorrow after Brian's court appearance.

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Good afternoon girls...oh my gosh I just do not know where the time is going. Had good intentions of checking in this past week and then blink the time is gone.......Dh and I are away on a little overnight getaway, we left early morning to go to a farm show, he had free rooms at a nearby casino so that is where we are staying. I needed a little down time and he is playing cards for awhile. We will meet for an early dinner then hopefully hit the pool and hot tub and relax We are both finally feeling better,slowly getting energy level back.

Denise....I hope you are having a fabulous trip, glad to hear the traveling alone was good. That means you will do it again...LOL It can be a little scary the first couple times, but it really is so easy. ..so many good people out there to help if you need...we just hear about all the bad things with the airlines. My traveling for the most part is pretty uneventful....a delay here and there, a missed flight...I have learned to take it all in stride and almost expect something to pop up!

Brenda...sounds like you are on the mend! emoticon
Hope you continue to heal and are back to full gear in no time! I think you mentioned Andrea had an appointment maybe last week......how did that go..do we have a new baby arrival date? How is she feeling?......Wonder what Aiyden will think of a new little brother or sister....
all fun stuff!!

Kare....How are you feeling, is the hip pain getting better? Budapest is definitely somewhere I would like to visit.....another is Prague! isn't it amazing to see some of the architecture in those places.....the churches and building in general just amaze me....It is kind of eerie to stand in places where so much history has happened. When I was at the last port where the Titanic docked before sinking it was like you could almost feel the energy of people there, I felt a similar thing in Rome at the colleseum.....hard to explain...but when I read your words about the place with the "shoe" memorial I knew you would understand.....

Cori....happy to hear you may be getting a more prompt surgery date......I am so sorry you are having to go thru this. I cannot imagine the frustration you feel. I know you take great strides to live a healthy life style and then things like this hit. so I have a dumb question for you....do you think the need for the first surgery was unnecessary? could this new diagnosis have been the underlying problem the whole time? Doesn't change the end result but I am always thinking about those things! and on a happier note have you gotten any down time with Amelia lately?

Dianne...Sounds like you have a crazy busy week ahead!
Soon it will be vacation time!! emoticon
How many days will you guys be in Vegas, can't remember if you are doing AZ first or after Vegas? The farm show here was a really little one, a friend is there as a vendor so we just wanted to support him. good excuse to sneak away..right?

Colleen..hope you are staying warm and moving forward in a positive manner!

Tina, Nettie and Lisa ...although you are not here checking in on a regular basis, i want you to know that while i understand your absence I do miss being part of your lives!



I want to tell you girls how much I value each of you! I appreciate your friendship, guidance,support and opinions through the good days and the bad days. I agree with Brenda that it is definitely during those bad times that we probably need to be here the most, but I also know that is the time it is easiest to stay away. All of us for different reasons...for me sometimes I just have to process what is going on before I can utter a word. I try to check in during those difficult periods in life but my words wont come freely, everything feels forced and
my brain just won't let me write the words. i am such a ridiculously private person, sometimes to my own dismay, when i should vent, I don't. I hold it in till I just can't breathe then wait for it to pass and try to start the road back.
I want to impress upon each of you how thankful I am that I always have that option and that you girls are always here! Like Brenda said it hurts my heart to think of a time where that might not be the case..... i just decided that I don't want another day to pass without each of you reading these words of your importance to me. I love you girls and genuinely want you to know how important you are to me.
2015 is going to be a year of great change for me....I am welcoming that, embracing that and trying to forge forward with a grateful heart! I feel so blessed to be a part of this gathering of intelligent, loving, genuine women...............
Thanks to each of you for sharing the ups and downs of life with me!
have a blessed day
jeanette

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Good morning girls. Itís going to be the warmest day so far this year today. 46 I think. Iíll take that. Hopefully it will melt a lot of the snow and ice we have been dealing with. The sun is shining so that always makes me feel better.

I got a call yesterday from the surgeonís office that will be doing my knee replacement and she said that my ortho dr here is pushing to get me seen sooner and get surgery scheduled. They have tentatively penciled me in but I donít know a date yet. So at least we are making some progress. One thing she said that concerned me was that it will be decided if I need a partial knee replacement or a complete one. It seems like every time I talk to them it keeps getting worse. I hope she was just being overly cautious. My ortho dr told a coworker of mine, that is a patient of his too, that he is very concerned about my knee. That worried me even more! Knee is still feeling good so far, so that is a good thing.

Brenda, so glad you are recovering nicely. Donít overdo it at work. I know it is hard for you to stay inactive for long. You are one of the busiest people I know! Take care of yourself.

Kare, I hope things go well in court. It seems like this is just a nightmare for your family and I just hope it ends soon for you all. Hope your hip feels better soon.

Denise, so good to see you smiling and enjoying yourself! I am so happy that your friend could do this for you and lift your soul and spirit. Enjoy my friend!

Dianne, sometimes I wonder about those cholesterol levels. When I had all that labwork done a couple months back, for the first time ever in my life, it showed my cholesterol levels were elevated. I found that hard to believe because I hardly ever eat red meat, eggs, butter or any kind of dairy. Sometimes I think it can be affected by things other than diet. Hope all goes well with Don and you two can enjoy your trip!

Jeanette, I am missing you very much! I hope all is well with you and your family. Please let us know if you are okay. We miss you girlfriend!

Lisa, miss seeing you on here too! Everything okay your way?

Hope everyone enjoys the weekend. Love you girls!


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Brenda, I bought the Fit Bit Flex and use it daily. I also wear it at night and now I know why I'm so tired because it tells you how many times you are awake and how many times you are restless. The other night with my hip I was awake 12 times and restless 33 times...
I have mine synced with My fitness pal as well..you can also link it to sparkpeople

Snowy, windy night here supposed to get windier and about 2 centimeters of snow. Warming up overnight so chance of freezing rain towards morning.

Brian has a court date on Monday morning to have him assigned to have a pyschological assessment. The courts want him charged with criminal mischief in regards to his hitting the police car and our lawyer feels as we do that Brian is not criminally responsible due. So now he has to be assessed and they will determine whether he was responsible. If he is then he will have to plead guilty and do 1 year of probation. If he isn't then that charge will be dropped. Either way he will face the DUI charge and will lose his license for one year. Just really want this to be finished...hoping things will go right for Brian. I really don't believe he intentionally hit the cruiser, he was just trying to get away so he could do what he thought he needed to do which was end his life..

Denise, enjoy the sunshine..

Dianne, hope you can get the diet to help with your levels...I'm heading back to the gym tomorrow after 2 weeks of being sick with this cold. Probably will feel like dying after my workout but hoping it will help my hip as well.

Have a good weekend all! Going to play on facebook for awhile and then have a bath and read...

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hello girls! Stressful week - supreme court heard our case this past Tuesday - haven't heard anything yet...it can take up to 90 days. I hate waiting! Interesting turn of events....our lawyer found that the "crime" they charged Don with had been amended to remove "rocks trees or rubbish"...so basically they charged him with a "crime" that was changed back in 2011! When the judges asked the states attorney why she charged him criminally and with that charge she couldn't answer it....couldn't very well say "my boss told me to"....so we'll see what happens.

Weather has turned nice this week - even up into the 30's. Don had a Dr appt last week and it came back he also has elevated cholesterol.. but doing some research on both of us neither one of us has really high - in fact after 6 months mine had come down but the tryglicerites had gone up - i really spelled that wrong! lol....anyway - we're both looking at our diets and exercising more. He has a colonoscopy next month along with his sinus surgery then we leave for Vegas on the 14th. Got the twins next weekend, selling calves next week and hauling corn and wheat also so it's picking up. Now if I could just get out into the yard and work!

Cori - glad the shot helped your knee - sure hope you can get that taken care of soon!

Brenda - take it easy now - your body will tell you when to slow down so listen to it.

Denise - enjoy Florida!

Kare - warming up for you too? I'm so done with winter even though we haven't had lots of snow we've had enough cold!

Jeanette - how are things with you and Al....both feeling better?

I've started using some essential oils - brand of doTerra - so far I like them and they seem to be helping with hot flashes and sleeping. Maybe just in my mind but what ever works!

Off to get my hair cut and colored - need something!

Love ya all!

Dianne

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Hi girls...it's absolutely beautiful here in Naples! I did really well on the plane ride..the airport was a breeze...and my toes were in the sand by 10:00 last night.

Today, I'm enjoyed my fresh squeezed orange juice, with tomatoes and avocado on crackers...Doris's place is on a golf course, and it's very relaxing.
Heading to the beach, and / clubhouse soon.

Cori, sorry to hear about the pain--- hoping the shot helps for awhile.

Kare--- hope you get that massage...stay warm

Brenda...hope your day went well, don't push too hard so soon!

Jeanette, my friend, how are you??

Just wanted to check in with good news today;)

Take care friends

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Good morning and Happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday to you all....

Still feeling better everyday...some tender spots on the upper abdomen area but doing good....able to sleep kind of normal in bed without as many pillows propping me up.

Today I'm going to the salon to work from 11:30-5 not real busy just kind of testing the waters...then off again until Tuesday. I go for a follow up with the doctor next Wednesday.

Cori...I sure hope that shot gives you long relief!!!!! Hang in there my friend!!

Kare....Hope the stretching helped you...bummer you can't get in for the massage. What are you up to this weekend?

Denise...enjoy that sun and sand!!!

Jeanette...How's your week been??? Miss your smiling face :)


Do any of you girls have the "fit bit"? I just got one...curious to see how many steps I take at work when I'm back in full swing :)

Hello to everyone checking in...going to head into work now....everyone have a fantastic day and weekend if I don't get to check in.

Quote of the day:

Hydrate...Hydrate...Hydrate...

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Glad our knee is feeling better Cori! Hope it stays that way for a good long time.

It's been warmer here too as in -20C. That is pretty much normal for this time of year. Been fighting with a sore hip most of the week. I was hoping for a massage but everyone is booked. Tried some stretching to see if that helps.

Hope you are all doing well....

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Hi girls. Weather here is supposed to start warming up as of today. We've been living in an ice world for the last week or so.

Got my cortizone injection in my knee yesterday morning. I thought I was going to pass out from the pain yesterday afternoon. It does get worse before it gets better but it wasn't nearly as painful last time. The disease has had 5 months to progress since my last injection and that is evidently what caused the excessive pain. It kept me awake part of the night last night but when I woke this morning the pain was gone and my knee feels better than it has since I fell almost a year ago. Now if it will only last until I can have the surgery. The injection only lasted a little over a week last time and I don't know that the pain yesterday will be worth only that. We will see.

Denise, I hope you are enjoying Florida. You deserve some tranquility and relaxation.

Hope all the rest of my girls are doing well. You all mean a great deal to me and I love you each one. Keep warm girls!

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Morning girls....
Brenda, glad you're feeling better each day;). Hope dinner was fun!

I also had a mani/pedi last night. Had to get my toes ready for the beach!!
A student of mine gave me a gift card so it was a free treat...yay!

Getting ready to travel by myself....something I'm quite nervous about, but I think I can handle it. Pretty much packed now though, just a few loose ends to time up.
I'm taking a half day tomorrow, and flying out of AC at 5:30.

It's so cold here, Florida will be a relief..the beach a sanctuary, right?

Hope you are all keeping warm.
Talk soon

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Good morning and Happy Tuesday to you all....

Had a nice day yesterday...got to get my nails done...and a pedicure..that was awesome!! Watched the Ohio State Game...GO BUCKEYES!!! I got to sleep in my bed lastnight...I used our couch pillows and a big comforter so that I could sleep propped up...that's the most comfortable for now :) I'm healing nicely it's very itchy so guess that's a good thing :)

Today is Jim's birthday...his co worker is in from KY and asked to take us out to dinner tonight so we'll meet him at Ruby Tuesdays this evening.

I know life throws us some curve balls now and then but our little group is obviously SO much more then weightloss....you are my go to gals in good times and bad..so my girls who stay away when they think that they're going to bring us down...That's when you NEED to be here...always know that....I'd rather see you here during the tough times too then to not know what's going on and imagine the worst...I love you all and I just don't want to ever think about coming here and not seeing all of you :)

Denise...I'm SO glad you're getting away...nice that your friend moved..did she retire or is she doctoring down there ? I'm SO glad you have your BIL to help you sort out the financial stuff!!!

Cori...I know this medical stuff is a bummer but there must just be a reason you're supposed to still be in Indiana rather then in FL when you had planned...we have a lot of customers that "winter over" in FL and when they've had medical issues down there it's been a NIGHTMARE and they've had to come back to their home state to get correct medical care!

Dianne...How was your weekend?

Kare...everyone feeling back to normal after the travel? How'd Dwayne do with you being gone??

Jeanette....How was your weekend...any get aways planned soon?

Tina..Think of you often!

Lisa...O-H

Hello to everyone checking in...need to call our cell phone company to make some changes.

Quote of the day:
Do More of what makes you healthy

Hugs,
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Brenda, glad you're feeling better, and I know you're having a fun day today celebrating again!
I just want to squeeze that baby's cheeks;)) you do a great job keeping us together. And I understand what Cori is saying...I don't often like to be a downer, and complain so much on here. But I do know, none of us mind listening to each other vent. I'll try to keep better in touch. I'm sure it will help.

Kare, I hope you're feeling better....it's been bad around here, too. I missed where you went- will have to catch up with you girls.

Dianne, you always gave so much fun w your grandkids! Your baking always impresses me...how do you do it all?? Wish I lived closer. Lol

Jeanette, we need to catch up too...how are you??

Packed for my trip today....waiting on Tom to take my tree down so I can vacuum up the mess. Didn't decorate too much, so all else is away.

I think my baby girl is coming over soon....
It's been really cold here, too, soFlorida will be a nice tease!!


Brenda, thanks for asking...my brother is my new financial expert, and he has a plan on getting me out of my distress, and living comfortably on my salary. He won't let me go down!!
I sincerely appreciate your concern(( hugs))and btw, my BFF who lived by you in Cleveland has moved to Naples...so I'm going to see her;)

It was nice to hear from you, Cori. I agree, this is a great support system that I need to take advantage of more often.

Seems like I'm rambling out of order, so I'm ending now...
Hi to all who aren't on here so often...
Have a great start of the week!
Thanks for being here

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Morning! Another bitterly cold day here again. Good day to stay indoors...

So nice to see everyone checking in.! Denise, I can only imagine how different your life is now and it will take time to find a new normal. I'm so glad your family and friends are there for you. Jim's family is missing out on a wonderful relationship with you and your children.

Cori, hope you can move up your surgery. It's frustrating that wait times are so long to see specialists.

Brenda, I found I rebounded back pretty quick after my gallbladder surgery, I felt so good after feeling awful for so long.

Dianne, hope you had a good weekend with the grandkids.

Jeanette, are you still in a cold snap too?

Woke up about 4am all wet and sweaty and my cough had loosened up so I'm guessing I am through the worst of this flu. Now I just have to be careful so I don't get a chest infection. Been using my inhalers since I started getting sick so hopefully that will help.

Just did crafts with Dwayne, going to put a roast in the slow cooker and start a load of laundry. Then I think maybe a nap....

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Hi girls. Trying to keep warm this last week. Subzero temps, snow and wind has been crazy. Forecast is calling for possible ice storm tonight. Knowing this is my last winter here helps get me through each freezing day!

I contacted the knee surgeon and my consultation appt isnít until 2/24. That was their first available and I am not too happy about that. It means that I probably wonít have surgery until mid to late March and that really messes with the Florida timeline we had set. I go to my ortho dr this Wednesday for a cortisone injection to help with the pain and I will be asking him if he can refer me to another surgeon that can get me in sooner. I really donít want to wait that long and have to adjust our timeline. Now that I am over the shock I just want to get it done as soon as possible.

Denise, I hope you got my text. Like I said I wish we all lived closer so that we could physically be there for each other. We all love you and want to support you in any way we can. I am so sorry Jimís family is acting this way. Some people are just beyond understanding. You are in my thoughts often and wish there was some way to make this easier for you. I love you and am just a call or text away if you need someone to lean on. Hugs girlfriend.

Jeanette, your pizza sounded delicious! Thank you for the support and prayers. I am finally getting over the shock and just ready for it to be over. I am glad you are starting to get over your pneumonia and Al is feeling better too. It has been a really bad year for flu here too and so far I have been able to avoid it. (knock on wood) Take care of yourself!

Brenda, so happy to hear you are feeling better too! I thought about you through out the day Thursday and was glad to see your smiling face when I checked facebook. Thanks for keeping us updated! I hope you enjoy your day with Jim and the family. Tell Jim Happy Birthday for me!
Now on a serious note; Thank you Brenda for creating this sisterhood and keeping us on track. I am sorry you feel like you are pulling our group along. I donít want you to feel you are alone in this. I know I donít check in as often as I would like and I am trying to do better. I do read the posts every day, but I just feel like my life is not the greatest right now and I just donít want to check in here and bring everyone down. I do know that getting through these last few years would have been much harder if I didnít have my sisters here to encourage me and just be a sounding board for me. Aside from Mike, you girls are my support system. I love each and every one of you and I hope I have been there for all of you as you have been there for me.

Dianne, I usually only get 5000 steps in a day too. I just read an article the other day that said if you get less than 6000 a day you are considered sedentary. That really bummed me out but it also made me realize that I need to really step up my game. (no pun intended emoticon ) I do a lot of sitting at my desk at work so I am going to try to get up and move as much as my job duties allow me.

Kare, your trip sounds wonderful. I can only imagine the beauty that you saw. I am glad you were able to do this trip. It will be a beautiful memory for your lifetime. Hope you feel better soon!

Thank you everyone for all the positive thoughts, encouraging words and prayers about my knee. You all rock! On a positive note; I lost 3.5 lbs. this week so Iím headed in the right direction.

Well I have to get off here and get ready to go to the store. The bad weather is supposed to start around 3pm and I donít want to be out in it. Love you girls! Have a good week!



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Good Morning and Happy Sunday to you all....

Doing pretty well post op.....I haven't taken any pain meds in over 24 hours now....and feeling pretty good...slow and steady but doing well. Today Sam, Drew & Abrielle are coming up to celebrate Christmas and Jim's birthday...have a couple of friends stopping over today too.

DENISE....YEAHHHHHHH I'm so glad you checked in....we sure miss you when you're gone...our little group is struggling..I'm trying to keep it chugging along. Shame on Jim's family for acting the way they are....that's awful!!! Are you financially going to be ok...please let us know if you need our help...we love you!!

Dianne...sounds like lots of Grandma fun...isn't that the best!!!!!! Are the twins and Alex settled back in after the holidays ?? I was thinking you had already gone on your trip but that's in February right??


Jeanette....so when is your official last day at work?

Cori...how are you, is all the medical stuff sinking in and giving you a plan? Sure wish there was an easy fix button.

Nettie...thinking of you !!

Lisa...miss you girl!!

Colleen.hope you're doing well.

Kare...how are you feeling???

Hello to everyone checking in....have a wonderful weekend!!

"You never realize how strong you are until you have to be"

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Hi girls.....hope you all had a nice holiday, and are getting your new year started in a positive way.
Things are going okay here. We got through the holidays well..my family and friends are amazing, and never leave me to be alone. Thank God for Aubree....she is just a joy to have with us;). New Years was the hardest...the thought of starting a new year without Jim being a part of it was very sad, but Kelly, Mike and Bree were here with me. I'm glad my son went out w good friends, too. Both of my kids are struggling with their loss , and it breaks my heart. Please keep them in your prayers.
I am doing well while at work, it's the nights that cause me my anxiety.
I'm changing things up around the house. Jim's friend is helping me, he is amazing.
I feel the need to brighten things up. My kids laugh at me, saying dad would never have agreed to all this, but they are fine with it. It's kinda of a healing thing. I've been searching on Pinterest cause of my low budget.
His family hasn't spoken to any of us, and although I know I'm better off, it still hurts that I was part of that "family" for 30 years, and now I'm nothing to them. It really bothers me that they don't talk to my kids!!! Can u imagine?? Their loss, right? They don't even know the circumstances of Jim's death.
Anyway, my brother is helping me deal with my financial nightmares...god bless him. He has a plan for me;)))
On a much brighter side, Bree will be 1 on February 6th, and she just started taking her first steps! She is absolutely the light of our lives....fearless, and so very happy. I know Jim is encouraging her!
My best friend is flying me down to visit her in Naples, Florida this coming weekend...I'm hoping I can enjoy myself without worrying too much about the kids.
So...that's my life as it stands right now. Brenda gave me the push to come and check in.
You can text me anytime....it's just hard for me to do the normal things I used to do. Watching tv and even reading, takes a lot of energy. I play Words with Friends non stop, but that's it.
Since Tom is out with his good friend tonight, I've been able to watch a DVD...Downton Abby??
Season 1....while enjoying my wine. Wine is my anxiety medicine more than ever... 1 or 2 glasses a night before bed....
I cooked 3 meals today...Saturdays was my dad to visit dad, so I had time on my hands...food shopped, laundry, and cooked.
Tomorrow is an early mass for Jim, so I'll get started early, and hope to make it a productive day.
I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers and will try to catch up sometime soon
Love you girls!!





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hi girls - quick check in - it's been a busy day! Girls have kept us (me) running...we've made forts and watched movies - built with the legos - made pizza for lunch and now Jacie is going through the cook book to find something to bake tomorrow. Weather isn't too bad today but it is cold out. Wind finally went down - was blowing like yours Jeanette! Watched the Bison play for the championship down in Frisco TX...they won - 4th year in a row - it was a really exciting game! Right down to the last 8 seconds!

Jeanette - I was trying for 10,000 steps but was getting discouraged because I never got close so I'm going for 5000...more doable at this time of year because I don't get out as much. One day I lightly jogged around the house! Hope you and Al are feeling better and can enjoy Luke!

Brenda - glad you are feeling better...takes time for that tummy to heal. Hows your weather? Getting any better?

Has anyone tried any essential oils? I have a friend who is really into them and has given me some to try. I do know peppermint really helps to open the sinuses! And Lavender smells wonderful on my pillow. I have some more coming and we'll see how they work. I've been rubbing peppermint on the back of my neck for hot flashes and I haven't had one yet today...hmmm...maybe - still a little skeptical.

Kare - hope this finds you feeling better! Warming up any?

Can smell the pork roast and potatoes so I'd better go check - been in the oven all day so it should be about done - girls are showing signs of hunger and tiredness (like grandma!) so maybe it'll be an early night!

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Hi Girls....Happy Friiiiiiday to you all...

Doing good after surgery....pretty sore but not unbearable....spend most of my time in the recliner...slept in in last night and will again tonight..just very uncomfortable in our bed....I did some banking today and Andrea took it to the bank for me... but pretty much just relaxed all day.

Kare...hope you continue to keep feeling better.

Jeanette....your pizza sounds wonderful!!!!!

Dianne....stay warm !!! What are you up to this weekend?

Hello to everyone checking in...eyes are getting tired

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Jeanette, your pizza sounds good! Brian cooked tonight which meant Chinese. I had some chop suey and some fried rice, just not that hungry tonight.

Sinuses are still plugged up but not as bad as yesterday. My teeth and ears hurt from being so congested. Started coughing today so making sure I take my ventolin and inhaled steroid regularly and hoping I won't get too sick. Usually cough for 2 days straight and then start to mend...

My favorite place? Wow, hard to choose, each place had it's appeal. I think Budapest was the prettiest. Loved Melk Austria, a little mountain village that we visited while touring an old abbey. Vienna was so full of history. The fireworks at Linz were outstanding. Walking the streets of Passau was so much fun...

Brenda, hope you are feeling ok after your surgery.

Dianne, enjoy your weekend.

Hello to everyone else checking in...

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Happy Friday!!

Just checking a few things online while my pizza bakes. I need the carbs tonight, we are struggling energy wise so it was pasta or pizza. Whole wheat homemade crust, with lots of red peppers onions, mushrooms, and black olives. Made the sauce with my home canned tomatoes so at least moderately healthy.

Brenda...Thinking of you...how are you feeling? Has Ayden been over to cheer you up today?

Kare....How are you feeling? What was your favorite place on your trip?

Dianne...Have fun with the girls!!! Stay warm!

2 minutes and dinner is ready so better run.....
Have a great weekend
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Snuggled in bed, have the heated mattress pad on 8 and enjoying the coziness. Wind is blowing 50 mph, severe conditions out.Complete whiteout here We had a 5 oclock appt 30 minutes South of home and by the time we got back conditions had just gotten horrendous. We drove with our flashers on, about 10 miles an hour, couldn't see the lines on the road. It was pretty scary!!

Kare...this crud going around is awful. Mine turned into pnuemonia, they put me on an antibiotic and put DH on prednisone. The cough is really lingering. We both hurt just from coughing so much, sides and ribs. Think you made a good choice to stay home and take care of yourself. emoticon

Brenda....You and Jim are just so darn cute together! emoticon Seeing a picture of the 2 of you always makes me smile!! Hope you aren't too sore tonight, take good care of yourself and don't overdo it for a few days!

Dianne....What do you have planned for the granddaughters visit! Told Al that is the worst of being sick we can't go see Luke! How old are those little cuties now? Have fun!! How many steps are you taking each day? I will join/challenge/match you every day! I might be making laps around my kitchen...lol but I am ready for a challenge! emoticon

Cori....have you gotten any more info about your upcoming surgery, praying they can get you scheduled and get it behind you! I am still in disbelief that you are going thru this...Praying for you daily!

Denise...I think of you so often. I miss you so much. Still praying with you and for you and your kids! Let us know how you are if you have a minute!! We are always here for you!

Tina....Hoping the stuff I am seeing on the news about Washington isn't near you Think of you so often, hope you and your family are all doing well and life is in a good place for you!

Nettie....How are you? Keep us posted, we miss you when you aren't here!

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Yep...white out conditions off and on all day...45 mph gusts. Temps around zero...Not a nice day out...Don had Dr appt. this morning. Pre-op for his sinus surgery next month plus annual check up. Everything ok as far as we know.

Brenda..trying hard to stay active..signed on for a few challenges with map my walk...also have a fit but and a challenge with my sister in law for getting our steps in every day. Hope your feeling good and heal quickly!

Jeanette..heard from my uncle in Marshalltown that they had 7 inches of snow and thought about you. Hope that weather gets better..especially if you have to drive in it. Are you feeling better?

Kare...get well soon! Glad you didnt get sick during your trip. Loved seeing your pictures and hearing about the history.

Jacie and Brinley are coming tomorrow and staying the weekend..kids going to hocky games in Grand Forks (about 3 hrs away)... Looking forward to this! Hannah is enjoying her new job..busy! So many meetings she said how am I suppose to get my work done!

Hello to everyone else! Chicken soup calling me!

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Good luck Brenda, ! Hope you heal quickly...

Jeanette, I have this influenza/cold thing right now and it's a doozy. Glad you are feeling a bit better.

Dianne, bet you are getting the same cold snap we are.

Stayed home today, no sense breathing this all over the students. Not sure I will make it in tomorrow either, feel worse now than I did this morning.Guess my jet lag caught up with me...

Hope you are all doing well - heading for a bath and bed...

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all....

We are in the frigid zone..but I don't mind...when it's really cold it's usually blue skies & sunshine..makes it more bearable ! We didn't get near the amount of snow they thought we would so that's a bonus!!!

I'm all ready for surgery....had to pop off my two acrylic nails off my index fingers so they can put the monitors on them ...took off all my nail polish from fingers and toes...put all my jewelry in the safe...bought some baggy sleep pants and slip on shoes so I'll be all set...have to be at the hospital by 6 am and surgery is at 8 :)

Jeanette.... Glad you're feeling better....some of this sickness really sticks around....keep taking care of yourself!!!

Dianne..You'll knock those 10lbs out no problem...my "Map My Walk" chirps at me with all your activity...keep up the great work!!

Kare...settling back into reality??

Hello to everyone checking in...I'll check in Friday :)

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Happy Wednesday Ladies

we had kind of a lazy day here, too frigid to go outdoors much. Just out a few times to check and feed animals and throw wood in the stove. Had a really early dinner and just watching the news.
Going to play a wild game of rummy...LOL such an exciting life!

Brenda...Thinking of you...praying for a safe surgery for you and a speedy recovery!! (HUGS)
Check in when you can and let us know how you are feeling!

kare.....ohhh your trip just sounds wonderful! Such a much deserved treat for the two of you!
Bet Dwayne is happy to have you back home, how did he do while you were away? I remember the first time I traveled abroad, it changed my mindset about so many things, made the world a much smaller place. I have had "gypsy fever" every since....I love to travel to new places.

Hello to everyone checking in, DH has the cards ready so better run
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Good morning.......think most of you checking in are in the path of this frigid winter storm moving thru the country. we got about 7 inches of snow and is minus 8 actual temperature, talking minus 45 with wind chill later today and tonight! praying the frigid is short lived.

I am off to work in a few, think DH is taking me with the 4 wheel drive, he needs is for later and I just feel safer in that than my 2 wheel drive.
Just wanted to pop in and say good morning.............

My lungs are still feeling sore but better than it was, I can take a deep breath without coughing.
Dh is over the severe body aches and fever but has an awful cough and nasal congestion that comes and goes. Energy level is getting better,

Do you girls get a flu shot?

better get moving, gonna take awhile to get my layers on!
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Kare - sounds like you had a great vacation! One thing I like about vacations is I get a lot of walking in! Can come home a couple of pounds lighter. Sorry about the break in...hope everything was ok!

Colleen - hang in there girl...things WILL get better....keep a positive attitude and things will turn around. I hear you on that credit score stuff - mine dropped 62 points last year because my mom quit paying on a camp membership that her and my dad had bought and put my name on it without me knowing. So the collections agency put that on my credit score - wow I was not happy because even after my mom paid it they won't take it off! So for 6 months I fumed about it even though everyone said don't worry about it....good news is I checked last week and it is gone and my score is back up...so try not to worry about it...it will correct itself in time.

Jeanette - glad to hear you are feeling better...how about Al - flu didn't hit too hard? I miss my cats on the farm...try to get over there a few times a week to visit them - Elli is always there but the other two I haven't seen in awhile - I think they are at their "winter" home....will probably show up this spring like they have the past few years. Yes the decision to retire has to be your own or you won't be happy - hate when hubbys are right!

Brenda - good luck with surgery and take time to heal. You do so much for other people I hope they are there to help you!

Off to get my exercise in - put on 3 lbs over the holidays but have dropped 2...would like to lose 10 in the next 6 weeks....5 would make me happy! Night girls!

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Hello and Happy Monday to you all.....

Have had two really productive days.....I took down all of the Christmas decorations yesterday...scrubbed the bathroom....vacuumed everything....today I cleaned the pantry, put our luggage away (finally...it's been being used a lot since October...lol) I got all the laundry done, cleaned out the fridge and straightened up the bedroom from all the Christmas gift chaos that was in the corner of my closet area...lol trying to get everything done so when I come home from surgery I won't be tempted to do too much :)

Thank you all for your encouragement and kind words for Andrea ...it will all be fine :)

Kare...welcome back....your trip sounds like it was wonderful ....hope you're feeling rested soon.

Jeanette....I'm glad you're deciding to retire...I know it's been coming for a while...you'll LOVE it I know...I think we need to plan a meet up half way come spring when the weather breaks and before your guys get into the fields...lol

Colleen...sorry about the job...hope something turns up for you!!! Glad hubby's out walking with you...a good start!!

Cori...I'm SO sorry for your medical stuff.....I hope they offer the knee replacement sooner then later so you can truly get on the road to healing and be Florida bound!!

Dianne....How's your trip????

Lisa, Denise, Tina, & Nettie...I agree with Jeanette...miss you all terribly :(

Everyone have a great night!!
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Morning! Took a vacation day today to recover from vacation...LOL

Got back late Saturday night/Sunday morning - 2:00am.Picked up Dwayne and it took til 3:30 to get him to sleep. Got about 5 hours and then up for the rest of the day until 9 pm last night. We were up from 7pm Friday night (my time) and didn't go to sleep until early Sunday morning. What an incredibly long day.

Got groceries done yesterday so getting the house cleaned up today. Brian's luggage got lost and should be delivered later so I will have his clothes to wash as well. Making some potato soup for lunches and just enjoying some downtime.

I fell at the airport in Chicago on the escalator so pretty stiff and sore, especially my right knee. A kid triggered the emergency stop so we were walking up and I didn't see a tiny lip at the top and fell. Hoping it will ease up soon.

What can I say but the trip was fantastic. I highly recommend Viking Cruises. The staff were fantastic, the boat was great. The guided tours were done by people who lived in the region and they loved to share about their country's history. So much history in this area and they are still rebuilding after being behind the iron curtain. The churches and castles were beautiful, words can't explain it. You see the pictures of the painted ceilings etc but in person they take your breath away.

Certainly got my exercise, 4 to 5 hours of walking everyday. I know for a fact that before my weight loss I would not have been able to do this trip. The walking up and down hills and steps would have been too much. And I didn't gain a pound!

Jeanette, hope you feel better. Glad you have made the decision to retire, it's easier when it's your decision.

Brenda, I think people shouldn't judge anyone's lives. You never know when you could be in the same position. Andrea is very lucky to have you to support her.

Colleen, my hubby had to have a credit check done for his last job. I hope things turn around for you.

Cori, that's not good with your knee. I hope you find some long lasting solution for relief.

Well off to take down the Christmas tree and then Brian and I have to go down to the police station. Our neighbour's brother tried to break into our house on New Year's Eve and did a fair bit of damage. Luckily we had someone staying here with the dogs but we need a police report in case we have to file an insurance claim.

Take care,,,,Kare

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Cori~ OMG will it not ever stop for you!!! I could not believe your words!! Was this something you were ever warned about? never heard of such a thing and it gives me the shivers that one is not warned of the potential for this happening as a side effect especially as common as the surgery is these days. I am so heartbroken for you! Do you just want to go to the top of a mountain and S-C-R-E-A-M????Sending prayers that this all works out and you and Mike are strolling on the beach in Florida very soon! love ya dear girl.
thanks for your kind words, sometimes I just feel crazy for not being able to put my finger on what is wrong with me. i know you get that!

Brenda...to H*** with anyone who judges Andrea..... shame on them! That's their shortcoming, not yours! Ya know I always say if you don't give those kind of people something to talk about they will make something up about you! LOL You don't need people like that in your life.... please don't spend a moment even worrying what others think.....if they are gonna judge they are gonna do it whether you waste time worrying about it or not! Let it be their waste of time!
Keep us posted, we all love and care about you so much!! Like I said a baby is a hard thing to be upset about!

Colleen.....Employers use a credit check as kind of a reference point. The concept behind it is if you are responsible with money then you will more than likely be responsible at work and if you aren't responsible with money then the thought is that you may not be responsible to show up for work, you may not use time wisely and employers worry that it is a red flag for theft. know it sounds crazy but it is becoming more and more common! the problem is that a credit score doesn't tell circumstances behind that number such as a lost job, death of spouse, major medical bills etc....
Sorry you didn't get the job, hope you haven't left the other job yet!! How is the increased exercise helping your mood? hang in there! Sounds like the walks with your new puppy are good for you and hubby and give you some time outdoors to de-stress even if it is cold.

Dianne......Your trip sounds fun...hopefully Vegas will warm up, has been quite chilly there.
Saw this morning on the farm show there is an antique tractor show in Apache Junction in Feb. ( i think, might have said March) that is just outside Phoenix. Made me think of you guys!
My kitties are growing like crazy, we were laughing this morning, they sit on top of the bales and look in thru the glass at Hop Hop (our resident bunny). there are 2 that will climb in his cage with him, supervised of course! i miss Trouble like crazy as I know you do Spooky!

Kare...Hope you are loving every minute of your trip! Can't wait to hear more about your adventure!!

First day back to work, it was awful....grrrr. I have decided it is time to be done. Dh said i had to come to that conclusion on my own (hate when he is right)lol
Still battling back from walking pnuemonia, feeling a little better today but my energy is zapped. think I will try to get a little extra sleep tonight, has been erratic at best lately.

hello Tina, Nettie, Lisa, Denise and everyone else popping in. I miss you ladies so much!

Happy New Year....wow 2015!
(My husband informed me this morning that he has been out of school 40 years this year) .........aggggghhhhhh

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Happy New Year everyone!
So I didn't get the job got a nice email saying they weren't interested in my kind of people. Not sure what they meant by it but don't care much either. I was more angry at the 32 points my credit score dropped when they ran a credit check. Why a company needs a credit score for employment of someone is beyond me but yet another inquire and I'm back in the poor column.

so it's a new year I don't make resolution,usually by March I have failed so I just make a list of things I like to get done and It hangs on the fridge.

my stress and depression are still high but I don't have time or meds for either.
It's ok I am not worring. It will work out some how.
Hubby is trying to be supportive and we are walking the pup together. Since she is still a baby she can go far neither can hubby but it's a start and I am happy for it.

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Hi girls. Made it through the holidays. Mike goes back to work on Monday and weíre back to the normal routine. Weíve really enjoyed our time together and hate for it to end. But we are thankful what we had.

I went to the ortho Dr on Wednesday and unfortunately had a bomb dropped on me. He had my MRI results and I was almost crying when I left. He informed me that my knee issues are because I now have severe Spontaneous Osteonecrosis of the knee, which means ďbone deathĒ of the knee. In laymanís terms, where my femur and tibia bones meet at the knee the bone has literally died and is now deteriorating away. The dying process is moving further into each bone and will continue to do so. That is the cause of all my pain and swelling. There is no known cause for this, but it is the same disease that usually occurs in the hips of elderly people. When it occurs in the knee it happens almost exclusively after a knee scope has been performed. The Dr said he has seen it in the post scope knee of people as young as 17. My cartilage between the bones is almost completely gone and I now have arthritis in my knee as well. My only option is partial knee replacement. That REALLY threw me for a loop. So now I am looking at surgery again and am very upset about that. I am hoping it wonít affect our Florida plans and timeline. That will depend largely on my recovery and medical expenses. So we will see. Definitely not the way I wanted to start off 2015, but it is what it is. emoticon

I have gained a few pounds while Mike has been off due to all the eating out so I am going to try to get as much off before surgery as I can. Going to do what my knee will allow me to do and start to be very strict with my diet.

Brenda, thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way on Thursday. Speedy recovery girlfriend! emoticon

Shout out to everyone else checking in. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and are off to a great start to the new year!


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Hello oand Happy Friiiiiiday to you all....

Had a long day at the salon today for a Friday....went to dinner with Jim, Austin, Andrea, Aiyden and Kylund(Austin's friend who we've adopted as another son) I realized at about 4 that I had only had a fiber one bar all day long ....oops.

I work tomorrow from 9-1, then we have a birthday party for one of our "adopted daughter's daughter who's turning 1 at 3 and then have to go to my Grandson's birthday party at 4...then home to start taking down the Christmas stuff..SO SAD on that...but with surgery coming on Thursday I'm trying to get everything done like taking that stuff down, dishes, laundry, paid bills yesterday, sending a package to our soldier we adopted in Afghanistan , getting groceries...the fun stuff....lol have Sunday and Monday to accomplish all of that and then working Tues & Wed....surgery is Thursday morning at 8 :)

Dianne....your trip sounds awesome.....we are home bound for a couple of months for bigger trips but will probably do some little hotel getaways or down to our camper when we can if we get another nicer weekend....our next big trip will be Myrtle Beach in July and then back to Vegas in October.

Aunt Flo is here...she's been really erratic lately...40+ days between cycles and then last for over 2 weeks....thinking the change of life is happening...oh yeah ;)

Hello to everyone checking in...hope you have a great weekend!!

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Sitting here listening to DH snore in his chair - guess he must be tired! Everyone gone house is quiet - enjoying it for now. Kinda snowing out and they are calling for some snow this weekend but not much. Bailey dances Satuday in Bismarck (100 miles west) so I am heading there to watch and maybe do some shopping...Don hasn't decided if he's going with or not. Had a quiet night last night - 10 of us went out for supper (with kids) came home and just visited and had some appetizers...12:05 found all of us in bed! Will start taking the tree down tomorrow. Will be nice to have my "space" back again. Love getting the stuff out but look forward to putting it away also.

Kinda got our plans for the Vegas trip...Dona Jean and Rich (Don's Daughter) are going to ride down with us (leave feb. 14) ..our first destination will be the Grand Canyon then onto Vegas. Will be there until the 20th...kids will fly home and we'll head over to see mom and attend a farm show in Phoenix the following week. Really looking forward to this so I hope January goes by fast!

Think I will take a little snooze also...have a relaxing day!

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Happy New Year to all of you.....I hope 2015 brings you joy, peace, contentment, good health, good fortune, financial blessings, and most of all LOVE......I love each and every one of you...thank you for being a part of my life....I appreciate your support and friendship.


Thank you for the Andrea feed back...lol I know everything happens for a reason....and her life will fall into place....another Grand baby to love is a blessing and we're going to treat it as that and just hope that the judgmental people will keep their comments in check :)

Everyone have a blessed day...

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Short n sweet here girls... Happy new year! Be safe and have fun!!! Love you all!!

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Hi girls. Ready to leave behind the old year and ring in the new. Doesnít seem like we accomplished much this year other than make a decision to move to Florida. Lots of medical issues and bills too so I canít say I am said to see it go. 2015 will hopefully be better even though I am sure a lot of it will be spent adjusting to our new life.

Brenda, glad you had a good getaway! To be honest, I wasnít really sure how to respond to Andreaís news. I know you already love that baby but I so understand your concern. We want so much for our children and sometimes they donít make the best choices. We want to sweep in and try to save them from themselves but unfortunately, like our parents did for us, we have to allow them to learn and work it out themselves. And all the while try to be supportive, without taking over. I agree with Jeanette, itís so hard to find that balance. You are an awesome woman and have a loving family. I know you will do the best you can to see this situation through. Thinking of you g/f. emoticon

Jeanette, first let me say how sorry I am for your loss of Trouble. Our pets have a place in our hearts and help make life more enjoyable. My condolences my friend. As far as what you are battling mentally and physically, I for one can say, I know EXACTLY what you are feeling. I have been feeling like that for over a year now. I know a large part of mine is the implosion of my family. The rest; I canít really figure out. Mike and I are both believing that starting completely new again in Florida will be an answer to the mystery. We have had many discussions about whether or not we are ďrunning awayĒ from our problems and issues or if we truly are starting not just a new chapter, but a completely new book in our lives. After much soul searching, we feel that while a small amount is leaving behind our some of our issues here, mostly it is simply that we are not happy with ANYTHING in our lives right now except each other and our marriage. We have exhausted all avenues for happiness here and are ready to forge forward. I hope you can find an answer to your mystery my friend and be able to find a solution to help regain your balance and joy in life. As far as your health goes, I agree with Brenda. Have the blood work-up done. Even though I didnít get any clear answers to my physical concerns, at least I know what is NOT wrong with me. Just find out sweetie for peace of mind. And, if God forbid something is wrong, it can be addressed and treated before it is progresses further. We all love you here and we want you happy and healthy! emoticon

Kare, so glad you are enjoying your trip! Be safe!

Dianne, love your Christmas pics! Looks like you all had a wonderful time making new memories together. Sounds like you have some busy times coming up. Hope all goes well for everyone.

Well I am getting off here and enjoy my evening with Mike. Shortened day at work tomorrow and then a nice evening at home with Mike and a few festive beverages to help ring in the new year! Happy and Safe New Year everyone! emoticon


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good morning......

Brenda.....oh I forgot about your annual NYE party! great way to end the year and start a new!
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I have been thinking about you and searching for words, know you are struggling with this as a momma...so here goes....a baby is such a great joy and hard to be sad or upset about! However Andrea is so young and i know you are thinking that with every baby it limits her life potential as far as job and economic standpoint. I do believe she is a very blessed young woman to have the network of you and Jim and your mom and Andy who keep her life comfortable. What are you thinking????? Am I way off base? I try to put myself in a similar situation and think what I would be feeling......it is such a bittersweet situation. i know we love those grandbabies but both also want what is best for our daughters. ((HUGS)) At some point we have to let them accept responsibility for the life they have chosen and be very careful to love and assist but not enable. I have learned there is a very fine line between loving and enabling our children.

i have not discussed blood work looking for anything yet? It of course always in the back of my mind since that is what my brother died of and our systems were so similar!! I am convinced or maybe in denial that it is in some way related to my mood/menopause. I just feel so out of sync with the world, I feel like life (a.k.a "others") are pulling me to go directions that I don't want to go. "oh you should do this, you should do that...blah blah blah blah blah! i just want to do what I want to do..... have worked my entire life and I really just want some me time without the guilt and comments and blah blah blah. I feel stuck in a place I don't want to be both physically and mentally! Does that make any sense? i am struggling fitting in to my children's busy schedules and I hate it! I am frustrated with were i am in life right now and don't even know why because I am so very blessed but like I said SOMETHING is missing! Told my daughter I feel like I am going to crack!!
So for now I am one foot in front of the other, have started journaling to get some of the thoughts out of my brain, and tracking my weight/mood and overall health closely.

Your overnight to Cleveland sounds like fun! I love how spontaneous you guys are!
Do you have any goals in mind for 2015? Do you and Jim set goals as a couple?
Keep me posted on the baby, I am praying with you guys and for you guys!

feel like crap today, have the bronchial stuff, but going to try to tackle the farm year end paperwork, have my apartment stuff all figured and ready to go to the accountant!
greetings to everyone checking in~
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In Vienna today, another beautiful city. Went on a bus tour, a walking tour and then we set out on our own to explore the city centre. We went to a coffeehouse which we got a lesson in yesterday - very serious about their coffee here. After visiting a huge Gothic church, we took the subway back to the boat. Relaxing for a couple of hours before dinner and then thenMozart concert. Everything in Vienna is about Mozart and(coffee)!

Brenda, I hope everything will be ok with Andrea and her pregnancy. I know it wasn't news you wanted for her, but I always believe things happen for a reason.

Jeanette, I hope you,get some answers and find some inner peace.

Dianne are you under a extreme cold warning as well?

Wish I could post pictures here of the sites we have scene, words just aren't enough to describe the beauty of these old churches and castles.

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday to you all.....

We had a wonderful Christmas and then the next day we went to Cleveland...saw Trans Siberian Orchestra..it was a good show..not as good as I expected but can check it off the bucket list..Saturday Mom, Andy, Andrea, Doug, Aiyden, Austin, Sam, My freind Shelley , her hubby, my friend Sharon and her daughter and friends all got checked into the same hotel and we all went to the Hofbrauhaus for dinner...SOOOO much fun...Sunday we walked around downtown for awhile....got some lunch and then headed home....love making memories !!!!

We're gearing up for our New Years' Eve party tomorrow night...that's always so much fun!!!

Jeanette.....have they run test looking for that awful "C" word?? Unexpected weightloss and loss of appetite and fatigue makes me nervous...2 ofmy friends had all of those symptoms one had non Hodgkin lymphoma and the other had ovarian cancer...BOTH are in remission and doing FANTASTIC and feel better then ever....you keep after those doctors don't ignore your body!!! I'm sorry to hear about your dog...so hard to lose fur babies ....I love you my friend!!

Dianne...sounds like a wonderful Christmas for you and your family ....Sounds like January will be busy for you guys....February you'll definitely be ready to get away !!

Colleen...I agree with Jeanette...I wouldn't give notice ...do what makes you feel right ...Hubby will have to climb on board when he sees your choices working out for the best!!

Denise....Thinking of you....I know this Christmas couldn't have been easy....(((HUGS)))

Lisa....Hope you're ok....I know Bre moving to KY can't have been easy....Love you

Tina...Sure are missing you

Kare....your trip sounds like it's amazing...enjoy every minute!!!!

I was kind of surprised that I didn't get any reaction to Andrea's pregnancy...I'm still processing it all...she goes to the doctor tomorrow so we'll get her due date then :)
You gals are always my sounding board....lol

Hello to everyone checking in....going to head to the salon soon...have a lot of people wanting in today and tomorrow...going to be busy!!

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Jeanette - oh my heart hurts for you in the loss of Trouble.....he is running with Spooky and having fun with all the other fur babies up there. I still look outside and see Spooky waiting for me. Kids asked if we were getting another dog - I said no..not right now and maybe never. With just the two of us here and taking off in the winter I don't want to have to worry. Don says when he's gone I can get one to travel with me....yeah right...lol

We had a wonderful Christmas..all the kids here...loud and busy but lots of memories made. Poor Hannah had been sick all week and I sent them home early as her temp went up again (103) up to 104 when they got home so Matt took her to the ER right away...tonsillitus ...still....she battles that a lot. They gave her a shot and bunch more meds, got her temp down and 3 hours later sent her home. She's been doing ok but feels like crap. She was suppose to fly to AZ Saturday morning to spend a few days with mom...well, that got cancelled. Going to see an ENT Dr when she gets well againÖ.she has this next week off and will start her new job on Jan 5thÖhopefully sheíll feel good by then!

Adrian has been home for 5 days and just headed homeÖAlex goes back in another week. Back to school for 3 days and then heís going to Scottsdale AZ for some big car auction with his roommates family. Just 3 days but heís looking forward to going but not flying - this will be his second time flying but his first time he was only 6 - hopefully heíll do ok (he stated last year that he was never flying)Ö.

Havenít weighed in a week..eating has been so-soÖwill wait until January 1 now and then get back on track. Too much going on this week - Fargo tomorrow, selling heifers Tuesday, DS Curt and family coming Wed and ThursÖboth of us are ready to hit the road somewhere! Supreme Court day is January 13 and Don has nose surgery January 27ÖSo Iím thinking the beginning of February will see us on the road!

Time to sign off - have a relaxing night girls!

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KARE......Your trip so far sounds amazing!!! isn't it such a strange feeling to stand where you know such history has happened? So glad you checked in and are having a great time!
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Another Christmas here and gone! Guess it's not the Christmas season that seems so strange being over but the fact that 2014 is winding down. Just seems like a blink ago I was making plans for the year, setting goals and looking forward to what the new year would bring. It has been a year filled with great happiness, profound sadness, hard work, big decisions, good accomplishments and new memories made. Didn't get as much crossed off the proverbial list as I wanted too, but do feel like I made a positive stride in the right direction!

Am feeling kind of off in my emotions lately, just can't seem to find my balance! Seem like the outward me and the inwards me aren't matching up. Something seems to be missing......have been this way for awhile! weight is teetering again but trending downwards. My kids are constantly asking me whats wrong so I know they are noticing something different, have commented on the drastic weight loss of late. I am now down slightly over 18 pounds since the end of August....I feel fatigued and loss of appetite is getting worse. got my results back from yearly checkup, all good except cholesterol is creeping higher and higher so no real answer there.

DD and DSIL left for home early this morning so that adds to the "ick" feeling, it just will never get easy for me to say goodbye to her. Today of all days our dog Trouble died. very ironic, we adopted him for her when she was in college. The 2 of them moved to VA together, then her job got crazy so he came to live with us but always traveled with us to see her, except the last couple years. His health had been deteriorating since late fall, and he just refused to eat the last 2 days He was so snuggly with her and DSIL last night, it's like he was waiting to see her one more time! We hadn't been home from dropping them off at the airport for even an hour when he just made a deep sigh and was gone. Then the burial was awful our other dog Gracie just lay by the grave and cried and howled then of course it just made me cry more. Don't know why my heart gets so attached to those little critters. Has been a pretty tough day!

going to head outdoors in 5 and get a little fresh air and try to shake off the stress of the day.

Brenda...anything fun planned for New Years Eve? i am hoping the kids want to go out and ask me to babysit.
OMG we got him a rocking horse for Christmas. he is "neigh neigh" crazy as he calls them! it is fuzzy brown and white, if you press one ear it neighs and the other ear makes him clip clop clip clop! it is so funny, he climbs on, puts his legs back like you would if you were riding bareback and hanging on. and then rocks like a wild man while alternating the buttons in the ears....we just laugh till we can't anymore.

Kare...Hope you are having a wonderful trip!!

Dianne...how is everything up your way? Sun actually shining here today, a rarity!
how was your Christmas?

Denise...thinking of you, praying daily for you and your family!

Cori...thinking of you!

tina..Hope you had a blessed holiday season.

nettie...hugs...I miss you lots!

lisa.....How are you? Hope you are well!

Colleen... Sounds like a great new opportunity for you. But why would you give your 2 weeks notice until you know you have the job? sounds like that would set you up for failure if you don't get it. i think hubby should be more supportive of your decision to wait instead of forcing his ideas on you. Just my opinion! Exercise is good for your heart, mind, and soul...keep working hard you are doing great! Do it for yourself...you don't need hubby's permission to take good care of yourself.

hello to anyone else checking in, has definitely been longer than 5 so I need to run. gets dark so darn early these days!

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Evening, everyone. Just a quick check in from Budapest! It is 9:30 Sunday evening here. Have had 1 and a half busy but wonderful days. I highly recommend visiting this city. So beautiful and so much history. Brian and I did the Jewish Synagogue tour this afternoon and learned about the holocaust here in Hungary. We visited a museum honouring the Jews who were killed, and then went to a Jewish Cafe for a interesting cake and coffee. We then walked down the canal to a memorial dedicated to the Jews who were killed and dumped into the river. It was very moving to see all the bronzed shoes of all sizes(60 pairs) and realize the significance of it all.
Ship started sailing to Slovakia tonight. Just got back from dinners- awesome food! Going to relax and head to bed!

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I hope every ones Holiday was a pleasant one. Mine was good (an hour and a half with the in laws was plenty)
Things have been stressful lately to say the least and I have tried to stay on course. I have managed to lose 2lbs. I am committing myself to work harder at exercising despite my husband's protesting. I have to since we have no money for my meds. Exercise is suppose to be helpful in controlling depression so we shall see. I am keeping an open mind.

I have another dilemma though....... I am working an a gas station and a customer gave info and a full time job with benefits and a high rate of pay. Right now a second full time job would be helpful in paying the bills. I told my manager I had no intention of quitting but hubby doesn't want me to work two jobs. I haven't even gotten the other job yet and hubby wants me to give two weeks notice. I am kind of excited but don't want to just quit. Getting out of retail business is kind of scarey. Hubby is all for the change and is building it up but the way I see it even with the bump up in pay I will be bringing home about the same maybe less after they take out for benefits.so I don't see how it is a better job.

enjoying my puppy Zoey very much. she is very active to say the least and I wish it wasn't so cold or that it gets so dark so soon. Zoey (like Mudd was) is afraid of the dark. she did paper train to the bathroom floor quite easily. and she is more hubby's dog than mine but it's ok. She has learned "sit" and "treat" and how to "give kisses" but she will only kiss hubby and I she still only "bites" the two beagles.

Well time to walk the dogs so to speak. Later.
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Merry Christmas to you all.....I hope you've had a wonderfully blessed day with your family.....I am SO blessed to have all of you!!!!

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have started to check in a couple times the last few days but never get to finish!
so keeping it short and sweet

MERRY CHRISTMAS! emoticon


Enjoy your time with family and friends!

Kare.....Have a much deserved, truly wonderful trip! I am soooo excited for you!

BLESSINGS~
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Merry Christmas Everyone! Hope you are having a wonderful day with family and friends.

Bags are packed and in the car, just have a last few things to put in for Dwayne's stay. Hope to check in but may not leave a message. See you on the the 3rd!

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Good morning girls.... Got a dusting of snow last night, maybe an inch but ice underneath that...heard of a few semis in the ditch but nothing serious. Rained pretty much all day yesterday while we were in Farho..Don had ct scan..lots of blockage between his eyes...surgery January 27 to clean out the poluyps. Was hoping it would be sooner. We were looking at going south about that time but Health comes first! I think we are still going to Vegas in February. Mom is doing good, says she feels good and is getting exercise..she just needs to eat.

Oh Jeanette that would have been awesome if you guys would have made it! Oh well, maybe next year! Christmas day here with everyone but Curt (colorado)... Quiet Christmas eve as most of the kids wabt yonstay home, Hannah will go with her boyfriend to his sisters...so Don, myself, Alex and Adrian .... Maybe just make pizza...Curt will be here over New Years with his wife and her parents...staying here and thank goodness Don had the courage to tell him he couldnt bring the dog. If he would put her in the shop or kennel (both are heated) like we ask it would be fine but he thinks she needs to be in the garage or the house...I see it as disrepect for his dad when he does that. Don is really stressing out because he thinks he's going to ask for more money and he doesn't know how he'll tell him no...but knows he has to. So New Years could be stressful! Would love to say next year we're traveling for us! But I know Don won't...he wants his family here but it's getting harder to get them here.

Weather here has turned nasty....next few days anyway...wind sleet snow...good time to stay home. Gifts to wrap and goodies to bake, thats what I'll be going the next few days...have a warm day!

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday to you all.....

SO nice to see more of you checking in....sure do miss you when you're gone :)


Had a busy day shopping yesterday....finished up all but a few stocking stuffers and one gift left to get ...I'll get it Wednesday I love going out on Christmas Eve just to watch all the hustle bustle....lol

Life threw us a pretty big curve ball this week.....Andrea just recently started dated a new guy named Doug....super nice guy...he's a Marine who was shot in the leg during his deployment so now he's not active duty...he goes to the VA hospital for therapy ...they've hit it off really well....a little TOO well.....she told us Thursday that she's pregnant :( KIDS they just never listen....I'm over the shock of it and am in the " it is what it is & we'll deal with it" mode ....we haven't told my Mom yet...I'll be doing that tomorrow as I know she's not going to react very well only because Andrea lives there and they have taken on a lot of responsibility helping with Aiyden....luckily by the time the baby would be here I think they will have moved to the apartments here by us and Austin and 2 of his buddies will be renting Mom's house and Andrea and Doug will be moving here to the apartments by us also so it will all be ok ...but a little stressful right now....we of course are NOT putting it out on social media until she's past her first trimester. So with Samantha expecting Grandbaby #12 in July....Andrea will give us #13 in August...Holy Smokes!!!!

Kare....sorry you couldn't be with your parents....the cold, flu and sickness bugs sure have been making their rounds. I hope you have a fantastic trip...can't wait to see pics and hear all about it.

Cori....sorry you're have issues with your knee....our bodies just give us fits.....I've been fighting a chest cold for 6 weeks....just want to feel 100% again.....I hope the shot gives you some relief and that the MRI gives some answers.

Jeanette.....Glad you had a nice visit with Jenn.....hope all of your Christmas activity goes great for you!!!

Dianne...ready for Christmas??? How's Mom?

Hello to anyone else checking in....hope you're doing great!!!

Quote of the day:

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas"

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Jeanette, sounds like you have a busy holiday coming up - enjoy!

More freezing drizzle again today - roads are treacherous. Supposed to turn to snow tonight so hopefully things will get better. Getting colder as the week goes on so the highways should improve.

Feeling kind of down tonight. My parents were supposed to come Christmas day but both have had the flu and are still tired and coughing. My Dad in particular is quit weak so they have decided to not come. Now Meaghan doesn't know is she can come on Christmas eve because she can't find anyone to watch the cats. Makes me angry because her roommate just takes off for her holidays and Meaghan is always stuck with the cats. I mean we know that day will come when our kids may not be here for Christmas but because of cats just ticks me off.

Got my baking finished today, just need to pick up buns etc and we are ready for the day. Heading to bed early, had a sleepless night last night. Probably contributing to my weepy mood tonight.

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finally have a minute to sit, keep thinking i will pop in but not sure where these days are going!
Flew to Philly last week. DSIL's team made it to the playoffs so went out to see the game and spend much needed time with DD. Came home on Wednesday and have been running constant since then. Dh and I had date night thursday, I power cleaned 2 of the spare bedrooms Friday, Saturday we went to see DGS and finished Christmas shopping. finished cleaning today, am having "others" for Christmas so have kind of taken the cleaning to a different level DDIL;s parents and SIL's parents and grandparents are coming for a special family Christmas on the 27th. DD and DIL fly in tomorrow morning, Christmas at Al's parents tomorrow night. hoping to come up for air on Tuesday, regroup and get ready for Christmaws Eve here.

Brenda...Oh the family division of time just sucks doesn't it...I hate it! I always kind of feel like I get the leftover slot, supposed to be better this year if goes as planned but the wrench has been thrown we will see how the reaction to the wrench goes.LOL i always act like it doesn't bother me but dang it it DOES!! I told AL next year we are GONE GONE GONE...gotta say thought I would hate not being here for the holidays but I loved being in the Dominican last year. Didn't miss the hoopla at all.

kare,,,In case I don't get back on here before you leave...Have a wonderful, safe trip! I hope it is everything and more than you expect! Cannot wait to hear all about it. hope you and Brian get to relax, regroup and have the time of your life emoticon

Cori....Happy belated birthday!! emoticon
I love how much you and Mike enjoy each others company! sounds like you have had productive yet enjoyable time off. Praying the MRi is the start of the end of this nightmare for you. My gosh you have had so much pain!

Dianne....if the guys would have won we would have played ND this weekend, was looking forward to road tripping your way but dang it they got beat! Will every body be home for Christmas?
Have managed to loose another 1.2 pounds, had my yearly and all came back good except cholesterol has jumped even higher. was 14 pounds lighter than last year so doctor was very pleased about that. Just need to get that cholesterol down, frustrating cause I try so hard to keep it in check

Eyes are getting weary so better call it a night
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Hi ladies. I wanted to check in. Today is the last day of my vacation but I only go back for 2 Ĺ and then off again for 1 Ĺ and same again next week. I have LOVED these 9 days off with Mike even though I have had dr appts on some days. Had my mammo and annual gyno check Thursday so done with that for another year. Wednesday morning I went back to my ortho dr hoping to get a cortisone injection in my knee again. (It has started popping and cracking when I walk and is still swollen and sore.) But he said that he wanted a MRI done first. He is concerned that I am still having issues so he wants to see what it looks like post surgery since there hasnít been any imaging done since before surgery. He is not the one who did my surgery, but the one who helped me afterward when I was really hurting in August. So I had the MRI yesterday and go back to see him on the 31st. Not sure what he will do since I told him I will NOT have any more surgery unless I am unable to walk. We will see what he suggests, if anything.

Mike is off until January 5th and so we have also used this time to get some things sorted here in the house. What we are taking with us to Florida, what we are selling and what goes to goodwill. I can already tell Mike is feeling better being off work. He says he feels better physically and I think this is really doing him good and he is catching up on some much needed rest/sleep. The only downside is he did hurt his back last Wednesday after we came back from Indy celebrating my birthday. He got out of the car and something just popped. He has been to the chiropractor twice since and still is not much better. I am hoping this isnít going to become an additional problem for him. But at least he isnít at work dealing with this on top of his normal stress/issues. We both have really enjoyed being off work and all in all we have loved these last 9 days together.

Kare, when do you leave? So happy for you guys! You deserve some carefree moments filled with nothing but relaxation and joy.

Brenda, I love that you enjoy your parties so much! Too bad Hatrick is no more. They were pretty good. Congrats to Austin! I feel your pain about taking a back seat for family gatherings and celebrations. That was a big part in what happened with our family. emoticon I donít understand why time canít be divided fairly among the families. Hope you enjoy your holidays in spite of it all and Iím sure you will!

Dianne, hope Don finds some relief at the ENT. Congrats on the weight loss!

I will check in later. Happy Holidays everyone!


~Cori~

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Congrats to Austin, Brenda! You must be so proud of him. Sorry to hear about the family visit, it's hard this time of year with blended families. Hope you have a good visit when you finally get together.

My parents were supposed to come for Christmas day but they have been battling the flu so we will wait and see if they can make it. Meaghan is hopefully coming Christmas Eve after work and Robyn and Anthony will be here Christmas Day in the afternoon .Not going to a huge effort this year but we will have the turkey dinner. Don't want a whole lot of food left when we are leaving the next day. I'm sure the girls will take some of the leftovers...LOL

Been cleaning house and tidying up. Got all the gifts wrapped and stocking stuffers ready. Dwayne's suitcase is packed, just have his toiletries, pills etc to throw in.I got my suitcase out but nothing in it yet. I will get my dress clothes out and tried on etc but will probably do most of my packing Christmas day. Have to do up laundry etc that day anyway so nothing is sitting around while we are away.

Off to let the dogs in and take some garbage out. Need to get some more done off my to do list.

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Hello and Happy Sunday to you all...

What a crazy busy schedule we've had....lol...Thursday I worked all day...Friday I worked and then we went to hear the band we love ...it was there final gig so it was bittersweet :( Saturday I worked from 8:30-2 then home to get read for our party...had about 20 people over it was a nice night!! Today I finished wrapping all the gifts I had here...sorted everything and now know what few things I need to get tomorrow when I go shopping ..Tonight Aiyden and 3 of our other Grandbabies are coming over so their parents can go finish Christmas shopping.

We were supposed to be celebrating Christmas with Jim's kids on Christmas Eve but Samantha, Drew & Abbey could only commit to be here from 4-6 so we told them to pick a Sunday where they could come and really stay to visit....seems we ALWAYS get the short end of the stick when it comes to how she divides the holiday time with the other parents...just gets old....so Adam will still be coming up and Mom and Andy will come over so it'll be nice :)

Kare...you have to be getting SO excited!!!!! I'm so happy for you!!

Dianne....Austin was so nervous....he said there were a lot of questions he knew but he felt like there were a lot that he didn't but he DID great...makes me proud!!! When do all of your Christmas activities start up?

Hello to everyone checking in...hope you're all doing ok.

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Dianne, we are having the same weather here too. Today we have had freezing drizzle and now it is getting foggy. Supposed to be around zero on Sunday. My address is 575 10th St NW, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba Canada R1N 2R8

Got my to do list done for the next week and slowly started tackling it after school today. Need to go through my gifts for Dwayne and make sure I got everything and finish wrapping gifts. Then I can start packing and cleaning up for Christmas.

Off to pick up Brian from work. Have a wonderful evening!

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Kare....seems wierd reading two days left of school this year....where did the year go! I'm sure you are ready to get away ..... Hope you have good weather the whole time, and if not I'm sure there will be plenty of stuff to do and enjoy, also can I get your address?

Brenda...yea to Austyn for passing his practicals! I remember the stress of that day...big responsibility but it sounds like he is a young man who can handle it.

Our weather is looking good next week...up in the 30's...such weird weather..lots of fog last week. Don sees an ENT Dr on Monday...polyps in his sinuses...he's had them removed before...his breathing has gotten horrible (through his nose) so I finally asked his sister who she sees. Hopefully we can get it fixed quickly.

Weight is hanging in there, not much loss this past week but at least mo gain!

Have a great weekend!
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Evening! Well drama is done! Kids did great but we are all tired. Glad there are only 2 more days of school left this year. Tomorrow is movie day and I am going to The Hobbit. Friday is pancakes with Santa and class party in the afternoon. Saturday I am doing another 2 hour shift for the Salvation Army and then I need to get ready for the holidays. Still have some gifts to wrap, a few things to bake and housecleaning to do. I also need to get packing for the trip - one week tomorrow!

Weather here was unusually warm on the weekend and now it is cold again. Everything is covered in ice which is making walking a bit hazardous. But what can you do?

I hope you are all doing well. Brenda ,funny how we still have to clean our kids' rooms even when they are grown up.

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Hello and Happy Hump Day to you all....

Had a pretty laid back day..chilled out with Aiyden and then while he was napping I tackled Austin's bedroom...he's just been SO busy and we're having a party on Saturday so I decided to just knock it out!!!

I have to work tomorrow 9:30-6ish...getting busy because of the holidays :)

Hello to everyone checking in..have a great night!!

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