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9/19/17 12:49 P

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Daisy chick - hope that infection clears up soon! No fun....and great job on the 30 pounds!

Rainy day here, pork roast in the oven...guys are working on the combine so things are ready to go when it dries up. Weird weather - 80's until friday then dropping to 60 on saturday...

Brenda - so jealous your still riding! We thought about it but the days when it was warm the wind was blowing! Not sure we'll get another ride in....

Having fun with my Cricut machine! Making little ornaments for christmas gifts and signs for outdoors....might keep them might give them away, that's my problem - I like everything and want to keep it!

Have a great day girls!

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9/18/17 11:57 P

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Hello all, sinus infection-ugh, so awful. On the upside, almost 30 pounds down...

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Hello & Happy Monday to you all ...

We were SO happy to have Cori & Mike stay with us ..wish it could have been a longer visit under better circumstances...Jim & I look forward to visiting them :)

We had a nice weekend ...went to see my friend Melissa in NC she turned 50
Sunday so wanted to drop her gifts off ...then Sunday we went to Myrtle to see Jim's brother Patrick who was visiting from TX ...we rode the bike ..it was awesome!

This weekend Jim's Dad & step Mom are coming here for a day before they head to Ohio ( they're in Myrtle) we're also having friends over for dinner and then Sunday we have our apartment social event to put on we're doing Fiesta theme :)

I started another dropping round and have lost 13 lbs that's a good start ...hoping for 15 more :)

Cori ...glad life is returning to normal

Dianne ...glad you guys enjoyed the bus trip ..I think that would be fun!! Hope the weather cooperates so you can have a easy harvest time!!

Jeanette ...what are you up to this week? How's Jenn?

Kare ...your Thanksgiving meal is coming up quick ..how are the plans coming along?

Everyone have a fantastic day

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Cori....So glad you and your home are safe! My cousin lIves in Lakeland, she headed to Missouri to stay with her sister, her house is ok, lots of trees to clean up.

Quiet weekend here, went to a car show today then out for supper, Don said it could be 2 weeks before we get in the field, how am I going to keep him Occupied! Might have to take a few road trips!

Off to bed for me...good night!

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Hello, my friends. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We made it home yesterday about 3am. No damage to our home at all and for that we are very blessed. We spent most of the day taking down plywood, cleaning up outside and trying to get the inside back in order as well. We are exhausted but we both went back to work today. May take a few days to get rested.

We have power, which many people here do not have. It has been near 90 and humid. Miserable conditions for those working to restore power and those doing storm cleanup.Flooding is also a big issue here; not from storm surge so much as from the rain from Irma, overflowing a lot of the rivers here. Several rivers won't crest until Saturday. There are reports of evacuees that are still trying to return to the state and cannot due to flooding, traffic or gas shortage.

We are so thankful that we and our friends were all safe and their homes undamaged. And again we are so thankful to Jim and Brenda for taking us in with open arms. They are very special people!

I'm going to close and try to go to bed a little early tonight and get some rest. Thank you again for all the thoughts and prayers. Love to you all!

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So we survived the bus trip... Don even said he would do it again ... but no longer than 2 days... it really was long enough when you are use to stopping every hour and hitting our favorite coffee shops, but it was fun - we started out by introducing ourselves and then answering a question ...then the next part was kinda weird - speed dating - I really thing they need a different phrases for this but you basically move one seat back and have 2 minutes to talk to that person then you move to the next seat - good way to visit with everyone but the older crowd did not like the thought of "dating" ... there were some that refused to participate and I understood that. Game was great - vikings won which was a plus! A few of the guys did not ride the bus back to the hotel as they wanted to party longer - personally I don't think that should be allowed but....they all made it back but were not in the best shape in the morning! Toured the Cenex Harvest loading facility at Savage MN, interesting but short tour...buffet lunch on our way back with one stop to stretch legs. Was glad to get home. Today the smoke from the Montana fires is awful....got some mowing done but it's hot, smoky and just yucky out.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and a great week!

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Cori...so glad to hear you are with Brenda! I'm sure it was a hard but wise decision, praying it doesn't do too much damage to your home.

Kare - we have had that smoke also - some days good some bad! Really bothers Don's sinuses, enjoy the weekend!

Brenda - you guys are awesome to open your home to people who need a safe place and wonderful that Cori is there!

Hannah and Matt will get back tomorrow night - they have been loving Japan! They are Pokemon lovers and the is big over there! I am anxious for them to get home though - too far away for this mama! Adrian and Ian were in Montana last week, will get back home tomorrow - lots of smoke there and West Glacier was mostly closed because of the fires but they are enjoying their vacation also. It is so hard not to ask Adrian what kind of wedding she wants until Ian proposes! We have talked about it and she wants a small wedding here at the house and then a bigger reception later...I told her that's fine with us but the list has to stay under 100! Fargo (100 miles east of us) has some beautiful venues...maybe I can talk her into one of those.

We are having a gorgeous weekend here...starting to clean out the garden and Don finished the steps on the back deck, we'll board the bus at 9 am tomorrow morning for the football game - hope it's fun or Don will never do it again !

I bought myself a circut last month - so far I am loving it! Got lots of ideas for gifts and holiday decorations. When I told Adrian I had bought one she said "I know what I want for wedding invitations!" So I'd better practice up!

Have a peaceful day everyone!

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So glad you are somewhere safe Cori, I pray that this will be over soon so you can return home.

I;ve been watching coverage of Irma on CNN and wow what a lot of water!

Very hot today, close to 100F which is not normal for this time of year but we will enjoy it before the -40 temps come.

Stay safe and have a relaxing Sunday

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Hello my friends. We are safe and sound at Jim & Brenda's home. They have graciously offered for us to stay with them since we bugged out last night. After hearing the latest updates at 5pm last night, we made the last minute decision to leave. We just didn't feel safe to stay home anymore. We decided to just drive until Irma was no longer a threat. We was going to stay in Orlando but we felt we were still in harm's way. We ended up continuing to drive until we got to Rock Hill and there were no more warnings. We will head back as soon as it is safe. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I'll keep you updated.

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Hello & Happy Saturday to you all.....

This hurricane has been keeping us on our toes ...for a while it looked like we were going to be affected pretty hard but not so much now ....so sad for Florida ...Continuing to pray for all in the path :(

Jim's brother ended up having a blockage in his heart so they put in a stent and he's doing very well! Thank you all for your thoughts & prayers!!

Adam got his DNA report back and he IS Jim's biological son...thank God
I don't think Jim could have handled any more surprises!!!

Kare ...I'm so glad you enjoyed Phantom :) I can't believe it's time to plan the Thanksgiving dinner seems
like you just did ..lol How's Meghan?

Dianne ....how neat that Adrian got to perform the ceremony & that's AWESOME on the upcoming engagement!!! I agree the pics were beautiful and you'd never know there were any mix ups!!

Jeanette...I think SC would be a great place to go for your anniversary ;) I'm glad you had such a good trip to Vegas!!

Daisy ...hello to you ...hope you're doing well!

Cori ...oh my friend I'm worried about you ....I really wish you could have come here to ride out the storm...stay safe & please let us know asap that you're safe !!!! Love you !!!!

Jim worked on bills & finances this morning ...yuk...lol I think we've decided to not go to Mexico in Nov ...with all the trips we've had to take to Ohio and one more coming in October & our annual Gatlinburg Cabin trip the end of October we just financially don't see it working without racking up a credit card and we're trying to continue to pay them off soooooo hopefully our friends understand and this doesn't cause a rift ...we've been friends since 3rd grade so that would be awful:(

The kids and grandkids are all doing good ...Andrea is working ALOT so I have the kids ALOT injoy it but it's tiring sometimes ....hopefully if she & Jim get back together and he moves here that'll ease everything up and she can work less!

Well everyone have a great rest of the weekend!!

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Cori, please stay safe and let us know you are doing ok when you can. I can't even imagine what a hurricane would be like. They sound very scary...

First week of school done and I'm tired. Going to be a busy year. Got my schedule for doing speech therapy started and hopefully class schedules will be firmed up on Monday and I can get organized. Always so much to do. Already starting to plan the Thanksgiving lunch at school as its on October 5th.

Smoke has disapated a bit here, but if we get any winds from the north it will be back. We seem to be enjoying perhaps our last hot weekend. It was absolutely beautiful today and not a cloud in the sky, just a little windy.

I hope you are all doing well. Heading to bed shortly...

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Hi girls. Have been busy and in hurricane prep mode for the last week or so. Bought plywood on Tuesday, our bonus day off; we had planned to lay on the beach at Siesta Key but unhappily decided we better get everything we needed. Got off work today at noon and spent 2 ½ hours boarding up all the windows and doors. Until this morning was looking like Irma was veering east and we were going to get less of the hurricane’s effects. This morning the path shifted to the west and is still veering westward. That means we, on the west coast, will likely take a direct hit from Irma. They are predicting it to hit us Sunday at probably a Category 3 hurricane; 75-90 mph sustained winds and 100+ gusts. We live 10 minutes from the Gulf and are now expecting some storm surge, although they are not certain on how high the surge will be right now. We will have better info tomorrow, but right now it doesn’t look good. We are hunkering down tomorrow night and pray that our house will still be intact on Monday afternoon. This is part of the price for living in paradise.

Dianne, the wedding pics were beautiful. You wouldn’t know by the pics that there were any hiccups, so I think you managed to do quite well. Congratulations to the bride and groom! And another wedding! Will you have any time to recover before the next one?

Brenda, looks like NC will be spared from Irma’s wrath. Glad you aren’t in here path as much anymore!

Kare, hope this school year goes well for you!

Jeanette, good to hear you had a nice getaway! You work so hard and are so deserving of some down time. Is harvest starting soon or has it already started?

Well girls, I will post when I can. Hopefully won’t be without power too long. Preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best. We would appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers please.

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It's fall! Hopefully smoke will end soon...

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Kare ;...Oh my gosh I can not believe summer is officially over and you are back at school! Hope you enjoy your year! Belated birthday greetings to Dwayne, how is he doing with his respite worker? glad you and Brian had a great evening and enjoyed Phantom of the Opera I love those evenings when the craziness of life calms for a bit and you just get to be in the moment. Seems like the longer a couple is married the less of those moments there are! life is to dang busy!!

Brenda....How is Jims brother doing, did they figure out what caused it? scary stuff!! Did the visit with Jims son go okay when they came to see you guys, know you guys have been stressed over the parental issue! I think of you guys so often! Grandbabies all doing good? and kids?

Dianne......the wedding pictures were beautiful, so happy everything went moderately well. There is always some crazy little snafu! lol I loved your dress, you looked so great! You have a beautiful family! Get some rest, oh yeah you leave in a few days for Minnesota. don't forget to pack your coffee! Seriously I do, I don't care for the brands they usually have so I take enough for a few pots in separate little zippy bags, and take a few extra filters. I just have to have good coffee in the mornings! How long are the kids gone to Japan? How exciting another wedding!!

Vegas was lovely, pool awesome as always. We took a bus to the Grand Canyon, hiked 2.9 miles along the South Rim. Sun was shining the canyon was absolutely breath taking. Saw a couple shows, and of course my favorite the Bellagio Conservatory and fountains. Did great on food, we shared breakfast or lunch entrees and did appetizers (shared) instead of full meals. Ate at Gordon Ramseys again, we just love love love that place.
We were just discussing what we want to do for our anniversary next week, 37 years. I suggested Vegas,,,,Al just grinned at me!

I don't like the days getting shorter. 820 here and pitch black. Chilly out tonight, we started the fireplace! The day we left Vegas it was 107 and when we got home it was 51,needless to say we turned on the heated mattress pad that night! brrrr! Where did summer go?

Eyes getting tired so think I will head off to bed, been consciously trying to get a little more sleep each night.
have a good Wednesday everyone!
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First day of school today and I'm tired! Today was just staff and going over changes etc. The kids came the last hour of the day to meet the teachers and get their lockers etc. I am still doing speech and language most of the day and I am in the same grade 6 class as last year .I am actually done work at 2:15 this year so that will be really nice.

Phantom of the Opera was so wonderful- it was on my wish list of shows to see. So happy that Brian and I got to spend such a nice evening together. We stayed in a hotel so we got to have a leisurely start to our morning before heading home.

Dwayne had a great birthday and actually was able to sit in the living room and visit with only a few short breaks to his room. By 7pm he was toast and heading to bed.

Dianne, the wedding pictures look wonderful. Looks like it was a beautiful day! Too bad about the menu, glad it worked out in the end.

Brenda, we have a frost warning for tonight. It seems like all of a sudden its dark by 9pm, The geese are starting to congregate at the lake for their flight south.

Just having a little sit down before running to the grocery store. Going to be an early night here...

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Oh yes Brenda...Adrian performed the caremony - this is her 2nd one - told her she will have to start charing! Also - her boyfriend asked us for our blessing to propose to her!!!! He wants to surprise her at a UND hockey game (they are big fans!) He has friends that run the score boards and the monitors there so he will arrange for us and his parents to be there! I am so excited and then its like - holy cow another wedding!!!

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Hello everyone! Wedding is behind us! Oh what a trip - Who would believe so many things could go wrong 2 days before the wedding - caterer calls and says they have an issue with the menu! Really!!??? Health department said there were not enough plug ins for them..like wouldn't you check this earlier? So we had to change the menu! Hannah still got her knephla soup but no meatballs or bbq's...they did make a taco bar and then cold salads and a meat and cheese tray with buns...didn't go hungry but not the menu we wanted. Then Friday night the gal that brought the flowers put them in the cooler and the next day half of them froze! One of the bridesmaids worked in her parents flower shop so she was frantically redoing bouquets before Hannah got there! They looked ok but by wedding time were really drooping! The caterer was blowing fuses the whole time setting up along with the DJ..finally got that straightened out about 1 hour before the wedding but the day was gorgeous! Sunny, no clouds, no wind, warm...just perfect. Everything turned out so good, food was awesome (even if it wasn't what we wanted) DJ was the best...I'm still pooped! Kids flew out Monday morning for Japan - what a trip! Called me about 3 am to let me know they were in their hotel - champagne and chocolate waiting for them! Anxious to see and hear about everything!

Jeanette how was Vegas - get some much needed rest? Not sure I am ready for harvest yet - been eating sweet corn and tomatoes - that's about all I planted! I hope your trip to TX is a good one...I have a cousin around Houston - he said so far they are dry but the water is at their sidewalk...so sad to watch the pictures.

Brenda - looks like another good year at the fair? Glad Jims brother is doing better - have they found out what happened?

Kare - Happy Birthday to Dwayne! Looks like he was having fun...and Happy Anniversary!

I'd better get moving - still got wedding stuff to put away, wash clothes and then pack for our trip to Minneapolis (yes I pack early)....have a wonderful week girls!

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Hello & Happy Tuesday to you all...

We had a great time in Ohio but happy to be heading home it was SO cold most of the time we were up there !

I'm getting ready to do another dropping round with my weightloss time to defluff a little ..lol

Jeanette ...I hope Vegas is/was amazing !!! Much deserved time away!!

Dianne ...the wedding looks like it turned out great ...did I see the pics right & Adrian performed the ceremony??

Daisy ...glad you're doing well :)

Kare ...how was Dwayne's birthday ?? Did he have any special requests ? How was Phantom?

Cori ...how bad will the hurricane affect you ??

Denise, Tammy, Lisa, Tina & anyone else that might stop in to see if we're still here, we miss you here & hope you're doing great !!!!

Hugs to all,
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Hello all, it's been a beautiful summer day-around 100! Hot. Worked on a big bed today to rid it of VIOLETS. We hates them precious!

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Happy weekend everyone!
Kare....happy belated anniversary. ...what a wonderful gift from your daughter, enjoy!! I have always been fascinated by phantom of the opera but haven't had an opportunity to see it. Can't wait to hear about it!

Dianne...happy happy birthday! Enjoy the car show, such a great area! Hope your sunflowers are looking good

Daisy Enjoy your time with grandkids

Cori...how is life in Florida? Hope you are doing great!

Brenda...so good to hear Jims brother recovering, so scary! Enjoy your getaway, hope weather is good for you guys

DH and I are leaving for Vegas for a few days, booked a ridiculously cheap flight and rooms comped except 1 night. Our year has been a little funky so looking forward to the quiet time together! Then mid Sept we are heading to TX , DH turning 60 and he wants to see the kids and catch a Baylor football game. Then boom harvest will be here and days will get long. We have closing paperwork for the farm we bought on the 15th so will probably head South shortly after.

Port Aransas that is getting hammered by hurricane Harvey is where Al and I rented that little beach cottage back in February, we are planning on going there for part of the winter but there might not be anything left to go back to. So sad, such a lovely little area!
Eyes are getting tired so better call it quits!
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Hello & Happy Friiiiday to you all ...

It's been a crazy week ....Jim's younger brother Patrick colllapsed at the gym on base in TX he quit breathing they had to put him on a ventilator..they put him in a medically induced coma and used a cooling machine to keep his brain cool...they slowly brought him out of sedation over night & he is now off the vent ...he's very confused and they'll be running tests to find out what actually happened ...he's only 35 and has a 3 month old son ...very scary we're praying for full recovery!!!!

We're on our way to Mytle now looking forward to some quiet time !

Kare ...sounds like you've had wonderful weather ..hope you get a mild winter too:). What a fabulous gift for your anniversary!!!! Enjoy!!!!!!!

Hugs to all ...
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Daisy chick - enjoy your alone time. It can be so restful to get some time alone...

Brenda, love all the pics of your grandbabies - they are so cute. The babies are growing so fast. I feel like part of your family seeing them all the time...

Dianne, I hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Cori, how are you?

Jeanette, how's harvesting going?

Been a couple of cooler days here but it's very nice. Sure cant complain about our summer, one of the nicest we've had in a long time. Absolutely no mosquitos this summer it has been so dry. Been cutting up apples and making pies and freezing them so we can have fresh apple pie in the winter. Today it is rainy so going to make a pot of potato soup for supper.

Dwayne is on a new form of one of his medications and so far so good. The hope is it will help him handle routine changes etc better because it will take longer to hit it's peak. We usually have the most problems around lunchtime. today he is off to the zoo. Hoping the rain will let up for them.

Meaghan surprised us with tickets to see the Phantom of the Opera for our anniversary. It was our 30th on the 15th. I am very excited, Ive been wanting to go since the ads came out at Christmas. Next Wednesday can't come soon enough.

Guess I should get started on my pies and soup. Have a good day everyone!

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Happy Tuesday all, it's been a lovely day. Grandma taking girls for a play date tomorrow-yeah!
Momma gets some time off...

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Hello & Happy Tuesday to you all ....

We had a nice weekend ...went to Dollywood Saturday and Sunday we started getting organized for our trip to Ohio for the fair !

This weekend we're going over to Myrtle Beach for the weekend ...Jim's son & fiancé are flying down to visit :) the weather is looking amazing !!!!!

Dianne ....sounds like the wedding is coming along nicely!!! The bus trip sound fun ....Happy Birthday ...have an awesome day !!'

Hello to everyone checking in ...

Hugs,
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Hi girls! Still plugging away here....needed rain all summer and now when we were just about done with wheat harvest it started raining - now we have to wait for it to dry up to finish! Good thing is we only have 1 day left - lots of farmers are just getting started. We don't do a lot of wheat so it doesn't take us long to finish...but now it's a wait for beans!

Wedding stuff is coming along pretty well...seems the closer it gets the calmer I get - but I think next week will be nerve wracking! I met with the florist and said I would probably have enough flowers for the wedding party, so she will order mini sunflowers for corsages and the boutineers...then tells us she won't be there Saturday to decorate...and is not sending anyone to take care of that. Thank goodness for family and friends! They will decorate and told us not to worry about any of that..Hannah is still stressing about it but I know it will be ok - I got 2 of the doors ready a few weeks ago and my cousin is coming Sunday to help finish the other 2..so far weather looks like it is cooperating. DJ is set, bar is set, caterer is set, flowers are set...getting down to the little things now.

Next weekend we go to Spearfish SD for Deadwood nights carshow...our annual trip to the blackballs...looking forward to that get away before the wedding - then the weekend after the wedding (september 12) we are taking a bus trip to Minneapolis for a Vikings game - this is a first for Don and he is not sure about it! Traveling on a bus??!!! I keep telling him it'll be fun, 50 other couples and his son and wife are also coming with. It's an over night with a tour of some grain facility the next day. Wonder if I can talk the driver into stopping for coffee??!!

Better run, got a guy coming for hay bales - been sending them out west to help out farmers in need. Have a great day girls and a wonderful weekend!!

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Hello & Happy Monday to you all ...

We had a nice weekend ..the pig roast went great & Sunday we just relaxed all day !!

Tonight our friends are coming for dinner and to get her hair done too ..

We're going to Dollywood Saturday and I think Jim's Dad is coming Sunday for a few days ...he wants to see the solar eclipse & we're in the direct path😎

Kare ...hope your headaches ease up ...weather plays such a part of our bodies !!

Hello to everyone checking in ...hope you're doing great !!
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Morning! Another hot sunny day here and TGIF!

Brenda, I'm sure this has to be hard on Jim and you. I pray you get answers and some closure. What a deceitful thing to do to Jim and the kids...

Cori, it isn't uncommon for us to have such extreme heat but we usually don't have a whole summer of it. Not that I'm complaining because in a few months, it will be -40C! Very dry here and we sure could use a good day of rain. Tropical storms sound very scary to me.

Been dealing with a lot of headaches/migraines which I feel is due to the weather and stress. Dwayne continues to struggle at day program .His worker is awesome, but the previous one did him a lot of damage and now we have to turn things around. Still waiting to hear from psychiatrist so we can get his morning pills changed.

Brain received funding to get hearing aids, so he went the other day for a fitting. This should really help as he misses out on so much. He's pretty excited about it. Still having good and bad days and it seems to be when his creatine (kidney) levels are high that he's bad. Still have to wait until March to see the nephrologist but they will see him earlier if his levels go up.

Off to pick up my new laptop in a little while and probably should get gas first since my car says I have 6km to empty! I should have gone earlier but just needed to come home and be quiet for awhile.

I hope you all have a nice weekend. I think Brian and I are going to the potato festival tomorrow while Dwayne is with respite worker and then Brian volunteers there late afternoon and evening.

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Hello and Happy Friiiiiiiday to you all ...

We had a WONDERFUL trip to Ohio ..but I was happy to come home ...we go back to Ohio in 3 weeks to camp
at the fair ..that'll be so much fun!!!! Jim will go this time which makes me much happier ..don't like traveling without him :)

Jim's still processing the lies & betrayel we did ask his son to do a DNA test too because we've learned a lot from Jim's family about his wife cheating on him with the guy she's married to now which was before Adam was conceived..I pray he's Jim's!!!!! That would CRUSH him to find out otherwise :(

Kare ...I bet summer is flying by ..when does your school year start ?

Cori ...I too love being on the beach in the rain or right after a storm ...beautiful!!!!! Was happy to see you checking in :)

Jeanette ...is the weather cooperating for getting crops in ? What new projects are you getting into?

Dianne ...ohhhh that wedding is coming fast ...all the last minute stuff falling into place ?

We aren't announcing it yet but Austin & Samantha are expecting Baby #2 in March ..that'll be Grandbaby #17

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

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Hello girls. I know I’ve been off here again, but being on the computer at work has been so crazy the last 3-4 weeks that the last thing I wanted to do was be on the computer at home too. I just took a break from the computer at home. Only got on to pay bills and answer emails. Can count on one hand how many times I’ve been on facebook the last month. It felt good to “unplug” from the computer for a while, but I’m back now. emoticon

Brenda, so sorry to hear about Jim’s family issues. I can’t even imagine the pain that he is experiencing. Please know that Mike and I are sending good thoughts and hugs to him and all your family. Skimmed over the previous posts here and am happy to hear that your granddaughter was found safe. It seems that your family is having more than your fair share of emotional trials. Hugs sweetie.

Jeanette, hoping the weather is kind to you all so you can have a great crop. I can imagine that it is nerve-wracking to be at the mercy of the weather. We watch the weather here too, but more for good beach time, not our livelihood. Although we have been known, on more than one occasion, to go to the beach in the rain too. It is fascinating to watch the Gulf rage. It is beautiful in its own way as much as the calm, sunny days. But we always, always get off the beach if there is the slightest hint of lightning. That’s just plain crazy. Especially since we are the lightning capital of the world lol!

Dianne, hope the flowers cooperate for the wedding. It is a shame that some of the bridesmaids couldn’t be bothered to show their love for her at the bachelorette party. Those are probably the same ones who expect everyone to come to everything for them though! Hope the weather cooperates for your crops too!

Kare, wow it sounds like Dwayne is having a great time! He sounds like an adventurous spirit. I didn’t realize it got so hot and humid in Canada. Is this normal weather for you guys?

Hi to everyone else checking in.

We are finally starting to settle into our normal summer weather afternoon rains here. Although we did have a very unexpected tropical storm a week ago last Monday. No warnings at all. Just woke up that Monday morning and the wind was howling and torrential rain. Turned on the TV and Surprise! We are in a tropical storm! Fortunately, only lasted one day, but we got almost 5 inches of rain that day. Mike had to drain some water out of the pool during the storm because it was about to overflow. Part of the Florida life. We’ll endure the occasional tropical storm in exchange for all the beautiful sunshine the rest of the time!


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Brenda, how tough for Jim. Having it confirmed even when you were prepared to the results, is still tough. I hope it won't change his relationship with the kids, but he has every right to be upset with their mother.

Jeanette, I'm still purging, a little bit everyday. Got rid of quite of few stuff to the thrift store the other day and 2 bags of garbage. It feel good to see spaces where junk was...

Dianne, I hope your flowers make it until the wedding. Won't be long now..

Super hot still, under weather statements due to high temperatures and humidity. Temps are hovering near 103F with the humidity for the last 4 or 5 days. Supposed to cool down a bit by Wednesday. Right now we are under severe thunderstorm warnings...

I hope you are all doing well. Off to finish off laundry and get rid of a bit more junk, before I have to pick Dwayne up.

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Hello and Happy Monday to you all
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We had a nice time in Myrtle but it was also a strange weekend ...I'll back track a little ....When we went to Ohio for Jim's Dad's birthday Samantha told us that she had done one of those Ancestry DNA things and it showed no "Cuban" well Jim's Grandpa came directly from Cuba ....well Sam implied that Jim's Grandma had some explaining to do at which point Jim said " No I think your MOTHER has some explaining to do!!!! Jim has always questioned Samantha's paternity...well on the way home to SC I ordered a DNA kit for Jim that we are still waiting on results ....well while Jim and our son in law Drew were having drinks and bs'ing Friday evening loose lips sink ships and Drew said that Samantha confronted her Mom and her Mom confirmed everything that Jim thought and Samantha is NOT is biological daughter even though he "knew" it hit him like a gut punch :( Samantha wants to meet her biological Dad which is a tough pill for Jim to swallow .. I am FURIOUS with his ex ...not that money is all of it but she took THOUSANDS of dollars in child support KNOWING she wasn't Jim's !!!! She told Sam she wants to talk to Jim he has no desire other then to ask her if Adam is HIS son or not:( he's handling it as well as he can but sure feel bad for him !!!

Jeanette ...down sizing is always tough but in the end it feels good !!!
Quality time with Grandbabies is the best !!

Dianne ...the sunflowers look beautiful hope they dry nice and the others slow down !!! I vote you drive to Daytona and make a pit stop in Rock Hill, SC !!!!!!!

Kare ...YEAH for Christmas movies !!! They just always make me feel
Good !! I'm glad Dwayne is having such a fun summer .

Cori .. are you getting all that rain ??

I am leaving Friday morning for Ohio .. Jim & Austin aren't going but the rest of us are until Monday for my nieces shower & our friends wedding :)

Everyone have a fabulous day

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Happy weekend,,,
Brenda,,,,Hope you are having a beautiful weekend at Myrtle Beach, weather was a little sketchy for parts of East Coast, but didn't catch if in Carolinas! Couple health things going on here with kids but otherwise all is good. DS is having horrible back trouble, sciatic area, he is an extreme over-doer( like his mom) I suspect some of it is from his dirt bike accident in 2006, there were so many other body parts to worry about, not sure they ever checked his back. DD has been having some issue with an ankle sprain not healing, upon further tests we found out there is a blood clot so now is taking blood thinners. so doing a lot of praying and worrying, would be lying if I said otherwise! you know how I am:)

Dianne....Hope all works out with the sunflowers!!! Will say an extra prayer to St. Fiacre for you! He is my gardening friend!! Crops here look really good, we had been getting really timely little showers but now that changing and we seem to be missing the rains, a mile to the East or a 1/2 mile to the South. You know how it is, the city people get it for the nice green lawns, but those of us trying to make a living dependent on the rains, well lets just say,,,It is what it is!
Some might call us crazy for taking the same risk every year and being so vulnerable to the weather and the grace of God, but there isn't any other way to do what we do and not take the risk every day. We have to have great faith ((or ignorance :) ))
Exciting news about the Daytona 500!!! I want to go on a cruise sooo badly and Al is the same, really no interest! WE should go on a girls cruise, Brenda, Kare, Cori too and anyone else! OMG that would be soooooo much fun, can you even imagine!!! We SHOULD plan SOMETHING for next year!!!No husbands, no children, even for 3 or 4 days, I am smiling just thinking about it!!

Kare....So all this thinking of you and those strawberries made me crave berries something awful so I bought some yesterday and I gotta say just not the same. i remember having fresh out of the patch and so much difference in the taste! I used to have a strawberry patch, then when we moved from that farm, the patch got neglected and died out! How is your purging going? This week has been good, I have been sorting and throwing and getting stuffed marked for each of the kids. We are possibly moving, a few things need to be discussed and clarified first, but want to be ready! We do not want to stay the winter here so it makes no sense to keep our big home if we are only going to be here part of the year! I so want my grandchildren to grow up on the farm so I need to let go in order to make that happen Life feels a little crazy and unsettled but I just keep thinking of the goal! I get emotionally attached to objects, it becomes part of my memory of an event/ day! then there are those things that belonged to a grandparent or parent and it hurts my heart to get rid of, it feels terribly disrespectful! I have issues :)

Cori....Has your weather been cooperating for some quality beach time? if I lived where you do, I would be one of those crazies on the beach even in the rain! lol How are you doing this week? hope you are well and finding your motivation factor!! ((hugs))

Was just thinking how nice it feels to sit and do nothing,,,,I am at DS babysitting granddaughter for the afternoon/evening. Luke is at other grandparents for the week and kids had a wedding so I volunteered to keep my little sweet pea. she is napping such a sleeper, most nights asleep by 630 and sleeps till 6 or 7 next morning! has been doing that sine 6 or 7 weeks old. Such a little blessing!! she is an independent little soul and likes time by herself, if you hold her too much she gets whiny and just wants to sit on the floor by herself and then is fine. My children were like that. DD used to go to bed at 740 every night just like clock work, never fought it, if we were out somewhere she wanted to go home so she could go to bed! She is still that way at 32, rarely stays up past 830 (of course her days start at 430 now). When we travel with them, they go to bed early then Al and I go out for the night!! I never had to set a curfew for her, she never stayed out past 10!

Well I have wrote chapter 47 here so better quit thinking so much!
love you girls!!
enjoy the rest of the weekend!
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Hello girls - doing rain dance here..we need it so bad, crops are starting to show stress and the outlook for rain isn't good. Think we'll be harvesting wheat next week - that looks pretty good but the combine will tell more. My cousin is getting married in Minneapolis August 4 and I'll be heading there for the weekend - hoping Don can come with but that will depend on the wheat!

Wedding plans are coming along good - only bad part is my sunflowers are blooming! So I'm trying to dry them, we'll see how that goes - got 175 growing and some aren't forming heads yet so maybe we can get about half of the flowers here - will help with the flower bill! Lots of tomatoes and beans coming but slow - sweet corn is growing good - must have picked a good spot this year. Other than that it's been pretty quite around here.

Exciting news is I got us booked for the Daytona 500 in February! We had a cruise planned (well, I did) and Don just really doesn't enjoy them so I gave that to one of the kids because he mentioned he'd like to see the race. Not sure if we'll drive or fly down yet but I do have tickets and hotel reservations done. Promised Don I wouldn't start packing until after Christmas..lol...

Better get some lunch going - guys will be here soon -

have a great weekend girls!

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Brenda, you would be proud of me, I watched a Christmas movie this morning! You are such a busy lady..

Daisy, congrats on the 20 lbs!

Really hot an humid this week. Temps in the high 90's, and lots of thunderstorms the last few evenings.

Dwayne is having a great summer and trying lots of new experiences. Tomorrow is a trip to the museum and he has a water taxi ride and able sailing to do yet. I think they are also going on a steam locomotive for a day as well.

Still working on purging junk - where did it all come from? LOL...

Hope you are all having a great week!

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Hello & Happy Tuesday to you all ...

We had a fun weekend ...hosted the pancake breakfast for the apt complex
& then Saturday we volunteered at The Ronald McDonald House ...Sunday eve we had a nice steak dinner with the family :)

My step daughter Samantha & her family will be here Fri morning then we're heading to Myrtle Beach for the weekend :) Next weekend I'll be heading to Ohio for my friends wedding reception & my nieces bridal shower...Jim isn't going to go up this time saving his vacation days :)

Daisy ...great job on the 20lbs ...keep it up !!

Kare ...how did your knee feel after your walk? Sounds like Dwayne is having a fun filled summer !!!

Jeanette ...How are you this week ? Kids all doing well? Any more trips planned ?

Dianne ...Did you find a dress for the wedding yet ? Have you guys gotten much riding in ? We finally took the bike out Sunday for just a little bit:)

Cori ...how are you doing ?

Denise ...we miss you

Lisa ...come say hi to the girls if ya check in

Tina ...think of you often

Hello to everyone else checking in


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Thanks for the shout out. Coming back to exercise. Feels so good. 20 pounds down.

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Brenda, I'm so glad you found your granddaughter safe. That must have been so scary for all of you.

Dianne, the pics of your garden look lovely. It's so dry right now, a good rain would certainly freshen everything up. Calling for storms tonight and tomorrow but the last few times they have forecast storms it hasn't happened.

Jeanette, how are you doing?

Brian and I went and picked 2 more baskets of strawberries this morning. It was beautiful out and the berries were huge! Probably one of the last days to pick. Promised to make Dwayne an angel food cake to go with the berries for supper tomorrow.

Dwayne has had a great week! Yesterday he went with his day program to Thunder Rapids and he got ot drive a go cart. He was so excited that he finally got to drive. Then he and his worker went on the bumper boats and they also spray water. He was pretty nervous but he did it! Next week, he goes to able Sail which is a program for persons with disabilities and the sailboats are unsinkable.

I actually went for a 20 minute walk last night - first time since my knee was so bad three months ago. Hoping to get out tomorrow for another one.

I hope you are all doing well. No plans for the weekend - been purging and cleaning drawers and closets so more of that...

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Hello and Happy Monday to you all ...

Had a nice trip to Ohio ...Jim's Dad was really happy we made the trip ...we had a nice lunch with Lisa ..she's doing well ...I told her to pop in here and say hi sometime soon :)

This weekend Jim and I are helping at the Ronald McDonald House for his work & putting on a pancake breakfast here at the apartment complex ...hoping to get some motorcycle time in too!!

Dianne ...sounds like a scary hotel for sure ..glad you were able to find another place to stay:) sounds like the wedding plans are coming along nicely ..such exciting times!!

Kare ...did you make lots of good stuff with the strawberries?? I laughed out loud to your post on Facebook about the hairspray..lol

Jeanette ..sounds like you're having a nice summer ...what's up next for you !

Cori ...hope the rain finally has moved on :)

Hello to anyone else checking in ...have a fabulous day!!

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Hello girls

Had a good time in Glacier, weather was good - warm but not too bad - our experiences with motel rooms was at it's best. Don't stay and the Blue and White Motel in Kalispell - I think it's the meth spot in the city - we checked in and 15 minutes later checked out. Room wasn't cleaned and it smelled - sketchy people walking around and the owner that checked us in looked like the Grim Reaper - ironically his first name was Grimm! We were lucky enough to get a room at the Super 8 for the same price. They had cancellations - whew!! The day we left we were pushing to make it to Billings and off course it was 96 degrees - 7.5 hours of riding with little wind and no clouds...lots of sunscreen! But it was a good trip and good to get home. My sunflowers survived - thank goodness.

They had Hannah's bachelorette party this weekend...small...sad that some of the bridesmaids don't show up. But we got lots of family there and she had a good time - they ended up going to the stock car races last night. Wedding plans are coming along good! We toured the venue last week and now know what we need...ordered lots of stuff this past week for the head table and decorating. Got the doors out of her dad's farmhouse and had my cousin here today so we know what we need to do to get them ready for the arch.

Jeanette - how are the crops? Ours are hanging in there but we need rain soon. Out west as we came home is so sad - a lot are cutting and baling wheat for the cows, crp is being baled also to help out, people around here are chopping the bad parts of corn fields for silage...We got about .30 the other night so it looked green for awhile!

Hello to everyone else - have a great week!

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Kare....so fun to read your post about strawberries, I swear I could smell those beauties from here. Nothing better than fresh berries kissed by the sun! Hope you and Dwayne enjoy your dinner out!
Brenda...give Lisa a big hug from us, I think of her so often and wonder how she is doing! Enjoy your Ohio trip! Wishing you great success on your next round of weight loss.
Cori....hope you and Mike enjoyed your holiday time off! Will Amelia get to spend some time with you this summer?
Dianne...hope your trip is going great!
Daisy...how are you doing this week?

Got back home last night, trip home was smooth and uneventful! We decided to drive straight thru, so we will go visit DS later this month. Al had a couple things come up that he needed to get back for.
Eyes getting sleepy so calling it quits for the night
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Happy Monday! My mom and I went berry picking today. It took us about an hour to fill 4 baskets with strawberries. I left a bowl at Dwayne's spot for when he came home and he inhaled it! My house smells like strawberries! Hoping to go later this week to pick some raspberries. Haven't decided if I want to pick saskatoons or not, they are a lot of work.

Dwayne and I are going to a volunteer dinner tonight for the thrift store he works at, kind of looking forward to not cooking for an evening. He's pretty excited to go, he's hoping to win a prize...

Brenda, sorry about the sister drama, but glad you still had a good weekend. Glad you get to see Lisa...

Jeanette, your salad sounds interesting...

Dianne, saw you enjoying strawberries too. We are considered the strawberry capital so lots of farms to visit...

Cori, I hope you are doing well.

Hello to everyone else checking in...have a good day!

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Hello and Happy Monday to you all ...we had a GREAT time in Myrtle ...ended up taking Aiyden with us ..he had so much fun playing with Steve's boys and they were SO good with him :) I'm getting rooms put back together and packing for a weekend trip to Ohio for Jim's Dad's birthday:)

I started a dropping round today for 3 weeks ..hoping for 20lbs ..need to de fluff lol

I'll be seeing Lisa while we're in Ohio we'll meet up for lunch :)

Jeanette..sounds like your 4th was nice ...what's on deck for you now ?

Dianne...bet you all are in full wedding prep mode ...Andrea got her "to do " list for my nieces shower ..that'll be here soon the 6th of Aug.

Kare ...how's your summer break growing ?

Cori ...has the rain let up ??

Well I'm going to finish up some laundry while the littles are napping .

Hugs to all,
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Happy 4th of July everyone! Had a lovely early lunch today (grilled burgers and a new ginger lime Asian slaw ) then headed to the pool! Just back from there, all doing our own thing for a couple hours then heading to the River walk area, food trucks, music then fireworks. We are going to tour the new stadium facilities as well! DSIL back to work tomorrow at 415am so we will scoot home right after fireworks!
Hope everyone is having a great day and taking good care of yourself!

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Hello & Happy 4th of July to you all!!!

We had a nice time in Myrtle ...with my sister in town her drama followed her with her man troubles ...I was less then pleased about that but still had a good time ...she and my nephew left today and so did Andrea's friend so today since Jim had to work I'm doing nothing except hanging out with Aiyden & Adalyn while Andrea is working too !!!

Dianne ...what an awful shame about her losing the babies ...some things just don't make much sense ..hope your trip goes fabulous !!!!!

Daisy..keep up the great work!!

Jeanette ..any plans for the holiday ??

Kare ...hope your Canada Day was nice !!

Cori ...hope your get together is fabulous!!!

We're going to Myrtle again this weekend ...we'll have a houseful Friday night and show them over to our condos ..then Jim & I are staying at a BEAUTIFUL Marriott resort about 1/2 a mile up the beach ..no one but us this trip !!!

I hope you all have a fabulous day!!!

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Had a post ready to go and poof it was gone....here's a short version
Kare...Happy Canada Day and happy last day of school is over
Dianne....safe travels
Cori....have a happy weekend, enjoy your time together
Brenda..,,enjoy your grandma days off!
Daisy....20 pounds is awesome, keep up the great work

DH leaving Sat morning, driving to Texas, will spend a few days here and then we will head back next weekend together. Will stop and see ODS and family for a day or 2.
Everybody have a great week and a safe and happy INDEPENDENCE DAY!


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Hello!! Gosh I've been gone awhile! My laptop is upstairs in my "studio" and sometimes its days before I get up there...been busy running as usual....rain keeps missing us but we're still hanging in there, got spotty rains yesterday..fields look ok so far but fingers crossed we get some rain soon!

Packing for Glacier Nat park trip - will leave tomorrow morning - we traded the yellow wing for a black one - Harley Davidson dealership here lost a sale for being too slow...Son and his wife arrived Wednesday night and will be riding with us. Looks like we'll have good weather the whole way - 80's and no rain.

Wedding plans are a little less stress - one bridesmaid turned up pregnant with twins so reordered her dress which pushed everyones dress back (hopefully here the end of july!) and then last week she lost the babies...so sad as 2 years ago she had a still born. She lives in Washington and now Hannah is not sure she's coming for the wedding. I told her no worries there we can go with one short. Matt's mom changed the taco bar to sloppy joes which the kids weren't too happy about but figured it was a minor issue so let it at that. Now to add to the stress they are looking for a house - like can we wait until after September???!!! Did a "head count" for sunflowers the other day and 175 are growing - we only need 96 blossoms so long as weather holds I think we'll be ok!

Mind is racing so I'd better get moving - will try to check in more! Love ya all!

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Hello all, still at 20 lost. Time to focus on exercise everyday and choosing better food. Been super busy and stressed which brings out absolute worst in my habits. 😰

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Hi ladies. Well we have gotten a ton of rain here the past few weeks and we are out of the drought and now are above normal rain levels for the season. From one extreme to the other lol. But I will still take it over Indiana weather. They have had hotter temps than we have here for the past couple weeks. I love Florida!

Thanks for the words of encouragement girls. I think I am ready to get back on the wagon. I am going to set up a workout schedule after this weekend and I have already transitioned back to healthier portions and choices. I know what to do and how to do it, but I need to apply it better than I have been.

Jeanette, I try to eat as little processed food as I can. But we go out to eat with friends on the weekends and it’s more difficult to make the healthier choices. Sometimes what you think is healthy can have hidden fat and calories. We rarely, if ever, go to chain restaurants, so their nutritional values aren’t as readily available as the chain restaurants are. But I am finally getting back into a good mindset and ready to move forward. I am going to use our pool to do some of my workouts and I really enjoy that. So glad you found the formula that works for you!

Brenda, so happy you found a plan that works for you too. You look fantastic!

We are having our 2nd annual 4th of July party this Saturday for our tribe. It was a big success last year and it looks like we will have as many if not more people this year. At last count, I think we were up to 25 people and counting. Mike and I have been getting the house, lanai and yard ready for the party all this week. Then we are going to take a couple day trips with the extra days off after the party.

Hi to everyone checking in! Will check in soon.


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Kare.....ouch ouch ouch. cortizone shots hurt and especially when you have to use that joint to move sround.
Such good news that Dwayne is enjoying his days, I know that makes your heart happy. You'll be singing "schools out" in a couple days, sounds like you are ready!! Hope you are finding a few minutes every day to take care of YOU! ((Hugs))
Cori....don't beat yourself up, life happens and it is what it is! Hope you are having a great week and finding motivation to jump back to doing what you know works for you! I gotta say for me it is carbs, my journey could have been easier if I would have gotten rid of those earlier in the game. Just find what is good for your body and do it. My energy level without all the crazy sugars and gluten is thru the roof! Other than an occasional "old lady ache" I have never felt better! Try eating only things that are whole food,
for 30or 60 days. Nothing processed! Think you will be amazed at the results! Tough at first but soooo easy to stay on for the long hall. The best part is you and Mike can do it together! Basically if it doesn't grow or once alive I don't eat it. Of course I cheat here and there but I try to find the least ingredients in a cheat food. You would be amazed at how it changes your hair nail and skin. Thinking of you and cheering you on...I KNOW you can do it!
Brenda...as they say the good thing about grandkids is you can send them home!! Know how much you adore having them but I also totally get the needing a break!! Have fun at the beach! I have been going to the pool 3-5 days a week, such a treat! I'm here till probably 10th' Al and I just booked Vegas for end of August, found a crazy cheap flight and we both have comp rooms so it will be a super cheap getaway!
Dianne...your under the 2 1/2 month mark for the wedding! Yeah how is it all going? Crops looking good up your way?corn down here is turning brown and ears starting to drop...not sure when they harvest! Hope family is all doing great!
Daisy....what's new with you? How is your weight loss progressing?
Clothes in dryer are finished and need to get DD dresses hung up, she is traveling this week so I am organizing her dressing room (bigger than my dang bathroom🤠)
Have a great Thursday....
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Hi Ladies, so sorry to be away so long. It's just been such a busy time and I've had zero energy by the time I get Dwayne to bed.

2 more days of school and I won't lie, I and looking forward to the break. It's been a much better year for me, but I'm busy every minute of my day. Not sure what grade I will be in next year, but it sounds like grade 5 or 6 as it's too hard to be in junior high part time.

Brian is doing pretty good right now, but still no answers. It concerns me that we aren't getting far fast and I am going with him to his appointment in July because I want to push more.

Dwayne is doing well at his day program. The young man he is working with is awesome, and very energetic! It makes my days better, when he is happy.

Brenda, I am sorry to hear about Andrea, I hope she can find what makes her happy and her life easier.

Jeanette, that is so cute about your chickens and Luke! And I'm not far behind you in age, I was 55 on my birthday.

Dianne, hopefully no more changes for the wedding, nothing like more stress.

Feeling really rough tonight as I had cortisone shots in my knees yesterday and I have a bright red, hot face and a bit of a fever. Once I get Dwayne to bed, I think I will be heading to bed myself.

I hope you are all having a great week! I will try to check in more often!

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Hi girls & Happy Wednesday to you all ...


We had a fabulous visit in Ohio ...great to be back in warm SC though !!!

My sister & nephew are coming in tomorrow night and staying until Tues morning ...we're heading to the beach Sat & Sun :). As much as I love my grand babies I'm looking forward to some down time !!!! We're meeting friends from Ohio there too :)

Cori ..if you ever want to check out Omnitrition let me know ...quickest weight loss I've had success with :)

Jeanette...are you back home yet ??

Dianne...getting much riding in ??

Kare ... how are you ?? Schools done now right ? How's Brian feeling ??

Well need to figure dinner out ....everyone have a fabulous day!!!

Hugs,
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Hi ladies. Still raining here quite a bit. We are in our rainy season now (showers every afternoon between 2 and 5) so it is hard to tell what is just seasonal rain or what. It is still very cloudy and gray though so I think we are experiencing more than just our seasonal rains. Everyone is complaining about not much sun. Don’t take away Floridians sun for too long!

Jeanette, unfortunately that is why I have gained my weight back. I was not well so much of last year that I got out of my groove. Our Zumba instructor also decided to stop doing Zumba and do a different format that I don’t care for. I have done sporadic workouts at home with Mike; Zumba, kettlebell workouts, some pool workouts and walking. But it has not been consistent enough to make a difference. I am trying to get my mindset and motivation back. I am now the heaviest I have ever been in my life. So disgusted with myself.

Brenda, hope Andrea can get transitioned through this life change as positively as possible. Sometimes we must make changes to ensure our lives are as positive and happy as possible, but are not always the easiest choices to make. Hugs.

Hello to everyone checking in. I’ll check in again soon.


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Hello & Happy Tuesday to you all ...gosh time just slips by me so fast these days ...I really need to get back in my groove of checking in every morning with my favorite ladies !!!

We had a nice turn out for the cookout ...Father's Day we took a short motorcycle ride and then had dinner with everyone.

We are leaving for Ohio Thursday morning ..looking forward to visiting everyone. Austin & Sam aren't
Going but Andrea & her crew are on Friday. Andrea has decided that she's going to end her marriage ...they NEVER should have gotten married so soon and she's just not happy ..her husband isn't very motivated and she's working 7 days a week ...I think she's still hung up on Aiyden's Daddy so time will tell :/

Having all the kids all day long
is a blessing but very tiring...I'm really looking forward to a little break this weekend ..Aiyden will ride up with us to get to his Dad sooner :)

Jeanette...oh I loved the Luke conversations how precious !!! I was walking all the time again but Andrea's schedule has been off so I'm trying to find my groove again !!

Dianne ...craziness with the venue thank God it all worked out !! My niece is getting married in October that'll be here before we know it !!

Kare ...the school year is soon coming to an end for you ...bet you're ready !!!

Cori ...looked like Florida got more rain ...it's been raining here most of the day !! How are your boys ?

Lisa might be coming here in July ...we'll also be pretty close to her in Ohio mid July for Jim's Dads birthday so it'll be nice to catch up :)

Well better finish up and restore the apartment from Romper Room to a living space LOL

Hugs to all,
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Quiet on here.....know everyone is busy.......or have you lost the spark?
Have a great week
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Dianne....we are begging for rain at home VERY hot and dry, been mid to high 90's for over 2 weeks. Way to warm for June, don't need the storms you are getting but could use a nice gentle inch!
Wedding is rapidly approaching, glad you were able to find new venue! It will all fall into place and be gorgeous! ((Hugs))

Brenda.....I dooooo miss Luke but we FaceTime a lot. We are working on trust and that gramma will always come back home (aka I won't let Aunt Jen keep me) he called me today to tell me that my kittens are fine at the farm and he is a good kitten catcher, but my chickens miss me because they are saying bawk bawk bawk and that means when is gramma coming home. OMG I had tears running down my cheeks I was laughing but trying not to. He was soooo serious! He so "enlightens" me when we chat.

Cori.... how is your week going? Are you doing Zumba or any structured exercise? I am back to walking a lot, very easy here, big wide sidewalks that wander all thru the community a nice paved trail around the duck pond. We are going to buy tennis rackets this weekend, I haven't played since high school. That could be interesting to say the least!!

Kare...winding down the school year right? How many days left? You doing okay? I turned 58 last week, geeze I can't believe that! Your like what 39???😀 My week going better this week, how about you?

Eyes getting tired and want to read a bit more so going to wish each of you sweet dreams!
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Hi girls! I'm still here! Just been very busy...

It has been so dry here! I'm stressing about the flowers for Hannah's wedding - got many different spots all over the yard I'm throwing seeds in and praying they grow! Trying to keep them where I can set up sprinklers so when we are gone in July someone can take care of them for me. On a good note we got rain yesterday and a good chance all week. Not to say that's good thought! Lots of ours fields got near or over 3 inches yesterday .... there's been hail, high winds and tornadoes....Guess mother nature decided to dump it all at once!

Other than that things are looking good...wedding plans are hectic - we had to change venues...Hannah went to ask them about chairs and tables, picnic tables - stuff like that for an outdoor wedding (which they knew)...found out they only have 100 chairs and 3 picnic tables and the chairs cannot be set up outside....great. Thankfully we found another place that (The Post) which is an outdoor/indoor venue and it's a historical place like the other one. Seats 250 people both indoors and out with more than enough tables and chairs...the kids do have to find a different bar to setup as they have to be licensed in that county. Praying for no more changes!! Oh yeah - and one bridesmaid turned up pregnant and has to do her dress over....uffda...hope I survive this!

Hubby home - gotta run...love ya all!

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Hi girls and Happy Tuesday to you all ...

We had a GREAT time at our friends on Saturday and the Beach on Sunday ...this weekend we're doing the cookout for the apartment complex...then not sure what we'll do for Father's Day yet :)

We have some storms popping up this week so the weather is a little unsettled but nothing severe.

We will be going to Ohio the last weekend in June and then we'll be in Myrtle Beach the first 2 weekends in July ...I'm pretty excited my best friend Steve who passed away his wife and 2 sons are renting our our condo and will be stopping here first ...so surreal for me I was at Myrtle when I got the call that Steve was in hospice so it holds a special place in my heart and now his boys will share it too :)

Jeanette ...I am SO excited for all the Jenn time you're getting ...I'm sure Luke is missing you terribly !!!

Dianne ...boy the wedding will be here before you know it !!!! Did Hubby find a hike he likes ?

Cori ...boy the rain has been crazy in Florida hope the sun comes back soon :) We'll have to find a half way spot and meet up sometime !!!

Daisy ...hope you're doing well

Hello to anyone else checking in


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Monday is almost here....what are you doing to make it a great week?
I am focusing on upper body strength this week, not happy how my arms look in sleeveless tops so I am going to change it!
I am trying a new recipe at least once this week, anybody have a great healthy dish you would like to share the idea or recipe?
I am getting 4 extra hours of sleep this week, and taking 1 hour everyday to read and expand my mind!
Hope you all sleep well and Monday is a stellar day for each of you!


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Been a busy day here, so unwinding a bit before I try to shut my eyes !
Have been unpacking for 3 days, going great though, did last box late afternoon. Still have pictures and a couple more mirrors, but all else is in its place. Even squeezed in a couple hours at the pool today! DD got back late Thursday night, so it was nice to spend some time with her again.
Kare....I had a strange birthday too, kids were both gone and I had a really off day dealing with contractors trying to wiggle out of responsibilities. Everything fought me all day! Was glad to hit the pillow that night!
With all the stress from Brian's medical issues, how are you doing?
Happy to hear Dwayne enjoys time with his respite worker, know that makes it easier on you and gives you a much deserved break.

Cori....I will be staying for awhile in Texas, probably till end of June this trip. I'm going to have serious withdrawl when I go home, have spent 13 weeks with her this year so far! It has been busy, stressful at times but love being where she is!
Dianne....how are you? Crops looking good? DH said they are talking drought now, went from cool and saturated to hot (97 there today) and dry!
Brenda....how are grandchildren doing? Lindy growing like a little weed, rolling over, sits up by herself and holding her cup already. Luke told me she will be walking by the time I get home! He keeps asking me if Aunt Jen is going to "keep me" Hope you are having a great weekend with Austin and family! Glad you and Jim are enjoying the bike!! So hard to believe 4th of July is only a few weeks away! Have you heard from Lisa lately?
Daisy....how's your weekend going?

Getting late and we get up really early here so better call it quits!
Have a great Sunday....
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Hi girls. Keeping my resolve to check in more often. Very rainy, gloomy day here in Florida and it has been that way for the most of the last 10 days or so. We have been in a drought since last fall and we have literally caught up on the over 12 inch rain deficit in those 10 days. We seem to be in a revolving storm system. Very happy we are out of the drought and the burn bans have been lifted, BUT everyone here, including me is SO ready for the sun again. Hopefully getting some reprieve from the rain this coming week. Mike is working this whole weekend, so I am catching up on some reading and relaxing after a stressful week. Also, doing some planning for our 4th of July party coming up and watching the Belmont Stakes.

Brenda, how did the family visits go? You certainly get your share of company!

Jeanette, hope the Texas part of the move went smoothly. Do you plan on staying there a while or ready to head home?

Hello to everyone else checking in.

Catch up with you girls later. Keep the sunshine in your life! emoticon


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Thank you Jeanette, it was my birthday on Monday. It wasn't the best of days but life goes on .So glad to see you on here, you are a busy lady.

Dr is trying to speed up the visit to the renal clinic so now we wait and see. Brian goes for an ultrasound next week, so I'm hopeful it may provide some answers.

Spent the day today at Aboriginal awareness day - have to say I learned a lot about aboriginal culture and enjoyed the pow wow in the afternoon. The kids were able to get up and dance which they really enjoyed. I'm tired from being outside all day!

My veggies are up and doing well. Still have my front flower bed to do, but now that the baby robins have left I can work on it this weekend. Going to try and build myself another raised garden bed with some scrap wood I found in the garage.

I hope you are all doing well. Just enjoying my last 1/2 hour of respite before Claire leaves. She is so good with Dwayne, he loves his time with her. I love that I don't have to worry about him for 2 hours! He will be ready for bed once she leaves, so I will get some cookies made and just relax.

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Good morning!
In Texas waiting for the movers in about 30 minutes. The Philly end of the move and drive here went smoothly.
Kare...I think this is your birthday week, happy happy birthday! If not oh well happy week anyway😀
Cori....so excited to see your post! Glad you and Mike are winning the health battle! Stay strong, you will get back on track and lose those pounds! We are all here cheering you on!
Brenda....have a great week, more to say but gotta hit posts my phone just dinged movers here
Dianne...hi how are wedding plans going?
Daisy...congrats on weight lost!
Will check in soon,
Blessings
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