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Dianne,,,Glad you are home safe! So sad that Curt has to be that way. Family time is so precious and for him to go out of his way to annoy his dad is beyond me. Center of attention right? My grandparents and parents started going to Minnesota in 1959 (the summer I was born) and continued to go until my father died in 2006. Growing up we went every summer to Aitkin (about 2 hours East of where your families cabin is and then in the fall we went clear to Baudette (Lake of the Woods Canadian border) So we have some of that family tradition here too, LOL Because of Jenns very limited time we needed to stay within an hour of Minneapolis airport, so we went to Pulaski Lake, which is just Northwest of Minneapolis. Rented an adorable cabin, 2 levels...3 bedrooms 2 1/2 baths. and much outdoor living space. It was perfect for us, we like family togetherness but also appreciate some quiet spaces, especially nice when Luke napped.
Your 4th of July plans sound fun! Enjoy

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Hi girls - home and trying to relax and get things put away. Trip was ok - we came home a day early as did DS Andy. Weather was great, scenery was beautiful. Cabin was ok - so glad the "whole" family did not come as we would have been stepping on toes...as for sleeping 5 - well, there are 4 10x10 cabins with a full size bed in there and no a/c...no extra room at all! No tv no internet which is fine but I know the grandkids would have been driving us crazy as they would have been bored. No yard, no beach, lots of weeds and mosquitos...as for the rides - we all would look at the map so we would know where we were going but then 20 minutes down the road Curt would decide to take a different course...the second time he knew his dad wanted to go on a certain road and he looked back and smiled almost like saying "i know you wanted to go that way but I don't"...well, he didn't know where he was going and 10 miles later we ended up on the same highway we started out on. This happened 3 different times - so the last time Don kept going straight and then we stopped to let him catch up and after 15 minutes he didn't show up...then Curt calls and somehow he got in front of us and was already to the destination...let's just say that Don (after worrying something happened to them) did not take that well and pretty much let him know. That's when he decided we were heading home Monday morning. Curt and Jill are still at her uncles cabin, I think they will be home here tomorrow. Not sure we'll go on another trip with them.

So other than that the week has been good, had Jacie and Brinley today and we set the sprinkler up - they had a blast. Trying to plan a get together this weekend...most of the kids are busy but will try to stop by for awhile anyway - our neighbors invited us down on Monday (down as to the end of our yard ..lol) they hired a DJ and have a big shindig so it should be fun.

Jeanette - glad to hear Beck is doing good - saying prayers everyday! Where in MN did you guys go? I have relatives to that go to Lake Lida by Pelican Rapids every year for the past 35 years...talk about a tradition!

Batteries about dead on the laptop so I'd better close!!!

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morning...

Kare.....Sounds like Dwayne had a very special weekend! Congratulations to him on his graduation!! How many more days of school for you?

Brenda.....Yeah you found an apartment!! Everything moving very fast! What have you decided to do with your salon? Safe travels,,,hope your weekend is a good one!

Dianne....Safe travels!! Hope the family trip is going smoothly!

Cori.... emoticon Have a happy week

we took a very last minute getaway to Minnesota. Rented a cabin on a lake and literally just relaxed for 3 beautiful days. Other than a little rental business, we did nothing that resembled work....that is monumental for our family .LOL DS, DIL and GS rode up with us, DD and SIL flew in for a couple days. We fished, talked, and grilled. Had our own dock and little beach so it was perfect for our family. We all agreed prior to going that we did not want to sightsee, see other people or shop, so we threw steaks, bacon, sausage, farm fresh eggs and a ton of veggies in coolers and away we went. We did have to make 1 quick venture out to grab cases of water and ice cream for root beer floats, otherwise we did not leave the cabin. Everyone silenced phones and we just really unplugged! It was sooooo relaxing.
Life has gotten extremely busy for the kids and we have to do better finding time to be together!

Beck is doing good, 16 week check up on Friday! Thank you again girls for your continued prayers and good energy
Going to do catch up here for week, get yards mowed, finish spraying beans, load semis, get a couple units rented (hopefully) and then think we will head to Oklahoma for a few days to see ODS and family. Just staying close to home for Independence Day,,,,nothing special planned.

Better get going....need to get started on the list.
Have a safe week
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Hello and Happy Tuesday to you all....

What a crazy time we're having ...had our Summerfest in town this past weekend...always a great time.....Monday I ran errands with my Mom...had to get her ring checked....decided to get mine done too...thank God...one of my stones was spinning around in the prongs :/ they sent it out for repair. Today I had a TON of color customers to get done...tomorrow I get my nails done in the morning and then to the salon from 2-6ish....Thursday I work 8:30-12:30 and then we'll leave for NC around 2....we're taking the bike down to leave in storage or at our friends house...one less thing we'll have to worry about. I've gotten a lot of packing done...I try and pack 3 or 4 boxes every morning after Jim leaves for work...our apartment down there will be available on Aug. 10th so we'll make the big move with our stuff that following weekend and then I'll just stay with Mom and Andy until we move down for good.

Dianne...looks like you've had a good trip so far....how did it all go??

Kare...I LOVED the pics of Dwayne...the video of him dancing was precious!!!! I bet he was wiped out for a few days!!!

Jeanette...hope you've had a good week so far!!

Hugs to all....
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Well it's done! Dwayne has been feted, celebrated and graduated. It was a busy weekend and he is spending today laying in bed. He did so well with all the festivities and he was so cute at the prom with his "female". I had suggested that if one of the other boys from his class showed up , maybe they could all walk up together with Katherine and he said they could get their own female to walk with. Love his sense of humour.

Had some pretty violent storms here Friday night and were without power for 4 hours. Lots of stores having problems yesterday with computer systems etc. Lots of beautiful old trees fell over in the wind, including our neighbours tree which fortunately fallen on the street and missed houses. Cool, windy and rainy here today.

I hope you are all doing well and having a nice weekend. Off to finish up laundry and do some baking.

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hello girls! keep thinking I'm going to get on the computer and check in but poof - before I know it I'm in bed. Things are going good here....

Jeanette - about the time it starts getting dry enough to spray it rains again - you need it and we keep getting it. Was lucky enough to not have any hay laying down when we got the big rain last week - 2 inches in some places and 4 in others. But lucky that we didn't get the hail that some got or the 80 mph winds. All in all things are looking good. My garden is small also - actually it's right in front of the house this year! 4 tomatoes, 3 beans and 3 cucumber plants. Building another garage and it's where the garden was and I didn't have a new spot ready...but it's looking good so far. I too am thinking raised beds next year - the soil here is so bad...mainly rocks! Alex's house is coming slow ... he's over there every night after work doing something - finishing cupboards this week. Waiting for an estimate on the furnace/AC.

Packing tonight for our motorcycle trip. DS and his wife fly in from Colorado Friday about noon - they are borrowing one of our bikes and other DS Andy is also going with. Heading over towards Duluth MN then ride around northern Wisconsin/Michigan. Hoping the weather will be good - I've been checking and it says chance of rain/thunderstorms with highs in the 80's...hot and muggy? or just wet....hard to pack. It would not be my choice to travel with the son from CO as everything has to be his way - where we stay, eat, ride....but we're going to make the best of it.

I am down 16 lbs....have logged into myfitnesspall for 123 days - that means I've exercised for about the same amount. I feel so good - gallon of water a day - 30 minutes of exercise before I head out and stay about 1200 calories most days with a few high days to keep the metabolism going! Finally at 165 which is what my goal was....I was over 180 in February so I'm really proud of myself. Would like to be down a few more before we leave so I got some room to gain....lol....have to plan ahead!

Have a great Thursday everyone!

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

What a crazy week it has been.....we are beyond excited that Jim got the job in Charlotte.....a little overwhelming with all that needs to be done but it will all work out. We leave next Thursday to head to Rock Hill, SC(where we will be moving) to look at apartments one more time and hopefully secure one while we're there....the kids will head down on Friday as soon as Austin and Sam get off of work ....we will stay in Rock Hill Friday night and then head to Myrtle Beach on Saturday for a week. When we come home from there we will pack Jim and turn right around and get him moved...if we can't secure the apartment he will just stay with our friends who live in NC until the apartment is available to after Friday we should have more solid plans.

The job is such and amazing opportunity for Jim...they offered him 80K and a car with 401K, profit sharing, health insurance etc.....he's SO excited ....he beat out 66 applicants!! Mom, Andy, Andrea, Michael and the kids will all move in September when I move down and then Austin and Sam I think are moving down in October. SO happy to have the family moving with us!!

Cori...SO happy to see you here...I know I see you on FB but it's just special when our little gang here stays in touch...hope to see you here again soon.

Kare...I LOVE the color combination for Dwayne's prom...can't wait to see pics of them together!!

Dianne....How are you doing....any riding time?

Jeanette....SOOOO happy to see you here more!! I'm glad you had a nice visit with Jenn.....they are definitely are a calming force in your life!!

Hello to anyone else checking in...I have to work for a little bit today...then home to do more packing!! I'm trying to be out of our apartment by Aug 1st and I'll just stay in Mom and Andy's extra bedroom until the move!!

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Cori~so wonderful to see your words here,,,, I think of you so often! Very happy to hear life in Florida is going well for you both! Congratulations on your new home!. Bet you are just on cloud 9 having Amelia there with you! and Congratulations on Mikes full time position and your new job....all good stuff and you guys so deserve "the good stuff"

Kare..... Congratulations to Dwayne! I know you are so very proud! Didn't that feel great to go find cute clothes in your size that actually feel fashionable? Dwayne's wardrobe sounds very nice, hope the night is very enjoyable for all! Is he getting really excited?

Brenda~now that you have had a few days to think about your exciting news, how are you feeling? Is everyone thinking of making the move also? I am so happy for you guys!! (Even though I will miss you when traveling thru Ohio) North Carolina right?

Dianne...how are crops doing up your way? We are so dry, supposed to be a storm coming thru during the night, just praying we get a measurable amount without doing damage. Corn is about 4 1/2 feet tall already so we sure don't need wind or hail. We are finishing up spraying beans this week, moved up to the North end to do those fields. Hoping to finish up Thursday or Friday. How is DS's house progressing?

Need to go take some cold medicine, lungs feeling a little tight. Been in a lot of dust and allergens this week.
Have a great week everyone
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Cori, I am so glad you and Mike are enjoying this new chapter in your life. Have fun with Amelia.

Brenda, Congratulations on your exciting news!

I agree Jeanette, so much sadness and killing everywhere. I just wish people could accept others without judgement.

So got Dwayne's clothes for the grad, a beautiful lavender shirt with a blue striped tie and black pants. Katherine is wearing blue so the tie will match.I just have to hem the pants as Dwayne has short legs. Found out last night that he will be getting an award for his volunteering at the library and brailling audio books. The bursary is in memory of a woman who worked in the department that makes the books Dwayne loves to read. We are pretty proud of him. He's going to be one tired boy by Sunday.

I went out and bought myself a dress, size 2x! And it's above the knee, which I haven't done in a very long time. I need to find some shoes yet, hopefully tomorrow at lunch.

I hope you are all doing well! I'm off to do some laundry, dishes and get the garbage and recycling out to the curb.

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Hi ladies. I know I have been gone a long time but I have not forgotten any of you. I have been trying to keep up every so often with the posts but simply no enough time to post. I have missed chatting with you all. I seem to have missed so much in my absence.

Iíll try to give you a brief overview of the last few months. We celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary on Valentineís Day; going to our favorite restaurant and then spending the evening with our group of friends. Mike finally got full time status at his job on March 1st and I started a new job on March 28th. I could no longer stay with the Chamber. It was taking over my life and was definitely not what we moved to Florida for. My new job is better; 40 hours a week and off on the weekends, plus they pay for my health insurance, saving us $500 a month. A lot more physical job, but I need the exercise so itís really a benefit. We closed on our new home on April 26. We love being out of that tiny apartment and we have our own pool. House needs some work and we have been working on it when we can, but it will take a while to get it exactly as we want it. We still love it and are still loving our Florida life. We have Amelia here this week for a visit and are so happy to see her. She certainly has grown in the 13 months since we saw her last. She is obsessed with the pool and wants to spend all her time in it. Will try to get in a routine once she leaves and things settle down here a bit.

Brenda, Congratulations on your weight loss! You look fabulous girlfriend! I just saw your news on FB and am sooo happy for you! Yay!!!! When are you making the big move? How is the rest of the family taking it?

Jeanette, Congratulations on the little one on the way! Sending thoughts and prayers for a safe, healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Dianne, So sorry for your recent losses. Hugs my friend.

Kare, I know youíre proud of Dwayne! Hope he has a great time at the prom!

Lori, welcome back! How are you?

Well, I need to run. I will try to check in sooner rather than later. Love you girls!


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Good evening...Just relaxing and watching news!
So much craziness in this country, poor family who lost their child at Disney, my heart just breaks for them. Poor baby....and for the family to have witnessed such a tragedy!
Reminds me I have nothing to whine or complain about!

Had a great visit with kids, flew home Monday. I always feel so much saner after a week with those 2. There is just no drama or negative mindset, very little television, and much good conversation and food. Have been helping Dh spray beans, mowing lawn and working around here this week. Find myself spending way too much time watching the kittens play and talking to my "girls" ( chickens) getting so big...should be laying eggs by fall. Can't wait!

Brenda...Oh my gosh, you are doing awesome with your weight loss! WAY TO GO! So happy for you! emoticon
Hope weather was good and you got to go on your bike ride! Have fun at the fair!

Kare..... I hope Dwayne has the time of his life at prom......so fun for the young "couple"!
How sweet of him to want to go get her flowers right away....bet they are both so excited (and a little nervous) ...hoping the last couple weeks of school don't drive you too crazy, that is a messed up grading system! How are you doing with prom and all the other grown up stuff? It is so hard to let our kids grow up, even though it is what we want for them! ((HUGS)) how is Meghan? Are you still doing well with your food plan and boot camp. You have had great success since your surgery!

Dianne....has been hot and dry here, got a little rain on Monday night, corn was actually curling it has been so hot, high 90's when I was gone, way to warm for this early! How is your garden doing? I just planted 4 tomatoes in pots and 2 cucumbers, just knew the way year started I wasn't going to have time to care for it.... so went the extreme easy route. Next year putting in raised beds if I am still here. Hope your summer is going well! Are you on track with your eating and water intake? I've got 5 pounds that comes and goes, but just won't stay away! Need to change something!

Better get moving or I may not get off this couch...heading out to feed my animals and finalize things for the evening!
Have a great weekend!
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Good morning and happy Thursday to you all....

Had a busy day off yesterday...had to go secure our campsite for the fair as I forgot to mail in the paperwork by the deadline...but all is good we got the same site!! Got laundry, dishes and all of that fun stuff done ....ran to beauty supply.

I have to work today...busy day but not a super late day.

Kare...that is SO cute .....I can't wait to see all the pics from his prom..so much fun for him!! I can't believe they stop the grading so far in advance??

Dianne....Glad you got some riding in...we're going to ride to Geneva on the lake tomorrow evening...I can't wait!!!!

Hello to everyone checking in...time to head to the salon.

Hugs to all,
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Hi girls...seems we're all MIA! Raining here today - we needed it but it can stop now. Got 3/4 the yard mowed yesterday....back 40 left to do!

Yes Brenda you are doing awesome! You look wonderful and I'm sure you feel just as good. I'm down 14 lbs now....compared a 2 pictures that were a month apart - amazing the difference I could see in my "muffin top" and my arms! Keeps me motivated...

We were able to ride Saturday and Sunday this past weekend - Saturday was beautiful, Sunday was good but wind came up and then the clouds moved in. Still a good ride. Little over 500 miles...getting ready for our ride on the 24th. Son Curt and his wife are flying in and using one of our bikes and other son Andy is riding with us also....think we are going up by Duluth MN...long story but son Curt always likes to invite tons of other people - thankfully this time they couldn't make it otherwise DH and I might have been going a different direction. For some reason he just can't ride with just his dad or even have lunch. Always has to invite everyone with. Kinda disappointing really - like he doesn't want to spend time with just his dad - this ride started out with just DH and his sons but then Curt wanted everyone else going also - so know it's myself and Curts wife which is ok....least there's only 5 of us and not 15 in a bedroom cabin!

Chili in the crock pot for supper as it's been a cool day! Better get the table set...hello to
everyone!

Kare - hope the time goes fast for you! Congrats on Dwayne's date! I'm sure they will have a blast!

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Sorry to be MIA for a few days - just been a busy week. School in not done until June 30th, so still almost 3 weeks left. It's too bad because every one is done and we are basically keeping kids busy. The older kids know report cards are done so nothing they do now is for marks, so it's hard to keep them on task.

Been warmer here this past week although we still have gotten a lot of rain. My garden is coming up nicely. Hoping to get there this weekend to do some weeding etc

Dwayne found himself a date for the prom. It is so cute, how excited he is. Katherine is in her class at school and a very nice young lady. He came home Thursday and wanted to run out and buy her flowers, even knew the colour of her dress...prom isn't until June 25th so I suggested we hold off for a few days..

Brenda, you are doing so awesome with your weight loss! Keep up the good work.

Well better get moving, school bus should be here right away then off to work

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

We had a good weekend....busy but good.....our weather hasn't been too bad...little on the cool side for this time of year but the rain hasn't been too bad...Jim got the bike taken in for service and a new tire yesterday they still need to redo the security system so I think he's dropping it off today for that...then we'll be ready to ride!! This weekend we have a lot going on....bridal shower ..grad parties...Father's day....all fun stuff!!!

My weightloss is going great ...down 65lbs and 85 inches so far....I'm getting ready to do a maintenance round for a month and then I'll do another dropping round and hopefully hit my goal ...if not then it should only take one more!!

I hope you're all doing well and had a fabulous weekend!!!

Hugs to all,
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Good morning and Happy Thursday to you all....

It's been a good week....Monday Andrea and I ran a ton of errands ...getting her new license, SS card, transferring car title....her and her ex had court to establish visitation for Aiyden....it all went well.

Tues I had to work...busy day there but not crazy...

Yesterday I did a lot around the apartment...cleaning and trying to get more organized...I got most of the clothes that are too big for me set aside to give away...feels good to be fitting into clothes that I've had tucked away for several years now.

I have to work today 9:30-7 but tomorrow is a shorter day so it all balances out...I am working Saturday morning for a little bit then we have a grad party in the afternoon.

Sunday we have a grad party and a bridal shower:)

Jeanette....I'm SO glad you got to sneak in a visit with Jenn.....you're not out of the loop....Austin is in Mom's old house but he's decided he doesn't want to keep it after all so we're in the process of selling it....haven't heard back from the girl that looked at it again on Tuesday...she usually takes a couple of days to let us know.

Dianne....sounds like your kids are all doing great! Our weather here is so weird ...it's like in the 50's at night...so cold for this time of year....we need to get our bike in for service and a back tire....thinking he should take it over now while we're too busy to ride...lol

Kare....How's the end of the school year...are you guys done???

Lori...hope you're doing well.

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

Hugs to all,
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good morning! Beautiful day here - calm sunny and 70's....rest of the week is suppose to be in the 90's...not going to complain!

Jeanette - we too are so behind in spraying....too much rain and then the wind picks up...DS was out at 5 this morning...we may have to hire some done. Other than that things are going good....Hannah started a new job 2 weeks ago - she is doing paralegal work for a lawyer - loves it! Little less in pay but when she gets into the paralegal more she will be making more. Adrian is loving her job with Rain and Hail - except for the traveling. But she is coping...Alex is keeping busy with his job and getting the house done. Guy came yesterday and looked at putting in central air/furnace. Will start that next week. Slowly getting things done!

I've had Brinley these past 2 days - mom and Jacie are at a bible camp and dad is busy spraying so we're hanging out. She is such a ham...

Leaving on a 4 day bike ride on the 24th...sons Andy and Curt (and wife Jill) are also going with...long story there - we'll see how the trip goes...

Don called ready for coffee...will finish story later!! Have a great day!

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Good morning.......just a quick check in before heading outdoors for the day. I flew out to Jenns on Saturday night, just here for a short visit, doing a few projects for them. Their schedule is a little hectic right now so trying to help where I can.

Kare........hope you had a relaxing, peaceful birthday! How is end of school year going?

Brenda........I some how missed that Austin bought a house, I was thinking he was living in your mom and stepdads house after they moved to your apartment complex! I am so out of the loop!
How are the newlyweds? Great job on your weight loss...you are doing awesome!!

Dianne.....how are you and family doing? Talked to Al at 530am and he was heading out to do post emergence spraying......have had 25 mph winds last 2 days so spraying has been out of the question. Today was supposed to be calm so hoping he has a productive day! Are you guys done?

Supposed to get pretty warm today so better get moving before it gets too hot

Have a good week
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Hello and Happy Saturday....

We went down to the camper last night but came home this morning because of the rain...so we got a nice long walk in and have just been chillaxin all day.

Jeanette...I'm SO glad you've had nice weather and some down time...recharging those batteries!!!

I'm not sure what we'll do tomorrow...I do have to go over to Austin's house...we have a girl coming back for a second showing...fingers crossed she'll be our buyer!!

Hugs to all,
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Greetings from Vegas.....relaxing by the pool, a warm 104 degrees here but the sunshine feels amazing. Have had a relaxing few days.......almost time to head back to reality. Saw a few shows but just fo used on down time. Life has been so scheduled lately.
Just wanted to again thank you girls for the prayers......I so believe in the positive energy and prayers.
Gotta run......
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Good morning and Happy Thursday to you all.....

The wedding was wonderful....I'm glad it's all done...hopefully now life will calm down just a little....we're going to our camper this weekend to sit by a fire and do NOTHING...lol they are having the men's stag fishing on Sunday so we have to get up early and be gone but I'm thinking it's supposed to rain so that will be ok.

I'm still doing great with my weightloss....I'm down 60 lbs and 83.5 inches...everything I couldn't fit into before fits now....it's been such a fabulous feeling!!! my size 11/12 are getting baggy which is unreal to me. I'd still like to lose about 24 more lbs...hopefully be totally done by August.

My nephew graduated last night and so did the young man who I was an aide too in elementary school....he is such a special young man who will forever hold a place in my heart.

Jim called the company in NC a week ago Monday and they apologized for the delay in making their decision but they had to reschedule one of the interviews which they did a week ago today and they said they'd make a decision in 2 weeks or so ....fingers crossed that we get a phone call soon and SO hoping they offer him the job, he will be SO disappointed if they don't but we'll keep watching for other opportunities if they don't.

Jeanette.....I'm so glad that you're feeling a little more like yourself again....love when you're hear with us....continued prayers for your precious grandbaby....enjoy Vegas...I hope you get plenty of R & R.

Dianne.....we haven't gotten in too much riding yet....we need to get a back tire on the bike and an oil change service etc....just haven't had the time to get it in. How are your kids doing??

Kare....Hope Meghan has a good visit. Such and exciting time for Dwayne ...I hope he handles all the changes like a champ.

Lori....hope you're doing well.

Cori...We miss you girl!!

Hello to anyone else checking in...I hope you're all doing well.

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Hello from the "windy" city...lol...another day of winds - lots of rain over the weekend but Sunday (graduation day for first granddaughter) was beautiful. Chances of rain all week....

Jeanette - glad to hear the heart beat is getting stronger - will continue with sending prayers! We've been trying to spray but first it rains then it blows - about 8:00 last night they got out there for about an hour....little by little it will get done! We have yet to come face to face with "Scott"....I'm sure it will be a little awkward at first. But DS Alex said he went and bought a new camaro - so I guess he's not hurting for money! Glad things are done with your mothers stuff/house. Time to move ahead.

Kare - yes we are getting all that rain too - and the wind. When is Dwayne done? This week I'm thinking? I've put in a few tomatoes but that's about it - did get some rhubarb plants and got them into the ground.

Brenda - wedding pictures were beautiful! Looks like it was a wonderful time! Such a beautiful couple....has Jim heard anything on the job yet?

Time to make lunch for the guys, then I'm heading over to Alex's house to start some painting...Monday we primed so know we're ready to paint. 2 bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and his "game" room (he wants to get a pool table)....couple of days and we should be done, then he can get the carpet/floor in and might be moved in by August! Fingers crossed! Don keeps saying he'll never move out....mom says oh yes! Time to really be on your own!

Have a great week girls....

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Evening, another rainy day here and more to come for this week. Kind of cold and dreary tonight, so watching tv and enjoying some peace and quiet.

Jeanette, prayers for the genetic testing that all will go well. Still have my tomatoes and cucumbers to put in but it's way too wet. Hoping this weekend to get it all in. Last time we went back to Brandon, I went to see my grandparents home, and it had been demolished and a duplex was there. I felt a deep loss, have a lot of memories of being there with my grandparents as a kid and young adult. I also lived there for a year while they tried to sell the house.

Brenda, the wedding looked beautiful! You did a great job for Andrea! Hope you got some sleep last night.

Dianne, I think you guys are getting the rain too. There has been a lot of moisture this past week.

Meaghan is flying to Calgary tomorrow to see her former roommate. I'm glad to see her doing something fun. She is still with Patrick and they seem very happy together. Dwayne is getting excited for grad and anxious about all the changes coming. He's still battling this viral thing that has been going through his class. Chesty cough and still plugged up. If he isn't feeling any better tomorrow, I'm going to take him to the walk in clinic to get checked out..

Have a wonderful evening ladies! I'm off for an Epsom salt bath as I went to bootcamp yesterday and am feeling it today. Then I will be ready for bed...

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Happy Memorial Day!

Hope everyone is having a safe weekend!

Crops are in, finally getting some much needed rain. Have a 5 day break before we start spraying so Al and I decided to fly to Vegas for a few days. Leave today and back on Friday, just a quick trip, nothing planned but some lounging by the pools. We are both exhausted!

Everything is done at moms, turned over the house to new owners on Friday. My little sister and I did a final walk through, it was very difficult. Our parents has lived there all their married life except for the first few months. My grandfather bought the "old schoolhouse" and moved it to town. We had a huge double lot to run and play in a great neighborhood filled with kids and very lovely adults. It is sad to know that part of life is just over, the connection to the neighborhood, the home base gone......all part of life but definitely not an easy part.

Dianne..... Enjoy your rides this summer, be safe. Did everything settle down with the guy who was threatening farmers who were farming his ground? What are all the kids up to this summer?

Kare...How is gardening progressing? I just did 4 tomatoes, and 6 cucumber plants this year.
keeping it small and simple. How are Meaghan and Dwayne......any family fun planned soon?

Brenda..... I am thinking of you! (((HUGS)))) Hope your family has a wonderful day filled with love, laughter and all the things that make happy memories.

Just wanted to pop in and say good morning....been way too long! Just trying to get back on track with everything life is throwing me......starting to get my mind back to a more "normal".

Please continue to pray for our unborn baby.....we are 13 weeks tomorrow and heartbeat is getting stronger! Just taking it one week at a time! Genetic testing this week...so a little edgy about that, trying really hard to just have faith in GOD that he will bring us a beautiful healthy grandbaby!

Better get moving....have to pack and get my critter chores ready to show neighbor.

Have a good week ladies!
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Happy Saturday!

Brenda - so sorry about the puppy! That is such a hard thing to go through...even though every one knows it was for the best. Good luck with rehearsal! I'm sure everything will go smoothly, ha.....it always does right??!!
If Don wants to ride the Harley I figure that is my opportunity to ride my VTX, maybe I'll get more riding in this year! About ready to take off right now - beautiful day right now!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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

Had a really busy day at the salon yesterday....happy to be of until Tuesday now. I'm going to get my nails done this morning and then taking Austin to get his shirt for the wedding. We're going out tonight to hear our friends band...so excited...I need a night out....lol

Austin and Sam's little puppy Paisley got hit by a school bus Wednesday morning....Poor little thing...she survived the hit but she broke both back legs and her back....it would have been $7000-$10,000 to try and fix her and then she would have had to have several more surgeries in time.....Austin made the heartwrenching decision to have her put down...SO hard :(

All the wedding stuff is coming together nicely...I need to pick up a few floral things today to finish the girls bouquets but everything else is done :) Tomorrow will be the rehearsal ...just a quick run thru and then we're doing a pasta dinner afterwards....nothing fancy. Sunday I'll decorate the hall most of the day....so many ideas ...hope it comes together as well as it does in my mind...lol

Dianne....the bike sounds nice except the not being able to ride with him part...lol Hope you get some nice riding weather soon.....we're having pretty nice weather but no time to ride...lol

Kare...sure hope the rain lets up for you....on a good note maybe the rain will knock down some of the pollen and give Dwayne a little relief.

Jeanette....what ya up to for Memorial Day??

Cori...hope you're doing well....miss you!

Lori..hope you've had a good week :)


Denise, Tina, Lisa, sure do miss you girls and then others who have fallen away...hope you're all doing great!!!!

Hello to anyone else checking in.

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Hope you are all having a good week! It's been raining here since Wednesday afternoon and supposed to rain all day tomorrow, and then Sunday through Tuesday. I am hoping I can at least finish my garden on Saturday if it's not too muddy.

Not much going on here. Dwayne is feeling pretty lousy the last couple of days with allergies, he usually doesn't have much problems in the spring but this year has been an exception. Poor guy went to bed at 6pm tonight. I'm hoping Brian can pick him up tomorrow when he is done his community service so he can rest a bit.

Just watching the end of my show and heading to bed. Really glad tomorrow is Friday.

Brenda, I hope the wedding will be beautiful for Andrea and her young man. She is lucky to have you there to help her. Enjoy!

Dianne enjoy your weekend!

Jeanette, thinking of you - hope you are doing well.

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Brenda - its a 2010 fat bob...he's been looking at fat bobs for the past year, got a really good deal. Very small passenger seat so I doubt I will be riding with him! I am sure Andrea's wedding will be beautiful! You are so good at organizing things! We had wonderful weather here the same days we had the grand girls - so no riding - now that they are back home it's raining....oh well, there will be more days!

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

We had a great weekend....Jim did a pig roast for our friends wedding reception...the weather wasn't fabulous to start out but ended up being good....Sunday we got in a little motorcycle ride and met Andrea's fiances family for dinner.

Monday we ran errands all day to finish up wedding stuff....can't believe I actually pulled everything together so fast...it's going to be beautiful :) I still think they're crazy but it's their life and they have to live it....lol

My nephew graduates from vocational school today for welding....have to go there at 11:30 then have to work a little bit this afternoon....I took Friday off to get my nails done and finish up last minute wedding stuff.

Dianne....what kind of Harley??? I sure wish we lived closer so we could get a ride in together. Andrea's wedding came out of NO WHERE....lol it's on Monday the 30th..wish me luck...lol

Jeanette....How are you doing this week?? Family all good?

Kare...glad you are having nice weather...makes everything so much better!!

Lori....hope you're having a good week.

I'm down 57 lbs now....30 more to reach my goal....I'm SO excited to see that light at the end of a very long tunnel from the beginning....Loving life!!

Jim talked to the company in NC...they are delayed with their decision making because they had to reschedule one of the interviews so now that one is happening tomorrow and they'll be making a decision within 2-3 weeks but they told him he's still very much in the running so we're keeping our fingers and toes crossed for good news....

Hello to everyone checking in!!

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Happy Tuesday! Had a pretty good weekend. Girls kinda drove us bonkers (and each other) but lots of fun. Saturday we drove to Bismarck to look at a motorcycle. Don has been wanting a Harley -test drove one then went to a different town 70 miles north and got a better deal. So yesterday we went and got it. He rode it home and half way home it started to rain - light at first and then got heavy....glad he wore his jacket! I was following behind and I kept waiting for him to pull over but we could see clear skies ahead so he keep going! Glad no semi tried to pass!

Today is a gorgeous day! Little wind sun is shining....Sunday we got 1.77 inches of rain with some hail....more rain coming tomorrow so I was trying to mow today but....got stuck! So the mower is sitting out there while I wait for someone to come pull me out....hope it doesn't take too long or I just might give up for the day!

Hope everyones having a good day!

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Brenda - I must have missed when the wedding is? Soon? That'll keep you busy! Glad you have help! Oldest granddaughter graduates Memorial weekend and we're helping with the food - will be a busy few days but looking forward to it...actually I love doing that - even if it is stressful!

Kare - glad your getting warm weather - us too! But I don't know why the wind has to blow - 3 days of wind gusts over 30. It can quit anytime!

Lori - good to "see" you here!

Jeanette - prayers sent

Done in the field, too windy to spray so DS and wife headed to Branson - actually he bought a camaro in Kansas City (don't ask why cuz I don't know!) so taking a little vacation - Jacie and Brinley are with us until Sunday - so I guess no wind shield time yet! So Don is busy getting the bridge done on the deck. Finally the "sidewalk to no where" will go somewhere! haven't put anything in the garden yet as the nights have been a little cool...hopeing by next week I can get the gardens done.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Brenda, sounds like everything is falling into place for the wedding. Exciting times!

Beautiful weather this week and supposed to be hot all weekend which is nice as it is a long weekend. Hoping to get some of my garden planted, I rented a plot for the season so I can grow a bit more variety.

My last week of bootcamp this week, although I will do a make up class on Tuesday. I am noticing that I am doing some of the exercises better but I don't see it anywhere else. Hoping to find enough money to do 4 weeks in June and then I will take the summer off. I have a bike so I will ride it and take Elvis for walks to get my exercise in.

Off to bed, so have a good night everyone..

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all.....

We had a nice time in Put in Bay....check it off our bucket list...lol I'd go back over to visit by walking on the Ferry but not taking a car over again...2 hour wait to get our van on ....I will stick to Geneva on the Lake....same atmosphere...less hassle...lol

The wedding plans are coming along nicely....My sister, niece, and 2 of the bridesmaids are supposed to come tomorrow and wrap the silverware for us...that'll help alot we also have to work on the water globes for the tables.....I got most of the flowers done on Monday....will finish them up this next Monday. I found a pair of shoes to go with my dress(one I already had but just fit back into it) I had one pair but they are really high and hurt my feet so am hoping this new pair will feel better. We have a pig roast/wedding reception this Saturday...we'll be camping there all weekend with our friends...looking forward to that!! But sure cuts into the time I have to get wedding stuff done but I'm confident I can get it all done!!

Dianne...so glad the service and luncheon went well....I know that was a lot on your mind!! Looks like our weather here will finally bring on some more motorcycle riding....I need some wind therapy...lol.

Jeanette...prayers continue for you and your family. What's Luke into these days???

Lori..Nice to see you checking in...hope you're doing well.

Kare.....we had snow on Sunday morning in our area...we didn't see any up in PIB but boy others got quite a bit!!!

I just started another round on my drops....I'm down 55 lbs and would like to lose 33 more....trying to get as close as I can before our Myrtle Beach vacation in July....I think you girls should all come to Myrtle during that week...OHHH can you imagine the fun we'd all have!!!

Hello to everyone else who might stop in....sure do miss everyone.

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Brenda, Congratulations on Andreaís engagement! Congrats, also, on the weight loss, and good luck planning/coordinating your move!

Jeanette, my heartfelt condolences on the death of your mother. Congratulations on the pregnancy, and you have my prayers.

Kare, kudos to you for giving that speech Ė WOW! And congrats to Dwayne on his upcoming graduation.

Dianne, condolences on the loss of Grandma Shirley and Aunt Becky.

Hugs to everyone!

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Brenda, Happy Anniversary to you and Jim- you are a lovely couple!

Jeanette, I hope you have found some peace and rest these last few days. I can't imagine the worry and pain you are going through with the baby. I pray things turn out well.

Dianne, I am so glad the service went well and so many people came out to honour Shirley.

Well we woke up to snow yesterday, got about 2 cm throughout the day but today it is gone and everything is nice and green. A little chilly today but supposed to be nice the rest of the week. I'm hoping to get my flower beds dug up this week. Won't plant for a couple of weeks yet as it still gets below zero most evenings.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I'm sitting and relaxing, watching some tv and talking with Brian...

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Hi girls

Shirley's committal service was so nice - we were worried about about the weather but it wasn't bad, little windy but the sun was shining and it didn't rain. Girls and I got everything set up and headed to the cemetery about 10:40 (started at 11), came over the hill towards the cemetery and wow were we surprised at the cars already there! My first thought was "I don't have enough sandwiches!" Of course the girls reassured me it would be fine. All 3 kids spoke - they did such a good job - cried but was able to hold it together. The lunch went great - even brought sandwiches home! Had about 41 people and that I was glad for as my sister in laws were only expecting 10-15. It was a good afternoon.

Jeanette - another 2 more days and we should be done with planting. Could use some rain - all we get are big winds. Was about 29 this morning...hopig the beans and corn that are up will be ok. We could sure use a shot of rain. Sending prayers and strength your way.

Brenda - Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you are running all directions! Hoping your enjoying your get away!

Kare - count down as to be getting close...grand daughter here is counting the days until school is out so she can spend the summer with grandma .... hmmmm I guess grandma better be ready!

Everyones gone so I am going to go sit and relax for awhile father in law and sister in law coming for supper tonight - they'll head back to Wisconsin in the morning.

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good morning......just a quick pop in to say happy weekend to all

Dianne.....Hope your luncheon for Shirley goes smoothly, sounds like you have good helpers coming to your assistance! Sending love, prayers and good energy to you! Farming sounds the same as here, corn done, beans started, rained about 2 inches so been out of field since Monday, might try today if the sun comes out!
In the 30's tonight again just so unpredictable, glad we don't have too many beans in the ground yet.

Brenda....Happy Anniversary!! Have a great weekend celebrating!!
Know you enjoy planning events, so bet the flower arranging and other wedding plans will go smoothly! That time will slip by quickly though! hard to believe the we are in the middle of May already.

Kare....Hope those days until school is done go quickly and uneventful for you!
I haven't even started thinking of a garden yet, has just been way to cool here too!

Thanks for all your extra prayers for expected baby.......I am holding my breath and unable to process this whole life event! Life really sucks at times and certainly no amount of equality in distribution of crosses to bear! I look for some "sense" in this and just can not find any! Optimism seems to be a luxury for others...I have lost mine I think!

Please continue to pray for them as it is our only hope and comfort! We have no control, it is in hands much greater than ours!

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

Sorry I've been MIA...been CRAZY busy with wedding plans....everything has come together nicely.....I'll be making flowers on Monday that'll be a big project checked off the list!!

Mom, Andy, Andrea and the kids are in TN until Monday night....we're going to Put in Bay for the weekend with some friends for our Anniversary.

Jeanette....I pray that everything goes great with this pregnancy ....I'm sure you're all on pins and needles.

Kare...hope the end of the school year flies by for you! Are you doing a grad party?

Dianne....How's everyone doing after Shirley's passing? Did the service go ok?

Hello to anyone else checking in....have to head to the salon.

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Kare - are you ready for graduation? Sure hope the weather is nice that day! 36 days will go by fast!

Getting things ready for Saturday for my MIL's committal service - sounds like it's going to be a cool day, I just hope it doesn't rain until we are inside. Girls are coming Friday and will help get stuff ready to go for the morning.

Got the corn all in, working on soybeans now. Got a little shot of rain yesterday which slowed them down but going this afternoon - of course the wind is blowing again!

Jeanette - thinking of you and sending prayers.

Catch ya all later .....

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36 days of school left for this year! One of the few years that I am actually looking forward to summer break - it's been a long year and I am tired of the politics. Dwayne's grad is June 24th, getting very close.

Jeanette, I hope the pregnancy goes well. A lot of worry and nothing we can do but pray. My pregnancy with Meaghan was high risk and I was filled with worry everyday.

Not much else going on, allergies are still going strong, but we got some rain today and for the next couple of days so that will help. Need to check and see if I still have my garden plot - time to start thinking about planiting.

I hope you are all doing well. Off to pick up Brian from work and then heading to bed.

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Jeanette- many prayers being said...my nephew and his wife just brought their baby girl home - she was 25 1/5 weeks when born - 88 days in the NICU but doing ok - came home on oxygen, meds and lots of restrictions but she is home and gaining weight.
I've regretted many times reacting to someone else's behavior...but then sometimes I feel better because I said things that needed to be said even if it wasn't nice. Hard part is forgiving ourselves and moving on. Hugs to you...

Today was Aunt Becky's funeral - she was my MIL's sister - died 6 days before Shirley...only 36 at the funeral and the funeral home told the family to prepare lunch for 125...so much food left over. They should realize that when you are in your late 80's and have a small family that has been gone for 25 years the funerals are not going to be big. Shirley's graveside service is next Saturday and the girls and I are doing lunch - only planning for about 30 - sandwiches, salads and bars. Figure if we can do graduation for 100 I can handle feeding 30. And I want to do this for my mother in law.

Leaving for Wisconsin about 5 am tomorrow - first service for MIL - will be a long weekend! Happy Mothers Day to all of you!!!!

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Good morning.....

Dianne....so saddened to read of your mother-in-laws passing. What a wonderful blessing she was in your life. Sounds like you still have a good relationship with the sisters too! How nice.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids!

Brenda...Sounds like a great plan for life in a new place. hope everything falls into place!

Kare....Those dang allergens and dust flying around, has been really windy here too. How much school do you have left?

We are winding down things at mom's, things have been going well until Wednesday night. My oldest sister blew a gasket and said some horrible things to my youngest sister and myself. It got ugly fast! She just couldn't let it end on a good note. So tired of people and their need for attention. Angry at myself for reacting to her and believing that maybe we could have a relationship in the future....

found out a week ago that DS and DIL are pregnant, only 10 weeks along and complications already. We are praying for a good outcome but also preparing our hearts.
I am angry that this is happening again, but also know the anger is futile....out of our hands!
Please say an extra prayer for a healthy baby and safe delivery

SIL is flying in Saturday on his way home from a convention in Dallas, Jenn starts a new term at Wharton this weekend so she can not join him. Been way too long since she has been home....17 months....oh the things life throws us. Never did I see this as part of my life but here we are! Amazing what a heart can endure when necessary!

Just wanted to pop in and say good morning and wish each of you an early Happy Mother's Day!


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Kare - I hope your allergies get better!!

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Hello girls - been a long week - Shirley passed away Monday night - still hard for me to believe that she is really gone - she was the best mother in law I ever had...was always there supporting me and telling me what a great mother I was and what a good job I was doing raising my kids. I am going to miss her so much. They are having a service in Wisconsin this Saturday and then another one here on the 14th. We are all struggling emotionally about going this weekend but then have to remember we are having one here the next week, my sister in laws have stressed not to feel obligated or guilty about not being there but it's still hard..So I've been busy getting this planned for the service here - I know it will be a small one (about 40 people) so I've decided instead of having it catered that I can get the lunch together myself - going to order the sandwiches from our grocery store and then do the salads myself, girls are going to help bake bars or cookies, nothing big but nobody will go away hungry! Reserved a conference room at the AmericInn so we have a place to visit as the service will be at the cemetery....

Brenda - things move fast sometimes! Sending good vibes everything works out the best for all of you! You will be one busy woman!

Kare - time for summer! We are looking at 80's this week and nice weekend....have you gotten a garden started?

Jeanette - sending prayers and hoping field work is going good

I'm "off" today for lunches - DDIL and I got a schedule going so I get a few days off from packing and delivering lunches - she works 2 days a week in the summer and has offered to do lunches on her days off, sure helps! But I still run around as guys always need rides as we move equipment but the planting season has been going good so far.

Have a great Thursday!

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

It's been a busy week at the salon....seems like everyone needs hair done this week....lol

It seems as though the wedding will be happening on Memorial Day....as crazy as it all is I'm trying to be supportive....I've pretty much got it all planned out already....luckily I LOVE event planning so that helps....lol

Kare...luckily for me Andrea and her family, My Mom and Andy, & Austin and his girlfriend are all moving down south with us so we'll still be together....I don't think I could do it if they weren't ...lol

What's everyone up to for Mother's Day?? We have to go down to our camper Saturday to clean it and get it inspected for the year...I'd really like to go to an Indian's game on Sunday but not sure that'll happen but we'll have a good day either way.

Everyone have a fantastic day....hope you're all doing great!!!

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Brenda, sounds like everything is falling in place for your move! I will keep my fingers crossed for Jim's job. What a surprise about Andrea, I hope things work out for her and her new man. It will be hard on all of you to be apart when you move..

Not much going on here. My allergies are in full force and zapping my energy. Very windy and dusty today which isn't helping. Supposed to be very hot the next couple of days, seems odd for May as we usually still have frost at night.

I hope you are all doing well. Off to fold a couple loads of laudry, then a bath and early to bed.

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

We had a great trip to the Carolina's.....Jim's interview went fantastic....he's got a really good feeling about this ....we'll find out within 2 weeks...we did look at several apartment complexes while we were down there and found 1 we like....we then found another one online just down the street from the one we like that we'll go look at when we go down again. We've decided to move to Rock Hill, SC if he gets the job....not far from Charlotte but out of the hustle bustle of the city...it's a beautiful area.

Aiyden did not do well with us and my Mom & Andy being gone all at the same time....he called us crying a couple of days....Andrea had her hands full but she managed....needless to say Aiyden stayed here with us lastnight....lol

We had quite the surprise while we were gone....Andrea has been dating a new guy for about a month and they've been inseparable from day one....wellllll he popped the question while they were at the zoo on Sunday and she said yes.....I about fell over when she sent me a pic of the ring....we figured there would be a long engagement but as my Jim was checking the court records to see when her court date was with Jim for child support and low and behold he found that she and Michael had gone and gotten a marriage license yesterday...OMG not at all on my radar and holy smokes...with the move and everything it 's the last thing we need but it's her life and I'll just have to figure it out.

Dianne...sorry to hear about Shirley.....((((HUGS))) to all of you.

Kare...I'm sure having another car and getting Brian back to driving will make things easier for you.

Jeanette....missing you....hope you're well.

Cori...How's the new house??

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

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Very sorry to hear about Grandma Shirley Dianne, always hard to watch people suffer and struggle. I;m glad Don was able to go with you.

Warming up slowly, grass is green but everything is dusty. So much wind right now, although today there is no wind. Temps at about 15C which is about 60F. Supposed to be warmer next week.

Been a busy work week, busy at home and I kind of shut down on Wednesday and never made it to bootcamp. Just needed to sleep. We bought a second vehicle which means once Brian gets his license back in a couple of weeks I won't have to get up at 4:30am to take him to work. Really didn't want to take on another vehicle but the stress over him not driving was taking it's toll on both of us. He feels trapped and that he lost his freedom, which I totally get but it's the price he paid for the DUI. He has to have the breathalyzer thing on his vehicle which I absolutely refuse to do. Anyways, I hope this will help the situation and everyone will be happy.

Not much going on this weekend. Sunday is the grad tea at the high school and Dwayne is going to help sell raffle tickets. Had to laugh as they called today to see what time he would like to serve tea - I said I really thought that would be a bad idea considering he is blind and the young girl didn't know what to say...

Have a nice weekend everyone!

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hello! I'm still here - it's been a roller coaster ride these past 2 weeks - grandma Shirley )kim my late husbands mom) had a heart attack...we've been back and forth to Wisconsin the past 2 weeks - she seems to be doing ok but we know she doesn't have much time. Breathing is very hard - she is on oxygen and morphin to help her relax and breath better. She just wants to go, tired of laying and waiting - she has no use of her hands and cannot walk. Got back tonight about 6:30 - physically and emotionally tired. Eating has been horrible this past week and exercising is lacking. Hopeing to get back on the wagon again tomorrow! Got anywhere from 2.5 - 4 inches of rain which helped some as Don was able to go with to see Shirley...but fields are dry so we're hitting it hard this next week.

Brenda - great job!! you look amazing! I'm still down 10 which I'm happy for - want to drop another 10 before the end of May as the oldest granddaughter graduates from high school - I know I can do it! I'm crossing my fingers you get your money!!

Kare - how are things "up north?" warming up? I think we'll see 70's next week....my grass might even grow!

Jeanette - hope things are going good for you guys...think of you often!

Better start some laundry - I see Alex has his clothes down also.....

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Hello and happy Tuesday to you all....

We had a great weekend....went to hear a band Friday night with some friends...then we went to my nephews for a cookout on Saturday...Sunday we had Abrielle's birthday party and a reveal party Samantha and Drew are having a baby girl in September...Delaney Grace.

Monday I went and got my nails done and a pedicure....Today I worked....had a busy day but not crazy busy....I've been getting our stuff organized and packed for our trip...we leave Thursday at 3:30...Jim's interview is at 8AM Friday morning. I'm SO glad our hotel has a nice pool....it's supposed to be 88 on Friday in Charlotte...I will be loving the pool!!!

I got a paper from the courts today....somewhere they found unclaimed funds from my ex and have ordered him to pay the $14,000.00 he owes me so guess we'll see how much money he got...lol I'd be THRILLED if it was enough to pay me off...what a blessing that would be!!!

Kare...I hope your allergies let up...Jim suffers with that a lot too.

Dianne...how was your weekend??

Jeanette...what have you been up to?? How's Jenn doing??

Hello to anyone else checking in...hope you're all doing well

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Hello ladies! Well I think Spring has finally come, enjoying some sunshine although it is always windy.

My allergies are driving me crazy, it makes me so tired and hard to sleep. I think I may have to break down and see the Dr as things aren't getting any better.

Brian on evenings this week so I'm getting caught up on Game of Thrones. I'm only on season 4 so have some catching up to do. I read all the books first so it's taken me awhile..

I hope you are all doing well. Going for a warm bath and waiting to pick up Brian at 10.

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all....

Went back over to the house Monday to gather some stuff to deliver to people who asked for it...had a busy day at the salon yesterday and felt like I was running a flea market out of my van....lol all but 2 items got picked up. Aiyden spent the night last night and then Andrea brought Adalyn this morning ...Aiyden went with his Dad this morning...kicking and crying....makes me SO sad...he really doesn't like going with him...but we have no choice.

I have a meeting later to share Omnitirtion with my cousin.....I have received 2 checks from Omni...$166 the first one and $565 was the second one....not a bad deal....lose weight...feel great and they're paying me lol

I got a 4 mile walk in yesterday....hoping to walk again today...have to do a haircut at 3 then the meeting at 7...I don't have a stroller for Adalyn here so kind of stuck until Andrea gets home.

Kare...that's awesome that Dwayne voted....good for him!! I hope the Vegas trip works out for you.....but I agree not leaving Dwayne at Christmas....Hope you have a great visit with Meghan.

Dianne....Great job on logging your food!!! Calving still going better?

Cori....How's Florida treating you....did I see on FB you bought a house?

Denise...sure miss you girl!

Lisa....hope to get together soon.

Jeanette....How's your week going??

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

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Sun is finally shining here at least for a couple of days.

Provincial election today and Dwayne voted for the first time! The polling station actually had a template for the ballot and all the info in braille. I took an oath so I could help him vote. I think he was very proud of himself once he did it.

6 week surgical appointment for Dwayne tomorrow morning and then he is going to the university for bocce ball with Special Olympics. I'm going to meet up with Meaghan for a visit.

Should be going for a walk but kind of stuck to my couch right now. Went to bootcamp last night and again tomorrow but I need to do something else during the week. I got a bike last year and I'm hoping Brian will move the seat and handlebars for me. The lady that gave it to me is 5'2" and I'm 5'8" so it's way to small...

Have a good evening everyone!

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Hi!

Another day of drizzle and fog - was hoping the sun would come out but no luck today - hopefully tomorrow!

Hope everyone is having a good week!

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Kare - yep we are getting the same weather - we needed that rain though so no complaints yet! But it could warm up some - only in the 40's today. I think I would skip the wedding, or all of you go and just Brian an attend the wedding while you and Dwayne go and enjoy yourself elsewhere. No very nice of the sister.

Brenda - yes purging is so much fun! I try to do that about once a month but have to be in the right mind set. Amazing how much stuff you can accumulate.

Jeanette - hope things are going good for you guys. Think about you every day and hope things are getting easier.

Myfitnespal told me I've logged my meals for 55 days, sure makes a difference! Feeling yucky tonight, I think we are all coming down with a spring cold, stuffy and achy...hope everyone will start the week out good!

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Been raining for 2 days and now it's supposed to change to wet snow tonight. Hopefully clearing up tomorrow - really ready for some nice weather.

Spent the day getting groceries and doing errands while Dwayne was with respite worker.

Brenda, see you are cleaning and selling - must feel good to purge!

Jeanette, how are you doing? Hope you are having nicer weather than we are.

Dianne, I'm guessing you are getting the same weather as us.

Brian's sister phoned us yesterday to invite us to her daughter's wedding on Christmas Eve in Las Vegas, but only problem is they don't want kids there. Technically Dwayne is an adult but he's not invited. I told Brian that I won't leave him at Christmas and either he comes or Brian can go alone. He's on the same page and will be calling his sister. I said I don't care if I go to the wedding, she really wants Brian there, not me. We will see....

Hope you are all doing well. Off to make supper for the boys...

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Hi girls - yes it'a another windy day here, temps have hit 60 so that is a plus! But gusts to over 40 again. Chance of rain all weekend...I sure hope we get some.

Got my bike out of the shop and have been truing to ride every day - well, except today! 4 miles..my legs can sure feel it! But I should have strong legs soon if I can keep it up! Down 7.5 lbs in 4 weeks, happy about that. Today is rough because I can't get outside...I did get my 20 minutes workout in this morning. I've been using "myfitnesspal" and I love it! Log my food and my exercise then when I finish the day it says "if every day was like today you would weigh 155 in 5 weeks"...well we'll see!

Brenda - I hope things work out for you and everyone, ex's can be a pain! My cousin couldn't even bring her boys out of state for a visit to her parents house. Now the boys have nothing to do with their dad -

Kare - kudos on the bootcamp! I'm not sure I have to dedication to stick with something like that - and I never know where I' going to be....love my 15 day challenge as the exercises are on youtube so easy to access....

Was Don's birthday yesterday - his choice for dinner was mexican - I don't think I did too bad - it was a chicken breast with 3 shrimp and a cheese sauce which I left half of the sauce....loved it!
Adrian is coming home tonight to take us out again...better get some extra exercises in today!

Hope everyone is having a good day! Have a great weekend!

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all.....

Jim is very excited at the job opportunity....everything is falling into place....we're just PRAYING that Andrea's ex won't be the fly in the ointment that stops her from being able to move...trying to look at jobs down there to show that it will be an asset for her to move and also that Aiyden has never NOT been with all of us ....I would die if she has to stay here :(

Kare...I hope Dwayne has a great time with his visit today! Great job on bootcamp...be careful with your sugar!!

Dianne....How's your week going....how are the kids all doing?

Jeanette....hope you're having a good week....How's Jenn??

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

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Had a post ready last night and it disappeared into thin air. I was so tired I gave up and went ot bed.

Brian working evenings this week so I have to pick him up at 10 every night and then up at 6:30 in the morning. Just overtired I think,,,

Speech last week went well, election is next week so I hope this campaign has help to open people' s awareness of disabilities. Dwayne has been talking about voting too, they have been talking about how to vote etc at school.

Weather here has been all over the board. Today was nice and tomorrow is supposed to be ok then rain for 4 days. Only good thing about the rain is that it will wash all the dust away. It's been so windy here to Dianne, like dust storms going down the road.

Started another 6 week bootcamp on Monday. I am going to the regular class rather than beginner and it's a little more intense but I made it through. I ran out of fuel though and it took me most of the evening to get my blood sugars up. A side effect of the weight loss surgery is low blood sugars and I have to find the right balance of food to eat before a workout. I went with what worked before but I guess I need to add a bit more food. Feeling pretty sore today and I know tomorrow will be worse but I have camp tomorrow evening. I never knew what DOMS was until I did this...

Brenda, I hope Jim's interview goes well. You are looking great in your photos.

Dianne, don't blow away..

Jeanette, I hope you are starting to heal and feel better..

Dwayne's former respite worker is picking him up for a couple of hours after school tomorrow and he is very excited. He has talked non stop about Callen since I told him the news...

Off to make lunches and go pick up Brian. Take care and enjoy the rest of your week!

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Brenda - great news for Jim! Hope if all works out, and timing for the interview - like it was meant to be! Great job on the weight!

Another cool day here - and wind...may never get my grass seeded! Got trees coming next month - hope it warms up by then.

Jeanette - yes I agree on the house, I think you were wise in passing on it. Are you guys getting into the field yet? Slow going here...we could sure use some rain.

Kare - how's things up there? Are you getting any warm weather?

Going to try and get a few things done around the yard - wind is blowing again and it's cold out so not sure how much I'll get done. Have a great day girls...

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Hello and Happy Monday to you all....

We had a quiet weekend....we got 6-7 inches of snow...but it's all gone now....the rain has moved out and now we're supposed to be in the 60's the rest of the week...we're trying to get a roll of dumpster brought in so that we can get Austin's house cleaned out as much as we can in the next week.

Jim got the call today to schedule a face to face interview in Charlotte.....we're SO excited ...it's working out that he'll interview the Friday that we were already going to be going down for a wedding in SC so hopefully in 2 weeks we'll have and answer and can really make this happen!!!!!

Jeanette...I think passing on the house was a wise decision...The grandbabies are doing great...can't believe Adalyn is 7 months already...she's such a love!!

Dianne....I hope your weather swings to be nicer like ours finally is!! I saw the table top pic...that's crazy!!!!

Kare...How was your weekend??

The scale is still moving down nicely...I've been on my program since January 10th and am officially down 48 lbs and 69.5 inches...I'm at 194....hoping to be in the 80's before we go to the wedding :)

Everyone have a fabulous day tomorrow....

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Whooping 25 degrees this morning - took the tractor to Marion yesterday - DH got down there this morning and it has snowed - not much but the ground had a white tint to it. Please mother nature - warm up!

Jeanette - we had the same weather over the weekend - blew the glass top off the table on the deck, thankfully it didn't break - so while at Menards yesterday we looked at different table tops - thinking we'll need a heavier one! Guys are picking rock this week...about the only thing we can do until it warms up! Have to re seed the yard as there is not grass seed left that I put down last week - going to wait until next week now and then looking at some bio degradable mats to put over it...hopefully that'll help!

Off to make lunches - have a great day girls!

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Happy Saturday.......
good morning girls, heading off to meet my sisters in a bit. Working at the house today to continue the process of cleaning it out. We have been trying to divide and conquer as we go, anything contested is going in a draw pile for a later date. Trying to keep the emotions out of it for now! I have decided not to purchase the house, emotionally I just don't think it is in my best interest.
What is going on with this crazy weather everywhere, we are at 18 degrees this morning. had another ridiculously windy day, 40/50 mph Finally the sun is shining today! Know you guys have the ick stuff too!

Kare...how do you feel your speech went? Anything fun or relaxing planned for the weekend?

Brenda...What are you up to this weekend? Did you guys get snow, see on GMA some places in Ohio got a few inches. How are the grand babies? Any moving forward with the move to Carolina? I am excited for your family!!!

Better get moving...
have a great weekend
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4/7/16 8:41 A

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

Had a nice day off yesterday...went and met our friends who are in from Indiana last night....was SO nice seeing them....we went to Buffalo Wild Wings....they were so nice and let me bring in my own food....I've learned to speak up and just ask and not feel pressured to eat out if I can still be a part of the crowd and do my own thing...a bonus for me!!!

I've got a nice day at the salon today....not too crazy busy but busy enough. Our weather is still yuk for the next week but then it's SUPPOSED to improve....we'll see ...lol

Dianne....good job on the loss....I know I'm really itching to get outside and do some walking...just want it to warm up a little!!

Hello to everyone checking in....have a fantastic Thursday!!!

Hugs to all,
Brenda



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4/6/16 6:04 P

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Afternoon girls - its a dreary cold day here, and windy - again.....would have way more energy if the sun would shine!

Did get 30 minutes in on the elliptical this afternoon - 20 minutes every morning and tracking my eating and getting results....down 5.5 lbs and feeling great. I drink about 1.5 gallons of water a day - had to pee a lot the first week but not so bad anymore. I can sure tell when I don't get enough now.

Brenda - we'll be calving till the end of May...gets slow about then, what we need to do is pull the bulls early so we don't have calves coming at the end of May be we get busy and forget.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Dianne

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4/6/16 11:56 A

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all.....

It's just cold windy and gray here too...yesterday was sunny ...supposed to get "measurable" snow over the weekend....I'm trying to talk Jim into going to the hotel we like in Streetsboro just to enjoy the pool and hot tub and forget the cold weather!!! We'll see ?

Jeanette....so nice seeing you here.....I know you're feeling drained in life but we all love your input here no matter good or bad going on. What did you decide on the house??

Kare...How'd the speech go?

Dianne...glad calving is going better this week how much longer til you're done?

Hello to everyone else checking in....I have Adalyn & Aiyden today ...they're getting SO big!!


Hugs to all,
Brenda

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4/5/16 10:27 P

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Hello girls! Finally remembered to grab my laptop...Can't get on spark people on my tablet...frustrating

Jeanette - just been cold here also - suppose to get some rain today but a few sprinkles was all - calling for 40-50 mph wind tomorrow - we did finish the wheat. Not a lot - I think about 600 acres, been trying to pick rock on the new fields we got - things are ok there - haven't heard anything about Scott freaking out yet! Another farmer had an auction last week - was struggling and decided to just quit - we've heard two more farmers are on the edge -
Good luck with the decision on your mothers house. Even after they are gone is still isn't easy .

Tomorrow we sign our trust papers...been working on these for months. They are revocable but still worry that we are doing the right thing. Makes it a little harder with two "families"....I keep reassuring his kids that whatever he had before we got married is theirs but I know the oldest one isn't happy about somethings. Good thing he doesn't know all of it! I had Don remove me as trustee of his - that way the kids can't get mad at me when it's executed...hopefully.

Calving has been better this past week - haven't lost one this week. Suppose to get some more cold weather and maybe a shot of snow this week - which means we'll probably have more calves at that time! I did get some exercise in yesterday as I dragged the front yard, spread grass seed then some fertilizer - got in like 14,000 steps! I was beat by the time I got done! Was glad I could roll it with the 4 wheeler!

Off to bed for me - have a great day tomorrow!
Dianne





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4/5/16 10:55 A

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good morning.....
same old, same old here. Weather is cloudy, windy, gray and cold. So much for Spring...Winter just won't let go. No snow here but snow and sun would be better than this gray windy crap...can't even stand to be out. DH and I went to a Spring auction on Saturday, farm consignment but also have baby chicks, goats, ponies, calves etc but was so cold and windy we didn't even last an hour. Dust was flying so bad you just couldn't stand it.
Helped my youngest sister at my mothers house on Sunday and all day yesterday, trying to repair that relationship and thinking it might help me process some of this emotion. DS and I have been contemplating buying the house but not sure how I really feel about that. Is it just another tie to something I don't want to hang on to? Financially it makes sense, have an opportunity to buy under market value...BUT......today is my final day to bid again and I am not at a walk away stage yet....hmmmmm...so much to process.

Kare....What a great opportunity for you to voice your thoughts on the lack of help for families with disabilities. Know you did awesome because of your passion and knowledge of the topic.
You are a great mom and advocate!!

Brenda....Hope Jim's interview happens! Would Andrea / Austin move that direction with you and Jim? I must say I am envious of being able to leave a life and go start anew, not an easy thing to do but exciting! Dh and I talk how lovely that would be but hard to take our job...farming...with us!

Dianne.....I am so ready for Spring......this cold snap has kind of set us back....won't be going to the field any time soon. Working on ruts and seeding waterways but that is it. can't even work in the yard now, so dang windy all the time! How are you guys progressing?

Phone calls are starting so better figure out the day......have a great week
blessings
Jeanette

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4/5/16 9:07 A

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Hello and Happy Tuesday to you all.....

We are having quite the cold snap here right now and it looks like we'll be stuck in it for a couple of weeks.....forecasting a little more snow again this weekend...YUK...I can't wait to move South..I sure hope that company calls Jim to schedule the interview...I'd love to head to NC this weekend!!

The scale is still moving in the right direction ....down to 198 this morning....I'm hoping to be down 5 more before we go to the wedding at the end of the month.

Kare...I hope your speech goes great!!!! Dwayne is so blessed to have such a loving advocate and Mom.....Hope your weather snaps out of it too but it looks like we're in the same zone on weather!!

Dianne....hope calving is going better this week.

Jeanette....sending love to you!!!

Cori....I see on FB you bought a house in FL??

I'm doing a lot of color today at the salon....I love days like this...get to be creative!!

Hello to anyone else checking in....I hope you're doing fabulous...we miss seeing you here.

Hugs,
Brenda

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4/3/16 8:38 P

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Brenda, I'm with you - totally done with snow. It's been snowing off and on for 2 days and the winds are so cold.

Spent most of today writing my speech for tomorrow night. We are having a provincial election later this month and groups are really pushing for the governments to address issues that affect people with disabilities. I was asked to speak about our life and the obstacles we have faced having a child with disabilities. Some of the issues are accessiblity everywhere, better wages for staff that support these individuals, jobs and better income for people with disabilities and timely access to services. I was stunned to read that someone like Dwayne could have 164 workers from age 18-65 because of low wages and lack of training.

I hope you all had a great weekend. Back to school tomorrow!

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4/2/16 3:32 P

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Hello and Happy Saturday to you all.....


Had a good week....the scale is continuing to go the right direction and I'm feeling SO good.....

We have a very quiet weekend...no where we have to be...might go over to the house tomorrow and do some sorting but not sure yet.

I ran down to a vendor show that is raising money for the ambulance company that Austin works for...they had a nice turn out.

It's snowing here but just lightly,.....I am SOOOOOO OVER cold weather!!!

Jeanette...I'm SO sorry you're struggling ....you are such an incredible woman....it is definitely you're Mom's loss for not getting to know you.....I hope you can find a way to let go of the feelings that are bringing you down and just grab on to the ones that can bring you joy!! You have SO much to offer...hope you find your inner sunshine very soon...Love you!!

Dianne...what a bummer with the cows....so sad :( Sounds like selling them might be a good idea if no one else is going to help you guys.

Kare...I'm glad you had a nice Easter. Sounds like Dwayne had a good time at the program....good for him...has he played the CD a lot?

Hello to anyone else checking in...sure do miss all of you

Hugs,
Brenda

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4/1/16 6:18 P

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Well, it's snowing here very heavily right now. Winter just doesnt' want to leave. Supposed to get very windy here later - glad we have no where to go tonight or tomorrow.

Spent the day at the Winter Fair yesterday in Brandon. Checked out the displays and animals and we went to see Fred Penner perform. Dwayne had an awesome day and got to talk to Fred again and he remember Dwayne from December. He gave Dwayne a Cd and he was in 7th heaven. Met up with some friends for supper and stopped to visit Brian's niece before heading home.

Not much else going on...enjoying the last few days of spring break. Have a good weekend

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3/30/16 9:27 P

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Colonoscopy went well - no problems - he did tell me that his dad had polyps removed quite often but he's not doing this again. Time will tell!

We have not been having good luck with calving - one day last week we lost 6 calves - two were twins and the other 2 were at least a week old - no idea what happened. Lost a cow and her calf and then a heifer prolapsed and lost her too. DH has really been talking more about selling the cows. It's getting to be too much work - I get so frustrated because Joe lives on the farm but dad has to drive over at night and check cows. When we lived there we checked/fed/pulled calves and nobody came to help. Also DSS's wife has no interest in cows - won't come out even to ride through them.

Guys have been in the field 3 days now - things are going good (been stuck a few times)....they were talking rain this week but we haven't seen any - could use a few inches. I've been moving my garden and getting that ready - hopefully it'll warm up enough so I can get that started. DIL works until April 15 then is down to 2 days a week so I've been picking Jacie up from the bus...told Joe he should call the bus barn and just tell them to drop her off at our place - they go right past!

Off to shower and relax for awhile - one good thing about working outside is I sleep good...until hot flashes hit!

Dianne

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3/30/16 9:17 P

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My heart aches for you Jeanette - I can so relate with those feelings...we are here for you....lots of hugs and prayers

Dianne

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3/30/16 8:59 P

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Jeanette, I am so sorry you have to go through all of this. It is too bad that your mom never got to know you, I often feel that way about my mom too. I have tried but she remains cold and distant with my sisters and I but my nephew can't do any wrong and he is the "golden child".

I hope you find some peace and comfort in your children and their families and know that you are doing a great job as their mom! HUGS

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3/30/16 8:10 P

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good evening............

life is feeling like a struggle right now, so just trying to process and heal, process and heal.
I think of you girls so often....just not much to contribute right now.
Not even sure what I am feeling......lot of anger, regret, disbelief, overwhelming grief that my mother is gone and she never really even knew who I was as a woman. Really frustrated with myself as well.

Has been tough dividing up mothers things,,,,,, feel like a stranger in the house I grew up in
Don't kow how it will all shake out for me...emotionally..just trying to go forward one foot in front of the other.

Glad Spring is here and warm sunny days are ahead, can't imagine going into Wiinter feeling like this

blessings


"Listen to what LIFE and the UNIVERSE is telling you!"

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do! EXPLORE...DREAM...DISCOVER..." Mark Twain



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