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4/29/16 9:23 P

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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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4/26/16 9:27 P

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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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4/19/16 8:09 P

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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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4/19/16 7:46 P

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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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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!!!

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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!

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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!!


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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!
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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
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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.

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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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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

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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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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!

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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

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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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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

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Morning, had a nice Easter yesterday with the girls and their guys and my parents coming for supper. Dwayne did awesome and spent most of the afternoon in the living room with the kids. Usually he says hello and disappears .He's tired today though so it will be a quiet day for us. Claire is coming after lunch for a couple of hours so I can get out.

Unfortunately, they found little Chase drowned in a creek near his parent' s home. Such a tragedy, only 2 years old. I'm glad that at least they found him so his parents have him home and never have to wonder what happened.

Hoping to get our for a walk today as the weather is a bit nicer.

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

Had some nice spring thunderstorms roll through last night....nothing severe just a good rumble!!

I have to go drop off my village tax money :( glad to have it done though. Then off to get an oil change on my van....then to beauty supply....home to get ready to go to calling hours for the girl who works for me at the salon's Dad...

I hit the ONDERLANDS this morning...I am SOOOOOO excited to be back down there...still not done but getting closer everyday.

Everyone have a fantastic day...

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Hello and Happy Easter to my favorite Ladies.....

We had a very nice day...went to the zoo for part of the day the weather here was beautiful today....then we came home and did an egg hunt for Aiyden...he loved it....then Jim and I took a motorcycle ride....finished the night off with having Mom, Andy, Andrea over for a steak dinner....was a fabulous day! I hope you all had a wonderful day with your families too.

I am SOOOO excited...I think I will reach the ONDERLANDS tomorrow morning...fingers crossed...if not tomorrow then for sure in the next couple of days!!!!

Kare...that is so sad ...did they find the little one??

Dianne...ohhh colonoscopy...fun fun....you're such a good wife...sharing in his eating...lol

Jeanette...hope you're ok....sent a couple of text messages and never heard back....miss you.

Hello to anyone else checking in....

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Kare..that is so sad, prayers for everyone there. Been cold and windy here too, rain coming this week. I am so ready for summer! Happy Easter to you!

We've had a very quiet day, we didn't check the calender when scheduling Don's colonoscopy...yeah, it's tomorrow...probably good that most of the kids had plans...I didn't have to cook for anyone. Made chicken broth the other day, jello, popsicles...that has been our diet today. I've been eating that with him so he didn't have to suffer alone...lol.

Have a great Monday!

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Brenda. I hope all your plans for a sale go well. I've always wanted to go to North Carolina, it always sounds so nice.

Snow again last night and it has slowly melted all day. Very cold wind today, so we just held up and watched movies and relaxed.

Been a sad 72 hours around here, a 2 year old boy went missing out on a farm about 30 minutes from here and there has been no trace of him anywhere. People have been out searching, they have dragged near by water and nothing, not a coat, hat boot, nothing....so sad and heartbreaking to see the parents on tv asking for any information on their little guy.I think hope for finding him alive is over as it's been so cold out at night, but to never know would be heart wrenching.

Have lots of housework to do while we are on spring break but I'll get started tomorrow.

Have a nice weekend and Easter!

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Brenda - sounds like the perfect spot! I hope everything works out!

Weather is really nice here today - going to take advantage of it and get some grass seeded - 60% chance of rain/snow tomorrow...not looking forward to that as the cows have started calving - so tomorrow night maybe be a long one! We lost a heifer today - prolapse - calf is doing ok though now someone will have to bottle feed him twice a day.

Hello to everyone checking in! Have a great day!

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all....

Had a CRAZY busy day at the salon yesterday and then came home to do another color...lol but it was a good day because one of my clients MIGHT be interested in buying the salon and managing it...she has a friend who is LOADED and will give her the $25,000 in cash so I'm really keeping my fingers crossed that it works out and I won't even have to list the salon with a realtor. I had the kids this morning and then Aiyden went with his Dad...I got all the laundry done and cleaned our room up a little.

Dianne.....We are looking to move to the Charlotte, NC area....it's the perfect area for us...8 hours from here, 8 hours from Disney, 3 hours to Myrtle and 3 hours to the mountains....I'm SO excited to think that I might not have to spend another winter in Ohio...I just hope that Austin for sure decides to move with us!!

I am at 203....SOOOO close to the ONDERLANDS....should be SOON!!!

I hope everyone checking in is doing great......

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Brenda - did I miss the post that your moving? How far south? Great job on the weight loss! I didn't think I had lost any but weighed this morning and am down 3 lbs from last week - yeah had to do a little happy dance!

Kare - good luck with your speech - I am sure you will do a good job. Glad Dwayne is handling the incision good.

Jeanette - how are things looking there? Does Al think he'll be in the field soon? Our fields here sure look dry.

I think Don is going to build another garage....we don't really like storing the cars and motorcycles in with the equipment - lots of moving around when he wants to work on them...only bad thing is I will have to relocate my garden. Which is ok because I didn't really like where it is....just have to find someplace with good soil. Got my seed order from Guerneys so getting excited to start digging!

Have a great day and hello to everyone!

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

We had another busy weekend...Friday evening we went to hear the band we enjoy ...Saturday I had to work in the morning then we had Abrielle's music showcase in the afternoon and then a surprise birthday party to go to that evening....then Sunday we had our annual A & W birthday celebration with the family....always a good time!! Yesterday I had the kids most of the day and then had to go to beauty supply and Walmart...I did manage to get all my laundry done in and around that crazy schedule....lol I have a long day at the salon today.

The girl who works with me at the salon Kathlyn...her dad passed away this morning...he's been battling stage 4 cancer for 2 years....he sure put up the good fight!!

We're kicking things up to move South....Jim has been putting applications in online just to see what he can find down there....I have a realtor coming today to look at the salon just so I can put the feelers out to sell it....I'd like to sell it and keep working there and just pay booth rent....we sign 5 year leases on the building rent and that comes up again in August...I really do not want to sign another 5 years so will have to talk to the landlord IF we don't sell it and see if we can do a year to year lease.

My weightloss is still going incredible...I'm down almost 40 lbs 59 inches now....less then 5lbs to the ONDERLANDS...I'm SOOOOO excited!!!!

Kare...I'm so glad Dwayne has done so well with his recovery....Good for you for pushing to get him the brailler ...sad that we have to fight tooth and nail for things that seem so simple...You'll do great speaking I have NO doubt!!!!

Dianne...HOLY CRAP scariness...I wouldn't rent that land no matter what the cost was...not worth tempting fate and losing a life....stay safe!!!!! We've had cold weather here the last couple of days but supposed to be in the 60's the rest of the week now...then 55 on Easter...I think we might all go to the zoo that day...something different!!

Jeanette....thinking of you and miss you being here with us....hope you're doing well.

Cori...how are you doing??

I sure do wish Lisa, Tina, Denise, and all the others who have dropped off would check in just to say hi and let us know how they're doing .

Well I better get moving...I'm going to stop and tan on my way to work and I have to drop off our water bill for the salon....I think I start at 9:30 today...I'll go early just to be safe...lol

Hugs to all,
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Dianne, winter here again too...very cold tonight and they are calling for a couple centimetres of snow. I'm sorry to hear about your land troubles, it sucks that farmers are being hit hard all over. I hope you get things resolved.

Been fighting for the last few days with CNIB to get Dwayne a brailler for when he is done high school. It took a couple of fb rants but hopefully they are going to help us. There rationale to not help out is that Dwayne will not be making a sustainable wage - like duh? You think? Of course he won't be making minimum wage, but he contribution to society is still important. We are in the middle of a provincial election and there is a big push to make government accountable on how people with disabilities are treated. So I am doing a small speech on April 4th to tell our experience with living with a child with a disability and the challenges we have had getting his needs met. I'm not a public speaker, but I am passionate about my child, so I will speak from the heart.

Dwayne has a check up to get his incision checked, but I think it looks good! I am very proud of how well Dwayne has handled all of this, no scratching or picking. He has to see the neurosurgeon on April 20th and then the neurologist in July.

I hope you are all doing well. Just putting the finishing touches on supper for tomorrow, so we can eat as soon as I get home from bootcamp. Have a nice evening

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Feels like we're back to winter here! Cold and windy but at least there is no snow...

Things have been quiet...thankfully - we did hear that this threat he made was made a few weeks ago. And now we may not rent the land - Don received the contract and they want $20-30 more for cash rent than anyone around here is paying - plus 20% of all profit...after crunching the numbers (and talking to the other guy that is renting) we all decided there is no way we can even break even....so the guys called the land manager and told him he either has to lower the rent or do away with the 20%...last I heard they weren't budging - the other guy told them they can "stick it".....actually feeling kinda sorry for Scott (he's the guy who lost the land)....he couldn't afford it and now they've broke him - guess he's having an auction now. This was the only land he farmed.

I am really addicted to my exercises! They are on youtube and I have been doing them every morning for the past 3 weeks and feel great. I am toning up but I don't think I've really lost any weight - battery is dead on my scale! Not going to worry about the weight - I have been doing a few measurements and I am losing inches. I'm hoping once the guys start in the field it will be easier for me with food...don't have to worry about feeding anyone!

Have a great week!
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Hi girls - things are really getting interesting here - or maybe more scary. So one farmer that lost his land is threatening to shoot anybody who rents the land that he lost - well guess who rented half of that land....yeah, Red River Trust called us and said the shariff has been notified but if we see "Scott" we are to go the other way - fast. He said he has a gun with three bullets - 1 for the guy who rented the south half, 1 for the guy who rented the north half (that would be us) and one for him. This guy has a drinking problem and has just got out of drug treatment program where he failed. Yeah there's a little stress going around here. Don was shaking when he got off the phone - this guys been unstable for awhile now. So we're just hoping things settle down with him.

Got about 2 inches of snow the past few days - first it was looking like we'd be in the field next week and now it maybe a few weeks. Calving has been going good - got about 7 calves and haven't had to pull any. Getting some good exercise in helping!

Brenda - yes send me your information - would like to read more about it.

Have a good (and safe) day!

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Just got home after bootcamp and relaxing for a few minutes. Can't sit too long or I will stiffen up!

Woke up to 10cm of snow this morning - so guess winter is not quite gone. So icy this morning and hopefully warm enough to melt it tomorrow.

Dwayne is doing well. Dressing off today while he is at home and so far he hasn't picked at it. Going to keep it dressed for school, just as some added padding in case he hits it. Tuesday we will go to Dr and get the incision checked. I am so proud of how well he has done...

Brenda, glad you had a great trip and congrats with the weight loss!

Dianne, hope the snow missed you!

Jeanette, thinking of you!

Have a good evening! Off for a shower and early night to bed.

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Good morning and Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all....

We had a fabulous time in Florida....the weather was perfect!!! Aiyden had a great time...he was a little crabby with all the hours of driving but he still enjoyed himself!!

I hit my lowest weight on vacation...I LOVE LOVE LOVE Omnitrition....it has truly helped me figure out a system that WORKS....and I can still enjoy food...a win win!!!

Kare....I'm so glad that Dwayne's surgery and recovery are going well.....hope he continues to heal quickly. Are you back to bootcamp this week? Sounds like the nice weather we're having you have too!!! Enjoy!

Jeanette.....thinking of you often....hoping that life is getting into a new normal for you since Mom's passing.....still hoping you'll be heading this way in the near future.

Dianne....How very sad about DIL's dad....what a tragedy......I lost my Dad at the age of 61 also....so young :( If you ever want more info on Omnitrition let me know I'll give you the link to my web page so you can join on my team :)

Cori...Hope you're doing well...it was hard being so close to you in Florida and not getting a quick visit.

Hello to everyone else checking in...missing Lisa, Denise, Tina, Tammy, Lori, and so many others who we don't hear from anymore...hope you're doing well.

Hugs to all,
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Hi girls....another good looking day here, kinda windy but that's ok...suppose to get some precipitation in the next few days - even if it's snow it won't stay long - getting tractors ready to go. Big thing around here is the land exchanging hands - some of the farmers in this area are loosing land because of financial problems...we've been contacted by 3 different land owners about renting land. One guy had his bins locked up by the bank - we saw some of this coming last fall...the company Alex works for has quite a few farmers that can't pay last years bills. Now the ones loosing land are the ones that also in the past few years have bought homes (yes more than one) down south, built beyond what they needed, one bought an airplane, another a huge semi/trailor for his race car....things were too good. Scary times right now - we're glad we stayed conservative....Was hard with DS wanting to buy new all the time - glad hubby was able to make him see the light.

Hope everyone is doing ok - have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Kare - glad to hear Dwayne is doing good - yes we have beautiful weather! Little windy today but the temps are nice, been getting some yard work done - still a little soft out there but doing what I can

Brenda - looks like everyone is having fun! Glad the hotel rooms got straightened out. And you are looking good!

Jeanette - prayers to you, hope things are going as best they can

Daughter in law Jamie's dad passed away Sunday night - they unhooked him from everything and it didn't take long for him to pass on his own. Too much damage...we all feel it was for the best.

Things are going good here, feels good to get out and do something! Even if it's driving the 4 wheeler around. Looking at building another garage/shop this spring so trying to figure out where everything will go ... I may have to move my garden which isn't a bad thing as the soil there wasn't good anyway.

Have a great Monday!!

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Morning! A dull but warm Sunday morning here. Enjoying unseasonably warm weather until about Wednesday so snow is almost gone. Elvis and I have gotten out for a couple of walks this weekend. He's thoroughly enjoying them but doesn't like the mud puddles. Got in a 2 km stroll yesterday before supper.

Dwayne has down so well after his surgery. He has never complained of pain but will say he can't use his arm etc and then we know he is uncomfortable. The incision looks good but is in a hard place, right near his armpit so he moves it a lot as it's on his left side and he is left handed. Claire took him out yesterday for a couple of hours and he did very well. Back to school tomorrow and hopefully he will make it all day. I have some banked time so if I need to leave, it's all good. Going to try and wash his hair tonight in the kitchen sink because it's looks horrible.

Brenda, looks like you are having fun on your vacation. Makes me remember the good times we had there.

Dianne, I hope you are getting some of this nice weather as well. Even if we get more snow, at least we got a little break.

Jeanette, how are you doing? Been thinking of you lots...

Off to make muffins and cookies for Dwayne's lunches and finish up laundry. Of course I also have to wash the floors almost everyday because of doggy prints everywhere.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Jeanette - oh I know that feeling...thankfully I have a few cousins that really support me - we have gotten very close this past 2 years - so I guess something good did come out of all this drama...still hurts that some of my aunts still turn their back on me.

Brenda - I'm going to look into what your using....still doing good with my challenge! Inches are coming off, weight is a little slower but thats ok with me. enjoy your vacation!

Kare - thoughts and prayers today! Your doing great with bootcamp - I tried that - failed....but I'm still plugging away at home!

Andy dropped the twins off last night - will have them for a few days as Jamie's dad took a bad fall off a ladder this past Tuesday - doesn't sound good - broken ribs, broken back, head injuries - hasn't woke up yet so no idea how much brain damage but these is minimal swelling in the brain so that's a good sign. Pretty sure he is paralyzed from chest down - he's 61...going to be a long road.

Last Sunday we got the bike out...was beautiful! Yes Brenda we still have salt and gravel so Don was driving careful! It was a short ride to town and back but felt wonderful! Had our first calf yesterday - so glad the weather is warm - we might get a small snow storm next week but otherwise things are looking good.

have a great Thursday!

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

It's been a crazy busy week...I work this morning for a little while ....then at 3:30 we're off to Florida...I'm So ready to go!!!

Kare....prayers for Dwayne today....hope all goes well. Great job going to bootcamp.....how nice to accolades ...makes you feel good!!!

Jeanette.....Thinking of you and praying that you'll stay strong during all the family stuff you have to go through right now....love you my friend!!

Dianne.....YEAH that you got to take the bike out!! We still have a lot of salt and brine on the roads...but we're getting a lot of rain the next few days so hopefully that will all get washed away and the weather will stay nice so we can ride soon!!!

Cori....hope you're FL weather cooperates for our trip....I need sunshine !!

I'm doing fabulous maintaining my weight on this phase of my plan....I'll be doing another dropping round starting next Wednesday...I'm SO excited ...I'll do a 3 week drop so hoping for 10-15lbs....I'm at 208.8 so the ONEDERLANDS are getting close!!!!

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

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Thank you everyone for your good thoughts for Dwayne. He is pretty anxious about tomorrow, but he is handling the stress pretty well. We will be on the road by 4:30 in the morning and surgery is at 7:30am. I'll pop in when I can and let you know how he is doing.

Jeanette, hope you get some rest. I have the brain shut off problem some nights too..

Dianne, are you getting spring temps this week too?

Brenda, have a great trip! Wish we could go back to Florida again - maybe someday.

Went back to bootcamp last night and I'm very sore today but so happy with my progress. The instructor emailed me today to tell me she was very proud of me and that she thougt my shoulder presses and squats were much stronger. What made me proud was for the first time I was able to do leg drops. I had to do the modified version but I did it! Don't know if I will make it tomorrow, but hoping we will be back in time.

Have a good evening. Off to get some supper ready...

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Very early here...not sleeping tonight. Fell asleep at 930, but woke back up at 1, just can't shut my brain off.

Kare,,,,Praying Dwayne's surgery and recovery goes smoothly. Your new little birdie sounds like he has found his home. So sweet! Keeping you and your family close in my thoughts and prayers,

Dianne....So annoying when family just doesn't get it! I feel like an alien amongst them.

Brenda....Have a wonderful time in Florida! Glad it all worked out!
Hey congrats on your great weight loss results so far too! Glad to hear that is working out for you!

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Evening! What a beautiful day here, almost 8C which is very warm for this time of year. The geese are already coming back and they seem to know that spring is on it's way.

Brenda, have a great time on your trip. Glad you were still able to get rooms.

Dwayne's surgery is 7:30am on Thursday so we will be on our way by 4:30 in the morning. The procedure takes about an hour and the nurse said we should be home by mid afternoon. He took the news well, but I'm anticipating he will get more anxious as the day draw nears. We will keep him home until Monday, and I'm hoping he can make the day, but if not I have some banked time I can use.

Ended up with a new finch yesterday. We went to a business expo and the pet store had this one lonely social finch. We were talking about ours and the manager said we could have him for free as she wasn't ordering anymore and she didn't want him to be alone the rest of his life. So Mr. Salt came home and is doing well. He's been singing away and the manager said he never sang at the store so he must be happy. He and Paprika are sleeping buddies and Marty and Meaghan are our other pair.

Just watching kids shows with Dwayne and hoping he will go to bed soon. Got all our tax stuff together, but missing a couple of forms from my summer job and Brian's employer...always something

Have a good evening and a great week!

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Hello and Happy Sunday to you all......

Can't believe how time from here got away from me this week....I have been SOOOOO busy at the salon...didn't get home until 9 on Thursday....7 on Friday....Saturday I worked until noon then we had Aiyden's party that went great!! We then had a surprise party to go to Saturday evening.... Today I've had the kids all day to give my Mom a much needed break...Andrea worked alot this week too so Mom and Andy had them a lot.

I got everything packed for Disney today....what a crazy almost debacle this was...my lady who always gets us our rooms at Disney at her cost because she works there COMPLETELY dropped the ball and as of Friday we had NO reservations to stay on the Disney resort...I was FREAKING out a little to say the least....well Thank GOD Jim is a platinum member with Marriott and we ended up booking a Spring Hill Suites just outside of Disney....it's going to end up being better the rooms are bigger then ours at Disney would have been and have microwave and refrigerator in each room...free breakfast and it's in a gated are with 2 other Marriott hotels...so all in all it worked out!! We're able to get our tickets from AAA at a discount price so we're all set now!!

Jeanette...I'm so sorry for your loss..I know she's in a better place and I just hope that the services go with no drama and you can find peace with all of it.

Kare...I'm glad Dwayne's surgery is scheduled.....How long of a procedure is that?

Dianne....the Omnitrition program works with using the OmniDrops and following a VERY low calorie diet which they provide you the lists of what you can have in the book...you take the drops 3 times a day...drink 3/4 to a gallon of water everyday, I used 4 of their products including vitamins to help keep everything going great....I've lost 33 lbs and 51.5 inches since January 10th...I feel better then I have in YEARS....you can do 21 or 42 days of the dropping program and then you do a 3 week maintenance to reset your new body weight....You can then do another dropping round until you hit your goal weight and then once you do you can go into the life time phase....I'm really loving it!!

Cori...I hope you're doing well...we miss you.

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

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Very sorry to hear about your mother Jeanette. I am glad she has found peace - I pray you and your family can find it as well. Hugs to you!

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Jeanette - my thoughts are with you and Al, I know what your going through. I hope the rest of the family will see that drama does nobody any good. I actually sent an email to all family members telling them we all failed each other and it was time to put the past behind us and heal as a family. Some accepted it and some blew me off - that is their lose. Do what is best for your family - love and hugs to you

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Just winding down a really long day.......mom passed this afternoon at 4:15.
Been a tough week, am at peace because I know she is in a better place free of pain.
Meeting siblings at funeral home in the morning to start the arrangements...probably visitation Monday and funeral Tuesday. Al and I are trying to sort out how we proceed thru this with as little drama and least amount of damage to our family.

Thank you Brenda, Kare and Dianne for your kind words and thoughts.

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Kare - good luck with Dwaynes surgery - I'm sure everything will go good. Is your weather warming up? Cold this week but warming for the weekend.....I wish it would stay!

Jeanette - thinking of you...I know where you at...for everyone's sake I hope it happens soon.

Brenda - love your countdowns! Tell me about your weight loss - hows your plan work...

These past 2 days have been a struggle - just no motivation. But then it's dreary, cold and kinda snowy out. But I have been sticking to my eating plan and trying to get exercise in. I've been under 1000 calories all week and I think that may be affecting me. Might have to try and up it some. But i'm feeling great!

Have a great Thursday!
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Jeanette, how heartbreaking to watch your mom go through this. Hugs to you and your family.

Brenda, won't be long and you will be somewhere warm for a few days. Hope you have a good trip.

Dwayne has his surgery to change his implant next Thursday on the 10th. We haven't told him yet and we will probably wait until next Wednesday after school so he can digest the news but not worry about it too long. It should just be day surgery and we will be home by supper.

Hope you are all doing well, just relaxing this evening and surfing the net. Going for a hot bath soon and early to bed.

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good evening.....
Al and I ran away for an overnight. Went to a farm show this afternoon, just finished dinner and I am lounging for a bit then heading to the hot tub and pool for a couple hours.
We moved my mom to a nursing home last Wednesday, all feeding tubes and glucose was removed last Monday. She is gone for all practical purposes but the body won't give up. Hospice and doctors thought 3-4 days and she would be gone but this is day 10 with no food or water.. It is heartbreaking to see her like this.

Frigid cold here again, was 60 over the weekend then back down to 18 last night and barely 25 today. Small amount of snow predicted tonight! I am so ready for Spring and a fresh start.
Think I read that you guys are all kind of having the same up down weather!

Brenda...Oh Minions will be such a fun theme! Can not believe the boys will be 3 already! What is Aiyden wanting for birthday this year?
Luke has already decided he wants a "Muddy,,,,,,, dirt bike, 4 wheeler, lawn mower, snowmobile " birthday party! his dad said they don't make cakes that big...his response was gramma will make it! Oh boy!!!

Dianne...So sorry to hear of your family friends death! Life is so precious...and short!
Hope you guys are all doing well.

Kare,,,,You are doing so awesome staying dedicated to bootcamp! I need to get moving again, my eating is okay but I just have not been getting the physical workouts in. I need to kick it in gear, it would help with the stress right now too. Just can't get motivated again!
Any signs of Spring up your way?

My thoughts are kind of racing so gonna hit post and head to the hot tub.
Love you girls
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Hello and Happy Tuesday to you all...

Our weekend was very nice...busy Friday and Saturday but Sunday I got a walk in and then chillaxed the rest of the day. Austin came over for dinner ...always love seeing him.

We're getting stuff ready for Aiyden's birthday party on Saturday..we're doing a Minion theme....always a fun time!

I am really busy at the salon this week...Thursday I work 10-9 ...yikes!!!!

Kare...enjoy your week off from bootcamp..good time to recharge :)

Dianne..SO sorry about your friend...I worry about Austin when he's out on his...pretty excited he just told me he sold it.

Jeanette....continuing to keep you in our thoughts and prayers...Love you my friend!

Hello to anyone else that might check in.....


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Very sad about your friend Dianne, seems like snowmobiling kills so many people. Great job on the weight loss and eating. Any time you want a challenge, just send me one.

Wow, it got super cold here yesterday. Friday and Saturday were beautiful and yesterday it started snowing and blowing and it was -41C this morning. Same thing tomorrow...guess spring isn't here quite yet.

a week off from bootcamp this week and then start a 3 week mini session. Going to walk on the treadmill and get my new shoes broken in, but not tonight. Just relaxing and heading to bed early. Didn't sleep well and have a headache..

Hope you are all doing well. Off to do the dishes..

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It's a Monday girls - almost 60 Saturday and woke up to 7 this morning....brrrr! I want spring here!

Was a sad weekend - a dear friend of ours was killed while snowmobiling in Colorado - hardest part is his son found him. Mike was one of those guys that was always upbeat, nothing got him down and he could get you laughing and smiling no matter what. Him and his wife are the ones that went to Hawaii with us - his funeral is in Wyoming and we're unable to go but I think the girls are going to go. Don is really having a hard time, Mike was one of those few guys that Don could really talk to. He is going to be so missed.

My challenge has been going pretty good - lost an inch around the waist and an inch across the chest ( Don says NO!!!!)....lol, 1.5 lbs down, now if I keep up that pace I'll be down 20 lbs by June 1. So that's my goal. Love the exercises! Nothing I can't handle and it changes every day so I don't get bored. Now I'm hopping it will warm up so I can get outside!

Hope everyone had a great weekend....later!

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Quick note here - kids are napping - Don went to the farm to check on things - will take the kids somewhere when they wake up - just can't decide where! Few indoor playgrounds around the area we might check out. Their parents will pick them up in the morning...will be sad to see them go but kinda glad to get our routine back!

I am really feeling good today - no sugar and low carbs I guess is working for me. Exercise has been great - kids even get me to do more! I get a "treat meal" this weekend....they say under 600 calories but I'm not going to over doit! I did a quick measure and am down 1 inch in my waist....hope this is correct!

Your a popular person Brenda and nobody wants to wait until you get back! they need hair done incase you your gone too long! lol...I do the same thing when I hear Jessie is going on vacation. Sounds like a busy weekend!

Kare - lets keep those stap challenges going! little competition is good!

Tomorrow there is a Home and Garden show in Fargo - pretty sure we're going to go - just to get out of the house and have supper with just us 2! Alex, Hannah and Adrian have headed for Wisconsin to see the grandparents - so glad Alex went with, he hasn't seen them since 2013 and with grandmas health failing it will be good for them to be together. He doesn't do well with these things - now I just hope the three siblings can travel together and not kill each other!!

I hear movement so I'd better close - have a great weekend everyone!

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Just sitting for 10...feeling really achy and worn out.
Grandson here for a few days, met the other grandparents Wednesday morning. We have been co-grandparenting while kids are on vacation. It has been so good to have him, brightens my day and fills my mind with good stuff.
They unhooked mom from all feeding tubes on Tuesday and moved her to nursing home Wedneday morning. Hospice thinks it won't be long...but I know these things are not predictable...just praying for a peaceful ending.

Been doing a little stress eating, kind of caught myself so trying to get a handle on that
really gray and gloomy here last few days. Supposed to be sunny and in the 50's tomorrow and Sunday so hoping to get outdoors and run around for awhile.

Brenda, Kare, Dianne thank you for your kind words and thoughts......

Hope the three of you (and anyone else checking in) have a blessed weekend!
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Good Morning and Happy Friiiiiiday to you all......

Had a crazy busy week at the salon ...whenever people know I'm taking a trip they freak out and all bombard me with appointments.....I'm only missing 2 workdays...lol

Today I work 11-4 and then we're going to go to a winery and hear our good friend Randall...always a nice evening. I'm going into the salon tomorrow just to do one color for a lady that had to cancel last night because of the weather.

Tomorrow we have a luncheon to stop in at to see my Step Dad's Uncle who's in visiting from out West...then we have one of our Granddaughter's birthday party and then a going away party for one of Jim's driver trainers who is moving to Georgia....busy day for sure!!! Sunday we get to chillax!!

My weightloss is still doing good...right now I'm on maintenance for 3 weeks...got to add in good fats and more proteins....such an adjustment to get used to but I'm figuring it out :)

Jeanette.....you're in my thoughts and prayers ((((HUGS)))

Kare...doesn't it feel great when you start feeling the results of hard work..good for you ...hope you get your scale victory soon!!

Dianne...Happy that you're liking the challenge....keep up the great work!!!! What are you guys up to this weekend??

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

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Jeanette. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. Even when we've had differences, it's tough to see them suffer. Hugs to you and your family.

Dianne, I eat 75 grams of protein a day a requirement because of the bypass surgery and some days are a real struggle. I use premier protein shakes from Costco - they have 30 grams of protein and only 1 gram of sugar. I usually have one a day to keep my protein up.

Tomorrow is my last day of bootcamp for a week and then I have a 3 week session. I have noticed my legs are a bit thinner and my pants are falling off my waist. Hopefully the scale will soon show the hard work.

Just finished folding a basket of laundry and heading for my bath...Have a good evening

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Jeanette...hugs to you..and if there is nothing left I hope she passes in her sleep also.

Brenda...so far loving this challenge...getting enough protein in is hard for me even with protein shakes but I am not missing the sugar! Actually eating more at lunch and dinner than b3fore. Love the exercises, the longest is 19 minutes and it pushes you but doesn't wear me out. You can find them on youtube "trainer Lyndsay 15 day challenge"... the pictures that people post of their results is amazing! I'm determined to stick with this...it's only 15 days!

Max is doing great, Kora comes back tomorrow (the other grandma had to take her again).... he has been so good, going to miss him when he's gone but also nice to get our routine back!

Bedtime here...night girls!

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

We had a nice weekend...the band we went to hear Saturday was really good...it was nice getting out with friends....Sunday was a quiet day...I took Aiyden for a walk and then we watched the Daytona 500. Monday I had to run errands get the oil changed in the van and get the tires rotated..ran to beauty supply...grocery store then home to talk to some friends about the omnitrition that I'm doing....made for a crazy day!

I have to work today...I'll be running to the tanning salon on my way and then to Walmart...I need a vacuum for the salon:) I've got a pretty long day and I have SO many people who want in before we go to Disney and I'm running out of appointments...lol

Kare...that is a bummer that the food didn't settle well with you....does that happen often for you or do you just really avoid those types of food? Hope your weather is better this week...we've got a little snow supposed to come Thursday I think.

Dianne....Sounds like a fun weekend...Your food plan is like mine I cut out almost all carbs and sugars...I've had not problem at all with it :)

Jeanette...I'm so sorry about your Mom, I know you have a unique relationship with her but I know this has to still be difficult...(((HUGS to you my friend))))

I hope you all have a great day..I'm going to get moving here have to be at the salon by 11:00

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computer acting up so going to do this really quick and hit post...

been an awful week here, my mother is in hospital since last Sunday, had 2 mini strokes then another major one last Monday night. Prognosis is not good, and family is dysfunctional at finest. They finally decided to call one of my children on Wednesday, pretended they didn't have my number, so that is how I found out.
She is gone for all practical purposes, just the body left.
I pray she just passes in her sleep, soon!

Blessings to each of you
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Happy Sunday! Been a quiet weekend here. Weather was horrible Thursday night and Friday with snow, rain, freezing rain etc all day. Just stayed home and read and watched tv. Yesterday I went to the city with a friend to a support group for people who have had weight loss surgery. It was nice to get out with adults.

We went out for supper last night and I wanted something I haven't had since surgery - poutine. I ordered a small chicken poutine and ate less than half but unfortunately it didn't agree with me and I had a rough night with stomach troubles. It's called dumping and is what happens when gastric bypass patients eat too much fat. The poutine was good but won't do that again.

Brian working evenings, Dwayne in bed so just finishing up laundry and getting ready for the work week.

Dianne, your weekend sounds like fun!

Enjoy your week everyone!

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Hello every body! Been a great weekend - had Jacie's 6 birthday party today. Went swimming - and yes I even put my suit on! Yesterday we took Max to Fargo and had a great day - went to the new Harley shop first, then Barnes and Noble so he could watch a movie, then to the mall to a playground they have there and then supper at Texas Roadhouse - and he was so good. Pizza in the oven now and I think it will be an early night for all of us!

I start my challenge tomorrow, been doing the exercises and they are pretty easy - been working on the diet plan- shouldn't be too hard. Mainly cutting down on carbs and trying to cut out sugar - none of these should be hard for me.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Hello and happy Friiiiiday to you all....

Had a couple of busy days at the salon.....happy to be off tomorrow. We're going out with some friends to hear a band tomorrow night....looking forward to a night out. Sunday we'll hang out at home and watch the Daytona 500 :)

Dianne....sounds like you've been a busy Grandma shuffling kids...lol Aiyden spent the night last night and he's here again tonight...I swear he'd live here if we let him...lol I hope your fit challenge goes great!!!

Kare...how did your week go...did you get your bootcamp in?

Jeanette...hope you're doing well.

Cori....I'm so ready to head South...wish our schedules could have lined up for a quick visit.

Lisa, Tammy, Lori, Denise, Tina and anyone else checking in...we sure do miss all of you....hope you're doing great!!

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Hi girls....

Quiet weekend - just hung around the house - Monday we had Jacie after school and switched girls and had Brinley while Jacie had skating - no kids today...Jacie tomorrow after school then Max comes and then we pick up Kora Sunday and have the two of them until the 27th. Don's ex is going to take Kora for a few days but won't take Max because she says he's too much work. I remember the girls grandma saying that and how even now Adrian talks about how much it hurt that grandma would take Hannah and not her. The twins are almost 4 but they can pick up on stuff like that.

Started a 15 day fit challenge on Facebook - love the exercises (it starts the 22) but I might struggle with the food plan (if only I didn't love food so much!)....but it is regular food so I think I'll be ok. It calls for protein shakes (of course they advertise what they sell) but I have my Thrive shakes that are very close and I'm going to continue using those. So yesterday I did 50 jumping jackes and some burpees! And I can still walk today! I have some kind of bump on the back of my left foot that I think I need to have checked out - after about 7 minutes on the elliptical it hurts to where I have to quit. Not sure what I did...

Brenda - glad things went good in court! I'm sure the kids are glad to be home also (hope so anyway)....And great job with the scale! I'm hoping in 15 days I can say the same!

Kare - hoping the stress continues to go down for you - the pictures of Dwayne were awesome!

Hello to everyone else! Time to find something for lunch....have a great Wednesday!

Dianne

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2/16/16 10:06 P

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Good evening and Happy Tuesday to you ....

Well court was this morning and the kids were allowed to go home....I am SO happy ....I still worry a little but I think with counseling they'll all be ok......It's nice to get back to our "normal" life again.

I'm still making my way down on the scale.....I'm down almost 27 lbs and 37 inches...feeling great!!

Kare...I'm glad you are finding your way back to YOU...I know all that stuff with Brian was beyond stressful..Sounds like you had a very productive day "off" feels great to check things off the list!!

Jeanette...How's your week going?

Dianne...Did you have a good weekend?

Hello to everyone else checking in...going to call it a night

Hugs,
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Happy Monday! Not particularly warm but the sun is shining! Have a couple of windows open to air out the house a bit..

Quiet weekend here, Brian worked so just Dwayne and I most of the day. Saturday, Claire was here with Dwayne so I got my groceries and errands done. Yesterday we picked up breakfast at McDonalds for Dad and Dwayne and took it to work so they could have a Valentine's breakfast.

Today is Louis Riel day so no school. I've got my floors scrubbed, 4 dozen cookies baked and my kitchen tidied. Now to finish laundry and get it all put away and vacuum. Feels good to have some energy to get housework done.

I've had a few talks with my friend Dolly and I realize that all this stuff that Brian has dealt with has affected me more than I thought. It really damaged my self esteem and trust in people and it's taken me awhile to get back on track. I think I still have some ways to go but feeling better about life and myself and that's a start.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Off to get the vacuuming done before the Wiggles come on tv or I will be in trouble!

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2/14/16 10:52 P

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Hello and Happy Sunday to you all.....


I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day.....Ours was nice and quiet just cozied in at home all day....perfect!!!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope the day is filled with love, laughter and happiness!

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Happy Valentines Day girls! Hope you all have a fantastic day! I'm hoping to feel better by tonight - not sure what I have just really really tired, little achy but stomach is fine, no sore throat....laying low today and hoping tomorrow is better!

Dianne

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Evening - so very glad it is Friday evening. Went on a field trip today to the museum with the grade 8's. We are studying Ancient Civilizations so we learned about starting a civilizations, and about mummifying people. Then we got to mummify a carrot - it was a lot of fun. Brought my mummy home for Dwayne to check out. Should be finished in about 2 weeks.. I spent over 2 hours of bus time surrounded by 7 - 14 year old boys. Talk about loud! They were fun but loud

Dianne and Brenda, stay sage with the snow. Very cold tonight with lows below -40C! Sitting watching the Amazing race while snuggled under my electric throw. Planning on heading for a warm bath and bed soon. MY quads are killing me from bootcamp last night - it's a good hurt but I'm stiff!

Jeanette, I hope you had a good week.

WE have a long weekend here and then off next Friday for a PD day so a short work week for me! Have a good one ladies!

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Hello and Happy Friiiiiday to you all...

Had a good couple of days....work has been busy...I took Madison, Thomas & Aiyden with me today...gave them all haircuts and then we went to Walmart for a couple of things and now home cozied in.....we were supposed to go hear a band that we enjoy but Mother Nature is dumping a bunch of snow right where we would have gone so be opted to stay home. I'm off work tomorrow and we're not doing much...I might run to a different Walmart tomorrow I had gotten a pair of jeans but the dye was SO dark in the inner thigh area it looked like you had wet your pants...lol so I took them back but they didn't have any more in the size I needed so will check another location:)

I'm still doing great keeping on track...I have one more week on the low calorie phase and then I'll do 3 weeks of maintenance ...I'm really happy with how it is going.

Dianne....glad you had a good visit. Happy Anniversary to you....I've been married longer this time then the 2 times before too....lol FINALLY got it right...lol

Kare...I loved Dwayne's grad pics...such a handsome young man!! Glad you've been getting to bootcamp....feels so good to know you're working new muscles.

3 of our other Grand babies are coming over tomorrow while their parents go to the home improvement show in Cleveland tomorrow so we'll have a full house...lol

I can't remember if I told all of you that Samantha is expecting again...we're keeping if off of Facebook and very quiet until she has her 20 week ultrasound and they confirm the gender and that everything is OK this time.

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

Hugs,
Brenda

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