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8/29/16 10:42 A

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Hi girls and happy Monday to you all ..

We had a fabulous weekend ... Jim and I spent some quality time Friday by ourselves and then Saturday we loaded the van again with more stuff to take down ..then had our going away party .. It was a lot of fun ... Jim left around 9 AM Sunday to head back .. He comes home again Friday he'll fly this time so he can drive the u haul back I am SO ready to be together all the time !!!

We're going to set up camp at the fair even though we can't stay most of the nights it'll still be fun the weather is looking PERFECT !

Kare ... losing friendship with no closure is tough :( sad that your victory is something she can't celebrate ... We're all SO proud of you & will always be here for you to turn too !!

Dianne .... Sounds like a great trip !! I think someday you should plan a trip to SC ;)

Jeanette.... How was your weekend ... Anything fun ? How's Luke doing ? DIL still doing good ?

Cori ... Hope you're doing well !!

I got to see Lisa at our going away party it was nice seeing her !!!

I'm at the nail salon waiting to get my nails done one last time ... Whenever we come home I'll be stopping in to get them done but will have to find somewhere down there for in between :)

Hello to everyone checking in ... Have a great day !!!!

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Hi girls! We are home....long week away from home but had such a good time - no plans at all just drove where were we wanted to go. Saw Don's step mom in Glendale MT, then his 1/2 brother in Billings then decided to go to Yellowstone Park...plan was to go down to Jackson WY but there were fires at the south entrance so it was closed....so we went over to Cody WY, Thermopiles (natural hot springs were fabulous!)...then made our way over to the Black Hills where his sister lives. The car show was awesome...the auction was a disappointment. Many no sales and the auctioneers were awful - fake bids to get people bidding higher - and if you watched them you could see that! Then they would say the bid was at one number then take a break and talk about the car and then when they came back the bid would be $5,000 higher! Really upset people who were bidding and they were walking out. Cars that did sell were going low.

Sounds like Alex will be moving into his house within the next week, really looks nice. Not sure how I'm going to feel when the time comes that he starts moving...he's my baby...it's really going to be different.

The new garage is almost enclosed...no roof yet. Sure has made the yard look different, not sure if I like that - can't see the pasture from the front anymore. But on the plus side it will block more wind.

Kare - I got tomatoes from the farmers market as mine just aren't producing...got 12 pints of salsa done which the way Alex eats it will be gone soon...lol. I think I got about 18 jars of chokecherry jelly....few Christmas gifts there. Also got some peaches froze and 2 batches of corn (about 18 quart bags). I'm hoping next year my garden will be better! I'm so sorry about the lost friendship - it's hard to understand why people do that. I hope you have friends there that support your weight loss because you 've done an awesome job!

Off to get more stuff put away then to bed - will be nice to be in my own bed tonight...

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You must be getting so excited about your move Brenda. Brian and I did the living in 2 communities for over 6 months and it was very hard.

Things here have been ok. I've had a really rough summer emotionally as I deal with losing my friendship with Dolly and not knowing why. All I know is she won't even tell her kids why she won't speak to me which really confirms my suspicions that she is again jealous of my weight loss and knows if she told her girls the truth, they would not be impressed with her behavior. I think if I knew the reason it might be easier to find closure but I guess that's not to be. It feels like a huge loss and my heart is breaking.

Dianne, lots of storms here too. We've had 16 tornados in our province and many of them very close to home. Luckily most have been in fields but 2 have hit reservations and caused a lot of damage and loss. Won't be long and we will be having snow storms

Jeanette. how are you doing? My garden was mediocre this summer but mostly because I was so sick in July and didn't get out there too often. I have spent 2 days making apple pies and now have them done and in the freezer. I got 6 pies off my little tree this year.

I'm done with my part time summer job today, just have to write my report. It wasn't a successful time with my student as he said he was willing to work on school skills but wouldn't do anything. I worry about him heading to high school, but I can't do anymore to help him prepare.

Going to spend next week cleaning house and enjoying some peace and quiet. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying our last few weeks of summer.

Need to be here more often, you ladies are the bright spot of my day when things are not going well. I appreciate your support more than you will ever know.

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8/24/16 10:49 P

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all....

Life is still as crazy as ever......Jim comes home again Friday...I CAN'T WAIT!!! We booked a hotel for the weekend....we're having a going away party on Saturday expecting 150 people....should be a great time but I'm most looking forward to spending one on one time with my hubby.

The salon is doing well..the new owner takes over on 9/1 I'm finished 8/30...SO ready to be done!!!! I can't wait to move and be in warmer temps and with my hubby all the time!!!

Dianne...I wish I lived closer I LOVE planning weddings!!!! What is their date again?? Size 7/8 was mind blowing for me!!!!

Jeanette....I'm so glad to see you checking in....I am THRILLED that the pregnancy is going so well!!!

Kare...How are you doing this week??

Cori...Miss you girl...hope you're doing well.

Lisa....Looking forward to seeing you Saturday!!!!!

Hello to anyone else checking in....

Hugs,
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Good Morning!

Time slipped away again...things have been busy and hectic around here - hired man problems again....its hard because Mike is Don's cousin so he hates to let him go but holy cow the guy has to start showing up for work! Always has an excuse...so I've been driving the truck around the field while DH loads straw bales ....long as I don't have to drive on the highway I am fine....lol...DS keeps thinking I'm driving truck during harvest but no way an I giving up the grain cart!
Storms here have been awful...we don't get nice summer storms ..every one of them has been intense with winds and hail...so many farmers have lost parts or whole fields....yesterdays was the worst...so many fields completely wiped out. We have been so lucky that the damage has been minor (lost about half the wheat crop) and we still had something to harvest. Lost one bean field yesterday...completely played down...pods are still on plant but no leaves.
DH decided to put up a garage to work on his cars...got it ordered with 12 ft walls and when the sides were up the guys says "10 ft doors will look funny on a building with 16 ft walls"...what??!! Company sent the wrong building and the guy still put it up without saying anything! He said we saved $8000 on the building but now we have to insulate 16 ft walls instead of 12 so where did we save money!? DH wasn't happy so they are trying to work out the extra cost for us and get the company to pay it since they messed up.
The bright spot is planning the wedding - yes I am having so much fun and getting so many ideas I don't know where to start! They want an outdoor wedding so we have found 2 venues we're looking at this weekend that also have building we can use incase of bad weather (imagine that in ND)....they are into this Pokemon and my cousin and I are really hoping they will change their mind on that theme! lol....will be fun either way.
Jeanette - your garden sounds like mine...had some nice tomatoes coming yesterday but after the storm lost have of them..glad we have the farmers market as I have been getting my tomatoes there - got 2 batches of salsa done and 3 of chokecherry jelly. Hoping to get some more tomatoes tomorrow.
Alex is almost done with his house - starting on the wood floor today which is good as we are taking off for a week starting Monday...Montana to see DH's step mom then into Wyoming then end up in Deadwood SD for the big car show/auction. We are both looking forward to getting away.
Brenda - size 8! Isn't that an amazing feeling! Your are looking wonderful girl! I'm still exercising every morning....157.4 this morning - my goal was 165, I feel so good. 180 days of logging my meals on myfitnesspal. Which also means 180 days of exercising!

Better run and look for some lunch - not sure if the guys are eating here or at Joe's....Fridays are Lenae's day to cook but she forgets more than she remembers!

Keeping everyone in my prayers!
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Morning!
Had a great trip to Vegas,,,really focused on relaxation instead of seeing/doing. We did venture to the fountains, conservatory at Bellagio and to Gordon Ramsey's for dinner. Had 2 lovely days with Jenn, lounged by pool and chatted. Really wanted to soak up some time with her as it will be late Oct. /Nov before I see her again. She is off in a few days to Singapore and hen Viet Nam.
DIL is doing great, looks and feels good. Luke is excited to be a big brother, he is already planning on teaching her to climb "his" tree at the farm, and show her how to pick up the kitties by the tummy. I am so happy for them! Please continue to keep them in your prayers, I so believe in the power of prayer!
ODS doing well too, we will be heading to see them maybe the end of this month, or 1st part of Sept. Much will depend on progression of house and where crop situation is.
I am feeling better, battled a bad stomach issue for a few weeks, couldn't get a handle on it. Had a few test and did a round of antibiotics and feeling better. still off but better. Lost way too much weight but finally leveling out and am back to a comfortable point. Good to lose but not that way.

Brenda...I too miss the days of everyone checking in and sharing life with a good group of women. Thank God Kare, Dianne, Cori and you are still here. I hate to think of losing touch with you girls.

Kare.... How is your summer going? Has flown by way to fast for me...in terrible denial that it is mid August. My garden fizzled this year, just did some container plants but only got 3 tomatoes off 4 plants, cucumbers got a leaf disease and died. Peppers just aren't looking good either. Next year it is small raised bed, maybe just a 4x4 area. Know you were battling weather issues, did your garden do ok?

Dianne....Is your brain on overload with wedding plans? Bet you are coming up with some great ideas, you are very creative. Have you been doing any repurposing lately?

Dh and I are heading to the produce auction today, going to see what they have for tomatoes and cucumbers. Did 28 quarts of salsa and juice before we left on vacation, but definitely need to do more. Tomorrow we are contemplating the state fair, haven't been in a couple years and weather is supposed to be moderate. Then will hit it hard at the house and get the rest of it in the trailer for auction. We took our enclosed trailer over so I can just load a bit here and there, Ready to start the rehab part of it, still trying to get a game plan, very open concept and totally different style than our house. Have a picture in my mind but trying to translate that into actual products that make that happen.

Time to get moving for the day
blessings to each of you
jeanette

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8/16/16 10:40 P

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Hello and Happy Tuesday to you all....

It's been a busy week....I had my 30 year class reunion on Saturday ....it turned out really nice....Sunday we went to Indians game ...Monday we went to the zoo...that was a good time too...I had to work today....it's getting harder with having to say goodbye to some of my customers ....lots of tears ....going to be a tough couple of weeks :(

I am SOOOO ready to see Jim on Friday...I haven't seen him since a week ago Sunday....I miss him a LOT!!!

I hope you're all doing great...hoping once I move life will settle down and I can check in more often I miss the days where the feed was full of new posts!!

Hugs to all,
Brenda

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8/8/16 6:34 P

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Hi Girls and Happy Monday to you all....

Life has still been a little crazy.....Jim flew home this weekend for a wedding and to see a few of his friends in town for their 30 year reunion...it was a great time but went to fast...I miss him SO much...time needs to go by quickly can't wait to be with each other every day!!

My weightloss is going fabulous....I'm SO close to reaching my first goal....little by little I'll get there!!!

Jeanette....I'm SO glad you're getting special time with your kids and I'm THRILLED that the pregnancy is still going along good!!

Dianne...congrats on the engagement ...exciting times ahead!!!! Boy your weather sure has been crazy!!

Kare...It has to be so hard not to be bitter towards Brian...I know it can't be easy...hang in there and I hope a new job opens up for you!!!! How's Dwayne doing??

Cori...I sure hope they get your health stuff figured out...hang in there girl!! Hopefully we can get together again somewhere down the road!!

I know I mentioned that Andrea was expecting in March...and we just found out that Austin & Sam are ALSO expecting in March...Andrea is due 3/13 on Aiyden's birthday and Sam is due March 28th:)

Hello to everyone checking in...hope you're all doing fabulous...I'm ready for life to calm down a little!!

Hugs to all,
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8/7/16 2:13 P

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Dianne, congrats on the engagement! I loved the picture on facebook!

Jeanette, enjoy your visit to Vegas! We are still hoping to go at Christmas but Brian's sister says the bride is fighting with the hotel over colours which sounds silly to me and they will let us know. I actually think they are regretting asking us because we would bring Dwayne. I am pushing Brian to pin down a date so we can decide what to do.

Cori, I'm sorry to hear you are having health problems, I hope you get some answers soon.

Brenda, you looked very nice and happy in the pictures you posted yesterday!


I have Brian out pressure washing my area rug to see if we can get some of the dog hair off. It won't be perfect but it should be better. Vacuuming just isn't cutting it. I have a heck of a mess in the basement as I go through boxes but making some progress. I need to clear a path for the cable guy when he comes Tuesday but I have all day tomorrow. I need to go out to the garden tomorrow as well and pick peas and beans.

Just finishing up laundry today and relaxing with the family. Hoping to sit outside on the deck and read once the sun moves around the house a bit. Too hot for the dogs and they think they need to supervise me while I'm out there.

Have a good Sunday everyone!

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Dianne....You snuck in and posted at the same time, had to pop back in and say CONGRATULATIONS on Hannah's engagement! YEAH....
That is so exciting!
have fun MOM!

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Good Morning

Cori... So saddened to read about your health issues. praying for a quick resolve so you can get back on track with life. ((HUGS))

Brenda...Hope things continue to roll smoothly with your move, when is your last official day as an Ohio resident?

Kare....How is your basement purge progressing? Hope you are finding some joy in the simple pleasures in life.

Dianne....How is the wheat harvest progressing after the hail storm?

On our way to church in 30, but wanted to pop in and say good morning. Been way too long!
DS and family are coming to the farm to have a play day with poppa and gramma today. We are flying to Vegas tonight so always like to see them b4 we travel. We are meeting DD there for a couple days, she has a business event in California so doing a 2 day lay over in Vegas. It will be great to see her even if for a very short time. Al and I fly back late Friday.
We bought a house in the nearby community where I used to work, so have been working there daily. Not sure the outcome yet, we may move there and the kids to the farm but a lot has to fall into place first. Right now we are just focused on getting it cleaned out (OMG) and renovated and having a healthy new grandbaby in December!
Better run...clock is moving fast this morning!

Wishing each of you a blessed happy Sunday.
love you girls
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Cori - hope all your tests continue to come back negative but also hope they find out something! Few years back I woke up a couple of days in a row with severe chest pain - not heart but chest...went in (of course everyone panics when you say your having chest pain)...did many tests but found nothing - I told my Dr (of many years) it wasn't my heart....we think it was caused by scar tissue from breast reduction back in the 1980's. That and I was doing some heavy lifting at the gym that may have strained the chest muscles. Has never happened again though! Will be thinking of you!

We got the wheat done - even with the hail damage it rain ok - was looking like 100 bushel wheat but we got about 80 which is still good. Nice to be done! Helping out a neighbor this week with his wheat, twins come next weekend then we are thinking of taking off for a few days. Don's step mom lives in Montana so we may run over and see her (been years!) then end up in Deadwood SD the last weekend of August for the big car show there.

And.....Hannah and Matt got engaged! Pretty exciting. My cousin and I have been so busy this week coming up with ideas and decorations with the country theme then she tells me so doesn't want country - what??!! What a downer! They are both into this Pokemon and she's thinking Pokemon/Nerd wedding! Now this was hard to grasp - but I went on pinterest (yes, I'm addicted) and found some really cute Pokemon stuff that is classy and elegant so now mom is thinking "ok, maybe it won't be so bad"....And Adrian is all country to that will be our country wedding! They haven't set a date yet, Hannah's thinking 2018 but Matt wants it sooner. I think Hannah will win that one...lol

Have logged into myfitnesspal for 165 days in a row! And this morning I am 158.4! I cannot remember that last time I was in the 150's! So scared I'm going to gain it back though....but if I keep up the morning exercises and just make good decisions I know I'll be ok.

Have a wonderful Sunday and prayers to everyone!

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8/2/16 7:13 P

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Hi girls. Once again time has flown by. Had a large party for friends here 4th of July weekend. We had a great time and we were so happy to be able to host friends again. Been busy working on the house and living life.

I have had some health issues appear and have been dealing with them and going to doctor after doctor appointment. Iíll try to summarize as briefly as possible; my pap smear came back abnormal (more times than not it does), so have had to have a uterine ultrasound and cervical biopsy. Both came back fine. Doctor tried to do a uterine biopsy but due to scar tissue from my ablation several years ago, she was unable to get access enough to get a specimen, so now I have to have a hysteroscopy (under light sedation, they will force access to my uterus to get specimen. I also experienced chest pains at work one day. It lasted about 5 hours and then I was experiencing shortness of breath. Trip to urgent care showed I wasnít experiencing a heart attack, but advised to see cardiologist for full cardio work up. I saw cardiologist last week and he doesnít think I have heart disease and said he thought the chest pains might be a symptom of stress. He did discover that I do have a slight heart murmur and possible ďextra beats in my heart rhythm.Ē He has restricted all exercise until further notice. I am scheduled for an exercise stress test tomorrow and an echocardiogram on Friday. Think both will be fine as I have only had one slight episode of chest pain since.
I have also been experiencing numbness/tingling in both my arms and legs (Peripheral Neuropathy) for a couple months now. Doctor thinks I may have a pinched nerve in my neck causing the numbness but I am not convinced. She wants me to get a MRI, but with the gyno appts and cardio appts I havenít been able to get one yet. I think those appts are more pressing than the MRI right now. I am still experiencing the neuropathy, but I feel better now than I have in a month or so.

Brenda, I am soooo happy for you and Jim. It does my heart good to see my friends follow their dream and live life where they are happy. Congrats also on almost reaching your weight goal!

Jeanette, we have done a lot of painting in the house and our most labor intensive project was ripping up nasty carpet the day we moved in and laying new porcelain tile in the living room. Eventually we will have to replace the tile in the entire house but right now we just wanted to get the living room habitable. Probably early next year we will completely redo the kitchen. It is very outdated and ugly!

Dianne, congrats on your continued weight loss as well!

Hi to everyone else checking in. Iíll check in again after all these appointments and life settles back to normal again. Love you all!


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Another weekend of hot humid weather and storms. Thankfully no tornado warnings for here but man we have had a lot of them this summer. A reserve just a few minutes southeast of us are still cleaning up from the tornado that hit them about 2 weeks ago. I think Diane and I are in the same belt of weather this summer.

Brenda, glad the move went well. Won't be long and you will be back with Jim full time. Bet it's hard though...

Not much going on here, just trying to get through another summer of no money and being bored. Really hard to save ahead when Brian has gone from $30 a hour as a nurse to $13 working at a gas station. I try not to be bitter about the hardship this has caused but somedays it is hard not to be. I always get in a funk in the summer but this year has been worst I think because I am also dealing with the end of my friendship with Dolly. Not sure if I mentioned that she has made herself unavailable to me and I don't know why. Even her fiancť didn't know what was going on. I think it is because of my weight loss as this has been an issue before but if I knew it would make it easier to move on...but what can you do?

Watching American Ninja Warrior with Brian while surfing the net and reading. Hope you are all doing well. Have a good week!

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Hello and Happy Monday to you all....

Well we officially moved all of our apartment and storage shed to SC....Jim drove the u haul, Adam took Austin's car down and I drove our van back down...I was proud of myself ...I really don't like driving long distances..but I did very well!! It was nice spending 2 days with Jim...I really miss him but he'll fly home again Friday for the weekend and we have a get together with his best friend from high school on Friday and then a wedding on Saturday. We will all officially move down on Labor Day!!

I'm staying at my Mom & Andy's until the move but a few of the times Jim is home we'll get a hotel just for some quiet alone time.

My weight loss is still going fabulous...I'm 10 lbs from my original goal of 155.

Kare...good luck with the job!!! I LOVED purging stuff with this move...I'll purge even more once I can unpack down there!!

Dianne...your weather has been crazy....hope your patio/deck furniture survives again...lol

Jeanette....how are you my friend?? Is your weather crazy too??

Hello to anyone else checking in....I hope you're all having a great start to your week.

Quote of the day:

If it's meant to be it's up to me!!!!

Hugs,
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hi girls! Time just gets away from me! That and the laptop is the only one I can log into spark people with! The other tablet doesn't have a "forgot password" button and I've tried to many times it's locked me out....so I need to use my laptop.

Weather has been crazy here - sun and high temps to big rains and wind then calm cool days then starts over again....been trying to harvest wheat but about the time it gets dry and we get out there it rains again....they are out there today and of course there is rain on the radar - 50% chance tomorrow. It's just been a weird summer.

Kare - good luck on the job! Will be saying extra prayers for you. Glad things are going good for Dwayne. Summer has been going by so fast! How's your garden? Did you get one in?
I've picked one tomato...was a late start for everything for me....but the 3 beans plants, 2 tomato plants and 1 cucumber plant look like they will be giving us something!

Brenda - I have a feeling your are super busy! Those grand babies are growing so fast! Good luck this weekend moving!

Jeanette - been thinking and praying everything is going good for you guys.

Brinley and Jacie came last night and just left - uffda they wear me out. Good girls but we keep busy! Picked chokecherries this morning, swam in the pool then washed the berries and got them ready to boil for jam....I did that while the girls watched a movie.

Really hoping they can keep going with the wheat...should only take about 4 days and we'll be done - Don said we can take off for a few days then....really no plans as where yet - just going to head out.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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Brenda, I hope your move goes smoothly. Wish I was closer to help.

Finally a week without constant storms. Weather has been warm but not super hot and humid. I am feeling much better this week. I haven't been exercising but I have been more active and did get my flower bed weeded today.

Dwayne is loving his new day program! Today he helped with meal on wheels which is delivering meals to shut ins/seniors. He would love visiting everyone, he even got a cookie from a little old lady. He is very excited for lunch tomorrow as they are having pancakes with the cherry syrup he helped make last week. One of the clients told me she loves having Dwayne at the program because she can talk to him and they both love Elvis music.

Been working on going through boxes of junk in the basement and got rid of 2 bags of junk this week. Trying to do this on the down low as Brian doesn't like me doing this. We've talked about renting out the room in the basement again but it needs to be cleaned up before we do that.

I've applied for a job at City Hall as a finance clerk and I'm really hoping for a call. I've been trying to find a full time job as my job at the school is only 29 hours a week. We could really use the extra money a 40 hour week would bring in and I wouldn't have to worry about filing for unemployment every summer when I am laid off.

I hope you are all enjoying your week. Just watching some tv and heading to bed soon.

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Good morning and happy Wednesday to everybody ....

Been another crazy week we went to Tennessee for a family reunion and then went to South Carolina to the apartment for a night this coming Friday will get our U-Haul and move the rest of our apartments down to South Carolina.

I've been crazy busy packing boxes here and I'm getting the house ready for my sister to rent so I haven't had much free time at all but wanted to pop in and say hi and hope you're all doing great!

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Hi girls Happy Wednesday to you all .....

So sorry I have been MIA for so long after we got back from the beach life just got crazy with trying to get Jim packed and ready to move.

It's so strange not having him here I just keep trying to think it's like he's on a business trip we leave tomorrow to go to Tennessee for a family reunion and he's going to meet us there for the weekend and then Sunday will go over to Rock Hill with him spend the night there and then come on Monday.

Austin and Sam tentatively have set a date for August 4 of next year they'll get married here in Ohio since that's where all the family will be in then my niece is getting married October 7 of next year so we will spend a lot of time in Ohio we're hoping that we can coordinate some of the bridal shower's with other trips home.

Newlyweds are doing great they're both working a lot getting excited for the move and they just let us know tonight that grandbaby number 17 will be due March 2017 needless to say I was a little shocked I wish they would've waited just a little longer but they're excited so we will be supportive ... She has a doctors appointment August 2 so when she gets through her first trimester and stuff then she'll make a big announcement about it .

My sisters going to move in and rent my moms Old House that Jim & I own she's moving in there August 1 so that will help get it ready to be sold in a few years when she retires;)

Dianne. ... Your weather has been all kinds of crazy hope it's settling down a little now. The cow drowning story had me laughing out loud that's quite the visual... Lol congrats on fitting in the size 8 that's a great feeling isn't it?

Jeanette. .... Sounds like your properties are keeping you busy I know you enjoy doing that. Luke sounds so much like Aiyden with the use of the big words and how they use them in context that just blows my mind sometimes the things he comes up with .

Kare.... That is great news about Dwayne so glad things are going well. I love Johnny Cash music I've bet the show was fabulous !!!

My weight-loss is still going well I just started another dropping round I should be in the 160s here pretty soon.

Everyone have a great night I will definitely check in sooner love you all!!

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Wow! Going to be very hot the next few days. With the humidity they are talking temps in the 120F so guess we won't be doing too much outside. Lots of tornado watches all around us yesterday, but luckily none happened.

Dianne, we've had so much rain this year. I can't even get out to the garden because everything is so wet. The weeds are taking over. Unfortunately, the man who rents the garden plots didn't keep the empty plots plowed so the weeds are running rampant everywhere.

Brenda, glad the move went well and Jim is settling in. It will be a long week before you see him, I imagine. Are you counting the days until your move?

Jeanette, you are a busy lady with all your property. I hope you are getting some time to enjoy the summer.

Have to work with Tanner later this morning. He is going to volunteer at the local thrift store and I will support him. He is able to use this volunteer time towards a credit at high school, so that will really help him as well as having to socialize with other people. Have to fill the van as Brian has a Dr's appointment in the city tomorrow for a glaucoma check. He and Dwayne also have to go get blood work done, which isn't Dwayne's favorite thing but he said if Dad takes him he will be ok.

Have a wonderful day, going to water my flowers before it gets to hot out.

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Good morning girls.....busy weekend ... brother in law came and helped put in Alex's countertop...you could see the relief in Alex's face when we told him John was going to help...but then we told him let's get this house done so you can get moved in! We also told him that we will help with the cost of the furnace/ac....told him it's a loan not a gift so he will think he has to pay it off but we're not going to worry about it....after he gets the house done and decides if he's going to sell it or live in it then we will tell him to pay us back when/if he sells the house.

More storms came through over the weekend....some of our fields got hit with hail but not as bad as others. Lost some yield but some bean fields were stripped of leaves ...will come back some. High 90's for this week....looks like we may start wheat harvest on Friday. Which is a bummer for me as I have a family reunion over near Minneapolis and I'd rather not miss harvest or the reunion!

Jeanette - the minds of children...so wonderful to watch them figure things out. I just love Brinley's little voice saying "doing grandma?" How is your garden coming? Mine isn't doing too good...between wind, hard rain I think I could just dig it up and hit the farmers market this year.

Just finished with my morning workout so I'd better hit the shower before Don calls for coffee....have a great day everyone!

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Happy weekend.....just relaxing a minute before heading off to show an apartment and for meeting with new tenants to sign lease for one of our houses. We have had Luke for last 2 days, took him home this morning then went to their local town celebration. Did parade then back to DS and grilled. last night we went to our county fair and saw all the animals and 4H exhibits, then Luke and I did carnival rides. Thursday night we did fireworks here and celebrated with root beer floats. Last night after the roller coaster ride he bent down and was looking underneath the cars trying to figure out what makes it go, the older gentleman that was running it got quite a chuckle out of that. Of course we had to go see the gears and rails and levers that make it go! So much fun seeing life thru a child"s eyes again!

Kare....Great news on Dwayne's check up, know that must give you great peace of mind! The Johnny Cash show sounds interesting, such a life of music! Do you have a cough with your lung stuff? Feel better soon!

Hi to Brenda, Dianne, Cori and anyone else checking in.

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Hello everyone! Been a busy week. Dwayne started at his day program this week and despite his nervousness, he had a great week! He's pretty tired but that's not a bad thing.

Monday night he and I went into the city and went to Rainbow Stage, it's an outdoor theatre and they were doing Ring of Fire, the story of Johnny Cash. They told his life story using his songs.
Dwayne loved it and sang the whole 2 hours.We spent the night at Robyn's and headed to Dwayne's neurologist's appointment Tuesday morning. Everything with his new implant is going good and no worries.

Still getting over my chest infection, so by bedtime I am beat. Would really like to work in my garden but it never quits raining! Hoping to get there tomorrow if we don't have any thunderstorms tonight.

I hope you are all doing well. Have a great weekend!

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Happy Tuesday girls -

Wow what a weekend - rain rain and lots of wind and hail...we got lucky and got no hail but one town out west was hammered. Took siding off of houses. Started Saturday night - while we were at the races we were watching the radar and it didn't look good so we left early,( also got a call one of our bulls was out so Don went to try and find him with no luck) - got everything put into the shop and about an hour later wind and rain - 70 mph winds, 1.5 inches of rain. Thankfully no hail - then it hit again Sunday night - even blew our grill across the deck. One field of corn is laying down - hoping it'll come back up. Some fields west of us got hail. Oh and this morning one of our neighbors found our bull! Even brought his trailer and helped get him in and took him back to the pasture.

Jeanette - Jamestown got a white buffalo like 20 years ago - this buffalo has had 2 albino calves...I heard because of health and age that "White Cloud" will be returning to her "home place" to live out the rest of her life. Went to the parade with the kids, pancake breakfast at Fire Department and then the car show....was a good weekend until the weather hit!

That's about it for the excitement around here! Have a great Tuesday!

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emoticon Dianne! Great feeling getting in the next size down!! All your attention to your health and well being is paying off! So easy to get sidetracked when it comes to our health...great job. Crops are looking good here, corn tasseling, about 8 feet: tall already, soybeans look really healthy too! We finally got a couple nice showers the last 2 weeks so can't complain. mowed and baled all our waterways and are finished spraying for the season. (or so we hope so, never a sure thing this early)
Have a fun at your Jamestown events tonight! Are the white buffalo indigenous to that area or someone brought them in?

Brenda... Congratulations to Austin on his engagement! How fun! Any date set yet? Know you will have great fun helping plan it. How are the newlyweds and those sweet grandbabies?
Luke is growing so fast and his vocabulary is ridiculous, he uses these big words in context and just makes me giggle. He is quite a little character......

Kare...Are you enjoying the weekend? Has the little barker went back to his home yet? Hope all your family is doing great, thank you for all the prayers and good thoughts for the baby!

Cori...Hope you are enjoying the weekend.... what will be your first big project in your new home? Always so many things to do to get it to feel like your own home!

Spent the morning helping Al, then mowed and trimmed this afternoon. Got a little too hot so called it quits for the day. Going to grill out soon, fresh sweet corn and steaks! Yummy! DH just asked if I was ready to eat so better go get my part ready.

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Happy Saturday! Got a shot of rain this morning and some wind - sun is shining now but the wind is still blowing. DH is putting a motor in DD's camaro, her DH bought it for her like 7 years ago and it never ran right. So he said he's give it a show and see what he can do.

It's White Cloud days here in Jamestown - for the albino buffalo that is here - parade this morning, car show this afternoon. Going to the races tonight if it doesn't rain. I finally went and tried on a size 8 jeans - they fit! I have been wanting to try it but was a little scared....my 10's have been a little lose - so glad I tried!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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uffda - time slips away...been busy here in the yard. Landscaping the front still - got landscape blocks and more dirt, trying to level things off so when I water the plants it doesn't all run down hill, coming along good! Got a small (10x30) round pool for the grandkids for the 4th. It was perfect - even little Brinley could be in it as it only came to her arm pits....and with no trees the water stays pretty clean! The 4th was ok - 4 days of family was a bit much when they like to annoy each other - and not in a good annoying way. Actually Curt is the worst - he made comments like "I didn't think anyone could throw a football farther than me" and "I could have beat you in that foot race but I had the wrong shoes on" and the worst...."You know dad I'd rather not be an old man when I get my inheritance"....that one really floored me. Then he laughs. This is what scares me - we finished our trusts a few months ago....Curt gets one quarter of land but its in a life estate to the only grandson Max. He's not going to be happy about that. I told Don I hope I go first.

OK - off that..Brenda so happy for you! And so much excitement in your family...Congrats to Austin and Sam! Is there any date set? You will be one busy mama!

Jeanette - the cabin sounds wonderful! I'd love to find a small one that just the two of us could go off to. So nice that you could all get together - how's the farming going....busy baling here which is going good so far!

Speaking of baling - we were in Minnesota today visiting family at Pelican Rapids and get a call from law enforcement - neighbors out west were burning trash and it got away and burned some of our bales but 26 are ruined from water. This is the same guy that lost the land that we are now farming...accident? Hmmm.....

We also got a call from the campground that someone on the lake said a cow was drowning - so we got ahold of the hired hands and they went out there and there was one in the water (just chilling), so they stripped down - chased her out of the water - putting their clothes back on and she goes right back in - lol, they just left her as she wanted to stand in the water - it was hot out!

Better close and get to bed - eyes are super tired today - have a wonderful night!

Dianne

Kare - get that banana bread made!

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I hope you all had a nice July 4th. Our Canada day was pretty quiet. Dwayne and I went out for lunch but other than that we were at home. We did go to the greenhouse to get a couple of mint plants.

Brenda, your family is growing fast! Congrats to the newly engaged couple! I'm glad you all found places to live - things are falling into place for you!

Jeanette, I hope you are doing well. Glad to hear that things are going well with the pregnancy - I think often of you and wishing for a happy outcome for all!

Dianne, it's too bad that your trip got cut short but maybe better than tempers flaring.

Fighting a sinus infection, got some antibiotics today after feeling awful for almost a week, I declared defeat. Hoping to feel better soon - had some plans like getting out my bike etc but have no energy right now.

Babysitting a friend's dog and she's driving me crazy. She is so babied, can't be alone for 5 seconds, I can't even go to the bathroom with her. She's tried to escape twice and won't eat. I'm hoping she settles down or it will be a long week!

Guess I'd better go check on my baking. Dwayne told me since I was on vacation, I could make him some banana bread - bossy little man! LOL....

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HI girls .... Just a quick hello from the beach ... We secured our new apartment as did Mom & Andy different one then first planned but new construction and we love it !!

Austin proposed to Sam last night on the beach during fireworks ... Very sweet she had NO idea !!!

The weather has been awesome ....it's so exciting knowing that now we'll only be 3 hours away from here !!!

Dianne ... His son sounds like a guy we ride with once in awhile ALWAYS now a "better" route and has always done everything bigger and better then others ... Glad you're back safe !

Jeanette .... Your get away sounds like it was perfect !!! So happy the pregnancy is going well !!

Cori ... Hope you had a great party on the 4th :)

Kare ... His was your Canada Day?

Everyone have a fabulous evening

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

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Have a blessed day.


Kare.....Happy July 4th, just as a regular day. Hope you have a quiet peaceful day!

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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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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!

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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.
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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.

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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
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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!!!

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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!
blessings
jeanette





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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.

Hugs,
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