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10/24/14 2:49 P

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Have a wonderful time in Vegas Brenda!

Another beautiful fall day here, a little windy but that's ok. No school here, province wide inservice so Dwayne and I had a lazy morning which I really needed. Started having vision issues last night and the migraine finally arrived about 1 in the morning. Feeling tired now but the headache is gone, thank goodness. Took Dwayne to the dollar store and then picked up some baking supplies at Walmart. Had a quick coffee with Brian on his break and now home puttering around. Getting ready to make Halloween cookies for school. A friend is stopping in for coffee shortly so it will be nice to catch up with her too.

Hoping you all have a wonderful Friday. Off to get a load of laundry started and my cookie dough made so I can refrigerate it for awhile...

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Good Morning and Happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday to all.....

Finishing up on the computer....now I REALLY need to pack for Vegas....lol

I hope you all have a fantastic day and weekend...depending on the internet at the resort I'll check in when I can....

Love you all

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Hi Girls...late check in for me ...but here I am :)

Had a great day at the salon...came home to a wonderful dinner that Jim prepared ....and Andrea brought Aiyden over for another visit before they leave tomorrow for TN :)

I still haven't packed a thing for Las Vegas....I don't have to go into work until 11 tomorrow so I'll get it done then...we leave at 5:30 Saturday morning for the airport...fly out at 8:30. My friend Shelley got me a BEAUTIFUL sweater that I'm going to take since the evenings could be cooler.

I did get more water in but not all 4 bottles so will try to do better tomorrow. I will be getting my gallbladder taken out the first of the year..they originally scheduled me for Nov 19th but I just don't have time with everything else going on so since the pain isn't unbearable we're holding off...that way the salon will be less busy and I can take the week off :)

Jeanette...that is just so sad....I pray for comfort for all of you!!! Safe travels to Jenn!! Andrea's website is : Www.Andreabracken.mypremierdesigns.com access code is 0717 they have beautiful jewelry.....I love it !!!

Kare...so sad to hear of the unrest in your country ...I hope it's isolated and contained quickly....this world is so scary any more!!! I hope you feel better tomorrow.

Hello to anyone else checking in....I hope you had a great day!!!

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10/23/14 7:25 P

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Just home from work, starting dinner, house is quiet so thought I would pop in and say hi!
Difficult day at work, brain just wasn't fully there and then the simplest things become difficult task.
Homemade pizza on the menu tonight, can spare the calories this week and we haven't had it in so long.

kare....OMG that is awful about the babies...and so sad to read your words of terrorism in Canada, what a crazy world we live in! Hope you got some extra rest and were able to get ahead of that cold. hate to think of that season being here!!

DD comes back to states tomorrow from London, another additive to my stress mixture! Will be glad when she is back stateside for good.
Better get back to the pizza or won't get it in the oven
have a great night
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Feeling kind of headachy today. Been fighting a cold for a couple of weeks and today it feels worse, hoping it won't get into a full blown cold. Rainy here today and very dreary.

Election day in our province but everything has been over shadowed by 2 days of attacks on military personal in our country. Yesterday a soldier was run down by a Islamic extremist and today a soldier guarding our war memorial was shot by another gunman while another gunman was in our Parliament building. You always feel empathy for other countries that this has happened to but I never thought it would happen here. Canada is more known for it's peace keeping missions that fighter missions...I feel so bad for the families who have lost these soldiers and I watch some of my co workers struggle as their husband are RCMP or military men.

The other topic at work today was the discovery of up to 6 babies in a storage unit. They have arrested a woman but for concealment of the bodies. At this point they aren't saying what may have happened to the newborns but so tragic. In my workplace alone there are 3 of us who had fertility issues and we all said how sad that someone had to do that when so many families want and can't have children...

Having a cup of café mocha and listening to Dwayne chatter about his day, which was a lot happier than most of ours today. In some ways it is a blessing that he doesn't have to deal with all this stress and sadness.

Well I promised Dwayne perogies and sausages for supper so I better get moving. Talk to you all tomorrow.

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good morning....
trying to get back to some sense of normal and for me checking in daily is part of the process, so here I am!

Thanks for your kind words Brenda and Kare.....it has been a journey!

Kare...so glad the gym takes some stress out of your body! I slept so good last night, had a really physical day of tearing out plaster and ripping up carpet, the workout makes me de stress. So keep it going girl, hit the gym and take care of yourself!!

Brenda....She was 16 weeks, I think! we had a heartbeat but things don't look right, then no heartbeat but lets wait another week and be sure, yup we have a heartbeat but it could be maternal. it was awful for them. Then once the heartbeat was determined to not be there......
her body didn't want to release the baby so had to have an emergency d&c. My heart just wept for her and I couldn't help her other than hold her hand, make dinner and give Luke a safe enviornment for a few days. I took some extra time off to help, tried so hard to keep that tough exterior but then I crashed. funny how the thought of a baby puts a spring in our step a joy in our hearts, they are the promise of tomorrow. So many families deal with this, but I was so naive to the emotion and process of it all, really caught me off guard!
i would love to see Andreas website, always looking for pieces...I unfortunately love jewelry and so does Jenn.

Drink that water Brenda!!

Love you girls...
jeanette

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

Had a good day yesterday ...didn't get my water in like I had hoped....have to try again today!! I am going up to the salon this morning so Andrea can color my hair for me and I can color my Mom's hair....I see the surgeon today at 1:45 to find out what to do with my gallbladder ...then I really have to get laundry done...think I'll take it to the laundry mat so I can get it done faster.

Jeanette... I am SO sorry your loss :( How far along was she?? Such a heartbreak :( (((((HUGS))))) Andrea sells Premier Design Jewelry ....she has a website if you're ever interested in checking it out just let me know.

Kare...Glad you got to the gym....way to go!!!!

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

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10/21/14 10:35 P

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Jeanette, so sorry for you and your family. It is always hard to lose someone...hugs to you too!

Brenda, enjoy your trip! Went and bought a suitcase yesterday for our cruise. Starting to feel more real, down to 2 months this weekend!

Denise, glad to see you here. I am glad you have family and friends to give you support.

Got home about an hour ago from the gym - always feel so much better after I have been. IT's a great way to relieve stress. Probably won't get there tomorrow as the van is going to the garage but hoping to get there Thursday and Friday.

Heading to bed shortly. Have a good night everyone!

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10/21/14 10:22 P

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good evening everyone

Kare...Thinking of you! ((HUGS))

Brenda...what brand jewelry does Andrea sell? You had a busy weekend but sounds like you had a great time!WOOHOO. In case I don't make it back on for a few days have a great time in Vegas.....

Denise...so glad to see you pop in once in awhile, I think of you often, so glad you have such a great network of friends and family. Sharing stories is a great way to keep Jim's memory alive. ((HUGS))

Dianne...Wow your corn is really dry, hard to find anything around here less than 22% moisture, combines are just sitting in the fields waiting for it to dry naturally. weather hasn't been real great for drying here. we are doing a little at a time and drying it down in the bin, but that really just cuts the profit margin way down!

Cori...Hope you are doing well, been to zumba lately?

Finally feel like i can breathe a little again, been a really long sad few weeks. DS and DIL suffered a stillbirth,.My heart is broken, for the loss of a beautiful little baby that I will never know, The agony for the 2 of them has been almost more than I could bear, watching the stress and then sheer sadness in their eyes. It hurt so bad not to be able to fix it for them.
then just so many stupid things happened, nothing life threatening just a series of major breakdowns and frustrations for DS. Today I actually spent the entire day with him, of course we worked cause it is what we do when we are stressed. But I see a brighter look back in his eyes, so now I can breath! Tomorrow I am going to see Luke and Beck, I encouraged her to schedule a massage and haircut and just a little day of pampering and of course volunteered to watch my little sweety.

have a blessed week
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Happy Tuesday everyone....

Had a great day yesterday....got some errands done....had a great jewelry party last night....Andrea does such a nice job with her presentations!!!

Today I have to work at the salon ...I have a some what busy day but not too bad....Tomorrow I'll get to the laundry I didn't get done yesterday lol....and I need to pack ...the weather is looking FANTASTIC for Vegas....can't wait!!!!

I hope you all have a great day......my goal today is MORE water!!

Quote of the day:

"If your path is more difficult it's because your calling is higher"

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10/20/14 10:06 A

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

We had a fantastic weekend.....went to the winery on Friday night...Saturday we helped with the benefit for my friend from high school ..then went to my cousin's halloween party. Sunday we had the Dawg Walk fundraiser for the soccer team....SOOOOOO much fun!!!!! Today I'm getting ready for my jewelry party tonight and doing laundry...running to Walmart and trying to start getting ready for Vegas since we leave Saturday :)

Kare...I'm so sorry your so are so stressed sounds like you need to take the cruise by yourself ;)

Denise..I'm glad you have family and friends near by to lean on.....remembering the good times helps with healing.

Dianne....How'd the birthday celebrations go??

Jeanette...how was your weekend??

Cori....How are you doing??

Colleen...hope you're doing well :)

Tina...we miss you

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

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It doesn't matter who hurt you or broke you down. What matters is who made you smile again :)

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10/19/14 11:13 A

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Been a couple of tough days since the lawyer. I found it very emotional having to live that night over and over again for the lawyer.
At this point the lawyer is now Brian's representative so he is now trying to get the arrest report etc because what he was told he was charged with and what's on the forms we have are different. I don't know if I mentioned that the forms say he is charged with assault with a weapon yet the report I heard from the justice when I went to court to get my van back stated he never had any knives in his hand when they arrested him, so the lawyer thinks the charge is due to him ramming the police cruiser. Long story short, the lawyer said they probably can't make that charge stick since Brian doesn't remember anything about that night. He doesn't feel that we should have any problems with our trip. We won't have to go to court until everything gets sorted out.
I m feeling very overwhelmed and teary the last couple of days and have no patience with anyone. I really just want to be left alone but unfortunately that doesn't happen. Brian keeps asking what's wrong and I don't really know. I just know that I am not sure how many more catastrophes I can handle with him. I think I just need some space and time to deal with my emotions but just when I start to put this all away it resurfaces because he has to see the lawyer or another piece of info comes about his licence etc.
I hope you all have a nice day. Going to keep myself busy and try to take Elvis for a walk later.

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Hi girls.....went tub to dinner with my cousin last night.....ate and drank lots, but it was so fun..we went to one our Jim and my favorite restaurants, so I shared some stories and it felt good.
Kare...hope the lawyer appt went well.

Dianne...busy on that farm...hope everyone get rested and healthy.
Enjoy your family dinner!!

Brenda...always celebrating good times...good for you..

Hanging out here today...should get some cleaning done.

Have a nice day....hi to all

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hello everyone! Been a long week! Yes beans are done - so glad..that last day was a long one - guys sat at the elevator for 2 1/2 hours before they got unloaded - we were thinking we wouldn't be able to finish but then DH called another elevator a few miles farther and they said send those trucks over! So we did that and finished quicker than using the close elevator. Was still after 10 pm when we got home. As Mike (hired hand) was sitting in line his mom called and said his sister had been hit by a semi - thankfully she was not seriously hurt but was still life flighted to a larger hospital...broken ankle and wrist. Semi ran a yield sign in front of her and she hit him and they are trying to say it was her fault. Haven't heard how things are going yet.

So we got done with beans and then everyone (almost) got sick - colds and flu - so glad we haven't started corn yet - some fields are 17 moisture but the elevators around here don't want any yet. So everyone is trying to get healthy and catch up on sleep!

Alex's birthday yesterday - Adrian was home so we all went out for supper - will have the whole family here tomorrow and also celebrate granddaughter Brianna's birthday also. So busy making BD cakes and food tonight. Looking forward to tomorrow..our last get together was Labor day.

ok - need to finish the "chocolate lasagna" for Alex then bed early - have a wonderful Sunday girls!

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

Had a very busy day at the salon...makes the day go by so fast I love it!! I'm really busy there today too and then leave at 1:30 to go to the nursing home to do a perm for one of my customers there :)

Tonight we're going to a winery to hear our favorite band (rumor has it they're not going to stay together after the first of the year) so we're trying to catch a few more shows. Tomorrow I'm helping with a benefit for a friend from high school who was paralyzed in an accident..trying to get her a wheelchair accessible van...then we have a party to go to after that. Sunday we're doing a fundraiser Dawg walk (Browns themed poker run that you walk instead of ride) always such a good time...we have a big group going so we're REALLY looking forward to it!!

Need to start thinking about packing for Vegas we leave a week from tomorrow:)

Kare...I hope the lawyers visit goes good...thinking of you!!!

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

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Morning! Another sunny fall day here although it's supposed to rain later.

Brenda, so glad it's nothing worse than gallstones. I know once I had my gallbladder removed, I felt so much better..

Heading onto Winnipeg today. Brian has his lawyer's appointment this afternoon so hopefully we will get some answers to our questions.

Hope you all have a nice day! I will check in later.
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday to you all....

Had a great day yesterday....I had Aiyden all day so that's always awesome! Yesterday was my Mom & StepDad's 20 year anniversary.....we took them to dinner lastnight they thought it was going to be just 6 of us and we had almost 30 people there....it was wonderful, they really enjoyed it!!

Finally got word from the doctor yesterday that there are gallstones that they think are causing my issues....I see the surgeon on Wednesday to see where we go from here:)

I have to work today...I have a pretty busy day I like it that way:)

Denise....SO happy to see you here....our little group is struggling lately to have everyone check in....hoping life slows down a little so everyone can get back into a groove:) I'm SO glad you're getting a lot of Bree time....so much fun!!!!

Kare....how's your week going??

Cori...love seeing you here.....glad you're getting back to Zumba...take it easy though...no over doing!!

Lisa..Miss you xoxo

Jeanette....Hello to you my friend....How's your week going??

Dianne...YEAH for crops being done....what's the next project??

Colleen...hope you're doing well.

Hello to everyone else checking in...I hope you have a wonderful day.

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Don't let a bad yesterday rob you of a great today!!

Hugs,
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Hi girls....just popped in to say hello. I was thinking of you all last night when I entered a new weight loss challenge. My SIL's mother challenged me to join it. It's a small group that will meet once a month..paying $5. We will share recipes and just chat...not exactly sure who the winner is calculated, but don't care that much..figured it may motivate me, and it will be company too. I weighed in with her last night, and the next meeting is November 2nd.

My SIL is away in CA til November, so kelly and Bree are here most of the time...that makes me very happy:) Bree is getting so big..she is crawling around like a maniac..her la latest feat is clapping her hands!! She's learning so much at her little daycare group ..kelly is so happy about that..

We are doing the best we can...I think it's harder for my kids cause I gave so many friends who are supporting me...they have good friends, but not as many, lol

Brenda, hoping for good results, and soon....I'm thinking of you.

Jeanette, thanks for reaching out...hoping your problems get resolved soon....please don't stop eating, girl!!

Happy thanksgiving Kare....happy you are doing well.

Cori....hope the knee gets better soon...wish I could do Zumba with you!!
I need to talk walking soon...

Hi Dianne...hope all is well...

Hello to everyone else..I'll try to stop in again soon

Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers;)). Love you girls!

Wow...just noticed my weight loss since last time I was here...down about 9 lbs;)

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Hi girls. Settling into fall here. Had some storms move through last night but fortunately no severe weather. My knee is a little sore from Zumba but I fully expected that considering the length of time not using those muscles. I am wearing a very stiff knee brace and being very cautious doing jumps and other movements. Baby steps…

Jeanette, I am sorry family stress is affecting you. I am all too familiar with that so I understand the toll it can take. Hoping it will all resolve soon with a happy ending for all involved. Please take care of yourself in the meantime. We love you and care about you so much! In answer to your question, we are looking at Sarasota/Bradenton for our target area in Florida. But we will consider the greater Tampa area if need be.

Brenda, sending thoughts and prayers your way for a good report with the ultrasound. You are so giving and generous with yourself and your time that I have to believe that good karma must make its way back to you. Hope you have an answer soon sweetie, especially before Vegas! I have been going through some health issues myself and so far they can’t figure out what’s wrong. I have an appt with an endocrinologist on Nov. 3 so hoping to get some answers from her.

Kare, Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Glad your school celebration went well and that you had a good visit with your family. We have done the no turkey Thanksgiving dinner many times. Sometimes you just have to change things up. So proud of you with your continued weight loss!

Denise, just want you to know I am thinking of you often and continue to pray for you as you adapt to this new phase in life. emoticon

Hi to everyone else checking in. Time to head to bed soon. It's been a long day. Take care girls.


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

Kind of a grey day today but the leaves are beautiful so that helps :)

Heading to the salon soon...not a very busy day but a good one :)

Still waiting on the doctor to call with results of my ultrasound on my abdomen...it's been a week yesterday....so dislike the waiting game :( Praying for good results

Kare...I'm glad you had a nice weekend...hope you're day is great!!!

Hello to everyone checking in....enjoy your day...

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Beautiful restful weekend here! It was exactly what I needed after the stress and bustle of the last few weeks. Did a bbq Here instead of a turkey dinner with lots of veggies and lemon meringue pie for dessert.

Managed to go for a walk withnElvis to practice for obedience school. He is such a scary cat! The bags of leaves on the curbs were all boogeymen as he tried to get on my right side and he doesn't likr the crunchy leaves either. He can't figure where the geese noises are coming from so that spooks him too, we have hundreds pass over twice a day as they move from the marsh North of us to the lake and then back in the evening. They get quite loud at times...

Jeanette, hope your stress settles down. I gave myself a good talking to about stress eating
and trying to stay on track.

Brenda, sounds like a nice day.

Heading to bed, busy day tomorrow putting everything from the dinner away for another year. Gave a great week!

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Hi Girls....

Had a great day today with Andrea....ran to beauty supply, Kohls, a Halloween store, Applebees for lunch, then a quick stop at Walmart then home for a little more Aiyden time...all in all a great day....oh and got 2 loads of laundry done too.

Jeanette....girl you better be eating....have to keep fuel in that fire ya know......hope the family stress passes quickly. Glad the harvesting is coming to an end. Don't ever think you're talking to yourself on here...even if I can't check in I'm always reading....I'm trying to just get back to checking in everyday during the week and when I can on the weekends.....my walking has been SO bad...need to get back to that asap!!!

I work tomorrow....have a busy day but not too crazy...off Wednesday to finish laundry and start thinking about what to take to Vegas...we leave a week from Saturday.

Everyone have a wonderful night....Love to all
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Kare.....Happy Thanksgving!
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Hope you had a wonderful relaxing weekend with family!
Congratulations on another successful school dinner! and CONGRATULATIONS on your great results on your weight loss journey. I am so very happy for you that you are feeling so good and finding you have more energy/endurance! emoticon

Brenda...fun weekend stuff!
I agree so quiet on here lately. It bothers me that we are all drifting off, Some days I just end up having conversations with myself on here...lol
been struggling with some family stuff so I have just stayed away a few days, angry at the world right now but working thru it, harvest has been a little busier than other years, just al and I so kind of running myself ragged.

Dianne...We finished beans last night at this end, BIL still has about 100 acres. raining today and maybe for the next 4 so may be awhile before we start corn. okay with that we could use a little break to tie up some other lose ends before the cold crap sets in. Thikn from your pics you were doing beans right? much left? have you started corn yet? continued wishes for a safe harvest!

Denise...thinking of you....continued prayers, well wishes and love coming your families way!

Lisa....hope you are well! ((HUGS))

Tina...Hope you are having a beautiful fall and enjoying as much outdoor time as you can! Hope your family is well

Cori....How did the zumba class go? Hope you had a relaxing weekend.

Colleen...did you get your new puppy yet?

Down another 1.4 pounds, think it is strictly stress induced so not sure it will stay off easily, waiting till Tuesday to see if scale still there. Decided today that instead of eating because I am stressed I now go the opposite and stop eating, not a good habit just traded one bad habit for another. Didn't even realize it till Dh asked me when the last time I had eaten was...had to stop and go back thru the days.... answer wasn't pretty kind of shocked myself!
So goal for the week is to take better care of myself!

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Hi Girls ....Happy Sunday to you all....

SO quiet on here lately....sure makes me a little sad...hate that life is getting in the way of our little group...

We had a great weekend....Friday we watched our little homecoming parade ....Austin drove one of the fire trucks and Aiyden & Andrea rode in another one...very cute. We went over and watched the game until half time. Saturday I worked and then we went and watched Steve's son Ryan play football...stopped at Steve's grave...then home for a relaxing evening. Today we went and watched our grandson play football and then came home to watch the Browns/Steelers game....SO excited the Browns WON!!!

Tomorrow I have to go to beauty supply and get laundry done....should be a good day :)

Kare....I'm so glad the dinner went so good for you.....glad you're noticing the changes in your body with the weightloss ....what a great feeling!!!!

I hoep you're all doing great...I'll check in tomorrow:)

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Hello to everyone checking in and Happy Thanksgiving from Canada. Actually Thanksgiving is tomorrow for us, but may not be on tomorrow.

Dinner at school was a huge success! I have to say that being 80lbs lighter than last year sure made a difference in how tired and sore I was after being on my feet for 3 days straight. We had just enough food to feed 400 people and were able to send about 10 meals home with some of our needier families.

Meaghan came home with Robyn and Anthony on Friday night and we had a nice ham dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving. Tonight we are having a BBQ and probably tomorrow as well as it is so nice out. Not doing a turkey since I've seen enough of it for awhile. I made a big pot of potato soup today and I promised to make pumpkin pancakes for breakfast tomorrow.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the fall weather..

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Well, tomorrow is our big Thanksgiving dinner at school and I think we are ready. My turkey is all cooked and just waiting for it to cool a bit so I can carve it to take to work in the morning. I am amazed at the difference in how I feel physically this year. Usually I am exhausted by the end of today and even worse tomorrow but I feel pretty good today after being on my feet all day preparing food.

Weather here is cooler than normal but still pretty nice. Glad to hear that everyone is almost done harvest, always a good feeling...

Not much to say just wanted to check in. Doing Thanksgiving dinner with Meaghan and Robyn tomorrow as well as both girls work all weekend. I think Dwayne and I are helping with a dinner at our church for new immigrant families that are having their first Thanksgiving in Canada. I think Dwayne will be door greeter.

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Hey girls - just waiting for the guys to come and eat - early lunch so we can hit the fields early - hoping to be done done by next Tuesday. Weather looks fantastic! No rain! Everything has been running good and no break downs (major anyway), I would think with all that bouncing across the field I would shed a few lbs...guess we'll see!

Hello to everyone checking in and prayers for everyone that needs them - seems there is always something going on! Happy birthdays and anniversaries to everyone celebrating!

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Happy Wednesday everyone.....

Had a busy day at the salon...came home to hang out Aiyden ....:) Aunt Flo showed up a day early ....so ready for her to just go away forever.

I have gotten dishes and laundry done today....went and had lunch with my cousin...going to dinner tonight at our friends ...crab legs....YUM!!!!! The weather has been nice here....I have to work Saturday half a day but then I think we'll head to the lake over night....perfect sitting by the fire weather!!

Jeannette....wowser that's a lot of hours...glad the weekend went good. Enjoy your days off!!

Colleen...bummer when they keep prolonging the court stuff...hang in there.

Cori....you be careful doing Zumba...don't over do it.

Denise...think of you often

Tina....we miss you

Dianne....weather cooperating ? How much more to go on the crops?

Kare....How's the dinner planning going??

Hello to everyone checking in....have a wonderful day

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happy Wednesday!
Up super early, watching the lunar eclipse in various stages ot totality. so amazing. Just went out and took some pictures as the sun was coming up, gorgeous crisp fall morning.

Cori...hope the zumba class with friend worked out, knee must be getting stronger every day. What an awful experience that has been for you! When you guys move to Florida do you have a specific area you are thinking about?

Brenda.....(hugs) hope your ultra sound results come back clear, scary stuff!
How is Jim's hip, I always forget to ask?

Coleen....maybe you can just trade a shift with some one instead of having to miss the day of work. think the courts in this country are notorious for delays and postponements :( hope it all works out for you!

Dianne....how sweet of Adrian, bet you loved having a riding partner as well!! gives me shivers to think of someone so young with cancer,......Continued wishes for a safe harvest for you and your gang!

xbrew... saw your post and just wanted to welcome you to our little group!

Kare...are you and Brian feeling better? Eating out is awful, unless we go to a steakhouse and just do steak and salad I just feel gunked up for days. All the over processed foods, my tummy just can't handle it anymore, have gotten so used to eating whole real food, the other stuff just doesn't settle well. How did your lawyer appt go, praying it is good news for you guys!

Denise...thinking of you! Praying you and your kids are healing and adjusting to a new normal! remember we are here whenever you need to vent!

Lisa....Hope you are well and becoming stronger in your new life everyday! How are Brody and Bre doing?

Tina.....Hope you and your family are well, I think of you often!

better get moving, need to leave here by 9 and have to help DH relocate equipment this morning. We unloaded trucks and wagons last night, decided to wait till morning to move to next field, everything just easier in the light of day!

Make good choices and remember to hydrate today! Changes of season can be so tough on our skin and body and the extra water helps!
have a healthy, safe day
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hey hey girls...just taking a quick break indoors to get dinner started and in the oven between loads of beans. i am cleaning off the garden as well, partly sunny so am enjoying the outdoor break today.
the weekend was so ridiculous at work, put in 47 hours in 4 days....record number of people and record sales so it was all good. Spent yesterday trying to get shelves filled and quickly ordering more product. Weather was cool and cloudy so was surprised at the amazing turn out! Am off the next 3, today and Thursday are harvest days and Wednesday I go to watch Luke for part of the day.

just wanted to pop in and wish each of you a great day! Make it a good one!
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well they did it again.we get all the way to court just to find out they asked for a week extension,now I have to go and ask for another day off and I think the schedule is already made. I'm so tired today I think my depression is trying to creep up.I have been working hard to keep it at bay.
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Happy Anniversary Colleen! Enjoy your dinner and congrats on the job promotion.

Brenda, glad you had a good trip.

Cori, glad to see you on here. Hope you get to go to Zumba. Not ready to try that yet but have been thinking of trying a beginners bootcamp in the New Year.

Much colder here, feels like winter. Brian is battling a cold and I feel like I am getting one too. Just hoping to hold off until after the Thanksgiving dinner on Friday.

Ordered pizza tonight which isn't my favorite but I ordered some wings so I can have something to eat. Eating out has to be the most frustrating thing since the weight loss surgery. Elvis has obedience school tonight - think he has ADD because he just can't focus when we work on the exercises. I'm hoping he will do well in class...

Have a good evening everyone....Kare

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Hi girls. Weather has cooled down quite a bit here and Mike finally broke down and turned the heat on. I was holding out but he couldn’t take it anymore. Sure hate to see fall come because it means winter is just behind. Oh well, just one more winter to get through and then no more. Counting the days.

Brenda, so good to see you enjoyed your birthday trip.

Dianne, it breaks my heart to hear of a child with cancer. So happy he is cancer free.

Colleen, Happy Anniversary and congrats on the promotion.

Jeanette, hope things aren’t getting too crazy busy for you there.

Kare, glad Dwayne’s weekend went well. Hope you still get to go on your cruise.

Denise, still thinking of you my friend.

Found a wonderful Zumba class with a great instructor. Unfortunately it is at the Subaru Fitness Center and I can only go with my coworker whose husband is employed there. Unfortunately she keeps flaking out on me. I am doing some Zumba DVDs at home and still doing the rower, although I only made it 1 day last week. Shooting for 3-4 times this week. Take care ladies and keep warm.


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Today has been a great day. Cold and breezy but it isn't bothering me. 10 year wedding anniversary. Going to Logan's Steak House for dinner but nothing fancy. I got a promotion at work of sorts but hubby doesn't see it as such. He has a hard time look at things positively. I'm still happy. Still worried about tomorrow. Court for the eviction. :( we talked to a lawyer and he seems to think it will go in our favor but the past is telling me differently. you know..... everything that goes up MUST come down and I have been up higher than I have been in years. Well it is thundering and want to get out before the rain. I hate sitting in a restaurant wet.
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Hello and Happy Monday to you all.......

We had a FANTASTIC time in Niagara Falls....the weather cooperated nicely...few spurts of rain but nothing terrible.....:)

Went this morning for an ultrasound on my upper abdomen area...keep getting this pinching pain and just can't shake the feeling that something isn't quite right so for my own peace of mind looking into it further :)

Dianne....what a nice thing for Adrian to do....those are memories that little one will hold onto :) Good luck getting all those fields done :)

Denise....How was your weekend??? Everyone staying strong? What did ya do for your Dad's birthday .

Colleen....I have a lot I should be doing today on my day off too but just can't seem to get myself motivated either ...that's ok though...I'll get to it.

Lisa....hope you're doing great...miss you xoxo

Tina....any shooting time this weekend??? Sure miss having you here .

Jeanette...How did the weekend go.....I know it's one of your busiest times..hope it went smoothly :)

Kare..Hope you had a good weekend :)

Hello to everyone checking in....I hope you're doing fantastic :)

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Hello! Busy week for everyone! Guess that is good though but wow does the week fly by!

Getting fields done here...some days in off and on rain showers but we keep moving! Think we're down to 1400 acres now...hubby just wants o get into the corn! Many fields are looking ready. Helped both DS's get their beans done over the weekend. Adrian was home and brought her roommates son with, her dad had a stroke, her husband is gone for the weekend plus she has a newborn so Adrian said she'd bring Shayden here...such a sweetie! He's 2 1/2, was diagnosed with Leukemia this past March ... Adrian moved in with them about this time so has been a big help with his meds. They say they caught it early and right now is cancer free but will be doing chemo for 3 yrs. Rode with me in the tractor and loved it! Goes on and on about the big green tractor and combine.

Brenda..happy birthday! Looks like you had a great werkend! Love the pictures.

Kare...thinking if you and hoping everything works out. Good luck with the supper!

Tina..hello! Getting any winter weather your way?

Denise...hugs

Colleen...so sorry about Mud, always hard when we lose a member of the family.

Jeanette...work, harvest, grandson, apartments - you do keep busy!

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that's funny but maybe its just that you needed time off from doing house work as well! hopefully you did something for yourself! hope you have a good week end.

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I've been home for 4 days and got nothing done.I need to clean my kitchen, give the two dogs flea bathes, mow the lawn, do laundry and pay some bills. All I have managed to do it take a shower and pay bills. I am such a procrastinator.

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Jeanette.....These boots at Kohls's have the extra calf zipper....SO comfortable....I'll send you a pic to your phone...might be worth checking out since they are all on sale :)

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good morning....

Kare......I too support your decision to save Brian and make the call, you did the right thing! Shame on the system for letting you down. I hope you get a chance to tell the court system your thoughts and fears of it letting you down if ever needed for Dwayne.....Praying with you and for you that this all shakes out and ends with a manageable end result.

Brenda... sounds like a great deal on those boots, I always think I will pick out a pair, but just never find the "ones" or if I do doesn't fit right, I have thick calves so struggle with taller boots, I'm too picky!
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.know you will make the most of wonderful famiy time!

So sad about that young man....such a senseless ending!
I don't know what we need to do in this country to give our children better tools to stay away from the trappings of that lifestyle, too easy to pretend it isn't happening!

Have a great weekend everyone...
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Good morning and Happy Thursday to you all.....

Had a great day yesterday with Aiyden....he went with me to get my nails and toes done...he was SO good...just love, love, love him!!! Lastnight we went down to the lake to clean out the fridge so they can shut power down ....Sam, Drew, Abby, and Jim's Dad and step Mom were down there we had a nice visit sitting by a fire:)

I'm trying to get packed for the weekend...going to be cooler up there....trying to take lots of layers and options :) I'm going to the salon at 10 should be done by 6:30...hoping to get to Kohl's either before or after work...I found a pair of boots yesterday that I loved ...they were 100 but on sale for $70....decided to hold off....glad I did...I got a $10 off birthday coupon and a coupon for 15% off so now that's a price I will pay :)

Kare....so glad Dwayne is enjoying his visits!!! I'm so sorry for the stress you are going through but I still think you did the right thing by calling....hopefully it all works out in the end...stay strong ((((HUGS)))))

Jeanette......Hope your fall celebrations goes great this weekend...I know this is a really busy time for you...great job on the weightloss...you go girl!

Colleen....so sorry for your loss...hope the new puppy works out for you :)

Dianne...How's your week going....enjoying that deck?

Cori....How's your knee now that your'e on the right track? How's Amelia doing?

Lisa....Find a place to rent yet?

Denise....think of you SO often....hope you're doing well.

Tina...Miss seeing you on here....hope you're well.

We got some sad news yesterday that a young man Austin went to elementary school with OD'd yesterday....McKinley was one of my favorite boys from when I worked at the school....I feel SO bad for his family....truly the "all american" family...one boy, one girl, white picket fence..living in the country...those darn drugs are just awful...such a tragic loss :(

Everyone have a great day....Jim called from work...he left his cell phone here so I need to go drop that off for him :)

Quote of the day:

"Hug your loved ones a little tighter!!"

Hugs,
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I agree Jeanette, fall is here! Nice weather here but very windy. Talk of snow this weekend a little north of us, but hoping it won't happen here yet for awhile.

Brenda, not sure how long it would take to drive exactly but I am thinking more than a day. I know it is about a 2 hour flight but to drive you have to go around the lakes.

Dwayne's weekend at respite was great! He's already planning his next visit to her house. He was very tired but it was nice to see that he had a nice time and wanted to go back. We have a lawyer's appointment on Monday to see what is going on with Brian's case. He was never told he was charged with assault (we are thinking when he ran into the police car) and I know they never told me that either. The lawyer is hoping he can lessen the severity of the charges. It makes me mad that I phoned for help under the Mental Health Act and that is stated in the police records but I feel like I should have never called. This episode has caused us so much emotional and financial stress it's unreal. I know I had to do it to save Brian's life but it seems unreal that all this crap had to come out of it. I truly thought they would have picked him up and sobered him up and released him. I am now reluctant to call for help again and fear that if the day comes that we can't control Dwayne and have to call for help the same thing will happen even though his mental health worker says it would not happen.

Anyways hoping for things to get better. I am just doing a couple loads of laundry and then heading to bed. Everyone at work kids included are sick with colds and flu and I am trying very hard to not get sick.

Have a great evening everyone....Kare

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Brenda...glad all went well at Buffalo!
Great that you have been so busy at the shop...gotta love the loyalty of your repeat customers! How is your walking going? have fun at Niagara Falls!

Kare...Oh my gosh you are so dedicated to your Thanksgiving dinner....that is so awesome that you do it every year, .know you spend a lot of hours preparing and planning! How did Dwayne's weekend away go? hope you and Brian got some rest over the weekend, how is he doing with all that has been happening?

Denise...How is your week going? Think of you at least once a day! hugs prayers and healing thoughts to you, Kelly and Tommy!

Dianne...Harvesting this week? we ran Mon/Tues till after dark but then stalks got tough. Out today, drizzled on and off and temperature dropped from 80's to barely 60 only mid 50's this weekend and 30's overnight. Think Fall is officially here

Coleen... so sad to lose a pet!
Can you figure out any way to make your soups stews and chili lighter so not so calorie packed!! To chili I add lots of chopped veggies, peppers mostly but even add a small amount of celery, also add mushrooms. Sometimes it isn't the soup itself that is fattening but what we eat with it or on top of it! I still eat chili, beef stew all those fall favorites, just in moderation and try hard to balance out the week, calorie wise.
glad your employment picture has gotten better!

Cori...how is the knee recovery progressing? Have you been able to spend much time with Amelia lately?

Tina...I miss you! Hope you and family all doing well

Lisa....How are you/

Off tomorrow, but we have a full day planned at one of the apartment buildings, then work Friday thru Monday for the big celebration weekend....so just wanted to check in and wish everyone a great week!
feeling a little over tired tonight so heading to shower and early bed.
good night
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Well cremating Mud seems to be the easier task. Emotionally neither of us are ready to pick up her ashes. Thank goodness her's will be a nice decorated tin and not a ziplock in a cardboard box like my brother. Unfortunately I let sadness get the better of me and ate some junk food with hubby as we talked about the happy times with Mud.
I am still going ahead with getting the puppy he and I looked at. I just hope the lady will continue to hold her for a few more days. I can't get her the deposit til Monday. I keep telling Michael she won't be a replacement for Mud, she is a replacement for the grandchild I won't get to see. Besides my son's girlfriend I have 8 friends all whom are pregnant and all due between April and May. I am getting mine in November so I can get a start on training her by then. Hubby has pick out the name but won't talk about her just yet. I can't wait because we will take a weekend trip to go pick her up.I will be a nicer time for us people and half the price of putting her on a plane. Once I make the deposit and get the contract signed I'll post picture on facebook.
So I think I finally got all the junk out of the house now. And now that autumn is here I am worried that the hearty soups, stews and chili will pack pounds on instead of being healthy and helping with my lose program.We won't be hunting this year so no wild turkey or venison,bummer. ok lunch time. lots to do still.

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

It's rainy here in Ohio but we've had a BEAUTIFUL stretch of weather so a little rain is ok.....the weather is looking good for Niagara...a little chilly which I prefer when we're up there...turtleneck/sweatshirt type weather...makes walking around more enjoyable!! Calling for a little rain Fri night into Sat morning but we don't get in until 8 or 9 Friday so we'll just relax and hit the hot tub and unwind I'm thinking :)

Jeanette......busy week for you coming up ...hope it all goes great!!

Colleen....sorry for your loss :(

Kare...I SO wish you were closer to Niagara...what fun to meet there!!!! You always do such a nice job on the Thanksgiving dinner...they're lucky to have you!!!

Dianne...glad you had a nice visit with your Mom :)

Cori....Have a great day!!!!

Lisa...Miss you girl!!

Denise...think of you so often...hope you're doing ok...How's Bree?

Tina....we miss you ...hope you're doing ok.

Going to try and get a little packing done for the trip...I work 11-7 today and then Aiyden comes over :)

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Brenda, the colours here this fall are so vibrant and beautiful. Hope it looks like that at Niagara Falls. Someday I would love to go there...maybe one summer. Glad you got Austin's passport.

So sorry about your dog. He lived a long life but it is hard to lose them. Good job on the 2 pounds.

Busy day here. At work I am coordinating the Thanksgiving lunch again for 400 people so lots of organizing to be done. Keeps me busy though. Tonight Elvis had his first obedience class and he did pretty good considering he is a week behind because of our being away at my SIL's funeral last week. Watching a little tv and heading to bed..

Hope you are all doing well! Have a wonderful evening!

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Well my darling baby Mud died Saturday night. Hubby and I had hoped she would hold on for a little bit longer. She was 11 and we were expecting it but you are never really ready to let go of a loved one.She went peacefully in her sleep and was in no pain at all. We had been looking into getting another pup just w few weeks ago. I have been talking to a lady in Virgina who has Mud's sister and just had a liter.Hubby had already picked one out.But right now he isn't sure.I am trying to stay positive but it's hard. I know he is hurting and he is not mentally up to doing the right thing when it comes to eating and taking care of himself. I am doing my best I have thought about putting in Pine Rest for a while to get him the mental help he needs but I don't if they will take him if he is not willing.

I lose 2 more pounds. Still looking forward to going to work. I do miss some of my coworkers from Meijer's but hopefully we can find time to catch up soon.

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Happy Monday everyone...

Lonnnnnggggg day.....Left at 6 AM for Buffalo....we got to the passport place at 9:45....finished there by 10:30ish....had time to kill so Austin and I went up to Niagara Falls and enjoyed the view from the American side for a while.....went back to Buffalo and FINALLY at 3:15 we got his card so we are now ALL legal to cross the border on Friday....made for a long day but a wonderful day spending it with Austin :)

Everyone have a great night...I'll check in tomorrow :)
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Happy Monday!

Another gorgeous day here, lucky to be home today! Need to run pay property taxes, do some odds and ends at the rentals and then be back by noon to help DH in the field. Waiting on a couple phone calls from work to get them settled on projects for the day, this weekend is our big Octoberfest weekend so everyone really needs to stay on task.

had a wonderful play day with GS on Sunday, made them a chicken casserole and homemade bread for dinner, DIL was working and it makes for a late evening for them so just try to help where ever I can.

Stepped on the scale this morning and another 2.2 pounds gone...has been a good 6 weeks for me, finally broke through that plateau I couldn't get off. That makes a total of 7 ticker pounds plus another 1.7 #'s was over my ticker weight. The cutting and stacking wood has been very physical and I can feel the difference in my waist and hips. A lot of bending and then stretching up and twisting at the waist....told Dh we need to go find more wood to cut and he looked at me like I was crazy. Even though It makes me very tired and stiff i feel so good after a very physical workout!

oops phone dinging...gotta go
Have an awesome day
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Hello girls...

No harvesting today - got a little shot of rain this morning, went until about 9 last night. Feel like we are getting a lot done until we start counting fields that are left and then it feels like we've hardly started.

Don usually does his exercising in the early mornings (like 5!) but I told him I just can't get motivated that early...so now he has switched to evenings just so I will exercise with him! It has worked out great! Even though we're both huffing and puffing so we don't talk much it sure is easier than going it alone! Eating hasn't been the best so at least this has helped me "maintain"...

Alex and Adrian were both home this weekend so I had mom and Dennis come for lunch today...was a good day and I got pictures of the kids with grandma. Now just have to get some with Hannah before they go south. One more chemo treatment before they leave...just glad she is feeling good

Hello and big hugs to everyone checking in...new week coming....Make it a good one!

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Morning, a rainy day here after several beautiful warm days.

Dwayne went to respite Friday evening and comes home this afternoon around 1. It's sure has been quiet here but I got his room cleaned up and starting my last coat on the hallway. Brian and I were both exhausted after the funeral etc that we just vegged. Went out for Chinese last night for a change..

I hope you all have a nice Sunday. Off to put my last load of laundry in...Have a great day!

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May your day be filled with all the things that bring you happiness!
Have a blessed Sunday
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Happy weekend everyone....

Just finished dinner and relaxing a bit.....weather was phenomenal here today, unfortunately was indoors most of the day, but was nice enough to have the door open and the air off!

Brenda.....oh my gosh, thank goodness you checked the passports a "little" early! Is Aiyden going this year? I am still just working 3 days a week and loving it. Love having the extra time home, never seem to be home though.... LOL

Kare....I love Amazing Race....I had a note on the calendar about the opening show so I wouldn't forget it!!The right team went home tonight!
Hope you and Brian can get some rest this weekend and continue the healing process! Thinking of you...HUGS!

Denise...Is there Bree time in the plans for the weekend? Hope your week was peaceful....continued prayers and good energy coming your way.

Dianne...Not much harvesting going on around here, we seem to be 1 of the very few in the field. DH ran till about 7 tonight...late starts cause such a heavy dew, didn't get started till about 1. going to be an unusual harvest here, beans and corn in such wide array of drying stages! we pushed last week to take advantage of that high market, but that was just a really short time frame they were offering that premium i was telling you about.

Cori.....What a frustration with that vehicle....grrrr... not what you want to spend your days dealing with Hope you have a smooth weekend! Anything fun planned for the weekend?

Tina...thinking of you, miss you.... hope you are enjoying early fall!

Enjoy the weekend girls...hope you each find a moment to do something good for yourself!
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Happy Friday to all of you! Been a very long week and I think Brian and I are both emotionally and physically exhausted.

Diana's funeral was beautiful, a wonderful tribute to a lady who meant so much to so many people. Had a chance to catch up with some family and remember Brian's sister. I took Wednesday off in case Dwayne was really tired but he was able to go to school so I got some housework caught up.

Dwayne left about an hour ago for weekend respite and won't be home until Sunday afternoon. Tomorrow he is going with Tracey and her family to Winnipeg to a cultural day full of music and activities. He seemed really excited about going.

Watching The Amazing Race and probably heading to bed. Just can't seem to get enough sleep the last few nights...

Take care everyone!

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Good morning and Happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday :)

Another beautiful day here in Ohio......I should get out and get a walk in this morning....it's gorgeous out!!

We leave for Niagara a week from today.....Jim got all the passports and passport cards out lastnight and we realized Austin and Adam's expired this month ...I could have cried when Jim told me....SOOOOOOOO Austin and I are off to Buffalo Monday morning bright and early to the regional passport office to get his passport card renewed....unfortunately Adam can't get out of college to go to Buffalo so he'll have to miss this trip...we didn't even know he planned on going he had never mentioned it until yesterday.....It will cost $115 to get Austin's done Monday but atleast we'll have it!!! Wouldn't have been that big a deal but his girlfriend got her passport so she could go with us this year so we're scrambling to get him across that border.....always something ....lol

Dianne....wish we lived closer ..my step son Joe does concrete!! Hope the weather keeps cooperating for you!!

Jeanette....How was your day off? How's work going ...are you still working less hours?

My friend Tina is coming in from Indiana for the weekend...hoping to see her tonight or tomorrow morning....going to try and get to our home football game tonight since the weather is so nice. Tomorrow we have a pig roast to go to and then Sunday off to Pittsburgh....everyone have a fantastic weekend!!!

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afternoon girls!

Wow we are having an awesome day! In fact the next couple of days they say will be into the 80's! Perfect drying weather but the mornings are slow going as we've been having fog....sun shining now and the guys are out trying beans...I got the mowing almost finished...left one side as it hasn't been growing much - needs a shot of rain. Watering trees a lot before it freezes..hope they make it through the winter. My sweet sixteen apple tree had apples this year (not big ones), the wind blew most of them off but the other day there were still 2 on there so I tried one - very good! Hoping it has bigger ones next year - I didn't think I would have any for a few years and was surprised that this tree had about 8 on it. Been calling around trying to find someone to come pour a sidewalk, everyone is busy so we may have to do it ourselves. Bummer as it might not get done until next year then!

Denise - think of you every day...hugs to all of you!

Jeanette - hows the harvest around there? Many going? Still not many in the field around here.

Brenda - safe travels and enjoy the weekend!

Kare - big hugs to you, hope the week has been going ok.

Tina - Hello! How's life out there!

Hello to everyone else checking in - off to the bean fields for me!

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just a quick good morning,
off today.... going to run errands with DH, redoing a roof at one of our apartments and going to pick up the steel and all necessary supplies.

Brenda...sounds like a fun road trip planned for the weekend!! Travel safe, hope the weather is beautiful for you guys.

Denise...Thinking of you!

Kare....Thoughts and prayers with you!

gotta run, he is ready to go out the door
have a great day!
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Good Morning and Happy Thursday to you all....

Had a great day yesterday....managed to get the laundry done, dishes done, scrubbed the bathroom, went grocery shopping, went to visit Steve's grave....then relaxed with Jim for the evening :) Today I have to work and then go to my niece's senior night for soccer.

I hope you all have a fantastic day today...make good choices!!

Quote of the day:

If you can believe it ...you can achieve it!

Hugs,
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday to you all :)

Had a busy day at the salon yesterday...made the day go by fast...my head cold/allergy is doing a little better today....we were supposed to have some friends over tonight for crab legs but I decided to reschedule ..do not want waste crab legs on a day where I probably won't taste them...lol

Today I'll probably just knock out laundry and maybe run to the store for some groceries.

Jim and I decided last night we're going to ride to Pittsburgh on Sunday to the Hofbrauhaus to get the Ocktoberfest beer he likes that they only have this time of year.

Jeanette....SO glad you're getting grandbaby time...nothing beat that!!!

Dianne...that whole situation with game & fish is unbelievable to me....what a crazy mess.....I sure hope you guys come out on top and they get put in their place!!

Denise...how's your week going???

Cori...any luck with the car stuff?

Colleen...how's work going?

Lisa...any luck finding a place to rent?

Tina...How's Mike doing? How's your MIL?

Hello to everyone checking in...I'm going to get going with my day :)

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The 3 C's of life:
CHOICES
CHANCES
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You must make a CHOICE to
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Where did the time go! Can't believe I've been off this long...but lots done around here, deck is done but no steps yet..we decided to put a "bridge" off one side to the house and steps on the other. Will get my dry creek under the bridge..so excited to get that done! Don also started the garden shed/dog kennel...that needs to be done before it snows... We got the floor and walls done and a few rafters up...then the beans were ready so everything is on hold. Things are looking good so far and the weather looks nicer for the coming week.

Still do not have a date for our appeal but wow have people been contacting us! We have so many stories concerning the abuse of power from the game and fish....but the worst is the lady who is being stalked by a GF warden and they contacted his boss who has ignored them! They have this guy on camera in their house when they were gone! They do have a lawyer and havent filed charges yet because she is scared of going public. So we have contacted the head of GF in the capital and told him her story, waiting to hear back from him. Our letter to the editor has reached over 40,000 people on facebook all over the country...it's mind boggling! So much support. Never did we imagine we would reach so many and we're pretty sure GF never thought we'd strike back like this. Pretty sure we have enough info that we could get a few removed from office. Will be an interesting fall!

Gotta run...have a great wednesday!

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Good morning......

gorgeous first full day of fall here, going to be sunny and 70!

Slept like a baby last night, ended up having grandson for 2 nights. He is sooo much fun but goodness I am pooped. he is just a little mover, has learned to run so one needs to scoot to keep up with him, spent majority of the time outdoors, he signs please and then says outside!
House seems very quiet this morning, but I know he will be back soon!

Dh and I are off to do a few errands this morning, then back to finish up the last of our wood for the winter. want to get the grass mowed one more time and tidy up a few things outdoors!

Denise..continued prayers to you and your family!

Kare..thinking of you and your family today!!

Dianne.....good to see you guys are started with beans! we had a rain late last week so out of fields for a few days!

Brenda...sounds like a fun weekend...nasty allergies this time of year so much floating in the air! feel better soon

Cori...great news about your knee,,,,

good morning to everyone here, better get moving or Dh will be leaving without me!
happy to report another 1.2 pounds gone!!!
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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday to you all...

Feeling better this morning....amazing what hot toddies and Nyquil can do for an allergy/head cold :)

Cori....I'm glad your getting back into a workout routine....boy that car deal sounds bad....aggravating I'm sure!! I think you and Mike should make a fall trip to Ohio...Halloween party is Nov 1st ;)

Hello to everyone checking in....I have to assemble a scarecrow for in front of the salon...better get that done.

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Hi girls. Once again I have been missing from here for too long. I have been busy getting back on track with my knee and trying to settle into my new workout routine. My knee has improved enough that I am able to cautiously start getting serious about working out again. My trainer recommended starting on the rowing machine and I can honestly say I kinda like it. That is saying something because I hate working out. But rowing is different to me. Been trying to make a Zumba class each week too, but I have had to work over every Monday when it is offered. I think I am going to just start doing my dvds here since I need to start out slow with Zumba moves anyway.

We have also been busy fighting the car dealership we leased our new SUV from. Try to make a long story short: they brought it up from Kentucky because they didn’t have one with the options we wanted. When they delivered it a week later, our new SUV was missing the antenna, one of the keys, and had a defective area in the windshield seal, as well as the car interior had not been cleaned and we are suspicious that it had been smoked in since we found ash-like white flakes on our black seats. It has been a back and forth with them getting these things fixed and I am still waiting on the other key to be delivered 2 weeks after we got the Rogue. It has just been an unnecessary nuisance in our lives and has taken up too much of our time. Nissan sent me an email with a survey about our customer experience and I can assure you, it will not be a survey they will want to publish bragging on customer satisfaction. Just will be glad when it is behind us and we can move on.

Denise, so good to see you here. I think of you almost every day and am wishing you peace and healing. Love you sweetie.

Kare, so sorry for your loss. Hugs and healing thoughts your way as well.

Hello to everyone else checking in. I will try to check in later this week.

P.S. I am down 1.8 lbs. this week! Yay!


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

We had a good weekend.....Saturday I worked and then saw Austin and his girlfriend off to Homecoming....then off to a clambake and then went to Geneva on the Lake to hear our favorite band Hatrick. Sunday I helped all day with my cousin's Memorial service....it was very nice....we did a Motorcycle run to his favorite watering hole after the service...quite fitting for him!! Ohhhhhhhh the goldenrod in the air on the ride has me into a full blown allergy/head cold....yukka!

Denise....I'm glad the kids are giving you some distraction.....This first year will be the toughest...just like I'm sure it was when you lost your Mom.....I'm glad you have people to lean on there and you know you ALWAYS have us to lean on here!!

Jeanette...I'm with you... I LOVE having Aiyden overnight....:) I need to purge more clothes too....have to get working on that!!

Dianne.....How was your weekend...enjoying that deck I bet!

Kare...so sorry for your loss.....How's Dwayne handling it? I hope that rain lets up soon.

Colleen...hope you're doing great!

Tina....Any shoot time this weekend?

Lisa....Find a place to rent yet?

Cori...How's your knee coming along?

Hello to everyone else checking in....make it a great day!!!

Quote of the day:

Winners don't quit and quitters don't win!!

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Another rainy day here but got lots done. Brian and I took advantage of Dwayne being with his worker to go and pick out some beautiful flowers for his sister's service. They are autumn colours and very simple but we both loved them. Then I took him for a haircut and we stopped and had a bite to eat. Got a hotel booked for Monday night and a dog sitter. Just need to see if my Mom will keep Dwayne Monday night for the viewing so I can go with Brian. He'll come to the funeral on Tuesday but I am worried about him going to the viewing because I can't think of a way to explain it all to him so he will understand.

Denise, I'm glad the kids were able to help you through the week. I have been thinking of you often these last couple of weeks.

Jeanette, enjoy your visit with Luke. Sounds like a fun way to spend an evening.

Got to the gym today, first time since last weekend. Sure hoping things settle down so I can go more often. Going to take my workout gear to the hotel as they have a fitness room and I will have time in the morning to workout.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

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Awwwww Denise my heart is breaking for you and the kids.........so so so sad. Such an unexpected change in life, I just can't fathom what you are feeling! Sure little Bree seems like a bright light in a very dark tunnel, so relieved for you that she lives close by and you all have each other to comfort. Continued prayers, and healing thoughts coming your way!


Kare....thinking of you! Hope Brian was able to get things changed around with his schedule, travel safely...continued prayers to all of you. How is Dwayne doing?


We have sweet baby Luke tonight, met DS an DIL for dinner and then brought him home with us while kids went to run errands. Love having him overnight :) It so wonderful to have a child here at night and in the morning, it is when I miss the sound of children in the house the most!

Wishing each of you a blessed Sunday.....
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Morning girls....I survived my first full week of school. These kids are quite a handful, but I think that was all part of the plan. They will definitely keep me distracted from my sadness while there. They are very nice, though.
This week has been tough....coming home to his empty chair hurts, but the kids have been here so much. Bree slept over 3 nights, and she's such a joy! Kelly had a bad episode, though, she cried about just wanting to talk to dad! Tom is putting up a brave front, but he will sit with me and cry at times...I want him to let it out.

Going to the church's yard sake today. Hoping to find some fun toys for Bree...she's getting ready to walk, I think!! Then of course, I'm off to visit my dad;)

Kare...sorry for your loss.. Will keep all of you in my prayers.

I hope you all gave a relaxing weekend!
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Kare,,,,so sad to read your words! Hugs and prayers to your family My goodness you have had so much sadness and heartbreak. Sending strength to you! Please extend our sympathy to Brian!! Hang in there Kare and remember we are all here for you!

Brenda......I am definitely in fall purge mode! Bought a closet organizer on clearance thinking I would just give it a whirl and love it, has vertical shelf and basket and the double hanging rod. So of course had to take all clothes out to install so what better time to try things on and get rid of things. Then was feeling so motivated did my dresser drawers also. Amazing the things we keep thinking we will wear. Am working on kitchen, bedroom and bathroom simultaneously so things kind of disarrayed for now. Trying to organize and solve some storage issues as I go.

Denise...thinking of you! Praying you find comfort in all the happy family memories you have of Jim (((LOVE YA)))

Coleen...good to hear life is falling into a happier rhythm for you!

Lisa....i miss you...hope you are doing well!

Cori....how is your week going? anything fun planned for the weekend?

Tina......thinking of you, hope life is settling in for your family!

Dianne.....Seems impossible harvest time is approaching! Just seems like we were in the field planting...Summer flew by! beans down to 12.9 yesterday late afternoon so ran the combine just enough to "work the bugs out"

So happy to report scales down 1# this week, makes a total of 4#'s since August 18....feels good to be back on track!!

gotta run, off to work in 10 but just wanted to pop in and say good morning!
have a great Friday!
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Evening, a beautiful fall day here but now threatening to rain again.

Colleen so glad to hear that you are feeling better. I know I feel so much better about myself when I am working.

Been a tough week with Brian gone all week and on my own with Dwayne. Brian's sister, the one who's been fighting cancer lost her fight yesterday morning. Brian is doing well but I can tell he is hurting. We told Dwayne to night but not sure it really sunk in. We'll see in the morning if he's processed the news. Funeral is Tuesday so Brian is trying to get off work early on Monday or trade shifts so we can go up Monday night. He would like to go to the viewing. I will take Tuesday and Wednesday off so if Dwayne is overtired and overwhelmed on Wednesday he can stay home..

Did get to pick Brian up today and Dwayne actually told his Dad he missed him. Enjoyed a nice dinner at Red Lobster and have enough for lunch tomorrow. Just watching a bit of tv and relaxing with Brian.

Hope you are all doing well. Need to go find a shirt for picture day tomorrow.

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Happy Thursday to you all....

Had a busy day today at the salon...started off with no power though but only for about 30 mins so didn't get to far behind in my schedule :)

My niece had a jewelry party this morning so I stopped there on my way home for a few minutes...now home relaxing...life is good.

Colleen....so nice hearing from you....sounds like life is going in a great direction for you...very happy for you!!!

Hello to all my girls checking in...I hope you all had a GREAT day!!!!

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Do something everyday that brings a smile to your face :)

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Sorry I have been MIA. Life has been happening.
I started a new job at Speedway (it's a gas station) and even though I was hired as part time the are giving me 36-40 hours a week and a few more. I am doing well and am must happier. I am not so much of a people person and only having to interact for 2 minutes suites me fine. I am fitting in with my co-workers too even if I am old enough to be mother to most of them.
Hubby had a scare a few weeks ago so surgery is on hold again. Have to get the ok from the dr.'s again.
I am enjoying my "new" food routine ........Greek yogurt(100 calorie kind) granola with dried fruits, high protein/fiber fruit smoothies (made with Almond milk I save 75 more calories) and a sensible portioned out dinner. I don't know if it is what I am eating or the job but I am feeling good and I have more energy and my mood is improving. Hubby has noticed my clothes are looking better on me too but I am afraid of the number under my feet so I haven't stepped on a scale in two months.
My dog got a hold of my computer cord and chewed it to bits so I had to get a new laptop. It's a nice one too.
Walgreen's settled the lawsuit and of course that is all the details I can say but I am happy with the out come and can finally move on.
I also found out in a round about way my son's girlfriend is pregnant so I am going to be a Grandmother.I have mix emotions about it.I'm happy and excited but also sad. I'm afraid I won't be able to be included in the child's life. I am not even sure my son will even tell me about the baby himself. I know he will be a great dad. My kids haven't spoken to me in 4 years now,I keep trying because I want them to be able to look back and see I did want to be in their lives in was their father and the rest of the family that kept me from them.

Well this is my only day off this week have to go put laundry away.

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Happy Wednesday everyone....

Had Aiyden over night...he went grocery shopping with me and to beauty supply.....we were supposed to have friends over for dinner but they had to cancel so it will be just Me & Jim....no complaints here...a quiet dinner with my hubby sounds perfect!!!!

Jeanette....how'd the closet organizing go?? I'm in fall purge mode right now....keep sorting and pitching....love that!!!!

Kare...Hope you & Dwayne are feeling better soon!!!!

Hello to everyone checking in....the scale is holding steady....hoping to get back to walking more steadily again...might even go tomorrow ...have to check the forecast!!!

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"Find your strong!"

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kare... Hope a day of rest (is there such a thing for a momma?) helps you both feel better soon!
Enjoy your quiet day... chicken soup sounds yummy! That is such a comfort food...what do you all put in your chicken soup?

change of plans here, parts we have been waiting for combine finally in so DH is off to get those, I have the morning to myself. Going to install a couple closet organizers and process red peppers for freezer...have 3 large boxes to do.....a bit of work but so good to have in the winter!!

Off to the closet......

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Morning! Spending the day at home. Both Dwayne and I battling a sinus thing and although I could have sucked it up, Dwayne is feeling pretty rough. So while he is watching tv and resting I have gotten some chicken bones boiling for soup and making zucchini bread. Made some muffins last week so I will be stocked up for lunches for awhile.

Jeanette, it's cooler here to. Last week we had temps near of just below zero in the morning. This week we seem to be having our last spurt of warm weather but I'll take it.

Brian is away all week at a training conference for work so it's just been Dwayne and I. Things have been going good and Dwayne is managing well with his Dad being away. We pick him up tomorrow after school. Not sure who is going to be happier Dwayne or the dogs to see Dad home.

I hope you are all doing well.

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A cool 44 here this morning.....brrrr.... heading outdoors to help DH. Harvest is rapidly approaching so days are getting busier, is that possible?
gearing up at work as well, have our major fall celebration the first week of October so getting all the reorders in etc.....love love love being busy!
Just wanted to wish everyone a fabulous day....

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Good Morning and Happy Tuesday to you all...

We had a wonderful time at the lake....the weather was perfect....Lots of R & R....just perfect!!

I have a busy week at work...pretty booked all the days I work.....very blessed!!!

Denise...SO glad to see you here....praying for continued strength for all of you...we love you!!!!

Dianne....Brrrrrr we've had some cold mornings here too....I'm just not ready for winter ....BOO :(

Colleen...How are you doing?

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

Lisa...Miss you !!

Kare....I'm so sorry life has thrown you this curve ball....hang in there!!!!

Hello to everyone checking in I hope you have a great day!!!!

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If it is to be...it is up to me!!

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Had a post all ready to go and my computer died.....ahhh crap but just wanted to pop back in and wish everyone a good week

Denise...so glad you checked in,,,have been thinking of you so much. Continued prayers and healing energy to you Tommy and Kelly. We all love you so much and please know we are always here if you need to vent, cry or share your thoughts. Please check in often, keep us posted on how you are! Thinking of you...((HUGS))

Brenda...Hope you had a good weekend at the lake! so chilly here mowed the lawn this evening with jeans, sweatshirt and a stocking cap...brrrr!

Dianne....I didn't know you late husband passed from complications of melanoma :( so sorry I mentioned that, hope I didn't stir up bad memories for you ((HUGS)) Thanks for the anniversary wishes!

Cori...How are you feeling?

Kare....how did your weekend go? continued prayers and good energy to you and Brian!

Tina...How is Mike? Hope your weather is good, know how much you love to be out and about!! Sending good energy and hugs your families way!

been a good day here, we ran errands, cut and stacked wood, mowed lawn and then just relaxed tonight. Heading to bed soon, been waking up at really odd times so just trying to grab sleep where I can.
have a good Tuesday
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Hi girls...just wanted to check in and say hello, and to thank you all for your prayers, love and support. It still feels like Jim will come walking in any minute now. I've been surrounded by family and friends. The amount of food, money and hugs is very overwhelming for me!! Generous isn't a strong enough word for what these people have done for me!
My kids are dealing as well as can be expected- each of them struggle in their own way.
Tommy is so very concerned about me, as I am with him. Neither of us want to leave the other alone too long in the house as Jim was ALWAYS home! Kelly is missing daddy so much and is having a hard time acting " normal". We know now that there will be a new normal in our lives. Aubree is simply the light of our lives! She is crawling all around and babbling like crazy. We swear poppy is up there cheering her on;)) please continue to pray for us! I'm trying to find peace in the hope that Jimmy is finally out of pain, and has found peace in seeing his brother again.

Kare, I'm so sorry to hear of your troubles..I'm praying for you.

Dianne- I saw your page, and " liked" it;). Crazy story...good luck.

Hello to everyone else....trying to get to sleep soon.
I returned to work Friday for the one day to kinda break the ice.
So tomorrow is the real deal;)

Take care, love you!

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Hello girls -

Yep got hit with frost last night - not all fields but a few...not sure how much damage yet. Next week temps look a lot better but the the lower fields are pretty much done. Some of the corn looked like it was ready last week - didn't check moisture but kernels were hard. So time will tell...

Kare - oh dear I so hope things go good for you and Brian. Courts here move so slow...will be praying for you!

Jeanette - happy anniversary! And I was so excited to read about Jen's accomplishments! I'm not sure if I had said that the kids dad died of melanoma so seeing progress in treatments for that type is wonderful!

The papers around here won't publish our letter because it's too long so we (and our lawyer) have been sending it to magazines and other media - response has been surprising! Lots of interest - I put the letter on Facebook and also the Bear Farms page and that one has had over 1300 hits! The senator that we have been talking to said they have talked to someone at the court house here and have it on good authority that the game and fish here was pressuring the state's attorney for charge criminally - no negotiations. Really?! Why?! This same game warden tried to charge another farmer/hunter with poaching and lost so we think he has some kinda grudge against all farmers now. The senator has also been talking to our governor and they are waiting to see what the Supreme Court does. Will be an interesting fall!

Had Brinley's 1st birthday today - I'm not sure what she thought of having all those people in her house! She would sit and scowl at us! Didn't really care about presents just wanted to eat watermelon. Had a really good time.

Had lunch with mom this past week - she had a scan last Wednesday - things are still looking ok..tumors haven't grown or spread so far so it seems the treatments are working. She is very tired and not much energy.

Time to relax now - have a wonderful Sunday and hello to everyone else checking in!

Dianne

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Kare...so sad to hear SIL's health is failing....HUGS and prayers to you and your family, this has been a tough road for her!
I pray everything works out for Brian with the lawyer/court system......that would be awful if your trip plans got changed...know how much you are looking forward to that. Life is so unfair at times.....praying it all works out for you guys!

just wanted to pop in and say Hi...got dinner on cooking and need to finish that up!
have a great Sunday
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Happy Friday everyone! Sorry to be MIA all week, just very busy and tired by the end of the day.

Jeanette, we actually had frost last night, it was super cold yesterday. Just seems too early for this kind of weather. We've had lots of rain this past couple of weeks too which is really messing up the combining.

Finding my work days very busy. I am still doing speech in the morning and am in grade 7 in the afternoon with the young lady that doesn't talk and offering support to about 6 other kids. So far the teacher who isn't happy about her being in class has been ok and not been too bad. Hope it continues.

Brian's sister has pneumonia again and is slowly declining. Brian is off next weekend so we are hoping to get respite for Dwayne and head in for a visit. We've hired a lawyer for Brian as what they said they charged him with and what is written on the forms are different and we had a lot of questions. We go on October 6th for that and court is the 27th. Because I called the police for mental health help he is wondering if he can get the charges stayed so he won't have a record. At this point it is up in the air whether we can go on our cruise. If he is convicted he won't even be able to enter the USA so this might be our only trip.

Brenda, enjoy your cabin.

Hello to everyone checking in....

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....just finished dinner and relaxing a bit. only 46 here when we flew in, raining feels just frigid 97 and sunny in Vegas when we left today...quite a change! We had an amazing trip, spent a lot of time relaxing by the pool, drinking coffee, and seeing the sites. ....so much fun!!! Today is our 34th anniversary.....we both agree that just seems impossible....time has went sooo fast. I am a very blessed woman to have married such a good man, whom loves me so unconditionally :)

Brenda...have fun at the lake, hopefully you won't get this crappy weather till Monday or later!
enjoy the fire (we have our fireplace started tonight, it feels so good and looks pretty too)

Dianne...weather was fabulous in Vegas except for Monday...rained, rained and rained. Washed out part of Interstate 15. just no place for it to go out there, flash flooding happens pretty quickly...We were on the 30th floor with an amazing view so i wasn't too worried. LOL

Denise...thinking of you! Continued prayers and healing energy being sent your way!!
(((((( emoticon ))))))

Kare...How are things up your way???

Cori....How is the knee progressing?

Tina...((HUGS)) thinking of you!

I am back to work tomorrow, have been off almost a month so it will be a long day, but that's okay it will all fall into place soon.

have a great weekend .......do something special for yourself!
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Good Morning and Happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday to you all....

Off to the salon today earlier then normal then off to the lake for the weekend...I can't wait for R & R.....I hope you all have a wonderful weekend...make good choices!!!!

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

Had a busy day yesterday...dishes, laundry, beauty supply run...stopped at Bath & Body works to pick up their fall scents...LOVE them. Yesterday was my cousin's birthday and she struggles for everything in her life...she truly is one of those who if she didn't have bad luck she'd have no luck....we sent her some flowers...then took her to dinner last night....she was SO appreciative!!!!

I have a long day at the salon today...trying to pack everyone in today and tomorrow so we can head down to the camper tomorrow as soon as Jim gets home....just him and me with a weekend of R & R....perfect weather for sitting by the fire.


Such a reflective day being 9-11 can't believe it's been 13 years...one of those days you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when those towers fell....


Dianne....I'm glad the radio show went well.....still can't believe all the craziness over that rock.

Cori....Is your knee improving?

Jeanette....ahhhhhhh Vegas.....Happy Anniversary .....we go there Oct. 25-29

Denise...thinking of you !!

Lisa...we miss you girl!!

Tina...Hope you're doing well.

Hello to everyone checking in.....make it a great day!!

Quote of the day:

Worry pull tomorrow's clouds over today's sunshine.

Hugs,
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Good Morning!

Jeanette - you are in Vegas now? Any rain? LOL - looks like it's very wet down there! Enjoy your time!

Brenda - wedding pictures looked beautiful - especially the ones of you and Jim - very good looking couple! That Aiydan just keeps getting cuter! Love those curls!

Kare - I hope things are settling down for you and going in the right direction. Are you getting rain like us? They are talking snow! Yuck!

Cori - how is that knee coming along, hope it's lots better by now!

Radio show went very well - he wasn't even nervous - response has been good - responsibility is the key word here - yes the rock should not have been there but when the game warden admits that it was his fault and then takes no responsibility? Most people are outraged about that - and the state is just pushing for their money but we haven't even gotten to the appeal yet. I told Don is they get their money and it's overturned then we'll have to fight to get it back. And our lawyer is wondering about this judge because he's been ruling really weird on other cases - like he isn't quite with it. Maybe we can use that to our advantage....hm....

Had lunch with mom yesterday - trying to do this every week - I can see that she is getting weaker and she tires fast. Scan today with Dr and chemo tomorrow. Anxious to see what the scan shows..the last one was good. They still plan on going south in October.

Hugs to everyone and have a great day!

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Good morning.......

BRENDA......happy to hear all went well.......so nice all of you do what is best for kids:)
Your pictures were awesome!

DIanne..... good Don can talk about the rock incident without being upset, sounds like a busy year ahead. Great to have wheat harvested weather is really changing so harvest may come early but seems to be trending very wet.....

Hello to everyone checking in......
Really late (or early I guess) so need to sleep a few hours, we flew to Vegas for 5 days to celebrate our anniversary! Went to a hypnotist show tonight and had a divine dinner at Gordon Ramseys, lounged by the pool this afternoon. Been a great day! Oops better get the lights off DH dozing already.......

Have a great week....
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