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3/29/15 10:05 A

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Jeanette - as Don would say "you can't chase all the rabbits at once"....one at a time works so much better....we've been telling Hannah that with her relationship - she says she loves him but is getting tired of "going solo"...he has a good job and pays his share of the bills but does nothing to help out - comes home and sits on the computer and plays online games. She says I can get mad and scream after awhile and it's ok for about a week then back to the old self - along with the stress of her job and wanting to lose weight and worrying about her grandparents...Matt's work schedule is 1-9pm so she has nothing to do in the evenings but sit and think ... I told her to get out and do something to keep her mind occupied so this past week her co workers talked her into going to a "Art and Wine" class - she loved it and has signed up for more (even got me signed up for one!). Matt is a nice guy but so many things we don't care for -

Had our first set of twins last week - wasn't sure the bull was going to make it but it's sucking really good this morning - going to advertise it...heard newborns are going for $700 - wow...other than that calving has been going good - haven't lost one yet and the weather has been ok. Gog about 1/2 inch of precip last night in the form of rain/snow. We really needed it - 60's for the coming week then back to 30's for the weekend! Enough already!

Colleen - glad to hear from you! And that you are both getting help - seems like nothing will go right for away and then things turn around...stay positive and positive changes will come!

DH is coming up the driveway - time for coffee - might go to a car show in Fargo today - oldest granddaughter has last dance performance today also...winds are gusting to 44 so not even sure I want to go out! Have a peaceful day girls!

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3/28/15 4:11 P

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Hello my friends. Life has been kicking my ass as of late but I am fighting back. Hubby is recovering nicely but it has been making life hectic. nurse 3x a week, physical therapy 2x a week, a different nurse for hygiene 3x a week, plus a visit to 1 of 5 dr's each week this will be on going for 13 more weeks. I'm still working early morning shift up to 35 hours a week now. I started see a therapist myself and after only 40 minutes he wanted to commit me but I talked him out of it. I am going to focus on doing more healthy things for hubby and be scared of his anger or disappointment. Not that he has EVER given me a reason to be scared in fact he as been just the opposite but I have to learn to accept any out come and not always expect the worse. I am truly enjoying my smoothies and since I am drinking them and 80 + oz of water at work I am feeling better and I don't feel like snacking so much anymore. An easy change that I didn't think I could stick to. I actually don't enjoy soda anymore.Still drink my peach green tea.

I became a grandma on 3-23-15.It makes me happy because I am so proud of my son but sad at the time because my son isn't talking to me so I may never get to see my grandson in person. I'm not giving up by any means.

well time to give hubby his antibiotics. Yeah I didn't mention because the infection went into his bone to keep out of his marrow he has to have IV antibiotics for 16 weeks daily. I do that and change the dressing on his foot. I don't mind I actually want to do more but he feels it is too much for me so that is why all the nurses. I'm dealing with my feelings about it all with my therapist.

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Hi girls....finally on spring break!! The teachers were more excited than the kids, I think.
It's been a long haul this winter. Planning on getting a massage( never used the gift certificate Jim won for me last February ), hoping to visit the Easter bunny with Bree, and maybe pedicures for kelly and me;)
Today is my nieces baby shower, so a fun time w the family...we are growing!!

Kare I'm sure you're excited about spring break too....hope you get some time to relax.

Jeanette...congrats to your daughter;)
. I'm also trying to get rid of some old stuff. I have my grandmothers sofa in my living room, and it's really kind of sticking out like a sore thumb. My brother and sister are telling me it's okay to let it go, so hoping to call Habitat for Humanity this week. Trying to get my house painted so de cluttering will be needed. I'm just such a sentimental pack rat!!
I hope things get better w your dh.....I totally understand what you are going through....prayers coming your way, friend!


Dianne, I'm now hooked on that new word game!!

Hi to everyone...going to get some cleaning done before the party today.
Have a great weekend

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3/27/15 1:09 P

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Happy Friday!

Hope every one is doing well and enjoying the day...can't fathom that it is Friday again.....

Got great news last night...Jenn has been accepted to Wharton Executive program! I am overjoyed......what an amazing opportunity and recognition of all her hard work and on a more selfish note it means she will be in the U.S. more the next 2 years!!
It has perked us both up a bit and doing a lot of talking about the" paths of life".
What a roller coaster of emotion life can be......

Sun is shining so heading outdoors
have a great weekend everyone...
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3/25/15 9:43 P

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Just a quick hello.....need to head to the shower, been outside working and got really dirty today. I am throwing crap away out of the machine shed, it is good healing therapy. was too cold and windy to be outdoors so shut the doors, turned on the music and started pitching.
A few years ago we bought an acreage and there were some lovely antiques and unusual things that we just couldn't throw well most of it ended up in the shed and it is still there so....guess it is time! Taking some glassware to an auction house, sorting all the metals out and hauling that to the junk yard.....I am buying Luke a swingset with the proceeds so I am very motivated!

Brenda...Aiyden is so adorable can't wait to see him again! (and you too :)) What kind of train does he have, Luke is train crazy too..I bought a little wooden one at IKEA, the train cars are magnetic and he just loves it, then he has Thomas the train at home, I even dug one of Wills old ones out.that has a forced air button that makes it WOO WOO....he was so darn ornery last night, "gramma go home with me" is what he tells me now when I try to leave, he wraps his legs around me like a little monkey.
Al did go with and he is doing better, he is talking and i am trying really hard to be a good listener because I know that is what helps him but at the end of the day my mind just hurts.
I am trying to get him to separate the issues in his brain...his nephew, his families alcohol abuse and insanity, and our friends who lost their daughter and talk about it individually, seems to be helping...One day at a time....first court date is Monday but as I told DH it is going to be a VERY long drawn out process.

Kare.....anything fun planned for your Spring break? Can't believe you found all those different ducks for Dwayne.

Dh needs help flipping the mattress so better run?????
jeanette

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Had a little spring storm last night. Started raining and then turned to snow. It was horrible this morning trying to get around but a lot of the snow melted today.

Brenda, I love Aiyden's rubber ducks! Dwayne has a obsession with those ducks and when we were in Europe we got him one that looks like Mozart, another of the arcangel Michael and one dressed for Ocktoberfest.

Just had a nice Epsom salt bath to loosen up my muscles from bootcamp yesterday. Did lots of squats and arm stuff and I feel it today. Back at it 6am tomorrow.

Hope you are all doing well. 2 more days of work and then Spring Break! Looking forward to the break.

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Hello and happy Wednesday to you all.....

Had a nice day today....Aiyden spent the night and was a hoot all day...he helped me do laundry and played with his train...he loves watching train videos on my phone ...makes me smile!!

Jeanette....we haven't gotten any new snow lately...little dusting down South of here but we missed it. How was your visit with Luke? Did Al end up going? Samantha is doing ok...she went back to work today...lots of healing for her. Andrea is doing good...she'll find out April 6th what she's having...we're getting excited but really just hope for a healthy baby !!

Hello to everyone else checking in...I hope you're all doing fantastic!!!!

Hugs to all,

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3/24/15 10:52 A

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Morning....
another really wintery day here......brrrr! went out to feed the kitties and hophop, they were all cuddled up in the straw again. Think they are tired of winter too. My lilies are up about 3-4 inches hope those don't get nipped......

Doing some indoor projects this morning, then heading to see the kids this afternoon. going to start on 2015 filing system and play with Luke for a couple hours...not sure Dh going or not. frankly don't care at this point, can't fix this for him. I am just not going to be sucked down into the cesspool again.

Brenda....glad you are back safe......did you guys get snow from that storm that hit the East last week? parts of Iowa got 14 inches...we just got ice but no snow. everything is so gray and ugly my eyes are just starving for color. Spring has to be just around the corner.. how is Samantha feeling? Andrea and Aiyden dong okay?

heading off to clear out the bookshelf, starting to get a little disarrayed so going to pack uo a box of no longer want books and donate. I love books but just can't keep all.....trying to get rid of enough that I can put books and cookbooks all on 1 unit. I had a cookbook addiction for a few years so it is pretty pathetic, I read like most people do novels, don't follow recipes just use for ideas and interesting combinations. time to downsize!

have a great day.....
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3/24/15 10:24 A

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

Back to reality today lol....we had a great weekend away....the weather didn't cooperate it was pretty grey and cloudy but we made the best of it and had fun with our friends. Now we're looking forward to heading to the camper one weekend in April ...maybe two if the weather cooperates...then in May we'll do a weekend in downtown Cleveland for our 10th Anniversary....we LOVE the hotel we stayed at at Christmas time so we're going there again...it's within walking distance to everything we want to do....we'll go the Casino while we're down there....probably go to the Hofbrauhaus at some point and we'll go to an Indians game on that Sunday which is Mother's Day so my Mom, Andy and the kids will come meet us for the game:)

Jeanette......I'm so sorry Al is struggling so much ....negativity can be so crippling in life...hope he finds a peaceful place soon.

Cori....hopefully all this medical stuff is just getting out of it's system to clear the path to Florida....I hear the doctors down there aren't that good so maybe it's better to get it done now. Hope each day gets better!!!

Denise....all that state testing has just gotten out of control.....all this new math and stuff like that to me is just reinventing the wheel....doesn't make any sense.

Tina....we sure do miss you....hope you check in again soon.

Lisa....Miss you too girl...come back....lol

Kare....I'm glad your Mom apologized...I know I'd be the same way I wouldn't share much personal stuff with her either but atleast there is communication and that's a start.

Dianne....everyone all settled in from their travels....that's a good thing. Starting to get busy on the farm??

Hello to everyone checking in....hope you have a great day.

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3/23/15 9:48 P

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Hi girls....3 days of testing down...today was a breeze. The first day, one of my smartest girls had a melt sine cause she didn't finish...I cried with her, telling her she was smarter than that test!! The second day, a boy threw up in th trash can right afterwards!!! Needless to say, I was fried by that point!! Friday night , my friends and I went to tgifs for dinner, a beer, and then went to see the high school play! What a great performance! Saw many students I taught...all grown up and doing so well...
And we had about 6 inches if snow Friday too....it was mostly wet and slushy by the end if the night though...ugh to winter!!
Had a visit from a dear young friend Saturday and Bree spent the night Saturday.

Cori, sorry for the added stress and complications to your lives..praying for your speedy recovery, and success for your husbands surgery...hang in there girl!!

Hope everyone has a Bette, warmer week;))

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3/23/15 9:39 P

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Made it home safe and sound...will check in tomorrow :)

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just relaxing, cuddled up in bed, chilly and windy here, only 33 for high today got ice last night. ICK..winter just won't stop

Cori....I can't imagine how frustrated you feel, know you and Mike have really been working together to be healthier and life has really been throwing some curve balls your way. For what its worth.... good energy and healing thoughts coming your way. (HUGS)

Kare...It's a start that your mom called and apologized! She owes you that! I hope the relationship continues to heal, so painful..... a mothers betrayal! Cannot believe the court thing is still dragging on for you guys.....how is Brian doing?

Dianne...glad all the kids are back home, know you worry when they are away!

Brenda...How was your weekend away? Hope you found warmth, and you and Jim had a very relaxing journey. I miss you when you are away!

Denise....Did you enjoy the high school play? how fun to see your past students in a more grown up role!

Life seems to be throwing each of us some loops and curves lately......painfully creeping into our hearts, minds, souls and bodies. I just want each of you to know how much I value your friendship everyday and to thank you for taking a minute to pop in here and share your life with me. You girls are my mental stability, even on days I can't put thoughts into words I love reading your words. Sending prayers and healing thoughts to you and your families.

sleep well
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Hi girls. Snowing again here today. Winter is trying to make sure I donít forget it I guess.

I am doing okay considering everything. Still having pain, especially during and after PT, but have cut back on the pain medication as much as I can tolerate. I hate taking that stuff. Tried going 12 hours without any a couple times and ended up regretting it. So now I am taking the minimum dose 5-7 hours apart. Another week till I get staples taken out which canít get here soon enough. That will be a big step forward. I will also hopefully find out then when I can start driving again. 4-6 weeks is the normal depending on surgery leg and recovery. So we shall see. All in all itís been a long week and a half so far, but just trying to stay positive and am ready to be healed and move on.

Mike just got home from the ENT dr I work for and who also did his left ear reconstruction 4 years ago. They have been watching his right ear for the last 6 months because he needs the same surgery on that ear as well and it has been getting worse. He also has fluid behind his left eardrum right now that is eating away at his previous surgery, so he needs tubes back in for ventilation. So, ultimately he now has to have surgery ASAP. He is scheduled for bilateral tubes and right ear reconstruction on April 13. I will only be 4 Ĺ weeks post op then so my mom will drive us if I am unable to do so by then. Now, donít get me wrong, I am thankful we can get this done and we have insurance for this, but for 2 people who have been extremely healthy all their lives, it just seems to me that we have just been bombarded with health issues the last 2-4 years. It seems like we just canít catch a break here. When we finally get a plan in place for our life, it seems that there is obstacle after obstacle to overcome before we get there. Once again, just trying to keep our eye on the end goal and get there as quickly, wisely and healthy as possible.

Hi to everyone checking in. I am going to take a little nap (side effect of the pain meds) and maybe wake up in a lighter mood. Sorry for the black cloud. Have a good week girls.


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3/23/15 4:48 P

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Sorry about the snow Kare! We were suppose to get some but the system went farther south, really glad about that but we worked Friday getting part of the yard seeded and was hoping for some rain...got a few more chances this week. I hope you can get to court and get this thing resolved and move on with life. I can relate to the frustration of having it drag out.

All kids home safe and sound from different countries! Adrain had a wonderful time but 3 days with this friend is about all she can take...was wondering just how that would go. But she was able to hold her tongue and temper - her friend Katie has a way of always not having enough money so Adrian ended up spending more than she had planned. But she made the best of it.

Sun is shining today and I've been out leveling more of the yard and picking rocks. Hopefully get some more grass seeded this week if it doesn't rain. Don has Dr tomorrow for his nose - seems to be ok but it bothers him that he is still stuffed up and coughs a lot. Hopefully the Dr will say that it will pass.

Off to pick more rocks - have a great day!

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Woke up to 4 inches of snow this morning! Rain/snow tomorrow and Wednesday possibly 10-15cm expected. Guess winter is not quite done with us yet.

Brian was supposed to go to court this morning but we found out late last night that the Dr's report has not shown up yet. A little ticked that things have been postponed but nothing we can do about it. Chose to keep my personal day and have a day for me. Coloured my hair and going for a manicure later. I was hoping to get to the gym but waiting for a phone call...

My Mom phoned and apologized yesterday - not sure she totally gets how angry I was but I'm going to take what I can get. Won't be sharing anything with her that's for sure. She actually invited us for Easter but I told her Brian won't come- he can hold a grudge much longer thank I can.

Anyways, I hope you ladies have a wonderful day!

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Oh my what a week - I can't believe I've been "gone" that long! My heart breaks for all the sadness entering our lives at this time - I pray for everyone to get through this rough spot in our lives...

Adrian has had a wonderful time - flights have been good - she flies home tomorrow morning 0 8 hours in London but isn't sure if she'll leave the airport to venture out or not - said she spent more than she budgeted in Scotland..I told her ride the bus into London and ride it back - don't have to get off! But at least you'll see some different stuff and it might be better than sitting in the airport. Alex called tonight as him and 2 friends just flew into Minneapolis from Mexico - he lost his phone (stolen) while there so was without a phone for 4 days. It's with straight talk but he did pay about $200 for the phone.

Last Sunday we hit 70 degrees! Of course we took the motorcycle out!
For one day - rest of the week has been cold as is the coming week- today was up into the 50's so Don and I tried some yard work - got the front yard leveled off and even seeded some grass - wind was blowing so we didn't do much but if we do get some rain this weekend maybe it'll get a good start. Calving has been going good - haven't lost any yet and the weather hasn't been too bad either.

I will be so glad when both kids are home - I put myself under too much stress - off to bed - saying extra prayers for everyone tonight.

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good evening everyone....

Brenda....Madison's little prints were so sweet. thank you for sharing, know how sad your heart is feeling. ((HUGS)) There are just no words for these days! Just know i am sending love, prayers and positive thoughts to your family! hope you and Jim have a great little getaway and find the sunshine!

Cori...How are you doing? Hope recovery is going well for you!

Denise...Always so happy to see you here! Hope those tests don't stress you out too much, at least it will be Friday!! I was so happy to read that you have another "love" coming soon! wonder what little Bree will think :) So much fun! Sending healthy wishes and prayers for a safe and happy pregnancy!!

Kare...your sore body must be what they mean when they say "no pain no gain"LOL hope you are having a good week.

Dianne....Any signs of Spring up your way? How is calving going?

DH and I have reached a 'no talking state'. He is just in such a horrible self defeating mood. Dwelling on the negative and just wants to be angry. Angry about things that he should have dealt with years ago but it is surfacing now. Nothing has really changed with his family, he just has less tolerance because he has realized he is pushing 60 and the situation with them will NEVER change.So different because of the farm, they have to be such a daily part of life, otherwise one could just walk away from the insanity. He went to sleep last night at 530 and slept till 7 this morning and he is sound asleep again...might be the best thing for him!
Today was exhausting, he got a call from his brother that charges have been filed (serious) against his nephew and they arrested him today.We all knew it was coming but doesn't make it easier, going to be a life changer for him! Feeling pretty helpless and numb tonight.

Sleep well...have a good weekend
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Morning girls..

Brenda, the baby's prints and photos are so precious....my heart aches for them...hugs;))
Have a fun trip...be safe!

Kare, I admire you so much....boot camp is great, keep it up, girl!! I need motivation.

State testing starts today....stressful nonsense...

Hi to all....happy Thursday

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Brenda, have a good trip - I hope the weather is good for you.

I'm feeling the effects of bootcamp today - getting stiffer as the day goes on. Should be interesting tomorrow morning when I do it again. I even went to the gym and walked to try and loosen up but it didn't work. Had an Epsom salt bath and heading to bed shortly.

Hope you all are doing well....

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all...


Been an emotional day to say the least....Samantha is home and doing "ok" they gave her hand and foot prints from Madison....they were the size of a penny ....so sad :(

Jim and I leave tomorrow and I haven't even finished packing yet...so not like me....will finish it up before bed and in the morning before work....

Jeanette....SO sorry for that added stress in your life....such tragedy all around ...HUGS to you!!

Kare...good for you with the bootcamp....way to go!!!!! Hope piano went well for Dwayne...does he enjoy going...I would think he does with his love of music.

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

Hugs,
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Jeanette, so sorry for how your family is treating this sad occasion. Sometimes you have to wonder how we can be family when our thoughts and values are so different. Hope working in the garden brings you some peace..still too wet here, snow in places too.

Brenda, thinking of you and your family today...HUGS

Well, I was up at 5:15 to be at bootcamp this morning. I did every exercise (there were 14) except for the stair run and that was optional for everyone. I had to do all of them modified but I did them! Today was fitness testing and we will do the testing again at the end of 3 weeks. My knee was really bugging me the last few days and was pretty stiff this morning but I broke down and took some Advil and it seems to be loosening up.

A busy day at work with my young man. He's having a hard time with a couple of boys and doesn't deal well with this kind of stuff. He spent most of today working in my room with me or just outside my room in the counselling area. Hoping I can get him to class tomorrow.

Taking Dwayne to piano in awhile and then we are going to enjoy some stew for supper. He's busy in his room listening to Irish music...he always gets into special days.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day.

slept in this morning and just finishing coffee, think the stress of the week and not feeling well caught up with me.
visitation last night was so emotionally awful.........made it worse (for us) because a family member was involved in her senseless, unnecessary death....there was nothing I could do to prepare myself for the feeling of walking in there. The room got quiet and it felt like holes were being stared through us.....Al and I went early, so we weren't there when any of the rest of family went. Dh's parents and sister didn't go, conveniently too busy....although I did not want to be there when they were I think it is just horrible that they did not support this family who have been part of our entire families circle of friends for years. We just stood with the parents at the side of casket and cried. I will never forget the look in her dads eyes...it was the most overwhelming sense of grief I have ever witnessed.

Going outdoors today, gong to go clean my water garden and smell the Earth and regroup.

take care girls...
love you all!

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

We had a good weekend....the party went great....always nice seeing family and friends...

Yesterday the weather was nice here...almost 60 ...Aiyden was outside almost all day ....he crashed for a nap in no time at all...lol

I have to work today but am getting off early to meet all of our friends in town for some St. Patty's festivities....we usually have a big party at the lawn and garden but since the fires took the town we lost our party spot...hard to believe that fire will be a year ago on the 22.

Jim and I leave Thursday for the Carolina's....we're supposed to go to Charleston Sat & Sun but the weather isn't looking good there so I think we'll head to Myrtle instead...looks better that way!!

Today is the day Samantha has to have the procedure done....soooooo heartbreaking....:( just hate that they are going through this.

Jeanette....sorry there is so much tension for you know....how did the calling hours go? I think you need to come to Ohio soon we'll have a weekend of laughter to ease all the tensions in this world right now.....ORRRRR come to Vegas in October and we'll hold down pool chairs together and get Diane to join us too.

Dianne....how's Adrian's trip going??

Denise...YEAH for another Grandbaby!!! How exciting!!!!! Andrea finds out April 6th what her baby is...so hoping for a girl!!!! SO happy seeing you here...hope you'll pop in again soon. I'm glad your family is helping get you back on track...that's awesome!!

Kare....Hope you're having a good week. Glad Dwayne does well on his visits...must be so nice for you knowing he's content when not with you.

Cori...hope you're healing nicely!!


Hello to everyone checking in....have to scoot.

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Oh girls, I've stayed away too long again....I missed so much.
Kare, I feel so bad for your situation. Being in a similar financial crisis..I feel your pain.
I've had to bear my soul to my family, and was sick about it. Fortunately for me, they are more than understanding and thanks to my brothers generosity and my dear dad's savings..I'm getting myself together. My poor husband was too ashamed to admit our difficulties when he lost his job...too proud...when he died, I had no choice but to reach out for help. Poor dad knew in his heart I was struggling and made my brother promise to take care of me.
Life is getting better financially, but it feel so bad for being somewhat of a burden, again, my family is amazing about it all...good for you for writing your mom....hope you find some peace with it now...hugs..

Brenda, sorry to hear about Samantha. I pray for strength for you all.
Kelly just found out she's pregnant again. Due in July!! She didn't really think much of missing her period due to her depression over her dad, so she didn't rush to the doctors. Here's she's 20 weeks, and just found out the sex!! It's a girl, too. I say prayers every night for a safe pregnancy and healthy baby.

Jeanette, very sorry to hear about your nephew...will keep your family in my prayers also. Some people are so selfish in their thinkng. I don't blame you for not being there at the same time! Be string my friend.

Diane, I've missed my words friend!! I thought you were tired of playing since your vacation.
Wow, your daughters having a nice adventure. Safe travels to her;))

Cori, glad you're doing well..thanks for the text, since I'm such a slacker on here.
Wishing you a quick recovery.

Spring break is in 2 weeks...this week we are starting our ridiculous state testing and it's kinda unnerving for all...kids are nuts!

Off to tutor this morning...sorry for the lengthy message.
Prayers and good thoughts for all of you.
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good morning...

Brenda.....how did the birthday party go? Hope you had great weather and fun was had by all! thinking of you this week and prayers to Samantha for a safe procedure and recovery. So sad...my heart breaks for all of you!

Kare....Are you ready for bootcamp tomorrow? sounds like the relationship with Dwayne and his respite worker is working out pretty well....yeah!

Dianne.... any word from your wandering daughter? lol hope her flight went smoothly.

Cori...how are you feeling? hope the pain is tolerable and you are feeling better everyday

denise...How was your weekend? did you get some Bree time? Know how much you enjoy that.

been kind of stressful here, Dh is so tense, nothing I say or do is right. know he is just struggling with the accident. he just internalizes all this raw emotion and won't talk about what he thinks or feels, just stews about stupid comments from ignorant people...including his mother/ father and whacko sister! such a group of narcissistic attitudes and self righteous idiocracy...they all have it figured out how this is effecting them....not to concerned about nephew or their son (his dad) or the family that lost the child...it is just maddening to me. I told Dh I can not go to visitation tonight when they are there. I will not be able to hold my tongue when they start the stupidity It hurts my heart that they cannot connect the dots as to the preciousness of life...why don't some people get it?

Brain going into overdrive, better get back outside and let the wind blow the cobwebs out. warm here but very windy and cloudy.
love you girls..
have a great day
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Jeanette, I'm so sorry to hear about the accident involving your nephew - always so sad when lives are lost. Feel better soon!

Brenda, hope Aiyden has a great party! I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts next week.

Not much going on here, did our taxes today and went out for lunch while Dwayne was with his respite worker. He had a good time and went for a nap as soon as he got home. I went and registered for bootcamp - it starts on Tuesday at 6am. Really trying to get back on track as all this stress has just thrown me totally off track. Got my vitamins all ready to go for the week and stocked up on healthy foods for my lunches.

Beautiful day here today and tomorrow. We had a BBQ tonight and it was great!

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. Heading to bed...

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Hello and happy Saturday to you all...

Aiyden had a fun birthday....took him to A & W for dinner....he's such a love!!

Today was a busy day...worked at the salon 9-2..then took my Grandson Nick shopping for his birthday...then home to relax....had a nice dinner....Andrea & Aiyden came over we made the goody bags for his party tomorrow....his party is from 1-3 should be a nice turn out.

Samantha is doing ok....the procedure will be this week coming up Tues/Wed...still just so sad :(

I've been doing good staying on track with my weightloss...scale isn't moving much but is staying the same so I'm ok with that for now too.

We leave Thursday for the Carolinas....weather isn't looking great while we're there but it'll be nice to see our friends and get away.

Jeanette....SO sorry for your nephew and the girl...what a tragedy....:( I hope you get feeling better quick.

Dianne....How's is Adrian's trip going so far??

Kare....what are you up to this weekend?

Cori...hope you're recuperating nicely!! Take it easy!!

Denise...Hope you're doing well :)

Tina...we miss you....hope you are doing ok

Lisa...hope to see you soon.

Hello to everyone checking in...

Hugs to all,
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Dianne...Jenn flew into New Jersey last night, meeting with the CEO, just home till Sunday evening.back to London for a week then to Mexico City for a week for meetings.
Amsterdam airport is easy to navigate and much military show of force, officers with guns so it is safe needless to say. She will have a great trip!!

Cori...so glad surgery went well and you are on your way to a healthier you!!

Brenda....HUGS!!

Has been a long 24 hours here, our nephew was in a serious accident last night, he will be fine physically, the girl that was with him was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene. they are keeping him sedated for now. We are so saddened by the death of this girl, her parents, grandparents, uncles are all family friends...we are just numb!!

Not feeling the best, got the crud from DH, lungs are feeling tight and barky cough and just so darn achy doesn't help that we didn't sleep last night.
going to make dinner soon and call it quits for the day

have a peaceful weekend....
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Jeanette - thank you! Your words have made me feel better - I kept telling Adrian to get an international plan but she kept saying she wouldn't be able to call...I should have checked into it more - is Jenn in London now? Adrian is currently sitting at the NY airport waiting for her flight to Amsterdam -- 7 1/2 hour flight but I'm sure she'll sleep most of the way. I'm not sure what city Katelyn is in but Adrian is flying into there...they are doing a lot of site seeing this next week - staying at Hostels as it's cheaper? 2 blondes off on their own .... uffda, hope I survive!

Well our employee Darcy quit - kinda had this feeling since the first of the year...got his share of the calf check and went and found another job - actually he's going back to where he was before we hired him - driving truck for his cousin....not desperate for an employee yet but DS rented about 700 more acres so we will be looking....or I guess I will be doing more!

Was suppose to hit 60's today but only into the 40's now - and it's dreary and windy....Brinley is coming to stay the night as the rest are going to a motel with friends..Joe says she's too much work! lol, that's ok we'll take her!

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Hi girls. Quick check in for those not on fb with me. I am home and doing well. No pain yet, that will come later. On pain meds and still numb from surgery. Thank you for the prayers, thoughts and encouragement. Love you all!

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

Had a good day yesterday....got my nails done in a fun crazy pattern for spring....LOVE them....Aiyden did good for his pics after a little melt down because he wanted to play with the wagon....lol but they got some great shots !!

Samantha called last night.....they've decided to name the baby Madison Grace the procedure is set for next Tues/Wed (I'm SO glad it ended up not being this week on Aiyden or Andrea's birthdays...They are having the baby cremated and maybe we'll do some kind of balloon launch memorial at a later time. I still pray that nature will take over before the procedure has to happen...she sent us another ultrasound pic and you can see that there is NO brain formation at all...just heartbreaking :(

Kare...I'm glad you wrote to your Mom and good for you for standing up for what's right!!!

Jeanette....nice you can help your son out and enjoy the task at hand..of course a little Luke time is a fabulous bonus :)

Dianne....nice to be able to bike....I think Jim and I are going to buy bikes this year ...we have nice trails by us....I think it would be fun :)

Denise...Hope you're doing great!!

Cori......good luck today....praying it all goes great!!

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

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Thank you my friends for your support! It means so much to come here and find friendship and love.

I did indeed email my Mom and tell her exactly how I feel and told her I need some space and to please not call for a couple of weeks. I told her that I feel betrayed and don't understand why they needed to share all this stuff with my idiot of a nephew. It's not like he's a kid either he's 30 years old but thinks he has absolute power because of his relationship with my parents I assured my Mom that I still love them but don't know if I can ever share any of my personal life with her again. We will see what happens.....

In a matter of days we have gone from snow to warnings to stay off waterways because the ice is cracking. I think the ice wasn't as thick as last year. We have been told we may again have flooding issues in our province due to how high the water was in the fall.

I hope you all have a nice evening. Having a little snack and heading to bed. Been trying to get to the gym every morning but I've been so tired I still haven't made it. Need to get my focus back on my health - hoping in a couple of weeks when the court date is done that I can do that...\
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Dianne...Is Katelyn in Edinburgh? hope so, lovely city, good mix of people, all ages, very interesting lots to see and do. very clean and seemed safe,
Also make sure her phone plan has international service,especially if she wants to call home. Otherwise Skype works really well for those out of country phone calls. If she gets lost and doesn't have internet tell her most coffee shops have free wifi she might have to ask and then will give her a password. I found people to be very friendly and helpful, I spent a lot of time sightseeing by myself when Jenn was at work and always felt safe.
It hard to let those kids go and grow up without us by their side but it happens. I have learned to do a lot of deep breathing and praying!!lol My DD has been in 19 countries since graduating high school 12 years ago, and no matter how old she grows I still worry...it's what we do right? gotta love her adventureous soul!
she will be fine know you raised her to be a smart young girl!!!
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Hello girls - actually got a bike ride in tonight! Got the bike out there other day and have been waiting all day for the wind to go down. Only problem is I didn't wear a hat - my ears are still hurting but felt so good. Did a little over 3 miles.

Jeanette - I don't think the girls are doing any driving...Katelyn is going to school over there but not sure she is driving. They skyped last week and were making plans of stuff to see and doing reservations. Excited to go - she flys out Friday morning at 7...I am going to have her check out that app. Thank you! And I agree with the steaks - Don said the steak was ok...he found out he loves calamari! Ordered that a few times there at different places. While in Mesa we ate at a few different places and Dennis (moms friend) said he'd never heard anything good about the places we went to but had never been there himself - I said well you should try them yourself because all the places we ate at we had good food and service.

Brenda - have a great get away! Praying for Samantha...can't imagine going through that.

Kare - your parents should have known better than discuss your personal stuff with your nephew. Good luck with the boot camp! Good place to take out frustration!

Denise - still playing words with friends? Is your weather getting any better? Sounds like a lot of places are now worried about flooding - and we're worried about not getting any rain! Warming up nicely and no precip in the future.

Hello to everyone checking in - taking my tired body to bed ....

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good evening...
gosh another day here and gone....not sure where the time is going......
spent the day at DS helping him with tax prep, has so much going on with all the apartments think it just overwhelms him a bit. It is done and ready for the accountant and I have a new job as his bookkeeper... Win win situation...I get to do something I love and see Luke at the same time. Will just go there a couple days a month and log figures and file.
60 here today and sunny feels so incredible, hard to believe it was below zero just a few days ago! snow is gone and I think I actually see some tiny green grass, maybe wishful thinking.,,,lol

Brenda...how did pictures go? Hope he was a happy boy.... was looking at pictures from last year this time and the changes that have occurred with Luke...wow...I'm sure you are thinking the same....crazy how fast this year has gone.
Poor Samantha.....Beck struggled the same, just prayed it would happen naturally for her if it was supposed too so she and Will wouldn't have to make that decision.... no survival rate even mentioned,....but then her body wouldn't release the fetus. It was awful for her.....and so hard to see the sadness in both their eyes. ((HUGS)) to all of you...so sad when this has to be part of life....so hard to process that this could be part of "the plan".
So happy to hear you and Jim are sneaking away for a little fun, you have had a bit of stress these last few months...hope you have amazing beach weather!!!

kare....Oh my goodness, will it just not stop for you Hope you can feel the love and support in these words. That was awful and uncalled for, your nephew should be ashamed of himself, there is just no human decency in doing that to anyone.
You have the absolute right to feel betrayed,,,,cannot believe your mom felt the need to share your life hardships with anyone. Maybe you should write her a letter and get the thoughts out of your head and then decide whether you send it or burn it....it won't help with the hurt in your heart but that is a lot to deal with on top of everything else and I am worried about your mental health. You are a strong woman but my lord how much can those shoulders carry. HUGS to you dear friend.....

Cori.....love hugs and prayers to you!!!

Dianne...are you rested after your trip?

Denise....Hope your day is going well!

DH has the crud again, fever aches horrible cough...he actually passed out yesterday, scared the crap out of me. think combination of getting up to fast, no food and very strong medicine.
Sleep well friends
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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday to you all......

Aiyden is still sleeping ...trying to get a post on here before he wakes up....

We're taking him to get his 2 year pics taken today....then I'm getting my nials done and a pedi sooooooo looking forward to that!!

We've decided to take an impromptu long weekend trip next week...we'll leave Thursday afternoon and head to our friends Willis & Melissa's in Monroe, NC ....Friday night we'll meet our friends Tim and Terri for dinner and then Sat morning we'll head with Willis & Melissa to Charleston, SC and stay there for the night...hitting the beach hopefully both days but Saturday for sure!!! We'll head back to Monroe Sunday evening stay there and then drive home Monday.....quick trip but the little palm tree therapy is SO needed!!

Cori....Good luck with your surgery tomorrow..prayers for a speedy recovery! Love you xoxo

Dianne....hope the hired hand situation stays good....so hard when people feel entitled without putting in the work... I'd be nervous about Andrea if she was going that far from home too....we're Moms it's our job....lol Hope she has a fabulous time!!

Jeanette....I can just picture Luke having the time of his life on the farm...I'm SO blessed to have been raised on a farm too...such great memories!!

Kare...glad you & Dwayne enjoyed the concert!! Shame on your Mom for breaking your confidence...I don't blame you at all for feeling betrayed...and how horrible of the nephew to be so cruel with sending the pics...nothing funny about any of what you've been dealing with.

Denise...Hope you're having a great week....when is your spring break?

Well have to get Aiyden up and give him a bath...almost picture time :)

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You never know how strong you are until you have to be

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

The concert was awesome....got to meet Josh but just for a minute...there were quite a few people at the meet and greet. Sunday we had the A & W birthday get together...that went good too..

Samantha found out that the baby is a girl...she has the awful reality of ending the pregnancy this week....she's having a hard time with it because she is in no way in favor of abortions or anything like that but the options are just not there for anything else....heartbreaking!!!!!!!

I've been doing great staying on track with food and water and FINALLY yesterday got a 2.5 mile walk in...felt incredible!!!

I'll check in tomorrow morning...Aiyden is settling in now and yelling for Mom Mom...lol

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Good luck with your surgery Cori, I hope everything goes well and you heal quickly.

It's melting like crazy here. Today we wore hoodies it was so nice, but I bet you guys might still be in heavier coats. Our tubing and skiing trips for next week have been cancelled due to lack to snow. Always possible that we could get more snow but going to enjoy it for now. Time change has kind of thrown us for a loop this time..

Dwayne had a great time at the Nickelback concert. I won tickets on the radio and we were supposed to be on the 3rd level but when we got to our section, they were moving all of us to the first level. We ended up with seats on the first level 16 rows from the stage! Dwayne sang every song and then would clap and yell "Chad, you are a rockstar!" He handled the loudness very well. He finally crashed at 1 am. STill talking about the concert and now he wants to go to Shania Twain.

Going through some drama with my parents and nephew and it is zapping me of energy. Long story short my parents have told my nephew a lot of stuff about us like their co signing our mortgage, our financial difficulties right down to Brian's current problems with the DUI. Well my nephew started texting Brian and informing him exactly what my parents think of him, even sending him pictures of banged up cop cars. I was furious because this all started with me asking Cory to remove a comment on my Dad's fb because it was rude and inappropriate and my Dad tends to read stuff the wrong way and get upset. So now I feel betrayed by my Mom for telling him things that I talked to her in confidence about and hurt that my parents discussed mine and Brian's problems with Cory. At this point my Mom has emailed me defending her actions and I have responded that I feel betrayed and over whelmed and need some space. Our relationship will never be the same as she has broken my trust. Brian wants nothing to do with my family and I can't say I blame him....gotta love families right?

I hope you are all doing well. Off to make lunches so I can go to the gym in the morning. I signed myself up for a 3 week bootcamp, twice a week to see if that will help get my weight moving again. I also want to tone up as much as possible so that when I eventually go for skin removal, I have strong muscles so I can heal better.

Have a good night all!

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Hi girls. Rainy day here but itís melting all the snow and supposed to be in the 60s on Thursday. I hope we are all done with the snow.

Iíve almost got things around here ready for my surgery. Mike has the day off tomorrow to get the rest ready and then Mom is spending the night tomorrow and making the trip down with us. Have to be there by 830 but leaving at 7am so we can deal with traffic. Hoping to not have to spend the night in the hospital. I asked them if it was possible and they said it has happened before, but rarely. Since I am at least 20 years younger than most cases and am relatively healthy, I am hoping to be one of those rare cases. Another point in my favor is that I am only having partial knee replacement. So weíll see how it goes. Mike is still struggling with me needing the surgery. He is a little bitter against my employers and previous surgeon because he feels their negligence led to all of this. Which is partly true. But I know that the true problem is he just hates to see me going through all this. I just keep reminding him that it is what it is and could be worse.

Jeanette, happy you made it hope safely for London. Hope you enjoyed your getaway with Al. We are moving to the Bradenton/Sarasota area. Hopefully we wonít have to go as far as Tampa but it is a possibility. Itís scary and a risk but we are so ready for this. As soon as my knee is okay and our house sells we are gone!

Brenda, still thinking of you and your family. Hope you all get some answers and comfort soon.

Dianne, glad you made it back safely too. I always enjoy your stories and was amazed at the prices of the menu items at that restaurant! Sounds like farm life is just as crazy and frustrating as city life. Donít really understand some people and their work ethics, especially when they have employers that actually treat them well. Hope things turn out okay.

Kare, howís your neck and shoulder doing? Getting any warmer up there yet?

Denise, hope you are doing okay. You are in my thoughts so often and I am so thankful that you have great friends and family close to you. Hugs g/f!

Gotta get off here and finish a few more things. Doubt if I will be able to post again before surgery but would appreciate your thoughts and prayers Thursday. I am starting to feel nervous anticipation and just ready for it to be done. Love you girls!


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Happy Spring or at least that's what it feels like, 59 and sunny, snow is melting, hardly any left. Luke is here today so we have played outdoors most of afternoon, nap time now. We discovered mud today, oh the fun we had stomping through puddles and muck!

Dianne...assuming she wont be driving in Scotland, they do the reverse side of the road and a little challenging until you get the hang of it. They speak English there but with a very thick dialect. people are friendly and will help her if lost, where in Scotland is she going?.Flying into Glasgow or Edinburgh I imagine. beautiful countryside, hope she has a chance to get out and explore. There is a UK app you can buy for navigating the country, DD has it and it was a lifesaver, even just for walking around the cities!
Glad you enjoyed Gordon Ramsey's.....we hit one of his restaurants whenever we are in an area that he is located. Have done the Vegas ones a few times (3)....we always order something really unusual that we cant get elsewhere. Shepherds Pie, clams, mussels,Mangelista (sp) Pork, truffle fries, sticky toffee pudding, beer battered fish (amazing) DH and I order different things then we share so get to try more things that way. I have never ordered steak, rarely do no matter where we are. You just don't find better beef than in the midwest so I just don't go there...LOL
the place we went in London did not disappoint, delicious and impeccable service. I can still remember the taste and it has been almost 2 weeks.... the restaurants are so simple but posh...very comfortable environment!
Glad all worked out with hired hand...so glad we don't deal with employees...family is bad enough...but guess you can't fire them! Did you get your vehicle repaired or did Don like the van so much you decided to keep it?lol


Brenda...how was the concert? You have seen him a few times, right? how is Samantha doing? and Andrea? and you?....hope the stress isn't catching up with you! Sending continued prayers for all! glad you have Aiydens birthday to distract you a bit!!
Any more drama from your sister and the Myrtle Beach trip? so glad you told your niece to make other arrangements...I always tell Al if we go on vacation and take all the crap with us, we may as well stayed home:)

Cori...thinking of you, know your surgery date is rapidly approaching, Hope Thursday goes smoothly and Friday is the start of a new beginning for you. Sending prayers and calming thoughts to you! Love you!!

Kare...How was the Nickelback concert? really some good music, my YDS is a fan therefore I hear a lot of that music when I am around him. Hope the parking and finding seats wasn't as bad as you anticipated!!

Denise.....Is it Spring break yet? bet you are anxious for that. Any fun plans with Bree this week?

mmmmm think I hear Luke talking, better go check.....
have a great evening...hi to everyone checking in
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Hi girls -

Warming up! 50's and 60's this week with no precip in the future - kinda scary and kinda nice, we need some moisture but hopping it will wait awhile now. 7 calves and they were born when it was cold - warms up and they stop! Was working outside yesterday ...got some windows washed, flower pots out, swept out garage - even got my bike out. Really felt good! And last night I started a knitting class - Don shakes his head - can't understand why I would want to knit but I love it! Does anywhere else knit? We had a good laugh at the end of the night as I was knitting away and before I left she was checking my work - well we started with 12 stitches and I guess it's suppose to stay at 12 but I was up to 29! No idea how I did that but it was consistent!
So I have "homework" before our next class and we'll see how that goes!

Having problems with one of our hired hands - Joe said yesterday that he could clean out the end dump since we weren't going to be hauling anymore beets and his reply was "I've worked enough for today", it was only 2:00...he gets paid by the month and this past winter has been working less and less - so Joe says maybe we should pay you by the hour and he said fine by me. Don is going to talk to him this morning - I don't think he slept much last night as this is really bothering him. I hope things go ok. And our other hired hand works by the hour and works twice as hard but some mornings just decides not to show up - ok but it would really be nice to know one of his kids are sick and he can't make it - seems to me this is coming back to bite us again because Mike is Don's cousins son and we've helped him out a lot this past year with court costs for child support and custody - also he couldn't get a loan for a trailer house so we bought it for him until he gets things settled and then he will get a loan and pay us back...hmmm....Don has also been paying his lawyer fees....I said at some point we have to stop doing so much for our employees.

Friday morning Adrian is flying to Scotland to spend a week with one of her girlfriends - scares me to death as just last week she took a wrong turn in Minneapolis and called me almost in tears because she couldn't find her way back to the highway - uffda! I will be a wreck! She needs to put some kind of map on her phone so if she gets lost over there she can find her way back to the airport...I did find the number for the embassy that she can call if there's an emergency...lol...made mom feel better!

So Don talked with Darcy this morning - both guys could have handled it better - Joe should have known that Darcy went trucking at 5 am and hadn't eaten yet - Joe lives on the home farm and it is his responsibility to see that the guys are fed....and Darcy admitted he could have said if differently too...so things are ok this morning. Just hope it stays that way.

Sun is calling me to off I go! Lots I want to get done today - hope everyone is having a good week...

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Dianne, sounds and looks like you had a great vacation! Always nice to come home though...

Jeanette, enjoy your little getaway. Started melting here yesterday with temps above zero for the next week. Gives me hope that spring might actually be coming...

Brenda, enjoy your concert! We are going to see Nickelback tomorrow evening. Dwayne is super excited. I'm a little nervous about the logistics of parking and getting him through the crowds but I'm sure it will be fine. This is his first "grown up" concert.

Didn't sleep well last night. I kinked my neck and have a pain down through my shoulder so I've taken some drugs and am going to go lay down now that Dwayne is gone with respite for 4 hours. He is going with Callen's family to celebrate her brother's birthday. I'm touched that he wanted to have his dinner at lunch so Dwayne could join them.

Have a great day everyone!

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Good morning and happy Saturday to you all....

It's been an emotional week to say the least and we know the worst with Samantha is yet to come....thank you all for your love and support...you all are my rock!!!

Dianne....I'm so glad you had a good trip....now I really think you need to go back to Vegas in October...:)

Jeanette....hope you're feeling more rested and back into a routine....I think you should come to Vegas in October too :)

Kare....I saw you won concert tickets...when is that concert?? We're going to see Josh Turner tonight.....I can't wait I get to go back stage and meet him :)

Denise....Hello to you....what are you up to this weekend??

Hello to everyone checking in....have a fabulous weekend!!

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Hello girls!!! Yes I am still around! Had a wonderful vacation in Vegas - and the good thing is nobody got on each others nerves like DSD thought we would. It was a good time all around...we had "our" time in the mornings when Don and I would go to Starbucks (actually I said I would take him there so they could sleep in as they like to sleep until 10 and we're up at 6)...did sit through their 90 minutes presentation where they try to talk you into "buying" into the resort - that was a hoot as Don was asking questions and I think the gal really thought she had someone there and then he says "is that a real leather skirt your wearing?"....omg I thought Rich was going to lose it we were laughing so hard! Really threw the gal - then she started laughing. For listening to them we got free tickets to 2 shows and $150 in meal vouchers. Which we used at Gorden Ramseys restaurant (how was yours Jeanette!).....after sitting down and looking at the menus we almost walked out! $75 for a 10 oz steak! Potaotes were $7 a piece, a salad was $13....Don did order one drink which was $12 the rest of us had water....so after our vouchers we probably spent what we would normally at a "fancy" restaurant but the memories are priceless!!!

Mesa was a good time also - fun with the kids but Don and I really enjoy our time driving and seeing the scenery. Took back roads up into the mountains (scary with a minivan!), mom is doing ok - her scan showed more spots so they changed her treatment to every week for 3 weeks and 1 week off - it's also stronger - and added radiation. She's feeling ok but this past week has had problems swallowing because of the radiation. They will head home about the end of March.

Got home in time for calving to start so that has kept us busy - got home Friday night, Jacie and Brinley were here Saturday, twins here Sunday and the rest of the week has been trying to regroup! Finally warming up here. Got my plan for some flower beds so anxious for spring!

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Brenda.....continued prayers for your entire family....such horrible news! It hurts my heart to think what is ahead for Samantha!
I agree with Kare about the guilt Andrea will feel, my best friend and I were pregnant at the same time......I had a healthy happy pregnancy and she had the complete opposite. The outcome was not good for her and I struggled greatly with having "new mom happiness"....It was awful.....glad you and Andrea are close and have good communication.....keep her talking about those emotions! please give Jim a hug......so hard on those grandpas too!
Keep us posted! remember we are here for you!

Al and I are away for a couple days, got here yesterday, had a nice dinner and relaxed last evening. He is at an auction, we are trying to buy a lift truck, like the electricians use for reaching power lines. I am relaxing, watching hgtv and heading to the workout room in 30.
Am missing my daily walking so going to hit the treadmill for awhile. So frigid out, negative 9F right now but looking warmer starting saturday.....yeah

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Brenda, my heart is breaking for you and your family. ..big hugs emoticon

I know how Andrea is feeling and it is very hard to get past. Brian's niece and I were pregnant at the same time. She had the picture perfect pregnancy and I was sick the entire time. She was due a few weeks before me and went into labour and unfortunately the baby died. I gave birth to Meaghan exactly a week later (a month early) due to the stress and guilt I felt. Give her a big hug for me....

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all....

As most of you know from my Facebook post our fun evening that was planned for the gender reveal turned into a heartbreaking night finding out that Samantha's baby has Anencephaly ...still so surreal trying to wrap our brain around it all....just have to trust that God has a plan and he will get us through this. The options are nature taking its course, opting to do a therapeutic abortion or carrying full term and the baby is likely to only survive a few hours...no good options....they're planning another ultrasound in 3 or 4 weeks (if she doesn't miscarry first) to be 100% percent sure and to confirm that it is a girl.

Andrea of course is a mess over it all too...feeling a little guilty to be excited about her pregnancy knowing what her sister is dealing with :(

I'll check in tomorrow...everyone have a good rest of your day!!!

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Morning all....I think we are all done with the winter...snow is supposed to be coming again tonight;(
Yes, my family room is done...just need to decorate the walls..in time. Love the new rugs and fresh look;) thanks

Jeanette, so glad your trip was wonderful..well deserved...how exciting to see Luke waiting for you!!

Cori, good for you that surgery is finally scheduled... where are you going in FL?

Dianne, I'm missing you in words...lol....are you home??

Brenda, lucky you, to have such a great guy to celebrate with;)). Hugs to you today!

Kare, how cute that the kids love your baking...bet I would too;)
Hang tough, girl.

Been eating too much this week....haven't gotten my period in 2 months, but I feel the bloating and symptoms ...blaming my cravings on that ( lol )

Thinking if all if you even though I don't check in much.
Have a great week girls


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Good morning.....up very early, having a little trouble adjusting to the time difference in traveling. Had an awesome trip, saw amazing scenery, had great conversation and experienced a couple "aha" moments.

Cori...relieved for you that you got knee surgery scheduled! Imagine you are anxious to get it behind you. This hs been such a journey for you... ((H UGS)
Do you and Mike have an area of Florida picked out where you want to settle? Such a fun adventure ahead. I admire you both for your decision to take this leap, sure there are a wide range of emotions attached but I love that you are making your happiness as a couple a priority.

Kare...are you still talking with your doctor? Hoping you are feeling better about all the crap Brian dumped in your lap. Very happy to hear you are going to the gym and taking care of you.
Your heart must be beaming knowing the kids remembered you and your baking!
Had an intersting tea in England.....rhubarb...it was lovely!

Dianne...how was your trip? hope you had great weather.....
how is your mom doing?

Denise...sorry to hear you have a tough class this year, know that makes your days a little frustrating....summer will be here soon! Do you have a Spring break coming this month?
Are you finished with your room makeover? think you were waiting for rugs.
Anything fun planned with Bree this week?
The kids surprised me and brought Luke to the airport, not sure who was the happiest! I got to keep him overnight so we did lots of snuggling in. Trying to get some residual snuggling in, know there will be a day soon where he wont want to be snuggly, but sure enjoying it for now!

Brenda.....awwww I love that you and Jim celebrate the day of your first date. You guys do such a great job celebrating your love for each other. what fun things do you have planned for Aiydens birthday? His special day is sneaking up, dont know where the time has gone.
yesterday ws Lukes 22 month milestone.......hmmmmm

Lights are blinking becuse of ice and wind so gonna hit post before I lose power.

Happy day to everyone checking in!
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Evening - seems our deep freeze is over for now. Tonight it supposed to snow and be very windy but so far it's not doing anything.

Brenda, sounds like a fun weekend with the grandkids.

Cori, glad you finally got a date!

Not much going on here in terms of Brian's case, probably won't hear anything until he goes to court on the 23rd of this month. Just glad that the end is hopefully coming soon.

I started working an extra half hour a day at work until June doing breakfast program again. It was nice to go back this morning and have the kids asking if I was going to be baking for them again. Guess they liked it...

Have a good evening all. Off to make lunches and get ready for the morning. Been trying to get to the gym for 6 am...

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Hello and Happy Monday to you all....

We had a nice weekend....Friday night Jim and I had a nice dinner out to celebrate the 11 anniversary of our first date....Saturday we had my Grandson's BB game at 1, our Granddaughter's birthday party at 4 and then met friends at the bar here in town at 8 for a fundraiser....Sunday we went to the Disney Jr. Live Show in Cleveland...was SO glad the weather cooperated so we could get there and back. Today Andrea and I went and ran some errands...got laundry done...all in all a great few days. Tomorrow we go to a gender reveal get together to find out what Samantha & Drew are having....I hope for their sake a boy but I don't really have a feeling one way or the other.

Cori...I'm SO glad you finally have a date....it'll be here before you know it and you will be on the road to recovery!!!

Jeanette...I hope you are home and settling back in....jet lag must be tough with such a long flight.

Dianne...you're back home now right? Looks like your trip was wonderful!!!

Denise....How are you doing...surviving all this winter YUK??

Kare....Any break in the weather your way? How are things with Brian going?

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

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Hi girls. Still in the grips of winter here. I too am soo over winter!

I have good news! Finally, my surgery is scheduled! With some perseverance and after several phone calls, I am scheduled for 3/12. Mike and I go to Indianapolis tomorrow for my preop testing and my joint class. The joint class is to educate about joint replacement and answer questions. I have been getting some information about post surgery from the surgeon and hospital. I am not happy about some of the info, i.e. taking antibiotics the rest of my life for any procedures or dental work, unable to do running for exercise, and other possible limitations. But hopefully I will be able to play tennis, workout and otherwise live an active life. So I am just looking to beyond the surgery and to our lives in Florida!

Jeanette, so glad you are having such a wonderful time with your daughter. I know that it will become a beautiful memory you can lock in your heart! Safe travels home my friend!

Brenda, sounds like you are ready to move to FL with me! So sorry to hear of the family drama. I hope things will have settled down by then so you can enjoy your time on the beach without having to deal with that.
Kare, hope you feel better soon. Are you still in the deep freeze up there?

Dianne, I am enjoying your travel pics on fb. How is Don adjusting to the dreaded minivan? Safe travels to you too my friend.

Denise, the pics of the babies together were adorable. Bree is a little beauty! Are you all done redecorating/painting?

Hi to everyone else checking in. Going to get off here and get things ready for tomorrow and then watch the finale of How to get away with murder. Have a great weekend girls!


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

Another cold snowy day ....SO ready for spring...starting to seriously consider moving South ..time will tell :)

SO much drama going on with my sister and her family...I think I told you guys that her and her ex are back together again after 20 years of being divorced....Her ex Tim and I have been SO close through it all and now I just shake my head at the whole situation....We have our Myrtle Beach trip in July and I had invited my niece Courtney to go well I found out yesterday that now her and my sister are making their own plans to go.....what a slap in the face to me...(which my niece doesn't understand) in her mind because they are staying with us I should just get over it and be fine.....why would I want all that DRAMA with my sister to follow me to the beach? And I feel like it's kind of my niece slapping me with " hey thanks but have a better offer" type thing....so her and I had some words last night over all of it and the new family dynamics and she just doesn't understand why I'm not jumping up and down that Amy & Tim are back together again....but I told her if they're still together in 5 years I'll maybe change my tune but I know my sister and she only wanted Tim because he was happy with Sharon (his fiance) and when the fun of the pursuit and capture is gone my sister will get bored and cheat on him AGAIN which is what she did in the first place...None of them like it that I'm still friends with Tim's ex Sharon but she didn't do anything wrong to me so why would I NOT be her friend??? My niece is kind of in fairytale land of "Mommy & Daddy are reunited" mode and my fear is that she's not going to be able to handle when it all blows up again....she doesn't remember how volatile it was the first time....makes me sad because she and I have always been close but I can't pretend that I'm thrilled with everything just to please her....I feel bad because we have all always had a pretty good family connection and all of this has made everything very awkward ....but it is what it is...I did tell my niece that they need to pick a different location for their vacation ...I'm just not dealing with it .....so that's my crazy life right now...lol This too shall pass.

Jeanette....I'm so glad you've had a great trip....hope you squeeze in as much fun as you can before you leave Saturday.

Kare....Stay warm up there....hope those geese bring spring soon for you too!!!

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

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Morning...
just back from an early morning outing, awoke to 50 degrees, DD didnt have to be in to work until 1030 so we went to one of Gordon Ramseys restaurants for an 830 breakfast. We orderd a goat cheese mushroom omelet and eggs benedict on pumpernickel with smoked salmon. Delicious...... shared a pear, cucumber, coco water smoothie type concoction.
After breakfast we walked 45 minutes to her office then I continued another 35 back to the flat. She has a serious business dinner after work so it was nice carving out some quiet time this morning.
internet is so hit and miss here, sometime my post go thru and then randomly not. Have even tried going thru the UK Spark, have the most trouble with Spark...probably something I am failing to do.
flight leaves 630 am Saturday..cannot believe it is time to go home.
has been a wonderful trip
will check in Sun Mon when back in the states
have a blessed week
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Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! Bitterly cold again but someone said they saw geese the other day so that's always a good sign of spring coming.

Been a busy week at work. Had a workshop today for speech assistants in the division. It's a chance for everyone to share problems, successes and learn what's new in the world of speech therapy. Tomorrow is the skiing/tubing trip for grades 6-8 but I am staying back with the kids who don't want to go. My one young man is behind in every subject so we are going to try and get him caught up.

Hope you are all doing well. Brenda, Aunt Flo hasn't shown up for about 10 months but I can tell that she is causing havoc for me. Been retaining fluid all week and have had ovary pain. Glad you got some time to clean up. ...

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Hi girls and happy Wednesday to you all....

Had a good day at the salon yesterday....came home to hang out with my favorite little i man....so hard to believe he'll be 2 in just a few weeks...time sure does fly!!! He talks SO much now....love hearing him put his little sentences together.

The scale is holding steady...hoping Aunt Flo will take her extra water weight and move on out very soon.

Aiyden just left to go with Dad for the rest of the day until Andrea gets off work....I'm thinking I'll take advantage of the free time and clean out my pantry and do a little laundry...might try and finish cleaning our room....my side of the room seems to be the catch all ...lol not too bad but a good day to knock it out!!

I have a couple of people coming for haircuts at the apt tonight...couldn't get them on my salon schedule but hate to pass up the money ;)

I hope you're all doing great....kind of quiet here...missing you guys :)

Have a fantastic day.

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Happy Monday everyone....

Had a great weekend...celebrated our Granddaughter Raena's birthday on Sunday and then came home to watch the Daytona 500..Today Andrea and I ran some errands...got the craft stuff to announce her pregnancy...picked up some groceries....ran to Kohl's to get Austin a few things he's going to Florida for a week with his friend Kyle..he leaves Friday.

Still been doing well tracking food and water....scale is kind of stuck right now but Aunt Flo is here so I'm blaming her....lol

Denise...I'm SO with you with the weather...I'm just over it!!! Hoping to head south for a long weekend in April..March is too busy with birthdays.

Kare....it is funny how we get adjusted to weather....when we hit 30 now it feels like a heat wave...lol

Hello to everyone checking in...

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Morning.....completely done with the snow....cold is one thing, but the snow keeps me in too much....made the most of it this Saturday...got out and back in time to make some meals.
My sons friends were here, and slept over, so that was nice..love when they come over, like in their "younger" days...they always loved hanging out with Jim;). They are so sweet to me too.

Got to see my new grandniece yesterday with Kelly and Bree. Bree was in awe over her, and just wanted to reach out and grab onto her. She was not happy that she couldn't hold her like she does her babies. We got some adorable pictures...such joy;)

Kare...hope things are going smoother. You did what you needed to do in the situation...hopefully Brian will come to see it himself. Thinking of you.

Brenda....fun times with your boy;)

Hope our vacationing girls are well...looks like Dianne is enjoying the warm weather!!

Well, it's the last week of February already...hard to believe, but I'm glad. This class of mine is so challenging....early dismissal for them today....workshop for us.

Have a great week.....

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Isn't it funny how our perspectives on temperatures are so different given where we live. -26C here this morning and it is rather pleasant given the -40C temps we have had for the last week. It is snowing big fluffy flakes right now and looks so beautiful out.

Brenda, I am hoping that Brian is moving towards responsibility for his actions now that he has vented at me. I did the only thing I could when I called for help. To not have called and had something happened would have filled me with guilt for my lifetime. I really think once we have the court date over in March, we can both move forward.

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

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Happy Frigid Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday....

-24 here today...BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
RRRR I am just SO over this!!!!!!

Everyone have a fantastic day....Hugs to all

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Hello and happy Thursday to you all.....

Had a day off yesterday but Aiyden was here so needless to say I didn't get much done....lol I did manage after he left to get 2 loads of laundry done, dishes, dinner and then we went to the tax man....so still a great day. Still staying very on track with eating and water...getting SO tired of the FRIGID cold temps and snow...I NEED to get out walking again!!!

I have to work today but I think it's going to be a somewhat early day for me for a Thursday and I"m OK with that...lol We like Nascar and tonight starts the festivities so Jim is really excited....

Kare.....I'm SO sorry for all of the emotional stress you have been going through.....I'm sorry but I think BRIAN needs to take accountability for HIS actions...he can't point the finger of blame at you but that leaves 3 fingers pointing back at himself...you did what you HAD to do in that moment and for that you owe NO apology....if ANYONE owes an apology it is him to YOU and don't you let him make you feel otherwise....you are an incredible woman with SO much strength so you just focus on you and your kids and you let him figure out how to deal with his anger for a situation that HE created. Love you SO much and am here if you need to talk, vent, cry, scream ...anything at all (((((HUGS))))

Jeanette....SO happy you're having a great time...can't believe it's half over either....where does the time go?? Can you believe Aiyden will be 3 in just a few weeks....Oh my...lol

Dianne...enjoy that warm, fabulous Vegas weather!!!!

Denise...what do you have planned for the weekend?? I'm sure you're as sick of winter as I am....stay warm!!

Tina....sure do miss you girl....tried reaching you on Facebook..hope you're well.

Lisa...So need a get together...feel like it's been forever...I'll be glad when you meet Mr. Right so you'll want to hang out again...I miss you!!!!

Colleen...hope you're doing well.

Cori....How are you doing....any surgery date yet??? I think you're in the same weather pattern we are...YUK!!

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

Hugs to all,
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Sounds like you are having a great time in England - one of the places I would like to visit someday....

Been having some rough days. Went to the Dr to talk about how I am feeling and he feels I am under extreme stress(duh really?) and he will take me off work if I want. What I want is to not have to be at home, work is fine. Brian is super sensitive and it doesn't seem to matter what I say it is wrong. We have been fighting non stop and I am glad he is on evenings this week, less we will see of each other for a few days.

Not sure if I mentioned we had a huge blow up last week and he finally told me how pissed he is at me for what happened. I know it is not my fault, I wasn't drinking and nor did I drive a vehicle while impaired but he obviously hasn't dealt with everything yet. I am trying to be understanding but somedays it's hard. He feels I have no right to feel like a victom as he is the one who will lose his license and have a record. He is angry that I wouldn't agree to put a breathalyzer in the car - the only way he can have his license back. In no way am I going to endanger my reputation and job by blowing into a tube to start my vehicle. It means a 2 year suspension instead of one but that's life. I am hoping that now he has expressed his anger he can start to move forward.

So not a lot more to say, I haven't been avoiding all of you but just trying to hold it together. I am trying to eat better and exercise and hope that will help with my stress level. Coming here and talking to all of you helps too, so thank you for being here for me....

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Keeping this short, internet is hit and miss, had a post all ready yesterday went to hit post and no internet service.
Just got back from changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, went by myself so that was a leap outside the comfort zone. Having a cup of coff= and heading out to do a little closer to home sightseeing.
Cant believe my stay is half over...time is flying

take care everyone...have a great week
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Hello and Happy Fat Tuesday to you all....

Had a good day yesterday running errands with Andrea...went to both beauty supply stores, stopped at Burlington to buy a high chair for Aiyden to use when he's here...we started buying stuff for his 2nd birthday party....time is flying!!

I've been staying totally on track with my eating and water...feels good to be in control...can't wait for the weather to break to get some exercise in. Aunt Flo is supposed to come this week so not sure I'll see much of a loss this week but that's ok...slow and steady I'll get there.

I have to work to from 11-6 and then home to hang out with Aiyden...he's getting SO big...talking up a storm...totally infatuated with trains right now.

Well I hope everyone is having a great start to their week...

Quote of day:

"BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR" lol

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Hello and Happy Sunday to you all....

It's a frigid day here today about 1 out there and -35 windchill..BRRRRR not going out at all today!!

The wedding went great ....have to say it was THE fastest wedding ceremony I've ever seen lol but hey it worked for them...lol The weather yesterday was awful so a lot of people didn't come to it but it was still nice!

Dianne....hope the trip goes good....I think you'll enjoy the van even if Don doesn't...lol

Denise....you go girl getting close to the onederlands....I'm getting there I've lost 10 lbs since January 8th....still have a couple of months til I'll hit onederlands but we'll get there :) I'm so sorry for all the loss you're struggling with...I know time heals it a little so that's my prayer for you!!

Cori...Happy Anniversary to you & Mike.....this darn cold weather needs to go away! Look up info on an old work out I used to do called body flex...it's a lot of deep breathing and holding positions but it does help tone the body :)

Kare....How are you doing? I hope all the legal/medical stuff is starting to slow down for you guys....I pray for some peace and calm for you guys once all this stuff is behind you. How's Dwayne & Meghan (sp?) doing

Aiyden pushed a couple of buttons on my laptop this morning and it started making some clicking noise and then just died...I'm thinking it crashed....Jim will take it to his IT guy at work to see if anything is salvageable but I"m thinking not...SOOOOOO many pictures in there...many backed up to a hard drive so that is good...not losing much sleep over it since I can't change the outcome.

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

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Hi girls....it's freezing here today. Actually haven't ventured out yet, though.
We got an inch or or 2 of snow, but the wind is ridiculous!
I just finished painting the "accent" wall in family room. It's the wall with the fireplace, painted it a hunter green, and will be ordering the rugs tomorrow. Feeling good about the new clean change. It leads to doing my powder room now too, though...oh, well, one room at a time.

Dianne, Jim felt the sane way about a mini van...lol....you're right. It's getting you to AZ.
Hope all is well
Cori....happy anniversary....July would be 32 years for us..I hear ya about the valentine crowds...hope you had a fun time. Thanks for checking in with me. It means a lot;)
Hope you hear something about the knee soon!

Going to see 50 shades of Gray today w my g/f that read the series with me.
I know there's much controversy about it, but who cares...it's just a movie, and we are big girls..

Hope you are all doing well.....stay warm..

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Hi girls. Happy weekend to you all. Very cold and windy here. The extreme cold makes my knee ache, but other than that, it is not doing too bad. I think not exercising at all since December has helped my knee pain but definitely not helped the scale. I am going to try some exercise this week and just try to be careful with what and how I do it. Still no surgery date. I am going to call them this week and see what is the holdup.

Mike and I celebrated 34 years of marriage yesterday. We were reminiscing and had some good laughs at some of the memories. We wonder where all the years have gone. But since we have been together since we were 15, itís hard to remember life without each other. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful and loving man.

Dianne, Happy anniversary! Cars can be so frustrating at times! Hope Don can survive the humiliation of having to be seen driving a minivan. Glad his surgery went well. Have fun and have a safe trip!

Denise, I so wish we lived closer to one another. My heart breaks for you and I just hope those that are close to you are able to comfort you thru the rough times. Love you girlfriend. Congrats on the weight loss!

Jeanette, so glad you are enjoying your holiday! How exciting! Be safe and have fun!

Brenda, how was the wedding? Saw the pics on fb and looks like there was a good turnout for it. I often wish we would have picked a different date for our wedding. It seemed so romantic when we were young, but we have always had to contend with crowds and inflated Valentineís Day prices for anything we do to celebrate our anniversary. We usually just end up celebrating it on a different day.

Kare, how is your ear doing? Hope you are getting some relief with that. Every thing else okay your way?

Well I need to get off here and get some things done. Have a wonderful week girls!

~Cori~

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hi girls - I'll see if I can get this finished..what a week..if something goes wrong it has! But surgery went well, Dr recheck was good - no problems...

But....last week the check engine light came on - had it looked at since we were driving down south...got everything looked at - recalls up to day - everything looked good - until we got to Fargo yesterday. Check engine light comes on - called the shop they said bring it in in the morning - then a warning pops up that says "engine will no start after 200 miles" What???? called shop - bring it in now - so we had to leave fargo early (97 miles away) with this warning pop up blinking at us the whole way. Found out the catalytic converter was going out - don't drive it....ok but one problem!? We're going south! Parts back ordered - ok how about give us something to drive? Nope - they said they have nothing on the lot - so we actually we're looking at trading it off because this is a problem they have been haven with no solution. But finally the salesman pushed hard and they found us a mini van - no if you guys could have seen Don's face when he was told he was going to drive a mini van - wow....this is something he swore he would never drive. But guess what - we're driving a mini van to AZ...lol, it's transportation - let's not complain.


forgot to finish this! Saturday morning already - here we go!

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Morning girls....what a week!!
Yesterday was a very emotional day....sometimes I wonder if my mind will ever recuperate. I seemed to have lost a lot from back in September....school details, especially. Thank goodness, my staff is so patient with me. Went for regular check up yesterday, too. I saw Jim's doctor and had a good cry with him....I'm wondering if I'm getting my period....it's been over Two months....I've been skipping a few...hoping it finally ends! Anyway, my students had issues, and then a colleague screwed me at the last minute, and I was ready to freak...
Went out with Kelly and Bree, got some hugs, had a glass of wine, and went to bed.
Hoping today is better...it's Friday, so that helps.

Jeanette..you should like you're having a wonderful time. Good for you, girl!!

Diane....how's hubby? Happy anniversary...such a great picture of you two.

I did lose some weight....apparently the school scale wasn't wrong last week;)
10lbs to go to get to "one-der land"

Have a great day girls....xoxo

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Good afternoon...going to try this again.....had a lovely post ready to go early morning and poof gone. Just back from a brisk walk, went to this large market area...book shops, antigues, funky clothing (a whole different story), produce market, flowers, tea and coffee shops, bakeries.
About 2 miles from the "flat" so did a brisk walk there, meandered around and brisk walk home. I prefer walking to the tube, the London underground train, like to get my bearings so I have a better understanding of my surroundings. So many people walk here so it isn't odd. Have logged 57 miles and that isnt counting the airport.

Brenda wish you were here.....it is cold but we could walk away the day!! What color did you do your nails? Didnt have time to get haircut before leaving so thought I would look into having it done here.....hahaha checked out a couple places today $75 US dollars just for a cut and I have short hair....that seems really high....but London is expensive.
Have fun at the wedding this weekend.?.is it a small family one or an big to do!

Pretty quiet here this week.......hope everyone is well and taking care of yourself!

I am enjoying my quiet days, alot of time to reflect! Went into a beautiful church today and just sat in complete solitude, it was nice
all for now want to get some prep work done for dinner
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Happy Thursday to you all.....


Had a great day yesterday...got the mammogram done ...got my nails done ....Andrea & Aiyden came by for dinner ......all in all a great day....Still doing great staying on track....the scale is coming down little by little....can't wait to get back to walking...so ready for winter to be over!!


Hope you all have a great day...make great choices!!!

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