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4/17/15 9:10 A

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

Had a great day at the salon...very busy...new client...all in all a good day!! I've been doing great with my food and back to tracking....was slacking the last few days but not letting it get out of control ...I've been drinking the Propel flavored water with 0 calories and I love them....making getting water in easier..I still do plain water along with it but just nice for a change!! I've been walking Tues & Thursday with my friend Joselle....going to start taking more walks with Aiyden now that the weather is getting warmer. Aunt Flo showed up 3 days early so dealing with her right now....wish she's go on a permanent vacation!!!! I have to work today...so far only have 1 color at 11 and a possible color at 4...I'll be running to get groceries at some point today...have to work tomorrow for half a day...then hopefully heading to the camper for the night.

Lisa....SO glad you're feeling so good....can't wait to see the new you!! I'm also THRILLED to have you checking in more again.

Tammy....WELCOME BACK!!! I hope we'll see you here often!!! Seems like your writing career has been doing great...what else is new in your world?

Cori...Hope you and Mike are healing!!!

Denise....What ya up to this weekend?

Dianne....everyone feeling better yet? Calving done yet??

Colleen...hello to you

Tina...we all miss you...sending you much love

Hello to anyone else checking in....

Quote of the day:

KINDNESS makes you the most beautiful person in the world....
Your heart shines when you make others happy.

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4/17/15 8:36 A
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Hi girls!
Well, the surgery went great! My boobies are so little! LOL at least they seem like they are compared to what they used to be! I am doing well, I am only taking regular Tylenol right now and using ice packs. The Vicodin was making me throw up. So I am just relaxing and letting people take care of me. LOL Lovin life right now!

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Oh my goodness....I had to read the "DOCHAPPYCAMPER" twice!!! welcome back Tammy! I have thought of you often, wondering how you were doing! Hope you are well and getting life sorted out.......Hope you check in often!!!

Been out digging in the dirt all day, just popped in to grab more water and check a couple things online. Been waiting for a rep to get prices to me for a swing set for Luke, she finally sent! YOWSA are those expensive! Definitely won't be investing in that line! Think we will get a materials list together and build our own!
beautiful day here, 75, sunny and light breeze....better get back out, am transplanting flowers...decreasing the size of one of my beds...just way to big so am trying to dig everything up and move, reorganize, etc... Definitely turned into a much bigger project than I thought.

have a great evening....
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Hello everyone! I finally made it back here and ready to continue on my journey after all the changes and craziness of the last couple years. So happy to see the group still here!

I just wanted to stop in and say hello before I continue on with my to do list for the day. I'm loving the SparkPeople App for my phone so I can keep track of everything no matter where I am. emoticon

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4/15/15 9:00 P

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Hello and Happy Wednesday to you all....

What a busy day at the salon yesterday...love when everything flows. Today I did some banking and then went to get my mani/pedi....after that I went and watched my oldest granddaughters track meet ....she did well...she was so happy we were there!!!

Brody said Lisa did great today...he sent me some pics and she was all smiles!!!!

Jeannette....I SO wish we lived closer so we could hole up all day and just talk away all the stress and struggles...((((HUGS)))))

Kare....Great job with the bootcamp....It's been great getting back walking again...feels awesome.

Dianne....wish I could send some of our rain your way...about every other day we're getting rain.

Denise...I'm glad you got to have some fun with friends....I know life has been full of so many adjustments for you....I'm glad you're back here with us so we can be a part of that journey with you.

Colleen...hope you're hanging in there.

Lisa....NEW BOOBIES......woooo hoooooo LOL

Cori.....How's Mike doing....you healing good too?

Hello to anyone else checking in...

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4/15/15 12:18 P

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Kare - hard to imagine how his life was but look at what he has done with it. Amazing person.
We've got the wind again today - 47 mph gusts - more fires last night that even closed the interstate because of visibility. Hang on today!

Feeling much better - followed my girls advice and have been taking ibuprofen every 4 hours - they are so proud of me for listening to them...lol

Lisa - thinking of you today!

thinking of all you out there with the struggles we've been going through - have a blessed day!

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4/14/15 7:46 P

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Dianne, I saw the grass fires on tv today. It's that time of year and it being so windy and dry isn't helping. We are expecting wind gust of up to 80kmh tomorrow. Yay! I can hardly wait to stand outside in that and watch kids play...not!

My calves are screaming tonight from bootcamp. I am happy with my fitness testing this morning. She does 12 exercises the first and last days so she and you can see your progress. Going for a Epson salt bath shortly, once I vacuum and get Dwayne to bed.

Had a guest speaker today talking about supplying his home village in Zimbabwe with water. What a story. He got measles at the age of 5 and went blind as a result. He was considered a burden to his family and village because he couldn't help out, he was sent to a boarding school. He now has his doctorate in education and teaches here in our province. I almost cried when he was talking about losing his sight. How wonderful that he wants to help his village by raising money. They have 1/3 of the $75000 they need to build a well, storage tanks and irrigation system. Makes you realize how much we take for granted here....

Hope you are all doing well! Good luck tomorrow Lisa!

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4/14/15 6:42 P

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Jeanette - half in would be welcome here also! And the winds just don't quit...been gusts to over 30 past few days...they were evacuating homes south of Bismarck yesterday because of grass fires. Burn ban for the whole state. Dirt is really blowing around.

Feeling a little better - at least I can swallow. Wasn't able to get to any of mom's appointments. Don's birthday today so we're going out for supper with some of the kids. Home early and into bed for me.

Hello to everyone! Good luck Lisa! Sending you fast healing prayers!

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4/14/15 4:10 P

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....still processing some things but wanted to pop in and say hello to everyone.
Sending each of you love, prayers and good wishes!

Lisa...especially thinking of you! prayers for a speedy recovery! emoticon

and Cori....Hope everyday is getting better for you!!

Brenda.......Pennsylvania seems a million miles away right now, Jenn flew back to London today and Jake on his way to Iowa, his grandfather died suddenly.

Kare...so proud of you for your dedication to exercising and boot camps! . wish I was close I would sign up with you, I agree it helps with stress.

Denise....so happy to see you here....won't be long and summer will be here! know you will be glad to have this school year behind you.

Dianne....finally got a half-inch of rain....I thought about going out on the patio to do a rain dance but thought I might scare the few drops that were falling away LOL Glad calving season is going well...are you warming up there? has been so dang windy here...

Colleen...hope you are doing well

Too much in the bubble today so just keeping it short...
have a great week
jeanette

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Hi gals!
I finally got my surgery time for tomorrow...I will be at hospital at 8:15am, surgery at 9:45. It will be approximately 2.5 - 3 hours. I will stay overnight. Then my sister in law is picking me up on Thursday! I am so excited!!! I have a great supporting network of family and friends that have made this possible for me! You guys are part of that network!
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I will check back in a few days! Love you guys!
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Hi girls....watching the last episode of Downton Abby..I've watched all 5 seasons thus winter..very good.
I had a fun fiftieth birthday party Saturday night w some teachers. I really needed a night out with my friends..it was a casino theme, so we played roulette all night...fake $$ for door prizes.
Yesterday was beautiful, and sitting on my deck had me feeling very melancholy;( I survived....did a little gardening ( I hate gardening!) and read a new book. Made some healthy meals with veggies, too.
Busy week at school, which is good, it will pass faster;)

Lisa....it's so good to gear you being so positive. I love your porch!! Wishing you the best of luck with your surgery, honey;))

Dianne, hope you're feeling better soon.

Kare, your motivation is amazing.

Brenda, fun times with the camper...I love it!

Cori, hope all is going well...I heard hubby is doing good.

Jeanette, how are you??

Finishing up with Downton now.
Have a great week, girls!

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4/13/15 8:05 P

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Evening! Just had a nice bowl of potato soup for supper and just relaxing for a few minutes.

Brenda, Meaghan was finished school at Christmas and will graduate in June. She's working full time in a store right now. She and her roomie were talking about moving to Calgary but with the new boyfriend, I don't think she will go. Hopefully she will find something in her field in Winnipeg.

Went to the gym after school. Just walked on the treadmill as I have bootcamp tomorrow morning at 6am. I didn't want to get too tired. Bet I will be stiff on Wednesday....

Hope you are all doing well. Going to finish making lunches and fix Brian something for his supper and then relax.

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Hello and Happy Monday to you alll...

We had a great weekend...we got a lot done at the camper feels good to have that done...other then scrubbing the outside once the water is turned on we're good to go for the season...we don't really have many weekends available to go down until after our Myrtle Beach trip in July.

Today we went to the zoo....it was a beautiful day here in Ohio...hit the 80's!!!!

Tomorrow I have a pretty busy day at the salon...very thankful for that!!

Lisa....I am SO excited for you....I would LOVE to get mine reduced but really I just need to get this weight off that usually helps me a little but I think they're still too big....you'll be SO much happier!!!

Dianne...Hope you're feeling better....the open house sounds like a nice idea!

Jeanette...How was your weekend?

Cori...Glad to hear Mike's surgery went well....How are you feeling?? Any bites on the house?

Denise....How was your weekend??

Tina...Miss you

Kare....Hope you had a great day today...when is Meghan done with school...will she be home this summer or work near school?

Everyone have a wonderful night...

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4/12/15 6:04 P

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Lisa, your pics on fb looked so nice and restful. Hoping your surgery goes well for you and you heal quickly. My Dr seems certain that he can get me approved for the same surgery when I am done with my weight loss and I have a lot of pain in my neck, upper back and shoulders.

A warm but very windy weekend here. Took Elvis for a walk yesterday and he is so scared of things flying in the wind he couldn't get home fast enough! We live right near the edge of the city so we walk up by some fields and to the city composting site and around to home but I cut it short he was so spooked. Went to the gym today and then picked up a few groceries I needed. Cooking some black bean brownies right now and hoping they taste as good as they smell. I was looking for a treat I can have without sugar and too much fat. Have lemon meringue pie cooling for the boys. Going to put a pork tenderloin and some potatoes on the BBQ shortly.

Dianne hope you are feeling better! It's been super windy here too for the last few days.

Brenda, looks like you had a good weekend at the cabin

Jeanette, how are you doing?

Cori and Denise, how was your weekend?

Colleen, how are you and hubby doing? Are you gardening already? Still too cold here for at least a few more weeks.

Hello to everybody else checking in.

Best get supper moving - everyone seems to think they are starving.

Have a good one!

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Good evening everyone!
I have had a wonderful week! Even though I worked 10 hour shifts, I have been busy and going places and had friends over from work for a "bye bye boobies" party! LOL we had so much fun! I am not saying anything on FB about my surgery...but I am getting soooo beyond excited about it! 2 more days then THE GIRLS will be smaller!!! I am ready! I have my perfect "healing spot" all fixed up...my little back porch!
Its a beautiful day today. I spent some time with my dad out at our family farm...just me and him! it was so great to just talk to him and have him hug me and encourage me with this surgery, I wasn't sure how he felt about it because he is pretty quiet, but he loves me and only wants whats best for me. emoticon
Well, Wishing everyone a great week, I will check in when I feel up to it! Love you all!
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hello ladies! Nope the bug did not miss me - 3rd day now - hard to swallow, talking is not good and now I have this annoying cough. Mom has 2 appointments Mon and tues and I'm hoping to make at least one of them. I don't want to get her sick so keeping my distance. Days seem to go ok but nights it really hits me.

Weather is finally turning warmer but then the wind blows. Can't even open windows here as we have no grass to hold the dirt down! Got the grass seed spread but no rain! finally bought some sprinklers yesterday so we'll start watering.

Alex had his last day of school last Friday - wow, where did the time go - my baby is done with college. Adrian is done the end of May so we've decided to have an open house graduation for all 3 (Hannah graduated last year but we didn't have anything here at home)...

Guys have been busy in the field - everything going good. Calving has been really good - about 4 sets of twins and we have been lucky enough to sell a few - have 2 moms that are raising theirs...haven't had to pull any!

Got my garden about half ready, still hard to go into my garden shed as Spookys stuff is still in there, just can't move it yet. Sometimes I can hear her out there barking. I got her 1 month after Kim died, I think that's why it bothers me so much.

Better get some lunches made - Don is heading down to "south africa" today to do some digging. Alex took the tractor and the selferd down yesterday, half way there got a flat tire...why do tire stores close at noon on Saturdays!!!! Thank goodness it wasn't a tractor tire but we scrambled to find a spare - guess we're lucky to have a son that works at an implement dealership. Andy said they always have spares out back so he found us a few and we got Alex going again. Was just a longer day than he anticipated!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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4/9/15 11:08 P

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Helloo and Happy Thusday to you a..



Had a great day yesterday....ran a few errands...spent the day with Aiyden...he's such a love!!
Today I worked 10-6:30....tomorrow I work 10-3 and then we're off to the lake....we're going to clean the camper real good to get it ready for the season then we'll just enjoy the bonfire and relax.

I pulled a muscle in my thigh/hip area.....ouch...hoping it'll pass by quickly and heal...I've missed walking this week..I don't like that!

Kare....I hope Dwayne takes the bribe....lol Enjoy your day off...

Jeanette...I think you need a trip to Ohio to cure all that ails you ;)

Dianne...hope the coughing has let up for the guys and that you've missed getting the bug!

Cori...hope your safe...looks kind of stormy out your way.

Denise...any plans for the weekend??

Colleen ...hope hubby is healing

Lisa....you're probably getting so excited....not much longer with "the girls" lol

Going to call it a night...just wanted to say hello to my favorite ladies...

Hugs,
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4/9/15 9:14 P

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Feel better soon Jeanette!

No school tomorrow, so today is my Friday. My allergies are killing me and it was super windy today so the dust was flying all over the place. Tomorrow we have parent teacher for Dwayne. Not really going for a progress report but because some of the agencies that we will need to look at for when Dwayne will be done school will be there and we need to start looking at his options. He's not too happy about going but I will bribe him with McDonalds and he will be agreeable.

Hoping to get up early and head to the gym before Brian goes to work. I signed up for a 6 week bootcamp starting next Tuesday for 2 times a week. I wish some of you ladies lived closer and could join me. I'm hoping this will get the weight loss going again.

Well off to put out the recycling and garbage and then going to bed to read for awhile. Reading a book about the divorces of Henry VIII and the man who was the go between Henry and the Pope. Kind of interesting...

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Good evening all......
just lounging in bed, relaxing a bit!
Feeling a little off the last couple weeks so just trying to get more rest and think less
sleep well friends
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Sitting hear listening to both Don and Alex cough away - both have had this cough for way too long - just can't shake it...now today I haven't been feeling the best, little cough but heavy chest and kinda achy ....hoping it doesn't get any worse.

Getting some precip tonight - wet enough to keep us out of the field - had another lone calf yesterday - that makes 3 so far that we don't know who they belong to...we think they are a twin but not sure. Been lucky enough that there are people looking for bottle calves. No problem getting rid of them. Actually have 2 on the waiting list!

Cori - I'm thinking next year we have Easter at DSD's house! Only thing is I know I would still help clean and she would sit....seen that happen before at her house. She told her sister-in-law to just leave the dishes cuz it didn't bother her...her sister-in-laws reply was "well it bothers me"...I thought good reply! Still got no help though. Good luck with the house!

Getting sleepy so heading to bed - was up at 6 this morning for mom's dr appointment - chemo thursday and maybe radiation. Dr was talking about trials which tells me the options of treatment are getting low. She's got more pain in her hip and breathing has gotten harder also. Of course she hasn't had chemo in a month so things are growing again. We''l do another scan after this 3 week treatment.

Night girls!
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Hello and Happy Tuesday to you all.....

We had a wonderful weekend at the hotel despite the fact that Aiyden had a stomach but before we left to go and then my Mom, Andrea, Andy, Austin, Jim and Jim's Dad all got a little touch of it...Austin's girlfriend got it last night...so far Jim's Step Mom, Andrea's Jim, & I are the only ones that didn't have a bout with it but everyone made the best of it and we still enjoyed our time together.. Sunday night was the roughest ...I didn't get much sleep because of everyone being up in the bathroom then we checked out of the hotel...went home then right to Andrea's ultrasound appt....that was nerve wracking...was SO relieved to see that she was healthy !!! Then we had the reveal get together at 6:30 everyone left by 9 and I was WHIPPED!!!! Went to bed got up with Jim this morning and then went back to bed until I had to go to work.

Sounds like everyone had a nice Easter....my Mom and I ALWAYS get stuck cleaning up after everyone too...at every holiday...blows my mind how inconsiderate people are.

Dianne....that's awesome for Alex....I hope that all works out. When is your weather supposed to improve? We have rain here all this week but the weekend is looking nice...we're going to head down to our camper to clean it and get ready for the season.

Cori...sounds like our weather and yours are the same....yuk! That is GREAT news on the house I hope it sells quickly....do you already have a place picked out in Florida or what are your plans for that ?

Lisa...How was the West Side Market? Did you go Great Lakes Brewery??? Bet you can't wait until next week...I hope it all goes great!!!

Colleen....glad hubby is on the mend.

Denise....when is Kelly due? Baby girls...YEAH...oh I'm in trouble with all the cute stuff they have in the stores!! Do they have a name picked out yet? Andrea is down to 2 names Addalyn Elizabeth or Emersyn Elizabeth...I like them both so either is fine with me :)

Kare....I don't blame you for being hesitant to do Easter with your Mom...still kind of a new situation....time will heal it I'm sure ....what great finds did Dwayne come across at the thrift store?

Jeanette...How was your Easter?

Hello to anyone else checking in...Tina we miss you

Hugs,
Brenda

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just popping in to say hello.
been a good day, heafing to bed soon

Have a great Wednesday
jeanette

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



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Hi girls. Rainy and dreary here all week but the weekend is supposed to be dry and sunny. Having Amelia over on Sunday for our Easter so that will be nice.

We met with the realtor Saturday and signed papers. Such good news! It is a sellerís market here and houses are selling fast. We were able to price it quite a bit higher than we hoped and now we wait!

Dianne, both of my DILs were that way at all our family gatherings. They would just sit and wait to be served and then head straight to the living room as soon as the meal was over. Mike and I ended up doing all the work. After a couple years of that we finally got fed up and told the kids we would be eating out from then on. It pissed them off and I think that was the beginning of the spiral. But it is what it is. Yay for Alex and Don! Hope it all works out for them!

Kare, good for you for getting back to the gym and getting Brian there as well.

Lisa, so good to see you here so often. Glad you had a good time with your sis-in-law.

Brenda, Congrats! A healthy baby girl! I know you are on cloud 9!

Jeanette, thank you for your encouragement. It does seem like live just keeps knocking us down lately but weíre tough and weíre not staying down. How was your Easter?

Denise, Congrats on your new baby girl too! Another one to love and spoil!

Colleen, glad hubby is on board with the healthy eating.

Have a good week girls!


~Cori~

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Hi girls....hope everyone's holiday was nice. We had a fun day....Bree is always the highlight. She loved seeing her basket...just loved shaking the eggs, then grabbed the new books. She loves to sit and read with me..melts my heart;)
Had dinner with my family, of course, thank god got them.

Back to school today....Kare, my kids were so tired too...
The weather ex beautiful today, but the rain and cooler temps are returning tomorrow.

Got my 2 miles in again tonight..baby steps. Had a pretty healthy lunch and dinner..prepared another good lunch for tomorrow. Trying to drink my water too.

Brenda...a little sister will be so fun. Kelly is having another girl, so Bree will have a great friend in a sister too....

Watched Dancing w the Stars and now getting ready to go up.

Have a great week;))

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Back to work today and it was nice to see the kids. Everyone was pretty tired by the end of the day. I dragged Brian to the gym after school while Dwayne was with Robert. He hasn't been since December and I've noticed he is sweating when doing nothing again - he needs to take better care of himself.

Brenda, saw your baby reveal on facebook - congratulations!

Lisa, so nice to see you on here!

Denise, enjoyed seeing little Bree on Easter - miss those days.

Dianne, hope you weather gets better. Supposed to snow and rain here tomorrow and then hopefully it's getting better.

Jeanette, how are you doing?

Colleen, Tina and Cori - how was your Easter.

Just had a nice Epsom salt bath, going to be stiff after using the rowing machine. Just watching a bit of tv and then heading to bed.

Have a nice evening!

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hi everyone!
Hope you all had a good Easter! I saw some of your pictures on FB...

Brenda, it looked like your Hotel weekend idea was a big hit! Did you get any flack from other family members?

Dianne, Your step daughter sounds a lot like my future daughter in law, I finally had to tell her that I made everything and I still have to clean up, so you need to help! LOL it gets so old real fast! Cant believe she brought the kind you had to bake!!! wowow!!

Denise, your little Bree is so darn cute!

I had a very relaxing day with my family. My sister in law and me were actually able to just sit and talk for the longest time...I just love her!
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Gloomy Monday morning - wind blew all night again - rearranged the deck furniture again....should just put it all in the shop until July...lol. Mom brought me a gazebo that she thought we could put up on the deck (we have no shade) - I said not today as the neighbors would be enjoying instead of us! Easter was ok - kids hunted for eggs in the shop (warmer and less wind - lol)...food was good but I'm kinda upset - last few years I've been telling DSD that she doesn't need to bring anything - well when she brings something all she does in bring the ingredients and I usually end up making it! So Don told her to bring buns for Easter - yep, she brought buns...frozen ones that I made Easter morning. Walks around the kitchen while Don and I are getting things ready and stirs a few things then after we eat she goes and sits down and says "well I helped prepare the meal I don't have to help clean up too".... I told Don last night I love having everyone here but every year it gets worse and worse that nobody helps me afterwards. Even if they would bring their plates to the counter would help. Next year we're going out! lol...no that will never happen..ha

Some exciting news - Don is going to help Alex out kinda starting his own business...right now Alex is working for Allied Agronomy as an Agronomist..Alex has a friend that bought software that he uses to help farmers map fields, determine what the soil needs, help increase yields and lots of stuff that I don't quite understand and this kid is doing really well....Allied Agonomy also offers these services...so Alex wants to start his own - after looking at all the programs we would save about $5000 buying the software and letting Alex do this for us - Don talked to the guys at Allied and they are ok with Alex doing this. They even have recommended certain software for Alex to get. They had someone doing it but this guy quit so we're hoping they will offer the same deal to Alex that this other guy had. Crossing fingers that this works out!

So I'd better get busy around the house here - looks to be another day that I can't do anything outside again...oh well there's always laundry!

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thinking of each of you and hoping you had a wonderful Easter!
Blessings-

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Happy Easter to all of my favorite ladies! Went out this morning and took Dwayne to get his thrift store treasures as his worker couldn't make it and then picked up my ham etc for tomorrow. It will just be me and the boys but I'm ok with that. Meaghan and Robyn and their men will come for Easter later in the month when Robyn is off. My parents wanted us to come for supper but I'm not too comfortable with that idea and Brian was a definite no!

Pretty chilly here, snowing off and on yesterday and today. Winter isn't quite ready to leave I guess.

Off ot put my bedding in the dryer and go for s shower as I just got back from the hairdressers and I always get those little hairs from her thinning it everywhere! Going to put on my jammies and relax.

I hope you all have a blessed Easter with your family and friends.

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Lisa - I was an over flowing DD also! Dr asked what size I wanted then said "and don't say A"....I was an average B afterwards but am a middle to larger C right now - would love to get bak down to B but I suppose age and weight play a part in that....it is a life changer thats for sure! Clothes shopping will be fun!

Well the twins birthday is today - we got "un" invited because the ex wanted to count it as Easter also....even the kids are not happy about that but Andy will do anything to please his mother. So that means some of the kids and grandkids won't be here tomorrow as they will be going to the "other" side for Easter tomorrow. My girls are in the cities with their grandparents...but we will enjoy whoever is here.

Jeanette - sounds like you are as dry as us...I was thinking you were wetter....our humidity is in the 30's....going to be an interesting spring if we don't get any. Had another set of twins last week - haven't been able to get a picture - mom is raising both so far...good sized ones also. We did sell the bottle calf - which was good as we don't have time for those. DS rented more land so things will be hopping this spring! Older farmer decided to retire - in February?- not sure what's going on there...this guy had bought new equipment last fall - never used - rented out all his land and had an auction. We've heard it's financial. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of that in the coming years around here.

I hope everyone has a blessed weekend and warm weather! I think I'll get some food ready since everyone left for the day - and I am hoping to get my potatoes planted today - going to try this bucket planting since all I have are rocks...we'll see how the potatoes do!

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Well it is finally Friday. No visiting nurses til Monday! Going to do some rearranging of furniture this weekend. I hope. I've been a little run down. I think it maybe cause I haven't been drinking my smoothies in the morning.
Had to force hubby to go to the infectious disease dr. this week but it turned out to be a good visit so I'm glad I was bossy. DR says no infection in his marrow and his foot is healing better than expected so he cut the IV antibiotics down to 6 weeks. We are on week 3.
Hubby still can't look at his foot and pretty much has shut down mentally. He doesn't deal well with strangers but wanted them to the house to care for him instead of me which hurt my feelings. Everyone understands why he wants it this way but me, my therapist says we will work on it.Of course I finally got hubby to set an appt for himself to see a counselor and he was in the hospital the day it came around so now I don't know what he is thinking of doing. I just want the affection back,the stupid little things he use to do. ok not going there.

One good thing that has come out of this is the diet stuff. We are counting carbs rather than calories right now.Mainly because that is how to keep his blood sugars low. Which is working. It's nice having his # in the normal range and he is enjoying all the "free foods" . He found an app for his phone that counts for him he just puts in what and how much and also if he will need insulin shot with his meal.It's pretty cool. He is down 11 pounds in the 3 weeks we have been doing it. Me only 4 but it's ok. a lose is a lose. Oh yeah when at the dr appt hubby was told that his red cell and protein levels were too low and he should eat MORE red meats.( as long as it was lean) Hubby was over joyed at that.
Easter Sunday we will go to my Father in Laws. I'm still upset with him but I want my hubby to be happy so I will get dressed up and go. I've got netflix on my tablet and headphones so I'll be set. I did pick up a stuffed bunny for my grandson someday he'll get it. And also one for my dear friends baby too. I love her like a sister and of the 8 girls who have babies she has the only other boy so her baby is very special to me.( my grand son and her baby are only 3 days apart so watching him will almost be like having my grandson grow up in front of me)
Well time to start cooking dinner. pork chops, carrots, salad, strawberries and brown rice. I which to 9" square plates with a circle depression so portion sizes look bigger. Seems to be working hubby doesn't ask where's the rest of it any more and says he is full most days before he cleans his plate. Just have to stick with it.
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Ugly rainy day here today. I got a few groceries, puttering around the house. Not much going on. Tomorrow I am taking Brody and Katie to Cleveland. We are going to West side Market and then to Great Lakes Brewery for lunch. Going to be a great day.
My brother is having Easter dinner. I'm taking deviled eggs, oriental slaw and homemade mac and cheese.....
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Good morning and Happy Friiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiday to you all....

I agree with Jeanette.....SO nice seeing so many people checking in....I miss you all so much when you're not here...you're my GO TO GIRLS....love having you all in my life to share the ups AND DOWNS....never apologize for sharing the bad stuff too that's why our little group is so amazing we are here for everything in life!!!!!

Dianne...yuk on your weather....we're pretty rainy here but it was warmer yesterday and now getting cooler again....I'm SO ready for spring to start feeling like SPRING...lol

Jeanette...so when are you guys going to be coming through Ohio on your way to somewhere....lol we're way past due for a visit. I wish Jim had more vacation time we'd head your way.

Lisa....So hard to believe Brody is 21 just unreal how fast time flies!!!! What are you up to this weekend?

Cori...Oh man what a bummer for Mike and his job although maybe it's all just a sign that moving to Florida is indeed the right choice for you guys!! I'm glad your knee is showing improvement!!

Colleen...How's hubby feeling?

Denise.....Have a great weekend....when does Kelly find out what she's having?? Andrea finds out Monday...can't wait!!

Well I better get off of here for now...everyone have a blessed Good Friday.

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Gosh it is great to see so many checking in.......yeah!

Cori......OMG as I was reading your words, I was thinking to myself they are trying to get rid of Mike.....it is so unethical and so unfair...seems to be the way it is now in the good old USA.
geeze Cori...when is this **** gonna stop for you guys......praying knee heals quickly, house sells instantly and soon the 2 of you are strolling on the beach and this all seems a million miles away. You are not a downer, please dont stay away.....we love you and are here on the good days and the rough patches. (But i understand the mindset)

Denise...glad you are having a relaxing break......I bet Bree and the bunny was adorable! So happy you are taking the challenge to check in and let us know how you are. I would rather share in the tough days then to not hear from you at all. Stay motivated girl! I was singing skitamorinkeedoo (sp) with you, i had forgotten about that....jenn used to sing then we would get the giggles and sing again!

Lisa...Happy Birthday to Brody......gosh just a blink ago he was graduating.....time goes way to fast. so happy to see you here.....

Kare...sounds like you and Dwayne had a great day together. Fun that you got to meet up with your sisters and families. You are doing awesome with your dedication to bootcamp..... emoticon

Brenda....where are you guys headed for your getaway....i missed something :)

Dianne...your calves are so cute! We are very dry here, March was 7th driest in history. Only had
1/2 inch precipitation all month. was "supposed to rain" last night, got less than 2/10ths, over 1.5 inches predicted. Humidity was 17 percent yesterday, hard to rain when atmosphere is that dry.
greetings to everyone.....gotta run
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Hi everyone!
Today was our last work day! Woo hoo! 3 day weekend starting right now!
Yesterday was Brody's 21st birthday...I took him out for wings and beer and a couple shots and had a great time! I will keep checking in... Hoping to loose a few pounds before the reduction, but definitely going to be gung ho after... cuz I will be able to see my belly! Lol

Cori, so sorry to hear about your hubby's job! That sucks that they are being that way. emoticon
Dianne, I guess I didn't realize you had a reduction done? what size were you? What they take you down to? I am an overflowing DD. My Dr is taking me to a full C!! I can't wait!
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Hi girls. Rainy, gray day here. Ready for the sunshine to come back. Been busy all week getting the house ready for sale. Realtor comes Saturday for pictures and paper signing.

Knee is feeling much better with the staples out. Still having some swelling issues and still taking some pain meds, although I am taking the minimum dose as many hours apart as I can tolerate. Noticing progress with the PT even though it is painful while doing it, my knee usually feels better when I am finished. Still having problems getting comfortable enough to sleep very well at night but I am over sleeping on the couch so I just keep plugging on. My return to work date is 4/15 as long as I am able to drive. All in all itís progress, little by little, but still progress.

Having some issues at Mikeís work. They claim they lost $14 million last year but they are going forward with a $30 million expansion and add-on. They are firing people left and right and penny-pinching on everything. They even told them they can no longer print color copies because color ink costs too much. They are not buying the proper supplies for the machines and causing the machines to malfunction or breakdown. They are cutting employees pay without telling them, including Mike. He is hourly and gets straight OT pay for anything over 40 hours. They now have to work 45 hours before they receive OT pay now. So basically he has to work 5 hours free every week. Before the pay cut, management was insisting everyone work only 8 hours a day and they had to explain if they worked over that. Now that they get the first 5 hours free, they are insisting Mike has to stay over and come in early for mandatory meetings that he is not paid for. They wrote Mike up yesterday for leaving Monday night at 1am because he had to take me to the Dr in Indy early Tuesday morning. He had put in his 8 hours and had told them he would be leaving but his boss told upper management that he had told Mike he had to stay until all production was done, but that was not true. So they wrote him up (he has never been written up in his career) and threatened to fire him if it happened again. They are now saying he has to go to mandatory meetings every Tuesday and Thursday at the same time my PT is scheduled. So now even though my PT is not during his scheduled hours, he will now have to get FMLA approved to miss the meetings to take me to PT. If not he could be fired. So had to cancel my PT for today since he didnít have time to get FMLA approved in time. He is just going to try to keep his head down and cover his butt on everything until we move. I think the company is looking to cut his job, but wants to find a way to fire him so they donít have to pay unemployment. A lot of companies around here are known for that and he has seen it personally happen to other people at his company before. Just trying to hang in there until the house sells and we can move.

Sorry for the ďDebbie DownerĒ post. Trying not to stay away when life isnít all sunshine and roses like I have in the past. Hopefully Iíll have brighter news next time. Hope everyone else is doing well. Have a nice Easter weekend. Love you all.


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Dianne we are having the same weather here, snowing so heavy at times I can hardly see across the street. Good day to stay home and bake!

Had an awesome day yesterday with Dwayne at the fair! He got to meet Sharon and Bram and actually got to stay for their sound check. They loved the cards he brailled for them. Then we met up with my sister and her 2 daughters and their families. Had a nice visit and then had a quick supper with our good friends before heading home. It was a late night so Dwayne is having a little nap right now.

This morning I had my 6th bootcamp and am impressed that even in 3 weeks I saw improvements in my fitness tests. Now have 2 weeks off and then will try the 6 week bootcamp. She is hoping to run a 6am one again if she can get enough people. I will be hitting the gym this weekend...

Not much else going on, doing some baking, have a roast beef dinner in the slow cooker and just puttering around the house.

Hope you are all doing well and have a Happy Easter!

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It's a beautiful day in the neighbor hood....yeah right - 48 miles per hour gusts - got stuff flying all over the place! Chase down the grill cover, tops to the deck posts, rugs and a chair ... just glad the house hasn't moved! Oh and and old wheel barrel! It's just nasty out there...

Brenda - hey girl good job on getting those walks in! I've been getting steps in around the house because that wind just won't quit around here.

Lisa - good luck on your surgery! I had mine back in the 80's...would do it again! It really is life changing - DH says just lose weight and I tell him it just isn't that easy...men will never understand.

Jeanette - field work getting close? We are so dry here but I think you guys are wet? Suppose to get some moisture beginning of next week. We do have 230 acres of wheat in.

Cori - I'm sure you are "almost" jumping for joy with those staples out...hope everything is going good!

Denise - Kare - Colleen and everyone else I may have missed - have a great Thursday!

If I'm missing anything in the yard it's coming your way you girls out east!!

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

Had a nice day yesterday ...staying on track with food and water and even getting some decent walking in.....I did 4 miles this morning....Last night we had our friends Kenny and Tina over for dinner from Indiana...so nice seeing them...Mom and Andy joined us too :)

I work today...pretty busy day...everyone getting ready for spring & Easter....Sooooo looking forward to our weekend getaway at the hotel....swimming, hot tubbing and relaxing!!!

Jeanette....My Mom always says she doesn't know how she ever worked because she never seems to get bored with all the extra hours in the days that she has and always keeps busy...glad it's going well for you!!

Lisa....YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!! Makes me smile seeing your name pop up here!!!!

Dianne...have a great day

Cori....how's the knee with staples out??

Denise....Happy Thirsty Thursday :)

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

Quote of the day:

"Exercise in the morning before your brain realizes what you're doing"

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Hi girls...having a pretty relaxing, yet, productive spring break. Making a list each day, and checking things off....took Bree to see the Easter bunny yesterday...she loved him until we put her on his lap!! Oh, well, got a cute pic anyway. Think kelly and I are getting pedicures today. It's almost time for flip flops;)).

Brenda, the beach would be nice, but it's not in the schedule...I did buy tickets for the boardwalk rides, though. They were half price this week. Can't wait for our 3 day stay at a beautiful hotel on the beach....coming at the end of June!!

Kare, I definitely know the group you are talking about...they had a tv show...something about elephants....we still sing the song...skiddemerincky (spelling) do, I love you! Did they sing that?? Omg, the kids loved that show. How fun!!
Hope you're enjoying the break.

Yay Lisa...I'll join the challenge and check in too.....glad to hear you're doing well...good luck with your surgery.

Cori, thanks for the updates....hope you're recovering well.

Waiting on the exterminator this morning...sick of crickets everywhere! Waiting for Bree to find one;(

I've Glenn exercising this week...I need to keep it going once I go back to work though...hoping to check in here and be able to report some success.

Hi to all......enjoy the day..the sun is out here;)

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Happy Wednesday.....

yeah Lisa..... look forward to seeing you here!!!!

heading out to clean off the garden, just have a couple hours and then wind is supposed to start blowing like crazy, 30 mph sustainable winds with gusts at 40...so doing outdoor stuff early then inside to work in basement again. nearing 80 degrees today....so happy sun is shining!

Wishing each of you a productive, happy and healthy day......
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I will accept your challenge Jeanette!! so here I am. :)

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morning....
another sunny warm day here, only 39 right now but warming to mid 60's today.
getting a lot accomplished inside and outdoors, feeling better about my de-cluttering.process.
nice to have the time to commit to the project...DD asked me if I was bored yet (since retiring).....I told her to give me a few years. LOL guess i have never really been bored in life so that will be a new feeling for me if I ever hit it

Lisa...so happy to see you here, Yeah for doing the breast reduction surgery for YOU!!! good to hear kids doing so well, Sounds like you are getting situated and moving forward in a positive mode. I am very happy for you......i would like to extend a challenge to you to just check in with us once a week. We care about YOU, not because you do or don't fit into the name of a group(me either) but because we have come to love you and care about your well being. Share what you want and don't feel obligated to say anything if that is what you want. Just check in and let us know how you are! ((HUGS))

Got sidetracked, now four hours later than when i started this.
Happy Tuesday to everyone checking in.....
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Good morning and Happy Tuesday to you all....

Had a FANTASTIC time catching up with Lisa lastnight....I wish we would have more time...but we'll get together again soon....it was SOOOOOO nice seeing happiness and life in her eyes...was GREAT seeing her on here too!!!!!!!!

Andrea is feeling better so I'm thinking it was her blood sugar...they want her eating all the time and drinking more.:)

I have a really busy day at the salon today 10:30-7:30...but some of my FAVORITE clients come in today so that makes it a fun day :)

Jeanette....sounds like a couple of fun days for you ...outside doing what you enjoy and some Luke time...FUN!!!!!!

Kare....I've never heard of that group but I hope you guys have a fantastic time!!!!

Dianne....hope your week is going good:)

Colleen....hello to you

Tina....we miss you :(

Cori....YEAH staples out today....hope that brings you a lot of relief....how's the knee feeling in general?

Denise.....Off to the beach at all for break???

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

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Good evening girls!!
I know, you all thought I have left you and gone forever...I am still here and alive and well!
I see some of you on FB, but I truly do miss you guys and I really need to get back on here and connect with you again! Brenda and I had a great time catching up tonight and of course I loved seeing Aiyden and Andrea, Austin and I got to meet Austin's gf Sam! We had a wonderful time! So /let me catch you all up on my life...

I sold my house and I am living in a cute lower of a duplex. It is an older home with lots of character and I know the family and history behind it, so it made it very special for me to get in it...the timing was perfect!
On April 15th I am finally doing something that I have wanted to do for a long time now...I am getting a breast reduction!!!!!! I am so excited to finally do something for ME! I know it will be tough, but I am so ready for this!!!
Bre graduated from Kent State in December and got a job as a conference coordinator for the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville! She moved to Bowling Green KY with her bf Billy in Jan. and commutes to Nashville! She is doing great! I have been down to see her once, but she hasn't been home yet.
Brody is also doing great! He is still with his gf Katie and they live just outside of New Phila. Brody is my little care taker. He always has to call and check in on me and make sure I am ok. Matter of fact, he is the one taking a personal day from work to take me up for my surgery. Bless his heart! I am so proud of both of my kids.
Well I had better get going...Love you gals!
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morning.....
finishing up a few things inside then heading outdoors, supposed to be in the mid 60's today.
Got my garden shed de-junked on Friday so today want to build a few shelves for extra flower pots etc.... have a few errands to run later in the day.....time to pay the property taxes again...I always put it off as long as possible.
Kids came out yesterday so we had a fun day playing outdoors with Luke, was terribly windy but sunny....he had to put on his "puddle boots" as he calls them and go marching thru the mud. he is just fascinated with puddles!

Kare....sounds like you are getting rid of "stuff' too...never ending battle! Hope you have a restful, happy Spring break, know you were ready for it!

Brenda....so glad you are getting together with Lisa, I think of her so often, wish she would come back and join us...I genuinely miss her. please give her a big hug from Al and I!
Glad all worked out for Andrea!

Dianne...I hear ya on the rabbit chasing...think I am just worn down from the chase...just want to live my life without all the baggage, denial, and drama...not sure how much more my mind and heart will take! thank God for goodness in my children's lives right now...find myself hanging on for those moments. I miss calving season..all that new life on the farm....send me a picture of your next calf!!

Denise...bet it felt great to wake up this morning and not have to report to class!! Hope you have a great Spring break, get some quality Bree time in and enjoy your down time! HUGS

Cori....hope the new week finds you feeling just a bit better every day! Thinking of you and sending prayers and healing thoughts your way!

Colleen...good to hear your husband is recovering well and that you are finding better tools to take care of yourself. Congratulations on the new grandbaby.....never know what will change in life and maybe you can start to heal the hurt between you and your son.

My computer timer just went off so need to sign off and keep moving..
Have a wonderful Monday......hope each of you take a step today towards a healthier you whether that be mind body or soul!
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Hello Ladies! Happy Sunday!

Brenda, sounds like a good time with your friends. I'm glad Austin was close enough to help out his sister. Hopefully she was just hungry and dehydrated. I had to eat often when I was pregnant because I couldn't keep much down and I fainted a few times. I had horrible morning sickness my whole pregnancy with Meaghan. Enjoy your visit with Lisa!

Jeanette, what a wonderful opportunity for your girl! You must be so proud of her! Hope you got some more downsizing done...

Dianne, loving all the pics of your calves - they are so adorable.

Denise, I am looking forward to spring break as much as you. It wasn't a good afternoon on Friday. The grade 7s had been promised a movie in the afternoon and not sure what happened but the teacher in the room I work in changed her mind and made the kids work. Needless to say the kids were ticked and very uncooperative and can't say I blame them.

Colleen, sorry to hear life is so hard right now. Been there and it is hard to keep going. We are here for you!

Spent the weekend going through clutter and cleaning out drawers etc. Hoping to go to the gym tomorrow and maybe for a haircut. Tuesday and Thursday are bootcamp..Wednesday Dwayne and I are going to the winter fair in Brandon to see a music group that both he and Meaghan have enjoyed. There is a chance to get autographs after the concert so he is pumped. Don't know if they were popular in the states, they are called Sharon Lois and Bram only without Lois anymore. They used to have kids shows on tv too.

Off to through in the last of my laundry for the night. Guy is coming to fix the alarm system so I need to make sure he can get to it.

Night all!

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Hello and Happy Sunday to you all...

We had a really nice weeeknd....I worked Saturday morning for a little while...then grocery shopping....we had dinner with our frineds Lori and Al, Sharon (my"brother" Tim's ex joined us too.....it was so nice seeing her!!!!

Today started off bumpy..Andrea almost passed out at work....I think its low blood sugar...she didn't want the squad called so it's nice having Austin be an EMT he came and took her to the ambulance company he works for which is 1 min from her work and he checked her BP, sugar, oxygen etc....everything checking out ok...they had her drink an OJ at work and I think tat helped...she called the doctor and they told her they want her snacking every hour and upping her water intake. We go next Monday for her ultrasound and to find out the gender ....kind of on pins and needles since Sam's 20 week ultrasound is when we found out Madison had issues .

I'm HAPPY to say I'm meeting LISA for dinner tomorrow night .....it's been TOO long!!!

Jeanette....YEAH for Jenn.....that's AWESOME!!! Will that keep her living where she is now near Philly or will she relocate elsewhere in the states?? I'm glad Al went with you and I'm glad you're finding a way to handle the situation. I SO can't wait for you guys to pass thru our way!!!

Dianne....glad calving is going well....nice that the weather is cooperating. How's your Mom feeling?

Denise...YEAH for spring break!!!!! ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY!!!!

Colleen....nice seeing you here again...I've been following your struggle on FB....you keep taking care of you !!!!

Kare.....how was your weekend?? How's Meghan doing??

Tina...we miss you SO much...sure hope you come back soon.

Cori....how's recovery going??

Hugs to all,
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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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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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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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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?????
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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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3/20/15 10:27 P

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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.

Dianne

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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

Denise
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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,
Brenda

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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.

Have a good evening everyone!

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